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Manu Delago
Manu Delago

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...

Continue reading "Manu Delago & Graduale Nobili (aka Bjork's percussionist & choir) are playing a show tonight (and other dates)"


Bjork's Facebook writes:

and the winning verse in the cosmogony lyrics competition is...

"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.

Eitch entered the contest three months ago.

Tickets go on sale at 10am for the recently-added Roseland show.

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...

Continue reading "Bjork Roseland tickets going on sale; Congrats Eitch"


"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.

"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."

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...
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In 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.

Continue reading "Madonna adds 2nd Yankee Stadium show; "M.I.A." discusses middle finger on SNL (that Zooey Deschanel hosted)"

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...

Continue reading "Bjork adds another Roseland show (cancelled show people will get first shot at tickets)"

Bjork in Queens (photo by Julieta Cervantes)

Oh no!

"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.

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."
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...

Continue reading "tonight's Bjork show is cancelled! (but she already played 2 & will play more)"


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...

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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.

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.

This (Colbert) should be good.

Check out the recently-released "björk: biophilia: tour app tutorial" video below...

Continue reading "Björk is on The Colbert Report tonight (NYC residency begins Friday; app out now)"


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.

More importantly. tickets are on sale (at 10am) for all 10 NYC Bjork shows (which had a presale earlier in the week).


Bjork says:

the 10-show biophilia residency in new york is an historic musical event, with a full icelandic choir and a 4-week children's educational program. you can watch a video about the latter [below].

to help support this effort, björk is offering a limited number of vip packages designed to deliver the most intimate biophilia experience.

** please note** vip packages must be picked up at the door. you must bring your id and the credit card you used, and they must match. vip packages cannot be gifted unless the credit card owner is present at the door. presale for all tickets and packages begins january 10 at 10am EST.

Tickets to all 10 shows range from $90 - $170 (update: VIP is $1000!). Same price for New York Hall of Science and Roseland. Fan Presale (which nobody knows the password for yet) (UPDATE: password is biophilia) starts at 10am today (1/10). General sale begins Friday at 10am.

Kids video below...

Continue reading "Bjork tickets & VIP packages on fan presale today; watch a video about the education program"


Not only is Bjork playing those four shows at Roseland, but they are in the round, and she's also playing six more at The New York Hall of Science in Queens in February. That's 10 NYC shows total! More details and exact dates below...

Continue reading "Bjork playing 10 NYC shows! Six at the New York Hall of Science! (four at Roseland) (in the round!)"


We already knew that Bjork had plans for multiple 'Biophilia' shows in NYC, "tentatively in early 2012", but as of yesterday there was still no news on exactly where or when. Then last night tickets mysteriously popped up on Ticketmaster for four Bjork shows at Roseland Ballroom: 2/22, 2/25, 2/28, and 3/02. Those ticket links have since been removed, but not before a bunch of people saw it. Stay tuned!

UPDATE: Not only is she playing these shows, but there's six more somewhere else too.

Bon Iver

Since we're starting with the lists already, might as well point out this fun one from Chicago's Jim DeRogatis who writes stuff like:

"This is what happens if you cross the insufferably cute Zooey Deschannel with the Natalie Portman of Black Swan," I wrote in my original review. But that sounds way more interesting than the actuality of this bad modern Disney soundtrack.
That was in reference to St. Vincent's new one. Jim's complete list of what he believes are the top 10 turkeys released in 2011, below...

Continue reading "Jim DeRogatis lists the 'biggest turkeys of 2011'"


The New Yorker's Alex Ross asked Bjork what her favorite albums are. Her choices include Nico's 1970 album "Desertshore", Aphex Twin's 2005 album "Drukqs", Kate Bush's 1982 album "The Dreaming", and James Blake's 2011 album "James Blake". On her own website, Bjork also says she's been listening to Beyonce (and James Blake) lately. Bjork saw James Blake live, at least once, at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn.

We're still waiting for Bjork to announce those US Biophilia shows. Meanwhile Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra can be heard at the Bell House in Brooklyn tonight (11/16). "The Travis Sullivan Quartet will be kicking the evening off with a short set of Sullivan originals, followed by an evening of Sullivan arrangements with the 12 piece band!"

Speaking of Kate Bush, she has a new album out in less than a week that is streaming online now.

Feist @ Church of the Intercession on Monday (more by Jessica Amaya)

Bjork's new album Biophilia is now streaming in full at NPR.

Feist, like she did in a Harlem church, played Letterman backed by Mountain Man last night. Watch below...

Continue reading "new Bjork album streaming, Feist played Letterman (video)"

Omar Souleyman at Summerstage in July (more by David Andrako)
Omar Souleyman

Syrian dabke singer Omar Souleyman recently released the live album Haflat Gharbia on Sublime Frequencies. You can purchase the album at the Sublime Frequencies webstore. The album features recordings of international shows Omar has been playing over the course of the last two years.

He's got some European tour dates scheduled including a few this month and another string of shows in December. Before the December shows, Omar will be in the US for Fun Fun Fest, which takes place in Austin, TX from Nov 4-6. The day before the fest, Omar will play NYC at Santos Party House (11/3). Tickets are on sale now. Opener TBA.

Back in June, we mentioned that Omar was remixing material off Bjork"s upcoming album Biophilia. On July 26, One Little Indian released his remixes of "Crystalline," "Tesla," and "Mawall." Check out a video of a vinyl rip of Omar's "Crystalline" remix, with all dates, below....

Continue reading "Omar Souleyman playing NY before Fun Fun Fun Fest & stuff"


They describe it like this:

LiveMusicVideo Theatre Company will present BjorkBall, The Unofficial Biophilia CD Release Party: a Bjork-inspired multimedia retrospective celebration and dance party, at 285 KENT in Williamsburg, BK on Thursday, September 29th, 2011 at 7:00PM.

BjorkBall is a one-night-only event completely inspired by the life and work of Björk, and triggered especially by the jaw-dropping multimedia presentation of the upcoming release of Biophilia, her newest musical project and forthcoming full-length studio album. BjorkBall is a PARTY you won't want to miss; a costume ball; a DJ dance hall; a multimedia performance art retrospective of Björk's work featuring live performances that pop up throughout the evening, created specifically to represent one song from each of Björk's former albums and culminating in a large fashion installation inspired by the newest, Biophilia. Amidst Björk-inspired, interactive installations, DJs spinning sick remixes, and a party atmosphere where people are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Björk incarnation, the larger pop-up performances will span the mediums of dance, video, projection, fashion, song, and more - a stimulating collision of the visual and the aural combining to make a massive, celebratory night in honor of music, dance, art, life, and... well, Björk!

Contributing artists include SOTU Productions, Natalie Johns (former Bjorkestra front-woman), Bluecrash Event Director, TAJ Dance, DJ Narcisse, Built4Collapse Theatre Company, and many more.

LiveMusicVideo (Stephen F. Arnoczy and Liz Alderfer) seeks to create a tangential music experience through the deconstruction and re-imagining of the art form of the music video. BjorkBall will be the inaugural evening-length event presented by LiveMusicVideo, founded in 2010.

BjorkBall will begin at 7:00PM. Tickets, priced at $10, are available for advanced purchase at http://bjorkball.eventbrite.com/ or at the door on the evening of the event.

Biophilia was supposed to be out that same week, but the release date has been pushed back to October 10th (UK) /11th (US). Get the app now though.

Continue reading "a theatre company is throwing a Bjork party in Brooklyn (Biophilia out two weeks later)"

words by Rachel Kowal, photos by Jessica Amaya

Bon Iver

Back in June, The Awl compiled a long list of the adjectives (and a few adverbs) used by music journalists to describe the new self-titled Bon Iver album. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many of the words chosen seemed more apt for describing a coat or a lumberjack than music: plaid-clad, wintry, warm, pretty, layered, rustic, wooly, enveloping. It was an Onion article waiting to be written. (Oh wait, that kind of already happened.)

When the origin story of an artist is as pronounced as Vernon's was with his debut, For Emma, Forever Ago, figuring out the next step can be challenging--especially when the reception was so warm the first time around. Would Vernon continue in a similar vein or break free from the web of adjectives that had carefully been sculpted by publicists and journalists? Even after The Blood Bank EP came out, the question loomed.

Vernon may not have shaved the beard, but judging from last night's show at the United Palace Theatre and the far-flung locales of the song titles on the new album, he has ventured out of that cabin in the Wisconsin woods. Though his music still has a hushed, intimate air about it, it is definitely no longer the work of one man.

But before Vernon and his band assumed their positions, The Rosebuds came out to showcase a handful of songs from their recent release on Merge, Loud Planes Fly Low, in addition to a few old favorites (like "Leaves Do Fall" and "Boxcar" from 2005's Birds Make Good Neighbors). Laced with boisterous choruses, pleasant duets, and anthemic guitar riffs, their set was lively, if not a bit out of place.

After a lengthy set-up (or maybe it just felt like forever), Bon Iver kicked off their set with "Perth," the opening track on the new album. Nine white spotlights cut through the darkness on stage, casting magnified shadows of each of the nine men against the backdrop. But it wasn't long before the lights began to flash rapidly and the colors came streaming in, as if to mirror the unfolding intensity of the song.

Here, of course we have the same earnest falsetto and mysterious lyrics. But the sound is boisterous and the tone, hopeful. I don't think it's an accident that Bon Iver came out, not during the cold, dark months of winter like its predecessors (including the Blood Bank EP), but on the first official day of summer, long after all the residual ice had melted. The hefty brass section (trumpet, trombone, bass sax, French horn), and the crashing percussion quickly revealed that this would be no sleeper of a set.

Justin Vernon and his talented cast of musicians (which included Colin Stetson, Rob Moose, Sean Carey, and others) played through the first four songs of the album before switching it up a bit with some cuts from Blood Bank and a cover by Björk ("Who Is It") to help mix things up. The older songs came later, including a beautiful solo rendition of "Re: Stacks.".

Between songs, Vernon addressed the crowd warmly, though not often. He didn't have to. Old and new songs alike brought thunderous applause from the undiscriminating crowd.

After wrapping up the initial leg of the set with "For Emma," Vernon and the band returned for a gorgeous three-song encore. Before launching into "Wolves," Vernon stopped to give a pep talk. This would be more than your typical sing-a-long. "When we come back on that down beat, that's when you have to just start screaming. Just no more singing words, no more thinking thoughts [...] You just start screaming," he instructed the audience.

After the mad fervor of "Wolves" died away, Vernon finished with a stripped down version of "Skinny Love" that included just a single guitar and percussion, leaving the remaining musicians to leave their instruments behind and gather around a couple of microphones to sing backing vocals. Then after a generous standing ovation, they were gone.

If you missed last night's show, you can check out the band tonight at Prospect Park's Celebrate Brooklyn or stream last week's gorgeous show at the 9:30 Club, courtesy of NPR Music.

The full setlist, a video of the Bjork cover from the Boston show, and more picures from NYC, below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver & The Rosebuds played United Palace (pics, video of the BJORK COVER, setlist & a stream of the DC show)"

tim robbins

today in NYC
* Lil Wayne in NJ
* Billy Bragg @ City Winery
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Tell Your Friends @ Lolita Bar
* Honky, The Dreebs @ Cake Shop
* Jessica 6, Xylos @ Mercury Lounge
* The Constellations @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Donell Jones, Olivia @ Springfield Park
* Miguel Frasconi, David First @ The Stone
* Dan Mangan, Dear Lions @ Mercury Lounge
* Isle of Klezbos, Nedra Johnson @ 92YTribeca
* Sia, Oh Land, Ximena Sarinana @ Webster Hall
* Disappears, The Psychic Paramount @ Union Pool
* Desert Stars, Xander Mcmahan, Bizi Gara @ Zebulon
* Charles Bradley, Beans @ Fort Greene Park
* Average Girl, Hollus, Derrick and the Black Sea @ Bruar Falls
* The Telephones (Japan), Ohnomoon, Exitmusic, White Birds @ Pianos
* Cloudland Canyon, Woodsman, Future Shuttle, La Big Vic @ Glasslands
* Kamala Sankaram, Drew Fleming, Pat Muchmore, Jeff Hudgins @ The Stone
* JD Samson (DJ set), Rusty Lazer (DJ set), American Royalty @ Tammany Hall
* The Postelles, Wavorly, Alex Wong & Ximena, Greg Holden @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Seabrook Power Plant, The Stumblebums, The In Betweens @ Cameo Gallery
* Forro in the Dark (3rd Annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival) @ City Winery
* Tim Robbins & The Rogues Gallery Band, The Little Death, Miles Robbins @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Bomb The Music Industry, secret guests (Record release and Silent Barn benefit) @ 285 Kent Ave
* Dred Scott Trio, Todd Clouser's A Love Electric, Michael Daves, Melody Kills, Caitlin Canty, Sara Curtin, Kinetic Method @ Rockwood Music Hall

Ximena Sarinana plays Rockwood Music Hall after opening for Sia and Oh Land at Webster Hall tonight.

Honky, who are playing Cake Shop tonight, features Jeff Pinkus of The Butthole Surfers

Mastodon have a new video for "Black Tongue". Check it out below...

Björk has a new video for crystalline. Check it out below...

What else?

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Secret Chiefs 3 at Terminal 5 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Secret Chiefs 3

Instrumental band Secret Chiefs 3 kicked off a European tour last month with DJ FAT32. The tour comes to North America in September. So far it only includes East Coast and Midwest shows, but West Coast dates are "being planned." Look for SC3 and FAT32 to play NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on September 13th. Tickets are on sale. All dates for the Trey Spruance-led band are listed below.

In October Secret Chiefs 3 play the Iceland Airwaves Festival with Bjork (she was just announced and will be doing a Biophilia performance), Austra, Beach House, Liturgy, SBTRKT, Suuns, Olof Arnalds, Tune-yards, John Grant, and many others. Full lineup at their site. The festival runs from October 12-16 and takes place in downtown Reykjavík. Bjork will also play five more shows in Reykjavík in October. All of those dates are listed below.

All SC3 tour dates and some videos below too...

Continue reading "Secret Chiefs 3 tour dates, Iceland Airwaves 2011 lineup"

photo via PurplePR Music

The opening of Bjork's ambitious new multimedia project 'Biophilia' at Campfield Market Hall, Manchester, last night (June 30) was ushered in with lightning, giant pendulums, a 24-piece female choir - and David Attenborough.

Alongside a small selection of older tracks, Bjork, in blue sequinned dress and orange wig, unveiled all 10 of the new songs that will comprise the 'Biophilia' album, to be released this autumn, while screens above the stage demonstrated some of the animations and games that will be included in the 10 iPad/iPhone apps that will accompany it. Each song and app explore a different pair of scientific and musicological concepts.

'Thunderbolt', featuring the Tesla coil, demonstrated an app in which the drawing of lines and shapes can be used to manipulate arpeggios, while the animated accompaniment to new single 'Crystalline' guided the audience through a series of video game-like tunnels representing verse segments, before emerging into an open field of stars for the chorus. [NME]

Bjork debuted the Biophilia live show at Manchester International Festival last night (6/30). She played a 20-song set which included all 10 songs on the album and 10 others from her longstanding career. She performed on a small stage which was surrounded by the 1,800-person audience. The performance was the first during her three-week residency at the festival.

photo via PurplePR Music

She introduced the new instruments she had specially crafted for Biophilia at the event. Those include the tesla coils in "Thunderbolt," which shoot out lightning, creating different tones. Check out a video below where the Tesla coil is tested before Bjork goes on. She also used the 'Gameleste' which we mentioned is a hybrid of a celeste and a gamelan. A making-of video for this instrument is below. Other instruments she played include "gravity harps," which according to BBC, "were made from 10ft (3m) pendulums that plucked strings as they swung back and forth during a song about gravity," and the 'sharpsichord,' "a large cylinder with protruding pins that played a harpsichord as they were turned."

Also listen to her stunning performances of the album's single "Crystalline" and Post's "Isobel" from last night's show below, along with the videos of her Tesla coil and gameleste. The show's setlist and the studio version of great new song "Crystalline", which can be purchased on iTunes, is also below. Cover art and the new album tracklist is down there too.

Bjork's residency at MIF continues Sunday (7/3) and runs through July 16. According to NY Times, "Biophilia also encompasses performing residencies in eight cities over the next two years (including, tentatively, New York in early 2012), with music education programs for children at each stop." Those NYC shows can't come soon enough.

Lots of fun stuff below...

Continue reading "Bjork debuted 'Biophilia' (live video & pics from Manchester, new album info & songs & a 'tentative' NYC show timeframe) "


UK electronic duo Plaid are going on a North American tour in November. In the duo's 20 year career (making them 2 years younger than their label Warp), they have collaborated with Bjork and have done remixes for her, Goldfrapp, Unkle, Portishead and many others (many of which appeared on 2003's Parts in the Post). The tour hits NYC on November 11 at Le Poisson Rouge. No info on tickets yet but check LPR's site for updates.

Plaid are releasing the LP Scintilli this year, or so they claim. We're not sure when it will come out but you can guess and email your release date prediction to chime@plaid.co.uk. The three closest guesses win a download code for the video game Chime Super Deluxe (which Plaid wrote the track "Tender Hooks" for) and a Plaid t-shirt. They've been saying this album would be out for years, literally.

Check out a video of Plaid talking about the video game, and some other songs and all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Plaid are finally releasing 'Scintilli', going on tour (dates)"

Asphalt Orchestra at Lincoln Center (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Asphalt Orchestra

The Bang on a Can Marathon returns on Sunday (6/19) with a mammoth thirteen hours of FREE live music kicking off at 11AM at NYC's World Financial Center Winter Garden (200 Vesey Street). Featuring over 150 musicians/composers, the fest includes performances from, and compositions by, names like Philip Glass, Glenn Branca Ensemble, Sun Ra Arkestra, David Byrne/Annie Clark, Bryce Dessner, Frank Zappa, Bjork, Yoko Ono, and many more. The full lineup and schedule is below.

Continue reading "Bang On a Can Marathon Sunday -- full schedule"

Bjork at Housing Works in 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)

Bjork has been stirring things up lately as she preps her upcoming seventh album Biophilia. The album, which has no official release date yet, is set to be a multi-media affair that encompasses a 10-song album in many formats. There's the traditional format, and music videos for every track directed by long-time collaborator Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), and an iPad app produced with interactive artist Scott Snibbe for each track, and a Biophilia live show which is premiering later this month at her three-week residency at Manchester International Festival. Exact dates are listed below.

Regarding the iPad apps, The Guardian reports:

Biophilia for iPad will include around 10 separate apps, all housed within one "mother" app. Each of the smaller apps will relate to a different track from the album, allowing people to explore and interact with the song's themes or even make a completely new version. It will also be an evolving entity that will grow as and when the album's release schedule dictates, with new elements added...For one song, Virus, the app will feature a close-up study of cells being attacked by a virus to represent what Snibbe calls: "A kind of a love story between a virus and a cell. And of course the virus loves the cell so much that it destroys it." The interactive game challenges the user to halt the attack of the virus, although the result is that the song will stop if you succeed. In order to hear the rest of the song, you have to let the virus take its course. Using some artistic license, the cells will also mouth along to the chorus. It's this determination to fuse different elements together - be it juxtaposing a female choir from Greenland with the bleeps and glitches of electronic music pioneers Matmos during the Vespertine tour, or meshing soaring strings and jagged beats on the Homogenic album - that helps explain the power and success of Björk's collaborations.

In support of the album, Bjork launched a new website, which according to her twitter, includes an "interactive Biophilia universe". The site has an audio clip at the bottom of Bjork speaking about innovations in electronic music and how she is excited to apply them to Biophilia. According to a message on the homepage when viewed in Firefox, "this website has been developed using the latest html5 technology. to experience it fully, we recommend you to use the following browsers: safari, chrome."

The album features the employment of two brand new instruments created for Bjork by Icelandic organ maker Bjorgvin Tomasson. One is an organ that Bjork controls digitally with a computer, and the other, which Bjork calls a "gameleste" is a hybrid of a celeste and a gamelan.

So far, we've been graced with two clips from the upcoming album. Back in December, an instrumental track off Biophilia appeared on the Solar System iPad app. She also posted a 33 second clip of herself driving while the new song "Crystalline" plays on the car stereo. Check both of those out below. According to her twitter, "Crystalline" will appear in full towards the end of June. She also posted a picture on facebook hinting at a video for the song:


It had also been announced in February that Bjork is releasing a collaboration with Omar Souleyman, who played Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (6/12). No details on the collab have been released since, though a 2011 release date is anticipated. UPDATE: the collaboration is just a remix of a Biophilia track.

No live U.S. Bjork dates to announce yet, but the Bjork-covering jazz orchestra Bjorkestra plays Highline Ballroom Tuesday (6/14) as part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival. Tickets are on sale, and can be purchased with a 50% off discount by using the access code "BIGBAND". (note: Ticketweb seems to be having issues, so try again later if you can't get to the link).

Videos and tour dates below...

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Nat Baldwin on stage w/ DP @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)

Dirty Projectors member Nat Baldwin is currently on a solo tour with Kurt Weisman and Travis Laplante. "These are two of my favorite musicians and people in the world," Baldwin says in his myspace blog, "it's a short tour, but my longest solo trip since 2008." After recently playing Madison Square Garden with Dirty Projectors, Nat Baldwin returns to smaller venues to showcase his vocals and experimental upright bass playing, including this Monday at SUNY Purchase and Tuesday (11/23) at Sycamore. All dates below.

To follow up the recently released expanded edition of Bitte Orca, Dirty Projectors are releasing their second 7" of 2010 on December 6. The 7" features Bitte Orca's "No Intention" b/w their cover of Bob Dylan's "As I Went Out One Morning." DP previously released a different Dylan cover as part of a Levi's promotion.

Bjork, who collaborated with Dirty Projectors on for-charity album Mount Wittenberg Orca earlier this year, also recently released a new single on iTunes called "The Comet Song." All proceeds from the sale of the song are donated to the victims of the 2010 Pakistan Floods. And the song is actually the theme of the 2010 film Moomins and the Comet Chase whose director Maria Lindberg also directed the music video to the song which you can watch below.

Bjork video and Nat Baldwin tour dates below...

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St. Vincent @ Pitchfork Fest in Chicago (more by Kate Gardiner)
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David Byrne and Annie Clark are collaborating on music for a future Housing Works benefit. There's no date set for that, but Asphalt Orchestra will be debuting a version of one of the songs they've been working on...

A few months ago we had [Here Lies Love arranger] Tony Finno arrange the horns, and we performed one of the songs -- tentatively titled "Who" -- at the end of Annie's show at the Rose Room at Lincoln Center. Now, having been approached by the Bang On a Can spinoff Asphalt Orchestra, with the help of [Asphalt saxist/producer] Ken Thomson we've adapted another song called either "Two Ships" or "The Movie" for their group. This will be an instrumental version and we'll do a vocal version later. [David Byrne]
Asphalt will perform that song on Wednesday, August 4th, at the first of five free shows the avant-marching band is doing around the Lincoln Center as part of LC's Out of Doors Festival. Locations and times for the band are below.

In addition to that piece, they'll be debuting a commission by Yoko Ono; other songs in the group's repertoire include commissions by Tyondai Braxton of Battles and Stew & Heid Rodewald of Passing Strange and BAM Next Wave 2010. The 12-piece will release a seven-track CD of its material on August 3rd through Canatloupe Music. That includes a blisteringly dissonant song by Swedish metal band Meshuggah and an intricately-arranged version of Bjork's "Hyper-Ballad." There are a few more typical "ra-ra" maching band songs on the album too (Zappa in particular is already quite melodic and pompy), but the band focuses on getting unusual sounds out of the limited instrumentation. Live, they move in unique coordinated patterns, so the experience is individualized to the space and where you stand.

As an aside, this Saturday at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival is going to be particularly amazing, with the "Detroit Breakdown" lineup of Mitch Ryder, ? and the Mysterians, The Gories, Death and more.

St. Vincent has her own free show this weekend, at the Central Park SummerStage Sunday (8/1) afternoon, with openers Tune-Yards and Basia Bulat.

A video of Asphalt Orchestra doing that Meshuggah song on WNYC, and their schedule, plus a video of Annie doing a nylon-string version of "Actor Out of Work," are below...

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