Huh? My thoughts exactly when I saw this building for what would be the location of a MTV shoot Maluca was doing in downtown Austin for my first day at SXSW. Believe me I thought it was a setup to, till I saw the inside…
So later on that night we headed over to the Complex X Ray Ban party at Republic Live and all I have to say is poor doorman. Sabel & Oscar (two New York Club veterans) made sure to flip the script on him and let myself and a group of other friends in to a party with a closed list and a alleged $65(?!) dollar door cover. And with vip wrist bands might I add. I watched it first hand and still don’t know how they did it. Although if you did pay I’m sure you got your moneys worth. Atrak and the Fool’s Gold team did there thing. Especially Dj Kingdom who I’ve seen spin atleast a handful of times and still can’t name any of the records he plays yet still I still manage to like his sets.
After that was whataburger which I’m sure has been said before in the past but doesn’t that logo look a lot like the old wwf logo?
Day 2/3 I had a chance to checkout some showcases/venues (Levi’s Fader | Hype Machine | etc.) to which I had pictures to but of course I lost my phone and the pictures in it. Amazing I know but what I get for being irresponsible. Showcases where dope but there was a particular one that I won’t name but reminded me why I hate most live rap shows. Every single performer just screamed in the mic while the unmastered track with full vocals played louder then the vocals. And of course don’t forget yourmansandem who was on the second mic screaming the ad libs at me as well. Of course I followed up the artist listed on the bill and found some quality music but the whole live show was just bad. Rap music we must do better at live shows it’s an important part of how most artist earn money and you should treat it that way.
Later on, on my last day in Austin it was the Mad Decent x Jelly Carniville with Major Lazer & Maluca performing. First of all I’ll said it once and I’ll say again I can bet money that the way this idea was thought up was by what I believe was a group of organizers who were sitting around high one day thinking “you know what would be great, instead of a regular festival we should mix the performances with a state fair.” and unlike your high ideas that fizz out the moment your sober, this one actually came through. And well put together might I add. Diplo & Skerrit Bwoy (sans Switch) went in the Major Lazer set and had the whole crowd rocking in what was freezing Austin weather. Seriously it was terrible that Saturday. I heard there was even snow in neighboring Texas cities.
Ease from Miska backstage at the Carniville. I said whattup up to Ease for about five minutes and he just stared into space. If he was on something that night must have been amazing.
Finally Maluca went on after Major Lazer and did the damn thing to a crowd that waited in the freezing cold for god knows how long to see her perform. Great way to end my trip to Austin.
Till next year,
BTW since once again I did lose my phone and I was running around the whole time the order of these events might be a little off. But close enough.
So finally flew in back from Texas. Had a great time at SXSW (update/pics coming soon) and unfortunately lost my cell phone on my way back. Which is another story upon itself but I just wanted to let those that I couldn’t reach out to directly to know that I’m safe back home and to send me your contact info.
That was the title I woke up today while checking the New York Times website. Can’t believe he actually did it. I don’t know who got into his ear these last couple of weeks but Barack got his bite back after a long time of being dormant and actually took the fight to republicans over their fear tactics to get the bill passed. Look at that smile, ear to ear.
So this Tuesday March 16th I’m going to be supporting a very good friend of mine at Stay Lounge on Houston street for a Haiti Support Mission. Just because attention has been shifting from this cause doesn’t mean that help isn’t needed so please if you can help join me along side Jim Jones (see even Jimmy doesn’t mind helping out) in supporting our friends Jenn and Nena in sending them on a support mission to Haiti.
Damn I really really need to get better at this updating on a consistent basis thing. I kind of hate when I check a blog that I like and the updates come to far in between and leaves me with nothing to do while I’m trying to kill time so I try not to do it myself. So since I had to pass on my tickets to the Jay-Z show at the garden because I had not had a ounce of sleep that day and could barely function I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to catch this concert in Jersey. I have to admit I was not a fan of Jeezy at first for a very long time but after giving Thug Motivation 101 another listen not to far back, couldn’t help becoming a fan of your favorite trappers favorite trapper. I’m glad he’s had the chance to tour with Jay and possibly because he has since (from the last time I saw him) taken away his 40 goons on stage with no purpose hype men. Which what do you know makes a rapper voice actually good enough to hear. Yeaaaaaaaaaaaah. Seats where great and so was the company can’t complain. Had me a good time.
So finally the pieces came together and I got the confirmation that I will be going to SXSW this year. Can’t really talk about the events I’ll be working (yet) but I def have two agendas this time in Austin and one of them is doing some scouting for new talent. If you have any events/artists that you think I should be checking by all means feel free to reach me at deemehlow[at]gmail[dot]com. Much appreciated if you don’t abuse the email in advance I could do without the spam.
Recap: Wild for the Night (Oscar's Bday) at Rivington Hotel
So pardon for the late response but from last Wednesday to maybe about last night I have been averaging about 3.5 hours of sleep from consistently going out and havn’t really had a chance to post. But seeing as I had a free moment right now figure I would give a quick recap of Oscar’s party at the Rivington hotel. Party kind of started of kind of shakey towards the beginning since I was feeling kind of off from the previous night’s debauchery and was getting what I felt like was a weird reaction from some folks. (I promise you it’s crap when you hear nothing but positive reviews from a dj towards there own sets, we all have our off night) but after I started warming up and passed on the torch to DJ Brooklyn Dawn I got to admit I had me a blast. Lots of guests came threw that night came threw Johnny Killeface, Tommy, Theophilis London, Vashtie, Hyun from LTD (who I finally had the chance to meet and put a face behind the name) Sabel, the twin towers plus countless others to show the kid Oscar love and def felt good to see some familiar faces.
Also I got into numerous conversations about my giving up twitter for lent and it’s pretty hilarious seeing peoples reaction to me giving it up since they know how much of a fiend I am for it but I assure you I havn’t used it once since. People go thru much harder sacrifices in life and if you can’t give up a simple site for 40 days (or whatever your vice is for lent) then I don’t know what to tell you.
Since the last thing I wanna do is turn my site into another music blog that post links to music that you can get on nahright I’ll try to keep the music post down to a minimum. But you can’t really past on this free stream of the the new Gorillaz album Plastic Beach from The Guardian’s website.
Edit: Jesus has it really been 9 years since Clint Eastwood came out? Time flies indeed.
I remember that while I was working on the Jim Jones album last year all Dame Dash’s assistant would keep talking about was the Passion Pit EP Chunk of Change and if I heard it. Everytime I’d run into her she’d ask “did you hear it? When’s the album coming out?” So when I finally got a chance to hear it really couldn’t stop listening to it. Strange to cause for the past I don’t know forever? All I’ve really listened to is rap music. When Make a light hits I feel like I’m in the scene transition stage of my own sitcom. It’s weird don’t ask. Anyway so yeah since this still gets major play on the Ipod figured I’d make it the record of the day. And yes that is the record. If you look hard enough I’m sure you’ll find most new releases pressed on Vinyl, trust me it’s out there. Passion Pit-Manners release through Columbia Records 2009.