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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Thao / Cults / Richard Reed Parry & Sam Amidon / Jake Shears, Lonnie Holley & more
Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell
Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell
Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell
Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell

Mr. Russell's eerie, solitary side was assigned to Lonnie Holley, singing in a bluesy, abstracted tone (and sometimes whistling) over clusters sustained on an electric keyboard; to Sam Amidon, who played terse banjo parts and sang with quizzical innocence; and to Richard Reed Parry, playing bass and singing just above a whisper. Devonté Hynes played guitar and sang the lean, meter-shifting indie rock that Mr. Russell recorded as a member of the Necessaries.

The band Cults expanded the distorted cello of Mr. Russell's "Being It" into a rock-guitar roar; "You Can Make Me Feel Bad" turned from a taunt into a cozy group-sing. And Mr. Bogie's house band, complete with a precise horn section, Latin percussion and lead singers including Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters and Kalmia Traver of Rubblebucket, reveled in disco tracks that Mr. Russell recorded as Loose Joints and Dinosaur L. - [New York Times]

Much like last year's William Onyeabor tribute, this year's Red Bull Music Academy closed out at BAM with a two-day tribute (May 29 & 30) -- this time to '80s NYC downtown scene icon Arthur Russell -- featuring a host of talented performers, including Dev Hynes, Sam Amidon with Richard Reed Perry, Thao Nguyen, Lonnie Holley, Cults, Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters and more artists from the Red Hot + Arthur Russell tribute album. Did you check out either night of the tribute shows? Pictures from the first night are in this post.

This year's RBMA officially wrapped with another Russell tribute, a dance party late Saturday night (5/30) at Greenpoint's Good Room that spun tracks from Sleeping Bag Records, the hip hop/dance label Russell co-founded with Will Socolov and Juggy Gales in 1981. Anyone go to that?

In related news, the posthumous Arthur Russell album, Corn comes out next week (6/9) via Audika Records and is now streaming in full on NPR. The album features music recorded in 1982 and 1983.

More pics from BAM's Red Hot + Arthur Russell below...

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photos by Drew Gurian

Frankie Bones & Heather Heart raving
Storm Rave
Storm Rave
Storm Rave
Storm Rave

"Storm Rave was about bringing the future of music to people, why would I want to, in 2015, play music from 1992 when half the people at the party weren't even born yet?" Adam says. "Techno is still really big and strong and new and fresh in different aspects and it's just time to bring what it is now." The only thing that Adam promises will be the same is the intensity and tension of the original party. If all goes according to plan, this may mark a new generation for Storm Rave. The future is at the whim of the weathermen. [Thump]
Red Bull Music Academy helped Frankie Bones revive the legendary Storm Rave over the weekend at a Bushwick warehouse. Photos from the evening continue under a 2015 mix by Bones, below. Make sure to press play on that before descending further...

Continue reading "Storm Rave 2015 in pics (Frankie Bones, Lennie Dee, Heather Heart, Adam X, Rob G, more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Bill Pearis

FKA twigs @ Brooklyn Hangar 5/17/2015
FKA twigs
FKA twigs
FKA twigs

"Hot" is perhaps the optimal word to describe FKA twigs' Sunday night NYC show, her first of three performances of the spectacle that is her "Congregata." The Red Bull Music Academy show, which was as much a dance performance as a concert, was sexually-charged and happened at Sunset Park's Brooklyn Hangar which was a sweltering sauna. Everyone on and off stage was sweating. Onstage specifically, there was also vogueing, krumping, contortionism, a wall of lasers, an electric neon violin... and FKA twigs (Tahliah Barnett) at the center of it all.

At the end of the performance, Barnett would claim that there wasn't a concept for the show other than "wanting to convey to you how I was feeling at the time" she made LP 1, but it was clear that every second and every motion was thought out. "Congregata" is a physically demanding show, and at one point she was vaulted into the air multiple times for "freeze frame" moments. Between moments like that, the male dancers, the costumes (some of which were Alexander McQueen), the show echoed both Madonna's Truth or Dare and Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation aesthetics. Musically, FKA twigs is coming from a very different place however. It started simply but the wow factor came with those vaulting moments, the laser wall (which, with a bedazzled bustier, turned her into a discoball), and individual spotlights for the dancers including a roster of voguing legends, like Benjamin Milan and Leiomy Maldonado whose acrobatics in stilettos were beyond impressive.

As for the music, about half of LP 1 was performed. Her four-piece band was mostly percussion and mostly in silhouette. The crowd shrieked for a number of songs, as well as for twigs' high-end hiccupy coos. It was only when she spoke to the crowd at the end of the show that she broke character, talking about how everyone in her show are her friend, some very long time friends (and not flavors of the month), and about her first-ever show at Santos (when she was just "twigs") and last year's Webster Hall show that made her realize she could take her shows to another level. The night ended with a curtain call for the band and dancers, who were each given another chance to strut their stuff.

FKA Twigs performs "Congregata" again tonight and Tuesday, both of which are sold out. For those going, last night doors were a little late, not opening till 8:15 PM or so, and the long line (which went around the corner) moved slowly. It's likely they'll fix some of those problems for the next two shows, but the Sunday's show didn't start till around 9:45 and went till about 11:15 PM. Brooklyn Hangar is not the most conveniently located venue, but Red Bull Music Academy is offering a $20 voucher on Uber (Thousands of people, including twigs' fiance Robert Pattinson found their way there all right). Dress appropriately... did I mention it was hot?

More about the show in two separate NY Times articles (here and here). More pictures and a few videos and instagrams from last night's performance, below...

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photos by Drew Gurian / Red Bull Content Pool

Bjork / 23 Wall Street / Lotic / crowd / Forest Swords
Tri Angle Records
Tri Angle Records
Tri Angle Records
Tri Angle Records
Tri Angle Records

Boutique electronic label Tri Angle Records celebrated its fifth anniversary with a party on Wall Street during the ongoing 2015 Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency. A ton of the label's artists were there, including Evian Christ, Forest Swords, Holy Other, The Haxan Cloak, Vessel, Hanz, Boothroyd, Lotic, mssingo and Rabit, and a very special guest showed up... Bjork!

The NY Times says:

The showcase gathered 10 acts, nearly all of them laptop-equipped lone D. J.s, in an apt environment: subterranean and desolate yet high tech. It was the rough concrete basement of 23 Wall Street, the former headquarters of J. P. Morgan. Smoke billowed and strobes flashed around the larger of two stages, and strings of LEDs sent streaks across a low ceiling in a smaller room; both had surround-sound systems. Lucien Smith's nine-minute video with scenes of 1980s New York City, "A Clean Sweep," was showing in the vault. [NY Times]

It wasn't the first time Bjork teamed up with Tri Angle Records, but of course still very exciting. Her DJ set included her collaborators Death Grips, as well as Kate Bush, Jeremih, Brandy, Total Freedom, Cut Hands, Haxan Cloak, Vessel, Lotic, Rabit and more. Here's what she wrote about it:

i would like to wish tri angle label an incredibly sublime birthday and thank for having been invited to dj at their party . couldnt possibly been more honoured than to play in that company !!! the mix i played was my present to them : merging together some of my fav beats last year with some of my fav vocalists doing some of their best songs
You can listen to it, with the full list of artists she included in the mix, and more pictures from the Tri Angle anniversary show, below...

Continue reading "Tri Angle Records party pics: Evian Christ, Haxan Cloak, Lotic & more including special guest BJORK (listen to her DJ set)"

photos by Maria Jose Govea / Red Bull; word by Bill Pearis

Pharmakon / Prurient / Genesis P-Orridge / Marshstepper
Red Bull Music Festival
Red Bull Music Festival
Red Bull Music Festival
Red Bull Music Festival

Nothing Changes, the weekly NYC late-night darkwave-noise-avant-etc party that usually happens at LES club Home Sweet Home, moved into fancier digs this week, a one-time-only special edition at Williamsburg danceclub Output on Wednesday (5/13) as part of the 2015 Red Bull Music Academy. This was RBMA's noise show for this year and featured a pretty stellar lineup, including Uniform, Pharmakon, Prurient, Genesis P-Orridge & Aaron Dilloway, Merzbow, and Marshstepper in the main room, and sets from Ron Morelli, Becka Diamond, JR Nelson & Ciarra Black, Jock Club, and Scott Mou in Output's Panther Room.

This was surely a different crowd for Output (my first time there), a place that doesn't normally have live music inside, but their famously killer/expensive soundsystem (which can be really loud without being painful) really gives this kind of droning/noise all-enveloping power. I got there right as Pharmakon had started her set. Having just come from watching a screening of the Twin Peaks season 2 finale, straight to seeing Pharmakon writhing on the floor, screaming over dissonant electronics and strobes, the line between where one ended and the other began was a little blurry. If the Black Lodge has a dance club, it'd probably be something like Nothing Changes.

Prurient's set, heavy on the sub-frequency drones, worked especially well with Output's soundsystem, which has the kind of bass you feel in your bones and could pulverize a kidney stone. While things kicked off around 10 PM, earlier than your average night at Nothing Changes, it went just as late and had this working man heading home around 1:15 AM...which was about 10 minutes into Genesis P-Orridge & Aaron Dilloway's (Wolf Eyes) set which leaned more towards Throbbing Gristle than PTV. So I missed Merzbow and what looks to have been a very typically bizarre set for Marshstepper, entirely. But pictures from their sets, and everyone's in the main room, are in this post.

Pictures, by the way, are something not normally associated with Output, a club that strictly prohibits photography of any kind but let RBMA photographers do their thing. More of those below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Hannah Daimond/QT/Danny L Harle/Sophie & more on the red carpet
Hannah Diamond
Danny L Harl: Pop Cube

Friday's show was billed as the premiere of Pop Cube, "a multimedia reality network," whatever that is. It started with a stunt. With the audience lined up along the sidewalk, a white stretch S.U.V., not quite a block long, pulled up and gradually disgorged the performers outside a red-carpeted entrance.

The first, QT, posed for photographers and then put on headphones in an outdoor D.J. booth and started playing electronic pop. Soon, everyone was a momentary celebrity; the audience also used the red-carpet entrance, photo opportunities included, against a backdrop of logos.

Inside, BRIC's gallery had become a combination of party space and backstage TV studio; the D.J.s were Dux Content, the duo of Mr. Cook and his longtime collaborator, Danny L Harle. Audience members could, a sign offered, "Get your picture taken with a pop star!" -- the rest of the performers. Their encounters were shown on video screens. In a glassed-in studio, the group Thy Slaughter flailed at instruments like a grunge band, with its singer swigging from a bottle of whiskey, although the speakers broadcast Dux Content's set instead. - [New York Times]

UK post-pop collective PC Music made their NYC debut in spectacular fashion on Friday night, a happening at BRIC House dubbed "Pop Cube" featuring Hannah Diamond, Sophie, QT, Danny L Harle, GFOTY and more. Part of Red Bull Music Academy, "Pop Cube" winkingly treated everyone like a celebrity -- you walked the red carpet to get in as photographers snapped pics -- and its over-the-top design probably reinforced however you feel about PC Music (if you're aware of its existence). It was certainly not boring. The Times review doesn't mention it but the Thy Slaughter rock band incased in a glass studio included Dev Hynes and Sick Feeling's Jesse Miller-Gordon, displayed (unheard) like an exhibit at the Natural History Museum. This was a post-post-post modern event. Pictures continue below...

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A$AP Rocky live for Red Bull Music Academy -- 5/7/15
ASAP Rocky

A$AP Rocky debuted a new song during his Red Bull Music Academy live interview in NYC tonight. The track is called entitled "Everyday".

It heavily samples/covers 1972 Python Lee Jackson song "In a Broken Dream", which most famously features vocals by Rod Stewart. This new version also includes vocals by Miguel, and contributions by Mark Ronson. It will be on Rocky's new album At.Long.Last.A$AP, out June 2nd. Listen to that (and the original) below:

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FKA twigs' 'Congregata' show in London (photo by Paula Harrowing)

Over the course of two nights, the singer / dancer / producer / choreographer / director will perform two very special concerts at the Brooklyn Hangar. The exciting next step in her evolution, we've given her complete freedom to bring her radical vision to the stage. Accompanied by ten dancers, costumes by Alexander McQueen, and spectacular visuals, this original production not only will this sound like the future, it'll look like it too.
FKA twigs already announced two of her new 'Congregata' shows (description above) to take place at NYC's Brooklyn Hangar on May 17 & 18 during this year's Red Bull Music Academy. Both of those sold out, but she's now added a third show for May 19, which is on sale now.

She recently debuted the show in London, and that's a picture from it above and you can watch a short video clip here.

Last month, twigs put out the video for her Boots collaboration "Glass & Patron." Watch that, with her updated list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "FKA twigs sold out her NYC 'Congregata' shows, adds third show (updated dates)"

photo: QT posing @ Hype Hotel, SXSW 2015 (by Jesse Deflorio)

photo: GFOTY + Spinee posing @ Hype Hotel, SXSW 2015 (by Jesse Deflorio)

PC Music and SOPHIE are taking over BRIC House in Brooklyn on May 8 for a Red Bull Music Academy showcase featuring the just-announced lineup of QT, Hannah Diamond, GFOTY, SOPHIE, A. G. Cook and Danny L Harle. Tickets are currently listed as "sold out", BUT a second round of tickets will be released Friday at 10am EST, BUT, "before you show up, be sure to have your Appearance Release signed & get ready to be a part of the launch of Pop Cube: http://popcu.be." It should be interesting.

Though they're promising the NYC event will be like nothing they've done before, PC Music and SOPHIE also recently featured a similar lineup of artists at SXSW, as part of their own showcase at Empire Auto, and at others. The Guardian reports from the main show:

In an age of overexposure, the PC Music collective has managed to maintain a much sought-after mystique since they emerged in 2014. Their twisted brand of hyper pop and electronica - and the inclusion of a fictional pop star on their roster - has led many to question whether it is simply one big in-joke between art school students. Those questions aside, their SXSW showcase proved the group is producing some of the most challenging, catchy and, most importantly, funny pop and dance music around at the moment.

Over the five hours of music, it was a far-reaching set with multiple high points, from Spinee's twinkly Evanescence remix to SOPHIE's Kitty Kat finale and AG Cook's entire thundering set that show this is a label refusing to be confined by definitions of genre or good taste.

Some of the artists also played Hype Hotel presented by Feed the Beat. QT didn't, but she did hang out to support friends like GTOFY and Spinee (all three are pictured above).

PC Music NYC showcase posters, below...

Continue reading "PC Music played SXSW, announce NYC show lineup & more tix, launch Pop Cube website"


Like last year, the 2015 Red Bull Music Academy will host a two-night tribute concert at BAM. Last year was William Onyeabor, and this year they'll be paying tribute to the late, great Arthur Russell whose music spanned folk, classical, dance and areas in between. The tribute concerts happen May 29 & 30 at BAM featuring Sam Amidon, Cults, Redding Hunter, Dev Hynes, Thao Nguyen, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Rubblebucket, Little Scream and more to be announced. (Originally listed as part of this, Phosphorescent is not currently on this lineup.) The show is co-presented by Red Hot, who released the Arthur Russell tribute album last year that all of these artists are featured on.

Tickets will be on sale soon. A little more info from RBMA:

The epitome of a postmodern musician, Arthur Russell changed the rules in his much-too-brief lifetime. The Iowa-born composer, cellist and singer entered the Downtown NYC scene in the 1970s - and by the time he passed away in 1992, his influence had permeated virtually every aspect of it. Be it as the musical director of experimental art space The Kitchen; collaborator to Allen Ginsberg, David Byrne, and Ali Akbar Khan; disco innovator with his Loose Joints and Dinosaur L projects; or extraordinary solo musician - Arthur Russell was a master of many trades. To honor his legacy, the Red Hot Organization released the compilation Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell, featuring more than 20 artists paying musical tribute. Over the course of two special evenings at BAM, the Red Bull Music Academy teams up with Red Hot to bring together an all-star cast of musicians to bring the compilation to life.
RBMA will wrap up its 2015 slate with another Arthur Russell-related show at Good Room on May 31, this one paying tribute to Sleeping Bag Records, the hip hop/dance label he co-founded with Will Socolov and Juggy Gales in 1981 that released records by Mantronix, Just-Ice, T La Rock and EPMD to Nocera, Joyce Sims, and Kariya. Kurtis Mantronik, onetime Studio 54 DJ Nicky Siano and Morgan Geist (Metro Area) will play Sleeping Bag sets. Tickets will be on sale soon.

If you're unfamiliar with Arthur Russell's music, you can stream a few of his records (via Rdio) below, and acclaimed documentary, Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell is available via iTunes, Amazon and other streaming services.

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PC Music

What is PC Music? A label, a scene, a subgenre, a red herring? It may be all of these things at once. The shadowy operation and its bewildering brand of hyper-pop have been everywhere in the past few months, from UK broadcasters like Rinse FM to the XL Records roster to Boiler Room broadcasts, and its influence seems to be growing on a daily basis.

The label, and the aesthetic it promulgates, have been hiding in plain sight for nearly a year and a half, releasing a steady stream of music-- all online and mostly free-- that amounts to one of the freshest, funniest, and most confounding pop-music phenomena to appear in a long time. [Philip Sherburne for Pitchfork]

The very hyped electronic music label/collective PC Music had tracks land on best-of-2014 lists from FACT, Gorilla vs Bear, Pitchfork, Tiny Mix Tapes and more, and it's already looking like they've got a big 2015 ahead of them too. Most of PC Music crew and their pal SOPHIE (a buzzy guy himself) are teaming up for a showcase on May 8 at BRIC House (647 Fulton St) during the 2015 Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency. The showcase will take over the entire BRIC House space, exhibition areas included. Here's some more info:
And now they may be morphing into a television network right in front of our eyes. Curious about what that means? This all-encompassing night will bring their sound and aesthetic to life in a way that you've never seen before. Join SOPHIE and pretty much the entire cast of the label at downtown Brooklyn media and arts space BRIC House to participate in the spectacle.
Tickets are on sale now.

PC Music also have a SXSW showcase coming up with their artists AG Cook, Hannah Diamond, GFOTY, QT, Danny L Harle, Spinee and easyFun, as well as SOPHIE and other label associates Felicita and Kane West.

You can listen to some PC Music and SOPHIE below...

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photo: Pharmakon at Webster Hall last weekend (more by Greg Cristman)

Nothing Changes is the weekly late-night party that happens at small Lower East Side bar Home Sweet Home that tends to feature relatively obscure goth/noise/punk/etc artists, and sometimes hosts bigger bands while they tour through NYC like Iceage and Merchandise. As part of the 2015 Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency, Nothing Changes will throw its biggest party ever at May 13 at Output, the Williamsburg dance club with one of the city's best sound systems.

The lineup is very impressive too, with noise veteran Merzbow, a duo set from Throbbing Gristle/Psychic TV's Genesis P-Orridge and Wolf Eyes' Aaron Dilloway, Dominick Fernow's long-running Prurient project, fast-rising NYC newcomer Pharmakon, L.I.E.S. label head Ron Morelli, the genuinely freakish Destruction Unit-related project Marshstepper, ex-The Men/Drunkdriver noise duo Uniform, and more unannounced artists. Tickets are on sale now.

Prurient will be "presenting his seminal album Pleasure Ground for the first time" at the Nothing Changes show, and he's also releasing a new album this year. It's called Frozen Niagara Falls and is due May 12 via Profound Lore. Album trailer below.

Pharmakon has other upcoming shows in NYC as well.

The Nothing Changes party also celebrates its two-year anniversary this Wednesday (3/11) at Home Sweet Home with Lust for Youth (who also play Baby's) and Soren. That goes from 10 PM to 4 AM, and is $8 at the door. The following week has Oake and Lussuria.

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FKA Twigs
photo: FKA Twigs @ Webtster Hall (more by Amanda Hatfield)

RMBA's 2015 NYC lineup announcement today included a show that will actually be Red Bull Music Academy's biggest-ever production. Taking place in a Sunset Park warehouse called Brooklyn Hangar. They've hosted some raves in the past. the two-night event is described like this:

May 17 & May 18: FKA Twigs @ Brooklyn Hangar:

It feels like FKA Twigs' rise from experimental R&B mystery woman to a genuine star pushing the boundaries of pop music happened so quickly that we still haven't caught up. Now, over the course of two nights, the singer/dancer/producer/choreographer/director will perform two very special concerts at the Brooklyn Hangar. The exciting next step in her evolution, we've given her complete freedom to bring her radical vision to the stage. Accompanied by ten dancers, costumes by Alexander McQueen, and spectacular visuals, this original production not only will this sound like the future, it'll look like it too.

The show is called "Congregata" and tickets are on sale.

Check out all the May RMBA events listed HERE.

FKA Twigs also plays Coachella this year, and all the dates listed below...

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photo: Holy Other at Bowery Ballroom in 2013 (more by David Andrako)
Holy Other

The 2015 Red Bull Music Academy lineup was just announced, and as is to be expected, there's a ton of very cool events happening this year. One of those is the fifth anniversary party for Tri Angle Records which happens at 23 Wall Street on May 15 and features a large chunk of the label's roster, including The Haxan Cloak, Evian Christ, Holy Other, Vessel, Forest Swords, Boothroyd, mssingo, Lotic, Rabit, Hanz and special guests. Tickets are on sale now.

23 Wall Street is the same place Prince recently played, but he was on the ground floor. The RBMA event will be downstairs in the basement and vault of what was the J.P. Morgan building.

Tri Angle started as a small boutique label, but a few of the artists' profiles have significantly risen in recent years. The Haxan Cloak was one of the producers on the new Bjork album, and Evian Christ was one on Kanye West's Yeezus.

Listen to a few of the artists below...

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photo: Merzbow at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

The Red Bull Music Academy will once again take over NYC this year from May 1-30 with several very cool events and various venues.

This year includes a night of all African electronic artists at Villain, a GHE20G0TH1K's biggest ever party which will happen at BK Bazaar with a big lineup including New Orleans Bounce 'sissy rapper' Sissy Nobby's first-ever NYC appearance, the premiere of a new Kid Millions (of Oneida) piece with 20 musicians, a conversation with A$AP Rocky, a PC Music showcase with all their artists and SOPHIE at BRIC House, a conversation with George Clinton, the biggest-ever Nothing Changes party at Output with Merzbow and many others, a Tri Angle Records 5th anniversary party on Wall Street with most of the label's roster, the return of Frankie Bones' Storm Rave party, the debut of FKA twigs' new live show with dancers and more, an Arthur Russell tribute with Dev Hynes, Cults, Phosphorescent (UPDATE: Phosphoresent was initially listed as part of this but is no longer on the lineup), Sam Amidon, Little Scream and more.

Tickets are on sale. The full schedule, with more info, below...

Continue reading "Red Bull Music Academy NY returns - 2015 lineup & schedule (return of the Storm Rave, GHE20G0TH1K, a Kid Millions commission & much more)"

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.

It's the second to last RBMA event after Hudson Mohawke tonight (5/28) and the closing party on Saturday (5/31).

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.

DJ Marfox
DJ Marfox

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...

Continue reading "Mumdance releasing stuff, touring, playing Lit City Trax RBMA, Warm Up & more; DJ Marfox too (dates, streams)"

"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...

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Panda Bear at Warsaw on Sunday (more by PSquared)
Panda Bear

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...

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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
Wolf Eyes
Tim Hecker

"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...

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Robert Henke's Lumiere
Robert Henke's Lumiere

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...

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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...

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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...

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by Bill Pearis

J&R's now-closed storefront (photo via @gr1fter)

More and more Manhattan fixtures seem to be disappearing. The future of Pearl Paint on Canal is shaky, and last week (4/9) J&R Music World shut its doors, though they say not for good:

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.

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]

While the brick and mortar storefront is closed, you can still order from J&R's website.

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.

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the band / Ahmed Gallab with the Lijadu Sisters
Atomic Bomb
Atomic Bomb

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...

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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 16Tickets 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...

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