UnDeadmau5 Survives Club Fire

Progressive House producer, Deadmau5 had a scary run-in with an airhorn last friday playing a show at New York City’s Provocateur club in the Meatpacking District. While premiering his Twitter collaboration “The Veldt” to the crowd, the Mau5 got a little too squeaky with his airhorn, causing sparks to fly and nearly engulf the star-studded DJ booth, which included the likes of Ciara and model Hillary Rhoda, as reported by Spinner.

Beastie Boys' Adam "MCA" Yauch Dead At 47

Reported earlier today and later confirmed by Billboard; Beastie Boys founder, Adam “MCA” Yauch has passed away at the age of 47. Yauch had been undergoing treatment for a cancerous tumor in his parotid gland since he announced his diagnosis in 2009.

Yauch and the Beastie Boys originally formed as a Brooklyn-based hardcore punk band in the late ’70s, but by the release of their 1986 debut album Licensed to Ill, the boys had followed their initial experimentations and become a full-fledged hip-hop group.

Writing rough-edged rap lyrics and layering them over hard rock riffs, MCA, Mike D, and Ad-Rock changed the culture of hip-hop forever. And although their sound matured and diversified drastically over the years, they remained a constant and formidable force in the world of hip-hop and popular music in general.

Yauch became increasingly interested in humanitarian efforts and spirituality as his career progressed. He co-organized the wildly popular Tibetan Freedom Concerts in the late ’90s, and became a vocal advocate for Buddhism. Other projects included his extensive music video direction for the Beastie Boys (Under the pseudonym “Nathanial Hí¶rnblowér”) and the creation of the film production company Oscilloscope Laboratories.

Yauch is survived by his wife and daughter, and will never be forgotten by the legion of Beastie Boys fans around the world.

Dave Grohl To Direct And Produce 'Sound City'

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters is set to helm a documentary about the famed Sound City Studios located in Van Nyus, California.

As reported by Variety, Grohl was inspired to make the film after purchasing a 1972 Neve 8028 recording console from the studio, when they closed for commercial use in May of last year. The console is known for legendary sound quality and was the workhorse on albums by everyone from Fleetwood Mac to Tom Petty, Neil Young, Guns N’ Roses, Rage Against The Machine, Nine Inch Nails, and Metallica. Grohl himself recorded Nirvana‘s 1991 revolutionary album Nevermind at the star studded studio.

Sound City is a film about America’s greatest unsung recording studio,” Grohl said. “Deep in California’s sun-burnt San Fernando Valley, it was the birthplace of legend. It was witness to history.”

The documentary will focus on the albums recorded there through interviews with the artists and producers, as well as featured performances, and a discussion on the human element of music in such a digital age. Still no word on a release date, but we’re hoping it’s because they are taking their time mixing the audio on that gorgeous Neve board that Grohl has laying around.

SoundTrax: Pounding Pavement

The hard-hitting wompage of American style EDM has become the life force of the growing genre, so instead of trying to work against it (even though we really want to) we’ve decided to highlight some of the artists who we think are using this new sonic field in an interesting way. The genre, best described as electro house or complextro, takes the grit and grime from American dubstep but drops the half-time rhythm in favor of the uptempo house style of four-on-the-floor. What it creates is a driving, pulsing, rhythmic genre with more than enough ear candy to hold the attention span of any frat boy. In typical SoundTrax fashion, this playlist is versatile and could hold up equally as well on a dance floor as it could in a mosh pit. But we think its best suited for running on the open pavement. Not cramped in some dark, sweaty room on a treadmill, but outside on a bright, crisp day. So pick your favorite trail, download the 8tracks app to your phone, plug in your headphones, tie your laces and hit the road.

SoundTrax: Pounding Pavement from OurStage on 8tracks.


Jack White To Score Johnny Depp's 'The Lone Ranger'

Fresh off the release of his solo debut Blunderbuss, Jack White is set to score Disney’s remake of The Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. Though this will not be White’s first exposure to film music, it is the first chance he’s had to score an entire picture. His previous film work includes the Alicia Keys collaboration “Another Way To Die” from the 2008 James Bond film Quantum Of Solace, and his cover of “Wayfaring Stranger” for Cold Mountain.

The Lone Ranger, like Depp’s blockbuster Pirates Of The Caribbean, will be directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer
Films. On White’s role, Bruckheimer told Variety: “Jack’s an amazing songwriter with a unique style… We’re thrilled to hear his fresh take on the William Tell Overture.”

If Blunderbuss was any indication of what we can expect from White, his sense for rootsy-Americana-blues combined with hard-edged rock’n’roll will create a familiar yet jarring soundscape to the film. Safe to say, our interest is piqued. The film is set to release May 31, 2013 and will begin filming soon in New Mexico.

SoundTrax: Summer Festival Preview

As the summer festival series approaches, and the EDM movement shows no signs of letting up; producers and DJs are in full swing pumping out their biggest tracks of the year in anticipation of the neon-clad, twenty-something crowds that will descend on fields and desert landscapes all across the US during the summer months.  The rave scene in America is slowly morphing out of the awkward teenage years of the big beat ’90s and is beginning to solidify itself as a vibrant, respected aspect of the music industry. With this explosion of popularity, the production of these events has skyrocketed, which means no more illegal warehouses or abandoned airplane hangers. Now they’re out in the open for everyone to see. Featuring extensive light shows, interactive art exhibits, go-go dancers and even carnival rides, raves have become a multi-sensory experience like never before. And so, EDM artists have been forced to up their game in order to hold the attention of our instant-gratification-oriented generation.

SoundTrax: Summer Festivals from OurStage on 8tracks.

The rolling loops of Fatboy Slim, sliced with clever recognizable a cappella’s are no longer enough. The music has morphed, along with the culture, into something that can stand on it’s own. No longer are dance tracks just loop-based building blocks for a DJ to create a set out of”these are legitimate songs in their own right. For this week at SoundTrax, I’ve put together a list of tracks that I think are bound to make huge waves at this season’s summer festivals. Porter Robinson and Madeon kick us off with my two personal favorite tracks from the past month. TheFatRat and Lenno infuse some disco sensibilities into the middle portion, while David Guetta proves that you can be the king of pop-house and still make some respectable dance tunes. Finally, U Tern‘s remix of Mark Ronson provides you with a jittery, down tempo tune to help release all the tension.