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Happy Halloween! A Special Guest Mixtape / DJ Bumbaclot “GHOSTS ON GHOSTS ON GHOSTS”

Yet another artfully constructed listening experience from DJ Bumbaclot.

Despite the decidedly un-scary and delightfully un-ironic viral video the title is referencing (as least, I’m pretty sure that’s what it’s referencing), this time he delivers a spooky and off-beat Halloween mix that might be just the thing to get you in the mood to celebrate a holiday on a BORING WEDNESDAY NIGHT.  Living room dance party!

Need a little more inspiration?  Try the recipes below for Witches Brew and Honey Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread.

DJ Bumbaclot GHOSTS ON GHOSTS ON GHOSTS

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Neat Tracks / Rostam “Don’t Let It Get To You”

By Amanda DK

Artist: ROSTAM
Origin: New York, NY
Label: None
Latest Release: None

Rostam Batmanglij became known to most people via one of the biggest breakout indie pop bands of the past decade. He then stirred up some buzz again a few years ago as one-half of Discovery, his collaboration with Wes Miles, lead singer of another popular band (in hipster circles at least) Ra Ra Riot.

That said, it seems a bit ridiculous that it took the release of his solo work to finally get my attention.
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Music in Media / Your Guide to the SXSW Music Conference 2012

By Amanda DK

 

With the annual South By Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Festival now just days away, industry professionals from blogger to supervisor are all hustling to catalog, notate and RSVP to entire inboxes full of artist schedules and event invitations.  Of course, the day they land in Austin on March 14 (or earlier), the meticulous work will all be in vain, swept away by word of mouth and tagging along with friends to that secret show no one else knows about.  Thus is the glorious standard operating procedure at SXSW.

For most people I know, the above rarely includes conference panels.  It’s easy to enjoy the festival without spending the $500 – $750 on a badge, and avoiding the Austin Convention Center entirely.  Still though, SXSW was founded on a conference and that is still at it’s core.
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Film + TV / Your Music In Media Guide to the 54th Annual Grammy Awards

By Amanda DK

It seems as though the 54th Annual Grammy Awards have received more flak from the indie community this year than any other year (in my memory at least).  Weren’t we all over “Grenade” by last February? Didn’t Mumford and Sons Sigh No More come out in 2009?  Bon Iver for Best New Artist?  For Emma, Forever Ago was released in 2008.  And if the music community scoffed (mostly) anonymously into the social media ether, Justin Vernon made his reaction public.

To be honest, the music in media categories feel similar.  Burlesque, Tangled and The King’s Speech all received nods during awards season last winter.  The public has moved on.  After this though, the only major awards show left is the Oscars, which has already caused discomfort in the music supervision world for only nominating two songs and then not inviting either to perform.
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Film / Your Music in Media Guide to the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards

By Amanda DK

I’m not sure why, but awards season snuck up on me this year. I can’t believe the 69th Annual Golden Globes are this Sunday! Did a whole twelve months really pass by since last year?

To be perfectly honest though, I’m I suppose I’m not that surprised. There is a reason that does come to mind.

Of all the nominees for Best Original Score, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo probably had the largest amount of buzz, but caters to a very specific audience. The Artist was likely the most critically loved of the bunch, but is still widely considered more of an “art house” film.  War Horse and Hugo were both praised as quality family fare, but nothing transcendent.  And all of the films in consideration for best original song were received by audiences as pretty good at best.

There were plenty of solid films this year, just none that wowed audiences on a large scale.

I mean, the only movie that received a nod for both original score and song is W.E., which was written and directed by Madonna. Nothing against Madge, but really?

Below take a look and listen to some of the scores and songs in consideration this year.  Who do you think should win?

Check out the full list of nominees here.

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