New electronic music here. Just posted today, the new Mouse On Mars (aka Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma) video has us absolutely giddy for their upcoming tour—specifically October 14 at the El Rey Theater when they hit Los Angeles. If you haven’t seen Mouse On Mars live, expect sheer kinetic energy like few bands can deliver. This is their first US tour in six years so don’t sleep on tickets—it’ll be an EDM culture show to remember, indeed.
The German electronic pioneers are touring in support of their album Parastrophics, which came out earlier this year via Modeselektor’s imprint, Monkeytown Records. There’s also a Mouse On Mars mini album dubbed Wow that’s due to drop on November 2 via Monkeytown. We haven’t heard it yet, but we hear that Wow is a club-oriented counterpoint to Parastrophics, with Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma aiming their considerable technical finesse firmly in the direction of the dancefloor. We dig that. We also dig this video:
"They Know Your Name" was made from video clips of cell biology research experiments made for the Laboratoire d'Hydrodynamique by Mouse on Mars' friend Charles Baroud. The tune is available now as a limited 7" single and as a download. The A-side features a reworking of the stand out track from Parastrophics featuring Dodo Nkishi, while the B-side hosts a remix by Machinedrum.
Since we're talking Mouse on Mars, I'd like to give a little shine to Von Südenfed, a collaboration between Andi Toma and Jan St. Werner and Mark E. Smith, leader and vocalist of the seminal band, The Fall. There’s no new material from this project (at least as far as I know of), but damn if their tracks “Flooded” and “Fledermaus Can’t Get It” don’t sound as good today as it did when it dropped five years ago via Domino Records.
BTW, if you’re thinking to yourself that Von Südenfed, specifically the vocals of Mark E. Smith, sound awfully similar to those of James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, you need to flip your comparison around… LCD Soundsystem were heavily influenced by The Fall.
Mouse On Mars Tour Dates:
Sat. Sep. 8 in Bucharest, RO @ de.kolectiv @ MNAC
Thu. Sep. 13 in Odense, DK @ Phono Festival
Fri. Sep. 14 in Malmö, SE @ Babel
Sat. Sep. 22 in Leipzig, DE @ Werk II @ 36..Jazztage
Fri. Sep. 28 in Stavanger, NO @ Numusic Festival
Fri. Oct. 5 in Braga, PT @ Semibreve Festival
Fri. Oct. 12 in Denver, CO @ Summit
Sun. Oct. 14 in Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey
Mon. Oct 15 in San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Tue. Oct. 16 in San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Wed. Oct. 17 in Chicago, IL @ The Mayne Stage
Thu. Oct. 18 in Detroit, MI @ The Pike Room
Fri. Oct. 19 in Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
Sat. Oct. 20 in Montreal, PQ @ Il Motore
Sun. Oct. 21 in Boston MA @ TT the Bear's
Mon. Oct. 22 in New York, NY @ Santos Party House
Wed. Oct. 24 in Washington, DC @ U Street
Fri. Oct. 26 in Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Sat. Oct. 27 in Asheville, NC @ Moogfest
Sat. Nov. 3 in Istanbul, TR @ Babylon