Archive: February, 2010

Thom Yorke and Flying Lotus Announce Tour


Yesterday, Thom Yorke took to Radiohead’s official website to announce the name of his latest project, Atoms for Peace, along with a handful of tour dates this April. The band, which was listed as Thom Yorke???? on the Coachella line-up, consists of Flea from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich,  Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco, both of whom worked on Yorke’s solo project, The Eraser.

Atoms for Peace will be joined by Flying Lotus for this five-city tour, which will include two dates at Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Thom Yorke will appear on the track “…And the World Laughs With You” on Flying Lotus’ upcoming album, Cosmogramma, which will be released on May 4th through Warp Records.

The tour will kick off at Roseland Ballroom on April 5th and will end at Coachella on April 18. Tickets for the New York shows will be available on Tuesday (March 2) through the W.A.S.T.E. website and on Friday (March 5) through Ticketmaster. See the full list of tour dates after the jump…

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Magical Properties Tour Live Review: A Sparkling Spectacle Of Bass


New Yorkers are spoiled in terms of music; in a night where great parties run simultaneously, people must pick and choose which way their doldrums must go. In the end, the best way to go is with the anticipation of the vibe of the party that one goes to. With the Magical Properties tour (which features Jogger, Nosaj Thing and Daedelus), the sounds go between earthy, muddled, spastic and euphoric all at once. With a lineup that personifies audible contrast, the trio of acts would come to the art-deco-basement that is Le Poisson Rouge and provide a plethora of audible treats that ranged from IDM to dubstep all at once. Starting late into the early morning (quarter past midnight to be exact), openers Jogger came on and played a set that had its moments of unusually ethereal to downright weirdly trippy. Fiddling between MIDI controllers and guitar pedal boards, the duo found ways to include sweet melodies into near-WARP-like rhythms. While this was interesting, it certainly did not have a flow to its purpose. Jogger showed signs of musical curiosity but will need more to prove their weight in their tracks live. However, they did do their job in hyping the crowd up for what was to come; which was artistry through blinking lights and beat pads.

Nosaj Thing came on to a healthy dose of claps and woos, set up his MPD32 and did he what he does best; blow the roof off the place. The crowd went nuts with every changing beat pattern, every trick he had in his sleeve, and every time he fiddled with the knobs of his controller. The dancefloor shook with a definitive intensity that was powerful as much as it was passionate. Playing for almost 60 minutes, Nosaj Thing went between playing his own tracks and remixes while stopping by to France via a drop of Mr. Oizo’s “Z”, which got a screaming applause from a few particular audience members. Closing out subtly, the crowd applauded wildly while he gracefully bowed out to the final performance of the night, which would be provided by Victorian revivalist Daedelus.

The performance art that is a Daedelus live set is centered around the controller that is now famously know as the Monome, which provides custom control between sequencing, looping, editing and all other sorts of nerdy musical gigs. With the Monome facing the crowd, Daedelus let the audience savor in the artistry that took place live. Breaking bits of current dubstep tunes into crazy synth lines and vocal sample cut-ups, new songs were formed almost instantaneously, and with that a collective force of loud and aggressive crowd that seemed to have emanated from the ground up, starting with foot stomps and ending with fist pumps.  Piecing together bits from tunes of artists such as Untold, James Blake and Joy Orbison, the craftiness of Daedelus showed that he was in charge of the night’s destiny, taking the souls standing on the dancefloor to an entirely new world of mashed-up euphoria. The result was a crowd full of smiles, excitement and longing for the next time these artists would come together to dominate a floor like they did on this night. One may never know, but one will remember the night’s peaks and valleys; from the occasional shouts of sample-heavy love to the knee-shattering bass wobbles, there will be no way to get the sounds, sights and sensations felt on this night out of anyone’s mind.

Be sure to check out our recent interview with Nosaj Thing and have a look at the rest of the night’s photos.

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The Art of Collaboration: A-Trak & Chilly Gonzales


Last Thursday, we caught the third installment of Chilly GonzalesPiano Talk Show, a four-part series with a featured guest performer at each show. Gonzales, who recently set the Guinness World Record for longest live piano performance (27 hours, 3 minutes and 44 seconds), wore a robe and slippers when he took the stage for his cabaret-style performance. He played songs that ranged from classical pieces and traditional Jewish tunes to songs with spoken lyrics, amusing the crowd with witty and brutally honest banter in between.

Special guest A-Trak joined Gonzales on stage during a jazzy piece, and took over by recording a snippet of the song, replaying it with a beat, and adding his trademark scratching. After some more banter, where Gonzales called A-Trak “the Michael Jackson of the turntables”, the duo went into a medley of songs where A-Trak added vocal instrumentals and scratches to Gonzales’ piano melody. The medley included Stevie Wonder’s “Uptight (Everything is Alright)”, R. Kelly’s “Fiesta”, Tears for Fears’ “Shout”, Steely Dan’s “Back Jack”, Chaka Khan’s “Sweet Thing”, and Clipse’s “Wamp Wamp (What it Do)”. The duet (or “Jewet”, as Gonzales put it) presented a unique take on each song that showcased the two artists’ significant talents.

In the past two years, we’ve seen A-Trak perform more times than we can count, most often in a club setting where he typically spins a blend of hip-hop and electro with his signature scratching and beat juggling thrown into the mix. You can always count on his club sets to get a crowd moving, but its in special performances like this where A-Trak really shines.

Last October, A-Trak was among the momentous roster of scratch legends who came together to pay tribute to the late Grandmaster Roc Raida. Turntable veterans, including the members of the X-Ecutioners and Beat Junkies, took turns recreating some of the Grandmaster’s celebrated turntable routines. As the youngest DJ to win the DMC World Championship (at age 15), A-Trak is comparatively new to the scratching scene, but he more than held his own among his older cohorts, eliciting an overwhelmingly positive reaction from a surprised crowd.

Like the Roc Raida tribute, A-Trak and Chilly Gonzales’ duet for the Piano Talk Show was a collaboration so rare, it is likely to be a once-in-a-lifetime moment. The performance revealed a new layer of skill and creativity that reaffirms A-Trak’s position as one of the top DJs in the world. MTV recently announced that A-Trak and Travis Barker are building a live show that will debut in Los Angeles on March 9 and 10. Needless to say, we’re looking forward to seeing what comes out of this new accord.

Check out Nicky Digital‘s video of A-Trak and Chilly Gonzales’ performance below, then click through for a round-up of photos from A-Trak’s various exploits around town. Don’t miss Chilly Gonzales’ final performance of the Piano Talk Show at Joe’s Pub this Thursday where he will be performing with Princess Superstar, and be sure to download his Pianist Envy mixtape HERE.


Chilly Gonzales and A-Trak perform at Joe’s Pub on February 18, 2010

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Photo Gallery: Trouble & Bass with DZ and Kanji Kinetic (February 20, 2010)


Last Saturday, the Trouble & Bass Crew (Drop the Lime, The Captain, AC Slater and Star Eyes) shook the walls of Santos Party House with the help of DZ and Kanji Kinetic.

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Photo Gallery: Whipped at Baddies (February 18, 2010)


Featuring Andy Rourke (of The Smiths), Matt + Maia, and Alex English.

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Made of Love: The Draw of Ferry Corsten and John Dahlbäck


Ferry Corsten and John Dahlback kicked off Made Event and A|X Armani Exchange‘s new event series this past Saturday at the 2,100-capacity Nokia Theatre in Times Square. Featuring a massive expensive and expansive sets of lights, the group behind the Electric Zoo Music Festival created a stage that transformed Nokia Theater to a dance music getaway for a night. Poised to please party-goers with a concert-style production, the artists took advantage of the sound,  lighting, and visual effects put in place and shook a packed house with house and trance music.

While John Dahlback may be in his early twenties, the Swedish house music producer exudes experience. At the age of 25, it is easy for Dahlback to look young, but pressing away at knobs, the skills he has honed since starting his career at 16 (the same age Corsten released his first album) gives some of the best in the industry a run for their money. With a commanding body of work, Dahlback’s chart toppers has solidified him and his electro-house productions as a sensation – his most recent “Love Inside” featuring Andy P. Dahlback  played a variety  in a style that has garnered him respect from fans and  DJs alike who praise his countless tracks, remixes and appearances – this writer included. Sweating behind the decks, he pumped sounds that worked-up the audience and set the stage ablaze for Ferry Corsten.

Stepping onto the stage it was apparent that a star was in the house. Ferry Corsten, the Dutch producer and DJ, has the ability to pull audiences in the ten of thousands to his events – the Nokia Theater doesn’t have the capacity, but it was obvious the thousands who were there considered themselves lucky to be in the same room with one of the World’s top DJs and music producers. From screams to coo’s and an ovation at appearance, Ferry’s responded by taking advantage of the full audio-visual production. The lights flooded the room and exploded to the glee of the audience – as if it were the Fourth of July on a stage. With a bit of “je ne sais quoi” about his ways, Ferry makes the connection of music to elements of feelings that are accentuated in trance. As if he were talking to the audience with his choice of song, Ferry infused elements of trance like a ballad – almost as if he were executing a symphony and orchestrating a cinematic score.  From the stage, Ferry was a conductor at a podium illuminated in rays of light that rendered the stage to a floating deck with the DJs at a center of a cloud and haze of lights. The audience erupted in excitement and sang along like a choir when Ferry played “Silence is Loud” by Altitude. He was met with the same fervor when he  played his mix of “Catch” by Kosheen and his original tracks “Forever” and “Beautiful.”

If the first is of any indication of what is to follow, then we anticipate the series to be of experience and surprise  surmounted by a great venue with talent – right in the heart of New York City. Ferry Corsten set the mark – making it clear as he remarked “this is number one.” In any case, the DJs felt their audience, connected with them and delivered what they wanted and left them begging for more. Past four o’clock in the morning, the room was still packed – no one wanted to go home. So, what does a magician do when he’s already pulled many tricks from his sleeves and the audience begs for more? Ferry met the crowd’s demand with “Radio Crash.” But, of all the tracks he played, the song that exemplifies Ferry’s work and hit home for the audience was his original song “Made of Love” featuring Betsie Larkin – Check it out below.

For more on Ferry, tune in to his show on Sirius XM Radio, Corsten’s Countdown every Wednesday at 9pm ET. Upcoming spring dates in the new series at the Nokia Theater will feature, ATB, Eric Prydz and Sébastien Léger at the Rockwell Group-designed Nokia Theatre.

CHECK OUT photos from the illuminating night by Oliver Correa. Click through for a list of Made’s upcoming events and video for Ferry Corsten’s “Made of Love”

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Behind the Scenes: Kidz in the Hall “Jukebox” Video


Last week, Kidz in the Hall debuted the music video for “Jukebox”, the first single off their upcoming album, Land of Make Believe. “Jukebox” is co-directed by BBGUN’s Alex Bergman and Max Bohichik, who also helmed Kid Cudi’s breakthrough video, “Day ‘N’ Night”. Watch the video below, then click through to check out some exclusive behind-the-scenes photos of the shoot at Double Down Saloon.

Kidz in the Hall will kick off the Crowd Control Tour at Highline Ballroom on February 28 with 88 Keys, Izza Kizza and Donnis – get your tickets HERE. Land of Make Believe will be released on March 9. In the meantime, CLICK HERE to download the Reality Bites Mixtape, a collection of songs mixed by DJ Moon Dawg that includes tracks from Kidz in the Hall’s last album, The In Crowd (2008) and a few cuts from the new album.

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Cloak and Dagger: A Dim Mak Showcase of Archetypal Artists


This past Thursday, Dim Mak presented a showcase hosted by Roxy Cottontail that included Ninjasonik, Japanther, Team Facelift, The Auctioneers,  DJs Gina Turner, Jonathan Famous, Fashen and “(not so) secret European guests” DJ Mehdi, Justice, Uffie and others in town for Ed Banger Record’s seven year anniversary party. The roller-coaster-of-a-night fueled moments of beers in the air, crowd surfing and a party with enough noise and bass to render 96 Lafayette Street on the richter scale as a minuscule earthquake. Fat Jew of Team Facelift summed it up best when he remarked, “its time to make mistakes… let’s have some fun.” And indeed, they did – bringing along rapper Buckshot for the festivities.

Back from their European tour, Ninjasonik rocked the crowd…as usual. DJ Fasheen followed with a combination of mixes that added to the reverberation on the riveting and busy dance floor. The toast of the night, DJ Mehdi surprised the audience with a set that packed the dance floor well into the night. Displaying a great variety of talent and acts (mainly from New York), Cloak and Dagger vivified  a cold Winter night with fun indoors. The event seeks to “provide the best in electro” and “solidify dominance over the dance floor” as a part of a new monthly series at Santos Party House with Steve Aoki’s Dim  Mak label.

Check out photos from the revelry of Cloak and Dagger by Oliver Correa.

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Ed Banger All-Nighter


When you hit the seven-year mark, you either go big or go home, and after making the trip across the Atlantic, the latter was definitely not an option for French label Ed Banger Records. Everything about their seven-year anniversary celebration was massive: the venue, the line-up, the cake, and the overall atmosphere hit all the right notes for the sold-out crowd at Terminal 5.

The evening began with DJ sets by Breakbot and DJ Mehdi, followed by a surprise guest set by Ed Banger “cousin” A-Trak. Uffie, accompanied by Ed Banger DJ/producer Feadz, briefly took the stage to perform two songs, ”MC’s Can Kiss” and “Illusion of Love”, from her new album, Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans.

Head honcho Busy P had the most festive set, which saw the unveiling of the four-layer cake and a colorful balloon drop into the gleeful audience. He played songs by the Bloody Beetroots, Major Lazer and 50 Cent, and segued into Justice’s set with “Tthhee Ppaarrttyy”. When Justice took over, Busy P ceremoniously cut the cake as Feadz cheerfully handed out pieces to the audience. Justice played all of their hits, including a mash-up of D.A.N.C.E. with Bob Sinclar’s breakout hit “Gym Tonic”.

After the show ended at 2 AM, we headed to Webster Hall for the after party, which was already in full swing. The rest of the Ed Banger crew also came through to continue the celebration and show their support for So Me, SebastiAn, and Feadz. During his set, SebastiAn hilariously dropped Mariah Carey’s “I Can’t Live (if living is without you)”, a song that the French seem to adore, and in a Webster Hall first, he took one of the CDJs into the audience, allowing them to manipulate the sounds from Feadz’s set. By 5 AM, the party was still going strong, until security called it a night and ushered out the crowd.

We’ve seen a lot of anniversary parties in our time, but this one definitely takes the cake. CLICK HERE for photos of the “Ed Banger Seven” at Terminal 5, and HERE for photos of the after party at Webster Hall.

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Major Lazer to Release “Lazers Never Die” EP


As usual, Diplo turned to Twitter to announce an April release for Lazers Never Die, the upcoming Major Lazer EP. “Sound of Siren”, which features M.I.A. and Busy Signal, is the first song off the EP and has already been making its way around the interwebs.

The EP will also feature collaborations with Buraka Som Sistema, Collie Buddz, Lindi Ortega, Kicks Like a Mule, Ms. Banks and Thom Yorke (which brings to mind another Diplo Tweet from a few weeks ago).

Major Lazer will embark on a “Lazers Never Die” tour this spring, which will include stops at Ultra (March 27), Hard NYC (April 3), and Coachella (April 17). Listen to “Sound of Siren” below, and click through for the full track listing.

Major Lazer featuring M.I.A. and Busy Signal – “Sound of Siren” (right click to download via Pitchfork)

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