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Daft Punk reveal the men behind the robots in rare documentary footage [Watch] – Dancing Astronaut

 

Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo are better known as the robotic dance duo Daft Punk, who more or less played a role in dance music’s permanent explosion into the main stream psyche. A popular question by fans about the enigmatic characters, however, is who they are beyond their futuristic personas. Luckily, a brand new French documentary titled Les débuts des Daft Punk – Daft Punk Unchained can shed a little light on this much-discussed topic.

Much time has passed since an image a de-masked Daft Punk have been revealed — 22 years, to be exact. They’ve done such a good job at remaining in complete anonymity, according to the documentary, that they can even take the Parisian metro with zero fans coming up to ask for photographs. However, Daft Punk Unchained, has happened upon a rare cameo Thomas Bangalter from a Quentin Dupieux film that came out in 2015, where the musician can be seen sitting in a waiting room reading the newspaper.

While not particularly fascinating, this rare glimpse is certainly enough to have Daft Punk followers clamoring to view the short cameo and get a better glimpse who Daft Punk really are. Ultimately, however, they mysterious outfit has once again succeeded in generating an unimaginable amount hype without even trying  — a classic skill, indeed.

 

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Watch Pharrell join Stevie Wonder's Daft Punk cover at Global Citizen

Game recognize game.

This past weekend Global Citizen fest commenced in New York’s Central Park, drawing nearly 60,000 attendees all focused on advancing the political discourse around global human rights. Led by a lineup major starpower that included , , , and The Killers among others in 2017, the festival has paired some the top names in contemporary music together since it’s establishment in 2012. This year’s event brought Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder together on stage for a welcomed follow up to their 2014 Grammys performance, paying homage to Daft Punk with a funky live rendition the Robots’ comeback hit “Get Lucky.”

The pair had previously performed the track together with the French duo, though for their Global Citizens reunion, Pharrell accompanied Wonder on an extended medley tunes that included ‘s “Happy” and Wonder’s 1972 hit “Superstition.” ‘s Global Citizen’s performance was not complete without a message his own too, as he took a knee in solidarity with any the athletes who’s peaceful protests took the same form over the weekend.

Protests aside, watching these legends pay tribute to Daft Punk in Central Park made for a top highlight at the end this year’s summer festival circuit.

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The police politely told Diplo to turn his music down and he wasn't having it

Most nights you can probably count on to be jetting into Vegas, likely counting his cash while eating car. Though on his less adventurous evenings, the megastar producer can be caught having himself a good old fashioned house party in the Hollywood hills, though any house party the head throws is likely doomed before it begins. This one was unfortunately no different. After two separate noise complaints, Wes had to send his pals and company packing after police were forced to shut the scene down around 11:30pm.

Authorities first responded to Diplo’s house around 10pm, requesting that the crowd people in attendance remain inside, and that the music be turned down. Diplo, who turns his music down for no one, kept the party going until the police returned later in the evening. However, no citations were issued once the party ended. Despite this, treatment Diplo here seems slightly unfair considering James Murphy supposedly once got away with having Daft Punk play at his own house.

Let Diplo Live.

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Playboi Carti Hints At Collab With Lil Uzi Vert

Playboi Carti and Lil Uzi Vert could be in the process cooking up a collab, if a hint made on social media is any indicator.

The hint came courtesy a Snapchat post Playboi Carti made over the weekend. The Snap featured a photo London punk band The Damned, and included the following caption: “Carti Uzi Tape * Uzi Carti Tape * 16.29.”

Playboi Carti Hints At Collab With Lil Uzi Vert

Outside Uzi’s penchant for all things rock, it’s unclear what the correlation between him, Carti and The Damned is.

Although that particular clue remains fuzzy, “16.29” could refer to the areas the two rappers grew up in. Uzi reps the 1600 block in Philadelphia while Carti is from the 2900 block in Atlanta.

Given that Carti just wrapped his Playboi Carti Tour, and Lil Uzi Vert just dropped his debut studio album, Luv is Rage 2, it seems that the stage is set for a possible collaborative work from the duo.

Additionally, Lil Uzi Vert is also reportedly preparing to release his Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World 2 project.

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DJ Tony Drake's New Animated Series Wants To Fill Void Left By "The Boondocks"

It’s widely recognized that the music business is — at times — fraught with shady practices that tend to favor everyone except the artist. One Baltimore area resident, DJ Tony Drake, is combining all his various passions into a singular animated expression A Tribe Called Quest’s industry rule #4080: record company people are shady.

Tony Drake’s upcoming animated series, The Indies, aims to shake up the animation and music industries simultaneously, filling the void that shows like The Boondocks and Afro Samurai left behind.

As he told Afropunk recently, the show’s inception came from the realization that there wasn’t any animation that spoke directly to the Hip Hop community without attempting to exploit the culture.

The new 2D animated series follows the misadventures hungry up-and-coming rapper Slick, who gets overly gassed and signs a recording contract without reading it. Unfortunately for Slick, he failed to realize labels are not only home to mega stars but also serve as fronts for hitman-for-hire services.

Throughout the series, Slick works to get out his contract by completing missions and working vigorously on finishing his debut album.

Along with the animation, there is a heavy musical component. The soundtrack is comprised original songs recorded at Grammy Award-winning House Studios DC. Each episode almost acts as a mini-mixtape.

“We’ve been pitching the show and investors have been interested,” Tony Drake told HipHopDX. “They love the story, music and art. They also love the fact that we can create toys, video games and comics.”

The show is currently getting investments Kickstarter.

“They just want the pro that people want to see stories and characters like these,” he explained. “That’s why we’re doing the Kickstarter. By getting people to back The Indies, we’re giving them a direct line to Hollywood to say we want more characters and stories like this.”

Thus far, the support for the series has been tremendous.

“We’ve gotten a really strong response to our Kickstarter,” he revealed. “I’ve had multiple people come up and thank me for pursuing this. People are beyond ready for a show like this.”

Check out the promo video for the show below. Learn more about The Indies and its creator the AMA he did last week.

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The Bloody Beetroots announce long-awaited new LP 'The Great Electronic Swindle'

Masked mayhem maker and electro punk pioneer Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo has ficially announced the release the ‘ long-awaited third studio album, The Great Electronic Swindle. The new record will feature a slew musical talent from outside the electronic music spectrum, ranging from Aussie rockers to Anders Friden In Flames to most recently, self-proclaimed EDM hater Perry Farrell on the album’s new single “Pirates, Punks, and Politics” released today with the album’s announcement.

Rifo, who is celebrating his masked moniker’s tenth anniversary in 2017, has always maintained a renegade association with electronic music, and his new album, loaded with collaborations, is expected to continue the artistic progression the Bloody Beetroots’ rebellious relationship with dance music. Regarding the record’s unapologetic title, Rifo explains,

The Great Electronic Swindle is due October 20 Canadian imprint Last Gang. Stream the Bloody Beetroot’s latest, “Pirates, Punks, and Politics” here.

 

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Moby x Dancing Astronaut present the stories behind the 'Black Lacquer' remixes – Dancing Astronaut

There are few figures in dance music from America—or, indeed, the world—who have remained a strong presence in the public eye as .

While the past decade has seen dance music reach a mainstream audience with more fanfare than ever before, the renowned artist and activist achieved commercial and critical success for his work in the early 1990s. More than 20 years later, he remains an active contributor; in 2016, he released his 13th album, These Systems Are Failing and penned Porcelain: A Memoir, an autobiography on his years in the New York scene between 1989-1999.

In “Black Lacquer,” a pivotal chapter his book, Moby recounts the experience behind “Go,” his progressive house remix “Laura Palmer’s Theme” from the David Lynch’s classic, Twin Peaks. The song, initially released as a B-side, would become his breakthrough hit, paving the way for his future high prile remixes Michael Jackson, Daft Punk, Metallica, and more.

Since Moby’s early success, remixes have become an astute, commonplace way for producers to make their first marks in the industry. The collaborative art remixing has also remained a crucial part Moby’s career—one which he intends to celebrate with his ongoing remix project.

Taking its name from the Porcelain chapter, “” is an endeavor to show f the power the revisionist artform. The project sees Moby tap over 40 influential and burgeoning artists from the realms techno, house, D&B, and mainstream EDM. , , , and are only a fraction the high prile remixers to join “Black Lacquer.”

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In “Black Laquer: A Remix Project,” artists from labels such as Spinnin’, Diynamic, Anjunabeats, and Suara try their hands at one four Moby classics: “Natural Blues,” “Porcelain,” “Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad,” and naturally, “Go.” A core mission the endeavor is for remixers to receive the credit and compensation which Moby strongly feels their creative efforts warrant. To ensure this, he’s stipulated that all “Black Lacquer” contributors receive full artistic license, stating, “What they do with the remix is completely up to them, and if the track is a success, they can benefit.”

In a unique interview series, Dancing Astronaut has partnered with Moby to give a deeper look into the “Black Lacquer” project. Over the course the next several weeks, we will be presenting features discussing the stories behind certain remixes with a variety the artists involved. In doing so, we hope to uncover new details the individual remixers, but also, to paint a larger picture the project in its broadest form.

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Dick Gregory Praises Killer Mike & T.I. In Previously Unreleased Interview

On August 19, 2017, the world lost a real one.

The late Dick Gregory was a brilliant and revolutionary comedian, speaker, activist and so much more. He was your favorite comedian’s favorite comedian. He stood alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Muhammad Ali in the fight for civil rights. He inspired Richard Pryor to eschew self-censorship, a quality that would pave the way for comics like Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle to speak freely. And at the age 84, he was still doing hundreds shows per year and working on various other projects, including his appearance in the Black Spectrum Theatre’s “What’s Going On?”

In a previously unreleased phone interview from October 2016, HipHopDX was blessed with the opportunity to interview the legend and, unsurprisingly, he was as funny and pround as ever. The biggest surprise in the conversation was the revelation he made about his time in Atlanta, where he spent time with Killer Mike and T.I.

“I didn’t know that Atlanta was the Hip Hop capital the world until two weeks ago when] they all came by the show and we talked for a long time,” Gregory said with a laugh. “’Cause I don’t listen to music but I talked to Killer Mike, we talked for like 12 hours.”

The Run The Jewels MC has expressed his love and admiration for the iconic comic on more than one occasion, and according to Gregory, the conversation kept flowing. “Mike] said ‘How much time you got?’ And I told him ‘make it easy on yourself’ laughed]. I could’ve talked to him for four days. I said, ‘You ain’t just talking to some punk on the street. Whatever you wanna talk about let’s go!’ We started at 12 o’clock and finished up at 7 o’clock in the morning. We talked about everything. What a human being he is. T.I. and I talked for about six hours too.”

“Mike] said ‘How much time you got?’” Gregory recalled. “And I told him, Make it easy on yourself.’ laughs] I could’ve talked to him for four days. I said, ‘You ain’t just talking to some punk on the street. Whatever you wanna talk about, let’s go!’ We started at 12 o’clock and finished up at 7 o’clock in the morning. We talked about everything. What a human being he is. T.I. and I talked for about six hours too.”

While much the older generation frowns upon the lifestyle that rappers glorify, Gregory said it would be hypocritical for him to denounce their culture when reflecting on his own actions when he was their age.

“Rhythm has changed,” he explained. “When black folks call me on like a radio show and tell me what they think about these young folks wearing their pants below their butt, I say I can’t talk about that because I used to drink a fifth scotch every day. Do you know how many times I’d go home drunk? Do you know that’s a felony? What they do is not a felony. And another thing, there will be more old folks like me that will die in the next two weeks cause they’re hooked on sugar and salt than young people] will die from drugs in the next five years. So you understand their addiction but you think you understand yours? And whenever they take crack or whatever it is, they don’t have to take 12-15 prescription pills before they can eat bacon.”

As for the new generation comics, Gregory was too busy with his own schedule to listen to anybody else. And when it comes to his research, it’s the same formula that made him successful in the first place: countless hours reading the newspaper.

“I just do my own thing,” he said. “I don’t listen to other comics]. That’s how I became a millionaire – by doing my thing, not listening to somebody else. I do 250 dates a year. I don’t got time to see comics. I spend about $1,000 every 10 days reading newspapers so when I go on a radio show or TV show, they better be careful what they ask me ’cause I got a research team second to none. So, I just walk out on stage. 98% my audience is white folk. They know I’m telling the truth but they don’t feel no hatred. I’m the first one that said that Dr. King] didn’t die on the balcony. He was alive when they carried him to the hospital and they smothered him to death. That’s beginning to come out now.”

Gregory spent time with some history’s most iconic people, but when asked about the most charismatic person he’s ever been around, he answered: Lenny Bruce. But what may have been the most surprising part the interview was what he remembered about two men that most consider some the most charismatic speakers in history.

“The two people that I was most embarrassed to be around were Richard Pryor and Malcolm X because they were so bashful,” he revealed. “Jesus man, when that camera came on you, better get out the way but when it went f, you couldn’t find anybody more … I’d be embarrassed to be around them. Malcolm said, ‘Yes sir, no sir’ to everybody: black folks, white folks, old folks, young folks. And Richard Pryor, when that camera went f, you couldn’t find nobody more bashful and shy than him.”

R.I.P. to the legend Dick Gregory.

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Daft Punk tribute group plans to recreate 2007 Alive tour pyramid stage – Dancing Astronaut

Ten years after from ‘s Grammy-winning Alive tour, DP tribute group Daft as Punk plans to revive it.

For the last seven years, the Irish duo has been performing iconic Daft Punk songs behind their replicated masks and growing in popularity across the globe. Last week, Daft As Punk announced that they’d be paying homage to the masked duo’s memorable Alive tour pyramid stage with a recreation their own. The replica will be the focal point the duo’s performance in Dublin on Oct. 20. Though early bird tickets are sold out, advance tickets are still available for the show at The Button Factory.

Though the duo has said construction the pyramid stage is costing them “an arm and a f**kin’ leg,” they have faith it will contribute to legendary gigs for years to come.


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