“We’re not about trying to make money out of selling €500 bottles of champagne to people. I don’t like it but I don’t think it’s a danger to Ibiza. Personally, I find it a bit distasteful because I don’t think Ibiza is going to be different to anywhere else if it sells tables to so-called VIPs.” (Love-Ibiza.net <http://Love-Ibiza.net> : http://bit.ly/KGUWaq )
Judge Jules warns of the existential threat posed by ever larger ‘VIP’ areas in Ibiza clubs.
“You're not gonna get me slagging off old Queeny!" (Skrufff)
Danny Howells outs himself as an unreconstructed Royalist.
"We've probably got 20 songs demoed. Some of the songs are in really good shape, some need some work, but we're definitely on track.” (Spinner)
Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan confirms they’re on course to release their new album in November.
“Venturing into unfamiliar cities can mean dealing with unfamiliar undesirables. As one nightclub owner puts it: “Anyone can walk in and say: ‘Get out, or your head is in the trunk of a car’.” (The Economist: http://econ.st/L0AC1P <%22> )
The Economist reveals that launching international nightclubs is ‘a risky business’.
"Before, I considered Vegas the most musically ignorant place in the world. Now you come here and Deadmau5, one of the most non-commercial DJs, is selling the most tickets." (Rolling Stone; http://bit.ly/KhHJti )
Steve Aoki hails Deadmau5’s underground credentials.
“Now, as then, the children of disco do not always get it right and sometimes you get a record such as Snoop Dogg and David Guetta’s Sweat, which is the modern equivalent of the Ethel Merman Disco Album.” (Guardian:
Guardian Music critic Dorian Lynskey joins the dots between 70s disco and David Guetta.
http://bit.ly/Hi62R3 (Ethel Merman Disco Album: I get a kick out of you)
“Rihanna and Black Eyed Peas are gateway drugs. Avicii, Skrillex, Tiësto. These names may sound like alien invaders, but the music behind them isn’t that different from American chart toppers.” (Time Out Chicago: http://bit.ly/K9YoyY )
Time Out Chicago advise readers how to ‘learn to love dance music’).
“I believe it's all in the melody. A good melody can be translated across genres and still be infectious to listeners regardless of general preference.” (Orange: http://oran.ge/N3wDrz )
As Avicii explains ‘what makes a good dance/pop crossover song’.
“The president-to-be was also an eager pot smoker. He was known for elbowing his way in out of turn when a joint was being passed, shouting "Intercepted!" and taking an extra hit.” (StopTheDrugWar.org <http://StopTheDrugWar.org> : http://bit.ly/Lcjfx5 )
Civil liberties activists discuss just one of the many pot-smoking antics revealed in a new biography of President Obama in his youth.
“A tribal jirga has declared them fornicators and they might be killed any time.” (Express Tribune/ Daily Telegraph: http://tgr.ph/JKpU6e )
Muhammad Afzal, brother of two men amongst six (2 more men and two more women) sentenced to death in Pakistan after religious leaders discovered mobile phone footage of them dancing together at a wedding.
“Fundamentalists can't take a joke. Ever. They want us to blindly obey, parrot everything they do, and believe in their dogmas.” (Der Spiegel; http://bit.ly/LwhjlA )
Hiding in Germany exiled Iranian rapper Shahin Najafi ponders his situation after clerics sentenced him to death for daring to talk about the the 10th imam, Ali al-Hadi al-Naqi in a song.
“He was very vain. He was very focused on his looks. He could be a bit feminine in his way of being.” (PinkNews: http://bit.ly/LPybU4 )
An unnamed former friend of Norwegian spree killer Anders Behring Breivik says the mass murderer was obsessed with David Beckham and ‘might have been gay’.
Jonty Skrufff: http://listn.to/JontySkrufff