Posted in music | pictures on May 3, 2010

photos by David Andrako

Above the auto parts store

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...

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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.

Preliminary:
Pixinguinha, "Carinhoso"
Manuel Torres, "Siempre por los rincones"
Ruthahindurwa Lukuka, "Rwakagasha"
György Ligeti, "Fém" (arr. The Bad Plus)
Meredith Monk, "Do You Be" and "Panda Chant"

Set proper:
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)
"Ritelachen" encore
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]

2 Unlimited - No limit

13# Major Lazer - Jump Up (ft leftside & Supahyp)

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Comments (57)

hmmmmm

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 5:22 PM

Did anyone else catch Bjork being a total cunt to that fat girl standing to the side of the turntables? The girl just wanted to say "hey" and she got blasted! Awesome.

That Battles guy had the best set, hands down!

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 5:29 PM

anybody know what bjork and longstreth played? also, dj'ing really doesn't mean what it used to anymore does it?

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 5:30 PM

okay i scrolled down, there are some turntables there. that is better

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 5:32 PM

tyondai definitely had the best set. perfect choice of songs to get the crowd crazy. everything else was decent.

missed bjork while trying to sneak some girls in (ended successfully though!) longstreth's set seemed to kill the mood a bit (as much as i love DP)

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 5:35 PM

Bjork set was strictly fucking with some choice Miami Bass.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 5:36 PM

the mood looks boring

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 5:37 PM

fuck everyone who went to this

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 5:40 PM

^hahaha

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 5:43 PM

There are turntables but the same exact record is on in every picture, which means no one was using it...and when did DJing turn into playing songs on a computer. PS, I will be DJing my apartment all night and charging $20 if anyone wants to watch me play music off my computer.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 5:45 PM

vegans are angry, jesus!

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 5:48 PM

"I will be DJing my apartment all night and charging $20 if anyone wants to watch me play music off my computer."

if you are Bjork, count me in

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 5:49 PM

i don't understand the appeal of this.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 5:49 PM

there is a program called serato - most djs use it - i wouldnt bring my records to that warehouse

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 5:50 PM

DJing has become entirely about good song choice and order/flow of songs. If you have a knack for that, nobody on the other side will care if you've practiced spinning years (at least in these underground situations). I've seen people rock a room of 400+ for an entire night with an iPhone and an iPod Nano.

seriously though, last night was one of the best bushwick loft-type parties ever. great vibe, great sound, lots of hot chicks.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 5:52 PM

I like the photo of the girl with the white dress that looks like its glowing.

Posted by GardenGrassCrap | May 3, 2010 5:57 PM

Did Bjork assault any hipsters??

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 6:03 PM

worst event of 2010, what a scam

fuck todd P
fuck bjork
and most of all
fuck haiti

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 6:42 PM

it looks like actual records would have melted in there

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 7:18 PM

looks so fucking lame

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 7:20 PM

Didn't realize Stosuy was so old. He must be, what...45?

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 7:27 PM

Classy Spaten slumming with boho Bud. Incongruity.


Posted by labann | May 3, 2010 7:32 PM

this looks phenomenally lame

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 8:10 PM

Dave looks cracked out.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 8:26 PM

BJORK IS SOOOO OLDD!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 9:44 PM

It looks like it was a room full of people standing around taking pictures of Bjork.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 10:21 PM

2010 DIY is finally dead Todd P shot it right in the head

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 10:23 PM

despite the good cause this looks terribly boring

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 10:27 PM

wow great lighting in that place. Looks like it was nice and cool in there too.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 11:33 PM

Fugly people standing around taking pictures of Bjork fiddling with a laptop.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2010 11:35 PM

it was so dark in there. this photog must have had an insane flash. the event was hot as hell, mostly fun and for a good cause.

Posted by jason | May 3, 2010 11:56 PM

it was hot as a mid-summer fuck in there last night - that being said it was actually really fun which you wouldn't get from looking at those shots.

Posted by gilly | May 4, 2010 12:05 AM

Seriously, FUCK ALL OF YOU!!! Bjork accomplished more in the bathroom while sweating during her post DJ set dump than any of you wimps will in your entire lives! Eat Haitian shit and DIE!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2010 12:10 AM

I'd agree with gilly... it was horribly hot, but in the end really fun. And Antony was there in the crowd in a giant sheet dress thing, which was as awesome and terrifying as one might imagine. I only caught him on the way out, but I'd like to imagine he was getting down pretty hard.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2010 12:12 AM

to all you haters. step the f off bjork...

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2010 2:06 AM

5:29, I'm pretty sure that fat girl was Antony.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2010 4:13 AM

how breatheable do you think that dress was Bjork is wearing. I really want it for the summer. Looks like cupcake wrappers

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2010 8:22 AM

real djs don't use serato..

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2010 1:16 PM


real djs don't use serato..

^^
plenty of "real" DJ's use serato. it's actually used regularly as a alternative for dj's who use vinyl regularly but have to use mp3 b/c of tour constraints. I' m in the industry, I know. I knew of a international dj that had to use serato b/c customs wouldn't allow him to bring more than 50 records into the this country. I've seen incredible dj sets played on serato. don't talk about something you know nothing about.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2010 1:38 PM

It's so backwards when people complain about DJ's using computers. It's not like the computer does everything for you.... I mean, it's would be nice if my computer writes my essays for me, but fact is, it doesn't. It's not what you use, it's how you use it....

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2010 2:52 PM

The comment thread is more entertaining than the post!

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2010 4:11 PM

What a joke this night was. Did anyone even try? Just what i want to do spend $15 to go to a sauna and see people jam iTunes playlists. where does anyone get off doing this? felt like i was at a middle school dance. think ill be staying away from todd p shows for awhile. this really did leave a bad taste in my mouth.

wish i would have followed suite with others and left after 5 minutes.

best part of the night staring at ?love's pick

Posted by the bone | May 4, 2010 7:51 PM

wish i was there for alex ross' set, sounds like he tried something with some thought

Posted by the bone | May 4, 2010 7:54 PM

did Rites of Spring do "Deeper Than Inside"?

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2010 10:54 PM

this wasn't a todd p show and if you felt like you were ripped off by half ass performances you could at least go home knowing your money went to Haiti

Posted by ToddPENIS | May 5, 2010 5:58 PM

I love bjork, you haters sound like a bunch of losers. Wish I could of been there. Too bad everyone always has to complain about something. This was for a great cause and people are complaining about Serato..WTF!

Posted by DeejayKaren | May 6, 2010 3:17 PM

$15 for admission? For a good cause? What percentage of these trust fund baby attendees claimed they were "on the list" however..............

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 4:09 PM

was there dancing? at all? or just staring at the indie celebs?

Posted by annie momus | May 6, 2010 5:00 PM

"$15 for admission? For a good cause? What percentage of these trust fund baby attendees claimed they were "on the list" however.............."

there was no list

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 5:02 PM

I would pay $15 to look at bjork and be in her presence...cause she's so awesome! yeh!!

Posted by ilovebjork | May 7, 2010 1:24 PM

It's so funny that so many people are complaining about an event...not every event you attend is going to be exactly as you'd like it to be.

Posted by anon | May 7, 2010 1:25 PM

To all the haters bitching about them not being 'real' DJs, it is not as if it was billed as "ULTIMATE TURNTABLE SCRACTH BATTLE STARRING SUPER-DJ BJORK AND CO!"
It was a fun party to raise money for a good cause, and since when did DJing become so fucking elite?!

It's not as if turntablism has died out! I am a DJ, I use CDs, and alot of my friends use CDs as well, but as many still use vinyl. In my local clubs there are just as many DJs using vinyl as there are those using laptops and those using CDs.

Jeeez!

this party looked really cool, seems like the sort of house parties I go to where friends dj together using several different formats, cos it's FUN.
I only wish I could've gone.

Posted by dayglowjoe | May 10, 2010 7:57 PM

Brooklyn Vegan, where idiots come to vent.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2010 11:27 AM

How did BJORK get so FAT? Have you seen her legs? she has NO KNEES! All you can see when you look at her face are her CHEEKBONE IMPLANTS, her nose job and those idiot eyes of hers! http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-images/Music/Pix/pictures/2007/01/18/bjork460.jpg There! A fat person doesn't show cheekbones unless those cheekbones are made of silicone or plastic! she now looks like the fucking moron she is!

Posted by FAT Bjork | June 10, 2010 3:16 AM

List of FAT singer bjork plastic surgeries: CHEEKBONE IMPLANTS,
nose job
possible chin implant
http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-images/Music/Pix/pictures/2007/01/18/bjork460.jpg There! Look at the photo you can totally see the outline of those cheekbone implants. Just google "cheekbone implants" to see the shapes they come in.

Posted by FAT Bjork | June 10, 2010 3:19 AM

^^^
I would enjoy tearing chunks out of your face. Shallow idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2012 8:58 AM

Bjork is not fat idiot, you're probably the fat one if u have nothing better to do than sit online and hate on bjork. Take a walk, ride a bike do somethin. SHE'S AWESOME!

Posted by Bjork rocks | August 10, 2012 4:15 PM

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