Entries tagged with: Cut Copy
"the 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival will be taking place on Friday, July 15th through Sunday, July 17th! Tickets will officially be on sale today at 12 PM CST, with single-day tickets for $45 and three-day passes for $110! If last year was any indicator, three-day passes will sell out in under a week (last year they sold out in FIVE DAYS!), so be sure to get your tickets ASAP!"The full lineup so far is below...
The Vine: The band's obviously gotten bigger since its inception. I believe the biggest show you played was at Lollapolooza last year. Is there a different style that you take when you're playing to that many people, as opposed to a club show?Like PJ Harvey, Yeasayer, and Queens of the Stone Age before them, Cut Copy have announced a Terminal 5 show today. For Cut Copy it makes three upcoming shows in a row at the large NYC venue. The new date is April 6th and tickets go on sale Friday at noon (with AmEx and CutCopy.net presales happening Wednesday). The previously announced April 1st and 2nd shows are sold out.
Dan from Cut Copy: I think there probably is a slightly different style. When a crowd is so big, it's almost like you need to really try and address all of the people that are there. At a club show, you've got people right up in front of you, so I guess you don't need to work quite as hard to get peoples' attention. With such a huge crowd, it's almost like you need to somehow... the guy at the back of the crowd that's thinking about maybe going to see Phoenix, who were on just after us; you have to make sure that guy is still engaged by what you're doing. So yeah I think you've got to work a little bit harder, often, at some of those bigger events to make sure you capture peoples' attention, and keep it.
Cut Copy at Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Cut Copy will hit the road for a string of US dates in late March with Holy Ghost!, tagging NYC's Terminal 5 on April 2nd along the way. Tickets for all dates are currently on fan presale, and look for Terminal 5 tickets to hit Ticketmaster soon too. Cut Copy's new album Zonoscope is due on 2/8 in the US. Check out a four-part video on the making of that LP below.
Holy Ghost is currently offering a download of the new song "Do It Again" from their forthcoming debut (due this Spring on DFA) for the price of an email address. The song is also streaming below. The new and self-titled LP will feature appearances from the Juan MacLean, the late Jerry Fuchs (of Maserati), the Rapture's Luke Jenner, and Michael McDonald (yes, that one) among others.
All tour dates and that song stream is below.
photos by Benjamin Lozovsky
"the memory tapes / cut copy show was pretty epic tonight. i was in the air half the time, jumping with the rest of the crowd. so. good." - Chris Casual
"Cut Copy went on about a quarter after 6, opening with "Lights & Music." This is one of their most popular songs and a great opener. The group was fully into it, head banging and jumping to their own music. I love when a band feels what they're doing and you feel it too. You could never tell that they had just flown in from Chicago and had barely slept. Other hits were "Nobody Lost, Nobody Found" and "So Haunted." The sound system was more to be desired - and bassist Tim Hoey's mike was too low for the first few songs - but a small setback.Cut Copy headlined Sunday's Pool Party at Williamsburg Waterfront. Memory Tapes, Glasser, Restless People and Punches (technically the DJs) also played. More pictures and videos (including one of tortillas flying through the air, and one of the new songs) from the day below...
The band brought a nice surprise when they played 2 new songs off of their untitled upcoming album. "Where I'm Going" was an instant crowd pleaser. It's a blend of 60's beach/psychedelia harmonies and poppy rhythms. Later they played "Blink and You'll Miss the Revolution," and I just have to say wow. You can tell a new song is a success when the audience is dancing uncontrollably. It's much heavier on the drum and bass than their typical stuff, yet still maintains an essence of 80's nuwave. This will definitely be one of the hits off the album.
Cut Copy ended after an hour long set, an encore, and soaking through their shirts. It was a great day, an outstanding show." [guilt free pleasures]
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Standard Fare - Dancing (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Standard Fare - Fifteen (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Lower Dens - Tea Lights (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Lower Dens - Hospice Gates (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Inocultist - Prophecy for the Summer (MP3)
Last night was kind of a blowout night for NYC concert-going. So many great shows, big and small, I hope you all went to something and didn't stay home watching Top Chef or something. (I missed it all, I had to work.) The weekend doesn't look quite as action-packed but there's no hurting for great music options.
My top pick for the weekend would be Standard Fare who are over from England and are playing two NYC shows: tonight (8/5) at Bruar Falls and tomorrow (8/6) for the Mondo! party at the about-to-be-renovated Don Hill's. I've written about Standard Fare more than once, so I'm just going to quote myself here:
Standard Fare's The Noyelle Beat (out now in America on Bar/None) is one of the best indiepop records of the year (along with Allo Darlin's debut). Cute, romantic, but with some muscle in there too. You can download a couple of tracks from it above. You should also watch the new video for their great single "Philadelphia" at the bottom of this post.Tonight's Bruar Falls show would be worth going to even if Standard Fare weren't playing. Also on this all-over-the-place bill are low-fi legend R. Stevie Moore (who recently played with Ariel Pink), all-girl trio Brian, and Japanese cosplay singer, Reni. Video of the latter is at the bottom of this post.
If you're not at Bruar Falls, you might consider its sister venue, Cake Shop, tonight (8/5) to catch Lower Dens, Air Waves and Inoculist. Lower Dens and Inoculist played together last night at Glasslands and by all reports (the ones I heard anyway) it was a great show. You can watch video from last night's show shot by Bleary-eyed Brooklyn at the bottom of this post. I saw Lower Dens during the Northside Fest and thought they were terrific and have been singing the praises of their debut album, Twin Hand Movement, all summer. The record sounds better now as our shadows get longer and the nights cool off. This is a August/September kind of album.
Inoculist (which I keep mispelling "inocultist) is fronted by Jana's brother John, and the two siblings definitely pull from the same record collection. Inoculist's debut, Spells, is a laid back affair, and comparisons to Low's first few albums are not unwarranted. Hunter and keyboardist Ashlyn Davis' voices are well matched for the band's mellow vibe. Really nice. The Hunters will be touring together for a couple weeks, but will split off mid-month and Inoculist will then head out with Little Gold for a week of shows while Lower Dens go it alone down the West Coast and the South.
Rounding out the Cake Shop bill is Air Waves whose debut album is due out on Underwater Peoples sometime in the near future. See them while you can -- Nicole is moving to Austin at the end of the month. Air Waves still have a few NYC shows left till then, though, including next Saturday's (8/14) Underwater Peoples Summer Showcase -- a blowout at Shea Stadium featuring Julian Lynch, Big Troubles, Fluffy Lumbers, Ducktails and more. Advance tickets are available at the UP website. See the flyer at the bottom of this post for the full line-up, and all remaining Air Waves NYC shows are down there too.
And a few more recommended weekend shows that I didn't cover above:
THURSDAY, AUG 5
Want to see some anthemic rock from popular Canadians? I guess I should be more specific. Want to see some anthemic rock from popular Canadians that is outdoors and free? Metric play Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park with Joan as Policewoman and Holly Miranda.
SHARK? are busy working on their Kickstarter-funded album but are taking a break to road test some songs at The Rock Shop. (Download previous SHARK? releases here.) where they'll play with The Great Unwashed (the ones from Staten Island, not New Zealand), Conversion Party, and The Rabbits.
@ a 2009 Pool Party (more by Tim Griffin)
I don't know what Veoba is either. The press release explains it though...
For the past 4 years, JELLY has hosted over 200,000 people for what has become one of the most groundbreaking FREE concert series in New York. Summer Sundays in Brooklyn have become synonymous with The Pool Parties and in the series' 5th Anniversary year, Pool Parties promises not to disappoint.They didn't announce who is playing the Brooklyn Bowl block party on August 1st. One complication might be that one of the bigger bands cancelled.
This year, The Pool Parties are again on the Williamsburg Waterfront for 7 dates from July 11th--August 29th. Due to scheduling conflicts, our August 1st date will be moved to a "Block Party" in and around Brooklyn Bowl making it 8 total "FREE Pool Party Sundays".
In celebrating our 5th Year Anniversary, JELLY also would like to give a big thanks to Senator Chuck Schumer and Phillip Goldfeder from the Senator's office for all of their support ensuring JELLY'S return to the Williamsburg Waterfront. JELLY owners Alexander Kane and Sarah Hooper state that, "It has been a long hard road this year to bring this series back to Williamsburg and it 100% could not have been done without Senator Schumer's efforts. "
The Pool Parties will be co-presented by VEOBA, an online resource for artists, managers, and record labels. Based in Chicago, but with global reach, VEOBA provides the music community with select services to progress and maintain their livelihood. VEOBA launched in May 2010 as a collective made up of music industry veterans, writers, managers, artists, and cartoon characters. From co-founder Jay Parkin, "More often than not, musicians rely on others to take their careers to the next level. We're here for those who care enough to do it themselves." Sharing Jelly's values of creativity and innovation, the people at VEOBA are thrilled to be involved in this summer's production. Parkin concludes, "For the independent and the like- minded, VEOBA facilitates the next step."
JELLY as well wants to give a shout out to all of their partners this summer from the new faces to old friends. Special thanks to AllSaints and Vans. As well as Amp Energy, vitaminwater®, SESAC, ZICO Pure Premium Coconut Water, ZYNC from American Express^(SM), Spin Magazine, KEXP, and Main Drag. Along with OSA sponsors: Time Out New York, Brooklyn Brewery, and Heineken.
Now onto our official Pool Parties 5th Year Anniversary lineup! Check back soon for surprise guests we cant announce yet, the official DJ lineup for The Pool Parties 2010, and more fun things that are SURE to make the 5th Year Anniversary series one you will never forget!
The Official After-Pool Parties, presented by Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, will be held at Brooklyn Bowl following every Sunday's Pool Party!
The only difference between the leaked lineup and the official lineup is the addition of another "SECRET SPECIAL GUEST" and the listing of some curators. You can see the full list of confirmed free shows, below...
"The 2010 Lollapalooza line-up is official: Soundgarden, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, and Phoenix will headline, joined by Social Distortion, MGMT, Jimmy Cliff, Hot Chip, and The Black Keys. With 130 bands on this year's bill, its sure to be a weekend long feast for the ears.After extremely accurate early leaks and then much teasing, Lollapalooza oficially announces this year's lineup. Check it out below...
It's a monumental year for Lollapalooza, filled with homecomings, reunions, and first-times. Soundgarden, 1992 and 1996 Lollapalooza alumni, return to the Lollapalooza stage for their first performance since 1997. Green Day will rock Grant Park sixteen years after their first Lollapalooza appearance. While Lady Gaga will headline the festival only three short years after playing the BMI stage at Lollapalooza 2007.
Arcade Fire returns to Grant Park, having played the reincarnated Lollapalooza in 2005. This is the first Lollapalooza for The Strokes - and also their first show in four years. And making their Lollapalooza debut: Phoenix." - Lollapalooza
DOWNLOAD: Tortured Soul - Did You Miss Me (MP3)
Cut Copy @ Terminal 5 - March 21, 2009 (ChrisGoldNY)
This weekend saw the first wave of post-SXSW, pre-WMC deejays and bands come through New York. There were a lot of events lined up that I had seen coming for weeks, but one that somehow got by me until just a few days before, was Disco 3000 with Trus'me and Volcov at APT. Without enough time to sway my more "electro"-minded friends to change their plans, I hit APT solo Friday night and left without an ounce of regret. Upon arriving around 12:30 or so, the basement space was packed with people dancing. While there were some weird and inexplicable ebbs & flows in terms of dancefloor traffic, the music was on point the entire night. Trus'me and Volcov traded off deck duty every hour or so, easily meeting the expectations garnered from the flyer:
Expect to hear all corners of the record shop from the past, present and of course the future. Disco, afro, house, boogie, hip hop, techno, jazz, psyche, reggae, soul, brazilian, dub.Overall it was a great night that had me out dancing until 4, never even toying with the idea of leaving earlier. It also reminded me just how much I love disco, house, etc. After inadvertently laying those genres by the wayside of more electro-oriented sounds for too long, I have not been able to get enough of them since Friday.
Saturday night I ventured out again, to Terminal 5 to see Cut Copy. I managed to catch a bit of Knightlife's opening dj set which was very well-mixed and balanced, including tracks that were on the more melodic, French house side of things with a tasteful amount of more gritty/synthy electro thrown in.
Matt & Kim @ Terminal 5 - March 21, 2009 (meisemily)
Following Knightlife, Matt & Kim went on. I had seen them open for Professor Murder at Bowery a few years ago and really didn't like them. This time around, despite still not really being into their music, I found their set to be much more entertaining in terms of something to watch. The pair really didn't let the crowd that was standing idly for the first couple of songs get to them. If anything it made Matt & Kim try even harder to get everyone excited. It inevitably worked after a few more songs and some witty banter. By the end, the crowd was very into it. People were jumping and dancing along to the upbeat synth & drum combos, which ended with the previously indifferent crowd, now embracing and ushering Matt to the safety of the stage after his attempt to literally walk on top of them failed.
The tension built as the crew readied the stage for Cut Copy's set...unfortunately, so did the crowd. Just minutes prior to the beginning of the show I realized the floor was so packed I could not lift my arms and it began to dawn on me how hellish the next hour or so might possibly be.
For the most part, it was. Dancing had gone from being the fun, point of the evening, to a battle for personal space. Cut Copy were in top form, as they have been every time I've seen them prior, but the crowd made it difficult to enjoy their set.
In terms of what they played, it was mainly favorites from their albums In Ghost Colours and Bright Like Neon Love, plus the addition of the track "Sands of Time" (recorded at the same time as In Ghost Colours, but never making it onto the album) which sounded amazing live. Thankfully there were just enough brief moments where I found myself with sufficient space to get down and enjoy the music, making me able to walk away from the show feeling good about it (despite the hellish crowd).
Hopefully the positivity will continue into this week. By the looks of what's headed our way, I'm optimistic:
Matt & Kim @ Danbro Studios (more by Ryan Muir)
As previously posted, Matt & Kim are going out on tour with Cut Copy in March. That includes a show at the large Terminal 5 in NYC, BUT no need to go that big or spend that much or wait that long because Matt & Kim will also play a 16+ $10 show in their home borough at Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 22nd. The occasion will be the release of their new record on FADER's label. Tickets go on sale December 23rd at noon. All dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Cut Copy - Far Away (ddpesh remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sebastien Tellier - Sexual Sportswear (Donovan remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sebastien Tellier - Divine (Danger Remix) (MP3)
Last week I had a great time dancing. I started things off Wednesday night seeing ddpesh (download his remix of Cut Copy's "Far Away" at the top of this post) deejay at Arlo & Esme (which I unfortunately didn't find out about until days after last week in dance went online). He played a great mix of recent stuff including two of my favorite, underplayed jams - The Whitest Boy Alive's "Golden Cage" (Fred Falke remix) and Ghostface Killah's "Charlie Brown" (DJ Mehdi remix), and more Biggie than I've heard played out in a long time, and he somehow brought it all back around to electronic once again before I headed out.
Speaking of Mehdi, what do you think of his latest track, Pocket Piano? It was just released on digital & vinyl on Ed Banger Wednesdat (12/10). Pelski did an interesting preview of some of the remixes (which you can download there) last week, juxtaposing Mehdi's work with the rest of the Ed Bangers, and discussing the inevitable backlash headed toward the French label.
There's more on its way in terms of reviews from last week, but dance-wise this week is one of the busiest in a while. Check out what's going on Thursday night (12/11) - a very packed rest of the Week In Dance will be on its way soon:
M83 @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Bao Nguyen)
Anthony Gonzalez of M83's Top 10 of 2008:
1. Chairlift, Does You Inspire You (Kanine Records)That list is via Filter. Can he be serious about James Blunt? He is going on tour with Kings of Leon and the Killers, so who knows...
2. MGMT, Oracular Spectacular (Columbia)
3. Fleet Foxes, Fleet Foxes (Sub Pop)
4. Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend (XL Records)
5. Hercules and Love Affair, self-titled (DFA Records)
6. Cut Copy, In Ghost Colors (Modular/Interscope)
7. No Age, Nouns (Sub Pop)
8. Free Kitten, Inherit (Ecstatic Peace)
9. James Blunt, All the Lost Souls (Atlantic)
10. Sun Kil Moon, April (Caldo Verde)
Speaking of which, no need to go to MSG to see M83 because they've added a smaller show at Irving Plaza, on the day they have off one day earlier. Tickets for the January 24th show are on sale. All dates below...
Health @ Knitting Factory (more by Ryan Muir)
Cut Copy @ Webster Hall (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Cut Copy are pleased to announce their final run through North America in support or In Ghost Colours. This 18 date trek in March 2009 will be the last shows they do before they retire to the studio to complete the ideas swimming in their heads and on their laptops for the next record. They are pleased to be playing a number of cities for the first time, as well as visiting some of old favorites they had previously played with Black Kids and The Presets. Joining them on this trip will be Brooklyn's own Matt and Kim, along with an awesome light show and a special surprise DJ.Matt & Kim are also on tour right now. All CC dates below...
Cut Copy @ Webster Hall - September 21, 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Thursday I hit Santos for one of the Ete d'Amour parties I'd been looking forward to since the initial schedule was announced - Busy P & DJ Mehdi. Having seen Busy P and DJ Mehdi spin on multiple occasions, plus months of anticipation, still did not prepare me for Thursday night. Their sets crushed my expectations, going far beyond what I imagined. From the super fresh, to 'oldies but goodies', their individual sets had it all, but the real magic happened when the pair shared deejay duties - trading off every other track for one of the most unique, highly danceable, fun sets I've experienced this year. You can read more about the night here.
I really didn't want to do it (especially with Sinden deejaying at Love on Saturday - anyone go? how was it?), but I took the next two nights off from dancing. Then Sunday night I ventured out earlier than I've gotten used to, to see the Presets and Cut Copy at Webster Hall. The Presets took the stage around 9, beginning their set with "Talk Like That" with Kim's thunderous drumming reminding me of Soulwax's show at Irving Plaza last month for just a fleeting second. Much to the crowd's delight, he and Julian delivered about an hour of pounding (in a good way) dance music, most of which even I (not the biggest Presets fan) was able to enjoy.
Around 10:30 Cut Copy began what was to be an hour long, electrifying set with "Visions" followed by "Nobody Lost, Nobody Found" - the two songs that begin their most recent album In Ghost Colours. From there they played plenty of material from both that album as well as Bright Like Neon Love, whipping the crowd into a frenzy that resulted in happy faces and a bouncy Webster Hall floor as everyone jumped with glee to the Australian trio's upbeat tracks. You can check out the rest of what they played as well as some more great photos here.
As great as I always feel after dancing around at a Cut Copy show, there is something really beautiful and poignant about some of their lyrics that always seem to make the experience more emotionally involving than a straight-up, banging deejay set. One very poignant moment during the show, probably lost to those unaware of her passing, was the band's dedication of their last song, "Hearts on Fire" to Nagi (Noda), the young Japanese director responsible for the music video (the last she worked on) for that song. While I only recently became familiar with her work, it's always sad to see someone so young and creative leave our world so quickly...
As is basically the norm at this point, we're in for another very eventful weekend dance-wise in New York. Things get started tonight (Thursday, Sept 25th), with quite a bit going on from which to choose:
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Cut Copy & the Presets played their first of two shows at Webster Hall in NYC Sunday night (Sept 21). The second show is Monday (tonight) and the afterparty is at Santos Party House. This afternoon they'll be deejaying the Apple Store. More pictures from last night below....
Cut Copy in Mexico
If you're still standing after the past few crazy days & nights of dancing there is still plenty happening Sunday and heading into the beginning of next week.
photos by Bao Nguyen
DOWNLOAD: CSS - Move (Cut Copy remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: CSS - Left Behind (Midnight Juggernauts remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sunny Day Sets Fire - Wilderness (CSS Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: CSS - Donkey minimix (MP3)
The 'Donkey' minimix MP3 (releaesd by CSS to promote the new album) is kind of lame because instead of actually mixing together every song on their new album 'Donkey', it just kind of plays clips of each song one after another. The other two CSS tracks are remixes by cool dudes from Australia, and the last one is a remix CSS did for a band called Sunny Day Set Fire (for an EP that also features remixes by The Cool Kids and "Mad Decent") which is kind of confusing because there's already a four word band name that starts with Sunny Day. CSS recently played the All Points West Festival and the rest of those pics (and tour dates) are below...
The Juan Maclean are playing Bowery Ballroom on October 4th. Tickets are on sale.
Trey Anastasio is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets will sell out immediately on Saturday.
Mr. Brownstone are playing Irving Plaza on November 28th. Tickets are on sale.
Sonic Youth @ McCarren Pool - on sale soon.
Check out the free show calendar for FREE SHOWS.
Cut Copy @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Bao Nguyen)
Those mysterious dates are now officially announced. All of them below...
Cut Copy @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Bao Nguyen)
The official release of the Cut Copy single 'Hearts on Fire', taken from their sophomore record, In Ghost Colours, is out this week in the USA. As for remixes, we [Modular] asked The Midnight Juggernauts, Knightlife, Calvin Harris, Holy Ghost! and former touring bassist, JP Shilo to rework the track, and they all came back with thumping throwdowns.Tickets go on sale Wednesday for two Cut Copy / Presets shows at Webster Hall in September. (update: not on sale yet. dates removed for now) The dates are part of a TBA tour that
The latest eye-widening and mind-altering single from The Presets, "This Boy's In Love" will be release digitally Stateside this Summer with remixes from the workshops of Jori Hulkkonen, Zombie Nation, Lifelike, Kevin Saunderson and a rerub by The Presets' K.I.M himself.
DOWNLOAD: LA Riots feat. Jadis - If I Could (MP3)
Cut Copy @ Bowery Ballroom - May 14, 2008 (more by Bao)
Cut Copy kicked this week in dance off to a great start. Their show at Bowery on Wednesday was a world better than the one at the Mercury Lounge in March. The sound was flawless and clear which really showcased what a fine-tuned electronic and pop band Cut Copy is. The band goes the extra step, adding in just the right amount of effects and background vocals to give their songs a very full, complete sound. They played a tremendously energetic set which was reciprocated by an equally enthusiastic crowd. Everyone was getting down in their given inches of personal space at the sold-out show. Cut Copy's set was just about an hour long and featured an excellent mix of songs from their new album In Ghost Colors, as well as some from Bright Like Neon Love. Their exact setlist was....
Out There On the IceTonight (May 16, 2008) and Saturday there is even more live dance music in town. Does It Offend You, Yeah? (who will also be here in a couple of months supporting Bloc Party) stop in at the Highline Ballroom as part of their North American tour. I'm very interested to see how/how well they are able to translate such electronic-sounding tracks with a live band.
Time Stands Still
That Was Just a Dream
Nobody Lost, Nobody Found
Lights & Music
Hearts On Fire
Advanced tickets available here, $12 at the door.
After the show at Highline, DIOYY will be deejaying at Webster Hall for the GBH 10 Year Anniversary which boasts a pretty big line-up (see flyer). While the venue choice has left many scratching their heads I'm just hoping such a big room will make for a cooler environment to catch LA Riots and MSTRKRFT whose recent show at Studio B was made considerably less enjoyable due to the stifling heat.
photos by Bao Nguyen
photos by Bao Nguyen
DOWNLOAD: Cut Copy - Hearts on Fire (Joakim Remix) (MP3)
Cut Copy = Good hair, good looks, good and subtle use of unlikely influences (Fleetwood Mac, ELO, etc.), good tunes = Great, great times. [For Your Pleasure]The new Cut Copy album Ghost Colours (which the Guardian says could be the album of the year) was produced by Tim Goldsworthy (one half of DFA Records). Tim G. and and Tim Sweeney are a DJ team collectively known as T&T, and they also opened for Cut Copy at the Bowery show. More pictures from that show (which Showtrotta is sure to talk more about later), below....
DOWNLOAD: Cut Copy - Hearts on Fire (Midnight Juggernauts remix) (MP3)
Midnight Juggernauts @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC - May 9, 2008 (CRED)
Last week in dance was pretty amazing. Wednesday night at Studio B the Shoes stole the show with their early live set - an energetic mix of lyrics and good dance beats. SebastiAn's set that followed was a bit on the weird side - it started off poppy, but quickly moved to the more electro/dance oriented. He didn't play anything super new (except his track "Motor" which is great for the floor), had a few good build-ups, but the set as a whole never really came together. After he was finished, Yuksek and Brodinski seemed to have something good going, but half of the half-full Studio B crowd left right after SebastiAn. You can only dance to Bucketheadz's "the Bomb" in the middle of an empty floor for so long before it gets awkward, so regrettably I never got to see where their set went either.
Friday night I enjoyed hearing all of the Midnight Juggernauts electronic undertones at Bowery Ballroom (which were previously drowned out when I saw them at the Terminal 5 with Justice). Despite having a much better time at this show and being able to hear more of the electronic elements of their music, the Midnight Juggernauts live show comes across much more like a rock (dare I say metal) performance than you would expect from hearing their album.
Luckily we decided to head to Le Royale afterwards where we were just in time to catch an hour of great, solidly dance-able tunes from D.I.M. He played many of his own tracks (such as "Is You" and his remix of My People by the Presets), a lot of recent releases, and quite a few remixes and original tracks by Boys Noize. Even though I found so much Boys Noize love a bit odd, it really made me think highly of D.I.M.'s set. I love Boys Noize, but have over done it with his music at this point. I've seen him deejay 5 times over the past year, and have played out Oi Oi Oi. Despite that, something about D.I.M.'s delivery of the tracks was able to make me excited to hear them again. Additionally D.I.M. has a great energy and personality that shines through while he's deejaying. He shouts along, gestures, and really gets the crowd into into it. It was a really refreshing dance experience.
The Black Ghosts @ Glasslands, Brooklyn, NYC - May 10, 2008 (CRED)
Saturday night, while I wouldn't call the steamy Glasslands Gallery refreshing, the Black Ghosts set was another breath of fresh air for dance music. Touché's UK-styled beats coupled with Simon Lord's fervent vocals reminded me of when I first started going out to see deejays. Everything sounded fresh and I would come home drenched in sweat with my feet aching, looking forward to doing it all again. That night at Glasslands I could tell I wasn't the only one who felt that way. The Ghosts had the crowd losing it on the dancefloor as they blazed through an hour and a half of great beats laced with live performances of their songs including "I Want Nothing, Any Way You Choose to Give It", "Some Way Through This", and others.
While those are some tough acts to follow, there is some great talent coming through New York this week: