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Summer Vibes (Wolfgang Gartner, Axwell, Pretty Lights, ///Bones)

26 Jun

This morning, I pleasantly woke up to beaming sunshine coming through my window. It’s always a good start to the day when I can see nothing but blue skies and feel the warm air. Anyway, it has been an eventful weekend with Dada Life, Hardwell, Mr. White, Andy D’Arrigo, and ///Bones on Friday at the Avalon and a Dodger game yesterday. I’m feeling some summer vibes today, so I thought I’d let you feel the same. These should do the trick…

Wolfgang Gartner ft Will.I.Am- Forever (Hook N Sling Remix)

Adele- Hometown Glory (Axwell Remode Remix)

Pretty Lights- Pretty Lights vs Summertime

 

Bonus:

///Bones released his fresh Summer 2011 mix last week and it’s nothing but quality. You really can’t go wrong with tribal beats, electro, and even some disco house. Enjoy.

///Bones- Summer Mix 2011

 

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Pretty Lights Music: Gramatik

19 Jun

Recently, Pretty Lights has been very impressive with his performances at Lightning in a Bottle and Bonnaroo. After hearing his latest tracks, He also seems to be improving his production skills, which is excellent to see. He is rising further as an artist, but also as a record label owner. He just brought on Gramatik, “an unbelievably talented and versatile producer, who makes tracks with soul and raw power” (PL). With Gramatik’s first release on Pretty Lights Music, I’d have to agree with that statement. Check it out.

Gramatik- So Much For Love

 

Bonus:

Here’s a rip of the new track Pretty Lights premiered at Bonnaroo!

Pretty Lights- I Know The Truth

 

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Festival Review: Bonnaroo X (Sunday) **Plus Pretty Lights Video**

17 Jun

Sunday at Bonnaroo held some mixed feelings for me.  On one hand I was extremely sad that this magical weekend was coming to an end and trying to figure out if I could still function in ‘normal’ society again.  On the other hand, I was getting pretty tired of waking up with the damned sun and I smelled so badly I don’t think showers wanted me to get in them! But the show must go on…

Highlights for Sunday included legendary Allman Brothers Singer/Organ player Gregg Allman, who did his own take on classic Allman Brothers songs like, “Dreams”, “Blue Sky”, “Mellissa” and a number of his own songs. And speaking of legends how about the mainstage performance by Robert Plant & Band of Joy that I think pretty much blew everyone away!  Being that this was as close to Led Zeppelin as I will ever get, I’ll take it.  I love how Robert Plant is now doing his own take on Country/Bluegrass music.  He has truly mastered both worlds, first of course being British Blues/Rock and now American Country/Bluegrass.  What can’t he do!  Highlights of this for me, however, had to be his take on classic Led Zeppelin tunes like “Houses of the Holy”.  I felt as if I was in the presence of a God. Robert Plant has still got it, and shows no signs of slowing down.  

 

Next I was able to catch some of The Strokes set on the smaller “Which” stage.  I’ve been waiting years to see The Strokes and although I feel their new album is on the weaker side, their performance did not disappoint me one bit. Lead singer Julian Casablancas didn’t seem to be too drunk this show so I think all in all it went smoothly.  

Superjam one of Bonnaroo’s strongest traditions was up next.  Superjam is a performance held every year at Bonnaroo consisting of a collaboration of that years top artists.  Past Superjams have included collaborations from Les Claypool, Phil Lesh, Mike Gordon, Trey Anastasio, Kirk Hammett, and many others.  This year was a treat, as we got to see Dan Auerbach, guitarist of the Black Keys, Dr. John keyboardist of The Original Meters, and Patrick Hallahan drummer of My Morning Jacket, along with other musicians notably from The Preservation Hall Jazz Band performing classic New Orleans Funk and Blues  songs.  

The Strokes

 

And finally to close the weekend out Widespread Panic, another six time Bonnaroo veteran band,  played A 2.5 hour set on the main stage. Widespread was a really great closing act for the festival. Their light show was pretty unreal and chaotic which matched well to their guitar shredding rock music.  

Unfortunately Bonnaroo is too huge and I couldn’t see everyone I wanted so heres a list of artists I was sad I had to miss:

Florence & The Machine, Ray Lamontagne, !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Big Boi, Wiz Khalifa, Loretta Lynn, Girl Talk, Gogol Bordello, Railroad Earth, G. Love and the Special Sauce, Explosions in the Sky, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Cold War Kids, Iron and Wine, Bootsy Collins, All of the Comedy Lineup!

All in all it was an UNREAL weekend.  It defiantly took a toll on my sleeping and eating habits, but it was well worth it.  Not only was the music just unforgettable, but it was the other little things like the ferris wheel, clock tower, food trucks, waterslide, mushroom fountain, and just the people and atmosphere that truly make Bonnaroo the magical event it is.  WEST LA CNCT LOVES BONNAROO!  So Superfly, if you are reading this, please hook it up with some press passes next year! 


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Festival Review: Bonnaroo X (Thursday and Friday)

15 Jun

If you have been wondering where have all the posts been this past week, WEST LA CNCT has a semi-legitimate excuse for the lack of new music.  The truth of the matter is that we have all been losing our minds at the musical utopia known as Bonnaroo X.

It was hotter than hell.  It was dustier than ever.  We got maybe three hours of sleep every night. But it was the most magical experience of our lives!

Bonnaroo’s 10th birthday party kicked off on a little (700 acre) farm in Manchester, TN.  The party began Thursday night after most of the 80,000+ attendees made it to the festival grounds.  It was a good way to ease into the madness that ensued in the next few days.  We got to enjoy the giant mushroom fountain, ferris wheel, bobble head sculptures, and run around from This Tent to That Tent to The Other Tent without an overwhelming crowd to hold us back.  And of course we got to see some stellar music.   At the top of our music highlights of Thursday night would have to be Sleigh Bells, a noise pop duo hailing from Booklyn, NY, who pretty much blew everyones hipster glasses off with their dance friendly tunes.  Thursday night also included performances by other indie acts Best Coast, Band of Skulls, Deer Hunter,–and to end off the night–Beats Antique.

Friday was the more official kick off to the festival.  As a little day time warm up we saw all types of bands from legends like Bela Fleck & The Original Flecktones, Warren Haynes Band, and Wanda Jackson to rap superstars Atmosphere to Bonnaroo vets Primus and Grace Potter!

Jim James of My Morning Jacket

But the real magic didn’t come until six-time Bonnaroo vets My Morning Jacket played a killer 2 hour set on the main stage followed by another unreal set from Bonnaroo rookies Arcade Fire. My Morning Jacket played some great songs from their new album “Circuital” mixed in with classics like “Touch Me I’m Going to Scream Pt. 2”, “Evil Urges”, “One Big Holiday”, and “Wordless Chorus”–just to name a few–even bringing out special guests from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to accompany them on some tracks. Canadian six-piece band  Arcade Fire blew me away with their amazing talent both instrumentally and vocally and played a great mix of songs from all four of their studio albums. Both sets will forever stick in my memory as some of the greatest performances I’ve ever witnessed.

Up next was the late night acts, and who better to kick off the night than Bassnectar performing inside This Tent from 12:30-2:00.  Obviously word of Bassnectar‘s crazy live sets has gotten out because his crowd reached WAY outside the tent almost all the way past the mushroom fountain.  But that didn’t stop us from getting right in the middle of the action almost front row to get our shit rocked by some unbelievably dirty bass.  If you haven’t seen Bassnectar yet, get on it because he is on FIRE right now. Next came one the harder compromises of the weekend, so we shot over to check out 4-5 songs including crowd favorites like “Loud Pipes” from, my personal heros, Ratatat who were absolutely killing it. Then we went over to the madness that is Shpongle performing on a crazy rig he likes to call the Shpongletron Experience.  And it really was an experience–from on stage dancers, to morphing and melting Shpongle masks, to the unreal ‘third eye’ that had a crazy lazer show coming out of it!  Shpongle thoroughly impressed us all by dropping awesomely mind-melting tracks ranging from deep trance to worldly Indian/Middle-Eastern tracks.  It was quite the experience.  Then to top the night off, when we all thought we couldn’t handle anything else,  we walked over to catch Pretty Lights throw it down with a very impressive light and sound rig until the sun literally rose. What a night!

Shpongletron Experience

Check back soon for a review of Saturday and Sunday, when more magic really kicked in!

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Lightning In A Bottle 2011

23 May

Los Angeles is home to a plethora of excellent music companies, but The Do LaB is certainly one that stands out amongst the rest. For more than a decade, their creative minds have been providing Southern California with a very unique service: creating an experience as an art form. Driven by a desire to challenge people’s preconceived notions of reality and what is 
possible, the countless hours of work and dedication of The Do LaB, has led to the gathering of thousands in celebration of Art, Music, Performance, Sustainability and Life.

The Lightning In A Bottle Festival has found it’s home in the beautiful and inspiring environment of the Oak Canyon Ranch in Silverado, CA (an hour South of LA), which is surrounded by rolling hills, lush Oak Trees, and reservoirs. Taking into account all that the festival has to offer in this natural setting is just one of the things that makes it a truly unique experience.

Music and Art are certainly the main attractions of the festival, but The Do LaB wanted to create a more worthwhile and beneficial opportunity for anyone who is willing to take the time to learn through their educational offerings such as speakers and workshops. If you are more musically inclined (as I am), you are set for a very memorable weekend with a vast array of artists including Pretty Lights, Thievery Corporation, MiM0SA, and the Lucent Dossier Experience, to name a few. I’ve also been dying to see some smaller acts such as Gladkill, Stephan Jacobs, and Love & Light.

As for Art, there will be a number of beautiful works ranging from large installations to paintings to crafts from vendors. There will also be a silent auction held for the benefit of The Do LaB’s non-profit organization, The Do ArT Foundation. I can’t wait to explore and discover all of the art featured at the festival!

These next few days will be painstakingly slow, as I am ecstatic to attend my first Lightning In A Bottle with WEST LA CNCT‘s own: Allione and Nathan Podshadley. Since the beginning of the festival over 10 years ago with only 200 attendees, it has definitely come a long way, and I am looking forward to watching it grow and develop further!

I want to wish everyone a safe and incredible weekend, we will see you there!

 

Check out the set times here and if you want to listen to something to get you ready for the dancing and shenanigans that will take place, the Sex Pixels have just the mix for you. They were the winners of a mix contest which got them an opening slot at the Bamboo stage Friday afternoon. Enjoy!

 

For more information and updates, check the Lightning In A Bottle website, facebook, and twitter!

 

 

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Tron: Legacy R3CONF1GUR3D Streams

21 Mar

So if you haven’t heard by now, Tron: Legacy R3CONF1GUR3D was leaked. The album as a concept is pretty awesome and thankfully, so is the music! Although, I wish Daft Punk was actually involved in this. Regardless, there are definitely several gems on the release. I’ve put up some of my favorites on here for you all to stream and enjoy! Keep a heads up for the official release on April 5th!

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Daft Punk- Derezzed (The Glitch Mob Remix)

Daft Punk- Derezzed (Avicii Remix)

Daft Punk- Fall (M83 Vs Big Black Delta Remix)

Daft Punk- Adagio For Tron (Teddybears Remix)

Daft Punk- End Of Line (Boys Noize Remix)

Daft Punk- Rinzler (Kaskade Remix)

Daft Punk- Solar Sailer (Pretty Lights Remix)

 

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WEST LA CNCT Exclusive Interview: Robotic Pirate Monkey

28 Feb

It was only a few months ago when my buddy Blake, who goes to school in Boulder, let me know about the greatness of Robotic Pirate Monkey. At first, their name kept me a bit skeptical, but once I heard their music all of my doubts departed just as fast as the bass hit my ear drums. Following the steps of other Boulder natives such as Pretty Lights, Robotic Pirate Monkey is coming out of the woodwork to make a name for themselves in electronic music. They have already had a considerable amount of success with several well-received releases, and most notably, an almost sold-out headlining show at the Fox Theatre in Boulder. They are also on the bill for The Snowball Festival in Vail, Colorado, which I highly suggest attending if you aren’t already!

Although there are three members of Robotic Pirate Monkey (Matt Flesher, Matthew Berryhill, Andrew Hathaway), we only spoke with Flesher and Berryhill for this interview. All three were originally from different states before being brought together at the University of Colorado. The common interests of music and competitive skiing further established their relationships, which led to the formation of Robotic Pirate Monkey. Enjoy this interview, check out the music, and spread the word about RPM!

Robotic Pirate Monkey- Mr Brown (rmx ft. Bob Marley)

Robotic Pirate Monkey- Monsters (rmx ft. Collin McLoughlin & Sam Adams)

Robotic Pirate Monkey – Into a Dream Ft. Ayesha Scott

 

EP Downloads:

Jungle Tales: Vol. 1
Disturbing Pleasant Streets

 

Links:

Facebook
Soundcloud
Website
Contact: RoboticPirateMonkey@gmail.com

 

Interview:

WEST LA CNCT: You guys probably get this a lot, but I have to ask, why Robotic Pirate Monkey?

Flesher: Ha, yea everyone asks. It spurred from this revamped ‘rock, paper, scissors game’ called ‘robot, zombie, monkey, ninja, pirate’. From there the concept was shortened to ‘Robotic Pirate Monkey’, which we felt represented the music we make. We are gear heads and technology nerds so in that respect we are ‘robotic’. We base a lot of our music on elements of borrowed, or what some may call stolen, music samples hence the pirate. And at the end of the day our music is all geared to make you dance and ‘monkey’ around… and ‘RPM’ had a good ring to it.

WLAC: How did you guys meet? Had it always been music from the start?

Flesher: We did not really meet strictly through music. Hath and I (Flesher) met through skiing back in back when we were like 16. So I knew him when he came out to CU and when I found out he was messing around with ableton we started learning how to make music together. I met Berryhill through DJ’ing and making tunes. We realized we were all sort of digging the same sound and on the same page as far as production techniques and philosophy so becoming a group just came naturally.

Berryhill: Hath and I met DJing a house party… both impressed with each other and at the beginning of our electronic music production journey. We collaborated from the beginning. Maybe a couple months after, we started collaborating with Matt Flesher and now we’re here.

WLAC: How would you guys describe your sound? How do the three of you strive to be unique?

Flesher: I would say it’s hard to generalize our sound with a single description or genre. We like to make all types of music while keeping a constant style throughout giving our music that ‘RPM’ sound… Gritty, warm bass sounds, heavy percussion, catchy samples, and interesting detail.

Berryhill: We really don’t look for a certain sound per se. We just feel out what fits in the track we’re working on. Whether a remix or an original. We like to sample from pretty much any type of music and go from there.

WLAC: Who have you guys been most influenced by in music? Who did you guys grow up listening to?

Flesher: Growing up I listened to everything…a lot of jam band shit but always liked hip-hop and electronic music. Favorites included Moe., Incubus, 311, Yonder, As far as the music I like to make, I really like sampling old classics that kinda have that just epic, nostalgic feel. I think this gives music the music that extra character that really makes it. Pretty Lights is great at this. The way he makes those classic soul samples sound so full and futuristic is simply genius.

Berryhill: Being a musician prior, the classic garage band jam sessions have def. influenced me quite a bit, especially when I’m looking for melodies and what not. I listened to anything from classic rock to classic hip-hop to hardcore music growing up, I’ve heard a lot of different stuff.

WLAC: I noticed you guys have several remixes. How do you guys go about choosing which songs to remix?

Flesher: No process… It usually goes something like you hear a song on the radio, run home to your computer and make a drum loop and a bassline and then being like “Hey guys check this remix I started”. If it clicks it tends to get finished real fast and if it doesn’t it might get pushed aside and revisited later when inspiration hits.

Berryhill: I try to find the tracks first of all that fit our style. I also try to find those tracks that have special places in peoples heart, and make something that more fit to dance and party to in this new era of electronic music. It’s fun to watch what we can come up with to such different kinds of music.

WLAC: So, you guys played your first headlining show at the Fox Theatre in Boulder back on December 2nd. What was it like? Did you guys ever imagine seeing your name at the top of the bill?

Flesher: It was the sickest!! No seriously it was such a fun night. We never expected to come so close to selling out our first show at the Fox, and it was truly flattering to see the support.

Berryhill: Yeah, it was a really good turn out. We played our first totally live set and people were really feelin’ it

WLAC: What programs or gear are you guys using? Is it a different setup when you’re playing live vs. back at the home/studio?

Flesher: We are using macbook pros with Ableton Live. Live we use Novation Launchpads and pad controllers like the Akai MPD and the M Audio Trigger Finger along with a monome and a couple ipads. In the studio we gotta set of Adams A7 Monitors, Rode NT 1A Mic, and a couple midi keyboards.

Berryhill: We are always trying to push the limit in the live realm of electronic music. Don’t be surprised to see real instruments like guitars up on stage in the future.

WLAC: Boulder’s music scene seems to be thriving in its college atmosphere. Do you guys feel it has changed since first arriving at Boulder? Has electronic music been growing in popularity?

Flesher: Yeah I have noticed it change drastically. When I was a freshman everyone seemed to be into jam bands and hip hop but right around sophmore year the electronic scene blew up with the house-y shit like Deadmau5 becoming a household name and more jam-my shit like STS9 grabbing the jam band crowd.

Berryhill: Yeah, electronic music is booming everywhere, and Boulder is one of the places where it all started, especially the kind of music we make, it really thrives here

WLAC: If you guys could collaborate with any artist, who would it be and why?

Flesher: Kid Cudi… Cleveland love. 
Anyone whose willing to throw it Down!

 

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Cake Effect!- You Know My Love (Nas//Pretty Lights)

31 Jan

Cake Effect! is a producer/DJ over on the East coast, hailing from Burlington, Vermont. I found this mashup of his and it definitely caught my ear. It’s almost a no-brainer to mix hip-hop together with Pretty Lights, but nonetheless this is a great track!

Cake Effect!- You Know My Love (Nas//Pretty Lights)

 

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Mash Ups: Basic Physics

9 Nov

Basic Physics is a 3-person DJ contingent based out of Madison, Wisconsin and Minneapolis, Minnesota. You may have heard of them through their “Ghosts On a G6 (Deadmau5 x Far East Movement)” remix that Allione had found previously, and immediately brought it to my attention that it was the same artists who did both that mash up as well as the first song in this post. Basic Physics does a great job with mash ups and you won’t be disappointed by these familiar tracks that go together very well! Also, I just want to give a shout out to a man that is doing wonderful things up at UCSB and his name is Michael Epstein. Keep doin’ what you’re doin’!

Basic Physics- Stuntin with a Milli (Lil Wayne x Phoenix x Pretty Lights)

Basic Physics- Kryptonite in Cali *Featuring Rusko’s “Da Cali Anthem”

 

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Glitch-Hop: GK

6 Nov

GK, Grant Kwiecinski, is a new up and coming Glitch-Hop producer whose music easily ranks among the best in the business, such as Pretty Lights or The Glitch Mob. He started producing at age 14 and it is evident that his talent will surely lead him to success. On his Facebook page, he notes that he likes to “smash up old swing and jazz samples then blast it all between Reason and Ableton and finish it with treble bass, laser, funk and soul flavor.” It is just the beginning of his career, so I recommend keeping an eye out for GK, and watch him blow up!


Download his full EP for FREE here!

GK- On The Move***

GK- Curtains

GK- What About It (Drop It Like It’s Womp)

GK- Swag So Official*stream not working, download!

 

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Pretty Lights: Glowing In The Darkest Night EP

23 Oct

Yesterday, Pretty Lights released his third installment, “Glowing In The Darkest Night,” of a trilogy of  EP’s this year. Derek Vincent Smith, who is Pretty Lights, has a very unique style that entails “glitchy hip-hop beats, buzzing synth lines, and vintage funk and soul samples.” He is undoubtedly one of the very best Glitch-Hop artists to ever grace this earth. I’ve included some of the better tracks on his newest EP, but be sure to download the whole thing (FOR FREE) at prettylightsmusic.com.

Pretty Lights- Drift Away ***

Pretty Lights- Out Of Time***

Pretty Lights- Gazing At The Glare***

If you like Pretty Lights, check out the L.A. natives, The Glitch Mob!

The Glitch Mob- Beyond Monday

By the way, if you downloaded the Zeds Dead “Out For Blood” song in the “Bass!” post earlier this week, I updated the link with a better quality version, so I recommend swapping the files!

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