MOVEMENT MUSIC SERIES | MATADOR

In preparation for what I hear is the coolest electronic festival around, I’m familiarizing myself with the line up. Thought I should try to bring it all to one place for you guys.

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Richie Hawtin recently introduced the young Dubliner ahead of his first Minus event. Matador now takes the bull by the horns for his first full EP for Minus, exploring the twisted but organic techno sound he’s best known for. He’s also a trained chef! Gavin Lynch’s sound is described as a “slow building bomb” on his facebook page. Be the judge.

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STARSHIPS – PERFORMED BY PITCH PERFECT CAST AND YOUTUBE (NICKI MINAJ COVER)

Finally! someone understands what good digital marketing is.

A friend of mine send me this video today, calling it “genius”. I watched it, loved it, and had no idea it’s an ad for a movie. I’d never even heard of Pitch Perfect until now!

I GUESS YOU CAN CALL THIS A REVIEW | SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS

 

As soon as I saw my news feed blowing up with tweets and posts about LCD Soundsystem’s SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS yesterday, I whipped out my phone, and texted my most reliable music roll dog: ”Dude I wanna go see the LCD doc! IT’S ONLY TONIGHT!! Gonna sell out. Not at a computer. Can you get tix at Arclight??” Low and behold he was on his way to the Arclight to see Spiderman, and snagged us two of the last seats available.

Talk about good timing.

I was lucky enough to see LCD Soundsystem live at the Hollywood bowl a couple summers ago. James Murphy and his self-proclaimed “weird thing” instantly became one of my favorite music acts, and their popularity only seemed to only be growing until they hit us with the break up news out of nowhere–Last show at Madison Square Garden in NYC on April 2, 2011. WTF??!!

I walked into the screening expecting a movie turned dance party like the Chemical Bros’, DON’T THINK, a few months back, but SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS was different.  We snuck in a couple of beers and a screwdriver filled water bottle, sat in the front row, and finally found out what the hell happened.

The epic performance and hearing LCD’s hits on whatever “6-track discrete magnetic sound” means aside, I have a lot of newfound respect for the man. When a successful rock star looks in the mirror, and sees the grey patch on his neck, his ability to leave fame in pursuit of love, family and real happiness is breathtakingly admirable.

James Murphy is a legend.

 

BODY PAINTING 2.0 | LIVING PAINTINGS BY ALEXA MEADE

Forget airbrushed clothes painted on naked girls running around the Playboy mansion, Alexa Meade has taken body as canvas to the next level.  A friend of mine posted a link to this NPR article on Facebook, and I was immediately taken back by how literally unreal her “Living Paintings” look. She paints over a peel-able layer of acrylic an a human body, making people look like 2-D portraits with moving eyes. A little creepy, but so cool. Definitely a thing to check out in DC.

Paintings In (Really) Living Color : The Picture Show : NPR.

“First-time viewers of these “Living Paintings” usually react in disbelief: “Wait, that’s a real person?” Even Meade’s first model, whom she painted back in 2009, mistook a photo of himself for a two-dimensional portrait.”