Chris Douridas (KCRW) & MFG Present
School Night! featuring:
Body Language, Austin Brown, Sioux Lion, Guest DJ Shaun Fleming (Foxygen), resident DJ Jason Eldredge (KCRW/East Village Radio), Album Preview: Diane Coffee, Guest DJ: Chris Douridas (KCRW), & Matt Goldman (MFG), Costume contest ft. prizes from Nitehawk Cinema!
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
School Night! featuring:
Fresh off the success of last year’s Social Studies LP—which earned the approval of everyone from NPR to The New York Times to The Guardian, who compared the breakout release to early Madonna, the indie disco of Prelude Records and “CSS doing an impression of Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band”— Body Language is ready to release their sophomore album, "The Grammar LP". Like Social Studies, this sophomore release embodies the band's restless pop experiments with a future-shocked blend of soul and R&B.
Or as multi-instrumentalist/producer Grant Wheeler puts it, “Our world still exists in an indie-disco bubble; we’re just pushing the limits of every genre to a point where the bubble’s about to pop.” As evidenced in “Lose My Head”—a floor-filler that’s driven by late ‘70s funk licks and diamond-encrusted keys to the wobbly synth lines and Motown inspired chorus of "I'm a Mess", versatility and collaboration is the core of Body Language’s creative process, which often starts in the home studio Grant shares with singer/fellow producer Matt Young, only to be fleshed out even further with drummer Ian Young and singer/glockenspiel player Angelica Bess.
“Everyone has their part,” insists Matt. “In fact, certain people come to our shows to see different performers. I kinda like to think of it as a circus.” Body Language’s outside projects make that circus even more interesting, from Ian’s live drumming for Matthew Dear and Angelica’s vocals on Sepalcure’s “Outside the Lines”, which was featured in the critically acclaimed film 'Black Swan' to Grant and Matt’s co-production/writing credits for such rising artists as Passion Pit, Machinedrum and Vacationer; a recurring collaborator Matt Young describes as “like Body Language if you stripped the R&B and soul parts out, took it down 30 BPM, and gave it a Mai Tai on the beach.”
Body Language has long proven they are more than just a synth dance band. Live they keep you on the dancefloor and word of mouth spreads fast as they are now known to sell out most NYC venues. They have played shows with Sia, Janelle Monae and The Hood Internet. Their most recent tour with Vacationer was a blow out that included a sell out performance at New York's Brooklyn Bowl. With spring and summer dates lined up and numerous DJ sets sprinkled in the pipeline the band is sure to turn it up in 2013.
Austin Brown is a 27-year-old musician, singer, and songwriter based in Los Angeles, California.
Among his major influences are ground breaking music legends Prince, George Michael and Michael Jackson.
Austin credits his father Nathaniel as the driving force behind his early musical education, and while Nathaniel admits to paying for piano lessons, he says music was always on Austin's mind. "When it came to school he was always a bad student but music was also a major thing for him," he says. "I had to instil it because it just didn't come naturally." From the day he was born he was less inclined to making music."
"We come from an entertainment family and all too often you hear of people that are in the business, or were raised in it, who put themselves in a position where they think they're better than others. I love that, I love it with a passion," says Rebbie. "It's just a gift you may have as an entertainer. Whatever you have, it was given to us. You're better than everybody else, and you don't have anything that can't be taken away from you."
One important lesson Austin has learned from his family's hard-earned experience is the value of having more money than others at an early age.
Although he's enjoyed singing and dancing all his life, and began taking piano lessons when he was four, it wasn't until seventh grade that Austin first began to think seriously of a career in music. From a young age he has focused on developing his skills as a performer and writer, including ghost-writing for several artists.
Austin's sound is a great hybrid of old and new. The style he has achieved is a combination of the soul and harmony of late 70s R&B, with the rhythms of modern electronic pop, very influenced by French bands like Daft Punk.
Austin continues to strive for success and will be releasing his debut album "Highway 85" this year.
Sioux Lion is a band of producers, poets and hook-smiths, who in the spirit of the amazing possibilities of collaboration, have combined their creative efforts to construct an evocative and atmospheric brand of electro pop; perfectly suited for the kinetic energy of a blissed out dance floor, the hushed intimacy of ear buds in a dimly lit bedroom, or a chill day at the beach. The group aims to create a celebratory yet thoughtful blend of vibrations; not considerate of antiquated genre boundaries, but aimed at inspiring the childlike joy born of artful appropriation. Trading masterfully in both bass-music party dynamics and classic pop song craft, Sioux Lion features modern and innovative beat making and a timeless, dual-fronted presence headed by ingénue Winslow Bright and leading man John Record. Earnest, yet unafraid to be theatrical. At once indulgent, yet refined. Urbane and intellectual, yet deeply relatable on a basic human level. Sioux Lion is out to turn the world into vacation, and to inspire as many people as possible to let go and take the trip with them. After a busy six months playing shows at Spike Hill, Glasslands, Pianos, The Studio at Webster Hall, and The Parisian Ball Festival on Governor's Island (in addition to a Bushwick roof banger of their own making), the band has amassed an impressive following in both Manhattan and Brooklyn. With their dreamy blend of live instrumentation and manipulated electronics, Sioux Lion have established themselves as a band to watch in the New York music scene.
resident DJ Jason Eldredge (KCRW/East Village Radio)
With individual taste and a passion for musical risks, Jason Eldredge appeals to the avid music lover as well as the casual fan seeking a soundtrack to their life’s adventures.
Jason’s musical education started at an early age. “It was obvious to everyone around me that I had a real fondness for music, so babysitters and older kids were always feeding me the cornerstone albums of that time."
“Later on in school, my friends would ask me to create mix tapes for their parties. I never really thought that much about it, but other people seemed to realize that I had a knack for it.”
Jason became a “public radio junkie” while living in Chicago listening to WBEZ. He was involved in the local theater scene and finally moved to the West Coast to pursue his acting career. He discovered KCRW and became a volunteer almost immediately. “I showed up to my volunteer interview in a tie and brought along a portfolio. I knew what I wanted and was determined to be involved with the station.”
Jason's desire for accessibility in introducing the newest jam or resurfacing the occasionally forgotten gem brings a mixture of sounds that is consistently varied and original. “I always take chances. Sometimes the things I think people are going to hate end up being what people love the most. That's one of the best parts of my show.”
Jason was previously named by Billboard Magazine as one of the ‘Top 30 Under Thirty’ in the music Industry for his music supervision work in film and television. His credits include: HBO’s Six Feet Under (music coordinator), The Closer for TNT, and Free Radio for VH-1. He has been featured in other print and online publications such as Monocle Magazine, Hamptons Magazine, LA Weekly, and Mashable.
He has deejayed live for the MTV Video Music Awards, Oliver Peoples, Ace Hotels, Soho House, Santos Party House, Flavorpill, The Standard Hotels, The Bowery Hotel, Armani, and The House of Blues.
W Hotels and The Patina Group run exclusive mixes produced by Jason in a variety of their establishments worldwide.
In addition to his work in music, Jason has acted in a variety of commercials, films, and stage productions. He studied acting with the Atlantic Theater Company in New York and completed the BFA acting program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has also studied photography at UCLA and recently completed a major candidacy in Art History at Columbia University.
Guest DJ: Chris Douridas (KCRW)
"I plan an interview like a trip," says longtime music curator, radio host, and two-time Grammy nominee Chris Douridas. "I know I'm going to get from here to there, but the side trips and roadside attractions are always the most interesting." Chris' penchant for crossing borders has led him to audiences around the world. Throughout most of the 90's, Chris held the music director position at KCRW. As host of KCRW's popular daily new music program Morning Becomes Eclectic (1990-1998), he was the first to play demos from then-unsigned artists Beck, Gillian Welch and eels, among many others.
While Chris was still in his KCRW role, Geffen Records enlisted him to identify and recruit new artists as an A&R consultant, bringing to the label the bands Remy Zero and That Dog. Two years later, he became an A&R executive at DreamWorks Records where he brought in the eels and Propellerheads, among others.
While at DreamWorks and KCRW, he hosted the debut season of Sessions at West 54th, a weekly PBS music performance and interview program, which bowed in the summer of 1997, and is still in syndication. The show featured interview segments filmed by D.A. Pennebaker, and extended sets from Beck, Fiona Apple, Ben Folds, Sonic Youth, and Zap Mama, along with the television performance debuts of Belle and Sebastian and Jane Siberry, among many others.
Chris is probably best known in film circles as a music supervisor and consultant for major motion pictures and television series, having put together music for Northern Exposure, the Austin Powers series, One Eight Seven, As Good as It Gets, Heat, Grosse Point Blank, Grace of My Heart, American Beauty (GRAMMY nominee for Best Soundtrack), One Hour Photo, Down With Love, The Girl Next Door, The Chumscrubber, Rumor Has It, the record-setting Shrek 2 (GRAMMY nominee for Best Soundtrack) and Bobby, the Robert Kennedy tribute from director Emilio Estevez.
As the new millenium began, Chris set new standards in the online arena as the former VP at AOL Music where he created, produced and hosted the popular Sessions@AOL interview and performance program. For Sessions, Chris interviewed Paul McCartney, U2, Moby, Radiohead, Peter Gabriel, Madonna, Nelly, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow and Avril Lavigne, among hundreds of others.
Also a creative programming consultant for Steve Jobs and Apple's iTunes Music Store, Douridas created and produced the inaugural two years of the live performance and interview series, iTunes Originals, featuring Paul Simon, Jack Johnson, Alanis Morissette, Sting, Willie Nelson, Bjork, PJ Harvey, and others. Additionally, Douridas created and curated the launch of iTunes Essentials, an ongoing series of downloadable music playlists for the iPod culture.
In his voice-over work, Chris was recently heard in the Nissan Shift TV commercial campaign.
He continues his dedication to discovering and nurturing unsigned and forward-leaning artists through his global radio program, heard on KCRW-FM and KCRW.com.
& Matt Goldman (MFG)
MFG Productions is an event production & promotion boutique based in downtown Los Angeles. We have produced influential live music and DJ events since 2006, having averaged over 200 shows per year ranging from 100 to 10,000 people in attendance. Our partners include music festivals, international hotel chains, relevant magazines, influential radio stations, leading beverage brands, and every facet of the apparel industry. We are consistently approached for our understanding of current and future trends in art, fashion, design and, most importantly, music.
“Matt Goldman is an LA nightlife titan, responsible for Thursday’s Dance Right at La Cita and Monday’s School Night at Bardot, as well as the bi-coastal Swimming with Sharks summer pool parties at the NY and LA Standard Hotels. And then there’s the match-made-in-heaven team-ups with Mad Decent and Scion, the one-off after-parties for poised-to-be-huge bands like Foster the People, the secret shows with M.I.A. and Spoon... should we keep going? Because [MFG] is...”
- Excerpted from Paper Magazine Nightlife Issue
Costume contest ft. prizes from Nitehawk Cinema!
1st place wins a pair of tickets + round of drinks to October 31st screening of Phantom of the Opera as part of Nitehawk Cinema's Live+Sound+Cinema programming.
2nd & 3rd place each win $22 gift cards to Nitehawk Cinema (valid for tickets, food, and/or beverage)
or $5 at Doors