Moby to sell personal record collection for charity

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Dance music legend, Moby, will put his entire record collection up for sale on June 14, with all of the profits going to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a research and advocacy group that seeks alternatives to animal testing and cruelty.

This is Moby’s second considerable fundraising attempt on the PCRM non-profit’s account, following April’s sale of over 100 of his musical instruments and equipment via Reverb. Moby himself has long been an outspoken vegan and animal rights advocate.

Moby’s record collection purportedly contains a prolific amount of 80s and 90s techno, house, and hip-hop–with many of the records displaying handwritten insignias which Moby used to direct himself through his live DJ sets.

“These are all the records that I bought and loved and played and carried all around the world,” Moby explains in a promotional video. “I would rather you have them than me, because if you have them, you’ll play them. You’ll love them. And the money will go to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. So everybody wins. Well, except me, because now I don’t have any records.”

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Best Albums Of 2018…So Far

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It brings me an ample amount of joy to make the following statement; 2018 is the best year dance music has had in a long time. Since the EDM bubble blew up in the late 2000s and the commercial and mainstream takeover we’ve seen in the 2010s, there has been a noticeable decline in the

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Moby throws shade at Kanye on Twitter

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After a wave of Tweets demonstrating continued support for Donald Trump, Kanye West was sure to rankle some on social media. Among them is Moby, the world-famous electronic producer and known activist who, as of late, has largely advocated against the U.S. President.

In response to a number of West’s tweets, Moby utilized the same platform to send him message:

According to Pop Crave, West’s comments created a negative ripple among other artists with significant influence, including Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, and more, who have recently un-followed him on Twitter.

West hasn’t taken to the platform in regards to Trump, though his erratic tirade of Tweets continues. Here’s a few of West’s pro-Trump Tweets below:

 

MUST LISTEN: Moby performs old classics & entire new LP in new Boiler Room live set

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Boiler Room has, at last, shared its special live broadcast from Rough Trade New York with Moby. Off the heels of his politically-charged new LP, Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt, Moby took the stage by storm.

He defies the odds of the what it means to throw down in the Boiler Room and instead delivered the album in its entirety with a live band. It’s a riveting, near-two-hour performance that blows through the classics of his 1999 album Play, as well as everything in between, which will shall serve as a reminder of his dance legacy for many years to come.

Moby Pens WSJ Op-Ed Arguing That Food Stamps Shouldn’t Pay For Junk Food

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Moby has written an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more commonly referred to as food stamps. As the current administration debates over funding and the future make-up of the program, the musician has weighed in on what he sees as the benefits and downsides … More »

A$AP Rocky samples Moby’s iconic ‘Porcelain’ on sound cultural crossover, ‘A$AP Forever’

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“Gang, Gang, Gang!” the Harlem boy turned stonecold bars-killer A$AP Rocky cries out as Moby‘s orchestral grandiosity begins to fill in. “They talkin’ down on the gang, They wanna rep with the name, but this ain’t no regular name,” he continues as the halcyon antidote swells, meeting copious handclaps along the way.

It would seem that, like Moby, A$AP Rocky hopes to be an object of cultural permanence, making a difference in the lives of adolescence today just as Moby, electronic dance, and hip-hop had in the late ’70s, ’80s, and 90s when the genres and artist flourished in cutting edge capacity.

Perhaps, however, it’s simpler than that. Maybe A$AP Rocky really just wants a kid from the Bronx to listen to Moby.

“I like Moby — Moby’s dope,” he’s simply explained in the past. Regardless of the reasoning or an entire lack of depth entirely, when a new NYC virtuoso turns a classic anthem into a hip-hop hummer it’s ultimately inevitable that he’ll be met with side eyes, smirks, maybe even a little disgust. Though to little surprise, A$AP and his production are in top form on his heavily Moby-sampled “A$AP Forever.”

It’s an intelligible thesis where the rapper belts outs his feelings on his embedded cultural ubiquity, speaking for the entirety of hip-hop despite mentioning just his gang over and over. In doing so, he forces lovers of the classic onwards and upwards. This is for the kids, he tells us. Rap is the future. It’s punk rock and it’s here to stay. Who really knows if anybody will remember either of the two artists in 100 years. But with “A$AP Forever” a new generation of youth today will discover Moby, and that, sometimes that’s all music needs to do. Save from disrespect, Rocky does Moby justice, even fading out entirely, allowing “Porcelain” to play out for more than the last minute. If this is the direction Rocky’s undertaken with his rumored new album still looming he’s surely cementing the likelihood that we’ll all be saying “A$AP Forever.”

Watch A Video For A$AP Rocky’s Moby-Sampling “A$AP Forever” And See Him Debut It On Fallon

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A$AP Rocky has been trickling out new music for a few months now, but most of those songs felt like demos or rough sketches. As of recently he seems to be moving into more of a proper album rollout. He shared the BlocBoy JB collab “Bad Company” late last month, and last night he … More »

Moby – “This Wild Darkness” Video

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Last year, electronic veteran Moby surprised us with an album with his new band the Void Pacific Choir called More Fast Songs About The Apocalypse. From that we heard tracks like “In This Cold Place” which, contrary to the upbeat tempo and colorful animation, posed existential questions like, “Who will take the place … More »

Watch the trailer for ‘What We Started,’ starring Carl Cox, Tiësto, Martin Garrix and more

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Leads of WHAT WE STARTED, Carl Cox and Martin Garrix meet for the first time - (c) Bert Marcus Productions

Recent converts to electronic music in the last few years may not realize exactly what has transpired in the last half decade or so. The short of it is essentially a massive worldwide overhaul in dance music’s popularity — one that happened seemingly overnight. Dance music completely transformed from a historically underground network to a colossal entertainment subset that’s raking in nearly $10 billion globally every year, and growing. On a cosmic scale, it all happened in a snap, but a new documentary, What We Started, aims to dive deep into dance music history over the last 30 years and examine exactly how we got to where we are today.

What We Started is set to bow in Miami on March 22, followed by a New York premiere the next day, and finally show on March 29 in Los Angeles. The new feature, co-directed by Bert Marcus and Cyrus Saidi, offers in-depth interviews with industry pioneers including Carl CoxTiësto, Moby, and Pete Tong, juxtaposed by the trajectory of bright new torch-carriers like Martin Garrix and discussions with frequent dance music contributors like Ed Sheeran and Usher.

Stitched together by archived footage from the rave scenes of the 1980’s and 90’s, What We Started may provide an important history lesson with informed look back at where this all came from, and perhaps a hopeful look at where we might be going from here.

Moby claims that CIA approached him about the Trump–Russia dossier

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Earlier in the year, after Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, Moby claimed to know insider information regarding Trump’s ties to Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

“After spending the weekend talking to friends who work in dc i can safely(well, ‘accurately’…) post the following things” posted Moby to Instagram back in February, “1-the russian dossier on trump is real. 100% real. he’s being blackmailed by the russian government, not just for being peed on by russian hookers, but for much more nefarious things. 2-the trump administration is in collusion with the russian government, and has been since day one.”

Moby’s diatribe continued for two more points, concluding by saying “these are truly baffling and horrifying times, as we have an incompetent president who is essentially owned by a foreign power.”

In a recent interview with Kyle Meredith of WFPK.org Moby has certified his previous claims about Trump, Consequence reports.

“Yeah, so years of touring and spending time in DC and New York, I’ve managed to make a few friends in the intelligence community. And I guess this is about a year ago, we were having dinner and they were really concerned — partially based,” says the electronic pioneer in the interview, “not to go too much into the weeds — this Fusion GPS report on Trump essentially being run as a Russian agent. And these are some active and former CIA agents who… they’re truly concerned”.

“Just imagine how much more dangerous he would be if he was intelligent and had emotional impulse control,” concludes Moby. “I’m really grateful that, if we’re going to have a tyrant, at least let him be stupid and incompetent.”

Photo Credit: NPR

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