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New Bassnectar!!

Posted in electronic music, sneak peak with tags , , on April 6, 2012 by bex0r

For a limited time you can stream Lorin’s new release Vava Voom on Rolling Stone.

I’ve been bumping this all morning. it’s fucking sick!

Stand-out tracks: Ping Pong (fucking love that sample!)   What (Ft. Jansten) & Do it Like This (ft. ill.Gates)


Happy Listening!


Time to upgrade?

Posted in electronic music with tags , , on April 2, 2012 by bex0r

Hey all you Ableton users!

If you’ve yet to be converted to the cult of Soundcloud, now is the time! for a limited time Ableton is offering free Pro Soundcloud accounts to those that currently use Live 8 or Suite 8.

I am a pro Soundcloud user and can’t recommend it enough for active producers and music fans alike. It’s a great way to share your work and there’s an amazing built-in community right there waiting to devour everything you produce. It’s also a great way to share music (via their dropbox service) and collab on new projects.

I’m not being compensated in any way by Ableton or Soundcloud for this endorsement, I’m just a big fan of both their products.

Free Soundcloud Pro Accounts!


Your Weekly Playlist – Vol.3

Posted in electronic music, playlist, rock & roll with tags , , , on March 28, 2012 by bex0r

Phew! What a week! Tons of new music and  craziness going on right now- post-SXSW and CMW always results in a ton of new bands and artists to check out. Here are some tracks that caught my ear this week…

Your Weekly Playlist

1) Desto – Can’t Take it (Forthcoming)  [EDM]

2) Bassnectar x Beats Antique –Voodoo (Download) [Dubstep, EDM]

3) The Pharmacy – Dig Your Gave [Indie, Grunge, Psych]

4)  Synkro – I Miss You (Download) [Dark, Minimal, Ambient, EDM]

5) Bassnectar feat. Lupe Fiasco – Vava Voom [Dub, Bass, EDM]

6) Sharon Van Etten – One Day (Download)  [Indie, Rock]

7) HUMANS – Horizon (Nautiluss Remix) (Download) [Indie, EDM]




8) Ben Howard – Under the Same Sun [Indie, Folk]




9) Wake! Owl  – Wild Country [Indie, Folk]

10) Lady Danville – Operating [Alt, Indie, Rock]

11) Visitor Seven – UYIO [Minimal, Tech, EDM]

12) Niki & the Dove –  Tomorrow [Indie, Rock]

Mix of the Week

13) Maya Jane Coles BBC Essential Mix (Download) [Deep House, EDM]

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Your Weekly Playlist – Vol. 2

Posted in electronic music, playlist, rock & roll with tags , , , , on March 21, 2012 by bex0r

Back for another week of solid chunes!

Just a reminder, if you want to be considered for inclusion on Your Weekly Playlist, submit to my personal Dropbox here.

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Here’s what’s jammin’ up my aural receptacles this week…

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Your Weekly Playlist

Posted in electronic music, journal, music journalism, reviews, rock & roll with tags , , , , , , , on March 14, 2012 by bex0r

Due to the nature of my job and proximity to music all day, every day, all year long- I’m constantly coming across new indie acts and great songs you should be listening to.

I think it would be rude not to share the wealth, no?

so from now on I’m going to be posting a new feature, “Your Weekly Playlist” every Wednesday. It won’t be genre specific, but just anything that is good and current that I think people should know about.

Have a listen and if you think your stuff compares, you can submit your tunes to me in my Soundcloud dropbox.

Send me your sounds

so here’s what’s stuck in my earholes this week:

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Invasion Festival at Thunderbird Arena, Vancouver, June 25 2011

Posted in electronic music, music journalism, writing with tags , , , , , , on June 25, 2011 by bex0r

On Saturday, June 25, MSH Sessions hosted Invasion Festival at UBC Thunderbird Arena. The night boasted a 100,000 watt sound system, direct from the Village stage at Shambhala, and a lineup unheard of in Vancouver history – Datsik, Excision, Dieselboy and Crystal Method. Both old school techno/d&b fans and new school dubstep fans were in luck, as both sounds were well represented by these legendary artists.

The venue, perhaps not such an odd choice if class had in fact been in session, was quite a trek to reach. The hour-long bus ride, crammed with smelly old men and screaming babies put a bit of damper on the fun. The choice of using UBC’s brand new Thunderbird Arena was definitely strange, as classes at the university were out in April and the venue was only at half-capacity the entire night. Perhaps the lengthy distance from downtown and the ‘burbs, along with the $55 ticket price, early start time and lack of alcoholic concessions, contributed to a less-than-stellar turnout.

That said, the quality of talent and production value most definitely warranted a higher priced ticket. MSH Sessions booked a solid lineup of world-class talent and PK Sound brought the bass in a serious way, which for dubstep and D&B is a must. Those without the foresight to bring earplugs were no doubt ringing for days after. Sound quality overall was excellent, which is a feat for an arena show. With the exception of some technical difficulties during the switchover to Crystal Method’s gear, the musical part of the night went off without a hitch.

The visuals were impressive, with two large projection screens and a custom made lighting rig that resembled a huge spaceship hovering over the stage. The lighting and smoke were complementary for the most part and added an element of the theatric to the show. One major disappointment, however, was the distinct lack of lasers, which are to be expected in big arena shows catering to the “nu-rave” generation.

The standout act of the night was no doubt Excision, with his punishing blend of vocal-driven anthems and industrial-influenced dubstep. Bringing the energy levels up after a lukewarm reception to the Crystal Method (perhaps a little too old school for the majority of a 19-22 year old crowd), Excision blasted the crowd with more bass than they could handle. His style, while thoroughly modern, is perhaps not pushing any boundaries for musical innovation, but his crowd-pleasing anthems and engaging stage presence made it difficult not to enjoy his set.

Other points of note were the very professional and friendly event staff who did an excellent job of running the event smoothly. A minor police presence was noticeable, but they were mostly doing casual spot searches for contraband (which is to be expected at a dry event).

A distinct lack of strung-out zombies or excessively high dance floor causalities was a pleasant surprise for this reviewer, perhaps proving that you can throw alcohol-free 19+ electronic music events in the city without suffering from over-usage of other less legal substances. Massive props to MSH Sessions and PK Sound for another very successful event!

Y△CHT, Light Asylum at the Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, May 13 2011

Posted in electronic music, music journalism, writing with tags , , , , on May 14, 2011 by bex0r

Light Asylum brought a sound highly suitable for Friday the 13th to the Biltmore Cabaret this past weekend. Black-light neon and strobing metronome lights enhanced this aesthetic, with the Brooklyn-based duo’s goth-tinged, dark-wave electronica taking center stage.

Lead singer/percussionist Shannon Funchess dared the crowd not to dance, her aggressive laser-beam stare penetrating the darkness and making full eye contact with the pogo-ing fans in the front row. Punctuating her manic dance moves and furious beating on an electronic percussion pad was her art-house-punk style vocal delivery, sliding from guttural growls to high-octane raps to bittersweet soulful runs. Taking care of synth lines and backing drum loops was partner Bruno Coviello, a self-proclaimed NYC club kid raised on a diet of underground electronica and art rock.

Funchess, who is often described as the Seattle-born lovechild of Ian Curtis and Grace Jones, considers the duo part performance art, part musical powerhouse. And while Light Asylum did deliver a set that was theatrical at times, it was also extremely rich in texture, harmonically complex and highly focused in its precise rhythmic timing. No wonder their music has caught the attention of producer James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, who is rumored to be producing Light Asylum’s next album. (Last month Light Asylum, who self-released their EP In Tension in 2010, signed to Brooklyn label Mexican Summer, which also boasts Best Coast, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Black Moth Super Rainbow on its roster). Definitely keep this group on your radar in the upcoming months.

Next up was headliner Y△CHT, a Portland-based duo who made good use of visual aides to both educate and titillate audience members (see Western American Utopian Triangle). Their name, which stems from a Portland Oregon alternative school called “Young Americans Challenging High Technology”, is a moniker highly suitable for a band that utilizes laser pointers, PowerPoint presentations and vintage synthesizers to support their highly theatrical brand of post-disco electropop. The official Yacht website describes the project as a “cross-disciplinary experiment… using technology to extend physical boundaries of communication, performance, and music.”

But don’t hasten to label them geek chic, as their sound Friday night broached as many genres imaginable in an hour-long set and featured more humor than pretentious posturing. Frontman Jona Bechtolt supplies the electronic production and shares lead vocals with fellow Portland, OR performance artist/vocalist Claire L. Evans, who was stunning in a platinum pixie cut and white Grecian-inspired dress.

Touring members Rob “Bobby Birdman” Kieswetter and Jeffrey Brodsky provided support on bass, drums, and backup vocals respectively. Y△CHT’s live show, which is impressive enough to be featured in performance projects for NYC’s Museum of Modern Art and the Rhizome forum, as well as the Media Archeology Festival in Houston, ranges from down-and-dirty disco to blazing funk to weirdo art-rock.

One unifying theme throughout the show was the band’s motivation to make as many people dance as wildly and unrestrainedly as possible, which I would say, without a doubt, they succeeded in doing. Light Asylum’s Shannon Funchess’ earlier warning to “get ready to sweat” did not fall on deaf ears, as the entire Biltmore erupted into a mad frenzy for the manic disco-punk electro of Y△CHT. Especially notable was their disco-fied version of Judas Priest’s “Breakin’ the Law” and new tracks from their upcoming release. Those lucky enough to have been at this show will no doubt be talking about it for years.