Album Of The Week: ‘Random Access Memories’

png-3Congratulations to Daft Punk, whose “Random Access Memories” just won the Grammy for Album of the Year. The Grammy voters chose the most ambitious of the nominees, nearly 5 years in the making and utilizing a crowd of guest musicians from Nile Rogers to Panda Bear. And of course “Get Lucky” was at least tied with “Blurred Lines” for the song of the summer. It’s the Grammys’ Album of the Year and Slacker’s Album of the Week, listen as much as you want to “Random Access Memories” by Daft Punk.

Insiders Guide to Coachella 2013

Coachella 2013We are officially a week away from Coachella and the air is electric with excited anticipation and spastic preparations. This two-weekend festival (April 12-14 and April 19-21) is nestled in the heart of Palm Desert, California. And yes, temperatures typically net from sweaty to Ian Somerhalder smoldering. (Nothing a little deodorant, hand-sanitizer and breathable fabric can’t champion!)

Despite the unforgiving heat, this is one for the books. Coachella brings together a multitude of characters from strung-out celebrities to aristocratic hippies to desert vagabonds. There’s much to be heard and seen; like newly minted bands and the entire Urban Outfitters clothing line.

Insider tips for a good festival experience:

Shuttle it. The shuttle lines run across the scant desert streets and only cost $50-$80 for the weekend. Driving drunk is a rookie mistake. The shuttle wait times are minimal, and even if you decide to cuddle a cactus past pick-up time, you can always taxi back or enjoy the campground twilight festivities.

carpoolchellaCarpoolchella. In an effort to promote sustainability and such, GoldenVoice has a Carpoolchella giveaway with prizes like VIP tickets to Coachella for life. So, amass a group of festival goers, paint your Nissan with DayGlow pride, and be sure to write “CARPOOLCHELLA” for all to see.

10for1. This program lets thirsty but impoverished festival goers turn 10 empty water bottles into a free bottle of H20. Awesome.

Coachella The Do Lab The Do LaB. This attraction is a festival in and of itself. The Do LaB is an immersive music and art experience with a collection of underground artists streaming sick beats all day long. Water misters and hoses will cool you off while you rock your face off. This year’s lineup includes fan favorites like Gaslamp Killer, Lucent Dossier Experience, Goldrush and Kastle.

Plan it out. Coachella is a massive festival. Brush up on all the artists performing with the Coachella 2013 station and create a plan for who you want to see (but keep it flexible!). Pre-pick your meeting times and use landmarks like the Ferris Wheel for your meetup location. There’s nothing worse than missing an entire concert because you were searching for your friends the entire time. Also, reception is spotty, so timestamp your texts.

Who to see:

Headliners

Coachella 2013 lineup Coachella wouldn’t be Coachella without some monumental headline-age. This year mainstage monopolizers include Blur, The Stone Roses, Phoenix and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Prepare your thirsty ears for some epic tunes and major surprises thanks to these well-respected artists. (It’s even been rumored that Daft Punk will make a long overdue appearance during Phoenix’s set). As these bands need no introduction, let’s delve into some of the lesser known performers.

New Music

Whether you’re a seasoned vet or a newbie whose proverbial musical balls have yet to drop, you should leave room on your agenda to see some bands you’ve never heard of. Aside from experiencing fourth degree sunburns, Coachella is about celebrating music–new and not-so.

C2C – Not so new but relatively unknown, this french turntable group is legit. The style is a mix of funk, disco and electro. The group are 4-time winners of the Disco Mix Club World Team DJ Championship. If you like Glitch Mob and Pretty Lights, you might fall in love with these frenchmen.

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Jamie XXJamie Smith, aka Jamie XX, is an English music producer , remix artist and also ⅓ of the band The XX. His melodic tracks will leave you completely spellbound. His handiwork includes remixes for artists like Glasser, Florence + the Machine and Nosaj Thing. If you like the XX and Jamie Woon, be sure to check out Jamie XX.

Janelle Monáe – If you’re lucky enough you might just fall under the seductive entrapment of Miss Janelle Monáe. An American R&B and soul sensation, Monáe gained critical acclaim at the 53rd Grammy Awards for her The ArchAndroid (Suite II and III) album. She also lent her vocal acuity to Fun.’s smash hit “We are Young.” If you like Erykah Badu or Prince, be sure to check her out.

 

The NeighbourhoodWe can’t wait to see the Neighbourhood grace the dusty desert stage at this year’s Coachella. Part indie, part urban, part pop, this native Californian band shows a lot of promise. Lead singer Jesse Rutherford’s voice is as smooth as velvet. Check out their single “Sweater Weather,” we dare you to not listen to it on repeat.

 

Aesop RockAn underground hip hop legend, Ian Matthias Bavitz aka Aesop Rock, is a lyrical beast on the mic. Do yourself a solid and further your musical education with the thoughtful articulation of Aesop Rock. Never one to be predictable, he even paired up with folk goddess Kimya Dawson for the charming and evocative single “Delicate Cycle.”

Portugal. The ManThis Alaskan-grown band has been around for a fortnight, but hasn’t really hit the mainstream as hard as they should. Best described as psychedelic-rock, this innovative band definitely deserves a listening to. Check out their hauntingly delicious single “All Your Light” from their most recent album In the Mountain In the Cloud. If you like MGMT or Minus the Bear you’ll probably dig this ensemble.

Make Slacker’s new Coachella 2013 station your soundtrack over the next week to get in the Coachella frame of mind. Featuring all the headliners and artists performing at the festival all in one place- consider it homework.

This Week in Music News

Some sleeping giants wake from hibernation and the industry says goodbye to a legend in Motown highlight this weeks round up of music news.

Daft Punk Teases New Music and Album Cover
Daft Punk New HelmetsRumors of Daft Punk’s new record deal with Columbia, and subsequent new album, have been rampant for a while now. But as we all have come to realize over the past few years – a Daft Punk rumor is more common than pictures of food on Instagram. Gone were the days where rumblings of a tour ignited a public spaz attack full of high hopes and giddy expectation, which slowly progressed to the passing shrugs and a heard-it-before yawns in present day. So when the official Daft Punk Web site changed to a splash landing page showcasing their new album cover – the excitement was cautious, still afraid to believe it could be true. It was not until the french duo teased a mysterious trailer during Saturday Night Live that the social Web and collective electronic music fans across the globe went into a frenzy.

Daft Punk is back.  All is right with the world.

 

Miracles Founding Member Bobby Rogers Dead at 73Bobby Rogers
Bobby Rogers, a founding member of the soul group the Miracles, died on Sunday morning at the age of 73. Rogers and Smokey Robinson formed the Miracles with his cousin Claudette Rogers, Pete Moore and Ronnie White and were a staple in the Motown Empire after having met Berry Gordy Jr. in 1957.

The Miracles first hit “Shop Around” became the first Motown record to sell a million copies and their long catalog of classics included “You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me”, in which Rogers is best known for singing the two-part Harmony with Robinson. The group was induced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

 

David Bowie’s Streams New Album ‘The Next Day’ Before Release
David Bowie The Next Day David Bowie’s new album The Next Day is now streaming on iTunes. The stream will be up until the album’s release on March 12th. Earlier this year, Bowie surprised fans on January 8th,  his 66th birthday, with a video release of “Where Are We Now?”  – which was a surprise announcement for The Next Day, Bowie’s  first album since 2003’s Reality. Click here to listen to the album that many are already calling Bowie’s triumphant comeback.