Shawn Wasabi Uses Boba & Popsicles To Make Beats And It’s Super Good

It wasn’t too long ago that I wrote up an album from Kill Paris which relied heavily on the MIDI Sprout, a device that converted electrical signals from plants into MIDI notes. But that’s not the only way to turn objects that aren’t supposed to make music into musical devices.

If there’s anyone who knows a thing or two about making music from random things, it’s Shawn Wasabi. One of the foremost experts using the MIDI Fighter in the world, Wasabi gets a kick out of making weird music. For his latest experiment, he attached cables to boba balls and plugged them into his MIDI Fighter to make a sick beat. Continue reading

Hundreds Of Thousands Of People Use Musicians For Their Password & It’s Not Safe

More often than not, people take the easy way out when it comes to passwords. There are so many services that require a password that it’s easier to choose an easy one than a complicated one; but in exchange for ease, you lose security.

A new survey conducted by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Department for Digital, Media, and Sport (DCMS) in the UK has found that a staggering number of people actually use musicians and pop culture for their passwords, many of them across different services. Continue reading

Hundreds Of Thousands Of People Use Musicians For Their Password & It’s Not Safe

More often than not, people take the easy way out when it comes to passwords. There are so many services that require a password that it’s easier to choose an easy one than a complicated one; but in exchange for ease, you lose security.

A new survey conducted by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Department for Digital, Media, and Sport (DCMS) in the UK has found that a staggering number of people actually use musicians and pop culture for their passwords, many of them across different services. Continue reading

Gesaffelstein Announces Full Tour Following Epic Coachella Performance

Following the release of his new album and before his first performance at Coachella a week ago, fans were skeptical of Gesaffelstein. Would it be the same sort of poppy mish mash on HYPERION, or would it be a return to his original style, or somewhere in between?

Thankfully, the answer was about 80/20 in favor of his old style, and his Coachella set was wildly entertaining and impeccably produced. With a very unique vibe in mind and a powerful, techno-laden set that had everyone’s blood pumping, no one really went home unsatisfied. Continue reading

The Music Festival Paragon: A Coachella 2019 Weekend OneReview

Music festivals in America are feeling growing pains. Mainstays such as Sasquatch have fallen, and newer events like Okeechobee and Wayhome disappeared as quickly as they appeared. Even the 50th anniversary of Woodstock might not even happen. It’s tough to diagnose the cause of this epidemic, and even the most established festivals have been forced to adapt to survive.

No festival better epitomizes this evolution to thrive than Coachella. This year the festival reached its 25th year, noticeably with less anniversary fanfare than its contemporaries. One can see the difference when comparing its 1999, 2009 and 2019 lineups. Beck, Rage Against the Machine and Tool headlined in 1999. 2009 was led by Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure. 2019? Childish GambinoTame Impala and Ariana Grande were barely a blip on the music radar 10 years ago. 2019’s lineup truly showcases the music of 2018 into this year, but also looks toward the future. Continue reading

NuKid Drops Fresh Tune “Lose Yourself”

It’s always hard to keep up with new music on a major festival weekend. Whether you’re at the festival, watching a live stream, or just taking advantage of LA being empty for once, you’ve got other things on your plate. Thankfully, going back now through my submissions, I found this one from NuKid and it’s curing my post-festival woes.

“Lose Yourself” starts out as pretty much your typical house tune, with a kick and snare, four on the floor beat. But once the synths and bass come in, it proves itself a much more formidable endeavor. Blending some influence from bass house and acid house, “Lose Yourself” pulses and vibrates to an addictive melody. Continue reading