Chromeo played a private set at Apogee Studio in Santa Monica last night, and I was arguably the most stoked person in attendance, as I had been real bummed about missing them (twice) at Coachella.
The show was hosted by the good people at KCRW and started at 8pm, when the funklordz and their six woman choir (one of which I think is in that rad documentary 20 Feet From Stardom) assembled. I was arm’s length away from the stage, which is significantly closer than I would have been at Coachella. The set began with Night By Night and included Fancy Footwork, Tenderoni, Over Your Shoulder, Bonafied Lovin (my favorite) as well as new tracks Come Alive, Frequent Flyer and Jealous (I Ain’t With It), all from the duo’s forthcoming LP White Women. (All of those new songs are good, but that last one is especially good.) The duo sounded funky, had great chemistry, laid down some legit guitar solos and demonstrated a compelling balance of talent, intelligence, humor and cool. Or, as Casey put it after the show, “we should date those guys.”
There was a respectable amount of dancing by the NPR audience, and the little room got nice and sweaty and fairly loose for Tuesday evening in Santa Monica. When a guy spilled his red wine all over my white t-shirt, I just took the shirt off and kept dancing. (Don’t worry, I was wearing another shirt underneath, not just dancing sans top at an otherwise classy affair.)
There was a mid-show interview by Jason Bentley, highlights of which included some lady on Twitter asking P-Thugg if he sleeps in the nude. They also mentioned being influenced by Kiss and ZZ Top, two bands I have watched play in parking lots in Wisconsin. On collaborating with Toro Y Moi, Dave 1 said that he sought out the producer because girls he brought back to his apartment kept mentioning how much they liked his music. He also mentioned his love for Drake, at which point I was like swoooooon. (Big crush on Dave 1. Big. I even included him in this list of the fifty most beautiful people at Coachella that I did for LA Weekly.)
The entire interview was genius, really, as P-Thugg spoke exclusively through his talkbox, so the conversation sounded like a chat between two dudes and a robot with excellent comedic timing.
You can hear this all for yourself when this show airs on Morning Becomes Eclectic at some point in the next few weeks. If you listen closely, you might hear me in the background cheering enthusiastically and clapping slightly off the beat.
(KCRW photographer Jon Gordon McKenzie took the above photo, since we weren’t allowed to take out our phones during the show, which was actually really nice.)