Entries tagged with: Beck
La Colombe photos by P Squared Photography
barista Win Butler serving up his new Haitian coffee blend
Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler had a busy weekend in NYC. His eventful three days began on Friday when he played the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at MSG. His team, The West, beat The East (which Common and others were on) 59-51. Win had eight points and 12 boards. You can watch a video of him doing a layup, below.
He was wearing his Kanye West-designed Nike Red Octobers (not to be confused with Kanye's new Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost shoe that he debuted last week). Win's brother/bandmate Will tweeted "Kanye, you have to fix this #MVP thing. They have to respect the artistry" after Kevin Hart (who returns to MSG in July) got MVP.
After the game, Win headed to Bowery Ballroom where he was one of several DJs at the Rock On Foundation benefit, as DJ Windows 98. The Hold Steady headlined. Other DJs included members of Vampire Weekend, Das Racist and Caveman. That's him at Bowery pictured above.
Then Saturday afternoon Win headed to La Colombe cafe in Hudson Square where he acted as a barista, serving his new blend of RaRa Haitian Coffee that he created in partnership with La Colombe. The blend was partially to benefit Haiti, with proceeds going to Partners In Health and Haiti Coffee Academy. We stopped by the cafe to see barista Win in action, and while we were there he jumped on a table to give a speech about how the coffee is for a good cause. He then gave out sample cups to the crowd, took pictures with fans, and signed stuff. Some pictures of that are in this post.
That night, he was back under his DJ Windows 98 guise to get a late-night party at Baby's All Right going. Anyone catch that? UPDATE: Win now uploaded a mashup of Kanye West's "Jesus Walks" and Beck's "Loser" which (according to a commenter below) he played back to back at Baby's. Listen below.
Finally, on Sunday Win headed to SNL's 40th anniversary to introduce Miley Cyrus. Some people were not happy about this decision. Here are some tweets:
Talented: Win Butler, Jack White. Not talented: Miley Cyrus, Kanye West. Understood SNL? #SNL40— AbsoluteQuinn (@AbsoluteLunati6) February 16, 2015
In a personal affront to musical talent, SNL just made Win Butler introduce Miley Cyrus.— Bethany Biron (@bethanybiron) February 16, 2015
Having Win Butler introduce a performance by Miley Cyrus, and not the other way around, is emblematic of everything wrong with SNL today.— Thomas Pashko (@thomaspashko) February 16, 2015
are you kidding me...having Win Butler introduce Miley Cyrus?? log off, SNL— Mike Smith© (@TheMikes_) February 16, 2015
Actually sat through SNL just to have Jack White appear for 3 seconds, Win Butler introduce Miley Cyrus, and Fiona Apple not appear at all— Hannah (@spooketti) February 16, 2015
SNL: *includes Arcade Fire in list of guests* SNL: *Has Win Butler introduce Miley Cyrus*— Sara (@Saraa26) February 16, 2015
More pictures of Win's weekend, including shots of him as a barista, a basketball player and a DJ, below...
Though Kanye West said the Grammy thing was a joke ("like the Grammys themselves") and Beck was excited about it and thinks he is a genius, some Beck fans are still none too happy. As Gothamist points out, a few of those fans whose office building happens to be right outside the location in NYC that Kanye played last night took the opportunity to get their message across. Gothamist writes:
A company called PNYC, located around the corner from the stage, welcomed the rapper by putting up large letters in their windows that spelled out "BECK." This was, of course, a nod to Kanye interrupting the musician as he was about to accept his Grammy award this past weekend.Photographic proof is above.
Matt and Jason from PNYC told us this morning, "We are an agency actively researching the effects of Out of Home (OOH) advertising. We found out Kanye was playing outside of our building and we wanted to make a point about being in the right place at the right time with the right message and how that can be amplified through digital channels. And... don't fuck with Beck."
In related news, some kind soul took the time to put together a Beck/Beyonce mashup, because obviously that was going to happen. Listen to Beckyonce's "Single Loser (Put a Beck on It)" below...
Alabama's Hangout Music Festival returns from May 15-17, and the lineup's just been expanded. Joey Bada$$, Sylvan Esso, JEFF the Brotherhood, Sam Smith, Natural Child and more were added to the fest, joining Foo FIghters, Beck, My Morning Jacket, Spoon, TV on the Radio, Jenny Lewis, Future Islands, Father John Misty and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Updated lineup below...
Though Kanye stopped himself during the Grammys (much to Jay-Z and everyone's amusement), he let his opinions be known right afterwards, live on TV with Kim Kardashian by his side. Watch the E! afterparty interview below...
P.S. Taylor Swift won nothing.
UPDATE: Kanye went on record saying that the Grammys and Beck should have given Beyonce that award
"Thanks...did you ever hear 'Midnight Vultures?"
Beck's had a pretty good Grammy night, his Morning Phase having first won Best Rock Album and then one of the biggest awards of the night, Album of the Year, beating out Sam Smith, Beyonce, Pharrell Williams and Ed Sheeran. On top of that, the award was given to him by Prince! As Beck started his acceptance speech, Kanye West jokingly headed toward the stage. "No, come back," Beck said. "I need help up here." Kanye later said that Beck should have given his award to Beyonce.
Morning Phase also won for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.
Meanwhile, though he didn't win "Album", Sam Smith took home "Best Pop Vocal Album", and "Record of The Year", "Song of The Year", and "Best New Artist".
Tom Petty didn't win a Grammy, but he did co-write the 'Song of The Year' (sort of).
Tenacious D won the metal Grammy for a Dio cover.
St. Vincent won "Best Alternative Music Album".
photo: Pixies in Northampton in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The spring edition of the biannual music festival Boston Calling happens this year from May 22-24. They've once again put together a great lineup (curated by The National's Aaron Dessner, produced by Crash Line Productions), this time including Beck, Pixies, My Morning Jacket, Tenacious D, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, TV on the Radio, Jason Isbell, Gerard Way, Run the Jewels, Sharon Van Etten, Krill and more. Early bird tickets go on sale at noon today (1/14), using the password "BOSTON."
Once again there will be no overlapping sets. Full lineup and announcement video below...
Hangout Music Festival, which will now be co-produced by Goldenvoice (the same company that produces Coachella), returns to the beaches of Gulf Shores, AL from May 15-17 this year. The lineup includes Foo Fighters, Beck, Skrillex, My Morning Jacket, Spoon, Major Lazer, TV on the Radio, Phantogram, Damian Marley, Jenny Lewis, Lupe Fiasco, Future Islands, Father John Misty, Drive-By Truckers, Toro y Moi, Charles Bradley, Strand of Oaks and more.
Tickets go on sale today (1/13) at 10 AM EST. Full lineup below...
intro by Andrew Sacher
There were a lot of great labels in 2014, but one label I think had an exceptionally good year is Tiny Engines. Between the second Beach Slang EP of the year, the Places to Hide EP, Cayetana's debut album, the latest EP from Frontier(s) (ex-Elliott, Mouthpiece), Somos' debut album, The Hotelier's breakthrough album and still others, TE was one of the most consistently great homes for indie rock, punk and emo in 2014. (If you haven't heard any of those releases, strongly recommended!)
Now that the year's coming to a close, Tiny Engines co-founders Will Miller and Chuck Daley (who also both run Beartrap PR) told us about their favorite albums of the year, as did TE bands Cayetana, Runaway Brother (debut LP and BV-presented NYC show coming in 2015), and Matt from Frontier(s)/Mouthpiece.
Find out who made their lists (and read the entertaining intro Chuck wrote for his) below...
Guided by Voices @ Bowery Ballroom 5/23/14
Longtime contributing BrooklynVegan photographer Gretchen Robinette shot a bunch of shows for us in 2014, and to wrap up another great year, she's made a list of her favorite photos that she took since January. That's one of GBV above, and you can check out the rest of her favorite pics of 2014 below...
Sleaford Mods at their US debut (more by PSquared)
The Guardian has been sloooowwwlllyyyy revealing their Top 40 Albums of 2014, having rolled out the top 10 one by one over the past 10 days. If you've been following along, you probably already guessed their #1 by now, but if not you can browse their full list of 40 below. It's got a lot of this year's list regulars, and like many of the British publications have, it gives some major love to Sleaford Mods (maybe you caught their US debut in NYC?). Also The War On Drugs shuts out Sun Kil Moon once again (they're not #1 but close). Sorry Koz.
Check out the full list below...
Best of Lists Season continues, here with AV Club's favorite records of 2014. As it's a cumulative list with ballots from the site's music writers (most of whom are in their 30s), you get a pretty typical list but we'll leave the suspense of whether The War on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten or St. Vincent landed at #1 for you to check out below.
This year, the 2015 Grammy nominations are being revealed gradually on CBS This Morning. A few categories have already been announced, with a lot more on the way, and we'll have to wait for tonight's A Very Grammy Christmas special to find out the Album of the Year nominees. Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Beck, Black Keys, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Beyonce (now the most Grammy-nominated woman), Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Drake, Eminem, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Basement Jaxx, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon, Royksopp & Robyn, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon, Motorhead, Alt-J, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sam Smith, Haim, Sia, Coldplay, Robert Glasper, Sharon Jones, Jhene Aiko, Tom Petty, U2 and more have already been announced. Stay tuned for more announcements and check out the list so far, below.
UPDATE: Full list of nominations (
except Album of the Year) now up at GRAMMY.com. Several of the categories are also listed below.
UPDATE 2: Album of the Year nominees announced. See below.
The awards ceremony happens February 8, 2015.
We're just over a month away from 2015 and those UK year-end lists keep pouring in. Now British music mag Uncut has posted their 75 Best Albums of 2014. Looks like their winner is becoming a popular choice for #1, and the rest of their top 10 is split between real-deal veterans (Leonard Cohen [falling just a tad from his 2012 #1 spot], Robert Plant) and rising newcomers (FKA twigs). Elsewhere the list has a lot of the indie-related albums that keep popping up, a good deal of folk/country, more veteran appearances, and a certain opinionated UK duo who have appeared on every UK list we've seen so far and make their US debut this week.
Check out the full list below...
We just posted Q Magazine's Best of 2014 albums list and now here's the same from sister publication MOJO. Not only do they share a publisher, but also more than half of same albums appear on both lists. The War on Drugs was #2 here, making war for Beck's Morning Phase in the top spot. Check out the whole list below.
While MOJO is seen as a safe haven for "heritage" acts, there are some records in their Top 10 that don't prominently feature acoustic guitars: coming in at #3 is Sleaford Mods' Divide and Exit. You can catch the Mods' North American live debut this Saturday (11/29) at The Wick with The Gotobeds, The Rogers Sisters and "very special guests" who will be announced closer to the show. Tickets are still available.
MOJO's full Top 50 LPs of 2014 list below...
Rough Trade were the first out of the gate with year-end lists but now long-running UK monthly music mag Q has just published their end-of-the-year issue (with cover star Ed Sheeran) which includes their Top 50 LPs of 2014. The War on Drugs' Lost in the Dream comes in at #1. Have you made your list yet? Check out the rest of Q's favorite albums of 2014 below...
Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As they usually are, Rough Trade Shops are one of the first this year to post their favorite albums of 2014 list. It's 100 albums long and mostly filled with the bigger indie and indie-related releases of the year, but there's a few surprises in there too. Mark Kozelek will not be happy to see that The War On Drugs placed #2, 8 higher than the Sun Kil Moon record. Mark should be proud that he made the list not once, but TWICE though. His Christmas album landed at #84. Run the Jewels, who are not on it all, have started a "Suck My Dick Rough Trade" chant. Check out their full list below and see more on each album here.
As mentioned, Mutual Benefit will be playing at Glasslands on Halloween (aka this Friday) with Emily Reo, and Conveyor. (The last Halloween show to ever happen at that venue.) Like a lot of Halloween shows, this will be a cover set and Mutual Benefit are doing Beck's 1994 album One Foot in the Grave (which has lo-fi folk classics "Sleeping Bag" and "Asshole," among others). Reo is appearing as Lana Del Rey and Conveyor are doing an all-Buddy-Holly set. Tickets are still available. If you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details below.
The Halloween show is the wrapup to Mutual Benefit's current tour. They play St. Louis, MO tonight (10/27). Remaining dates are listed, along with a YouTube stream of One Foot in the Grave, below.
The new 'Annie' movie hits theater on 12/19 full of reimagined details including a puketastic version of Annie classic "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile" by Sia. It's one of three tracks Sia has on the soundtrack, which is out 11/17. Another is a still-unreleased collaboration with Beck called "Moonquake Lake".
"Moonquake Lake" was also the not-so-secret fake name of the movie they used on signs while filming last year at the Beacon Theater, in the East Village, in Little Italy, in Hell's Kitchen and probably other places.
The full movie soundtrack track listing is below...
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
St. Vincent / Jimmy Cliff / Temples @ ACL Fest, 10/10/2014
Despite the late afternoon sun shining brightly into the eyes of the spectators, the Dallas native attracted thousands to hear the guitar goddess peel off insanely good riffs in between stylized vocals and strangely robotic choreography that has become her hallmark.The second weekend of the 2014 ACL Festival kicked off on Friday (101/10) at Austin's Zilker Park, with sets from St. Vincent, Beck, Jimmy Cliff, Outkast, Temples, Belle & Sebastian, and lots more. Pictures from the day are in this post.
Towards the end of the performance as her band rocked through an instrumental portion, St. Vincent calmly climbed the stage truss support (in spiked high heels), arching her body out over the stage, throwing her head back several times before returning to the safety of the riser below her. -[Examiner]
If you're not in Zilker Park this weekend, you can stream select ACL sets live. Saturday (10/11) has Mac DeMarco, Interpol and Broken Bells streaming. You can also check out pics from Weekend 1 of ACL, and we'll have pics from the rest of Weekend 2 to come. Meanwhile, check out out more pics from ACL Weeekend 2, Day 1 below...
Outkast / Belle & Sebastian / St. Vincent
Murdoch is an effortless master of banter and was the most magnetic presence I saw on stage all day -- flirting with the crowd, sitting with legs crossed on the stage's edge, and pointing out that pretty much all songs are about sex. He also had some observations about Austin.The 2014 ACL Festival wrapped up its first weekend, kicking off on Friday night (10/3) in Austin, TX's Zilker Park with sets from Belle & Sebastian, Outkast, Beck, St. Vincent, Sam Smith, Jimmy Cliff, Temples and lots more. Pictures from those sets and more are in this post.
"Last time I was here none of those buildings were there," Murdoch said, pointing to the Austin skyline. "What the [expletive] happened? Are y'all having loads of children or something?"
On stage behind Murdoch and the 13 other members of the band was a backdrop with black-and-white shots of Belle & Sebastian's eight full-length albums arranged in a grid. Later in the set it was replaced with a couple of music videos accompanying a pair of new songs, "Perfect Couples," which was sung by lead guitarist Stevie Jackson, and "The Tricks in Your Head Are Alive." - [Austin 360]
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
Beck / Sun Kil Moon / disgruntled Death Grips fan
The 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival began on Friday afternoon (7/18) in Chicago's Union Park with a variety of acts packed into the compressed schedule. Friday headliner Beck was led up to by sets from Giorgio Moroder, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Sun Kil Moon, Sharon Van Etten, Factory Floor, and others...
LA via Florida experimentalists Hundred Waters kicked off the festival with a 3:30PM set on the Red stage. The quartet's delicate arrangements translated surprisingly well to the festival setting -- standout tunes "Cavity," "Out Alee," and "Down From the Rafters" were awarded additional layers of gauze-y production and live percussion. The crowd grew steadily throughout their set, and were extremely attentive on quiet numbers like the a cappella The Moon Rang Like a Bell opener "Show Me Love." -ZP
Post industrialists Factory Floor performed on the Blue stage and effectively disrupted everyone's nap in the shade with their looped heart-thumping beats and nightmarish soundscapes. The band's show was as much an experimental art performance as it was a musical one, combining everything from arpeggiated synths to random strikes on a wooden block. In addition, the band's singer created some brooding soundscapes by clanging what looked like a drum stick against her guitar's strings, occasionally making a few heavily processed vocals in a nearby mic. Overall the band performed a challenging set that rewarded anyone tough enough to stay for the whole thing. If Swans and Kraftwerk had a baby it would most likely sound like Factory Floor. -MM
Neneh Cherry's appearance at Pitchfork Fest was only her second-ever in North America despite a twenty-some-odd year career. Frequent collaborators RocketNumberNine backed the singer, and the trio delivered a fun performance. Blank Project cuts "Spit Three Times" and "Everything" saw Cherry's energy at its highest point, while Ben and Tom Page churned out their great industrial clamor. And yes, she finished her set with the classic "Buffalo Stance." -ZP
British musician and producer Bobby Krlic, otherwise known as atmospheric drone artist The Haxan Cloak, brought a live drummer to add intensity to his dark afternoon set. Familiar songs from his 2013 record Excavation morphed into grooves that were nearly danceable. (If you're wondering why this is so surprising, listen to his dropless song, "The Drop.") While fans enjoyed the tension and release of the forty-five minute set, one couldn't help but imagine it might be more appropriately suited for a small, dark room, rather than a bright, mid-afternoon festival stage. -AG
Sharon Van Etten
As I continue to see Sharon Van Etten live, her performances only get better and better. This time around, she was joined by new-ish live members Brad Cook (Megafaun) on bass and Darren Jessee (Ben Folds Five) on drums, in addition to usual suspects Doug Keith and Heather Woods Broderick. Sharon and her four-piece band were heavy on this year's great Are We There, but older tunes like "Save Yourself," "Don't Do It," and "Serpents" were also played. SVE provided a welcome, laid-back, early evening set, and it served as a great precursor for Sun Kil Moon. -ZP
Legendary Italian producer and composer Giorgio Moroder closed off the Red stage last night with an eclectic and seamless DJ set that drew from his long list of hit collaborations. Morodor, now 74, no doubt looked a little out of place on stage alongside the psychedelic visuals, perplexing some of the younger fest goers, but he was as lively as DJs a quarter his age, enthusiastically pointing his fingers in time with the mix, and starting a few waves and clap-alongs with the crowd, appearing to have as good of a time as his audience. The mix, a career retrospective of sorts, followed a chronological timeline, playing his disco hits including Donna Summers' "I Feel Love" (which Beck later covered in his set on the Green stage), before transitioning to the '80s anthem "Take My Breath Away" which was accompanied by visual snippets from Top Gun, featuring the
vampire ageless Tom Cruise. Not content with just playing old hits, Morodor also threw in some of his more recent work into the mix, including last year's collaboration with Daft Punk, as well as his excellent new track "Giorgio's Theme". For a guy in his 70s, Moroder showed he still has the chops to get crowds moving, cueing enough buildups and drops to satisfy any Monster guzzling EDM fan in attendance. -MM
Alt-rock legend Beck played a career-spanning set with heavy emphasis on his most recent records. He didn't shy away from the hits, pleasing both longtime fans and casual listeners. Opening with the classic Odelay cut "Devil's Haircut", Beck and his band were possibly the tightest act of the entire day. Particularly exciting was his tribute to fellow performer Giorgio Morodor, a cover of Donna Summer's Morodor-produced hit, "I Feel Love." Beck kept the crowd excited for his entire ninety-minute headlining set with a palpable energy during "Loser" and a particularly rousing rendition of "Where It's At." Peep his full setlist below. -AG
Pitchfork Festival continues today (7/19) with sets from Neutral Milk Hotel, St. Vincent, Danny Brown, tUnE-yArDs, Cloud Nothings and more. If you're not there, you can stream it online.
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Beck @ Hammerstein Ballroom 6/30/2014
...more than once he brought up British death metal band Carcass. He seemed mostly charmed by their insane-sounding song titles ("Cadaveric Incubator of Endoparasites" was a favorite), but based on Beck's show at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on Monday night, he also digs Carcass because, when given the chance, he likes to shred.For those worried the gentle nature of Beck's new album, Morning Phase, would mean we wouldn't get the fun, funky side of the singer on this tour, fear not. At last night's show at NYC's Hammerstein, Mr. Hansen divided his set into two halves: the first being songs from Morning Phase and other acoustic-oriented songs, and then the second half where the party started. Pictures and setlist from his Hammerstein show are in this post.
Nothing in Beck's catalogue has the same sort of buzzsaw growling as "The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills," but there were several re-arrangements of his classic tunes that added a new kind of six-string heft and double-kick-drum thump. Both "Devil's Haircut" and "The New Pollution" were riff-heavy and extra loud, and even the Midnite Vultures robo-funker "Get Real Paid" had some fresh Gary Numan-esque metallic sharpness.
It was the sound of Beck, ever the shape-shifter, tweaking his old hits and reinventing them however he saw fit -- though despite their new wrinkles, they still retained a fundamental funkiness that let him indulge in his best white boy dancing. - [EW]
Tonight is Beck's second NYC show, this one happening at at Central Park Summerstage and is sold out. It, like last night and the rest of this run of the tour, is with Sean Lennon's The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger. Pictures of their set, and more of Beck's, below...
A man is in critical condition after he fell over a stair railing at the Fox Theatre [in Detroit].Beck's tour continues in NYC today with shows at Hammerstein Ballroom and Central Park Summerstage. We recently caught Beck at Coachella and Firefly. He plays XPoNential Music Festival in Camden later in July.
Police say two intoxicated men were leaving the Beck concert, when the victim told his friend he was: "going to take the easy way down."
That's when he fell over the railing on the fourth floor. Officers believe he fell 30 to 40 feet.
Police say they don't know if the man was trying to slide down the railing, or was so drunk he thought he could simply jump.