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Telefon Tel Aviv

In January, the passing of Charlie Cooper, one half of the electronic duo Telefon Tel Aviv, put the musical future of that group in question. In February, their third record, Immolate Yourself, came out as planned on Bpitch Control. Antigravity Magazine spoke with Joshua Eustis, the band's other half, about Charlie's death, which was ruled an overdose, and the band's future...

ANTIGRAVITY: Even for someone who knew you, the level of friendship you communicated to the world after Charlie died was intense. Can you flesh that out a little bit to help people understand exactly what kind of relationship that was?

Joshua Eustis: It's kind of hard to put into words, really, but we depended on each other for everything. Aside from being best friends, we worked together, we lived together for many years, we made three records together, did remixes together and basically never argued about music in the studio...

AG: Are you mad at Charlie at all?

Joshua: Sure. I like to tell myself, to give myself comfort in a very selfish way, that it's a natural response to something like this. But I can't really be mad at him because the Medical Examiner, for instance--I'll tell you this, since everybody is wondering--ruled inconclusively. They couldn't rule that it was a suicide, because there wasn't enough evidence to indicate that it actually was. It very well could've been an accident and that's what the Medical Examiner thinks at this time. We get the toxicology report in a week and it's going to stay between me and his family. If it wasn't intentional, then I'm a lot sadder, but I'll take comfort in knowing he wasn't trying to take an easy way out of life's problems. But, if it was intentional (which I don't think it was), then yeah I'm pissed off because it's a bullshit way of dealing with life's problems--problems that everybody has: girl problems, money problems. Fuck, everybody has those problems. To despair when you have problems is the height of folly, because despair is only for people who know the end beyond any doubt. If you know for a fact that it's going to end badly, then you can despair, but nobody ever knows that everything is going to completely fall apart and your life is going to end. For that reason I would be pissed off if the Medical Examiner comes back and rules it a suicide.

AG: Are you looking forward to promoting [the new record]?

Joshua:I am trying to look forward to that; I'm a little lost on how I'm going to do it. I don't know how it's going to go down exactly but there's definitely going to be a massive tour later this year, basically July through October, ideally. The world, U.S., everywhere else that I can get a show. I don't know who's going to be involved or how it's going to go down: I'm not there yet. If the band's going to continue...I don't know. We'll see.

Later in March, Joshua announced his plans for that tour. He said, "I've decided to play shows (I know, I know, it's not exactly a big deal, but hey...). Fredo [Nogueira] is going to come with me and play keyboards and sing backups. Some of you may know who he is already, but if not, he has co-written some things with TTA and basically been our best friend for a million years. He's always around when we're making a record. We'll be playing mostly stuff from the new LP, and some even newer stuff, so please come out and help us move things forward!"

The pair played Europe in late spring, and now they're coming to North America, with a month of shows starting in September. They'll play NYC shows on Friday, September 11th at the Bell House with The Race and on September 12th at the Mercury Lounge. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show are on AmEx presale now. General sale starts at noon.

A trailer for the new record and all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Telefon Tel Aviv touring w/ a new member - 2009 dates"

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Modeselektor - The White Flash (Ft. Thom Yorke) (MP3)

Ellen Allien

Last week Squarepusher made me really happy. He is the king of electronic music for me....And Mr. Squarepusher is so gorgeous! And fat sound! I was thinking about our sick military world, the omnipresent consumption, the insanity of humanity.. But out of this, I started becoming creative. I got ideas for my new project BE, colors and designs for ellen allien fashion where whirling through my head. Music enables my creativity and brings charm into my life. In the last months I spent too much time with pushing my label BPitch Control, instead of doing music. But now the path is ready for doing music on my own, finally. :)

See you on the dance floor. :) -[Ellen Allien on her site]

Ellen Allien's BPitch Control label is releasing the self-titled debut LP by Moderat, a combo group of Modeselektor and Apparat, on April 21st. Moderat will play a Saturday, May 30th NYC show at Webster Hall, as part of a brief end-of-May US tour. All dates below.

Ellen Allien toured with Modeselektor in '08 (w/ a Studio B-turned Highline Ballroom date), and collaborated with Apparat on the Orchestra of Bubbles LP in 2006. Modeselektor was last here in January when they played Bowery Ballroom.

The Moderat LP was to feature a guest spot by L.A. rapper Busdriver on the song "BeatsWaySick," but, the press release says, "due to legal issues at the time of manufacturing, [the track] will be released as an exclusive download in the near future." Busdriver is playing SXSW on Thursday, March 19 at The Independent and Friday, March 20 at Back Alley Social, with other Austin dates below.

Ellen Allien's "10 Years of BPitch" tour is set to next visit NYC on Friday, March 27th at Studio B where she'll share a bill with Thomas Muller and Gui Boratto). The night is presented by FIXED, the parties-hosting team of JDH (Josh Houtkin) and Dave P (David Pianka). Tickets are available for the show, with the option to buy a 3-day package that includes March 26th's Ladyhawke with Heartsrevolution show and March 28th's The Twelves & Yuksek (dj set) gig, both also at Studio B.

The three-day ticket and 10-years-of-Bpitch also coincide with FIXED's fourth birthday.

The FIXED party was conceptualized around 2003 after JDH took the amazing 2ManyDJ lads to one of Dave P's Making Time parties in Philadelphia. After JDH and Dave realized that they were spinning the same events together and both had mutual admiration for the music they were DJing out at parties, the idea for FIXED was born.

"We just seemed to play a lot together as we liked similar music," admits JDH. "We started booking gigs around the US, Canada and Europe, and we would both go, and they would end up saying, 'Well, why don't we just book you two together as DJs?' and that's pretty much how we play now... as one set."

Establishing their first home base at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, FIXED went on to host a number of legendary and groundbreaking performances from a number of critically-acclaimed acts, including 2ManyDJs, Hot Chip, The Rapture, Mylo, and Erol Alkan.

"We always say that our biggest influence for FIXED was the Trash party [UK DJ Erol Alkan's legendary weekly party], which sadly, doesn't go on anymore," says JDH. "We wanted to do a big club night for the average person who likes good music."

The status of Studio B as a venue has been in question for a while, but not to worry...
The venue has now re-opened under new management, and [JDH and Dave P] will be expanding their vision of exciting music bookings, while also revitalizing New York's nightlife scene with a top-notch and diverse team of live music bookers and promoters. Starting this March, expect a fresh mix of dance music, hip-hop parties, live shows, curated special events, and more.
Little Boots played Studio B on February 6. All future FIXED dates, tour dates, the Moderat tracklist, and Ellen Allien videos below...

Continue reading "Ellen Allien (BPitch) releasing Moderat (sans Busdriver) - both touring, playing NYC + FIXED is four, STUDIO B is open"

DOWNLOAD: Modeselektor - The White Flash (Ft. Thom Yorke) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thom Yorke - Skip Divided (Modeselektor Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ellen Allien & Apparat - Do Not Break (MP3)

Thom Yorke wearing a Modeselektor shirt @ Lollapalooza (more by Zach Dilgard)
Thom Yorke

BPitch Control is a German techno record label founded in 1999 in Berlin by DJ and producer Ellen Allien. In 1992 she became resident DJ at the legendary Tresor club in Berlin's Potsdamer Platz. At around the same time, she started her own show on the Berlin radio station Kiss-FM and created her own record label, calling them both Braincandy, before setting Bpitch Control up in 1999.

The label has since launched the careers of popular production outfits, such as Modeselektor and Apparat, and has featured limited edition remixes of alternative musician Beck. It also a favorite label of Thom Yorke's. [Wikipedia]

The techno awesomeness that is Berlin's Ellen Allien combines forces with the electro-glitch techno awesomeness that is Berlin's Modeselektor for one massive (actually small) tour full of German techno awesomeness. The NYC date that was originally scheduled to take place at Studio B has been moved to Highline Ballroom (not Element where it was moved to for a second). All tickets will be honored for the September 4th show. Some videos, all dates (and the poster), below...

Continue reading "Ellen Allien & Modeselektor - 2008 Tour Dates (Highline)"