Entries tagged with: Annie Mac
by Andrew Sacher
Towards the end of last year, UK R&B duo AlunaGeorge released the great single, "Your Drums, Your Love" via Island and announced that a full length would be out in 2013 (the followup to their You Know You Like It EP, which came out via Tri Angle). In a BBC Radio 1 interview with Annie Mac, the duo revealed that that the name of their album is Body Music and it will be out in June (via The Line of Best Fit). On the show, they also revealed a new track, "Diver" (which they had recently teased), a clattering tune with watery synths and expectedly impressive vocals from singer Aluna Francis, which continues AlunaGeorge's run of great songs leading up to the release of this very-anticipated album.
Stream "Diver" below...
It's that time of year already I guess. NME quizzed a whole bunch of artists about their favorite album of the year. Bat For Lashes chose Alt-J who recently won the Mercury Prize and who chose Polica as their favorite. That and more, if you can understand what they're saying, in the video, below....
France's electro wizard Vitalic is bringing his "V Mirror Live" show to the United states this week, and honestly I don't totally know what that means, but if the below video is indication, it will look really cool and be (and sound) really fun. The NYC show is Friday/tonight (9/24) at Webster Hall, and as a bonus, the BBC's Annie Mac is also DJing the party. You can buy tickets for $15 or go the "$1 'til Midnight with RSVP" route. The NYC flyer, all dates and videos below...
"Not that happy w/ the XX's (too short) set tonight. But Friendly Fires blew me away. wow." - TheGreyestGhost
"Lots of cute frat boys at the Friendly Fires concert. Which was surprising. Yum anyway!" - HereAndNow3
photos by Chris La Putt
Friendly Fires @ Webster Hall
"It makes us giddy with delight to announce that New York's finest, Holy Ghost, are going to join the line-up [of our December 11th show at London's Coronet Theatre]. As if their addition weren't early christmas present enough, we're also going to be revealing an exclusive and highly limited 12" at the show. We've recorded an entirely new reworking of 'on board', showcasing the lung capacity of our brass section. On the other side of 'On Board'(pig bag version) is a fun loving remix by the boisterous Joakim. So as not to rub in the face of the ticketless too much, the 12" is also going to be available in a very limited number of record shops as well. Perfect stocking filler for any nan on the scene. [Friendly Fires]"Friendly Fires completed their tour with The xx Saturday night at Webster Hall in NYC (12/5). Pictures from that show are in this post.
The xx start up again in March with US dates running almost to the end of April (aka look for them to appear at both SXSW and Coachella this year). The xx's next NYC show is April 22nd at Terminal 5 with Hot Chip (tickets still on sale). Hot Chip are DJing the above-mentioned UK Friendly Fires show - the show where people will get a first shot at picking up the hot new Joakim remix on vinyl. You can listen to the song now though - thanks to someone ripping it from Annie Mac's BBC show and posting the clip to YouTube.
That video, all dates, and more pictures from Webster Hall, below...
Last week I only made it out to Fixed on Friday. While I wasn't floored by Annie Mac and Dada Life's selections, their energy behind the decks was infectious and had the crowd going wild in the basement of the Tribeca Grand. It was really a great time, regardless of whether you were super into the music, or not. This week there is a lot going on. Consider this you warm-up to CMJ...
DOWNLOAD: Dada Life - Giant August Mix 2009 (MP3)
Pilooski @ Brooklyn Bowl - Sept. 26, 2009
Last week was great music-wise! On the less dancey side of things, Gonzales showcased his great talent behind the piano, not to mention a hilarious sense of humor at Joe's Pub friday night. Early Saturday night Phoenix rocked Central Park to perfection, followed by a late night dj set from Pilooski at Brooklyn Bowl, completing the weekend's trifecta of musical talents from Paris.
Pilooski's set lived up to the two I witnessed previously. Starting at 1:15, and deejaying nearly 2 hours, Pilooski treated the modest sized but seriously moving crowd to a great variety of highly danceable tunes. From some of his own expert edits ("Crawfish" by Elvis, "Beggin' " by Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, etc.), to disco, to even some harder sounding electro, Pilooski yet again, showed New York how a wonderfully diverse dj set could still be extremely cohesive and get everyone dancing. Yes, he's already been here three times this year, but I can't wait until Pilooski is back again. In the meantime, here's what's going on this week, starting with Thursday (10/1):
DOWNLOAD: Round Table Knights - End of Winter Mix (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Leif - Timbs (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Leif - Timbs (Ian Johnson Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Leif - Timbs Neon Coyote Slow Jam (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Leif - Black Magic (MP3)
The Presets @ Webster Hall - Apr 3, 2009
I had known for a while that I was going to be out of town last weekend, but decided to stick around an extra day (Friday) just to see the Whip and Late of the Pier at Studio B. After witnessing both bands get people moving at Bowery last Wednesday I was really looking forward to seeing the crowd's reaction at the more dance-friendly Studio B on Friday.
I made it over to the B in time to catch the Whip's entire set. The sparsely filled dancefloor became more concentrated with people (though full would be an overstatement) once the Whip took the stage. The band opened with "Muzzle #1" (full setlist below) and the crowd didn't really react much. There were a few people nodding their heads, vaguely moving, and so began the Whip's fight to get the crowd going.
Dizzee Rascal & Annie Mac (BBC Radio 1)
Dizzee Rascal & Annie Clark (St Vincent) are playing the Plug Awards at Terminal 5 on March 6th. Dizzee is also playing Southpaw on March 11th, SXSW not long after that, and Philly on MAY 9th. I assume more dates will be announced soon. In the meantime watch this video of Dizzee Rascal & Annie Mac (BBC Radio 1)....
Annie is also a talented club DJ and is booked regularly to play the UKs most credible clubs. Her 'Annie Mac Presents' club night is well established all over the UK and she plays all over the world. You can often hear her across Radio 1, covering for Jo Whiley or Zane Lowe or JK and Joel and she is a regular contributor to BBC2's The Culture show. She has just brought out her first compilation, The A-Z Of Annie Mac. [BBC]Stream Annie's radio show @ The BBC.
See Annie DJ while she's here in NYC for the first time, for CMJ - tonight (Oct 16) @ Hiro Ballroom with LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, and then tomorrow (Oct 17) in the front bar of Pianos from 4-5pm (part of the free BrooklynVegan day party).
Team Robespierre & Joan as Policewoman
As you know, I'm throwing a total of five shows during CMJ this year. The first is Tuesday night October 16th - an official showcase that you can buy tickets for. The second is the very next day - a 2-floor (whole club) FREE day party at Pianos on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Bon Iver, Sparrow House, and others (TBA) are playing upstairs. Here's who is playing downstairs....
Wednesday October 17, 2007No badges needed. No money needed. Just get there before it fills up. 21+, Drink specials and more details to be announced soon.
12:00 Cut Off Your Hands (album stream & more info)
12:45 Team Robespierre (MP3 above & more at MySpace)
01:30 Le Loup (info)
02:15 Joan as Policewoman (MP3 above & more info)
03:00 THE DEATHSET (info)
03:45 The Meat Puppets (info)
04:30 Celebration (info)
Annie Mac (BBC) will also be our very special guest DJ in the front room from 4-5pm. Other DJ's TBA too.