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October 31, 2014
the Good Room (via kellythebruce)
A new club called the Good Room is in the process of opening in Greenpoint at 98 Meserole Ave. If that address sounds familiar, it's because it's the location of the Brooklyn venue previously and very recently known as Europa. Their first event was an invite-only party this past Saturday (10/25) with DFA DJs Nancy Whang and The Juan Maclean along with Nomi Ruiz. Club designer/legend Steven Lewis is reportedly the rebranded club's designer. Bedford and Bowery went that night:
The place's operators and handlers are still keeping it very much under wraps, but (oops!) a tweet from one of Saturday's other DJs, "trans superstar of tomorrow" Nomi Ruiz, reveals that veteran club maestro Steve Lewis designed the room, which is actually three rooms located up a flight of stairs. The first consists of a spacious dance floor surrounded by curved banquette seating. That room is outfitted with a bumping sound system that can be heard half a block away, plus the obligatory state-of-the-art lighting, smoke machines and disco ball. It opens onto another room dominated by a projecting rectangular bar. And off to the side is a smaller parlor where, behind the DJ booth, a wall of shelves stocked with vinyl give off a library vibe. On Saturday, techno and electronica dominated the main room while New Order and the like had people pogoing in the side room.A Yelp reviewer also made it in:
Upon entering the door guys and security were very friendly. Once I walked up the stairs and entered the club, immediately I felt like I was in a very cool environment for enjoying house/techno/nudisco music. The dancefloor although not huge is very open, with a raised lounge area extending around the entire perimeter. The room is very dark with rotating blue spotlights on the ceiling beaming down on the dancefloor that make for a pretty awesome vibe on the floor. First thing I noticed was the sound on the floor was great! Perfect separation of the bass and overall very clear sound. The bar had fairly reasonable prices for a club, $6 beers (crappy selection though, Heinekin, Stella, and Amstel), and $8 mixed drinks.Previews continue tonight (Halloween) with a private party from 9pm-12am that includes a "surprise guest", and then a more public party from midnight to 4am with DJs Tommy James, Ray Zuniga, and Modernluv. Both events tonight are hosted by Three Kings Tattoos (who just spent Friday and Saturday with us giving tattoos at Baby's All Right).
There was also an event there last night with another surprise guest (anyone know it was?) (UPDATE: it was Le Youth), and yet another surprise guest plays there on Saturday as part of THIS Dia De Los Muertos celebration.
It's unclear if live shows will be returning to the location. We'll keep you posted.
October 30, 2014
Fool's Gold Records, the hip hop/electronic label run by A-Trak (who played Baby's All Right on Tuesday) and Nick Catchdubs, will be celebrating their 7th anniversary in NYC on November 6 at Webster Hall. The late-night celebration (10 PM start) doubles as one of Just Blaze's weekly House Parties and includes veteran rapper/actor/NBA player/sports agent/writer/producer/director Master P, as well as Rowdy Rebel, Just Blaze, Brenmar, Fame School, Nick Catchdubs, Shash'u, Electric Punanny, Jasmine Solano and Melo-X in the Grand ballroom + Balcony. The Marlin Room will have Va$htie, Oscar, Huggy Bear and Deemehlow. And the party in the Studio will be hosted by Dirty South with special guests. Tickets are on sale now. Flyer above.
If you want to spend the full night at Webster Hall, the 8 PM show in the Studio is Dean Blunt, Gobby, and Loren Connors (tickets), which will also be a good one ...or you could see Shaggy in the Grand Ballroom.
In related news, A-Trak is releasing the Full EP next week (11/4) digitally and on November 25 physically via Fool's Gold. Stream the single "Push," featuring Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow, via Spotify below...
October 29, 2014
Canadian-born, Berlin-based songwriter Dan Bodan released his new album, Soft, via DFA this week. Soulful and genre-defying, you can stream the entire thing below.
Dan will be in NYC to play Baby's All Right on Novmeber 14 with Physical Therapy, Sadaf, and "Special Guests." Tickets are on sale now. It's Dan's only North American date at the moment but he does have European shows coming up. All dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
Shamir released the Northtown EP on GODMODE earlier this year, and he's now signed with XL who will rer-elease it early next year, including an extended vinyl run (only 100 copies were made initially). He's also got a brand new single, "On the Regular," which is another fun example of his pop cross-pollination. Check out the video below.
Having just played GODMODE's CMJ show at Babycastles, Sharmir's next NYC show will be November 20 at Baby's All Right with GODMODE pals Yvette and Mister Small. Tickets are on sale now. He's also got some UK/European dates in December. All are listed below.
October 28, 2014
photos by Bao Nguyen
iLoveMakonnen / Cam'ron
FADER Fort returned during CMJ this year and wrapped up on Saturday (10/25) with a lineup surprise-headlined by Mary J. Blige. That day also featured sets from rapper iLoveMakonnen, whose Drake-assisted hit "Tuesday" is basically everywhere (and luckily he wasn't attacked this time), wannabe pop star Ryn Weaver, ambient pop musician Foxes In Fiction, veteran rapper Cam'ron who's been having a pretty good year thanks to his A-Trak collaborations, Will Smith's children Willow and Jaden Smith who played with alt-R&B singer SZA, rapper Sir Michael Rocks and UK singer George Maple.
More pictures from that day below...
A-Trak at North Coast Music Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Also on tonight's bill is DJ Flan Emoji. If that name doesn't ring a bell immediately, perhaps you heard about the time The Daily Mail misidentified A-Trak as an Odd Future member named Flan Emoji. A-Trak, whose current Twitter name is Flan Solo, just tweeted "I heard DJ Flan Emoji might be djing somewhere in New York tonight...?" DJ JR is on the bill too. Tickets are on sale now.
October 19, 2014
photos by Tim Griffin
Erasure @ ACL Live -- 10/18/2014
Though openers still haven't been announced for Erasure's two big New Year's shows at Terminal 5 in NYC (tickets), a variety of artists will be alternating as support for the English synthpop duo for the rest of the year. A non-Hare Krishna group called Shelter, a group called Nights, Chad Valley and Superhumanoids are among those sharing the bill with Erasure over the nest two months. The latter are on tour with them now and opened the show last night at ACL Live in Austin. They'll do the same at the same place tonight (10/10). Pictures from night one are in this post, and continue below with all tour dates and a stream of the new Carter Tutti remix of their new single "Reason"....
October 16, 2014
photos by Greg Cristman
Flying Lotus / Thundercat @ T5 - 10/15/14
Flying Lotus brought his tour in support of his jazzy new LP You're Dead to Terminal 5 last night (10/15) for his first of two NYC shows here this week. It was packed, the visuals were stunning, the sound was extremely loud, and you could feel the bass physically shaking you. Anybody in the front last night must still be vibrating and have ringing ears.
FlyLo's tourmate/collaborator Thundercat opened with his maniacal bass playing and sweet vocals. There was also a surprise opening set from comedian Hannibal Buress (who will help celebrate Knitting Factory's 5th year in Brooklyn soon), and DJ Peabody kept the crowd warmed up between sets. Pictures of the whole show are in this post.
FlyLo and Thundercat hit MHOW tonight (10/16), which is sold out. Will they have another surprise guest tonight?
More pictures from T5 below...
October 15, 2014
Electronic wizard Daedelus released his newest album, The Light Brigade, on Brainfeeder at the tail end of September and he's been on tour in support of it. That tour lands in NYC this Saturday (10/18) at Villain with Spazzkid, who's on most dates. The show and a few others on the tour will also feature his Archimedes A/V show. Tickets for NYC are on sale now.
Speaking of Brainfeeder, Flying Lotus' tour hits NYC tonight (10/15) for its first of two shows here.
All dates are listed, with a stream from the new LP, below...
Jonathan Toubin, who was just named Best Club DJ New York 2014 by The Village Voice, is taking his Soul Clap & Dance-Off party on the road again, intenterspersed with monthly NYC editions at Brooklyn Bowl on October 25, November 15, December 20, January 17, February 28 and March 28. This month's is a CMJ edition with Mac DeMarco as guest selector and a panel of indie rockers (TBA) as judges. Tickets for Soul Clap that (and November and December editions) are on sale now.
Mac DeMarco plays Terminal 5 next month with Connan Mockasin (who plays Baby's this week) and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard (who'll be here for CMJ). All Jonathan Toubin Soul Clap tour dates are listed below...