Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Taco Truck. I'm not even remotely a big Incubus fan, but a few of their songs have found there way into my iTunes library at some point. So, I figured, might as well check them out while I'm here
We left the Incubus set at 8:40 PM and the next hour was an absolute blur. Not only did we have to make the long walk all the way across the Bamboozle grounds to catch two bands we were excited to see (@Timeflies and @VOLBEAT), but we also needed to be back to the main stage by 9:30 PM. Herein lies the downside of music festivals, sometimes timing doesn't work in your favor when two bands you want to see are playing at around the same time. I mentioned yesterday that Timeflies was late to get on stage and as a result, we only got to see two or three of their songs. Same thing for Volbeat, we stayed for about 20 minutes and then booked it across the beach in the direction of loud electronic music.
The source of that loud electronic music was none other than @Skrillex. If you've been following my blog the past six months, you know darn well how enamored I am with his music. Even better, loud electronic music translates well to wide open venues like Bamboozle, making it a perfect concoction of awesomeness. Fighting through the amped up crowd in pitch darkness on the beach was an unenviable obstacle, but we managed to find high ground and an above average view of the stage. Put it this way, when you're short, motivated and have been to more than a few concerts, you develop a knack for finding ways to see...#HobbitTricks
The next time I arrive fashionably late to a set, I can only hope it'll be half as awesome as what I witnessed with Skrillex. Like any other electronic/dubstep there are literally no breaks in the action, only lulls in between high energy synthesizers. One after another, he kept mixing in his own remixes with other well know dubstep/EDM tracks that everyone in attendance was familiar with. For example, I'll always be partial to his remix of @nerouk's Promises because it was the first song that I ever heard from Skrillex...
As his set continued, I kept thinking to myself, he's got a whole hour and a half on stage, but only a few EPs to rely on. I wonder how he's going to fill the time? The answer is became really simple as he seamlessly weaved his way through organic hits like Bangarang and Summit, while sprinkling in a few well known hits that aren't his like @knifepartyinc's Internet Friends.
What I've come to appreciate about seeing EDM artists like Skrillex in concert is that you never feel cheated when it's over. If anything you feel completely drained because of the constant high energy stimuli in your face. Maybe you get used to the unabashed electronics after attending a few concerts, but I've never felt like "man I wished they just would have played a couple more songs" at an EDM show. Yea part of it is because I'm on the shady side of 20, but intense, loud music can only be interesting for so long. It just so happens, Skrillex kept my interest piqued for his entire set as he rounded third heading for the finish line when he went In for the Kill...
So what are the five key takeaways of my first festival experience?
1) Get there at least 45 mins early if you want to see the first act because a lot of people have to go through security to get throughFeel free to peruse my modest album of pictures I took at Bamboozle and don't hesitate if you're offered the opportunity to see Skrillex in concert. It was well worth the full price of admission...#RulerOfEDM
2) Don't automatically go for their festival sponsored parking options. It would have cost me and my girlfriend $10 each to park 7 miles away and have to wait for a bus. Instead we parked 4 blocks away for free and walked. #Clutch
3) Take advantage if the festival permits you to bring in one unopened water bottle
4) Time management, time management, TIME MANAGEMENT! It's a good problem to have when so many great artists are at the same festival, but they don't always stay on schedule and sometimes you have to cut your losses and move on to the next set
5) Any beach concert is going to be chilly at night, prepare for being near the ocean. In what can only be described as a rookie mistake, my girlfriend and I had to buy $5 long sleeve t's to make up for our lack of night weather consideration. Just because it's 80+ degrees during the day, doesn't mean that ocean breeze isn't going make you pay later at night
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Now before you go jumping to conclusions based on my intro paragraph, don't think for a minute that I didn't mitigate as much risk as I could before the festival began. Self awareness and preparation were two variables I had in my favor, so my planned route for the festival was as follows:
5:25-5:55 Mike Posner (Main Stage)
6:00-6:30 Aer (Temple of Boozle)
6:30-6:55 (Eat as much food as I possibly can)
6:55-7:40 Mac Miller (Main Stage)
8:00-9:50 Incubus (Main Stage)
8:50-9:15 Timeflies (Temple of Boozle)
9:15-9:30 Volbeat (Zumiez Stage)
9:30-11:00 Skrillex (Main Stage)
Looking over the lineup, there isn't much more that could have been packed into the one night of music. Clearly, the folks who planned out the three day festival made Friday night the rowdy, young crowd night and the final two days more contemporary, alt rock flavored music. Prior to the concert I was most excited to see Skrillex, Timeflies, Aer, Mike Posner and Mac Miller in that order. Incubus would serve as a tolerable time filler and Volbeat was a necessary watch because it's my girlfriends favorite band.
Part one of @thebamboozle concert review is going to be devoted to the smaller, opening acts. The first of which was @mikeposner who had somehow eluded me up until Bamboozle. I've written many times about how much I loved his latest mixtape, so I felt like I lucked out getting to see him when I did.
Next up was the up and comers from New England by the name of @theaermusic. In 2011 they released their What You Need EP, but to date, they are most well known for their laid back single Feel I Bring. Luckily for me, @beware4 of @tsscrew had provided me all I needed to know about Aer back in April, so I was well equipped with the recording device when they cranked out their crowd favorite...
Lesson learned, I am now officially on the Fresh Aer Movement bandwagon after seeing them wild out in concert. Just two crazy white kids who can pull off anything from Hip Hop to Reggae...watch out folks.
Last, but definitely not least on the list of opening acts was @timeflies. After writing about them back in December 2010, they DM-ed me thanking me for the love and giving them a shout out through my New Artist Spotlight piece I did on them. Now two full years later, they've got a healthy following and aren't so underground anymore. I can say that after hearing fans go word for word with them on some of their well known tracks. One thing is for sure though, @whatupcal is a talented dude when it comes to vocals. Case in point, his acapella rendition of Flo Rida's Wild Ones...
The biggest regret I had about Bamboozle was not getting to see as much of Timeflies set as I wanted to. Too many acts were scheduled around their set time of 8:50 PM and it didn't help that they didn't hit the stage until after 9 PM. You can bet the I will be on high alert for any tour dates within a 100 mile radius in an attempt to make up for my lack of coverage on their set.
That leaves me with nothing but the opening acts to write about. Keep it locked for part 2 of my Bamboozle review that will heavily feature Mac Miller, Incubus and Skrillex...
Monday, May 28, 2012
Yea it's a catchy ass dance track thanks in big part to the vocals delivered by @garygo, who I had not previously not been familiar with. I'm including both the original and the Skrillex remix because it's really 50/50 mood toss up if you asked me to pick a favorite. The original is more of a calm, sing along dance track, while Skrillex's dubstep seasoning takes the electronic energy of the track to another level. No doubt, @bennybenassi deserves some dap for crafting the original and for his set at the Indy 500 this weekend, but hearing Skrill chop it up with thousands of people going nuts to it on the beach was a memory I will not soon forget.
Much more to come in the form of a full, two part concert review for Bamboozle, but for tonight I needed to play catch up on the tracks below...#MemorialDayIsForRelaxingNotWriting
Benny Benassi feat Gary Go - Cinema (Radio Edit)
Benny Benassi feat Gary Go - Cinema (Skrillex Remix)
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Luckily for us, Donald was nice enough to post the track for download on his website along with an interesting commentary by Big Ghost aka Childish Gambino/Donald Glover imitating Ghostface Killah while providing commentary on new songs...
American Chariot (according to @samspratt the artist who provided the cover art) go hard and send a clear message that the new kids on the block are on some new shit. They're about gaining and keeping wealth instead of spending wealth so their family and future generations can come up. It's an interesting, enlightened message that is clearly aimed at a new school train of thought. I say more power to them, there's a lot of intelligence in that message.
Keep an eye out for that new mixtape next week and if you're like me, you've already signed on to see Childish live this summer on his Camp Tour...#SummerConcerts
Childish Gambino feat Nipsey Hussle - Black Faces (American Chariot) (prod by Boi-1da and The Maven Boys)
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Even though the first remix was solid, I'd favor remix number two featuring the fresh new lyricists. Maybe, just maybe @2chainz is starting to grow on me a little with his unapologetic southern rhymes. @macmiller and @asherroth did some work on their verses by adding their own quick witted playalistic bars. All things considered, Asher's verse wins in this remix competition. From the 7 minutes in heaven reference, to the talk of sliding his hands to second base, and finally finishing with the most universal truism that everyone wants to be like Selena and Biebs, Ash simply slayed it. It's the type of lyricism that was needed from the start, causing me to give an emphatic stamp of approval...#CountIt
Justin Bieber feat 2 Chainz, Asher Roth & Mac Miller - Boyfriend (Remix)
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I'll be the first to admit that I'm not the biggest gamer. Sure I've dabbled in a few addicting PC games like the Command and Conquer series and I've been known to play more than a few iPhone games, but a couple Halo free for alls is about as far as I've gone on the first person shooter games. I preface this post with the qualifiers above for two reasons. First, many of my work friends are absolutely addicted to the newly released Diablo 3, which has sold 6.3 million copies in the first week of sales. Yep, that makes it unofficially the fastest selling PC game ever. Second (and more importantly), the folks over at Ubisoft made a wise decision by employing @KENDRICKLAMAR for their new game. IF you're wondering what the game is all about, below is the trailer for the newest version of the Ghost Recon series...
Yea, it's probably about what you expected with a really in depth story line, above average graphics and advanced game play. Along the same lines, War is My Love does a solid job of exuding the quiet intensity of the game. Kendrick fits in an many war/battle references as he can on the track and delivers his message at a steady march that is bound to get at least a few teenagers pumped. It's about as Quiet Storm as you can get, which isn't too over the top and should resonate well with the gamer types.
Ghost Recon Future Soldier out in stores now and Kendrick Lamar is coming to a city near you with his friends @macmiller and @realwizkhalifa ...#TheInfluenceTour
Kendrick Lamar - War is My Love
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Ecstatic is a good word to describe my initial reaction when I heard Goodie Mob was coming out with a comeback album. I use the phrase comeback album because it's been since 2005 (7 years!) since they last released an album. To be fair though, I was guilty of tuning their last album, One Monkey Don't Stop No Show, completely out. Keepin' it 100, it was because that album just wasn't good at all...at least compared to their first two albums, which were really solid.
A lot has changed since the group first got together around 1995. For starters, @ceelogreen is now a universal pop icon, which wasn't the case when the group first started releasing music. It will be interesting to see how that changes their music because on first glance, the first two songs that have surfaced off their upcoming album Age Against the Machine are heavy on the vocals and light on the verses. Speaking of which, they just performed their lead single titled Fight to Win on NBC's The Voice this week (below)...
Julius Ceasar and his band of glowing grilled trojan fighters? That's what came to mind when watching that video. Very inspirational and radio friendly, which is a 180 from the music they used to create. Not hating one bit, just stating the facts and noticing the change in style.
If I had to pick I'd choose their other new song Is That You God? over their lead single. I'd choose it because the amount of soul they're able to pack into one track is incredible. Sure Cee-Lo's vocals really help, but the general mood of the track reminds me exactly why I'm such a big fan of Goodie Mob. They always manage to hammer home a positive, spiritual message through their verses while imparting soul on the hook. If you haven't heard of Goodie Mob and only enjoy Cee-Lo's music, then this is the perfect track to introduce you to their sound. Southern soul with a Hip Hop twist has never sounded so right...#GoodieMobbIsBack
Goodie Mob - Is That You God?
Monday, May 21, 2012
"Straight hair, high heels and a handbagPolitics and propaganda aside, the sample is just as politically charged as the lyrics. I say the because the beat put together by Simonsayz and B-Side has drawn some serious criticism from the @therealpeterock who originally put the beat together on the original classic Hip Hop track T.R.O.Y.
Crucifixes, racism and a land grab
Katrina FEMA trailers human body sandbags"
The Great American Rap Album.
I get that it's easy for me to judge, but the last thing I'd want if I were Lupe is for critics to focus on the sampling of the beat rather than the message I'm trying to convey with my controversial lyrics. Who knows though, sometimes no publicity is bad publicity and it could help in the long run. Either way, it's an interesting start to a widely looked forward to album that I've got circled on my 2012 notable Hip Hop releases calendar. Word has it the album is set to drop on September 25th, stay tuned for much more to drop between now and then...#FNL2
Lupe Fiasco - Around My Way (Freedom Aint Free)
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Man that was the jam back in the day, wasn't it? Whether Sean Kingston did it justice with the sample is up for debate, though. I'll say that he's done a lot better (Beautiful Girls) and a lot worse (Born to be Wild) on previous samples. One thing I am sure of is that it's palatable enough to start a wildfire on top 40 radio. By my count this will be his fifth single released so far from his upcoming third studio album Back 2 Life.
If you asked me to rank the singles, I'd probably go with Letting Go (Dutty Love), Back 2 Life, Eenie Meenie, Party All Night, and Dumb Love. Rumor has it that Kingston may blow up the tracklist and start all over with the single below, which would be a ballsy move. Why not throw them in as fillers and have an end result that is a classic album with front to back singles? No release date in sight, but like any Sean Kingston release, it'll be chalked full of fun reggae and repeatable radio hits...#Back2Life
Sean Kingston feat T.I. - Back to Life (Live it Up) (prod by JR Rotem)
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Cheers to all the lazy lovers out there who got that I don't wanna, that I don't wanna do nothin'!...#LazyLove
Friday, May 18, 2012
Also, it is me or have the animated video become the cost effective way to go now? That's two in a week counting Wolfgang's new one, @THEREALBANNER's video with @Chrisbrown's new video for Amazing. I'm still waiting for @calvinharris's new one with @neyocompound to start taking over top 40 radio. To top it off, check out the two videos at the bottom that show how white people and alcohol mix quite well. Speaking of which, holler atcha boy if you're at Bamboozle tonight...#Bamboozle
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Even more intriguing, I really liked the original, solo version of Beautiful Lie that R Les cooked up. Add in an point verse from one of the most creative wordplay artists in the game and it's a done deal. Word has it, Les is More is actually going to be released on June 5th, which is nothing short of a miracle considering how many times it's stopped and started. I'll buy it though, especially with this flood of new content including his new promo video for Rain in Australia (below).
Aaaannd as I'm watching the end of the video it says, "Les is More This Summer." I stand by my original statement, I'll believe it when it see it. And when I see it, you better believe I'll be pumped...#LesIsMore
Ryan Leslie feat Fabolous - Beautiful Lie (Remix)
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
If you haven't heard of Wolfgang or somehow missed his new melt your face off awesome collabo with Tiesto (We Own the Night), I'd start with his debut album Weekend in America. For all Hip Hop fans tuning in, you'll be interested to know that he collaborated with @TheRealEve, @jimjonescapo, @Mr_Camron and @iamwill on Weekend in America. Without a doubt the standout track on the album was Get 'Em feat E-V-E if you're looking for the cliff notes version.
Even if you haven't heard his music yet, if you're a fan of EDM, you'll hear about him sooner or later since he's a part of the Ultra Music family, which might as well be the epicenter of EDM worldwide. Ultra is to EDM, what Def Jam is to Hip Hop. You feel me?
This week Wolfgang created a nice little animated video for you to follow along for all you visual learners...
Call it simple, low budget, or even childish, I think it does a pretty decent job at focusing the listener on the music, which is enough to keep my attention. Overall a great single, that you should add to your (I assume) growing list of favorite EDM tracks...#EDM
Wolfgang Gartner - Redline
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
Yea I know what you're thinkin', man that might have been the plainest, most mundane video I've ever seen. I guess some people might find it artsy in a way? Either way not my deck of cards.
The good news is, the original track got a shot of hot sauce in the form of a electronica thanks to DJ Dirty South. If you're wondering whether this track came out of left field, you are mistaken and I've got a few heat rocks as evidence. On his list of badass remixes are @nerouk's Me and You, @skylargrey's Invisible and @DIRTYMONEYCREW's Coming Home. That's a stacked lineup of great tracks that he managed to infuse energy into and I can say that I've had all of them on a playlist at some point in the past year.
Only beef I've got with the remix below is the first minute of the track, which is so repetitive it might cause you to drive your car into oncoming traffic. On the flip side, the cover art that mixed his logo with Miike Snow's logo was pretty exemplary. Nothing cooler than a devilish jackalope for cover art...#Truth
Miike Snow - Devil's Work (Dirty South Remix)
Sunday, May 13, 2012
The main beef I have with Slaughterhouse's choice of singles is that their verses aren't as substantial. I say that because they're known for witty, sometimes edgy lyrics and that gets lost when shooting for middle of the road content meant for the radio. Using the song below as an example, it was tough finding a witty quoteable for the title of the post, which is rare for any of their songs. Still, having @ceelogreen on the track gives it a fighting chance for top 40 success. Radio worthiness aside, they are releasing a video for My Life in the coming weeks and earlier this week @joebudden gave a behind a behind the scenes interview with MTV to describe the video concept...
Their new album, Welcome to: Our House is due out in about three weeks on June 12th. Unlike most albums I'll be immediately sifting through the non-singles to find my favorite track. Can't wait to hear the end product and influence that their new record company will have on their overall sound...#ShadyRecords
Slaughterhouse feat Cee-Lo - My Life (prod by StreetRunner and Sarom)
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Call it a remix or version 1.5 of We in This Bitch, either way it's got the same instrumental from @KANEBEATZ, so don't expect much different than the original. What you can look forward to are new verses from @drake and @1future who are both running a train on FM radio at the moment. It's been a minute since Drake dropped a new verse, so his 16 was a welcome addition to the track. There weren't the usual amount of quoteables that he usually comes through with, but his jubilant tone was a good sign.
Maybe I'm a little late to the bus stop, but I have yet to hear a verse or song from Future that's really stood out. I know he's being touted as one of the big new up and comers (I see you XXL). Maybe similar to newly minted G.O.O.D. Music signee @2chainz, his style will grow on me because he's rubbing shoulders with a lot of my favorite artists. For now feel free to get with his Twitter sweepstakes by tracking this...#SameDamnTime
DJ Drama feat Drake & Future - We in This Bitch 1.5 (prod by Kane Beatz)
Friday, May 11, 2012
Cinema previews aside, the @maroon5 and @realwizkhalifa Payphone video was a fun watch. I'm not sure I'm a fan of @kanyewest and @s_c_'s choice of Made in America for their third single off Watch the Throne. On a positive note, the @tiesto and @wolfganggartner collabo is a perfect get the weekend started track. Cheers to the weekend y'all!...#ItsFriday
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Their newest single, Dirty Bass, is the title track for their upcoming album. It features a verse from YMCMB youngin' @Tyga and some heavy rhythms crafted by the @stereotypes. Check the newly released video for the track below...
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
With the help of house producer/vocalist @CjamesOfficial, Deadmau5 managed to create a really enjoyable lead single off his upcoming The Veldt EP due out June 22nd. There are a couple really cool behind the scenes tidbits about this track that make it all the more enjoyable. First, the song is based off the short Sci-Fi story "The Veldt" by renowned author Ray Bradbury. Second, Deadmau5 released the instrumental to fans only to hear one of his fans (Chris James) had created a vocal version with lyrics inspired by the Ray Bradbury story. He ended up doing such a great job on the vocal version that the official released version will feature his lyrics. Not only is the song great, but the story behind the track is great and has an added layer of meaningfulness...#EveryoneWins
Deadmau5 feat Chris James - The Veldt
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
When you think about it, if you're well known and already have a fan base, why do you need a big network to air your show or a record company to endorse and promote your release? It's like saying I'm going to drive across the street in this huge, fancy SUV when walking across the street would make a hell of a lot more sense and be more cost effective. What's great is @THEREALBANNER feels the same way and going to put his album on his site available for download if you donate any amount of money. Hear him talk about how much value you're getting for an amount of money you think he deserves when you purchase his newest album Sex, Drugs and Video Games.
What's really cool about the album is that it's chalked full of singles and has every bit of assumed quality you'd get out of a highly publicized studio album. Case in point the four singles he has already released Castles in Brooklyn, Califonication, Let Me In, and Believe prior to the track below. I'd say this one would fall in right behind Believe as my favorite so far on the album. The beat is about as sick as it gets for an upbeat Hip Hop track and features a solid hook and verse from @chrisbrown.
Do me a favor by joining the 2M1 Movement and show a lil love to Mississippi's finest rapper not named Big K.R.I.T. on May 22nd when he sticks his neck out and attempts to do what no other rapper has done before by taking control of his intellectual content...#CopIt
David Banner feat Chris Brown - Amazing (prod by David Banner)
Monday, May 07, 2012
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that Learn to Fly is probably going to serve as the lead single for The Knocks upcoming debut album. No idea what the title of the album will be or the timing of the release, but I'm excited to hear more of the modern day disco that @djbroc and @mrjpatt create together. I'll put it this way, if The Knocks are considered Indie, then I'm even more proud to be an independent music supporter. Be mindful of your surroundings when you uncork this gem because you'll be compelled to dance...#NoChoice
Sunday, May 06, 2012
You're probably just as surprised that Avicii has yet to put together a full length album, but when you're selling out venues and churning out hit singles, why worry about all that goes into a studio album. Case in point, his newest soon to be showstopping club hit Last Dance. It's been over a month and still no full version, but I've got hopes. Just like I hope to one day cross out "see Avicii in concert" off my bucket list...#ItWillHappen
Avicii - Silhouettes (Radio Edit)
Saturday, May 05, 2012
If you held a gun to my head and forced me to pick a favorite, I'd reluctantly pick 4 AM, but it's close to a coin flip. I'm siding with 4 AM because the woman scorned tracks have always resonated with me for some reason. Between the high powered vocals and outpouring of emotion, it's hard for me not to gravitate to the track. The vocals are so soul filled, you feel the pain of the woman waiting up for her man as he's out on the town, most likely up to no good. It's not easy to find the unedited version of the track, which is unfortunate because the mf fits well in the hook. I've got a feeling the talented @iamricolove had a lot to do with the end result and success of the track, but that's not to take away from the A+ delivery by Melanie.
Melanie Fiona - 4 AM (prod by Rico Love)