The 20 Best Dance Tracks in History

Categories: DJ Culture

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Daft Punk made the list one and a half times. Some of you probably know what we mean by that.
By: Andy Hermann
Electronic dance music, or EDM as it's somewhat controversially called these days, has existed in one form or another since the advent of the first drum machine. Of the millions of electronic tracks produced since, these 20 represent the best of the best, as determined by the Weekly's meticulous but highly unscientific Department of Chair Dancing and Raver Education (DOCDARE).

DOCDARE judged thousands (OK, hundreds -- budget cuts, yo) of classic dance music tracks based on such criteria as popularity, trend-setting, influence, timelessness, general awesomeness and the frequency with which snippets of them are still dropped by big-name, mainstream DJs in an effort to prove they're, like, totally legit and not just in it for the Rihanna remix cash. We tried to represent all eras, including the present, because some tracks are just instant classics. We tried to represent a mix of genres but failed because we're house heads and won't apologize for it. Don't worry, though -- there's lots of techno on the list, too, and maybe even some dubstep. (Don't say we didn't warn you.)

Are these really the 20 best dance music tracks of all time? Maybe. Maybe not. But we can guarantee this: If you're an EDM DJ, you can drop any one of these tunes into your set and make someone's night.

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Public Image Ltd. Summon the Satanic Low End at the Fonda

Categories: live review

Dick Slaughter
John Lydon of PiL
Public Image Ltd. (PiL)
The Fonda Theater

Public Image Ltd. manage to occupy their own a special niche in punk rock by doing one simple thing--not allowing themselves to be classified as punk rock. Since PiLs inception in 1978, the band's always been in a state of centrifugal motion from the raw, sloppy artform synonymous with PiL's frontman and sole original member John Lydon (you can still call him Johnny Rotten if you want). Since then, the former Sex Pistols frontman has used it as his vessel for musical exploration. Ten albums, a 17-year hiatus and a slew of lineup changes later, the sentiment still rings true. Crass, anti-establishment rants atop a thumping, free-floating stew of dancey post-rock has no loyalty to any particular genre, at least on the surface. Ultimately though, PiL did create the field manual for punk rockers looking to diversify and age gracefully. For Lydon, today that path looks something like a spiky-haired Pavarotti blowing snot rockets on stage.

Around 10 p.m., PiL greeted the sold-out crowd at the Fonda Theater. It seemed fitting that the barriers in front of the venue on Hollywood Blvd. blocking the street for the annual Christmas parade were lifted just in time for the appearance of the man famous for declaring himself an Antichrist. Backing Lydon were PiL's members Lu Edmonds on guitar, Bruce Smith on drums and Scott Firth on bass--all past members at one time or another now thrust into the present behind the band's long awaited fall 2015 release What the World Needs Now...

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The White Buffalo Finds Time to Find His Voice

Categories: Artists We Love

Marc Lemoine
"Warm hot chocolate" is how one Soundcloud listener describes Jake Smith's timbre, and on the first cold Autumn weekend of the year, that sounds just about right. The songwriting force behind The White Buffalo has built a name for himself with his vocal tone. Some liken it to Eddie Vedder the morning after a whiskey bender, or if Cat Stevens had a pack a day habit. Smith brushes all that off and accepts that it's human nature to try and compare his sound with some sort of common ground. To his ear, he sounds like Jake Smith--that in itself took the singer/songwriter a few years to come to grips with.

"It took me a little while to find what my sound was," Smith says, by way of his mobile phone, taking a moment from a trip to the Griffith Park Zoo with his 8-year-old son to check in. "It [at first] felt contrived before it got to the point where I just be open enough to be like, whatever comes out is what you should be doing."

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Senses Fail and Silverstein Deliver a Rad Post-Hardcore Show in the Present at Observatory

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Taylor Morgan
Buddy Nielson of Senses Fail salutes the sky.
Senses Fail and Silverstein
The Observatory

On Saturday night, Senses Fail and Silverstein performed at The Observatory. The co-headling, post-hardcore, bands are a quarter into their tour and show no sign of losing steam. It seems fitting that the two are touring together because they share a similar threading, not only in fan base but also smart lyricism and catchy songs that contemplate the world that surrounds them. Their savage vocal delivery makes for an ever more moving and invigorating show. This vocal range is impressive enough when needle and vinyl dance, but hearing lead singer James "Buddy" Nielson of Senses Fail and Shane Told of Silverstein, perform their tracks live for over an hour is awe-inspiring.

Just after 7p.m., San Diego based band Capsize walked onto a foggy stage. The lead singer, Daniel Wand pointed to the mosh-pit and said, "fuck it up!" Fellow band members, in skinny jeans did karate kick jumps in the air with their guitars. Soon Hundredth, a melodic hardcore band from South Carolina were instructing the audience to "wake the fuck up" and my heart began to thump a bit faster. Just before Silverstein took the stage, the audience collectively belted Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" with lighters in the air and whisky on their tongues. Before long the Ontario based band, named after the children's book author Shel Silverstein, addressed the crowd.

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Soul Train Music Awards Tweets Respond to R. Kelly

Still full from leftovers and worn out from on-line shopping, we decided to ditch the awesome Sunday night TV line-up and instead see what the BET/Centric Soul Train Music Awards had to offer. Lol, kidding. Watching Twitter watch the award show was good enough for us so in-between spoilers from the before mentioned Sunday night TV line-up, we watched you all. In a non-creepy way of course.

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Two Reggae Rockers Reunite at House of Blues Anaheim

Categories: Culture

Fortunate Youth
Edgar Gaytan
Once known as the best lead singing duo to come out of the new-age American Reggae movement, Fortunate Youth's Dan Kelly and former member, Ryan Gonzalez (aka Gonzo) will soon be reunited. This weekend, they're appearing together for the first time since going their separate ways in 2012 on a small batch of dates through LA, OC, and Las Vegas.

Gonzo's calm and smooth delivery proved to be the perfect compliment to Kelly's raw and highly energetic tone during their brief stint as the soulful voices of Fortunate Youth. Both known for being some of the hardest working musicians to come out of Southern California, each artist is coming off a tremendous year in 2015 and although on their separate paths, they still seem to lead a very similar lifestyle.

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Southside 808 Mafia Promises to Get Wild at LA's Game Day Tour

Courtesy of Southside
Joshua Luellen might not be a name you're familiar with but his discography of produced tracks, on the other hand, is something you most definitely are. Artists include Waka Flocka, Future, Drake, Travis Scott, French Montana, Jeezy, G-Eazy, Young Thug, Meek Mill, Pusha T, 2 Chainz, Birdman, Big Sean, Kanye-- and the list goes on. The 27 year-old, Atlanta-based artist, that goes by Southside or Sizzle is the founder of 808 Mafia and he continues to push boundaries, both in terms of the beats he produces and the rap career he's began to forge for himself. The release of his third mixtape, Free Agent 3 is slated for imminent release (keep your eyes peeled).

This weekend, Southside and 12th Planet will host the Game Day Tour (which is said to be the best tailgate party of the season) before the USC Trojans & UCLA Bruins game, in Los Angeles. We asked Southside what we can expect from his performance and he left us with the simple yet profound, "it's going to be some real wild shit"-- we'd expect nothing less. See our interview below, with Southside, about the first big break in his career and how he continues to motivate today's ATL youth.

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Epitaph Records Hosts a Charity Pop-Up Shop for The Ghost Inside

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The Ghost Inside
If you want to contribute to a good cause and get some sweet merch in the process, you may want to head up to to Chain Reaction on Saturday afternoon.

Epitaph Records will be slinging shirts and more out of a pop-up shop to raise money for LA band The Ghost Inside (as well as their crew and others involved) after the band was in a fatal car crash last week.

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The Funniest Thanksgiving Tweets

This fine Thanksgiving we were feeling thankful that Twitter was there to rummage through. While cringing at the embarrassing lip-syncing at the Macy's Parade, in between bites, semi-smiles, and semi-enthusiastic recaps of our lives with family at a random eating time of 3p.m., after stretching back in utter disgust of all of the food we plowed, and even between naps, that wonderfully magical website that is "Twitter" was there through it all. And for that, we are thankful. What's even more than that was, of course, the folks onTwitter. It seemed that they felt all of our pain and a few of them, well, we can't even begin to imagine theirs. Oh, the joys of Thanksgiving.

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Top 10 Songs About Stuffing Your Piehole

Categories: Lists , Top Five

Jena Ardell

Thank (or blame) the FCC for becoming more lax, but musicians don't sing about food as often as they used to in the 80s and 90s. Pop artists replaced cherry pie with cherry chapstick and haven't looked back.

While euphemisms about food may no longer be necessary, even rarer are innocent songs about food. But we digest digress...

We all know Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant" is the Thanksgiving song, but your Thanksgiving 2015 playlist should also include these kitschy songs about stuffing your piehole.

10. "I like Food" - Descendents

Chant this during your next dinner date.

I like food, food tastes good!
I like food, food tastes good!
Juicy burgers, greasy fries,
Turkey legs and raw fish eyes
Teenage girls, with ketchup too!

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