Entries tagged with: Daft Punk
by Andrew Sacher
Details on the new Daft Punk album, Random Access Memories, have been slowing rolling out. After teasing it with a number of ads and interview videos, and finally revealing the tracklist, Daft Punk have released the first single from the album, "Get Lucky." It features Nile Rodgers and some soulful vocals from Pharrell over disco-y rhythms reminiscent of the Homework/Discovery days. You can download it on iTunes and check out a stream of the track below...
The slow drip of info about the new Daft Punk album, Random Access Memories, is finally turning more into a trickle. After teasing with snippets of songs in ads during Saturday Night Live, video interviews with some of the album's collaborators, and the track lengths of the songs on the album, the French duo finally have revealed the LP's tracklist. They did so via a Vine and it seems to match up with the rumored collaborators tracklist we posted before. Both are below.
The above image comes from Saint Laurent Paris' website which is currently showing off some of Daft Punk's new stage outfits. Meanwhile, Rolling Stone has published a bit of their upcoming feature story on the duo:
"Electronic music right now is in its comfort zone and it's not moving one inch," Thomas [Bangalter] says. "That's not what artists are supposed to do." He adds that the genre is suffering "an identity crisis: You hear a song, whose track is it? There's no signature. Skrillex has been successful because he has a recognizable sound: You hear a dubstep song, even if it's not him, you think it's him."While you wait for the album's May 21 release date, YouTube is rife with homemade versions of first single "Get Lucky" (featuring Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams) which have been cobbled together from the SNL ads and Collaborators videos. You can stream one of the better ones we've heard below.
Miguel on 'SNL' / Daft Punk w/ Pharrell & Nile Rogers
Another new SNL, another new Daft Punk commercial. This one -- a slightly shorter version of the one shown to Coachella audiences -- gives us the first substantial taste of Random Access Memories' "Get Lucky," that's been teased in previous ads, and features both Pharrel Williams and and some chic guitarwork from Nile Rodgers, not to mention the men/robots themselves. This is, we assume, a snippet of the "Get Lucky" video? You can watch it below.
Meanwhile, Daft Punk have released the third in their "Collaborators" series of promotional videos with the folks who worked on Random Access Memories. This one is with Nile Rodgers who very humbly talks about his contribution to dance music over the years and you can watch that below too.
Meanwhile, on the actual show (4/13), Miguel performed his Grammy-winning hit "Adorn" and then a rocked-out version of "How Many Drinks," with that magnetism (that we saw at our BV CMJ day party last year) on full display. The next new SNL is May 4 with Of Monsters and Men performing, while Zach Galifianakis hosts. Miguel videos from last night are below.
Daft Punk are making a comeback this year with Random Access Memories (due out 5/21 via Columbia imprint Daft Life Limited), their first album since 2005's Human After All. They haven't revealed any full tracks from it yet, but from those two 15 second clips, we basically already know that we love it. Unfortunately, we New Yorkers never get a chance to see them. All they seem to do these days is pop up at Phoenix shows (but not last Friday's show), and then that secret show at 285 Kent turned out to be an April Fool's joke. Who knew?!
Luckily, we will get a chance to see the eight piece Daft Punk Tribute Band, imported from Toronto, who play NYC on July 3 at Highline Ballroom. What's more, we even know what time they go on (10 PM). Reportledly, these guys "have been melting faces and liquifying dancefloors with sold out shows at the most prestigious clubs and concert halls across Canada" since 2009. We can't wait to get our faces melted, Canadian style, in NYC. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
In terms of the real Daft Punk, the rumored tracklist of their new album features appearances by Julian Casablanacas, Giorgio Moroder, Pharrell, DJ Falcon, Todd "The God" Edwards (who sang on Discovery), and Paul Jackson Jr. (who played guitar for Michael Jackson), in addition to previously announced guests, Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams, and Panda Bear.
Like Giorgio Moroder just did, Todd Edwards also discussed the new album in a video interview, which you can watch, along with a live video and check out the full rumored collaborators list, below.
Purling Hiss @ Bowery Ballroom, 2011 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
today in NYC
* Lady @ Joe's Pub
* Evergreen @ BAM
* C2C @ Irving Plaza
* Cage Match NYC @ UCB
* Gad Elmaleh @ City Winery
* Rachelle Garniez @ Barbes
* Rewards (DJ) @ Ace Hotel
* Jan Bell & The Maybelles @ Barbes
* Matt Shipp and Rob Brown @ The Stone
* Fol Chen, Valleys, Softspot @ Glasslands
* Frightened Rabbit, Wintersleep @ Terminal 5
* Soldisco, Nick Hook, Vails, Alex English @ WIP
* Clint Mansell @ Church of St. Paul The Apostle
* Matt Shipp and Steve Dalachinsky @ The Stone
* Meat Puppets, The World Takes @ Mercury Lounge
* Juan Maclean, Tim Sweeney, Dan Wender @ Output
* Purling Hiss, SpacinŐ, Axis:sovA, mancontrol @ 285 Kent
* Carolina Chocolate Drops, Bombadill @ Bowery Ballroom
* See Through, Reputante, The Midnight Hollow @ Union Pool
* Jaill, Wild Yaks, Las Rosas, Pop Zeus @ The Knitting Factory
* Zebu, The Great Valley, Omnivore, Big French @ Shea Stadium
* Reverend Horton Heat, Continental @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
* Slingshot Dakota, The Marine Electric, Koji, Cutters @ Muchmore's
* Phil Andrews and Richard Semegram (covering Beck) @ Silent Barn
* Ice Cream, Animal Tropical, The Roulettes, ClaireŐs Diary @ Big Snow
* Ocrilim (Mick Barr or Orthrelm), Psalm Zero, Geryon @ Bowery Electric
* Robin Zander (of Cheap Trick), Randy Jackson (of Zebra) @ B.B. King's
* Frances Cone, Yokel & the Heavyweights, Such Hounds @ Cameo Gallery
* Alex Metric (DJ Set), Goldroom, Little Daylight, Lovelife @ Santos Party House
* The Goddamn Gallows, American Speedway, Tombstone Brawlers @ Maxwell's
* 'Bananazzz' screening, Nuclear Santa Claust, 3Jane, Lilith Vector @ Death By Audio
* Andrea Tomasi, Jason Anderson, John Craigie & Leigh Jones @ Pete's Candy Store
* Wilsen, Jesse Elliot, The Hollows, Alexandra Stewart, You Won't @ Rockwood Music Hall
* People's Champs, The Shoe Ins, Lips, Hungry Hands, Baby Boy, Silas Fermoy, Afeefa & The Boy @ Pianos
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Ever wonder what Weird Al and Huey Lewis thought of Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho or its subsequent film adaptation starring Christian Bale? Find out in a video you can watch below.
In conjunction with the release of their new album, Random Access Memories, Daft Punk are releasing a series of web videos talking with their collaborators on the record. First up: electro pioneer Giorgio Moroder, whose single "I Feel Love" with Donna Summer is an electronic dance music touchstone. He'll be in NYC next month DJing as part of Red Bull Music Academy. Meanwhile, watch the video below.
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Amanda Palmer at T5, NYE 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Music biz insider Bob Lefsetz reports today that Warner Brothers will fund all new albums on the label via Kickstarter:
Perennially third, the smallest of the three majors saw a need to shake it up, to move ahead of Sony and Universal in the game of music production. Lucian Grainge bought EMI, believing it was all about market share, economies of scale...but that's positively old school. Today you drill down into the niches, you solidify your relationship with your fan base, you grow from the bottom up, not the top down.The new deal, which includes fan-funded fave Amanda Palmer, ties in Facebook, Amazon Prime and Google.
Yes, Stephen Cooper has just thrown a curve ball so wide, Doug Morris won't even see it.
Believing it's about radio and retail, septuagenarian Morris is putting himself out to his own pasture. Didn't he get the memo? Newspapers are dying, young people ignore mainstream media, to try to close young people via old media is like insisting baby boomers give up their Lipitor. Raw stupidity. Then again, the music business was always about muscle.
But now it's about data.
Speaking of, Google Labs have just released the beta of Google Nose, with an Aromabase of over 15 million "scentibytes."
Boards of Canada
Scottish electronic shoegazers Boards of Canada are finally following up 2005's The Campfire Headphase with a new double album, Quetzalcoatl, reports FACT.
In similar news, legendary metal outfit ISIS have reformed, reports Nefarious Realm. The crew are launching a nationwide tour with Pelican, Converge and Cave In. In what is surely a new world record, they'll be playing all 26 dates on the same day (that would be today).
The White Stripes Mk2
On a related reformation note, Australian site Beat has this exclusive: Jack White is getting The White Stripes back together, though now with actress Tilda Swinton on drums. It may seem like an unexpected choice, but anyone whose seen her 1992 film, Orlando, knows that Swinton can play anything. The White Stripes new album, Evangelical Trout, is due later this year.
What else? A mere two weeks after SXSW 2013, popular Austin venue Mohawk announces, much like Emo's and Antones, it's moving from it's iconic Red River locale.
In in other sad news, nightlife socialite and white jeans wearer Andrew WK is giving up his signature activity. He tweeted earlier today, "As of today, I've officially decided to never party again."
But in happier partying news, Seth Rogen and James Franco are making a sequel to stone comedy Pineapple Express and you can watch the trailer below.
And finally, here's news we've all been waiting for. My Social List has the scoop that Daft Punk's return to the live stage will happen at Williamsburg DIY space 285 Kent on May 12. No, we don't know what time they're on.
Daft Punk have been teasing a new album for a while now, and they've finally given almost all the details. It's called Random Access Memories and is out on May 21 via Columbia imprint Daft Life Limited. The only things that haven't been revealed are track titles, but we do know that there are thirteen confirmed songs. You can pre-order the album digitally on iTunes or physically on RandomAccessMemories.com. That's the album art above. Check out another new 15 second SNL ad for the album below.
by Bill Pearis
For those who were watching live or don't DVR fast-forward through commercials, there was a 15-second Daft Punk ad last night during an otherwise lackluster episode of Saturday Night Live. It was just the band's logo with the two robot masks (the ones currently on the band's nomepage) coming together, with a bit of music. But seems like things are in the works! Watch it below.
by Bill Pearis
There have been rumors flying that Daft Punk would release a new album in 2013 and it's looking that that's going to happen. Both Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter are confirming the the French electro duo have signed with Columbia Records. The Guardian, meanwhile, reports that the new album will be out in May. The album reportedly features guest appearances from Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams (!), Animal Collective's Panda Bear and more.
Not counting 2010's TRON: LEGACY soundtrack, Daft Punk's last album was 2005's underwhelming Human After All. The band last played NYC at Coney Island in 2007 but did make an appearance at Phoenix's Madison Square Garden show in 2010.
Little Boots at Webster Hall - 12/14/12 (via)
Little Boots came to NYC for a Girls & Boys party at Webster Hall last month/year (pictured above) and
she'll return to the venue on January 25 for another Girls & Boys party but this one is a tribute to Daft Punk and Tron-themed party. It takes place in all there rooms of Webster Hall that feature Doorly, Sean Sharp, Jess Marquis, Matty Glitterati, and more. Doors are at 10PM and admission is 19+. Tickets (including VIP and party packages) are on sale now. Show flyer below.
UPDATE: Webster Hall's website had Little Boots on the event page for the Daft Punk tribute party, but it was a mistake. She's currently on vacation. Come back soon, Little Boots!
Speaking of Daft Punk, Chic member and major pop producer Nile Rodgers, who is working with the duo on their new album, recently posted a blog post which sounds pretty promising that Daft Punk will have their new album out in 2013 (via NME):
The next time I set foot in Japan, my collaboration with Daft Punk would have started to hit people's eardrums, as well as a number of songs I'm working on over the next few months with a select group of artists, and of course finally, my lost CHIC and solo material. No matter how it ends, 2013 Won't Be Boring!Bestival organizer Rob da Bank says not to expect them to tour though.
Flyer for the Daft Punk party below...
photos by Tim Griffin; words by Andrew Sacher
A$AP Rocky @ Fun Fun Fun Fest - 11/03/2012
If A$AP Rocky has anything going for him besides a few internet rap hits and some memorable moments dropping in on his friends' shows, it's that he's already got some pretty far out stories to tell. He recently revealed an interview with Hard Knock TV that he smoked weed with Daft Punk on his tour bus (hopefully in Colorado). Now he just needs to get them to play at his house!
He also declared himself a factor in evolving society's views on homosexuality. "I kicked down the door for kids that's my age, older and younger, to be able to wear Jeremy Scott sneakers, rips in their jeans and not feel gay," Rocky says. Because of him, kids can wear whatever they want and not have to worry about being mistaken for being gay. Yeah, that doesn't sound homophobic at all (it's a start though) (watch the whole thing in the video below - he means well).
In 2013, he'll be able to add another epic story to his resumé, when he heads out on tour with Rihanna. That tour comes to NYC for the previously discussed show at Barclays Center on May 4, which is sold out, and also hits the same venue one day later (5/5), which tickets are on sale for now. Hopefully Rocky will have his new album, LongLiveA$AP, out by then which he has kept delaying. He's now hoping to get it out during the first quarter of 2013.
As mentioned, you can also catch A$AP Mob with A-Trak at Best Buy Theater on November 29 and A$AP Twelvy at Highline Ballroom on November 22.
A$AP Rocky also just played Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin this past weekend (as did Run DMC). You can check out more pictures from his set (like the one above), the video of that Hard Knock TV interview, and a list of all upcoming tour dates, below....
Screaming Females at La Zona Rosa, 10/10/2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Our pals at Mercy, who are sponsoring the BrooklynVegan CMJ parties this year, are giving away two CMJ badges, exclusive access to CMJ shows, a week's worth of Mercy hangover prevention beverage and a chance to be Mercy's CMJ Reporter. To enter, visit their Facebook.
Off!, who are heading out on tour with the Spits soon, have a new video for "Wrong" featuring Jack Black. Check out the clip below... sweet Sonny Chiba reference in there guys.
UPDATE: Did you watch the debate tonight? Marlarkey!
Listen to Jarvis Cocker rate new records by Adele, Flying Lotus and more on BBC 6Music's "Roundtable" which is live from the man's hometown of Sheffield, England.
Coliseum (with new bassist) have entered the studio with J. Robbins to begin tracking. They are keeping detailed reports of their progress on Facebook.
Swedes Peter Bjorn and John wrote a song, "I Wish I Was a Spy," for Yo Gabba Gabba! that you can check out over at NPR. It's on the new volume of the Music Is Awesome! series which also features tracks from Metric, Belle & Sebastian, CSS, Cut Copy, The Roots, The Bird And The Bee and more.
Lots more stuff below...
Daft Punk made a 15 minute Junior Kimbrough remix to soundtrack a Saint Laurent fashion show. Listen below:
by Andrew Sacher
Teengirl Fantasy's Tracer artwork
Brooklyn duo Teengirl Fantasy have been having a pretty solid year. Back in January, they inked a deal with R&S Records (James Blake, Lone) who are putting out their killer new single, "Motif," on vinyl on June 25 and digitally on July 9. That single comes with the b-side "Eternal" and an Actress remix of "Motif." Check out the video for "Motif" below.
Now, the duo have just announced the release of their sophomore LP, Tracer, which will be out on August 21 via R&S/True Panther. They've roped in some pretty impressive guests for the album, including Panda Bear, Romanthony (aka the voice of Daft Punk's "One More Time"), Laurel Halo, and Kelela. The album won't include "Motif," but it will include "Eternal." The full tracklist is below along with a teaser video and that's the cover art above.
You can catch Teengirl Fantasy at a local show this weekend when they open for fellow Brooklynites/True Panther labelmates Lemonade at the previously discussed Music Hall of Williamsburg show on Saturday (6/2), which also serves as the NYC debut for Elite Gymnastics. Tickets for that show are still available. All TF dates are listed below.
Speaking of Laurel Halo, she put out her own (excellent) new album, Quarantine, in Europe this week and it will see a US release next week. You can stream that album in full below.
Videos, streams, tracklist and a list of all Teengirl Fantasy dates below...
Following a successful collaboration with Mika in 2010, soft drink giant Coca-Cola partners up with another major act in 2011 as they introduce the Daft Punk x Coca-Cola "Club Coke". Produced in two distinctive colorways, mimicking the helmets worn by the French duo, the gold and silver bottles will see a limited production run beginning in March 2011. In addition to the general release at clubs, the bottles will be packaged in a collector's box as a set, made available in exclusively through colette in Paris. Further information on this collaboration will become available through Daftcoke.com, which goes live in a few months.(thx Hiro!)
photos by Amanda Hatfield
hipsters & Die Antwoord in the Village Halloween Parade
"President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama opened up the White House doors to the local children and military families to the North Portico of the White House [on Halloween]. Always willing to open the doors to the White House the first family had some trick or treaters getting their candy game on track.Today, election day, Obama is busy supporting candidates. Go out and vote, even you undead hipsters! (The Rent is Too Damn High!)
Michelle Obama didn't dress up this year, last year she went as a p*ssy cat, this year she kept it simple and rocked an orange sweater with black trousers. The President was on hand taking in all the festivities cheering on the little trick or treaters and hugging it out with Abraham Lincoln." [Peace FM]
Short but sweet, and below the picture of the limited edition poster...
Dirty Projectors and Wavves also opened the show (Wavves's first of two shows for the evening). The second was at Purevolume House with Matthew Dear and Two Door Cinema Club who headline Webster Hall tonight (10/21).
The MSG show was announced way before CMJ, but then became a CMJ show when CMJ announced the final CMJ lineup, though reportedly only very few badges were let in, and those badge tickets went to people who showed up to pick the tickets up at CMJ headquarters early that morning. Those who showed up early to the large venue thinking they'd get in with their badge, were out of luck.
(note from BBG: Quick question- can anyone confirm it wasn't a janitor underneath those robot suits? I smell an MF Doom-style conspiracy?)
A bit more about the show HERE. More pictures, the Phoenix set list (sans encore), and some video of the Daft Punk madness is below.
Daft Punk @ MSG, 10/20/2010 (picture by Jon Alagem)
Phoenix & Daft Punk bow @ MSG, 10/20/2010 (picture by Jon Alagem)
As prophesized, Daft Punk performed with Phoenix Wedneday night at Madison Square Garden in NYC. It wasn't a long appearance - they only came out for the encore to play with their fellow Frenchmen, but it was Daft Punk at MSG! (just in time to help promote Tron during the biggest music week of the year in NYC). Their set included "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" mixed into "1901".
Wavves opened the show at the very large venue to lots of empty seats, and then didn't even get to stick around to see Daft Punk because their set time at Purevolume House was 10pm (Daft Punk went on at 10:50). At least at the Purevolume show they probably got to play to a packed house (not downplaying the fact that Wavves got to play MSG, full or not).
Dirty Projectors played second, and according to Andrew Frisicano, they sounded "HUGE".
photos by Andrew St. Clair
"New York Comic Con is just another one of those Javits Center events I end up seeing costumed people at. And I mean that with the highest degree of flattery to the Comic Con team, because their event is by far the best of the Javits Center CosPlay Excuse Events. For gamers and comic fans alike, the Javit's center floor was filled with exciting booths and opportunities to pick up swag and take pictures with scantily clad women.
This year, Comic Con merged with the New York Anime Festival, so there were a lot more characters I didn't recognize with blue hair and over-sized swords. Also - groups of girls dressed as anime characters that had very specific poses. CosPlay is interesting, but there's a line of specificity to the look of the character that separates American CosPlay from the obsessive Japanese kind." [Latino Review]
And this concludes our coverage of this year's New York Comic Con and Anime Fest which started with ONE, TWO, THREE sets of pictures (not to mention a related set from a concert at Irving Plaza). The fourth and final set taken at the Javits Center, with a bunch of videos, is in this post.
Naturally the new Tron movie was a hot topic at Comic Con this year, and Tron is definitely a topic that both sci fi and music fans are equally interested in at the moment. Because of Daft Punk of course.
"After an endless amount of anticipation, we finally reported that Daft Punk's Tron: Legacy soundtrack had a proper release date of November 22. Just two weeks later, that release date has been changed. According to a recent press release, it will now be out on December 7.A Comic Con-related "Making of Tron" video with the rest of the stuff, below...
The announcement comes in the usual sci-fi speak that has accompanied all announcements for the project, citing "a recent system conflict" as the reason for the delay. When the record does come out, it will still be available on a normal CD and a deluxe version with a bonus download and a glow-in-the-dark poster available exclusively from TronSoundtrack.com.
To further whet your appetite, the site has also leaked another snippet of a Daft Punk track. All you have to do is head to the soundtrack's website and type in the word "derezzed" at any moment. You'll then be treated to a brief but amazing Daft Punk clip. Of all the new material, this is the closest to Daft Punk's signature sound so far." [Exclaim]
"In the land of free-form radio (aka WFMU), he's known for Kenny G's Hour of Pain. On the Internet he's the mastermind behind the treasured online behemoth, UbuWeb. Join us for a very special evening in which Kenneth Goldsmith curates personal favorites from his website and visually spins them into spontaneous freeform gold. Local bands Growing (Vice Records) and Blues Control (Siltbreeze) will add a touch of controlled chaos to the already unpredictable mix. After the show there will be a mandatory DJ de-brief in the gallery."That WFMU-related Growing/Blues Control event takes place, tonight, August 16th, at the Walter Reade Theater. It will cost you to get in, and is 21+. More info at the link (doors at 8:15). They say there's also an afterparty with a DJ set by Marty Mcsorley and free drinks right after the show.
Kind of in competition with that is another WFMU-related event happening tonight over at Solar One...
Join DJ Trent as he freaks out to his two favorite movies:A video of Blues Control soundchecking earlier today, below...
1) David Byrne's TRUE STORIES, starring John Goodman and Byrne, with music by Talking Heads, exploring the changing world of central Texas in 1986
2) Daft Punk's INTERSTELLA 5555: THE 5TORY OF THE 5ECRET 5TAR 5YSTEM, an insane anime adventure into the year 5555 set to Daft Punk's "Discovery," possibly the best album ever made.
Since both movies are set to music (but avoid the awful cliches associated with, you know, musicals) it will also be a dance party with $2 Brooklyn Beer all night long. If you can't make it in person, join the fun from home with live audio/video broadcasts at 91.1fm and wfmu.org.
Estimated Value: Priceless... and the bidding is currently at $1900. Other items for sale at "Crafts for a Cause" include a Chan Marshall (Cat Power) "I Love You" painting, an Aziz Ansari caricature, Natalie Portman's worn shoes, an Adam Green t-shirt, a Kimya Dawson tote bag, a Feist shirt, a Devendra Banhart painting, plus stuff by Regina Spektor, Mars Volta, Fleet Foxes, Tegan & Sara, The Strokes, Vampire Weekend, Sia, Norah Jones, and Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear's childhood guitar....
Item Number 128
These are very rare, limited edition Daft Punk toy robots called "Daft Punk 1000% Kubricks" made by the legendary Japanese toy manufacturer Medicom in collaboration with the legendary Hong Kong based toy manufacturers, Silly Thing.
They have both been signed and decorated by Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Momem-Christo, of Daft Punk
They sell new for $2000 for the pair.
They are 25" tall.