Entries tagged with: Burial
The Spaceape (real name Stephen Samuel Gordon), who you may know as the vocalist on Hyperdub founder Kode9's influential 2006 album Memories of the Future and its 2011 followup Black Sun, has sadly passed away after battling cancer. Hyperdub posted the following to Facebook:
We are devastated to announce that on Thursday 2nd October, Stephen Samuel Gordon aka The Spaceape, vocalist, poet and live performer, passed away peacefully after a 5 year struggle with a rare form of cancer.Rest in peace Stephen. Watch the "Devil Is A Liar" video below...
He leaves behind his wife Luciana and 6 year old daughter, Cleo. His first release was the 1st release on Hyperdub, 'Sine of the Dub' in 2004 with Kode9, with whom he also released 2 albums, Memories of the Future (2006) and Black Sun (2011).
In 2012 he also self-released the Xorcism EP, appeared on the track 'Spaceape' on Burial's debut album in 2006, and also collaborated with The Bug, Martyn, Jerry Dammers, Redshape, Dub Gabriel, the Echologist and more. Last Monday he released his new EP with Kode9, 'Killing Season' including the video 'Devil is a Liar' which was filmed in July 2014.
Our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends, and all who have been touched by his writings and performances. His Hyperdub family will always miss him.
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
Burial, who has given us some of the best electronic music of the past few years (most recently, the Rival Dealer EP), had revealed himself to be Will Bevan (with a small picture) in the past, though that hasn't stopped speculation that he is Four Tet or a woman or someone else entirely. Hopefully now those speculations can be put to rest now that he's posted a selfie to Hyperdub's website, which Hyperdub confirms is real. He also posted a long note, which you can read below...
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...
Pitchfork just posted their Honorable Mention Albums of 2013, which they say is "not #51 through #70 in our albums poll, but rather, records we thought were exceptional this year and deserved to be highlighted regardless of where they wound up." It includes a number of albums that did get Best New Music throughout the year (like the Burial EP that got a 9.0 last week), a certain inescapable young New Zealand pop star (who just announced two Roseland Ballroom shows), some metal representation, a couple indie legends, and the raw noise punk demo of Perfect Pussy, who also made Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks.
Check out the full list in alphabetical order below...
by Andrew Sacher
Mastermind UK producer Burial hasn't released an album since 2007's game-changing Untrue, but he's been steadily putting out equally great EPs and singles over the last couple years, including Street Halo, Kindred, and Truant / Rough Sleeper, and now he's back with another one, Rival Dealer. The new EP gives us three songs that clock in just around 28 minutes, and from the sounds of this thing so far, it looks like Burial's done it again. It's officially due out next week (12/16) via Hyperdub, but you can stream all three tracks now, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Grimes at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Whether it's to criticize her or praise her, it's hard to deny that people like talking about Grimes' musical opinions. Her top 10 albums of 2012 list included the most pop (Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber) AND the least pop (Swans), and she totally meant it too. She's defended Beyonce, Mariah Carey, and pop music in general, and denied accusations of trolling when her Boiler Room set included Taylor Swift, Maria Carey, Ramones, Skrillex, and others.
Grimes has now published a list to her tumblr of her favorite songs of all time. It continues her trend of pulling from pop and experimental music with songs from Burial, Mariah Carey, Joanna Newsom, Beyonce, Mazzy Star, Skrillex, Animal Collective, Butthole Surfers, Paramore and more. It's not only newer stuff though, she's also got Patsy Cline, Prince, and Enya, among others.
Check out her whole list (subject to change), via Exclaim, below...
photos by Fred Pessaro, words by Andrew Sacher
Iceage / White Lung
Four different countries were represented at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (4/20) when Denmark's Iceage and Vancouver's White Lung brought their tour through NYC for a show with German hardcore punks Burial (not the electronic artist) and Brooklyn's Parquet Courts. It was a totally solid show all night, with Burial kicking things off to a small (but interested) crowd. The place really started filling up when Parquet Courts came on, the hometown band on the bill, who had a good amount of local supporters coming out to shout along to those quotable lyrics. In addition to the material from 2012's Light Up Gold, they played some new stuff too, which you can see pictured on their setlist below. By White Lung's set, the room was totally crowded (and probably drunker) and the mosh/push pits finally started breaking out, which continued into Iceage's headlining set, played almost entirely in darkness.
Like I said, great show all around, but the highlight for me had to be White Lung (who played their own NYC show earlier that week). It was my first time seeing them play with a professional sound system and light show, and though the appeal of seeing punk bands in smaller/unconventional venues is still there, this setup really worked to White Lung's advantage. They were super loud and singer Mish Way's always powerful performance easily cut through the assault of her bandmates. They stuck mainly to 2012's Sorry but also hit other material like "Two Seen" from 2010's It's the Evil and "Hunting Holiday" from their late 2012 tour 7". It wasn't very long ago that White Lung were an unquestionably smaller band than Iceage, but from the reactions and size of the crowd on Saturday, it was pretty clear that the attention for them has grown immensely. And not for nothing.
More pictures from the Bowery Ballroom show below...
by Andrew Sacher
As we briefly mentioned when discussing Flying Lotus' upcoming Terminal 5 show, the producer is contributing to the new Goldie album, which may or may not be called Pages. Goldie is responsible for the aptly-titled 1995 classic, Timeless, an album which helped introduce ambience in drum & bass and prominently featured live vocals from Diane Charlemagne. In addition to Flying Lotus, he'll also be working with Burial and Photek on the new album. (That's a lot of electronic masterminds on one record!)
Goldie is also releasing a compilation, The Alchemist: The Best of Goldie 1992-2012, on March 11 via ffrrr and his own Metalheadz label to celebrate his last 20 years as a DJ. According to an interview with Billboard, he's also releasing a completely notated version of Timeless with an 80-piece orchestra and choir. "It's a different beast," Goldie says.
The legendary DJ has some upcoming shows scheduled this year, including a NYC date on March 16 at Public Assembly. The show is being presented by DIrect Drive NYC and they're taking over both rooms of Public Assembly that night for this show, which also includes sets by Udachi, Raw Q, Dhundee, Dave Shichman, Lord Kimchi, and Posi-D. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All Goldie dates are listed, along with a full stream of Timeless, below...
Small Black at Brooklyn Museum in June (more by Jessica Amaya)
Today we've posted year-end lists by Andy from Cake Shop, Mark Eitzel, and James from Veronica Falls. Now we've got one from Josh Kolenik of Brooklyn chillwavers Small Black giving us a rundown of 12 singles he loved in 2012.
Based on Small Black's own sound, it's got an unsurprising amount of indie pop, R&B, electronics, and Young Chop-produced hip hop. But he also sneaks in the inclusion of some vintage-sounding psych folk courtesy of Jessica Pratt. Check out his full list of songs, along with streams and/or videos for each track, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Today, we finally get the much anticipated list of Pitchfork's Top 20 Albums of 2012. They revealed Nos. 30-50 yesterday and spent the rest of this week posting Honorable Mentions and tracks. None of the albums that made the top 20 are surprising to see there (which doesn't mean they aren't deserving), but the surprises come from the albums that missed the list all together. Passion Pit got ROBBED! Twin Shadow too! And Wild Nothing! If you're looking for Converge or Baroness, you'll have to redirect yourself to Pitchfork's Metal list (though Pallbearer was in the main top 50). And we could've guessed that Nos. 1 and 2 would be Frank Ocean and Kendrick Lamar... but who took the No. 1 spot? Head below to find out and you can check out individual writer's votes too...
Our thoughts go out to the victims and families of today's school shooting in Connecticut.
Sleigh Bells @ Pitchfork 2012 (more by Chase Turner)
The Men @ Pitchfork 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
TPOBPAH @ Bowery Ballromm, 9/19/2011 (more by Diana Wong)
today in NYC
* Jan Bell @ Barbes
* Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's
* Trevor Dunn Solo @ The Stone
* The Kickdrums @ Knitting Factory
* The Rascals @ The Capitol Theatre
* Little Boots, Doorly @ Webster Hall
* Bassam Saba's Al-Madar @ Joe's Pub
* The Vacant Lots, Heaven @ Glasslands
* Paul Banks of Interpol @ Webster Hall
* Monster Magnet @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Star Killer, Panzie*, Ssik @ Mercury Lounge
* Nada Surf, Eternal Summers @ Bowery Ballroom
* White Laces, Honeydrum, Vows @ Cameo Gallery
* John Roderick, Jonathan Coulton @ City Winery
* Antibalas, Red Baraat @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
* Bobby Keys & The Suffering Bastards @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Naam, Tournament, Dead Stars, Blackout @ The Ancheron
* Sleigh Bells, Grizzly Bear, The Antlers, Cults @ Terminal 5
* Janeane Garofalo, Judah Friedlander @ Eastville Comedy Club
* Pete Seeger, Jackson Browne, Harry Belafonte @ Beacon Theatre
* Hilly Eye, Trophy Wife, Flown, Thurn & Taxis @ Death By Audio
* The Men, Widowspeak, Lust for Youth, Sacred Bones DJ set @ Saint Vitus
* The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Heaven's Gate @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
* ZZZ's, Romans, These People, Robbers, Paula Carino, Erica Smith @ Pianos
* Andrew Cedermark, Heaven's Gate, Secret Mountains, Gem Trails @ Union Pool
* Free Time, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Journalism, Water Child, Spires @ Muchmores
* Gigamesh, Chrome Sparks (DJ Set), Lou Teti, Computer Magic (DJ set) @ Glasslands
* Tom Blacklung and the Smokestacks, Dull Edges, Zula, The Flag, Dead Night @ Cake Shop
* Dethklok, All That Remains, Machinedrum, The Black Dahlia Murder @ The Roseland Ballroom
* Chat Logs, Fuckton, Guerilla Toss, The Dreebs, Quiet Hooves, Blanche Blanche Blanche, Bubbly Mommy Gun, Cloud Becomes Your Hand @ Shea Stadium
* Unstoppable Death Machines, Japanther, Guardian Alien, Lionheart, Gold Tooth, Role Model, ZZZ's, @ Paper Box
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DIIV made their network television debut last night on The Late Show with David Letterman where they performed "Doused" which you can watch below.
Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Staples are making a follow-up to 2010's Grammy-winning collaboration, You Are Not Alone. They were on The Colbert Report last night, joined by Sean Lennon and the Harlem Gospel Choir and performed the John Lennon // Yoko Ono tune "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)." Watch that below.
Burial is following his incredible Kindred EP, which was released earlier this year, with a new single, "Truant" b/w "Rough Sleeper" on Monday (12/17) via Hyperdub. You can now stream both of those tracks below.
Moby at Moogfest 2011 (more by Diana Wong)
Moby was one of the commercially successful electronic musicians of yesteryear, but as popular taste shifted towards distorted synths and abrasive bass drops, Moby chose not to follow the pack. As a result, lately he's been fitting more in with the growing underground (as we heard on his downtempo 2011 LP, Destroyed.) and when we asked him for his top 10 albums of 2012, his choices reflect that. In addition to his Mute labelmates Cold Specks and Liars, Moby's list includes Hyperdub production wizards Burial and Laurel Halo, in addition to some synth driven indie pop like Grimes and iamamiwhoami.
Moby is also DJing a TBA Brooklyn warehouse location on New Year's Eve (Bedford L stop) with Lee Burridge, Kilo Watts, circus performances from The Gowanus Circus, and more acts TBA. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
More show info and Moby's top 10 list, 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.
The Faint at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Faint are currently on tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of their album Danse Macabre. The party hits NYC on Friday (12/7) at Terminal 5 with Toronto's Trust and Icky Blossoms opening the show. Tickets are still available.
If you've read the site over the last week or so, you probably know we've been asking a lot of bands and artists to contribute year-end Top 10s (like Animal Collective who play Terminal 5 twice this week), and here we've got ones from both The Faint and Trust. The Faint did a collective list of favorite LPs and were only able to whittle it down to 12, including albums by Liars, Actress, Twin Shadow, Grimes (who did a list for us too) as well as both of their current tourmates. Check out the full list below.
As for Trust, main man Robert Alfons lists his 10 favorite tracks of 2012 and the top three spots all go to the same artist. Any guesses who? Don't forget that Trust will DJ late night at Glasslands on Friday (12/7) after their T5 show. Black Marble will play live and tickets are still available.
The Faint and Trust's 2012 Top 10 lists are below.
Ceremony at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Andy Nelson of Ceremony / Paint it Black took time out from his string of dates with Titus Andronicus (which included Webster Hall this past weekend) to fork over his favorite records of 2012. Andy actually gave us two lists -- favorite LPs and EPs/singles. They include Frank Ocean, Merchandise, Savages, Julia Holter and... well see for yourself. His lists are below.
Massive Attack at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
Trip hop pioneers Massive Attack have assembled a BBC 6 Mix, where they compiled music that influenced their 1991 debut album, Blue Lines, like Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, Gang of Four, Isaac Hayes and more alongside some of their new favorite artists like Burial, Flying Lotus, The Bug vs The Rootsman, Kanye West & Booka Shade, and more (via Daily Swarm). You can download or stream the mix and check out the tracklist below.
by Andrew Sacher
"It's a well-worn SXSW cliche for journos to talk of British bands being "out of place" at Austin - as if they expect all UK acts to turn up suppin' rough Bourbon and unveil their new bluegrass direction for y'all.London based singer/songwriter Jamie Woon (who just played a number of shows at SXSW) is releasing his debut full length Mirrorwriting on April 11 via Candent Songs/Polydor. We first got a dose of Jamie's R&B based vocals on his 2007 EP Wayfaring Stranger. He's spent the last three years honing his sound while taking advice from and sharing production duties with dubstep mastermind Burial who Woon first teamed up with when Burial remixed "Wayfaring Stranger" from the 2007 EP.
Yet Jamie Woon does seem an odd fit in more ways than one. His slightly awkward stage presence doesn't quite sit with his calling to croon directly to the three girls who've forced their way to the front row to dance. And his clean-cut image rests uneasily with the fact he's got a pen sticking out of his pocket (sorry to start laying down the law on this, but I'm not having my pop stars adorned with biros).
Woon has taken his vocal stylings from Stevie Wonder and comes equipped with the precision-drilled, soul-funk backing band to match this - the vague traces of dubstep and electronica that glide over his records are almost undetectable here, save for the odd swipe of Woon's fingers across some tiny FX boxes." [Guardian]
Jamie Woon has scheduled a UK tour in May and June, but before he leaves North America, he'll play three more dates here including March 22 at Glasslands with FaltyDL, Mux Mool, & Magic Mountain (Tickets) and March 24 at Le Poisson Rouge with Mount Kimbie, Com Truise, and Muramic (Tickets).
Jamie Woon is not the only person Burial has been collaborating with recently. He is also preparing a 12" single with Thom Yorke and Four Tet. The single, featuring the tracks "Ego" and "MIrror" is set to be released on Four Tet's label, Text. Both tracks debuted March 15 on the London radio station Rinse FM. Radio rips of the tracks can be streamed below.
All dates, videos, and Mirrorwriting tracklisting below...
by BrooklynVegan Mike
A friend of mine played me some stuff and said "you're the father of dubstep."
Tricky (who kicks off a US tour at Irving Plaza in NYC Thurday night) is never at a loss for words or a strong opinion. His career has been defined as much by his viewpoints on artists and music past and present as it has his ever shifting sound pallette. He has been called "the king of trip-hop," a moniker that he never liked and never quite fit. Though his debut Maxinquaye helped forge and popularize, along with Portishead and Massive Attack, the "Bristol" sound, every album since has steadily moved away from simple categorization.
"It's coincidence. To be honest with you, Portishead and Massive Attack, I don't know anything about their music; last time I heard Massive Attack's music was when I was in it, and I've never listened to Portishead. Even if I hadn't been in Massive Attack, that's not something I would listen to, it's not my thing. I don't know much about these bands." [said Tricky recently to The Skinny]The forty year old, who was worked with everyone, from Bjork and The Gravediggaz, to Tool and Live, is back with his first album in five years, Knowle West Boy, and many are calling it a return. When we spoke, he was in a relaxed mood. He speaks with a hyper active patter that is engaging and contagious.
We began our conversation by discussing his absence away from music. Despite being quite consistent with his releases (putting out eight albums in eight years), this is his first record since 2003's Back To Mine. When asked about the long break, he suggested that he started to break away mentally before 2003. "September 11th took me off my stride," he said. "I was in the cycle of tour, record, tour, record. I was in L.A doing some work. I was to leave on a European tour on the 11th and everything happened. I didn't want to travel for a long time. I moved to L.A. And that took a year of my life. I was also looking for another label, and that took another year of my life as well. So really, the 11th of September just changed everything for me."
He has since moved back to England, a decision that has certainly influenced the new record. But when asked why at this stage in his career he would make a concept album about his youth (as was written here, and here), he replied "That's not really true. It's not just about my youth. There are a couple of songs [including the first single, 'Council Estate'] that are about my childhood but there are other songs on there. I think people are thinking that because of those songs as well as the title. Knowle West is a place where nothing good is supposed to come out of. I named the album Knowle West Boy to say, "look at me. I'm still here." He also scoffed at the notion that the record, which has received some of his best reviews since Angels With Dirty Faces, was a return to form. "That's basically because it's more accessible then say Pre-Millenium Tension. I could have put this kind of record out then but chose not to."
This got us talking about the Tricky "sound" and if, in fact, there was one....
hi"His announcement followed rumours in a newspaper that Burial might be a pseudonym for dance DJs Fatboy Slim or Aphex Twin." [BBC]
for a while theres been some talk about who i am , but its not a big deal. i wanted to be unknown because i just want it to be all about the tunes. over the last year the unknown thing become an issue so im not into it any more.
im a lowkey person and i just want to make some tunes, nothing else. my names will bevan, im from south london, im keeping my head down and just going to finish my next album, theres going to be a 12" maybe in the next few weeks too with 4 tunes. hope u like it, i'll try put a tune up later
sorry for any rubbish tunes i made in the past, ill make up for it
a big big thank you to anyone who ever supported me, liked my tunes or sent me messages, it means the world to me
big up everyone, take care, will ( burial )
"In February the Independent reported that Will Bevan was Burial and Burial was Will Bevan. The electronica community was relatively nonplussed. 'So noted,' they seemed to say. Hot Chip's Joe Goddard recalled Bevan being ahead of him at the Elliot Smith school in South London. And that, quietly, was that." [Guardian]
And this year's nominees are:
Adele - 19Which album "album from the United Kingdom or Ireland" did they miss this year? Last year the award went to Klaxons and the year before that it went to Arctic Monkeys who were also nominated last year which makes Alex Turner 3 for 3.
British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
Burial - Untrue
Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
Estelle - Shine
Laura Marling - Alas, I Cannot Swim
Neon Neon - Stainless Style
Portico Quartet - Knee Deep In The North Sea
Rachel Unthank - The Bairns
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age of the Understatement
Will Burial win it this year? Roni Size won in 1997. He beat Ok Computer that year. In fact, Radiohead has never won. This year is the fourth time they're nominated. Maybe they'll finally give it to them.