5 Amazing Moments from Above & Beyond’s ABGT100 Show at Madison Square Garden

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Over the course of their storied career UK trance stalwarts Above & Beyond — Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamäki — have always thought big. To celebrate the 100th episodes of their Group Therapy radio program, they took their show on the road and brought it to Madison Square Garden in New York City. Big Shot‘s Kathy Vitkus, of EDM4Life, was in the thick of the action at the show and recalls five standout moments from A&B’s sold-out shindig. Continue Reading

Gentrification Blues: Williamsburg’s Glasslands Is Closing

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The New York City music community is still aching from a proverbial kick in the groin after this week’s announcement that much loved indie music space Glasslands is closing.

For the past eight years Glasslands, a once illegal venue located on Williamburg, Brooklyn’s Kent Avenue, has been home to DJs, bands and all sorts of underground musical shenanigans. But that’s all going to end on January 1, 2015, as Vice Media, the marketing behemoth with deep pockets, needs new digs and is willing to pay top dollar for real estate in New York City’s hippest neighborhood.

News of Glassland’s shuttering arrives after two other Williamsburg venues, 285 Kent and Death By Audio, previously announced their closure, reportedly due to Vice moving into space at S. 2nd Street and Kent Avenue (the company is reportedly planning to more than double their staff in the next five years).

Vice Media has yet to make a public statement about the matter. But that hasn’t stopped Billboard, Gothamist and other Vice haters/competitors from piling on, perhaps even secretly wishing they too had Vice’s $6.5M take break.

Despite all of the hyperbole and acrimony, Glassland has taken the high road, posting an eloquent message on their Facebook.

Glasslands, you will be greatly missed.

Dearest friends –

You’re probably getting used to hearing news like this in Williamsburg, so we’ll cut right to the chase: this New Year’s Eve will be Glasslands’ final night of music.

When Glasslands opened in 2006 as an experimental community art space, Kent Avenue felt like a forgotten backwater, scattered with old warehouses playing temporary home to non-profit arts collectives, galleries, and DIY shows. During that time, our single block saw a handful of historically ambitious art & music spaces open: Secret Project Robot/Lives With Animals, Paris London West Nile, Pyramids, Death By Audio, 285 Kent… we’re proud to have grown up in this place and time.

It was an awesome blur: there were shows with MGMT, TV On The Radio, Bon Iver, Yeasayer, Disclosure, Alt-J, there were Soul Clap dance competitions, there were aerialists, comedians, theater groups, fashion shows, raves.

Most importantly, the staff, artists, and party people that have been a part of Glasslands for the past 8 years made the venue a special creative home for music, and a joy to run. It’s impossible to fully communicate how grateful we are for all your love and support.

We’ve got a few months left, and we intend for them to be our best ever. Please come by and help us celebrate our final season.

Goodbye for now, but not forever.

Love,
Glasslands

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Kanpai! Richie Hawtin Named Sake Samurai

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Those who follow minimal techno troubadour Richie Hawtin know that he has a passion for sake, a lovely alcoholic beverage of Japanese origin that is made from fermented rice. He even set up his boutique ENTER.SAKE brand and has been integrating the spirit into his global events. In a ceremony held earlier this month at a shrine in Kyoto, Hawtin was named a 2014 Sake Samurai by the Sake Samurai Association, a council for the Japan Sake Brewers Association. The award acknowledges Hawtin’s understanding, appreciation and promotion of sake through his efforts.

Techno and sake have a lot more in common than most people think. Both are produced by dedicated artisans who constantly draw from past learnings in order to create the best possible end result, sparing no short cuts and never catering to fleeting trends.

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Says Hawtin, “The sake industry was filled with small family-run breweries each following their own distinct style with careful and creative thought about each step of the production, much like how our favorite labels dedicate themselves to a certain sound and unique aesthetics.

“At the same moment I learned how the domestic Japanese sake industry was actually in decline with so many young people moving their tastes to beer, wine, cocktails and other spirits, forcing many breweries, some with hundreds of years of history, to close their doors forever. This sparked my imagination of somehow combining my love (and knowledge) of the electronic music scene and the world of Japanese sake in a way to help (in my own way) revitalize the Sake industry and introduce my fans and colleagues into the world of Japanese sake and culture.”

Hawtin added, “To be honored by the wake community for my work spreading the taste of Japanese sake to the international market is humbling and another positive step for my dream of combining music, sake and technology into an immersive experience.”

Kanpai!

DJ Chart: Nathan Coles from Wiggle’s Top 10 for October 2014

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Nathan Coles from Wiggle’s Top 10 for October 2014

1. Ross Evans – “Let It Go” (Original Mix) (Saved Records)
2. Nathan Coles & David Coker – “Shifty Bizzness” (Original Mix) (Wiggle Records)
3. Kenny Raw – “Distorted Reality” (Darren Roach mMix) (Fabric Records)
4. Logannn! – “Friday” (Original Mix) (11am Records)
5. Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons – “Lovers Eyes” (Mendoremix) (Crosstown Rebels)
6. Noah Pred feat. Rosina – “All Alone” (Nico Stojan Mix) (Thoughtless Music)
7. Federico Molinari – “Vacas” (Original Mix) (Oslo Records)
8. Route 94 – “Coboy” (Original Mix) (Leftroom Records)
9. Dachshund – “Charabia” (Original Mix) (Fantastic Friends Records)
10. Whyt Noyz – “Dope She” (Original Mix) (Minus Records)

Cazwell’s Top 5 Tracks of the Moment

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NYC-based DJ/rapper/producer Cazwell has been straddling the line between hip-hop and dance music with ease since the late ’90s. With hits like 2009’s “I Seen Beyoncé at Burger King” and 2010’s “Ice Cream Truck” under his belt, he continues pushing the musical envelope, bathing his party-perfect (and often hilarious) tracks with elements of electro, Moombahton and house.

On his just released his third album, Hard 2 B Fresh, Caz serves up piping-hot collaborations with Richie Beretta (Major Lazer, Jillionaire), Justin de Nobrega (Die Antwoord), Nicky da B (RIP), Peaches, Jesse Novak (M.I.A., Santigold), Big Dipper, RedTop (Beyoncé, Goldfrapp), Manila Luzon, DJ Fresh Direct and others. Along the way he tackles the U.S. debt crisis (“Dance Like You Got Good Credit”) and narcism

We checked in with Cazwell and asked him to share his five favorite songs of the moment.

Cazwell’s Hard 2 B Fresh is out now on Peace Bisquit. Continue Reading

Bummer: Time Warp NYC Postponed [Updated]

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Nein! Nein! Nein! The German-based promoters who were set to bring their revered techno-laden Time Warp parties to New York City have announced that they’ve been forced to pull the plug on their party.

The event, which is part of a tour celebrating Time Warp’s 20th anniversary, was due to take place over Thanksgiving weekend in the Kingsbridge Armory, a massive 180,000 square-foot venue in the Bronx, featuring Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Sven Väth, DJ Tennis, Pan-Pot, Dixon, No Regular Play (live), Anthony Parasole and Tini.

Organizers have set up a help desk, presumably to handle refunds, and are looking for a new venue to throw a future event in the Big Apple.

Below is Time Warp’s statement in its unedited entirety:

Unfortunately we have come across some unforeseen complications regarding The Kingsbridge Armory as our New York location. Although we were far into the approval process and had not experienced any issues, there’s always a risk when dealing with historical buildings. Local officials are working with us to advance our event at the best possible location.

In the meantime, we set up a help desk to further assist you – [email protected] We apologize for the unexpected issues. The entire team is working very hard to deliver the best possible Time Warp experience at the best possible New York location. Thank you for your patience. We intend to make this an unforgettable weekend.

Oct. 21 update: Time Warp’s PR company tells us the event has been “postponed,” not canceled. We’re taking them on their word and have update the story’s headline.