It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these but Slowdive was just too good to resist. For a 20 year reunion tour it felt appropriate to capture the magic of arguably my favorite song of theirs “Alison” on video. Anyways, read on for the video, a full audio recording of the show, and an informative interview explaining that there may be an eventual new Slowdive album!
Noah Lennox aka Panda Bear (from Animal Collective) has been teasing the follow up album to 2011’s Tomboy for some time now with tour dates spanning the last year featuring almost all new songs, eerie new Danny Perez visuals showcasing a grim reaper figure, rumors from friends/fans, and the cryptic, captivating, and elusive words of Spacemen 3’s Sonic Boom (aka Pete Kember, who also produced Tomboy).
Dan Snaith (aka the man behind the band Caribou) has been keeping quite busy lately in support of his masterful new album Our Love. He’s been doing insightful interviews on all sorts of media sites, began a massive worldwide Caribou tour, fitting in a few Daphni (his DJ/dance production alias) DJ sets here and there, and just released his first essential mix for the famed BBC Radio 1.
DIIV recently came to San Francisco (as part of Noise Pop) to play two sold out shows at the Brick & Mortar and I managed to go and great spot (in the small but fun venue) on Friday March, 1st 2013.
As a band together, DIIV definitely lived up to the hype and were as good as I would’ve hoped live (and maybe a bit more). So take my word for it and be sure to check them out if they come to play live in your area. And in case you never listened to their album last year Oshin, get to it! It’s great.
For a better sense of how DIIV is liiv (see what i did there), check out the live videos below of “Past Lives”, “Geist”, and an epic version of “Air Conditioning”.
Recently the gang and I at DJ Techtools have been live streaming our ordained weekly dj happy hr; which yes, means we all dj in the office from the hours 5pm to 7pm PST pretty much every day and we can live stream it as people feel like doing so (more often than not). I took my first turn today with the live stream and played for a good hour and half or so of quasi-random multi-genre songs and stuff found while scrubbing through my itunes.
You can see the saved videos of the ustream tonight below. We also finally successfully included a screenshare of the section in Traktor where the track names due to popular demand (and to mitigate that constant question). Anyways, I used a VCI-400SE and a Midi Fighter 3D with custom mappings to DJ in case anyone is interested.
For future reference, check out the DJ Techtools Ustream Site here.
Outspoken popular electronic artist Deadmau5 just took to his tumblr to post a little rant on some frustration he’s been having lately with the state of EDM and the concept of DJ’s and producers promoting that they are playing a “live” show. To be honest, I mostly agree with him and this main concept is something that has really been bothering me about popular EDM acts these days. But i’ll leave it to Joel to rant about it.
In other news, Deadmau5 also just graced the cover of Rolling Stone and had an equally outspoken article in it (again) discussing his thoughts on other popular DJs, Madonna, and the EDM scene in general.
Check it out here On the Cover: The Rise of Deadmau5
Lastly, if after all of that you still want more to chew on in regards to this “live” EDM general concept/debate, then you should check out a solid article that DJ Techtools posted last week on a similar theme called: The Age of the EDM Rockstar
Pennsylvania’s (20 yrs old) Alec Koone aka Balam Acab recently came to visit San Francisco’s The Elbo Room (for the 120 Minutes party) to play a live set of his personal blend of beautiful washed out, organic, electronic, ambient percussive productions (or whatever you want to call them).
The set began with what I believe to be three or four new songs (or at least songs unfamiliar to me) followed by live renditions of tracks from 2011’s stellar “Wander/Wonder” album. And for those of you who follow Balam Acab’s soundcloud closely, I can say that I didn’t recall hearing any of his other self released songs/remixes. Unfortunately, this means that he did not play his awesome new stomach bubble fake trap “Ass Pop” track he just posted on soundcloud (a day prior to the show) either.
Regardless, Balam Acab gave a great performance working his Launchpad and SP-404 well (and whatever other gadgets he had going), giving San Francisco a mesmerizing night of pleasantly hypnotizing sounds (or as he mentioned “boring sleepy time” sounds) that was definitely as good or better than I expected. The next time you see that Balam Acab comes around your neck of the woods, take my word and go give him a listen.
Check out Balam Acab playing a new track I’m referring to as “Don’t Be Afraid” due to the vocal sample throughout the song.
Although I had never heard this next song and thought it was an awesome new track (and yes, it’s still awesome even though it’s not new), it is apparently a Balam Acab remix of an old unreleased track “Heavy Living Things”