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The 1st annual Pemberton Music Festival | Pemberton Festival 2008 Photos

The 1st annual Pemberton Music Festival

By Aaron “A*maze” Joseph

One of British Columbia’s biggest celebrations of music was nothing short of amazing with over 60 musical acts in three days. The Pemberton Music Festival was a huge success and is now one of the music festivals to rival. The three-day event brought in over 40,000 people to the small community of Pemberton, B.C. a visitor rate that has never been present even in the valley’s gold rush days.

The inaugural year of the music festival was better than gold for some, especially with a lineup which included: Nine Inch Nails, Metric, Jay-Z, Coldplay, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Tragically Hip, Buck 65, N.E.R.D. & more. Music fans finally got the chance to witness firsthand what a music festival is all about, and would agree it was worth the wait and the distance.

The Crowd Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*

The crowd getting into it with all their wristbands Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada**

Buck 65 Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada**
Buck 65’s set on the Lillooet Stage

Chromeo Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
Chromeo mixed it up for the people who managed to get into the Bacardi B-Live tent. The line up to get into the tent extended deep into the festival grounds.

A drunk at the camp site Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada**
We think this guy may have had a little too much to drink.

The Flaming Lips Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
The Flaming Lips performing on the Mount Currie stage.

Houston Dunaway eating burgers Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
Though overpriced, some of the food was pretty good. Right Houston?

Jay-Z Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
Jay-Z live on the Mount Currie stage. The audience loved him.

JayZ Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada**

Jay Z Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada**

Kids at the supposed family event Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
Despite the profanity, drug use and highly sexual vibe, the Pemberton Festival was a family event?

Matisyahu Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
Matisyahu live on the Lillooet stage.

N.E.R.D. Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
They arrived late due to heavy Highway 99 traffic, but N.E.R.D.’s stage show made up for their lateness.

Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*

Sam Roberts Band Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
Sam Roberts Band live on the Mount Currie stage.

Sam Roberts Band on the projection screen Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada**

Serj Tankian of System of a Down Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada**
Serj Tankian of System of a Down controlled the audience amazingly during his Mount Currie stage set.

The slip and slide Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
Slip and slide action for the campers!

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers were the highlight for the older crowds.

The Main Stage in front of Mount Currie, Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada**

Gordon Brownie of The Tragically Hip Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
Gordon Brownie and the Tragically Hip put on a great show on the Mount Currie stage for their fellow Canadians.

Festival workers selling fruit Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada**

The Bacardi dancer in the Bacardi tent Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
The infamous Bacardi B-Live tent.

Coldplays audience Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
A glimpse at the audience for Coldplay as they rounded off the event.

* Photo taken by Aaron Joseph. ** Photo taken by Hugo Lunny

The 1st annual Pemberton Music Festival | Pemberton Festival 2008 Photos

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N.E.R.D. – Spazz video from the new album Seeing Sounds

N.E.R.D. – Spazz video from the new album Seeing Sounds

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N.E.R.D. Pharrell Williams Press Releases Santogold

PHARRELL WILLIAMS, N.E.R.D., SANTOGOLD, AND JULIAN CASABLANCAS JOIN FORCES TO CREATE GENRE-BLENDING NEW MUSIC COLLABORATION

PHARRELL WILLIAMS, N.E.R.D., SANTOGOLD, AND JULIAN CASABLANCAS JOIN FORCES TO CREATE GENRE-BLENDING NEW MUSIC COLLABORATION

Artists Brought Together as Part of Converse Century Celebration

Release of All-New Original Track, “My Drive Thru,” Available for Free Download
Exclusively at converse.com Today Tuesday, June 10

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Converse, the creator of iconic shoes including the Chuck Taylor® All Star®, Jack Purcell® and One Star®, announced today that it had brought together the talents of Pharrell Williams, N.E.R.D., Santogold and Julian Casablancas as part of the brand’s Century celebration. The artists recently joined forces to create a brand new, all original music track, “My Drive Thru,” that will be distributed digitally free of charge to a global audience exclusively on converse.com and authorized Converse web sites around the world. The track will be released on Tuesday, June 10.

“I’ve always wanted to work with Julian and I’m a big fan of The Strokes. Santogold is super-talented and she cares about music so much that it’s not just about sound, it’s a visual aesthetic,” said Pharrell Williams, the track’s producer. “Working together on original music that crossed all of our inspirations was completely refreshing and I love the track. As for partnering with Converse, I only wear and support the things that I like. The Chuck Taylor is the golden goose egg.”

Converse has long been associated with the worlds of music, sport, art and fashion. The brand’s current Century celebration is largely inspired by its role in disrupting the status quo over the last 100 years. The Chuck Taylor shoe has been worn by musical icons ranging from Sid Vicious to current artists like Common and M.I.A.

“As an artist that is just breaking, being asked by Pharrell and Julian to join them on this project was a dream,” said Santogold, whose debut CD was released in May 2008 to rave reviews. “My inspirations come from sources ranging from singers like Nina Simone and Grace Jones to bands like Devo. Working across musical genres was like creating a patchwork where I got to weave together various influences and allow them to co-exist in a fresh and original way.”

In addition to collaborating on the track, the artists also participated in the creation of a music video that will be released during the summer. The song will be promoted, in part through Converse print, outdoor and online advertising tagged Three Artists, One Song. The advertising features the three artists as well as a range of emerging musical talent from across the globe, including Kid Sister, YACHT, Bradford Cox and members of Gallows, Fiery Furnaces, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, and Care Bears on Fire.

DOWNLOAD “MY DRIVE THRU” AT http://WWW.CONVERSE.COM

My Drive Thru – The Line Up:

Pharrell Williams
He can see sounds. Pharrell Williams has already made history for being one of the most successful and prolific producers to emerge during the last decade. As a part of the beat-making duo The Neptunes, Pharrell and his partner Chad Hugo have helped A-List pop stars sell millions of albums and even earn Grammy Awards for the likes of Justin Timberlake, Nelly, and Usher.

N.E.R.D.
Funk rock class is now in session. “N*E*R*D* is who we are. “It’s our life,” Pharrell would say in 2000, in describing the group that includes him, Chad and longtime friend and creative wunderkind, Shae. The three of them together combine for uninhibited explorations of sounds, emotion and truth, adhering to no agenda, subscribing to no rules. N*E*R*D* is the way they live their life, the way they see the world.

Santogold
Worth more than her weight in gold. Her genre of music can only be described as Santogold. She’s a true alchemist in the music lab where she’s crafted a liquid mix of new wave, Wall of Sound era pop, dub and twisted beats. Santi White’s singular sound doesn’t bow down to the expectations of mainstream radio. So if you’re listening, Pop music, here’s your cue.

Julian Casablancas
The underground front man. If you’re looking for synchronized dance moves, you’ve got the wrong guy. Julian Casablancas may front indie rock superstars, The Strokes, but he always lets the music take center stage. With an obsession for songwriting that’s borderline psychotic, it’s his infectious hooks that take the spotlight.

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N.E.R.D. – Seeing Sounds out today

An incredible album. Also be sure to check out my new piece on N.E.R.D., which will be in the new issue of Pound magazine, but you can check out in full here. An excerpt:

While the trio says that the first two albums, In Search Of… and Fly or Die, were experimental and “without a real, true purpose,” every aspect of this third album has been meticulously calculated to a scientific degree.

“There was a thing – it’s pretty controversial – but I was reading how when Hitler spoke, one of the things that made him compelling and super charming to these people is that when he wasn’t speaking, he kept a high-frequency noise going on,” says Pharrell. “[When he’d turn it off and speak], they were totally at ease. It really felt like he brought them peace. I did the opposite; I did things that, frequency-wise, would get you tuned up and make you feel like it’s more energetic than what it is.”

And, on his new blog, the Audacity of Dope, the homie DJ Hyphen explains the story behind “Yeah You,” a song based on a stalker that Pharrell has:

Apparently P met a super wealthy Japanese girl who went to college in Boston backstage at one of his shows. She had a rep for being crazy (”Niiiiiigo told me don’t do it”), but he figured she could be that night’s jumpoff. Little did he know that she was completely psycho, and afterwards, she ended up calling/emailing/texting him literally a hundred times a day…for months. The assistant stepped in, thinking she could handle the situation (”my friend asked me for your email address, she said she’d take it from here”), but the girl just moved on and is now stalking her. As of a month ago, they were still getting annoyed by the girl. I’m not sure writing “Yeah You” about her will help though, but at least it makes for an interesting story. Just like in the song, she’ll just hit pause and give him a call.

Peep the blog for bonus tracks, too.

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Star Trak meets Vancouver for the Glow In The Dark tour

Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo a.k.a. The Neptunes or N.E.R.D. recently came through Vancouver with Kanye West for the Glow In The Dark tour. Here are a few pics of Star Trak meets Vancouver.

N.E.R.D. Live In Store

N.E.R.D. at Livestock, Vancouver, BC

NERD at Livestock, Vancouver, BC, Canada in store

Pharrell Williams at Livestock, Vancouver, BC

The Neptunes at Livestock, Vancouver in store

The Neptunes and Star Trak in Vancouver BC

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N.E.R.D. Everyone Nose video featuring Lindsay Lohan and Kanye

N*E*R*D* – Seeing Sounds (Star Trak / Interscope)

SYNESTHESIA [sin-uhs-thee-zhuh] – noun
A neurologically-based phenomenon in which a stimulus of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway, as when the hearing of a certain sound induces the visualization of a certain color.

You already know the story of the Neptunes. World-famous producers and songwriters, Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, over the course of their decade-long career, have literally changed the course of music. It started with the redefining of hip-hop, the two of them wielding a minimalist, synthesized palette and a limitless imagination to create a sound that was as sophisticated and elegant as it was raw and rhythmic. Soon the Neptunes would alter the landscape of pop music, as well, creating driving rhythm & blues influenced work that artists in every genre would seek out to help establish their creative impulses. They have worked with everyone from Madonna and Justin Timberlake to Jay-Z and Gwen Stefani; from Britney Spears and Busta Rhymes to Kelis and the Clipse. Think of your favorite songs in the last ten years: most of them are Neptunes productions.

But N*E*R*D* are not the Neptunes, and the Neptunes are not N*E*R*D*.

“The Neptunes is what we do, but N*E*R*D* is who we are. It’s our life,” Pharrell would say in 2000, in describing the group that includes him, Chad and longtime friend and creative wunderkind, Shae. The three of them together combine for uninhibited explorations of sounds, emotions and truth, adhering to no agenda, subscribing to no rules. N*E*R*D* is the way they live their life, the way they see the world.

The words Pharrell used to describe N*E*R*D* in 2000 ring just as true in 2008, with the release of the group’s third album, Seeing Sounds. The album is a blistering mash-up of booming hip-hop beats and rollercoastering rock riffs, rumbling crunk rhythms and scintillating soul music. Whereas their first album, In Search Of…, was an imaginative, exploration of identities, and their second album, Fly Or Die, sought out the range of genres and sounds that have influenced the group, Seeing Sounds grinds everything together, evoking a sound that is un-tethered by preconceptions and convention. It is also an album that amplifies the style and attitudes that have made Pharrell, Chad and Shae transcendent cultural icons.

“We are only a slave to the energy, the energy and the emotion,” Pharrell describes. “We don’t care about genres. Why would we? For us, it was just about being what we are. We aren’t limited by anything other than our imaginations and what we feel, so why would we make music packaged into a little box?”

The album’s title gives a clue to this thinking. It follows the concept of synesthesia, which is a neurological sensation that occurs when the stimulation of one sense, involuntarily – and some say preternaturally – stimulates another: seeing the color red and feeling the taste of your mother’s blueberry pie, or hearing the whisper of wind through trees and feeling goose-bumps on your skin. More to the point, with N*E*R*D*, it could be hearing a musical note or a melody and seeing a flashback from the youthful romance of your adolescence.

“It was something we were watching on television, on the Discovery channel, on the phenomenon of synesthesia, and we realized that was how we see, hear and make music,” explains Shae, who serves as the group’s conceptual glue. “That’s how it’s always been, we just never knew there was a name to it. And when we learned about it, we knew it had to be the title of the album.”

“Every thought makes a sensory impression,” Pharrell says, “but sometimes the wires are a little crossed. When you hear a sound, instead of just your brain receiving electric impulses and then interpreting them, something happens and it invokes other things, a feeling, a memory, an emotion. That’s how we make music.”

Indeed, while Pharrell and Chad are classically trained musicians, sophisticated players who play all of their instruments on all their hit-records, they author the music of N*E*R*D* from a more honest, emotional, and ephemeral place. It is more than just musical notes on a 16-bar grid, or the demonstration of technical skill, or a hot beat. “It’s been five years since our last album and we’ve seen and heard and done a lot in our lives,” says Shae. “We feel free, and we need to express that. It’s like we’re doing it for the first time all over again.”

Seeing Sounds was recorded over the last fifteen months, and is a reflection of the life lived by the three men as they have traveled the globe and interacted with people from all walks of life. “In that way, the music is a reflection of the world in a way that producing for someone else could never be,” Pharrell explains.

The album’s first single, “Everybody Nose,” is a testament to how the restraints of conventional songwriting and rock music have been interminably clipped on this album. Its proclaimed taunts (“All the ladies standing in the line for the bathroom!”) are driven with a thundering bass that gives way to a deep, drum-heavy rhythm track. The song careens between the head-nodding bravado of hip-hop and the body-moving energy of dance or punk music. “And people know what we’re talking about,” Shae says of the song’s clever title. “It’s an observation of what we’ve seen and it captures that sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll mentality,” says Shae. Indeed, it is salacious and sexy, diplomatically dangerous. And while contrary to popular belief – it is an anti-drug song.

The overarching theme of Seeing Sounds is its energy. A song like “Killjoy” moves at a quick clip, like a fast-rap throwdown by Big Daddy Kane from back in the day, with a fierce percussive breakdown serving at its emotional center. “Anti-Matter” moves through several different tempos throughout the song, flirting with psychedelic guitar funk and a dirty south bounce, teasing the senses with its stop-and-start momentum. “Spaz” has the complex rhythms of Indian music that eventually gives way to noisy breaks. In forgoing all genres, or rather in not remaining faithful to any one genre, the boys in N*E*R*D* are creating their own.

“We made this music anticipating the live show,” explains Pharrell. “That was the most important thing. We know what we want to do on stage – we want to get fucking crazy, fucking insane – and if we make pussy-soft songs, no one’s going to want to jump.”

Indeed.

Pharrell takes it one step further. “No one will ever know what kind of a rush it is on stage to play these kinds of songs until you experience it for yourself. But that’s the thing, we wanted to give that feeling to our audience.”

Not all the tracks on Seeing Sounds are sonic monsters – they also display the group’s musical breadth. “Sooner or Later,” evokes the elegance of ’60s UK pop, while “Yeah You,” a first-person account of having a female stalker, flirts with smooth, ’70s soul-jazz.

In the end, it’s about transposing those feelings we all have – of rebellion and conflict, of confidence and insecurity – into a form of music. Seeing Sounds, hearing memories.

“Our fans are an army of individuals celebrating individuality,” says Pharrell. “They come from so many different walks of life, there are so many archetypes in our crowds, and they all meet up here in that moment with our music. That’s a beautiful thing and we have to honor that in our music.

“We’re not doing this for the money. We are just trying to keep the movement going. We owe it to the people. More than rock out, we want them to bounce all over the room and get lost in it.”

Be ready. N*E*R*D* is coming.

“What is a N*E*R*D*? N*E*R*D* stands for No One Ever Really Dies. The Neptunes is what we do, but N*E*R*D* is who we are. It’s our life. N*E*R*D* is just a basic belief, man. People’s energies are made of their souls. When you die, that energy may disperse but it isn’t destroyed. Energy cannot be destroyed. It can manifest in a different way but even then it’s like their souls are going somewhere. If it’s going to heaven or hell or even if it’s going into a fog or somewhere in the atmosphere to lurk unbeknownst to itself, it’s going somewhere.” – Pharrell Williams, 2000

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N.E.R.D. – Everyone Nose video

N.E.R.D. – Everyone Nose video

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N.E.R.D. video shoot featuring Kanye West and Lindsay Lohan

N.E.R.D. recently shot their video for “Everyone Nose,” featuring appearances from Kanye West and Lindsay Lohan. A brawl broke out, but luckily none of the stars were there during the fight.

Check out the MP3 for “Everyone Nose” here

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Teriyaki Boyz- ZOCK ON! featuring Pharrell and Busta Rhymes video

Teriyaki Boyz- ZOCK ON! featuring Pharrell and Busta Rhymes video

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Jay-Z – Blue Magic featuring Pharrell Williams video

New Jay-z single – Jay-Z – Blue Magic featuring Pharrell Williams video