Entries tagged with: Arthur Russell
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Thao / Cults / Richard Reed Parry & Sam Amidon / Jake Shears, Lonnie Holley & more
Mr. Russell's eerie, solitary side was assigned to Lonnie Holley, singing in a bluesy, abstracted tone (and sometimes whistling) over clusters sustained on an electric keyboard; to Sam Amidon, who played terse banjo parts and sang with quizzical innocence; and to Richard Reed Parry, playing bass and singing just above a whisper. Devonté Hynes played guitar and sang the lean, meter-shifting indie rock that Mr. Russell recorded as a member of the Necessaries.Much like last year's William Onyeabor tribute, this year's Red Bull Music Academy closed out at BAM with a two-day tribute (May 29 & 30) -- this time to '80s NYC downtown scene icon Arthur Russell -- featuring a host of talented performers, including Dev Hynes, Sam Amidon with Richard Reed Perry, Thao Nguyen, Lonnie Holley, Cults, Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters and more artists from the Red Hot + Arthur Russell tribute album. Did you check out either night of the tribute shows? Pictures from the first night are in this post.
The band Cults expanded the distorted cello of Mr. Russell's "Being It" into a rock-guitar roar; "You Can Make Me Feel Bad" turned from a taunt into a cozy group-sing. And Mr. Bogie's house band, complete with a precise horn section, Latin percussion and lead singers including Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters and Kalmia Traver of Rubblebucket, reveled in disco tracks that Mr. Russell recorded as Loose Joints and Dinosaur L. - [New York Times]
This year's RBMA officially wrapped with another Russell tribute, a dance party late Saturday night (5/30) at Greenpoint's Good Room that spun tracks from Sleeping Bag Records, the hip hop/dance label Russell co-founded with Will Socolov and Juggy Gales in 1981. Anyone go to that?
More pics from BAM's Red Hot + Arthur Russell below...
Arthur Russell died in 1992 but left a lot of music unreleased. That includes Corn, an album featuring nine tracks Russell recorded in 1982 and 1983 that was intended for a 1985 release that never happened. A few of the songs surfaced on the 2004 compilation Calling Out of Context but all versions of Corn are previously unreleased. You can stream "Ocean Movie" and check out the album's tracklist below. Corn will be released June 9 via Audika Records.
As mentioned, there are some Arthur Russell events coming up in May as part of this year's Red Bull Music Academy, including the two-night Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell tribute concerts at BAM on May 29 & 30 featuring Sam Amidon, Cults, Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters) Redding Hunter, Dev Hynes, Thao Nguyen, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Rubblebucket, Little Scream and more. Tickets are still available.
There's also the tribute to Russell's Sleeping Bag Records at Good Room on May 31, featuring Kurtis Mantronik, onetime Studio 54 DJ Nicky Siano and Morgan Geist (Metro Area). Tickets for that night are available at the door.
Like last year, the 2015 Red Bull Music Academy will host a two-night tribute concert at BAM. Last year was William Onyeabor, and this year they'll be paying tribute to the late, great Arthur Russell whose music spanned folk, classical, dance and areas in between. The tribute concerts happen May 29 & 30 at BAM featuring Sam Amidon, Cults, Redding Hunter, Dev Hynes, Thao Nguyen, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Rubblebucket, Little Scream and more to be announced. (Originally listed as part of this, Phosphorescent is not currently on this lineup.) The show is co-presented by Red Hot, who released the Arthur Russell tribute album last year that all of these artists are featured on.
Tickets will be on sale soon. A little more info from RBMA:
The epitome of a postmodern musician, Arthur Russell changed the rules in his much-too-brief lifetime. The Iowa-born composer, cellist and singer entered the Downtown NYC scene in the 1970s - and by the time he passed away in 1992, his influence had permeated virtually every aspect of it. Be it as the musical director of experimental art space The Kitchen; collaborator to Allen Ginsberg, David Byrne, and Ali Akbar Khan; disco innovator with his Loose Joints and Dinosaur L projects; or extraordinary solo musician - Arthur Russell was a master of many trades. To honor his legacy, the Red Hot Organization released the compilation Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell, featuring more than 20 artists paying musical tribute. Over the course of two special evenings at BAM, the Red Bull Music Academy teams up with Red Hot to bring together an all-star cast of musicians to bring the compilation to life.RBMA will wrap up its 2015 slate with another Arthur Russell-related show at Good Room on May 31, this one paying tribute to Sleeping Bag Records, the hip hop/dance label he co-founded with Will Socolov and Juggy Gales in 1981 that released records by Mantronix, Just-Ice, T La Rock and EPMD to Nocera, Joyce Sims, and Kariya. Kurtis Mantronik, onetime Studio 54 DJ Nicky Siano and Morgan Geist (Metro Area) will play Sleeping Bag sets. Tickets will be on sale soon.
If you're unfamiliar with Arthur Russell's music, you can stream a few of his records (via Rdio) below, and acclaimed documentary, Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell is available via iTunes, Amazon and other streaming services.
photo: Merzbow at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
This year includes a night of all African electronic artists at Villain, a GHE20G0TH1K's biggest ever party which will happen at BK Bazaar with a big lineup including New Orleans Bounce 'sissy rapper' Sissy Nobby's first-ever NYC appearance, the premiere of a new Kid Millions (of Oneida) piece with 20 musicians, a conversation with A$AP Rocky, a PC Music showcase with all their artists and SOPHIE at BRIC House, a conversation with George Clinton, the biggest-ever Nothing Changes party at Output with Merzbow and many others, a Tri Angle Records 5th anniversary party on Wall Street with most of the label's roster, the return of Frankie Bones' Storm Rave party, the debut of FKA twigs' new live show with dancers and more, an Arthur Russell tribute with Dev Hynes, Cults,
Phosphorescent (UPDATE: Phosphoresent was initially listed as part of this but is no longer on the lineup), Sam Amidon, Little Scream and more.
Tickets are on sale. The full schedule, with more info, below...
The Twilight Sad in Boston in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Earlier this year, The Twilight Sad dropped their latest album Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave on FatCat, and it was recently named #1 Album of the Year by Drowned In Sound. Now, they are set to headline a North American tour in support of it in 2015, which includes SXSW and a NYC date happening on February 24 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (12/19), and a fan presale for all dates begins Wednesday (12/17) via the band's website.
The band are also now streaming their cover of Arthur Russell's "I Couldn't Say It To Your Face," which was originally only available on their tour EP, Oran Mor. That EP will be expanded in 2015, but most details are still TBA. Meanwhile, listen to the cover, with the list of tour dates, below...
Hot Chip at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
We've already heard Sufjan Stevens' contribution to Red Hot's upcoming Arthur Russell tribute LP (due 10/21 via Yep Rec), and now Hot Chip have shared their cover of "Go Bang," via Pitchfork. Check it out below...
Sufjan in Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Sufjan Stevens is among the impressive group of musicians contributing to Red Hot's Arthur Russell tribute album (due out 10/21 via Yep Roc), and his cover of "A Little Lost" just premiered over at Pitchfork. You can stream it below, and the song is an instant download if you pre-order the LP from iTunes.
Listen, with a message from Sufjan about the cover, below...
by Bill Pearis
Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess released a 7" for Record Store Day 2014 via O Genesis, the label he runs with Nik from Factory Floor. The A-side is "Oh Men," a collaboration with Lambchop's Kurt Wagner who worked on Burgess' 2012 LP, Oh No I Love You. The B-side is a cover of Arthur Russell's great "I Couldn't Say it to Your Face." The later features saxophone from Love of Life Orchestra's Peter Gordon, who played on many of Russell's records and in his live band. He tells The Quietus how it came to be:
The cover is originally by Arthur Russell and is a song of his I was doing on my last solo tour. We loved performing it but it was always on my mind to record it. By a series of various alignments of New York minimal disco planets I found myself working with someone who worked closely with Arthur, a composer/arranger/genius called Peter Gordon, who also happened to be the head honcho of Love Of Life Orchestra. Peter had worked on much, if not most, of Russell's recorded material and was the key member of his live set up too. I wasn't sure if it was the dumbest thing imaginable to ask him to work with me on a cover of a song that he played on so long ago. Peter said it took him 35 years to get that song out of his head, now it's back again... He wasn't sure if it was the dumbest thing imaginable, too, so we recorded 'I Couldn't Say It To Your Face'.Where the original version of "I Couldn't Say it to Your Face" is sad and beautiful, Burgess puts just a little sunshine into his cover, and a bit of a beat. We've got the premiere of its video, directed by Factory Floor visualist Dan Tombs, in this post.
You may remember that Gordon opened for Factory Floor at 285 Kent back in December and DFA released a Love of Life Orchestra compilation back in 2010.
Watch the video below...
At the encouragement of Bob Dylan, Beat poet Allen Ginsberg went into the studio in 1971 to record his first ever album of music. He then re-entered the studio in 1976 and 1981 and finally in 1983 he compiled all of the recordings (which featured contributions from Dylan, members of his band, and Arthur Russell, and was produced by John Hammond Sr.) onto a double LP called FIrst Blues. Now, 30 years later, Ginsberg Recordings are reissuing the album in vinyl and digital formats, and to celebrate they're throwing a release party in NYC.
The celebration takes place on January 16 at Housing Works Cafe (126 Crosby St.) with Ginsberg's "friends, collaborators, relatives and co-conspirators" Lou Reed, Anne Waldman, Ambrose Bye, CA Conrad, Steven Taylor, Hettie Jones, Arthur's Landing, and others. A limited edition of "500 seven track vinyl that mimics the original style down to the newspaper insert" will be available at Housing Works that night and online.
That same night, Lou Reed's Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale will be doing a Nico tribute at BAM (1/16) with a number of guests including Kim Gordon, Sharon Van Etten, Mark Lanegan, Magnetic Fields, and more. Tickets for that show are still available.
Some song streams from First Blues below...
Toronto art pop musician Sandro Perri has a few dates scheduled to take place surrounding his appearance at this year's FYF Fest. They're a bit scattered at the moment so it looks like more might be revealed, but we know that one of them is a NYC show which happens on September 20 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All currently known dates are listed below.
Sandro Perri is also one of the many musicians being featured on the new Arthur Russell tribute album, This Is How We Walk on the Moon, that AIDS organization Red Hot (who are also responsible for Dark Was the Night, Red Hot + Rio and many other compilations) and Pitchfork are putting out. Sandro will join Robyn, Cut Copy, Hot Chip, Dan Boeckner, Twin Shadow, Washed Out, Laurel Halo, Sam Amidon, Devendra Banhart, Olof Arnalds, Jose Gonzalez, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, Chad VanGaalen, Glen Hansard, and many others for the album. The project is being funded on kickstarter. The Kickstarter video and a list of all participating artists is below.
Earlier this year, DFA put out a remix 12" of material from Sandro's 2011 LP, Impossible Spaces. The stream of Eluvium's remix of "Changes," a list of all currently known Sandro Perri dates, and the Arthur Russell tribute info are below.
DOWNLOAD: Olof Arnalds - Innundir Skinni (MP3)
Olof Arnalds @ SXSW 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Talented Icelandic songwriter Olof Arnalds has an amazing new record, Innundir skinni (translation: Under the Skin), coming out September 14th on One Little Indian. The album's title track, an acoustic-guitar-and-voice ballad produced (as the whole album is) by Kjartan Sveinsson of Sigur Ros, is posted above. That song will also appear on a forthcoming 7" single featuring Arthur Russell's "Close My Eyes" on the b-side. An intimate performance of that cover is below.
Olof in NYC for a show at Rockwood Music Hall tonight (July 19th) where she'll be accompanied by Skuli Sverrisson (Laurie Anderson's musical director) on electric bass. Tickets are still on sale. After that she travels to the West Coast for shows with Jonathan Richman.
Bjork make a guest appearance on an Innundir skinni song. She'll also pop up on the new Antony and the Johnsons album, Swanlights, due in October. There she sings on a duet called "Flétta" (the Icelandic word for both braid and lichen). Bjork recently put out a collaboration with Dirty Projectors, and will be holding a press conference today (7/19) to protest a new deal that would give Magma Energy of Canada a 65 year lease (renewable for 65 more) on Iceland's geothermal power. She said to the Financial Times about the it:
"Most people feel this is something the nation should keep....Especially after the bank crash, after witnessing all the criminal gambling with precious things... This deal smells like the leftovers from the corruption that brought us the bank crash."Video below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Surfer Blood - Swim (MP3)
Surfer Blood @ Market Hotel in February (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will be at Other Music for Record Store Day. It's their only NYC date at the moment. Their tour with Surfer Blood and Hooray for Earth doesn't start til June (and doesn't have an NYC date yet). All of those dates are below.
For Record Store Day, Surfer Blood will be dropping a split single with Holiday Shores. One side is Surfer Blood's "Take It Easy (live)" featuring Marnie Stern, and the other is Holiday Shores' "Your Motion Says," an Arthur Russell cover. Russell's disco-burner original is below along with video of Marnie performing with Surfer Blood at Cameo on New Years Eve.
Surfer Blood was recently featured on the web show Dirty Laundry. Video of that show and all tour dates (plus details on Hooray for Earth's Cinco de Mayo show at LPR) are below...
tonight in NYC
* Violent Bullshit @ ABC No Rio
* Ponytail, Javelin @ The Bell House
* Rosanne Cash @ St. Ann's Warehouse
* Owen, The One AM Radio @ Union Hall
* Clutch, Lionize, Wino @ Irving Plaza
* Drummer, Royal Bangs @ Mercury Lounge
* Lord of the Rings @ Radio City Music Hall
* Mason Jennings, Anni Rossi @ Maxwell's
* Pierced Arrows, Thee Oh Sees @ Maxwell's
* Kiss, Buckcherry @ Madison Square Garden
* An Evening Without Monty Python @ Town Hall
* Mirah, Norfolk and Western @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Black Hollies, The Nouvellas @ Glasslands
* Bryan Scary & The Shredding Tears @ 92YTribeca
* Timber Timbre, Kate-Miller Heidke @ Mercury Lounge
* Stigma, No Redeeming Social Value @ Santos Party House
* Radio Happy Hour w/ Tunde Adebimpe @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Revival Times, The Frontier Needs Heroes, Zachary Cale @ Zebulon
* Big Digits, Ghost Mall, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt @ Shea Stadium
* Youth Group, Don Lennon, Rubik Band, The Ghost Is Dancing @ Pianos
* Rainbow Party, Le Rug, Grocery Thief, Michael Jordan @ Silent Barn
* Peelander-Z, Math the Band, Uncle Monsterface @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Arthur Russell Tribute Concert & Reading @ Housing Works Bookstore & Cafe
* Hard Fest w/ Crookers, Major Lazer, Rusko, Jack Beats, Destructo @ Terminal 5
* Monotonix, Ill Ease, Turbo Fruits, Static Static, Stalkers, Emok @ Market Hotel
* Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, Dirt Blue Gene @ Music Hall of W
* Roadside Graves, The Parson Red Heads, Loom, Exotic Animal Petting Zoo @ Lit
* Dinosaur Feathers, pow wow!, Reina Del Camino, Lame Drivers, Clean Equations @ Bruar Falls
SET TIMES:Flashing Lights celebrates their One Year Anniversary at 88 Palace with Toddla T tonight.
1:00 - 2:00 CROOKERS
12:00 - 1:00 MAJOR LAZER
11:00 - 12:00 RUSKO
10:00 - 11:00 JACK BEATS
9:00 - 10:00 DESTRUCTO
(Doors at 8:00 pm)
Black Keys side-proj Drummer plays Mercury Lounge with Royal Bangs.
Monotonix headline a bill with Ill Ease, Turbo Fruits, Static Static, Stalkers and Emok at Market Hotel. How was last night's show at Santos?
Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, playing behind new disc Through The Devil Softly, visit Music Hall of Williamsburg with Dirt Blue Gene. It's sold out, but tickets are still available to the Monday show.
Pierced Arrows and Thee Oh Sees, two well-paired low-fi garage acts, play Maxwell's. For Thee Oh Sees, it will be their fourth NYC-area show in 3 days.
Ponytail and Javelin play The Bell House with the recently-added Fiasco.
Rosanne Cash plays a special 'List' show at St. Ann's Warehouse for the second night in a row.
Housing Works Bookstore & Cafe hosts an Arthur Russell Tribute Concert & Reading with "Solo and duo performances of Arthur Russell music by Mira Billotte, Joyce Bowden, Peter Gordon, Steven Hall, Nick Hallett, Rachel Henry, Alex Waterman, Peter Zummo and others. Book signing for Hold on to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, a new biography of Arthur Russell, with author Tim Lawrence."
Arthur Russell's legacy is also being celebrated with Nomi at Public Assembly tonight.
TV Ghost played Silent Barn last night. Video below...
P.S.1 has announced the lineup for its annual series of Saturday afternoon dance parties in Long Island City. Last year's program featured live music and DJ sets by James Murphy, James Chance & the Contortions and Tony Conrad to name a few.
This year, we get the Arthur Russell ensemble Arthur's Landing, Talibam! and The Phenomenal Handclap Band (on the same bill), Xeno & Oaklander, Growing, Glenn Branca and more. Full schedule, and more info, below...
A movie w/ special guests @ the IFC Center in NYC this weekend...