Entries tagged with: Beach House
It's that time of year again when folks start publishing their End of Year Best-Of lists. Almost always first out of the gates is UK-based Rough Trade Shops who dropped their 100 Best Albums of 2015 list today. Coming in at #1 was Bjork's devastatingly personal Vulnicura. And here's their Top 20:
1) Bjork - VulnicuraYou can check out Rough Trade Shops full Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below...
2) Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear
3) Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
4) Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People
5) Max Richter - From Sleep
6) Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool
7) Kamasi Washington - The Epic
8) Royal Headache - High
9) Romare - Projections
10) Jamie XX - In Colour
11) John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
12) Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
13) Tame Impala - Currents
14) Nadine Shah - Fast Food
15) Wand - Golem
16) Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
17) Django Django - Born Under Saturn
18) Tobias Jesso Jr - Goon
19) Georgia - S/T
20) Palma Violets - Danger in the Club
photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr
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]
photo: Beach House at Central Park in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Beach House recently announced a tour that includes NYC shows on March 14 and 15 at Webster Hall. Those already sold out, but they now added a third and final show for March 16 at Webster Hall. Tickets are on presale now (password = LUCKYSTARS).
Updated dates are listed, with a stream of their new album Thank Your Lucky Stars, below...
photo: Beach House at Osheaga 2013 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Beach House released not one but two albums this year, and now they've expanded their tour in support of them through 2016. When they played a secret Baby's All Right show in August they promised they'd return to NYC for less secret shows, and this tour includes two.
Beach House will hit NYC's Webster Hall on March 14 and 15. Tickets for those shows go on presale Tuesday (10/20) at 10 AM (password = LUCKYSTARS) and the general on-sale starts Friday (10/23) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, with a full stream of the new Thank Your Lucky Stars (which dropped last week), below...
by Andrew Sacher
Beach House's second album of 2015 and sixth overall, Thank Your Lucky Stars, is out today via Sub Pop. I found Depression Cherry to be a little less approachable than their earlier stuff, but TYLS is immediately hitting that same spot that the other Beach House albums do. Listen via YouTube/Spotify/Rdio below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Beach House at FYF 2013 (More by Wei Shi)
In three days, Beach House will release their second album of 2015 and sixth overall, Thank Your Lucky Stars. Like they did earlier this year with Depression Cherry, they're now letting you hear three of the songs with the "Single Finder" on their website. You pick your three favorite Beach House songs, and it will play you either "She's So Lovely," "One Thing" or "Majorette" from the new album. So far, this one's sounding a little bigger than Depression Cherry and a little more like Bloom and Teen Dream. Head here to check those songs out.
Last week, Beach House announced they'd release their second album of 2015, calld Thank Your Lucky Stars, this Friday (10/16), and now they revealed more details on it. It was written after Depression Cherry but recorded in the same two-month span and longtime collaborator Chris Coady co-produced it. That's the artwork above and the tracklist is below. You can pre-order it from Sub Pop.
Baech House will also appear on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert this Friday.
photo: Beach House at FYF 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Beach House released their fifth album, Depression Cherry, earlier this year, and they already announced their sixth album... to come out next week. The band tweeted, "We are releasing our 6th full length LP on October 16th!!! It's called Thank Your Lucky Stars. More info soon" and "We are very excited, it's an album being released the way we want. It's not a companion to depression cherry or a surprise or b-sides." Two albums in one year. Exciting!
According to Stereogum, the tracklist is as follows...
There were Beach House fans lined up outside Baby's All Right early Thursday afternoon (8/27) in hopes of scoring someone's extra ticket or +1 to get into this surprise, impossibly intimate show. The Baltimore band had just released their fourth album, Depression Cherry, and this was the NYC record release show, announced only the day before, and tickets sold out in seconds. The fan with the sign above ended up getting in, as did most of the folks who waited all day -- Baby's ended up lowering the partition between the front bar and the performance space, and they sold a few tickets at the door.
Inside, Baby's was packed as you might expect with fans standing on anything to get a better view. It was extremely hot in there and singer Victoria Legrand was wearing a floor-length coat of some sort, she had to have been melting. Beach House played as a four piece and sounded amazing (they brought in their own board which took up a big chunk of the back of the floor). Baby's had sound pumping everywhere and it even sounded great in the side bar. Setlist from the night is below. There were signs up asking for no flash, no cameras, and no video. Fans mostly obliged, there really weren't too many cell phones aloft. That said, instagram pics and videos are in this post.
Did you make it in? Beach House have already promised to be back in NYC for more shows at probably much much bigger places. Stay tuned for tour news.
Beach House's new album Depression Cherry comes out this week via Sub Pop and the band is currently on tour in support of it. That tour previously did not include a NYC show, but now it includes a VERY intimate one happening Thursday (8/27) at Baby's All Right. Tickets go on sale Thursday at noon and they will sell out fast.
The band are also promising to play New York "many more times in the next year" so stay tuned for that. All dates below.
Depending on your morals regarding album leaks, maybe you've already heard Depression Cherry, the fifth album from Beach House due out on Sub Pop next week (Pitchfork already gave it Best New Music). But if not, the whole thing is now here for you to stream, courtesy of NPR. Check it out below.
Choose which of our past songs you like the most, and this machine will choose which "single" from Depression Cherry is right for you.Beach House wrote the above message on their new "Single Finder" website, where they play you one of three singles from their upcoming album after you click which Beach House songs are your three favorite. One is the previously released "Sparks," and the other two are brand new singles "PPP" and "Beyond Love." Check it out.
by Andrew Sacher
Beach House's fifth album, Depression Cherry, comes out August 28 via Sub Pop, and today they premiered its lead single "Sparks" on Spanish radio station RTVE. After 2012's big, bright sounding Bloom, "Sparks" has the band sounding more distorted, more off-kilter, and maybe more like MBV than they ever have before. You hear the song in a stream of the radio show below (via Gorilla vs Bear). It comes in at the 30-minute mark. It's also set to make its North American radio premiere today at 5:30 PM EST on Sirius XMU. UPDATE: Official YouTube stream is now below.
Beach House have several tour dates announced, but none in NYC. Those are all listed below...
Hudson Mohawke at Irving Plaza - 5/28/15 (photo via @couchgodd)
Scottish producer Hudson Mohawke brought his tour to NYC last night (5/28) for a show at Irving Plaza, where he debuted his new live show. It was his first show with a live band, and here's how show presenters Noisey described it in their review: "It was, for the lack of a better slang word, lit. We would've included fire emojis in our headline, but that's unfortunately technology we don't have available just yet." Maybe someone should get on that. Check out a video from the show below.
HudMo has other shows coming up, including a few recently-added festival appearances like Fun Fun Fun Fest (with Venom, NOFX, D'Angelo, Dag Nasty and others) and Pitchfork Paris (with Beach House, Deerhunter, Rhye, Spiritualized, and more TBA). Updated dates are listed below.
HudMo also recently debuted a lot of material off his upcoming Lantern album on Benji B's BBC Radio 1 show, including his Antony collaboration, "Indian Steps." You can listen to the "Hudson Mohawke Album Special" here.
Beach House are finally ready to follow 2012's Bloom with a new album. They just announced that Depression Cherry will be out August 28 via Sub Pop, and once again the duo recorded it with producer Chris Coady. In a press release they say that unlike their last two releases, which were structured to fit the larger rooms the band had been playing, this one features less live drums. "Here, we continue to let ourselves evolve while fully ignoring the commercial context in which we exist," they add. Check out the tracklist and a sample lyric from each song, below.
The band also announced a tour which doesn't include any NYC shows, but they'll be in the area this August hitting Albany, New Haven and more. All dates are listed below...
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...