Music News

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2014 nominees. The 2014 inductees are chosen by a secret ballot of over 600 individual voters consisting of all past inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, musicians, historians, critics and members of the music industry. Some of the notable nominees are;

  • Deep Purple
  • Peter Gabriel
  • Hall and Oates
  • KISS
  • LL Cool J
  • Nirvana
  • N.W.A.
  • The Replacements
  • Linda Ronstadt
  • Cat Stevens
  • Link Wray
  • Yes

The 29th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in April 2014 in New York City. Venue and public ticket sale information will be announced at a later date. The Induction Ceremony will be presented on HBO in May.

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2014 Nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1988.

All inductees are ultimately represented in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, the nonprofit organization that tells the story of rock and roll’s global impact via special exhibits, educational programs and its library and archives.

 

DJ News

In the last Roundup I mentioned the UK club that was implementing an on-site drug testing lab to make it safer for party goers after a string of deaths related to “molly” at EDM events. It appears that “molly” might be the least of your worries if you’re attending parties in New York and some other major cities because the infamous “Krokodil” has now made an appearance on the scene. “Krokodil” is arguably not a drug, it is a chemical wastepit conjured up by the worst kinds of junkies that is made from cheap dirty opiates, gasoline, and rubber (to name a few ingredients). Users shoot it to get a slight opiate high, but it also cause your skin to turn scaly, rot, and fall off. Vice did a great investigation into Krokodil and its effects in Russia, which you can check out here.

This isn’t exactly ‘DJ News’, but I think it’s important to acknowledge that there are harmful things happening in the DJ/dance/EDM/club scene. It’s no secret that dance music and drugs have a long history together, but I personally think that anything that makes your skin rot off has no place at a party.

 

Gear

Synth-legends Moog have announced a new line of affordable analog FX pedals. The “Minifoogers” will come in five different varieties; the MF Delay, MF Drive, MF Ring, MF Boost, and MF Trem. Each of these pedals will feature a 100% analog signal path, true bypass design, optional battery power, and a single expression pedal input that can also be controlled via CV. While the pedal-style design is familiar to guitar and bass players, the internal goods that these compact FX units are packing should appeal to a wider group of producers and gear-heads. They are slated to be priced at under $200 and will be released soon. You can check out all the tech specs on the Moog website and watch the video below to get a better look.

 

Best Mix

Check Yo Ponytail 2 is an open-genre, open-format party held monthly at the Echoplex in Los Angeles. The event has become known for highlighting some of today’s top performers, with a few tried and true legacy acts in between. This week’s top mix is a promo mix for Check Yo Ponytail and comes from Frite Night owner Salva, who brings the heat with a combination of booty shaking hip hop, club beats, and lots of bass.

 

Free Download

My top pick for this week’s free download comes from London’s Om Unit. While known for a lot of his bass-heavy dance tracks, Shine Your Light is a long rhythmic build up that takes you into space. You can hear a lot of his different influences coming together on this one, from old UK house to footwork, it chugs along at a methodically melodic pace.

 

 

 

 

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