More Of HIDE Becomes Unhidden
Sometimes, you just need a wingman. This was apparently the case when Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, or The Bloody Beetroots, decided to serenade the women of the world with his latest preview, All The Girls (Around The World), and who better to help you win over the womenfolk than the smooth-sounding Theophilus London?
The clip shares a definite departure from Rifo’s typical dark and dangerous aesthetic, opting for a more bouncy, pop-oriented production. When added to the contrastingly straight-faced Out Of Sight collab with Paul McCartney, HIDE should make for a diverse and interesting listen.
Watch the behind-the-scenes video below, and pick up HIDE when it drops this month.
Astro-Boys Figure And Nick Thayer
It’s been awhile since we slapped a preview on repeat, but Nick Thayer shared a bombshell of a collab with the Indiana-based OWSLA bass-head Figure early this morning, titled Astro, and we’re shamelessly looped. He shared a message to fans along with the upload:
“I have a collaboration with my buddy FIGURE called ‘ASTRO’ that comes out on his EP on OWSLA next week. It sounds a lot like this. In fact in sounds exactly like this.”
Not much to say, other than thanks, guys. Super looking forward to what will likely result in a criminally funky jam from two of our favorite producers. Pick up Figure’s Horns Of The Apocalypse release on OWSLA, featuring the full version of Astro, when it drops Sept. 10.
Rotella In The Clear
Insomniac officials announced Friday that the two-year-old civil suit against Pasquale Rotella was officially dropped, clearing the CEO of charges linking him to a multimillion-dollar kickback scheme involving use of the venue for events.
Las Vegas Weekly reports that refiling efforts on behalf of the LA Coliseum have failed, and Insomniac attorney Gary Jay Kaufman released this statement:
“We have maintained from day one that the Coliseum’s meritless lawsuit was ill-conceived, politically motivated and publicity driven. We are very pleased that the Court recognized that Insomniac and Mr. Rotella’s business with the Coliseum was lawful and transparent.
Now, all Rotella has to worry about is how to outdo himself after EDC 2013.
Canada Lumps Fee Onto Foreign Acts
In a move that has us scratching our heads, Canadian Employment, Social Development, and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney (yes, in Canadian government, someone really has that title and long list of responsibilities) recently announced that a $275 fee will be charged to all performing artists, managers, and the like stopping off on tour on Canadian soil.
The Globe And Mail reports that the levy may even be substantial enough to keep some international artists from touring in Canada.
However, music festivals, large venues and any club dedicated to music are exempt from having to apply for work permits, and thanks to an agreement between the US and Canada, these new fees don’t apply to American citizens. which means this will really only affect the smaller artists… you know, the ones who make only a few hundred dollars a night?
Among recent news that would bring a grin to the mug of one Dillon Francis, the Canadian government is seeing a good deal of blowback on the decision, and members of the public and music industry with a counter-argument are gaining momentum. A petition was created by part-time promoter Carlyle Doherty, claiming that the extra cost would “inevitably cripple small music venues and small business talent buyers.” G&M reports that the petition attracted more than 75,000 signatures within two days.
Canadian officials responded to the claims, pointing out the similar difficulties Canadian artists have while playing in the States.
“For a Canadian band to enter the U.S., the paperwork is burdensome, there is a substantial fee, and some of the visas have numerical caps,” explained Alexandra Fortier of the Office of the Minister of Employment and Social Development. “So, Canada’s system is still quite fair and generous.”
We’ll keep you up to speed on this one, eh?
EZoo Offers Full Refunds For Day 3
In response to a less-than-smooth weekend for Electric Zoo festival in New York, organizers Made Event announced that they will be issuing refunds for day three, which was cancelled after two festival-goers died and more were hospitalized during day two in incidents connected with MDMA use.
Full refunds for Sunday passes to Electric Zoo 2013 will be issued automatically. Customers who bought a three-Day Pass will receive a 33 percent refund, and those who bought a Friday/Sunday combo pass will receive a 50 percent refund.
All money aside, the sad turn of events sent waves across the music industry and even uprooted an old video with the perfect message.
The thoughtful and heartwarming PSA features Kaskade, A-Trak, and more, including Tommie himself, speaking the truth on drug and festival safety and according to a Tweet from Sunshine, has never once been aired in the two years since its creation.
More info about refunds here.