Entries tagged with: Deerhunter
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...
It's not just you: Over the last five years, there's been a seismic shift in the way we engage with music. We tweet, tumbl, stream, and share our favorite songs; we scour dead links and navigate obtrusive pop-ups for the newest mixtapes; we watch our music videos on Youtube and Vevo. We watched the explosion of EDM, the birth of drill, the rise and fall of chillwave. We debated how to pronounce FKA twigs, whether the album was dead, and where Bobby Shmurda's hat went. We met Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Grimes, Jessie Ware, Disclosure, Miguel, and Charli XCX. We saw LCD Soundsystem break up, Neutral Milk Hotel reunite, and My Bloody Valentine release a new album--a shooting star if there ever was one. [Pitchfork]By the end of this year it will be halfway through the current decade, and to mark that, Pitchfork is posting lists of the best tracks, albums, and videos of the decade so far, this week. Today, they put out their list of the top 200 tracks. Like most of Pitchfork's 'top tracks' lists, it ranges from big names to underdogs in indie, electronic, hip hop and more, plus a few huge radio-pop songs sprinkled in. Can you guess what made #1?
Check out the full list HERE and browse the top 20, below...
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
Deerhunter at MSG in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Deerhunter have a couple shows coming up this week, including a hometown show in Atlanta with Black Lips and Lonnie Holley on Friday (3/7), and they'll be in NYC TONIGHT (3/4) at Highline Ballroom for an NYU students only show with guitar hero Marnie Stern. Kiah Victoria is on the bill too, and advance tickets are on sale, but you do need an NYU ID to get in.
All Deerhunter dates (including an Atlas Sound show this month) are listed below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher
Arctic Monkeys @ MSG - 2/8/14
As recently as 2011, surrounding the release of Arctic Monkeys' last album, Suck It and See, it didn't seem possible for the band to sell out an arena (at least in America). Despite moving forward artistically, it felt like they were waning in popularity, at risk of remaining remembered only for their early hits, like the bulk of the '00s garage rock/post punk revival breakout bands. But with the deservedly successful AM under their belts, they proved those feelings to be very wrong, taking the stage for a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden Saturday night (2/8), and coming off as anything but a band nostalgic for their breakout period. In fact, they only played two songs from the first album, the massive "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" and non-hit "Dancing Shoes," and the former actually felt out of place, rather than a highlight of the show. Arctic Monkeys have fully made the transition into the uniquely dark, diverse rockers they showed us they could be on Humbug, and it was that which actually made this huge arena show one of the best times I've seen them.
They played almost the entirety of AM, kicking off with the sludge hop of "Do I Wanna Know?," like they've been doing this tour, and hitting everything else but the two ballads and "I Want It All." When they did revisit the previous three albums, they mostly stuck to darker cuts ("Pretty Visitors," "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair," "Brianstorm") which blended right in with the AM material. They paid tribute to one of the obvious big influences on their new sound, Black Sabbath, working in a snippet of "War Pigs" before the guitar solo on "Arabella." And in honor of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to the US, they covered "All My Loving" as the first song of their encore (which they've done at other tour stops too). For that cover, and pre-encore song "505," the band were joined by friend/collaborator Miles Kane of The Rascals and also of The Last Shadow Puppets with AM frontman Alex Turner. Not a dull moment the whole set.
Making the show doubly great, it was opened by Deerhunter, who also opened the Boston show on their tour two days earlier. Since openers sometimes get the shaft at MSG, I was worried about how their set would go over, but they still pulled it off. Like at their own shows, the stage was clouded by fog machines and neon lights, and they were pretty loud for an opener at MSG too. Of course, being that their set was only 9 songs, there was no way to get as absorbed in it as a headlining show, but Deerhunter still gave you moments to get lost in, like the krauty jam of "Desire Lines" and the noisy ending to set-closer "Monomania."
Pictures of the show are in this post. They continue, along with the setlists of both bands, videos of Arctic Monkeys (including the "All My Loving" cover and "Arabella-meets-War-Pigs"), and audio of their full set, below...
British newspaper The Guardian just finished publishing its Best Albums of 2013 list, after having rolled it out over the past couple weeks. It's got a lot of the albums most likely to show up on British lists, like These New Puritans, John Grant, Hookworms, and Arctic Monkeys, but its #1 is more in common with the US publications. Find out what it is, along with their other 39 picks, 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
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...
UK music weekly NME has just published its end-of-year issue, with their Top 50 LPs and Tracks of 2013. As for the albums list, we'll let you read on to find out what their #1 pick is, but it might just be the one NME called "absolutely and unarguably the most incredible album of [said band's] career" and "the greatest record of the last decade." It's not Palma Violets, who were last year's Track of the Year, as their debut LP came in at #32 on the list.
As for tracks, their single of the year is a pretty obvious (certainly ubiquitous) choice. Check out the full lists of NME's Top 50 LPs and Tracks below...
Phosphorescent at Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
by Bill Pearis
Bill Calahan's album Dream River has topped MOJO magazine's Best Albums of 2013 list which is in the new year-end issue. Seems about right for a magazine that had both Paul McCartney on the cover of one issue this year and The Beatles on another (also the Stones, Dylan, Pink Floyd, Johnny Marr). Their #2 was a bit of a surprise, at least to me. The Arcade Fire's Reflektor only came in at #18 but they can just be happy with being the issue's cover stars. Check out that cover -- and the entire Top 50 list - below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Slayer/Glass Candy/Polyphonic Spree/Slayer surfer @ FFF Fest 2013
Closing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Slayer treated Austin to greatest hits and then some: "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven," "Dead Skin Mask," "Seasons in the Abyss," etc. They also dug out the aforementioned "Die by the Sword," a high point off their 1983 debut LP, Show No Mercy.The eighth Fun Fun Fun Fest happened last weekend (11/8 - 11/10) at Austin's Auditorium Shores, hosting three days of music and fun (fun fun), with such acts as MIA, Deerhunter, Slayer, Television, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, Cut Copy. Johnny Marr, The Walkmen, Jurassic 5, Killer Mike and loads more. Many of them played again as part of the FFF Nites shows, including shows presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges.
After fooling no one with a false ending of "South of Heaven," the third backdrop of the night unfurled at the back of the stage: a parody of the Heineken logo reading "Hanneman" and bearing his life dates. The top read "Angel of Death." Reign in Blood's terrifying opening track - and closing number on Auditorium Shores - now serves as an epitaph for Slayer's fallen co-founder. - [Austin Chronicle]
We were there in the thick of it and, as mentioned above, you can check out pics from Day 1 HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE. See you again in 2014 Austin.
Arctic Monkeys at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Arctic Monkeys are still living large off the success of their well-received fifth album, AM. They've been on a tour in support of it which hit NYC's Webster Hall and a number of festivals, and now they've announced North American dates for 2014 that include by far their largest headlining show in NYC yet. They'll headline Madison Square Garden on February 8, and that show (along with their 11/6 show at Boston's Agganis Arena) will be opened by Deerhunter. You may remember that in 2012, Arctic Monkeys opened for Black Keys at MSG. Tickets for the MSG show (and the whole tour) go on sale Friday (11/8) at noon.
All dates, including KROQ Christmas, are listed below...
DOWNLOAD: Carnivores - "Pillow Talk" (ft. Bradford Cox) (MP3)
Carnivores are a garage rock band from Atlanta, and they've already got the ins with the big hitters in the ATL garage rock scene, including Black Lips -- whose frontman Cole Alexander sings on "Sinking In Your Automobile" from their newest record, Second Impulse -- and Deerhunter -- whose singer Bradford Cox appears on their non-album track, "Pillow Talk" (MP3 above) and whose former bassist Josh Fauver released their record on his Army of Bad Luck label. The band have just given a trippy video treatment to the Cole Alexander collaboration, and that video makes its premiere in this post. Check it out, along with a stream of the full album and the track with Bradford Cox, below.
Carnivores also have a few shows coming up, and one of those happens in NYC at Shea Stadium on Halloween (10/31), and in Halloween cover show spirit, they'll be playing songs by The B-52s (but probably mostly songs from their own new album). Rounding out the lineup is three solid local bands also playing songs by other bands, Ava Luna (Tom Tom Club), Caged Animals (The Velvet Underground) and Bueno (Wu-Tang Clan). Admission is $8 with a costume and $10 without. Flyer below.
All dates are listed, along with the video and streams, below...
Deerhunter @ MHOW in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
FADER Fort -- a CMJ mainstay since the mid-'00s -- starts today at Williamsburg recording studio/party space Converse Rubber Tracks, providing musical performances and endless booze tonight (10/17) through Saturday (10/19). Hopefully you RSVP'd already because the list is full. If you did, they just added a big surprise headliner to Friday's (10/18) roster: Deerhunter (who were here last month) will play at 11:15 PM. Rubber Tracks is pretty small -- maybe the size of Mercury Lounge -- so get there early if you wanna get in.
One note, while tonight and Friday are at Rubber Tracks, the Saturday (10/19) Fader Fort happens at Chelsea's Eventi Hotel (851 6th Ave.) Updated line-ups and info are in the flyer below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Lonnie Holley at Music Hall of Williamsburg - 9/17/13
Since 1979, [Lonnie] Holley has devoted his life to the practice of improvisational creativity. His art and music, born out of struggle, hardship, but perhaps more importantly, out of furious curiosity and biological necessity, has manifested itself in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, performance, and sound. Holley's sculptures are constructed from found materials in the oldest tradition of African American sculpture. Objects, already imbued with cultural and artistic metaphor, are combined into narrative sculptures that commemorate places, people, and events.The above quote is from Dust to Digital, the label that released both music albums from outsider artist Lonnie Holley: 2012's Just Before Music and this year's Keeping a Record of It, which came out earlier this month (9/3). Lonnie's music has slowly started reaching a larger audience, as he's made a fan out of multiple indie musicians. Bear in Heaven named his debut as one of their favorites of 2012, and perhaps most notably, Deerhunter's Bradford Cox has taken an interest in him.
Holley did not start making and performing music in a studio nor does his creative process mirror that of the typical musician. His music and lyrics are improvised on the spot and morph and evolve with every event, concert, and recording. In Holley's original art environment, he would construct and deconstruct his visual works, repurposing their elements for new pieces. This often led to the transfer of individual narratives into the new work creating a cumulative composite image that has depth and purpose beyond its original singular meaning. The layers of sound in Holley's music, likewise, are the result of decades of evolving experimentation.
Bradford and Cole Alexander of Black Lips both contributed to the 13+ minute song "From the Other Side of the Pulpit" from Keeping a Record of It, which you can stream, along with another album track "Six Space Shuttles and 144,000 Elephants," below.
Deerhunter have also had him open some of the shows on their tour this year. Back in August, he opened their San Francisco show that also included Animal Collective side project Avey Tare's Slash Flick, and at that show both Bradford Cox and Avey Tare joined Lonnie on stage (video below). He also just opened for Deerhunter in Brooklyn at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (9/17), the first of three Deerhunter shows in NYC this week. At that show, Bradford also joined him on drums for one of the songs. Pictures of Lonnie's set at MHOW are in this post.
Lonnie Holley will be heading out on the road again as an opener on Bill Callahan's tour. That tour brings Bill and Lonnie to NYC on October 6 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available. All Lonnie Holley dates are listed, along with more pictures from MHOW, song stream and video, below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Deerhunter @ MHOW - 9/17/13
Deerhunter have been on the road for a few months this year, and this week they came to NYC for three sold-out shows: Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (9/17) followed by two nights at Webster Hall (9/18 & 9/19). When they were last in NYC -- for Governors Ball in June -- they focused their set mainly on this year's Monomania, but for this three-night run they mixed things up well, hitting many favorites from their last four full lengths, and some cuts from the EPs too. We've got a set of pictures from the MHOW show, and the setlists and videos from all three, in this post.
I caught the second Webster Hall show, and it had all the elements you'd expect from a Deerhunter show (killer light show, noise freakouts, and a Bradford Cox speech), but still found ways to take you by surprise. Like supernatural live bands Sonic Youth or Swans, Deerhunter have a way of bringing new life to a song every time, and never really try to replicate the version on their record. Last night, live staple "Don't Cry" was the maybe heaviest I've seen it yet. The sensory overload at the end of "Monomania" was thrilling as ever, but the way it faded into "Twilight at Carbon Lake" was possibly the most satisfying moment of the night. Those masterful transitions -- another being when they worked in the glammy rocker "Neon Junkyard" after the noisy, atmospheric build of "Octet" -- is what keeps them interesting and unpredictable each time.
The MHOW show was opened by Mas Ysa (who also opens for Delorean at Webster Hall and just released a new song that you can stream below) and Lonnie Holley (more on him here). Both Webster Hall shows were opened by Crystal Stilts (who play NYC again on Halloween), and the first night also featured Sleepy Doug Shaw, while the second had Blues Control. After the final show, Bradford Cox headed to Glasslands to DJ the afterparty. Did you check that out? How was it?
More pictures from MHOW, and the setlists and videos, below...
Deerhunter released their garage-rockin' new album, Monomania, earlier this year, and they've just made a video for one of its singles, "Back to the Middle." It's shot like an old B/W kinescope and features Durassie Kiangangu in the starring role. Check it out below.
Deerhunter are on tour now, and that tour comes to NYC for shows on September 17 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Mas Ysa, September 18 at Webster Hall with Crystal Stilts, and September 19 at Webster Hall with Blues Control and Crystal Stilts. Tickets for the 9/17 and 9/19 shows are still available, and we're also giving away a pair to the 9/19 show. After those shows end, Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox will DJ the afterparty at Glasslands (9/19) with Alix Brown also DJing (tickets).
The video and updated list of tour dates below...
Deerhunter at Outside Lands 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
Deerhunter are currently on a tour which just hit Bumbershoot and MusicFestNW over on the west coast. The tour comes to NYC later this month for shows on September 17 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Mas Ysa, September 18 at Webster Hall with Crystal Stilts, and September 19 at Webster Hall with Blues Control and Crystal Stilts. The 9/18 show is sold out, but tickets for the other two are still available, and we're also giving away a pair to the 9/19 show. Details on how to enter to win those tickets are below.
After the 9/19 show, Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox will be DJing the official afterparty happening at Glasslands later that night (11:30 PM). Tickets for the afterparty are on sale now.
In related news, Bradford recently teamed up with Cole Alexander of Black Lips to contribute to a track on outsider artist Lonnie Holley's new album, Keeping a Record of It, which came out this week (9/3) via Dust to Digital. Bradford and Cole are on the track "From the Other Side of the Pulpit," which you can stream, along with the updated list of Deerhunter tour dates and contest details, below.
Deerhunter at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Deerhunter's upcoming tour already includes NYC shows on September 18 at Webster Hall (sold out) and September 19 at Webster Hall (tickets), and now they've added a third NYC show to their schedule. This one happens at the more intimate Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 17, the day before the Webster Hall run begins. Support at the MHOW show comes from Mas Ysa, whereas Crystal Stilts are opening both Webster shows and Blues Control are on the latter date. Tickets for the MHOW show go on sale Friday (8/23) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/21) at noon.
Updated dates are listed, along with a video, below...
by Bill Pearis
(photo by The Impossible Project)
Crystal Stilts have been quiet the last couple years, but that doesn't mean they haven't been busy. The Brooklyn band return September 17 with Nature Noir, their third album and second on Sacred Bones. The first track released from it is the string-laden "Star Crawl," and you can stream it below.
We already knew that Crystal Stilts were opening Deerhunter's two Webster Hall shows in September and tickets are still available for the second night (9/19). Aside from dates with Deerhunter, the band have their own tour in October, too, and all dates are listed below.
Deerhunter at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Deerhunter's recently expanded tour is bringing them back to NYC for a previously mentioned show on September 18 at Webster Hall with Crystal Stilts. That show has since sold out, but Deerhunter and Crystal Stilts added another show happening at the same venue a day later (9/19), and Blues Control is on this one too. Tickets for the new date go on sale Friday (7/12) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (7/10) at noon.
Updated dates are listed, along with a video of the band playing the title track from their new album, Monomania, below...
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
As discussed, Fun Fun Fun Fest is returning to Austin's Auditorium Shores from November 8-10, and now the full lineup was finally announced. It includes Television, Slayer (again!), Quicksand, Descendents, The Dismemberment Plan, Body Count, Jurassic 5, MIA, MGMT, Death Grips, Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, Snoop Dogg/Lion, The Locust, Subhumans (performing Cradle to the Grave), The Men, Title Fight, White Lung, Retox, Chromatics, XXYYXX, Mykki Blanco, Cut Copy, Washed Out, Merchandise, Lemuria, and many more.
Tickets for the festival go on sale today (7/10) at 10 AM CST.
Full lineup and flyer below...
Deerhunter at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As discussed, Fun Fun Fun Fest is returning to Austin's Auditorium Shores from November 8-10 this year. After already leaking five artists (The Julie Ruin, Bonobo, Judge, The Walkmen, and Ice-T), FFF Fest just leaked six more.
The new announcements include FLAG (aka one of two Black Flag reunions, and who play NYC in September), Deerhunter (who also play NYC in September), Big K.R.I.T. (who plays Rock the Bells and NYC with Talib Kweli and Macklemore), Star Slinger, Daniel Johnston, and comedian Kyle Kinane.
Tickets for FFF Fest go on sale July 9 at 11 AM EST.
Star Slinger recently remixed Miguel's "Adorn." Check that out below...
Savages at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
As mentioned, Savages are going on a tour this summer, which includes a NYC show happening at Webster Hall on July 11 (sold out). The band is coming back to North America in September to play Detroit's Laneway Festival and will be stopping in NYC on the way there for their biggest show here yet: Terminal 5 on September 12. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/14) at noon.
This is the inaugural Detroit Laneway Festival (which has happened in other cites since 2004) which will take place at Meadow Brook in Rochester Hills, Michigan. The line-up also includes The National, Sigur Ros, Alunageorge, Charli XCX, Chet Faker, Chvrches, Deerhunter, The Dismemberment Plan, Flume, Frightened Rabbit, Haerts, Icona Pop, My Brightest Diamond, Phosphorescent, Run The Jewels (El-P + Killer Mike), Solange, Warpaint, Washed Out, and Youth Lagoon. Tickets for the are on sale now.
Updated dates are listed, along with the videos of Savages performing two songs on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, below...