Recent Posts in dance
July 2, 2015
After a flurry of new Aphex Twin releases in the last year or so, Richard D James is also resurrecting his AFX guise for his first new release under that name since the Analord series a decade ago. It comes in the form of a new EP, titled Orphaned Deejay Selek 2006-2008, and will be out August 21 via Warp. You can have a listen to opening cut "Serge Fenix Rendered 2" and watch a teaser video, below.
June 30, 2015
photos by David Andrako;words by Sadaaf Mamoon
Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park was celebrating more than just a borough last weekend (6/26), with a free screening of Paris Is Burning. The 1990 documentary chronicling Harlem's thriving late-century ball culture via the queer and trans people of color community (QTPOC) was specially scheduled in honor of Pride Week 2015, and made all the more relevant by Friday morning's Supreme Court ruling granting marriage equality nationwide.
The event almost didn't happen though, with an early contention between Celebrate Brooklyn promoters and the community for not representing any QTPOC on the lineup. In response to the controversy, Friday night's screening featured an introduction by director Jennie Livingston and documentary subjects Junior LaBeija and Dr. Sol Williams Pendavis. Other cast members Grandfather Hector Xtravaganza and Jose Disla Xtravaganza presented The Houses United Ball: Celebrating Brooklyn, a rowdy, gleeful dance-off of sorts, featuring representatives from historic underground ballroom Houses of LaBeija, Ninja, Mizrahi, Khan, Infinity, Milan, Princess and Xtravaganza, all of which are still alive and well. Vijuan Allure DJ'd to palpable excitement, with event-goers (only slightly more colorful than your average Celebrate Brooklyn crowd) barely able to sit still to watch when the film came along. Pictures from the night are in this post and continue below...
June 29, 2015
photo: Odesza at Firefly 2015 (more by Vladislav Grach)
The new NYC date happens November 12 at Terminal 5, one day before their previously-announced and now-sold out show at the same venue. Tickets for the new T5 show go on sale Friday, July 10 at noon with a presale starting Tuesday, July 7 at 10 AM.
Updated dates are listed, with a video, below...
June 25, 2015
Full Moon Fest is back for a fifth edition, happening this year at new venue Brooklyn Mirage on August 1 with Yelle, Tensnake, MOTHXR and more set to perform. Tickets are on sale now and the full lineup is listed below.
As for Brooklyn Mirage, it's a new warehouse-esque space located somewhere around Scott Ave & Randolph St. in Bushwick (off the Jefferson L stop) and is being described by FMF as:
Surrounded by 20 foot high living walls and adorned with tropical flora, euphoric misters, and beach sand from the South of France, the Brooklyn Mirage is a true oasis. A lush urban jungle with both indoor and outdoor spaces, the temporary pop-up reveals panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline and presents an empty canvas for us to inspire, design, and produce a live music experience like nothing we've done before.Brooklyn Mirage is set to debut on July 4 with a party featuring Tale Of Us, Bedouin, Mike Khoury, and Canson (tickets). There are also a couple other events coming up: Lee Burridge and friends will be there for an All Day I Dream party on July 12 (tickets); and Dixon (Innervisions), Âme (Innervisions), Solar, Naveen G, Taimur and more will be on July 25 (tickets)
June 24, 2015
by Bill Pearis
When not playing guitar in Beach Fossils, Tommy Davidson makes electronic dance music under the name Bruce Smear. He cites Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Art of Noise, and Cornelius as influences and you can hear elements of those things in new single "Pick & Roll" which is on his Chlorine EP, which originally came out via Driftless and now is being reissued to wax later this year on Orange Milk Records. We've got the premiere of that track's video which was directed by Anton Tammi and features two crabs pitted against a scorpion and a fork. Shot like a (very warped) Revlon ad from the late '90s, it's mesmerizing, oddly funny and matches extremely well with the hyperactive track. (Also, no crabs or scorpions were hurt in the making of this video.) Watch it below.
Bruce Smear will be playing a "Pick & Roll" release party at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on Thursday (6/25) with his CNB Dance Team and the show also features Total Freedom, Cities Aviv, Pleasure Centers, and "Secret Special Guests." It's a late show (doors are at 11:30 PM) and tickets are on sale.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Hannah Diamond of PC Music at BRIC House in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Electronic pop collective PC Music brought most of their crew to NYC in May, and members AG Cook and Danny L Harle are returning to NYC for Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on July 18. That bill also has Boys Noize, Busy P b2b Boston Bun, Lawfawndah (live) and non-PC Music fan Lotic (tickets). That night, AG and Danny will do it again at Baby's All RIght at midnight. Tickets for Baby's go on sale today (6/24) at noon.
Two days before the PC Music shows, associate SOPHIE plays his own NYC show at Output (7/16) with Star Eyes and Cry Baby (tickets).
Pretty much as soon as PC Music began catching on, there were questions as to what this whole thing was all about. Was it a high-concept art project critiquing superficial pop music, or was PC Music the very thing it seemed to be critiquing? People bought in at first (their music appeared on best-of 2014 music lists from FACT, Gorilla vs Bear, Pitchfork, Tiny Mix Tapes and more) and that praise certainly isn't gone (they made SPIN's 'Best Albums of 2015 So Far' list). But the idea that this whole thing is kinda BS is becoming increasingly prevalent.
Writing for Pitchfork, Meaghan Garvey opines:
More than even their J-pop forebearers, PC Music reminds me of a recurring and unpleasant Twitter phenomenon I've noticed over the past year, one that reached a fever pitch around the time #NotAllMen became a thing. Almost as irritating as the droves of Internet meninists, derailing discussions of misogyny and rape culture with the pointless hashtag, were the "nice guys" who'd mimic their sputtering tone with a knowing wink, as if to say: "This is how I would sound if I were one of those dickheads, which as you can clearly see, ladies, I am not!" But from the receiving end, these knowing comments function no differently than those they supposedly critique: they instill the same dread, the same urge to withdraw completely. PC Music had the potential for insurrection, subversion, or at least some shred of insightful commentary on our dumb, addictive, overwhelming digital existence. But mostly, they remind me of ideals I believed in not so long ago that now just make me feel tired.And in her FADER piece, PC Music And The Limitations Of Parody, Aimee Cliff writes:
PC Music's appeal has always largely been that it's kind of pointless. It's described as parody so frequently because it repeats the aesthetics of mass-marketed pop music, but it also revels uncritically in those aesthetics; some of my favorite PC Music tracks trade on the same promises of infinite bliss that you hear in vapid pop songs (that's the feeling, I want it forever) while also being self-consciously trendy and of-the-moment, burning up hard, fast and bright. The tracks generate that same arms-in-the-air feeling of weightlessness that comes at 2am when you're wasted and all you can focus on is the cheesiest of hooks.And even if PC Music's goal is in fact to be bona fide pop, do their songs truly have the power for them to be that? Can "Every Night" really do for people what Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry songs can? If it's too similar to pop to parody it and not good enough to compete with it, PC Music may just be what that FADER piece says: kind of pointless.
But the moment of oblivious infinity has to end. There is a world outside the club, and that's becoming increasingly important inside it. A. G. Cook has spoken of his desire to turn GFOTY and Hannah Diamond into bona fide pop stars, and to build himself a long-running super-pop-producer career akin to that of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. PC Music put on sold-out shows with corporate sponsorship, and they license their music for major advertising campaigns. They serious about what they do, and they're cashing in on it. But if they're aiming for longevity, at some point they need to stand for something.
What do you think?
June 23, 2015
by Sadaaf Mamoon
Samantha Urbani is more than Dev Hynes' muse, a Twitter personality and onetime Friends fronter. Having released her first two solo works, she's well on her way to a glittery solo career. "1234" is a fluorescent bop produced by Dev's old Test Icicles' bandmate Sam Mehran and features boyfriend Dev and one-time Friends bandmate Matthew Molnar. "U Know I Know" is the swoony, emotional follow-up, also with help from Mehran. Stream both great tracks below.
Before she plays Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on Saturday, June 27 with Pachanga Boys, Eclair Fifi, Amnesia Scanner, and The Black Madonna (tickets), Samantha will test out her new live band ("still a work in progress") at her first solo show which happens at Baby's All Right on Thursday (6//25), which is free with RSVP.
Samantha will also be DJing at the Powrplnt Harlem Heat Opening Party at Hunter East Harlem on Wednesday (6/24). That's free and more info is here.
by Sadaaf Mamoon
NYC production duo Blondes are known for their eclectic touch, with DJs Sam Haar and Zach Steinman consistently spinning a brand of techno-informed house that's as comfortable soundtracking outdoor Sunday afternoon parties as it is hazy nightclubs or Bowery Ballroom.
Rein is 50 minutes of new Blondes music, cut over a singular weekend crammed with studio sessions that went on to inspire the sounds of Persuasion, Blondes' new EP, due August 7, also on RVNG Intl.. It's a fresh delicate mix, at times anxious-making, but always pleasantly so. You can stream Rein in full below -- but only for a week -- and you can order it on cassette.
Blondes will celebrate Rein's release with a show at Brooklyn's Good Room on July 18, for FIXED. Also on the bill are Teengirl Fantasy, Heretic, Tronik Youth, JDH & Dave P and Facets. Tickets are on sale now and flyer for the show is below...
photo: Hot Chip @ Governors Ball 2015 (more by PSquared)
Hot Chip will be in NYC later this summer for a show at Webster Hall on August 4. That is now sold out but they've just added a second show the day after at Webster Hall (8/5) with pals Museum of Love opening. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Updated dates are listed below...
June 22, 2015
photo: Odesza at Governors Ball 2015 (more by PSquared)
Seattle dance duo Odesza continue to move up in the world, and now that their Governors Ball set is behind them, they've announced a new tour that will include their largest headlining NYC show yet. It happens at Terminal 5 on November 13, not long after they play Fun Fun Fun Fest. Tickets for all North American dates go on presale Tuesday (6/23) at 10 AM (password: ODESZA). T5 tickets also have a Pandora presale on Wednesday (6/24) at 10 AM and AmEx/Ticketmaster presales on Thursday (6/25) at 10 AM, and the general on-sale starts Friday (6/26) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of dance music groups that played day 1 of Governors Ball and announced fall tours today, British quartet Rudimental did that very thing, and it includes NYC shows on September 29 at Webster Hall and September 30 at Warsaw. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (6/26) at noon. They also put out a new video today. That's below, along with their list of dates.