Tuesday, November 18th, Noise Pop will be presenting Song Exploder live with Tycho. Song Exploder is a podcast hosted by Hrishikesh Hirway which features artists exploring the creative processes and details that goes into their work. Tycho will be featured in this live podcast record, going through the title track of his latest album “Awake”. This intimate show in a secret location is free but entrance will be awarded by lottery. Enter via RSVP! 21+
For the fifth year running, the Mad Hatters Ball is coming to 1015 Folsom! Come dressed up in your best costumes this Halloween, thank god it’s on a Friday. This year we’re teaming up with An-Ten-Nae and 1015 Folsom to bring you a Halloween double-whammy of the UK duo AlunaGeorge and Canadian duo Bob Moses! Pick up your tickets here.
AlunaGeorge are Aluna Francis and George Reid. Aluna writes and sings the melodies and lyrics. George arranges the music into uncanny and seductive new shapes. They met in 2009. They live in London. They have released two fresh, irresistible singles, You Know You Like It and Your Drums, Your Love, and they have only just begun.
AlunaGeorge were among the final three contenders for the Brits Critics’ Choice Award and on the longlist for the BBC’s influential Sound of 2013 poll. Pitchfork, which has championed them from the start, booked them to play at its Paris festival in November. In the fashion world, Moschino asked the duo to perform at their London Fashion Week show and Next Models has signed Aluna — confirmation of her idiosyncratic star quality.
AlunaGeorge’s songs hinge on the chemistry between Aluna’s cool, commanding, distinctly British vocals and George’s disorientating brew of warped samples, twitching beats and thick, woozy bass. Take their calling-card, You Know You Like It. Aluna improvised the singsong chorus at a bus stop in Harlesden and sang it down the phone line to George. The verse was a song she wrote at college a few years ago “about being defiant”. “I’m no fool,” she sings. “No, I’m not a follower.” George set it to a slippery, unpredictable rhythm and swathed it in a dreamlike haze. The contrast’s the thing.
“Howie and Vallance are worthy of attention for how they fuse house with genuine singing and songwriting talent, as well as a live aesthetic that comes through clear and cohesively” – Ibiza Voice
“Hankering for some moody, post-club music that doesn’t totally expunge the fire within? Bob Moses might just be your men.” – Resident Advisor
“Vancouver deep house duo Bob Moses are giving us all a glimpse into the future” – DJ Mag Canada
Canadian grown (legally), New York formed duo Jimmy Vallance and Tom Howie are one of the latest acts to release on the boutique label Scissor and Thread. Although only cordially discussing music and life in the same high school art class in Vancouver BC, it wasn’t until several years later that they bumped into each other at a Lowe’s parking lot and teamed up to make the act now known as Bob Moses.
An outspoken voice in the normally non-confrontational world of electronic dance music, Moodymann (Kenny Dixon Jr.) is committed to keeping a distinctly black imprint on techno and house.
Moodymann worked at several Detroit record stores in the mid-nineties including a store owned by producer Blake Baxter. During the mid-nineties Kenny was also the resident DJ at the Detroit based Outcast Motorcycle Club. At that time he was known as “House”. After his first several releases on Planet E Records Kenny became quite popular in France and from there his popularity grew.
Moodymann sound is a hybrid form of techno/house dance music arrived at via innovative use of reworked riffs, samples and grooves. While he may frustrate people with his refusal to be interviewed and insistence on reminding people of the genre’s origins, the soulfulness of his output is unquestioned. Utilizing classic soul and jazz samples, low-slung bass lines and an approach to drum programming that is diametrically opposed to the tendency to push the tempo faster and faster, he has achieved classic status thanks to gems like “Sunday Morning”, “Shades of Jae”, and his remix of Innerzone Orchestra’s “People Make the World Go Round”. Following years of 12″ only releases, he compiled his best work on “Silentintroduction”, one of the most celebrated albums of the late 90s.
Can’t get enough Treasure Island? We thought not! We’ve got two shows coming up in the next month to get you properly prepped for the fest. First off on Thursday, October 16th, we’ve got BadBadNotGood and Saint Pepsi at another round of NightLife at CalAcademy, complete with the best art and exhibits in store. After that on Friday, October 17th, Treasure Island veteran SBTRKT returns to the Bay for a show at the Fox Theater in Oakland. Get ready and grab your tickets here!