Entries tagged with: Apples in Stereo
After three acclaimed albums with hazy sunshine pop group Candy Claws, Karen and Ryan Hover have now formed a new project, Sound of Ceres. For it, they've enlisted Robert Schneider, Ben Phelan and John Ferguson of the Apples In Stereo, and Jacob Graham of the Drums to help out. The title of their debut album, Nostalgia for Infinity, serves as a good descriptor of their sound which is ethereal, orchestral and lost in space. The album's out March 4 via Joyful Noise and you can get a taste via the effervescent "Hand Of Winter" which premieres in this post. Stream it, and a remix of their song "Bryn Marina," below.
Sound of Ceres will be on tour this spring, including a stay in Austin, TX for SXSW and a NYC show at Mercury Lounge on April 3. Tickets for that show go on sale February 5 with an AmEx presale beginning February 3 at noon..
All announced tour dates are listed, along with album art/tracklist and song streams, below...
photo via Stephen Cramer
A memorial service for Olivia Tremor Control's Bill Doss, who passed away on July 30, went down at the 40 Watt in Athens on August 4th. Friends and family, like Jeff Mangum, Julian Koster, Robert Schneider, Bryan Poole, Jason NeSmith, Derek Almstead, and Eric Harris, gathered to tell stories and perform songs in tribute to their Elephant 6 brother...
A slide show portrayed Doss with his family, friends and performing with band members and musicians. Others captured a combination of serious and funny portraits.Watch a 12 minute clip from the Georgia event, below...
"Bill was a beautiful soul who left the world in a better state than he found it," said Jason NeSmith, lead guitarist of Casper & the Cookies. "I love him like a brother."
When a stream of performers and others who were close to Doss spoke to the gathering, they emphasized laughter, family and music.
A tearful reading of The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" started the line of conversations and acoustic performances.
Robert Schneider, lead vocalist and guitarist of Apples in Stereo, recounted the time he first met Doss. [redandblack]
"ATP Concerts are very excited to present the return of Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum to headline and curate one of two festival weekends planned for December 2011 at Butlins, Minehead. After releasing what is now one of the most loved and critically acclaimed albums of the 1990s (In The Aeroplane Over The Sea), Neutral Milk Hotel disbanded before many of those who now love their albums had a chance to see the songs performed live, so Jeff's much anticipated return to the live stage this year will no doubt be a very special occasion for fans throughout the UK and worldwide.Ok, so Jeff is playing two Wordless Music shows in September followed by two NJ Portishead ATP-related shows at the end of September and the beginning of October (both sold out), and now at least two shows at his very own ATP in the UK in December. More shows are sure to come.
As well as headlining, Mangum will choose around 40 acts to play across the weekend on three indoor stages with a total festival capacity of around 5500 people. Mangum will perform more than once in the more intimate Centre Stage venue, although entry to only one show is guaranteed - he will be performing a solo acoustic set."
Jeff's initial UK lineup (listed below) includes A Hawk and A Hacksaw who (also contain a Neutral Milk Hotel member and) are also on the lineup with Jeff in NJ.
The full initial UK ATP lineup and more details below...
photos by Tim Griffin
As I said, Weird Al was awesome. If I say anymore, I'll be late to the last day of the fest. A set of pictures from Friday night, along with Weird Al's 2 hour setlist, continues below...
photos by Chris La Putt
"Awesome Apples in Stereo show with Brooklyn Phil & Youth Chorus at South St. Seaport, and fireworks too!" - Steven Wright-Mark
The Brooklyn Youth Chorus with members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic performed Saturday at South Street Seaport and then joined headliner Apples in Stereo on stage for their final song, "Energy". And then there were fireworks. The full setlist with lots more pictures from the free show, below...
South Street Seaport (more by Chris La Putt)
South Street Seaport, NYC (part of the River to River Festival)
July 02 - TBA
July 09 - Bear in Heaven &
TBA Zola Jesus
July 16 - Thee Oh Sees & Golden Triangle
July 23 - Free Energy & Best Coast & Loose Limbs
July 30 - Avi Buffalo &
TBA Chad VanGaalen
Aug 06 - YACHT & TBA
Also, "The annual Children's Day at the Seaport culminates with the spectacular Target Fireworks, featuring a special performance by The Apples in Stereo accompanied by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. During the day, families can enjoy performances by Gordon from Sesame Street, Angelina Ballerina, and more, while meeting their favorite storybook characters like Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George, and Madeline. (June 26) "
And, there will be a July 4th show with the Old 97's.
Apples In Stereo will be putting out their seventh LP, Travelers in Space and Time, on April 20th through Yep Roc/Simian/Elephant 6. A few days before that the band heads out on a two-and-a-half week tour of the US. Its New York stop comes Wednesday, April 21st when they play Bowery Ballroom with Generationals and Laminated Cat. Tickets for the show are on AmEx presale now, and general sale Friday at noon.
The album, a "a futuristic pop record" (so says frontman Robert Schneider), is the band's first with drummer John Dufilho. Its cover is above. The new record is the second release ever on Elijah Wood's Simian Records (New Magnetic Wonder in 2007 was the first).
The other band signed to that label, which is technically an imprint of Yep Roc, is Heloise & the Savoir Faire, who have shows coming up too. Heloise & Co. play Valentine's Day at Galapagos with comedians Adira Amram, John Roberts and Reggie Watts (tickets are on sale). They also play Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 5th. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/5) at noon.
A video of Heloise and Elijah chatting with the Apples in Stereo tracklist, and all tour dates, below...
by Ryan Barkan
Duffy @ Lollapalooza 2008 (more by Bao Nguyen)
The cola war has been heating up globally in the last couple of months with music as the weapon of choice.
Pepsi's image rebranding campaign, including a new smile-esque logo, launched right after Christmas with a tv commercial featuring The Apples in Stereo song, "Energy". They then went deep during the Super Bowl, dropping a spot featuring Bob Dylan and Will.I.Am singing "Forever Young" as the beverage's new anthem.
Coke counters with a European spot for Diet Coke that features a playful Duffy doing things on her time during an encore break at a concert. In the commercial, she sings a cover of Sammy Davis Jr's "I Gotta Be Me."
When Sara Tate, a senior planner at the London advertising agency Mother, was asked to find a new face for Diet Coke, she knew what she didn't want. "Definitely no rent-a-face," says Tate, whose ad with Duffy will launch on British television, before rolling out across Europe. "We steered clear of yet another glamorous star with a six-figure fee who will promote anything if the price is right. The public is getting smart to that. We wanted someone who is well known, but not hugely famous. Someone who is on the rise, for whom fame is recent enough that they remember what it is like to have a regular life. Duffy was a perfect fit because, although she is extremely successful, she's still incredibly down to earth." [Via Times Online]Duffy has since cleaned up at the Grammys, at the British version of the Grammys, and - per Paul McCartney's request, recorded a cover of his song "Live And Let Die" for the new War Child Heroes comp that is released in the US this week. You may have heard the Beck/Dylan track from the same album, when it was played during the credits of last night's Oscars (more on the Oscars in a second...).
Coke's second attack is from Justice - Coke enlisted the duo along with Ed Banger Records' So_Me to design a glow-in-the-dark bottle and provide the soundtrack, their massive jam "D.A.N.C.E.", to a commercial. The bottle will be available in clubs throughout Europe. See the bottle in the commercial below.
The third assault from the Coke comes in their Full Throttle NHRA spots; three of the five have licensed songs: The Faces has "Blue Moon" by the Mavericks, The Machine kicks it country with Merle Haggard's "Working Man Blues", and Left Behind features Operator Please's "Zero Zero."
The final wave occurred as I was writing this article. A one-two punch during the Oscars with both The Boy Least Likely To's "Be Gentle With Me" and Sea Ray's "Revelry" showing up in Coke spots during the telecast on ABC (no video available yet). For those not familiar with the band, Sea Ray broke up in 2005.
Other Notable Licensing News:
by Ryan Barkan
10. CLOUD CULT: "LUCKY TODAY" - ESURANCE.COMThis commercial came out late in 2008...though I think I only saw it one or two times. But thanks to an increase in rotation (January is the busiest month for car insurance!) partially influenced by the above placement in Ad Age, Esurance's Cloud Cult cartoon commercial has been on TV heavily over the past few weeks. The band shows up as animated characters in what comes off more as a music video for their 2005 song "Lucky Today", than as a sales pitch for insurance. A quick jump to Esurance's website and you can find a special Cloud Cult microsite where you can watch the commercial, stream/download a few songs, read why the band finds similarities in their and Esurance's love for being green, and learn how to be more eco-friendly.
It's a music video! It's an ad! It's a music videad! It's the band Cloud Cult, fully animated in a TV spot for Esurance, but there isn't a sales pitch to be found. The Minneapolis psychedelic-pop band had traditionally shunned marketers, but the DTC insurance company won them over with some hard-fought green credentials. The result is a charming spot that not only fits in with the visual style of the band, but also features one of Cloud Cult's best songs.
[Ad Age Ad Songs of the Year]
According to SoundScan, the band sold more individual digital downloads of "Lucky Today" (1,400) in the last week than they usually sell in a month from all albums...combined.
Other Notable Licensing News:
Radiohead gave gratis (aka free) permission to the National Coalition For The Homeless to use the song "MK1" in a spot that attempts to show homelessness can happen to anyone. (via Songs For Soap). This was their first commercial license ever. Watch the spot below.
Michael Stipe was cool with giving a gratis license for Amnesty International to use REM's "Until the Day Is Done" in a powerful new spot. Watch that below as well.
"In fact, it seems like the one thriving corner of the music business is ad placement. The only people making any money are the artists landing their songs in TV commercials and the royalties that come along with that, so the most successful bands this year will be the ones whose songs are most conducive to selling shit. Which means that Santogold is your Artist of the Year for 2009. Once the shampoo companies find out about 'I'm a Lady', forget about it. It's a wrap." [Tom Breihan in the new L Magazine]
Santogold says 'aha' a lot in the new commercial for the Samsung Pixon phone with her song, "Say Aha". Watch it here.
Audi goes old school in the new spot for the Q5, breaking out Woodie Guthrie's fun "Car Song."
Another car manufacturer went NOT-old school - Volkswagen stayed local (German) with the Berlin electro-group Team on their new (clearly inspired by the movie The Matrix) spot for the Golf. Watch below.
Vancouver band, Readymade, has a song used by Unilever in their new Sun spot, highlighting "Human Potential."
I'm addicted to Diet Pepsi. It's my friend-mesis. Pepsi has rebranded my favorite drink and its overall image with a new "smile" logo. The brand launched its commercial campaign with a spot featuring the music of The Apples In Stereo (Via YANPicasso).
Papa John's sponsored an NCAA football bowl game last month. During said bowl game, the pizza maker debuted a commercial celebrating their 25th anniversary featuring Wang Chung's "Everybody Have Fun Tonight".
John Lennon may not be alive, but that didn't stop Yoko Ono from lending his voice to a good cause. Watch the OLPC PSA below.
Walmart promotes the football season with a commercial using Queen's anthem "We Will Rock You".
Fashionista Kanye West is teaming up with one of his favorite designers, Luis Vuitton, to create six shoes for the brand. You may have also noticed Kanye's song "Flashing Lights" in the Season 6 promo to the F/X channel's show "Nip/Tuck". Commercial below.
continued, with videos, below...
Rhett Miller @ Blend Bar, January 2008 (BillieJoNJ)
It is with deep regret that we inform you that Blend has closed it's doors for business. We had a great run and want to thank all of the patrons, musicians, and staff who showed their love and support.I'm not sure when it went out of business. I found out today when someone (thx Matt) pointed out the venue map needs updating.
Rhett Miller plays the Bell House in Brooklyn tonight, Saturday December 13, 2008.
Video of Apples in Stereo performing at Blend Bar, below...
Throwing Muses with Kristen Hersh, Kimya Dawson, Ingrid Michaelson, Glenn Hansard of The Frames & Swell Season, Apples in Stereo, Tommy James and the Shondells, Jolie Holland, Keren Ann, Guster, The Db's, Bob Mould, Vic Chesnutt & Elf Power, Rachel Yamagata, Calexico, Patti Smith, and others will be singing R.E.M. songs at Carnegie Hall on March 11th. "100% of net proceeds to benefit musical education programs for underprivileged youth." Regular tickets are on sale at the venue's site. VIP tickets are available at the event's own site (thx rajohn)...
Your VIP ticket includes entrance to the private artist reception taking place at City Winery featuring cuisine designed by Mario Batali. Food will be delicious and the free wine will be flowing. Join the artists and friends in New York's first full winery and amazing new event space. The party will start immediately after the concert and go to 1am. With a full stage and sound system at City Winery, we expect many musical surprises!Mario Batali and Michael Stipe are good friends. Michael Dorf is producing this whole event. Michael Dorf owns the new City Winery which is opening on New Years Eve which is the night Michael Dorf's old club Knitting Factory is closing (which Michael pointed out himself in that NY Press article).
Vic Chetnutt & Elf Power are also touring and playing NYC together in January.
Pro-shot video of R.E.M.'s encore in Mexico City the other day, below...
The Apples in Stereo @ Mercy Lounge in Nashville - July 29, 2008 (LaneCo)
photos by Elizabeth Weinberg
Earlimart (who are playing an in-store at Sound Fix tonight) were supposed to open at Masonic Temple, but now they're going to play a late show that night at Union Hall instead (after the Spinto Band residency show). And as you can see....
The Apples In Stereo - 2008 Tour Dates
...The Apples ask that we go to the Jersey show at Blend on Friday. And then we can watch them on The Colbert Report too. A few more pics from last weeked's Pitchfork Festival (that they DID play) below...
The Apples in Stereo, fresh off the heels of the release of their rarities and b-sides collection Electronic Projects For Musicians (Yep Roc/Simian/Elephant 6) are proud to announce new tour dates starting July 18 in Louisville, KY and capped-off in New York, NY on August 4 with a special musical performance on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report." This marks the first time Colbert has invited a musical guest to return for an encore performance/Tickets are still on sale for a show at The Brooklyn Masonic Temple on July 31st. Apples in Stereo are also playing Blend in Ridgewood on August 1st. All tour dates below.....
Maceo Parker in Prospect Park, 2006 (more)
Tickets are on sale for the following Brooklyn shows....
May 30 - Lose Your Shit Party w/ Escort, Herbaliser (DJ Set), Dego from 4Hero, DJ Smallchange317 Clermont Ave., at Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11205
Jun 1 - 651 Arts Presents: Toshi Reagon plus Sharde Thomas & The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band
Jun 18 - Jazzfest & boomBOOM Presents: MACEO PARKER & TBA
Jul 10 - Brooklyn Hip Hip Festival: REVIVE DA LIVE featuring Chris Dave with special guests Bilal, Smif & Wessin, Chip Fu, Ladybug Mecca , and surprise guests TBA
Jul 31 - APPLES IN STEREO / Earlimart / Posion Control Center
Aug 21 - SUZANNE VEGA plus CHRISTINA COURTIN
The Apples in Stereo are going on tour in September, and making stops at Musicfest in NJ, Maxwell's in NJ, and the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. All tour dates below....
Television - Marquee Moon alt take
It really is summer. Summerstage kicks of the concert season tonight in Central Park (Friday June 15th) with Cassandra Wilson & Olu Dara. Then tomorrow is the show I've really been waiting for: TELEVISION w/ Apples in Stereo & Dragons of Zynth (3-7 pm). AND Sunday - also 3-7 - Tiken Jah Fakoly, Idan Raichel Project, and DJ Kadafi. All three shows are FREE.
Apples in Stereo are also playing Housing Works tonight.
One of the bands playing on Saturday: The Apples In Stereo.
Where else are the Apples in Stereo playing? The huge free show with the legendary Television @ Central Park Summerstage on June 16, AND a much, much, much smaller show at Housing Works Used Bookstore (but not free) the day before.