Entries tagged with: MoMA PS1
by Sadaaf Mamoon
photo by Tim Saccenti
It's been a year since Canadian electronic duo Bob Moses (not to be confused with others of that name) released the First to Cry EP, a calmly bouncy offering via their then-new home Domino Records. Now, we're poised for a follow-up, with their debut album Days Gone By dropping September 8 on the same label.
They'll be touring in support of the new release, with several stops in NYC. This summer, they're playing a sold-out show at Output on July 31, followed by MoMA PS1's Warm Up on August 1. That's part of a lineup with Tiga, Gavin Russom, Jaako Eino Kalevi and Frank & Tony. Tickets are still available. They'll wrap that weekend in Montreal at Osheaga in Montreal August 2.
They'll follow those shows with a full North American tour this fall, which brings them back to NYC on September 30 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (6/30) at noon.
Days Gone By's lead single "Talk" is a dark, thrumming drama, nicely packaging that intricate balance Bob Moses strikes between flesh-and-blood production and the computerized sounds of electronica. Watch the emotionally charged video and find tour dates below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Hannah Diamond of PC Music at BRIC House in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Electronic pop collective PC Music brought most of their crew to NYC in May, and members AG Cook and Danny L Harle are returning to NYC for Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on July 18. That bill also has Boys Noize, Busy P b2b Boston Bun, Lawfawndah (live) and non-PC Music fan Lotic (tickets). That night, AG and Danny will do it again at Baby's All RIght at midnight. Tickets for Baby's go on sale today (6/24) at noon.
Two days before the PC Music shows, associate SOPHIE plays his own NYC show at Output (7/16) with Star Eyes and Cry Baby (tickets).
Pretty much as soon as PC Music began catching on, there were questions as to what this whole thing was all about. Was it a high-concept art project critiquing superficial pop music, or was PC Music the very thing it seemed to be critiquing? People bought in at first (their music appeared on best-of 2014 music lists from FACT, Gorilla vs Bear, Pitchfork, Tiny Mix Tapes and more) and that praise certainly isn't gone (they made SPIN's 'Best Albums of 2015 So Far' list). But the idea that this whole thing is kinda BS is becoming increasingly prevalent.
Writing for Pitchfork, Meaghan Garvey opines:
More than even their J-pop forebearers, PC Music reminds me of a recurring and unpleasant Twitter phenomenon I've noticed over the past year, one that reached a fever pitch around the time #NotAllMen became a thing. Almost as irritating as the droves of Internet meninists, derailing discussions of misogyny and rape culture with the pointless hashtag, were the "nice guys" who'd mimic their sputtering tone with a knowing wink, as if to say: "This is how I would sound if I were one of those dickheads, which as you can clearly see, ladies, I am not!" But from the receiving end, these knowing comments function no differently than those they supposedly critique: they instill the same dread, the same urge to withdraw completely. PC Music had the potential for insurrection, subversion, or at least some shred of insightful commentary on our dumb, addictive, overwhelming digital existence. But mostly, they remind me of ideals I believed in not so long ago that now just make me feel tired.And in her FADER piece, PC Music And The Limitations Of Parody, Aimee Cliff writes:
PC Music's appeal has always largely been that it's kind of pointless. It's described as parody so frequently because it repeats the aesthetics of mass-marketed pop music, but it also revels uncritically in those aesthetics; some of my favorite PC Music tracks trade on the same promises of infinite bliss that you hear in vapid pop songs (that's the feeling, I want it forever) while also being self-consciously trendy and of-the-moment, burning up hard, fast and bright. The tracks generate that same arms-in-the-air feeling of weightlessness that comes at 2am when you're wasted and all you can focus on is the cheesiest of hooks.And even if PC Music's goal is in fact to be bona fide pop, do their songs truly have the power for them to be that? Can "Every Night" really do for people what Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry songs can? If it's too similar to pop to parody it and not good enough to compete with it, PC Music may just be what that FADER piece says: kind of pointless.
But the moment of oblivious infinity has to end. There is a world outside the club, and that's becoming increasingly important inside it. A. G. Cook has spoken of his desire to turn GFOTY and Hannah Diamond into bona fide pop stars, and to build himself a long-running super-pop-producer career akin to that of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. PC Music put on sold-out shows with corporate sponsorship, and they license their music for major advertising campaigns. They serious about what they do, and they're cashing in on it. But if they're aiming for longevity, at some point they need to stand for something.
What do you think?
photo: Warm Up 2014 (more by PSquared)
The annual Warm Up summer concert series of mostly electronic music (but other genres too) returns in 2015 every Saturday from June 27 to September 5 at MoMA PS1. Like in past years, doors open at noon and the shows go from 3-9 PM. Admission is $18 in advance or $20 day of.
As usual, they've got a great lineup, including Cut Copy (DJs), Boys Noize, Baauer, Samantha Urbani, AG Cook, Skepta, Despot, Bok Bok, Busy P b2b Boston Bun, Lotic, Lafawndah, Sicko Mobb, Rabit, Untold, Vessel, Ninos Du Brasil, Cut Hands, Laraaji, Vision Fortune, Jlin, Tiga and many more.
Full 2015 schedule below...
MoMA PS1's "Sunday Sessions" are wrapping up for the season, and will finish with a show by Micachu on May 3 titled "Local Holiday, Local Sun, Locals, Local Rain, Local Number, Local Drink, Local Customs." It's a one-off show featuring new material and projections from her sketchbook (like the one seen above). Tickets are on sale. Micachu's most recent work was her eerie score to 2014's terrific sci-fi film Under the Skin.
This week's "Sunday Sessions" (4/12) features Delia Gonzalez performing her new work In Remembrance which consists of four ballet films set to a live piano score. (The CD/DVD and LP/DVD releases of In Remembrance will come out via DFA on April 28, stream a track below.) Gonzalez will be accompanied by Alice Cohen, Bryce Hackford, Adrian Knight, and David Lackner. The afternoon also features a live ambient set with visuals by musicians, designers, and videographers Georgia, a live hardware techno set by Malory, and a DJ set with visuals from Heathered Pearls. Tickets are on sale.
photo: EMA at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
EMA, who released one of our favorite albums of 2014, will be returning to NYC in February to present her new project, I Wanna Destroy, at MoMA PS1 on 2/15, part of the venue's Sunday Sessions. Here's more details:
I Wanna Destroy is a Virtual Reality environment built in collaboration with Portland-based developer Zach Krausnick and the software company Chroma. This virtual world uses 3D game mechanics to articulate experiences not often explored in mainstream gaming; including guilt, nostalgia, family, and transcendence. Audience members explore a changing 3D environment, while their experiences are projected before the entire audience. EMA providse a live score, working to meld semi-acoustic instruments and lyrical content into a digital world.It's her only announced date at the moment. Tickets are on sale now.
Watch a video of EMA playing A Take Away Show below...
Photo: Panda Bear at Warsaw in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Panda Bear is a week away from releasing his new album, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper (due 1/13 via Domino), and two days before it comes out he'll play a Boiler Room-presented NYC show at MoMA PS1 on Sunday (1/11), part of the museum's Sunday Sessions. The one-off show goes from 3:30 PM to 6 PM, and will feature Panda Bear joined by his frequent visual art collaborator Danny Perez's work. Tickets are on sale now, and if you can't make it, you can strema it live via Boiler Room.
Panda Bear has been rolling out his new album by premiering tracks from it on different radio shows this week. You can check out the newly-premiered "Sequential Circuits" on Mary Anne Hobbs' BBC Radio 6 show. It starts at the 1 hour 23 minute mark. Video for lead single "Mr. Noah" below...
Pussy Riot, Henry Rollins & others at Riot Fest Chicago (more by James Richards IV)
Pussy Riot have had an eventful year, and after making an appearance in NYC at Barclays Center in February, members Masha Alekhina, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Petya Verzilov will return for a conversation at MoMA PS1 on Sunday (11/2). The conversation is part of the venue's ongoing Sunday Sessions series, and is happening in conjuction with MoMA PS1's Zero Tolerance exhibition. The Pussy Riot members will "join MoMA PS1 Director Klaus Biesenbach in a discussion focused on the current culture of political oppression within some national and international governments and how it is being addressed by artists worldwide." The event goes from 4-6 PM. Tickets are on sale now.
Meanwhile, tonight (10/31) MoMA PS1 hosts Susanne Bartsch's Halloween Ball, HalloQueens!. Here's the details:
Hosted by: Francis Alÿs, Joey Arias, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Klaus Biesenbach, Justin Vivian Bond, Boychild, Telfar Clemens, Maria Cornejo, Peter Eleey, Karen Finley, Angela Goding, David Hallberg, Document Journal, Ragnar Kjartansson, Steven Klein, Padma Lakshmi, Eckhaus Latta, Amanda Lepore, Bjarne Melgaard, Glenn O'Brien, Marco Ovando, Kay Rizz, Chloë Sevigny, Casey Spooner, Michael Stipe, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Stewart Uoo, David Velasco, Francesco Vezzoli and ZaldyThat goes from 8 PM to midnight, and tickets are available. Afterwards, Susanne hosts a Haunted Warehouse After Party at 4-40 44th Drive in Long Island City which goes from midnight to 4 AM. Tickets for that are available too.
With: Ryan Burke, Domonique Echeverria, gage of the boone, Gazelle, Scooter LaForge, Muffinhead, One-Half Nelson, Brandon Olson andThorgy Thor
DJ Sets by: Amber Valentine and Måns Ericson (Rollerboys/NoShow)
We invite all guests to come dressed for a royal celebration of all things Queens:
Queens of Mean
Queens of Art
Queen of Hearts
Queen of the Night
With DJs, costume competition, dancing, pageantry and more.
Thurston Moore at Prospect Park in 2010 (more by Lori Bally)
The ninth annual NY Art Book Fair is happening from September 26-28 at MoMA PS1 with a preview being held the evening of September 25. The preview features a live set from Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and his collaborator James Nares, as well as a DJ set from MEN/Le Tigre's JD Samson. That goes from 6-9 PM, and at 7 PM Thurston will be in PS1's lobby signing copies of his new chapbook of lyrics from his new album The Best Day. Skater/poet Mark Gonzalez will also be there for the launch and signing of Non Stop Poetry, his collection of over 145 of his zines. That's about a month before Thurston's tour with PCPC.
The fair will feature over 350 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, institutions and independent publishers from 28 countries. Here's more details:
This year's NY Art Book Fair includes an ever-growing variety of exhibitors - from the zinesters in (XE)ROX & PAPER + SCISSORS and the Small Press Dome representing publishing at its most innovative and affordable, to rare and antiquarian dealers offering out-of-print books and ephemera from art and artist book history. NYABF-classic Friendly Fire focuses on the intersections of art and activism, and with the support of the Norwegian Consulate General in New York, the NYABF and Printed Matter presents NORWAY FOCUS: KUNSTNERBØKER, a curated selection of 23 Norwegian booksellers, institutions, artists and independent publishers.The fair is FREE and open to the public.
NYABF14 is also host to an array of programming and special events: now in its sixth year, The Classroom is a curated engagement of informal conversations, workshops, readings, and other artist-led interventions. The Contemporary Artists' Book Conference (CABC), now in its seventh year, features two full days on emerging practices and issues within art-book culture. The stage at the top of the stairs will have continuous musical performances programmed by Printed Matter, Showpaper, and Know-Wave Radio.
On the Saturday (9/27), there will also be more live music at PS1 during the fair, this time from I.U.D. (aka Lizzi Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance and Sadie Laska of Growing), Prince Rama, Psalm Zero, Ratking, Junglepussy, Juiceboxxx, King Concubine, Dark Sister, Trollkrem, Fortunate Dad and onre more TBA.
More details on the art fair below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Skrillex / iLoveMakonnen / coolin' down at Warm Up
MoMA PS1's 2014 Warm Up season ended this past Saturday (9/6) and it went out with a bang with a killer lineup of Evian Christ, Sophie and Lone. And depending on your feelings on Skrillex, it went out with either way more or way worse of a bang, since he was the surprise headliner. It was definitely insanely packed for Skrillex's set, to the point where people were even turned away before he came on. Skrillz wasn't the only surprise of the day though. iLoveMakonnen, who's apparently making a habit out of joining electronic producers at their day shows in NYC, came out during Evian Christ's set to get the MoMA PS1 courtyard going up on a Saturday afternoon. Forest Swords was also supposed to play but he was replaced by Doss at the last minute, and Doss' set was cut short due to the passing storm. We've got a set of pictures in this post of the whole day, with the exception of Doss.
More pictures from Warm Up, below...
J Mascis' Heavy Blanket at Summer Thunder 2013 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
The long Labor Day Weekend (8/29-9/1) is upon us already, which for many is one last chance to enjoy the freedom of summer. It's a good time to get away for a weekend, but if you're staying in NYC for it, there's plenty to do here as well. We've put together our top 10 live music options going on in NYC during Labor Day Weekend, and you can check those out below...
by Andrew Sacher
You already know UK producer SOPHIE from the very catchy "Bipp," or maybe from his newest single, "Lemonade" / "Hard" (streaming below). He's now announced a collaborative project with A.G. Cook (of the PC Music label) which they're calling QT, and they've signed to XL Recordings for their first single, "Hey QT." This one's a maximalist pop jam, as much an earworm as "Bipp" is. Check it out below.
UPDATE: Apparently there's some mystery as to who QT is. It may actually be the singer that Sophie and A.G. Cook produced this song for. Pitchfork says that's her pictured above, and that Sophie and Cook call her "a sparkling future pop sensation."
SOPHIE will be going on a short US tour this year, which brings him back to NYC for a previously discussed appearance at Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on September 6. It's the last show in this year's series, and one of the best lineups of the summer with Yeezus contributor Evian Christ, UK rave-fueled IDMer Lone, the psychedelic Forest Swords, and a special guest TBA. Tickets are still available.
All SOPHIE dates are listed, with those song streams, below...
Daniele Baldelli (not a recent pic)
A founding father of the Cosmic Disco sound, Italian DJ Daniele Baldelli rose to prominence with his mixture of European electronica, synth pop (often played at slower speeds), equalizer effects, and ethnic folk music. Baldelli's use of African and Brazilian material helped distinguish his style from Italo disco, which permeated the clubs of Northern Italy during the 1970s. Taking up residence at the Cosmic, a venue by Lake Garda, he introduced club goers to a worldly, hypnotic sound during the late '70s and early '80s. Although the Cosmic Disco movement slowed down as the '80s progressed, Baldelli's reputation allowed him to extend his career into the following decades. [AllMusic]Famed Italian DJ and Cosmic Disco pioneer, Daniele Baldelli will be in the US this weekend for three shows, one in Philly on Friday followed by two daytime shows in NYC. First, he plays Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (8/2) with live sets from Indian electronic music pioneer Charanjit Singh, UK duo Simian Mobile Disco, and former Effi Briest and Up Died Sound member Hiro Kone, plus the Software-signed Maria Chavez. Tickets for that show are still available.
Then, the next day Daniele plays Output's Sundays on the Roof with a DJ set from Metro Area and Cem G. 2 PM doors. Tickets are on sale now.
Simian Mobile Disco will also keep the party going after Warm Up when they DJ a FIXED party at Cameo late night on Saturday (8/2) with FIXED regulars JDH & Dave P. Tickets for that are available. SMD will return to NYC in September when their tour performing their new live-recorded album Whorl hits MHOW, also with JDH & Dave P (tickets).
All Daniele Baldelli dates are listed, with some videos, below...
photos by Mimi Hong
Cashmere Cat / crowd / Skepta, Jammers Back & friends
Warm Up at MoMA PS1 continued this past Saturday (7/26) with another hot day of electronic music (and more) under the sun in the venue's outdoor courtyard. Suicideyear opened (who we missed), then it was Lit City Trax DJ UNiiQU3 who's been playing NYC a lot lately (also recently with Evian Christ and during RBMA). Rapper GoldLink (who's also been on other notable electronic bills lately, like with Purity Ring's Corin Roddick and with Flume) followed with a live set, and then it was Fade to Mind's Total Freedom who was joined by a surprise appearance by veteran grime MCs Skepta and Jammers Back, and other friends, including Warm Up vet Dev Hynes (who's collaborated with Skepta). Finally, dance producer Cashmere Cat wrapped up the day with the crowd going as wild for him as you'd expect.
More pictures of the day, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Timothy Francis
Following singles/EPs on George FitzGerald's ManMakeMusic and other labels, UK producer Leon Vynehall put out his first lengthy release, Music for the Uninvited, this year via Martyn's 3024 label. Though he technically calls it a mini LP, its seven songs in over 35 minutes come off like a very complete statement, rather than a promising EP that ends too quickly. He tells Red Bull that the inspiration for the album was to evoke his earliest memories of absorbing music. He talks about subconsciously hearing cassettes in his mother's car as a child, and now romanticizing about the tape hiss those tracks would all have, as well as playing video games like Zelda, whose music directly influenced the album's opening track, "Inside the Deku Tree."
Don't let the sound of that make you think this is another of those '80s/'90s "VHS-style" nostalgia projects or an 8-bit chiptune thing. "Inside the Deku Tree" is full of gorgeous strings, jazz piano, and some rattling percussion that never fully dives into dance music. Other parts of the album are ready-made for the dancefloor though, like the house-inspired "Be Brave, Clench Fists" and "Pier Children." And those jazz influences are further explored too. "St. Sinclair" is like Herbie Hancock gone IDM (or, Flying Lotus), and elements of jazz and fusion pop up on other tracks as well. You can stream the album in full (via SPIN) below.
Leon also has a number of international dates coming up this year, and will come to the US for NYC's Warm Up at MoMA PS1 which he plays on August 9 with his pals George FitzGerald and Martyn, as well as Mutual Dreaming's Aurora Halal and San Francisco house producer Matrixxman (who played NYC with Martyn in June). That's a day show running from 3-9 PM and tickets are on sale now. Later that night, George and Leon will team up yet again for a Blkmarket show in a secret NYC location. Tickets for that late show are on sale now. Stay tuned for more details.
Leon is also featured on Isaac Tichauer's new mixtape. All of his dates are listed, with the mini LP stream, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Ramona Lisa / crowd with beach balls / DJ EZ @ Warm Up - 7/6/14
Among the many things going on in NYC over the July 4 weekend was the continuation of this summer's Warm Up series in MoMA PS1's courtyard. Luckily, Saturday (7/6) was a nice sunny day (unlike the two previous), so it was great timing for this outdoor show which included the NYC debut of UK garage vet DJ EZ, American house vet Todd Edwards, RVNG's Maxmillion Dunbar (who was joined by the Flex Is Kings dancers), Charlift singer Caroline Polachek's solo set Ramona Lisa, and Lit City Trax's J-Cush. The NY Times caught DJ EZ and Todd Edwards and wrote:
Mr. Edwards went first, and stayed resolutely in the present for much of his set, playing songs by young producers like Dosage and NVOY. The best garage has the feeling of being made on toy instruments: sweet and ecstatic, with moist, slippery synths and sugared soul vocals serving as anchor. Mr. Edwards did a commendable job linking the sound of now to yesterday, eventually coolly slipping into older music. He was also a ham, singing along to his own songs, especially "Shall Go" and "Face to Face," his 2001 collaboration with Daft Punk, and taking endless videos of the crowd and himself.After Warm Up, DJ EZ played NYC again at Output. Anyone catch that? Meanwhile, Ramona Lisa's set, which you may call the odd one out on the bill, was quite a spectacle with Caroline and her dancers in matching white outfits in front of the venue's eccentric backdrop. Pictures of the whole day are in this post, though unfortunately none of the inside of the "Hy-Fi" art installation which was closed that day (there's a few shots of it from the outside though).
DJ EZ, whose series of "Pure Garage" compilations were the genre's most definitive, took on more of the historical burden in his show-closing appearance, billed as his first D.J. set in New York. He showcased some of garage's biggest pop crossover moments, including "Re-Rewind," by the Artful Dodger and Craig David, and Daniel Bedingfield's "Gotta Get Thru This," as well as songs by M-Dubs and a garage remix of Sisqo's "Thong Song." (Garage remixes of American R&B songs were some of the most inventive of the day.)
...And yes, they both played Disclosure, whose 2013 album "Settle" has become the new movement's standard-bearer, even if it's sometimes a dry tribute to music that is resolutely wet.
Warm Up continues this week (7/12) with Mister Saturday Night, a live set from Cibo Matto (who also play Summerstage with Bonobo the next day), Archie Pelago, Gabriel Garzón Montano, and Auntie Flo (tickets). Get ready for that one with the new Mister Saturday Night compilation which you can stream, along with more pics of the last Warm Up and J-Cush's mix for that one, below...
by Ian Chainey
DJ EZ, a titan of UK garage, is coming to the US for the first time. In the beginning of July, DJ EZ will swing into the States for four events over three days. This includes the absolutely stacked bill for Long Island City's Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on July 5 that includes Todd Edwards, Maxmillion Dunbar, Ramona Lisa (aka Chairlift's Caroline Polachek), and J-CUSH (tickets). Later that night, DJ EZ will play another NYC show in Output's Panther Room with Kissy Sell Out. Jamie Jones and David Berrie will be in the main room. Tickets for the Output show are available now.
UPDATE: The initial announcement for the Warm Up show listed Jam City and Champion, though neither are playing and instead it's Ramona Lisa and Maxmillion Dunbar.
DJ EZ has been spinning for over 20 years and has been closely associated with the UK garage scene, releasing a number of mixes including the popular Pure Garage series. Following his July engagements, DJ EZ will return to the US in August. All of his dates, along with a couple videos of DJ EZ in action, below.
Meanwhile, this year's Warm Up season kicks off this weekend (6/28) with a lineup of A/JUS/TED, Dimitri From Paris, Pantha du Prince (live), DJ Spoko and Mumdance. A/JUS/TED made the mix for this week's Warm Up, which premiered today over at Pitchfork (one of the series' presenters). You can stream that mix, with the tracklist, below.
MoMA PS1's 'Hy-Fi' (via Gothamist)
This summer's visual art installation on display in MoMA PS1's courtyard will be "Hy-Fi," the giant towers made from vegetables that we mentioned were coming earlier this year. That's a photo of one above by Katie Sokoler, via Gothamist. Head to their site to see many more, and head to Curbed to see some there too.
In less happy news for Warm Up goers this summer, starting July 25 the G train will terminate at Nassau Ave for 5 weeks. If the G is your usual way of getting to MoMA PS1, you can still take the bus shuttle service running between Nassau and Court Sq or take the 7 to Court Sq or the E to Court Sq/23 St.
List of DJ EZ dates, and all mentioned streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
UK producer Lone returned with his fifth album, Reality Testing, last week (6/17) via R&S. It's the followup to 2012's excellent Galaxy Garden, which brilliantly brought '90s rave into the contemporary world of IDM, and on this one those rave parts are toned down a bit in favor of warped hip hop and more ambient atmospheres. Hear it for yourself by streaming it (via Thump) below.
Lone has dates coming up this year, including a previously announced live set at Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on September 6 with an absolutely stacked lineup of Evan Christ (who plays Output tonight), Sophie, Forest Swords (live) and TBA special guests (tickets). He's since announced that later that night, he'll play a live A/V set with visual artist/collaborator Konx-om-Pax at Glasslands. It's a late show, doors at 11:30 PM, and tickets for Glasslands are on sale now.
UPDATE: It's a full North American A/V tour which begins in Chicago. All dates are listed below.
All Lone dates are listed, with the LP stream, below...
photo by Sam Hiscox
Drawing upon the UK electronic music of his youth, Mumdance (along with collaborators Logos and Mao) was inspired by grime, hardcore, and shoegaze but never beholden to it. From its wall-of-sound intro to its maximalist finale, Twists & Turns is a powerhouse set of glass-breaking percussion, sub-bass rumble, backmasked synths and more. With instrumental grime the order of the day, it was a treat to hear Mumdance return to the scene, refreshed and revitalized. [FACT]UK producer/DJ Mumdance returned last year with the free Twists & Turns mixtape which made FACT's year end list, which the above review is from. He's not slowing down at all, with plans to follow it up with two releases in the near future. First, he'll put out the Take Time EP on June 16 via new label home Rinse, and soon after he'll release a B2B mix with Pinch on June 30 via Pinch's Tectonic label. Stream Take Time's grime title track featuring MC Novelist, along with the tracklist from his mix with Pinch, below. A full stream of Twists & Turns is below as well.
Mumdance is also about to kick off a tour in NYC this week. As part of the Red Bull Music Academy, he plays the Lit City Trax party on Friday (5/30) at The Westway with DJ Marfox, DJ Deeon, DJ Manny B2B RP Boo, J-Cush, UNiiQU3 B2B Tiga and Durban. Tickets for that are still available. Flyer below. You can also listen to the mix Mumdance made for Friday's event.
Mumdance returns to NYC in the summer for the first day of Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on June 28 with A/JUS/TED, Dimitri From Paris, Pantha du Prince (live) and DJ Spoko. Tickets for Warm Up are on sale now. Later that night, he plays another NYC show at TriBeCa Studios. All of his dates are listed below.
Mumdance isn't the only one playing the Lit City Trax party on Friday returning for Warm Up. Label boss J-Cush also plays July 5 with DJ EZ, Todd Edwards, Champion and Jam City; UNiiQU3 also plays July 26 with Cashmere Cat, Total Freedom, GoldLink (live), and Suicideyear; and DJ Marfox plays August 30 with Benji B, Dam-Funk (live), Tessela, Dutch E Germ and Avalon Emerson. Tickets for all of those are on sale too.
Portugal's DJ Marfox, who makes his US debut at the RBMA show this Friday, put out his first release for Lit City Trax, the Lucky Punch EP, this week. You can check out four trax from that below. Here's what Tiny Mix Tapes had to say about it in their 4/5 star review:
Lucky Punch borrows extensively from beat-driven, high-impact kuduro and slower, tarraxinha-flecked house, conjuring a berserk, crowded image of the physical setting this music draws from while forcing an inevitably kinetic response on playback. These six belting tracks combine the metallic hammering of industry ("Noise") with a flagrant, yet punishing jamboree of chimes, percussion, and hand claps ("Banda 52") -- it's the intoxicating grip of an urban carnival; life, work, and dance, fastened together and presented as a singular, essential rhythm. Each beat underscores the reputation that both Príncipe and Lit City Trax are forging as labels conscious of local dance scenes and the potential they have in broader contexts, without forgoing any of the maneuvers that tie these tunes to the places where their roots were formulated.The list of Mumdance dates, and all streams, below...
Warm Up 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Each year, the Warm Up summer concert series brings forward thinking electronic music (and other related genres like indie pop, hip hop, etc) to the outdoor courtyard at Long Island City's MoMA PS1. This year's shows happen every Saturday from June 28 to September 6 from 3-9 PM (doors at noon). Admission is $18 in advance or $20 day-of.
Artists playing this year include Evian Christ (DJ), Lone (live), Sophie, Forest Swords (all the same day!), Cibo Matto (live), Pantha du Prince (live), Dam-Funk, Dutch E Germ, George Fitzgerald, Martyn, Simian Mobile Disco (live), Cashmere Cat, Vatican Shadow (live), Container (live), Jam City, Shamir (live), The Range (live) and many more.
Full 2014 schedule below...
Body/Head at MoMA in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Body/Head, the duo of Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Bill Nace will head to Barcelona for Primavera Sound at the end of this month. That's their only scheduled date at the moment, but upon returning home Kim will team up again with I.U.D. (aka Lizzi Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance and Sadie Laska of Growing) for a NYC show on June 8 at MoMA PS1 as part of the venue's Sunday Sessions. Doors are at 6 PM, music at 8. Tickets are on sale now.
Meanwhile, Body/Head were interviewed by Kyle Meredith for The Weekly Feed during the Big Ears Festival and the video for that has recently surfaced online. You can watch it below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Design mock-up of MoMA PS1 organic towers
Every year MoMA and MoMA PS1 pick a young architect to build a project conceived for the MoMA PS1 courtyard in a competition called the Young Architects Program. If you've been to a MoMA PS1 show, you've seen the work of past winners--last year, a big lattice work structure featured prominently in the outdoor space, and the year before that that enormous blue spiky thing won. This year, the winning entrant was David Benjamin of NY-based design firm The Living who designed a series of three-story tall circular structures, made from agricultural byproduct and mushroom (apparently it acts as glue) bricks, that look like a trio of weirdly organic nuclear cooling towers. Maybe not so weird, it's actually based on them (science!) and will serve a cooling purpose, drawing cold air in at the bottom of the towers and pushing hot air up through the tops. The structure is completely biodegradable, and the entire construction-degradation life cycle of the structure boasts near-zero carbon emissions. It will grow as the summer goes on and, due to interspersed mirrors, the structure will appear to float. There's also a little pool near the base of the structure. Read more about the structure at dezeen. The structure will be up in June in time for the 2014 Warm-Up series.
While we wait for things to actually warm up, MoMA PS1 has it's indoor Sunday Sessions. The Genesis P Bryer-Orridge book launch with Psychic TV was this past Sunday (2/9) and coming up this Sunday (2/16) is "Where are the Arabs?" which is a short film series that "presents a range of artistic responses to the different socioeconomic and political situations throughout Arab cities today." That goes from noon to 6 PM and tickets are on sale now.
Then Sunday, February 23 is something called "K-HOLE and Janus present TIME ZONE" that promises a program of "insomnia and nightlife" as well as "discomfort, Total Freedom, agoraphobia & amateurism." More info on what that means and tickets is here.
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Pharmakon at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Industrial noise-meets-art pop musician Pharmakon played a hometown museum show at The Print Shop at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (1/25) with two local punk bands: the insane (and naked) Dawn of Humans and the Farfisa-filled garage punks Hank Wood and the Hammerheads. Did you go? How was it? Check out (what appear to be) full set videos of all three artists below.
The show was part of MoMA PS1's ongoing Mike Kelley retrospective which Kim Gordon plays this Sunday (2/2). That show is with collaborator Jutta Koether, starts at 4 PM, and tickets are still available.
Pharmakon also plays another NYC show this week at Todd P's new venue Trans Pecos on Wednesday (1/29) (915 Wyckoff Ave, aka the old Silent Barn space). That show is with Faten Kanaan, Jessie Stead, and Angus Tarnawsky.
photos by P Squared Photography
Chris & Cosey @ Santos, 1/11/2014
Do you still there's still a mission to be subversive or disruptive?Industrial pioneers and lifemates Chris Carter and Cosi Fanni Tutti were in the U.S. earlier this month playing a few shows, rare appearances for the influential duo. The first was at MoMA PS1 where they did live remixes of songs from post-Throbbing Gristle project X-TG. Then they did two shows under the billing "Carter Tutti does Chris & Cosey," reworking some of their '80s-era material for now times. We already posted pics from their 1/12 show at Radio Bushwick, and now we've got a belated set from their 1/11 Santos show (with openers Excepter) in this post.
Cosey: Well no, I don't think there ever was a mission, really. We [Throbbing Gristle] called it "The Mission is Terminated" because it had sort of turned into that kind of thing. The expectation had built that we were going to lead them somewhere, but what we were trying to say was, "There are no leaders, there's only you--that's what it's all about."
Chris: I guess we're enjoying it more now, we don't have to be subversive any more, we've matured, we're older.
Cosey: It's more a case of we're happy doing what we want to do as and when we want to do it--which we've always done, really. That's what's nice about the appreciation of the music we did in the '80s: we're physically experiencing the joy it's bringing to people 30 years later, and we saw it first time around. I don't think a lot of people get to have that--I mean, not in that kind of context, rather than something like an "oldies" tour where they go around going, "Here's the '80s again!" It's not like that, people have taken our music and brought it to the now, and appreciate it in the now for what it is.
Chris: Yeah we're definitely not doing an '80s revival show! The sounds are different. We are playing the old songs, but in a different way. We don't recreate those '80s sounds. - [Resident Advisor]
In related news, Carter and Tutti's former bandmate and provocateur Genesis Breyer P-Orridge -- who recently played two shows with Psychic TV at Brooklyn Night Bazaar -- has a new book coming out via First 3rd. There's a NYC book launch party happening February 9 at MoMA PS1, featuring a live performance from Psychic TV and Starred, with a DJ set from Tamaryn, a reading by Jarrett Earnest, and films by Orridge and Leigha Mason. Advance tickets will be available but they aren't on sale yet. More info here. Stay tuned.
More pics from Chris & Cosey's show at Santos below...
Oneohtrix Point Never in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
Like the one they just did with Arca, Pitchfork have announced another MoMA PS1 Sunday Sessions event happening at the Long Island City venue's VW Dome on November 3 to 4-7 PM. This one's with another electronic forward-thinker Oneohtrix Point Never, who recently released his R Plus Seven album on Warp. OPN will be working with past collaborator/visual artist Nate Boyce at the show. Tickets are on sale now. More info at Pitchfork and MoMA PS1's site.
All OPN dates are listed, along with the MoMA flyer and the video for "Still Life (Excerpt)," made by Boyce, below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Arca - &&&&& (MP3)
Arca at Le Poisson Rouge in March (more by PSquared)
It's been a pretty incredible year for Brooklyn-via-Venezuela producer Arca. It wasn't that long ago that he was playing around the forward thinking UNO scene with CFCF, SFV Acid, Mykki Blanco (whose career has also seriously escalated), and others. Now, he's taken on the role as co-producer for hot, rising, Young Turks-signed UK singer FKA twigs, and contributed to the dark, twisted production of Kanye West's Yeezus (along with another once-underground producer, Evian Christ).
Arca's next NYC show is the just-announced Pitchfork's FORMS and MoMA PS1-presented show in the VW Performance Dome at MoMA PS1 on October 6 from 4-7 PM (not the first time he's played MoMA PS1). The show is part of the venue's Sunday Sessions, and is with London director Jesse Kanda (who also directed FKA twigs' "Water Me" video). They'll be premiering a film that interprets a section of Arca's recent &&&&&, a mix that goes through Yeezus-style darkness, uplifting wordless vocals, clamoring percussion, and more in its 25+ minutes.
The MoMA PS1 show "will feature abstract renditions of Arca's music with a vocal ensemble led by Abby Fischer accompanied by lights and a set designed by video/art collective Thunderhorse." Tickets are on sale now.
Arca's &&&&& can be downloaded above, and streamed, along with FKA twigs' "Water Me" video and Kanye's "I'm In It" (prod. Arca, Evian Christ, etc), below...