Entries tagged with: Daft Punk
Phosphorescent at Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
by Andrew Sacher
It's the first work week of December and the year-end music lists for 2013 keep piling in. We just saw album lists from Q and Mojo, and now we get a list from a US publication, SPIN. There's not too many surprises on this one. Like last year, it shares its #1 with the highest Pitchfork-rated album of the year, and in general it features many of the albums we expect to see on these kinds of lists, including a lot of the year's big-name comebacks like My Bloody Valentine, Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Queens of The Stone Age, Boards of Canada and Nine Inch Nails, plus big breakouts like Haim and Disclosure. There are a few interesting omissions though, like Savages.
Check out their full list below...
Arctic Monkeys @ ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Kind of like MOJO's laddish slightly younger brother who went to college during '90s Britpop, UK monthly Q Magazine has time for new music but still pays attention to older artists as well. Their new issue -- with Robbie Williams on the cover -- doles out its Top 50 Albums of the Year (and other 2013 Q Awards). Topping the list is Arctic Monkeys' fifth album, AM.
The entire Q Mag Top 50 LP list below...
by Bill Pearis
Bill Calahan's album Dream River has topped MOJO magazine's Best Albums of 2013 list which is in the new year-end issue. Seems about right for a magazine that had both Paul McCartney on the cover of one issue this year and The Beatles on another (also the Stones, Dylan, Pink Floyd, Johnny Marr). Their #2 was a bit of a surprise, at least to me. The Arcade Fire's Reflektor only came in at #18 but they can just be happy with being the issue's cover stars. Check out that cover -- and the entire Top 50 list - below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Deafheaven at 285 Kent in July (more by Lukas Hodge)
The discerning folks over at Amazon have announced their picks for the best albums, songs and artists of 2013, and Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City and Chvrches' The Bones of What You Believe filled out the top three spots on their best albums list.
A bit more of a surprise was Deafheaven coming in sixteenth overall with Sunbather and landing "Best Hard Rock & Metal" honors in both the artist and album category--Russian Circles won "Best Hard Rock & Metal" song with "1776", stealing the trifecta that was just within Deafheaven's grasp. Sixteenth-best album of the year and best hard rock and metal album of the year on a huge site like Amazon is pretty high profile for Deafheaven, the San Francisco post-black metal band that still road warriors-up for shows at small clubs. But they've been on the big stage before--to be specific, for Apple's keynote announcement for the iPhone 5c, when the cover of Sunbather graced one of the five iPhones on the projection screen behind the presenter.
Check out the top 20 best albums according to Amazon below, compare that to more old school and indie retailer Rough Trade's list, and head over to Amazon to see what else they thought was a cut above...
We realize we're throwing rocks from inside a glass house here, but we couldn't help chuckling at these two corrections that ran in the NY Times in the past 6 months...
Daft Punk returned this year with a huge comeback album, Random Access Memories, and they've now released the album's first official video. The video is for the song "Lose Yourself to Dance," which they debuted part of during the VMAs. It was directed by the duo themselves, along with Warren Fu, Paul Hahn, and Cedric Hervet, and stars the duo along with collaborators Pharrell and Nile Rodgers. Check it out below.
Grimes and 2 Chainz
Taylor Swift realizing *NSYNC appeared on stage
From many points in Brooklyn, one could look up and see the lit up blimp in the air hovering over the Barclays Center yesterday (8/25). It was where the overhead shots were being filmed during the pre-show which included the big crowds outside around the Brooklyn streets that MTV got closed down to create the red carpet for the VMAs....
A red carpet, set up on Dean Street near Flatbush Avenue, was completely invisible to many non-ticketed fans and the general public who were mainly cordoned in a pen at the Best Buy on Atlantic Avenue between Fort Greene Place and Sixth Avenue.Meanwhile, during the ceremony, we got performances from Kanye West (playing "Blood on the Leaves," not "Black Skinhead"), Justin Timberlake (on-stage *NSYNC reunion included), Drake, Kendrick Lamar (joining Robin Thicke, who, um, palled around with Miley Cyrus on stage), Lady Gaga (playing her new EDM-inspired single), and more.
Another penned area, at Sixth Avenue and Bergen Street, gave a small group of fans a distant peek at the carpet, but it was still a full city block away.
"Obviously they can't let everyone in for security reasons, but we can't see anything at all," said Donna Hall, 28, who came from Queens. "I've been out here with my friends since 3 p.m. and we've been trying to find the best vantage point possible, but we settled here because at least we could see a glimpse of the red carpet. [DNA Info]
Daft Punk didn't perform, but they did walk the red carpet and sit in the audience in their masks which they also wore to present 'Best Female Music Video' with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers. They also debuted part of the video for "Lose Yourself to Dance."
Vampire Weekend, who are headlining the Barclays Center in September, presented an award to One Direction.
Jay-Z and Beyonce were strangely nowhere to be found.
Eminem also pulled a Jay Z and announced his new album, MMLP2 (the sequel to 2000's Marshall Mathers LP), in a commercial that aired during the VMAs. The album was executive produced by Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin, and it's due out November 5. Meanwhile, the single, "Berserk," will drop this Tuesday (8/27).
If you watched, what did you think? Should Miley Cyrus stop being so trashy? Should Robin Thicke stop being so creepy? Should Kanye stop being so serious? Does Justin Timberlake have really long arms? Does anyone really care that *NSYNC showed up (for a minute and a half)? If you didn't watch, or need a refresher, some videos from the night are below...
photo by James Joiner
Cellist and singer/songwriter Ben Sollee teamed up with Austin's 18-piece chamber pop group Mother Falcon for a cover of Daft Punk's "Lose Yourself to Dance" from Random Access Memories. They recorded the cover at Columbus Recording Studios in Providence, RI after meeting at a show they played together that same night. You can listen to the cover, making its premiere in this post, below.
Meanwhile, Ben Sollee is also touring this year and he'll be in NYC for a show on October 2 at City Winery. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
French label Ed Banger was founded in 2003 by Pedro Winter, onetime Daft Punk manager and who records music as Busy P. It's home to Justice, Sebastian, Cassius, Uffie, Mr Oizo, Breakbot and more. Ed Banger is celebrating 10 in existence this year with a globe-hopping tour featuring a headlining DJ set by Justice, a live performance from Breakbot, and Busy P himself presenting an "Ed Banger Megamix." The LA date just happened last week and the NYC date happens at Hammerstein Ballroom on November 2 with additional "special guests." Tickets are on sale now.
All 10th Anniversary tour dates are listed, along with a few Ed Banger-related videos and streams, below.
Daft Punk were supposed to appear on The Colbert Report last night (8/6), but anyone who watched knows they didn't, and Robin Thicke did instead.
Apparently the reason they didn't, as Pitchfork points out, is that they are set to make a "surprise" appearance at MTV's VMAs, which happen in Brooklyn at Barclays Center on August 25 with Kanye, Lady Gaga, and more also performing. Free pit tickets went on sale the other day, and not-free tickets also just went on sale.
Meanwhile, on The Colbert Report, Stephen (and friends) did dance to "Get Lucky." You can watch the video of that below...
You may have seen Stephen Colbert making a surprise appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Monday (7/29) coming out while Fallon was talking to J. Mascis (sitting in with the band) and dancing to Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" (have you heard that song yet?). At the time it seemed like a random bit, but it turns out Colbert did indeed get lucky, as the French robotic disco duo will appear on The Colbert Report on Tuesday (8/6). No word on what Daft Punk will do on the show (live performance, interview?). You'll just have to tune in to find out.
Not surpring that Daft Punk probably aren't playing and that he would deny it either way, but that blog post did kind of imply it.
Disco mastermind/Chic member/Daft Punk collaborator Nile Rodgers is throwing his first 'Nile Rodgers Dance Party' this summer in the Hamptons. The one-day festival happens on August 19 at the Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead, NY and according to Nile:
There's going to be me, my band CHIC, and some of the hottest acts and surprises on the planet that day... which happens to be around the time the next Daft Punk single drops (I'm just saying).Hmmm...
photos by PSquared Photography
Wilco w/ Tommy Stinson // Wilco w/ Yo La Tengo
Wilco have been pretty busy this year. After playing Bonnaroo on June 14, they made their way to North Adams, MA this past weekend (6/21-23) for their own Solid Sound Festival. Wilco themselves performed day 1 and day 2, and we caught them the first day when they did an all-covers set (except for "Kingpin") with a number of special guests.
Yo La Tengo joined them on a cover of YLT's "Tom Courtenay" and during the encore for The Modern Lovers' "Roadrunner." Replacements/Guns N Roses bassist Tommy Stinson joined them on a cover of The Replacements' "Color Me Impressed." And Brooklyn indie pop band Lucius appeared for covers of of The Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset," Abba's "Waterloo," (there's a transition) and The Band's "The Weight." They also did a couple Big Star covers, Pavement's "Cut Your Hair," Grateful Dead's "Ripple," Velvet Underground's "Who Loves the Sun," Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl," Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," and many more. Pictures from the show are in this post. The full setlist and some videos are below, and you can also download audio of the entire set at NYC Taper.
Wilco have no plans to slow down this summer. They're about to kick off a tour with Bob Dylan (who they also covered at Solid Sound), which comes to the NYC-area for four shows in July. Most of the tour (and three of those NYC-area dates) are with My Morning Jacket, except the Jones Beach (7/27) show, which is with Beck (who also plays Prospect Park in August).
On day 1 of Solid Sound, we also caught a set from the reunited legendary gospel funk group The Relatives. Pictures of their set, more of Wilco's, and the Wilco setlist/videos, below...
by Andrew Sacher
We're still waiting til Tuesday (6/18) for one of the most anticipated albums of the year -- Kanye West's Yeezus -- to drop, but something tells us it may have surfaced on the internet a little early. Assuming what going around is the final version of the album, it's pretty consistent with Kanye's mini-rant at Governors Ball about not caring about the radio anymore; this is some of his most anti-commercial music yet. Rather than the lush string/horn arrangements he used on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, the melodic R&B-style beats of 808s and Heartbreaks or the borderline-electropop of Graduation, on Yeezus Kanye is all about dark, distorted synth maximalism. On "On Sight" those synths were reportedly worked on with Daft Punk, he's got a TNGHT (Hudson Mohawke & Lunice) track on "Blood on the Leaves," and that's Evian Christ on "I'm In It."
Update: It also includes production from Gesaffelstein, Arca and more.
He's pretty dark, lyrically, too and dominates most of the vocals on the record. Ye's been known to get heavy on the guest spots, but they're pretty low-key here. Not that they're coming from low-key people of course. The full version of "New Slaves" features Frank Ocean crooning at the end, a track called "Hold My Liquor" transitions from a Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver) hook into a Chief Keef hook, and rumor has it that "God" appears on "I Am a God." I guess he really is talking back.
Kanye also brought in outside producer/Def Jam founder Rick Rubin (who just discussed the album at length) to help him out.
What may very well be the official tracklist for the album is below. Check that out and let us know your thoughts on Yeezus.
Daft Punk are back, as you know because you don't live in a cave with no internet or cell service, but now it's officially in a big way. The duo's new album, Random Access Memories, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Album Chart, selling 339,000 copies their first week. The single, "Get Lucky," is currently at #10 on the Hot 100.
The National's Trouble Will Find Me did pretty well its debut week two, enough for it to hit #3 with 75,000 copies. Sandwiched in between is former Hootie & the Blowfish singer Darius Rucker whose new solo album, True Believers, sold 83,000 copies putting it at #2. The #4 and #5 slots are held by rapper French Montana's Excuse My French and The Great Gatsby soundtrack.
Last week's #1, Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City, fell to #7.
Still no word on Daft Punk touring plans. What gives?
the new issues of Rolling Stone...
Red Bull Music Academy, who hosts DFA's 12th Anniversary party this weekend, hosted Giorgio Moroder's 1st-ever live DJ set at Output in Brooklyn the other night. If you missed it (the live event or the stream we posted yesterday), you can listen to the whole thing.
When you're done with that, listen to his collaboration with Daft Punk "Giorgio by Moroder", and then check out the song that didn't make the new Daft Punk album in the USA, but is out in Japan and of course on the internet.
And speaking of Daft Punk collaborators, an encore presentation of "Andrew the Pizza Guy" below...
by Andrew Sacher
Disclosure at MHOW in March (more by Jason Bergman)
Fresh off of working on the killer new Daft Punk album, disco legend/Chic founder Nile Rodgers revealed at the International Music Summit that they aren't the only modern electronic musicians that he's working with. FACT reports that he'll be working with hot new UK garage duo Disclosure, in addition to... big EDM names Avicii (who's also working with another RAM collaborator/disco legend Giorgio Moroder) and David Guetta. Nile also mentioned collaborations with Chase & Status and Etienne Daho.
As mentioned, Disclosure are set to release their much-anticipated debut album, Settle, on June 3 via PMR. Its most recently released single, "You & Me" (which features vocals from Eliza Doolittle), was just given remix treatment by Baauer, who is no stranger to Disclosure's material. You can stream that remix below along with the video for the original track. Settle is now available for pre-order on iTunes for the reduced price of $6.99.
As mentioned, Disclosure will be bringing their tour to NYC for a co-headlining Summerstage show in August with another exciting new dance duo TNGHT and support from Julio Bashmore. Tickets for that show are still available.
UPDATE: Disclosure just put out a new track from their album, "When A Fire Starts To Burn," which you can stream below.
Remix stream and music video below...
"Tonight was a blast. @OutputClubBK has such a dope soundsystem. @GIORGIOMORODER_ truly "pushed it to the limit". Everybody "felt love"" - @alcalala_
"Tonight was special. Few times in my life will i get to feel that way. Thank you @GIORGIOMORODER_ @RBMA @OutputClubBK" - Sean Glass
"No words for how unbelievable @GIORGIOMORODER_ was tonight. Thank you @RBMA & @OutputClubBK!" - Kathryn McGinnis
"The legendary Giorgio Moroder just rocked quite possible the most supremely epic and booty-shaking set" - Andy Gensler
Giorgio Moroder @ Output (via @sparber)
Dance music legend and Donna Summer producer Giorgio Moroder, who recently released a new song and contributed to the new Daft Punk album, came to Williamsburg club Output last night (5/20) for his first-ever NYC DJ appearance, as part of the Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency. He took the stage just after midnight (so technically 5/21, just as the Daft Punk album was officially released) and, with DJ Chris Cox, played until about 1:45 AM.
Singer/songwriter Diane Birch was in attendance and she said it was "her and a bunch of dudes" (or MoBROders), and also that it "may have been the sickest thing [she's] ever seen." Were you there? If so, what did you think?
Some more instagrams, a short video, and a vine from the show below...
by Andrew Sacher
Could there have been a more perfect moment for an epic documentary on Giorgio Moroder? The man who, according to the show's very starry (and very generous) presenter Niles Rodgers, invented dance music? On the night that Daft Punk's fourth studio album finally launched, with fitting audacity at the top of the Shard, Radio 2 put out Electric Dreams: The Giorgio Moroder Story, the most enjoyable music documentary I've heard this year. Snippets of recent Daft Punk collaborator Moroder, 73, talking about his life were tacked over some of the best music made in the last century: I Feel Love, Together In Electric Dreams, Now I Need You. In between came New Order's Bernard Sumner, Debbie Harry, Sparks and more, colouring in the detail of what Moroder's music has meant. [The Guardian]The above quote is from The Guardian's review of of the new audio documentary on dance music legend Giorgio Moroder that BBC Radio 2 recently put out, Electric Dreams: The Giorgio Moroder Story. The documentary premiered on May 13, and as of this post, and you can listen to Part 1 below.
Today's a good day to check it out if you haven't yet, because as mentioned, Giorgio will be in NYC TONIGHT (5/20) at Output in Williamsburg to DJ a Deep Space party with T. Williams, Benjamin Damage, and Francois K. The show is part of the Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency and it's Giorgio's first-ever NYC DJ appearance. Tickets still appear sold out, but as discussed, "a very limited number of tickets will be available at the door."
As you probably know, Giorgio is one of the many famous collaborators on Daft Punk's colossal new album, Random Access Memories (which is out this week, 5/21). You can hear him talking about his life of music on that song "Giorgio by Moroder" before it turns into a ridiculous dance jam. If you haven't heard the 9+ minute track yet, you can stream it below.
Giorgio also just released his own new song, "Racer," which is the soundtrack to a new Google Chrome video game of the same name. It's similarly dancey to "Giorgio by Moroder" and fans of RAM (or video game music) should dig it. You can check that out below too.
In related news, fellow Daft Punk collaborator Todd Edwards just made an Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1 which you can listen to HERE.
Song streams below...
Romanthony, an influential house producer and singer best known for performing the vocals on Daft Punk's single "One More Time," has been reported to have died earlier this month.Romanthony lives on in his music. Rest in peace.
The artist, born Anthony Moore, reportedly passed away at his home in Austin, Tex. on May 7. As Chicago's 5 Magazine points out, Romanthony's sister Mellony Moore confirmed the passing in a Facebook post on May 9, and friend/collaborators like Boys Noize, MikeQ and Daone Remmidy (better known as Eve Angel) have all taken to social media to confirm the news and express their grief. The cause of death has not yet been confirmed. - [Billboard]
A few streams and videos are below...
Kanye on 'SNL'
Kanye West has had a busy weekend. On Thursday (5/16), he played a private show at Roseland for Adult Swim where he performed a few new songs. He also, as is his wont, let loose one of his stream-of-conscious rants, this time mostly about celebrity culture. You can watch video of that below.
One of the songs Kanye performed at Roseland was new track "New Slaves." A video for that song made its debut on Friday night (5/17), projected at, according to maps on Kanye's website, 66 locations around the world. Nine of them were in NYC, including two in Williamsburg: one being outside the Bedford Ave L stop, and the second on the Wythe Hotel, and there's video of the former below.
The song, which features a sample of 1969 single "Gyöngyhajú lány" by Hungarian rock band Omega and vocals from Frank Ocean, will feature on Kanye's follow-up to 2010's My Dark Twisted Fantasy which is, according to Pitchfork, titled Yeezus and has appearances from Daft Punk, Skrillex and more.
This activity was all centered around Kanye's appearance on Saturday Night Live's season finale hosted by Ben Afleck. (The teaser videos are below.) He performed "New Slaves" and debuted another new song, "Black Skinhead," and video of those, along with the other clips mentioned in this post, are below.
"As most of you probably already know, Daft Punk's album was officially released for streaming purposes on iTunes. However, the official album in its physical (or more than likely downloadable) form won't be here until May 21 and there's hype to be built. That's why Daft Punk is gracing the cover of Dazed and Confused and posing with Giorgio Moroder in these stunning black and white photos.
Giorgio Moroder is an electronic music pioneer whom the duo worked with on their documentary/homage/epic track "Giorgio by Moroder" on Random Access Memories.
He is influential in the genre of disco as we know it today, which explains why Daft Punk would want to pay homage to him on this, their disco-iest album to date.
The covers and images were taken by Hedi Simane and will be featured in the June issue of Dazed and Confused which hits stands May 15." [MSTARS]
Possibly one of the hardest Red Bull Music Academy NYC events to get a ticket to is/was Giorgio Moroder at Cielo (a Deep Space night with resident DJ François K and Academy participants T.Williams and Benjamin Damage also on the bill). Luckily Red Bull felt bad about about that and moved the 5/20 show to the bigger Output in Williamsburg. Tickets are still listed as sold out at the moment, but we heard they'll be releasing some more soon, and "A very limited number of tickets will be available at the door.". Good luck.
Check out a video about Daft Punk's collaboration with Giorgio, if you haven't seen it already, below...
Just a few hours after releasing an "unboxing" video of their much-anticipated new album, Random Access Memories, Daft Punk have put the teasing to rest, and made their fourth album available for streaming a week ahead of its release. Give it a listen over at iTunes (you'll need to open iTunes to get the stream).