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Tickets for the Beck Celebrate Brooklyn! show at Prospect Park go on Beck Fan Club, Friends of Celebrate Brooklyn, and Live Nation/LN Mobile App presales today at 11 AM ("BECK2013" is the password for the fan club presale). General on-sale starts Friday, May 10 at 11 AM.

As mentioned, Beck also opens the Bob Dylan/Wilco show that My Morning Jacket aren't on, and tickets are going on sale at 10 AM for those.

Jimmy Eat World are playing Central Park Summerstage on August 7. Tickets go on Summerstage Member, Jimmy Eat World Fan Club, and Live Nation/LN Mobile App presales today at 11 AM (Fan Club password: "DAMAGE"). General on-sale starts Friday, May 10 at noon.

Head HERE to see other Summerstage shows happening this summer.

Tickets for the Giraffage and Mister Lies show at 285 Kent are on sale now. You can stream a new Giraffage track below.

Total Slacker, Eat Skull, Vaz, and Call of the Wild are playing 285 Kent on May 22. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Ninjasonik are playing a video premier party The Studio at Webster Hall on May 13 with The Skins and special guests. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Ladyhawke is DJing the PopGun Northside party on June 15 at Glasslands. Flying Horse DJs too. Tickets for that party are on sale now.

Giraffage song stream below...

Continue reading "tix on sale: Beck, Giraffage, Mister Lies, Jimmy Eat World, Total Slacker, Eat Skull, Ninjasonik and more"

photos by Erik Erikson

Ladyhawke at Bowery Ballroom - 9/8/12

Ladyhawke brought her tour to NYC last week for three shows, including a DJ set at Allsaints Soho for Fashion's NIght Out (9/6), a Bowery Ballroom show on Saturday (9/8) with Computer Magic, and another Fashion Week party after that at the Tribeca Grand Hotel.

At her Bowery Ballroom show, Ladyhawe split the set pretty evenly between material off of her 2008 self titled debut and 2012's Anxiety, and also covered Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" in the encore. More pictures, a video, and the setlist from that show are below.

Continue reading "Ladyhawke played Bowery Ballroom w/ Computer Magic and Fashion Week shows (pics, video, setlist)"

DOWNLOAD: Ladyhawke - "Black White And Blue Punks" (Jump Up Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ladyhawke - "Blue Eyes" (Jacques Renault Remix) (MP3)


As mentioned, Ladyhawke is one of the many musicians who will be in NYC tonight (9/6) for Fashion's NIght Out. She'll DJ Allsaints Soho from 6-9 PM (512 Broadway) with Mick Rock. Tonight's show falls right before her tour in support of her new album, Anxiety. That tour kicks off in NYC on Saturday (9/8) at Bowery Ballroom (tickets) and immediately afterwards she'll play a second show that same night in NYC for a Fashion Week party hosted by INGA and Bullet Magazine at the Tribeca Grand Hotel. That party runs from 10 PM to 4 AM and is free with RSVP. The flier for this show is below.

In celebration of the Tribeca Grand show, Ladyhawke released a Jump Up remix of her song "Black White And Blue Punks." She was also recently remixed by Jacques Renault for her song "Blue Eyes." You can download both songs above, or stream them, along with the show flier and a list of all tour dates, below.

Continue reading "Ladyhawke is DJing FNO tonight, playing Tribeca Grand after her Bowery Ballroom show on Saturday (dates & MP3s)"

UPDATE: We found even MORE


As mentioned, Thursday (9/5) is Fashion's Night Out. Basically another excuse to throw a party (in the name of bringing money and attention to fashion), the evening has become music-oriented in the last few years with bands playing stores all over New York City. There's a lot of stuff going on, including the Azealia Banks / DJ Cosmo performance at M.A.C. Soho we already told you about; plus Icona Pop and Maria Minerva at Urban Outfitters; Matchbox Twenty (!?!) at Bloomingdales; Haim at Topshop; La Sera at Helmut Lang; We Were Promised Jetpacks at Rockefeller Center; and Cyndi Lauper at Manolo Blahnik, just to name a few.

Below is a list of all the shows we could find with basic details and links where applicable/helpful. All shows are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Many have free food and booze as well. For more into visit the Fashion's Night Out website. Let us know what we missed, in the comments.

Continue reading "Fashion's Night Out is Thursday -- a list of musical goings on (Chairlift, La Sera, Icona Pop, Haim, Maxwell, Cyndi Lauper & more)"

by Bill Pearis


New Zealand dance rocker Ladyhawke (aka Pip Brown) released her second album, Anxiety, back in May on the newly-rejuvinated Casablanca Records, a label that seems to have cornered the market on indie dancepop (Crystal Castles, Saint Etienne, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs). If you liked her 2008 eponymous debut (and still like it), you'll dig the '80s inflected tunes on Anxiety as well. (That's the cover art above.) Videos for her singles "Blue Eyes," "Sunday Drive" and "Black White & Blue" below, along with a Spotify stream of the whole album.

Ladyhawke has just announced a North American tour that kicks off in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on September 8. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday, August 10 at noon. All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Ladyhawke released 'Anxiety,' touring (dates, streams, vids)"

photos by Tim Griffin


"New Zealand rocker Ladyhawke may sing about Paris burning, but on Wednesday it was New York City that was on fire. At the headliner of the "Perez Hilton Presents" concert at the Fillmore at Irving Plaza, Ladyhawke was well-worth her witching-hour performance, featuring crowd-friendly renditions of "Back of the Van" and "My Delirium." Unfortunately, fellow co-headliner Ida Maria was a no-show because of illness. No matter. The two surprises Hilton pulled out of his sleeve certainly made up for it.

"I'm marveling that I was able to pull it off, because I've never put on a tour before," Hilton told MTV News. "The reason why I'm doing the tour, the reason I have a record label, the reason why I write about music on my Web site is because I think music lovers like sharing good music with other music lovers."...

...Last-minute surprise act Little Boots hit the stage sans her band mates (they were stuck across town) and performed solo with only a piano to accompany her. She thanked Hilton with a run through a haunting cover of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" and was followed by another surprise in Kat DeLuna, whose high-octane hip-swirling show made the walls sweat." [MTV]

By "across town", they mean at Bowery Ballroom where Little Boots also played on Wednesday night (9/16). Ida Maria was in fact a no-show, though the type of illness is unclear - it may have been a case of Perez-itis because she seemed to be doing okay when she performed at the Betsey Johnson fashion show a night or two earlier. Officially it became this:
Friday, September 18, 2009

Ida Maria will not be finishing the current Perez Hilton Presents Tour. She is suffering from total exhaustion and will be heading home to Norway to rest and be under Doctor's care. Her personal statement to everyone is:

Dear Friends and Fans. I am so very sorry but I cannot finish this tour. After touring in Scandinavia, Europe, the UK, Australia, Japan and the USA for 3 years straight I am just completely exhausted. I have learned that I am not a superwoman.

I love all the bands, musicians and crew on this tour. Go see these bands! I will be back and look forward to playing you my music both new and old. The new music is in forefront of my mind. Thank you all again. See you soon. I wish you peace.

Ida Maria

One night before the Irving show Ladyhawke played the Apple Store. More pictures from Irving Plaza (NSFW - there were strippers), below...

Continue reading "Ladyhawke, Little Boots, Semi-Precious Weapons & friends @ Irving Plaza in NYC (the Perez Hilton show) - pics (NSFW)"

DOWNLOAD: Little Boots - "Earthquake" (Yes Giantess remix) (MP3)

Little Boots' Tenori-On @ LPR (more by Chris La Putt)
Little Boots

Little Boots is in town to play a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom tonight (9/16) with Plasticines and Yes Giantess. The latter is responsible for the remix you can download on top of this post. The show goes right up against the Perez Hilton tour stop which is happening not that far away at Irving Plaza.

Thanks to a tip by Renaldo, I called Irving Plaza. In addition to a recording saying the show wasn't sold out, it listed these set times:

8:00 doors
9:00 Frankmusic
9:30 Little Boots
10:00 Semi Precious Weapons
10:45 Ida Maria
11:45 Ladyhawke
Ladyhawke also played the Apple Store yesterday. All Little Boots dates below...

Continue reading "Little Boots is here (tour dates) -- playing Irving Plaza too? "

photos by Chris La Putt


"Some people can't help but geek out when they step into the Apple Store. Ladyhawke is no exception, and the electronic artist got in touch with her inner nerd when she performed at the downtown New York store last night. Right before launching into 'Dusk Till Dawn,' the singer had a technical snafu that interrupted her intimate show. "There must be tons of tech geeks in this building that can fix this," she said as a flurry of Apple employees puttered behind her onstage. "I really feel awkward right now," she added bashfully." [Spinner]
Ladyhawke played the Apple Store last night (9/15). Tonight she joins Ida Maria and others at Irving Plaza. More pictures and the setlist below...

Continue reading "Ladyhawke @ the Apple Store in NYC - pics & setlist"


Ladyhawke, Ida Maria, Sliimy, Julian Perretta, FrankMusik, Eric Hutchinson and Semi Precious Weapons are on the 'Perez Hilton Presents' tour that kicked off in Atlanta on September 10th. It hits Irving Plaza in NYC on Wednesday (9/16) with a night off tonight (9/15). Ladyhawke is using the time for another show...

Don't miss LADYHAWKE as she performs tracks from her special edition CD, an expanded version of her self-titled debut album that includes five new tracks.

September 15, 7:00 p.m.
Live at the Apple Store SoHo
103 Prince Street
NY, NY 10012

It's free, but don't expect a long set. The special edition CD was released on September 1st. All Perez dates below...

Continue reading "Ladyhawke on Perez tour, plays Apple Store in NYC today"

"This truly is a dream come true!" - Perez Hilton

Perez Hilton @ SXSW 2009 (photo by Nate "Igor" Smith)
perez Party

For better or for worse (as I always say before I say his name), Perez Hilton is putting his name on a tour that will feature two female artists who also played his SXSW party this year. Ida Maria and Ladyhawke will kick things off in Atlanta on September 10th, hit Irving Plaza in NYC on September 16th, and eventually end their trip together on the west coast in early October. Julian Pertetta and FrankMusik also play all dates. Perez promises "a pre-sale this Thursday before tickets go on sale to the general public this weekend." All dates below...

Continue reading "Perez Hilton Presents Ida Maria & Ladyhawke on tour (dates)"

photos by Zach Stern


Village Voice: Besides playing shows in New York, anything you're going to check out?

Ladyhawke: I have a friend there who is a musician and I hope he can show me some things. He's one of about three people I know there. But I've only been there once before and I thought it was amazing.

The bars stay open until 4.




As mentioned a few times recently, Ladyhawke visited our country to play a few shows. The last one was Thursday night (3/26) at Studio B in Brooklyn. More pictures from that show below...

Continue reading "Ladyhawke & Heartsrevolution @ Studio B, NYC - pics "

by Bill Pearis

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Welcome to the SXSW Hangover edition of This Week in Indie. Those who went to Austin might not want to go see live music, but for everyone else it's a boon. Most of these bands have been covered before so I'm just going to go night-by-night of the shows I'd recommend...

Continue reading "Deastro, Obits, White Lies, WAVVES, Ladyhawke, Efterklang, Primal Scream & more in This Week in Indie"

Ladyhawke @ Perez Hilton's 2009 SXSW party Saturday night (SchnappyStar)

"New Zealand Eighties revivalist Ladyhawke ran through an extremely polished set of tightly arranged synth-rock. Opener "Dusk Till Dawn" shimmered with Scissor Sisters boogie, "Magic" throbbed with the power of propulsive but eerie disco and "Another Runaway" recalled both Donna Summer and Pat Benatar with its anthemic yet glittery vibe. Singer Pip Brown stood anchored center-stage strumming her guitar while warm washes of keyboards saturated the night sky and her tight band pulsed along. Picking out the '80s tunes the group was referencing was a popular exercise (the theme from "Fame"! The opening of Van Halen's "Jump"!). Wrapping with a three-song whammy of "Back in the Van," "Paris Is Burning" and the big, bold single "My Delirium," Ladyhawke definitely brought the party, though the tunes could have used a bit more build-up-and-break-down dynamics. "My Delirium" got a few hands in the air -- and what looked like a flying saucer in the sky -- as Ladyhawke made a fairly strong case for herself as the indie rock Lady Gaga. The sound may be familiar, but it sure is fun." [Rolling Stone @ SXSW]
Ladyhawke's US trip continues with two shows in NYC this week. Tonight (3/24) at Bowery Ballroom is sold out, but tickets are still available for the Thursday show at Studio B.

Also here from overseas and SXSW, Camera Obscura kick off their two-night, both-sold-out, NYC run at The Bell House tonight (3/24).

"You really had to feel for Camera Obscura. The Scottish indie pop sextet's first U.S. performance in a long while had them practically begging audience members to stick around. Of course, while the crowd hemorrhaged members, that had nothing to do with the band -- they were the final act in a long night and after a full day of partying most in the audience were tired, hungry and ready to head out. By the time lead singer Tracyanne Campbell belted out the final song, a rollicking, enthused "If Looks Could Kill," from 2006's "Let's Get Out of This Country," the venue was only at about one-third capacity." [Austin 360]
That's the problem sometimes with the semi-random and long bills that get put together at SXSW. Anni Rossi and Shelley Green open tomorrow's Camera Obscura show at Mercury Lounge. Laura Cantrell opens tonight at the Bell House where Victoria Bergsman (Taken by Trees, the Concretes) will also be acting as DJ.

Not at SXSW, Bloc Party also kick off a two-night run in NYC tonight. Longwave are opening both sold-out shows at Terminal 5.

by Andrew Frisicano

Ida Maria @ Union Hall (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Ida Maria

I wanted to re-release my album, the way I wanted it to be.

I have designed the artwork, added three new songs, and changed the track listing.

Now it sounds, looks and feels like I want it to feel, and I am so excited again.

Ida mariaThe story behind this cover is a story similar to a homebaked applecake.

You take what you have in your kitchen and experiment a little and hold tumbs that no one will notice you kinda forgot the recipe.

And then it turns out tasting good as hell and nobody can ever make it again.

My drummer Olle is a photographer (!) and has shot the genius cover photo in his apartment in Stockholm, with use of just the light that was there. Lamps in the livingroom, and pocket flashlight.

The cover art is designed by my friend Jon Edergren. -[Ida Maria's Myspace blog]

Fortress Round My Heart, Ida Maria's 2008 debut, is coming out in the US, digitally on March 24th and on CD, April 14th, on Universal's Mercury Records. The US release will sport a new cover and re-arranged track list, but won't include the bonus tracks described above (though new song "In the End" will replace previous closer "See Me Through").

Ida Maria is one of the many scheduled to be at SXSW this week. She was/is supposed to play KCRW's Showcase at Buffalo Billiards, a show at Maggie Mae's , and is on the bill of Perez Hilton's "One Night in Austin" party on Saturday.
"One Night in Austin" will feature Yelle, Solange, Lady Sovereign, Margaret Cho, Ladyhawke, Little Boots, Ida Maria and Thunderheist, plus "a very special Surprise Musical Performance." No word on who: "Not Tori Amos [but] one of our FAVORITEST acts of all time!!!!!!" [RSVP for the party].
UPDATE: Ida Maria never made it to her official SXSW showcases...
I don't think Ida Maria played either Maggie Mae's or Buffalo Billiards. I wanted to see her play while I am down here, but both nights, she was removed from the official sxsw.com website. She was replaced with Zee Avi on wednesday and with Val Emmich yesterday. I hope she actually plays the perez show. Looking forward to seeing her at MHOW regardless" [Ashok]
EW confirms that, "...Zee Avi, a tiny girl with a warm smile filled the lonesome last spot at the KCRW showcase on Wednesday night. It was huge opportunity for the newcomer -- her self-titled debut will be out May 19 -- filling in for Norwegian rocker chick/hype magnet Ida Maria, who was reportedly stuck in U.S. customs."

After the festival (if she makes it at all), Ida Maria is touring with Glasvegas through March, including a March 28th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (on sale ) and a March 30th one at Webster Hall (on sale). Ida Maria also has a scheduled appearance at Coachella Festival on April 18th.

Ladyhawke visits NYC after SXSW. Little Boots was here in February.

All Ida Maria tour dates and the "Oh My God" video below...

Continue reading "Ida Maria - now on a major label, playing Perez Hilton's SXSW party???, Coachella & other places"

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Modeselektor - The White Flash (Ft. Thom Yorke) (MP3)

Ellen Allien

Last week Squarepusher made me really happy. He is the king of electronic music for me....And Mr. Squarepusher is so gorgeous! And fat sound! I was thinking about our sick military world, the omnipresent consumption, the insanity of humanity.. But out of this, I started becoming creative. I got ideas for my new project BE, colors and designs for ellen allien fashion where whirling through my head. Music enables my creativity and brings charm into my life. In the last months I spent too much time with pushing my label BPitch Control, instead of doing music. But now the path is ready for doing music on my own, finally. :)

See you on the dance floor. :) -[Ellen Allien on her site]

Ellen Allien's BPitch Control label is releasing the self-titled debut LP by Moderat, a combo group of Modeselektor and Apparat, on April 21st. Moderat will play a Saturday, May 30th NYC show at Webster Hall, as part of a brief end-of-May US tour. All dates below.

Ellen Allien toured with Modeselektor in '08 (w/ a Studio B-turned Highline Ballroom date), and collaborated with Apparat on the Orchestra of Bubbles LP in 2006. Modeselektor was last here in January when they played Bowery Ballroom.

The Moderat LP was to feature a guest spot by L.A. rapper Busdriver on the song "BeatsWaySick," but, the press release says, "due to legal issues at the time of manufacturing, [the track] will be released as an exclusive download in the near future." Busdriver is playing SXSW on Thursday, March 19 at The Independent and Friday, March 20 at Back Alley Social, with other Austin dates below.

Ellen Allien's "10 Years of BPitch" tour is set to next visit NYC on Friday, March 27th at Studio B where she'll share a bill with Thomas Muller and Gui Boratto). The night is presented by FIXED, the parties-hosting team of JDH (Josh Houtkin) and Dave P (David Pianka). Tickets are available for the show, with the option to buy a 3-day package that includes March 26th's Ladyhawke with Heartsrevolution show and March 28th's The Twelves & Yuksek (dj set) gig, both also at Studio B.

The three-day ticket and 10-years-of-Bpitch also coincide with FIXED's fourth birthday.

The FIXED party was conceptualized around 2003 after JDH took the amazing 2ManyDJ lads to one of Dave P's Making Time parties in Philadelphia. After JDH and Dave realized that they were spinning the same events together and both had mutual admiration for the music they were DJing out at parties, the idea for FIXED was born.

"We just seemed to play a lot together as we liked similar music," admits JDH. "We started booking gigs around the US, Canada and Europe, and we would both go, and they would end up saying, 'Well, why don't we just book you two together as DJs?' and that's pretty much how we play now... as one set."

Establishing their first home base at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, FIXED went on to host a number of legendary and groundbreaking performances from a number of critically-acclaimed acts, including 2ManyDJs, Hot Chip, The Rapture, Mylo, and Erol Alkan.

"We always say that our biggest influence for FIXED was the Trash party [UK DJ Erol Alkan's legendary weekly party], which sadly, doesn't go on anymore," says JDH. "We wanted to do a big club night for the average person who likes good music."

The status of Studio B as a venue has been in question for a while, but not to worry...
The venue has now re-opened under new management, and [JDH and Dave P] will be expanding their vision of exciting music bookings, while also revitalizing New York's nightlife scene with a top-notch and diverse team of live music bookers and promoters. Starting this March, expect a fresh mix of dance music, hip-hop parties, live shows, curated special events, and more.
Little Boots played Studio B on February 6. All future FIXED dates, tour dates, the Moderat tracklist, and Ellen Allien videos below...

Continue reading "Ellen Allien (BPitch) releasing Moderat (sans Busdriver) - both touring, playing NYC + FIXED is four, STUDIO B is open"

DOWNLOAD: Ladyhawke - My Derlirium (MP3)


"Me and my buddy started a band called Two Lane Blacktop. It was like Iggy and The Stooges meets The Clash. I played lead guitar and was the only girl. We did lots of touring and stuff, got ourselves quite a following in New Zealand. I spent a lot of time in the back of a clapped out old van called cherry with 4 smelly boys. Getting carsick. Sleeping on couches and floors. Driving through the night. We played in Australia lots. That also required hours and hours of driving in a shit van - only swap the cool New Zealand bush-land with 40 degree dusty Australian desert. We even drove past a massive bush fire once.Those days were fun.

We managed to make it over to the states for some shows. I can actually say I have played CBGB's. I stood and played on the same stage Deborah Harry, Joey Ramone, and many other idols of mine have played. Rad. Aside from New York we also played in Los Angeles. That was heaps of fun. On our return to NZ, we started having personal differences in the band. A big tour was booked for Australia with a band called the Modey Lemon. We were then due to fly on to South By Southwest which we were supposed to be playing at. Literally two days before our flight to Australia, our singer decided to quit the band. Our drummer followed suit. I was left, devastated, bitter and angry. So in a fit of impulsive spontaneity I thought 'fuck it, I'm getting on that damn plane with or without my band' and I did. No money, only my suitcase, a guitar, and three empty seats beside me." [from Ladyawke's bio]

Wiki say, "Phillipa "Pip" Brown (born c. 1981), better known by her stage name Ladyhawke, is a New Zealand solo singer-songwriter, playing all the instruments in studio and touring with a band... Ladyhawke named herself after the Rutger Hauer film Ladyhawke. Ladyhawke is best known for the 2008 single "Paris Is Burning", which she wrote after a visit to Paris. Her debut album was released on Modular Recordings in September 2008."

Not to be confused with the Canadian band Ladyhawk, Ladyhawke was supposed to visit us not long after that Modular album was released. Cancelled dates in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco were blamed on "paperwork issues and Uncle Sam".

This March, SXSW time, Ladyhawke will try again. NYC shows are scheduled at Bowery Ballroom on March 24th (tickets on sale at noon), and at Studio B two days later (tickets on sale).

The SXSW show is March 18th at Stubb's. CA & Chicago shows TBA? All dates, and the "Paris is Burning" video, below...

Continue reading "Ladyhawke playing NYC & SXSW, other dates, an MP3, video"

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Housemeister @ Bowery Ballroom - January 24, 2009

I thought the Valerie Collective at Webster Hall last Friday would be nearly impossible to top, but Saturday proved different. The typically rocking Bowery Ballroom had gone rave for the night. Bowery's usual head-nodding, foot tapping crowd was nowhere in sight and upon entering the front of the sparsely filled ballroom it was like seeing a mirage: a range of people from teens to late 30's, wearing everything from brightly colored shorts and tights, tie dyed capes, matching striped hoodies, and nylon LA Gear Jumpsuits...all getting down (on a much too well lit, and nowhere close to being crowded dancefloor) just minutes into the evening! In addition to the crowd seeming very rave-ready to begin with, Housemeister played an absolutely great opening set...very techy/techno-ey in the vein of Boys Noize and totally fresh. He included many of his own remixes, a lot of tracks I didn't know, and some great current stuff (aka Oizo's "Positif") that had everyone accordingly losing it: Vous ĂȘtes des animaux indeed.

You could tell the crowd was eagerly anticipating Modeselektor's set by their hysterical reaction to Gernot Bronsert & Sebastian Szary's brief visits to the stage to show support for Housemeister prior to their set. By the time Modeselektor finally did take the stage (just before midnight), the crowd went absolutely berserk as they opened with "The Dark Side Of The Sun". As the show progressed the pair's energy and antics only fueled the crowd further in much the same way as the past two times I saw them. Modeselektor's lip syncing to their remix of Bjork's "Dull Flame of Desire" garnered a great reaction from the crowd as did track after track which included one of my favorites, "2000007" (featuring French rap group TTC) among others.

Modeselektor @ Bowery Ballroom - January 24, 2009 (more by Zach Dilgard)

By the last 20 minutes of the set everyone was in an absolute frenzy that seemed to be at its peak, at which point Modeselektor voiced a robotic sounding request for champagne - the show was far from over. Moments later a very pleasant hell broke loose as the crowd shifted forward in the hopes of being sprayed. The music and dancing continued on as this happened not once, but twice! The inflation of a huge ape balloon followed, as did the sudden and very unexpected presence of a man in a chicken suit along with a butcher (complete with a real pig's head - ew!) who repeatedly showered the crowd and the stage with feathers. Modeselektor's excellent show ended infinitely more fun and bizzarely than it had started.

As much fun as I had, I didn't really get to bask in the Modeselektor afterglow as I was racing down to Santos in the hopes of catching Tortured Soul perform at Mister Saturday Night. Thankfully I managed to get there, check my coat, find my friends, and only miss the first two songs of their performance. After witnessing a great show from them last March, but being too exhausted to actually dance, it was awesome to finally see the three-piece, live Brooklyn house band again. They were in top form and had everyone in Santos' packed, main room was getting down from the second they dropped "Fall In Love" early in their set, right until the very end. The dancing didn't stop there as Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter seamlessly eased into their set with Metro Area's "Caught Up" just as Tortured Soul finished and proceeded to keep everyone moving with a great mix of melodic and danceable tunes. Both the upstairs & downstairs of Santos were as packed as ever with people who were there to dance...and Mister Saturday Night proved to be an excellent new way to do it.

Unfortunately this is the first weekend since it started that no Mr. Saturday Night party is happening, but there are many other excellent ways to get down this weekend & get started next week. Here's what's happening starting with Saturday (1/31)...

Continue reading "the week in Dance w/ Showtrotta"

Canopy GlowAnathallo's Canopy Glow is the standout music release this week, one that is sure to end up on many "best of 2008" album lists.

Other albums released this week that I have heard and can definitely recommend include Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band's The Mountain, Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan's Sunday at Devil Dirt, Max Tundra's Parallax Error Beheads You, and Momus's Joemus.

Technically, it's not a reissue, but Belle and Sebastian's The BBC Sessions is an amazing set of recordings from one of my favorite bands.

Reissues this week include several discs by Dead Can Dance and three vinyl albums from Ida.

This week's interesting CD releases:

Continue reading "Largehearted Boy's Interesting CD Releases This Week"

Lucinda WilliamsLucinda Williams releases her album tomorrow, Little Honey, which finds the singer-songwriter surprisingly content.

Vic Chesnutt, Elf Power, and The Amorphous Strums' Dark Developments combines some of my favorite musicians in this release from Orange Twin.

The week's release list is filled with worthwhile music, from what I have already heard I can recommend The Courteeners' St. Jude, Frances' All the While, Hearts of Palm UK's For Life, Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs' Dirt Don't Hurt, Nick Jaina's A Narrow Way, and Windy & Carl's Songs for the Broken Hearted.

Holiday music continues to released in droves, this week in no exception. You can celebrate a Psychobilly Christmas, a Jazz & Blues Christmas (compiled by Putumayo), a Classic Rock Christmas, Christmas A Go-Go or even a metal Xmas and headbanging New Year. Not into compilations? Spend a classical holiday with Yo-Yo Ma's Songs of Joy & Peace or a more rocking time with The Fleshtones' Stocking Stuffer.

Any recommendations from the week's music release list?

Continue reading "Largehearted Boy's Interesting CD Releases This Week"

DOWNLOAD: Starkey - Seclusiasis Radio on SubFM - October 6, 2008 (divshare MP3)

Santos Party House (cred)
Santos Party House

With all that was happening Thursday and Friday night I don't have to imagine how tired you are, but the beat goes on. Rest up during the day on Saturday and prepare to dance pretty much non-stop Saturday night into next weekend.

As I mentioned in my last post, the Prime Time crew (Eamon Harkin and James F!@.$%^ Friedman) are back at Love with guest Alexander Robotnick doing a special dj set/live show. As a pioneer of Italo disco who also has affinities for electro-house, -techno, and -disco, as well as acid & progressive house, and new-wave, his set is sure to be nothing short of interesting. You can download some of Alex's mixes that touch on many of these styles here. Also be sure to check out Eamon Harkin's recent releases on Wurst Edits - John Boy and (my favorite) Innit. You can stream the tracks on his myspace page...and Turntable Lab will hopefully be restocking the 12" soon.


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Santos Party House

Fucked Up (the band) (I know you realize that is a band name by now, but just in case there's someone reading this who doesn't) asked if I would mention that they got a ton of emails requesting guestlist for the Saturday show at Santos Party House - too many to answer, SO they are putting EVERYONE that emailed on list, BUT they want people to realize they "have no control over who gets in or what the cap at the venue is tonight", aka go at your own risk and get there early. All advertised upcoming Santos events below...

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by Showtrotta

DOWNLOAD: MGMT - Kids (Soulwax remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Whip - Divebomb (FFS remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Bumblebeez - Rio (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Bumblebeez - Black Dirt (MP3)

Midnight Juggernauts @ Coachella 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Midnight Juggernauts

If you're still standing after everything that went down Thursday & Friday there is plenty more to do this weekend. That and more below...

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by Showtrotta

DOWNLOAD: Cassius - Exclusive DJ Mix Set 2002 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: DJ Dee Nice - "Control" May '08 mix (Mediafire MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Diplo - Sesiones Replicantes 3/8/08 (zSHARE MP3)

Modeselektor at the Highline Ballroom - September 4, 2008 (CRED)

Last Thursday I started the night at Hiro Ballroom and hopped in a cab aroudn 12:30 to make it down to Santos just in time for a surprisingly darker, more thumping, and awesome DJ set than I expected from Fischerspooner. Santos was the most packed I've seen it and everyone was hitting the floor relentlessly.

At a quarter to 2 I tore myself away from the packed floor (didn't stick around the live show) and cabbed it to the Highline Ballroom to catch a very lively, interesting set that never let up from Modeselektor (Ellen Allien had already played). They have a very unique sound and style that made me remember why I was so impressed when I saw them at Studio B for the first time back in March. The tracks they create touch on a variety of influences and styles, with a common energy and bang that make them as danceable as they are listenable. You could tell from Modeselektor's expressions and enthusiasm that they really enjoy what they do. They also know how to not take themselves too seriously as evidenced by their passing of the mic and lip syncing of Bjork and Antony's vocals during their remix of "Dull Flame of Desire". It was just one of many highlights crammed into an intense hour of varied beats.

I'm not sure why, but this week there is so much going on. Things get started Thursday night and keep on going straight through to next week. Get ready!

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