HBO releases Game of Thrones inspired LP, ‘For The Throne’

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HBO and Columbia Records have released For The Throne (Music Inspired by the HBO Series Game of Thrones), just in time for fans to indulge right before the final season’s third episode airs on April 28. The album features from some of music’s biggest artists, including The Weeknd, SZA, Travis Scott, The Lumineers, A$AP Rocky, Lil Peep, Maren Morris, and more. The LP boasts 14 total tracks, each of which bears its own distinctive voice and stylistic influences. Track names like “Power is Power,” “Hollow Crown,” and “Too Many Gods” find their inspiration from characters and plot-lines that Game of Thrones viewers will recognize, and certainly appreciate.

Game of Thrones previously enlisted the help of the music world for various collaborations, which prompted cameos from Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Sigur Rós, and the infamous “Rains of Castamere,” as recorded by The National. The most recent original song, “Jenny of Oldstones,” was written by Florence and the Machine for the eighth and final season. The song shattered Shazam’s all-time record —previously held by Adele’s “Hello”— after it debuted during Episode Two’s ending credits.

For The Throne is available both digitally and in vinyl. The collection comes in 11 different vinyl configurations. Listeners will have the choice of nine different variants, with each representing a house crest. There is also a fire and ice stylized configuration, as well as a standard.

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Ellie Goulding, Lil Peep, SZA, The Weeknd, and more to be featured on new ‘Game of Thrones’-inspired album

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As anticipation for the April 14 premiere of the eighth season of Game of Thrones continues to swell, HBO and Columbia Records have announced a whole new angle to the excitement: the forthcoming release of a GoT-inspired album.

For The Throne (Music Inspired by the HBO Series Game of Thrones) will make its debut less than two weeks after the season’s premiere, featuring brand-new tracks from some of the music industry’s biggest names, including A$AP Rocky, Chloe x Halle, Ellie Goulding, Jacob Banks, James Arthur, Joey Bada$$, Lennon Stella, Lil Peep, The Lumineers, Maren Morris, Muse’s Matthew Bellamy, Mumford & Sons, The National, Rosalia and A.Chal, SZA, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign, and X Ambassadors.

While a track list has yet to be released, the album’s iTunes page shows that the compilation will feature 14 songs. The physical album will feature 11 different vinyl versions: nine cover variants representing each house crest, one color variant with fire- and ice-colored vinyl, and one standard.

For the Throne is expected to drop April 26. Fans can pre-order their copy here.

Travis Scott, Anderson .Paak, Kaskade, James Blake lead Made In America lineup

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Made in America has festival released its 2019 lineup, featuring headlining acts Travis Scott and Cardi B under the spotlight at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. On the second tier, Kaskade, James Blake, Anderson .Paak, Juice WRLD, Kodak Black, The Free Nationals, Bazzi, Jorja Smith, Blueface, and Pink Sweat$ will also be supporting the music festival curated by Jay-Z in the city of brotherly love.

The Roc Nation-produced festival has been a persistent Labor Day festivity since its debut in 2012. Since its inception, the festival has raised $103 million for the city. This year, proceeds will go to American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and REFORM ALLIANCE, Jay and Meek Mill‘s criminal justice reform organization.

TIDAL subscribers have access to perks along the way, such as ticket pre-sale from April 2 to April 4, fast-track entrance to the festival, artist meet and greets, and specialty merchandise. The festival will also be available for steam on TIDAL.

H/t: Complex

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Travis Scott, more mixtapes, and an eye on the copy cats: seven things we learned from Flume’s recent Reddit AMA

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Travis Scott, more mixtapes, and an eye on the copy cats: seven things we learned from Flume’s recent Reddit AMAFlume Performing At Festival

Recently Flume stopped by Reddit for an AMA (ask me anything) with fans. The Q&A couldn’t have come at a more opportune time, taking place shortly after the release of Hi, This is Flumea surprise visual mixtape that essentially halted electronic music in its tracks on March 20. The AMA also came after the Grammy Award-winning beatsmith, born Harley Streten, was announced as a headliner at this year’s iteration of Lollpalooza. After abruptly ending his production hiatus with a momentous new mixtape that seemingly came out of nowhere, fans’ questions were understandably stacking up, and luckily Flume was there to answer a handful of questions—hyping what should be a banner year for the Aussie experimentalist.

The AMA was even the release platform for an additional new surprise track, “Friends” featuring Reo Cragum. Though, with the loads of exciting information alluded to in the online Q&A, it’s nail down the best part. Here are Dancing Astronaut’s top seven highlights from Flume’s Reddit AMA:

A Travis Scott collaboration could materialize.

One of the most common questions in the AMA thread was about collaborators. Flume has always been a highly collaborative artist—hearing him wrap his effortlessly fluid production style round different artists is a major element of his appeal. But one fan specifically asked Streten about his thoughts on Travis Scott and if he thought a collaboration was viable. Flume’s answer reflected interest in collaborating with the “Sicko Mode” rapper, who also has a penchant for innovative sounds. Since the two are already connected on social media, Flume suggested a link could actually materialize.

More mixtapes like Hi, This is Flume are on the way

The day Hi, This is Flume landed, the overwhelming nature of music’s collective reaction made it hard to tell—was this actually another showstopper from a once-in-a-generation talent or were people just really starved for new Flume? As it turns out…both. But something about the mixtape’s surprise roll out suggested more was underway from the Skin producer, and during the AMA he confirmed he plans of delivering additional mixtapes and this spring’s project wasn’t just a one-off home run.

Expect Flume to strike a different balance going forward

Occasionally artists need to create for themselves, not their audiences. It seems counter-intuitive in some ways, but after two full length records and the never-ending press junkets and tours that ensue, Flume needed to take a break, then ultimately come back and make one for himself. When asked if he’ll continue to lean in this heavily experimental artistic direction, Streten suggested he’s going to cover, “Both ends of the spectrum baby.” Expect chart-toppers like “Never Be Like You” to rub shoulders with more unconventional cuts like “Daze 22.00” more often going forward.

Imitation is the highest form of flattery

Back to the notion of one for the fans, one for the artist. Flume’s self-titled debut LP, and his sophomore follow up, Skin are rife with fearless experimentation and avant-gardism, but his recent mixtape delivery was a decided departure in style from his first two long plays. When asked about the stylistic switch-up, Flume gave a succinct, yet telling answer. “I get bored, I can’t do the same thing over and over so [I’m] forced to change. Also people copy me,” replies the “Helix” producer. Flume is often credited by fans as the father of the future bass genre, essentially creating it and then allowing it to permeate into something relatively different from his own sound over time. Flume himself however doesn’t take much credit for pioneeringanything on his own, though here he gives a rare acknowledgement to the copy cats in his answer, suggesting he’s aware of the competition and he’s clearly still two steps ahead of them.

Flume and Arca would be a match made in heaven

The obligatory AMA question about dream collaborations inevitably had to come up, but in classic Flume fashion, the answer wasn’t some legendary songwriter or heavyweight vocalist. Flume reveals his dream collaborator to be Arca, which, when said out loud makes total sense. The pair would be two peas in the same experimental pod. Arca, known for credits on Kanye West‘s Yeezus and Björk‘s Utopia would be an obvious complement to Flume’s production style—hoping this one actually manifests in the future.

Ideas flowed easily on mixtape, but attention to detail made production more complicated

The caliber of detail packed into Hi, This Is Flume is staggering. From the mixtape’s teeming tracklist to the visualizer’s vibrant optical complements, the project was an exercise in free expression. While Streten admits the ideas flowed more easily on the recent mixtape, operating completely under one’s own creative direction means the attention to detail is magnified on a molecular level. Despite Hi, This is Flume being a liberating project to create, having the label at his back on his first two LP’s to provide creative direction and feedback, actually made the construction of Flume’s first two albums easier than making a mixtape solo.

Obligatory advice from one of electronic music’s current greats

Throughout the entire AMA, Flume maintains that his sound, his aesthetic, and ultimately his success has all been the product of relentless tinkering. Just boundless trail and error sessions that have, over time, molded one of electronic music’s brightest torch carriers. When asked to offer advice to an online forum full of fans and aspiring producers, Flume kept it simple and sweet. “Find your own production tricks/techniques. Download the most random plugins.” One size doesn’t fit all, according to Streten. The next Flume won’t come from someone trying to make the next “Holdin’ On”—rather, the next Flume should be the first of an entirely different species of producer.

Atlantic City is starting to see a resurgence behind new venue’s push for top talent and programming

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Before Las Vegas became the mecca for blockbuster DJ residencies at posh mega clubs, Atlantic City reigned supreme. The East Coast entertainment and tourism hub’s rich history began well before it became the first city outside of Nevada to offer legal gambling. Though over time, Atlantic City’s booming commercial appeal faltered, and at point of the city’s steepest decline, Vegas caught on to the global EDM boom, and the world’s top rap and dance talents all started vying for valuable residency slots at some of the hottest club properties in the country.

Atlantic City, once the home Caesar’s Palace, Bally’s, and more, may have fallen on hard times, but that doesn’t mean that the enduring entertainment hotspot has not hung on. Now, it seems the little engine that could may be picking up some steam once again. The city has remained an East Coast entertainment center point behind clubs like Hard Rock’s emerging DAER concept. The new indoor/outdoor hybrid, championed by the Hard Rock brand’s deep musical legacy, has been drawing in top-tier talent since it opened in June 2018, programming a state of the art venue that manages to capture big room energy and an intimate feel all at once.

DAER, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, has staked its claim on the national club circuit with major bookings including Drake, Tiësto, Alesso, Travis Scott, Above & Beyond, and more in its first months in business. The secret ingredient to DAER’s success though comes from venerated industry talent that has quietly migrated away from current social hotspots to head back to the East Coast and ignite Atlantic City’s resurgence. Former Hakkasan figures have brought their know-how to New Jersey and Atlantic City’s restoration seems to be underway. If DAER is the comparative barometer for what the boardwalk could eventually go back to, things are going to start looking up for the East Coast club scene. DAER hasn’t even had a full trip around the sun yet, but a recap of the club’s first six months in operation shows Atlantic City’s exciting comeback starting to materialize, largely behind what could likely become one of the most in-demand clubs in the country.

 

Louis Futon delivers kaleidoscopic debut album, ‘Way Back When’

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A cacophony of trumpets coalesces with the warm notes of a saxophone to pierce the silence on “The Beginning,” an attention-grabbing, aptly titled number that opens Louis Futon’s debut album, Way Back When. Inherently dynamic, Futon has long treated listeners to his forward thinking remixes, to place his own idiosyncratic spins on other artists’ offerings, like James Blake‘s “Retrograde,” and Travis Scott‘s “Wake Up.” Now, Futon channels his creative efforts into an extended, 14-track showing that radiates the bright, buoyant personality characteristic of a Futon single.

Way Back When engages listeners from start to finish in its unpredictability, and the fun that Futon evidently had when engineering the debut project is audible in each song of the album. The bold instrumental components of “The Beginning” are crisp commencers that yield to the twinkling synths and comparatively syrupy pace of the album’s second song, “Surreal.” Delightfully kaleidoscopic in the nature of its cuts, Way Back When dabbles in the vocal-centric on “Rewind,” with the bubbly assistance of Ashe and Armani White. Futon melds playful tones with glitchy arrangement on “Supposed To Be,” to craft a rhythmically oriented joint, accented with DUCKWRTH delivered hip-hop verses. Way Back When traverses distinctive sonic territories across its 14 comprising cuts, to emerge as a highly developed debut project that is duly diverse in its sound, and cohesive.

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Watch Travis Scott take the Grammys stage with James Blake, Mike Dean, and more

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Travis Scott was electric at 2019’s Grammy Awards, performing a selection of tracks from his latest album Astroworld. To kick things off, the Houston-born phenomenon rattled off “Stop Trying To Be God” with featured artist James Blake. They also had assistance from Earth, Wind & Fire members as well as producer Mike Dean, who aided in creating a smooth, melodic aura that was quickly interrupted by the intro for Scott’s “No Bystanders,” panning to a large cage containing an elevated Scott. It’s safe to say that utter craziness proceeded to ensue, as a mixture of fans and stuntmen charged the stage for some mosh pits and cage dancing to close out.

The 26-year-old rapper received two nominations for single “SICKO MODE” featuring Drake and one for best rap album. Scott is also featuring on Blake’s latest project Assume Form, which Dancing Astronaut reviewed here.

Mac Miller’s parents to attend Grammy Awards ceremony on late rapper’s behalf

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If Mac Miller secures the 2019 Grammy for “Best Rap Album” for Swimming, the award will be accepted by late rapper’s parents, who will attend the awards ceremony in Miller’s memory. The annual ceremony and the biggest night in music will return to Los Angeles’ Staples Center on February 10, where Alicia Keys will be playing host.

Miller’s fifth studio showing, Swimming, had been considered one of the rapper’s most visceral to date, exploring themes of mental health that stood out from older released. He passed not long after that, further amplifying the themes set in his record. The LP will compete with productions from four other hip hop entities, Cardi B‘s Invasion Of Privacy, Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap, Pusha T‘s Daytona, and Travis Scott‘s Astroworld.

View the list of 2019 Grammy Award nominees, here.

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Travis Scott, Big Boi to perform alongside Maroon 5 at 2019 Super Bowl

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It’s official: Travis Scott will be in “Super Bowl” Mode for Super Bowl LIII. After flirting with the possibility of a Travis Scott guest performance for several months, Super Bowl halftime show organizers have now confirmed that the Astroworld album-maker will appear alongside previously announced halftime headliner, Maroon 5. Fellow rapper Big Boi is also slated to join Scott and Maroon 5.

Scott’s Super Bowl booking comes after philanthropic collaboration between Scott and the NFL, who will collectively donate $500,000 to “social justice accelerator,” Dream Corps. “I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in,” Scott said in a statement that followed formal announcement of his entertainment confirmation. “I know being an artist that it’s in my power to inspire. So before confirming the Super Bowl Halftime performance, I made sure to partner with the NFL on this important donation. I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change,” Scott added.

A source close to the “Sicko Mode” artist told Billboard that Scott’s participation in the halftime show was contingent upon the NFL’s agreement to contribute a donation to Dream Corps. Many artists rejected the NFL’s Super Bowl 2019 halftime show bids, including Rihanna, Jay-Z, Adele, and Cardi B, each of whom reportedly rejected the entertainment offer to show solidarity to prior San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel during the National Anthem in “protest against police brutality” in 2016. Storied and dedicated in his efforts to to bring attention to the issue of police brutality in the nation for many years preluding Kaepernick’s on-field opposition, JAY-Z supposedly attempted to dissuade Scott from accepting a halftime slot at Super Bowl 2019 prior to Scott’s confirmation.

Photo credit: ABC News

H/T: Noisey

Boston Calling reveals 10th anniversary lineup

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Boston Calling revealed its 10th anniversary lineup, featuring some of the biggest names in the industry and premier headliners such as Travis Scott, Twenty One Pilots, and Tame Impala. Other big names to grace the northeastern sonic get-together include ODESZA, Logic, Greta Van Fleet, Anderson .Paak, Hozier, Janelle Monáe, Sheck Wes, and many more. With an eclectic lineup combining carefully selected acts in hip-hop, rock, and electronic music, Boston Calling tempers the array of sounds by including comedy acts such as Michael Che, Jenny Slate, and Fred Armisen.

Other electronic acts thrown in the mix include Mura Masa, a DJ set from Chromeo, Snakehips, and other various troupes that utilize strong synth protagonists. The event is embedded in prime-time festival season, May 24-26, at the Harvard Athletic Complex. Click here for tickets.

 

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