Entries tagged with: DFA
"As the new millennium started gearing up, there was a obvious reason why Jerry started playing with all the DFA-affiliated bands (The Juan Maclean, !!!, etc.) as time went on: He was an invaluable monster on the drums that could recreate those motorik-like disco beats and make it sound human. Goddamn, the hair on the back of my neck stands on end when I think about it. Recent years saw him reaffirm his roots in Athens as he became the incredibly propulsive backbone to Maserati after they gave their original drummer the boot. And man, again, watching Jerry perform was always a treat. ALWAYS." [Chunklet]It's been a week since the tragic death of Jerry Fuchs. A memorial service was held at Enids in Brooklyn on Thursday. The loft building he died in, 338 Berry Street, is going about business as usual. There are many Craigslist ads for spaces there. All of them mention the freight elevator as an amenity. This is the picture of the building from one of the ads:
What was Jerry doing at 338 Berry at the night in question? Well, this "AccesSoiree" benefit party was happening there...
The party advertised that there would be "DJ sets by fashion darling Judi Rosen, The Juan MacLean's Nancy Wang and more from New York's finest DFA crew to name but a few". The above-quoted Chunklet obit is one of the nicest I've seen, and as it reiterates, Jerry was a large part of DFA. Chk Chk Chk wrote this on their MySpace...
thanks to everyone who has contacted us with their love and support. we could never put into words how special a person jerry was and how much we loved him. we ask that you tell all the people you care about and are thankful for that you love them. we wish we still had jerry.A member of Hot Chip got this new Jerry Fuchs memorial tattoo...
The first Juan Maclean video below (with a fake fight) explains the midi tattoo. The other video features a 16 minute live version of "Happy House" with Jerry behind the kit. Juan is DJing a benefit in San Francisco on November 20th. More details about that and both videos below...
photos by Benjamin Lozovsky
...I then made my way across the water via the L in search of the Brooklyn Bowl to check super-duper Portland buzz group YACHT. While it would be easy to toss YACHT under the burgeoning umbrella of electro dance-pop, Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans take the genre to a whole different level with a visual presence that channels David Byrne, Annie Lennox and Odelay-era Beck. Behind massive hooks that might be best described as Young Marble Giants as the Delta 5 having a fistfight on steroids and speed, YACHT revved the 300-plus audience to a fever pitch with robotic gyrations and moon-walking grace. [Jake Sprecher]Yacht was the only live act on the Thursday night DFA CMJ show at Brooklyn Bowl. The DJ sets were by Special Disco Version (James Murphy and Pat Mahoney), Still Going, Holy Ghost!, and Shit Robot. More pictures and a video interview someone did with Yacht at the show, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Hercules & Love Affair @ MHOW in August (more by Sara Skolnick)
Hercules & Love Affair's Andy Butler was one of the many DJs at the Electric Zoo Festival that happened over Labor Day weekend. At the fest he was billed as himself, but on September 26th he'll be DJing as H&LA at MoMA MiXX, a new series of dance parties at the museum.
MoMA MiXX uniquely pairs together major artists with world-renowned musicians or DJs, with each featured performer spinning a set of music that night. The Agnes Gund Garden Lobby will be transformed into a dance floor, and MoMA's Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium will serve as a lounge area complete with bars. The money raised benefits the exhibition programming for The Museum of Modern Art and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center.Opening up the first night will be DJ sets by Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin (of the Mister Saturday Night series among other things). The paired artists are Mickalene Thomas and Derrick Adams. Tickets are on sale, though they're not cheap...
Tickets for each event are $75 per person (or $200 for the first three events), and include an open bar.The next two events in the series are planned for January and April 2010.
Also on the way, the museum is hosting Between Worlds, an evening-length "pop spectacle" performance by Fischerspooner on November 1st. Tickets TBA. (MoMA is also still running Looking at Music: Side 2, and will be showing a Spike Jonze retrospective with No Age in October.)
Hercules & Love Affair played two live shows in NYC in August. At them, they debuted their new current (but probably not permanent) lineup of Shaun Wright, Aerea Negrot, Kim Ann Foxman, Mark Pistel and Andy Butler.
In the past, Hercules & Love Affair's lineup prominently featured singer Nomi Ruiz. More recently, she's been playing with Jessica 6. They opened for CocoRosie's return-to-NYC show at the beginning of September. Coming up, they're opening for Japanese psych rock band Yura Yura Teikoku at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 18th. Then the next night (Sept. 19th), they play as part of the New Languages Festival, which runs for six nights (starting Thursday, Sept. 17th) on two weekends at McCarren Hall in Brooklyn (on 98 Bayard St, an address that might sound familiar). Tickets are available at the door only.
For Japan's Yura Yura Teikoku, the MHOW is one of three upcoming US dates they have scheduled. The other two are opening for Yo La Tengo on Tuesday (9/15) and Wednesday in Vermont and Boston. Their new album "Hollow Me", which includes their recent EP "Beautiful", is out September 14, 2009 on DFA's Death From Abroad label (which helps explain the Jessica 6 connection). Album tracklist and NYC show flyer below.
The whole lineup for the jazz-based New Languages Festival, which "attempts to provide a panoramic view of 21st century jazz in New York City," is pretty diverse and spectacular. It includes Akoya Afrobeat, which matches the sound of Fela Kuti almost note for note (and integrates some of his songs into their rep), drummer Mike Pride's From Bacteria to Boys combo (who recorded a live session for WFMU in April), a set led by noted improviser and avant-jazz composer Tim Berne, and an opening night performance by Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, whose debut, Infernal Machines, came out in May on New Amsterdam Records.
The full schedule of shows and all tour dates are below...
School of Seven Bells @ South Street Seaport Friday (more by Chris La Putt)
Somehow I didn't go out last week, except for Pilooski and Friendly Fires on Tuesday & Wednesday which I already told you about. Plenty of other dance events went on though...the School of Seven Bells show at the Seaport (above), the DFA Boat Party, Flashing Lights, and Girls & Boys. Now, on to this week:
Drop the Lime & live band @ Summerstage - Aug 8, 2009 (more by Sara Skolnick)
Last week in dance was great, more specifically Saturday. Unfortunately I missed Canyons at Dark Disco in the Park, but arrived just in time for Drop the Lime's live set, which was amazing. As much as I first loved the heavy bass champion's sound when I first started seeing him deejay back in '07, lately his (and the other Trouble & Bass deejays') sets have been a little too bass-heavy for me (I think I'm getting old!). However, the live set on Saturday was the perfect balance of heavy bass, awesome live drums, and great vocals. There is something about adding live elements to dance music that just can't be touched, and Drop the Lime's live act is no exception.
Boys Noize @ Summerstage - Aug 8, 2009 (more by Sara Skolnick)
I was in an excellent mood after Drop the Lime's set and it only got better as Boys Noize took the stage. From the get-go it was clear that it was going to be a great set. It included loads of new tracks and any predictability I had witnessed in some of his prior sets was gone. Check out some video of Boys Noize dropping one of his & Erol Alkan's new tracks "Waves" below:
While there aren't any discos in the park this week, there is still plenty going on dance-wise, starting with Thursday (8/13):
Passion Pit (more by Tim Griffin)
Not quite on the scale of their last NYC music event (that I know about), but Diesel Jeans's U:Music tour will visit NYC for a show at Webster Hall on Thursday, July 30th. The lineup for that includes The Roots (with a special guest), Drake, Cobra Starship (huh?), Passion Pit, Theophilus London, and contest winners (two bands won a contest to get on the bill) The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! (as seen HERE and HERE) and Heartsrevolution. "To get in, one has to appear at the store's participating NYC locations wearing a pair of Diesel jeans, though tickets are limited."
All Diesel fans will have a chance to witness this private event with a limited amount of invitations to be given away at participating Diesel stores. One must show up to participating stores in a pair of Diesel jeans to qualify...The rest of the info below...
by Black Bubblegum
6FS reunited in 2007 and released Half Control, a record originally planned prior to their break-up, the next year on Load Records. Their "newest material is still being worked on" and the band is "searching for a label to help unleash the anschluss". Until that materializes, heres some background interesting facts on the band which at one time included John Maclean (AKA The Juan Maclean) as well as a soundman named James Murphy:
Maclean and Murphy met while each were building his own recording studio around 1990. They bonded over a shared love of dance music at a time when techno carried no cachet in indie rock. "You might as well have said you listened to country music," Maclean says. When Murphy became 6FS's soundman, he built a mammoth PA system that he dubbed Death from Above, a name he also scrawled on a military-style T-shirt that he wore almost every night. Murphy and Maclean liked to think of the PA as their version of a Jamaican dancehall sound system, but with a punk kick: Murphy "would make it so punishingly, deafeningly loud that you had no choice except to deal with it head-on," Maclean recalls. Like Martin Swope in Mission of Burma a decade earlier, Murphy became a de facto fifth member of 6FS...To be clear, 6FS is/was much more than just a launching pad for DFA. Check out more on the history of the band at the world's most accurate online encyclopedia. Six Finger Satellite recently played Great Scott in Boston, MA (a review from that show here) as well as Machines With Magnets in Rhode Island. Video from R.I. is below.
Unwittingly, Six Finger Satellite were sketching a new canon that the DFA would codify a decade later.... 6FS were often described as a cross between Big Black, Devo, [and] crypto-fascist German electronic duo DAF, whose music [they] openly pillaged. -[The Boston Phoenix]
"With a vital role on band sensation Grizzly Bear's new CD Veckatimest and an appearance this Thursday, May 28th, backing up the band at Town Hall, the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus embarks on a six-week run of performances spanning music as diverse as indie rock and Mahler's 8th. That's business as usual for the BYC, which has sung with Alicia Keys for a Sesame Street special, backed Elton John at his birthday concert at Madison Square Garden, premiered Philip Glass's Symphony No. 5 with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and commissioned a body of work by musicians including Nico Muhly and Fred Hersch. The BYC is an astonishingly active group of kids that performs on the highest levels of the New York music scene, whether it be symphonic, rock, hip-hop, gospel, avant-garde classical, jazz..." [press release]Unfortunately it looks like the Chorus will only be at one of Grizzly Bear's three NYC shows. All BYC dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Free Energy - Dream City (MP3)
DFA liked Free Energy, this new ex-Hockey Night band from Philly, enough to sign them. What do you think? I'm not sold yet. Grab an MP3 above, and listen to one more at their MySpace. You can catch them live at Mercury Lounge with Awesome New Republic in NYC TONIGHT (5/19).
DOWNLOAD: The Juan Maclean - One Day (James Curd remix) (MP3)
Favorite concert: Most memorable concert ever attended was Nu Shooz in the parking lot of Beaverton Mall, Ore. in 1980-something. Billy Bragg at Big Day Out last year was moving. The favorite show I ever played was at Coachella with LCD Soundsystem -- the second time.The Juan MacLean is celebrating the release of his new album The Future Will Come, out April 14th on DFA, with a live (full band) performance at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (4/17). Advanced tickets available here.
Music: Thee Oh Sees from San Francisco. I listen to "Heaven" or "Las Vegas" by the Cocteau Twins and Arthur Russell's "World of Echo" every time I go running, but mostly because they're what's on my iPod Shuffle and I haven't been bothered to change it.
[Nancy Whang of the Juan Maclean talked to the NY Times]
Throbbing Gristle, who played Brooklyn Masonic Temple last night, is playing earlier tonight at the same venue. Tickets to both TG and JM would cost you a combined $52, OR you can pay $35 (before fees) for the combo by going HERE and entering the code GENESIS.
I really like the new Juan MacLean track "One Day" (video below and download the James Curd remix at the top of this post), and most of his past shows I've been to, so I'm hoping his show at Bowery Ballroom in October (which I found disappointing) was a fluke. The excellent Holy Ghost will be deejaying the LPR show, as well as Matt Cash, plus a live performance by Black Meteoric Star.
Juan begins a European tour just days after this show, followed by a US tour with the Field starting mid-May. The Field's new album, Yesterday & Today, is due out May 19 on Anti- Records. All dates, the new video and Juan MacLean cover art, below..
DOWNLOAD: Deep Red - Fun Girl (MP3)
Deep Red is a collaboration that includes Hercules & Love Affair keyboardist Morgan Wiley, bassist Andrew Raposo, and vocalist Nomi Ruiz who met while on the 2008 Hercules & Love Affair Tour. They combine minimal electro, dance, and R&B to create what sounds like a cross between Afrika Bambaataa, Kraftwork & Madonna. The synergy of their live show [by who I'm not sure] is said to evoke Fleetwood Mac & Sade incorporating live saxaphone & flute.Tonight's show was supposed to be last week at Zipper Factory, but that obviously wasn't happening so they moved it to Le Poisson Rouge.
Their first single 'Fun Girl', is a dark dance number full of tough vocal hooks, dirty bass and spooky synth lines. They are preparing to release a 12" this Spring followed by a run of shows in Europe and the US.
Deep Red make their debut in NY at Le Poisson Rouge this Thursday, January 22nd. Doors at 9pm, Midnight Magic 10pm Deep Red 11pm. DJ Pat Mahoney (DFA/LCD Soundsystem) will be spinning throughout the entire evening.
Andrew and Morgan were also in Automato.
The flyer for tonight is below...
James and Pat (more by Ryan Muir)
LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy has revealed that he is involved in a new band who are set to release material on his label, DFA.Pat Maloney?? (like I should talk). James and Pat are also collectively known as Special Disco Version, and............
Murphy told NME.COM that the collective, featuring LCD cohort Pat Maloney plus former Hockey Night members Paul Sprangers and Scott Wells, haven't decided on a name yet.
"There's this rock band arguing about what name they are," Murphy told NME.COM. "They're from Minneapolis.
"We've gone back and forth for months, there's no way to say [what the band name is]. Pat and I are the drummer and the bass player [respectively]."
Murphy said he expected to release material by the new collective next year.
According to his spokesperson Murphy is not officially a core member of the band, although he produces and contributes bass.
we're back and better than ever! pat und james have returned from brazil, japan, korea, the UK, ireland and the ukraine to get stupid with gentleman dj matt cash. $4 prb cans? $5 cover? it's like a hardcore show, if hardcore shows had really gay disco. oh--and NOT the straight edge kind of hardcore show, either. the fun kind. GET NAKED!prb??? That's happening upstairs at Santos Party House on November 5th. Doors at 11 PM. Also in James Murphy's NYC future:
Yacht @ SXSW (more by Ryan Muir)
TJM @ Bowery Ballroom
"Dressed in a dark blazer and white pants (after Labor Day, mind you!), John MacLean looked more like a professor than a dance-rocker. Perhaps his fashion sense is a remnant from his days teaching English in New Hampshire? Following a set from Chairlift, a Brooklyn-based trio whose career received a kick-start after Apple licensed "Bruises" for an iPod commercial, their fleeting allusions to Television and Bjork were bulldozed by The Juan MacLean's dance floor pastiche and their fondness for disco, house, and techno. Though MacLean's vocals sounded a little off at times (probably due to technical problems), when he's not singing and playing keyboards, he's constantly adding hand percussion and tweaking gizmos that give his music an interesting effect. Most notably, the icy vocal of singer/keyboardist Nancy Whang (of LCD Soundsystem) is a perfect yin to MacLean's yang. Their union shined on "Give Me Every Little Thing," a throbbing, squelchy, funky number laden with Theremin. Thankfully void of needless irony, it tipped its hat to Parliament-Funkadelic. Along the way, they dropped "Happy House," the first single from their forthcoming album, The Future Will Come, and it was a definite highlight. If tonight's performance is any indication, the future for The Juan MacLean looks very bright." [BigShotMag]The Bowery Ballroom show (10/18) happened a few days before the DFA CMJ showcase at Santos that Juan also played....
The Juan Maclean came on late closing out the DFA showcase...around 12:45- 1? John/Juan the man and his trusty troupe, including Nancy Whang and ex-!!! drummer Jerry Fuchs, brought dance chaos to the cold concrete floor of Santos. He oscilalted between a smorgasbord of samplers, tambourines, and modern electronic gadgets....and tastetested a track from upcoming album, The Future Will Come. Crazed lights and lasers added to the otherworld sci-fi vibe (that and the pills that were going around)... -FaithFree Blood (featuring ex-!!!'s John Pugh) was also on the Santos bill.
More pictures from both Juan Maclean shows below...
10.18 - NEW PARTY ALERT: TBD new monthly event w/ performance by Lykke Li (hosted by Josh Wood)The CMJ ones are actually only 10/21-10/25, but I thought I would list a few more for the full related picture. Some of these are for sale at Ticketweb. Check Santos' website for more info.
10.20 - Japan Takeover w/ Holidays of Seventeen, Local Sound Style, OVUM, Parker Theory, and The Rice Cookers
10.21 - Shiny Toy Guns (live) + The Delta Fiasco & Jonezetta
10.21 - AM Only Showcase w/ Wallpaper, Classixx. Bomb the Bass, Discokane, Jeremy Dawson of Shiny Toy Guns DJ set, and Jen Lasher
10.21 - The London Souls & The So So Glos with Special Guests
10.22 - Rong Music/DFA Records Showcase
10.22 - Special Disco Version (DFA continued)
10.23 - Dub Rock CMJ Showcase with 77 Klash, Ari-Up (The Stilts) & True Warriors , Fear Nuttin Band, The Cool & Deadly and Meta & The Cornerstones
10.23 - Afro-Punk & Frank 151 Present: Dallas Austin , The Noisettes and U G-D with DJ Ruckus
10.24 - Social Registry showcase w/ Gang Gang Dance, Growing, Psychic Ills, Mike Bones and Sian Alice Group
10.25 - Narnack's showcase w/ Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Restavrant, Iran, The Muslims, Vaz and the Sundelles
10.25 - Prime Time w/ DJs Eamon Harkin & James F!@$%^ Friedman + special guest GREG WILSON
10.26 - Jay Reatard (live) w/ Vivian Girls, Cola Freaks & DJ Tim Warren
Bowery Ballroom's CMJ listings are HERE.
DOWNLOAD: The Phenomenal Handclap Band - Testimony (MP3)
In the midst of popular electronic-based production teams such as Justice and DFA, Embassy Sound Productions (ESP) emerges with a fresh approach to dance-oriented rock and roll, using live instrumentation to evoke the intricate arrangements of Norman Whitfield, Quincy Jones, and Phil Spector as well as the pared down beats of contemporaries like The Neptunes and Danger Mouse.I was going to list a whole bunch of keywords that come to mine when listening to the The Phenomenal Handclap Band, but I think they have it covered. Maybe throw in 'B movie soundtrack' (I mean that in a good way). Their unsigned, unreleased album also features contributions by (in addition to who they already mentioned) members of Antibalas, Oakley Hall, the Dap Kings, Amy Winehouse's band, Diamond Nights, Persephone's Bees and Apollo Heights. The people in the picture (can you name any?) are the core group of the band. So far the collective has only played one show. Tonight (Thursday September 25th) is their second. I think there will be 12 people on stage. Details below...
ESP is Daniel Collás and Sean Marquand, two New York underground club DJs who became restless with the concept of playing other people's music. Having been involved with and disenchanted by the local rock and roll scene, they began to focus on producing.
Their initial projects resuscitated the respective careers of two veteran soul acts (New York's Joe Bataan and Brazil's União Black) and garnered critical acclaim, leading Daniel & Sean to set their sights on The Phenomenal Handclap Band, a supergroup comprised of a "who's who" of the indie rock and underground soul scenes. Members of such diverse bands as TV on the Radio, L'Trimm, Calla, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Mooney Suzuki, and Sí Se all contribute their individual talents to the album.
The Phenomenal Handclap Band sound is an anthemic, dancefloor-oriented blend of progressive rock, disco, electro, and '60s soul with sprinklings of hip hop-styled orchestral breakbeats and moody, synth-heavy hooks.
[that's the description written on their MySpace]
The B-52s are playing a show at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC on November 1st, 2008. In 2007 they played a show on Halloween with The Rapture at Roseland. This year they play the day after Halloween with Hercules & Love Affair and Special Disco Version (James Murphy and Pat Mahoney deejaying). Both years cost $50. Tickets are on sale (@ 10am).
Hercules & Love Affair and The B-52's also have a bunch of other fall shows scheduled without each other. All dates are listed below....
Did you end up doing anything last night? There are some great things happening Friday (tonight - Aug 22) as well.
Yacht @ SXSW 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
pop experimentalists YACHT (a.k.a. Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans) have just signed with DFA to release their new single, "Summer Song," available now digitally via itunes and on 12" vinyl. The single comes with two other sparkling fresh tracks: "I'm In Love With A Ripper (Party Mix)" and "It's Boring/You Can Live Anywhere You Want."Yacht's lablemate Free Blood play a free show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn tonight (Aug 22, 2008). Pink Skull and Professor Murder are also on the bill. Check out Yacht's new video for "Summer Song" below...
Keep a lookout for YACHT's forthcoming full-length, See Mystery Lights, out in 2009 on DFA
DOWNLOAD: Lykke Li - Little Bit (Loving Hand remix) (MP3)
Lykke Li added a 2nd NYC show to her previously announced tour dates that already included the August NYC show at (le) poisson rouge. The new show is at Music Hall of Williamsburg, in October, and tickets are on sale.
Check out the new Loving Hand remix above. Loving Hand = DFA's Tim Goldsworthy. All Lykke Li tour dates below...
James Murphy and Pat Mahoney @ PS1 - July 26, 2008 (CRED)
The Crowd @ PS1 - July 26, 2008 (CRED)
Thursday night, despite the various dance happenings I decided to take a break and stay in. Friday I took a break from dancing again and went to the excellent Ween show. The no-dancing streak couldn't last much longer though - Saturday I headed to PS1 for the DFA-laden edition of Warm Up. I arrived around 5 and witnessed a line stretched around at least 3 sides of PS1. Thankfully I was able to go on the much shorter line for LIC residents. Inside was less crowded than I expected - perhaps some of the line was due to an attempt at crowd control. Unfortunately it was only temporary and PS1 turned into a barely navigable, wall to wall crowd of people standing around, many waiting in one of the ridiculously long and seemingly merging beer lines.
After several minutes of scurrying through gaps opening in the crowd I finally made it to the dancefloor where there was an odd little mix of people not dancing at all, people just tapping their feet a little bit, and people absolutely losing their shit. I fell somewhere between the feet tappers and wanting to lose my shit but James and Pat's selections just weren't doing it for me. Probably the one and only highlight for me was when they dropped "Planet E" by KC Flightt which heavily samples "Once in a Lifetime" by the Talking Heads. Check out the video which features the soon to be touring David Byrne dancing through every now and then. Around 8 I left PS1 feeling very frustrated, but I am already starting to feel better because of the amazing events headed our way this week:
First off, hopefully things will be better tonight (Wednesday July 30, 2008) at Santos Happy House with different DFA'ers, Juan Maclean and Tim Sweeney (Beats in Space) choosing the tunes. Apparently it's going to be an actual battle with Tim and Juan switching off every hour, with one of them emerging as the winner....
If there was any indication in James Murphy's posting that the first "Special Disco Version" party at Santos' Playhouse last night was going to be a private party, I wouldn't have posted it the way I did. According to one anonymous commenter,
this was clearly false advertising, since when does "5 dollar drinks and music" mean a few 500 pound bouncers and a coked up studio 54 wannabe with a 20 pg guest list on a wednesday night? i guess this just proves once again that we should all party in brooklynUPDATE: I should also mention that the night I went it wasn't like that. You were either on list or paid $5.00. It also wasn't packed at the time.