Band Profile: Rising Appalachia and the Human Experience

Recently, a good friend sent me YouTube link to a song by Rising Appalachia and the Human Experience. Based on the fact that my friend likes to drop acid at Rainbow Gatherings (not that there’s anything wrong with that), I expected it to be whale and bird calls set to harps with the occasionally tink of a healing crystal bumping into a wind chime.

What I heard instead was truly brilliant. Folk music with a peppering of electronica? It has been done before, but on a fairly underground level. Bands like Thievery Corporation and Bonobo, friends of Human Experience-founder David Block’s, combine many music styles from all over the world with electronica in the forefront, while similar artists such as Gotan ProjectRodrigo y Gabriela and Pink Martini focus on the string-based folk elements.

“We don’t play music, music plays us” – David Block

Like those bands, Rising Appalachia and The Human Experience – a collaboration between Block (The Human Experience) and sisters Leah and Chloe Smith (Rising Appalachia) – are the definition of eclectic. With calmingly sensual tracks like “Swoon,” “Downtown” and “Mississippi” that transport you straight to the haunted bayous and foggy hills of the Deep South, I can’t help but feel like they’re on the verge of creating an entirely new genre with the potential to be massively popular in the way that dubstep is.  Continue reading “Band Profile: Rising Appalachia and the Human Experience”

Video: Miriam Bryant – “Finders Keepers”

With the success of Zedd’s remix of her song, “Push Play,” Miriam Bryant has released a video for her year-old single “Finder’s Keepers” where she belts out the line “I’m Over You” and knocks over Chess pieces with a fierce side braid and a glint of post-breakup anger in her eye.

Bryant is Swedish, super popular in Germany, and kind of sounds like Adele and Duffy.
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Stories I’m Too Lazy To Write About [1-9-14]

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Goodness Gracious great balls of fire, Ellie Goulding has a new music video. (Yahoo!)

Madonna‘s vault of controversial ideas is dried up, passes torch to drunk son. (Jezebel)

Selena Gomez didn’t have make-up sex with Justin Bieber in a trailer. (E! Online)

Demi Moore takes cougaring to new levels, beds 27-year-old drummer. (Daily News)

Oregon couple leaves waitress questionable envelope full of meth as tip. (Gawker)

Someone stole Lindsay Lohan’s laptop full o’ nudes! Or she “misplaced” it. (TMZ)

Fresh Prince writes touching tribute to Uncle Phil. R.I.P. James Avery. (Celebuzz)

Major Lazer and the Most Awkward Interview Ever

Diplo kennedy interview awkward lollapalooza 2013If you remember MTV back in the 90s, when the focus was more on music and less on slutty teenage girls who get pregnant and graduate to porn, you might remember the show Alternative Nation, with host Lisa Kennedy Montgomery (aka Kennedy). She’s now the host of LA’s 98.7FM morning show Music in the Mornings, so if you’re an LA resident you may also be familiar with her current status.

Apparently she also interviews artists at Lollapalooza, the annual Chicago-based music festival that took place this past weekend. A video of Kennedy’s interview with Major Lazer has surfaced, and it’s the most uncomfortable 6 minutes and 34 seconds of human interaction I’ve ever had to cringe my way through. Check it out here. I’ll break down the interview below:

0:03 – Wow, right off the bat this shit gets awkward. Kennedy moronically refers to Jillionaire and Walshy Fire as “the other two people who make up Major Lazer.” Alright, I know they’re living in the shadow of the almighty Diplo, but seriously, do your research. Jillionaire responds with “That used to be funny.” I applaud this response.  Continue reading “Major Lazer and the Most Awkward Interview Ever”

GIF: Skrillex KNOCKED OUT in Mexico

The man responsible for popularizing dubstep ran straight into a large and heavy piece of equipment on stage in Mexico City during 2012’s Mothership Tour. (Whomp whomp whomp / Bangarang?)

As Uproxx pointed out, it’s a great video whether you love or hate the genre because it’s humanly impossibly not to laugh at people when they fall straight on their ass in such a slip-of-the-peel type of way.

(I personally don’t hate Skrillex. Ellie Goulding gave him the time of day so he must not be that bad…)

Daft Punk and Nile Rodgers Teaming Up Again

Nile Rodgers of Chic in ManchesterGood news for hardcore Daft Punk fans, and also people who just heard of them for the first time recently when “Get Lucky” was released. So everyone. Just…everyone listen.

The robots have more awesomeness to send our way, and it’s in collaboration with none other than “Get Lucky” partner Nile Rodgers. This time, however, Rodgers is bringing Daft Punk on board with him, and featuring the electronic duo on some upcoming material.

Recently, Rodgers came across some unfinished and unreleased tapes from his band Chic, as well as some solo work, in the Warner Music Library.

He plans on finishing and releasing the content even though he’s 60 now, because he’s fucking rad like that, and he’s asked Daft Punk to work with him. Currently, the duo has agreed to at least one song, and I certainly wouldn’t be opposed to more.  Continue reading “Daft Punk and Nile Rodgers Teaming Up Again”

Video: Ellie Goulding – “Burn”

Like Nicki Minaj, Amanda Palmer, Lady Gaga and so many other generationally “smart” current names in rock and pop, British-born Ellie Goulding is all about fan participation.

Before the release of her new video for “Burn,” Goulding, currently touring in North America with Bruno Mars, invited fans to send in Vine clips of them showing love for close friends with the hashtag #ellieburnvine, many of which made it into a separate video made to get them ready for the official one.
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No word on whether or not “Burn” or her previously unreleased Halcyon track “You, My Everything” (from Skins Fire) will make it onto her Moonshine Jungle Tour setlist.


EDC Expecting Fucking Ridiculous 345,000 Attendees This Year

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It’s that time of year again–break out your glow sticks and gear up for this year’s annual Tutu Convention Electric Daisy Carnival, which will be held for the third year in a row at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this coming weekend, June 21-23.

The festival has grown immensely since moving from Los Angeles to Vegas in 2011, after the disastrous 2010 Los Angeles event which involved the death of a 15-year-old girl as well as general, widespread, drug-induced chaos around the Los Angeles area (a.k.a. 114 arrests).

It’s clearly a fucking awesome time, but anyone attending this year should be prepared for disgusting, sweaty, uncomfortably squishy crowds, as the festival sold out all 345,000 of its tickets for the weekend, putting the final count at 115,000 attendees per night.  Continue reading “EDC Expecting Fucking Ridiculous 345,000 Attendees This Year”

Video: David Guetta “Play Hard” Feat. Akon & Ne-Yo

Akon commands that you scrub and mop the floor with your ass (the kids are calling it “Twerking”) in David Guetta’s “Play Hard,” which also seems to incorporate some form of Harlem Shake.

And don’t forget the “Gangnam Style” rodeo and popsicle-licking, unibrow-having beauty queen.
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(A very long time ago, Fatboy Slim was the only person on the radio who didn’t sing his own songs.)

Video: Ellie Goulding – “Explosions”

I usually think of concert footage incorporation in music videos as a lazy cop-out excuse to not be creative, BUT I love Ellie Goulding too much to spew anything but praise in the case of “Explosions.”

Still not sure why she doesn’t encourage security to push people onstage so she can shave the sides of their heads and make hair voodoo dolls modeled after the Rolling Stone writer who failed to included Halcyon on the 50 Best Albums of 2012 list.  Continue reading “Video: Ellie Goulding – “Explosions””

Grimes Brings ‘Genesis’ To Jools Holland

Grimes aka Claire Boucher is tearing up the nearly visible underground scene, whether it’s an invitation to SXSW, a performance on Later With Jools Holland, or continuous mentions on hipper, more informed blogs than mine.

The allure lies not in the buzz but in the genre, or the lack of genre. Her electro-ethereal pop sound wets the appetites of Ellie Goulding and Florence + The Machine fans alike.

The booming onstage keyboard and Macbook Pro music scene can do nothing but water the roots of people like Grimes, who color outside the lines of already brilliant DJs like Calvin Harris and Morgan Page. If it takes you longer than a moment to get into her live performance of “Genesis,” don’t fret.

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So This Is That Dubstep Stuff People Keep Talking About?

I love Shirley Manson (of Garbage fame) so when she posted a video on her Facebook and called it “video of the year” with a bunch of exclamation points, I was inclined to check it out.

I realized it was by this Skrillex dude that Spin put on their “Dance Issue” cover. He’s bald but simultaneously has long hair, making him the hairiest bald man since Michael Bolton and crazy Bryan Cranston on Breaking Bad.

I know the name “dubstep” is putting people off, but It’s really just bizarre/random/cinematic electronic music. Some of it is awful and some of it is good. Same goes for pop, rap and rock…

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This Year’s “Poker Face” is…

“Mirrors” by the sensational Natalia Kills (fast forward the beginning a tiny bit to get to the juice)…


The even more electro-tastic “Notorious” by British girl-group The Saturdays? I can’t decide. I think “Mirrors” is more similar but they’re both AMAZING pop songs that deserve more attention.

What’s the verdict?

The Japanese Popstars – Controlling Your Allegiance Album Review

Want to hear Robert Smith lending his vocals to a flawless electronic haze? Do you want an opening track that leaves an impression that is not only a memory but a physical dent in your brain? Do you want to forget about your mortgage, your kids, your sweaty overweight girlfriend, your college loans, your every vice and obstruction and lack of motivation? Fret not, sweet things, The Japanese Popstars have a cure for you.

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SBTRKT – SBTRKT Album Review

Aaron Jerome’s second full-length album, and first under the name “SBTRKT” (pronounced “subtract”) is an explosive contribution to the loosely-defined dubstep genre. Part Massive Attack, part Tricky part something you’ve never experienced, Jerome worked previously as a producer, remixing for friends and underground artists around the world such as Zap Mama, Nicole Willis and Bugz In The Attic. On this self-titled work, the UK-based DJ teams up with a variety of singers with Sampha representing the male aspect and Jessie Ware, Roses Gabor and Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon representing the female side.

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Natalia KILLS IT, Whispers To Recession… Tweets Like Crazy

Wanna be like Midas
But my bank account is minus

Gotta stretch that dollar bill
Stretch that dollar
Need a genie in a bottle
Change a quarter to a hundred
Gotta stretch that dollar bill
Stretch that dollar bill

I’m free
I just spent all my money
But I rocked that like it don’t cost a thing
Burned a hole in my pocket
But I rocked that like it don’t cost a thing

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