WWTB: October 21st, 2014
Smokestacks by LAYLA
Little bit of epic, fall-time indie rock for your late Monday night.
A few weeks ago, we asked you guys to share your favorite album covers with us. From Kid Cudi to Nirvana to RAC and Skinny Puppy, we loved seeing how diverse the choices are.
Here are the 42 responses (duplicates were removed).
There’s a hell of a lot of music falling under the umbrella of Electronica, and if you’re an intimidated newbie like I was (okay, am), it can be overwhelming to try figure out where to start.
A few months ago, I didn’t know much more than the fact that I liked things that go THUMP (preferably repetitively!) and would like to listen to a well-curated selection of said things. Thank god for the person who introduced me to Beantown Boogiedown, a Boston-area music blog specializing in local talent in the electronic music scene. Local DJ Nick Minieri, who founded the blog and still shares his own mixes, posts a podcast every few weeks that never fails to blow me away. Honestly, it was hard to pick a mix to recommend!
The mix in this post is a set by DJ Daft, best known for his trance work. This set skews more towards classic techno, and I absolutely can’t complain. It opens with a futuristic narration of a space mission (admittedly, an easy way to hook me) and proceeds to serve beat after beat of impressively smooth transitions and a nice blend of melodic and less-melodic tracks. Above all, this mix is relentless. Give it a shot and you’ll be dancing in your chair - and eagerly queuing up the next BBD podcast track. Might I suggest this one?
Playlist: motown throwdown
I have played DJ at events like a 21st birthday party, a 50th, a bat mitzvah and cocktail party or five. The one thing all my set lists have in common? Motown. Because every one knows Motown can never steer you wrong. This movement of tambourines, back beat and electric basses as melodically as the lyrics was led by many women like The Supremes, May Wells, the Marvelettes and, of course, Diana Ross.
And while some of these goddesses of soul music can croon their way into your heart, we’ve put together a playlist of the best Motown throwdown songs: heartbreak ass-kickers, upbeat toe-tappers and a lot of those ones you can’t help dancing to. It’s perfect for a dragging Friday afternoon at work, for the drive home and if you must know—I’m pre gaming to it right now.
So get excited about life, a little whimsical and careless. We won’t steer you wrong with these feel-good classics.
Images via Vieilles Annonces on Flickr
#tbt: New Day by Kate Havnevik
Kate opens up this beautiful song with an even more beautiful orchestral piece. Violins lead us eventually into quick-paced synth beats that remind us how a new day means to forget yesterday, to forget the stupid mistakes we might have made. The orchestral pieces weave in and out with the electronic to create a subtle and sugary sound that meshes with Kate’s optimistic and fresh voice. All together “New Day” is hypnotizing and bewitchingly pleasant. Enjoy!
On not listening to what anyone else has to say and doing whatever the hell you want to do!
"Another thing I want to talk to you about is this idea of learning. Basically, you have to keep on learning—it will distract you from all the bullshit that we’re talking about. Two years ago, I couldn’t produce [music]; I learned how to do it in literally two years. I found it really difficult to program when I started, then I had this leap of confidence to actually get in front of the computer and learn how to do it. It was a massive challenge, because I am not a very logical person at all. It’s about facing your fears. If you do that, you realize that you can actually do anything you want to do! It’s been the most liberating experience."
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