In 2009, Das Racist released a track called "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell (Wallpaper Remix)," that was pretty much a one-topic song about a couple of homeboys on their cells trying to meet up for lunch-- "I'm at the Pizza Hut," No, I'm at the Pizza Hut," and goes on like that for basically the rest of the song. The cut was received in both positive and negative lights, some thinking that the group was merely created to destroy everyone's interest in music, while others found their lyrics and beats to be refreshingly comedic, brainy, and appealing. For the most part, however, the group basically classified themselves as a joke-rap genre, which hurt their overall game and potential in the rap world.
As the humidity approaches unbearable and the summer days officially press on, we wanted to give you all a chance to chill out with the cooling sounds of a few dance worthy notables. With only ten days until Camp Bisco X, the anticipation and excitement surrounding the tenth annual, 3-day festival is growing at an immense pace. Thousands upon thousands of music lovers of all ages will gather at Indian Lookout Country Club on July 7 – 9 for intensive, 72 hour crash course on dance, jam and electronic music. Tickets and camping passes are still available on the CBX, so grab yours today and don’t miss this legendary event. In the In the meantime, while you're waching the clock tick at work or wherever you are, here’s some of our top draws for the upcoming weekend.
Approaching it's tenth year, Camp Bisco is an intimate electronic music festival catering to roughly 10,000 attendees each year. As the annual numbers steadily grow, the rolling hills - streamlined with tress, grass and dirt - of Indian Lookout Country Club, in Mariaville, New York, seems the perfect fit to house the sea of tents, RV's, and dirty, smiling festival goers. This year, the 3-day, 3-night event will take place on July 7 - 9.
The weekend long event is curated by Philadelphia natives, the Disco Biscuits. Their blended genre of electronic and jam music coined, "Super Jamband", by Biscuits guitarist Jon Gutwillig, attracts a rather specific flavor of persons effectively referred to as 'Wooks'. Wook isn't exactly a friendly term. In fact, no one would out right call themselves a Wook as it tends to exemplify a dirty, grimy hippy - not the muddy kind of dirty, more the scummy sort (or a combination of both) - but that's a part of the vibe and what sets Camp Bisco apart from other festivals. There's a darkness inside of the light that is gut-wrenchingly beautiful.
Already feeling that summer buzz-kill from missing out on Coachella and Sasquatch this year? Don’t worry, there are still plenty of festivals fixing to satisfy that music-hungry appetite at a much lower price than Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza. Check out these upcoming music festivals that will tune your ears in to some audio bliss.
What: Pitchfork Music Festival
Where: Chicago, IL
When: June 15-17
Who: Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, Cut Copy, TV on the Radio, Neko Case, Thurston Moore, No Age, Gang Gang Dance, Deerhunter, Superchunk, Ariel Pink, Curren$y + more!
As of late - much to the delight of South Floridian eccentric music lovers - many 'indie' artisits have been making appearances. Miami, thought by many to be a city most acts of the underground persuasion tend to see as a no-fly-zone, has recently been overrun by bands such as Vampire Weekend, Yeasayer, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, LCD Soundsystem, Phoenix, MGMT, Thievery Corporation and Massive Attack... and, coming up, the great folk revelation, Iron and Wine.
Iron and Wine is composed by one man - Samuel Beam. Beam, a South Carolina native, had been writing music for years before he decided to do it professionally. Beam was a professor of cinematography and film in the University of Miami when a friend of his let him borrow a four-track recorder to mess around with.
For those of you that listen to WVUM or have been fortunate to hear from this band by word of mouth, you know that Yeasayer is a completely different animal than your conventional rock band.
Songs like "Ambling Alp" and "Rome" proved catchy enough to get me out to the Fillmore on Miami Beach on Tuesday for an evening with the Brooklyn-based group. Smart choice.
Yeasayer came out to "Goodbye Horses", which I found oddly humurous, then the lights came on to reveal an oddity behind the band: two pairs of what one would guess was a molecular desgin concept that resembled two large honeycombs that would match clever spurts of lights throughout their set showing that the band had been meticulous about combining the sound and visual effects to further enhance the experience.
Well Joonbuggers, it's that time again, Festie time! This time we are preparing for Austin City Limits. This is one of my favorite festivals of the year, not only because Austin is home, but also because it might be one of the most musically diverse. We are seeing some of our electronic, oldies, Texas country and pop favies this year. Here is what we were looking most forward to.
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From shows played in the mountains of Japan and on the beaches of France, to the waterside in Brooklyn at New York's Governor's Island, it seems like Local Natives have already conqured it all since their 2009 release of their debut album Gorilla Manor. The band has no plans of slowing down, as Local Natives guitarist and vocalist Taylor Rice recently shared with me. He also chatted with me about their upcoming show at Webster Hall on October 29th, the band's recent trip to Europe, an awesome outlet for fans to remix their songs, and a surprise encounter with the legendary David Byrne of The Talking Heads.
The Sunday Snapshot:
The festival set-up, sound and acoustics, as well as operations were extremely professional. It's obvious they have done this before. I loved how they had two stages by each other with back-to-back shows. I parked it at the Budweiser/Playstation stages for most of the weekend due to the line up, but it was incredible to see 10,000 people stacked to see the headliners on the BMI stage. Kudos Lolla.
Sunday Musical Delights & Awards:
Chiddy Bang: Award for Band Best Listened on a CD. I was personally pumped to see Chiddy play. My friends produce their music videos and I have been rocking to their cool remixes/raps for a bit now. Think, Girl Talk meets Drake for their vibe. I was sadly disappointed in the live bit, but I still like them a lot. But the electronic Perry’s stage was a sick addition to the festival. We would be visiting again.
Here is what we loved most about Saturday at Lollapalooza 2010. I wish I was still there!
In addition to the green scene at Grant Park, there were some really cool sponsorship and brand presence situations in the mix. Toyota was giving away cold bandanas and headbands (much needed with the hot temperatures). They always had a line to their tent, which I’m sure got them some good exposure. Another great sponsor was the water filling stations; I know I spent a lot of time here. AOL provided free WiFi, for those of us working during the festival, this was clutch. A fun one was the Q101 Hammock Station, where you could actually take a break and lay in the hammocks for a bit. It’s always enjoyable to see brands and companies giving out products and services that are super beneficial to the festival goer. Giving a consumer something they can really use during the weekend is really going to stand out for marketing purposes.