Major Lazer In The HOUSE!

Sasquatch 2011 here in Washington boasted a TON of excellent artists that ranged the full gambit of musical genres, but few sets stood out like this one from Major Lazer (aka DJ/Producers Diplo and Switch).  Make sure you have some space to get down, because this set brings a bit of everything to it and is sure to get you on your feet. I’d like to thank NPR for capturing this recording of their live-set, because it’s EPIC. Hope you all enjoy it.

Tracklist:

01. Major Lazer feat. Ms. Thing – When You Hear The Bassline (Tony Senghore Remix)
02. Dillon Francis & DJ Ammo – Westside!
03. Seductive – Underground Sound
04. The Partysquad – Pull Up
05. Sticky K – Club Persh (Will Bailey Remix) w/ Revero – Club Fire
06. Swedish House Mafia – One (Congorock Remix)
07. Gyptian – Hold Yuh (Major Lazer Remix)
08. Major Lazer – ID
09. Black Eyed Peas – The Time (The Dirty Bit) w/ Major Lazer Like A G6 (Acapella)
10. LaidBack Luke vs Solid Groove – This is Be (Bassjackers Edit)
11. DJ Fresh – Gold Dust (Flux Pavilion Remix)
12. Flux Pavilion – Bass Cannon
13. ID
14. Chris Brown – Look At Me Now (Feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhyme)
15. Doctor P – Sweet Shop
16. ID
17. Sidney Samson Feat. Wizard Sleeve – Riverside (Lets Go!) (Breakage Remix)
18. Major Lazer Feat Ricky Blaze & Nina Sky – Keep It Going Louder
19. Leftside ft Mystic – Phat Punani (ID Edit Remix)
20. Beenie Man & Future Fambo – I’m Drinking Rum
21. Rihanna – Rude Boy (ID Remix)
22. Ace of Base – All That She Wants
23. Major Lazer Feat. VYBZ Kartel – Pon De Floor
24. Afrojack – Pon The Street [Soon on Maddecent] w/ Pon De Floor (Acapella)
25. Duck Sauce – Barbara Streisand w/ Major Lazer (Acapella)
26. Silvio Ecomo & Chuckie – Moombah (Afrojack Remix)
27. Digital Manges – Manges (Sharkslayer dub)
28. Steve Angello & Laidback Luke – Be vs Satisfaction (Swedish House Mafia Bootleg)
29. Major Lazer – Bruk Out
30. Crookers Ft Major Lazer, Leftside & Supahype – Jump Up
31. Zombie Nation – Kernkraft 400
32. Major Lazer feat. Mr Lexx & Santigold – Hold The Line
33. ID
34. Lil Wayne ft. Corey Gunz – 6 Foot 7 Foot
35. Collie Buddz ft. Busta Rhymes – Come Around
36. Damien Marley – Welcome to Jamrock
37. Dawn Penn – You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)
38. Major Lazer feat. Mr. Vegas & Jovi Rockwell – Can’t stop now
39. Bob Marley – One Love
40. Switch – ID
41. ID
42. ID
43. ID

How The House Should Be Smashed

If you were to search this blog, then you’d know that I have an obsession with this brother duo – Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. Every since I heard their Tomorrowland set they’ve been sky rocketing their fan base and have begun their first ever U.S. Tour. Sadly they haven’t made it to the city of Seattle yet, but the clips from their shows in South Beach, Vegas, and L.A. showcase their ability to make shows astounding. Hopefully when these guys get a schedule for shows next year we’ll be able to track them down.

Check them out:

http://www.dimitrivegasandlikemike.com/

http://www.facebook.com/dimitrivegasandlikemike

Protect IP Act

It’s a bill tailored by the the entertainment industry to try and stop pirating of music and movies on the web, but is positioning itself to disrupt how we use the internet day to day…

What our generation does on a daily basis would incur huge penalties, fines, and possibly jail time for simply trying to spread the music we love to the masses. Trying to hype new songs, artists, and albums would be infringements that give private corporations the ability to block OUR blog(s). It’s an unprecedented bill that is being fast-tracked through Congress in the dark of night and should be spread through the same facets that it’s trying to hinder!

Some more food for thought on this disturbing topic:

According to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill would cost us $47 million tax dollars a year — that’s for a fix that won’t work, disrupts the internet, stifles innovation, shuts out diverse voices, and censors the internet. This bill is bad for creativity and does not protect your rights.

We can’t just stand by, like the corporations are expecting us to… let us stand united and fight this together! Go to the website below and fill out the information it needs to help support the cause.

http://americancensorship.org/

The Power of Music

“As we see the joy being expressed in others we realize it is safe to let our guards down and let that same joy which animates us come out and this gives us the strength, the juice, to go back into our lives into the struggles of living in this world with our cores nurtured and restored.”

I am a huge fan of TED talks – which is basically a forum for all sorts of people to come together to share ideas.  On that note, a friend of mine stumbled upon a TED talks that goes in depth about transitional festivals and rave culture.  It is an absolutely incredible talk that hypothesizes that the ritual of dancing outside until dawn actually is a process of healing, a spiritual and community endeavor and something absolutely en-grained in our history and essential for today’s population.  So with that I will leave you with the video and below I will post a chunk of Jeet Kei Leung’s talk….

“The power of music….which we typically classify as entertainment or leisure activity in our society, but the power of music to consistently create new culture where there was none before.  New forms of music emerge, they articulate, evoke something essential about the human experience and around that humans cluster and form culture or more properly subculture with shared values, practices, codes, aesthetics, identity, world-view and story.  In this way music continues to speak to the deepest spirit of what it is to be human.  That insistent thirst for more freedom, more expression to push against the boundaries.  So in the example we are talking about today this first started with the tools for the new music.  These were samplers, synthesizers, sequencers, drum machines, digital effects.  While initially dismissed as passing fads, as pale replicas of the real thing, in fact these were new models of working with frequencies, intended to be transmitted through a new breed of full spectrum sound systems, in the hands of humans these tools birthed electronic dance music.  Where layers of hypnotic and funky rhythm and bass and melody and effects were woven to induce an ecstatic state that is less about the human stories sung of love and loss and more about some shared psychic space, some primordial remembrance, perhaps, of the telepathy we experienced back when we were all fish swimming in unison and now the music is our ocean.  So for the post war generations it was rock and roll that burst forth with spontaneous wildness and possibility and broke the choke-hold of Puritan, Protestant paradigm on Western culture, but when rave culture birthed out of electronic dance music, what this represented through a new generation, first in the UK, and the east coast of America and then the world was nothing less than the full return of the ecstatic tradition into Western culture, and where as rock had retained the idolatry of the band as quasi religious spectacle, rave tended to emphasize the communal and participatory nature of the dance, trance ritual.  And when we take a look, do a little research, we find out that in fact, this is the oldest way of being….used for spiritual and shamanic practices among countless cultures for time immemorial, some suggest perhaps the roots of religion itself.  An ethnographic study conducted in 1962, found that 92% of small-scale societies encouraged some kind of ecstatic trance, most often through prolonged dancing or chanting.  

Friday’s Food For Thought: A Grab Bag

Hello my beautiful edmNATION!

This weekend theUsualSuspects are headed off to Vancouver to see ….. SANDER VAN DOORN.  We are beyond esctatic and will be sure to give you a full report on our experience when we return to the lush Emerald City.

Before we head out for our adventure I wanted to bring you a medley of articles and videos to check out … I haven’t even done my makeup yet today so this is how much I love you.

First off Hardwell’s massive track ‘Cobra’ (posted about by OhBoisen below) will be released in full THIS MONDAY on beatport and itunes.  You can check out a preview on Hardwell’s soundcloud.  This track was also made the official anthem of Energy 2012 – a huge indoor festival in the Netherlands! Congrats Hardwell!

Cobra – Hardwell’s teaser 

As a sidenote….Energy was previously known as Trance Energy and that was the only genre at the festival – in 2011 the festival was renamed Energy The Network and was open to all genres of electronica, read more about the history HERE.

Keeping on the subject of the trance family I have the latest episode of Ferry Corsten’s WKNDR where he goes to RUSSIA.

Next I have a video that features highlights of Avicii’s experience at Identity Festival this summer.

Be serenaded by the lovely Emma Hewitt in this unplugged version of ‘Waiting’ by Dash Berlin.

And lastly my personal track of the week is one ridiculously happy song.  Perfect for the weekend – Sneaky Sound System “Big” remixed by John Dahlback.

Happy Friday!

The man, the myth, the legend ….Laidback Luke.

In my opinion Laidback Luke’s INCREDIBLE talents are rather understated.  Laidback Luke aka Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen is a Dutch dj and producer.  I have had the pleasure of seeing Laidback Luke twice and each time I have been massively blown away.  Not only are his killer electro house beats electrifying but LL has this amazing ability to spin what’s hot, funky, and fresh into flawless sensational sets.  His sets tell a story from start to finish and they always leave you wanting more.  I love how LL’s quirky sense of humor tends to creep into his sets and beats effortlessly amusing the audience.  What else makes Laidback Luke so awesome besides his insight for the next hottest sound and outrageous talents behind the turntables?  It is his inherent ability to connect with the audience – he can do it with any crowd, in any place.  Laidback Luke is an absolute genius with heart.

Now with all that said here are download links for live sets from one of my all time FAVORITE djs:

Electric Daisy Carnival 2011 

Coachella Music Festival 2011

Ultra Music Festival 2011 

BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix 2011

Check out his wikipedia page to see a FULL list of his discography and all of his bootlegs and remixes.

 

 

 

 

 

 Here are some of my favorite videos and songs as well:

“Natural Disaster”

“Turbulence”

“Timebomb”

“Till Tonight”

“Hey Sexy Lady”

“Mortal Comeback”

“Speak Up”

“Show Me Love”

Now tell me you’re not obsessed. 

 

 

More E Zoo Sets? Yeahhhh Buddyyy

Get crazy, get wild, and download all these incredible sets! 

 

More live sets from Electric Zoo 2011:

Gabriel and Dresden 

Afrojack

Arty

David Guetta 

Sidney Samson

Markus Schulz

Robbie Rivera

Benny Benassi

 

 

 

Joris Voorn & Nic Fanciulli

Moby

Zack Roth

Josh Wink

Michael Woods

AN21 & Max Vangeli

Let Me Show You Love

I know that EDC Vegas was months ago, but having Avicii’s live set come up on random and having seen him play it live at Global Dance Festival I had to post this. This song sends shivers down your spine and makes you crave more and is one of the many reasons why this young DJ is sought after so ravenously right now.