Citywide: James Chance, James Brown, Punk, Funk and the Free Jazz Connection

James Chance at CBGB by Eugene Merinov
As a sort of sister piece to James' recent guest DJ spot on WNYU's Shake 'Em On Down,  he also sat down with the station's Micah Loewinger, and discussed some of his musical influences - specifically James Brown, and the point where punk met funk via free jazz - on the show Citywide. James' interview is the first half of the show.

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Review: James Chance/Melt Yourself Down at Illuminations Festival

"...any reservations concerning the potentiality of loss of bite and fire were abruptly extinguished as he took to the stage..." Continued on The Ransom Note.


James Chance & The Contortions BUY to see deluxe vinyl reissue in early 2015 on Futurismo

Word just in from the UK: The Futurismo label will be reissuing the Contortions BUY album in a deluxe 180 gram vinyl edition in early 2015!

What they say: Come contort yourself…the New York No Wave classic from the CONTORTIONS is back! It’s just over 35 years since James Chance first assaulted turntables with the juddering jazz punk fusion that permeate the tracks immortalised on BUY. Continued here.

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London, Warsaw & Paris gigs

Besides the London show James will be playing Wednesday night with Melt Yourself Down, he'll also be playing a couple of other European shows on this short trip.

On Thursday, Nov. 6, he'll be making a super-rare appearance in Warsaw, Poland! Details can be found here.

On Saturday, Nov. 8, he'll be playing in Paris. Details for this gig are available here.

Designed To Kill: James Chance & Melt Yourself Down's Pete Wareham

James sits down for a chat with Melt Yourself Down's Pete Wareham for the Quietus
Read it here
Both artists play in London tomorrow night the Village Underground.


James' WNYU show is now streamable

In case you missed James' recent appearance on WNYU's Shake 'Em On Down, the show is archived & streamable. You can see the playlist, and listen to the entire thing here.