July 22, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
It's been three years since SBTRKT released his excellent debut album -- though he's put out things like an instrumental EP and a live album in that time -- and he's now finally announced its followup, Wonder Where We Land. He also shared the new song "New Dorp, New York," which features Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig on lead vocals. It's a pretty wacky cut that's a step sideways from his debut LP and not very Vampire Weekend-like either. It just premiered on BBC Radio 1, and you can listen to Details of My Life's radio rip (via Pitchfork) below. LP teaser video below too.
RL Grime at Coachella 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
RL Grime has a handful of impressive EPs, remixes and more under his belt, and he's now finally set to release his debut full length this year via WeDidIt (more details TBA). He recently put out its first single "Core," which you can watch the video of (dir. David Rudnick & Daniel Swan) below.
RL Grime also announced a tour, dubbed the Void Tour, which brings him to NYC for his largest headlining show here yet on December 19 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/25) at noon with a presale starting Wednesday (7/23).
All dates are listed, with the "Core" video, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Germany's Empyrium released The Turn of the Tides today (7/22) via Prophecy Productions and it's their first in 12 years. The album's single, "Dead Winter Days" (previously released as a single in 2013 from the band's live album Into the Pantheon) is streaming below. You can also stream the whole thing via Rdio.
The sad Dracula/Phantom of the Opera/chanting monks vocals might throw a few listeners at first, but stick with it and "Dead Winter Days" moves from what could loosely be described as operatic folk into majestic territory. It's a blend of neo-folk, neoclassical and epic black metal that isn't too far from a world where Dead Can Dance and Summoning coexist side by side.
For a reference point, Empyrium performed with Alcest's Neige and Les Discrets Fursy Tessier as part of a live lineup for their first ever concert in 2011, this despite having existed as a duo (with various collaborators) since 1994.
Stream "Dead Winter Days" below...
Sufjan Stevens surprised some people when he went electronic on 2010's The Age of Adz, and though it was the first time he made a record like that, it wasn't the first time he made an electronic album. 2001's synth experiment Enjoy Your Rabbit got a vinyl release for its first time ever this year via Asthmatic Kitty, and one of its tracks, "Year of the Tiger," also got a video for the first time (dir. Geoffrey Hoskinson). You can watch that below.
Enjoy Your Rabbit was also reworked as an orchestral album in 2009 by the Osso String Quartet, and was released under the name Run Rabbit Run with arrangements from Nico Muhly, Rob Moose, Gabriel Kahane, Michael Atkinson and more. TONIGHT (7/22) in Central Park, Michael Atkinson's New York orchestra The Knights will be performing the US premiere of a suite from Run Rabbit Run as part of the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts series in between performances of Bela Bartok and Igor Stravinsky. It beings at 7:30 PM, is free, and entry is first come, first served. More info here.
We're not sure exactly how early you need to get on line to get a seat for the show tonight, but we know at least it's not as hard as getting one of the tickets for Shakespeare in the Park which saw many getting to Central Park before dawn this morning. "King Lear," starring John Lithgow and Annette Bening, begins tonight.
Watch that Sufjan video below...
This story would have been funnier if it was a 'black flag', but punk and hardcore fans should nonetheless be amused by the eyewitness interviewed towards the end of this ABC report. Check out the news video below...
EMA at Rough Trade in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As discussed, EMA is one of the openers on the upcoming Spoon tour, though she doesn't open their NYC date happening 9/10 at Central Park Summerstage (it's also not with Hamilton Leithauser who opens many of their dates, and does play Central Park with Broken Bells). She will, however, play her own NYC show after that tour at Bowery Ballroom on October 5. Montreal's Doldrums are on that show too, making for an excellent double bill. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/25) at noon.
Spoon, who put out two videos from their new album yesterday (7/21), also recently expanded their tour. An updated list of their dates is below. Still no opener announced for Central Park though.
The Deli NYC Issue #39 (10th Anniversary)
UPDATE: The McKibbin Loft vacate notices mentioned below have now caused The Deli 10th Anniversary party to move to Brooklyn Fireproof. Details TBA.
The Deli Mag has been chronicling the local scene (in NYC and other cities) and talking recording gear for 10 years, and they're celebrating a decade in print with a few parties. with Higher Animals, EULA, Melody Joy, Deathrow Tull, The Pluto Moons, Paxico Records, Joya Bravo, and Rue Brown, with a special Brooklyn Wildlife set featuring Ohene Cornelius, Johnny Voltik, Tyquan Sounds, Stonehenge Parnhashnakovsky and more. Also playing, legendary junglist DJ Soul Slinger, plus a BBQ, tattoo artists and more. The party starts at 4 PM and the flyer is below. As mentioned above, this was originally supposed to be at McKibbin Lofts but is now happening at Brooklyn Fireproof. Stay tuned for details.
Then next weekend The Deli will take over Brooklyn Night Bazaar. The Friday, August 1 show is with Drowners, Spires, Mainland, The Can't Tells, and Little Racer. The Saturday, August 2 show is with Diane Birch, Secret Someones, 5J Barrow, The Prettiots and Poor Remy. Those shows, like most at BK Bazaar, are free and open to the public. You can also RSVP to skip the line.
And in related news, Gothamist reports that a few of the tenants living in McKibbin Lofts basement spaces have been ordered to vacate with a notice saying "the Department of Buildings has determined that conditions in this premises are immediately perilous to life." Lit Lounge is due to open its Bushwick location in McKibbin this fall.
Deli party flyer below...
words by Andrew Sacher, photos by Chris La Putt
Nude Beach at 4Knots earlier this month
We mentioned not long ago that local power popsters Nude Beach signed to Don Giovanni, and the band have now announced that the label will release their new album, 77 (which may or may not be a reference to the year many of their influences were released), on October 21. Its first single is the track "I Can't Keep The Tears From Falling" and if you liked their last album, or power pop from 1977, you'll likely dig this too. Check it out below.
No upcoming dates at the moment, but they did play their hometown earlier this month at the 4Knots Festival. We already posted one set of pictures from that festival, and there's another set of Nude Beach in this post. More, with the new song stream, below...
Kimbra at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Kimbra quickly escalated from only being known (in the US) as the other singer on that Gotye song to someone who could headline some pretty large rooms. She's now set to release her first album since that newfound success, The Golden Echo, on August 19 via Warner Brothers. The album was produced by Rich Costey (The Shins, TV on the Radio) and features contributions from The Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth and others. It's already spawned four diverse singles, which you can listen to below.
Kimbra will support the new record on a tour with NYC art pop singer Empress Of that hits Empress Of's hometown on November 6 at Bowery Ballroom, a smaller place than Kimbra's last headlining show here. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/25) at noon.
All dates are listed, with those song streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
Tom Vek released his third album, Luck, last month via Moshi Moshi. His style -- jittery, syncopated, danceable postpunk -- is as distinctive as his voice, and he doesn't futz with the formula too much here. That's not a bad thing. You can stream the album via Rdio and check out a few tracks, remixes and videos from Luck below.
Tom will be in NYC in October, playing Baby's All Right on 10/20 and Mercury Lounge on 10/21. Tickets for Baby's and Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday (7/25) at noon with an AmEx presale for Mercury Lounge starting Wednesday (7/23) at noon.
Both of those shows happen the same week as this year's CMJ Fest (Oct. 21 - 25). The Baby's show is before CMJ starts and its unclear whether the Merc show is an official showcase. But expect more Tom Vek shows that week to be announced as we get closer to the fest.
Videos, streams and remixes below...