Blasthaus and Mezzanine Present: KITSUNE CLUB NIGHT
The Twelves (LIVE)
Penguin Prison (Live vocal DJ set), Goldroom, Wool (Plant Music, Discobelle Records)
444 Jessie St
San Francisco, CA, 94103
This event is 21 and over
The Twelves (LIVE)
The Twelves is an electronic music production and DJing duo, made up of Brazilian musicians João Miguel and Luciano Oliveira. They are best known for their remixing of songs by artists ranging from M.I.A. and La Roux to Nirvana and The Beatles.
Penguin Prison (Live vocal DJ set)
Even if you never find out what a Penguin Prison is, there's no denying Chris Glover aka Penguin Prison has made a brilliant record. If you're a fan of New York disco, as accessible as it is angular, all burbling bass lines, resonant rhythms, shimmering synths and heavenly melodies, then you'll love the new Penguin Prison album.
Imagine, if you will, Chic produced by James Murphy, or a collaboration between Prince and The Human League. It is some measure of Penguin Prison's skills in the studio, on vocals and in terms of songwriting, that such illusory marvels have been achieved on this superb self-titled collection, that some critics have gone as far as to hail it a modern day Off The Wall masterpiece.
"It's not a concept album about Michael," says Prison, or maybe we should call him Penguin, of his all-time hero "But it's definitely been influenced by him."
To say he was an early starter would be an understatement. From the age of 10 he was singing in the local gospel choir. When he was 11, he got an agent and began recording jingles. By 12, he had learned to play guitar and was into punk rock, the American variety – bands such as Green Day, NOFX and Bad Religion. He even performed as a teen at the legendary CBGBs with his band The Museum.
Chris became Penguin Prison at the start of 2009. It wasn't long before he earned a reputation as remixer du jour for the likes of Marina and the Diamonds, Goldfrapp and Passion Pit. He agrees that he conferred NY kudos especially on the British artists, and admits his favorite remix was for Jamiroquai, adding that the secret to a good remix is "to throw everything away from the original track and start from scratch".
It was inevitable that Chris would then make music of his own, which he began in late 2009. You can hear the spectacular results on the debut Penguin Prison album, which sounds to all intents and purposes like a Greatest Hits collection, so chock-full it is of catchy hooks and classic pop choruses. There is Multi-Millionaire, which is about "being rich even if you've got no money" and one titled Don't Fuck With My Money that features Jackson-style percussive gasps and a lyric that pushes the envelope. "I was worried it was too crazy – 'Can I really say that?' People said leave it in, so I did. "All my lyrics are sarcastic but serious as well," he adds. "So I'm really saying 'don't fuck with my money'! Because if you try to, it's not going to be good…"
Penguin Prison Is signed to Downtown Records.
Born out of Los Angeles synthpop trio NightWaves, Goldroom is Josh Legg's solo effort and production alias. An amalgamation of dreamy synths, emotive vocals, and tropical disco grooves, Goldroom paints the soundscape of summertime in Los Angeles.
2011 saw Goldroom self releasing his four song Angeles EP as well releasing a slew of remixes for buzzworthy acts like Penguin Prison, Poolside, and Gigamesh. His massive remix for Niki & The Dove has been streamed over 120,000 times on soundcloud and has been a staple of some of the worlds biggest tastemaker DJs such as The Magician, Aeroplane, Alex Metric, and Mylo. As a DJ, Goldroom has shared the stage with Alan Braxe, Classixx, Poolside, Oliver, and The Magician.
Goldroom is always looking for songwriting, production, and remix opportunities.