KC’s Music Monday: Airplane Mode Edition

I’m jetting off (literally) to Croatia later today, but I’ve got to take three planes and one bus to get to where I’m going. Which is rather gross and perhaps a bit crazy. Needless to say, I’m going to be spending quite a bit of time in headphones.

I’m heading out to attend Dimensions Festival. The fest is put on by the people behind Outlook, which is a four-day music festival that takes place in an abandoned fort in Pula, Croatia. Outlook has existed in its current form since 2008 and this year is the premiere of its sister festival, taking place at the same location a weekend following. You can check out details of the fest and the massive line-up here.

For your listening pleasure (and perhaps for my maintaining my sanity) I’ve compiled a collection of must-have mixes for time spent in transit.

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KC’s Music Monday: Reconstrvct Small World Edition

Over the years, as my personal music tastes within the world of transnational bass-driven music have expanded and evolved, I’ve compiled a growing mental list of “must-see” DJs and producers. reconstrvct, a reoccurring event hosted in various venues and warehouses throughout Brooklyn, has been knocking people off my list with each bill. This upcoming Saturday is no exception.

On Saturday, August 25th, reconstrvct kicks its second year off with an international display of talent from Goth-Trad (by way of Japan), Daleduro (by way of Argentina), Killawatt and Thelem (by way of the UK) and home team residents Joe Nice, Truenature and Hahn Solo. MVC – Max Von Cannon (by way of Hong Kong/Boston) has been added to the line-up as well. With a good majority of the guests playing out for the first time on American soil, Saturday will be a Small World indeed.

You can peep event details via Facebook and pick up tickets in advance via Resident Advisor. If you are attending, please e-mail your name to RSVP@reconstrvct.com to be kept up-to-date on the location announcement and other pertinent details. Also, peep some prose here.

For this edition of Music Monday, go swimming in a sea of embeds and thank me later.

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KC’s Music Monday: Dimensions Festival Vol. 3

It’s Monday and I’m barely climbing into my work week. Simply put, here’s some music to help ease the struggle, all from artists playing this year’s Dimensions Festival in Croatia.

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KC’s Music Monday: Camp Bisco XI Preview

Photo © Andrew Franciosa

Arguably my favorite part about attending a music festival is the undeniable factor that the nature of the beast is designed to enable a unique experience for every person in attendance. You can map out which performers you’d like to see or ditch any intention of a plan and see whatever comes your way. Or a little bit of both. Some people attend solely for the ‘experience’ and don’t place much emphasize on checking out the music itself (don’t be one of those people) but again, to each their own. Much like life itself, Camp Bisco is what you make of it.

Last year, Andrew and I attended, had an absolute blast and followed our own compasses. Not to preach too much on a how-to-attend-a-festival-guide level or anything, but I seriously do recommend making the experience your own. If you want to see a band or DJ, go see them, regardless of if your friends want to go with you or not. If you want to call it a night to rest for the next day, do so. You don’t have to get carried away to have a good time. There will be plenty going on at all times, so don’t feel like you’re missing out on anything if you chose stage A over stage B.

For today’s post, I picked out some artists from this year’s line-up that I’m looking forward to. Feel free to post in the comments who you’re excited for and let us know if you’re attending this year. More to come next week.

Be sure to check out our coverage from last year (day one, two, three) and stay up on Camp Bisco for upcoming announcements and other details as the festival dates creep closer.

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KC’s Music Monday: “Eric” by Giant Gorilla Dog Thing

Considering the fact that summer is officially just around the corner, I’m already late to the party for spring cleaning and have ran out of excuses for letting this assortment of tasty local music collect any more dust in my email inbox. Enjoy.

Forming in 2010 by a bunch of friends who have an interest and talent in the rap genre, Pig Food Records is a DIY collective that is doing their own thing and doing it properly. The Pig Food Recs roster is stocked with quite the crew, all locally-based and all busy with on-deck projects, upcoming shows, videos, podcasts, freshly-stocked merch.

The featured mixtape in question, Eric, comes from local duo, Giant Gorilla Dog Thing (comprised of Dez and Dood Computer) over at Pig Food Records. The dudes put together this teaser mixtape to satisfy the heads while they work on their forthcoming album. “H.O.R.S.E.”, which is due out later this summer. The album is almost entirely produced by Albany’s own Brendan “Absolute” Paulsen and the troublemakers are currently putting the finishing touches on it. The album will also feature artwork by Adam Hathorn and surprise guest spots. Dez described it as “100% delicious Albany dickhead rap.”

Sign me up. And in the meantime, you can check out Eric for free over on their website.

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