Entries tagged with: Ellen Allien
photo: Kraftwerk at United Palace in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Detroit's Movement Electronic Music Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year at Hart Plaza on May 28-30. Its initial lineup has been announced, with electronic music legends Kraftwek headlining. The rest of the lineup includes Caribou, Four Tet, Art Department, Boys Noize, Juan Atkins, MK, Richie Hawtin and more. 3-day weekend passes are on sale now.
Check out the full initial lineup below...
German electronic musician Ellen Allien will be touring from March through May, mostly playing overseas but coming to North America for a few shows too. One of those happens in NYC on March 21 at Output with DJ QU and Lauren Ritter, plus Frank & Tony in the Panther Room. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Not long ago, Ellen made a new DJ mix for The BPM Festival. Listen to that, with her list of dates, below...
German electronic artist Ellen Allien is still staying very active. She just followed last year's LISm LP with a new collaborative EP with Thomas Muller, Free Nation. The EP has two different songs with Ellen Allien and Thomas Muller edits of each (so four tracks total). Check out the video for Ellen's edit of the title track below.
She's also heading back out on the road this month for an extensive international tour through late May. Most of the dates are overseas, but there's a few in the US coming up including a stop in NYC at Output on February 22 with Butane and Alejandro Sab. Tickets for that show are available here and here.
All dates are listed, along with the new video, below...
DOWNLOAD: Tiger & Woods - "A Golden Bear mix" (MP3)
Tiger & Woods at Movement 2012 (via Sidewalk Hustle)
Production duo Tiger & Woods will be in NYC TONIGHT (4/26) at Highline Ballroom for a FIXED + Let's Play House party with The Dead Rose Music Company, Canyons, and FIXED regulars JDH & Dave P. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. You can download the duo's brand new mix, "A Golden Bear mix," at the top of this post, or stream it below.
FIXED is also throwing a party at Highline Ballroom on May 31 with Verboten which features sets from Azari & III and Jozif. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
They've also got one happening on June 28 at Glasslands with a live set by Du Tonc and Mighty Mouse. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
French house DJ Fred Falke, who released the funky Part IV back in 2011, will come to Williamsburg dance club Output on May 2 for an 'Input' party with Foals (DJ), Chrome Sparks and Jorge Bonjour. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Trus'me at Mutek 2009 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Neon Indian will also be DJing an 'Input' party at Output (5/9) the following week. The rest of that lineup includes UK producer Trus'me (whose new album, Treat Me Right, can be streamed at XLR8R), Optimo, and Tanner Caldwell. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Actress, whose very good R.I.P. LP came out last year, was supposed to play Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn a few months after its release, but never made it here. Now he's planning on returning to the venue on June 6 for a show with Gobby and Solar Year. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Show flyer below.
Dave Harrington (of Nicolas Jaar's live band and their collaborative project, Darkside) will also be playing a Cameo show on May 25. Benoit and Sergio are on the bill too. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
As mentioned, The Presets and Dragonette are going on a tour this year which hits NYC on May 8 at Terminal 5. Since we last spoke, LA dance duo Classixx have been added to that tour. Tickets for the Terminal 5 show are still available.
After that tour ends, Classixx will play their own show in NYC on June 15 at Le Poisson Rouge with Headband and Hooligan. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Classixx's new album, Hanging Gardens, will be out on May 14 via Innovative Leisure, and the duo have recently revealed one of its tracks, "All You're Waiting For," which features vocals from DFA's Nancy Whang (who they've played with before). You can stream that, along with two other album tracks, "Borderline" (ft. Jesse Kivel of Kisses) and "Holding On," below.
French producer Onra, who released the Deep in the Night EP on Fool's Gold last year, will be coming to NYC for a show on May 21 at Le Poisson Rouge before heading to Montreal for Mutek. Tickets for the LPR show are on sale now.
Brooklyn disco collective Midnight Magic will play a hometown show on May 18 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Slow Knights and Spank DJs Sean B and Will Automagic. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Germany's Ellen Allien, who put a new album out this year, will return to NYC for a show on May 24 at a TBA location. The bill also includes Camea, Thomas Muller, and Safety Scissors. Tickets are on sale now and you can find out the location by RSVPing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another secret dance show is happening in NYC on July 26 with Tiga, Martyn, and Bordello. This one's a Blkmarket show, and tickets are on sale now. Stay tuned for info on the location.
Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter's Brooklyn dance party Mister Sunday Night will be returning to Gowanus Grove this summer for weekly parties beginning May 12. More details and ticket info at their website.
Of course these are only a few of the upcoming dance shows in NYC. We've also recently mentioned shows by Nina Kraviz, Emika, Disclosure & TNGHT, and The Field. Plus, the Mad Decent Block Party is coming up, and there's going to be tons of dance music during the Red Bull Music Academy NYC onslaught, which happens from April 28 to May 31. What else?
Classixx song streams, the Tiger & Woods mix, and Actress show flyer below...
In 2011, German electronic artist Ellen Allien worked with coreographers/dancers Alexandre Roccoli and Sevérine Rième on a performance titled "Drama per Musica" which took place at Paris' Pompidou Centre. She has now reworked the music from that performance into a new album, LISm, which will be out March 12 via BPitch Control. You can stream a sampler from the album below.
Meanwhile, Allien has some DJ gigs coming up, including a warehouse party in NYC on January 25. Location details are being withheld currently, but tickets are on sale now. DJ dates are listed below, along with the album sampler.
tonight in NYC
* Bon Jovi @ the Meadowlands
* Beach Fossils @ Co-Op 87 (4pm)
* La Strada, Hawk and Dove @ The Bell House
* Fixed w/ Ellen Allien @ Santos Party House
* Fang Island, Univox, Ziam Dunk @ Cake Shop
* Rooftop Festival @ 75 Stewart Ave, Brooklyn
* Boy Crisis, Free Energy (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Rooftop Films w/ The Pendulum Swings @ Open Road Rooftop
* Midnight Magic, Chico Mann, Nomi Ruiz (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Notekillers, Nancy Garcia, Sawyer/Yeh Combo @ Union Pool
* Chrome Cranks, Thalia Zedek, Clockwork Mercury @ Knitting Factory
* Free Energy, Jukebox The Ghost, Miniature Tigers @ Bowery Ballroom
* Shapes, Slothrust, Bad Teeth, Nat Brower, Mother Courage @ Shea Stadium
* Shearing Pinx, Nu Sensae, Queening, PC Worship, Needle Gun @ Death By Audio
* Dead Phones, Liquor Store, The Dirty Shames, Your 33 Black Angels @ Don Pedro
* Ill Ease, Teeepee, Discipline For Youth, The Dreams, Fire Season @ Bruar Falls
* Psychic Steel, Alex Barnett, Italics, Thought Broadcast, Green Wurm @ Silent Barn
* East River String Band, The Lonely Samoans, Alana Amram & The Rough Gems @ Zebulon
* Breaking Laces, Readymade Breakup, Terminal Reynaldo, Quincy Mumford Band @ Maxwell's
* Ghost Ghost, The Vanguard, Heypenny, True Womanhood, The Sour Notes @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Cheeseburger, Nick Diamonds & The Skylighters, Hard Nips, DJ Kristine Barilli @ The Bell House
* Memory Burn Psych Fest w/ Sunburned Hand of the Man, Psychic Ills, Golden Triangle, Hopewell, White Hills, The Black Hollies, Future Hunter, Weird Owl, Revival Times @ Glasslands
Dan Deacon is NOT playing Cake Shop tonight. His show got moved to two nights ago. Fang Island still play tonight though.
The Bushwick Rooftop Festival starts this afternoon.
Beach Fossils are playing a last minute free record release show.
The Boy Crisis show at Brooklyn Bowl is the afterparty for the Free Energy show at Bowery Ballroom.
BKLYN Yard is open.
Needle Gun, who play Death By Audio tonight, contains members of Teeth Mountain and Matmos. Matmos's tour with So Percussion comes to (Le) Poisson Rouge on Wednesday, June 9th.
David Johansen of the NY Dolls (Buster Pointdexter) plays at The Brighton Bar in Long Brang, NJ tonight. NY Dolls played Warsaw last weekend. David plays Highline Ballroom June 27th.
La Strada plays a show at the Bell House tonight before the Vice event.
The Vice event (prom) will feature sets by Cheeseburger, Nick Diamond & the Skylights and others. Nick will reportedly drive up in a delorean like it's Back to the Future.
You can also catch Nick at LPR on June 15th and then at MHOW on June 27.
The June 27th show is a Northside Fest show. The June 26th Northside Fest show at the same venue is the BV showcase.
A couple of videos from last night's Besnard Lakes show at Bowery Ballroom, below...
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:
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Modeselektor - The White Flash (Ft. Thom Yorke) (MP3)
Last week Squarepusher made me really happy. He is the king of electronic music for me....And Mr. Squarepusher is so gorgeous! And fat sound! I was thinking about our sick military world, the omnipresent consumption, the insanity of humanity.. But out of this, I started becoming creative. I got ideas for my new project BE, colors and designs for ellen allien fashion where whirling through my head. Music enables my creativity and brings charm into my life. In the last months I spent too much time with pushing my label BPitch Control, instead of doing music. But now the path is ready for doing music on my own, finally. :)Ellen Allien's BPitch Control label is releasing the self-titled debut LP by Moderat, a combo group of Modeselektor and Apparat, on April 21st. Moderat will play a Saturday, May 30th NYC show at Webster Hall, as part of a brief end-of-May US tour. All dates below.
See you on the dance floor. :) -[Ellen Allien on her site]
Ellen Allien toured with Modeselektor in '08 (w/ a Studio B-turned Highline Ballroom date), and collaborated with Apparat on the Orchestra of Bubbles LP in 2006. Modeselektor was last here in January when they played Bowery Ballroom.
The Moderat LP was to feature a guest spot by L.A. rapper Busdriver on the song "BeatsWaySick," but, the press release says, "due to legal issues at the time of manufacturing, [the track] will be released as an exclusive download in the near future." Busdriver is playing SXSW on Thursday, March 19 at The Independent and Friday, March 20 at Back Alley Social, with other Austin dates below.
Ellen Allien's "10 Years of BPitch" tour is set to next visit NYC on Friday, March 27th at Studio B where she'll share a bill with Thomas Muller and Gui Boratto). The night is presented by FIXED, the parties-hosting team of JDH (Josh Houtkin) and Dave P (David Pianka). Tickets are available for the show, with the option to buy a 3-day package that includes March 26th's Ladyhawke with Heartsrevolution show and March 28th's The Twelves & Yuksek (dj set) gig, both also at Studio B.
The three-day ticket and 10-years-of-Bpitch also coincide with FIXED's fourth birthday.
The FIXED party was conceptualized around 2003 after JDH took the amazing 2ManyDJ lads to one of Dave P's Making Time parties in Philadelphia. After JDH and Dave realized that they were spinning the same events together and both had mutual admiration for the music they were DJing out at parties, the idea for FIXED was born.The status of Studio B as a venue has been in question for a while, but not to worry...
"We just seemed to play a lot together as we liked similar music," admits JDH. "We started booking gigs around the US, Canada and Europe, and we would both go, and they would end up saying, 'Well, why don't we just book you two together as DJs?' and that's pretty much how we play now... as one set."
Establishing their first home base at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, FIXED went on to host a number of legendary and groundbreaking performances from a number of critically-acclaimed acts, including 2ManyDJs, Hot Chip, The Rapture, Mylo, and Erol Alkan.
"We always say that our biggest influence for FIXED was the Trash party [UK DJ Erol Alkan's legendary weekly party], which sadly, doesn't go on anymore," says JDH. "We wanted to do a big club night for the average person who likes good music."
The venue has now re-opened under new management, and [JDH and Dave P] will be expanding their vision of exciting music bookings, while also revitalizing New York's nightlife scene with a top-notch and diverse team of live music bookers and promoters. Starting this March, expect a fresh mix of dance music, hip-hop parties, live shows, curated special events, and more.Little Boots played Studio B on February 6. All future FIXED dates, tour dates, the Moderat tracklist, and Ellen Allien videos below...
Does it Offend You, Yeah? @ Webster Hall (more by Chris La Putt)
Hopefully you had a good Labor Day weekend in dance. I started mine off with two great deejay sets at Santos last Thursday night. The first was Pharrell'. It was before 11:30 and he already had the floor getting progressively more packed and moving to a set that was surprisingly more melodic and on the groovy house/slightly discoey side than I expected from one of the Fluo Kids. Around 12:30 33hz played a set. It wasn't the best I've witnessed from them. Their usually fun and pleasant retro-pop jams seemed less lively and sounded fuzzy which I credit largely to a robot voice effect they used on the lead vocals for the entire show. Close to 1:30 Alan Braxe went on and treated the crowd to a set that was the perfect balance of classic and updated French house with tasteful hints of electro. We were having such a good time that I don't remember too many tracks specifically, but a few he played were his and Fred Falke's remix of "Bossy" by Kelis. He teased with, but never fully dropped "Music Sounds Better With You". He played "Lumberjack" by Alan Braxe & Kris Menace, and the banging ending of his set consisted of Soulwax's "E Talking" into "Hung Down" by the Presets (both of whom are touring and will be in NY soon-ish). The whole time Alan was really getting into it - clapping, smiling, etc and the crowd reciprocated, mirroring his enthusiasm as they hit the floor.
For me the weekend wound down from there. Saturday I caught a half hour of Hey Convict!'s set at P.S.1 which was decent and very disco-oriented. I took James Chance and the Contortions' set that followed as an opportunity to get some food and hang out, as even after listening to a few songs, it all just sounded a bit too improvised/noisy to me. By the time it was nearly 7:30, I think I was as excited as I've ever been (or will ever be) to hear Matthew Dear. His set with Ryan Elliott started off much more energetic and banging than when I saw him at One Step Beyond a few months back and for a few moments I was feeling optimistic about the set. Unfortunately that was short-lived as things started to sound too repetitive too quickly. There is also something about the beats and effects in Dear's style of music that sounds very sterile (to me).
On a more positive note, there is plenty going on this week again:
Thom Yorke wearing a Modeselektor shirt @ Lollapalooza (more by Zach Dilgard)
BPitch Control is a German techno record label founded in 1999 in Berlin by DJ and producer Ellen Allien. In 1992 she became resident DJ at the legendary Tresor club in Berlin's Potsdamer Platz. At around the same time, she started her own show on the Berlin radio station Kiss-FM and created her own record label, calling them both Braincandy, before setting Bpitch Control up in 1999.The techno awesomeness that is Berlin's Ellen Allien combines forces with the electro-glitch techno awesomeness that is Berlin's Modeselektor for one massive (actually small) tour full of German techno awesomeness. The NYC date that was originally scheduled to take place at Studio B has been moved to Highline Ballroom (not Element where it was moved to for a second). All tickets will be honored for the September 4th show. Some videos, all dates (and the poster), below...
The label has since launched the careers of popular production outfits, such as Modeselektor and Apparat, and has featured limited edition remixes of alternative musician Beck. It also a favorite label of Thom Yorke's. [Wikipedia]
Speaking of new DJ mixes, I've been listening to the new 'Boogbytes' one by Ellen Allien a lot. That's one of two new albums she has out this year - the other one is her fourth solo album and the one she'll be touring North America for in May. Tickets are still on sale for Ellen's appearance at Studio B in Brooklyn on May 10th (with Sascha Funke). All dates and more album info below....