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New Music Monday (Wednesday)

8 Jun

New Music Wednesday is the new New Music Monday…with that being said here it is!! Here are some tunes that are hot hot hot.

Beirut-  East Harlem

East Harlem, the first single from the upcoming LP, The Rip Tide, is everything you would express from Beirut…melodic…simple…lush…and just downright classy. Album is out Aug. 30!

Spank Rock- Energy

After a long hiatus and a Italo-Disco side project, Mobroder, Spank Rock is back with up-tempo jam, Energy. Produced by Noise Boyz, the track is the first single from the upcoming LP, Everything is Boring and Everyone is a Fucking Liar. What really pumps me up for the album are the guests…Santigold and The Neptunes!! Album is out Sept. 27.


Friendly Fires- Pala

One of my favorite bands have returned and I couldn’t be happier. Friendly Fires has brilliantly fused Pop, Electronica, and Rock into this confident and bold album. The sound is significantly amped up with stronger production and that helps fuel the fresh sound. Key tracks are Helpless, Blue Cassette, Show Me Lights, and Hurting.

SebAstian- Total

French electro producer SebAstian’s new LP, Total, is a nonstop dance filled orgy that you leave you wanting to find the nearest Discotech. Key tracks- 90’s Prince romp, Love in Motion (with Mayer Hawthorne), and CTFO with M.I.A.

The Blackout Beat & Story & Clark- Dim

And finally here is a rough cut of a new track we are working on with Denver’s Story & Clark. The song is called Dim…check it out!!!

A. Garibay


New Track Preview!

7 Jun

Here’s a preview of a new track called Dim that we are working on with the Denver based band,  Story & Clark. The track is little different from previous Blackout projects but goddamnit it sounds good. This is a preview of the unfinished track. Be sure to check out Story & Clark’s website too!  A. Garibay

Blackout Beat Updates

4 Jun

Hey everybody!

We finally saw X-Men First Class. It was awesome. Go see it a few times if you haven’t

"Life seems so bleek and empty now that we don't have X-Men First Class to look forward to. What is left for me in this world?"

already (I’m about to see it for a third time). So now that the movie/biggest thing of the year has come and gone its time to get back to The Blackout Beat, the other thing Armando and I are really known for.

While some search desperately for direction in life after X-Men First Class other give up on it completely. .

So without further delay, here are our updates.

1. Blog

First is the blog, the same blog your reading right now… The Blackout Blog.
Throughout our move we were temporarily unable to make music, record, continue FREE Song Friday and almost anything that would help us to get our name out. The move was long, grueling and enormously frustrating. But despite that roadblock, our blog flourished. Our subscriptions and hits grew daily.

For us, our blog is a great way to connect with our fans, updating them on Blackout and things that are important to us. We try to put as much of our personality (magnetic and awesome) into it as we can. I feel that its is key.

So one of our first priorities is to keep the blog going and to revamp it a bit. We want to post at least 6 times a week, expand our topic range with more local focus, try to spend a bit more time to make each post more entertaining. We have some really great posts coming later this week to jump things off. Additionally, we will be revamping the look and feel of the blog which brings me to our next update…

2. Look and Feel of Everything Blackout

We are working with a very talented graphic design firm to redesign our logo, website, marketing and promo materials as well as this blog. We want to create a motif that translates well to everything we have out there, whether its our website or a brochure about our production and recording services. Our new logo and look will reflect our personality much better than our current logo and look. The motif we are sticking to is very original and I’d love to expand on that but I think it speaks well for itself. Can’t wait for you all to see! To coincide with the image revamp we will be doing new photo shoots that will include new pics of Armando and me, artists we frequent in the studio and our new studio itself.

Yes your read correctly. We are about to get even sexier.

3. Marcos Solo EP Project

That’s right. I’m starting a solo project that we intend to release before the summer is over. We are thinking of doing somewhere near 6 songs.  The sound and feel of this project will be much different from TBA and the recent songs I have done.  I want to put the some of the Latin flavor back into our music as well as do tracks with Armando that will go beyond what we did together on TBA.  I’m also doing a track for it that takes our listeners back to the days of The Revolution in a very clever way that fans of  Lexie might like.  I’m actually in the studio now and after this blog is done I’m going to go back in the booth to finish vocals for the first song. We will document the entire thing via a video diary/blog that we will release weekly to build anticipation for the project. We are looking at selling the EP for a few dollars online were all or most of the proceeds goes to a charity or cause that we feel passionate about. Also, as Armando and I work on my project we will be simultaneously working on a EP project for Colorado Springs Hip Hop artist and frequent collaborator Reflecshaun.

4. Reflecshaun EP Project
One of our favorite artists to work with will be returning to our studio to do a brand new project. We have been trying to coordinate something with Reflecshaun for the last 6 months

Reflecshaun, Marcos and Armando reunite in the studio. (Armando not pictured. Someone had to take the picture)

and it looks like we finally figured out how we are going to be able to make this work. We will  be documenting the making of this project to keep a buzz growing. We are also tossing an idea around to include a track on both projects that features both Marcos and Reflecsuan and it could be used as the first single off both projects.

5. Blackout Week

This one is so big that it might end up as its own blog/article later. Blackout week is going to be our official jump off week were we will announce new projects, premier new music, help out a cause that’s important to us as well as party like only we can.  Blackout week will take place in the 2nd week of July and it will be a week full of events (both online and at our studio) that will celebrate the launch of our new space and new projects. Each day will feature an event that includes free digital releases, video premiers, workshops in our studio for artists, song writers and producers and a Salsa fundraiser for our great friends at 5280 Comic Book Classroom. This is all leading up to our open house party that will include live performances from us and artists we work with, drinks that make you feel good, dancing to very loud music and great networking. Yea.. this is a pretty big thing so we will definitely be doing a separate post about this soon that breaks down each day.  If your from out of town start making travel arrangements.  Its gonna be a good one and we’d love to have you here!

You can bring your dog to our events because we have a pet friendly building (unless you try to keep a dog as a pet).  Note: Party hats for dogs is not optional.

You can bring your dog to our events because we have a pet friendly building (unless you try to keep a dog as a pet). Note: Party hats for dogs are not optional or negotiable, they are required.

6. The Beat Shop

I’ll make this one quick.  A ton of awesome new beats+New look and feel+New and intense marketing efforts+New prices and sales = Updated Beat Shop

7. Other things..

Yes.. there is more. Quite a bit more in fact. So here is the gist of it…

Armando is already working in the studio with new artists (singers and bands) and producers. Expect to see some video and hear some amazing new music from Armando soon. Speaking of new music, Armando and I are currently gearing up to get back in the studio with R&B group BKO to start work on their second project, their first full length album that follows their 7 track EP that we also produced. And speaking of that EP… we will be releasing that project in its entirety very soon, maybe during next months Blackout Week event. Lastly, you can expect a truck load of new video content from us that covers all our projects and events.

Imagine all the video content we can load into that truck!

8. Conclusion

So that’s our update. I think its safe to say that we have a pretty full plate (full of things that we love).

Fries = new music, salad = events, and other thing, maybe chicken=everything else we are doing.

I always like to close these updates by reflecting on what came before and thanking everyone who has and continues to support us and our dreams. We are still here and we are not giving up. It has been a interesting (to say the least) few months prior to the move. We grew professionally and personally as a result and we also made some pretty significant steps forward despite some annoying setbacks. We are truly blessed to be able to do work that we love and to do it with people that pretty much rock.

Thanks for reading,


Junior Boys Debut New Single

26 Apr

One of my favorite groups, The Junior Boys, released their new sing titled Banana Ripple.  This is the first single from their June 14th release, It’s All True. A tour in support of the album will follow…unfortunatenly not anywhere near Denver. Check out the song! junior-boys-banana-ripple

Musical Clouds

22 Apr

Check out the SoundCloud of Armando Garibay from The Blackout Beat! I regularly upload new and old Blackout songs along with new instrumentals and beats in progress (remixes soon!). So be a man….step up to the plate….love your life and listen to some good music!


22 Apr

Here is a new trail from Mexico to X-Men First Class…….aaaaaaahhhhh!!! 

New Beyonce Single Released

21 Apr

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…..Thats how I feel feel at about 1:15 into the the new Beyonce single, “Girls (Who Run the World).” Beyonce usually delivers A+ first singles but this one is quite underwhelming. Produced by Switch (M.I.A), the frantic club track has Beyonce asking “who runs this mutha#@$%?” Jay-Z does Beyonce…Jay-Z does.

Ish in Armando’s iTunes

17 Apr

Here’s a list of some new music I am currently listening to….everyone needs to check it out!

Broken Bells- Meyin Fields

This EP is the second release from The Shins and Danger Mouse hybrid, Broken Bells. Much like The Broken Bell’s first release, this collection is a mix of 60’s Rock with futuristic obscure pop with a country twang. Continuing the current trend of releasing EP’s instead of albums, Broken Bells satisfies while leaving you wanting more. KEY SONG- Windows

El Guincho- Negro Pop

One of the best albums to come out in the last 2 years. The one man show and Spanish artist El Guincho delivers an album this is addictive, genre bending, and smart. Reading reviews, the defining phrase to describe this music is “space age exotica.” The albums blends Afro Beat, Dub, Rock, and Pop. Almost every cut is high energy and exotic. The video for Bombay is almost as interesting as the music. KEY TRACK- FM Tan Sexy 

Ellie Goulding- Lights

The UK is currently delivering new artists that are making a big wave in the states, Ellie Goulding is one sure to make an impact. The album delivers a stylized mix of Pop, Electronic, Soul, and R&B. Ellie’s unique voice glides over cutting edge pop sounds from producers from Starsmith, Frankmusik, and Fraser T. Smith. Lights is a pure Pop album that has no shame in pretty melodies and danceable beats. KEY TRACK- Starry Eyed 

Britney Spears- Femme Fatale

Who would’ve thought Britney would make it her 7th studio album.  Building on the sound of the brilliant Blackout, Femme Fatale delivers danceable electronic beats, sex-ed up lyrics (“you can be my fuck tonight”) , and everything else you would expect from a Britney album. With solid production from Max Martin and Dr.Luke, Britney stays perfectly in her niche, rarely delivering any kind of emotion besides being horny and ready to dance. KEY TRACK- Criminal 

Armando’s 2011 Summer Comic Book Movie Guide

4 Apr

For over the last 10 years the summers have been jam-packed comic book movies, and 2011 is no different. This summer looks to be the biggest year for comic movies yet. Here is the run down!

X-Men First Class

After the last two fumbles (X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men The Last Stand) Fox Studios is looking to gain the trust of X-Men fans with this prequel to the original X-trilogy. This film shows us the beginning of Charles Xavier and Erik Lenshers friendship and the creation of the X-Men. Familiar faces pop up as we get a look at a pre naked Mystique, a more beastly looking Beast, and what fans have been waiting for….Nightcrawler’s dad!  Cyclops and Jean Grey were left out of the picture leaving X fans disappointed, but talk of the start of a new trilogy, we might get to see Cyclops and Jean Grey’s relationship get paid its due without Wolverine in the way. Overall the tone and look of the movie seem on point. Original blue and yellow costumes…the classic Magneto helmet…the signature Blackbird jet…Emma Frost’s trademark trampy costumes…it’s all here. Class is in session June 3rd.


The God of Thunder and son of Odin finally gets his big screen debut in this summer’s sure to be blockbuster. Following the tone of the Iron Man series, Thor has been given the Marvel Studios treatment…a true to the comics and realistic approach. Credibility is given with the cast consisting of Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, and returning as Nick Furry, Samuel L. Jackson. Thor is banished from Asgard to Earth for some reason and must defend the humans from his not-so-nice brother Loki. The trailer gave us classic Thor visuals (the helmet left me speechless). The movie looks to be one of the best interpretations of a Marvel character. FOR ODIN…FOR ASGARD!!






Captain America- The First Avenger

Despite the AMAZING Captain America movie from the 90’s, Steve Rogers is getting another try at the big screen. Set in WWII, this film combines visuals reminiscent of Raiders of The Lost Arc and The Rocketeer. Cap is set against Nazi/Hydra bad guy, the Red Skull (who by the way looks awesome). Chris Evans (Fantastic 4, Not Another Teen Movie) is casted as weakling turned super soldier Steve Rogers. I’m still kind of iffy about the casting…the Fantastic 4 franchise has left a horrible burn. Other than that the movie looks excellent. I want that shield!!






There you have it. See thoes movies but please save your money/time/sanity and do no watch the Green Lantern. 2012 will bring us The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, and the ultimate comic book movie…THE AVENGERS! Oh and the world ends next year too. If the Avengers movie looks anything like this I’ll die a happy man.

New Introduction and Tutorial Video for The Beat Shop

29 Mar

Check out our brand new video that introduces as well as explains our new Beat Shop!