Do you know what chiptune is? Anamanaguchi’s music comes from the same vein as the structured videogame tones from a hacked 1985 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) that create those familiar arcade beeps and bloops that were constantly in the background for most of our childhoods only with more of a punk rock edge.
I spoke with drummer Luke Silas. from the band on the telephone all the way from Miami, Florida. Anamanaguchi are making their way to Toronto on January 21, 2012 with Extreme Animals and Moon King at Wrongbar (http://embracepresents.com/event/anamanaguchi/). While he took in the warmth on his vacation, we had the chance to discuss what the band was really all about.
If your New Years resolution was to keep your drinking to a minimum, at least for a month, I have bad news for you….the last couple of weeks of January has a lot of blackout nights ahead. We’ll keep in the West end at first for g l o r y h o l e at the Beaver, and Anamanaguchi and Brodinski at Wrongbar, then hustle over to the Opera House for A$AP ROCKY. Take the time now to stay clean, and eat healthy, so you won’t feel so bad when February comes around.
It’s refreshing that over the last year female rappers have been getting the proper recognition they deserve. No, I’m not talking about Nicki Minaj, and her bullshit, but the actual talented females: Iggy Azalea, Lady, Reema Major, & Azealia Banks. These women hold nothing back, whether it be through their music or their image, and having just starting to blow up, 2012 is going to be a big year for girls in the game. If you’re not familiar with these girls, here’s your chance; listen, save and download.
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THE END IS NEAR! Who else is the most excited for #2012?!?! The world may come to an end and we will all parish together, going out in the form of one big rave. #Pray4TheEnd… #2012 will be spectacular, but #2011 was theriuthly tho thick. So much fantastic pop music happened, and so much tRANCE inspired tracks. #2011 is still a blurrr, not sure if I listened to a lot of music, but here are my TOP 10 TRACKS OF THE YEAR (the only songs I listened to? W H A T E V E R)
Seriously, we cannot stop talking about T.Mills. He’s infected our blog, our facebook, our twitter, and our social lives. So when we found out big don Anna Von was going to have a skype date with Million, everyone else at PinkMafia kinda lost their shit.
Regardless, Anna got to have a 1-on-1 with Mills to talk about everything from touring to Starbucks to Chairman Mills. Check out some clips after the jump.
It’s always refreshing and I’m always impressed to see young people use their creativity to start their own projects; exactly what Carlos Santollala did and became the Creative Director of RAAT CITY. Using the connections he’s made from modelling and being popular on the internet, Carlos is putting his “damn talented friends” forward, and getting them noticed. With a roster of 6 emerging artists and growing, RAAT CITY aims to “align unrecognized talent with the right people”.
Brooklyn’s own Pterodactyl are just three guys putting out music for the indie rock crowd with their brainy style of rock that’s hard to categorize. But with their newest album, Spills Out, singer guitarist Joe Kremer, drummer-singer Matt Marlin and bassist Jesse Hodges have decided to take everything you knew and loved about the band throw in some reverb, a murky, psychedelic sound and toss in a couple pop melodies. Why? Why not!
As you’ve probably realized by now, we love love love T. Mills. And because we know you do too, we decided to get together some of the PinkMafia gang, some 40s of Old E and copious amounts of T. Mills music.
After a night of wreaking havoc downtown we have these rad photos to show for it.
PS – After the jump, check out a couple of extra shots and T. Milly in Tarranah!
Sure, you could easily dismiss T-Pain: only talented when using a vocoder, only audible when as a featured artist, a parody, etc. The list goes on, but after listening to ‘rEVOLVEr’, and learning that both Akon and himself are executive producers, I hate to say it but I have a new respect for T-Pain. The only problem that I have with this album, is T-Pain’s slow/ serenading songs. Sure, these songs are well produced and sound like they would be good on Akon’s next album, but they are exactly that; Akon songs. If slow jams, are your thing, and you’re an Akon fan, I guarantee you’ll melt to these songs, but what I am getting at is I’m skipping these tracks.
Our ladies over at Calgary Fashion took a spin on the T. Pain mic. Can you say BOOM! Singing “Can’t Believe It” these ladies are clearly having a good time. We’re loving the cap/bandana combinations going on there.
Just a reminder to all you Toronto cool kids, the PinkMafia crew will be rolling deep this weekend, packing heavy (a T. Pain mic and CDs). Sing any T. Pain track into the mic and get your self his latest CD, rEVOLVEr.
Come find us on Friday at Scissors (Bar Neon), The Hoxton and then Never Forgive Action (The Drake). On Saturday we’ll start it off right at Clinton’s, head over to Shallow Groove, and then prowl Queen Street West (from Wrongbar to Beaconsfield). We start the mayhem both nights at 11. See you in the streets!
We hooked up our friends over at waffles+falafels with the cool auto-tune T-Pain microphone.
Elyda gets down and dirty with the mic, and we like. See below for the footage!
A reminder for all you Torontonians – PinkMafia will be out in full force this Saturday, giving out CDs to those who take a spin on the mic. We’ll start it off right at Shallow Groove, then be prowling Queen St. (mainly Brooklyn, Savoy and Beaconsfield) for you talented people. Follow @pinkmafia4life to find out where we are.