Published: December 13, 2013
By: Anand Harsh
Lots of shit happens each week, so it's our job to shovel it into a pile, polish it up, and present it to you, so you're on top of everything. We don't want you looking dumb in front of your friends, after all. Don't be a sad Skrillex, like this guy to your left.
Pretty Lights looks to win some pretty hardware
The accolades are finally coming in. Changing the industry by gifting his entire discography, Derek Vincent Smith has long been shunned by the gatekeepers in mainstream media, as he explained in an interview he conducted with us back before the release of A Color Map of the Sun. But the Pretty Lights album has been nominated for a Grammy in the oft-ignored and un-televised category of Best Dance/Electronica Album. It's a sea change for the independent artist, who remains a pseudo-underground figure, despite his mass popularity. Let's see with the big man from Ft. Collins can do--but regardless of the results, we're still proud of you, bud! The announcement comes just in time for the release of his remix album for the aforementioned release, which features some killer takes from his best friends in the industry.
This week, we got some cool videos, lineups were announced, our buddy got some HUGE news, and one of our favorite acts prepares for its return to the spotlight. To make sure you're always up-to-date on what's happening, we encourage you to slap a bookmark on www.theuntz.com/news and check it every morning.
Skrillex shreds guitar in the studio with Boys Noize
Red Bull was afforded the opportunity to peek in on Skrillex and Boys Noize in the studio, as the pair crafted what was to become Middle Finger Pt II, Dog Blood's second EP. Sonny Moore praised pop/punk luminaries Suicidal Tendencies, NOFX, and Pennywise as major influences on his own screamo guitar roots. Though the licks from "SHRED OR DIE" are way sludgier. Sounds more like Coal Chamber to this ol' metalhead.
The Buku Project, Summer Camp, DEMF reveal initial lineups
Temperatures across the country hit rock bottom this past week, but festival season anticpation is already beginning. The Buku Project, an early spring fest, jumped out of the gate strong with major superstars, indie darlings, and a variety of left-field EDM. The name that caught our attention was The Glitch Mob. The trio is poised to make its return to the spotlight with the release of its brand new album next week (December 17th). We're pumped! Today, Summer Camp Music Festival made its initial lineup announcement, as their slated for a Memorial Day Weekend return opposite their midwest rivals Movement, who also revealed phase one lineups this week.
SFX slices Beatport jobs
Amid reports of a "fucking bloodbath," confirmation finally surfaced that Beatport cut loose 6 employees at its San Francisco offices and a whopping 20 jobs at its Denver headquarters. Purchased for $50 million by SFX back in February, the "streamlining" efforts axed members of the online music retailer who had been around for a decade, since the inception of the company. SFXE stock prices seem to be doing just fine. Business as usual for vanguard digital music bazaar.
Other sh*t you missed this week.
Podcast Episode 147 - OPIUO
Top 10 Downtempo Songs of 2013
Top 10 Drum & Bass Songs of 2013
Dear Bear Grillz
An exclusive interview with Singularity
DubstepElectroHouseTechnoBreaksDowntempoDrum and BassGlitchHip HopLivetronica