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King Britt & Ilhan Ersahin at Dekalb Market, Brooklyn, 07.04.12

Since this year's 4th of July fireworks weren’t visible from Brooklyn anyway, we decided to celebrate this year’s Independence day at Dekalb Market, the outdoor bazaar in Brooklyn whose stores are inside shipping containers. Deep Space, the people behind the weekly Monday night Party at NYC’s club Cielo, had a dance music event there, featuring Philadelphia-based DJ King Britt, improvising with what looked like Ableton Live, which was pretty amazing. At times, Britt was accompanied on the sax by Ilhan Ersahin, the founder of Nublu, one of our favorite clubs in NYC.

Unfortunately, according to Brooklyn Vegan, Dekalb market will shut down this fall “to make way for a housing development with a Century 21 department store.” (The market won’t disappear but where it will move next is unclear.) Do they really think we need more stores to buy socks?

Anyway, below is some footage from the event.



Day 2 of the 2012 Undead Music Festival in NYC: Medeski Martin & Wood and guests

The second day of this year’s Undead Music Festival featured just one performance: Medeski Martin & Wood and guests at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple in Fort Greene. But what a performance it was! We are sure many people will remember this one for a long time. Below we have posted five clips from the night. The first shows MMW playing by themselves; in the others, they are joined by different guest musicians on tuba, drums, percussion, violin and turntables. 


First, here is MMW playing by themselves with 
John Medeski, keyboards
Billy Martin, drums
Chris Wood, bass




Later, Medeski and Martin played with Bob Stewart on tuba, who replaced Wood on bass:




Medeski and Wood also played with Adam Deitch, who replaced Martin on drums:




Here are MMW playing with So Percussion:




And finally, below you can see MMW with Charles Burnham on violin and DJ Logic on turntables (at the beginning, Vernon Reid is leaving the stage):





Day 1 of the 2012 Undead Music Festival in NYC, 05.09.12

Undead Music Festival is organized by the same groups as the Winter Jazz fest (Search & Restore and Boom Collective), and so it wasn't surprising that the first night of Undead was quite similar to the WJF: Lots of bands playing in a few venues in Greenwich Village just within a block from each other. 

Below are a three videos from what we saw on the first night of this year's Undead Festival. It features three groups.

The night started at Le Poisson Rouge, where the Refuseniks played as part of that night's tribute to the former music venue "Tonic." According to drummer John Hollenbeck, the trio, with Reuben Radding on bass and Ted Reichman on accordion, had not played together in nine years.


Then we headed to Sullivan Hall for one of our favorite performances: Stabbing Eastward offered an awesome mix of electronically distorted vocals by Tunde Adebimpe  (the lead singer of the band TV on the Radio) and drums by Ryan Sawyer.


Also at Sullivan Hall, we got to see saxophonist Tony Malaby and his Paloma Recio band, with Ben Monder on guitar, Drew Gress on bass and Flin van Hemmen on drums.




Rakiem Walker Experience @ Cornerstone, Brooklyn, 04.21.12

There are many venues in NYC that regularly host great bands that aren't easy to find just by checking the usual event calendars. We recently came across one of them, Cornerstone Restaurant & Lounge in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, which currently hosts a band called Rakiem Walker Experience on the weekends (Walker plays the sax). It's great funk and soul, so if you find yourself in the area, check them out!





Jazz Mix Spring 2012

Check out our first cloudcast on mixcloud below. If you can't see the image below in your browser, you can find the mix here