Great Tiger, Zebra Baby, Infernal Devices
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
Doors 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Telephoned was born one night in Brooklyn when DJ/producer Sammy Bananas and singer/party starter Maggie Horn decided to record their own version of T-Pain's "Can't Believe It." Their track was neither remix nor cover - instead, the duo fashioned a postmodern take on both, warping the original beat into a hypnotic club track and bringing out the dreamy qualities only hinted at in Pain's auto-tuned melodies. Sammy and Maggie's fresh "Can't Believe It" quickly became a DJ favorite - even making it into mix rotation on LA hip-hop station Power 106! - so they decided to keep recording as a team, cleverly named after the kids game of Telephone: no faithful copies, just a party line of unexpected twists.
Over the past two years, the duo have expanded the concept as they continue to churn out instantly addictive and massively charming covers, create genre-bashing mixtapes and perform their non-stop whirlwind live show on stages across the world. To promote the release of their self titled EP on Fool's Gold in Winter '10, Telephoned compiled a mix modeled in the tradition of rap street tapes. On "Off The Hook" Bananas selects recognizable instrumentals from dance and hip-hop while Horn sings other songs on top of them, a combination the group christen the "cover-up".
Telephoned's energetic, mixtape-dance-party of a live show got the attention of prestigious website Pitchfork, who called their performance in Austin,TX "the most fun thing at SXSW." Electro-revivalists Chromeo caught wind of the act, inviting the duo to join them on their "Business Casual" tour this August, making stops in over 20 cities while performing to packed venues across the US and Canada. Bananas and Horn released their second mixtape "Keep Their Heads Ringin" just before hitting the road, and reveled in handing CDs out for free to fans after performing each night.
The pair are poised to further expand the scope of Telephoned with their forthcoming 7" and digital release on Scion A/V in late November. "Hold Me" is the first entirely original song born out of the collaboration, but their mission statement hasn't changed considering the fact they chose to cover themselves for the b-side of the record, "Telephoning" the original uptempo funky track into a smoothed out alt-country tune. Telephoned survives off of transforming and mutating songs through their own lens, and thats the only rule to play the game.
"'I got a spaceship ayo it´s actually my mini van girls call it well hung, I call it son of Sam, killin it killin it...' Lyrics from one of their most fierce exciting songs. Zebra Baby is successfully creating & performing sexually charged, borderline offensive, and in your face music. Too hot & too unique to classify, the band Zebra Baby formed out of the womb of Urban Outfitters, two co-workers, Char Johnson of Simian Mobile´s Disco 'Hustler' and Ali Ramos dj/mc from Oakland, California, got together one day in Char´s Washington Heights apartement and started recording & then quickly booking all over NYC. Their style is a healthy dose of 2 Live Crew, Beastie Boys mixed with a little bit of Talking Heads." - Gogo Yoko
“Is that a time machine?”
Clearly, it’s not, but nonetheless they’re asked this at nearly every Infernal Devices show as they place the Phenomatron on stage. It’s the centerpiece of the live show and it certainly looks like a time machine would - a large wooden box with sprawling pipes, an array of colored lights, and a giant lever, all perched on a tripod of iron supports. When the beat starts pumping, the Phenomatron springs to life, and the stage is awash with color and sound.