KC’s Music Monday: Jon Hopkins + Four Tet at EMPAC

This past Thursday, EMPAC hosted a dual billing of equally brilliant electronic producers and composers Jon Hopkins and Four Tet in what arguably was one of the best shows I’ve attended in 2011.

Andrew and I last covered Four Tet at Camp Bisco, and although that was one of our highlights of the entire festival weekend, I can’t stress enough that seeing Four Tet perform at EMPAC surpassed Bisco immensely. It was almost as if EMPAC was designed for Four Tet and Jon Hopkins specifically and was indubitably the venue of choice, adapting to the style and music of each performer respectably.

Check out Jon Hopkin’s remix of Four Tet’s “Vessel” and hit the jump for the rest of the review.

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DayGlow preview: DJ Prophet

Tonight is the sold out DayGlow Albany party at the Washington Avenue Armory. Alongside DJs Chuckie, Alex English (who we spoke to prior to this year’s Camp Bisco) and a couple others, 22 year old Saratogian DJ Prophet will also be doing his thing. He’s played out alongside some big names, such as Steve Aoki, Calvertron and rekLES (to name a few) and will be adding the sold out DayGlow event under his belt this evening.

Check the Q+A beneath the jump!

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EMPAC: Fall 2011 Schedule

Empac recently announced their fall lineup and it’s nothing short of amazing. The full schedule is available on their site.

A quick couple that stuck out to me:
Sept 1: Guy Maddin: Tales from the Gimli Hospital: Reframed

Commissioned by Performa 11 with the National Arts Centre of Canada, this unique work in progress event pairs the acclaimed filmmaker’s classic first feature film with a new live score performed by a remarkable all female Icelandic cast including musicians formerly of the band múm and Sigur Ros.

Sept 9: EARBRAINS: Sonic Research Underground

Experimental music micro-cultures fly beneath the radar in nearly every US city—functioning as hidden incubators or underground sonic research labs for aesthetics and technology. The outcomes almost universally bubble up to the surface, popularized by more mainstream acts. Performances happen in tiny clubs, non-profit galleries, people’s houses, bookstores, and on college campuses. This has been the fertile ground for generations from which experimental music artists and audiences have evolved.

…and a ton more.

I’m also super excited about the Jon Hopkins and Four Tet show on September 15th at 8pm as Four Tet was one of my main highlights at Camp Bisco X this year.

Quality events for this weekend vol. 11

Thursday 7/7

Camp Bisco 10 (Thursday-Saturday), tickets still available via bisco’s site $160/wknd, $80/Saturday. [fbook]

Lucky Jukebox Brigade, Olivia Quillio, Scientific Maps, and Sgt Dunbar & the Hobo Banned. Valentine’s, 8pm. [fbook]

Friday 7/8

Aliens vs. Robots, DJs: Sonny KIM, OFI, & VIC. Fuze Box, $5, all proceeds go towards supporting the Living Walls. [fbook]

Dream Tigers, First Annual, Orphan Legs. Gnarland, 8pm, $3. [fbook]

Around The World And Back Record Release (free cd w/ admission) w/ Barons in the Attic, Wild Adriatic, Former Belle. Valentine’s, 7:30p, free. [fbook]

Bella’s Bartok, The Lucky Jukebox Brigade. Red Square, 8pm, $5. [fbook]

Not so local: BASSIC presents Chrissy Murderbot. Good Life, Boston, MA. 9pm, 21+, $5. [fbook]

Saturday 7/9

2nd Annual A-Town Rumble, a moped and scooter rally benefitting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. 10am, $25. [info]

White Wives (members of Anti-Flag), Tightrope, Dipers, Stereo State, After The Fall. HRCH, 7pm, $5. [fbook]

Metalfest Rescue Show w/Shai Hulud. Bogies, 4pm, $5. [fbook]

Disc Go w/ DJ Far East and Wonderbred. Cabaloosa’s in New Paltz, 10pm, $3/$5. [fbook]

CBX preview: The Hood Internet

Today kicks off the first day of Camp Bisco and needless to say, we’re a tad excited. Wrapping up our interviews leading up to this year’s Camp is a Q+A with The Hood Internet, a production and DJ duo made up of members ABX and STV SLV. Super stoked these guys got back to me prior to us peacing out of Albany for the weekend — they are awesome. They collectively dig into genres of hip-hop and indie rock to create mash-ups and mixtapes, as well as man the blog Album Tacos, which combines album art with tacos. Maybe one day they’ll honor one of our monthly’s party flyers with some spacey taco imagery on their blog, especially given that last month we gave out free tacos at Fuze Box! (Remember that? Mmmm…).

photo © Courtney Allessio

Anyhow, The Hood Internet are slotted to play the festival on Saturday at 1pm at Main Stage B and checking out their set comes with a solid KAB recommendation. Check out this Q+A beneath the jump, and be sure to travel safely! SEE YA LATER.

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