Diplo Holy Ship 2013 Beach Set by Tssxalistair on Mixcloud Stay Tuned For More Photos and Videos Perfect is a strong word. When something is perfect – there is literally nothing wrong with it. Zero flaws. No issues. Just absolutely perfect. It’s safe to say no event is flawless – there is almost always a problem to be found – either with the artists, the sound, the venue – there’s always something. Until now. Holy Ship, the DJ-filled cruise that just wrapped up it’s second ever voyage, was an absolutely perfect event. Here’s why.Imagine a cruise ship filled with 3,000 die hard music fans, and dozens of the biggest DJs and producers of today, cruising around the Caribbean seas, bumping heart pounding beats along the way. If you’ve ever been on a cruise ship, you know the deal – there’s a huge pool deck, tons of activities, several lounges, buffets, a full theater, and more – except on this boat, each section was essentially it’s own festival-like stage. Where normally there is middle aged women performing karaoke, A-Trak is giving DJ lessons. Where there is normally people playing tennis, Zedd and Oliver and hosting Twister tournaments. It was like every part of the boat was transformed.Major Lazer started off the trip with the first set as part of the ‘Sail Away’ party and instantly got everyone going nuts. Girls on stage, shirts in the air, and tons of jumping around. Keep in mind, this is while the boat was still in port, and the other “normal” cruise ships were probably wondering what the fuck was going on. The energy Major Lazer brings to the stage, combined with excitement of leaving the dock mid-set, made this one of the most memorable sets of the weekend. A small schedule change was made, leaving a blank space for a mystery guest which ended up being – who else? – Skrillex, who played an a-typical set sprinkling in a varieties of genres.While all that and more (A-Trak/Justice/Boys Noize) filled up the main stage, there was so much more going on all over the boat – up until six in the morning. Knife Party hosted an Earstorm party in the theater, putting on an incredible set and bringing along friends like Zedd and Kill The Noise. There was a ‘Tight and Bright’ themed night, which culminated with an 80′s Prom Night hosted by Skream and friends – a clear highlight of the weekend. For over an hour, there was no womps or wobbles, just straight 80′s anthems. The few that were there probably would have stayed all night. And there was more uniquely themed sets- you would disco the night away with Claude Von Stroke or go to the Rump Shaker party, where two of the biggest names in trap, Baauer and RL Grime, spun a b2b set.The next day saw the boat docked in Nassau, Bahamas, where some passengers departed the boat to rent scooters and jet skis. The disco was open all day, with sets from Jackmaster and Benga among others. After Benga’s set – it was activity time! There was the aforementioned Twister with Oliver, where co-ed teams of four shook their asses and played Twister, all while Destructo poured shots into their mouths. Dillon Francis hosted a mini-golf tournament that included shots of whiskey and unconventional holes even for mini golf, such as ‘The Tourettes Hole’, where golfers must scream as much profanity before shooting. A-Trak hosted a DJ lesson, showing us the basics of beat matching and building sets, before putting on a scratching display for the ages. Zedd also hosted a poker tournament for the gambling inclined.The night’s music line-up was exciting as well. Dillon Francis had his friend Fat Jew hyping him up on stage, cracking jokes the entire time while rocking through an energetic set. Towards the end, he dared the crowd to request Levels, before inviting Zedd on stage for his remix of the song. The main stage was also home to banging sets from Knife Party and 12th Planet, but many people ran down to theater for Big Gigantic. The intimacy of the theater combined with an absolutely incredible and mind-blowing set from Big G made this a crowd favorite – many people who were there consider it as one of the highlights of the weekend. It was nice to have two real instruments on a stage, just sayin’.After a break to switch over the stage, Boys Noize took the stage for an hour long set, which also included appearances from Brodinski and Gesaffelstein, creating a trifecta of awesomeness. Major Lazer followed after with another high energy set, but again the atmosphere of the theater kicked it up a notch. It might help to describe the theater – a two level room with stadium style seating, but also a dance floor with enough room to really dance. The speaker system was monstrous, and it provided some of the best sound quality on the boat. Oh, and did I forget to mention tonight’s theme was ‘Ghost Ship’, so half the boat was decked out in face paint and ghost costumes, just for fun. Late night options saw Crookers playing in a lounge area, another disco themed night, and Skream and Benga’s theme night, which also included a set from Plastician that went till nearly six in the morning.For the ship’s last day, everyone’s anticipation was high for the private island party. Smaller boats transported cruisers from the ship to the island, where they were greeted with a mini-stage wedged into a small hill of sand and rocks. The line-up for the day was stacked – Destructo, Brodinski, Diplo, and Justice – all on the beach, next to the ocean, in the sun. People splashed in the ocean, waved at the helicopter swooping over the beach, and played in the sand. The entire experience was surreal. And the DJs all tailored their sets to the beach crowd, dropping more hip hop and party songs. Justice’s set featured Boys Noize and Gesaffelstein sharing the stage, where in between Justice classics, they mixed Will Smith’s ‘Miami’ and ‘Getting Jiggy With It’. It was honestly the best way to spend a day at the beach.As everyone spent the day drinking in the sun, the night got off a little slow. Skream and Benga got the main stage really jumping for the first time, as their hype man got the crowd into it and the music was out of control, going back and forth between modern dubstep and some classics. Tommy Trash kept the energy high, putting on a top notch set that filled the gap perfectly between the next artists, Kill The Noise. The promised ‘Surprise Party’ ended up being a hip hop night in the theater, with sets from Brodinski, Bauuer, and A-Trak. You wouldn’t have thought it, but by the time A-Trak got on stage, the theater was packed, with many seats filled in addition to the dance floor. A-Trak dropped everything from the modern fun, sing a-long choruses to the classic verses of the 80s and 90s. Combine that with his legendary scratching ability, and you have a hell of a party. If you weren’t in the mood for hip hop, there was a Moombahton Massive party in the other room, featuring bouncy sets from Dillon Francis, Nadastrom, and Diplo. Destructo was also hosting a party in the club which featured a bunch of b2b sets, culminating in Gesaffelstein b2b Brodinski that essentially closed down the ship. The club was absolutely packed for this as it was the last official music on the boat, and it was a hell of a time.Besides all the awesome music and activites, the boat itself was pretty amazing. There was a buffet 24/7 as well as a restaurant, and the staff was really excellent. I actually should elaborate more on the staff, because it was a really important aspect of the trip. These guys were there to make sure everyone was having fun, 24/7. For a community of people who are used to being treated, well, not so nicely at many clubs and concert venues, these guys welcomed us onto the boat with open arms. You couldn’t take ten steps without bumping into a friendly staffer willing to help you or point you in the right direction. You are constantly asked how you’re doing and if there’s any way you can be helped. In the cafeteria, the tables are constantly being cleaned. At the pool, the floor is constantly mopped, cups are quickly removed even during the show. It was a really friendly staff that really made the whole experience that much more enjoyable.It’s really hard to describe just how incredible of this experience Holy Ship is, you just have to try and see it for yourself. Every person on that boat is meant to be there, you can forget under 21 kids sneaking on, you can forget the girls who came for ‘Levels’, you can throw away all the pacifiers. These were real music fans who know how to party right. Everyone just wants to party hard and have fun. For three days straight, a couple of thousand people sailed around the ocean, bumping music and dancing their asses off. It’s crazy to think about. But it happened, and it was perfect.Recap Videos: HOLYSHIP 2013 from Rony Alwin on Vimeo.Getting Jiggy With Helicopters:Crookers/Skrillex/Diplo + Major Lazer/ Kill The Noise / And MoreDiplo – Private IslandDiplo – Private Island Set (Audio)
The highly anticipated new album from Queens Of The Stone Age just got a little more interesting. Legendary rocker Elton John has joined the list of musicians to play with Josh Homme on the album, joining Dave Grohl and Trent Reznor, among others. John recently stopped by the Los Angeles studio that the band was recording at and ended up contributing to the album, the singer revealed on Chelsea Lately.Elton John will also host a tribute to Levon Helm at the Grammy’s, which will also include Mumford and Sons, members of the Alabama Shakes, T-Bone Burnett, and Zac Brown. The new Queens Of The Stone Age album is set to be released in June 2013. You can watch Elton John get interviewed by guest host Dave Grohl and Chelsea Lately below.
Are we geting a little closer to some Robot Rock? Earlier this morning, Daft Punk updated their website and Facebook page with the official image above. They also posted a link to http://www.daftpunk.com on Facebook. These are some of the first official updates from the French production duo in years, which will no doubt fuel speculation of a much awaited new tour or album. Earlier this year, we told you that Daft Punk had switched from EMI to Columbia Records, a subsidiary of Sony – Columbia’s logo is featured prominently on the duo’s website.The notoriously reclusive Daft Punk last toured extensively in 2007 for the ‘Alive 2007′ Tour which featured headlining stops at Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Vegoose Music Festival in addition to several international dates. Since then, they’ve only appeared in public for a surprise Grammy performance with Kanye West in 2008, and a guest performers at a Phoenix concert at Madison Square Garden in 2010. They also released the soundtrack to Tron: Legacy in 2010, but did not make public appearances in support of the album.Keep an eye out for more Daft Punk news. Rumor has it they’re gearing up for a new album in the spring, but that seems to be the case almost all the time.
In an article released on Press of Atlantic City‘s official website there is a strong circulating rumor that Phish may be playing one of their notorious Halloween shows at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall later this year.A strong rumor just came out of the mill that says the jam band Phish will play the Halloween weekend of their fall tour in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall as they did three years ago. WOW! This will bring a lot of excitement to our seashore resort.We can expect them to play a concert in costume covering another artist’s album. If you were there in 2010, you heard a cover of Little Feat’s live album, “Waiting For Columbus.” It is anyone’s guess as to what they will play this year. Personally, I am pulling for Led Zeppelin.While this is still just a rumor at this point, with Phish’s success in the past at the venue it’s not unbelievable. The article continues:This will be a big coup for Atlantic City. Phish’s first concert in the city took place in Boardwalk Hall in October 2010. They filled every space in the hall, and it was a tremendous success. Last spring, Phish came back to Atlantic City to perform in Bader Field and drew a big crowd that set the pace for the other bands that followed them.If you’re not aware of Phish’s Halloween tradition you’re in for even more of a treat now. In the past Phish has performed what they call “Musical Costumes,” essentially making the second-set a cover set, covering an entire album of another group. So far they’ve played covers of The Rolling Stones‘ Exile on Main Street, Little Feat‘s Waiting for Columbus, The Velvet Underground‘s Loaded, The Beatles‘ White Album, The Who‘s Quadrophenia, Talking Heads‘ Remain in Light and Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side of the Moon, so any album can be expected.Again, this is just a rumor as of right now, but be prepared.…as this will be the first concert on their fall tour, it is anticipated that tickets will be sold out within minutes of being put on sale. The specific date for the sale has not yet been announced.Read the original article here.
The Bloody Beetroots (aka Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo), the Italian producer with a penchant for wearing masks, who uniquely tows the line between complete anarchist punk rock and dance music, has just released his latest adrenaline pumping masterpiece, Hide. This latest effort takes dance music to a whole other level, one in which many of today’s EDM producers simply do not have the musical intelligence to explore.Rifo’s musical background (he is classically trained), his ability to actually play instruments such as the organ and guitar, an unabashed love for anarchy, chaos, socio-political activisim and his “free your ass and your mind will follow” attitude is what makes the Bloody Beetroots unique in a rather ordinary world; it’s the bridging of the gaps, if you will.With Hide, Rifo has enlisted the likes of Paul McCartney and Youth on the arena anthem “Out of Sight“, Peter Frampton and his talk box on “The Beat”, and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee gets behind the kit and adds speaking vocals on “Raw.” Rifo said of the McCartney/Youth sessions, “I was impressed by the creative energy in the room when you get three musicians from three different generations vibing together in the studio.”Official “Out of Sight” video ft. Paul McCartney:But that’s not all with the collaborations, as Rifo’s seemingly never-ending quest to explore the boundaries and reach out to what is beyond perception is never truly fulfilled. He collaborates with anarchist punk-poet Penny Rimbaud on “The Furious” with its sweeping violins that lead into one heavy-hitting dance track. Theophilus London gives some vocal swagger to “All The Girls (Around the World)”, and what almost seems to be a Daft Punk-inspired track in “Please Baby” is simply Harder, Better, Faster, AND Stronger than this particular Italian’s French counterparts recent foray into musical world domination.Hide pushes boundaries, explores the depths of multiple genres, communicates with the listener in a much different way than most “dance” projects, and comes out as the heavyweight champion in the end. If you are a dance music lover, there is nothing to not love about this album; if you are a punk-rock lover, there is nothing to not love about this album. Basically, take a listen and enjoy.As Rifo explains:“Electronic dance music is the bridge that spans my musical influences,” explains Rifo. “My intention was to use the energy of punk to give it a devastating new form–one that embraces different universes of sound, the ordered chaos that I live every day, the unique shape that every thought should have.”-Chris MeyerTo purchase Hide, click here. And to purchase via iTunes, click here.Listen to previews of each track on the album here:
Odd Future, or, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, a Los Angeles-based hip-hop collective, were denied travel visas to New Zealand. The members were considered “a potential threat to public order.” The visa-denial stems from an Immigration Act, and the country’s immigration agency released the following statement:“The Immigration Act 2009 provides that entry permission may not be granted where there is reason to believe there is, or is likely to be, a threat or risk to public order or the public interest.Odd Future has been deemed to be a potential threat to public order and the public interest for several reasons, including incidents at past performances in which they have incited violence. In one instance, a police officer was hospitalised following a riot incited by Odd Future.”Interestingly, Odd Future have had troubles in New Zealand before. In 2011, the band was kicked off of the Big Day Out festival lineup for having lyrics deemed too inappropriate.The hip hop collective were scheduled to join Tyler. the Creator at the Rapture Festival, but, now, it seems that the festival will have to find a new headline performer. Eminem is additionally scheduled to perform at the festival… no word on Mr. Mathers’ visa, as of yet.
The trial against Monster Energy, brought by the Beastie Boys, began yesterday in Lower Manhattan. Monster Energy used pieces of five Beastie Boys songs and the words “RIP MCA” in a promotional video posted shortly after Adam “MCA” Yauch’s death.Aside from the “no advertising” clause included in Yauch’s will, Monster didn’t ask for permission to use the songs. The Beastie Boys are asking for $1 million in damages for using the songs without proper licensing and another $1 million for the “implied endorsement”.According to Billboard, the court proceedings took on a humorous tone. The Beastie Boys’ side “smirked” more than once at the absurdities of translating hip-hop culture and the music business into a legal setting. In one particular example, the defense attorney told the courtroom that, “you’ll learn during the course of this case that ‘dope’ … is a positive affirmation.” The defense cross-examined Adam Horovitz about his claim that the band doesn’t license their music for consumer products, due to their belief that it’s a “form of selling out”, by showing a photo of Michael Diamond dressed up like a sailor for a watch advertisement. Monster’s counsel asked if that was Mike D in the get-up, to which Horovitz reportedly replied, “He sure is.” The attorney’s brought a jumbo sized version of the photo over to the jury box, during which Horovitz stifled a laugh.Last year, the Beastie Boys brought a suit against GoldieBlox who also used their song in an advertisement.-Brittney Borruso www.facebook.com/rockstella[via SPIN]
Towards the end of his residency at the Capitol Theatre, the great Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh announced that he would be teaming up with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead for a NYE run at the storied venue. A month later, and PhilRAD was primed and ready to go!The band, comprised of Lesh, Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Scott Metzger and Tom Hamilton, worked through a set of Grateful Dead classics, opening with “Truckin’,” stirring up “Estimated Prophet” > “Eyes of the World,” and even playing “Dark Star” with “All Along the Watchtower” intertwined in the psychedelic tune.Full audio from the show is available via Soundcloud, thanks to taper Quinfolk, and a YouTube playlist with highlights from the show can be viewed below, courtesy of btragal:Set One: Truckin > Jack Straw, Estimated Prophet > Eyes Of The World, Crazy Fingers > King Solomon’s Marbles, Box Of RainSet Two: Mason’s Children > Throwing Stones > Dark Star > All Along The Watchtower > Dark Star > The Wheel > Dark Star > Lady With A Fan > Terrapin Station > I Know You RiderEncore: Shakedown Street[Via Jambase]
Co-founder of Ultra Music Festival and Miami nightlife icon Alex Omes has passed away at the age of 43. Cause of death is unknown at this point.In 1999 alongside then-partner Russell Faibisch, Omes created Ultra Music Festival, a part of WMC, and a staple of the dance music community ever since. After he was forced out at Ultra in 2010, because of conflicts that arose over the festival’s decision to break off from WMC, he filed an unsuccessful lawsuit to maintain co-ownership of the festival. Omes was not out of work long as he would go on to stage other events with partner Emi Guerra and Swedish House Mafia in Miami.However in 2012, Omes had announced a new festival, UR1, but after reported low ticket sales, not even the co-bill of Kayne West and Lou Reed could save the event.The electronic dance community will forever be in Alex Omes debt.
Amid some rain and bad weather, Umphrey’s McGee played to a packed house at Stubb’s BBQ in Austin, TX. Calling on The Soul Rebels and Taylor Hicks in the second set, Umphrey’s kept things energetic throughout the night.Check out the setlist and photos from the event:Set 1: Goonville > Hourglass, Tribute to the Spinal Shaft > No Diablo, Hurt Bird BathSet 2: Ain’t No Fun (If the Homies Can’t Have None), Educated Guess, Wappy Sprayberry > JaJunk > Ocean Billy, Can’t You See, Booth Love -> JaJunkEncore: In The Kitchen with The Soul Rebels with Taylor Hicks on vocals and harmonicaNotes:show stopped after Hurt Bird Bath due to inclement weatherSupport: The Soul Rebels Load remaining images