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by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis & Amanda Hatfield

photo: Kendrick Lamar at Day For Night 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Day for Night Festival

Every year is a good year for new music, but 2015 felt like the best one in a while. It was an especially great year for major label rap, after 2014 was an especially slow one, but it was good for plenty more than that too: folk, post-punk, indie pop, noise, art pop, punk, etc. We only have one metal album on our list, but there's a lot more where that came from at our metal sister site Invisible Oranges, who posted individual writer lists over the past few weeks. 2015 birthed excellent newcomers, and gave us crucial returns from artists who have been doing it for decades. This year, BrooklynVegan crowned a #1 pick for album of the year with the rest of our top 50 listed alphabetically. Some of the records have songs you couldn't leave your house without hearing, and others flew pretty under the radar, but we truly love each one.

Read our top 50 below...

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Fantasma

Like they usually do, The Guardian rolled out their 40 Best Albums of 2015 list over a two-week period, and the whole thing is now here. The top 10 has nine US/UK list regulars and last year's Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers (who seem to be more loved in the UK). This year's Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine also just makes the list, coming in at #40. There's veteran representation from New Order, Dr. Dre, Janet Jackson, Iron Maiden, and Sparks if you count FFS. And there's interesting outliers like Fantasma, the South African band featuring the Sub Pop-signed Spoek Mathambo.

Stream that one and check out the full Top 40 below...

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Matana Roberts

TIny Mix Tapes posted their Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2015 list today. Like last year, it's certainly a good list for anyone who's tired of seeing the same artists on every list (though it does have Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens, Future, Bjork, Drake, Joanna Newsom, Carly Rae Jepsen, Grimes and other popular picks). It's the first list I've seen with the Liturgy album, and certainly the only one that has James Ferraro in the top 3. It's also one of just a few with avant-jazz great Matana Roberts and one of few with Grouper's band Helen. It also has Sicko Mobb, who just hours ago put out a new song with Jeremih.

There's a lot of interesting stuff on the list. Read their commentary and intro here and check out the top 50 below...

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Pitchfork

You saw their songs and their honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2015 list is here. Like with the song list, "records released this year and records that made their greatest impact in 2015 were eligible," which allows for things like D'Angelo's late 2014 release.

As usual, you can't just guess what the list is going to be by looking at what got Best New Music this year. Some of those albums became honorable mentions, and some were left off the year-end lists entirely (like Baroness, Nao, and Aphex Twin). The scores don't necessarily dictate it either. Deafheaven was one of a few albums to get a 9.0 or higher, but it dropped to #26 while the others all cracked the top 10. And then there's Carly Rae Jepsen, whose hype Pitchfork seemed to react against by giving her a less-than positive review, but they ended up throwing her on their year-end list just like everybody else. What should surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.

You can read their commentary here and check out the full list below...

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Pitchfork

Pitchfork have published their 100 Best Tracks of 2015 list. The criteria was "any track that was released in 2015 or had its greatest impact in the U.S. during this year was eligible," which allows for stuff like 2014 releases from Fetty Wap and D'Angelo to count. Including guest appearances, Kendrick Lamar shows up four times, two of which are in the top five. Drake, Grimes, Jamie xx and Future all show up three times each. It includes a few singles off 2016 albums, like David Bowie's "Blackstar," ANOHNI's "4 Degrees" and Savages' "The Answer," one-off collaborations like WOKE (aka Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Shabazz Palaces), last-minute 2015 releases like Jeremih's "Oui," and surprise comeback singles like Missy Elliott's "WTF (Where They From)." If you were wondering, Adele's "Hello" is here (ranked very high), and yes, so is Justin Bieber. There's also some representation from less commercial stuff like the hardcore band G.L.O.S.S..

Check out the whole list below...

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FADER

Like last year, The FADER have listed their favorite tracks of the year. They picked 107, "because 100 just wasn't enough." It's got two Drake songs in the top 10, and a Skepta song cracks it too (grime in general is pretty well-represented). A certain former bubblegum pop singer who's becoming a popular choice for #1 is #1 here too. Mixed into the mostly rap/R&B/electronic pop list is Adele, some country representation from Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves, lo-fi DIY from Sheer Mag and Girlpool, and a few other outliers. Check out the whole list, and a Spotify playlist of it, below.

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Grammy

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards nominees have been announced. Album of the Year nominees include Alabama Shakes for Sound & Color, Kendrick Lamar for To Pimp A Butterfly, Chris Stapleton for Traveller, Taylor Swift for 1989 and The Weeknd for Beauty Behind The Madness. Record of the Year also includes Taylor ("Blank Space") and The Weeknd ("Can't Feel My Face"), plus D'Angelo ("Really Love"), Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars ("Uptown Funk") and Ed Sheeran ("Thinking Out Loud"). Song of the Year has those same Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran songs against Kendrick's "Alright," Little Big Town's "Girl Crush," and Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth's "See You Again."

Alabama Shakes' album is also up for Best Alternative Music Album, along with Bjork, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala and Wilco. Kendrick's album is also up for Best Rap Album, along with J. Cole, Dr. Dre, Drake and Nicki Minaj.

Other nominees include Courtney Barnett (up for Best New Artist), Florence + the Machine, Bob Dylan, The Chemical Brothers, Flying Lotus, Skrillex & Diplo, Caribou, Disclosure, Jamie xx, Bill Frisell, Ghost, Death Cab For Cutie (Best Rock Album), Jeremih, Jazmine Sullivan, Miguel, The Internet, Kehlani, Leon Bridges, Fetty Wap, Kanye West, Big Sean, Common, Jidenna, Kacey Musgraves, Robert Glasper, Punch Brothers, Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Jason Isbell, Buddy Guy, Bettye LaVette, Glen Hansard, Patti Smith, Amy Poehler, Wyatt Cenac, Louis C.K., the Hamilton soundtrack, David Bowie, Snoop Dogg, Elvis Presley, Father John Misty, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, The Decemberists, Joni Mitchell, The Bird and The Bee, Blake Mills (Producer of The Year for Alabama Shakes' Sound & Color), A$AP Rocky, The Dead Weather, Pharrell Williams, Amy Winehouse doc Amy, and many more.

Kendrick Lamar picked up 11 total nominations, and The Weeknd picked up seven. The ceremony will happen February 15 at the Staples Center in LA, and air live on CBS.

Check out a fuller list of nominees below and the whole thing here.

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Jlin

If you're sick of seeing the same names atop every publication's year-end list, you can always count on The Quietus to deliver something almost completely different. While their Top 100 Albums of 2015 does contain Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens, Julia Holter, Kurt Vile and a few other popular choices, none of them cracked The Quietus' top 20. What is their #1? Experimental footwork producer Jlin's Dark Energy which came out in March via Planet Mu. At #2 it's Polish drone/folk artist Stara Rzeka's Zamknęły się oczy ziemi. There are a few others in the Top 10 you may have heard -- Oneohtrix Point Never's Garden Of Delete, Holly Herndon's Platform, East India Youth's Culture of Volume, Matana Roberts' Coin Coin Chapter 3, and New Order's Music Complete.

Whether you see this as made by a bunch of contrarians or forward-thinkers, chances are there's something here you may not have heard but might really like. The Quietus' page includes bandcamp or soundcloud links where available, and you can browse through their entire Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below

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Adele

Rolling Stone has published their list of the Top 50 Albums of 2015. As always, it has older artists who don't seem to pop up on many other lists (Madonna, Darlene Love, Mark Knopfler, Boz Scaggs, Keith Richards, James Taylor, Don Henley) (did you even know Don Henley released an album this year?). There's also two major rap albums in the top 3 (with Adele sandwiched in between), a good amount of country (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Ashley Monroe), smaller indie rock bands (Hop Along, Car Seat Headrest), mainstream pop (Selena Gomez, Carly Rae Jepsen), alt-rock giants (Muse, Marilyn Manson), and a lot more. And they're counting D'Angelo's December 2014 release for this list (it cracks the top 5).

Read their commentary here and check out the whole list below...

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SPIN

Happy December! SPIN are celebrating the first day of the last month of the year by putting out their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list. It's a diverse list, with the top 10 ranging from DIY-indie (Alex G) to mainstream country (Kacey Musgraves) to leftfield major label rap (Vince Staples and Kendrick Lamar). The list also has metal from Deafheaven and Krallice, electronic from RP Boo, Rabit, Oneohtrix Point Never and SOPHIE, R&B veteran Janet Jackson, and plenty more. Check out the whole thing below.

They also put out their 101 Best Songs of 2015 list, which is topped by Justin Bieber.

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Uncut

The new issue of UK music mag Uncut is out now, and it includes their Top 75 Albums of 2015 list. Like fellow UK mags MOJO and Q, they've got a lot of love for Julia Holter. They also have Sleaford Mods pretty high, lots of the 2015 year-end regulars in the top 10 (Kendrick, Sufjan, Father John Misty, Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett), and lots of older musicians throughout the list (Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Richard Thompson, Nick Cave, Killing Joke, PiL, Paul Weller, Robert Forster, etc). Check out the full list below.

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Bjork Vulnicura

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 - Vulnicura
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
You can check out Rough Trade Shops full Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below...

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photos by Gretchen Robinette and PSquared

Ryan Adams / SBTRKT / Future Islands / Little Dragon @ GovBall 6/6/2015
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2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball
2015 Governors Ball

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.

Pics from Governors Ball day 1 are HERE and Day 3 are HERE.

More from day two below...

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photos by Santiago Felipe

Bjork @ Governors Ball 6/6/2015
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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...

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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.

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Bjork

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...

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photos by Drew Gurian / Red Bull Content Pool

Bjork / 23 Wall Street / Lotic / crowd / Forest Swords
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Tri Angle Records

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]
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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 songs
You 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...

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photos by David Andrako

Bjork @ City Center - 4/01/15
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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...

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Arca

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)."

Continue reading "Arca playing Elvis Guesthouse w/ Dutch E Germ, Ian Isiah and a special guest after Bowery tonight (on sale); Bjork Jukebox Musical happening in Bushwick"

photos by David Andrako; words by Bill Pearis

Bjork @ King's Theatre 3/22/2015
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Bjork

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...

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Bjork's in the midst of a seven-show NYC run. All shows were sold out but some tickets were just released for her Kings Theatre show on Wednesday (3/18). Act quick.

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.

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Bjork @ Carnegie Hall 3/7/2015 (via @pauldryden)
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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...

Continue reading "Bjork releases "Lionsong" video, debuted 'Vulnicura' songs live @ Carnegie Hall (video, setlist)"

photos by Greg Cristman

Kelela / Ezra Koenig / party people @ MoMA's Armory Party 3/4/2015
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DJ Ezra Koenig
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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...

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Bjork

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.

She also plays day 2 of Governors Ball, and single-day tickets for that go on sale at noon today as well.

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.

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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.

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