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Bro Safari is Bringing the Bass to Binghamton

The bass will be booming in Binghamton at the Broome County Memorial Arena this September 6th when producer/DJ Bro Safari headlines ForeverGlow III as a part of the first ever EmpireFest in Downtown Binghamton. Thrown by local hip-hop and R&B radio hub 93.3 WJOB in association with the Broome County Urban League and ThatNewJam Presents, Bro Safari will be joined by a host of local Binghamton DJ staples from Binghamton University and the surrounding area. Keep it locked here for the final lineup and set times for the third and final ForeverGlow as well as the first annual EmpireFest.

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Bro Safari is a self-described “VETERAN BASS PEDDLER” and I don’t think you could put it more succinctly. After coming to prominence in electronic music as 1/3 of the drum’n’bass group Evol Intent through the 2000′s, Bro Safari has released some of the rowdiest records of the last decade with unbelievable originals and contributing to masterpieces like the Moombahton Forever compilation with production partner UFO!, remixes of heavyweights like Sub Focus or doing remixes with the man Diplo and Major Lazer.

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam



The Hudson Project: The #Mudson2014 Story

This past weekend, thousands of music lovers descended on Saugerties, NY to be a part of the first ever Hudson Music Project, the sister festival of the now-defunct Camp Bisco put on by festival promoter MCP Presents, the company who is also behind festival season staples such as Counterpoint Music Festival, TomorrowWorld, Lights All Night, The Buku Project and more. For the duration of the event, I sat stone sober at the intersection of the real world and the fantasy of the festival near south entrance to the venue and what I saw unfold over the course of the weekend leaves the most sour of tastes in my mouth as it pertains to the current landscape of festival culture. My review below not only serves as a recap of events that occurred at Winston Farm, but also as an open letter to MCP Presents that I encourage all to share so that events like this never happen again. Regardless, the people that came together to revel in the music made it all worth and and with that I bid much love to all of the beautiful people who attended #Mudson2014. In order to receive your refund for the third day, be sure to email help@flavorus.com and provide them with your first and last name as well as the last 4 digits of the credit card you purchased the ticket with.

All photos credit The Hudson Project, since the powers that be botched my media application and dragged our photographer Julian Cassady over 100 miles from his home with expensive camera equipment to deny him entry and fall short of the agreement we reached to promote the festival.

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The Hudson Project Where Is The Music


The Music


In all cases the music comes first and despite the laundry list of issues that The Hudson Project had, the music was not one of them. My time at the south entrance limited my visibility to mainly watching the Empire Stage and listening to the Circus Tent although I did make a point to take a stroll around the venue during my breaks and check out all of the stages when I could. The Flaming Lips put on a full blown spectacle to close out the first night with whimsical stage production including dancing mushrooms and cascading LED strings that left the entire crowd awestruck. A Big Gigantic Family turned out in droves as Big Gigantic unleashed an onslaught of drum and sax similar to what we saw at Mysteryland USA, covered Tell Me by What So Not & RL Grime, and even debuting a new song as fireworks went off in the rain, a scene that people will soon not forget. Other favorites included Kendrick Lamar, Atmosphere, ExMag, Bit Funk, and ZZ Ward absolutely crushed the early mainstage crowd at the Empire Stage early on Saturday. I will probably tell you that in terms of the absolute nuttiness that ensued during someone’s tent, I’ve never ever seen a liver tent than when GRiZ put on Shout by The Isley Brothers and the entirety of the crowd lost their collective minds jamming to a classic.

It should come as with special mention however that the Bassnectar family came out real hard to support Lorin and this in and of itself should be no surprise. The feverish following that Bassnectar has garnered is absolutely deserved and I can’t even begin to tell you how many people I saw with his logo tattooed or painted on peoples body or on flags or totems or shirts throughout the festival and especially on the early potions of Sunday. Lorin has always been a huge part of the Camp Bisco culture that traveled to The Hudson Project and I can’t express how inspiring it was to see the sincere disappointment from people who weren’t able to see their hero. Having seen him 2 years ago at Camp Bisco and keeping up with him on social media, I can absolutely understand how and why he garners such a dedicated fan base and am absolutely convinced that he will find a way to make it up to his fans that deserve it so badly after a weekend like this.



General Disorganization


The informational pamphlet (which was nearly impossible to be found by festival attendees) set the stage for the weekend by welcoming attendees to The Hudson Project with this greeting:

We’re so honored to have you among the first music lovers to share in the experience of our inaugural year! The Hudson Project is something we’ve been developing for years. It’s an event we want to continue to evolve and grow with input from you — the ones who took a chance and came out to be a part of this special weekend at Winston Farm!

By the end of the weekend, this sentiment would be nearly laughable as constant miscommunication and misinformation between festival organizers and staff, festival organizers and attendees, and staff and attendees made it apparent that even if there were “years of development”, this festival was far from a well-oiled machine. I spent nearly as much time troubleshooting people’s RFID chips at the south gate as I did acting as an information booth or telling people how to get to one – which begs the question as to why they didn’t just have an information booth at the south gate – but that’s a question for another day.

There were numerous accounts of campers waiting from midnight to sunrise to get themselves set up at their campsite due to slow staffing help, wrong directions in the media contact email that almost resulted in him missing his set, and a general lack of knowledge of almost everything event-related by the staff hired by MCP Presents to basic questions such as, “How do I get to Brooklyn?” or “Where can I fill up my water bottle?”.  For the record, by the second day of the festival..I still don’t know where Brooklyn was.

General disorganization set in early with rushes of attendees looking to see the acts they paid good money for being held in line for as long as 30 minutes due to poor allocation of security personnel that left 2 female security to search all the female attendees in a timely fashion while 4 lanes of checks for males found them getting through quickly and then waiting for the friends they came with anyway.

Even the artists were subjected to the mass confusion of the staff in all different ways.  Tweets that have since been taken down showed an exchange between Bit Funk and THP in which he posted screenshots of the directions he was given in his artist contact email that specifically told him the wrong directions and almost resulted in him missing his set had event staff not rushed him to the Catskill Cave once he got there.  On Saturday night after the venue portion of the site had been closed to the public, I happened upon an irate SZA talking to one of the event staff responsible for traffic control explaining that she had been waiting outside for 45 minutes for a golf cart to get her out of there.  She had a recording session in NYC that night and was in danger of missing the entirety of it because she had been waiting so long to simply exit the festival grounds.


 Security Issues


For those that were not there or do not recall, the main medical tent was located directly next to the south venue entrance, right where I was stationed for the entire weekend.  The most common complaint of the weekend went to the treatment of attendees by the festival security staff and being in eyesight of the gate for the entirety of the festival afforded me the opportunity to be see much of what happened.  Much of the issues stemmed from attempting to keep festival attendees safe and in the interest of full disclosure, the traffic of medical transports bringing kids having seizures and other drug-related issues to the medical tent by Friday night looked like the LIE in rush hour and is absolutely inexcusable if we are looking to progress this beautiful culture we are a part of.

That said, security was RUTHLESS by night time on Saturday due to what appeared to be a knee jerk reaction from festival officials that resulted in the arrests of over 50 people on charges stemming from marijuana violations to possession and intent to sell of the usual assortment of controlled substances.  Festival attendees were turned inside out upon entry to the venue area, with their hats being taken off, wallets searched, bags sniffed by K9 units, cigarettes being confiscated (and then taken by festival workers) and other potentially questionable practices.   In a report and first-hand account of the procedures via DoAndroidsDance:

the officers were state troopers and most of the arrests were happening at the gates. they had two security points, one at the main entrance to the whole thing and then another from that area into the music zone. they actually had a judge on site, so what they were doing. was arresting people for minor possession charges, taking them to the judge, having their little case heard and paying the fine and then they were released

Although there were over 50 arrests on-site due to these practices, the reaction from local officials was a refreshing point of level-headedness from Police Chief Joseph Sinagra going so far as to say,

We found that a lot of these attendees to be extremely polite, even those that were arrested by our officers, they’ve come in the processing center and some have actually apologized because they’ve made us do some work and I thought that’s pretty unique,” he said. “Just a good group of people that are here.

On Sunday morning, I spoke to one of the security officials employed by MCP Presents and he said they were told to turn it down and really just focus on keeping controlled substances out but the damage was already done as far as numbers were concerned.  Rifling through peoples wallets and turning people inside out might seem like a good step towards keeping attendees safe, but as soon as I started to empathize with festival officials, I watched a security guard and state trooper take an attendee’s Research Chemical Testing Kit because he didnt know what it was. This lapse in knowledge is INEXECUSABLE and if authorities can learn one thing moving forward, it is to embrace the concept of pragmatic harm-reduction and educating their staff (especially security staff) of these things so that attendees could have a happy and safe experience. And for anyone that may forget, the single most important thing to take away from this weekend was that THERE WERE NO DEATHS AT THE HUDSON PROJECT. Good job JAMFam.


Scheduling Confusion


As with almost every festival, there were the usual assortment of set cancellations due to artist travel issues (Kill Paris and Lunice specifically) and time changes but the general public was left completely in the dark for the most part on all portions of The Hudson Project social media. The names of artists were cut out of the scheduling board which gave people the day by day set break down and a fury of confusion swept across the festival early Sunday when no one knew the status of sets for both Tipper and Infected Mushroom, including the lead festival official who barked at me when I asked for clarification so that I may further help festival-goers.

The Hudson Project Scheduling Issues


Evacuation


It’s no secret that the star of The Hudson Project was the rain and the cartoonish accumulation of water around the campgrounds that caused MCP Presents to cancel the festival officially around 7:30pm on Sunday. To be 100% clear, festival officials made the right call here, as the health and safety of its patrons comes first.


That is where the praise ends however, because from that point on, conditions and aide deteriorated quickly with hundreds of festival-goers stuck in the mud with their car had to wait hours to get their cars free of the muddy grounds. A report stated that the American Red Cross came in to provide shelter for the attendees that could still not get out even 16 hours after the event was officially cancelled. There are countless reports of festival organizers not allowing cars with AAA to use the service they paid for, traktors and towing crews taking bribes and charging patrons up to $300 to get their car out early or wait on the over 12 hour waiting list to get their car out of the mud. Although the Hudson Project social media channels boasted of food and water and shelter for concert-goers, many were unable to find anything that resembled help from the already-unhelpful event staff.


Regardless of the countless organizational issues that came with The Hudson Project, the redeeming quality of the festival as with all others are the people that came and #Mudson2014 was no exception. I sincerely want to thank all of the awesome people that I got to meet this past weekend and urge everyone to cherish on the positive moments from the festival and laugh at the struggles. To MCP Presents, I sincerely hope there is a lesson to be learned from this for future events; respect your patrons, respect your environment, respect your staff and most importantly respect the culture that you are supposedly helping to promote and maybe, just maybe, they might respect you again too.

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The Hudson Project Sunset

Photo Credit: @_ballen

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam



Porter Robinson Will Air New Essential Mix Tonight

Having taken a decided step away from “EDM” and making it known that he will be in a live setup on his upcoming WORLDS tour as opposed to DJ sets, Porter Robinson will take to the decks tonight on the legendary Essential Mix show of radio legend Pete Tong. He will be recapping some of his favorite tracks to come out in the past year or so that has him saying the future is bright for electronic music. The mix will air from 1AM-3AM in the UK so that starts at 8PM EST/5PM PST. Be sure to check out his video for Lionhearted!


Porter Robinson – Sea of Voices

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam



SoundCloud Just Got ‘Diplo Approved’

Man of the moment Diplo has crafted himself quite a little empire since breaking into the spotlight in the early 2000′s with M.I.A.. He’s always just a bit ahead of the curve sonically and has the ability to influence tastes and trends at will so what better way to distill that than with a SoundCloud account dedicated to reposting songs he likes without infringing on his artist page. The first track reposted to the account was the Genesis remix of the Schoolboy Q & Kendrick Lamar collaboartion Collard Greens. Definitely check out the link and give it a follow to see what exactly Diplo’s into lately.

Schoolboy Q – Collard Greens ft. Kendrick Lamar (Genesis Remix)

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam



Mat Zo and Kill The Noise to Embark on Kill The Zo Tour

Breakout producer Mat Zo and bass music titan Kill The Noise have announced a joint tour set to set off across America this May on their Kill The Zo tour. Hitting almost all the major venues across the country, Mat Zo will be looking to support last year’s critically acclaimed Damage Control album while Kill The Noise featured on the new Skrillex single Recess and just released a remix of NRG by Duck Sauce with Sonny and Milo & Otis.

I Mat, from Mat Zo am going on tour with my buddy Jake, from Kill The Noise all around North America which is in the USA.

www.killthezo.com

Tickets on sale Friday 21st March at 12pm PST.

DUCKSAUCE – NRG (Skrillex, Kill The Noise, Milo & Otis RMX)

Mat Zo – Damage Control

Mat Zo and Kill The Noise to Embark on Kill The Zo Tour Poster

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam



Listen to the Title Track from Cashmere Cat’s Wedding Bells EP

Cashmere Cat – Wedding Bells

There are certain talents that are hard to ignore. In the time that ThatNewJam went into hibernation, a new force in music came about in the form of Cashmere Cat, a crafter of the damn near cutest songs you ever heard. He gained early attention with remixes like that he did of Miguel’s single Do You Like which capitalized on hip-hop and R&B elements while using a whole new set of textures and sonics. Having just released a brand new single featuring Ludacris, Wiz Khalifa & Jeremih, it’s safe to say we’ll be seeing Cashmere Cat more often in the mainstream light. Having heard the entire EP, I can safely say each song is it’s own distinct idea with it’s own story and feel and it has been on repeat since I manged to get my hands on it. Go follow the link to buy the project on iTunes and listen to the first single from the project With Me below. Get to know Cashmere Cat in the interview with FactMag and check his links below!

Cashmere Cat: Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

Cashmere Cat – With Me

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam



Justin Timberlake Drops ‘Take Back The Night’, New Single from ‘The 20/20 Experience Pt. 2′

Justin Timberlake Drops 'Take Back The Night' New Single from 'The 2020 Experience Pt. 2'

After teasing The 20/20 Experience Pt. 2 over the past couple of days, Justin Timberlake released the first single from the project titled “Take Back The Night”. The song unsurprisingly finds JT just asserting his pop dominance with a tune as catchy and infectious as a Michael Jackson single. With the album debuting 9/30, there’s absolutely no question that this man has recommitted to the music after his hiatus; the Legends of Summer tour is going to be an absolute MONSTER.

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Writtten by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam



Nardwuar vs. Fabolous

Nardwuar vs. Fabolous

Brooklyn’s own, Fabolous, is back and is the latest MC to sit down and speak to the well versed, always entertaining, Nardwuar. The clip finds the two speaking about everything from Fab’s early days in the game, his passion for old soul music, and his love for Brooklyn hip hop.

Nardwuar of course comes with the gifts, giving Fab a limited edition Kool G. Rap and DJ Polo album on vinyl! Check out the interview below and please, speak your mind – you know what happens when an artist rolls through Vancouver!

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Written by: @aimxhigh | @thatnewjam



50 Cent Talks Ending Beef With Floyd Mayweather, Yeezus, J. Cole, Boxing, & Much More

50 Cent 2013

There hasn’t been much in the way of music appearances in 2013 for 50 Cent. The Queens rapper has mainly focused on behind the scenes ventures this year as music has taken more of a backseat (although his upcoming album has been due out four or five times already at this point). J. Cole recently released his widely popular sophomore album Born Sinner and 50 was a rare guest on the project. The track “New York Times” is the only song on the album featuring rappers other than Cole. Recently, the Queens native called into DJ Whoo Kid’s program on Shade 45 and talked about his involvement on the album and J. Cole.

“I think that it’s a good project man,” 50 Cent said. “He’s producing his records while actually rapping on them like Kanye.”

Speaking of Kanye, 50 didn’t spare his feelings about Born Sinner’s release date competitor Yeezus and its creator.

“I think they’re both talented,” he said. “Some of the choices on the new joint that Yeezy made, I wasn’t into all that. I didn’t know what kind of beat came off.”

50 Cent also talked about how Kanye’s sixth studio album might be received by fans and critics down the line.

“It was creative man, it came out of nowhere with that. We’ll see if people can adjust to it and really enjoy it or if it’s too different.”

Finally, 50 talked about his future music and why he doesn’t party too much. He even jokes about re-recording Power of the Dollar with producers such as Timbaland, J. Cole, and Kanye West.

Listen to the full DJ Whoo Kid interview below (via Shade 45):

50 Cent Talks Ending Beef With Floyd Mayweather, Yeezus, J. Cole, Boxing, & Much More

Written by: @aimxhigh | @thatnewjam



Help Find A Missing Girl From Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas

Help Find A Missing Girl From Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas

In what may be the only legitimate bit of good I can do as a blogger, I’m urging everyone to read and share this in hopes of helping find EDC Las Vegas attendant Veronica Delara. My heart truly goes out to those affected by this and I can only hope that this works out for the better. Las Vegas is absolutely no joke and although the festival went off mainly without issue, you really hate to hear of anything like a missing girl happening. Rave safe kids.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Missing Persons Details is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Veronica Delara.

Veronica was last seen at the Electric Daisy Carnival on Monday, June 24th 2013.

All area hospitals are to check their registries and to notify LVMPD if located. It should be noted that “HIPPA” permits disclosure to law enforcement upon request and is authorized persuant C.F.R. section 164.512.

Anyone with any information on the known whereabouts of Veronica Delara is strongly urged to contact LVMPD Missing Persons Details immediately.

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam