Who would have guessed that one of the most dramatic vibratos in the past decade would have been destined for Broadway. Yes, that's right Thom Yorke will be doing a one man show of Radiohead tunes on
Broadway. "After seeing what Green Day's American Idiot did for youth culture I had to respond with something in the same vain, but more me" Yorke says. The play entitled No Surprises is set to start in late September and will be directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (not the awesome Komapkt recording artist). Jonny Greenwood is also set to compose the musical. I have a feeling this is going to be a winner.
Joy Orbison went from post dubstep producer (?) to straight up bad ass house producer. I won't write too much here. I think the man liked making tracks that sounded great sonically ("Hyph Mngo" e.g.) but realized kids were not shitting themselves on the dance floor like they should have been. I don't think kids every shit themselves for house music but O's making really interesting sounding tracks and doing it well. He's also a baby (only 23 years old I think). In 5 years he could be even more amazing. Him and Nicolas Jaar are killing shit right now. Everything they put out I'm all over and I can't get enough of. The new single will be released on March 21st on Hotflush Recordings who also just seems to be killing it right now with artists such as Mount Kimbie, Scuba and Boxcutter.
Pretty weird that Arcade Fire won the Grammy for best album last night for their record the Suburbs. I like the title track and "Sprawl II"but the rest of the record reminded me too much of Green Day's American Idiot or maybe just a pop-punk record. Maybe I'm turning into an old man but I'm really not that teenage angst anymore. I do like No Age though?
I want to write more about Nicolas Jaar right now but I'm not going to and try to absorb his record and get back to this after a while. This is also the third or fifth time I've written about Joy O. Do I have a man crush or what?
A new monthly party has formed via Telephoned (Sammy Bananas and Maggie Horn) at Liberty Hall in the Ace Hotel on the first Tuesday of every month. The idea is the DJs and vocalist reproduce songs in new ways in however the artists see fit. I saw some of Telephoneds set and thought it was alright. I think I kind of just walked into their set and didn't know what was going on yet. There was also some sound issues with feedback that was slowly taking cared of during Telephoned set. I meet Maggie Horn at the bar and told her the set was nice.
I was most excited to see Shyvonne (you might know from Kindom's "Mindreader") and Eli Escobar.
When Shyvoone got on the mic everyone magically swept towards her like she was some kind of mystical soundtress. When she sang too, HOLY FUCK she could belt out some notes. I don't get to see live R and B or house type vocalists live so this was a refreshing experience. I would love to see her do this again. If she sang some house/soul classics I might shit myself.
By the time Eli got on the decks for his set my posse was half done and so was the crowd. No one seemed like they were in a dancing mood which to me was kind of bullshit. He was playing a killer set though.
As we were getting ready to leave I walked up to meet Eli and see what his DJ set up was. I looked to my left as I walked to the decks and sure enough Diplo was right there. I don't really get star struck but I was surprised to see him there on a Tuesday night. Here's how our conversation went...
Me: Diplo???(surprised to see Diplo)
Diplo: Yeah, what's up man?
Me: What are you doing in the city?
Diplo: I had a court date.
Me: For what?
Diplo: For breaking some dudes arm.
Me: Why'd you do that? (thinking he was kidding)
Diplo: Because he was fucking with me.
Me: OK, see you later. (realizing I might become annoying)
My girlfriend also told me that night that Diplo was sexy like 1,900 times. Thanks, I get it;)
Kode 9 (aka Steve Goodman and owner of Hyperdub Records) came to Williamsburg, NY January 28th 2011. I was very excited to see my first Hyperdub DJ/producer live in my new city the day before my birthday. Unfortunately, I drank too much coffee and alcohol before his set at the Cove and don't remember any of it. He did play funky and house based tracks instead of the more dubstep influenced stuff he usually produces. I wish I had a list of tracks he played but I think that might of been the pile of barf I left in the cab on my way back home. Also, this is the first time I've ever puked in public in all my years alive now. Parents if you're reading this, I watched some TV and passed out early. If you can imagine though---I had a very happy birthday.
I know I haven't posted in a while. My internet is not up yet at my new place. The new Simian, Hercules jj and Toro y Moi are out. One of those has to be good. Until I write again...
Kode9 mix for XLR8R from a while back entitled Bubble 'N'Squeak. Download it!