Entries tagged with: Gatekeeper
The annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival returns this year on November 7-8 across six TBA Brooklyn venues. The lineup will be announced soon, but meanwhile, have some "blind faith" and grab TICKETS which are currently on a BrooklynVegan presale NOW. Use the password: VEGANS.
We're not sure who's playing, but for a festival that's previously booked Actress, Oneohtrix Point Never, Skream, Nicolas Jaar, Gold Panda, Shlohmo, Mykki Blanco, XXYYXX, Four Tet, Diamond Rings, Matthew Dear, and many more, we have faith it will be good.
Meanwhile, BEMF is presenting tonight's Evian Christ show at Brooklyn's Output (6/25), which is part of his ongoing tour with Dutch E Germ. Tonight's lineup also includes Lit City Trax DJ UNiiQU3, EBM duo Gatekeeper, and Will Fry. Tickets for this great all-around bill are still available. Flyer below.
UNiiQU3 also plays Warm Up on July 26 with Cashmere Cat, Total Freedom, GoldLink and Suicideyear. And Dutch E Germ plays Warm Up on August 30 with Benji B, Dam-Funk (live), DJ Marfox, Tessela and Avalon Emerson. Tickets for all Warm Ups are still available.
photos by Greg Cristman
Zombi at Saint Vitus - 12/9/13
The night after Zombi's tour with prog legends Goblin hit NYC, the duo headed to Saint Vitus (12/9) to headline a show which doubled as the release party for EBM duo Gatekeeper. The show was opened by Vissacoor and Dariius, and pictures of all four acts are in this post.
As discussed, EBM duo Gatekeeper are celebrating the release of their Young Chronos EP at in Brooklyn at Saint Vitus on Monday (12/9), and the show will be headlined by an unannounced "very special guest." That guest will be another experimental duo (though a very different sounding one), Zombi, who will be taking a night off from their tour with Italian prog legends Goblin.
The Zombi/Gatekeeper show also features Vissacoor and Dariius, and tickets are still available.
The Goblin/Zombi tour hit NYC's Le Poisson Rouge tonight (12/8).
Stream some Zombi below...
By Doug Moore
Young Chronos EP cover
The bombastic electronic music duo Gatekeeper have released a new EP, Young Chronos. If you're familiar with their track record, you will not be surprised to hear that the format for the release is wacky as hell -- it's coming out via USB sticks and a Pirate Bay torrent exclusively. (Which isn't even as weird as they've been before; their 2012 debut LP Exo came with a downloadable/watchable video game.)
Young Chronos is just as loaded with over-the-top Hollywood samples and grandiloquent science-fiction concepts as its predecessor. Its promotional blurb reads like an excerpt from a Wormed lyric sheet:
"After the multi-ecology genesis [and subsequent conflagration] of last year's 'Exo,' Gatekeeper's 'Young Chronos' now escalates to c-limit energy strata and commits catastrophic time-portal sabotage....and so forth. It goes on for a while.
Time-engineering blasphemies and neo-sapient hominid scenarios including but not limited to: jump platforms in Gothic arcologies. Profound regolith/crust excavation and mantle extraction. Neogene biomes in low-g terraria. Endo-Templar counterpoint on cycloid viols and paleo-psaltery. Tertiary-stage flarefusion-equipped Dutch hunting parties engaging titanichthys super-shoals."
Gatekeeper are originally from Chicago, but living in NYC now and they've elected to hold their record release show here in Brooklyn, at Saint Vitus on December 9 (12/9). Gatekeeper aren't actually the headliners for this show, oddly. Instead, there's a 'very special guest' topping the bill (perhaps another Chicago act?), to be announced the day before the show (12/8). Supporting bleeps and bloops will come from Vissacoor and Dariius. Tickets are on sale.
The whole Young Chronos EP is streaming at FACT Mag, along with an entertaining interview. You can also hear it below.
Zappa Plays Zappa (aka the band led by Frank Zappa's son Dweezil performing his father's music) are playing a Halloween eve show at Gramercy Theatre (10/30) and then on Halloween they play Beacon Theatre (10/31). Tickets for those shows are on sale now.
As discussed, Crystal Stilts, who just opened for Deerhunter, are playing a Halloween show at Bowery Ballroom. Since we last spoke, it's been announced that the show will be opened by Excepter and Zachary Cale. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The band that currently tours as The Misfits are celebrating in NYC the night before Halloween at BB King's (10/30) with The Attack (tickets), then after Halloween (aka the Day of the Dead), they play NJ's Starland Ballroom (11/1) (tickets).
Meanwhile, original Misfits vocalist Glenn Danzig and his former bandmate Doyle are going on a tour together that hits NYC on October 18 at Roseland Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.
World/Inferno Friendship Society play their annual Hallowmas show at Warsaw on Halloween. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders, Mark Lindsay is playing on Halloween at Bowery Electric with The Doughboys, St. Philips Escalator, The Connection and DJ Tony Lo-Fi. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
For something dancier, Gatekeeper, Mirror Mirror, DJ Bruno (Light Asylum), and DJ Nick (CHERYL) will take over Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Halloween. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Another similar option is catching DFA's Juan Maclean DJing Cameo on Halloween with Justin Strauss and Evan Michael. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The Cameo show starts at 10 and Juan Maclean is doing a 3 hour set, so you can probably get there after seeing his DFA labelmates Holy Ghost! play Terminal 5 with Midnight Magic. Tickets for that show are still available.
And what's Halloween without a few cover shows? On October 30 at 285 Kent, local indie bands will take on rock bands of the past with Butter the Children as Pixies, Dead Stars as Nirvana, Le Rug as At The Drive-In, Turnip King as The Velvet Underground, and Honduras as Green Day. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The Stone hosts a much different kind with Eugene Chadbourne as Jimmy Carl Black, Evan Gallagher as Thelonious Monk, Thomas Heberer as Muggsy Spanier, Tatsuya Nakatani as Johnny Cash, Louie Pearlman as Cab Calloway, Barry Mitterhof as Jethro Burns, and special surprise guests. That goes down on Halloween at 8 PM and again at 10.
Cake Shop also has a cover show on Halloween too
but the lineup is TBA. UPDATE: The lineup includes Vulture Shit as Dookie Shit, Big Ups as Breaking Brad, Flagland as Weezer, All Nines as Buckingham Buckingham Buckingham, Low Fat Getting High as Nirvana, Butter the Children as Pixies, and Palehound as Pavement.
Other Halloween options include the Masquerade Ball with a "world-renowned live DJ performance" at Highline Ballroom, the Bluegrass Halloween celebration at The Bell House on November 1 (tickets), and Dionne Werewolf (aka the werewolf ensemble that does Dionne Warwick covers) at Union Hall (10/31) (tickets).
Other previously discussed Halloween options include The Body at Saint Vitus and Yamantaka // Sonic Titan and Jenny Hval at Basilica Hudson.
* Silent Barn is also doing a cover show with Celestial Shore and Delicate Steve as Led Zeppelin, Whoarfrost as Nirvana, Cloud Becomes Your Hand doing Jock Jams, and You as Interpol. Twn Sister is DJing. Admission is $10 with a costume or $12 without.
Browse our show calendar for even more events happening on 10/31 (and every day)
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Pig Destroyer @ GWAR-B-Q 2013 (more by Josh Sisk)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Pig Destroyer, Pharmakon, Evian Christ, Richard Hell (reading), Peter Sotos, Julianna Barwick @ Basilica Hudson
The two-day Basilica Sound Scape begins today in Hudson, NY. Today's got a diverse lineup that includes music from ambient art pop artist Julianna Barwick, murky hip hop producer (and Kanye West collaborator) Evian Christ, industrial-noise artist Pharmakon, and grindcore shredders Pig Destroyer. Plus, punk legend Richard Hell will be reading from his work, and more. More details here.
Chelsea Wolfe, True Widow @ Bowery Ballroom
Chelsea Wolfe's now 4-for-4 on the album-to-year ratio. Her newest, Pain Is Beauty, is her boldest and most cleanly produced work yet, but it doesn't lose the intensity of her earlier, rawer work. Tonight she brings her tour with Relapse-signed slowcore trio True Widow. Get ready to be entranced.
Deer Tick (performing "In Utero"), T. Hardy Morris @ Brooklyn Bowl
You may know that every now and then, Deer Tick does this thing where they drink a ton of beer (well they probably do that at every show), call themselves "Deervana," and play an entire set of Nirvana songs. They did it at Brooklyn Bowl in 2011, and they'll do it at that venue again tonight, but this time playing 1993's In Utero in full, in celebration of the album's 20th anniversary.
Pinback, Deathfix @ Irving Plaza
Makers of intricately layered, expertly played indie rock, Pinback returned last year with Information Retrieved, their first new album in half a decade. This will be the band's third time through NYC in the last year. Tickets are still available.
Grant Hart, Slonk Donkerson, Franny & Zooey @ Cake Shop
Earlier this year, onetime Husker Du singer/drummer Grant Hart released The Argument, a concept album based on Milton's Paradise Lost which has earned him his highest accolades of his post-Du career.
Blowoff (Ft. the DJ sounds of Bob Mould & Richard Morel) @ Gramercy Theatre
Meanwhile, Hart's former bandmate, Bob Mould, performs tonight as one half of Blowoff, his electronic-leaning pop rock project.
Maria Minerva (DJ Set), Alice Cohen, Sateen @ Body Actualized Center
Art pop songwriter Alice Cohen has been making music for decades, and her current project as a solo artist is a regular on the NYC DIY scene. Tonight she plays Body Actualized Center, along with Sateen, and Maria Minerva DJs.
Jana Hunter, Horse Lords, The Dreebs, 75 Dollar Bill @ Death By Audio
Jana Hunter's Lower Dens project and fellow Baltimoreans Horse Lords are featured on opposite sides of the new 7" in Famous Class' LAMC series. You can stream it below. Tonight's the record release party.
Majical Cloudz, Moon King @ Glasslands
Montreal's Majical Cloudz make soulful, minimal music that can be a captivating live experience, due mainly to Devon Welsh intense stage presence. This is the first of two NYC shows this weekend, both of which are with Toronto's Moon King who are definitely worth getting there early for.
Chrome Canyon, Cale Parks (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
If you like early-'80s neo-futuristic synth music and enjoy theremins, Chrome Canyon's otherworldly stage show could be the trip you're looking for.
Houses, Jamaican Queens, Modern Merchant @ Mercury Lounge
Two laptop-leaning indie pop bands, Houses and Jamaican Queens, are on the road together and today they play their second of two NYC shows together at Mercury Lounge.
Scout Niblett, Dope Body @ Saint Vitus
Scout Niblett has been doing the grungy singer/songwriter thing (not unlike early PJ Harvey) for a while now, and her newest album is a very good addition to her already solid discography. Tonight she brings her tour with noise rockers Dope Body to Brooklyn's mostly-metal bar Saint Vitus.
Youth Code, Night Sins @ Saint Vitus
After the Scout Niblett show, Saint Vitus hosts a late show with a couple acts that recall the heyday of EBM and industrial (Youth Code) and gothy postpunk (Night Sins). Both have new albums too.
Celestial Shore, Empress Of, TEEN, Bueno @ Silent Barn
Brooklyn's beachy Celestial Shore are celebrating the release of their new album, 10x, tonight with some pretty good party guests: TEEN and Empress Of are both bands who could probably headline a place like Silent Barn on their own.
Glass Candy, Chromatics @ Terminal 5
Terminal 5 can turn off their air conditioning tonight, as these two Portland practioners of icy Italo-disco (which share member Johnny Jewel) should chill things out nicely.
Cuntz, Degreaser, Yo! Bum Rush The Show @ The Flat
Cuntz are over from Australia to bless the US with their rackety rock n' roll for the first time ever. This is their second of two shows.
Peter Hook & The Light (Movement & Power, Corruption & Lies), Slaves of Venus @ Webster Hall
Peter Hook's striking low-slung presence -- and signature style -- was missing from New Order's show here earlier this summer, but now he's here with his band The Light performing New Order's first two albums in full.
Holy Ghost! (DJ Set), Wolfram, Justin Miller @ The Panther Room
Holy Ghost!, who have a new album out this week, revel in vintage sounds. How long into their set before they drop some early-'80s Arthur Baker?
Xeno & Oaklander, Bootbacks, Tempers, DJ Mar Bar @ Union Pool
Speaking of vintage sounds, Xeno & Oaklander, who perform their minimal synth like it was still 1981 -- what's a laptop? -- will do so tonight as part of night of similarly moody danse.
Pictureplane, James Ferraro, Gatekeeper (DJ Set) @ 285 Kent Avenue
Another of the many recent chances to catch NYC party-starter Pictureplane, and this one's with experimentalist James Ferraro.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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photos by Leia Jospe
Teengirl Fantasy at The Waldorf Hotel - 8/17/12
Teengirl Fantasy released their excellent new album, Tracer, this week, and as mentioned several times, they'll celebrate it with an album release party in NYC TONIGHT (8/23) aboard a Rocks Off Cruise with Lemonade, MikeQ, and Massacooramaan. Tickets for tonight's show are still available, and we're also giving away a few pairs. (You still have time to enter!) Teengirl Fantasy will be performing live with vocals from Kelela (who sings on the album's stunning single, "EFX") and drums from Dutch E Germ. The show will be aboard The Harbor Lights and it boards at 7 PM. The flier for tonight's show is below.
Teengirl Fantasy kicked off their North American tour earlier this month, and were just in NYC for a East River Park show on Monday (8/20), and before that played The Waldorf Hotel in Vancouver (8/17) with Gatekeeper. More pictures from that show, the flier for tonight's show, two song streams from Tracer, and a list of all remaining tour dates are below.
Meanwhile, Lemonade have an extra-busy night ahead of them. After disembarking from The Harbor Lights, the duo will head to Glasslands to DJ at the late night Banananas!! party that also features Shawn Reynaldo (Bersa Discos, XLR8R), Rem Koolhaus (Turbotax), and Ron E Laybaxxx (Ultravibez!). Doors at 11:30 PM.
by Andrew Sacher
As mentioned, Teengirl Fantasy are set to release their new album, Tracer, on August 21 via R&S/True Panther and it features a slew of great guests, Panda Bear, Laurel Halo, Romanthony (the dude who sang Daft Punk's "One More Time"), and more. Teengirl Fantasy shared the first taste of that album with us this week with their new song "End" -- a great progressive dance track with some seriously beautiful piano playing. You can stream that below. They also released their "Motif" single this week, which comes with the b-side "Eternal," a track that also appears on Tracer. So if you pick that up on iTunes, you'll actually get to hear two Tracer tracks this week.
A special edition of the LP will also be pressed with a lenticular cover designed by Kari Altmann (check out a gif of what it looks like below). Only 250 copies of that edition will be pressed "with no repress ever" and is only available for mailorder.
Teengirl Fantasy will kick off a run of European dates this Friday (7/13), and next month they'll tour the US and Canada in support of the new record. That tour includes an album release party in NYC on August 23 with a Rocks Off Cruise with dance pop trio Lemonade and sci-fi synth geeks Gatekeeper. Tickets for the dance party on a boat are on sale now.
A list of all dates, that song stream and gif are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn's Laurel Halo released her excellent new album, Quarantine, earlier this month and recently finished up a European tour in support of it. Now that she's back home, she's already begun scheduling local shows, including a Quarantine release party at 285 Kent on June 30 with Gatekeeper, Slava, Anenon, Wish, and DJ sets by Brenmar and Teengirl Fantasy, whose new album Laurel guests on. Tickets for that show are available.
Laurel Halo has another Brooklyn show set to take place on July 21 on Public Assembly with a great local bill of Pete Swanson, Noveller, and Burning Star Core (aka C. Spencer Yeh). As usual, New Yorkers will get plenty of more chances to catch Noveller, like at Entwine on Thursday (6/28) and at Secret Project Robot on August 4, but for Pete Swanson (ex-Yellow Swans), he's saying the Public Assembly show is likely his last NYC show for 2012. If you've yet to hear his new album, Man With Potential, you can stream it below.
Speaking of Gatekeeper, who play the 285 Kent show, they'll release their debut full length, Exo, on July 17 via Hippos in Tanks, along with an accompanying video game. Gatekeeper will celebrate Exo with a record release show in Brooklyn at Public Assembly on July 27. Thunder Horse FX will be doing visuals for their set and the bill also includes Total Freedom, James Ferraro, Yen Tech and Arca. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The show flier and Exo cover art/tracklist are below.
Coco66 in October 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
As mentioned, Coco66 was shut down on July 9 so SBTRKT couldn't DJ after his PS1 show. We also recently mentioned that the July 23rd Pictureplane, Teengirl Fantasy, Gatekeeper show originally scheduled at Coco66 has been moved to 285 Kent. That's because Coco66 never reopened after the SBTRKT incident...
It seems that Greenpoint music venue and bar Coco66 was raided by both the NYPD and SLA for operating without a liquor license last weekend. According to reports at Paper and New York Shitty, the authorities showed up at some point Saturday night and arrested the venue's owner David Kelleran and in a scene out of prohibition, all of the booze was destroyed by the SLA when they made the bartenders pour out every last drop of about $20,000 worth of alcohol. What a waste! The bar's problems began in October, 2010 when the NYPD conducted an initial raid and lost its liquor license. Kelleran had been buying booze at retail shops for the bar's events and apparently wants to try to reopen the bar without a liquor license. [Eater]No events are currently scheduled at Coco66.
EMA at P4K Fest (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Darkstar played their first US show at Pitchfork Festival this past weekend. As mentioned, they'll be sticking around for a bit and will play in NYC tonight (7/18) at Le Poisson Rouge. Phaseone opens the show and tickets are still available. We're also giving away two tickets at our facebook.
TIme Out Chicago caught Darkstar's set at P4K:
On "Gold," the trio's cover of Human League, a distant house thump permeates, rolling alongside hi-hats and anchored by slow piano. This is the energy the crowd needs. People start wading in closer, whistling and fully embracing the music.Speaking of bands who played Pitchfork Festival with upcoming NYC shows, Gatekeeper play on Saturday (7/23) at 285 Kent as part of their tour with Pictureplane and Teengirl Fantasy. The NYC show was originally scheduled for Coco66 but has been moved to 285 Kent. Tickets are still available.
Clicks continue to buzz in rapid succession, and the distorted and crunchy synth found in so much of Hyperdub's output sits prominently in the mix. The lead singer looks like Brendan Fraser in Airheads, but this shouldn't make you take Darkstar any less seriously. Their February signing to Warp is big news for these Brits, a trio we'll hear more of in the future.
P4k2011's first sounds were very yin and yang. As Gatekeeper's light, blissful tunes fluttered over the trees, EMA (Erika M. Anderson) squinted into the hazy afternoon sun and began grinding out some dark, menacing music. [Chicago Sun Times]Check out pictures from Gatekeeper and EMA's sets at Pitchfork Fest HERE.
EMA has two shows on Wednesday (7/20). She'll play an early show at Mercury Lounge with Helado Negro (tickets) and a late show at Glasslands with Talk Normal and Abblehearts (tickets). All tour dates are listed below.
Alamaba rap duo G-Side also played Pitchfork and will play NYC on Saturday (7/23) at Tammany Hall.
Gang Gang Dance conclude their tour with a Rocks Off Concert Cruise Thursday (7/21). Nguzunguzu and Total Freedom aren't on the bill like they were for the much of the tour (Pitchfork after party included) but Nguzunguzu have their own shows this week. Here's some words about GGD's Pitchfork set:
A small man waving a stick of burning sage preceded Gang Gang Dance to the Green stage--a shaman of sorts, he stayed on stage for the entire hour, waving his sage stick or a towel and nodding along to the hyperbolic pastiche of dancehall, new age, tropicalia, electronica and Middle Eastern. It's world music gumbo, but highly danceable and about as "now" as you can get.Gang Gang Dance also DJ on Saturday, 7/23 at Warm Up at PS1 with Syd tha Kyd of Odd Future, who also played Pitchfork Fest.
Lead Lizzie Bougatsos jumped off the stage to greet fans while the band continued banging out its dizzy-making tribal beats. It wasn't long before Bougatos was crowd surfing as fans reverentially passed her around the human sea. "I think when you carried me I became Jesus Christ," she said, returning to the mic. "I'm showered in your love, I'm dripping it. Drippy drippy all the way down!...If you can't act crazy on stage, there's no reason to live." Gang Gang Dance's new album Eye Contact is one of my favorites of the year so far, and live it sounds very different--much less haunted and weird, but damn good all the same. [Riverfront Times]
WU LYUF didn't play the fest, though Pitchfork probably wish they did. They share a bill with DJ Dapwell of Das Racist, who did play Pitchfork, on Saturday (7/23) at Knitting Factory. WU LYF also play the night before (7/22) at Mercury Lounge. Bass Drum of Death are on both bills.
Pitchfork Fest day one pics are HERE. Pics from the following two days are coming soon.
EMA dates and a video of Zola Jesus & EMA doing an unrehearsed cover of 'Crimson & Clover' at a pre-Pitchfork Fest show in Madison, Wisconsin, below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Bob Pollard of Guided By Voices
The 2011 Pitchfork Festival continues through Sunday at Union Park in Chicago. Some of it is streaming online. A set of pictures from Friday continues below...
Pictureplane on Halloween in NYC (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Speaking of Teengirl Fantasy, they're set to head out on tour with Pictureplane in late July. The tour kicks off in Boston on July 20 and hits NYC on July 22 at a TBD location and July 23 at Coco66. Gatekeeper, who also play 285 Kent with Teengirl Fantasy this Saturday night (June 18), open the tour. Tickets for the Coco66 show are on sale now.
Pictureplane will release Thee Physical on July 19 via Lovepump United. The album was produced and recorded by Egedy and mixed/co-produced by Jupiter Keyes of HEALTH. Grab the tracks "Post Physical" and "Real Is a Feeling" above. Those tracks are two of the more mildly-named tracks on the new album. Check out song titles like "Techno Fetish" and "Trancegender" on the full tracklist below.
Both Pictureplane and Teengirl Fantasy also play PS1 Warm Up events this summer in Long Island City, but on different days. As just mentioned, Teengirl Fantasy play on August 27. Pictureplane plays one week prior on August 20 with Juan Maclean (DFA), Blood Orange (Dev from Lightspeed Champion), Solange (Knowles), Grimes, and Ford & Lopatin (formerly Games).
The Juan Maclean (Juan and Nancy)
Juan Maclean has a few other DJ sets coming up this summer as well. Tonight (6/17), as mentioned, he'll transform Williamsburg's Metro Community Laundromat into the Dirty Disco Laundrette with fellow DFA DJ Justin Miller. The flier for the show is below. Tickets are still available (which is not surprising if you look at the price). Juan Maclean also DJs at Cielo Club on June 28 with Eli Escobar and Runaway. Tickets are available.
Blood Orange and Grimes open the Washed Out show at Bowery Ballroom on July 11. Blood Orange also open the previously announced The Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger (Sean Lennon) free show on June 24 at South Street Seaport.
In other Grimes news, she remixed the single "Summon The Sound" by British psychedelic punks S.C.U.M.. "Summon The Sound" is off their upcoming debut Amber Hands which comes out late summer/early fall on Mute Records. The band is named for the 1968 feminist tract S.C.U.M. (Society for Cutting Up Men) Manifesto by Valerie Solanas. S.C.U.M. just finished up a tour with The Kills in the UK. Listen to the original and the Grimes remix (which you can also download above), below.
Grimes also has other upcoming shows with fellow Canadians Gobble Gobble and Pat Jordache. All tour dates, Pictureplane album info, and other stuff below...
"Nguzunguzu first made its mark in mid-'00s Los Angeles as co-hosts of the legendary Wildness parties near MacArthur Park. Around that time the duo started making tracks and mixes and dropping them online -- frantic, tribal sounds that drew on the convergence of Brazilian baile rhythms, Chicago house and London dance music to create primal, infectious grooves. Gradually over the last three years the production team has moved up the ladder, remixing Ciara, Lazer Sword and Ratatat, among others, releasing a few solid EPs, touring as M.I.A.'s DJ and producing much of her most recent mixtape, "Vicki Leekx."" [LA Times]LA production duo Nguzunguzu (Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda) released The Perfect Lullaby mixtape for DIS magazine earlier this year with a variety of tracks including Nicki Minaj, The-Dream, and Kingdom (aka Ezra Rubin). Stream and download the mix at DIS Magazine's website. They'll follow that mixtape with the Timesup EP on July 5 via Kingdom's Fade to Mind label. The EP is the first release for the new label. Check out the first track "Timesup" below via Paranoid Youth.
Nguzunguzu are playing NYC's New Museum on June 23 with Kingdom and Total Freedom (Ashland Mines). The "five hour day-into-night performance" is a collaboration with LA performer and filmmaker Wu Tsang who is in residency at the museum. Wu Tsang's residency is an attempt to showcase different aspects of his new film and performance piece Full Body Quotation. His first film, about the "legendary" parties referenced above, Wildness (currently in post-production), was made in collaboration with Total Freedom and Daniel Pineda of Nguzunguzu. Check out a teaser for the movie below.
The New Museum event is free before 7 PM and $12 after. Nguzunguzu, Kingdom, and Total Freedom also play the official after party hosted by DIS Magazine at Subtonic at 11 PM with MikeQ, Venus X, and $hayne.
Nguzunguzu and Total Freedom both head out on a tour with Gang Gang Dance in July. The tour ends one day before Gang Gang Dance play a Rocks Off Concert Cruise on July 21. The Rocks off show has no openers. Tickets are still on sale for the NYC show which is two days before GGD DJ a PS1 Warm Up event.
Teengirl Fantasy (live) and Physical Therapy (DJ) meanwhile play a Northside Merok Records showcase on June 18 at 285 Kent with Gatekeeper, Blondes and dj Ghe20 Gothik. Teengirl Fantasy also play Sled Island in Canada at the end of the month. They tour with Pictureplane in July.
Tanlines recently made a video for the super catchy "Real Life" off their 2010 Settings EP. According to a post on their facebook page on February 17, Tanlines are "very excited that they're almost done with their record." The record will be their first full length and will presumably be released sometime this year on True Panther.
Nguzunguzu album art and soundcloud stream, the Tanlines video, and other stuff below...
Theophilus London will headline the "Official Northside Festival Opening Party" at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday, June 16th. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and then general sale Friday at noon. You can also try to get in with a Northside Festival badge.
The hip hop artist is one of 65+ new artists being officially added to the lineup of this year's Northside Festival (June 16-19 in various venues across Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY). Here's the full list:
photos by Erez Avissar
LA's Teen Inc (who are back in town for CMJ) dropped in at Brooklyn's Monster Island on 10/8 with Gatekeeper, Blondes, Teengirl Fantasy, and Greatest Hits. Prior to that show, White Rainbow soundtracked a yoga session on top of Market Hotel. Pictures from both events are in this post, and continue below...
photos by Erez Avissar
Gatekeeper / Games
Games celebrated the release of their new 7", Everything Is Working (out now via Hippos In Tanks) with a release show at Glasslands on 8/19 alongside Gatekeeper, D'eon, Blissed Out, and DJ sets from DJ Keshia Kole. Pics from the show are below.
Games is made up of Oneohtrix Point Never's Daniel Lopatin and Joel Ford of Tiger City, and Oneohtrix Point Never has a bunch of tour dates on the way, including Friday (8/27) at Coco66 with James Ferraro, Arp, Future Shuttle, and a DJ set from Blondes. The show will double as a record release show for Arp, who is celebrating the release of their new LP, The Soft Wave, due via Smalltown Supersound on 9/2.
Games recently dropped a video to "Planetparty" which is below with all date and more pics....
DOWNLOAD: Salem - Frost (MP3)
photos by Erez Avissar
On a series of breathy, claustrophobic EPs and singles beginning in 2008, Salem-- the trio of John Holland, Heather Marlatt and Jack Donoghue -- has been honing an oozy, cold style; a pastiche of several strains of pessimistic music: there are hints of noise-rock and shoegaze, as well as the stamp of the Houston rap pioneer D.J. Screw, who slowed records down until they became gummy and desperate.The above review is from the group's show at Glasslands on January 5th, which is also the source of the pictures here. Salem will be releasing their first full length album later this year on IAMSOUND Records. More details will be announced later. More pictures from the Brooklyn show below...
It's not fun, this sound. And onstage it was even hazier. All three members took turns out front. Mr. Holland, who never took off his ski cap, sang, gripping the microphone hard, with hands heavy with rings. Ms. Marlatt -- who has a sweet voice, very well hidden -- was smoking while she played her keyboard, and smoking when she sang. (But hey, so were people in the crowd.)
She helps enliven "Redlights," one of Salem's best songs, which on Tuesday night was like M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" as heard through thick earmuffs, all low end and distortion but maintaining the hypnotic cyclicality of the beat. [NY Times]
DOWNLOAD: Salem - Frost (MP3)
"If we wanted to, we could go on about how this is a perfectly timed reaction to all the beach jams released this summer, but we know it's not like that. No, it's just Salem pumping out another ultra-creepy windswept song, no matter what the temperature, only this time they've added some complexity to the drum programming, unscrewed the vocals and turned the whole thing into a battle between lush misery and the kind of marching band drum machine claps we expect from Mannie Fresh. We're more or less watching this band go from good to really awesome, and that's a good situation to be in. "Frost" is the a-side from Salem's 7-inch release with Audraglint." [Fader]Salem, the dark electro trio of John Holland, Heather Marlatt and Jack Donoghue, play a show at Glasslands in Brooklyn tonight (1/5) with synthy Gatekeeper. DJs play "new+classic-dark-electro-synthpop hits". Tickets are available at the door.
As far as we can tell, Salem only has a handful of releases to their name. Recently they released a single for the track "Frost/Legend" on Audraglint. The video for the "Legend" is below; "Frost" and more are streaming on their MySpace. Salem split a 7" with Tanlines as the December pick for the Fader/SoCo single series. That's streaming.
Flyer and videos are below...