Chuck Ragan performing Nomad By Fate
I saw Chuck Ragan open for Social Distortion this year, and while SD is old school Southern California punk, Chuck plays an acoustic country/folk with a stand up bass and a fiddler. I wasn’t sure if the combination would work, but it did; he was amazing and held the audience’s attention. You can stream his new release, Covering Ground on his site.
Wow, I hate to hear about new music this way, but the influential DJ Mehdi of Paris has died at the tragically young age of 34.
The quick background on his short life, “Mehdi Favéris-Essadi was born in 1977 in the suburbs of Paris. He got his start as a hip-hop producer, and found his signature sound by combining the style and attitude of hip-hop with elements of electro and house. Arguably his most important break came in 2006 when he released his album Lucky Boy on Ed Banger Records, the Parisian label that would be his home for the rest of his career. Over the years he collaborated with the likes of Daft Punk, Cassius and Chromeo. His most recent project was a collaboration with Riton called Carte Blanche. DJ Mehdi is survived by his wife, the French model and artist Fafi. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.”
I’ve given his 2006 release ‘Lucky Boy’ a listen after grabbing it from Beatport, he had some great moves. Checkout a DJ Mehdi ‘Signatune’ Remixed by Thomas Bangalter (Daft Punk) with a great video directed by Romain Gavras – quality stuff all around, glad he was able to create and share as much as he did.
“From The Basement, the live concert podcast and UK television program, did a live session with Radiohead back in July that aired on British television. For all us around the world, though, Radiohead has posted the one-hour session online, featuring songs off their recent King of Limbs album, as well as the classic ‘You and Whose Army’ and a new one called ‘The Daily Mail’.” [Source] I really dug the 720p version of their last one, From The Basement session from In Rainbows, but King of Limbs hasn’t caught fire for me yet…maybe this will help.
I’ve fallen pretty hard for Skrillex, grabbing Monsters and Nice Sprites EP from Beatport maybe a month ago. After hearing these toons for a time, I heard them mixed into live sets by Dualcore during parties at DEFCON, and it gave me a whole new appreciation – obviously it’s not just me that feels something interesting in these beats. I like in the video how once the characters are in an enclosed space, the tables turn…