Entries tagged with: Beach House
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can check out the full list below...
It's not just you: Over the last five years, there's been a seismic shift in the way we engage with music. We tweet, tumbl, stream, and share our favorite songs; we scour dead links and navigate obtrusive pop-ups for the newest mixtapes; we watch our music videos on Youtube and Vevo. We watched the explosion of EDM, the birth of drill, the rise and fall of chillwave. We debated how to pronounce FKA twigs, whether the album was dead, and where Bobby Shmurda's hat went. We met Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Grimes, Jessie Ware, Disclosure, Miguel, and Charli XCX. We saw LCD Soundsystem break up, Neutral Milk Hotel reunite, and My Bloody Valentine release a new album--a shooting star if there ever was one. [Pitchfork]By the end of this year it will be halfway through the current decade, and to mark that, Pitchfork is posting lists of the best tracks, albums, and videos of the decade so far, this week. Today, they put out their list of the top 200 tracks. Like most of Pitchfork's 'top tracks' lists, it ranges from big names to underdogs in indie, electronic, hip hop and more, plus a few huge radio-pop songs sprinkled in. Can you guess what made #1?
Check out the full list HERE and browse the top 20, below...
Earlier this year, former Byrd Gene Clark's 1974 solo album, No Other, was paid tribute to on a tour with an indie supergroup that featured members of Beach House, Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Wye Oak, Fairport Convention and others. The tour hit NYC for two sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg in January -- here's what we said about one of them:
Gene Clark's 1974 solo album, No Other, was dismissed by critics at the time as being bloated and overproduced but in recent years has become a lost classic. So taken with it were Andy and Victoria of Beach House, they spearheaded a tour to recreate the album live with a host of their Baltimore musician friends (plus some notable non-Baltimore friends to sing lead), and a chorus of singers.Pitchfork filmed one of the Music Hall of Williamsburg shows, and has now posted a video of the full show, which you can watch below.
I'm not sure how many people were there because they loved No Other and how many people thought, like, Beach House might play a few of their songs, but certainly by midpoint in the show the crowd was fully on-board. After an excerpt of Gene Clark documentary The Byrd Who Flew Alone, Bella Union's Mark Byrne came out to introduce the evening and how things would be working. The album was played in order, with Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold opening the night with lead vocals on "Life's Greatest Fool." When the harmonies kicked in about a minute into the song -- courtesy Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Victoria Legrand (Beach House), Tony Drummond (Celebration) and Cricket Arrison -- Clark's orchestral vision blossomed to life. Robin would also sing "Strength of Strings" a few songs later.
J. Spaceman / Kid Millions at LPR in September (more by Greg Cristman)
One of this year's more interesting-sounding Record Store Day exclusives is a compilation titled Space Project that features songs incorporating sounds recorded in space by the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes. Spiritualized, Youth Lagoon, Beach House, Mutual Benefit, the Antlers, Absolutely Free, and more recorded songs for the LP which is being put out by Lefse Records on vinyl, CD and as a 7" boxset. Recorded under the name The Spiritualized Mississippi Space Program, you can stream "Always Forgetting With You (The Bridge Song)" and check out the full tracklist and artwork below.
Speaking of Spiritualzed and Record Store Day, you may remember that frontman Jason Pierce and Kid Millions (who played drums for Spiritualized last year) played an improvisational set together at Le Poisson Rouge back in September. A recording of that show is being released as a RSD 12" via Northern Spy with a 24-minute track called "Misha" on one side and the nearly-as-long "Han" on the flip. You can stream "Misha" below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Iain Matthews / Jenn Wasner @ MHOW 1/26/2014
Mr. Scally, 31, first heard "No Other" in 2004, when he began collaborating with Ms. Legrand; her father gave her the L.P. "I thought it was one of those classic rock records like 'After the Gold Rush,' one of those well-known canonized great records," Mr. Scally said. "But I found out over the years that it's just a record no one knew."The short Gene Clark 'No Other' tour came to close on Sunday night (1/26) in NYC with the second of two sold-out shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg. We've got a review of Saturday night's show, as well as two sets of pics from that show, and here's a set from Sunday, featuring Fairport Convention's Iain Matthews (looking much younger than his 67 years), Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner and the whole show.
Beach House has been listening to it "constantly" since then, discovering its "onionlike quality," Mr. Scally said, adding: "The first thing you hear is the production, the general feel. Ten listens in, you start fixating on the lyrics. And some of the lyrics on the record just destroy you, they're so strange and wonderful." - [New York Times]
photos by P Squared Photography
Victoria Legrand / Hamilton Leithauser @ MHOW, 1/25/2014
After The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser crooned the country-rocker "From a Silver Phial" and the album-closing "Lady of the North," the whole ensemble returned for an encore that kicked off with a vibrant rendition of The Byrds' jangly "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better." The crowd cheered heartily when Legrand stepped out from the chorus line to deliver a truly arresting lead-vocal performance on "Hear the Wind," a gorgeous country-folk ballad from Clark's Two Sides to Every Story. Finally, The Byrds' classic "Eight Miles High" opened with haunting a cappella harmonies before Scally intoned the song's familiar bassline, Strohmeier's twelve-string guitar riffs and Mike Lowry's percussion steadily intensifying into an epic crescendo. As the musicians traded verses and frolicked about the stage, their camaraderie and enthusiasm were infectious, festively capping a stirring celebration of Clark's music. - [DCist]The above review was from Friday night's DC stop on the Gene Clark 'No Other' tour, which featured a live recreation of the former Byrds' 1974 album featuring Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen, Victoria Legrand of Beach House, members of Wye Oak, Lower Dens and more. The next night (1/25), the tour hit NYC for it's first of two shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg. A review and a first set of pictures are here and another set of pics are in this post.
Pics from Sunday's show (1/26) are here. More of Saturday's MHOW shows (Pt 2) below...
photos by Gretchen Robinette; words by Bill Pearis
Robin Pecknold / Daniel Rossen @ MHOW 1/25/2014
Gene Clark's 1974 solo album, No Other, was dismissed by critics at the time as being bloated and overproduced but in recent years has become a lost classic. So taken with it were Andy and Victoria of Beach House, they spearheaded a tour to recreate the album live with a host of their Baltimore musician friends (plus some notable non-Baltimore friends to sing lead), and a chorus of singers. The short tour they put together hit Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg over the weekend for sold-out shows on Saturday (1/25) and Sunday (1/26). We're got three sets of pictures from these shows -- two from Saturday and one from Sunday -- the first of which is in this post.
I was at the Saturday show. I'm not sure how many people were there because they loved No Other and how many people thought, like, Beach House might play a few of their songs, but certainly by midpoint in the show the crowd was fully on-board. After an excerpt of Gene Clark documentary The Byrd Who Flew Alone, Bella Union's Mark Byrne came out to introduce the evening and how things would be working. The album was played in order, with Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold opening the night with lead vocals on "Life's Greatest Fool." When the harmonies kicked in about a minute into the song -- courtesy Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Victoria Legrand (Beach House), Tony Drummond (Celebration) and Cricket Arrison -- Clark's orchestral vision blossomed to life. Robin would also sing "Strength of Strings" a few songs later.
Next up was onetime Fairport Convention singer/guitarist Iain Matthews who has long championed Clark and was the only one to play guitar while singing (he also played as part of the band). Matthews was also the only one to really talk about Clark, mentioning that sales of No Other have gone up 4000% since the announcement of this tour. He sang "Silver Raven" and would come out later for "True Love."
Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear probably was the best vocal match to Clark, both having a similar husky, dusky quality. His lead on No Other's grandiose, rocking title track was maybe the highlight of the evening, and returned to sing "Some Misunderstanding."
The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser made his first appearance on "Form a Silver Phial" and though one associates him a cigarette hoarse style of singing, the softer side of his vocals were on display here, though he looked no less intense doing so. He also closed out No Other with the lovely "Lady of the North." The band -- which included members of Celebration, Beach House, Lower Dens, Cass McCombs' band, Mt. Royal and others -- did a fantastic job, definitely no half-assed "let's try this" kind of thing.
Once the album proper was played and a brief intermission, the band returned for three songs. The Byrds' "Feel a Whole Lot Better" saw Pecknold, Rossen and Leithauser trading verses; Victoria Legrand had a moment in the spotlight taking lead on "Hear the Wind" from Clark's 1977 solo LP, Two Sides to Every Story, and the evening finished with a psyched-out version of "Eight Miles High." This was a knockout show.
In 1974, former Byrd Gene Clark released his fourth solo album, No Other, a critical and commercial failure that earned increasingly more recognition over time and was received much more warmly upon its reissue in the early 2000s. Now, just about 40 years later, an indie supergroup will be performing the album in full on a short tour of the Northeast US. The band features both core members of Beach House, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, with Victoria handling vocals along with Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear, Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen (and newly a solo artist), Iain Matthews of Plainsong/Fairport Convention, and Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak/Flock of Dimes/Dungeonesse. They'll be backed by members of Lower Dens, Celebration, Mt. Royal, and others. The full lineup (with mention of who's playing what) is below.
The tour kicks off in Philly on January 22 and it ends in NYC just a few days later at Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 25. Brad Truax (Spiritualized, Interpol and others) will be DJing at all shows and a Gene Clark documentary will screen beforehand too. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with the full supergroup lineup, a trailer for that Gene Clark documentary, and a full stream of No Other, below...
photos by Wei Shi
MGMT / Beach House / giant cat
Before My Bloody Valentine performed, screens on the sides of the stage encouraged fans to pick up complimentary pairs of earplugs. It was not an idle warning: My Bloody Valentine was the loudest band I heard perform at the main stage all weekend, though a friend insists that The Melvins were louder.LA's two-day FYF Fest wrapped up on Sunday (8/25) with one of the few US appearances of 2013 from shoegaze legends My Bloody Valentine (who unfortunately didn't allow photographers), the continuously more psychedelic MGMT, and a mix of metal (Baroness, The Melvins), hardcore (Touche Amore), dream pop (Beach House, Washed Out), garage rock (The Orwells, Mikal Cronin) and more. In this post, we've got shots of MGMT, Beach House, Baroness, and Washed Out, plus Solange, Kurt Vile, Yo La Tengo, Chelsea Wolfe (who is currently streaming her new album), and more.
Shortly after the band's eagerly awaited m b v was released this year, I recall reading that after blowing out a few amps and multiple bouts of tinnitus, My Bloody Valentine was never quite able to fully re-create the Loveless tones in concert. Most of last night's songs sounded a little different, notably "Only Shallow," but the variances in guitar tones kept things interesting. Bilinda Butcher's voice still sounds the same and Kevin Shields still creates the swirling guitar sounds by using countless effects pedals.
The band performed quite a few Loveless tracks, with "When You Sleep" being an early stand out track. m b v's "New You" followed, once again showing off the band's digital effect skills. Even though m b v was released over two decades after Loveless, the band's old and new material meshed together seamlessly. [Phoenix New Times]
Pictures of day 1 are HERE, and more of day 2, below...
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
Beach House / Vampire Weekend / crowdsurfer
"I think it's dark and it looks like rain." One out of two, Bob. If ever an Osheaga headliner would thrive under stormy skies, it's the Cure, but the downpour forecast earlier in the week never arrived. Just as well -- this was Robert Smith at his most crowd-pleasing.While Lollapalooza was going down in Chicago over the weekend, Montreal was getting its own three-day festival, Osheaga. The fest had many of the same artists at Lollapalooza, with day 1 giving us sets from The Cure, Beach House, Vampire Weekend, Alt-J, DIIV and more, in addition to sets from artists who didn't play Lollapalooza, like The Gaslight Anthem, Ellie Goulding, and more. Pictures of day 1 are in this post.
The set list was calibrated for a festival audience: a generous delegation from Disintegration, early appearances by In Between Days and Just Like Heaven, and an overall tone that didn't leave much room for crying jags. The chirpy Mint Car and Doing the Unstuck ("let's get happy") bracketed the beloved-by-some Friday I'm in Love, comically botched by Smith after he said: "Sometimes, very occasionally, we'll play this song. This is the right night." [Montreal Gazette]
Like with Lollapalooza (and other upcoming shows), Death Grips were scheduled to play the fest but cancelled.
Update: Day 2 pics are up now. More day 1 pictures below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Beach House / Baroness / fans
We recently posted day 3 pictures of Lollapalooza 2013, and just posted a set of Grizzly Bear, and now we've got shots of some of the other artists we missed last time, like Beach House, Dog Blood (aka Skrillex and Boys Noize), Wavves, Baroness, Wild Nothing, Palma VIolets, and more.
Ghost BC @ MHOW last week (more by Vladislav Grach)
Kendrick Lamar @ Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
New Order at Williamsburg Park last week (more by PSquared Photography)
Lollapalooza 2013 happens this weekend (August 2 - 4) in Chicago's Grant Park (and some of it will stream online). We'll be there watching bands on all the stages and hosting them in the Soundwave Tent every day from 1 PM - 3 PM (and from 12:40 on Saturday).
The Lolla line-up is pretty great this year, full of big names with a lot of choices (and the occasional tough decision to be made between competing stages). Here are thirteen bands (plus a few more) we don't want to miss....
photos by Jamie Goodsell, additional photos by Katharine Hansen
Solange/Tallest Man on Earth/Beach House @ Bonnaroo 6/15/2013
"I know it's hot out there," Solange told the audience during her Which Stage set, "but if I could could see you guys grinding just a little bit, that would make me so happy." And of course the audience shrieked back with approval, as her band began playing the dreamy "Bad Girls." Following her surprise appearances with Grizzly Bear and on Friday's hip-hop Superjam, it was refreshing to see Solange perform her own dreamy, soulful brand of pop. Throughout her set she shimmied, smiled and swooned along with her band, even pulling off some coordinated line-dancing with her natty and talented guitarist. - [SPIN]On Saturday (6/15) of Bonnaroo 2013, big names included R. Kelly, Bjork, Empire of the Sun and Cat Power. But there was lots, lots more going on at Bonaroo on Saturday, including Beach House, The Tallest Man on Earth, Two Gallants, and Solange, not to mention comedian Ed Helms in bluegrass mode, and David Cross. Pics from those acts and more are in this post.
If you missed them, our earlier pictures from Day 1 are HERE and HERE, Day 2 photos are HERE and here, Day 3 are HERE, and Day 4 are HERE. More photos from Saturday, June 15 (and a few from Sunday, 6/16) are below.
by Klaus Kinski
For those keeping score, your man Klaus has played drums in many many unpopular and unsignable bands since 1991. I've dragged my 1964 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl 4 piece kit (2nd rack tom not shown) with 1965 Gretsch snare (all of which were purchased in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts for $175) from one end of the earth (the Northeast) to the other (the Midwest mostly) hundreds of times. 'Tis a gorgeous kit, in phenomenal condition, and I have endured hundreds if not millions of compliments regarding it's eye-watering beauty. I am a man who appreciates a nice set of drums. And I'm a man who appreciates a man who appreciates a nice set of drums. Therefore, I am a man who appreciates this wonderful compilation video featuring the great David Letterman appreciating his various musical guest's gear, focusing primarily, but not exclusively, drums. The video, and a list of who is in it, including GBV, Feist, Beirut, James Blake, The Strokes, Mastodon, St. Vincent, and many many more, is below. Behold!
note: these pictures were posted for about a minute yesterday, but due to a website malfunction, they disappeared. so here they are...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Polica / Beach House / more muddy people
Grizzly Bear in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
The festival goes down on Randall's Island this weekend (6/7-9). We also just made a Spotify playlist of many of the artists we're excited to see this weekend. Listen to that below or on Spotify. Full Governors Ball schedule is also below...
Kanye West in Sweden in 2011 (more)
NYC festival Governors Ball is totally sold out of regular tickets, but if you weren't able to get yours and still want to go, there are still a few options. From now until Monday (5/27) at 11:59 PM, you can enter the Governors Ball Ticket Lottery. Entering the lottery gives you a chance to be selected to purchase either a 3-day pass or a single day ticket. More details on how the lottery works below.
Ticket lottery details and festival set times below...
LA Fest FYF Fest is celebrating 10 years this year, and will take over Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 24 & 25. Check out the massive lineup in the poster above, and in alphabetical order below...
Deerhunter at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Governors Ball is less than a month away, and the fest has now released the daily schedule. They've done a pretty good job with not too many giant conflicts -- though there's a few like Grizzly Bear vs Beirut, Bloc Party vs The xx, Erykah Badu vs Beach House, and Nas vs Guns N Roses. Check out the daily line-ups across their four stages below.
Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
After it was already confirmed that Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, The Postal Service, The National, The Killers, and Mumford and Sons were playing Lollapalooza 2013, a pretty promising leak came which appeared to potentially reveal the rest of the lineup, and it turns out that leak was real.
In addition to the previously mentioned artists, Lollapalooza will include Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, The Cure, New Order, Baroness, Beach House, Cat Power, Death Grips, Jessie Ware, Father John Misty, DIIV, Wavves, Alt-J, Hot Chip, Disclosure, Baauer, Palma Violets, Angel Haze, Band of Horses, Crystal Castles and many others.
Lollapalooza goes down in Chicago from August 2 - 4 in Grant Park. Single day passes go on sale Wednesday (4/3) at 10 AM.
Full day-by-day lineup below...
Osheaga Festival is returning to Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau from August 2-4. This year's lineup includes The Cure, Mumford and Sons, Phoenix, New Order, Vampire Weekend, Kendrick Lamar, Hot Chip, Alt-J, Beach House, Explosions in the Sky, Big Boi, Baauer, Father John Misty, Disclosure, Frightened Rabbit, Angel Haze, Jessie Ware, DIIV, Guards, and many more.
3-Day passes go on sale Friday (3/15) at noon. There are still over 20 artists TBA, but you can browse the complete initial lineup below...
Beach House have just released a video for "Wishes" from last year's Bloom. The clip, set at a high school football game's halftime show, was directed by Eric Wareheim and stars Ray Wise. As you might expect from one half of Tim and Eric and the guy who played Leland Palmer on Twin Peaks, it's a little weird. But also kind of beatiful. Watch it below.
Weird Al and Bonarroo phone bank (including Mike Birbiglia and Eugene Mirman...
With help from Eugene Mirman, Chris Gethard, Mike Birbiglia, Portugal. The Man and more, Weird Al just began announcing the 2013 Bonnaroo line-up on the Bonnaroo YouTube page which happens June 13 - 16 in Manchester, TN. Weird Al just announced Pretty Lights, Wilco, A$AP Rocky, and The xx, and over the next hour, more artists will be announced. We'll update this post as more announcements come.
Other artists playing include Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Jim James, Big K.R.I.T., Billy Idol, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Foals, Wild Nothing, Deap Vally, Killer Mike, Lord Huron, Divine Fits, Nas, Beach House, The Gaslight Anthem, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Baroness, The National, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost, Death Grips, R. Kelly, Alt-J, Purity Ring, Cat Power, Wu-Tang Clan, Bjork, Tame Impala, Animal Collective, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, Earl Sweatshirt, Four Tet, Father John Misty, Swans, A-Trak, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Cults, AraabMuzik, DIIV, Charli XCX, Matthew E. White, Frank Turner, JEFF the Brotherhood, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Calexico, Two Gallants, and more.
Tickets for the festival go on sale Saturday (2/23) at noon EST.
There's also now a video of Daniel Tosh announcing the initial lineup, which you can watch, along with the current list of announced names, below...
Before releasing Bloom, we decided that we would only participate in "promotional" activities that we could control artistically and give substantial energy. We had previously been involved in too many live sessions, radio tapings, photo shoots, etc., where the outcome was far below our personal artistic standards. We also felt a need to distance ourselves from the "content" culture of the internet that rewards quantity over quality and shock over nuance...You can watch Beach House's Forever Still below. They'll be on tour this summer, playing NYC for the 2013 Governors Ball festival and tickets are on sale now. All tour dates listed are below.
...Forever Still is directly inspired by Pink Floyd's Live at Pompeii. We wanted to perform in a non-typical setting without losing the spirit of our music. We felt the songs would resonate in a more majestic and spiritual landscape. The experience was an intense three nights of filming. Everyone involved in production and crew was benevolent in their time and talented in their efforts. We were very lucky to have the help and hard work of many people who aided and lent their abilities to our vision.
The basic concept is four songs performed from sunset to sunrise.
We tried to keep the edits minimal with long takes in order to focus on the energy of the songs, the landscape, and the physicality of live performance. The entire film was shot in or around Tornillo, Texas, where we recorded Bloom. Like Bloom, we hope that Forever Still is experienced as a whole, long form. - [Beach House]