Unexpected Surprises: Seeing Erykah Badu join Bonobo on stage for two songs last Friday night

I caught a beautiful show this past Friday night…

Bonobo totally delivered the experience you’d want to see from him, and this tour better continue sometime in the Fall so I can go catch it again once everything from the new album has proper permeated my listening habits this summer. The tour rolls into Solano Beach tonight and continues on to Austin and New Orleans, so go grab one of the tickets out front if you find someone with an extra. This tour is not to be missed.

Back to blogging, Off to Vegas to see Prince…

hard rock hotel

Oh hey, I just remembered that I wanted to start blogging again. Seems like a good time to restart.

I’m heading off to Vegas for the weekend. I’ll be staying at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and there will be a tons more to talk about in the next few days regarding the weekend, including the fact that I’ll be seeing Prince tomorrow at the Joint. More on this to come…

New Animal Collective album on NPR

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NPR is streaming the new Animal Collective album this week ahead of its official release next week.

At times, Centipede Hz seems almost deliberately alienating, as if Avey Tare, Panda Bear and their collaborators felt the need to tone down commercial and artistic expectations — say, back to a level someplace beneath “reinventing music as we know it.” But, more to the point, the album captures the sound of studio wizards who are once again ready to unleash some sweaty savagery on the live stage.

Must listen stuff. I’m probably going to buy the Deluxe vinyl of this bad boy…

What’s going on?

lil smartmauf

My roommate and I DJ’d a party in Oakland this Saturday night at our buddy Fiasco’s place, and it really came off well. I’m definitely newly inspired to put together a rad mix that gets a crowd rocking and moving. It’s a challenge to come off a certified banger and transition into something with a bit of a down-tempo feel, but there’s a way to make music flow at a party that brings people on the same journey that you feel when you listen to it…

More on this to come, I’m sure. In the meantime here’s a bunch of other stuff I’m paying attention to today:

George Michael returns to Arrested Development and the proof is on Twitter [Hypervocal]
This is exciting.

Animal Collective just put out a new single called “Today’s Supernatural.” Definitely a cool production…

Panda Bear – “Soft Serve Rip Curl” & “Principe Real” [Stereogum]
Looks like Panda Bear debuted two new tracks at the same time that “Today’s Supernatural” hit the internet…

Beastie Boys – Sabotage (Kid Version)

I was deeply saddened when I learned that Adam ‘M.C.A.’ Yauch passed away from a battle with cancer, but in death there’s always some comfort and solace when you see how that person’s life affected other people. I’m sure that MCA would be proud to see people creating more art in direct tribute to the art he created. He was truly one of the greats and I’m very fortunate to be able to say I got to see them live a few times.

This video is making the rounds and it’s well worth a look.