Posted in To Do | dance | music on March 5, 2009

Felix Cartal @ Webster Hall - February 27, 2009 (Nicky Digital)
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There was quite a bit going on last week, but I hardly went to any of it. I did most of my getting down at the David Byrne show Saturday night at Radio City, which I (unlike Jon Pareles) found to be a great show.

On my way home from David's show Friday night I found myself at the Studio at Webster Hall just to buy a friend a birthday drink. I caught some of Futurecop's set, but it was a bit too much, too soon after David Byrne for me to absorb any of it or make any judgment.

Fortunately I wound up sticking around and getting my ears used to hearing electronic music long enough to realize Felix Cartal was tearing it up. His set was full of bangers, many of which I hadn't heard before. One was a remix/mash-up of Daft Punk's "Oh Yeah" and "Rollin' & Scratchin'" that was sick and featured a weird little vocal periodically saying "rollin' & scratchin!". As good as Felix's set was, I was exhausted and left before he was done.

This week is brimming with good deejays and I am almost glad I won't be around to have to make any of these decisions you're going to face, specifically for Friday & Saturday night. Here's what's happening:

Flashing Lights, the party from Ayres, Nick Catchdubs, and Jubilee, is happening at Studio B. The specials guests are Mixhell (who you can read more about here) and Nacho Lovers. I've heard Mixhell's sets are pretty unique.

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$7 with RSVP.

If you're in for something a little more classic, there are a few options.

Frankie Knuckles, the godfather of house is at Webster Hall. Regrettably I've never seen him before but have repeatedly heard his sets are amazing. Still Going, Eamon Harkin, and I.J. Catling (Dancetracks) round out the bill and if you get there early you can catch a live performance from Cazals at 11 in the Studio.

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$10 with RSVP. $10 advanced tickets available here.

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Italians Do It Better label head Mike Simonetti will have you moving to great disco and the like at First Fridays at the Guggenheim. The party is from 9pm - 1am, $25 at the door. More info here.


Eyebeam has put together a great event taking place both Friday and Saturday:

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Eyebeam's MIXER series is dedicated to showcasing leading artists in the fields of live video and audio performance, interactivity and participatory practice.

Due to popular demand, the upcoming MIXER: EXPO has been expanded to two nights of performance and installations that will turn our rough-and-ready warehouse space into a temporary village of creatively engineered pavilions themed around the idea of utopia. In sum: An alternate "World's Fair" with NYC's top DJs.

The top deejays are: Tim Sweeney (Beats In Space) on Friday and the Juan Maclean on Saturday. The party is from 9pm - 2am, with dj sets from midnight - 2am each night. More info on the event and the artists involved can be found here.

18 to enter, 21 to drink. $20 at the door. $15 advanced tickets available here.


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Now we're into Saturday (3/7):

Italians Do It Better is at it two nights in a row! Mike Simonetti will be deejaying again, and there will also be live performances of great, retro-styled jams from Glass Candy, Nite Jewel, and Twisted Wires at Le Poisson Rouge.

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Advanced tickets available here

Saturday night the French are back in town. People Don't Dance No More has brought in the excellent Alan Braxe to deejay. He was great back in September, plus TBD (Lee Douglas & Justin Van Der Volgen) Robot Blair, and David Bruno will also be there to make you get down at Studio B.

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Advanced tickets available here or RSVP to peopledontdancenomore@gmail.com for $10 admission.

And finally...

Mr. Saturday Night rages on with a live performance from Chairlift, and dj sets from Maurice Fulton, Freddie Cruger, and DJ Scribe and residents Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter.

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Advanced tickets available here.

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Heading into next week:

Sunday (3/8)
- Danny Krivit's 718 Sessions is happening at Santos.

Monday (3/9)
- Francois K is deejaying the entire night at Deep Space at Cielo along with dub poet Infinity. Deep Space schedule for March below:

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Tuesday (3/10)

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You must RSVP by 8pm on 3/10.

- Go!!! is now happening every second Tuesday at APT:

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Wednesday (3/11)
- Louie Vega and Kevin Hedge (Blaze Imprints) are at Cielo with special guest Ron Trent. Special guests for March below:

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- Eight Below, is happening at 152 Orchard:

- Modular's new weekly, Downtown Downturn, continues at Beast (171 E. Broadway at Rutgers) - Turntable Lab Night with Blu Jemz, Pube$, & Unemployed Lloyd.
- Broken Teeth is happening at 87 Ludlow:

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This week I stumbled upon some news I found very exciting. It looks like from here on out, all Ed Banger vinyl releases will include a code which can be used to download digital versions of the record. More and more record stores are closing and the debate of when/if vinyl is going die rages on. I've read various theories about it & haven't quite come up with one of my own, but I really want vinyl to stick around and think bundling it with MP3's is a great way of doing it. Check out how a record is made below and post your take on the fate of the 12" in the comments:


The Vinyl Factory Manufacture from thevinylfactory on Vimeo.

-Showtrotta

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Comments (11)

Who's that hot pandabear in the background? I'd hit it! :)

Posted by Anonymous | March 6, 2009 12:46 AM

g/l/a/s/s/c/a/n/d/y yes!!!!

Posted by anon | March 6, 2009 9:48 AM

Great post/info - thanks!

Posted by reheatedspaghetti | March 6, 2009 9:58 AM

rekid (aka radio slave) plays deep space, but doesn't get a mention?

also, please find another word for "bangers." unless of course you means sausage.

Posted by Anonymous | March 6, 2009 12:11 PM

What time does Glass Candy go on Sat. night? Seems like it will be late.

Posted by scott | March 6, 2009 12:14 PM

two parties this weekend!

DJ Heather & Colette @ Love tonight
S&B Sessions @ Sullivan Room on Saturday!

http://www.basicnyc.com

wheeeeee :)

Posted by sleepy & boo | March 6, 2009 1:14 PM

Glass candy was basically awful. The girl couldn't hit a single note. The delay effect on her voice sounded really dumb and the guy playing keyboard was the biggest alt douche bag i've ever seen. The DJ before them was totally lame. The crowd wasn't into it at all. Italians don't do it better. Watch out.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2009 3:41 AM

^^^You clearly are not familiar with Glass Candy at all. Ida No has always had a very distinct "love it or hate it" singing style that is definitely not for everyone and she's always buried her voice in tons of effects. That's her calling card. They come from a post punk/no wave background and only in recent years decided to fully embrace the "death disco" vibe that they're currently exploring. It's supposed to be "challenging" dance music...not blog house 101.

Posted by blackhat | March 8, 2009 4:13 AM

I actually like the Glass Candy Record. I'm just saying her live performance was terrible. I'm very familiar with glass candy and the rest of the IDIB bands. She really just is just a poor live singer.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2009 9:05 AM

Night Jewel was my fav act there.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2009 8:17 PM

glass candy was pretty tight, and had a lot of energy. plus, free makers mark! The sound was good, and i actually thought her voice was good - lpr has a great sound system and that probably helped. it was hot in their, but people were still sweating away dancing to mike simonetti's set, which was one of the better dj sets i've heard in a while. I liked how big the place was, and it makes me want to go back for nasa on thursday or jdh and dave p on friday - can't go wrong with a big floor and good speakers

Posted by Dan | March 9, 2009 5:43 PM

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