Posts Tagged ‘History’

August 29, 2016

Gigamesh never fails to move us with his French inspired electro house and nu-disco, and now that the veteran American producer has released the first part of his debut album, Time Travel, Vol. 1, there’s no getting enough of the many splendorous tunes from the record. My Future Is Your Future is a current favorite, its expansive crisp, wavy lustrous nu-disco send jolts of euphoric electricity through my veins. This is as classic as it gets, five minutes of rich pumping, snazzy opulent, deep funktastic French house. Gigamesh also dropped a new video for the more vocal-centric Damon C. Scott featuring History, which we shared last week. Watch below. Purchase Time Travel, Vol. 1 from various outlets, here.

August 19, 2016

Though Gigamesh is from Minneapolis, he’s always brought such a light and dexterous French touch with his music. Gigamesh released his new album Time Travel, Vol. 1 today (first of a two part effort). Let’s celebrate by dancing to album single History, which features Damon C. Scott on guest vocals, whom you might recognize from Storm Queen’s Look Right Through. “We’re making history”, he coos, surrounded by Gigamesh’s golden glistening, mirror ball conjuring nu-disco. Gigamesh, you’ve already made history and been a huge influence on so many other producers and bands we listen to everyday. History is available as a single from various outlets. Stream Gigamesh’s Time Travel, Vol. 1 on Spotify.

September 29, 2015

On October 30th, Australian duo Holy Holy will unleash their debut album When The Storms Would Come in the UK following on last month’s Australian release. As fans wait for that seemingly far away date, they can enjoy latest single History via this video the duo just recently unleashed for the tune. The clip was shot over a sleepless 48 hour period in Brisbane, fittingly distorting perception of time and space throughout the video. It’s a cool accompaniment for a spectacular tune, one with melodically transfixing guitars as well as plenty of meditative psychedelic rock. 

January 14, 2015

Jumping on early today for a piece of exciting news I’ve been sitting on and fidgeting to share. Ryan Merchant, one part of a certain band many of you probably love named Capital Cities, has formed a new side project with Capital Cities’ epic trumpeter Spencer Ludwig. The songwriting collaboration, History, has revealed their very first song, a chic, swank tune, also named History. To add icing to the sweet lavish cake, RAC, or André Anjos, turns in some signature, sumptuous indie dance co-production. History is a slick and glossy synthpop tune. It’s laced with a flushed dose of snazzy funky freshness, the same kind the world has come to identify with Capital Cities. However, History also oozes over with extravagant seductive smoothness in addition to plenty of Spencer’s commanding, luxuriant horns. The debut song is a free download now, via SoundCloud. For those of you who are huge Capital Cities fans, like I am, don’t worry. Capital Cities will begin work on album number two soon, despite Sebu and Ryan/Spencer’s side releases.

Joan Jett and Against Me!

June 11, 2012

Well, I’m not going to go into all the recent news about Against Me! You know, it’s really not important and who gives a crap? That’s their lives, we’re here for the music, right guys? So without further ado, here’s a sure to be classic moment… Against Me! and JOAN JETT performing the old The Replacements song Androgynous! Hmm… OK, well I guess they’re making some sort of statement with the song choice. More power to them. Anyhow, whoooooooooweeeee. Music history, folks, music history! *tear*


May 4, 2012

There’s no doubt most of you have heard by now. It’s the end of an era. RIP. There’s endless tributes going around, so I’ll keep this to one thing and one thing only: Beastie Boys’ official statement on the death of Adam Yauch. 

Adam Yauch | 1964-2012

It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam “MCA” Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer. He was 47 years old.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Yauch taught himself to play bass in high school, forming a band for his 17th birthday party that would later become known the world over as Beastie Boys.

With fellow members Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Adrock” Horovitz, Beastie Boys would go on to sell over 40 million records, release four #1 albums–including the first hip hop album ever to top the Billboard 200, the band’s 1986 debut full length, Licensed To Ill–win three Grammys, and the MTV Video Vanguard Lifetime Achievement award. Last month Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with Diamond and Horovitz reading an acceptance speech on behalf of Yauch, who was unable to attend.

In addition to his hand in creating such historic Beastie Boys albums as Paul’s Boutique, Check Your Head, Ill Communication, Hello Nasty and more, Yauch was a founder of the Milarepa Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and activism regarding the injustices perpetrated on native Tibetans by Chinese occupational government and military forces. In 1996, Milarepa produced the first Tibetan Freedom Concert in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, which was attended by 100,000 people, making it the biggest benefit concert on U.S. soil since 1985′s Live Aid. The Tibetan Freedom Concert series would continue to stage some of the most significant benefit shows in the world for nearly a decade following in New York City, Washington DC, Tokyo, Sydney, Amsterdam, Taipei and other cities.

In the wake of September 11, 2001, Milarepa organized New Yorkers Against Violence, a benefit headlined by Beastie Boys at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, with net proceeds disbursed to the New York Women’s Foundation Disaster Relief Fund and the New York Association for New Americans (NYANA) September 11th Fund for New Americans–each chosen for their efforts on behalf of 9/11 victims least likely to receive help from other sources.

Under the alias of Nathanial Hörnblowér, Yauch directed iconic Beastie Boys videos including “So Whatcha Want,” “Intergalactic,” “Body Movin” and “Ch-Check It Out.” Under his own name, Yauch directed last year’s Fight For Your Right Revisited, an extended video for “Make Some Noise” from Beastie Boys’ Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, starring Elijah Wood, Danny McBride and Seth Rogen as the 1986 Beastie Boys, making their way through a half hour of cameo-studded misadventures before squaring off against Jack Black, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as Beastie Boys of the future.

Yauch’s passion and talent for filmmaking led to his founding of Oscilloscope Laboratories, which in 2008 released his directorial film debut, the basketball documentary Gunnin’ For That #1 Spot and has since become a major force in independent video distribution, amassing a catalogue of such acclaimed titles as Kelly Reichardt’s Wendy and Lucy, Oren Moverman’s The Messenger, Banksy’s Exit Through The Gift Shop, Lance Bangs and Spike Jonze’s Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait Of Maurice Sendak, and many more.

Yauch is survived by his wife Dechen and his daughter Tenzin Losel, as well as his parents Frances and Noel Yauch.


December 2, 2011


So I happened to catch the commercial for this on television while watching the not-at-all impressive “Grammy nominations” show last evening. I also played a little game of “who can pronounce Bon Iver right?”. Nicki Minaj failed miserably. Taraji P Henson was the winner with perfect French intonation. Bruno Mars won best effort for pronouncing almost correct, but not drawing the eeee in Iver out enough. Anyway, back to the commercial, I saw it and looked up what the dealio was immediately. Check this video out for RE:GENERATION:

And here’s information I found on the project via this website:

RE:GENERATION is a feature length documentary that explores the history of music through the eyes of five modern DJ/Producers. The extremely talented DJs embark on a musical odyssey to create a cutting edge electronic track inspired by one of five traditional musical genres: Jazz, R&B, Country, Classical and Rock.

In addition to Skrillex working with The Doors, the project, which is actually co-produced by the Grammys, brought in DJ Premier to produce a classical track with Nas and the Berklee School of Music Orchestra; Pretty Lights, who produced a country song with Leann Rimes and Ralph Stanley; the Crystal Method, who traveled to Detroit to record an R&B track with Martha Reeves; and Mark Ronson, who collaborated with Erykah Badu, members of the Dap Kings and Trombone Shorty for a jazz tune in New Orleans.

The documentary will premiere in early 2012 and will most likely be a big part of the Grammys next year.

Interesting, eh? Can’t wait to hear how some of these collaborations will sound, since they’re really mixing things up. Here’s the official RE:GENERATION website:


Follow DJ Premier, Mark Ronson, Skrillex, Pretty Lights and The Crystal Method as they remix, recreate and re-imagine five traditional styles of music. From the classical perfection of the Berklee Symphony Orchestra to the bayou jams of New Orleans jazz, our five distinctive DJs collaborate with some of today’s biggest musicians to discover how our musical past is influencing the future.