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May 18, 2015
photos by Drew Gurian / Red Bull Content Pool
Bjork / 23 Wall Street / Lotic / crowd / Forest Swords
Boutique electronic label Tri Angle Records celebrated its fifth anniversary with a party on Wall Street during the ongoing 2015 Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency. A ton of the label's artists were there, including Evian Christ, Forest Swords, Holy Other, The Haxan Cloak, Vessel, Hanz, Boothroyd, Lotic, mssingo and Rabit, and a very special guest showed up... Bjork!
The NY Times says:
The showcase gathered 10 acts, nearly all of them laptop-equipped lone D. J.s, in an apt environment: subterranean and desolate yet high tech. It was the rough concrete basement of 23 Wall Street, the former headquarters of J. P. Morgan. Smoke billowed and strobes flashed around the larger of two stages, and strings of LEDs sent streaks across a low ceiling in a smaller room; both had surround-sound systems. Lucien Smith's nine-minute video with scenes of 1980s New York City, "A Clean Sweep," was showing in the vault. [NY Times]---
It wasn't the first time Bjork teamed up with Tri Angle Records, but of course still very exciting. Her DJ set included her collaborators Death Grips, as well as Kate Bush, Jeremih, Brandy, Total Freedom, Cut Hands, Haxan Cloak, Vessel, Lotic, Rabit and more. Here's what she wrote about it:
i would like to wish tri angle label an incredibly sublime birthday and thank for having been invited to dj at their party . couldnt possibly been more honoured than to play in that company !!! the mix i played was my present to them : merging together some of my fav beats last year with some of my fav vocalists doing some of their best songsYou can listen to it, with the full list of artists she included in the mix, and more pictures from the Tri Angle anniversary show, below...
photos by Alyssa Tanchajja
Downtown Boys recently put out their debut album, Full Communism, on Don Giovanni, and on Friday night (5/15) they brought their tour in support of it to NYC for a release show at Palisades. The show was as wild as you'd expect from Downtown Boys, and they had a great crowd. In School and The Homewreckers opened. More pictures from the show below...
photos by Mimi Hong
Poppy, peppy Brooklyn duo Matt & Kim just keep getting bigger, which was reinforced when their current tour hit NYC's huge Terminal 5 for two shows (May 14 & 15) that sold out well in advance. The shows were in support of a new album (their fifth), but we got songs from all over their career, dating back to their 2006 debut. They also covered DMX's "Party Up (Up In Here)." You can watch a video of that, with more pictures from the 5/14 show (including shots of openers Waters), below...
May 15, 2015
photos by James Richards IV
Yasiin Bey @ Metro - 5/1/15
Yasiin Bey, fka Mos Def, recently wrapped up a run of US dates, including a show in Chicago with Malik Yusef, Abel Black and Ty Money. We caught that show, and pictures from it are in this post.
Now that the tour's over, Mos Def is presumably back in South Africa, where he lives now. He recently gave an interview with Beats by Dre where he talks about why he doesn't want to live in America anymore. He says he finds it difficult to be productive here, "given the social, political, and economic climate." He also talks in the interview about the way people perceive him, and how it's unrealistic to expect his political views and the way his music sounds to the same now as it was over 15 years ago. At the very end, he mentions showing a new song he worked on to Kanye West, and getting his approval. Watch the video of that interview, with more pictures from Chicago, below.
Mos Def's only upcoming dates at the moment are in Europe, and those are listed below too.
photos by Maria Jose Govea / Red Bull; word by Bill Pearis
Pharmakon / Prurient / Genesis P-Orridge / Marshstepper
Nothing Changes, the weekly NYC late-night darkwave-noise-avant-etc party that usually happens at LES club Home Sweet Home, moved into fancier digs this week, a one-time-only special edition at Williamsburg danceclub Output on Wednesday (5/13) as part of the 2015 Red Bull Music Academy. This was RBMA's noise show for this year and featured a pretty stellar lineup, including Uniform, Pharmakon, Prurient, Genesis P-Orridge & Aaron Dilloway, Merzbow, and Marshstepper in the main room, and sets from Ron Morelli, Becka Diamond, JR Nelson & Ciarra Black, Jock Club, and Scott Mou in Output's Panther Room.
This was surely a different crowd for Output (my first time there), a place that doesn't normally have live music inside, but their famously killer/expensive soundsystem (which can be really loud without being painful) really gives this kind of droning/noise all-enveloping power. I got there right as Pharmakon had started her set. Having just come from watching a screening of the Twin Peaks season 2 finale, straight to seeing Pharmakon writhing on the floor, screaming over dissonant electronics and strobes, the line between where one ended and the other began was a little blurry. If the Black Lodge has a dance club, it'd probably be something like Nothing Changes.
Prurient's set, heavy on the sub-frequency drones, worked especially well with Output's soundsystem, which has the kind of bass you feel in your bones and could pulverize a kidney stone. While things kicked off around 10 PM, earlier than your average night at Nothing Changes, it went just as late and had this working man heading home around 1:15 AM...which was about 10 minutes into Genesis P-Orridge & Aaron Dilloway's (Wolf Eyes) set which leaned more towards Throbbing Gristle than PTV. So I missed Merzbow and what looks to have been a very typically bizarre set for Marshstepper, entirely. But pictures from their sets, and everyone's in the main room, are in this post.
Pictures, by the way, are something not normally associated with Output, a club that strictly prohibits photography of any kind but let RBMA photographers do their thing. More of those below...
photos by Wei Shi
Sanitgold / lip-synch battle @ MHOW 5/
Santigold didn't play any new material but covered a good portion of her discography (which amounts to two full-length studio albums - 2008's debut, Santogold, and 2012's Master of My Make-Believe). Every person in the place was lulled into dancing during the romping "Say Aha" as the shade-clad SGI ladies sporting their trademark poker faces seamlessly swapped their synchronized fist-pumping for a high-speed Irish step dance and Santi intermittently joined in without missing a beat. She played a sample of her M.I.A. collaboration "Get it Up," then launched into a thundering rendition of the rarely performed "My Superman." - [SPIN]Santigold played Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday night (5/14), which was the latest in the free Steve Madden Presents series. It was Santi's first NYC show in about two years -- she has become a mother in the interim -- and while she didn't play any new material, she did tell the audience her new album is pretty much done. She ended the night by inviting six audience members to partake in a lip-synch battle to Santigold songs "Unstoppable" and "Lights Out." The winner got to perform "Creator" with Santi (who invited the crowd onstage) to finish the show. Pictures from the whole night, including one of the setlist and Va$htie's opening DJ set, are in this post.
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
JAMC / Health / Primal Scream / Tamaryn @ Austin Psych Fest 5/9/2015
How could Primal Scream's Bobby Gilespie have not come out and assume his old role as Jesus & Mary Chain's drummer on at least one song from Psychocandy, the album he played on and that JAMC were doing in full at Levitation fest? Primal Scream played directly before the Mary Chain, it's not like he wasn't there. It's not like the drum parts on that album are difficult. It's not like everyone who realized the connection didn't think for sure it would happen. For that matter, how could Primal Scream play in Austin, the hometown of the 13th Floor Elevators, at a festival named after an Elevators' song and at which the Elevators were reforming the next night to play... and NOT do their fantastic version of 13th Floor Elevators' "Slip Inside This House"? I don't know, both shoulda, but didn't.
Apart from those very minor, somewhat nerdy grumbles, Day 2 of Levitation was about as perfect a day as you could hope for at a festival like this. No threats of rain, good vibes and some of the best performances of the weekend. The Jesus & Mary Chain have never been the most exciting band live, but their headlining set was better than I expected. They sounded great and even though I've listened to Psychocandy a zillion times over the years, I was still caught off guard by how many favorites there are on that record. Hopefully the tour will come East at some point.
The first half of Primal Scream suffered from bad sound (you could barely hear the guitars) as well as it being heavy on the band's "rock n' roll" songs. Personally, I can go the rest of my life without ever hearing "Rocks" or "Jailbird" again. But the set picked up when they started into their trippier material ("Kill All Hippies," "Higher Than the Sun," "Swastika Eyes") where bass was more of the point. Also, Bobby Gillespie remains the consummate frontman, rail-thin, and able to project rock n' roll attitude even when the music doesn't. Primal Scream will be in NYC next week for two shows.
Neither set was as good as the one that proceeded them: Thee Oh Sees' blistering, dual-drummer attack that had the main stage crowd fully amped. Before them on the main stage were sets from Seattle's Night Beats (standard garagey psych rock, but they do it well) and Costa Rica's Las Robertas who were funny and charming and one of the surprises of the weekend for me.
Other things I saw: Philadelphia's Creepoid do overdriven, pummeling shoegaze right; Ryley Walker's set at the Elevation Amphitheater, and his jazzy, jammy folk made for perfect sunset music; Bejiing's Chui Wan made off-kilter prog that was like a palette cleanser of the jean-jacket psych prevalent at Levitation (not that there's anything wrong with that); Israel's Vaadat Charagim spun hypnotizing guitar patterns; and LA band The Black Ryder are almost a perfect synthesis of Mazzy Star and Slowdive.
I missed Health's set entirely but caught the last few songs of Tamaryn's set after JAMC finished. Her new band, which includes Weekend's Shaun Durkan and Ice Choir's Kurt Feldman, helped bring her dreampop vision to life, with more emphasis on "pop" than previously. She's got a really good voice and doesn't need to hide behind reverb. I wish I'd caught more -- maybe I'll catch her again when she plays Brooklyn's Saint Vitus.
Pictures from Levitation day 1 are HERE and more of day 2 are below...
May 14, 2015
photos by P Squared Photography
A reunited band has to reclaim its mantle (although Faith No More has been touring internationally since 2009), and that's what it was doing at Webster Hall. In new songs and old ones, the band had its longtime brawn and precision. It also reiterated its old ploy of contrasting its own tumultuous songs with easy-listening standards like the Herb Alpert hit "This Guy's In Love With You," which reassured the audience, "We know each other very well." [NY Times]Faith No More, who we also caught earlier on tour in Chicago, kicked off their 2-night run at Webster Hall in NYC last night (5/13). They also appeared on Fallon that night. Pictures from the former and video from the latter are in this post.
Le Butcherettes opened at Webster, like they're doing all this tour and did again tonight/Thursday at Webster Hall. Refused open when Faith No More return to NY to headline MSG on 8/5. Tickets are still available for that show.
Faith No More are also playing Bumbershoot this year.
For more, check out the big feature Rolling Stone just did on the band.
More pictures from Webster Hall, including one of the setlist, and the Fallon videos, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Pianos Become the Teeth / Loma Prieta @ Saint Vitus - 5/13/15
Pianos Become the Teeth visited NYC last year on their short release week tour promoting their excellent third album Keep You, but it wasn't until this past April that they began their first extensive tour in support of the record. That tour brought them back through NYC last night (5/13) for a sold-out show at Saint Vitus. As you know by now if you follow the band, Keep You is their first album without screaming. But it's no less intense than their earlier work, as last night's wild and passionate crowd reinforced throughout the entire set. The show was mostly the new album, but Pianos did of course work in some older ones too.
Opening the show was atmospheric rock band Gates, who also opened their last NYC show, and the crushing boundary-pushing screamo band Loma Prieta. They haven't released a new album since 2012's great I.V. on Deathwish, but they've been trying out new material on this tour so hopefully that means one is on the way.
More pictures from their Saint Vitus show, below...
photos of Flaming Lips by Tim Griffin
Miley Cyrus @ T5 last night (via @rawkandroll) / The Flaming Lips @ Levitation Fest 2015
It's "upfronts" season, when TV networks parade out their new shows, and Adult Swim usually throws a crazy private party, which have been at Terminal 5 lately. (Outkast played it last year.) This year's party was Wednesday night (5/13) at T5 and Miley Cyrus was the night's guest, dressed in white tights, giant butterfly wings, and little else. In addition to her own songs, covers of Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue", Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover", Led Zeppelin's "Baby, I'm Gonna Leave You", and Khia's "My Neck, My Back" she brought out pals The Flaming Lips for two songs. The first was "Tiger Dreams," a song from their collaborative album they're making, and then they covered The Beatles' "A Day in the Life" which was Cyrus' contribution to the Lips' Sgt. Peppers tribute album. You can watch video of "Tiger Dreams" (via Billboard) below.
On Sunday, The Flaming Lips headlined the final day (5/10) of Austin's Levitation festival that had, just an hour earlier, hosted the first 13th Floor Elevators show since 1968. Their set focused heavily on The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and was, as usual, full of streamers, confetti cannons, giant balloons, etc etc etc. Pictures, including a few taken at the backstage Sailor Jerry tattoo trailer where Wayne and six friends got matching heart tattoos on their pinkie fingers, and the setlist from Levitation are below.
In other news, Miley continued her Backyard Sessions video series (which previously had her covering The Replacements with Joan Jett and Laura Jane Grace), this time taking on Crowded House's 1986 hit "Don't Dream It's Over" with Ariana Grande. You can watch that below too.