Saturday, June 13, 2009

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Forthcoming & Recently Released Remixes!

Posted: 12 Jun 2009 06:05 PM PDT

Here are some upcoming remixes that are being serviced to DJs, either digitally or via CD. I'm jealous. I wish I knew how to spin. I'd love to sign up for one of these services. Anyway - these are some of my favs! Can't wait for some of them to surface!

Jordin Sparks - Battlefield: I cannot WAIT for this song to get remixed. I'm thrilled that Bimbo Jones is on the mix. I was hoping for an anthem, not something Bimbo Jones usually delivers. Perhaps some U.S. mixes will surface? What a great track.

Jordin SparksRelease Date: 6/09/2009
Label: RCA/Jive
1. Bimbo Jones Radio Edit
2. Bimbo Jones Club Mix
3. Monk & Prof Mix
4. Monk & Prof Instrumental
5. Radio Edit

Jonas Brothers - Paranoid: I've never really been a Jonas Brothers fan to be honest. It's a bit below my demographic, however I'm willing to give anything remixed by StoneBridge a chance. Last remixes I heard from these boys were the Jason Nevins remixes of "When You Look Me In The Eyes." These sound promising.

Jonas BrothersRelease Date: 6/08/2009
Label: Hollywood Records
1. Stonebridge Edit
2. Stonebridge Club Mix
3. Stonebridge Dub
4. Soul Seekerz Edit
5. Soul Seekerz Club Mix
6. Soul Seekerz Dub
7. Original

Lady Gaga - Paparazzi: I've already heard these puppies and let me tell you - Moto Blanco worked it out (in my opinion). Love, Love, Love! Stuart Price's pop mix is actually a nice alternative to the radio edit. The Yusek mix is interesting as well, though not so good for a dance club. I need to listen to the others. I was pleasantly surprised when I learned that there were mixes for this track already!

Lady GagaRelease Date: 7/6/2009
Label: Interscope
1. Radio Edit
2. Filthy Dukes Mix
3. Stuart Price Mix
4. Yuksek Mix
5. Moto Blanco Edit
6. Demo Remix
7. James Camareta Mix
8. Bonus - Moto Blanco Club Mix
9. Bonus - Moto Blanco Dub

Metro Station - Seventeen Forever: While I most certainly do NOT want to be 17 forever, I'm interested to hear these mixes. Lenny B also did some mixes for the bands first single, "Shake It" which were alright. I'll give these a shot. I wish there was more of a package here. Oh well.

Metro Station
Release Date: TBC
Label: Columbia
1. Lenny B Extended Mix
2. Lenny B Instrumental
3. Original
4. Instrumental

Royksopp feat. Robyn - The Girl & The Robot: I love most any music out of Sweden, and anything with Robyn on vocals. While I still think I prefer the original version of the song to any of the remixes, the Spencer & Hill mixes are quite nice. I need to give the rest of them a good listen.

Royksopp & RobynRelease Date: 5/27/2009
Digital Release Date: 5/27/2009
1. Radio Edit
2. Album Version
3. Spencer & Hill Remix
4. Spencer & Hill Edit
5. Joakim Remix
6. Kris Menace Re Interpretation

Taylor Swift - Teardrops on My Guitar: I absolutely LOVED the Digital Dog, J Stax and Nevins mixes of "Love Story," so when I saw that there was a Cahill mix for Swift's "Teardrops on My Guitar," I nearly died. Of course, I'd rather there be a bunch of mixes - I'll take this one please. Thanks. ;-) P.S. - anyone know how long this "edit" is? Is there a full length mix?

Taylor Swift

Release Date: 6/01/2009
1. Cahill Edit

The Script - Before The Worst: These sexy boys are coming back to Boston soon. They were scheduled to play at the Paradise but the show was cancelled (poor ticket sales?). Last remixes I heard from these guys was "We Cry," with remixes by Bimbo Jones, Ashanti Boyz, Afroganic. I kind of wish "The Man That Can't Be Moved" got some remixes, but beggars can't be choosers. Armand Van Helden (almost) always delivers, so this should be good.

The ScriptRelease Date: 6/15/2009
1. Armand Van Helden Mix
2. Original

Valeriya - Wild: Love this song! Wow. This song AND it's remixes are FIRE! Back when this Russian pop star (who many say is the Russian equivalent to Madonna) released her first UK single - "The Party's Over," it took a while for me to get into it. The remixes were alright, with jams churned out by the Manhattan Clique & Ortega & Gold, the song just wasn't anything special. "Wild" should have been the first single - HANDS DOWN! An impressive remix package includes mixes by Manhattan Clique, Oretega & Gold, Ian Carey and Bimbo Jones. I'll say it again - FIRE!

Release Date: TBC
Format: Digital
1. MHC Remix
2. Bimbo Jones Remix
3. Ian Carey Remix
4. Ortega & Gold Remix
5. Ian Carey Club Mix
6. MHC Dub
7. Bimbo Jones Dub
8. Ortega & Gold Dub

Will Young - Tell Me The Worst: Who's my favorite Pop Idol? Well, it's not Michelle McManus (although I did enjoy the Soul Survivor remix of "Just For You"). Will Young - not only do I have a crush on the guy, but his voice melts a good way. I bought his last album, I also bought a promo for his single "Grace" off of Ebay. Remixes for "Grace" came to us from Fred Falke and Tom Neville. There were also some great remixes for his first single, "Changes," by Chris Lake & Superbass. The new single features remixes by Fred Falke. Can't wait!

Will Young
Release Date: 7/07/2009
Digital Release Date: 7/07/2009
Label: RCA
1. Fred Falke Radio Edit
2. Fred Falke Full Version
3. Fred Falke Dub

Dolly Rockers - Je Suis Une Dolly: Don't know much about these girls, but I love their look and their video. This song is fun and the Soul Seekerz generally churn out a decent pop/dance remix. I'm game.

The Dolly RockersRelease Date: TBC
Label: Parlophone
1. Radio Edit
2. Soul Seekerz Retro Club Mix
3. Soul Seekerz Club Mix

Chris Cornell - Long Gone: Chris Cornell remix. Never thought I'd see the day. Well, that's not true - but still a little surprise. I enjoyed the remixes to "Part of Me" by DJ AM, DJ Demarko, Quentin Harris, Steve Aoki, Kleerup and others. Not bad...nice rock edge...sort of Tommie Sunshine-esque. These mixes for "Long Gone" come to us from Digital Dog, which sounds like fun to me!

Chris CornellRelease Date: TBC
Label: Interscope
1. Digital Dog Club Mix
2. Digital Dog Dub
3. Digital Dog Edit
4. Digital Dog Urban Extended
5. Radio Edit
6. Radio Pop Mix Edit

V.V. Brown - Shark In The Water: While I already own some of these, the promo I got on Ebay wasn't the same one mentioned below. Noticeably and disappointingly absent from my promo were the Wendel Kos Sunlight Mix and the Louis La Roche Dub. Overall, I'm disappointed. I was hoping for something a bit more "housey" but I guess they'll do. Can't wait for her album. It's certainly one of my anticipated summer albums of this year. Girl's got talent for miles.

VV Brown

Release Date: 08/06/2009
Digital Release Date: 08/06/2009
Label: Island
Format: Digital
1. Wendel Kos Sunlight Mix
2. Wendel Kos Dubb
3. Louis La Roche Remix
4. Louis La Roche Dub
5. Crazy P Mix6. Blame Mix7. Zombie Disco Squad Remix

Zarif - Over: Love her. Just got into her, but I already love her. I just started listening to her remixes for "Let Me Back" and now we get word that her second single is already being remixed? HOT! Can't wait. Bimbo Jones, Digital Dog, Paul Jackson - hot trio right there.

Release Date: 9/10/2009
Digital Release Date: 9/10/2009
Label: RCA
Format: Digital
1. Shy Fx & Benny Page Remix
2. Digital Dog Club Remix
3. Digital Dog Radio Remix
4. Bimbo Jones Club Remix
5. Bimbo Jones Radio Remix
6. Paul Jackson Remix
7. Breakage Remix

MSTRKRFT & John Legend - Heartbreaker: I'm sure there will be some mixes of this least I hope so. I love John Legend and I enjoy MSTRKRFT. The combo sounds like a winner to me. I very much enjoyed the remixes I heard of "Ordinary People," and of course the remixes of "Green Light." I have high hopes for this one!

MSTRKRFT & John LegendRelease Date: 7/27/2009
Digital Release Date: 7/27/200
Label: Geffen
Format: CD
1. Radio Edit

Kevin Rudolph feat. Kid Cudi - Welcome To The World: Kevin he pop? Is he rock? Is he R&B? Is he hip hop? I don't know anything about this guy! I love him all the same, but I don't know a thing about him. I could always do some research (and perhaps I will) but for right now, it's all about the music. This promo features mixes from RedTop. There are also mixes floating around from Mike Rizzo. I enjoyed the remixes I heard of Rudolph's "Let It Rock," and I of course enjoy Kid Cudi - so I'll give these a listen.

Kevin Rundolph & Kid CudiRelease Date: 5/31/2009
Digital Release Date: 5/31/2009
Label: Universal Island
Format: Digital
1. Red Top Extended Remix
2. Red Top Dub
3. High Rankin Remix
4. Red Top Radio Edit

Beth Ditto Called Out for Being a Bad Role Model? - Blimey!

Posted: 12 Jun 2009 05:33 PM PDT

While perusing Perez, I found a disturbing post about this douchey gossip columnist from the UK named Alex Blimes. Blimes took the time today to blog about his distaste for Beth Ditto, her fashion icon status AND her band Gossip. Calling Ditto out for being a bad example to young women b/c of her weight, essentially saying that she's AS bad an example for being fat as a super skinny girl would be a bad example for being skinny.

While Mr. Blimes is certainly entitled to his own opinions, his comments are a bit unnecessary. In reference to the band, Blimey says that they are "the one-hit wonders who provide Ditto with a night job." UGH. What a dick. Gossip's new album Music For Men, (one of my most-anticipated summer albums) is released on the 22nd in the UK and digitally Stateside the next day. Check out the just released video for new single "Heavy Cross."

Check out Gossip on the web: Official Site/MySpace

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Bonnaroo Update Day 1: Thursday, June 11

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 01:14 PM PDT

Day 1: Thursday, June 11…

, or the Roo as some like to call it (although will tell you that anytime anybody calls it that, a kitten dies), is unreal if you have never been to a camping . The festival is just as much about what happens off the stage as what happens on it. In fact, sometimes what happens out in the crowd or the campgrounds is even more interesting than the music you hear on stage.

I'm not sure you can even properly prepare for something like this fest. After having checked the weather 800 times and all the lists of what to bring and what not to bring, I thought we would be more than prepared. We eJulia2ven left a day early to make sure we'd get a good campsite. However, Mother Nature had other plans for us. A hailstorm caused us to crash outside of St. Louis and we weren't the only ones who had problems. Delta Spirit didn't make it to Manchester in time and had to crash land outside of Dallas. Fortunately, the festival promoters, Big Hassle Media, and crew, were flexible and quickly helped find a new time and a stage for the band to play after their struggles to make it successfully to Tennessee. Unfortunately, for us PopWreckers, we couldn't very well ask the festival to hold off on some of our favorite artists playing Thursday until we got there so we missed acts like Julia Nunes and White Rabbits. Not that arriving in Manchester in time for those acts meant anything. To claim a campsite and get into Centeroo, the main grounds for the festival, you still need to get there like 8 hours early. Also, there are several entrances, and somehow we beat some of our friends in after they had been sitting in line for hours. Granted, I would not be surprised if they weren't accidentally behind a parked car somewhere and didn't realize that it wasn't moving for that reason. So that brings me to lessons 1 and 2:

Be patient. You will be waiting in a line of cars for hours just to get in for camping and you will see many give up and start walking into the grounds. It helps if you already have car snacks so you aren't tempted by the overpriced vendors lining the streets.

Don't pick up hitchhikers. People will try to hitch a ride with you into the campgrounds. Don't let them. You don't know what they're carrying and they do search your cars before letting you in the campgrounds.
Now, I've never been camping in my entire life and here is where I made my other major mistake. I thought tents took like 5 minutes to set up, but after Joshua and I struggled with my family tent, an army guy took pity and tried to help, and I called my father who annoyingly asked if we had tried looking at the instructions, we finally gave up. Fortunately, our kind neighbors from Alabama took pity on us and loaned us a far easier tent to set up. The festival has people from all walks of life, but the one thing I can say that everybody I have met here have in common is that they are all super nice. Lesson 3:

Practice your tent or camper set up before you come. Trust me, it will save you from looking like an idiot later.


A camp somewhat set up, we were finally ready to venture into the actual festival portion. Walls of RVs and tents soon broke into new walls of port-a-potties and vendors selling everything from tie-dye to arepas (a delicious, but greasy, fried corn and cheese sort of patty). A giant ferris wheel served as our navigation point to an entrance where we saw our first real signs of drugs and the nastier side of the festival. A bad trip had a man seizing already by the entrance to the fest and security struggled to keep people moving past. So, lesson 4:

Drugs are bad. I know, I know, this is supposed to be stoner fest, but that shit was scary. So don't do it. Seizing on day 1 does not look like fun. Also, you should not be surprised like the girl in front of me at the check-in was when security takes away your shrooms. This fest is actually trippy enough without the aid of drugs.

Security took awhile to get through, but so far that has only been an issue for Thursday. Once inside Centeroo, we learned that it wasn't much different than the campsites with the exception that there were now stages. There were still walls of port-a-potties and vendors and people were camped out already at their favorite stages. We wandered for a bit and saw a lot of people throwing their hands up for Murs as we made our way over to This Tent for our first band: Hockey. Hockey 2

Hockey was a band I didn't know much about, but after watching their singer dance around with a sweatband singing tunes that would make fans of , Head Automatica and Hellogoodbye go crazy for, I was hooked. Throw in a huge instrumental build up with extra drums and keys and you have a great set. Hockey even surprised by throwing in some jazzier elements and they are definitely one band I can't wait to hear more from in the future.

We jumped from Hockey to catch the crew in over in That Tent. It was a bit of a walk, but considering these guys came all the way from Alaska, it was worth it. This band's unique vocal blend that I almost want to compare to Zeppelin without actually saying they are Zeppelinesque. There's a yowl quality and some crazy guitar riffs. They also had this really cool effect made from unplugging and replugging the guitar that almost made it sound like a strange accordion. Portugal The Man 1

We quickly learned lesson 5:

Wear good shoes and be ready to walk. We spent most of Thursday navigating through the throngs of vendors and people going from This Tent to That Tent and wearing out really quickly.

We went from back to the hipster-loving Chairlift. The usual the threesome were sometimes joined by a fourth person giving them the freedom to have more backing vocals or more guitars. Once the singer let down her hair, the set really turned into a dance party as she sang popular tunes "Bruises" and "Evident Utensil."

Chairlift 9

Chairlift 6

For those under the tent, the party was non-stop. For those not as lucky to be a part of this set, they were battling the greatest problem of having an outdoor festival: the weather. As foretold in the forecast, it was if all hell broke loose and rain just poured down on the grounds, quickly turning the sandy grass into a muddy mess. As I began sinking into the ground even under the comfort of the tent, I was forced into taking off my flip flops for fear I lose them and standing in the mud. I somehow worked my way up to the side stage area where the ground was a little more firm before watching my final act of the night. But lesson 6:

Pack a poncho. I know they're a silly looking, but they are handy.

Crappy weather couldn't keep spirits down and the hipsters (and the hippies) continued to dance when buzz band took the stage. This band owned the night as lead singer Michael Angelakos jumped between vocal ranges and got the audience singing along. Highlights of the set were “Live to Tell Tale” and my personal favorite “Sleepyhead,” which sounds like the Shins if they had tons of caffeine. Angelakos and the band claimed to be nervous in front of their largest crowd ever, but with how confident they sounded once performing, it was hard to believe that just moments before, Angelakos was nervously pacing backstage with a towel over his head.

Passion Pit 5

Set List:
Better Things
Make Light
Let Your Love
I Got Your Number
Little Secrets
Live to Tell Tale
Fold in your Hands
Moth Swings
Smile Upon Me
The Reeling


In an attempt to beat the second wave of weather, we left after only to discover at night. Immediately outside of the tent were large flames coming out of a strange mix of a seesaw wickerman. Further along, giant lightning bug decorations guided our way to the fountain in the festival’s center before a violin solo from the Zac Brown Band distracted us into watching another band for a few moments. After the guy finished flying across the strings we decided to jet as well, but alas. All these distractions proved to be big time stallers and we soon found ourselves trapped in another monsoon. This is when we learned our final lesson of the day. Lesson 7:

Know where your tent is located!!!

I can’t even begin to stress how important this lesson is. We thought we knew how to get to pink balloon 8, but they had lowered the balloons in the weather and we had left through a different exit and didn’t know any of the streets through the campsites. We could have taken one of the golf cart taxis, but didn’t know how to direct them to our camp. After wandering through mud, rain and tents we finally discovered our camp much later than we intended and crashed after our the crash course that was Day 1.

And so ends our first day at . Look for Day 2 and photo posts to be added soon!

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Photos by: Joshua Hammond

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