Entries tagged with: Dave Longstreth
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Annabel Mehran
Joanna Newsom's 2010 album, Have One On Me, is still one of the very best albums of this decade so far, and its followup has been much anticipated for a while. Now, finally, five years later we'll get her fourth album, Divers, on October 23 via Drag City. The first single is "Sapokanikan," which so far is making Divers seem like it's gonna be worth the wait. The video for the single was directed by There Will Be Blood / Boogie Nights filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, who Joanna worked with on Inherent Vice.
The album features arrangements by Nico Muhly, Ryan Francesconi, Dave Longstreth, and Joanna herself, and production by Steve Albini and Noah Georgeson. Watch the new video and check out the album artwork and tracklist, below...
You probably know by now that Kanye West and Paul McCartney have teamed up not only once but twice this year, most recently for the Rihanna collaboration, "FourFiveSeconds" (also featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Dirty Projectors frontman Dave Longstreth). They've now given that song a video, directed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and you can check it out below.
It's also been announced that Paul, Kanye and Rihanna will all perform together at the Grammy Awards Ceremony this Sunday. Other performers include Madonna, AC/DC, John Legend & Common, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Gwen Stefani & Adam Levine, Pharrell, Usher, maybe Beyonce and definitely not Taylor Swift.
Kanye and Paul will also be on SNL 40 the following Sunday. "FourFiveSeconds" video below...
Dirty Projectors in Brooklyn in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Dirty Projector Dave Longstreth is no stranger to playing music in museums, and he'll do just that on November 1 at The Met, when he premieres new work in addition to new arrangements of Dirty Projectors songs with the Calder Quartet. It's part of the Bartok Quartet Cycle Seiers, and also features new arrangements by Longstreth of some of Bela Bartok's music. Tickets, which include museum admission, are on sale now.
Watch a video of Dave playing a new song live in April, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Dirty Projectors / Real Estate @ St. Ann & the Holy Trinity, 11/17/2012
Without the rhythm section, [Dirty Projectors'] meticulous vocal work was overwhelming. The songs seemed less tightly wound, voices filling up the tall room in a wash, punctuated only by the peculiar, skewed twang of Longstreth's guitar playing. The band skipped hits "Stillness Is the Move" and "Gun Has No Trigger." Instead, Swing Lo Magellan cuts like "See What She Seeing" and "Impregnable Question" stood out thanks to slower, more delicate interpretations. For the band's last song, Longstreth revived the title track from his 2007 Black Flag covers project, Rise Above. The song's opening lyrics evoked the spirit of the Occupy movement: "Jealous cowards try to control/ They distort what we say/ Try and stop what we do/ When they can't do it themselves." [Rolling Stone]Dirty Projectors (David Longstreth, Amber Coffman and Haley Dekle), The Walkmen (Hamilton Leithauser, Walter Martin, and Peter Bauer), Cass McCombs, Devendra Banhart, Vampire Weekend, and Real Estate teamed up for a show of intimate acoustic sets at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity in Brooklyn on Saturday (11/17). The show was a benefit for Occupy Sandy, where all proceeds were donated.
More pictures from the benefit are below.
Occupy Sandy is presenting a benefit show with acoustic performances by Real Estate, Vampire Weekend, Devendra Banhart, Cass McCombs, The Walkmen members Hamilton Leithauser, Walter Martin, and Peter Bauer, and Dirty Projectors members David Longstreth, Amber Coffman and Haley Dekle on Saturday (11/17) at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity (157 Montague St.) in Brooklyn Heights. It's a day show which runs from noon to 5 PM. Tickets are on sale (suggested donation of $30 minimum) now and all proceeds will go to Occupy Sandy who has been doing great work around the city since Hurricane Sandy.
The flyer is below...
This is part two in a new series that I invented when I found this second tattoo after posting a related one yesterday.
The owner of this colorful red and blue and bird-filled tattoo writes:
"This is my Dave Longstreth/Joanna Newsom tribute tattoo. I admire Joanna for her lyrics, and Dave for his music; they are my two biggest musical influences. The red and blue background is from the album, "Bitte Orca" by Dave's band, Dirty Projectors. The red and the blue intermingling represents how lyrics and music are both needed to intertwine in order to make a song. The two brown finches are reoccurring birds that Dave uses in most of his albums, and the canary and sparrow are from Joanna Newsom's albums "The Milk-Eyed Mender" and "Ys", respectively. The finches also represent my little sisters, as they're my little songbirds, and the canary, my mother, while the sparrow is my father. I'm very happy with it. Done by Jimmy at The Parlour Tattoo in Eugene, OR."PREVIOUSLY: check out this Joanna Newsom tattoo
The Rapture at CMJ 2011 (more by Bryan Bruchman)
The American Museum of Natural History's One Step Beyond series, which just had Dirty Projectors last month, is continuing on February 17 at Rose Center with DJ sets by Prefuse 73 and The Rapture. Tickets are on sale now.
Listen to all of what Dave Longstreth played at the last event below.
It's The Rapture's last North American show/event before their Japan/Australia tour which kicks off later this month. All Rapture dates are listed below.
Prefuse 73 are one of many collaborators on the upcoming Flaming Lips collaborative Record Store Day release, which also includes Bon Iver, Erykah Badu, Nick Cave, Death Cab for Cutie, Yoko Ono, and many others. You've already heard Prefuse 73's collaborations when the 4-track EP was released last year, but The Flaming Lips have been rolling out more previews of the upcoming release. Stream "Now I Understand," which features Erykah Badu, below, and check out some short clips of the Bon Iver collabs at Pitchfork.
Streams and all dates below...
Dirty Projectors at FFF Fest 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
The American Museum of Natural History's One Step Beyond series continues on Friday (1/20) in the Rose Center with a headlining DJ set by Dirty Projectors with support from DJ sets by Skinny Friedman and Import/Export and visuals by Glowing Pictures. Tickets are still available, though reportedly going super fast.
In other news, Bang on a Can are releasing a double album called Big Beautiful Dark and Scary on February 28 via Cantaloupe Music. The album features three pieces by Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth. In honor of Bang on a Can's 25th anniversary, the album has been available for free download for the first 25 days of January. There's only a few days left so grab it while you still can.
Dirty Projectors are also working on their own new album, which will be released this spring.
Dirty Projectors member Nat Baldwin just played The Manhattan Inn last Sunday (1/15). Brian Kerr said the show was pretty rad. What did you think? Nat kicks off a European tour on Friday (1/20). All dates are listed below.
Bjork & Dirty Projectors @ Housing Works (more by Chris La Putt)
As you can see on the flyer below, cavernous Bushwick DIY spot Above the Auto Parts Store will be the site of a benefit for Haiti with an eclectic lineup of DJs on May 2nd. Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth, Battles' Tyondai Braxton, and music writers Alex Ross and Brandon Stosuy will be joined by...Bjork behind the turntables and iPods for "Rites of Spring." Ross predicts "some combination of Thai soul, death metal, Justin Bieber, and, of course, nude Stravinsky." Brandon, who writes for Stereogum, has the genesis of the event, which involves Bjork/Dirty Projectors show at Housing Works last May, laid out at that site: "Tickets go on sale this Tuesday (4/13) at 5PM at Record Grouch/Old Made Vintage, 441 Metropolitan Avenue (@ Meeker) in Brooklyn. Their hours are 1PM-7PM daily. (There will be no online tickets. Paper tickets only.)"
Speaking of Bjork...
Ólöf Arnalds [who also played that Housing Works benefit with Bjork and Dirty Projectors] was recently featured in NPR's All Things Considered last week. Host Jonathan Richman chatted to the singer songwriter about her new album, and played a snippet of a new song called "Surrender", that features Björk.The NPR show is here. A streaming clip of the song is below with the benefit flyer...
Olöf recently finished mixing her second album, Innundir Skinni, at Sundlaugin Studios with Kjartan Sveinsson producing once again. Innundir skinni features more elaborate arrangements and instrumentation than Við og við, with vocals sung both in English and Icelandic. Innundir skinni is set for worldwide release this spring. [Iceland Music]
Tonight's Bang on a Can All-Stars show at Merkin Hall (2/24), which will be premiering new pieces by Nik Bärtsch, Oscar Bettison, Christine Southworth and Dirty Projectors' David Longstreth (as well as a selection of Brian Eno's Music for Airports), will be streaming online on WQXR's online Q2 station at 7:30pm EST. More info on the evening is below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Clogs - Red Seas w/ Padma Newsome (MP3)
Dave Longstreth @ MHOW in December (more by Ryan Muir)
The final lineup for Big Ears Festival in Knoxville TN, March 26-28, has been confirmed and updated, with the addition of King Crimson's Adrian Belew, tape composer William Basinski, NYC metal Liturgy (who are also playing MtyMx), UK avant-noisemakers Konk Pack, punk band Abe Vigoda, Ches Smith (drummer for Marc Ribot and others who'll play with Tery Riley) and Sufjan Stevens, who will be appearing with Clogs.
Also joining Clogs on stage will be the other guest vocalists on their new song cycle/album ,The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton: Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and The National's Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner. They'll be performing that work. A new track from the album, featuring
Sufjan Padma on vocals, is posted above.
Other pairings at the fest include Ben Frost and Tim Hecker (collaborating for the first time) and Bang on a Can All-Stars, who will be playing music by David Longstreth, Thurston Moore, Michael Gordon and their own Evan Ziporyn. They'll also be doing a rendition of Brian Eno's Music for Airports at a show with Tim Hecker and The Books (who are also on the bill of ATP NY this year). Tickets to most Big Ears shows are currently on sale; additional shows go on sale Friday at 10am and noon.
Bang on a Can All-Stars will be performing the music of Dave Longstreth next Wednesday, February 24th at their show at Merkin Hall. At the gig, they'll also premiere work by Nik Bärtsch, Oscar Bettison and Christine Southworth plus "performances of a recently commissioned work by Michael Nyman for a film by the celebrated 1920s New York photographer Paul Strand along with a selection from the group's acclaimed live arrangement of Brian Eno's ambient classic Music for Airports." Tickets are on sale. A video of them playing 2x5 directed by Steve Reich is below. The full Merkin Hall schedule for their New Sounds/Contemporary Contexts series (including a May 27th Signal show/Nico Muhly premiere) is below.
Longstreth, Dirty Projectors and Alarm Will Sound play The Getty Address in full at Lincoln Center's Allen Room on Friday, Februay 19th. More below...
Back in 2005, an earlier iteration of the Dirty Projectors released their concept album The Getty Address, which Pitchfork's Jason Crock called "a modern opera about post-9/11 America, the destruction of our natural wilderness, the confrontation between Hernan Cortes and the Aztecs in the early 16th century, and a protagonist named after Don Henley." An ambitious album, to say the least.The NYC show is already sold out, though tickets are still available for the one in LA. I can only imagine how much preperation needed to go into all of this (and for only two shows), so it's not a surprise that the Dirty Projectors will not be one of the artists playing the Tibet House Benefit show this year.
Dirty Pro frontman Dave Longstreth has come a long way since that album, but he hasn't forgotten it. And at two forthcoming shows in New York and Los Angeles, the band will play the album in full, with the 15-piece ensemble Alarm Will Sound and conductor Alan Pierson helping out. They'll also play songs from last year's Bitte Orca at both shows.
The New York show will go down February 19 at Lincoln Center, as part of the American Songbook concert series. The L.A. show is scheduled for February 27 at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the band will co-headline with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. During the first half, the Philharmonic will play orchestral pieces that Longstreth picked out. The band will take over and play the album during the second half. [Pitchfork]
Dirty Projectors' last NYC shows took place at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom. David Byrne showed up at one of them. David Byrne more recently showed up at St Vincent's show just this past Friday night at The Allen Room which is the same location and part of the same 'American Songbook' series that the Dirty Projectors are playing on February 19th. All dates and two Getty Address videos below..
Speaking of Union Hall, the small Park Slope venue doesn't get as much attention since its bigger sister The Bell House opened in the same neighborhood, but there are a bunch of shows coming up there in the next few days that I want to highlight real quick.
LA's Jeremy Jay (K Records) is there tonight (11/5). LA's Black Umbrella is on tour with Jeremy and the pair also play Cake Shop on Friday (11/6). Michael Leviton is also on the Union Hall bill. All dates below.
"Do you really want to hear the answer to the question "What if Glenn Tilbrook started singing like Freddy Mercury?" Do you think that jumping from the awkwardly stomping prog of late Led Zeppelin to ultra-compressed contemporary beats 'n' coos or McCartney-esque cute-pop is inherently interesting? If you answer yes, you might love this record. But if you're left shaking your head like me, it's probably because [Dave] Longstreth's music begs the question. Why did he make Bitte Orca? The only answer proffered is, because he could. " [Dusted]The Union Hall show is an early show.
Dave Longstreth: Who's Glenn Tilbrook?
AV Club: The guy from Squeeze.
Dave Longstreth: From Squeeze? Really? Is this guy British too? Well, whatever. I don't give a fuck.
The late show at the same venue is your 2nd NYC chance to catch The Hidden Cameras and Gentleman Reg on their current tour. The Canadian artists played Le Poisson Rouge last night while the Yankees were winning the World Series. How was it (the show I mean)?
Finally, end the weekend laughing. Eugene Mirman and Michael Showalter's comedy show, Tearing the Veil of Maya, is happening at Union Hall on Sunday (11/8).
Dirty Projectors @ Williamsburg Waterfront in July (more by Chris La Putt)
Dirty Projectors' two scheduled NYC shows, November 18th at Bowery Ballroom and November 19th at Music Hall of Williamsburg, have sold out. Luckily the band has announced two more shows at the same venues, happening just days later. The new dates are November 21st at MHOW and Nov. 22nd at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the new shows go on sale Friday, August 28th at noon.
UPDATE: These NYC shows are part of a much larger tour that was announced a few hours after this post went up. Those dates are now below. DP will also be appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman next Monday, August 31st.
They'll spend September in Europe. They've also got a new EP on the way.
Clips of Dave Longstreth in conversation, and playing acoustic in March at Minneapolis's Walker Art Center, and all dates, are posted below...
Sam Hillmer & Laura Paris, who dubbed their art collaboration Trouble, had the first You Are Here festival in 2007, at 44th street between Sixth Avenue and Broadway. Paris drew out the floor-plan of the maze, while Hillmer, who plays tenor saxophone for the Zs, booked bands to play in the space and coordinated efforts to bring people inside to interact with the maze.According to the promoter, "Medium and genre vary and overlapping and simultaneous performances are frequent, each performer establishing a different corner or dead end as his or hers." Sounds fun.
"It didn't seem like the kind of thing that could just sit in a gallery, it needs constant traffic," Hillmer explained. "That is the piece, people dealing with the situation [presented by the maze]."
This year's festival, scheduled for Spetember 10th through October 2nd, will take up the entire space of Death by Audio and feature a maze constructed out of salvaged doors from Built It Green, a nonprofit organization that sells surplus building materials. The space will also have woodchip-covered floors ("to reference mazes built out of bushes," Hillmer notes). The twists and turns of the venue will be littered by some 200 of Paris' sculptures, molded from some of her pieces and then cast repeatedly. [Greenpoint Gazette]
The preliminary lineup (aka almost a month's worth of shows at the venue while the maze is up) mixes interesting out of town names (Calvin Johnson, Ty Segal, The Coathangers) with local acts like Skeletons (as 'Skeletons and the Kings of All Cities'), Mick Barr (he is local right?), Extra life and Stars Like Fleas. Full lineup to be announced soon but more of it is below, along with video footage of the first Maze (starring Dave Longstreth, Thee Oh Sees and others), and other details and the flyer for the new Maze...
On Saturday, July 25th, there'll be a 12-hour benefit at Death By Audio for You Are Here: A Maze, a "performance festival in a sculptural maze" to happen at the venue from September 10th - October 2nd. Both the event and the project are being put on by Trouble (Zs' Sam Hillmer and artist Laura Paris).
The lineup includes performances by Ninjasonik, Aa, Dead Science's Sam Mickens, Charlie Looker of Extra Life, and Hillmer himself (with Regattas). A DJ set by Dirty Projector Dave Longstreth is also on the schedule (for some actual singing by Longstreth, that takes place at the Williamsburg Waterfront this Sunday).
A full schedule of performers, with some info on the You Are Here project, is below...