Entries tagged with: Modeselektor
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.
We try to keep tabs on various festivals around the world here on BrooklynVegan, many of which you'll eventually see pictures from. Today we focus on Belgium.
Pukkelpop goes down from August 16 - 18. That festival includes The Stone Roses, Bjork, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Refused, Wilco, The Hives, The Shins, The Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li, Hot Chip, Feist, Flying Lotus, tUnE-yArDs, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baroness, Ceremony, A-Trak, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and more. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Rock Werchter, which falls a bit more on the mainstream side, happens in Belgium even sooner, running from June 28 - July 1. That lineup includes The Cure, Jack White, X, Mastodon, Garbage, The xx, M83, Metric, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Perfume Genius, Bat For Lashes, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine, The Vaccines and more. Tickets for the festival are
on sale now sold out.
The full lineups for both Pukkelpop and Rock Wercher are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
UK producer Anthony Williams, who has previously recorded as Headhunter, released his debut LP under his new Addison Groove moniker earlier this month on Modeselektor's 50 Weapons label. The album is called Transistor Rhythm and puts Addison Groove next in the recent line of producers bringing Chicago juke and footwork into the UK bass scene. Stream clips of the album below alongside full streams of the tracks "Savage Henry" and "Bad Things."
Addison Groove just kicked off a North American tour in support of the album with fellow UK producer/50 Weapons labelmate Doc Daneeka last night (4/25) in Boston. The two producers will make their way to NYC this weekend for a Brooklyn show on Saturday (4/28) at Glasslands with Jubilee. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of Modeselektor, they just played NYC shows of their own at Bowery and Music Hall as part of a between-Coachella tour that ended back at Coachella where they were joined on stage by Thom Yorke.
All dates and streams from Addison Groove and Doc Daneeka below...
photos by David Andrako
Wild Flag's Carrie Brownstein & the Hives @ Coachella Sunday - 4/22/2012
"The second weekend brought record heat. Festival-goers jockeyed for patches of grass around the shaded perimeters. They pounded frozen lemonade at $6 a cup.How was your Coachella?
"It feels like a different world from last weekend," The Shins frontman James Mercer said. "It was Iceland last week."
While the weather forced some practical fashion choices, Coachella's sartorial influence was noted well beyond Indio. Joan Rivers and Kelly Osbourne debated Coachella-inspired fashion trends, and the wider cultural significance of the festival, on the E! Channel program, "The Fashion Police."
Osbourne, a Coachella regular, proclaimed, "When you go to Coachella, all the girls are half-naked and 22." Rivers, who joked that she goes to Coachella, too, quipped, "If David Hasselhoff was there, this means officially Coachella is no longer cool."" [MYDesert.com]
After DJing a party on Friday night and headlining with his band Radiohead on Saturday, Thom Yorke kept busy on Sunday by DJing a Rolling Stone pool party with Nigel Godrich, and then showing up as a not-so-surprise, special guest during Modeselektor's Sunday night set in the Mojave tent while Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg headlined the main Coachella stage.
Modeselektor (pre-Thom) @ Coachella Sunday - 4/22/2012
Modeselektor at Bowery Ballroom in 2009 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Modeseletkor released Monkeytown last year and toured Europe in support of it. When they announced that tour, they promised that the US, Asia and Australia would get their own "Monkeytown" tour in 2012. That US tour has been announced and it will go down this April. It includes their appearances at the two Coachellas and NYC shows happening on April 17 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and April 18 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for both NYC shows are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (3/9) at noon.
Check out the video for Monkeytown track "Shipwreck," which features Thom Yorke (who is currently in Austin), along with all dates below...
Radiohead @ Roseland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Coachella which is taking place over the course of two weekends this year (April 13-15 and 20-22) revealed their 2012 lineup. Last week, Azealia Banks was the first artist confirmed, and earlier today they confirmed The Weeknd (maybe he found a band?), and before that, Jimmy Cliff, Breakbot, and Housse De Racket. The reunited Pulp then announced itself. The full lineup also includes headliners The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, not to mention, as predicted, the reunited At the Drive In and the reunited Mazzy Star (!), and Madness and Refused (!) and Jeff Mangum and many, many more that you can see below...
"Alec Baldwin will be in some rockin' good company when he hosts Saturday Night Live for a record-breaking 16th time on Sept. 24. Grammy-winners Radiohead, who last stopped by Studio 8H in 2000 with host Kate Hudson, will help Baldwin kick off the 37th season of SNL as musical guests. Radiohead's latest record, The King of Limbs, was released back in February." [EW]Radiohead releases TKOL RMX 1234567, a double CD of all the commisioned remixes for The King of Limbs via tbd Records on October 11. Full tracklist below.
The remixes all come from the series of twelve-inch singles the band has been releasing since July. The next one, pictured above, is out August 15th.
More importantly.... Radiohead in NYC on Sept 24? A US release on Oct 11? Let's hope that means live shows too!
Tickets to all dates of the the IDENTITY Fest tour, Jones Beach and PNC Bank Arts Center included, have been reduced to $20 today. The sale started at 9am today and lasts for "20 hours only" (thanks Danielle). I don't know what the set times are, but that's a pretty good deal even if you just go for DJ Shadow and watch (dance to) one or two acts before him.
As recently mentioned, Modeselektor will be back this summer as part of the Identity Festival that hits both Jones Beach and PNC Bank Arts Center. According to the listed lineup, they will be playing "live" at those dates. Their most recent trip to North America also had them DJing. A full list of dates is below.
In October, we get a new album: "Monkeytown (most likely a ten-track album) features collaborations with a slew of special guests, including Thom Yorke on two songs, Busdriver, PVT, Anti Pop Consortium, and Miss Platnum. It will be released on September 30th in Germany, October 3rd in the UK, and October 4th in the USA. There will be no album pre-singles, however, there will be 3 or 4 singles following the album."
"Monkeytown" is also the name of Modeselektor's record label which has been releasing Siriusmo albums including a new one that collects 42 tracks that were released individually between 2000-2010. Siriusmo was also just here with Modeselektor when they played Mutek and Webster Hall as part of their "Modeselektion" nights. Modeselektion is also the name of a compilation series they're releasing on the label.
Speaking of Thom Yorke,
"The Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke played a secret DJ set after the band's surprise appearance at the Glastonbury Festival at the weekend.Thom also played "Kill Bill Vol. 4" by Modeselektor. Full list below...
The singer hit the decks alongside the band's long-time producer Nigel Godrich in the Shangri-La area of the festival site at Worthy Farm, Somerset.
Songs in their set included Major Lazer's 'Pon Da Floor' and 'Undoing The Laces' by Nathan Fake - you can see the rest below courtesy of Yorke." [Gigwise]
photos by Tim Griffin
DJ Shadow @ the Great Escape
Instrumental hip hop guru DJ Shadow is set to release his first LP in five years The Less You Know, The Better on September 5. He released the single "I Gotta Rokk" back in May. Check out the video for that track below.
DJ Shadow performed at Glastonbury this past weekend. According to @RadioRassilon, "DJ Shadow in the John peel tent at #Glastonbury - mind boggling. I'm boggled. Boggled flat." We don't have pictures from his set there but we did catch at the Great Escape, also in the UK, in May. As previously seen on the BV Facebook, pictures from that one are in this post.
Those fests were some of many performances Shadow has/had lined up this summer, which is largely being occupied by the touring electronic festival, IDentity Festival in August and early September. IDentity will be headlined by Kaskade, Steve Aoki (who was spotted at the Gay Pride Parade on Sunday), and Steve Lawler. It also includes live sets by Holy Ghost!, Hercules and Love Affair, and Modeselektor. It hits PNC Bank Arts Center in Jersey on 8/14 and Jones Beach in Long Island on 8/21. Tickets are on sale for both.
Video, tour dates, more live pics and the IDentity Fest lineup and flier below...
Modeselektion @ Mutek - 6/2/11
Modeselektor brought their curated "Modeselektion" night to the Mutek festival in Montreal last night (6/2) with Siriusmo, FaltyDL, and Jacques Greene. As previously mentioned, they'll do the same tonight (6/3) at Webster Hall with Siriusmo, ANSTAM and KRSN. Admission is $5 with RSVP if you arrive before midnight. Check out a video from Modeselektor's set last night, with tonight's flyer, below.
Mutek kicked off on June 1st and runs through Sunday. Not many reports have come out of there yet (those who were at Modeselektor last night may not even be in bed yet), but Exclaim! has this report from the opening night set by headliner Amon Tobin:
Montreal's Metropolis was the venue for the world premiere of Amon Tobin's much-anticipated large-scale stage show. The curtain pulled back, revealing a strange structure consisting of stacked white cubes with one large block in the centre. Behind the frosted glass of the largest cube, you could just about make out the silhouetted form of Amon Tobin in his trademark baseball cap. The music started, in synch with huge projections mapped over the top of the stage set: plumes of smoke, crumbling rocks, the cosmos, flickering stars, futuristic cities. Nebulae formed and dissolved, reforming in time with the music, and at times, the projections made it appear as if the whole structure was shaking. A couple of songs into the set, the "frosted" glass, which turned out was also a projection, gave way to reveal Tobin at the controls of a kind of cubist spaceship. During "Lost & Found," the set was transformed with glowing embers that pulsed with every beat, giving way to Tron-like green grids. Having played only ISAM material, Tobin treated the crowd to an encore that lasted nearly as long as the main set, featuring a fluid set of reinterpretations of older tracks, such as "Four Ton Mantis," threaded together with heavy and dynamic new pieces. Despite perhaps being too long, it was an incredibly ambitious visual performance that went off without a hitch and proved to be one hell of a way to launch MUTEK 2011.For a better picture, check out the videos from Amon's show below.
Sun Araw also played Mutek last night (6/2), and are now on their way to NYC for a bunch of shows including their own curated dance party tonight (6/3) Coco66. As previously mentioned, Sun Araw's Cameron Stallone will DJ Coco66 for the NYC debut of Sun Araw's WHERE'S YR CHILD party. Video and graphical flyer below. Sun Araw play their first live show in NYC Saturday (6/4) at 285 Kent with M Geddes Gengras, D'Eon, and Matthewdavid (who DJ'd Cameo last night). All dates, including Maxwell's and a new LA show, are listed below.
Sun Araw's forthcoming full length Ancient Romans comes out August 23 via Sun Ark/Drag City. The album, pictured above, will be available as a CD and double LP on white vinyl. Sun Araw is also releasing Night Gallery, a split with Eternal Tapestry, on July 19 via Thrill Jockey.
Updated dates, videos, flyers and stuff, below...
* Modeselektor photo by Emma Gutteridge
A night of bass in all its wide-ranging permutations! MODESELEKTOR bring their hotly anticipated Modeselektion night to the Metropolis. The "no holds barred" German duo will be DJing alongside their selected guests, including mysterious industrial-dubstep duo ANSTAM, New York garage revivalist FALTYDL, Montreal bass producer JACQUESGREENE, and high-end electro maven SIRIUSMO.The June 3rd event at Webster Hall has almost the same lineup, but includes KRSN instead of JACQUESGREENE and FALTYDL. Both events will have Pfadfinderei Visuals. Unfortunately, the NYC show is also a Friday night "Girls & Boys" party at Webster Hall. Fortuntunately, that means it's only $5 with RSVP if you arrive before midnight.
Modeselektion, the night, is branded to match Modeselektion the mixtape series. Modeselektion Vol. 1 was released on November 5, via Monkeytown, and the tracklist (which you can see in full below), includes Siriusmo. Falty DL appears on Modeselektion Vol. 01 - Bonus Tracks & Versions which was released in December.
The NYC flyer, all Modeselektor dates, the CD tracklist, and some videos, 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 Chris Graham
Pavement @ Sasquatch Fest 2010
The above-pictured Pavement show took place in May 2010 (and wasn't free). In September, Pavement will play Virgin Mobile FreeFest (and it is free)....
"Breaking from traditional festivals, the Virgin Mobile FreeFest presented by Kyocera unveiled its lineup for the award-winning festival, selecting relevant, important, and eclectic headliners to represent this year's free show. This morning, Chairman of the Virgin Group Sir Richard Branson announced the lineup on Virgin Mobile Live, the company's new Internet music stream available on Virgin Mobile websites.Virgin Mobile FreeFest will be held Saturday, September 25 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. Tickets to the 2010 Virgin Mobile FreeFest will be available to the public on www.ticketfly.com at 10 am EST on Saturday, July 24th.
The lineup will include:
M.I.A., LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, PAVEMENT, T.I., LUDACRIS, JOAN JETT, THIEVERY CORPORATION, MATT & KIM, JIMMY EAT WORLD, THE TEMPER TRAP, EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS, AND YEASAYER;
DANCE FOREST: CHROMEO, SLEIGH BELLS, DIE ANTWOORD, MODESELEKTOR, AND NEON INDIAN
Not bad for a free show (and yet another Pavement show!). More details, with the full set of pictures of Pavement playing this year's Sasquatch Fest, below...
Modeselektor @ Bowery Ballroom in January (more by Zach Dilgard)
tonight in NYC
* NY Comedy Festival
* Jookabox @ Bruar Falls
* Vijay Iyer Trio @ Jazz Standard
* The Glorytellers, Ida @ Union Hall
* Radical Sons, Your Nature @ Cake Shop
* Tahiti 80 & Soulico @ Mercury Lounge
* Modeselektor @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band @ MSG
* The XYZ Affair, Poor But Sexy @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Fixed w/ Basement Jaxx (DJ) @ Santos Party House
* Sharon Van Etten, Natureboy, Rey Villalobos @ Union Pool
* Crystal Stilts, Grass Widow, The Beets @ Brooklyn Museum
* Brother Ali, Evidence, Toki Wright, BK One @ Irving Plaza
* Osso Quartet, Sufjan Steven's The BQE (film) @ The Bell House
* Idea Fire Company, Infinity Window, Sons of God @ Issue Project Room
* The Helz, Me You Us Them, Dinowalrus, Exit Clov @ Santos Party House
* Dougle Negative, Pollution, Prsms, Passive Aggressor @ The Charleston
* Vader, Decrepit Birth, Warbringer, The Amenta, Augury @ Gramercy Theater
* Carsick Cars, P.K.14, Xiao He, BJ Rubin, Knyfe Hyts @ Santos Party House
* Double Dagger, Black Wine, Night Birds, Dope Body, Modern Hut @ Maxwell's
* Emanuel And The Fear, Peasant, Darla Farmer, Boy Crisis, Das Racist @ 3rd Ward
* Grass Window, Small Black, Pictureplane, Girls at Dawn, Cale Parks @ Market Hotel
Lots of free stuff at the Brooklyn Museum today.
Megafaun is playing today at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY.
The Boss will be playing a full album at Madison Square Garden tonight. Mariska Hargitay has tickets.
tickets are on sale for the 2010 season of Lincoln Center's American Songbook.
Fun Fun Fun Fest is happening in Austin. Today's full, four stage schedule below.
The Bitters played Market Hotel last night. Video below...
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.
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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.
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
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...
Housemeister @ Bowery Ballroom - January 24, 2009
I thought the Valerie Collective at Webster Hall last Friday would be nearly impossible to top, but Saturday proved different. The typically rocking Bowery Ballroom had gone rave for the night. Bowery's usual head-nodding, foot tapping crowd was nowhere in sight and upon entering the front of the sparsely filled ballroom it was like seeing a mirage: a range of people from teens to late 30's, wearing everything from brightly colored shorts and tights, tie dyed capes, matching striped hoodies, and nylon LA Gear Jumpsuits...all getting down (on a much too well lit, and nowhere close to being crowded dancefloor) just minutes into the evening! In addition to the crowd seeming very rave-ready to begin with, Housemeister played an absolutely great opening set...very techy/techno-ey in the vein of Boys Noize and totally fresh. He included many of his own remixes, a lot of tracks I didn't know, and some great current stuff (aka Oizo's "Positif") that had everyone accordingly losing it: Vous êtes des animaux indeed.
You could tell the crowd was eagerly anticipating Modeselektor's set by their hysterical reaction to Gernot Bronsert & Sebastian Szary's brief visits to the stage to show support for Housemeister prior to their set. By the time Modeselektor finally did take the stage (just before midnight), the crowd went absolutely berserk as they opened with "The Dark Side Of The Sun". As the show progressed the pair's energy and antics only fueled the crowd further in much the same way as the past two times I saw them. Modeselektor's lip syncing to their remix of Bjork's "Dull Flame of Desire" garnered a great reaction from the crowd as did track after track which included one of my favorites, "2000007" (featuring French rap group TTC) among others.
Modeselektor @ Bowery Ballroom - January 24, 2009 (more by Zach Dilgard)
By the last 20 minutes of the set everyone was in an absolute frenzy that seemed to be at its peak, at which point Modeselektor voiced a robotic sounding request for champagne - the show was far from over. Moments later a very pleasant hell broke loose as the crowd shifted forward in the hopes of being sprayed. The music and dancing continued on as this happened not once, but twice! The inflation of a huge ape balloon followed, as did the sudden and very unexpected presence of a man in a chicken suit along with a butcher (complete with a real pig's head - ew!) who repeatedly showered the crowd and the stage with feathers. Modeselektor's excellent show ended infinitely more fun and bizzarely than it had started.
As much fun as I had, I didn't really get to bask in the Modeselektor afterglow as I was racing down to Santos in the hopes of catching Tortured Soul perform at Mister Saturday Night. Thankfully I managed to get there, check my coat, find my friends, and only miss the first two songs of their performance. After witnessing a great show from them last March, but being too exhausted to actually dance, it was awesome to finally see the three-piece, live Brooklyn house band again. They were in top form and had everyone in Santos' packed, main room was getting down from the second they dropped "Fall In Love" early in their set, right until the very end. The dancing didn't stop there as Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter seamlessly eased into their set with Metro Area's "Caught Up" just as Tortured Soul finished and proceeded to keep everyone moving with a great mix of melodic and danceable tunes. Both the upstairs & downstairs of Santos were as packed as ever with people who were there to dance...and Mister Saturday Night proved to be an excellent new way to do it.
Unfortunately this is the first weekend since it started that no Mr. Saturday Night party is happening, but there are many other excellent ways to get down this weekend & get started next week. Here's what's happening starting with Saturday (1/31)...
photos by Zach Dilgard
Irrereverent Berlin-based techno cut-ups Modeselektor -- producers Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary -- were known as Fundamental Knowledge from their 1992 formation until 1996, when the change of name was made. They connected with Ellen Allien's Bpitch Control label, initiating a series of 12" releases in 2002, which culminated in 2005's full-length Hello Mom! As their visibility increased with each release and live performance, they began to take on a heavier load of remix work, including mixes for several labelmates (Allien, Smash TV, TimTim, Paul Kalkbrenner), as well as Miss Kittin, Knifehandchop, My Robot Friend, and Ninjaman. Second album Happy Birthday! was released in 2007, featuring guest spots from Radiohead's Thom Yorke, Maxïmo Park, and Rhythm & Sound collaborator Paul St. Hilaire. A contribution to Bpitch Control's Boogybytes series of mix albums preceded the album by a few months. [allmusic]Showtrotta will have more to say about last night's Modeselektor / Housemeister appearance at Bowery Ballroom in NYC last night (1/24). In the meantime here are some pics...
DOWNLOAD: Modeselektor - Resident Advisor mix (MP3)
Hopefully you've already got your dancin' shoes on - and no intention of taking them off. Saturday alone has a ton of danceable events going on, plus a there a few things happening after Saturday to ease you into next week....
Head Automatica (Daryl Palumbo) are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 8th. Tickets are still on sale.
OK Go play Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 8th. Tickets are on Am Ex presale at noon.
The Virgins are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 14th. Tickets are on Am Ex presale at noon.
Loudon Wainwright III is playing Blender Gramercy Theatre on February 18th. Tickets are on sale. Every other Wainwright is playing Carnegie Hall tonight/Wednesday December 10th. Tickets are still on sale.
Alex Battles will celebrate Johnny Cash's 77th birthday at Southpaw on February 28th. Tickets are on sale.
Will Sheff plays a free show at Other Music tonight/Wednesday.
Modeselektor will visit North America in January to play at least two shows. Igloofest takes place in Montreal on Friday January 23rd, and one day after they play that, the German techno group will visit NYC again, this time to play Bowery Ballroom. $23 tickets go on sale Friday. All dates below...
Does it Offend You, Yeah? @ Webster Hall (more by Chris La Putt)
Hopefully you had a good Labor Day weekend in dance. I started mine off with two great deejay sets at Santos last Thursday night. The first was Pharrell'. It was before 11:30 and he already had the floor getting progressively more packed and moving to a set that was surprisingly more melodic and on the groovy house/slightly discoey side than I expected from one of the Fluo Kids. Around 12:30 33hz played a set. It wasn't the best I've witnessed from them. Their usually fun and pleasant retro-pop jams seemed less lively and sounded fuzzy which I credit largely to a robot voice effect they used on the lead vocals for the entire show. Close to 1:30 Alan Braxe went on and treated the crowd to a set that was the perfect balance of classic and updated French house with tasteful hints of electro. We were having such a good time that I don't remember too many tracks specifically, but a few he played were his and Fred Falke's remix of "Bossy" by Kelis. He teased with, but never fully dropped "Music Sounds Better With You". He played "Lumberjack" by Alan Braxe & Kris Menace, and the banging ending of his set consisted of Soulwax's "E Talking" into "Hung Down" by the Presets (both of whom are touring and will be in NY soon-ish). The whole time Alan was really getting into it - clapping, smiling, etc and the crowd reciprocated, mirroring his enthusiasm as they hit the floor.
For me the weekend wound down from there. Saturday I caught a half hour of Hey Convict!'s set at P.S.1 which was decent and very disco-oriented. I took James Chance and the Contortions' set that followed as an opportunity to get some food and hang out, as even after listening to a few songs, it all just sounded a bit too improvised/noisy to me. By the time it was nearly 7:30, I think I was as excited as I've ever been (or will ever be) to hear Matthew Dear. His set with Ryan Elliott started off much more energetic and banging than when I saw him at One Step Beyond a few months back and for a few moments I was feeling optimistic about the set. Unfortunately that was short-lived as things started to sound too repetitive too quickly. There is also something about the beats and effects in Dear's style of music that sounds very sterile (to me).
On a more positive note, there is plenty going on this week again: