Entries tagged with: Jacques Greene
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.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...
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.
by Andrew Sacher
Montreal producer Jacques Greene already put out the great Phantom Vibrate EP earlier this year, and recently followed it with a new EP/single, After Life, After Party. The UK garage influences are still there, but there's some rubbery house-style bass on that title track too. Stream the EP below.
Jacques' currently on one last North American tour of 2014, hitting NYC this Saturday (12/6) at Slake for a show with Rinsed DJs, Justin Strauss and BOY/FRIEND+THENEWDEAL. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the EP stream, below...
As previously discussed, the inaugural Hudson Project festival goes down from July 11-13 at Winston Farm in Saugerties, NY this year and since we last spoke, there's been a few additions to the lineup. The festival now includes STRFKR, Four Tet, Action Bronson, Moon Boots, Jacques Greene, Widowspeak and more, joining previously announced artists including Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse and The Flaming Lips. Tickets for the festival are still available.
Updated lineup below...
Viet Cong @ BV SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The NXNE Festival happens in venues all over Toronto, Cananda from June 13 - 22. They've already had a few lineup announcements and have just released another round of artist additions, including Future Islands, AraabMUZIK, Pusha T. PS I Love You, The Felice Brothers, Autre Ne Veut, Xiu Xiu, Viet Cong (who will play 4Knots in NYC too) and more. Full list of new additions is below, along with the complete 2014 NXNE lineup as it stands right now.
by Andrew Sacher
Montreal producer Jacques Greene already has a bunch of impressive EPs and now plans to release another one, Phantom Vibrate, on April 28 via Lucky Me. You can check out the heavy beatwork of its first single, "No Excuse," with the EP tracklist, below. That's the artwork above.
Jacques is currently in Austin for SXSW, where he plays a number of shows including a live set at the LuckyMe x Warp show tonight (3/12). After that he heads out on a tour which hits NYC on April 17 at Output for the venue's weekly INPUT party. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with his SXSW schedule and the new song and tracklist, below...
Juan Maclean at MoMA PS1 in 2011 (more by Erez Avissar)
The One Step Beyond series is returning to the American Museum of Natural History in 2014 for its seventh season. The first show of the season happens on January 17, headlined by DFA's Juan Maclean and also featuring sets by Montreal's Jacques Greene and Brooklyn's Kevin Graves. Tickets for the show are on sale now.
For Juan Maclean, it's one of a couple dates he's doing this month, all of which are listed, along with streams from all three artists, below...
Purity Ring at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
We're very excited about the opening of new Williamsburg venue Baby's All Right (146 Broadway, near Peter Luger), partially because it's the location of our BrooklynVegan CMJ parties, the first of which begins TODAY (10/18) at NOON (hope to see you there!).
Today's BV party ends at 6 PM and our next one starts Saturday at noon, but in between those two shows, Baby's All Right is hosting the VFW Group-presented This Is How We Do It showcase tonight. Music starts at 8 PM, kicking off with electro-classical Brooklynite Lydia Ainsworth, then Brooklyn art pop musician Empress Of, the eccentric Kirin J Callinan, R&B-leaning trio Wet, psych band Spires, a DJ set (and exclusive CMJ appearance) from Purity Ring (which will feature special guest appearances), Oslo dance producer Cashmere Cat, and Montreal future bass producer Jacques Greene. John McSwain was also supposed to DJ, but doors are closing at 2am, so he sadly got bumped.
Baby's will also be open Saturday day AND Saturday night.
by Andrew Sacher
Montreal producer Jacques Greene is releasing a new EP, On Your Side, digitally on June 3 via LuckyMe and physically on July 1. He's just released the title track, for which he lies down a gorgeous UK-garage style beat and How to Dress Well's Tom Krell croons over it with his characteristic R&B approach. It's a great track, and you can check it out below.
Song stream below...
As mentioned, Moogfest is taking 2013 off and will return in Spring 2014 in Asheville, NC. There will be, however, another festival in Asheville filling its old fall time period this year: Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit which will happen from October 25 - 27. (It's also run by AC Entertainment who were, until recently, the producers of Moogfest.) The initial inaugural line-up has just been announced and it's pretty impressive: Nine Inch Nails AND How to destroy angels_, the newly-reformed Neutral Milk Hotel (their first show back, and an evening that includes opening sets from Daniel Johnston and Half Japanese), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Animal Collective, Disclosure, Bosnian Rainbows, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Gary Numan, Chromatics, Rustie, Jessie Ware, Zola Jesus & JG Thirlwell, Tricky, Jacques Greene, and The Bug.
Weekend passes to the fest go on sale Thursday, May 2 at noon EDT. Flyer below...
photos by Kevin Figueroa
Autre Ne Veut @ BrooklynVegan SXSW 2013
"It was 85 degrees [Saturday] afternoon with the sun beating down hard on the pavement at Old Emo's. So the crowd at the Brooklyn Vegan day party instinctively packed into the shady spots by the stage for Autre Ne Veut's set. Arthur Ashin laid out a series of songs from Anxiety and, despite the punishing weather, put on a solid show." [Pitchfork]Delorean (Wednesday), Autre Ne Veut (Saturday), and Doldrums (Saturday) all played solid sets at BrooklynVegan day parties at SXSW this year, but sadly, at the moment only one of them has NYC shows announced. That would be Doldrums whose tour dates bring them to Mercury Lounge in May, and even sooner to 285 Kent in Brooklyn on Saturday, April 13 which is one day after they share a bill in Philly with Delorean and Autre Ne Veut. That right there is a reason to be in Pennsylvania on April 12. Tickets for the $12 Making Time show at Voyeur are still available (and Jacques Greene is on the bill too).
More tour dates and pictures from BV-SXSW, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Dutch producer Martyn, who released his last two albums on Brainfeeder, is set to release a new EP, Newspeak, at some point this year, and this one comes out on Steffi's label, Dolly. From the clips of the EP that you can stream over at Clone Records, it sounds like a similar breed of futuristic dubstep that Martyn was working with on 2011's Ghost People, and should shape up to be a pretty solid release. The tracklist is below.
Martyn is also featured on the upcoming Nonplus+ compilation along with Four Tet, Joy Orbison and others, and he's got some shows coming up including one in NYC with Jacques Greene on February 9 at 88 Palace. Dark Disco is also on that show.
A list of all Martyn dates and the EP tracklist below...
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork posted a story yesterday on The New Electronic Brooklyn Underground, where they highlighted the thriving dance parties, labels, and producers that have been coming up in Brooklyn for a few years now and have been experiencing even greater success lately. Some of what they highlighted, like record label UNO and especially their artist Mykki Blanco, have been working their way up so much, they may not even be able to be considered "underground" anymore.
Mykki Blanco is also part of NYC's rising underground rap scene, and along with Angel Haze, CJ Fly, Kirk Knight, and The Underachievers, Mykki is being featured in Spit Gold Under An Empire, a new documentary on the NY rap scene directed by Montreal's Emily Kai Bock, who directed Grimes' "Oblivion" video (via FACT). You can watch the trailer video below.
But back to the electronic stuff. UNO is also responsible for putting out releases by other great artists like Jacques Greene, CFCF, Fatima Al Qadiri, Arca, Gobby, and more. Jacques Greene, who resides in Montreal, is on tour of the US now and he'll be in NYC for a show on February 9 at 88 Palace with Dark Disco and Martyn. All Jacques Greene dates are listed below.
Another party highlighted in the Pitchfork article was Let's Play House, which is a party run by Jacques Renault (not to be confused with Jacques Greene) and Nik Mercer. They've got two upcoming events this month -- first they'll do a free one on January 24 at The Woods (48 S 4 St) with Stockholm producer HNNY (who also plays Le Baron on 1/22 while he's in NYC), and then a co-presented party with The Dog & Pony show at Le Poisson Rouge on January 26 with The Revenge (UK), Mark E, Jacques Renault, and Paul Raffaele (tickets). The flyers for those shows are below. Jacques Renault also has a show tonight (1/18) at The Counting Room (44 Berry St) with Miss Sabado and Son of Sound. Admission is $10 at the door or $5 with RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin
The article also highlights the Mister Saturday Night party, which is run by Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin. They have a bunch of parties coming up, and one of the most interesting ones is FaltyDL (who has an album coming out next week) at House of Yes on January 26. More info on that show and a list of all upcoming Mister Saturday NIght events are below.
The article also talks about Aurora Halal's Mutual Dreaming party, which doesn't have any upcoming events at the moment, but you may remember it from the Hieroglyphic Being show at 285 Kent over the summer.
Lists of dates, video, streams, and flyers below...
Katy B at Le Bain in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
UK singer Katy B released the (not actually that) dubstep leaning pop album, On A Mission, in 2011 and she's got plans to follow it with a new record in spring, 2013. But to tide us over til then, Katy has offered us a free EP, Danger, which features production by Jacques Greene, Diplo, and Zinc, and guest vocals from Jessie Ware, Iggy Azalea, and Wiley. You can stream it in its entirety below, and if you like what you hear, you can download it for free HERE.
Speaking of Jessie Ware, she'll be in NYC soon for her North American tour.
Stream is below.
While Chicago mainstay DJ Hieroglyphic Being (aka Jamal Moss) is in town, he'll play a late night party at 285 Kent on Friday (8/17) with Maxmillion Dunbar, Antennes, SFV Acid, a DJ set by James Gerard and visuals by Aurora Halal. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
In related news, SFV Acid will play an UNO party one night earlier (8/16) at The Hester with Mykki Blanco, Physical Therapy, Krystal Klear, and a "Special Secret Guest." No promises on who the guest is, but perhaps it will be one of the people in town for Saturday's Warm Up, like past Warm Ups have yielded. Maybe you should go and make your friends envious. The flier for this show is below.
A list of all Hieroglyphic Being dates and some song streams below.
photos by Toby Tenenbaum; words by Andrew Sacher
The xx at Terminal 5, 8/2/2012
The xx released their hugely buzzed about debut, xx, back in 2009, and then kept pretty quiet after their 2010 tour ended. Now they're set to release its followup, Coexist, on September 11, just over three years since xx came out, which begs the question: do The xx still have it or was xx just a random stroke of genius and a bit of luck? Going by their show at Terminal 5 last night (8/2), their first of four NYC shows since 2010 on their North American tour (three of which, including last night, are sold out), I'd say they more than still have it. The crowd reactions were some of the most massive I've seen at any show this year. For almost any given moment of material from their debut being played, most of the 3,000 or so people in Terminal 5 were singing along at the top of their lungs. Even during the band's opening song, "Angels," the single off the new album, a huge chunk of the crowd already knew every word.
Any fears that the relatively quiet band wouldn't be able to handle a large venue like Terminal 5 were immediately crushed as well. At exactly 9:30 the lights in the venue shut off and the band's giant 'X' appeared lit up on the stage's backdrop, and from that moment on the band had complete control of the entire night. They played drowned in fog and glowing pastel colored floodlights, with sleepy visuals drifting behind them. Frontpeople Romy Madley-Croft and Oliver Sim performed with the sultriness of R&B singers but swung their guitars like rockers, and Jamie xx took over the backline with countless boards, drum pads, acoustic drums, and more. Their sound includes many reference points -- the wandering guitar of Beach House, the singer/songwriter meets beatmaker approach which is shown in their influence on James Blake -- but The xx truly have their own sound, and the new material continues to reflect that. Jamie xx has said he has a more prominent role in the songwriting for the new album, and it shows. The deep house of "Reunion" and the dancey "Swept Away" reflect an influence from the club scene that Jamie's solo work has ties to, and when combined with the band's signature guitar/bass/vocal work, it marks unchartered territory for The xx.
Though the show provided increased anticipation for the new record, it was largely about old favorites as well. Every song on their debut was performed, with the largest moments coming during "VCR," "Islands," and Jamie's huge crashes in "Infinity." They began their encore with "Intro," which saw the band and the lightshow at their most intense of the night, and because of the wordless song gave the crowd nothing to sing to, they provided piercing shouts of applause throughout the entire thing. Like they usually do, they ended the set with a reworked version of "Stars," which sees Jamie bringing in heavy beats at the end, in comparison to the more somber album version. This show wasn't easy to pick a standout from, but if pressed, that performance of "Stars" had to be it.
The band's next NYC show is the much smaller Staten Island venue Snug Harbor Music Hall on Monday (8/6), which tickets are still available for. After that, they'll continue to tour North America and make their way back to NYC for two sold shows in the Bronx at the Paradise Theater in October.
The show began with a DJ set from Jacques Greene and a live set from New Look. More pictures from last night's show are below.
by Andrew Sacher
UK producer Floating Points (aka Sam Shepherd) will be heading to North America for a few dates in August. While he's here, he'll hit up NYC for two shows, including Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on August 18 with Jacques Greene, Hieroglyphic Being, and Secret Circuit and another that same night (8/18) for Mister Saturday Night at House of Yes. Tickets for Warm Up are on sale now. Tickets for Mister Saturday Night are $15 before midnight with RSVP and $20 otherwise. More info and advance tix TBA. All Floating Points dates are listed below.
Floating Points' most recent release is the Shadows EP which came out towards the end of 2011. On the EP, he operates in a similar realm to most contemporary downtempo producers pulling from commonly used reference points like deep house and UK bass. But what makes Floating Points stand out in that scene is the heavy use of jazz fusion that he brings into the mix. His beats may not date back too far, but his wandering electric piano playing is heavily in debt to late '60s/early '70s Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. You can stream clips of the entire Shadows EP below.
That EP stream and a list of all 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.
by Andrew Sacher
As just mentioned, The xx have revealed the openers for their upcoming tour and the opener for the first leg of the tour, including NYC's Terminal 5 (8/2), is Montreal's Jacques Greene, who will be DJing at the sold out show.
Jacques just released his second EP of 2012, Ready, this week (7/16) via 3024 (his first, Concealer, came out in January). Though Jacques is from Montreal, his beats are well grounded in the UK. The EP's three tracks are all driven by UK funky and garage patterns, and they're accented by the manipulated vocal clips that dominate the post-dubstep world. It's a great (and quick) listen, and if you haven't checked it out yet, you can sample the entire thing with 3+ minute clips of each song below. Also check out the video for the title track below.
While Jacques is in NYC, he'll be sticking around (or given the two week gap, perhaps he'll be scheduling more shows and then heading back) for two more NYC shows, including one at Le Bain on August 17 before playing Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on August 18 with Floating Points, Secret Circuit, and Hieroglyphic Being. Tickets for Warm Up are on sale now. Jacques is also one of the many artists lined up for this summer's Mad Decent Block Parties. He's already set to play the Toronto one on July 28 (the only one whose lineup has been announced), but the NYC party falls on August 5, just after he plays T5 with The xx, so it seems possible that he might play that one too.
Meanwhile, The xx just added a second night at Paradise Theatre in the Bronx in October.
A list of all Jacques Greene dates, the Ready sampler and video are below...
photos by Tim Griffin
The xx at Rock Werchter, 6/30/2012
Tickets to The xx's upcoming show at the Paradise Theatre in the Bronx on October 28 go on sale today at noon. Chairlift open the NYC show and others on the tour. An updated list of dates is below.
UPDATE: 2nd Paradise Theater show added.
Recently, Jamie xx was on Australian radio station 3RRR where he made a 30 minute mix which you can stream at their swite (starts at 2hr, 30min mark as Fader points out). And if you haven't heard it, you can stream The xx's new single "Angels" below.
The xx meanwhile are in NYC next week for a sold-out show at Terminal 5 on August 2. Montreal artist and DJ Jacques Green has been added to that show as opener. All dates and the Belgium pictures, 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...
Warm Up 2011 at MoMA PS1 (more by Erez Avissar)
The Warm Up summer concert series is returning to MoMA PS1 this summer for another run of dance parties from forward thinking electronic musicians every Saturday from July 7 through September 8 in PS1's outdoor courtyard. For the first time, advance tickets for Warm Up will be available this year. They go on sale June 18.
The 2012 schedule includes Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace (DJ), Jamie xx, Danny Brown, Just Blaze, Maria Minerva, Shlohmo, Evian Christ, Howse, Nguzunguzu, Baio, Holy Other, Rustie, Matthew Dear (DJ), Lemonade, Slava, TRUST, Light Asylum, Sepalcure, Floating Points, Jacques Greene and many more.
More info and the full schedule below...