Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sonic Bloom Festival Coverage - Brought To You By The Newest Members of SUPERGOODMUSIC

As you may have read in our Concert Blast, we've got some new friends out in Boulder who are bringing us the freshest from the vibrant and progressive Colorado music scene. Those new friends, Tawny and Samples, had the privilege of checking out Sonic Bloom this weekend at Mishawaka Amphitheatre in Bellvue, CO.

Below is Samples' account of his first 2 Days at the Festival, more coverage to be brought to you soon...

Sonic Bloom 2010 - Day 1, Friday June 25

We started the day by leaving Boulder, CO around 2pm without worrying that we'd miss any music because it was scheduled to start at 6pm with Psymbionic (hailing from Austin TX, one of the 2 DJs that won the online voting contest to DJ at Sonic Bloom held on After driving through Fort Collins, the Bloom campground was a mere 10 minutes outside of town. The venue, Mishawaka Amphitheatre, sits perched at the top of the Poudre River canyon.

Friends at the Basics Fund ( were running shuttle busses from the campgrounds to the venue, which takes about 30 minutes. My first bus ride was relatively low key as most of the campers hadn't even arrived to the campground yet, thus making it an uneventful ride. Once in Mishawaka, I met up with the duo Signal Path ( before the music got started for a quick interview.

Once Psymbionic (who also helps run started jamming out some psy-dubstep and glitch beats, Sonic Bloom 2010 had officially started. The next highlight of the day was the aforementioned Signal Path as they held the crowd by playing their original blend of live electronics, guitar, keys and drums. Keep an ear out for their new EP coming out on September 1st.

Jamie Janover, the lead coordinator of the festival and a founding member of both Zilla and Lynx & Janover, was the next artist I witnessed when he came out and introduced Merton. I thought the gesture was a little out of the ordinary for a festival in the Colorado wilderness, but Merton is a unique live piano improv act. During his performance, Merton's face appeared on a projector overhead via live internet stream. As Merton progressed through his set, the crowd and Jamie enticed Merton to perform a variety of songs about Blooming to hanging out in Jamie's room and oil spills.

Post Merton was Octupus Nebula, who played an amazing psychedelic fusion set blending lush ambient background textures, pumping bass and heavy drums. Mike Rempel, the guitarist from Lotus, came out and joined them for the last few tracks much to the crowds delight and surprise.

Evan Bluetech took the crowd on its next journey playing his typical bass and drum-driven chill dub. Zilla, which is the trio of Aaron Holstein (Vibesquad) on bass & keys, Michael Travis (EOTO & SCI) on drums, and Janover on hammered dulcimer and percussion, was the night's next highlight. It was truly a unique treat to see their live improv project and the way the crowd responded.

As most festivals get into the thick of it, inevitably some band misses a flight, a shuttle, forgets an instrument or are delayed by some catastrophic event like a volcano in Iceland, and Sonic Bloom was no different. The first schedule change of the night happened due to Karsh Kale's flight trouble, so Denver's S.P.E.C.T.R.E. saved the day with an impromptu DJ set that ignited the crowd. Boulder's Big Gigantic was on next and played to their home crowd where they're always a fan favorite. Finally, the last 2 acts of the night, ill.Gates and An-Ten-nae, played their combination of dubstep and acid-crunk which kept everyone awake dancing 'til sunrise (including this guy below).

Sonic Bloom 2010 - Day 2, Saturday June 25

Most bloomers stayed out late on the first night of the festival, so many campers were still up or arriving back to the main grounds at 9:30am. With only 6 busses to move hundreds of wasted bloomers back to the campground that was a half hour away, there were many campers that unfortunately had longer nights than planned.

The second day of Sonic Bloom was another success, with highlights coming from EOTO, Vibesquad, and Sonic Bloom Orchestra (featuring Kang from SCI & members of Hamasa Lila). Since music started at 6pm, bloomers in the campsite either hung out and avoided the sun during the day or attended one of the many workshops that were going on all morning.

As festival-goers waited for music to commence, back at the campgrounds the workshop area created a central hub for people to meet up and listen to lectures. The two highest attended lectures were "The Unified Field Theory of Nassim Haramein" with Jamie Janover and "the ill.Methodology" with ill.Gates. Unfortunately, both were plagued by fierce winds that forced breaks once or twice and ended up cutting the lectures short.

Project Aspect, another winner of the online contest sponsored by, opened up day 2 with a high energy and original set that his local fans (he's based out of Boulder) couldn't get enough of. Deru (LA) played a hour later and surprised many bloomers that had never heard his experimental hip hop style, which was received with much support. As night came over Mishawaka, Rena Jones wooed the crowd with her blend of ambient-IDM rhythms and live violin. Lynx & Janover were another success because they played their familiar hits that previous attendees of Bloom have come to know and love.

By the time Vibesquad (CO) took the stage, the crowd was ready to dance, and his crunchy bass-driven beats put the crowd in a frenzy. After a short, but much anticipated performance from Android Jones, EOTO played one of the most hyped sets of the weekend. Fusing live drums and dirty dubstep, EOTO gave bloomers exactly what they wanted, and precisely what they've come to expect from the Colorado-based band. The burden to follow EOTO was put on Eskmo (SF), but the crowd was 100% ready for his ill-bient dubstep that combined equal parts club bangers and melody driven sonic landscapes.

The Sonic Bloom Orchestra, which is a Bloom-exclusive live improv group, took the stage a little later and entertained the crowd with an evolving rotation of members that were either playing the festival or brought in to play their unique instruments. To end the night, SPL hit Bloomers with the hard dubstep that Colorado fans crave.

I can only imagine what awaits on Sunday.....

Electric Daisy Carnival Day # 2 - Picture Gallery

Lil Jon & Brandon "Boom D" Dorsky

Afrojack & Will.I.Am


@jennsdrunk was drinking, double fisting actually...


Brandon "Boom D" Dorsky & Ben Gross (DipDive/Grassroots Productions)

Will.I.Am Throwing It Down



Will's Right Hand Girl Whose Name I Forgot & Will.I.Am

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Electric Daisy Carnival Day #1 Picture Gallery

Electric Daisy Carnival Crowd


Dancing pirate vixens at 12th Planet



12th Planet standing on his booth!

12th Planet throwing down the womp womp womp

12th Planet getting amped as his set begins at BassPod
Wildness that was the Kinetic Field for DJ Chuckie

The river of people flowing into the Coliseum

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Summer of Orgone

We make no mistakes about it, we love Orgone. They've given us yet another reason to jump on their bandwagon, with their latest offering Cali Fever.

The 12 track offering is dirty funk at its finest. For a city known for its indie rock, electro fantastic kids, DJs and formerly for its thriving South Central hip-hop, Orgone is putting Los Angeles on the map as a funky town too. The 9 piece band helmed by the charming, soulful and beautiful Fanny Franklin on the vocal tracks and powered by Stewart Killen's pounding percussion on their pure instrumental cuts delivers fire on their latest Ubiquity release. (On a side note, this album will certainly satisfy the Ubiquity guarantee, as do all Orgone releases; the Ubiquity Guarantee, which allows you to return a CD to the label in exchange for a new one if you are not satisfied with your purchase, is one of the reasons it is my favorite record label and the reason I actually purchased my first Orgone disc on pure speculation).

The catchy and soulful "Give It Up" is funtoxicating, and "Cali Fever" and "The Cleaner" are two others that are just phenomenal live. Those songs, which are reminiscent of some of my favorites of their earlier works, like "Funky Nassau," really drive the album.

The nostalgic "It's Time Tonight" is like a 60's soul throwback meets the electro-dance generation - like Martha and the Vandellas took some ecstasy, partied in the tents at Coachella, and went to record a song. It is straight funk disco. It epitomizes what LA funk should be and represents quintessential Orgone - dope ass funk influenced by the upbeat dance indie scene that thrives in the sunny streets of Los Angeles, but nonetheless keeps true to funks roots and the rhythm that is its foundation.

Songs like "Doing Me Wrong" show the versatility of the band and Fanny's fantastic vocal skills. Wrong also provides a good window into their storytelling songwriting nature. On the flipside, the band also delivers a handful of spectacular and equally funky instrumental jams like the melodic and laid back "The Only One" or the slow-rolling chill afternoon cruising jam "Lookout."

While I could dissect the album some more, you'd best be served to just watch what the band is capable of and go purchase the damn thing on the strength of my endorsement and/or specualtion. That said, here is a taste of their funky jams from Bonnaroo 2010:

Although the below videos are not of their new material (they are actually covers), they nonetheless showcase the talent and cohesiveness of the crew. Here is "Brothers on the Slide" and "Ain't No Use" from their late and early Bonnaroo performance respectively.

Having just wowed newcomers at Bonnaroo and recently turned heads at The Roxy and Spaceland, I'm vying for them to come westside and play at the Dakota Lounge (formerly The Temple Bar) on August 11th. As of this blog post they haven't confirmed - so go give them some shit on their myspace and facebook pages encouraging them to accept the headlining position for the SUPERGOODMUSIC party and we'll make sure you all have a supergood time!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Walk Up Limited Tonight

Take note everyone, the walk up for tonight's Dimmak Tuesday show at Cinespace tonight is severely limited. They did a presale for the wild bill tonight because they new demand would be high and they were spot on as the presale tickets have sold out.

Cinespace will be hosting the traditional open bar every hour and half hour, but I imagine supplies will be drank early as Chiddy Bang, 2 Am Club and The Pack are all scheduled to play. It is basically the sold out Mike Posner show from Key Club a few weeks back sans Mike Posner and with The Pack instead of the previously reported Bad Rabbits....but you never know what might happen :)

Expect a pack venue, but also some amazing music. If anyone has an extra, holler at me at 310-592-2094 because I'd love to go, I slept on presale tickets, I don't have a hook up at Dimmak and there is no way I can go early to wait in line.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Bonnaroo Photo Gallery #1

Stevie Wonder

Rivers Cuomo dressed as Lady Gaga during Weezer

Dr. Dog Acoustic



Sonic Stage Sunday

Crowd at Phoenix

Kid Cudi crowd holding lighters and cell phones

The Gossip

Chromeo & Daryl Hall

Miike Snow

Jay Electronica

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A Day In The Life of the 'Roo

For those of you who couldn't make it to Bonnaroo, for those of you wouldn't make it because it's prohibitively far and/or prohibitively hot and for those of you who did make it but didn't see what we saw - we're bringing you the SUPERGOODMUSIC Bonnaroo festival experience in this feature we're calling "A Day In The Life of the 'Roo." So read on as Boom D take us through his Friday at Bonnaroo.....

The first truly full day of Bonnaroo began for me with a rude awakening at 8:50 a.m. No one said or did anything inappropriate - rather, the sweltering Manchester heat roused me from my sleeping bag long before I wanted to be. Although it was not an ideal start to my day, my early morning personal dew reminded me of the swampy dance party I assumed would ensue later on.

From the SUPERGOODMUSIC camp site well past Pod 9 (for those unfamiliar - the Bonnaroo campgrounds are about as massive as a small village - some camp sites are over a mile away from the actual concert grounds), I began an early morning trek to Shakedown Street (Third Avenue). While en route to the Shakedown, and more specifically the Grassroots California and Tree Shurts tent, I sampled some of the festival fixings including an amazing mango smoothie and the hippie staple that is garlic grilled cheese. While the smoothie more than rocked my TOMS off, the garlic grilled cheese at this year's Bonnaroo left something to be desired as compared to the seasoned and veteran versions of ggc served by Phishheads last year.

After kicking it with GRC and Tree Shurts for an hour, I made my way to the Press Tent for Orientation and a surprise acoustic set from Dr. Dog.

Having never seen Dr. Dog before, I was not quite sure what to expect, although folky rock was a good assumption given the band's arrangement and their indie folk garb. The band eased into the music with hand claps, some box tapping and some soft guitar.

What the band lacks in aggressiveness they more than make up for in charm and chemistry. After drifting through a few songs, Dr. Dog had to prep for their later set, although Scott (far right in the picture above) hung around for a little bit of Q & A.

Although it pained me to leave the press tent and the soothing air conditioned haven that it was, I couldn't miss the opportunity to see the New Orleans funkstar, and occasional Treme role character, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews on the Which Stage.

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue were throwing it down when we arrived - playing three cuts off of their new major record BACKATOWN, including "Something Beautiful" which was covered by Bonnaroo TV. They played some other choice tunes - including "American Woman," "Groove On," and closing with a New Orleans twanged "When The Saints Go Marching In." As he's done all season on HBO, Trombone held his own and shined amongst some accomplished musicians - showcasing to the sizable Tennessee crowd exactly why he just had his first major label release produced by Galactic's Ben Ellman (who was in the crowd) with guest features from Allen Toussaint and Lenny Kravitz.

From Trombone's "Saints Go Marching In" encore I b lined back to the press tent for some free water and free A/C, and also to see what was doing with the first press panel that featured rising artists, including Sarah Jarosz and Jessie Baylin (wife of one of the Kings of Leon guys), as well as a few comedians (Margaret Cho and Reggie Watts featured below) and a few others. Beth from The Gossip was supposed to be there - but she was probably getting ready to wail at their epic performance later in the day, which I will tell you more about below. Although I was disappointed to not get to go through some Q & A with Beth, the panel was decently interesting in no small part because Cho and Watts ranted for several minutes about how Cho might get "gwaped" by Gwar. If you can't figure out the terminology, gwaping is a recently developed term for being gang raped by Gwar. We have no confirmation that that actually happened and we didn't catch GWAR's set - but Cho was toying with the idea early in the afternoon.

After Cho and Watts' hilarious banter, it was hard to stick around and listen to other musicians go through Q & A....especially Scott from Dr. Dog who talked about how he didn't have any memories from Bonnaroo (Sorry Scott/Dr. Dog - but you lost some credibility with me with that answer as I prefer musicians to be honest and from the heart and it just didn't seem possible that you have no memories). Scott's less than interesting responses gave me the motivation I needed to get out of the air conditioning and head to more shows.

Baking in the hot sun on my travels, I decided to go to This Tent for Jay Electronica. I've been listening to the extremely talented underground MC for almost a year now, but had not yet had the opportunity to catch a performance from Jay. As I arrived at the tent, I was pleasantly surprised to see the MC just taking the stage. He absolutely destroyed the microphone - seamlessly weaving through a cappella and instrumentalized versions of his mixtape friendly music - including an epic version of "Suckas" and "The Ghost of Christopher Wallace."

It was very clear that Jay was enjoying himself because at one point he invited the entire crowd on stage, and I do mean the entire crowd. Although I didn't join the rush, I watched as what appeared to be some 200-300 people attempted to make their way onto stage and or behind it. Security clearly was not prepared for the mayhem Jay invited because most of the fans actually got on stage and stayed there for a good 3-4 songs. The volume of people on stage was so large the back of the tent actually cooled down.

I stayed for most of the set, at least until they had removed the crowd from the stage, before heading to check out the Carolina Chocolate Drops in That Tent. I had been hearing so much about the band and seen their name in various publications and on various festivals, but I had not yet heard their music, so I felt obliged to see what the hype was about. I didn't realize it was more in the folky bluegrass string band genre, for some reason (probably their name) I thought their music would have a little more sweet umph behind it. The melodically driven soft music was certainly good, but not what I was looking for after such a riveting performance from Jay Electronica so I headed away from That Tent over to the Which Stage to see Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

ESMZ is not one of my favorites despite the fanfare they've received in Los Angeles and I tried to shake my stigma against them and endure their set. With the hot sun beating down and only 15 minutes to spare before The Gossip's show, Edward couldn't hold my attention very long. Like the Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Magnetic Zeros music just does not have the aggressiveness or rhythm that I wanted on Friday and that I often want out of my live shows. Rather than endure anymore heat, I snagged an icy cold beverage and headed straight back to This Tent for The Gossip.

I raced to This Tent for The Gossip because they were, without question, my favorite performance at Coachella and I didn't even catch the whole show there. I was sure not to miss a minute of this one - and I made the right decision. A drunken Beth Ditto took stage, already soaking in sweat from the heat, but ready to drench herself more with her inspired singing and effort. Constantly referencing her southern roots (she grew up in Arkansas), Ditto opined how it was okay for her to be wasted mid-day Friday and joked with the crowd about the swampy heat. At one point, she wrapped her head in a towel to contain the stickiness.

Ditto didn't let the heat get to her as she ripped off solid vocals from start to finish, including amazing versions of "Four Letter Word", "Listen Up", "Standing in the Way of Control" and a great cover of Tina Turner's "What's Love Got To Do With It" that had the entire crowd singing along with her. She capped it all off with her closer - an a cappella version of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You."

From The Gossip's ridiculous show, I decided to check out the main stage for the first time at the fest for a little bit of The Distant Relatives - Nas and Damian Marley. I got in a few songs from Nas and Marley, but was disappointed to learn that I had missed the opener to their performance, "As We Enter" which has been a recent car anthem of mine. With the sun still beating down, and about 5 hours of music under my belt, I decided I should take a breather for a few, hydrate, re-apply sunblock and get some dinner so I headed to the press tent. Before I could execute that plan, I ended up bumping into Playboy Tre, who I'd met in Los Angeles, and decided to put my agenda on the back burner to chop it up with the rising hip hop artist and his chart topping homeboy, B.o.B.

As we walked backstage, we made arrangements to meet up later before they had to head back to their hotel. Departing Playboy, B.o.B. and crew, I attempted to execute my initial plan, but was again sidetracked when I ran into Marley, the bassist from Rebelution, and decided I'd put my plans on the back burner yet again to kick it with the heavily touring reggae dub soul artists.

With the help of my Rebelution friends, I was able to sneak back into the Artist campground and kick it on the RV with the boys from Santa Barbara, who were enjoying a day of shows before their Saturday morning performance (which was spectacular). We went back and forth over who to see and what we were most excited for for the night before the crew decided it was necessary to grab a bite and check out Tenacious D. Unfortunately, my luck ran out as I tried to get into Artist hospitality because I was discovered by the security guards and not permitted to enter the free beer and food zone :( So, I meandered over to the press grounds, grabbed a very tasty pulled pork po-boy from the TomKat catering crew and kicked my feet up waiting for either Michael Franti & Spearhead or Les Claypool to start.

I ended up tuckering out and not making it over to Claypool, which sorely disappointed me because the bassist is always amazing live and I imagine he was joined by some of my other favorite musicians, Skerik and Mike Dillon, who are members of his Flying Frog Brigade. As of this writing, I have not confirmed whether or not Dillon and/or Skerik were there. I did catch a moment of Franti as I was heading back to Shakedown and chilling before the sick nighttime line-up.

Nighttime brought headliners Kings of Leon to the main stage for their pop rock heroics. Playing their hit songs and a little material from their forthcoming release, I expected a bit more energy from the native Tennessee quartet. However, the band seemed rather melancholy, playing what the New York Times and Rolling Stone are calling a "pensive" and "introspective" set. Not wanting to miss the energy of the late night shows and not seeing any reason to stay, I departed the main stage for The Other Tent for Daryl Hall & Chromeo. As I was leaving, Kings of Leon ripped into perhaps their most energetic performance of the evening when they encored with their hit "Sex On Fire." Despite the last second change in rock attitude, it didn't capture my attention as I was pining for front row at the never before seen live Hall & Chromeo collaboration.

I arrived about 25 minutes early for the should be electro-two stepper party and made my way to the front right side of the stage, a mere ten feet from Chromeo's Patrick "P-Thugg" Gemayel.

The energy was palpable as people kept packing the tent in - forcing me and my 150 pound frame closer and closer to the front fence. I managed to find myself at the top arc of a circle of tweener hipsters who were on ecstasy and getting touchy feely with strangers, myself included, as they chanted "Chromeo-Ooooh-Ooooh, Chromeo-Oooooh-Oooooh, Chromeo..." for about ten minutes. When the mega-band finally took stage, the crowd got a little too close for my comfort. Although I tried to endure the frenzy, after three songs, I couldn't handle the claustraphobia, heat or thump anymore (even with ear plugs). I literally almost passed out from heat exhaustion as I escaped to just outside the tent and sat down. However, I sat down in some wet muddy mess, which surprised and actually quickly revived me.

So, soaking in my own sweat and a soggy ass, but nonetheless with renewed fervor - I took my two stepping self to the back of The Other Tent and caught the remainder of Chromeo & Daryl Hall's performance - which swayed from Chromeo electro jams to Hall & Oates hits like "Kiss Is On My List" and my personal favorite "Private Eyes" (which they did a stellar job of). Mention of the gems from the Chromeo cuts they played must include "Bonafied Lovin", which included a solid rotational lighting scheme synched to the synths and had the entire crowd pumping fists and singing "oh oh oh oh-ah-oh."

From Chromeo I charged to That Tent pre-Kid Cudi to try and meet up with B.o.B., Playboy Tre and B Rich for a minute to say what's up, give them some Grassroots California hats they'd asked for, and hopefully get a prime spot. Kicking it backstage, I got to watch the former Shaker Heights resident grab the mic in intoxicated fashion after being introduced by Aziz Ansari. Cudi proceeded to rumble through a troubled set which may have no small part to due with the now confirmed rumors that the star MC had been arrested earlier that day in New York. Although his energy was extremely high, as he proclaimed that he "really wanted to be [at Bonnaroo]", it seemed like he forgot lyrics at times during his set. Despite his problems, my hometown bias keeps me from saying anything all that negative about the show; even with flubbed lyrics, I thought it was great from backstage as he did drop a dope and well executed medley of "Memories" -> "Day N Night" as well as a crowd sing along of "Cudi Zone" and the encore anthem "Pursuit of Happiness."

I felt obliged to rush to LCD Soundsystem post Cudi because I had missed the bands Los Angeles performances last weekend when I was en route and attending Wakarusa. I was happy to arrive to an ending opener of "Us vs. Them" going into "Drunk Girls," spinning lights, stomping feet and great music as James Murphy led the band through a near 90 minute set that closed with "New York, I Love You" with an ending "Empire State of Mind" tease that portended the following days headliner. Although they did not play my preferred cuts off of the new album ("You Wanted A Hit" and "Dance Yourself Clean"), they did play "Pow Pow" and the set was easily one of my favorites at Bonnaroo as the band nailed it on classics like "Daft Punk Is Playing At My House", "Losing My Edge", "Yeah" and "Tribulations."

From LCD I was drawn to the Lunar Stage for a dj set before learning that B.o.B. was rocking it well past his scheduled end time of 4 a.m. The chart topping artist apparently was woo-ing the late night crowd with cuts off of Adventures of Bobby Ray, favorites off his mixtape like "I'll Be In The Sky" and "Satellite", before wrapping it up with his modification of MGMT's "Kids" just before 5 a.m.

As I took the 30 minute stroll back to the SUPERGOODMUSIC campsite, I finished the day just as it started, with a garlic grilled cheese and a ice cold beverage....