Pretty Lights will bring in the New Year with two shows at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom at December 30th and 31st. Pretty Lights promises extended sets for the run, which will follow two co-headlining shows in Hampton, VA with Bassnectar.
Today Bassnectar hosted his first ever ‘Ask Me Anything’ on Reddit, answering all types of questions from his die hard legion of fans. Throughout the several hours long question and answer session, Bassnectar revealed some of his future plans, details on collaborations, and all sorts of little interesting tidbits of information. We’ve compiled some of the most interesting answers so you don’t have to sift through the whole thing.On what happiness means to him:“That’s a really big question! One of my main goals/passions in life is helping people lead happier/healthier lives. I have had the odd fortune of experiencing so much joy in my life that I truly just want to give back. I’ve felt this way since I was a kid. I certainly have my sad moments, and my challenges, but I am just literally “OVERJOYED” to be alive. I think this existence is so magical and mysterious, and I feel so lucky to be a part of it. If I had one wish it would simply be more time to enjoy life. that’s what makes me happy.”On a collaboration with Pretty Lights:“Derek and I have been MAD-SLACKING on finishing a tune together. i’ve got tons of love for him and his sound, we definitely plan to collab in the future”On a collaboration with ill.Gates:“Dylan and i live right next to each other, and have over a dozen unfinished projects together, one of which will be finished in time for Ultra this year ;)”On a collaboration with Diplo:“he and i have studio time booked next week: February 12 & 13!”On working with Lupe Fiasco:“Working with Lupe was an absolute thrill! I was kind of fan-girling at first, but he is enchanting to work with because he is like completely on another planet, and at the same time wide awake on this one”On his work with Primus:“i fucking love Primus!when i finished the remix for “Here Come The Bastards” last week, Les texted me “JEEEEEZE Little Fella! I thought my speakers were going to explode. I’m putting on the pig mask and going on tour with you”“hahaha so i think he liked it”His thoughts on the ‘EDM Drug Scene’:“well for one, I can’t really speak about “EDM Shows” with authority, because that’s not what I do. I see “EDM” as Avicci, Tiesto, Afrojack, Skrillex, etc. there is certainly crossover in Bassnectar Land, but i choose the road less taken. I come from a different place, and have different ideas, and so a lot of times the standard/classic EDM SCENE is irrelevant to what I do. But of course there is a crossover. In general with drugs, I did some experimenting a long time ago, and I know there are potential positive experiences to be had for SOME people. Unfortunately, I have seen so many horrendous tragedies (death, ruined lives, ruined relationships, ruined careers, ruined nervous systems) that I just do not wish to encourage drug use. In fact, I have a lot of problems with legally sanctioned Pharmaceuticals as well (not all of them of course). But pushing meth onto kids, getting them addicted, but calling it Adderall, that’s fucked up. Why criticize Lance Armstrong for using performance-enhancement drugs, but then all the kids in college (who aren’t diagnosed with ADHD) take it to do better in school. I think drugs is just such a loaded topic, it’s hard to respond quickly.”On his hair and haircuts:“Up until this month, I hadn’t cut my hair in 15 years…not even a trim. A few weeks ago I let my friend cut off about an inch that was all dreaded and terrifying. It is now gone for ever. I don’t wear my hair long as a style, i wear it as an anti-style… i don’t wanna be That Guy with the hair do, trying to worry about how im gonna comb it or style it…it’s either there or i tie it back if it gets in the way. I did just find a REALLY SICK shampoo though…wow”About his two-laptop stage set up:“Two Laptops is never enough! The more the merrier (there are five laptops in my studio right now)… If nothing else I run the second laptop as a mirror-image backup in real time, so if there are any technical emergencies on Laptop A, i can switch to Laptop B without any hassles. I’m adding more laptops to the show in 2013, one for video, and one for other effects/noises ;)”On what he does when he’s away from music:“At many points in the past ten years I have been so immersed in Bassnectar that there is little room for anything else. Working nonstop 7 days a week (80 hours plus each and every week without any break) for over ten years, traveling constantly, etc… its hypnotic. But this past month i’ve unplugged for the first time, barrely touched my phone or computer, and I spent most of my time enjoying california, hiking, exploring, catching up with my friends, watching cool movies, exercising a lot, learning and thinking :)”On his transformation into a DJ:“i never made a decision to “follow the electronic scene”. When i was 15 i was obsessed with death metal and black metal, and by 18 i was hearing lots of early techno and electronic ambient. I just naturally felt enchanted by it, and as a musician wanted to learn how to incorporate it. I started studying it formally at University of California, SC in 1996. But i never thought I would be a DJ, i didn’t really care about DJs. I wanted to MAKE EVENTS HAPPEN for people. I wanted to recreate the magical experiences I had felt for other people. And i wanted to chase the sounds in my head and make them real. I’ve been chasing some sounds since then, and “i’ll probably be chasing that feeling for the rest of my life”.”On his festival plans for the summer:“I can’t really announce all the festivals we are doing yet, but the ones i can are: Ultra (both weekends), Coachella (both weekends), and Spring Awakening. Folks wondering why we aren’t hitting the Midwest in the Spring: that’s so we can KNOCK IT at Spring Awakening …and same thing with our West Coast friends: Coachella. We passed on Coachella last year so I could go down to South America for Lolla, so this year I wanted to make sure we are there (and a week in Palm Springs to work on my tan o jeez)”On not playing Electric Forest this year:“As for Festivals: Artists don’t pick which festivals we play. Instead, the coordinators of each event decide who they want and then make an offer to the artist’s agent. Most large festivals simply do not repeat headliners (Lolla, Coachella, Spring Awakening, Bonnaroo, etc) and Electric Forest is the same. They simply said they would love to have me back in 2014, and this year they are having PL (whom they did not invite back last year). If it was up to me i would play every festival every year, haha! As it happens we have so many festivals planned this year, i am bursting with excitement! I wish I could announce them all right now!!!!! ;)”
Live for Live Music Presents: An Evening With Lettuce Performing A Special Set of Their Favorite James Brown Classics at Stage 48 on Sept. 18thLive for Live Music is beyond excited to announce our biggest show yet, with Brooklyn’s own Masters of Funk, Lettuce, headlining a very special show at recently opened NYC venue Stage 48 on Wednesday, September 18th. The Nigel Hall Band will be taking on opening duties. And here is the kicker….Lettuce will be performing a tribute set to the Godfather of Soul, the Hardest Working Man in Show Business – Mr. James Brown!!! Yeah, we thought that would get you as excited as we are.Lettuce formed at the Berklee College of Music in 1992, and consists of guitarists Eric Krasno and Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, Neal Evans (Keyboards, Hammond B-3 Organ, Piano), Adam Deitch (Drums/Percussion), Erick “E.D.” Coomes (Bass), Ryan Zoidis (Saxophone), Nigel Hall (Vocals), James Casey (Tenor Sax), and Eric Bloom (Trumpet), but finds their home base in Brooklyn, NY.Lettuce isn’t just your regular, run of the mill funk outfit, these guys stretch the boundaries and push every limit, while still bringing that streets of New York-style funk that they are so well known for. This is about as accomplished a band as you can get, with every member of the group having extremely successful careers outside of Lettuce. But no matter where their individual careers take them, nothing compares to what happens when these guys take the stage together; they very simply know how to bring it, and damn good at that.On what is sure to go down as a night to remember at one of NYC’s best new venues (check out some awesome pics here!), we have some other tricks up our sleeves for this incredible evening. But….you’re just going to have to wait on that, as those announcements will be coming as the show nears. For now, we just had to whet your appetites in anticipation for a post-summer bash with our favorite funk band around.Here is the skinny:Band: Lettuce Performing a James Brown Classics Set / Nigel Hall Band to openVenue: Stage 48 (605 W 48th St, New York, NY 10019)Show Time: Doors @ 6pm; Show @ 8pmTickets: Buy Tickets HereTicket Price: $20 (Limited Pre-Sale)* / $25 GA / $30 Door*Pre-sale tickets SOLD OUT! Limited GA tickets still available!
Anyone even slightly familiar with New York City has at least heard of Madison Square Garden and Penn Station; the former sits atop the latter making it a major destination for many city-goers. But Madison Square Garden now is faced with some controversial news: the Garden has 10 years to vacate the Penn Station premises to make room for renovations. This news comes after a 3-year renovation process by MSG, costing nearly one-billion dollars, in order to make the Garden a bigger and better experience for event attendees.MSG has been there for 50 years now, after the controversial demolition of the older Penn Station, but the 50-year contract has since expired. In these 50 years the Garden has hosted the New York Rangers, the New York Knicks, and countless touring concerts, but still has not achieved enough for the city to deem it worthy of keep at this location.According to NYDailyNews the vote was an overwhelming 47-1 in favor of moving the Garden to a different location to be able to renovate and better Penn Station. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn stated on the matter:We need to make sure Penn Station becomes what we need it to be, a really 21st century grand entrance into the greatest city in the world, not … what Sen. [Daniel] Moynihan or others historically described as a bunch of rat tunnels that lead people in and out of the city every day.Read more here.
Looks like this is gonna be one funky fall! George Porter Jr. has announced fall tour dates with his band, Runnin’ Pardners. Does this guy ever slow down?! Between appearances with the Meters (or Funky Meters, or Meter Men, or whatever they decide to be called tomorrow), personal appearances, and festival spots all over the map, this NOLA bass legend has most definitely still got it goin’ on.Highlights of this upcoming tour include a co-headlining bill with Dumpstaphunk in DC on 10/14, co-bills with Tim Reynolds & TR3 in Nashville and St. Louis on 10/16 and 10/17 (respectively), and a couple of Voodoo Fest after-parties in NOLA (not surprising).The Runnin’ Pardners consist of Brint Anderson on guitar, Michael Lemmler on keyboards, Khris Royal on sax, and Terrence Houston on drums. Truly an all-star team of NOLA superstars that are not to be missed!Check out the full list of tour dates below and be sure to get your dose of funk when they’re in town.Tour Date^ Co-Bill with Tim Reynolds & TR3# Co-Bill with Dumpstaphunk9/12 – Funky Biscuit – Boca Raton, FL9/13 – Freebird Live – Jacksonville, FL9/20 – Justice For All Ball – Audubon Tea Room – New Orleans, LA9/21 – D.B.A. – New Orleans, LA10/10 – Pourhouse – Charleston, SC10/11 – Southland Ballroom – Raleigh, NC10/12 – Mustang Music Festival – Corolla, NC10/14 – The Hamilton – Washington, DC ^10/16 – Exit/In – Nashville, TN #10/17 – Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO #10/18 – Proud Larry’s – Oxford, MS10/24 – Sweetwater – Mill Valley, CA=10/25 – Brick & Mortar – San Francisco, CA10/26 – Brick & Mortar – San Francisco, CA11/1 – D.B.A. – New Orleans, LA11/2 – The Howling Wolf – New Orleans, LA11/8 – Last Concert Cafe – Houston, TX11/9 – Antones – Austin, TX11/16 – Bear Creek Festival – Live Oak, FL11/22 – Blue Canoe – Tupelo, MS
Legendary House duo, Deep Dish, reunited this past weekend for a special set at Chicago’s The Mid. Sharam “Sharam” Tayebi, Ali “Dubfire” Shirazinia have not played together since 2006, and have decided to give it another go. To follow up their surprise set from Saturday night, the duo has also confirmed an appearance at Miami’s Winter Music Conference at The Ice Palace on March 29th (get tickets here).As is the standard for any big EDM releases, their new single “Quincy” was officially released via Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 programs as one of his Essential New Tune’s on February 14th. Deep Dish played three new tracks at the Chicago show, and have set a release date for March 17th, via Virgin Records.Check out “Quincy” below:[via Elektro]
V: I don’t understand, I don’t see your views. I wasn’t raised the way you were raised.DS: Well then, if you don’t feel—don’t come to my games. Don’t bring black people, and don’t come.V: Do you know that you have a whole team that’s black, that plays for you?DS: You just, do I know? I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them? Do I know that I have—Who makes the game? Do I make the game, or do they make the game? Is there 30 owners, that created the league? ………V: Honey, if it makes you happy, I will remove all of the black people from my Instagram. DS: You said that before, you said, “I understand.” V: I DID remove the people that were independently on my Instagram that are black. DS: Then why did you start saying that you didn’t? You just said that you didn’t remove them. You didn’t remove every— V: I didn’t remove Matt Kemp and Magic Johnson, but I thought— DS: Why? V: I thought Matt Kemp is mixed, and he was OK, just like me. DS: OK. V: He’s lighter and whiter than me. DS: OK. V: I met his mother. DS: You think I’m a racist, and wouldn’t— V: I don’t think you’re a racist. DS: Yes you do. Yes you do. V: I think you, you— DS: Evil heart.Now, to be fair (although it is quite difficult to do so in light of this audio file), it hasn’t been confirmed where these tapes came from, who recorded the tape, and if it was doctored at all. That being said, Sterling is no newcomer to racist comments, as he has said made some of the following statements in the past via Deadspin):I wanna know why you think you can coach these niggers. – to potential coach Rollie Massimino, 1983That’s because of all the blacks in this building, they smell, they’re not clean. – to a property supervisor, 2002, sworn testimonyAccording to former general manger Elgin Baylor, Sterling envisioned a “Southern Plantation type structure” for the Clippers, one in which, as he allegedly put it to Baylor, “poor black boys from the South” played for a white head coach.Looks like things are about to get worse for Sterling. This past weekend, it was discovered that Los Angeles Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, made several alleged racist remarks to his now former girlfriend V. Stiviano, over pictures she posted on her Instagram account which had pictures of Magic Johnson and Stiviano with LA Dodger Matt Kemp. Sterling demanded the pictures be brought down, then went into a rant saying that she should keep any friendships with minorities private, as he doesn’t want his friends calling him up telling him about it.The NBA is currently investigating the audio tapes, and have yet come up with any type of potential punishment. The players on the Clippers protested Sterling’s comments by turning their warm-up jerseys inside out, effectively hiding all Clippers logos. Even The Village People’s Victor Willis is chiming in on Sterling’s remarks, via Twitter, threatening to ban the song “YMCA” from playing at Clippers games, and plans on filing a formal proposal this week.Even LeBron James, who is typically quite diplomatic and shies from any controversy, was quotes as saying, “There is no room for Donald Sterling in our league.” This is the initial 9-minutes of the video, via TMZ:[via Jambase][cover image from TMZ]
Pink Talking Fish to Play Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon at NYC’s The Cutting Room on Saturday, October 18thIf you haven’t heard of Pink Talking Fish yet, let us clue you in on something special. Founded by Eric Gould, founding/former bassist of Particle, Pink Talking Fish is a hybrid fusion act that pays tribute to….you guessed it, Pink Floyd, the Talking Heads, and Phish. While each bands musical offerings varies stylistically, Gould and company has found the connection between the three band’s unique sounds and can make segues such as “Run Like Hell > Making Flippy Floppy > Piper > Run Like Hell” or “Mike’s Song > Have A Cigar > Once In A Lifetime > Weekapaug Groove” happen seamlessly. Supported by a rotating cast of musicians, which makes for interesting jams in and of themselves, Gould and Pink Talking Fish is not only a fun show, but extremely tight from a technical standpoint. If playing the songs of these bands wasn’t enough, Pink Talking Fish has announced that their October 18th show at NYC’s The Cutting Room will pay tribute to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Mmm hmmm….yeah, we like that album too. This band can play the tough compositions of Phish, get funky and danceable like the Talking Heads, and bring out that emotion that Pink Floyd’s music evokes so eloquently. This is a show not to miss! Tickets to the show are $12. Get on it now, because the Cutting Room is going to get packed out.*** Purchase tickets to the show here! ***Pink Talking Fish performing Pink Floyd’s “Echoes” at this year’s Catskill Chill (this most definitely does not suck):[thanks to ErikInBelAir for the video]
Beats Antique recently announced an extensive ‘Creature Carnival Tour,’ which included Emancipator, Shpongle, and Lafa Taylor. The tour kicked off last week, and makes its way to the Best Buy Theater in NYC tonight, October 23rd. The tour promised: “a spectacle for the ages, filled with breathtaking performances, improvisational serendipity, audience participation, and many more surprises to come.” We had the chance to sit down with Beats Antique drummer/beats-maker/producer Tommy Cappel, talking about the tour, the band’s performance at Austin City Limits, and more. Enjoy!How was the theme for this tour conceptualized? We really wanted to have fun this fall with the carnival vibe and since Shpongle, Emancipator, and Lafa Taylor are all friends and musical peers, we thought our collective fans would enjoy printing out masks and beinspired to dress up and have a blast!Now that the tour is underway, how has life on the road been treating you? The road is our 2nd home – we have our own time traveling vessel – lined with natural wood and little cubby holes for humans and pouches. Our heads poke out everyday and see the surrounding landscape and plan for the attack to begin after sundown with beats and beauty…How was ACL for you? ACL was awesome! What was your favorite part of the experience? Looking out at the sea of faces and hands!!Tommy, In an interview during your time in Austin, you joked that you wanted to skip your own set to go see Lana Del Rey perform. Did you get to meet her? Ha Ha – I’ve always wanted to see her live show, and of course we were scheduled at the same time! And no, I have not met her, what’s up Lana?What is your favorite venue to play when you come to NYC? We’ve always had fun playing in NYC, there’s been quite a few, but I love playing at the Brooklyn Bowl – something about bowling, beats and eats! Looking forward to playing Best Buy Theatre this time around!Why? NYC is an amazing city – there’s a vibe there like no other in the world! I used to live there back in the mid to late 90’s, so going back to play some big shows always makes me proud.How is this tour different from ones that you’ve done in the past? Any major changes or additions? Additionally, what is constant about your live performance? What is essential Beats Antique in regards to your live shows on the creature carnival tour? Creature Carnival tour differs from past Beats Antique shows in that we are trying a broader concept. We are excited about experimenting with crowd participation. Our specific live performance is an amalgamation of the history of Beats Antique – it has flavors ranging from our first albums to our more recent A Thousand Faces show. We’ve also created fun moments along side Lafa Taylor as he is our Master of Ceremonies for the night, as well as opening the night with his set of experimental hip hop – the night moves on through a beautiful set by Emancipator, and takes off with a great Shpongle DJ set. At this point we feature a local artist that submitted to perform, and then we launch into fun times!What is the inspiration behind Beats Antique’s distinct style of music? There are obvious cultural/historical influences but anything more personal and profound that inspires your creations/style of art? The esthetic charm of music, dance and performance is the driving force behind Beats Antique. We love creating unique sounds and combining with cultural, traditional and modern music and dance. We really just get into the studio and go with the flow to create something we are turned on by.Be sure to catch Beats Antique – along with Emancipator, Shpongle, and Lafa Taylor – tonight, October 23rd, at the Best Buy Theater! Tickets are available through the Creature Carnival official website.-Marisa Frydman (@musicalmarisa)
The seemingly innocent performance of John Fogerty’s classic tune, “Fortunate Son,” at the Concert For Valor on Veteran’s Day in Washington D.C. has spurned some backlash from the easily-offended, and Fogerty is having none of that.In the height of a Vietnam War-torn America, Fogerty penned the anti-war rocker “Fortunate Son.” The song has come to represent more than an anti-war sentiment, as its catchy guitar riff with Fogerty’s iconic vocals have become downright American. It’s more about being proud of a working-class American lifestyle than it is about war itself.Still, when Bruce Springsteen, Zac Brown, and Dave Grohl decided to tackle the tune at the Concert For Valor, some were upset. How could they play an anti-war song at a concert for troops? It’s a reasonable argument, at the surface. However, the Vietnam War was 45 years ago, and our military circumstances are vastly different now than they were then.Here’s Fogerty’s take on the situation:“Fortunate Son” is a song I wrote during the Vietnam War over forty-five years ago. As an American and a songwriter I am proud that the song still has resonance. I do believe that its meaning gets misinterpreted and even usurped by various factions wishing to make their own case. At its core I believe the issue is really about what a great country we have that a song like this can be performed in a setting like Concert For Valor.Years ago, an ultra conservative administration tried to paint anyone who questioned its policies as “un-American”. That same administration shamefully ignored and mistreated the soldiers returning from Vietnam.As a man who was drafted and served his country during those times, I have ultimate respect for the men and women who protect us today and demand that they receive the respect that they deserve.”Fogerty’s points are valid – 1969 and 2014 are very distinct points in time. The song is fun, and it’s something of an American anthem. Plus, if musicians aren’t allowed to push the boundaries when they perform, then really, where’s the excitement?What do you think — were Springsteen and co. over the line when they performed “Fortunate Son?”[Via Consequence of Sound]