Matisse & Sakdo have released their September 2012 promo mix and it is a great mix to say the least. Its filled with brand new tracks from the likes of John Dahlback, Kryder, Walden, Wolfgang Gartner, Inpetto, Swdish House Mafia, Dirty South & Alesso just to name a few. They also present an unreleased remix of Calvin Harris’s (feat. Ne-Yo) “Let’s Go” by Swanky Tunes and Hard Sofa. It’s filled with awesome highs and lows and is a must listen. You can check out the track-list below.
01. John Dahlback – Sing That (Original Club Mix) [Toolroom Records]
02. Kryder vs. Danny Howard feat. Joel Edwards – Sending Out An S.O.S (Original Mix) [Spinnin Records]
03. Mika – Make You Happy (Walden Remix) [Island Records]
04. Wolfgang Gartner – Love & War (Original Mix) [Ultra]
05. Inpetto – Shhhh (Sander van Doorn Edit) [Doorn]
06. Skytech vs. Fafaq – International Language [Spinnin Records] w/ Fedde le Grand & Nicky Romero feat. Matthew Koma – Sparks (Acapella)
07. Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo – Let’s Go (Swanky Tunes & Hard Rock Sofa Remix) [Columbia (Sony)]
08. Digitalism – Zdarlight (Fedde Le Grand & Deniz Koyu Remix) [Toolroom Records] w/ Justice vs. Simian – We Are Your Friends (Acapella)
09. Jewelz feat. Scott Sparks – Toxic Rush (Original Mix) [Flamingo Recordings]
10. Moby – Extreme Ways (Bourne’s Legacy) (Moguai Remix) [Little idiot]
11. Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin – Dont You Worry Child (Original Mix) [EMI Records]
12. Dirty South & Alesso feat. Ruben Haze – City Of Dreams (Original Mix) [Phazing]
13. Bobby Vena & Andy Murphy feat. Livingstone – Let’s Go All In (Whelan & Di Scala Mix) [Onelove]
Remember the two types of concerts mentioned in my review of Fitz & The Tantrums’ show? Well I knew going into Bon Iver’s Radio City Music Hall show that it was going to be fantastic, and I was not disappointed. Last night was one of the most memorable musical experiences of my life. Every sound was magical. Justin Vernon was the people’s awkward hero. “Uh… I’d like to, uh, thank you guys for coming. It really… means a lot.” And the music they made was beautiful (just to get a sense of how amazing Bon Iver as a band is, my good friends went to see them the night before YGM went and sent me their setlist; YGM saw a different setlist… That’s the mark of true musicianship). At one point, the band began an explosive on-stage jam, putting any Phish bootleg I’ve ever heard to shame. It’s a huge testament to Justin’s musical prowess that he followed that jam up with a solo performance of “Re: Stacks,” and managed to make his own voice, an electric guitar, and a single spotlight just as explosive. I have to say, though, that the highlight of the night was the encore. Justin asked the audience to sing the phrase “What might have been lost” at the end of the song he was about to play. He told us to make sure we “start softly, then gradually get louder until we’re all f***ing shouting it” before launching into a blissful rendition of “The Wolves (Act I & II).” When it came time for the audience to join in, they were happy to. The song garnered a standing ovation before it had even ended, and when I heard the people on all sides of me yelling Justin’s words with the band, I realized what it meant to truly lose yourself in the music.
Going into this show I expected exactly what Bon Iver at Radio City Music Hall sounded like; a night of amazing music coming from a lone Justin Vernon and his guitar. What I received, however, was the best rock n’ roll show of my life. Justin Vernon turned his beautiful, calming, melodic music into a loud, powerful, and extravagant live performance.You know a band is amazing when the live versions of their songs are completely different, and a thousand times better, than the album versions; Justin Vernon gave us exactly that last night. The ten-piece live group stood in front of Radio City Music Hall on a stage set that looked like mountains. With ten-minute long dual-drum solos and epic guitar solos that brought me back to seeing classic rock shows with my parents as a kid, Bon Iver presented to me what was probably the greatest concert I’ve seen. I have to agree with Jason that the highlight of the night was “The Wolves (Act I & II)”. Seeing Bon Iver get all of Radio City standing and singing in unison was a perfect way to end the night. I would do anything to re-live this night; it was the best musical experience of my life. I remember turning to a speechless Jason in the middle of the performance and saying “This is magical”; that was the only word in my vocabulary at the time that could adequately describe it.
Check out some footage from the performance below (taken from YouTube).
Blood Bank (w/ Extended Jam)
*The Wolves (Act I & II)*
Steve Angello, one third of Swedish House Mafia, took his talented label, Size Matters, to Central Park in NYC for an unforgettable night. Although Rumsey Playfield in Central Park has a ton of restrictions (including a 10pm curfew), Angello was able to make the most out of the outdoor venue. I am usually the one to critique the Rumsey Playfield, but last night Central Park’s Summerstage was more than just a normal concert venue, it was transformed into a nightclub. One thing I probably should mention though is the unorganized bathroom situation, but that could of been easily fixed by having more porta potties available.
With the help of rain and impressive lights for such a small landscape, the crowd of 3,500 last night danced from 5pm till 10pm..and I’m sure many still went to the afterparty at Pacha. Last night it was all about the music. The rain started to really come down as Angello was playing Ingrosso & Tommy Trash’s new single “Reload.” “I ordered this rain,” Angello exclaimed as the distorted bassline from “Reload” dropped. Steve Angello then went on to say, ”The funny part about the rain is you know whose here for the party and whose here for the music.”
Steve Angello started his set by playing the beginning of his popular mix “KNAS” and then going immediately into SHM’s hit single “Greyhound.” Luckily enough, Sirius XM radio has a live rip of his full set, but listening to the set as the rain fell in Central Park with lasers being shot at the tall trees surrounding the venue was a whole different experience than just listening below. You had to be at the concert to really understand the energy Steve Angello brought to the park. When Steve Angello played Dada Life’s “Kick Up The Epic Motherf****r”, he dropped “Epic” in place of the second drop and the crowd erupted. Later in the night Angello played “Leave The World Behind” mixed with Nari & Milani’s massive festival hit “Atom.” I remember witnessing Swedish House Mafia premiere “Greyhound”, “Atom” and “In My Mind” all back at MSG months ago. It was great seeing Angello drop these tracks again since the crowd knew just about every beat drop and melody.
Towards the end of the night, Rumsey Playfield was full of smoke from the machines on stage and happiness. Steve Angello ended his set with “Don’t You Worry Child” as expected, but he didn’t just hit play and allow the crowd’s emotions to kick in. He played a “world exclusive” that featured a bass heavy drop. The remix allowed the intimate crowd to erupt just one last time before leaving the park. I’m sure Steve Angello went on to play an amazing set at Pacha after hours too, but I still have to wait a little before I can legally get in…Enjoy the stream of Steve Angello’s set below. And be sure to catch Swedish House Mafia on their Last Tour.
Update: Due to Copyright violations the stream had to be taken down.
A frequent concertgoer knows that there are two types of concerts: the enjoyable ones and the mind-blowing ones. Usually you can predict which you’re in for when you purchase a ticket. But every once in a while, the former can become the latter. That’s what happened last night.
I arrived at the Paramount in time to catch the last few songs of the first opening act, Lovelife. The lead singer of the band said that they were very, very new to the concert scene, and I was very impressed by how together the band sounded and how comfortably the lead singer interacted with the audience. The second opening act was a guy named Robert DeLong. The first minute of his performance was incredibly bizarre, but every second after that had me beyond excited. He had great lyrics, a great singing voice, he was a proficient instrumentalist, and a good producer too. But the icing on the cake was his ingenuity. DeLong controlled the dub step breakdown of his song with a joystick controller. He would add pitch-bending by waving a WiiMote. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an artist use such original instruments in my life. He was hands down the best opening act I’ve ever witnessed.
Finally, Fitz & The Tantrums arrived onstage. I’d consider myself a casual fan of their music, so I wasn’t sure exactly how much I’d enjoy their show. They started with one of my favorite songs, “Don’t Gotta Work It Out.” From the first song, I realized this was going to be a high energy performance. Then they proceeded to put on one of the most fun shows I’ve ever seen. They were constantly interacting with the audience, telling us how much it meant that we were excited. They encouraged people to dance (I was happy to listen), and even called out audience members for looking bored. They played some new material they’d been working on, and even covered The Raconteur’s “Steady As She Goes.” They closed their main set with the rousing “News 4 U.” Then they came out and did a two-song encore, starting with a floor-shaking cover of “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” and ending with a high-energy rendition of their most famous song, “MoneyGrabber.” All in all, this was one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen, and I highly recommend checking them out if you have the chance. Check out the live footage below:
“Don’t Gotta Work It Out”
“She’s Out Of My League (NEW SONG!!)”
“Steady As She Goes (Raconteurs Cover)”
Thanks to @cuzimcherokee for the footage
Saturday night, I was lucky enough to finally see Kendrick Lamar live in the big city. Kendrick has had multiple shows in the NY/tri-state area for the last few years, but I always happened to be busy when the concerts came around, so I was really looking forward to his Terminal 5 stop on the B.E.T. Music Matters tour.
Kendrick Lamar along with TDE heavyweights Jay Rock & Ab-Soul came out in full force and proved that they are currently running the rap game. K. Dot opened the night by having the crowd put three fingers in the air and dropping “HiiiPower.” He then went on to say how “it feels good to be home” and continued by playing a couple more popular tracks off of Section 80. You can watch Kendrick Lamar performance of ”ADHD” below and see the crowds energy.ADHD-
Before Kendrick even hit the stage, New York City was already witnessing an amazing hip hop night with Ab-Soul bringing out Joey Bada$$ & Pro-Era and Jay Rock bringing his energy to the stage beforehand. You can watch Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era rockin’ out on the stage below.
Kendrick blessed the hyped up NYC crowd with Cartoons & Cereal towards the end of the night during his encore. Kendrick exceeded my expectations with his stage presence and flawless performance. You can watch more videos from the night recorded by David. Kendrick Lamar’s debut album, good kid, mA.A.d city, is due out October 22nd.Cartoons & Cereal-
[C&C via DealWithNoDeal]Swimming Pools (Drank)-
I Am (Interlude) Acapella-
Sorry that I’m getting to this really late. To kick off the school year, YGM went to see Odd Future perform at the Paramount in Huntington, NY. It was my second time going to the Paramount, and what I love is that it’s a really small, intimate venue where the artist and fans can really connect.
One of my favorite aspects of this show was how genuine it was. So many big artists put together very intricate spectacles with backup dancers, etc., and it was really nice to see a bunch of young adults clowning around on stage and enjoying the music. The show was so unscripted that at one point Taco dropped a beat as a surprise and Tyler fist pumped and mouthed “Yes! I love this song!” Another interesting surprise was that Mike G performed quite a bit of the setlist for the night. Most of my fellow Golf Wang supporters don’t have the same affinity for Mike G’s music that I do, so maybe I was the only person happy about that, but he dropped several of his own tracks, including “Forest Green” and my personal favorite of his “Everything That’s Yours.” In addition, MellowHype dropped their new track “La Bonita,” which isn’t my favorite of their songs (I love CopKiller), but it was still cool to see live so soon after it hit the net. The performance definitely differed from their showing at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. Both shows were great, but a little less effort was put into the stage production at Paramount. Then again, at the intimate venue in Huntington, the crowd was really able to see another side of Odd Future that may be viewed as more fun. The rap group interacted with the crowd by actively having a football catch with fans throughout the concert… The hip hop collective did a great job on delivering an energetic show as they always do. They closed out the night with a wild rendition of “Sandwitches.” You can check out some live footage below.
Everything That’s Yours
Thanks to @ticknerzo for the footage
I never thought I’d see the day where Childish Gambino and Flux Pavilion would collaborate on a new track. Flux dropped his new bass heavy collaboration featuring Gambino during his live set at Electric Zoo in NYC and although the preview is only two minutes long, you can get a good feel of the track. Definitely looking forward to the official release.
“Imma wait ’till the beat go in”- Childish Gambino
That drop at 1:13 son.
Last night, Pearl Jam closed up the Jay-Z curated festival, Made In America and from the videos I’ve see they did a great job. The 90s grunge rock band brought out Jay-Z for the Seattle based band’s second encore to play a new rock version of “99 Problems.” Both Jay-Z and Pearl Jam fans seemed to enjoy the new version. Watch the energetic performance of “99 Problems” below.
Jay-Z brought out a little special guest towards the end of his set at his new festival in Philly, Made In America. Jay surprised the crowd by bringing out most of the G.O.O.D. Music crew and having them run through multiple popular tracks. The talented group performed “New God Flow”, “Mercy”, Kanye’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”, Sean’s “A$$” and more. The set went for a solid 30 minutes and is most definitely a must watch. Originally when Kanye showed up on stage, the youtube stream got really laggy since almost 100,000 people went over to youtube to catch ‘Ye. Jay-Z successfully curated a festival and delivered a great performance. Next up is Pearl Jam tomorrow. Watch the video of G.O.O.D. Music’s performance below.