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April 24, 2015
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Cities Aviv at Palisades in 2014 (more by Jae S. Kim)
Rap weirdo Cities Aviv has a new single out, "Neutralizer" / "Graced and Blessed," on which he continues to push the genre's boundaries. Even in a world with Yeezus and Death Grips, this is pretty out-there stuff -- experimental electronic music (WGM produced) takes the place of anything you'd traditionally call a "hip hop beat" and Cities' delivery is raw, unique, and doesn't succumb to any major rap trends, past or present. Listen below.
Cities Aviv has two very cool and very different NYC shows coming up. The first is a Palisades show on May 2 with hardcore band Sick Feeling (no strangers to shows with rappers) and Show Me the Body. That's a late show, starting at midnight, and tickets are on sale.
Later that month, he plays a much bigger show at Webster Hall on May 23 which is the Boysnoize Records 10th anniversary and stacked with electronic artists, including label head Boys Noize, Ed Banger vet Mr. Oizo, Boys Noize & Mr. Oizo's collaborative project Handbraekes, LA's Salva, Baltimore party-starter Spank Rock, producer and Beyonce/Diplo video director Lil Internet, and SCNTST b2b Pilo. Tickets for that one are on sale now too.
Boys Noize also has a ton of other tour dates, which are listed, along with the new Cities Aviv single and a Handbraekes song, below...
April 23, 2015
Long-running UK dance duo The Chemical Brothers will release their new album Born In The Echoes on July 17. The record features guest vocals from Beck, St. Vincent, Cate Le Bon, Q-Tip and more. Tom and Ed have shared the album's opening cut, "Sometimes I Feel So Deserted," which you can stream below, and look for official first single "Go" (featuring Q-Tip) on May 4. Album art and tracklist is below, too.
The Chemical Brothers will be on tour for most of the summer. No shows in NYC yet, but all dates are listed below...
April 21, 2015
by Bill Pearis
Australian EBM/Industrial vets Severed Heads will be touring the US this fall, playing dates in seven cities including NYC on September 24 at Santos Party House. That's their first NYC show since 1990. Tickets to that show will be available soon via Ticketweb. All dates are listed below.
Formed in 1979, they began as tape loop manipulators not unlike Cabaret Voltaire but, by the late '80s, pop melodies became a major part of their sound and singles "Greater Reward" and "All Saints Day" were hits on College Radio and in alternative dance clubs. You can stream those below. Their last major tour here was with MC 900 Ft. Jesus (remember "Truth is Out of Style"? anyone?). Frontman Tom Ellard has kept the Severed Heads flag flying off-and-on ever since. Their website says a new album is due out this year.
Their tour wraps up in Chicago for the two-day Cold Waves IV Fest which happens at Metro on September 25 & 26 which also includes appearances from Godflesh, Front Line Assembly, Pow Will Eat Itself (Clint Mansell is not in this lineup, FYI), Lustmord, Lead Into Gold and more. Tickets for Cold Waves IV are on sale and full lineup is listed below.
April 20, 2015
The Orb will release their new album, Moonbuilding 2703 AD, June 23rd on Kompakt. Says founding Orb, Alex Patterson:
It's a solid piece of music that mutates into an eight legged lunar Land Rover and takes off into a cosmic horizon of a million sounds, patterns and textures. It spins the listener on his/her head, rewiring their brains to maximum capacity, then brings them home, sweet home. MOONBUILDING 2703 AD' is inspired by this place called earth and the idea that in the future mankind discovers its root element in the ancient rocks on solar moons, which are based on musical harmonies, that despite being imprinted a billion lights years ago, are set to the same tempo as the Orb.The LP features four lengthy cuts, and there's a deluxe edition that includes a tribute to J Dilla titled "Dilla's Moon Quake." No music from it has been released yet, but you can check out the artwork and tracklist below.
Folks on the western half of the United States can catch The Orb live in a couple weeks. (They played NYC last year.) Dates include an appearance at the Futher Future Festival which happens May 1-3 just outside of Las Vegas though organizers are in a last-minute scramble to find a new location after permits for the original spot were denied. The fest also has Hundred Waters, Lone, Tim Hecker, Com Truise and more on the schedule.
All dates for The Orb are listed below.
April 17, 2015
by Bill Pearis
The Prodigy's new album, The Day Is My Enemy, which is their sixth LP to go to #1 in the UK charts, came out a couple weeks ago. The current single from the electronica vets is "Ibiza" which features Sleaford Mods. It sounds pretty much like you'd expect it to, with Jason Williamson angy spiel fitting in well with The Prodigy's metallic techno. The song is an attack on superstar DJ culture (and the Spanish resort town where EDM runs rampant). The Prodigy's Liam Howlett told FACT:
"It's an attack on these mindless fucking jokers that arrive in their Learjets, pull a USB stick out of their pockets, plug it in and wave their hands in the air to a pre-programmed mix," said Howlett. "I can't name names, but our lighting guy pulled out a CD, and said this is blah blah blah's set, and I'm like, 'What do you mean?' Turns out that our lighting guy plays it from the front of house while this DJ is onstage pretending to push buttons.The video for the song was just released and features Williamson and the band badgering a nebbish travel agent. You can watch it below.
"Maybe I'm an angry person, but I was infuriated by this laziness. What's all that shit about? You can't build a scene around that, it's never going to last or be credible."
"Ibiza" will also be released as a Record Store Day 7" in the UK. Sleaford Mods' new album is in the can, stay tuned for details on that.
April 16, 2015
LA producer Shlohmo is currently out on a headlining tour in support of his new album Dark Red. The album was a split release with the Matador Records-owned True Panther and Shlohmo's own label WEDIDIT. That tour, with WEDIDIT labelmates Purple and Nick Melons, hit Irving Plaza in NYC on Saturday (4/11). FACT was there and wrote, "Shlohmo and his live band hit the stage bringing a longing gothic romance punctuated by chunky rhythms and melancholy guitar, exhibiting the same energy we heard on his brand new album". We caught up with Shlohmo ahead of his Friday Chicago show, to discuss life on the road, running a label, hip hop, metal, Flying Lotus, future and past collaborations and more.
BV: Congrats on the release of the new album, how's the tour so far? Any stories?
Shlohmo: Oh man, a few things! The first show we did was at SXSW. We played two shows there, the first was at Fader Fort and then the second one-- we did a WEDIDIT showcase (our label). This blacked out girl just jumped up on stage and fell onto a stack of DI inputs. *laughs* Her hands just went only on the DI inputs and pushed them all over and I almost had to throw her off stage. but I composed myself and said "excuse me, can you please leave?" So that was like our second show. That almost got ruined by a drunk girl. Besides that, most of the shows have been pretty good. Nothing too crazy! We've had like three or four tour managers so far on this tour. That's probably the funniest part.
BV: Why so many?
Shlohmo: [laughs] problems, we'll just leave it at that.
BV: You started your label/collective WEDIDIT when you were still in high school, can you tell us a little about that?
Shlohmo: Basically it was me and group of friends. We went to high school together. LA is kind of funny, there's five to ten high schools from which everyone knows each other from. We had a group of friends from all these different schools and everyone we were friends with was kind of a creative person, making music, rapping, or making art. We would hang out and fucking make beats, freestyle. We were kind of the in-house production crew for all our older friends who rapped and stuff. At some point we were just kind of "fuck it, we gotta call the crew something" so it came about organically. It wasn't anything when we started it, we were like 17, and then I guess by the time we started college a bunch of us had started MySpaces (when the music MySpace thing was going). So it was just a big community of people sharing music and stuff. So around that point we started a website that was just a really bad blogspot that was just kind of our own stuff, promoting our own releases. It was a way for us to share with each other more so than other people while we were in colleges and different schools in the country.
Disco and synth great Giorgio Moroder's new album, his first new studio album since his 1985 collaboration with The Human League's Phil Oakey, is titled Deja Vu and will be out June 12. That's the cover art above. As mentioned, the LP features a bevy of famous folk on guest vocals, including Britney Spears (on a cover of Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner"), Charli XCX, Kelis, Mikky Ekko, Sia, and more. Preceding the album is single "Right Here, Right Now" featuring vocals by Kylie Minogue, and you can watch the video for that below.
Full tracklist for Deja Vu is below...
"Well @djjessmarquis - you're immortalized forever - very close to my ass . I thought that would make you happy . A beautiful tattoo by @grantcobb thank you - #RIPDJJess" -Joanna Angel
NYC DJ Jess Marquis, aka Jesse Immler, passed away suddenly last week. One of the many NYC nightlife-related people to pay tribute immediately was Burning Angel porn star and founder Joanna Angel. On April 10th she wrote:
...I really don't know how to sum up everything Jess and I went through together.. We had such a history. But no matter where my life has gone, we always stayed in touch. As I got older - I went to New York less frequently and my bedtime got a little bit earlier. Meeting up with Jess at his gigs at 3AM became a bit harder for me, but we always found time to meet up - either before he went to work or on a random night off of his. Last year while meeting for brunch, randomly out of nowhere he was like, "What are you doing after this?" I said, "Nothing," and he said, "Let's go back to my apartment and write a song - I have a great idea." And that was how "O Face" was born.That last part became even more true two days later when Joanna, and their mutual friend (and sometimes BrooklynVegan photographer) Nate "Igor" Smith, got DJ Jess tattoos. "Live Trash Die Young" they read.
I am distraught and I don't know what to say. Jess and I joked around about getting older and existing in worlds where you had to stay young. We laughed at ourselves. We laughed at each other. I truly thought we would be friends forever.
I am at a loss for words, and I cannot comprehend at all why this bright light of a human being chose to end his own life. The world lost an amazing person. I love you Jess. You will never be forgotten.
Igor also posted his own tribute to Jess on his blog Driven By Boredom.
Last night, Joanna pointed out on Instagram that she's on her way to NYC for the DJ Jess memorial service which is happening at 7pm at Webster Hall today (4/16). You can RSVP, and check out the flyer below...
April 14, 2015
photo: QT posing @ Hype Hotel, SXSW 2015 (by Jesse Deflorio)
photo: GFOTY + Spinee posing @ Hype Hotel, SXSW 2015 (by Jesse Deflorio)
PC Music and SOPHIE are taking over BRIC House in Brooklyn on May 8 for a Red Bull Music Academy showcase featuring the just-announced lineup of QT, Hannah Diamond, GFOTY, SOPHIE, A. G. Cook and Danny L Harle. Tickets are currently listed as "sold out", BUT a second round of tickets will be released Friday at 10am EST, BUT, "before you show up, be sure to have your Appearance Release signed & get ready to be a part of the launch of Pop Cube: http://popcu.be." It should be interesting.
Though they're promising the NYC event will be like nothing they've done before, PC Music and SOPHIE also recently featured a similar lineup of artists at SXSW, as part of their own showcase at Empire Auto, and at others. The Guardian reports from the main show:
In an age of overexposure, the PC Music collective has managed to maintain a much sought-after mystique since they emerged in 2014. Their twisted brand of hyper pop and electronica - and the inclusion of a fictional pop star on their roster - has led many to question whether it is simply one big in-joke between art school students. Those questions aside, their SXSW showcase proved the group is producing some of the most challenging, catchy and, most importantly, funny pop and dance music around at the moment.Some of the artists also played Hype Hotel presented by Feed the Beat. QT didn't, but she did hang out to support friends like GTOFY and Spinee (all three are pictured above).
Over the five hours of music, it was a far-reaching set with multiple high points, from Spinee's twinkly Evanescence remix to SOPHIE's Kitty Kat finale and AG Cook's entire thundering set that show this is a label refusing to be confined by definitions of genre or good taste.
PC Music NYC showcase posters, below...
April 13, 2015
The Juan Maclean's six-show Brooklyn residency is coming up, happening this Thursday - Saturday at Cameo (4/16 - 4/17) and next week at Union Pool (4/23 - 4/25). These will be the first live shows the Juan Maclean have done in a long time and here's what Juan and Nancy Whang have to say:
We're excited to get The Juan MacLean live band up and running again after six years. We think it will be fun and a little scary to rev up the engine at this series of Brooklyn shows. Every show will be a bit different as we work out new songs. There'll be songs from all three albums and we're psyched to be playing songs from "In A Dream" live for the very first time.Tickets are still available to every show except this Friday (4/17) and Saturday (4/18, though tickets may be available at the door). We're also got a pair of tickets to give away to the 4/23 Union Pool show. Details are below.
The different openers for all the shows have also been announced, and include Delia Gonzalez, Gavin Russom, Computer Magic, Heidemann, DJ sets from Midnight Magic, Shit Robot and more. Show-by-show lineups for all six Juan Maclean shows are listed below...