Entries tagged with: Bjork
I'm still feeling giddy. I was offered the opportunity to interview Bjork, did it (via email, but still), and she really answered (like just now). Actually - David Bruno, Wes and I worked on it together to quickly come up with questions that covered some dance, some hip hop, and some whatever. Stay tuned for the entire interview on Monday. For now here's a preview....
Can you tell us at least one album or song you're listening to - possibly right now, during and/or right before this interview, and maybe an album you're looking forward to in the future?
The rest Monday.
Bjork is gonna be on SNL with host Scarlett Johansson on Saturday April 21st. Volta (cover art above) is out May 7th. Volta-related videos below....
The first single from Bjork's Volta is available digitally today (both legally and illegaly). It's called "Earth Intruders". I listened to it about 100 times already - can't wait to hear the rest of the album.
There's a New York pre-record release party for Volta at the Delancey on Friday April 20th. Album track listing below...
Bjork @ Radio City Music Hall, 2001 (CRED)
Bjork - new 2007 Tour Dates
May 02 - New York - Radio City Music Hall
May 05 - New York - United Palace Theater
May 08 - New York - Apollo Theater
May 12 - Chicago - Auditorium Theatre
May 15 - Denver - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
May 19 - San Francisco - Shoreline Amphitheatre
May 23 - Vancouver- Deer Lake Park
"San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre tickets will go on sale March 24; All other dates will go on sale March 30. Tickets will be available for purchase through Björk.com for 48 hours prior to general public on-sale."
Bjork @ Roskilde, 2003 (CRED)
May 7th is not that far away!
We, as in madwebcarpenters of bjork.com, have waited for a fair bit of time like everyone else biting our tongue and now is the time to release this bit of information known as a press release. Things are getting very interesting as further details of the new album and more concerts to be announced. It is not going to be quiet anymore!TOUR DATES
Volta is the name of the album and the date is May 7th. The Press release reads thus:
"Musical innovator Björk releases her next studio album ‘Volta’ on May 7th 2007.
‘Volta’ is Björk's sixth studio album and follows the release of ‘Medúlla’ in 2004.
Featuring ten brand new and original tracks ‘Volta’ is entirely written and produced by Björk.
In the role of producer Björk has brought in various other musicians to work on her songs and ‘Volta’ features some of her most interesting collaborations so far with Antony Hegarty (Antony And The Johnsons) singing on two tracks, and Timbaland (Jay-Z, Missy Elliot etc) working with Björk on beats that she created for three further songs.
Other artists that feature on ‘Volta’ include electronic pioneer Mark Bell of LFO and two unique drummers – Chris Corsano (the improvisational drummer who has worked with Sonic Youth amongst others) and Brian Chippendale from Lightening Bolt.
Björk also brought in two acclaimed African artists for ‘Volta’ - Toumani Diabate, the Malian kora player and Konono No1 the experimental band from The Congo who won a BBC World Music Award in 2006. She has also put together her own 10 piece female brass section of Icelandic musicians who play on three further tracks. Meanwhile Chinese pipa expert Min Xiao-Fen plays on one song."
So it read! And now we can start counting down: One, 2, three, four, 5, ...... etc
07.07.25 - Paleo Festival, Switzerland
07.07.05 - Roskilde , DK
07.07.01 - Open'er, PL
07.06.28 - Rock Werchter , Belgium
07.06.22 - Glastonbury, UK
07.05.26 - Sasquatch Festival, USA
07.04.27 - Coachella, USA
07.05.07 - volta - new studio album
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DOWNLOAD: Daft Punk (live @ Coachella) (full set) (MP3) <<<----HOT!
DOWNLOAD: Radiohead - Planet Telex (live @ Coachella) (MP3)
"....a reunited Rage Against The Machine, Bjork and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will lead the lineup for the 2007 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 27-29 in Indio, Calif. Sources tell Billboard.com the event will also feature a reunion gig from Crowded House as well as the Arcade Fire, Sonic Youth, Air, the Roots, Willie Nelson, Interpol, Manu Chao and Fountains Of Wayne......The full lineup will be announced imminently; it is also expected to sport sets by Jarvis Cocker, the Good, the Bad and the Queen, Hot Chip, Peeping Tom, the Decemberists, Arctic Monkeys, Tiesto, Kings Of Leon, Travis, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Lily Allen, Kaiser Chiefs, Silversun Pickups and LCD Soundsystem. [Billboard]
"Crowded House, one of Australia's biggest musical exports, is re-forming for a world tour. Former frontman Neil Finn and bassist Nick Seymour will hold auditions for a drummer in Melbourne this week. Auditions have also been held in Auckland and Los Angeles.
Founding drummer Paul Hester took his own life two years ago. Sources say Finn will commit 12 months to a world tour." [the Courier Mail]
I'm pretty sure I read !!! was playing Coachella too - already such a good lineup - I could almost be convinced to go this year. Who else is playing that they missed?
Are you going this year? What's your best Coachella memory? What do you think of all day hot festivals? What festival would you rather go to instead?
Did you get tickets via the presale?
Bjork's new album w/ Antony, Timbaland, Konono, & Lightning Bolt
video of Arcade Fire playing the High School
Rodrigo y Gabriela | 2007 Tour Dates (Bowery Ballroom, SXSW, Leno)
Manu Chao @ Celebrate Brooklyn (Prospect Park Bandshell), NYC | pics
Decemberists & My Brightest Diamond | 2007 Tour Dates
video of Daft Punk @ Coachella
Download Bjork - Who is It (Vitalic remix) (MP3)
why Beck? Why not
I LOVE collaborations, especially (well, mainly) if they're by artists I also love, and the idea of Antony and/or Bjork contributing to anything always gets me excited. Bjork & Antony BOTH appear on the last Matmos album, Bjork recently worked with Bonnie Prince Billy, and we even heard something back in July about Bjork working with Konono No 1.
Yesterday I posted something about Bjork collaborating with Timbaland on her new "hip hop" album. Coincidentally - just minutes later "meester fly" posted an official update on Bjork's site (which i used to live on pre-pre-blogging days) that confirms this, Konono, and MORE:
It has not been snowing at all here, but today we are graced with snow. It is a few days after the hidden people and elves move home, if they have to. We are in Iceland. I arrived after a short absence of mind and body back into the HQ of the MWC. I got the word to get back on the case and gather some knowledge, as I of course, am truly the wise one.A treat indeed.
Being the one and only I got sent new songs from Björk. These songs are to be on the new album she has been working on for the past months. She has been all around the world to record, working with numerous people from truly different background. I have been left with many thoughts after listening to these tracks, the first impression is that I want to hear more, as I did not get everything shortlisted for the record. It made me excited.
The only thing I have heard prior of the making of this new record was a collaboration with Timbaland was being penned in. They met for a couple of sessions and laid down some beats for two tracks, "then I took these tracks and worked on them further", says Björk. This is true, as I hear that she has taken them to a another level.
We speak about the many collaborators on this record and the list is very interesting as Antony Hegerty duets on two tracks. Drummer Chris Corsano jumps into at least the 2 songs. New sounds and instrumentation are provided by Toumani Diabate who plays the Kora and Konono nr.1 with electric thumb pianos. More percussive delights come from Brian Chippendale from Lightning Bolt Great artists being drafted into the fold!
This list is very impressive and intriguing and from this first batch of song create a very unique sound and emotion. Nothing sounds really familiar about this experience, apart from the name of Mark Bell, him I know. And Sjón, turns to form to deliver one lyric, his 5th lyric since they started work together. This record is a Björk production par excellence. No stone left unturned to seek out the perfect pitch.
And more work is being done in the next few weeks on the new record. It has not got a name. The record is scheduled for late spring release. Some of us have wished to see Björk live in concert.
Well. Björk will be going on the road and giving us long wanted concert recitals. Yes gigging again. I get to see who is the band, I'll be damned, I forgot. It is being finalised right now! From what I remember: We are in for a treat. I am promised to be there. Bien sur. Of-course. Að sjálfsögðu. More soon."
Antony & The Johnsons play the Brooklyn Philharmonic on March 9th.
Konono No 1 play Bowery Ballroom on May 5th.
Listen Here: Art Music Now @ Merkin Concert Hall, NYC
Oct 19, 2006 - Section Quartet / Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra
Nov 02, 2006 - John Medeski Meets Kid Koala
Jan 25, 2007 - Poets & Prophets: Mark O’Connor’s Edgeffect Ensemble w/ Rosanne Cash
Apr 05, 2007 - Chilly Gonzales
Apr 14, 2007 - E.S.T. / Matthew Shipp
KONONO #1 @ SUMMERSTAGE | JULY 23, 2006 (CRED)
Someone (thx Chris) just told me that the early (7:30) Konono #1 show at SOB's was cancelled tonight. All tickets will be honored at the late (9:30) show instead. I'm nor surprised they couldn't sell out two shows since they played two shows there so recently AND they played a free show at Summerstage (yesterday).
Pitchfork recently reported that Konono recorded some stuff with Bjork.
"Blending Bjork’s visionary techno pop with the harmonic and improvisational elements of modern jazz, Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra has performed to packed venues across the Northeast and received extraordinary praise from both fans and the press alike."
Bjorkestra is visiting the West Coast for the first time before coming home to NYC to play Tonic on August 18th. All dates below...
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"More like a portable gallery installation than a mere album, Matmos' The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast is a collection of fascinating, fractured audio and visual portraits of ten prominent gay and lesbian figures, among them writers, philosophers, filmmakers, and musicians." [All Music]
"M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel's latest Matmos album includes contributions from Bjork and Antony. Each of the ten tracks focuses on a specific person who has influenced the group in some way, such as William S. Burroughs and Valerie Solanas" [Metacritic]
More info on the ten individuals on their site. Matmos are playing two nights at Symphony Space in October. All dates below...
Among other things, Nico Muhly "orchestrated the movie The Manchurian Candidate for composer Rachel Portman, and played on Björk's album Medúlla. He has collaborated with Antony, of Antony and the Johnsons, including conducting a performance with chamber orchestra and Antony at the Arnhem Mode Biënnale 2005 in Holland. In 2005, he also prepared and conducted Björk's score for Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint 9, and composed a series of nine songs, in collaboration with illustrator Maira Kalman, based on Strunk & White's The Elements of Style. This song cycle was performed to great acclaim in the main reading room of the New York Pubic Library on 42nd street...."
LAST TIME NICO APPEARED ON THIS SITE, he was standing next to Antony at Carnegie Hall
TONIGHT: (Feb 3) - Nico is playing with Doveman at Joe's Pub. The show starts at 7PM. Sorry for the last minute notice. To make up for it, e-mail BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM by 5PM, and you might win a pair of tix for the show. (one winner picked at random).
(after them, Amanda Palmer from Dresden Dolls plays a solo show that's beyond sold out)
Like I said (quoted) a few posts down, "Icelandic music hit the international scene with The Sugarcubes in the eighties, followed by Björk’s solo takeover in the nineties..."
Live Zabor - Live Zabor is the group’s first DVD collection, and contains 13 live performances from 1988 and 1989. In addition to the live footage, band members give comment and insight on the band and their music. Featured on this DVD are The Sugarcubes hit singles, “Cold Sweat,” “Birthday,” “Motorcrash,” and “Delicious Demon.”
The DVD - This 12-track DVD gathers all the band's videos in one essential collection. The DVD features "Cold Sweat," "Birthday," "Deus," and 3 exclusive bonus videos.
LOOK: An E-card
I'm excited to not only tell you about these DVDs, but give two people the chance to win them. Two DVDs. Two winners. If you have a preference for one of them, let me know when you enter the contest by e-mailing BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: sugarcubes). Also remind me that I don't talk about Bjork enough. I'll pick two winners at random. I won't share your email address with anyone.
"Travis Sullivan, a New York jazz musician and founder of the Björkestra (an 18-piece ensemble that plays big band covers of Björk’s songs), thinks that it is this quality of stylistic ambiguity, the fact that “her music is forward thinking and doesn’t fit in any particular genre,” that makes Björk’s music so open to reinterpretation...."
"...The New York music scene is not completely unfamiliar with Sullivan’s project. The ensemble debuted in 2004 at the Knitting Factory, and since then has played at Galapagos, Symphony Space, Makor and Joe’s Pub. Now, they are returning January 20th to play at the Bowery Ballroom, a place which might at first seem to be an atypical venue for a jazz band." [NY Press]
"Björk's music for the movie centers around the sho, an ancient Japanese instrument with 17 different reeds. She also, carrying on in the a cappella vein of her previous album Medulla, has turned to Noh theater scholars for help with a Noh voice technique that her webpage describes as "growling." Production help will come from several electronic musicians, including Mark Bell of LFO." [Pitchfork]
As if that's not good enough, Bonnie Prince Billy sings on the first track, and Bjork set up this special page where you can listen to a few seconds of every song.
"Any music fan worth their salt can remember June 2004 when The Killers' album, Hot Fuss, was all the rage, at least it was south of 14th Street. Even a year later I can still put it on and just let it rip, no skipping songs or turning it off after the fifth track. I remember going to their show at the Bowery Ballroom on August 16th..."
"...That's why I get mad when I hear The Killers' played at yuppie watering holes with names like, "The Mad River Grille" and on Top 40 radio stations like Z-100, which manages to ruin every great song."
"...Naturally someone is going to pipe up and tell me not to be such a whiner, that the point of music, and what these artists hope to achieve, is to reach the masses..."
I wish Bjork would play some secret shows. Maybe to promote her new soundtrack.
Blending Bjork's visionary techno pop with the harmonic and
improvisational elements of modern jazz,
composer/arranger/multi-instrumentalist Travis Sullivan has created a
truly unique ensemble that transcends genre and style. Comprised of
New York City's finest jazz musicians, this eighteen-piece ensemble
features full horn and rhythm sections as well as a female vocalist
performing Sullivan's arrangements that span Bjork's entire
catalogue. Individual members of the Bjorkestra have
performed/toured with the likes of Charlie Hunter, Clark Terry, The
Spam Allstars, Jessica Simpson, and the Saturday Night Live Band.
Three from the NY Times: