Monday
Oct202014

Cool Free Stuff: Casey Tucker-Affirmative Action (Simonchino's Break Spirit Mix) (House)

Love Notes From Brooklyn is the newest in the recent wave of independent house and techno labels focusing primarily on vinyl releases. A spin-off from The Love Revolution, which has pressed a variety of soulful cuts by 2 Bit Crew, Montel and Joey Kay to wax, Love Notes From Brooklyn boasts a similar aesthetic as its big brother. The label’s debut release comes out in late November and there is a free track to help promote it: Simonchino’s Break Spirit remix of Casey Tucker’s “Affirmative Action”.  

Both the original version and Simonchino’s remixes (included on the full release) breathe some fresh air into the warehouse sounds of Detroit and Chicago circa 1985. The Break Spirit remix is short and sweet, a stripped-down, arpeggiated interpretation perfect for starting or ending a set…or party for that matter. Download it below, pre-order here, and follow Love Notes From Brooklyn’s Soundcloud to stay on top of upcoming releases!

Monday
Oct202014

Backyard: New Name, New Approach: Techncn Readies New EP For 3AM Devices

San Francisco label 3AM devices continues to bring together talent on both coasts of the lower 48. Both from New England where boss Andy Kershaw is originally from as well as the Bay Area where he currently resides. Following a productive year of releases paying homage to, of all things, Subway sandwiches, new jack swing, and the Hardkiss Brothers, their newest release comes to us from Techncn. The second installment from him for 3AM, Techncn’s Down/Traipse two-tracker officially debuts later this week.

Originally known as Deph and a veteran to our podcast series on BBD, Techncn’s name change came about as part of his desire to re-evaluate his production style. “There’s a lot of other Dephs out there and I needed something more my own”, Techncn said when originally asked about the switch. “It was time (for me) to dive head first into production and focus everything I’ve got on it…and to stand out I was going to need a fresh start.”

With both a clean slate and fresh start, “Down” and “Traipse” each showcase a refined and sophisticated angle of Techncn’s production prowess. “Down” is based on a fundamental and straightforward hook that remains with the listener even as it builds, breaks down, and navigates through unpredictable terrain. “Traipse” adds a bit more swing; it’s an accessible dose of Berlin-influenced techno with just the right touch of overdrive. It’s not abrasive, yet complements a long after-hours set perfectly. 

 
You can check the sound clips for both these tracks above; as well as Techncn’s Soundcloud and website (which he just launched last week). Beatport release October 23rd (link coming soon).

Friday
Oct172014

Let's Boogie! Upcoming Boston Events For October 2014

Upcoming Events 

Ali Berger @ 49 Social :: Boston MA :: 10.17.14
Ani Quinn @ the Estate :: Boston MA :: 10.17.14
Flying Lotus @ Paradise :: Brighton MA :: 10.17.14
Claptone & Bedouin @ Bijou :: Boston MA :: 10.17.14
Deep & Soulful (Tao & Voltran) @ Candibar :: Boston MA :: 10.17.14
Unity (Francesco Spagna & Cruzz) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 10.17.14
Liquid Stranger & Space Jesus @ Middle East :: Cambridge MA :: 10.17.14
Pico Picante (Oxycontinental & RIobamba) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 10.17.14
Footwork 001 (n0ms, Moduloktopus, Homewrecker, Sojobo & Camino Disco) @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 10.17.14
Rise Afterhours (Alan Manzi, Baltimoroder, Coralcola, John Barera & Manny Underground) @ Rise :: Boston MA :: 10.17.14
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Papadosio @ Paradise :: Brighton MA :: 10.18.14
CSC (Anna Lunoe) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 10.18.14
Claude Von Stroke @ Prime :: Boston MA :: 10.18.14
Asho, Nico & Alex Villa @ Candibar :: Boston MA :: 10.18.14
DJ Costa’s House Party @ the Estate :: Boston MA :: 10.18.14
Be Nice & Nedresh @ Brass Union :: Somerville MA :: 10.18.14
JSTJR, Choppa Dunks & ABSRDST @ Middle East :: Cambridge MA :: 10.18.14
Sin-O-Matic Steampunk Party (Shivar & Devil’s Advocate) @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 10.18.14
Dusk till Done (Patrick Barry, Jeff Farr, Daniel Santos & Ryan Royce) @ 49 Social :: Boston MA :: 10.18.14
Rise Afterhours (Sam Paganini, Highest Point, Jim Guerrero & Esteban Franco) @ Rise :: Boston MA :: 10.18.14
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Rabbit Revolution: Rise & Shine Day Party @ Half Door :: Quincy MA :: 10.19.14
Jump Shot (Moe Dee & Dusty Digital) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 10.19.14
Vinyl Fantasy Record Swap & Dance Party @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 10.19.14 (7pm-2am)
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Red Castle (Old Wave, Anubis Pop & Jonathan Donaldson) @ Zuzu :: Cambridge MA :: 10.20.14
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PARTYNEXTDOOR @ Middle East :: Cambridge MA :: 10.21.14
Creature Carnival Tour (Beats Antique, Shpongle & Emancipator) @ House of Blues :: Boston MA :: 10.21.14
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BHMM (Sydney Blu & Jaminic) @ Venu :: Boston MA :: 10.23.14
Elements (D.Surge & Ammon EP) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 10.23.14
The Instagram Party (DJ Amero & Ras Beans) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 10.23.14
Make it New 10-Year Anniversary (Tiga) @ Middlesex Lounge :: Cambridge MA :: 10.23.14
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S-Man @ Bijou :: Boston MA :: 10.24.14
Bamboora @ the Estate :: Boston MA :: 10.24.14
Dirt Monkey & Jantsen @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 10.24.14
Social Studies (Roy Dank) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 10.24.14
PACHANGA! Halloween Party @ Naga :: Cambridge MA :: 10.24.14
Throwback Sessions (DJ Slipwax) @ 49 Social :: Boston MA :: 10.24.14
Introduction to Ableton Live @ MMMMAVEN HQ :: Cambridge MA :: 10.24.14 (7-8pm)
Bootie Boston (Spencer4Hire, McFly & Tom Boates Everybody) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 10.24.14
Electric Masquerade: Dance Party, Art Show, Boutique & Fundraiser @ Great Scott :: Allston MA :: 10.24.14
Fractaltribe Presents Timesphere (Zentrix, Progress, Ondrase & Mike Swells) @ TBD :: Boston MA :: 10.24.14
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JesseJess @ the Estate :: Boston MA :: 10.25.14
Digitalism & Baltimoroder @ The Sinclair :: Cambridge MA :: 10.25.14
Fresh Produce (Grandmaster Flash, Knife & Tommee) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 10.25.14
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Soulacybin, Heiss & Exin @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 10.26.14
Jump Shot (DJ Matthew Griffin) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 10.26.14
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Mind Spray (Fran P, Mr. Fritz & GVSBEATBOX) @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 10.27.14
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Carnage @ Royale :: Boston MA :: 10.28.14
Bounce Bus feat. Will Sparks, Joel Fletcher & Timmy Trumpet @ Whiskey Saigon :: Boston MA :: 10.28.14
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Loco Dice & Wil Trahan @ Bijou :: Boston MA :: 10.29.14
SBTRKT, Goldlink & Coralcola @ Royale :: Boston MA :: 10.29.14
MMMMAVEN Graduation Party @ Middlesex :: Cambridge MA :: 10.29.14
Deep Field (Will Mayo & Andrew Gallagher) @ ZuZu :: Cambridge MA :: 10.29.14
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Keys N Krates @ Middle East :: Cambridge MA :: 10.30.14
Make it New (Breach) @ Middlesex Lounge :: Cambridge MA :: 10.30.14
Shy-Tech, Sun Rad, Of the Sun & Radio Scotvoid @ ZuZu :: Cambridge MA :: 10.30.14
All Good (Thaddeus Jeffries, PFranchize & Eastman) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 10.30.14
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Kryder & Wil Trahan @ Bijou :: Boston MA :: 10.31.14
Goldfish @ the Sinclair :: Cambridge MA :: 10.31.14
#HLLWN (DIPLOW, DJ SNVKE, CVSHMERE CVT & MORE) @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 10.31.14
PBR Presents Goosebumps (Brek.One, Bianca Oblivion & Caserta) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 10.31.14
#Activate Halloween 2014 Superbanger (Mike Bose & Jay K) @ Commonwealth Restaurant :: Quincy MA :: 10.31.14
Halloween Extravaganza (Jaminic, Nick Minieri, Lux Groove & Cost Carma) @ 49 Social :: Boston MA :: 10.31.14
Rise Afterhours (REVOLVR, Eric Deadpool, Kia Mazzi, REDgreenBLUE, Deezy & Embee) @ Rise :: Boston MA :: 10.31.14

Past Events

CRVFTSMEN presents NoMerci @ Naga :: Cambridge MA :: 10.1.14
Project Mixx (Randal Smarth) @ 6B Lounge :: Boston MA :: 10.1.14
Legacy (Static, Kuro & Addambombb) @ Zuzu :: Cambridge MA :: 10.1.14
Re:Set (Joyce Muniz & Randy Deshaies) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambrdidge MA :: 10.1.14
Wobble Wednesday (Cosmal & Ali Laz, Green Love, Symmetrix & More Precious Dust) @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 10.1.14
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DVBBS @ Royale :: Boston MA :: 10.2.14
Elements (Fig & EHT) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 10.2.14
Make it New (Mike Swells) @ Middlesex Lounge :: Cambridge MA :: 10.2.14
Jon Regul & Slipwax Bday Bash @ Middle East Upstairs :: Cambridge MA :: 10.2.14
Dubco (Colin Domigan, Common Notion & Bartolone) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 10.2.14
Michael Menert, Eliot Lipp, Supervision & Paul Basic @ Middle East :: Cambridge MA :: 10.2.14
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Boris & Wil Trahan @ Bijou :: Boston MA :: 10.3.14
Vicetone & Elephante @ Royale :: Boston MA :: 10.3.14
PVRPLE (Dave Luxe) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 10.3.14
Costa’s House Party @ the Estate :: Boston MA :: 10.3.14
DJ Braun Dapper @ Middlesex Lounge :: Cambridge MA :: 10.3.14
Casual Friday (Frank White) @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 10.3.14
Freshh Fridays (Johnson & Johnson) @ O Sushi :: Cambridge MA :: 10.3.14
TOKiMONSTA & Made in Heights @ TT the Bears :: Cambridge MA :: 10.3.14
Throwback Sessions (DJ Leah V) @ 49 Temple Place :: Boston MA :: 10.3.14
Ableton Live Meetup @ MMMMAVEN HQ :: Cambridge MA :: 10.3.14 (7-8:30pm)
Acoustica Electronica (Rick Laplante & the WIG) @ Oberon :: Cambridge MA :: 10.3.14
Little People, Yppah, Heiss, Winston Watts & Mike Carot @ Middle East :: Cambridge MA :: 10.3.14
Rise Afterhours (Bass Kleph, Knowledge, B3RAO & Michael Murica) @ Rise :: Boston MA :: 10.3.14
Binary (Pete Bones, Convoi, Mikey Maags, Jordan Breau & House Cat) @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 10.3.14
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Profenna @ the Estate :: Boston MA :: 10.4.14
DJ Kon @ Middlesex Lounge :: Cambridge MA :: 10.4.14
Boombox @ Paradise Rock Club :: Boston MA :: 10.4.14
Tao, B3RAO & Deejay Ai @ Prime :: Boston MA :: 10.4.14
Heroes (YELLE) @ TT the Bears :: Cambridge MA :: 10.4.14
Triple Platinum (Frank White) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 10.4.14
Soulelujah! (DJ Platurn) @ Middle East :: Cambridge MA :: 10.4.14
RUFUS DU SOL, Hermitude & J.Zamora @ Great Scott :: Allston MA :: 10.4.14
Uhuru Afrika (Djeff Afrozila & Ade Alafia) @ Milky Way :: Jamaica Plain MA :: 10.4.14
Blend (Mark Farina, Daniel V, Reel Drama, JSB & Bookum) @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 10.4.14
Sounds of the Underground (Datacet, Beta Ghosts & Don Fochi) @ Cantab Lounge :: Cambridge MA :: 10.4.14
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Big Freedia & Begbick @ Royale :: Boston MA :: 10.5.14
Jump Shot (Bob Diesel & Jaminic) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 10.5.14
Hercules & Love Affair, Kon & Charles Mazzola  @ Sinclair :: Cambridge MA :: 10.5.14
JP Rocks and Rolls Art and Record Fair @ Spontaneous Celebrations :: Jamaica Plain MA :: 10.5.14
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Jack Beats @ Royale :: Boston MA :: 10.6.14
J.WAIL DELTAnine, Torch, Bake Joynton & Uncle Bob @ Wonderbar :: Boston MA :: 10.6.14
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Ab-Soul, BAS, EarthGang @ Middle East :: Cambridge MA :: 10.7.14
MMMMAVEN Project Graduation Party @ Middlesex Lounge :: Cambridge MA :: 10.7.14
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Gallery (Young Marco) @ Location TBA :: Boston MA :: 10.8.14
Re:Set (Audio Architects, Smeed & Suspence) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 10.8.14
PACE (Tripletrain, Tone Ra, Kidd Drunkadelic & Graphs) @ Middlesex Lounge :: Cambridge MA :: 10.8.14
Wobble Wednesdays (Bluetech, Living Light, Heiss & Art of Martin Bridge) @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 10.8.14
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Decade (Paul Foley) @ ZuZu :: Cambridge MA :: 10.9.14
Porter Robinson @ House of Blues :: Boston MA :: 10.9.14
Elements (Om Unit) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 10.9.14
The Zookeepers, Real P, Nexus & Ramzi Noble @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 10.9.14
Make it New (Roman Flugel & South London Ordinance) @ Cambridge MA :: 10.9.14
Crush Boston (DJ Vadim, Fort Knox Five, Lotusound, Zachcityy & GhasT) @ Middle East :: Cambridge MA :: 10.9.14
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DJ Snake @ Royale :: Boston MA :: 10.10.14
Bamboora @ the Estate :: Boston MA :: 10.10.14
Frank White @ Middlesex Lounge :: Cambridge MA :: 10.10.14
Throwback Sessions (DJ Pensive) @ 49 Social :: Boston MA :: 10.10.14
Orchard Lounge & Jimkata @ Brighton Music Hall :: Allston MA :: 10.10.14
Soul Clap Record Fair @ MMMMAVEN HQ :: Cambridge MA :: 10.10.14 (4-8pm)
Bassic (The Bug feat Manga, Damian Silva, Scotch1 & Moldy) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 10.10.14
Rise Afterhours (Technasia, scroll, Alex Russo & The Mad Mauritian) @ Rise :: Boston MA :: 10.10.14
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Jesse Jess @ the Estate :: Boston MA :: 10.11.14
Stafford Brothers @ Prime :: Boston MA :: 10.11.14
Caserta @ Middlesex Lounge :: Cambridge MA :: 10.11.14
Rise Afterhours (Tom Stephan & Ryan Ruel) @ Rise :: Boston MA :: 10.11.14
Bruno vs. Oshee, Shadow Kings vs. T.C.C. @ Paris St. Gallery :: Everett MA :: 10.11.14
Soulelujah (NY Night Train’s Soul Clap & Dance-off) @ Middle East :: Cambridge MA :: 10.11.14
BUKU, Dark City Agent & Light BLue Laboratory @ Brighton Music Hall :: Allston MA :: 10.11.14
Fool’s Gold Label Takeover (Sammy Bananas, Party Supplies & General Motor) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 10.11.14
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Gorgon City @ Brighton Music Hall :: Allston MA :: 10.12.14
heRobust & Grabbitz @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 10.12.14
Rave of Thrones feat. Hodor @ Prime :: Boston MA :: 10.12.14
H.O.M.E. (Miznot & Dana) @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 10.12.14
Jump Shot (Saucy Lady & DJ Tone) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 10.12.14
Sunday Night Hookup (Brenden Wesley, Alan Manzi & Randy Deshaies) @ Middlesex :: Cambridge MA :: 10.12.14
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Javelin @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 10.13.14
F*A*S*C*I*N*A*T*I*O*N (Colby Drasher) @ Jaques World Famous Cabert :: Boston MA :: 10.13.14
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Apollonia @ Bijou :: Boston MA :: 10.15.14
Citizen Cope @ House of Blues :: Boston MA :: 10.15.14
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DJ Evil Dee, 7L & Knife @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 10.16.14
Elements (Cirrus) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 10.16.14
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Thursday
Oct162014

Thursday Throwback! Liquid City-Feeling Free (Ambient Funk Mix) (1993)

Steven John Craden and Lee Rodriguez are a long-forgotten duo of house producers who had just about as many aliases as they did 12-inch singles during the early 90s. One of these aliases (amongst more than ten) was Liquid City. “Feeling Free” was the first of two EP’s that alter ego was stamped to, and managed to grab a test press copy of the 12” on a recent Discogs excursion.

“Feeling Free” had four different dramatically different remixes, tied together only by a vocal stab, a female chorus, and a chugging four-on-the-floor tempo. Everything else, including the melody, atmosphere, and overall vibe differ quite wildly. My favorite of the lot is the Ambient Funk mix, which morphs quite a bit as it unfolds. The nasal-sounding synth in the first part was quite common on many tribal and deep house tracks in those days. I remember quite fondly hearing those sorts of leads when listening to the radio when I wasn’t even old enough to stay up past 10pm. From there different sets of synths are unveiled, and the main vocal does not debut until the final moments…quite unconventional!

 

Craden and Rodriguez were quite active from ‘92-‘95 and released material on Strictly Rhythm, Next Plateau, Movin’ Records, Trax, Tribal America, and even had two tracks recently reissued on Dope Jams’ Slow to Speak imprint.

Thursday
Oct162014

Cool Free Stuff: JSTJR-Killa Bass, plus Diplo and Friends Mix Debut

The force is strong in Boston when it comes to the legendary Fools Gold Imprint. Both Berklee alumni Wheez-ie and Durkin had significant releases on the clubhouse side of the label earlier this year. Following in their footsteps is JSTJR, with a track many of us have been anticipating for quite some time now. Instead of relying on his signature slow tempo for “Killa Bass”, he speeds things up heavily, resulting in an absolute banger which prompted even label boss A-Trak himself to tweet about how every DJ should be playing it. 

 
JSTJR also hit a major milestone this past weekend by having the chance to guest on BBC 1xtra’s Diplo and Friends show alongside Lido. With Diplo being one of the first heavy-hitters to discover and promote this guy thanks to his distinct sound, it’s only a matter of time before this dude ends up becoming the opener on Major Lazer’s next world tour…or at the very least the guy who gets to shoot fun-fetti into the crowd while hanging out with the twerk team!

If you’re in Boston this weekend be sure to catch JSTJR as he hosts another one of his JSTJR and Friends jams at the Middle East. This time around he’s bringing usual suspect Choppa Dunks alongside ABSRDST (who is now releasing tracks on Skrillex’s Nest digi-label). Check the event page on facebook for the downlow.

Wednesday
Oct152014

Cool Free Stuff: ETC!ETC!-High (Trap)

You know you’re a dope producer when you can make a song centered around ONE WORD actually sound good. Extra kudos for ETC!ETC! managing to pull that off without it even being a cuss word too. But seriously, the feels are strong with his latest freebie titled “High”, supported by its strong melody and epic buildups. Who said trap was dead?

Tuesday
Oct142014

Cool Free Stuff: Robokid-Ice Temple (Bass/Trap)

One of the freshest up-and-comers in Boston has to be Robokid. A good example of where he’s at sonically right now is “Ice Temple”, a free jam he posted just a few hours ago. With a tempo that jumps between 75 and 150bpm, Robokid keeps the listener engaged on Ice Temple by intertwining half and double-time rhythms alongside fragments of trap, jungle, and juke. And what everyone likes to call “emotional pads” these days tie the whole thing together.

Robokid’s getting support on both sides of the pond right now, including airplay on BBC 1xtra alongside local institutions such as MASS EDMC and the Lifted Contingency. His Soundcloud feed isn’t something to sleep on either…it’s constantly updated with new tuneage!

Tuesday
Oct142014

On the Boogiedownload: Mix 085 by Uncle Bob (Bass Music/Trap)

If you’ve been a regular reader in recent months there’s a good chance you have seen a few of Bobby DeMarco’s event reviews on BBD. With more publicists reaching out for event coverage than ever before, it’s near impossible for me to handle them while juggling a 60-hour workweek and nonstop freelance gigs. So enter Bobby. This dude reached out to me to help as soon as I asked, and he fit the criteria I was looking for: young, energetic, in tune with what the generation after me is listening to, and not jaded, heh.

Click here to read more and check out the mix!

Saturday
Oct112014

Expanded Lineup & New Ticket Giveaway For Nightmare Fest (Plus Other Freebies)

One of the east coast’s most hyped festivals this month not only gets an expanded lineup, but also two heated geodesic domes, a burlesque, live actors, and a slew of workshops and other activities. Yes folks, I’m referring to the Nightmare Festival once again. With the likes of Tittsworth and Morten now on the A-list alongside BT, Liquid Stranger, Figure, Christian Martin and others, this whole thing is shaping up to be the kind of jam everyone will remember and talk about about ten years from now. 

We had a really strong response on the ticket giveaway contest for Nightmare last month, so we’re going to do another one! It’s going to be the same exact drill as before: “like” Beantown Boogiedown and B.A.D.A.S.S. Raves on Facebook, share this post on your FB newsfeed (if you have an account), and respond in the comments section below with your full name and email. Winner gets a free pair of tix, drawing end of day October 20th. If you entered the last one and lost, you can obviously enter again! 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Good luck with the contest, and even if you don’t win, here’s some free aural goodies from some of the headliners playing the show.

Facebook event page

Tuesday
Oct072014

Cool Free Stuff: DRJ-Luv 4 Me (House)

Anyone who’s been following Doctor Jeep for a minute knows all about “Luv 4 Me”. Originally written back in 2012, this loose reinterpretation of a TLC classic garnered a lot of buzz after B.Traits put it into full rotation last year. Until now, only a very select few had it, including local DJ Dan in Allston, who included it on the BBD podcast mix he recorded for us last year. Jeep posted it free of charge to his Soundcloud earlier today under his “DRJ” alias, used primarily for house tracks he writes. 

I always thought this was one of his strongest works to date. But be sure to stay on top of his Soundcloud for details on upcoming projects, as he’s been spending a LOT of time in the studio (both locally and abroad) over the past several months.