Posted on 29 November 2010
I know a party is a really big deal if I simply CANNOT wear anything already hanging in my already rather expansive closet and just MUST go buy something shiny and new specifically for the occasion. This past Dark Disco, which took place at Element at the end of last May, was just such a party. Before I knew what was happening, I found myself adorned in neon and lace, entirely unnecessary drink ticket in hand, loudly professing my (totally platonic I swear) love to a certain female UK artist as my feet started to blister in my boots from hitting the dance floor too hard. Needless to say, it was a night to remember, and this upcoming Dark Disco on December 3 at Music Hall of Williamsburg is shaping up to be no different, with Nosaj Thing, Mary Anne Hobbs, Toro Y Moi (DJ set) and Dirty South Joe all confirmed. CLICK HERE for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the show.
Posted in DJ, Live Music
Posted on 29 November 2010
As with all things truly significant and foundational in my life, I cannot recall when music first became so essential to my existence. It seems to me that is has been present since birth, with the only change being that which manifests itself as the progression of my aural preferences and tastes. I can trace my audiophilic development throughout the years across many genres, with each new musical door being opened by a key artist. When I was 11 it was 1960′s rock & roll and it was The Doors; when I was 14 it was punk and it was the Sex Pistols; when I was 16 it was trance and it was John Digweed, when I was 18 it was electroclash and it was Felix Da Housecat, and when I was 20 it was modern techno, house and the future of electronic music, and it was James Zabiela.
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Posted on 26 November 2010
Last Saturday, Fixed’s JDH and Dave P celebrated their 6 year anniversary with Tensnake and Villa. It was the NYC debut for both.
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Posted on 24 November 2010
I personally can’t imagine a better way to work up an appetite for a Thanksgiving feast than dancing the night away with one of my all-time favorite producer/DJs James Zabiela. Good thing I’m being given the opportunity to do just that, as on Wednesday November 24, Dance.Here.Too. brings the legendary electronic artist to Santos Party House, with an opening set from Sleepy & Boo.
Hailing from the UK, and mentored by Sasha, James’s sets and releases are strongly influenced by tech house, electro house and breakbeat stylings. His unique capitalization of all available mixing aid “utilities” give his performances characteristic depth and professional production quality. Knowing what a great track should sound like – and the place it can be taken by warping and twisting it – is James Zabiela’s forte. Layering different sounds with the aid of two Pioneer CDJ-2000s, a Pioneer EFX-1000, Korg Kaossilator, MIDI controller and a laptop, his hands and ears don’t let up for a second. James’ style is trippy, bleepy and deeply groovy. Oh, and watch out for a few gnarly basslines along the way, as those nasty, dirty sounds have become an inherent part of Jame’s signature sound. Scratches, loops, and fluttering chord changes are all par for the course in a Zabiela set.
Advanced tickets can be purchased HERE and will also be available at the door.
Posted in DJ, Live Music, Music News
Posted on 22 November 2010
On Thursday night, Santos Party House and Fixed hosted Simian Mobile Disco for the fourth gig of their quarterly residency New York City. Fixed residents JDH and Dave P had the party going strong before Simian Mobile Disco took over the decks. I loved peering into the DJ booth to see a stack of vinyl, something you don’t see that often these days, and was in total awe when the disco ball did its thing and spread glimmering, clinquant joy across the room.
Things really picked up around 1 AM when Simian Mobile Disco took over. Their sound really suited the venue, especially combined with the multitude of lights and colors that changed with the beat. All night we were treated to that distinctive dirty electro sound that SMD are so famous for, and we even encountered cheeky little remixes of old electro-house classics.
By 2:30 AM, people from the dance floor had migrated to the stage, bodies jumping and fists in the air. When SMD dropped “Audacity of Huge” from Temporary Pleasures, the room lit up and the crowd went wild, as people clambered up onto the rail surrounding the DJ booth and danced with their arms in the air, beaming from ear to ear. It was one of those magical moments where the music took over and all you could do was smile, dance and sing along.
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Posted on 18 November 2010
Our first encounter with Fixed was just over a year ago (Halloween 2009 with Boys Noize), and we have to say, it’s been quite a ride. One thing we’ve learned about Fixed is that they have amazing taste in music, bringing us a wide variety of forward-thinking electronic artists. Fixed residents JDH and Dave P have the uncanny ability to tailor their opening sets to the style of the featured guests, preparing the audience for what’s to come while showcasing their own multi-faceted talents.
This weekend, Fixed will officially ring in six years of radness by continuing their European invasion starting with Simian Mobile Disco tonight. The British duo will once again preside over Santos Party House for the final gig of their quarterly Fixed residency. Advance tickets available HERE.
Saturday caps off Fixed’s November hot streak with 6ixed – the official 6 year anniversary celebration at Le Poisson Rouge, where Tensnake will make his live NYC debut. This has been a great year for the German producer, who made a name for himself with the worldwide smash “Coma Cat”, along with countless remixes. Villa will also be making their NYC debut. The duo comes from the same Belgian music scene that brought us Soulwax and Aeroplane… seriously, need we say more? Advance tickets are available HERE. We’re also giving away two pairs of tickets to the event, enter after the jump.
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Posted on 16 November 2010
Mixtape aficionado Gregg Michael Gillis aka Girl Talk just released his latest infusion of oeuvre, All Day. To mark his 10+ years of sample-based productions and touring, Girl Talk is offering this mix for free. Following Night Ripper and Feed The Animals, All Day is a hodgepodge of samples that comes out to 71 minutes and 373 samples of dynamic transitions and cut-ups.
Click here to download the album or click through for a listen.
Posted on 16 November 2010
I’ll be the first to admit to a touch of snobbery and dash of elitism when it comes to that expansive arena of sound we refer to as music. I mean hey, that’s what makes me good at my job, right? Due to this, I might express a tendency to lift my nose and sneer when the phrase “pop music” enters my orbital. There is something so fundamentally distasteful to me about a manufactured sexpot with an overproduced record and underwhelming talent, which, let’s face it, is often what you get when you listen to pop. Because of all this, you can imagine my ever increasing delight at discovering a pop star who is, for lack of better words, downright fucking awesome.
While I might not have fully recognized it right away, what with my first exposure to Robyn taking the form of her first single “Show Me Love” that appeared on a Sabrina the Teenage Witch compilation CD someone gave me in the 6th grade (I know, the shame), Robyn rules. She is the opposite of everything that I loathe about pop music. She is unique, smart, and independent – a modern woman who is in control of her own sexuality, her own talent, and her own decisions. While her body of work and the evolution of her career as an artist has clearly demonstrated this, there’s nothing like seeing this power for yourself, which is exactly what I did at Terminal 5 last Wednesday.
As Robyn appeared through the darkness and smoke in her printed spandex leggings, white leather jacket, and 6-inch Jean Paul Gaultier stiletto heels, there was not a silent voice in the house (except maybe for the security guard standing next to me who did not seem amused). She appropriately opened with “Fembot”, setting the tone for the night, which seemed to be, as all of Robyn’s work, representative of a unique blend of technology and humanity. Reflective in her personal style, the content of her lyrics, and the manner by which her sound is created, the union of these futuristic and technology based aspects with her human emotion and almost animalistic sexuality and womanhood creates something that is truly groundbreaking. She is not only pushing electronic music further into the mainstream, but is also redefining our understanding of the role of the female pop star as a renegade – a pioneer of feminine independence and general “I don’t give a fuck” attitude that we can only hope is the future of pop music.
With 8 sets of keyboards, two full drum kits, a mid-set shoe change, mid-track banana eating, and various interludes of nothing but some seriously next level dance moves, Robyn and her four-person band worked their way through eleven tracks, only to return for six more during the encore. Highlights included “Don’t Fucking Tell Me What to Do”, “With Every Heartbeat”, “Konichiwa Bitches”, and “Hang With Me”, each of which she banged out like it was the last performance of her career. As the night wrapped up, and bows were taken and thank yous said, we all held our breath in anticipation of the final song, which in many ways is the most important of the entire performance as it determines how you will remember your experience. Robyn did not disappoint, as the opening bars to fellow Swedes ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” floated out over our heads. A few acapella lines were melded into the opening of a stripped down and almost acoustic “Show Me Love”, and I was right back in the 6th grade, experiencing a heartache I did not yet understand as a middle schooler, but felt through Robyn’s voice.
Check out the full photo gallery HERE, and the full set list below after the jump…
Posted in Concerts, Live Music, Photo Gallery
Posted on 16 November 2010
On Saturday night, Fixed continued their hot streak with a live set by Lindstrøm. Together with Fixed residents JDH and Dave P, the Norwegian DJ/producer provided an evening of feel-good tunes to a packed room at Le Poisson Rouge.
If you missed out on the action, well, that’s too bad since Saturday night was one of only three stops on Lindstrøm’s brief US tour… BUT on the bright side you have two chances to party with Fixed this week, first with Simian Mobile Disco on Thursday at Santos Party House (yes, they will be open) then on Saturday for 6ixed with Tensnake and Villa at Le Poisson Rouge, celebrating Fixed’s Six Year Anniversary. CLICK HERE for your chance to win a pair of tickets to each event.
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Posted on 15 November 2010
On Thursday night, Trouble & Bass’ own Supra1 joined Star Eyes, The Captain and AC Slater at a secret loft in Williamsburg for a night of all-out partying.