Entries tagged with: Blockhead
El-P, Aesop Rock, Flying Lotus & more honor the late artist
Clarence Reid, aka Blowfly, was recently diagnosed with cancer and now he has sadly passed away. A post on his Facebook by frequent collaborator Tom Bowker reads:
Clarence Reid, the genius known both by his given name and as Blowfly, the Master of Class, passed peacefully today, January 17th, in his hospice room.Clarence wrote and produced records for various artists, including Sam & Dave, KC & the Sunshine Band and Betty Wright, and as Blowfly he was "the first dirty rapper." He's also dabbled in disco, punk, and more. Rest in peace, Clarence. You'll be missed.
His sister Virginia and I thank you for all the love you have shown this week. We also thank you for supporting Clarence's 50 + year music career - especially these last few years. We love you and will keep you informed on services and tribute performances in Clarence's honor.
Nothing But Love,
Another recent Facebook post from Tom Bowker mentions that Blowfly will follow Back in the Sack with one final album, 77 Rusty Trombones, due in February. Tom calls it "easily his best album since the early 80s, and a fitting epitaph for one of the great performers of all time."
A few artists, including El-P, Flying Lotus and Aesop Rock, have posted tributes to Blowfly on Twitter. See those, and listen to "Rapp Dirty" and watch his interview with Nardwuar, below...
GI in 1981
DC/Dischord hardcore legends Government Issue reunited for their first show in 21 years in DC in 2010 (a benefit show), and have since played other shows like DC in 2012 (a 'Salad Days' celebration), DC in 2014 (Damaged City fest), and Houston and Baltimore earlier this year. And now they're finally going to play NYC!
The band will hit Brooklyn's Acheron on July 18 with Blockhead and Agitator. Tickets go on sale Friday (5/15) at noon.
We're not positive what the lineup for this show will be, but stay tuned for that as well. Vocalist John Stabb was the only constant member. The 2010 reunion included bassist J. Robbins (who achieved a lot more success post-GI with Jawbox, Burning Airlines, and as a producer for several bands), but he wasn't with them at the 2014 show. There was also a 2007 one-off billed as "Government Re-Issue" which included onetime guitarist Brian Baker (also of Minor Threat, Dag Nasty and Bad Religion).
UPDATE: The band's current lineup is John Stabb (vocals), John Barry (guitar), Dwayne Bruner (bass), and Karl Hill (drums). They also play Pittsburgh's Skull Fest in August.
Watch a full set video of GI playing Maxwell's in Hoboken in 1988, below...
photo: Fat White Family at Baby's in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Fat White Family, Sun Club, Roya @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
UK band Fat White Family are back entertaining/scaring audiences with their dark-hued brand of scuzz-rock. It should be said that despite their (deserved) wild rep, FWF have a load of great songs and keep it together live, despite the antics (and, according to The NY Post, the smell). If you're up for post-show mischief, head to nearby Passenger Bar for the afterparty.
Four Tet b2b Floating Points @ Output
IDM mastermind Four Tet and jazzy UK bass producer Floating Points are teaming up to DJ Output together tonight. No opener, so they're going all night long.
Yonatan Gat, Tonstartsbandht, Pill, Sunflower Bean @ Aviv
Onetime Monotonix member Yonatan Gat smudges the line between performer and audience -- as long as you're prepared to be an active participant, his shows are a lot of fun. He headlines this particularly solid bill that also features Montreal noisniks Tonstartsbandht, sax-fueled skrokers Pill, and the ubiquitous Sunflower Bean. If you've been meaning to check out new DIY spot Aviv, this would be a good one to go to.
Six Organs of Admittance, Elisa Ambrogio @ Baby's All Right
Ben Chasny's long-running experimental rock project Six Organs of Admittance remains prolific and released its newest album, Hexadic, earlier this year via Drag City. Making the night a great double bill, support comes from his labelmate and past collaborator Elisa Ambrogio (of noise band Magik Markers), who put out a very not-noisy solo album last year.
The Muscadettes, Raccoon Fighter, Dances, Will Sheff (DJ) @ Baby's All Right
Montreal's shouty duo The Muscadettes are here to have fun and make sure everyone else does too. Like early B-52's or Fuzzbox, they're in the same vein. Free midnight show. In the front room Will Sheff of Okkervil River will be DJing.
Empress Of, Patrick Wimberly (DJ Set), Dev Hynes (DJ Set), Lee Bannon (DJ Set) @ Elvis Guesthouse
Empress Of, aka NYC art-pop musician Lorely Rodriguez, will preview music from her forthcoming debut album for XL/Terrible with this five-night stand at Elvis Guesthouse. Tonight has Dev Hynes on DJ duty so who knows what may happen.
Blockhead, Mono/Poly, Ellie Herring, DJ Ryan Rasheed of Prefuse 73 @ Good Room
In addition to producing a large amount of Aesop Rock's material, Blockhead has had a lengthy solo career putting out instrumental hip hop on Ninja Tune. He's in solo mode tonight.
Dragons of Zynth, Valley Lodge, Danny Fingers and The Thumbs @ Rough Trade
Long-running NYC art-rock band Dragons of Zynth (who were on hiatus for a while) headline tonight. This bill also features Dave Hill's band Valley Lodge whose song "Go" is the theme song for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
As Friends Rust, UnWed, Pagan Girls @ Saint Vitus
As Friends Rust came out of the same late '90s Gainesville punk scene as bands like Hot Water Music, and after being gone for a while, tonight they play their first NYC show in 7 years. Also on the bill is UnWed, who count Hot Water Music bassist Jason Black as a member.
Kool A.D., Lakutis, TECLA, Kassa @ Santos Party House
Heems has been an especially active solo artist lately, but he's not the only Das Racist member keeping at it. Kool AD, who last released Word O.K. last year, plays a hometown solo show tonight with Lakutis and more.
Big Ups, EULA, Painted Zeros, Charly Bliss @ Silent Barn
Local post-hardcore band Big Ups are somewhere between Fugazi and Slint, and having a very animated frontman doesn't hurt them any, either. Right before them it's EULA, who recall the NYC noise rock scene of the 1980s (and worked with producer Martin Bisi from that scene on their newest record).
Lord Huron, Hamilton Leithauser @ Terminal 5
Folk rocker Lord Huron headlines the night, and if you're going to this show we recommend showing up for The Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser.
Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt @ Capitol Theatre
Get your dose of quality Americana tonight with these two country-folk greats.
Ben Folds, yMusic @ Town Hall
Ben Folds' collaborative new album with classical sextet yMusic still doesn't have a title or release date, but you can hear it tonight, live, when Ben and yMusic play this sold-out show.
Mark Ronson (DJ Set), Blu Jemz @ Verboten
He's responsible for the song you can't avoid short of gouging your eardrums out...producer, gad-about, and "Uptown Funk" creator Mark Ronson spins records tonight.
The English Beat, The Skints, Easy Star Allstars @ Paramount
If you aren't too concerned that Dave Wakeling is the only original member of the band, and don't mind hearing General Public songs too (and maybe even "She's Having a Baby"), you'll probably have a good time singing along to "Save it for Later," "Mirror in the Bathroom" and "Tenderness."
Dave Harrington Group, Diamond Terrifier (DJ( @ Cameo Gallery
Darkside is no more (or at least on hiatus), but both members are staying active on their own, and tonight Dave Harrington performs a live improvised score to Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds."
'Salad Days' screening @ Nitehawk Cinema
The 'Salad Days' documentary chronicles the 1980s DC punk scene, which birthed Minor Threat, Fugazi, Bad Brains, Void, Faith, and so many more now-legendary bands. It's screened in NYC before, and does again tonight.
Phantom Posse, Pope Coke, Moon Bounce, Blood Moon @ Palisades
Quickly-rising rapper iLoveMakonnen just played two sold-out NYC shows this week and he has tonight off before continuing his tour in DC tomorrow. It looks like maybe, just maybe, he'll show up at this small show with Phantom Posse, the musical collective that frequently counts him as a member.
Andy Hull, Dustin Kensrue, Tanner Merritt @ Bell House
It's the second of two NYC shows for Manchester Orchestra frontman Andy Hull, and the last one had Brand New's Jesse Lacey and Kevin Devine show up to sing with him. Will any guests come out tonight? Dustin Kensrue (frontman of the reunited Thrice) co-headlines.
Heaven, New Myths, Midnight Plus One, Gold Lake, Wrong Dots @ Pianos
Local shoegazers Heaven and slinky/sleek New Myths headline this bill of quality local acts.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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RJD2 at Governor's Ball 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Philly mega-producer and DJ RJD2 is playing a few upcoming dates, and on August 22, he'll stop in NYC for a show on a boat. He'll set sail on a Rocks Off cruise from Pier 83 at 42nd street aboard the Manhattan Circle Line for what should be a fun water-bound show. The show is 18+, and tickets will go on sale Friday (6/27) at 10 AM.
Speaking of Def Jux/Rhymesayers/etc-associated producers, frequent Aesop Rock collaborator Blockhead will be touring in the fall. He'll head to Brooklyn to play Glasslands on November 14, where he'll be joined by Elaquent and Muneshine. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates for both RJD2 and Blockhead are listed below...
(photo by @poptarts)
The Life & Times and Deleted Scenes are playing Knitting Factory on September 31. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
You can RSVP at DoNYC for this weekend's free Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows to skip the line. This weekend is curated by Subscene Style/Audiofemme and includes tonight's full-band Laura Stevenson show and Saturday's Coathangers show.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Polica at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As discussed, the Treefort Music Festival is returning to various Downtown Boise, ID venues from March 20-23, and since we last spoke, more acts have been added. Additions include Polica, Dan Deacon, Perfect Pussy, Chastity Belt (whose related band Childbirth, we just wrote about), This Will Destroy You, The Dwarves, RJD2, Blockhead, Cody ChesnuTT, Disco Doom, Iamsu, Naomi Punk, Special Explosion and many more. They join previously announced names like Run the Jewels, Built to Spill, Breton, Saintseneca, SubRosa, Warm Soda, and more. Tickets are still available.
Updated lineup below...
Rodriguez at Beacon Theater in April (more by PSquared)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Junip, Dawn of Midi @ Le Poisson Rouge
In between weekends at Austin's ACL Music Festival, Swedish hushed folkmaster Jose Gonzalez and his band Junip have popped over to NYC for a welcome second visit this year. Sold out.
Samo Sound Boy, Jerome LOL, Jim-e Stack, DJ Pierre @ 285 Kent Avenue
LA producers Samo Sound Boy and Jerome LOL were last in NYC together with their collaborative project, DJ Dodger Stadium, but tonight they're back for solo sets. Joining them is A$AP Rocky remixer Jim-E Stack.
The Veldt, Heaven, Miracle Falls @ Cameo Gallery
Mixing swirling guitars, funky beats and soulful vocals, The Veldt stood out from their '90s shoegaze compatriots. After more than a decade away, the band returned in 2011 and have been going strong ever since. Part of the CBGB Festival.
Lutkie, Happy Jawbone Family Band, Painted Faces, GULL @ Death By Audio
Boston's psych-pop outfit Happy Jawbone Family Band are down for the Mexican Summer 5th Anniversary this weekend but have made time for this show as well.
Palma Violets, Spires, Young Boys @ Glasslands
Surprise! Palma Violets, who played Webster Hall last night, are sticking around NYC another day to play this sure-to-be wild show at Glasslands tonight. Spires and Young Boys open, with onetime Concteau Twin bassist Simon Raymonde spinning tunes in between.
Two Door Cinema Club, St. Lucia @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Ireland's Two Door Cinema Club mix Phoenix-ish melodicism and the mathy angles of Foals for an easy-to-swallow pop pill.
Openers Peace owe more than a little to early-'90s Britpop. Update: Peace dropped off.
Yasunao Tone, Talibam! @ Issue Project Room
IPR continues its 10-year Anniversary tonight with original Fluxus member Yasunao Tone who lately has been working in harsh digital noise.
The Spits, Useless Eaters, Foster Care @ Knitting Factory
Practicing a mix of Ramones and Misfit-isms drenched in battery acid and too many downers, The Spits has quietly been ruling the punk underground for years. Don't miss Memphis' Useless Eaters who are pretty ferocious live and open the show. Both bands play tomorrow at Mercury Lounge.
Kingdom, Nguzunguzu, Tink, Total Freedom, Prince Will, Been Trill @ Output
This week's INPUT party is a Fade To Mind party with two Kelela collaborators Kingdom and Nguzunguzu.
Rodriguez @ Radio City Music Hall
One of the most remarkable second acts in recent memory continues with Rodriguez's return to NYC, this time playing one of Manhattan's toniest venues.
Obituary, Mutant Supremacy, White Widows Pact, Strong Intention @ Saint Vitus Bar
Long-running Florida death metal band Obituary are working on getting their ninth album out at some point soon, but before that they're on a tour which hits NYC for two nights at Saint Vitus this week. This is night 2.
LVL UP, Kal Marks, Palehound, Frankie Cosmos @ Shea Stadium
An all-around great lineup of DIY bands come together for this show at Brooklyn DIY venue Shea Stadium. The lineup includes scrappy Built to Spill-esque rockers LVL UP, Boston's Modest-Mouse-meets-rage-rockers Kal Marks, and two artists that sound a little influenced by the anti-folk movement: Palehound and Frankie Cosmos.
The Ne're Do Wells, Eureka California, Week of Wonders, Lame Drivers @ Silent Barn
Seattle's Week of Wonders features Leif Anders, formerly of Orca Team, and make tropical indiepop. Also on the bill are Georgia band Eureka California -- they're both on the Happy Happy Birthday to Me label.
Jake Folgnest, Julie Klausner, Dave Hill @ The Bell House
Part of the CBGB Festival, this is a live taping of The Fogelnest Files podcast. Julie Klausner and Dave Hill bring the funny.
Cheetah Chrome, Lydia Lunch, Richard Lloyd, Sylvain Sylvain, Lenny Kaye, Andy Shernoff, Tuff Darts, Glen Matlock @ The Bowery Electric
This 'Carry On Band Series' show is one of the few shows at CBGB Festival that actually brings CBGB legends together (and lots of them for that matter). The lineup includes members of Television, Patti Smith Group, The Dictators, Dead Boys, and more.
AFI, Touche Amore, Coming @ Webster Hall
Post-hardcore greats Touche Amore just played a wild headlining show at 285 Kent last night in the midst of their tour opening for AFI. Tonight that tour resumes at Webster Hall, and is sold out.
Emeli Sande, Jake Bugg @ IHeartRadio Theater
Brit stars Emeli Sande and Jake Bugg (who'll be back in January) play this relatively tiny show tonight. You had to win tickets to go, but it will stream live at 7 PM EDT.
Blockhead, Little People @ Paper Box
Frequent Aesop Rock producer Blockhead headlines this Brooklyn show tonight.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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Aesop Rock in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Hip hop producer RJD2, who was last in NYC for a New Year's Eve show, will be playing a few US shows this month, including a return to NYC this Saturday (2/9) at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale now. All RJD2 dates are listed below.
That show is the same day that fellow Def Jux associate Aesop Rock plays his previously discussed NYC show at Irving Plaza (2/9), which is part of his tour with Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz, and Busdriver. Tickets for the NYC show are still available. He recently had to postpone some dates on that tour due to a broken rib, but he's since recovered and has rescheduled those shows. An updated list of his upcoming dates is below. Aesop is also one of the few rappers playing Coachella.
In related news, Illogic (who is a member of Greenhouse Effect along with Blueprint, who is a member of Soul Position along with RJD2) and Blockhead (who has contributed production to much of Aesop Rock's discography) are set to release their first collaborative album, Capture The Sun, on April 16 via Man Bites Dog Records. The album will feature guest spots from Slug, Blueprint, and Abstract Rude. The album art is below. The duo haven't released any music from the album yet, but Illogic did upload two free EPs to his bandcamp that he did with Blockhead to "prepare for Capture." You can stream both EPs below or download them at bandcamp (name your price).
All lists of dates, album art, and streams below...
by Andrew Sacher
Aesop Rock in Austin in August (more by Tim Griffin)
Aesop Rock released one of the best (and by the looks of these year end lists, apparently underrated) hip hop albums of the year with Skelethon, his first solo release since 2007's None Shall Pass and easily his strongest since at least 2003's Bazooka Tooth. He supported that record with a tour which did make it to NYC, but had to be cut short due to Hurricane Sandy. He's rescheduled dates in many of the cities he cancelled on his recently-announced 2013 tour, which also hits NYC for a show on February 9 at Irving Plaza. The tour is with Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz, and Busdriver. Tickets for the Irving Plaza show are on sale now.
In honor of the new year, Aesop Rock revealed a previously unreleased song from the Blockhead-produced days around year 2000. The track is called "Hall of Game" and you can download it for free, plus check out a list of all tour dates, below.
Freshkills at #HotelVegan (more by Tim Griffin)
Freshkills have commissioned Blockhead to lay his touches upon "New Folk Songs For New Buildings", a track from their recent LP out now. You can stream it below.
Freshkills are playing this Saturday (5/26) at Grand Victory with The Unstoppable Death Machines, Violent Bullshit, Filthy Savage and DJs Jah Jah (NinjaSonik) and Maxwell 57. Tickets are still available. They'll also be playing the Northside Festival next month, though date and venue are still TBA.
Ish of Shabazz Palaces at Sasquatch (more by Chris Graham)
There have been many projects and solo albums in the days following the (original) fall of Digable Planets, but now Ish is breaking out with his killer new Seattle-based project Shabazz Palaces. The group has only been playing limited dates so far (pics from Sasquatch 2010), but will play three shows in October including NYC's American Museum of Natural History for "One Step Beyond" on Friday, October 15th with the great Blockhead on support. Tickets are on sale.
The show is one of a greater set of dates for Blockhead. All dates for both are below.
Shabazz Palaces have released a couple of EPs during their short existence, and are prepping a new LP for release on Sub Pop in 2011.
"I think we both have a lot of love, appreciation, respect and energy for music and for each other. Recognizing the fact that business is necessary for maximizing exposure to it, I think we mutually feel that doing business is less a 'job' and more an opportunity to exercise those feelings in dope ass ways. Shabazz, we bring a distinct hip-hop mentality from left to Sub Pop, which has established itself wide and deep in r&r from that same field. So, it's going to be cool to see what gets born from rolling together. And, of course, Seattle is the immeasurable muse, the backdrop, backbone, the foundation to how we all get down. So SP feels a lot of pride around this partnering-up as well. The people, the office, the deal, it all feels super plush. So stay tuned, it's 'bouts to be on."-The Palaceer, Shabazz Palaces.Stream material from their two EPs below.
Meanwhile Digable Planets, which is -according to their myspace- "Doodlebug AND Butterfly" (but no Ladybug), is scheduled to play SOB's on Thursday (9/23), their only current tour date. Tickets are still available.
Dig on some streaming audio from Shabazz Palaces's previous EPs, as well as a recent video for "Belhaven Meridian", with all dates, below.
DOWNLOAD: Bisco Smith - "Vibrations" (Scott Thorough Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bisco Smith - "Vibrations" (Scott Thorough Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bisco Smith - "Fresh Water" (Blockhead Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bisco Smith - "Broadcast Live" (Remix of TV On The Radio's "Wear You Out") (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bisco Smith - "Morning Breath" (LeParasite Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bisco Smith - "Morning Breath" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bisco Smith - "Railroads" Feat. Human?, Grimace & Esen (MP3)
Brooklyn MC (and graphic artist) Bisco Smith, the artist formerly known as Bisc1, just released his new album, The Broadcast, via Embedded Music (available on iTunes). Much like the artists he's worked with at Def Jux (which is now on hiatus) (Aesop Rock, El-P, MURS, etc), Bisco lays down forward-thinking, intelligent rhymes over similarly head-nodding beats, as exhibited in some of the tracks downloadable above. Check out a few album tracks and remixes above, including a burner produced by Blockhead (who played his own record release show at Mercury Lounge Friday night.) and the remix of "Broadcast Live" which is in itself is a remix of TV On The Radio's "Wear You Out".
Bisco will celebrate the release of his new LP when he hits the stages of Santos Party House TONIGHT (2/6) at 11PM. $10 gets you in with a copy of the disc. Dig on the show flyer, and a few videos from the new LP below...
DOWNLOAD: Blockhead - "Which One Of You Jerks Drank My Arnold Palmer" (MP3)
Blockhead (left) with Aesop Rock
Blockhead (born Anthony "Tony" Simon) is an American Hip hop producer based in Manhattan, New York. Aside from his solo efforts released on the Ninja Tune label, he is most associated with producing for Aesop Rock, a rapper for the Definitive Jux independent hip hop label. He has also previously worked with rappers Mac Lethal, S.A. Smash, Slug, and Murs, and is also a member of the hip hop/comedy group Party Fun Action Committee.Along with RJD2 and Mr El-Producto himself (aka El-P), Blockhead has long been one of my favorite producers out of the extra thick Def Jux stable. More than just Aesop Rock's go-to, the NYC beathead has produced a few LPs of his own as well, including the recently released The Music Scene out NOW on Ninja Tune Recordings. Cop it, and cop one of the songs from the LP above.
Blockhead is scheduled to play a show a NYC in the coming week at Mercury Lounge on Friday, 2/5 with DJ Signify. Tickets are on sale.
Blockhead recently posted some of his earliest recordings for free download.
Ex-Ninja Tune artist Antipop Consortium plays BAM with Rain Machine on Saturday night (1/30).
Former Def Jux-er RJD2 is scheduled to play NYC on 3/7 with Break Science and Chichester. Tickets are still available.
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