Franz Ferdinand’s ‘Late Night Tales’ Out in September


Revered Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand have been tapped to mix the next installment of Late Night Tales. Set for release on September 15, 2014, the 20-track compendium includes an exclusive cover version of Jonathan Halper’s “Leaving My Old Life Behind” as well as selections by Can, Serge Gainsbourg, Ian Dury, Paul McCartney & Wings, Boards of Canada, R. Stevie Moore and Lee “Scratch” Perry. Interestingly, the final track on the mix is a spoken word selection from frontman Alex Kapranos called “Defibrillator.”

If you simply can’t wait to get your Franz Ferdinand fix, catch them on July 25 at Fuji Rock Festival in Niigata, Japan.

Tracklisting for Franz Ferdinand’s Late Night Tales

1. Franz Ferdinand ­- Leaving My Old Life Behind (Exclusive Cover Version)
2. R. Stevie Moore -­ I’m Only Sleeping
3. The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band ­- Eighteen Is Over The Hill
4. Sandy Nelson -­ Let There Be Drums
5. Life Without Buildings -­ New Town
6. Can -­ Connection
7. The Liminanas -­ The Darkside
8. Ian Dury ­- Reasons To Be Cheerful Part 3
9. Disco Dub Band ­- For The Love Of Money
10. Zapp -­ More Bounce To The Ounce
11. Serge Gainsbourg ­- Requiem Pour Un Con
12. Lee “Scratch” Perry -­ Disco Devil
13. James Brown -­ King Heroin
14. Carrie Cleveland -­ Love Will Set You Free
15. Paul McCartney & Wings -­ Nineteen Hundred & Eighty Five
16. Boards of Canada ­- Reach For The Dead
17. Oneohtrix Point Never -­ Zebra
18. Justus Köhncke ­- Old Man
19. American Spring ­- Sweet Mountain
20. Alex Kapranos -­ Defibrillator (Spoken Word)

Tablelist Nightclub Booking App Raises $1.5 Million

Tablelist app

While readers of Big Shot probably aren’t ones to book tables at nightclubs, lots of people do. So it’s no surprise that Boston-based Tabelist app — a startup that believes booking tables shouldn’t be something left for the rich — has announced that it has raised $1.5 million. Founded by Julian Jung with Twitter executive Wayne Chang in tow, the iOS and Android app also allows friends to split the bill with friends and pre-select liquor and champagne brands for bottle service.

Obligatory press release gush from Jung: “Tablelist opens up the bottle service market, connecting users directly with tables and providing details about minimum tabs and availability as far out as a week and as last-minute as the night of.”

Currently available in Boston, Las Vegas, New York City, and the Hamptons, the cash will allow for the company to expand into Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC and Miami within six months.

If all goes well in America, could club capitals like Ibiza, London and Berlin be next on the horizon for Tabelist? You can bet on it.

DJ Chart: Dave Tarrida’s Top 10 for July 2014


Dave Tarrida’s Top 10 for July 2014

1. Cleric – “Equinox” (Arts)
2. Lex Gorrie – “Mental Block (Dax J Remix)” (Unknown Territory)
3. Clip! – “Real Talk” (Classicworks)
4. Emmanuel – “Rust” (Enemy)
5. Tesla 286 – “Frequency Society (Housemeister Remix)” (AYCB)
6. Dave Tarrida – “Time Equalising” (Bulletdodge)
7. V/A – “Shkybwoy EP” (Mindcut)
8. Alex Dolby – “Sden” (Affekt)
9. Clouds – “Tune For The Headstrong” (Headstrong)
10. Monya – “Stein Im Weg” (Corresponding Positions)

11 New Zealand Musicians to Know According to Tokyo Prose


Working diligently under his Tokyo Prose moniker, London-based New Zealander Sam Reed has carved out his sound in the world of drum ‘n’ bass that’s resonating with fans and genre icons like Friction, London Elektricity and Lenzman.

Formed originally as a duo, Reed took the reigns and has gone full steam ahead on his own, releasing music on three Samurai Music Group labels, as well as Hospital Records and Sun & Bass Recordings. It’s all set the stage for his full-length debut, Presence, due in early August on the aforementioned Samurai label.

Having just teased us with the Presence LP sampler, brandishing the gorgeous “Waiting On” feat. Riya and “Ventura,” there’s little doubt that Reed’s, erm, presence will soar in the immediate future.

Hailing from a country whose music scene is chock full of talent, we asked the Auckland native to share some of the NZ music he’s feeling at the moment.

Tokyo Prose’s Presence is released on August 4 on Samurai Music Group.
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Techno Titan Marco Carola Cancels DJ Gigs Due to Ear Infection

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Italian techno troubadour Marco Carola has been forced to cancel all gigs due until the first week of August due to an ear infection. Carola made the announcement on his Facebook and apologized to fans. Here’s wishing Carola a speedy recovery.

I’m terribly sorry to announce that I am not able to attend to any of my shows until the first of August. I have a severe ear infection and is extremly important not to put my ears under stress for the next two weeks for a complete recovery, I’m really trying my best and hopefully I will be ready to play even before that. This has not been an easy decision for me but I’m counting down the days to be back in tip top shape.

Tonight at Music On #Ibiza2014 in my absence Joseph Capriati is going to play on the Terrace.

I send you all a big hug…


Ultra Records Sues YouTube Star Michelle Phan Over Copyright Infringement

Michelle Phan Ultra Records Lawsuit

It’s been said that you know you’re successful when people start suing you. Well, welcome to the big time, YouTube star Michelle Phan!

The Boston-based Internet sensation is being sued by Ultra Records and its publishing division. The New York City-based pop-dance label alleges that Phan used songs from artists on the imprint such as Kaskade in her wildly popular videos without a license, and now they want money.

According to Reuters, the case, filed on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, makes it clear the label has only begun its search of Phan’s many online productions, but has so far uncovered dozens of infringements, according to the complaint. Those videos have been viewed more than 150 million times, the plaintiffs said.

The label and publishing company are seeking an injunction to stop Phan’s use of the music and either maximum statutory damages of $150,000 for each infringed work or unspecified damages to be determined.

With more than 6.6 million subscribers to her YouTube video channel, appearances in commercials for YouTube and Dr. Pepper, a book deal and a cosmetic line called EM by Michelle Phan, the make-up demonstrator/entrepreneur is an easy target.

However, Ultra’s lawsuit begs the question: Which Internet star is next to get sued?

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