Good morning! It’s the first weekend of February and Billboard has a treat for all of us electronic music lovers with their latest issue “Dance Dance Evolution.” It’s crazy how far it has come in the US. Anyway, I have news featuring Electric Forest, Sasquatch Music Festival, Steve Aoki, Burning Man, Orbital, Miike Snow, High Contrast, Nicolas Jaar, & Bon Iver. Please read on after the jump.
Electric Forest 2012 Initial Lineup
Electric Forest has announced this year’s initial festival lineup. The electronic/jam festival will return to Rothbury, Michigan from June 28 – July 1.
Hosts String Cheese Incident will perform three headlining shows throughout the weekend. Other acts slated to appear include: Bassnectar, STS9, Thievery Corporation, Girl Talk, Ghostland Observatory, The Travelin’ McCourys featuring Keller Williams, Big Gigantic, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, EOTO, Reggie Watts, Gary Clark Jr., Big Freedia, The Infamous Stringdusters and many more.
Electric Forest 2012 will also introduce a series of special curated events. Partners such as as ESL Music, Dim Mak, Check Yo Ponytail and Paxahau, will host events at the Tripolee, Forest and Wagon Wheel stages throughout the weekend. Visit the festival’s official site for details as they become available.
Catch the full initial lineup here.
Sasquatch Music Festival 2012
The Sasquatch! Music Festival, which takes place at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28) has announced its lineup.
Artists include Bon Iver, the newly solo Jack White, Beck, St. Vincent, the Shins, Spiritualized, Zola Jesus, Shabazz Palaces, tUnE-yArDs, Araabmuzik, Wild Flag, “Portlandia” (Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen), Girl Talk, Dum Dum Girls, Cass McCombs, Feist, Sbtrkt, Kurt Vile, Explosions in the Sky, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Mogwai, the War On Drugs, the Walkmen, the Roots, Beirut, Shearwater, M. Ward, Little Dragon, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Mark Lanegan, Purity Ring, THEESatisfaction, Star Slinger, SBTRKT, Metric, Active Child, Tenacious D, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and many more.
Among the festival’s comedy acts are Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Todd Barry, and more.
Steve Aoki Bigs Up Skrillex and Calls for Linkin Park Collab
Some of you may love him, most of you probably hate him, but whatever your opinion on Steve Aoki, you certainly can’t deny that he’s absolutely massive right now. And that’s why his comments in a recent interview are pretty interesting. Or just downright funny. We’ll leave that up to you to decide.
The man behind Dim Mak and the DJ famous for shoving cake in the faces of club kids has revealed his thoughts on Skrillex and his game changing entrance into dance music.
Aoki said: “Three or four years ago, you wouldn’t have heard of an artist growing as fast as Skrillex did. Skrillex is the perfect example of an artist that redefined a genre and created their own genre by producing a number of remixes and making it real.”
Although his new album features collaborations with Lil’ John, Chiddy Bang and Kid Cudi, Aoki is hungry for more hook-ups. “I’d still like to work with Zack de La Rocha, Chester from Linkin Park, Hayley Williams from Paramore, Jay-Z,” he said.
So there you have it. Skrillex is the epitome of how things should be done. And look forward to the possibility of a Aoki and Linkin Park jam. Read the full interview here.
Burners fired up over Burning Man 2012 ticket lottery
“Is it the end of Burning Man as we know it?” That’s how one US media outlet is reporting on a rocky week for the festival. If you’ve been planning a 2012 adventure to the mythical gathering in the Black Rock Desert, you’re probably across the fraught situation.
A fleet of longtime ‘Burners’ have taken to social media to slam the festival’s new lottery system, which they claim has put tickets in the hands of scalpers. From the registration period in December and January, 43,000 people were selected from a ballot to buy tickets – not all of them true believers, it would seem. Already online auction sites have tickets for sale for well above the regular price. The next chance for all those who missed out comes on 28 March, when 10,000 extra tickets will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. A capacity of 58,000 people has been approved for 2012, and a new permit is pushing for 70,000 by 2016.
Orbital and Zola Jesus Team Up
On April 3 in the U.S. and April 1 everywhere else, UK dance duo Orbital return with their first album in eight years, Wonky. The album features collaborations with Lady Leshurr on the title track, and Zola Jesus‘ Nika Rosa Danilova on “New France”. Head to Pitchfork for the exclusive stream.
Video: Miike Snow – “Paddling Out”
Swedish pop outfit Miike Snow have unveiled the music video for “Paddling Out”, the first single from their sophomore LP Happy To You. In the clip, a man awakes on the floor of his house and enjoys some milk. Cue the Twilight Zone curveball, and he’s actually aboard an alien ship, where he’s attacked with lasers and given plastic surgery. He hates his new look (think Marilyn Manson meets Rocky Dennis from Mask), so he dances his sadness away. Thankfully, his mutant existence is short-lived as the ship crashes to Earth just seconds later. It’s like watching six different TV shows or movies at once, but with a beat you can dance to. Watch it below.
High Contrast – The Stand Preview
Nicolas Jaar: “Commercial Dance Is The Epitome of Capitalism” + New Video
In a recent interview Nicolas Jaar said commercial dance music in the US is the “epitome of capitalism”, linking the fact that people stay out listening to dance music for longer, upping the sales of booze.
He said: “I think it’s all tied to the fact that, if you go to a rock concert and you see a band play, you have a couple of beers, and then hang out for an hour and a half and then you leave. If you go see David Guetta or a DJ you’re gonna go to a club, drink five drinks, then get drunk and buy even more and stay for seven hours. So in the end it’s a better business.”
“I think to a certain extent the main idea of the music industry, at least in America, is to push what sells and this crazy trance-pop music is not only selling but also helping the economy. In a way it’s the epitome of capitalism having reached its peak in music.”
But Mixmag’s star of 2011, who also produced one of the best albums of last year, seems to think it can’t get any worse. “Now all pop is trance and I’ve no idea where we can go from here because it feels like we’re at a summit. It feels like it can’t get any harder, it can’t get any faster and it can’t get any cheesier.”
We hope not.
Read the full interview here.
Also, Check out his new video for “Materials” below.
Bon Iver Turned Down Playing the Grammys, “We Kind of Said ‘Fuck You’ a Little Bit”
In an interview with Billboard, Justin Vernon said that Bon Iver was indeed offered to play the Grammys— but only if the band collaborated with another artist. And so as not to compromise their music, they declined.
Vernon told Billboard, “We wanted to play our music, but we were told that we couldn’t play. We had to do a collaboration with someone else. And we just felt like it was such a large stage. We’re getting nominated for this record that we made, me and Brian [Joseph] and a bunch of our fucking friends, and we were given accolades for it. And all of a sudden we were being asked to play music that had nothing to do with that. We kind of said ‘fuck you’ a little bit and they sort of acted like they wanted us to play, but I don’t think they wanted us to play.”
Vernon described the proposed collaborators as “awesome people” and “people that [he] would love to play a song with.” But, he said, “fuckin’ rock n’ roll should not be decided by people that have that job. Rock n’ roll should be the fucking people with guitars around their backs. And their friends. And their managers.”
Commenting on the band’s Grammys commercial spot, Vernon said, “There’s a big misunderstanding– I don’t want to sell music. But if people are going to be selling music, and they want to sell our music without disturbing the medium of what it actually is, we want to fucking do that. I want people to hear the music that we make. I don’t want to do it in any shitty way.”
As you may recall, it’s not the first time Vernon has voiced his opinion on the Grammys, which air February 12.