Archive: July, 2011

This Weekend in NYC: XXXY, Jacques Greene, Claude VonStroke & More

This weekend is a big one for NYC’s musically inclined, with events packed in from Thursday through Sunday. Whether you favor progressive, bass driven beats in a small, dark venue or tend to be drawn to tech house and a huge dancefloor, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. I hope you all worked hard this week, so you can play harder this weekend…

Thursday, electro master Calvin Harris hits hotspot LAVO, which is sure to bring out all the beautiful people of New York club life.

Friday, XXXY makes his NYC debut at Tammany Hall along with Laurel Halo, Shlohmo, Braille and a special guest. Advanced tickets can be purchased HERE.

You Gotta Do You by xxxy

Friday, Meanred brings Dark Disco to Le Bain, featuring Jacques Greene, Falty DL, and Dan Wender. Be sure to get there early as the space has a tendency to fill up quickly.

LM007 – THE LOOK by Jacques Greene

Friday, Fixed with special guests The Miracles Club (Portland) Live + Midnight Magic (NYC) Live + Trap.Avoid (Dither Down, NYC). Open vodka bar 10-11. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Saturday, PS1′s Warm Up returns with Prince Language &  Stretch ArmstrongDas RacistVockah Redu, Ital, and XXXY. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Saturday, Verboten brings Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Christian Martin, and John Dill to Good Units. Advanced tickets can be purchased HERE.

Crack DJ Mix – 01.06.2011 by Claude VonStroke

Sunday, Verboten presents Justin Martin, Christian Martin, Gina Turner, and Mikey G. & Gil K. on the XVI Roof Deck. Admission is free for ticket holders from Saturday’s event at Good Units, or you can purchase advanced tickets HERE.

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Photo Gallery: The Death Set, We Have Band and Total Warr in Paris (July 20, 2011)

I know this can be seen as a poor journalistic practice, but if I’m planning to see a band in concert, I choose not to acquaint myself with their music beforehand. I prefer to let them introduce me to their sound in the live setting. Last Wednesday at the Gaîté Lyrique in Paris, this practice paid off threefold, starting with a great live debut from Total Warr. The Death Set followed, immediately establishing an amusing rapport with the audience and delivering a manically high-energy set. We Have Band closed the night with a performance so strong, my concert buddy and I turned to each other and exchanged a mutual “wow” after the first song. All in all, a great night of new discoveries.


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Claude VonStroke Brings Dirtybird to Good Units

Funky tech house pioneer Claude VonStroke is taking control of Good Units Saturday July 30, in celebration of the imminent release of his “Makeover” compilation. He’s joined by labelmates Justin and Christian Martin, keeping the groove going on GU’s Dynacord system, as well as John Dill (Found Love), who will be starting the night off. These three Dirtybird mainstays are personal favorites of hours, and it’s therefore a huge treat to have them all together for one night of beat bliss.

Dirtybird released its first record in Janaury 2005, but the idea began in 2002 during the production of “Intellect,” one of the most intensive studies on DJs and producers of house and techno music ever filmed. The Intellect DVD featured over 40 interviews with legendary producers from Juan Atkins, to Swayzak. Director Barclay Crenshaw (aka Claude VonStroke) created the concept of the label in order to supply tracks for the DVD soundtrack. In 2003, Barclay’s friend Christian Martin purchased a massive portable sound system and began throwing outdoor parties in San Francisco called “Dirtybird.” The bird logo was derived from a sketch cartoon character Barclay had been drawing since he was 10 years old.

In 2005, “Dirtybird,” the record label began releasing vinyl. At the same time, Barclay created the DJ alias “Claude VonStroke” as a joke, but the name stuck forever after the debut record “Deep Throat” sold through more than 11,000 vinyl copies worldwide.

Since that time both the label and the dirtybird party have enjoyed great success. Some classic records released by Dirtybird include “Deep Throat,” “Stoopit,” “Who’s Afraid of Detroit?,” and “The Whistler.” Artists on the label are mostly from San Francisco (like Justin Martin, Worthy, and Claude VonStroke) but recently some internationals have been popping up as well (like Catz n Dogz and Style of Eye.)

Tickets close at 6 pm day of event, but prices will go up before then, so don’t delay! Advanced tickets can be purchased HERE, or you can shoot an email HERE to be put on the reduced admission guestlist.

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Pitchfork Music Festival Goes Parisian

This October, the infamous Pitchfork site, known for it’s unapologetic critiques of all things new and cutting edge in music, is bringing it’s curated sounds to the City of Lights on October 28 and 29. The festival will take over Le Grande Halle de la Villette, a stunning 19th century glass and metal structure that stands in the center of the Parc de la Villette, the city’s largest public cultural park. It includes one day co-curated by Bon Iver and a club night that will run until 5am. The festival also features Aphex Twin, Bon Iver, Jens Lekman, Wild Beasts, Cut Copy, Kathleen Edwards, Pantha du Prince, Washed Out, Iceage, Erol Alkan, Stornoway, and Mondkopf, with more acts to be announced soon.

Tickets can be purchased HERE, and be sure to keep an eye on Pitchfork for more updates as October draws closer.

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HARD Summer Tour 2011

For the second year in a row, HARD is bringing their night of electronic music mayhem to New York with Digitalism, Caspa, Switch, Designer Drugs and Destructo on Saturday, August 20th at Terminal 5.  Each with their own brand of heavy bass drops and digital wobble, this will be an amazing way to hear what music some of the best dub-step and eletro DJs are currently producing.

Click here to purchase your tickets and check out videos from Digitalism and Destructo after the jump.

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The Creators Project Returns to NYC this October

This fall, The Creators Project is returning the place where it all began – New York City. From October 13-16, The Creators Project will take over DUMBO in Brooklyn to bring us a wild mix of art installations, film screenings and musical performances, including a Karen O psycho opera. The New York event will cap off a global tour that started at Coachella, and continued to Lyon, Paris, São Paulo, Seoul and Beijing.

I know I sound like a broken record when it comes to my love for The Creators Project, but I definitely think it’s one of the coolest arts initiatives of our generation, and you’d be a fool to miss it. More details will emerge as the event approaches. In the meantime, follow @CreatorsProject on Twitter for the latest updates.

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Snapshots: Nosaj Thing and Eskmo in Berlin

On Thursday night, we caught California-based electronic artists Nosaj Thing and Eskmo at Icon in Berlin. Click through to check out some selects from the show…

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Spotify: The Best Music Service in the World

Do yourself a favor and look into Spotify now. The Europeans have been holding out on us for quite some time and I am THRILLED that this service just broke the surface in the United States. For $10 you can: have access to 15 million+ music compilations/tracks/songs, share music for free, sync the program up with your iPhone or Android, create playlists, and more. Listening and searching through music has not been this fun since the Napster days. We strongly urge you to take five minutes of your time and browse this service or watch the video below. This is the best music service we have ever seen. We hope you agree and continue to spread the good news!!!

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Snapshots: TV on the Radio at the Paris Olympia

Last night, TV on the Radio performed at L’Olympia in Paris. Check out a few selects from the show, after the jump…

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Kingdom Launches Fade to Mind Label with Exclusive Mix for Oki-Ni

It’s already been well-documented that Kingdom is one of the most interesting producers in the game right now. Things were going well with gigs, releases and such. Suddenly, within months he leaves NYC subtly, moves to (mostly) sunny Los Angeles and is enjoying life quite nicely there. But before we can fully accept the fact that Kingdom is in L.A. full-time, he does something else to completely shift our focus. Enter FADE TO MIND, Kingdom’s new label (as well as being hailed as the  “American Night Slugs”). Yes, visually it does seem reminiscent of previous Night Slugs releases, but Kingdom, along with Prince William (co-founder of the label) are determined to make it a monster of its own.

The first release is from L.A.-based duo Nguzunguzu, who have been all over the place sonically and are a pleasure to listen to, no matter where or when they DJ. The release, TIMESUP, features three original tracks, as well as remixes from Total Freedom and Kingdom himself. Get familiar in a hurry, FADE TO MIND is surely here to stay.

Click through for Ezra’s Fade To Mind mix for oki-ni which includes a brand new Kingdom original Take Me, a Mariah Carey + Nicki Minaj collab remix plus Nguzunguzu’s Timesup.

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