photos by David Andrako
We arrived at about 9PM as Björk was hanging out behind the turntables gearing up to begin her set. The venue "Above The Auto Parts Store" was indescribably hot, but regardless fans packed in to get a glimpse of the one and only Björk. I was prepared to be at the venue for the long haul thinking Björk would be last, but she thankfully was second up on deck. DJ selections included a lot of obscure Asian and Middle Eastern house music, most notably including a cover of 2 Unlimited's "No Limit," along with Major Lazer/Crooker's "Jump Up!" [Tastes Like Caramel]Bjork, Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors, Battles' Tyondai Braxton, and writers Alex Ross and Brandon Stosuy DJed at Above the Auto Parts Store on Sunday (5/2) at a benefit for Partners In Health, a health care nonprofit that works in Haiti. They called it "The Rites of Spring". Alex Ross posted his playlist, which paired The Ex, Justin Bieber, Stravinsky and more. That and more pictures from the event are posted below...
You can catch another Dirty Projector, Angel Deradoorian, tonight (5/3) at Santos's benefit for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society along with Roadside Graves, Mon Khmer and Andrew W.K. solo.
Alex Ross on The Rites of Spring
Last night in Brooklyn, Above the Auto Parts Store hosted The Rites of Spring, a benefit for Haiti, with DJ sets by Björk, Tyondai Braxton, David Longstreth, Brandon Stosuy, and, improbably, myself. I went first, before the growing crowd and rising heat demanded something more intense. I'd never DJ'd before, but I seemed to do OK, with some guidance from my experienced DJ husband (Jonathan Lisecki, director of Gayby). Some people actually attempted to dance during the Stravinsky / Lachenmann mashup, and Questlove, from the Roots, voiced approval of the Bieber Detonation.2 Unlimited - No limit
Manuel Torres, "Siempre por los rincones"
Ruthahindurwa Lukuka, "Rwakagasha"
György Ligeti, "Fém" (arr. The Bad Plus)
Meredith Monk, "Do You Be" and "Panda Chant"
Stravinsky speaking about the Rite
"Augurs of Spring" from the Rite (cond. Dudamel)
"Rite" arrangements by Ricardo Romaneiro and Ryan Francis and Birdsongs of the Mesozoic
"Ritelachen" -- my own mashup of "Augurs" and Helmut Lachenmann's Schwankungen am Rand, with Xenakis's Tetras and a morsel of Justin Bieber's "Baby" entering later on.
Hanns Eisler, Der heimliche Aufmarsch (excerpt)
Missy Elliott, "Wake Up"
Maulina, "I Am Maulina"
Stockhausen, Gruppen (excerpt)
Ms. Dynamite, "Dy-na-mi-tee"
The Ex, "Lied der Steinklopfer"
Brahms, Fourth Symphony (excerpt)
Ulrich Schnauss, "On My Own"
"Procession of the Sage" from the Rite
Burkina Electric, "Ca va chauffer" (an amazing track with Maï Lingani on vocals and Lukas Ligeti on percussion and electronics, from Paspanga)
At this point, Björk took over, and pandemonium ensued. Toward the end of the night, I contributed the Bieber Detonation (the 11/4 bar from the Rite + Bieber's "Baby" + Lachenmann + Non's "Fire in the Organism" + Cage's Williams Mix) and Major Lazer's "Keep It Goin' Louder."
When I played the "Procession of the Sage," a couple of people thought that I had created a mashup from overlapping Stravinsky loops. In fact, Stravinsky made the loops himself... [Samples are here]
13# Major Lazer - Jump Up (ft leftside & Supahyp)