Entries tagged with: Erol Alkan
Diplo jumping off MHOW's balcony - 8/5/12 (via Diplo)
The Mad Decent Block Party returned to NYC this past Sunday (8/5), happening for the first time in the newly-christened Williamsburg Park instead of South Street Seaport, where it's been in previous years. Unfortunately, due to the storm that hit NYC on Sunday which picked up during Erol Alkan's set, the party was shut down early before headliners Major Lazer (the project of Mad Decent label boss Diplo). Before the party did get shut down, we got sets by Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Bonde Do Role, Lunice, Riff Raff, Baauer, and more. You can check out some videos of the performances and the rain below.
After MDBP's cancellation, Diplo tweeted that Major Lazer would do an extra long set at the afterparty at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which also had sets by Erol Alkan, Lunice, and Jim-E-Stack. The party got pretty crazy, as you can see in the picture above of Diplo jumping off MHOW's balcony, but it didn't appease everyone. One angry MDBP attendee took to his blog to say, "Diplo (Major Lazer) invited the attendees from the free all ages event to a $10/21+ after show......Thanks a ton MAD DECENT." Granted, MHOW is also significantly smaller than Williamsburg Park and the party was announced way before the weather shut down the block party so it would've been hard to get in regardless, but he has a point that it doesn't totally "make up" for the cancellation. Major Lazer will be back in NYC for a much larger (paid) show on October 27 at Terminal 5 too (tickets).
Major Lazer at Governors Ball 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Diplo's Major Lazer project (which Switch is no longer a part of), who is set to play the Mad Decent Block Parties this summer, have just announced their own NYC show, which goes down on October 27 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/3) at noon. A full Major Lazer tour has not been announced yet but a few other North American October dates exist, all of which are listed below.
Meanwhile, we recently mentioned that more details for the summer's free Mad Decent Block Parties have been revealed, and that the NYC party will go down on August 5 at Williamsburg Park with Major Lazer, Erol Alkan, Bonde Do Role, Lunice, Riff Raff, Mr Muthafuckin' eXquire, Reptar, Zebra Katz, Bosco Delrey, Baauer, Kito, and Paul Devro. The party is free and all ages but RSVP is required.
Mad Decent has also just announced that they'll throw a Puma-presented official (21+) after party at Music Hall of Williamsburg that night (8/5). The only performers listed as of this post are Erol Alkan (who plays the party in Williamsburg Park) and "guests." Tickets for the party are on sale now.
A list of all currently known Major Lazer dates below...
Bonde Do Role at Bowery Ballroom in 2008 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Back in June, we mentioned that the Mad Decent Block Parties were returning this summer and then earlier this month, they revealed a list of artists, but didn't say who was playing each city. Now venues have been revealed for all five parties and the lineups for NYC Philly, and Toronto have been announced as well. The FREE NYC party will happen on August 5 at WIlliamsburg Park (in previous years it was at the South Street Seaport) with Major Lazer, Erol Alkan, Bonde Do Role, Lunice, Riff Raff, Mr Muthafuckin' eXquire, Reptar, Zebra Katz, Bosco Delrey, Baauer, Kito, and Paul Devro. The parties are free and all ages but RSVP is required. All announced lineups are listed below.
Speaking of Lunice, his collaborative project with Hudson Mohawke, TNGHT (pronounced "tonight") released their self titled debut EP this week (7/24) via Warp/Lucky Me. If you've yet to hear it, you can stream the entire thing below.
As for Bonde Do Role, the block party will be their first NYC show quite a while. You may remember that their original singer, Marina Ribatski left the band in 2007 and was replaced by two other singers, Ana Bernardino and Laura Taylor, who joined the band by winning an audition done with MTV Brasil. Ana has since left the band too and they are now a 3-piece fronted only by Laura Taylor. The new incarnation of the band put out their first album in five years, Tropical/Bacanal, last month via Mad Decent. The album was co-produced by Diplo and Filip Nikolic of Poolside (who have two NYC shows this week). The album features guest appearances from Caetano Veloso, Das Racist, Cecile, Rizzle Kicks, and The Death Set (who also has a NYC show coming up). The video for album track "Kilo" and a stream of another track, "Bang," which features Kool AD of Das Racist, are below.
Updated Mad Decent Block Parties info, the flier for the NYC party, video and streams are below.
Action Bronson at Red Hook Park in June (more by Eric M. Townsend)
As mentioned, Mad Decent Block Parties are returning this summer, hitting Toronto, Philly, NYC, Chicago, and LA. When we last spoke, lineups had not yet been announced. They still haven't revealed specific lineups by city, but we've now got the full list of artists who will be playing Mad Decent Block Parties this summer and it includes Major Lazer, Action Bronson, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Spaceghostpurrp, Lunice, Jacques Greene, Casey Veggies, BADBADNOTGOOD, Baauer, Jim-E Stack, Bosco Delrey, Flosstradamus, Three Loco (aka Andy Milonakis, Dirt Nasty, and Riff Raff), and many more.
As mentioned, the parties are all ages and free, and RSVP is open.
The full lineup is listed below...
The Rosebuds at Prospect Park last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Rosebuds, who just opened two incredible shows for Bon Iver in NYC as the last two dates on their tour together, have a few more shows announced that happen later this year. No tour has been announced yet, but we know that they'll be at Hopscotch in North Carolina, Pitchfork Paris and a NYC show on October 12 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (8/19) at noon.
Pitchfork Paris, taking place October 28th & 29th in France, is being co-curated by Bon Iver and the lineup looks like this so far:
28 OCTOBRE : 16h00 - 5H00Tickets are on sale.
APHEX TWIN + PANTHA DU PRINCE + EROL ALKAN + WILD BEASTS + CUT COPY + WASHED OUT + REAL ESTATE + MONDKOPF + ICEAGE
29 OCTOBRE : 14h00 - 22H00
BON IVER + JENS LEKMAN + STORNOWAY + KATHLEEN EDWARDS + ROSEBUDS
Kathleen Edwards also plays shows with Bon Iver in September. All Bon Iver & Rosebuds dates, and the video for "Woods" (by Rosebuds) below...
DOWNLOAD: Metronomy - "The Bay" (Clock Opera Remix) (MP3)
The Pier 54 show is one of two shows for the band this summer before they head out on a North American tour in October. That tour includes no NYC dates at the moment, but does hit Philly. All dates are listed below.
The band's new album The English Riviera drops July 26 here in the U.S. via Because Music/Big Beat/Atlantic. Grab a remix of "The Bay" by Clock Opera above, and check out an Erol Alkan remix of the track, along with the videos for "The Look" and "The Bay" and all dates, below...
DOWNLOAD: Flying Lotus - 3 non-album tracks (ZIP)
Electric Zoo 2009 (more by Zach Dilgard)
The lineup for this year's Electric Zoo, on Randall's Island September 4th and 5th, has been updated and now includes Major Lazer, Flying Lotus, Rusko, Steve Aoki and more, which are all listed below. The headliner for night one is Chemical Brothers; night two's is Armin van Buuren. Tickets are on sale.
Major Lazer, who put on a great show, have upcoming shows at Pitchfork Fest and Camp Bisco this summer, plus lots of festivals in Asia and Europe. They recently put out a mixtape with La Roux called LAZERPROOF, which you can get that for free here.
Electric Zoo lineup and Major Lazer tour dates are below...
"The 2010 Lollapalooza line-up is official: Soundgarden, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, and Phoenix will headline, joined by Social Distortion, MGMT, Jimmy Cliff, Hot Chip, and The Black Keys. With 130 bands on this year's bill, its sure to be a weekend long feast for the ears.After extremely accurate early leaks and then much teasing, Lollapalooza oficially announces this year's lineup. Check it out below...
It's a monumental year for Lollapalooza, filled with homecomings, reunions, and first-times. Soundgarden, 1992 and 1996 Lollapalooza alumni, return to the Lollapalooza stage for their first performance since 1997. Green Day will rock Grant Park sixteen years after their first Lollapalooza appearance. While Lady Gaga will headline the festival only three short years after playing the BMI stage at Lollapalooza 2007.
Arcade Fire returns to Grant Park, having played the reincarnated Lollapalooza in 2005. This is the first Lollapalooza for The Strokes - and also their first show in four years. And making their Lollapalooza debut: Phoenix." - Lollapalooza
Chilly Gonzales is currently celebrating two new releases: a spellbinding 7" piano remake of Erol Alkan and Boys Noize's club banger "Waves" (coupled with a spoken music lesson on the B-side) and his 4-album live Guinness World Record set "The Works" (released through Believe digital). Listen to the "Waves" remake belowThe Paris-based pianist will be in NYC for the month of February for four special shows at Joe's Pub, each now with a special opener:
Feb 4 w/ guest SIA
Feb 11 w/ guest Andrew WK
Feb 18 w/ guest DJ A-Trak plus surprise guest
Feb 25 w/ guest Princess Superstar
Andrew WK and Jamie Lidell joined him last time he played the same venue. Check out the "Waves" video below...
Wow...Public Image Ltd, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Grace Jones, Fever Ray, Devo, Hot Chip, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, Mew, Camera Obscura, Gil Scott-Heron, The xx, John Waters, Dillinger Escape Plan, Deer Tick, Gary Numan... Full Coachella 2010 lineup below....
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):
DOWNLOAD: Flashmen ft. Sewingpattern - As The Night Rolls On [Guitar Edit] (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: 33Hz - I Feel Alive (Eli Escobar remix) (MP3)
This weekend is packed with plenty of opportunities to get down outside. To begin with there is P.S.1's weekly Warm Up, followed by New Release's Beach Party, LIC on Saturday (8/8). This week's Warm Up features the Music Committee of the (late) Merce Cunningham Dance Company: Stephan Moore and David Behrman, Eats Tapes, Lovefingers (highly recommended disco! check out the tons of free mixes on his site), Master Khan (check out his mix from last month on Beats In Space), and special guests. More info on Warm Up and Stephan Moore & David Behrman below:
Stephan Moore is a Brooklyn sound artist whose work relies on the collection and use of real world sound, perception of sonic environments, improvisation and interactivity. David Behrman has been active as a composer and artist since the 1960s, making sound and multimedia installations for gallery spaces as well as concert music. The MCDC was founded in 1953 by Modernist choreographer Merce Cunningham, who commissioned more new music by American composers than any other single choreographer.More info on Warm Up, including where to buy advanced tickets and free admission for MoMA members and L.I.C. residents can be found here.
Warm Up Admission
On Warm Up Saturdays, from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the admission fee to P.S.1 and Warm Up is $10.00. Included in this price is access to all exhibitions and to Warm Up. We do not offer special discounts for seniors or students on Warm Up Saturdays. Cash only.
DOWNLOAD: Fan Death - Veronica's Veil (MP3)
"Fan Death are the best new disco act we've heard since we bigged up Hercules & Love Affair in January. The best and the most authentic-sounding: they're not nu rave, or an indie-dance band, or a guitar group using a funk undercarriage. They've got the slightly wonky strings, elegant mid-tempo rhythms and female vocals of disco, recalling the music's golden age - ie. between the release of Donna Summer's Love To Love You Baby in 1975 and the ritual burning of disco records in that baseball stadium in Chicago that signalled the death of disco in 1979. They're a girl duo who recognise that all the best disco records were sung by women, and they sing in the blank, distracted manner of all the finest disco divas. Really, they hardly sing at all - they open their mouths and pout and this spookily, exquisitely blank, almost Teutonic sound comes out....Fan Death are playing Le Royale on February 5th. It's probably their NYC debut? Le Royale isn't very big. Tickets are only $5.00.
...Some actual, proper facts: Fan Death are the protégés of glam-trash DJ Erol Alkan, who on his remix gives the single extra electroclash-y oomph on the handclaps and bass. They're adored by superstar tastemaker Diplo. They're the subjects of blog hysteria. And in a press release they declare their intention to be to "make music that recalls the greatest era of electronic pop: Depeche Mode, OMD, New Order, Human League, Soft Cell and Pet Shop Boys." [Guardian]
Watch their official video for "Veronica's Veil", and all tour dates, below...
Late of the Pier
On October 24th during New York City's CMJ Music Festival, UK DJ extraordinaire, forward thinker and BBC's very own Pete Tong will be teaming up with Live Nation and launching the premier of a new music platform; the Insiders Music Series. "INSIDERS brings together an exciting combination of the hottest electronic artists and dj's for one extended night in the legendary Irving Plaza venue. A cutting edge 'micro' festival in the city." Explains Tong who aims to showcase some of the worlds biggest and burgeoning electronic acts from all over the world, all under one roof and for one night only this October at New York's historical Irving Plaza.The complete bill (happening at the historical magnificent wonderful legendary Irving Plaza I mean Fillmore): Soulwax + 2ManyDJs, Pete Tong, James Lavelle, Luciano, Rob da Bank, The Whip, and Late of the Pier...
"Boasting a back catalogue of songs that swing from glitchy electronica to 60s pastiche via comedy game-show music, Late of the Pier's set isn't exactly conducive to a calm atmosphere. And it's one of the best festival sets we've seen for a long while, in terms of enthusiasm from the fans and the sheer inventiveness of tracks like Bathroom Gurgle and Heartbeat. So much so we don't even care that we now have 17 pints of lager absorbed in our T-shirt." [Guardian]Tickets for the Irving Plaza show are now on sale. Unfortunately it is the same night as Roisin Murphy's U.S. debut.
Erol Alkan @ Studio B - May 3, 2008 (CRED)
"Everything about Erol was great last Saturday. The crowd - packed but not that gross, disgusting, Studio B packed. Most everyone was into it, and then Erol crushed it, but not in a "hit you over the head with bangin' tracks" kind of crush. It was more of a complete set, not banger after banger. I liked it because he selected very good, obscure tracks (very few Ed Banger songs) and made them flow. He teased up tons of build-ups and blended them into other build-ups, and then released. It was really, really, one of the more seamless dj sets that I've heard in a while.The dancing starts early this week with a couple of great events happening tonight (Wednesday, May 7, 2008).........
"I don't want to be associated with marijuana, but I do want to be associated with not doing what people want me to do," said Sabina Sciubba, the seductive Italian-German lead singer of Brazilian Girls, as she lit up a joint on stage at Studio B during Friday's party for the club's new rooftop level. Her multilingual, electro-lounge performance, along with a gamine outfit of red tights under a see-through tutu, an Obama T-shirt, and white plastic sunglasses, literally brought down the upstairs crowd.The neighbors may have successfully put a curse on salad dressing representative Spank Rock, but they couldn't stop the new Studio B rooftop from opening this weekend. Brazilian Girls played their show on Friday, and the Erol Alkan shindig happened on Saturday. How were they? How is the roof?
Heavyhanded guards manning a candlelit staircase at the back of the venue kept the rooftop from getting too packed before and after the New York quartet's performance, but could do nothing to prevent the upstairs cocktail menu from selling out fast. "Interdisciplinary creative team" Andrew Andrew sipped matching Coronas amidst the palm trees dotting the 9,000 square-foot space, complete with an extra-long bar, skyline views, and DJ booth. Coming soon: a retractable glass covering that will keep crowds coming to Greenpoint's outskirts year-round, eternal lack of taxis notwithstanding. [BlackBook]
Erol Alkan @ Coachella 2008 (day 2) (xxxxxjenny)
I'm not even kidding. There was a fire at Webster Hall. There was a fire at Zebulon. There was a fire at the House of Yes. AND there was a fire in 'Week in Dance' writer Showtrotta's apartment building. It was in the apartment right over hers, so even though she is relatively lucky, her apartment bathroom and kitchen were destroyed from the water damage. Most importantly, she is okay, but she'll need a little time until things get back to normal.
Don't forget that Erol Alkan is playing Studio B on Saturday, and please post your weekend 'dance' suggestions in the comments.....AND MAKE SURE YOU OWN A FIRE EXTINGUISHER.
Erol Alkan is coming to Brooklyn to play FIXED at Studio B on May 3rd. If all goes well, the rooftop garden will be open by then. Tickets are on sale. Slick Rick is playing a free (with RSVP) show at the same venue tonight (April 18). Details below....
You might remember Laura Marling from her recent trip through NYC. Listen (and watch) for her in this new Mystery Jets video...