Last night, I had the great pleasure of witnessing the legendary Giorgio Moroder play his first DJ set. Red Bull Music Academy’s Deep Space party, which took place at Output in Williamsburg, will surely go down as one of the highlights of this year’s festivities.
It’s difficult to portray in words the sheer elation that everyone in the venue expressed as Mororder, now 73, stepped on stage and took to his vocoder saying “Good evening ladies and gentlemen… I am Giorgio Moroder.” He really needed no introduction. This man is the pioneer of dance music. If you’re a fan of the genre, it really doesn’t get much better than being in the presence of such greatness and dancing your heart out.
The set was a trip back in time though his extensive production catalogue, and as you might expect, included the new Daft Punk track “Giorgio by Moroder,” and was filled with timeless Donna Summer tunes like “Love To Love You Baby,” “I Feel Love” and “Hot Stuff.”
Listen to the full set below, it includes some priceless stories he shared with the audience about his journey into music and time working with Donna Summer.
In the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge on a rainy Thursday evening, avant- garde musician John Cale, along with an eclectic mix of musicians (including The Magnetic Fields, Kim Gordon, and Sharon Van Etten, among others) came together in the elegant Howard Gilman Opera House to celebrate legendary singer-songwriter and Warhol protégé Nico. Continue reading
On Thursday night, I excitedly headed down to the Bowery Ballroom to finally see Jessie Ware live. If you’ve been keeping up with Hard Candy over the years, you’ll have seen us sing her praises on many occasions. The debut album ‘Devotion’ is a work of art, and still receives weekly plays many months after it’s release, so as you can imagine I was eager to see her perform.
When she arrived on stage shortly after 10 pm, the crowd went absolutely insane, to the point where she was visibly moved by the loving reception. It was the kind of welcome you would expect for an artist who has been beloved for many years, but Jessie had only released her first EP, the fantastic ‘If You’re Never Gone Move‘ stateside a few days prior to the show. “Wow, tonight’s gonna be a lot of fun,” she remarked before launching into a phenomenal rendition of ‘Devotion’ backed by her three-piece band.
Last night, we headed down to catch Dan Black’s performance at the Absolut Encore Series at Le Baron. After the success of his latest album UN he went off to the studio to record the follow-up, and last night we got our first taste of what he has been buried away working on.
We arrived at the intimate venue shortly after 8.30 pm and before long people were tightly packed in around the stage waiting for his return. Shortly after 9.30 pm, Dan emerged through the smoke with a wonky bow-tie on his pocket and his trademark face paint on. He had brought along two friends for the occasion - a monkey mask wearing guitar player and a bunny rabbit mask wearing drummer.
We were treated to a set that consisted of four new tracks ’Plastic Heart,’ ‘Blow,’ ‘Wild,’ and ‘Hearts’ and plenty of old favorites from UN. Even though this was the first time most of us were hearing the new material it was well received and he quickly had the crowd singing along. I loved all the new songs and based on what I heard, I think if you liked UN the new stuff should be right up your street.
If you’ve ever seen Dan live you’ll know that he has a great energy on stage and puts everything into his performance, and last night he was clearly pleased to be back in front of an audience performing once again. He is also quite frankly hilarious, at one point during the evening, after working up quite a thirst leaping around the stage, he asked a girl in the audience for her drink, joking that he didn’t want her to buy him one he just wanted a sip of hers (she did later though and handed it to him mid song!)
Another particularly funny moment was when after a couple of songs, someone thought it would be wise to start shouting requests at him, and much to his amusement someone bellowed ”Into The Groove” from the balcony, to which he replied that they should take it easy things were just getting started! It goes without saying I would have enjoyed that immensely, but his brilliant ’Pass That Head Noize’ which samples Missy Elliot‘s ‘Pass That Dutch’ was the closest thing to a cover during the evening.
It was fantastic evening and we look forward to catching a longer set in the not to distant future. The album is set for release in January 2013, and will feature some special collaborations which will soon be revealed!
1. Plastic Heart
5. Pump My Pumps
7. Pass That Head Noize
What do you think of the new songs?
* Photo by Santiago Felipe
A few weeks back I had the pleasure of seeing Labyrinth Ear play a fabulous gig just a few blocks away from my apartment at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn. It was their last appearance in a string of successful shows marking their North American debut at the CMJ festival here in NYC.
We were treated to a wonderful set made up of songs from the Oak and Apparitions EPs including my favorites ‘Humble My Bones‘ and ‘Amethyst Days’, which you can watch below. We’ve had our eyes on these two for quite some time and after falling in love with their unique brand of moody electro pop, it was fabulous to watch them deliver live and see that they are already gaining a following… people in the venue were going as far as to excitedly shout requests at them!
After the show I got the chance to chat with Tom and Emily for a few minutes, where they told me that Emily had unfortunately got sick the first day of CMJ, I would never have guessed because she sounded amazing. I’m happy to report they are just as lovely in person as they are via email!
You should look out for their first full length album which is set for release in 2013, and if you aren’t already familiar with them get up to speed by checking out all our Labyrinth Ear songs and videos here and the ’Magnolia‘ mixtape they completed for us back in 2011.