Entries tagged with: Bjork

25 result(s) displayed (1 - 25 of 152):

Mark Bell

Sad news: Warp Records confirmed today that Mark Bell, one half of pioneering UK electronic act LFO, died last week due to complications after an operation. In addition to his work in LFO (not the American LFO who did "Summer Girls"), Bell collaborated frequently with Bjork, producing her 1997 album Homogenic, her most recent Biophilia, and others.

LFO's 1991 debut, Frequencies, was a landmark record in dance music and Warp Records, and their theme song "LFO" was the label's fifth release ever and first Top 20 hit. Mark, we lost you too soon. Rest in peace.

Stream Frequencies, plus a few other Bell-related streams, below...

Continue reading "Mark Bell of LFO, RIP"

Goldie

Legendary DJ Goldie had been talking about recording an orchestral version of his perfectly named 1995 album Timeless for a while now, and earlier this year he performed it with an orchestra for the first time ever during the Meltdown Festival. An official video from that performance (dir. Lyle Lindgren) is out now and that can be watched below.

Goldie's in the midst of a short US tour as we speak with two dates left, San Diego tonight (9/26) and NYC this Saturday (9/27) at Verboten with Dieselboy, Empress, Jakes, Double Dragon and Dave Shichman. Tickets for that one are available. Remaining dates are listed below.

In other news, Goldie's ex-fiance Bjork's tour documentary Bjork: Biophilia Live begins its run screening at NYC's IFC Center tonight (9/26) through October 2. Her 2013 documentary When Bjork Met Attenborough will screen at these as well. Tickets are on sale now. Then Biophilia Live will also screen in NYC from October 10-16 at Nitehawk Cinema.

List of Goldie dates with the video, below...

Continue reading "Goldie released a video of orchestral 'Timeless' performance, on US tour; 'Bjork: Biophilia Live' opens at IFC Center tonight"

Perfect Pussy at Pitchfork Festival 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Perfect Pussy

We already knew Joanna Gruesome and Perfect Pussy will be touring together this month, and in the fall they'll put out a split 7" together too, via Slumberland/Captured Tracks/Fortuna Pop. The songs on the split include a cover and an original from each band, with Joanna Gruesome taking on emo/screamo veterans I Hate Myself's "...And Keep Reaching for Those Stars" and Perfect Pussy doing "Leash Called Love" by Bjork's old band The Sugarcubes. You can stream PP's take on The Sugarbabes and JG's original, "Psykick Espionage," below. The split also comes with a cartoon made by Perfect Pussy guitarist Ray McAndrew's brother Phil, who's also a MAD contributor. "The heroine in McAndrew's comic is a 'split' between Joanna Gruesome front woman Alanna McArdle and Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy, who battles misogynists, online trolls and haters everywhere." Check out a gif of the cartoon below as well.

The Joanna Gruesome/Perfect Pussy tour, which also includes Potty Mouth and the Joan of Arc-related The Love of Everything, hits NYC on August 26 at Shea Stadium. Tickets for this stacked show in a tiny venue are still available. Joanna Gruesome also play a free NYC show at South Street Seaport (8/29) three days later with Big Ups. That same day, Perfect Pussy and Potty Mouth play an Asbury Park show at Asbury Lanes.

Potty Mouth have other tour dates coming up after that, including a run with Aye Nako that brings them back to NYC on September 3 at Cake Shop. All of their dates are listed below.

Aye Nako also open the Glasslands (11/1) stop of the Ex Hex and Speedy Ortiz tour (tickets), and Big Ups open the Mercury Lounge (11/2) stop (tickets).

In addition to the Joanna Gruesome and Speedy/Ex Hex shows, Big Ups have other local shows coming up, including one with the reunited Fiasco, Heeney and Turbosleaze at Shea Stadium on September 4; and another opening the Studio at Webster Hall (10/16) stop of Dope Body's tour (one of three NYC shows for Dope Body). Tickets for the Dope Body show are still available.

All lists of dates, and the streams from the Joanna Gruesome/Perfect Pussy split, below...

Continue reading "Joanna Gruesome & Perfect Pussy releasing a split (streams); Potty Mouth touring w/ Aye Nako; Big Ups add dates"

Bjork at Berlin Festival 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bjork

Directed by Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland, the Biophilia Live film augments the live show with additional animated sequences, taking viewers into Björk's immersive performances, which included a number of custom-built experimental instruments, such as a Tesla Coil, a pendulum harp, and a hybrid gamelan-celesta. The show also featured an Icelandic female choir and a series of nature films. [The Creators Project]
Bjork: Biophilia Live, the Bjork documentary on the multimedia live shows she played in support of her 2011 album Biophilia, already premiered at Tribeca Film Fest, and now it's being screened at several more locations worldwide, including two more in NYC. First, it screens at IFC Center from September 26 to October 2, along with a screening of the 2013 documentary When Bjork Met Attenborough. Then, once again at Brooklyn's Nitehawk Cinema from October 10 to October 16. Showtimes TBA, and tickets are not on sale yet but you can check here for updates. There will be one more chance to see it just outside of NYC at Long Island's Camera Arts Centre in Huntington on October 29 (tickets).

The Creators Project just made a new trailer for the film, which you can watch below. Also below is the full list of theaters it will screen in and what night it opens in each one. More info, including how long each theater will be showing it for, here.

And as mentioned, Bjork's getting a retrospective at MoMA in 2015.

Continue reading "'Bjork: Biophilia Live' coming to theaters worldwide, including 2 in NYC (one w/ 'When Bjork Met Attenborough' screening)"

Radiohead

"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...

Continue reading "100 Most Influential Artists, according to NME"

IMAGE

Death Grips have a new double album, the powers that b, on the way and were scheduled to tour with Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails as well as play festivals such as Pitchfork Fest, FYF Fest and FFF Fest this summer. A band known for canceling shows a lot, they've gone and canceled all upcoming shows because... they've broken up. At least that's what they say (this could be another of their stunts). The band posted the above picture to their Facebook that says:

we are now at our best and so Death Grips is over. we have officially stopped. all currently scheduled live dates are canceled. our upcoming double album "the powers that b" will still be delivered worldwide later this year via Harvest/Third Worlds Records. Death Grips was and always has been a conceptual art exhibition anchored by sound and vision. above and beyond a "band". to our truest fans, please stay legend.
Stay tuned for the second half of their new album, titled jenny death. The first half, niggas on the moon (which features Bjork), is out now.

UPDATE: Fun Fun Fun Fest responds

UPDATE TWO: Trent Reznor responds

Bjork at Berlin Festival 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bjork

Bjork will be honored with a retrospective in NYC at MoMA, running from March 7, 2015 through June 7. A press release reads:

The Museum of Modern Art announces that it will present a full-scale retrospective dedicated to the multifaceted work of the composer, musician, and artist Björk in 2015. Organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator at Large at MoMA and Director of MoMA PS1, the exhibition Björk draws from more than 20 years of the artist's daring and adventurous projects and her seven full-length albums--from Debut (1993) to Biophilia (2011)--to chronicle her career through sound, film, visuals, instruments, objects, costumes, and performance. The installation will present a narrative, both biographical and imaginatively fictitious, cowritten by Björk and the acclaimed Icelandic writer Sjón Sigurdsson. Björk's collaborations with video directors, photographers, fashion designers, and artists will be featured, and the exhibition culminates with a newly commissioned, immersive music and film experience conceived and realized with director Andrew Huang and 3-D design leader Autodesk.
Bjork's Biophilia Live film premiered at Tribeca Film Fest earlier this year. You can watch a video of her on a panel at the premiere, below...

Continue reading "Bjork retrospective coming to MoMA in 2015"

Bjork movie

Last year The National premiered a film at Tribeca Film Fest (a film which opens in some theaters this week). This year Tribeca will welcome Bjork! The press release reads:

From a mind unlike any other, Biophilia Live chronicles the multidimensional concert centered on the eighth studio album of avant-garde Icelandic artist, Björk. Directors Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland, unique voices in their own right, film Björk live in performance, and punctuate her music with evocative animation from apps created by the world's top 10 designers combined with science and nature archive and found footage. This is inspired by the themes of the album which explore the relationships between musical structures and natural phenomena--atomic, cellular and cosmic. The infinitely creative journey presents a culmination of work that represents one of the most original musical endeavors of a generation.

The film will screen at TFF on April 26th.

The Tribeca Film Festival runs April 16-27 in NYC, and will kick off at Beacon Theatre with a documentary about and a performance by Nas.

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

My Bloody Valentine / Bjork
Berlin Fest 2013 - Day 2
Berlin Fest 2013 - Day 2

We already posted pictures of day 1 of this past weekend's Berlin Festival, and now we've got a set of pictures from the second day in this post. Day 2 included sets by Bjork, My Bloody Valentine, Savages, Klaxons (who we missed), and more. Pictures from that day and Bjork's setlist are in this post.

My Bloody Valentine will be in NYC when their North American tour hits Hammerstein Ballroom on November 12. Tickets for those shows are currently on Live Nation presale (password: "scorcher"), and the general on-sale begins Friday (9/13) at 10 AM.

Day 2 also featured a set from German deep house DJ Fritz Kalkbrenner who will be in NYC on October 26 at Cameo Gallery. Tickets are on sale now.

Berlin Festival day 1 pictures are HERE. More of day 2, below...

Continue reading "Berlin Festival day 2 pics: Bjork, My Bloody Valentine, Savages and more"

Berlin Festival

The big festival season may be coming to a close now that Labor Day is behind us and it doesn't really feel like summer anymore, but of course that doesn't mean there aren't any to still look forward to (though many are in warmer places than here in the Northeast).

One festival that will take an airplane ticket and a passport to get to from the US, but has a lineup that might make it worth it, is the Berlin Festival in -- you guessed it -- Berlin. It goes down this weekend from September 6-7 and includes Blur, Bjork, Pet Shop Boys, My Bloody Valentine, Klaxons, Savages, Justice (DJ), John Talabot (live), and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now. Full schedule here.

In October, Austin gets the previously discussed Austin City Limits Festival for two weekends (10/4-6 & 10/11-13) with Depeche Mode, The Cure, Atoms for Peace, Phoenix, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, The National, passion Pit, Queens of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Franz Ferdinand and more. Weekend passes for weekend 2 and VIP options for both weekends are still available. Check out the schedule here. If you'll be in Austin for the festival, don't forget to catch some of the official late shows too.

Later on in the year, Austin gets the previously discussed Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov. 8-10) which includes Descendents, Quicksand, Television, Deerhunter, MGMT, M.I.A., Snoop Dogg, Cut Copy, The Walkmen, Kurt Vile, Body Count, Cloud Nothings, Title FIght, White Lung and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full lineup.

Around that same time, New Orleans hosts the previously mentioned Voodoo Experience festival (11/1-3) with Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, The Gaslight Anthem, Desaparecidos, Cults, Rudimental and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full schedule.

Though it's not quite a "festival," NYC will be bombarded by a whole slew of bands this fall when a big portion of the music industry heads our way for the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon, which runs from October 15-19. Confirmed artists include The Dismemberment Plan, Pelican, Jacco Gardner, Good Riddance, Godflesh, Eagulls, Courtney Barnett, The Long Winters, Savages, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Eleanor Friedberger, Kevin Drew, Obits, Fuck Buttons, Quadron, Speedy Ortiz, Lawrence Rothman and more. Badges are on sale now.

Right before CMJ, NYC will be getting the 2013 CBGB Music & Film Festival which goes from October 9 to 13 across various venues and includes Andy Shernoff, Arto Lindsay, Bass Drum of Death, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Ginger Baker, Hanni El Khatib, Meat Puppets, Obits, The Spits, Tommy Ramone, and more. Badges are still available.

And right as CMJ is ending in NYC, San Francisco will be getting its two-day Treasure Island Music Festival (10/19-20). That festival includes Atoms for Peace, Beck, Animal Collective, James Blake, Japandroids, Disclosure, Tricky, Little Dragon, and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full schedule.

What else?

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Bjork / Joanna Newsom / Wire / Mikal Cronin @ Pitchfork Fest 7/19/2013
Pitchfork Festival - Day 1 - 7/19/2013
Pitchfork Festival - Day 1 - 7/19/2013
Pitchfork Festival - Day 1 - 7/19/2013
Pitchfork Festival - Day 1 - 7/19/2013

Wearing a shiny silver dress (while choir wore mostly blue) Bjork sang and moved across the stage with a great deal of passion and energy. Behind her, three screens displayed imagery that included an exploding star, the moon, ZX Spectrum-looking polygons, and even a sped up clip of a seal carcass being consumed by starfish and sea slugs underwater (read: slightly unsettling). The latter stood out, for obvious reasons, and close-ups of the starfish seemed to show a synchronized pulse with the music. Another highlight was the giant tesla coil enclosure that descended from the stage rathers during "Thunderbolt," creating huge sparks each time the synthesizer was played. After each song Bjork politely said "Thank you!" in her strong Icelandic accent which had everyone smiling and laughing. In the distance, a storm was approaching but appeared to be another special effect being incorporated in an already elaborate performance. Unfortunately, it was real, and reached the festival before Bjork could fully complete her set. - [BV Chicago]
The 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival kicked off last night (7/19) in Chicago's Union Park. A more gently paced day than what's in store today (7/20) and Sunday (7/21), Friday featured a headlining set from Bjork (which was cut short due to a storm), plus Wire, Joanna Newsom, Angel Olson,Mikal Cronin, Mac Demarco, Woods, Trash Talk, a newly-blonde Frankie Rose, and Daughn Gibson. Pictures from Friday are in this post.

For more on day one of Pitchfork 2013 (review and another set of pics), visit BV Chicago where you'll also find a preview of day 2 and day 3. More pictures from day 1 are below.

Continue reading "Pitchfork Fest 2013 day 1 in pics: (Bjork, Wire, Joanna Newsom, Mikal Cronin, Angel Olsen, Trash Talk & more)"

Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Pitchfork

As mentioned, Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival is returning to Union Park from July 19-21 with sets from Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Belle & Sebastian, R. Kelly, Solange, Rustie, Low, The Breeders, Swans, Savages, Merchandise, Julia Holter, KEN mode, White Lung, TNGHT, Evian Christ, Waxahatchee, El-P, Killer Mike, and more across three stages (Red, Blue, and Green). The set times for the festival have now been announced, and you can check out the full day-by-day schedule below.

3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets are still available.

Continue reading "Pitchfork Festival announces full 2013 schedule"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Bjork / Empire of the Sun @ Bonnaroo, 6/15/2013
Bonnaroo 2013, Day 3
Bonnaroo 2013, Day 3

There's no shortage of kooky costumed folk at Bonnaroo, but it's usually the antendees who are eccentrically attired. On Saturday (6/15), though, the main stage gave them a run for their money. Ever fashion forward, Bjork wore a headdress that either made her look like a dandelion or an extra from Hellraiser. (She wore it at the Hollywood Bowl too.) Australia's Empire of the Sun was a close runner up with their over-the-top headlining set that could've been from Flash Gordon. Mumford & Sons had to cancel (replaced by shoe-phobic folkie Jack Johnson), but Saturday also main stage sets from Billy Idol, R. Kelly, Nas, Cat Power, Matt & Kim, Portugal. The Man, The Lumineers and more. Pictures from those sets are in this post.

Elsewhere at Bonnaroo on Saturday, Mac DeMarco, JEFF the Brotherhood, Lord Huron and others on the smaller stages, a live episode of Scott Aukerman's Comedy Bang Bang, and in the Cinema Tent, Police Academy's sound effects wiz Michael Winslow (who played with Animal Collective the night before) did a one man show.

Pictures from Thursday are HERE and Friday are HERE, with Sunday still to come. More pictures from Saturday below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2013 day 3 in pics: Bjork, Cat Power, Nas, Empire of the Sun, Billy Idol, R. Kelly & more"

Bjork

Bjork finished up a run of pre-Bonnaroo California shows at Hollywood Bowl last night and seeing this amazing picture of the show by Debi Del Grande is making me even more upset I missed it!

Oh, and speaking of LA and Debi Del Grande, other pictures Debi took for BrooklynVegan will be among those on display at our private Hundred Waters/IO Echo show there this Thursday (6/13). Enter to win some tickets so you can stop by.

Check out a video and the setlist from the Hollywood Bjork show below...

Continue reading "Bjork wore this awesome headpiece at Hollywood Bowl"

Bjork

Bjork is bringing her Biophilia live show back to North America this year for previously discussed appearances at Bonnaroo and Pitchfork Festival, and she's just announced that while here she'll also do some California shows in May and June and two Canada shows (including Ottawa Bluesfest) in July. Bjork's also bringing her Biophilia education series (which she's previously brought to New York and other cities) to California during her time there.

No East Coast dates have been announced but fingers crossed that she'll announce more shows! All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Bjork playing California and Canada shows before Bonnaroo and Pitchfork"

Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Pitchfork Festival

The final Pitchfork Festival lineup has now been announced, and in addition to previously announced acts like R. Kelly, Joanna Newsom, and Swans, it now includes M.I.A., Lil B, Solange, Wire, Yo La Tengo, Low, Savages, Toro Y Moi, Phosphorescent, Metz, Autre Ne Veut, Mikal Cronin, Parquet Courts, Merchandise, Woods, Julia Holter, Glass Candy, Andy Stott, Pissed Jeans, Frankie Rose, Ryan Hemsworth, Waxahatchee, Blood Orange, Daughn Gibson, Evian Christ, White Lung, KEN Mode, and DJ Rashad.

Three-day passes and single-day tickets are still available.

In other Chicago music festival news, Lollapalooza early bird passes went on sale today, sold out, and then regular 3-day passes went on sale and sold out. Single day tickets go on sale April 9.

Full Pitchfork Festival lineup and schedule below...

Continue reading "M.I.A., Solange, Wire, Savages, Phosphorescent, Julia Holter, Waxahatchee, KEN Mode & more added to Pitchfork Festival"

"i am very excited about my mutual core video being shown at times square !!" - Bjork

Bjork

Bjork's video for "Mutual Core" has been out for a few months, but now you can get the chance to watch it on a much bigger screen than the YouTube player on your laptop. It will be playing every night in the month of March on the mega screens in Times Square, as part of this month's Midnight Moment series, which began on 3/1. Each night, the video is set to end at midnight.

A video of "Mutual Core" playing in Times Square, the original video, and more info below...

Continue reading "Bjork's "Mutual Core" video playing in Times Square every night in March"

Weird Al and Bonarroo phone bank (including Mike Birbiglia and Eugene Mirman...
bonnaroo

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...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2013 lineup announcement underway"

Frank Ocean performing at 2013 Grammys
Frank Ocean

The 2013 Grammys went down last night (2/10), and here's a quick recap of some of the winners and videos of performances.

The big ones: Gotye took home Record of the Year for "Somebody That I Used To Know" (beating The Black Keys, Kelly Clarkson, fun., Frank Ocean, and Taylor Swift), Mumford & Sons won Album of the Year (beating The Black Keys, fun., Frank Ocean, and Jack White), and fun. took Song of the Year and Best New Artist (totally robbing Miguel's "Adorn" and "Call Me Maybe," and Frank Ocean (!), respectively). Other wins included Skrillex for Best Dance Recording (sorry Al Walser), The Black Keys for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album, Gotye for Best Alternative Music Album (beating Fiona Apple, Bjork, M83, and Tom Waits), Usher's "Climax" for Best R&B Performance, Beyonce's "Love On Top" for Best Traditional R&B Performance, Miguel's "Adorn" for Best R&B Song, Frank Ocean for Best Urban Contemporary Album, Robert Glasper Experiment for Best R&B Album, Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Niggas In Paris" for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song and their song, "No Church In The Wild" (feat. Frank Ocean and The-Dream) for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Drake's Take Care for Best Rap Album, Dr. John's Dan Auerbach-produced Locked Down for Best Blues Album, Jimmy Cliff's Tim Armstrong-produced Rebirth for Best Reggae Album, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross' The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo score for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, Bjork's Biophilia for Best Recording Package, The Beach Boys' long-awaited The Smile Sessions for Best Historical Album, Black Keys singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, and Mumford and Sons' "Big Easy Express" for Best Long Form Music Video. There were many other categories too and you can check out the full list of winners HERE.

And of course, during the Awards Ceremony a number of artists gave performances, which you can watch videos of below. You can see Miguel and Wiz Khalifa doing "Adorn," Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z doing "Suit and Tie" and then JT doing "Pusher Love Girl," The Black Keys, Dr. John, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band doing "Lonely Boy," Jack White doing "Freedom At 21" with his all-guy band (he also played "Love Interruption" with his all-girl band but no video of that at the moment), Frank Ocean doing "Forrest Gump" with a thematically appropriate visual backdrop, a big tribute to Levon Helm with Elton John, Mavis Staples, members of Mumford and Sons, Alabama Shakes, and others, and finally, LL Cool J, Chuck D, Z-Trip, Tom Morello, and Travis Barker doing "Whaddup" with a small piece of Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Til Brooklyn."

Continue reading "Frank Ocean, Miguel, Bjork, Mumford, Black Keys, Jack White & more win & perform at Grammys (videos)"

Pitchfork fans, July 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Pitchfork

Pitchfork have announced their festival headliners by day for their annual summer shindig in Chicago's Union Park (July 19 - 21), with Bjork heading up the first evening, followed by Belle & Sebastian and R.Kelly in the following nights. Tickets are on sale for individual nights, as well as three day passes.

Frank OceanFrank Ocean

The Grammy Nominations were just announced. At this point it should be no surprise that this year's list contains names like Jack White, The Black Keys, Gotye, Adele, Foster the People, Florence and the Machine, M.I.A. (she got nominated for a video), and "fun" alongside all the major pop stars. And I guess Bjork is a given in the "Alternative Music Album" category any time she comes out with an album (this is like her 12th or 13th nomination).

Mumford and Sons are naturally on there along with fellow rising pop folk band The Lumineers. Indie Grammy pioneers Arcade Fire also snuck in there again for "Best Song Written For Visual Media."

EDM is huger than ever so of course hot EDM artists like Skrillex, Deadmau5, Diplo, AVICII, Swedish House Mafia, and Steve Aoki are well represented. UPDATE: As is AL WALSER.

Classics and current stadium artists that were busy in 2012 all got their nods too: Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Kanye West, etc. (though Bieber and Nicki Minaj got snubbed).

Most funny is probably the metal category which is as out of touch as ever with Anthrax competing against Iron Maiden, Megadeth and Marilyn Manson (what year is it again?).

Personally, real opinions of the Grammys overall, I'm excited to see Frank Ocean SIX TIMES, Miguel FIVE TIMES, Alabama Shakes THREE TIMES, and I'm glad they didn't forget about Fiona Apple who is up for "Best Alternative Music Album" against Bjork, Gotye (one of three nominations), M83, and Tom Waits (who has won in the past).

The Grammys air February 10, 2013 on CBS. Check out the full list of nominations, which also includes Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, Hugh Masekela, Tenacious D, Jim Gaffigan, Jimmy Fallon, and Tegan and Sara, HERE.

Grammys

Check out the entire list of 2013 Grammy Nominations below...

Continue reading "2013 Grammy Nominations announced (full list)"

Massive Attack at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
Massive Attack

Trip hop pioneers Massive Attack have assembled a BBC 6 Mix, where they compiled music that influenced their 1991 debut album, Blue Lines, like Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, Gang of Four, Isaac Hayes and more alongside some of their new favorite artists like Burial, Flying Lotus, The Bug vs The Rootsman, Kanye West & Booka Shade, and more (via Daily Swarm). You can download or stream the mix and check out the tracklist below.

Continue reading "Massive Attack compile influences & new favorites on new mix"

Bjork

Bjork posted the following message to her website last week:

A few years ago doctors found a vocal polyp on me chords ... i decided to go the natural way and for 4 years did stretches and tackled it with different foods and what not . then they discovered better technology and i got tempted into hi tech lazer stuff and i have to say , in my case anyway : surgery rocks ! i stayed quiet for 3 weeks and then started singing and definitely feel like my chords are as good as pre nodule ! it´s been very satisfying to sing all them clear notes again . im sorry i had to cancel stuff earlier in the year , didnt want to talk about this until i knew for sure if it would work . so looking forward to singing for you in 2013 all the warmth ,björk.
That sounds like good news! The Independent has even more:
"[Bjork]is now considering adopting the fan-funding model to raise money to reprogram Biophilia for Android. "It was always our target that it wouldn't be a coffee-table thing for rich kids. We are going to go to Paris in February and the West Coast of the States in the spring. And then we could go to South Central. And teach them about scales and chords. I'm kidding... No, I'm not, actually!""
The article also points out that her new favorite band is Death Grips who are responsible for two remixes on her new Biophilia remix album.

The France Biophilia shows were officially announced today. Check out the exact dates and venues below. The "West Coast of the States" dates mentioned above, have still not been announced, but perhaps there is some Coachella in her future? If so, and Sigur Ros in fact are playing too, it will be a good year for fans of Icelandic music. Oh, and she told NY Mag earlier this year, when she was in NYC for her residency here, that she was planning on San Francisco (which would fit nicely between Coachella's two weekends).

More info on Paris below...

Continue reading "Bjork had vocal surgery, announces Paris shows, loves Death Grips, planning more US gigs (maybe Coachella?)"

Mutal Core

Youtube commenter Annika Seffer writes:

Bjork sounds nothing like Gaga, and this video is unlike any Gaga video out there. Honestly, you ask for originality, but anyone who is original and unique and quirky and happens to use electronic beats is automatically a Lady Gaga clone. Her voice, music, and lyrics are totally different to Lady? Gaga. You should probably just go back to watching Lady Gaga and Muse videos as you clearly have no idea what you're talking about.
Check out Bjork's awesome new video for "Mutual Core", along with a stream of her entire new remix album, below...

Continue reading "Watch Bjork's new 'Mutual Core', stream the remix album"

Previous