Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Ads will tear us apart

Universal Music Publishing has taken over the administration of Joy Division's catalog from Zomba Music Publishing. Universal says "it is determined to 'aggressively promote' the catalog for synchronization licensing for film, TV, and advertising." Joy Division/New Order's management says "2007 is goping to be a huge year for Joy Division." But please - isn't anything sacred? Movies and TV are one thing, but are we going to hear "She's Lost Control" in a Target commercial? (Thanks Coolfer for the heads up)

Friday, February 23, 2007

New Violators

I forgot about New Violators until BV mentioned them in a post yesterday. These Norwegians are outstanding. Their music is a great cross between The Killers and Duran Duran (or maybe a more upbeat Stellastarr*). They are going to be taking the US by storm in March, with three shows in NYC (March 12 at Tonic, Martch 20 at Mercury (with Fujiaka and Miyagi), and March 21 at Pianos) and a SXSW show on March 15. Their MySpace page has a couple of songs to stream, BV has an Mp3 of "Burma" and Stereogum has a couple of their demos.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Moz to tour America

"America, your head's too big. Because America, your belly is too big. And I love you, I just wish you'd stay where you is."

Morrissey is planning a massive American tour this Spring, starting April 27. Details are still being shored up. Kristeen Yound will open.

Tripnotica recap

Tripnotica last Sunday night at The Delancey was quite the good time. The bands were great, the DJs played continuously good tunes, and everthing went smoothly. The next Tripnotica event will be on the last weekend in March.

For those of you keeping score at home, here's my setlist for the evening:

(Set One)
Primal Scream - Higher Than the Sun
Blue States - Arion
Massive Attack - Protection (Underdog's Angel Dust Mix)
Sneaker Pimps - Spin Spin Sugar
Project Skyward - Shine
Prodigy - Voodoo People (Dust Brothers remix)
Moby - Go
808 State - Pacific State
St. Etienne - Filthy
Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood
Test Icicles - What's Your Damage? (Alan Braxe remix)

(Set Two)
Asobi Seksu - Strings (Glass Factory remix)
Goldfrapp - Strict Machine
Esthero - That Girl
The Chemical Brothers - Got Glint
Cut Copy - Future
Air - Sexy Boy
Massive Attack - Euro Zero Zero
Leftfield - Original
Portishead - Strangers
Booka Shade - In White Rooms
Thievery Corporation - Indra
Res - Let Love
The Veldt - Wanna Be Where You Are

(Set Three)
UNKLE feat. Ian Brown - Be There
Thunderball - To Sir With Dub
Bentley Rhythm Ace - Bentley's Gonna Sort You Out
Morcheeba - Otherwise
Paul Weller - Wild Wood (Portishead remix)
FC Kahuna - Hayling
Sneaker Pimps - 6 Underground
A Guy Called Gerald - Humanity
Goldie - Inner City Life
Leftfield - A Final Hit
Blue States - Your Girl
Thievery Corporation - Shadows of Ourselves
Mylo - Zenophole
Groove Armada - Lovebox

Friday, February 16, 2007

Tripnotica - this Sunday night

Tripnotica 2

Thursday, February 15, 2007


This Friday, FUN at Studio B will host the record release party for The Rapture's new record label, Throne of Blood. The Rapture will be playing a live mini-electronic set before DJ'ing for the rest of the night. The Bangers and Eamon Harkin will also be DJing.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Cut Copy

Cut Copy are back. The first single from their sophomore album, "Hearts on Fire," will be released in Australia in February. They describe the single as "a cosmic dance anthem laced with references to 90’s saxophone visionary Guru Josh." That's spot-on. "Hearts on Fire" sounds phenomenal, and has the typical Cutter electro sound, but throws in some KTU-clubland synths and Rob Base-esque "whoo-yeah" samples, along with the aformentioned sax spots, which sound a lot like Duran Duran Rio saxes, and some nice bass chords at the end. In short, another expectledly awesome Cut Copy song. They're touring Australia in February. Hopefully they'll be back in the States soon, as their show at the Bowery with The Rapture may have been one of the top five shows I've ever seen.

You can hear "Hearts on Fire" here. Also, they did a mix compliation for the Fabric series. Great stuff - mixing together Goldfrapp, New Young Pony Club, Daft Punk, The Presets, and themselves, among others.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Ed Banging in America

Shit-hot Ed Banger Records are bringing their French electro grooves to the US. The label, owned by Daft Punk manager Busy P, is releasing a second compilation of its artists via Vice, entitled Ed Rec Vol. 2. The crew, including Justice, Sebastian, and Busy P, will be in New York at Hiro Ballroom on March 29.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007


Morrissey's Ringleader of the Tormentors popped up on my iPod this morning. I haven't listened to it at all since it came out, mostly because it's not that remarkable. My initial reaction was correct - it's not terrible, but it's not good either. Just average. Which for a Moz/Smiths fan is disappointing. On Ringleader, he really tries to stretch his vocals to that of a crooner, and it doesn't really work. "Life is a Pigsty" is phenomenal though.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Various Bits 'N Bobs

Trentemoller, Copenhagen's DJ/Producer extraordinaire, is DJ'ing at Bank (at Element) this Saturday night. Free before 11pm; $10 until midnight; and $20 general. 225 East Houston @Essex St.

Urban Outfitters (bringing hip styles to the hearlands!) is helping Bloc Party promote the band's new album, A Weekend in the City, with a listening party tomorrow, February 2nd. The NYC listening party will be at 526 Ave. of the Americas.

Damon, Simon, Paul, and Tony's orchestra, The Good, The Bad & The Queen, recently announced US tour dates. They'll stop in NYC on March 12 at Webster Hall. Tix go on sale at noon on February 7th.