Marseille France

Tomorrow night I perform live in Marseille, France at Le Dock De Duds for a large event called La Nuit Rouge. Besides The Horrorist (yours truly) party goers will hear from Modeselektor, Dj Rush, Fairmont, Monika Kruse, Pet Duo, Gary Beck, Marzenit & Henri Saiz Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Clickbox and many more. I personally know a few of the other musicians/djs and I have some friends coming so I’m expecting a good time. The only thing that could mess with my happiness is that I noticed I am wait listed in Rome for my layover heading there. I have no idea what that means and being I’m flying Alitalia I am slighting concerned. I get in early enough but I do like to catch a few hours of sleep before I hit the venue. I played a bunch of new songs on New Year’s eve and I was able to weed out tracks that didn’t work, make some tracks shorter/harder, etc… That’s the key to playing live. It makes your music better. I know I said that before but without being out there you won’t make music that’s consistently awesome out there. Music for bedroom listening you can do but there’s rarely a project studio monitoring system that can tell you what a song will really be like in a giant room pumping 20 zillion decibles.

“La Nuit Rouge revient le Samedi 26 Février 2011 au Dock des Suds à Marseille avec encore une fois des artistes à faire pâlir ses cousins européens, et une vrai révolution technique niveau son et lumière. Le Nec Plus Ultra de l’histoire Nuit Rouge!!!” – facebook.com/event.php?eid=1399…

For more info: facebook.com/event.php?eid=1399…

Bizarre Love Triangle

What a Valentine’s Day treat to find this graceful acoustic version of New Order’s 1987 hit Bizarre Love Triangle (iTunes Link). Gray haired freshly cut and clothes to fit Mr. Sumner’s decade in this classy video. If your a young one or was sleeping through the 80s check out the original: youtu.be/W2Ii0K77K1k

“Every time I see you falling I get down on my knees and pray. I’m waiting for that final moment. You say the words that I can’t say.” – New Order

For more info: wikipedia.org/New_order

Iggy Pop Shirtless Aging Timeline

There’s a bit of a meme going around showing a time line of Iggy Pop shirtless over the years. It’s pretty amazing and although I only like a few early Iggy songs you have to respect the man on some level. Take a look at the full Iggy Pop Shirtless Aging Timeline here: buzzfeed.com/iggy-pop-shirtless-aging

“As much as I want to unsee the last few photos, you have to admit that for 40 years (40!!!!) of being shirtless on stage, he could have looked a lot worse much sooner. He is 63 years old now. Just gotta keep that in mind.” – dak1038

If you don’t already own it: I Wanna Be Your Dog

German pain and flat tires

I’m back from East Germany. The trip was great but exhausting. No matter how much healthy eating and elliptical training a 40 year old can do prepares you for the body attack two live shows like this take from you. It’s not just the hours of full volume vocals it’s the long flights, drives between cities and lack of sleep. I wouldn’t trade it for anything but I am feeling the pain today. A funny note: When I got to my car at JKF long term parking I had a flat. I fixed it and then the spare blew! After a 9 hour flight that’s just wrong.

For the full set of photos: flickr.com/photos/thingstocomerecords

The Horrorist Live in East Germany

I’m off to perform two live shows in East Germany this weekend. One of the events is in an underground cave. I’ve played a underground cave before in Germany but I’m not sure this is the same one. Last time we drove miles (kilometers!) into the middle of nowhere to find thousands of cars in a field. Then at one spot people were just walking into a hole. It was pretty crazy, cold and the acoustics were much better than you would think. I’m not sure vibrating tons of rock above your head is a good idea but hey nothing ever goes wrong at these things right?

By the way I’ve recommended MadMimi before (article: here) for letting your fans know your doing something via email and here’s the latest promotion I sent out last night regarding these live shows: http://mim.io/570f2

If you want to get on that email list: click here

Back from the Desert

I’ve been a fairly consistent poster on Wire to the Ear. I almost always post something each day. When I fly off to Europe it’s a bit more difficult but more and more hotels have good net access. The past few days playing two shows was a bit different. Besides not having internet access (or handing myself a huge AT&T data bill) I was busy having major fun. The first night in at Row14 in Barcelona was great and the 40k event in Fraga on the Desert called Monegros was something I won’t ever forget. I landed at JKF (NYC) late last night, got home slept a rock solid 8 hours and I’m sitting here attempting to wash enough of everything I just experienced to the back of my mind so I can start with spreadsheets and the energy business. Life is full so there’s my excuse for a few days of silence here. I’ll follow up with some photos from the weekend shortly.

Update: Here’s some photos…

For more info: thingstocome.com

Secession “Touch” and Rebel Rebel 1985

I have this record on pink marbled 12″ vinyl. I remember my friend Joe Forbes bought it first and it took me a while to find my own copy. Eventually I found it at Rebel Rebel on Bleeker Street. Amazingly Rebel Rebel still exists and the owner still stands in behind the front counter exactly as he did 20+ years ago. Recently I went in there with my brother and saw him only now with gray hair. We spent countless weekends, hours and money buying hundreds of records from Rebel Rebel. Secession had a few good songs. I love the melancholy melodies in Touch. Melodies like this were in so much of 80s New Wave and for me the memories are melancholy too. Forget Virgin Galatic I want a proper time machine.

“Rebel Rebel is one of the old school NYC record shops— they’ve seemingly been around since the dawn of time. The walls are lined with posters and records from bands that haven’t seen a recording studio in years. Vinyl is everywhere, promo posters are sold out of a box for $2 a piece. It’s one of those places where a record buyer just feels at home.” – nycgoth.com

Bring back any memories?

via Matrixsynth

Two live shows in one night.

This weekend I am playing two live shows in East Germany in the same night. I play at The Sky Club in Leipzig from 2:00AM – 3:00AM and I play an large event called Hard & Smart in an abandoned sugar factory from 4:30AM – 5:30AM. I’ve done this kind of thing before but I always laugh a little thinking how crazy it is (especially considering I am flying from NYC to do it). Everything could go smoothly because the booking agency will be driving me and watching the clock. Howver, I do wonder if I will start my show on time at the Alte Zuckerfabrik (Old Sugar Factory). Reason being I played there before and it get so crowded it’s hard to get to the stage and set up without people stopping you to chat. Here’s a photo from the last time I played there:

I will test out a few new songs and if I am not too sweaty I will break out the iPhone and use sampleToy (iTunes link) live. Before each show I send out a Madmimi promotion. I highly recommend Madmimi for email marketing. You can see the latest one here: http://mim.io/570f2

Madmimi recent also created mini sign up forms you can embed on your websites like this one below the contact form on my record label’s website: thingstocome.com/contact/

If I have internet in my hotel I will surely report in!

The Horrorist Live report from Dominator, Holland.

This weekend I played a large summer festival called Dominator about an hour and a half outside of Amsterdam in a area called Leidschendam. The event is put on by an organization named Art of Dance and they are one of a small group of companies that control the Dutch techno scene. There were a few stages ranging from 2-5,000 kids in front of them. It was a daytime festival and luckily it was all sun and there was a nice lake to sit by too. They put me in the Hilton at the airport and unfortunately we got stuck in traffic on the way to the gig so I arrived and had to rush to the stage and instantly start performing. It was only when I was plugging in my wires I realized I forgot my Macbook Pro’s power adapter in the USA! I had to run the live show + M-Audio Firewire 410 (Amazon link) off the internal battery. Luckily it worked 100% fine and I had a great time performing. I have a checklist that I go over several times before I fly so it’s strange I made such a basic mistake. At many of these large events like this one they only give live acts 30 minutes to play so I edited a lot of my songs down to the nifty neat parts. I played two new songs, jumped up on the turntables, ran down into the audience and made a costume change (took my coat off!). See you next summer!

Related post: Soundcheck checklist. Are you ready?