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by Bill Pearis

Holy Ghost

Holy Ghost! are back with a new EP, Crime Cutz, which is out April 29 via DFA. The title is out now as a single and is typical of what the NYC duo do well: '80s-style electropop with a decidedly human heartbeat. Featuring the East Coast Inspirational Singers Choir, "Crime Cutz" is also one of their best singles in some time. You can check out the deceptively simple but captivating video, directed by Ben Fries, below.

The duo will be heading to Australia this month for a DJ tour, but will be back in NYC to play this year's MoMA Armory Party on March 2 which is the kickoff event to the annual The Armory Show and Armory Arts Week (March 3 - 6). Tickets to this gala event are on sale -- not cheap, but tax deductible.

In other DFA news, the label is back with another of their "Hot Dog" parties which will happen at Good Room on February 27 featuring "DJ sets by the DFA family + guests and a very special live performance!" No word on who is DJing/playing but tickets are on sale. Flyer for DFA's Winter Hot Dog is below.

Continue reading "Holy Ghost! releasing 'Crime Cutz' EP, share title track's video, playing 2016 MoMA Armory Party after Australian DJ tour"

The Moog System 55, now back on the market

50 years ago the Moog modular synthesizer represented as radical a transition as Kandinski's abstracts or Kodak's cameras - offering both a break from yesterday and a startling glimpse of tomorrow. And, as with all cultural explosions, the impact of Dr. Moog's invention was impossible to evaluate from the epicentre. It's only now, 50 years down the line that we can get some measure of the importance, and the sheer untapped potentiality of the Moog Modular Synthesizer.

Today, it is with great excitement that we announce our plans to recommence a limited run manufacturing of three of our most sought after 5U large format modular synthesizers: The System 55, the System 35 and the Model 15. These three modular synthesizer systems were originally created and manufactured by Moog in 1973.

While the price tag of these legendary Moog modular synths is out of the range of most people's budget (System 55 is $35,000), it's still pretty cool that interest is high enough that they're being made again. If you don't know what a modular synth is, Moog has released a 20-minute documentary featuring folks like Suzanne Ciani, Dick Hyman, plus Gavin Russom and Holy Ghost! (who both played the DFA Winter Workout last night in NYC), Jacques Green and more. You can watch it below...

Continue reading "Moog making modular synths again (watch a new doc w/ Gavin Russom, Suzanne Ciani, Jacques Greene & more)"

by Bill Pearis

John + Jehn
john + jehn

NYC will be invaded by Savages starting next week, sticking around for three weeks and nine shows total at venues Baby's All Right, Mercury Lounge and Saint Vitus. Those are all sold out, but singer Jehnny Beth and frequent collaborator (and Pop Noire label co-runner) Johnny Hostile will be performing as John + Jehn, doing a live electronic set at Baby's All Right on January 18. For a taste of what to expect, check out live video of John + Jehn performing "Pricks" in Brussels, below.

That's part of a show being billed as the "DFA Winter Workout" that also features a modular synth set by Gavin Russom, plus DJ sets from Nancy Whang, Juan Maclean, Sinkane, Holy Ghost!, Museum of Love, and Kris DFA. Tickets are on sale now. And if that sounds like a lot of party for a Sunday, MLK Day is the next day (1/19) and some of you may have the day off.

Flyer for the DFA Winter Workout and the John + Jehn live video, below...

Continue reading "Jehnny Beth & Johnny Hostile playing 'DFA Winter Workout' during Savages NYC residency ++ DJs Juan Maclean & more"

Orange Cassettes

Aughts-era NYC music scene survivors Anton Harmony (aka Radio 4's Anthony Roman) and Mod (of Elefant) have formed a new project called Orange Cassettes whose debut single "Go In The Light" is out this week via R.T.A. (Ring the Alarm), a new arm of White Iris. The record also features help from Phil Mossman (LCD Soundsystem), Jim Orso (Holy Ghost!) and Luke Jenner (The Rapture), so as you can imagine its very much in the dancefloor-friendly post-punk mode. Stream it below.

Orange Cassettes will play their first-ever show which happens at Baby's All Right on November 12 with Ludwig Persik and Cathy on the bill as well. Tickets are on sale now.

Flyer for the show and song stream, below...

Continue reading "Orange Cassettes (members of Radio 4 & Elephant) released debut single (stream), playing first show next week"

Holy Ghost!

More New Year's Eve options for those who'll be in NYC: DFA dance duo Holy Ghost! will be keep bodies moving at Irving Plaza (12/31) with "special guests" TBA. Tickets are currently on presale (password is "DONYC") and the go on sale to the general public on Friday at 10 AM.

Between now and the drop of the ball, Holy Ghost! have other tour dates and will also be working on new music -- their last album was 2013's Dynamics. Flyer for their NYE show, with their list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Holy Ghost! playing Irving Plaza on New Year's Eve (and other dates)"


Monika Heidemann used to be in Xylos and since that group's dissolution has been working on her own music. Now working as HEIDEMANN, her debut EP, titled Orphan, is set to come out on September 2. The record, featuring three originals and a cover of ABBA's "The Visitors," was made with Jim Orso (Holy Ghost!) and Sal Principato (Liquid Liquid) and, as you might expect from those collaborators, has a bit of an '80s NYC electro vibe. The EP's lead cut, "Swords," is a nice balance between modern pop and vintage sounds, with Heidemann's strong vocals pulling it all together. It makes its premiere in this post.

HEIDEMANN just played Radio Bushwick last weekend, and will be on the road with Kishi Bashi for a string of dates this month. No NYC shows on the radar right now but stay tuned. All dates and the new song stream below...

Continue reading "HEIDEMANN releasing debut EP, touring with Kishi Bashi (dates & song stream)"

Museum of Love

DFA Records threw one helluva party last year to celebrate their 12th Anniversary. This year they're throwing another party, a smaller scale summer soiree if you will (actually, that's what they're calling it), at The Wick on August 23. It will feature the NYC live debut of Pat Mahony's new band, The Museum of Love, plus DJ sets from Sinkane, Nancy Whang, Holy Ghost, plus a "special guest TBA."  Tickets for the show go on sale Monday (8/4) at noon.

In related news, you can catch Sinkane performing live at The Lot LIC Music & Film Series kickoff show which happens Saturday (8/2) afternoon (3 - 9 PM) and is free.

The Juan Maclean, who have a new album out soon and seem suspiciously absent from the DFA party lineup (along with Shit Robot and you-know-who), will be DJing at Output on August 16 as part of the afternoon "Kaviar Disco Club" party (tickets).

Flyer for the DFA Summer Soiree and Sinkane's The Lot show, plus a couple Museum of Love tracks, below...

Continue reading "DFA throwing 'Summer Soiree' at The Wick w/ NYC live debut of Museum of Love ++ DJs Holy Ghost!, Nancy Whang, more"

Future Islands in Austin (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Future Islands

RSVP will open for Future Islands' free show at House of Vans on August 7 with Omar Soleyman, Operators and Mas Ysa at noon today.

RSVP will also open for the Holy Ghost! show at House of Vans on August 14 with Kim Ann Foxman and Dave P at noon today..

Tonight (7/10) at House of Vans its Gorilla Biscuits, Bouncing Souls, and Turnstile. RSVP is closed and if you did RSVP, entry is first come, first served.

House of Vans during last week's Zumiez party (more by Ryan Muir)
House of Vans

The June lineups for the free Vans House Parties at NYC's House of Vans (25 Franklin St) were already announced, and now the July and August ones were too.

July's shows include wild garage rockers Black Lips (who also play NYC on their tour with King Khan this fall) with local skate/surf punks Night Birds and a special guest on 7/3; and hardcore vets Gorilla Biscuits with NJ punk heroes Bouncing Souls (who also celebrate 25 years in NJ this summer) and a special guest on 7/10.

Then in August it's the dancin' Future Islands with Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman and Brooklyn indie pop musician Mas Ysa on 8/7; and DFA's Holy Ghost!, Hercules and Love Affair collaborator Kim Ann Foxman and FIXED's Dave P on 8/14.

All shows are free (and all ages), but RSVP is required (though it doesn't guarantee entry). RSVP for the Black Lips/Night Birds and Gorilla Biscuits/Bouncing Souls shows open today (6/10) at noon. The series kicks off this Thursday (6/12) with Charles Bradley, Mac DeMarco (who also plays 4Knots) and Benjamin Booker. RSVP for that one is closed.

Flyers below...

Continue reading "House of Vans announces more free shows: Future Islands, Gorilla Biscuits, Bouncing Souls, Black Lips, more (RSVP)"

Made In America

As previously mentioned, Jay Z is throwing his Budweiser Made In America Festival in Philly and LA this year, simultaneously on August 30-31. The lineup for Philly has just been announced and includes Kanye West and Kings of Leon as headliners, plus The National, Pharrell, J. Cole, Girl Talk, Spoon, Chromeo, Grimes, De La Soul, Baauer, Danny Brown, YG, Holy Ghost and more. Full lineup below.

UPDATE: The LA lineup was also announced and it includes headliners Imagine Dragons and John Mayer plus Kendrick Lamar, Weezer, Metric, Chance the Rapper, Cypress Hill, Schoolboy Q, YG, Dr. Dog, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock, SZA and more. Full lineup below.

2-day passes for both fests are on sale now.

Lineups below...

Continue reading "Made In America 2014 Philly & LA lineups (Kanye, De La Soul, The National, Grimes, Pharrell, Kendrick, Weezer, more)"

Outside Lands

Outside Lands Festival returns to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park from August 8 - 10. This year's lineup was just announced and includes Kanye West, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Arctic Monkeys, Death Cab for Cutie, Disclosure, The Flaming Lips, Spoon, Haim, Lykke Li, and more.

Tickets go on sale Thursday (4/10) at 10 AM PDT. Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Outside Lands 2014 lineup: Kanye, Tom Petty, Arctic Monkeys, Flaming Lips, Disclosure, Spoon, Death Cab & more"

Hudson Project

Upstate, NY has a new music festival debuting this year, the inaugural Hudson Project which goes down from July 11-13 at Winston Farm in Saugerties, NY with four stages set against the Catskill Mountains. The initial lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, Moby (DJ), Atmosphere, Flying Lotus, Bonobo (live), Holy Ghost, Twin Shadow, Cults, AraabMuzik, Gold Panda, Flatbush Zombies, !!!, Isaiah Rashad, Yacht, Jon Hopkins, Kelela, Majical Cloudz, SZA, The Range and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/4) at 11 AM.

In addition to the music, there will be "an art village showcasing interactive art exhibitions, regional arts and crafts and a selection of Hudson Valley-area gourmet food, wine, craft beer and specialty cocktail options will also offer local selections."

Full initial lineup below...

Continue reading "The Hudson Project music festival coming to the Catskills (lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse, Flaming Lips & more)"

Holy Ghost @ Williamsburg Park, 2013 (more by P Squared)
Holy Ghost

Holy Ghost! are playing Coachella this year and as a warm-up they're playing two NYC shows -- one big, one small -- right before. They'll play Webster Hall on April 4 and then Baby's All Right on April 5. Tickets for Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today (2/12) at noon with the general on-sale beginning Friday (2/14) at noon; tickets to Baby's All Right go on sale Friday at noon.

The band also have a new single, "Bridge & Tunnel," and you can stream the MIdnight Magic remix of that below. They've also got a couple DJ gigs this month. All dates are listed, along with a stream of last year's Dynamics, below...

Continue reading "Holy Ghost! releasing new single, playing Webster Hall and Baby's All Right before Coachella (dates, new remix)"

Kendrick Lamar at Roseland Ballroom in February (more by Dylan Johnson)
Kendrick Lamar

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar @ Madison Square Garden
Kanye's got two of the biggest, if not the biggest, rap albums of the current decade under his belt, and an elaborate stage show to deliver the material live. Plus he's got one of the best current younger rappers opening tonight's show. Night 3 of Ye's 4-night run.

Sleigh Bells, Danny Brown, Doldrums @ Terminal 5
This is the second of two nights that this multi-genre triple bill hits Terminal 5, including the rage pop of Sleigh Bells, style-hopping rapper Danny Brown, and indie pop band Doldrums.

Neil Gaiman, Amanada Palmer @ Town Hall
Amanda and sci-fi scribe/hubby Neil Gaiman have planned "an intimate night of spoken word, songs, stories, chats with the audience, and more than a few surprises."

Shannon and the Clams, Perfect Pussy, Habibi, A. Rex and J. Rex @ 285 Kent
A lover of vintage rock n' roll and R n' B, Shannon (who spent time in Hunx & His Punx and sang on the last Intelligence LP) brings that fun spirit to her own to this year's Dreams in the Rat House. This is Shannon's second NYC show this week and is a pretty killer bill all-around with the shouty shoegaze punk of Perfect Pussy, the girl group sounds of Habibi and garage poppers A. Rex and J. Rex.

Basia Bulat, Wilsen Luluc @ Bowery Ballroom
Basia Bulat will fill Bowery Ballroom with a night of enjoyable pop folk and her powerhouse pipes. If you like Basia, opener Wilsen should be up your alley too.

Holy Ghost (DJ Set), Alex Pasternak of Lemonade (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
Holy Ghost!'s new album Dynamics furthers their love affair with '80s synth and Arthur Baker dance-pop. Expect some vintage '80s tracks in their DJ set tonight.

Kitty Pryde, Party Supplies, Dillon Cooper, Rugz D. Bueller @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
The shopping, food, and free music of Brooklyn Night Bazaar continues today with sets from the always-entertaining Kitty Pryde, Action Bronson collaborator Party Supplies, and more.

Work Drugs, Field Mouse, Teen Men @ Cameo Gallery
Makers of hazy guitar pop, Field Mouse play tonight while we wait for their full-length album. If you go, maybe ask them how that's coming along?

Ejecta, Vulgar Fashion, Future Punx, Caroline Polachek (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
The new project from Ford & Lopatin's Joel Ford and Neon Indian's Leanne Macomber, Ejecta play a release party tonight for their debut album which is loaded with catchy electro. The whole synth-heavy night is good: Denton TX's Vulgar Fashion ooze icy cool, and Brooklyn's Future Punx rocket back to the new wave days of Oingo Boingo and Wall of Voodoo.

Cymbals Eat Guitars, Grooms, Daniel James @ Knitting Factory
It's a night of indie rock guitar heroics with two of Brooklyn's finest practitioners of said sound. Cymbals Eat Guitars lean more towards '90s-style anthems, and Grooms tilt in Sonic Youth's direction.

Crocodiles, Wymond Miles @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Crocodiles' underrated new album, Crimes of Passion, finds the band straying further away from JAMC sonics and into more pop territory (not a bad thing); don't miss opener Wymond Miles who when not playing guitar with Fresh & Onlys makes excellent dark-tinged postpunk ala early Echo & the Bunnymen.

Porches, Sirs, Shark?, Radical Dads @ Shea Stadium
There isn't a band to miss on this stacked quadruple bill of the local indie/punk/DIY/whatever scene. Porches make what they call "bummer pop" and that's actually a pretty apt description, Sirs make punky post-hardcore that feels equally indebted to Bear vs Shark and The Marked Men, Shark? make anthemic garage rock (it makes sense that Wavves included them on their GTAV station), and Radical Dads do indie rock like they did it in the '90s, but not in a totally retro way. It's also Sirs last-ever NYC show, so catch them while you still can.

GOASTT (Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger), Tall Tall Trees @ Union Pool
If anyone has a right to ape the psych-pop sounds of The Beatles it's Sean Lennon who does just that with his band Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger who are now just going by the acronym GOASTT.

Mike Doughty, Moon Hooch @ Webster Hall
If you miss Mike Doughty's old band Soul Coughing, you're in luck tonight as this show he'll be doing all Soul Coughing songs, though in slightly different arrangements -- as heard on his new album Circles.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

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NYC/Paris electronic musician Joakim has been doing gigs in the NYC-area for a few years now, but he'd never done a "live" show with his band anywhere in the US until he opened for Holy Ghost! at Terminal 5 on Halloween. If you're wondering what a "live" Joakim show entails, he gets into that in this interview with Big Shot...

You're playing your first-ever live U.S. show in New York on Halloween. What should those who haven't seen you live yet expect?

Three people on stage: drums, bass, synths, pedals/FXs and vocals. We'll play some tracks from the previous albums and a new one. It's always a bit different from the records, because I like when a live show doesn't sound exactly like the record [and has] surprises. Don't expect a "I press play, I'm pretending I'm turning knobs but I'm actually reading my e-mails" type of live show [laughs]. It's actual live playing and there's always room for improvization in the live tracks because otherwise I would get bored on stage and I know one thing: I hate doing boring things. Males and females are welcome to dance to it.

UPDATE: Though they say this is his first "live" show in the US, it may just be his latest go at doing it "live" with a new band, as there was the "Joakim and His Ectoplasmic Band" which hit Studio B in Brooklyn among other places about 6 years ago.

You can check out some videos of the live set at Terminal 5, below.

Joakim has since announced another live show for NYC, this time a headlining set that he'll do on January 18 at Glasslands. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Joakim also launched a vinyl-only label earlier this year called Crowdspacer. The label's most recent release is the debut single from POV (aka Joakim and Crackboy) which came out earlier today (11/4). The song's called "Adat," and you can watch a visual clip for it below. The label's first release was the debut single from Everyone (aka Joakim, Kindness, and Jam City). You can also stream that single, "No Time To Waste," below.

All Joakim dates are listed, along with all videos and streams, below...

Continue reading "Joakim debuted new live show in US w/ Holy Ghost! on Halloween, doing more, released a new single on his label"

by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher

still from Mazzy Star's "California" video
Mazzy Star

We already posted a bunch of videos this week like MGMT, Schoolboy Q & Kendrick Lamar, Elvis Costello & The Roots, Pixies, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Dream Boys, Les Savy Fav, Yuck, and more. But unfortunately we don't get to all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catch-up. Check out videos from FKA twigs, Holy Ghost!, Mazzy Star, Superchunk, Har Mar Superstar, La Femme, and Shine 2009, below.

Continue reading "video round-up (Mazzy Star, Holy Ghost!, FKA twigs, Har Mar Superstar, Superchunk & more)"


Arctic Monkeys, who play Webster Hall soon, are streaming their new beat-oriented (but still riff-heavy) album, AM, via iTunes.

The Weeknd, who plays two Radio City shows in October, is streaming his new futuristic R&B album, Kiss Land, via NPR.

Janelle Monae, who plays The Apollo soon, is streaming the ambitious followup to her acclaimed 2010 debut, The Electric Lady, via VH1. Listen below.

King Khan & the Shrines' long-awaited new album, Idle No More, is out this week on Merge. You can stream that below and look for them live in NYC in October.

Body/Head, the current focus of Kim Gordon's post-Sonic Youth career, who play Union Pool soon, are streaming their noisy, experimental new album, Coming Apart, via Pitchfork.

Virginia psychedelic doom band Windhand are streaming their expansive sophomore album, Soma, via Pitchfork.

UK dance trio Factory Floor are streaming their long-awaited self titled debut LP (due out on DFA), via NPR.

Another dancey DFA band, Holy Ghost!, are streaming their new album, Dynamics, via Pitchfork.

Yet another dancey band (but not signed to DFA), Delorean, are streaming Apar, the followup to their 2010 breakthrough, Subiza, via Pitchfork.

Willis Earl Beal made a splash on the scene with his bluesy 2012 debut LP, Acousmatic Sorcery, and he's now streaming that album's followup, Nobody Knows, via NPR.

John Dwyer (of Thee Oh Sees) is streaming the reissue of the debut LP by his old band, Coachwhips, which came out in 2002 and was called Hands On The Controls. You can listen to that HERE. Thee Oh Sees are on tour this year and will be in NYC this October.

Northampton, MA punk-minded indie rockers Potty Mouth are streaming their debut album, Hell Bent, via NPR. They return to NYC on October 5 at 285 Kent. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Continue reading "stream new albums from Arctic Monkeys, Janelle Monae, The Weeknd, Body/Head, Windhand, Factory Floor & more"


In addition to making music as one-half of Sally Shapiro, Johan Agebjörn is an in-demand remixer. Toronto label Paper Bag just released an album's worth of his and Sally Shapiro's remixes from the last six years that give their Italodisco touch to such artists as Glass Candy, CFCF, Young Galaxy, Lindstrøm, Little Boots and more. The compilation is titled Sweetened and can be streamed in this post or downloaded for free via Paper Bag's website.

Sally Shapiro released their latest album, Somewhere Else, early this year. Stream Sweetened below...

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by Bill Pearis

Holy Ghost! @ Williamsburg Park in July (more by PSquared Photography)
Holy Ghost!

Holy Ghost! are just a couple weeks from the release of their new album, Dynamics, which is out September 10 on DFA. The band have just released the album's catchy lead track, which is called "Okay" and one of the new songs I distinctly remember them playing when they opened for New Order at Williamsburg Park last month. While its midtempo pace might not make it a dancefloor burner, it may have you grooving in your cubicle (or wherever you may currently be). You can stream it in this post.

As mentioned, Holy Ghost will be making the rounds this fall, including a big show at Terminal 5 on Halloween (110/31). Tickets for that show are still available.

Track stream below...

Continue reading "Holy Ghost release a new song from 'Dynamics' (listen)"

by Bill Pearis

Holy Ghost! at Williamsburg Park, 7/24/2013 (more by PSquared Photography)
Holy Ghost!

Holy Ghost! opened for New Order last week at Williamsburg, and did pretty well with a big crowd I thought. Now that that show is over, Holy Ghost! will play to a somewhat smaller (but still big for them) audience when they headline Terminal 5 on October 31 as part of their fall tour. (Will they dress as ghosts for Halloween?) By that time, the band's new album, Dynamics, will be out on DFA. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/2) with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (7/31) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.

"Juan vs. Juan"

In related news, HG's DFA labelmate The Juan Maclean, will be DJing this Thursday (8/1) at Manhattan club, Cielo. The night, a Nurvous + Rinsed event, is a bit high concept, as he'll be sharing the decks with Detroit techno legend Juan Atkins. That's two for the price of Juan! (And that's the only pun I will make in this post. Restraint!) The party also features opening sets from Dan Wender and Blacky II. Tickets are on sale now.

Flyer for the party and all Holy Ghost! dates below...

Continue reading "Holy Ghost! touring this fall, including Terminal 5 on Halloween (dates); Juan Maclean & Juan Atkins DJing Cielo this week"

photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

New Order @ Williamsburg Park, 7/24/2013
New Order
New Order

I already reviewed Wednesday's super-fun, hit-filled, crowd-pleasing New Order show at Williamsburg Park, and now here's a set of pictures from the show, including openers Holy Ghost! I thought the show seemed especially packed, and turns out it was the biggest-selling show at Williamsburg Park to date. The next day (7/25), New Order stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where they played classic Low-Life opener "Love Vigilantes," and stuck around for a web-exclusive performance of 1993 single "Regret." Watch both below.

If you need more New Order songs played live in NYC, estranged bassist Peter Hook will be here with his band The Light, playing his old band's first two albums in full in September. Meanwhile, check out more pictures from NO's Williamsburg Park show below.

Continue reading "New Order played 'Fallon' ++ pics from Williamsburg Park"

by Bill Pearis

New Order @ Williamsburg Park, 7/24/2013 (via @panenka4x)

Sometimes even the most familiar songs have the ability to transfix. New Order's "Blue Monday" is their most famous song, which remains the biggest-selling 12" single of all time, and has been released in various forms a handfull of times. It is a song I don't think I need to ever hear again and, yet, last night (7/24) at Williamsburg Park, near the end of the song when the arpeggiated guitar lines begin weaving their way in, I heard something new. The perfect weather and good vibes crowd may have had something to do with it, too.

I've seen New Order a few times over the years, including a couple times with the original line-up. While bassist Peter Hook's presence is missed -- his playing style can be emulated, but his rocker look and low-slung bass are nearly as iconic -- it kinda seemed clear that the other members of the band don't feel that way. Despite Bernard Summer playing on a broken leg (no crutches though), they definitely seemed to be having more fun than the couple times I've seen them since they reactivated in 2000 and this was easily the most hit-filled set I've ever seen them do.

Hook's acrimonious departure and Gillian Gilbert's return to the live band (mostly keyboards) also has brought back a little more of the dancier numbers to the setlist. Last night we got "World" from Republic (which doesn't really feature much Hook-style bass, a point of contention at the time), and revamped versions of Power, Corruption & Lies' "5 8 6" and Joy Division's "Isolation," the latter of which was made into a housey dance anthem (which I thought worked pretty well).

There were also classics like "Ceremony," "Age of Consent," "Your Silent Face," "Love Vigilantes," "Bizzare Love Triangle" and more. The three-song encore was all Joy Division, ending with "Love Will Tear Us Apart" that also got a bit of a rework, with the keyboard line downplayed in favor of a more guitar pop arrangement. Personally, I could've done without any Joy Division songs and had more New Order, if it had meant getting maybe "Thieves Like Us," and a couple from Technique which they skipped entirely.

On the downside, for a band that is known for having some of the most amazing sleeve designs of the last 30 years, last night's show featured maybe the worst projections I've ever seen at a concert, some of which looked like '90s-era screensavers. During "Here to Stay" there was a vector graphics image of a keyboard's "CTRL" key floating around and 3-D imaged lyrics on screen. If there's one thing New Order don't need, it's attention called to their lyrics. While the images may have originated from designer Peter Saville (and some of their videos), the execution was a little distracting at times. Of course this is also a band whose singer played in a silver metallic Joy Division shirt. You could always just dance with your eyes closed.

Apart from that, I had a blast and so did the crowd at Williamsburg Park who were singing along through most of it. Which was good, as Sumner forgot the lyrics and came in at the wrong time more than once. Drummer Stephen Morris, however, remains an insanely accurate human drum machine, hammering away 16th notes for most of the show's 100-minute length.

Opening the show, the most packed Williamsburg Park show since the venue opened, were Holy Ghost! who are pretty openly New Order devotees (their video for "I Will Come Back" is basically a shot-for-shot remake of New Order's "Confusion"), especially that '83-'84 period when they were working with Arthur Baker. The band were six strong last night, including one guy whose job seemed to be controlling the massive racks of modular synths they brought with them. A nice lead-in to the evening.

Pictures from the show are coming later. Meanwhile, you can check out New Order's setlist, below.

Continue reading "New Order & Holy Ghost! played a sold out Williamsburg Park (review, setlist)"

DOWNLOAD: Holy Ghost! - "Teenagers In Heat" (MP3)

Holy Ghost

Synth pop duo Holy Ghost! will return with their sophomore album, Dynamics, on September 10 via DFA, and they've just released an outtake from the album sessions, "Teenagers in Heat," which was co-produced by DFA co-founder/LCD Soundsystem main man James Murphy. The song won't appear on the new album but it will be released as a 7" single and digitally. Download it above or stream it, along with the video for a track that will appear on the album, "Dumb Disco Ideas," below. Also below is the tracklist, and that's the album art above.

As you may know, Holy Ghost! will be touring with New Order this yaer, and that tour hits Brooklyn on July 24 at Williamsburg Park. Tickets for that show are still available.

Meanwhile, James Murphy will be DJing in Brooklyn the night after at Williamsburg dance club Output (7/25) for their weekly INPUT party. The show is billed as "James 'DFA' Murphy vs. Eric 'Dunks' Duncan" (Eric is a member of DFA's Still Going). Tickets for that show, which runs from 10 PM to 4 AM, are on sale now, and also available at Resident Advisor.

Song streams and Dynamics Tracklist below...

Continue reading "James Murphy co-produced a new Holy Ghost! song, DJing Output w/ Eric Duncan (MP3)"

Williamsburg Park earlier this year (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Williamsburg Park

As you may know, outdoor Brooklyn venue Williamsburg Park (at Kent Ave and N 12 St) is hosting shows again this summer. This year's series kicked off during Memorial Day Weekend with a show from The Shins and Man Man, and continues this Saturday (6/29) with a free show from the Julliard Jazz Ensemble. It's an afternoon show (4 PM) and open to the public.

On the down side, the Kendrick Lamar show at Williamsburg Park that was supposed to happen in September was just cancelled. But on the plus side, Charles Bradley will be playing there for free that month.

Other Williamsburg Park shows happening this summer: the Odd Future and Meek Mill show on July 20 which Schoolboy Q was just added to; New Order and Holy Ghost! on July 24; D'Angelo on August 1; and the Mad Decent Block Party (Major Lazer, Flosstradamus, Rockie Fresh & more) on August 10.

The Mad Decent Block party is sold out, but tickets are still available to all the other shows.

Full Williamsburg Park schedule (as it stands) below...

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note: these pictures were posted for about a minute yesterday, but due to a website malfunction, they disappeared. so here they are...

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Polica / Beach House / more muddy people
Governors Ball
Governors Ball
Governors Ball

You've already seen pictures of the rainy, muddy, first day of Governors Ball, and here's more in this post. They continue below...

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