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Inyang Bassey
Inyang Bassey

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...

Continue reading "Inyang Bassey playing w/ Binky Griptite, Moby released a free EP (and announced a full album)"

photos by Sharese Ann Frederick

Ed Banger's DJ Mehdi signs a fan
Electric Zoo

Bassnectar closes out the final day
Electric Zoo

"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...

Continue reading "the final set of Electric Zoo pics & more Bassnectar dates "

words by Kon Glikos, photos by Zach Dilgard

Flying Lotus / ravers
Electric Zoo
Electric Zoo

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.


As promised, here are more pictures from last weekend's event. Part 1 is HERE. Part 2 is HERE. Part 3 continues below...

Continue reading "Electric Zoo in pics - part 3 (Flying Lotus, Moby, Reboot, more) "

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
Ironically, I don't think there's even going to be a table there to bring the aforementioned attributes to; rather, we'll be in chairs, un-miced. I'll have nothing to hide behind and will have to do my best Richard Burton to be sure my voice projects. Annnnywhoozle. Having Moby and Dave Hill on the same panel does make quite a bit of sense. You see, Moby and Dave Hill are in a band called Diamondsnake, a band that also features Phil Costello (frontman of now defunct Bee Gees cover band Tragedy and guitar player for the probably defunct Satanicide) and Tomato (Sound of Urchin, Moistboyz)(look closely at the Moistboyz Live Jihad video, recorded at Bowery. A drunken Klaus appears occasionally in the front row with a red hat).

Diamondsnake has 2 NYC SHOWS coming up. The first is on October 2nd at Mercury Lounge, and the following NYC show is at Brooklyn Bowl on November 4th as part of Lebowski Fest.

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)
The Antlers

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...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Thursday?"

photos by Gabi Porter

Diamond Snake

"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...

Continue reading "Diamondsnake debuted @ Highline Ballroom (NSFW pics) "

by BBG

Vatican Commandos
Vatican Commandos

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.
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.
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.

Long-running hardcore band Up Front, Ed Gein's Car and Loud Youth are also on board for CT-heavy show at Mercury Lounge in July. Tickets go on sale Thursday 5/13 at 6PM.

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).

Long running Southern California punk band D.I. will be at Europa on June 28th as part of a few east coast dates for the band. Tickets are on sale, and full D.I. dates are below.

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....

Continue reading "Moby reuniting w/ Vatican Commandos for a CT NYC hardcore show + D.I. dates, boat shows, 45 Grave, Jello & more "

Technicolor Skull
Technicolor Skull

Anthology Film Archives
"Return to the Pleasure Dome", a benefit concert event for Anthology Film Archives with a Life Achievement Honor for Kenneth Anger
Featuring Technicolor Skull (Kenneth Anger and Brian Butler), Lou Reed, Sonic Youth, The Virgins, Moby & other special guests

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 8:30 PM EDT
Hiro Ballroom, New York City, NY

$99 tickets are on sale. Thanks Hiro!

Sonic Youth also play a proper, and free, show in Prospect Park this summer.

by Chris La Putt


On January 28th, Tragedy (the all-metal Bee Gees tribute band), was slated to perform at Maxwell's in Hoboken but was abruptly cancelled. Rumors of band break-up were confirmed when it was announced in March that their last show would take place at the Bowery Ballroom on March 12th. I've never had the Tragedy experience before and thought it best to at least document it. I arrived early to see the Blondest (a Blondie cover band), Les Sans Culottes (a faux French Brooklyn-based band), and the Upper Crust (an aristocratic hard rock band dressed in period wigs and costume). It was bemusing display of outlandishment but all three bands paled in comparison to Tragedy and their resplendent metal debauchery of the Gibb brothers' music.

For the encore, Moby arrives and plays a coruscating melody on a sparkling Gibson Flying V. Tragedy's lead singer strips off his immaculate disco suit and displays to the crowd a one-piece string mankini barely covering his package and butt crack. The band's cover of Donna Summer's Hot Stuff reverberates throughout Bowery. As the barely clothed lead singer moons the crowd, a girl near me lays her hand on his ass cheeks and plays them as if they are some hairy bongo drums.

Tragedy is gone, but its members are still keeping busy. In fact, Tragedy Phil and Moby have formed a new rock band with Dave Hill called Diamondnsake (catch them at Highlline Ballroom on June 17th).

More pictures from the epic Bowery Ballroom show can be seen below:

Continue reading "Tragedy played their final show @ Bowery Ballroom w/ the Upper Crust, Moby & others - belated pics (NSFW)"

The National @ The Bell House in March (more by Bao Nguyen)
The National

There's still no word on what will be happening at the The National-curated High Violet Annex May 11th-15th. But the band will be playing at another downtown space today at 2pm for WNYC's Soundcheck. Tickets are long sold out, but you can stream the band's performance at the Greene Space online (video and audio) at WNYC.org or listen on the radio at 93.9 FM and AM 820 (DJ Rob Swift performs too.)

The National's new record is still streaming and they've got other shows (NYC and beyond) on the way too.

Also coming up at the Greene Space are the Hold Steady, who's new album is streaming, on May 14th (which is sold out).

Moby and singer-songwriter Somi play the space on May 4th, and tickets are on sale.

Speaking of Moby, his LES vegetarian/vegan cafe Teany is officially reopening today after a being closed since last June because of a fire. Eater says, "The interior has been restored to its former look, and there's been no word of any menu changes."

Velvet Underground

Former Velvet Underground members Lou Reed, Maureen Tucker and Doug Yule will make an extremely rare joint public appearance on Dec. 8 at the New York Public Library. The three will discuss the Velvet Underground's music and legacy with rock journalist David Fricke as part of the "LIVE from the NYPL" series.

The unprecedented reunion of the legendary New York band comes on the heels of the publication of "The Velvet Underground: New York Art," a new compendium of previously unseen photographs, poster and cover designs by Andy Warhol, Lou Reed's handwritten music and lyrics, underground press clippings and other reviews, flyers, handbills and posters. The book, published by famed Italian book house Rizzoli, contains a recorded conversation between Reed and Tucker as well as contributions from Vaclav Havel and Jon Savage.

The event will take place in New York City at the Celeste Bartos Forum in the NYPL's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 5th Ave. and 42nd St. General admission tickets are $25, and $15 tickets are available for library donors, students and seniors through the NYPL website. [Billboard]

It's tricky wording ("unprecedented reunion of Reed, Tucker and Yule, on Tuesday, December 8th, LIVE from the NYPL!", but I guess we have to assume that the three band members will NOT be playing music. Anyone know for sure?

The book that the library event is celebrating (The Velvet Underground: New York Art), is not the one pictured above. The pictured book is another new one (by music critic Jim Derogatis) called The Velvet Underground: An Illustrated History of a Walk on the Wild Side.

The Velvet Underground changed lineups many times. Notably missing from the library event are John Cale (alive and well) and Sterling Morrison (RIP). The band formed in 1965. Doug Yule replaced John Cale in 1968. Lou Reed left in 1970, and then the band didn't even break up until February of 1973. Drummer Maureen Tucker was in the band the longest (though technically she's not an original member - the very first drummer was Angus MacLise - RIP).

Lou Reed is playing (or maybe not actually playing) music at Columbia's Miller Theatre on Friday, February 5, 2010.

On October 30th, Lou Reed joined Metallica at the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame concert at MSG in NYC for a rendition of "Sweet Jane". It will be aired on TV Thanksgiving weekend, but you can watch audiences videos of it below. Metallica just returned for two headlining shows at the same venue the other day.

Moby performed "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" at a concert in Paris on November 13th. Video below.

One day later (11/14), Lou himself performed in Prague with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jirí Belohlavek. It was a concert in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution (not to be confused with Lou's band with a similar name). Renee Fleming joined Lou for a beautiful and operatic version of "Perfect Day". Suzanne Vega also performed at that show. Check those videos out below too...

Continue reading "3 Velvet Underground members reuniting in a NYC library, Lou Reed played w/ Renée Fleming (video) + 2 new VU books "

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Moby @ Irving Plaza - Sept 21, 2009 (amaindrault)

A lot of dancing went down last week & weekend but I missed most of it. Hopefully you were able to catch the Rapture at Matchless, Moby at Irving Plaza or Music Hall of Williamsburg, or some of the many other shows & dance parties that happened last week. If not, there are plenty of opportunities to make up for it this week, starting with Thursday (9/23):

Continue reading "the week in Dance w/ Showtrotta (part 1) "

Esser & Datarock on stage together (rugbarn)
Esser Datarock

Hopefully you made it out Thursday & Friday. I did not, so we're heading right into what's happening this weekend:

Continue reading "the week in Dance w/ Showtrotta (part 2)"

Vintage rock

Tickets are now on general sale for the upcoming Pixies shows at Hammerstein Ballroom. The presale happened earlier in the week.

Tickets are on general sale (@ noon) for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs show at Radio City Music Hall.

Tickets are on sale for the show Regina Spektor is playing at Radio City Music Hall.

Tickets are on sale at noon for the Moby show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Sufjan Stevens tickets go on sale Saturday.

The Del Close Improv Marathon kicks off in various venues around NYC today (8/14). Andy Samberg, Ricky Gervais, Patton Oswalt, Mike Birbiglia and others have New York Comedy Festival shows on sale.


Berlin techno makers Modeselektor will return to Brooklyn on November 7th to play Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and then on general sale on Saturday, 8/15.

NYC-based, sometimes-techno maker Moby will play a show at the same venue on September 23rd, two days after his show at Irving Plaza. Tickets go on sale Friday, 8/14, at noon.

Continue reading "Modeselektor & Moby add shows at MHOW"

Moby @ Issue Project Room benefit 4/24 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)

How's it going?
The album just came out and it would be #1 euro charts if not for michael jackson re-releases.
So that's good.
But here's something funny: the best selling itunes track is 'shot in the back of the head'.
Why is that funny?
Because its the track we've been giving away for free for the last 2 months and that we're still givng away for free.
How are you?
Moby [via Bob Lefsetz]
The free track impressed some people, but not Billboard (or more specifically Glenn Coolfer Peoples) who doesn't think people should jump to conclusions about what caused that track to sell well, or even if maybe it sold less than it would have had it not been free (to people that knew about it).

Moby is currently on tour in Europe. This fall, he'll be touring North America behind the new album, Wait for Me (which is out now). That includes a Monday, September 21st show at Irving Plaza. Tickets go on Live Nation and Radio presale July 16th at 10am. General sale starts July 17th at 10am. Two videos from his new record, with all tour dates (with more TBA), below...

Continue reading "Moby - new album, free track theories & 2009 tour dates"

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Moderat @ MHOW (poejarker)

Last week in dance was by far, one of the best I've had this year. Things were off to a rocky start Friday night when APT's last minute closing left Disco 3000 temporarily homeless, before it was moved to Le Poisson Rouge. Unfortunately word didn't seem to get out fast enough, leaving very few disco revelers on LPR's dancefloor. Fortunately Disco 3000 will be back in just a few weeks (June 19) and Trus'me will be back deejaying here next weekend for what seems to be a dance party meets circus, And Everyone Laughed.

Back to last weekend...after a fairly tame Friday night, Saturday night was very busy. I started my evening by heading to Music Hall of Williamsburg to see Moderat. From there the plan was to head to Mr. Saturday Night (which was thankfully at a loft not too far away) to see Pilooski.

Unfortunately things did not go exactly as planned. Moderat were supposed to go on at 1. Modeselektor's shows usually clock in around an hour so I figured Moderat's would be similar and I might be a little late for Pilooski (who I heard was going on at 2). Moderat's show was about an hour...but it didn't start until 1:50! I had made the decision to attempt to go to both, fully aware that this might happen so I just crossed my fingers that Mr. Saturday Night was running behind and tried to enjoy Moderat.

continued below...

Continue reading "the week in Dance w/ Showtrotta (part 1) (2020 Soundsystem, Moby, Chromeo, Moderat & more)"


After meeting his biological father for the first time, GE powerhouse Jack Donaghy discovered his dad, professor Milton Greene, needed a kidney. Not being a potential organ donor himself, Mr. Donaghy turned to some very affluent friends in the entertainment world. This partnership created the phenomenon, "Kidney Now!' -- a benefit concert featuring some of the most recognizable names in the music industry. With the help of this song, Milton Green just might find the kidney match he needs and Jack Donaghy may be granted the gift of a father he never knew.
Video from last night's episode of 30 Rock below...

Continue reading "30 Rock 'Kidney Now' w/ Elvis Costello, Beastie Boys, Moby, Talib Kweli, Norah Jones, Steve Earle, Rhett Miller (video) "

Peanut Butter Wolf...
Peanut Butter Wolf

As one commenter pointed out, DOOM's upcoming show schedule, in addition to the Pitchfork Festival (which by the way is now sold out of three-day passes), also includes a visit to daylong hip-hop fest Soundset taking place in Shakopee, Minnesota on Sunday, May 24th. Headliners for the concert include Atmosphere, The Pharcyde, Brother Ali, Sage Francis with B. Dolan, and Immortal Technique. Full lineup below. Tickets for the show are on sale.

That fest is being put on in part by Rhymesayers, the label that put out DOOM's MM..FOOD?. Another of DOOM's many labels, Stones Throw Records (which put out the rapper's Madlib collaboration Madvillainy) will have a strong presence in NYC this weekend. Tonight, Friday, May 8th. Stones Throw founder and head Peanut Butter Wolf will perform at the American Museum of Natural History's monthly One Step Beyond party. Tickets are on sale.

Also on the bill with Peanut Butter Wolf are Stones Throw artists James Pants, Mayer Hawthorne and Dam-Funk. Those three will also be at (Le) Poisson Rouge for a Stones Throw Party on Saturday, May 9th. Tickets are on sale.

Coming up at One Step Beyond: "One Step Beyond finishes their second season with a blow out spectacular with a DJ set by electro pioneer Moby on a new date June 5, 2009 with a DJ set from Holy Ghost! (DFA)."

Full info on both Soundset and One Step Beyond below...

Continue reading "Stones Throw in NYC weekend (One Step Beyond & Le Poisson Rouge) ++ the 2009 Soundset lineup (includes DOOM)"

photos by Toby Tenenbaum


thanks for coming to the issue project room fundraiser friday. i hope that if you were there that you liked the show.

as i'd said, it was my first time doing a seated electronic/ambient show. the touring for the upcoming album (barring sporadic dj dates) will be with a full band and multiple vocalists, although i might incorporate some elements of the electronic/ambient show, as it enabled me to perform some songs i'd never been able to perform before (like 'god moving over the face of the waters', and other instrumental songs from the past).

ok, it's late, time for bed.

thanks again,


Toby said, "he played for a shade under 2 hours as 300 Brooklynites crammed into 232 4th Street. The minimalist performance space comprised Moby's turntables, headphones, a mac computer and a projector screen. Moby's set featured tracks off his new album as well as an abundance of classics from his back catalog. The set finished with a thumping airing of GO..and so he did."

Moby has another NYC live appearance coming up. He, along with SNL's Simon Rich, will be part of "a live broadcast of radio station 91.1 FM WFMU's '7 Second Delay.' Featuring WFMU's Ken Freedman and Andy Breckman." It takes place at the UCB Theater on May 20th and tickets are on sale.

We previously mentioned Moby's new David Lynch-directed video that was screened at the Issue Project Room show - we posted it already even, but in case you missed it... That video, and more pictures from the show, below...

Continue reading "Moby - Issue Project Room benefit pics, the David Lynch video & an upcoming appearance at UCB"

DOWNLOAD: Moby - Shot In The Back Of The Head (MP3)

Feadz @ Webster Hall - April 17, 2009

There was a lot happening last week in dance. The amount of great options for Friday alone was overwhelming...there was Flying Lotus and Kode9 at AMNH and the Juan Maclean (who recently added a NY tour date with the Field) played Le Poisson Rouge.

I opted to go to Webster Hall to see Feadz and Etienne De Crecy. Feadz literally bounced his way through his entire set which included a bunch of recent electro, and a little bit of this and that thrown in...all of which he manipulated and tweaked to perfection. Partial setlist (and much, much more) below...

Continue reading "the week in Dance w/ Showtrotta (Etienne De Crecy, Simian Mobile Disco, Moby & more...)"

by Andrew Frisicano


April 11th will be ISSUE Project Room's 6th anniversary. We're amazed at how much has happened in this period of time. ISSUE started on East 6th street as an impromptu and spontaneous music, experimental cinema and performance venue...quickly gaining attention and expanding from 60 performances a year to over 250. By 2005, ISSUE had to leave the East Village and migrated to an iconic and beautiful silo along the banks of the Gowanus Canal. This unusual and extraordinarily fun location was voted "Best Art Bayou" by the Village Voice and named "New York's Best Kept Secret" by the Whitney Museum.

Producing amazing performances by Rhys Chatham, Anthony Coleman, Marianne Amancher, Elliott Sharp, Jandek and WFMU's own Kenny G, ISSUE Project Room enjoyed its stay at the silo immensely but then had to move once again. This time to its current location at the Old American Can Factory at 232 3rd Street in Brooklyn. This room, the "sanctuary", was formerly a rehearsal studio for a circus troupe. Instead of trapeze artists, we've now got Stephan Moore's 16 channel hemispherical speaker system hanging from the ceiling, enabling us to move sound over and around the heads of the audience.

This past year we found out that we were awarded a rent free, 20 year lease on the elk's club room at the former Board of Education building at 110 Livingston Street. It's a pretty amazing room and an amazing opportunity to build a kind of "Carnegie Hall of the Avant Garde" for the next 20 years. It's up to us to bring it up to code and move in, though...so we'll be fundraising for the time being...getting ready for the future. [ISSUE Project Room via Free Music Archive]

To celebrate (and raise money), the Brooklyn venue has lined up some special benefit performances for the month of April.

One highlight (of many) is Moby's "first-ever live electronic/ambiant performance" on Friday, April 24th. Tickets for the show are on sale now - regular and VIP. The full package includes: "an intimate pre-performance cocktail party with Moby [to] hear advance tracks from his forthcoming album, meet and talk with the artist, and enjoy a sneak-preview of his new music video directed by David Lynch." Not surprisingly, Moby was one of many artists who recently appeared at Radio City Music Hall to help raise money for the David Lynch Foundation. Moby was also a part of the Issue Project Room fundraiser that took place at Santos Party House last year (that Tony Conrad also performed at).

On ISSUE Project Room's actual birthday, April 11th, Pitre, with special guest avant-composer/filmmaker Tony Conrad, will perform original composition ED09 "with a 17-piece string/woodwind ensemble". Tickets are on sale. ISSUE Project Room is where Tony teamed up with Genesis P-Orridge (of the reunited Throbbing Gristle) for two shows earlier this year. Video from one of those shows below.

The IPR schedule also has a Tuesday, April 21st show with producer and SNL music supervisor Hal Willner featuring Sean Lennon, Yuka Honda, Chloe Webb and special guests. Tickets to that are on sale. One of the albums Hal recently produced is the new Marianne Faithfull. Still waiting to hear if he'll be back at Prospect Park this year.

Noveller/Sarah Lipstate (who is playing Cinema 16 at the Bell House on Sunday, April 19th) performs at the ISSUE Project Room on Saturday, April 25th as part of artist-in-residence Duane Pitre's Bowed Harmonic-Guitar Ensemble.

Some videos and the venue's full April schedule, below...

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Laurie Anderson is playing Santos Party House in Manhattan tonight (3/26). The $75 benefit also has DJ Moby, and many more on the bill.

Speaking of Moby, he, Santigold, Roni Size, Late of the Pier, The Whip, Crystal Castles, Cut Copy, Hercules and Love Affair, Prodigy and many others in the dance community will be heading down to Miami this weekend for the Ultra Music Festival.

Many of the artists I just mentioned sold their souls for are also involved in the TOPSHOP festivities happening in NYC next week.

One artist mentioned above, The Prodigy, play a NYC show at Roseland Ballroom tonight (3/26).

A video of Moby covering Radiohead's "Creep" below...,

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Paul McCartney

Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Bettye Lavette, Ben Harper, Sheryl Crow, Donovan, Eddie Vedder, Moby, Paul Horn, Ringo Starr AND Paul McCartney are playing the previously-mentioned David Lynch Foundation show at Radio City Music Hall on April 4th. Regular tickets go on sale Monday at 11AM, or of you're rich, your tickets are on sale now...

$100,000 Package
Includes: premier front center orchestra row (13 seats) for the concert, 13 reserved seats at the post-concert celebration at the Four Seasons, 4 backstage passes, 4 day-of-show rehearsal passes, 4 tickets for the pre-concert cocktail reception at Radio City, 4 tickets for the Sunday celebratory brunch and acknowledgment in the concert program. (The deductible portion of this package is $93,625.)
The "post-concert celebration" is described like this: "Celebrate with us at the Four Seasons, located just a few blocks away. Live DJ, great food, and a special celebrity auction, featuring signed guitars by Paul McCartney and other legendary performers."

David Lynch

The David Lynch Foundation presents the WORLD HARMONY CONCERT

Paul McCartney, Donovan, Eddie Vedder, Sheryl Crow, Paul Horn, Moby and more will perform a global benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Saturday, April 4, 2009, in support of the David Lynch Foundation's international initiative to teach one million children the Transcendental Meditation technique--and change the world overnight.

Limited seats: A limited number of excellent seats have been reserved for friends of the David Lynch Foundation.

Thx rajohn!

In related news, Pearl Jam are pumped up to hit the studio, and Paul McCartney and Bon Jovi were in the crowd on opening night of the restored Beacon Theater when Garfunkel took the stage with Paul Simon at the first of Paul's two night run in the venue that Leonard Cohen played last night.

Leonard Cohen plays Radio City in May.

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