Posted in To Do | dance | music on March 28, 2009

Busy P @ the Studio @ Webster Hall - March 25, 2009

Earlier this week I got a double dose of Busy P, seeing him at the Bloc Party after-party at the Studio at Webster Hall on Wednesday, as well as at Roseland Ballroom on Thursday where he opened for the Prodigy. Despite there being some overlap (see partial setlists below), each night was very enjoyable. Wednesday night's had more of a crazy party vibe, while Thursday's seemed to be more planned out. At Roseland Busy P gradually won over the crowd, that seemed to be made up of a lot of die-hard Prodigy fans, by starting his set off with a lot of darker, creepy, and more minimal tracks before working into more mainstream electro. By the end of the set most of the crowd was into it and he drew in those who weren't, by playing the crowd pleaser "No Sleep Til Brooklyn". Everyone chanted along, the set ending with an enthusiastic crowd, eager to see the Prodigy...

Busy P - The Studio at Webster Hall 3/25/09 partial setlist

Chemical Brothers - Salmon Dance (Crookers Wow Remix)
Le Le - Breakfast
Mr. Oizo - Gay Dentists
Foreigner - Cold As Ice
Busy P feat. Murs - To Protect and Entertain
Lil Wayne - A Milli
The Kills - Cheap and Cheerful
Mr. Oizo - Positif
Friendly Fires - Paris
Busy P - Rosland Ballroom 3/26/09 partial setlist
Aphex Twin - Windowlicker
Daft Punk - Oh Yeah
Sinden - Organ Grinder
The Kills - Cheap and Cheerful
Le Le - Breakfast
Mr. Oizo - Positif
Busy P feat. Murs - To Protect and Entertain
Beastie Boys - No Sleep Til Brooklyn
Fake Blood - Mars
The Prodigy @ Roseland Ballroom - March 26, 2009 (more by Zach Dilgard)

After about 20 minutes the Prodigy began their set and from the moment they took the stage the crowd went absolutely crazy and never stopped. It was amazing - very violent (I started out a few people back from the guardrail towards the right and ended up pretty much dead center of the floor by the time the show was over), but very enjoyable! It's all a bit of a blur now, so I'm not sure what they opened with (though I think it was "Worlds On Fire"). A few songs in they played "Breathe" which sounded great and had everyone losing it even more than they were already. The set basically alternated between a few new songs from Invaders Must Die followed by one of the Prodigy's classics which included Breathe, Firestarter, Voodoo People, and Smack My Bitch Up (which was part of the encore, causing everyone to freak out). The new tracks sounded much better live and while the crowd went especially nuts for the classics, they still responded to the new material just as well. While I'd never seen the Prodigy perform prior to last night, I feel it's pretty safe to say they are in just as good form as they were in their heyday. Their performance was energetic, the crowd was into it, and it was one of the most fun live electronic shows I've been to this year (and overall).

Hopefully your week has been equally awesome thus far. If not here are some great ways to help try to make that happen:


Saturday night (3/28) there's a lot of disco happening in Brooklyn. There's a "secret" loft party happening with Tim Sweeney (Beats in Space), Cousin Cole, and Rezound:


There's also the lovely disco get down at Public Assembly, Play It Loud:


If you'd rather get your disco fix in Manhattan, the legendary Nicky Siano is celebrating his birthday & retirement at Love:

Advanced tickets available here

If you don't want any disco (?!) excellent Brazilian deejays the Twelves are at Studio B, along with one of my favorite French remixers, Yuksek.


Advanced tickets available here

And finally...

Detroit is in the house (Santos Party House to be exact) with Mister Saturday Night who is

...very excited.

The Egyptian Lover and Moodymann, both perhaps separated from Mister Saturday Night at birth, are coming together for one night only. It's doubtful anything like this has ever happen. We think the building might melt, but we're willing to risk it. Moodymann's dropping Detroit roller skating jams downstairs, and Egypt is going live-full on dance routines, partner Jamie Jupiter. Oh. My. Goodness.


Advanced tickets available here


Here are some events heading into next week:

Monday (3/30)
- Francois K and John Daly are deejaying Deep Space at Cielo.

Wednesday (4/1)
- dance
- Louie Vega is at Cielo.
- Eight Below, is happening at 152 Orchard.
- dance
Sebastien Tellier at Le Poisson Rouge

If you're here in New York and reading this post, odds are you didn't go to WMC. Have you been regretting it? I haven' far this week has been great and hopefully will be getting better the rest of the weekend...not to mention some of the awesome stuff coming up in April. Who are you looking forward to seeing in April and who do you regret missing at WMC?




Comments (6)

Wow, this is amazing. Being a dance lover I feel great to read about it.

Posted by Ruby | March 29, 2009 8:07 AM

I was a little disapointed with Busy P at Roseland, but he did keep the crowd busy, no pun intended. He didn't really transition between tracks at all. I remember him playing A Milli and a Justice track, dont remember which one. And he played "My Girls" by Animal Collective after he played Mars I think. Also, he finished with Fight for your Right to Party, not No sleep till Brooklyn. I agree with you completely about the Prodigy, I was duly impressed.
I don't regret not going to WMC, but they had a good lineup this year. I kind of wish they hadn't canceled the Deadmau5 show at Roseland and I also wish Simian Mobile wasn't happening at midnight on a Thursday, as seeing those would help me regret it even less.

Posted by Zatzbatz | March 31, 2009 11:08 AM

busy p is a shit dj. he shouldn't do it. just stick to managing daft punk or whatever.

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