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YDP In The Know: Sleigh Bells

4 Nov
YDP brings you Sleigh Bells, the unsigned fast growing sensation out of Brooklyn is playing at Andrew W.K.’s Santos Party House tonight with The Very Best. Kindof like a rock and roll Crystal Castles but instead of video game sounds they stick some intense guitar grooves and fuzz.

Not quite the Sleigh Bells you grew up with

Basically Crystal Castles and The Prodigy had a baby that was raised by Beck. Based on my experience watching Crystal Castles live I imagine that Sleigh Bells puts on an impressive show.
This can second as your weekly shot of energy.

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microKORG XL first impression

17 Sep

I really want this guy to be my friend.

So what’s he so excited about? Only the spiritual successor to one of the most widely used synth/vocorders out there (that and he just seems to be that kind of guy…which is awesome). Don’t believe me? Ask LCD Soundsystem, The Killers, The Handsome Furs, Soulwax, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Royksopp, Justice, Chromeo, The Crystal Castles…you get the idea. ¬†They all used the microKorg in recording/live sets/battling dragons.

So, the microKORG has been around for about 7 years and the XL launched this spring rocking some very chic neo-vintage styling. I love that description by the way. More stuff needs to fit a neo-vintage design standard. I am calling to design people everywhere, give me more neo-vintage! Anyway, the new microKORG is getting rave reviews and with the $500 dollar pricetag it’s not horribly overpriced, but there are cheaper options no doubt.

Hmmm, impulse buy? Maybe.

Go listen to some Handsome Furs…right…now.

Lolapalooza Friday Recap

8 Aug

Here are some thoughts on some of todays concerts. Updates to come.

Bloody Beetroots: they both wear venom masks and play really extreme trancecore. A little intense for me but had an intense rave crowd going at 3 in the afternoon.

Crystal Castles: you know the expression “finding a homeless person off the street?” that’s what Crystal Castles did to find their crazy ass lead singer. This woman crawled across stage, drank grain alcohol from a bottle, had her mic off for 3 songs and had a roadie whose only apparent job was to fix her mistakes. I would guess heroin but who knows. Undeniable entertainment in her act though.

Atrak: announce himself as “I’m atrak, I’m canadian and I spin tables to make you dance.” this guy put on a fantastic show and had a great crowd dancing to his mix of house and hip hop. The man got Kanye listening to Daft
Punk so the mix makes sense.

Asher Roth: kindof a tool but better than expected. Definitely would not see the solo show though.

Ben Folds: excellent musician who can actually get a mainstage crowd playing a piano.

Kings of Leon: Seem like genuinely nice guys that put on a really great show. I just wish they would decide to go a little more Rock N Roll with their onstage performances. Maybe it just means they don’t have massive addictions like most of the Rock bands in the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s did.