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YDP Interviews: LaJo$eph

3 Apr

YDP loves stumbling across great new tracks (email them to us at yuppiedanceparty at gmail dot com), and were lucky to discover LaJo$eph (Facebook Fan Page), a college junior who just started making electro/techno-riffs in the past year.  They’re pretty catchy, so we reached out for a look into the musical mind of this new young artist, whose tracks brim with a feel-good, pulsing, party feel.

LaJo$eph was kind enough to share with YDP two exclusive tracks, “Come Together “and newly-minted “Small Talk,” completed just last night.  “Come Together” was one of my favorites from his rapidly growing track list.  “Small Talk” is very different from his other offerings, with LaJo$eph claiming it as his favorite creation to date.  In it, he really takes down the tempo gives you something to throw in the playlist  for nighttime head-nodding sessions.

“Come Together”:

Download “Come Together” – Click Here

“Small Talk”:

Download “Small Talk” – Click Here

Interview after the jump, where we learn his musical inspirations, discover he’s a raver at heart, and find out why there are no lyrics to his music…yet.

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Coachella 2010! April 16-18

20 Jan

looks like fun

If somebody asked me to list the greatest (current) music festivals in the United States, I’d probably give them the following five in no particular order: Virgin Festival, SXSW, Lollapalooza, Sasquatch! Music Festival, and Coachella. Given that I will not be attending 4/5 of these events, pardon me while I gush about the one I will.

Welcome to Coachella 2010. A three day music fest located in sunny Indio California. From April 16-18, for the price of $269, you can rock your socks off, shake your groove thing, dance like a maniac, or sway awkwardly from side to side. The choice is yours! Currently in its 11th year, the show is bringing a solid mix of rock/indie/electronic/classic/contemporary/mellow/upbeat moods to the sunny April weekend. But what’s so special?

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Mercury Prize 2009: A Preview

1 Sep
Ahhh, smells like corporate sponsorship!

Ahhh, smells like corporate sponsorship!

So you mave have heard me bringing this up a few times, but the vaunted Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize is scheduled to be awarded next Tuesday, September 8th.  Unlike the Grammys, the Mercury Prize is one award for a specific category, rather than running the gamut of genres and contributions. This award, based in Britain, is reserved for what the critics across the pond deem the best album of the year.

Why does this matter?  Because one of the bands that I so graciously allowed you  In the Know on may very well WIN this award–and well, by then it’s too late.  You should consider this post a last chance for you to save yourself some Yuppie street-cred and claim you knew about them before they struck it big, although in the case of the Mercury Prize Winners, taking home the number one spot has resulted in a cover-of-Madden type curse, dooming the act to further obscurity.

In fact, 2008’s winner, Elbow is just beginning to shake this stigma, with their songs getting play on shows like FX’s Rescue Me and Nip/Tuck, the movie Burn After Reading, and even the music soundtrack for thrilling zombie videogame Left 4 Dead.  This five man group, lead by Gus Garvey, has been plugging along since 1990.  Their breakthrough achievement didn’t come until their fourth album, The Seldom Seen Kid.  Now, their single Grounds for Divorce is gaining traction.  Expect another post on me Friday after the winner is announced, as well as a celebration of what may well be a death knell of their musical career.

But who will be this year’s lucky winner?  Tune in next week to hear YDP’s take on this year’s proceedings.

Now here’s some music!

(Follow the jump for the full list of Nominees as well as highlights of past winners…and those who didn’t make the cut)

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YDP In the Know: La Roux

22 Aug
This is Elly's world, we just live in it

This is Elly's world, we just live in it

It’s been a little while since I’ve found a group worthy of breaking the 10th Yuppie Commandment (thou shalt not pump up bands that make others jealous of your awesome taste in music), but here’s another one:  La Roux. The electropop group, again from Britain, is like the lovechild of A Flock of Seagulls and Freezepop (which reminds me, far too few groups use keytars anymore by the way).  This duo, the pairing of 19-year-old front woman Eleanor “Elly” Jackson and co-writer and producer Ben Langmaid, dropped their self titled album in mid-march of this year, meaning they qualify to be one of this year’s hottest acts.  Jackson is a ghostly pale ginger, but she works it pretty well, somehow turning her redheaded affliction into a trademark hairdo that young girls in London are emulating.  Like Florence + The Machine, La Roux is up for the Mercury Prize, to be awarded in a few weeks, and they stand a damn good chance of winning, which means you’d be even further behind the 8-ball.

You see where A Flock of Seagulls comes in?

You see where A Flock of Seagulls comes in?

Three singles off the album have all got legs.  It’s only a matter of time before they make their way here.  In fact, let me help them out.  Have a listen to these tracks.  Check out the video too.  It is like Tron meets Q-Bert meets those awesome commercials from Lincoln Tech demonstrating how you too can fulfill your dream of becoming a graphic designer!  Anyway, enjoy, and stay tuned for the upcoming wrap-up when the Mercury Prize is finally awarded.