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Felix Cartal @ Webster Hall - February 27, 2009 (Nicky Digital)
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.
$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.
Eyebeam has put together a great event taking place both Friday and Saturday:
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.
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.
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.
Advanced tickets available here.
Heading into next week:
You must RSVP by 8pm on 3/10.
- Eight Below, is happening at 152 Orchard:
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: