Daft Punk Coming Back

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The word is out. Daft Punk are getting ready to release their fourth album this spring!

Le Parisien, the second largest French newspaper, has leaked word that the legendary Daft Punk will be releasing their new album under Sony at some point in the spring. This is Daft Punk’s first album with Sony after releasing their previous three with EMI. The switch to Sony brings with it an opportunity for huge worldwide distribution as well as the significant marketing and promotional platform that comes with one of the world’s biggest labels.

According to Le Parisien, Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo talked to friends about the upcoming release and move to Sony’s Columbia label at an album launch party last week. Details of the deal are being finalized in the US.

Now that we can put the Daft Punk return rumors to rest let the rumors of their return appearances begin. Could they make a surprise appearance at Coachella this year? Or will they be the biggest name to come out on Ultra’s Phase 3 lineup? Stay tuned for more updates!

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When Promoters Fail: The New York Story

ASOT600 NYCSo today word got out that ASOT 600 New York will be an all ages event at Madison Square Garden (MSG); another miss-step in the long running saga of this event. It started with the delayed announcement of the location, followed by the late lineup announcement a week later & now the fact that there will be no age restriction on attendees.

If anything can be learned from the past, it’s that these events need to have a strict age restriction of 18+ but preferably 21+. When an event is set to take place at one of the most high profile venues in North America, MSG, the promoters need take every possible measure to ensure no issues can damage the reputation of the artists, the community, as well as the EDM scene in general. Allowing kids of all ages to attend is a recipe for disaster.

Two recent examples of EDM events with young attendee problems that come to my mind are the Pilly event a couple months back & EDC LA 2010. After a 15 year old girl overdosed & passed away in the LA Coliseum in 2010, the city banned all EDM events from the Coliseum. This was a huge news story in Los Angeles and it had a significant impact on large scale events being booked in the city. It is crucial for promoters to act responsibly and prevent these things from happening repeatedly.

A lot of people are saying Made Event made this decision in order to make sure the event sells out. A State of Trance 600 in New York City should not have a problem selling out even with an 18+ or 21+ age restriction. The selling out excuse is garbage; if the promoters were concerned with the event not selling out, they should have either not bid for the event or booked a smaller venue. Is it better to sell 10,000 tickets with an age restriction that goes off without a hitch or to sell 14,000 tickets and have your event all over the news for the wrong reasons?

The last thing I’ll mention about this whole situation is the fact that none of the “mainstream” EDM blogs are covering the topic. They may have legitimate reasons for it, such as turn around time; however, this is an issue that needs to be addressed by all key influencers in the scene. If you are avoiding covering this topic because you’re scared of pissing off the promoters and losing your press passes shame on you! This issue needs to be addressed by the entire community to prevent the past from repeating itself.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic! Please leave your comments below.

Save the 2nd Weekend of Ultra Music Festival

UPDATED 1.10.13 Earlier today, this resolution was taken to a vote at the Commission of the City of Miami and the resolution did not pass. This means the 2nd weekend of Ultra Music Festival is approved and set to go. Thank you to everyone who took part in the petition campaign and helped save the 2nd weekend of this special event!

If you want to celebration A State of Trance 600 in Miami then you need to take action now!

The Commission of the City of Miami has put forth a resolution to ban the Bayfront Park Management Trust from holding the second weekend of Ultra Music Festival. If this resolution passes the city commission, the second weekend of UMF will be shutdown along with the ASOT 600 celebration that’s set to take place on the 24th of March. Check out the full lineup here!

YOU can take action in helping stop this resolution. All you have to do is click on Change.org and sign the petition; the goal is to reach 10,000 signatures by Thursday morning so all the signed petitions can be printed and presented to the commission. You can read the full resolution that’s being presented to the commission below.

UMF Cancellation Resolution

007: Skyfall Review

007 is back and better than ever! If you haven’t seen the movie yet, make sure to go out and watch it before reading this. I’m not taking responsibility for spoiling the movie for you. You’ve been warned! So let’s get into the review. I’m going to take a look at three areas; the sound score, acting & VFX, and the story-line.

Sound Score

From the opening minutes, to the opening credits and the theme song of Skyfall, the sound score managed to place the viewers into James Bond’s universe. As always, the opening credit sequence was done masterfully, with the theme song coming from Adele & Paul Epworth. Thomas Newman was the sound composer for the movie and he did an amazing job of interweaving key elements of the Skyfall theme along with the classic 007 theme song.

Acting

With his latest performance as Bond, Daniel Craig managed to fully own 007. He is now Bond to a brand new generation of viewers, and in my opinion the only other Bond who is ahead of Craig is Sean Connery. Judi Dench again did an excellent job portraying the role of M and the supporting cast provided the perfect blend of things one expects from a Bond flick. Javier Bardem was cast as Raoul Silva, the former MI6 agent turned Bond villain. He was probably the most flamboyant Bond villain in the 50 years of the series.

In terms of visual effects, the movie was full of epic action sequences mixed into exotic locations along with the usual fight scenes and explosions that made it such a visual experience. The only issue I had with the VFX was in the scene where the Subway tube crashed through the roof into an underground location. This scene came off a bit too fake, and my main problem with it was the fact that there were no people inside the wagons other than the driver. But again, the overall package was such a joy to watch that unless you were watching with an eye to pick out problems with the VFX you wouldn’t have anything negative to say.

Story-line

As the franchise evolves into the 21st century, this rendition of Bond had a story based around cyber-crime and the damage terrorists can do with a few clicks of the mouse. I won’t give away too many details of the story because I want everyone to go out and form your own opinion. However, one thing that really stuck out to me was the fact that Silva developed such a dynamic plot for his attack without any explanation of where he got all the resources from. Maybe that was a subtlety that I missed and watching Skyfall a second time could clear it up. Overall the plot kept me on the edge of my seat throughout and I definitely recommend everyone to go watch it. Looking forward, the Bond franchise is in great hands and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

The Slutification of Halloween

Time to get controversial & offend some people, but hey if the shoe fits, hopefully this is a wakeup call for you. I’m going to go off topic on this edition of The Hit List since the topic is unavoidable this time of the year. Happy National “It’s Ok to Dress like a Whore” Day! (a.k.a. Halloween)

Seems like every year our society dives deeper & deeper into degeneration, & I for one, am sick & tired of it. Every costume I see out there seems like it’s an everyday character/occupation with a “slut” in front of it. Slutty cop, slutty nurse, slutty maid, slutty firefighter, slutty little red riding hood, etc. The only costume missing is a slutty slut… o wait, that’s all the girls that give up on the whole costume thing & go out in lingerie.

I want to know what the reasoning is behind wearing these low class costumes. Here are some possibilities:

  • Is it because you are so desperate for attention that you’ve come to the conclusion that you need to wear the skimpiest outfit you can find?
  • Is it that you have such low self-esteem that wearing next to nothing & having perverted guys stare at you all night long makes you feel better about yourself?
  • Or could it be that you have no class, self-control, & integrity?

I personally think it’s all of the above. Turning into a slut for a night is not the way to get noticed. I’m pretty sure the people you’ll be getting attention from are not the people you want or should be getting attention from. No self-respecting, upstanding guy with integrity goes out on Halloween looking for girls who look the sluttiest. In fact, most guys who have class & dignity are probably not out on Halloween. Do you honestly think your “dream guy” wants to be seen in public with the slutty nurse from the other night? Didn’t think so.

Halloween has turned into a free pass for people to make complete fools out of themselves without any repercussions. Well you know what, I’m calling you out. I’m judging you. Why? Because you chose to put yourselves in this position. Wake up & smell the roses, the world doesn’t revolve around you. Stop being such attention whores, get your acts together & grow up.

Courageous Movie Review

I went out & watched Courageous this weekend, and I have to say it was one of the most moving movies I’ve seen in my life. I won’t give away the plot line because I HIGHLY recommend everyone go out and watch this film; however, I want to touch on some of the movie’s key topics as well as the business end of things.

Theme

Courageous is a Christian movie, and its key theme is that of men standing up and taking responsibility for themselves and their family. In today’s pop culture, this is a theme that’s rarely touched upon, so it was very refreshing to see a movie portray the subject so effectively. In a culture where men have been sissified to a point were all that’s expected of us is to sit in front of a TV watching sports & drinking beer, Courageous does an excellent job of showing what REALLY defines manhood.

I would love for all the sissified men to go out and watch this movie, but unfortunately they will be too busy sitting on their couch or my favorite excuse “this movie has no explosions.” Come on now, why don’t you watch something that will help improve who you are rather than wasting two hours on big explosions and loud noises. Courageous shows what men can become if they take God seriously, take their responsibilities seriously, and BE REAL MEN.

Business

From a industry perspective, again the movie’s opening weekend was a huge success. It came in 4th place at the box office with $8.9 million in ticket sales. Considering the movie was made on a $2 million budget this is already a big achievement.

Most big Hollywood releases today have average marketing expenses anywhere between 15%-25% on top of the movie’s production budget. Courageous on the other hand, had virtually no marketing costs and was only shown on about 1160 screen as opposed to the weekend’s other major releases which were shown on upwards of 2500 screens. Again, this shows what an amazing job Sherwood Pictures (production company) was able to do in getting the word about the movie.

Courageous also hit high marks with CinemaScore audiences rating the movie an A+! To put that in perspective, only 3 other films have gotten a perfect score this year; The Help, Soul Surfer, and Dolphin Tale. Again, this shows what an impactful message Courageous delivers. Not only was the audience engaged with the film throughout, but the message resonated with viewers.

Again, I highly recommend this movie to anyone. Especially all you guys out there!