Photo: Stevie Wonder at Outside Lands 2012


Giant Step contributor Emmanuel Blackwell shares some words on his Outside Lands experience, including photos from performances by Stevie Wonder and Santigold.

As cliché as it sounds, it has been a little over 72 hours and it still hasn’t quite set in that I was roughly 20 feet from the stage watching an American icon perform the songs that have helped mold the musical fabric of generations past, present and future.

Being at San Francisco’s Outside Lands is like being a kid in a candy store—for three whole days. There’s food, art, booze, and more distinguised musicians than you literally can even attempt to watch perform. On the final day of the prolific festival just a few of the names scheduled to hit the stage included: Franz Ferdinand, Skrillex, fun., City and Colour, Regina Spektor, Jack White, Santigold and the aforementioned living-legend Stevie Wonder to close out the show.

With thousands of people filling acres of The City’s historical Golden Gate Park with their ears and eyes wide open, Stevie delivered, dare I say, a Wonder-ful performance that left no attendee disappointed.

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New Release: Computer Jay – ‘Savage Planet Discotheque’ EP + Video Game


Computer Jay recently released his Savage Planet Discotheque EP, which is chockfull of dense and groovy extraterrestrial tunes. Also along with their release is a pretty rad online video game! What What! Check it: Savage Planet Discotheque Game. Also, below, you can stream the title track featuring Shafiq Husayn and Jimetta Rose.

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NYC: Groove Collective’s End of Summer Blowout Alumni Jam @ Brooklyn Bowl – Aug 30


Groove Collective and Giant Step go way back – to their very beginning, in fact. On August 30, there is going to be a very special event at the Brooklyn Bowl featuring seven of the original ten piece ensemble along with special guests. Below are details on the party along with a classic Groove Collective track called “Lift Off” after the jump. Enjoy!

Event Details
Groove Collective’s End of Summer Blowout Alumni Jam
Thursday, August 30, 2012

Doors, 6pm
DJ Jeannie Hopper, 7pm
Show, 8pm
Party w/ DJ Questlove of The Roots for Bowl Train, 11pm

Tickets: $10
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Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY

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New Tracks: Selah Sue – “Break” & “On The Run”


With Selah Sue’s debut US release just around the corner, EarMilk has premiered a couple new tracks that are exclusive to the stateside album version. “Break” is a somber ballad driven by a simple guitar, piano, and bass combination while “On The Run” is a harder hitting, bassier track with a bit of a rockish feel. Stream both on EarMilk.

Another track called “Fade Away” will be yet a third US exclusive to the album, which is out next week. Look forward to Selah on tour as well as exclusive video content coming up from the Giant Step crew!

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New Release: Kon – ‘Kon & The Gang’ (via Legitmix)


Not too long ago, re-edit/rework “king” Kon and Legitmix partnered up to host a remix contest with us, which employed the innovative company’s new sample-friendly technology and business model. In sum, the technology “allows remixers to release music without sample clearances by empowering fans to recreate remixes using their own copies of the tracks remixers sample. If fans are missing the sampled sources, Legitmix provides them with an easy way to buy them from iTunes.”

The product of the contest is a 6-track compilation called Kong & The Gang, and includes two unreleased remixes by Kon as well as 4 edits and remixes chosen from a slew of entries from the aforementioned contest. Stream it all below! Also, in the above video Kon schools us on the history of the edit.

Purchase the Kon & The Gang EP via Legitmix here.

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