Eric Prydz EPIC 5.0 has been caught entirely on film and it is stunning

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Eric Prydz promised he’d “blow your heads off” with the unveiling of his EPIC 5.0 show in Victoria Park, London. After months of waiting with only a couple tantalizing teasers of what was to come, the Swedish icon certainly did what he said he was going to do in spades.

Luckily for his fan base, one particularly diligent concert-goer by the name of Fred Klem seems to have caught the entirety of Prydz’ set on film, and by the looks of it, it was a veritable night for the books. Crisp, extremely high-definition visuals lit up the geometric backdrop, whose design takes on similar traits to EPIC 4.0’s setup, while plenty of artfully-arranged lasers blanketed the crowd. At times, the visuals seemed three-dimensional in nature.

Prydz of course made sure to provide guests with music as incredible as its accoutrements, drizzling his extended set with plenty of old and gems from his favored aliases as well as a slew of yet-to-be-released favorites, taking his audience on an entrancing journey through the upper echelons of progressive and dark, throbbing techno.

Get a taste of the action above and below:

H/T: YouTube – Fred Klem

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Radiohead ready single release of “I Promise” from OK Computer box set

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Radiohead is celebrating their 20th anniversary release of OK Computer this year with a box set called OKNOTOK due out at the end of June. The track, “I Promise”, has been played live plenty of times but never officially saw itself on an official release, and it was previously announced as something the band will be including. Now comes the news that they’re going to release this as a single due out next Friday, June 2.

Thankfully there are a few live versions up on YouTube uploaded from shows during the 1996 tour.

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Listen to Diplo and Lil Yachty’s new collaboration ‘Forever Young’

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As massive crossover tracks continue to boom in popularity, Diplo and emerging rap youth icon Lil Yachty have released their long-hyped new single “Forever Young,” as featured on Yachty’s debut LP Teenage Emotions. Fans of the 19 year old rapper can breathe a sigh of relief, as the soon-to-be hit gravitates towards a stark hip hop influence. “Forever Young” exposes the rapper’s vulnerability over Diplo’s buoyant beat, in a track that is instinctively catchy playing upon Diplo’s Midas touch behind the console.

The Mad Decent head’s pop tastemaking sensibilities shine through in his joint effort with one of the most polarizing hip-hop stars of the moment. While Diplo remains industrious in his production, the eccentric Yachty sustains his zany swagger in his latest product. Moreover, “Forever Young” emits a profuse sense of youthful energy, a theme that permeates steadily throughout the duration of Teenage Emotions.

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LCD Soundsystem announce they have officially finished their new album

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LCD Soundsystem‘s highly-anticipated comeback album is “finally done,” according to frontman James Murphy. The announcement came during the band’s recently headlining set at Sasquatch! Festival in Washington. Following the bands triumphant reunion in 2016, LCD Soundsystem inked a record deal with Columbia Records, and the first products of their impending return came by way of two new singles entitled “Call the Police” and “American Dream” which landed earlier this year. At the time of the releases, Murphy shared his thoughts on writing a follow up to their 2010 LP This is Happening:

“As eager as folks have been for me to get this done, it’s got nothing on how much I want to be finished myself,” he wrote. “It’s been one of the most enjoyable records to make in my life, if not the most fun ever (I think it is, for sure, the happiest I’ve ever been making a record).”

Both new singles gave a tantalizing taste of what to expect from the indie electronic legends’ new album, and now that LCD’s latest is officially ready for wax, expect a release date to follow very soon.


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New Radiohead Song “I Promise” Apparently Out This Week

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It looks like Radiohead are unveiling one of the unreleased songs from their OK Computer reissue a little early. Reddit’s Radiohead forum points out that a Spotify entry now exists for “I Promise,” one of the three new tracks (really, old fan favorites that never got a studio release) appearing … More »

James Murphy tells Sasquatch crowd the new LCD Soundsystem album is done

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LCD Soundsystem played Sasquatch Music Festival last night and apparently James Murphy got a little chatty on stage, specifically bringing up their new album at one point and saying it’s “done” or something. Also something about “knocking it out of the park”.

So that’s cool.

It seems to me as though they’re still regaining their footing with the new live shows and the new singles they put out, although they did immediately get to debut those two new tracks live to a national studio audience.

But I’ll be honest, I wasn’t totally floored with the new material. 😳

If you want to asterisk away an entire band’s new creative output with “well, I guess it’s good that they’re back…” even though the live shows or any part of the aesthetic has actually progressed past where they left off, go right ahead. But I’m a bit weary of the new LCD Soundsystem vibe we’re seeing and sorta hopeful they get over themselves a bit, get out of their comfort zones and start making some new progressions.

Let’s hope the new album delivers. My Comic Book Store Guy alter ego is just itching to blog my distaste!


Dave Schools from Widespread Panic Shares Tribute to Gregg Allman

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Dave Schools just penned a long tribute post on Facebook regarding the passing of Gregg Allman.

Read the full post below.

Some immediate words on the passing of a legend…

I knew who Gregg Allman was decades before I ever met him. In my experience Gregg was one of the first superstars of Rock and Roll: I first heard about him because he was marrying Cher and I couldn’t have been more than 8 or 9 years old when he became front page news because of this union of celebrities.

And I mention Gregg and Cher’s nuptials not to lessen the impact his music and the impact he himself would eventually have on me but to illustrate the fact that Gregg was one of an elite group that included Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, and David Bowie: they were actual newsmakers. Newsworthy enough to have left an impression on a young boy from Virginia whose best friend was already that Rock and Roll sound despite being a full 8 or nine years out from buying my first Allman Brothers LP (Fillmore East of course).

Of course I heard Midnight Rider and One Way Out on the local radio but it wasn’t until I received a well loved copy of the Fillmore East live record that my ground was literally shaken. The album was in constant rotation as I played my little beginner’s Hondo P-bass copy and tried to keep up with that fierce locomotive of a rhythm section. And yes, the band sure could hit that note.

But it was Gregg’s voice that really got me. It carried the burden of all human experience: pain, sadness, joy, world weariness and love. It seemed like a mismatch that this pseudo-elfin wisp of a blonde man could put forth such a powerful sound fraught with the weight of the world and do it night after night. I can’t imagine the burden he bore in order to sing with such intent.

And years later, when I wound up meeting Gregg in person I was surprised at how cowed I was despite his naturally disarming personality. To my core I was shaken by being in the presence of his greatness…he was so much more than an elder statesman and fellow musician. His effect on me took some time to get over.

Bits and pieces of the “Gregg effect” lingered in me when I was lucky enough to sit in with ABB. All it took was the first line of Dreams to rattle me off of that repetitive goose egg of a bass line and elicit looks of amusement and “gotcha” from Derek or Butch. And Jaimoe would just laugh and laugh and laugh.

I will recount one of my favorite Gregg moments: I had gone to Lakewood Amphitheater in Atlanta to see ABB and, as it often happened, Oteil Burbridge sauntered offstage between songs and handed me his bass. So onstage I went to play the tune Rockin’ Horse. We were deep into the jam when Gregg finally looked over my way, saw me, looked back at his keys, then looked back again with shock and surprise on his normally stoic face. An actual double take! For once I got him. Later Gregg told Warren Haynes, “I like the way that big ol’ boy plays the bass.” SCORE! It’s a precious moment I will always treasure it along with so many more too numerous to mention.

So to Gregg: thank you for the music and thank you for teaching me about the blues. More importantly thank you for being a brother. You were always welcoming and sweet to me. You were always thoughtful and soft spoken and carried yourself with an aloofness that only your closest friends knew was an actual shyness (and perhaps a bit of amusement at how ludicrous the hugeness of the whole “rock star thing” really was – but like it or not you were the epitome of a rock star). Thank you for trying to come down to my level even though I will never be able to see you as anything other than a superstar – one of the brightest in my sky. Thank you for guiding me in your own way as a teacher whether you knew it or not. The impact you have had upon my life and the way I work my music is undeniable.

And to those who loved Gregg: my heart is with you. I have no other words that can temper or lessen the pain that you must be feeling today.

In closing I will say that Gregg holds a special place amongst another elite group: Those who have written songs that are guaranteed to make me cry. There are only four in this group and without mentioning the other three I will say that it’s Melissa that starts the waterworks. Every single time I hear this beautiful song the tears just come. I think I’ll go listen to it now.

Oneohtrix Point Never Wins Cannes Soundtrack Award

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Oneohtrix Point Never has won the Soundtrack Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his original score to the crime thriller Good Time, beating out Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, Jed Kurzel, and Ibrahim Maalouf. Directed by Josh and Benny Safdie, the film stars Robert Pattinson as a bank robber who tries to break his brother … More »