Entries tagged with: Beak>
by Bill Pearis
Existing for a barely five years, UK psych band Loop were one of the most perfectly-named bands ever. Rarely bothering with verse-chorus-verse song structure, the South London group took a riff and added layer upon layer till it had its own gravitational field. They were heavy, man, and got heavier as they went along. The band made three album and two of them (1987's Heaven's End and 1990's A Guilded Eternity) are genuine cult classics. All three of their albums (including 1988's Fade Out) were reissued in 2009 and can be streamed on Spotify.
The band called it quits in 1991 but the A Guilded Eternity line-up has reformed to play AND curate the second half of this year's All Tomorrow's Parties End of an Era which happens from November 29 - December 1 in Camber Sands, UK. The rest of their line-up includes postpunk legends The Pop Group and 23 Skidoo, plus Fennesz, Dirty Beaches, Eaux, Hookworms (who we recently profiled), The KVB, Thought Forms, a DJ set from Edan and more TBA. Earlybird tickets are on sale now.
No word on other Loop shows, specifically, but frontman Robert Hampson writes that they band will be performing "a number of shows from late 2013 to mid 2014 at various venues across the world." Let's hope that includes North America. Surely Austin Psych Fest would be interested?
The weekend before (November 22 - 24) is End of an Era Pt. 1 which is being curated by Barcelona's Primavera Sound. It features Television (minus Richard Lloyd) performing Marquee Moon in its entirety, plus Dinosaur Jr, Les Savy Fav, Chelsea Light Moving, Mum, Dinos Chapman, Oneohtrix Point Never, Wolf Eyes, Il Sogno Del Marinaio (featuring Mike Watt), Yuck offshoot Hebronix, Forest Swords, BEAK>, The Haxan Cloak, Demdike Stare, Eraas and more TBA. Earlybird tickets are on sale now to this as well.
As for the "End of an Era" part, these will be ATP's final "holiday camp" festivals, though they plan to continue putting on events. Flyers for both APT End of an Era weekends are below, along with Loop song streams, are below.
While Led Zeppelin's appearances last year were limited to press conferences and late-night TV interviews, Robert Plant will be going on a tour this year with his new band, The Sensational Space Shifters. That tour kicks off this June in Texas, and after making its way over to the West Coast and back, it culminates in a Celebrate Brooklyn! show at Prospect Park on July 27. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/26) at noon with an AmEx and a BRIC presale starting Thursday (4/25) at noon.
In addition to Robert Plant, The Sensational Space Shifters' lineup includes Justin Adams (Tinariwen, SInead O'Connor), John Baggot (Massive Attack, Portishead), Billy Fuller (Beak>, Massive Attack), Liam "Skin" Tyson (of The La's offshoot Cast), Juldeh Camara, and Dave Smith.
All tour dates are listed, along with the tour trailer and a live video of the band from 2012, below...
BEAK> just played NYC last night and here is some related news involving Berlin artist Anika who has a new EP out in April. Signed to Geoff Barrow's Ivada record label (and Stone's Throw in America), Anika's 2010 debut was produced by Barrow and featured BEAK> as her backing band, 2/3rds of whom were also in her touring unit.
The Anika EP features leftovers and remixes from her debut, including her great cover of Chromatics' "In the City" that had been streaming on Stones Thow's SoundCloud page for a while (and played live while here in 2011) and you can listen to that below. The EP also features covers of The Kinks' "I Go to Sleep" which was on the album), The Crystals' "He Hit Me (And it Felt Like a Kiss)," and Shocking Blue's "Love Buzz," plus dub versions of previous singles "Yang Yang" and "No One's There" by Bristol producer Ratman.
photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
BEAK> @ Bowery Ballroom, 2/10/2013
"This is a b-side to a single that none of you have ever heard," was Geoff Barrow's introduction to "Kenn," which is the flip to last year's "Mono" 7". He then added, "Ok, maybe one of you have. Hi, mom."
Barrow (better known for his other band, Portishead) was in a jovial mood last night (2/10) at Bowery Ballroom, spending most of the time behind the drumkit with his band, BEAK>, joking with the crowd between songs, or when his kickdrum pedal broke in the middle of "Wolfstan II," probably the most rocking song of the band's terrific set. A mix of Krautrock and post-punk influences, BEAK> are not breaking any new ground, but the band (including bassist Billy Fuller, and keyboardist/guitarist Matt Williams) are such accomplished musicians and possessors of good taste, it doesn't matter. And as a trio that feed off each other, with scratchy 16mm projections behind them, they are totally badass.
Openers last night were BEAK>'s Stones Throw labelmates Chrome Canyon. While on record it is just Morgan Z, live Chrome Canyon is a full band who bring its early-'80s synth vision to life. It's a very narrow focus -- somewhere around 1982, between Jan Hammer, Wendy Carlos, the themes to Knight Rider and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy miniseries -- but they do it very well. And Morgan Z (last night dressed in some sort of shiny silver shirt Brian Eno might've worn in 1975) works a theremin with more conviction than anyone I've ever seen.
BEAK>, who DJ'd at the ACE Hotel on Saturday (anyone go?) are now off to the West Coast for a couple shows. Picturess from Chrome Canyon's set, and more from BEAK> (including one of the setlist), below...
by Bill Pearis
BEAK> @ ATPNY 2011 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
As mentioned before, Geoff Barrow of Portishead's other group -- motorik postpunk trio BEAK> -- are over from Bristol, UK for a few shows on both coasts, hitting Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (2/10) with openers Chrome Canyon. Tickets for that show are still available. Saturday night (2/9), the three BEAK>s, Geoff Barrow, Billy Fuller, and Matt Williams will be DJing all night (well, 10 PM - 2 AM) in the lobby at ACE Hotel, which is free. Barrow doesn't DJ much anymore which is certainly a good excuse to brave the blizzard that is supposedly gonna hit us.
If you haven't heard Beak's terrific 2012 album, BEAK>>, you can stream it below, along with the video for non-LP single, "Mono." Updated US tour dates are listed below as well.
by Bill Pearis
In addition to their terrific second album which came out last summer, Geoff Barrow's motorik post-punk outfit BEAK> released a non-LP single right at the end of 2012 titled "Mono" and is maybe the most immediate thing the band have done to date. You can stream both sides of the 7" below.
While no full North American tour has been announced, BEAK> will be hitting both coasts next month, playing Bowery Ballroom on February 10. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/11) at noon. The band also play Los Angeles' Echoplex on February 12.
No openers For the Bowery show have been announced yet... maybe they can sneak Anika (whom BEAK> is her backing band on record and who had to cancel her last North American dates) over with them?
"Mono" stream is below...
by Andrew Sacher
SPIN have revealed their list of the top 50 albums of 2012. It continues SPIN's trend of giving love to crossover punk and metal (which they've been pretty consistent with since naming Fucked Up's David Comes to Life their top album of 2011) with the inclusion of Baroness, Torche, Pallbearer, Cloud Nothings, and Japandroids, but rather surprisingly excludes the SPIN Essential'd Ceremony - Zoo and The Men - Open Your Heart, in favor of popular blowouts by Taylor Swift, fun., and Nicki Minaj. The list also shares its #1 and #2 with the two highest Pitchfork-rated albums of the year. And no Grimes.
The list begins with the Kanye-cribbed disclaimer, "Most critics' taste levels ain't at our waist level. Ain't nobody fucking with our clique." Check out SPIN's Top 50 LPs of 2012 list below.
Hunx as Gayracula
All things considered, we hope you had a Happy Halloween. You already saw what John Vanderslice and Freelance Whales dressed up as, and Dum Dum Girls' nun costumes (Crocodiles in there too). We also already posted Deap Vally, Those Darlins & the Mountain Goats in Halloween attire, and you saw Vampire Weekend all decked out for Kimmel. Here's a whole bunch more. That's Hunx and a punx above. See the rest (sort of NSFW), below...
by Bill Pearis
While we haven't heard from Portishead since 2011's "Chase the Tear" single, Geoff Barrow has been staying busy. His postpunk/Krautrock trio BEAK> just released their second album, LP >>, on the Invada label that he runs. The album was recorded live to tape with few overdubs and would make great party music for your next bombed-out Berlin warehouse soirée. You can stream the whole thing at the bottom of this post, along with a video for album track "Spinning Top."
While they have no U.S. tour plans at the moment (the band say early 2013), BEAK> are about to embark on a European jaunt and are releasing a special version of their new album to commemorate it. It comes in a fabric box with a bonus CD featuring ten tracks from the same sessions as the album. It's mostly available at the band's merch table but Invada has a limited amount for sale through their website. You can stream one of the bonus disc's "0898" (the UK's version of "1-900" telephone exchange, which were primarily used for sex lines) at the bottom of this post.
Meanwhile, Barrow also released an album with Ben Salisbury under the name DROKK which is made up entirely of minimal synthesizer instrumentals. It was conceived as a soundtrack to a nonexistent post-apocalyptic sci-fi film inspired by the 2000AD comics (Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper). If you like John Carpenter soundtracks, this is right up your alley.
A list of all BEAK> European tour dates, videos and streams below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Swans @ Paramount Theater
At one point during Anika's set at Le Poisson Rouge last night (9/27), someone in the audience starting chanting "A! N! I! K! A!" in hopes, I think, of getting a reaction. But Anika's detached cool was unflappable. She didn't say a single word to the audience. Not a "Hello," "Thank you," or "Good night." Which is exactly what everyone wanted from her given the icy post-punk sound of last year's debut album.
Her band, featuring the rhythm section of BEAK> plus a guitarist and keyboard player, were similarly understated but delivered 100% on that minimalist, dub-heavy sound. The drummer had a three-piece kit, plus what looked like a Mattel Synsonics drum pad sitting on top of his snare. They played the entirety of Anika's debut, plus a few new covers, including The Crystals' infamous single "He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss)" and an absolutely killer version of Chromatics' "In the City" which was one of the night's highlights. Also awesome: "Yang Yang" (a Yoko Ono cover), "No One's There" and, especially, "Masters of War" (a Bob Dylan cover). She closed the show with a 1-song encore of her cover of "He Needs Me" from Popeye (listen below). She also did "Love Buzz" which is a Shocking Blue song that was also covered by Nirvana. The full setlist is below.
Sound at Le Poisson Rouge was good if not loud enough. But I feel if ever a show shoulda been at a burned-out Bushwick warehouse it was this one. Anika's music screams for that kind of urban decay locale (though her chic black dress did not), what with all the police sirens wailing in the background. Maybe Glasslands, where Anika will be playing next Thursday (Oct. 6, with Slowdance and Ducktails) will come a little closer to that vibe. Tickets are on-sale now. Anika plays All Tomorrow's Parties this weekend. She also had a Maxwell's show scheduled at some point, but that's cancelled. After the Glasslands show will head out on a short North American tour. All dates are at the bottom of this post.
Slowdance opened at Le Poisson Rouge as well and their sound was pretty well attenuated to Anika's. Quay Quinn-Settel sang in French half the time and the band mine early-'80s bands like New Order and the B-52's. You can download their just-released EP, Light & Color, for free from their website. I missed first act (and Anika's Stones Throw labelmate) Bryant K but Amanda was on-hand to take pictures.
Anika's setlist, video and more pictures from the whole show, below...
DOWNLOAD: SBTRKT - "Wildfire" (Drumma Boy remix ft. Shabazz Palaces) (MP3)
Back in June, we announced the killer initial lineup for Moogfest 2011 (October 28, 29, 30). That lineup just got even better with additions including TV on the Radio, Special Disco Version featuring James Murphy and Pat Mahoney, St. Vincent, SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, YACHT, John Maus, Araabmuzik Baths, Zomby, Active Child and more. It was also announced that Brian Eno, part of the initial lineup, will be presenting Brian Eno's 77 Million Paintings and "Illustrated Talks" as part of this year's fest.
The initial announcement also included Suicide, Tangerine Dream, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Austra, M83, Little Dragon, Passion Pit, Toro y Moi, Moby (full band), The Flaming Lips, Battles, CANT, Brandt Brauer Frick (who will be on a US tour that hits Glasslands), and more.
Speaking of CANT (aka Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear), he revealed the song "Believe" from his upcoming debut LP yesterday. Stream the track below. The album comes out September 13 on Chris' own Terrible Records. He's also got an upcoming tour surrounding Moogfest which includes a show on October 25 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still on sale.
Speaking of SBTRKT and Little Dragon, Drumma Boy remixed the SBTRKT song with Little Dragon's Yukimi Nagano on lead vocals. Shabazz Palaces is also featured on the remix (compare that to Drake's version). Grab the track above via Gorilla vs Bear. Shabazz wrote on Facebook today, "Besides the release of Black Up, I don't think I've seen one article on here create such a surge of activity as this Wildfire Remix has. Amazing."
Sampha, who sings live with SBTRKT and on his album, also recently released his own song, "Indecision." Stream the track below. Moogfest is one of the stops on SBTRKT's recently announced US tour that also hits Bowery Ballroom on October 31 (with Araabmuzik) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 1. Tickets for both shows are still on sale.
Little Dragon plays a BV-presented Record Release show at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg TONIGHT (8/16). The show is sold out, but if you don't have tickets you can catch them in NYC again on their headlining tour which hits Terminal 5 on October 14. Tickets are still on sale.
Song streams and full Moogfest lineup 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 email@example.com 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)...