This is a guest post by Emily Sears:
I was lucky enough to win tickets to see Walk The Moon at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn this past Friday. Walk The Moon is an indie rock/pop band similar to Youngblood Hawke, Neon Trees, and Atlas Genius. After the opener Pacific Air, the intimate night began- the whole show was a dance party filled with lively synths and guitar riffs. Front man Nicholas Petricca lifted the crowd with The Liftaway from their self-released I Want! I Want! album. The band went on to play upbeat hits Quesadilla, Next In Line, and Shiver Shiver from their self-titled album. The crowd really got into it once they sang Tete-A-Tete, a new song from their Tightrope EP, released last week. Tete-A-Tete, Drunk In The Woods (which they sang in the encore), and anywayican along with a cover of Burning Down The House by Talking Heads, all begin to exhibit the slightly rougher vocals of Petricca. I would recommend this EP, as all the songs will definitely get stuck in your head and prove that there is much more high quality material to come from WTM. Read more and see pictures from the show after the jump.
Nardwuar’s known for having arguably the best interviews on the internet. Recently, he interviewed extremely talented upcoming rapper Hopsin. Even if you haven’t heard Hopsin’s music I still recommend checking out this dope interview.
Heavy Bass producers, Midnight Conspiracy, debuted their “Eye Live – Laser Light & Heavy Bass Experience” in New York City at Webster Hall on November 30. The show ended later than excepted and as a result we had to leave a bit early since fellow YGM poster, @brak_city, had a wrestling match that same morning. Although we missed a majority of Midnight’s set, we still got a tease of the the light show and heard the opening few songs from their set. And let me tell you, the duo really knows how to put on a good show. They’ve realized that it is more than just the music, which happens to be top notch from the Chicago based act, but it is a combination of the live experience and stage set up. Who would of thought that a simple eye set up would be crazed over? The eye along with the laser set up and booming bass heavy music makes up for a must see live show. When talking Mikul Wing from Midnight Conspiracy before hitting stage, he said that the group is going to try to release one new track every month after the new year. He also exclaimed that they will be touring a lot more when asked about how it has been different after getting signed to Ultra Records. Mikul explained me to me how the eye takes a while to set up as well since the group is made up of the only people who truly know how to get it up. I’m amazed how independent yet musically inclined these guys are. Since I can’t truly comment on Midnight Conspiracy’s set in its entirety given that I left early, I’ll just tease you guys with an image below that I spotted on Instagram from the night of the concert.
Record Of The Year
Lonely Boy By The Black Keys
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) By Kelly Clarkson
We Are Young By Fun. Featuring Janelle Monáe
Somebody That I Used To Know By Gotye Featuring Kimbra
Thinkin Bout You By Frank Ocean
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together By Taylor Swift
Album Of The Year
El Camino- The Black Keys
Some Nights- Fun.
Babel- Mumford & Sons
Channel Orange- Frank Ocean
Blunderbuss- Jack White
Song Of The Year
The A Team- Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)
Adorn- Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)
Call Me Maybe- Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)- Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly Clarkson)
We Are Young- Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun. Featuring Janelle Monáe)
Best New Artist
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Shake It Out- Florence & The Machin
We Are Young- Fun. Featuring Janelle Monáe
Somebody That I Used To Know- Gotye Featuring Kimbra
Sexy And I Know It- LMFAO
Payphone- Maroon 5 & Wiz Khalifa
Best Dance Recording
Let’s Go- Calvin Harris Featuring Ne-Yo
Bangarang- Skrillex Featuring Sirah
Don’t You Worry Child- Swedish House Mafia Featuring John Martin
I Can’t Live Without You- Al Walser
Best Dance/Electronica Album
Wonderland- Steve Aoki
Don’t Think- The Chemical Brothers
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Fire & Ice- Kaskade
Best Rock Song
Freedom At 21- Jack White, songwriter (Jack White)
I Will Wait -Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall & Marcus Mumford, songwriters (Mumford & Sons)
Lonely Boy- Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton & Patrick Carney, songwriters (The Black Keys)
Madness- Matthew Bellamy, songwriter (Muse)
We Take Care Of Our Own- Bruce Springsteen, songwriter (Bruce Springsteen)
Best Rock Album
El Camino- The Black Keys
Mylo Xyloto- Coldplay
The 2nd Law- Muse
Wrecking Ball- Bruce Springsteen
Blunderbuss- Jack White
Best Alternative Music Album
The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do- Fiona Apple
Making Mirrors- Gotye
Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.- M83
Bad As Me- Tom Waits
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Wild Ones- Flo Rida Featuring Sia
No Church In The Wild- Jay-Z & Kanye West Featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream
Tonight (Best You Ever Had)- John Legend Featuring Ludacris
Cherry Wine- Nas Featuring Amy Winehouse
Talk That Talk- Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
24. Best Rap Song
Lotus Flower Bomb
N****s In Paris
Young, Wild & Free
25. Best Rap Album
Take Care- Drake
Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1- Lupe Fiasco
Life Is Good- Nas
Undun- The Roots
God Forgives, I Don’t- Rick Ross
Based On A T.R.U. Story- 2 Chainz
On November 16th, the 2012 OWSLA tour hit NYC’s Webster Hall. Before the show, however, Birdy Nam Nam, Monsta, Kill Paris, and Kill the Noise made a stop at Lafayette street, and took over the local WeSC clothing store. Not only did the store sell a plethora of OWSLA apparel for those two hours, but the OWSLA crew also played a private pre-show set for a small handful of lucky fans. In between sets, the rising stars took the time out to hang out with their fans, answering their questions, and sharing a few laughs.
The set was very intimate, with fans never finding themselves more than 15 feet away from the CDJs. The set was also very diverse, featuring everything from songs off of Skrillex’s “Bangarang,” to Kill Paris’s chill, groovy dropstep tunes.
I was lucky enough to get the chance to speak to Jake Stanczak, aka Kill the Noise, about his newest EP, Black Magic. Black Magic, released under OWSLA on November 6th, features the hard-hitting beats and brain-melting synths that we’ve all come to love about Kill the Noise. One song on the album, “Thumbs Up,” even features vocal samples from the viral Youtube video “Thumbs up for Rock and Roll.” Be sure to check out Black Magic on Beatport here!
Weezy answers several questions in this interview with Sway. What’s he’s doing next? Where he will be in the next few years? Kanye West is actually designing the album package for this album and plans on releasing the album February 19th. Weezy spoke on Skateboarding, his daughters music career and more. Hit the jump for the more videos on the interview.
As you all know superstorm Sandy left the east coast devastated and in a state of disarray . Many people have been displaced and left homeless as a result of this disaster. Luckily, when tragedy strikes society comes together to help those in need. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, The Madison Square Garden Company and The Weinstein Company have put together a charity event called 12/12/12 – The Concert for Sandy Relief. Not only are they using the healing power of music to bring some of the greatest names in the music industry together, but all money is going to be donated to various charities associated with Sandy relief. You might be asking what this means for you, well my friends you are going to see some of the greatest names in music and help out those in need, a win-won if you ask me. Some of the artists announced so far are Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Roger Waters, Kanye West and The Who. Hopefully you can all attend this event to see the best musicians in all different genres and do it for a good cause! No ticket information has been released yet, but you can like their Facebook page to stay up to date!
Thursday Night, I had the pleasure of seeing Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Live for the first time. The show was at the Masquerade in Atlanta, in front of a sold out crowd of over 1000 fans. The venue very much reminded me of Webster Hall in NYC. I knew that the duo were a great musical talent, however, I did not anticipate the energy of their performance, which rivaled (if not matched) that of an Odd Future show. At one point in the show, Macklemore was stand-up crowd surfing while Ryan Lewis hung from the 15 foot rafters above the middle of the crowd (see picture). Later, Lewis took to the top of the speakers and stage dove into the moshpit below. It was pure insanity coupled with great, meaningful music. The Seattle, WA natives played all of their greatest hits, including ‘Same Love’, ‘Thrift Shop’, ‘Wings’, ‘Can’t Hold Us’, ending with a double encore of ‘And We Danced’ and ‘Irish Celebration’. It is currently 12 noon the next day, and I still am having trouble hearing, caused by both the incredible bass and the roars of the crowd. I know Macklemore has a show in NYC on 11/21, my advice is to get your ticket NOW.
King Kendrick brought his talents to Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium and he put on a show that everyone will remember. Ever since good kid, m.A.A.d. city was released, I have been listening to Kendrick with my friends non-stop. His unique style and delivery is changing the game so I was really excited to see Kendrick live. He did not disappoint at all. You could tell that there is a serious love between Kendrick and his fans. The crowd knew every single word to every song Kendrick played. Kendrick brought so much energy to each and every song and the crowd definitely fed off of it. Although the performance was a little bit short, Kendrick and Nashville definitely brought it at War Memorial Auditorium and I would highly recommend EVERYONE try to attend a Kendrick concert in the near future.
WahMaze is back with another mixtape entitled Fast Ass Remix Pack, this time taking on Dirty South x Thomas Gold’s “Alive“, Eva Simmon’s “I Don’t Like You“, Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake“, Knife Party’s “Internet Friends” in rewind, Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been“, SHM’s “Don’t You Worry Child“, and lastly Ne-Yo’s “Let Me Love You.” WahMaze also delivered three original mixes on this new project. Read what the young DJ had to say about his new remix pack below.
My New Remix Pack comes as I have so many damn remixes (22 of them) that cant stay in my library anymore and I feel it is time for them to get out there on the market. My first Party Pack did extremely well with over 7,000 downloads, so why not drop another one?! This one has double the songs. This Remix Pack has an eclectic variety ranging from your basic progressive house forms to complex electro and a little bit of dub step. I hope everyone enjoys it.
The upcoming producer also answered a few questions that you can read below. The direct download links are all provided exclusively via YesGoodMusic, LLC beneath the Q&A. You can download Wahmaze’s new project in its entirety or stream and download your favorite specific tracks. Enjoy!
1.) What has been your favorite original mix that you’ve produced thus far? Tell us about the recording process of that original track.
I have so many original mixes its actually getting out of hand, i’ve been waiting so long, but I am going to finally start releasing a bunch of them. I just checked my Logic folder, I have 14 original mixes. Some of them i have already sent out to labels and others will be released for free download. My idea for my originals stem from everyday sounds and music. I draw from classical music such as Beethoven’s 5th (I am not kidding, listen to the 4th movement and listen to the first theme and you will understand what i am talking about) to present day Hip Hop. Inspiration can come from the most unsuspecting things and from people, that’s why music is such an awesome art form.
2.) What is your go to track in a live set? (Don’t say “Levels”…)
My go to track in my live sets has been the Whitney Houston How Will I Know (Van Hooft & Forever Kid Remix) The amazing vocals of Whitney combined with these authentic progressive instrumentals never let the crowd down. I know people will be like how come not levels, calling, spectrum, etc. I feel that playing amazing undiscovered music is so much more exciting and exhilarating for the crowd then the usual top tracks.
3.) Any plans for an upcoming tour? If so, are there any dates that you can announce at the moment?
In regards to a tour, I promised myself this semester I would do little to no shows as I am adjusting to a new college which is Columbia University. The workload is tremendously strenuous so balancing a rigorous tour schedule and an insane workload would probably end up in me dropping out of college ha! Yes i have a few big shows coming up, but my biggest will be in February at The Studio At Webster Hall which will be my 21st birthday concert and proceeds will be going to charity! So keep an eye out for tickets!
4.) You’ve significantly progressed as a producer over the last 6 months. Where do you see yourself in a year from now?
In a year I see myself doing the same damn thing, producing music for me is a hobby and something that is self fulfilling, as much as my music is for my fans, its more for my own enjoyment. Music is a unique art form that allows you to express yourself in so many ways. I love where my hobby is taking me! I can not say exactly what I will doing a year from now, but I can guarantee some amazing music by me will have come out by that point. In regards to shows, yes shows are exciting and fulfilling, but my intention was never to be a touring artist, it was to provide my fellow peers and listeners with quality and unique tunes.
Also I wanted to thank you (YGM) for your continuous support and for spreading the music of very young artists like myself.
Download: David Guetta- “She Wolf” (WahMaze Remix)