Posted on 30 April 2010
Our trip to Los Angeles wouldn’t have been complete without a stop at Dim Mak Tuesdays, their weekly party at Cinespace in Hollywood. This week, Dim Mak’s own Villains celebrated the release of their new single, “Victims”. Whiskey Pete, who provides the vocals on the track, was on hand to hype the crowd and perform a live rendition of the song. Get a free download of the Designer Drugs remix from RCRDLBL, and head to Beatport or iTunes for the original track and more remixes, including a fantastic dubstep remix by 12th Planet and Flinch.
Also on the bill for the night – residents Dan Oh and Them Jeans and New York’s own Telephoned in their LA debut. Tamara Sky brought a taste of her native Miami for a solid closing set.
Posted in DJ, Downloads, Photo Gallery
Posted on 28 April 2010
What better excuse to take a vacation than an all-star line-up in one of Europe’s most vibrant cities? Enter Sónar, Barcelona’s annual music festival, now in it’s 17th year. With a line-up that includes The Chemical Brothers, LCD Soundsystem, Flying Lotus, Hudson Mowhawke, Hot Chip, Kid Koala’s The Slew, and New Young Pony Club (among others), not to mention the beautiful backdrop of Barcelona, this is one summer festival that you won’t want to miss.
CLICK HERE for info and tickets, which are €155 (a little over $200) for a three-day pass.
Posted in Concerts, DJ, Festivals, Live Music, Travel
Posted on 27 April 2010
Last Sunday, The Bloody Beetroots rocked The Palladium in Los Angeles for Hard’s second consecutive night. Led by Bobby Rifo on guitar, bass and keys, the duo-turned-trio (re-dubbed “The Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77″) delivered nearly an hour an a half of hard-hitting electro infused with punk rock and heavy metal. Tommy Tea manipulated the live tunes through his set of mixers, while the band’s newest member, Edward Grinch, kept time on the drums. Dim Mak founder Steve Aoki made a few cameos throughout their set. Sinden, Designer Drugs, Jokers of the Scene and Destructo also performed.
Don’t miss Sinden this Saturday when he joins the Trouble & Bass Crew and Zombies for Money at Santos Party House. CLICK HERE to RSVP for reduced admission. Hard will return to New York twice this summer, first with headliner M.I.A. in July, then again in August for the first-ever Hard tour, headlined by Crystal Castles. Tickets and info HERE.
Posted in Concerts, DJ, Events, Live Music, Photo Gallery
Posted on 27 April 2010
After a cancelled flight last February due to the blizzard, Sinden was forced to reschedule his appearance at Trouble & Bass’ No Escape from New York to this Saturday, May 1 at Santos Party House.
Sinden is known for his genre-melting remixes and mash-ups. His remixes range from Mary J Blige and Mr. Hudson to Basement Jaxx and Armand van Helden; he is also a resident DJ at Fabric in London. We got a preview of Sinden last Sunday at Hard in Los Angeles, and watch out NYC – you’re in for a treat. His set was mostly electro, but took a turn for dubstep when he dropped the Joker remix of “Cruel Intentions” by Simian Mobile Disco. After seeing his performance in at the massive Palladium, we’re looking forward to checking him out in the more intimate confines of Santos Party House. Check out his exclusive mix for XLR8R Magazine, which you can download HERE.
Trouble & Bass recording artists Zombies for Money will also be appearing this Saturday. The Portuguese duo, made up of DJ Manaia and Kilpar, will release their first stateside EP on T&B Records. Check out their recent Smashcast HERE.
Posted in DJ, Downloads, Events, Local Flavor
Posted on 24 April 2010
On May 1, Deitch Projects will debut Shepard Fairey’s latest exhibition, May Day, for a nearly month-long run. The title of the exhibition not only refers to the day of its opening, but the many meanings of May Day that are reflected throughout the artist’s body of work. Through portraiture, May Day celebrates some of the artists, musicians and political activists that Shepard Fairey admires. “These people I’m portraying were all revolutionary, in one sense or another,” Fairey says of his subjects, “They started out on the margins of culture and ended up changing the mainstream. When we celebrate big steps that were made in the past, it reminds us that big steps can be made in the future.” A limited number of screen prints based on the series will be available exclusively on the night of the opening. A future release of the prints is planned for the OBEY online store.
Shepard Fairey also designed the artwork for A-Trak’s Dirty South Dance mixtape and the upcoming sequel Dirty South Dance 2, which makes A-Trak a fitting choice to soundtrack Meanred’s after party at 88 Palace, Dance Right New York. DJ Diabetic and DJ Pubes will also spin.
There are 100 advance $10 tickets available HERE, but we’re giving away two pairs of tickets to the after party, courtesy of Meanred. To enter the contest, fill in the form below and click “Enter Contest”. You can double your chances of winning by sending THIS MESSAGE via Twitter. You must be following both @HiFiCartel and @builtbymeanred to be eligible to win. The contest will close on Thursday, April 29 at midnight. Good Luck!
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Posted in Art, Contest, DJ, Events, Local Flavor
Posted on 24 April 2010
As the warm weather settles, a certain hoopla and madness goes along with it, and the film “A Million in the Morning” puts the icing on the cake of madness. The documentary follows Gavin McInnes, co-founder of Vice magazine, as he provides commentary and interviews while 8 contenders attempt to break the Guinness World Record for non-stop movie watching. To beat the record, contestants had to stay up for five days straight – a whopping 123 hours – which breaks down to 57 films with 10-minute breaks in between. The winner would receive a $10,000 grand prize from Netflix.
We made our way earlier this week for a screening of the film and found it surprisingly entertaining. With so much going on in New York City, we often wish we could forgo sleep to take it all in. Seeing the side effects of sleep deprivation and dementia unfold in front of a camera makes “A Million in the Morning” an interesting watch. For a measure of the insanity in the film, check out this piece by Jason Goldwatch on Hypebeast.
Following the screening at The Red Bull space, the Decon Records event moved from the screens to decks helmed by DJ Teenwolf and DJ Parler. Performances by Cerebral Ballzy and Ninjasonik’s Telli and Jah Jah kept the revelry going. It was a big night for Ninjasonik, who were featured on the film’s soundtrack and released their debut album, Art School Girls, on the same day. After their performance, they jumped on their skateboards (crew in tow), and headed to Pianos for their album release party. Ninjasonik’s tour with The Clipse will hit Highline Ballroom on May 6. They will also perform at Hard NYC at Governor’s Island on July 24 with M.I.A., Theophilus London, Sleigh Bells 12th Planet, Benga, Destructo and more. Tickets and info HERE.
Check out a photo montage of the evening courtesy of Peter Ruprecht and Ruprecht Studios below, and click through to watch the video for Jay Electronica’s theme song for “A Million in the Morning” with a download of the track.
Posted in Downloads, Events, Local Flavor, Video
Posted on 23 April 2010
Next Thursday, Fixed is bringing The Twelves (a.k.a. the “Daft Punk of Brazil”) to Santos Party House for their acclaimed weekly party, Canal Rubber. Since forming in 2005, João Miguel and Luciano Oliveira have released a series of covers, original tracks and remixes, including one of my personal favorites (streamed below). Be sure to check out the duo’s recent BBC Essential Mix HERE.
The Black Kids – “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You” (The Twelves Remix)
Tickets are almost sold out, but we have a pair reserved for one lucky reader. Enter the contest by filling out the form below. The contest will close on Thursday, April 29 at noon.
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Posted in Contest, DJ, Live Music
Posted on 22 April 2010
Flawless brought São Paulo’s minimal tech god Gui Boratto to LOVE for one of the most epic sets to date. Constructing basslines and layering effects with his Lemur and Akai APC 40, Gui kept the crowd going till the “wee hours” of the morning, playing for more than five hours. Highlights included his fantastic rendition of Massive Attack’s new single, “Paradise Circus”, with Hope Sandoval’s haunting vocals, and “No Turning Back” off his latest album Take My Breath Away, which brought everyone to their feet, hands raised, to sing along.
Gui, we can’t wait to have you back…
Massive Attack – Paradise Circus featuring Hope Sandoval (Gui Boratto Remix) [iTunes]
Posted in DJ, Photo Gallery, Review
Posted on 22 April 2010
Winning over a crowd in New York City is not an easy task for any artist. Whether an established veteran or a rookie getting their feet wet, it’s all about bringing it in one shot. With a band it could be an instrumental solo, with a DJ it’s a euphoric drop of bass magic, but what comes out of a jazz group? What is the moment that brings a crowd to a collective gasp and makes a stunning impact of musical power? With the performance of José James and his band at the Hiro Ballroom, there was a handful of moments that provided gasps of awe and inspiration.
As the band struck the introductory tune for the night, the vibe was very relaxed, with people getting soothed into the realm of James’s band. When James himself appeared, the crowd erupted with applause, graciously welcoming him to the stage of the Hiro Ballroom. Starting off strong, the singer went back and forth between cuts off of his latest album, as well as shouting out admirable producers in the process (Moodyman, Flying Lotus and Benga). With over an hour of skillfully smooth and sensual music being performed, José James stood proudly with a smile, knowing he had provided concert-goers with a show that had gone between a variety of genres.
While he may be lumped in ‘soulful jazz’ by a generalised consensus of critics, James is everything and more as a singer and performer: always finding something new in sounds and spinning it on its head to make it his own. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
José James – Desire (Moodymann Remix)
CLICK HERE for more photos of the evening and hit the jump for a short video of James in action.
Posted in Concerts, Events, Live Music, Photo Gallery
Posted on 20 April 2010
Tomorrow night (Wednesday), Uproot Andy and Geko Jones are bringing the tropics back to NYC with the relaunch of their signature party, Que Bajo?! at Santos Party House. Just in time for summer, Que Bajo?! is going weekly, which means that every Wednesday, you can get your dose of the tropics with an eclectic mix that includes neo cumbia, tropical bass, and music that spans the globe, from Latin America and the Caribbean to Africa, Europe and the US.
Enter to win tickets to by filling out the form below. The contest will close tonight at midnight. A winner will be selected at random and notified on Wednesday morning. Good luck!