Jay-Z to score “The Great Gatsby” soundtrack

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Jay-Z is known for many things, but arranging the soundtracks for movies is not one of them. That is until now.

Jay-Z, has teamed up with filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, who directed “Romeo + Juliet” and “Moulin Rouge!,” to score his upcoming adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.”

With his well-known love for the city and lavish lifestyle, Jay-Z seems to be the right man to create the sound for the movie that is set in 1920s New York City. He is one of the people that have come to define American music and plans on bringing a modern twist to the soundtrack by merging older jazz-age music with contemporary hip-hop.

“As soon as I spoke with Baz and Leonardo, I knew this was the right project,” Jay-Z said in a press release from Reuters. “’The Great Gatsby’ is that classic American story of one’s introduction to extravagance, decadence and illusion. It’s ripe for experimentation and ready to be interpreted with a modern twist. The imagination Baz brought to ‘Moulin Rouge!’ made it a masterpiece, and ‘Romeo + Juliet’s’ score wasn’t just in the background; the music became a character.”

This project has been in the making for two years and Jay-Z has been collaborating with composer Craig Armstrong, who worked with Luhrmann on “Moulin Rouge!” and “Romeo + Juliet,” and music supervisor Anon Monsted.

This isn’t Jay-Z’s first stint with Hollywood. He has an extensive IMDB page, working on everything from soundtracks to acting and producing. A 2012 trailer for the new movie features his and Kanye West’s song “No Church In The Wild” suggesting that there will be more big names on the soundtrack.

“The Great Gatsby,” in theatres on May 10, stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and Tobey Maguire as the narrator Nick Carraway.

 

http://www.alligator.org/blogs/thursday/music/article_171267fc-976a-11e2-b133-001a4bcf887a.html

New Feed Me Remix Premieres with North American tour Video

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Vibe has premiered an exclusive first look at the new Feed Me remix. “Love Is All I Got” is originally done by Feed Me and Crystal Fighters and was released in October of last year. The new Feed Me Matilda Remix transforms the track from a collaboration into a true Feed Me song. The live video for this remix was shot during his most recent North American tour.

Feed Me, also known as Jon Gooch, is signed to Mau5trap Records. He met the Crystal Fighters, a multi-national five-piece band, during the Parklife Festival tour in late 2011, and they decided to collaborate once back in London. The result was “Love Is All I Got,” the first single off of his forthcoming album that was premiered on BBC Radio 1. If you have not had the chance to see Feed Me, the video barely does his shows any justice, yet the visuals still send shivers down my spine.

Download the “Love Is All I Got” EP on iTunes today. Additional remixes by Friction, Larse and Alex Light.

via Bionic Beatlab

David Bowie tops the charts with the fastest-selling album of 2013

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Apparently, 2013 is the year of comebacks in the music industry. Justin Timberlake, Jimi Hendrix and now David Bowie have made big news with the releases of new albums.

Bowie’s first album in nearly a decade, “The Next Day,” streamed on iTunes on March 8 and was released on March 12. It has quickly risen to the top of the charts, but has seen great success in Britain. Going straight to No. 1 upon release, it has sold 94,000 copies and is the fastest-selling album of 2013, the Official Charts Company said.

The album outsold the second highest new release, Bon Jovi’s “What About Now,” by an almost 2-1 ratio in the first week.

The 66-year-old has shied away from the spotlight after his last performance in 2006 and a heart attack in 2004. He surprised fans by premiering the first two singles from the album, “Where Are We Now?” and “The Stars (Are Out Tonight),” before it was released.

Critics have praised the 14-song album from almost every aspect, saying that he confronts an array of subjects and brings a new sound while still retaining that classic Bowie feel. It is full of emotion and nostalgic references to his iconic past.

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London will be showcasing an exhibit called “David Bowie Is” and it is the “first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie,” their website says.

It features a wide range of clothing, live footage and other memorabilia that explains the extreme influence Bowie has had in different aspects of everyday life. This exhibit has been the fastest-selling event at the museum and will run from March 23 until Aug. 11.

Whether you like David Bowie or not, he has had a huge impact on not only other music, but fashion, art, design and more, in the past and in the present.

 

http://www.alligator.org/blogs/thursday/music/article_c11086a2-9117-11e2-b98c-001a4bcf887a.html

The ulimate ULTRA Music Festival survival guide

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Festival season is finally here and Florida starts it off with ULTRA Music Festival and Miami Music Week. Miami will be bombarded with famous electronic musicians and people from all over the world.

If this is your first time to the event, there are some things you should know. While everyone knows the basics, like drinking water and taking a break when needed, I’ve assembled some guidelines that will make your ULTRA weekend run smoothly.

1) Get to the festival EARLY

Hate lines? Don’t we all? Music festivals are notorious for its long lines and one thing is for sure with ULTRA: the earlier you get there, the shorter the line you’ll wait in. While you might want to save your energy for later, showing up early has its benefits. Last year, Digitalism went on at 4 p.m., as soon as the festival began, and that set ended up being in my top five for the weekend. The metro gets slammed later in the day, leaving you to deal with chaos. If you plan accordingly, you’ll arrive early enough to not have to deal with flooded metro stations or extraneous lines. Take note: Traffic is always horrible in Miami, but this weekend, it’s even worse. If you plan on driving anywhere in downtown or on the beach during these two weekends, plan for traffic.

2) Grab a schedule and guard it with your life

This should be one of the first things you do as you walk into the festival. Having one is convenient and it will make your life a lot easier, especially if you’re interested in bouncing around to different stages. By Sunday, if you’re lucky enough to still have one, your schedule may be ripped and ragged, but, if you make sure to keep your schedule safe, you might end up as the VIP of your group — the only one who knows what musician is going on when and where.

3) Explore the festival

Festivals are the perfect place to discover new music. There is so much going on all of the time that it’s hard to decide what to do at some points. I’ve found that the best way to deal with this is to jump around to see different crowds and different music. This is hard to do with a group, and sometimes is exhausting, but sometimes worth it. You may just find yourself in love with a new musician or just met your new best friend because you decided to not stick in one area. You should check out all of the different arenas, but make sure to stop by the Carl Cox & Friends Arena and the A State Of Trance Arena. For any first-timer at ULTRA, these are trademark tents and you’ll be disappointed if you don’t at least check them out.

4) Have a meeting spot

There’s no reception, calls and texts aren’t going through, and your group is nowhere in sight. Don’t panic! It’s inevitable that you will probably get separated from your friends at some point and freaking out will only make it worse. At the beginning of the festival, assign a meeting spot in general areas, and if you get lost, go to that spot. Your friends will realize that you’re missing and do the same. You’re there to have a good time, so make the best out of any situation you find yourself in.

5) Save enough energy for the after parties, they’re worth it

No matter where you end up after ULTRA, the after parties that go well into the night are where you want to be. ULTRA has a sort of ripple effect. While the lineup is full of top-of-the-line musicians, the event draws both big and small artists from around the world that are not playing at the festival. For those not going to UMF, these parties are your chance to see international music without having to pay the ticket price of Ultra.

Here are a few parties outside of ULTRA that I highly recommend:

Weekend 1

1. March 15: Turbo Hippie Dance Miami @ The Electric Pickle featuring Tiga, Pachanga Boys, Daniel Maloso and Thomas Von Party ($20 plus fees, 21+)

2. March 15: Big Gigantic, GRiZ and Herobust @ Grand Central ($25 plus fees, 18+)

3. March 17: Recs Showcase @ Bardot featuring Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, xxyyxx, Lazaro Casanova, Pirate Stereo and Will Buck ($27 plus fees, 21+)

Weekend 2

1. March 22: HARD Miami Pool Party @ The Raleigh Hotel featuring Felix Da Housecat, Baauer, Skreamizm, Clockwork, Just Blaze, Alex Metric, Destructo, Surkin, Oliver, Para One, Kill Frenzy, Jesse Rose, Light Year, Gina Turner and Samo Soundboy ($30 plus fees, 21+)

2. March 23: Miami Noize @ Club Therapy featuring Zeds Dead, Para One, Le1f, Djedjotronic vs Strip Steve, Destructo, Franki Chan and special guests ($20 plus fees, 18+)

3. March 24: Robbie Rivera with Special Guests @ Cameo featuring Lucky Date, Tocadisco, Tony Arazadon, David Solano and Frankcaro ($30 plus fees, 21+)

 

http://www.alligator.org/blogs/thursday/music/article_c54de81a-8c65-11e2-9f31-001a4bcf887a.html

Alachua Habitat for Humanity Newsletter: Five Points on The Santa Fe III Build

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1. The Santa Fe III build is a collaborative effort with the School of Construction at Santa Fe College, the Builders Association of North Central Florida (BANCF) Apprenticeship Program, the Student Builders Association and Habitat volunteers.

2. The home is built in two sections inside the Santa Fe College Construction Building. When the home is completed, each section is loaded by crane onto a trailer and then transported to the home site.

3. Home construction at the college has given more than 170 students hands-on experience in their classes of Construction Management Technique I and II, and follows an established curriculum.

4. Construction started at the beginning of the Fall 2012 semester and the house should be completed and ready for transportation in May.

5. The objective is two-fold: students become skilled in their chosen profession and Habitat builds another affordable house in the community.

 

via Alachua Habitat for Humanity bi-monthly print and email newsletter

HARD Miami returns to Grand Central for two-day event

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If there’s one place you should go hard this Winter Music Conference, it’s HARD Miami. This year the event spans two nights, on March 20 and 21, and will bring 17 top-of-the-line electronic music artists to Grand Central in downtown Miami.

The first night has been dubbed “The Rump Shaker” and will feature A-TrakBorgore,RL GrimeNadastromUzBirdy Nam NamFlume, Green Lantern and French Fries. There has been a lot of hype for this show and it is sure to be more than just a good time. Earlier that day there is a pool party at the Raleigh, but other than that, this is where you want to be on Wednesday night of WMC and Miami Music Week. The line will be long and the rumps will be shaking, so get there early to not miss out on any of the action. Tickets are currently $35.

The second night presents Claude VonstrokeGesafellsteinBrodinskiJustin MartinDestructoOliver and Amtrac, with a very special surprise guest. While this night may have a completely different sound when compared with the first night, the music will be just as good, if not, better. This lineup is self-explanatory: You should be there. Tickets are $30.

HARD does an amazing job of putting together cohesive and attractive lineups and this year is no exception. Based out of Los Angeles, Miami is one of the lucky cities to be graced with HARD events at least once a year. Every HARD event I have been to has been an awesome time spent with awesome people. If you’re smart, you won’t let this opportunity pass you by. Buy tickets HERE.

via Bionic Beatlab

Come hangout at Hangout Beach, Music and Arts Festival 2013

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There are festivals in the snow, in the city and in the rural countryside, but not many music festivals have their venue on the beach. Enter: The Hangout Beach, Music and Arts Festival. It will be taking place on May 17, 18 and 19 and early-bird tickets sold out within the first day of going on sale. Tickets are still available at the highest tier of $229. Travel packages and VIP passes are still available as well.

Started in 2010, Hangout is unlike any other. From its inception, it has attracted people from all over the country and brought huge musical acts ranging from rock to indie to jam to electro. The fact that this festival is located directly on the beach in the city of Gulf Shores entices me to the fullest. Not to mention, the lineup this year exceeded all of my expectations and included some bands that have been on my bucket list for an excruciatingly long time.

Two months away, one of the headliners for this year’s festival has yet to be announced, but others include Tom Petty and The HeartbreakersKings of LeonTrey Anastasio BandThe Shins and Bassnectar. Supporting acts include Slightly StoopidBloc PartyPublic EnemyPassion PitPorter RobinsonSteve AokiEllie Goulding,The Black Crowes and more.

This is not a camping festival, so you’ll have to find lodging on your own. However, there are certain hotels that partner with Hangout in order to give you the best experience possible. Check out their suggestions HERE.

And be warned! If this is your first time at Hangout, there is no parking at the venue. You can find parking by your own measures, but Hangout encourages you to use the shuttle system. A shuttle pass is $50 and includes unlimited transportation to and from the festival with different stops in the area, but passes are only valid for the route you purchase.

Please remember that this city has opened its beach for this festival to be possible and littering is not cool. Throw away your trash and recycle! Do your part in preserving this beautiful place.

via Bionic Beatlab