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LCD Soundsystem's 'tonite' is a celebratory coming-of-age

Long before serving as the frontman dance-punk’s group the century, James Murphy was a DJ, falling into , really, by happy accident. But Murphy wasn’t just a DJ in the early 2000s. He was a force to be reckoned with. His eventual label DFA began merely as a party where Murphy entertained his friends by doing what he loved. What may have been done blindly at the time — although surely clear in hindsight — was Murphy serving as the intrinsic ingredient in NYC’s marrying dance and rock. Helping launch the careers groups like the Rapture or Hot Chip along the way, he left his mark on both the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Arcade Fire. There’s no doubt disco-rock would not be the same without him.

Often speaking out against the commercial side dance music is a man who gave an entire generation indie kids a revolutionary repertoire records to bust a move to.

Currently amidst their mighty revival, LCD Soundsystem — and Murphy, in particular — is revisiting these roots on “tonite.” Marking itself as the third song f their forthcoming LP,  “tonite” hits airwaves with a plethora vintage musical vehicles. Riding along a smooth crescendo comes a polished dancehall track, revealing a glimmering path back to Murphy’s days an oily forehead behind the booth or a floor wet with sweat.

While it may seem Murphy’s coming to grips with age and his relevance once more, as he did on “Losing My Edge,” there’s rather a man who’s, at last, changed his tone. “Everybody’s singing the same song/It goes tonite, tonite, tonite, tonite,” he begins. Near the second half the stanza, he continues this time much darker: “I never realized that these artists/Thought so much about dying.”

“Man, life is finite/But shit, it feels like forever.” As the song comes to an end, it rises in intensity and Murphy turns to the camera. “You hate the idea that you’re wasting your youth/That you stood in the background until you got older/But that’s all lies.” Murphy’s understood his mortality for quite some time, and on “tonite,” he’s thinking beyond. It’s a blissful wave euphoria that leaves listeners optimistic what else they too can do to improve their internal landscape and realize their own American Dream. It seems, at last, Murphy’s realized he’s been living his all along.

American Dream is out Sept. 1 Columbia/DFA.

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This internet legend just reaffirmed the iconic status of Daft Punk's 'One More Time' [Watch]

This guy just pulled the rug right out from under the rest the Internet’s insatiable “memeisphere” with a hilarious new viral video series. Social media’s resident tablecloth-pulling expert (yes, that’s a thing), known as Wes P, has launched a sensational new trend scored by Daft Punk’s iconic “One More Time” in which he rips a table cloth out from under a mug and saucer balancing above his shaft punk and disco balls. Right as the track’s canonized chords reach their celebratory break, Wes, with the help household fixtures like fans and vacuums, swipes the cloth f himself with meticulous accuracy and speed, striking perhaps the most ingenious purposing “One More Time” the world wide web has ever seen.

As with most the Internet’s otherwise useless gold, Wes P’s phenomenally shameless party trick is just something you’ll have to see to understand. Whether this sends you over your Internet limit for the day, or its just the video meme to get you going, we’re hard pressed to deny that this legend may have bequeathed us with one the greatest online gifts the year. Our guess is even the Androids themselves would be impressed. Oh, and please do try this at home. Anyone up for making a “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” version?

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Morgan Page talks the key to long term success in the ever-changing dance music industry [Interview] – Dancing Astronaut

It’s 2008, and the remix “The Longest Road” has just been nominated for a Grammy. Legends like , and are leading the European fervor for Trance, but the dance scene in the United States is still very much a niche interest. isn’t a three day festival yet, and the US music tastes are at a crossroads.

Britney Spears is being awarded “Best Dance Track” nominations, and rap, pop, and punk rock are all at a stand still with no clear vector to the forefront the millennial generation’s ever multiplying interests. Meanwhile, a 27 year old from Vermont named is navigating a hit single that will be the beginning a long, career—hard won through persistence, talent, and the impending explosion electronic music in the US.

Morgan Page talks the key to long term success in the ever-changing dance music industry Interview] - Dancing Astronaut


If you ask Morgan Page when his career started, he would tell you that it was in the back room the University Vermont’s student run radio station, all the way back in ’96.

At 16, he’d discovered the channel thumbing through the jam bands, classic rock, and hip hop that cluttered the FM dial in his hometown, a suburb Burlington, Vermont. Before long, Page was filling in as a host and DJ for students too hungover to make their shifts. After a stint managing a channel in Boston, Page scored a summer internship at a hot New York record label where his job duties included taking out executives’ garbage.

It wasn’t until Page released “” in 2008 that Page had his ‘breakthrough moment’ as an artist. After years effort behind getting a club residency, he enlisted to do a remix for his new single, hiring the superstar producer outright. This decision would earn Deadmau5’s first Grammy nomination, and produced the song that could be heard in every club and radio station nationwide.

But the world in which Page first became a household name in the electronic community is so starkly different than the landscape electronic music in the US now. Ultra has careened into a 3-day two weekend event, superstar DJs are filling arenas on the merit their own productions, and the electronic music industry was . It’s an evolution that hasn’t escaped Page’s scrutiny.

Unlike other artists in the industry, Page has found a way to experiment with his sound as electronic has turned commercial without compromising the core what makes him unique as a producer. He has not caved to the trends, pivoting to pop/rap collaborations that are sure fire radio hits. Instead, he’s has managed to stay not only relevant, but popular, despite a staunch disinterest in infusing hip hop into his music.

Another dynamic the evolving music industry that has affected Page’s decision making not stylistically, but strategically, is the evolution how to successfully release music to fans. Page has shifted his focus from album releases to singles, with the acknowledgement that singles can be missed when stand alone. Contrastingly, releasing a full album all at once puts the songs at risk for having one hit single on the album overshadow other great releases that may have made more an impact if not released alongside other songs.

Despite changing his release strategy, Page has remained consistent in his approach to making his music. He discusses at length how he has managed to diversify his production process through collaborations as well as what goes into making a hit in the world modern day dance music.

Page was unique in that he remained on a smaller label for years before joining electronic giant in November 2016. Armada was not his first run in with big record labels, however.  Page and his team had a slight mishap with Atlantic when the label created electronic imprint Big Beat Records and tried to get him on board as the first artist to join.

Morgan Page talks the key to long term success in the ever-changing dance music industry Interview] - Dancing Astronaut


As Morgan has navigated record labels, an evolving production and release process, and staying popular amidst changing fan desires and genre popularity, he attributes his success to a variety factors. He also has definitive opinions on his place in the electronic community. He wraps up our conversation by talking about the challenges that many artists don’t publicly confront, along with how he has been able to not only survive, but thrive in the ever-changing journey being an electronic producer in this day and age.

Photos courtesy  Morgan Page.

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WATCH: Donald Trump, evidently, not bigly on Daft Punk

Bastille Day, is one France’s most feted holidays and, to celebrate, POTUS Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron gathered together in the city lights to pay tribute unto its momentous achievements. The nation decidedly honored the glory and independence the nation by giving love unto one its grandest yields: .

In an absolutely beautiful unplugged medley Daft Punk’s greatest hits, including those like “One More Time,” “Get Lucky,” “Digital Love,” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” the French army brought forth the duo’s tunes with the utmost flair. In a celebration decades creativity, ingenuity, and all the goodness that electronic music brings unto the world president Macron’s energy was palpable.

WATCH: Donald Trump, evidently, not bigly on Daft Punk

Smiling throughout the entirety the performance, it would seem the man knows his music or at least his people.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, seemed to have been less than thrilled.

WATCH: Donald Trump, evidently, not bigly on Daft Punk

While we can’t be entirely sure whether Trump was hoping the band would play more tracks f from Discovery and Homework, or that he just is unimpressed with the robots’ music entirely, it most definitely would seem that he was less than thrilled as he failed to crack a smile throughout the entire performance.

That in and itself, with a group like Daft Punk is just mind boggling.




WATCH: Donald Trump, evidently, not bigly on Daft Punk
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Childish Gambino’s ‘Awaken, My Love!’ Reaches Certified Gold Status

Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover has another RIAA plaque to hang on his wall.

Gambino’s “Awaken, My Love!” joins 2013’s Because the Internet as the second Gold-certified album in his discography.

Because the Internet took over two years to reach that status, but “Awaken, My Love!” achieved the feat in six months.

The Atlanta native’s latest LP hosts the platinum song “Redbone” which has over 85 million plays on YouTube.

“Awaken, My Love!” could be the final Childish Gambino album.

“Being punk just always felt really good to me and we always looked at Atlanta as a punk show and I feel like the direction I would go with Childish Gambino wouldn’t be punk anymore,” he said in June. “As much as ‘Redbone’ is a punk song because it’s a gospel song that’s on the radio, I’m like there’s only so far you can go before you just are the radio.”

Even if Gambino is done, Donald Glover’s award-winning acting career continues to flourish with upcoming roles in Spider-Man: HomecomingThe Lion King, and the Han Solo Star Wars movie.

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The synth Daft Punk used to make several songs on 'Homework' is up for auction – Dancing Astronaut

Two decades after their iconic Homework album helped shape dance music as it is today, can most certainly be defined as “legendary.” They remain one the most talked-about names in music as a whole, and their rare and sporadic activity leaves millions hanging on their every move.

The most dedicated fans with some money to spare now have a chance to own an prime piece Daft Punk memorabilia: Thomas Bangalter’s old Roland TR-909. This drum machine in particular was the one used in “Revolution 909” and other songs from Homework. Vintage & Analogue Occasion will be auctioning f the item, which will come with the original presets “Revolution 909,” sweetening the deal to the winning bidder.

Of course, given the legacy behind the synth, it will come at a lty expense, though no minimum price has yet been set. In their post announcing the auction, Vintage Analogue & Occasion noted, “Needless to say, it’s a collector’s item, so it’s impossible to set a price.”

Defected Records posted a demo the vintage drum machine earlier this year, which can be seen below.


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The synth Daft Punk used to make several songs on 'Homework' is up for auction - Dancing Astronaut
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Check Out The 2017 BET Awards Winners List

Los Angeles, CA – The 2017 BET Awards kicked f in Los Angeles Sunday night (June 25) with R&B superstar Bruno Mars opening the festivities. Hosted by comedic actress Leslie Jones, who wiled out during her opening monologue, the awards ceremony was held at the Microst Theater and boasted performances from notable artists such as Migos, Post Malone and Future.

Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj are nominated in the Best Female Hip-Hop Artist category alongside Cardi B, Missy Elliott, and Young M.A, while Drake, Future, Chance The Rapper, Big Sean, J. Cole, and Kendrick Lamar are nominated for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist. Lil Chano is also being honored with the 2017 BET Humanitarian Award.

Early in the show, Migos took home the award for Best Group, beating out A Tribe Called Quest, 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne, Fat Joe and Remy Ma, and Rae Sremmurd, while Solange won the Centric Award for her “Cranes In The Sky” video.

Check out the list nominees and winners below, which will be updated throughout the night.

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Mary J. Blige

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Bruno Mars* — WINNER
Chris Brown
The Weeknd
Trey Songz

Best Group
2 Chainz & Lil Wayne
A Tribe Called Quest
Fat Joe & Remy Ma
Migos* — WINNER
Rae Sremmurd

Best Collaboration
Beyoncé Ft. Kendrick Lamar — “Freedom”
Chance The Rapper Ft. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne — “No Problem”
Brown Ft. Gucci Mane & Usher — “Party”
Dj Khaled Ft. Beyoncé & Jay Z — “Shining”
Migos Ft. Lil Uzi Vert — “Bad and Boujee”
Rae Sremmurd Ft. Gucci Mane — “Black Beatles”

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
Big Sean
Chance The Rapper
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
Cardi B
Missy Elliott
Nicki Minaj
Remy Ma
Young M.A.

Video the Year
Beyoncé — “Sorry”
Big Sean — “Bounce Back”
Bruno Mars — “24k Magic”
Migos Ft. Lil Uzi Vert — “Bad And Boujee”
Solange — “Cranes in the Sky”

Video Director the Year
Benny Boom
Bruno Mars & Jonathan Lia
Director X
Hype Williams
Kahlil Joseph & Beyoncé Knowles-Carter

Best New Artist
21 Savage
Cardi B
Chance The Rapper* — WINNER
Young M.A.

Album the Year
24k Magic — Bruno Mars
4 Your Eyez Only — J. Cole
A Seat at the Table — Solange
Coloring Book — Chance The Rapper
Lemonade — Beyoncé

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Cece Winans
Fantasia Ft. Tye Tribbett
Kirk Franklin Ft. Sarah Reeves, Tasha Cobbs & Tamela Man
Lecrae — WINNER* 
Tamela Mann

Centric Award
Fantasia — “Sleeping with the One I Love”
Kehlani — “Distraction”
Mary J. Blige — “Thick It”
Solange — “Cranes in the Sky” — WINNER 
Syd — “All About Me”
Yuna — “Crush Ft. Usher”

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
Beyoncé — “Sorry”
Bruno Mars — “24k Magic”
Drake — “Fake Love”
Migos Ft. Lil Uzi Vert — “Bad And Boujee”
Rae Sremmurd Ft. Gucci Mane — “Black Beatles”
The Weeknd Ft. Daft Punk — Starboy”

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Vince Staples, Pusha T, Kehlani, Digable Planets & More To Perform At Sound On Sound Fest 2017

 The 2017 Sound On Sound Fest will host a wide range music artists at the Sherwood Forest campground this November.

Hip Hop acts Vince Staples, Pusha T, and a reunited Digable Planets were tapped for the festival’s lineup.

In addition, R&B performers Kehlani and Blood Orange will be part the event as well.

Attendees will get to view sets by representatives rap, indie, punk, metal, and dance music as well as experience comedy routines, panel discussions, live podcasts, and medieval-style activities.

This year’s SOS Fest will also help benefit The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, an organization with a mission to providing access to affordable healthcare for low-income, uninsured working musicians in the greater Austin-area.

“HAAM is honored and excited to be back as this year’s charity focus for Sound on Sound Festival,” said Reenie Collins, executive director HAAM. “Support from incredible partners like Sound on Sound Fest will boost awareness HAAM and help us meet the needs Austin’s working musicians. As HAAM’s membership continues to grow at exponential rates, relationships like these are critical to supporting the future Austin’s music scene.”

Sound On Sound Fest 2017 is scheduled for November 10-12 at Sherwood Forest village outside Austin, Texas.

Three-day general admission tickets and VIP passes are available for purchase at soundonsoundfest.com.

Vince Staples, Pusha T, Kehlani, Digable Planets & More To Perform At Sound On Sound Fest 2017

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Lady Luck Accuses Remy Ma Of Being A Hypocrite!

(AllHipHop Rumors) It’s clear that Lady Luck still hasn’t gotten over her long-standing riff with Remy Ma. Lady Luck Accuses Remy Ma Of Being A Hypocrite!

She has taken time to not only call out Remy on Twitter, but to also debate folks on where she stands as a female in Hip Hop, and on Remy’s antics.

Lady Luck accused Remy Ma going against Nicki Minaj about the same stuff that Remy allegedly tried to do to her.

She went on to tweet that Remy was allegedly too much a punk to film with her on Love & Hip Hop because she was afraid being exposed by Luck.

She even told a fan page that Remy has yet to beat her fair and square.

Lady Luck sounds like she’s pretty bothered, but she better leave Remy Ma alone. LOL. What are your thoughts? Does she have any points?

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