We hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend. Unless your name is Kim Davis. Seriously, girl. You got some issues. This is your dose of Blisspop Daily News for today, Tuesday, September 8, 2015.
- L.A. producer Spazzkid announced today that he will be going by his birth name, Mark Redito, from here on out. Kygo can continue to go by the name Kygo because Americans are dumb and we can’t pronounce Norwegian for shit.
- Ed Banger label head Busy P is embarking on a 12-week residency at London’s XOYO beginning on October 3. The full line-up has been announced and so far it features Justice, Gesaffelstein, and Basement Jaxx among others with a rumor circulating that Daft Punk could make a surprise appearance. That is, of course, if the robotic duo manages to escape Nile Rodgers’ basement where they’re currently being held Misery style.
- Paper Gods, the 14th album by 80′s new wave royalty Duran Duran, is currently available to stream prior to its release this Friday. The album, which features collabs with Kiesza and Janelle Monaé, does not come with a jar of “Ironic Lonely Goth Tears” as we had hoped (even if you get the deluxe 2xLP vinyl edition).
- The CW is developing a series called The Drop about EDM in Miami. The series, which will have Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia fame on board as a consultant, will apparently be about ‘a hotshot DJ on the edge of ruin who finds a new lease on life when he discovers a protégé who is both female and African-American.’ The show will be aimed towards the normal CW demographic of 14-18 year old girls who don’t understand the idea of ‘diversity’ and guys who are killing time before Flash comes on.
- Dubai will be hosting a music conference in February 2016 similar to the one in Miami that leads up to Ultra Music Festival each year in the states. The Dubai Music Conference, or the DMC, will showcase all of the world’s leading DJs and workshops to the general public i.e. Arab royalty with enough money to blow up gold plated Lamborghinis with rocket launchers for fun.
Hope everyone’s been having an awesome Labor Day weekend so far. Well – we hope you at least decided not to go to the gym. Who wants to do that on a Sunday…?
- EMI is offering amnesty for the next 6 months to producers who decide to come forward with tracks that contain samples from their library. Sony, who owns EMI, is also offering amnesty to any of their that have decided to use their own e-mail addresses versus their work e-mails.
- Run the Jewels performed at Banksy’s ‘Dismaland’ project this weekend. They were apparently joined on stage with the corpses of the Seven Dwarves, the Fox and the Hound, and a hungover Mickey Mouse.
- Hot Chip’s remix of Florence and the Machine’s “Queen of Peace” was taken off YouTube after the track was released on Thursday. I hate to say it, but maybe the banger wasn’t…. ready for the floor?
- Carl Cox divulged that the weirdest item on his rider are jelly snakes on the most recent episode of Insomniac’s YouTube series, Golf Cart Confessions. Tiësto, on the other hand, said he likes to have a dog to hang out with before a show as opposed to the other item we all know is on his rider: THE SOULS OF 8 HUMAN CHILDREN.
- A raver at Creamfields was swallowed by a Wall of Death at a mosh pit during a dubstep performance. Remarkably, she left unscathed. Even more remarkable: dubstep still exists.
This is your dose of the Blisspop Daily News for today, Wednesday, September 2, 2015. You can almost smell the pumpkin spice everything, can’t you…? Let’s get started.
- M.I.A. revealed on Instagram that Sonny Moore – you know, the former lead singer of From First to Last – is one of the talents working on her upcoming album. This means that the sweet sounds of Optimus Prime throwing up after drinking too much Pennzoil will make an appearance on her LP, Matahdatah.
- Paris Hilton threw a charity event in Ibiza for a local non-profit specializing in providing needs to children with mental, cognitive, and sensory disabilities. Gift bags given to attendees included a DVD set of the entire third season of The Simple Life.
- Panasonic announced plans to revive their Technics line of turntables. The Technic 1200, which stopped being manufactured in 2010, is considered by most to be the industry standard for DJ’ing with vinyl. Or, for most young producers, it’s the thing that sits in the corner of the DJ booth while they plug in their Traktor controller.
- Belgian artist Stromae is promoting his North American tour with a series of YouTube videos featuring him in random locations teaching his tracks to passersby. Most New Yorkers, on the other hand, saw a skinny, nerdy black kid and thought Steve Urkel was making a comeback.*
- There’s a new app for the dating/despondent hook-up crowd called Mix’d. Basically it’s Tinder for people who are going out to the club or the festival or the Techno Addict Anonymous meeting at the local YMCA. On the bright side, at least we know ahead of time if a guy or girl likes tropical house. Kygo? SWIPE LEFT.
This is your dose of Blisspop Daily News for today, Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Shall we begin?
- Lady Gaga’s meat dress is on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The famous dress, which was worn at the VMAs five years ago, is now jerky. The only thing more stiff than this dress were the sales for her last album, Artpop.
- Miami superclub Mansion, which has housed some of dance music’s biggest names for over a decade, will be closing its doors in the coming weeks. The club showcased Deadmau5, Above & Beyond, and thousands of botoxed, spray tanned fans.
- A dude kept sneaking into Creamfields’ backstage area this weekend taking the opportunity to take pictures with Martin Garrix and bring Steve Aoki his infamous cake. Or, as the headline reads in the U.K., “Some Young Twat With a Death Wish Decided to Be a Wanker at Creamfields.”
- Animal Collective is going to release an LP of their live show at the 9:30 Club from June 2013. Rumor has it that vinyl pressings will be made of LSD and that listening to it will make everything smell like persimmons.
- Alexander Wang teamed up with the social change platform, Do Something, and featured models like Grimes, Alice Glass, Aluna Francis, and Beth Ditto. 50% of the profits will go to Do Something; 100% of the t-shirt shops on U.S. boardwalks will steal the design.
This is your dose of Blisspop Daily News for today, Monday, August 31, 2015. Let’s begin.
- Hip-hop artist Big Boi and electronic-alternative outfit Phantogram finally debuted their ‘Big Grams’ side project in L.A. yesterday afternoon with Big Boi announcing that the album is forthcoming. Still waiting for Big Boi to announce a line of cheeseburgers called ‘Big Beef.’
- The EDM film We Are Your Friends, which we reviewed on Friday, tanked at the box office with one of the worst openings ever for a studio film debuting on 2,000+ screens. It’s okay, though. Zac Efron, who was paid to pretend to be a DJ, was still more convincing than Paris Hilton who, surprisingly, is also paid to pretend to be a DJ.
- At last night’s VMAs proceedings, Flying Lotus and Jack Ü were the only electronic artists to win awards. But the dance genre was still less of a loser than Miley Cyrus.
- The owner of record store Vinyl Pimp, located in London, just acquired one of the most complete house music record collections in the world. Approximating at 24,000 records, the collection boasts everything from hi-NRG to disco to early techno and is made up primarily of records between 1983 and 1993. Somewhere in Indiana, a 37 year old man named Melvin is selling his ’87 Chevy Monte Carlo to visit this store and complete his collection of Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley singles.
- Kanye West is set to perform his experimental, electronica inspired LP 808s and Heartbreak in full. The one-off event will be on September 25 and will more than likely feature, among other things, campaign slogans for his 2020 nomination, little people in mirrorball unitards, and Jay-Z with a disinterested Beyoncé in attendance.