April 12th, 2009

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esmerelda-javier-fernandezHello to All blog-lets and readers of womp

this is me today…

after posing shirtless on a rooftop with 4 BB gun rifles and a bike helmet for a cellphone photo shoot, i had the fortune to live vicariously by looking downward into the neighbor’s green lawn. I spent a few moments overlooking 3 mexican kids on an easter egg hunt, listening to their gorgeous voices and nostalgically feeling the mystique and excitement of my own lost childhood.

Later, after eating plantains, i went to the flea market and stopped to take a picture with this random woman, who was trying to sell cheap kitchen cutlery.

i nicknamed her several things, most accurately Esmerelda Javier Fernandez.

Viva E.J.F.


March 18th, 2009

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Hey!!!

Full bassnectar update coming soon i promise! so much cookin in this oven, but i wanna take some time to put into the next update, and for now, this is a small note about WHAT TO DO NOW?

in terms of ….obama is elected, bush is “gone” and the economy is TANKING.

I can’t imagine anything easier after such a push over the past few years to just relax now that “our guy” is in the Whitehouse.

In fact, a politically-themed email seems almost exhausting to read, doesn’t it?

Well anyhow, when i got this latest MoveOn.org email i found myself feeling disinterested…just kind of like “ug! havent i thought about this stuff enough already???!” but sure enough, the answer is no.

NOW MORE THAN EVER is our time to buck-the-fuck-up and get our hands dirty… i think it is finally a time when our voices will be louder, and more necessary than ever. The financial crisis is extremely serious…and in large part is due to policies (and people) of the past, whose residue is still thick.

have a gander at this, i think it is UBER crucial to insist on sme transparency and ACCOUNTABILITY for ANYONE in a place of power/money/media.

this is important in my opinion:

“Congress must place enforceable, common-sense limits on salaries at all the banks that have taken taxpayer dollars.”

Sign the petition

Dear MoveOn member,

Last Friday, Sen. Claire McCaskill took to the Senate floor and said what I imagine a lot of us have been thinking about Wall Street lately:

“They don’t get it. These people are idiots. You can’t use taxpayer money to pay out $18 billion in bonuses…What planet are these people on?”1

Sen. McCaskill was reacting to the $18.4 billion in bonuses that Wall Street bankers took home in 2008. $18.4 billion going to the people who crippled our economy with their recklessness and greed and then took $700 billion of our money.2
Yesterday, President Obama took an important first step, limiting pay at companies taking bailouts going forward.3 But Congress is considering going even further, applying the limits retroactively and even taking back some of the most extravagant bonuses at firms that took taxpayer money.4

A huge public outcry will give them momentum and push them to real action. Can you sign this petition to Congress, urging them to act now to rein in Wall Street greed? Clicking here will add your name.

The petition says: “Congress must place enforceable, common-sense limits on salaries at all the banks that have taken taxpayer dollars.”

Wall Street’s defenders make all kinds of excuses about why the bonuses were justified.  They say that bonuses are an accepted part of compensation packages on Wall Street, that those receiving bonuses weren’t the ones who lost their firms billions of dollars, and that they need to pay bonuses to retain top talent.5

Those arguments are outrageous.

If automatic bonuses are a part of Wall Street culture, that culture has to change—a firm that’s still afloat only because of huge taxpayer bailouts shouldn’t be paying bonuses. And while tens of thousands of Wall Street employees are losing their jobs, it’s hard to believe that those still employed will go looking for new positions because they didn’t get a bonus.
Sen. McCaskill showed courage standing up to the status quo. We’ve got to show the rest of Congress that this is the kind of leadership we need to get us out of this crisis and make the economy work for all Americans. Limiting pay at companies taking bailouts won’t fix our financial system—that will take a lot more hard work—but it’s an important first step.

Can you tell Congress to rein in Wall Street’s excesses now and then pass this petition on to your friends? Clicking here will add your name.

Thanks for all you do.

–Daniel, Peter, Justin, Marika and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. “McCaskill Proposes Compensation Cap For Private Companies Getting Federal Dollars,” Senate Newsroom, January 30, 2009
http://mccaskill.senate.gov/newsroom/vid_013009.cfm

2. “What Red Ink? Wall St. Paid Fat Bonuses,” The New York Times, January 28, 2009
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/29/business/29bonus.html

3. “Obama Outlines Limits on Executive Pay,” The Washington Post, February 5, 2009
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51145&id=15503-6839695-.fzcGrx&t=5

4. “Despite Treasury’s New Rule, Senators Aren’t Giving Up Their Push to Cap CEO Pay,” TPMDC, February 4, 2009
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51146&id=15503-6839695-.fzcGrx&t=6

5. “‘Meet the Press’ transcript for Feb. 1, 2009,” MSNBC.com, February 1, 2009
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28964188/page/5/

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March 17th, 2009

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Hot freaking christ, if i could only announce who we are playing with on Friday fricking NIGHT!!!!!  its killlliiiinnnnnnng me…probably the most exciting bill i have ever been on in *MY LIFE*, and i can’t say anything…>BLALAHAAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

….

that was the sound of me trying to release the pressure by doing the macarena all over my bedroom and ripping down the curtains, turning them into a ceremonial robe and running down the street as my elderly neighbor tries to subdue me with a broom.

i’m not sure if i spelled it right but THAT was indeed the sound of it.

OK, so moving right along. 2 dope parties in Austin for SXSW, neither can be announced, and are closed to only sxsw pass holders, which is hard to deal with, but it is what it is (and its never what its not) so if yu got passes, get yer asssesz in please! (IF NOT, we got some biiiiiGGGGG plans for Texas this year, and will announce this summer and it will be all access…remain tuned, oh my droogies and bass-addicts)

The good news, is that, round 2 with Euphonic Conceptions (more like round 547) is set to DETONATE in mega-fine Athens, GEORGIA, after STS9 this SATURDAY NIGHT< March 21.

The music matters massive (known in underground gear circles as M3) is transforming the Athens Arena into  vibrating bassline fun-house to acheive MELTDOWN after the 3rd and final set of the sound tribe boyz @ their sold out theatre runnnn.

MMMM HMMMMMMMM…i think we drop zem bomz around 2 or 2:30am and:

THATS RIGHT, WE GOT 10 FREE PASSES TO GIVE AWAY!

so the first 5 people to email the contact form with:

in the subject line: HAAAAAH!  SSSTTTT!  ATHENS!
in the body of the email: Your FULL NAME as it appears on your ID

will recieve a pair of free passes and will join the ranks of the brave and the foolish, the obsessed and the succulent, the never-ending and the over-the-topping….

i could go on, but you probably stopped reading long ago

I AM THE ANTI-TWITTER!!!

or maybe im just afraid of 140 characters or less.

UGGGG!!!
how will i ever squeeze it all down to that?

i can’t say it’s on my list of things to do.

but enough about me, moving on to you

SEE YOU SOON

L


March 13th, 2009

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Bassnectar announced his 2009 Spring tour in promotion of his latest single release, Art of Revolution. Look for Bassnectar live at clubs and festivals throughout North America this spring and summer including a headlining performance at the 2009 Lollapalooza music festival.

Art of Revolution CoverArt of Revolution is a mega-throbbing dubstep anthem pulsing with double time energy and features the legendary Jamaican vocalist Tapper Zukie. The single, released through the artists Amorphous Music imprint, includes remixes by Diplo, Ghislain Poirier, 6 Blocc, and Product 01.

Tracks are available for purchase through the Bassnectar store as high-quality DRM-free MP3 and FLAC  versions prior to the single’s launch through Beatport and other online distributors on May 12, 2008. A subsequent vinyl release of Art of Revolution will follow through a partnership with Groove Distribution in the US.

More tracks and packages to follow hot on this track’s heels, stay tuned…

Also, check in with podcast.bassnectar.net throughout the spring for more singles and bootlegs to drop…

April will be spent deeeeeeeeeep in the studio mashing out ten million musical projects, remixes, new tunes, new material and techniques for the live set, and just generally going BUCK WILD with as much sound as possible. Amorphous Music is getting an ultra redevelopment to launch this summer, so we are all tingling with excitement about the new releases to come.

The Art of Revolution tour launches on May 1st and features custom-built PK-Sound System enhancements for larger-than-life audio courtesy of The Wobbly Factory. We are also working with a community of activists to generate involvement in local issues that pertain to each city along the tour route.

AOR TourPlease join us on the wild road:

May 2 – Elemental Experience – San Diego, CA
May 4 – HopMonk Tavern* – Sebastapol, CA
May 5 – Red Fox Tavern* – Eureka, CA
May 6 – Stillwater* – Ashland, OR
May 7 – McDonald Theatre** – Eugene, OR
May 8 – The Crystal Ballroom* – Portland, OR
May 9 – The Showbox* – Seattle, WA
May 10 – The Nightlight* – Bellingham, WA
(Vancouver date TBA) – Vancouver, BC
May 15 – 103 Harriet – San Francisco, CA
May 16 – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
May 23 – Bella Music Fest – Geneva, MN
May 24 – Summer Camp – Chillicothe, IL
May 25 – Detroit Electronic Music Fest – Ferndale, MI
May 29 – Henry Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

*Featuring Random Rab
**Featuring Gift of Gab (Blackaliscious), and Random Rab

Stay tuned for lots more info and details,
MUCH LOVE FROM BASSNECTARLAND


March 3rd, 2009

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Thanks so mucking FUCH to everyone who threw down so much energy in
colorado this past week. Each and every show was wall to wall freaks
and such a mixture of luscious and ballistic.

Here is a short edit from some of the video shot from stage and front of house:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1CXDakwPqQ[/youtube]

Now onwards….most dates have been confirmed for the Spring Run in
May, West Coast Fiasco, and will be announced shortly… as always
presale tickets at tickets.bassnectar.net

i hear that there was an 8.50$ ticket surcharge on all tickets in
Denver (not on our site) but i APOLOGIZE for that…i just think that
is ridiculous quite honestly. With whatever tickets we are allowed to
sell at the bassnectar site i will always make sure it stays low….but
speaking of tickets:

This weekend we are honored to be a part of the Ophishal afterparty at
the Norva…from what i understand something near 12 billion people
(estimated) are descending on hampton, and we aim to squeeze as many of
em as possible into the Norva FRIDAY NIGHT. Alongside EOTO &
Orchard Lounge, with loads of augmented sound, this event will sell tha
HECK out, but here is your chance to win a free pair of tickets.

THE FIRST 5 PEOPLE TO EMAIL THE CONTACT FORM AND TYPE “WOMP NORVA” IN THE SUBJECT AND YOUR FULL NAME IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL WILL WIN A FREE PAIR OF TICKETS.

Please note…you are only confirmed if you recieve a direct
confirmation email saying whatsup,
and giving you the run down.

The next night we are flash out to Colombia, Missouri. We played there
for this first time last fall, on a Monday night, and the venue was
squashed to high heffen with freaks spilling out the windows.

i even personally got busted sneaking kids in the back door (ooops!)

🙂

so anyhow, we are moving up to the Blue Note this Saturday, and i know there’s lots of you driving in from out of town, STL, Lawrence, Lincoln, etc.

hit us up via the contact form

THE FIRST 5 PEOPLE TO DO SO with “BLUE WOBBLE” IN THE SUBJECT, AND YOUR FULL NAME IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL WILL WIN A FREE PAIR OF PASSES.

🙂

Please note…you are only confirmed if you recieve a direct
confirmation email back, saying whatsup,
and giving you the run down.

Also, if you are still reading this, i have a movie reccomendation.

THE BATTLE IN SEATTLE is a fucking brilliant movie, bringing to life the real events that transpired during the WTO protests in Seattle, Washington. Many personal friends were involved in this and although the movie got crap reviews (being criticized for the exact same thing that Slum Dog Millionaire was praised for) it is an exceelent flick, and a wickedly inspirational reminded of whats really up.

THANKS ALL!

SEE YOU SOOON FOR ANOTHER BLAST!!!!!

L


February 25th, 2009

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We just landed in Colorado…i am dressed like a total Californian fool (shorts and a T shirt) because i insisted that i’d be fine, but the air is cccccccoooolllddd.

🙂

We got 5 nights of furious freakish fiasco though, and at this point they are all either sold out or very close to it. I was hoping to have this new little podcast mix up last week to kind of ramp up to these shows, but technical shenanigans held it all up. Ahhh….technical shenanigans….how verily i do adore thee.

So now its up, live, free, and totally High Fidelity (320 kbps MMMMM)

so i reccomend downloading and listening to it on a HEAVY system cuz there are some hhhheeeaaaazterz on this thing. Feel free to cut it up, or do whatever you like, but we will also post individual unmixed tracks (for DJs… or not for DJs. for grammas and firemen and hypochondriacs..for anyone) in the coming weeks. First will be Kingston Town …so check back next week.

And of course, PLEASE pass this on to your friends or enemies, or anyone who you wish to be friends with.

www.podcast.bassnectar.net


December 31st, 2008

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Hello my frenz!!!!

🙂

The moment is upon us, and to be honest i don’t think i have ever been more excited about new years before…it usually passes as a Hallmark storm, but this year for me, it realllly feels like the shift into the next phase.

Break on through to the other side….

I have chained myself to the desk here at the bassnectar labs, stopping only to inhale evaporated Spirulina-scented steam and to call my mom and tell her i love her. Other than that, it has been 24-7 madscience here…sculpting a set of music that is not only magical, deep and pulverizing, but also gelatinous and flexible so i can play around inside of it.

Im getting together all the dopest standout crushers from this year, along with heaps of new material and little special pieces of sonic art. The sound system at Sea of Dreams this year is OVER THE TOP…my arm hair was literally vibrating yesterday. I have to say, it sounded WAY better with ear plugs, so do yourself a favor and bring them. I just bought 2,000 pairs to pass out, but as of yesterday there have been over 5,500 tickets sold (WOW!!!!!!!!!) and they expect a big walk up, so bring your own. Im serious…music sounds SOOOOOO much better when you dive inside of it and submerge yourself.

So the line up is LOADED, topped of course, by none other than Theivery Corporation…who need no introduction, but out of respect let me just say i have been a rabid fan for over a decade, AND when i saw them live this summer i was stunned by how HEAVY their set was. The venue in San Francisco is huge, and it will be packed with special features.

I am supposed to play music at 1am, and no doubt there will be some fluctations there, but i have 2 hours to go for it, and at this point i think i am MOST excited about the last ten minutes, cuz i LOVE THE MELTDOWN!!!!!!

If you are going to be elsewhere tonight, i am wishing you a very safe and healthy experience, and i look forward to this next year, hopefully we will see each other soon.

In the meantime, if you haven’t already checked it out, this is the new little video we edited (video pequeno?) from some of our favorite moments on tour this fall…

Ima try to embed it here, but lord knows i am not the most terrifcly web-saavy guy

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY1FJMIOBTI[/youtube]

if that didnt work, you can go here, but make sure to click VIEW IN HIGH QUALITY

Anyhooo….much love, and see you all on the other side!

L


December 26th, 2008

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Hola!!!!!

We are back in effect after an almost sadistically nonstop tour this fall. Our team of 5-ish musical mutants traversed the lands, bringing gifts of bass and trading it for local barter in blood sweat and what felt like ten zillion bouncing bodies.

Here is a little video we put together, capturing some of our favorite moments from the whirlwind that was the season of Autumn, 2008. It was our intention to create and maintain a full video journal for all dates on the tour, but we got swept away, so this is a bit of a look back:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY1FJMIOBTI[/youtube]

We hope you enjoyed watching that video as much as we enjoyed filming it, making it and dreaming about it afterwards…finding ourselves sleepwalking in the kitchen weeks later still dream-fending off gobs of crowd surfers, or dream-dodging dream water as it shoots towards the gear. Finding ourselves dream-driving endless roads to the next dream city, and dream-choking on our own dream hair…dream-wearing dream masks and dream-laughing as our eyeballs dream-rattle from the memories of that wiiigggid low frequency purr.

🙂

What a road trip!
GAD ZOOOOOOKS!!!!!
🙂

Now back in Bezerkeley, California… getting geared up for New Years madness (San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco Sea Of Dreams), Australian antics in January, and a february run through Colorado. Hopefully finding hours to produce more juice, and edit the dickens out of everything we hear….

Vacation???

YEAH RIGHT!!!!
🙂

Looks like we will rest in 2033, or possibly the summer of ’44….only time will tell.  And until it’s through telling we intend to write as much buckwildness ‘pon the walls and corridors of what is and what will be.

So how about some updates….

Yes i still have half of my face shaved.  shaven?
Shaven. will somebody please bring me some hot water and shaving cream?

Yes we are planning a SUPERSONIC RUN OF TOUR DATES in 2009. Hang on…info soon will come.

Yes each member of our furry crew is buzzing and happily recharging. The ever charming Elliott is continuing his 30th birthday world tour. Young Boris Borshnekta is happily hunched over his video editing equipment. Trevor The Brave is planning some un-Christly amount of bass carnage for NYE and working with PK & Dylon to create the touring bassnectar sound systym for ’09 (BOH!). Mark & Marci are making the eggnog and feeding it to Buddy the Dog (and acting Webmaster) while Andy plays rasta in Jamaica and Squints adjusts the exposure on the lighting guns. Ralf is working on hoody designs, and Jake/Jesse are planning the MADNESS that will become the 2009 Tour (a tender mix of joy and fear fills my heart…), Cerrithwen is scouring the internets for accapellas, jeremy is warping away, … and my hordes of collaborating eunuchs are clicking their mouses, my file-sharing friends are a-tempting, the dubstep is twinkling the glitch-womp is sparkling, the uber-thrust is blinkling and the dream-core is calling.

And i am falling off the train of my thought like a drunken hobo.

so….

where tha FECK was i?

on donner? on blitzen?

oh yes! my beloved crew and cohorts….. THANKS BE TO ALL who raged it with us this year, both mentioned and the thousands gone unmentioned. Thanks be so ever deeply to the kids/crowds/freaks and stone-cold nnnnnnNutters who are feeling the frequency and spreading it around. Each and every show was so special and popped so hard the f*ck off. We felt you

ALL.
And more is on the way.