Entries tagged with: Bonnie Prince Billy
by Andrew Sacher
Back in the early-mid 2000s, Alan Scheurman fronted the underrated Detroit art rock band Rescue, who transitioned from a spastic math rock-inspired band on 2002's Volume Plus Volume to a simmered-down but still eccentric one on their third and final album, Paranoid (2006). After their breakup, he put out the 2008 solo record, Old Patterns, produced by main His Name Is Alive member Warren Defever. (Rescue pianist/violinist Cassandra Verras also joined His Name Is Alive, and other members now play in Child Bite and Jamaican Queens.) And as this very detailed Metro Times article points out, two years later he moved to Brooklyn to embark on a new spiritual path. That same year, "elders of the Wixáritari peoples" gave him the name Santiparro, which Alan says means "the lens that sees many things not usually seen."
Alan also took on Santiparro as his musical moniker, and put out his first album under that name, True Prayer, earlier this year. The album features some impressive guests, including Will Oldham (aka Bonnie 'Prince Billy), TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone, Bear In Haven's Adam Wills, Young Magic's Melati Malay, and NewVillager's Ben Bromley. The result is a highly psychedelic folk album, which you can stream in full below. Also below is the brand new video for the Will Oldham-featuring "The Benefit Of Confrontation," which premieres in this post.
by Andrew Sacher
Bonnie "Prince" Billy (aka Will Oldham) and Watter (mem Grails, Slint) are teaming up as Bonnie Stillwater and will release The Devil Is People next week (4/28) via Termporary Residence Ltd. The title track is out now, and it's got Will Oldham's unmistakeable voice over some laid-back, trippy psych rock. It sounds great -- check it out below.
To celebrate the new album, Bonnie Stillwater are teaming up with the beer company Stillwater Artisanal Ales, and will do pop-up shows at five different NYC bars on Saturday (4/25), playing one song at each. They'll hit Jimmy's No. 43, Cooper's Craft & Kitchen, Fool's Gold, Spuyten Duyvil, and The Well, and each bar will have the Bonnie Stillwater record and Stillwater beer available to purchase. Chavez's Matt Sweeney (who's played with Oldham before) is drumming at these. The schedule for when they'll be at which bar is on the flyer below.
Then, on Sunday night (4/26), the members of Bonnie Stillwater will head to The Studio at Webster Hall for a free party that they're DJing.
In related news, Bonnie "Prince" Billy released a split 7" with Dutch singer/songwriter broeder Dieleman last week for Record Store Day. You can watch the video for Bonnie's stripped-down, somber "Gloria" from that split, with the Bonnie Stillwater song stream and flyer, below...
photo: Dirty Projectors in Chicago in 2013 (more by Stan Golovchunk)
André de Ridder of Berlin collective Stargaze will be conducting Ensemble LPR at their homebase, LPR aka Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday (3/11) for the premieres of two new pieces by indie musicians. One is by Mica Levi of Micachu & the Shapes and the other is by David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors. Both Longstreth and Levi will be in attendance but will not be performing. Tickets are on sale.
Dirty Projectors are also on the new MusicNOW - 10 Years compilation with Sufjan Stevens, Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold, Grizzly Bear, Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, My Brightest Diamond, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Sharon Van Etten and more. The comp is a collection of recordings from Bryce Dessner's MusicNOW Festival. This year's takes place this week, March 11-15. The comp is out today (3/10) and you can stream six of its tracks below.
Mount Eerie at LPR in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mount Eerie doesn't have a full tour scheduled at the moment, but he'll be playing a couple festivals this year, as well as a NYC show on September 24 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
One of the fests is the Harvest Records 10th Anniversary in Asheville this August (lineup), and the other is this week's Unknown Music Series in Anacortes, WA. It takes place at various Washington venues, including The Unknown (where Mount Eerie plays), from Friday (7/18) through Sunday (7/20). The festival also features Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Broken Water, Hive Dwellers, LAKE, O Paon, Mecca Normal, Lori Goldston (who was Nirvana's cellist), a performance of Blocks Recording Club co-founder Steve Kado's 2003 (which featured Owen Pallett), and more. In addition to Mount Eerie's performance, main member Phil Elverum will also be showcasing his art book Dust. Tickets, full lineup and more info at the festival's website.
Mount Eerie's last release was 2013's Pre-Human Ideas, "computerized demonstration versions recorded Nowhere by Phil Elverum between 2011 and 2013, plus 2 excerpted organs from other songs recorded at the UNKNOWN in Anacortes, Wash." Stream that, with a video of him playing a couple favorites from The Microphones' classic The Glow Pt. 2, below...
To celebrate the 1980-1990 period of Bob Dylan's career, ATO Records will release Bob Dylan in the 80s: Vol. 1 on March 25. The tribute compilation was put together by producers Jesse Lauter (Elvis Perkins, The Low Anthem) and Sean O'Brien (Dawes, PAPA), and features covers by Built to Spill, Deer Tick, The Hold Steady's Craig Finn, Gene Ween & Slash, Glen Hansard, Dawn Landes & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Blitzen Trapper, Yellowbirds, Ivan & Alyosha, Reggie Watts, Elvis Perkins, Lucius and more. Listen to Built to Spill's take on "Jokerman" from the compilation, with the full tracklist, below.
The new compilation will be celebrated with a record release show in NYC the day before its release at Music Hall of Williamsburg (3/24). The show will feature Dylan's music performed by some of the artists on the album, including John & Ian of Deer Tick, Elvis Perkins, Langhorne Slim, Dawn Landes, Yellowbirds, Hannah Cohen and members of Tea Leaf Green. The lineup also includes Spirit Family Reunion (who are not on the album) and "special guests." Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (2/28) at noon.
Stream Built to Spill's "Jokerman" cover with the album tracklist, below...
by Klaus Kinski
If the great Neil Hamburger schedules a date in the New York City area, you can bet your jorts-wearing ass that your man Klaus will be there. I can think of no more enjoyable way to spend an evening than consuming alcohol without interruption in a darkened club and thrilling to the rapid-fire vulgarity of a Neil Hamburger stand-up set. For the uninitiated, Neil Hamburger brings to the stage an immense library of "What do you call a," "Why did," and "How many" quick-to-the-punchline jokes delivered by a velour-suited, washed-up, alcohol-decimated specter of a lounge comedian. It is truly brilliant. Anywhoozle, Neil announced a shit-ton of dates a while back but didn't have any scheduled for NYC... UNTIL NOW. It has just been announced that Neil Hamburger will be performing at the Bowery Ballroom on Saturday November 9. Tickets go on sale Friday (5/31) at noon.
Neil has several supporting acts that vary throughout his tour. Some folks get Bonnie Prince Billy (!). Some folks get Major Entertainer Mike H. Other folks, including NYC, get Tim Heidecker. We also get comedian-ventriloquist, and all-around super awesome lady Carla Rhodes. I am not entirely sure what to expect from a Tim Heidecker solo gig, but as a fan of his I am excited nonetheless. Complete Hamburger tour dates are below.
Speaking of Tim Heidecker, his better half, Eric Wareheim, has just dropped yet another balls out insanely great music video. This time it's for Major Lazer track "Bubble Butt" (feat. Bruno Mars, 2 Chainz, Tyga & Mystic). You can watch that insanity below. Bye!
Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.
Initial lineup below...
Phosphorescent at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
As mentioned, Newport Folk Festival is returning this year to Fort Adams State Park from July 26 to 28, and since we last spoke, the lineup has been revealed. This year's fest includes Beck, The Avett Brothers, Feist, Jim James, Colin Meloy, Andrew Bird, The Mountain Goats (who just announced a tour), Father John Misty, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Dawn McCarthy, Justin Townes Earle, Felice Brothers, Jason Isbell, Amanda Palmer, Phosphorescent, Beth Orton, John McCauley, Michael Kiwanuka, Lord Huron, Frank Turner, Black Prairie, Langhorne Slim, TIft Merritt, Spirit Family Reunion, Blake Mills, Houndmouth, Cold Specks, and others, plus more TBA.
Speaking of the Rough Trade-signed, Lumineers-like Houndmouth, you have two chances to catch them in NYC this week before they become as big as the Lumineers. They're at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (4/10) and Rockwood Music Hall on Thursday (4/11).
Full initial Newport Fest lineup below...
As mentioned, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy teamed up with past collaborator Dawn McCarthy (of Faun Fables) for an album of Everly Brothers covers, What the Brothers Sang, which is out now on Drag City. A "behind the scenes" video of that album is below.
Bonnie and Dawn are supporting that album with a tour this summer surrounding Newport Folk Festival which hits NYC on July 29 at Town Hall. That show and a few others will be supported by The Murphy Beds. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/29) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with that video, below...
photos by Sachyn Mital
Bonnie "Prince" Billy @ The Allen Room, 2/7/2013
As you prepare to perform in the "American Songbook" series, what does the notion of the "American songbook" mean to you?Is there a more spectacular NYC locale for a show than The Allen Room in Lincoln Center? Only falling snow could have made a better postcard last night (2/7) when Bonnie "Prince" Billy (aka Will Oldham) played as part of the 2013 American Songbook Series. Will played mainly alone, with a few covers thrown in amongst his originals, but was joined by collaborators Matt Sweeney on guitar and Ryan McNair on melodica for a few songs. It was a conversational evening in general, with Oldham stopping in the middle of songs to tell a story -- like one of him meeting Connie Britton (aka Tami Taylor on Friday Night Lights) at a party, and pulled out a picture with her as evidence -- and even led the crowd in a group singalong.
I would like to think that certain songs find relationships with other songs in the ear of the listener. I think it means that there's a group of songs that people know or are familiar with outside the context of any particular artist that become ingrained in people's perception of their culture.
Is there something particularly "American" about it?
To some extent, the reception of all the songs we've gotten a chance to hear over our lives and the lives of people throughout the history of recorded music are commercially recorded releases. So the "American songbook" is characterized by the American music business and how that business has been run over the last 100 years. Of course, the music business reacts to our hybrid culture. I don't think the United States is unique in that its popular music reflects a common denominator of a diverse population. But our diverse population, of course, is uniquely ours. - [WSJ]
Check out more pictures and the evening's setlist from The Allen Room below...
by Bill Pearis
Will Oldham and Colm O'Leary in 'New Jerusalem'
When not making records, Will Oldham has been known to act occasionally, most memorably in the 2006 indie drama Old Joy, though he has roles stretching back to John Sayles' 1987 film Matewan. His latest is New Jerusalem and his first starring role since Old Joy. The synopsis:
Sean, an Irish immigrant to America, returning from military service in Afghanistan, finds his heart and mind in disarray. He befriends IKE, (Will Oldham, in his first leading roll since Old Joy) a strong willed Evangelical Christian, who endeavors to ensure the fragile Seanʼs salvation. A meditation on mutual need and frailty, New Jerusalem explores the allure and limitations of modern utopian belief.You can watch the trailer for the film below. New Jerusalem opens in NYC today (11/30) where it is showing at Videology in Wiliamsburg though December 6. Tickets are on sale. Co-star Colm O'Leary will be in attendance at tonight screenings, and at Saturday's (12/1) screenings will have O'Leary, director Rick Alverson and producer Courtney Bowles. If you can't make it to one of the screenings, New Jerusalem is also available to download via iTunes and other digital outlets.
In other Videology news, I am helping progam (and host) the bar/cafe/theater's new Music Mondays series which kicks off this Monday (12/3) with Penelope Spheeris' essential 1981 L.A. punk documentary Decline of Western Civilization which remains unavailable on DVD (as does it's hair metal sequel). We're pairing Decline with the infamous "punk rock" episode of NBC series Quincy, "Next Stop, Nowhere," which has to be seen to be believed. Trailers and clipsfor both are below. The screening starts at 9:30 (New Jerusalem shows at 7 PM) and is FREE. We're still figuring out the rest of the schedule for Music Mondays (and how often they'll happen) but Videology's screening schedule is here.
And speaking of Rick Alverson, it's one of two movies he currently has in theaters, the other being The Comedy, which BrooklynVegan presented a free screening of a few weeks back and opens in Austin tonight. It will also be showing at Videology from December 14 - 20.
Bonnie "Prince" Billy (aka Will Oldham) recently put out a Christmas song and has live shows coming out too.
Trailers and clips from New Jerusalem, The Comedy, Decline of Western Civilization and the "punk rock" Quincy episode are below.
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy (aka Will Oldham) released his first ever holiday release this week (11/20) with past collaborator Dawn McCarthy (of Faun Fables), the "Christmas Eve Can Kill You"/"Walking the Dog" single. The songs were recorded in Nashville with Emmett Kelly, Dave Roe, Kenny Malone, Billy Contreras, David Ferguson (who also recorded the tracks) and Matt Sweeney. Will's brother Paul mastered the tracks. You can check out the video for the a-side below and order the single in 7" viny and digital formats at the Drag City webstore.
WIll and Dawn also have a full length record of Everly Brothers covers, What the Brothers Sang, on February 9 via Drag City.
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy also has some dates coming up in 2013, including the previously discussed NYC show at Lincoln Center on February 7, which is part of the American Songbook 2013 Season. Tickets for that show are still available.
A list of all dates and that video, below.
by Bill Pearis
Bonnie Prince Billy at ATP NY 2011 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Lincoln Center's acclaimed series American Songbook returns to the Allen Room (truly one of the most amazing concert settings in NYC) in January for its fifteenth season, which celebrates "the diversity of modern American song." The 2013 season kicks of January 30 with Lea Salonga and includes Bonnie "Prince" Billy on February 7, Sondre Lerche (who isn't American but lives in Brooklyn these days) on February 13, Mavis Staples on February 14, Tom Morello performing "The Nightwatchman" on February 16, Lost in the Trees on February 28, and more.
Additionally, there will be "six special concerts in the exceptionally intimate setting of the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, perched high above the Lincoln Center campus" beginning with Lindsay Mendez & Marco Paguia on March 29 and concluding with Ben Sollee on April 20.
Tickets to the American Songbook series go on sale November 13 but Friends of Lincoln Center can purchase starting Monday, November 5.
Full American Songbook line-up/schedule and a video of Ben Sollee playing "A Few Honest Words" at the Lincoln Memorial are below.
Alt-J at Glasslands, 8/7/2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
today in NYC
* Big Terrific @ Cameo
* John and Scott @ UCB
* Ben Gerstein @ Barbes
* ZZ Top @ Beacon Theater
* Dragonette @ Webster Hall
* Luciana Souza @ Joe's Pub
* Miguel Frasconi @ The Stone
* Azure Ray, Soko @ City Winery
* Alt-J, JBM @ Bowery Ballroom
* Brazilian Girls @ The Bell House
* Echosuite,Sophie Auster @ Mercury Lounge
* WIERD w/ Merchandise @ Home Sweet Home
* AAnnea Lockwood, Miguel Frasconi @ The Stone
* Firewater, Skeleton Key @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Animal Tropical, Jag, Mechanical River @ Cake Shop
* Indian Rebound, The Denzels, Fast Years @ Muchmore's
* Holly Miranda, Julia Haltigan, Kendra Morris @ Zebulon
* Yeasayer, Tanlines, Daedelus @ Central Park Summerstage
* Dawn Landes, Henry Wolfe, Christina Courtin @ The Rock Shop
* Tenement, Vacation, Swearin', Space Trash @ Brooklyn Fireproof
* Icona Pop, Heartsrevolution (DJ Set), Punches @ Santos Party House
* Sarah Silverman, Katina Corrao, The Lucas Brothers, Brent Sullivan @ BAM
* Dead Prez, Lushlife, Iron Solomon, DJ Total Eclipse, Gen.Erik @ Public Assembly
* Chelsea Light Moving, Steve Gunn, White Out @ 285 Kent Avenue
* Andre Obin, Beacon, Braille, D. Gookin, Foxes in Fiction, Heathered Pearls, Jacob 2-2, Teeel @ Glasslands
Tampa, Florida's gloomy, romantic (and BV faves) Merchandise play the WIERD party at Home Sweet Home tonight. Word of warning: things get started late there. They'll also play 538 Johnson on Thursday (9/13) and Saint Vitus on Friday (9/14) and will be back for CMJ.
Thurston Moore's new band, Chelsea Light Moving, play their first NYC show at 285 Kent tonight.
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Paul Thomas Anderson's new film, The Master, opens on Friday (9/14) and like his last film There Will Be Blood, it features a score by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood. You can stream the soundtrack below via Spotify.
Bonnie "Prince" Billy released a new animated video for his song "Time to Be Clear" and you can watch that below.
The Raveonettes' new album, Observator, came out this week and the band just released a new video from it, "The Enemy," which you can watch below.
Stevie Nicks came to "CBS This Morning" yesterday (7/11) for an on-air interview, during which she revealed that Fleetwood Mac plan to reunite "next year, so far." "It's the plan. Because that's what we do. I do my thing. And Lindsey (Buckingham is) out doing his thing now." During that interview, Stevie also spoke about the recent suicide of Fleetwood Mac member Bob Welch, saying "I can't even tell you what in the world would have pushed him to do something that crazy."
Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham are both currently on their own solo tours. Stevie hit the NYC area a few times in the past month, including Beacon Theater and she plays tonight (7/12) at Mohegan Sun in CT. Lindsey's tour is ongoing as well, and it hit NYC back in June for a show at BB King's.
As mentioned, there's also a Fleetwood Mac tribute in the works which comes on August 14 and features covers by mostly indie rock artists. Since we last wrote, many of those covers have surfaced on the internet. 10 of the 17 total covers are streaming below, including Lee Ranaldo Band and J Mascis' "Albatross," Antony's "Landslide," Billy Gibbons & Co.'s "Oh Well," Best Coast's "Rhiannon," The New Pornographers' "Think About Me," Lykke Li's "Silver Springs," Karen Elson (produced by Beck)'s "Gold Dust Woman," Matt Sweeney and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's "Storms," MGMT's "Future Games," and The Kills' "Dreams."
Those streams and lists of all Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham dates are below...
Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5 in Feb 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Sleigh Bells and The Kills will separately headline two Converse City Carnage concerts/skateboard events happening at Hudson River Park. The Sleigh Bells show happens Saturday July 21 and is with Jel and Mr. Dream; The Kills show happens August 18 and is with Black Bananas and Viva Viva.
Both shows are free but you do need physical tickets which can be ordered via Ticketmaster on June 22 starting at noon. You can also pick up tickets at Converse's Soho and Garden State Plaza retail locations.
Both shows are part of two-day events. The skateboarding part will take place on Fridays (July 20, August 17) and features Converse Skateboarding Ambassadors Kenny Anderson, Nick Trapasso, along with the entire Converse Skateboarding team. You can read more about it here. Leading up to City Carnage, Hudson River Park's Pier 62 Skate Park will get a facelift courtesy the sneaker folks.
The City Carnage show is part of Sleigh Bells expanded summer tour and all current dates -- some of which are opening for Refused -- are listed below.
In related news, The Kills are featured on a new Fleetwood Mac tribute album titled Just Tell Me That You Want Me. The Kills tackle karaoke favorite "Dreams" and elsewhere on the compilation you can hear Mac songs covered by Lee Ranaldo & J Mascis, Antony, New Pornographers (streaming below), Washed Out, Matt Sweeny & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Best Coast, Lykke Li, Craig Wedren & St. Vincent, Tame Impala, MGMT and more. The album's out August 14 -- tracklisting and bad cover art is below.
Angel Olsen at Glasslands in 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Chicago's Angel Olsen is in Brooklyn for two shows this week including Glasslands TONIGHT (4/4) with Sufjan/Sharon Van Etten collaborator Cat Martino, Doe Paoro , and Knox. Tickets for tonight's show are available.
Angel also plays another Brooklyn show at Littlefield on Sunday (4/8) with Companion, Emily Reo, and Alex Drewchin. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Angel Olsen is working on a new album which will be out sometime this year on Bathetic, who released Strange Cacti on vinyl last year. You can stream a track from Strange Cacti at the Bathetic website or listen to the whole album on Spotify. Below, check out a solo performance of the song "Barrier of Bodies," which will "most likely be on her record to come." For her NYC shows, Angel will be joined by Emmet Kelly on bass, guitar, and vocals and guitarist Leroy Bach will also join them both at Glasslands tonight.
Speaking of Will Oldham collaborators, the mostly David Byrne-produced soundtrack for This Must Be The Place has finally been given a release date (4/23), which he and David Byrne contributed multiple songs to under the name The Pieces of Shit. Check out the track, "Open Up," by The Pieces of Shit below. Other contributors to the soundtrack include Jonsi & Alex, Iggy Pop, and Julia Kent (who plays Issue Project Room with Julia Holter during Unsound later this month).
Will Oldham also wrote a book called Will Oldham on Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, which according to the NYTimes, "answers nearly every question one might wish to ask about his prolific output." Here's what he has to say about the moniker Bonnie 'Prince' Billy:
"Bonnie Prince Billy is such a ridiculous name. It had no preconceptions to it; nobody could say what the music was going to be like on hearing the name. But it turned the music into an individual, which seemed to be what everyone -- the audience, or at least the people that I was forced to talk to about the music -- was seeking. They were seeking some sort of individual responsible for things, and I was just like, 'O.K. We'll make one up. One who doesn't really exist, and therefore I can continue to feel confident that there is no individual responsible for things, but you can think that there is one!'"Read more excerpts from the book at NYTimes.
All dates for Angel (and Doe Paoro too), video, and song stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Mariee Sioux - "Loveskulls" (MP3)
Californian folk singer Mariee Sioux released her first official full length, Faces in the Rocks (which you can help her buy back the rights to), in 2007 on the now-defunct Grass Roots Record Co. It's a delicate, flute-filled psychedelic folk album with finger picked guitar and airy vocals recalling the work of rediscovered '60s/'70s artists like Vashti Bunyan and Linda Perhacs. Now, five years later, she's finally set to release its followup, Gift for the End. The album's already out in Europe and it comes out in the US on April 17, as the first release for Brooklyn label Whale Watch Records.
Though the strong presence of the flute that populated Faces in the Rocks is missed on Gift for the End, the album is an equally strong example of Mariee's ability to craft bare, dreamy folk that captivates from start to finish. Stream three album tracks, "Homepathic," "Ghosts In My Heart," and "Swimming Through Stone," below, where you'll also find the album's artwork and tracklist.
Mariee is touring in support of the album this month and next in Europe. No North American dates have been announced yet, but a note on her website reads, "Pardon my french. Americans, we're coming back for you late Summer & Fall..." Hopefully we'll be getting a NYC date on that tour. All European dates are listed below.
Mariee Sioux also recently released a collaborative EP with Bonnie 'Prince' Billy (Will Oldham), who she's opened for in her home state. The EP, appropriately titled Bonnie & Mariee, came out physically last month and digitally the month before. On the EP, Bonnie and Mariee are joined by an impressive group of musicians, including Paz, Nate Walcott, Jonathan Wilson, Farmer Dave Scher, Derek James and Dave Brennen. Their voices and musical styles blend really well together and it's great hearing them backed by a Crazy Horse styled backing band. Grab the track "Loveskulls" at the top of this post, or stream it below with the EP's artwork and tracklist.
All dates, streams, artwork and tracklists below...
"I make a lot of coffee," James Murphy told NY Mag in an interview after the movie's premiere. "For my birthday, my girlfriend got me a training course with the world champion. That's what I'm going to do when I get back to London."Yet another one! Joining Wilco, David Lynch, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, and Starfucker in the coffee business is former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy.
Most recently done by Bonnie 'Prince' Billy with his limited edition "Bonny Billy Blend" from Kona Rose Coffee (available for purchase via Drag City), Murphy is planning on reiterating the trend with his own espresso blend.
According to Murphy himself, he plans to "just go to a roaster who lives near me and just start tweaking beans and temperatures," for the fun of it.
He loves coffee so much, he's releasing the hits, "Never As Tired As When I'm Waking Up (Without Coffee)", "Disco Percolator", and "Bean Connection."
Well, not really, but James is keeping busy in the art world too. The LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22. Billboard reports:
The film is reminscent of Martin Scorsese's "The Last Waltz" (1978), about rock group The Band's final show, in that it documents an influential group's guest star-laden final live performance and largely focuses on the frontman (in "Waltz's" case, Robbie Robertson). When asked during a post-screening Q&A about trying to best Waltz, Murphy joked: "I was just like, 'that chump Robbie Roberston, I'm gonna take him --'"In the film, Murphy is often shown "crouched by an espresso machine," depicting his love of coffee, and inspiration for his blend.
Going into the project, Murphy said he was aware of the thematic similarities with "Waltz." "We all talked about it. Knowing that it is there, you can't not deal with it," he said.
And, "Shut Up and Play the Hits" was just one of two movies Murphy was involved with at Sundance this year. He also stars in The Comedy along with Bonnie Prince Billy's Drag City labelmate Neil Hamburger, Tim Heidecker (of Tim & Eric who also premiered another movie at Sundance), Eric Wareheim (of Tim & Eric who also premiered another movie at Sundance), Matador-signed comedian Jeffrey Jensen, Will Sheff (of Okkervil River), and many more. The film was directed by the Jagjaguwar-signed Rick Alverson, and the indie label is also involved with the film. Check out a clip with James,Tim & Eric below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
For those who experienced and loved ATP America's festivals in Monticello, NY, it may have been difficult to imagine how a change of location, from upstate New York to the New Jersey shore, could possibly improve and enhance the unique and uncanny event that it was known to be. Well, it has.---
Friday afternoon the fans, followers and leaders of All Tomorrow's Parties arrived in Asbury Park, NY, a town that only five or so years ago was known for its high crime rate and abandoned boardwalk. It's likely that this decadence, however, is precisely what draws the festival and its goers to a new spot on the map, a mere hour south of New York City. Although the rain dampened the ground here at Asbury Park, it did not extinguish the ATP fire that was sparked on stage by Chavez, Reggie Watts with his knee-slapping musical spoofs (ironically fit for a music festival), event regulars Shellac, Hannibal Buress and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, The Album Leaf and the absorbing Jeff Mangum (of Neutral Milk Hotel). -[Dossier]
Here is a full set of pictures I'll Be Your Mirror Friday. They continue below...
The Hold Steady @ McCarren Pool, 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
today in NYC
* Brooklyn Book Fest
* Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest
* Roland Auzet @ The Stone
* Avan Lava @ Cameo Gallery
* Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
* Led Zeppelin 2 @ Gramercy Theatre
* Ghostland Observatory @ Terminal 5
* D Generation, The Biters @ Irving Plaza
* The Men, Vaz, Pygmy Shrews @ Saint Vitus
* "Brooklyn Indie Music Fest" @ Littlefield
* Patrick Wolf, Justin Bond @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Hanni El Khatib, Free Blood @ Mercury Lounge
* Widespread Panic @ Williamsburg Waterfront
* Dave Matthews Band Caravan @ Randall's Island
* The Hold Steady, Caveman @ Beekman Beer Garden
* Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, John Zorn @ Roulette
* Frankie Rose, Dirty Beaches, Lantern @ Glasslands
* Strange Rivals, Ohnomoon, Spirit People @ The Gutter
* Oxblood, Battle Cry, Fed Up, Offensive Weapon @ Europa
* Urfaust, Krallice, Black Anvil, Ruin Lust @ Union Pool
* Barn Owl, Gunn/Truscinski Duo, Noveller @ Shea Stadium
* Starfucker, Beat Connection, Alexico @ Bowery Ballroom
* Javelin, Prince Rama, Amil Byleckie Band @ 285 Kent Ave
* Jovita Zaehl, Philipp Kronbichler, Martha Cluver @ The Stone
* Diamond Terrifier, Dan Friel, No Babies, Nymph @ Death By Audio
* LTJ Bukem, MC T.R.A.C., PLACE 42 Ft Jett, Stunna @ Brooklyn Bowl
* the NOTORIOUS MSG, Wolf's Blood/Earth A.D, The Dirty Shames @ Southpaw
* Sick of It All, Suicidal Tendencies @ Crazy Donkey (Farmingdale)
* The Boston Strangler, Waste Management, Beware, Brain Slug @ The Acheron
* Malajube, Les Sans Culottes, Johnny Chan & The New Dynasty 6 @ The Rock Shop
* Easter Vomit, Air Waves, Heaven's Gate, La Defense, ACLU Benefit @ Bruar Falls
* Hunx and His Punx, Natural Child, The Beets, Making Friendz @ Knitting Factory
* Drawn and Quartered, Disma, Mortal Decay, Mausoleum, Death Sick, Mutant Supremacy @ Cake Shop
* Saritote, Taku Unami, Takahiro Kawaguchi, Annette Krebs, Taku Sugimoto (Minor Musics Japan) @ Issue Project Room
* Forro in the Dark, Karsh Kale, Garth Stevenson (Wanderlust Williamsburg: A Live Yoga & Music Experience) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
If you were able to get a ticket, don't forget to get over the Beekman Beer Garden early tonight. Beach opens at noon. Doors at 6. Caveman on at 8. The Hold Steady on at 9.
If metal is more your thing, we're also presenting Urfaust, Krallice & Black Anvil at Union Pool.
Check out This Week in Indie for more.
ACL is this weekend in Austin and streaming.
PaperGarden Records is hosting this event at 104 emerson place in Brooklyn...
Multiverse Playground part III: an exploration into the evolution of music, art and comedy, has come at last! Featuring over 19 acts including bands, special guest DJs, visual artists, and comedians, Multiverse Playground's 3rd installment delivers a collaborative and community-driven, multimedia event of epic proportions.The flyer is below.
Musically, we have brought an array of acts, both within and outside of the Paper Garden roster. Showcasing Paper Garden Records' Pree and Little Tybee, we have also brought on outside guest DJ sets from Bear Hands, Delicate Steve, and DJ Bearbait (Pattern Is Movement) as well as performances from Snowmine, Twi The Humble Feather, ARMS, Team Genius, EULA, Caged Animals, Data Dog, Afuche, Whale Belly, Lowell, Progress, and Marra Barr.
In addition, we will have comedy sets from Chris Betts and Aaron Kominos-Smith (Funny Aaron) amongst visual art from Ugly Art Room, PBR Art, and more.
Throughout the day, we have invited sponsors from some of the best up-and-coming music-related tech startup companies to join us and create fun and interactive ways to use their services. We'll be joined by the lovely folks from Thinglink, Grooveshark, and Livetapp.
Oh, and did we mention FREE BEER from PBR and FREE VITAMINWATER yet? Because yeah, that's happening too!
$8 suggested donation, 12 noon till 11pm
New Bonnie Prince Billy video for new song "Quail and Dumplings" below...
All Tomorrow's Parties returns to the USA this September in the new location of Asbury Park, N.J. bringing an I'll Be Your Mirror event to the iconic waterfront. For the inaugural U.S. I'll Be Your Mirror, Portishead will curate and headline their firrst East Coast shows since 1998 on the Saturday & Sunday.Say that all three times fast. All three day pass options are still on sale. More details on all ATP ticket options are below.
As well as Day Tickets, ATP have to date been selling two types of weekend pass - "Three Day Jeff Mangum" passes that include Jeff Mangum's Friday show and guarantee access to one of the Portishead shows (as well as everything else at the festival) and "Three Day Portishead" passes that do not give access to Jeff's Friday show but give guaranteed access to both Portishead shows as well as the rest of the festival. Today we announce a third type of weekend pass...
Portishead have invited Jeff to play an extra show on the Sunday night of the festival. Therefore this week we release new "Three Day Jeff Mangum Sunday Passes" - these give access to all three days of the festival to passholders who will see Jeff Mangum on the Sunday night and are guaranteed to see one of the two Portishead shows. The original Three Day passes for the event are now called "Three Day Jeff Mangum Friday Passes."
That means Jeff is playing Asbury Park three times, twice during the actual festival (see above), and, as you know, once on Monday (10/3) at Paramount Theatre (the day after ATP and not actually part of the fest itself). The Monday show has been sold out for a while now, but ATP are releasing a few more tickets for it. "To buy email firstname.lastname@example.org with JEFF MONDAY TICKETS in subject line, and tell us how many tickets you want. We will respond as soon as possible. Payments must be made by Paypal." A Hawk and a Hacksaw (ft. Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeremy Barnes) open the show.
ATP NJ has a few other lineup additions including Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 (they first reunited to play the Animal Collective ATP that recently happened in the UK), avant guitar hero Marc Ribot, avant sax hero Colin Stetson, avant comedian Reggie Watts, and others. Also: "Today we are also very pleased to announce that in conjunction with The Jonathan Levine Gallery, renowned artist SHEPARD FAIREY (who has created the art for this event and will also DJ) will be presenting an exhibition of his art over the weekend entitled Revolutions: The Album Cover Art of Shepard Fairey. More details of the exhibition will be conﬁrmed soon."
The updated lineup is below, along with updated Jeff Mangum tour dates (he added a few other shows recently too)...
DOWNLOAD: Doug Paisley - "Always Say Goodbye" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Doug Paisley - "Don't Make Me Wait" featuring Leslie Feist (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Old Calf - "Peacock" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Old Calf - "Bonnie Cuckoo" (MP3)
Doug Paisley's Constant Companion; album art
Doug Paisley kicks off a string of East Coast dates in Toronto tonight, June 4th, making his way to Brooklyn to play the Rock Shop on June 8th with Old Calf aka Ned Oldham (also of The Anomoanon), the first of a string of shows that the pair will do together. Tickets are on sale for the Brooklyn show which will also feature Hans Chew.
Both Old Calf and Doug Paisley are touring behind new recorded efforts courtesy of No Quarter. Old Calf's Borrow A Horse was released in April and features both "Peacock" and "Bonnie Cockoo" available for download above. Doug Paisley's LP Constant Companion was released last year, and features guest appearances from the lovely Leslie Feist. Check out one Feist-blessed track "Don't Make Me Wait" above, alongside "Always Say Goodbye", and another Feist guesting track "What I Saw" streaming below. Side note: Doug has also collaborated with Ned's brother Will. Bonnie Prince has also covered Doug.
All of Doug's tour dates and that song stream below.
"Charity rock....that's not quite right. Charitable rock? Hmmm...anyway, Bonny and Cairo and Ben and Pete and Rachel and Cassie and Peter and Billy and Mark are bringing the message to you with this one, talking about God on both sides. Then they're playing for you and you're giving back to them, and they're giving back to Save Our Gulf (a Waterkeeper Alliance campaign) and The Turtle Hospital. Help maintain the waterways! And they say there is no God...."To quote Drag City, ""There Is No God" b/w "God Is Love" is the new single from Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and features the musical talents of Emmett Kelly, Ben Hall, Pete Cummings, Peter Townsend, Billy Contreras, Cassie Berman and Rachel Korine. The songs were recorded by Mark Nevers and mastered by Paul Oldham. Profits from the sale of these recordings will go to the Save Our Gulf and the Turtle Hospital to support efforts to clean up and maintain waterways and the lives dependent upon them."
Listen to/watch the video for "There Is No God", below.
That one's not out till June 21, 2011 via Drag City. Meanwhile pick up a limited copy of "The Mindeater", "a collaborative project birthed by ever-prolific Drag City recording artist Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Dominic Cipolla, multi-instrumentalist and main brain behind the elusive Phantom Family Halo." It's out now on "on vinyl from Sophomore Lounge. A corresponding CD/digital version will be available from our friends at Partisan Records in summer of 2011."
Bonnie plays Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago tonight (5/23), and then kicks off a free in-store tour of Florida on Wednesday. His other upcoming dates include ATP in NJ at the end of September. All dates are also below...
How were the Will Oldham audiobook readings that book place in NYC yesterday?
Will's Drag City labelmate Ed Askew is performing at the Suffolk tonight (4/30). It's his only scheduled date (at the moment) before he hits the road in July with his Drag City labelmate Bill Callahan. Ed opens for Bill at both Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both shows are still on sale. All tour dates are listed below...