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Treasure Island Music Festival is returning to San Francisco, CA on October 15 and 16. The lineup includes Cut Copy, Beach House, The Hold Steady, Flying Lotus, Death From Above 1979, YACHT, Shabazz Palaces, The Antlers, St. Vincent, and many others. 2-Day passes go on sale Wednesday (7/27) 10 AM and single day tickets on Friday (7/29) at 10 AM.
Speaking of St. Vincent, if you haven't already, check out her new track at StrangeMercy.com. The full album is out September 13th via 4AD. More info and tour dates HERE. Still no info on tickets for her Met show.
Full Treasure Island lineup below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Bob Pollard of Guided By Voices
The 2011 Pitchfork Festival continues through Sunday at Union Park in Chicago. Some of it is streaming online. A set of pictures from Friday continues below...
"Paul Simon, Lee Scratch Perry and Jimmy Cliff play blinding sets at Glastonbury Saga stage. All over 70 Tony Benn oldest at 95 !" - James Osborn
"Best thing musically I saw at Glastonbury was probably SBTRKT on the Friday night ...quality stuff." - Joshua Saunders
Glastonbury 2011 (via Glastonbury.fm)
Glastonbury Festival took place in Worthy Farm in Pilton, England this past weekend. Tons of artists from all different backgrounds played the festival. The festival featured guest appearances, secret sets, and other interesting occurrences. Here are a few of the highlights.
Headliner Beyonce played a hits-heavy set with some pretty interesting cover song choices (King of Leon's "Sex on Fire," Etta James' "At Last"). But more even more interestingly, Tricky joined her on stage for a pretty inexplicable guest appearance on "Baby Boy." The trip-hop pioneer took a mic and uttered some sparse vocals as Beyonce and her backup singers belted the song. Video of the performance is below.
Speaking of things related to Massive Attack and Glastonbury, UK DJ Nick Warren, who would regularly DJ for Massive Attack in the '90s, said "My Highlight of Glastonbury Festival was James Blake live." James's set included the track "CMYK" off the 2010 EP of the same name in addition to tracks off his 2011 self-titled album. Some might say James's set was even explosive:
James Blake at Glastonbury
Festival attendees who were not part of the 75,000 watching Beyonce may have ended up at The Streets' set which took place at the same time. The show was apparently one of the Mike Skinner's last, who recently announced a breakup. Unfortunately, The Streets recently cancelled a trip NYC, but maybe they'll reschedule before saying their final goodbye. Video of The Streets' Glastonbury performance below.
This year's secret shows included UK Glastonbury vets Pulp and Radiohead.
It was Pulp's fourth Glastonbury appearance but their first for nine years and as they came on stage, frontman Jarvis Cocker told the crowd: 'We couldn't think of anything to get you so we brought the sunshine.'Video and setlist of Pulp's performance (which Kate Moss did not witness) below.
After their set, which included some of their biggest hits including Disco 2000 and Common People, he added: 'Thanks Glastonbury, obviously it's been a very important place for us. When we played in '95 things took off for us and we went in a strange orbit around the earth, and now we're back home in one piece.' [Daily Mail]
Radiohead brought Portishead drummer Clive Deamer as a guest to play with Philip Selway. Their setlist was almost entirely made up of The King of Limbs and In Rainbows tracks, and recent non-album material, except for Amnesiac's "I Might Be Wrong." They also surprised fans of their earlier work by playing "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" as an encore. Video of "The Daily Mail" and "Bloom" and setlist below.
Cee Lo, unlike at Coachella, showed up on time for his set, which included a mix of his own material and Gnarls Barkley stuff. He also covered Black Sabbath twice. Big Boi got lost in London, but also ended up showing on time for his set. Like Cee Lo, he still embraces past projects and included a good amount of Outkast material. Big Boi-collaborator Janelle Monae played the festival too. Video of her performance of "Tightrope" below. Catch her and Cee Lo (but not Big Boi) for free at Afro-Punk in August.
Battles brought Matias Aguayo on stage to sing "Ice Cream," the song he recorded lead vocals for on their recently released Gloss Drop. Video below.
British folk/jazz legends Pentangle, who reunited in 2008 but have not been very busy since then, played the festival. Their lineup includes Bert Jansch who is currently a Drag City-recording artist and released The Black Swan on the label in 2006, over 30 years after Pentangle originally broke up. Lauren Laverne of BBC 6 interviewed the band. They talked about the resurgence of folk music and how Bert is a fan of Fleet Foxes (who also played Glastonbury). Video of the interview below.
SBTRKT at Glastonbury 2011 via facebook
SBTRKT, who visits NYC for the first time in July, played a live set (pictured above). His Young Turks labelmate Jamie xx (of The xx) played a set too. Jamie's "Far Nearer" single is on sale now. Pressings are limited. Check out a soundcloud stream of the track below.
Another UK post-dubstepper Jamie Woon played the festival. 3AM writes, "During my bum breaks, I caught Jamie Woon's set and it was fantastic. I've heard a lot about this chap, but haven't listened to his stuff before. Sitting in the middle of a field with a pounding head and cider was the perfect way to be introduced to Jamie's chilled but strong, powerful tunes."
Speaking of dubstep crossover, UK singer Katy B brought her dubstep-leaning pop to Glastonbury as well. She plays a private show in NYC tonight (6/27). It will be her first.
Little Dragon wowed the crowd, according to VH1 anyway:
For the UK at least, this performance of their new song "Ritual Union" is a real coming-out party for the band, who absolutely deserve to be heard on a much wider scale. It's really difficult to make smooth music work in the middle of the day at a big outdoor festival, but Little Dragon pulls it off in style.Video of that and their whole setlist is below.
UK anti-folkie Emmy the Great covered The Pixies' classic "Where Is My Mind" with help from Tim Wheeler of the punky brit-poppers Ash. Full setlist below.
On a more negative note,
A senior member of David Cameron's Tory constituency has been found dead in a portable toilet at the Glastonbury festival.---
Christopher Shale, the chairman of West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, suffered a heart attack, sources believe.
His body was found in a portable toilet in the backstage area, where many celebrities and performers stay.
A story in the Mail on Sunday contained leaked sections of a strategy document Shale had drafted for David Cameron, in which he said the party can be perceived as "crass" and "always on the take".
Avon and Somerset police confirmed that the body of a man in his mid-50s had been found in the backstage area. A woman was seen being comforted by officers.
His body was found at 8.45am. An area between the Pyramid stage and the Other stage has been cordoned off. [Guardian]
Videos, soundcloud streams, setlists, and other stuff below...
All Tomorrow's Parties returns to the USA this September in the new location of Asbury Park, N.J. bringing an I'll Be Your Mirror event to the iconic waterfront. For the inaugural U.S. I'll Be Your Mirror, Portishead will curate and headline their firrst East Coast shows since 1998 on the Saturday & Sunday.Say that all three times fast. All three day pass options are still on sale. More details on all ATP ticket options are below.
As well as Day Tickets, ATP have to date been selling two types of weekend pass - "Three Day Jeff Mangum" passes that include Jeff Mangum's Friday show and guarantee access to one of the Portishead shows (as well as everything else at the festival) and "Three Day Portishead" passes that do not give access to Jeff's Friday show but give guaranteed access to both Portishead shows as well as the rest of the festival. Today we announce a third type of weekend pass...
Portishead have invited Jeff to play an extra show on the Sunday night of the festival. Therefore this week we release new "Three Day Jeff Mangum Sunday Passes" - these give access to all three days of the festival to passholders who will see Jeff Mangum on the Sunday night and are guaranteed to see one of the two Portishead shows. The original Three Day passes for the event are now called "Three Day Jeff Mangum Friday Passes."
That means Jeff is playing Asbury Park three times, twice during the actual festival (see above), and, as you know, once on Monday (10/3) at Paramount Theatre (the day after ATP and not actually part of the fest itself). The Monday show has been sold out for a while now, but ATP are releasing a few more tickets for it. "To buy email firstname.lastname@example.org with JEFF MONDAY TICKETS in subject line, and tell us how many tickets you want. We will respond as soon as possible. Payments must be made by Paypal." A Hawk and a Hacksaw (ft. Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeremy Barnes) open the show.
ATP NJ has a few other lineup additions including Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 (they first reunited to play the Animal Collective ATP that recently happened in the UK), avant guitar hero Marc Ribot, avant sax hero Colin Stetson, avant comedian Reggie Watts, and others. Also: "Today we are also very pleased to announce that in conjunction with The Jonathan Levine Gallery, renowned artist SHEPARD FAIREY (who has created the art for this event and will also DJ) will be presenting an exhibition of his art over the weekend entitled Revolutions: The Album Cover Art of Shepard Fairey. More details of the exhibition will be conﬁrmed soon."
The updated lineup is below, along with updated Jeff Mangum tour dates (he added a few other shows recently too)...
Battles are currently on tour and will eventually hit Pitchfork Fest, ATP NJ, and Moogfest at the end of October. Right after Moogfest, it was just announced, Battles will headline a NYC show at Webster Hall on November 1. Tickets go on sale Friday (6/10) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/8) at noon.
In honor of the album's release, the band have put together a YouTube playlist of some of their favorite videos. Check that playlist out here. Their diverse choices include "Spiderman scales Abu Dhabi's tallest building" and "Mac Tips Apple iPad Review HD". A teaser video about the playlist can also be watched below.
Speaking of curating, Battles also co-curate ATP Nightmare Before Christmas with Caribou and Les Savy Fav December 9-11. All tour dates and videos below...
Suicide at ATP 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
The initial lineup is out for this year's Moogfest, which is taking place in Asheville, NC on October 28-30. This year's lineup has some pretty impresive names including three pioneers of electronic music; Tangerine Dream, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Suicide, who are performing their highly influential 1977 self titled debut album in its entirety. The Flaming Lips, Crystal Castles, Little Dragon, Passion Pit, Toro y Moi, Chromeo, Austra, M83, Tim Hecker, and many others on there too. Tickets go on sale Saturday (6/4) at noon. Check out the full initial lineup and a video below.
Arctic Monkeys @ Terminal 5 in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
today in NYC
* Ursa Minor @ Joe's Pub
* Bettye Lavette @ Club Carlyle
* Shadow Trio @ The Stone
* Prester John @ The Stone
* Tracy Bonham @ Joe's Pub
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Tell Your Friends @ Lolita Bar
* Elvis Costello @ Beacon Theatre
* Booker T. Jones @ The Bell House
* The Everymen, Killer Whale @ Cake Shop
* Eivind Opsvik's Overseas @ Zebulon
* Arctic Monkeys @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
* Raquel Bell, Springs, Holler @ Pete's Candy Store
* Bernard Fowler, Hollis Brown @ Highline Ballroom
* Cloud Cult, The Wilderness of Manitoba @ Maxwell's
* Concert Black, Peter Evans, Zs, Hubble @ Littlefield
* Ex Humans, The Barreracudas, Daddy Long Legs, Games @ Fontana's
* Pisser, Brass Knuckle Evangelists, The Nuclears @ Bowery Electric
* Miasmal, Innumerable Forms, Impalers, Internal Rot @ The Acheron
* Patrick Cleandenim, Pablo Picasso, TV Baby, Phonetag @ Glasslands
* Wolf Eyes, Illusion of Safety, Dysgenix, Nonhorse, Diablo @ Silent Barn
* Sea Lions, McDonalds, The Honey-Dos, Teardrops, Young Boys @ Brooklyn Fireproof
* Company, Filmstrip, Rifle Recoil, Space Lions In Outer Space @ Bruar Falls
* The Elected, Jarrod Gorbel, David Dondero, Pine Mouth @ Mercury Lounge
* La Dispute, Defeater, Native, Former Thieves @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* French Miami, Netherfriends, Ghost Town Hall, Huntronik @ Death By Audio
* John Madera, Robert Lopez (Bob Dylan 70th Birthday Celebration) @ Cake Shop
* Jesse Harris, Sheri Miller, Johanna and The Dusty Floor, Jocie Adams @ Rockwood
* She Keeps Bees, Ivana XL, Little Insects, Today the Moon Tomorrow the Sun @ Cameo Gallery
* The Little Death, Bo Bruce, Tituss Burgess, The Lifted Crew, DJ Wayne Williams @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Dred Scott Trio, Rich Hinman, Bri Anne Michelle, Dani Elliott, Eliza Rickman, Nancy Magarill, Rosabella Gregory @ Rockwood Music Hall
* John Medeski, Billy Martin, Steven Bernstein, Club d'Elf, Wicked Knee, Marco Benevento, Marshall Allen (Japan benefit) @ Brooklyn Bowl
Happy Birthday Bob Dylan.
E-Book company Copia is offering a free download of "Revolution in the Air - The Songs of Bob Dylan, 1957-1973", a 482-page, song-by-song guide to Dylan's work from 1957-1973 by noted Dylan biographer Clinton Heylin. I am told that "you have to sign up for an account but otherwise no strings attached."
Sea Lions are still here.
Bettye LaVette begins her residency at Cafe Carlyle.
We're giving away tickets Stornoway's upcoming show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, on Facebook.
La Blogotheque released a new Take Away Show with Battles who recently released a sorta-NSFW video for "Ice Cream". You can watch both, below...
words & photos by Benjamin Lozovsky
Battles does things unwaveringly big. Even to the point of absurdity. On Wednesday night during their performance at Le Poisson Rouge, the first in New York in close to two years, bassist/guitarist Dave Konopka addressed the audience from a microphone well above his head, guitarist/keyboardist Ian Williams clanged on a cowbell seven feet in the air, and drummer John Stanier beat his iconic, loftily-placed crash cymbal with a ferocious anger. Even as the band got smaller last August when former member Tyondai Braxton departed to focus on a solo career, the group's sound and unorthodox yet seemingly perfected performance style has remained colossal.
Despite its continued heft, Battles' music has grown crucially smaller though, or at least more focused in its sights. Their upcoming second album, Gloss Drop, is a groove heavy, manically driven dance party rife with afro beat pulsations and steel drum mimicking guitars. There are far fewer moments of disjointed weirdness, ambient buildups, or meandering walks through a stoner wasteland. The band continued their transformation to a tight three piece by running through a set of strictly new numbers from Gloss Drop, bringing the increasingly greater organic side of their music to vivid fruition.
From the onset of set opener "Africastle," the group's transition was clear. The song began with an unnerving and spatial introduction light on percussion yet full of anxiety, but eventually gave way to the first of many loop-based, cyclical grooves that pummeled with immediacy and stripped down tenacity.
It continued with the surprisingly springy and airy "Sweetie & Shag," gilded with wry affection thanks to guest vocals by Blonde Redhead's Kazu Makino. Although Makino wasn't there in person, her vocals were broadcast along with the music in video projections synced up with the band's performance, as were other the contributions of other collaborators like Matias Aguayo and Gary Numan. Numan's video cameo occurred towards the end of the set, his mascara-blackened façade looking on and looming like a stern communist propaganda icon.
Gloss Drop is due on June 7th via Warp Records, and Battles has many more shows scheduled before and after then including ATP's I'll be Your Mirror in Asbury Park on October 2nd. All tour dates, the setlist from LPR and more pictures are below...
Updated ATP flyer
"Can we assume they'll be added to ATP, which starts a few days after the Bklyn date?," asked a commenter in the comments of our post announcing the Swans show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and that commenter was dead on.
ATP NJ (aka "Ill Be Your Mirror") has updated its previously announced lineup to include Swans, Peanut Butter Wolf (who will be DJing), Battles, Deerhoof, Jim Thirwell's Manorexia, and Oneida (who will again perform in Ocropolis formation, like in 2009) "ONEIDA PRESENTS THE OCROPOLIS III which will take place at the Asbury Lanes Bowling Alley - the band will perform continuously throughout the day, sometimes with guests from the rich array of musicians also performing in the festival, sometimes alone and mostly improvised."
Though 3-day passes for the Asbury Park Fest, which include your only shot at seeing Jeff Mangum, are sold out (now called the Jeff Mangum Three Day Pass), tickets are still available in multiple incarnations for the three day celebration, including a new "Portishead Three Day Pass" which allows "passholders to see everything else from Friday-Sunday as well as giving priority access with the day pass holders to BOTH Portishead shows on Saturday and Sunday" (the pass doesn't include entry into Jeff Mangum). The "Portishead Three Day Pass" will go on sale at 10AM EST Thursday (4/21) and individual day passes are currently on sale. The versions of the 3-day pass that are sold out only guarantee you one night of Portishead. "Existing Day ticketholders or Jeff Mangum Three Day pass holders who wish to switch to a Portishead Three Day Pass should contact ATP via email@example.com before May 30th."
The current lineup is below.
As previously mentioned, Battles have been in the studio working on their follow-up to 2007's Mirrored. The new album, titled Gloss Drop, is set to be released June 7 on Warp and features an array of guests including Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead, Gary Numan, Yamantaka Eye of Boredoms, and Matias Aguayo. Perhaps they'll help fill the void caused by the departure of guitarist/vocalist Tyondai Braxton. You can preorder the album here. Battles have also announced an international tour in support of the album including April 27 at Le Poisson Rouge. All dates are listed below.
Battles are also co-curating, with Caribou and Les Savy Fav, ATP Nightmare Before Christmas which is happening in the UK this December. Tickets go on sale 3/3 at 5 PM. In other Caribou related news, he is planning a split vinyl with Four Tet. Listen to each artist's contribution below.
Helmet, the band previous home to Battles drummer John Stanier, also plays this month as part of the Metalliance Tour with Saint Vitus, Crowbar, Red Fang, Howl, The Atlas Moth, and Kylesa. That hits Irving Plaza on March 25th.
All Battles dates, tracklisting, and MP3 streams below...
We previously speculated that Battles canceled their October 26th show at LPR to finish work on their new album. It turns out, they are still finishing the album, but without member Tyondai Braxton, who has left the band to work on his own music. As Pitchfork points out, Battles will now "be a very different band" since he "was the closest thing the egalitarian unit had to a frontman." The October show in London has also been canceled.
The full note from their label Warp on the news is below...
Battles' October 26th show at (Le) Poisson Rouge has been canceled, to be rescheduled for sometime later in the fall. No explanation has been given as of yet, though maybe the delay is related to the ongoing recording of their second album. "All tickets purchased online will be refunded immediately. If you purchased tickets in the box office at the venue you can bring your ticket to the venue for a full refund."
The band's London show four days later seems to still be on (though that could change).
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.