Entries tagged with: Death from Above 1979
by Andrew Sacher
Countless band reunions, Wet Hot American Summer, and the '90s/early '00s revival continues when Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 comes out this fall. It's the first THPS game since 2002. As fun as the games were, the soundtracks were equally important and for people of a certain age they probably turned you on to a lot of stuff. Maybe playing those games was the first time you heard Agent Orange's "Bloodstains" or Gang Starr's "Mass Appeal" or Adolescents' "Amoeba."
The soundtrack for the new one has been revealed, and it's got a lot of cool stuff. There are great newer songs that weren't around during THPS' initial run, like Cloud Nothings' "I"m Not Part of Me," Bully's "Milkman," Cold Cave's "A Little Death to Laugh," Death From Above 1979's "Virgins," The Orwells' "Who Needs You" and Temples' "Shelter Song." Plus some more legendary stuff too, like Death's "Keep On Knocking." Check out the full tracklist and a playlist of the whole thing (via Wired) below.
photos by James Richards IV
Metallica / Brand New / Tame Impala / Mick Jenkins
The only thing missing from Tame Impala's trippy light and video presentation is the cover of darkness. Somehow, this band's time-bending, shape-shifting music makes more sense at night, rather than under the blazing early evening Sun. But these Australians are tough as nails when it comes to weathering heat and sunshine -- they play their entire set without sunglasses. Though Kevin Parker is a master guitarist, his music is well beyond what most new millennial rock bands are offering. He turns his rock songs into what could be epic club tracks. "Let it Happen" manages to be both cerebral and danceable at once. Parker's deeper exploration of keyboards and club music has broadened his musical scope, so that Tame Impala now moves fluidly among what were once deemed distinct categories: progressive rock, soul, psychedelia, electronic dance music. He's just as liable to conjure the majesty of King Crimson as he is the post-house flourishes of Kaskade. - [Chicago Tribune]Day two of Lollapalooza 2015 featured sets from Metallica, Sam Smith, Tame Impala, Brand New, Django Django, Tyler the Creator, The Tallest Man on Earth, Death from Above 1979 and lots more. A little trouble too: The Tribune reports that there were at least five arrests reported, most of them drug related. Texas rapper Travi$ Scott was charged with disorderly conduct for inviting the crowd to jump the security barricades to get closer to the stage.
Sunday (8/2) is the final day of Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park, featuring Florence + the Machine, TV on the Radio, FKA Twigs, A$AP Rocky, Bully and more. Albert Hammond Jr, who also plays today, will be be interviewed in the Toyota Tent by BrooklynVegan Lolla correspondent Billy Jones. And if you can't be there, Lollapalooza is streaming live starting at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern) and you can watch below.
Photos from day 1 of Lollapalooza are HERE and more from day 2 are below...
Lollapalooza 2015 just got underway in Chicago's Grant Park and will be there all weekend with headliners Metallica, Paul McCartney Sam Smith, The Weeknd, and Florence + the Machine. (BrooklynVegan will be there too, in the Toyota Tent.) If you can't make it, Lollapalooza will be broadcasting live each day starting at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern) across three different channels and you can watch it right here.
Sunday's streaming schedule includes Florence + the Machine, Of Monsters and Men, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Lord Huron and more. The whole weekend's stream schedule is listed, along with the Lollapalooza video player, below...
The long list for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's annual award for a great album, has been announced. It includes Drake, The New Pornographers, Death From Above 1979, Caribou, Alvvays, White Lung, Viet Cong, METZ, Cold Specks, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld, Patrick Watson, Absolutely Free, Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah, Braids, Tobias Jesso Jr and more.
The shortlist will be announced July 16, and the winner will be announced September 21. Check out the full longlist below.
photos by P Squared Photography
Florence and the Machine were the first act to put on a show worthy of a headliner. Drenched in warm golden light, Florence hopped around on one leg as she led the crowd in sing-alongs of hits such as What the Water Gave Me and Shake It Out. Her performance felt quite reserved compared to that of St Vincent, who brought out a pink Aztex-style pyramid and two backing dancers in chrome jumpsuits before putting on the performance of the day. Tracks like Marrow felt hugely aided by her band's saturated, chunky and almost shoddy-sounding synths, while St Vincent danced in sync with her troupe, who tottered around like Daryl Hannah's dying replicant in Blade Runner. The crowd were addressed as "citizens of New York city" and she stopped proceedings for a Thomas Pynchon-esque short story about an imagined storm in New York in which you grab an Arthur Russell record and Susan Sontag's diaries and hide out in a cupboard. [The Guardian]Annual NYC music festival Governors Ball went down this past weekend on Randall's Island. Day 1, Friday (6/5), had Drake's hits-filled set, Ezra Koenig's guest appearance during Chromeo's set, an unfortunate Rae Sremmurd injury, St. Vincent, The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, Florence + the Machine, Ratatat, Death From Above 1979, Odesza, Rudimental and more.
a misty GovBall entrance today (photo via @xxdylandark0)
The 2015 Governors Ball just got underway at NYC's Randall's Island and if you can't make it, performances from throughout the three-day festival will be broadcast on on SiriusXM via Alt Nation channel 36 now through Sunday, June 7. Select performances will also air on The Spectrum, channel 28; Jam On, channel 29; Electric Area, channel 52 and SiriusXMU, channel 35. So if you're a subscriber, tune in.
Confirmed performances to be broadcast by SiriusXM include My Morning Jacket, The Black Keys, Big Gigantic, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, J Roddy Walston & The Business, Angus & Julia Stone, Chromeo, Hot Chip, Florence + The Machine, A-Trak, Vance Joy, Royal Blood, The Districts, Death From Above 1979 and Moon Taxi. More details about channels and broadcast times are here.
One of the premier music festivals in the world, the 2015 edition of Primavera Sound is just underway in Barcelona, Spain. If you can't make it, they're streaming many of the fest's performances live via two video channels on their website and below. Today's sets (5/28) you can watch include James Blake, OMD, Spiritualized, The Thurston Moore Band, Mikal Cronin, Baxter Dury and more. The fest's streaming schedule is listed below.
Meanwhile, WFMU will be broadcasting performances live on Friday (5/29) and Saturday (5/30) from 3PM to midnight. WFMU's broadcast schedule, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: DFA1979 at T5 in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Dancepunks Death From Above 1979 returned last year with their first album since 2004, and they'll continue to tour in support of this year. This one's a bit of a surprising tour though -- they'll be opening for alt-metal bashers Deftones and, uh, Incubus. If you had to make any sense of that, there are at least a few Incubus riffs that rock kinda hard (if you can deal with Brandon Boyd's howling), but it somehow feels like there had to be a better tourmate for DFA than the band who wrote "Drive."
The tour, also with The Bots opening, hits the NYC-area on August 4 at PNC Bank Arts Center, August 5 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, and August 8 at Susquehanna Bank Center. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday, April 24 at noon with an Incubus Fan Club presale starting Monday (4/20) at noon and Live Nation/Facebook presales starting Thursday (4/23) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed below...
The 2015 Glastonbury Festival, which sold out in 25 minutes back in October, has announced it's initial lineup. In addition to Lionel Richie, which they confirmed a while back, this year will feature Patti Smith, Kanye West, Florence and the Machine, Pharell Williams, Motorhead, Alabama Shakes, The Fall, Alt-J, Suede, Fat White Family, The Chemical Brothers, GOAT, Caribou, fka twigs, George Clinton, Father John Misty, Kate Tempest, Run the Jewels, Future Islands and more.
The annual UK festival takes place June 24-28 on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, England. All announced Glastonbury 2015 performers are listed below...
Lollapalooza returns to Chicago's Grant Park from July 31 - August 2, and this year's lineup includes Paul McCartney, Metallica, A$AP Rocky, TV on the Radio, The War on Drugs, Father John Misty, Brand New, Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, The Tallest Man on Earth, Death From Above 1979, Django Django and more. Tickets are on sale now, and single day passes go on sale at 10 AM CT.
Full lineup below...
photo::: METZ @ Portland's Howard Theatre, 2014 (more by Autumn Andel)
When METZ were in NYC for Death by Audio's second-to-last show, they mentioned a new album was on the way. Now we have a little more info on that. The album, which may be simply called METZ - II, will be out Spring 2015 via Sub Pop. The Toronto punks teased the new record via a video, a montage compiled by Scott Cudmore and Alex Edkins, that hurls a snippet of skull-crushing METZ noise right near the end. You can watch that below.
Meanwhile, METZ are on tour with Death from Above 1979 and play Winnipeg tonight (1/27). They'll be in London and Paris for a couple shows in March, too. Those dates are listed below.
The 2015 Primavera Sound Festival goes down in Barcelona, Spain from May 28 - 30. We knew The Strokes and recently reunited shoegazers Ride were playing and now the line-up is being announced via the festival's mobile app, which is a not-so fun 8-bit game you have to play to reveal names. The whole lineup is in the poster above and includes The Replacements, James Blake, Sleater-Kinney (who apparently are playing festivals after all) Patti Smith performing Horses, Spiritualized, Interpol, Antony & the Johnsons, OMD, Mineral, Brand New, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, Sleaford Mods, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, The Black Keys, New Pornographers, Jose Gonzalez, Shabazz Palaces, Kevin Morby, Ought, Disappears, Pharmakon, Baxter Dury, Death From Above 1979, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, Swans, Iceage, the Juan MacLean, Dan Deacon, Viet Cong, Sun Kil Moon, Antony, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fucked Up, Kelela, Ariel Pink, Voivod, Electric Wizard, Mikal Cronin, alt-J, Sunn O))), the Thurston Moore Band, Underworld (performing dubnobasswithmyheadman), Pallbearer, Tobias Jesso Jr., American Football, Jon Hopkins, DIIV, Caribou, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, HEALTH, Babes in Toyland, Thee Oh Sees, Single Mothers, Ex Hex, Shellac and Twerps. Full line-up is below.
We're officially in Music Festival Announcement Season, and the latest one is Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival, happening May 8-10. This year includes The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Tame Impala, Brand New, Mastodon, Neutral Milk Hotel (supposedly one of your last chances to see them for a while), Interpol, Flogging Molly, TV on the Radio, Manchester Orchestra, James Blake, Death from Above 1979, Dr. Dog, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football, Clutch, Black Lips, The Mountain Goats, Best Coast, Real Estate, Wavves, Built to Spill, The Both, Mac DeMarco, Minus the Bear, Old 97's, FIDLAR, METZ, THe Bronx, Speedy Ortiz, Palma Violets, VIet Cong, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full initial lineup (even more TBA) below...
Yesterday was Coachella, and today another spring 2015 festival lineup is announced: Governors Ball. The fest takes place on NYC's Randall's Island from June 5-7 and includes Drake, Bjork, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, My Morning Jacket, Ratatat, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Weird Al Yankovic, The War on Drugs, Hot Chip, Death From Above 1979, SBTRKT, Conor Oberst, Flying Lotus, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Sharon Van Etten, DIIV, Rustie, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Florence + the Machine, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Chromeo, Flume, Sturgill Simpson, Kiesza, Strand of Oaks, Bishop Nehru, Kate Tempest and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Beer and water erupted from the drinks of head-banging audience members. A circling mosh pit consumed most of the floor. Directly in the middle of the spinning mass a long haired, heavily bearded man raised two coiled fists. He threw his shirt off and shoved his entire body weight into a wall of bodies around him as Death From Above's signature logo -- an outline of the two musicians faces with elephant trunks replacing their noses-- pulsated with multi-colored lights in the background. As crowd surfers were ripped from the audience and escorted away, fans punched the air in defiance filled with rebellious energy from DFA's deafening mix of electro-punk. [Hey Reverb]Death From Above 1979 returned this year with The Physical World, the long-awaited followup to their 2004 debut that sounds like no time has passed since. They brought their tour with heavy psych rippers Biblical to NYC for a show at Terminal 5 on Friday (11/28) which included all of the new album and about half of their debut.
More pictures from the show, the setlist, and a video of DFA1979 playing crowd favorite "Romantic Rights" below...
It's the last week of November and we've hit Best-of List Season. Especially in the UK where we've already seen album lists from Rough Trade, MOJO, Q, and Uncut. Now here's long-running UK weekly NME with their LPs and tracks of the year. Topping the lists are St. Vincent's self-titled album, and Future Islands' omnipresent "Seasons." (Sorry, The War on Drugs, you're slightly lower on the list here.) And just to remind you they are British music magazine, Kasabian figure into both lists. Check out NME's full Top 50 LPs/Tracks of 2014 lists below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up this past weekend with a variety of killer music across punk, metal, hip hop, indie, electronic and plenty of the in-between, plus comedy, wrestling, BMX competitions and more. The lineup spanned legends like Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Nas through great newer artists like Angel Olsen, Deafheaven and Courtney Barnett. We've already written plenty about it -- check out our reviews of day 1, day 2 and day 3 -- as well as posted pictures of Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Mineral.
photos Kenneth Bachor; words by Bill Pearis
DFA1979 @ Rough Trade 9/8/2014
Did somebody set the clock back 10 years? It kinda feels like it this week, with both Interpol and Death from Above 1979 releasing new albums. While the former gave us the back-to-basics El Pintor, DFA1979 hit with their first album since their 2004 and it finds them picking up right where they left off. Dancepunk isn't in fashion the way it was when Dubya was president, but you wouldn't have known from last night's record release show at Rough Trade. People were psyched for this very intimate evening, stomping for the band to come back for the encore and keeping a pretty healthy, if gentle, pit going for most of the show.
Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler were in good spirits, with Grainger cracking jokes in between songs. They played every song from new LP The Physical World, plus about two thirds of the debut. No surprise: the craziest moment of the night was during the encore of "Romantic Rights." Setlist and pictures -- including ones of openers Low Fat Getting High (who have a new LP too) -- are in this post.
DFA1979 will play The Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday (9/10) return to NYC this fall when their tour hits Terminal 5 on November 28 with Biblical. Tickets are still available and you can also win a pair.
More pics and DFA1979 setlist from Rough Trade, below...
DFA1979 in LA in August (more by Debi Del Grande)
Death From Above 1979 are in NYC for their intimate Rough Trade show tonight (9/8) ahead of their fall tour with Biblical. Though tonight's show is sold out, we've got a few pairs to give away. Details on how to enter to win, below. Their new album, The Physical World, comes out Tuesday (9/9) and can be streamed on iTunes.
Opening tonight's show is local punk band Low Fat Getting High. Low Fat's self-titled debut album will be out on November 11 via Money Fire Records/Dead Broke Rekerds and you can stream its brand new single, "Don't Believe You Anymore," below. They've got another hometown show this week happening Thursday (9/11) at Shea Stadium with a special guest headliner, Sleepies and Nine of Swords. That one's $8 at the door. Tonight's show is also their first with their new drummer Ian Burns.
Stream LFGH's new single, with the contest details, below...
DFA1979 in LA in August (more by Debi Del Grande)
Death from Above 1979's long-awaited new album, The Physical World, is out next week (9/9) but the Canadian duo have offered up an early listen of the whole thing via iTunes. Next week, DFA1979 will be in NYC to play The Late Show with David Letterman on September 10 and while here will also play a special release show at Rough Trade on Monday, September 8. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/5) at noon. The band will then be back in NYC as part of their fall tour with Biblical, hitting Terminal 5 on November 28. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair.
If you're in Toronto this week, there will be a DFA1979 The Physical World: Pop Up Shop & Tattoo Parlour on September 3 & 4, ahead of this weekend's Riot Fest appearance. In addition to being able to pick the album -- and get some free ink -- the guys are promising surprise events. All tour dates are listed below.
Toronto heavy psych outfit Biblical have been added as support to the previously discussed Death From Above 1979 tour. Biblical are still backing their 2014 album Monsoon Season. As mentioned, the tour will be stopping in NYC at Terminal 5 on November 28 (tickets) and several other US cities. We've got a pair of tickets to giveaway to both the NYC show and the Chicago show, happening on November 25 at the Riviera.
Contest details, with the list of all tour dates, below...
DFA1979 in LA earlier this month (more by Debi Del Grande)
At Death From Above 1979's recent LA show (pics/video), they previewed a handful of songs from their long-awaited second album, The Physical World (due 9/9 via Last Gang), and also handed out free CDs with a track from the upcoming LP. That track, "Government Trash," has now surfaced online and can be streamed below...
photos by Debi Del Grande
"Death from Above 1979 tonight. I've been waiting for this since high school" - Kevin
Death From Above 1979, reunited and gearing up for a huge tour, played an intimate one-off show in LA at The Troubadour on August 14 with Big Black Delta. We've got pics of that show in this post. It was something of a warmup for the upcoming world tour in support of their long-awaited second album, The Physical World, which is coming out ten years after their first (9/9 via Last Gang). They debuted some stuff from that record at the show too. A video of "Right On, Frankenstein" had surfaced but is now deleted, but you can watch a video of them playing the album's single, "Trainwreck 1979," below.
As we mentioned, DFA 1979's tour will be hit NYC's Terminal 5 on November 28. Tickets for that show are still available.
More pictures from the show (including one of the setlist), and that video, below...
As you may know, Death From Above 1979, who reunited back in 2011, are finally releasing the long awaited followup to their 2004 debut, The Physical World, on September 9 via Last Gang. They've now revealed the first track from the new record, "Trainwreck 1979," and after a ten year wait it's just the kind of bass-heavy dance-punk that we want from DFA 1979. Listen below, along with the tracklist. That's the artwork above.
DFA 1979 have also announced a tour which brings them to NYC for a big show at Terminal 5 on November 28. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/11) at noon and come with a download of the new album. All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
Death from Above 1979 have been semi-active again for a few years now, playing occasional shows. This year they've got the Riot Fest Toronto (September 6 - 7) and Fun Fun Fun Fest (November 7 - 9) on their 2014 schedule. When those dates come around, though, the band will have a new album out, The Physical World, their first in 10 years and only the second one they ever made (due out September 9 via Last Gang). Stay tuned for more details.
No new music to be heard yet, but flash back to 2004 with the video for "Romantic Rights" below...