When Startup Culture + Festival Culture Collide
At one point this website reported a lot about music, which means readers here are no stranger to some of the worse “festivals.” Suffice it to say I was surprised upon reading NY Times coverage of WeWork’s Summer Camp and being presented with some of the more surprisingly insufferable forms of humanity.
It may sound as if I am being harsh however if the above photo does not set the stage properly for this gathering of networking, synergy, and whatever other bespoke bullshit is going on here, enjoy a few of the passages below; a scene that far exceeds anything I have experienced at Phish, Bonnaroo, Vegoose, and anything I’ve tried to avoid by not attending Gathering of the Juggalos, Ultra, Burning Man, or EDC.
While the quotes below are entertaining, you are best served gaining the full experience reading the complete NY Times article.
Camping Out With the Office – WeWork Goes to Summer Camp [via NY Times]
“It felt so much more organic than going to a conference,” he said. “I shared something with this guy that went beyond business networking. Now I feel like I know him on a personal level because we did some back flips and shared some beers.”
After sunset, Michael Franti & Spearhead played songs about unity, and two women in shorts kissed as men around them cheered. A woman dressed as a taco twerked with a man dressed as Sailor Moon.
Our good friends over at Infernal Techno proverbially “went in” in this well written post about Atlanta’s self-inflicted inability to take it’s electronic music scene seriously.
Atlanta is undeniably a music town, and will likely always have a legacy as such but everybody here halfway affiliated with the electronic music scene will attest to a widespread inability to take anything seriously. That being said, I am certain the sentiments raised below are specific to my city alone.
I shouldn’t be paraphrasing here so read for yourself:
Without even realizing it, Atlanta promoters single out their crowds, shame their ignorance on musicians and tell them there’s no better place in the city than their parties. This sort of backhanded welcome is embraced by more than just a few promoters; it seems to be an adopted form of advertisement. I don’t know about you, but when I’m told I’ve been sleeping under a rock because I don’t know who Johnny Digital is from Nowhere, USA, I have a lesser interest in finding out.
Understandably, the George Zimmerman trial received a lot of national attention. As a result, the national conversation quickly became focused on issues of racism, southern identity, and the long-term effects of the acquittal of the accused.
As we are quickly learning in the information age, things are not always as they are presented.
Floatingsheep recently compiled statistical data around the trial, drawing interesting conclusions.
The lifespan of these events in our emotional and internet world is short.
All it took was a good night’s rest before everybody jumped back to their normal twitter behaviors, much to the chagrin of Anthony Weiner and a handful of others involved in current events that are not even worth our time.
The South is not as racist as you perceive.
Looking at the density of #JusticeForTrayvon tweets across a map of the United States across a two-week period, it doesn’t appear anybody west of the Mississippi perceived an injustice throughout the trial (with the exception of California, which I will attribute to the still salient shooting of Oscar Grant instead of assuming liberal bias.)
Tweeting for Trayvon [via FloatingSheep]
An new name for one of Atlanta’s less-hyped but undoubtably diverse selectors, Woodlawn. Having previously contributed mixes to Percussion Lab, and his own Heat ATL as Inferno is no stranger behind a set of decks.
After taking most of 2012 off from focusing solely on music, he returns as Woodlawn with this mix announcing his upcoming Sweat Collective, additionally appearing at the Atlanta monthly Hunger, and will be playing again in January at Detroit’s TV Lounge alongside Helix, Simple, and Taylor Hawkins
To get you hype for the holiday season, fast-rising artist Wheez-ie is giving away two free tunes. The Houston-bred, Boston-based artist has been covered on icnt.mx previously, most notably highlighting Wheez-ie’s Embassy Recordings EP, and podcast for Hot Mom USA.
The accolades are not limited to our site; today’s free release has caught the attention of Fact Magazine, and additionally helped cement Wheez-ie’s place in Trouble & Bass’ best of 2012.
Atlanta readers, mark your calendar for this Saturday the 22nd, when Wheez-ie brings his DJ prowess back to Graveyard Tavern in East Atlanta Village. Click here for more info on Saturday’s show featuring support from myself and E-Walk.
After having to miss last years Moogfest due to some logistical confusion, I was fortunate enough to be able to make the trip this year to catch Day 1 of the annual Asheville, NC music festival, as well as catching a glimpse of the Moog Music Inc. factory before heading back to Atlanta.
More info beneath the fold, also be sure to check out the Moogfest Photo Gallery
Update: NPR Music has made a number of performances from Moogfest 2012 available for download, be sure to check their recordings of Andy Stott, Ana Sia, Disclosure, Richie Hawtin, and Morton Subotnick
In an effort to show off the new Nokia Music streaming music service for Nokia phones, the company recently held a music event featuring Theophilus London at Atlanta’s The Soundtable. A fun-filled evening that featured surprise appearances from Atlanta rappers Usher, and Shawty Lo as well as an opening set from local DJ Speakerfoxx and former Three 6 Mafia lyricist Gangsta Boo.
Check below for more info about the event and my first impressions of the Nokia Music service
In preparation for the launch of Nokia Music, the company’s foray into steaming music, they will be offering a free show Thursday Oct 4, at Space2 located next to The Soundtable in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward district.
The show, headlined by Theophilus London is free to attend by catching the information on the Nokia Music US Tour Page
Come join us tomorrow evening at Soundtable/Space2 for what will be an exciting, and intimate show at Space2, and in the meantime, be sure to check out the no sign-up / no subscription streaming service offered from Nokia Music
We were fortunate enough to have DJ Shiftee here in town this past weekend thanks to the Atlanta Dubstep crew. NYC-based Shiftee, renowned for his turntablism skills, has achieved DMC World Championship status twice already in his career.
Appreciation to everybody who came out to support, and everybody who stuck around late-night to hear me play some tunes as well.
It has been some time since the last food post here, and not surprisingly, this next one also comes from Taka Sushi and Passion, this time a twelve-course omakase tasting that would have made the Roman empire proud.
View the entire twelve course meal here [via Evernote Food]
Recently I had the pleasure of sharing a b2b set alongside longtime Atlanta DJ and friend Double Nil for the Hunger ATL monthly at 529 in EAV. All over the map on this one as we go from house, a brief visit of dubstep, and a handful of rap/trap/whatever the name for southern influenced rap is this week.
Double Nil, alongside Mayhem, host of Service, a weekly event in Atlanta at the Soundtable highlighting the headier side of 130-140bpm music paired with dinner specials from the kitchen of one of the nation’s more highly regarded gastropubs. Obviously a match made in heaven for me.
Check beneath the fold to stream and download our live set from Hunger, sorry I don’t have a tracklist for this one at the moment but will try and pull one together soon.
A name you may not be familiar with yet but should be soon, Thefft, who has been profiled on numerous Mary Anne Hobbs broadcasts and who’s music is forthcoming on Embassy Recordings.
Recently, his live set from this year’s Camden Crawl festival was broadcast as a part of Mary Anne Hobbs’ XFM radio show and has been shared via Mixcloud for the internet’s enjoyment.
For more on Thefft and to stream the release, check below. Also be sure to tune in to Thefft live on RWD.FM every Thursday at 1900GMT (2PM ET)
Not too much of a secret that I am a huge fan of Spiritualized, having written about their most recent album, and featuring their first release as a part of Wayback Wednesday.
I was fortunate enough to get an opportunity to see them live for the second time in the fifteen or so years I’ve enjoyed their music, which for me is a real treat as Jason Pierce has been a long-time personal favorite of mine and his touring is growing less frequent with age and his increased medical issues.
Trying my best to not watch the show through the 3.5″ screen of my iPhone I did have to take a few moments during the show to get some photographs, as I had secured myself a great viewing spot one person back from he lip of the stage.
View the photo gallery from Spiritualized at the Variety Playhouse
One of the most intense shows I have seen in a while, even this morning waking up much of it remained with me. Very grateful for the opportunity to see them and not have to travel far to do so.
Spiritualized Setlist (to the best of my memory)
May 13, 2012 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
Lord Let It Rain On Me
Headin’ for the Top Now
Walkin’ With Jesus
Born Never Asked
Soul On Fire
I Am What I Am
Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
Stay With Me
She Kissed Me (It Felt Like a Hit)
So Long You Pretty Thing
Cop Shoot Cop…
One of the more interesting evenings of music Atlanta has witnessed in a while. I know it was for me, and given the lineup of Eli Porter, Riff Raff, and The Black Lips, I can only imagine the same holds true for anybody else in attendance at Terminal West at King Plow.
The evening starting with two rap artists, despite their television appearances, owe most of their success to the virality of their YouTube presence.
For a complete recap of the show as well as more photos and video, check beneath the fold.
Also be sure to check out Creative Loafing’s review of the evening as well
(but don’t tell them it wasn’t a dubstep show!)
A crew you have probably been sleeping on, Atlanta duo and Embassy Recordings artists Broodlings stepped out on one of their first live performances at the monthly Hunger music event at Atlanta’s 529.
Undeniably the set of the evening (respect to everybody else who played), the two worked through classic 140 bpm favorites including oft overlooked DMZ and Scuba material before ramping it up into some ridiculous footwork blends that had the crowd entranced.
Check beneath the fold for the stream / download info, and the tracklisting!
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