Mirror Mirror, JD Samson (MEN; Le Tigre) DJ Set
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
A nine person ensemble bonded by the unwavering desire to make you, the listener, and the rhythm become one; the secret love children of Donna Summer and George Clinton serving up an orgasmic feast of funk, disco, electro and soul.
MIRROR MIRROR, the New York based duo of David Riley and Ryan Lucero, bring their avant-pop explorations to RVNG Intl. with the release of Interiors, the ten-song follow up to their debut album, The Society for the Advancement of Inflammatory Consciousness.
Recorded in two parts, Interiors features the production work of Chris Coady (Beach House, Gang Gang Dance, Zola Jesus), who helped realize an expansive sound from Mirror Mirror's home-studio recordings. The other album half, aided by Joshua da Costa's monstrous and metronomic live drumming, was produced by Thomas Asenault and Zeljko McMullen at So Many Fields (Brooklyn, NY).
Interiors deals in themes of secret societies, escapist fantasies, and psychological extremes. "Sublime Objective" opens the album in the mind's eye of an adventurer attempting a daring mountain climb. "Under the Sun" rollicks under ray-baked guitars until it's split in two by a cameo from SSION front man Cody Critcheloe. "Dot Dot Dot" mutates an R&B midi-bass line, before "Sick City" tours an underworld of nightwalkers and plastic shamans. The acid-inflected "Starseed" adapts a futurist Timothy Leary lecture, promising listeners "bread and dope for a thousand years." Album namesake "Interiors" describes a recluse who shuts out worldly distractions, while the stringed cavalcade of "Open Wide" leads to new psychedelic pop pastures. The album closes with "Overpower / Overjoy," an industrially flourished, whip-cracking serenade of sorts.
Following Society's 2008 release, Riley and Lucero toured the US & UK while pursuing a variety of related art projects. Some of those pursuits included a series of group workshops at Momenta Art, multimedia performances at The Kitchen and Saturday Sessions at MoMA PS1 with Tamaryn, and contributions to K48 and DIS Magazine. Mirror Mirror also partook in a FRKWYS experiment on RVNG Intl., collaborating with post-punk pioneers Stuart Moxham, Alig Fodder, Stuart Argabright, and Rico Conning.
Various songs from Interiors were remixed by Kingdom, Pictureplane, Bruno Coviello (Light Asylum), Jamstation, Sister Mantos, and The Magick Report. Each of these remixes will be released as single support and bonus downloads. A video for "Interiors" featuring Rumi Missabu of The Cockettes will precede an Interiors-inspired film directed by Tom Kalin (Savage Grace, Swoon).
The physical version of Interiors will be available on August 16th from fine retailers worldwide. The LP edition features a surprise inner cover with a reflective coating. The digital version will be available August 30th from the drab internet universe.
JD Samson (MEN; Le Tigre) DJ Set
JD Samson is best known as leader of the band MEN and for being one-third of the electronic-feminist-punk band and performance project, Le Tigre. For more than a decade JD's career as a singer, producer and DJ has landed her at the intersection of music, art, activism, and fashion.
In 2007, MEN began as a DJ/Remix/Production team featuring JD. Eventually, MEN became a live band and art collective. MEN’s debut full length record "Talk About Body" was released in February 2011 by IAMSOUND in the USA and through Sony/Columbia in Europe. This was followed by the release of the EP "Next" in April 2012. MEN is currently finishing up their new full-length album for release in early 2013. Since their inception, the band has toured extensively internationally from LA and New York to Moscow and Shanghai to Paris and Sydney, whether it be at museums or dance-clubs, performing with the likes of Gossip, Peaches, and CSS.
JD Samson has been DJing internationally since 2001 and has found her way through many different scenes and genres. Whether she is playing at a cavernous nightclub, a museum, the beach, or a dive bar, JD focuses on “creating spaces for rad people to dance and smile and hold each other.” JD is an innovative, crowd-pleasing DJ and can swing as many ways as she wants to make an amazing night.
Throughout the years, JD has been photographed and featured in a near-endless stream of magazines, publications and fine art projects, as an androgynous sex symbol and “icon of nerdy-cool” (New York Times). Most recently, JD was photographed for a seven page spread in Vogue Hommes International, profiled by Interview Magazine and wrote a widely-quoted piece on the economics of being an artist for The Huffington Post.
She is, in short, one of the most engaging and forward-thinking DJ/producer/singer/activists working today. As her influence continues to grow her music and perspective ripples ever outward.
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