Recent Posts in dance

April 14, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

Venetian Snares

Canadian producer Aaron Funk's Venetian Snares project, under which he released 2005's modern-classical-meets-breakcore classic Rossz Csillag Alatt Szuletett, has been pretty quiet for a couple years now. His last release was 2012's Fool the Detector EP and he hasn't released a full length since 2010's My So-Called Life (Aaron did release an album under the name Last Step in 2012 though). That will all change though on June 16, when he releases the newest Venetian Snares album, My Love Is A Bulldozer, via Planet Mu.

The album sees Venetian Snares incorporating the orchestral strings of Rossz Csillag Alatt Szuletett once again, and he's also introduced jazz elements and the use of his own singing voice, which he doesn't normally do. You can listen to clips of each song and pre-order it over at Planet Mu's site. That's the amazing album artwork above, and the tracklist is below.

Venetian Snares will also be touring internationally this year, including a North American run in July which hits NYC for two shows. First he plays Glasslands on July 11 and then The Studio at Webster Hall on July 12. Tickets for Glasslands and Studio at Webster Hall are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the My Love Is A Bulldozer tracklist and a full stream of Rossz Csillag Alatt Szuletett, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Factory Floor

Factory Floor are releasing "How You Say," originally on last year's terrific debut LP, as a single via two EPs this month. The first of those is out this week (4/15) and features a host of remixes by Invisible Conga People, Daniel Avery and Gunnar Haslam. This is the first we've heard from Invisible Conga People since their 12" on DFA back in 2011. Their remix makes its premiere in this post. Stream it, and check out the original's new video, below.

Meanwhile, Factory Floor just played Coachella yesterday (4/13) afternoon and will do so again this Sunday (4/20). Those appearances are part of the band's first North American tour, and that hits NYC on April 23 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are still available. That show and the DC show are with Protect-U, who tour with Peaking Lights after.

One more thing, Factory Floor also recorded a KEXP session while in Seattle and you can stream that here. Updated tour dates, plus the remix premiere, are below...

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April 11, 2014

by Bill Pearis

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Todd Terje released his teriffic debut, It's Album Time!, this week. (Stream it at Rdio.) While he's best known for '80s-inspired arpeggiated workouts like "Inspector Norse" and "Delorean Dynamite" the album kicks off with new single "Leisure Suit Preben" which owes more to Ennio Morricone's exotica side than to Jan Hammer. It may also owe a little to a classic video game.

The single's accompanying video, directed by Espen Friberg & Emil Høgset, follows Preben himself (played by Edvard Tidemann) on a sleazy drunken night in Oslo. Like the song itself, it takes an interesting turn halfway through. Watch it below.

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April 9, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

Sophie at Pitchfork SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sophie

UK producer Sophie got some buzz this past year for his very catch single "Bipp," a song instantly replayable for its earwormy vocal clip and jittery production. He was over on our shores for SXSW not long ago, and this May he'll head out on his first full North American tour. That tour brings him to NYC for a show on May 17 at Glasslands. Tickets for that one are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with a stream of "Bipp," below...

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April 8, 2014

Kraftwerk

Dangerous Minds declares "This is perhaps the funniest unfunniest thing you'll see today." Watch below!

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by Bill Pearis

confetti rains at Lada Gaga's Roseland farewell, 4/7/2014 (photo by @talithaanne)
Roseland

Roseland this morning (photo via @sayitaintsosis)
Roseland

Roseland opened in New York in 1919 and hosted icons like Count Basie in the Thirties. It relocated to its 52nd Street home (a former skating rink called Gay Blades) in the late Fifties, where a display inside touted the number of couples who'd met there and married. In the Seventies and Eighties, the spot was a disco haven; in the Nineties its 3,500-capacity crowds moshed to Nirvana and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Its next occupants will be a 59-story apartment building, according to the New Yorker.

As a Manhattan native, chances are Gaga has many connections to the club, but she didn't regale the crowd with any personal stories about transformative nights on Roseland's famously springy dance floor (she earlier told a reporter about a Franz Ferdinand show there during her senior year of high school where she broke her nose in the pit). Instead, she stuck to her usual self-empowerment lectures ("Do you love you? Then scream!") and spent an outsized amount of time bidding farewell to the female dancer who slithered across the stage with her for Artpop's squelchy bisexual romp "Sexx Dreams." - [Rolling Stone]

Lada Gaga's seven-show run at Roseland came to a close last night (4/7) and with it the end of one of New York City's most famous clubs which had been in its present location since 1958.

Roseland was also home to the annual, over-the-top gay dancefest The Black Party and The Village Voice has a cover story on it, the venue and the changing face (and location) of club culture in NYC:

Pevner scouted other venues, but the Black Party not only needs a dance floor large enough to accommodate thousands of people, but also an entire weekend to install its own soundsystem and light rigs. The Saint at Large, which has held the party at Roseland for a quarter century, had a two-year option extending through 2015. "I told my lawyer to write a letter to address that we employ a staff full-time to work on this," Pevner says, "and if you're going to renege, here's the settlement." Pevner insisted that Ginsberg keep the club open at least through the third weekend in March, the one nearest the vernal equinox, which the party celebrates. According to Pevner, "They didn't want to end with the Black Party." So Ginsberg ended up with a win-win: Gaga gets reams of publicity and the club goes out in a blaze of glory.

Still, serious dance enthusiasts will always remember the club more for its unobstructed quarter-acre dance floor than as a midsize concert venue. Everything about Roseland was outsize, right down to its 14 coat-check windows.

More than anything, Roseland's closing marks the most painful sign to date that New York City's big rooms have become an endangered species. That a luxury residential space will likely replace it confirms the main culprit: an insatiable appetite for upscale housing that has transformed Manhattan, from the financial district to Harlem and beyond -- what Fordham professor Mark Caldwell, author of New York Night: The Mystique and Its History, has called "galloping gentrification."

I saw a lot of shows at Roseland, though mostly in the '90s -- Blur, and Oasis come to mind and I got to go to the Rolling Stones show there in 2002. My last visit there was for Big Audio Dynamite in 2011. I was never crazy about seeing shows there, but I always dug the classic vibe. What shows did you see there?

Roseland, you'll be missed.

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Portishead famously played their in the late 90s. I say famous because not only was it an exciting show at the time, the show was recorded for a live album and DVD. Watch the whole thing (via someone uploading it to YouTube), below...

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April 7, 2014

Dillon Francis at Mad Decent Block Party 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
Dillon Francis

The dates and venues were recently announced for the 2014 Mad Decent Block Parties, and now the lineups have been announced. Artists playing include Outkast (lucky Denver!), Action Bronson, A$AP Ferg, Chance the Rapper, Fatboy Slim and many more.

The NYC stop, happening on August 9 in MCU Park @ Coney Island has Dillon Francis, Diplo, DJ Snake, Flosstradamus, Grandtheft, Walshy Fire and a headliner who hasn't been announced yet. (Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, and Diplo with Major Lazer all played last year's too.) Tickets for that one go on sale Friday (4/11) at noon with a Ticketmaster presale starting Wednesday (4/9) at 10 AM. There's also an ongoing presale for each date at the Mad Decent Block Party website which includes an exclusive Diplo mix, a Mad Decent Block Party zine (with "no words" because "reading sucks"), Mad Decent x Pizzaslime stickers, a Mad Decent Block party sticker, and a Mad Decent patch.

Flyer with full artist announcement and the list of dates/venues/individual city lineups, below...

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April 4, 2014

Mad Decent Block Party NYC 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
MDBP

The Mad Decent Block Parties return to over 20 North American cities this summer. The NYC stop happens on August 9, and unlike last year's in Williamsburg Park, this time it happens in MCU Park @ Coney Island. There's an ongoing presale for the block parties, though most (including the NYC one) are already sold out. Stay tuned for the general on-sale and lineup announcements.

As you may remember, there's also the Mad Decent Boat Party this year.

All block party dates are listed, with the tour flyer, below...

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April 3, 2014

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Since releasing The Way Things Fall last year, Adam Lee Miller and Nicola Kuperus have been back in ice-cold ADULT. mode. The duo will be in Asheville, NC later this month for Moogfest. Shortly after that, ADULT. will play Brooklyn's Verboten on May 7 with Xeno & Oaklander and Stallone The Reducer opening. Tickets are on sale now.

In anticipation of their Asheve apearance, ADULT. made a mix made entirely of label Ghostly, International's artists, including HTRK, Shigeto, John Foxx, Com Truise and Xeno & Oaklander. You can stream that (via XLR8R) below.

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Ital

Ital (aka Daniel Martin-McCormick of Black Eyes, Mi Ami, Sex Worker) and visual artist Aurora Halal, both regulars in the "Brooklyn Electronic Underground," have teamed up to record a collaborative EP, The Day After, which comes out on April 28 via Ital's Lovers Rock label. Two trippy tracks from the EP have been released, including the 7+ minute "Phase 2" and the 8+ minute "Ascension," which you can stream, along with the tracklist, below.

Ital & Halal will also perform live together during NYC's Unsound Festival. Their show happens this Saturday (4/5) at The Wick with veteran duo Porter Ricks, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (aka drone musician Lichens), Miles (the solo project of Miles Whittaker, who is one half of Demdike Stare who also play Unsound on Friday), Leisure Muffin and Le Petit Garcon. Tickets for Saturday's show are still available. Flyer below.

Ital also has some of his own dates coming up in NYC too, including an opening slot on Rone's Glasslands show tonight (4/3) (tickets), and another opening for Clark at Glasslands on 5/2 with Octo Octa (tickets).

Song stream, tracklist and show flyer, below...

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