Paco Is Back !

This Wednesday we welcome back the spanish don dada of techno for his third time at the phoenix landing for special Midweek Techno extravaganza. The last two times we had the honor to host this artist has been a treat for any ears to hear live and direct. So even after the Halloween festivities and trick or treats, we saved you one last sweet thing to snack on, but in the mean time Here’s a great mix that I’ve been jamming out to lately. It’s Paco Osuna playing live at Club4… to hold you over!

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Enjoy the mix!

Cassy, Berlin’s Voice Of House This Wednesday

On Wednesday, May 13th, Midweek Techno proudly presents another Boston first time appearance and one of our most anticipated bookings of 2009.

From Berlin we welcome Panorama Bar resident DJ extraordinaire Cassy. As a DJ / producer in the vast cosmos that is electronic music, to have a unique sound is an artists greatest strength.  Cassy has that sound and it sounds like deep hypnotic analogue magic, finished off with one of the most recognizable voices in dance music today.  Almost always repetitive and sometimes even incomprehensible, her subliminal crooning and flawlessly programmed VINYL ONLY DJ sets have propelled Cassy to the top of undergrounds most wanted list. Deeply inspired by electronic music and the club scene of Austria and England, as a young adult Cassy wanted a piece of the action. Her first instinct was to use her background as singer to provide vocals on other artists records, which worked for her first musical release, but she was soon convinced that if she could not only involve herself as a singer but to learn how to mix records she would get much further.  This philosophy worked extremely well for her and by 2003 she made the pilgrimage to Berlin and proceeded to build a reputation as a talented house and minimal DJ. Cassy’s first real big break was when she secured a residency at the legendary Panorama Bar and had the honor of mixing “Panorama Bar 01” on Ostgut Tonträger, the record label of Berlin’s Berghain club.  This was the doorway that lead to collaborations with some of the big boys of modern dance music such as Ricardo Villalobos, Luciano and Steve Bug. With a start on Geneva’s Mental Groove Records to date Cassy has released original tracks and remixes on labels such as M_nus, Playhouse, Get Physical, Perlon, Dessous, Cocoon and her own label appropriately named Cassy.

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Check out this recent promo DJ set to see what we’re talking about!

Advance tix are available here. We will open early at 9pm for this special performance with a warm up set from DJ Sergio Santos.  Cassy’s set time will be from 10p-1a. Midweek Techno takes place every Wednesday at Pheonix Landing, 512 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA. Midweek Techno is 19+.

Italoboyz Are Back This Wedensday

This week at Midweek Techno we welcome back our favorite Italian boyz (who have actually lived in London for awhile). This will be the third time we’ve had theses fine fellows at Phoenix Landing and over the span of 2 years since we first crossed paths, the boyz have become legitimate rockstars, with highlights including a live performance at Love Parade ’08. With a forthcoming album on Mothership, these boyz will only continue to get larger and we feel so lucky to have them at the super intimate Phoenix, so please join us for a night of house music and wierdo instruments as Italoboyz once again set fire to the dancefloor.

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To help get you loose here is the boyz set from Phoenix Landing last June.

Midweek Techno takes place every Wednesday at Pheonix Landing, 512 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA. Midweek Techno is 19+ and there is a $10 cover for special guests.

Damian Schwartz This Wednesday

This Wedenesday we welcome Spanish house/techno producer Damián Schwartz to Phoenix Landing. Schwartz has made quite a name for himself over the last year with releases on Oslo, Múpa and his acclaimed “Party Lovers” album on Net28. His sound includes lots of organic drums with prominent harmonies and major jazz influences. Schwartz will be playing a live set of recent material and exclusive new musics so you don’t want to miss out, but if you don’t believe us check out one of his recent performances below.

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Nicolas Jaar, Future Superstar

Nicolas Jaar is younger than you, but he already has quite the jump on the electronic music establishment. Born in NYC and raised in Chile, Nicolas has a very organic approach to electronic music. At 14 he began producing and by 17 he had his first release on Wolf+Lamb. With a Seth Troxler remix of his “The Student” due on W+L vinyl and his own Clown & Sunset label set to launch this month, you don’t want to miss his first Boston appearance this Wednesday (2/4/09) at Phoenix Landing. For a full bio and a preview of Nicolas’ live set make sure to check out his recent appearance on AirPod.

How did you get into electronic music in the first place?
I got into electronic music when I realized that it could be organic and warm and nice like other types of music. I first listened to Villalobos’ Thé au Harem d’Archimède when I was 14 years old and to this day I think it is his best work. At around the same time I had just started tickling Reason – the software. The first track I ever did with a kick drum is Hage Chahine and it was released on Wolf + Lamb when I was 17 three years later.

Who are your major influences?
My major influence is the dancer Evelyne Meynard.

How’d you link up with Wolf+Lamb?
I sent a track called “the student” to Gadi and Zev after hearing them speak in a NYU radio show. Hearing both of them talk about the future of music made me realize they were the place for me. Wolf + Lamb is now my spiritual home. As incredibly talented producers and individuals, they have the brightest future ahead of them in the next few months.

Do you feel like there’s a new generation of young electronic producer’s that are going to change the shape of the music over the next 5 years?
Music has to evolve. Like everything else. I’m working on creating my own instrument for the live experience to grow out of its present 17″ dimension. I feel a lot of people are starting to understand that, as electronic music producers, we cannot go on sharing our music through nothing more than a computer; in the next 5 years a new conception of performance should begin to emerge, shaping the mold, creating a new stage for new music to arise. I’ve recently created my own label Clown and Sunset, a platform for young artists that share similar views to express themselves.

Check out a live set by Nicolas for AirPod:

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AirPod 19: Nicolas Jaar’s Live Set – more info

2 Big Midweek Technos In 1 Week?!

First: this Wednesday (11/12/08) we have legendary Detroit techno DJ Punisher going head to head with our friend and new London resident (but formerly of Chi-Town) Sassmouth! If you’re not familiar with the work of Punisher ask any of your friends that know anything about techno and for a little more on Sassmouth check out her episode of The Adventures Of Soul Clap Podcast from the summer.

Second: Sunday (11/16/08) is a very special edition of Midweek Techno on a different night because we have m_nus recording artist Paco Osuna touching down for a very special Boston appearance. Mr. Osuna is one of the top minimal techno DJs in the world so you probably want to get advance tickets so you’re not left out in the cold…