Happy Halloween from GDD™! We hope you had as wild of a weekend as we did, keep an eye out for event reviews this week. We’re back at it again on this Monday and I have news of the Modeselektor/Thom Yorke video, Fatboy Slim on DJing after rehab, Metroplex, Warner Music Group and EMI, Wakarusa Music Festival.
Watch the Video for Modeselektor and Thom Yorke’s “Shipwreck”
The video for Thom Yorke and Modeselektor‘s collaborative track “Shipwreck”, directed by Tony T. Datis, features a little boy with blue eyes, blonde hair, and a visibly disturbed nature. He encounters zombies and a vicious dog while curiously collecting batteries. Watch it below (via NPR) for the kicker.
Fatboy Slim on DJing After Rehab
Fatboy Slim has revealed that he was “scared” that he’d be unable to DJ sober.
The dance icon, real name Norman Cook, checked himself into rehab in 2009 shortly after a disastrous and very drunk performance at Good Vibrations in 2009.
He told the Sunday Mirror that one of the biggest hurdles he’s faced since then has been taking the stage without alcohol. “I was scared that DJing sober would be a nightmare,” Cook said. “I was shitting myself that I wouldn’t be able to do it or be as good. It was two or three gigs before I could dance. My hips wouldn’t do it.”
Fortunately, that wasn’t the case. “I get a completely different buzz nowadays. In rehab they taught me about euphoric recall. When I’m in a situation where everyone is ‘having it’ I have memories of the past coming back to me. I get a natural high from remembering those times.”
“I do get high through DJing, but without all the baggage that comes with it. Having experienced it myself I’m in tune with what the ravers are going through without actually going through it. I don’t ever feel left out.”
He’s not looking to wind up his decades-long career yet, either. Cook recently announced that he’s planning to release a new single under a different moniker, and told The Daily Trojan “I’m just happy I’m still allowed to do it. I’m part of the wave of DJs who were taken seriously and given respect”.
This is especially good news for Future Music Festival attendees, who’ll be seeing Cook in full-euphoric recall mode come March.
Juan Atkins relaunches Metroplex
Metroplex, the seminal Detroit techno label run by Juan Aktins, will relaunch this week with a 12-inch from Brooklyn producer Kimyon Huggins, or Kimyon.
Not counting a dry period between 2004 and now, Metroplex has been in business for more than 25 years, and has put out records by some of Detroit’s most influential artists, not least Atkins himself and his Model 500 project. So why the seven-year break? “Basically we just didn’t have any releases, so we kind of went on a hiatus,” Atkins said over the phone last week. “There was no real specific reason—just took a break for a minute.” Atkins says he re-launched the label because he started hearing music he wanted to release again, eventually settling on an EP by Kimyon, who he collaborated with two years ago on the Work for Money EP. Entitled Platform View, the new record will be released in a limited run of 200 records on Friday, and be released digitally on November 11th.
Looking ahead, Atkins is working on a new Model 500 album, which he says should see release sometime around next spring, with the first single out by the end of 2011. He also hopes to make Metroplex’s entire back catalog available through a new label website, and has mused on releasing a Model 500 box set with all of the records’ original packaging. More details on those releases as they become available.
A1 Platform View
B1 Make The Bed
Metroplex will release Platform View on November 4th, 2011.
(via Resident Advisor)
Warner Music Group Drops Out of Bidding for EMI
Access Industries, the owners of Warner Music Group, has pulled out of the auction for EMI’s music operation. According to Billboard’s sources, the two sides could not agree on a valuation, though Access’ bid was speculated to be in the $1.5-$1.6 billion range.
It appears that Citigroup, EMI’s current owners, were holding out for a higher offer, but may have made the wrong move. Universal Music Group withdrew from the auction last week, and MacAndrews & Forbes put in an offer lower than Access’ bid.
EMI was purchased by Citigroup in February. The financial service conglomerate subsequently wrote down the company’s debt by $3.5 billion before putting the label on the market in June. Warner and Universal Music Group have pursued acquiring their recorded music division, while Sony and BMG Rights Management have bid on EMI’s publishing arm.
(via Rolling Stone)
Wakarusa 2012 Dates
Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival has announced a return to Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Arkansas on May 31 – June 3 2012. For those of you interested in getting your hands on one of those coveted Reserved Campsites, Friday, November 11 at 12:00 p.m. is the date to remember. Click here for all ticketing information.