Archive: August, 2009

Street Scene Day 1 Highlights: Chromeo


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Last night at Street Scene, we finally saw Chromeo in all their glory. While we’ve been to several of their DJ sets and seen both Dave 1 and P-Thugg out at different events throughout the year, this was the first time that we actually saw them perform, and to say that they delivered is a vast understatement. Dave 1′s stage personality was the biggest surprise for me – his rockstar persona was reflected not just in his movements, but also in his outfit, which was a rockier version of his usual pants-and-vest combination.

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Street Scene Day 1 Highlights: Matt & Kim


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Matt & Kim performed in front of an energetic crowd on Friday at Street Scene. Their banter between songs was so inclusive, it felt like you were watching a friends’ band in your backyard. I have to admit, I was lukewarm about their recorded music, but they definitely changed my mind with their live performance. Kim’s face while she played the drums was the picture of sheer joy. Obviously not the singer of the band, she gave ample warning to the audience before taking the mic for one song. Matt is also tons of fun on the keyboard and vocals, standing to amp up the audience whenever he had a break.

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Street Scene Day 1 Highlights: Holy Fuck


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Holy Fuck definitely wins the creativity award of the day at Street Scene on Friday afternoon. Consisting of a drummer, bassist, and two “keyboardists” (and I use that term VERY loosely), the band’s experimental sound can be best described as psychedelic electro, though they also brought in elements from other styles of music. The keyboardists each had a set-up of a variety of knobs, pedals, and gadgets, not to mention at least 15 keyboards, which they rotated between songs.

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Street Scene Day 1 Highlights: Devendra Banhart


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“We’re going to sonically impregnate you, baby,” Devendra Banhart greeted the crowd as he and his band started their set at Street Scene on Friday. A perfect fit for the sunset-lit background, their set started out airy and tropical before moving into bluesy rock. Devendra, sporting a homemade Modest Mouse t-shirt, broke his rib at a show the previous night and was forced to play most of the show seated. As a whole, the band was both laid back and charismatic, our only regret was that we couldn’t see the stage antics that landed Devendra in that position to begin with.

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Amstel Light Brings Mr. Hudson and The Bravery to Webster Hall


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Last Wednesday, Amstel Light brought their national touring event series, Amsterdam Live, to Webster Hall. The event concept is inspired by “Melkweg”, a private nightclub in Amsterdam featuring five different types of art. Amstel definitely delivered, bringing in local artists from Ad Hoc Art to create free t-shirts and The Bravery, Mr. Hudson and DJ Clinton Sparks to provide musical entertainment.

Mr. Hudson’s name has been coming up a lot in the blogosphere, but all I’d heard about him was that he was a protégé of Kanye West, and that he was featured on the final track of Jay-Z’s new album. Naturally, I was expecting a hip-hop performance, so imagine my surprise when a well-dressed Brit took the stage and started spouting reggae-tinged tunes. Mr. Hudson comes across as a modern-day Sting, not just in his voice, but also in his eclectic music, which featured steel drums on a few songs, and also had a hint of country. Just when I thought Mr. Hudson had stolen the show, The Bravery proved to be a worthy headliner, delivering a high-energy performance that oozed with charisma.

Click here to check out photos by Alan Mulligan.

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Interview: Cocked and Loaded with Semi Precious Weapons


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Like classic rock and roll, CBGB may only hold remnants of its past, but seeing Semi Precious Weapons in the “birthplace of punk” was like re-living an ethereal memory that others have only written about. We caught their performance earlier this month at John Varvatos’ monthly Thursday Nite Live party.  While there is no comparison between the John Varvatos store to CBGB, the space stays true to the location that once served as the mecca of punk. Perhaps those days are gone, but with music acts gracing the stage once again, a piece of CBGB can live on through its new occupant.

If Varvatos replacing CBGB is an example of how punk has risen from its former grungy underground scene to glamour and fashion, then there is no better example than the Semi Precious Weapons. Even more fitting of what may arise from Glam-Rock, the group is a great representation of the louche compendium that punk culture has evolved into.

Their music, which lead Singer Justin Tranter describes as, “Rock n Roll. Simple,” is brought to life in their performance. Whether he’s changing his outfit in front of the audience or screaming, “I hope you all get laid,” Justin Tranter’s presence is nothing short of mesmerizing (in high heels, no less). With a fan base that includes Lady Gaga and Perez Hilton, Semi Precious Weapons are off to a promising start.

Read the full interview and watch their unplugged version of “Rock n Roll Never Looked So Beautiful” after the jump.  Semi Precious Weapons will be back in NYC on September 16 as part of the Perez Hilton Presents tour, which also features Ladyhawke, Ida Maria and Frankmusik. Click here to see Kenroy George’s photos of Semi Precious Weapons at the John Varvatos store.

Semi Precious Weapons – Rock’n'Roll Never Looked So Beautiful (unplugged)

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Countdown to Street Scene: Girl Talk


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San Diego, you are in for one hell of a party. On Sunday evening, Girl Talk performed at Jelly’s penultimate Pool Party in Brooklyn to the largest crowd of the summer. Girl Talk has been known to invite the audience to join him on stage while he DJs, but this time, the stage was no match for the party that ensued. Girl Talk’s set came to an unexpected halt so that the crew could repair the stage, which started to buckle under the pressure of dancing fans. The diminished stage crowd didn’t deter Girl Talk from his usual high-energy antics as he continued his set.

Sunday was Girl Talk’s last show on the east coast, but you can catch him this Friday at Street Scene in San Diego. Click here to see pictures from Girl Talk’s show at Hiro Ballroom last May.

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Street Scene Set Times Posted


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Street Scene announced the set times for this weekend’s festival, which means we now have the arduous task of planning our busy schedule. While with five stages, there’s bound to be some conflicts, the times are planned well enough so that we can catch all of our favorite acts. If you’re a fan of both Cake and Chromeo, you might have some trouble on Friday; hip hop greats Busta Rhymes and Public Enemy overlap on Saturday, but you can still see both sets in part if you plan it right. 


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Reclaim the Dancefloor with Doorly in Ibiza


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Experiencing Ibiza is one of those thrills that can not quite be illuminated with words. After all, it’s all about losing one’s self to the dancefloor, so if you are not familiar with this sort of daft idealism then I’m afraid this post might be a bit worthless. The island always provides this opportunity at the hands of arguably the finest DJs in the world, yet I’ve always been left sensing something was lacking from my soundtrack. This is where Ibiza Rocks’ Reclaim The Dancefloor shakes things up.

Every Tuesday for the past two months, artists like 2 Many Djs, Skream, Steve Aoki, Pendulum, &  Boys Noize redefined the perception of what a Balearic summer should sound like. Paired with rock acts MGMT and Vampire Weekend, the island’s non-stop party never looked so good. If you haven’t made it out to Ibiza yet this summer, pack your bags now as there are just three of these parties left with the closing night bringing you The Klaxons and Digitalism.

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Since we have arrived at the climax of these events, we want to shed some light on Doorly, the unsung hero who holds the resident honor at every single Reclaim party. Remixing everyone from Dizzee Rascal & Calvin Harris to Kanye West & Major Lazer, this man inflicts rhythms that switch across filthy dubstep and banging electro. Before the summer began, he put together a warm-up podcast which he dubs “the 1am to 2am warm up set” and we believe it’s still pretty hot. Judge for yourself.

Doorly – Reclaim The Dancefloor Warm-Up

Hit the jump for the full tracklist, an interview with Doorly & Steve Aoki, and a bonus Doorly track.

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BBC’s Essential Mix: Felix da Housecat


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Chicago house legend Felix da Housecat serves up this week’s Essential Mix with electro funk. This man has been producing tracks since 1987 and  is consistently on the DJ Mag’s Top 100 list. He drops a new album, He Was King, August 25th, and he will be stopping by Brooklyn, September 12th, at 213 N. Eighth Street.

Now tune into two hours of non-stop booty beats as the Aphrohead takes over.

Felix da Housecat – Essential Mix

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