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Bjork / Empire of the Sun @ Bonnaroo, 6/15/2013
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.
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...
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...
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
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...
"i am very excited about my mutual core video being shown at times square !!" - 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...
Weird Al and Bonarroo phone bank (including Mike Birbiglia and Eugene Mirman...
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...
Frank Ocean performing at 2013 Grammys
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."
Pitchfork fans, July 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
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.
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.
Check out the entire list of 2013 Grammy Nominations below...
Massive Attack at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
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.
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...
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...
One Little Indian reports:
One Little Indian is set to release bastards, an album of remixed tracks from Björk's Biophilia, on November 19. The album includes some of the remixes released in an eight-part series earlier this year selected by Björk and remastered for this album by Grammy-nominee Mandy Parnell.The tracklisting and a stream of the Death Grips remix, below...
bastards features collaborations with artists and producers specifically chosen by Björk for this project including Current Value, Death Grips, Hudson Mohawke, Alva Noto, Matthew Herbert, Omar Souleyman, 16-bit, These New Puritans, and The Slips. "I felt it important to gather together the essence of the remixes," said Björk of the project, "so I picked a quarter of them for one cd for people who are perhaps not too sassy downloaders or don't have the time or energy to partake in the hunter-gathering rituals of the internet. I was incredibly impressed by how the core of the mixes took Biophilia somewhere else while still keeping its character, and like they so often do when at their best: the remixes gave the songs more beats; legs to dance on! I spent some time editing together not necessarily the best ones but the ones that made the strongest whole." Both the original Biophilia and bastards will be available on 12" vinyl as well as CD and digital download.
Two members of the female punk rock band Pussy Riot have fled Russia, the group said.In other news, Bjork has designed a Pussy Riot t-shirt that you can purchase through her website and all proceeds go to the band's legal fund. Design for the shirt is below.
"In regard to the pursuit, two of our members have successfully fled the country! Recruiting foreign feminists to prepare new actions," the group said on Twitter.
A Russian court this month sentenced three members of the band to two years in prison after they were found guilty of hooliganism for performing a song critical of President Vladimir Putin in a church.
Five members had taken part in the performance, but authorities had managed to arrest only three. Russian police were searching for the other two participants.
While Pussy Riot tweeted Sunday that two members fled the country "because of the danger," Pyotr Verzilov, husband of jailed band member Nadezdha Tolokonnikova, would not say Monday whether the two who have fled took part in the February performance in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral.
"Two girls have left the country to protect themselves. They are in the safe place. Talking about whether they will stay there forever, it's hard to say because nothing lasts forever. Probably they will return one day. But you must remember that there are 12 or even 14 members who are still in Russia and participate in the band's work now," he said. - [CNN]
We try to keep tabs on various festivals around the world here on BrooklynVegan, many of which you'll eventually see pictures from. Today we focus on Belgium.
Pukkelpop goes down from August 16 - 18. That festival includes The Stone Roses, Bjork, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Refused, Wilco, The Hives, The Shins, The Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li, Hot Chip, Feist, Flying Lotus, tUnE-yArDs, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baroness, Ceremony, A-Trak, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and more. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Rock Werchter, which falls a bit more on the mainstream side, happens in Belgium even sooner, running from June 28 - July 1. That lineup includes The Cure, Jack White, X, Mastodon, Garbage, The xx, M83, Metric, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Perfume Genius, Bat For Lashes, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine, The Vaccines and more. Tickets for the festival are
on sale now sold out.
The full lineups for both Pukkelpop and Rock Wercher are listed below.
Bjork @ Roseland Ballroom
With shows happening every few days since February 3rd, Bjork's New York City 'Biophilia Live' residency comes to an end on Monday night, March 5th, at Roseland Ballroom (where she performs in the round). If you haven't caught it yet, Monday is your last chance. Tickets are still on sale AND we have FIVE PAIRS YOU CAN WIN! Contest details, and seven more Instagrams from previous shows (like the one above), below....
London-based Hang player/composer Manu Delago has been the hang player for Bjork's Biophilia shows, including her upcoming Roseland Ballroom shows. While he's in NYC, he's also playing other shows including one at Rockwood Music Hall TONIGHT (2/21) after Chris Thile-collaborator Michael Daves and before Alia Shawkat of Arrested Development.
Oh, and Delago's Rockwood set is with Graduale Nobili and special guests. You might know Graduale Nobili as the Icelandic girls choir who also perform with Bjork at the NY shows. They recently blogged:
"We also have a new piece by our very good friend and Björk's percussionist, Manu Delago. He wrote this piece for hung and choir, and its awesome, to say the very least."Expect them to perform that tonight. No word on who the OTHER "special guests" are (I mean we can guess... more like hope, but without confirmation, we don't want to start any rumors) (and it will be amazing no matter what).
Manu and Graduale Nobili also play another non-Bjork NYC show on February 27 at La MaMa with Nacho Arimany and special guests again.
Manu Delago also performed in NYC last week at Joe's Pub (2/17) with bass clarinetist Christoph Pepe Auer. A video from that show of them playing a medley of Fallin', Lady Marmalade, and Crazy in Love, and all dates below...
Bjork's Facebook writes:
and the winning verse in the cosmogony lyrics competition is...Eitch entered the contest three months ago.
"and they say: back then our universe
was immensely hot, and packed into a point
the size of a dot, an atom, a quark, a string
that shook and became the world we know"
congratulations to eitch who wrote these beautiful lyrics. björk will sing the verse at the biophilia show in new york on 18th february and eitch will be there to hear it.
In related news, "Bjork" returned to SNL this past Saturday. You can watch HERE.
Watch a video from the 2/3 NY Hall of Science show, and one from Glastonbury 1994, below...
"I was really surprised. I didn't know anything about it. I wasn't happy about it," Madonna told Seacrest of M.I.A.'s flipped bird.Madonna's September 6th Yankee Stadium show sold out this morning, so they added a 2nd show. The new date is September 8th and tickets go on presale Tuesday morning...
"I understand it's punk rock and everything, but to me there was such a feeling of love and good energy and positivity, it seemed negative. It's such a teenager...irrelevant thing to do," she continued. "What was the point? It was just out of place."
Onsale to General PublicIn related news, though it wasn't that funny (but for the record), like "Lana Del Rey" before her, "M.I.A." appeared on Saturday Night Live this past weekend. M.I.A. was there to discuss her Superbowl Halftime incident from the week before. You can watch that, and "Bein' Quirky with Zooey Deschanel" from the same episode (Bjork guest appearance included), below.
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Bjork in Queens (photo by Julieta Cervantes)
Bjork has extended her NYC residency by one more show, in part to make up for the show she had to cancel, though the new show is at Roseland and the cancelled one was at the New York Hall of Science.
In appreciation of her fans' support Björk is adding one final show at Roseland Ballroom on March 5. Individuals who purchased tickets for the February 9 show will be offered these tickets first in a pre-sale to begin tomorrow, Tuesday, February 14th at 10 A.M. Tickets will be available to the public at 10 A.M. Wednesday February 15.The next Bjork show is 2/15 New York Hall of Science. All shows are listed with more information below...
Bjork in Queens (photo by Julieta Cervantes)
"Due to illness, tonight's Björk show at the New York Hall of Science is canceled. Refunds will be available at the point of purchase.And she performed at New York Hall of Science two other times this month already. That's a picture from 2/3 above. You can see the setlist below...
Björk will perform at the New York Hall of Science on February 12th, 15th, and 18th and at Roseland Ballroom February 22nd, 25th, 28th, and March 2nd."
today in NYC
* Optimo @ Public Assembly
* Thurston Moore @ Maxwell's
* Soul Rebels Brass Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Yardbirds, Vanilla Fudge @ Irving Plaza
* Luke Moldof + Reuben Son, Hell Hoarse @ The Stone
* Class Actress, Pictureplane, Beige @ 285 Kent Ave
* Bjork's Biophilia Live @ New York Hall Of Science
* Super Diamond, Booga Sugar @ Highline Ballroom
* Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch @ Issue Project Room
* Marc Broussard ("La Route du Mardi Gras") @ City Winery
* Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Les Bonhommes, The Immaculates, Snake Oil @ Shea Stadium
* Bad Rabbits, Party Supplies, Worlds Fair @ Santos Party House
* Skrillex, Spank Rock, Zane Lowe, A-Trak @ Roseland Ballroom
* Three Sheets To The Wind (Yacht rock tribute) @ Knitting Factory
* Saigon, M Bars, J. Gunn, Fillthy Rich @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Nicolas Jaar, Acid Pauli, Valentin Strip @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Tropic of Pisces, Lazer Cake, Steel Phantoms, Plates of Cake @ Pianos
* Howth, Candidate, Elliot & The Ghost, Yoni Gordon @ Cameo Gallery
* Jim Sauter, Kid Millions, Chica Vas, Alien Whale @ Secret Project Robot
* Heloise & The Savoir Faire, THESWIMMINGPOOLS, Jogyo @ Union Pool
* Girls & Boys Presents: Le Castle Vania, Mustard Pimp, Surkin @ Webster Hall
* Hospitality, Glass Ghost, Dustin Wong(Hospitality album release) @ Glasslands
* Machine Head, Suicide Silence, Darkest Hour, Rise To Remain @ Best Buy Theater
* Quintus, Ambassadors, Miracles of Modern Science, Break Mission @ MercuryLounge
* Leslie Kritzer (sings Jule Styne - American Songbook) @ Lincoln Center's Allen Room
* Fergus & Geronimo, Overlord, Moonmen On The Moon, Man, Glass Anchors, Bright Lights @ Cake Shop
* Jose Valle "Chuscales", Jose Cortes, Oscar Valero, Fanny Ara, Jose Moreno, Marina Elana @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Andrew W.K., $hayne, Physical Therapy, Diamond Black Hearted Boy @ Santos
* Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble(performing Michael Gordon's score for Bill Morrison's "Decasia") @ World Financial Center Winter Garden
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Pictureplane is playing 285 Kent, isn't DJing Santos.
Bjork begins her 10-show NYC residency TONIGHT. The other day she was on Colbert. I was expecting a but more laughs, but it was pretty straighforward (aka Bjork got off easy). Watch the interview and performance below...
Nonesuch Records reports:
Björk--whose ten-night Biophilia residency in New York City begins this Friday night--will be the guest on tonight's episode of The Colbert Report. Tune in to Comedy Central starting at 11:30 PM ET tonight (1/31) to see Björk perform "Cosmogony" from the album Biophilia.This (Colbert) should be good.
Björk will also talk with host Stephen Colbert about the Biophilia multimedia project: the album, released last fall; the Apps, which were released through iTunes in conjunction with the album; the educational series featuring interactive science and music workshops for school children; and the residency, which includes six shows at the New York Hall of Science in Queens and four at Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan.
Check out the recently-released "björk: biophilia: tour app tutorial" video below...
Poland's Open'er Festival (July 4-7, 2012) has announced their initial lineup which is Bjork, Justice, and The xx. Not too shabby. Tickets are on sale, and the rest of the lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.