Entries tagged with: Alt-J
NPR have posted their Top 50 Albums of 2014, and like it usually is, it's one of the more diverse year-end lists we've seen so far. There's a lot of the indie that shows up on many of these lists (The War On Drugs, St. Vincent, Spoon, Perfume Genius, Angel Olsen, etc), the hip hop (Run the Jewels, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, YG, Isaiah Rashad, etc), the big-name pop (Taylor Swift, Mary J. Blige, Miranda Lambert), the metal (Pallbearer) and plenty of others, as well as classical, jazz, world music, a Latin funk band with an album's worth of Black Sabbath covers, and still more.
Check out their full list in alphabetical order below...
This year, the 2015 Grammy nominations are being revealed gradually on CBS This Morning. A few categories have already been announced, with a lot more on the way, and we'll have to wait for tonight's A Very Grammy Christmas special to find out the Album of the Year nominees. Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Beck, Black Keys, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Beyonce (now the most Grammy-nominated woman), Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Drake, Eminem, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Basement Jaxx, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon, Royksopp & Robyn, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon, Motorhead, Alt-J, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sam Smith, Haim, Sia, Coldplay, Robert Glasper, Sharon Jones, Jhene Aiko, Tom Petty, U2 and more have already been announced. Stay tuned for more announcements and check out the list so far, below.
UPDATE: Full list of nominations (
except Album of the Year) now up at GRAMMY.com. Several of the categories are also listed below.
UPDATE 2: Album of the Year nominees announced. See below.
The awards ceremony happens February 8, 2015.
by Andrew Sacher
The Best Albums of 2014 lists keep coming, and now Rolling Stone's is out. It's hard to imagine anyone else picking the #1 and #2 they did, but that's Rolling Stone for you. It's also hard to imagine a list placing the new albums from Weezer and the Foo Fighters so high, but smacking buzz band Ought right in between them. And it seems random that YOB comes in at #50 when no other metal album makes the list, not even the critically acclaimed one by Pallbearer or any of the hugely acclaimed returns from veteran bands like At the Gates, Godflesh and Electric Wizard. Also, don't tell Jack White how much higher The Black Keys placed than him.
Check out their top 50 picks for yourself, below...
It's the last week of November and we've hit Best-of List Season. Especially in the UK where we've already seen album lists from Rough Trade, MOJO, Q, and Uncut. Now here's long-running UK weekly NME with their LPs and tracks of the year. Topping the lists are St. Vincent's self-titled album, and Future Islands' omnipresent "Seasons." (Sorry, The War on Drugs, you're slightly lower on the list here.) And just to remind you they are British music magazine, Kasabian figure into both lists. Check out NME's full Top 50 LPs/Tracks of 2014 lists below...
Rough Trade were the first out of the gate with year-end lists but now long-running UK monthly music mag Q has just published their end-of-the-year issue (with cover star Ed Sheeran) which includes their Top 50 LPs of 2014. The War on Drugs' Lost in the Dream comes in at #1. Have you made your list yet? Check out the rest of Q's favorite albums of 2014 below...
Alt-J at LPR earlier this month (more by PSquared)
Alt-J's slightly weirder sophomore album This Is All Yours came out this week, and now they've announced what is by far their largest NYC show yet. They recently played intimate shows here at Le Poisson Rouge and Rough Trade and have a larger sold-out show happening at Beacon Theatre on November 16 on their proper tour, but now that seems intimate too. The UK band have announced they'll be returning in 2015 to headline Madison Square Garden on March 30 with support from Phantogram. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/3) at 10 AM.
Presumably more North American dates happening around then will be announced. All currently known dates are listed below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Alt-J @ Rough Trade - 9/4/14
Alt-J continued the pre-release celebration of their upcoming sophomore album, This Is All Yours, last Thursday (9/4) at Rough Trade after a Le Poisson Rouge show (pics) earlier that week. A set of pictures of the Rough Trade show, including a couple of opening DJ NSR, are in this post.
The band also performed live on Revolt TV this past Monday (9/8), debuting a somber piano-led cut from the new album, "Warm Foothills." You can watch the video of that performance, with more pics from Rough Trade, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Alt-J @ LPR - 9/2/14
Alt-J are currently in NYC celebrating their new album, This Is All Yours (due 9/23 via Canvasback). Having just played Le Poisson Rouge on Tuesday (9/2), they'll now be playing another intimate gig here TONIGHT (9/4) at Rough Trade NYC. Doors are at 9 PM and Alt-J go on at 11. Tickets go on sale today at noon. Alt-J's proper tour brings them back to NYC for a show at Beacon Theatre on November 16 (sold out). Updated dates are listed below.
Alt-J's LPR show on Tuesday was an NPR 'First Listen Live' show, which streamed online, has now been archived, and can be watched in full HERE. As the NPR review points out, it was their first show without Gwil Sainsbury (who left the band in January), their first with touring member Cameron Knight, and the first time they played songs from the new album live. They played a good chunk of the new album, but balanced the set well with material from their debut too. Pictures of that show are in this post.
They continue, with the setlist and updated list of dates, below...
The new Alt-J album is less than a month away (due 9/23 via Canvasback), and though their tour doesn't hit NYC until November 16 at Beacon Theatre (sold out), they'll be here much sooner for an intimate show on September 2 at Le Poisson Rouge at 9 PM. It's one of NPR's 'First Listen Live' shows, which means they'll be playing the new album in full and it will stream at NPR Music's site. You have to RSVP for a chance to get in. Follow NPR Music on Twitter to find out how.
Updated tour dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Alt-J in Austin in 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Alt-J already released the Black Keys-y single "Left Hand Free" and the Miley Cyrus-sampling single Hunger of the Pine" from their upcoming sophomore album, This Is All Yours, and they've now put out a third single, "Every Other Freckle." This one sounds a bit "more like Alt-J" than that last one, but it's still pretty different than any particular song we've heard from them yet. Check it out below.
Alt-J recently put out the "Left Hand Free" video too. Watch that, with the stream of the new single, below...
The Acid are a trio featuring one Brit (veteran DJ/producer Adam Freeland), one American (math wiz and Abelton expert/instructor Steve Nalepa), and an Australian (singer Ry X). The three, whose combined efforts make super chilled out neo-R&B, just released their debut LP, titled Liminal, via Mute. You can stream the whole thing, plus watch the video for "Fame," below.
The group will be in North America in October, playing NYC's Rough Trade on 10/10. Tickets to that show are on sale Friday (8/15) at noon. After their Rough Trade show, The Acid will open a week's worth of Alt-J shows on the West Coast. When that wraps up, they'd theoretically still have time to hit NYC for CMJ on the way back, though no dates for that have been announced. All known dates are listed, along with streams of the LP, video and a Factory Floor remix of "Fame," below...
by Andrew Sacher
We already heard the Miley Cyrus-sampling single from Alt-J's sophomore album, This Is All Yours (due 9/23 via Canvasback), and they've now unleashed another track, "Left Hand Free," which (besides Joe Newman's distinct voice) sounds more like Black Keys than Alt-J. You can listen below...
Lily Allen at Highline Ballroom in May (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Flaming Lips collaborator and Smiths fan Miley Cyrus is continuing her trend of taking indie-approved pop singers on tour. First it was Sky Ferreira and Icona Pop, and for her next tour she'll take out Sheezus herself, Lily Allen. That tour hits the NYC-area on August 1 at Nassau Coliseum. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Lily also just put out her new video for "URL Badman," which you can watch below.
Meanwhile, Miley was also sampled by Alt-J on "Hunger of the Pine," the first single off their upcoming sophomore album, This Is All Yours (due 9/23 via Canvasback). Her "I'm a female rebel" line from "4X4" is used in the song, as you can hear for yourself by listening below. If you're wondering how Alt-J came to sample Miley, Rolling Stone has some insight:
"It was surreal," laughs keyboard player Gus Unger-Hamilton [in reference to Miley covering "Fitzpleasure" in London], sipping tea outside Alt-J's management office in East London. "We were like, 'It's us!' but her younger fans didn't really know what was going on. It was a long show and that was just a moment in it, like the bit where she put on a check shirt and sang a Bob Dylan cover. The crowd were like, 'What the fuck's this? I'm a 14-year-old girl, I don't know who Bob Dylan is.'"Alt-J's tour hits NYC on 11/16 at Beacon Theatre (sold out but you can get resale tickets from Ticketmaster).
Nonetheless, the incident ended up influencing Alt-J's second album, This Is All Yours, due September 22nd. After meeting backstage, an unlikely friendship developed, with Alt-J drummer Thom Green remixing one of Cyrus' songs and Cyrus gifting Unger-Hamilton Flaming Lips albums on iTunes. Now, the English alt-rockers have returned the favor on This Is All Yours' hypnotic lead track, "Hunger of the Pine", which samples Cyrus' "4x4." Cyrus herself helped clear the sample with the other writers and publishers involved.
Stream the new Alt-J single, with the new Lily Allen video and list of Miley/Lily dates, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Outkast @ Firefly Fest 2014
We went to the music festival that happened in Delaware over the weekend, and not surprisingly, Outkast was one of the headliners. Pictures from their set are in this post.
Yesterday, Las Vegas music festival Life is Beautiful announced their October 2014 lineup, and not surprisingly, Outkast are one of the headliners.
Check out the full Las Vegas lineup along with more details pictures from Firefly Fest, below...
Treasure Island Music Fest returns for its eighth edition on October 18 & 19 in San Francisco. This year's initial lineup has been announce and includes 2014's festival circuit MVPs Outkast, plus Massive Attack, Alt-J, TV on the Radio, Janelle Monae, The New Pornographers, and many more. Tickets will go on-sale Thursday, June 19th at 10 AM PDT.
Initial lineup below...
It doesn't feel like it was that long ago that Alt-J put out their massively buzzed about An Awesome Wave, but almost exactly two years to the day after its American release, the UK band will put out its followup, This Is All Yours (due 9/23 via Canvasback/Infectious). No music has been released from the new album yet, but you can check out the artwork and tracklist below.
The band, now a trio (guitarist Gwil Sainsbury left in January), will also be supporting the new record with tours of Europe, the US and Canada, including a NYC show happening on November 16 at Beacon Theater. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/13) at 11 AM, and if you pre-order the album from Alt-J, you get access to the Fan Club presale starting Wednesday (6/11) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, with the LP artwork & tracklist, and a video from their last LP, below...
The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....
Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.
This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.
Ditto for emo vets Mineral
So much more greatness listed below....
The World/Inferno Friendship Society are playing Bowery Ballroom on February 8. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.
Light Asylum are playing Glasslands on December 20. Tickets to that show are on sale now.
Mister Lies is playing Cameo on December 5 with Beat Culture and Saint Pepsi. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Slick Rick is playing Brooklyn Bowl on January 17. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A number of weirdo rappers, Nacho Picasso, GDP (w/ Space Jesus), Lakutis, DVS, Perrion, and Rosegold, are playing 285 Kent on December 18. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Alt-J are playing a SiriusXM show at The Studio At Webster Hall on December 13. If you're a SiriusXM subscriber, you can enter their contest to win and gain admission to the show.
Chvrches are also playing a SiriusXM show at McKittrick Hotel on December 10. You can enter their contest to get in.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Andrew Sacher
the real Vampire Weekend at Barclays Center this week (more by Dylan Johnson)
Last year around the holidays, Adam Horne of Brooklyn's Bear Ceuse (who released an album this year) and Animal New York uploaded an album to Soundcloud called Merry Indie X-Mas, which featured hilarious parodies of what it would sound like if famous indie bands did Christmas covers in their own styles. Now he's back with a new one called Indie Kidz Songs! which does the same thing, but for children's songs. Especially funny ones include Chief Keef's "Old MacDonald," Vampire Weekend's "I'm A Little Teapot," Alt-J's "Row Row Row Your Boat" and Pixies' "B-I-N-G-O." But they're all really funny and if you need to kill 6-ish minutes of your time with some hipster-baiting style laughs, stream the album and watch its commercial below.
photos by Luis Ruiz
Alt-J, Royal Canoe @ Hammerstein Ballroom - 9/12/2013
UK act Alt-J have had quite a last 12 months. This time last year, the band were playing Glasslands and then Bowery Ballroom. That was before their debut album, An Awesome Wave, won the 2013 Mercury Prize, which was the catalyst for an impressive rise that has seen them in NYC this spring at Webster Hall and Terminal 5, to Governors Ball on the summer festival circuit and, most recently, Hammerstein Ballroom (9/14) and Central Park (9/15) over the weekend (both sold out). The Hammerstein show was with Canadian band Royal Canoe and pictures from that show are in this post.
Before those shows, Alt-J stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday (9/12) to play their hit "Tessellate" and you can watch that below. Royal Canoe will be back in NYC on October 2 when they open for Tricky. More pictures from the Hammerstein show below...
As mentioned, Tricky's rescheduled tour is coming up next month, including a stop in NYC at Webster Hall on October 2 with tourmates Royal Canoe. Tickets are still available, but if you would like to go for free we're giving a pair away. Details on how to enter are below.
Meanwhile, Tricky just released the video for sultry single "Parenthesis" from his very good album from this year, False Idols. That's the collaboration with The Antlers and you can watch it below.
Openers Royal Canoe, who also open for Alt-J at Hammerstein (9/14), have a new(ish) video for their anthemic track "Bathtubs" which is on the Canadian band's album Today We're Believers which came out back in June. You can watch that below too.
Tricky tour dates are listed, along with videos and contest details, below...
Like we did at Firefly, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands, BrooklynVegan will be taking over 2-3 hours of the Soundwave tent each day at Bumbershoot in Seattle this Labor Day Weekend. We'll have a mix of live interviews and performances with our hosts Dave Hill and Billy Jones, and a very special 3 hour session on Sunday dedicated to Barsuk Records' 15th anniversary.
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
Beach House / Vampire Weekend / crowdsurfer
"I think it's dark and it looks like rain." One out of two, Bob. If ever an Osheaga headliner would thrive under stormy skies, it's the Cure, but the downpour forecast earlier in the week never arrived. Just as well -- this was Robert Smith at his most crowd-pleasing.While Lollapalooza was going down in Chicago over the weekend, Montreal was getting its own three-day festival, Osheaga. The fest had many of the same artists at Lollapalooza, with day 1 giving us sets from The Cure, Beach House, Vampire Weekend, Alt-J, DIIV and more, in addition to sets from artists who didn't play Lollapalooza, like The Gaslight Anthem, Ellie Goulding, and more. Pictures of day 1 are in this post.
The set list was calibrated for a festival audience: a generous delegation from Disintegration, early appearances by In Between Days and Just Like Heaven, and an overall tone that didn't leave much room for crying jags. The chirpy Mint Car and Doing the Unstuck ("let's get happy") bracketed the beloved-by-some Friday I'm in Love, comically botched by Smith after he said: "Sometimes, very occasionally, we'll play this song. This is the right night." [Montreal Gazette]
Like with Lollapalooza (and other upcoming shows), Death Grips were scheduled to play the fest but cancelled.
Update: Day 2 pics are up now. More day 1 pictures below...
photos by James Richards IV
Vampire Weekend / Cat Power / The Cure
Even Goth-rockers love singalongs. After the opening synth chords, the Cure's Robert Smith begins to belt out "Just Like Heaven" and is instantly joined by a Grant Park choir numbering in the tens of thousands. Smith and his bandmates sprinkle Cure classics such as "Pictures of You" and "Friday I'm in Love" through a set that continues the weekend's '80s nostalgia theme, begun by New Order and Nine Inch Nails. Smith is in fine voice, and he even pulls off a few interpretive dance moves -- a rare bout of friskiness from a singer who still sports frazzled hair, eye shadow and lipstick. It's become his trademark, and it's turned Smith somewhat timeless -- an ageless figure still singing about a type of loss, heartache and yearning that never dissipates. [Chicago Tribune]Lollapalooza 2013 wrapped up yesterday (8/4) with sets from Cat Power, Phoenix, The Cure, Vampire Weekend, Alt-J, Angel Haze, DIIV, Bear Mountain and more. Pictures of those (and other) artists are in this post, and we've got a second set of Sunday pics HERE
We at BrooklynVegan were also there on Sunday from 1-3 PM in the Soundwave Tent with School of Rock, Bear Mountain, and The Orwells.
Alt-J at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As discussed, Alt-J will bring their tour back to NYC later this year for a show at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield on September 15 with Lord Huron. That show is now totally sold out, but the band have added another big (but indoor) show happening a day earlier (9/14) at Hammerstein Ballroom. No opener has been announced for this one yet. Tickets for the Hammerstein show go on sale Friday (7/12) at noon.
Updated dates are listed, along with a video, below...