Entries tagged with: Dan Deacon
photos by Zach Stern
"Now that Mr. Deacon has listeners, he has decided to reclaim his artier side -- occasionally slowing or abandoning the beat -- by performing with Dan Deacon and Ensemble, the 15-member group that made its debut at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Thursday night. Half of the set, he announced, would come from his iPod, the other from "actual living humans." It wasn't exactly what the crowd wanted." [NY Times]More pictures and reviews from Thursday night's show, below...
(Lucky members of) MTV staff headed to Baltimore over the weekend to watch Dan Deacon rehearse with his new ensemble - the ensemble that is debuting tonight/Thursday at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. You can watch footage and interviews at MTV's site. In it, Deacon talks about his not-wanting to be an electronic artist forever. More pictures, which were kindly provided to us by MTV, below...
On December 11th at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, Dan Deacon will unveil his new live set, which features a 15 piece live ensemble performing material from his forthcoming album, Bromst, which will be released on Carpark on March 24, 2009. Deacon plans to tour with an ensemble in 2009 in support of the new record. In addition to the songs with the ensemble, Deacon will still perform a few songs solo and there will be a few other surprises at this show as well. The evening will also feature sets from the always incredible Dirty Projectors and So Percussion.Coincedentally, four members of So Percussion are also in the ensemble which also includes members of Ponytail and the dude Adventure.
Sometimes BV-writer Andrew Frisicano saw So Percussion at Glasslands during CMJ. He said, "Headliner, So Percussion, a group that doubles as the rhythm section for Signal (who performed Steve Reich's 'Music for 18 Musicians' Sept 13 and 14 at LPR) played a set of engaging, adventurous percussion pieces. The band changed instruments with each song, showcasing a number of intriguingly applied timbres. Its opening tune was comprised of mostly metallic sounds (paint cans, metal scraps); other pieces included a snare and live-radio composition and Reich piece 'Drumming,' performed with sticks on bongos."
I took the pictures in this post at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin in November. A couple more of those, a list of who is in Dan's ensemble, and all tour dates, below...
by Ryan Barkan
Advertising agencies make lots of online commercials. You know, spots made not for television, but with the hope the brand's message will spread virally on the net in an organic way. Though lots of them never catch steam like a rickroll, the new Guitar Hero World Tour "Bike Hero" video has already been watched over one million times. The creative takes The Living End's "Prisoner of Society" and turns it into a live action, first person bike ride through the song's playable level in GHWT. It's a pretty cool idea with amazing execution and a slight bit of computer magic. Watch the video below.
Other Notable Licensing News:
Bishop Allen played two shows in NYC over the weekend. They are a band that has benefited from some key licensing placements in the last year. The band appeared and performed in the recent Michael Sera movie, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist. Watch the scene below. The song they performed, "Middle Management", was also on the soundtrack and used in the film's trailer. They were also used in a commercial for Sony digital cameras late last year - watch the spot here.
Crayola goes indie-cool this holiday season with Dan Deacon and Lightspeed Champion songs in the campaign for the new Glow Station (via Pitchfork). Watch the spots below.
The new holiday commercial from LL Bean features "Valley Winter Song" by Fountains Of Wayne.
Danish band The Blue Van rock the soundtrack to the new Samsung Behold commercial. Watch below.
While enjoying college football on Saturday, I heard Nick Drake's "Place To Be" used in a promo spot for Michigan State. That video is below too.
I have a bunch of friends that can not get enough of the show Top Chef. Some of those friends are also crazy for the Foo Fighters (editor's note: with friends like that who needs enemies? JUST KIDDING. Actually that doesn't even make sense...). Those friends will be in heaven when TC goes "Foo Fighters Thanksgiving" this upcoming November 26th. The episode taped during a tour stop in Rochester, NY; the band will guest judge the few remaining contestants. Apparently, TC is Dave Grohl's favorite show.
You may have heard A-Ha's classic jam "Take On Me" before. It is/was a popular song and video. So popular, A.C. Newman is going to cover it for an upcoming Valentine's Day compilation for Starbucks. Even more so, you can take it on karaoke-style in the new video game by Microsoft, LIPS. The pretty clever commercial for the game uses the song as well. Watch it below.
The game's soundtrack also includes songs by The Police, Coldplay, Duffy, The Cure, Peter, Bjorn, & John, Radiohead, and more.
Nintendo DS and Wii players can now get their skateboard on while on the go with the release of EA's Skate It. The soundtrack contains tracks by Cut Chemist, Fujiya & Miyagi, Judas Priest, The Clash, Sly & the Family Stone, and more.
Dan Deacon @ Bumbershoot 2008 (more by Chris Graham)
Both nights of the Baltimore Round Robin tour at (le) poisson rouge in NYC are sold out, so they added two more shows. Those who have tickets already now have tickets to the early show. Those who buy tickets now will go to the late one. Note that each night has a different lineup of artists. The times for each night will be as follows:
photos by Chris Graham
Dan Deacon: The tour I do in 2009 for "Bromst" [Forthcoming album] will be a large scale production with a full ensemble and a large visual aspect to it. Now that the show has grown in size and I'm playing facilities that have really nice PA systems, lighting rigs and lots of open space it's fun to experiment with those aspects. It's still fun to play a house show or a warehouse, but it's also a lot of fun to have technology at my disposal and also to do performances in large, open rooms. That's more of the direction I want to go in. Fancy, ritzy-ditsy places, but still push it to the limits. [Variety]Tickets are still on sale for the 2008 'round robin' shows Dan and friends are playing at (le) poisson rouge and elsewhere. More pictures from the 2008 show Dan played this past Labor Day at the Bumbershoot Festival, below...
AUSTIN, TX - Transmission Entertainment is proud to announce this year's Fun Fun Fun Festival line-up. In the tradition of years past, FFF08 once again teams punk rock legends with the hottest indie buzz bands, crowd-pleasing dance and hip-hop acts, and cutting-edge comedians. Fun Fun Fun Fest will be held November 8 and 9 at Waterloo Park in downtown Austin, TX. A two-day pass will be $59.99, available through FrontgateTickets.com. Children under 10 get in free and discounts will be made available to all students.Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The National, Magnetic Morning, Clipse, Walter Schreifels, Flipper, Bad Brains, ALL, Dead Milkmen, St Vincent, Deerhoof, Trail of Dead, and Dan Deacon are just some of the many bands on the four stage bill....
"Baltimore Round Robin tour dates announced, featuring 29 bands!Dates and details below...
including Dan Deacon, Beach House, The Deathset, Jana Hunter, Adventure, Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez, WZT Hearts, Nautical Almanac, Video Hippos, and more!"
photos by Bao Nguyen
DOWNLOAD: Adventure - Battle Cat (MP3)
Bao spent all day Saturday (July 19) running from Siren stage to Siren stage taking pictures and watching bands. In a heat wave. He didn't really feel like going to Whartscape in Baltimore the very next day (July 20), but he did (just a little late).
At a minimum he was hoping to report back on the very first performance of Who Is The Tunafish Man? (aka the Dan Deacon, Girl Talk & Spank Rock supergroup). Unfortunately, lack of permits and cops stopped that from happening, AND Black Dice didn't get to play because of rain. White Williams, Adeventure, Dan Deacon, Trey Told Em, Grand Buffet, Double Dagger and many others played before Bao got there, which was in time to catch Ponytail and then Parts & Labor (the only band on Sunday's 14-hour Whartscape bill that were also at Siren the day before). On top of that, Bao forgot to charge his camera battery, it was hot again (especially at the late part inside that got busted), and the whole festival was eventually running almost 2 hours behind (not that it ultimately mattered). More on the timing, who played, and a few pics (he didn't take that many to save battery life for the headliners) below...
in addition to my set and greggs trey told em set on sunday july 20, at whartscape, gregg gillis (girltalk), naeem juwan (spankrock) and i (dan deacon) will be doing a joint set of all new material jams eternal.Where does Hearts of Darkness fit in? Hearts of Darkness is half of Trey Told Em. The other half is Greg Gillis (as Dan also pointed out). Trey Told Em will perform live at Whartscape (as Dan also pointed out).
gregg and i have been talking about doing a band together for some time and i'm really excited naeem is going to be a part of it for this rad first birth. hopefully our sick jams turn out sick. tickets are still available but close to selling out. getting tickets would be safer than just showing up.
ok baltimore, see you soooooon
also "get funky"
Hearts of Darkness is also playing the Delancey in NYC tonight (with a secret guest) (thx SAK).
Girl Talk tour dates HERE.
photos by Tod Seelie
Matt & Kim
We are touring in a 92 bluebird bus that is converted to veggie oil. 28 shows in 27 days. Every band, comedian, artist, and friend is crammed in this bus. 26 of us total. There is no leg room to sleep or air conditioning. This shouldn't work. We are suppose to breakdown somewhere, get in a group fist fight and that's how this bad idea is meant to end but someone it's all coming together. Hopefully we will make it to the last show. - Sean CarlsonA video trailer and more pictures from the tour so far below....
photos by Rae Holtsabum
My night started downtown at the Central United Church. Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Grizzly Bear took the stage pretty much on time and wowed the audience with their sonic atmospheres and hypnotizing guitar swells [June 25, 2008]. Every band member took on another instrument at some point, and they incorporated accordions, flutes and recorders to great effect.Hopefully the rare addition of new Grizzly Bear photos makes up for the fact that this is yet another Dan Deacon post. Grizzly Bear played the church, Dan Deacon played a venue called Warehouse, and Blitzen Trapper played The Underground with Library Voices. This was all part of (and what Rae saw on) day one of this year's Sled Island Festival in Calgary. Other bands who played that night include Woodpigeon, the Tren Brothers, and the Mae Shi, No Age played a kick off party the night before. Days 2-4 are coming soon. The rest of the pics from day one below...
With such a similar sense of textures and ambience, it's no wonder these guys are opening for Radiohead this summer. Many of their songs sound like something ripped directly from the Oxford band's Amnesiac, but Grizzly Bear actually managed to hold their own throughout their 80-minute set. The beautifully strummed chords of "Knife" resonated through the cathedral, while "Marla" caught my ears with its catchy, waltzy hook. [Chart Attack]
photos by Zach Dilgard
It was announced on Friday that Dan Deacon would play Citysol on Saturday. The last-minute announcement had to wait until after the Thursday night Devo show at McCarren Pool that Dan opened (June 26, 2008). I would have assumed that the reason Dan could play Citysol so easily was partly because he was already in town. Just the opposite. Dan actually flew to Atlanta for a Friday night show after the Thursday night McCarren show, only to have to come right back to NYC to play the free solar-powered festival the very next day. That's where something went wrong....
The idea of putting on an outdoor concert in New York City powered exclusively by solar panels is a clever and necessary one for these energy-troubled times. One could excuse the organizers of the 3rd annual Citysol music festival if their activism overshadowed the music on hand; on the contrary, they presented a diverse bill of performances that ranged from exotic (Burkina Electric, featuring percssionist/composer Lukas Ligeti) to mind-blowing (MC Blitz the Ambassador, with electronics, bass and a full brass section). Headliner Dan Deacon was a no-show thanks to some airline screwup that sent his equipment to Cincinnati; after such a full plate, I can't imagine anyone was all that disappointed. [Feast of Music]Were you disappointed?
You saw Zach's pics of Devo. The rest of the ones he took during Dan's set are below....
Dan Deacon @ McCarren Pool, Brooklyn, NY - June 26, 2008 (thepiratehat)
The curfew is 10pm at McCarren, so Dan had to go on at 6:30 pm. That was 2.5 hours before Devo took the stage at their early-for-a-headliner start time of 9pm (yes, that also means Devo only played for an hour). It goes without saying that the majority of the people who went to the show last night missed Dan's set. As you can see from the picture though, a decent amount of people actually did make it on time too.
And now that it's over, it can be officially announced that Dan Deacon is in fact the secret guest at Citysol on Saturday. There was a slight change in set times though. Dan will be headlining aka playing AFTER Ecstatic Sunshine. Also, it actually was supposed to be DD AND Dirty Projectors on the bill until DP had to cancel (Dan was not their replacement). More info at Citysol's site (P.S. it is FREE).
Post-punk pioneers Devo say they are suing McDonald's in the US over a Happy Meal doll that sports the band's signature red flower pot hat.Devo, Tom Tom Club and Dan Deacon are playing McCarren Pool in Brooklyn this Thursday June 26th (6:00PM Doors/ 6:30PM Show). Tickets are still on sale, or you can try to win one of FIVE PAIRS I have to give away.....
In April the fast food chain released a series of American Idol Happy Meal toys in the US based on a range of music genres, including Disco Dave, Country Clay, Rockin' Riley and Soulful Selma.
Devo's complaint relates to New Wave Nigel, a toy kitted out in an orange jumpsuit, pink shades, and Devo's "energy dome" hat.
The band also allege that the toy plays a "Devo-esque song". [stuff.co.nz]
Dan Deacon & crowd pointing at Darren Mabee in Philly! (crackerCAM)
Dan Deacon came face to face with the infamous Darren Mabee at the Popped! Music Festival in Philadelphia (home of Man Man) on Saturday (June 21, 2008).
Darren was apparently not cooporating, so Dan ordered the crowd to help him put the smile spell on Darren. It seems to have worked. CrackerCAM has more photos from the event that Gogol Bordello, Crystal Castles, Mates of State and Vampire Weekend also played.
More Popped pictures below, but don't actually look at them if you know what's good for you....
You can get tickets for the July 13th "Circle Jerks, Dillinger Four, Japanther, Matt & Kim, Team Robespierre, Monotonix + special guest + comedians TBA" show. You can also still get tickets for the same show happening in Manhattan one day earlier. More details on the tour that kicked off yesterday in Baltimore, HERE.
photos by Leia Jospe
Don't confuse this post with coverage of the 2008 Bang on a Can Marathon. In no way are we trying to say Dan Deacon is more important than anyone else that played during the twelve hour concert. It's just that Leia didn't go to the rest of the show because she was out doing something else (probably having more fun that she would have had spending all night in the World Financial Center). She (and about 100 other people according to her estimations) showed up in time for the 4am free Dan Deacon performance, or more specifically, for:
Dan Deacon, Kevin Omeara and Jeremy Hyman performing Ultimate Reality Part 3 by Dan Deacon (with visuals by Jimmy Joe Roche)Dan and friends ended up only performing for about 20 minutes. It was a memorable 20 minutes though - to the overnight security guards anyway.....
Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy) @ Tonic
This year's Bang on a Can Marathon (co-presented by the River to River Festival and arts>World Financial Center) will be taking place at the World Financial Center Winter Garden in New York City from 6pm on May 31st through 6am on June 1st. As always, the Marathon is FREE and open to the public!The full schedule is below....
28 shows in 28 days. June 17th - July 13th
F*%! Yeah Fest is an annual music/comedy/art festival held in Los Angeles at the end of each summer curated by 22 year old Sean Carlson and Keith Morris from The Circle Jerks & Black Flag. This year will be the fifth installment and it will take place in an outdoor setting in downtown LA on August 30th & 31st and will now be known as F Yeah Fest. It's been Carlson's goal for some time now to take the festival on the road, bringing the spirit of the festival to other cities, and now for the first time that dream has become a reality with the first annual F YEAH TOUR '08, featuring many bands and comedians that have become staples / favorites at the festival. The Fest will be touring in a 44 passenger '92 Bluebird Bus. The only goal for this tour is to have fun.The NYC shows are Circle Jerks, DILLINGER FOUR, Matt & Kim & Team Robespierre @ Highline Ballroom on July 12th (TICKETS), a Monotonix show at a TBA location later that night, and a show at Club Exit in Brooklyn the very next day with every single one of those bands. BrooklynVegan is an official F Yeah tour partner which means we'll be documenting their 28-day adventure in some form or another (stay tuned for exact details). All dates and lineups below.....
As previously reported, Devo & Tom Tom Club are playing some shows this summer including one at McCarren Pool in Brooklyn on June 26th. And as previously discussed, Dan Deacon is in fact opening this show. Old wacky meets new wacky. $52 tickets are now on "Nokia Ticket Rush" presale.
REMINDER: Do not leave your bag unattended