Due to some technical difficulties on Friday, I was unable to post the regular GDD™ Morning Update, but we’re back to give you a great start to your week. Today’s news includes The Prodigy’s new album, a new Julio Bashmore EP, a Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike tour after-movie, a Red Bull Music Academy World Tour in London video, Deadmau5’s new 4D projections event, the Resident Advisor poll, Ultra Music Festival, Occupy Musicians, and Burning Man. Read the info and watch several videos after the jump.
The Prodigy: New Album in Late 2012
UK trailblazers The Prodigy have been at work on a follow-up to Invaders Must Diesince 2010, and an end to the hard work is in sight. While up til now the group has been vague about when to expect its sixth studio album, it’s definitely coming in 2012 (if you can hold Liam Howlett to his word).
In a Facebook post last night, The Prodigy announced its only UK festival show for 2012 – and they haven’t gone with one of the flagship dance weekenders like Global Gathering or Creamfields. Instead, they’ll take the stage as Friday night headliners of grizzled rock festival Download (the other headliners are Metallica and reunited relicsBlack Sabbath), “playin some new songs for the first time from our next album due later 2012”.
So, have The Prodigy still got a definitive album in them? While we await the verdict, fans can busy themselves with World’s On Fire, the band’s live album and DVD released this year. There’s no denying their power onstage, so let’s hope that’s channelled into album number six…
Julio Bashmore Preps New EP for Futureboogie
As the end of 2011 creeps closer with each passing day, it seems that producers and labels are all scrambling to put out one last single before the calendar flips to 2012. Add Bristol’s Julio Bashmore to the list of artists getting into the year-end action, as he’ll be releasing a new EP, Riff Wrath (artwork above), on December 19. Set to drop via theFutureboogie label, the two-song record is described as a “beautifully filmic piece of house music” that’s also a “perfect embodiment of Bashmore’s fluid modern soul and understated drive with a dusty haze of of cosmic strumming.” While that kind of fluffy language reads like pretty standard PR speak, Bashmore’s previous 2011 releases—Everyone Needs a Theme Tune, Batty Knee Dance, and “Father Father”—have been undeniably great, so it’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility that Riff Wrath will offer similarly high-quality productions. The EP’s tracklist is below.
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Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Smash the USA – The Official Tour After-Movie
They came, they saw, they didn’t just conquer – they unequivocally smashed it. The hottest act to come out of Belgium, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike hit the shores of North America last month for their debut tour of the massive two-nation continent, receiving a rapturous response from fans and rave reviews from critics.
From the Big Apple of New York to the sprawling deserts of Las Vegas, from the heat of Miami to the Halloween craziness of San Bernadino, to the frozen far north of Toronto and Edmonton in Canada – wherever the brotherly duo went fans new and old were infected by their trademark sound. The biggest house and electro drops known to man swept across dance floors during two weeks that climaxed with a jaw dropping set at California’s legendary Escape From Wonderland festival.
Following every beat, every build-up, every breakdown and every bomb across the country was a crack film crew dedicated solely to catching the action as it happened. And while we were teased along the way thanks to Dimitri & Mike’s daily tour diary coverage on www.dancingastronaut.com, the full Director’s Cut edition is finally in our hands, thanks of course to the power of YouTube.
With packed clubs, throbbing dance floors, eye-popping light shows, raw musical power, over-sized sandwiches, a bear for a taxi driver (we kid you not!), and a spine-tingling, goose bump-inducing entrance to Escape From Wonderland that bought the house down, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike: SMASH THE USA gives you a unique insight into the sheer electricity of a night out with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike.
So whether you were there or whether you weren’t, sit back and enjoy as Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike bring you SMASH THE USA. It’s one hell of a ride…
Video Premiere: RBMA World Tour in London
The recent Red Bull Music Academy World Tour included all sorts of amazing events around the globe, but perhaps none was as celebrated (or exciting) as the stop in London. The latest installment of the ongoing video series documenting the tour includes behind-the-scenes footage of the RBMA takeover of the iconic London Eye. Somehow, RBMA corralled 30 different crews of DJs, artists, producers, and labels and installed them in the different pods of the giant observation wheel for a once-in-a-lifetime dance party. The entire thing was streamed live online (we were certainly tuned in here at XLR8R HQ), but this video offers a closer look at what it was actually like to be there. Watch it above, and, just to get you feeling even more depressed that you couldn’t attend, peruse the list of all-star participants below.
Skream & Benga w/ Sgt Pokes
Metalheadz feat. Goldie & MC Justyce
Digital Soundboy Soundsystem feat. Shy FX, Breakage, B. Traits, Donae’o, Stamina MC & Youngman
FabricLive pres. Hessle Audio feat. Pearson Sound, Ben UFO & Pangaea
Roller Express (Toddla T & Redlight)
Rob Da Bank presents Sunday Best feat. Scroobius Pip
YoYo feat. Seb Chew, Leo G & Lil Silva
Deviation feat. Benji B & Special Guest
The 2 Bears
Jackmaster B2B Deadboy
Night Slugs feat. L-Vis 1990 B2B Bok Bok
Channel One Soundsystem
Horse Meat Disco
Jess Mills & Zinc
Red Bull Music Academy Madrid feat. XXXY & Doc Daneeka
Andreya Triana & Tanya Auclair
Red Bull Music Academy Allstars feat. Space Dimension Controller B2B Braiden
Red Bull Studio presents Ben Westbeech
Moshi Moshi feat. D/R/U/G/S & Night Angles
Deadmau5 w/ Spectacular 4D Projections Teaser
Resident Advisor Poll
Register on RA, if you haven’t already, and vote for your favorite DJs and live acts here.
Ultra Music Festival 2012 Venue Revealed
Occupy Musicians Website Launches
Today marks the official launch of Occupy Musicians, a resource for musicians who support the Occupy Wall Street movement and its affiliated protests. Among the first signers: Tom Morello, Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson, Saul Williams, Talib Kweli, Jello Biafra, Amanda Palmer and Ian McKaye and Guy Picciotto of Fugazi.
Organizers of the site will help coordinate performances at protest sites and host creative work by some of the artists. Occupymusicians.com is a companion project to Occupy Writers, Occupy Filmmakers and Occupy Comics, other virtual gathering places for creative-economy workers who wish to express their support of the protest movement.
(via Rolling Stone)
Burning Man’s New Lottery Ticketing System Provokes Outrage
Earlier this month, Burning Man’s newsletter announced a new lottery system for buying tickets to the 2012 edition of the the seven-day experimental arts and music festival.
It works like this: During a two-week registration period that begins next week, buyers pick a “pricing tier” and enter a credit card number. Lotteries are then held for each tier, choosing names at random. Since tickets aren’t sold at walk-up outlets or at the gate, if you aren’t picked, you might not be able to go.
Organizers call the new system a solution to last year’s ticketing problems. In July, Burning Man tickets sold out for the first time, opening the door for scalpers, who jacked up $360 ticket prices to as much as $5,000.
But the lottery system is already stirring outrage. Commenters on Burning Man forums are worried that they won’t be able to get tickets for all the members in their camps, and that scalpers will overwhelm the process. Long-time Burners, meanwhile, worry the new system will exclude those who have contributed and supported the event for years.
“People hear the word ‘lottery’ and it reminds them of taking chances. It’s really just a tool for managing the flow of tickets,” countered Marian Goodell, Burning Man’s director of business and communications, to Huffington Post.
Your first shot at registering for tickets goes from November 28th to December 11th. Only 3,000 tickets will be available in this round, however, and, at $420, they’re even more expensive than last go around. Eventually, however, 40,000 will be sold, which is more than for the 2011 event. There will also be more low-income tickets this year, organizers say, but details have not yet been announced.
“[T]here’s only a small percentage of people who won’t be able to get tickets at all,” insisted Goodell.
And the amount of tickets sold may continue to increase. Organizers are petitioning the Federal Bureau of Land Management to increase the amount of attendees permitted — currently 50,000 — to 70,000 by 2016.
Better to burn out than to fade away? Maybe, but Burning Man seems poised to become something totally unrecognizable.
(via LA Weekly)