I was able to see Natasha Kmeto open for Beacon at Kilby Court a few months ago and I was amazed at how solid her live performance was. Impressive voice, presence, and show. I picked up her albums, Crisis and Inevitable, on cassette and had a good chat with her. Lovely.
Live show at Kilby Court in SLC. djay 2 for iPad and Vestax Spin2
|Silkie||“City Limits||Volume 1″||Sty|
|Congo Natty||Jah Warriors||Jah Warriors (Joker’s Space Cake Remix)|
|Mindelixir||Why I’m Easy b/w Future||Why I’m Easy|
|Matt Shadetek||The Empire Never Ended||Jaguar|
|TC4||Grime 2.0||Lazer Riddem|
|Volor Flex & Encode||Altiplano||Altiplano|
|Shlohmo||Laid Out||Put It|
|Lee Bannon||Alternate/Endings||Alternate/Endings (Bonus Track)|
|Wiley||Fuck It EP||Fuck It|
|Tunde Olaniran||Yung Archetype||The Raven|
|Alluxe||Nomad – EP||Rytmus|
|Zuzuka Poderosa & Kush Arora||Carioca Bass EP||Pisicodelia (HxdB Remix)|
|Moresounds||Moresounds EP APHA009||Flocon [House Of Black Lanterns Remix]|
|Gulls||[via XLR8R]||Harmonic Mind|
|Shigeto||No Better Time Than Now||Detroit Part 1|
|Caspa||Everybody’s Talking, Nobody’s Listening!||Low Blow|
|Machinedrum||Eyesdontlie||Eyesdontlie (radio edit)|
|Snow Ghosts||Secret Garden||Secret Garden|
|Obey City||MY RVM EP [via XLR8R]||My RVM (AppleBottom Remix)|
|Mr Pauer||Orange||Dare (feat Ana & Maye Osorio)|
|A Tribe Called Red||Nation II Nation||The Road (feat. Black Bear)|
|Federico Aubele||Rob Garza Remixes||No One (Rob Garza remix)|
|Lindsay Lowend||Bay Harbor|
|Blue Sky Black Death||Glaciers||IV (feat. JMSN) (Child Actor remix)|
|Dauwd||Heat Division||Heat Division|
|Chrissy Murderbot||Bussin Down||Bussin Down (feat. DJ Spinn)|
I am taking a brief trip west this evening, so I will be unable to do the show. I wish I’d remembered this last week, but alas, here we are.
Fear not, however, there are options! I’ve uploaded the last two Nerd Shows to Mixcloud and they are available, with other past shows and my mixes and demos at http://mixcloud.com/NerdShow
Have a listen, and I’ll be back for next week with a LOT of new music.
I got lucky. With a trip booked overseas, and no chance to change plans, I gasped when I found out that one of my favorite groups, Thievery Corporation, would be in the state and playing at a venue I’d never been to. The only issue was the price, and while it was pricey, it really wasn’t an opportunity I was willing to pass up.
And I didn’t.
The venue, Red Butte Gardens, is located up on the mountainside, just adjacent to the campus of the University of Utah. It’s pretty spectacular, nestled into a canyon, making a great amphitheater. The stage was pretty cool, and the seating was grass. Oh, it was also BYOB and people were having a party!
The opener, Shana Halligan, was the lead vocalist for Bitter:Sweet, a group whose sound I was familiar with. They did a great opening 45 minutes or so, getting the crowd into it and doing an excellent job at it. Great performance and very talented live act. I’m not surprised that Thievery Corporation has them open.
The main act was an epic journey. It took a while, an eternity it felt, but the band did come out and we were treated to Thievery Corporation in a way few ever will; live and instrumental.
Any classic cut from the group you can think of was represented. Richest Man in Babylon, Lebanese Blonde, Sound the Alarm, etc… and with the vocalists we’ve all become accustomed to. Indeed, they even brought the very dynamic duo of See-I out to perform on at least a dozen tracks. To that end, the gifted Mr. Lif was brought along to perform the title track from their latest album, Culture of Fear. It was grand.
The talent on the stage was absolute. Percussion, guitar, bass, sitar, sampling, everything. I was simply fascinated, track after track, at the quality of the show. The audience knew these tracks and the energy was indeed filling the air, blending with the sound. The audience and band appreciated each other, and it built up to an incredible tempo.
Excellent show, and I’m so very pleased I was able to see the show and experience the vibe that Thievery Corporation brings. It was great to see Rob Garza, one of the two founding members, come out and introduce each and every member of the group, and the group introduce and embarrass him in turn.
I’m excited that two great shows that interest me are coming up locally.
First is Hail Mary Mallon with Kimya Dawson at Urban Lounge this Wednesday the 24th. HMM is a collaboration of Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz. They’re hilarious and extremely talented, despite what the video two posts down might lead one to insinuate.
Second is Thievery Corporation at Red Butte Gardens on September 1st. Thievery Corporation is one of the most important projects for modern, world electronic music in the United States, bar none. Their label, Eighteenth Street Lounge, is the outlet for many of the finest artists in that scene. They’re also a North American distributor for a number of the excellent artists on Switchstance in Europe.
Should be a great time for all on both counts.
News came early this morning that I’ve been selected to play some music and perform during Def Con 19. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and challenging also, but I am already making some initial preparations. Not sure what kind of equipment I am going to use, but it can be as simple or as complicated as I can imagine.
Lets enjoy with the mix that (probably) did the trick for me:
So the lads from Sub Swara, one of the cutting-edge electronic groups out of New York, are having a show at The Fillmore Theater in San Fransisco. It just so happens I’ll be there that day, and it just so happens they had some extra tickets. Guess who noticed this on Twitter?
Looking forward to a pretty epic show. Will report back!
Despite my best efforts, I couldn’t get an interview with anyone, but I was going to the show regardless. It seemed that Mount Kimbie and Beats Antique were playing together for the first time, having been involved in separate tours up to this point. I must admit that it’s a bit of an unusual pairing, but in fact, they have many similarities.
The Tailor opened, and wasn’t what I expected. Put a shy guy from Vancouver, BC, by way of Manitoba, on the stage with some weird electric four-string banjo and a laptop and what do you get? Some very interesting folkish, Gypsy music that is hard to describe but very listenable and makes for an interesting presentation. He really did warm up the crowd with his chatting and personality.
Mount Kimbie came on next, a surprise because I’d thought they’d play last, and immediately began impressing me with their sound. Their EPs and album, Crooks & Lovers, don’t prepare the audience for the live show. Both of the guys were up, with heads nodding pushing buttons on the MPCs and banging on the drum pad. A guitar came out, as did the cymbal, and we even got some singing. To hear the recording is a shadow of what their live show is. They are, no doubt, performing their music instead of just playing it. Indeed, they even swapped equipment for one track.
It should be noted that the crowd was biased towards Beats Antique, an easy call based on the variety of garb indicating some interest in the belly dancing vibe of Beats Antique. That said, Mount Kimbie really did get the crowd going a number of times and they left a very impressed fan in myself. I wanted to hear more, and I do hope they return.
Beats Antique revved up the audience immediately. I was quickly impressed that the full drum set, which I’d been puzzled by, was used from the first song to the last. On the other side of the stage was a setup with a MacBook Pro, cymbal, more controls, drum pad, and most importantly the electric fiddle. Add the clarinet and sax player, with Zoe Jakes herself banging on a drum squad kickdrum, and the crowd was treated to an intense, vibrant, and fascinating performance.
Zoe, and at times one or two other dancers, also treated us to their skills on many of the songs. I’ve never been a fan of bellydancing as a performance, but in this context it worked very, very well. There lied a cohesiveness between the elements that made for a riveting performance. Unsure what to expect beforehand, I was left duly impressed.
All told, this was a great trio of artists who ply their trade well. All blended electronics and sampling with instruments in one way or another. I do hope to see their names on another marquee in Utah.