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.
This is your Weekend Edition of the Blisspop Daily News.
- Robyn’s new group, La Bagatelle Magique, which she founded with the late producer Christian Falk, made its debut live performance at Popaganda Festival in Stockholm. Robyn’s next side project, an eletcro-pop album featuring the whinnies of actual unicorns, is due for release next Spring.
- DJ/producer Evian Christ, best known for his collaboration on Kanye West’s Yeezus album, was accidentally put in lock-up at Leeds Festival after his set. According to the DJ, security refused to believe he was a performer. The scenario, to be quite honest, sounds a lot like this other guy who, coincidentally, was also named Christ. #Illuminati.
- BASCA – the British Academy of Singers, Composers, and Artists – is supporting legal action against SoundCloud for unpaid royalties. Meanwhile, young DJs are supporting their alcoholism with free drinks because that’s how promoters/agents/the universe pay musicians now.
- HARD Day of the Dead announced a stacked line-up for their annual Halloween proceedings. The weekend will include headliners like Nero, Deadmau5, Skrillex, and Glass Animals in addition to smaller acts like Hannah Wants, Chris Lake, Bonobo, Disciples, and The 2 Bears. There is one secret headliner that has yet to be announced, but with a focus on throwbacks in the past couple years, chances are it’ll be a DJ set by the zombified corpse of Tiny Tim.
- Burning Man: The Musical is in the process of being a thing. BOOM.
This is your dose of Blisspop Daily News for today, Thursday, August 27, 2015.
1. Jamie xx scored a ballet and it’s coming Stateside. The ballet, Tree of Codes, was inspired by a Jonathan Safran Foer novel. Incidentally, Jonathan Safran Foer was born in DC and went to the same high school that Yung Lotion and I went to, Georgetown Day School.
“The finale in which we supposedly reach the solution to this deeply uninteresting aesthetic crisis is so phoney, so facile and so cortex-clobberingly stupid that it will inspire audiences everywhere to reach into the screen, pull the plug on sensitive Zac’s speakers and pour his Pellegrino over his head.”
3. The German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk have a Blu-ray release of their 3D shows (the shows are done with surround sound + 3D imagery in synchronization with the music) in the works. Kraftwerk’s Ralf Hütter also said they are making progress on their ninth album.
4. DJ Snake’s new remix of Calvin Harris’ “How Deep is Your Love” is a flop. At least that how Miguel Tost at Your EDM feels. We’ll let you decide for yourself – skip to 43:30 to hear DJ Snake’s take on Calvin Harris’ hit:
5. SoundCloud’s user18081971, better known as Aphex Twin, uploaded nine new tracks to his page in the past 24 hours. Check out these modular gems here.