the week in Dance w/ Showtrotta (Sebastien Tellier, Fools Gold, Fake Blood, Lifelike, Trus’me & more…)
DOWNLOAD: The Black Ghosts - Any Way (Fake Blood mix) (MP3)
Sebastien Tellier @ LPR - Dec 11, 2008 (natkg)
From Tuesday my week in dance hit a slight hiccup. Thursday night (12/11) it was pouring when I arrived at Le Poisson Rouge for Sebastien Tellier and despite not waiting outside long at all, I still entered the venue sogggy. Unfortunately I also arrived just in time to see Hearts Revolution. I've seen them once before. I'm fine with their beats and I like some remixes of their tracks, but I find their shows to be atrocious (ouch - ed). It's mainly due to Lo's singing which is shrill and unpleasant to begin with, but the lead vocalist's unnecessary commentary which included complaining about the bright stage lights this time around (and wanting to go home and go to bed the previous time I saw her) was not helping matters. Thankfully their show was pretty short and Sebastien Tellier was on not too long after.
While Sebastien Tellier had my Tellier fanatic-friends and I bugging out when we last saw him at Hiro, this time around the experience was much more subdued. The stage show was a little toned down - less pelvic thrusting and fun with the microphone. I brought a Tellier-virgin along and was concerned about what he was thinking of Frenchman... Though everyone seemed really into it, and it was still a decent show, my distance from the stage, and concern that my friend was/wasn't enjoying himself, and a slightly less outrageous performance, made his show at Le Poisson Rouge fall short of the madness I experienced at Hiro in July.
Luckily things picked right back up where they left off Friday night...
Fake Blood @ Studio B - December 12, 2008
I made the very difficult decision to skip Alan Braxe at Webster Hall and instead opted to see Fake Blood at Studio B. Despite arriving to a not too crowded Studio B around 12:30 I was feeling good about my decision. The Trouble & Bass deejays had the people who were there getting down, and Mikix's the Cat's set that followed touched on a number of genres, somehow perfectly balancing elements of B-more, melody, and grime into a mix that was as easily listenable as it was danceable.
At 1:30 Fake Blood, who I think I can finally say is DJ Touche (1/2 of the Black Ghosts) without getting anyone in trouble, began what was an hour and a half of great beats linking together one after the other of his excellent remixes, as well as other tracks that were given the Fake Blood treatment on the spot via some of the more creative scratching and sampling I've heard in a long time.
Fake Blood at Studio B - December 12, 2008, Partial Setlist
Green Velvet - La La Land
Whirlpool Productions - From : Disco To Disco
Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip - Look For The Woman (Fake Blood Remix)
Underworld - Ring Road (Fake Blood Remix)
Little Boots - Stuck On Repeat (Fake Blood Remix)
Tiga - Mind Dimension
South Rakkas Crew - South Rakkas Crew (Fake Blood Remix)
The Kills - Cheap and Cheerful (Fake Blood Remix)
Soulwax - Teachers (which he manipulated to say "Fake Blood is in the house"; Check out his blog for info on how he gets the "Fake Blood" vocal into all of his remixes.)
Fake Blood - Mars (at which point everybody lost it)
Tittsworth - WTF
Lifelike @ Plan B - December 16, 2008
Fake Blood was so awesome I went to see him again at a very packed Plan B on Tuesday. He did not disappoint - but the crowd leaving right after his set was over did. They missed out on a great, melodic, updated French house set from Lifelike and some expertly chosen tracks from Franki Chan that I unfortunately had to abandon mid-set for the sake of getting some sleep.
Last week will be hard to top, but I think there are definitely some options for this week that make it a possibility....
Friday night (12/19) Fool's Gold is throwing a great party that gets started nice and early (9pm). There will be free booze, good tunes to get down to, and by the time it's all over (1am) you'll still have hours to spend on some other dancefloors. All the info is below, plus Nick Catchdubs' (who is one of the deejays on the bill) December Top 10:
FOOL'S GOLD FAMILY & FRIENDS HOLIDAY BASH
9pm-1am / 21+
OPEN BAR - FREE w/ RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
12 West 21st St
New York City
Nick Catchdubs' Dec. '08 Top Ten
1. Beyonce "Single Ladies" - Sony
2. Dances With White Girls "Everyone's Got To Make A Living" - Throne Of Blood
3. Paleface & Kyla "Do You Mind (Crazy Cousinz Remix)" - white
4. His Majesty Andre "Peep Thong" - Cheap Thrills
5. DJ Sneak "Bridgin The Gap" - Robsoul
6. Babobinga f. DJ Nasty "State Of Ghetto Jackin (Dave Nada Remix)" - Trouble & Bass
7. Zinc "Submarines" - Bingo
8. DMX Krew "Bass Drop" - Turbo
9. Black Milk Tronik - Fat Beats
10. Metronomy "A Thing For Me (Breakbot Remix)" - Because
Bonus Beat - Common Universal Mind Control - G.O.O.D. / Geffen (half the LP is awesome! i was surprised too!)
- More disco is happening at Lounge 87 where Play It Loud is throwing a Christmas/record release party for DRRTYHAZE single "Superhigh" (Tirk Recordings) with guest DJ Drilla (DRRTYHAZE), Darshan Jesrani of Metro Area, Son of Sound, and Doug Gomez
Free with RSVP (name and number of guests) to List@GBH.tv. Tell the door person you are on the GBH Guest List.
- DJ Jus-ed is at this week's Bunker at Public Assembly. Info below, also check out a recent interview with DJ Jus-ed over at Resident Advisor, plus his Underground Quality Radio Show on Radio Myhouse-Yourhouse:
11pm, back room, $10.
Saturday (12/20) the great guys from Fixed (JDH & Dave P) have put together an awesome $2 Bill Holiday Party with In Flagranti to close out their partying for this year (though they've got plenty scheduled for '09 already including Max Tundra, Lindstrom, and Little Boots!).
2 for 1 well drinks and domestic beers from 10pm- midnight!
Advanced tickets available here.
Also on Saturday - the Rub are having their 3rd Annual Warehouse Party with special guest deejays TBA:
$10 with RSVP.
Here's what's going on Sunday into the beginning of next week:
- The ALIVE/Vinyl Life Xmas Party is happening at Public Assembly. It looks really interesting, especially Raw Paw (Michna from Ghostly International's four-piece band). More info here.
There are already a lot of great parties and events coming up dance-wise for the new year, but this is one I just found out about and am really looking forward to:
Having been completely unfamiliar with Trus'me's work, I first saw him deejay at the Yard this summer on a whim after liking what I'd heard from him while writing the Week In Dance.
From the beginning of his set at the Yard I was hooked immediately as he was playing some great housey, discoey tunes that were perfectly suited to the hot outdoor party and had everyone out on the floor.
A couple of months ago, I managed to sneak away from the CMJ madness to see him deejay at Le Souk - he had the place absolutely packed and getting down at 1am on a Tuesday night, right at the beginning of CMJ.
Trus'me is doing something right and I am sure this party at APT will be no different. Check out the latest Resident Advisor Podcast and interview with Trus'me to get a better idea of the beats that you're in for and what the man behind them has been up to. Mark your calendars - this is just one of many awesome things headed our way for next year, but if you like house, disco, and "all corners of the record shop" you definitely won't want to miss this.