Dudes... my weekly radio show is about to get all sorts of weird and wild tonight, when the super duo of Lauren Flax and Lauren Dillard, aka CREEP, hit the East Village Radio studio for an interview and exclusive guest DJ set.
I was going to write more, but shit, I already took care of that HERE. Hooray for double duty.
The Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2010Albums of the Year have been announced. Speaking from The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, Lauren Laverne revealed this year's albums. After the announcements the crowd was treated to exclusive acoustic performances from Villagers, who played the rousing Becoming a Jackal, and Corinne Bailey Rae, who stunned the room with a captivating rendition of The Sea.
Without further ado...your 2010 Album of the Year nominees are...
Biffy Clyro - Only Revolutions Villagers - Becoming A Jackal Corinne Bailey Rae - The Sea Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More Paul Weller - Wake Up The Nation Wild Beasts - Two Dancers Kit Downes Trio - Golden Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can Dizzee Rascal - Tongue N’ Cheek Foals - Total Life Forever I Am Kloot - Sky At Night The xx - xx
If you've jumped into Beastonia at least once over the past few weeks, then you've undoubtedly come across my ravings and "oh my god wow"posts surorunding last month's The Creators Project launch event in NYC. Well kiddos, us big applers aren't the only ones allowed to have fun in a creative way. Next up is London-town, and VICE, Intel and Jetsetter want to send you and a friend. That. Is. Awesome.
The Creators Project descends unto London's Victoria House on Saturday, July 17. It will be an epic day of art and performances worth trekking across the globe for. Understandable that arranging a last minute vacation wanders far into the lands of fantasy for most, so VICE and Intel and the lovely humanitarians at Jetsetter are offering up a pair of tickets, travel AND two nights at a hotel during the London event to one fortunate soul living in the United States.
ENTER HERE. (contest closes on Monday July 12...so do it now!)
Kelis doing La Roux's In For the Kill? Yes, please and thank you. Almost kind of wish this was her song to begin with, because her husky vocals fit this acoustic version like a glove. Then again, maybe its because I'm also in a major love-fest with her new album, Flesh Tone. Read TLC Blog's review of the album here.
This seems almost like an inevitable production, right? After last year's Quix and Elliot "Biggie vs Tupac vs The xx" discovery, I suppose it was only a matter of time before some soul went and ingested the licks of the greatest rapper ever while simultaneously eating up The xx's entire debut album, only to pour out a full mashup album of the pair. Oh hello, Wait What, let's see what you have in store.
San Francisco producer, Wait What, pumps out a minimialistic mash session between The xx's entire self-titled debut album with a handful of the best of Biggie tracks. While it's no "omg whoa!" product like The Grey Album, the set, in it's entirety, is a smooth listening trek that soothes and spins like some sort of eccentric ingenuity.
Many kids got psyched for the Biggie vs Miley mash of '09, but if you're looking for something tamer, and in this beastly opinion, much easier to digest, I suggest giving any of these tracks a go. The Notorious xx is available as a full free album download here.
Stream it right underneath this sentence...or grab two of our favorite cuts from this mashed mix below.
Each month, we look forward to the second Friday of said calendar set, not only because it's usually payday (yeah!) but also because The FADER puts on their One Step Beyond party up at the American Museum of Natural History. We've caught a ton of rad acts there over the past few months, and this week's soiree promises to be equally rad.
As you've no doubt gathered from the post title and flyer up above, this Friday March 12 sees the spectacular trio of The Very Best, Theophilus London and Ninjasonik taking to the Rose Center space-atarium at the museum. (buy your tickets here)
You've probably also noticed the "win tickets" portion up there, so let's quit yapping and give you the stuff you need to know in order to come hang on Friday.
Want to win a pair of tickets to this Friday's gig? Here's what you need to do.
First, start by following me on twitter, even though you probably already are, cause you know it's the right thing to do. Secondly, copy and paste the below tweet and send it to me.
yo @sheenabeaston, it would be "out of this world" if you gave me tix for friday @atAMNH with @realTheVeryBest @TheophilusL and @ninjasonik
Do as above and you're entered to win! Winners will be notified via Direct Message. Contest is only open until this Thursday, March 11 at 5pm, so be quick on the twitt!
In case you haven't noticed over the past 6 months or so, I've been attempting to make a beast of an effort to bring more in-depth coverage and insight to each post. In the past, I'll be the first to admit that most of the material within would simply be a hot track or remix with no supporting or relevant information other than my raves about "how rad it was".
And then along came Keljet today. Messing up everything I've been striving to achieve, in terms of robustly-informational pieces.
Here's what we know: Keljet are an electro/house duo from the Netherlands, consisting of one DJ and one guitarplayer. They've just finished a new remix and they think we just might like it!
Last Wednesday, one of our beloved Swedes came through Brooklyn with her emotions on her sleeve, ready to wring them out on a wanting audience. And while I sadly could not make the El Perro Del Mar's performance at the Knitting Factory, thankfully, we've got some video that will ease the pain of a missed moment.
While we remain infatuated with the sound of Sarah Assbring's voice, there is something positively enchanting as she tackles The XX's Shelter. The original song was already dripping with mesmerizing emotions, and Assbring only ups the wow factor with a flawless live cover.
Watch the sensational presentation now.
El Perro Del Mar continue on their North American tour with stop at the following cities.
February 23 -- Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN February 26 -- The Triple Door – Seattle, WA February 27 -- Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC February 28 -- Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR March 2 -- Café du Nord – San Francisco, CA March 3 -- Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA
Miss me? I yearned for you and some new music news, but the extended 3-day break from the site (and life, in general) was warmly welcomed on these tired bones.
Up and at 'em!
Beaston-faves, The Fire and Reason, play Mercury Lounge tomorrow, Tuesday January 26. They go on at 7pm and are opening for Ebony Bones (ticket info here). The duo has also released a new, exclusive track for us to hear. Grab Crawl below.
Florence + The Machine has already started working on tracks, which she describes as "heavier" and "punkier" than her debut. Like Lungs, the album is being produced by Paul Epworth, who has worked with the likes of Primal Scream, Bloc Party and The Rapture. Read and watch more here.
Enigmatic YouTube-user, iamamiwhoami, is back with a 3rd installment of their mysterious videos. Latest guesses still swirl around Goldfrapp, Christina Aguilera, and now include The Knife (in regards to their Darwin-opera) and now The Golden Filter. Have a guess? Let us know after watching here.
Speaking of the London electropop-pair, Goldfrapp officially release first single, Rocket, from upcoming album, Head First. It leaked last week, and I'd be and idiot to post up the hi-qual mp3...instead, stream it here.
Crookers continue to promote the heck out of their upcoming LP, Tons of Friends, by offering up another free cut from the album. Grab the Steed Lord-featuring track, Transilvania, over at RCRD LBL.
Starting the work week off on a Tuesday should be a practice instituted forever. It makes for miles of smiles knowing that there's no case of the Mondays here in Beastonia.
Just because we lost a day, doesn't mean we skip a bea[s]t. And on we roll...
Major Lazer announce a spring tour throughout the States. A limited number of tickets have been held for a special presale that begins today at noon. Go here to purchase.
Little Boots reveals the fourth and final part of her "laser harp building" mini-documentary. Members of her site (or sign up, it's free!) can log-in here and view the new video.
Tom Caruana threw together a mashed album titled Enter the Magical Mystery Chambers which pits Wu-Tang Clan versus The Beatles. It's available as a free download here.
Greek DJ, NTEIBINT (which is apparently pronounced "David" via Greek wordplay), has done a shifty and nifty remix of Micachu and The Shapes' song Lips. I'm giving it away for free below.
The XX limited gatefold edition of their spectacular debut album is now available. Limited to just 500 copies worldwide, and created in celebration of the band's Sculpture of an Album exhibition, this very special release has been hand-numbered and signed by the band. Get on it quick and order here.