Entries tagged with: Dan the Automator
Damon Albarn @ NPR SXSW (more by Tim Griffin)
Damon Albarn played the Fader Fort at SXSW last night (3/14), where he brought out some special guests to help him perform a pair of Gorillaz tunes. Del the Funky Homosapien and Dan the Automator joined Albarn for "Clint Eastwood"--it was the first time the original collaborators teamed up to perform it--and Snoop Dogg also came out halfway through the song to spit a verse of "Drop It Like It's Hot." Albarn also invited De La Soul out to do "Feel Good Inc." Check out some video footage of "Clint Eastwood" below...
photos by James Richards IV
Deltron 3030 @ House of Blues
"It's not there like it used to be. I'm not mad at that. You've got lots of new movements happening, like the trap movement, and I enjoy that quite a bit. So musically, there's a lot of great stuff. So far as rhyming and stuff goes, there are a lot of kids out there who are really dope, and that encourages me to get doper still. Like, the whole Odd Future camp, and what they're doing over there, that's special, and then in New York you've got Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era. These are kids, but they're done. They've done their homework. And they are taking things that level further. I don't think hip-hop has to be what it used to be." [Del The Funky Homosapien]Deltron 3030, the 'alternative hip hop supergroup' of Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien and Kid Koala, reappeared with a new album and live dates in 2013, orchestra included. Those dates included NYC shows at Brooklyn Bowl (Oct. 9) and Highline Ballroom (Oct. 14), as well as a Chicago show at House of Blues (Oct 19). The latter is pictured in this post.
On 10/15 Deltron 30/30 appeared on Letterman joined by a 16-piece orchestra and 4-piece band onstage, including special guest, producer Just Blaze on keyboards. Check out the video from that, and more pictures and tour dates (Fun Fun Fun Fest included), below...
Alternative hip hop greats Deltron 3030 (aka Del The Funky Homosapien, Dan The Automator, and Kid Koala) are releasing their long-awaited second album, Event II, on October 1, and after announcing appearances at the California Rock the Bells stops, they've finally begun announcing a full tour. For the tour, Del, Dan, and Kid Koala are being joined by a full orchestra, and Itch is opening many of the dates.
The tour hits NYC on October 9 at Brooklyn Bowl, and then a few days later they'll play the larger Highline Ballroom on October 14. Tickets for the Brooklyn Bowl show and the Highline Ballroom show go on sale Friday (8/23) at noon. The Highline show is currently on AmEx presale.
Last week (8/13), Deltron 3030 released the City Rising From the Ashes EP, which precedes the album and includes three of its tracks. You can stream that in full, along with the list of all currently announced tour dates, and a video of Deltron 3030 rehearsing with their orchestra, below...
Deltron 3030 (aka Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien, and Kid Koala) have been talking about their long-awaited second album, Event II, for some time now, and after revealing two of its singles, "Pay the Price" and "City Rising from the Ashes", they've finally officially announced the full album details. It will be out on October 1 via Bulk Recordings and features a ton of serious collaborators including Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn, Faith No More/Tomahawk/etc frontman Mike Patton, Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack De La Rocha, Emily Wells, The Lonely Island, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Aaron Bruno (of AWOLNATION), Black Rob, David Cross, Amber Tamblyn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Momofuku chef David Chang(!?), Casual, and Jamie Cullum. That's the album artwork above, and the tracklist is below.
The album will be preceded by the City Rising from the Ashes EP, due out on August 13, which features both previously released singles and a third album track, "The Agony."
Deltron 3030 also just released an album trailer, which includes the album's opening track, "Stardate," which is essentially a spoken word track from Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Check that out, along with the other two singles and tracklist, below...
DOWNLOAD: Deltron 3030 - "City Rising From the Ashes" (MP3)
Earlier this year, alternative hip hop group Deltron 3030 (aka Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien, and Kid Koala) revealed "Pay the Price," the first single off of Event II, the long-awaited followup to their 2000 debut LP, and now they're back with a second single, "City Rising From the Ashes." According to the group's soundcloud page, "an official album release date is upon us."
Deltron 3030's only known upcoming live date is a free Converse show in San Francisco on June 24 with Juicy J, Blackalicious, Angel Haze, and 100s.
Download the song for free above or stream it below...
Deltron 3030 (the collaborative hip hop project of Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien, and Kid Koala), who released their excellent self titled LP in 2000 and have been delaying a followup for years, have just revealed their first official single from the new album, "Pay The Price," on their facebook page. The album is called Event II and a release date is still TBA. You can listen to the song below.
In related news, Dan the Automator also has a new album coming out with his Pillowfight project with Emily Wells. The album comes out next week (1/22), but you can stream it in its entirety ahead of its release, HERE.
Mostly-hip hop producer Dan the Automator has some pretty great work under his belt with Dr. Octagon, Deltron 3030, Gorillaz Handsome Boy Modeling School, and others, and now he's announced the debut album for his new collaborative project, Pillowfight, for which he's joined forces with singer/instrumentalist Emily Wells, who's dipped her feet in the hip hop world a few times herself, having collaborated with Buck 65 and Count Bass D. Dan and Emily also reached out to Kid Koala (who worked with Dan on Deltron 3030) and Lateef the Truthspeaker (Latyrx) and recorded their self titled album which will be out digitally and on CD January 22 and on vinyl on February 26 via Bulk Recordings.
DOWNLOAD: Emily Wells - Mama Remixed (ZIP)
Emily Wells at Bowery Ballroom, April 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Emily Wells released Mama Remixed, which takes her entire album, Mama, from earlier this year and gives it a new spin. Says Emily:
I couldn't be more excited to announce the release of "Mama Remixed". In collaboration with 13 artists, each song from the record has been remixed and a few of them twice! With contributions from Lemonade, Jeremiah Jae, Ed Rodriguez of Deerhoof, Kid Koala, Dan the Automator, Live Footage, Timmy Straw, The Blow... (just to name a few), I'm honored to be in such good company.You can download Mama Remixed for free above or stream it below. Emily is also out on the road touring with Dark Dark Dark. That tour hits NYC soon: October 12 at Knitting Factory (tix) and October 13 at Le Poisson Rouge (tix). All tour dates are listed below.
I hope you'll enjoy these and spread them around. We wanted to make something special to explore these songs further and to thank you for being so good to me and supporting my work.
Nas @ Rock the Bells (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
That didn't take long. We just announced the intitial lineup. Check out the almost-full thing below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Emily Wells @ Bowery Ballroom
Love note to New York:Emily Wells headlined Bowery Ballroom last week (4/9) as part of an ongoing tour in support of a new record. Live Footage accompany her on many dates and played first on the NYC bill. Dan the Automator, who collaborates with Emily on a new project called PILLOWFIGHT, made a special appearance just for the NYC show and DJ'd right before Emily's set. Emily played violin with Live Footage and joined Dan to perform a PILLOWFIGHT song. A drummer and members of Live Footage joined Emily on stage during her set. Here are some pics. More below...
Last night was incredible. You have made me very happy. It was an honor to play for you and the love you gave me will sit with me forever. Je t'adore.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Emily Wells @ Hotel Vegan
It may only be an opening DJ set, but it will still be interesting to see what happens tonight, 4/9, at Bowery Ballroom when Dan the Automator shares a bill with Emily Wells who he's also collaborating with for a new project called Pillowfight which performed live at SXSW. You can watch a video clip below.
Emily also played solo at SXSW, including a set at our own Hotel Vegan. Some pictures from that are in this post too.
Tonight's Bowery show is probably Emily's biggest-ever headlining show in NYC (possibly anywhere), so go out and support. Tickets are still available, and Live Footage, who are on tour with Emily, play too.
Updated tour dates, SXSW pics, Pillowfight video, and Emily's brand new IFC-premiered video for "Passenger", below...
Dan The Automator fans should get goosebumps while watching this preview for his new Pillowfight project with singer Emily Wells. The upcoming album, due later this year, also features scratches by Kid Koala (who's worked with Dan past project such at Lovage and Deltron 3030) and well as visuals by David Choe.Both videos, and two SXSW dates are listed, below.
Wells has been previewing some Pillowfight songs during some recent shows with Kid Koala (see video below). I'm digging the mix of soulful vocals with Dan's catchy beats. It's somewhat reminiscent of his Handsome Boy Modelling School track with Chan Marshall of Cat Power.
Kid Koala will be part of the group at SXSW, as will Emily Wells (who plays a BrooklynVegan day party later in the week, on Saturday to be exact). Emily headlines Bowery Ballroom in April as part of a recently announced tour in support of a new album.
Not long after SXSW, and after some dates in Canada and France, Kid Koala will come to NYC for the previously mentioned headphone concerts, except what was two shows, is now THREE. An April 4th early show was added and is on sale now (tickets for the late show and the day-before show are also still on sale).
All dates and those videos below...