Entries tagged with: Lindstrom
by Bill Pearis
Say Lou Lou, the Australian/Swedish sisterly duo who used to be called Saint Lou Lou, are gearing up to release their debut album, Lucid Dreaming, on April 6. You can listen to their new single "Nothing but a Heartbeat" and watch the entirely ridiculous video for their very catchy collaboration with Lindstrøm, "Games for Girls," and another video below.
Having had to cancel their NYC shows two years ago, Say Lou Lou are now set to play two shows this spring: Baby's All Right on May 11 and Mercury Lounge on May 12. Tickets are on sale now, and tickets Mercury Lounge go on sale at noon. All dates, which include shows in LA and San Francisco, are listed below.
Fun fact: Say Lou Lou's Miranda Anna and Elektra June Kilbey-Jansson are the daughters of The Church's singer Steve Kilbey. He'll be over with The Church playing two NYC shows next week as part of their tour: Bowery Ballroom on March 13 and Rough Trade on March 14. Tickets are still available.
Dates and videos below...
by Bill Pearis
Hitmaker, producer, rock star, general music legend/eccentric Todd Rundgren will release his new album, Global, on April 7. He's going on tour as well, and will play NYC at Highline Ballroom on May 5 & 6. Tickets for those NYC show are on sale now.
Joining Todd as part of his band and as tour DJ is Stones Throw artist Dam-Funk -- in fact the band for this tour is Todd, Dam and two backup singers. Dam has been an admirer of Rundgren and has dropped some of Todd's songs into his sets for some time. He told LA Record in 2009:
He has heart! It wasn't about hits, even though he could make hits. That's the aesthetic I like to align myself with. Hits are hits, and they're great. But the music I gravitate to, it's not on the radio. I always wanna do music for that person who was me. That kid who ventures off looking for music that touches their soul.Dam-Funk is finishing up his own new album, Invite The Light, which should be out later this year.
In other news, Todd has collaborated with a couple of notable Norwegians -- dance music producer Lindstrøm and Emil Nikolaisen of Serena-Maneesh -- on Runddans, an album that is one 39-minute long track that's been broken down into 12 parts. That will be out May 5 via Smalltown Supersound.
You can watch a short video interview with Rundgren about it, with the artwork, tracklist, list of tour dates, and some classic Todd, below...
King Dude @ Best Buy Theatre in May (more by Chris La Putt)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Laurie Anderson, Kronos Quartet @ BAM
Part of Nonesuch Records at BAM, legendary boundary pusher Anderson teams with the Kronos Quartet for what is sure to be a special evening, their first-ever collaboration -- "Landfall" which was inspired by Hurricane Sandy.
Caetano Veloso @ BAM
Singer/composer/guitarist/writer/political activist Caetano Veloso has been influential for nearly 50 years. For these shows, part of the Nonesuch Records at BAM celebration, he'll perform original songs from his most recent album, the Latin Grammy Award-winning Abraçaço.
Iasos @ Body Actualized Center
New age icon Iasos recently had a new compilation released through esteemed reissue label The Numero Group. Tonight he's holding a workshop titled "Using Sound for Light-Body-Activation & Healing."
My Brightest Diamond, Doe Paoro @ Bowery Ballroom
My Brightest Diamond continues to expand her sonic palette on this year's This Is My Hand (which came out last week via Asthmatic Kitty). It's the arty chamber pop we've come to expect from MBD but she does it without repeating herself.
Final Bloom, Sapphire Mansions, The New Lines, Dick Diver @ Cake Shop
Where some of the Australia's current crop of bands look to New Zealand for inspiration, Dick Diver's sonic antecedents seem to be homegrown: shadows of The Go-Betweens' sweet strum and melancholic lyrical streak can be heard on Dick Diver's album, Calendar Days, which came out last year via Chapter Music. Tonight's show is high-quality start-to-finish, with the Felt-esque Sapphire Mansions, The New Lines' baroque psychedelia and electro-punks Final Bloom.
Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel, Froth, Corners, Wyatt Blair, Sunflower Bean @ Death By Audio
LA's Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel may be a new band, but their organ-driven psych rock sounds straight of 1967, recalling bands like Strawberry Alarm Clock and The Doors and doing that sound well.
Teleman, The Jaguar Club @ Mercury Lounge
Teleman, the band formed from the ashes of Pete & the Pirates, released their debut album earlier this year. Frontman Thomas Sanders hasn't really changed his MO, still writing memorable pop melodies and clever arrangements around them. This is their first US show, and they play Glasslands on Friday.
Antibalas, Hellbent @ Le Poisson Rouge
If you've ever wanted to hear Afrobeat versions of John Lurie's music, that's what you're getting tonight -- in fact, that does sound kinda cool.
EDJ, The Loom, Folding Legs @ Mercury Lounge
Fruit Bats may be no more, but main songwriter Eric D. Johnson has now struck out on his own as EDJ and his self-titled debut (out now) more or less picks up where Fruit Bats left off.
Lindstrom, House of House, JDH & Dave P, Dennis Kane (Panther Room), Darshan Jesrani (Panther Room) @ Output
Having been a dance music force for over 10 years, Norway's Lindstrom recently collaborated with Todd Terje and most just released the infections "Games for Girls" single with Say Lou Lou. Tonight's a DJ set.
King Dude, Dreadlords, Destroying Angel @ Rough Trade
King Dude's country croon is classic sounding, but he uses it to create genuinely dark stuff. Americana Gothic? Pretty close.
Earth, Cult of Youth, Dream Police @ Saint Vitus
Drone metal masters Earth play their second Saint Vitus show of the week tonight, and it's a good bill all around with dark folk/post-punk project Cult of Youth and The Men-related Dream Police.
Slow Magic, Kodak to Graph @ Santos Party House
Enigmatic artist Slow Magic was one our pleasant discoveries at CMJ 2012. We caught him at a day party set at Pianos and his laptop-and-drum setup (while wearing a big mask) was more alluring that we expected. His recorded music is pretty enticing too, especially if you still have a place in your heart for the genre formerly known as chillwave.
Cro-Mags/Bad Brains members, Subzero, The Wilding Incident @ Bowery Electric
Members of Cro-Mags and the Bad Brains are teaming up for this show which benefits The Children's Tumor Foundation to perform Bad Brains songs (like they did at AfroPunk last month). Also on the bill is another veteran NYC crossover band, Subzero, and The Wilding Incident (featuring Sacha Jenkins who's in White Mandingos with Darryl of Bad Brains).
Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters @ Capitol Theatre
Maybe Led Zeppelin will never reunite, but Robert Plant and his band the Sensational Space Shifters (including members of Massive Attack and Portishead) get the Led out on their tours and their original material's not half bad either. Tonight's their first of three NYC-area shows, including two at BAM this weekend.
Bryce Dessner of The National, So Percussion, The JACK Quartet @ The Green Building
When Bryce Dessner's not rocking out in The National, he's also very involved in NYC's indie/classical scene, and tonight So Percussion will be performing his piece "Music for Wood and Strings" that he wrote specifically for them and which debuted at Carnegie Hall last year.
Clutch, Lionize, American Sharks @ Paramount
Stoner rock giants Clutch don't hit NYC on their current tour but tonight they'll be nearby for a Long Island show. Openers aren't too far removed in sound, so Clutch fans may dig them too.
Holy Sons, Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band @ Union Pool
Holy Sons is one of the many projects of the great Emil Amos (also of Grails and Om) and he's got a new album and live lineup this year.
Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, Anasazi, L.O.T.I.O.N. @ Palisades
This whole bill's full of raw, killer punk including the organ-driven Hank Wood and the Hammerheads and the post-punky Anasazi who are always favorites.
Slaughter & The Dogs, Stalkers, 45 Adaptors, The Rats @ Grand Victory
'70s era British punks Slaughter & the Dogs have been kicking again since the '90s and tonight they're in NYC for their first of two shows here.
Turnover, Light Years, Malfunction, Bellwether, Vomitface @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Turnover's new EP Blue Dream has them taking their punky post-hardcore into new, more ambitious territories and hints that great things are to come.
Sadaf, Profligate, ccoma drome, Nick Klein @ Secret Project Robot
This whole bill is cool, but one artist we especially recommend catching is the dark electronic/industrial beatmaker Profligate.
Glenn Tillbrook, Jefferson Grizzard @ City Winery
One half of one of the best songwriting duos of the new wave era, Glenn Tillbrook will squeeze in as many of your favorites as he can.
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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...
by Bill Pearis
Why did you guys decide to do a live show together?
Both of us wanted to try something new after many years of travelling alone. What we do on our own is still quite exciting for us, but we think this new way of working together, bouncing ideas off each other could spark inspiration, like what happens between musicians in a band. Every time we practise we start playing some stupid cover, like Chicago's "If You Leave Me Now." We can't help it.
Can you tell us a bit about your set-up and what your show entails? How would you describe the overall sound?
Definitely more hardware. We've gotten a lot of new gear the last couple of years, and they've become quite important for our sound. There'll be more actual playing (not just hitting "play"), more not knowing what's going to happen the next minute. Well, it's electronic and it's danceable so we're not going to claim any peace prizes, but as both of us have backgrounds as musicians, we'll probably make it a tad more playful and hopefully add real music to it. What we need to do is set boundaries for improvising, find out how wrong we can go and how to pull ourselves back in. And no, we don't do requests. - [Resident Advisor]Norwegian dance mavens Todd Terje and Lindstrøm first worked together as the former mixed and edited the latter's album, Smallhans. Then a more formal collaboration happened early this year with the collaborative single, "Lanzarote," which you can stream below. (Anyone else getting some serious Haddaway vibes off this?) Along with this, the two announced they would be spending most of 2013 on tour together as a duo. Todd Terje & Lindstrøm will make their U.S. live debut on September 5 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Tickets are on sale now. It's their only U.S. date so far.
Meanwhile, Todd Terje followed up last year's terrific The Arps EP with a new single, "Strandbar," that begins as a samba and then heads off into more than a few other directions. He also just made an "essential mix" for BBC1 Radio featuring nearly 30 tracks ranging from Ryuichi Sakamoto to Men at Work. Both "Strandbar" and that mix are streamable below.
still from Phoenix's "Trying to Be Cool"
We've already posted a bunch of videos this week like Rhye on 'Jimmy Kimmel', Fucked Up on the Chris Gethard Show, Ex Cops in the BV Studios, Jherek Bischoff and David Byrne, Katerine, Jaguar Shark, and more. But of course we don't get to post about all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catchup. Check out videos from Phoenix, The Julie Ruin, Speedy Ortiz, Lindstrøm, Titus Andronicus, a trailer for a documentary about M.I.A., the new episode of Weird Vibes, and more, below.
by Bill Pearis
TPOBPAH @ Summerstage 7/7/2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
While The Pains of Being Pure at Heart didn't release an album this year, they have stayed busy touring on the heels of last year's terrific Belong. (They did put out a covers 7" in the UK though which is worth seeking out.) The band play a free hometown show this Friday (12/14) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Black Marble, Habibi and Heavens Gate. Doors are at 6 PM with bands starting at 8 PM, and it's all ages. Lines to get in Brooklyn Night Bazaar have been long, but move pretty quickly.
In other TPOBPAH news, singer/guitarist Kip Berman is one of the conspirators behind "Rough Smooch" a new indiepop party that has its debut this Sunday (12/16) at Williamsburg bar Legion. Wear your cutest anorak to this night that features performances by The Hairs, Kissing is a Crime and Grand Resort, plus Kip and WNYU's Maria Sherman on DJ duty. The party is free and starts at 9PM.
And lastly, the Pains were kind enough to send us a year-end music list. The whole band are music obsessives and couldn't whittle the list down to ten, so they sent a list of "some music we thought was cool in 2012." Kip adds, "I'm certain the other PAINS would put Kurt's Ice Choir record Afar on our list, but I think it would make him feel weird and, perhaps, seem nepotistic. But his record is really good, and however you feel about Pains, you should give it a listen." Ice Choir, by the way, play Cameo on December 22 with Cool Angels and Limited (info).
Check out the list below...
by Andrew Sacher
SPIN have revealed their list of the top 50 albums of 2012. It continues SPIN's trend of giving love to crossover punk and metal (which they've been pretty consistent with since naming Fucked Up's David Comes to Life their top album of 2011) with the inclusion of Baroness, Torche, Pallbearer, Cloud Nothings, and Japandroids, but rather surprisingly excludes the SPIN Essential'd Ceremony - Zoo and The Men - Open Your Heart, in favor of popular blowouts by Taylor Swift, fun., and Nicki Minaj. The list also shares its #1 and #2 with the two highest Pitchfork-rated albums of the year. And no Grimes.
The list begins with the Kanye-cribbed disclaimer, "Most critics' taste levels ain't at our waist level. Ain't nobody fucking with our clique." Check out SPIN's Top 50 LPs of 2012 list below.
Lindstrom will be releasing a 12" of remixes from his Six Cups of Rebel LP on June 25 with remixes from Oneohtrix Point Never (who plays Ecstatic Summer), Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, and Mark McGuire (of Emeralds). Have a listen to Oneohtrix Point Never's take on "Call Me Anytime" below.
Lindstrom is currently on a tour which brings him to NYC on Friday (5/25) for the previously discussed Webster Hall show with Simian Mobile Disco (tickets). That tour will also bring him to Detroit's Movement Electronic Music Festival this weekend where he'll play alongside Public Enemy, Actress, SBTRKT, Major Lazer, Gold Panda, Nina Kraviz, Matias Aguayo, FaltyDL, AraabMUZIK and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now. The full lineup is listed below.
Speaking of electronic music festivals, Mutek goes down in Montreal from May 30 - June 3. The Mutek lineup includes Kode9, Nicolas Jaar, Clark, Blondes, Apparat, Shlohmo, Shackleton, Stephen O'Malley & Tim Hecker, Biosphere & Lustmord, and more. The full lineup is listed below.
In related news, as mentioned, Apparat will come to NYC after Mutek for a show at Gramercy Theater on May 31. It's since been announced that Sleepyhead will open that show. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Contest details below, along with a list of all dates, song stream, and those festival lineups.
DOWNLOAD: Lindstrom - "De Javu" (MP3)
Simian Mobile Disco at PS1 in 2011 (more by Erez Avissar)
Simian Mobile Disco released their new LP, Unpatterns, this week via Wichita Recordings. It's a bit of a return to form to their dancefloor-ready debut, Attack, Decay, Sustain Release, rather than the in your face electropop of 2009's Temporary Pleasure. Not as many guest vocalists on the new album, and when they do appear on Unpatterns, they're backgrounded and sparse, like Jamie Lidell's contribution to "Put Your Hands Together." Check out a stream of the entire album below.
Simian Mobile Disco are continuing to tour in support of the album, and will come to NYC this month to DJ Webster Hall on May 25 with DJ sets by Michael Mayer, Lindstrom, FIXED DJs JDH & Dave P< and Alex English & Rekles. Tickets for this show are on sale now. The flier for this show is below.
Simian Mobile Disco will return to NY for Camp Bisco which goes down in Mariaville, NY from July 12-14. Other artists playing include Amon Tobin, Big Boi, Tycho, Thundercat, Shigeto, Daedelus, Skrillex, Star Slinger, Crystal Castles, and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale.
Speaking of Lindstrom, his most recent album, Six Cups of Rebel was released earlier this year. You can stream that entire album below and download the track, "De Javu," at the top of this post.
And speaking of FIXED, their Kindness-headlined show at Le Poisson Rouge is TONIGHT (5/17). It's the NYC live debut for Kindness, whose solid debut LP, Word, You Need a Change of Mind, was released this year. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
Album streams, show flier and a list of all dates are below.
Twin Sister @ MFNW 2011 (more by Autumn Andel)
Twin Sister will release a limited edition 12" remix album of material off of their debut LP In Heaven on January 30. You've already heard Balam Acab's remix of "Kimmi in a Rice Field". It will be backed by a Lindstrom & Prins Thomas remix of "Bad Street," which you can stream below. The 12" is available for pre-order at the Domino webstore.
Twin Sister will have the 12" available on their 2012 tour with Ava Luna, which doesn't come to NYC, but both of those bands play the BV Holiday Party at Bowery Ballroom (12/17) with Widowspeak. Tickets for that show are still on sale and only $8.
Speaking of the 12/17 Bowery show, we're happy to announce some DJ additions to the bill. As soon as doors open and until Ava Luna go on, music will be provided by a mysterious team known as Invisible Glowstix. After that, between bands and until the last person leaves the club, the tunes will be coming courtesy of the slightly more well known Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. who will put down their guitars and mics for the night in favor of laptops and turntables. The Detroit band are also playing (live) shows in Philly and Boston while they're in the area.
Twin Sister recently recorded a live session for The Alternate Side, which aired today (12/9). You can watch the archived session below. They also recently recorded a live in-studio version of "Stop" at Different Fur Studios in San Francisco for Yours Truly. The video of that performance is below too.
Speaking of Balam Acab remixes, he recently remixed Charli XCX's single "Nuclear Seasons," which came out in November. You can stream his remix and watch the video for the original below. The original is available for free download in exchange for your email address at Charli XCX's website and you can download the Balam Acab remix by liking her facebook page.
Video and streams below...
DOWNLOAD: Glasser - Mirrorage (Lindstrom remix) (MP3)
Lindstrøm kicked off a 3-date U.S. visit last night, 11/12, at Mezzanine in San Francisco. The second date happens at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC tonight (11/13) - doors are at 11pm, after the James Chance show. The third is Sunday, 11/14, at the Empty Bottle in Chicago. That's a lot of flying for the Norweigian DJ and producer.
Lindstrøm is here in support of recent release: Lindstrøm & Christabelle's Real Life Is No Cool. You might know the track "Lovesick" from a Cadillac commercial which you can watch, along with a stream of the Four Tet remix of the same track, below...
Electric Zoo (more by Zach Dilgard)
While from the outside, Electric Zoo (Sept 5-6, 2009) might seem like a 2-day hell, overrun by fake-tanned, heavily hair-gelled masses and their female counterparts, the actual experience (at least for me) was far from it. While my jaw dropped in horror as many of the element described above boarded the ferry to Randall's Island at the 35th Street pier, and I was only further freaked out when the entire boat broke out in a sing-along to "Now That the Love Is Gone" by David Guetta (one of many deejays playing the festival), once I arrived the dread of dealing that all day, subsided.
For starters, the festival grounds were very accommodating size-wise for the number in attendance. When I first arrived around 12:30 on Saturday, there was ample room and even as the day wore on and the grounds filled up, I never felt that I was trudging through a crowd to get where I wanted to go. Along with the size of the venue, the diverse spread of deejays (who were grouped at four different tents/stages vaguely according to similar genre/sound), kept my interaction with club-goers whom I would rarely run into under normal circumstances, to a minimum. In the instances where I was confronted with people straight out of My New Haircut (NSFW!) I couldn't say a bad thing about them. Everyone at the festival seemed to be too happy to be there, and dancing their asses off, to care what was going on around them, or to do anything too outwardly annoying to ruin anyone's time.
DOWNLOAD: Lindstrøm - The Long Way Home (Prins Thomas edit) (MP3)
Andy Butler of Hercules and Love Affair @ Studio B (more by Ryan Muir)
Hercules and Love Affair (aka Andy Butler) is releasing a new DJ mix called Sidetracked... July 21st on Renaissance Recordings. Butler will be making DJ appearances throughout the summer, mainly in Europe. One U.S. gig will be at the July 3rd Firecracker party at the Hammerstein Ballroom (tonight). Also at the event, as mentioned by Showtrotta, will be Steve Lawler, Tiefschwarz, Victor Calderone, Damian Lazarus (live) and Audiofly. Tickets are still on sale.
Butler will be at Lollapalooza on August 8th, and he'll be making an appearance at NY's Electric Zoo Electronic Music Festival, taking place September 5th and 6th on Randall's Island. Other acts at the fest include Special Disco Version (featuring LCD Soundsystem/DFA's James Murphy & Pat Mahoney), Felix Martin & Al Doyle (of Hot Chip), Lindstrom, Frankie Knuckles, Prins Thomas, and many, many more. Above you can check out the Prins remix of Linstrom's "The Long Way Home" off the latter's Where You Go I Go Too. Tickets to the fest, including 2-day passes, are on sale now. Electric Zoo's current lineup is posted below.
Another electronic music suaree, the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, is on the way as well, happening August 8th at the Old American Can Factory. The fest's headliners will be Juan MacLean (live) and RJD2; full lineup is still on the way. Tickets are currently on sale.
Electric Zoo lineup with Hercules and Love Affair comp info and tour dates, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Japandroids - Young Hearts Spark Fire (MP3)
Beirut @ Coco 66 (more by Ryan Muir)
More bands were recently added to the previously announced lineup of the 2009 Pitchfork Festival. The annual fest is taking place Friday, July 17th to Sunday, July 19th in Chicago's Union Park. Tickets are still on sale.
New acts include Beirut, DOOM, Frightened Rabbit, Lindstrøm, DJ/Rupture, Ponytail, the Mae Shi, and Dianogah.
DJ/Rupture is also appearing at the NYC event for Barcelona's Sonar Festival on May 12th.
Another act on the Pitchfork bill, DOOM, will be performing his first show since the news broke in 2007 that he'd been allegedly lip-syncing and/or sending stand-ins to take his place at live shows. A few months after that, canceled DOOM shows spurred rumors that the rapper was in the hospital, addicted to crack, too lazy to show up...basically anything you can imagine or post on a message board.
DOOM somewhat addressed those questions in an interview with HipHopDX in April. His response started like this:
I'm a director as well as a writer. I choose different characters, I choose their direction and where I want to put them. So who I choose to put as the character is up to me. The character that I hired, he got paid for it. There's no impostor.He went on to say that maybe it was really him, he just lost a lot of weight (one fake rapper in question was noticeably skinnier than the hefty DOOM). He closed his answer like this:
But I'll tell you one thing, if you're coming to a DOOM show, don't expect to see me, expect to hear me or hear the music that I present. And it's gonna be a unique experience every time. So that's all I have to say about that.In short, expect the "DOOM Experience." P4k Fest is his only current date, but we think there will be more announced at some point this year.
DOOM's latest, Born Like This, came out in late March on Lex Records. Radiohead's Thom Yorke recently remixed that album's "Gazillion Ear." That remix is out now as a bonus track on iTunes. A YouTube rip of the song is below.
Japandroids are on the schedule for Pitchfork as well. The pair were scheduled to play two New York City shows this week at Pianos on May 6th and Public Assembly on May 7th, but the band had to cancel those and other dates because of singer-guitarist Brian King's "emergency surgery for a perforated ulcer," as reported by Pitchfork. Luckily, he'll be well enough to head out a tour that starts at the end of May. Japandroids' two rescheduled NYC dates will be Friday, July 10th at Brooklyn's Cameo Gallery and Saturday, July 11th at Pianos. Tickets for the latter are on sale.
Other summer fests for Japandroids include Sasquatch Music Festival on May 24th, Calgary's Sled Island Festival on June 25th, and Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party on July 24th. They also have tour dates across North America, posted below.
Japandroid's Post-Nothing is out now on Unfamiliar Records. An MP3 of "Young Hearts Spark Fire" from that record is posted above; a video of the guys playing "Heart Sweats" live, below.
All videos, updated Pitchfork Festival line-up, and Japandroids tour dates below...
Lindstrom @ Studio B - January 30, 2009
Even though I obviously wrote last week in dance and knew there was so much going on, I was a bit surprised by how much I wound up doing. I started off by hitting Studio B Thursday night for the Fixed party with Lindstrom. The B was full in its own right, but especially for a Thursday. The crowd was happily getting down to a set by JDH & Dave P until around 1 when Lindstrom took the stage. At that point everyone re-focused their attention toward him and proceeded to freak out. Once the crowd quieted after enthusiastically greeting Lindstrom, the Norwegian's spacey, disco grooves took over. While the intensity and pace that built with each track was mirrored in the crowd's frenzied dancing I was still finding the music a bit too mellow to be freaking out to. I really enjoyed it and thought it sounded excellent (especially "I Feel Space") - it just didn't make me have a disco freak-out. C'est la vie.
Evil Nine @ Sullivan Room - January 30, 2009
The following night I went to Sullivan Room to see Evil Nine. I had never been there before and was instantly put in a good mood while waiting in line for coat check when I heard a jungle-y version of the Chemical Brothers' "Block Rockin' Beats". The good vibes continued when I entered the cozy, main room full of people dancing to a set (which I later found was from Sullivan Room residents 2 Damn Cheeky) that wound up being a great, varied mix of both genres and new vs.classic tracks.
After a half an hour or so Evil Nine began their set. It started off strongly and had a few high points that really had everyone moving. However, when those weren't happening I found myself a little bored. As much as I love some of the tracks I recognized like Soulwax's remix of Kids by MGMT, Fake Blood's remix of "Ring Road" by Underworld, and ZZT's "Lower State of Consciousness", I was really hoping their set would include a bit more new stuff to get into. Other than that it was a decent set and I left the venue feeling good about the night...which I thought was over.
I walked over to Love to meet some friends who were about to leave, but when I arrived I "had to hear this guy!". "This guy" was Stacey Pullen, who I slept on, mainly because I didn't get a chance to check out much of his music in depth before his set on Friday. I don't think I can accurately convey how angry I was with myself for not going. By that time of night (around 3:30) many deejays' sets would have been winding down, but Stacey's had no end in sight. According to those there earlier, Stacey's set had a briefly mellow beginning before things quickly shifted toward a set of deep, highly danceable house and techno that you could tell he would have continued playing for hours, had the lights not come up sometime between 4 and 5.
Thankfully Friday night is where the regret ended. The following evening I successfully re-routed some friends visiting from Montreal to Play Hard Social Club which wound up being more of a BS-ing crowd with sporadic random dance outbursts than a full fledged dance party, but it was fun nonetheless! The warehouse space was nice, the music good & loud (predominantly a mix of electro & disco), and the cocktails strong...before I knew it I was here, facing another intense and eclectic mix of electronic/dance parties and events happening this weekend. Here are some ways to get things started off on Friday....
DOWNLOAD: Evil Nine - dj mix (Sendspace zip)
DOWNLOAD: Evil Nine - They Live! (Felix Cartal Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Evil Nine - All the Cash (Glitch Mob Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Golden Filter - Solid Gold (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Peter, Bjorn, and John - Lay It Down (The Golden Filter Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Stacey Pullen on A Brand New Vibe, 1/13/09 - Best of 2008 Mix (MP3)
This past weekend was infinitely better than the anticlimactic one the weekend prior. Friday night JDH & Dave P warmed up the crowd at Webster Hall with some good, current dance jams. Following that the crowd seemed a bit jarred by Lovelock's more mellow, slow building set, but by the end everyone had eased into it and was more than ready for the heavily 80's tinged French freak-out that followed thanks to the rest of the Valerie Collective: College, Anoraak, and Russ Chimes. Each of their sets had their own little nuances, but I had no idea who was deejaying when (though I've since confirmed the order listed above is the one in which they went on). Suffice to say...everyone's set was good, danceable, 80's yet modern, and definitely a pleasant change from what's been making the blog rounds lately in terms of dance music.
Last weekend is going to be very hard to top (and I haven't even told you how awesome Saturday night was yet), but there are a lot of both new and familiar faces in town. Someone's bound to make you happy on the dancefloor. Here are some possibilities starting with Thursday (1/29) & Friday (1/30):
"The scruffy Norwegian Hans-Peter Lindstrøm might still be better known for his collaborations with Prins Thomas, but he has on his own produced perhaps the most audacious musical statement of 2008. Inspired by the multistage epics from electronic music's past, Where You Go I Go Too nevertheless can't be explained away as a genre experiment. The centerpiece is the titanic, half-hour title track, where heroic Moog swaths meet beachy Balearic techno. The shortest of the three tracks, "Grand Ideas", might have sprung from new age composer Jean Michel Jarre's laser harp in 1981, but it would also kill on a contemporary dance floor. Throughout, Where You Go displays patience as it celebrates electronic music's origins in a way far deeper than Lindstrøm's previous disco throwbacks ever could. --Mike Orme" [Pitchfork's 12th Best Record of 2008]Despite the nonsense a few weeks ago, it looks like Studio B will be open for a while and that includes the February 6th Little Boots show which is now on sale.
Midnight Juggernauts' Top 10 albums of 2008
1. Gang Gang Dance, Saint Dymphna (The Social Registry)I like their list a lot. It's via Filter.
2. Sebastian Tellier, Sexuality (Record Makers)
3. Deerhunter, Microcastle/Weird Era Cont. (Kranky)
4. Squarepusher, Just a Souvenir (Warp)
5. Lindstrom, Where You Go I Go Too (Smalltown Supersound)
6. Portishead, Third (Mercury)
7. The Do, A Mouthful (Wagram)
8. Metronomy, Nights Out (Because)
9. Late of the Pier, Black Fantasy Channel (EMI)
10. School of Seven Bells, Alpinisms (Full Time Hobby)
Sebastien Tellier plays Le Poisson Rouge in NYC TONIGHT, Thursday December 11th. School of Seven Bells are at Mercury Lounge on Monday.
Check out the video for "On My Shoulders" by The Do below...
Lucinda 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?
Crystal Stilts @ Cake Shop, Dec 2007 (hot doorknobs)
"I think we're simultaneously influenced by post-punk from the '80s and proto-punk music of the '50s and '60s that influenced C-86: [the labels] Postcard, Flying Nun and, of course, Slumberland," said JB Townsend of Crystal Stilts, whose exceptional self-titled debut comes out on Slumberland on Oct. 28. "For instance, the Mary Chain was influenced by Dylan, [Velvet Underground] and Love, so we're going to sound like the Mary Chain if we're pulling from the same tree." [Express Night Out]Calvin Johnson is in town to DJ not once, but twice this labor day weekend. 'Dub Narcotic Selector' (the name he goes by when selecting records) will be appearing at Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn on Saturday night (Aug 30) and then again at Santos Party House in Manhattan on Monday (Sept 1). Both events also feature DJ Ian Svenonius, and DJ Jonathan Toubin aka the host of New York Night Train's 'Declassified' which is the name of Monday nights at Santos.
Each Declassified party also features at least one live band. Past weeks have included a 2-piece Trail of Dead, King Khan & BBQ, and the Homosexuals. One of the future weeks will feature a performance by Andrew WK (who also happens to partially own the club). This week Puddin' Tang and Crystal Stilts are the bands that accompany DJ Calvin on the bill.
The Santos gig is not Crystal Stilts' only upcoming NYC show though. In fact, they have at least six scheduled in September. September 6th is for free at South Street Seaport. September 11th is at Le Poisson Rouge with High Places. All dates and flyers below...
This post usually goes up on Monday. Here it is a little late...
Luminous Groove is a 5-disc box set that collects remastered editions of Robyn Hitchcock's Fegmania!, Gotta Let This Hen Out!, and Element of Light albums (all with bonus tracks) along with a disc of previously unreleased studio material and one of unreleased live tracks.
The music releases this week may be short on star power, but they are incredibly deep. Other releases I have heard and can recommend include the Dandy Warhols' Earth To The Dandy Warhols, Jaguar Love's Take Me To The Sea, Jennifer O'Connor's Here With Me, Lykke Li's Youth Novels, Music Tapes' Music Tapes for Clouds & Tornadoes, Ra Ra Riot's The Rhumb Line, Stereolab's Chemical Chords, Todd Snider's Peace Queer, and Uh Huh Her's Common Reaction.
DOWNLOAD: The Field - Over the Ice (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Santogold - You'll Find A Way (Switch and Sinden Remix)
DOWNLOAD: Switch - A Bit Patchy (Eric Prydz Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cinematic Orchestra - Channel 1 Suite (Four Tet Remix) (MP3)
DJ Van Scott @ The Musuem of Natural History - May 30, 2008
Last weekend (Friday in particular) was all about making decisions, which is one of my least favorite things to do, especially when choosing among bands/deejays playing at the same time. Friday I think I might have made the wrong decision. I went to One Step Beyond (which featured Switch and Van Scott) at the Museum of Natural History. I arrived around 10:30 or so and witnessed a great deejay set from Van Scott. It touched on a variety of styles, all highly danceable. The tracks were current, but not overplayed, and Van dropped some lesser known remixes of familiar tracks making for a very fun lead up to Switch.
Switch @ The Musuem of Natural History - May 30, 2008 (CRED)
I'd been looking forward to seeing Switch for months, but I found his set Friday night to be just ok. I wasn't hooked from the beginning and nothing he did brought me in until the last half hour. That's when he started teasing the crowd with "This is Sick", periodically sampling bits and pieces of it, not dropping the track until the very end of the night. When he finally did, it was loud and awesome and made me feel slightly less bad about my decision which made me miss tons of other things happening that night.
Goon & Koyote @ Love, NYC - May 30, 2008 (CRED)
When it was over, I found out that Escort still hadn't gone on at the Masonic Temple. I tried to make a mad dash to Brooklyn from the Upper Westside but the D train was not having it. I gave up at 2nd Ave, and instead caught the tail end of what I'm sure had been a great night of dance from Goon & Koyote at Love.
Luckily things already seem to be looking up this week. This Friday there are way fewer decisions to be made.....