Entries tagged with: Blue Hawaii
Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Multi venue UK festival The Great Escape began today (5/15). The big lineup includes Brooklyn's Parquet Courts, Phosphorescent, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, a keynote speech by Billy Bragg, a set by Mikal Cronin who is one of ten acts this year that NME says you have to see, and much more. Head to Brighthelm Center on 5/16 for a show BrooklynVegan is co-presenting with M For Montreal with AA Wallace, Husky Rescue, Blue Hawaii, How to Dress Well, Phantom and Cloud Boat. The flyer for that is below.
In other festival news, Sasquatch is right around the corner, Lollapalooza has announced set times, Bonnaroo announced theirs earlier this month, Austin City Limits recently announced their lineup, Governors Ball recently announced the schedule and is basically sold out, GoogaMooga is this weekend in Prospect Park, and FYF Fest, which recently announced its lineup, goes on sale Thursday.
Our Great Escape flyer is below...
Montreal duo Blue Hawaii will release their debut album, Untogether, next week (3/5) via Arbutus Records. That's the cover art above. Alex Cowan and Braids' Raphaelle Standell-Preston have crafted a lovely record, airy with skittering beats and Raphaelle's otherworldly harmonies. (Aphex Twin covering the Cocteau Twins is an apt, if reductive, description.) You can check out a couple tracks below and stream the entire album at Pitchfork.
Blue Hawaii, who are little more of a party live than on their new record, will spend much of this spring on tour, starting in Austin for SXSW. The pair will then hit the road for a few dates with their Arbutus labelmates Doldrums on the West Coast, followed by a stint opening for Purity Ring. While none of those dates hit NYC, Blue Hawaii will be here next week, having been added to Andrew WK's show at 285 Kent on March 6 that also features DOM, Cities Aviv and DJ Dickpic. Tickets are $16 but include an open Brooklyn Brewery bar.
All dates are listed below...
Blue Hawaii @ CMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Montreal resident Raphaelle Standell-Preston fronts both Braids and Blue Hawaii, but the bands are separate entities with their own musical personalities. Both groups like Mac Demarco, Burial, Majical Cloudz and Born Gold, though, which show up on each group's Top 10 of 2012 list which we have for you here in this post. Like the bands themselves, BRAIDS's list is a little more band-oriented and Blue Hawaii skews more electronic. (Guess which one has Grimes on it?) Both lists are below.
Look out for Blue Hawaii's sophomore album, Untogether (definitely one of my favorite 2013 LPs that I've managed to hear already - Bill), via Arbutus Records on January 22. Braids will have a new album next year too. Both were here for CMJ.
Braids and Blue Hawaii's respective 2012 Top 10 lists are below.
by Bill Pearis
Suuns at Casa Del Popolo, 11/14/2012
The 2012 M for Montreal festival kicked off last night in its namesake city with a pair of conjoined shows at La Sala Rossa and Casa Del Popolo which is just across the street on Saint Laurent Boulevard. The evening began with instrumental quartet Esmerine whose neo-classical sound included cello, an orchestral xylophone (which was sometimes bowed) and elaborate projections that were somewhere between shadow puppet theatre and animation. I have a feeling the short set times M allows (most bands got 25 minutes) was a hindrance for Esmerine whose music hinted at Godspeed builds... but without that type of explosive payoff. Would love to see a proper set.
Blue Hawaii at Casa Del Popolo, 11/14/2012
Next I shuffled across the street to catch duo Blue Hawaii, featuring Raphaelle Standell-Preston from Braids on vocals/loop pedals and Alexander Cowan who manned a bank of samplers. I'd missed them at CMJ (and at our own CMJ show in 2011) and am usually a little wary of electronic acts like this in a live setting but the two managed to be pretty compelling, thanks in no small part to the stage presence of Raph who clearly enjoys being able to move around more, even if her repeated tries at getting the crowd of "international delegates" (journalists, music supervisors, etc) to dance. Certainly the music warranted it, their upcoming album Untogether imagines a world where the Cocteau Twins were produced by The Aphex Twin. There's also a sonic similarity to many of their Abutus Records labelmates (Grimes, D'Eon) but Blue Hawaii have their own sound.
Eight and a Half at Sala Rossa, 11/14/2012
Back over at Sala Rossa, it was Eight and a Half, a project from Dave Hamelin and Liam O'Neil of The Stills along with Justin Peroff of Broken Social Scene. Their debut album came out earlier this year and is pretty good, with the kind of drama the Stills were known but set against throbbing analog synths. Live, it was a little underwhelming though Hamelin gave it his best, still swinging for the bleachers, persona-wise, throwing himself into his guitar in a way maybe the music didn't warrant. Or maybe it was just the crowd.
Mozart's Sister @ Sala Rossa, 11/14/2012
Next up was Mozart's Sister, the solo project from Caila Thompson-Hannant of Think About Life (and Shapes and Sizes before that) which brings and electro twist to R&B style pop. Anyone who has seen her other bands live before knows she has an amazing set of pipes and a magnetic stage presence to match, which is more than enough to carry the minimal live show which included a guy on bass and a second singer (last night was the debut of this configuration). It was also enough to make up for the sound issues that were clearly frustrating the hell out of Thompson-Hannant, who cracked jokes through her annoyance.
by Bill Pearis
The seventh annual M for Montreal festival happens next week (November 14 - 17) in its namesake Canadian city. Previous years, M4M has featured mainly Montreal (and other parts of Canada) artists, being showcased to a group of "international delgates" (talent buyers, journalists, music supervisors, tour agenents and other industry types) in a tightly controlled set of shows, this year's fest expands its scope with nearly 100 performer at 16 venues, giving it more of an actual festival feel than an industry conference that has music showcases the public could by tickets to.
The line-up is much more global this year as well, with musicians from France, Iceland and, for the first time, the United States playing alongside bands from all over Canada. Artists playing the 2012 edition include Death Grips, Of Monsters and Men, Mac DeMarco, Suuns, Mykki Blanco, Sun Airway, A Place To Bury Strangers, Cadence Weapon, Memoryhouse, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Bleeding Rainbow and Blue Hawaii. Full list of performers is below and daily schedule is here and advance tickets to shows and panel discussions are available.
If you want a taste of Montreal this week in NYC, beyond the snow we're currently experiencing, Montreal rapper Cadence Weapon plays Glasslands on Friday (11/9) with Fat Tony. Tickets are still available. Cadence Weapon tour dates are listed below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Blue Hawaii @ Bowery Electric for Sam Mickens CMJ - 10/18/2012
Braids side project Blue Hawaii, who played the 2011 BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase with Braids, have come up a lot on this site since right before CMJ 2012 (which Braids also played). But we haven't yet mentioned "Untogether", their new full length due 1/22/2013 on Arbutus Records. Gorilla Vs. Bear premiered two MP3s off it which you can download above.
Electronic duo (as Jon Pareles referred to them) Blue Hawaii played at least 5 CMJ shows this year, one of which was the official Sam Mickens showcase at Bowery Electric with ZZZ's. We have some pictures of both bands from that show in this post.
Blue Hawaii are still in NYC and play two more shows this weekend. We've mentioned both. Tonight/Friday (10/26) you can find them at Cameo with ARMS and Opossom, and Saturday they open for Grimes at Bowery Ballroom. Those seem to be their only upcoming dates at the moment.
More pictures from Bowery Electric and some streams below...
photos by Chase Turner
Grimes & friends @ Metro in Chicago - 10/23/2012
To quote our photographer Chase Turner, "Grimes played a very sold out show at Metro with openers Myths and Elite Gymnastics. Grimes decorated the stage with children's dolls (Pikachu, Teletubbie, Totoro) and had dancers with green/blue hair with dark face paint crawling around the stage bizarrely." Pictures from that show, which happened Tuesday night in Chicago, are in this post.
Grimes is now in NYC for four sold out shows in a row starting tonight (10/25). Each show has different openers, and they look like this:
THURSDAY: Myths, Mykki BlancoThe middle two shows are at Bowery Ballroom. The first and last are at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
FRIDAY: secret guest, Elite Gymnastics
SATURDAY: Myths, Blue Hawaii
SUNDAY: Elite Gymnastics, Majical Cloudz
I wonder who the unannounced Grimes opener is. More pictures from Chicago below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Opossom @ Public Assembly, 10/20/2012
New Zealand band Opossom were here for multiple shows during last week's CMJ Festival, including the free BV not-CMJ day party at Public Assembly on Saturday (10/20) where they kicked off the second stage action. (Same day as Miguel.) Most articles you read about them mentions that main man Kody Nielson is brother to Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Ruban Nielson (they were both in Mint Chicks) and they get compared to them as well, but I don't think Opossom sound anything like UMO, owing more to a classic pop sound with baroque and psychedelic leanings. They're definitely worth checking out live... which you've got one more chance to do in NYC. Like Popstrangers are doing tonight (10/23), Opossom play Pianos on Wednesday (10/24) and advance tickets are available.
UPDATE: Opossom have cancelled their 10/26 Toronto date and are instead playing another NYC show at Cameo with ARMS and Montreal's Blue Hawaii (members of Braids).
The Pianos show, part of an Opossom tour (dates below), is also with Australia's Teeth & Tongue and Big Scary, two more CMJ holdovers, making this an other-side-of-the-world triple feature. Philadelphia's Grandchildren round out the bill.
More pictures from Opossom's appearance at the BV day party (sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon, Sailor Jerry, Mercy, and Raw Revolution) and tour dates are below and look for the rest of Saturday's line-up of bands soon.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Braids at Pianos, 10/17/2012
Montreal's Braids played their first of three CMJ week shows yesterday (10/17) at Pianos for the Tell All Your Friends day party. This was NYC's
first second taste (they played ATP NY a couple weeks ago) of the the now-trio's new sound that is almost entirely electronic, veering into house, techno and, yes, dubstep. Pictures from their set are in this post.
You have two more chances to see Braids this week, including the BrooklynVegan not-CMJ day party at Public Assembly on Friday (10/19) where they'll headline the front room at 5 PM. Fun starts at noon, and is 100%. Do stop by.
The other show Braids have lined up this week is on Saturday (10/20) at Bowery Ballroom with Weekend, Forma and headliners Wild Nothing. Tickets are still available or you can try and get in with a CMJ badge.
Meanwhile, Blue Hawaii (side project of Braids' Raphaelle Standell-Preston) will be playing some CMJ shows too, including the Sam Mickens CMJ party at Bowery Electric on October 18; the M for Montreal showcase at Arlene's Grocery on October 19; and the Arbutus Records Showcase at Death by Audio on October 20.
More pictures from Braids' Pianos set are below.
It's been about two years since we last heard from Montreal's Valleys who apparently have had a rethink since then. The band (Matilda Perks and Marc St Louis) have dropped the folky elements of their music but kept the ethereal atmophere, adding layers of analog synths to their sound. Valleys new album will be out early next year on Kanine but NYC folk can hear their new sound next week during CMJ. They'll play the Kanine Records day party on Friday at Cameo (10/19, 6 PM) and then Saturday (10/20) afteroon (1:15 PM) at the Pop Montreal day party which is also at Cameo. So if you can tear yourselves away from one of our day parties at Public Assembly those same days (right down N. 6th St.), do stop by and check them out.
The Kanine showcase also has Beach Day, Bleeding Rainbow, Eternal Summers, Zambri, Moon King and Roommates (featuring mems of Surfer Blood and Pop Etc.). The show is free and open to the public and flyer for the show is below.
The Pop Montreal day party line-up also free and open to the public and features Goose Hut, Mozart's Sister, Blue Hawaii, and Solar Year and the flyer for that show is below too.
Braids at ATP NYC 2012 (more by Luiz Ruiz)
Montreal's Braids were just in NYC for ATP and while they were in the area, the closest club date they played was at Hoboken's Maxwell's a few days before ATP. Now they'll be returning to NYC during CMJ for a free, and far more intimate than ATP, show at Pianos on October 17 for the Tell All Your Friends day party. The show starts at noon and Braids are on at 6 PM. Other bands playing including Maus Haus, Blackbird Blackbird, Team Spirit, Solid Gold, Filligar, Triple Hex, Zulu Pearls, and still more. You can see the full list of artists and more details in the flier below.
This show is the only announced date for Braids at the moment.
UPDATE: Braids also play a larger CMJ show at Bowery Ballroom on October 20 with Wild Nothing (more of their dates HERE and HERE), Weekend, and Forma. Tickets to that show go on sale Wednesday (10/10) at noon.
In related news, Raphaelle of Braids' other band, Blue Hawaii will be playing some CMJ shows too, including the Sam Mickens CMJ party at Bowery Electric on October 18 with Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders, TOPS, and ZZZ's. It doesn't look like Sam Mickens is actually playing the show (he's been doing some booking for the venue lately), but you'll have a few chances to catch him playing in NYC this month and next.
After that show, Blue Hawaii will play the M for Montreal showcase at Arlene's Grocery on October 19 with Doldrums, Mozart's Sister, Absolutely Free, Royal Canoe, Plaster, Ariane Mofatt, and TOPS, and the POP Montreal day party at Cameo on October 20 with Goose Hut, Mozart's Sister, Solar Year, Valleys, C T Z N S H P.
Blue Hawaii also play the Arbutus Records Showcase at Death by Audio on October 20 with Doldrums, TOPS, Majical Cloudz, and Eola. As you may know, Arbutus is the label that Grimes was on before signing to 4AD. All the bands playing that DbA show are featured on a mix Arbutus made for CMJ which we're premiering in this post. Check it out, along with its tracklist, below.
As mentioned, Blue Hawaii will open for her in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on October 27 with Myths. Majical Cloudz, who are also on the Arbutus showcase and featured on Grimes' album, will open her show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (10/28) with Elite Gymnastics. All of Grimes' upcoming NYC shows are sold out.
The Braids flier, Arbutus CMJ mix, a song stream, and a list of all Blue Hawaii dates are below.
Doldrums at MHOW last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Doldrums (the project of Airick Woodhead) and Moon King (the project of Airick's brother/collaborator Daniel), who were both just in NYC will return for CMJ. We already know that Doldrums will be playing the Windish showcase at Mercury Lounge on October 17 with Hundred Waters, Strange Talk, High Highs, Mozart's Sister, and more (tickets).
It's now been announced that Doldrums and Moon King will team up for the M for Montreal CMJ showcase on October 19 at Arlene's Grocery. Mozart's Sister (who also shares a bill with Doldrums at the Windish showcase) is on the bill, as is Braids side project Blue Hawaii. The rest of show includes ex-DD/MM/YYYY krautrockers Absolutely Free, Royal Canoe (who are going on tour with Savoir Adore), impressive live dance rock outfit Plaster, TOPS, and Ariane Moffatt. No advance tickets for this one at the moment. You can also try to get in with your CMJ badge.
M For Montreal set times along with a list of all Doldrums dates and a song stream are below.
by Bill Pearis
CMJ just released the third round of artists playing this year's fest which happens in three weeks (October 16 - 20). Names include Dent May (who we already knew about) Penguin Prison, Toronto's Born Ruffians, Erika Spring, Berlin trio Fenster (who were here in March) Chad Valley, Rush Midnight and more. Full list is at the bottom of this post.
Also on the just-added list are Brooklyn's Savoir Adore who will release their new album, Our Nature, the week of CMJ (10/16 specifically). The band recorded it at the same upstate studio as their 2010 debut, In the Wooded Forest, and are self-releasing this one. If the last album was wide-screen pop, the band have gone CinemaScope with Our Nature. It's dancier, more anthemic and brimming with hooks and just plain bigger sounding. Last year's "Dreamers" single (which opens the new album) is a good indicator of what to expect, and you can watch the video for that below along with a stream of album track "Regalia."
Before CMJ, Savoir Adore will play Knitting Factory on October 9 for an Our Nature record release party with Ghost Beach and Royal Canoe. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Those three bands are touring together immediately after and judging by their schedule, their only open day to play CMJ will be 10/16.
The list of all Savoir Adore dates, the list of third round CMJ artists, that song stream and video are below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Raphaelle Standell-Preston of Braids/Blue Hawaii @ MHoW
Like she was when in February, Canada's Raphaelle Standell-Preston was fighting a cold when she returned to NYC to play the BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night (10/21). That didn't stop her from performing at the show twice though! Her electronic and atmospheric duo project Blue Hawaii bravely opened the show to the smallest audience of the night at 7pm (less than one hour after the BV day party at Public Assembly ended right next door). She then sang again at 10pm in Braids, but this time to the largest audience of the night. The room was packed to capacity as Braids performed their "absolutely beautiful" music. Seeming overwhelmed by their grand reception, Raphaelle thanked the crowd over and over as they ended their set and their tour with Pepper Rabbit who played at 8.
There's a rumor that the BV showcase may have been Pepper Rabbit's last show ever. Hopefully that's not true. To quote Hannah Angst, "Pepper Rabbit puts on an amazing show- I love when so few people can make that much noise." Maria Sherman said that, "the best part of [the] pepper rabbit show [was] John Norris screaming every lyric."
After Pepper Rabbit and before Braids, came Active Child who some say stole the show.
After Braids came the final set of the night, and that was from the great San Francisco post-punk band Weekend (I feel like it doesn't need to be written anymore that Weekend is not to be confused with The Weeknd or Weekends, but at least one person asked me to clarify this weekend, so I think I should keep writing it). Metro.us saw Weekend and says:
Bringing your own lights is an effective move that makes you stand out from the thousand other bands. You can better capture what you know as the es-sence of your own music. Weekend brought three long red tube lights to put beside their instruments, evoking electric heaters, warming up their icy goth rock sound.Those lights did look super cool as the band closed out the Friday night show on a very loud note.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by. Sorry if for some reason you couldn't get in! More pictures below...
Braids @ Mercury Lounge (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Though you may have noticed it on Music Hall's site already, I'm excited to announce the lineup of the 2011 BrooklynVegan official CMJ showcase, happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday, October 21st. It looks like this:
7pm Blue HawaiiTickets go on sale today (9/16) at noon, which is also when the BV Holiday show (happening at the same venue) goes on sale. Both will have tickets also available at the Mercury Lounge box office (unless they sell out before you get there), and the CMJ show will of course also let in CMJ badges.
8pm Pepper Rabbit
9pm Active Child
Montreal's Braids (not to be confused with Braid), covered countless times on this site also played a BV-SXSW 2011 party and are currently nominated for the Polaris Award. I'm honored to host them twice in one year.
Blue Hawaii, more of a rarity, is Braids front-woman Raphaelle's solo project. You don't see Blue Hawaii's name on a bill very often, though maybe you just caught them when they opened for Braids at Mercury Lounge on September 6th. Get there early! Raphaelle on stage once is something not to be missed, let alone twice in one night!
Active Child @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Active Child, whose last NYC was a sold out one at Bowery Ballroom just last week, will play an early 9pm set even though they could probably be headlining the night themselves. No lack of BV Active Child posts too if you want to find out more about the LA-based ex-choir boy harp playing artist (Active Child also played a BV SXSW party in March 2010).
Pepper Rabbit also recently shared bills with Braids, though not in NYC where Pepper Rabbit also just headlined their own Mercury Lounge show. Grab the Freelance Whales remix of of their song "Rose Mary Stetch" HERE if you don't have it yet.
Weekend @ BV-SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Last but far from least is Weekend (not to be confused with The Weeknd or Weekends) who also played the same BV SXSW party in 2011 that Braids did (Malajube, who are in NYC now, played that show too). I'm excited to have them back too! To quote one BV contributor who I think speaks for most of us, "Weekend are one of my favorite new bands of the last year." Maybe you just caught them at one of their two packed NYC shows earlier this month. They played both Mercury Lounge and Glasslands with Talk Normal. Download/listen to their new track "Hazel" below.
NOTE: This is one of two official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcases. The other is much heavier and on a boat. Stay tuned for free day party announcements too.
There hasn't been much press surrounding Blue Hawaii and your new album Blooming Summer. Who is Blue Hawaii?I definitely vote for jellybeans when Blue Hawaii opens for Braids at Mercury Loune on September 6th. Tickets are still on sale for the show. Painted Palms are also on the bill, though Braids' tour-mate Pepper Rabbit aren't.
Raph: Blue Hawaii is Alexander Cowan and myself. It's a project that we started when we first met each other. We've been dating for the last while, so it's kind of been, I don't know, I don't how I feel about saying it's like a "love project," but it kind of is, I guess.
The sound you're producing is quite distinct from your other projects. Was it a decision to move away from that or was it just a natural influence?
Raph: It was just a natural influence. Every project that I do really takes on its own sound. Except for a few of the tracks my voice doesn't sound like it does for Braids. It's such a different art form in itself that I become a part of the music. This one was very romantic and wispy, whereas Braids is very urgent and angsty. It was a different part of me, just like Indiensoci is. Indiensoci is very feminine and ethereal.
The live performances of Blue Hawaii feature stylistic elements that are absent from your other projects. Is that adoption part of achieving the blissful aesthetic?
Raph: For sure. Especially lately, coming into my twenties and performing for the last three years, I've become intrigued by the amount of control and freedom that you have as the performer. With Braids, if I were to put on face paint and stuff like that I would just stand out like a sore thumb, and that's not really what Braids is. With Braids, everybody is just wearing jeans and get out of the van and play the show. Blue Hawaii is a bit more of an outlet for the urge in me to explore what it really is to be a performer and to have face paint and to bring all the artistic elements into the performance. I'm excited about it. I want to go even crazier if possible. I want to bring projections and jellybeans.
Blue Hawaii's LP Blooming Summer is out now on Arbutus Records (home of Grimes). You can purchase the album at the Arbutus Records webstore and grab two tracks above. Two more songs are also streaming below.
As mentioned in the interview, Raphaelle also records material as Indiensoci. Grab the Indiensoci track "Besnard" above.
Updated Braids tour dates and songs below...