Entries tagged with: Todd Terje
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can check out the full list below...
It's not just you: Over the last five years, there's been a seismic shift in the way we engage with music. We tweet, tumbl, stream, and share our favorite songs; we scour dead links and navigate obtrusive pop-ups for the newest mixtapes; we watch our music videos on Youtube and Vevo. We watched the explosion of EDM, the birth of drill, the rise and fall of chillwave. We debated how to pronounce FKA twigs, whether the album was dead, and where Bobby Shmurda's hat went. We met Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Grimes, Jessie Ware, Disclosure, Miguel, and Charli XCX. We saw LCD Soundsystem break up, Neutral Milk Hotel reunite, and My Bloody Valentine release a new album--a shooting star if there ever was one. [Pitchfork]By the end of this year it will be halfway through the current decade, and to mark that, Pitchfork is posting lists of the best tracks, albums, and videos of the decade so far, this week. Today, they put out their list of the top 200 tracks. Like most of Pitchfork's 'top tracks' lists, it ranges from big names to underdogs in indie, electronic, hip hop and more, plus a few huge radio-pop songs sprinkled in. Can you guess what made #1?
Check out the full list HERE and browse the top 20, below...
The annual two-day FYF Fest is returning to LA from August 23-24 this year, and the lineup was just announced. It includes The Strokes, Phoenix, the reunited Blood Brothers who haven't played sine 2007 (!), Slowdive, Slint, Flying Lotus, Grimes, Blood Orange, Darkside, Jamie xx, Haim, Little Dragon, Future Islands, Death Grips (we know FYF is a festival they actually play), Ty Segall, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Against Me!, Built to Spill, Murder City Devils, The Bronx, Angel Olsen, Four Tet, Earl Sweatshirt, Joanna Gruesome and many more.
Tickets go on sale May 22 at noon PDT. Full lineup below...
by Bill Pearis
Todd Terje released his teriffic debut, It's Album Time!, this week. (Stream it at Rdio.) While he's best known for '80s-inspired arpeggiated workouts like "Inspector Norse" and "Delorean Dynamite" the album kicks off with new single "Leisure Suit Preben" which owes more to Ennio Morricone's exotica side than to Jan Hammer. It may also owe a little to a classic video game.
The single's accompanying video, directed by Espen Friberg & Emil Høgset, follows Preben himself (played by Edvard Tidemann) on a sleazy drunken night in Oslo. Like the song itself, it takes an interesting turn halfway through. Watch it below.
by Bill Pearis
Although he's released a steady stream of singles, Norway's Todd Terje has yet to release a full-length. That changes on April 8, the day Terje says It's Album Time. That's the groovy cover art above, which was done by illustrator Bendik Kaltenborn who's worked with Terje on his last few single sleeves. The record features a cover of Robert Palmer's "Johnny and Mary" with lead vocals from Bryan Ferry, plus previously released tracks "Inspector Norse" and "Strandbar." You can stream a new song -- "Delorean Dynamite" complete with a Phil Collins/Miami Vice-style drum fill -- and check out the album tracklist below.
by Andrew Sacher
One of the more interesting upcoming producers in the NYC electronic scene this year was Rioux, whose Supersymmetry EP and "Spirit Calling" single are both excellent doses of psychedelic dance music and highly recommended. To celebrate the holidays, Rioux has put together a mixtape called Aurora with some of the standout electronic tracks of the year from Jon Hopkins, Arca, Todd Terje, Jams Holden, Oneohtrix Point Never, Darkside, and others, in addition to one of his own tracks, "Hologram II." Says Rioux of the mix:
I wanted to prepare a mix that is focused less on re-imaginations of tracks like I usually put forth, but rather a seamless string of instant-classics with clean and subtle transitions.The mixtape makes its premiere in this post, and you can stream it along with the tracklist, below. That's the artwork above.
Despite having grown up in Detroit and living in Berlin and New York, I've always been attracted to warm climates. This year though I'm embracing the cold winter more than ever and Aurora, with its icy sound palette, goes hand in hand with this impulse.
Rioux is also planning more singles and a full-length titled Here Comes Now for 2014 so stay tuned for that. Meanwhile, you can watch the video for this year's "Supersymmetry" along with the new mix, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?
Check out the full top 100 below...
The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival is just around the corner, with a kickoff show tonight (11/7) and then starting in full this weekend, and the set times for the festival have just been released. Head HERE to check out the full, interactive schedule, where you can make your own personal schedule and also share it with others. You'll notice a couple things were switched too, like Pete Tong's show moving from 285 Kent to Music Hall of Williamsburg and Actress in turn moving from MHOW to 285.
Tonight's kickoff show starts at 10 PM at Output with Skream, MK, Oneman, and more. The rest of the festival continues from Friday (11/8) to Sunday (11/10) across multiple Brooklyn venues with sets from Evian Christ, Lunice, Actress, Oneohtrix Point Never, Kastle, xxxy and many more.
There's also been a few lineup changes: Todd Terje had to drop off due to a family emergency, and Letherette and Andre Bratten can no longer make it due to visa issues.
As discussed, the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival is returning to Brooklyn venues Music Hall of Williamsburg, Glasslands, 285 Kent, Cameo, Villain, and Output from November 8-10 with sets from Evian Christ, Todd Terje, Lunice, Kastle, Skream, xxxy, and many more. Since we last spoke, there's been a few additions like Oneohtrix Point Never (who also plays MoMA PS1 soon) and Actress. Daily room lineups have also been announced and individual tickets are available for each show, including the pre-party on Thursday, 11/7. 3-Day passes are also still available.
Check out the full schedule, with ticket links, below...
BEMF 2012 (more by Oliver Correa & Amanda Rohowsky)
The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival has announced it will return this year from November 8-10 across various Brooklyn venues. As usual, they've booked a ton of great forward-thinking electronic artists including Yeezus collaborator Evian Christ, Todd Terje, Lunice (of TNGHT), Kastle, Skream, xxxy, Rockie Fresh, Star Slinger, Groundislava, Jerome LOL, Mike Servito (The Bunker), Oneman, Nick Hook, Lamin Fofana, Jackmaster, DJ Sliink, Pete Tong, John DIgweed and more. Full initial lineup and flyer below.
This year, the festival will include shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Glasslands, 285 Kent, Cameo, and new-ish Williamsburg dance club Output, where there will also be a pre-show on November 7. 3-day passes for the festival are on sale now, and tickets for individual shows will go on sale in October.
If you can't make it to the festival, you can also stream it live at Boiler Room.
Listen to the BEMF 2013 Mix by Kaytranada, along with the flyer and lineup, below...
by Bill Pearis
Why did you guys decide to do a live show together?
Both of us wanted to try something new after many years of travelling alone. What we do on our own is still quite exciting for us, but we think this new way of working together, bouncing ideas off each other could spark inspiration, like what happens between musicians in a band. Every time we practise we start playing some stupid cover, like Chicago's "If You Leave Me Now." We can't help it.
Can you tell us a bit about your set-up and what your show entails? How would you describe the overall sound?
Definitely more hardware. We've gotten a lot of new gear the last couple of years, and they've become quite important for our sound. There'll be more actual playing (not just hitting "play"), more not knowing what's going to happen the next minute. Well, it's electronic and it's danceable so we're not going to claim any peace prizes, but as both of us have backgrounds as musicians, we'll probably make it a tad more playful and hopefully add real music to it. What we need to do is set boundaries for improvising, find out how wrong we can go and how to pull ourselves back in. And no, we don't do requests. - [Resident Advisor]Norwegian dance mavens Todd Terje and Lindstrøm first worked together as the former mixed and edited the latter's album, Smallhans. Then a more formal collaboration happened early this year with the collaborative single, "Lanzarote," which you can stream below. (Anyone else getting some serious Haddaway vibes off this?) Along with this, the two announced they would be spending most of 2013 on tour together as a duo. Todd Terje & Lindstrøm will make their U.S. live debut on September 5 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Tickets are on sale now. It's their only U.S. date so far.
Meanwhile, Todd Terje followed up last year's terrific The Arps EP with a new single, "Strandbar," that begins as a samba and then heads off into more than a few other directions. He also just made an "essential mix" for BBC1 Radio featuring nearly 30 tracks ranging from Ryuichi Sakamoto to Men at Work. Both "Strandbar" and that mix are streamable below.
We were just talking about a new dance club that will be known for its soundsystem opening in Williamsburg (and the "new Brooklyn electronic underground"), but let's take a second to acknowledge a NYC club with similar specs that has been going strong for a decade. Cielo (18 Little West 12th Street) is celebrating its 10th anniversary in existence with events all month. They also were just named "Best Sound System in North America" by Beatport.
With two down and eight celebratory nights still to go, the party continues tonight (1/18) with Wolf + Lamb vs Soul Clap which is sold out; and moves on to tomorrow (1/19) with Tania Vulcano, Willie Graff, and + Filsonik before finally polishing off the weekend with Horse Meat Disco on Sunday (1/20). Another weekend of events follows, leading up to the finale with Todd Terje & Danny Krivit on 1/31. Tickets to all those shows (apart from tonight's) are still available.
Congrats to Cielo! Full listing of 10th Anniversary events are below.
by Bill Pearis
Pitchfork just posted their much anticipated list of the top 100 tracks of 2012. The #1 slot went to... Grimes! Whether you thought the whole of her album Visions was good or not, it was hard to deny the charms of "Oblivion." (Having that great video didn't hurt either.) Do you think it deserved to top the list? If not then what song should've?
You can check out P4K's entire hot 100 of 2012 below.
Jeff of Passion Pit in Austin in September (more by Tim Griffin)
Passion Pit do a great job of combining pop songwriting and forward-thinking electronic music trends, so when we reached out to their members for a list of their favorite albums of the year, it makes sense that the list has a pretty even split of both of things. The list comes from bassist Jeff Apruzzese and includes the knob-turning greatness of Todd Terje, Disclosure, TNGHT, Scuba, and more, combined with the pop sensibilities of Alt-J, Tame Impala, Alabama Shakes, and more. You can check out Jeff's whole list below.
A list of all Passion Pit dates and Jeff's 2012 Top 10 are below.
Instrumental hip hop producer RJD2, who has a handful of solo material along with a number of collaborations with rappers in the Def Jux/Rhymesayers realm (among other things), will be celebrating New Year's Eve in NYC with a show at Gramercy Theater (12/31) with Com Truise and Chrome Sparks (DJ). Tickets for that show are still available and we also have two pairs to giveaway. Details on how to win are below.
In more year-end celebrations for RJD2, we spoke to him about his top ten things of 2012. Only four of them are albums and only three of those albums came out this year, but it's a pretty awesome list and you can check out the entire thing below.
by Bill Pearis
Pun-loving Norwegian electronic artist Todd Terje released It's the Arps back in Janaury a effervescent EP of highly enjoyable, highly arpeggiated instrumental synthpop made entirely on the ARP 2600. The record -- and its lead single "Inspector Norse" -- has been popping up on Best of 2012 lists, like Animal Collective who included the "Norse" video in theirs. You can check out that video below.
Meanwhile, Todd Terje's 2005 single "Eurodans" is now the basis for Robbie Williams most recent single, "Candy," and you can watch the video for that below, along with a stream of Terje's original.
Todd Terje has some DJ gigs coming up, including one in NYC at Cielo on January 31 and tickets are available now. It's his only upcoming North American show but all upcoming DJ dates are listed below, along with a stream of It's the Arps and the "Inspector Norse" video.
As mentioned, Animal Collective are playing two nights at Terminal 5 (12/4-5) to make up for their cancelled Williamsburg Park show. The first night (12/4) is with Traxman, and no opener has been announced yet for the second night. Tickets for both shows are still available and a portion of the proceeds will go to The American Red Cross to help Hurricane Sandy relief.
Like Amanda Palmer, Animal Collective just spoke to us about their top 10 things of 2012, some of which were albums, like the one by their tourmates Micachu & The Shapes and the new Madlib-produced Georgia Anne Muldrow album, whereas other things on the list were restaurants they had memorable dinners at and British sketch comedy shows. You can check out the whole thing below.
Lindstrom will be releasing a 12" of remixes from his Six Cups of Rebel LP on June 25 with remixes from Oneohtrix Point Never (who plays Ecstatic Summer), Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, and Mark McGuire (of Emeralds). Have a listen to Oneohtrix Point Never's take on "Call Me Anytime" below.
Lindstrom is currently on a tour which brings him to NYC on Friday (5/25) for the previously discussed Webster Hall show with Simian Mobile Disco (tickets). That tour will also bring him to Detroit's Movement Electronic Music Festival this weekend where he'll play alongside Public Enemy, Actress, SBTRKT, Major Lazer, Gold Panda, Nina Kraviz, Matias Aguayo, FaltyDL, AraabMUZIK and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now. The full lineup is listed below.
Speaking of electronic music festivals, Mutek goes down in Montreal from May 30 - June 3. The Mutek lineup includes Kode9, Nicolas Jaar, Clark, Blondes, Apparat, Shlohmo, Shackleton, Stephen O'Malley & Tim Hecker, Biosphere & Lustmord, and more. The full lineup is listed below.
In related news, as mentioned, Apparat will come to NYC after Mutek for a show at Gramercy Theater on May 31. It's since been announced that Sleepyhead will open that show. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Contest details below, along with a list of all dates, song stream, and those festival lineups.
It used to be where Issue Project Room was located. They moved and the outdoor Gowanus Canal space opened as the Yard, which then changed to BKLYN Yard. Always a mystery as to whether the outdoor venue will return each year, last summer it was shut down just as it was getting started. You might remember when all events were cancelled in June which was followed by the weekly daytime dance party 'Sunday Best' un-cancelling but becoming alcohol-free, and then cancelling again (and moving to Brooklyn Fireproof).
WELL, they haven't given up! Sunday Best, put on by the people behind Mister Saturday Night, have changed their party name to Mister Sunday and will return to the space this summer, though the location is now known as Gowanus Grove (identity crisis!). They write:
We've been keeping this one under our hats for a while, but the time has come to spill the beans. In just over a month, on Memorial Day Weekend, we're introducing Mister Sunday, the outdoor, Sunday afternoon spinoff of Mister Saturday Night. Clever name, we know.Stay tuned for whether there will be non-Mister Sunday events held there. Mister Sunday flyer and current lineup below...
If you ever came to Sunday Best at BKLYN Yard, you'll know the place: it's the same canal-side, tree-spotted plot of land at 400 Carroll Street between Bond and Nevins in Brooklyn, now rechristened Gowanus Grove.
If you never made it down, let us count the ways you're going to love it. First, kids and dogs - you can bring them. We love them, and we don't get to see enough of them on Saturday nights. Second, superb food - we're teaming up with Brooklyn Flea to install a small but ace team of food vendors. Right now, we've confirmed Mile End, who will be serving a bunch of stuff you can't get at the storefront in Boerum Hill, and we're soon to confirm at least one more. Third, our friends from Botanica, the best little bar in the five boroughs, are taking care of the booze.
And last, but certainly not least, is the music. The Mister Saturday Night residents, Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin, the gents that pull the strings to bring it all together, will be playing records each and every Sunday through the summer on the big, blue soundsystem. There'll be guests alongside them occasionally as well. Moodymann, Todd Terje, Horse Meat Disco, Optimo and Space Dimension Controller will all take their turns, and on opening day, Four Tet will drop by.
And that's all there is to say about that. We'll see you outside.
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The Yard on a Sunday (cred)
Before I get into what's going on this weekend I want to bring a remix to your attention. "Hey Boy Hey Girl (Soulwax 2 Many DJ's Remix)" by The Chemical Brothers is available for free here. I've only listened to it once so far and am still figuring out what to make of this marriage between two of my favorite artists. Despite that, I think it will be devastating once someone drops it in the middle of a set on a good, loud system....I can't wait. Now on to another thing I can't wait for...the weekend -