Invigorating 18-minute documentary on the state of electronic music in Detroit today. What the culture was like in its infancy, and comments about where it is now and its future. Commentary from Mike Huckaby, Kyle Hall, Brendan Gillen, and a few more awesome guys. Viva la Detroit!
Movement 2011 was another success. The organizers (Paxahau) boast another record in sales this year. Attendance to the event more than doubled in 2011 than in 2005, the first year tickets had to be purchased in order to attend. This year, 99,282 tickets were reported to be sold. Luckily, not everyone showed up to the festival at once seeing as Hart Plaza can only hold some 40,000 people. 😉
My favorite acts this year didn’t deviate far from the Red Bull Music Academy stage. I was first introduced to Beardyman at Ultra Music Festival in Miami earlier this year and wasn’t disappointed by his performance at Movement. One of the best acts in Detroit this year. I’ll stick my neck out to say that. Right before Beardyman, Eliot Lipp put on a set that had an awkward beginning, something more out of a festival in the 50s I’d imagine (lots of old tunes), but he realized that he was in Detroit after all and it’s the year 2011 so quickly he picked up the pace of his set and finished out strong. Though I was weak from dancing so much by the end of it.
Innocently walking by the Movement: Torino stage, I was caught up in the sounds Dabura was blasting at an ear-popping volume but I stayed just long enough to be able to hear something other than a monotonous ringing for the rest of the day. Anthony Attalla, of course, didn’t leave anyone not in a sweat, even himself after his 2 hour 15 minute set underground on the Made In Detroit stage, one of my favorites! Fatboy Slim closed out the festival with a mix of the new and the old. But definitely the jamming. And I was very impressed with MiMOSA‘s energy on stage. I think he was loving moving more than the crowd (but don’t doubt that the crowd wasn’t sweaty and lovin’ it). Flying Lotus had an awesome set but due to time-constraints finished a little weak.
Still on the way, interview with Fatboy Slim and videos of select few sets. Enjoy the photos till then. 😉 Photographs are all in chronological order (some good ones of MiMOSA and Flying Lotus are toward the back!). Photos are only from Sunday and Monday as I was out of town the first day of the festival. So sad to have missed Hudson Mohawke twice now…
pssst. Click on the photo to go to the slideshow…!
Movement, better known as D.E.M.F.!
Mmm feeling good after Movement, Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival. Got lots of great photos and even better video. We’ve got all that on the way including an interview with Fatboy Slim and hopefully Carl Craig and Anthony Attalla on the way. Check back soon!
So after a long 4 weeks in Southeast Asia (including some travels around the place) I’ve come to find there is no music scene in Vietnam. It just plain doesn’t exist. Bob Dylan (pronounced Dye-Lohn by the Viets) did play here a few weeks ago which was pretty monumental considering he’s never played in Saigon and never thought he would. On the other hand I talked to a Viet that was excitedly awaiting the Backstreet Boys to come in concert. I ask, “have they even come out with a new album lately?” To which the Viet (name, Vuy) shrugs his shoulder and replies, “I dunno, I don’t think so?” I have to admit, this made me chuckle.
But besides that and on the serious side, music isn’t encouraged here nor are the Viets exposed to any incredible influences like many in the West are. If you’re in an environment where good music is all around and there are plenty opportunities to play, one might try the guitar, drums, etc. and realize they’re good at it and it gives them great pleasure to keep playing. Here, that doesn’t happen often and also on the sad side, many people have to worry themselves more with finding the next day’s meal than to spend that money on an instrument. Plus, when is there the time to play when you have to work? Children begin work here as soon as they learn how to walk (in some certain sad cases).
Thailand was a different story. Plenty of music there though I won’t quote whether it was good or bad. I’m sure there is good music there, but I didn’t hear any of it. Though the music I did hear was on Khaosan Rd. and many people aren’t in a state to keep an organized band going there… 😉 Though Thailand was much influenced by the West in the 60s and 70s when many American soldiers would vacation there during their time off in the army thus bringing a lot of the hippie culture and music scene to the Thai. You’ll see many older Thai counterparts of former 60s and 70s rockers who jammed to Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Deep Purple, etc.
I really wish I had more music to report on, but trust me, I’m starved for it here myself. Detroit in 5 days! Can’t wait! Immediately going to go see Zoos of Berlin with Deadbeat Beat and then DEMF! It’s going to be epic. More news on what will be with the den at that time. Till then, enjoy the good omens from my first day (first minutes) in Vietnam,
Phew, this is the one year mark for the den and like I’ve been alluding the last and final show until further notice. To celebrate and to end, I’ve put together a list of classic electronic songs in the first half hour of the first hour. And I went with my better judgement and left Darude – Sandstorm outta the equation. 😛
The third hour I’ve been meaning to compile for a while. It’s all the music on my external hard drive that I grabbed while on my travels in Europe. Some good and interesting stuff on there!
Look for updates on music in Vietnam, generally in southeast Asia.
Third hour is all mashups. Just played out two albums in their entirety. The first from one of the greatest hip hop producers Detroit has ever seen – J Dilla (member of Slum Village) and The Beach Boys. Expertly done by Bullion, the album is truly something unique. The second mashup just came out this year, for fans of the Black Keys or Big Boi (member of Outkast), check it!
Yummy tunes the first two hours. Pay attention to Matthew Dear, Claude Vonstroke, Duck Sauce, Ruxpin, and Madvillain.
No One Knows (Queens Of The Stone Age)
Watch The Ride
Lay Of The Land
Electronic Music From The Swedish Leftcoast
David Amo & Julio Navas Pres. Paco Maroto
Back 2 Basics
Coming From Tha D, Installment: Ghettotech
Dizzee Rascal & Armand Van Helden
Tongue ‘n’ Cheek
Limelite Drum Machine: Original
Deq Detroit Electronic Quarterly
Call Me When You Get There
Legends Of Electro
Pressure (w/Wajeed ft. Ta’Raach)
Hooligans (VIP Mix)
Won’t Go Quietly
Force Of Suction
Mesmerizing The Ultra
I Created Disco
Apollo-Gize (Final Mix)
I Thought I Was Over That
What’s The Altitude
Cut Chemist ft. Hymnal
The Audience’s Listening
The Flame of Fame EP
Like You Said
Who’s Afraid Of Detroit
Beware Of The Bird
Hour 3 – Mashup hour. First half = J Dilla/The Beach Boys [Pet Sounds – The Key of Dee]
Second half = Big Boi and The Black Keys [The Brothers of Chico Dusty]
Finally getting a bit caught up on the wordpress… Still no luck on the computer, haven’t been able to retrieve many files (namely the track listing for the two previous shows) but luckily this week I have a track listing as I made the show from WDET and haven’t lost the external that all that information is on (knock on wood).
Fleece On Brain
Songs On The Rocks
Circus Company/Get Physical Music
Etage Noir Recordings
Kidsos (Wippenberg Mix)
Roads Become Rivers (Rivers Become Oceans – Four Tet Remix)
Domino Recording Company Ltd.
Slowdance (How To Dress Well Séance)
Happy Up Here (Breakbot Remix)
Wall of Sound
Kontor Records, Moonbootique Recordings
Fabryka Hitów (Lux Ferro Remix)
Remixed In Poland
Abteilung Ton (5Felix Rennefeld Remix)
From Saturday To Sunday vol 5
Oi Oi Oi
Last Gang Records, Turbo
Hide And Seek In Geisha’s Garden
Get Physical Music
After School Special
Detroit Grand Pubahs
Funk All Y’all
The Audience’s Listening
Warner Bros. Records
Center of Gravity
Over The Ice
From Here We Go Sublime
Play It Again Sam (PIAS)
I Know There’s An Answer
J Dilla/The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds – The Key of Dee
Not On Label
MmmHmm (feat. Thundercat)
Party With Children
Shot In The Dark
Manifest (Desert Dwellers Remix)
Six Degrees Records
Jump Up feat. Leftside & Supahyp (Co-Produced by the Crookers)
Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do
Downtown Music, Mad Decent
Arf (Bassnectar Remix)
Mesmerizing The Ultra [Disc 2]
Last Gang Records
One Pure Thought
Made In The Dark
Simian Mobile Disco
Attack Decay Sustain Release
Amazing (DJ Feel Instrumental Remix)
Airplay Records, Universal Music Strategic Marketing