Entries tagged with: Deon
by Andrew Sacher
FACT is still one of the best sources for cutting edge electronic music, and I always look forward to their top 50 albums of the year list, which they've just published for 2012. As usual, it doesn't only contain electronic albums.
This year's list has a good deal of indie rap (Haleek Maul, Schoolboy Q, Le1f, Main Attrakionz, Spaceghostpurrp) and it's the only non-metal list I've seen so far with Black Breath's Sentenced to Life (!). And of course, to compliment the dancefloor records, it's got its fair share of electronic-tinged indie pop, forward thinking R&B, and outsider experimental music.
Check out the full list below.
by Andrew Sacher
Pictureplane at 285 Kent in February (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Pictureplane has some dates coming up in the next few weeks including two in NYC. The first is the LAZERPOP Northside Party at Glasslands on Friday (6/15), where he'll DJ along with DJ sets from Teengirl Fantasy (who have a new album coming out) and Hooray for Earth. Tickets for that show are on sale now. He's also got a show in Brooklyn at on July 4 at Cheap Storage (49 Wyckoff Ave) with DIIV (who have a bunch of other shows coming up as usual), Prince Rama, and Night Manager. All Pictureplane dates are listed below.
It's pretty hard to think about Pictureplane without thinking about Grimes these days, whether it be because Hipster Runoff thinks they're dating, shared bills, remixing each other, or Grimes wearing a Pictureplane shirt. So it seems like an appropriate time to quickly remind that AmEx presale began today at noon for her upcoming shows at Bowery and MHOW. In case you haven't been keeping up, Grimes dropped two collaborations with Blood Diamonds recently: one is the title track off Blood Diamonds' upcoming Phone Sex EP (due out 7/24 via 4AD); and the other also includes Kreayshawn and Tragik, and came out under the name L$D. The song's called "Don't Smoke My Blunt Bitch." Check out videos of both of those below.
In more related news, d'Eon, who Grimes released a split LP with last year, revealed an interview with Stereogum that he's a bit envious of Pictureplane: "I've seen him live a couple of times and he hypnotizes the crowd and 300 18-to-22 year old girls just want to fuck him at all times and I'm really jealous of that kind of charisma." d'Eon released the LP, simply titled LP, earlier this month and it's really great. It's a concept album that deals with real life vs internet life (there's a song called "My iPhone Tracks My Every Move"). All of the songs flow seamlessly into each other and there's a ton of musical reference points, including the art pop of Peter Gabriel, the sexy ambient R&B of How to Dress Well, and the production work you've come to expect from d'Eon. You can stream that entire album below.
Wild Nothing at Pitchfork Fest 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Speaking of Grimes and DIIV, they team up for a free show at River Rocks on Pier 84 on August 9. That show is with Wild Nothing, who just announced a new album, Nocturne, which is due out August 28 via Captured Tracks in the US and a day earlier in the UK via Bella Union. Check out the song, "Shadow," from that album below, along with a list of all Wild Nothing dates, and the album's tracklist.
All lists of dates, videos, streams, and more are below.
photos by Alexandre Bédard; words & additional photos by Bill Pearis
The final day of M for Montreal is traditionally the busiest, with an entire afternoon of Francophone bands and then the big show at the Metropolis theater. This year was even more packed, with a second tiny stage that was for "international delegates" only in Metropolis' Savoy Room to keep us entertained between acts at the main show.
Our badges also got us in to see M83 who were playing around the corner from the Metropolis at Société des arts technologiques (Le SAT) which was without a doubt the best show of the weekend. M83 play two sold-out shows in NYC this week: tonight (11/22) at Webster Hall and tomorrow (11/23) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. I'm a pretty casual fan of the band but the combination of great material, a fantastic live band (including keyboardist/vocalist Morgan Kibby), plus a killer light show and sound added up to one of the best shows of the year. The crowd was way into it and you couldn't not be swept along. If you can weasel yourself into one of these shows, I highly recommend doing so as M83 are firing on all cylinders right now. Not sure how much of the light show was M83's and how much was the venue's but it certainly made a giant impact for those of us who didn't force our way to the front.
There were a couple other bands who played the final night of M who are swinging through NYC soon so let's hit them first. Karkwa headlined the Metropolis event, which might have even been a small show for them. Even before winning the Polaris Prize last year for their album Les Chemins de Verre, Karkwa were selling out 3000 capacity venues in Montreal. Which makes the fact they're playing Rockwood Music Hall on December 8 all the more crazy. There has to be fans driving down from Montreal for the chance to see them in such a tiny space.
I saw Karkwa at M for Montreal three years ago when I dubbed them French-Canadian Radiohead but that tag doesn't really stick so much anymore. With Les Chemins de Verre the band have more easily digestible song structure but retain that soaring, widescreen sound. Yes, they sing in French which is the main reason why America has yet to care, but if you can listen to Sigur Ros and not worry about what they're saying, you can do it here. Karkwa are compelling live, absolutely worth checking out in such an intimate setting.
The Barr Brothers
The Barr Brothers were the other highlight of the Metropolis show. I was impressed last year, but the band have just gotten better as performers thanks to near-constant touring. That touring brings them to Joe's Pub on December 7 and Union Pool on December 8.
While not the type of music I normally listen to (KEXP/KCRW alt-folk), there is no denying they're skilled songwriters and a knockout live band. And clever arrangers too, prone to inventive instrumentation. In addition to a full-time harpist, Andrew Barr plays a "threaded" acoustic guitar which allows for a bowed-like sound, and homemade guitars and banjos. They really are great live and it won't be long before they are playing much bigger venues.
The rest of the Metropolis show was filled with Big In Montreal acts: Stonesy rockers Galaxie, Random Recipe's crunchy hip hop, the lovely and talented Marie-Pierre Arthur (very Patrick Watson-ish), and Arianne Moffat.
Half Moon Run
In the Savoy Room, the "international delegates" got a second shot at seeing Half Moon Run who had wowed a lot of folks the day before. The room was packed for them and it's rare that a crowd of industry folk demand an encore but we did just that. Expect to be hearing a lot more about this trio soon.
The Savoy Room also had two sets for D'Eon who looked like Andrew WK but but whose music was an eccentric mashup of slo-jam R&B, mid-90s jungle, '80s New Beat and goth. It was weird, fun, most of the room was not paying attention but I kinda loved it. You can stream his album Palinopsia at the bottom of this post and D'Eon's got a split-12" out now with Grimes as well. Look out for this guy.
During the day Saturday was the annual Francophone showcase at Cafe Campus featuring eight bands, none of whom sang in English. Highlights were Fanny Bloom who fronts the kitschy, very French-sounding La Paterie Rose but whose solo material (the album's out early next year) was much to my taste. She's a real charmer.
I also liked Karim Oullet who opened the show and brought a bit of world music flair to his set. We also got the kooky hip hop group Alclaire Ensemble who all wore silk masks; the Franco-Celtic sounds of Canailles; Alfa Rococco who are like a Montreal Roxette (sort of, less cheese though); Peter Peter who reminded me of The Gin Blossoms (a little dull); Jimmy Hunt played Chanson-style folk (pretty good); and Alexandre Désilets whose set I missed due to a need for food. It's hard to pay attention on an empty stomach.
More photos from M for Montreal's Saturday showcases, a stream of the D'Eon album and tour dates for Karkwa and The Barr Brothers are below...
photos by Erez Avissar
Run DMT, D'eon, and La Big Vic played a show at Los Hermanos Tortilla Factory on Friday (11/19). More pictures from that show below...
photos by Erez Avissar
Gatekeeper / Games
Games celebrated the release of their new 7", Everything Is Working (out now via Hippos In Tanks) with a release show at Glasslands on 8/19 alongside Gatekeeper, D'eon, Blissed Out, and DJ sets from DJ Keshia Kole. Pics from the show are below.
Games is made up of Oneohtrix Point Never's Daniel Lopatin and Joel Ford of Tiger City, and Oneohtrix Point Never has a bunch of tour dates on the way, including Friday (8/27) at Coco66 with James Ferraro, Arp, Future Shuttle, and a DJ set from Blondes. The show will double as a record release show for Arp, who is celebrating the release of their new LP, The Soft Wave, due via Smalltown Supersound on 9/2.
Games recently dropped a video to "Planetparty" which is below with all date and more pics....