SoulCycle class DJed by M.I.A. drummer is most SXSW workout ever

It’s not every day that an internationally known DJ plays the music at your spin class, but that’s exactly what happened at the new downtown SoulCycle location, 400 Congress Ave., on Saturday morning.

Madame Gandhi, drummer for artist M.I.A., provided the tunes for the hourlong class and even treated riders to her newly release track, “The Future is Female.”

Instructor Rachel Rivas, left, and DJ Madame Gandhi before SoulCycle class at the downtown location Saturday morning. credit: Rachel Rivas

“(Playing the track) felt really beautiful, and everyone was just moving in sync,” she said after the class. “I felt so grateful to give that positive message to such a positive space. SoulCycle has been like my life coach. As a musician, it just gives me such joy.”

In addition to providing the soundtrack, Madame Gandhi also drummed along and even did some reps with 3-pound weights. Instructor Rachel Rivas matched her energy with a positive but challenging workout.

“(At a live DJ class) it’s kind of expect the unexpected. You really have no idea what you’re getting into,” Rivas said. “It’s so fun. It keeps you on your toes.”

The live DJ classes are part of SoulCycle’s celebration of SXSW and will be available every morning at 9:30 a.m. through Tuesday at the downtown location, which opened in February.

The new downtown SoulCycle location opened in February. credit: Kristin Finan/American-Statesman

Madame Gandhi will DJ again Sunday morning and will playing various SXSW showcases over the course of the week. Find out where she’ll be at And check out our music writers’ recommendations for shows you can access without a badge, including one featuring Madame Gandhi.

Ria Pleta, left, Jessi Williams and Liv Wignall before class at SoulCycle. credit: Kristin Finan/American-Statesman

SoulCycle is also hosting a pop-up from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day that includes an in-studio photo booth to capture customer’s auras, merchandise with custom embroidery by Fort Lonesome and juice provided by Juiceland. To learn more or sign up for classes, visit

‘The Magic iPod’ website is nostalgia incarnate

If you’re the type of music fan that thinks, “You know what this DMX song needs? A remix with Vanessa Carlton,” then wait no longer. The Internet has provided.

Photo via Apple
Photo via Apple

“The Magic iPod” is a mash-up site built in 2007 that allows you to combine hip-hop/rap songs with pop songs from the mid-2000s. Indeed, two of those songs are “X Gon’ Give It To You” and “A Thousand Miles.” Don’t think it would work? Listen here.

While the site has been around for 10 years, it’s been making the rounds on the Internet again, mostly through social media. It’s probably popping back up again because a donations tab at the bottom of the webpage leads to the ACLU’s website.

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Give it a try here before it gets taken down.

Some of my personal favorites:

Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” + Blink-182’s “I Miss You”

Kanye West’s “Touch the Sky” + Cake’s “Short Skirt, Long Jacket”

The aforementioned DMX mix, but also DMX + Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah”

Nelly’s “Country Grammar” + Yellowcard’s “Ocean Avenue”

That powerful theme from the ‘Game of Thrones’ finale is now on Spotify

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Don’t worry. There are no spoilers here.

If you watched Sunday night’s “Game of Thrones” season six finale “The Winds of Winter,” then you might remember the dramatic opening sequence. Director Miguel Sapochnik took 20 minutes to create a version of the famous baptism montage from “The Godfather,” as a characters settled in their place while Ramin Djawadi’s haunting composition played in the backdrop.

Well “GoT” fans, the track “Light of the Seven” is now available on Spotify and YouTube. With the season over, there’s at least this to help you through your time of mourning — or maybe it’ll make you cry some more. Even if you haven’t caught up to “GoT,” this piano-heavy track will make you feel like you’re right in the heart of Westeros.

Here’s a playlist of all of Djawadi’s music for “GoT” season six.


This is the ‘Star Wars’/Pink Floyd mash-up you’re looking for

J.J. Abrams, you sly dog.

The “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director and all-around nerd culture savior is known for putting Easter Eggs into his films, but this is just creepy.

Some Redditors discovered that if you play Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” record right as the intro credits stop in “The Force Awakens,” some pretty eerie similarities pop up.

Promotional hand out photo of the cover of musical group Pink Floyd's album Dark Side of the Moon, released 1973. CREDIT: Capitol Records. Received 03/25/11 for OpEd.
Promotional hand out photo of the cover of musical group Pink Floyd’s album Dark Side of the Moon, released 1973. CREDIT: Capitol Records.

The running time of the film is 2 hours and 15 minutes, meaning the 42-minute album can be played a total of three times before the film ends. And some of the dialogue and musical cues sync up perfectly. (Some spoilers ahead, obviously).

For instance:

-In “Breathe (In the Air),” the line “Don’t leave me” syncs up perfectly with BB-8 running to attach himself to Poe Dameron’s ship

-The disorienting opening to “On the Run” matches Finn’s growing uncertainty in the middle of the film’s opening battle;

-The “Live for today, gone tomorrow” lyric is heard right before Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) swings his lightsaber to kill Lor San Tekka (Max von Sydow) in the opening action sequence; and

-Some evil cackling from the same song can be heard as Stormtroopers start to torch a village.

And those are just from the first eight minutes. Other examples, as listed by Consequence of Sound, include “I never said I was afraid of dying” being heard as the camera focuses on Han Solo in his final scene and “Brain Damage” seemingly matching the entire final scene where Rey meets Luke Skywalker.

This isn’t the first time a film has matched up with the breakthrough Pink Floyd album. “The Wizard of Oz” is well known for syncing with the album, forming “Dark Side of the Rainbow.” What could the titles be for this mash-up? “Dark Side of the Force Awakens”? “The Force Awakens the Dark Side of the Moon”? “The Dark Side of the Force”? It’s a match made in movie heaven.

While it’s a stretch to imagine Abrams did this on purpose or it’s just a happy coincidence, it’s a fun watch all the same. Check out the first eight minutes on Vimeo below, before it gets taken down. Then fire up the record and film for yourself, and see if there are any more similarities.