Entries tagged with: Dam Funk
by Bill Pearis
Hitmaker, producer, rock star, general music legend/eccentric Todd Rundgren will release his new album, Global, on April 7. He's going on tour as well, and will play NYC at Highline Ballroom on May 5 & 6. Tickets for those NYC show are on sale now.
Joining Todd as part of his band and as tour DJ is Stones Throw artist Dam-Funk -- in fact the band for this tour is Todd, Dam and two backup singers. Dam has been an admirer of Rundgren and has dropped some of Todd's songs into his sets for some time. He told LA Record in 2009:
He has heart! It wasn't about hits, even though he could make hits. That's the aesthetic I like to align myself with. Hits are hits, and they're great. But the music I gravitate to, it's not on the radio. I always wanna do music for that person who was me. That kid who ventures off looking for music that touches their soul.Dam-Funk is finishing up his own new album, Invite The Light, which should be out later this year.
In other news, Todd has collaborated with a couple of notable Norwegians -- dance music producer Lindstrøm and Emil Nikolaisen of Serena-Maneesh -- on Runddans, an album that is one 39-minute long track that's been broken down into 12 parts. That will be out May 5 via Smalltown Supersound.
You can watch a short video interview with Rundgren about it, with the artwork, tracklist, list of tour dates, and some classic Todd, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
"Panda Bear is blowing my mind right now. All new songs so far. All incredible" - Will Oliver
"Panda Bear played basically all new material! SO excited about how chillgroovywonderful the new album will be! (90s tumblr aesthetic w/e)" - @P0ssiblymaybe_
"New panda bear sounds fucking stellar" - Carly
"Panda bear played a whole set of new material in bk tonight! Fucking killer!" - Jordan Morriseey
"Panda Bear's new jams are groovy" - Steve R. Seigh Jr.
Animal Collective member Panda Bear has a new solo album in the works -- tentatively titled Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper -- and as he and AnCo tend to do, he's been playing a lot of the new stuff on tour ahead of its release. His tour hit NYC last night for a Red Bull Music Academy show at Warsaw (5/18) with visuals by frequent AnCo collaborator Danny Perez. Stereogum caught the show and wrote this of the setlist:
1. An organ track gives way to the kind of church-like music associated with Young Prayer and Person Pitch.Only a short video clip has surfaced from the show as of this post, but the SG review mentioned a Collected Animals commenter said a full stream from the show will come out later in the week. Meanwhile, you can watch some videos of Panda playing new songs at Austin Psych Fest and at his recent DC show.
2. This one is a stone groove, with some real get-up-and-go that spins out and isn't likely to become very friendly with the dance-averse. 3. A xylophone-ish intro breaks into a rhythm that kicks in strongly.
4. This track is heavy on deep electronic notes and features stilted lyrics that make you feel like you're riding a carousel while smoking a joint. A highlight. 5. The punctuated keys here are layered atop undertones that sound straight out of the '80s, like an alternate soundtrack to The Running Man. Slow out the gate, the rhythms get boosted as it unfurls.
6. A floral intro gives way to a baroque, harp-laden crux. Lennox sings the lyrics "all in the family" as part of the chorus; this song is so strong it could win over Archie Bunker. 7. This might be a two-parter along the lines of "Good Girls/Carrots." A relatively short symphonic part leaks into a punchy backbone.
8. There's a "Bros"-like sample that drives into a theme which marches. Another winner.
9. This closer might be the most rock 'n' roll track, chugging along as Lennox sings his heart out.
Encore: a vibrant "Last Night At The Jetty," before "Scheherazade," and "Surfer's Hymn."
Opening the show was AnCo's pal Dam-Funk, who jumped into the crowd for part of his set, and L.I.E.S. producer Torn Hawk, who Pitchfork recently recommended. Pictures of all three artists are in this post.
More, with those videos, below...
Homeboy Sandman isn't the only Stones Throw artist with shows coming up soon. Stones Throw label founder Peanut Butter Wolf has announced a DJ gig at Glasslands in Brooklyn on June 5. Advanced tickets for the 10pm-doors, 21+ event are on sale.
That's currently the only upcoming event we know about for PBW, but Stones Throw artist Dam-Funk has a bunch of upcoming shows including a DJ opening for Animal Collective's Panda Bear at Warsaw in Brooklyn on 5/18 (a sold out Red Bull Music Academy event and part of Panda Bear's recently announced tour). Meanwhile you can catch LA's "Ambassador of Boogie Funk" live and as a DJ in California including on May 8 with his labelmates Myron & E who have a lot of upcoming shows too. All dates are listed, along with Julia Holter's new remix of Stones Throw artist Boardwalk and more, below...
One of the many shows as part of NYC's Red Bull Music Academy 2014, Panda Bear will play Warsaw on May 18 with Dâm-Funk and Torn Hawk and it's now sold out. That show is also part of a May solo tour for the Animal Collective member (aka Noah Lennox) who also contributed vocals to Daft Punk's "Doin' it Right." He'll be trying out material from his new solo album which will be out later this year on Domino. The tour starts with an appearance at Austin Psych Fest and all dates are listed below.
Panda Bear dates are listed below...
Thuston Moore at Bowery Ballroom, Aptil 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Have you been to Summer Thunder at Union Pool yet? Outside of our own shows at the venue (with Heavy Blanket/Love as Laughter and with Inter Arma/Anicon/Pyrrhon), the FREE weekly (21+) series has been hosting great shows every Saturday afternoon. This Satuday (7/26) features Nashville's Turbo Fruits, as well as Andy Animal and Mighty Fine, plus Jonathan Toubin on DJ duty. As always, things kick off at 2 PM with drink specials, and the bands start a little later in day.
They just announced the August line-up that features names like Thurston Moore/Nate Wooley/Ryan Sawyer Trio, Daniel Higgs, Devin, LiveFastDie, Soupcans, and Pampers, as well as DJ sets from Dam-Funk, Les Savy Fav and more. August 24 line-up has yet to be revealed (other than a lot of question marks and exclamation points) but otherwise full August Summer Thunder schedule is below.
Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!
Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.
FYF Fest. September 1st and 2nd, 2012WOW.
At the LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets are $77 and go on sale Friday June 22nd.
American Nightmare has two shows coming up at Webster Hall.
Full FYF lineup, in alphabetical order, below...
POP Montreal is returning to Montreal this year from September 19 - 23. The initial lineup was revealed and it includes Grizzly Bear, Gang Gang Dance, David Byrne, Tim Hecker, Julia Holter, I Break Horses, Hot Snakes, Dirty Three, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Cate Le Bon, Bertrand Burgulat (!), and more. The full initial lineup is listed below and many more announcements to come. Early Bird tickets are on sale until June 30, when regular sale begins.
Meanwhile, Montreal will be getting the Ohsheaga Festival even sooner.
Initial POP Montreal lineup below...
by Bill Pearis
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti new album is titled Mature Themes and will be out Aug. 21 via 4AD. The first single from the album is a cover of Donnie and Joe Emerson's "Baby," and features guest vocals from Dam-Funk and you can listen to it below. It'll be out July 10 as a limited edition one-sided 12" via 4AD.
Dam-Funk is also opening on some of the dates on APHG's fall tour, though not the Webster Hall show on September 14. (Tickets are currently on presale, with an on sale Friday 6/8.) Dam Funk will however play next week at the Northside Festival.
If you want to know more about ultra-obscure Pacific Northwest duo Donnie and Joe Emmerson who did the original of "Baby," you're in luck. The great Light in the Attic Records is reissuing the group's sole 1979 album, Dreamin' Wild. You can stream the album below and see just how faithful Ariel Pink's cover is. (Very.) There's also a short documentary about the brothers that is well worth watching and you can do so below as well.
All Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti dates are listed below, along with the stream of the first single and the Donnie and Joe Emerson stream/video as well.
Frankie Rose @ Township (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
In addition to the Jens Lekman/Of Montreal show at Williamsburg Park, the Northside Festival (June 14 - 17) just announced a slew of confirmed artists who'll be playing this year, including Future of the Left, the U.S. debut of Iceage-spinoff Vår (formerly War), Frankie Rose (playing the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg with more TBA), Grass Widow, Cleveland's Gap Dream, Wymond Miles of the Fresh & Onlys, Chain & the Gang, Kool Keith and more.
Other 2012 Northside Festival artists we've already posted about include Olivia Tremor Control, GZA, Neil Hamburger, Eternal Summers, Ceremony and Screaming Females and Royal Headache. Badges are on sale now and the full list of confirmed 2012 Northside artists is below.