Entries tagged with: Darkside
by Andrew Sacher
Multi-continental duo Howling is Berlin producer Frank Weidemann (aka Âme) and LA-via-Australia singer RY X (of The Acid). Following 2013's Shortline EP, the duo put out their debut album Sacred Ground this past May on Modeselektor's Monkeytown Records and Ninja Tune's Counter Records. The album matches singer/songwriter tendencies with forward-thinking beatwork, in a way that's become increasingly popular since the breakthroughs of The xx, James Blake, and other similar artists. If you like that stuff (or any of Howling's members' other projects), there's a good chance you'll dig this album too. Stream it in full below.
Also, Darkside guitarist Dave Harrington remixed the Sacred Ground track "X Machina," turning the head-nodding track into something looser and more free-form. A stream of that remix premieres below.
photos by P Squared Photography
"Darkside, final show, at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. One of the best shows I've seen in a long while." - Alex Schaaf
Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington's collaborative Darkside project has come to an end ("for now"), but before the break they played their "last show" at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Friday (9/12) with their pal Valentin Stip opening. For a band who's headlined Terminal 5, the Masonic Temple was a more intimate location for them (and sold out), and a nice space for their sound. Plus, lots and lots of smoke.
More pictures and a couple videos from the show, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can check out the full list below...
Darkside in Chicago in January (more by Brigid Gallagher)
Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington have announced that their collaborative project Darkside will be coming to an end ("for now") this year. Their "last show" will take place in their hometown of NYC on September 12 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, a smaller space than their last show here at Terminal 5. The show will be opened by Valentin Stip who's signed to Nico Jaar's label. Tickets are on sale now. Their only other US date is FYF Fest. They've also got some international dates which are listed below.
The band have also released two songs recorded while they made their LP, Psychic, which didn't make the cut. Stream those (one appropriately called "Gone Too Soon"), with the list of dates, below...
Helsinki has some nice architecture...
After spending three days shooting portraits and other SoundWave tent activities for us at Lollapalooza in Chicago, BrooklynVegan photographer Dominick Mastrangelo took off to Finland for this year's Flow Festival. Keep checking back for his coverage from the fest throughout the weekend, starting now...
With Lollapalooza in the books for another year, this weekend's summer festivals look west to San Francisco for Outside Lands. And they also look east, way east, across the pond to the Scandinavian and Nordic countries whom are all holding their own festivals. Norway's Oya Festival is up and running while Sweden's Way Out West and Flow Festival in Finland take place Friday through Sunday. At the time of this writing, I'm 31,000 feet over Iceland and bound for the beautiful seaport city of Helsinki for Flow. The lineup is a healthy mix of heavy hitters, indie-popular bands as well as Finnish talent.
Last week's Lollapalooza headliners, Skrillex and OutKast, are headlining on Friday (8/8) and Sunday (8/10)respectively. The National, whose seemingly endless tour in support of last year's Trouble Will Find Me, roll in to town after playing Oya and Way Out West to headline on Saturday.
In addition to the headliners, the fest also features Röyksopp & Robyn, Polica, Little Dragon, Marissa Nadler, The Horrors, Darkside, Bill Callahan and Janelle Monae are also performing. And a handful of artists who performed at Pitchfork a few weeks ago will be making their way to Helsinki as well including Slowdive, Real Estate and Neneh Cherry.
Flow also gives a nod toward festivals like SXSW and CMJ with a host of talks on tech and music as well as a screening over 40 short films. The National will also feature on the film side with a screening of the documentary Mistaken For Strangers.
Update: Being seven hours ahead of New York, I've been out and about in Helsinki today. Posters for Flow are everywhere, the weather was gorgeous and I spent most of my afternoon out on Suomenlinna, a fortress built on six islands in the Gulf of Finland. (That beautiful weather disappeared in less than an hour as it's presently pouring outside.) Some photos from my afternoon jaunt, plus the full Flow lineup, below...
You may have heard by now that Scout LaRue Willis (daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore) has been protesting against Instagram's nudity policy by walking (and buying flowers) around NYC topless and tweeting pictures of herself doing so with the #FreeTheNipple hashtag. Via NY Daily News:
"Legal in NYC but not on Instagram," Willis tweeted about her snaps. She captioned another: "What @Instagram won't let you see #FreeTheNipple""This is about helping women feel empowered to make personal choices about their bodies not dictated by what society says is decent," she says.
Her protest came after the social media platform removed one of her photos for violating its Community Guidelines.
The photo that got deleted was one of a sweatshirt that depicted two topless women, nipples clearly visible.
"My comfort with my body should not be dictated by how others perceive me," Willis tweeted. "However, I don't wish to force this view on anyone. If you don't like what you see, simply unfollow me."
You may remember that in addition to having famous parents, Scout is also a frequent Nicolas Jaar/Darkside collaborator. Nico's pal Valentin Stip, who put out his debut LP, Sigh, on Jaar's Other People label earier this year, will next play NYC on June 21 at Cameo with Justin Miller and Evan Michael. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Bruce and Demi's other daughter Tallulah (who some also call rebellious for her tattoo of a dog's head) is also involved in music. You may recall she teamed up with Odd Future's Tyler the Creator and Syd tha Kyd for Tyler's "Tamale" and is/was dating Lucas of Odd Future.
Syd tha Kyd also recently scheduled a NYC show happening June 6 at Baby's All RIght with White Sea, Morgan Kibby's (of M83) band who just played Sasquatch. Tickets for the Baby's show are on sale now.
Stream some Valentin Stip, Syd tha Kyd and White Sea below...
The annual two-day FYF Fest is returning to LA from August 23-24 this year, and the lineup was just announced. It includes The Strokes, Phoenix, the reunited Blood Brothers who haven't played sine 2007 (!), Slowdive, Slint, Flying Lotus, Grimes, Blood Orange, Darkside, Jamie xx, Haim, Little Dragon, Future Islands, Death Grips (we know FYF is a festival they actually play), Ty Segall, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Against Me!, Built to Spill, Murder City Devils, The Bronx, Angel Olsen, Four Tet, Earl Sweatshirt, Joanna Gruesome and many more.
Tickets go on sale May 22 at noon PDT. Full lineup below...
Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As you may know, Bonnaroo returns to Manchester, TN in June. The main lineup and the Club Stage lineup were already announced and 'Roo just announced the late night artists including Chance the Rapper, Darkside, Deafheaven, Die Antwoord, Disclosure, Frank Ocean, Ice Cube, Mastodon, Meshuggah, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Pusha T, The Flaming Lips, Ty Segall, White Denim and more. Full late night lineup below.
Since we last spoke, the festival's comedy lineup was also announced and it includes Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious, Taran Killam, Hannibal Buress, Neal Brennan, TJ Miller, Rory Scovel, Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments, Sasheer Zamata, Seth Herzog, Emily Heller and Brad Williams.
Tickets for the fest, whose main lineup includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Neutral Milk Hotel and more, are still available.
Full late night lineup below...
St. Vincent at SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
"Digital Witness," one of the singles off the new St. Vincent album was just given some pretty exciting remix treatment from Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington's Darkside project. The remix will be available on a 12" single with the original version of the song on June 17. Take a listen to what Darkside have done to this thing below...
Lollapalooza 2014, which goes down from August 1-3 in Chicago, announced its 2014 lineup. Artists include Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monekys, Skrilex, Broken Bells and tons more. 3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.
Full lineup below...
Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Katherine Hansen)
As mentioned, Bonnaroo 2014 happens June 12 - 15 in Manchester, TN. The fest has already been dropping hints as to who's going to play this year (Kanye and Elton John seem likely as headliners) but will finally spill the beans tonight via a web show called "Blam!" which airs at 9 PM EST on Bonnaroo.com (or an Xbox app). (Maybe you watched last year's with Weird Al Yankovich and Portugal the Man.) This year's announcement special is hosted by SNL's Taran Killam and Broad City's Hannibal Buress, with a "superjam" between The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds.
There's also a pre-Blam! web event from 7 - 9 PM EST featuring live cover song performances from Tenacious D, Kings Of Leon, Phish, My Morning Jacket, and others.
Or you can just check back here: we'll have the full Bonnaroo 2014 line-up in this post once its announced.
UPDATE (9 PM): Lineup now being announced and includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Mastodon, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Meshuggah, Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Broken Bells, James Blake, Lionel Ritchie, Jack White, Deafheaven, Janelle Monae, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Phosphorescent, Cloud Nothings, Danny Brown, Cut Copy, Typhoon, Sam Smith, Pusha T, Warpaint, Those Darlins, Cass McCombs, Lauryn Hill, Chromeo, Dr. Dog, The Bouncing Souls, Classixx, First Aid Kit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Chance the Rapper, Ice Cube, Caveman, Washed Out, Real Estate, Rudimental, Ty Segall, Polica, A$AP Ferg, Little Dragon, Omar Souleyman, Lucero, Goat, Okkervil River, Jonathan Wilson, Wiz Khalifa, The Avett Brothers and MANY more.
Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/22) at noon.
Full lineup (spoiler: no Outkast) below...
DOWNLOAD: High Water - Someday (MP3)
Will Epstein aka High Water (not to be confused with High Water or High Water)
Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington's prog/dance duo Darkside's previously discussed tour will hit Terminal 5 for a huge sold out show this Saturday (2/8), and since we last spoke, we noticed that High Water is opening all remaining dates on the tour, including T5.
In case you needed to be confused today, the openers on the tour are NOT Bay Area indie rockers High Water, who we recently wrote about. The openers are also NOT the York, PA hardcore band High Water, which Terminal 5's website links to as the opener.
The opener, in fact, is a third artist named High Water, the project of multi-instrumentalist Will Epstein. Will has collaborated with Nicolas Jaar on multiple songs, like when he contributed saxophone to "And I Say," and has performed live with him like at his 2012 MHOW show. This past October, High Water released his debut EP, The Beautiful Moon, on Jaar's Other People label. You can download "Someday" from that EP above or stream it below. Regarding how he came up with the name, Will told Cool Hunting:
Names are a tricky beast. There wasn't that much thinking. It actually came about in a conversation with a friend of mine; she actually said it first a few months before and it stuck with me. "High water" has a lot of connotations, of both water being a life-giving force but also a high water being very much a thing of our time, that kind of impending doom. It can embrace you in a warm way as well.Well, maybe there should have been a bit more thinking, or at least Googling!
In related news, after the Darkside tour, member Dave Harrington plays a solo show at Silent Barn on February 20 with Arms (solo), Abandoned Lighthouse and La Guadalupe.
Updated Darkside/High Water dates are listed, along with song streams, below...
One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.
Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2014 - April 11-13, April 18-20
Read the full lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork is back with its much-anticipated Top 50 Albums of 2013 list. The list has many of the albums you'd expect to see on Pitchfork's list, though there's still some surprises. If you thought M.I.A got snubbed, you'll be happy to see her here, and if you thought James Blake deserved the Best New Music he didn't get, you'll be happy to see how high he ranks. The biggest surprise to me is that Majical Cloudz makes the top 10, and for those keeping score, Yeezus is NOT #1. Can you guess what is?
Head here to see individual writers' lists, and head below to see Pitchfork's full Top 50 Albums of 2013 list...
by Andrew Sacher
One of the more interesting upcoming producers in the NYC electronic scene this year was Rioux, whose Supersymmetry EP and "Spirit Calling" single are both excellent doses of psychedelic dance music and highly recommended. To celebrate the holidays, Rioux has put together a mixtape called Aurora with some of the standout electronic tracks of the year from Jon Hopkins, Arca, Todd Terje, Jams Holden, Oneohtrix Point Never, Darkside, and others, in addition to one of his own tracks, "Hologram II." Says Rioux of the mix:
I wanted to prepare a mix that is focused less on re-imaginations of tracks like I usually put forth, but rather a seamless string of instant-classics with clean and subtle transitions.The mixtape makes its premiere in this post, and you can stream it along with the tracklist, below. That's the artwork above.
Despite having grown up in Detroit and living in Berlin and New York, I've always been attracted to warm climates. This year though I'm embracing the cold winter more than ever and Aurora, with its icy sound palette, goes hand in hand with this impulse.
Rioux is also planning more singles and a full-length titled Here Comes Now for 2014 so stay tuned for that. Meanwhile, you can watch the video for this year's "Supersymmetry" along with the new mix, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?
Check out the full top 100 below...
Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington's Darkside project have a tour coming up that includes a huge Terminal 5 show coming up, but they'll be doing something way more intimate at Glasslands on FRIDAY (11/22) with Justin Miller. Tickets are on sale NOW.
This is one of two surprises Darkside gave us this week, because last night (11/20) Nico DJed a surprise gig at Cameo that was announced about an hour before 11 PM doors.
Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington's prog/dance duo Darkside just released their new album, Psychic, and have now announced they'll be supporting it with a tour. The tour culminates in NYC with what will be by far their largest show here yet, Terminal 5 on February 8 (their last was at Music Hall of Williamsburg). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/18) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/16) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with streams of two tracks from the LP, below...
DOWNLOAD: Darkside LP clip (ZIP)
As discussed, Darkside, the prog/dance duo of Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington, finished recording their debut LP and gave a listening party for the whole thing in NYC last week (8/20). Yesterday (8/25), they made 11 minutes of the new album available to hear on other-people.net, which posts new music every Sunday. You can listen to the clip of the record here or download it for free above. Starting next week, downloads will only be available to members.
Darkside, the prog/dance duo of Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington, released an EP back in 2011 and made their live debut soon after. Now they've just announced on Facebook that they finished recording their first full length record, and in even more exciting news, if you're in NYC, you can hear it tonight (8/20)! They'll be playing the test pressing at 99 Attorney St. at 7:30 PM. FIrst come, first served.
As you may know, earlier this summer, they remixed Daft Punk's Random Access Memories in its entirety under the name Daftside. You can stream that below...
Bear in Heaven @ MHOW, May 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
"World of Freakout" is one of the strongest cuts off Bear in Heaven's I Love You, It's Cool which came out earlier this year, with throbbing bass and synths ripe for the dancefloor. The band has handed the track over to Nicolas Jaar's Darkside collaborator Dave Harrington who strips it down a bit, making it more of a sleek night drive kind of track. We've got the premiere of this remix which is streamable below.
As mentioned previously, Bear in Heaven are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 5 with Small Black and Eraas. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free we're also giving a pair away. Details on how to enter are below. Bear in Heaven are donating $1 for every ticket sold to Hurricane Sandy relief via Rockaways based Smallwater relief fund.
There's an afterparty for the show happening next door at Public Assembly (doors 11:30 PM) which is free but is also a Smallwater relief fund benefit, and 10% of the bar will go to the fund, so if you go, drink up and order the good stuff. Dave Harrington, Small Black and Bear in Heaven will be DJing.
The Dave Harrington remix of "World of Freakout" is below.
DOWNLOAD: Nicolas Jaar - "And I Say" (feat. Scout LaRue and Will Epstein) (MP3)
Nicolas Jaar is currently on tour in Europe, and will return home to NYC on February 3 to play a MHOW show, which is now sold out. Two days later, he'll play a Pitchfork-presented event called "From Scratch" at MoMA PS1 (2/5) in Long Island City. Pitchfork writes:
"From Scratch" will premiere a new five-hour, multidisciplinary performance from Jaar, with musical collaborators Will Epstein, Dave Harrington (Jaar's partner in Darkside), and Sasha Spielberg. It will include a movement piece by Lizzie Feidelson, and sound-derived video art from CSA's filmmaker-in-residence, Ryan Staake of Pomp & Clout.The event is free with admission to MoMA PS1, and it looks like this:
SUNDAY SESSIONSNico recently dropped the track, "And I Say," which features saxophone from Will Epstein (who performs at the MoMA event) and vocals from Scout LaRue, the daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis. Grab that above and stream it below.
Five-hour, continuous performance by
Nicolas Jarr and collaborators
Sunday, February 05, 2012
12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
1-6 PM Performance by Nicholas Jaar and collaborators
All Day M. Wells Outdoor Grilling Station
Updated dates are listed below too...
by Andrew Sacher
Nicolas Jaar has a few dates scheduled in the UK for early 2012, and upon returning to the US he will play a live set as part of a Clown & Sunset showcase (Jaar's own label) at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 3 with special guests. Tickets go on sale today (12/23) at noon.
His last NYC show was the sold out live debut of his Darkside project with Dave Harrington at MHOW earlier this month. Capital New York was at the show and talked to Nico about how despite his presence in the electronic scene, he was brought up on rock (Darkside covered Bauhaus during their encore). CMJ was there too and said:
Watching Jaar perform alongside Harrington--a music nerd-looking guy shaking his head of curls and picking out sooty, smoldering notes on the guitar and bass--makes it hard to contrive a difference between their creative processes. Jaar, like James Blake, has a way of being involved in making his music that is at once undeniable and hard to come by. He might be using a MacBook Pro as part of his music-making setup, but Jaar's work is pulsing with human life, just as fleshy as the guitarist looking him in the face.Check out some videos from this show, and a stream of the Darkside EP below. There's a sort of Pink Floydian feel to Harrington's guitar playing and Nico's voice is way more in the forefront than on his own LP. But from the live videos, you can tell that he's keeping the repetitive deep house interludes in tact, despite the forays outside of the realm of dance music.
Nicolas also has a few UK dates coming up. All dates, videos, and stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
On his own, Nicolas Jaar brings together organic and synthetic sounds to create minimal soundscapes. Now he's prepping the debut EP of a new joint project, Darkside, a collaboration with guitarist Dave Harrington, who plays in his live band. They'll release the EP on December 7 on Jaar's own Clown and Sunset label. The EP's artwork is above.
Nicolas and Dave are presenting the world debut of Darkside at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 1. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (11/11) at noon. The Darkside show is the last US appearance Nicolas will make before he tours South America and Europe. All dates are listed below.
Nicolas Jaar also released a free 2-song EP, Don't Break My Love, on the Clown and Sunset website on November 1. The title track is a crackly ambient piece similar to much of his debut, which came out earlier this year. But he changes things up on the second track, "Why Didn't You Save Me," which is driven by polyrhythms and a wordless vocal loop. You can download both tracks from that EP above.
All dates below...