Have you ever just known deep down that you made the right choice about something? An unshakable confidence in your decision that no variable could alter? That’s what it’s like eating at In & Out Burger, or seeing Holy Ghost! spin live. Except the music is even better than an Animal Style cheeseburger. Last weekend they played their first stretch of DJ sets in almost a year, and in the process gave Boston the most proper Friday night they’ve had in who knows how long. (No offense Boston, your promoters just don’t book enough acts.) With this duo riding out the success of their live band over the last few years, it’s become a rare and special thing to see them tour on the decks. After last Friday’s experience at the Sinclair, however, I’m glad to know that one truth remains after all these years: There’s nothing like a Holy Ghost! DJ set ladies and gentlemen. Read the rest of this entry
When Ticketmaster paid out $23 million dollars in a lawsuit settlement last year, hope for humanity was revived. Then the tickets for Bassnectar’s upcoming show at Madison Square Garden went on sale to the “public”. Fans eagerly huddled around their laptops, ready to blast away at the refresh icon on their browser until tickets became available at 11AM sharp. To our surprise (insert sarcastic font), it seemed that Ticketmaster’s minions had struck again. Despite their punctual efforts, most of the fans were unable to get tickets in the very first minute of the general on-sale. Anybody remember the LCD Soundsystem debacle back in 2011? Well it appears that once again Madison Square Garden is wrapped up in yet another TM blackout. Just as soon as they were gone, the tickets reappeared on places like Stubhub with an exponential markup. Sorry Bassheads, you’ve been bamboozled.
We’re not here because of Bassnectar, you can trust in that. It could have been any artist. At this point it’s become much more than the usual slap to the face. As one of the nation’s largest monopolies, their mere existence is an insult to the public. It’s a shame that we have no choice but to take it in stride. The courts barked, and they ignored them. In a company that grosses millions in revenue just from printing fees alone, what’s $23 million to them? With the recent appearance of other ticket distributors like Tickeyfly and Crowdsurge, we’re at least seeing a small change in the way live music is accessed. Hopefully more companies will rise up and dilute the economic death-grip that Ticketmaster has on the live entertainment world. Cheers to a better future, as hope is about all we have going for us right now.
After the fall of LCD Soundsystem, it seems the torch for DFA Records‘ chosen superstars has been passed down to Holy Ghost!. Their talent was never a matter of question. They’ve had a distinct reputation as some of Brooklyn’s finest musicians for years. However, since transitioning from a DJ duo to a fully equipped synth-pop band they’ve maintained a solid place in the limelight. The 3 year anniversary of LCD’s epic final performance just passed this week, so what better time to show you that DFA still remains one of the most prolific contemporary labels in America, huh? This week Holy Ghost! just premiered their new music video for “Bridge and Tunnel” on Earmilk. Akin to their sound, their new video features some old-school cinematography and editing to pack a full nostalgic punch. Wait what are we rambling on about, you can watch it now!
Oh and while you’re here, also check out this new a/just/ed remix of “Bridge and Tunnel”!
Yes, that’s right, James Holden is appearing for a special extended set at Output in Brooklyn, NY at the end of next April, courtesy of The Bunker. The acoustically arousing, Funktion-One equipped venue is a perfect fit for an artist of this caliber. Selling out basically every show he books in the US, this will probably be no different, so we advise getting tickets immediately. Did we mention this is the only show he has announced in the US? We’d also like to say it one more time in big letters, EXTENED SET. In fact, posting this article will probably aid in our staff not being able to get tickets. Holden will be joined by Bryan Kasenic, Timothy J. Fairplay & Scott Fraser, and Mike Servito. You can find the link to tickets below.
Where as James Murphy used LCD Soundsytem to celebrate music in it’s entirety, James Holden examines the chronicle of technology in music, and it’s particular attributes in different contexts. He’s really similar to Roger Waters in the sounds that he designs, and that’s probably no coincidence. He’s been known to showcase synth-based tracks in his mixes ranging from the 60’s, to present day. His finesse with careful, expansive, psychedelic layering, is distinct to say the least. He’s also a shining example that you don’t need a heavy drum beat or bass line to make digitally produced music (that’s your Que, Pitchfork). Once acquainted, you’ll be able to identify his style anywhere. Last year saw the release of his album ‘The Inheritors’ on Border Community which sealed his canonization into both electronic albums and as a legend alike. It’s hard to truly fathom that this musician first made his mark on the charts in 1999. We could vaguely refer to him as a Minimal producer, and that would only serve the purpose of catering to human nature’s need to understand what’s being presented. I’m sure James could relate to that. The man is certainly on a different plane. If there was a subject deserving of the label “existential techno”, his music would inherently fit. This is because every sound, note, and effect, every instrument used to produce it, is being implemented for a specific reason. If you read some of his interviews, you’ll find that there is a unique method behind each of his releases.
Although we may not understand him, we can at least get closure in understanding his live methods/instrumentation. On stage and in studio (in which he typically records live) he uses a history lesson worth of equipment, including but nowhere near limited to, modular analogue synthesizers, effects pedals, MIDI and DOWO controllers, and various software. His performances are done with either a live band, which is comprised of him on synths, a drummer, a bass player, and other altering roles, or as a DJ set. Both have equal reward in experience. For a (likely) short window of time, you can seize the opportunity to see what all the fuss is about. What’s it gonna hurt to possibly see some genuine, unique talent perform in one of the most proper sounding nightclubs in New York City? The link to tickets is there if you want to click it 🙂
Yes, it is true! Juan Maclean has been given the honor of hopping on the decks for the latest Radio 1 Essential Mix ladies and frogs. For those unaware, Juan Maclean is simply a master of music production. As one of the first artists to be signed to DFA Records, and longtime colleague and collaborator of James Murphy, he is the label’s secret weapon for house music. You may recall his sudden and epic appearance as an astronaut DJ during LCD Soundsytem’s final performance at Madison Square Garden, which you can view on the Shut Up And Play The Hits DVD. Reaching far beyond the boundaries of an ordinary DJ/producer, this bearded beast is adept in playing multiple instruments and records all his tracks himself. He fully embodies the “Too old to new, too new to be classic” motto of DFA.
The mix ignites with a fierce smack to the face and extends into the flawless perpetuity one craves with old fashioned club house. Slide some Dr.Scholls into your shoes and enjoy the…