Entries tagged with: Cold Specks
"Recording with Michael Gira and Swans was a dream come true. Proud to have been a part of an epicly great record. #johncongleton" - St. Vincent
by Andrew Sacher
Swans at Warsaw in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Swans are finally set to follow up their excellent 2012 LP The Seer with a new album, To Be Kind, on May 13 via Michael Gira's Young God label in North American and Mute worldwide. Gira points out that some of the material was developed during their 2012/13 tour, so though the full tracklist hasn't been revealed yet, it seems likely that the title track is the opening song on Swans' recent live album, Not Here / Not Now. Another song from that live album, "Bring the Sun," has been confirmed for the new LP too.
Excitingly, the album features vocals "throughout the record" from Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent (!), plus their Mute labelmate Cold Specks and cabaret singer Little Annie, who has opened for Swans before. Gira produced the album with John Congleton, who also produced the new St. Vincent album. Like The Seer, this one will be just over two hours long.
For this album Gira will be joined by Norman Westberg, Christoph Hahn, Phil Puleo, Thor Harris, and Christopher Pravdica.
The only currently announced Swans date is ATP Iceland, but Gira just announced a solo tour of Europe. All of those dates are listed, along with a live video of "To Be Kind," below...
Moby at Moogfest 2011 (more by Diana Wong)
The last album from electronic musician Moby was the rather downcast Destroyed., which he put out in 2011. He's now just announced that album's followup, and it's looking like it's going to be a much more epic affair than its predecessor. The album, titled Innocents (due out 9/30), is set to feature guest spots from Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, Screaming Trees frontman/QOTSA collaborator Mark Lanegan, Eminem/Dr. Dre collaborator Skylar Grey, and past Moby collaborator Inyang Bassey.
It also features singer/songwriters Cold Specks and Damien Jurado, both of whose 2012 albums ended up Moby's top ten of that year. The first single, "A Case For Shame" (which features lead vocals from Cold Specks) is available to stream now. Check it out below.
In related news, The Flaming Lips recently announced two Terminal 5 shows (10/1-2) with Tame Impala, and they also play a CT show in July with Spiritualized. Tickets for all three of those shows are still available.
Song stream and album tracklist below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Jim James @ Webster Hall, 4/29/2013
It's a strange juxtaposition going from witnessing a caped James fronting My Morning Jacket at a packed Madison Square Garden, which holds roughly 20,000 during concerts, to seeing his dancing, up-close in a Blues Brothers-themed suit, 20 blocks south at Webster Hall, which fills with a little more than 1,400 at the main stage. But last night proved that venue has little influence and Jim James can and always will beguile an audience of any size. - [Baeblemusic]My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James played the relatively cozy Webster Hall last night (4/29) as part of his current solo tour, with support from Cold Specks (who also played Pianos later that night). Pictures from last night are in this post. Whether with MMJ or by himself like last night, one thing remains constant: that mesmerizing hair.
Jim will be back in town this summer for a collaborative show with The Roots in Prospect Park, and also with My Morning Jacket when they open for much of Bob Dylan and Wilco's Americanarama tour (though not at Nikon @ Jones Beach, where Beck will open). More shots from Webster Hall are below.
Cold Specks in Chicago earlier this month (more by James Richards IV)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Leslie Kritzer @ Joe's Pub
* Lizz Winstead @ The Bell House
* Jim James, Cold Specks @ Webster Hall
* Liam Finn, Rohypnotize @ Knitting Factory
* Opeth, Katatonia @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* How to destroy angels_, DIIV @ Apollo Theater
* Frank Londons Shekhina Big Band @ The Stone
* The Neighbourhood, Wardell @ Bowery Ballroom
* Wyatt Cenac, Dan St. Germain, Ian Kamel @ Littlefield
* Cold Specks, Prince of Innocence, Hey Anna @ Pianos
* Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Animal Tropical, Harvey Eyeballs, Oscar Adams @ Cake Shop
* Cru The Dynamic, Hints, We Can't Enjoy Ourselves @ Glasslands
* Ex Caves (Yonatan of Monotonix), Laura Ortman @ Mercury Lounge
* Goatwhore, 3 Inches of Blood, Revocation, Ramming Speed @ Saint Vitus
* Filmmatic- An Evening of Rare Hip Hop Documentaries @ Landmark Sunshine Cinema
* DJ Bobbito Garcia, Amir Abdullah, Chairman Mao, DISTAL, Monotropics @ Bowery Electric
UPDATE: Cass McCombs, Scott Metzger, Joe Russo and friends are playing at Bar 4 tonight.
Jim James and Cold Specks tour into NYC tonight for a sold out show at Webster Hall. Check out pictures from the Chicago show on BV Chicago.
Cold Specks also plays her own show, which is not sold out, at Pianos later tonight. Want a free pair of tickets? Tweet "Give me tickets to see Cold Specks at Pianos tonight @BrooklynVegan" for a chance to win.
Jim James also plays Prospect Park this summer.
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Chance the Rapper is releasing his new mixtape, Acid Rap, this week (4/30), and he just put out the video for the track "Smoke Again," which features Black Hippy member Ab-Soul. Check it out below.
Speaking of awesome rap collaborations, Clams Casino and (MF) DOOM just put out a song together called "Bookfiend." Stream that below too.
Phosphorescent at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
As mentioned, Newport Folk Festival is returning this year to Fort Adams State Park from July 26 to 28, and since we last spoke, the lineup has been revealed. This year's fest includes Beck, The Avett Brothers, Feist, Jim James, Colin Meloy, Andrew Bird, The Mountain Goats (who just announced a tour), Father John Misty, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Dawn McCarthy, Justin Townes Earle, Felice Brothers, Jason Isbell, Amanda Palmer, Phosphorescent, Beth Orton, John McCauley, Michael Kiwanuka, Lord Huron, Frank Turner, Black Prairie, Langhorne Slim, TIft Merritt, Spirit Family Reunion, Blake Mills, Houndmouth, Cold Specks, and others, plus more TBA.
Speaking of the Rough Trade-signed, Lumineers-like Houndmouth, you have two chances to catch them in NYC this week before they become as big as the Lumineers. They're at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (4/10) and Rockwood Music Hall on Thursday (4/11).
Full initial Newport Fest lineup below...
Cold Specks at Polaris Music Prize 2012 Gala (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As mentioned, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James is going on a tour which hits NYC on April 29 at Webster Hall (now sold out). Since we first mentioned that tour, Cold Specks has been added as an opener, and while she's in NYC for the Webster Hall show she'll play her own show at Pianos later that night with Prince Innocence. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with a stream of her 2012 LP, below...
Grimes aboard the SS Coachella 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Names like Grimes, Stars, Woods of Ypres (RIP), Crystal Castles, Metric and Leonard Cohen sit side-by-side with names like Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jebsen, Celine Dion and Drake as part of the 2013 nominees for the Juno Awards, Canada's answer to the Grammys.
"Electronic Album of the Year" nominee Grimes is most likely stoked to be named in the company of some of her favorite artists of 2011 (namely, Beiber & Taylor Swift). Her competition in that category is pretty stiff: Purity Ring, TRUST, Crystal Castles and Daphni. Meanwhile, I'm guessing Justin Bieber is stoked to not be mentioned anywhere near his arch enemy Patrick Carney, even though Carney has backed off a bit and is now known as himself again on Twitter.
The 2013 Juno Awards will be given out on April 21. Nominee list below...
Toronto record label Arts & Crafts, which was co-founded by Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and in honor of that, they're presenting the Field Trip Music & Arts Festival in Toronto on June 8 at Fort York and Garrison Common. The festival's lineup is made up entirely of Arts & Crafts-affiliated bands, including Broken Social Scene, Feist, Bloc Party, Ra Ra Riot, Trust, Cold Specks, Timber Timbre, Jason Collett, Zeus, The Darceys, Hayden, Gold & Youth, and Still Life Still. For Broken Social Scene, the show is an exclusive return from the hiatus they began after their 2011 tour. Early bird tickets go on sale Wednesday (1/16) at 10 AM EST via the festival's website, and full price tickets go on sale Friday (1/18) at 10 AM via the festival's site, ticketmaster, and Toronto retailers Rotate This and Soundscapes. VIP ticket options are available too. Kids get in for free. The festival flyer is below.
The festival happens two days before Canadian music marathon NXNE and a limited number of NXNE wristbands will also gain admission to the festival. It's nice that this time around, the BSS show won't actually be during NXNE.
In addition to the festival, Arts & Crafts will be celebrating the anniversary in other ways, including releasing the double CD/4xLP boxset, Arts & Crafts // 2003-2012, which includes a collection of hits, rarities, and b-sides from the label; and also releasing Arts & Crafts // X, "an entirely original collection of collaborative recordings by artist pairings from the Arts & Crafts roster, including new compositions and fresh, unexpected interpretations."
The label will also be presenting a photography exhibit with photographer Norman Wong, a fashion collaboration with Canadian designer Jeremy Laing, a short fiction contest inspired by Broken Socal Scene's You Forgot It In People, and a pop-up shop which will be open from late May into mid June and serve as a headquarters for AC10 and Field Trip at a TBA location, plus possibly more stuff to come.
The trailer video and flyer for Field Trip are 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...
Grimes / Feist and check / Fucked Up at 2012 Polaris Gala
As you may have heard, Feist took home the 2012 Polaris Music Prize on Monday at Toronto's Masonic Temple. The Calgary native won the $30,000 prize for last year's Arts & Crafts release, Metals, beating out an incredibly strong shortlist which included Grimes, Drake (who was in Toronto but did not attend the gala), Handsome Furs, and 2009 winners, Fucked Up.
The three-hour gala featured performances by seven of the 10 shortlist nominees as the jury deliberated elsewhere in the building trying to decide on a winner.
Upon hearing her name announced by Jeremy Gara and Tim Kingsbury of last year's winners, Arcade Fire, the camera-shy Feist initially crawled under her table. "This is my worst nightmare," she told gala host Graham Lawrence, referencing her dislike of public speaking. "You'd think from a lifetime of terrible speeches I would remember at one point to write something down, but I never do because it seems presumptuous to prepare."
The performances were all top notch, with Grimes the most head-turning, opting for a male pole dancer instead of her usual two female dancers. Kathleen Edwards brought in a children's choir for her performance and then delivered a very heartfelt speech afterward where she thanked Polaris founder Steve Jordan for "creating a vehicle for those of us who don't want to march in the shit parade."
The last performance of the evening went to Feist and she was joined by Snowblink, Aurora as well as Broken Social Scene alum Andrew Whiteman and Charles Spearin, who's been handling mutli-instrumentalist duties on her current tour. Cold Specks (who will be here in November), Cadence Weapon and Yamantaka // Sonic Titan also performed. More pictures from the Gala are below.
Cold Specks (aka Al Spx), whose debut LP, I Predict A Graceful Expulsion, is still in the running for the Mercury Prize is touring internationally this fall and into winter. She's in the process of revealing US dates for the tour and one of those dates happens in NYC on November 8 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/21) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/19) at noon.
Cold Specks will release the new single for her album track, "Hector," on October 15. She recently revealed a La Blogotheque Take Away Show, which she filmed in New York. You can watch the videos from that session, along with a list of all currently known dates, below.
by Bill Pearis
Mumford & Sons at Pier A Park 8/1/2012 (via @coreymanicone)
Mumford & Sons kicked off a monthlong American tour on Wednesday night with an outdoor concert in Hoboken, N.J., providing thrills for more than 15,000 people who crowded into Pier A Park to hear these English folk rockers.
It was the first time a major rock concert had been held in the park, which was built on an old pier near the Path Station and has views of the Manhattan skyline, city officials said. The skyscrapers across the river were bathed in rosy light and a rainbow appeared in the stormy sky just before the band took the stage and launched into "Lover's Eyes," an anthemic song off their long-anticipated second studio album, "Babel," (Glassnote) which is scheduled to be released next month.
"We are very, very happy to be playing our first ever gig in New Jersey," the band's lead singer, Marcus Mumford, said when the cheering for the opening number had died down. "That was quite a sunset." [NY Times}
15,000 people! If there was any doubt, Mumford & Sons are officially huge now. Weird to think they played Cameo just three years ago. The band are playing unconventional venues (and smaller cities) this whole tour (with opener Dawes), it seems to be working out ok for them. Mumford's next stop is Portland, ME on Saturday (8/4).
Also last night, at Williamsburg's Glasslands was Canadian artist Cold Specks whose album is one of this year's Polaris Prize shortlist nominees. If you missed them, Cold Specks were just announced as one of two special guests at tonight's monthly Communion party (8/2) at Union Hall (the series recently relocated from Public Assembly).
As you may know, the Communion is partly run by Mumford & Sons' Ben Lovett. The second special guest at tonight's show -- which is sold out, by the way (maybe there will be tickets at the door) -- is being kept a mystery. And while you could make guesses on who that might be, we can say that Mumford is definitely NOT it. (And no, we are not "protesting too much.") So don't start freaking out, Mumford fans. Or if you already had started freaking out, you can stop.
Cold Specks tour dates are listed below.
Last month the 2012 Polaris Music Prize, which awards a Canadian album of recorded music each year, revealed their long list and this week the short list was revealed. Cadence Weapon, Cold Specks, Drake, Kathleen Edwards, Feist, Fucked Up, Grimes, Handsome Furs, Japandroids, and Yamantaka // Sonic Titan are the 10 artists vying for this year's Prize, which will be announced at a gala on September 24. Who's gonna win?
The long list for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's annual award for a great album, has been revealed. It includes Leonard Cohen, Cold Specks, Drake, Feist, Fucked Up, Grimes, Japandroids, The Weeknd, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, and more. Check out the full list below. Who's your money on?
by Andrew Sacher
Cold Specks at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Cold Specks (aka Al Spx) released her debut LP, I Predict A Graceful Expulsion, this week (5/22) via Mute/Arts & Crafts. As teased by early singles, Al Spx has a real knack for this soulful singer/songwriter stuff, and the full album lives up to its expectations. Think somewhere between a stripped down version of Adele and late 2000s Bella Union folk pop, and you'll have a pretty good idea. Check out the whole album for yourself below (via Exclaim), along with a recent video for "Blank Maps."
Cold Specks is currently on the road with Great Lake Swimmers for a tour which will bring them to NYC for the previously discussed Bowery Ballroom show on May 30. Tickets for that show are still available. After that tour ends, Al will continue with a run of international shows throughout the summer, including a return to NYC to play Glasslands on August 1 with Doe Paoro and ARMS (solo). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Updated dates are listed below, along with the album stream and video...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Cold Specks @ Hotel Vegan @ Hotel Vegas (SXSW 2012)
Cold Specks (aka Al Spx), who just played Hotel Vegan last Thursday in Austin for SXSW, is set to release her debut album, I Predict A Graceful Expulsion, on May 22 via Mute. Unlike at our CMJ party where she went on at noon with a minimal setup, in Austin she was accompanied by a full backing band and played to a packed room. A few pictures are in this post.
You've already heard "Holland" and "Old Stepstone" from the forthcoming LP. A third cut from the album, "Winter Solstice," is making its premiere in this post and is another great example of Al's soulful balladry. Listen below.
the flyer (with most of the bands playing on it)
BrooklynVegan is proud to team up with M for Montreal again for a FREE Day Party in Austin on Thursday, March 15th from noon-7pm at Hotel Vegan (one of BrooklynVegan's FOUR DAYS in the venue located at 1500 E. 6th St.).
I'll let this full three-stage lineup speak for itself...
Stage 1 (Hotel Vegas Outside)That's all Austin bands on the BV Austin stage. It's going to a very great day
12:00 Of Monsters & Men
12:45 Glen Hansard (of Swell Season & the Frames)
1:30 We Are Serenades (formerly Serenades, mem. Shout Out Louds)
3:00 Korallreven (mem. of the Radio Dept)
4:30 The Drums
5:15 The Wedding Present
6:15 This Will Destroy You
Stage 2 (Hotel Vegas Inside)
12:00 Half Moon Run
1:30 Cold Specks
2:15 Cymbals Eat Guitars
3:00 The Velvet Teen
3:45 Yellow Ostrich
4:30 The Jealous Sound
Stage 3 (Volstead) (BV Austin stage)
12:15 Love Inks
2:30 Ringo Deathstarr
3:15 Silent Diane
4:00 The Young
In addition to the completely free lineup of 24 bands playing on THREE stages, we will also have complimentary drinks courtesy of HobNob Wines, the official wine parter of our entire week of FREE PARTIES at Hotel Vegan (check out HobNob's Facebook page for free music downloads), and a hosted bar courtesy of Sailor Jerry
Special thanks to all of our partners and sponsors for making this party possible - including Vox, Blackstar and Korg, our official backline partners, as well as ASCAP, HobNob Wines, NadaMoo!, Sailor Jerry and M for Montreal! And special thanks to GBH Design for making our awesome flyer!
This is the first full day at Hotel Vegan announced. 2/3 of the Wednesday lineup is HERE. Friday and Saturday coming shortly.
photos by Chris La Putt
Cold Specks @ Public Assembly (BV CMJ 2011)
As recently mentioned, the "doom soul" project of songwriter and vocalist Al Spx, Cold Specks, is heading out on a tour with Great Lake Swimmers that comes to Bowery Ballroom on May 30. It has since been revealed that Cold Specks has also been signed to Mute! The label will release Cold Specks' debut album I Predict A Graceful Expulsion on May 22. You can watch the new video for album song "Holland", along with a belated set of pictures from her U.S. debut show, with all tour dates, below...
Great Lake Swimmers at US Open in 2011 (more by Diana Wong)
Great Lake Swimmers will follow 2009's Lost Channels with their new LP, New Wild Everywhere, on April 3 via Nettwerk. Check out the album's first single, "Easy Come Easy Go," along with the album artwork and tracklist below.
Great Lake Swimmers will tour the US and Canada in support of the album from April through early June. That tour hits NYC on May 30 at Bowery Ballroom. Cold Specks (Al Spx), who made her US debut at a BV party during CMJ, supports on all dates. You can pre-order the new Great Lake Swimmers album and purchase tickets for their tour (bundle options available) at their website. Ticketmaster tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show go on sale Friday (1/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (1/25) at noon.
All dates, stream, album art and tracklist below...
"Doom soul" artist Cold Specks (aka Al Spx of Canada/London) is visiting NYC this week. I don't know if she's ever been here before, but she's definitely never played here or anywhere in the United States. That status will change by tonight though, because Cold Specks makes her US live debut at 12:30pm at Public Assembly today (10/21) as part of the free BrooklynVegan Day Party! I'm honored, and if you listen to these two songs you'll know why:
STAGE 1 (front room)Stay tuned for the missing set times and full lineup, but you can see most of the bands on the flyer above! Also stay tuned for the linuep of our Saturday party happening in the same venue at the same times.
12:00 Races (new Frenchkiss signing)
12:45 Bleached (ex Mika Miko)
02:15 Young Magic
03:15 A Place To Bury Strangers
04:15 Chelsea Wolfe
05:00 J Mascis (solo)
STAGE 2 (back room)
12:30 Cold Specks (1st-ever US show)
01:15 Lord Huron
02:00 Emmy the Great
02:45 Silver Swans
03:30 Xeno & Oaklander
05:15 Gauntlet Hair
In addition to free music, here are some more reason to stop by Friday. We will have FREE SNACKS courtesy of popchips and Raw Revolution and FREE DRINKS courtesy of Sailor Jerry and our official CMJ wine partner HobNob Wines. Check out HobNob's Facebook page for free music downloads and go to Sailor Jerry's website to read more about all of their CMJ events.
We'll also have FREE BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 25 people in the door (not many of these exist - we sold them for charity at CMJ last year).
As mentioned in our Thursday Day Party announcement, we've also partnered with Spotify who are offering 48 hour free Premium trials (playlist for this party coming soon) and Sony Bloggie (stay tuned for our post-CMJ video series) for all BV CMJ/not-CMJ events including this one.
Thanks to Zach Jaeger (Tonally Dude) for the flyer you see above.