Friday, August 31, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
I love house music. I particularly like the deep, soulful stuff that has a real DIVA getting down on the track. Not Ke$Ha. Not Brit Brit. Sure as hell not Nicki/Roman/Barbie Minaj. Nope. But Bucie? Yezzir. That's my stuff. Simple beats. Real hooks. Real voice and feel. Forget Gucci. Get Bucie.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
As a DJ, I've been all over the place in terms of what I've been playing the last year and a half. But honestly, when I had to choose a mix to listen to just for 'lil 'ol me, I would listen to deep moombahton. I know deep house has been making a resurgence in Madison and that's a welcome development. Something about the percussion in these tracks takes me to a place that I just adore. House is for the club, moombahdeep if for the heart. Please do yourself a favor and here just how deep the moombahton hole goes. Check out Sabo's "Deep Edits Vol 1"
Loud Flavor hails from Texas and has made lots of noise at 140bpm in the last year or two. He has produced several tracks that have been well received in the "trap rave" community. I think his tracks reach a depth that the earliest and best dubstep achieved and makes me excited for each forthcoming release. Whether you are a "dubronaut" or "runnin' the trap", this totally free, three track EP is for you!
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
What is up Madtown? Do you know what today is? Today is the day Orville Kline comes to town. Who is Orville Kline you might ask? He performs at Chicago's seminal dance party and freak fest, Porn N Chicken, every Monday night. He is also becoming a respected name in DJing in this country and internationally. We are proud at Clearly Good Music to say that our founder, Wyatt Agard, has performed with the "P 'N C" crew both in Chicago and here in Madison as well. But tonight is a little something different. First off, aspiring producers and serious audiophiles should check out a free Ableton workshop at MC AUDIO from 7pm-9pm. If you don't know where MC Audio is, check out the link below, hit attend, and be slightly ashamed of yourself. And then, after the workshop, Orville Kline and Wyatt Agard will be holding down the decks at Tipsy Tuesdays at Jolly Bob's. Again, totally free and awesome. Do it.
Monday, August 6, 2012
This slice of future bass comes courtesy of Madison, Wisconsin's own Deadly Viper Recordings and up and coming producer from North Carolina, Rell the Soundbender! Follow him on Facebook to stay up on upcoming releases he has on Moomba+ Records and a variety of other lablels as well!
Sunday, August 5, 2012
For lovers of dance music, there is simply no better read than the book "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life" by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton. I am eternally grateful to Wyatt Agard for lending it to me (but not grateful enough to return it...lol). As I re-read it for the sixteenth time this morning, it occurred to me that it was time to write another Past, Present and Future blog post. The reason I felt this way is because the authors describe the fall of disco and it sounds a lot like what's happening to the EDM scene today.
In order for this article to be relevant we have to agree on two suppositions that would require their own articles. One, disco is heavily related to and similar enough to the EDM scene today to make it worth comparing the two sounds. Second, the EDM scene is dominated by a group of producers that have been calling their heavily blogged, heavily programmed sounds by different names, but it's really all the same music. And for the sake of argument, we will call today's music "electro". My argument is that electro is about to go the way of disco if we don't keep the major music labels out of our scene. Check it out...
An excerpt from "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life":
"That disco started to suck can be blamed squarely on the majors. They were slow to follow the success of smaller independents, but once they had developed an efficient line of communication with the DJ's (through the pools and the new idea of club promotion), they were soon able to join the party."
"However, to make disco work for them, they squeezed it into the star-based marketing structures which had worked so well with rock. They hated the fact that disco was made by anonymous producers bossing a bunch of session musicians around, and that the real star of the show, as everyone kept telling them, was the DJ. (Ritchie Family was named after it's engineer, ferchrissakes!) Most major labels, used to marketing famous people whose poster you could buy and whose career you could follow, only felt comfortable with this club music if they could dress it up with all sorts of artists and group based fronts. Naturally, when the public saw so much fakery and lip-synching, it reinforced the idea that the music was artificial and inhuman."
Now is that exactly what's happening in today's music scene? Well let's take a look at this paragraph written with modern examples and heavily edited by myself to reflect current trends. Ready?
That electro started to suck can be blamed squarely on the majors. They were slow to follow the success of blogs and file sharing services, but once they figured out how to use Scion's money to open lines of communication with the DJ's (and through the shutting down of file sharing sites and the new idea of festival promotion), they were soon able to join the party.
However, to make electro work for them, they squeezed it into the star-based marketing structures which had worked so well for Justin Timberlake. They hated the fact that electro was made by anonymous producers (often in ASCII) using Maschine and Massive instead of session musicians, and the real star of the show, as everyone kept telling them, was Diplo. (He even managed to get his name written next to artists like Santigold, MIA and Snoop Lion ferchrissakes!) Most major labels, used to marketing famous people whose poster you could buy and whose career you could follow, only felt comfortable with this club music if they could dress it up with all sort of artists and group based fronts like LMFAO or the Swedish House Mafia. Naturally, when the public saw that Justice didn't even have the damn MIDI controller plugged in, it reinforced the idea that the music was staged and corporate-directed.
Hopefully the readers can see where this is going. In 2007, blog house, or electro, or more plainly, my music was born and it was not heavily influenced by corporate factors. The WHOLE IDEA of blog house was to give the music away for free and to garner attention because the fan/blogger liked the track and not because some corporate entity deemed a particular track a "money maker". Most of the music you enjoy today would not have made it because the powers that be were mistakenly pushing trance and progressive house, not realizing that a new style of EDM was about to become dominant on worldwide dancefloors. It took the freedom of the blog house movement to energize electronic music. But anyone who has listened to the radio can hear how the electro sound that was so fresh in 2007 is now over-saturated. Do not let the corporate interests define our next moves. Electro might die but indie never well. Keep it real. Keep it Clearly Good.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Nader is one of the most promising moombahton and future bass stars in the Chicago music scene. Alongside his partner Rampage, the pair have performed live with major moombahton stars and produced groundbreaking tracks. Most recently, Cy Kosis released a very important album on Think 2wice Records and this is exclusive remix was done by Nader to support the release and was featured on Walmer Convenience, an influential future bass blog. Go ahead and download Nader's remix of #Dope and make plans to see him August 24th at Slowed Motion at Inferno Niteclub.