Entries tagged with: Moderat
Outside the soon-to-open Rough Trade NYC (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
Well it's that time of year again where everybody and their grandma start making Best of the Year lists. Almost always first out of the gate is Rough Trade Shops and their entire Top 101 list just went up. Here's the Top 20:
1. John Grant - Pale Green GhostsYou can check out the whole list below and read about each one on their site.
2. Savages - Silence Yourself
3. Matthew E White - Big Inner
4. Dan Avery - Drone Logic
5. Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin
6. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
7. Valerie June - Pushin' Against A Stone
8. Moderat - 2
9. Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
10. Jessica Pratt - Jessica Pratt
11. Jagwar Ma - Howlin
12. Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In
13. My Bloody Valentine - MBV
14. Connan Mockasin - Caramel
15. Factory Floor - S/T
16. Charles Bradley - Victim of Love
17. London Grammar - If You Want
18. Queens of the Stone Age - Like Clockwork
19. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
20. Mazzy Star - Seasons of Your Day
You can see their #1 -- John Grant -- at the new Rough Trade NYC on December 2 which is free with purchase of Pale Green Ghosts (which comes with an exclusive RT bonus disc). Grant also plays Music Hall of Williamsburg the day before (12/2) which is a "stripped-down acoustic show" and tickets are still available.
Rough Trade NYC is set to open its doors next Monday (11/25) and its first shows will be that day with Sky Ferreira (7 PM, free with purchase of b-sides CD) and Charles Bradley (8:30 PM, FREE). Other opening week performances include Matthew E. White (11/27, FREE), Marissa Nadler and Phosphorescent (both 11/30 and FREE).
A couple new Rough Trade shows were announced today: Au Revoir Simone, who just played a Kidrockers show over the weekend and will be touring with Broken Bells next year, will play a free show on December 17. That's after their free Brooklyn Night Bazaar show on December 7.
Anthemic Scottish rockers Glasvegas will play there on February 20 and they've also got a show at Mercury Lounge the day before (2/19). Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday at noon, with an AmEx presale for the Merc show on Wednesday (11/20) at noon.
Rough Trade's 101 Albums of 2013 list below...
DOWNLOAD: Bondax - "Giving It All" (MP3)
Modeselektor at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
As mentioned, NYC electronic festival Electric Zoo is returning to the recently restored (after Governors Ball damage) Randall's Island from August 30 to September 1. Though much of the lineup is stuff you probably want to stay away from (like Benny Benassi, Tiesto, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, etc), there's also a handful of people worth seeing, including Four Tet, Moderat, Bondax, A-Trak, Diplo, Baauer, AraabMuzik, Skream, Cyril Hahn, RL Grime, Just Blaze, Joy Orbison, and Scuba. Tickets (3-day passes and single day passes) are on sale now. Full lineup at the festival's site.
There have also been a number of official afterparties announced. There's one at Williamsburg's new danceclub hot spot Output each night of the fest. The two biggest standouts are Modeselektor and Rudimental DJing Best Buy Theater on August 31 with Delta Heavy (tickets), and Chicago house vet Cajmere (who also plays Warm Up that weekend) at Cielo on August 30 (tickets).
Moderat (aka Modeselektor and Apparat) finally released their second album, Moderat II, this month, and you can stream the whole thing via a Spotify widget below.
For UK duo Bondax, Electric Zoo and Chicago's North Coast Festival (which a bunch of other Electric Zoo artists also play) are their only two North American gigs at the moment, after they recently cancelled their appearances at Warm Up and Camp Bisco, which they would have played in July. Check out their recent single, "Giving It All," below, or download it above.
The PMR-signed Cyril Hahn will also return to NYC when his tour with Ryan Hemsworth hits 88 Palace on October 5.
Song streams below...
Apparat (aka Sascha Ring) will be in NYC this weekend to DJ at Electric Zoo on Sunday (9/2). It appears to be his only North American date scheduled at the moment, so if you plan to head to Electric Zoo (whose lineup includes Skrillex, Diplo, A-Trak, and others) it might be worth catching his set. If he'll be dropping anything similar to the DJ mix he just made for Resident Advisor this week, it should be pretty solid. That mix includes M83, Glass Candy, Jacques Greene, Tim Hecker, College, Glass Candy, Pional, Todd Terje, and others. You can download it for free at RA as long as you register for an account (also free). Here's what Sascha had to say about the mix:
How and where was the mix recorded?In that same interview with RA, he mentioned that his next project will be recording more material with Moderat, Apparat's collaboration with Modeselektor, whose last full length release was their self titled debut LP in 2009.
I just recently got into dance music again. It takes a lot of patience to find good stuff but there is good music that's worth searching for. I've been DJing mostly a mix of noisy and some melodic techno but after playing a show with John Talabot I got into his stuff and I discovered all this "good mood music" which is pretty weird actually because for most of my life I've been into depressing music. I guess it means I'm in a good mood these days. I made the mix with Traktor, somewhere on the road I guess...
Can you tell us about the idea behind the mix?
Well, like I said before, I grew up with The Cure and kept on listening to mostly dark music for most of my life so the music I chose is a bit unusual...but it still appeals to my sense of melody and it brings back old '80s childhood memories. I guess this mix marks a real turning point in my life: I'll be a happy and optimistic person from now on. Forever.
All Apparat dates are listed below.
Modeselektor at Bowery in 2009 (more by Zach Dilgard)
German techno producers Modeselektor have lauched a new compilation series. Modeselektion Vol. 1, features 18 tracks of music which chart "the progression of dubstep's offsprings and related, or unrelated but similar sounding, techno producers in London, Berlin, or elsewhere". The comp will be released in November 5th via their imprint Monkeytown Records. Tracklist below. In addition, the band announced the release of 50 Weapons of Choice #2-9 out NOW via their webshop. The remix disc is limited to 1000 copies. All dates below.
All of the releases come with another announcement: four US dates (thus far) scheduled for September including 9/26 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are on sale.
Meanwhile, Modeselektor side project Moderat (Modeslektor with Apparat) has been busy on the festival circuit in Europe. Full Modeselektor and Moderat tour dates and video from Modeselektor's last appearance at Bowery are below.
photos by Zach Dilgard, words by Edward Hagen
The 10th edition of MUTEK wrapped up five packed days of "digital creativity and electronic music" Sunday night (5/31) in Montreal and its tin anniversary met the high expectations of most. Aside from some rainy and cool weather (particularly at Sunday's Piknic Electronik) and occasional in-club line hassles, the extra-long weekend was a remarkable success.
Although known primarily as a minimal and experimental techno festival, MUTEK's organizers have pushed the expected musical boundaries over the years. 2009 was no exception.
Thursday night's Bass Exponential sessions performances at Métropolis and the Savoy side room put some weight behind those words with dub-step and other deep and heavy performances by Appleblim (Skull Disco, Apple Pips), Deadbeat (Wagon Repair), Moderat [guys from Modeselektor + Apparat] (Bpitch Control) and Mala (DMZ). Thursday was ideal for this alternative-to-techno showcase as many festival-goers were just arriving or had yet to arrive.
Over the course of the five Nocturne sessions at Métropolis, the well-supplemented sound system took a beating but delivered across the entire venue, from the pockets of skull shaking bass on the main floor to the crystal clear sound in the balcony. The stage design with layered screens in the main room and the visuals in both rooms were exceptionally well-done, although it wasn't always clear who was behind the impressive lighting effects and projections even with the festival program in hand.
Pictures from Thursday (5/28) below...
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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.
DOWNLOAD: Damian Lazarus - Dr. Whiskers Theme (MP3)
Pilooski @ Mutek in Montreal - May 28, 2009 (Thesorus)
No dancefloor destruction to report yet, but that will definitely be changing this weekend. There's so much good stuff headed our way, starting with...
Moderat, aka Modeselektor and Apparat, are currently on a tour of North America that hits the Mutek Festival in Montreal later this week before making its way to NYC for a May 30th show (technically May 31st) that has been moved from Webster Hall to the smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn (doors are 12:30 AM). Tickets are still on sale, and all WH tix will be honored in the new space. All dates below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Mutek, "the premier North American festival for forward-looking electronic music and digital creativity," will happen this year from May 27th to May 31st in Montreal. The announced line-up includes Moderat (the Modeselektor + Apparat collab visiting Webster Hall on May 30th) and many, many more (line-up below).
Before that, the Mutek show goes on the road, with a six-date tour stopping at Studio B in Brooklyn on Saturday, April 11th. Performers for that date will include:
Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts (Oslo, Musique Risquée, Circus Company, Mutek | Berlin) live
Claro Intellecto (Modern Love | Manchester) live
Andy Stott (Modern Love | Manchester) live
MLZ (Modern Love, Pendle Coven | Manchester) dj
Pangaea (Hessle Audio, Hot Flush | London) dj
Ezekiel Honig (Anticipate, Microcosm | Brooklyn) live
Poster, full Mutek lineup, and other information, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Modeselektor - The White Flash (Ft. Thom Yorke) (MP3)
Last week Squarepusher made me really happy. He is the king of electronic music for me....And Mr. Squarepusher is so gorgeous! And fat sound! I was thinking about our sick military world, the omnipresent consumption, the insanity of humanity.. But out of this, I started becoming creative. I got ideas for my new project BE, colors and designs for ellen allien fashion where whirling through my head. Music enables my creativity and brings charm into my life. In the last months I spent too much time with pushing my label BPitch Control, instead of doing music. But now the path is ready for doing music on my own, finally. :)Ellen Allien's BPitch Control label is releasing the self-titled debut LP by Moderat, a combo group of Modeselektor and Apparat, on April 21st. Moderat will play a Saturday, May 30th NYC show at Webster Hall, as part of a brief end-of-May US tour. All dates below.
See you on the dance floor. :) -[Ellen Allien on her site]
Ellen Allien toured with Modeselektor in '08 (w/ a Studio B-turned Highline Ballroom date), and collaborated with Apparat on the Orchestra of Bubbles LP in 2006. Modeselektor was last here in January when they played Bowery Ballroom.
The Moderat LP was to feature a guest spot by L.A. rapper Busdriver on the song "BeatsWaySick," but, the press release says, "due to legal issues at the time of manufacturing, [the track] will be released as an exclusive download in the near future." Busdriver is playing SXSW on Thursday, March 19 at The Independent and Friday, March 20 at Back Alley Social, with other Austin dates below.
Ellen Allien's "10 Years of BPitch" tour is set to next visit NYC on Friday, March 27th at Studio B where she'll share a bill with Thomas Muller and Gui Boratto). The night is presented by FIXED, the parties-hosting team of JDH (Josh Houtkin) and Dave P (David Pianka). Tickets are available for the show, with the option to buy a 3-day package that includes March 26th's Ladyhawke with Heartsrevolution show and March 28th's The Twelves & Yuksek (dj set) gig, both also at Studio B.
The three-day ticket and 10-years-of-Bpitch also coincide with FIXED's fourth birthday.
The FIXED party was conceptualized around 2003 after JDH took the amazing 2ManyDJ lads to one of Dave P's Making Time parties in Philadelphia. After JDH and Dave realized that they were spinning the same events together and both had mutual admiration for the music they were DJing out at parties, the idea for FIXED was born.The status of Studio B as a venue has been in question for a while, but not to worry...
"We just seemed to play a lot together as we liked similar music," admits JDH. "We started booking gigs around the US, Canada and Europe, and we would both go, and they would end up saying, 'Well, why don't we just book you two together as DJs?' and that's pretty much how we play now... as one set."
Establishing their first home base at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, FIXED went on to host a number of legendary and groundbreaking performances from a number of critically-acclaimed acts, including 2ManyDJs, Hot Chip, The Rapture, Mylo, and Erol Alkan.
"We always say that our biggest influence for FIXED was the Trash party [UK DJ Erol Alkan's legendary weekly party], which sadly, doesn't go on anymore," says JDH. "We wanted to do a big club night for the average person who likes good music."
The venue has now re-opened under new management, and [JDH and Dave P] will be expanding their vision of exciting music bookings, while also revitalizing New York's nightlife scene with a top-notch and diverse team of live music bookers and promoters. Starting this March, expect a fresh mix of dance music, hip-hop parties, live shows, curated special events, and more.Little Boots played Studio B on February 6. All future FIXED dates, tour dates, the Moderat tracklist, and Ellen Allien videos below...