Entries tagged with: Conan
By Doug Moore
Behemoth at Irving Plaza, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Behemoth frontman Nergal is kind of a badass -- he's an extremely gifted musician and a live-performance powerhouse who's played an important role in putting the potent Polish metal scene on the international map over the past 20 years. He's also a cancer survivor; after his 2010 leukemia diagnosis, he underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Two years later, Behemoth were back on the road and plowing through high-energy live sets like nothing had happened. Again, badass.
Behemoth announced a 2014 release for The Satanist -- their tenth album, and their first in half a decade -- a few months ago. I admittedly haven't been too excited by their last few efforts, but after watching the NSFW video for leadoff single "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" (streaming below), my enthusiasm for the band has been rekindled. It's far moodier and more patient composition than the cluttered, robotic death/black metal that they've produced recently. They can still put the hammer down when they need to, though; the song's final minute is both the catchiest and most intense moment I've heard them produce since the mid-aughts. The video is pretty cool too, especially if you're into artsy black-and-white shots of evil rituals happening in slow motion.
In related news, Behemoth were also recently announced as part of the initial lineup for the 2014 edition of France's Hellfest, which will take place from June 20 through 22 (6/20-6/22). The lineup so far is huge and crazy: there's a "huge rock band" stage, featuring Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Soundgarden, among others; a big-name thrash/black metal stage that spotlights Slayer, Death Angel, Emperor, Iced Earth, Behemoth, and more; a death metal stage that will include Death To All, Carcass, Opeth, Nile, Gorguts, Hail of Bullets, and Weekend Nachos; a smaller black metal stage topped off by Watain, Gorgoroth and 1349; a sludge/stoner stage featuring Electric Wizard, Monster Magnet, Unida, Kylesa, Godflesh, and Clutch; and a punk stage topped by Walls of Jericho, Millencolin, and Turbonegro. Wow. You can reserve tickets now, if you feel like parsing the Google-Translated ticket page.
Check out the Behemoth video and the full set of Hellfest announcements below.
Alt-J on 'Conan'
Alt-J, who rolled through NYC about a month ago, are currently on the West Coast for the two-weekend marathon known as Coachella (weekend 2 starts today). In between appearances in Indio, the band stopped by Conan to play their single "Breezeblocks" and you can watch that below.
Meanwhile, the UK act also recently got the grilled-with-gifts treatment from Vancouver notable Nardwuar. You can watch that interaction below as well too.
Japandroids at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Dan Bracaglia)
Japandroids had a great year in 2012 and it doesn't look like they have any plans to stop celebrating rock in 2013. They've already been announced for some spring/summer festivals like NYC's Governors Ball, Quincy, WA's Sasquatch!, Dover, DE's Firefly Music Festival, Manchester, TN's Bonnaroo, Indio, CA's Coachella, and Detroit's Metallica-headlined Orion Music + More; and now they've announced a full international tour surrounding those fests. The dates include a European run with The Gaslight Anthem and a west coast run with Cloud Nothings around the time of Coachella. Most likely because of Governors Ball, there are no other NYC dates to report at the moment.
The band were also recently nominated for the Juno Alternative Album of the Year Award (going up against Hannah Georgas, Metric, Said The Whale, and Stars), and they just stopped by Conan last night (2/25) to perform "The Nights of Wine and Roses." You can watch the video of that performance below.
Nas at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Nas stopped by Conan last night (11/29) to perform "World's An Addiction" off of his recently released album, Life Is Good, and was joined by R&B singer Anthony Hamilton, who sang the hook on the record. You can watch the video of that performance below.
The rapper recently wrapped up a tour with Lauryn Hill this month, and as mentioned he'll play a one-off in NYC on New Year's Eve (12/31) at Radio City Music Hall with Elle Varner. Tickets for that show are still available.
Soon after that, Nas will do another event in NYC at 92Y on January 8, where he'll do a Q&A with author/music critic Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone, NY Times, Relix), where he'll be telling his story, touching on "his gifted Queens childhood, the early days with Main Source, his philanthropic work and the insight and inspiration behind his #1 new record, Life Is Good." Tickets for that are on sale now and there's also an option to submit questions for the Q&A, and if yours is used you'll get two free tickets, pending availability.
In other, less positive news, TMZ reports that "the government just got the green light to garnish a million bucks from [Nas'] earnings [on his tour with Lauryn Hill] to repay a massive tax debt." They continue, "The Georgia Department of Revenue has filed new legal docs in their effort to collect $1,083,435 from the rapper for taxes it claims Nas owes for the years 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010," and finally state, "A rep for Nas tells us the matter has recently been settled -- but the GDR insists the case is still open and they're trying to collect."
In other other news, younger rapper Stalley, who plays an educational fundraiser in NYC on December 6, recently spoke about how Nas' Illmatic was influential on him in a 45-second 'On the Record' video for Rhapsody. You can watch that video and the 'Conan' video below.
Kendrick Lamar at Terminal 5 in September (more by Julie Schabel)
Kendrick Lamar released his great new album, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, today (10/23), and in support of it he appeared on Conan last night (10/22) to perform album single, "Swimming Pools (Drank)." Check out a video of that performance and a stream of the new album below.
by Bill Pearis
It was an exciting night for seeing chilled-out indie rock big shots on late night talk shows last night (7/24). Fresh off their Summerstage performance, Beach House stopped by Late Light with Jimmy Fallon to perform "Wild," perhaps the most urgent track on Bloom. Meanwhile on the other coast, The xx stopped by Conan to perform their new single "Angels," which does indeed have a little bit of a Beach House guitar vibe at the start. Both bands sound pretty great. You can check out video below.
The xx will be in NYC next week for their sold-out Terminal 5 show. If you didn't get tickets to that, they'll be back October for two shows at The Paradise Theatre in The Bronx and there are still tickets available for both.
While we're on the subject of talk shows, Beach House weren't the only musical guests on Fallon last night. Nelly swung by the desk for a chat with Jimmy and then performed his early-'00s smash "Hot in Herre" with The Roots. You can watch that below too.
OK, I'll be ther first to admit that the name Conan for a doom metal band is more than a little obvious, but this UK crew's approach is anything but. Showing some of the same strength as that Cimmerian swordweilder, Conan's latest LP Monnos builds upon the promise of 2010's Horseback Battle Hammer and their follow-up split with Slomatics. Galloping and muscular sludge-doom is their strong-suit, and Monnos is a definite must for fans of Sleep, the "z-string" rattle of Torche, Coffinworm (sans any blasting moments), or the Melvins. The album is out on April 2nd 2012 via Burning World Records on digital, CD, and vinyl formats, but you can listen to new song " Hawk as Weapon" in this post.
The new song stream, tracklisting & tour dates, and a full stream of 2010's Horseback Battle Hammer, below...