Has anyone had the displeasure of having to suffer and listen to the absolute torture that is FM Radio lately? Holy. Fucking. Shit. I really don’t think there is anything more painful to listen to. Instead of torturing terrorists with Metallica, put them in a room and and make them listen to 102 Jamz or XL 106.7 for a 8 hour time span and I guarantee they will be reaching for the nearest gun to blow their brains out after the 10th time “Party Rock Anthem” (or now “Sexy and I know It) comes on, and if that doesn’t do it then surely they will be hanging themselves by the 20th Adele song in a 2 hour period.
My distain for FM Radio is an unbelievable hatred. I despise it more than anything. If I get into your car and you are listening to the radio, you are immediatley failing in my eyes. Why would someone choose to listen to the same fucking songs in a 45 minute period? I do not understand it. This just isn’t Top 40, this is ALL genres. Country (that stupid fucking “I Hear Voices” song, or “Farmers Daughter” bullshit), Hip-Hop, Rock, its all the same shit, constantly. Are these companies really surprised that people are turning to Pandora, Grooveshark, or their own choices on their smartphones and mp3 players? Some people do not though, some people willingly get into their car, fire up 106.7, and start “Rolling In The Deep”.
Working in the 9-5 world has reignited my absolute hatred for this awful format of music. I sit here, and hear Adele, every. fucking. twenty. minutes. Is it really that hard to believe that this chick has the #1 album of the year? She basically owns the radio. How can people stand this? How are they able to just tune out Pitbull, LMFAO, Lady Gaga & J-Lo coming on repeatedly through an 8-hour day? Then whats funny, after their work week, they come out to the clubs, and harass the DJs to play the same shit! Isn’t the point of going out to the clubs to hear something you can’t hop in your car and hear? Apparently not, because we are still getting “Moves Like Jagger” requests every single night. I understand that you’re drunk, and that makes it better, or that you want to hear it on a big sound system and dance to it because you can’t in the office, but that still doesn’t change the fact that you probably have already heard it 7x today, and when you’re driving home you are probably going to hear it again.
Can we talk about 102 Jamz playing things that aren’t anywhere near hip-hop? Since when did Maroon 5 crossover into that genre? I must have missed that. LMFAO I can kind of undertand, because they have that little tingent of Rap in their songs, but there is absolutely no reason I should be hearing “Someone Like You” on what is supposedly a hip-hop station. Is DJ Nasty going to mix “Set Fire To Rain” into the 5′oclock traffic jam? I highly doubt you are going to hear him drop some Marc Anthony on his Friday nights at Roxy, so why is it being played on the station that is promoted on all the flyers of the clubs that he is playing at? I don’t get it.
FM Radio has always and will clearly continue to be awful and thats why I will gladly bring my iPhone in and play things off it whether it be custom playlists, podcasts, SoundCloud mixes, or just firing up the I Heart Radio app (ironic, I know) and listening to talk radio. Do you hate FM Radio as much as I do? I ask you to please “Like” this blog at the bottom, tweet about it, repost it, comment about it, do whatever you can to get my rant out there because I am positive there are other people out there that feel as strongly as I do about this.
Well we’ve heard the rumors, now all we can do is wait for the press conference. The NBAs most powerful big-man and Orlandos hometown hero, Dwight Howard, is apparently being sought after by one of the most talented teams in the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers.
It’s almost like its 1996 all over again. The Orlando Magic, have made playoff runs, shit, they even made it to The Finals a couple years ago, but have yet to capture that brass ring that they have longed for since becoming a franchise in 1989. In the 90s, the big man that brought them to the finals, Shaq-Fu himself, couldn’t do it. Now, in 2011, the new self-proclaimed Superman, has yet to do it either, even in a new arena.
Is this not like a weird case of Deja-Vu for Orlando? Same position, same nickname, same team offering him a spot, everything. Will Dwight leave Orlando? Of course he will, He wants a ring just as bad as Lebron does. Sadly, he wouldn’t have the coaching of Phil Jackson behind him but he would be joining Kobe Bryant,
Ron Artest Metta World Peace, former teammate Matt Barnes, among other superstars.
I still say that cute little celebrity basketball game that Dwight put on was him sugar-coating all the fans so when he leaves he isnt looked at as too much of an asshole because “he brought basketball to the city when there wasn’t any”, right?! What a swell guy that Howard is. I would have rather had a rap album with heavy Fu-Schnickens features than that game.
How awesome would it be if Dwight said fuck the Lakers, and took his talents to South Beach to join
Hulk Hogan & the N.W.O Lebron James? Then Orlando would have an actual reason to boo the Heat when they come to town as opposed to this bizarre hatred for Lebron James that Magic fans have for no reason other than just to be ignorant. There isn’t THAT many people from Ohio in this city.
We still have one more season with Dwight unless some crazy trade happens, but one thing is for sure: Superman is leaving the building sooner or later.
The guy who sold out House of Blues Orlando 4 months early and THE king of dubstep whether you like it or not, Skrillex, has been nominated for a Grammy.
The obvious nomination is for Best Dance Recording which features his breakout hit “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”. The curve-ball nomination however, is for Best New Artist, a category for which no DJ/Producer has ever been nominated for, ever. Who would have thought the guy inspiring 14 year olds to shave one side of their head and wear thick black frame glasses would break a Grammy mold.
Although I would love to hear this kids acceptance speech, thanking Deadmau5 and all the kids buying his tracks on Beatport, he is going up against some stiff competition, one being the Queen of Hip-Hop right now, Nicki Minaj. Other nominees are Bon Iver, J. Cole, and The Band Perry.
Now the obvious choice for a winner would be Minaj, but let’s not forget this is The Grammys and they like to make stupid decisions when it comes to picking a winner. Case in point would be Metallica losing in 1988 while in their prime for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance to Jethro Tull, or Will Smith beating out Notorious B.I.G. a decade later in 1998 with “Men in Black over “Hypnotize”. Maybe it was because Biggie was actually lighting the cigars and Smith was doing it just for the look? We’ll never know.
Tune in February 12th for The Grammys on CBS, or just watch Twitter that night and see if Skrillex wins. In the meantime be sure to check out the video in the top right corner for the preview of his remix to Avicii’s “Levels” which just sounds fucking incredible.
Photo by Hey Mr. Riot
If you were at The Beacham this past Tuesday Night then you got to witness true greatness as the #1 scratch DJ on the planet graced Orlando with his presence.
He’s not just the guy from Duck Sauce, or the guy who put out that catchy hit “Barbara Streisand”, this is the guy who at 16 years old was a DMC World Champion and has played venues worldwide for years before acclaiming fame from those songs. He also was Kanye Wests touring DJ while everyone still hated him, this is A-Trak and he put on a 2 hour CLINIC.
When I arrived to The Beacham, Henry Fong and some other guy I didn’t recognize were finishing up their set and I saw that they werent using a computer so that was commendable to see in the year 2011. Anyways, they finished up, then A-Rock and Nova started their 4-turntable set, which I had never seen before outside of maybe a song or two. Those two were more than impressive the way they went back-and-forth with each other I must say. I know A-Rock didn’t wanna completely steal the show, so he held off from playing the new Flo Rida single.
After A-Rock & Nova, the man himself was ready to take the decks. Starting out with a blistering scratch routine like only he could, A-Traks set was full of Disco-Funk with a touch of Electro flavor. If you have ever listened to one of his Fools Gold Radio entries then you recognized most of the tracks but he kept it fresh by throwing in enough tracks not played. The absolute highlight of the set for myself and The Donk was when he pulled out the Dirty South Hip-Hop. Dropping “Tupac Back” by Meek Mill, followed by the highly unexpected “Tony Montana” by Future. To hear these tracks with the bass that The Beacham provides was sooo fucking sick. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, he drops my favorite rapper, Juicy J, and his “Who Da Neighbors” track off his Lex Luger produced mixtape Rubba Band Business 2. Sadly he only played the chorus but that was good enough for me. After he was done with the Dirty South, he went right back to the dancefloor and did his famous Daft Punk scratch routine for their hit “Robot”. Now, I’ve seen this routine on YouTube but it still is just mind-blowing to see how much control this guy has over two 1200s (check out Mr. Riots Facebook for a clip of the jaw-dropping routine). I was also surprised to see that A-Trak, once a very vocal spokesperson for Serato, had switched his tune and was using Traktor for his performance. Now whether they paid him to start using their software (most likely) or whether he just had a true change of heart, I do not know but I did find it interesting.
Now the show was amazing, the venue had incredible sound, but there was one let down and that is the turnout from Orlando. This show was very reminiscent to when DJ AM came to town years before his death and he played at Club Destiny on I-Drive and there was LITERALLY 50 people there total, one being a young Brian Dawe.
When I first heard about A-Trak coming to town I was sure that it would be a sell-out show, without question. With how many times we bring Steve Aoki, Diplo, Avicii, etc. and the turnouts they receive as if they weren’t just here less than 6 months ago, I was sure that the city would show up in droves to see someone way more talented than those guys and brought here much less (and I like those guys so no disrespect…well, maybe not Avicii). I’d say there was maybe a total of 400 people there, and that is being extremely generous. Of course all the local DJs were there including myself, Rincon, Y-Not?, Justin James, Justin James’ hair, and Justin James’ 5 o’clock shadow, among others, but where was everybody else? Our good friend @TheHollywoodHog took his talents to Roxy that night and said it was packed and that was for Chuckie, another DJ who has been here 3 times in less than a year. Chuckie and A-Trak are obviously two totally different DJs when it comes to track selection, but when it comes to skill and technical prowess, A-Trak will blow that guy out of the water blind-folded. This night truly showed that Roxy and the Smile For Camera guys can seriously book any DJ they want right now, even if it is that DJ standing on stage brushing his teeth into a microphone with a 128-140 bpm bass-line, and the kids will flock to it no matter what. Kind of sad really, but good for them.
All in all it was a great show and afterwards A-Trak came down to take pictures and meet everybody in the crowd. I, of course, had already left at this point and I could kick myself in the ass for doing so. If you were one of the few people in the crowd then you know you witnessed something truly great and I hope the small crowd didn’t taint Orlando from having the opportunity to have him play again.
In honor of Small Business Saturday I decided to post a blog about one of my favorite local businesses in The City Beautiful and the place responsible for my mean haircuts, Liberty Barber Shop.
Located on Primrose between Robinson and South Street, Liberty Barber Shop is the place to go to keep that holiday fade fresh but also a great spot year round. Run by the one man army in John Duvoisin, a barber who has been all over the Orlando area for years cutting hair building a loyal clientele, and 3 years ago he opened his own shop. Whether you’re looking for a rockabilly comb-over, a soccer style Brazilian mullet, or just a scissor cut all over, John does it all finishing every haircut with a razor edge and hot lather sure to make you come back (ask @donk407). You can also buy all types of products for yourself from hair grease, gel, shampoo, and hot shave supplies.
Not only does he have a strong presence in the community, he also utilizes social media to his customers advantage. You can follow @libertybarber on Twitter for updates on when there is no wait to get that bro-hawk touched up when you’re in a rush, or check-in on Foursquare for free drinks, and special gifts.
Be sure to support all your local small businesses not only today but all the time, if there weren’t places like Liberty Barber Shop you would be stuck trying to explain your fade to Helen at Great Clips who would most likely cut your ear straight off.
You’ve seen the Russell Simmons pre-paid Visa, the Rush Card, well now everyones favorite auto-tuner has his own card for us 99%ers, the Young Money Card! For the low price of $7 you too can have a pre-paid Discover card for all your holiday shopping!
Ok enough with the sarcasm, are we fucking serious with this? Lets be honest: if you purchase this card you’re an idiot. First off, its a Discover, so fuck your life. A lot of places don’t even take discover because their transaction fees are so high. Secondly, its 2011, if you don’t have your own debit card from a bank or something like that you might want to step into the now and look into that. Third, the fees on this card are ignorant, lets take a look:
$7 gets you the card, ok thats not that bad, most Visas are $5, I guess you gotta pay the extra $2 to have that Young Money. Here’s where it gets stupid: $4 a month to even have the card, and $5 for every reload! Are you serious bro? Anyone who buys one of these cards and sends us a pic will get a free flamingo signed personally by Dawe and I then a slap across the face.
What’s next? A Mac Miller American Express with your choice of a snap back or thumbs up on the front? Time will only tell…
Dwight Howard brought professional basketball back to Orlando, even if it was only for one night. With the impending NBA lockout, this may be the only action Magic fans see all year. If that is the case this also may be the last time we see Dwight Howard representing Orlando, with his upcoming free agency next season.
There were close to 10,000 fans in UCF arena last night ready to catch a glimpse of the current Magic roster, as well as some old school magic players. Only days after what was supposed to be the regular season tip-off in the NBA, this exhibition game featured a team of “New School” Magic players versus a team of “Old School” Magic players.
The night had many memorable moments, but for old school Orlando Magic fans the star of the show was Penny Hardaway. At the age of 40, Penny isn’t quite the explosive young point guard we remember in the 90′s, actually, I only recall him scoring one three pointer (which sent the crowd into a frenzy), but this night wasn’t about stats. The Hardaway homecoming has been twelve long years in the making, and having Penny on the court in Orlando, regardless of his performance, was magical. In the end Penny’s team of “Old School” players beat out the “New School” 114-102.
Players who participated included Howard’s current teammates Gilbert Arenas, Brandon Bass, Quentin Richardson, Jameer Nelson and Ryan Anderson. Former Magic players who played included the previously mentioned Penny Hardaway, Courtney Lee, Steve Francis, Mike Miller, Matt Barnes, Rashard Lewis, Trevor Ariza and Marcin Gortat.
I hate to say it, but if I were Otis Smith I would be wondering how all this “Old School” talent got away. The “Old School” team definitely outplayed the “New School” team with strong performances from Courtney Lee, Matt Barnes, and Rashard Lewis. The “New School” team looked a little rusty, except for Brandon Bass. Bass was the strongest player of the night for the “New School”, other than Dwight. Of course, this was just an exhibition game.
Rapper Lil Wayne and boxer Floyd Mayweather served as celebrity coaches. Lil Wayne walked into the arena to a thunderous cheer, before his name was even announced.
Check out some video highlights below:
Orlando, it has finally happened. It’s not Steve Aoki, it’s definitely not Hyper Crush. No, THE heir to DJ AMs throne is coming to Orlando, DJ A-Trak.
To say that I am excited about this is a complete understatement. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that this guy is going to come here and seriously put on a clinic. Just a few months after older brother Dave-1 of Chromeo brought his Fancy Footwork to The Beacham, little brother is coming to shut it down and show all you ableton DJs what it’s all about. From his Fools Gold Radio series, to the perfect-in-every-way Dirty South Dance mixtapes, this is one bad ass Jew on the decks. Did I mention he was a DMC champion at age 16?
(He’s not 16 here but still just insane)
November 29th, skip your usual Tuesday night party and come watch and listen to the best DJ in the world.
The sequel to easily the greatest Batman game of all time, Arkham Asylum, was released yesterday and they have brought the action out of the Asylum and into the city and appropriately calling it: Batman Arkham City.
I played (and finished) the first game on Xbox 360 but I decided to buy the latest version on my newly purchased PS3 because I remember last year the graphics being a little bit slicker on PS3 so I figured why not.
I’m obviously not very far into the game (10%) but from what I have played so far this game is just fantastic. Think Grand Theft Auto meets Batman and that is this game. The main story obviously drives the game but there are plenty of ways to get distracted away from it. Side missions, Riddler Trophys, Catwoman missions in-between Batman missions, or if you just wanna beat some ass on the streets, nothing is off limits. I bought my copy from Best Buy which apparently unlocks the ability to play as Robin but I have yet to encounter those missions yet.
From what I have played so far, all of Batmans greatest rivals are showcased. Two-Face, Mr. Freeze, Bane, Poison Ivy, Penguin, Croc, and of course the ringleader of the madness, The Joker.
The premise is as follows: Gotham City has basically had enough of these crazy fuckers in Arkham Asylum and built a peremiter wall in North Gotham and just let them loose inside the “city”. Bruce Wayne is running for public office and his press coference is ambushed and now he, among others, is now a political prisoner inside this cesspool of insanity. Always the quick thinker, Wayne breaks out of his handcuffs after beating some ass and hollers at his boy Alfred to air-drop him a Batsuit and we’re off to the races.
I won’t go any further than that (not that I am that much further from that point to begin with). I have complete faith that this game is going to be the shit from front to back just as its predecessor was. Game is available now on PS3, which if you actually have a 3Dtv you can play the game in 3D, but is also availble on Xbox 360 if you lack either of those of course.
Lets get one thing straight: Steve Jobs was the fucking man and someone that will be talked about for generations. Whether you are Pro-Apple or not, it is an undeniable truth that you are just going to have to live with. His influence is most likely attached to at least one piece of technology in your home whether it be a computer, mp3 player, phone of a number of other things.
Last week, Patrick Schwayze finally answered the door that Steve Jobs was knocking on (too soon?) and the world lost the last great asshole in business. Now I say asshole because he was a very well known hard-ass in everything he did. It took record labels years to finally get him to come off the .99 cent price point for music and he did not give a fuck. If they didn’t want to be apart of what would become the #1 music retailer in the WORLD, then be his guest and leave. They obviously didn’t and he knew that they wouldn’t and that’s just the kind of muscle someone with his brilliance can flex. Same reason you can’t get iOS on any other device than an Apple, and the same reason the App Store is closely moderated as opposed to Androids malware infected Marketplace which will shit all over your phone at the click of a button.
The iTunes Store was one of the MANY great innovations brought to us from Jobs, but the single greatest thing that stands out to me is the timing of the introduction of the orignal iPod.
Think about it, the year is 2001, Shawn Fanning has crushed every new musicians dream of selling records, and every old musicians hopes of getting a royalty check with a little file-sharing program called Napster that is running rampant in every college kids (or High School for me) room downloading thousands upon MILLIONS of pirated content every second. Lawsuits are flying, Lars Ulrich is the most hated man in Metal, and the music industry is swan diving in what would start a decade long drop is sales figures that they would never recoup from, ever.
In steps Steve Jobs to do what he does best: Capitalize. What better way to take advantage of a market with basically no competition than to introduce a device to hold all these songs that you have stolen? The iPod was introduced and now you are able to stop burning CDs of the Death Row Records Discography you downloaded and you can have it all in one place on one device, all while Apple makes the money and the record industry still loses. Of course to cover their own tracks (no pun intended) they introduce the iTunes Music Store where you can buy music legally but let’s be honest, we all know what the original intentions were and that was to capitalize off all the pirated music out there at the time. Genius.
I could go on and on about all the things Jobs has contributed to our generation but you can read plenty of that on every tech blog/news website on the ‘net. I just wanted to give my point of view as to why I thought he was the man. We here at Last Nights Hype are proud to use his technology in every aspect of what we do (well, except for Dawe who hopefully will make the jump now that the iPhone 4S is available on Sprint). From DJing, photo editing, writing, designing, and recording…his legacy will truly live on in all of us.
Every Saturday Night we invade Orlandos #1 Gay Bar, Mr. Sisters, and turn the place out for
Dirty South Beach Saturdays. DJ dLux on the decks with mass destruction. Tabor Visuals on lights stimulating your senses.
Carmen Carrera from Ru Pauls Drag Race was in town for the weekends Pride festivities and she tore the house down!!
Photo’s by: Krista Deckrow
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Looking to play Battlefield 3 multiplayer before it comes out? Well, you can’t. EAs servers have crashed less than 24 hours after releasing it. Yes, on both Xbox Live and Playstation Network. Is this a sign of things to come when the game comes out on October 25th? Time will tell.
I got to play a little bit of it this afternoon before the crash and it’s…ok. I am obviously heavily biased because of the beast around the corner from this game after it comes out, Modern Warfare 3, which I already have pre-ordered, paid in full, Hardened Edition, no big deal.
Anybody who wants to get down, I will be playing Modern Warfare 3 on the system with the servers that can handle the load, Xbox 360. Don’t forget what happened last year to you loyal PS3ers.
Gamertag: HDS COMIN THRU (extra point to whoever knows where my gamertag is from).
UPDATE: The servers are back up, but still…fuck this game. What’s with only having one level?
One of Orlando’s finest photographers, and someone I hope to feature in a 20 Questions (hint, hint), Mr. Riot, posted this video GOLD on his Facebook the other day and I just had to repost it. This was shot at this years “Gathering of The Juggalos” festival, which is a 4 day event in the mid-west woods hosted by the Insane Clown Posse and takes a deeper look into what it’s like to:
1. Live in the Mid-West.
2. Listen to Insane Clown Posse in the year 2011.
3. Have nothing to live for.
4. Have no fashion sense.
5. Do as many drugs as possible in 4 days.
What more is there to say really?