Apr 28, 2007


I saw Dungen at CMJ 2 years ago...they went on after Cheeseburger, and Tarantula A.D. (now known as Priestbird) who were the reason I went to the show. It was at Bowery and the AC was bumping...so despite enjoying their first song and psychedelic vibe that was going on...I had to get out after freezing for 3 hours. I kind of forgot about them after that, but I've been reading about them a lot lateley:

Quit You Day Job
Interview with Gustav Ejstes

Their new album, Tio Bitar, is out May 15th on Kemado...it's pretty cool rock leaning toward the psychedelic with its share of rocking and mellow moments. You can download the song Familj here, as well as stream the rest of the album.


Apr 27, 2007


Yet another banging night to come this summer also an example of when it rains it pours (see previous post re: what is up the night before):

June 29 - Fun at Studio B w/

Blackstrobe live AND dj set!


chemical brothers website

They just revamped the Chemical Brothers website for the new album. It's pretty awesome. You can check out their studio set up, and there are some interesting links from the Chems themselves in the "Good Things" section. Have a good weekend. I will be in the burbs until some point on Sunday.


Apr 26, 2007


I honestly was just thinking to myself "I hope Boys Noize comes back to New York soon"...he's on the schedule for June 28th at Hiro!


Apr 25, 2007

New Albums Out/Coming Out

There have been a few new releases that have caught my eye lately, namely:

Back to Mine: Royksopp - available now.

Southern Fried and Tested mixed by the Mighty Dub Katz and Caged Baby - available May 1st in the US.

Bugged Out Presents Suck My Deck - Simian Mobile Disco - available May 1st in the US.

Attack Decay Sustain Release - Simian Mobile Disco available June 19th.

† - Justice available July 10th.

That's all I can think of at the moment...


Giant re-cap!

Spring has been excellent for dancing in New York so far. The past 2 weeks almost killed me. Here's what I did, but haven't gotten to post until now:

Tuesday night (4/10) was the Klaxons show at Bowery Ballroom. I didn't see Bonde do Role because I have recently developed an addiction to West Wing (my roommate got the complete series as a bday gift). Before I get into my review of the Klaxons, I have to say that I haven't heard their album, and that every song of theirs that I have heard has been a remix, or in a dj mix. It made hearing them perform their actual versions of their own songs for the first time an interesting experience. I had a good time overall, but it was not one of the best shows I've been to. Something was just missing. It was just kind of blah...not spectacular, not bad...just kinda there. I wound up liking their songs that I had heard previously (Golden Skans, Magick), but I wasn't really wild about most of the others.

Afterwards I headed to the after-party at Home Sweet Home. Despite the shitty sound system Drop the Lime and the Captain did some serious damage. I've listened to a lot of DTL's mixes before so I had an idea of what to expect...basically you can't expect anything, except for his set to cover everything, old and new, in the most unique and unexpected way to make you move. Having heard nothing of the Captain's before, I was pleasantly surprised by the range of his set as well.

Overall I couldn't say a bad thing about that experience other than the sound sucking, and not enough people were dancing. I met some dude named Gary, who was one of the few people there seriously getting down with a lady friend of his. I realized after we started chatting that he was the same guy I saw at Hiro about a month ago when DTL was performing as Curses!...seriously getting down then as well. We chatted briefly about how awesome those guys (the Cut Crew) are and then he told me I should go to Savalas on Saturday . It's nice to meet people who are so into just getting down. Anyway...I called it an early night b/c I felt kinda shitty like I was starting to get sick all day.

On Thursday night a last minute burst of energy freed me from my couch (which has the power to suck you in and hold you captive causing you to miss shows), and I hurried down to the ISS party at the Tribeca Grand where I heard Trevor Jackson and Oskar Melzer throw down a nice funky set together. Further, the place was pleasantly packed with the majority of people getting down. My only gripe was that it was hot as hell in there, and the trek across the massive lobby and down a flight of stairs to get to the restroom was a bit inconvenient. Booze was pretty cheap too - $6 mixed drinks, I think beers were $5. The party is free every week and it could be a good alternative to Cheeky Bastard at Hiro...which I didn't realize charged $10 for a well drink until last week...also, I am getting kind of tired of going there even though I only go if someone good is dj-ing.

Friday is where the problems started...a long, long time ago I bought a ticket to see Surkin at Studio B...then I found out Trevor Jackson was going to be at APT that night...and then I found out that Kaos was playing the People Don't Dance No More party at Element. There is only one of me...so I was forced to do one of the things I hate most...make a decision...especially when it comes to difficult ones involving DJ's. Seeing Trevor the night prior kind of freed me from that option, but then I was still left with the Surkin vs. Kaos dilemma. I listened to a Surkin dj mix...and I listened to "Hello Stranger"...and Kaos won.

It was a good decision. There was a lot of good and unexpected kinky disco going on. Chatted with Dave before heading out around 2ish? about some good shows coming up at Element...and also how I should really try to see Soulwax on Tuesday or Wednesday. The plan after that was kind of to go home, but maybe to swing by APT to catch Trevor and Oskar again...ended up swinging by APT. Excellent choice, again! Made doubly awesome by the fact that I randomly started chatting with Soulwax's sound tech who hooked me up for Tuesday night's show. Me...Soulwax...it was meant to be. Haha.

So I saw Soulwax 2 nights in a row which you probably already read about. That was awesome...but those 2 nights, combined with the residual lack of sleep over the past week made me voluntarily sit out Arnaud Robotini at Hiro/Riton at ISS on Thursday...which I am still kicking myself about. Oh well...

This week has been pretty tame so far. Probably hitting up the Tim Fite show tomorrow. May or may not stick around for some things on Friday. Out of town for my Mom's bday until Sunday or Monday. Monday night Inouk maybe. Wednesday night, Mehdi!!!!!


Apr 22, 2007


Here are a bunch of good shows coming up that I have been meaning to post...

at APT:

at Mercury Lounge
April 30 (my momma's bday!) - Inouk

at Element:
May 24 - Kurtis Blow (break it up, break it up, break it up, BREAK DOWN!)

May 25 - the Juan Maclean dj set w/ David Bruno (Slap You In Public) and Robot Blair (Music.For-Robots)

at Studio B:

May 18 (late show)- Professor Murder and the Glass

at Battery Park:

June 13 - Booker T. & the MGs with guest Sharon Jones

at Castle Clinton:

July 26 - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

at South Street Seaport:

July 6 - Fujiya & Miyagi


Apr 20, 2007

Mehdi at Hiro!

Don't sleep on this!


basking in the afterglow

I am still coming down from the whole 2 day - Soulwax experience (which might have something to do with the fact that I keep watching them performing Teachers on youtube). I really haven't had such an extended post-show euphoric feeling with anyone other than the Chemical Brothers so it's kind of a big deal. Speaking of which, the 1st single off of their new album (We Are the Night) is floating around the internets. I know the link to the Oliver Huntmann remix I posted got taken off of his myspace almost immediately after, but I found a radio rip of the original the other day, and yesterday Electric Honey Hornet Mitten posted the goods. At first I wasn't crazy about the vocals...just b/c it was giving me some deja vu of their last album's (which is not my favorite, but still has it's good points) perhaps too plentiful guest vocals...but then once I heard it on the ipod it sounded super crunchy and good. Can't wait for the rest...and for the US tour dates. If they post any more euro dates in their blog I am going to lose it!

Anyway...back to Soulwax:
I bought the Nite Versions album yesterday after work. It is delightful. It made washing a sink full of dishes much less arduous, and I had an even better experience listening to it on my way into work/running morning work errands as every little beep banged through my headphones. I am so excited to have been pointed in the direction of a band that I like so much, that has such a back catalog of stuff to listen to...and also new stuff! Check their remix of the Klaxons' Gravity's Rainbow over at Crackers United.


Apr 19, 2007

Part of the Weekend Never Dies!!!

I just got home from seeing Soulwax Nite Versions for the second night in a row. I have never really heard any of their stuff, probably a 2 Many DJ's remix or something I was unaware of at the time, but that's it. I first saw them last night at Hiro largely due to the fact that Dave strongly recommended going when I saw him Friday night at his People Don't Dance No More party (at which Kaos was spinning some super kinky disco-ey stuff). On my way home I swung by APT to see Trevor Jackson and Oscar Melzer (again after seeing them at ISS on Thursday...is anyone else seeing a pattern developing here?), and I started talking to this dude Hugo, who, in a bizarre twist of fate, does the sound for Soulwax at their live shows. He totally hooked me up last night, and then to boot...Soulwax gloriously banged in the most refreshing way possible. I have never experienced a live band that banged so incredibly hard. They started off with their version of Daft Punk's "Teachers" which set the tone for the constant bang that never let up for the next hour or so. One of the best shows I've been to this year for sure. They were so good I dragged myself out to see them again this evening at Studio B despite having gotten not nearly enough sleep this week, and probably still recovering from last week. They banged tonight as well. No regrets about going a second time...despite the fact that I have to be up for work in 4 hours! Fucking 9 to 5!


Apr 16, 2007

Bowery Ballroom Tonight!

I've been to a lot of shows this past week, which ironically is why I haven't posted much lately. Hoping to have some reviews up later in the week before the backlog gets any worse. The one thing I've been kicking myself about not posting was brought to my attention by my google calender and Brooklynvegan's post: The Calum Robbins Benefit at the Bowery Ballroom tonight. Bob Mould, Radio 4, Harmony Rockets, the Annuals, and more special guests are on the bill. Tickets are still available for $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Should be a great show for a great cause which you can read more about here, or donate if you can't make the show.


Apr 10, 2007

New Chemical Brothers' album news

The new Chems album (We Are the Night) is coming out on June 18th on Freestyle Dust/Virgin Records.

It sounds like it will be pretty amazing based on the email I received. Some interesting guests on the tracklisting:

1. No Path To Follow
2. We Are The Night
3. All Rights Reserved Ft. The Klaxons
4. Saturate
5. Do It Again Ft. Ali Love
6. Das Spiegel
7. The Salmon Dance Ft. Fatlip
8. Burst Generator
9. A Modern Midnight Conversation
10. Battle Scars. Ft Willy Mason
11. Harpoons
12. The Pills Won’t Help You Now Ft. Midlake.

The first single, "Do It Again" will be out on June 4th, with a US tour to come in September. I also just stumbled upon Oliver Huntemann's remix of the track which you can listen to on his myspace

Most of what was in the email can be found here.

There's a ton of other stuff happening in New York and in general that I just haven't had time to post. Hopefully soon...


Apr 4, 2007

As if there isn't enough going on this week

2 more options:

JDH & Dave P "Go Commando" release party w/ Jacques Renault (yea-yuhh!!), Speculator, Klovenhoof, and JDH & Dave P.
2 hour open bar from 10-12.
It's at ISS at the Tribeca Grand
Free w/ rsvp to: weare138nyc@yahoo.com



Apr 3, 2007

updated shows at Hiro

Here are some reasons I miss my old job, where I didn't have to be in until 12 on Fridays:

Cheeky Bastard at Hiro:
4/19 - Black Strobe dj set
4/26 - the Juan Maclean
5/17 - Fedde Le Grand and Curses!
5/24 - Ladytron dj set


So much stuff, so little time

I think I am still recovering from Ed Banger night on Thursday...Friday night I made it out to none of the things I wanted do. I fell asleep on the couch watching Ab Fab. It was necessary. Anyway...there is a bunch of stuff I have been meaning to blog about but haven't gotten around to, so here it is!:

I just found out that Trevor Jackson (along w/ Oskar Melzer? - don't know who that is and another surprise guest) is dj-ing at APT on the 13th. I can't convey how excited I am about this. After years of listening to various bands' singles and always having the Playgroup remix be the favorite, finally I will get to see what he can do in person...or will I? There is so much stuff going on here that Friday. When it rains it pours. Other options for that evening...Surkin at Studio B, very excited about that, and I just read that DJ Kaos (Hello Stranger!) and Escort will be dj-ing the People Don't Dance No More party at Element. If only I could be in 3 places at once. We'll see what happens. Make that 4...the Glass are at the Annex that night too...and it's Friday the 13th!

This is way far ahead...but Underworld is playing Central Park in September. I am looking forward to this, but I'm really not that familiar with their stuff. When I first got into electronic music I briefly got into them, Born Slippy and stuff like that, but then they kind of got lost in the shuffle. Anyway...the show is September 14th...and I don't think it's one of the free Summerstage shows.

I think that's everything I wanted to get to, but there was so much I'm sure I've forgotten something. Probably will end up posting again later. TTFN!


Apr 1, 2007

I need a shot, I need a shot of ambition

Just got back from Studio B. My initial reason was to see Datarock. I don't think I have ever felt so confused and conflicted at a show before. I think the best way to go about this is to just make a list:

1. There are 4 guys that make up Datarock, not just 2 like I originally thought.
2. They all wear the red tracksuits. I loved it!
3. Way more Norwegian chest hair than I needed to see...
4. I am not sure how I felt about the actual music...most of it, I was kind of eh about...but the songs I knew...Sex Me Up, and Fa Fa Fa...I really enjoyed. They really blew the roof off the place with Fa Fa Fa...everyone was singing along. I think if you just take them as a kind of nutso poppy Norwegian band, you can really like them. They're very likable...all smiles, happy that they're up there rockin' out. They were even all smiles (except for the keyboard guy) when some people got on stage and proceeded to fuck up the keyboard guy's setup.
5. I saw this guy that was dressed just like Duckie from Pretty in Pink...short pants, suspenders, white t-shirt, hat...2 minutes after I notice this, the singer asks, has anyone seen the movie Pretty in Pink? How About 16 Candles? the Breakfast Club? Ok, so you all know Molly Ringwald? Well, we wrote a song about our love for Molly Ringwald. - this is the stuff you should expect at a Datarock show.
6. Once they were done with Fafafa I was kind of dumbfounded by the whole thing...and then they proceeded to sing and play along with "The Time of My Life"...yeah, the song from Dirty Dancing. It was just too much! I don't know if I can say I liked the show...but it was an experience.

Afterwards I felt I had to stick around and give the Presets another listen, partially b/c Datarock was kind of a letdown, partially b/c I couldn't really tell how I felt about them after Thursday.

Tonight...I was right in the front, whereas at Hiro I was over by the stairs by the bar, way in the back...dealing with a lot of drunk girls. So that might have played a factor in me enjoying their set more tonight. Also, the dude's voice sounded way less weird to me tonight, which was one of my main issues. They really pound out their songs which I appreciate...and I think I enjoyed them much more this evening, but again...still don't think they'll be something I listen to all the time. I'm glad I gave em a second chance though.


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