Happy Friday! First, the full EDCNY lineup was announced today (see above). As for the rest of the news, our featured stories include Fatboy Slim, Mike D’s Transmission LA, Rustie, Anonymous, and Native Instruments. Please read on after the jump.
Fatboy Slim’s Big Beach, XFM Show, and Milkshake
Not only has Norm been hosting a show on XFM, prepping for his Big Beach Boutique concert, he’s also now got his own milkshake.
His Shake Away milkshakes are made with real bananas, and topped with chocolate brownies, whipped cream and, of course, smiley faces. You can get them at any Shake Away store at £4.75 for a large. Go for a milkshake and you could walk away with two VIP passes to his Big Beach Boutique gig at Brighton AMEX Stadium on June 1 and 2.
Fatboy will be joined by Carl Cox, Nero, Annie Mac, Luciano, DJ Fresh, Maya Jane-Coles, The 2 Bears, Jaguar Skills, Doorly and Union. Tickets are on sale now for £35 (early bird) from here.
The Beastie Boys were inducted into the the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last weekend, but they aren’t resting on their laurels. Mike D has been tapped to curate “Transmission LA: AV Club”, a free 17-day music and visual arts festival series at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. For the festival, which takes place April 19-May 5 at the museum’s Geffen Contemporary, he’s teamed with The Avant/Garde Diaries, an online magazine produced by Mercedes Benz. The lineup includes Santigold, James Murphy, Diplo, Dâm-Funk, Z- Trip, and more.
In support of the festival, Mike D created a podcast for Stones Throw alongside Peanut Butter Wolf, who will also DJ at the fest. Download it here; the mix contains music from Kraftwerk, Santigold, Public Enemy, New Order, ESG, and more.
“Transmission LA: AV Club”:
04 21 Stones Throw DJs ft. Peanut Butter Wolf, Dâm-Funk, J-Rocc, Jonti
04-26 Jeremy Sole and Egyptian Lover
04-27 Special Guest
05-03 DJ Harvey and James Murphy
05-05 Diplo and Mad Decent Crew
Rustie Announces North American Tour Dates
With the release of his debut album Glass Swords last year, Rustie went from being an underground treasure in the UK to the face of an entire musical movement. When asking what a Rustie song sounds like, no explanation will contain less then 6 genres referenced and 5 emotions evoked. And it is this complex composition of sounds that has led critics to place Rustie at the forefront of the “maximalist” movement in electronic music.
In a December 2011 article for Pitchfork, Simon Reynolds details the evolution of this maximalist shift and why Glass Swords is “one of the year’s great albums.” A sentiment obviously shared by many, as Glass Swords made several “Best of the Year” lists and MTV Hive affirmed it was “one of the best records in any genre this year, blinding with ambition and scope, but utterly cohesive and magical.” The album also garnered a Guardian First Album Award beating out fierce competition like James Blake and SBTRKT. Of the decision, the Guardian stated that “more than any other album on the list, Rustie’s Glass Swords felt like it summed up the state of music in the last twelve months…”
The last twelve months has only been the beginning though, with Rustie currently topping BBC radio charts and contributing an installment to its legendary Essential Mix series just last week. Now for the first time since the album’s release Rustie is coming to the US for a handful of shows which will be an experience not to be missed.
North America Tour Dates
5/15 @ Santos Partyhouse (Shortcuts Party) – New York, NY
5/18 @ Pyramid Eclipse Festival – Pyramid Lake, NV
5/19 @ Electric Owl – Vancouver, BC
5/20 @ Smog Sundays/Dim Mak Studios – Los Angeles, CA
5/22 @ Cervantes – Denver, CO
Anonymous Hacker Group to Launch Music Platform
The Anonymous “hacktivist” group has begun work on a social music platform called Anontune, as Wired reports. The service will allow users to create streamlined playlists that draw from third-party distributors like YouTube, SoundCloud, and MySpace.
A prototype for the service is online now. According to Wired, the service is 20% complete. In an alien-voiced video announcement (see below), the founders mourned the loss of services like Limewire, but noted that the platform “will never host any copyrighted music,” nor will it host streams or downloads on its own servers.
Anontune has been in the works since February 23, 2012, approximately one month after the RIAA shut down the file-sharing service Megaupload. Anonymous retaliated for the shutdown by hacking the websites for the Department of Justice, Universal Music Group, the Recording Industry Association of America, and the Motion Picture Association of America.
Native Instruments turns Mostly Robot at Sonar
Native Instruments will debut a new group project called Mostly Robot at Sonar this year.
Mostly Robot is the team of Jamie Lidell, Tim Exile, Jeremy Ellis, Mr. Jimmy and DJ Shiftee, and they will perform live together “synced only by the human element,” with no MIDI or any kind of grid to assist them with timing. The group will utilize Native Instruments hardware and software for the performance, a venture aimed towards improving communication and interaction between technology and the artists that use it. The concept is inspired by live jazz performances, and will be presented along with a video installation from Berlin design firm Pfadfinderei, where the visual elements are determined by the Native Instruments controllers used by the performers in real time.
Jun 15 Sonar by Day 2012 – Friday
Jun 16 Sonar by Day 2012 – Saturday