Entries tagged with: Red Bull Music Academy
photo by Sam Hiscox
Drawing upon the UK electronic music of his youth, Mumdance (along with collaborators Logos and Mao) was inspired by grime, hardcore, and shoegaze but never beholden to it. From its wall-of-sound intro to its maximalist finale, Twists & Turns is a powerhouse set of glass-breaking percussion, sub-bass rumble, backmasked synths and more. With instrumental grime the order of the day, it was a treat to hear Mumdance return to the scene, refreshed and revitalized. [FACT]UK producer/DJ Mumdance returned last year with the free Twists & Turns mixtape which made FACT's year end list, which the above review is from. He's not slowing down at all, with plans to follow it up with two releases in the near future. First, he'll put out the Take Time EP on June 16 via new label home Rinse, and soon after he'll release a B2B mix with Pinch on June 30 via Pinch's Tectonic label. Stream Take Time's grime title track featuring MC Novelist, along with the tracklist from his mix with Pinch, below. A full stream of Twists & Turns is below as well.
Mumdance is also about to kick off a tour in NYC this week. As part of the Red Bull Music Academy, he plays the Lit City Trax party on Friday (5/30) at The Westway with DJ Marfox, DJ Deeon, DJ Manny B2B RP Boo, J-Cush, UNiiQU3 B2B Tiga and Durban. Tickets for that are still available. Flyer below. You can also listen to the mix Mumdance made for Friday's event.
Mumdance returns to NYC in the summer for the first day of Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on June 28 with A/JUS/TED, Dimitri From Paris, Pantha du Prince (live) and DJ Spoko. Tickets for Warm Up are on sale now. Later that night, he plays another NYC show at TriBeCa Studios. All of his dates are listed below.
Mumdance isn't the only one playing the Lit City Trax party on Friday returning for Warm Up. Label boss J-Cush also plays July 5 with DJ EZ, Todd Edwards, Champion and Jam City; UNiiQU3 also plays July 26 with Cashmere Cat, Total Freedom, GoldLink (live), and Suicideyear; and DJ Marfox plays August 30 with Benji B, Dam-Funk (live), Tessela, Dutch E Germ and Avalon Emerson. Tickets for all of those are on sale too.
Portugal's DJ Marfox, who makes his US debut at the RBMA show this Friday, put out his first release for Lit City Trax, the Lucky Punch EP, this week. You can check out four trax from that below. Here's what Tiny Mix Tapes had to say about it in their 4/5 star review:
Lucky Punch borrows extensively from beat-driven, high-impact kuduro and slower, tarraxinha-flecked house, conjuring a berserk, crowded image of the physical setting this music draws from while forcing an inevitably kinetic response on playback. These six belting tracks combine the metallic hammering of industry ("Noise") with a flagrant, yet punishing jamboree of chimes, percussion, and hand claps ("Banda 52") -- it's the intoxicating grip of an urban carnival; life, work, and dance, fastened together and presented as a singular, essential rhythm. Each beat underscores the reputation that both Príncipe and Lit City Trax are forging as labels conscious of local dance scenes and the potential they have in broader contexts, without forgoing any of the maneuvers that tie these tunes to the places where their roots were formulated.The list of Mumdance dates, and all streams, below...
"Nelson George & D'angelo having the REALEST convo ever. I've known dude for 20 years and never knew he was THIS funny." - Questlove
D'Angelo & Questlove at RBMA (photo by Drew Gurian/Red Bull Content Pool)
The most awkward moment of the night came when George asked if the oft-used term "neo-soul" was a valid phrase or "PR bullshit," unaware that the man who coined the term, a friend of D'Angelo and Questlove, was in the audience. After originally answering, "I plead the fifth," D'Angelo said, "I respect it for what it is, but anytime you put a name on something, you just put it in a box. You want to be in a position where you can grow as an artist. You never want to be told, 'Hey, well, you're a neo-soul artist.' Right now, I'm not. We're going someplace else." [Rolling Stone]One of the events in this year's Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency was elusive R&B great D'Angelo (joined by Questlove) in conversation with author Nelson George at the Brooklyn Museum Cantor Auditorium where they discussed a lot of things (not his loooong-delayed new album though). Video of the almost-hour-and-a-half long interview has now surfaced via Red Bull. It's pretty entertaining, and can be watched below...
Panda Bear at Warsaw on Sunday (more by PSquared)
Over the weekend, Animal Collective's Panda Bear brought his tour to NYC for a Red Bull Music Academy show at Warsaw (check out pictures), where he played music from his upcoming album, tentatively titled Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper. Like we said, full audio from the show would be appearing online this week and you can now download the audio in full HERE, via Two Sails.
Setlist (with unofficial song titles) and a stream of one of the new songs, below...
photos by Greg Cristman, words by Ian Chainey
"Regis = the one techno act that can get diehard Napalm Death fans dancing. Or at least nodding their heads agreeably." - Self Titled Mag
"Glenn Branca walking the floors of Hardcore Activity In Progress with a scowl and a plastic bag is the most perfect thing." - David Marek
"I'm right between Napalm Death and Gunplay performing at the same time at this @rbma Hardcore event at Knockdown. IT'S REAL WEIRD AND GREAT" - Laura Sterritt
Wolf Eyes / Gunplay / Tim Hecker @ Knockdown Center - 5/16/14
"Tomorrow i will see Gunplay and Napalm Death in the same show, i don't rly even know what that means," wrote one fan on Twitter. Somewhere, the shadowy curating hand at Red Bull Music Academy smiled. Mission accomplished.
Hardcore Activity in Progress was one of the latest monster showcases put on by RBMA, working under the record store geek conceit of musical extremes. Kicking off last Friday, May 16 at the Knockdown Center, the show playfully yo-yoed the crowds' expectations, covering more miles than the previous Drone Activity in Progress held last year. The fest swung from dynamic end points; quiet to loud, soothing to loud, measured to holy crap this is loud (they luckily were giving out earplugs that they warned everyone to wear). Sure, there were times when the twine was twisted: For one, OCD category adherents might've been flummoxed by the lack of objective hardcore on the bill, beyond the prior incarnation of Bastard Noise. ("This is our hardcore," said the website, using the same argumentative logic as, "Well, it's how I feel. . .") Then, the proximity of the stages created a timbre pile-up that would've excited the spirits of Luigi Russolo and John Cage, but seemed to irritate critics. The NY Times review reads:
the sound at the Knockdown Center was basically garbage: echoey, booming, diffuse, nonsensical. It also wasn't great at last year's Red Bull Music Academy event in the same space, "Drone Activity in Progress," but that concert had a few other things going for it -- the novelty of the just-opened space, and the music itself, drone and noise and power-electronics, either carefully conceived or more energetic. Anyway, on Friday, some good sets -- by the Thing and Ms. Lee, for instance -- were impeded by poor acoustics or competing rackets coming from nearby. And some bad sets were made worse.Add in the inclement weather and the venue's libation ban (the same venue as the recent M.I.A. & A$AP Ferg show), and one could see the bipolar goal as needlessly frustrating.
But, it's hard to damn ambition. The fact one could walk a few steps from the drone terror of the ex-Khanate pain-incarnate that's Gnaw to solo cellist deconstructionist Okkyung Lee was kind of neat in the same way an eclectic mixtape is neat. Granted, in the 21st century, with all of recorded history at our fingertips, the ping-pong effect is lessened due to everyone's general familiarity with other styles. The genre islands have been subsumed by the sea change. But, still, one appreciated the otherworldly jolt every so often: Hey, there's Lubomyr Melnyk wielding his complex continuous music theory on piano, creating a near-literal river of notes. And there's grindfathers Napalm Death destroying unprotected eardrums with unhinged aggression. In fact, the latter's classic "You Suffer" kind of summed it all up: You suffer/ But why? Those that took the show as some greater statement about contemporary art were missing the point. Modern classic and harsh noise rap! Drone and jazz! Gunplay and Tim Hecker! GUNPLAY AND TIM HECKER!
Those were the moments that made it worthwhile.
Pictures from the event (though unfortunately none of Regis or clipping. who we missed) are in this post and continue below...
photos & videos by Greg Cristman
The screen imagery exploded: into squares, spirals, circles, curves and, with some puffs from smoke machines, three-dimensional shapes unfurling overhead. The lasers were tightly coordinated with the music, with shapes expanding on each wallop; distorted tones got dotted lines, clearer tones got straight ones. For much of the set, the on-screen geometries were hard-edged white or near-white; when the screen suddenly turned blue, the dancing crowd roared. Later, the screen offered flickering numbers, letters and two words: "Love Code." [NY Times]The Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency continued this past Saturday (5/10) at Brooklyn Masonic Temple with German electronic composer/Monolake member Robert Henke presenting the US premiere of his laser and sound show, Lumière, and dark Tri Angle-signed producer The Haxan Cloak. Robert went on first, doing his set from the front row of the balcony with only the light of the lasers for illumination. The sold-out room emptied out a bit for The Haxan Cloak's set, though both were great. Pictures of the show are in this post.
Red Bull Music Academy continues on Wednesday (5/14) with the Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets at Town Hall (tickets). Performers include Jamie Lidell, Jherek Bischoff, Kaki King, Petra Haden, Shigeto, Nels Cline, Daedelus, and more.
More pictures from Brooklyn Masonic Temple below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Clay Rendering at Saint Vitus in January (more by Greg Cristman)
Post-industrial husband and wife duo Clay Rendering are teaming up with dark ambient master Lussuria and minimalist noise/ambient project Dual Action for an east coast tour in early May that, unfortunately, doesn't hit NYC. All three acts have released material on noise purveyors Hospital Productions, and for the Hospital collectors out there the tour will present an opportunity to steer clear of Discogs for a while--there will be a merch table consisting of new and sold out releases at each show. All dates are listed below.
Mike Connelly, one half of Clay Rendering, was once a member of experimental noise originals Wolf Eyes. Wolf Eyes will be appearing at Red Bull Music Academy's stacked Hardcore Activity in Progress show, which also features Tim Hecker, Napalm Death, Gunplay and many more. Just ten bucks gets you in to that show at Knockdown Center in Queens on Friday May 16. Tickets are still on sale, and we're also giving away a pair. For a chance to win, retweet this Invisible Oranges tweet.
In more Hospital Productions news, power electronics project FFH will be performing at this Wednesday's (5/7) edition of the weekly Nothing Changes party at Home Sweet Home. Check out the full upcoming Nothing Changes schedule.
All dates for the Clay Rendering and Lussuria tour are listed below...
Daedelus in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Instrumental hip hop/electronic production vet Daedelus has a number of dates coming up this year, including multiple US festivals like Moogfest and Hangout Fest. Just before Hangout Fest, he'll be in NYC for two appearances.
The first is part of this year's Red Bull Music Academy Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets which happens on May 14 at Town Hall, and also features fellow electronic producer Shigeto guitar greats Marc Ribot and Nels Cline, David Byrne/Amanda Palmer collaborator Jherek Bischoff, New Orleans R&B veteran Allen Toussaint, ex-P-Funk member Amp Fiddler, free jazz veteran David Murray, that dog. member Petra Haden, and more. Tickets for that show are on sale now. More info on the event, which is curated by RBMA and Undead Music, here.
The day after the Round Robin Duets show, Daedelus and Shigeto will team up once again for another Undead Music-presented show at Littefield (5/15) in Brooklyn. That show is with jazz drummer Mark Guiliana, bassist Eivind Opsvik, and cornetist/trumpeter Graham Haynes. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Meanwhile, you can also see Daedelus not far from NYC TONIGHT (4/17) at Princeton University in the college's Terrace Club. Joining him is Delaware's No Sir E.
All dates are listed, with a video, below...
by Bill Pearis
J&R's now-closed storefront (photo via @gr1fter)
J & R Music and Computer World, a mainstay music and electronics store in Lower Manhattan for 43 years, closed its doors on Wednesday to redesign its space on Park Row.While the brick and mortar storefront is closed, you can still order from J&R's website.
The move was foreshadowed in October, when the store scaled back its footprint between Ann and Beekman Streets. Once occupying eight buildings on those blocks totaling 300,000 square feet, the business was resized to five floors each at 1 Park Row and 15 Park Row. Rachelle Friedman, who with her husband, Joseph, opened J & R across from City Hall in 1971, acknowledged at the time that as part of the changes they were laying off some employees. - [NY Times]
J&R's record store was always a good place to go for Record Store Day items and was always my go-to place for tech stuff, though when I went to buy a headphone adapter there last summer the staff looked at me like I was crazy.
In happier news, Wrecords By Monkey, which makes jewelry, accessories and home products out of old vinyl records is opening a storefront, The Crate, at 304 Boerum St. in Bushwick. In addition to wares, they'll sell $1 used records and new vinyl from local musicians. The store has its Grand Opening on Saturday (4/19) which is Record Store Day:
We will be having an opening party for our new storefront The Crate on Saturday, April 19th from 12 to 9pm in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The party will have live silkscreening on reclaimed vinyl and a display of our newest collection. FREE beer, as well as DJ sets from APSPDR+ and Silent Rider and an exclusive after party from 7 to 9pm featuring DJ Codes. Limited tickets for the after party are available for free and can be picked up at the store starting at noon that day.Flyer for the opening party is below.
In other non-RSD record store news, The WFMU Record Fair returns from May 30 - June 1 at the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan. No word on special events and DJs yet. Stay tuned.
And before that we'll have the return of the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair on May 10 which this time is part of the Red Bull Music Academy, with DJ sets from Caroline Polachek, Autre Ne Veut, Tanlines and more.
photos by Rebecca Greenfield
the band / Ahmed Gallab with the Lijadu Sisters
One of the most anticipated events at this year's Red Bull Music Academy is "ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor" which happens May 2 & 3 at BAM's Howard Gilman Opera House. The two nights will feature David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Luke Jenner (the Rapture) and more paying tribute to the music of the Nigerian funk singer and synthesizer pioneer. Tickets are still available for both nights.
While we're still over a month away from those shows, the backing band -- led by Sinkane's Ahmed Gallab and featuring Money Mark, Pat Mahoney (LCD, etc), the Lijadu Sisters and Sinkane's Jason Trammell, Ish Montgomery and Jonny Lam -- have already started rehearsals. We've got a set of pictures of them working things out in this post.
As mentioned, in addition to these concerts, there is an Onyeabor remix album, titled What?, that was commissioned by Moog and will be released on Record Store Day (April 19) featuring reworkings by Hot Chip, The Vaccines, Justin Strauss & Bryan Mette, Joakim ft. Akwetey (Dragons of Zynth), JD Twitch (Optimo), Daphni, Javelin, David Terranova, Policy and Scientist. You can stream the Alexis Taylor remix (which is practically a cover), and check out the album's tracklist, below.
More pics from "ATOMIC BOMB" rehearsals and the remix stream below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Napalm Death @ Gramercy Theatre, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
We ran down all the 2014 Red Bull Music Academyevents yesterday, and one we wanted to shed a little bit more light on is the incredible Hardcore Activity in Progress show that will be going down at the Knockdown Center in Queens on Friday May 16. Tickets are on sale now.
"Hardcore" here doesn't imply the genre -- ambient experimentalist Tim Hecker is billed alongside grindcore legends Napalm Death, while noise originals Wolf Eyes cozy up with Bible On the Dash having Gunplay. ("This is our hardcore" says RBMA.) In fact, hardcore is one of the few genres left off the bill, which looks to be one hell of an eclectic night. Regis will provide techno, and Bastard Noise will provide insanity.
Red Bull Music Academy hosted Drone Activity in Progress at the Knockdown Center last year, and as anyone who went knows, it was a blast, with dozens of experimental electronic artists split across a number of stages throughout the cavernous venue. That night featured Vatican Shadow, Body/Head, Pete Swanson, Alberich, Pharmakon and many more -- for those who attended, it was surely one of the more memorable shows of last year. All the stops were pulled out, and I imagine that will be the case for Hardcore Activity in Progress.
The Knockdown Center is a little ways out there, so hopefully they'll be running a shuttle like they did last time. Full lineup and flyer below...
Panda Bear at MHOW in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As discussed, the Red Bull Music Academy is taking over NYC again this May, and since we last spoke, lineups have been announced. Artists appearing include D'Angelo, Panda Bear, Hudson Mohawke, Tim Hecker, Napalm Death, François K, Robert Henke, The Haxan Cloak, Gunplay, Wolf Eyes, Regis, Optimo, Daedelus, Autre Ne Veut, Bastard Noise, The Thing, Yoshiko Ohara, Dam-Funk, and Gunplay. Events go down in various NYC venues from May 1-31.
RBMA will also host the previously-mentioned 'Atomic Bomb! The Music Of William Onyeabor' tribute which will feature David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Luke Jenner (formerly of The Rapture), Pat Mahoney (ex-LCD Soundsystem), Joshua Redman and The Lijadu Sisters, Money Mark and Sinkane.
Tickets are on sale now for individual shows. Schedule and more details below...
Kim Gordon and James Chance at RBMA 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
The documentary on the Red Bull Music Academy's "takeover" of NYC, What Difference Does It Make?, just screened in multiple cities last night (2/17), and now, as promised, it's been released for free online. You can watch it in full below, via RBMA15.com.
RBMA also announced that it will return for another "takeover" of NYC this May. Lineup, show schedule, venues, and tickets are still TBA, but stay tuned for more info on that.
photos by Ryan Muir
Thundercat at RBSS in Philly
Bass wizard Stephen Bruner, better known as Thundercat, just made a video for his songs "Evangelion" and "We'll Die," both of which appear on his 2013 LP, Apocalypse. The video was directed by B+, who designed the artwork for Apocalypse, and it can be watched (via Myspace) below.
As discussed, Thundercat plays the next Red Bull Sound Select NYC show which happens on February 19 at Le Poisson Rouge, curated by Giant Step. That show is with Tondrae Kemp, and since we last spoke, ASTR was added as well. Like most RBSS shows, admission is $3 with RSVP and $10 without. He also plays this month's RBSS show in San Francisco. Updated dates are listed, along with the flyer for the LPR show below.
Thundercat's no stranger to Red Bull shows. He took part in last year's Red Bull Music Academy in NYC, and is now being featured in What Difference Does It Make?, RBMA's documentary on the series. As mentioned, the film premieres worldwide on February 17, and you can catch a screening in NYC at Sunshine Cinema at 8 PM with Chairman Mao and others.
Thundercat also played the Little Giant Media-curated Red Bull Sound Select show in Philly this past November with Ebony Joi, STS and Son Little. We've got a belated set of pictures from that show in this post. You can check out more of those, along with the new video, LPR flyer, and list of tour dates, below...
Lee "Scratch" Perry @ LPR during RBMA 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Remember when the Red Bull Music Academy "took over" New York City for most of May 2013, bringing in such luminaries as Brian Eno, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Giorgio Moroder, Kim Gordon, James Murphy, and many more to play and talk about music? You can relive that month -- or get a taste of what you missed -- in a new documentary, What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music:
What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music explores the challenges that a life in music can bring. Shot with hand-held cameras in a cinema verité style at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York by award-winning director Ralf Schmerberg, the film seeks to go beyond music, and ask questions about life itself.The film will screen in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Detroit on February 17 and then be released on the internet for free on February 18. Trailer for the documentary is below.
Additionally, there is a coffee table book too titled For the Record: Conversations with People Who Have Shaped the Way We Listen to Music which pairs artists with journalists and music industry types and lets the discourse flow. Nile Rodgers, Sly & Robbie, Erykah Badu, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Modeselektor and more are featured and all the pairings are listed, along with the book art, below.
words and photos by Greg Cristman
The Congos & Sun Araw Band / Lee "Scratch" Perry
Once again, the Red Bull Music Academy put on an amazing one-of-a-kind presentation in New York, this time to a sold out Le Poisson Rouge crowd last Thursday (5/30). The evening was called NYC in Dub and featured performances by the iconic Lee "Scratch" Perry who was teamed up against On-U sound label head and influential producer Adrian Sherwood, the legendary The Congos, who versed experimental indie rockers Sun Araw and M Geddes Gengras (all three of who collaboratred on an album last year), and an opening set by Future Times (aka Maxmillion Dunbar and Protect-U) and Peaking Lights. An elaborate and very crowded stage set up was brought in along with the massive Sub Atomic Soundsystem that shook the building to its core with thick heavy dub bass and rhythms.
This was one of the most amazing reggae shows I've seen in quite some time and may have been the best Lee Perry performance I've ever seen. At 77 he's still going strong and is as eclectic and crazy as ever, continually igniting his disposable lighter and running his fingers, hands and even boots through the flame, whipping towels around his head and dousing himself with water. He performed many of his classics, including "War Inna Babylon," that had most of the audience singing along. The Congos vs. Sun Araw set was equally enjoyable with Sun Araw delivering an incredible dub backdrop for the three Congos singers. They delivered a set culled mainly from their first album, the 1977 reggae masterpiece Heart Of The Congos (produced by Lee Perry), including the classic tracks "Fisherman," "Congoman" and "La-La Bam Bam." Future Times and Peaking Lights combined for an approach to dub that was more rooted in electronic and techno and they often reminded me a little bit of Lee Perry collaborator The Orb.
Pictures of the show, including shots of the setlists for the Lee Perry/Adrian Sherwood and The Congos/Sun Araw sets, are in this post. They continue below...
The Do-Over @ Beekman Beer Garden Sunday (via _chrisclassic)
Due to limited paying-attention-to-the-internet over this holiday weekend, we didn't realize until it was too late that Red Bull Music Academy's Do-Over party was moved from The Well in Brooklyn to Beekman Beer Garden in Manhattan on Sunday. Doors were at 2pm that day and they announced the venue change via email at 9:15am (and tweeted it even later).
As you can see in the picture above, the change didn't affect attendance at the outdoor South Street Seaport bar though. DJs, most of them surprises, included DJ Dezandres from Detroit, DJ Seano, Rhettmatic, Shlohmo, DJ Rob Swift, Onra, DJ Dynamix, and RBMA Particpants Emufucka & Trancemicsoul. If you were there, how was it?
Though we haven't looked into it, our guess would be that the Well was really trying to get it together, but just wasn't ready to re-open yet. UPDATE: The Well tells us they were in fact ready to open and that it was Red Bull who changed the venue that morning.
The Bushwick venue's "2013 Season Opener" is currently scheduled for Sunday, June 9 with Lee Burridge. We're rooting for them.
by Bill Pearis
YACHT @ DFA 12th Anniversary (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
YACHT were just in town, having played both tiny Shea Stadium on Friday (5/24) and then the massive DFA 12th Anniversary Party at Grand Prospect Hall on Saturday night (5/25). I was at both shows and must say the band really brought the party and can work rooms large and small. If you missed them this past weekend, Jona, Claire and the rest of them will be back at the end of summer for two NYC-area shows: Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 30 and then the Surf Lodge in Montauk on August 31. Tickets to MHOW go on sale Friday (5/31) at noon. The Surf Lodge show, like all their summer concerts, are free.
Stay tuned for pictures from the DFA party. Meanwhile, updated YACHT dates are listed, along with a video of YACHT doing "Psychic City" at the DFA Anniversary, below.
James Murphy aboard SS Coachella 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Staying in NYC this weekend? There's actually no shortage of things to do here, even though the weather forecast is less than ideal. Head below for our top 10 list of events going on this Memorial Day Weekend.
the new issues of Rolling Stone...
Red Bull Music Academy, who hosts DFA's 12th Anniversary party this weekend, hosted Giorgio Moroder's 1st-ever live DJ set at Output in Brooklyn the other night. If you missed it (the live event or the stream we posted yesterday), you can listen to the whole thing.
When you're done with that, listen to his collaboration with Daft Punk "Giorgio by Moroder", and then check out the song that didn't make the new Daft Punk album in the USA, but is out in Japan and of course on the internet.
And speaking of Daft Punk collaborators, an encore presentation of "Andrew the Pizza Guy" below...
"Tonight was a blast. @OutputClubBK has such a dope soundsystem. @GIORGIOMORODER_ truly "pushed it to the limit". Everybody "felt love"" - @alcalala_
"Tonight was special. Few times in my life will i get to feel that way. Thank you @GIORGIOMORODER_ @RBMA @OutputClubBK" - Sean Glass
"No words for how unbelievable @GIORGIOMORODER_ was tonight. Thank you @RBMA & @OutputClubBK!" - Kathryn McGinnis
"The legendary Giorgio Moroder just rocked quite possible the most supremely epic and booty-shaking set" - Andy Gensler
Giorgio Moroder @ Output (via @sparber)
Dance music legend and Donna Summer producer Giorgio Moroder, who recently released a new song and contributed to the new Daft Punk album, came to Williamsburg club Output last night (5/20) for his first-ever NYC DJ appearance, as part of the Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency. He took the stage just after midnight (so technically 5/21, just as the Daft Punk album was officially released) and, with DJ Chris Cox, played until about 1:45 AM.
Singer/songwriter Diane Birch was in attendance and she said it was "her and a bunch of dudes" (or MoBROders), and also that it "may have been the sickest thing [she's] ever seen." Were you there? If so, what did you think?
Some more instagrams, a short video, and a vine from the show below...
by Andrew Sacher
Could there have been a more perfect moment for an epic documentary on Giorgio Moroder? The man who, according to the show's very starry (and very generous) presenter Niles Rodgers, invented dance music? On the night that Daft Punk's fourth studio album finally launched, with fitting audacity at the top of the Shard, Radio 2 put out Electric Dreams: The Giorgio Moroder Story, the most enjoyable music documentary I've heard this year. Snippets of recent Daft Punk collaborator Moroder, 73, talking about his life were tacked over some of the best music made in the last century: I Feel Love, Together In Electric Dreams, Now I Need You. In between came New Order's Bernard Sumner, Debbie Harry, Sparks and more, colouring in the detail of what Moroder's music has meant. [The Guardian]The above quote is from The Guardian's review of of the new audio documentary on dance music legend Giorgio Moroder that BBC Radio 2 recently put out, Electric Dreams: The Giorgio Moroder Story. The documentary premiered on May 13, and as of this post, and you can listen to Part 1 below.
Today's a good day to check it out if you haven't yet, because as mentioned, Giorgio will be in NYC TONIGHT (5/20) at Output in Williamsburg to DJ a Deep Space party with T. Williams, Benjamin Damage, and Francois K. The show is part of the Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency and it's Giorgio's first-ever NYC DJ appearance. Tickets still appear sold out, but as discussed, "a very limited number of tickets will be available at the door."
As you probably know, Giorgio is one of the many famous collaborators on Daft Punk's colossal new album, Random Access Memories (which is out this week, 5/21). You can hear him talking about his life of music on that song "Giorgio by Moroder" before it turns into a ridiculous dance jam. If you haven't heard the 9+ minute track yet, you can stream it below.
Giorgio also just released his own new song, "Racer," which is the soundtrack to a new Google Chrome video game of the same name. It's similarly dancey to "Giorgio by Moroder" and fans of RAM (or video game music) should dig it. You can check that out below too.
In related news, fellow Daft Punk collaborator Todd Edwards just made an Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1 which you can listen to HERE.
Song streams below...
"As most of you probably already know, Daft Punk's album was officially released for streaming purposes on iTunes. However, the official album in its physical (or more than likely downloadable) form won't be here until May 21 and there's hype to be built. That's why Daft Punk is gracing the cover of Dazed and Confused and posing with Giorgio Moroder in these stunning black and white photos.
Giorgio Moroder is an electronic music pioneer whom the duo worked with on their documentary/homage/epic track "Giorgio by Moroder" on Random Access Memories.
He is influential in the genre of disco as we know it today, which explains why Daft Punk would want to pay homage to him on this, their disco-iest album to date.
The covers and images were taken by Hedi Simane and will be featured in the June issue of Dazed and Confused which hits stands May 15." [MSTARS]
Possibly one of the hardest Red Bull Music Academy NYC events to get a ticket to is/was Giorgio Moroder at Cielo (a Deep Space night with resident DJ François K and Academy participants T.Williams and Benjamin Damage also on the bill). Luckily Red Bull felt bad about about that and moved the 5/20 show to the bigger Output in Williamsburg. Tickets are still listed as sold out at the moment, but we heard they'll be releasing some more soon, and "A very limited number of tickets will be available at the door.". Good luck.
Check out a video about Daft Punk's collaboration with Giorgio, if you haven't seen it already, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Brian Eno @ Cooper Union, 5/6/2013
The irony of seeing Brian Eno's An Illustrated Talk during the Red Bull Music Academy: his microphone didn't work properly. Can you imagine being the tech guy for this event and experiencing horrific sound feedback from the sound amplification device for one of the most innovative producers in music history?In addition to his self-generative art installation 77 Million Paintings, as part of the Red Bull Music Academy, Brian Eno gave "An Illustrated Talk" on Monday (5/6) at Cooper Union. Pictures from that are in this post.
"Feel free to experiment with the sound," Eno told the packed crowd at Cooper's Union in NYC.
The term "Renaissance Man" would be a cliche to describe the entity which is Eno, whose career spans from playing with the perennial band Roxy Music to creating visual ambient art. For an artist who has proclaimed to the press that he never talks about his past work, it was a treat to hear Eno....talk about his past work. Especially in the heart of NYC, being that Eno states one of his most fruitful artistic period was between 1978 and 1984, when he lived and worked in the Big Apple. ("I happened to be in New York during one of the most exciting months of the decade in terms of music.") - [The Huffington Post]
He also sat down for a Q&A session as well, where he talked about 77 Million Paintings, "sympathetic and parasympathetic music," and a lot more. He's one of the smartest, most fascinating people in the world and any chance to hear him talk should not be passed up. Luckily RBMA filmed the whole thing and the entire 90 minute conversation can be viewed (or listened to) on Vimeo.
More "Illustrated Talk" pics below...
You can't throw a stick in this town without hitting something related to the Red Bull Music Academy's monthlong takeover of NYC. One of the most anticipated events is the sold-out DFA 12th Anniversary Party which happens May 25 at the rococco wonderland that is Grand Prospect Hall. In celebration of this -- and the label's dozen years in existence -- they've made a short documentary about how the label came to be. Narrated by Marc Maron, you can watch it below.
Pharmakon at Saint Vitus earlier this year(more by Fred Pessaro)
Set times for the Red Bull Music Academy's noise/drone extravaganza tonight (May 2) at the Knockdown Center in Queens have been announced. Drone Activity in Progress, which will feature sets from KTL, Vatican Shadow, Body/Head (Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, who also performed last night), Prurient, Grassmas, Mick Barr, Pharmakon, Alberich and many others, will bring the noise to this show (which appears sold out). UPDATE: Tickets BACK on sale. You can snag a shuttle bus from the Jefferson L if you don't feel like making the walk, though it promises to be a lovely evening.
Flyer and set times are below.