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Bowery photos by Tim Griffin, Santos photos by Faith-Ann Young

TJM @ Bowery Ballroom
The Juan Maclean

"Dressed in a dark blazer and white pants (after Labor Day, mind you!), John MacLean looked more like a professor than a dance-rocker. Perhaps his fashion sense is a remnant from his days teaching English in New Hampshire? Following a set from Chairlift, a Brooklyn-based trio whose career received a kick-start after Apple licensed "Bruises" for an iPod commercial, their fleeting allusions to Television and Bjork were bulldozed by The Juan MacLean's dance floor pastiche and their fondness for disco, house, and techno. Though MacLean's vocals sounded a little off at times (probably due to technical problems), when he's not singing and playing keyboards, he's constantly adding hand percussion and tweaking gizmos that give his music an interesting effect. Most notably, the icy vocal of singer/keyboardist Nancy Whang (of LCD Soundsystem) is a perfect yin to MacLean's yang. Their union shined on "Give Me Every Little Thing," a throbbing, squelchy, funky number laden with Theremin. Thankfully void of needless irony, it tipped its hat to Parliament-Funkadelic. Along the way, they dropped "Happy House," the first single from their forthcoming album, The Future Will Come, and it was a definite highlight. If tonight's performance is any indication, the future for The Juan MacLean looks very bright." [BigShotMag]
The Bowery Ballroom show (10/18) happened a few days before the DFA CMJ showcase at Santos that Juan also played....
The Juan Maclean came on late closing out the DFA showcase...around 12:45- 1? John/Juan the man and his trusty troupe, including Nancy Whang and ex-!!! drummer Jerry Fuchs, brought dance chaos to the cold concrete floor of Santos. He oscilalted between a smorgasbord of samplers, tambourines, and modern electronic gadgets....and tastetested a track from upcoming album, The Future Will Come. Crazed lights and lasers added to the otherworld sci-fi vibe (that and the pills that were going around)... -Faith
Free Blood (featuring ex-!!!'s John Pugh) was also on the Santos bill.

More pictures from both Juan Maclean shows below...

Continue reading "the Juan Maclean played Bowery Ballroom & Santos (pics) "

"People hear that word disco, and they see bellbottoms and 'That '70s Show.' No, no, no," says Murphy. "This is real liberation music for people who know where to go. This is the real deal."

Special Disco Version @ MoMA (more by Ryan Muir)
Special Disco Version

"The frequently overlooked and undermined period of American musical history resulted in some of its richest material, inspiring Murphy as he built DFA; and creating the role of the DJ and structure of the nightclub as we now know them. With bands like DFA's own Hercules & Love Affair snagging critical and fan praise all over the world, the air is rife for a second disco revolution.

'Special Disco Version' is an old term for a dance interpretation of a pop song, now known as a remix. It was frequently printed on a circular sticker and slapped on the record's sleeve, left for Murphy and Mahoney to discover 30 years later as they plumbed the bins at New York record stores. SDV the party will bring back such gems - some of which are more rock than dance, and more minimal than orchestral - to curious dance floors, and mix them with new material. The fresh blend will rock the party in unprecedented ways, and offer LCD fans a new perspective on the musical roots of their favorite band.

'With SDV, I can keep experimenting with remixes that we're working on, I can keep playing new stuff, and I can keep finding old records,' says Murphy.

SDV's disco is The Bee Gees' 'You Should Be Dancin',' but not the original: The unreleased dub version. It's not Studio 54: It's The Loft, a NYC venue open at the same time, where the music was so much the focus that DJ David Mancuso would let songs finish in silence, rather than mix them into each other, so each could be appreciated on its own. It's Francis Grasso, the New York DJ who would blend Led Zeppelin and Aretha Franklin during marathon, 12-hour sets, and reportedly lived in his DJ booth at West Side club Salvation. 'How punk rock is that?' says Murphy."

Six upcoming Santos dates and other dates other places in the world....

Continue reading "Special Disco Version (Murphy & Mahoney) - 2008 Tour Dates"

this is pretty cool....

Coloring book

For his final project as an undergrad at England's Huddersfield University, Miller came up with Colour It (Red), a book/compilation combo inspired by his favorite indie rock jams and the (Red) organization, which raises money for the AIDS/HIV-battling Global Fund.

Taking a cue from such indie megahits as LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends", Panda Bear's "Comfy in Nautica", and Joanna Newsom's "Peach, Plum, Pear", Miller crafted a coloring/activity book sure to tickle pink-- er, make that red-- even the most hardened, poker-faced, arms-crossing indie music fiend.

Can you "help James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem find all his friends" by completing a maze? Care to "make Beirut's carousel pretty by colouring it"? Are you man or woman enough to "find the grizzly bear that does not fit"?? [Pitchfork]

Feist, who played Hammerstein Ballroom last time she was here, plays the Prospect Park Banshell in Brooklyn this Wednesday July 9th. The show is sold out, but you can always listen for free from outside the fence. Feist is also back in NYC on July 25th to appear on Good Morning America.

photos by Ryan Muir

MoMA

Special Disco Version @ MoMA

M.I.A. will give gave an exclusive benefit performance--to support the Museum's award-winning educational programs and the care, study, and exhibition of its collection--at the Party in the Garden After-Dinner Dance on Tuesday, June 10th, from 9 PM-midnight (10:30 PM performance), at The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, Manhattan.

The evening will also feature featured a DJ performance by 'Special Disco Version' featuring James Murphy and Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem.

The M.I.A. pictures are coming. In the meantime, pleaes enjoy some champagne....

Continue reading "James Murphy & Pat Mahoney @ MoMA's Garden Party - pics"

James Murphy

James Murphy

James Murphy

Those three blue pictures (by Ryan Muir) are of James Murphy deejaying Webster Hall on Friday night (the same party MSTRKRFT & Grandmaster Flash played). Stay tuned for details of James Murphy's new DFA party coming to Santos' Party House.

A different DFA party happens on Tuesdays at 205. Tonight (May 20) @ 205 Tuesdays is... HORSE MEAT DISCO (The Eagle London), TYLER POPE (!!! / LCD Soundsystem), JUSTIN MILLER (DFA) & JACQUES RENAULT. To quote David Bruno, "horsemeat disco guys are in Hercules and Love Affair's band" (who isn't?).

Hercules & Love Affair played Studio B Saturday night. And if you were wondering what "Blind" sounded like without Antony....

Continue reading "James Murphy, Horse Meat Disco, Hercules & Love Affair"

GBH

$10 tickets are on sale.

Does it Offend You, Yeah? are playing a live set earlier in the night. Does it Offend You, Yeah? are also playing the same club a few months later.

High Places @ Market Hotel, Brooklyn, NY (mercurialn)
High Places @ Market Hotel

For rock bands this is a great time to be weird and independent in Brooklyn. After years in which the sound of New York was defined by various shades of retro monochrome -- the new wave minimalism of the Strokes, the disco-punk of the Rapture and LCD Soundsystem, the moody Anglophilia of Interpol -- a new generation is making music that is indefinably eclectic and complex, and finding acclaim around the world. [NY Times]
SEE ALSO: MTV NEWS' "The Noise From Brooklyn"

The winners have been announced...

LCD Soundsytem - Idolator artAmy Winehouse - Idolator art

LCD Soundsystem's Sound of Silver topped the Idolator 2007 Idolator Pop Critics Poll, and now it has won the 35th Annual Pazz & Jop Village Voice one as well. Pitchfork had it at number two. I'm an idiot and never posted my list, but when and if I do, it will also be in my top three.

Amy Winehouse was voted "No. 4 & 19 tracks", "No. 5 Artist", and "No. 5 Album" in Idolator's poll. The Village Voice poll has her at 4th best album, and #1 single. I'm not going to lie. I listened to that album a lot too. It just sucks what has happened to her since it came out - including the crack smoking video that just came out, which is being investigated by the police, and which has apparently (hopefully & luckily) also has her back in rehab.

The above art is from Idolator. The Voice cover is below....

Continue reading "Village Voice Pazz & Jop and Idolator Pop Critics Poll"

Coachella 2006 (CRED)
Daft Punk is Playing in My House

The list the LA Times came up with so far is below...

Continue reading "Who is playing (the real) Coachella?"

Pitchfork's list is up. Panda Bear wins #1 - a choice I can't really argue with. Still working on my own list (I'm so slow).

Continue reading "Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2007"

Guardian

01 LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver
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15 Les Savy Fav: Let's Stay Friends
16 The Good, the Bad & the Queen: self-titled
17 Britney Spears: Blackout
18 Bruce Springsteen: Magic
19 Josh Ritter: The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
20 El-P: I'll Sleep When You're Dead
El-P played Studio B last night, and other stuff. Watch El-P diss Spank Rock. Read the whole Guardian list.

....Beck, Wilco, White Stripes, Kanye West, The Shins, Common & Jay-Z too

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse receives the nomination for Best Record (Mark Ronson), Album of the Year (vs Kanye West), Song of the Year, Best New Artist (vs Feist!), Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (vs Feist!), Best Pop Vocal Album (vs Feist!), and Producer of the Year (Mark Ronson)! I guess it's not weird she was on the cover of the Post.

Is this the Grammys or the Plug Awards?
All (50th annual) Grammy nominations HERE.

Jonathanpberger made the "Spooooky Hallowinehouse" you see above. More like it HERE. His inspiration HERE.

Now Feist has something else to talk about.

the third in a series where we asked comedians to tell us what was good this year....

Max Silvestri

Max Silvestri is a young and stupidly talented Brooklyn-based comedian whom I adore. He hosts a show at Rififi the second Sunday of every month called I Like Attention. Each installment features a different co-host and a truly stupendous line-up of comedians (for example). You may also know Max as the co-star of Gabe & Max's Internet Thing, and as one of the hosts of Best Night Ever over at VH1's BestWeekEver.tv. Here's Max's list of the best music to come out of 2007. - klaus

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Max Silvestri & Dan DeaconI was sort of lazy about listening to new albums this year, but here is a bunch of stuff I got all obsessed with. Know that if it seems weird that I left something off this list, it's not because I just didn't get a chance to listen to the record but because I think the band and all its fans are stupid and gay. (jk lol)

Dan Deacon, Spiderman of the Rings - Maybe the most fun live show I've ever been to? I was up against his table at Judson Church and danced my stupid head off. There were photos online from the show and I look like someone had just dumped a huge bucket ofsweat and dumb facial expressions all over me. I DANCE WEIRD but that is how good Dan Deacon is. Total spaz.

LCD Soundsystem, Sound of Silver - They stole the show at Randall's Island. I kinda look like James Murphy from far away so it was like dancing to myself. Also, my roommate was in the video for "Someone Great" and looked very pretty so give it up for her and that. But mostly the album is amazing.

Gogol Bordello, Super Taranta! - It's very rarely that I hear an album that *actually* makes me wish I'd gone into the rock star business, but this is one of them. It helps that I really like vodka and marinated herring.

Arcade Fire, Neon Bible - As a comedian, I am constantly wrapped in a blanket of irony and trying to avoid sincerity at all costs. Not really, but it is surprising to me how much My Body Is A Cage gives me chills every time I hear it. Their show at United Palace (the one where everybody got on the stage, Stooges-style) was really, really tremendous.

DOWNLOAD: Arcade Fire - My Body is a Cage (live @ Judson Church) (MP3) (via/more)

Dr Dog - We all BelongDr. Dog, We All Belong - Speaking of sincerity, these guys just enjoy making music so much and with so little irony that it is impossible not to be infected by it when you see them live. They are like if The Band had liked playing soccer and grilling instead of doing drugs and being difficult.

Of Montreal, Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer - Their songs have that weird thing where it seems like you've heard them before, but you haven't. And I have no problem with them endorsing Outback Steakhouse. I love Outback Steakhouse. I guess what I'm saying is I will take money from any restaurant. Thanks in advance.

Justice, Stupid Symbol - This is the kind of album that makes me wish like there was a lot more music exactly like it, but there isn't. And they almost managed to make Terminal 5 not the most irritating place ever.

The National, Boxer - This record is mostly perfect.

continued below.....

Continue reading "Best of 2007 by Max Silvestri"

DOWNLOAD: LCD SOundsystem - Losing My Edge (MP3)

LCD Soundsystem & Arcade FireIt's like a Randall's Island reunion all in one post. The LCD Soundsystem & Arcade Fire split tour 7" is available for sale in the DFA store. James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem is DJing @ 205 tonight (Dec 4, 2007) with residents Justin Miller and Jacques Renault. Les Savy Fav made a video. Video, party details, and more, below.....

Continue reading "James Murphy DJing, LCD/Arcade Fire 7", Les Savy Fav video"

DOWNLOAD: Jesca Hoop - Seed Of Wonder (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jesca Hoop - Enemy (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jesca Hoop - Havoc In Heaven (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jesca Hoop - Silverscreen (live on KCRW) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jesca Hoop - Big Fish (live on KCRW) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jesca Hoop - LifeWithinALife (live on KCRW) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jesca Hoop - Phonograph (live on KCRW) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jesca Hoop - Havoc in Heaven (live on KCRW) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jesca Hoop - Seed of Wonder (live on KCRW) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jesca Hoop - FixIt Men (live on KCRW) (MP3)

Nic Harcourt

1) Jesca Hoop - Kismet (Columbia)
2) Ting Tings - Demos (Self-Released)
3) Salt & Samovar - Old Joy, New Joy (Self-Released)
4) Radiohead - In Rainbows (Radiohead.com)
5) Aqualung - Memory Man (Columbia)
6) Seawolf - Leaves In the River (Dangerbird Records)
7) Great Northern - Trading Twilight for Daylight (Eenie Meenie)
8) LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver (EMI)
9) Federico Aubele - Panamericana (ESL)
10) Once - Original Soundtrack (Sony)
Jesca HoopCompare Nic Harcourt's list to Paste's. (via)

Jesca Hoop has two California shows coming up. Nic & Jesca both have letters missing in their first names (just kidding).

Videos below...

Continue reading "Nic Harcourt’s Top Ten Albums of 2007 (Jesca Hoop)"

LCD Soundsystem (CRED)
Randalls Island

...also played Randall's Island Saturday night (Oct 6, 2007). Arcade Fire got their posts. Here are some more pics from the show...

Continue reading "LCD Soundsystem, Les Savy Fav, Blonde Redhead..."

(CRED)
Arcade Fire @ Randalls Island

I always convince myself that a huge show is going to be bad, but Arcade Fire proved me wrong at Randall's Island last night (Oct 06, 2007). I just saw them too - at another big show in Austin (City Limits) just a few weeks ago, and I couldn't get into that one at all (not their fault). Last night I felt completely the opposite. The video screens on either side of the stage had a lot to do with it - it wasn't just any video, it was the coolest live video I ever saw broadcast at a show, and it was especially helpful if you couldn't see the stage. My only regret is running out of there so quickly, that I missed Arcade Fire coming back into the crowd for a second encore. Set list:

1. Black Mirror
2. Keep the car running
3. Neighborhood #2 (Laika)
4. No Cars Go
5. Haiti
6. I'm Sleeping in a Submarine
7. My Body is a Cage
8. Cold Wind
9. Intervention
10. Antichrist Television Blues
11. The Well and the Lighthouse
12. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
13. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
14. Rebellion (Lies)
Encore:
15. Headlights Look like Diamonds
16. Wake Up
Encore 2:
17. Kiss Off (Violent Femmes)
(CRED)
Arcade Fire @ Randalls Island

Two more important points.

  1. Win announced that they sold 25,000 tickets aka $25,000 raised for charity
  2. Win announced that they wouldn't be back to play NYC for a couple of years
More below....

Continue reading "Arcade Fire @ Randall's Island, NYC - pics"

Arcade Fire & LCD Soundsystem - together in St Paul - Sept 30, 2007 (CRED)
Arcade Fire & LCD Soundsystem

This one comment got me thinking, so I searched and found this...

"I'm working on a remix of 'Black Mirror' for them right now. And I'd love to [produce them]. That's one of the things I regret about being in the band: there's not enough time to do some of those records anymore. I haven't done it for awhile with another band since... the Rapture. Yeah. 2003? Too long, man." [James Murphy to Pitchfork]
Then I found the above picture which reveals that LCD Soundsystem & Arcade Fire are collaborating on stage on this tour. double nice - even if neither of these things has to do with what will actually happen on October 6th.

DOWNLOAD: Blonde Redhead - 23 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Arcade Fire - Rebellion (lies) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Les Savy Fav - We've Got Boxes (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: LCD - Daft Punk Is Playing At My House (soulwax Shibuya Mix) (MP3)

Arcade Fire

The Arcade Fire - LCD Soundsystem - Les Savy Fav - Blonde Redhead - Wild Light show is happening this Saturday October 6th. Tickets are still on sale, and I've got two pairs to give away to two lucky people who email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Arcade). Include your first and last name, and what the last show you saw was. Two winners will be picked at random and contacted.

Opener Wild Light are from Boston, have someone named Seth Pitman in their band which confused me at first, have four Arcade Fire-esque songs streaming on their MySpace, and have also recently opened for the Arcade Fire at some other big shows across the country.

All Arcade Fire tour dates, and the poster for the Randall's Island show, below....

Continue reading "Win tix to the Arcade Fire show @ Randall's Island"

Adam Kesher @ Knitting Factory, NYC - Sept 10, 2007 (CRED)
Adam Kesher @ Knitting Factory

Those of you who missed Adam Kesher's NYC debut on Monday night are going to have to wait through a long, cold Adam Kesher-less winter as the band heads into the studio to complete their debut LP upon their return to France on Thursday.

La Decadanse isn't one of you:

I'll cut to the chase. Having only heard Adam Kesher's cover of Para One's "Dun-dundun", I thought it'd be a fun gig to drop by and wasn't expecting much as I admittedly don't frequent venues to see bands. Instead I was awed, absolutely starstruck, completely floored, stupified even! The songs, the actual performance and showmanship which included some heavy fancy footwork and instrument rotations... it just all coalesced into a supercharged set that left the room, which wasn't even packed to capacity, dense with energy.
Their new songs incorporate everything from hip-hop beats, to harmonized and glistening pop vocals, to shredding punk riffs, a cowbell, and of course, a dancey swagger. The boys head home to France on Thursday, but will be laying down a DJ set tonight at the Calvin Harris Afterparty at Happy Ending. Buy them a drink ask them to come back sooner.

Calvin HarrisSpeaking of Calvin Harris, the UK dance sensation has been in town hustling the press circuit in anticipation of his sold out US debut at the Mercury Lounge tonight. I'm looking forward to seeing how the album translates live and I imagine the infectious grooves will have all the girls dancing like crazy. Haven't heard it yet? AOL is streaming the whole thing this week.

Oblivion With BellsI finally got my hands on a copy of Underworld's new album Oblivion With Bells and I couldn't be more excited to see Rick and Karl rip Summerstage apart on Friday night. From even before I heard the first bassline, I haven't been able to shake comparisons to my first encounter with Underworld, 1993's "debut" dubnobasswithmyheadman. The minute I saw the album artwork I've associated the album to that other chaotically black and white designed disc. I don't think the comparison stops at the visual elements. The album is decidedly dark and distinctly Underworld, with pulsing rhythms and conceptually poetic lyrics, but some tracks delve into more atmospheric and funky melodic soundscapes that remind me of the album progression and urban feel of their earlier disc. Stay tuned for an interview with Karl next week: we'll get into all that. The latest tour dates are at their site.

Simian Mobile DiscoSimian Mobile Disco bring their mobile live rave and light live show back to NYC this weekend on Saturday night at Gramercy Theater. If you missed their stellar Studio B gig, get to this one. It will be a good musical benchmark for next weekend's Chemical Brother's double header: one indoors midtown, one outdoors pool. The pool show also features Ladytron. All CB tour dates in a previous post, and don't forget SMD will be at CMJ too.

Larry TeeLarry Tee is gonna be busy this month. He's launching TWO new parties this weekend at Sugarland (221 N. 9th St in Williamsburg). Clever readers will note that 221 N. 9th is indeed the old Capone's and its not all going to the boys. While Fridays are the aptly named "BOYQUAKE," Saturday is the more mixed Happy Birthday Club.

Time Out also catches up with Larry as he is launching the multi-day Dance Music Invasion 2007 in just a few weeks on October 3 - 6. Ferry Corsten, Erick Morillo, and Christopher Just are the only confirmed artists. Stay tuned to the official website for more news.

DiploDiplo and Switch are going out on tour together, they hit Studio B for Meanred's Korupt night on Saturday Sept. 29th (rescheduled from Sept 08th). Pitchfork sat down with Diplo to discuss the tour, his work with Switch, and his Pitchfork Mix (MP3), very cool that he gives Drop the Lime a shout out.

Heading out to Austin this weekend for the Austin City Limits Festival? Grizzly Bear and Art Brut not your thing? Can't decide between M.I.A. and LCD Soundsystem? Well, maybe see M.I.A. in the day, and then check out LCD Soundsystem at night - Friday night at Red 7. Or see LCD Soundsystem twice. UPDATE: Thanks commenters for bringing up the fact that the "LCD Soundsystem" set is only a DJ set.

More Austin party details, and NYC event listings, below....

Continue reading "the week in Dance w/ David Bruno (09/12/07)"

Very interestingThe latest lineup for the October 6th show at Randall's Island in NYC is: Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, Les Savy Fav, Blonde Redhead, and Wild Light (them?)

Also, since we last spoke, Arcade Fire & LCD Soundsystem announced the rest of their dates together, and a limited edition split 7"...

The two bands are also pairing up to produce a limited edition split 7" single featuring LCD Soundsystem's cover of Joy Division's "No Love Lost" and Arcade Fire's cover of Serge Gainsbourg's "Poupee de Cire". The single will be available exclusively on the tour dates and through the bands' websites
All tour dates below...

Continue reading "BLONDE REDHEAD playing Randall's Island, LCD SOUNDSYSTEM & ARCADE FIRE making a record ++ updated Tour Dates"

(like CSS,) Bao Nguyen was on hand at the 2007 Virgin Festival in Baltimore this past weekend - Polaroid camera in hand....

Virgin Festival 2007

more photos below....

Continue reading "'Virgin in Polaroids' (some pics from the Virgin Festival)"

Perry Farrell & Ted Leo
Lollapalooza 2007

Daft Punk
Lollapalooza 2007

more pictures below.....

Continue reading "Photos from Lollapalooza 2007 - Day 1"

Citysol 2007 (MORE)
Tim Harrington of Les Savy Fav riding paul on stage @ Citysol

As has been said, and will probably be said some more, the idea of Les Savy Fav being added to the bill of Arcade Fire & LCD Soundsystem @ Randall's Island is pretty awesome (and true). Tickets for the October 6th show are still on sale - as are tickets to Les Savy Fav's other two upcoming NYC shows.

In related news: I posted something last week about upcoming Metric shows, and how Emily haines contributed some piano (yes, just piano) to the new Les Savy Fav record. Well, since then her tour dates became more official and announced, so those (along with the latest Arcade Fire tour dates) are below....

Continue reading "LES SAV FAV opening for ARCADE FIRE & LCD SOUNDSYSTEM + updated METRIC Tour Dates"