Holly BermanRolling Stone recently reported that Questlove, drummer of the Roots, will be teaching a course called “Classic Albums” at NYU next semester. The Vice President of A&R, Harry Weinger, will be teaching as well. The purpose of the class will be to explore “classic” as a genre, and define what really makes an album labeled as such. Aspects will include music, lyrics, production, and business to give a well-rounded view about where “classics”, like Zeppelin’s IV and Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall, really do come from. How cool does that sound?
International superstar DJ and producer Tiësto announces the release of his new Mix album, CLUB LIFE – Volume Three Stockholm, via his own record label, Musical Freedom and is set for a digital release on June 18th, and CD release of June 25th. This follows 2012’s acclaimed CLUB LIFE – Volume Two Miami, which peaked at number 16 on the Billboard, Top 200 Chart. The third installment in Tiësto’s exciting CLUB LIFE series is inspired by Stockholm – one of dance music’s most important creative centers.Tiësto explains, “I moved to Stockholm in February 2009 and now spend several months there every year. The Swedes are enormously talented in fashion, music and art, which is extremely inspiring for me when I work on new tracks. There are also lots of great clubs within walking distance from the city center that makes Stockholm a very friendly place to party. This mix album perfectly encapsulates my Stockholm Club Life experience.”CLUB LIFE – Volume Three Stockholm offers a look into the pristine Scandinavian city from Tiësto’s view. As with the previous CLUB LIFE compilations, this third instalment leans heavily on Tiësto’s own exclusive original productions as the driving force behind the album. CLUB LIFE – Volume Three Stockholm is crafted with 90% exclusive material including Tiësto ft. Kyler England “Take Me,” Tiësto & DJ Punish “Shocker,” Tiësto, Mark Alston, Baggi Begovic & Jason Taylor “Love and Run ft. Teddy Geiger” (which debuted at Ultra), Tiësto & Dyro “Paradise” (also debuted at Ultra) and Tiësto & MOTi “Back To The Acid”CLUB LIFE – Volume Three Stockholm also offers an amazing selection of exclusive Tiësto remixes which you can’t hear anywhere else including Icona Pop “I Love It (Tiësto Club Life Remix),” Calvin Harris “Sweet Nothing ft. Florence Welch (Tiësto and Ken Loi Re-Remix),” Tiësto, Quintino & Alvaro “United (Tiësto & Blasterjaxx remix)” and “Tiësto & Calvin Harris “Century (Tiësto & Moska Remix)” In addition to his original tracks and remixes, Tiësto is using this album as a way to showcase his personal favorite tracks and emerging talent from his Musical Freedom label. Here, huge exclusives including Hardwell – Apollo ft. Amba Shepherd (Hardwell’s Club Life Edit),” Pelari “Cango” and Baggi Begovic “Compromise (ft. Tab)” meet head to head with club smashes Alesso vs One Republic “If I Lose Myself Tonight,” Moguai “Champs” and Tiësto’s own remixes of Passion Pit “Carried Away” and Zedd ft. Foxes “Clarity.”Check out a preview of the track “Take Me” featuring Kyler England:Download the 5-song album mini-mix here:
This past weekend, DFA Records celebrated its 12th Anniversary with a party at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn with label artists James Murphy (co-founder/LCD Soundsystem), The Rapture, The Juan Maclean, Pat Mahoney, The Crystal Ark, YACHT, and several others. The celebration, which was one of the events associated with Red Bull Music Academy‘s month long stay in New York City, went off without a hitch and was the talk of many local music heads that were lucky enough to be in attendance.James Murphy performed a particularly memorable set full of disco funk tracks that had everybody getting down. Aside from his DJ set, Murphy also took part in a 90-minute interview as part of the Red Bull Music Academy New York 2013, in which he discussed everything from LCD Soundsystem, DFA, Yes (the band) and his affinity for them, how he would like to work with Fred Schneider of The B-52′s to recreate the Public Enemy catalog, and growing up in a fairly strict household, among other things.He also discusses meeting David Bowie at Electric Ladyland (where he recorded “Fame”) and being in awe, and making sure not to ask too many questions. It’s funny to watch Murphy’s facial expressions and body language while listening to “Fame” in the video and still being blown away by the track. His take on punk rock is also pretty poignant, as he explains, “Punk rock to me was always outsiderness….When I first saw large-group, scene punk rock, I was repelled by it, because there were way too many people who agreed with each other.”Murphy also explains why finding success at a later age, and going through the tough times was “the best thing to ever happen to me,” as “if you get all the things that you’re supposed to look forward to, and that make you feel great, really early….you might not work out a lot of other stuff….some things that are more fundamental than people liking you.”It’s a very insightful interview that gives you an inside look into the brain of James Murphy and what influenced him growing up, which in turn made his music what it has become. Definitely worth a watch/listen.To find out more about the Red Bull Music Academy, click here.You can listen to James Murphy’s Red Bull Music Academy’s 12 Years of DFA Set here:Check out the full 90-minute interview here:
Kanye West is facing the music following an attack on a photographer at the Los Angeles International Airport this past summer.According to TMZ, on Monday, West’s lawyer entered a no contest plea—which is treated the same as a guilty plea for sentencing purposes—on behalf of the rapper.As part of the plea deal, West was sentenced to serve two years’ probation for the misdemeanor battery conviction. In addition, he will be required to perform 250 hours of community service, complete 24 anger management sessions and pay restitution to the victim for damage to his camera as well as any medical bills he incurred. West didn’t appear in court, but according to TMZ, the photographer, Daniel Ramos did, saying that he felt the rapper should be sent to jail and adding that he thinks West attacked him to generate press for his most recent album Yeezus.Check out a video of the attack below:-Sarah Compo (@sarahcompo)
What The Festival at Wolf Run Ranch in Oregon has confirmed their 2015 lineup. Big Gigantic, Odesza, GRiZ and Keys N Krates are among the many artists slated for the electronic-heavy festival. It’s going down June 19-22 and you can get tickets here.
Legendary guitarist Steve Kimock has announced a brief East Coast tour, dubbed “In The Spirit Of The Sound.” The tour will focus on music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia, as well as some Kimock originals.Joining Kimock on tour will be Bobby Vega, Jeff Chimenti, Jay Lane, and Dan Lebowitz, along with special guests TBA throughout the run. The shows span from August 4th through the 8th, culminating in a set at the Bear’s Picnic event.Bear’s Picnic Reveals 10th Anniversary LineupYou can see the full tour schedule below, and find tickets via Kimock’s official website.Steve Kimock Tour DatesAugust 4 Washington, DC—The Hamilton August 5 New York, NY—Highline Ballroom August 6 Boston, MA—The Wilbur August 7 Woodstock, NY—Bearsville Theater August 8 Roaring Branch, PA—Bear’s Picnic
Flying Lotus, Shabazz Palaces and Thundercat have formed a new supergroup called WOKE that taps into the hip hop, funk and electronic spheres, blending various styles into a unique new sound. Their first single just dropped on Adult Swim’s Singles series, and it’s a spaced-out, funky electro/hip-hop track featuring George Clinton on vocals.The project is the brainchild of pioneering producer Flying Lotus, who was actually discovered by Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim in 2006 when he submitted his music to the network based on a commercial prompt. The three artists have all collaborated and crossed paths many times. FlyLo and Thundercat both recently appeared on Kendrick Lamar’s acclaimed album To Pimp A Butterfly.Listen to “The Lavishments of Light Looking” below.
Load remaining images Tragedy struck the Portland, Oregon music community on September 27th, 2015 when musician and live music lover Chris Chandler was killed in a hit-and-run outside of The Goodfoot Pub and Lounge, a beloved Portland venue.On Tuesday, October 6th, around 150 people gathered in a march that not only celebrated Chandler’s life, but also raised awareness for positive change. Friends and family created an organization called Speed Bumps for Chandler that aims to lobby the community to create safer streets outside of venues.The organization states: “Speed Bumps for Chandler is dedicated to mobilizing people, communities and governmental entities to improve and implement effective safety standards. Our main goal is implementing traffic calming devices near areas of public events. On September 27th, 2015, musician Chris Chandler was killed by a car outside of a music venue in Portland, Oregon. Speed Bumps for Chandler was created as a direct response to this tragedy. Please join us in helping to lobby for higher safety standards near venues to protect both artists and concert goers attending performances.”The local music scene came together at bottle shop Belmont Station, whose owner is also concerned about traffic and safety outside of her business. Bridgetown Brass led a parade for about a mile down the sidewalk to The Goodfoot, where there was a memorial featuring photos, candles, and a setlist from the last show Chandler attended. That night, Portland-based band Radula performed, and invited several guest musicians to the stage.For more information about Chris and how you might help the cause, visit The Speed Bumps For Chandler website.
Music has always been a big part of The Muppets. Throughout the ages, the Jim Henson characters have regaled us with videos covering all sorts of rock n’ roll classics, and the new ABC series is no exception. Earlier this week, the series rolled out an exciting video of the house band, Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem, performing a version of “Kodachrome” by Paul Simon. The video features the other Muppet characters in the background, posing for photos to go along with the theme of the song. It’s a hoot for fans of the Muppets or of Simon.Watch the web exclusive video below:[H/T JamBase]