Posted in music | tour dates on July 22, 2009


After many months of planning, Wordless Music is deliriously proud to announce details of Warp20 NYC, the second and only U.S. installment in a series of worldwide events taking place this year in Paris, Tokyo, London, and Sheffield.

Warp20 NYC will be a four-day celebration of the music, films, and 20th anniversary of the the peerless UK label Warp Records, without which there would surely have never been a Wordless Music series.

On September 3-6, in venues across New York City, Warp artists Battles, Flying Lotus, Chris Clark, !!!, Prefuse 73, Pivot, and Hudson Mohawke will headline shows in two different venues, while The New Museum offers free and continuous screenings of full-length features, documentaries, music videos, and shorts from several dozen directors hailing from around the globe.

Chk Chk ChkThe fest so far includes a September 4th show at Terminal 5 with Battles, !!!, Prefuse 73 and Pivot. Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon. General sale starts Friday, July 24th at noon.

The other confirmed fest show will be a free concert at the World Financial Center Winter Garden with Flying Lotus, Chris Clark and Hudson Mohawke on September 5th.

The "kick off" for Warp20 NYC (two months before the fest...) will be tonight's (7/22) Alarm Will Sound show at (Le) Poisson Rouge. The program for the night commemorates the five-year anniversary of the group's 2005 album Acoustica with chamber orchestra arrangements of music by Aphex Twin, Autechre, Mochipet, John Dowland, and The Beatles. Nic Offer from the band !!! will DJ the late show. Tickets for both the late and early shows are still on sale.

Also starting tonight (7/22), and also celebrating 20 years of a record label's existence: XX Merge (the Merge Records party in North Carolina).

In addition to the above-mentioned acts, Warp is also home to Grizzly Bear, who will be playing a free Pool Party show on August 30th.

The full program for tonight's LPR show, with more info on Warp20 NYC, below...

Battles @ Irving Plaza June 8 2008) (more by Bao Nguyen)

Warp20 NYC schedule

Warp20 NYC Kickoff Party July 22, 2009
Alarm Will Sound
Acoustica 5th anniversary concerts
DJ set by Nic Offer of !!! (late show only)
Le Poisson Rouge / 6:30pm doors / 7:30pm show (seated)
Le Poisson Rouge / 10pm doors / 10:30pm show (standing)

Aphex Twin (arr. Payton MacDonald): Meltphace 6
Aphex Twin (arr. Caleb Burhans): Blue Calx
Aphex Twin (arr. Jonathan Newman): Fingerbib
Aphex Twin (arr. Stefan Freund): Cock/Ver10
Autechre (arr. Dennis DeSantis): Cfern
Preshish Moments (arr. Matt Marks): Why Do Birds
John Orfe: Dowland Remix
Mochipet (arr. Stefan Freund): Dessert Search for Techno Baklava
The Beatles (arr. Matt Marks): Revolution 9
Stefan Freund and Matt Marks: kinda asleep
Caleb Burhans: oh ye of little faith... (do you know where your children are?)

Warp20 NYC Festival
Presented by Wordless Music and Warp Records
September 3-6, 2009
Warp Films at The New Museum
Warp Vision: The Videos 1989-2004
Dead Man's Shoes
Selected Warp Films Shorts
Co-presented with The New Museum (see below for further info)
The New Museum / continuous screenings during museum hours / FREE

September 4, 2009
Prefuse 73
Terminal 5

September. 5, 2009
Flying Lotus
Chris Clark
Hudson Mohawke
Co-presented with Arts>World Financial Center
The Winter Garden / 8pm doors / 9pm show / FREE

About Warp Records

Since its birth as a shop and record label in Sheffield in 1989, Warp has become one of the world's most respected creative organizations. Quickly developing into a platform for innovative and boundary-breaking music talent, Warp became synonymous with such artists as LFO, Autechre, Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, and most recently Grizzly Bear, Battles, Flying Lotus, and Chris Clark. Running parallel to the music is an equally strong visual identity, famously established through partnerships with graphic design iconoclasts The Designer's Republic and video auteur Chris Cunningham, placing Warp alongside legendary labels such as Factory in British cultural history.

Warp took a logical but ambitious step in 2001 with the launch of Warp Films, winning a BAFTA for its very first production, Brass Eye satirist Chris Morris' film debut My Wrongs... Since then high-profile features have come courtesy of Shane Meadows, whose masterpieces Dead Man's Shoes and This is England have enjoyed widespread success, the latter winning Best British Film at the 2008 BAFTAs. 2009 sees development on more features with directors Chris Morris, Richard Ayoade (IT Crowd) and Paul King (Mighty Boosh).

In 2004, Warp pioneered the sale of unrestricted mp3s via the launch of award-winning download store Hosting nearly 500 other independent labels, Bleep has sold over 2 million tracks to date.

Over 20 years, Warp has developed into a multifaceted creative company, able to forge a unique path through a rapidly changing and unpredictable landscape. In 2009, Warp will celebrate by bringing together its roster of artists, directors, and associates for a series of multi-platform events, new music, and film releases.

About Warp20
Warp20 events will merge music, film, and art in distinctive locations and venues, and kicked off with a huge weekend in Paris on May 8-9 at the Cité de la Musique and MK2 Cinema, featuring Aphex Twin & Hecker, Chris Cunningham, !!!, Clark, Flying Lotus, Seefeel, and many more. Warp20 will continue throughout 2009 with events in Sheffield, Tokyo and London.
About Warp Films at The New Museum
Warp Vision: The Videos 1989-2004 including
Aphex Twin: Come to Daddy (Director's Cut)
Aphex Twin: Donkey Rhubarb
Aphex Twin: Nannou
Aphex Twin: On
Aphex Twin: Windowlicker (Director's Cut)
Antipop Consortium: Ghostlawns
Antipop Consortium: Perpendicular
Autechre: Gantz Graf
Autechre: Second Bad Vilbel
Beans: Mutescreamer
Broadcast: Papercuts
Chris Clark: Gob Coitus
Jamie Lidell: Daddy's Car
Jamie Lidell: The City
Jimi Tenor: Midsummer's Night
Jimi Tenor: Total Devastation
John Callaghan: I'm Not Comfortable Inside My Mind
LFO: Freak
LFO: Tied Up
Luke Vibert: I Love Acid
Mira Calix: Little Numba
Nightmares on Wax: Aftermath
Plaid: Eyen
Plaid: Itsu
Prefuse 73: Half of What
Sabres of Paradise: Wilmot
Seefeel: Fracture
Squarepusher: Come On My Selector
Sweet Exorcist: Testone



Comments (26)

Battles...probably the worst cd I bought in the lats 2 years (Out of 300 or so)..Listened to it 2 times then got rid of it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 11:41 AM

Wow! For such a great label these are some weak ass shows! Dunno why they didn't take a page out of the Sub Pop and Merge 20th anniversaries and book some of their better/classic acts?

How come Paris gets Aphex Twin and all NYC gets is local band Battles (who are great but no way a classic act yet).

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 11:41 AM

I'm with you, 11:41, the bands playing NY are great but they don't compare with a live show by Aphex Twin.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 11:45 AM

In the 9 years I've lived in NYC, I'm pretty sure Aphex Twin has not played here live. I'd love to see one of his sets.

Posted by Dan | July 22, 2009 11:48 AM

I'm pretty sure Paris gets Aphex Twin because he comes to the US like...once every 7 years and Warp is based in Europe. Also...Aphex hates you all.

Seriously...the NYC is a pretty awesome lineup. I'm gonna enjoy it.

Posted by Mike Cohen | July 22, 2009 11:52 AM

!!! and prefuse 73 are great and all but gimme broadcast, squarepusher, autechre, aphex twin, boards of canada, & plaid... go classic.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 12:05 PM

hahahaha Dancefloor Dale!

Posted by Calpico | July 22, 2009 12:05 PM

If Boards of Canada came through to this I'd shit a brick. Aphex Twin is great and all, but doesn't he do non-rhythm noise sets now? What type of a show would that be?

I'm very hyped to see Battles once again and Flying Lotus. That will be amazing. But it'd be nice to BoC and Squarepusher and AUTECHRE...or even LFO.

Posted by electrodrone | July 22, 2009 12:24 PM

i only saw aphex dj back at roseland in 97...a cmj event.

i actually am more interested in the free show with chris clark and hudson mohawke than the one at terminal 5.

chris clark is aces.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 12:33 PM

$27.50 huh?

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 12:37 PM

hi i like to buy some tickets for chk chk chk

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 12:49 PM

aphex does dj sets mostly now which are filled with lots of random stuff (hip hop/jungle/noise). have boards of canada ever played a show? a free show with Fly Lo/Clark/Hudson Mohawke in the gorgeous winter garden is certainly nothing to be upset about.

Posted by jason | July 22, 2009 12:52 PM

BoC has done i think only a handful of shows and all in europe

Posted by Mike | July 22, 2009 1:00 PM

Terminal 5 = worst venue in New York and a really bad look for Warp. Bowery Presents sucks!

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 1:02 PM

yea, the free show will be good. BOC doesn't play live, so they are out. I agree, and maybe this is cause I grew up with Warp, i'd love to see them do a 'classics' show with a lot of the old acts, Aphex, Autechre, B12, Plaid, etc. The new bands are hit and miss (with the exception of Grizzly Bear, who just blow me away!) but mainly when I think of Warp I just think of the ambient techno greatness I grew up, not Battles and !!!. Perhaps that's not fair, but that's why I'm disappointed.

Posted by brian roach | July 22, 2009 1:03 PM

Seconded on the FlyLo/Clark show at Winter Garden being great, boo on T5.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 1:03 PM


Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 1:06 PM

"Terminal 5 = worst venue in New York"

As much as i am not a fan of the venue, i would take it over Roseland any day of the week. That place is fuckin terrible! Worst sound, worst view, worst everything!

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 1:21 PM

Dancefloor Dale, hell yes. Props to Eric Wareheim. (& flying lotus)

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 1:31 PM

terminal five is a horrid.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 1:44 PM

I was Squarepusher would play out here

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 1:46 PM

I mean I wish Squarepusher would play out here

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 1:47 PM

What a crummy lineup considering the label's twenty year history. I mean, how expensive would it be to put the two dudes in Autechre on a plane and put them up in NYC for a couple nights? Or Mark Bell as LFO? Or Luke Vibert?! Richie Hawtin as F.U.S.E.?

Posted by noyokono | July 22, 2009 2:20 PM

Warp 20 years old
and classic Warp
have very little in common
sound asthetic... ioncomparible
.... sure i like battles but .... not much here to raise ones pulse

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 2:32 PM

Warp old and new are both great without a doubt. I would love to go to the Battles/!!! night, but I was hoping for an Aphex, BOC, Squarepusher or even Seefeel. All of the announced bands will have or had there own shows within the last year or so or will in the near future. Nothing to scoff at, but compared to what could have been, a slight disappointment. Hey Warp, FIX IT!

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 4:55 PM

Was at the paris event: top shows from !!!, plaid, seefeel and chris cunningham. Honestly, got a little bored with the too much long (2 hours) aphex twin (and tim hecker) set. excellent set up at the gorgeous cité de la musique.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 3:07 AM

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