Scottish DJ Calvin Harris feels very let down by British Airways after the airline lost his suitcase in the recent baggage chaos at London’s Heathrow airport insisting the compensation he was offered was "nothing significant". The Acceptable In The 80s star lost a bag when returning from America last month, and it contained a computer laptop storing most of his new album. Heathrow’s new Terminal 5 building was immediately plunged into chaos on its opening day when problems with new baggage-handling systems left over 15,000 passengers without their luggage. And although Harris’ bag was eventually found, everything in it was ruined.He says, "They lost my laptop at Terminal 5 but when they found it everything came back mouldy. My clothes were sodden, my music was damp, it sounded s**t. [Times Square Gossip]Calvin Harris played a show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC last night (April 28, 2008) (how was it?) and one at the Coachella music festival two days before that.
Harris, who looks like a kid who's been swept out of his living-room studio into the bright lights, writes songs that are simple and maddeningly catchy, and he has a nose for dynamic arrangements, often adding live bass on top of synthesized beats to push the sound over the top.In other laptop-related news, DJ Never Forget of Finger on the Pulse recently had his laptop stolen from him after he finished deejaying at a Tokyo Police Club afterparty at Hugs in Williamsburg, but then miraculously the laptop was returned the next morning. The guy who had the laptop said that two guys came up to him on the street outside Hugs and said something like, "Do you want a laptop?" He took it and only realized who it belonged to (someone he knew) the next day when a MySpace message was sent out reporting it stolen.
His deep, deadpan voice matched the mock seriousness of his words as he sang about such matters as his preference in girls (there are few not included) and his choice for their outfits ("Please make sure, baby, you've got some colors in there"). Similarly, his crowd-stirring antics were simultaneously send-up and celebration.
The idea of a "star-making" performance might be obsolete in this multiple-platform era, but one of Coachella's charms is the possibility that a great discovery might always be just one stage away. For a lot of people, Calvin Harris was the find of 2008 Day 2. [LA Times]
Matthew Dear's harddrive story didn't have as happy of an ending, but Matthew Dear is still deejaying. He played the One Step Beyond party at the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan on Friday night.
Calvin Harris - Acceptable in the 80s