THE DEATH OF THE MIX TAPE
PROGRAMMERS NOTE: The planned posting of the Top 5 Pearl Jam albums will not be read today, as we commemorate the death of an interstellar star system as it left our galaxy on February 22, 2021.
Every now and then a band reaches you at the exact moment where you needed positivity and energy the most. This was the circumstances under which I fell in love with French duo extraordinaire Daft Punk. Around 1999 i was deep in with the metal of the era- Slayer, Slipknot, Nine Inch Nails and various other heavy as shit bands were consuming my life in the best way imaginable, but i was starting to notice other genres, other music and tons of things i normally wouldn’t be interested in.
In 2001 I got “Discovery” and away I went. The music filling my car, house and various other spaces spoke to me in a way that metal never could. The record as a whole is a huge leap forward for the modern electronic era, combining the knowledge from their debut and the direction EDM ( as it eventually became known) was naturally going. With songs like “Aerodynamic,” the romantically tinged soulmate sharing of “Digital Love” and of course, the one song that would catapult them to another level. It's called “One More Time” is a disco explosion of beats and remixed vocals. The song, up until a point, was the band's best known selection, but in the years that followed plenty of things would change for the best electronic band of all time.
In 2005 a new record emerged, this time titled “Human After All.” The album, while not as game changing as their predecessors, isn’t as bad as most people rememberBy this point the plotline of humans being destroyed and coming back as robotic programmers had been known for several years, but they still hadn’t played a show in the new millennium. That would all change come 2006, when the group would surprise everyone and be the talk of the music world with their dominating performance at the mecca of the music world, Coachella.
The show itself is nothing short of perfect, and having been fortunate enough to see it three times, I can safely say that Daft Punk's music has been a tremendous motivator for me and how I navigate this world. Yes its bleeps and blops and not for everyone, but for me it worked, and made me better than i was before.That the strength of music.
So, as we close this thing that i wasn’t aware I’d have to write today, thank you to Thomas, to Guy Manuel, to getting “Lucky” with friends while we escape our everyday lives, and to the everlasting memories of a giant glowing pyramid as it single handedly changes who musicians approach live performances. And while many assumed we’d already heard the last of the french robots, let us not forget all the music they’ve left behind, and how we got to witness the “Primetime of our Lives” through joyous inspiring music. Thank you guys for all the robot rock.
Landon Murray is a New Orleans native, who thrives on painting the world he interprets through the useful forms of all types of art he feels connected to. He's seen over 1000 bands, and had loved mostly every minute of it. He has an amazing 10 year old dog, and is loving life.
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