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Liars / Jon Hopkins / partiers @ PS1, 8/31/2013
Warm Up MoMA @ PS1 - 8/31/3013
Warm Up MoMA @ PS1 - 8/31/3013
Warm Up MoMA @ PS1 - 8/31/3013

MoMA PS1 Warm Up closed out August with a bang on Saturday (8/31) with one of the most stacked, varied line-ups of the season, featuring live performances from bands Liars and IO Echo, plus sets from Cajmere, Lil Silva, Jon Hopkins and Sam Valenti IV. Pictures from all their performances are in this post.

Meanwhile, Jon Hopkins (who played Cameo later Saturday night) just released a track with Bat For Lashes (who played this weekend too) on vocals. You can watch the video for that below.

Warm Up concludes its 2013 season this Saturday (9/7) with French electronic artist Alan Braxe, acclaimed hip hop producer Young Guru, Soul Clap & Wolf + Lamb, Lee Bannon and Huerco S. Tickets are still available.

More pictures from the penultimate PS1 Warm Up of 2013 below...

Continue reading "Liars, Cajmere, Jon Hopkins, Lil Silva, IO Echo & more played Warm Up (pics); full lineup for finale announced"

Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bon Iver

Bon Iver recorded an iTunes session at East West studios which is available exclusively from iTunes starting today. It includes six tracks off 2011's great Bon Iver, Bon Iver and a cover of Bjork's "Who Is It?," which the band has played live many times. You can stream the session's opening track, "Beth/Rest" below.

As mentioned, Bon Iver is touring internationally throughout the summer and fall and will come to NYC on September 19 and 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Both of those shows are now sold out. All Bon Iver dates, including a recently announced European leg, are listed below.

Speaking of Bjork, she's teaming up with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create interactive educational programs for middle school-aged students based on her Biophilia app. Speaking about the program, Bjork said:

"It's not a bookish thing. You cannot learn to make music from a book." "I love books; they're like the best ever," she added. "There are things you can only learn from books, but it's also important to introduce the physical aspects. So for me, it was very important to make, somehow, music education that was physical." (via NY Daily News)
Both Bon Iver and Bjork are set to play Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway this summer (Aug 7-11) with The Stone Roses, Refused, The Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould (performing Copper Blue), Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, John Maus, Purity Ring, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, Screaming Females, St. Vincent, and more. Full list below.

Way Out West (Aug 9-11) in Gothenberg, Sweden features many of the same bands as Oya like Bon Iver, Refused, Afghan Whigs, St. Vincent, Purity Ring, John Maus, and Bob Mould in addition to Blur, Wilco, I Break Horses, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Mark Lanegan Band, Adolescents, Swans, and more. Check out the spotify playlist. The full lineup is listed below.

As mentioned, the reunited Mazzy Star is set to play both of those European festivals. Full lineups and the Bon Iver dates and song, below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver's new iTunes session, Bjork's new program at the NYPL & the full Oya & Way Out West festival lineups"

DOWNLOAD: Burns - First Move (Fred Falke Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Sounds - No One Sleeps When I'm Awake (Disko Dali Remix) (MP3)

Kings of Convenience @ Bowery Ballroom - Sept 10 (more by Fresh Bread)
Kings of Convenience

While my favorite show from last week was definitely Kings of Convenience at Bowery Ballroom, Tonight We Ride at Santos (which I headed to immediately afterward) was quite good too. I caught most of Human Life's set which was very upbeat and energetic, but the vocals reminded me of radio "club hits" a bit too much. After set-up and a brief transitional dj set in between, the Glass went on around 12:30. The duo of DJ Wool and Dominique Keegan opened their set with one of their new songs "Wanna Be Dancin' " which was a little on the quiet side. Things picked up by the next track which was "Come Alive" and only got better with each song. Superhero (which is the Glass' next single, due out next month) was amazing and really stood out. The Glass followed with some earlier tracks, "Won't Bother Me" and "Mad At You", rounding out a great set of both new and classic material.


Continue reading "the week in Dance w/ Showtrotta (part 1) (Datarock, Esser, Burns, the Glass, the Sounds, Disko Dali & more) "

DOWNLOAD: The Glass - DJ mix for Sirius XM Radio (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Yes Giantess -You Were Young (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Passion Pit - Sleepyhead (Bo Flex Giantess Remix) (MP3)

Glass Candy

I have a lengthy review of Electric Zoo coming shortly. In the meantime, here's what's going on this week, starting with tonight (Thursday, 9/10)....

Continue reading "the week in dance w/ Showtrotta (part 1) (The Glass, Glass Candy, Alan Braxe, Calvin Harris, The Twelves & more)"

Felix Cartal @ Webster Hall - February 27, 2009 (Nicky Digital)

There was quite a bit going on last week, but I hardly went to any of it. I did most of my getting down at the David Byrne show Saturday night at Radio City, which I (unlike Jon Pareles) found to be a great show.

On my way home from David's show Friday night I found myself at the Studio at Webster Hall just to buy a friend a birthday drink. I caught some of Futurecop's set, but it was a bit too much, too soon after David Byrne for me to absorb any of it or make any judgment.

Fortunately I wound up sticking around and getting my ears used to hearing electronic music long enough to realize Felix Cartal was tearing it up. His set was full of bangers, many of which I hadn't heard before. One was a remix/mash-up of Daft Punk's "Oh Yeah" and "Rollin' & Scratchin'" that was sick and featured a weird little vocal periodically saying "rollin' & scratchin!". As good as Felix's set was, I was exhausted and left before he was done.

This week is brimming with good deejays and I am almost glad I won't be around to have to make any of these decisions you're going to face, specifically for Friday & Saturday night. Here's what's happening:

Continue reading "the week in Dance w/ Showtrotta (Mixhell, Frankie Knuckles, Italians Do It Better, Glass Candy, Chairlift, more...)"

Ramesh solo @ The Syrup Room in 2006 (more by Bao Nguyen)

French house legend, Alan Braxe, is probably best known for the single "The Music Sounds Better With You" which he produced under the name 'Stardust' with Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk and Benjamin Diamond......

Lifelike on the other hand you will know from his classic track "Discopolis" with Kris Menace... but that's just the tip of the iceberg... he has produced and remixed more great tunes than you can wag a stick at. Alan and Lifelike will be playing in the main room [of Webster Hall], with Justin Miller (DFA Records), Jacques Renault a.k.a. Runaway (DFA Records), Alex English & Daisy O'Dell

In the Marlin Room [of Webster Hall], Grandmaster Flash and Dimitry!!! will be holding it down...

Downstairs in the Studio, we are very happy to announce that we will be joined by the lovely DJ Jess and DJ Alex Malfunction of the Trash! par ties... and there will be an early live performance by Ramesh of Voxtrot!!!

That message comes from party promoter GBH. The whole night - Alan Braxe to Lifelike to Grandmaster Flash to Ramesh, is $10. Ramesh also sent out the following message...

Continue reading "Voxtrot returns, well - Ramesh (NYC show Friday night)"

DOWNLOAD: Tittsworth - WTF (Nadastrom remix - Stretch Armstrong Edit) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tittsworth - WTF (Eli Escobar remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Presets - This Boy's In Love (Lifelike remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Runaway - Use Me (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Midnight Juggernauts - Into the Galaxy (Grandmaster Flash remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Daisy O'Dell - (3 live mixes): Electro Bounce, Groovy Disco Breaks, and Boogie Hits (yousendit MP3 link)
DOWNLOAD: Mikix The Cat - Freeze (Kanji Kinetic remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Captain's Holiday Mix '08 (Mediafire MP3 link)
DOWNLOAD: Evil Nine - All the Cash (Glitch Mob Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: John Acquaviva - November '08 Mix (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Drlkt Freddie - Airtight (MP3)

Fake Blood is not Soulwax
Fake Blood

I took two nights off after my early start Wednesday night, leaving me eager to hit the B Saturday night for a party that featured a nice mix of deejays that were both familiar and new (to me). I arrived in time to catch the tail end of Van Scott's set which featured a dancey Lykke Li remix, a super-voded mix of Little Boots' "Meddle" (which I later found out was by Treasure Fingers), and lots of other recent tracks.

Franki ChanFranki Chan followed with an excellent mix of some tracks I didn't recognize along with some new favorites including Whomadewho's "TV Friend" (one of the remixes that just came out at the end of last month) and a lovely hybrid version of the Soulwax remix of the Chemical Brothers' "Hey Boy, Hey Girl" that featured the original "super star deejays" vocal sample instead of "2manydj's" but as far as I could tell, retained all the instrumental parts from the Soulwax remix.

Franki ChanPrincess Superstar took the evening in a highly dancey meets retro direction, dropping some current stuff mixed with some updated, oldie but goodie classic 90's tracks. Her set segued into Larry Tee's with the pair performing a live version of their hit "Licky" that's had dancefloors freaking out since last winter. Larry's set had everyone getting down and remembering what an innovator the pioneer of electroclash was and continues to be.

The night ended with a bang that unfortunately, hardly anyone was left to see: Nadastrom absolutely killed it. I'm not sure what specifically was great about their set ...it might have been the song selection, excellent mixing, just the right amount of wobbly bass...but one of the most satisfying elements of their set was the enthusiasm the pair maintained as the not too big to begin with, Studio B crowd dwindled down to a few handfuls of people:

Continue reading "the week in Dance w/ Showtrotta (Fake Blood, Lifelike, Larry Tee, Tittsworth, Moby, Evil Nine & more)"

public farm @ PS1 (winterferris)

Friday night I went to APT to see Joakim deejay. I hadn't been there in almost a year and arrived just a hair too early for a Friday night. Todd Sines was on when I got there. His set was fine, but not what I was in the mood for. Jaokim went on about an hour later. Overall a bit too mellow so I left early, but there were highlights, like Mr. Oizo's remix of "Le Magicien D'os" by Ark and a great remix of Simian Mobile Disco's "Hotdog" that I hadn't heard before.

Saturday I went to PS1 around to see Op:L Bastards. It was much less crowded than usual at 4:00 when I got there. For the first time in three summers of going to Warm Up, I saw my first ever empty (except for a generous estimate of maybe 10 people) dancefloor. DJ Poodlecannon was finishing an interesting mix of world music and dance music when I got there, but wasn't really mixing the tracks together. There were a handful of people hitting the floor hard. Everyone else was politely tapping one foot or paying absolutely no attention. Thankfully Op:L Bastards went on promptly at 5:00.

I wasn't the only one waiting around for them. Several people approached the floor as they began. Eventually the dance floor was 3/4 full. Op:L Bastards is essentially a 3-man, live electronic band with a guitarist, bassist, and vocalist who also twiddles with a lot of electronic elements. Things started off a bit slow, but a few songs in they played "Scorpius" which really banged as did every track that followed. I think they were playing a lot of music from their album The Job which originally came out in 2001. It was a nice change as it didn't really sound like anything that's come out recently, but didn't sound dated either. The album was actually just re-released last year with 4 bonus tracks and a forward by Philip Oakley of Human League.

Speaking of Human League, I'm really excited to see Soulwax again in October, but let's not skip ahead. Here's what's going on Wednesday (Aug 27) and Thursday....

Continue reading "the Wednesday & Thursday night in Dance w/ Showtrotta"

DOWNLOAD: Drop the Lime - I Love NY (MP3)

The Field @ Studio B, Brooklyn, NY - 6/6/08 (J Russell)
The Field @ STudio B

Hopefully your week in dance is off to a good start. I haven't gone to a thing since M83 on Tuesday, but tonight (Saturday, June 7th) that is definitely changing. There are two great options you should not miss out on:

Continue reading "the weekend in Dance (& Monday) w/ Showtrotta (Fixed, etc)"

DOWNLOAD: Le Castlevania - Trouble In Daylight (LA Riots Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Justice - D.V.N.O.--LA-Riots-Bootleg (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Justice - D.A.N.C.E (Alan Braxe Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Alan Braxe & Fred Falke - You'll Stay In My Heart (feat Savage) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Digitalism - Zdarlight (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Daft Punk - Face to face [Cosmo Vitelli rmx] (MP3)

This week seems to be the kick off of CMJ-like festivities for dance fans. I'm (almost) more excited for this week than next...

LA RiotsWednesday (Oct 10, 2007) is the final Tales of Colt 45 at Studio B with LA Riots' NY debut. I've been playing a lot of LA Riots remixes and originals recently. They do a great job of balancing their sound somewhere between big room house and the overly crunchy Justice-emulators out there and come out sounding really fresh. Don't believe me? Check their Kid Sister remix just launched on their Riotspace. The party is free, booze is free, and you also get live sets from Purple Crush, Health, The Mall, + Yip Yip, as well as DJ sets from Lauren Flax, Robot Blair, and me. Get on the list and come dance with us.

Thursday night (Oct 11) is a tough decision. The Field open for !!! at Webster Hall, Modular hosts Digitalism live at Studio B, and Moby launches "his" Degenerates party at Hiro Ballroom with DJ sets by the bald one himself, Stretch Armstrong, The Juan Maclean, and Alex from Holy Ghost!.

More events, music, news, & tour dates, below.....

Continue reading "the week in Dance w/ David Bruno (10/09/07)"