Brooklyn’s The Bomb #3
What do you lose sleep about missing if you’re heading out on a two week long trip to Morocco with your gal? [show off - Ed]
For me, it was the Brooklyn based Kanine Records 10 year Anniversary party that went down on April 10th at Union Pool, which is one of Williamsburg’s eternal institutions of live, seedy indie music and late night, drunken bathroom hook ups. The label sure had plenty of reasons to celebrate, since Lio and Kay Kanine have achieved the practically unachievable feat in this day and age of actually staying in business as a truly independent record label for a decade, all while bringing the record buying world some of its first listens to bands like Grizzly Bear, Chairlift and Surfer Blood while they’ve been at it.
To help them celebrate, Kanine curated one of their usual eclectic line ups, including their new Montreal signing Valleys, whose new, hilariously titled album 'Are You Going To Stand There And Talk Weird All Night?' was recorded and co-produced by Alec “Orson Presence” Dippie from the legendary British post punk group The Monochrome Set and comes out today! Also on the bill were Lodro, made up of members of the bands Royal Baths, and who are going for a more swampy, cabaret Bad Seeds vibe with this project, as evidenced by their single 'Bad Heart Part 2'. Rounding out the night was Xray Eyeballs, fresh off an opening slot for The Yeah Yeah Yeahs recent NYC Webster Hall show, and featuring the always smiley faced scenester about town O.J. San Felipe. General consensus says the night was a total blast!
Get ready for a total 180 degree switch of gears from innocent indie label land to corporate sponsored mega-buck territory. Corporate branded marketing scheme or not, I've still got to give a shout out to one of the more ambitious music series happening all over New York and Brooklyn this month. This week marked the start of the 15th edition of the Red Bull Music Academy, which this year will be hosting live bands, DJs, audio-visual art installations and film screenings throughout the entire metro NYC area during the month of May. They've got some pretty esoteric heavy hitters like Brian Eno presenting his art piece "77 Million Paintings," total dance throw downs like the DFA Records 12 year anniversary party being held at some historic, newly discovered (by hipsters anyway) concert hall in Brooklyn with folks like label head James Murphy, Black Dice and Factory Floor.
But one of the most anticipated events of the series, for dance and electronic music geeks anyways, is the first ever U.S. DJ set by Giorgio Moroder happening on May 20th. You may not recognize his name but if you've ever listened to an disco or techno record in your life, then you've heard his influence. This guy practically invented that arpeggio synthesizer sound associated with many forms of electronic dance music, starting with his productions of tracks like Donna Summer's 'I Feel Love', 'Call Me' by Blondie, collaborations with artists like Phil Oakey of Human League and most recently Daft Punk. Here's Moroder's famous 'Chase' from my favorite movie of all time 'Midnight Express' that nabbed him an academy award for his soundtrack.
Much more to come, including previews of the upcoming Northside Music Festival that will soon be taking over Brooklyn with live music everywhere!