Last Saturday’s Warm Up—the second-to-last of the 2012 season—went down in superhero style.
After headliner James Holden called from LAX with the heartbreaking news that his flight would be delayed well past performance time, a flurry of phone calls, text messages, and e-mails went out from the Warm Up curator crew to find a last-minute substitute. Like the incognito Clark Kent that he oddly resembles, internationally acclaimed DJ (and host of the Beats in Space radio show) Tim Sweeney heeded the cry for help, leaping his way to MoMA PS1 in a single bound to save the day with a sensational selection of melodic burners that registered high on the feel-good meter.
But Sweeney’s wasn’t the only heroic display on this remarkable day. Kassem Mosse’s iron-man outing of stoic, slowly evolving live techno was an undeniable highlight of Warm Up 2012 for the “heads” spotted throughout the crowd. Clad in a Liquid Liquid t-shirt, Om Unit unfurled the low-end like the Incredible Hulk rolling boulders at skyscraper bowling pins. The crowd, once firmly planted on their bottoms, bounced to behind-the-beat the jams. Then Silent Diane’s soaring, space-chasing set helped ease the momentary sting of stress caused by Holden’s cancellation—and proved that the Austin duo are a force to be reckoned with.
ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2012
Atoms For Peace are an alt-rock supergroup, originally assembled to back Radiohead singer Thom Yorke during his shows to promote his 2006 solo LP The Eraser, consisting of Yorke, Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Nigel Godrich (producer for Radiohead, Beck, etc.), Joey Waronker, and Mauro Refosco. Both Yorke and Godrich will be on hand for this week’s Atoms For Peace headlining DJ set.
There is a lot of footage of Thom and Nigel DJing in L.A. this year right here, and here is a new song by Atoms For Peace:
With Glass Swords, Scottish producer Rustie released one of the most critically acclaimed electronic dance albums of 2011. He has been busy since then, touring the world, collaborating, and remixing. His DJ skills were good enough to get Pitchfork to actually review his Essential radio mix on BBC, putting him into a league with such like-minded producers as Jamie xx and Zomby. His newest music, a collaboration with AlunaGeorge, can be heard here:
Maria Minerva is a singer/songwriter/producer who is curiously, and often, referred to as a “bedroom chanteuse.” I have no idea what that means, but her rider did include a queen-size mattress, a full-length mirror, and a microphone. She takes a very studious and intellectual approach to the pop music she creates. Born in Estonia and currently a college student in London, the worldly Minerva takes a break from the dorm room—and the bedroom—to come perform in NYC. Her new album, Will Happiness Find Me?, was released this week on Not Not Fun Records. Watch the video for “Once Upon”:
Holy Other have also released a new record, Held, the follow-up to their much loved debut EP With U. This album is a fantastic way to pick up where the EP left off, witgh vocals, piano melodies, sparse drums, and atmosphere all turned to 11. It is that rare full-length album in a post-Burial world that plays seamlessly from start to finish and is never less than totally engaging and all-enveloping. Listen to the debut single here:
Legendary remixer and DJ Justin Strauss (aka WhateverWhatever) has been making music and hanging out with cool people since you were in Underoos. He has remixed everyone from Marshall Jefferson to Depeche Mode to Duran Duran to Debbie Harry. (His Discogs section is eight pages long!)
His first band, Milk N Cookies, were the best glam rock band you never heard of, even though they were on Island Records and produced by Muff Winwood. He remains one of the best and most sought-after DJs in the city, and we are thrilled to have him with us for our final day of Warm Up 2012. Check out his amazing acieeeed remixes of “Jungle Wonz” (Marshall Jefferson, 1989).
Going into this final weekend we want to thank all the artists and visitors who came to Warm Up this year. It was one of our best summer programs to date, and we can’t wait to celebrate with this closing weekend.
Advance tickets for SEPTEMBER 8 are SOLD OUT. There will be a very limited number of tickets available at the door starting at noon on the day of.
Finally, huge thanks to the Music Curator Team, who have worked hard all year long to bring forth this epic program: MoMA PS1 Assistant Curator Eliza Ryan; Dean Bein, Head of True Panther Sounds; Kris Chen, Head of XL Recordings; Robin Carolan, Head of Tri Angle Records; Jonathan Galkin, Co-Founder of DFA Records; Brandon Stosuy, Editor for Pitchfork; Matt Werth, Label Head of RVNG Intl; and Imogene Strauss, MoMA PS1 Bookings and Stage Manager.