Entries tagged with: Cat Power
Cat Power @ T5, 1/29/2013 (via @theconstantwanderer)
...the lights went down and Cat Power's backing band wound up with a slight guitar line that seemed to bring Chan Marshall out of the shadows. She had let her Mohawk grow out--no photographs were allowed during the set, so please bear with textual descriptors--but her hair was still short and bleached-blond, with darkly imperious eyebrows that arched over the back of the room. If you've never heard it before (I hadn't), Marshall's voice in person is only slightly less burnished than on record, not necessarily always the magnificent, ineffable thing I had been expecting. It was also difficult to hear contours and nuances due to Sun's stickier beats ("Sun"), vocal distortion ("Silent Machine"), and the simple fact that her voice was often sunk low in the mix ("Cherokee" and "Human Being"). When you could hear it above everything else, however, on older piano-driven cuts like "I Don't Blame You" or "Bully," it rose in her throat raw and untrammeled, transfixing everyone enough to shush themselves. - [Village Voice]Cat Power's current tour hit Terminal 5 last night and we've got the setlist to the sold-out show below. Also on the bill was rapper Angel Haze, who also appears on a new, Ryan Hemsworth remix of Chan's single "Manhattan" which you can stream below.
Openers for the evening were SISU, the band fronted by Sandra Vu who also plays drums in Dum Dum Girls (Jules Dum DUm is also in the bad). You can catch them Thursday night (1/31) at Glasslands with "duo" versions of Crocodiles and Punks on Mars, as well as a solo set from Cassie Ramone. Tickets are still available.
You can catch Ryan Hemsworth live on his upcoming tour with Daedelus and Salvia.
Cat Power remix and setlist are below...
Since you are so busy with Dum Dum Girls, do you find it difficult to balance both projects?Cat Power has had some pretty eclectic openers for her shows of late: Xray Eyeballs have opened for the singer in NYC and Europe, and Angel Haze will do so at Terminal 5 on Tuesday (1/29). For a couple of her other East Coast shows -- tonight (1/28) in Richmond, VA and Wednesday (1/30) in Philly -- Chan Marshall has tapped dream pop combo SISU, the band fronted by Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu.
Yeah, it's really difficult actually. With Dum Dum Girls, we have a lot of stuff going on, but it's still hard to kind of perceive what we're going to be doing next year, for instance, and with a band you kind of have to know when you're going to be free way in advance--like six to nine months--and that's kind of why I have to do more DIY stuff, because then I can just do it when I have time and don't have to plan with a company or anything.
While listening to Sisu it sounds much different than Dum Dum Girls--sparse, dark, more synth. What would you say are the largest differences between the bands?
Probably the biggest difference is that we use a lot of synth and keyboards, where Dum Dum Girls is more straightforward rock 'n' roll. Dee Dee [Penny] and I have similar tastes in music, but it comes out different. She mainly writes songs with guitar and her voice, where Sisu could be inspired by a keyboard part or drum part, or guitar too, but I think you can tell it comes out differently. It's not a straightforward rock band. -[OC Weekly]
UPDATE: SISU now also playing the Terminal 5 show as well. Updated dates below.
While on the East Coast, SISU will play NYC as well, hitting Glasslands on Thursday (1/31) for a pretty sweet line-up that includes an "electric duo" version of Crocodiles as headliners, plus Punks of Mars and a Cassie Ramone solo set. Advance tickets are on sale.
SISU will be releasing new music soon via NYC label Mono Prism but in the meantime you can stream Demon Tapes Vol. 2 below.
Angel Haze on "Werkin' Girls" set (more by Guy Eppel)
Brooklyn rapper Angel Haze, having survived a Twitter fight with Azealia Banks, will open for Major Lazer on U.S. tour in March. While there are no NYC dates announced, Angel will be playing out city fairly soon, opening for Cat Power at Terminal 5 on January 29. Tickets are still available.
Other than her spat with Azealia, Haze has been having a pretty good run the last few months. She was one of the longlist nominees in BBC's Sound of 2013 poll and worked with Erikah Badu on her Classick mixtape (streamable here).
All Angel Haze tour dates are below...
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion released a new album, Meat and Bone, this year and we spoke to drummer Russell Simins to see what his favorite albums of the year were. There is some new stuff there, but a good chunk of the list is made up of reissues and uncovered lost recordings, and he's got some really interesting inclusions. Check out his full list below.
As mentioned, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion will play a WFMU benefit (to help WFMU recover from Sandy damages) in NYC on January 13 at The Bell House with Jonathan Toubin, legendary Texas gospel funk group The Relatives (who also play Joe's Pub a day later with Debo Band), Dot Wiggin, and Di Dionyso. Tickets for that show are still available.
Russell's list below...
Today Pitchfork posted the first half (well, first 30 albums) of their Top 50 Albums of 2012 list. There are some surprises on it, like Peaking Lights and Sharon Van Etten, who seemed more likely to end up on their Honorable Mentions list due to their relatively lower scores and the fact that most of the albums on this list were awarded Best New Music throughout the year. Cat Power and Hot Chip also make it, both of whose new albums seemed to have received less love from Pitchfork than previous releases by those artists. A Rustie Essential Mix also makes the list even though his actual album which came out last year didn't make their 2011 list. And of course the expected ones end up there too like Purity Ring, Julia Holter, Schoolboy Q, Miguel, and more. The remaining 20 will be revealed tomorrow (Friday, 12/21).
Check out their 50-30 picks below...
by Bill Pearis
Pitchfork just posted their much anticipated list of the top 100 tracks of 2012. The #1 slot went to... Grimes! Whether you thought the whole of her album Visions was good or not, it was hard to deny the charms of "Oblivion." (Having that great video didn't hurt either.) Do you think it deserved to top the list? If not then what song should've?
You can check out P4K's entire hot 100 of 2012 below.
The United States of Chan (via)
The above photo appeared on Cat Power's instagram feed recently and now from the looks of it, it may become a reality. Not a giant version of Chan Marshall that could kill us all but, y'know, a tour. (UPDATE: It is a tour, dates are below) While her new album Sun has been bouncing around many year-end lists in 2012 and she's already toured the album once, now comes word that she'll breathe life into those songs on the live stage again in 2013. So far the known dates are limited, but they do include stops in Santa Ana, CA and Philadelphia at the end of January, as well as Terminal 5 on January 29. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Wednesday (12/19) at noon.
All known tour dates and a video of Chan having a meltdown in front of children are below. The dates include a late winter trip to Australia and New Zealand (which is technically late summer over there). Lets hope Chan keeps healthy in the meantime.
by Bill Pearis
Frank Ocean at Angel Orensanz Center, 9/24/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
One of the saddest losses of 2012 for me was the NYC print edition of The Onion which I always looked forward to picking up on Wednesdays and browsing while on the subway or getting some food on the neighborhood. (I still have my copy of the "CHINA STRONG" issue, easily one of the funniest they've ever done.) I lament of it for the AV Club half as well, as I've long found it to be amongst the best pop culture criticism/journalism out there. While NYC can no longer get physical copies, you can still read it online where the AV Club has really flourished.
It's Year-End season there too and have just published their Top 25 LPs of 2012 list, which was tallied by a complicated system that led to a lot of ties, including three albums claiming the #18 spot. There was no doubt who was getting the top slot, though, as Frank Ocean's Channel Orange got the most votes by a wide margin. There's no stopping that album on year end polls. Elsewhere on the list, you'll find more than a few records that cater to the late-'30s indie rock fan crowd (The Walkmen, Bob Mould, Field Music) and even Rush's Clockwork of Angels. You can look at individual writers' ballots as well. Check out the whole list below.
by Andrew Sacher
More of the big 2012 year-end lists have been rolling in, with NPR and SPIN recently revealing theirs, and now Rolling Stone have unleashed theirs. Similarly to Uncut, the expected albums from older artists are there, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Dr. John, and the number one slot going to Bruuuuuuuuuuuce. It's got huge albums like Mumford and Sons, Taylor Swift, and fun., as well as the token high ranking indie album (Japandroids at #9), the token washed up band who was once classic (Green Day), things you knew you'd see on Rolling Stone's list like Jack White and Alabama Shakes, and... Grimes!
You can read the whole list below...
Japandroids at Pitchfork, July 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
NPR Music have announced their "50 favorite" albums of 2012, which includes names like Pallbearer, Andy Stott, Cat Power, Fiona Apple, Death Grips, and Swans. (No Grimes, though.) The list is also deep with hip hop, with shouts to Homeboy Sandman, Kendrick Lamar, Killer Mike and many others. Much like Q magazine did, NPR opted to list them alphabetically instead of one better than the next. Check out the full list below.
by Andrew Sacher
SPIN have revealed their list of the top 50 albums of 2012. It continues SPIN's trend of giving love to crossover punk and metal (which they've been pretty consistent with since naming Fucked Up's David Comes to Life their top album of 2011) with the inclusion of Baroness, Torche, Pallbearer, Cloud Nothings, and Japandroids, but rather surprisingly excludes the SPIN Essential'd Ceremony - Zoo and The Men - Open Your Heart, in favor of popular blowouts by Taylor Swift, fun., and Nicki Minaj. The list also shares its #1 and #2 with the two highest Pitchfork-rated albums of the year. And no Grimes.
The list begins with the Kanye-cribbed disclaimer, "Most critics' taste levels ain't at our waist level. Ain't nobody fucking with our clique." Check out SPIN's Top 50 LPs of 2012 list below.
UK music magazine Uncut put out their list of the top 75 albums of 2012. The top ten leans pretty heavy on long-running '60s/'70s survivors who put out new albums this year, but plenty of the list-topping regulars from newer acts are on there too, along with a few interesting surprises (Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & the Congos!). You can check out the full list below.
Q Magazine put out their Top 50 albums of 2012 list, choosing to do so in no particular order this year, making it more a pile than a list. Check out Q's picks in alphabetical order below.
Long-running UK music weekly NME has just published their Year-End issue and have named Tame Impala's Lonerism as album of the year, with Grimes, Frank Ocean, Crystal Castles and Alt-J rounding out the Top 5. Tame Impala offshoot Pond comes in at #7. Check out the entire Top 50 list below.
NME's Top 50 LPs of 2012 are listed below.
The Fly is the "UK's most popular new music magazine," but if you haven't heard of it, its because it's a free monthly that doesn't really get international distribution. You can however read it online. The mag just released it's year-end issue and topping their Best Albums of 2012 is Sharon Van Etten's Tramp (which was just released in a Deluxe edition, a fine Xmas gift don't you know). Sharon narrowly beat out Grimes, whose Visions came in at #2. The whole list, in ascending order, is below and you can read what The Fly said about each album here.
A list of the Fly's Top 50 Albums of 2012 is below.
Jack White @ Radio City Music Hall, 9/30/2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
In addition to the Fleetwood Mac cover story (and Rumours cover CD that comes with it), the new issue of MOJO is the 2012 Year-End wrap-up with the best albums list which is topped by Jack White's Blunderbuss. Their list is definitely different than most, but also in line with the mag that puts the Beatles on the cover at least once a year. You can check out MOJO's Top 20 below.
photo via Cat Power Instagram
Two days after announcing the cancellation of her European tour due to health problems, Chan Marshall aka Cat Power appeared on Conan to perform "Cherokee" off their new album Sun. Watch the video below...
As many of my fans know, I've been suffering from angioedema. It can attack at random & is extremely frightening and dangerous when it hits my throat, windpipe, or tongue, and I've been hospitalized for it eight times since the first attack, 2 DAYS AFTER MY RECORD RELEASE.Cat Power aka Chan Marshall Instagrammed the above picture and message which announces her European tour cancellation. She previously warned she might cancel, but then said she would go on with a lower budget tour. That obviously didn't work out. Feel better Chan!
Since then, I worked very very hard with all the best allergists, cardiologists, neurologists, accupuncurists, homeopathists & renowned healers that I could find, Body Talk, Reiki, Yoga, etc. so that I COULD DO THIS AMERICAN TOUR.
I did my best & I want to do MORE & BETTER.
The American tour has been wonderful and amazing, and with me being unable to AFFORD to bring my show with full production, (which i helped create) to Europe, financially, really dumped a huge additional amount of stress on me as i was and still am fighting trying to get tour support.
I have to postpone my European tour until early next year, so I can return home and re-engage myself back into my health regimen.
I fucking love my fans.
Everything I do regarding my career, I FIRST, think of my fans and this world we all share.
But right now, I HAVE TO think of myself because I have to learn trough meditation & being clear from alcohol & cigarettes & red meat and lots of rest amongst my menagerie of doctors.... I have to think of MYSELF right now because I have to now LEARN to heal myself.
Through that, I can learn to help others to heal themselves.
I know my fans will understand and I thank them and love them much more than I believe they could ever know.
I am here and do what I do, for them and because of them.
You have kept me alive this long, I refuse to give up on you OR MYSELF.
And that goes to all the journalists who write a true story as well. To you all in the struggle. May light be on your path at every step.
X @mrpharmacist72 @adelineadieu @nicoturner @afasm #catpower #VOTE #OBAMA #FIGHT #THE #POWERS #THAT #BE
Chan Marshall aka Cat Power instagrammed the above picture tonight, with this message:
I MAY HAVE TO CANCEL MY EUROPEAN TOUR DUE TO BANKRUPTCY & MY HEALTH STRUGGLE WITH ANGIOEDEMA. I HAVE NOT THROWN IN ANY TOWEL, I AM TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT BEST I CAN DO. HEART BROKEN. WORKED SO HARD. GOT SICK DAY AFTER "SUN" CAME OUT & BEEN STRUGGLING TO KEEP ALL POINTS OF ME IN EQUILIBRIUM : MIND, SPIRIT, BODY HEALTHY CENTERED & GROUNDED. I AM DOING THE BEST I CAN. I FUCKING LOVE THIS PLANET. I REFUSE TO GIVE UP. THOUGH I MAY NEED TO RESTRATAGIZE FOR MY SECURITY & HEALTH.Chan, you definitely better not give up. We all love you too much.
UPDATE: Cat Power announced on Thursday (11/1) that the European tour will go on, but without all the "stage presentation" (aka no lasers, no gorilla).
Cat Power headlined Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC one week ago, and since had to postpone a Philly show due to the hurricane (new date = 1/30). She is scheduled to play in Minneapolis tonight (10/30). Her full list of currently scheduled dates is below..
Cat Power @ Hammerstein Ballroom - 10/23/2012 (pic via supergalaxy)
Less than a week after Primus made things 3-D, Cat Power brought laser lights and her tour with Willis Earl Beal and X-Ray Eyeballs to Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC last night (10/23). How was the show? Hopefully nobody fell out of the balcony. The setlist is below...
Willis Earl Beal @ Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Chicago's Willis Earl Beal has signed-on to support Cat Power on a few of her October North American tour dates, including tonight's Hammerstein Ballroom show (10/23) that also has Xray Eyeballs as an opener (and a few other dates). Tickets are still available.
Willis Earl Beal, who JUST cancelled a headlining NYC show at Bowery Ballrooms earlier this month, had to cancel a few more of his own shows to make this tour work, and you can check out his complete 2012 schedule below, along with a video for "Monotony."
In addition to everything else we posted, today, here's some more, and some reminders too...
It's also National Voter Registration Day, as miss Annie Clark has so kindly reminded us above. Did you register to vote yet? We also would like to know, however, what's the deal with the Tiny Tim photo in the background?
Speaking of St. Vincent, it's David Byrne / St. Vincent Week here in NYC. Their first of three area shows together happens tonight at the Beacon Theater, as Kelly Pratt pointed out in the latest edition of his tour diary.
Neil Young has started a Twitter account and will be taking your questions via it in October. Right now, though, @NeilYoung seems to handled by a marketing intern.
Paper Bag Records just released the free David Bowie tribute album, Paper Bag Records vs. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, with covers by Austra & CFCF, PS I Love You, The Luyas, Yamantaka/Sonic Titan and more. Download it for free HERE.
Speaking of Yamantaka/Sonic Titan, they performed at the Polaris Prize Gala in Toronto last night, but ended up losing to Feist.
Converge is back with "Shame In the Way" a new song from their forthcoming LP All We Love We Leave Behind. Stream that new track, coupled with an interview with vocalist Jacob Bannon in the latest Show Now Mercy at Pitchfork. Look for the LP on 10/9 via Epitaph.
Sweden's Terrible Feelings have released a new video for "Next Round's On You" from their Shadows LP. Check that out below.
Field Report visited the A.V. Club's HQ in Chicago and took on the Sufjan Stevens mainstay "Chicago" for their Undercover series. Check out the clip below.
More stuff below...
Deerhoof at ATP 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Hot Tub @ Littlefield
* Cumbiagra @ Barbes
* World Party @ City Winery
* Paper Bird @ The Rock Shop
* "Et Cetera" Festival @ Public Assembly
* Alexandra Stewart, Magmana, Thick Wild, Sri @ Glasslands
* Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost @ Living Room
* Mike Bones, Ken Griffin, Joe Denardo/Mike Bones Duo @ Zebulon
* Pictureplane, Dog Leather, Debbie DJs Dallas @ 285 Kent Avenue
* Deerhoof, Buke and Gase, Mirel Wagner @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Campilongo Quartet with Erik Deutsch, Jeff Hill, Tony Mason @ Living Room
* Madame Mayhem, Static Summer, Threats, Shannon McArdle @ The Mercury Lounge
* Patterson Hood (and the Downtown Rumblers), Hope For AGoldenSummer @ Bowery Ballroom
* Morgan O'Kane, Ezekial Healy, Melanie Moser, De///Lion, The Rude Mechanical Orchestra @ Death By Audio
* Heavenly Beat, Splash, Psychobuildings, Beach Day, Young Boys, Plastic Flowers (DJ set) @ The Studio at Webster Hall
In honor of the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, protestors have returned to celebrate with a "roving carnival of resistance." People began gathering over the weekend, during which there was an anniversary concert with Tom Morello, Jello Biafra, Lee Ranaldo, My Brightest Diamond, and more.
The "Et Cetera" Festival continues tonight at Public Assembly.
The Wu-Block tour (aka Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch) was supposed to hit Highline Ballroom tonight, but has been rescheduled for October 28 (after initially being rescheduled for tonight from August 8). Tickets are still available and all purchased tickets for either past date will be honored.
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Cat Power made a video for the song "Cherokee," off her new album, Sun. Watch it below.
Jim Noir released his new album, Jimmy's Show, in the UK today. Check out the video for "Tea" below.
Cat Power's new album, Sun, is out in about a month (September 4 to be specific) and Chan has just revealed a second track off the album, "Cherokee," which you can stream below in its original form and remixed by Nicolas Jaar. You can download them as well via the same streaming widget.
New album means touring and while she hasn't announced a full tour yet, Cat Power will play Hammerstein Ballroom on October 23. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 10 at noon with a presale starting Wednesday (8/8) at noon. The only other U.S date as of now is Boston the following night (10/24).
UPDATE: The full tour has been announced. The list of all dates and the "Cherokee" streams are below.
DOWNLOAD: Cat Power - "Ruin" (MP3)
Cat Power has been talking for some time about a new album, which she plans to record all of the instruments herself. Details on that album have finally arisen; it's called Sun and it's due out September 4 via Matador. The album will be her first new album of original material since 2006's The Greatest. That's the cover art above and the tracklist is below. Maybe you heard her previewing some of the songs at Webster Hall last year? You can now hear the studio versions of one of those tracks, "Ruin," which is available to download above or listen to it below in the album announcement video. The album will become available to pre-order on iTunes with exclusive bonus tracks tonight at midnight.
No dates are announced at the moment, but hopefully some will be scheduled soon.
Video and tracklist below...