Name: Bodega Girls
Genre: Electronic, Soul, Pop
Hometown: Boston, MA
BODEGA GIRLS are a party band.
BODEGA GIRLS: A band of tricksters, hedonists and good-for-nothings whose morals defy even the most perverted of human beings.
BODEGA GIRLS: Only an audience so bloodthirsty and sex starved as they could take pleasure in the world of bra-busting, pants-dropping debauchery they have to offer.
BODEGA GIRLS: A musical troupe performing acts of sexuality and persuasion with their own God-given instruments, turning on the already depraved, as well as the naive.
BODEGA GIRLS: A sick cinematic slew of sweaty skimp and callous kink. An unadulterated penetration into the gaping hole of the sicko’s soul.
BODEGA GIRLS: The human id – illustrated in flesh and guitar strings. Hourglass figures and experienced fingers prance and wriggle their way across the stage, screen and into your psyche. An orgy of sleaze, desire, and rock and roll music – brought to life in bouncy, jiggly technicolor.
BODEGA GIRLS: Hedonistic purveyors of Soul, too well endowed and too world- renowned to be confined to lo rent clubs and white bred soundstages – look for their sonic ebony to explode at a party near you.
BODEGA GIRLS: Dance. Fuck. Sweat. Dance some more. BODEGA GIRLS
Origin: Brooklyn, NY
Genre: Electro Bass Funk
For the last two years, Navegante has evolved into an electronic beat driven beast with two heads. Jean is the lead singer, guitarist, beat maker, song-writer, and group’s founder. A tough and talented front man, Jean was born in the Bronx and raised in Miami. His musical sensibility ranges from Puerto Rican folkloric music to Miami bass to dirty south hip hop. Some of his beats are even 2 Live Crew-esque. Jean’s counterpart, Wash, is a ferocious drummer with a feel that rivals the best in the world. A Cuban-American born in New York City, Wash’s sound is derived from Afro-Cuban music, funk, Afrobeat, and Hip Hop. He adds dubbed out samples while he plays, and is able to integrate the sequenced drums with his live beats flawlessly and with style.
Larry Rohter of the New York Times says Navegante has “an eclectic 21st century sound…”, and David Byrne calls them “a great new band”. The duo has been ripping up stages throughout New York, including a packed Santos Party House, Southpaw, and NuBlu. They spent their first year honing their skills every other Friday night in Spanish Harlem at Camaradas El Barrio, a gritty New York City spot where respect doesn’t come easily.
One of the band’s most esteemed fans, Carlos Santana, says it best: “Navegante is the artist that will carry the torch into the future”
Navegante’s self-titled album will be out this Fall, and they will be touring the east coast, L.A. and San Francisco in the coming months.
Name : Hearts of Darknesses
Genre : Rock
Origin : NYC
Birthed in Cleveland and refined in Brooklyn, Hearts of Darknesses is the perpetual rabble-rouser, the academic electronic composer, and the slacker eternal, all viewed through glasses broken underfoot on the dancefloor.
During the support of ‘Music for Drunk Driving’ (Schematic/Asphodel) and a host of compilation appearances, HOD and its fairy godfather Frank Musarra terrorized audiences by exploiting the possibilities of running around naked in basements and galleries, MP3 player in one hand, microphone in the other. As the bruises healed and the scabs peeled, Musarra spent the interim years refining his craft and supplying remixes for a range of artists like Of Montreal, Tokyo Police Club, Simian Mobile Disco, and the entire Thrill Jockey roster alongside Girl Talk’s Gregg Gillis, as one half of Trey Told ‘Em.
With the release of the new ‘Shit Fan Punx Get Busted’ on Deleted Art, Hearts of Darknesses sketch new dimensions to the potential of electro-grunge. Hot off the heels of stints with Girl Talk, Skeletons, and Lemonade, Frank Musarra and his live band bring to mind the glory days of Brainiac, Six Finger Satellite and early Liars, back when dance-punk actually had a bit more punk going for it. ‘Shit Fan Punx Get Busted’ bridges the gap between the meticulously tweaked electronic sounds of Musarra and Gillis’ remixes and the good old fashioned rock’n'roll songwriting of Nirvana and the bands Musarra grew up listening to. The emphasis on catchy basslines and powerful primitive drumming provides a nice platform for Musarra’s wildman vocals and scuzzy grunge guitarwork. While they may now forgo the in-your-face abuse of their old days, Hearts Of Darknesses both excel in stuck-in-your-brain melodies and revel in what-the-fuck experimentation.
Genre: Rock ‘n’ Roll
Origin: Brooklyn, NY
Bio: Ass shaking, soul redeeming, head banging rock ‘n’ roll.
Origin: Baltimore, MD
Bio: Dustin Wong is a member of Ponytail and a former member of Ecstatic Sunshine. With these two bands, he has toured the USA and Europe extensively.
*Photo credit: Joyce Kim
Band Name: Big Spider’s Back
Origin: Seattle, WA
Bio: Beginning as a bedroom recording project in the summer of 2007, electronic artist Big Spider’s Back has amassed a growing following in the Northwest’s DIY community and beyond. Combining haunting vocals with swirling layers of lo-fi psychedelia, synthesizers and field recordings, his music alternates between soaring crescendos and dense thickets of electronic ambience. The result is one big, blissed out cacophony.
Along with his recording projects, Big Spider’s Back has also collaborated with various video artists, lending his music to installations and his own live performances. He’s debut EP, “Warped,” is out now on Circle Into Square.
Bio: ”I create music for the long walk home in the dark, after a break up I guess” says Dorie Colangelo who started writing songs on a classical guitar in her hometown of Greenwich, CT at the age of 14. She has been living in Brooklyn, NY for the past 5 years, playing shows and writing countless songs about life, love and heartbreak delivering them via intricately finger-picked guitar and smokey vocals.
Tom Newman (aka Clickbeatle), along with a team of audio/visual dissidents, created BLANKS NYC, a creative events collective that hosts participatory art events and dance parties throughout New York City. His DJ career began the day he sold his beloved Pearl Jam tickets to buy a pair of used turntables from a pawn shop in Baltimore City. Since then, he spins/clicks/loops/bleeps underground dance music around NYC.
Genre: Underground House, Bmore, Dubstep, UK Funky, Techno
Origin: Baltimore, MD
Name: DJ SeekTen
Genre: All that Good Stuff
Origin: Earth People I Was Born on Jupiter
Bio: It the year 2003 DJ SeekTen migrated from California to Brooklyn. After deciding that the only way that she could live life was to tap into her super hero powers, she began Deejaying in local bars and lounges throughout New York City. While her nights consisted of controlling the dance floor her days consisted of functioning as a herpetologist and, more recently, a philanthropist. In 2009 she transferred her Deejaying skills to the Internet radio with occasional appearances on NYC’s East Village Radio appearing on both “The Block” and “Never Not Working” shows. In the current digital age, when most have turned to using mp3s to play music, DJ SeekTen takes pride in being one of the last of her kind that uses vinyl records as a medium of music expression. DJ SeekTen considers herself genre-less and when asked what type of music she spins her response is always “Whatever is quality. Anything and everything.” SeekTen made her first appearance at The Last Supper in 2006 and has been a participant each year since.
Interpretation: DJ SeekTen is a “self-made” Deejay. Some women Deejays rely on using their physical attributes to attain success, instead, DJ SeekTen chooses to reach her goals purely through hard-work and by tapping into her inner talent. In the current “disposable” and consumption obsessed environment she takes a ”recycled” mentality when sharing her music. This is displayed, first by her use of vinyl records that were once owned by others and second, in her incorporation of music from the past in the mixes she creates today.
DJ: The Tomcats
Genre: Electronic etc.
Origin: Brooklyn NY
Bio: Jake and Faf are the Tomcats … born and raised in Brooklyn (hub
of the universe), we met in high school and became friends through
music—sharing what we knew, exploring what we didn’t … we
play dance music from all corners of the globe: French touch,
dubstep, bmore, house, electro … with bold mixes that inspire
our sets and create whole new songs from ones you thought you
knew … it’s the negation of the negation and will get your asses
DJ Isaac Asimov
Origin: Brooklyn, Ny
Former spécialiste en platine at KTRU Houston, DJ Isaac Asimov plays songs nestled between the tropical audio belt and his local bodega. He aims to create a musical effect akin to reading a science fiction novel—the celestial buzz of suspended disbelief.
DJ: Tropical Jeremy
Origin: New York/California
DJ: Matthew Radune
Matthew Radune of the Wilding Corporation is a Brooklyn based DJ and artist who’s been playing a mix of underground loft parties and rooftop events for years. He’s also DJ-ed extensively within the New York art scene, having played at MOMA Poprally, the Guggenheim, the Museum of Art and Design, and the Sculpture Center. His style has drifted through the years from a background in disco and new wave through house and techno, and his sets show this diversity and continuous derive.
I prepare heavily for every event I DJ – collecting material that I think speaks to the venue, event program and general zeitgeist. In this case, I would use this opportunity to premier a series of house edits and compositions that I am working on this summer – thus going along with the SELF MADE theme, and providing the audience with a unique experience.
DJ: Rob the Rich
Genre: rap, rock, soul, funk, electro
Origin: Brooklyn, NYC by way of Asheville, NC
Bio: Robert Ramirez is a DJ, computer programmer, and multimedia artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Over the last several years, he has collaborated with artists, musicians, filmmakers, and performers by developing interactive media applications for performance or installation, and doing sound, video, and 3D design work. As dj rob the rich, Robert strives to incorporate new technologies into his mixes, while still staying true to the classic arts of deejaying, and of course to keep the audience moving.
VJ: Nate Dorr
Origin: Spit out unexpectedly by an exceptionally large lobster found frozen in the ice shelves of the Maine coast.
Bio(logy): Presumed humanoid
Interpretation: Critics are divided on the precise meaning of the mispelling of “door” here. While some maintain that it is simply an early typo that has been erroneously maintained in all subsequent editions, others believe the variation indicates that instead of a sundry portal between two rooms, a “dorr” is rather a connection between one room.
VJ: Maya Edelman
Origin: Brooklyn, NY
Bio: Maya Edelman hails from Soviet Russia. Since her arrival to Brooklyn, Maya has been animating and illustrating with the NYC based collective Fakeheads, as well as co-founding the creative events collective BLANKS NYC where she produces events, creates visualizations, DJs, and dressed like an owl.
VJ: Isam S. Prado
Bio: Mexican born NY based animator and illustrator
DJ Name: Interstella
Genre: Indie Rocking Dancing
Bio: At an early age, Erin Stella discovered two of the greatest influences in her life: her father’s Pentax K1000 and Bob Ross. You can catch Stella riding her cruiser around Brooklyn with Diana camera in hand, hitting every beach from Fort Tilden to Asbury Park. She loves music but she loves it even more when she can gets everyone else dancing to it.
Genre: Hardcore pop, rap, electronic
Bio: Rachel Meyer enjoys bringing the music that makes life seem more colorful to your ears. A
Los Angeles à Palm Desert à Germany à Seattle à China à Harlem transplant, she incorporates a stream of various influences into her sets.
Origin: Harlem/Bronx, NY