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Nixon Takes On Coachella

We came, we saw, and we conquered Coachella. We watched Palm Desert locals, Queens of the Stone Age, perform “My God Is The Sun” after Coachella’s sun-drenched desert days. We dodged dust storms to see Arcade Fire. We grooved out during the magic sunset hour to Broken Bells. We partied non-stop while doing it. And although we’re exhausted, we can’t wait to do it again. Here’s our collection of polaroids from the scene and instagrams from the team at Coachella 2014.

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Snowboarder Elena Hight really getting in on Ellie Goulding.

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Feeling all the psych-disco feels of Poolside.

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Skateboarder Torey Pudwill vs. Robot.

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This astronaut is happy ‘cuz he’s high.

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Skateboarder Tony Hawk is in the top 1% of Broken Bells fans.

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Cutest couple at Coachella hands down: Dev Hynes of bloodorangeforever and his musician girlfriend Samantha Urbani of Friends.

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Our favorite troublemakers, Ratking.

Trash Talk Go Hard With “Cloudlicking”
Thrasher skate-punk demons, trashtalkcollective, make music that spikes our adrenaline. Their latest tune “”Cloudlicking” is a vicious beast that shreds our eardrums the way we like it. Catch “Cloudlicking” below.
Nixon Music Interviews: Beat Culture
This March, we shared a package of Nixon SXSW Essentials with some of our favorite new artists. Today we’re introducing another of these musicians, beatsmiths, and creators with their own words. Meet synth sporting wunderkind Sunik Kim aka Beat Culture. 
All photos taken by Beat Culture at SXSW 2014 using disposable cameras

What was the most memorable moment of SXSW? What stands out when you think back on your time in Austin?
This is cheesy but the most memorable thing is the fact that I was able to be there as a performer at all, if you’d told 16 yr old me I would play shows there I def wouldn’t have believed you haha

Are there any good stories to go along with certain pictures you took?
Oh the flasher one…we were at the Portals showcase and looking to get some food. So we found out about a bbq place called Sam’s nearby, got some dope ribs and were walking back to Portals when this woman comes up to us and says “hey lets take a picture together!!” or something like that, she was holding a Lone Star tallboy in a paper bag and was definitely drunk. So we were like “lol why not” and as the pic is taken she suddenly flashes the camera. Thought that was wack enough but then as we were walking away she yelled at us “gimme a fuckin dollar” so basically we got hustled for a picture with a drunk flasher and a weird story. 

While you were at SXSW what was your favorite band that you saw? Who really blew you away?
Definitely DJ Rashad- I was posted up right in front of the sub and pretty sure I had an out of body experience or ego death or something when Acid Bit came on

Your latest Drifter/Shibuya single features vocals from Psychic Twin and Kid A, how did these collaborations come about?
I think with Anni from Kid A I’d heard her song “BB Bleu” and was kinda blown away and just hit her up on Facebook or something…we still haven’t even met in person haha but she’s insanely talented and has a new record coming out soon I think? And I was introduced to Erin from Psychic Twin via a mutual blog friend Tyler who helps run Portals- I passed an instrumental to Tyler and he thought that Erin’s vocals would sound dope on top which they did! We’ve even managed to perform the song together which has been crazy fun

Any dream collaborations?
Honestly I just wanna get drunk with Kevin Shields

What insider advice would you give to a 16 year old producing music in his bedroom?
Stop tryna be James Blake or Burial or Flylo and just do your thing…also try working on stuff every day even if you don’t feel like it…I’m also only 19 so I have no business giving advice to anybody haha

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Nixon Music’s Guide to Record Store Day 2014
Record Store Day kicks off this Saturday and Nixon Music has your map to the best EP’s, LP’s, re-releases, and rarities – check out our can’t miss picks of RSD 2014!

Re-releases and Rarities: Nixon’s Picks to Look Out For
LCD Soundsystem’s final performance is finally getting a release with a 5xLP box set containing the full four-hour audio of their legendary farewell. Watch the last song they ever played here.
Philadelphia’s noise-pop ringleaders Man Man are reissuing their decade old debut on vinyl for the first time. Listen to “Zebra” here.
The Zombies’ rare first US album is getting re-released on heavy duty 180g vinyl. Listen to “She’s Not There” here.
Nirvana’s RSD release might not feature any unheard material but the 1994 single never made it to press. Any Nirvana fanatics should be sure to keep an eye out for this one. Check out Pennyroyal Tea here.
Joy Division’s 1978 debut EP An Ideal for Living has been freshly mastered by longterm Joy Division engineer Frank Arkwright. Check out an Ideal for Living here.
#TBT: Listen to Soundgarden’s 1994 Demo of “Black Hole Sun”
Grunge era goodness is celebrating twenty years of awesomeness across the board, including Soundgarden's thunderous tune, “Black Hole Sun” off 1994's Superunknown. In anticipation of a Record Store Day reissue of b-sides and demos of that pivotal album, Soundgarden released a demo for “Black Hole Sun.”
#TBT: Listen to Soundgarden’s 1994 Demo of “Black Hole Sun”
Grunge era goodness is celebrating twenty years of awesomeness across the board, including Soundgarden's thunderous tune, “Black Hole Sun” off 1994's Superunknown. In anticipation of a Record Store Day reissue of b-sides and demos of that pivotal album, Soundgarden released a demo for “Black Hole Sun.”
#TBT: Listen to Soundgarden’s 1994 Demo of “Black Hole Sun”
Grunge era goodness is celebrating twenty years of awesomeness across the board, including Soundgarden's thunderous tune, “Black Hole Sun” off 1994's Superunknown. In anticipation of a Record Store Day reissue of b-sides and demos of that pivotal album, Soundgarden released a demo for “Black Hole Sun.”

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