Entries tagged with: 4AD
Experimental electronic musician Holly Herndon has announced that she's signed to 4AD for the followup to 2012's Movement (released on RVNG Intl), making her labelmates with Grimes, The National, Deerhunter and more. The new album's called Platform, and will be available via both 4AD and RVNG on May 19. You can check out the video for new single "Interference" (dir. Metahaven) below. It also features previous singles "Chorus" and "Home," and the videos for those are below as well.
Holly also announced a tour which hits NYC on June 4 at The Wick for Pitchfork and Blackened Music's ongoing 'Tinnitus' series. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/13) at 10 AM. The next 'Tinnitus' show happens this month with Untold and Egyptrixx.
All dates are listed, with the videos and album tracklist, below...
Peter Ulrich played drums and percussion in the early years of Dead Can Dance, and is on many of their 4AD albums, including 1984's self-titled debut and 1987's Within the Realm of a Dying Sun. He also contributed "At First, and Then" to This Mortal Coil's Filagree & Shadow and played on Wolfgang Press albums as well. He's released a number of solo albums, too, which don't stray too far from the gothy, orchestral folk of Dead Can Dance. Those include 1999's Pathways and Dawns which was produced by DCD's Brendan Perry, and 2013's The Painted Caravan, the first in a planned trilogy. In May, Ulrich will release Tempus Fugitives, which is the second in the "Painted Caravan" trilogy. Check out the single "Dark Daddy," which features harpist Erin Hill (who has played on records by Enya, Kanye, Moby and more), below.
His band, The Peter Ulrich Collaboration, will play their first-ever live show at Webster Hall's Marlin Room on June 20 with Erin Hill and French & the Punk. Ulrich also promises "VERY special guests" at the show. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/30) at 10 AM.
In a posting on their website titled, "THE LAST CONCERT - ONE FINAL SHOW TO CELEBRATE THEM ALL," Efterklang write:
February 26th 2014 we will play one last concert in Sønderborg, Denmark, where we grew up.Efterklang last toured North America in 2013.
It will be the last concert with Efterklang as you and we know it. We are not sure what happens after this concert. It is time to reflect and time to move forward. We want to fundamentally change what it means to be Efterklang and how we operate, create and perform.
So come say goodbye with us!
We are celebrating a decade of Efterklang releases and concerts and we are doing it in the most decadent way.
The local symphony Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester, conductor Hans Ek and the local girls choir will join us on stage and so will a long list of special guests including Thomas Husmer and Rune Mølgaard from the original 5 piece line-up of Efterklang.
The last concert will feature highlights from all our 4 albums as well as new songs, that in fact are almost 10 year old songs we've never released, but whom we care for very much. This will be the only chance to hear these songs live.
We are not taking this concert on tour and we plan on making this a very special night. An exploration, a rite of passage, a strange celebration. You are hereby invited.
by Andrew Sacher
Merchandise at NXNE 2013 (more by David Andrako)
When Merchandise first caught our ears with their Children of Desire album, it sounded like something more fit for 4AD's goth era than the punk label Katorga Works that released it, so it's exciting to hear that the band have now signed with the actual 4AD (which, in addition to those goth classics, is home to big names like The National, Grimes and Deerhunter). That makes them the second band (after Future Islands) to announce a 4AD signing the past week. Congrats guys!
Their first release for the label will be a one-sided 12" with their 14-minute long track, "Begging For Your Life / In the City Light," which first appeared on their recent split tour cassette with Chelsea Light Moving. The single comes out digitally on Wednesday (1/15), will be out on vinyl on February 25 in the US, and it will be followed by a new full length for 4AD at some point.
Merchandise's only upcoming date that we're currently aware of is Festival Nrmal.
You can listen to a four-and-a-half minute edit of the new song below...
by Bill Pearis
I've been reading a lot of music books of late, spurred on by travel, TV shows being on hiatus and my realization that there were some cool new books out. It kicked off with Morrissey's Autobiography and has kept going (with much better books, to be honest). So it seemed like a good opportunity to round up some of the year's more notable releases, including books about Everything But the Girl, Johnny Cash, 4AD Records, The KLF, and one that attempts to take in the entirety of the modern pop era. Check out the list below...
by Andrew Sacher
SOHN (photo by Matthias Rhomberg)
Vienna-via-London producer/vocalist SOHN already has two EPs under his belt -- 2012's The Wheel and this year's Bloodflows -- and he's now set to release his debut full length on 4AD (Grimes, Deerhunter, The National) in early 2014. SOHN is also known for his remixes, including one of Rhye, whose sound isn't too far removed from his own. He's just released a new single, "Lessons," which may or may not appear on that full length length, and that can be streamed below.
SOHN is also set to tour North America this year, and he'll be stopping in NYC on November 24 at Mercury Lounge and November 25 at Glasslands, both of which are being opened by Brooklyn art pop musician Empress Of. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now, and tickets for Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday (9/13) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Indians, the moniker of Copenhagen's Søren Løkke Juul, has dropped a few impressive singles this year, including "Magic Kids," "New," and "I Am Haunted", and has visited our shores a few times as well. Now he's announced that he's signed to 4AD, making him labelmates with Deerhunter, St. Vincent, Grimes, and many others.
In honor of the signing, Indians recorded a 4AD sessions video, where Søren can be seen on a beach with two bandmates performing those three tunes mentioned above. You can watch that video below. If you've yet to check out Indians, it's rooted in bedroom dream pop, but seeing him perform in the wide open setting of a beach quickly proves that he won't be satisfied staying confined to small spaces.
As mentioned, Indians will be back in North America for a tour with Other Lives, which brings the two bands to NYC on November 28 at Bowery Ballroom and November 29 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both of those shows are still available.
A list of all dates and the 4AD sessions video are below.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Le1f - Dark York (ZIP)
Vancouver's Blood Diamonds (aka Michael Diamond aka Mike Tucker), who we profiled when he came to NYC for a Glasslands show in August of last year, will return to the Brooklyn venue almost exactly a year later for a show on August 3. The show is with NYC rapper Le1f. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Blood Diamonds has since signed to 4AD, who will release his Phone Sex 12" on July 24. You can stream the title track from that maxi single, which features Grimes, below. It differs from his earlier tropi-pop singles and is dominated heavily by Grimes' vocals, but it's a great listen and the new 12" is one to look forward to.
Le1f (aka Khalif Diouf), who is also on the Glasslands show, released the Dark York mixtape earlier this year on Das Racist's Greedhead label. Le1f identifies on facebook as "GAYNGSTA RAP" and was featured in a recent Pitchfork article, "We Invented Swag: NYC's Queer Rap," so Le1f is definitely joining the increasing number of openly gay rappers, but as he points out in the Pitchfork article, he doesn't want to "make gay NYC rap 'a thing.'" He continued saying, "The whole 'room for one' mentality is homophobic... if the world is ready for a gay rapper, then they're ready for multiple gay rappers. If we were straight, no one would be comparing us."
Le1f's Dark York mixtape features a number of solid producers, namely Nguzunguzu (whose new Warm Pulse EP is out this week) and Morri$, and also includes a handful of tracks that Le1f produced himself. Thanks to those producers, the mixtape is mostly made up of dark, murky beats and Le1f sounds like the Danny Brown from hell with a far more subdued delivery than Danny's rambunctious shout, but one that's equally swagged out. You can download the entire EP for free above or stream it below.
Le1f will also play Warm Up at MoMA PS1 this summer on July 21 with Matthew Dear (DJ), Sepalcure MikeQ (who plays a RINSED party tonight (7/6) at the loft at 70 North 6th St. [above Public Assembly]), and JDH & Dave P. Tickets for that show are available.
Warm Up begins this weekend (7/7) with sets from Todd Terry, Light Asylum, Nguzunguzu, Trust, and Arca ft. HBA (tickets). Ahead of this week's show, Arca made a FADER/MoMA PS1 mix which you can stream below.
Song streams are below.
Denmark's Efterklang will release their new album Piramida on September 24 via 4AD. Here's a little about it from the band:
Our new album started out in quite unusual fashion. In August 2011 we (Mads, Casper & Rasmus) travelled to Spitsbergen in the arctic. Our destination was the abandoned Russian settlement Piramida. It was left overnight in 1998 and today stands as a ghost town still full of relics from its past including the world northernmost grand piano. We spent 9 days in this ruin just a 1000 km from the North Pole and we collected over a 1000 recordings which we afterwards have used in different ways in the making of our new albumEfterklang made a video of collecting some of those recordings and you can watch it at the bottom of this post. The band performed Piramida at their first-ever Australian show last month at the famed Sydney Opera House with Siouxsie & the Banshees' Budgie on drums, backed by the Sydney Symphony and footage of that is below as well.
With the success of the Sydney show, Efterklang will perform as an augmented six-piece including Budgie. In the UK, orchestra Northern Sinfonia will join the band as well. No tour of North America has been announced yet, but one is promised for 2013. Meanwhile Efterklang will visit NYC to play The Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 22 with the Wordless Music Orchestra and guest conductor Matthew Coorey, with arrangements by Missy Mazzoli (Kronos Quartet, Victoire), Karsten Fundal (Under Byen, Oh Land), and Daníel Bjarnason (Sigur Rós, Múm). Tickets ($25) are on sale now.
Artwork for Piramida is below, along with those videos and a list of all current Efterklang tour dates.
by Andrew Sacher
SpaceGhostPurrp at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Miami rapper/producer SpaceGhostPurrp, who played our hip hop stage at Hotel Vegan this past SXSW, is set to releases his debut commercial album, Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp, on his new label, 4AD, a label otherwise best known for their post-punk/goth/dream pop/etc output. You can grab a new track from the album, "No Evidence," via a widget below, and check out the new video for "The Black God." The album artwork and tracklist are also below.
SpaceGhostPurrp will be making a few appearances in NYC this week before heading overseas for his first European tour later this month. The NYC dates include the Rustie-headlined Shortcuts party at Santos on Tuesday (5/15) and The Standard Hotel on Wednesday (5/16). Tickets for the Santos show with Rustie are still available.
There was also an SOB's show announced in some places, but that show is probably not happening. The Santos show will be the second time SpaceGhostPurrp played a "Shortcuts" party.
SpaceGhostPurrp & Fat Tony at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Nevona)
Speaking of rappers who played BV-SXSW, Fat Tony (who is pictured with Purrp above) will be in NYC for a show at Glasslands on June 11 with Tom Cruz, Juiceboxxx, Ratking, Old Money, and Mess Kid (DJ). Tickets are on sale now. Meanwhile Tony has a couple of Texas show scheduled.
UPDATE: Fat Tony also plays a Shortcuts party at Santos on June 14 with Fat Trel, Mess Kid (DJ), and Farrington G (DJ). Tickets are on sale.
All dates, video, stream, album art and tracklist below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Purity Ring - "Obedear" (MP3)
Purity Ring, who are now Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 approved, announced their signing to 4AD earlier this month, and that their debut LP will be out on July 24. They've since announced that the album will be called Shrines, revealed the cover art (above), tracklist (below) and the first new song from the album, "Obedear," which you can download above or stream below. The album also includes their three previously released songs, "Belispeak," "Ungirthed," and "Lofticries."
You can pre-order the album as LP/CD at the 4AD webstore. "The first 200 customers who order will receive a limited edition individualized instant photo shot on impossible film taken by the band. LPs will come on limited color vinyl and include a download code."
Purity Ring have a few festival appearances coming up, including Sasquatch!, NXNE, and Pitchfork Fest. They'll also tour with Dirty Projectors surrounding both bands appearances at P4K Fest. As mentioned, that tour includes a NYC show on July 10 at Prospect Park with Wye Oak. Tickets are still available.
Updated dates and stream below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Purity Ring @ Public Assembly - BV-CMJ 2011
The show will be a mini celebration of what appears to be a signing to 4AD (and Last Gang) for an album that will be released 7/24/2012.
Purity Ring, who were just added to Pitchfork Fest (which their now-labelmate Grimes is also playing), also have a few other shows scheduled (though not sure at the moment if one of them is with Dirty Projectors at Prospect Park). All dates and a new set of pictures from Purity Ring's BrooklynVegan-CMJ set at Public Assembly, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Grimes at FFF Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin
Avant popper Grimes (aka Claire Boucher) has revealed that she's signed to 4AD, who will release her upcoming album, Visions, which was originally set to be released on January 31 via Arbutus. 4AD will release the record on February 21 in North America and March 12 everywhere else. As she points out on twitter, the album will still be released on Arbutus in Canada, "which is a label [her friends and her] run out of Montreal." She also mentioned that she's honoured to work with 4AD, who she said is "a record label I have admired since I was 13 and first heard the cocteau twins and realized girls can make music, and goth is sick."
So far, two tracks have been revealed off of Visions, which is shaping up to be one of the most promising albums of 2012 so far. Those tracks, "Genesis" and "Oblivion" can be downloaded above and streamed below. They both show Claire Boucher refusing to decide between pop radio stardom and weirdo synth labs, and the result is something that's pretty hard to stay away from.
Grimes will be heading out on a tour in the upcoming months, most of which is with fellow pop destroyers Born Gold. That tour brings them to NYC on March 23 at Mercury Lounge and March 24 at Glasslands. Tickets for the Mercury show and the Glasslands show are still available. Updated dates are listed below.
Speaking of daring female artists and Beggars Group labels, Azealia Banks, who if you haven't heard yet, placed #3 on BBC's 'Sound of 2012', is NME's coolest person of 2011, is getting tons of love from Pitchfork, and also has two of the most last-minute killer 2011 tracks with "212" and "Liquorice" (in addition to some other solid cuts floating around like 2012's Scissor Sisters collaboration "Shady Love"), spoke to Self-Titled about her feelings on her former label, XL Recordings. The Daily Swarm points us in the direction of the following quote:
"As soon as I started putting out tracks I was getting attention. Diplo kept talking about me, and that's when XL hit me up. They flew me out to London, and the original idea was to have me work with Richard Russell, and I got signed to this development deal. Richard was cool, but as soon as I didn't want to use his beats, it got real sour. He wound up calling me "amateur" and shit, and the XL interns started talking shit about me. It just got real fucking funny. I was like, "I didn't come here for a date. I came here to cut some fucking records." I got turned off on the music industry and disappeared for a bit. I went into a bit of a depression."Meanwhile, she's currently working on her debut with Paul Epworth, who has also worked with Florence and the Machine and Adele. She also revealed via Twitter that she's the first confirmed artist to play Coachella, which as mentioned is taking place over the course of two weekends this year (Apr. 13-15 and Apr. 20-22). So much for that fake lineup. Check out the video for "212" and the video for "Liquorice" below.
All dates, videos, and streams below...
by Andrew Sacher
LA electronic duo Inc. (formerly Teen Inc.) released their debut EP 3 this past July via 4AD. The duo is made up of brothers Andrew and Daniel Aged, who, according to 4AD, "spent several years playing, recording and touring with Elton John, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Cee-Lo, amongst others" before forming Inc. On their EP, the brothers have crafted three tracks of downtempo R&B indebted to the LA beat scene with soulful reverb-coated falsettos. You can stream the entire EP below and grab two of its tracks above.
Inc. will play NYC on September 9 at Santos Party House with SFV Acid, Mykki Blanco, and Physical Therapy (DJ) and Brooklyn the next day at The Morgan (9/10). Tickets are on sale now for the Santos show. More details will probably emerge on the Morgan show after the RockYard show this Saturday (9/3) with Pictureplane, White Hills, The Psychic Paramount, Wise Blood, and Realness. According to Inc.'s site, more shows TBD.
Physical Therapy also DJs Warm Up on September 10 as the make up date for last Saturday's cancellation with Tanlines and Teengirl Fantasy.
All dates, a flier, and EP stream below...
Sampha & Jessie Ware
SBTRKT released his debut and self-titled LP this week (6/28) in the US and a day earlier (6/27) in the UK. We've talked about the Little Dragon-featuring single "Wildfire" with vocals from Yukimi, but she isn't the only person contributing vocals to the album, far from it. Roses Gabor contributes vocals to the song "Pharoahs" and most of the album's vocals are performed by SBTRKT's Young Turks labelmates Jessie Ware and Sampha, who often collaborate with each other.
Jessie Ware and Sampha recorded the track "Valentine" together for Valentine's Day which they included on a Valentine's Day mixtape that they made for Fader. Check out the music video for that song, along with a live video of Jessie Ware and Sampha performing the song, and another of them performing a cover of Bobby Caldwell's "What you Won't Do for Love", below.
Jessie Ware also recently contributed vocals to another UK dubstep producer, Joker, for the single "The Vision," which was Joker's first release on 4AD. Listen below.
SBTRKT heads to North America soon for three NY dates, and for a just-added one in Toronto. Most interesting about the Canada date is that it advertises Sampha on the bill. Hopefully that means Sampha is also the "guest vocalist" appearing at PS1 on July 9th (one day later) too.
All SBTRKT and Joker tour dates, videos, songs and the SBTRKT tracklist with vocalists listed, below...
crowd @ Warm Up 2010 (more by Zach Dilgard)
The full schedule for MoMa's 20l1 'Warm Up' season at PS1 has since been announced. The dance parties happen at the Long Island City location every Saturday from July 2 through September 3 from 2 PM to 9 PM. Admission is $15 and includes access to all exhibitions and 'Warm Up.' Check out the full lineup below.
Other days feature Delicate Steve, Odd Future DJ Syd tha Kyd, Black Dice, Juan Maclean, Blood Orange, Solange, Grimes, Tanlines, Sun Araw and many other DJs, producers and and bands. Das Racist, Simian Mobile Disco, Ford & Lopatin, Gang Gang Dance and a few other groups are performing DJ sets.
More info and the full schedule below...
St. Vincent being Big Black @ Bowery (more by Amanda Hatfield)
St. Vincent will release 'Strange Mercy' on on 9/13, her new album for 4AD who say: "The record's 11 new tracks showcase Clark's gift for fusing the cerebral and the visceral, her melodically elegant arrangements packing hefty emotional punches. Clark reunited with producer John Congleton and recorded the album in her hometown of Dallas, TX at Elmwood Studios."
"Other musicians on the album include the Grammy Award winning Bobby Sparks on mini Moog, clavinet, Arp and Wurlitzer, Midlake's MacKenzie Smith on drums, and Daniel Hart on violin. Also contributing were Beck keyboardist and musical director Brian LeBarton, Evan Smith on woodwinds and Phil Palazzolo."
Annie Clark is also working with David Byrne on stuff. Asphalt Orchestra will perform some of it at this year's Bang on a Can Orchestra. David Byrne is also working with other people on stuff.
Check out another video of St. Vincent covering Big Black at Bowery Ballroom on 5/22, below...
Brendan Perry / Robin Guthrie
Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard [not pictured above] are set to commence work on a new album later this year. To coincide with the albums release in 2012, Dead Can Dance will embark upon an extensive two month world tour including dates in Asia, Australasia and South America......No U.S. so far, but more imminently, you can catch Brendan Perry (of Dead Can Dance) & Robin Guthrie (ex-Cocteau Twins) on the road in the tail end of May during a string of North American dates, hitting both coasts and Chicago during a two-week+ jaunt. Those dates include May 31st at Irving Plaza, and tickets are on sale. All dates are listed below.
The shows mark Perry's first U.S. appearances since playing with Dead Can Dance in 2005, and Guthrie's first US outing since a 2009 showing at ATP New York (where he ruled). Both are welcoming a new LP. Perry's new album Ark is due via The End on May 24th, and Guthrie's new LP Emeralds is due on May 12th via Darla.
All tour dates and some video is below.
DOWNLOAD: Broken Records - "A Darkness Rises Up" (MP3)
After a stint with Freelance Whales in the UK, Scottish band Broken Records will hop on a plane for their first US tour in late February 2011, hitting ten major cities including NYC twice. Look for the 4AD-signed band at Rock Shop on 2/22 (no tickets yet) and Mercury Lounge on 2/23 (tickets go on AMEX presale 12/8 at noon, and regular sale 12/10 at noon).
If you hit the merch table, you'll probably find a copy of the band's new album Let Me Come Home, which is due on 1/11/11 via 4AD. The LP features "A Darkness Rises Up", available for download above, and streaming below with the video for the same song.
Broken Records also recently recorded an in-studio session for 4AD, logging six songs including "You Know You're Not Dead" which you can watch below. Check out the rest at 4AD's site.
All tour dates and above-mentioned stuff, below...
For those unfamiliar with [Stornoway's] work, the band features multiinstrumentalists Brian Briggs and Jon Ouin who founded the band when they met while studying at Oxford University, before Oliver Steadman, and his kid brother, Robert, joined them. They are often accompanied by trumpeter (and doctor! [of ornithology]) Adam Briggs and violinist Rahul Satija, and their star has gradually risen over the past year. Having formed 4 1/2 years ago, their innocent, countrified sounds, which recall bands like Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, and London contemporaries Mumford & Sons, have acoustic guitars, banjos and rich harmonies.As it says above, the band Stornoway are from Oxford, not the Scottish town from which they take their name. Read more about them at the Guardian.
It's a sound that's totally at odds with the mainstream music scene which Steadman describes as "fake", citing acts like Kesha and modern hip-hop and R n B for lacking heart. Their music has won them recognition, though, making the influential BBC Sound of 2010 poll, getting them signed to 4AD, and winning an appearance on Jools Holland. [Skiddle]
The band's debut, Beachcomber's Windowsill, is already out on 4AD in the UK and will be out in the States on August 10th. They'll be in the US for just two shows, both in NYC, on July 7th and 8th. The first will be at Union Hall (tickets) and the second at Mercury Lounge (tickets).
Album info and art, videos of the band on Jools Holland and of their song "Zorbing," and all tour dates (quite a bit around the UK) are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Round and Round (MP3)
With "Round and Round," the track above, you get just over 5 minutes of taut, hazy disco-flavored pop from the forthcoming disc by Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti. The record, Before Today, is due to come out June 8th on 4AD.
Six months in the making, Before Today was recorded in part in Encino at the House of Blues (once Tito Jackson's home studio) with Sunny Levine (Quincy Jones' grandson) and Rik Pekkonen (Bill Withers, Seals & Crofts, Bread) as well as at the band's home studios...The outfit, now consisting reclusive pop surrealist Ariel Pink (vocals) alongside Tim Koh (bass/vocals), Kenny Gilmore (guitar/vocals) and Aaron Sperske (drums/vocals) will tour Europe this summer (details to follow) and have confirmed a headlining show at New York City's Mercury Lounge on May 4th. [4AD]Heads up if you to see that show, because tickets go on sale at 12pm today (3/6).
The record is his first on 4AD, and that's the album art above. The label plans to release "Round And Round" with b-side "Mistaken Wedding" as a limited edition 7" and digital download single on April 26th.
Some old Ariel Pink videos are below...
Gang Gang Dance @ MHOW in January (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Gang Gang Dance, who signed to 4AD earlier this year, are expected to release the follow-up to 2008's Saint Dymphna later this year. Their new label will be including them on a limited 12-inch Record Store Day EP, titled Fragments From Work In Progress, which'll also feature contributions from four other 4AD artists who will be previewing "rough drafts and material" from their upcoming LPs. That comes out April 17th, Record Store Day. Its full tracklist (and participating artists - Tune-Yards, Ariel Pink, more) are below.
Gang Gang Dance (who were recently ripped off & then compensated by Florence and the Machine) are set to open up for Hot Chip at Terminal 5 on April 23rd. That show and Hot Chip's show a night earlier at the venue are sold out.
Hot Chip also just announced a SummerStage show for the August, and Gang Gang have announced a new NYC show of their own as well, to happen April 22nd at Music Hall of Williamsburg (the same venue they headlined in January). Tickets to come soon.
Record store date EP artwork and tracklist, and more Gang Gang Dance tour dates are below...
DOWNLOAD: Efterklang - Modern Drift (MP3)
On Tuesday February 23rd [TODAY] from 5-7pm at the Clark Studio Theater [at Lincoln Center] in Manhattan, an 8 piece orchestra, made up of kids from PS. 859, a public school for musically gifted children from grades K-8 (aka The Special Music School) will perform Efterklang songs in tandem with a filmed performance of the band. The band will be projected on a 20-foot high screen behind the kids. We call this collaboration Efterkids! With this performance, 4AD and Efterklang hope to raise awareness for the overall issue of music education in schools.Entry to the Efterkids show is free; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Prior to the show, there will be a listening party for Efterklang's new album, Magic Chairs, which is out today (and a song from which is above). More details are below.
I saw Efterklang twice over the weekend at by:Larm. Both were 30 minute sets which is standard for all shows at the Norweigian festival. Like Oh No Ono, the Danish band are big in Scandinavia. Efterklang are more established though, with three studio albums, the newest being on 4AD. Both shows I saw were in big theaters. The second was in a seated venue called Folketeateret...
Folketeateret is a stage for music and theatre in the centre of Oslo. The building is over 70 years old and used to be the home of the Norwegian Opera & Ballet.As you can see in the pictures that continue below, the place was pretty packed, and at this performance especially, Efterklang put on a beautiful performance. It was also really nice to be seated, even if just for a short time. Most of the time I was running around like crazy in the snow from venue to venue.
In 2009 Folketeateret opened after a long renovation process, and the building's rich tradition and architectural greatness is clearly visible in the new theatre.
Folketeateret has 1,400 seats, making it Oslo's biggest stage for theatre. The theatre is connected to Restaurant Folk and Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret. [Visit Norway]
Efterklang's upcoming US tour includes a March 3rd show at (Le) Poisson Rouge and ends with a run of SXSW shows in Austin. For their LPR show and others, they'll be touring with Austin's Balmorhea. LPR tickets are still on sale.
All tour dates for the band are here. Efterkids details, flyer and re-posted "Modern Drift" video, along with more pictures from Norway, are below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Serena-Maneesh - Ayisha Abyss (MP3)
It's been about four years since Norway's Serena-Maneesh brought their effects pedals and puffy pirate shirts to America. They return this week. They play a late show at Mercury Lounge on Friday (1/22, after the BV Presents Dawn Landes record release show earlier in the evening) and Littlefield in Brooklyn on Saturday (1/23). Tickets (click the links) are still on sale for both, and we have a pair to give away to the show of your choice. Details below.
It's been even longer since they've released a record, which will also change with the release of the cheerily-titled SM 2: Abyss in B Minor (pictured above) -- which they recorded on two-inch tape in an actual cave! That is some dedication there. You can download an edit (still over six minutes long) of the album's first track, "Ayisha Abyss," at the top of this post. It's kind of a bombastic, bonkers track, a bit like Can at times, but also sounds like two different songs accidentally being played at the same time. It's got me curious to hear the rest of the record (out March 23rd on 4AD) and wondering what to expect from this weekend's shows.
I saw S-M play at Mercury Lounge back in January 2006 and remember being a bit disappointed in the band's short (and not loud enough) set, but heard the next night at NorthSix (now MHoW) was much better. And I've got a friend who swears they're the best live band she's ever seen, and is flying in from Chicago just to go to these shows. (S-M have no other scheduled U.S. dates at this time.)
Openers at Mercury Lounge are The Vandelles; Littlefield also has Zaza and Cruel Black Dove. If I had to pick one show over the other, I'd probably go with Saturday at Littlefield just because it might be over earlier. Last time at the Merc, Serena-Maneesh didn't go on till 1AM. Those pedals take a long time to set up.
All dates, contest details, and a video below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Efterklang - Modern Drift (MP3)
Efterklang @ (old) Knitting Factory in May 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)
"Modern Drift," a new song from Danish Efterklang that's posted above, catches the band caught between its chamber pop and post-rock leanings. It's off the group's forthcoming, third album, Magic Chairs, due February 23rd on 4AD (their first for the label).
In October, Leaf Label put out a live DVD+CD documenting Efterklang's "Performing Parades" show on September 28th, 2008, with the Danish National Chamber Orchestra. Just like it sounds, the show featured the band playing their 2007 album, Parades, in full. They're curently touring Europe. Tracklists for those two records (and new album artwork) and a video of the group doing the song "Caravan" with the Danish National. Chamber Orchestra are below...