Entries tagged with: Chairlift
Yesterday (7/22), SBTRKT announced that his new album will be called Wonder Where We Land and shared a track featuring Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig. He's since revealed that in addition to Ezra, the album will feature A$AP Ferg, Chairlift's Caroline Polacheck, Denai Moore, Jessie Ware, Koreless, Raury, Sampha and Warpaint. The deluxe edition features Raury, Sampha, Warpaint, Andrew Ashong and Boogie. It comes out September 23 via Young Turks. Tracklist and streams of the songs with Ezra and Sampha, below.
SBTRKT also announced a tour which brings him to NYC on October 26 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale July 31 with a presale starting July 29.
All dates are listed, with the tracklist and song streams, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Ramona Lisa / crowd with beach balls / DJ EZ @ Warm Up - 7/6/14
Among the many things going on in NYC over the July 4 weekend was the continuation of this summer's Warm Up series in MoMA PS1's courtyard. Luckily, Saturday (7/6) was a nice sunny day (unlike the two previous), so it was great timing for this outdoor show which included the NYC debut of UK garage vet DJ EZ, American house vet Todd Edwards, RVNG's Maxmillion Dunbar (who was joined by the Flex Is Kings dancers), Charlift singer Caroline Polachek's solo set Ramona Lisa, and Lit City Trax's J-Cush. The NY Times caught DJ EZ and Todd Edwards and wrote:
Mr. Edwards went first, and stayed resolutely in the present for much of his set, playing songs by young producers like Dosage and NVOY. The best garage has the feeling of being made on toy instruments: sweet and ecstatic, with moist, slippery synths and sugared soul vocals serving as anchor. Mr. Edwards did a commendable job linking the sound of now to yesterday, eventually coolly slipping into older music. He was also a ham, singing along to his own songs, especially "Shall Go" and "Face to Face," his 2001 collaboration with Daft Punk, and taking endless videos of the crowd and himself.After Warm Up, DJ EZ played NYC again at Output. Anyone catch that? Meanwhile, Ramona Lisa's set, which you may call the odd one out on the bill, was quite a spectacle with Caroline and her dancers in matching white outfits in front of the venue's eccentric backdrop. Pictures of the whole day are in this post, though unfortunately none of the inside of the "Hy-Fi" art installation which was closed that day (there's a few shots of it from the outside though).
DJ EZ, whose series of "Pure Garage" compilations were the genre's most definitive, took on more of the historical burden in his show-closing appearance, billed as his first D.J. set in New York. He showcased some of garage's biggest pop crossover moments, including "Re-Rewind," by the Artful Dodger and Craig David, and Daniel Bedingfield's "Gotta Get Thru This," as well as songs by M-Dubs and a garage remix of Sisqo's "Thong Song." (Garage remixes of American R&B songs were some of the most inventive of the day.)
...And yes, they both played Disclosure, whose 2013 album "Settle" has become the new movement's standard-bearer, even if it's sometimes a dry tribute to music that is resolutely wet.
Warm Up continues this week (7/12) with Mister Saturday Night, a live set from Cibo Matto (who also play Summerstage with Bonobo the next day), Archie Pelago, Gabriel Garzón Montano, and Auntie Flo (tickets). Get ready for that one with the new Mister Saturday Night compilation which you can stream, along with more pics of the last Warm Up and J-Cush's mix for that one, below...
As mentioned, the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair returns as part of Smorgasburg on Saturday, May 10 from 11 AM - 6 PM. This one is also part of the Red Bull Music Academy, with DJ sets from Autre Ne Veut, Caroline Polachek (Chairlift, Ramona Lisa), Tanlines' Jesse Cohen, Optimo and Sandra Electronics to make your crate digging a little more pleasurable. BrooklynVegan is also a proud sponsor.
As in previous editions, the BFRF is a mix of used vendors and independent label booths from the likes of DFA, Captured Tracks, Partisan, Cascine, Warp, Frenchkiss, Famous Class, Minimal Wave (with their now famous MW cupcakes) and more. New vendors for this edition are:
Black GoldThere will also be some exclusive items for sale, like an early chance to buy the Sylvan Esso album, otherwise "sold out" 7"s from Famous Class and more. A full list of Brooklyn Flea Record Fair exclusives and full vendor list below.
Campers' Rule Records
Chris Carnahan Records
Polyvinyl Record Co.
The Bunker New York
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Chairlift's Caroline Polachek releases her first solo album as Ramona Lisa next week (4/15) via Terrible Records. That's the cover art above. You can check out the video for current single "Backwards and Upwards" (much more upbeat than "Arcadia") in this post.
Ramona Lisa will play a record release party at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on April 28. No word on the rest of the bill but tickets are on sale now.
"Backwards and Upwards" video (and the one for "Arcadia") below...
DOWNLOAD: Ramona Lisa - "Arcadia" (MP3)
Chairlift's Caroline Polachek, last seen on stage with Blood Orange, is venturing out on her own under the name Ramona Lisa. She's actually been playing shows under the guise for a year or so, but will have an album out via Terrible on April 15. Polacheck made it her own (mostly in Rome, hence the name) with a laptop, and calls it "a concept album of love songs that are nature allegories" and describes it as 'pastoral electronic music." That description definitely fits the ethereal opening track, "Arcadia," which you can download above or watch the insect-obsessed video (co-directed by Polachek) below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Amazing show tonight, @devhynes!" - @DitaVonTeese
Blood Orange (w/ Samantha Urbani) @ Webster Hall 2/6/2014
While last night's Wester Hall show (2/6) wasn't as (indie) star-studded as the Cupid Deluxe record release show at 285 Kent back in December, Blood Orange's Dev Hynes has more than enough charisma to hold his own. This was Dev's first big, proper show since the release of his acclaimed second Blood Orange album and, while David Longstreth didn't make an appearance, Caroline Polachek of Chailift was on hand for night opener "Chamkay" and Queens rapper Despot joined later for his verse on "Clipped On."
Friends singer (and Hynes' girlfriend) Samantha Urbani, who is on much of the record, is basically a member of Blood Orange at this point and spent most of the evening on stage providing vocal support (there were back-up singers too, part of his very able band). UNO R&B singer (and frequent Mykki Blanco/Le1f collaborator) Ian Isiah opened the show. Pictures of both artists are in this post, as is Blood Orange's setlist.
Blood Orange are heading to the UK for a few dates. No word on an actual North American tour, but Dev and the band will be at Coachella in April. All dates are listed, along with more pics from Webster Hall, below...
The xx in Tulum - 12/31/13 (via @hickduarte)
There were tons of New Year's Eve shows here in NYC, as well as around the rest of the country, and down in Mexico, the Young Turks label threw a party on the beach in popular tourist site Tulum (famous, among other things, for its ruins). It literally went all night, kicking off with some of the label's DJs at 8 PM, followed by Sampha, John Talabot, Chairlift, The xx, Grimes, SBTRKT, Koreless, Pional, Four Tet and others playing past 11 AM New Year's Day.
During SBTRKT's set, he revealed an unreleased Jessie Ware collaboration, "Runaway." You can stream that, along with a video featuring clips of multiple sets from the show, and a few more pics, below...
by Andrew Sacher
If you've been on the internet at all today, you probably know that the event of the day is that Beyonce released a self-titled album with no singles and no announcements on iTunes around midnight. By now you've most likely already heard it or intentionally haven't listened to it, and I think as much as anyone else that we shouldn't review this thing immediately (and we can save it for our Best of 2014 lists, right?). That being said, it's also been fun to spend the day discussing the album, so let's discuss.
The album's only guest spots come from deservedly big names Jay Z ("Drunk in Love") Frank Ocean ("Superpower") and Drake ("Mine"), plus a moving feminist speech from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on "Flawless" (a reworking of "Bow Down"), and her daughter Blue Ivy on the album's final track, "Blue." There's also co-writing/production credits from Miguel, Caroline Polachek (of Chairlift), Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Sia, Drake producer Noah "40" Shebib and others. That cast isn't too surprising (except maybe Caroline Polachek), but it's a nice reminder if you needed it that certain big name artists are consistently working with the artists that complement them best, rather than just piling on other big name guests.
As I write this I'm on my fifth listen, and the album itself is sounding pretty impressive so far. Her last album, 4, was maybe the first Beyonce album to truly contain no filler, but even most of that album got overshadowed by standout singles like "Countdown" and "Love on Top." At the moment, it's not sounding like there's a track on Beyonce that could be a standout single, which is maybe why, like the similarly album-oriented Yeezus, they chose to release it without any preceding singles. (You also won't be able to purchase individual tracks on iTunes until December 20.) Like Yeezus, and The 20/20 Experience, Beyonce is instead a new album from a megastar that uses her status to unveil a full-length collection of forward-thinking music to the mainstream, the underground, and well, just about everybody. The future-R&B that guests Frank Ocean and Drake make on their own albums is the style most prevalent here, and mixing that with one of the most undeniably great voices in today's pop music makes Beyonce a hell of a listen.
You also may have heard that Beyonce is calling the album a "visual album," and it was released with 17 videos for the 14 tracks (a few bonus videos included). You can watch a playlist of 30-second clips of each video, along with the tracklist, below...
by Bill Pearis
Dev Hynes will release Cupid Deluxe, his second album as Blood Orange, on November 19. Having spent the last couple years writing well-liked songs for other people (Sky Ferreira, Solange), Dev has upped his game for the new record which features 10 slinky/sulty dance jams with guest appearances from David Longstreth, Chairlift's Caroline Polachek, Friends' Samantha Urbani, Clams Casino, Despot, and more. The whole record is streaming now via iTunes. (Those outside the U.S. can stream it here.) You can also watch the video for single "You're Not Good Enough" (featuring Urbani) below.
Blood Orange, who just played Pitchfork Paris over the weekend, doesn't have a full tour lined up just yet, but he will be playing a record release show at 285 Kent on November 15. While he's done shows in solo-with-laptop mode, this incarnation of Blood Orange is Dev with four-piece band, plus Urbani on vocals as well. Tickets for that NYC show are on sale now.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Lil B / Foxygen / Yo La Tengo
After entering with a robed choir behind him, R. Kelly starts stringing together his hits, medley style. A verse, a chorus, and then on to the next. Songs about "getting freaky in the club," the kitchen, the car, wherever. Kelly was the subject of a years-long investigation over child-pornography charges, but was eventually acquitted in 2008. None of that appears to matter to anyone left in the park tonight, as one of the largest crowds in Pitchfork history flocks to check out the dominant R&B performer of the last two decades. The Union Park crowd reaction isn't quite as over-the-top as that of his typical audience, but the dancing continues to escalate until the set peaks with "When a Woman's Fed Up" and the stepping songs "Happy People" and "Step in the Name of Love," accompanied by white balloons. Kelly saves "I Believe I Can Fly" for the encore, and this time white-dove balloons fill the sky. [Chicago Tribune]Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 wrapped up on Sunday (7/21) with its most hip hop heavy day, including sets from rappers El-P, Killer Mike, Lil B, and Tree, plus rap producers TNGHT and Evian Christ (who both happen to be Kanye collaborators). And not exactly rap, but in that real there were also sets from MIA and obscure up-and-comer R. Kelly. It wasn't all hip hop though. Sunday also gave us sets from Foxygen (whose singer, Sam France, continued his streak of climbing at festivals), Yo La Tengo, Waxahatchee, Autre Ne Veut, Glass Candy, and more. Pictures of the final day of the festival are in this post.
If you haven't been keeping up with our coverage of Pitchfork festival, day 1 pictures and review are HERE, and more pictures are HERE and HERE. Day 2 pictures and review are HERE and more pictures are HERE. Day 3 pictures continue below...
The xx at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Beggars Group-affiliated label Young Turks is throwing its first New Year's Eve party in Mexico this year. The party happens on December 31 in Tulum with sets from Grimes, Four Tet, The xx, John Talabot, Pional, Koreless, Chairlift, Sampha, Tasker, and more TBA. Tickets for the show are on sale now.
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival is returning to Union Park from July 19-21 with sets from Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Belle & Sebastian, R. Kelly, Solange, Rustie, Low, The Breeders, Swans, Savages, Merchandise, Julia Holter, KEN mode, White Lung, TNGHT, Evian Christ, Waxahatchee, El-P, Killer Mike, and more across three stages (Red, Blue, and Green). The set times for the festival have now been announced, and you can check out the full day-by-day schedule below.
3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets are still available.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
YYYs @ GoogaMooga 2013
We've already posted photos from the first two bands (The Darkness and The Flaming Lips) to play the Great GoogaMooga kickoff concert on Friday (5/17). Here are a set from headliners Yeah Yeah Yeahs who were the only band to actually get to play after sunset. A few shots of Chairlift, who played two different DJ sets that day and who will perform in the same location of the park this summer, are also in this post.
Did you go on Friday? How was your GoogaMooga experience?
Right after playing GoogaMooga, YYYs hopped down to Gulf Shores, Alabama to play the 2013 Hangout Fest on Sunday (5/19).
"About halfway through the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Hangout Music Festival set, frontwoman Karen O took a moment to make a special announcement before playing the band's 2004 breakout single "Maps." "This is dedicated to Stevie Wonder," she called out to the thousands of fans who showed up to catch the Yeah's set. The iconic R&B star was slated to follow the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on the Hangout Stage as the weekend's headliner." [MTV]---
Despite not having the most successful event either this year (rain) or last year (lines), a Channel 12 report claims GoogaMooga will be back in 2014. Meanwhile, BV Chicago reports that GoogaMooga might be coming to Chicago in August.
More Yeah Yeah Yeahs photos are below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Banana split: The Darkness @ GoogaMooga 2013
While Brooklyn's music-food-beer fest Great GoogaMooga 2013 came to a soggy, earlier-than-expected end, Friday's kickoff show (5/17) couldn't have been more perfect, weather-wise. The day got off to an early start and a bang with Lowestoft, UK's finest cheeky rockers, The Darkness. An expert at crowd participation, frontman Justin Hawkins (who was hopefully wearing sunscreen with that catsuit) had the crowd showing him their thumbs as the band cranked out tunes that tread the fine line between clever and stupid.
Chairlift and N.A.S.A's Sam Speigel had DJ sets on either side of the Darkness' performance that was followed by The Flaming Lips and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The Darkness play Philly on Tuesday (5/21) before heading back to England. All dates are listed, along with more GoogaMooga pictures and video, below...
Chairlift @ Capitale, Feb. 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
As mentioned, Bear in Heaven are playing short film showcase Tropfest which happens in Prospect Park's "Nethermead" on June 22. Since that post, the full line-up was announced: Chairlift, Bear in Heaven, Ghost Beach and People Get Ready will perform, and Neon Indian will DJ. Free tickets are still available.
Meanwhile, Chairlift will play DJ, strangely enough, also in Prospect Park's Nethermead this Friday for GoogaMooga. between Flaming Lips and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Chairlift's Caroline Polachek provided vocals on Ice Choir's track, "Everything is Spoilt by Use" and you can check out the recent video for that song and more tour dates below.
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The final Pitchfork Festival lineup has now been announced, and in addition to previously announced acts like R. Kelly, Joanna Newsom, and Swans, it now includes M.I.A., Lil B, Solange, Wire, Yo La Tengo, Low, Savages, Toro Y Moi, Phosphorescent, Metz, Autre Ne Veut, Mikal Cronin, Parquet Courts, Merchandise, Woods, Julia Holter, Glass Candy, Andy Stott, Pissed Jeans, Frankie Rose, Ryan Hemsworth, Waxahatchee, Blood Orange, Daughn Gibson, Evian Christ, White Lung, KEN Mode, and DJ Rashad.
Three-day passes and single-day tickets are still available.
In other Chicago music festival news, Lollapalooza early bird passes went on sale today, sold out, and then regular 3-day passes went on sale and sold out. Single day tickets go on sale April 9.
Full Pitchfork Festival lineup and schedule below...
Pitchfork Fest 2012 (more by James Richards IV
After already announcing R. Kelly, Björk, and Belle and Sebastian as the headliners for this year's Pitchfork Music Festival, P4k has revealed that those artists will be joined by Joanna Newsom, The Breeders (playing Last Splash), Swans, El-P, Killer Mike, TNGHT, Chairlift, Sky Ferreira, ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Rustie, Mac DeMarco, Foxygen, Angel Olsen, Trash Talk, and Tree.
Current lineup/schedule below...
photos by Dylan Johnson
Matthew Dear / Chairlift @ Capitale, 2/21/2013
Last week (2/21) Chairlift and Matthew Dear played the high-concept Black party at tony downtown joint Capitale. The onetime bank did make for a striking setting. Chairlift were a last-minute sub for The Virgins had to drop out of the show. The night ended with a DJ set by The Rapture. Did you go? What was the scene like? Did you visit the "special sound experience by Sennheiser" and if so what was it? More pics from the Black party are below.
Cincinnati, OH festival Bunbury Music Festival is returning for its second year from July 12 - 14, 2013. The lineup was just announced and it includes MGMT (who were also just announced for Firefly Music Festival), The National (who were also just announced for Bonnaroo and have a huge Brooklyn show coming up), Belle and Sebastian and Yo La Tengo (who just announced a tour together, which includes a Prospect Park show), Camera Obscura, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Savoir Adore, Bear Hands, Oberhofer, We Are Scientists, Chairlift, Cake, Tegan & Sara, Tokyo Police Club, Devotchka, Those Darlins, Buffalo Killers, Sky Ferreira, and more.
Tickets for the festival are on sale now. Full lineup below...
Chairlift @ Glasslands, 12/19/2013 (more by Robert Altman)
As mentioned, Matthew Dear is performing at the "conceptual music experience" known as "Black," which is happening on Thursday (2/21) at swanky downtown eatery/club Capitale in the historic Bowery Bank building. The Virgins were to have played this as well, but have dropped out and have been replaced by Chairlift. The Rapture are DJing, and Black also features Jim-E Stack, a "special sound experience by Sennheiser," and art installations by Charlie Nesi, Young & Sick, and Joel Walker. Tickets (starting at $40) are still available.
Matte, the producers of the event, made a video announcement for the Black party and you can watch that stylishly NSFW clip below.
Local Natives at Bowery Ballroom in October (more by Tracy Allison)
Local Natives, who we hadn't heard from in a while until they were revealed as the secret headliner at a Bowery Ballroom show during CMJ, soon after announced that they'll release their new album, Hummingbird, on January 29 via Frenchkiss, the followup to their 2009/2010 debut, Gorilla Manor. The new album will be supported by a tour which includes three sold out NYC shows in February.
But while we wait for new material from Local Natives, we're still wrapping up our 2012 coverage so we asked Local Natives for a list of their top 10 albums of 2012, which singer/guitarist/bassist Taylor Rice and singer/keyboardist/percussionist/guitarist Kelcey Ayer compiled and sent our way. You can check out their 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...
photos by Robert Altman
Twin Sister / Chairlift
Chairlift, Twin Sister, Empress Of, Slowdance, and Jason McMahon teamed up for a Hurricane Sandy relief benefit in Brooklyn at Glasslands on Monday (12/17). Pictures and videos (via Bleary Eyed Brooklyn) of Chairlift and Twin Sister from the show are in this post.
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.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Ex Cops - Wonderful Christmas Time (MP3)
photo by Nanci Sarrouf
Admission. Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmas Time" is easily my most-hated holiday pop song. Repetive, grating, plodding, and seemingly recorded by accident, the song makes me want to suck a candycane into a point and gouge out my eardrums. (Unlike, say, The Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping" which I can listen to ad infinitum.) So it's a Christmas miracle that Ex Cops have taken this unfortunate Macca yuletide perennial and sped it up, turned it up and transformed it into a rough-hewn little indiepop charmer. We've got the premiere of the song right here in the post to download above or stream below. Merry Ex-mas.
Another present you're going to have to wait a bit for is Ex Cops terrific debut album, True Hallucinations, which hits January 22 via Other Music Recording Company. The band are playing a record release show at Glasslands that same day with Hunters also on the bill (tickets). After that, Ex Cops play Mercury Lounge on February 15 and tickets to that show are on sale at noon. You can see them sooner than that, though, as they were just added to tonight's Paul Banks show at Webster Hall (12/14) and tickets are still available.
Meanwhile Ex Cops' Brian Harding and Amalie Bruun have each submitted lists of their favorite songs from 2012. In a bit of daring, they both include their own single "You Are a Lion, I Am a Lamb" on their respective lists. Check them out below.