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August 1, 2014

Museum of Love
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DFA Records threw one helluva party last year to celebrate their 12th Anniversary. This year they're throwing another party, a smaller scale summer soiree if you will (actually, that's what they're calling it), at The Wick on August 23. It will feature the NYC live debut of Pat Mahony's new band, The Museum of Love, plus DJ sets from Sinkane, Nancy Whang, Holy Ghost, plus a "special guest TBA."  Tickets for the show go on sale Monday (8/4) at noon.

In related news, you can catch Sinkane performing live at The Lot LIC Music & Film Series kickoff show which happens Saturday (8/2) afternoon (3 - 9 PM) and is free.

The Juan Maclean, who have a new album out soon and seem suspiciously absent from the DFA party lineup (along with Shit Robot and you-know-who), will be DJing at Output on August 16 as part of the afternoon "Kaviar Disco Club" party (tickets).

Flyer for the DFA Summer Soiree and Sinkane's The Lot show, plus a couple Museum of Love tracks, below...

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July 31, 2014

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You may remember that there were two drug-related deaths at last year's Electric Zoo Festival in New York, causing the final day to be canceled. Jeffrey Russ was one of the fatalities and now Federal prosecutors in Mahattan have brought charges agains the person they believe sold him the drugs. From the NY Times:

Patrick Morgan, who at 23 is the same age that Mr. Russ was when he died, was arrested on Wednesday in Buffalo on charges of narcotics distribution and narcotics conspiracy, after an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration that zeroed in on the group of friends involved in the alleged drug deal as recounted in the criminal complaint against Mr. Morgan. Both charges carry a maximum prison term of 20 years.

One of the friends, who was not identified in the complaint, cooperated with the D.E.A. special agent leading the investigation, Louis Schmidt. In March, the friend met with Mr. Morgan and discussed the drugs that Mr. Morgan allegedly sold the three, according to the complaint. After the meeting, the two exchanged text messages.

"Hey it was great to see you last week," the friend who was working with the authorities texted Mr. Morgan, the complaint states. "Glad we got to talk about Jeff a little it was bugging me. Just know that I no longer blame us for giving the molly to him because it was him that made the mistake of taking too much."

Morgan is currently out on a $100,000 signature bond.

The Electric Zoo returns to Randall's Island over Labor Day Weekend with dramatically heightened drug security.

July 30, 2014

Daniele Baldelli (not a recent pic)
Daniele Baldelli

A founding father of the Cosmic Disco sound, Italian DJ Daniele Baldelli rose to prominence with his mixture of European electronica, synth pop (often played at slower speeds), equalizer effects, and ethnic folk music. Baldelli's use of African and Brazilian material helped distinguish his style from Italo disco, which permeated the clubs of Northern Italy during the 1970s. Taking up residence at the Cosmic, a venue by Lake Garda, he introduced club goers to a worldly, hypnotic sound during the late '70s and early '80s. Although the Cosmic Disco movement slowed down as the '80s progressed, Baldelli's reputation allowed him to extend his career into the following decades. [AllMusic]
Famed Italian DJ and Cosmic Disco pioneer, Daniele Baldelli will be in the US this weekend for three shows, one in Philly on Friday followed by two daytime shows in NYC. First, he plays Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (8/2) with live sets from Indian electronic music pioneer Charanjit Singh, UK duo Simian Mobile Disco, and former Effi Briest and Up Died Sound member Hiro Kone, plus the Software-signed Maria Chavez. Tickets for that show are still available.

Then, the next day Daniele plays Output's Sundays on the Roof with a DJ set from Metro Area and Cem G. 2 PM doors. Tickets are on sale now.

Simian Mobile Disco will also keep the party going after Warm Up when they DJ a FIXED party at Cameo late night on Saturday (8/2) with FIXED regulars JDH & Dave P. Tickets for that are available. SMD will return to NYC in September when their tour performing their new live-recorded album Whorl hits MHOW, also with JDH & Dave P (tickets).

All Daniele Baldelli dates are listed, with some videos, below...

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Boys Noize w/ Skrillex at Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Boys Noize

While the "Harlem Shake" meme has worn off, Baauer, the song's producer, is keeping at it. He recently dropped a new single, "Clang," which you can stream below. He's also going on a co-headlining tour with German party starter Boys Noize this fall. Before the tour fully starts though, the two DJs will hit NYC on Sunday, August 10 at Governors Island for an outdoor, all-day dance party that goes from 4 PM to midnight. Good openers on that show too, including Night Slugs' L-Vis 1990, a DJ set from rapper Le1f, one half of DJ Dodger Stadium, Samo Sound Boy, dance-rap partier and Boys Noize collaborator Spank Rock, and Pilo. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and include round-trip ferry transportation.

Show flyer, tour flyer, tour trailer, list of dates and song streams, below...

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July 29, 2014

Kaytranada

Montreal producer/AlunaGeorge remixer Kaytranada recently signed to XL and is planning to release an EP on that label at some point. Details are still sparse, but the beatmaker did just announce a North American tour for the late summer and fall. That tour brings him to NYC where he'll headline Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 9. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/1) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/30) at noon.

All dates are listed, with a song stream, below...

Continue reading "Kaytranda releasing an EP on XL, touring (dates)"

July 28, 2014

DJ Dog Dick at Mercury Lounge in 2013 (more by Jonathon Bernstein)
DJ Dog Dick

Black Dice's Eric Copeland,  as well as DJ Dog Dick, King Conqubine, Robot Death Cult and Fluct are currently on what they're calling the "Bushwick Small World Tour", which is a "conscious tour" of six small venues all within the Brooklyn neighborhood. The idea is being pitched as "a funny way to point out the insane amount of hard work and spaces coming out of a 20 block radius." The tour started Saturday (7/26) at Body Actualized Center and then moved to Secret Project Robot on Sunday (7/27). But you've still got four more  chances to witness this, including tonight (7/28) at Trans-Pecos. with Marley G, DJ Jacksy and a mix tape party with Max Alper and Diamond Terrifier too.

The different shows will feature slightly different lineups, with special guests each night. The rest of the tour looks like this:

July 29 @ Shea Stadium with Beech Creeps

July 30 @ The Ho_se with Kneeling Bus, Alaina Stamatis and DJs Prince Rama

July 31 @ Silent Barn w/ Hollow Bush, Non Horse, DJ Scooba Ooba and video art by Arron Warren

Flyer for the "Bushwick Small World Tour" is below...

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photos by Mimi Hong

Cashmere Cat / crowd / Skepta, Jammers Back & friends
Cashmere Cat
Cashmere Cat
Skepta, Jammers Back + Friends

Warm Up at MoMA PS1 continued this past Saturday (7/26) with another hot day of electronic music (and more) under the sun in the venue's outdoor courtyard. Suicideyear opened (who we missed), then it was Lit City Trax DJ UNiiQU3 who's been playing NYC a lot lately (also recently with Evian Christ and during RBMA). Rapper GoldLink (who's also been on other notable electronic bills lately, like with Purity Ring's Corin Roddick and with Flume) followed with a live set, and then it was Fade to Mind's Total Freedom who was joined by a surprise appearance by veteran grime MCs Skepta and Jammers Back, and other friends, including Warm Up vet Dev Hynes (who's collaborated with Skepta). Finally, dance producer Cashmere Cat wrapped up the day with the crowd going as wild for him as you'd expect.

More pictures of the day, below...

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July 25, 2014

a couple at Governors Ball 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Governors Ball 2014

Canadian electronic music festival Bass Coast issued the following statement this week:

For various reasons, Bass Coast Festival is banning feathered war bonnets, or anything resembling them, onsite. Our security team will be enforcing this policy.

We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets. They have a magnificent aesthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and aesthetic significance cannot be separated.

Bass Coast Festival takes place on indigenous land and we respect the dignity of aboriginal people. We have consulted with aboriginal people in British Columbia on this issue and we feel our policy aligns with their views and wishes regarding the subject. Their opinion is what matters to us.

Hopefully music festivals not technically on "indigenous land" follow this fest's lead!

Bass Coast happens Aug 1-4, 2014 in Merrit, British Columbia with mostly acts we're not familiar with.

by Andrew Sacher

DJ Dodger Stadium

Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy teamed up as DJ Dodger Stadium back in 2011 (maybe you caught them at last year's Warm Up), and earlier this month they put out their debut album, Friend of Mine, on LA label Body High. Musically speaking, the album pulls mostly from house, but not in the way Disclosure or their peers have reimagined thumping '90s dance pop, and definitely not in the way the EDM world has embraced the genre. It's an understated take on the types of tracks you'd hear in a Detroit or a Chicago or a NYC club in 1992, but it's fit for the current era where so much dance music has made its way from the club to a pair of headphones.

As much as the album makes you nod your head, the album makes you feel. Many of its songs repeat and toy with a single vocal loop for their entirety, and though that's not a new trend, there's a level of emotion here that makes it more similar to James Blake repeating "My brother and my sister don't speak to me, but I don't blame them" than Daft Punk repeating "Around the world." Album standout "Love Songs" begins with a warped vocal, "Lately I've been singing love songs to myself," that gets progressively clearer as the beat slides in, and by the end is a gorgeous choir. Like Blake's lyric, though it's just one phrase, it continues to take new shape and can be as effective as someone spilling their heart out over pages of lyrics. Watch the video for "Love Songs" with a stream of another album track below. Stream the whole LP on RDIO.

DJ Dodger Stadium will be in NYC TONIGHT (7/25) at Cameo Gallery to celebrate the new album with a release show that will have them playing a live set. Dubbel Dutch and Sage Caswell open. Tickets are on sale now. It's their only announced date at the moment.

Video and streams below...

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by Bill Pearis

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Groovy dude Sébastien Tellier released L'Aventura this month via Record Makers. The concept for this one is its recollections of his childhood, reimagined as if he grew up in Brazil instead of France. Tropical heat and French cool have long been a winning combo and with flutes, strings and "bah bah" choruses (arranged by Brazilian music legend Arthur Verocai), this coulda been released by Sergio Mendes (or Serge Gainsbourg) in 1975. Also appearing on the album: new age / synth icon Jean Michel Jarre and percussionist Robertinho Silva. It's well worth checking out and can stream it via Rdio.

Meanwhile, Tellier has given one of the album's synthier tracks, "Aller Vers Le Soleil," to Hercules & Love Affair to remix, who give the ethereal track a solid disco thump. We've got the premiere of that in this post. We've also got the premiere of a Red Bull Session that Sebastien did, performing the new album's "L'adulte" and "Cochon Ville" live. Watch that, and the music video for "L'adulte" as well, below...

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