Entries tagged with: Battles
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Kurt Vile / Thom Yorke / FJM / Health @ Pitchfork Paris 2015
Loosening his man-bun before losing himself to dance as he and producer and collaborator Nigel Godrich step out on stage before huge screens rushing through hypnotic visuals for 'The Clock', Yorke kicks off a flawlessly tight and mesmeric set - leaning heavily on Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, but adding a twitchier and more introverted mechanical menace to tracks from The Eraser and AMOK.Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2015 happened over Halloween Weekend (Oct 29-31) at the French capital's enormous Grande Halle de la Villette. Performers included Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, Kurt Vile, Run the Jewels, Father John Misty, Beach House, Deerhunter, Battles, HEALTH, Ariel Pink, Destroyer, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and more. Pictures from the weekend continue below...
As he jerks across the stage and howls into the vast Parisian venue, we realise that this is the most immersed and involved Yorke has been in a performance in quite some years. The intimate sounds of his solo work truly translate live, inspiring sheer hero worship throughout Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2015. This shall be a talking point for years to come. - [Gigwise]
photos by Christina Domingues
Battles' third (and first entirely instrumental) album La Di Da Di is out now and the band's tour in support of it hit NYC for their second time this week. They played Saint Vitus back in August before the album was out, and on Tuesday (10/20) they hit the much larger Webster Hall. Opening was another experimental pop artist, Xenia Rubinos.
Pictures continue below...
photos by Greg Cristman
"Battles at St. Vitus just now was one of the most inspiring shows I've seen in I don't know how long." - Jonathan Cohen
Four years after their last record, Battles are back and ready to regain their focus as one of the tightest live bands in indie rock. "We've played a few shows, but this is our first real show back" they stated as they welcomed a home town crowd in Brooklyn.Experimental rockers Battles are releasing their third (and first entirely instrumental) album, La Di Da Di, on September 18 via Warp, and they'll be supporting it on tour this fall. Ahead of that though, the band decided to squeeze in a couple festival dates and a sole club show at NYC's Saint Vitus (8/20). We caught that show, which included a lot of the new album, plus old favorites like "Atlas" and "Ice Cream." Pictures, including shots of openers Activator, are in this post.
As they set to unleash their new album, their third overall and second as a trio, the group have eased into their sound of epic experimentation. Battles do a fantastic job of letting their music run wild. As songs progress, things seem to spiral out of control right until the moment when the band reels everything back into place with extreme precision. Carefully crafted, the songs come to life slowly as they build into powerful riffs and melodic hooks one on top of the other until together, they release all of their tension sending tunes into rapturous overdrive. [OMG-NYC]
Their proper tour brings the band back to NYC on October 20 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available. More pictures from Vitus below...
Via press release...
FYF Fest's 12th year kicks off this Saturday at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena & Exposition Park. Kanye West will now headline Saturday night's Main Stage. Frank Ocean has decided on his own terms to cancel his appearance.Tickets are still available, and this lineup tweak may have upped their demand just a bit. Check out the full schedule.
With a lineup that already includes Morrissey, D'Angelo and the Vanguard, FKA Twigs, Chet Faker, Flume, Belle & Sebastian and more, FYF Fest is excited to have Kanye West play this weekend in his newly adopted home of Los Angeles.
by Andrew Sacher
How do you pronounce the title of your third album, and how did you come up with it?After an album with former vocalist Tyondai Braxton, and then an album with guest vocalists, Battles are going completely instrumental for album number three, La Di Da Di, due September 18 via Warp. The first single from the album is "The Yabba," a seven-minute song that's mathy, eccentric, and unmistakably the work of Battles. Rolling Stone premiered it, along with an interview that's quoted above. Head over their way to listen.
Stanier: Like the Slick Rick song.
Williams: The one idea behind it was that it's an instrumental record, so what words describe instrumental music? Using "la la la" -- like generic voicings for singing -- using this to describe instrumental music. It's sort of a playful, whimsical thing that takes pressure off of us by saying, "We're not overwhelming you with heaviness or anything." [Rolling Stone]
photo: Battles at ATP NJ 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Earlier this year, Battles announced three US dates for August, including Portland's MusicFestNW, LA's FYF Fest, and Brooklyn's Saint Vitus (8/20). Now the band expanded their schedule to include a much longer North American run in the fall.
In addition to the Saint Vitus show, which is now sold out, Battles will also play a larger NYC show on October 20 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/17) at 10 AM.
Raleigh, NC's annual Hopscotch Music Festival returns this year from September 10-12, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Godflesh, X, TV on the Radio, Deerhunter, Battles, Roky Erickson, Old Man Gloom, Le1f, Eyehategod, Pusha T, Dwight Yoakam, Owen Pallett, Chelsea Wolfe, Sannhet, Mitski, Nots, Tombs, Jessica Pratt, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Sheer Mag, Cakes Da Killa, Jeny Hval, Prurient, and many more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
by Bill Pearis
Tyondai Braxton's new album, HIVE1, is out next week via Nonesuch. The record was born from his high-concept 2013 Guggenheim installation, HIVE, and plays like the soundtrack to a single-take shot through a wormhole, where form meets the very abstract. You can stream HIVE1 in full via NPR.
Braxton will again be doing HIVE live performances soon, which involve himself and four other musicians playing in linked pods:
The piece was created as a live multimedia work that was part architectural installation and part ensemble performance with five musicians sitting cross-legged atop their own space-age oval pods. Designed by Danish architect Uffe Surland Van Tams, each pod was programmed to complete the sonic mood of the piece with ever-changing LED light emitting through its perforated wooden walls.You can check out video from the Guggenheim performances below. Braxton will perform HIVE at Montreal's Mutek Festival at the end of May, and then he will then bring it back to NYC for three nights at The Kitchen from June 4-6. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.
Tyondai's onetime bandmates, Battles, have some upcoming live dates too.
photo: Battles at ATP NJ 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Experimental rock group Battles revealed earlier this year that they're working on the followup to 2011's Gloss Drop, and they also recently began announcing 2015 shows. The only US dates announced so far are Portland, OR's MusicFestNW, LA's just-announced FYF Fest, and a club show at NYC's Saint Vitus on August 20. Tickets for Vitus go on sale at 11 AM on Friday (5/8).
They're also doing a few dates in Europe, including the Primavera Sound festival. All dates are listed, with a live video, below...
LA's annual FYF Fest returns August 22 & 23, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Morrissey, The Jesus & Mary Chain, D'Angelo, Frank Ocean, Bloc Party, Run the Jewels, Deerhunter, Belle & Sebastian, Spiritualized, Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Joyce Manor, Title Fight, METZ, Cold Cave, Melody's Echo Chamber, Battles, Neon Indian, Alvvays, La Femme, Mikal Cronin, Hop Along and more.
Tickets go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon PDT. Full lineup below...
Portland, Oregon's MusicfestNW takes place at the city's Tom McCall Waterfront Park on August 21-23 and the festival has now announced this year's lineup. The 15th edition of the festival features appearances from Modest Mouse, Beirut, The Tallest Man on Earth, Belle and Sebastian, Danny Brown, Battles, Title Fight, Lady Lamb and many more. Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday (4/24) at 1o AM Pacific (1 PM EDT), with early bird 3-day passes going for $105 and single-day early birds starting at $35.
Check out the lineup in full below...
How to Dress Well at Flow Festival 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As discussed, How to Dress Well is playing one of the last-ever Glasslands shows on December 16, and it's since been revealed that he'll be appearing live in NYC the day after that too. On December 17 at Verboten, HTDW will take part in SPIN and Microsoft's The Connect Sessions, which "pairs groundbreaking artists across the worlds of music, digital design, and visual art to build one-of-a-kind, collaborative pieces of content."
The pairings include Ian Williams of Battles/Don Caballero with visual artist Ron Amstutz, How to Dress Well with multi-media artist Melissa Matos (TRUSST), and electronic musician Com Truise with videographer Deborah Johnson (aka CandyStations). The show goes from 8 PM to midnight, and is 21+. To get in, you have to RSVP.
Watch a video from How to Dress Well's 2014 album, below...
By Ian Chainey
Aphex Twin's Richard D. James
Much like the Merge label, Warp Records is ringing in its 25th anniversary this year. The lauded electronic label will celebrate with the Warp25 on September 14, 19, and 20 at Krakow, Poland for three special engagements.
The first (9/14) will be Squarepusher assembled chamber arrangements featuring Sinfonietta Cracovia that will interpret the works of Squarepusher and modern classical composers Messiaen, Xenakis, and Ligeti. The second (9/19) showcases the London Sinfonietta reworking Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada compositions, along with John Cage and Steven Reich.
The finale (9/20) is the the Warp25 blowout, sporting a bill of Autechre, Battles, Bibio, Darkstar, Hudson Mohawke, LFO (the first one), Patten, Plaid DJs, and Rustie. This will be Battles first live show in nearly three years, debuting brand new material and will be their only show of 2014. Autechre (the duo of Rob Brown and Sean Booth) will likewise be playing their first live show in nearly three years, debuting lots of new material, and it's their only gig this year.
Tickets for all three Warp25 events are on sale now (the ticket site's in Polish, be warned). There's also an official Warp25 Spotify Playlist and you can check out the full lineups below. See you in Poland!
The one name on Warp's roster that pretty much everyone would like to hear from again is Aphex Twin. While we wait for him to release something new (it could happen, just ask Kevin Shields), one of the lost treasures from his discography, the Caustic Window LP, is finally seeing a release thanks to a music forum, Kickstarter, and 4,116 contributors.
Caustic Window, one of Richard D. James's many recording aliases, cut a few EPs in the early '90s for Rephlex that were later collected on Compilation. According to Mike Paradinas -- the guy behind µ-Ziq and operator of Planet Mu records -- there were plans for a full Caustic Window album:
In the interview, Mike described the tracks in detail, and went on to explain that only 4 people at the time were known to have a vinyl test pressing of the album - Richard James, Chris Jeffs (aka Cylob), Grant Wilson-Claridge (co-founder of Rephlex Records) and Mike himself. Each person was sworn to never make copies of the music, and for 20 years, not a single track had ever been commercially released (with the exception of two tracks that appeared on compilations).Then, out of nowhere, the record hit the Discogs marketplace. The We Are the Music Makers forum rounded up resources, got in touch with Rephlex for digital distribution rights, set up a Kickstarter, and $67,424 later there's new/old, old/new Richard D. James music out in the world. And the effort to make it available was worth it. Caustic Window, streaming below from a YouTube upload, falls in the middle of early Analogue Bubblebath installments and Hangable Auto Bulb. Of course, in typical James fashion, there's plenty that has little precedence at all. The physical copy is currently listed on eBay, with the winning bid split between James and a charity.
The full Warp25 lineup along with the Caustic Window stream appears below....
Paris/Berlin producer Rone is planning on following up his 2012 album, Tohu Bohu, with a new three-track single, Apache, on April 7 via InFiné. No music released from the new single yet, but you can check out a Tohu Bohu bonus cut, "Pool," which features Battles drummer John Stanier, below. While Rone may not sound much like Battles, they do share a knack for experimental and unconventional music, so if you're into that, you might wanna check this out.
Rone will be heading over to North America around the time his new single is released for a short tour leading up to his appearance on the Do Lab stage at Coachella. That tour hits NYC on April 3 at Glasslands. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/21) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with that song stream, below...
Tyondai Braxton at ATP NYC 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Ex-Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton will present his new multimedia project, HIVE, in NYC at the Guggenheim Museum on March 21 as part of the museum's Works & Process series. The project is being co-presented by Wordless Music and will feature musicians Ben Vida, Yuri Yamashita, Jared Soldiviero, and John Ostrowski, and architect/carpenter Uffe Surland Van Tams. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer below.
Tyondai has other upcoming appearances and events in NYC including premiering his new work, Trems, which is being performed by Bang On A Can at Merkin Concert Hall on March 14 for an event that also features music by Dan Deacon, Anna Clyne, Paula Matthusen, Johann Johannsson, and Fay Kueen Wang.
Tyondai and Ben Vida (who also performs at the HIVE show) are teaming up as a duo to perform as an opening act at Extra Life's last show ever which happens on January 19 at 285 Kent with Sam Mickens (who plays Mercury Lounge with Callers tonight [1/7]), Oneirogen, and a DJ set by NMCM (Krallice). Admission is $12 at the door. You can read Extra Life's goodbye message at their website.
All dates are listed below...
Curren$y @ SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
The Suzan @ Glasslands, September 2011 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
today in NYC
* Rachelle Garniez @ Barbes
* Noche Flamenca @ Joe's Pub
* Gareth Flowers @ The Stone
* Anthony Coleman @ The Stone
* Battles (DJ set) @ ACE Hotel
* Pierre de CGaillande @ Barbes
* Janeane Garofalo @ Eastville Comedy Club
* The Suzan, Freshkills, Kid Tested @ Don Pedros
* Perservation Hall Jazz Band @ McKittrick Hotel
* Sediment Club, Witch Wolf, Xaddax @ XPO 929
* American Opera, Graph Rabbit @ The Rock Shop
* Moon Boots, Sean Glass, Alex English @ The DL
* Puss 'N Boots, So Brown, The Robs @ The Bell House
* LVL UP, High Pop, Little Big League, Baked @ Big Snow
* Daniel Fisher, Morgan Louis, Volvox (DJ sets) @ The Flat
* Curren$y, Chase N Cashe, G-Two, Gramz, Dave East @ SOB's
* Platinum Vision, Combineharvester, Ala Muerte @ Cake Shop
* The Toothaches, Automatic Toys, Sweet Ones @ The Bowery Electric
* Modern Rivals, Loveskills, Vensaire, A Beacon School @ Cameo Gallery
* RobertCop, Courtesy Tier, The Canon Logic, Jonathan Hape @ Glasslands
* Island Twins, Priests, The Numerators, Shady Hawkins @ Death by Audio
* Country Mice, Legs Like Tree Trunks, Treatment, Slothbear @ Shea Stadium
* TV Baby, Linfinity, Hurrah! A Bolt of Light!, Sport of Kings @ Mercury Lounge
* Mr. Matthews, Maria Chavez, Mr. Transylvania, Other Vultures, Cum Blood @ Silent Barn
Dave, John and Ian of Battles are DJing at the Ace Hotel tonight from 8 PM - 2 AM. It's free.
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Sky Ferreira released a video for her new single "Lost In My Bedroom," and you can watch that below.
Toro Y Moi's new album, Anything in Return, is out January 22. He just released the video for the album's new single, "Say That," and you can watch that below.
Battles at ATP NY 2011 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Battles have been around for 10 years, believe it or not, and will be celebrating by spinning records tonight in NYC's East Village. Via their Facebook:
Tonight, Tuesday the 18th, from 9pm 'til late. Battles and friends will be at the Gin Palace on Ave A & 6th in NYC, playing records, for the unofficial, but honestly true, 10-year-anniversary of our first show. Come by! It's free to get in.Happy 10th Anniversary, guys. Go out and celebrate with them tonight -- again, they're just spinning records, it's not a show. But there will be drink specials from 9 - 10 PM.
Blonde Redhead at FFF Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Blonde Redhead have been quiet for most of 2012 (perhaps spent writing songs for their next album) but will play NYC on New Year's Eve at Irving Plaza with openers Beach Fossils (whose new album features vocals from BR's Kazu Makino). Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details on how to enter are below.
For a glimpse at what Blonde Redhead did do this year, the band gave us a Top 10 of 2012 list that includes, travel, food, parties, memories, live shows... and albums too (Dirty Projectors made their favorite). Check out their list below.
John Stanier of Battles/Tomahawk (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Tomahawk is back! The supercrew featuring Mike Patton (Faith No More, Fantomas, etc), Duan Denison (The Jesus Lizard), Trevor Dunn (Melvins Lite, Fantomas) and John Stanier (Battles, Helmet) has returned with a new LP Oddfellows, due this January via Ipecac. Check out an album teaser below.
So far Tomahawk has only one US date scheduled, at Voodoo this year. The show will be their first in nine years. Pray for a round two on the East side.
In the meantime, Mike Patton is still cranking out releases like his name was Robert Pollard. Luciano Berio Laborintus II is Patton's latest opus, due on 7/3 via Ipecac, and features the eclectic musician's reinterpretation of Luciano Berio's "Laborintus II". Get your copy at Ipecac.
Faith No More also have some shows scheduled this summer, as do Faith No More member Roddy Bottum's band Imperial Teen.
In related news: Melvins tickets for motherf*ckin' 6/30 Lit Lounge show go on sale today at the venue at 7PM. In still more related news, Gay Witch Abortion, who is also on the show, will play Union Pool the next night (July 1st) as part of a bill with Fashion Week and Gentlemen. $8 gets you in. Melvins also have lots more dates coming up too.
Tomahawk teaser is below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Das Racist / Battles... get a leg up
While Bonnaroo's roots come from the jamband scene, the festival's outlook has grown each year. The Red Hot Chili Peppers set provided a nod from the festival's past without losing the band's foothold in the present day. In various combinations, members Flea, Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer along with touring percussionist Mauro Refosco improvised their way before returning to the next number on the setlist... Earlier in the day, HR of Bad Brains looked and acted nowhere near the part of a hardcore hero. His bandmates kept the music's mix of powerful, fast numbers with an occasional reggae cooldown. The latter style was necessary after a dust cloud erupted from the crowd moshing and bodysurfing. A pleased Flea of the Chili Peppers watched from the side of the stage. -[Jambands]Bonnaroo 2012's third day (on June 9th) featured a trio of headline performances including Alice Cooper, Spectrum Road (which featured John Medeski, Jack Bruce, Vernon Reid and Cindy Blackman Santana), and a "Superjam" put on by Questlove of The Roots that featured Mr. Brown Sugar himself, D'Angelo, in his first US appearance in over ten years. The "Superjam" also featured appearances from members of The Time and Parliament-Funkadelic, who covered somgs by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Hendrix and more across the 90 minute set. Setlist and video from that set is below.
More photos from Day 3, including Bad Brains, Das Racist, Battles, Santigold (who plays a free show in Chicago Thursday), Gary Clarke Jr., Mogwai (who performs in NYC twice this week), Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice Cooper, Skrillex, Danzig Legacy (who went on an anti-photo tirade), GZA with Grupo Fantasma (who perform together in Brooklyn twice this week) and more are below. If you missed it, check out photos from Bonnaroo's first day HERE and second day HERE.
Terry and Gyan Riley have been performing together since the late 90's and have appeared in concert throughout the USA and Europe. The music has a connection to the improvising traditions of both Jazz and Indian Classical but more importantly depends on a synchronous intuition that has developed between a father and a son. Sometimes they begin with a structure where melodic, harmonic, modal and rhythmic elements are predetermined along with a flow chart of sequential events but one of their favorite forms is starting from a place where neither performer has an overview and they must find their way together. Terry on piano, keyboard and vocals, has been on the worlds stages for over 50 years. Gyan has generated a lot of excitement with his astounding guitar virtuosity and his brilliant compositions. In 2011 they appeared at All Tomorrow's Parties in Minehead England and at Moogfest in Asheville, North Carolina.Terry Riley & Gyan Riley (with help from percussionist David Cossin and violinist Tracy Silverman) play a seated show at Le Poisson Rouge Sunday (5/13). Tickets are still available.
Gyan Riley can also be found this month at the Stone, where he curated the second half (May 17 - 31) of venue's May programming. (Buke & Gase handled the first two weeks.) Riley's run kicks off Thursday, May 17 with a solo performance by Tracy Silvermann who uses loop pedals to create soundscapes with her six-string violin. The late show that night is BLIXT aka Bill Laswell (bass) Morgen Agren (drums) Raoul Bjorkenheim (guitar).
Other highlights include Ian Williams of Battles on May 19, guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Scott Amendola on May 22; pianist Jenny Lin playing works from various Merce Cunningham composers on May 23; Riley and percussionist Dave Cossin performing as Superballs! on May 26; and Bang on a Can/Paul Simon cohort Mark Stewart on May 27.
Full schedule for the Gyan Riley-curated second half of May at The Stone is below.
John Stanier w/ Battles at Treasure Island Music Fest 2011 (more by Autumn Andel)
First it was Dirty Projectors, then The Rapture and Prefuse 73, and on March 16, the 2012 One Step Beyond series at American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center will continue with DJ sets by John Stanier/Battles and Black Moth Super Rainbow. Tickets are on sale now.
Speaking of Battles, they'll release a remix album of every track off 2011's Gloss Drop called Dross Glop on April 17 via Warp. The album features remixes by Shabazz Palaces, The Field, Kode9, The Alchemist, Pat Mahoney and Denis McNany, Hudson Mohawke, and more. Listen to remixes by Kode9, Shabazz Palaces, The Field, and Gui Boratto below along with the tracklist.
"Superfly Presents and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The 11th annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 7 - 10 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2012 lineup will total over 125 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days.Tickets for the event will go on sale on this Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 12 noon EST exclusively at bonnaroo.com."Radiohead, Beach Boys, Phish, Little Dragon, SBTRKT, The Antlers, Bad Brains, Laura Marling, St. Vinent, Tune-Yards, Flying Lotus, and many more are playing Bonnaroo this year. Full list below...
photos by Autumn Andel
The Treasure Island Music Festival went down over two days on a small island in the San Francisco Bay, juggling two stages and acts that ranged from Death From Above 1979 to Cut Copy to St Vincent. The bands and sets were staggered so that changeovers allowed for the audience to see all of each band which, on day 1, included appearances from Death From Above 1979, Geographer, Aloe Blacc, The Naked & The Famous, Shabazz Palaces, YACHT (who play NYC in December), Battles, Dizzee Rascal, Chromeo, Buraka Som Sistema, Flying Lotus, Cut Copy, and Empire of The Sun...
"Sometimes a performance impresses you simply because of its natural and flawless flow. This was Chromeo on Saturday [10/15 at Treasure Island Music Festival]. The Montreal duo known for creating modern 80s-inspired electro-synth pop got one of the largest crowds of the day moving immediately as they opened with "Fancy Footwork." The hits kept coming with classics like "Don't Turn the Lights Off," "Bonafied Lovin," "Tenderoni" and set closer "Night by Night." Chromeo over the years has cemented themselves as one of the more fun and original acts in electronic music, Saturday was no disappointment whatsoever."Chromeo, who since played Moogfest, play their first of two shows at Terminal 5 tonight (11/4).
-[SF Station on the highlights at TIMF]
Belated pictures from day 1 of the Treasure Island Music Festival (which happened on 10/15) continue, more YACHT and Chromeo included, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Swans @ Paramount Theater