Entries tagged with: Brian DeGraw
NYC's Gang Gang Dance have been making weird, experimental, and vaguely pop music for a while now (like on 2011's Eye Contact), and one of their members, Brian DeGraw, is now setting out to make weird, experimental, and vaguely pop music on his own. Operating under the moniker bEEdEEgEE, he'll release his debut album, SUM/ONE, on December 3 via 4AD, the same label GGD released Eye Contact on. The record features guest vocals from GGD singer Lizzie Bougatsos, CSS singer Lovefoxxx, Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip (who GGD have played with), and Douglas Armour. Talking to FACT about the differences between bEEdEEgEE, his past solo work, and Gang Gang Dance, Brian says:
My past solo work is far from vast so it's difficult to even make comparisons. When I think of solo things I've done before I usually only think of an LP that was released as a soundtrack to the Oliver Payne and Nick Relph film Sonic the Warhol. That record was about 80% improvised. This one was tracked more piece by piece and I made some attempts at pop-ish type things, which I haven't done much of in the past.The album's first single is the wordless track "Bricks," which you can stream, along with the artwork and tracklist, below.
None of the record started as Gang Gang Dance sketches, it was all made on my own time and in a space of my brain that was completely isolated from GGD. I think the musical difference is pretty extreme because with this record I used a lot of it as an opportunity to try things that were less natural to me... new approaches that I thought I could benefit from exploring.
bEEdEEgEE will make its live debut in NYC on November 30 at Glasslands, followed by a tour supporting Animal Collective (who Brian remixed earlier this year). Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
Edan at ATP NYC 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Bandshell has been presenting some pretty solid shows at Le Poisson Rouge, like the upcoming Teengirl Fantasy/Laurel Halo one and the Juan Maclean one. Now they've announced another one with an all around killer lineup which happens on March 28 at the Manhattan venue with sets from apocalyptic psych freaks Prince Rama, abstract rap great Edan; and DJ sets by Gang Gang Dance member Brian DeGraw and Black Dice member Eric Copeland. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The video for Prince Rama's recent single "So Destroyed" and a stream of Edan's 2005 album, Beauty and the Beat, below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Tony Castles - One Tone Man (MP3)
Brooklyn's Tony Castles are gearing up to release their new EP titled Sharon Stone which will be out October 23. If your favorite Tony Castles song to dates was their magnificently dreamy "Black Girls in Dresses" the six tracks on the new EP definitely lean in that direction. It makes for nice autumn listening, when the days grow shorter and shadows get long. We've got the premiere of "One Tone Man" from the EP at the top of this post and you can stream snippets of other tracks below.
The band have a few NYC-area shows coming up, including tonight (9/6) at Pianos; the Silent Lights fundraiser on September 20 at the Green Building with Motive and Gurpal (advance tickets); and September 28 at Delinquency with Backwords, Zula, and Ancient Sky.
Tonight's show at Pianos is part of Win Win's September Residency that happens every Thursday this month at the LES club. Originally a strictly-electronics duo (whose most recent album came out on Vice last year), Win Win are now a three-piece with an updated, band-driven sound as can be heard on new single, "Salt Days," from their new album, Double Vision (due out 10/16 via VICE) which you can stream below.
Win Win's September residency line-ups are as follows:
September 6: Jahan Lennon (Mad Decent), Roofeeo, Tony Castles, Sister Crayon, Taddy PorterStreams, all listed Tony Castles dates and Win Win residency flyer are below.
September 13: Behavior, Steel Phantoms and Beast Patrol
September 20: Slam Donaue (profiled here), Sleep Kitty and Warm Ghost
September 27: Crinkles, Window, Delicate Cutters, Louis Schefano and Brian Degraw