Dave Grohl Isn’t Good

We’re past the point of treating this as an opinion. Dave Grohl is not talented, listen for yourself.

Peak of your career… Steve Albini behind the console… and this is the best you’ve got? This is every fifteen year old ever, except recorded really well. Ok you bought the heaviest sticks in the store, well done!

One more thing, if you’re gonna tell me Smells Like Teen Spirit was somehow better, nope – listen for yourself.

Yes, this is what happens when I post Stewart Copeland videos

TFB Profiles Distal

Atlanta-based dubstep label and blog The Freak Beat speaks with Distal about his upcoming Civilization LP on Tectonic Recordings, as well as his own Embassy Recordings label and more.

New Earth Music HallFilmed following his performance at New Earth Music Hall the other week, The Freak Beat interviews Distal about his upcoming album Civilization.

Keep a look for a short cameo by yours truly during the obligatory brostep section of the interview, clearly a surprising time for me to voice an opinion.

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Appreciation From The Editor

In appreciation for recent support of icnt.mx, I am offering a free download of my two hour live mix opening for Borgore in Atlanta, Nov 2010.

First things first, I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to readers of this site old and new. It has been an interesting year for me both on and off this site.

During the beginning of the year I was unable to focus full attention to the site, however I cannot thank people enough for allowing to essentially ‘pick up where we left off‘ and continuing to support the site as things has smoothed out a bit recently.

Continue beneath the fold for more gratitude, looking forward for the site, and an exclusive  live dj mix of mine for you to download or stream.

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DJ Nappy – Gimpmode Tribute Mix

With a talent for blending harder edged dubstep sounds with the southern ‘trap’ style hip-hop, Gimpmode’s legacy can be heard in Atlanta DJs such as Mayhem and Heroes and Villains as well as the continuing work of groups like Atlanta Dubstep.

A tribute mix from thugstep ambassador DJ Nappy, honoring the memory of the late Matthew “Gimpmode” Fox – one of the first people in Atlanta to embrace dubstep and push hard to make it an accepted style for Atlanta club-goers.

With a talent for blending hard-edged dubstep with  southern ‘trap’ style hip-hop, Gimpmode’s legacy can be heard in Atlanta DJs such as Mayhem and Heroes and Villains as well as the continuing work of groups like Atlanta Dubstep.

Thanks to DJ Nappy for recording this and Atlanta Dubstep on the original mention of this tribute to Gimpmode.

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Corporate Rave Culture

A few things I found missing from the New York Times piece, I feel the writers failed to mention the amount of good corporate money fostering valuable contributions to the music industry.

New York Times goes in-depth on the rise of corporate funding for underground electronic dance music. Fresh off the heels of Ultra Music Festival last month, and the sentiments from PercussionLab last week, and a related post today, sharing this article felt appropriate.

The big dance festivals have built themselves into valuable brands, able to sell tickets on their name alone and the immersive audio-visual spectacle they present. One big company could bring together a handful of promoters and find economies of scale.[*]

A few things I found missing from the New York Times piece, I feel the writers failed to mention the amount of good corporate money fostering valuable contributions to the music industry.

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Late Nite Tip (April 1, 2012)

Download and tracklist of the Late Nite Tip live broadcast from Embassy Recordings’ Distal, Mite, and Shortstack. Original airdate April 1, 2012 on Sub.FM

Here is the archive from Late Nite Tip hosted by Embassy Recordings on Sub.FM.

Due to the time change confusion, the show coming on after us ended up starting let which left us the ability to run for an extended three-hour show this time, allowing an extended jungle session from the Embassy crew.

April Fools fun in the first ten minutes but stick with it as the crew showcases exclusives from Clicks & Whistles, previews of the forthcoming Embassy release rom Sleepyhead, and Distal’s forthcoming Civilization LP

We have amended the post to include the full tracklisting as well

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That One Time Bassnectar Blew My Mind

A worthwhile read from Percussion Lab on the madness that was Bassnectar at Ultra 2012. Don’t be mistaken, I am still not a fan of his style of music but one can hardly deny that he and a number of other seemingly fringe artists have pushed dubstep from forgotten clubs a few years ago into mainstream commercial music festivals and licensing in major films, movies, and advertisements.

A worthwhile read from Percussion Lab on the madness that was Bassnectar at Ultra 2012. Don’t be mistaken, I am still not a fan of his style of music but one can hardly deny that he and a number of other seemingly fringe artists have pushed dubstep from forgotten clubs a few years ago into mainstream commercial music festivals and licensing in major films, movies, and advertisements.

Carl Sagan Cosmos Brostep Remix

Brostep remix of the theme music to Cosmos, the Carl Sagan video series

Because somebody felt it necessary to do a brostep / dubstep remix of the theme from Carl Sagan’s Cosmos series, I decided I would share it with my readers. Or as the video so eloquently describes it, ‘Saganstep.’

If for some inexplicable reason you want to download this, check the soundcloud link

Spin Covers Dubstep/Brostep Awards

Spin Magazine offers this short, enjoyable, and pun-filled review of the brostep oriented US Dubstep Awards ceremony hosted this month in Atlantic City.

Photo By Dan PrakopcykSpin Magazine offers this short, enjoyable, and pun-filled review of the brostep oriented US Dubstep Awards ceremony hosted this month in Atlantic City.

More than just a humorous treatise on dubstep, it also examines the issues of the event surrounding its poor planning and logistics issues.

A number of the people I know who attended were there are nominees or performers, so expectedly they made mostly favorable comments about the event, making this view from an outsider all that more interesting to read.

Dubstep Debacle: Atlantic City Awards Ceremony Wubs Crowd the Wrong Way

 

Terminal West Is Not A Rave Cave

A short response to Creative Loafing’s recap of the Terminal West at King Plow launch event in Atlanta

Atlanta’s premier music destination in a converted iron and steel foundry, built primarily from reclaimed metals, wood and brick — and the coup de grâce, the original boiler as the centerpiece of the room and rooftop bar.

These are the only descriptions of Terminal West, King Plow’s new music venue, worth reading in Creative Loafing’s recent recap of the Terminal West launch, titled Terminal West at King Plow: The house that dubstep built.

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An Open Letter to Creative Loafing / The Mayor of Ponce

Dear J. ‘Mayor of Ponce’ Winter, Creative Loafing Atlanta, Editor-In-Chief Mara Shalhoup, Music Editor Rodney Carmichael, and anybody else involved or who has a vested interest:

It seems the topic of ‘dubstep’ has been a popular topic of conversation in our city lately. As somebody involved in the positive promotion of this in Atlanta from the beginning, I would appreciate the opportunity to lend a constructive retort to the article ‘Last Night Dubstep Molly Saved My Life‘ that appeared in your publication starting 2-March 2011. Please allow me to tell a different story about dubstep in Atlanta to contrast your example.

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NPR on Dubstep's 'Identity Crisis'

Suffice it to say, when I launched the Brostep Forum a little over a year ago I did not expect it to be popular, well-received, and especially didn’t expect it to reach ‘meme status.’ Regardless of that, I’m glad it did – and, honestly, I’m glad the name aggravates people; that was kind of the idea from the get go. Its a perfectly eponymous name for an overly self-referencing style of music.

Suffice it to say, when I launched the Brostep Forum a little over a year ago I did not expect it to be popular, well-received, and especially didn’t expect it to reach ‘meme status.’ Regardless, I’m glad it did – and, honestly, I’m glad the name aggravates people; that was kind of the idea from the get go. Its a perfectly eponymous name for an overly self-referencing style of music.

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Thanksgiving Weekend Done Right

Recap of Borgore in Atlanta at King Plow Arts Center as well as Joe Nice at Atlanta’s Masquerade. Complete with video and reviews of both events

Too much excitement this weekend for me to not post about it here. Having some time off work was enjoyable, having to get a wonderful Thanksgiving meal in with the family and enjoy some time off from the day job. As most everybody knows by now I also had the fortunate pleasure of opening up for Atlanta Dubstep’s Borgore event at King Plow Arts Center this past Friday evening. The crowd, as you can see from the photo to the left, was absolutely amazing. Shortly after doors open the place was rammed tight, with the final count being 900+ by the time doors were eventually closed and the venue reached capacity.

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