Recent Posts in dance
December 15, 2014
James Murphy @ CBGB's Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You may remember that IBM hired James Murphy to help create music based on data from US Open tennis matches. The project was called The US Open Sessions and resulted in over 400 hours of music. Muphy went through it all, picked some of his favorite pieces and gave them a little more structure. Those will now be released as an album titled Remixes Made with Tennis Data which will be out this Friday (12/19). You can stream a bit of one of those remixes, "Match 176," below.
Last week James Murphy DJ'd at Output with his old pal Tim Sweeney -- anybody go to that?
DJ Shadow at Irving Plaza in September (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
While his tour with Cut Chemist is over, legendary producer DJ Shadow remains busy. His new Liquid Amber imprint just put out Bleep Bloop's new EP 10 Watt Lazer, the label's first release from anyone other than its founder. Bleep Bloop works along the same hip-hop grounded blueprint as Shadow, but his tracks tend to gaze more into the future than the past for inspiration. Says Shadow himself:
This is the first Liquid Amber release by an artist other than myself, so it's an exciting and challenging phase of the process. I'm learning something new daily, and that's rewarding. With Aaron's music, it's not hard for me to be motivated to work on his behalf. He's one of the artists pushing boundaries, and that's a cause I'll always get behind.Check out the entire spacey Bleep Bloop EP below.
In other news, DJ Shadow is one of the artists featured on the limited edition 59-song re-release of the soundtrack to this year's Grand Theft Auto V. That features the game's original score -- by Tangerine Dream, Woody Jackson, The Alchemist + Oh No -- as mixed by DJ Shadow, as well cuts from the soundtrack featuring original music from Flying Lotus, A$AP Rocky, Tyler, The Creator, Twin Shadow, Wavves, Yeasayer, as well as classics from the various radio stations you can listen to in the game.
The soundtrack is out now in both three-disc CD and a massive six-LP vinyl sets in collaboration with Nas' Mass Appeal Records.
And lastly, DJ Shadow's "Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt," from his classic 1996 album Endtroducing, is featured in a new commercial for the new Chevy Malibu, with a pitchman's voiceover replacing the myth-making spoken word of the original track (sad?). Check out the commercial and Bleep Bloop's EP below...
Caribou's most recent album, Our Love, has gotten much acclaim this year, showing up on a number of publications' Best of 2014 lists. If you're wondering what Caribou main man Dan Snaith's favorite albums and songs of the year are, you're in luck -- he was nice enough to give us his lists for both. The same artist tops both his LP and tracks list and you can find out who that is below.
As mentioned, Caribou's latest release is Carl Craig's "c2's Set U Free RMX" of "Your Love Will Set You Free" which is out now digitally and will be out on 12" vinyl soon. Caribou will be touring the West Coast in February.
Remix stream and Caribou's Top 10 LPs and tracks of 2014, below...
That's cool, but I couldn't help but notice that it sounds a lot like another singer's debut single, a single that "reached number one on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in June 1993" and "peaked at number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US." I'm talking about Gabrielle's "Dreams" which you may also know from the 1999 film Magnolia.
It was driving me crazy until I figured out the song "2 On" reminded me of. Then I was surprised to find that nobody else ever pointed it out, except one random YouTube singer named J. Brook, sort of. She mashed the two songs together as part of a live cover she did, so I guess she noticed. Now I thought I'd point it out, but do you agree?
Listen to both songs and the mashup below.
You can also hear "2 On" live when Tinashe plays Highline Ballroom tonight (12/15).
December 12, 2014
PC Music's Hannah Diamond
Gorilla vs Bear posted their lists of their favorite albums (35) and songs (100) of 2014. Though the albums list does have some of the stuff you always see (like The War On Drugs), it's mostly got a lot of unique choices like Recycle Culture, Korallreven, Yumi Zouma, Beverly, Panda Bear's EP and more, and the #1 is pretty unique too. FKA twigs doesn't crack the albums list but she's on the tracks list twice, along with tracks by Tinashe, iLoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Grouper, a Recyle Culture remix of Taylor Swift, and plenty of PC Music representation.
Check out his full lists below...
The FADER always has some year-end coverage, but for the past 15 years they didn't publish a ranked year-end list. This year however, they ranked their 116 favorite songs of 2014 (find out why) and it's a diverse list that manages to sing the praises of iLoveMakonnen, Tinashe, Alex G, Florida Georgia Line, Enrique Iglesias, Bleachers, Ricky Eat Acid, YG, Toni Braxton & Babyface, Nothing, Grimes, Parquet Courts, Run the Jewels and Grouper all in the same damn list.
Read more about each choice here and check out the full list below...
December 11, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
The best-of 2014 albums lists continue with FACT, who always put out an interesting list and this year is no exception. You've got a few of the year-end list regulars like FKA twigs, Angel Olsen, Ariel Pink, Grouper, YG, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib and Shabazz Palaces, but also a handful of obscurer rap, electronic and experimental choices. FACT's list is always a good one to find something you missed during the year that you end up falling in love with, so check it out. Also, it's the first list we've seen where Sun Kil Moon beats The War On Drugs! (who actually aren't on here at all).
RL Grime at Coachella 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
LA beatmaker RL Grime released his debut album, Void (which features How to Dress Well), earlier this year and his previously-announced tour in support of it will soon land in NYC for a huge sold-out show in NYC on December 19 at Terminal 5 with Lunice and Branchez. You've now got another chance to catch him here later that night though, when he heads to Output to headline an afterparty in the main room. Doors open at 10 and there's also sets from Abjo, Andre Power and Tha Yellow R. Kel in the venue's Panther Room. Tickets are on sale now.
In recent related news, his WeDidIt pal Shlohmo signed to True Panther and announced a tour this week.
Updated dates are listed, with the video for "Valhalla" from the LP, below...
December 10, 2014
Sinden and Fake Blood (photo via @gsinden)
Fake Blood (aka UK producer and DJ Theo Keating) makes fun/quirky dance music and will release The Science EP next week (12/15). You can stream two of the three tracks below. He's going on a DJ tour with fellow Brit Sinden that will hit NYC on Saturday (12/13) at Slake. Alex English is also spinning and tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
As for Sinden, who worked with Mykki Blanco last year, he's recently been releasing music under the The Crystal System banner, which will be a series of collaborations. New single "Got Me Moving" is a collaboration with Fritz and SYF and you can stream that below.
Star Slinger is playing a secret New Year's Eve show on the west coast and right after that hooking up with fellow beatmaker Trippy Turtle (aka maybe Cashmere Cat) for a short tour. That tour hits NYC on January 2 at Webster Hall (aka the Friday after NYE), and tickets for that show are on sale now. That's two days after Kiesza will get Webster Hall dancing on NYE. All Star Slinger/Trippy Turtle dates are listed below.
Star Slinger has also done a number of remixes recently. He took on "Won't Look Back" by Duke Dumont (who also gets NYC moving on New Year's Eve), iLoveMakonnen's "Tuesday" (that Makonnen played at Mercury Lounge and on "The Tonight Show" last night), Blood Orange's "On The Line," ODESZA's "Say My Name" and MAUSI's "My Friend Has Swimming Pool."
Stream all those remixes, with a video of Makonnen on "The Tonight Show" and the list of Star Slinger dates, below...