Entries tagged with: Caribou
by Andrew Sacher
Next week (October 7) is a pretty major album release week, which means a lot of major albums are streaming in full this week. We already posted full album streams from Zola Jesus, Godflesh, Iceage and Single Mothers, and here's a roundup of some of the other anticipated records coming out this Tuesday.
A Winged Victory for the Sullen, aka the duo of Stars of the Lid's Adam Wiltzie and pianist/composer Dustin O'Halloran, release their droning new album, Atomos, via Kranky. Listen at NPR.
Dan Snaith's electronic psych dancepop return as Caribou, Our Love, is coming via Merge and can now be streamed at iTunes Radio. His tour with album collaborator Jessy Lanza hits Webster Hall twice in November.
Mary Timony's (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave) current band Ex Hex have been killing it as a live band for a while and their debut album Rips finally comes out next week via Merge. It's packed with ultra-catchy glammy punk and can be streamed at NPR. They're touring with Speedy Ortiz soon.
Foxygen will release their wacky, long, psychedelic double album, ...And Star Power, in two weeks (10/14) via Jagjaguwar, but that one's streaming now too. You can listen via NPR. They'll be on tour soon too.
Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, who has also played in The The, Electronic, Modest Mouse, The Cribs and more, goes solo for his second time with Playland, coming via Warner Bros and following last year's solo debut, The Messenger. That can be streamed in full below via Spotify. His upcoming tour includes two NYC shows and a NJ show in November.
The great hip hop weirdo DOOM (aka MF Doom) seemingly never stops collaborating, and next week he'll be teaming up with the young impressive Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru for NehruvianDOOM, via Lex/Noizy Cricket!!. You hear that over at Pitchfork.
Brooklyn goth country collective O'Death have a super raw record, Out of Hands We Go, coming next week through Northern Spy. Listen in full (via CMJ) below. Theyll be on tour with Death Vessel and Stone Jack Jones soon.
Psychedelic duo Peaking Lights sound funkier than ever on their newest album, Cosmic Logic, coming out via Domino affiliate Weird World. There's an appropriately trippy album visualizer with the stream over at Domino's site. Check it out. They'll be in NYC to make four different appearances this week.
SBTRKT's new album, Wonder Where We Land, is weirder and less hooky than his last, and filled with an impressive cast of guests including Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Chairlift's Caroline Polacheck, Jessie Ware, A$AP Ferg, Warpaint, Sampha, Raury and more. Listen at STBRKT's site. His tour includes two Terminal 5 shows this month.
The newest installment of Famous Class' LAMC series of split 7"s comes out next week with Speedy Ortiz's "Doomsday" and Chris Weisman's "I Took It Off A Record." The Speedy song is more of their quality indie rock and Chris's track leans more on the folk side. Stream both tracks below. Speedy are touring with Ex Hex soon.
Stevie Nicks' newest, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault, which includes songs mostly written between 1969 and 1987, one from '94 and one from '95, can be streamed at Amazon. Fleetwood Mac's classic lineup is on tour now and hitting NYC for two nights at MSG in a few days.
Cult folk legend Vashti Bunyan sounds gorgeous as ever on Heartleap, her third album (following 1970's Just Another Diamond Day and 2005's Lookaftering), reportedly also her final album, and the first she produced largely on her own. It's coming out via FatCat in Europe and DiCristina in North America. Take a listen to this gem over at Pitchfork.
Weezer have gone for the "comeback" album a few times already, and they're going for it again on Everything Will Be Alright in the End. Does it live up? Is it a return to form? (I'd say it's a return to Green Album, personally.) Hear it for yourself on iTunes Radio.
And lastly, this one's not a full album stream, but speaking of '90s bands making returns to form, Rancid definitely sound like they're doing just that with the three songs they put out from their new album, ...Honor Is All We Know, due out 10/27 via Hellcat/Epitaph. It was produced by Bad Religion guitarist/Epitaph CEO Brett Gurewitz (whose band is also riding the "do it like we did in our prime" train). Watch a video with those three tracks below.
Caribou in NJ in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Caribou's new album Our Love comes out October 7 via Merge, and his tour with Jessy Lanza begins right after that. As discussed, it hits NYC on November 12 at Webster Hall and since we last spoke a second date has been added happening November 14 at Webster Hall. Tickets for both shows are on sale.
Updated dates are listed, with a stream of the LP's title track, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can check out the full list below...
Caribou main man Dan Snaith released his Daphni album back in 2012, but he hasn't put out a Caribou album since 2010's Swim, and that's finally set to change this year. Caribou will release Our Love on October 7 via Merge in the US and a day earlier via City Slang in Europe. Get a taste of it now from lead single "Can't Do Without You," which you can stream below. Artwork and tracklist below, too.
Caribou have also announced an extensive international tour with support from Hyperdub-signed Ontario singer/producer Jessy Lanza (who's on the new Caribou album). That tour hits NYC on November 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon via Ticketmaster.
All dates are listed, with the new song stream, artwork and tracklist, below...
The annual two-day FYF Fest is returning to LA from August 23-24 this year, and the lineup was just announced. It includes The Strokes, Phoenix, the reunited Blood Brothers who haven't played sine 2007 (!), Slowdive, Slint, Flying Lotus, Grimes, Blood Orange, Darkside, Jamie xx, Haim, Little Dragon, Future Islands, Death Grips (we know FYF is a festival they actually play), Ty Segall, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Against Me!, Built to Spill, Murder City Devils, The Bronx, Angel Olsen, Four Tet, Earl Sweatshirt, Joanna Gruesome and many more.
Tickets go on sale May 22 at noon PDT. Full lineup below...
In one corner, Nick Millevoi's dissonant trichords and veiny, muscle-bound threads of notes superimpose guest musician Colin Fisher's tantrum outbursts of squalling noise. Each attack is anchored with dizzying dexterity by bassist John DeBlase and drummer Ricardo Lagomasino, who both manage to expel tight grooves in between bursts of bloodthirsty free jazz and maintain peak Lance Armstrong-levels of inertia. With a Burroughs-style approach to not giving a fuck, Many Arms combine basement punk and 50s avant-garde to terrifying effect. [Tiny Mix Tapes]Punk-jazz combo Many Arms is the trio of guitarist Nick Millevoi (who just opened for Alden Penner in NYC last night), bassist John DeBlase (of Zevious), drummer Ricardo Lagomasino (of Deleted Scenes and a Joe Lally collaborator), and they recently added guest saxophonist Colin Fischer (of Caribou). Their new album, Suspended Definition, comes out today (4/29) via John Zorn's Tzadik Records, an appropriate home for this kind of stuff. You can pick up the album at the Tzadik webstore, but if you'd like to hear it before you buy, you can check out the full stream which premieres below.
Many Arms also have a June tour coming up which kicks off here in NYC on June 5 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but should be soon via Ticketfly.
All dates are listed, with the album stream, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Ex Hex @ Red 7, 3/15/14
As mentioned, Merge Records is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, including the four-day Merge 25 festival which happens July 23 - 26 in Carrboro, NC. Merge has released the initial line-up, which includes Wye Oak, The Clientele, Destroyer, Caribou, Lambchop (performing Nixon), Neutral Milk Hotel, The Rock*A*Teens, Ex Hex, and Bob Mould. While day schedules haven't been announced events will happen at the following venues:
July 23 Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University Campus, Durham, NCFull Festival Passes are $195 and will go on sale to the general public on Friday (3/21) at 11 am EST via the Cat's Cradle website. Individual tickets for the events in Carrboro will go on sale Wednesday, March 26 and the Duke University show goes on sale Tuesday, April 22.
July 24 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC
July 25 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC
July 26 Full Day Music Concert, outdoors, Carrboro, NC
Both Wye Oak and Ex Hex played our Saturday SXSW free day party this past weekend in Austin. Ex Hex (featuring Mary Timony of Helium and Wild Flag) put on a killer set of glammy powerpop. Pics from their performance are in this post and you can check out Wye Oak pics here. Ex Hex also have a new video for "Hot and Cold" that costars Ian Svenonius (Chain & the Gang, Make-Up, etc). You can watch that below.
More BV SXSW day party pics of Ex Hex, plus the new Ex Hex video, below...
One of last year's coolest reissues was Who Is William Onyeabor? which collected many of the cult Nigerian funk singer and synthesizer pioneer William Onyeabor's best tracks. For more on who he is, this past week a new Onyeabor documentary, titled Fantastic Man, premiered online, featuring interviews with Damon Albarn, Dan Snaith of Caribou, the Human League's, Martyn Ware (The Human League), Femi Kuti and many more. It's well worth watching and you can do so in this post.
There is also a remix album, titled What?, that was commissioned by Moog and will be released on Record Store Day (April 19) featuring reworkings by Hot Chip, The Vaccines, Justin Strauss & Bryan Mette, Joakim ft. Akwetey (Dragons of Zynth), JD Twitch (Optimo), Daphni, Javelin, David Terranova, Policy and Scientist.
And last but not least there will be a series of tribute concerts happening in cities around the world this spring, including two in NYC on May 2 & 3. Details have not been announced yet, so stay tuned.
You can listen to Who is William Onyeabor? via Rdio, and watch the Fantastic Man documentary below...
Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago's Union Park from July 18-20 and the lineup was just announced. It includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, Beck, Slowdive (their first reunion show in the US so far), Giorgio Morder, Sun Kil Moon, Factory Floor, Death Grips, the Haxan Cloak, Sharon Van Etten, tUnE-yArDs, The Julie Ruin, Grimes, Wild Beasts, DIIV, Ka, Circulatory System, Pusha T, The Range, Mas Ysa and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
In related news, Pitchfork is teaming up with ATP and Primavera Sound for London's Jabberwocky Festival which includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Electric Wizard, Deafheaven, Kode9, Earth, Pissed Jeans, Connan Mockasin, The Ex, Speedy Ortiz, Iceage, Vatican Shadow, Joanna Gruesome, Metz, Jesu, Chelsea Wolfe, Hookworms and more.
Initial day-by-day Pitchfork Fest lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
As usual, newish Williamsburg dance club Output has a ton of great upcoming shows, including James Murphy, Rustie, Zomby, SBTRKT (DJ set), the just-mentioned Duke Dumont show, and a number of Bunker parties. A bunch of other good shows were recently announced too, including...
German producer DJ Koze, who released Amygdala, an excellent guest-filled album with Caribou, Apparat, Matthew Dear, Milosh (of Rhye) and more, this year, will play an "extended set" at Blkmarket's daytime/night time party at Output on August 10. That party also includes sets from John Roberts (live), Carsten Jost, Taimur & Fahad, and Ostrich. Tickets for that one are on sale now. You can stream Amygdala in its entirety below.
Resident Advisor is throwing a party at the venue, that will sprall across the main room and the Panther Room, on August 3, which includes sets from Robert Hood as Floorplan, Shifted, Holly Herndon, MGUN, Marcellus Pittman, Joey Anderson, and more TBA. Tickets for that party are on sale now. Flyer below.
And lastly (for now), one of those Bunker parties we were talking about above is an especially notable one happening on August 2 with Demdike Stare headlining. The rest of the lineup includes Atom™ and The Bunker's Derek Plaslaiko. Tickets for that party are available on Resident Advisor and Ticketfly. Flyer below.
All flyers and some song streams below...
Warm Up 2012 (more by Leia Jospe)
The annual Warm Up summer concert series is returning to MoMA PS1 this year every Saturday from June 29 through September 7. As usual, they've booked an excellent lineup of forward-thinking electronic music, hip hop, and other related genres.
Artists playing this year include Majical Cloudz (who just played NYC and will play Northside), XXYYXX, Ryan Hemsworth, Liars (live), Kode9, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Caribou (DJ), Empress Of, J. Cole, World's Fair, IO Echo (live), Julio Bashmore, Ben UFO, Gobby, Kelela, Juan Atkins, A Guy Called Gerald, Pional, Kim Ann Foxman, Jon Hopkins, King Britt and tons of other names.
Advance tickets for each day will go on sale Wednesday, June 5 at noon via MoMAPS1.org. Full 2013 schedule below...
by Andrew Sacher
Four Tet at Creators Project in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
NYC producer FaltyDL plans to release a new album, Hardcourage, at some point in the near future, but before that he'll release a single for the track, "Straight & Arrow," on November 13 via Ninja Tune. The single will be backed by remixes by Four Tet, Gold Panda, MikeQ, and Divoli S'vere. Check out the original over at Pitchfork and stream the Four Tet remix below. The psychedelic cover art is below too.
Four Tet will be heading over to the US later this month to play Moogfest on October 27 in Asheville, NC. He'll stop in NYC right before that to DJ a Red Bull Music Academy presented show on October 26 at Autumn Bowl (67 West St) in Brooklyn with a killer lineup of Jamie xx (whose band The xx will be playing the Bronx's Paradise Theater earlier that night) and Floating Points (who we profiled HERE). Speaking of sure-to-be-insane DJ parties happening on October 26, Neon Indian and Chrome Canyon are DJing Cameo that night (tickets are on sale now). Decisions, decisions...
Four Tet released his most recent album, Pink, this past August via his own Text label, which compiled a few of his vinyl only singles that came out over the past year. It's a more subdued album than its predecessor (2010's There Is Love In You) but just as heady and the shining moments we've come to expect from Four Tet continue to show up, just in different ways. Highly recommended listen. You can stream some of its tracks below.
In related news, Dan Snaith (aka Caribou and fka Manitoba) has a release coming out under another moniker, Daphni. That album, titled JIAOLONG (pronounced "jow-long"), comes out October 16 via Merge but can be streamed ahead of its release at Resident Advisor.
A list of all Four Tet dates and song streams, along with the FaltyDL cover art, are below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Radiohead at Susquehanna Bank Center - 6/13/12
Radiohead have been on a tour which already brought them to NJ for two Prudential Center shows and returned to Jersey last night (6/13) for a show at Susquehanna Bank Center. The set included two OK Computer songs ("Lucky" and "Paranoid Android") and two Amnesiac songs ("I Might Be Wrong" and "Like Spinning Plates") and was otherwise pretty similar to the Prudential Center shows, leaning most heavily on the two most recent albums, Kid A, and some new ones (they didn't play the new song that they just debuted in Chicago though). The set ended with "Everything In Its Right Place" with "True Love Waits" intro.
More pictures, a video, and setlist from last night's show are below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield words by Andrew Sacher
Radiohead at Prudential Center - 5/31/12
"We're not ready for the greatest hits yet... when we are we'll be dead," said Thom Yorke during Radiohead's first of two Prudential Center shows last night (5/31), before going into "Identikit," a new song they've been playing on tour. It's things like that which made it clear during their show that Radiohead is like no other rock band with enough stature and fame to play an arena like Prudential Center. Those bands usually do play hit after hit, whereas Radiohead's set focused most heavily on deeper cuts from their two most recent albums and newer, post-TKOL tracks. And while most arena-sized bands project themselves onto massive screens to cater to the far-away fans, Radiohead opts for a series of smaller moveable screens that project grainy images of individual members from carefully planned camera angles in an art-collage fashion. Those screens blended with the band's light show, heightening the atmosphere and, like 2011's divisive The King of Limbs, continued to prove that Radiohead refuse to be jaded by a 20+ year career and that they deliver with the same spirit as the band who wrote those hits they preferred not to play.
Radiohead kicked off their set around 8:50 in front of a backdrop of dripping lights, similar to the lines that obscure the TKOL album art, with the opening track off that album, "Bloom." The band have been known to rotate instruments according to the song, and this one saw them in their traditional "rock band" format with Thom on guitar, but it only took one more song ("15 Step") for Thom to show off those dance moves that anyone who hasn't seen them live before may remember from the zany "Lotus Flower" video. That song started in a dimly lit setting, with a double drum intro and Thom's vocals, but once the guitar kicked in, the band was blasted with light and met with huge cheers from the crowd.
Though I mentioned it wasn't a hits set (and better because of it), it goes without saying that when they played "Karma Police," the crowd gave by far the highest level of participation they'd given all night. Everyone who had been watching the show from their seats stood up, and the entire Prudential Center joined in on vocals, overpowering Thom's own voice. It was like a campfire song (cause you know, "Karma Police" is one of the few Radiohead songs you and your friends can manage on an acoustic guitar) coming to life on a level unimaginable. They followed that with the bass-heavy "Feral," which saw Thom's craziest dancing yet, in front of an equally spastic light show. Then came "Idioteque," the final song of their pre-encore set, and when the heavy drum breaks came in, I'm still not sure if Thom's mic was malfunctioning or if he was intentionally cutting out, but the crowd immediately chimed in, chanting every single word for the remainder of the song.
Radiohead quickly returned for their first of two encores, opening with the only Amnesiac song of the night, "You and Whose Army?" After a couple more, they finished the first encore with their live/dancey rendition of "Everything In Its Right Place." The song, which is generally one of the band's more ambient cuts, was propelled by a relentless bass drum and shakers, and the audience clapped along on every beat. At the end of the song, the band members slowly left the stage, until only Jonny Greenwood and Ed O'Brien were left, continuing to manipulate the song through samplers. Eventually they left too, letting the song exist entirely on its own above an empty stage.
Their second encore began with a stripped down version of the band performing "Give Up The Ghost," and similarly to "Everything In Its Right Place," it ended with Thom's looped vocals harmonizing over each other after he had stepped back from the mic. They followed that with a distorted take on Kid A's "The National Anthem" which saw a rare moment of two distinctly different colored lights hitting the stage at once, and they wrapped things up with "Reckoner."
Unfortunately, I showed up a bit late and missed most of Caribou's opening set, but from what I saw they were killing it as well. Though the crowd had barely filled in yet, Caribou seemed unaffected by it and delivered a solid set of material from their 2010 LP, Swim. I was able to catch them closing the set with the album's two opening songs, the warped pop tune, "Odessa," and an extended version of the choppy dance track, "Sun." Before Radiohead left the stage, they greatly praised the band and thanked them for opening (we already know they're fans).
Radiohead tour opener Caribou, as you can see in the flyer above, has added a Brooklyn date (probably just DJing?) between the NJ and DC Radiohead dates. It would be pretty cool if Thom showed up to play some songs too (like he recently did at MOCA and Coachella with other friends). Assume he won't, but you never know. Tickets are on sale.
Radiohead, or more specifically Colin Greenwood who guests on it, is helping promote the release of an album One Little Plane, on Four Tet's label, which you can stream in full.
Four Tet, who also opens for Radiohead sometimes, is featured on the mix Thom Yorke posted over the weekend in tribute to MCA.
Caribou at Webster Hall in 2010 (more by Kam Tambini)
Caribou (aka Dan Snaith), who was one of the remixers on Radiohead's remix album TKOL RMX 1234567 which dropped last year, has been added as an opener to Radiohead's recently announced tour which includes shows on May 31 and June 1 at Prudential Center in NJ and June 13 at Susquehanna Bank Center in NJ. Tickets go on sale via W.A.S.T.E. on Thursday (3/8) with a general sale starting on Ticketmaster on Saturday (3/10) at 10 AM.
If you still haven't heard Caribou's remix of "Little by Little," you can stream it below along with all dates...
"Alec Baldwin will be in some rockin' good company when he hosts Saturday Night Live for a record-breaking 16th time on Sept. 24. Grammy-winners Radiohead, who last stopped by Studio 8H in 2000 with host Kate Hudson, will help Baldwin kick off the 37th season of SNL as musical guests. Radiohead's latest record, The King of Limbs, was released back in February." [EW]Radiohead releases TKOL RMX 1234567, a double CD of all the commisioned remixes for The King of Limbs via tbd Records on October 11. Full tracklist below.
The remixes all come from the series of twelve-inch singles the band has been releasing since July. The next one, pictured above, is out August 15th.
More importantly.... Radiohead in NYC on Sept 24? A US release on Oct 11? Let's hope that means live shows too!
As previously mentioned, Battles have been in the studio working on their follow-up to 2007's Mirrored. The new album, titled Gloss Drop, is set to be released June 7 on Warp and features an array of guests including Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead, Gary Numan, Yamantaka Eye of Boredoms, and Matias Aguayo. Perhaps they'll help fill the void caused by the departure of guitarist/vocalist Tyondai Braxton. You can preorder the album here. Battles have also announced an international tour in support of the album including April 27 at Le Poisson Rouge. All dates are listed below.
Battles are also co-curating, with Caribou and Les Savy Fav, ATP Nightmare Before Christmas which is happening in the UK this December. Tickets go on sale 3/3 at 5 PM. In other Caribou related news, he is planning a split vinyl with Four Tet. Listen to each artist's contribution below.
Helmet, the band previous home to Battles drummer John Stanier, also plays this month as part of the Metalliance Tour with Saint Vitus, Crowbar, Red Fang, Howl, The Atlas Moth, and Kylesa. That hits Irving Plaza on March 25th.
All Battles dates, tracklisting, and MP3 streams below...
photos by Kam Tambini
"floor at webster hall about to collapse for caribou" - t m
Montreal indie rock act Karkwa took home the Polaris Music Prize for its fourth album, "Les Chemins de Verre" or "The Glass Paths" (Audiogram)...The band received $20,000 Canadian ($19,415).Oh well. Daniel Snaith probably didn't have a chance anyway, since Caribou already won it in 2008.
"Les Chemins de Verre" was recorded in part at La Frette studios in Paris during breaks on their French tour. "It's an unbelievable thing to win this prize," said the band in a statement. "We have a lot of respect for this contest and we think they do it for the right reason (music)."
Caribou is currently on the road and will stay there until the middle of December. Daniel and and his live band played Webster Hall in NYC on Wednesday (9/22) with help from Emeralds and Arp. No Emeralds/Arp pictures, but a few more Caribou ones, with a video, and the band's exhausting-looking tour schedule, below...
Caribou @ Governors Island Friday night (more by Andrew St Clair)
Caribou, who played Governors Island on Friday, also added a show at Webster Hall today. That's happening on September 22nd, and tickets go on sale Friday at noon. Caribou play the Midpoint Music Festival in Ohio on September 24th.
Kele from Bloc Party rescheduled a show at Webster Hall today.
All Caribou and Matt & Kim dates below....
"The best band from last night were the Chain Gang of 1974. Caribou the headline act were boring and I missed most of Phantogram. Fun anyways" - Hayley Hughes
"yick, chain gang of 1974 definitely won't win any awards for theie lyrical prowess. better luck next time y'all." - Taylor Self
"Chain Gang of 1974 are fun. Thought they were doin LCD Soundsystem's 'Us v Them' but no. Bass driven, dancey. May check em out at bkbowl too" - Ryan Muir
"Caribou BROUGHT IT at Governors Island last night. Dancin shoes worn out. Hopefully I can drag myself to Siren Fest..." - Chris Macowski
DOWNLOAD: Phantrogram - Mouthful of Diamonds (Michna remix) (MP3)
Caribou @ Governors Island Friday night
When the members of The Chain Gang of 1974 kicked off the evening's show at 8:00, the area in front of the stage was only sparsely populated, but people continued to filter in from the ferry as the sky dimmed. From the first notes of the thumping bass line, and the repetitive chorus of their opening song ("Stop!"), I admit I was pretty skeptical of the Denver artist and his backing band.
"Wake up! Come on! Wake up!" shouted front-man Kamtin Mohager as the beats from "Stop!" were winding down. He tossed his yellow guitar pick into the crowd, broke out a tambourine (and his best falsetto), and enthusiastically launched into the next song. From there, things only got more ridiculous. Throughout the course of their short set, Mohager hurled everything from water bottles to CDs and even a pair of bright red Converse high tops into the crowd, striking anyone unfortunate enough to be in the way.
Later, as Mohager shouted the line, "Just bob your fucking head," the crowd stared on in disbelief (and mild amusement). The Chain Gang of 1974's set was entertaining - but perhaps not in the way Mohager intended. The over-the-top delivery, unpredictable projectiles whizzing through the air, and lyrics about getting high all made for quite a show - even if it was only accidentally entertaining at best.
Next up was the impossibly hip duo, Phantogram, from upstate New York. Immediately, the mood shifted. There's nothing accidentally hip about keyboardist/vocalist Sarah Barthel, right down to her perfectly angled haircut, chic black clothing, and deeply intoxicating voice. Behind the duo, a series of swirling, indistinct images (with the occasional urban or pastoral landscape) were projected onto the wall to accompany their soulful electro beats, which served as a nice segue to Caribou's trippy (but upbeat) psychedelic fair. From the pulsating beats and sexy vocals of "When I'm Small" to the moodier strains of "You Are the Ocean" (which guitarist Joshua Carter sings), Phantogram's songs are captivating regardless of the tempo.
Caribou also made use of the projector for their show, favoring concentric circles (like their recent album art) and other brightly colored geometric arrangements, but far from sticking to black, each of the four members donned a lightly colored shirt. Knowing they'd have plenty of time for things to escalate, Caribou kicked off their set with the slowly building "Leave House" from their spring release, Swim.
"Everybody, we're Caribou. How are you doing? Thanks for coming to see us," said front man Dan Snaith by way of introduction. Though the stage at Governors Island is a decent size, Snaith and his band occupied only about 20% of it. Instead of leisurely spreading out, they had elected to sit closely huddled in the middle, with a ring of monitors and amps surrounding them. From this intimate set-up, they looked at one another for subtle timing cues as many of their songs are elongated in a live setting to allow for trance-inducing instrumental interludes. Far from hogging the spotlight, the pleasantly unassuming front man spent more time facing drummer Brad Weber than the audience. At times, Snaith would join Weber on the drums in what seemed like perfect synchronicity, as if they two were riding the same trance. Meanwhile, the crowd at the beachfront danced around, appreciatively, in a way that was appropriately both subdued and carefree, depending on the song.
"Jamelia," the final track on Swim, was particularly intoxicating with its smooth vocals, chill beat, and hypnotic synth line. But just when the audience was starting to fall into a coma brought on by the song, Caribou followed up with the more upbeat (and truly expansive) "Sun," which sent ripples of life into the crowd that coincided with the song's periodic swells.
But with each passing minute, more people vacated the area and lined up at the gate - no doubt to land a spot on one of first ferries back to Manhattan. By this point in the summer, the long lines - one of the major drawbacks of the Governors Island shows - are no secret. When Caribou came back on stage for their encore, even more people filed out, leaving only the most dedicated (and blissfully unaware) fans to dance in the pit 'til the end of the show.
More pictures and a few videos from the show, below...
DOWNLOAD: Phantrogram - Mouthful of Diamonds (Michna remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Chain Gang of 1974 - Hold On (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Chain Gang of 1974 - Don't Walk Away (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Chain Gang of 1974 - Matter of Time (MP3)
Phantogram @ Brooklyn Bowl in December (more by Ryan Muir)
Governors Island Ferry Information Update for the Friday July 16th show (Caribou and Phantogram featuring The Chain Gang of 1974)The above Michna remix is a premiere, and I threw a couple more Chain Gang of 1974 MP3s up there too to sweeten the deal. See you on Governors Island tonight! (though if you're not going you can listen on ConverseRadio).,
We encourage everyone to come early and enjoy the beach. Governors Island ferries will run from the Battery Maritime Building until 5:30PM. If you are on the island early, please make sure to get yourself to the Beach venue by 5:30PM where concert wristbands will be available
Dedicated concert ferries will depart after 5:30PM. Please enter the ferry queue at the NORTH end of the Battery Maritime Building.
Show time is 8:00PM.
Wristbands will also be distributed at the Manhattan ferry departure point on a first-come, first-serve basis, starting at 5:30PM.
All Phantogram and Caribou tour dates below...
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Caribou @ Sasquatch
Seattle Weekly: Where did the name Caribou come from?Caribou, Local Natives & Freelance Whales all played Sunday at the Sasquatch Festival in Washington State. Pictures & videos from their sets are in this post.
Daniel Snaith: It came from an acid trip actually. We were touring Canada at the time, and I knew I had to change the name. We had a day off and we were just hanging out in the prairies. We sat in a field and took acid, and that name appeared to me during that.
Caribou, Local Natives & Freelance Whales all play shows on Governors island this summer, as do Wild Nothing (added as opener on the Morning Benders / Freelance Whales date) and Alberta Cross (added as opener for Portugal. The Man). The first free Governors Island show is THIS Saturday (Yeasayer). More pictures, and some videos (including a Caribou dance party) from Sasquatch Day Two, below...
DOWNLOAD: Four Tet - Angel Echoes (Caribou Remix) (MP3)
Four Tet will be releasing a new 12" single for his song "Angel Echoes" to feature a pair of remixes. One is the above track cut up by Caribou (who will be playing Governors Island with Phantogram on July 16th), and the other side is a remix by Londoner Jon Hopkins. It's out July 19th in the UK and Europe, and August 3rd in North America, and the cover is above.
Kieran Hebden will be taking Four Tet on the road this summer to Europe, and in October to North America. He headlines Webster Hall on Friday, October 22nd. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
All dates are below...