This is my review of the latest, and supposedly the last, of the Harry Potter movies, which I couldn’t remember the name of and was too lazy to look up. I should probably note that I haven’t read any of the books and I think magic is stupid. It’s probably also worth noting that I had only seen one other Harry Potter movie before this. At least I think it was a Harry Potter movie – I couldn’t make a whole lot of sense of it and then a blue yak showed up at the end. I’m told this was the third one. Also worth mentioning is the fact that I drank a bit during the movie. It’s probably best for me to note that I am using a unique definition of “a bit.” Most people would say I drank a lot. Actually, it would be a real disservice of me not to bring up the fact that the only reason I found myself in a theater with a bunch of giddy twenty-something year-olds on opening night of the new Harry Potter film is because I was cunningly tricked into being there (by cunningly tricked I mean I was told I’d get free beer out of it).
Okay, there might be a few problems with the set up for this review but I don’t think it’s anything I can’t overcome. Yes, I may have been drunk, but it’s not like I was so drunk I’d think it was a good idea to name a character Dumbledorf (or something to that effect). I can totally do this. Here we go…
The Warner Brother’s logo is dark and metallic. A great storm is brooding amidst shadowy blue hues. The buildings look dirty and decrepit as the camera ascends towards the sky. A man is shown traversing a cold and desolate landscape as a familiar voice narrates for us. Ideals. Devotion. Legend. I feel the tension building. The music resonates through the theater at just the right moments. The buildings loom. We see the sky. Debris is falling. He’s climbing up out of a well, towards the light. Our hero was gone but now he is back. The Dark Knight Rises.
Oh, wait, fuck. That was the teaser trailer for the new Batman movie. Damn it. I wanted to stand up and cheer but nobody else seemed to care. The brief shot at the end of the teaser made my insides tingle. Batman is standing in the rain and…
Shit. Harry Potter. Right. Okay, here we go again.
It’s no secret that Deep Children and I have been having a bunch of fun with juke as of late. It also happens one of my favorite moombahton producers, Munchi, released a Juke EP recently, aaand it rules. My favorite track from the EP is below.
Mi ta bek is im back in papiamento. this is a juke track with an old vocal of one of my good friends MP. He’s saying bitches shake their ass and niggaz bounce, something like that.
Shout out to Immorales in the form of the ‘Riba Puta’ vocal snippet. Basicly this track is in majority a juke/dubstep type of thing, but you hear back bubbling, trap, mambo, baile funk, bmore skullstep (intro) and reggeton. of course the obvious vocal break ‘guess i got my swagga back’ is from excision and datsik. at first i was making another track that was like a tribute to them and that was a vocal break of it, but i found it more fitting here, because i finally feel that im back haha.
Straight from the dude’s mouth. Can’t top that. Oh wait, maybe you can. You can download the whole thing on Generation Bass.
Another gem that I found was the following mix. It’s called “Tvyks presents Vibrator 100” and is from some Dutch radio or something. Scotty called it the “ulysses of uk mixtapes”. It had 44 plays when I found it for some reason despite the ridiculously huge track list. Download it. Now. Trust me.
Longtime producer Machinedrum‘s new LP Room(s) dropped today on Plant Mu. This album packs a plethora of carefully constructed layers of dubbed vocal samplings, looping synths, drums and whatever else he cuts up and puts together. It’s one of those rare balances between what is familiar and what isn’t, in electronic music generally, and in footwork/jungle/juke specifically. Its track list is something I could see myself wyling out to in da club or what I’m doing now, happily spacing out while I’m at work. You can check it out directly from Planet Mu or in iTunes. Also scope the mix he did for FACT a couple months back.
Last Monday, the Outtacontrol EP from 20 year old whiz kid LDFD dropped on Daedelus’s Magical Properties Records and this upcoming Saturday is the official release party down at Gallery in NYC alongside (and hosted by) Broken Teeth Crew. He’s been popping up all over my personal twitter feed left and right, being bumped on Pitchfork and Mad Decent to name a couple. He also made an exclusive mix for Percussion Lab, check it out here. I recommended the title track, “Outtacontrol” — it’s super fun and very club-ready.
Also of honorable mention — Spotify launched in the U.S. last week and I finally took some time last night to check out what it’s all about. So far, even in the free version, it’s awesome and not just hype. Based out of Sweden, Spotify is a streaming service that has a huge library (15+ million songs) spanning major and independent record labels, similar to what’s available via Grooveshark or iTunes, but also incorporates your personal music playlists (also available on your phone without an internet connection once you sync up) and the program links to your Facebook friends’ music collections. The obvious perks of the paid account is that you can listen to music from their library from your brainphone via the Spotify app and you also won’t be interrupted by any advertisements. Check it out for yourself; invites are still out there…
The following is a guest post by Jordan J. Michael.
Punk rock comes in many different forms, and more than a few were on display at Valentine’s on Friday evening. In fact, all the acts pushed boundaries.
It was a special night for Albany’s Aficionado, whose seven members were celebrating the release of their first full-length album on No Sleep Records. It had been a long time coming for a band that has toured and self-released music since 2004.
“We’ve gotten a lot of support from this city,” Aficionado front man Nick Warchol said after a rousing headlining set. “We’re not rock stars. We just like to hang out with our friends and play music.”
The downstairs stage of Valentine’s couldn’t even hold the entire band. Craig Dutra had his keyboard setup on the floor while Warchol sang directly to the eager audience. Laura Carrozza stretched Aficionado’s sound even further with sweet harmonies, while also being strapped with a flute.
Guitars intertwined, drums galloped and an overall feeling of enjoyment filled the room. Nothing was left undone.
You may have noticed yesterday that we included two events in our weekend link round-up that are beyond Albany borders. Both events have several things in common, including stacked billings and a fine gentleman named Distal.
Distal is a producer and DJ based out of Atlanta and also runs the label Embassy Recordings. In anticipation of our #vacay this weekend, we caught up with him for an interview in advance of his playing out at this month’s TURRBOTAX® and at Cabaloosa’s in New Paltz.
In the game since: Been DJing dance music since 2000, been producing since 2007.
Tell us a little bit about your background in music and how you got into producing and DJing? I grew up loving music. I was in band in middle school and a year or so in high school playing trumpet. Around that time I definitely was enjoying listening and absorbing rather than playing.