Entries tagged with: Alexis Taylor
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Blood Brothers / Pharaoh Sanders / pandas
The Modern Sky Festival has existed for seven years in China and it began its first-ever US edition yesterday (10/4) in NYC at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield. Day 1 included the William Onyeabor tribute Atomic Bomb! which had a very impressive lineup of hip hop vets Dead Prez, free jazz pioneer Pharoah Sanders, Peaking Lights, Sinkane, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, South African group The Mahotella Queens, Beastie Boys collaborator Money Mark and more (rollerskaters included). Considering Modern Sky began as a Chinese festival, a couple of the openers were Chinese acts -- Deserts Zhang Xuan and Rebuilding the Rights of Statues -- and they were followed by art rockers Liars, and reunited post-hardcore band The Blood Brothers.
The Blood Brothers played an 11-song set that was packed with fan favorites from throughout their career including "Fucking's Greatest Hits," "Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck," "Set Fire To The Face On Fire" and more (full setlist below). Their reunion has been very well-received so far and yesterday's show was no exception. They do it again in NYC at the BrooklynVegan-presented show at Warsaw with Violent Bullshit tonight (10/5).
The William Onyeabor tribute was the final of four days of the Luaka Bop 25th anniversary and also the fourth appearance Peaking Lights made in NYC this past week, including opening for Real Estate at Terminal 5 on Thursday (10/2) and playing Other Music and Baby's All Right on Friday (10/3).
Modern Sky's second and final day is underway as we speak and has upcoming sets from Cat Power, Stars, The Both (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo) and more. More pictures from day 1 below...
Money Mark, Sinkane, more at Atomic Bomb! rehearsal (more by Rebecca Greenfield)
Yesterday we mentioned David Byrne's Luaka Bop label is celebrating 25 years with a few NYC events this October, and that one of those was the previously-announced Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor performance happening at Central Park's Modern Sky Fest (10/4-5) (which also includes Blood Brothers, Liars, Cat Power and more). Now the lineup for this edition of Atomic Bomb! has been announced and it includes hip hop vets Dead Prez, free jazz pioneer Pharoah Sanders, psych duo Peaking Lights (who also remixed Onyeabor), British soul/funk singer Jamie Lidell, DFA-signed Yeasayer/of Montreal collaborator Sinkane, Hot Chip singer Alexis Taylor, South African group The Mahotella Queens, Beastie Boys collaborator Money Mark, and "a FANTASTIC group of horn players and Nigerian percussionists" with still more TBA. Tickets, including single day passes and 2-day passes, are still available.
Stream their remix of William Onyeabor below...
More details have finally been announced for the Arthur Russell tribute album thatt he Red Hot organization is putting out. The album's being released on YepRoc on October 21, and is now titled Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell (it was initially announced that it'd be called This Is How We Walk on the Moon). The acts involved -- Hot Chip, Robyn, Blood Orange, Jose Gonzalez, Sufjan Stevens, VEGA INTL (aka Neon Indian's Alan Palomo) and many more -- are as diverse as Russell's work, which included heartbreaking acoustic/cello ballads and ahead-of-it's-time dance music.
The compilation is the latest in the benefit album series for Red Hot, which has been raising AIDS and HIV awareness for nearly 25 years, and has put out Dark Was the Night, Red Hot + Rio and many others.
Full tracklist, plus a behind-the-scenes video with Hot Chip (who cover "Go Bang" by Russell's group Dinosaur L) and a YouTube mix of classic Russell tracks, below...
Alexis Taylor w/ Hot Chip at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Hot Chip singer Alexis Taylor released his new solo album, Await Barbarians, last week (6/17), and he's coming to North America soon to support it. He was supposed to play Joe's Pub on July 14, but that show was cancelled and he's playing Rough Trade NYC the same day (7/14) instead. Also on the bill is The Yum Dee Days, who just opened for Ought at the same venue. Tickets for the Rough Trade show go on sale Wednesday (6/25) at noon. If you bought a ticket for Joe's Pub you can get a refund, they won't be honored at the Rough Trade show.
Hot Chip also have DJ dates coming up around that time, including one on July 10 at Verboten. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated dates are listed below...
Alexis Taylor @ Manhattan Inn earlier in May (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
Alexis Taylor's new solo album, Await Barbarians, is out in a couple weeks (June 17) on Domino and he's got a new video for mellow single "Without a Crutch" which you can watch, along with the previously released "Elvis Has Left the Building," below.
You may have seen Alexis perform those and about half a dozen other new tracks when he played a very intimate solo show at Manhattan Inn earlier this month, right after the William Onyeabor tributes at BAM, where he was backed by Jonny Lam and current Hot Chip (and New Young Pony Club) drummer Sarah Jones. It was a nice set that also included a cover of Smokey Robinson's "Tracks of My Tears" plus Hot Chip songs "Look at Where We Are" and "Made in the Dark." If you missed that, Alexis will be back in NYC to play a solo show at Joe's Pub on July 14. Tickets are on sale now.
That seems to be the only North American date for Alexis currently. He will, however, be doing some DJ gigs over here around the same time, including one in NYC at Williamsburg club Verboten on July 10 with additional sets by Klangkarrussell, Headband + Hooligan, and Alex English. As to which members of the band will be doing the DJing, that's unclear but tickets are on sale now. Taylor will also DJ San Francisco's Mezzanine on July 11 with the Juan Maclean and Sleazemore.
And while we're on the subject, The 2 Bears, which is HC's Joe Goddard and mate Raf Rundell, will release their second album The Night Is Young in September. The first single, "Angel (Touch Me)," is out now and you can stream it below. You can also watch the Dan Henshaw-directed video which pays humourous homage to Wim Wenders' Wings Of Desire.
All Alexis Taylor tour dates, plus videos and streams, below....
photos by Chris La Putt; by Bill Pearis
David Byrne / the Lidaju Sisters & Alexis Taylor / finale with Dev Hynes, street dancers
The music of Nigerian musician William Onyeabor was celebrated over the weekend with the two-night "Atomic Bomb" concerts at BAM. Part of this year's Red Bull Music Academy, it featured David Byrne, Blood Orange's Dev Hynes, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, the Rapture's Luke Jenner and Nigerian singers the Lidaju Sisters singing Onyeabor's songs, backed by a tight band (who knew how to hang loose) led by Sinkane's Ahmed Gallab. (The band also included Money Mark, LCD Soundsystem drummer Pat Mahoney and more.) Saturday night's show, at least, was a fun, joyous time with as much dancing in the aisles as would be allowed.
Perhaps a tip of the hat to Onyeabor's current born-again Christian status, the night opened with street preacher Rufus Cannon wheeling his portable speaker down the center aisle, shouting testament to God and Jesus on his way to the stage, and at the end of the show a variety of street performers were brought on stage as well, giving the evening a distinctive NYC flair. The music was great, hitting most of the highlights of last year's Who is William Onyeabor? compilation, and the Lidaju Sisters performed a couple of their own songs mid-set. Both Taylor and Byrne were onstage most of the evening as part of the band when they weren't singing.
I do wish the keyboards -- which is what makes Onyeabor's music so distinctive -- had been a little louder in the mix. "Good Name," which on record has an almost Kraftwerk vibe to it, was overtaken by the horn section (which included sax great Joshua Redman). But the crowd and everyone onstage seemed to be having a genuine blast with Onyeabor's music.
The Atomic Bomb Band -- which played The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon ahead of the BAM concerts -- head to the West Coast this week for shows in LA and San Francisco. More pics from Saturday's performance below...
Alexis Taylor has always had a quiet, reflective side. There's usually at least one ballad-y song on every Hot Chip record ("Look After Me" on The Warning is especially beautiful) but he'll be stretching his contemplative wings on his new solo album, Await Barbarians, which is out June 17 via Domino. Apart from strings, Alexis played everything on the album. Get an early taste via the lyric video for "Elvis Has Left the Building" which you can watch below.
As mentioned, Alexis Taylor is part of the "Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor" tributes that are happening at two performances at BAM on Friday and Saturday (5/2 & 5/3, tickets) and will also happen in San Francisco and Los Angeles next week. While in NYC, Taylor will squeeze in a solo performance at Manhattan Inn on Sunday (5/4). He'll have some "friends" playing with him and the afternoon performance (4 PM doors, 4:30 show) is free and open to the public.
All Alexis Taylor tour dates are listed, along with the lyric video, Await Barbarians cover art and tracklist, below...
Panda Bear at MHOW in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As discussed, the Red Bull Music Academy is taking over NYC again this May, and since we last spoke, lineups have been announced. Artists appearing include D'Angelo, Panda Bear, Hudson Mohawke, Tim Hecker, Napalm Death, François K, Robert Henke, The Haxan Cloak, Gunplay, Wolf Eyes, Regis, Optimo, Daedelus, Autre Ne Veut, Bastard Noise, The Thing, Yoshiko Ohara, Dam-Funk, and Gunplay. Events go down in various NYC venues from May 1-31.
RBMA will also host the previously-mentioned 'Atomic Bomb! The Music Of William Onyeabor' tribute which will feature David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Luke Jenner (formerly of The Rapture), Pat Mahoney (ex-LCD Soundsystem), Joshua Redman and The Lijadu Sisters, Money Mark and Sinkane.
Tickets are on sale now for individual shows. Schedule and more details below...
German electronic artist Justus Köhncke (of "Timecode" fame) has known Hot Chip since almost their inception, having been drafted to remix their 2005 breakthrough "Over and Over" and has toured with them in Europe. It was during thier joint treks that Köhncke Hot Chip singer Alexis Taylor started doing "sing-jay" gigs together. Out of that came an official pairing, Fainting by Numbers, and their debut single will be out on Moshi Moshi on April 15. The double a-side features a cover of John Lennon's "Watching the Wheels" and an original, "A Stone in the Ground," on the other. The latter which is country-ish in a Kraftwerk/Eno kind of way is streamable below.
Meanwhile, Hot Chip will be in NYC on April 9 for a show at Roseland Ballroom with Tanlines and Crystal Ark and tickets are still available.
Anais Mitchell at Bowery Ballroom in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Pinkish Black @ WIERD (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Dan Black @ Le Baron
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Joe Budden @ BB King's
* Tony Scherr @ Living Room>
* Himalayas, Fazer @ Zebulon
* Biffy Clyro @ The Bowery Electric
* Jim Campilongo @ Living Room
* Kat Solar @ The Mercury Lounge
* Mark Eitzel @ Highland Ballroom
* Xavier Rudd, Chris Berry @ Irving Plaza
* Blondie Chaplin, The Les Paul Trio @ The Iridium
* Desert Noises, Anya Skidan @ The Rock Shop
* Anais Mitchell, Cuddle Magic @ Bowery Ballroom
* Rocky and the Pressers, Cosmonaut @ The Mercury Lounge
* Circle of Buzzards, Beasty, Old Monk, Warmth @ Big Snow
* Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Patti Smith, Everest @ Barclays Center
* Bambara, Clean Girls, Vulture Shit, Tough/Luck @ Death By Audio
* Selma Oxor, Psychobuildings, Treasure Teeth, icky doome @ Glasslands
* Pinkish Black, Bezoar, Gentlemen, Dolores Boys @ Acheron
* Wyatt Cenac, Hari Kondabolu, Phoebe Robinson, Adam Lowitt @ Littlefield
Tonight's the first installment of "Music Mondays" at Williamsburg's Videology (that Bill is helping program). They'll be showing Penelope Spheeris' essential 1981 LA punk doc Decline of Western Civilization along with the infamous (and also essential) "punk rock" episode of Quincy. Show starts at 9:30 and is free. If you wanna make a night of it, they're showing the new Will Oldham movie, New Jerusalem, there at 7 PM.
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Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor released a solo EP, Nayim from the Halfway Line, a reference to the 1995 Cup Winners Cup football final, today (12/3) on 12" vinyl and will release it digitally on December 17. You can check out an introductory video to the EP below (via FACT).
YACHT photos by Chris La Putt
YACHT @ WEBSTER HALL - 4/27/2011
Dave 1 w/ Holy Ghost! @ MHOW - 4/30/2011
LCD Soundsystem may be done but DFA Records still has a strong presence, especially lately, and especially Saturday night in NYC when Free Energy played Glasslands while Holy Ghost! headlined a sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg where they were joined by Nancy Whang on vocals and surprise guest Dave 1 from Chromeo on guitar. Holy Ghost's setlist and some videos are below. Later in the night Nancy headed to Webster Hall to hang with Classixx while Juan Maclean and friends DJ'd at Cameo.
Holy Ghost! recently released a video for "Wait & See" which stars the duo's actual fathers. Check that out below. Holy Ghost! are on the lineup of the HARD Summer Fest happening in LA on August 6th, as are DFA artists Shit Robot, Special Disco Version (James and Pat), and Still Going. Shit Robot also recently released a new video for "Losing My Patience" which features Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip. Watch that below.
Earlier last week, the DFA-signed YACHT came through town for their own big headlining show which was at Webster Hall with Light Asylum. A set of pictures from that show are also in this post and they continue with the other stuff, below...
DOWNLOAD: Win Win - Releaserpm ft. Lizzie Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Win Win - Interleave ft. Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor (MP3)
Win Win, a new crew featuring Devlin, XXXChange, and Ghostdad, have a self-titled LP due via Vice Records on Feb 15th. The LP features many guest shouts over its 15 songs including Lizzie Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance (check out "ReleaseRPM" and its remix above and below), Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip (check out "Interleave" above and below), Matt Sweeney, Spank Rock, Andrew WK, and many others. Lizzie and Alexis will also be on hand to perform live with Win Win at their record release party at the Andrew WK co-owned Santos Party House on 2/15. The free show will take place downstairs at Santos while Odd Future is on the first floor ("limited tickets available at the door" for the sold out show).
Alexis Taylor also has a gig of his own scheduled a few days later. He'll bless the 1's and 2's at Brooklyn Bowl on 2/19.
Alexis Taylor has also been keeping busy with another new project...
"There are many surprising things indeed to be discovered in the course of listening to Start and Complete, the new album from About Group (out APRIL 26, 2011 on Domino Records), but perhaps none more so than the beautifully unorthodox genesis of the band itself.An About Group video trailer with full album tracklist, with a whole bunch of Win Win stuff, below...
Comprising Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Charles Hayward (This Heat), John Coxon (Spring Heel Jack, Spiritualized) and Pat Thomas, who has played with the likes of Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley and others, the band originally formed to make a record of improvised music for the Treader label in 2009, having never played together as a whole before the day it took them to make their first album. After a clutch of live performances (supporting Gang Gang Dance, playing Ornette Coleman's Meltdown Festival and even Glastonbury, among others) they regrouped to record this album. [Domino Records]
Simian Mobile Disco @ the Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Bao Nguyen)
"Simian Mobile Disco has been tearing up the dance floor ever since they released their critically-acclaimed, debut record, Attack Decay Sustain Release. Hailed as "the saviours of dance music" (FADER) the duo returns to America this fall to play select shows across the country, continuing to invigorate audiences with new music from their soon to be released sophomore LP, Temporary Pleasure out on Wichita on September 15th.You can download the Beth Ditto track in the post with the Pool Party pictures.
Temporary Pleasure is a spellbinding mix of high octane beats and melodies, capped off by incredible vocal performances from the likes of The Gossip's Beth Ditto, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, Super Furry Animals' Gruff Rhys, Yeasayer's Chris Keating, Jamie Lidell and more.
In addition to being sold via all digital service providers, a special deluxe package of Temporary Pleasure will be available at American Apparel retail locations only. This package includes an exclusive t-shirt designed by acclaimed British artist Kate Moross along with the bonus tracks, "Belvedere" and "Flea In Your Ear" (Flange Bliss Mix)." [PR]
Speaking of the Pool Party, Simian Mobile Disco DJ'd that show at the Williamsburg Waterfront on August 9th. Their fall tour will have them playing live. Those dates include an October 30th show at Webster Hall (one day before Halloween which is when the Junior Boys play The Bell House).
All SMD dates are with JDH & Dave P. All dates below...