Posted in To Do | dance | music on May 13, 2008

by Showtrotta

DOWNLOAD: Cut Copy - Hearts on Fire (Midnight Juggernauts remix) (MP3)

Midnight Juggernauts @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC - May 9, 2008 (CRED)
Midnight Juggernauts

Last week in dance was pretty amazing. Wednesday night at Studio B the Shoes stole the show with their early live set - an energetic mix of lyrics and good dance beats. SebastiAn's set that followed was a bit on the weird side - it started off poppy, but quickly moved to the more electro/dance oriented. He didn't play anything super new (except his track "Motor" which is great for the floor), had a few good build-ups, but the set as a whole never really came together. After he was finished, Yuksek and Brodinski seemed to have something good going, but half of the half-full Studio B crowd left right after SebastiAn. You can only dance to Bucketheadz's "the Bomb" in the middle of an empty floor for so long before it gets awkward, so regrettably I never got to see where their set went either.

Friday night I enjoyed hearing all of the Midnight Juggernauts electronic undertones at Bowery Ballroom (which were previously drowned out when I saw them at the Terminal 5 with Justice). Despite having a much better time at this show and being able to hear more of the electronic elements of their music, the Midnight Juggernauts live show comes across much more like a rock (dare I say metal) performance than you would expect from hearing their album.

Luckily we decided to head to Le Royale afterwards where we were just in time to catch an hour of great, solidly dance-able tunes from D.I.M. He played many of his own tracks (such as "Is You" and his remix of My People by the Presets), a lot of recent releases, and quite a few remixes and original tracks by Boys Noize. Even though I found so much Boys Noize love a bit odd, it really made me think highly of D.I.M.'s set. I love Boys Noize, but have over done it with his music at this point. I've seen him deejay 5 times over the past year, and have played out Oi Oi Oi. Despite that, something about D.I.M.'s delivery of the tracks was able to make me excited to hear them again. Additionally D.I.M. has a great energy and personality that shines through while he's deejaying. He shouts along, gestures, and really gets the crowd into into it. It was a really refreshing dance experience.

The Black Ghosts @ Glasslands, Brooklyn, NYC - May 10, 2008 (CRED)
Black Ghosts

Saturday night, while I wouldn't call the steamy Glasslands Gallery refreshing, the Black Ghosts set was another breath of fresh air for dance music. Touché's UK-styled beats coupled with Simon Lord's fervent vocals reminded me of when I first started going out to see deejays. Everything sounded fresh and I would come home drenched in sweat with my feet aching, looking forward to doing it all again. That night at Glasslands I could tell I wasn't the only one who felt that way. The Ghosts had the crowd losing it on the dancefloor as they blazed through an hour and a half of great beats laced with live performances of their songs including "I Want Nothing, Any Way You Choose to Give It", "Some Way Through This", and others.

While those are some tough acts to follow, there is some great talent coming through New York this week:

It all starts tonight (Tuesday May 13) with Cut Copy, the Black Kids, and Mobius Band at Studio B. While I caught their good, but crowd-wise, relatively tame show at Mercury Lounge in March, Cut Copy apparently tore it up at Studio B:

I see no reason why tonight would be any different. Hopefully you already got a ticket because it is sold out.

Wednesday (May 14, 2008) night everyone (minus Black Kids, plus T&T) is playing again at Bowery Ballroom, and again, it is also sold out.

If you're going to miss it you can console yourself at Le Royale:

Modular Presents The Official Cut Copy After Party

Hosted by Cut Copy, w/ Holy Ghost (DFA) and Max Pask (205 Fridays/Stop Progress)

11pm (right after Bowery Ballroom!)

Le Royale
21 7th Ave South
@ Leroy Street

FREE w/ RSVP here, required for entry.

For those of you who are not quite so into Cut Copy and all that disco, MeanRed, Fun, and Love have teamed up for a new party:
What: the nastiest dance party this side of the Mississippi
Why: because thrashing disco beats were meant to be matched with hip hop sensibilities
Bring: Platinum grills, sweat towels, lycra, and shades.

Craze - Exclusive Web Interview and Fabric Live Promo Mix.

There are loads of mixes available on Klever and Jokers of the Scene's myspace pages.

Treasure Fingers

DOWNLOAD: Treasure Fingers - Brooklynvegan Exclusive Mix (DivShare MP3)

DJ Ayres. Check out some great mixes by DJ Ayres and the excellent History of Hip Hop series on Brooklyn Radio.

Rok One and Eamon Harkin

Doors 10pm, 21+
$8 Advanced tickets available here, $10 at the door.
RSVP for guaranteed admission:


to be continued...



Comments (14)

I was at that Mercury Lounge show and it was indeed a weak show. Weak enough for not checking them out again, but it's the album good?

Posted by Eduardo | May 13, 2008 9:44 PM

you're referring to Cut Copy right?

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2008 10:00 PM

Black Ghosts were great!

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2008 10:02 PM

like, seriously, his vocals cut through a shitty soundsystem like ive never heard before.

Posted by isla | May 13, 2008 10:21 PM

in 2008 we have a thing called the internet and a special added bonus: Google Searching

The Shoes? I mean, come on

The Shoes existed in the late 70's/early 80's

same goes for The Horrors

nuff said .... originality died a long time ago

Posted by Charlie Hoarse | May 13, 2008 11:49 PM

i too went to the Midnight Juggernaut show (based on their good performance at T5), tho i was feeling much more of a dance vibe than a rock show, def an amazing show... shy child wasn't bad either... gotta love the keytar.... missed holy ghost =/

Afterwards, headed to Tribeca Grand to catch SebastiAn at PANIK, who spun a solid set.

BTW, Ellen Allien officially k i l l e d at studio b... to bad we missed the opening of her set stuck standing in line, (and we had tickets), thanx to the FDNY parked out front (prob due to the rooftop deck drama)...

showtrotta... props to your weekly recaps! more pls!

TF and KTN at LOVE tomorrow!!!


Posted by Brand-1 | May 13, 2008 11:53 PM



Posted by aNDY | May 13, 2008 11:53 PM

I was just about to post about The Shoes, an actual real band who recorded a ton of records in the late 70's and early 80's and who recorded one of those early power-pop masterpieces "Present Tense".
Whoever calls themselves "The Shoes" in 2008 are ignorant morons who are probably about 10 minutes away from a cease and desist trademark violation claim. Dumb fucks.

Posted by nyctaper | May 14, 2008 12:30 AM

Ellen Allien was fantastic, too... sadly this is twice a BV "dance" writer snubbed her in the course of just a few days.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2008 7:47 AM

Sorry anon 7:47. Unfortunately every dance event Saturday got "snubbed" because I didn't write a post on Saturday events this week.

Posted by showtrotta | May 14, 2008 9:39 AM

Yeah, I was referring to Cut Copy. And I agree Ellen Allien was fantastic... and she was just DJing.

Posted by Eduardo | May 14, 2008 10:11 AM

Eduardo...the Cut Copy albums (Bright Like Neon Love and their new one, In Ghost Colors) are pretty good - much better than the impression you got from their show at Merc. Very melodic and clean sounding. Good, poppy, warm weather music.

Posted by showtrotta | May 14, 2008 10:28 AM

please don't forget sunday's deep space w/ MALA (of DMZ) and THEO PARRISH.....

would be nice to see some house (and techno, and dubstep) to go along w/ the nu-electro here....

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2008 6:07 PM

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