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Get Weird with Holiday Mountain’s “Cómo Te Llamas?” Video

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“…ludicrously infectious…It’s a slice of absurdist neon-drenched pop with an equally surrealist accompanying video” – Stereogum

Holiday Mountain’s psych-aerobics video for “Cómo Te Llamas?” has debuted to give the first taste of the upcoming album SHIA, due August 12. Imagine if Adult Swim had Carmen Miranda direct an aerobics instructional video after taking four tabs of acid, the internet would implode, and thus, we would have Holiday Mountain’s “Cómo Te Llamas?”. Laura Patiño and Zander Kagle teamed up with Mexican Institute of Sound and director Brittany Reeber to create the final product, creating a unique, futuristic Cumbia-electronic hybrid .The video and single serve as the official announcement for the upcoming full-length, SHIA, out this fall.

About “Cómo,” singer and subject of the video Laura Patiño explains, “[the video] was inspired by my long time love for Jane Fonda-esque aerobics videos, absurdist artists like Eric Andre, and what we call ‘digital-punk’ style video editing; born from Youtube culture and the cyber revolution that has allowed us as humans to put out whatever expressions we want regardless of how unorthodox they are. I wanted the viewer to feel empowered by the fact that we have full ownership of our unique bodies while also acknowledging our culture’s ludicrous commodification of individual body parts, youth, and what it means to be healthy.”

The Austin duo of Patiño and Kagle combine hip-hop, electronic, reggae, dub, and Cumbia to create their own genre of heavy futuristic dance. Patiño cites surprising influences, such as Billie Holiday and Amy Winehouse, that, along with the visuals and Kagle’s production, manifest itself as art in the leagues of Major Lazer, Die Antwoord, and Peaches. SHIA is a balanced mix of freaky club bangers with a touch of vulnerability and sweetness. Says the band, “For us, SHIA signifies the end of compromise and the end of fearing what others will think or do when you become exactly who you want to be. SHIA is realization with a fuck-everything-else attitude.”

Holiday Mountain is an electronic music duo founded by Mexican-American songwriter/keyboardist Laura Patiño and drummer/producer Zander Kagle. The two met in Boston while attending Berklee College of Music and together found a genre-expanding sound, fusing together their affinity for pop, hip-hop, and electronic music. The result is a force so strong that when describing their sound, NPR exclaimed, “resistance is futile.”

“After witnessing their atomic live set, you’ll be rendered breathless,” says SPIN Magazine, who also named the band one of their favorite things from SXSW 2015. “Make sure to watch to the end,” urges The Wall Street Journal, as audience members are regularly exposed to glittery crowd surfing, sweaty drum solos, and being fed cake until they reach “a cacophonous climax.” (SPIN) 

Holiday Mountain’s addictive blend of upbeat, hyper-electro sounds and the ability to not take themselves too seriously while addressing deeper subjects places the band in a perfect position to become the next big thing. Let go and lose yourself in “Cómo,” viewable now and catch the band on tour opening for Beats Antique this fall, and prepare yourself for SHIA in its entirety.

Catch Holiday Mountain Live:
7/16 – Austin, TX – Solstice Festival
9/24 – Abeline, TX – Key City Block Party
9/25 – Austin, TX – Pecan Street Festival
10/27 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom *
10/28 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory *
10/29 – Austin, TX – Emo’s *
10/31 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater *
* = with Beats Antique

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Download: Dragonette – “Run Run Run” (Sunshine Jones remix)

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“Dragonette has long been a secret weapon of the pop underground“ Rolling Stone

gritty, distinctive dance rock” USA Today

“rock-charged electro-pop”  SPIN

When it comes to straight-up catchy, can’t-get-’em-out-of-your-head dance tunes, nobody does it like Dragonette” LUCKY

Canadian electro-pop trio Dragonette had a busy 2012: after winning a JUNO Award for their hit single “Hello” and performing live on Good Morning America, they released their third critically acclaimed studio album, Bodyparts. The band spent last fall touring in support of the album, delivering their electrified live show to audiences across the US. Now, fans will have another chance to catch Dragonette live when they hit the road next week with Major Lazer.

To kick off the tour right, Dragonette has shared a brand new remix of Bodyparts opener “Run Run Run.” With a buzzing extended intro that features thumping bass and shimmers of synth, you can grab the “Run Run Run” (Sunshine Jones remix) as a free download!

Download: Dragonette – “Run Run Run” (Sunshine Jones remix)

Dragonette Tour Dates
3/1 Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Hall
3/2 Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
3/3 Cleveland, OH @ HOB Cleveland
3/5 Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
3/7 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
3/8 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
3/9 New Orleans, LA @ Buku Festival
3/11 Dallas, TX @ HOB Dallas
3/12 Houston, TX @ HOB Houston

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Highly Anticipated: Debut Album from Classixx

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LA producer/DJ duo Classixx are excited to announce the release of their anticipated debut album, Hanging Gardens on May 14th via Innovative Leisure. Since their breakout 2009 single “I’ll Get Youthe pair have remixed the likes of Mayer Hawthorne, Major Lazer, Phoenix, YACHT and Passion Pit among others.

Over the course of the last two years, childhood friends Michael David and Tyler Blake have spent countless hours in the studio with a variety of instruments crafting the 12 pop-infused dance tunes, that would become Hanging Gardens. It features collaborations with Active Child, Sarah Chernoff of Superhumanoids, Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem (who provides vocals on pop gem “All You’re Waiting For”), and, of course, Lady Gaga songwriter Jeppe on “I’ll Get You”. This debut packs airy tracks with touches of the Pacific coast that are destined to become summer anthems.

Hanging Gardens Tracklist
  1. Hanging Gardens
  2. All You’re Waiting For
  3. Holding On
  4. Rhythm Santa Clara
  5. Dominoes
  6. A Fax From The Beach
  7. Long Lost
  8. A Stranger Love
  9. I’ll Get You
  10. Supernature
  11. Jozi’s Fire
  12. Borderline

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Diplo to Release Photographic Journey Book

128 Beats Per Minute: Diplo’s Visual Guide to Music, Culture, and Everything In Between with foreward by Alexander Wang and photos by Shane McCauley

How Diplo begins his book:

“Seven years, thirty-two countries, sixty thousand photos, and a million miles later, here is what we’ve been doing.”

From private beaches in Barcelona to a music studio in Jamaica, 128 Beats Per Minute is a photographic journey through the life of Grammy nominated and one-half of Major Lazer, DJ/producer Diplo.  The stunning photography by former assistant to Annie Leibowitz, Shane McCauley, captures the excitement and vibrant mood as they travel from country to country and party to party, complete with a foreword by the CFDA/Vogue award winning fashion designer, Alexander Wang.

Chapters are divided by country, from Israel to Trinidad, and Russia to Asia – complete with a playlist as well as Diplo’s impressions of the culture and people: “Every city has its own cultural movement, history, fashion, and art-all of which is constantly evolving into something different.”  Not only a DJ and producer, Diplo also founded the label Mad Decent, which has brought Brazilian baile funk, Angolan Kuduro, and other unknown music to clubs around the world and has been honing his literary chops while writing a column for Vanity Fair online. 128 Beats Per Minute is Diplo’s tour of the world and offers a glimpse into the people, places, and music that inspires him.

The book is set to drop in April via Universe Publishing.

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Grammy Nomination – Diplo

2011 is the year of the electronic musician, with the numerous accolades, features, sold out festivals and now Grammy nominations for the genre and its artists.  One of the music industry’s most recognized names and undeniably charismatic personalities, Diplo, has been nominated for his second Grammy (previously nominated for M.I.A.’s ‘Paper Planes’) as producer for Chris Brown’s three times nominated “Look At Me Now.” The Rap Song of the Year nominee infiltrated clubs and radio waves and garnered over 132 million views on YouTube, arguably one of the biggest hits of the year.
Diplo wears many hats and there will be no shortage of projects to follow in 2012.  In addition to working with everyone from pop stars, rappers and indie rockers, Diplo is gearing up for the sophomore release from Major Lazer and more world touring.  His record label, Mad Decent, and new label imprint, Jeffrees, will continue to put out some of the most exciting new artist releases, while Diplo continues to pen his online column for Vanity Fair, as well as the release of his first book with photographer Shane McCauley through Rizzoli.
Congratulations to Diplo and all his fellow Grammy nominees!

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The Disco Biscuits – “On Time” Clip


Check out this little promo for the new Disco Biscuits album Planet Anthem (release date is 3/16/10).
It’s a taste of the video for track “On Time”…how cute is that stick figure robot?!?!

Oh yeah, and on Tuesday, The Disco Biscuits are going to be celebrating the release by broadcasting the entire CD Release Party at the TLA in their home town of Philadelphia for free. It starts at 8 pm and is available here: www.livestream.com/discobiscuits.

Also, you can grab an autographed copy of Planet Anthem from Newbury Comics here.  

The 9th annual 3-day music & arts festival, Camp Bisco, has confirmed some of the 50+ performer lineup including LCD Soundsystem, Ween, Thievery Corporation, Girl Talk (!!!), Major Lazer and Diplo. The Disco Biscuits will be performing all 3 of the nights. The Camp location is at Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, NY on July 15-17.

They’ll also be at Ultra Music Festival in Miami this month (the 26th) with Tiesto, Deadmau5, Passion Pit and more. AND they’ll be at Bonnaroo this June in Manchester, TN.

 

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