As strange and delicious music news goes, this story is takes the cake. Moving on from a giant edible gummy skull made to taste like pot, The Flaming Lips are set to release anatomically correct chocolate hearts, and instead of creamy ganache centers, each heart will contain a USB mix of music called "Songs of Love." One of the included tracks is a cover of The Beatles classic "All You Need Is Love" featuring Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
Many musicians talk about music and how it part of them, like an extra appendage. The Flaming Lips seem to take that idea one, if not 100, steps further. The band is no stranger to general oddity. As mentioned before they've released music in other edible body forms including skulls, vaginas and fetuses. Wayne Coyne, the bands lead singer, once used a vial of his own blood to screen print band posters.
The chocolate hearts are already sold out but that doesn't mean you still can't enjoy the band's sweet music. Go buy a chocolate bar and have a listen to "All You Need Is Love."
It may only be Monday but it's never to early to plan for the weekend! It's a big week for local music with shows all across the valley. With that in mind here is what you should put on your calendar this week.
At the Cavalcade you've got Mike Clark and the Haunted Windchimes tonight and guitarist Matt Griffith tomorrow (Feb 5). For Griffith this show is a bit of a homecoming. He was raised in Western Colorado and has spent the last couple years playing all across the United States.
Things really get interesting this Friday as local indie bands Dreamboat and Bronco Country play the Mesa Theater. The bands will be joined by the Summer Soundtrack and newcomers Cattail Pony. Presale tickets for this 18 and up show are $5 and $7 the night of.
Finally, on Saturday Fix Your Face Radio once again brings another regional DJ to EDM at CMU Nite. This time it is Echo Dafunk, a turntablist from Aspen. His style is a funky mix of jazzy glitch hop and house beats sure to keep you dancing and boppin all evening. Local favorite DJs Chamber Bot and DJ Strangefellow open the night.
In case you are wondering what it takes to be an awesome community radio DJ, here is a good example. It's hard to tell from the picture, but I've got 180 degrees of sound control. To rock the socks off GJ you need headphones, one laptop, a wall of new music, a DJ mixer, a sample deck controller, a stack of CD players, a radio mixer, a second computer, a second pair of headphones, a stack of promos, and a telephone. Actually that may be a tad excessive now that I think about it...
Some of my favorite tracks from the night include the new Dinosaur Jr. track "Rude" and Cody ChesnuTT's “Chips Down (In No Landfill).” I'll have to get back and listen to the full albums for both bands. As far as dance tracks go Plezier's “Plezier Anthem” and Bondax's "Gold" are both doing it for me. I can't get enough of that new deep house, nu disco sound. I also liked Kendrick Lamar's “Swimming Pools (Drank)” trap remix. All in all, it was another good night at KAFM. To anyone who stayed up with me last night, thank you.
Here is last night's full playlist.
Explosions in The Sky - “Be Comfortable, Creature”
MGMT - “Siberian Breaks”
Disclosure - "Latch"
Bondax - "Gold"
Carousel - "Let's Go Home (Sound Remix)"
Usher - "Climax (Paper Diamonds Remix)"
Stratus - "Jasper's Theme"
Bombay Bicycle Club - "Shuffle (Jack Steadman Remix)"
Boom Box - “Lost Ya”
Sohella - “Notice Me (feat. Tailah)”
Dinosaur Jr. - “Rude”
Dirty Projectors & Björk - “No Embrace”
Bat for Lashes - “Winter Fields”
Daft Punk - “Technologic”
Daft Punk - “Digital Love”
Anakyn - “Love Is Blind”
Vincenzo Callea & William Naraine - “Turn Off the Lights (Ivan Gough Remix Dub)”
2Edit - “Tropicalia (Torro Torro Remix)”
Russ Chimes - “Back 2 You (Radio Edit)”
Plezier - “Plezier Anthem”
Hook N Sling - “Reason Vicetone Remix)”
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - “Your Love”
Steve Aoki - “Mr. Taxi (Aoki Remix)”
Flux Pavilion - “OneTwoThree (Make Your Body Wanna)”
GRiZ - “Welcom to Jamrock”
Dillon Francis - “Masta Blasta (The Rebirth Remix)”
Kendrick Lamar - “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
El Ten Eleven - “Thanks Bill"
Beats Antique - “Crooked Muse”
Cody ChesnuTT - “Under the Spell of the Handout”
Muse - “Madness”
Deftones - “Romantic Dreams”
Cody ChesnuTT “Chips Down (In No Landfill)”
For complete playlist info and links for downloads click here.
Piggy backing off of Melinda Mawdsley's EDM:101 article, here are even more references for those seeking to expand their music knowledge. Here are some of the best podcasts around, or at least the ones that I like the best.
Annie Mac Radio Show BBC Radio 1
The queen of the UK dance scene plays music from all EDM genres. The show also includes interviews and five minute mini mixes from DJ superstars. Her Friday show often preceeds that of the legendary Pete Tong. Actually the whole Friday lineup is a pretty good resource for what's new in the scene. Tune in and get ready to dance.
The Boiler Room
This is the spot to be. The Boiler Room is an underground YouTube channel. It's great for streaming live DJ sets from more independent artists like James Murphy (formally of LCD Soundsystem), Thom Yorke (Radiohead), DJ Shadow and Jamie XX from the band the XX. Awesome resource. Here is a smooth, 35 minute set from Disclosure (they are like, totally blowing up right now). They play a more chill, groovy set. Check out their breakout hit "Latch."