October 31st, 2008

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whats up everybody!!!

the tour has been incredibly off the hook, i am so grateful for all the support and high energy and nonstop enthusiasm. THANK YOU!!!

So the election is THIS TEUSDAY!
i do not need to preach to the converted, or yap your ear off. it’s simple:

1. We MUST maximize our democracy and we MUST vote the Republicans out of office. we MUST make Obama the next president.
But beyond that, are TONS of local issues that affect you and your family. MAXIMIZE the democracy by getting involved…EDUCATE yourself.

2. You can make an enormous difference by taking a few hours over the next few days and make sure everyone you know is going to vote or already has. Help your friends and your friend’s friends, and your friend’s parents, and your enemies parents and your parole officer and your girlfriend’s neighbor FIND THEIR VOTING PLACE and make sure they go and vote. (whoever thinks they are too cool to vote or talk politics in this country is a fool and does not deserve the constitutional rights that they have)

3. There are a LOT of issues besides the obvious presidential issue. Loads of propositions, and congressional/senate votes too! Lots of LOCAL issues too! Lots of BAD IDEAS with good names, seeking your (our) money, and vice versa. SO YOU MUST EDUCATE YOURSELF AND EACH OTHER. (a great example of this is the california initiative: Alternative Fuels And Renewable Energy. GREAT NAME RIGHT?? except this is a FUCKED initiative wit a nice name…be careful of the names of these things… you gotta RESEARCH)
***In california, BOTH INITIATIVES with nice eco-friendly names are BAD for the cause, they are tricking you. great example of how important it is to RESEARCH and EDUCATE YOURSELF before voting.

4. Below is a voting guide. I used it. i trust it, but YOU SHOULD READ IT and decide for yourself. i vote in accordance with The League of Women VOters about 90% of the time…they are ON POINT. my friends at False Profit also have some really good insight. Read, and then decide for yourself. GET OUT THERE AND CRUSH IT, MY FRIENDS!!!!!

(i happen to know more about the California issues than other places, but if you research trustworthy sources like LWV and Green Party you are on the right track.)

NATION WIDE:
You can find your ballot & polling place for ANY state by visiting:
http://www.smartvoter.org/

the “official website” of the California secretary of state w/info on voting in California:
http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/

league of women voter’s California proposition recommendations
http://ca.lwv.org/action/prop0811/flyer.html

Also, here are the green party recommendations on California ballot propositions: http://www.cagreens.org/elections/2008/Propositions.081104.shtml

ANNDD…..
Here is the False Profit guide to the propositions. I voted with an absentee ballot, but if i was home i would vote early and i would follow this:

California Propositions

• Prop 1A: High-speed rail from SF to LA – YES
This proposition would authorize about $10 billion in bonds, which would be used in conjunction with federal and private funding, to aid in constructing a planned high-speed rail system in california. This chunk of funding would be directed to the SF-to-LA corridor in particular. SF to LA in 2.5 hours for $55?? Hellz yeah–let’s get building!  Maybe not the best use of funds right now, but damn it’d be sweet.

• Prop 2: Fair treatment of farm animals – YES
This requires by law that farm animals have enough room in their cages to move. This is more humane than not giving them the room to move.  http://yesonprop2.com/
(and even if you are not an animal rights activist: healthier farms = healthier food)

• Prop 3: Children’s Hospital Bond Act – YES
Authorizes $980 million in general obligation bonds for remodeling and equipping children’s hospitals in CA. Currently the California health care system is crippled by a staggering number of uninsured patients and underfunding for the struggling MediCal system. These financial woes are compounded by the Seismic Safety Law that went into effect in Jan of this year requiring that all CA hospitals renovate or rebuild in accordance with strict earthquake standards. Hospitals unable to comply face closure by 2013. I think the SF Chronicle put it best: “Our reservations about obtaining bond money through the initiative process are trumped by the need to assure that these facilities – known for their specialized care and groundbreaking research – remain open.”

• Prop 4: Waiting Period and Parental Notification for Abortion – NO NO NO
This would require that all women under the age of 18 get parental consent before they can be legally given an abortion. This poses a significant challenge to the right of women in this age group to have abortions. This is the third attempt to chip away at abortion rights for minors in the past few years. We think that is a shame.  I want to stress people vote NOOOOO on this dangerous legislation that would require young women who find themselves in difficult situations to tell their parents before receiving an abortion. Don’t get me wrong, I am a mother and would want my daughter to tell me if she were pregnant, but I DO NOT WANT the state FORCING her to do so.  http://www.noonprop4.org/

• Prop 5: Nonviolent Offenders: Sentencing, Parole and Rehabilitation – YES
According to the ACLU, An ambitious criminal justice reform measure, Proposition 5 offers common sense solutions to prison overcrowding by providing drug treatment as an alternative to incarceration for non-violent offenders, saving California taxpayers billions of dollars.?I just want to second the “yes” on this one – I’ve been hearing about it from the Drug Policy Alliance for months, and the consortium of groups including the ACLU and DPA that have been working really hard on this prop is excited about its potential to let CA become a model that influences criminal justice policy nationally in a more humane (and economically practical) direction. Big yes…Obama has been distracting me from making as much noise about this one as I should be. B/c as befits any common sense crime-related bill, it’s the subject of baseless “criminals are scary and are coming for your children, if Barack Obama and his cadre of terrorists doesn’t get them first” type campaigning.

• Prop 6: Criminal Penalties and Laws and Public Safety Funding – NO
This will allow more people under the age of 18 to be tried as adults. It is costly to the state and to society as it will mean more people are in jail.

• Prop 7: Renewable Energy – NO NO!
This prop is will force small renewable energy companies out of the market, disrupt that market, and is opposed by everyone with a pulse.  Too fast, too simple, unconsidered (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/10/05/ED7D137S5T.DTL)

• Prop 8: Limit on Marriage – NONONONONONO?This prop would write discrimination into an amendment to the state constitution. Prop 8 eliminates the rights of same sex couples to marry and states that the only legal marriages are ones between a woman and a man. It would significantly reverse America’s progress on equality by denying an already recognized right to a community that includes many individuals we know and admire. Furthermore, San Francisco has a strong tradition of honoring and celebrating diversity. We welcome people of all creeds, colors, beliefs and sexual orientations. As a result, this city stands as a beacon to those who seek to live their lives free from discrimination. It is also the reason San Francisco has been at the forefront of movements for civil rights and equality for more than a century. We can’t backpedal on this one.  http://www.noonprop8.com/home

• Prop 9: Criminal Justice System: Parole and Victims’ Rights – NO?According to the ACLU, Prop 9 is a well intentioned but poorly written and truly dangerous initiative. It will negatively impact California’s most vulnerable residents — our children — by diverting hundreds of millions from schools and education to spending on prisons and jails. It puts huge burdens on local law enforcement and creates more red tape but does not provide new services to victims.

• Prop 10: Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Renewable Energy – NO
Using less oil is good. So is developing renewable energy sources. However, the devil is in the details. The way “alternative fuel vehicle” is defined in this measure, the vast majority of the public funds set aside will go to unnecessary natural gas car and truck subsidies. This is a developed technology that private investors are already funding, and the vehicles are already selling well. More importantly there will be little or no reduction in the environmental impact, mainly because natural gas vehicles are only slightly cleaner than regular cars. Prop 10 is backed and funded by T. Boone Pickens, a Texas oilman who has recently made large investments in natural gas. It’s a bad return on taxpayer investment, basically designed to enrich a small set of businessmen.

• Prop 11: Redistricting Amendment – NO
This prop changes the authority over the geographic boundaries for state and federal congressional districts from elected representatives to an unelected commission of fourteen. Even if the process for selecting these fourteen people was not as absurdly convoluted as it is proposed, it would still be a bad idea to give fourteen people control over a power that is so contentious its abuse has earned its own moniker: gerrymandering.

• Prop 12: Veteran’s Bond Act – YES
This proposition would authorize the state to issue $900 million in bonds to the existing Cal-Vet Loan Program, to help veterans buy farms and homes. Con: The Cal-Vet Loan Program applies to all veterans, rich or poor, from combat or non-combat service scenarios. Pro: Veterans don’t get adequate support from the federal government, so a program like this is warranted.

THANK YOU!
VIVA LA VIDA
RESISTANCE IS FERTILE


October 16th, 2008

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hello from the wild wild road
🙂

if i had a nickel for every time i have tried (and failed) to find time to write a blog in the past month i would have a small fortune. So many links i have wanted to forward, updates to share, side notes, antics, and tales of nonstop womp… but each day passes in a flash. i am however, happy to tell you that we have managed to release a small playful single called “HEADS UP”.

(BUT FIRST! i invite you to spend 2 hours or so watching a movie that i am certain will touch your soul, open your eyes and pump you up more than a hot oil massage from Arnold Schwarzenegger)

www.zeitgeistmovie.com

WATCH IT!

and now back to our regularly scheduled program:

While the ins and outs of the record industry slowly suck my soul dry, ive been cranking away making tunes and jams and loads of wonky bass experiments. When releasing a full length album, where each track is more of a finished SONG, my standards of what is done and what needs more work are much higher. But i am watching time go by and so many fricken reasons why tracks can’t just be released…its nutso.

SO i was like F*CK IT, lets just put out a banger! And i threw together a few different versions, and a bonus track, and we pressed up a CD (which we have been passing out to crowd surfers on tour) and its onsale at my website and at shows, and 4 of the tracks are available digitally at places like Beatport, Juno, Addictech, etc…

My only concern is that these tunes are mostly a dancefloor feel…just ridiculous crushing bass and such, which is fine, but ive been also working on tunes with more character and different sounds (album) which i gotta say….is months away from being finished. Being on the road full time is amazing for so many reasons…but having no time in my studio, with the proper speakers and everything i need at my finger tips (including time) is the hardest part.
So December and January will hopefully be a good time for me to finish album work.

For now, we will be releasing some diverse singles…the first of which is HEADS UP. Here is the press release, etc below…hope you enjoy!!!!!

headsupHeads Up!

From the forthcoming full length album “The Other Side”.

Bassnectar is back with the first proper musical offering since 2007’s Underground Communication. It’s bombs away business as usual with this uber tear-out title track: a freakshow mix of sledgehammer dubstep, 2 step, and bass psychosis. The single features an alternative mix (California Style) of 90 bpm double time throb hop that drops on your head like a John Candy body slam, as well as the third remix -a dripping melodic sound game by the upstart Bassnectar side project West Coast Lo Fi. Also included to knock this sucker out of the park: the Bassnectar remix of ‘Roustabout’ by Beats Antique…a twisted carnivalistic circus anthem with – you guessed it – plenty of wobbling bass and an additional special remix.

BUY ALL FOUR ON CD HERE:
(includes a special 5th bonus track only available on CD)

Digitally available now at :
Beatport [all 4 tracks]
Juno.co.uk AND addictech [2 tracks]

THANK YOU!


September 4th, 2008

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first off, my friends just made a banger video to the VIVA TIBET which FreQ and i created for the cause… check it out!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fRa2Jery6k[/youtube]

also, PROTECT THOSE WHO ARE SACRIFICING AND WORKING FOR YOU!
Amy Goodman is about as good as they get! she was arrested and fucked with trying to cover the RNC, watch and support:

To tell you that this arrest was brutal and upsetting simply doesn’t do it justice. Watch this video to see for yourself. Then take action.

I just e-mailed the presidents of CNN and NBC News (which oversees MSNBC) to demand that their networks cover this important story. I hope you will too.

Please have a look and take action.

Copy and paste this whole link into yar browser, me hearties:

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/dont_arrest_journalists/?r_by=803-1075659-1zwvwsx&rc=paste

and now back to our regularly scheduled program:

WOMP!!!

thanks for the dusty memories, this past weekend was KOO-KOO, and im still eating canned tuna and tasty bites in honor of it. i have to say: NOTHING beats an outdoor sunrise set. thanks so much for all the love and support!

So this weekend in San Francisco, is, as every year, pure freaking carnage…one of the wildest freakshows annually, the Get Freaky afterburn is happening at 1015 Folsom on Friday night. See below for details but lineup includes Sebastian (Ed Banger) FreQ Nasty, Box Cutter, Dunkelbunt, and many more… 5 rooms of audio specialness and friendly people. Discount tickets are at tickets.bassnectar.net and i have to say i think its silly to not buy them when they are right there, 5$ cheaper than the door price. Its always a line around the block come midnight, so beat the rush, come early and get wonky.
🙂

Details are below.

BUT FIRST!!!!

Saturday in Colorado, at the legendary RED ROCKS venue, playing alongside STS9 & Ghostland Observatory, it will be my first time perfroming at this venue, and i am SSOOOOOOO primed, as “Brown Note” sound systems is bringing in 50 (count em FIFTY!) 18 in subs (25 per side) for ultimate WOMP…the biggest sound system ever in this massive 10,000 person outdoor venue.

STS9 is doing 2 nights and we are capping it off on Saturday, i will be playing around 10pm… also someone mentioned something about some dope afterparty…

it will be my last time in lovely Colorado for a while, so come play in the sound waves and make the bass face BWOMPP!!!!!

then its Ranchita Rocks in Southern California the following week, and a few daze to prep for THE OTHER SIDE Fall Tour which kicks off end of September and runs through December (AYE!) more details to follow in the next few weeks

much love to all
see you around soon

L

GET FREAKY DETAILS

This Friday September 5 an-ten-nae.net presents
Get Freaky The Afterburn @ 1015 Folsom in SF

Featuring an all star International cast of over 30 Bassbin destroying artists including

Sebastian (Ed Banger France)
Bassnectar (bassnectar.net / Om)
Freq Nasty (Skint UK)
Distance (Planet Mu UK)
Boxcutter (Planet Mu Ireland)
Milanese (Planet Mu UK)
Ooah (The Glitch Mob)
An-ten-nae & Laura (Get Freaky / el circo)
DunkleBunt (Vienna)
Random Rab (el Circo)
Ana Sia (3ws)
David Starfire (6 Degrees)
Vibesquad (Colorodo)
Eprom (Nasty Ways, additech)
Beats Anitque (Yard Dogs)
etc………

in other words this shit is just plain ridiculous..
Sound will be tuned and huge!!

for more / full lineup goto http://www.an-ten-nae.net

Doors open at 9pm .. Early arrival is suggested
Discounted advance tickets are available at
https://www.bassnectar.net
http://www.going.com/afterburn


September 4th, 2008

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You know Amy Goodman, one of the most TRUSTED names in the circulation of news and information, was wrongfully arrested while trying to cover the RNC.

this is wrong on its own, but more dangerous for the precedence it sets.

Stand up for the people who stand up for you

Sign a petition to have all charges dropped against Amy Goodman (Independent Journalist from Democracy Now). The first link is straight from Democracy Now’s site. They both are petitions to local and state gov’t officials offices in St. Paul MN to have all charges dropped against Amy Goodman and her associates.

TAKE ACTION HERE

The next link is from the freepress advocacy website. again, copy the whole bit of text, even if it wraps around to the second line:

https://secure.freepress.net/site/Advocacy?id=281

you can make a difference right now.

L


August 24th, 2008

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WOMP!

first off, i hope you are all doing well enjoying the last days of summer. I came quite close to avoiding Burningman, which for all of its loveliness/passion/wildness/freakshowness really feels like a waste of resources, and a kind of uber-indulgence of luxury at a point when time/energy could perhaps be better spent. That said, i decided to go for a quick 2 day jaunt, in part becuase it is such an exquisite collection of people all in one place whom i want to connect with, and also despite my issues with the festival, there is and has been so much goodness as well, and i want to give back…throw down some music for all the heads who have supported me for so long.

Speaking of giving back, most of you probably know that Darin (FreQ Nasty) has been working full time on giveback.net which is a tremendous gift of community service. if you have not checked it out yet, you should. We made a track together a few months back as a donation to the struggle of the Tibetan people, and we are asking for your support as well. THere is a click though banner on myspace.com/bassnectar …you can get the music, the track, and sync in with giveback.net. Or you can go direct to giveback.net/freqnectar

🙂

good tings.

So now for the Burningman 2008 schedule…most years i play 5 times a night, 5 or 6 nights in a row. NOT THIS TIME
🙂

THURSDAY NIGHT (technically friday morning)
12:30am @ Root Society
LOCATED AT ESPLANADE & TEN OKLOCK

SATURDAY NIGHT (technically sunday morning)
2am @ NExus
LOCATED AT “A” STREET & TWO OKLOCK

SUNDAY MORNING
5:30am @ Nexus
LOCATED AT “A” STREET & TWO OKLOCK

i have one insane freakout womp session THURSDAY NIGHT (technically friday morning) at Root Society. its probably the biggest sound system on the desert, and one of the few sets in the past year where i will just be DJing on CDs, cuz laptops and dust do not a happy couple make. So from the greatest hits bangers to new concoctions of full throttle madness, that is the spot.

Then on Saturday Night (technically sunday morning) i have an hour to go ballistic in the deep night; nexus has an air tight booth, so the laptop is in effect and i can get more insane on the layers and remixes.

After a few hours biking around in circles, i will come back on around 5:30am for a 2 our sunrise meltdown….as always SUPER EXCITED FOR THAT!!!

Then:
Sept 5th in SF @ 1015 Folsom for the annual Get Freaky
Sept 6th in Colorado @ Redrocks with STS9
Sept 13th in Socal @ the Ranchita Rocks Festival

…and after that we have a ridiculous road trip that runs nonstop until december. more info soon.

Much LOVE!

L


July 28th, 2008

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Holy To-leee-do!

feels like we been running full steam all year, but instead of taking the next 6 months off, we’re moving into HYPER DRIVE…. The theme of the fall tour is The Other Side, which amorphously plays on pretty much every topic you apply it to. I’m holding off on releasing another full length album until i have SOLID time at home in the labs to perfect every succulent square inch of it, so we are going to release a series of singles, EPs, and remix packs this fall, in coordination with the tour (which will sweep through just about everywhere)…as well as the 2008 election. Which at this point, i clearly favor Obama to McCain, but taking all affairs into consideration (from my frustrations with the 2 party system, to my disdain for the incorrigible Republican party, to my distrust and disapproval of the Democratic party, to even feeling let down by Obama’s swing to the right – evidenced in his suport of the FISA act which dropped my jaw as it shat on the constitution, and on everything he pretended to be in terms of a freedom fighter and a voice for the oppressed…instead siding with Big Goverment, Big Corporate, and that ridiculously ignorant American propoganda of trading in your Freedom for your Security..) so anyways, hopefully we will have a forum on the road for addressing issues as they evolve, always exploring The Other Side.

So, knowing Myspace, it will take 13 years to plug in all the data for fall dates, but ive listed them below and will see to it that they get added to the schedule asap.

For now, you can go to
TICKETS.BASSNECTAR.NET
there will be a freakshow of collaborators on different dates, including Fort Knox 5, Beats Antique, Seasunz & Allie Star, and some others i cannot name yet.
🙂
i’ll be changing things up from DJ sets, to live PA and live remixing, to showcasing and experimenting with new songs off the album and live works in progress, to some collaborative experiments, and also lots of throwbacks to the old record crates, digging out the long lost treasures, and combining them with the newness
🙂

in addition to Shambhala, The Greek Theatre & Red Rocks with STS9 this summer, we are toying with the idea of year 11 at Burningman, but thats a loaded concept, so for now,
here are some of the fall dates, early announce for the early birds:

Ranchita CA Ranchita Rocks 2008 – Go Lightly Farms 09-13-2008
Northampton MA Pearl Street – Club Room 09-24-2008
South Burlington VT HIGHER GROUND 09-25-2008
Milwaukee WI Miramar Theatre 10-02-2008
Chicago IL Metro 10-03-2008
Lawrence KS Granada Theatre 10-04-2008
OXFORD MS PROUD LARRY’S 10-08-2008
MEMPHIS TN NEWBYS 10-09-2008
Austin TX La Zona Rosa 10-10-2008
Dallas TX Lizard Lounge 10-11-2008
NASHVILLE TN EXIT/IN 10-15-2008
Huntsville AL Crossroads 10-16-2008
Athens GA Georgia Theatre 10-17-2008
BIRMINGHAM AL ZYDECO 10-18-2008
Carrboro NC Cat’s Cradle 10-29-2008
CHARLESTON SC THE POUR HOUSE 10-30-2008
ASHEVILLE NC ORANGE PEEL 10-31-2008
Charlotte NC Neighborhood Theatre 11-01-2008
Boston MA Paradise Rock Club 11-05-2008
New York NY Bowery Ballroom 11-07-2008
Washington, DC DC Rock and Roll Hotel 11-08-2008
PORTLAND OR Wonder Ballroom 11-14-2008
SEATTLE WA NEUMOS CRYSTAL BALL READING ROOM 11-15-2008
VANCOUVER BC COMMODORE BALLROOM 11-22-2008

there are a GOB of more places coming but thats what has been announced officially.
Please avoid headache, hassle, and possibly not getting in and simply buy tickets in advance. it just makes it easier for everyone and cheaper for YOU!

🙂

Also, if you would like to get involved, contribute art, information booths, news/information, etc, send some details to assistance@bassnectar.net
THANKS!

cant wait to see you out there again, thanks for all the love this spring and summer!!!!

WE APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT!!!!!
L


May 27th, 2008

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This next transmission is just a single track, unmixed, intended for (amongst other things) DJs who want a super charge full throttle explosion to add to their sets. While the Bassnectar scientists crank away in the labs working on new album material, we thought we might toss out a couple of bootlegs or something, so we’re starting with this.

A tribute to one of the major musical influences of the Bassnectar sound, this mash-up combines elements of Blue State Riddim’s beats and vocals (featuring Jahi) with one of metal’s most insane bangers ever. For whom the bass tolls is about uprising, and about defiance. it is a positive way of saying we will never forget what certain neo- conservative humans did over the last decade, even after they have left office, locked up their records in presidential libraries, blacked out all their crimes on paper, pardoned each other, siphoned the wealth of the middle class into their defense contractors and other corporate crony cash deposits. Even if the major media that they own and control tries to rewrite history, and say they are good people, or maybe the media will just avoid the topics, and supply refuge, it is important to keep in mind that some heavy crimes have been committed, under the watch of Dick Cheney, George Bush, George W Bush, and so many others. We will not forget, and we will not forget about the wars they started, the people they killed, the economy they destroyed, the policies they passed, the torture they condoned, and the personal gain they enjoyed as a result of their crimes. Enjoy this music.