Posts Tagged ‘one step beyond

07
Jun
09

Moby Treats NYC to a Rare DJ Set and Gives a Bangin’ Lesson in Classic Breaks at One Step Beyond, 6/5/09

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Moby served up a rocking set of classic breaks and house Friday night at the Natural History Museum’s season finale of Fader magazine’s One Step Beyond party. The sound system was ridonculous and fully satisfied my overwhelming addiction to gargantuan basslines. Also thrown into the deal was the most absurd ‘made for people tripping on acid’ planetarium light show I’ve ever seen.

I totally blew it getting there and accidentally took the A train express to 125th street, a mistake I haven’t made since moving to NYC. So I got there a little later than I wanted to, but was early enough to catch the end of  the Activaire DJ’s.  They were laying down some atmospheric IDM and both the Activaire DJs and the crowd seemed to be in ‘I just got here and am working on my first drink’ mode. But the heady beats fit quite nicely with that vibe.

I am not really sure if Martin Morscrop is a bald guitarrist as the interweb would have me believe, or if it is the duo of a lady with a Kaoss pad and a buttoned down fellow with a laptop and keyboard. Either way the force is strong with them.

Martin Morscrop?

Martin Morscrop?

The first few songs they played had that extended spaced out disco feel that a lot of the DFA remixes have- epic songs with deep hypnotic basslines. The second part of their set was pure late 70’s disco, which was danceable but wasn’t melting my face off, and I enjoyed the first half of their set more.

Delicate are the hands that rock the Kaoss pad.

Next up was Holy Ghost! of DFA records. It looked like only 1/2 of the Holy Ghost duo was present, and I have to be honest in that I didn’t catch much of the set as I took this opportunity to go to the planetarium show. I had seen the planetarium movie several times before and was expecting to see a Robert Redford narrate as asteriods collide and stars explode overhead.

Holy Ghost!

Holy Ghost!

But nope, no Cosmic Collisions that night. Instead, the most belligerent planeterium crowd on record sat back in rumble seats and were treated to a dare I say it, psychedelic light show. I couldn’t believe that a producer at the museum actually greenlit this thing. In the grand tradition of ‘Pink Floyd Laser Shows,’ trippy visuals bombarded us on the dome-like ceiling above as the music of U2, Prodigy, Soundgarden, David Bowie, and even some PLUR trance came at us from all angles. Think fractals. Think posters from the set of ‘That 70’s Show.’ Think Lava Lamps. Then take all that imagery and have some 3-D propellor head create abstract 3-D enviroments to fly through, and maybe you’ll scratch the surface of how ridiculous this was. First we were flying through a reef as neon fish danced around us. Then we were on a roller coaster, but in space! At one point 3 gigantic chrome figures about 20 or 30 feet tall whose bodies were made of assorted segmented heart shapes danced to trance music while waving glowsticks around. Really. During the finale, eyeballs dripped from the ceiling and winked at everyone, then gemstones burst from every orafice. It was epic and absurd all at the same time. It defied all rational explanation, but in a good way…. I think.

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Upon descending from the depths of the giant sphere that is the planetarium, I saw that Moby had taken the stage. Hells yeah! Moby was laying down a solid set of old school breaks and house and made it seem effortless. Moby mastered the art of DJing literally decades ago, and his set of cherrypicked bangers showed how deep his knowledge of making a dancefloor rock really goes. He’s kind of like a kung fu master that lives on a mountain top, and every now and then has to come down off the mountain and remind people how much of a bad ass his Shaolin style really is. Only instead of kicking people’s teeth in with his preying mantis pose like a kung fu master, Moby plays records.

He dropped tracks from Underworld, Basement Jaxx, a breaks mix of Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin, and a whole bunch of party rockers I couldn’t place. As far as I could tell he only played 1 or 2 of his own songs. I snapped a few photos and then headed straight for the bass crates and danced in front of the speakers the rest of the time, trying to make the most of a rare and short piece of dancefloor goodness. It was a bit odd as the crowd consisted of a lot of popped collars and high heeled girls ready for the clubs in the West Village, rather than a bunch of crunchy Birkenstock wearing veggie veges, as Moby’s politics might dictate. But I kind of liked the fact that all these random people were getting down to all of these classic tracks that they hadn’t heard before.

All in all, a rocking season closer to one of my favorite events in NYC.

–DJ Rex Manning Day

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04
Jun
09

Moby, Holy Ghost! at the Natural History Museum NYC, this Friday 6/5/09

Don’t sleep on this one kiddies! Moby is closing out Season 2 of the One Step Beyond parties. Its sure to be rockin’ and if you are in NYC and haven’t been to this event yet, you are officially slipping! Also playing is Holy Ghost! of DFA records (same label as LCD Soundsystem for those not in the know), as well as Martin Moscrop and Activaire DJs.

There’s a zillion DJs out there and a lot of great live electronic acts, but in my book Moby is one of the best. He is this tiny bald vegan man who runs frantically all over the stage banging on instruments left and right and conducting a huge caste of performers simultaneously. Its pretty phenomenal. The string section during the Area One tour was particularly bonkers, on some other worldly cirque du soleil tip.  This show may be a DJ set, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some crazy live stuff.

Moby also has a new album coming out on June 30, called Wait for Me. He has a lovely blog entry about it here.

So put on your dancing pants and cop your ticket here.

New York, NY – The American Museum of Natural History ends it second season of the highly celebrated series, One Step Beyond, presented with The Fader Magazine on Friday, June 5, 2009 from 9 PM – 1 AM. Named the “Best Museum Party” by New York Magazine, One Step Beyond locks down the galaxy with DJ sets from headliner Moby with enfant terrible of the beat busting scene, Holy Ghost! and a set by Martin Moscrop of A Certain Ratio with an opener by Activaire DJs. Tickets are $25, which includes cosmic visuals by Fuevoz (with VJs SeeJ and Benton-C), entry to the Museum’s breathtaking Moby-mixed SonicVison Show, and a pass for one future Museum visit. Advance tickets are recommended and available at http://www.amnh.org/osb. The entrance to the event is located on Central Park West at West 79th Street.

–DJ Rex Manning Day

04
Jun
09

Four Tet at the Natural History Museum NYC, 3/13/09

In my excitement over Moby at the Natural History Museum One Step Beyond this Friday, I finally tracked down the missing pictures I took with a friend’s camera from the last One Step Beyond I went to, Four Tet. (I missed the last two events as I was out of town for assorted weddings.)

The Stage Under the Death Star

The Stage Under the Death Star

It was quite a night. Four Tet was on point with some really good IDM and I was into it. The thing about IDM  is that it is not the most danceable music though, and as the whole thing was laptop based, I didn’t feel like I was missing anything performance wise when we started wandering around the museum. But Four Tet provided an amazing soundtrack for wandering around asteroids and standing on crazy scales to see how much you weigh on Mars and Jupiter. Somehow we made friends with this German drummer and a Turkish guy, and somehow they knew this astrophysicist that spends his days modeling the universe at the museum. (No… really.) After kicking it by the stage for a while and dancing, the astrophysicist took us up to the staff only area above the crazy death star thing the party sits underneath. Its an amazing view from up there!

This is somebodies office.

This is somebody's office.

My favorite part about the whole staff area was  this whiteboard right next to the elevator. On it, some of the astrophysicists had written Drake’s equation, which predicts the probability of extra-terrestrial life in the Milky Way. I was extremely excited about the fact that all these astrophysicists at the museum look at this crazy equation every time they go up and down the elevator and think about aliens.

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A squared plus B squared = ALIENS, BITCHES!!!

Another thing that I really like about this event is how many different types of people show up. It seems like One Step Beyond draws all these different micrcosoms of NYC into one place, and everyone boogies down and reads fun facts about space. As a side note, this has got to be one of the more baller places I’ve seen in the city to take someone on a date. There is good music, good drinks, and if your date isn’t super into the music and the dancing thing doesn’t work out, there’s still tons of stuff to do and look at. One Step Beyond, I salute you.

–DJ Rex Manning Day

16
Apr
09

Kode 9 and Flying Lotus at Natural History Museum 4/17/09 NYC

Kode 9

Kode 9

Get ready to have your face melted and body rocked with a double dose of rumbling bass. Kode 9 and Flying Lotus descend upon the Rose Center for Earth and Space for this month’s installment of Fader magazine’s ‘One Step Beyond’ parties this Friday. What could be better than dancing to dub step and future hoppy music whilst in the company of asteroids and Mars Rovers??? Nothing! Nothing I tell you! (Unless you happen to be at Coachella. That would be pretty cool too.) Don’t sleep on this one, NYC!!

12
Mar
09

Four Tet Tonight at The Natural History Museum NYC

Music! Science! Dinosaurs! Four Tet! Party time!!!

Four Tet rocks the Natural History Museum tonight (3/13/09), part of the ‘One Step Beyond’ series, sponsored by Fader Magazine. Don’t sleep on tickets!! Opening acts include Jon Hopkins and Mapei.

SF Readers, Four Tet will be playing Mezzanine next Saturday, 3/21/09.

Here are some pictures from previous ‘One Step Beyond’ events:

I believe that is an asteroid on the left there.

Kanye made a surprise appearance with Kid Sister at the January ’08 event:

The ticket also includes entry to see the outstanding rumble seat planetarium movie ‘Cosmic Collisions’ narrated by Robert Redford. I have seen it 4 times since I moved here. So hot right now.

— DJ Rex Manning Day




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