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New Meetup: Caribou @ Governor's Island

From: Rachel
Sent on: Thursday, June 3, 2010 12:29 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Indie/BritPop Fans United!!

What: Caribou @ Governor's Island

When: Friday, July 16,[masked]:00 PM

Beach at Governor's Island
Governor's Island, foo
NYC, NY 10027

Converse Presents "Gone To Governors" Live Music Series

Caribou & Phantogram

Location: The Beach

Date: 7/16/2010

All ages
6:00 pm Doors

8:00 pm Show

The Beach opens at 10am
Come early and enjoy the day

Take Free Public Ferry from the Battery Maritime Building


Swim is Caribou?s masterpiece, an album that absorbs club culture sounds weaved within subtle pop frameworks, and the record Dan Snaith has wanted to bring to fruition for as long as he has been making music. Snaith, a Canadian from small-town Ontario now based in England, has been a leading figure in electronic music over the past decade. A mathematics scholar and an ingenious multi-instrumentalist/composer, he surprised critics and fans with 2007?s Andorra, a brilliant, electro-tinged pop breakthrough with a timeless grace that made most year-end ?Best of? lists and won Canada?s prestigious Polaris Music Prize. After the startling infectiousness of Andorra, Swim is a more complex, multi-layered affair?rife with fascinating rhythms, instrumentation, and vocals (including those of Born Ruffians? Luke Lalonde, who appears on ?Jamelia?)?that becomes more alluring with each listen.

?I think this is the record that I?m most proud of because it?s the most ?me? in the way things sound; I feel like I have my own vocabulary now,? says Snaith. ?So much of contemporary music is soaked in referencing this or that. I wanted people to put the record on and not be able to say, ?This sounds like so-and-so.? I want people to say, ?This sounds like Dan!? It?s what everybody wants?to have their fingerprint on the music they?re making. I feel like I?ve achieved that to a greater extent than I have in the past, and that?s exciting.?


Phantogram?s music sounds like it?s made by a band from the city. Electronic loops, hip-hop beats, shoegaze, soul, pop ? each finds its way into their songs. Unexpectedly, the band doesn?t live and work in a major urban center, but rather calls the town of Saratoga Springs, NY (population 26,186) home. Despite the cultural influence of local Skidmore College (where fellow beat-experimenters Ratatat formed) and a relatively small scene of adventurous musicians and listeners, Saratoga isn?t exactly teeming with fans of J. Dilla, My Bloody Valentine or Serge Gainsbourg. But Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel, the duo that make up Phantogram and who grew up in the even smaller nearby municipality of Greenwich, have flourished in Saratoga. In fact, the town itself isn?t rural enough for their taste ? they drive almost every day another 45 minutes into upstate farmland to a barn they call Harmony Lodge to write and record. Serving as their homemade studio/practice space/think-tank/bat-cave, the barn is equipped with various samplers, tapes, records, synths, drums, and both percussive and stringed instruments. It?s there that Phantogram allows their natural surroundings and metropolitan influences to meld together creating beautiful, beat-driven dreamlike pop songs.

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