Photo by G. Video by MTV Hive.
As you all know, my life is filled with fun, excitement, art, rock & roll, celebrities and experiences that are at times too bizarre to be true, and yet, I have no reason to lie (plus I have proof). That’s why I started carrying a camera around with me. One of the most awesome things to happen to me in 2012 was getting a call from MTV Hive to host their CMJ-themed episode of “Weird Vibes!” For the duration of the music festival, the uber-awesome producer of “Weird Vibes” Shirley Braha and I hit the hottest concerts in Manhattan and Brooklyn in search of buzz and vibes and we got it!
Over the course of the week, I was fortunate enough to interview Mac Demarco, DIIV, Paul Banks (Interpol), Unicorn Kid, Kitty Pryde, and Blood Orange, and appearances by Flying Lotus, Pictureplane, Mykki Blanco, Merchandise, Thieves Like Us, Hot Sugar, Twerps, Madeline Follin of Cults, and Tao Lin! Once again, it’s nearly too good to be true, but as you will see in the video, it’s all true.
Thanks again so much to all of the artists who agreed to be interviewed.
Thanks again to Shirley Braha for being an awesome partner in crime.
Thanks again to MTV Hive for an experience I will never forget.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
And with no further delay, check out the World’s #1 Blogger episode of “Weird Vibes.”
Photos by G.
Steve Goodman is Kode 9.
Scottish DJ Steve Goodman, better known as Kode 9, took the stage at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge on March 30, 2010 opening for Flying Lotus. His style of DJing is called Dubstep, which for the non-ravers out there means that Dubstep tracks are generally produced at a tempo of around 140 beats per minute and in recent years have developed signature half time rhythms, often heavily shuffled or syncopated, and usually, though not exclusively, including only one snare drum hit per bar, often on the third beat. According2g that means you’re gonna dance your ass off and get lost in the funky tribal beats. For the Prince fans that might be reading this, you might want to look into Kode 9’s 2004 collaboration with Daddy Gee called “Sine of the Dub,” which is a loose interpretation of the purple one’s “Sign O’ the Times.”
See another picture of Kode 9 after the jump.
Photo by G.
Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma.
Superstar DJ Flying Lotus’ latest record “Cosmogramma” is set to be released on May 4, 2010. I have been lucky enough to receive a copy a full month before the CD is officially released, so I’d like to give you my thoughts.
Most of the songs on the record are in the one to two minute range and fuse the realms of thumping beats with spacey electronica that is sure to take your mind on a trip. The songs are mixed in a continuous sequence that speeds up and slows down to give you time to catch your breath before the next movement. A standout track on the album is “Do The Astral Plane” that has some jazzy elements and scatting in it mixed with luscious tribal beats. “Table Tennis,” featuring Laura Darlington, samples the sounds of ping-pong balls being hit back and forth as Laura Darlington’s ethereal vocals play in the background. The track that will make this release the most sought after is the Thom Yorke (from Radiohead) collaboration “…And The World Laughs With You.” The track clocks in at 5 minutes and 27 seconds (which is delicious); however, Thom doesn’t make his first vocal appearance until the 2 minute and 45 second mark. Once he finally emerges, his unmistakable vocals make the phrases “I need to know you’re out there / I need to know you’re listening” sound like heaven. His trademark whispered vocals over him harmonizing with himself are also ever present, making this the standout track on the record. I don’t really think “Cosmogramma” captures the essence of FlyLo’s on stage presence, but still the record will definitely become a late night staple, according2g.
The tracklist for Cosmogramma is:
01 Clock Catcher
03 Nose Art
04 Intro//A Cosmic Drama
05 Zodiac Shit
06 Computer Face//Pure Being
07 And the World Laughs With You [ft. Thom Yorke]
09 Mmmhmm [ft.Thundercat]
10 Do the Astral Plane
12 German Haircut
14 Dance Of the Pseudo Nymph
15 Drips//Auntie’s Harp
16 Table Tennis [ft. Laura Darlington]
17 Galaxy in Janaki
And as a bonus, if you click here (while supplies last), you can download a free 40 minute megamix dedicated to Flying Lotus’ 10 years in the business mixed by The Gaslamp Killer. Enjoy!
Photos by G.
Jason Chung is Nosaj Thing.
California native (yay Cali!) Nosaj Thing opened for DJ Flying Lotus at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge on March 30, 2010. Born Jason Chung, Nosaj Thing mixes elements of hip-hop and funk with his own “warped beats.” The sold out crowd got their groove on as they waited until the very late hour of 1:30 for Lotus to take over on DJing duties. As Nosaj Thing is only 24 years old, you can expect to see a lot more of him in the future on top of the throne of great DJs. If you head on over to his site, you can download free mp3s of his remixes of “Islands” by The XX and “Forever” by Drake featuring Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem.
Pasadena is in the house! Woot!
See some more artsy pix of Nosaj Thing, doing his thing, after the break (beat).
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Steven Ellison aka Flying Lotus
Taking the stage at the very ripe hour of 1:30 am, Steven Ellison, better known as Flying Lotus played a DJ set at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge on March 31, 2010. The hip-hop and electronica DJ has a new record called ‘Cosmogramma’ due next month and the record is so hot, he even enlisted Thom Yorke of Radiohead to do some guest vocals. Sadly, Mr. Yorke was not present to make a surprise appearance on stage tonight, but I’ll be seeing him next week and I am super excited for that! The sold-out crowd had been warmed up by two previous DJ sets, so by the time Flying Lotus came on, the crowd was a little sweaty. One of the funniest observations I noticed was that people in the front row near me were taking pictures like they were going out of style. Sure, Flying Lotus had some pretty cool projections on the screens behind him, but based on the photo taking, you’d think we were witnessing a Pink Floyd reunion. At any rate, I had fun and I am looking forward to ‘Cosmogramma.’
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