Episode 52: Nicolas Jaar, Live @ MWT

Sometimes the quality of talent that we have at our weekly Wednesday party, Midweek Techno, just BLOWS me away. Like does Boston even realize the resource they have right under their NOSES??? Doubtful, but alas, we keep on truckin.

Take for example a few months back when we PROUDLY presented the extraordinary talents of the young producer/live performer Nicholas Jaar. At only 19 years old (a FRESHMAN at Brown University) this young French transplant and musical prodigy has created quite a stir with releases for the likes of Wolf + Lamb and AirDrop Records and now on his own imprint, Clown and Sunset.

I’ve always been a bit iffy about Ableton sets, quite often it seems like the energy just isnt there. Nicolas Jaar’s performance however, is quite the contrary, his music weaves together like the gils of a french accordion, taking us all over the musical spectrum, way beyond simply DANCE music. Melodies, moods, emotions, seems like sky’s the limit for young Nico.

Just a few more tidbits: Seth Troxler’s remix of Nicolas Jaar “The Student” was the flipside to the recent deep bomb “Aphrika EP” that seems to be getting canned everywhere. Don’t sleep just cuz it doesn’t feature The Angelizer. Also, Nico is in cahoots with fellow Parisian Le Loup (performing at Midweek Techno June 3rd), who has also just released digitally the “See Line Ep” on Wolf + Lamb, again with a remix of “The Student” and another titled “Nico’s Bath Dance” which I imagine was created by both of these two yoots.

Sorry, no idea what was played, although I think I hear the Violent Femmes in there!

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Episode 52: Nicolas Jaar, Live @ MWT

Boston Doing It BIG on RA

Ah yes, what a proud moment indeed! How often is it that Boston gets proper love on Resident Advisor? Very rarely. And how often is it that TWO roommates (Cnyce and the great Tanner Ross) receive nearly back-to-back features on the same day?? Dude, like NEVAH kid!

Anyways, mega props to Tanner Ross and James aka Killowatts for their hard work on the long awaited Voodeux album titled The Paranormal slated for release in July on Claude Von Stroke’s Mothership label, and big up the Soul Clap massive because the legacy of the “Love Light” and “Conscious” edits on due out in June on Wolf + Lamb Black just keeps on living!

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+.

Episode 51: Randy Deshaies’ Unauthorized History

You know, sometimes Boston can be a very difficult place to have good time. Sure there’s places to see and people to do, just like any other city, but it just feels like overall everyone is out for the taking. Well, that’s not true of Randy Deshaies, he just gives and gives and keeps on giving.

Deshaies is a New England DJ hero and one of Boston’s pioneers of the San Fran/Chicago house sound that swept the late 90’s and early 2000’s. His crew, the ever so rave-a-ly named Marz Entertainment, launched in the mid 90’s and ran for over a decade at the top of the local dance music scene and his Sunday night party at the Phoenix Landing called Bump, with resident DJs Randy, Sergio Santos and Ryan Obermiller was responsible for countless DJ sets from the likes of Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, Heather, Colette, DJ Sneak, Diz, Justin Martin and many others.

Fast forward to the future and It is with great pleasure that we present a mix from Mr. Deshaies himself. Here’s a few words from the man who describes his podcast as “upbeat and vibey with a touch of nostalgia to grab the essence of DJing as I interpret it. [The songs represent] two decades of some instrumental tunes and choice selections that have shaped my passion for House Music. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride…”

Dont miss the upcoming Bump Reunion party taking place Sunday, May 24th at the Phoenix Landing in Cambridge!!!

1. Terry Lee Brown Jr. – Take Your Time – Plastic City
2. Iz & Diz – Love It, Dub It (Fred Everything mix) – Silver Network
3. Global Communication – The Way (Secret Ingredients mix) – Dedicated
4. Romanthony Presents Lifestyles – Trust (Ghost mix) – Downtown 161
5. Roland Clark – Resist (Jinx Soul Power mix) – Cassagrande
6. Corrie – Some Bizarre – Presslab
7. Harris & Dominic – Get Involved – Nordic Trax
8. Swag – Drum Hydraulics (Version 6) – Junior Boy’s Own
9. Mood II Swing – Do It Your Way – Groove On
10. Angel Moraes – Hairy & Big (Fun With It dub) – Hot&Spicy
11. BT – Remember (Mood II Swing mix) – Perfecto
12. DJ Sneak – How I Feel – Robsoul
13. The Absolute feat Suzanne Palmer – There Will Come A Day – TRIBAL America
14. DJ Q – Optimum Thinking – Filter
15. Tata Box Inhibitors РPlasmids РTouch̩

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Episode 51: Randy Deshaies’ Unauthorized History