Seven Electronic Songs To Herald The 2012 Olympic Games

That mask might cause a bit of a head wind, but just go with it.
Summer Olympics season is imminent: Golden rings crop up on magazine covers, newspapers dedicate space to English beverages and foodstuffs, Morgan Freeman's rich, reassuring baritone returns to prime time in the form of credit-card shilling, businesses all over town announce their own "Olympics Of [Insert Specialty Here]." Tomorrow's opening ceremonies in London will be full of pomp, even though the Games—almost by design, it seems—are all too fleeting. Still, the sweeping, monument-scale hugeness that accompanies the two weeks and change of action lends itself nicely to classical, modern, and electronic composition. To mark the occasion, SOTC drew up a list of songs that evoke the Olympics' multinational majesty.

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Madonna Searches For Molly, Finds Herself Embroiled In A Brand-New Controversy

Madonna at Ultra over the weekend.
Ultra Music Festival pummeled Miami's Bayfront Park last weekend, motivating innumerable fist pumps over thirty hours of music, but it was the brief speech by a 53-year-old woman wearing a shirt emblazoned with the letters "MDNA" that has prompted disbelief within parts of the electronic dance music community. That woman is Madonna, who as part of the scorched earth roll-out for her new album MDNA introduced headliner Avicii and incited the overwhelmingly young attendees with the question: "How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?"

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Oddsmaking: Is The Best Dance Recording Grammy Basically Skrillex's To Lose?

If you think the opinions of critics and passionate fans of rock and rap and pop and country mean nothing to the Grammy Awards, being a dance-music fan widens the gap that much more. Essentially, if you're allergic to bottle service and/or newbs with glow sticks, you're better off crying into your pitch-shifter. The bulk of this year's Best Dance Recording roster is out to party like it's 1999—specifically, that year's Ministry of Sound compilations, only dumbed further down. Yet that's notable in itself—part of a shift exemplified last December, when I this Top 40 back-announcement: "I heard that overseas three years ago. That's how far ahead of the curve Europe is when it comes to dance music." That pronouncement is this category—which has six nominees instead of five—in a nutshell.

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Live: Deadmau5 Gets The Heads Bobbing At Roseland

Categories: Deadmau5, Live

Jen Maler
Roseland Ballroom
Friday, October 7

Better than: Waiting for people to show up to an empty room.

It's a tricky thing, the dance concert. Do you treat it like a regular show and face the performer in a gesture of celebrity worship, or do you lose yourself in the music, figuring that doing so is the ultimate tribute to the artistry being put forth? At Friday night's performance by the Canadian producer/DJ who goes by the name Deadmau5—the fourth concert in a six-show Roseland string—the audience opted for the former, even though the "celebrity" being showered with adulation was a man rendered somewhat anonymous by the giant mouse head (made of what looked like golden cheese!) topping his frame.

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Live: Deadmau5 Lights Up An Already Lit-Up Crowd At Roseland

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Clearly reaching for Daft Punk-ian heights. Pics by Chris, more below.
Deadmau5/Erol Alkan/Afrojack
Roseland Ballroom
Friday, October 29

In the 1920s, the Roseland Ballroom was known as "the home of refined dancing," playing host to the likes of Louis Armstrong and Count Basie. These days, Deadmau5, a dude in a giant, lit-up mouse head, plays techno for a few thousand E'd up teenagers. My, how things can change in 90 years.

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Stream Deadmau5's Set at Provocateur Last Night

Fresh off his stint DJing the MTV Video Music Awards (netting him invaluable 10-second bursts of airtime!), electro-house misfit Deadmau5 dropped by swank West Side club Provocateur last night ("It is rumored that entry will be like getting into Fort Knox") and apparently UStreamed his entire set from inside the booth, on the off chance that you weren't able to, you know, get into Fort Knox.

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