The 42nd Annual Bumbershoot®: Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival kicks off this Saturday, September 1st, 2012. Project Rhythm Seed will be there all three days. Beginning next week we will be featuring interviews with select artists, as well as photos, show reviews and a whole lot more. This year’s lineup runs the gamut – from Tony Bennett to Skrillex, and everything in between. Click here for the entire lineup or watch the video below. The festival runs Saturday, Sunday and Monday, September 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Single day and three day tickets are still available. Purchase in advance and skip the long lines on site. Click here to purchase tickets.
Chad Valley, aka Hugo Manuel of Oxford, UK’s Jonquil and the Blessing Force collective, has announced his debut full-length, Young Hunger, featuring collaborations with Twin Shadow, Glasser, Active Child, El Perro Del Mar, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and more. Released on October 30 via Cascine (US) and November 19 on Loose Lips (UK), the LP follows his last year’s Equatorial Ultravox, which as it turns out was one of our favorite albums of 2011.
The 2012 Heineken City Arts Fest begins on Oct. 17 with a performance by David Byrne & St. Vincent at Seattle’s historic Fifth Avenue Theatre. The festival will run through Oct. 20, with performances by Mos Def, Devotchka with the Seattle Rock Orchestra, Blind Pilot, Ghostland Observatory, Two Door Cinema Club, Reign Wolf at the Laser Dome, Joshua Radin, Collie Buddz, A Fine Frenzy, and many more taking place in iconic clubs, halls, and venues throughout Seattle. All access wristbands and staggered performance schedules allow festival attendees to explore downtown Seattle and see multiple shows in the same night.
Currently underway is a call-to-arms remix contest for fans of Bon Iver called the Bon Iver, Bon Iver: Stems Project. The band has made the original recording stems (separate audio tracks) for all ten songs on the Bon Iver, Bon Iver album available for download.
Each of the album’s ten songs will have its own contest, and the resulting remixes will be up for public voting through the music-based social networking site Indaba Music. Bon Iver, along with the general public, will decide the final winners. Those ten remixes will then be assembled as a complete album and released elusively on music-streaming site Spotify for the world to hear.
In 1950, The Saturday Evening Post published a short story by legendary science fiction writer Ray Bradbury called “The World The Children Made” which eventually came to be known as “The Veldt.” Its futuristic storyline is the inspiration for the song “The Veldt” by electronic music producer deadmau5 featuring Chris James. It pays homage to the recently deceased novelist in its music and lyrics, as well as its accompanying video, made available today by deadmau5 and Ultra Music.
French artist Anthony Gonzalez, better known as M83, just released a brand new video for his song “Reunion“. Directed by Fleur & Manu and produced by Division, “Reunion” is part two of the story that commenced with “Midnight City.”
Together, these two tracks are the soundtrack for a pack of gifted kids with telekinetic powers who escape from an institution and run wild through a desolate cityscape.
Hi everybody and welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. This is our favorite day of the week, not only because we head into the weekend, but also because we get to share some great free music with you, our viewers and listeners. Right now all of us here in the northern hemisphere are in the height of spring, the time of the year when everything is blossoming and flowering. The music business is also flowering right now, with multiple releases coming out every week (Monday in the UK and EU & Tuesday in the US). Consequently there is lots of new music hitting the airwaves, record stores and internet; a great time of the year indeed!
The brash, alluring, genre-bending voice of Syria-born, NYC-soaked Boshra Saadi is rekindled — a flash over the February tundra — on the mesmerizing new single “Snowyman“. A wild masala of urgent, dark vocals whipped around fiercely tribal beats, the dizzying track comes straight from the intersection of New Wave and post-punk (or maybe nowhere near that, perhaps it’s spinning wildly on a corner of the dance floor all its own). Either way, it’s innovation, with a seductive mystical-lyrical overtone.
Glasgow, Scotland-based rock band Twin Atlantic are giving fans a chance to create a unique version of one of their most popular songs. Powered by premier online music creation site Indaba Music, the Twin Atlantic Remix Competition calls for participants to create their own musical rendition of the band’s hit single “Free.” One Grand Prize Winner will have their remix featured on an official release by Red Bull Records and will also receive a $1,000 cash prize, a pair of Beats by Dre headphones, and promotion on Twin Atlantic and Red Bull Records web properties. One Popular Vote Winner will receive $500 and a pair of Beats by Dre headphones, and two Honorable Mentions will receive a pair of Beats by Dre headphones.
Hi everyone and welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. This week’s edition is dedicated to Whitney Houston. Although she fought a constant battle with drug and alcohol addiction, she possessed one of the best voices ever to grace the musical stage. Her incredible range and ability to convey thought and emotion through her voice were second to none. She will be missed.
Nika Roza Danilova, better known as Zola Jesus, admittedly, has never been a huge fan of remixes in general. Although she makes dance-y beats and music, the dozens of remix requests that come in each week, both asking her to lend her own stems or to produce for other bands, have been declined. Both artist and label tend to feel that most remixes frequently fail to improve on the original. Since her record company, Sacred Bones, is not yet a full fledged dance 12-inch label, no one in that camp has felt that remixes are imperative for their roster artists who do not wish to engage in them. However once in a while an opportunity comes along that simply can not be passed up.
Another year has ended; another list has been compiled. Often I get this feeling that in 100 years, all that will remain of today’s pop culture will be a number of well-thought-out lists. While many critics are driven to paroxysms at the thought of another year-end list, the fact is that they are essential to annual retrospective analysis. There is a feeling of security and consistency in ‘Best Of’ lists; inasmuch as one can feel safe in the presence of a numerically-ordered selection of things. But in truth, the rapid acceleration of technology and the advent of social media has completely changed the way humans organize their internal thoughts. We no longer think in prose, or even full sentences; we think in lists.
Rising Swedish DJ, remixer, and producer Avicii and At Night Management announced today the official dates for their one million dollar House For Hunger January 2012 Tour. The tour which boasts 26 high-performance shows packed into 27 days is set to kick-off on Thursday, January 5th in Detroit, Michigan and will make stops in cities throughout the U.S. where fans have yet to see Avicii perform.
Nero, aka London producers, remixers, DJs and artists Dan Stephens and Joe Ray, now one of the biggest names in both dubstep and drum and bass unleash their debut album Welcome Reality on the U.S.
Known internationally as a curator amongst the world’s most cutting edge DJs, producers, and musical movements Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo, has experienced a variety of successes. The last few years have been spent running through the club circuit and having chart-topping hits with refreshing irreverence. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, in 1978, Pentz spent most his childhood in Florida working in his father’s bait shop and being turned onto music through then-new mediums like MTV. Drifting North through the state came Miami Bass, and from the West came the sounds of Southern Hip-Hop artists. The musical influence and variety coalesced, and at 18, Pentz moved to Philadelphia for college at Temple University to study Film and Music. While a student he took a job in the South Philadephia community as a social worker and created the influential Hollertronix club night, which was the beginning of his fledgling career as Diplo.
On Monday, November 1st, 2011, Project Rhythm Seed’s Myles Crawley met up with Danish Producer/DJ/Songwriter Anders Trentemøller to discuss growing up in Denmark, his early successes, his current tour and what’s coming up next. Following are excerpts from that conversation, along with a review of Trentemøller’s live show the same night.
Swedish electro-pop duo Korallreven have revealed the details and track listing for their debut full-length, An Album By Korallreven, to be released on Acéphale on November 15. Korallreven came together after Marcus Joons returned from an extended trip to Samoa where he found inspiration in the local Catholic choirs. Mesmerized by the beauty of the South Pacific and the exhilaration of travel, he shared his newfound passion with Daniel Tjäder (also of The Radio Dept) and a partnership was born.
Roots Manuva returns with a new single and it’s one of the standout cuts from the acclaimed ‘4everevolution’, the brooding, magnificent ‘Here We Go Again’.
Over an intense, thunderous collision of hip hop, techno and dubstep, Rodney Smith aka Roots Manuva drops lyrics about an old friendship gone bad: “something in his life isn’t right with him/ He’s caught up in the hype and it bites within.” A clear-eyed, deadpan exposition of the dangers, temptations and, more cuttingly, childishness of “street life,” Smith is keen to emphasize that he isn’t preaching. Everything he says applies to himself as much as anyone else and a fate he avoided more through luck than judgment. The tune is finished off perfectly by a pure, soulful chorus from Spikey Tee.
Hi everybody and welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. We hope you all had a fantastic week. As usual it’s nice to see Friday roll around, with the weekend waiting in the wings. This was a great week of music here in the Rhythm Seed offices, and we were absolutely delighted to share it all with you.