Mixed by Ali Coleman
One Friday afternoon last month, 60,000 tickets at $100 and up went on sale for a major music festival at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., before the headliners had even been announced.
It sold out in three hours.
The festival with the fervent following was the Electric Daisy Carnival, a two-day event next month dedicated to the concert industry’s new favorite genre: electronic dance music. Long considered a marginal part of the music business that subsisted in clubs and semi-legal warehouse raves, dance has now moved squarely into the mainstream, with a growing circuit of festivals and profit margins that are attracting Wall Street.
For an industry increasingly reliant on aging headliners — like Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and the Rolling Stones — the appeal of a genre with fresh stars and a huge young audience is undeniable.
“If you’re 15 to 25 years old now, this is your rock ‘n’ roll,” said Michael Rapino, the chief executive of Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s largest concert promoter. [Read More]
Mixed by Sharegroove
01. A Way of Life – Distant Thunder (Eternal)
02. Augustus Pablo – Vibrate On (Island)
03. B.B. Seaton – Dancing In The Moonlight (Studio One)
04. Fern Kinney – Baby Let Me Kiss You (Malaco)
05. House of House – Release The Pressure (WhateverWeWant)
06. Shadow – Together (Dub Mix) – (Kalico)
07. Harlem Underground Band – Cheeba Cheeba (Paul Winley)
08. Harari – Party (A&M)
09. Connie Case – Get Down (Konduko)
10. Brenda & The Tabulations – Let’s Go All The Way (Casablanca)
Photo by Joe’s Nyc
Mixed by Elbin Reyes
01. The Ghetto (Suonho)
02. James Mason – Nightgruv
03. Volta Cab – Wake Up and Get Into The Groove (Daniel Solar Remix)
04. Craig Peyton – Be Thankful For What You Got
05. Do Your Do (ReEdit by Marvel And Gino)
06. Plush – Free And Easy
07. Michael Wycoff – Diamond Real
08. Alfonzo Surrett – Make It Feel Good
09. Phil Ramocon – Take ATrip
10. Shirley Lites – Heat You Up (Melt You Down)
Photo by James Maher – New York Photography
Mixed by Eric Lopez aka “BigE”
01. René & Angela – I’ll Be Good
02. Barbara Mason – Another Man
03. Third World – Try Jah Love
04. Young & Co – I Like What You’re Doing To Me
05. Taana Gardner – When You Touch Me
06. Karen Young- Hot Shot
07. Sparque – Let’s Go Dancin’
08. Cloud One’s – Disco Juice
09. MFSB – Family Affair (ReEdit)
10. MFSB – Love Is The Message (ReEdit)
Art by Kaerfkrahs Nastya
Mixed by Monchan
01. Todd Terje – Snooze 4 Love
02. Debukas – Knowiedge
03. Nufrequency feat.Maggie Reilly – My Angel
04. Mock & Toof – Farewell to Wendo
05. Lyndon B – Traffic
06. Beth Ditto – Open Heart Surgery
07. Free Magic & Jkriv – Sing
08. Rhythm Masters – Virgin Eyes (Safe Sax Instrumental)
09. Massive Sounds – Slackness And Sax
10. The Sound Vandals – On Your Way
Dr. John becomes the Night Tripper again on his latest CD, thanks to Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys
Two key qualities infuse the music of New Orleans: mystery and joy. The latter couldn’t be more obvious. This is party music created in what may be America’s most celebratory city. But it’s rarer to find local music in tune with the city’s darkest mystery — that mix of voodoo culture and gris-gris imagery that gives the place its connection to the next world.
At the start of his solo career, over 40 years ago, Dr. John translated the spookier and more elusive part of New Orleans for hippie rockers. His first four albums, starting with 1968’s “Gris-Gris,” recorded under the persona “the Night Tripper,” made the connection between native spiritualism and stoner culture in a way that ranks them among the most mind-bending albums of their day.
By 1972, however, John streamlined his sound, making more conventional New Orleans blues and soul records. That gave him hits but robbed him of his eerie cool.
Clearly, the spooky part most interested Dan Auerbach (guitarist of the hit, primitivist rock band Black Keys). He produced the Dr.’s new “Locked Down,” which revives some of the shadowy intrigue of his first solo recordings while combining it with enough other elements to make this one of the smokiest, funkiest, sexiest works of the legend’s career. [Read More]