Entries tagged with: Born Gold
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.
Grimes @ Mercury Lounge - 3/23/2012 (early show)
Immediately upon walking into the Mercury Lounge last night, for the 2nd of two Grimes shows, I was hit by a disorienting whir of blinking lights and pulsating electro-pop. It was the last song by Born Gold (formerly Gobble Gobble), and no theatrics were spared, down to garden shovel guitars, light-bulb studded jacket sleeves and odd, choreographed movements involving illuminated decorative fans. The wild, cacophonous final minutes of the performance were a lot to process as I fought to secure a clear sight line through the thick crowd. But the blissful visual and aural barrage emanating from the stage made me wish I had caught more of the set.
With hardly any time to rest since her earlier set, Grimes (i.e., Claire Boucher) emerged on stage for the second time of the evening. She snapped a few photographs of the sold-out crowd and was preparing to launch into her first song when she suddenly stopped herself and in rapid-fire-speak, briefed the crowd on her voice. "Oh yeah! Here's the thing. I'm like really sick. I was puking for a couple of days, and I had a really sore throat. So I'm really bad at hitting the high notes, so bear with me."
For an artist who draws so heavily from the upper octaves, Grimes' announcement had me a bit worried. And though her voice did lack some of its distinct chirpiness, her vocals took on a more washed out and ethereal quality that suited the songs well.
From where I stood in the crowd, I heard more than one person make an Enya comparison, but this was not the Enya of the Pure Moods Compilation CD that was constantly advertised on TV in the 90s. As one particularly popular YouTube commenter has pointed out, "this is what would happen if Enya did hardcore psychotropic drugs." The beats are fiercely fresh and the energy ecstatic.
What's great about Grimes is the ease with which she embodies contradictions. She's at once childlike and sweetly upbeat and a total bad ass in her trashy 80s chic. She's the Lana Del Rey who could. The first time you hear her sing, you want to recoil at the sound of her piercing puppet-like voice, but you can't stop listening. Oh, and the girl can dance.
Despite her ailment, Boucher tore through her set, stopping only to petition the sound guy to crank it up every song or two. Her quick movements sent her long hair flying as she cued, sampled, and manipulated the mass of equipment on the large folding table before her. Toward the middle of her set, the guys from Born Gold came out to join her, but their presence seemed to make little difference. The stage was hers.
At a time when "hazy" and "chill" seem to be ubiquitous descriptors of both the mood and music of the indie scene, Grimes comes along with a song like "Oblivion" that pumps you up and makes you feel good.
That review and the 7-song setlist below (it probably would have been longer if she was feeling better) are from the late show. The pictures here by Toby are from the early show, and Toby said, "Grimes played a 50 minute set after announcing that she had emerged from her dressing room after vomiting and feeling sick and would be unlikely to hit any high notes. Though she didn't seem to have too much trouble hitting when covering Oblivion from recent album Visions to the packed house's delight. "
More pictures and the late show setlist from Mercury Lounge, below...
Grimes @ SXSW 2012 (by Rockienolan)
Grimes is all the rage , and I swear it happened almost overnight. If use Austin as a judge, I can tell you that she definitely had a good crowd on one of the smaller stages at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November, but the buzz was nowhere near what was going on just a few months later in the same town for SXSW (which was not long after she played a sold out non-festival show in Austin too). Of course that's because her great new album came out on 4AD over two months after Fun Fun Fun Fest, and less than a month before SXSW, Best New Music included, but still, she jumped high and fast.
Grimes didn't play that many shows at SXSW (adding to her demand) which is a good thing because she was really tired and sick (the kind of sick that makes you cough and stuff), as you can see and hear a little bit in the videos, one of which was filmed at her Urban Outfitters show, below.
Grimes is now in NYC to play three sold out shows with the also-fun Born Gold, two at Mercury Lounge tonight/Friday and one at Glasslands on Saturday. Those shows seem intimate now, though they didn't even sell out that fast. Two of them were announced in November and still had tickets on sale two months later. Now you'll need to give out sexual favors to get in to one of the three if you don't have a ticket.
HOWEVER, you don't need a ticket at all to get into the afterparty happening at Living Bread on Saturday night (3/24). For that you just need to be quick. First come, first served. 150 capacity. Grimes is DJing. Cadence Weapon is too (which is too bad cause he is a great rapper).
If you go to any of these shows, make sure you dance; Grimes likes it when people do, and in turn puts on a better show (or so she says in the video interview below).
Grimes is also in NYC this weekend for her own art show. A press release says:
Grimes, aka Claire Boucher, the Montreal artist whose latest album Visions has made her an international media sensation, will debut a selection of audio and visual art in a special exhibition opening on March 23 at New York City's Audio Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery.The opening is 6-9pm today (3/23), and then it's open Sat, Mar 24 from 3-9pm and Sun, Mar 25 from 12-5pm. The exhibit title is "Visual works by Claire Boucher + friends." The location is right near Mercury Lounge.
The opening will present a collection of Boucher's paintings and drawings from the past few years - accompanied by works from two other Canadian artists, specially selected by Boucher for the show - highlighting Grimes's multifaceted nature not only as a musician but also as an audio-visual artist and curator of culture.
All upcoming tour dates and SXSW videos below...
Grimes at FFF Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
As mentioned, Grimes (aka Claire Boucher) is heading out on tour with Born Gold in support of her new album, Visions, out February 21 via 4AD. That tour includes the previously mentioned NYC shows happening on March 23 at Mercury Lounge and March 24 at Glasslands. The Mercury Lounge show sold out and they just added an early show at the same venue that day (3/23). Tickets for the early Mercury Lounge show go on sale Friday (1/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/18) at noon. Tickets for the Glasslands show are still on sale.
Updated dates below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Grimes @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
Grimes is still out on dates with Austra post-Fun Fun Fun Fest, but the Canadian and her uber-talented stage-dancer (see video below) have already mapped out their return to NYC as part of a string of shows with Born Gold who were also ridiculous amounts of fun at one of our CMJ day parties. This is definitely a double bill I'll want to be checking out.
Look for the pair to hit Mercury Lounge on March 23rd, 2012 and Glasslands in Brooklyn on March 24th. Tickets for Mercury go on AMEX presale at noon on 11/16 with regular sale hitting on Friday, while Glasslands tickets are on sale now. The shows are two of at least three dates scheduled for the pair, who will also play Allston, MA a few days later. Is this part of a larger tour? Probably. Details are forthcoming.
All known dates, more Fun Fun Fun pictures and some videos (including Born Gold's new one for "Lawn Knives"), below...
words by Andrew Sacher, photos by Amanda Hatfield
Born Gold @ Public Assembly
During Purity Ring's set at the BrooklynVegan party Saturday, they mentioned that everyone should catch Born Gold (formerly Gobble Gobble) who were playing an hour later in the backroom, and who used to feature Purity Ring's Corin Roddick as a member. Anyone who took their advice knows what went down, but if you didn't, and haven't seen Born Gold in the past, they've got a show that you won't want to miss. They requested that all the stage lights be turned off so they could use their own blinking light show, and once they emerged from darkness, they revealed a show unlike anything I've ever seen. The singer/keyboard/knob player stayed on stage behind his table of electronics as the other two band members danced through the crowd on stilts, banged shovels together for snare hits, gave audience members high fives, and just about anything else you never imagined a live band would do. Their set was largely (if not entirely) material off their recently released LP Bodysongs, which you can stream its entirety below with options to buy the whole set or download each song individually for free.
More pictures from the BV day party down there too...
STAGE 1 (front room)Finally! Here is the lineup to our 100% free not-CMJ day party happening at Public Assembly on Saturday (10/22), one day after our free Friday day party in the same place!
12:00 Street Chant
01:45 Purity Ring
04:00 Vockah Redu (New Oreleans bounce)
05:00 Idle Warship
This Saturday show is going to be non-stop action starting right at noon with New Zealand's Street Chant on the main stage (and We Barbarians in the other room). I'm excited for everyone, but the over the top antics of both Peelander-Z (after the dance pop party that is Brooklyn's Friends) and bounce artist Vockah Redu (who will warm up the crowd for Idle Warship) should make for a very memorable afternoon in more ways than one.
In addition to free music, here are some more reasons to stop by Saturday. We will have FREE SNACKS courtesy of popchips and Raw Revolution and FREE DRINKS courtesy of Sailor Jerry and our official CMJ wine partner HobNob Wines. Check out HobNob's Facebook page for free music downloads and go to Sailor Jerry's website to read more about all of their CMJ events.
We'll also have FREE BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 25 people in the door (not many of these exist - we sold them for charity at CMJ last year).
As mentioned in our Thursday Day Party announcement, we've also partnered with Spotify who are offering 48 hour free Premium trials (playlist for this party coming soon) and Sony Bloggie (stay tuned for our post-CMJ video series) for all BV CMJ/not-CMJ events including this one.
Thanks to Zach Jaeger (Tonally Dude) for the flyer you see above.
See you Saturday!
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Born Gold - "Alabaster Bodyworlds" (MP3)
Born Gold (via Gobble Gobble's facebook)
Canadian electropop futurists Gobble Gobble changed their name to Born Gold last week. The members are the same, the music is even more paralyzing. They'll release their debut LP under the new name, Bodysongs, on September 20 via Hovercraft/Crash Symbols. You can pre-order the album now on Insound and receive a digital download on September 9. Megan James of Purity Ring, the duo in which Born Gold's Corin Roddick is also a member designed the cover art. Check that artwork out below, along with the tracklist.
Grace your ears with the album's lead track, "Alabaster Bodyworlds," which you can grab above. It's skittering jungle beats and tropical electropop sounds like the perfect thing to throw on as you're cruising through rainforests in your spacecraft. You know, because people do that, right?
Born Gold will tour the US and Canada in support of their new album and new name this September and October. The tour includes dates with Blood Diamonds, Dan Deacon, Washed Out, Magic Mountain, Braids and more. They'll play Brooklyn on September 20 at Glasslands and continue to tour for the next month before culminating their run with CMJ shows in NYC. Those shows have not been announced yet. Tickets are on sale now for the Glasslands show. No opener has been announced yet.
Braids have other shows coming up too.
Washed Out have an upcoming tour with Cut Copy and Midnight Magic.
All dates, album art (NSFW?) and tracklist below...