OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD IF I DIE I’M A LEGEND.
And that, is how we start of this edition of Womp Wednesday. This playlist is chalk full of tunes that are sure to bring your energy level up. From a hot new remix by Porter Robinson to a dance floor heaven remix by Myles Travitz. If you are feeling some hip-hop flow, be sure to check out “CADILLAC” by LUCA LUSH & Dirty Chocolate. If you are feeling the video game vibes, check out “Donkey Kong” by San Holo. I’ll leave the rest up to you, the listener. Cheers everybody.
You know the drill. Each week Sunset rounds up the best dance songs for your booty shaking enjoyment. Get down in style with The Five Best Dance Songs of the Week.
1. Your Drums, Your Love (Friendly Fires Remix)
2. Meek Mill – Amen (Xaphoon Jones Bootleg)
3. Nero – Won’t You (Be There)
4. California Dreamin’ (Minnesota RMX)
5. Miguel – Adorn (Sammy Bananas Bootleg)
Holla Lolla! So, just like I did for Bonnaroo, I’ll be creating playlists and collecting video footage of this past weekend’s Lollapalooza–day by day–for you guys to relive (or discover for the first time.) This was my first Lollapalooza in 4 years, and I noticed a lot had changed since my initial footsteps onto Grant Park back when I was just in high school. So, that inspired me to do a little research and scribe a bit on on the festival’s transformation over the years in the context of music as a whole. Check out my insights below, or skip to the bottom for some music selections made up of acts I got the chance to see, as well as video of Friday’s headliner, The Black Keys, performing “Lonely Boy.”
THE EVOLUTION OF LOLLAPALOOZA
Since its inaugural notes hit the air in 1991, Perry Farrell’s Lollapalooza has had its ups and downs. The festival’s initial success was synonymous with the rise of alternative rock in the early 90s. So, when the alt scene began to lose steam later in the decade, Lolla did too.
But in 2003, Farrell’s festival was staging a comeback. After a lukewarm couple of years, Lollapalooza found a new home in Grant Park, Chicago and heated thangs up with expansive lineups that delivered tunes to casual listeners and rabid aficionados alike.
Today, Lollapalooza is a three-day, sun-soaked (well, most of the time) monster of a festival that hosts nearly 300,000 concertgoers in the heart of the concrete and steel jungle that is Chicago, Illinois. And, it’s only getting bigger. In recent years, the festival has landed on soils as far as Chile, Brazil and most recently, Israel.
I guess what I’m trying to get at here is that Lolla is a pretty big deal. Culturally, it represents a musical hotbed where up-and-comers and seasoned veterans can both share the spotlight (think Chief Keef and Black Sabbath.) And, I think in a lot of ways, big ticket music fests like Lollapalooza are great temperature readers for where music is at as a whole.
So, what is Lollapalooza saying about that “whole” of music today? The answer can be found at Perry’s Tent. That is, the honored stage which is named after the festival’s founder and also happens to be the lone platform at Lollapalooza completely dedicated to electronic dance music.
You see, Perry’s wasn’t always a stage. In 2008, when it first emerged, Perry’s Tent was literally a tent, and a relatively small one at that. Jump around to present time, and Perry’s has blown off the roof, laced the stage with sizzling LED lights and practically doubled its viewing capacity.
Yeah, I know. It’s not news that EDM’s popularity is booming in America. But, my real point is that big, institutionalized music festivals like Lollapalooza are an instrumental part of why dance music is becoming more and more mainstream (just like it helped the growth of alternative music in the 90s.)
The transformation of Perry’s Tent—and the evolution of Lollapalooza in general—is ironic in many ways. Perry Farrel’s Lollapalooza of the 90s stood for all things indie—not mainstream. Yet today, Lolla represents a diverse palate of music, from relaxing indie folk to heart-throbbing dubstep.
A lot of people might tell you that Farrel compromised Lollapalooza’s former integrity by opening the flood gates to mainstream music, but you know what? I say it’s a beautiful thing. Where else can you mosh to At The Drive-In, chill out to Florence and the Machine and get your rageface on to Bassnectar?
Not at Lollapalooza 1991.
Porter Robinson – Language
Nero – Promises
Bassnectar – Vava Voom (ft. Lupe Fiasco) (Vinyl Version)
The Black Keys – Lonely Boy (Live)
For many of us, this may very well be the coldest weekend of the winter (so far.) Chicago finally got some snowfall, and I realized once again the joys and woes of snow. It’s funny how as a kid, snow was seriously the best thing ever. It meant the possibility of no class. It meant hours of hurling snowballs at your friends and girls you had a crush on. It meant writing your name in pee all over your neighbors yard (well, it still means that.) Now, all it means is shoveling and bad traffic. For those living in warmer climates, I feel bad for your childhoods but I guess at the end of the day, you won. For errbody else: don’t get left out in the cold, heat it up this weekend with today’s Friday At Five. Bring it, snow.
1. “Heads Up (The Glitch Mob Remix)” – Bassnectar
2. “Reaching Out (Fred Falke Remix)” – Nero
3. “Que Veux Tu (Madeon Remix)” – Yelle
4. “Free My Mind (RAC Remix)” – Katie Herzig
5. “Something About Us (Cherokee Remix)” – Daft Punk
There’s a special place for our readers who enjoy womping. We like to take care of our own here at Sunset in the Rearview, and I have been given the opportunity to film the Pandemonium Fest next Friday, the 25th, at the Congress Theater. Nero will be there, who always bring the womp throughout their sets, as will The New Deal, Conspirato (featuring MARC BROWNSTEIN & ARON MAGNER of THE DISCO BISCUITS with CHRIS MICHETTI of RAQ and MIKE GREENFIELD of LOTUS) as well as many other great groups with really interesting sounds.
I will be working to secure interviews with my favorite groups attending, and will get live footage of the show as well.
I will also be giving away 2 free tickets to the show.
The rules are simple.
To be in the running for tickets, follow @djdprep on Twitter and tweet the following: “I want to win tickets from @djdprep & @sunsetrearview to Womp Fest! http://bit.ly/gz5fWI”
It will be a great show, and I am happy to be able to bring it to you guys on Sunset.
Little twist: if you tweet me something that really catches my interest (favorite song of one of the artists that I’ve never heard and really like, little known fact about one of the artists) I’d be willing to give out one press pass for the best tweet. Let me hear it.
Womp Womp Wednesday is all Nero today-I cannot wait to see them next Friday, they’re absolutely filthy.
1. The Recluse (Nero Remix) – Plan B
Well, this one is just kind of absurd. A really cool vocal track complimented by some absolutely grimy dub wobbles, this one has some really deep, hard hitting drops, cool synths throughout, and a really driving drum and bass line. One of my very favorite Nero songs. Also a big fan of the British rapper, Plan B, that comes in at 2:45. Kind of a sucker for sick rhymes in British accents. IE Tinie Tempah.
2. Me & You – Nero
Let me tell you one thing about womp as a genre. There is a great deal of songs that I would not necessarily listen to if I were hanging out alone, or in my car driving, that I really dig. What may not be great for some situations can be great for others. And let me tell you-play this song in a big party situation or at a dance, and things will start to go nuts. Nero knows how to get the crowd going like few others can.
3. Ghosts n Stuff (Nero Remix) – Deadmau5
While this track may not be altogether very much different from the Mau5’s original, Nero certainly supplies Joel Zimmerman with a little help at the drops. I wouldn’t go as far as to say as this is better than the original, I would say that they are different. Nero certainly puts their own spin on this one, and the outcome is a womper no doubt.
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