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April 24, 2014
We lost house music pioneer Frankie Knuckles earlier this month and tributes are still pouring in, none more notable than former Chicago resident and current man in charge President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. They released a condolence letter to Knuckles' family that read in part:
Frankie's work helped open minds and bring people together, blending genres to capture our attention and ignite our imaginations. He was a trailblazer in his field, and his legacy lives on in the city of Chicago and on dance floors across the globe.
You can see a photo of the letter below.
Meanwhile, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has set up the Frankie Knuckles Fund to support HIV information, testing and treatment. Says Sir Reg:
Frankie was such a lovely man and a great talent and his legacy provides a powerful voice to reach out to people, particularly men of colour, about their essential role in helping to create an AIDS-free future.In more musical news, The Horrors just covered Frankie Knuckles' classic single "Your Love" as part of a session for BBC DJ Zane Lowe. Recorded live at the Beeb's famed Maida Vale studios, you can stream that below as part of the whole session -- "Your Love" kicks in at the 18 minute mark. Perhaps they'll play it at their Converse Rubber Tracks show next week (which is now sold out).
And lastly, Summerstage is presenting "Whistle!: A Tribute to Frankie Knuckles" at Bed Stuy's Herbert Von King Park on June 22, featuring the Soul Summit DJs, DJ Kervyn Mark, and DJ Stormin' Norman. There will also be a screening of the director's cut of Hands to the Sky, a documentary about the outdoor house music scene. You can check out a trailer for that below...
April 22, 2014
The Orb @ Hammerstein Ballroom 1997 (click HERE for a bigger flyer)
Back in '97, way before "EDM" was a thing, but when NYC rave culture had already gotten what seemed back then a bit too popular, rave music heroes The Orb (never lame) came to town for a show in support of Orblivion. The Hammerstein Ballroom show flyer (fliers were still important back then), which I just scanned in honor of The Orb returning to NYC this week, resembled a rave flyer and the rave elements of the show definitely helped to ensure a venue that big was not too big.
The event was produced by rave music producer Matt E. Silver. Raving meant staying out late, and for Hammerstein Ballroom, 2am was pretty late. For those wanting more, the afterparty location would be revealed via a flyer at the concert. "Drum n Bass" was already an established thing and the 2nd room at Hammerstein was rounded out with three DJs including NASA co-founder DB, Dieselboy from Pittsburgh and Giant Step DJ Chillfreeze. Tickets were available at the Hammerstein box office, Other Music, Throb (RIP), Breakbeat Science (RIP), Satellite Records (RIP unless you count their website and EDM rebranding), and Strange? (RIP), not to mention "all Ticketmaster locations". There isn't a single ".com" on the flyer, nor a location to get tickets in Brooklyn.
Rolling Stone was at that show:
With a level of sensory overload that evoked Pink Floyd, a constant stream of psychedelic images was projected onto the screens about the stage, including morphing faces, ubiquitous alien references, Bela Lugosi, panda bears and a red chair flying through a futuristic cityscape. Musically, the beat-driven soundscapes were interlaced with a frenetic procession of quirky musical details and punctuated by ambient pauses, as though to pace the level of absorption. At one point, mellow dub hooks transformed into watery splishes; seconds later, the room was filled with chattering electronic birds.The Orb are on tour play slightly smaller venue Highline Ballroom in NYC tonight (4/22) with Blondes, and then even somewhat more intimate Brooklyn Bowl at midnight on Friday. Tickets are still available for both at the links.
Paterson and Hughes also dropped in various snippets of speech, from bits of conversation, to weather reports, to a hilarious poem by a man with an English accent about his regret at not being Italian. Also mixed in throughout were what sounded like McCarthy-era speeches declaiming the sanctity of God and country. Layered amid music without a fixed narrative and offered up to an audience to whom that time is ancient history, it amounted to an odd nostalgia for a fixed world order, as well as a cool acknowledgment that such order is now impossible.
While the sensory onslaught of an Orb performance practically forces a fairly passive relationship to onstage events, the opening DJ duo, We, gave concert-goers the sonic space to interpret sounds for themselves. With a sweet but gritty sound that seemed to get into people's bones, We's music was at once primal and futuristic, embryonic and worldly. Although the group, which consists of DJ Olive and DJ Loop, usually performs in smaller venues, they managed to retain the intimate quality that makes their occasionally jackhammer-like sounds somehow transmit a grinding warmth.
A full stream of "Orblivion", via Spotify, below...
NYC dance duo Blondes just announced and released a new EP, Rewire (via RVNG), in the same surprise manner as 2013's Swisher LP. The new EP features a Simian Mobile Disco remix of Swisher's title track, plus remixes of its track "Wire" by Claro Intelecto, Huerco S., and Function. Stream the 10+ minute Huerco S. remix below.
As discussed, Blondes open for chillout pioneers The Orb at Highline Ballroom TONIGHT (4/22), which is the first of two NYC shows on The Orb's tour. (The second is at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday without Blondes.) Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
Blondes also play Moogfest in Asheville, NC this week and a live set at the May edition of One Step Beyond at the American Museum of Natural History on May 16 with Metro Area (DJ set) and Kevin Graves (DJ set). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Song stream below...
April 21, 2014
Vince Clarke / Daniel Miller
Two '80s synthpop pioneers are teaming up for a one-off DJ night in NYC. Vince Clark (Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure) and Mute Records founder Daniel Miller (who also put out music as The Normal and Silicon Teens) will be spinning at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 3... which also happens to be Vince's birthday. (He'll be 54.) Tickets for this show go on sale Friday (4/25) with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (4/23) at noon.
A few of Vince and Daniel's notable contributions to music below...
April 17, 2014
by Bill Pearis
For the tour, the swedish group have released a remix EP featuring tracks from this year's shoegazy, danceable Chiaroscuro as messed with by The Field, former Stereolab technician Tim Gane, Tom Furse from The Horrors and others. You can stream the whole thing below.
Kitsuné has been been putting out compilations since 2002 with a wide range of international dancepop artists. Recently they began doing Kitsuné AMERICA comps as well, and the third of those will be out June 3 featuring new cuts from Brenmar, Kelela, Lawrence Rothman, Son Lux, Jerome LOL, Heartsrevolution and more. We've got the premiere of Kitsuné AMERCIA 3's ethereal closing track, "Speak" by Seattle duo NAVVI. You can stream it below.
For those in Los Angeles and at Coachella, Maison Kitsuné has taken over the iconic Roosevelt Hotel with a pop-up store that's open through April 21. Additionaly, Kitsuné has events this weekend at clubs on Hollywood Blvd. Jupiter, Prince Language and Kindness play the Kitsuné Club Night @ Teddy's on Friday (4/18) and then there's a Kitsuné Pool Party @ Tropicana Pool on Sunday afternoon with a DJ set from Kilo Kish, a performance by Eli & Fur and another "Very Special Guest." You can RSVP for those.
Meanwhile, Lawrence Rothman will open for Little Dragon on ten dates of their North American tour, including both shows at NYC's Terminal 5 on June 20 & 21. Tickets for 6/20 are sold out, but you can still get tickets for the 6/21 show. Rothman will be doing something a little different with these shows. From the press release:
In keeping with his haunting psyche and series of thought provoking, Floria Sigismondi-directed videos, Lawrence will supplement his musical offerings with an embodiment of a wholly different character each night.Rothman, by the way, is Sigismondi's husband and used to front The Living Things. I caught one of his SXSW shows and I don't know if he was doing a character that night but the name that crossed my mind was "Rick Astley," a vastly different show than the one I saw at Glasslands last year. (In both cases, he's got a powerful set of pipes and puts a lot of effort into his performance.) So if you're at one of the Little Dragon shows and wondering what the hell is going on with the opener, now you know.
All Lawrence Rothman dates are listed, along with the NAVVI stream and Kitsuné AMERICA 3 tracklist and pop-up store flyer, below...
Daedelus in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Instrumental hip hop/electronic production vet Daedelus has a number of dates coming up this year, including multiple US festivals like Moogfest and Hangout Fest. Just before Hangout Fest, he'll be in NYC for two appearances.
The first is part of this year's Red Bull Music Academy Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets which happens on May 14 at Town Hall, and also features fellow electronic producer Shigeto guitar greats Marc Ribot and Nels Cline, David Byrne/Amanda Palmer collaborator Jherek Bischoff, New Orleans R&B veteran Allen Toussaint, ex-P-Funk member Amp Fiddler, free jazz veteran David Murray, that dog. member Petra Haden, and more. Tickets for that show are on sale now. More info on the event, which is curated by RBMA and Undead Music, here.
The day after the Round Robin Duets show, Daedelus and Shigeto will team up once again for another Undead Music-presented show at Littefield (5/15) in Brooklyn. That show is with jazz drummer Mark Guiliana, bassist Eivind Opsvik, and cornetist/trumpeter Graham Haynes. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Meanwhile, you can also see Daedelus not far from NYC TONIGHT (4/17) at Princeton University in the college's Terrace Club. Joining him is Delaware's No Sir E.
All dates are listed, with a video, below...
April 14, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
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...
by Bill Pearis
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...
April 11, 2014
by Bill Pearis
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.