Architects of perhaps the most ambitious double-LP of the Futuristic Sounds era, Chromatics will headline the September 14th installment of Making Time, according to an Instagram post from party honcho Dave P. The breathtaking downbeat outfit’s 2012 epic Kill For Love still cuts deep a year-plus later, so this show will doubtless be a treat. Joining them are fellow Portlandians Glass Candy; the show takes place Saturday, September 14th at Voyeur in the Gayborhood; and tickets are available here. Below, watch the Chromatics video for “Kill For Love.”
As far as we can tell, the newly launched 100 Years Of Solid Dudes is a project from Jameszilla (of the Broadzilla DJ’s and Phillytronic dance floor wrecking crew Making Time). Head over here to download a 44 minute “car-crash sample symphony” mix that he made that contextualizes Aretha Franklin, the Ides of March, Elvis Costello, Bowie and dozens of more samples into one long funky massive mix, as well as releases from Wooden Email, Universo Paralelo, and Potent Mutant. Dig deeper into 100 Years of Solid Dudes here. Admittedly, we think there’s a little brand confusion going on here, but we like it.
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.