Mark Ronson is a DJ and producer whose work nods to classic soul and funk style sounds. Born in London but educated in New York City, Ronson began his career by DJing high profile gigs like Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' 29th birthday party. In 2003, he found success in the UK with the release of his debut album, Here Comes the Fuzz, which features guest appearances from the likes of Anthony Hamilton, Nikka Costa, Rivers Cuomo, Jack White,Mos Def, and Sean Paul. In 2007, he released a collection of cover songs called Version, which was followed by 2010's Record Collection.
In 2015, Ronson released Uptown Special. He dedicated the album to Amy Winehouse, whose Back to Black he had produced and for which he had received the 2008 Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. Uptown Special features "Uptown Funk," a collaboration with Bruno Mars which marked Ronson's first entry into Billboard's Hot 100. Interestingly, the album features lyrics written by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon.
DJ Earworm Mashup - United State of Pop 2012 (Shine Brighter)
Mashup master DJ/producer DJ Earworm's annual “United State of Pop” mashup mixes of the year's 25 biggest Billboard Hot 100 pop hits have become an anticipated event at the end of each year since the San Francisco based DJ began doing them five years ago. Earworm's brand new United States of Pop 2012 (Shine Brighter) mix, which was premiered last Saturday night at 11:30pm atBootie SFat their weekly party at the DNA Lounge in San Francsico (tonight's thier Post Apocalypse Bootie party), finally got uploaded for fans to hear on Tuesday (Dec 18th) on both SoundCloud and on YouTube. DJ Earworm, born Jordan Roseman, does the great video mixes too, and in the four days since he posted the new mix has gotten close to million and a half YouTube views. Subtitled Shine Brighter the United States of Pop 2012 is an exercise in how to seamlessly inter-weave all of these disparate 25 tracks and make them sound like one perfectly cohesive track. Peep the video above and see how of the songs/artists you can name. Below is a complete list of them all and yes it includes "Gangnam Style."Follow DJ Earworm on Facebook and Twitter, and mashups on Bootie's website.
Unlike some of its alt-rock contemporaries (call it emo or whatever, Bivouac is firmly 1991 in sound), Jawbreaker’s Bivouac is ripe for reissue because A) it can’t be found in your average record store, B) it was overlooked during its time and C) it has aged better than your average album of the era. Beginning with the roaring “Shield Your Eyes,” the album still hits hard, thanks to Blake Schwarzenbach razor vocals and the band’s scrappy attack. “Chesterfield King” echoes the boozy swagger of their elders in TheReplacements, while “Sleep’s” sheet of guitars and hushed melodies place them as both Husker Du’s heir and as a band making music akin to their shoegazing brethren across the pond. For new listeners, especially those interested in some of the roots of emo, the brutal “Parabola” and the title track, which balances delicate passages with high-octane chunks of ferocious noise for 10 breathtaking minutes, should be elucidating in and of themselves. If only emo had stayed as good as Bivouac, we’d all be better off! The LP has four fewer tracks than the CD (as it did in the original pressing); the Chesterfield King EP also is reissued, including those four tracks (“Tour Song,” “Face Down,” “You Don’t Know…” and “Pack it Up”).
"One man's attempt to dissect the method to 3 days of madness in the desert"
- By Scott Butterworth On the 3rd weekend of April my Coachella will give to me..... .....12 DJ's.....11 Angelenos....10 Duos Duet-ing....
....and 9 Debut Albums: Passion Pit
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
The Temper Trap
Florence + The Machine Little Boots
Each year, the stages of Coachella are graced by legends in music, many with careers spanning decades and musical catalogs expansive enough to fill the entire 3-day weekend. But there's also another pool of artists at Coachella each year -- usually found on the smaller "tent" stages or in the early hour slots of the main stage -- making a name for themselves in the music world on very limited but deserving musical output. Coachella promoters make a profession of spotting these artists early and presenting them to us before the "rest of the world" catches on. And it's not rare to see some of these artists, who are featured in the smallest font on the above flyer, go on to headline the festival in future years. The following 9 artists are playing Coachella this year on the strength of their debut albums. All 9 of them include singles that have permeated diverse avenues of pop culture within the past year, but all 9 artists have inaugurated their careers with "albums" that bite as hard as their "singles" bark.