Entries tagged with: Battles
Ahead of their heavily anticipated and imminent second studio album, NYC heroes Battles return to the live stage to headline a couple of dates, one in their hometown of New York and another in their second home of London.Battles play (Le) Poisson Rouge on Tuesday, October 26th. Tickets are on sale now.
Many of you will be pleased to know that Battles are currently in the studio recording a new album and no doubt new material which the band have described as 'magnanimous' will be showcased live.
These forthcoming dates x herald something special as this will be Battles' first outing since going into the studio and after an extensive break from the live circuit.
First up is an intimate fan show at Le Poisson Rouge in New York and later the same week they fly over to the UK to headline ATP's annual Halloween extravaganza Release the Bats with a stellar line up including Beak>, The Field, Walls DJ set & Tweak Bird. [Warp]
As it says above, they'll also be playing London October 30th. Tickets are on sale for that too.
Videos are below...
photos by Ryan Muir
"Though the undercards threw devastating curveballs -- Pivot's set was punchy yet serene, Flying Lotus's DJ set spanned everything from his earlier EPs to wobbling, quaking dubstep 12"s -- it was the evening's headliners that offered the most surprises. !!! sounded loose and fluid in their only New York date of 2009; "Must Be the Moon," normally an insistent, beeping rave-up, became looser and more open, with looser, longer guitar leads; "Heart of Hearts," normally clenched around tense guitar and synth riffs, was practically liquid, echoing and ringing instead. Indeed, when the band previewed a new track, "Treat Me Right," they sounded (however remotely) like the Band, with old organ whirs girding the rhythm section's grooves. !!! is a band that's built its name on its rhythmic force, but even in this smoother, more limber style, the band sounded right at home. Frontman Nic Offer got to strut his stuff, and the band's rhythm section, which included two drummers and an additional percussionist, got to embellish their songs with more cymbal color.Battles also played new songs...
But changes aside, !!! was also thoroughly upstaged by Battles, the night's headlining act. Playing their only North American show of the year, the American foursome treated the event like a special occasion." [PAPER]
"Among the new works played were tracks called "Sweetie and Shag" (a vocal and bass-heavy track), "SDICT" (which starts as a sparse set of back-and-forths between Braxton, Williams and Konopka and eventually comes to a crescendo when Stanier's drums kick in) and "Sanford and Son" (which features Williams playing a loop in the middle of the song that sounds like what would happen if an accordion and a harmonica had a child -- this was by far the best-received moment of the evening). Though it initially sounded out of place, the band played around it, letting the music evolve into something entirely different by the end." [MTV]The Friday night gig at Terminal 5 was the first of three Warp20 shows that happened over the weekend. The final one took place Saturday night with Jamie Lidell at Le Poisson Rouge. Pictures of Pivot HERE. The rest from Terminal 5, below...
"The prospect of an established rock musician venturing into classical territory will probably always raise eyebrows, and rightly so. It takes a major leap of faith to view Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio or Billy Joel's Fantasies & Delusions as anything other than a misguided stab at legitimacy.Central Market is out on September 15th via Warp Records. Battles plays with !!!, Flying Lotus and Pivot tonight (9/4) at Terminal 5. Set times below.
Fortunately, Central Market, a new album of compositions by Tyondai Braxton--best known for his work with the innovative instrumental-rock quartet Battles, which plays this week as part of Warp20, an anniversary celebration for its esteemed label--falls on the extreme opposite end of the spectrum. No puffed-up vanity project, this set of lush, highly kinetic pieces, performed with the Wordless Music Orchestra, ranks among the year's most forward-thinking releases. And despite its grand scope, sci-fi-esque weirdness, cryptic titles and dearth of lyrics, the album is surprisingly accessible. For fans of Battles, this brand of listener-friendly experimentation shouldn't come as a shock: Despite its considerable oddness, the band's last effort, 2007's Mirrored, stunned the indie-rock set with its furiously funky rhythms and crystalline melodies." [Time Out]
And the Warp Records festival continues on Saturday with two shows. First is the free show at the World Financial Center that Flying Lotus was supposed to play before he was switched to the Terminal 5 show. The new lineup will "include sets from electronic masters Jimmy Edgar, Hudson Mohawke and Clark, as well as Warp DJs." The party continues Saturday night at Le Poisson Rouge with a show by Jamie Lidell, The Hundred in the Hands and Born Ruffians. Maybe because of the late set time, last minute notice, and holiday weekend, but tickets are still on sale.
After many months of planning, Wordless Music is deliriously proud to announce details of Warp20 NYC, the second and only U.S. installment in a series of worldwide events taking place this year in Paris, Tokyo, London, and Sheffield.The fest so far includes a September 4th show at Terminal 5 with Battles, !!!, Prefuse 73 and Pivot. Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon. General sale starts Friday, July 24th at noon.
Warp20 NYC will be a four-day celebration of the music, films, and 20th anniversary of the the peerless UK label Warp Records, without which there would surely have never been a Wordless Music series.
On September 3-6, in venues across New York City, Warp artists Battles, Flying Lotus, Chris Clark, !!!, Prefuse 73, Pivot, and Hudson Mohawke will headline shows in two different venues, while The New Museum offers free and continuous screenings of full-length features, documentaries, music videos, and shorts from several dozen directors hailing from around the globe.
The other confirmed fest show will be a free concert at the World Financial Center Winter Garden with Flying Lotus, Chris Clark and Hudson Mohawke on September 5th.
The "kick off" for Warp20 NYC (two months before the fest...) will be tonight's (7/22) Alarm Will Sound show at (Le) Poisson Rouge. The program for the night commemorates the five-year anniversary of the group's 2005 album Acoustica with chamber orchestra arrangements of music by Aphex Twin, Autechre, Mochipet, John Dowland, and The Beatles. Nic Offer from the band !!! will DJ the late show. Tickets for both the late and early shows are still on sale.
Also starting tonight (7/22), and also celebrating 20 years of a record label's existence: XX Merge (the Merge Records party in North Carolina).
The full program for tonight's LPR show, with more info on Warp20 NYC, below...
Lincoln Center Damrosch Park bandshell - August 2008 (miro.m)
This year's Lincoln Center Out of Doors (LCOOD), three weeks of FREE music and dance on the plazas of Lincoln Center, will run from August 5 through August 23. The 39th annual edition of the festival will present a wide range of music and dance events by dozens of international, U.S. and local artists, highlighted by New York, U.S. and world premieres and debuts and special commissions. Out of Doors opens Wednesday, August 5 with the worldwide debut of the Asphalt Orchestra, a new marching band developed by Bang on a Can, premiering works commissioned for Lincoln Center's 50th Anniversary from Goran Bregovic, Tyondai Braxton (of Battles), and Stew and Heidi Rodewald. The band will also perform original arrangements of iconoclastic rock, jazz, and classical material--all to movement created by MacArthur Fellowship winning choreographer Susan Marshall. Asphalt Orchestra will kick-off the first five consecutive nights of Out of Doors at 7 p.m., performing in different locations across Lincoln Center's campus, with a varying playlist each night. The opening night concert at the Damrosch Park Bandshell at 7:30 is a double-bill with Out of Doors alum The Dave Brubeck Quartet (marking the 50th Anniversary of the landmark album Time Out) with guest soloist, oud virtuoso Simon Shaheen, and Iraqi-American jazz trumpeter Amir ElSaffar leading the New York debut of his Two Rivers Large Ensemble.]The Asphalt Ochestra shows also include "world-premiere arrangements of works by: Björk, Meshuggah, Charles Mingus, Colon Nancarrow, Frank Zappa."
And Lincoln Center and Wordless Music are again planning a performance of Rhys Chatham's Crimson Grail for 200 Electric Guitars. It'll be happening Saturday, August 8th at Damrosch Park. Let's hope they've secured a rain location, or this could be an annual thing. Section leaders include David Daniell, John King, Seth Olinsky (Akron/Family) and Ned Sublette. The fest is taking applications to volunteer as a guitarist or bassist for the event. Also on the bill for that is "seminal funk-punk band Liquid Liquid."
Other highlights on the schedule are "a pairing of Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré with Raul Midón", The Derek Trucks Band, and Slavic Soul Party.
Closing out the festival will be the 26th Annual Roots of American Music Festival at the Damrosch Park Bandshell, an event that'll touch on the blues (Four Women: A Tribute to Odetta, Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln and Eartha Kitt), Creole music (The Louisiana Renegades), country (Texas Tornados: Tribute to Doug Sahm), and "Mazel Tov, Mis Amigos: The Lost World of Latin-Jewish Sound" with Afro-Jazz bandleader Arturo O'Farrill.
Full schedule below...
This weekly post was really just meant to be an (arguably) interesting news roundup of where (mostly BV-covered) music and musicians are showing up besides in our stereos/computers/headphones/players/etc. Like all news, it might be positive, negative or neither depending on your point of view. Whether or not an artist is "selling out" by licensing their song to a particular product advertisement and/or TV show is always going to be a valid issue/argument/debate, but I removed "It's Not Selling Out Anymore" from the post title because, lighthearted or not, I think it was making this post into something it's not. Most importantly, I didn't want the title to be misconstrued as an official BrooklynVegan position on anything. There will always be (arguably) cringe-worthy examples of licensing (see Of Montreal + Outback Steakhouse) and licensing-related broken (fan's) hearts (see The Moldy Peaches + Atlantis resorts), but a lot of licensing news (as you can see below), is (arguably) pretty neutral. Are there any Modest Mouse fans offended that a Modest Mouse song appears in a snowboarding video game? I doubt it. Does it bother anyone that Stars of the Lid gave a song to the Environmental Defense Fund? Probably only people that are anti-polar bear... That's all I wanted to say.... I won't write intros to these posts after this week (please try to keep the conspiracy theories to a minimum!), so without further ado... it's "This Week in Music Licensing"...
by Ryan Barkan
Battles @ Irving Plaza (more by Bao Nguyen)
42 Below likes to do things because they can, like make Vodka and wear white suits. The New Zealand spirit maker just launched a campaign and website around the brand's mantra, "Because We Can" - living by your own rules and following your dreams. Pretty deep. The web-based campaign consists of five short films and a user-generated video contest.
Each of the five short films have a few things in common - men in all white suits, left-of-center creative, art installations, cool music, and no relation whatsoever to Vodka. Carpet Cupcake uses Battles' 2007 jam "Atlas". Two different Boards Of Canada songs are used in Beach Dolls and Car Wrap. Domino artist Four Tet provides the sonic background to Mountain Rainbow, a spot where the white suit men create a huge arch of colored plastic chairs on top of a snowy mountain. South African electronic artist Felix Laband is used in Crate UFO.
Do you have a "because I can attitude"? Do you also like to make your own videos? Do you want to win some money for doing those things ($4200)? If so, you can head to the campaign's website to find out more about the contest.
Other Notable Licensing News:
Tokyo Police Club think it is "really cool and really awesome" that they made a cameo on Sunday night's (11/16) episode of Desperate Housewives. They entered a "battle of the bands" contest, performed "In A Cave", and had two of their song titles ("Shoulders And Arms" and "Cut Cut Paste") featured on the club walls as faux band posters. Even more, two band members have lines in the dialogue. Stereogum has the video. In semi-related news, TPC's Graham Wright just released a solo EP online as a free and/or pay download.
On the tube, Gossip Girl featured three tracks from the new Kings Of Leon album, Only By The Night; One Tree Hill for the second week in a row used a song by Margot & the Nuclear So-So's and also had a song by Earlimart; 90210 went with Kanye West, and Stereolab; CSI Miami used both Jenny Lewis and Bloc Party; NUMB3RS had Cold War Kids; Privileged used CSS; Grey's Anatomy had The Coral Sea. All this week Letterman is featuring cover bands.
Nissan'snew Canadian commercial "Morning Light" goes singer-songwriter with Alexi Murdoch's "Breathe". Nice song but I think they could have found a similar style track with a better lyrical match. Watch the video here.
Toshiba's UK agency breaks the broadcast mold a bit with a commercial featuring Matrix-esque cinematography while using the Crystal Castles song "Air War". Watch the video below.
Stars Of The Lid hit NYC's (le) Poisson Rouge on Friday 11/21; I wonder if they will play the serenely spatial "A Meaningful Moment Through A Meaningless Process", a song used by the Environmental Defense Fund to help fight global warming. The web commercial was released at the end of August. The powerful Polar Bear spot can be seen below.
What do 2008 Mercury Prize winning band Elbow and Electronic Arts have to do with each other? Elbow's song "Grounds For Divorce" is the soundtrack to the commercial announcing EA's new first person shooter, Left 4 Dead; the game hits shelves this upcoming week. Video is below.
Ubisoft Montreal just released Shaun White Snowboarding in North America. The game's soundtrack is a good mix of classic (Bob Dylan, Heart, Blue Öyster Cult, Living Colour, Run DMC, Harry Nilsson) and modern (Modest Mouse, MGMT, The Ting Tings, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) bands. Check out the full soundtrack at Wikipedia. Bob Dylan plays NYC this Friday night (11/21).
Interesting downloadable content (DLC) was made available this week via Xbox Live and Playstation Network for both Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Band 2: GH got both a Jimi Hendrix and Smashing Pumpkins three song pack and RB2 fans can now play the entire Foo Fighters album The Colour and the Shape.
photos by Chris Graham
Bumbershoot has evolved over the years, and no one knows that better than Norm Langill, president and CEO of One Reel, the not-for-profit company that produces the event. He's been involved with Bumbershoot since its beginning in the 1970s and is the one who ultimately takes the bouquets and brickbats, the praise and complaints.Bumbershoot 2008 coverage comes to an end with the rest of the pictures and reports from day three below..
As the 2008 festival drew to a close last Monday night, he looked out a picture window in the press room at the still-bustling crowd below and said, "I see people really engaged out there. A mixed crowd."
He turned to me, smiling.
"It was smooth. It was really smooth this year. I feel comfortable enough to not even ask about attendance." [The Seattle Times]
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Don Caballero - "Lord Krepelka" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Don Caballero - "Bulkeye" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Poison Arrows - "Casual Wave" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Poison Arrows - "Lockaway" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Poison Arrows - "Trailer Park" (MP3)
Punkgasm is out now, and it marks record number two for the revamped Don Caballero lineup with members of Cretia Bourzia. Check out "Lord Krepelka" and "Bulkeye" above and check Don Caballero out on August 23rd (Saturday) at the Knitting Factory with An Albatross, Ponytail and WFMU DJ Marty McSorley. Tickets are still available.
Back in 2003, when original member Damon Che decided to reform Don Cab, he reached out to former members Mike Banfield and Pat Morris to see if they wanted to participate. Both declined. Both are showcasing their new bands at Mercury Lounge in NYC September 1st. Tickets are at the door. Tropic Of Nelson is also on board.
Pat Morris is in The Poison Arrows who are knee deep into EP number three (Casual Wave was released on August 19th on File Thirteen Records). Check out the title track above, as well as a track from each from their two previous EPs.
Knot Feeder, featuring Mike Banfield, haven't updated their MySpace blog in a while, but they made it known that they recorded six tracks with J.Robbins at his studio Magpie Cage for an upcoming full-length in December, and that they were finishing it some time in February.
Don Cab dates HERE. PA & KF dates below...
Battles @ Summerstage - Aug 16, 2008 (fakebook)
today in NYC
* FREE SHOWS
* Brutal Truth @ Rebel
* Rancid @ Irving Plaza
* Gridlink in Jersey City
* Joseph Arthur @ Living Room
* Weedeater @ Knitting Factory
* King Crimson @ Nokia Theatre
* Oh No! Oh My! @ Mercury Lounge
* Boat & Magik Markers @ Cake Shop
* Oxford Collapse @ Sound Fix Records
* Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings @ Summerstage
* Aesop Rock, Panther & Chin Chin @ McCarren Pool
Bob Dylan is playing the Saratoga Music Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY tonight.
A video of Shearwater performing 'Leviathan, Bound' at Florence Gould Hall in NYC in May, below...
Battles @ Irving Plaza (more by Bao Nguyen)
Central Park Summerstage is the place to be for free shows on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Getting there early helps guarantee admission. I imagine that will especially be true on Sunday since Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings recently played sold out shows at both the Beacon and the Apollo.
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Don Caballero - "Bulkeye" (MP3)
Don Caballero - Punkgasm Album cover
As previously mentioned, Don Caballero play the Knitting Factory four days after Punkgasm drops (August 23rd) with An Albatross and Ponytail. The show is part of a greater tour. Tickets are still available. All dates below. Ponytail is also playing a shit-ton of other shows in NYC.
An Albatross recently interviewed former members of The VSS (currently Red Sparowes) for Revolver and have a new album of their own coming soon on Eyeball. One of those songs, "...And Now Emerges The Silver Pilgrim" is streaming at their myspace.
photos by Bao Nguyen
Battles opened for Gnarls Barkley at the 150th MySpace Secret Show at Irving Plaza in NYC last night (June 8 2008). It was hot. They were hot. It was Bao's first time seeing Battles. He thought they were the highlight of the evening. More pics & tour dates below....
Battles @ Sasquatch 2008 (more by Chris Graham)
today in NYC & NJ
* Kaki King @ Baruch College
* Dead Confederate is playing Pianos
* Murphy's Law @ Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ
* The Submarines & Headlights are playing Union Hall
* an indie pop dance party @ Cake Shop w/ Austin's The Carrots
* Abigail Washburn, Sparrow Quartet, Béla Fleck/Mirah/SI @ Castle Clinton
Ashanti is playing a free MySpace Secret Show at Knitting Factory on on June 2nd ("Limited number of guaranteed-entry wristbands available at 5pm day of show.")
Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux are playing Radio City Music Hall! (presale password=LENNON).
Speaking of tribute bands, Girls Girls Girls (the all girl tribute to Motley Crue) are playing Knitting Factory Friday night May 30th.
Dilinger Four are playing Highline Ballroom and Club Exit.
Black Lips are playing one of the free shows in addition to five other NYC-area shows this Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Thursday. Check out their new video for "It Feels Alright" below...
Speaking of free Ted Leo shows and Castle Clinton.
photos by Chris Graham
Michael Showalter & the gorge, Sasquatch 2008
Battles @ Coachella 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Battles are opening the show which will be at Irving Plaza on June 8th.
photos by Ryan Muir
NYC representin' in the desert....
Lollapalooza 2008 headliners confirmed
Lollapalooza's Austin, Texas-based promoters C3 Presents are not scheduled to make their official announcement of the acts performing at this year's weekend-long music festival in Grant Park until Monday, but the Sun-Times has confirmed through industry sources all of the major artists.
Art-rock giants Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails, the reunited Rage Against the Machine, Jack White's side project the Raconteurs and hometown heroes Wilco and Kanye West will headline the main stages on Aug. 1-3.
The Raconteurs, Wilco and West will each be making their second appearance at the reinvented destination festival. Other repeaters among the more than 100 acts on this year's bill are Gnarls Barkley, the Black Keys, Broken Social Scene, G. Love & Special Sauce, Blues Traveler and Mates of State.
Quite a few of the other acts -- including many of the most promising -- have earlier performed at Chicago's two independently produced music festivals, Pitchfork and Intonation. These include Bloc Party, Cat Power, Stephen Malkmus, Girl Talk, Kid Sister, Office, the Cool Kids, Battles, the Go! Team, Jamie Lidell and Grizzly Bear.
HF @ Emo's Annex (BV day party) - Mar 13, 2008 (Ryan Muir)
I heard that everywhere Holy Fuck played (during SXSW) was packed with people. My own party at the 600-capacity Emo's Annex on Thursday afternoon (March 13) was no exception. Holy Fuck were scheduled to play at 5:20. By 5:00 (around the time Phosphorescent was leaving the stage), we were completely 'sold out' and a line started to form down the street. I was honestly a little suprised (as surprised as I was when the opposite happened to Shearwater when they played their 1am set after Martha Wainwright at my official showcase the night before).
HF @ Emo's Annex (BV day party) - Mar 13, 2008 (Leia Jospe)
Anyway, the place was filled and HF proceeded to play a fantastic, dancetastic set that pretty much everyone I talked to was in turn talking about - especially the part where they loop that film through that thing and it makes that noise....(see above). I heard they also *killed it* at Rachael Ray's, and Matt YANP said "they're darn near perfect" after catching their Wednesday set at a Gorilla vs Bear day party.
Eduardo once compared them to Battles in the comments. I think that's a good one. They both have a similar mostly-instrumental-electronic sound and are both good, but Battles were able to headline Webster Hall already and Holy Fuck are just reaching the point where they're touring as the opener for one of their label-mates (Super Furry Animals) and co-headlining Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn (with A Place To Bury Strangers on March 22). I think that's because Battles had a really catchy hit song (relatively speaking) and a little more help, but if the buzz at SXSW is any indication, Holy Fuck will definitely be right there with them in no time - the more old fashioned way. Oh yeah, tickets for Saturday's show are still NOT YET SOLD OUT. All dates and more SXSW photos below......
DOWNLOAD: Crosby, Stills & Nash - Long Time Gone (MP3)
Central Park Summerstage concerts, NYC, 2008
04/20 - Vienna Teng
05/30 - Duran Duran (tix)
05/31 - Duran Duran (tix)
06/13 - Mavis Staples & Stephanie McKay
06/21 - kokayi, JLove Calderon, La Bruja, Lemon, Will Power
06/28 - Vieux Farka Toure
07/23 - Mark Knopfler (tix)
07/27 - The Skatalites
07/29 - Crosby, Stills & Nash (tix)
08/02 - Thollem (SmhSmh) & Germaul Barnes (BitahkizAyeli Movement & Sound)
08/03 - José James
08/06 - Sonny Rollins (tix)
08/09 - Latin Alternative Music Conference presents Scud Hero & ??
ALSO, according to the NY Times:
Crosby, Stills & Nash; Mavis Staples, the experimental Brooklyn rockers Battles and Black Dice; DanceBrazil; and the Mexican pop singer Julieta Venegas will be among the performers at Central Park SummerStage this year, the City Parks Foundation has announced. Crosby, Stills & Nash will play on July 29 in one of the six paid benefit concerts during this 23rd SummerStage season. The other performances, along with the Afro-funk scion Seun Kuti and the vintage-soul revivalists Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, are free, beginning with Ms. Staples's concert on June 13. The complete lineup will be announced in April.
High Places @ Market Hotel, Brooklyn, NY (mercurialn)
For rock bands this is a great time to be weird and independent in Brooklyn. After years in which the sound of New York was defined by various shades of retro monochrome -- the new wave minimalism of the Strokes, the disco-punk of the Rapture and LCD Soundsystem, the moody Anglophilia of Interpol -- a new generation is making music that is indefinably eclectic and complex, and finding acclaim around the world. [NY Times]SEE ALSO: MTV NEWS' "The Noise From Brooklyn"
Tickets are on sale for a November 13th White Williams and Battles show at Webster Hall in NYC. Last time I posted White Williams/Battles dates, the tour ended in Boston a day earlier. More dates, and info on a new Battles EP, below....