Posted in dance | music | pictures on September 30, 2011

Way Out West

As many are posting, James Blake told Liz Pelly at the Boston Phoenix that:

"I think the dubstep that has come over to the US, and certain producers-- who I can't even be bothered naming-- have definitely hit upon a sort of frat-boy market where there's this macho-ism being reflected in the sounds and the way the music makes you feel. And to me, that is a million miles away from where dubstep started. It's a million miles away from the ethos of it. It's been influenced so much by electro and rave, into who can make the dirtiest, filthiest bass sound, almost like a pissing competition, and that's not really necessary. And I just think that largely that is not going to appeal to women. I find that whole side of things to be pretty frustrating, because that is a direct misrepresentation of the sound as far as I'm concerned."
As many would agree, that means you Skrillex (who lots of people hate and who collaborates with KORN who... have a new DUBSTEP ALBUM COMING OUT and who are playing Radiohead's favorite venue Roseland soon too) (And though he's Canadian, James might also be referring to Datsik who also collaborated with Korn and who plays Webster Hall tonight).

Speaking of James Blake, who recently played ACL, didn't win the Mercury Prize, collaborated with Bon Iver, and will be back in NYC soon, I saw him play in a church (the perfect setting for him) at the Way Out West Festival in Sweden back in August with Low (perfect for them too). I posted one picture the next day, and a few more to Facebook, but never the whole set, so here they are. They continue with all dates below...

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It was at capacity, so people were listening from outside the door...

these two photos by Annika Berglund
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Low opened the Thursday night show in the Gothenburg church, but also played to a capacity crowd.

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James Blake headlined with his band.

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James Blake -- 2011 Tour Dates
Fri 09/30/11 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto ON Chairlift
Sun 10/02/11 Club Soda Montreal PQ Chairlift
Mon 10/03/11 Paradise Boston MA Chairlift
Wed 10/05/11 Webster Hall New York NY Chairlift
Thu 10/06/11 Music Hall Of Williamsburg Brooklyn NY Austra
Sat 10/08/11 The Trocadero Theater Philadelphia PA Chairlift
Sun 10/09/11 9:30 Club Washington DC Chairlift

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Comments (28)

talk about the pot calling the kettle black

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 9:16 AM

Dubstep sucks. James Blake is a boring no-talent piece of crap. See you all at Roseland 11/4 for Korn.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 9:22 AM

I would kill to be at that show in Sweeden.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 9:51 AM

That dork from Skrillex used to be in this terrible screamo band, From First To Last

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 9:54 AM

I guess the bros don't listen to Bob Marley, DMB, or Sublime anymore?

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 9:58 AM

you say screamo, i say you are an asshat

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 10:08 AM

ugh james blake, enough already.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 10:12 AM

Definitely not a James Blake fan, but thank god electronic music artists agree that Dubstep is absolutely terrible. There is hope for some dubstep artists, such as Zomby and Bruial but I still hate it. As far as I am concerned, Skrillex, Rusko, Bassnectar, and Excision (omg Excision sucks) are actually worse artists than Nickelback and Maroon 5. I can't wait till dubstep dies.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 10:16 AM

OMG, I <3 James Blake's filthy, dirty dubstep

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 10:21 AM

Who the hell is this guy to talk? Just because you have an abundance of coverage on BV doesn't mean you can just go off like that. It's not like he's Steve Albini or anything. You've gotta earn it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 10:21 AM

and the "ehtos" of dubstep is to play in a church? yeahhh........

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 10:25 AM

I can't wait for the bro-step/ witch house/chillwave/ German ebm hybrid bands to start coming out

Posted by anonHUMMUS | September 30, 2011 10:32 AM

James Fake

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 10:43 AM

what the fuck is a skrillex?

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 10:46 AM

Skrillex is dentyne that your gross ass "friend" (you know the type) found under a L train bench, scraped off, and then recycled.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 11:18 AM

James Blake suuuuucks.... so boring and pretentious.

At least Skrillex makes interesting dance tunes. I don't see how making songs that are super high energy and heavy as shit is a bad thing.

I love hard dark electronic music - drum and bass used to be the only thing that did it right, now some dubstep is pulling it off. I know its more indie fashionable now to have total stoner synthy chillwave (some of which I like) but sometimes you want something a little more rocking and powerful.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 12:00 PM

Dubstep: something for wiggers who think they're too cool for ICP.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 1:04 PM

That's music for frat boys, I on the other hand am an arteest and only interest the enlightened

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 1:49 PM

^ hahaha.

agreed.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 2:19 PM

fucking white people

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 7:10 PM

If James B left the planet tomorrow, would anybody notice?

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 7:50 PM

coming from the guy who ok'd to have his song at the end of entourage

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2011 12:59 PM

That was probably the most filled a Swedish church has ever been.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2011 1:40 PM

So it's either the violently boring James Blake or the vigorously repulsive Skrillex? Talk about a Sophie's choice!

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | October 2, 2011 2:29 PM

wait, what the fuck is dubstep?

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2011 9:26 PM

Put on your necessary strap-on, and I'll show you what dubstep is.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2011 6:20 AM

Dub was created by black people. Two white guys arguing over cultural authenticity of an offshoot of it is a joke.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2012 7:47 PM

I actually LIKE James Blake. His music is actually really great and not boring to me. But, this comment is a mean way of stating an obvious truth: the dubstep pioneered by UK electronic artists and trip-hop artists is virtually wiped away in the US version of dubstep. The Skrillex, Bassnectar "loud and in your face" dubstep is much worse in my opinion. James Blake just isn't fitted for public speaking, I mean this is the guy who has entire songs with only one lyric. "Beacon don't fly too high," anyone?

Posted by David | June 2, 2012 11:25 PM

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