Entries tagged with: Bjork
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
Ryan Adams / SBTRKT / Future Islands / Little Dragon @ GovBall 6/6/2015
Surrounded by everything from peppy indie pop to trippy electronica, singer-songwriters can often get the short end of the stick at festivals. Decked out in all black and standing before a marquee that consisted solely of her name in giant Helvetica letters, Sharon van Etten wasn't trying to convert any Governors Ball attendees to her dark brand of folk-rock. No matter: Her gorgeous voice and highly capable backing band caught people's attention as she barreled through gems like "Tarifa" and "Taking Chances." Despite the brooding tone of her material, van Etten kept things light and talked about a personal milestone achieved that day for one of her guitarists [Doug Keith]. "His baby started walking today!" the singer-songwriter shouted, fists raised. "And my parents are at a festival! They're rock and roll!" [EW]She also said sorry to her mom before singing the line, "then I shit in your bathroom", and it's true Sharon's set was great!
Day 2 of Governors Ball was almost perfect. Rain clouds Saturday morning gave way to the most beautiful weather with just a bit of mud to deal with when walking from stage to stage, or looking for something to eat at one of the many food vendors.
The lineup also featured some of the most anticipated sets of the festival, including Ryan Adams, Bjork (pics and review at the link), SBTRKT (whose set featured guest appearances from Ezra Koenig, Caroline Polachek and Sampha, but not Yukimi), Little Dragon, Future Islands, Conor Oberst, Sharon Van Etten, Atmosphere, Deadmau5 (who debuted a new light dome thing but was also plagued by technical difficulties at the start of his very popular set), White Lung, Kiesza (who I had to miss to see all of Sharon's set) and more. Folks who showed up early hopefully caught Kate Tempest's typically fiery, moving performance.
Ezra Koenig's performance of 'New Dorp New York' with SBTRKT was definitely a highlight of SBTRKT's set, and it was the 2nd artist in two days that Ezra performed with.
Pictures from day 2/Saturday (6/6) are in this post.
More from day two below...
photos by Santiago Felipe
Bjork @ Governors Ball 6/6/2015
Bjork co-headlined Governors Ball on Saturday (6/6), but she didn't play in the dark. Her set ended up being slightly earlier in the day, before SBTRKT and Flume who played before Deadmau5 and Ryan Adams, who simultaneously closed out the Saturday of the NYC fest on Randall's Island.
The sun didn't stop Bjork's video screens from displaying crystal clear visuals though. It wasn't a problem at all to see the wildlife imagery, or the actual Bjork videos that played, or the eventual video close up of Bjork live on stage. The latter was especially appreciated since it was hard to tell exactly what she was wearing from so far away. Was she a moth? A butterfly? I think her outfit, which included a dress by Nikoline Liv Andersen and an embroidered lace and pearl mask by James Merry, was actually a little winged moth (with is fitting since Little Dragon played on the same stage right before her), but it's hard to say for sure.
The show was similar to the NYC shows she played earlier in the year, but this one wasn't as heavy on the sad new album. She was again backed by a string ensemble and percussionist Manu Delago, but this time she also had Vulnicura collaborator Haxan Cloak instead of Arca. This last fact wasn't too surprising thought -- it was actually her third recent live appearance with Haxan Cloak in NY, though the others (one and two) were DJ sets.
Her set this time also gave a few concessions to the festival atmosphere, including hits like "Army of Me," "Bachelorette" and closer "Hyperballad", not to mention "Wanderlust" from Volta Those more popular songs, especially when there were dance-able beats, worked the best for the outdoor, standing-in-a-field, Deadmau5-fan-filled crowd, many of whom were probably seeing Bjork for the first time (and many who didn't stick around to see how her performance ended). She ended with some pyrotechnics and fireworks, much to the delight of everyone who was still there and who were trying to not get too depressed from what Bjork was emoting on stage (though it is hard to be depressed every time you hear Bjork say "thank you" in her cute Icelandic accent between songs).
Check out the full setlist, and some videos and more pictures from her set below.
In other news, Bjork just put some more music and video out into the world. First is the video for Vulnicura's "Black Lake" which was the centerpiece of her MoMA retrospective which just closed on Sunday (6/7). While not quite the experience of seeing the installation at MoMA, the video is still intense and dazzling on a laptop screen and you can also watch it below.
Second, she released a bunch of Vulnicura remixes, part one of the Vulnicura remix project. Remixers include Lotic, Mica Levi, Katie Gately and Kramphaft, and they each wrote a story about their remix. Listen to those below too...
You may remember that Bjork made a video for her song "Stonemilker" that used Virtual Reality technology/headgear and was shown here in NYC at MoMA PS1 and Rough Trade. She's now put the video on YouTube and some of that VR tech is still works for those just watching on a computer, as you can drag the POV around to follow Bjork, or you can just stare at the sea as you wonder what she's doing behind you. Watch it below.
Having DJ'd at Saint Vitus in Greenpoint last weekend and stopped by Prospect Park for Celebrate Brooklyn!'s kickoff show with Chaka Khan (instagram video/pics from both, below), Bjork brings her Vulnicura show to NYC's Governors Ball on Saturday (6/5) on the main stage. How her projection-heavy show will translate to a pre-sunset 7 PM set time, we'll just have to wait and see.
When Bjork isn't off making otherworldly art pop, she also sometimes makes appearances as a DJ. Some of those appearances are at places like the mostly-metal Greenpoint bar Saint Vitus where she DJ'd in 2014. She'll return to that venue this Saturday (5/30). The bill also includes her collaborator The Haxan Cloak, who shared a bill with her earlier this month in NYC at the Tri Angle Records 5th anniversary (pics)), as well as Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy and Sacred Bones' Caleb Braaten. It starts at 10 PM and admission is $5 at the door (no advance tickets).
Watch a video from her 2014 DJ set at Vitus below...
photos by Drew Gurian / Red Bull Content Pool
Bjork / 23 Wall Street / Lotic / crowd / Forest Swords
Boutique electronic label Tri Angle Records celebrated its fifth anniversary with a party on Wall Street during the ongoing 2015 Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency. A ton of the label's artists were there, including Evian Christ, Forest Swords, Holy Other, The Haxan Cloak, Vessel, Hanz, Boothroyd, Lotic, mssingo and Rabit, and a very special guest showed up... Bjork!
The NY Times says:
The showcase gathered 10 acts, nearly all of them laptop-equipped lone D. J.s, in an apt environment: subterranean and desolate yet high tech. It was the rough concrete basement of 23 Wall Street, the former headquarters of J. P. Morgan. Smoke billowed and strobes flashed around the larger of two stages, and strings of LEDs sent streaks across a low ceiling in a smaller room; both had surround-sound systems. Lucien Smith's nine-minute video with scenes of 1980s New York City, "A Clean Sweep," was showing in the vault. [NY Times]---
It wasn't the first time Bjork teamed up with Tri Angle Records, but of course still very exciting. Her DJ set included her collaborators Death Grips, as well as Kate Bush, Jeremih, Brandy, Total Freedom, Cut Hands, Haxan Cloak, Vessel, Lotic, Rabit and more. Here's what she wrote about it:
i would like to wish tri angle label an incredibly sublime birthday and thank for having been invited to dj at their party . couldnt possibly been more honoured than to play in that company !!! the mix i played was my present to them : merging together some of my fav beats last year with some of my fav vocalists doing some of their best songsYou can listen to it, with the full list of artists she included in the mix, and more pictures from the Tri Angle anniversary show, below...
photos by David Andrako
Bjork @ City Center - 4/01/15
NY got SEVEN chances to see Bjork already this year, at Brooklyn's new King's Theatre, at Carnegie Hall, and at Manhattan's City Center where the last show took place on April 1st. Exclusive pictures from that one are in this post, along with the setlist which you can see below.
Bjork's next gig is also in NY, this time as co-headliner of the 2nd day of Governors Ball 2015 at Randall's Island. My personal favorite day this year, Saturday (June 6th) pairs Bjork with SBTRKT, Little Dragon, Future Islands, Kiesza, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Sharon Van Etten, Conor Oberst, Atmosphere and more. Tickets are still available for that day, and for all three days (though individual tickets for Friday are now sold out). WE ALSO HAVE A PAIR OF SATURDAY TICKETS YOU CAN WIN. Details on how to enter, with more pictures of Bjork, below...
NYC electronic musician Arca plays his sold-out Bowery Ballroom show tonight (4/8), and if you want to keep the party going somewhere MUCH smaller afterwards, you can head to Elvis Guesthouse at 11 PM where Arca plays with his pals Dutch E Germ, Ian Isiah, Sadaf (DJ) and a special guest. Any idea who it will be? Tickets for the afterparty are on sale now.
Meanwhile, also tonight, but over in Bushwick at The Cobra Club: "Bjork Jukebox Musical: A Hastily Written Masterpiece Starring the Audience. This unique show is a mixture of music, karaoke, comedy, theater, and more. It starts at 9pm, and according to BKMag is "brought to [us] by the same geniuses (Jo Firestone, Josh Sharp, and Aaron Jackson) who also presented Beyoncé and Whitney Houston musicals (titled, respectively: Pussy to the Sky and Houston: We Have a Whitney)."
photos by David Andrako; words by Bill Pearis
Bjork @ King's Theatre 3/22/2015
After her Carnegie Hall shows, Bjork's NYC takeover hit Brooklyn's ornate, gorgeously renovated King's Theatre for two shows -- an evening performance on Wednesday (3/18) and a matinee on Sunday (3/22). Pictures from Sunday's shows are in this post. I went to Wednesday night's performance which, like all these shows, had Bjork backed by her Vulnicura collaborator Arca, percussionist Manu Delago and 15-piece chamber ensemble Alarm Will Sound. The show was split into two sections, the Vulnicura material first, then an intermission followed by a mix of songs from throughout her career that fit with the accompaniment.
For the Vulnicura portion, there were projections made by Stephen Malinowski that mapped out the songs' arrangements linearly in what looked like a highly stylized combo of Garage Band and Guitar Hero. As I was in the balcony and Bjork mainly looked like a yellow dandelion with her face obscured, the projections were hard not to watch. But her voice -- and the strings -- sounded amazing. The second half, where Bjork came out in a dress, featured other projections and a distinct lack of hits which I knew would be the case, but still pretty mesmerizing. She switched thing's up for Sunday's show, adding two songs from Homogenic: "All Neon Like" which apparently hasn't been played live since 1999, and she encored with "All is Full of Love." Setlists from both King's Theatre shows are below.
Bjork's final three shows in NYC will be at City Center on March 28 and April 1, which are both sold out. Bjork will be back in May for Governors Ball.
In other news, Bjork has just released a video for Vulnicura's "Stonemilker" which was made with frequent collaborator Andrew Thomas Huang and was shot using a 360 camera. It was created for virtual reality technology and requires VR headsets to watch. The video debuted on Sunday (3/22) at Rough Trade and will be on display there from every day through Sunday (3/28) from 5-7 PM. You need to purchase Vulnicura (which just came out on vinyl this week) at RT to view it. You can also check out "Stonemilker" at MOMA PS1's VW Dome from today (3/23) through May 17. A little more info from MoMA PS1:
In a continuation of Björk's pioneering use of technology, Stonemilker, directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, explores the potential for Virtual Reality as a performance platform outside the scope of a traditional music video. Upon entering the VW Dome, the visitor is immersed in a panoramic view of an Icelandic landscape, while the ambient sounds of the waves flood the space. Ten viewing stations are fitted with VR headsets through which the audience can enter Björk's virtual world. The VR experience lasts for seven minutes, and allows each visitor to interact with one of Björk's most raw and revealing performances to date in a manner that is both intimate and confrontational.Full MoMA PS1 admission ($10 adults, $5 students and seniors) is required to view "Stonemilker."
More pics from Bjork's 3/22 King's Theatre performance, below...
Bjork also just put out a video for "Family" off her new album, Vulnicura, which she made with Andrew Thomas Huang, who also directed the "Black Lake"
video for her MoMA Retrospective. UPDATE: It's technically a "moving album cover" not a video, and it's to help promote the physical March 24 release of Vulnicura.
Bjork @ Carnegie Hall 3/7/2015 (via @pauldryden)
The matinee performance was preceded by a week of poor press reviews for the Björk career retrospective at New York's Museum of Modern Art, which opens on Sunday (Mar. 8). But any critics disappointed by the MoMA exhibit were certainly not voicing that dissatisfaction during Saturday's performance, in which Björk was greeted by rapturous applause at nearly every interval and an extended standing ovation when her set concluded. Backed by percussionist Manu Delago, electronics whiz Arca (who worked closely with Björk on Vulnicura) and a 15-chair string orchestra called Alarm Will Sound, Björk re-opened her personal wounds on a cold afternoon, and traded in the expansiveness of her Biophilia stage setup for something much more raw but no less distinctive. [Billboard]The first of Bjork's seven sold-out NYC shows happened on Saturday (3/7) at Carnegie Hall, one day before her MoMA retrospective opened to the public. The noon matinee also featured her Vulnicura collaborator Arca, percussionist Manu Delago and 15-piece chamber ensemble Alarm Will Sound. Her set was divided into two sections, with intermission, and then a two song encore. Setlist and video from the show are below.
She'll perform another Carnegie Hall matinee this Saturday (3/14), followed by two Kings Theatre shows (both on 3/22) and three City Center shows (3/25, 3/28 and 4/1). Again, all of those are sold out, but she also plays Governors Ball, which is not sold out.
In other news, Bjork just released the video for Vulnicura track "Lionsong." It's a collaboration between Björk, Inez & Vinoodh and visual effects production house Framestore:
Framestore created a number of visual effects, including the stars and the glowing embers that surround Björk, as well as enhancing the video's other-worldliness by extending her legs to unnatural proportions. The exquisite coloring for the piece was done by Tim Masick of Company 3, turning her into the exotic, red-toothed, bronze dancer.Watch the "Lionsong" video below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Kelela / Ezra Koenig / party people @ MoMA's Armory Party 3/4/2015
Wednesday night (3/4) was the annual Armory Party benefit at MoMA, a glizty gala celebrating Armory Arts Week here in NYC with champagne, fancy h'or deurves, open bar, people dressed to the nines (and beyond), and a live performance by Kelela. The forward-thinking R&B singer had a little problem with feedback at the start of the show which she solved by jumping offstage and into the audience. The sound guys soon got things fixed and had her back on stage. Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Alex Taylor of Hot Chip, E*Vax of Ratatat and DJ Business Class spun tunes at various points throughout the evening. Pictures from the night are in this post.
The Armory Show modern art fair happens at Piers 92 & 94 in Manhattan through Sunday (3/8). Sunday is also the opening of the highly anticipated Bjork retrospective at MoMA that has gotten mixed early reviews. The night before the Armory Party benefit, MoMA had an opening party for the Bjork exhibit that featured a DJ set with Vulnicura (and Kelela) collaborator Arca. Anybody go to that?
More pics from the 2015 Armory Party, below...
As mentioned, Bjork had to make some chances to her upcoming NYC run. Her April 4 show was cancelled, and in its place she added shows for March 18 (8 PM) and March 22 (3 PM) at Kings Theater. Tickets for those shows go on sale today at noon. Her other dates are sold out.
Earlier this week, Bjork co-curated Tri Angle Records' Rinse FM show (the label that her new collaborator Haxan Cloak is signed to) with label head Robin Carolan. The broadcast included a new mix from Holy Other, an exclusive remix of Bjork's "NotGet" by Lotic, and an exclusive remix of Rabit's "Straps" by her other new collaborator, Arca. Listen to the full show, with the tracklist, below.
Bjork's upcoming run of NYC shows starts in a few weeks and there have been a few changes to her schedule. The previously announced final show in her run on April 4 at City Center has been cancelled and, due to other commitments, cannot be rescheduled. However, Bjork has added two shows at the newly-renovated Kings Theater on March 18 (8 PM) and March 22 (3 PM). Tickets to the Kings Theatre shows go on sale Friday (2/20) at noon with a presale for people who had City Center tickets that starts Wednesday (2/18) at noon.
Part of MoMA's upcoming Bjork retrospective (March 8-June 7) is a sound and video installation titled "Black Lake" which was directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, with creative direction by Björk, Andrew Thomas Huang, and James Merry. There's a provocative trailer for the piece, which uses Bjork's Vulnicura song of the same name, that has her as an Earth Mother. You can watch it below.
There is also a commemorative Bjork @ MoMA exhibition catalog for sale:
Designed by top graphic design agency M/M as a slipcased world of wonders, this publication--which accompanies The Museum of Modern Art's spring 2015 exhibition--is composed of six parts: four booklets, a paperback, and a poster. The booklets contain illustrated texts by curator Klaus Biesenbach, New Yorker music critic Alex Ross, professor of musicology Nicola Dibben, and philosopher Timothy Morton (in conversation with Björk), while the poster features artwork from Björk's albums and singles. The poster itself is composed of small perforated stickers, similar to a giant sheet of stamps. The main book focuses on her major albums and the personas created for each one. Poetic texts by longtime collaborator Icelandic poet Sjón are accompanied by shots of Björk performing live; stills from music videos made by directors including Michel Gondry, Chris Cunningham, and Spike Jonze; images of Björk in costumes by designers such as Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan; and shots by photographers such as Nan Goldin, Juergen Teller, Stéphane Sédnaoui, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, and Araki.Meanwhile, Bjork's UK label, One Little Indian, is reissuing all of her records on colored vinyl and preorders are being taking now.
photo: Bjork @ Good Room in Greenpoint, 1/30/15 (via)
What do Bjork and John Talabot have in common besides both being forward thinking European producers with a thing for electronic music? They both will have spun records in North Brooklyn clubs this year by the end of April, and both with FIXED DJs also on the bill.
Bjork, who DJ'd at Saint Vitus in 2014, returned to the same neightborhood of Greenpoint last Friday night to spin a surprise set at Good Room (the new dance club where Europa was). It was the same night Johnny Beth of Savages played a show there with Johnny Hostile. Blondes and JDH (FIXED) also DJ'd.
JDH will DJ again at Output on 4/24, on the same FIXED night that John Talabot and Marc Pinol (not to be confused with Pional) do.
The Brooklyn gig is part of an April Hivern Discs (Talabot's label) tour for Talabot and Pinol around Talabot's two Coachella appearances (Talabot collaborator Pional is on some dates too). Tickets for the NYC event are on sale, and the tour also hits Chicago, Austin, and the other places listed below.
Meanwhile, JDH and fellow FIXED DJ Dave P can be found at Le Bain tonight (2/6), at Output on 2/21, at the Good Room with Tensnake on 3/14, and some other places which are listed below.
Bjork, whose new album is out now, has that retrospective coming up at MoMA. You can get a sneak peak at it if you buy a VIP ticket to see Kelela perform at the Armory Party in early March. Bjork also has seven NYC shows coming up.
photo by Tanya Houghton
When Björk announced her new album Vulnicura with a handwritten note and credits list, amongst collaborators already disclosed - Arca / Haxan Cloak - many fans were wondering who John Flynn was. The album was released to iTunes along with artwork which revealed him to be newcomer electronic producer Spaces, who released his debut EP on Bleep.com's record label imprint late last year.As the press release quoted above notes, Arca and The Haxan Cloak weren't the only talented electronic musicians co-producing and co-writing Bjork's great new album. Spaces (who contributed to "Quicksand" on that album) put out his second EP, Potential, today. You can get it as a free download or stream it in full below.
photo::: Kelela @ MHOW in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Alt-R&B singer Kelela's last visit to NYC was unfortunately canceled but she'll be back next month to headline MoMA's annual benefit / preview party The Armory Show on March 4 at MoMA's Agnes Gund Garden Lobby. The pricey gala also features a two-hour DJ set from Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, plus additional DJ sets from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, plus Business Class (aka Lawrence Abu Hamdan who is also the official commissioned artist for The Armonry Show) and E*vax (Ratatat). Tickets to the party are $175, but VIP and more expensive options (like the $10k Lead Benefactor tickets) get you an early peek at MoMA's Bjork retrospective which doesn't officially open till March 8.
Here's a little more on The Armory Show:
The Armory Show is New York's foremost fair devoted to the most important art of the 20th and 21st centuries. In 2015, the fair will again feature The Armory Show - Modern, a section specializing in modern and secondary market material on Pier 92, while Pier 94 will continue to be a venue to premiere new works by living artists. The opening preview and party for The Armory Show 2015 helps sustain the world-renowned exhibition programming of The Museum of Modern Art.Kelela's only other announced 2015 dates are SXSW in March and this year's Primavera Sound festival in May.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Zola Jesus / Deradoorian @ Saint Vitus - 1/25/15
Zola Jesus is currently on tour in continued support of her big-sounding 2014 album Taiga (her first for Mute), and last night (1/25) she kicked off her sold-out two-night stand at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus. Last night's show was opened by Deradoorian, the project led by former Dirty Projectors member and current Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks member Angel Deradoorian, who's now playing as a duo with her sister Arlene on drums/backing vocals. They played a great set, with lots of cool harmonies and loops, and it was great to see the always-wild Zola Jesus back on a small stage after last fall's Webster Hall show. Pictures of both Zola and Deradoorian are in this post.
Zola Jesus' Vitus run wraps up tonight with noise duo UNIFORM (ex-Drunkdriver, The Men). Despite the weather, Vitus assures the show is STILL ON. UPDATE: But the set times are now 7 and 7:30. And again, it's sold out.
More pictures from last night (including one of Zola's setlist) below...
As you may know, Bjork's new album Vulnicura leaked over the weekend, and now -- perhaps as a response to that -- it's officially out digitally. You can download a copy on iTunes via One Little Indian. The physical copies are still due in March. As mentioned, it features collaborations with Arca, The Haxan Cloak and Antony.
In related news, Arca put out a new piece called Sheep that he originally performed for a Hood By Air show in Italy. Listen to that, with the Bjork album tracklist, below...
As mentioned Bjork will be playing six NYC shows in March and April around the release of her new album, Vulnicura. Tickets go on fan presale today (1/19) at 11 AM and the password is NYC21068. Here are the shows and ticket links:
March 7 @ Carnegie Hall ( 12pm matinee show ) [tickets]Tickets to the six shows go on sale to the general public on Friday (1/23) at noon.
March 14 @ Carnegie Hall ( 12pm matinee show ) [tickets]
March 25 @ City Center ( 8pm evening show ) [tickets]
March 28 @ City Center ( 12pm matinee show ) [tickets]
April 1 @ City Center ( 8pm evening show ) [tickets]
April 4 @ City Center ( 12pm matinee show ) [tickets]
Over the weekend, Vulnicura leaked, apparently -- they hadn't even set a specific release date (though March 2015 was known). So if you're the kind of person that would illegally download something two months before the release date so you know whether you actually want to hear Bjork perform these songs live, that's an option. In addition to The Haxan Cloak and Arca, the leak revealed that the album features frequent collaborator Antony Hegarty on one song, "Atom Dance."
Antony is releasing his own new album this year, and like Bjork, he's working with a Yeezus producer, Hudson Mohawke. They previewed some of that material at HudMo's Webster Hall show this past May, which you can hear a couple short clips of, below.
Björk's new album, Vulnicura, will be out in March. Though it's rare that an announced festival headliner announces more shows in the same town before the festival happens, it turns out she's actually playing SIX NYC shows before Governors Ball. Around the album's release (and during the same time as her MoMA retrospective), our favorite Icelandic artist will play at Carnegie Hall on March 7 & 14 (both noon matinees), and at City Center on March 25 (8 PM) and March 28 (noon matinee) and April 1 (8 PM) and April 4 (noon matinee). Tickets for Carnegie Hall and City Center will go on sale Friday, January 23 at 11 AM with a fan presale starting Monday (1/19) 11 AM.
Bjork tweeted that Arca, who contributed heavily to her new album, will join her at the matinee shows.
All dates, including Governors Ball, are listed below...
We already knew Bjork was working with Arca and The Haxan Cloak on her new album, and now she's officially announced the LP. It's called Vulnicura, and the songs are called "Stonemilker", "Lionsong", "History of Touches", "Black Lake", "Family", "Notget", "Atom Dance", "Mouth Mantra", and "Quicksand." Here's more details:
6 songs written by björk, 2 songs co-written with arca, 1 with john flynnBjork has a retrospective at MoMA running from March 7 (the month the album comes out) through June 7 (the weekend she plays NYC's Governors Ball).
string arrangements by björk
6 songs produced by björk & arca, 1 by björk & arca & the haxan cloak, 2 by björk
mixed by the haxan cloak except 2 songs mixed by the haxan cloak and chris elms
mastered by mandy parnell
Unless she adds another show (which seems unlikely due to the way radius clauses work), the next time Bjork plays NYC she'll be joined by an amazing list of openers that include SBTRKT, Sharon Van Etten, Flying Lotus, Little Dragon, Hot Chip and Future Islands. Or at least that's one way to look at Governors Ball this year. The Bjork-included lineup was announced earlier today.
I'm already wondering what Bjork will pull out for that show.The 2011-2014 era of 'Biophilia' is over, not counting any theaters that are still showing the movie she made from it. And a new album has already been promised for 2015.
It seems likely that Governors Ball will in fact be getting a taste of that new album which electronic artists and producers Arca (Kanye West, FKA Twigs) and Haxan Cloak have both been revealed as collaborators for (Haxan Cloak is also producing the new HEALTH record). In fact, the timing is perfect. We don't know what day Bjork plays Governors Ball, but the fest runs from June 5-7. June 7th is also the day that the Bjork retrospective at MoMA ends (it opens March 7th). The retrospective chronicles her career from Debut to Biophilia. What better way to get us caught up before the next chapter which can begin right then? I'm getting excited for a very Bjork 2015.
Stay tuned for more details on Bjork's new album, and hopefully many more tour dates to be announced too.
Yesterday was Coachella, and today another spring 2015 festival lineup is announced: Governors Ball. The fest takes place on NYC's Randall's Island from June 5-7 and includes Drake, Bjork, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, My Morning Jacket, Ratatat, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Weird Al Yankovic, The War on Drugs, Hot Chip, Death From Above 1979, SBTRKT, Conor Oberst, Flying Lotus, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Sharon Van Etten, DIIV, Rustie, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Florence + the Machine, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Chromeo, Flume, Sturgill Simpson, Kiesza, Strand of Oaks, Bishop Nehru, Kate Tempest and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...