“Umshimi Wam”, an experimental short film directed by Harmony Korine and starring Die Antwoord has got to be one of the strangest videos I have ever seen. Though technically not a music video, it does involve some of the South African group’s music. If you’ve never heard of Harmony Korine, he is responsible for writing the screenplays for Larry Clark’s great indie flicks Kids and Ken Park, as well as writing and directing his own masterpiece Gummo. If you’ve seen any of those films, you can tell dude is out there. So his pairing with oddball rap group Die Antwoord would appear to be a perfect combination. Or… does it just make for the weirdest 15 minute’s caught on film?
Archive for July, 2011
This Sunday from 1-7 PM Golden Bloggen will be throwing a Pool Party at the Custom Hotel in Los Angeles. It’s gonna be the perfect escape from that scorching July Sun. We’re gonna throw down some 90’s R&B & Hip-Hop as well as some perfect electronica pool jammies. Let’s go!
And for some music nuggets I give you Frank Ocean, an artist that will be heavily featured on Sunday. Odd Future’s Frank Ocean has been blowing up L.A. radio with his infectious ballad “Novacane”. Ocean will also be featured on that new Kanye-Jigga collabo album Watch the Throne. Loving your story telling and musical style Frank. If you’re in the Westchester area on Sunday come on thru man.
by Austin Jones
Los Angelinos and beyond! It’s time to give Colorado EDM promoter Ha Hau his props for consistently killing Red Rocks with the massively fun Global Dance Festival. The 3 day festival last weekend thumped bass-in-your-face from some of the best artists in the world: Empire of the Sun, Kid Cudi, Major Lazer, Skrillex, Benny Benassi, Avicii and much more. Anyone reading this who has not seen a show at Red Rocks in Colorado head over to the photo gallery, feel your blood tickle your veins, then consider when you can travel to the Rockies.
Global Dance Festival started a little chaotic last Thursday with the rain, turning red rocks into red mud, but the bad weather did not persist and the crowd’s spirit soared. Kid Cudi is infamous for blowing it on stage (see: Audiotistic, SSMF) but he has really gotten his act together. The see of white people in the crowd loved Cudi. Empire of the Sun did not disappoint either (they never do) with their over-the-top costumes and gyrating guitar player. Thursday was mellow compared to what was to come.
Friday and Saturday were the big nights with our personal faves being Skrillex, Avicii and Benny B. We had a chance to catch up with Skrillex backstage and were very impressed with how down to earth and friendly he was. He was hanging out with the beautiful Kelly Eden who we had the pleasure of photographing.
The feel of GDF- being in the mountains dancing with friends to the best music in the world is truly indescribable. We’d like to extend a big thanks to the GDF crew, Triad Dragons and Anya for all their hard work on this magical event.
Head over to our Photos section to check it out!
I just saw Beats, Rhymes, & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest over the weekend. And I must say it is easily the best movie I’ve seen all year. It’s poignant, informative, nostalgic, and timeless. And my man Remy aka Michael Rapaport does a great job directing this film. So to celebrate this amazing film I will be posting a video from ATCQ for Music Video Monday. This is their video for Bonita Applebaum, a favorite among the ladies. This is an amazing song, definitely one of Tribe’s best, but check out the Super-retro video. The whole crew is sporting twisties in their hair and dresses like an urban Arrested Development, even the little known Tribe member Jarobi is in this clip! This shit just screams out early 90’s. I love it.l
Talenthouse and legendary DJ Paul Oakenfold are offering DJs a chance to fly to Las Vegas and open for Paul at his residency at The Palms. Oakenfold is inviting aspiring DJ’s to submit their original mix displaying their finest DJ skills for a chance to open and perform a 30 minute set at Rain Nightclub in Las Vegas. The set will also be featured on Oakenfold’s Planet Perfecto radio show. Travel and 2 nights accommodations in Las Vegas will be provided to the one winner, and the five highest voted submissions will each receive a signed copy of Oakenfold’s upcoming album and be credited on all of Paul’s social media channels.
Beats Rhymes and Life, a documentary about A Tribe Called Quest, opened on Friday July 8th. But on Thursday July 7th Paper Ships threw one big ass party to celebrate the movie’s release. The event was hosted by the film’s director, Michael Rappaport, and had a slew of BIG TIME Hip Hop DJs performing. The big names included LA’s own Madlib and Peanut Butter Wolf, and the legendary Prince Paul. Paul and PB Wolf ended the night with a legendary VJ battle.
Prince Paul started off his set admitting that he usually doesn’t DJ with videos but was talked into it by PB Wolf, who pretty much only does VJ sets these days. Paul is most famously known for his work with De La Soul, but for me his teaming up with Dan the Automator on Handsome Boy Modeling School’s So How’s Your Girl… is the most life changing album I’ve ever heard. Paul announced throughout the night that he was only spinning “real Hip-Hop.” For him this meant mostly 80’s and 90’s tracks, further disproving the idea of some that real Hip Hop is alive and well. He actually only played a handful of tracks from this millennium. And only one track from the past 5 years or so, that being Tyler the Creator’s “Yonkers.”
As for Mr. Peanut Butter Wolf, he began his VJ set with some unbelievable homemade footage from Tribe’s very early years. But to make sure he wouldn’t be outdone by anyone that night, he brought out Phife Dawg and proceeded to impersonate Ali Shaheed Muhammad as the two went through Tribe’s unreal catalog of Hip Hop classics. The energy was palpable and almost brought a tear to my eye as I realized this is the closest I may get to seeing a real A Tribe Called Quest show, but who knows… Their Pamela Anderson-Tommy Lee like off & on again relationship keeps us fans on the edge of our seats. The golden years of Hip Hop may be over, but with nights like this I am reminded that as long as Hip Hop legends are alive and performing, real Hip Hop will never be dead.
Monday was the 4th of July here in the US and that means pool parties and BBQ’s all weekend. It’s the best holiday of the year for adults. The whole city is on fire and everyone just wants to get shitfaced and have a good time. It started on Saturday night when Golden Bloggen was in the house and on the decks at Premiere in Hollywood. Then continued to Sunday with an epic pool party at the Tropicana Bar at The Roosevelt Hotel.
Miguel Migs headlined the ‘Wet Pool Party’ at the Roosevelt that was undoubtedly the best way to spend the 4th weekend. Miguel’s pulsing deep house was the perfect soundtrack for lounging by the pool on a hot LA day. I’ve been a huge fan of M. Migs for a while so it was good to finally see him live in such an incredible atmosphere. To make the weekend even more memorable, or unbelievable, I bumped into Kreayshawn’s DJ, DJ Lil Debbie (pictured above) on the way to my car after I left the Roosevelt. She gave a few smiles to the camera, and I must say, in person she’s kind of a little hottie.