Entries tagged with: Blood Orange
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork is back with its much-anticipated Top 50 Albums of 2013 list. The list has many of the albums you'd expect to see on Pitchfork's list, though there's still some surprises. If you thought M.I.A got snubbed, you'll be happy to see her here, and if you thought James Blake deserved the Best New Music he didn't get, you'll be happy to see how high he ranks. The biggest surprise to me is that Majical Cloudz makes the top 10, and for those keeping score, Yeezus is NOT #1. Can you guess what is?
Head here to see individual writers' lists, and head below to see Pitchfork's full Top 50 Albums of 2013 list...
"Me, with my dog 'Cupid' (from Dev's Tumblr)
Dev Hynes' stellar year (including releasing Blood Orange's acclaimed new album, Cupid Deluxe) apparently got struck a sad blow -- according to tweets on his official Twitter account, his apartment burned down last night. This morning he wrote:
Last night, the unthinkable happened. My entire apt burnt down while I was out. I've lost everything I own, including scores, hard drives, clothes, sentimental items. Everything from my life is gone. My dog died in the fire. I will love you forever Cupid. I miss you. I still don't own a phone. So email me if you need to get in touch. I might need some time. Thanks.Dev, very sad about your dog, but glad you're okay.
UPDATE: The mother of Samantha Urbani (who is Dev's girlfriend and sings on the album) set up a GoFundMe page if you'd like to help out Dev.
Meanwhile, Blood Orange will tour in 2014, including NYC at February 6 at Webster Hall which is sold out.
people outside Other Music on Record Store Day 2013 (more by PSquared)
Other Music, the NYC record store (15 E 4th St) and record label (home to Nude Beach, Mutual Benefit, and others), has published its top 30 albums of 2013 list. The multi-genre list has a lot of cool, generally smaller releases in the electronic, hip hop, garage rock, folk, jazz, and other genres, steering clear of the big names that end up on a lot of these lists.
Check out the whole list in alphabetical order below, and read commentary on each one, plus take a look at Other Music's favorite reissues here.
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?
Check out the full top 100 below...
by Bill Pearis
Dev, Dev and little friend outside Bedford Ave L stop (via)
Blood Orange's new album, Cupid Deluxe, is definitely getting a lot more attention than his first, with widespread acclaim and appearances on year-end lists. Maybe it's the increased ad budget (see above).
The week of its release, he celebrated with an uber-packed, guest-filled show at 285 Kent that was also the debut of his new full live band. (Sound/feedback issues aside, they were really good at 285.) While he hasn't made any full tour plans, Dev has announced his next NYC show which happens February 6 at Webster Hall. Is that close enough to be considered a Cupid Deluxe Valentine's Day show? Tickets go on sale Friday (12/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (12/11) at noon.
NPR Music posted their 50 Favorite Albums of 2013, and as usual it included a lot of classical, jazz, world music, but also many of the indie/pop/rap/metal that shows up on these lists like Bill Callahan, Blood Orange, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven, Flaming Lips, Haim, James Blake, Kanye West, Laura Marling, Run the Jewels, Sky Ferreira, Waxahatchee and more. Their list is in alphabetical order, and you can browse the full thing below.
Happier days w/ Solange & Dev: Bowery Ballroom. 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
One of the more obvious Reese's Cup pop moments of the last year or so was Solange's "Losing You," a song co-written and produced by Blood Orange's Dev Hynes. Dev did the same for her mini-LP True, played in her band on her tours and seemed to be having a great time doing so. But the issue of credit began seeping in earlier this year. As detailed in a recent Fader feature on Hynes, Solange had been upset at being refered to merely as "vocal muse" in many reviews; Dev maintains that "Losing You" was written before they started working together. From the Fader article:
At a show in a Chinatown boutique in September, an overpacked crowd turns up to see a rare Blood Orange performance with a full band. Hynes, in a long coat and leather kufi, takes off his jacket to perform "Bad Girls," one of the songs he wrote that Solange re-recorded for True. Then, before launching into "Everything Is Embarrassing," Hynes gives a brief monologue, oddly compelled to footnote a song he created: "I've got a lot of shots ready to be fired, and I guess this is the shot. This is a song I wrote for another singer. She said a couple weeks ago that she doesn't like when I say I wrote it--this happens a lot to me, but I'm not an arrogant guy. That said, I've written some songs for people and they haven't given me due credit and it pisses me off."More shots were fired yesterday via Twitter from both parties, and while both Solange and Dev's tweets have since been deleted, Stereogum has the transcripts, in paragraph form. Via Dev:
If you wanna take shots at me text me call me talk to me in person but don't ever drop a subliminal, talk behind my back, or send a flunky. I'm doing myself. Ain't nothing to do with anyone else, I'm about myself, like any self respecting human should be. We live & die alone. I have beef with no one. I won't even mention your name ever again. Any of you. I've said my bit. I've reached out. I've praised you. But now it's done. It's over. We're done. Bye.Dev's didn't mention anyone by name, but Solange @'d him with these:
When you do tumblr post, speak about things in interviews, tweet, issues then belong to the public. I have been minding my biz. I have only ever praised you and spoken about you positively, even when our perspectives were totally different. I still support your artistry & am extremely happy for your success. I just wished you were honest about the making of my album. That's all I'm going to say on this. You know more than anyone niggas love drama. Also u know very well I have reached out. Bless. Ps: Your phone been going straight to VM for long time.Let's hope they can work things out (maybe not on social media) because they do make good music together.
In very related news, Dev shared thoughts yesterday via Twitter on Jay-Z's partnership with Barney's. These tweets are still up, here in strung-together form:
The biggest 'Fuck You' in history could have been Jay-Z saying NO to Barneys. I'm a big fan [of Jay], of course, who isn't? But just looking at it from the perspective of someone that has had racial abuse in my life. It's cool that all proceeds are going to charity, that's great! But now Barneys, an already rich company that could be charitable anyway... get a cosign and an easy route to redeeming their name. None of the parties involved need more money. They NEED less.Dev's very good second album, Cupid Deluxe, is out now.
Blood Orange has his NYC record release show tonight (11/15) at 285 Kent for his new album Cupid Deluxe, which pretty much sold out instantly. Apart from that he was playing with a full band that included Friends' Samantha Urbani, other details on the show were scant, with promises of "special guests" and little else. But Dev Hynes just revealed the full plan for tonight's show on Facebook:
At tonight's record release show @ 285 Kent, I will be performing CUPID DELUXE with a live band feat. Caroline Polachek, Dave Longstreth & Despot. Le1f will be opening up at 10:30 and then I perform at 11:30. See you there.Caroline Polachek, Dave Longstreth, and Despot are among those who make guest appearances on Cupid Deluxe. Doors are at 9 PM for tonight's show. Dev just released a video for Cupid Deluxe's closing track "Time Will Tell," which was recorded live (and riffs on "Is What it Is" which is also on the album). You can watch that below.
by Bill Pearis
Dev Hynes will release Cupid Deluxe, his second album as Blood Orange, on November 19. Having spent the last couple years writing well-liked songs for other people (Sky Ferreira, Solange), Dev has upped his game for the new record which features 10 slinky/sulty dance jams with guest appearances from David Longstreth, Chairlift's Caroline Polachek, Friends' Samantha Urbani, Clams Casino, Despot, and more. The whole record is streaming now via iTunes. (Those outside the U.S. can stream it here.) You can also watch the video for single "You're Not Good Enough" (featuring Urbani) below.
Blood Orange, who just played Pitchfork Paris over the weekend, doesn't have a full tour lined up just yet, but he will be playing a record release show at 285 Kent on November 15. While he's done shows in solo-with-laptop mode, this incarnation of Blood Orange is Dev with four-piece band, plus Urbani on vocals as well. Tickets for that NYC show are on sale now.
by Bill Pearis
While Dev Hynes has been very busy -- and very successful -- writing songs for and playing with other people (Solange, Sky Ferreira) he hasn't given up on his own music. His second album under the Blood Orange name, titled Cupid Deluxe, is due out before the end of the year. The first single, "Chamakay," was released today. You can check it out via its video which was filmed in Guyana on a trip Hynes made to visit his mother's hometown for the first time ever. There are some very charming moments. Check it out below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Lil B / Foxygen / Yo La Tengo
After entering with a robed choir behind him, R. Kelly starts stringing together his hits, medley style. A verse, a chorus, and then on to the next. Songs about "getting freaky in the club," the kitchen, the car, wherever. Kelly was the subject of a years-long investigation over child-pornography charges, but was eventually acquitted in 2008. None of that appears to matter to anyone left in the park tonight, as one of the largest crowds in Pitchfork history flocks to check out the dominant R&B performer of the last two decades. The Union Park crowd reaction isn't quite as over-the-top as that of his typical audience, but the dancing continues to escalate until the set peaks with "When a Woman's Fed Up" and the stepping songs "Happy People" and "Step in the Name of Love," accompanied by white balloons. Kelly saves "I Believe I Can Fly" for the encore, and this time white-dove balloons fill the sky. [Chicago Tribune]Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 wrapped up on Sunday (7/21) with its most hip hop heavy day, including sets from rappers El-P, Killer Mike, Lil B, and Tree, plus rap producers TNGHT and Evian Christ (who both happen to be Kanye collaborators). And not exactly rap, but in that real there were also sets from MIA and obscure up-and-comer R. Kelly. It wasn't all hip hop though. Sunday also gave us sets from Foxygen (whose singer, Sam France, continued his streak of climbing at festivals), Yo La Tengo, Waxahatchee, Autre Ne Veut, Glass Candy, and more. Pictures of the final day of the festival are in this post.
If you haven't been keeping up with our coverage of Pitchfork festival, day 1 pictures and review are HERE, and more pictures are HERE and HERE. Day 2 pictures and review are HERE and more pictures are HERE. Day 3 pictures continue below...
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival is returning to Union Park from July 19-21 with sets from Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Belle & Sebastian, R. Kelly, Solange, Rustie, Low, The Breeders, Swans, Savages, Merchandise, Julia Holter, KEN mode, White Lung, TNGHT, Evian Christ, Waxahatchee, El-P, Killer Mike, and more across three stages (Red, Blue, and Green). The set times for the festival have now been announced, and you can check out the full day-by-day schedule below.
3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets are still available.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Phoenix @ The Apollo, 5/13/2013
While Phoenix prepare for a much bigger tour that will include a stop at Brooklyn's Barclays Center in October (tickets), the French band wrapped up their post-Coachella tour of smaller North American venues at Harlem's historic Apollo Theatre last night (5/13). The band played a slightly longer set than their Sirius-sponsored show at Music Hall of Williamsburg last month, adding "Too Young" from their first album and "Fences" from Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix to the mix. And like at MHOW, frontman Thomas Mars got into the crowd to sing as well.
Opening was Blood Orange, an increasingly rare sight from Dev Hynes who is spending more and more time in the producer's chair these days. Photos from the Apollo are in this post.
In other news, Phoenix's next single from Bankrupt! is "Trying to Be Cool" and the band have released the individual "stems" from the track so that anyone can have a go at remixing it. You can download them here and check out a Silver Swans remix below.
DOWNLOAD: Phoenix - "Entertainment" (Dirty Projectors Remix) (MP3)
Blood Orange at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Blood Orange (aka Dev Hynes) has a few dates scheduled for this year, including a few in NYC. The first is a benefit for LGBT rights organization Human Rights Campaign at Le Poisson Rouge on May 4 with Creep, MEN (the JD Samson one), Light Asylum, Nina Sky, and "surprise special guests." It's being hosted by Amanda Leigh Dunn and Becka Diamond is DJing. Tickets for that benefit are on sale now.
A few days later, both Dev and Creep will be headed to Glasslands on May 9 for another benefit: the previously discussed fundraiser for Benjamin Curtis of School of Seven Bells, who is battling cancer. Dev is DJing at that one and Creep is playing live. Plus, Exitmusic and Rewards are playing live, and Albert Hammond Jr. and Certain Creatures are DJing. Tickets for that one are still available.
Blood Orange will do a third NYC date a few days after the Glasslands show when he opens for Phoenix (whose single, "Entertainment," he recently remixed) when their tour hits The Apollo on May 13 for a sold out show. Phoenix's tour also includes a larger, not-sold-out show on October 2 at Barclays Center with The Vaccines (tickets). Phoenix's "Entertainment" was also just given the remix treatment yet again, this time by Dirty Projectors. You can download that above or stream it below.
After the NYC dates, Blood Orange doesn't have anything scheduled until Pitchfork Festival. All dates are listed below...
Exitmusic @ Brooklyn Bowl, June 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
He is responding really well to treatment, and rough as it has been, it's your messages and posts that have inspired us and keep us focused on the path ahead. Thank you so much to all of you who have been continuously sending love.The band have set up SupportBenjaminCurtis.com for those who'd like to help Curtis' mounting medical bills. There's also a fundraiser concert happening at Glasslands on May 9 with live sets from CREEP, Exitmusic, and Rewards, plus Albert Hammond Jr, Blood Orange, and Certain Creatures on DJ duty between sets. Tickets are on sale now.
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The final Pitchfork Festival lineup has now been announced, and in addition to previously announced acts like R. Kelly, Joanna Newsom, and Swans, it now includes M.I.A., Lil B, Solange, Wire, Yo La Tengo, Low, Savages, Toro Y Moi, Phosphorescent, Metz, Autre Ne Veut, Mikal Cronin, Parquet Courts, Merchandise, Woods, Julia Holter, Glass Candy, Andy Stott, Pissed Jeans, Frankie Rose, Ryan Hemsworth, Waxahatchee, Blood Orange, Daughn Gibson, Evian Christ, White Lung, KEN Mode, and DJ Rashad.
Three-day passes and single-day tickets are still available.
In other Chicago music festival news, Lollapalooza early bird passes went on sale today, sold out, and then regular 3-day passes went on sale and sold out. Single day tickets go on sale April 9.
Full Pitchfork Festival lineup and schedule below...
DOWNLOAD: Blood Orange - "Entertainment" (Phoenix remix/cover) (MP3)
Phoenix at MSG in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Phoenix have been rolling out information on their new album, Bankrupt!, which is due out on April 23 via Glassnote, and they've also been revealing tour dates. None of those previously scheduled dates were in NYC, but they've now finally announced they'll play The Apollo Theatre on May 13. Tickets will be available through a lottery system that you can enter by registering now. Registration is open from now until Thursday (3/28) at noon. You have to register to enter the lottery but registration does not guarantee tickets to the show.
In related news, Blood Orange remixed/covered Phoenix's newest single, "Entertainment" (like Dinosaur Jr. just did). You can download that remix/cover above and stream it, along with the list of all upcoming Phoenix dates, below...
Dev Hynes w/ Solange at Bowery this week (more by David Andrako)
For those still lamenting School of Seven Bells' recent cancellation of their Music Hall of Williamsburg show, the electronic duo will be playing a free show tonight (12/13) at the Sony Style store in Long Island's Roosevelt Field mall. The event happens from 7 - 9 PM and also has "free drinks all night" and food from Waffles & Dinges. You do need to RSVP.
Meanwhile, Dev Hynes, who was last seen on stage with Solange at her Bowery Ballroom show on Monday, is taking time out from writing hits for everybody else to play a free Blood Orange show at the Sony Style Store in Manhattan on Monday (12/17). This one is also from 7 - 9 PM and features the same grub, but no drinks. RSVP here. Dev will then be back with Solange the next night (12/18) at Bowery Ballroom again, which is sold out. Dev says "THERE ARE NO OTHER SHOWS FOR A LONG TIME #RARE #WHYNOT" so see him solo while you can.
photos by David Andrako
With her mini-LP, True, out and its terrific single "Losing You" starting to catch on, it seems Solange's time has finally come. Bowery Ballroom was packed last night (12/11) for her sold-out show, and the crowd included David Byrne and Solange's sister, Beyonce. Like on their appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (watch below) her band included collaborator/producer Dev Hynes of Blood Orange (who seems to be having a lot of fun in this role) and Chairlift's Patrick Wimberly. It was a short set -- eight songs, mind you True is seven -- but the crowd was into it. Kelela, who contributed vocals to Teengirl Fantasy's Tracer LP and has performed live with TGF, opened the show.
Solange plays Bowery Ballroom again next week on December 18 with Sinkane opening that show, and it is sold out too. More pics and the setlist from Tuesday night, and the video of Solange's Fallon performance are below.
Solange and Dev
As pointed out before, Solange Knowles has a new seven-song mini LP, True, which she made with Blood Orange's Dev Hynes, that comes out digitally November 27 on Terrible Records with a physical release to follow in early 2013. If you haven't heard its terrific single "Losing You" you can check out the video below.
NYC folk can catch Solange in concert when she plays Bowery Ballroom on December 11. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (11/16) at noon.
LA electronic duo Inc. (formerly Teen Inc.) should have their debut album for 4AD out sometime next year, but you can get an early taste of what they're up to much sooner when they play an NYC show on Saturday, November 17 at Steel Drums (35 Beadel Street, Brooklyn). Tickets are on sale now.
Making the evening much more interesting is a special performance from Sky Ferreira with Dev Hynes of Blood Orange (who we spotted watching Sky's set during one of our CMJ-week day parties), meaning they'll be performing together. As you may know, Dev co-produced Sky's "Everything is Embarrassing," and performed a rendition of it himself when he opened for Grimes at Music Hall of Williamsburg recently (video of that is below). We're told they're building "actual stage sets" for both Inc. and Sky/Dev's sets so "expect theatrics." Opening the show will be a set from Physical Therapy.
Sky will also be performing, sans-Dev, at two NYC shows later in the month.
Flyer for the Inc. show and the Dev Hynes video are below.
Yesterday we mentioned that there was a secret opener for tonight's long-sold-out Grimes show at Bowery Ballroom. Today (10/26) it has been revealed as Blood Orange (aka Dev Hynes) who has shared a bill with Grimes in NYC before. He's on at 9pm sharp.
We last saw Dev a week ago in the crowd watching Sky Ferreira at the BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly. One day earlier he revealed on Tumblr that her new EP has a reworked version of a song he wrote.
Dev also contributed, as writer and producer, to the new Solange release, announced today, called "True" - out digitally on 11/27 via Terrible Records (in stores in January). That's the cover art above. More info and a video below.
Tonight's show is Grimes' 2nd of four shows total this weekend. Pictures from last night
coming in a minute are up. Watch a Blood Orange video and get the Solange info below...
PS I Love You at SXSW 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
today in NYC
* Carioca @ Barbes
* Dither @ The Stone
* Nass Gnawa @ Zebulon
* Casual Hearts @ XPO 929
* Dylan Fest @ Irving Plaza
* People's Champs @ Barbes
* Ski Beatz @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Dig, Taurus @ Glasslands
* Xray Eyeballs (DJ) @ Manhattan Inn
* Lalah Hathaway @ Highline Ballroom
* Manitoba, The Naked Heroes @ Maxwell's
* Static Summer, Skaters, Threats @ Pianos
* Mike Doughty, Susan Justice @ City Winery
* PS I Love You, Army Girls @ Mercury Lounge
* Soft Spot @ Open Road Rooftop (Rooftop Films)
* John Butcher, Twistycat @ Issue Project Room
* LE1F, Big Baby Gandhi, Lakutis @ Knitting Factory
* Mason-Jam-Ja Band @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* Stefano Scodanibbio Tribute Concert @ The Stone
* Psychic Ills, PC Worship, Ex Cops @ Death By Audio
* Nels Cline, Julian Lage, Kalabalik @ Le Poisson Rouge
* We Are Scientists, Kuroma, Beach Arabs @ Union Pool
* Traxman, Howse, Octo Octa, Naka Naka, Rezzie @ 285 Kent
* Deviated Instinct, Dresden, Koward, Nomad @ The Acheron
* Soltero, Phantom Buffalo, The Sanctuaries @ The Rock Shop
* The So So Glos, Lost Boy?, Life Size Maps, Big Ups @ 285 Kent
* Bok Bok, Kingdom, Rizzla, Rem Koolhaus @ Santos Party House
* Great Lakes, Frank Smith, Bright Brown, Scrapers @ Union Hall
* The Dearloves, Nathan Xander, Painting Soldiers @ The Gutter
* Hoots & Hellmouth, Tall Heights, Darlingside @ Mercury Lounge
* Dangermuffin, American Babies, Tall Tall Trees @ Brooklyn Bowl
* O'Death, Tim Fite, Gimme Drugs, Chris Lecompte @ Asbury Lanes
* Church of Misery, Rwake, The Gates of Slumber @ Cameo Gallery
* Pedestrian Deposit, Pregnant Spore, Decimus, C. Lavender @ La Sala
* that dog., Kurt Braunohler, Baron Vaughn @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Clear Plastic Masks, Lunic, Flyin Fisch, Isle of Rhodes @ Knitting Factory
* Amen Dunes, Gary War, Highlife, Francisco Franco, Woodsman @ Shea Stadium
* Bad Indians, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Juan Wauters (of The Beets) @ Cake Shop
* BAIO (DJ), Autobot (DJ), Full Nelson (DJ) @ Le Bain at The Standard
* The Can't Tells, The Denzels, Big Ups, Deathrow Tull, Twitchers, Kung Fu Crime Wave @ Spike Hill
* Simian Mobile Disco, Michael Mayer, Lindstrom, JDH & Dave P, Alex English & Rekles @ Webster Hall
Your movie options for Memorial Day Weekend include Wes Anderson's latest exquisite whimsy Moonrise Kingdom and Men In Black 3, the latter of which has gotten surprisingly good reviews.
A Place to Bury Strangers and Blood Orange both released new videos, and they're oddly similar. Check them out below.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse released their cover of British national anthem, "God Save the Queen," with found footage of the queen herself. Check it out below.
Have a great holiday weekend!
Blood Orange @ Converse FADER Fort SXSW 2012 (photo by thereal_lc_)
Blood Orange (aka Dev Hynes), who was just in Austin for SXSW (picture above, video below), is back home in NYC and will play a local show at Justice's favorite club Lit Lounge TONIGHT (3/21) with Rewards and Shuga. Tonight's show is one of a few one-offs for Blood Orange before he heads out on tour with Florence & the Machine. That tour hits NYC on May 8 at Radio City (sold out).
Rewards, who open tonight's show, were also added as an opener to Tanlines' upcoming Bowery Ballroom show (4/12). Tickets for that show are still available. Tanlines were also just at SXSW for a limited amount of shows and released their album, Mixed Emotions, yesterday. Alon with that came a new video for song "All of Me", directed by Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh. Watch below.
Shuga, who are also on tonight's bill and were also at SXSW, are on Luv Luv Luv Records, who are presenting tonight's Lit Lounge show and who also manage Blood Orange and Florence, who as mentioned, are touring together. Shuga has another upcoming NYC show at Tammany Hall on Monday (3/26).
Kindness at SXSW 2012 (via)
In related news, Kindness (aka Adam Bainbridge), who, like Blood Orange, records for Chris Taylor's (of Grizzly Bear/CANT) Terrible Records, was also just in Austin for SXSW where he shared a bill with Blood Orange at a Windish party. Kindess also played a Gorilla vs Bear/Yours Truly party and the NME showcase, among others. Dummy Mag wrote about the GvsB/YT show:
Kindess slinked on stage like the consummate crooner: smooth, self-assured and safe in the knowledge his charm would woo the crowd. He was right, too. I was a little too tired to surrender to it entirely but there's no doubting the calibre of Kindess. Top of the pops.Check out some videos of Kindness at SXSW below.
Speaking of Gorilla vs Bear and Florence & the Machine, GvsB just premiered a Clams Casino remix of Florence's "Never Let Me Go." Stream that below.
All dates, videos and streams below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Mac DeMarco - "Baby's Wearin Blue Jeans (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: TOPS - Turn Your Love Around (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Korallreven - Sa Sa Samoa (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Korallreven - Sa Sa Samoa (For Real For Sure For You) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Young Prisms - Floating in Blue (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Boy Friend - Egyptian Wrinkle (MP3)
It begins. Bands from all over the world -- England! Canada! Sweden! New Zealand! Virginia! -- descend on New York as they beat a path to Austin for this year's SXSW. Which is good for those who aren't going, as well as folks who are but want to see bands play longer than 25 minutes and aren't strung out on a four-day diet of free breakfast tacos, Vitamin Water and Amstel Light. There's lots more going on than what is covered below, but it's what I'm interested in over the next few days.
New Captured Tracks signee Mac DeMarco is in town from Vancouver to play a couple shows. He plays an all-C/T bill tonight (3/2) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with DIVE, Hoop Dreams and headliners Beach Fossils (sold out), and then Glasslands tomorrow (3/3) with headliners Widowspeak and Quilt.
Demarco, who used to record under the name Makeout Videotapes, has a smoky baritone that is part Chris Isaak and part Tindersticks. His music owes a little to Isaak as well, with an early '60s vibe (Ricky Nelson, Gene Vincent) by way of '80s neon, all on a four-track budget. You can check debut "Baby's Wearin Blue Jeans" from his debut, Rock n' Roll Hotel (out 3/20) at the top of this post, which is indicative of what Demarco is all about. You can also watch the video for "Only You" which is kind of NSFW. Dude's a provocateur.
Tonight's MHoW show is the first NYC show we've had from Blacksburg, VA's Hoop Dreams in a long while. They were good when I saw them at Glasslands last year and have the potential to be breakouts for the label if they ever get around to releasing another record (only a single so far). Live, they're more in the Arcade Fire/Editors anthemic style than the single might suggest. It will also be a good opportunity to hear new music from Beach Fossils who are busy at work on their second LP.
And of course, DIVE, who are probably one of the more exciting live bands in Brooklyn right now and are a definite SXSW must-see if you don't live here and have the opportunity to catch them twice a week like we currently do. (They're also touring with Frankie Rose in April.) The show is sold out tonight, but I'd be shocked if there weren't tickets at the door at least when the box office opens.
Montreal band TOPS are playing 285 Kent tomorrow night as part of a killer bill that includes Blood Orange, Phone Tag and Caged Animals. The four-piece is comprised of most (if not all) of MTL's Silly Kissers who played here a few times over the last few years and were a little on the precious side (they sometimes wore mime makeup). TOPS, however, are more in the Ariel Pink/Puro Instict brand of minimal keyboard pop. Their debut, Tender Opposites, came out this week on Artibus Records, which is also home to Grimes (in Canada). You can download "Turn Your Love Around" at the top of this post and stream the whole thing (and watch the further down.
As you may have read, 285 headliners Caged Animals will open the Official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase on March 14 at Bar 69 which also includes Titus Andronicus, Screaming Females, 2:54, The Young and one more TBA. If you haven't heard their tuneful, charming debut Eat Their Own yet, it's still streamable at their BandCamp. And they're terrific live.
So is Blood Orange, despite it just being Dev Hynes, his guitar and a laptop. I saw him last weekend at Glasslands where he spent as much time in the crowd as he did on stage. I do wish he'd get a band, but the one-man Blood Orange is a lot of fun. I haven't seen Phone Tag in a while, but I dig their brand of '80s synthpop.
Sunday night (3/4) at Bowery Ballroom is the NYC debut of Swedish duo Korallreven, one half of which is The Radio Dept.'s Daniel Tjäder. I like their debut album a lot, all lush, synth-driven dream pop but, like a lot of music like this, I wonder how they're going to make it an interesting concert experience. I envision two guys behind laptops and keyboards bobbing their heads and singing, with some projections and hopefully smoke machines. Maybe they could move the downstairs couches to the main room? Maybe I'm wrong. We'll see. I'm sure it will sound great in any case. If you haven't heard them yet, you can download "Sa Sa Samoa" in regular and remixed form at the top of this post and watch the video at the bottom of this post. Also playing: Lemonade and Young Magic.
Also playing Sunday night, at Cameo, is Bachelorette -- aka New Zealander Annabel Alpers who I think lives here now. Buoyed by Alpers delicate, breathy voice, Bachelorette make ethereal synthpop not miles away from The Magnetic Fields, with whom she's going on tour for seven shows. (All dates at the bottom of this post.) I liked it better when she had a band, but the loop pedal incarnation is pretty lovely too. You can check out a couple videos below or stream her most recent album on Spotify.
Young Prisms at the Comet, Seattle (photo by Finest Kiss)
And looking into early next week, San Francisco's Young Prisms and Austin's Boy Friend are at Glasslands on Monday (3/5). Young Prisms new album, In Between, is out March 27 on Kanine and is a real step forward for the band. Their still mining first-wave shoegaze, but the songs are much stronger this time out with a couple that go for jangly Velocity Girl style pop. They will be very loud I guarantee you. Boy Friend will make a nice opener, with their hazy, 4-AD miasma vibe. You can download MP3s from both bands at the top of this post. Also playing, seemingly from another show, are Alex Bleeker & the Freaks and Tanks Amigo.
That's the big stuff for the next four days. But wait, there's more. Day-by-day picks of things not covered above:
The Young Empires at M for Montreal 2011
FRIDAY, MARCH 2
Like Friendly Fires and Foals? Check out Toronto's Young Empires are at Glasslands, with Saint Motel, Fan-Tan, and Transmission NYC (DJ set).
Expect a wild evening at Death by Audio with "original line-up" Tyvek, plus Habibi, Feelings and the Numerators. Stick-in-the-muds, go see something else!
Boston's pop veterans The Figgs play Littlefield. The band's new double album, The Day Gravity Stopped, is out sometime soon.