Entries tagged with: Moby
photo: Alan Wild
Midge Ure has done a lot of stuff in his nearly 40-year music career. He was in Rich Kids with Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock, was a founding member of synthpop band Visage, spent a short time playing guitar in Thin Lizzy, co-wrote Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas," and, as Ultravox's second vocalist, sang lead on "Vienna," one of the weirder hit singles in UK Chart history (four weeks at #2 in 1980). He's got a new solo album out August 19, titled Fragile, which features a collaboration with Moby which you can stream a bit of, along with single "Become," below.
Right after the album's release, Midge will play NYC's Best Buy Theater on August 21 as part of the Retro Futura tour with Thompson Twins' Thom Bailey, Howard Jones, China Crisis and Katrina (of The Waves fame). Tickets for that show are still available. All Midge Ure tour dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
Manimal is releasing a Duran Duran tribute album, Making Patterns Rhyme: a tribute to Duran Duran, on July 15, with all proceeds going to Amnesty International. The comp features Warpaint, Little Dragon, Moby, Austra and more. Moby's cover of "Rio" was released recently (stream below), and now the cover of "Sound of Thunder" by Toronto shoegazers Beliefs can be streamed below as well. They've turned the song into one of their own (reverby vocals, swirling guitars), and it's not the first time they've put their spin on a classic song in the past year.
Check it out, plus the album tracklist, below...
Upstate, NY has a new music festival debuting this year, the inaugural Hudson Project which goes down from July 11-13 at Winston Farm in Saugerties, NY with four stages set against the Catskill Mountains. The initial lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, Moby (DJ), Atmosphere, Flying Lotus, Bonobo (live), Holy Ghost, Twin Shadow, Cults, AraabMuzik, Gold Panda, Flatbush Zombies, !!!, Isaiah Rashad, Yacht, Jon Hopkins, Kelela, Majical Cloudz, SZA, The Range and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/4) at 11 AM.
In addition to the music, there will be "an art village showcasing interactive art exhibitions, regional arts and crafts and a selection of Hudson Valley-area gourmet food, wine, craft beer and specialty cocktail options will also offer local selections."
Full initial lineup below...
Moby at Moogfest 2011 (more by Diana Wong)
The last album from electronic musician Moby was the rather downcast Destroyed., which he put out in 2011. He's now just announced that album's followup, and it's looking like it's going to be a much more epic affair than its predecessor. The album, titled Innocents (due out 9/30), is set to feature guest spots from Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, Screaming Trees frontman/QOTSA collaborator Mark Lanegan, Eminem/Dr. Dre collaborator Skylar Grey, and past Moby collaborator Inyang Bassey.
It also features singer/songwriters Cold Specks and Damien Jurado, both of whose 2012 albums ended up Moby's top ten of that year. The first single, "A Case For Shame" (which features lead vocals from Cold Specks) is available to stream now. Check it out below.
In related news, The Flaming Lips recently announced two Terminal 5 shows (10/1-2) with Tame Impala, and they also play a CT show in July with Spiritualized. Tickets for all three of those shows are still available.
Song stream and album tracklist below...
Moby's audition did not go well...
As maybe you're heard, The Postal Service are back together for a 10th anniversary tour, including two shows at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. What you may not know is that Ben Gibbard was one of many singers who auditioned for Jimmy Tamborello. Aimee Mann, Moby or even Duff McKagan (plus others) could've ended up in the band... or so this Funny or Die clip (directed by Tom Scharpling) purports which you can watch below.
Moby at Moogfest 2011 (more by Diana Wong)
Moby was one of the commercially successful electronic musicians of yesteryear, but as popular taste shifted towards distorted synths and abrasive bass drops, Moby chose not to follow the pack. As a result, lately he's been fitting more in with the growing underground (as we heard on his downtempo 2011 LP, Destroyed.) and when we asked him for his top 10 albums of 2012, his choices reflect that. In addition to his Mute labelmates Cold Specks and Liars, Moby's list includes Hyperdub production wizards Burial and Laurel Halo, in addition to some synth driven indie pop like Grimes and iamamiwhoami.
Moby is also DJing a TBA Brooklyn warehouse location on New Year's Eve (Bedford L stop) with Lee Burridge, Kilo Watts, circus performances from The Gowanus Circus, and more acts TBA. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
More show info and Moby's top 10 list, below...
Obama hugs Bruce Springsteen (pre-election night)
A selection of tweets reacting to Obama's big win last night....
":)" - Grizzly Bear
"YES" - Amanda Palmer
"yeah!!!!" - Laurel Halo
"FUCK YES" - HEALTH
"fuck yeah." - Colin Meloy
"FUCK YEAH AMERICA!!! #OBAMA" - King Tuff
Mermaid Parade 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
No need to wait for Sunday's Gay Pride Parade to experience colorfully and barely dressed people marching down a NYC street in front of thousands of spectators. Saturday (6/23) is the annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. The parade starts at 2 PM on West 22nd St. between Surf Ave. and the Boardwalk, but get there earlier for a good spot (and don't forget to leave time for the long subway ride).
This year's king and queen are comedian Jackie "The Joke Man" Martling (Howard Stern Show) and actress Annabella Sciorra (Jungle Fever, True Love).
As always, the parade will be followed by the Mermaid Ball, which starts at 7 PM at the New York Aquarium. This year's ball features a Moby DJ set and live sets by The A Bones, Labretta Suede and the Motel 6 and The Moto-Wrays, in addition to this year's king Jackie Martling performing in the Aquatheater, burlesque dancers, go go dancers, "real live mermaids," a laser light show tent and more. Tickets for the ball are available.
Meanwhile, Friday Night Fireworks on Coney Island have begun and will continue every Friday (including tonight) through August 31. "For the best seating, locate yourself on the boardwalk or beach between West 10th Street and West 15th Street." The flier for this is below.
More Mermaid Parade details below...
photos by Diana Wong
Tangerine Dream & fan
The annual music festival Moogfest took place this Halloween weekend down in Asheville, North Carolina. Countless bands we know and love played over the course of its three days including The Antlers, Atlas Sound, Austra, Anika, The Field, AraabMuzik, Flying Lotus, Chromeo, TV on the Radio, Moby, Matthew Dear, Tangerine Dream, and many more. And that was just Friday. Friday pictures are in this post.
As NPR points out:
"Tangerine Dream has wore many hats during a prolific 35-year career: Krautrock, New Age, film scores and pioneering synth music, to start. The group has consistently worked at a steady clip, generating 116 (!) live and studio albums in spite of its many personnel changes. Edgar Froese, the creative force behind Tangerine Dream, is the only remaining original member."Tangerine Dream played a two hour set at the fest. You can listen to the whole thing at NPR who have streaming sets from Austra, Atlas Sound, Tim Hecker, The Field, CANT and others too. The rest of our pictures from the first of three days, below...
Limelight is a documentary about "the rise and fall of New York's greatest nightclub empire", or more specifically, about club owner Peter Gatien. Limelight was one of Gatien's four major NYC clubs, probably the most famous. Club USA, Palladium and Tunnel were the others and they're all featured in the movie as well. Limelight the club, though still standing on 6th Ave and 20th St in Manhattan (it's a historic church that had a recent failed attempt at being a mall), is long gone, but Limelight the documentary, directed by Billy Corben (Cocaine Cowboys), opens in limited theaters tonight (9/23). Sunshine Theater has it in NYC.
I caught the premiere on Wednesday night at Sunshine, and briefly stopped by the afterparty at Westway (where a member of Fun Lovin' Criminals was DJing) (members of FLC worked as sweepers in Limelight and they reference Disco 2000 and Peter Gatien in songs, one of which is part of the soundtrack of the film). Familiar faces in the crowd included club personalities like Jennytalia, Astro Earle, Richie Rich, Steven Lewis, Scotto, and Moby. If you're thinking, "I thought that movie premiered at Tribeca Film Festival," you're right, except they revamped it since then and what is showing now is a new cut. I didn't see the first version, so I can't compare, but I can talk a little bit about the current version.
If you're like me, it doesn't matter how good the movie is. The subject matter alone made it a must see (for me). It's part nostalgia, part NYC history, and all around something I'm interested in. Loaded with interviews with key figures, most notably Gatien himself, you get (a mostly one-sided) view of how Gatien went from being a kid in Canada who lost an eye playing hockey, to him ruling nightlife in NYC in the 90s, to the Guiliani years when they took it all away from him, to his eventual deportation to Canada where he now resides.
Other stars of the movie include Moby (who spent a lot of time partying and DJing at Limelight), Michael Alig (who is in
Rikers Southport Correctional Facility for murdering Angel Melendez), Ed Koch, club manager Steven Lewis (who was brought up on drug conspiracy charges along with Gatien and now has a cool nightlife blog), Michael Caruso aka Lord Michael (who is an admitted drug dealer and who was the state's main witness against Gatien in the drug trial they lost), Village Voice writer Frank Owen (who wrote Clubland), and famous lawyer Benjamin Brafman (Gatien's attorney). Who's not in the documentary? Well, Michael Musto for one. :-)
The movie notes that Peter Gatien applied for a pardon in 2010, but was denied. He wants to be back here in the USA with his US-born family, but he's not allowed to even visit. On a related note, one of the movie's producers is Jen Gatien aka Peter's daughter (who was also a Limelight regular). She helped introduce the film Wednesday night along with Billy who read a letter from Peter that said he was sorry he couldn't be there. They mentioned that Peter didn't love the documentary, but could live with it. It definitely sounded like he had some say in how it went down, but not final say (and as noted above, he is one of the film's main characters). With all that in mind, the movie, a bit biased, did come off as a a PR piece at times. You're definitely left sympathizing with Gatien and his plight and the movie would have you believe that techno went straight from England to Staten Island to the Limelight (no mention of NASA at all for instance). All horrible accusations against Peter are quickly followed with the reasons they're not true (except the tax evasion which he admits) (he admits to drug binges in hotels too actually). It didn't bother me though - the parts about how Peter was done wrong, because I'm biased too. I was already on Gatien's side going in, though it would have been nice to hear a nasty quote or two in the movie from one of the many ex-Gatien employes who hated Peter's wife! (there were lots of them from what I remember).
It's a story that's hard to not be sucked into. It has all the elements: power, politics, music, drugs, culture and crime. I especially liked the original footage inside the clubs. If you want to be brought back to the dark, booming cavern that was Tunnel, or the high-ceilinged main dance floor in the church that was Limelight, or if you want to visit those places for the first time, you get some of that. The Sunday night hip hop parties at Tunnel were especially notorious (and successful for Gatien) and the footage of famous rap stars performing there 15 years ago is priceless - I just wish there was more of that in there.
As NY1 points out (they gave it 2 apples), much of the movie is about Gatien's court case. As one person on Twitter wrote, it "felt like watching Court TV in a movie theatre." It's not the highest budget movie and I don't expect it to win any awards, but like James St James's book, Party Monster (the documentary, not the Hollywood movie that starred Dylan McDermott as Peter Gatien), and Clubland before it, it's a nice addition to the growing documentation of the Gatien universe.
Go check out Limelight in the theater if you can't wait, or rent the DVD (is "renting a DVD" actually even a thing anymore?). BTW, there's a Q&A with Billy and Jen after the movie in NYC tonight and tomorrow. Trailer below...
Moby at Electric Zoo 2010 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Moby has a number of North American dates scheduled for the next few months, including a few festival appearances. As mentioned, he'll DJ Electric Zoo in NYC on September 2. Tickets are still on sale. He'll also play an instore at Barnes & Noble in Union Square on September 7, where he'll also talk to filmmaker Lucy Walker about his recently released LP Destroyed and its accompanying book. The event starts at 5 PM and priority seating is available with the purchase of the Destroyed book or CD.
Moby plays NYC again on October 25 at the beautiful Angel Orensanz, three days before he plays Moogfest. According to Moby:
i'm doing my first ever ambient/acoustic show in new york city in a beautiful old synagogue on the lower east side. it's the only show like this on the tour, and the venue is very small, so if you want tickets i'd recommend getting them now. 1/2 the show will be acoustic versions of my songs, and the other 1/2 will be live ambient/electronic performances. ok, hopefully see you there/then.Tickets for the Angel Orensanz show go on sale Friday (8/26) at 10am.
Moby also recently released a video for the Destroyed track, "Lie Down in Darkness." Check that out, along with all dates below...
DOWNLOAD: SBTRKT - "Wildfire" (Drumma Boy remix ft. Shabazz Palaces) (MP3)
Back in June, we announced the killer initial lineup for Moogfest 2011 (October 28, 29, 30). That lineup just got even better with additions including TV on the Radio, Special Disco Version featuring James Murphy and Pat Mahoney, St. Vincent, SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, YACHT, John Maus, Araabmuzik Baths, Zomby, Active Child and more. It was also announced that Brian Eno, part of the initial lineup, will be presenting Brian Eno's 77 Million Paintings and "Illustrated Talks" as part of this year's fest.
The initial announcement also included Suicide, Tangerine Dream, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Austra, M83, Little Dragon, Passion Pit, Toro y Moi, Moby (full band), The Flaming Lips, Battles, CANT, Brandt Brauer Frick (who will be on a US tour that hits Glasslands), and more.
Speaking of CANT (aka Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear), he revealed the song "Believe" from his upcoming debut LP yesterday. Stream the track below. The album comes out September 13 on Chris' own Terrible Records. He's also got an upcoming tour surrounding Moogfest which includes a show on October 25 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still on sale.
Speaking of SBTRKT and Little Dragon, Drumma Boy remixed the SBTRKT song with Little Dragon's Yukimi Nagano on lead vocals. Shabazz Palaces is also featured on the remix (compare that to Drake's version). Grab the track above via Gorilla vs Bear. Shabazz wrote on Facebook today, "Besides the release of Black Up, I don't think I've seen one article on here create such a surge of activity as this Wildfire Remix has. Amazing."
Sampha, who sings live with SBTRKT and on his album, also recently released his own song, "Indecision." Stream the track below. Moogfest is one of the stops on SBTRKT's recently announced US tour that also hits Bowery Ballroom on October 31 (with Araabmuzik) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 1. Tickets for both shows are still on sale.
Little Dragon plays a BV-presented Record Release show at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg TONIGHT (8/16). The show is sold out, but if you don't have tickets you can catch them in NYC again on their headlining tour which hits Terminal 5 on October 14. Tickets are still on sale.
Song streams and full Moogfest lineup below...
Giant and very-varied Labor Day Weekend electro festival Electric Zoo returns to Randall's Island on September 2-4 and just announced 14 more artists to its already big lineup which is split across four stages (times three days).
The fest this year features performances by big names like Moby (DJ set), Rusko, MSTRKRFT, Richie Hawtin as Plastikman, Chromeo, Boys Noize, Calvin Harris and Diplo. The lineup also includes smaller but familiar and exciting names like Daedelus, SebastiAn (Live), SBTRKT, Nicolas Jaar (Live), and many more. The whole thing is listed below.
SBTRKT meanwhile has dates coming up in July.
SebastiAn, who has had singles floating around for a few years now, and more recently a film score, finally released his first proper full length Total on May 30 via Ed Banger. The album is 22 songs of Daft Punk-esque aggressive French House and features vocal contributions from Mayer Hawthorne and M.I.A.. Check out a soundcloud stream of the M.I.A.-featured "C.T.F.O." (which stands for chill the fuck out) and the full tracklist also below.
More tour dates for Diplo, Chromeo and Rusko, along with the EZ lineup, and stuff, below...
Brooklyn Museum in bloom (more by Chris La Putt)
Moby will be the focus of an event tonight (5/12) at the Brooklyn Museum. the electronic musician will be interviewed and will discuss Destroyed, his new LP and photography book of the same name. The event will feature a live interview with John Schaefer of WNYC's Soundcheck and New Sounds, in addition to a performance of Destroyed material, "currently the only scheduled performance in the US". In addition, Moby will screen some self-directed/produced videos from his Be The One EP. Tickets are still available and are $10, or $6 for members and cultural colleagues. In addition, you can purchase a ticket with signed copies of both his book and CD before it comes out (on Monday, 5/16). Check out a new video for Moby's "The Day" on youtube.
The Moby event takes place the day before the FREE MEN/Savoir Adore show at Brooklyn Museum which is part of the Audiophile series that Theophilus London plays on 6/10, and which MNDR played last time. The show is also one of a few upcoming Savoir Adore dates that Bill also talked about in This Week In Indie.
In other Brooklyn Museum show news, Blitz The Ambassador will bless the venue on Saturday June 4th at 5PM as part of the next Target First Saturday (the museum's monthly free Saturday night event). June 4th's theme is Afro-Latin Roots, and Ghanian artist Blitz will be performing a hip-hop set with The Embassy Ensemble. Also on the agenda is a DJ set by the incomparable DJ Spinna (8-10pm) and a set from Cuban musician Juan-Carlos Formell (9pm). The event is free, though "some Target First Saturday programs have limited space available and are ticketed on a first-come, first-served basis."
Blitz is also playing the Lincoln Center Out Of Doors festival on Aug 7th at Damrosch Park Bandshell with Spoek Mathambo and Iyadede. Blitz The Amabassador played SOB's last week in celebration of his new LP Native Sun, out now.
A video stream of Blitz The Ambassador's Native Sun LP in full and a recent Moby vid with Heather Graham is below.
Reggie Watts on stage with LCD Soundsystem (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Reggie Watts is more than halfway through a six night run of shows in Melbourne, Australia, but he'll return in time for "Radio Play" which keeps him busy for the bulk of May. Then this summer Watts will play a pair of Summerstage shows in NYC within days of each other. On June 22nd, look for Reggie at Central Park Summerstage with Natasha Leggero and then on June 24th in Red Hook Park with DJ Stormin' Norman. Both shows are FREE and kick off at 7:30PM and 7:00PM respectively.
In other musical comedy news, Dave Hill's band Diamondsnake plays a late show at Mercury Lounge this Saturday night, 4/23. As you may know, Moby is also a member of the hard rockin' band, but he can't make it that night. Instead, Nash Kato of Urge Overkill will take his place on guitar. TAB the Band open. Tickets are still available.
Reggie Watts recently teamed up with David Cope and Bette Bentley for a pair of digital shorts, both of which are viewable below.
Don Hill (photo by Julian Ungano)
As tweeted by Moby (see above) and many other notable club veterans, and confirmed to me via a call to Don Hill's who said there is a memorial tonight (3/31) at the club (toast at midnight), nightclub owner and legend Don Hill has sadly passed away. Though details are scarce at the moment, some on Twitter are saying he was "found dead in his apartment" "this morning". Update: someone seemingly in the know says: "He passed away at the hospital. Not in his apartment. It was this evening around 7, not this morning." And Bebe Buell adds (in reaction to the last minute midnight toast), "Don's actual memorial will be the biggest coming together of all the people he has helped+supported-those of us who loved him+knew him well." Stay tuned for more info.
Murray Hill calls it the end of an era. Miss Guy says he was the nicest person in nightlife. Justine D agrees. I didn't know him personally, but I always liked seeing him hanging around his club that shared his name. He opened Don Hill's in the early 90's and before that managed the East Village's Cat Club (David Bowie & Peter Frampton played there in 1987). "American Hardcore" author Steven Blush (who also worked at Don Hill's) once wrote...
" I booked [GG Allen] at the Cat Club. His most infamous part of the show is to shit on the stage and throw it at the crowd and got thrown out. I got written up in the Village Voice for the show that I had put on. The irony, of course, is that the manager of the Cat Club was Don Hill and I couldn't work any more at that club after that but we always remained friendly....
...Don Hill is the best club owner in New York. After the Cat Club, when that closed, a couple of years later, Don did what he was supposed to do, which was own his own club. Don has the support of the whole club community of the local neighborhood which is unheard of for clubs. The clubs got a great reputation. Sometimes I wish we were bigger and trashier, but then we wouldn't be Don Hill's."
"Don Hill's was born in April 1993 to much flag waving, fanfare and hoopla. The Smithereens set the tone that night and it has since become a virtual rock and roll hall of fame. Don has booked the joint, hired staff, run day to day and night to night operations, he's answered the phones and I suspect that on some nights he swept out the joint. He will now be joined by superheroes Nur Khan and Paul Sevigny. They will come in with mad skills, new energy and cash to redux the place. They will merge with Don to create more of the same but even better."Since re-opening with the new partners on board, the club has in fact been the scene of many high profile and hard to get into events, most notably a fashion week show by Iggy Pop. According to Nur Khan, they also "had LCD Soundsystem booked," but "there were complications with production and stage size so we were unable to do the gig." There were rumors this week that the Strokes would do a show there before or after their sold out gig at MSG (I haven't been able to prove those rumors though, or the show fell through).
R.I.P. Don Hill (both of them)
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
TVOTR @ Stubb's (SPIN Party)
"Since TV On The Radio is preparing to drop Nine Types Of Light soon, I just assumed that its Spin party set would be heavy on new, untested material. And as the band slowly warmed up with a few free-jazz drones while Dave Sitek attached a giant set of wind chimes to the end of his guitar, those assumptions turned to worry that said new material was going to herald the beginning of the group's deathly dull "blue period" or something. But all fears were allayed by the crash of opening number "Young Liars," as TVOTR went all the way back to the beginning to remind fans why they'd been missed during their hiatus. Older numbers like "Staring At The Sun" got the benefit of the band's newly forged arena-rock assault, with the set never once waning in energy as it barreled through uptempo songs such as "Dancing Choose" and "Wolf Like Me." Tunde Adebimpe introduced new number "Repetition" by asking everyone whether they would dance if they played it: "But what if it's terrible?" he asked. No worries there. The group turned in easily the best set I've seen all week." [AV Club]Like OMD, TV on the Radio played Stubb's twice during SXSW. One was their official showcase at night, and one was the daytime SPIN party (Unlike at OMD's showcase though, equipment didn't fall on people at TVOTR). Some pictures from the SPIN party that both bands played are in this post.
Since Austin, TV on the Radio (whose new album is now up for pre-order) have announced who will be opening for them on their upcoming tour. It varies by date. Some shows have Lissie Trullie, others get Glasser, some are with Celebration, and the Radio City show will be opened by Light Asylum.... who play Glasslands in Brooklyn with Banjo or Freakout tonight (3/25). Radio City tickets are still on sale.
All dates (with openers listed), those pictures, and TV on the Radio's new video for "Will Do", below...
You might know the powerful and soulful voice of Brooklyn's Inyang Bassey [pronounced E-yang] from her work with Moby. Maybe you caught her in October at the Brooklyn Soul Festival, or when she was a guest of Yo Gabba Gabba at one of their Radio City Music Hall shows that same month.
You definitely know Binky Griptite, if not by name then at least by the band he plays guitar (and emcees) in named the Dap Kings who most notably back the one and only Sharon Jones. Binky is now also backing Inyang for a new solo project that perfroms live at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC tonight (2/21). They're on at 7:30pm, so don't be late.
In related news, Moby put out a free EP last week along with the announcement that his new full length album is called 'destroyed' and will be out in May, not long after he speaks about photography at National Geographic in DC.
A selection of Inyang, Binky & Moby videos below...
photos by Sharese Ann Frederick
Ed Banger's DJ Mehdi signs a fan
Bassnectar closes out the final day
"Bassnectar, arms flailing and Cousin It hair flying in all directions, brought the loudest set of the weekend, inspiring two concertgoers to scale a 30-foot support pole inside the tent." [NYU News]Fresh off a recent appearance at Electric Zoo 2010, Bassnectar will return to NYC to play Terminal 5 on Nov 6th with Beats Antique (DJ set) and Emancipator. Tickets are on sale. The show is part of a larger US trek for the electronic artist that extends until the middle of December (and that was previously listed without the NYC show). All dates below.
In terms of new material, he says:
This week i finished the latest Bassnectar EP, 'Wildstyle' which is the most bonkers collection of music i've ever created. Each song was crafted with you in mind, and how your body and soul will be affected when the waves of this music are crashing through your cells. We will have more info soon with regards to release, but it will definitely become centerpiece of the fall soundtrack.In the meantime, and as promised, we have our fourth and final set of 2010 Electric Zoo pictures in this post. You can also check out PART 1, PART 2, and PART 3, before continuing with PART 4 below...
words by Kon Glikos, photos by Zach Dilgard
Flying Lotus / ravers
As we were saying, This past Labor Day weekend saw the second installment of the Electric Zoo festival, taking place on Randall's Island. The two-day festival boasted a line up of over 70 artists on 4 stages, catering to most genres of electronic music. The line up ran the gamut. Commercial dance DJ's/acts such as: The Chemical Brothers, Moby, Armin Van Buuren, and house and techno staples the likes of: Richie Hawtin, Claude Von Stroke, and Steve Bug found themselves along side each other on the bill. In addition, artists such as Martyn, Erol Alkan, and Aeroplane represented genres like dubstep, electro, and nu-disco.
Highlights on Saturday included a blistering live techno set from Reboot, taking place in the Sunday School tent. In the evening, Major Lazer brought the crowd into a frenzy with their all-encompassing musical mash-ups. Over on the Red Bull Academy stage, Flying Lotus's much anticipated set had its moments of brilliance, namely a re-edit of Radiohead's Idioteque towards the end of his set. The Chemical Brothers closed out the night on the main stage, starting off with a string of new songs, signifying a musical directional change, giving way to older crowd favorites. Additionally, the visual production paired with their music, made their performance memorable for the thousands that listened in.
Day 2 started off on a high note, with Jon Hopkins's thoroughly original take of a live electronic set, which seemed largely improvisational. The next time slot called for witnessing a meeting of the techno minds back at the Sunday School tent. Techno heavy weights: Martin Buttrich, Mattias Tanzmann and Davide Squillace performed a track for track DJ set that was mainly composed of their favorite techno classics. It quickly became one of the highlights of the weekend. On the main stage, Moby played his DJ set to a sea of people in full on festival mode. His set was a retrospective, made up of tracks from dance eras gone by. What he played was a nice contrast to the seemingly endless stream of commercial trance and progressive house sounds coming from the main stage all day long. He was one of the top main stage performances all weekend.
While the aforementioned performances made up what I thought to be some of the most significant of the weekend, there was no shortage of cringe-worthy music being performed. For example, the countless musical crimes being committed in the Hilltop Arena tent (aptly re-named the Jersey Shore tent by many), aided in shedding some of the festival's musical credibility. Still, the premise of this festival seems to be that there is something for everyone because "you get what you pay for". Only time will tell if this is the electronic music festival that New York City deserves.
by Klaus Kinski
Diamondsnake @ Highline Ballroom in June (more by Gabi Porter)
Comedian and opinionated audiophile John Frusciante (editor's note: NOT the Frusciante from the Chili Peppers) hosts a revolving panel of music-loving comedians, writers and musicians for a live monthly discussion about the state of music past and present, what you should and shouldn't be listening to, and why KISS sucks so much. It is a guarantee that your favorite band will at some point be brought up, dissected, and either praised to the rafters or dismissed with the wave of a hand that knows how to properly handle vinyl.In the world of befuddling circumstances flying out of nowhere and landing in my lap, being asked to be a panelist alongside Moby (who played the Electric Zoo Festival over Labor Day Weekend), Dave Hill, and Jake Fogelnest (who, like BrooklynVegan, can be heard on SIRIUS XMU) at the UCB Theater in NYC on Saturday, September 11th at Midnight takes the frikkin cake. The event is essentially going to be a round-table discussion about the state of music past, present, and future (see a more detailed show description above). What will I, an ambassador for BV, be bringing to the table?
- a vomit inducing fear of public speaking
- very little knowledge of music past, present, or future
- an eagerness to learn about music past, present, and future
- a dislike for most music that people nowadays think is just wonderful
- a distaste for a few bands I've never even heard before
- a vomit inducing fear of public speaking
- the sweatiest palms you've ever smelled
- an unbridled loathing of your stupid tattoos
- hopefully some articulate points that will make people think, laugh and, hell, maybe even cheer.
- a disdain for most everything, actually
The UCB show is going to be tons of fun and even though I have a propensity towards negativity, I'm going in with my mind, ears, and guts wide open. Hope you can make it! Cheap beer! RESERVE YOUR SEAT NOW!
The Antlers @ Radio City in June (more by Matthew Eisman)
tonight in NYC
* Zizek @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Josh X & Jadakiss @ SOB's
* US Air Guitar Finals @ Irving Plaza
* DJ Questlove (late) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Smokie Norful @ Springfield Park
* Modest Mouse @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Antibalas @ Castle Clinton (Battery Park)
* Widespread Panic @ Radio City Music Hall
* The Antlers, Dinosaur Feathers @ Pier 54
* Himalaya, Fan-Tan, Soft Spot @ Union Pool
* Hooray For Earth, Twin Shadow @ Cake Shop
* The Jim Jones Revue, Hunters @ Mercury Lounge
* Barry Seroff, Barbara Held @ Issue Project Room
* Bomb the Music Industry, The Taxpayers @ Europa
* The Red Rogue, Red Daughters @ Pete's Candy Store
* Charlie Chaplan movies & Brooklyn Philharmoic @ Prospect Park
* White Out w/ Nels Cline, Nymph, Messages @ Zebulon
* Steel Train, Girl in a Coma, Yawn @ Bowery Ballroom
* Greatest Three Minute Record Reviews Ever @ Matchless
* The Pioneers of Seduction, Pet Ghost Project @ Bruar Falls
* Boy Without God, Elizabeth Devlin, Bad Braids @ Silent Barn
* The Beach Boys, Happy Together Tour @ Asser Levy/Seaside Park
* Peculiar Gentlemen, Low Water, The Gang Violets @ Knitting Factory
* Fixed w/ Midnight Juggernauts, HEALTH, JDH & Dave P @ Santos Party House
* Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, We Are Each Other, Dawes @ Webster Hall
* Weird Korea, SIRS, Beach Arabs, Graffiti Monsters, The Underground River @ Shea Stadium
* April Smith & The Great Picture Show, Jenny Owen Youngs, The Woes, Daniel Wayne @ The Bell House
The Antlers headline the free show at Pier 54 tonight (13th Street & Hudson River). Dinosaur Feathers open. They go on at 7pm (doors at 6pm). 5000 people can fit at the venue, so don't worry about getting in.
Moby reunited with his old band Vatican Commandos for a show at Mercury Lounge the other day. Video below...
photos by Gabi Porter
"Hello there. As many of you know, I can't stop rocking. And now- in addition to fronting my own incredible rock band Valley Lodge and also playing guitar in the incredible Walter Schreifels Band- I have joined forces with my friends Phil Costello (Valley Lodge, Satanicide, Tragedy, "Phil" from the hit television program "The King of Miami"), Tomato (Sound of Urchin, T.H.O.R.), and Moby (Moby) to form Diamondsnake, an unstoppable band that defies categorization, melding elements of rock, hard rock, metal, and heavy metal into something no one has ever heard before ever." [Dave Hill]Diamondsnake made their live debut at Highline Ballroom in NYC on June 17th. More pictures from the show, and their official video for "Storm the Fucking Kastle" (which sums up their sound pretty quickly), below...
Vintage punk and hardcore must be in the air, as a ton of classic bands and members of punk royalty will hit NYC in the coming months.
Early 80s Connecticut hardcore band Vatican Commandos, who called it quits in 1985 (!), will play Mercury Lounge on July 17th along with their most famous member....
Disorder came together in Darien, Connecticut, in 1982. The original members, who had been playing together for several years under different names, were Jim Spadaccini on vocals and bass, John Farnsworth on vocals and guitar, and Chip Moody on drums. Lindsey Anderson joined on second guitar, and Chuck Weaver soon took over vocal duties. When they discovered a band from UK with the same name, they changed their name to the Vatican Commandos.Moby, definitely in the mood to rock lately, also has a show coming up with his new band Diamondsnake at Highline Ballroom exactly one month earlier.
Farnsworth and Anderson were soon replaced by guitarist Richard Hall, aka Moby. In 1983, the Vatican Commandos put out the "Hit Squad for God" EP on their own Pregnant Nun label, before Moby departed and Mike Pollack stepped in. By the year's end, the band had released their second 7" as well as recorded compilation tracks for Javi Bastard's Big City Records out of New York City. 1984 saw a new 12" EP titled Point Me To The End, and the band had plans for a full-length LP, but didn't stay together long enough. They broke up in 1985.
Reports from Europa were near unanimous, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine killed it at Europa in March. Luckily, if you missed that show you can catch the ex-Dead Kennedys frontman and his new venture on a Rocks Off cruise on May 28th with Shake Rattle Rattle Shake. Tickets are on sale. It's one of two boat cruises in support of UXO, an organization for soldiers who are against the war, with the second being the political hip hop duo The Coup with the great Wayne Kramer on May 31st (tickets).
Deathrockers 45 Grave will be on the east coast starting this weekend, and Dinah Cancer and the band will be in attendance at a Meet & Greet at Beauty Bar on 5/16 before their Europa show the next day (5/17) with The Dead Sextons and Psychocharger. Tickets are on sale.
And finally, Jimmy Gestapo and Murphy's Law are still going at it, and will take over a Rocks Off Cruise on August 12th. Tickets are still on sale.
Full tour dates and some videos are below....