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September 30, 2014

Shamir's dance-friendly set at Muchmore's during Northside (@brooklynvegan)
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Enacted in 1926, ​the New York City's ​cabaret laws were originally to put the kibosh on illegal booze. After the repeal of prohibition, the law -- which requires clubs and bars to get an expensive permit for dancing -- went largely unenforced until the Giuliani administration and his efforts to clean up the city. Williamsburg club/coffee shop/venue Muchmore's is taking a stand against cabaret laws, suing the city:

Andrew Muchmore​, owner of ​Muchmore's Cafe ​in Williamsburg, filed suit in Brooklyn federal court to challenge New York's ​cabaret laws ​- which prohibit danci​​ng ​by more than three people at one time unless the venue has a cabaret license.

In the suit, he cites the first and 14th amendments and claims the tight restrictions against patrons shaking their money makers have forced him to play ​sedate if not ​dreary tunes at his nightspot​ and coffeehouse.

The real estate attorney argues the stricture prevents him from cranking beats that might actually tempt patrons to ​want to dance ​- and thus break the law, according to his s​​uit.

To avoid any potential skirmish with code enforcement officers, Muchmore avoids hosting acts that "involve dancing or would tend to elicit dancing," the suit states.

Instead, Muchmore plays ​safe ​wallflower genres including "folk music, rock music, experimental electronic music, jazz and other forms of music that are not conducive to dancing," the suit states. - [NY Post]

!!!'s 2003 dancepunk touchstone "Me and Giuliani Down by the School Yard (A True Story)" confronted cabaret laws and NYC powers-that-be in its own funky way. Stream it below...

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September 26, 2014

by Bill Pearis

Juan Maclean

The Juan Maclean just released a video for their single "A Simple Design." Directed by Gabe Imlay & Juliet Rios, the clip has Juan and Nancy Whang playing with paint and you can watch it below. The song, probably the catchiest song they've ever made and Nancy's most emotive vocals ever for sure, is from their enjoyable new album, In A Dream.

Both Juan and Nancy have DJ gigs coming up, many of which are together. First, Nancy (without Juan) will be the "DFA Special Guest" at the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair on Saturday (9/27) where she'll spin from 4 - 4:30 PM. Also DJing: Jonathan Toubin, Silent Servant and more. Schedule's below. Then Juan and Nancy will both DJ at Cameo on October 3. Tickets are on sale.

All Juan Maclean/Nancy Whang DJ dates, plus the "A Simple Design" video and BK Flea Record Fair DJ schedule, below...

Continue reading "The Juan Maclean share video for "A Simple Design" (watch), going on DJ tour +++ Nancy DJing BK Flea Record Fair"

Goldie

Legendary DJ Goldie had been talking about recording an orchestral version of his perfectly named 1995 album Timeless for a while now, and earlier this year he performed it with an orchestra for the first time ever during the Meltdown Festival. An official video from that performance (dir. Lyle Lindgren) is out now and that can be watched below.

Goldie's in the midst of a short US tour as we speak with two dates left, San Diego tonight (9/26) and NYC this Saturday (9/27) at Verboten with Dieselboy, Empress, Jakes, Double Dragon and Dave Shichman. Tickets for that one are available. Remaining dates are listed below.

In other news, Goldie's ex-fiance Bjork's tour documentary Bjork: Biophilia Live begins its run screening at NYC's IFC Center tonight (9/26) through October 2. Her 2013 documentary When Bjork Met Attenborough will screen at these as well. Tickets are on sale now. Then Biophilia Live will also screen in NYC from October 10-16 at Nitehawk Cinema.

List of Goldie dates with the video, below...

Continue reading "Goldie released a video of orchestral 'Timeless' performance, on US tour; 'Bjork: Biophilia Live' opens at IFC Center tonight"

September 25, 2014

Photos by Greg Cristman

Front 242 @ Irving Plaza 9/24/2014
Front 242
Front 242

...a few seconds of quiet, cheers and Patrick Codenys took the stage. He played a minute of beatless music and then Jean Luc DeMeyer and Richard23 ran on stage. What happened next thrilled me. It was Front 242. Electronic Body Music. The two men moved in action just like they did 25 years ago. Massive strobes flashed shadows behind them making them look like giants. It was very clear they were excited to be there and we were in for something really good. Every classic they played blew me away. Surprisingly the newer songs I didn't know were also great live. The highlight was No Shuffle. As the song played I felt like I was dreaming about how they would do the song far in the future. They crossed each other back and forth on stage without looking at each other. They each took turns as front man. Richard23 traded his small belt held analog delay pedal for some almost psychedelic sounding rack of lush delays. Funk Gaddafi was an experience like watching the "Sprach Zarathustra" time warp scene in Kubrick's 2001. A funny moment happened during the song Welcome to Paradise when a young person said, "They are singing the samples how cool!" - [Wire to the Ear]
Industrial/EBM icons Front 242 played NYC's Irving Plaza on Wednesday night (9/24), their first of three select dates in the U.S. this week.The show was opened by Cocksure, the current band from Chris Connelly of Revolting Cocks / Ministry. More pictures of both bands, and Front 242's setlist, below...

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Yelle

French electropop singer Yelle will release her new album, Complètement Fou, next week (9/30) via Kemosabe Records. You can stream the whole album (via Entertainment Weekly) below. Yelle just released a video for the title track, directed by Milord and L'Etiquette, which looks like 1991 exploded all over it, voguing and all. (That's a still from it above.) You can watch that below too.

Yelle's tour starts in a couple weeks and hits Irving Plaza on October 10 with Lemonade opening. Tickets for that show are still available.

All dates are listed, along with video and album stream, below...

Continue reading "Yelle releasing 'Completement Fou' (stream it, watch a video)"

Digitalism

German electronic duo Digitalsm haven't had a new album since 2011's I Love You Dude, but returned this summer with new single "Wolves" which features Youngblood Hawke. You can watch the video for that, and stream remixes by Booka Shade (who's playing BEMF), Riton and RAC, below.

Digitalism will be heading to North America next month for a tour that hits NYC on October 26 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with opener Elliot Moss (who's also playing other shows including CMJ with Cold War Kids). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All tour dates are listed, along with "Wolves" and remixes streams, below...

Continue reading "Digitalism released new single, touring (dates, streams)"

Kamp!

Hailing from Wroclaw, Poland, electronic trio Kamp! make dance music steeped in '80s synthpop and '90s balearic. The band's new Baltimore EP was released by Cascine in August and you can stream the whole thing below.

Kamp! will be in NYC next month, playing Glasslands on October 12. Tickets are on sale now. No word on other tour dates.

EP stream below...

Continue reading "Polish trio Kamp! released an EP on Cascine (stream it), playing NYC in October"

September 24, 2014

BEMF

As mentioned, Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival returns to various Brooklyn venues from November 7-8, and since we last spoke the lineup was announced. This year's fest includes Prefuse 73, The Gaslamp Killer, Machinedrum, Lee Bannon, Shift K3Y, Martyn, Chris Malinchak, Todd Edwards, Booka Shade, Aeroplane, Fort Romeau, Little Boots and plenty more. Check out the full lineup below. Two-day passes are on sale now. Individual day passes are coming soon, and the day-by-day schedule including which venues each artist is playing will be announced soon as well.

Full lineup, and a mix Machinedrum made for BEMF 2014, below...

Continue reading "Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival 2014 lineup (Prefuse 73, Gaslamp Killer, Machinedrum, Booka Shade, Martyn, more)"

September 23, 2014

FlyLo

Flying Lotus has a previously discussed tour with his collaborator/bass wizard Thundercat coming up which includes a NYC show happening October 15 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are still available, and they've also now added a second NYC show happening a day later at the much smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg (10/16). Tickets for that show (same link) go on sale Friday (9/26) at noon. We're also giving away a pair to the T5 show. Details on how to enter to win, with the list of updated tour dates and a song from FlyLo's upcoming LP, below...

Continue reading "Flying Lotus & Thundercat add MHOW to tour (updated dates ++ win tix to Terminal 5!)"

September 22, 2014

photo by Mathieu Cesar
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Quickly rising Parisian producer Gesaffelstein continues to get bigger and bigger. He's returning to North America for three dates this fall, including HARD's Day of the Dead in Pomona, CA, a Montreal show, and a NYC show happening at the large Terminal 5 on November 6. Tickets for the T5 show go on sale Friday (9/26) at noon.

Gesaffelstein's last album was 2013's Aleph, and earlier this summer he remixed his French neighbors Phoenix's "Bankrupt!." Stream that, with the list of dates, below...

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