Posted in music | pictures on June 29, 2010

words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Ryan Barkan

Mark Ronson & MNDR @ Milk Studios
Creators Project

The show spaces were predictably cozy and cramped, and USA lost their World Cup match again Ghana, but besides those qualms, not many bad things can be said about the Vice/Intel Creators Project event on Saturday (6/26). Interpol played their first hometown set since unveiling their new lineup earlier in the week, and M.I.A., the night's secret guest, put on a singularly ridiculous, entertaining show, albeit in the crowded, low-ceilinged second floor space. Even the un-affiliated soccer game screened amicably on a huge projector before the music started. If there was one caveat, it was that not that many people, relatively, got in to enjoy the art and music presented. Then again, that's one reason the labyrinthine network of art installations and stages was so surprisingly bearable and easy to navigate.

The same second floor stage that filled up for M.I.A. was also packed to capacity for Sleigh Bells. How much you enjoyed either's set depended a great deal on where you stood (and how early you got there). Cramped in the back, Sleigh Bells sounded pitchy and uneven - but jostled up in the front, the spectacle and body-shaking bass of Die Antwoord were entirely enjoyable. It also depended on your affinity for personal space, which was in short supply anywhere with a decent view of the stage.

And a view was pretty essential to enjoying the antics of the Antwoord crew and M.I.A.'s coterie of stage guests. Mia opened with caustic punk song "Born Free" (video below) a loud if not exactly melodious entrance choice. The stage-show continued the flashy political baiting of the "Born Free" video, which played behind the song. M.I.A. donned pot leaf goggles, rainbow hair and a hooded camo jacket, with a band who alternately wore glow-stick lined clothes and MIA-logoed burkas. Others on stage included a pair of dancers (one ginger-haired), Sleigh Bell's Alexis and Derek, and Ninjasonik. More new songs came, as did "World Town" and crowd-pleasing closer "Paper Planes."

Three of the night's other bands - The Rapture, Gang Gang Dance and Interpol - set up on the first floor studio's back loading dock, which was open to 14th street and the adjacent High Line Park. Gang Gang Dance sounded dependably sturdy in the cavernous garage. Interpol played an 11-song set with four new songs (including the slow-building "Lights") - tight and together, and ready for bigger arenas. The stage was open on three sides, so even without a spot in the front of the stage you didn't get locked out.

I didn't see much on the first floor lounge - Salem took a while to set up and I skipped them to catch Interpol. Neon Indian played the downstairs too, where DJs spun throughout the day. The eighth floor of the building was also part of the show (as was the penthouse/roof VIP-area above it). On eight, there was a screening room where Spike Jonze's I'm Here, a surrealist robot drama, played among other things, as well as installations like Nick Zinner's gothy, minimal photo and ambient-score room.

After M.I.A. I went to downstairs to find Mark Ronson DJing in the first floor gallery. MNDR was on stage with him singing her song "Fade to Black". She also reportedly performed Ronson's new single "Bang Bang Bang" before I got there. NME also says...

"Phantom Planet's Alex Greenwald [sang] the Ronson-tweaked version of Radiohead's 'Just' while executing an impressive crowd-surf.

Ex-[Pipettes] singer Rose Elinor Dougall took to the stage for two new 'Record Collection' tracks, 'Hey Boy' and 'You Gave Me Nothing' - the latter a song co-written by Jonathan Pierce of The Drums. Ronson ended the night with the first public airing of 'Somebody To Love Me', which features vocals from Boy George.

The rest of Ronson's set that I saw, before the end, was mostly soul and early '00s hip-hop (Pharell, Snoop, Stevie, Jay-Z). Upstairs, MIA was still on the stereo, with NASA mixing the verses of "Bombs over Baghdad" over her song "Boyz." Much of the remaining audience was on stage partying with two arthropod-looking creatures. Back downstairs, some diehards were still dancing - the bar was still stocked, and Mark Ronson behind the decks didn't give much reason to leave.

Ryan's Die Antwoord pictures were already posted (as were Ben's of Interpol). The rest of Ryan's pictures, and some videos, below...

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Post M.I.A. at Creators Project NYC

Mark Ronson - The Creators Project DJ Set (Live at Milk Studios - June 26, 2010)

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Comments (26)

LET THE HATE BEGIN!!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2010 2:34 PM

psycho delic

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2010 2:36 PM

what's more important, social climbing or art?

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2010 2:43 PM

@ 2:43

Social climbing. Hands down. Art is for the masses. Creators Proj is for the guestlist.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2010 2:49 PM

afterwards i took a helicopter to the hamptons and watched billy joel, elton john, and don henley from a leather couch, drank a pitcher of martinis-was too high on blow to bust a nut on my escort

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2010 2:58 PM

2:58 I would rather do that than go to some of these scuzz events.

Posted by LKJ | June 29, 2010 3:01 PM

best performance of boys of summer ever. my favorite, anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2010 3:12 PM

This should have a label that says "advertorial." It's embarrassing to witness BV's shameless promotion of this big corporate shitstain rodeo.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2010 3:33 PM

there are no "advertorial"s on this site, but conspiracy theories are always welcome.

Posted by brooklynvegan | June 29, 2010 3:52 PM

regardless of your taste in the music. the art and technology installations and exhibitions there were incredible. and the panel in which mark ronson, neon indian, and nasa tried to create a hit song in 60 minutes was at least a fun experiment.

i wish there were more events like this.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2010 4:09 PM

"BV's shameless promotion of this big corporate shitstain rodeo. "

This was one of the the most relevant events to go down in NYC all year. Obviously BV's gonna cover it. Who cares who paid for the event to happen? Go burn a cop car in Toronto or something.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2010 4:18 PM

BV commentors are a fucking joke. nothing but a collection of self-loathing narcissists criticizing the world from the comfort of their parent's basements.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2010 4:34 PM

The only people hating on this event were the ones who didn't get in. Free music, some pretty cool exhibits, free food and booze.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2010 4:42 PM

Cool. Did you make some new connections?

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2010 4:48 PM

MNDR is just horrible. i wonder who she is tugging or paying to get to perform all over the place.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2010 4:54 PM

I wish I'd connected with this hot tall girl in Sperry topsiders dancing with her short female friend in front of me during Sleigh Bells. You out there sexy?

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2010 5:17 PM

im glad to see some logic on here

Posted by roedood | June 29, 2010 6:03 PM

When did it become cool to worship mediocre teenagers?

Posted by LKJ | June 29, 2010 6:22 PM

4:18 - "This was one of the the most relevant events to go down in NYC all year."

Yeah, that's about it for your opinion. Work for a PR firm much or do you write like a douchebag for free?

I found the whole 'corporate synergy' element to this really creepy. Hope everyone involved took a shower afterward.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2010 10:18 PM

what? rose elinor dougal played?

Posted by bill p | June 30, 2010 3:46 AM

one sentence devoted to talking about the installations and screenings on the 8th floor? you completely missed out on the highlights of the day (in my opinion). Mira Calix's My Secret Heart installation was stunning. As was Spike's short film and the follow-up video interaction. The xx's audio/visual installation of their album was lovely (and i don't even believe in the xx hype). It's a shame to see so much of the press only going to the bands - it really only captures a small % of what made the day special.

Posted by mel | June 30, 2010 9:43 AM

@10:18

Creepy how? Intel is creepy? Yeah, computer chips scare me too...

Fun event for the 3000 folks who got in

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 12:39 PM

Despite the haters here, looks like it was an amazing show.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 5:33 PM

@ag@gmail.com - Thanks for posting that Salem YouTube link as an example of one of the worse "live" performances ever captured on film. I actually thought it was a joke at first. Holy shit...how did they show their faces afterwards, especially electronic drum pad guy?!?

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2010 1:33 PM

Salem is terrible live, old news...

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2010 1:47 PM

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