Entries tagged with: DFA
by Bill Pearis
Holy Ghost! are back with a new EP, Crime Cutz, which is out April 29 via DFA. The title is out now as a single and is typical of what the NYC duo do well: '80s-style electropop with a decidedly human heartbeat. Featuring the East Coast Inspirational Singers Choir, "Crime Cutz" is also one of their best singles in some time. You can check out the deceptively simple but captivating video, directed by Ben Fries, below.
The duo will be heading to Australia this month for a DJ tour, but will be back in NYC to play this year's MoMA Armory Party on March 2 which is the kickoff event to the annual The Armory Show and Armory Arts Week (March 3 - 6). Tickets to this gala event are on sale -- not cheap, but tax deductible.
In other DFA news, the label is back with another of their "Hot Dog" parties which will happen at Good Room on February 27 featuring "DJ sets by the DFA family + guests and a very special live performance!" No word on who is DJing/playing but tickets are on sale. Flyer for DFA's Winter Hot Dog is below.
by Bill Pearis
Guerilla Toss will release their first album for DFA, titled Eraser Stargazer, on March 4. The band have just shared the album's first single, "Diamond Girls," which is Guerilla Toss in a nutshell: calamitous percussion, rubbery bass, noises from all directions, and the attitude-heavy vocals of Kassie Carlson. If you're into postpunk like Bow Wow Wow, The Slits and Pigbag (and even some of the earliest DFA singles) you should give this a spin. Listen below.
Folks in NYC have a few chances to catch Guerilla Toss' crazed live show, including twice this weekend: tonight (1/15) at Aviv with Providence, RI punk marching band What Cheer? Brigade, as well as Evolfo and Naked Naps (more info); and Saturday (1/16) at Shea Stadium with Wume, Zula, Erica Eso, and Melodia (more info). They'll also play the second of Market Hotel's opening weekend parties on January 23 with PC Worship, Pill and "special guests tba."
by Bill Pearis
The Juan Maclean, who released the terrific In a Dream can be seen DJing regularly here in NYC (and elsewhere), but its been a long time since they've performed live. Specifically, six years since they last toured. They'll be rectifying that this spring when the four-piece band version of The Juan Maclean goes on tour. That trek kicks off with a six-show NYC residency featuring three nights at Cameo on April 16 - 17 and then Union Pool on April 23 - 25. Tickets to all six NYC shows are on sale now.
Meanwhile, in related DFA news, Museum of Love (LCD's Pat Mahoney + Dennis "Jee Day" McNany) play Bowery Ballroom on Friday (2/27) with Oneida and Blondes on the bill as well. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving a pair away.
Contest details, and the list of all Juan Maclean tour dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
John + Jehn
NYC will be invaded by Savages starting next week, sticking around for three weeks and nine shows total at venues Baby's All Right, Mercury Lounge and Saint Vitus. Those are all sold out, but singer Jehnny Beth and frequent collaborator (and Pop Noire label co-runner) Johnny Hostile will be performing as John + Jehn, doing a live electronic set at Baby's All Right on January 18. For a taste of what to expect, check out live video of John + Jehn performing "Pricks" in Brussels, below.
That's part of a show being billed as the "DFA Winter Workout" that also features a modular synth set by Gavin Russom, plus DJ sets from Nancy Whang, Juan Maclean, Sinkane, Holy Ghost!, Museum of Love, and Kris DFA. Tickets are on sale now. And if that sounds like a lot of party for a Sunday, MLK Day is the next day (1/19) and some of you may have the day off.
Flyer for the DFA Winter Workout and the John + Jehn live video, below...
by Bill Pearis
If the DFA Winter Workout isn't enough DFA for you in January, you can catch new signee Slim Twig as well, who will be playing two NYC shows this month as part of a short North American tour, playing Palisades on January 17 and Cake Shop on January 18. In October, DFA reissued his 2012 album, A Hound at the Hem, which is definitely not a typical pick for the label, more avant-garde orchestral pop than four-on-the-floor disco action. (But if you love Bowie's Berlin period, definitely give it a spin.) You can stream the album via Rdio and check out the video for "Hover on a Sliver," below.
Both NYC shows are with U.S. Girls and the 1/17 Palisades date is also with Irish trio Girl Band (one of a few NYC shows they're playing), and Bottoms. Tickets are still available (no advance for Cake Shop).
All Slim Twig dates are listed, along with album / video streams and flyer for the Palisades shows, below...
We recently posted Ed Banger label head Busy P's remix of Sinkane's "New Name," and it turns out that that's actually one of four remixes on a free DFA Records holiday remix EP. It also features Magic Touch putting their magic touch on The Juan Maclean's "A Simple Design, CFCF's take on Dan Bodan's "Romeo," and Daniel T. & Cooper Saver reworking Museum of Love's "Who's Who of Who Cares." Download the EP HERE.
Busy P is also ringing in the new year with an Ed Banger New Year's Eve party at Le Bain, also featuring DJ Falcon and Blu Jemz. More info here.
Stream the whole EP below...
Canadian-born, Berlin-based songwriter Dan Bodan released his new album, Soft, via DFA this week. Soulful and genre-defying, you can stream the entire thing below.
Dan will be in NYC to play Baby's All Right on Novmeber 14 with Physical Therapy, Sadaf, and "Special Guests." Tickets are on sale now. It's Dan's only North American date at the moment but he does have European shows coming up. All dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...
Museum of Love
DFA Records threw one helluva party last year to celebrate their 12th Anniversary. This year they're throwing another party, a smaller scale summer soiree if you will (actually, that's what they're calling it), at The Wick on August 23. It will feature the NYC live debut of Pat Mahony's new band, The Museum of Love, plus DJ sets from Sinkane, Nancy Whang, Holy Ghost, plus a "special guest TBA." Tickets for the show go on sale Monday (8/4) at noon.
In related news, you can catch Sinkane performing live at The Lot LIC Music & Film Series kickoff show which happens Saturday (8/2) afternoon (3 - 9 PM) and is free.
The Juan Maclean, who have a new album out soon and seem suspiciously absent from the DFA party lineup (along with Shit Robot and you-know-who), will be DJing at Output on August 16 as part of the afternoon "Kaviar Disco Club" party (tickets).
Flyer for the DFA Summer Soiree and Sinkane's The Lot show, plus a couple Museum of Love tracks, below...
by Bill Pearis
While James Murphy has been more into film and coffee since closing the book on LCD Soundsystem, drummer Pat Mahoney has formed a new group, Museum of Love. Named after a Daniel Johnston song, MoL is a duo with old friend Dennis McNany (aka Jee Day who has toured with The Juan Maclean and founded Run-Roc Records) as the other half. After two singles on DFA last year, Museum of Love will release their eponymous debut album on August 19. It is perhaps a little more soulful than LCD fans might be expecting, and at times reminds me just a little of Wild Beasts. The album's first single is "In Infancy" and you can stream that, along with previous singles and a surreal album trailer, below.
The Juan Maclean also have a new album and DJ dates coming.
Flyer for the Cielo show, Museum of Love album art, tracklist and streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
Factory Floor are releasing "How You Say," originally on last year's terrific debut LP, as a single via two EPs this month. The first of those is out this week (4/15) and features a host of remixes by Invisible Conga People, Daniel Avery and Gunnar Haslam. This is the first we've heard from Invisible Conga People since their 12" on DFA back in 2011. Their remix makes its premiere in this post. Stream it, and check out the original's new video, below.
Meanwhile, Factory Floor just played Coachella yesterday (4/13) afternoon and will do so again this Sunday (4/20). Those appearances are part of the band's first North American tour, and that hits NYC on April 23 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are still available. That show and the DC show are with Protect-U, who tour with Peaking Lights after.
One more thing, Factory Floor also recorded a KEXP session while in Seattle and you can stream that here. Updated tour dates, plus the remix premiere, are below...
Shit Robot's been at it for a while, but his only full length album is still his 2010 debut From the Cradle to the Rave. That will change when he finally releases its followup, We Got a Love, on March 18 via DFA Records. Like his first album, this one features a number of guests, including Reggie Watts, Museum of Love, Nancy Whang, Lidell Townsell, The Rapture's Luke Jenner and Holly Backler. Reggie appears on two songs, including the title track which was released as a single a while back and its video can be watched, along with a stream of the Paul Woolford remix of the track, below. That's the album artwork above and the tracklist is below.
As discussed, Shit Robot is DJing the NYC stop on John Talabot's upcoming tour happening at SRB Brooklyn on February 7 with FIXED DJs JDH & Dave P. Tickets for that show are on sale now. He has a few other upcoming dates, all of which are listed below.
And speaking of Reggie Watts, we just posted a video of him performing at the Okayplayer Holiday Jam.
All dates are listed, along with the video, stream and tracklist, below...
by Bill Pearis
'Joke in the Hole' art
Eric Copeland likes to stay busy. In addition to his work with Black Dice, he's put out seven releases in the last year or alone, including two this summer for DFA, his first for the label as a solo artist. (Black Dice were on DFA in the label's early days.) In July he released the "Masterbater" 12" and then followed that up with the just-out Joke in the Hole LP. "Masterbater," which isn't on the album, is no more or less esoteric (or single-y) than what's found on the album, though at 12 minutes it coulda been just too long to make the cut. They're both part of Copeland's weird wonderful world of sound and you can stream the single and album in full below.
Eric plays a record release show tonight (8/23) in Brooklyn at 285 Kent. It's also release show for Regal Degal, whose new EP, Pyramid Bricks, is fresh on Terrible Records. Greatest Hits are on the bill as well, plus DJs Tim Koh (of Haunted Graffiti) and Jorge Elbrecht (Violens). Advance tickets are available.
About a month after tonight's show, Eric will team back up with the Black Dice guys when that band plays 285 Kent on September 27. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
DOWNLOAD: Holy Ghost! - "Teenagers In Heat" (MP3)
Synth pop duo Holy Ghost! will return with their sophomore album, Dynamics, on September 10 via DFA, and they've just released an outtake from the album sessions, "Teenagers in Heat," which was co-produced by DFA co-founder/LCD Soundsystem main man James Murphy. The song won't appear on the new album but it will be released as a 7" single and digitally. Download it above or stream it, along with the video for a track that will appear on the album, "Dumb Disco Ideas," below. Also below is the tracklist, and that's the album art above.
Meanwhile, James Murphy will be DJing in Brooklyn the night after at Williamsburg dance club Output (7/25) for their weekly INPUT party. The show is billed as "James 'DFA' Murphy vs. Eric 'Dunks' Duncan" (Eric is a member of DFA's Still Going). Tickets for that show, which runs from 10 PM to 4 AM, are on sale now, and also available at Resident Advisor.
Song streams and Dynamics Tracklist below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
this is where the DFA anniversary is happening
NYCers might be familiar with the infamous commercials for the spectacular Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn, with the proprieters finishing off the commercial by yelling "WE MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE" at the top of their lungs. I've always thought that the venue -- which is truly fantastic in the textbook definition of the word -- might make an interesting space for a musical event. It has before, including being the home of the world-music oriented Golden Fest.
Apparently I was not alone. We've mentioned it, but never fully given it the attention it deserves. As part of the massive Red Bull Music Academy takeover of NYC next month, DFA Records will make their dreams come true by hosting their 12th anniversary of party at the dazzling space on May 25, featuring a veritable army of the DFA crew including DJs and live sets from James Murphy, The Rapture, Black Dice (live set), Juan Maclean, Pat Mahoney, The Crystal Ark (live set), YACHT (live set), Sh*t Robot (live set), Planningtorock (live set), Prinzhorn Dance School (live set, their US debut), Still Going, Nancy Whang, Tim Sweeney, Larry Gus, Dan Bodan and Marcus Marr. There are bound to be some surprises in store as well and seems likely to be a very memorable night.
Tickets are still available, but reportedly "dangerously close to selling out."
DFA-related videos and those classic Grand Prospect Hall commercials are below.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned before Lace Curtain is a new project from extremely prolific Australian Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Ooga Boogas) that also features James Vinciguerra (Total Control) and David West (Total Control, Rat Columns). While both Total Control and Ooga Boogas dabble in electronics, Lace Curtain are full-bore in diode mode.
The band's debut EP, out now on vinyl and next week (3/5) digitally, explores a variety of electronic landscapes and would make a good soundtrack to a dystopian sci-fi film or, in the case of "Good Intentions," someone's nightmare breakup or withdrawl. (In a good way, of course.) We've got the premiere of that track right here and you can stream it below.
Don't forget Mikey and James will be in NYC with the great Total Control in May.
by Andrew Sacher
As mentioned, Lucero plays two nights at Brooklyn Bowl (one with Nude Beach) before playing New Year's Eve at Wellmont Theatre with The Hold Steady. But Brooklyn Bowl will host a very different type of show on New Year's Eve, when DFA duo-turned-live-band Holy Ghost! plays a set with special guests. $45 tickets for the Holy Ghost! show are on sale now.
Like Kanye West, who also celebrates New Year's Eve in the NYC area, Holy Ghost! were scheduled to play UR1 Festival in Miami (12/8-9). However, Miami New Times is reporting that the festival will be postponed due to predictions of heavy winds that weekend (via Pitchfork).
Holy Ghost! released a new single, "It Gets Dark," at the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair last month, and have since put the track out digitally. The track is pretty great and you can stream it below.
by Andrew Sacher
Milano-via-Greece producer Larry Gus has a few releases out already, and he just teamed up with DFA Records for his latest, a free album called Silent Congas. The album weds psychedelic soul hop beats with otherworldly rhythms and soundscapes in a retro-futuristic kind of way that should appeal to fans of Gonjasufi or of the collaborative album by Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, and The Congos. You can stream the entire thing and download it for free below.
We know there are always tons of free albums/mixtapes released all the time, but this week has been an especially good one with free albums from Cities Aviv, Action Bronson and the Alchemist, and more. Any other good ones you've grabbed recently?
The Crystal Ark at Music Hall of Williamsburg in May (via Veronica Ibarra)
The Crystal Ark began as the solo project of DFA producer/musician/synthesizer builder Gavin Russom, who also has records out under the name Black Meteoric Star, collaborations with Delia Gonzalez, and has been a touring member of LCD Soundsystem. Gavin recruited vocalist Viva Ruiz to contribute to the project and the Crystal Ark has since become a full band. They released their percussive, disco-oriented self titled debut album this week (10/30) via DFA. You can stream five of the album's eight tracks below, and if you like what you hear, you can pick the album at the DFA webstore. The album's cover art and tracklist are below too.
The Crystal Ark will celebrate their new album with an record release party in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on November 14. The show also doubles as a premiere party for the video for their single, "We Came To." No openers have been announced of this post. Tickets for the show are on sale now.
Song streams, cover art and tracklist below.
photos by Sarah Gainer
Sinkane @ Brooklyn Bowl - 10/23/2012
For such a multifaceted album, Mars feels personal, in part because most of the instrumentation and nearly all of the vocals come from one man. In every track, Gallab plays at least three instruments (in "Caparundi," he's credited with nine), and each instrument bears traces of the sounds that influenced Gallab. In the funky twang of the guitar that opens "Runnin'," the dance-friendly 4/4 kick running under "Jeeper Creeper" and the cosmic flourishes that pepper the jazzy title track, Gallab finds consistency in experimentation, and focus in the freewheeling....We have some pictures here from last night's show. They continue below...
Ahmed Gallab aka Sinkane (who has worked with Yeasayer, of Montreal, Caribou, and others) has been playing around NYC for some time. Just last month he did a residency at Zebulon in Brooklyn and played the Afropunk Festival, in addition to opening local shows for Ava Luna and The Very Best.
Now he's announced that he's signed to DFA Records and that the label will release his debut LP, Mars, on October 23. It features guest spots from Twin Shadow's George Lewis Jr, Yeasayer's Ira Wolf Tuton, and others. The album will include "Jeeper Creeper," which you may have heard, "Runnin'," which you can stream below, and six other tracks. The full tracklist is below.
Sinkane doesn't have any dates scheduled at the moment, but we know that he'll be playing some shows during CMJ so keep an eye out as the fest grows nearer.
Tracklist and streams are below.
LCD Soundsystem at MSG (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As mentioned, the LCD Soundsystem documentary, Shut Up and Play the Hits, will screen at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday (7/27). Advance tickets for that screening have sold out, but more tickets will be available at the door. They've since added another screening, which happens at Brooklyn Bowl on August 1 with a "special guest DJ TBD." Tickets for that screening are on sale now. The DVD of the documentary is also now up for preorder.
In other DFA news, Juan Maclean will DJ in Brooklyn on August 24 at Cameo Gallery with Brooklyn Bass. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
In somewhat related news, DFA released a white label 12" with remixes of The Rapture's "In The Grace Of Your Love" by Poolside (who play NYC TONIGHT and Friday) and Pional (who plays NYC with John Talabot in September). You can stream the Poolside remix HERE and the Pional remix below.
New Build, the new project featuring Hot Chip members Felix Martin and Al Doyle (who was also in LCD Soundsystem) and engineer Tom Hopkins, announced last month/year that they'll be making their NYC debut at Mercury Lounge on March 13. That show has since sold out and they've since added another show happening one day later at the same venue (3/14). Tickets go on sale Friday (1/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/18) at noon.
In related news LCD Soundsystem is releasing a documentary called Shut Up and Play the Hits. Watch the trailer if you haven't already.
Updated New Build dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Holy Ghost! - "It's Not Over" (MP3)
Holy Ghost! at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
There's already a number of New Year's Eve options in NYC, but if you're looking for something a little fancier, Le Bain and DFA Records are presenting a party at The Standard on 12/31 with DJ sets by Holy Ghost!, Jacques Renault, Tim Sweeney, and Justin Miller. $50 general admission tickets are on sale but the other, more expensive options, like $2000 tables, are sold out.
The Standard is also having another New Year's Eve celebration, 'On Top, with Debbie harry and Chris Stein of Blondie. The cheapest ticket for that one is $250, but it is completely sold out.
Speaking of DFA, they've been releasing a new song for free each night of Hanukkah on their website. The page features a menorah with a different download as each candle. Tonight's (the eighth night) is a Holy Ghost! song, which you can download above and stream below.
Flier for both shows and song stream below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
The three-night Brooklyn Night Bazaar kicked off last night in its warehouse location on Kent between North 5th & 6th. Entrance to the food and shopping and portapotties is free, but you'll need to pay to see the music in the big back room. Tonight that means spending $10 to see 5 bands including Dom and Fucked Up (tickets will be available at the door). Last night was a DFA-curated lineup that had headliner James Murphy DJing to a sizeable amount of people until well past midnight. Pictures from the whole evening, lots of the vendors included, below...
My favorte part about these Toyota Antics events is the part where you have to decide if you want to "Check here if you would like to be contacted by a dealer."