Entries tagged with: Beat Culture
As mentioned, Slow Magic is playing Glasslands tonight (4/24) with Beat Culture and Bright Future. Tickets are still available. While working on his debut LP, the enigmatic electronic artist made time to film a segment for IntoTheWoods.TV's "Carsick" video series. In it he performs his single "On Yr Side" while riding in a car through the Boise desert while he was in the area for the 2013 Treefort Fest. Mainly he plays a drum on his lap to a backing track, but like his similarly minimal live performances, it is strangely compelling. Watch it below.
Slow Magic wraps up his North American tour in Chicago on Saturday (4/27), and then heads to Europe. All tour dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Mister Lies - Hidden Neighbors EP (ZIP)
Mister Lies, the moniker of 19 year old producer Nick Zanca from Connecticut, who is now living in Chicago where he attends Columbia College, surfaced earlier this year with the striking Hidden Neighbors EP, which you can download for free above. He's since followed that with the "I Walk" single with vocals from Jessica Blanchet, contributed three songs to the Svengali Vol. 2 compilation, put out a collaborative EP with fellow Chicagoan Different Sleep called Mass, and signed to Lefse (Youth Lagoon, How to Dress Well), who will release his debut album. In advance of that album, he's releasing the "Dionysian" b/w "Waveny" 7" on Lefse on October 2.
Mister Lies' sound is very informed by the post-James Blake world of electronic music where bass swells rather than drops, snares are replaced by clicks and snaps, and vocals are rarely delivered in the pitch of the clip they were sampled from. Like labelmate Youth Lagoon, Mister Lies got his start playing in pop punk bands, but as he got a little older and was left to himself in a bedroom with a few instruments and a laptop, he began developing a taste for beauty and atmospheres in his music. Mister Lies' instrumentals recall the work of those early James Blake singles, recent work by Balam Acab, and of course the ever-mentioned reference point Burial, but the songs with vocalist Jessica Blanchet are where he's at his strongest. When he brings live vocals into the mix, it's a little more Nicolas Jaar and Sasha Spielberg than it is SBTRKT and Jessie Ware, despite the latter's closer ties production wise. You can stream a number of Mister Lies tracks below.
Mister Lies made his hometown live debut in Chicago this past July after making his official live debut a month earlier in LA with Tycho. He's set to play another hometown show with Xiu XIu in September, and after that, he'll play a release party for the "Dionysian" 7" at Cameo on October 5, for what will be his first NYC show. Support at that show will come from Evenings and Beat Culture. Tickets go on sale Monday (8/20) at noon.
A list of all dates and streams are below.
by Bill Pearis
DIIV last month at Austin's Red 7 (more by Tim Griffin)
DIIV (formerly Dive, we'll stop saying it soon) dropped another new track from their upcoming debut Oshin, out June 26 on Captured Tracks. Like the rest of the album, "Doused" (that recently got "Best New Track" over at Pitchfork). was recorded with the full band (early singles were just Cole Smith) and definitely gives you a good idea of what they're like live these days -- dark, driving, ever-moving. You can stream it below.
DIIV, who are growing more popular by the second, aren't playing 17 shows a week anymore. The band wrapped up a tour with Frankie Rose recently at Mercury Lounge (and then snuck in a secret show at Glasslands much later the same night...3AM or so) but have otherwise left their summer mostly open. Your next chance to see them is at Brooklyn Bowl on May 24 as part of a Hype Machine-presented night that also features The High Highs, Killer Mike and Beat Culture. It's free with RSVP.
Otherwise, DIIV have two other scheduled NYC shows at this point: the June 23 record release party at Glasslands and August 9 River Rocks show with Grimes and Wild Nothing. They also have a few dates scheduled with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, who meanwhile play GoogaMooga this weekend. All tour dates are listed with the song stream below...