Making Time‘s Dave Pianka has returned from two “very very rad weekends of playing Coachella” and is ready to bring the best of the festival to the WXPN airwaves tomorrow from 7:00-9:00 p.m. The monthly broadcast will be followed by the monthly Making Time live event at Voyeur Nightclub on Saturday night with Tiger and Woods, Little Boots and Beach Fossils. Tickets and information for the show can be here. Before you tune into 88.5 XPN or pop open the live stream XPN.org tomorrow night at 7PM for Making Time Radio, listen back to last month’s archived broadcast here. Below, watch a BITBY-filmed video of Autre Ne Veut performing “Counting” during his set in April.
It was billed as a hyper-rager, and it certainly did not disappoint – the March edition of Dave P‘s Making Time was a stacked triple-bill, with noisy Montreal synth rockers Doldrums, expressive R&B crooner Autre Ne Veut and Spanish dance-rock outfit Delorean.
After Doldrums’ colorful set involving puffy knit headwear and trashcan percussion, Autre Ne Veut took the stage to a tightly packed room. The project of Brooklyn’s Arthur Ashin played Philadelphia this winter on a reportedly sparsely-attended lineup at Johnny Brenda’s – a drag, since his intense style of performing both requires a crowd to vibe off of and deserves a crowd to take in. The teeming crew on the Voyeur main floor seemed like a just recompense, and Ashin strutted the front row, pumped his fist in the air from off the monitor, fell to his knees, made emotive faces and sang acrobatic vocal riffs. The three-piece band worked wonders on tracks from this year’s Anxiety - particularly “Ego Free Sex Free” and “Play by Play” – and while they didn’t venture particularly far from the album arrangements, Ashin’s stage presence elevated the songs to a whole other level.
While Autre Ne Veut confirmed the live reputation I’d been hearing so much about, Barcelona’s Delorean were a total surprise. The band makes sweetly shimmering synthpop, the sort of thing that typically-speaking sounds great coming out of headphones but falls flat in performance. Not these guys, though. Their onstage energy was massive, carrying hints of torch-bearers New Order and Erasure and contemporaries Hot Chip – artists that can make electronic pop work in a band context – and the riled-up crowd totally fed off of it. Points also for slaying the late 80s club nugget “Ride on Time” by Black Box. Check out photos of the night in the gallery above.
Autre Ne Veut headlines tonight’s Making Time event at Voyeur Nightclub. Based in Brooklyn, Autre Ne Veut is the electronic R&B / pop project of former jingle composer Arthur Ashin. Anxiety, released in February, is Ashin’s second effort under the moniker, which means “I think of none other” in French. Also performing at tonight’s party are Delorean, Jacques Greene and Doldrums. Tickets and information can be found here. Below, watch Autre Ne Veut’s video for “Counting.”
Here’s a Making Time event you don’t want to miss. On Friday, April 12th, Dave P and the Making Time crew present Montreal DJ Jacques Green, Autre Ne Veut (one of our favorite bands we saw at SXSW), Delorean and the Montreal band Doldrums at Voyeur Nightclub. Go here for tickets and more information. Don’t forget to listen to the April edition of Making Time RADio hosted by Dave P next Friday, April 5th from 7-9PM.
XPN welcomes The Spinto Band to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Boasting a new album in Cool Cocoonand a viral-y popular video in “What I Love,’ the Delaware natives have had a busy few months leading up to this hometown-area show, perhaps best exhibited by their coverage in The New Yorkerand on NPR. As the band points out in this interview with The Key, their generally upbeat, happy sounding music often has much deeper, sometimes melancholy lyrics. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Language Problems and Alec Ounsworth can be found here. Watch the video for “What I Love” below.
Making Time has a “valentime” for you in the shape of a Valentime’s Day weekend show featuring indie-rock’s newest blog rock darlings Parquet Courts and the Los Angeles R&B-tronica band Inc. on Saturday, February 16th at Voyeur. The usual Making Time DJ party crew will be on hand; Dave P, Sammy Slice, the Broadzilla DJ’s, Dave Pak & Mike Z and special guest DJ’s The Crystal Ark. Check out a song from each of the bands below. Go here for tickets and more information about the event.
When electronic producer and musician Matthew Dear released his latest album Beamsa few months ago, “Fighting is Futile” was an instant stand-out. The track is a study in abstract avant-pop music with its jagged hand-clapped beats and staccato vocals that fit together much like a jigsaw puzzle, forming an intricate and well-designed piece of art as a whole. Matthew Dear comes to Voyeur Nightclub on November 16th for Making Time. Tickets for the 21+ show are $10 in advance, $15 at the door; more information can be found here. Below, watch a short, behind-the-scenes video about the album, and stream the song “Fighting is Futile” here.
Simian Mobile Disco, the electronic duo from London comprised of producers James Ford and Jas Shaw, will be hitting the stage at December 7th’s Making Time party with Dave P. Last week the duo released an EP called A Form of Change with material taken from the sessions of their acclaimed Unpatterns album. The Making Time event will take place at Voyuer Night Club; tickets are $10 to $15 here, and doors open at 9:00 p.m. Stream the title track of the EP here, and then listen in on their interview and DJ set with Making TIme’s Dave P during FYF Fest.
In our interview with Jon Barthmus of Sun Airway yesterday, we talked about the band’s visual sensibility and the stunning album sleeve photographs by Tokyo art collective N-A-M. With its sophomore album Soft Fall out this week and a homecoming show happening at Voyeur tonight, the band released a making-of video showing the preparation and staging of the shoot. Here’s how Barthmus described it:
I didn’t realize when I contacted them how labor intensive it all was It was like a thirty-hour shoot ‘cause they actually hang all those wires—and they tie a leaf to a wire and hang it up, and they do that hundreds of times. And there’s a dozen people all doing this at the same time. Then they set it up and bring in the model and take the picture and that’s it. There’s no crazy computer trickery, which is kind of what I assumed it all was. What you see in the photo actually happened.
Check out the video below, and dig deeper into Fantasy and Reality – N-A-M’s series that inspired the cover – at this Huffington Post gallery, look at more of the collective’s work at its website and get information and tickets for tonight’s Sun Airway appearance at Making Time here.
Philadelphia’s Sun Airway can be a lot of things. Musical and visual stylists. Surrealist dreamers, lovelorn introverts, sonic trailblazers – often all within the same song. Their dazzling sophomore record Soft Fall was released on Dead Oceans on Tuesday, and the band is celebrating its release with a hometown show on Friday for the Making Time $2 Bill at Voyeur. We’re exploring the album this week on Unlocked, The Key’s regular spotlight on new and significant releases by Philadelphia-based artists, and today we have an interview with band leader Jon Barthmus. He and I sat down after Sun Airway played XPN’s Free at Noon concert a few weeks back and dug deep into the band’s creative palette, from collaging five full orchestras to finding the right photographs to accompany its sound.
The Key: So firstly – congrats on Soft Fall! It’s a really bold record, it has a confidence and groove to it that sets it apart from from Nocturneof Exploded Crystal Chandelier. Did you feel more confident making it?
Jon Barthmus: I definitely did. The first record was done with like no money whatsoever —really cheap microphones and very little gear, and I was learning those programs that I was using as I was going along. There was such fundamental things that I just didn’t know, like really simple things to do in programs that when I learned them I was like “Oh my God, how did I not know this? How did I make a whole record without knowing this?”
TK: “There’s this keyboard shortcut that could have just saved me hours…”
JB: Yeah, or even stuff like, “I guess you can’t do this, I guess I can’t crossfade anything.”But of course you can, and I just didn’t know! And I wasn’t really learning other than just doing stuff and trying to figure it out as I went along. So this time I got to buy better mics and got to take my time with it, actually got to do a couple days in legit studios, and had more people’s hands on it. They know what they’re doing better than I do, so that was definitely really helpful. Continue reading →