Entries tagged with: Dave P
The Rock Shop in Park Slope is open for drinking. Show is cancelled though.
Cypress Hill and Action Bronson at Best Buy Theater is postponed (new date TBA).
Public Assembly, who have another Action Bronson show coming up, will be closed Tuesday night.
Deftones and Scars on Broadway at Terminal 5 is postponed (new date TBA)
Dita Von Teese may or may not postpone Tuesday's show, one of four this week. UPDATE: Dita's Tuesday night show is cancelled, and a 2nd Thursday night one was added.
Journey and Pat Benatar/Neil Geraldo at the Barclays Center is cancelled.
The Freedom to Love Concert at Beacon Theater (with tons of artists scheduled to play it including Rufus Wainwright) is postponed (new date TBA).
The Tell Your Friends comedy show with Gilbert Gottfried, Myq Kaplan, Liam McEneaney, Rena Zager & more at The Bell House is postponed. (new date TBA)
Kitsune Club Night at Le Poisson Rouge with The Twelves, Yuksek, New Moods, JDH & Dave P is cancelled.
Le Poisson Rouge also says that Sean Hayes and Behind the Groove events have been canceled but "The Sean Hayes show will be rescheduled. All tickets will be honored."
Ute Lemper at Joe's Pub is cancelled.
Everything at 92nd Street Y is cancelled.
Lincoln Center will remain closed Tuesday.
All Rocks Off Concert Cruises are cancelled.
All events at BB King's are cancelled.
UPDATE: Aimee Mann and Ted Leo are now also cancelled.
UPDATE: The Soft Moon/Pop 1280 show at Bowery Ballroom is cancelled.
UPDATE: Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea, and Havana Brown at Highline Ballroom "is postponed due to weather complications Rescheduled date will be announced as soon as possible. All tickets will be honored." Rita Ora's Philly show was also cancelled.
Keep checking this post for updates.
Monday's cancellations are listed HERE.
Tanlines at House of Vans in June (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Tanlines and fellow tropical pop synthesist Blood Diamonds (who have shared a bill in the past) have scheduled a last minute performance happening in NYC on Friday (10/19) at Le Bain with Making Time resident DJs Dave P and Sammy Slice. The show is presented by Urban Outfitters and takes place during CMJ (though it isn't an official CMJ show) and is free with RSVP. The show flier is below.
Tanlines will also headline their largest hometown show yet at Webster Hall on November 29. No openers have been announced yet. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/19) at noon. All Tanlines dates (including a stop at FFF Fest in Austin) are listed below.
Speaking of Dave P and Le Bain, Dave is also one of the party promoter/DJ duo FIXED with JDH. They're celebrating their eighth anniversary at Le Bain on October 26. That show is totally free to the public and the flier is below.
Videos/streams from Tanlines and Blood Diamonds, both show fliers, and a list of all dates below.
UPDATE: We found even MORE
As mentioned, Thursday (9/5) is Fashion's Night Out. Basically another excuse to throw a party (in the name of bringing money and attention to fashion), the evening has become music-oriented in the last few years with bands playing stores all over New York City. There's a lot of stuff going on, including the Azealia Banks / DJ Cosmo performance at M.A.C. Soho we already told you about; plus Icona Pop and Maria Minerva at Urban Outfitters; Matchbox Twenty (!?!) at Bloomingdales; Haim at Topshop; La Sera at Helmut Lang; We Were Promised Jetpacks at Rockefeller Center; and Cyndi Lauper at Manolo Blahnik, just to name a few.
Below is a list of all the shows we could find with basic details and links where applicable/helpful. All shows are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Many have free food and booze as well. For more into visit the Fashion's Night Out website. Let us know what we missed, in the comments.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Chromatics @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Chromatics were in town this past weekend, opening for Hot Chip on Friday (7/20) and playing a headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday (7/22). I caught their T5 set -- my first time seeing the group -- and they were more engaging than I thought they were going to be, with a live drummer keeping things banging. I like their new album just fine but to this point, though, Chromatics don't so much make music to dance to as music to melancholically bob your head to. Kill for Love's "Lady" and the Survivor-esque "These Streets Will Never Look the Same" came closest to getting the crowd moving. Pictures from the Brooklyn show are in this post.
Chromatics recently played the Pitchfork Festival too (which we have pictures of). More pictures from the MHOW show, a FIXED production (that was originally supposed to happen at Dekalb Market) where the band shared a bill with DJs JDH, Dave P and Paul Raffaele, below.
The Rapture/the scene House of Vans 6/20/2012
Let the games begin. House of Vans is officially open to the public after last night's scorching show featuring The Rapture, Tanlines and DJ Dave P. The line, which headed all the way to N12th along Kent, started moving at 8PM and though some left out of frustration, it seemed easier to enter as the night progressed.
House of Vans hasn't changed much (read: at all) since last year's shows. Sectioned off drinking areas from the show (police-style barricades). Plenty of free liquids of the alcoholic/non-alcoholic type to refresh the crowd. Music fans intermingling with those out for the free booze. Aside from the zillion degree temperature, last night's show was what you've come to expect from the House of Vans space.
Following a few tracks from Dave P (who entertained the crowd intermittently all night), Tanlines opened the big stage, playing their dancey-indie to a hot and sweaty room. While the band may have solid melodies laid to tape, they are far from a live force. I've seen my share of bands play to backing tracks and with an electronic presence, but the key thing missing was the understanding of the differences between performance and a live show. Limited crowd interaction and not the most interesting band to watch by any stretch of the imagination.
It has been many years since I last caught The Rapture (opening for Daft Punk out on Coney Island) and I remembered them to have a bit more Contortions mixed in with their Chic (live anyway). This was not the case but no matter, The Rapture ripped a solid and energetic set for the packed crowd. The sound in House of Vans is far from forgiving but it the crowd went wild to their steady danceable funk groove despite the extreme humidity and only a single helicopter-sized fan to cool them off. Booties did shake.
The next House of Vans event goes down on July 12th and will feature H2O, 7 Seconds with more TBA. RSVP info is forthcoming. Lots more pictures from House of Vans, including The Rapture's set list, are below.
We just posted about The Rapture's upcoming three-night stint at Music Hall of Williamsburg in September, but you can see them next week when they play House of Vans (25 Franklin St., Brooklyn) with Tanlines, JDH and Dave P on June 20. It's a free show and the RSVP page is now open.
H2O, 7 Seconds and some TBAs will play House of Vans on July 12 but the RSVP is not open for that one yet, or for four that still have no lineups (there will be six total according to the initial announcement).
Flyer for the Rapture HoV show is below.
Touche Amore at House of Vans (more by BBG)
Vans and FYF are excited to announce the return of the Vans House Parties to Brooklyn this summer. The first installment of the free concert series will kick off live from the House of Vans (25 Franklin Street) on Wednesday, June 20th with performances by The Rapture and Tanlines, and will feature a Dave P (Making Time/Fixed NYC) DJ Set. The show will be followed by a second Vans House Party on July 12th, with performances by H20, 7 Seconds, and more. There will be four additional Vans House Parties throughout the summer on July 26th, August 2nd, August 16th, and August 29th.Still no word on who will play any of the other parties, but we'll keep you informed.
by Andrew Sacher
Kindness - 'World, You Need a Change of Mind'
UK artist Kindness (aka Adam Bainbridge) released his first full length, World, You Need a Change of Mind, earlier this year via Female Energy/Polydor and made some live appearances at SXSW. He's now set to make his NYC live debut at a FIXED show at Le Poisson Rouge on May 17 with Tezeo and FIXED DJs JDH & Dave P. Tickets are on sale now.
Kindness pulls from US disco and synth-funk and its long-standing relationship with rock, dating back to bands like Talking Heads and ESG, and on World, You Need a Change of Mind, he ends up somewhere in the middle of that spectrum. The album reaches its biggest disco-pop moment on "That's Alright," while still paying tribute to indie rock with a synthed up cover of The Replacements' "Swingin Party." That cover was initially released as a single a few years ago with the b-side, "Gee Up," which also appears on the record. It also includes Kindness's second single, "Cyan," which was issued in the US on Chris Taylor's Terrible Records. Check out some streams from the album below.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Martyn - "Viper" (MP3)
Martyn began DJ and promoting d&b nights in Holland as far back as 1996, but it was as recent as three years ago that his production began to be recognised. He had releases on Marcus Intalex's Revolv:R, both d&b and dubstep-- fitting since Marcus Intalex released one of the first deep house inspired dubstep-esque singles "Taking Over Me" as far back as 2000. But while Martyn bought into early Wookie material, it wasn't until Kode9's "Sine of the Dub" that Martyn took notice of dubstep. "I heard that record and it fitted right into some of the music I was hunting down at that time such as the reggae/techno from Berlin like Rhythm & Sound, Main Street and Basic Channel," he explains. [Pitchfork]Martyn released his second LP, Ghost People, last month via FlyLo's Brainfeeder label. The album is full of hollow dubstep beats in the vein of Kode9, who is mentioned above as one of Martyn's influences, and features guest vocals on the first track by Spaceape, who collaborated with Kode9 in 2006 for the pioneering Memories of the Future album, and again earlier this year on the duo's followup, Black Sun. But what really makes Ghost People a memorable listen is the way he works in his house influences. He can come out sounding like a better version of Deadmau5's early material (before he began taking a much frattier direction). The songs layer four-on-the-floor beats with more off-kilter ones and almost always use percussion in the forefront of the song, with a sparse melody in the background. The one exception is the album's especially house-y closing track, "We Are You In The Future," which opens with a catchy bouncing synth line that gets built off for almost 9 minutes, and is by far the longest track on the album. The album track "Viper" is available for download above.
Martyn's only got one North American date coming up and its The FIXED Holiday Bash at Public Assembly on December 16 with Jonas Reinhardt (live), Andrew "The Wiz" Potter, Ulysses, JDH & Dave P, and a back room hosted by Throne of Blood. Tickets for the show are on sale now.
All dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Gold Panda - "MPB" (MP3)
Gold Panda is currently on tour in Europe and will embark on a short US run at the end of October. The US dates include a NYC show on October 29 at Good Units as a FIXED event with JDH & Dave P. Tickets are on sale for the show that is one day before Gold Panda plays Moogfest in Asheville, NC.
All tour dates, the new song, and a stream of Gold Panda's entire Primavera Sound set, below...
Vito & Stephen
Aeroplane is now a one-man operation, Vito having amicably parted company with his bandmate Stephen Fasano. Not that we should be alarmed. "There are worse things in life!" says Vito. "Stephen's gonna do music on his own, I'm gonna do music on my own. I'm the studio guy, he was more the DJ so when the music became more important, the more I was alone in the studio. The future of Aeroplane was this album and I wrote it and played every instrument." The two are still on good terms: "He's picking me up tomorrow at the airport. I'm probably going to produce the stuff he writes in the future and I'm not going to have a word to say about it!"The next edition of long-running dance (and some rock) party FIXED happens tonight (5/26) at Le Poisson Rouge with Belgium's Aeroplane (aka one-man operation Vito De Luca) and FIXED regulars JDH & Dave P. Aeroplane released a mixtape on soundcloud in April with remixes of Adele, Shit Robot, Alex Winston (who Star Slinger also just remixed) and others. Stream the mixtape below. Tickets for tonight's show are still on sale.
JDH & Dave P bring the other Belgian DJ, one who used to be the the other half of Aeroplane, The Magician (aka Stephen Fasano), to FIXED on July 9 at Good Units in the Hudson Hotel. Tickets are on sale. The Magician will also be performing at Camp Bisco during that trip, as will JDH & Dave P.
FIXED also has a party scheduled on Saturday (5/28) at Public Assembly with Parallels. Parallels (featuring ex-Crystal Castles drummer Cameron Findlay) plays the front room with Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto, who just announced a tour. People at Parties and JDH open the show, and Pendu Disco DJs play the back room with Butterclock and You.
The Aereplane mix is below...
DOWNLOAD: Pantha Du Prince - "A Nomad's Retreat" The Slight Below Remix (MP3)
Pantha Du Prince released a new album on Tuesday via Rough Trade. "XI versions of Black Noise is comprised of re-workings of tracks originally on Pantha Du Prince's album Black Noise by friends and contemporaries including amongst others Animal Collective, Moritz Von Oswald, Four Tet, Efdemin and North American pioneer Hieroglyphic Being. Pantha Du Prince also does his own new version of "Lay In A Shimmer"." Check out the fifth track on the LP, The Slight Below remix of "A Nomad's Retreat" above. The full tracklist is below.
Pantha Du Prince is now on a North American tour that concludes in NYC at Good Units at Hudson Hotel on April 22nd. it's a FIXED event, and Pantha is playing "live", as are The Sight Below (who remixed the above track). JDH and Dave P will DJ. Advanced tickets are on sale. All Pantha tour dates are listed below.
Four Tet will appear at Gowanus Grove at the end of May, and at EMPAC Studio 1 in Troy, NY with Jon Hopkins on September 15th.
A-Trak at Terminal 5 (more by Brook Bobbins)
After a pair of appearances at Coachella (as himself and as part of Duck Sauce) A-Trak will hit the road for a string of US dates with Kid Sister and The Gaslamp Killer dubbed the "Magic 8-Ball Tour". That "Magic 8-Ball" rolls into NYC on April 30th at Terminal 5. Tickets aren't listed yet. All dates are below.
Meanwhile catch A-Trak with Art Brut, White Denim, Lissy Trullie, and The Suzan at Webster Hall on March 4th, aka night one of the two night Downtown Records party that continues at Terminal 5 on March 5th with Miike Snow, Major Lazer, Santigold, DJ Mehdi and others. Webster tickets are still on sale, though Terminal 5 is sold out.
If you don't have a ticket for the Terminal 5 show, you can still catch DJ Mehdi at his own headlining date at Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 4th with JDH & Dave P (Fixed). Tickets are still available.
Speaking of dance parties at Music Hall, Holy Ghost!, who opens for Cut Copy at two of their three upcoming Terminal 5 dates, will headline Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 29th. Tickets are still on sale.
All current tour dates and some videos below.
photos by Chris Doss
PUBLIC ASSEMBLY - FRONT ROOMThose were the set times of Saturday's Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival that took place in both venues in one night. A set of pictures from the event, continues below...
9:00pm Class Actress
12:00pm Penguin Prison
1:00am Azari & III
2:15am The Knocks
PUBLIC ASSEMBLY - BACK ROOM
8:00pm Free Magic
8:45pm Lloydski & Blu Jemz
11:15am Falty DL
12:15am Treasure Fingers
2:15am Star Eyes
3:10am Dave P
MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG
8:00pm Boody B & Marcus Price
8:30pm The Glass
9:15pm Body Language
12:30am Cubic Zirconia
1:15am Kid Sister
photos by Andrew St. Clair
"Dutch this, Swedish that! Germany's answer to house, Boys Noize, put on one hell of a set. Almost every track he dropped was welcomed by a roaring cheer. Technically he was breathtaking and proved once again why he is the future of electronic music." [Dancing Astronaut]Here is Part Two of our continuing coverage of the 2010 Electric Zoo Festival that took place over Labor Day Weekend on Randall's Island in NYC. We had multiple photographers and reviewers on hand. Andrew's pictures of Saturday (day one) were posted HERE. His pictures of day two (Sunday), continue below...
photos by Zachary Alex Stern
"Last night I went with some friends to see Crystal Castles at Terminal 5 for HARD Summer Tour and it was an awesome show. Sinden, Destructo, and JDH & Dave P opened and I have never seen so much sweat in my life. Alice Glass fell on me." [Cactus Crown]More pictures from the Saturday night show (which did not include Rusko), below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Pantha du Prince - Welt Am Draht (Animal Collective Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pantha du Prince - "Stick To My Side" (feat. Panda Bear) (Four Tet remix) (MP3)
Pantha du Prince...
German electronic music maven Pantha du Prince (Hendrick Weber) will be playing his first US shows in three years starting tonight, June 15th, in Washington DC. He visits NYC for a live set at Santos Party House on Thursday, June 17th. Also at that will be Fixed residents JDH and Dave P and Swedish duo Dada Life. Tickets are still on sale.
Pantha's third album and his first on Rough Trade, Black Noise, came out earlier this year. Weber is clearly a well-connected guy - the record features a guest vocal spot by Panda Bear and a bass-guest turn by Tyler Pope of LCD Soundsystem/!!!/Out Hud. The AC crew even remixed one of the album tracks. That's posted above, along with a Four Tet remix of the Noah Lennox song. The album is still streaming at the label's site.
Pantha du Prince's three June US shows will be followed up by a full stateside tour in the fall. In the meantime, Pantha du Prince crisscrosses Europe this summer. The video for "Stick to My Side" (again, that's the Panda Bear one), all tour dates, and the upcoming schedule for Fixed are all below...
Simian Mobile Disco @ Williamsburg Waterfront 2009 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Simian Mobile Disco will be DJing at Fixed's March 11th party at (Le) Poisson Rouge. The show will be first of a quarterly (4x a year) residency for the UK duo at Fixed. Tickets for the first date are on sale. The other exact NY show dates are still TBA.
SMD have some other DJ sets planned too - a few in March around the LPR show, and a few in May around Sasquach. Presumably that will also be around the time when their second quarter NYC show happens, possibly at Santos Party House where six more Fixed parties are already scheduled. Full list below.
The video for their song "Cruel intentions," which features Beth Ditto on vocals, is below. It was on their latest record, Temporary Pleasure, which came out in August 2009 on Wichita Recordings. In February, SMD released an EP, Extra Temporary, which "compiles the four tracks from the bonus second CD of Temporary Pleasure, along with the two bonus tracks from the iTunes version of the album." The video, all tour dates, a flyer and the upcoming Fixed schedule are below...
Vitalic, aka French electronic musician Pascal Arbez, is currently on tour across the US - he did California last weekend...
...Soon he took the stage and the crowd really got into it. My concert companion made it her mission to get us to the front. We eventually were no more than a handshake away from Vitalic. The crowd, energy, and sweat were drenching and surrounding me....and gets to Chicago tonight (2/23). He'll be playing NYC's Girls & Boys party at Webster Hall on Friday, February 26th. Tickets are on sale.
Concertgoers were continuously jumping up on the stage, then shooed away by security every few minutes. This pretty much happened for the duration of the show. Vitalic never seemed bothered, only energized by it. Driven by the music, people got on top of the speakers. It was awesome.
I danced myself sober. That is the way to gauge the worth of a show. If you sweat and move and dance so much that the alcohol has no choice but to be exiled from your pores, then your show was awesome.... [Spinning Platters]
The tour wraps in Toronto on February 27th. Vitalic put out a new record, Flashmob, in fall 2009. Vidoes from that, a flyer and all tour dates are below...
Electric Zoo (more by Zach Dilgard)
While from the outside, Electric Zoo (Sept 5-6, 2009) might seem like a 2-day hell, overrun by fake-tanned, heavily hair-gelled masses and their female counterparts, the actual experience (at least for me) was far from it. While my jaw dropped in horror as many of the element described above boarded the ferry to Randall's Island at the 35th Street pier, and I was only further freaked out when the entire boat broke out in a sing-along to "Now That the Love Is Gone" by David Guetta (one of many deejays playing the festival), once I arrived the dread of dealing that all day, subsided.
For starters, the festival grounds were very accommodating size-wise for the number in attendance. When I first arrived around 12:30 on Saturday, there was ample room and even as the day wore on and the grounds filled up, I never felt that I was trudging through a crowd to get where I wanted to go. Along with the size of the venue, the diverse spread of deejays (who were grouped at four different tents/stages vaguely according to similar genre/sound), kept my interaction with club-goers whom I would rarely run into under normal circumstances, to a minimum. In the instances where I was confronted with people straight out of My New Haircut (NSFW!) I couldn't say a bad thing about them. Everyone at the festival seemed to be too happy to be there, and dancing their asses off, to care what was going on around them, or to do anything too outwardly annoying to ruin anyone's time.
"The management of the Flying W have decided that our radness is just too much for their family establishment..."
members of !!! take a dip...
!!! embark today (September 3rd) on a short East Coast tour, dates below. The band will stop this Friday at Terminal 5 for the first night of Warp20 with Battles, Flying Lotus and Pivot. Tickets are still on sale.
Two days later, on September 6th, !!! will play Jersey/Philly's final Making Time Pool Party of the summer (remember, the Dan Deacon/No Age/Deerhunter pool party with an actual pool?). Plans for the Making Time party have been shuffled a bit after the Flying W Pool and Resort dropped out as the venue. The September 6th show will be happening, but not there - not even in Jersey. Instead, Bamboo Bar in Philadelphia (which has a pool of its own) will host the event. Also in house will be resident DJs Dave P, Mike Z and many others.
Check out a video put together for the event, the flyer, the story behind the gig and all !!! tour dates, below...
Simian Mobile Disco @ the Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Bao Nguyen)
"Simian Mobile Disco has been tearing up the dance floor ever since they released their critically-acclaimed, debut record, Attack Decay Sustain Release. Hailed as "the saviours of dance music" (FADER) the duo returns to America this fall to play select shows across the country, continuing to invigorate audiences with new music from their soon to be released sophomore LP, Temporary Pleasure out on Wichita on September 15th.You can download the Beth Ditto track in the post with the Pool Party pictures.
Temporary Pleasure is a spellbinding mix of high octane beats and melodies, capped off by incredible vocal performances from the likes of The Gossip's Beth Ditto, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, Super Furry Animals' Gruff Rhys, Yeasayer's Chris Keating, Jamie Lidell and more.
In addition to being sold via all digital service providers, a special deluxe package of Temporary Pleasure will be available at American Apparel retail locations only. This package includes an exclusive t-shirt designed by acclaimed British artist Kate Moross along with the bonus tracks, "Belvedere" and "Flea In Your Ear" (Flange Bliss Mix)." [PR]
Speaking of the Pool Party, Simian Mobile Disco DJ'd that show at the Williamsburg Waterfront on August 9th. Their fall tour will have them playing live. Those dates include an October 30th show at Webster Hall (one day before Halloween which is when the Junior Boys play The Bell House).
All SMD dates are with JDH & Dave P. All dates below...
Cale Parks @ Bowery Ballroom 2/4 (more by Leia Jospe)
Filter: What were the inspirations (both musical and non-musical) for your first EP, To Swift Mars?"One at a Time" off of Parks's new Polyvinyl EP is posted above. Check out the tracklist and album art below.
Cale Parks: Musical inspirations include the Yamaha DX7 synth, Roland 707, and Roland 505 sounds, as well as albums by The Durutti Column, Harmonia, Cocteau Twins, Peter Gabriel and anything on the Sincerely Yours label.
Non-musical influences includes the ways in which we imagined a world of the future, The Lost Boys, The Neverending Story, and poverty.
F: Who are you touring with in the upcoming months?
CP: I'm touring with a fantastic band called Lemonade. I'm really, really excited for it. They're such a high energy group live that there may be some onstage jamming, yes. I look forward to the invitation.
F: As a classically trained musician, have you found it easier or more difficult to craft your music for fan acceptance?
CP: This is a difficult question to answer. I guess that some things have come easier, in terms of knowing what type of chords should go after each other, or what notes to put where, that type of thing, but the general vibe of the music is something people are either going to like or dislike. People like what they like, but in some cases they like what they think they should like.
As he said above, Parks will join electro-pop group Lemonade on a somewhat short tour that kicks off Tuesday, August 18th in NYC at Santos Party House. Also on the bill are Dinowalrus, Teengirl Fantasy, and JDH & Dave P of FIXED. Tickets are on sale.
Lemonade recently remixed the title track of Faunts' 2009 album Feel.Love.Thinking.Of, which is posted above with another remix from BK's Home Video. Lemonade have a new music video directed by collective Weird Days, for their song "Big Weekend." That with all tour dates and Cale Parks EP info is below...
Pilooski @ the Scion Radio party @ Plan B - August 11, 2009
It's been an interesting week in dance so far. Tuesday night Pilooski was great, as expected, at the Scion party at Plan B. Unfortunately nearly everyone there was in "hang out & BS" mode instead of dancing. At any given time there was probably a maximum of 5 people dancing which was frustrating. You can lead a horse to water...I had an excellent time anyway and hopefully people will dance more when Pilooski is back here on September 26 (location tba).
Wednesday night at Le Poisson Rouge was the complete opposite. The Phenomenal Hand Clap Band opened for Friendly Fires and there was a pretty good amount of dancing going on during their set. Their sound is kind of like a blend of classic rock with hints of funk & soul which I'm not sure how I feel about yet. They were super enthusiastic and fun to watch though.
Unfortunately, immediately after their set, things started to go downhill. Set-up and sound check for Friendly Fires was over an hour and I was standing next to a very drunk & annoying girl (not to be confused with the one at Thursday's show) and matching friend. Despite the extensive set-up, when Friendly Fires finally started the sound was not great! The vocals sounded off to begin with and lead vocalist Ed McFarlane's habit of intermittently pulling the mic away from his mouth as he sings (which usually is not a problem) sounded like a cd skipping at times because the band was so loud. The band's addition of a little horn section to the mix was interesting at first, but ultimately seemed unnecessary most of the time. Removed from these couple of things everything else was typically awesome Friendly Fires. Everyone was dancing away, but I couldn't really get into it after the hour+ wait.
Hopefully things will be better this Saturday (8/15), but before we get into that...last Saturday was the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (BEMF). This was my first time going to the festival, which is now in its second year. Heading there after Dark Disco in the Park, I arrived at the Old American Can Factory around 8 to see a decent-sized crowd hanging out in the courtyard. There was a nice set-up of food vendors in the back, opposite the main stage, a bar down a little alleyway, and a second stage indoors. Nobody was really dancing when I got there as Jupiter One's set had just ended, but within a few minutes that changed when OCD Automatic went on, playing a nice little mix of some electro favorites (like Mylo, which I haven't heard out in ages).
At this point I was still exploring the space and getting my bearings...when I went inside and saw Plant Music's Kap10Kurt was on I was really excited as I've come very close but have never actually succeeded in seeing one of his sets. Unfortunately this time was no different since he was done by the time I figured out the bar/drink tickets situation and got back to the stage.
Young Love (who I've seen before and am not a fan of) was on the main stage and I was beginning to realize that forgetting to print out the schedule of performers was not the best move. I spent most of the night scurrying inside and outside to see who was on and hit a lull pretty early on where I didn't like the acts on either stage for a while.
Thankfully around 10, Free Blood (who I had never seen before) went on. I really enjoyed the live guitar over the electronics in the background and Madeline and John have a really good dynamic.
From there things really heated up. JDH & Dave P were deejaying when Shy Child soundchecked over them pretty loudly (which I thought was really rude at first, until I realized that's how pretty much everyone was doing it the entire night). Thankfully JDH & Dave P were able to resume where they left off after Shy Child's set, bringing the packed courtyard's dancing to a frenzied pace by the time the Juan Maclean went on.
At that point I was exhausted and wasn't really looking forward to their set, since the last time I saw the Juan Maclean back in October I did not enjoy their performance at all. The only reason I stuck around was to see how the show would compare to that performance. As soon as they began I was glad I decided to stay.
From the get-go I could tell it was going to be a totally different show. All the somber, underwhelming slow disco jams were gone, and Nancy Whang wasn't straining her vocals this time. Juan and the band played track after upbeat track including newer ones like "One Day" and "Happy House" (which you can see videos of, along with the Juan Maclean tour dates here) and oldies but goodies like "Give Me Every Little Thing". The whole set was very lively & bouncy and everything sounded great (from the synths to the drums to...the theramin) as the modern disco's vibes permeated the crowd. The crowd was accordingly losing it, and it was the most wild Juan Maclean show I have ever been to. It was a great ending to BEMF (for me...the festival went on for hours more, but I was done for the night).
This weekend there is no rain in sight and there are plenty of opportunities to dance outside! Make the most of this good weather (though there are some indoor events too), starting with Saturday (8/15):
Building in the inaugural success of 2008, Famous Friends, a New York-based promotion company, in conjunction with Noise Problem, a leading multi-faceted music agency, are pleased to announce the line up for The Second Annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (BEMF). Spanning two stages, indoor and out, BEMF will be headlined by The Juan Maclean (live) and also feature Young Love, Jupiter One, Adventure, Shy Child, Home Video, Free Blood, Awesome New Republic as well as dozens of other DJs and performers.The fest will take place at Brooklyn's Old American Can Factory. Tickets are currently on sale through PayPal. Lineup and more info on the fest, below...