Entries tagged with: Dan Deacon
As previously announced, the 2011 Ecstatic Music Festival, presented by New York City's Merkin Concert Hall in association with New Amsterdam Records, is a showcase of imaginative collaborations between more than 150 genre-pushing composers, songwriters and performers who represent a new generation of artists combining diverse influences and techniques to explore the intersection of classical and pop music. All concerts will include premieres. The festival opens with a free seven-hour marathon on January 17, 2011, and continues with 13 additional concerts until March 28, 2011. All concerts will take place at Merkin Concert Hall.The Ecstatic Music Festival 2011 is almost here. Subscriptions and single show tickets are on sale. The full updated schedule (tUnE-yArDs, So Percussion, Dan Deacon, Craig Wedren, ACME, Nadia Sirota, Buke & Gass, Doveman, Owen Pallett, Bang On A Can All-Stars, and more included), and a trailer, below...
The show is a broad hybrid of things, over 20 acts of stand-up, skits, music, and a very broad "other."That description of the Wham City City Comedy Tour comes from a SPIN review of the Baltimore show. The tour ends in NYC at Showpaper 42nd Street Gallery tonight (11/20). Todd P's full listing for the show, below...
Kizer, playing the archetypal patient, but being asked to peer into his doctor's very, very exposed asshole.
Avant-garde musician/David Bowie impersonator/internet talk show host Ed Schrader singing a busted-up song about "kids jail" involving kids meeting various forms of execution.
Dan Deacon reworking the audio from a particularly choice segment of The Wizard of Oz backed by a building, anxious bassline to an effect as sinister as it is funny.
Performance artistist/ventriloquist April Camlin having a few very heavy existential moments: "What happens to me when we die?" asks her dummy.
Truth be told, the Wham City comedy tour is full of a ton of bleak, cutting stuff. Maybe that's another misconception about the group: that it's full of cartoon people that live cartoon lives. Watching nearly all of them do comedy, you can't shake the feeling that, funny or not, the collective's stacked with some seriously cynical people.
MGMT at All Points West 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
"Rockers MGMT have become the latest act to end a gig early because of a missile attack - drummer Will Berman stormed offstage at the band's Manchester, England show on Sunday night, September 26 after he was hit in the torso by a glass of urine.As Pitchfork reports, the story, though posted on Ace Showbiz as true, might as well be considered an unconfirmed rumor at this point, but it's a nice rumor to have around, and hot on the heels of the Kings of Leon pigeon and Axl Rose bottles show-ending incidents, so why not. MGMT dummer storms off stage after being hit by piss (maybe). And it was Dan Deacon who threw it at him (maybe).
The group were midway through hit song "The Handshake" towards the end of its set at the Manchester Apollo when the incident happened, prompting angry Berman to stop drumming and walk off. Even his bandmates were unaware of what had happened. They had to ask fans, "Where's Will gone?" The group was forced to end their show without a drummer. They did not return for an encore. -[Aceshowbiz]
Lightning Bolt at Brooklyn Bowl (more by Leia Jospe)
Friday October 15th @ RIDGEWOOD MASONIC TEMPLEIn between and before those dates both Dan Deacon (NOT Ensemble) and Lightning Bolt have scheduled solo outings, with DD also scheduled to appear at the Incubate Festival in Tilburg, NL AND Moogfest in Asheville NC over Halloween weekend. The stacked lineup at Moogfest will feature Big Boi (who plays NYC next week), El-P, Girl Talk, Devo, Jonsi, Massive Attack, MGMT, Panda Bear, RJD2 (who just played Webster), and many others over its three days. Tickets are on sale.
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Lightning Bolt bassist Brian recently played NYC with Megasus at Acheron, and before that LB played Brooklyn Bowl instead of Williamsburg Waterfront.
All Lightning Bolt and Dan Deacon/Ensemble dates, as well as few videos that include New Dan Deacon songs played live at Whartscape and a short documentary piece on Deacon/Wham City/Baltimore, below...
Owen Pallett @ Webster Hall in April (more by Sarahana)
Arcade Fire collaborator and 2010 Polaris Prize nominee Owen Pallett (ex-Final Fantasy) has been added as the opener to both the August 4th and August 5th Spoon & Arcade Fire shows at Madison Square Garden (tickets). Those dates are in addition to his upcoming tours with both Dirty Projectors (he opens Terminal 5) and the National (he opens Wellmont Theatre).
Owen is giving away a free EP via Domino for one week only. The tracklist for that EP (Dan Deacon remix included) and all dates below...
photos by Vincent Cornelli
"1st free show this summer included: scary Drake fans, chairs flying, mase, riots, & scared cops. Should have went to Dan Deacon." - Sasha Camacho
"Dan Deacon Ensemble was truly amazing. Such a great show
and intense audience." - Nick Helderman
While Drake (and Hanson) was causing chaos at South Street Seaport, Dan Deacon was leading group activities over in Red Hook Park. More pictures (though none of opener Lower Dens) and some videos from the free Brooklyn Summerstage show, below...
DOWNLOAD: Lower Dens - Hospice Gates (MP3)
Dan Deacon dance contest @ Bonnaroo 2010 (russroe)
Did you catch Lower Dens at the show Saturday at Co-Op 87? Regardless, make sure to get to Red Hook Park (map) early enough this evening, June 15th, to catch them when they open for the Dan Deacon Ensemble at the Summerstage show happening there. The free show starts at 7pm.
Lower Dens have three more shows at the end of June including the Impose Northside Festival show on June 26th at Death By Audio...
Impose Northside Show!Matteah Baim also plays with Lower Dens in Philly and Baltimore. All dates below...
Dark Dark Dark
Frankie and the Outs
$10, doors at 8pm.
"Dan Deacon & Dustin Wong absolutely murdered it tonight at Cake Shop "Silence like the wind overCakes me, 5 yr anniversary!"" -corygreenwell
Dan Deacon @ Cake Shop on May 27th (via Youtube, below)
Dan Deacon played one of the last shows of Cake Shop's five-year-anniversary month on Thursday, May 27th. Also at the gig were Height, Eternal Summers, Big Troubles and Dustin Wong. A YouTube slideshow of pictures from the show is posted below.
Dan Deacon and his friends at Wham City have posted details on this year's Whartscape Festival in Baltimore on July 22-25. Confirmed acts include Wye Oak, Deakin, Javelin, Lightning Bolt, No Ave, Talk Normal, Zach Hill, Arab on Radar, Xiu Xiu, Yip Yip, Dan Deacon Ensemble and Ponytail (Beach House was intially listed but has since been removed). More bands are TBA. Tickets go on sale at WhamCity.com and Baltimore's True Vine Records on June 15th.
For Arab on Radar, this is yet another date to add to the list of reunion gigs they have scheduled in July, August and September.
Wye Oak are also playing Siren in July.
Deakin (ex-Animal Collective) will hopefully schedule a NYC show one day soon.
The full Whartscape lineup and pictures from the Cake Shop show are below...
Dan Deacon @ the 1896 in 2009 (more by Lori Baily)
tonight in NYC
* Bon Jovi @ the Meadowlands
* Natureboy @ a Rooftop Film in Brooklyn
* The Neville Brothers @ Nokia Theatre
* Questlove (DJ) (late) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Jimmy Fallon @ The Paley Center for Media
* Braids, The Luyas (early) @ Mercury Lounge
* Forgetters, Holopaw, Callers @ The Bell House
* Cheap Time, Bad Sports @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Fixed w/ Simian Mobile Disco (DJ) @ Santos Party House
* Seraphim, Altered State, Divider, Colony @ The Acheron
* Horse's Mouth, The Extraordinaires, miniboone @ Union Pool
* The Morning After Girls, Soren Well (late) @ Mercury Lounge
* Sightings, Mouthus, Drainolith, Guardian Alien @ Shea Stadium
* A Setting Sun, Noveller, unFact, Kingdom of Sharks @ Glasslands
* Reverend Horton Heat, Cracker, Miss Derringer @ Highline Ballroom
* The Surprisers, Psychobuildings, North Highlands, No Joy @ The Cameo
* NT, Mr. Dream, Sunshower Orphans, Invisible Hands, Day Sleeper @ Bruar Falls
* Shakers n' Bakers, Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom, Gutbucket, Blast Off! @ Littlefield
* Dan Deacon, Height With Friends, Eternal Summers, Big Troubles, Dustin Wong @ Cake Shop
* Dylan Fest w/ mems. of the Strokes & Black Keys, Adam Green, Norah Jones, more @ Bowery Ballroom
A bunch of tonight's shows are about to be profiled in This Week in Indie (coming soon).
A flyer for tonight's Bob Dylan Fest (with the lineup on it) is below.
A flyer for tonight's Full Moon Rides on the Cyclone! is below...
There are Rooftop Films happening Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The musical guest tonight is Natureboy (and the show is in Brooklyn). Friday (in Manhattan) gets Braids who play Mercury Lounge with The Luyas tonight!
Note that the Dan Deacon show at Cake Shop is TONIGHT (the date was changed).
Friends Records writes that, "Height with Friends finish up a massive two month tour this week with shows in New York and Baltimore. They will be playing the Cake Shop on [tonight] with Dan Deacon, Dustin Wong, Eternal Summers and Big Troubles. It's the Cake Shop's five year anniversary, and it'll be the first show that the [Height's] Bed of Seeds LP will be available at." A video trailer for the show is below.
Fang Island and Dan Deacon are no longer sharing a bill at Cake Shop on Saturday, May 29th, one of the gigs that's a part of the venue's five-year celebration. That's because Dan Deacon's show has been moved up two nights to Thursday, May 27th, when he'll play with Eternal Summers, Big Troubles and Dustin Wong. (Dan also jams out in Red Hook Park on Tuesday, June 15th.)
Fang Island will instead be performing with Philly garage four-piece Univox on May 29th.
The Bundles' Cake Shop show earlier in the month ended up happening, but with the group playing as a trio comprised of Jeff and Jack Lewis and Anders Griffen (so, without Kimya Dawson and Karl Blau). A note Jeff sent us about the show, and the surprise one they played right after it at Sidewalk Cafe, is posted below.
Then, to close out the month-long celebration, on May 31st, Moonmen On The Moon, Man (the Cake Shop house band basically) will "play five times for five years," including a "1,825 song set, to represent every day of Cake Shop's last five years of live music." A video of that band playing the venue's third birthday, more details on the show, and other dates below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Fang Island @ Knitting Factory in April (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Fang Island will be one of the "tons more" promised at Cake Shop's May 29th show with Dan Deacon, which is part of the venue's fifth-anniversary month (a month that includes the NYC debut of New Moods this evening, May 17th).
Fang Island are currently on tour through the end of May, and this July they'll head out with the Flaming Lips. Those shows include Lips' July 4th Atlantic City show and their upstate NY shows (one of which has Black Keys and Morning Benders). All dates are below.
The band's self-titled record that came out earlier this year. Two tracks from it are above, and below are two videos directed by Carlos Charlie Perez (no relation to Danny Perez, Animal Collective collaborator, besides the sonic similarities). All tour dates and videos are below...
Dan Deacon @ Broadway Backyard in May 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Dan Deacon is playing for free in Red Hook Park on Tuesday, June 15th, and he's also at Bonnaroo. And he's also going to be playing the much more intimate Cake Shop on Saturday, May 29th as part of the venue's month-long five-year anniversary. Full lineup TBA ($10, 8pm doors, 21+).
Don't expect any big open spaces for dance contests like the one that's about to happen in the picture above. Do expect a very hot and crowded and fun basement show, sort of like the one in the video below...
Dan Deacon @ Brooklyn Bowl (more by Bao Nguyen)
Dan Deacon will play a free show in Brooklyn's Red Hook Park on Tuesday, June 15th at 7pm. The show is part of the new (york) city-wide "Summerstage" series of shows. Dan's only other scheduled show at the moment is an appearance at Bonnaroo three days earlier. He did just play a free show at Northwestern though...
"This year's One Voice Benefit Concert was held Sunday night on the East Lawn of Norris and the fundraiser featured indie darlings Dan Deacon and Boy Crisis. According to A&O member Aldis Kaza, more than 450 students attended the annual event, benefiting Freedom From Hunger and The Chicago Food Depository. Co-sponsored by Niteskool Productions, A&O Productions and Mayfest, Sunday night's concert kicked off a month of events leading up to Dillo Day on Saturday, May 29" [North by Northwestern]Dillo Day!? Interesting time lapse video from that show, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
After spending four days in Austin for SXSW, my personal MtyMx experience started with an all-day trip from Austin to Monterrey on Sunday. I arrived to see Andrew W.K.'s set that night, the after-party at the Garage, and Monday from first to last band (minus the comedy set with Dan Deacon, though there are pictures of him too). I'm now writing this from Tennessee where the Big Ears Fest is about to begin. Stay tuned for reports about that, and check out my pictures from the festival in Mexico, with captions, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Neon Indian @ MtyMX
The experiment that was the first MtyMx Festival is over. The last day of Todd P's Mexican festival (3/22) featured 14 acts, half of which were from Mexico. Liars, HEALTH, and Neon Indian all made it for their headlining sets (the acts that were flown in had very few problems for the most part). The rest of the last day's lineup included Ratas del Vaticano (Mexico), Indian Jewelry, Lemonade, BamBam (Mexico), Jóvenes y Sexys (Venezuela), Mockinpott (Mexico), Best Fwends, High Places, Alexico (Mexico), Mentira Mentira (Mexico) and Sr. Amable & Mr. Racoon (Mexico). The Monday after-fest show that was held at Yo Garage for all three nights featured sets by Coasting, noisepunks XYX, and Mentira Mentira (again).
Bands that didn't make it for their Monday sets for one reason or another included No Age, Thee Oh Sees (they tried to get past the border at least twice), Liturgy, The Sandwitches, Javelin, Salem, DD/MM/YYY, Fergus and Geronimo, Big Troubles, Pictureplane, Gauntlet Hair, Tearist, Josephine and the Mousepeople, and Baths. Remember that was just day three. It was a similar situation each day, but I never planned on being there for the first day (SXSW), and I got there much later than expected on the second. As I write/dictate this, I'm currently waiting for a noon (note: it's two hours earlier here than it is in NY) Greyhound bus out of Monterrey that's going back to Austin (an approximately 8 hour trip that took about 11 hours of driving and 8 hours of waiting on the way in). There were two 1am Todd P buses that left last night directly after Liars, but our stuff (and a bed) was in our hotel room.
[note: Andrew is now on the bus]
How to get home seemed to be the main focus on everyone's mind early on the last day. Once that was all figured out, things turned more optimistic and Todd P even made announcements referencing next year.
Dan Deacon was a constant presence at the festival. He actually replaced Thee Oh Sees on the last day as "Dan Deacon & friends", a short comedy set. Another group that performed for multiple days was Das Racist who treated late Sunday night arrivals to an energetic set at the after-party.
Though I only spent 36 hours total in Monterrey and saw fewer bands than I caught Thursday afternoon in Austin, I made lots of new friends, saw some great sets, and it was an experience that won't soon be forgotten. Safety was a big question, but though the festival had issues (including theft on the festival grounds, and at least one mugging), people actually getting hurt wasn't one of them.
As anyone following along on @bvSXSW knows, after some serious transportation issues, Andrew Frisicano eventually made his way down to Monterrey, Mexico from Austin, TX (counting waiting for the bus to show up, it took him something like 18 hours which was 4 hours shorter than it took Ryan Muir) in time for a bit of the 2nd night and all of the third day (aka today, 3/22). Here is some of his story so far...
The Coathangers @ MtyMX (by TiTa_Elizondo)
"You Will Remember Tonight" was the song that stuck out in Andrew WK's headlining set at MtyMx Festival last night in Monterrey, Mexico. It was the second night of the fest, and the only set I saw because of a lengthy, complicated bus trip that started much earlier in the day.
There were a lot of questions coming down to Mexico: transportation, accommodations and food were mostly left in the hands of the festival, and at MtyMx now (5pm Monterrey time), most of those continue to be issues, sadly distracting from the bands who did make it. For some bands and showgoers the trip took 20+ hours of waiting and riding on buses, but if one thing has been consistent, it has been that no two MtyMx trips have been the same.
Due to spotty bus service from Austin, shaken confidence in the festival and scheduling issues, a number of the bands on the bill have canceled or been unable to make it down. Those bands (editor's note: which Todd P sarcastically addresses in a video below) include Washed Out, Small Black, Tanlines, No Age, Lucky Dragons, Anamanaguchi, Pocahaunted, Beach Fossils, MNDR, Sun Araw, Total Abuse, Talk Normal, The Wave Pictures, Fucked Up, The Sandwitches and Liturgy. On the festival's last day, arranging transportation back to Austin or elsewhere has been an overriding theme.
story continued below with video & more pics...
by Zach Pollack
Middletown police have yet to release the name of a 22 year-old Bristol man who died when a truck he was riding in went into the Neshaminy Creek early Sunday.After canceling a November 16th performance at SUNY Purchase due to back problems, musician Dan Deacon has returned to full force. On Saturday, February 20th, the visiting alumnus played late into the night at the Stood Student Center [ed: pronounced "'st(y)ood"]. His set was jam-packed with the crowd participation he's well-known for. Turning the Stood into one massive dance party Deacon seemed at home among the current student body.
Officer Dan Deacon said investigator Officer David Strother has yet to speak to the man's family and is not releasing the name.
Further details of how the accident occurred also were not available.
What police do know is that the man was in a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck as it was traveling west on Brownsville Road when it lost control at the ridge over the creek, went over a wall and landed upside down in the water just before 2 a.m. [PhillyBurbs.com]
Speaking of Purchase, the 2010 edition of their annual Culture Shock Festival is reportedly set to return on April 16th & 17th. Lineup TBA.
More pictures from SUNY Purchase and video from his show the night before (2/19) at Baltimore's Ottobar are below...
Crystal Stilts @ Slumberland Birthday, 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
tonight in NYC
* Red Baraat @ BAM
* Dan Deacon at Suny Purchase
* Evangelista @ The Stone
* Memory Tapes at Tribeca Grand
* Men, MKNG FRNDZ @ The Bell House
* Wakey! Wakey!, Harper Blynn @ Mercury Lounge
* Yemenwed, Light Asylum, Sabine Gruffat @ P.S.1
* The Golden Filter, Nancy Whang @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Man In Gray, El Jezel, Coyote Eyes @ Union Hall
* H2O (15 Year Anniversary Show) @ Gramercy Theatre
* Nosaj Thing, Daedelus, Jogger @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* These Are Powers, MNDR, Blondes, JDH & Dave P @ Coco 66
* Misery Index, Magrudergrind, Mutant Supremacy @ Union Pool
* Aligns, The Yellow Dogs, In Cadeo, Darwin Deez @ The Cameo
* Zola Jesus, Blacklist, Cult of Youth, White Ring @ Cake Shop
* Extra Life, Pink Reason, Silk Flowers, M. Lamar @ Death By Audio
* PC Worship, Ashcan Orchestra, GDFX, Hexbreaker Quintet @ Shea Stadium
* Pygmy Shrews, Golden Girls, Byrds of Paradise, Tough Knuckles @ Bruar Falls
* Greg Kelley, Chris Brokaw, Matthew Heyner, Sean Meehan @ Issue Project Room
* Secret Country, Roadside Graves, WJ & The Sweet Sacrifice, My Name Is John Michael @ Maxwell's
* Crystal Stilts, The Beets, Christmas Island, Beach Fossils, German Measles @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Haiti Benefit w/ Your 33 Black Angels, Bugs in the Dark, Palominos, Hollands, Normandy, Balboa, Winston Troy, MK Groove Orchestra @ East River Bar
Man in Gray are back together for one night only tonight at Union Hall! With Coyote Eyes and El Jezel. They played their two final shows in 2008, one of which was at one of our Rock n ROFL shows at Pianos.
Extra Life, who are at DBA tonight, have a new record coming out, called Made Flesh, on March 30th.
Memory Tapes tonight at Tribeca Grand is free (RSVP to events [at] self-titledmag.com). Tanlines are DJing.
Mates of State play the Bell House on Sunday.
Today is the last day of by:Larm in Norway. I've seen a ton of great bands so far. Most are new to me. I'm trying to avoid bands I've seen or will definitely see soon. Serena Maneesh fall into both categories (SXSW = the "see soon" part), but I couldn't help myself and went and checked them out last night at Spectrum Scene in Oslo. They went on after Johann Johannsson who went on after Efterklang (it was 4AD night). I actually watched all three and even saw some bands in nearby venues during set change... there's a band on somewhere every half hour, and all bands only play for 30 minutes.... so if you're quick you can see at least 25 minutes of a 30 minute set twice an hour for about 7 hours straight...except Serena Maneesh actually who got 45 minutes as tonight's big headliner... actually Johann played longer too, but I left before he finished). I don't have videos from the show, so here are some of their official videos instead, below...
The lineup has been updated for the MtyMx Festival happening March 20th-22nd in Monterrey, Mexico. As it stands, 69 of the 75 or so bands have been confirmed and are listed below.
New additions include Andrew W.K., Acid Mothers Temple, Grant Hart, Telepathe, Hunx and his Punx, Bitters, Male Bonding and Talk Normal. Dan Deacon and High Places will be MtyMx exclusive (as in not playing SXSW).
Three-day passes are still on sale. More info on the fest is HERE. The full list of confirmed bands is below...
the concert site...
==BIG NEWS!==You can add to that list of confirmed bands: No Age, Fucked Up, Das Racist, dd/mm/yyyy, Lemonade, Quiero Club (MX), Los Llamarada (MX), Toro y Moi, Small Black and Liturgy.
It is my pleasure to announce the inaugural MtyMx All-Ages Festival of Art and Music!
The MtyMx festival will happen on March 20th, 21st, and 22nd at Autocinema Las Torres in Monterrey, Mexico
The MtyMx festival is a collaboration between Yo Garage and Todd P and will feature up to 25 bands a day for three days, playing outdoors on two stages in a beautiful drive-in movie theater on the side of a mountain in the Sierra Madre Oriental. Over one third of the bands playing are from Mexico!
Tickets are $30 for a three day pass. 75 bands!
Confirmed bands include: Dan Deacon, Neon Indian, Washed Out, Thee Oh Sees, Pocahaunted, Indian Jewelry, Male Bonding, Best Fwends, Banjo or Freakout and many many more, along with Mexican groups Los Fancy Free, Los Margaritos, and more to be announced in the coming days. -Todd P
The only bad news (for SXSWers) is that Todd will not be bringing his multi-day fest of day shows to Ms. Bea's again this year, though he doesn't seem to be ruling out doing at least something in Austin before Mexico.
Scared of Mexico? In an e-mail, Todd P told us, "Monterrey has a lower violent crime rate than NYC, Dallas, or Houston, even accounting for international drug trade violence. A major goal of the festival is to dispel US misconceptions that Mexico is the 3rd world, uneducated, dangerous and backwards. Mexico is a modern country with a surging middle class and a vibrant, plugged in 1st world art and music community. Another major goal is to correct the disenfranchisement of Mexican artists and bands caused by strict US visa restrictions on Mexicans. In short: these bands and fans can't go to SxSW."
Details and reservations for Austin-to-Monterrey round-trip bus service, hotel options and onsite camping are forthcoming. More info on MtyMx is below...
Dan Deacon's Top 10 albums of 2009 (via)
1. Double Dagger - More
2. Lightning Bolt - Earthy Delights
3. Health - Get Color
4. Ducktails - Landscapes
5. Pictureplane - Dark Rift
6. Javelin - Jamz N Jemz
7. DD/MM/YYYY - Black Square
8. Black Dice - Repo
9. Lucky Dragons - Dream Island Laughing Language
10. Ed Schrader - The Choir Inside
"In the course of talking about the reissue I brought up the idea of playing some shows because I was like well look, if we were ever going to do this, if we were ever going to play again, you know, now would be the time to do it." - J Robbins
Jawbox was one of a few who defined the sound of the 90's underground. After releasing records on respected uber-indie Dischord, the band dropped their masterpiece For Your Own Special Sweetheart as their major label debut for Atlantic. Razor sharp post-hardcore riffage collided with tense emotional songwriting to create one of the greatest, yet most unsung LPs of the era. The band followed up Sweetheart with a self-titled LP before calling it quits in 1997.
Recently Jawbox celebrated reissued Sweetheart and celebrated with a performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. We cornered vocalist/guitarist J Robbins before that performance to talk about the band, their future, his production work, and the Baltimore/DC music scene...
Animal Collective @ ATP NY (more by Ryan Muir)
So how the hell did Merriweather Post Pavilion-- an album closer in spirit to the sub-aquatic psychedelia of 2005's Feels and Panda Bear's 2007 solo Person Pitch than its predecessor-- wind up in the Billboard Top 20 and outsell both the Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand's most recent albums in North America? That mystery is ultimately the most wonderful thing about the album. Unlike so many indie-rock crossover artists before them, Animal Collective did not breach the mainstream by cleaning up their act, or adopting classic-rock conventions, or scoring a strategic soundtrack or iPod-commercial placement. And, above all, they did little to formalize their defining mercurial quality. [Pitchfork]Pitchfork posted their Top 50 Albums of 2009.
Animal Collective is DJing the Museum of Natural History in January.
DOWNLOAD: Salvador Santana - "Keyboard City" f GZA (Dan Deacon Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mando Diao - "Dance With Somebody" (The Hood Internet Remix f GZA & Cadence Weapon) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Black Lips - "Drop I Hold" featuring GZA (MP3)
GZA & Black Lips at SXSW 2009 (photo by Bill Pearis)
Still no word on a Gucci Mane/Beirut collabo album, but Wu-Tanger GZA has been hard at work rocking remixes and dropping collabos a-plenty. After appearing on a remix of Mando Diao's "Dance With Somebody" w/ Cadence Weapon by The Hood Internet (get that above), GZA has also popped up on another Hood Internet remix, this time of Salvador Santana's "Keyboard City". That remix inspired a second (a re-remix?) this time with Mr Green Skull himself, Dan Deacon.
Originally, GZA was featured over a remix of the song "Keyboard City" done by The Hood Internet. Now, Dan Deacon took that remix and dissected it into this an awesome blend of Vocoder / electro madness.It's not the first time that the Genius has collabo'd with indie artists (he teamed up with Black Lips at SXSW, dropped mathematics on a Peter Bjorn & John's forthcoming Living Thing remix LP, and played with King Khan at FFF and elsewhere), and it won't be the last. So far we already know that Fucked Up and Devendra Banhart have contributed some original material for GZA, but now comes word that Health have remixed a track, Har Mar Superstar is on board and Kevin Barnes (Of Montreal) has also hooked up some science for GZA which will appear on his new album out in late spring of 2010. Look for it.
This collaboration was inspired by the idea of GZA and Dan Deacon working together and Salvador Santana a platform was set for more original material between the two in the future. GZA first caught wind of Dan Deacon earlier this fall and after a connection via their publicist, Dan ended up taking GZA and Salvador's remix and putting his own twist on it.
GZA appeared on the stupid dope Raekwon album Only Built For Cuban Linx Pt II, and now that the onslaught of praise has died down somewhat, that Staten Island representative is on a short tour to remind the haters why he rules faces. Count on support from Queensbridge representatives Capone n Noreaga (who aim to "blow holes in your Versace") as well as Queen Yonasda. The trio hits Irving Plaza on 12/16, tickets are still on sale.
Ruff Ryder, D-Block member and OB4CL2 contributor Jadakiss has also scheduled a show at Highline Ballroom on 12/22 with Melanie Fiona & special guests. Tickets are on sale. J-A-to-the-mwah dropped The Last Kiss earlier this year.
Make sure not to forget the previously discussed, Method Man / Ghostface appearance as part of the Hip Hop Legends series at BB Kings on Dec 23. The jawdopping lineup contains a veritable who's who of 80s-90s greats including Doug E Fresh, EPMD, Main Source/Large Professor, Onyx, Showbiz & AG, Masta Ace, Ed OG, "+ more TBA". Tickets are still available.
Dig on some videos below, including one of GZA with King Khan, as well as Raekwon tour dates...
Girl Talk @ Sasquatch on Memorial Day (more by Chris Graham)
tonight in NYC
* The Ettes, Fan-Tan @ Mercury Lounge
* an art exhibit w/ Best Fwends @ the Bell House
* Nine Inch Nails, The Horrors @ Webster Hall
* Wizardry, Marching Teeth, Skeleton Breath @ Union Pool
* Buzzer, Impediments, The Dashing Suns @ Death By Audio
* Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls Summer Revue @ Damrosch Park
* Girl Talk, Max Tundra, Wiz Khalifa @ Williamsburg Waterfront
* Mystery Lights, Arms & Legs, Bad Cop, Tom McBride & Whig Party @ Cake Shop
* Roots of American Music Festival w/ Arturo O'Farrill, Louisiana Renegades, more @ Damrosch Park
* McCOY TYNER TRIO - CD RELEASE SHOW , With Special Guest Gary Bartz & Jon Batiste Band @ Highline Ballroom
* Rachel Trachtenberg's Homemade World Benefit w/ Rev. Jen, The Fools, Jason Trachetenburg, Anna Copacabana, more @ The Cameo
The Cameo is hosting a benefit for Rachel Trachtenberg's Homemade World. Rachel, Reverend Jen, The Fools, Jason Trachtenburg, Lippe, Major Matt Mason, Anna Copacabanna, Rosie Rebel and Tammy Hart will perform alongside a vegan bakesale, a raffle and a special screening of RTHW's first episode to raise funds for the filming of the show's second. Video of the show below..
"The performance space at The Bell House [tonight] will be transformed with an installation of floating walls suspended from the existing exposed 20-foot beams. The 8'x4' walls will feature works by local artists, with alternating performances highlighted on stage and in the crowd by local musicians, djs, performance artists, and clothing designers."
Best Fwends didn't have the Bell House art show on their schedule the other day, but now they do.
There's one more Pool Party to go after Girl Talk, and that's Grizzly Bear and Beach House next week. Dan Deacon's "Pool" Party was a few weeks back - check out his new video for "Paddling Ghost," with a clip of him from the NJ pool party show, below.
Wizardry, whose new video was posted here on Friday, play tonight at Union Pool with Marching Teeth and Skeleton Breath.
Buzzer and Impediments, both of whom mine "mid-70s glam-punk," continue their NYC run with a show at DBA with The Dashing Suns.
The Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Festival closes today with the 26th Annual Roots of American Music Festival at the Damrosch Park Bandshell. The full lineup for that includes:
BRC ORCHESTRA: Four Women: A Tribute to Odetta, Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln and Eartha Kitt featuring Jayne Cortez, Tamar-Kali, Abena Koomson, Alkebulan, and more. Curated by La Tasha N. Nevada Diggs, Musical Direction by Onel MuletWillie Mae Rock Camp for Girls Summer Revue plays a free early show at Damrosch Park.
THE LOUISIANA RENEGADES Featuring Christine Balfa, Dirk Powell, Kevin Wimmer of Balfa Toujours and additional Creole artists tba
TEXAS TORNADOS: Tribute to Doug Sahm
Mazel Tov, Mis Amigos: The Lost World of Latin-Jewish Sound featuring The Arturo O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Sextet
Arturo O'Farrill, Music Director, arranger with special guests Irving Fields, LARRY HARLOW and additional artists tba
The Brooklyn Soul Festival starts Friday.