Those look to turn October up a notch are in luck. British Dubstep Producer Joshua Steele, better known by his stage name Flux Pavilion, is bringing his the national tour of his debut album Tesla to Webster Hall. Now just because this is his first full LP, that doesn’t mean you haven’t heard his mega hits rattling the bass in every club since 2010. Hits like Cracks (Remix), Gold Dust and of course, I Can’t Stop, have been party anthems in the states since before Steele was allowed to legally enjoy a beer.
It’s a goddamn classy joint. A miniature BAM that looks like a spaceship. A classical music think tank. A creative hub for undiscovered talent. And it’s a non-profit. But you know, there will also be a bar and stuff. Photographer Scott Heins dropped by the 13,000-square-foot space for a preview today, and reports back that the main room has been specifically designed as a space for artists’ rehearsals, recording, and live performance—”every last detail of its acoustic-paneled walls, light fixtures, and rafters have been made with music in mind.” The main room is both recording studio and music hall, with acoustics fitting for both, and at least eight inches of solid concrete separates National Sawdust’s main room from the street outside. [Read more...]
Will he, won’t he? Everyone’s wondering if Hurricane Joaquin is going to ruin our weekends. I would recommend everyone stock up on ice cream just in case, maybe I’ll finally finish Breaking Bad… however, let’s plan for good times and getting outside! After working 12 hour days all week, I’ll be keeping this brief…
Phil Cook and his band The Guitarheels brought sweet Southern sounds to Rough Trade Thursday for the first performance of their two-night tour. Cook has been known in the industry as a great musician for years, but always lending his talents towards another’s vision. Last week, the room was filled with those eager to hear Cook’s debut stepping into the spotlight. Some fans traveled as far as his native Wisconsin to witness is first show supporting Southland Mission – an album built from the journey to find his voice and interpretations of his Southern inspiration. [Read more...]
I recently acquired a Playstation 3 for free. I was pretty amped, except I soon learned that all video games are now interactive films, with runtimes dwarfing Jodoworsky’s Dune. Who has the time and intellectual energy to spare for that? Teenagers, of course, but I’m a grown ass man now. It was hard enough for me to get through Final Fantasy VII when I was twelve.
I feared the box was destined to rot on my TV stand as an also-ran streaming device to my Roku, but fortunately, the seemingly undying millennial nostalgia craze extends rather comfortably into the gaming world, and one of the formative games from my teenage years is being rebooted: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.
What made THPS great was that it was both fun as hell and completely open-ended. It invited you to practice combos and lines for hours, unabated in the free skate mode, preparing for marathon battles against your friends. I basically stomped everyone back then. No one could beat me, save for my arch-nemesis, who made the same claim about me. My near-perfect record stood until earlier this year, when I played THPS 2 at Silent Barn and got wrecked in about half a dozen games of graffiti. I don’t like to talk about it.
The other thing that made it great were the soundtracks, which, given the amount of time I wasted throwing Christ Airs (left + right + O) with Rune Glifberg back in 1999, did way more to shape my musical tastes than basically anything else.
Much has changed in the gaming world since August 31, 1999; for one, licensing songs for video games has become big business (arguably because of THPS), but the quality of the soundtracks Activision puts together for its skating series isn’t one of them.Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, which is out today, includes tracks from Cloud Nothings, Death, The Orwells, and Death From Above 1979, so it looks like it stacks up well with the old PS1 discs.
In the spirit of continued greatness (and millennial nostalgia-aping in blog form), I give you a completely biased, unscientific ranking of the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater soundtracks: [Read more...]
Techno fans have another reason to give thanks this November following the announcement of Time Warp USA‘s valiant return to Brooklyn on November 20th and 21st. This German Festival transplant took place on the edge of Brooklyn last year during one of the most brutal cold snaps of the year. However, this did not stop international fans from partying until dawn on that frosty weekend. This year’s event looks even more promising than the inaugural event, boasting an impressive lineup set to play the historic, converted venue known as the Bedford Armory, located on the corner of Bedford Avenue and Union St. I trust organizers learned from last year and have taken the necessary steps to ensure the appropriate permits in place.