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HARD LA Festival feat. MIA, Die Antwoord Canceled

Posted by Amoebite, July 12, 2010 05:13pm | Post a Comment
Just Announced: The HARD LA show featuring MIA, N*E*R*D*, Die Antwoord, and Flying Lotus on Sat July 17 has been canceled. From their website:
Hard Fest Flyer

HARD LA M.I.A. this Saturday July 17th has been canceled, but not due to the lack of support or the full approval from the personnel at the City of Los Angeles and California State Parks, who have signed off on our comprehensive security plan. We have decided to instead produce one massive event on August 7th at the same amazing location, the Los Angeles State Historic Park in Downtown Los Angeles.

We continue to work closely with LAFD, LAPD, City of Los Angeles, and California State Parks, who c
ontinue to support all HARD events and have approved our plan to operate the HARD SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL at the Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 7th, 2010 featuring Soulwax, Crystal Castles, Major Lazer, Erol Alkan, Diplo, Digitalism and more.

Tickets for HARD LA M.I.A. are automatically valid for the HARD SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL. Refund information will be posted July 13th.

We're not yet sure what the HARD Summer Music Festival lineup will look like with this change -- will some of the artists from HARD LA be added to the August date? We also do not know why Saturday's show was canceled. Security concerns? Low ticket sales? Hopefully we'll have more information soon. What's fairly certain is that South African sensation Die Antwoord will likely not be at the August show, which is a darn shame.

BUT, the good news is Die Antwoord has scheduled a show for Sat, July 17 at the El Rey in Los Angeles. Get your tickets here before they're sold out!

This event sounded pretty amazing primarily because of the chance to see South African internet phenomenon Die Antwoord perform live (for those of us who missed them at Coachella this year). But it would have also been an opportunity to see MIA perform material from her just released third album, Maya (XL), and watch Flying Lotus tear it up as he did recently at his instore at Hollywood. Plus, MIA's protege Rye Rye, producer and DJ (and MIA collaborator) Switch, and KCRW's Jason Bentley were scheduled to perform.

Here's a bit more about some of the artists who would have been at HARD.

First up is MIA.

She's British born, Sri Lankan by descent, an MC, singer, producer, fashion designer, and visual artist --  MIA (born Maya Arulpragasam) released her first album, Arular (Sony), in 2005. Her unique blend of electronica, Hip-Hop, and world music combined with her political lyrics brought her immediate global attention.

Her second album, Kala (Interscope, 2007), included "Paper Planes," a MIA at Amoeba Berkeleysong which became a broader mainstream hit for her. (Fun Fact: "Paper Planes" was used in the trailer for 2008 Seth Rogen/James Franco stoner comedy Pineapple Express). In advance of the release of Kala, MIA performed at Amoeba Berkeley in July 2007 (see more photos here), to a very happy, but packed house!

MIA gained an even wider audience from a collaboration with renowned Indian composer A.R. Rahman for the soundtrack to Slumdog Millionaire. Their song "O...Saya" was nominated for an Oscar for Best Song in 2008.

MIA has sometimes been a controversial artist in part due to her provocative, often political videos. Her video for "Born Free" off her newest album, Maya, was banned from YouTube. You can watch it here, but be warned, it contains graphic violence.

There was also a May 2010 in-depth article in the New York Times Magazine which MIA felt portrayed her unfairly and for which she blasted the reporter and the Times via her Twitter account (MIA also posted the reporter's phone number on Twitter). The Times later posted an apology to MIA for changing the order in which some of her statements occurred.

Check out the lighter side of MIA with this video recorded backstage at Amoeba Berkeley:


Next is a newer artist -- so new, in fact, they don't have an official album out (but have already performed at Coachella).

Die Antwoord is a South African rap-rave group featuring Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er, and DJ Hi-Tek. Die Antwoord, which means "The Answer" in Afrikaans, was created in 2009 and became an internet phenomenon with their video for "Enter the Ninja." They combine Afrikaans, English, and Zef, an Afrikaans slang term that roughly means a mix of modern, trashy, and common and can be applied beyond music. Their debut album, $0$, was originally released for streaming online and is supposed to be officially released on Interscope Records...eventually.

Die Antwoord visited Amoeba Hollywood after their Coachella appearance and we caught their first shopping experience at Amoeba on tape for our What's In My Bag? series:


If you can't be in LA Saturday, you can also catch Die Antwoord in San Francisco on Friday July 16 at the Rickshaw Stop. Flying Lotus

Another artist who should not be missed, ever, is Flying Lotus.

An LA producer and DJ (and Alice Coltrane's nephew), Flying Lotus released his debut album, 1983, (Plug Research) in 2006. He followed it up with Los Angeles (Warp) in 2008 and Cosmogramma (Warp) in 2010.

Flying Lotus performed at Amoeba Hollywood on May 6, 2010 (see more photos here). The store was full of dancing, moving, happy kids who had waited in line for his show -- and there were still folks waiting outside to get in! DJ sets at Amoeba are not normally shows that put the store at capacity, but Flying Lotus was the exception! Not only did he put on a fantastic set, but he looked so happy while he was up there. It was one of my favorite surprise instore moments at Amoeba.

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Also on the HARD LA bill was Sleigh Bells.

Derek Miller (ex-Poison the Well) and Alexis Krauss have found the perfect combination of sizzling guitar riffs, overblown drum-machine distortion, and lovely cooing vocals that will rock you right out of the box. It's kind of like a dream team mashup of My Bloody Valentine, Lush, and Squarepusher.

You can buy their debut album, Treats, here.

Finally, there was another Los Angeles DJ, The Gaslamp Killer, on the HARD LA bill.

The Gaslamp Killer is a beatmaker and resident DJ at the Low End Theory, a club night every Wednesday in Los Angeles. He released his debut EP, My Troubled Mind, in August 2009 on Flying Lotus' imprint Brainfeeder. Not too long ago The Gaslamp Killer also went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood and talked to us about what he found in our What's In My Bag? series:


RIP, HARD LA! Here's hoping some of the artists from this show get added to the HARD Summer Music date.

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