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September 4, 2015

Lamin Fofana
Lamin Fofana

Ridgewood, Queens venue Trans-Pecos is hosting a series of afternoon shows on Sundays this month, beginning this week. The first is a rap/electronic show on 9/6 with Junglepussy, Joey LaBeija, NARC, Lamin Fofana (DJ), and DJ Ushka (tickets). Then it's the previously-mentioned Liturgy show on 9/13 (tickets).

The final two are headlined by two separate no wave legends. It's James Chance and the Contortions on 9/20 with Ex Models, Dreamcrusher and DJ Dutch E Germ (tickets); and then Arto Lindsay on 9/27 with Zs, Miho Hatori + Mayo Yamaguchi and Tygapaw (DJ) (tickets).

In honor of the series, Lamin Fofana (who DJs the first show) remixed Zs (who play the last one). Lamin is a techno/house producer who runs the Sci-Fi & Fantasy label (home to early Lotic releases). To quote Pitchfork, "His own work is part of a dialogue between techno, as it's broadly understood, and more abstracted forms. With the Another World EP, he attempts to link techno back to the real world, to bridge aesthetics with socio-economics, with ocean currents, with stale bread and dirty water." He offers a danceable take on "Corps" off the new Zs album Xe, which dropped on Northern Spy earlier this year. It premieres below.

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September 3, 2015

by Andrew Sacher


NYC EDM fest Electric Zoo takes over Randall's Island for three days this weekend (9/4-9/6). The lineup has some cool stuff like The Chemical Brothers, The Glitch Mob, Com Truise, Cashmere Cat, Pete Tong and Wave Racer, but it's mostly things you probably want to avoid. One artist worth highlighting on the lineup though is UK producer jackLNDN, who's playing this and a few other US dates. He dropped two singles this summer, "All I See" and "Firing Line," which are both addictive doses of deep house. Check them out below.

Full Electric Zoo lineup and tickets here.

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Vince Staples at BV-RBSS in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Vince Staples

The final Warm Up at MoMA PS1 happens this Saturday (9/5). The lineup had been listed as "TBA" for a while but it's announced now and it's pretty awesome. Rising rapper of the year Vince Staples headlines, and he'll be joined by Detroit techno originator Derrick May, Canadian bass master Egyptrixx, UK IDM wiz Clark, DFA's Dan Bodan (ft. Draveng), and Ratking's Sporting Life. Tickets for this stacked show are on sale now.

It'll be the second NYC show of the weekend for Clark, whose tour also hits Good Room on Friday (9/4) with Heathered Pearls, Lord Raja, Logan Takahashi (of Teengirl Fantasy) and Safer At Night. Tickets for that show are still available.

Teengirl Fantasy also teams with Dan Bodan + Draveng for a midnight show at Palisades after Warm Up. Also on that bill is UMFANG and Sasha Jan Rezzie. Tickets are on sale.

After this show, Vince Staples heads out on tour with A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator and Danny Brown. That tour includes NYC's Theater at MSG on 9/22 (tickets). Earlier this week, Vince played the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with Jhene Aiko and The Roots. Watch them perform "Lemme Know," with Vince's list of tour dates, below.

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Kiesza @ Governors Ball (more by Gretchen Robinette)

This Labor Day weekend, San Bernardino, CA will host the 20th annual Nocturnal Wonderland festival at the San Manuel Amphitheater & grounds. The mostly-EDM festival has some cool stuff like Duke Dumont, Flosstradamus, Tensnake, Kiesza, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Booka Shade, L-Vis 1990, Eats Everything and Paper Diamond, alongside bigger names like Armin Van Buuren, Bassnectar, Afrojack, David Guetta, Pretty Lights and more. Full lineup below. Tickets are still available.

Like at Outside Lands and Lollapalooza last month, BrooklynVegan will be repping inside the festival grounds, in the Toyota Tent. Stop by to check out intimate, bonus sets by artists playing the festival, including Tensnake (8pm Sunday) and L-Vis 1990 (7pm Sunday). Say hi to our host and house DJ Jamie Granato aka Rezound, design your own hula hoop, check out live art installations and more.

A few days after the festival, Kiesza will make her way to NYC where she'll play Best Buy Theater on September 8... with Nick Jonas. Maybe it seems weird to see a pop singer who's on the "indie" side play with a former boy-bander, but maybe Nick Jonas is heading in that direction too. He just hit the studio with Purity Ring's Corin Roddick. (And come on, you know you're a sucker for the Tinashe-featuring "Jealous" remix.) Will he be the next Timberlake? Or at least the next Miley? The NYC show also includes American Authors, Shawn Mendes and Timeflies.

Nocturnal Wonderland lineup below...

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by Andrew Sacher


UK electronic pop band Darkstar will release their third album, Foam Island, on October 2 via Warp, and so far it seems like another shift for the group. Their first album, 2010's North, had a clear dubstep/garage influence but 2013's News From Nowhere was more of an ambient pop album that sometimes sounded like Animal Collective. Of the new songs, "Pin Secure," is bass-heavy psychedelia and "Through The Motions" sounds like an electronic take on chamber pop. Both are good -- listen below.

Darkstar's only upcoming shows at the moment are in Europe, but hopefully they make it back to the US soon too. All dates are listed below.

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September 2, 2015

photo: Vic Mensa at 2015 Pitchfork Festival (more by James Richards IV)
Vic Mensa

This year's NYU Mystery Concert has been revealed and it's pretty eclectic/awesome. It features rapper Vic Mensa, electronic artist SOPHIE and pop musician Tei Shi. It happens Thursday (9/3) at the Skirball Center. Doors are at 7, and tickets are free with a valid NYU ID on a first come first serve basis. It's only open to NYU students.

Vic Mensa had been dropping something new every week over the summer, and since we last spoke he put out two more songs: "I Been" and "All that Shines." The anticipation remains high for his album. Listen to the tracks below.

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by Bill Pearis


It's been ten years since Marc Nygen Tan released an album as Colder, his icy postpunk dancerock pseudonym. (His second LP, 2005's Heat, was his last.) He's reactivated Colder and will release his third album, Many Colours, on November 6 via Bataille Records. That's the cover art above and you can check out the tracklist below.

By the sound of the album's first single "Turn Your Back," it's gotten even chillier in Colder land, with a pulsing bassline, percussion reduced to basically just the kick, and stark piano driving things along. Danceable, yes, but without breaking a sweat. Listen or watch the video below and there are some pretty cool remixes (by In Flagranti, Vito & Druzzi and others) to check out as well. You can also check out the mellower-still "Midnight Fever" featuring Owlle, plus a couple video from his first two albums, below.

Kasper Bjørke
Kasper Bjørke

Colder has also brought his skill set to the "3:21 AM Remix" of Kasper Bjørke's "Marbled Blood" that features spoken word vocals from Soho Rezanejad. The original, from Bjørke's 2014 album After Forever, is dreamy and widescreen and Colder takes it more onto the dancefloor, in his own crystalline way. The remix premieres in this post and you can stream or download it below.

Colder offer up another take on "Marbled Blood" that's part of Bjørke's remix album After Forever Revisited that also features takes by Michael Mayer, Superpitcher, Matt Karmil, Hotel Lauer and more. You can stream the whole thing, and the original album, below. Kasper Bjørke will be in the States later this month, and he'll be DJing at Brooklyn club Output's Panther Room on September 25 with Sexy Lazer. Tickets are on sale now. The next night (9/26) Bjørke and Sexy Lazer will be DJing in Miami.

Lots of things to stream and watch, below...

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September 1, 2015

photo: Four Tet at Osheaga 2014 (more by Ellie Pritts)
Four Tet

Four Tet already released a new album this year and he's staying prolific. In the past week, he's released a remix of CHVRCHES' "Leave A Trace," a new track called "Digital Arpeggios" under his Percussions moniker, and a stream of his full set at this year's Dekmantel Festival. Listen to all of that below.

He'll also be doing a lot of touring, including a lot of European dates and a few US shows mixed in. One of those US shows is in NYC on December 2 at Output. Tickets are on sale now.

All dates are listed below...

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August 31, 2015

Goonies, whose not-very-fun-sounding work environment was put under the microscope in that NY Times article a few weeks ago,  sells a lot of vinyl and are gettting into the business of exclusive titles. What's up first? Five '80s soundtracks: Goonies (30th Anniversary Edition), Top Gun, Dirty Dancing, Footloose, and Rocky IV (30th Anniversary Edition). Not much is known about these 2015 editions (like the source of the audio), but they'll be out October 9 for $25 a pop. According to MovieWeb, the records will be released on Amazon's own Amazon label, though the mostly-bare listings themselves list "Legacy" as the label.

If you don't want to wait till October, you can always just buy used copies of the original vinyl which is plentiful and cheap. (Goonies, Top Gun, Dirty Dancing, Footloose, Rocky IV.) With record pressing plants backed up and behind on releases, some are wondering why we need these reissues at all. A lot more interesting would be if they, say, released a soundtrack to Ferris Beuller's Day Off which was supposed to be released when the film came out in 1986 but then never did.

August 28, 2015

Soft Lit
Soft Lit

NYC electro-leaning label GODMODE will have a very busy second half of 2015, releasing six EPs before year's end, including noisemakers YVETTE's Time Management on October 2, plus ones by Fasano and Hand of God (both were just released digitally), as well as Fitness (9/11), synthy R&B duo Soft Lit (9/25) and Malory (10/30). All of them will be released on a limited edition megacassette titled You've Been Sweating Wrong Your Whole Life that will be out 10/30. You can stream Fasano and Hand of God's EPs in full, plus watch the new video from Soft Lit (Tara Chacon and Tyler of Motion Studies) below.

There will also be GODMODE parties happening at Elvis Guesthouse featuring "five nights of slightly antagonistic dancing and deliberately bad mixing." The next one happens September 9 and is curated by Fitness.

Continue reading "Soft Lit, YVETTE, Fasano & more featured on new GODMODE cassette compilation of forthcoming EPs (streams & video)"