Feb 27, 2009

And you may find yourself...

without tickets to the David Byrne show at Radio City tonight.

I might have 2 extras. Shoot me an email if ya wanna go.


Feb 23, 2009

Man On Wire Wins Oscar For Best Documentary!

Sorry this is not music-related in any way, but Man On Wire is the best film I saw in 2008...and definitely one of the best I've seen in my life...not exaggerating. Check it out if you can. In New York it's still playing at the Sunshine and it's out on DVD.


Feb 20, 2009

Making of Simian Mobile Disco's "Synthesise" Video & Interview with Director Katie Moross

Katie Moross co-directed Simian Mobile Disco's new video for "Synthesise" with Alex Sushon. Check out a video explaining the making of it below:

Also check out a great interview with Katie over at NYLVI which is an awesome site that focuses on vinyl, but also posts about music in general.


WhoMadeWho Release New Video for "The Plot"

The Plot is also WhoMadeWho's new album which is coming out on March 23rd! Check out more info on that here, plus the videos for "TV Friend", and "This Train".


Simian Mobile Disco Update - Synthesize Video, new track "10,000 Horses", North America & Europe Tour Dates

Firstly...if you haven't already seen it, here's the live video/performance of Simian Mobile Disco's new track "Synthesize" at Area 10:

There's also another new Simian Mobile Disco track "10,000 Horses" which Pete Tong recently dropped on Radio 1. A rip of it has been floating around but is pretty scarce so check Hype Machine for it while you still can. Just to give you a preview...here's what Busy P had to say about it:

"I want to ride those horses naked on a beach with James & Jas! Beautiful track. It is already Summer thanks to SMD. Really like the Detroit vibes in both these tracks.. watch out Kevin Saunderson! I will play it, playlist it and i can't wait to kiss a girl in the middle of Space's dancefloor while dancing to '10,000 Horses..."!
I don't know if I'd go that far, but I do really like the track and can't wait for their show at the Highline Ballroom here in April (in the midst of a massive tour of North America with a small run of European dates in the middle):

Simian Mobile Disco - North America/Europe Tour Dates
Mar 12 2009 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver
Mar 13 2009 - SEATTLE, WA Neumo’s live
Mar 14 2009 - MEXICO CITY, MX MX Beat Festival live
Mar 15 2009 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA Mezzanine live
Mar 16 2009 - The Music Box at The Fonda, Hollywood
Mar 17 2009 - SAN DIEGO, CA Casbah live
Mar 27 2009 - MIAMI, FL Ultra Festival live
Mar 28 2009 - Ultra Music Miami
Apr 3 2009 - Marmande, France, Garorock Festival DJ Set
Apr 4 2009 - Platinum Club, Lille DJ Set
Apr 9 2009 - London AITBF @ Fabric DJ Set
Apr 10 2009 - London Mixmag @ Matter DJ Set
Apr 11 2009 - Spain Barcelona Nitsa DJ Set
Apr 12 2009 - Manchester, Warehouse Project, DJ Set
Apr 13 2009 - Deep Fried Funk DJ Set Derry
Apr 17 2009 - CHICAGO, IL Metro live
Apr 17 2009 - CHICAGO, IL Smart Bar dj
Apr 18 2009 - TORONTO, ON Guvernment live
Apr 19 2009 - MONTREAL, QC Club Soda live
Apr 22 2009 - BOSTON, MA Paradise live
Apr 23 2009 - NY Highline live
Apr 24 2009 - PHILADELPHIA, PA Transit live
Apr 25 2009 - BALTIMORE, MD Sonar live


Feb 15, 2009

Messing With the Layout

Things will probably look crazy for a bit. Apologies!


Feb 14, 2009

Soulwax - Any Minute Now video

I liked this song to begin with...and something about watching business people beat the crap out of each other is very satisfying:


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Feb 11, 2009

Spring Listening: Erlend Oye - DJ Kicks

I can't tell you how many times I've almost written this post. The weather in New York today is BOSS (which is my overly used word for today). Don't mind that "Severe Weather Alert". It's awesome out.

Such weather warrants demands listening to this album:


1. Jurgen Paape - So Weit Wie Noch Nie
2. Erlend Oye - Sheltered Life (Remix)/Fine Night (Acapella)
3. Cornelius - Drop (Kings of Convenience Remix)
4. Phoenix - If I Ever Feel Better
5. Erlend Oye - Radio Jolly – Jolly Music/Prego Amore (Acapella)
6. Alan Braxe & Fred Falke - Rubicon
7. Avenue D - 2D2F
8. The Rapture - I Need Your Love
9. Erlend Oye - Lattialla Taas – Uusi Fantasia/Venus (Acapella)
10. Erlend Oye - 2 After 909 – Justus Kohncke/Intergalactic Autobahn (Acapella)
11. Erlend Oye - The Black Keys Work (Phonique Remix)
12. Jackmate - Airraid
13. Royksopp - Poor Leno (Silikon Soul Remix) / Erlend Oye - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (Acapella)
14. Skateboard - Metal Chix / Erlend Oye - Always On My Mind (Acapella)
15. Ricardo Villalobos - Dexter
16. Minizza - Winning a Battle, Losing The War
17. Morgan Geist – Lullaby / Erlend Oye - A Place In My Heart (Acapella) / Ada - Luckycharm / Erlend Oye - Intuition (Acapella)

I remember finding out about this album 2 days before it was released. Picked it up from Virgin on my way to class on a beautiful spring day and bugged out the first time I listened to it. It's the perfect spring album. It opens with a chick singing German sweetness into your ears...the sounds of water droplets...and it just proceeds to get more and more awesome from there...with Erlend Oye singing over pretty much every track. Like so many things, it's great and not explainable.

Go get it. Listen to it today if you're in New York or somewhere that is suddenly and awesomely warm. The cd also has great liner notes from the Norwegian himself explaining things to keep in mind when you are deejaying which are definitely worth reading.


Feb 9, 2009

Best of 2008!

Better late than never!

This was so much more difficult to do than last year's post, mainly referring to the top 20 shows list. Last year I had to narrow it down from 88 shows/dj sets. This year I had to narrow it down from 122. It took me 4 hours alone just to figure out who I had gone to see this year, never mind the deliberating...

A few things:

I didn't make a list of Top 10 Albums/EP's because there are quite a few that came out last year that I haven't gotten to listen to that would probably be in the running.

I will however say...Lambs Anger by Mr. Oizo is my number one album of 2008. I think it has a really complete, cohesive album feel. I also think it does a great job of showcasing Mr. Oizo's weirder side that is present in his earlier releases, but also includes a great crop of new bangers. I even don't mind the Uffie track which up until this point was something that was not possible. And of course, my four favorite little words - Vous êtes des animaux!

Some other albums that came out in 2008 that I got to hear and like to varying degrees (most, quite a bit) are (in no particular order):

The Rapture - K7! Tapes
The Whip - X Marks Destination
Cassius - CASSIUSPLAY: Nike+ Original Run
Surkin - Next of Kin EP
Soulwax - Part of the Weekend Never Dies
The Black Ghosts Mixtape
The Black Ghosts - self-titled
Jamie Lidell - Jim
Lord Skywave - self-titled
Boys Noize - Bugged Out! Presents Suck My Deck
Simian Mobile Disco - Live from Soho
Runaway - Wurst Edits #6
Eamon Harkin - Wurst Edits #5
Louis La Roché - The Peach EP
Friendly Fires - self-titled
Evil Nine - They Live
Des Peres - The Adventures Of Cowboy and Miniman
Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours
The Bloody Beetroots - Rombo EP
M83 - Saturdays = Youth

Top 20 Shows:

20 - Trus’me @ the Yard, 6/8
19 - DFA @ MoMa, 3/1 (you can download the dj sets from that night and check out some more photos and video here)
18 - Trevor Jackson @ the Mini Rooftop, 9/12
17 - Holy Ghost, Stretch Armstrong, and Feadz @ the Yard, 9/14
16 - Boy 8 Bit @ 88 Palace, 11/14
15 - Boy 8 Bit @ Glasslands, 3/13
14 - Fake Blood @ Plan B, 12/16
13 - Fake Blood @ the B, 12/12
12 - the Black Ghosts @ Glasslands, 5/10
11 - Busy P and DJ Mehdi @ Santos, 9/18
10 - DJ Falcon @ Le Poisson Rouge, 11/1
9 - Fred Falke @ the Tribeca Grand, 7/12
8 - Busy P @ Le Royale, 3/14
7 - Justice dj set @ Webster Hall, 10/30
6 - Justice @ the WaMu Theater @ MSG, 3/11
5 - M83 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, 6/3
4 - Ulrich Schnauss @ the World Financial Center, 6/24 (check out some pics by Ryan here. Btw, Dorit Chryssler also played at that show and was awesome.)
3 - Underworld @ All Points West, 8/8
2 - Soulwax @ Irving, 8/6
1 - Insiders with Soulwax, Late of the Pier, and the Whip @ Irving, 10/24

From Insiders with the Whip, Late of the Pier, and Soulwax

Plus honorable mention to WhoMadeWho and Friendly Fires who were completely new to me and excellent during CMJ!

Non-electro shows (not ranked - all pretty awesome):
1/19 – Tim Fite @ Joe’s Pub
7/25 – Ween @ McCarren Pool
8/17 – Sharon Jones @ Central Park Summerstage
8/3 – Jamie Lidell @ Central Park Summerstage
8/8 – Radiohead @ All Points West
8/9 – Radiohead @ All Points West
10/15 – Jamie Lidell @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
11/9 – Jamie Lidell dj set @ Public Assembly

Jamie singing "Little Bit Of Feel Good" during his dj set:

11/20 – Sondre Lerche @ Bowery Ballroom
12/12 – the Tallest Man on Earth @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg

More bests and other random-ness:

Best of 2008 - Soulwax
Best Facial HairPaul (for the Logans)
Best Namer of Facial Hair - Busy George for coming up with "the Logans"
Best Nickname - Miqueeee Le Teque!
Best Electro Twinz - Busy George & Sebastien Tellier
Best People I’ve met through my blog – too many this year, though I think Mitch is the only one I actually hang out with.
Best blast from the past who I now hang out with regularly (yay!) – Van Scott
Best electro-related work moment: My boss asking if he should rub Vicks on his chest before listening to most of the music I put on.
Best family supporter of banging jams – my brother, through his incessant repetition of “Mr. Oizo” and “Busy P” in French accents, despite the fact that he would probably hate their music if I ever made him listen to it. Plus this year I even got him to listen to Soulwax and he has kept "Much Against Everyone's Advice"!
MVP’s – red bull, purple Adidas high-tops, and the purple & green low-tops.
Best Excuse to Dance during the daytime – Sunday Best at the Yard
Best Week Ever: Tie! The week of August 6th which included Soulwax at Irving Plaza, Underworld's Beautiful Burnout Art Jam opening, and All Points West. AND the week of CMJ which was awesome thanks to Brooklynvegan.
Best dj set by someone whose stuff I didn’t know at all prior: – Trus'me at the Yard
People who should come out of going out retirement: Busy Jason and Busy George

Also, thanks to Busy Paul, Miquee le Tequeee, and Eddie (shtuuuk) for hitting dancefloors all over the city with me. Thanks to BV for endless hookups. Thanks to Mike for letting me interview Karl Hyde (amazing!). Can't wait to see what '09 will bring!


Feb 7, 2009

Updated New York Shows List

I just did a massive update to the shows list in the left sidebar. February & March look awesome and April is on its way. In care you're reading with RSS:

February 7 - Matthew Herbert at Studio B
February 7 - Josh Wink at Sullivan Room
February 13 - Xavier de Rosnay (Justice) and Busy P at Webster Hall
February 13 - Trouble & Bass Valentine's Death Prom with DJ Craze, Trouble & Bass DJ's (DTL, Star Eyes, The Captain), and a special surprise live act at Studio B
February 13 - Sharon Jones & the Dap-kings at Nokia Theater
February 14 - Sharon Jones & the Dap-kings at Nokia Theater
February 17 - Fujiya & Miyagi and School of Seven Bells at Le Poisson Rouge
February 20 - Primetime meets Fixed with Trevor Jackson, House of House, Eamon Harkin, James F&%^# Friedman, JDH, and Dave P at Studio B
February 20 - Felix Da Housecat at Webster Hall
February 20 - Tim Fite at the Bell House
February 21 - Cut with special guest Rye Rye at Studio B
February 27 - Dim Mak Night with Steve Aoki, Autoerotique, and Felix Cartal at Webster Hall
February 27 - David Byrne at Radio City
February 28 - David Byrne at Radio City
March 7 - Glass Candy, Nite Jewel, Twisted Wires, Mike Simonetti (dj set) at Le Poisson Rouge
March 7 - Alan Braxe at Studio B
March 10 - Guns ‘N’ Bombs, Heartsrevolution, autoKratz and Beni at the Studio at Webster Hall
March 13 - Calvin Harris dj set at Webster Hall
March 14 - "Infinity +1" Tour with A-Trak & DJ Mehdi at Studio B
March 20 - Boys Noize Records night with Boys Noize, D.I.M., and Shadow Dancer at Webster Hall
March 21 - Cut Copy at Terminal 5
March 21 - Mr. Saturday Night with Todd Terry, Ewan Pearson, and residents Eamon Harkin & Justin Carter at Santos
March 26 - The Prodigy at Roseland
March 26 - Friendly Fires at Bowery Ballroom
March 27 - Friendly Fires at Bowery Ballroom
April 1 - Sebastien Tellier at Le Poisson Rouge
April 3 - MSTRKRFT and the Bloody Beetroots at Webster Hall
April 3 - Deadmau5, the Whip, JDH & Dave P at Roseland
April 10 - Crookers at Webster Hall
April 15 - The Tallest Man On Earth at Bowery Ballroom
April 23 - Simian Mobile Disco at Highline Ballroom


Feb 3, 2009

Exclusive: Deadmau5, the Whip, and JDH & Dave P to Play New York's Roseland April 3rd!

at Roseland April 3rd

Deadmau5, the Whip, and JDH & Dave P will be playing Roseland on Friday, April 3rd.

Tickets go on sale at 12 noon this Friday, February 6th via Livenation.com or the Irving Plaza box office.


Feb 2, 2009

Exclusive: The Prodigy to Play New York's Roseland March 26!

The Prodigy are playing Roseland Ballroom on March 26th!!

Tickets go on sale Thursday, February 5 at 12 noon (EST) via Live Nation with a pre-sale from 10 am - 10 pm on Wednesday, February 4.

The group hasn't played New York since 2006 and is making the trip back in support of their new album Invaders Must Die, out March 3 on Take Me To The Hospital/Cooking Vinyl with a worldwide digital release on iTunes set for February 24. Check out the video for the first official single, "Omen" below as well as the Prodigy's album-dedicated microsite for the video for Invaders Must Die and additional info on the band's latest release:


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