Daedelus – Righteous Fists of Harmony

Teaser vid for Daedelus' upcoming LP on Brainfeeder, Righteous Fists of Harmony. If you can't wait until March 23, he'll be playing at the Belmont on February 19 with Nosaj Thing and Jogger on the Magical Properties Tour. I guarantee this guy will put a smile on your face...

Daedelus "Righteous Fists of Harmony" from DestroyRockMusic Inc. on Vimeo.

the xx – Islands (Nosaj Thing Remix)

Now this is an interesting pair. The xx and Nosaj Thing represent two different paths to the same creation: music that is hauntingly ethereal and deeply personal on a nearly confessional scale. Whereas the xx show remarkable restraint, practically using silence as another component of their sparse yet penetrating melodies, Nosaj Thing fills their empty spaces with his characteristically poignant synth rolls. The collaboration is stunning. Nosaj Thing's insistent yet somehow organic mechanical prowess sweeps up and engulfs the original song's earnest pleas of devotion, subtly chopping the vocals towards the end, leaving a mechanical imprint on their pathos.This is what love sounds like it the computer age.

Islands - the xx (Nosaj Thing Remix)

Q&A: Nosaj Thing

The  Red Bull Megahurtz event is just around the corner now and if you're as excited as we are about it than you are just counting down the hours (23) until the shit hits the fan. Musical modulator and charming innovator Nosaj Thing (a.k.a. Jason Cheung) hails from the City of Angels, just dropped his first full length LP, Drift, and is en-route to melt faces with the debut of his Sync Live AV set at Megahurtz. One of Lookout's own got the chance to ask Nosaj Thing some questions. Look below for the interview.

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Lookout: Just to start off, the demo video for your new Synced Visual Show is absolutely mind blowing. What was the inspiration for bringing such innovation to the live show, how exactly do you manipulate visual features, and are you excited to debut the show at MegaHurtz?

Nosaj Thing: I got inspired to do a live visual show after seeing Cornelius play a couple years ago. It was the idea of creating an experience instead of the just having the typical visuals for the music. The whole show came together naturally...my girlfriend, Julia Tsao and our friend Adam Guzman are currently in the media design program and Art Center College of Design. Julia has an interest in experience design and Adam is interested in tying his visual work with music. We just kept building ideas and created clips using Adobe After Effects. The show is controlled with Modul8 and M-Audio midi controllers. We are very excited that we are getting this amazing opportunity to makme this show come to life.

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Lookout: You recently dropped a new album, titled Drift, alongside some serious remixes for Flying Lotus and Daedelus. Is there an aspect of the production spectrum, original or remix, that you prefer to work with?

Nosaj Thing: It's fun to work on remixes because the challenge but I prefer to work on original music. Writing music is therapeutic for me and I feel most satisfied when starting with a blank canvas.

Lookout: There seems to be a lot of synergy within LA's creative community, as evidenced by your collaboration with LA institution Undefeated, which put out a limited edition shirt in honor of you album Drift. What has it really been like coming up and living in Los Angeles?

Nosaj Thing: I've been living here all my life and I've been exposed to music everywhere I go. I got into hip hop when I was in 4th grade! My school's bus driver always had the local hip hop radio station locked. This was when the Beat Junkies were the residents. Right now, the community is so rich with amazing artists and it's been very inspiring for everyone.

Lookout: You're coming off a big year, including a new album, seemingly nonstop tour dates, and the development of a whole take on the live show. What does the coming year hold for you?

Nosaj Thing: I started working on my next album and hope to do more live shows with the visual concept.

Interview by Liam O'Keef

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Red Bull MEGAHURTZ A/V Experience @ Pop MTL

RED BULL x POP MTL x LOOKOUT present:

MEGAHURTZ: LIVE AUDIO/VISUAL EXPERIENCE

Calling the Red Bull Megahurtz A/V experience a new innovation in the realm of the live show would be like calling a Ferrari a slight enhancement of the horse and buggy. On October 1, Red Bull MEGAHURTZ promises to deliver the goods, submerging partygoers in a cataclysmic live production orchestrated by nine of Canada’s top electronic audio/visual producers.

For more info, downloads, interviews and preview see our preview

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► SOUND STUDIO ON STAGE

NOSAJ THING, MEGASOID, GRAHM ZILLA (THUNDERHEIST), BARLETTA, LUNICE, HOVATRON & MORE

WILL INTRODUCE ELEMENTS FROM THEIR ELECTRONIC LAB TO THE STAGE, where they will produce and perform original music to the audience on the spot.

An official showcase of the POP Montreal International Music Festival, Red Bull MegaHurtz will premiere at Studio Juste Pour Rire, 2101 St-Laurent Blvd, on Thursday, October 1.

TICKETS : 12$ advance / 15$ door

OFF THE HOOK 1021 Ste-Catherine
MOOG Audio 3828 Boul. St-Laurent
OLDgOLD 256 Mont-Royal Est
STUDIO JUST POUR RIRE 2101 St-Laurent
HTTP://ADMISSION.CA

SHOW STARTS AT 10PM SHARP
Don't be late for the full experience!

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► NOSAJ THING (Alpha Pup, Los Angeles)
▒ LIVE A/V SHOW PREMIER !!!
http://myspace.com/nosajthing
http://nosajthing.com

Nosaj Thing, who will be debuting his new A/V experience. As he performs live his devastatingly huge experimental, Flying Lotus-esque glitch hop, Nosaj Thing will be simultaneously orchestrating his own light show, the likes of which’s clarity, precision, and coordination have never before been executed, let alone attempted in a live, improvisational setting. For a sample, check out the AV test on http://nosajthing.com

► MEGASOID (Ninja Tune, MTL)
http://myspace.com/megasoidkult

These top-notch Montreal knobturners and Turbo Crunk veterans, composed of SPKRBRUZR and Hadji Bakara (Wolf Parade), were responsible for what Spin magazine called Pop Montreal 2008’s best show, not to mention dozens of other fully packed showcases, both legal and illegal. This year they make their triumphant Pop Montreal return with their signature big street bass and scuzzy synth take on hip hop bangers more intact than ever.

► GRAHM ZILLA (Thunderheist) Montreal
http://myspace.com/grahmzillamusic

Breaking out of his shell as the producer for Thunderheist, Grahmzilla will be debuting some new solo material. Fans of Thunderheist’s hyped-up pop will not be disappointed, nor will lucky fans who’ve already heard some of Grahmzilla’s remixes. Scuzzed up power pop never sounded so good!

► JELO (Bugeyed Records)
http://www.djjelo.com

Legendary Toronto producer and DJ Jelo brings his innovative and hugely versatile live show to Pop Montreal! Expect big things from Jelo, he can rifle his live mixes through damn near every genre conceived and he never disappoints!

► NEIGHBOUR Calgary (Home Breakin Records)
http://www.homebreakinrecords.com/

Neighbour’s hybrid DJ/live showcases are nearing legend status. Heavy, dangerously improvised, and constantly hurtling on the edge of chaos – this is what Megahurtz is all about!

► HOVATRON Montreal (Night Trackin)
http://myspace.com/hovatron

Hovatron, a pioneer of the infamous Turbo Crunk nights is the renaissance man responsible for the impressive visuals at this years insane St. Jean Baptiste Bridge Burner party. Hes also got a new EP of technologic bass brrrapp blowing up the coaxil in your modem.

► LUNICE Montreal (LuckyMe)
http://myspace.com/lunice

Anyone lucky enough to catch one of Lunice’s prolific shows this summer, including a gig opening for Flying Lotus at Club Lambi, knows what Lunice is capable of, both behind the controls and on the dancefloor. Another Turbo Crunk regular, Lunice pushes the progressive street bass sound into another dimension!

► BARLETTA Toronto (Tremendous Records)
http://myspace.com/barletta

Barletta earned a rep by slaying crowds at every party he's held down, and there have been many.
His work earned him a home on Grandtheft of Team Canada's imprint Tremendous Records! Do not sleep on this set, Barletta goes off!

► GREENMACHINE (Quebec City)

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THURSDAY 1 OCT STUDIO JUSTE POUR RIRE
► DOORS 9PM
► SHOW BEGINS @ 10PM SHARP

TICKETS : 12$ advance / 15$ door

OFF THE HOOK 1021 Ste-Catherine
MOOG Audio 3828 Boul. St-Laurent
OLDgOLD 256 Mont-Royal Est
STUDIO JUST POUR RIRE 2101 St-Laurent
HTTP://ADMISSION.CA
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