James [email protected]#$%^ Friedman, Benjamin Roeder
Not going to get down to Miami for WMC this weekend? Don't let it get you down - get up for a NYC-style get down all weekend long. To get your party started right, it's music as usual at halcyon the shop on Friday from 7-9pm for the live webcast of Nü Pschidt. Holding it down for this week's "[email protected]# Miami" edition is one of NYC's hardest working DJ pied pipers, James [email protected]#$%^ Friedman [Throne of Blood/Primetime/Mr. Saturday Night/Defend Music/Go Commando] along with his very special guest, artist, sculptor and DJ Benjamin Roeder [Gomma/Erste Liga, Munich].
Get in the mix live at the shop, Friday 7-9pm or tune in wherever you may be on dailysession.com
nü pschidt airs live from halcyon the shop Fridays from 7-9pm on dailysession.com and features halcyon resident DJs and special guests showcasing the latest vinyl and digital releases in the mix. Archives from a diverse range of selectors including Adultnapper, Clever, Jay-J, Taimur Agha, DJ Vadim, Herballiser, JT Donaldson, DJ Spinna, DB, Dara, and many more are available for download complete with track listings; or, to never miss a beat, sign up for the nü pschidt podcast - all at dailysession.com. To purchase the tracks you hear, visit halcyontheshop.com (vinyl mail order) or halcyondigi.com
About James [email protected]#$%^ Friedman
"… when we heard about a DJ who goes around calling himself James [email protected]$%^ Friedman, he got extra points in our little black cred book. And when we discovered that he spins bands that we love, he got his own [email protected]$%^ page….Go Commando! features floor-friendly mixes from Annie, Bloc Party, the Rapture and a bunch of obscure people with ridiculous names." — Pitchfork
James has been a tireless supporter for all that is fresh, forward thinking, and inspired in electronic music — a fact that's not exactly surprising, given his history and wide-ranging enthusiasm for all types of sounds. After playing in a few bands and getting interested in the mid-nineties Mo' Wax sound, his proper introduction to dance music came through the DC rave circuit with then-legendary parties — Buzz, Fever, and Bassrush, among others. His first experiences Djing found him mixing breakbeats and jungle, but his palate then expanded as he sought to educate himself further, buying records ranging from raw Detroit techno, various permutations of house, and all sorts of hip hop, funk, soul and reggae.
"This part of my musical development was really important to my Djing today," says James. "I really learned to appreciate disparate sounds and focused on combining and re-contextualizing them in an interesting way."
His interest in rooting out new sounds also found him writing as a freelance journalist for publications such as the Fader, XLR8R, Vice, URB and the now-defunct Flyer, also working for !K7 records and later, as the US label manager for Trevor Jackson's influential Output Recordings imprint. Nowadays he heads up The Rapture's label, Throne of Blood.
In New York, James has hosted a series of influential parties that have increasingly grown to be known as stateside domiciles for the world's left-of-center DJ talent. His long-running Refuse! Party at APT (with partner Ben "Dirty Dirty" Dietz) brought over the likes of DJ Kaos, Juan Maclean, Dexter from The Avalanches, Matt Safer of The Rapture, Jackson, and Ewan Pearson, as well as Tiefschwarz, ATOC, Joakim from Tigersushi, Manchester legend Greg Wilson, Luke Vibert and Kompakt label boss Michael Mayer. Through his All Wrong night at the Tribeca Grand, James emphasized bringing over live acts, with Annie and Tom Vek making their respective US debuts, plus performances from Cut Copy, Hot Chip, David Gilmour Girls and more. Lately, in tandem with Eamon Harkin, James helms Primetime and is a frequent resident at Mister Saturday Night.
In addition to this drive to help acts from around the world find a lively and receptive crowd in New York, James has grown into a truly eclectic, technically skilled DJ. On any given night, sounds run the gamut from punk-funk bass lines to spaced-out Italo disco, rock, and acid-tinged techno.