“Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane.”
― H.P. Lovecraft
Summer is nearing its end, but summer music festivals still have some unfinished business. Lollapalooza in particular is coming up next weekend and what better to do than name all the great acts that are going to be there? The list is pretty freaking huge but I’m going to break down some of my top picks for each day. This will either help you out in forming your own schedule when you’re there or maybe I’m just putting salt in a wound since you can’t make it. Either way, hit the jump to check out the full list of top acts you need to see at Lollapalooza 2013.
Theophilus London brings us “Snow Angel,” featuring Santigold’s husband and professional snowboarder Trouble Andrew. If you ask me, I think Theophilus is leaning a lot toward an A$AP Rocky sound in this track (and also in “Afternoon,” featured after the jump), and I’m digging it. A lot. The production on the track, done by Uzi, is also delightful. I’m loving this track.
Hit the jump for two other recent tracks from Theophilus London
Phony Ppl is back for more. Just earlier this year the Brooklyn collective blessed us with an eclectic free album Phonyland. Now, they have given us a seven track EP that features a notable guest appearance from Theophilus London (fresh off the release of Rose Island Vol. 1) on a remix of Phonyland highlight ”morninG light.” I’ll be honest (why would I lie to you?). This EP isn’t going to get the most plays in my iTunes. It just isn’t. That being said, these seven songs are on some faith-restoring, classic, jazzy hip-hop, champagne popping in the Jacuzzi vibes. They are a must-have for any serious hip-hop fan. They are also perfect for any hot ass summer day.
Theophilus London was one of the first artists I discovered when I started this music blog back in 2008. Three and a half years later, I’m still digging almost all of the music that Theophilus puts out. Today he’s so generously handed us seventeen new tracks in the form of a FREE MIXTAPE (in true Theophilus style). Something about Theophilus’s singing cuts straight to my heart — perhaps it’s the disco feeling, or perhaps it’s his alluring lyrics, or maybe it’s just the memories of the days that were — and I can’t ever seem to get enough of it. This mixtape features seventeen solid tracks, and also appearances from the likes of A$AP Rocky, Big Boi, Mark Ronson, and more.
Need a party track for the weekend? Throw on “Dancing.” Pretty sure the whole room will be dancing in seconds.
Favorite tracks: Mothertree, Dancing, Dance Hall Days, Big Spender, Tour de Roses Anthem, Love Is More Red, Glam Life 2.0, Last Night
I’m simply going to leave you with the following video. I hear it’s going to be adapted into a full blown eHarmony commercial. Happy Friday ya’ll.
1. Let It Go (Faustix & Imanos Remix) – Dragonette
2. Original Don (Flosstradamus Remix) – Major Lazer
3. Love Is Real (Fred Falke Remix) – Theophilus London
4. Do Harder Be Faster (TheFatRat‘s Skinny Dip Mashup) – Daft Punk
5. Daydreamer Feat. Example (Dillon Francis Remix) – Flux Pavilion
This has been a wildly anticipated collaboration that has had the blogosphere/mesosphere buzzing for quite some time now. It’s funny though because I’ve listened to this song twice now, and I have no idea what either rapper said. I think they were probably talking about money. The beat is the real star here. It was produced by the legendary Dj Carnage who rebuilds nations on his off days and can do really complicated math problems in his head without struggling. Shout out to .GIF files.
The song will be a part of Theo’s upcoming Lovers Holiday II: Rose Island EP, which will be out in May.
To kickoff his new tour, Brooklyn emcee Theophilus London hit us with some new new a couple days ago. It’s definitely got a club banger type feel, laced with heavy synths, a raucous beat and bars about what else? Getting fucked up. Reminisce about “Last Night” with TL below.
[New Music] “Last Night (LVRS ANTHEM)” soundcloud.com/theophilus-lon… * FREE DOWNLOAD NOW!!!
— Theophilus London (@TheophilusL) January 11, 2012
I owe a lot to a friend right now. Suffice it to say, she lit the fire under my ass that has gotten me to where I am today. Sunday, October 30th.
Over dinner one night, in a dimly lit room at a table for two, I started to take a bite to eat and then was hit with a question that only a best friend can ask without getting a look in return of ‘Really? Right before I’m about to take a big bite of food?’ There it was. The inevitable yet daunting bomb. ‘Lydia…what do you want to do in your life?’
I looked up from the plate of food and full glass of wine and saw that she was serious. She really wanted to know exactly what I want to do with my life and how I’m going to achieve my goals. The only problem was…that question is nearly an impossible one to answer. Straight talk? It’d be really awesome to be a full-time blogger. I really love running this blog. But in reality, I don’t think that’s going to happen. Looking back on the night, it’s hard to recall exactly what my answer was, because I had probably already had too many glasses of wine. But I’m willing to bet that I said something like “I want to be part of something awe-inspiring. I want it to revolve around technology and digital media, and I want to be part of the decision-making process that people eventually look back on and say ‘Damn. I wish I could have been part of that.’” Though it took me a couple minutes to formulate my answer, she was a true friend and gave me my time to think of what I wanted to say. And when I started talking, she was listening. Not just hearing the words, but believing in the words. When I finished speaking, she kept her focus on me and said ‘Well, how are you going to do that?’
Those words, in retrospect, sound quite disheartening. ‘I…uh…um…I guess by…’ Yeah. I don’t know. But you know a best friend has crossed your path when they’re willing to sit there and brainstorm how to help you reach those dreams. So we sat, and we talked, and I left dinner feeling like I was superwoman. She gave me the confidence in myself that made me believe that I’m young, I’m capable, I’m motivated, and I need to work to make this happen.
Today, a month or two later, I’ve found myself standing at the gate of a whole new world. After that dinner, I started out on a journey to find a new job that would lead me to the future that I’ve imagined for myself. I realized, when talking about what I wanted to do, that Raleigh-Durham wasn’t the right place for me. Though I absolutely love Durham with all of my heart, it isn’t a place where I can see my career flourishing. I realized that I need to be in San Francisco. So, I had to take some time away from the blog, as I would go to work all day and then come home and continue my search for jobs. I applied to many, and miraculously heard back from a few that I was very interested in. I took a weekend trip out to San Francisco for final interviews, and came home with a new job, a new apartment, and a new sense of excitement for my career.
It took a lot of courage for me to quit my current job. The friends I have made there are some who I believe will forever be a part of my life, but I found myself needing a directional change and a fresh start. And, like I mentioned, Raleigh isn’t quite the hotbed that San Francisco is. But I did it. I put in my two weeks’ notice and came to terms with the fact that the life I have been living here for the past six years would be changing drastically in just a few weeks. There were times when I doubted whether I was making the right decision. I felt as though I didn’t have anybody to turn to, at times. Typically, I would have asked my dad for advice and if I was jumping the gun. It broke my heart that he wasn’t there to answer my questions. But as funny as this may sound, I would wake up with a sense of encouragement, which led me to believe that my dad was letting me know while I slept that I was doing the right thing.
So the scoop! I have accepted an offer at Wildfire Interactive, where I will be working as a Social Media Account Manager. I cannot wait to start work, and that’s really saying something for somebody who HATES early mornings. Especially because I’m fully aware that I’ll have an hour long commute to Silicon Valley in the mornings. But the energy, the dynamic culture, the knowledge that radiated off of the walls when I stepped into their offices…that right there is what I was telling my friend that I wanted to be a part of that night at dinner. And sure enough, I made it.
On top of all of this excitement, I couldn’t be more pleased to say that I’ll be living within walking distance of two of my sisters. AND, one of them is having a baby in just a few weeks. For those of you who are avid readers of my Straight Talk Sundays, you’ll know that this is a great thing for my family. New life. My dad would be so happy. So there it is. I’m doing it. And I couldn’t be more excited. Oh, and I’ll be sure to wear some flowers in my hair.
Straight talk: You can do it.
Trinidad-born, Brooklyn-raised Theophilus London shared this Ocelot remix of his standout track from Timez Are Weird These Days, “I Stand Alone,” via his SoundCloud. With a flaring bassline, spacey synths and of course our boy London holding down the track, this is a certified banger. -@dcbui
Like many people, I am fueled by inspiration, and luckily for me, I’ve felt inspired for the past few weeks. It’s exciting. I’m excited for the future: my next few posts on Sunset (including this one), starting my senior year of high school, and even beginning my dreaded college applications. It’s weird. I’ll be the first one to tell you. Shit is thoroughly messed up, but I am going to ride this wave of inspiration until conditions are deemed unsuitable for riding.
But enough about me. Saturday at Sunset is a daily special in which the songs and writing are based on some sort of theme or genre. This week’s theme is inspiration, so let me tell you about how I got inspired this fine summer.
About a month ago, Lydia took a chance on me by letting me write for Sunset. Not in a Meta World Peace playing for any NBA team kinda way, but just because she didn’t really know me. But by allowing me to write for her site, Lydia validated my presence on the Internet. She is one of the nicest people that I barely know, and I am forever indebted to her. Her hard work, kindness, and overall awesomeness inspire me. This post, for example, would not exist if it weren’t for her Straight Talk Sundays.
Under the influence.
Listen: “New Map” – M83
Listen: “Teflon Heart (Star Slinger Remix)” – Caged Animals
As you may know by now, I’m a huge comedy fan. It’s something that I find completely fascinating, and I adore it. Louis CK’s Chewed Up is one of my favorite things ever. Like, I like it more than I like people. If I had a child, it would be Chewed Up first, child second. Easily. If I had two children, it would be the same, because I’ve already decided that I won’t love my second child at all. I’ll hate him. I’ll teach him the colors the wrong way just to fuck him over for his entire life. But yeah, I like comedy, and I’ve always wanted to try stand-up. Twice. Because apparently, the first time you do stand-up, you don’t really get a feel for it; you’re so nervous. The second time you’re more…there. I got inspired by watching an HBO Special from a few years ago called “Talking Funny,” featuring Ricky Gervais, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and Louis CK. The special was just them talking about comedy, and the fascinating thing about the whole thing was that they are the biggest comedy fans. They love what they do and have worked extremely hard to get to the top of their profession. Watching them talk candidly about the craft inspired me to write my own stand-up. Hopefully, I’ll be able to perform it one day. For human beings.
Fish are friends, not food. Swag swag.
Listen: “Lighthouse” – Theophilus London
Listen: “River Hymnal (FISHING Remix)” – Guerre
I’ve been listening to the newest M83 album lately (“New Maps” is from the album as is “Wait” below). I’ll have a review out for it soon, but I just want to say that Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is a breath of fresh air. Really. It’s reminded me why I like indie rock so much. It reminded me that behind some of the trash that is put out in today’s overly accessible market is some really well-constructed albums such as this one. The entire double disc effort could have easily been the soundtrack for Spike Jonze’s Where The Wild Things Are–it’s beautiful, atmospheric, dramatic, cinematic, and delicious for any music fan.
It’s not delivery, it’s L’Homme Run.
Listen: “Wait” – M83
My last source of inspiration has been a girl. She’s great in every way. I should tell her that.
Thanks for reading. You guys are the ones that really inspire me. Ha! Just kidding. Fuck you.
Arjun || Twitter
Not going to lie, I’m itching to get this post up so I can go rock out at the Rosebuds/Bon Iver concert tonight. Yeah, rock out to Bon Iver. Something tells me his live show will allow rocking out, even though his music can often be a sad love song. I’ll be rocking out. Here’s some music for you to rock out to. Yep, they’re all remixes. I’m in the mood. Let loose and please, for the love of god, have a fun weekend. Thank me later.
Shook puts a little disco feeling in Phoenix’s classic hit, “Lisztomania.” Mmhmm, I can get my groove on to this.
So when I was little I thought I started the whole trend of crossing your fingers when you were lying. These days, I seem to think I started the trend of playing this song on Turntable FM. Just go with me, okay?
Well shit, Calvin Harris did it again. Made suchhhhh a good song. Finger lickin’, drool drippin’, soul shakin’ good. Then what happened? Benny Benassi went, picked up the piece, flipped it over, shook it up, beat the shit out of it, popped it in the microwave and ended up with a version of the song that might even compete with the original. Damn.
Tell me this track doesn’t make you want to turn the lights out, install some black lights in your basement, and dance your brains out. No really, tell me that. Right around the 4:00 mark, I start to melt.