Friday, March 15, 2019

Let’s Play House (3/8/19)

Following that Robyn performance, there was no going home.  Luckily I found this dance party in Brooklyn called Let’s Play House at Good Room feat. DJ Boring and Jaques Renault.  The place was packed, as evidenced by the line around the corner.  The good news is that it was totally worth it.

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Robyn (3/8/19)

What a special night.  I’d seen Robyn several times before (much closer than this vantage point), but this might have actually been the best show.  After being out of the limelight for a good number of years, only popping up on some collaborations, Robyn came back full force with her new album, Honey.  Everyone was thirsty.  She immediately sold out this Madison Square Garden show and I expect was probably the biggest show of her career to date.  The audience was electrified, as was Robyn - and both were equally thankful.  We were all back together again.  Check out my video below, and some of the extended audience participation moments.  I’ve also included Stereogum’s review of the show.  Incredible.  Now I really can’t wait to see her headlining at Pitchfork.

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Robyn  3 8 19

"Robyn committed a crime last night and I’m here to tell you about it.

The 39-year-old Swedish pop star had already gone through two costume changes and 11 songs at Madison Square Garden when she broke out ‘Dancing On My Own,’ off of 2010’s Body Talk. The crowd, which was one of the most excitable I’ve seen in New York, totally lost it. When the chorus hit, Robyn put her mic down and motioned for the audience to sing for her and the band, a cappella, which we did. ‘I’M IN THE CORNER WATCHING YOU KISS HER/ WO-OH-OH,’ everyone screamed.

We expected Robyn to sing the next bit, but instead she just stood there smiling. ‘This is your time,’ she seemed to say. And so, an audience of a zillion people sang the chorus of ‘Dancing On My Own’ for Robyn, in its entirety, until we were hoarse. I’ve seen a lot of musicians do that move, and I don’t think I’ve seen anyone but maybe Bruce Springsteen do it so effectively."

(Via Robyn 'Honey' Tour Review - Stereogum.)

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Aurora (3/7/19)

I was lucky enough to have friends in Brooklyn (Williamsburg) who allowed me to crash during trip to NYC to see Robyn.  This allowed me to extend the weekend, starting on Thursday night.  I found the local Brooklyn Steel venue was hosting Nordic artist Aurora.  I’d had her music and was enjoying it - and it seemed like a perfect way to kick off a great NYC weekend.  It’s hard to not pull out the Bjork parallels, but she definitely put on her own delightfully weird pop show.

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Opening for her was Talos, a grandiose pop band from Ireland.

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Opening the entire show was Sean McVerry, who was also Aurora’s piano player.

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Article: Apple Music Is Only Major Streamer Not Trying To Cut Songwriter Royalties

On the tech front...

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"Spotify, Pandora, Google and Amazon are appealing the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board ruling that would increase streaming payouts to songwriters by 44%. Notably absent from the list of music tech giants is Apple Music.

Under this CRB ruling, streaming services will be required to pay songwriters and publishers 15.1% of revenue, up from 10.5%.

Apple Music are not appealing the ruling, according to multiple sources. While they too will benefit if the appeal results lower royalties, Apple's decision to accept the new rates provides and artist and publisher friendly contrast to its competitors. Last week Spotify angered many in the music publishing by launching in India without a licence from WMG's Warner/Chappel Music publising arm."

(Via Apple Music Is Only Major Streamer Not Trying To Cut Songwriter Royalties - hypebot.)

Derrick Carter (3/2/19)

There are few dance nights like this in Cleveland.  The most recent I can think of was the tribute party to Rob Sherwood almost a year ago.  I guess what they both have in common is a throwback to house and 90’s influenced music - but what I also liked were the larger spaces for both events.  The Winchester was perfect for this show - plenty of people and plenty of room to dance.  I think this was also my first official Groovehaus party, which I’ll have to make it back to another soon. So. Much. Fun.

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Video Day #tzachill

FINALLY, we have a video from A. A. Bondy for Images of Love (and hopefully an album soon)!!  A co-worker turned me onto this Houses video for Fast Talk, and I was immediately smitten.  Mike Edel (a former TZA House concert performer) released his minimal new video for Ocean View.

Bonus: Another TZA House Concert Alum, this time a car cover of Cecilia by Oliver Hazard!

Brite Winter Festival 2019

10 years!  My favorite part of the festival continues to be multiple DJ tents with dance floors.  That’s not just because they’re warmer either.  I stepped out for a couple performances, but the dance floor has a particular pull.

Brite Winter Festival 2019

Brite Winter Festival 2019

Brite Winter Festival 2019

Brite Winter Festival 2019

Brite Winter Festival 2019

More photos here

Elise Davis (2/21/19)

I couldn’t have told you how I ran across Elise Davis, but have really been enjoying her most recent album.  Once I got to the show, I remembered.  My friend Jeff, who also hosts house concerts (and drag house performances!), was there.  He’s hosted her before, and was actually hosting the band overnight on their trip!  It all came together, and had me even more excited to see this performance.  Elise, and her all male band packed the small stage. They brought a powerful, yet subtle performance.  Beautiful voice and great songwriting accompanied by the pedal steel guitar!

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Elise Davis  2 21 19

Opening was our own Sarah Arafat.  A unique voice, a great songwriter, and some swag (watch for the cover/mash-up in the video).  

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Video Day #tzaupbeat

Clean Bandit just released a scathing new video of 45 with their new single and video for Mama feat. Ellie Goulding. Chemical Brothers show a new take on the dance line in their new video for Got To Keep On.  Moonbeau released a fun new video for their single, Hair So Wild.

Bonus:  Deer Tick’s new video for Bluesboy is filmed from many different, fan-filmed perspectives.  Sweet.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Article: Songs Are Getting Shorter and Streaming Is To Blame

If this were really just a matter of a cultural shift, I wouldn’t be bothered.  If it’s purposely a way to game the online music industry then that’s just greedy.  I’m sure the truth is somewhere in the middle, as usual.

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"Spotify and music streaming are to blame.

Like on the radio, all tracks are paid equally, regardless of length. But unlike radio, for the charts, streams are aggregated to equal sales. Nielsen Soundscan and Billboard count 1,250 premium audio streams, 3,750 ad-supported streams or 3,750 video streams as equal to one album sales.

So, in era of short attention spans and unlimited access to music, the easiest way to get more streams and rise up the charts, is to make each track shorter. Now, when a fan listens to a full album of 20 short songs instead of 12 onger ones, the total number of stream for each album played just jumped 66%.

‘[T]here has never been this kind of financial incentive to make shorter songs,’ tweeted former Pitchfork editor Mark Richardson."

(Via Songs Are Getting Shorter and Streaming Is To Blame - hypebot.)