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My Burning Man )'(

Written by Alisha. Posted in News Feed

The time is getting closer when about 60,000 people migrate to the Black Rock desert in Nevada for Burning Man. The place where anyone can go to ecape the default world and just be free. The theme for this year's Buring Man is Caravansary, in which the desert will be turned into a oasis, with carpets and tents around the man, who will be on the ground this year.  

I attended Burning Man 2012 Fertility for my first time. When I went there I had the intention of partying non-stop, but to my surprise I ended up finding myself.  As the week progressed, the many walls I arrived there with were broken down by all the friendly loving souls, smiles, and open arms.  As I bicycled my way through all the art and the camps (with the occasional dance breaks to amazing dj's throwing down tasteful and amazing music) I finally learned to smile, cry, and just let go.

People ask me about it and I try to explain it the best I can.  I always just end up saying it's what you make of it and, you're just going to have to see it with your own eyes and heart. Everyone that has gone has a different story to tell from their experience, a different vision. 

This year I'm going back without any expectations and just going to let things fall into place.  The Man burns on the 30th exuding energy, love, beauty, and emotions.  You must be warned, THIS IS NOT A FESTIVAL, it's a awakening.  Hope to meet some  of you on the playa getting dusty and pouring our hearts out on the dance "floors".

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The Crystal Method Overcome Health Scare for New Album

Written by Erik Anderson. Posted in News Feed

Member Scott Kirkland talks about the brain surgery that delayed duo's album

 
The Crystal Method's upcoming, self-titled album was originally intended for June release, but life interfered for the veteran electronic duo. Just months before the release, member Scott Kirkland faced a major health scare: a cyst in his brain that needed immediate removal.

In their first interview since undergoing surgery, Kirkland revealed to Rolling Stone the full details of his scary ordeal.

"It looks like it had been there since I was developing in the womb and it was sort of snugly fit between my brain and my cerebral cortex. It was as big a Twinkie, so they had to shave the bone down and take the cyst out," said Kirkland. "Then I got an infection after that, which I had a slight bit of meningitis, was in intensive care for a week plus, had to get a spinal tap. The initial surgery was fine, but afterwards I got a little infection."

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Looking back, Kirkland admitted that he felt tremendous stress as he and bandmate Ken Jordan balanced finishing The Crystal Method with this illness. "I care so much about our band and Ken and all the things that we've been able to do and the future of the band. So I took a lot of pressure on from the fact that my shit was causing us to delay, push back, cancel shows," he said, "Everybody around me told me not to worry about it and I truly believe everybody meant that. The support I got from everybody – most importantly from my family, Ken and management – put it all in perspective."

The record will now come out in January, which is fortuitous timing; 2014 marks 20 years since the first Crystal Method release, the single "Now Is the Time." The album features a wide range of guests, from LeAnn Rimes to fellow Vegas native Franky Perez (Scars on Broadway), who sings on the song "Difference." The lead single, "Over It," features The Voice runner-up Dia Frampton.

While much of the record was done before Kirkland's surgery, "Difference" is one of the songs that came about post-operation. After Kirkland's health ordeal had passed, he and Jordan were able to make the album they wanted. "We went in and finished it on our own terms," Kirkland said. "I couldn't be happier with the results."

 

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Daft Punk Trips Up The New York Times (Again) - The Atlantic Wire

Written by Erik Anderson. Posted in News Feed

The Paper of Record seems to have a lot of trouble writing about hit records. The New York Times has once again messed up while writing about the French DJ duo, following the band's part in one of the more embarrassing Times corrections in recent memory. 

Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" peaked at number two on the Billboard charts, but it was still one of the most popular songs of the summer. And thanks to a memorable hook and Pharrell's beautiful voice, the song will live on at weddings. So it's fitting that the Times' latest Daft Punk-related mistake came in the paper's regular weekend Vows section. On Sunday, media overseer Jim Romenesko noticed this correction attached to a recent Vows column:

Correction: October 5, 2013

An earlier version of this report misspelled the name of the designer of the bride’s dress for the Sept. 28 ceremony. It was Lazaro, not Azzaro. In addition, the report incorrectly stated when the groom’s father, Philippe Cousteau, Sr., died in a seaplane crash. He died six months before Mr. Cousteau Jr. was born, not when he was a baby. And, finally, the report misstated the name of the Daft Punk song played at the Sept. 28 ceremony. It was “Get Lucky,” not “Get Funky.”

The mistake would otherwise go unnoticed if it wasn't for the paper's hilarious history of trouble with Daft Punk corrections. Earlier this summer, another Times article about Daft Punk got the band's name wrong -- twice

Correction: May 31, 2013

Because of editing errors, an article on Thursday about a duo that has its first Top 10 single and its first No. 1 album on the Billboard album chart misstated its name at two points. As the article correctly noted elsewhere, it is Daft Punk — not Daft Puck or Daft Pink.

It's unfortunate Daft Punk's polite, hockey-obsessed Canadian cousins aren't real. They would have very strong feelings about, say, fighting in hockey. Meanwhile, people are getting a kick about the paper's continued struggles with the French DJs:

But perhaps the Los Angeles Times' Matt Pearce said it best: "Daft Punk is the New York Times copy desk's white whale." They'll get lucky soon, even if it takes all night. 

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