PJ Harvey

re:ECM & Retromania

I’m a huge fan of Simon Reynolds‘ writing on music and popular culture. Rip It Up and Start Again and Energy Flash are definitive accounts of the emergence and development of the post punk and rave scenes. Each book does a superb job of highlighting the socioeconomic backdrop for these exciting new musical forms in turn helping the reader understand and appreciate the music for what it was really all about. So it was with a dash of despondency that I came to the end of his most recent book Retromania. The disappointment didn’t come from the quality of the writing, which was as brilliant as always, nor the quality of the argument, which was considered and on point, but rather the conclusion which the book leaves you with. That message in a nut shell is that modern music has run its course, and that in the last 15-20 years, with the arguable exception of dubstep, we’ve done little but recycle old music forms in an endless youtube– and reissue-fueled  stranglehold of the past.

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Looking Back On 2011: Eamon Harkin

1. Caribou – Caribou stepped onto the dance floor in 2011, and his arrival was most welcome, for it brought us a refreshingly musical and superbly produced set of 12 inch singles. His remixes for Virgo 4 and Junior Boys raised the bar and were the staples of many a Mister Saturday Night set this year. But it’s this remix of a rare African jam produced under his Daphni guise and released on his own Jialong imprint which was the stand out for me. I first heard this when he played for us back in March. It’s been in my bag ever since.

2. Four Tet – In a similar vein, Four Tet has leaned into dance music culture extending himself as a DJ and continuing to push forward with his own vinyl only 12 inch label: Text Records (strangely missing from most year end polls on best labels). Again the result is a breath of fresh air. We were extremely happy to have Kieran play the opening Mister Sunday this year (he’s back playing with us in February at 12-turn-13).
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    Official Mister Saturday Night and Mister Sunday parties are in bold below. Other dates are tour dates for Eamon and/or Justin.

    Saturday, March 18th // SXSW Closing Party with Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin // at Kingdom // Austin, TX // tickets and more info

    Sunday, March 26th // Mister Sunday with Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin // at a now secret, but very familiar place // $20 // tickets and more info

    Friday, March 31st // Planetarium with Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin DJing and Evan Shorenstein aka Photay Live // at the Secret Hi-Fi Loft // $25 // tickets and more info coming soon

    Thursday, April 13th // Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter All Night Long // at Phonox // London, UK // advance tickets and more info

    Friday, April 14th // The Love Below with Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin // at The Exchange // Bristol, UK // more info coming soon

    Saturday, April 15th // Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter // daytime at AVA Castle // Warren Point, UK // advance tickets and more info

    Saturday, April 15th // Percolate with Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter with Dark Sky Live // evening at Hidden // Manchester, UK // advance tickets and more info

    Sunday, April 16th // Justin Carter // at Pygmalion // Dublin, Ireland // advance tickets and more info

    Saturday, April 22nd // Eamon Harkin & Justin Carter // at Good Life // Boston

    Sunday, April 23rd // Mister Sunday with Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin // at a now secret, but very familiar place // $20 // tickets and more info

    Friday, April 28th // Planetarium with Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin DJing // at the Secret Hi-Fi Loft // $25 // tickets and more info coming soon

    Sunday, June 18th // Eamon Harkin & Justin Carter at Secret Sundaze // at La Terrazza // Barcelona, Spain // advance tickets and more info

    Thursday, July 13th // Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin at FARR Festvival with Avalon Emerson and more // Hertfordshire, UK // advance tickets and more info

    Saturday, July 29th // Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin at Panorama with too many acts to mention // at Randall's Island // NYC // advance tickets and more info