May 23, 2013
by Andrew Sacher
Scout Niblett - 'It's Up To Emma'
Grungy folk singer Scoutt Niblett released her new album, It's Up To Emma, this week via Drag City. It's her first album not produced by Steve Albini, but her ass-kicking PJ Harvey-esque songwriting is just as raw and powerful as ever. It's fitting for a record of this kind that the first single is opening track is simply titled "Gun." You can watch the video for that one, along with her no-bullshit cover of TLC's "No Scrubs" (which appears on the album!) and the tracklist below. That's the artwork above.
Scout will be supporting the new record with an international tour this year, which includes a run with Baltimore noise rockers/Drag City labelmates Dope Body. That run hits NYC at the mostly-metal Brooklyn DIY space Saint Vitus on September 13. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketfly for updates.
Dope Body will be in NYC even sooner to play 285 Kent on June 20. No advance tickets for that show at the moment either, and the rest of the lineup is still TBA. This past March, they released the Saturday EP via Drag City, and you can check out the video for its punishing opening track, "Leather Head," below.
All dates for both bands are listed, along with those videos, below...
Due to tonight's severe weather forecast, BRIC and Brooklyn Bridge Park announce that Celebrate Brooklyn!'s Old School Funk and Hip-Hop Dance Party featuring Zapp and D-Nice is moving to The Bell House (149 7th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Brooklyn). The performance will start at 8:00PM/doors at 7:00PM. Please note space is limited.Again, the relocated show at The Bell House is FREE but space is limited.
by Bill Pearis
UK resident James Mathé will soon be pulling double duty, both as a touring member of Jose Gonzalez's band Junip (who are starting a North American trek next week) and as an opener too, with his own project, Barbarossa. Having just signed to Memphis Industries, Mathé will release his second album as Barbarossa, Bloodlines, on August 5.
Where his first album, Chemical Campfires, was lovely acoustic folk, Mathé has reinvented Barbarossa for the new album which is much more electronic. "I loved the acoustic scene, but knew it was not all I was about, so I dug out all my old casiotone keyboards, drum machines and analogue synths and just started writing." If you like the more soulful, reflective side of Hot Chip, you should definitely check him out. You can watch the video for the album's first single, "The Load," below.
In celebration of the Junip tour -- which hits NYC on June 13 for a sold-out show at Highline Ballroom with Quadron -- Barbarossa has covered Junip's "Line of Fire" which definitely takes the song in a more low-key direction, but no less lovely. We've got the premiere of that and you can stream it below.
If you didn't get tickets to the Highline show but are still interested in catching Barbarossa, he'll return to NYC for shows at Mercury Lounge on June 20 with Pacific Air and Littlefield on June 21 with M.A.K.U. Soundsystem and Helado Negro. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge and Littlefield shows are on sale now.
All Barbarossa dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Laurel Halo at Glasslands - 5/7/13 (via Impose)
Earlier this month (5/7), Brooklyn venue Glasslands hosted a great multi-genre bill as part of the Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency with sets from rappers Mykki Blanco and Le1f, arty electronic music from Laurel Halo, Crazy Bitch In A Cave, and Papercutz, and DJ sets from Venus X and Spank DJs. Did you go to that show? If so, how was it?
Red Bull Music Academy just posted a video of Mykki Blanco performing "Feeling Special" and Le1f performing "Wut" to their Youtube channel, and you can watch both videos below. You can also stream Venus X's set over at RBMA Radio.
"Feeling Special" appears on Mykki Blanco's new EP, Betty Rubble: The Initiation, which came out this week (5/21) via UNO. If you liked Mykki's debut mixtape, Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss, you'll likely be a fan of the new EP too. You can stream it in full at Pitchfork and listen to two of its tracks below.
Le1f also recently made a video for "Spa Day" off his Fly Zone mixtape. That video, and all other streams and videos below...
Afrika Bambaataa / oOoOO
today in NYC
* Andy Statman @ Barbes
* Song of Zebulon @ Barbes
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Neon Legion @ Mercury Lounge
* 'Rock n' Roll High School' @ Videology
* A Hawk and a Hacksaw @ Lincoln Center
* Eat Skull, Modra, The Abandos @ The Flat
* Zapp Band, D-Nice @ Brooklyn Bridge Park
* oOoOO, Selebrities, Dark Sister @ Glasslands
* Buckcherry, Heaven's Basement @ Irving Plaza
* Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers @ Beacon Theater
* Marcel Dettmann, Steffi, Anthony Parasole @ Output
* pacificUV, Lazyeyes, Ski Lodge, Coastgaard @ Pianos
* Hikashu, Libel, The Suzan, Racing Heart @ Muchmore's
* Wayne Horvitz and Sweeter Than The Day @ The Stone
* Friend Roulette, EULA, Matty Fasano @ Mercury Lounge
* Malaikat dan Singa, Dan Higgs, PC Worship @ Cake Shop
* Desert Stars, Howth, Carroll, Pinegrove @ Cameo Gallery
* Natural Child, Liquor Store, Daddy Long Legs @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Yarn/Wire, Peter Evans, Tyondai Braxton @ Issue Project Room
* Total Control, Raspberry Bulbs, Crazy Spirit, Survival @ 285 Kent
* Sarah Jarosz, Chris Trapper, Trumpeter Swan @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Terveet Kadet, Iron Lung, Massgrav, Wake, Lotus Fucker @ Saint Vitus Bar
* The Mohawk Lodge, Life Size Maps, Bennio Qwerty, Slothbear @ Big Snow
* Beware of Darkness, Peanut Butter Lovesicle @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Wayne Horvitz and the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble @ The Stone
* Dead Confederate, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Bugs in the Dark @ Knitting Factory
* Diamond Terrifier, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Kirin J Calinan @ Silent Barn
* Chris Gethard, Shellshag, Little Seizures, Ape Hangers, GDP @ Death By Audio
* Caroline Smith & The Goodnight Sleeps, Xenia Rubinos, Cold Blood Club @ Union Pool
* ISM, The Minor Cuts, Up For Nothing, The New Scum, The Broken Spines @ The Paper Box
* Sky White Tiger, My Pet Dragon, My Midnight Heart, Herra Terra, Behaviors @ Bowery Electric
* United States of Bass w/ Big Freedia, Drop the Lime, DJ Spinn, DJ Rashad, Salva, JWOW, Egyptian Lover, Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Assault @ Santos Party House
* Norah Jones, Patrick Carney (of The Black Keys), Jason Isbell, Butch Walker & The Black Widows, Cory Chisel, Delta Spirit, Johnny T, Adam Green @ Bowery Ballroom
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Warm Up 2012 (more by Leia Jospe)
The annual Warm Up summer concert series is returning to MoMA PS1 this year every Saturday from June 29 through September 7. As usual, they've booked an excellent lineup of forward-thinking electronic music, hip hop, and other related genres.
Artists playing this year include Majical Cloudz (who just played NYC and will play Northside), XXYYXX, Ryan Hemsworth, Liars (live), Kode9, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Caribou (DJ), Empress Of, J. Cole, World's Fair, IO Echo (live), Julio Bashmore, Ben UFO, Gobby, Kelela, Juan Atkins, A Guy Called Gerald, Pional, Kim Ann Foxman, Jon Hopkins, King Britt and tons of other names.
Advance tickets for each day will go on sale Wednesday, June 5 at noon via MoMAPS1.org. Full 2013 schedule below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Black Hippy - "U.O.E.N.O" Remix (MP3)
When we first realized Rhye wasn't as mysterious as we thought, it was brought into the public consciousness that one half of the duo was Mike Milosh (better known as just Milosh) and Robin Hannibal, who is also one half of the duo Quadron with Coco O. Quadron is set to release a new album, Avalanche, on June 4 via Vested in Culture/Epic, and in very exciting news, the first single, "Better Off," features a verse from Kendrick Lamar. Pitchfork mentions that Robin and Coco were also in a group called Boom Clap Bachelors, whose song "Tiden Flyver" is prominently sampled in Kendrick's "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe." Check out "Better Off" below, along with the album tracklist. That's the artwork above.
Quadron also have some tour dates coming up around the time of the album's release. They'll be a support act for some of the dates on Jose Gonzalez's group Junip's previously discussed tour, including the NYC date happening on June 13 at Highline Ballroom. Barbarossa is on that show too, which is sold out.
As discussed, Kendrick Lamar will also be in the NYC-area for Summer Jam, Governors Ball, and Rock the Bells. Kendrick and the rest of the Black Hippy crew (Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock) just remixed Rocko's "U.O.E.N.O," which you can download above and stream below.
All Quadron dates are listed, along with the song streams and album artwork, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Disclosure at MHOW in March (more by Jason Bergman)
Fresh off of working on the killer new Daft Punk album, disco legend/Chic founder Nile Rodgers revealed at the International Music Summit that they aren't the only modern electronic musicians that he's working with. FACT reports that he'll be working with hot new UK garage duo Disclosure, in addition to... big EDM names Avicii (who's also working with another RAM collaborator/disco legend Giorgio Moroder) and David Guetta. Nile also mentioned collaborations with Chase & Status and Etienne Daho.
As mentioned, Disclosure are set to release their much-anticipated debut album, Settle, on June 3 via PMR. Its most recently released single, "You & Me" (which features vocals from Eliza Doolittle), was just given remix treatment by Baauer, who is no stranger to Disclosure's material. You can stream that remix below along with the video for the original track. Settle is now available for pre-order on iTunes for the reduced price of $6.99.
As mentioned, Disclosure will be bringing their tour to NYC for a co-headlining Summerstage show in August with another exciting new dance duo TNGHT and support from Julio Bashmore. Tickets for that show are still available.
UPDATE: Disclosure just put out a new track from their album, "When A Fire Starts To Burn," which you can stream below.
Remix stream and music video below...
Washed Out has announced details of his new album which is titled Paracosm and will be out August 13 via Sub Pop. "Paracosm," by the way, is a prolonged fantasy world that often has definite geography and language and history. While it's not a concept album, the idea of escape is central to the new LP. No full tracks have been released yet, but you can hear a bit in the official album trailer which you can watch below.
Washed out have a few shows lined up around the album's release, including the FYF Fest in Los Angeles. No dates on the East Coast yet, but all are listed below.
DOWNLOAD: Juyen Sebulba - "Superjam" (MP3)
Matt & Kim at GoogaMooga 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As mentioned, the Mad Decent Block Parties are returning in 2013, including one in Brooklyn on August 10 at Williamsburg Park. Since we last spoke, Matt & Kim (who just played GoogaMooga) have been added to the Brooklyn party, joining a previously announced lineup of Major Lazer, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, 3Ball MTY, Rockie Fresh, Kito & Reija Lee, Destructo, and DJ Sliink. Tickets for the Brooklyn party are still available.
Also on that Dallas stop is local producer Juyen Sebulba, who just dropped the new single "Superjam," which you can download for free above or stream below, along with the updated Mad Decent Block Party lineups.