Category Archives: Electronica
Skrillex is known for his love of science fiction. He uses samples from anime, science fiction and horror films to create his heart pounding dubstep, so when he teamed up with South African director Terence Neale, for his latest video “Ragga Bomb”, you know it’s going to be magic. This video for “Ragga Bomb” featuring the British jungle mainstays Ragga Twins , is highly imaginative sci fi, to say the least. The video was shot in Johannesburg and Alexandra, South Africa and even features a lightsaber battle at the end. I don’t know if George Lucas is gonna come at him for this, but my guess is that he will (cause George Lucas can be a dick like that).
Producer Eclectic Method has made a name for himself doing remixes for the likes of Snoop Dog and Childish Gambino, but now he tackles, quite possibly, the craziest mix ever…the Matthew McConaughey’s chest thump from the Oscar nominated film starring Leonardo Dicaprio “The Wolf of Wallstreet”. It’s outstanding work!
MIX BY ECLECTIC METHOD
The Wolf of Wall Street out on Bluray 25th March 2014
VIDEO CUTS BY Gurney Burble
Throughout my time in Brooklyn, New York, there were a great number of bands who became the soundtrack to my life. Each band gave me sprinkles of what I needed for the train ride to work or the long walk home, but none of them, for me, were more impactful and all around transcendental, than School of Seven Bells. The brainchild behind the project, producer,guitarist and songwriter Benjamin Curtis was a monster at aural landscapes and used his expertise to create dance tracks like no other. Not unlike Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Curtis, along with the twin sister singers Alejandra and Claudia Deheza, carved worlds out of stone, so it was devastating to learn, back in February, that he was diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. The news of his diagnosis spread pretty quickly throughout the indie community. The group even set up a fund to help Benjamin with his medical cost, seeing as how being on a record label doesn’t guarantee you health insurance that’s worth a damn. Many New York bands such as Interpol, The Strokes and Devendra Banhart showed up to donate and help.
But on December 29, 2013, Benjamin Curtis lost the battle. He was only 35. It’s a devastating loss to the music community and I know he will be deeply missed.
Curtis was raised in Dallas, where he played in various local acts before he and his brother Brandon co-founded the rock trio Secret Machines, which rose to national acclaim with its 2004 debut LP “Now Here Is Nowhere.”
After leaving that group, he started School of Seven Bells in New York in 2007, with twin-sister vocalists Alejandra and Claudia Deheza. The group’s 2008 debut LP “Alpinisms,” for the indie label Ghostly International, won wide praise for its mix of ethereal vocals, heavily distorted guitars and atmospheric electronics.
- R.I.P. Benjamin Curtis of School Of Seven Bells (thescenestar.typepad.com)
- R.I.P. Benjamin Curtis of School of Seven Bells (hangout.altsounds.com)
- Benjamin Curtis (of School of Seven Bells), RIP (brooklynvegan.com)
- R.I.P. School of Seven Bells’ Benjamin Curtis (pitchfork.com)
- Benjamin Curtis of School of Seven Bells, Secret Machines Dead at 35 (rollingstone.com)
- School of Seven Bells guitarist Benjamin Curtis dies aged 35 (theguardian.com)
- Benjamin Curtis Of School of Seven Bells Dead At 35 (noise11.com)
- Support Benjamin Curtis Of School Of Seven Bells (thescenestar.typepad.com)
Thom Yorke (Radiohead, Atoms for Peace), tweeted this morning: “Aaah Blinkin’ Hollywood :) Thanks to everyone who came last night. The message was to all those who attended their concert last night at the Hollywood Bowl, but it’s also giving us a clue as to how to watch this video. I tried it and I can say, that it smooths out an otherwise glitchy video. The question is “how fucking long can you blink your eyes without them getting really tired?” The answer is five seconds…I tried it and at a certain point, I felt like I had no control over my eye lids anymore. Like a person with nerve damage. Then the effect got harder and harder to see, so I quit, but I know you, our readers, have much more stamina than me. So, let me know how it goes. Remember…don’t hurt yourselves, it’s not worth it.
- Atoms for Peace Stream Surprise ACL Gig (rollingstone.com)
- Shows Of The Night: Wednesday, October 16th (thescenestar.typepad.com)
- Watch Atoms For Peace Cover Marvin Gaye In Mexico City (stereogum.com)
- Atoms For Peace To Headline Hollywood Bowl (thescenestar.typepad.com)
- Atoms For Peace Show Giveaways Via Radio (thescenestar.typepad.com)
As we grow as a human race(I use that term very lightly), we are constantly redefining sex through music and with each generation, we seem to be getting closer to the heart of the matter. FKA twigs (affectionately named for the way her bones cracked?) is giving sexiness the much needed makeover it deserves (you fucking hear that Miley?). FKA twigs, hails from Gloucestershire, UK and is lending some soultryness to the already sexy genre of witchhouse, two step, pitch-down, trap music that groups such as Balam Acab, How to Dress Well , James Blake and Active Child , have made great careers at. Sounding a bit like Lykki Li or Kate Boy, FKA twigs is clearly carving an original path with Papi Pacify, the second release off her four track 2013 EP. One taste of this video will be all you need to get you there. Sex has a new face.
This morning I woke up to take my dog out, came back and decided that I wasn’t going back to sleep and started browsing music videos online and came across this amazing one called One by Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. Needless to say, I was blown away visually and aurally, so I had to do some research on this group and here’s what I found.
As suspected they are from Canada and are art students. Yamantaka‘s founding members are two girls Ruby Kato Attwood and Alaska B, the rest sounds more like rock opera, you’ll understand what I’, saying in just a second
(taken from Wiki)
The supporting members are John Ancheta on bass and acoustic guitar, Ange Loft and Walter Scott on vocals, Shub Roy on guitar, Brendan Swanson on keyboards, Alana Ruth on lights, Daniel Ellis and Chase Lo as dancers and Aylwin Lo as a projectionist.
To answer your question, they are as much a performing troupe as they are, one hell of a rock band. The makeup they wear is worn to signify Ruby and Alaska’s “Asian/Canadian” heritage. I’m guessing Japanese heritage, to be more exact, since they call the style of music they do Noh-Punk, a term that blends the traditional Japanese Noh theater with punk rock, but I’ve been wrong before.
I’ll admit, after seeing this video, that I thought they were First Nation. The Native American vibe runs strong through this track, bouncing of the skies like an ancient horn summoning the elders of their tribe. It’s all too provocative, engaging and WHY AM I JUST FINDING OUT ABOUT THEM??!!
While writing this article, I’ve been listening to their self titled 2011 release and it’s nothing short of genius. Strangely enough, it reminds me of Genghis Tron, very complicated, but emotional. This could easily become one of my new favorite bands.
I couldn’t find this single anywhere, so this may just be a sneak peak on a new release, but there’s no info on …wait…I lied.
YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN have just announced UZU, the highly anticipated followup to the self-titled debut, YT//ST. Out October 29th on Suicide Squeeze Records (US) and Paper Bag (Canada), UZU exhibits a diverse range of influences, from bands like Sleep and Boris to art and cultural references like classical Japanese drama and the “nihilistic art-punk scene of pre-Giuliani New York City.”
“One” is a way to pay tribute to the extended group’s indigenous upbringing and leads off with a traditional Iroquois song. The introductory chant is a social song calling people together and is traditionally performed by people of the Mohawk tribe.
YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN will be touring North America this fall. Dates will be announced soon.
So there you go, I found this band interesting, to say the least and well worth a listen or two. Let me know what you think.
- Yamantaka // Sonic Titan – YT//ST (ktsw899.wordpress.com)
- YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN Announce New Album, ‘UZU’ (pittsburghmusicmagazine.com)
- Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Jacco Gardner, Saint Rich, U.S. Girls, Arp & Slim Twig playing Panache CMJ showcase (brooklynvegan.com)
Sharing the crown with other New York-based, synth pop duos like School of Seven Bells, Sleigh Bells and Purity Ring, PHANTOGRAM, Josh Carter (vocals, guitars) and Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboards), are carving quite a reputation for themselves in the electronic scene. Their 2011 release “Night Moves” is a catchy variant on the sometimes too abstract “blips and blops” that have emerged out of the Big Apple. Instead they deliver a clever blend of hip hop, 80′s and pop. Today they released a new single called “Black Out Days” and although the production is tight, it’s not one of my favorites, but it’s still a worthy track and worth a listen. They still haven’t released word on when we can expect another album, but I think it’s safe to assume, they are in the lab right now.
This week on MITNGTV we’ve got some new clever graphics for ya, showcasing two new spots on our program…The Kickstarters (where we focus on a Kickstarter we are excited about) and Underground Mondays (where we showcase some up and comers to the music scene). Course we will be highlighting all the stuff we’ve been talking about all week Mezo and Dj Micro Connected Remix, IDW’s Locke and Key coming to the big screen, Tom Morello’s work on the Pacific Rim soundtrack, the art of Nicola Verlato and much much more. Be sure to watch and subscribe to our channel or face the wrath!!