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Bjork @ Coachella

I don't really know who "ruled" Coachella, but the performance I just watched on the stream was AMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZING - especially the ending where Bjork went all rave and then came back for a rave-punk encore. SO GOOD. Set list below...

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Wongie has the Spank Rock remix of Bjork's first new single 'Earth Intruders (one of the songs she played on SNL). Bjork likes Spank Rock. Everyone likes Spank Rock.

Did you see Bjork on Saturday Night Live? One of the songs she played was 'Earth Intruders'. The video of the performance is not up on YouTube yet, so here's the official one instead..

"Earth Intruders" on SNL....


"Wanderlust" on SNL...

The official video for "Earth Intruders" was removed from YouTube by Warner Brothers. I think it was a leak. 'Innocence' is streaming at MySpace. Make your own video.

"I had a throat problem that day and 5 minutes later 'earth intruders' was ready ." [Bjork]

DOWNLOAD: Clipse - Ain´t cha (MP3)

Bjork

As I was saying, David Bruno (dance), Undisputed Wes (hip hop), and I (other) interviewed Björk (via email).

No introduction needed. After thanking her and all that, we asked
(questions in bold).......

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SugarcubesBjörk, you recently reunited with the Sugarcubes and played a show in Iceland. How did that come about? Were you happy how it turned out, and most importantly - would you do it again in the U.S.? (New York preferably!)

Sorry , won´t be doing it again , i guess it was strictly for rescuing bad taste which was on the verge of bankruptcy . Don´t know if you know about that label but it has been putting out grassroot poetry and music now for 20 years . A non profit company where most of the people that work for it do so voluntarily .we put out sigurrós and múm´s first albums for example.

I love musical collaborations, and you always pick such great people to work with. This time you've especially lined up an exciting cast of characters. Truth be told, I get excited any time Antony Hegarty is involved with anything (including the new Matmos album that you both appear on). Do you remember the first time you heard Antony's voice, and/or saw him perform? How soon after did you know you wanted to work with him? Any good stories from your time together in Jamaica, and what eventually led you to include him on not just one, but two tracks on the new album?

Bjork and AntonyI was in my kitchen and a friend gave me a cd for christmas of this album that hadn´t come out yet . It wasn´t until later when i had gotten to know him a little we thought of working together . I guess me and antony have mutual friends in new york so we sort of got to know each other slowly ... He came to iceland and i showed him a bit of the country side . Then we sang together on couple of occations and ended up working on couple of sketches , 2 of them ended on the album ... It´s been a gorgeous pleasure to get to know antony , he is very very special . Incredibly generous person . I feel blessed .

Continue reading "An interview with Björk"

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Bjork Volta

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....

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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?

Bjork said:

Povo que lavas no rio : amália rodrigues
Ain´t cha : clipse
Leaf house : animal collective
Throw a shadow : eyeless in gaza
Rodeo mechanique : plastique de reve

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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....

Continue reading "We interviewed Bjork - she likes Clipse, Animal Collective"

Bjork

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...

Continue reading "Bjork - 'Earth Intruders', NYC party & tracks"

Tickets went on sale for Arcade Fire this morning. Some of the other High Line shows are on sale too, and here (Daniel Johnston). Tickets are about to go on sale for Bjork. Daft Punk tomorrow.

Bjork @ Radio City Music Hall, 2001 (CRED)
Bjork @ Radio City Music Hall

As many pointed out in the comments (thanks!), Bjork just announced some post-Coachella shows including THREE NYC dates. I'm most excited for Radio City again.

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."

Previously
"Volta" - more details on the new Bjork album

Bjork @ Roskilde, 2003 (CRED)
Bjork

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!

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

TOUR DATES
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

Previously
Bjork's new album w/ Antony, Timbaland, Konono, & Lightning Bolt

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Rage Against the MAchine"....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"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?

Previously
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)

Beck & Bjork
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.

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."

A treat indeed.

I wonder if Bjork & Antony will show up at the Lightning Bolt show happening at Northsix on Sunday. (which is now old out)

"Björk is also contributing vocals to Valgeir Sigurðsson's new album, titled 'Equilibrium Is Restored'." [Wikipedia]

Antony & The Johnsons play the Brooklyn Philharmonic on March 9th.

Konono No 1 play Bowery Ballroom on May 5th.

Previously
Timbaland a thief?
Sugarcubes reunion happened
Sugarcubes Reuniting for one show

First this....

Bjork stuff below...

Continue reading "Bjork & (thievin?) Timbaland"

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

Bjorkestra is also playing KF in CA & Tonic soon (tix still on sale). Chilly Gonzalez (Gonzo) chills with Feist, Jamie Lidell, Peaches, and Mocky.

Previously
Rosanne Cash (& Lyle Lovett) @ Stubb's, Austin, TX (SXSW) | pics

KONONO #1 @ SUMMERSTAGE | JULY 23, 2006 (CRED)
Konono No 1 at Summerstage

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...

Continue reading "Bjorkestra | 2006 Tour Dates"

DOWNLOAD: Bjork - Headphones (Digital Warfare's Clip Mix) (MP3)

DJ BJORK & MATTHEW BARNEY @ THE STUD BAR, SF | 6/21/06 [CRED]
DJ Bjork

I'd take a secret DJ gig by Bjork over Madonna any day, plus she probably really played records. (thx JamBase)

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Matmos "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...

Continue reading "Bjork & Antony on Matmos concept album | Tour Dates, MP3"

Nico Muhly 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

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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..."

Sugarcubes DVDSugarcubes DVD

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.”

WATCH BIRTHDAY: REAL | WIN | QUICKTIME

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.

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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.

Previously
Amina, Sigur Ros, Without Gravity | Iceland in NYC
Bonnie Prince Billy & Bjork | Drawing Restraint 9 | Listen

"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...."

Bjorkestra

"...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]

BjorkBonnie Prince Billy

As previously reported, Bjork did the soundtrack for a new movie called "Drawing Restraint 9."

"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.

Previously
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Pauline Millard from The Simon writes...

"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 shrugged, changed into my flat shoes and headed home, where I turned on my Bloc Party CD. Surely it was safe to listen to them, at least for another year."

The Death of the Killers?

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Speaking of the Killers, I'm sure you already heard about the secret show (the one I thought was happening back when)

I wish Bjork would play some secret shows. Maybe to promote her new soundtrack.

So the other day I said that I just wasn't feelin Bjork lately. I guess I needed to hear myself say it cause Vespertine has been in constant rotation ever since. Then Stereogum busts out this fantastic new video. Bjork is back.

Medulla

Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra

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.

@ Fez, NYC
Doors open at 7:00; Cover is $10.
Doors open at 9:30; Cover is $10.