Did you know that October is Country Music Month? It was first designated back in 1964 by the Country Music Association to celebrate the heritage of the music, the Grand Ole Opry, and the annual CMA awards, which--guess what--also traditionally happen in October or November (this year it's Nov. 9). A not-so-strange coincidence, perhaps--but whatever the origin, it's a good excuse to dig deep into the world of country music, including surfacing some great free country music downloads on MP3.com.
Scandals, celebrity, grime and glamour all mould together when it comes to Los Angeles. For decades it’s been filled with the kind of parties your mother told you to avoid, but still it pull in generation after generation of the young and impressionable.
Electronic music is intrinsically linked to technology. As the latter grows at an exponential rate, the umbrella genre is never far behind, evidenced by the myriad sub-genres that have developed, flourished, and disappeared since synthesizers, drum machines, and the PC became cheaper and more accessible. It would be a fool's mission to enumerate every branch of electronic music over the course of the past 40 years, so we'll eat our humble pie and stick with the most notable genres of the past couple of years.
Today London is home to one of the most vibrant electronic scenes in the world, with a seemingly limitless amount of talented, forward thinking producers putting out new music everyday. One of the hottest labels there is Night Slugs, home to artists like Bok Bok, Girl Unit, Kingdom and many others.
Comprised of two dudes (Daniel Hunt-L and Reuben Wu-R) on instruments and two ice-princess frontwomen (Mira Aroyo and Helena Marnie), Liverpool-based Ladytron is quite simply one of the most awesome bands to ever rise up out of electronic music's ashes. In this week's Spotlight, we caught up with Reuben Wu before this Thursday's Seattle gig at the Decibel Festival to tell us which electronic artists are rocking his dance world. Check out his list, and then grab a free download of a Ladytron song!
First it made its home at places like Studio 54, and then -- thanks to synthesizers -- it had the entire '80s decade to call home. In the'90s, it spent most of its time at raves and now in the '00s, electronic music might as well be considered pop. There are a lot of artists who've had a hand in that (from David Bowie, Radiohead to Madonna and Britney Spears) so we thank them for taking a chance on our beloved beats.
As genres evolve, they become harder to distinguish from each other. Electronic music has always shared a close connection with Hip-Hop, as producers in both genres use the same drum machines and samplers to make their music. In the end what really separates the two?
For Day 4 of our Electronic Weekly Playlist, we bring you a couple of tunes to kick back and relax with. Though a lot of electronica is oriented towards club and party atmospheres, a large portion of it is intended to be relaxing hang-out music.