Archive | September, 2010

Caribou, Emeralds Change My Mind about Webster Hall

30 Sep
Once upon a time I went to shows a lot at webster hall. Then the day came when I attended a $1-before-midnight MSTRKRFT show and ended up getting punched in the face while nearly having my camera broken.  That was two years ago and after that night, I had no intention to seeing any further shows at Webster Hall, under the impression that the space was a huge, smelly, slippery moshpit for wastey-faced kids. My mind was changed last week, when I saw Caribou invigorate the place with a new, awesome kind of energy.

It’s a great story, actually, how I ended up at the show. I love Caribou. Caribou is Dan Snaith- Manitoban Musician Genuius, but he plays with a full band, with whom he splits his tour profits equally. Pretty sweet. Anyway, they played this past summer at Governor’s Island for a free show and it blew my mind. I was transformed into a fan immediately and had every intention to see them again on Sept 22. When the time came to, though, I learned of a free DJ set the night before, and decided I would attend that instead of the concert, being broke. Little did I know that I would end up meeting members of Caribou [amazing people] at the DJ set that night and end up being guest listed for the show the following day. I really love these New York Moments.

Emeralds opened, a band I had never heard of, and Caribou admitted they had only gotten matched up with because of an awesome Pitchfork review. They were pretty darn good though. Their sound is something of a *sparkly* psychedelic stew of piercing guitar noise and minimal melodies layered with pretty keyboard loops. They were a little on the boring side live, but their album itself keeps the listener energetic and feeling awfully trippy.
Video for “Candy Shoppe”

Caribou rocked the fucking house down. Dan’s sound is hard to explain- imagine Miike Snow meeting Panda Bear for a cup of lcd-laced tea at Arthur Russell’s cottage. All in all, the full sound incorporates everything from shoegaze pop to beat-driven electronic to drone-jam, instruments vary from guitar to synth to saxophone, and oh yeah, cowbell, triangle, and wooden flutes. Their latest album, Swim, was where they pulled most of their live tracks from. This album is meticulously beat-driven and this is seen most in some of their best new songs like ‘Odessa’ and ‘Leave House.’ All the same, this album showcases Dan’s vocals more than previews LPs, and though his voice is thin at times, it’s melodic, haunting and like a flashlight breaking through the exotic layering of the songs.
Live, Caribou’s songs come to life even more than on the record. The crowd was swaying together, glowsticks shining, sweat dripping. The visuals were also spectacular. My friend Lauren described their stage set up as them “gathering around the table for dinner.” Indeed, they all sit in a cluster in the center of the stage, facing each other, working off of one another in a spectacular and hypnotizing way. Besides being practically the nicest frontman ever, Dan has the best energy and we absorbed it like one, but, webster-y sponge. Everyone was dancing like crazy.  The highlight of the concert was definitely the encore of “Sun,” Caribou’s most infamously trippy song, that we had been waiting for the entire night. It was hard to find a single body that didn’t belt out “SUN!… SUN SUN SUN SUN!” at one point or another.

It was a amazing show. Of course, being VIP’d at Webster hall is a much nicer experience than having to pay and being denied access to the beautiful and majestic upstairs balcony lounge. Saying ‘what up’ to the tour manager and getting smiled at from the band onstage never hurts, either. Now I’m just bragging, but it was the icing on the dope-ass cake that is Caribou live.


Sup mista marrshin

29 Sep

lately my quality of life has improved with every lil wayne release, be it a single, mixtape, ep, etc. i listen to it over and over, chillin in bed, taking the crosstown, bullshitting with Nunez way too late into the night. it elevates my mood all day long. like running or dating a nice girl- just feels right, reminds you what’s important in life. i know its cheeseball but its true. im just really thankful he tucked away shit like this for all of us to enjoy while he’s chillin upstate (only a little more than a month to go, countdown time. i wonder if we can get a big yeahD clock like that one in Union Sq to tick off the seconds? prob not on wordpress hosted. shiiiiiii.).

so you know how everybody was kinda like, oh, shit, what if drake is the new face of young money and wayne kinda falls off? yeah, never. gonna. happen. these productions are so tight, and lil wayne reigns in his crazy with a sharpness that recalls the best of his leaked material from before Carter 3. The obvious favorite is Gonerrhea. Wayne teams up once again with Kane Beatz (maker of that glorious riff on Right Above It) and the combination is just scary. That’s the point. But its also just the first track. Highlights include the soulful With You that’s got Drake doing some singing and What’s Wrong With Them ft. Nicki Minaj on a nice chorus as well (I think Young Money realized the value of combining clever rhymes and a worthwhile hook- and that value has a few commas in it). My personal favorites are tracks 8 and 9: Popular with Lil Twist is a great production with a hilarious refrain and some solid wayne rhymes, and That Ain’t Me featuring Jay Sean will be the dark horse single that starts getting radio play on Hot 97 by the end of the month. I promise.

Popular (Prod. by Drumma Boy) – Lil Wayne ft. Lil Twist

That Ain’t Me (Prod. by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League) – Lil Wayne ft. Jay Sean

Anyways, free weezy, etc. This will help tide me over though. Get more tracks from the EP or the whole thing here. Also, heard something about an impending Carter IV. Needless to say, goddamn.

Ikonika – Heston

26 Sep

25 Sep


Panda Bear, 9/11

21 Sep
September 11th, a day that was spent in a variety of ways by New Yorkers, but to all it meant something different, and the same. One thing that brought us together in a visual way were the two beautiful beams of light that permeated the place where the towers once stood, which were visible from pretty much every borough, as long as you could get to a rooftop. For me, there was no better way to pay homage to 9-11 than to spend the night surrounded by dreamy, soulful music on governor’s island, which is about a mile off of South Ferry. I donned my face paint and got ready for a trippy night. Playing was Teengirl Fantasy, Gala Drop, and Panda Bear. This was a concert that many Panda fans had been waiting years to see.
Teengirl Fantasy
An overrated synth band that feels only vaguely authentic due to the amount of music they sample. We got here by ferry about halfway through their set, which never really took off, according to the crowd’s reaction- most people were pretty eager for the set to end to be one band closer to Panda Bear. Their set was dreamy if not minimal, but the occasional lush melody enhanced the coast-like quality of their tunes.
Gala Drop
Panda must have picked up this synth-jam band in their mutual home of Portugal, because they are very unknown in the USA. If they continue to tour the states, however, they will turn heads. Their sound, an enveloping, percussion-based rainbow of sounds, from tribal beats to shoegaze vocals, is only fattened by (dan) deacon-like synth melodies. The sound is truly unique, and really worked when paired with Panda Bear, who plays off of the similar atmospheric background noise that they sample in their sound.

Panda Bear
Known professionally as Noah Lennox,  Panda Bear has been a vital part of the indie-experimental music scene with his contributions to Animal Collective’s albums, and his spectacular Person Pitch of 2007. This solo album turned the world of AC and non-AC fans alike on its head. The album is, from beginning to end, one long analog journey through space, time, and your dream world. The power of this album is indescribable- highly repetitive loops guide the listener through loop-holes of sound to discover the chanting vocals of Lennox, echoing over contagious beats- this is where music is its most free. This album was thought of as the primary inspiration for AC’s 2009 Merriweather Post Pavillion, which is highly regarded as their best. Fans have been eagerly waiting, fingers crossed, for Lennox to get going on another album, and this past summer, two songs from his upcoming (release date undecided) Tomboy, entitled Tomboy and Slow Motion. Neither captured my heart the way Person Pitch’s “Take Pills” or “Bros” had, but that was before I experienced them live.
Panda Bear live was, indeed, a kind of spiritual experience, and that’s not just the church bells speaking. It evoked mixed feelings in me, and though it was moving, I couldn’t help feeling a little underwhelmed. The setlist was one long song, patched together by many melodies fading into each other. Panda started with an Animal Collective song, “Daily Routine,” which got the crowd excited, but he teased us- slowing it down to the point that it was almost hard to dance to- and never picking it up to play it to album speed. He immediately jumped into Tomboy afterwards, whose songs took a beautiful shape live, but again, it was hard to tell necessarily what these songs will actually sound like when he releases them, because he was taking his time going off on vocal tangents, making the crowd squirm with anticipation for the chorus or a steady beat.  Never having heard most of the songs, this was a great venue to premiere them. His new album contains a similarly-infectious energy, but tends to seem darker and more dramatic with less ambient noise and more recognizable noise samples.
If Person Pitch felt like it was underwater, Tomboy is where we wash up of the shore.
Disappointing was the amount of material he did not include from Person Pitch, playing off of only two songs, “Comfy In Nautica” and “Ponytail,” arguably not the best or fan favorites from his previous album. The best way to take in the concert was gazing into the psychedelic smoke or with eyes closed- focussing on and enjoying the slow-crawl of the sound and trying not to expect more than he was going to give. His vocal power is incredible- it carried every moment of the show. Don’t get me wrong, it was a show I will always remember, but the entire time it felt like he was teasing us, never giving the crowd 100% of a song, but instead 70%, and 30% to make it suited to his live persona. The concert, at its best, was hypnotizing, and at its worst, hypnotizingly slow. All in all, I still love Panda Bear, I cannot wait for Tomboy, which I know will blow our minds, again.
Check out this amazing video, an amazing tracklist of some songs played at the concert.

submerse – Rena

20 Sep

submerse has been busy dropping new n sexy tracks pretty consistently for the past couple o’ months- this one especially makes me wanna get my durty on. got me kinda wishing this stuff was out during my ‘deep sex mix’ days. perhaps its time for a redux? something to think about (leaning yuhsss). check out submerse on soundcloud for more post-ups an hot jamz. this boy-wonder keeps making tunes this smooth maybe he’ll grow up to be a future garage-guru (or something). O_o


17 Sep

They still love our bad Pop Music: Lady Gaga

16 Sep

If  I was a 19 year old Sweedish chick superficially famous in the fashion blogosphere, this is what i might be doing on a Tuesday night:

creating a DJ set based around Lady Gaga remixes

“Skullcrack” – Dibiase

14 Sep