I’ve encountered some sort of EDM overload lately which I attribute to the heavy doses of womps and wobbles I took at Electric Forest and Spring Awakening. Since WebMd has not been able to give me a cure for too much bass in my face I decided to take it upon myself to self medicate my ears with some smoother sounds at the Pitchfork Music Festival. The Pitchfork tastemakers didn’t skip a beat this year bringing an incredible lineup of hip hop and indie acts to town for an unbelievable weekend of music, fashion, and hipsters. This was my first year attending the festival and it was just what the doctor should have ordered for my EDM overload.
“If you a trill bitch get your motherfucking hands up”
I was indeed a trill bitch and arrived just in time for the A$AP mob to request my hands in the air before a rowdy rendition of “Pretty Flacko.” Since I missed the opening of his set I decided to quickly make my way into the thick of the crowd in order to get the full effect of the madness. Luckily I was schooled in all things A$AP Rocky by Zwalkk since the debut of his mixtape late last year and was easily able to part the seas of bodies spitting along with Rocky and bopping to the beats as I made my way front and center. As the rain started pouring I looked around to see a familiar scene of a high school and college aged crowd dancing wildly to “Bass” and shooting finger glocks in the air. I was home.
Continue reading our Pitchfork recap after the jump.
With an incredible influx of music festivals happening all across the states due to this whole “EDM invasion” or whatever you want to call it, more and more festivals are popping up but lacking key elements to make them memorable. Sure the music will be great (maybe), sure you’ll see a few of your favorite artists, but is the festival really creating an experience that will leave a lasting impression on your psyche? Probably not. Two companies however seem to have all their ducks in a row and fully grasp what it takes to create the ultimate festival experience, Insomniac and Madison House Presents. Together, they brought 20,000 music lovers the second year of the Electric Forest Music Festival and we’re pretty sure it won’t be the last time either.
Perhaps best known now for its unparalleled attention to the seamless integration of music, art and community, Electric Forest continually takes the festival experience to the next level. The festival’s now-legendary Sherwood Forest, located in the heart of the festival site, each year raises the bar of patron expectations with its state-of-the-art, jaw-dropping light displays, intricate and earthy artful touches, and everything in between. – Madison House Presents
And they couldn’t be more correct. We embarked on a four day journey to the forest complete with a 13-car caravan, tents, food, and more boxes of glow toys than we knew what to do with. Follow us as we recap our journey to Electric Forest.
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Released via iTunes 7/10/2012; Physical Release 7/17/2012
First off, let’s be clear: This isn’t the coming out party on wax some people were thinking. If you’re not over that shit, then you’re missing out. Now, let’s talk about the sneak attack. Odd Future’s resident crooner Frank Ocean leaked that he would release his Def Jam debut 1 week early via iTunes, as his first national TV performance on Jimmy Fallon. At this point, such an unexpected move was expected, as promotion of the album has been as minimal as possible (as in, announcing it via his Tumblr page). It’s the same move that Jay & ‘Ye made with “Watch The Throne” to prevent leaks, and it worked. That, and releasing the album’s Thank You notes that details his first love affair, has made Frank the talk of the entire music industry. Now, let’s talk about the music on Channel Orange (without giving too much away, that is).
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For the most part, Rick Ross does make good on his word when it comes to putting out LPs, whether it’s his own, or compilations from his collective, MMG. With Wale’s Ambition approaching gold and Meek Mill’s buzz louder than ever, Ross deemed it appropriate to position his Warner-distributed label for another winning season by dropping a second installment of the popular Self Made compilation series, which welcomes new labelmates Stalley & Omarion. Missing here is last year’s MMG rookie and first lady, Teedra Moses, but truthfully, her presence was barely felt on the last one, so perhaps there are unique plans for her. At any rate, Volume 2 is here, as promised. How does it sound? Well…
When asked if I wanted to check out the latest addition to the Ploom vaporizer line, what do you think my response was? Hell yeah! Being an occasional smoker, I’ve always been a fan of utilizing vaporizers because they’re not as harsh on your lungs and they provide a much cleaner end result without the second hand smoke. The problem was always their size and the portability factor. Thanks to technology and its wonderful advancements within the smoking accessories world, you can now take your vaporizer anywhere you go thanks to the good people at Ploom. Want to know more about their latest addition dubbed the Pax? Hit the jump to read more about the device and our experience with it!
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Summer Camp held a number of unanswered questions as we traveled our way through the cornfields of Central Illinois towards our home for the next 4 days, Chillicothe, Illinois. Having virtually traded in my piles of Phish, Moe., and Umphrey’s albums and compilations after years of high school and college jam sessions for a more electronic-based library a few years ago, I knew Summer Camp would be a trip down memory lane, and hopefully one that I would still enjoy. What I found at Summer Camp were the people, sounds, and adventures that made me fall for music and especially music festivals in the first place. While I still spent a majority of my time hunting down my bass music fix, the jam-based festival as a whole was an excellent one that combined about as many elements of the fantastic culture as it could. Here were just some of the highlights.
My older influences, from my parents to the drunk uncle-esque figures who dropped random jewels on me, would always talk about our generation as if we were somehow alien to them with our actions and ideas. They never understood exactly why and how our childhood experiences differed, but they would always call me out when I did things a different way. I promised myself I would never be that person, never be that OG to judge without an informed understanding; yet as I grow older I find myself unable to continue accepting the status quo.
People may not remember this, but there was a time when people actually held conversations and disagreed, without being disagreeable (Word to JFK). There was a time when disagreeing or not liking a particular piece music, simply meant you didn’t like it; however these days you’re considered a hater. When a person said something a bit out of line, they would be confronted about it, but today, people hide being the invisible walls of social networks saying whatever comes to their little heads about anyone; with little to no restraint.
And somehow, that’s cool. People retweet comments made about people they have never met, and get away with this slander because we made it acceptable. Celebrities and social figures alike are often the targets of these attacks. These passive aggressive adults spend hours tweeting or blogging negatively about these public figures and there are no whistle blowers…