Entries tagged with: Dev Hynes
photos by Adela Loconte; words by Bill Pearis
Kirin / Sean / Dev / Weyes Blood @ Elvis Guesthouse 4/17/2015
Kirin J Callinan invited pals Sean Nicholas Savage and Dev Hynes to test out new material at Elvis Guesthouse on Friday night (4/17). It was done mostly karaoke style, with each of them performing to backing tracks off their ipods, iphones and laptops. (Kirin and Dev both played a little guitar, too.) Dev's set was the longest, featuring maybe five new songs, most of which sounded fairly fully formed. The night ended with a group sing-a-long of "New York, New York."
The night, which was a free party also had a guest appearance by Doldrums' Airick Woodhead who sang a new song that his band would also do later that night at nearby Mercury Lounge. Weyes Blood, onetime Golden Triangle bassist Alix Brown, and PC Music's QT were also hanging out, and Spank Rock and Fascinator were the evening's DJs. For happening at such a tiny spot, Elvis Guesthouse never got too packed and was a fun, very informal night. Pictures from the show are in this post.
More pictures from Elvis Guesthouse below...
Kirin & Sean
Kirin J Callinan has been sticking around NYC since his tour with Jack Ladder ended. Maybe you saw him at "drunk yoga" last weekend at Baby's? He's doing a free show tonight (4/17) at Elvis Guesthouse with Sean Nicholas Savage. It's a little bit different (that is a relative term with Kirin) and we'll let him explain:
CANADA'S GREATEST ~ YE YA HERD ME ~ Sean Nicholas Savage AND I ARE SITTIN ON A COUCH RI NOW ~ BUT CUM FRI NITE N WE'LL B DOIN BACK-2-BACK SING-A-LONG KARAOKE RENDITIONS OF OUR VERY OWN FRONT 2 BACK CATALOGUES AKA OLD + VERY VERY NEW SONGS @ ELVIS GUEST HOUSE MANHATTAN ... JUZ B CUZ WE CAN.On Kirin's instagram he posted a flyer for the show that lists Kirin J Cameltoe, Sean Savage Bliss and Devonte Hymen as the performers. Also: free beer from 7-8 PM, with the show starting at 8 PM. Spank Rock and Lord Fascinator will be DJing. Again, it's free but there is an option to claim tickets so it might be worth doing that just in case.
WHAT'S MORE >> IT'S FREE. YUP. 4 FREE. R U KIDDING ME?
Flyer and more all-caps details via Kirin, below...
Like last year, the 2015 Red Bull Music Academy will host a two-night tribute concert at BAM. Last year was William Onyeabor, and this year they'll be paying tribute to the late, great Arthur Russell whose music spanned folk, classical, dance and areas in between. The tribute concerts happen May 29 & 30 at BAM featuring Sam Amidon, Cults, Redding Hunter, Dev Hynes, Thao Nguyen, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Rubblebucket, Little Scream and more to be announced. (Originally listed as part of this, Phosphorescent is not currently on this lineup.) The show is co-presented by Red Hot, who released the Arthur Russell tribute album last year that all of these artists are featured on.
Tickets will be on sale soon. A little more info from RBMA:
The epitome of a postmodern musician, Arthur Russell changed the rules in his much-too-brief lifetime. The Iowa-born composer, cellist and singer entered the Downtown NYC scene in the 1970s - and by the time he passed away in 1992, his influence had permeated virtually every aspect of it. Be it as the musical director of experimental art space The Kitchen; collaborator to Allen Ginsberg, David Byrne, and Ali Akbar Khan; disco innovator with his Loose Joints and Dinosaur L projects; or extraordinary solo musician - Arthur Russell was a master of many trades. To honor his legacy, the Red Hot Organization released the compilation Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell, featuring more than 20 artists paying musical tribute. Over the course of two special evenings at BAM, the Red Bull Music Academy teams up with Red Hot to bring together an all-star cast of musicians to bring the compilation to life.RBMA will wrap up its 2015 slate with another Arthur Russell-related show at Good Room on May 31, this one paying tribute to Sleeping Bag Records, the hip hop/dance label he co-founded with Will Socolov and Juggy Gales in 1981 that released records by Mantronix, Just-Ice, T La Rock and EPMD to Nocera, Joyce Sims, and Kariya. Kurtis Mantronik, onetime Studio 54 DJ Nicky Siano and Morgan Geist (Metro Area) will play Sleeping Bag sets. Tickets will be on sale soon.
If you're unfamiliar with Arthur Russell's music, you can stream a few of his records (via Rdio) below, and acclaimed documentary, Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell is available via iTunes, Amazon and other streaming services.
photo: Merzbow at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
This year includes a night of all African electronic artists at Villain, a GHE20G0TH1K's biggest ever party which will happen at BK Bazaar with a big lineup including New Orleans Bounce 'sissy rapper' Sissy Nobby's first-ever NYC appearance, the premiere of a new Kid Millions (of Oneida) piece with 20 musicians, a conversation with A$AP Rocky, a PC Music showcase with all their artists and SOPHIE at BRIC House, a conversation with George Clinton, the biggest-ever Nothing Changes party at Output with Merzbow and many others, a Tri Angle Records 5th anniversary party on Wall Street with most of the label's roster, the return of Frankie Bones' Storm Rave party, the debut of FKA twigs' new live show with dancers and more, an Arthur Russell tribute with Dev Hynes, Cults,
Phosphorescent (UPDATE: Phosphoresent was initially listed as part of this but is no longer on the lineup), Sam Amidon, Little Scream and more.
Tickets are on sale. The full schedule, with more info, below...
by Sachyn Mital
Patti Smith / The Flaming Lips w/ Julianna Barwick / the whole gang (Miley too)
The 25th Annual Tibet House Benefit took place at Carnegie Hall on March 5th near the beginning of the Year of the Wood Sheep Tibetan New Year celebration. Artistic Director and Composer Philip Glass invited friends like rocker Patti Smith and avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson, who both performed for the benefit before, as well as newer talents like indie producer Dev Hynes and alt-country star Sturgill Simpson. The contingent of Tibetan musicians included the monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery and Tenzin Choegyal, who invited Anderson back out to help with "Heart Sutra." Rock icon Debbie Harry performed three songs including "Heart of Glass" which received large applause. The Flaming Lips with help from Julianna Barwick performed two covers, the The Beatles "She's Leaving Home" (they covered the entirety of Sgt Pepper's on record), followed by David Bowie's "Warszawa". It was a real treat for the band to perform it alongside Glass (who covered it on 1993's Low Symphony) and Wayne Coyne voiced his love for Glass before the song.
The evening concluded with Smith sharing "Birthday Poem" in advance of the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday later this year. She was then joined by her daughter Jesse Paris Smith and Her Band for "Gandhi" before the grand finale. All the artists, including Coyne's heady fwend Miley Cyrus, took the stage for "People have the Power" - with Smith asking the audience to rise and leading the way. Smith ended the night sharing a bow with Anderson, Harry and her daughter.
More pictures from the night and the full setlist, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Heems is a few weeks away from releasing his new album, Eat, Pray, Thug (due 3/10 via Megaforce), and he's now put out its second single, "Home." It features vocals from Blood Orange main man Dev Hynes, adventurous production, and it's hardly something you'd call a rap song. Listen, along with another new song that didn't make the record (via Rolling Stone) below.
In related news, past Heems collaborator and fellow NYC rapper Action Bronson put out a new song this week from his upcoming album, Mr. Wonderful (due 3/24 via Vice/Atlantic). You can stream that below too. He also has a release show scheduled, March 24 at Terminal 5. Tickets are still available.
The Mexican Summer label is curating a cultural festival New Myths (not to be confused with the Brooklyn band of that name), which will happen March 13 - 15 in Marfa, Texas. There will be art, film and of course music, featuring artists on Mexican Summer and their electronic label, Software, as well as some acts they just like. The lineup includes Iceage, Grouper, Tamaryn, Steve Gunn, Weyes Blood, GABI, Thug Entrancer, Co La, Bitchin' Bajas, Suicideyear and more. There will also be a "recording residency" with Dev Hynes and Connan Mockasin, and musician Jefre Cantu-Ledesma will be presenting a "sound bath."
The Friday (3/13) and Sunday (3/15) events are free and a pass to all Saturday (3/14) events is $15, but you can buy a "New Myths" package for $40 that includes a Saturday ticket, an exclusive Dev Hynes / Connan Mockasin split 12", a tote bag and a journal. Note this is the weekend before SXSW's music portion starts, so for those heading that way you could make a week of it. Marfa, and its storied lights, has its own mystical appeal.
There's more, and the full line-up of events is listed below.
Blood Orange's Dev Hynes and former Foreign Born member (remember them?) Ariel Rechtshaid know a thing or two about hit-making. They teamed up previously for Sky Ferreira's "Everything Is Embarrassing" and Solange's "Losing You." On his own, Ariel contributed significant co-writing and production to Charli XCX's True Romance, co-wrote Usher's "Climax," produced Haim's Days Are Gone and Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City, and plenty more. In addition to Dev's own project Blood Orange (and past projects like Lightspeed Champion and Test Icicles), he can be found contributing to Florence & the Machine, Kyle Minogue, Theophilus London, almost Britney Spears and more.
Now Dev and Ariel are teaming up once again to work with the voice behind "Call Me Maybe," Carly Rae Jepsen, as the above instagram points out. "Recorded one of my fav songs today with - @devhynes and @arielrechtshaid," Carly writes. Could be interesting.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Julian / Blood Orange (via Jeanette Diaz)
Julian Casablancas + The Voidz brought their tour to the Strokes frontman's former hometown of NYC at Hammerstein Ballroom last night (11/25) in support of their zany debut album, Tyranny. While Julian's most known (and most loved) for his Velvet Underground/Television-inspired leather jacket rockers, and has since also ventured into synth pop and new wave, his new album with The Voidz has him making weirdo out-there psychedelic pop that has more in common with Ariel Pink than Lou Reed. They played most of the album, but did dip into Julian's solo career for "River of Brakelights" and into The Strokes' catalog for two off 2005's First Impressions of Earth, "Ize of the World" and "You Only Live Once," the latter of which saw Dev Hynes joining the band on vocals (video below).
Dev also opened the show with his Blood Orange project, and was sporting a shirt emblazoned with "BLACK LIVES MATTER," the hashtag that's been trending since the Ferguson case ruling was announced. Julian mentioned Ferguson on stage too, and after the show Dev took to Twitter to reflect:
Tonight I got to sing with a hero onstage in the city I love on a day I woke up alive and well. This is luck. It's all luck. We are told that our lives don't matter. Daily. Not just in situations like this that bring it to light. Let's look after ourselves. Let's look after each other. We are all we have and we have to stand up for ourselves & our neighbors. All lives matter. DO NOT FORGET. I know some of you feel this deep sadness. Like a fist pushing you down. Others may just feel bummed out for a day, but to those who have lived with this constant scrutiny & lack of importance in these eyes of others, it's more than a news story to us. Keep that in mind.Shabazz Palaces, who have been on tour with Julian, played after Blood Orange, adding a dose of hip hop to the bill. They've also got a new album to support, and mixed stuff off that with stuff off their 2011 debut Black Up. Shabazz also joined Julian as guest musicians on "Father Electricity" during his set, but SP's Ishmael Butler didn't take over on lead vocals this time like he did in Montreal.
Unfortunately our photographer missed the openers, but more pictures of The Voidz, plus video of the Julian/Dev collab, a few other Voidz videos and their setlist, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Tinashe first began picking up significant buzz earlier this year thanks to her Schoolboy Q-featuring, DJ Mustard-produced single "2 On," which later appeared on her debut album Aquarius which came out last month. The album -- also featuring guest spots from Dev Hynes, A$AP Rocky and Future, as well as production from Dev, Mike Will Made It, Evian Christ, Cashmere Cat, Boi-1da and others -- is mostly alt-R&B in the vein of The Weeknd or the self-titled Beyonce album. It's a sound that's been endlessly replicated over the past few years, but Aquarius is one of the better albums of this kind to come out this year. Watch the videos for "2 On" and the A$AP Rocky-featuring "Pretend," and stream the Dev Hynes-featuring "Bet," below.
Tinashe was recently in NYC for Power 105.1 Powerhouse, and she'll return for a headlining show on her North American tour in December. That tour hits Highline Ballroom on December 15. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the videos/stream, below...
Drake @ SOB's (via)
Though Drake didn't make an appearance with his friend iLoveMakonnen at SOB's on Tuesday (maybe he could have broke up the fight), he did show up last night at the same club to make a CMJ guest appearance with his other friend Partynextdoor. Video below.
iLoveMakonnen plays CMJ again at Fader Fort.
Speaking of not-so surprising CMJ guest appearances and Fader Fort, Dev Hynes joined his friend and collaborator Kindness on stage at Fader Fort late last night. Rapper DeJ Loaf (who brought out Remy Ma and her mom at Santos Tuesday) also joined rappers Rae Sremmurd (who played SOB's Tuesday before iLoveMakonnen who also joined Rae Sremmurd on stage).
Last night was also the late Joey Bada$$ and Vince Staples show at Highline Ballroomm, but more about that one later.
The day parties at Baby's All Right TODAY (10/24) AND TOMORROW are our BrooklynVegan ones. Hope to see you there.
Fader Fort continues tonight. Watch a video of FADER spending the day with Vince Staples before his recent SOB's show, with the Drake video, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Early-mid '00s post-hardcore band The Blood Brothers are reunited this year, and having already played FYF Fest and a hometown Seattle show, they finally made their way to NYC over the weekend where they first played Central Park's Modern Sky Fest and then headlined a BrooklynVegan-presented show at Warsaw last night (10/5). The show was opened by Violent Bullshit, the current band of Orchid's Jayson Green, who mentioned on stage that The Blood Brothers' first tour was opening for his old band ("and look at me now").
The show sold out way in advance and was packed for The Blood Brothers. The entire front half of Warsaw was a moving organism for a lot of the show and was full of huge fans. Almost all the people you could see were yelling along, raising fists in unison and generally having a killer time. Lots of moshing, stage diving and crowd surfing, especially towards the end, and including co-frontman Johnny Whitney who jumped into the crowd while continuing to sing multiple times. The band sounded awesome and were way into the show themselves. Granted, they haven't been away as long as some of the other bands reuniting recently, but still it was hard to believe this was their fourth show together since 2007. A few of the people we talked to after the show even agreed they were better now than the first time around.
Blood Orange's Dev Hynes was there, which may seem a little surprising considering his recent output but not when you consider his old band Test Icicles (who Oh My Rockness said "sound like The Blood Brothers meets Death From Above 1979" in 2006). Also in attendance was Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner, who played with Jordan Blilie and Cody Votolato of The Blood Brothers in Head Wound City, their short-lived side project with the Locust's Justin Pearson and Gabe Serbian who just played their second show ever (and first in nine years) in LA last month (two new songs included). Maybe Head Wound City will play NYC too? Let's hope.
The Blood Brothers' only two remaining shows that are currently announced are part of Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest in November (one is an aftershow). More pictures from the Warsaw show, videos of both bands, and The Blood Brothers' 22-song setlist, below...
Julian Casablancas @ Shea Stadium (via thedirtygrand)
Blood Orange @ Shea Stadium (via noahisawesome)
As predicted, Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas played a secret show with his new band The Voidz at cozy Brooklyn DIY joint Shea Stadium tonight (9/22). They were billed as "Rawk Hawks", and played after "Naranja Bausch" who ended up being Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange who played new songs (Naranja is Spanish for Orange). Big Ups, not a secret at all, opened the Monday night show.
Did you get in? Julian's friend and labelmate Har Mar Superstar did. How was the show?
Julian tours bigger venues in October.
Los Angeles music fans are very familiar with the Sonos Studio located there. The speaker company's California event space regularly hosts concerts, DJs, speakers, art exhibits, open bars and more (BrooklynVegan once did an event there). They've also brought that experience to Austin for SXSW, and now NYC will get a taste when a pop-up Sonos Studio NYC will move into NeueHouse from Sept 30-Oct 5. Events include "performers like Talib Kweli, Flight Facilities and Mikky Ekko, Danny Brown, Kandace Springs, and Devonté Hines. Artist installations and conversations with Spoon, Aloe Blacc, Richard Reed Parry, The Principals, Big Noble and others. Creative Social members transform five songs in unimaginable ways. You can also come imagine, design and build your own speaker." Full lineup, schedule and RSVP HERE.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Both talented and righteous, Dev Hynes made sweet soul music AND denounced the police state at #Summerstage/#OKPat15 tonight" - Michael Azzerad
Blood Orange / Sean Nicholas Savage
In the latter half of the set, after dedicating "Chosen" to Michael Brown and two others, Devontè Hynes had to have a say about what's been happening recently in the world. "I hate what's happening in Ferguson right now. F-k Ferguson. F-k Lollapalooza. I hate this f-cking police state we're living in - not New York, I mean the world. I'm going after Lollapalooza and I'm going to f-cking destroy them." Really, he explained, that he just wanted to dance and couldn't because of the pain in his leg, ostensibly caused by he and his girlfriend being attacked by a security guard at Lollapalooza in retaliation for Hynes speaking out against racism and police brutality. [FDRMX]
Dev Hynes' Blood Orange project played a free Central Park Summerstage show on Saturday (8/16). It was opened by Arbutus-signed prolific lo-fi pop songwriter Sean Nicholas Savage (who played Death by Audio a night earlier) and Moses Sumney whose one-man/loop-pedal set included a Majical Cloudz cover. Blood Orange played to a capacity crowd, bringing out frequent collaborator Samantha Urbani for a few songs, Charlift's Caroline Polachek for "Chamaky," and grime vet Skepta for "High Street." As you can read in the quote above, Dev gave some politically charged speeches in between songs, as he was clearly emotional about the situation in Ferguson as well as his brush with police at Lollapalooza, where he was wearing a shirt emblazoned with the names of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and others.
Pictures of the show are in this post and continue below...
Blood Orange at Webster Hall in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Blood Orange mastermind Dev Hynes has just announced a performance of his score from Gia Coppola's new film Palo Alto (based on the book by James Franco, who also stars in the film) in tandem with a screening of the film. The performance will take place in NYC at BRIC House on October 9. Tickets will be available to BRIC members starting Tuesday August 12 at noon, and to the general public the following Tuesday, August 19, at the same time. Hynes's label, Domino, has put up a new stream of one of the tracks from the Palo Alto score, called "Fred Drives," which you can check out below.
As discussed, Blood Orange also have a free show coming up at Central Park Summerstage on August 16 with Moses Sumney and Sean Nicholas Savage.
All Blood Orange dates, including FYF Fest, are listed with the new song stream and Palo Alto trailer, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Don Devore has been involved in many projects over the years, including '90s Philly punk band Ink & Dagger (who briefly reunited in 2010/11 with Geoff Rickly on vocals) and Brooklyn psych pop band Amazing Baby (who you may remember from the MGMT/Yeasayer buzz era, and maybe saw open for either or both of those bands in NYC), as well as quite a few others.
Don's now in yet another band, Sick Feeling, who currently have a residency at Trans-Pecos in Ridgewood, Queens. Sick Feeling has him back on his punk game, but it's noisier, garagier, and sounds more directly inspired by traditional hardcore than Ink & Dagger. Check out three tracks, plus a remix of one of them by Tell, below.
The Trans-Pecos residency is co-presented by Terrible Records (which is co-owned by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor and features non-punk music like Solange and Empress Of) and includes upcoming shows TONIGHT (7/17) and the following Thursday (7/24). Tonight's show is with Terrible associate Dev Hynes performing a new piece, Concret 1, as well as Dutch Guts, Cassavetes and Georgia. Cities Aviv was initially billed but appears to have dropped off. Flyer for tonight's show, below.
Then next Thursday it's with Dev once again, this time as his Gayer project with collaborator/girlfriend Samantha Urbani, as well as Tell (who we mentioned above remixed a Sick Feeling track).
You can also catch Dev's main band, Blood Orange, for free in NYC at their upcoming Central Park Summerstage (8/16) show.
Sick Feeling streams below...
photos by Chris La Putt; by Bill Pearis
David Byrne / the Lidaju Sisters & Alexis Taylor / finale with Dev Hynes, street dancers
The music of Nigerian musician William Onyeabor was celebrated over the weekend with the two-night "Atomic Bomb" concerts at BAM. Part of this year's Red Bull Music Academy, it featured David Byrne, Blood Orange's Dev Hynes, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, the Rapture's Luke Jenner and Nigerian singers the Lidaju Sisters singing Onyeabor's songs, backed by a tight band (who knew how to hang loose) led by Sinkane's Ahmed Gallab. (The band also included Money Mark, LCD Soundsystem drummer Pat Mahoney and more.) Saturday night's show, at least, was a fun, joyous time with as much dancing in the aisles as would be allowed.
Perhaps a tip of the hat to Onyeabor's current born-again Christian status, the night opened with street preacher Rufus Cannon wheeling his portable speaker down the center aisle, shouting testament to God and Jesus on his way to the stage, and at the end of the show a variety of street performers were brought on stage as well, giving the evening a distinctive NYC flair. The music was great, hitting most of the highlights of last year's Who is William Onyeabor? compilation, and the Lidaju Sisters performed a couple of their own songs mid-set. Both Taylor and Byrne were onstage most of the evening as part of the band when they weren't singing.
I do wish the keyboards -- which is what makes Onyeabor's music so distinctive -- had been a little louder in the mix. "Good Name," which on record has an almost Kraftwerk vibe to it, was overtaken by the horn section (which included sax great Joshua Redman). But the crowd and everyone onstage seemed to be having a genuine blast with Onyeabor's music.
The Atomic Bomb Band -- which played The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon ahead of the BAM concerts -- head to the West Coast this week for shows in LA and San Francisco. More pics from Saturday's performance below...
by Bill Pearis
Connan & Dev under the covers / Connan, Liam et al
By the end of Connan Mockasin's set at Bowery Ballroom last night (5/1), during an extended version of "Forever Dolphin Love," there were maybe upwards of 20 people on stage, including fellow kiwi Liam Finn on bongos, Blood Orange's Dev Hynes on guitar, Kirin J Callinan and his band, plus about seven girls pulled from the audience. At one point Kirin tossed Liam his guitar with which he played a solo and then tossed it back down to Kirin. It was a crazy love-in of a night that threatened to derail at any second but never quite did.
Connan, in a flowered silk suit that looked like it was bought from someone's aunt, started his set in the middle crowd, on the floor. After a mid-show intermission, he appeared from under a sheet with Dev to do Caramel slow jam "I Wanna Roll With You." Finn, who had Connan play a few of his Brooklyn "murmuration" shows, came out a few times throughout the show with some of his band. Like his music, it was loose and wobbly, but Connan's band (who were also dressed mostly like someone's aunt) is lithe and adept and can really make this stuff work. Plus, Connan's a kooky charmer which is what you need to pull off these sort of shenanigans. It wasn't all nuttiness. Connan played pretty much everything you'd want to hear, leaning a little more heavy on 2010's Please Turn Me Into The Snat than the new more R&B-flavored Caramel, though songs from the latter definitely come alive more than on the too-slick studio recordings. A very fun show.
Kirin J Callinan @ Bowery
This was the first time I'd seen Kirin J Callinan with a full band, including two drummers. The Australian artist's electro-goth material is a little more distinctive to these ears than his guitar-driven songs, but like Connan (though in a completely different way), Kirin's a genuine weirdo who couldn't be normal if he tried. And, thankfully, he's not trying.
Connan and Kirin do it again tonight (5/2) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, the third night of their North American tour. Liam Finn will be joining Connan again tonight, though probably not Dev as he's part of the Atomic Bomb! A Tribute to William Onyeabor at BAM. But you never know what might happen. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving a pair away. Details below.
by Johnny Zachman
Gayer @ Trans Pecos 12/30/2013 (via @4nthonynyc)
Dev Hynes has had a lot going on in the past eight weeks. He released Cupid Deluxe to widespread acclaim, lost his apartment in a fire, featured a plethora of year-end lists, received an outpouring of support through a fundraiser he knew nothing about, and then revived his old moniker, Lightspeed Champion, for a show at Cameo Gallery. It was within this context that he and girlfriend/collaborator Samantha Urbani performed a one-off Trans-Pecos show under the name Gayer on Monday night (12/30).
No one really knew what to expect from the concert. Much of the afternoon was spent checking the Facebook event, where promoter Jason Mandel answered any and all questions about what exactly was happening that night. He promised a live show with the duo "doing metal rap and other crazyness (sic)" and in the end, we were slightly surprised to find that the couple completely (and efficiently) fulfilled these expectations.
They opened with the metal portion, a chaotic, explosive track that found Dev playing an electronic (Casio?) guitar over swirls of pre-recorded drums while Samantha donned a gas mask and stood on the counter behind the stage, singing in slow streams of evil, low-pitched tones like some sort of alien about to swallow the audience. YU$$ provided mood-enhancing and much-needed visuals for the show, which, for the most part, are all people really can see in a no-stage DIY venue.
The rap came next, and we were more than a little surprised to realize that their selection was actually Eminem's recent six-minute single "Rap God." The mood changed suddenly. Samantha's mask came off and the duo stood front and center, exchanging verses and smiling at each other like a couple performing karaoke in their living room. It felt really good to see the two having this much fun, especially in the wake of everything that's happened. Video of "Rap God" is below. On his state-of-the-fundraiser Tumblr post, Dev suggested "Maybe it's time I down some anxiety medication see a doctor and try and play some shows," and this performance felt a lot like him just getting out there and having some fun.
The show concluded after "Rap God," which left a lot of people scratching their heads - wondering what exactly happened, if two songs was an acceptable length for a show, whether or not this performance was more or less interesting than what they expected, and perhaps even if they should be reconsidering their evaluation of Eminem's newest album.
As the couple packed up their gear, the house music kicked into a dance-tempo version of "Time Will Tell." The crowd reacted immediately, dancing along and belting the lyrics in unison to close out the night. It was very interesting to be singing along to a Blood Orange song at a Blood Orange show where no Blood Orange songs were played, and it was the perfect end to a show that flew in the face of order and expectation at every possible turn. In a way, it was a coherent performance that embraced the wonderful absurdity of our world and reminded us that concerts can be anything.
But it was also just a fun night that we all really needed.
Video of Dev and Sam doing "Rap God" at Trans Pecos, below...
Dev Hynes & Samantha Urbani @ Cameo - 12/21/13 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Dev Hynes, the man behind Blood Orange, just lost his apartment in a devastating fire, but he's been moving forward and giving back to fans (perhaps because of how much they gave to him) with intimate shows in his hometown of NYC. This past Saturday (12/21), he did a solo show at Cameo under his old Lightspeed Champion moniker, and he was joined for a song by his girlfriend/Cupid Deluxe singer/Friends singer Samantha Urbani.
Dev and Samantha have since booked another show, this time as a duo under the name Gayer, which happens at Todd P's new venue Trans Pecos on December 30 (915 Wyckoff Ave, aka the old Silent Barn space). The show will be opened by Mndsgn, Lord Raja, and Tallesin. Doors are at 10 PM and admission is $10. More info at the Facebook event and flyer below.
Dev has a sold-out Blood Orange show happening at Webster Hall on February 6.
Dev Hynes may have lost his apartment earlier this week in a devastating fire but he hasn't lost his spirit. Perhaps as a way of giving back to fans who have shown him much support this week, he's playing a FREE NYC show Saturday night (12/21) at Cameo under his old Lightspeed Champion guise. It'll just be him solo and doors are 6 PM with the show over before 8 PM. You do need to RSVP.
Dev plays with his full Blood Orange band in NYC on February 6 at Webster Hall which is sold out.
As you may know Blood Orange's Dev Hynes' East Village apartment burned down on Monday night and he lost everything in the devastating fire, including his dog, Cupid. He wrote about it on his Tumblr this morning:
I should explain first of all, exactly what has happened, in terms that maybe will make people understand. Imagine being outside of your home one day. Then somebody presses delete, on the last decade of your life. You own nothing except for what you have on you in that precise moment. This is what has happened. It's surreal and hard to wrap your head around, or imagine unless you've experienced it. The strangest part yet, Samantha & I were at a memorial when I found out.A fundraiser was set up by the mother of his girlfriend (and Friends singer) Samantha Urbani, which has raised nearly $25K in the last two days. Hynes, while appreciative, says he's wants to donate the money to charity:
It's more than music. As I've seen many people talk about, or people on the street. It's my life. It's everything I've ever owned....loved... It's all gone, forever. I miss you Cupid.
This happens to so many people, people that don't have a girlfriend's place they can stay at. People who don't have a job they can do to try and help themselves money wise to attempt to get back on their feet. This is in my mind every second.He further adds, "please feel free to email me if you have donated and have any concerns, or would rather your money go to charity, or not. I want to hear people's thoughts. I'm not trying to make a news story, this is just my life, and I want to be genuine with the people that have been more than genuine with me." Read the whole post here.
I truly have lost everything I own, hard to wrap your head around, but I have. Friends of mine have been more than kind to me, friends some people may not have, families in the same position would not be as fortunate... i'm aware of this.
If I am honest, the fundraiser makes me feel extremely uncomfortable. This isn't me saying I don't need the money, to reiterate, i have lost everything. But maybe it's time I down some anxiety medication see a doctor and try and play some shows y'know? There are things i can do, although it will take years, that can help myself rebuild, a huge part of me is still struggling with understanding the events of two nights ago, and where to take my life from here.
This isn't me being unappreciative. Tears stream down my face when Samantha shows me the nice messages people have written. It's overwhelming in the most extremely nicest way that people would care about this But as I stated before, so many people have nothing they can do to rebuild their life from scratch.
I have a lot to think about, I don't even know where to start from, I just wanted to be honest.
I want to give all the money to charity, 3 charities to be precise which I will explain further at a future point, that's how I feel, i'm being spoken to by people who are close and understand my situation and are trying to advise me. As I probably am still in shock, and may not have a choice but to accept some of the money, and then think about charities, I don't know... I don't know where my head is at right now...
But I had to say something.
"Me, with my dog 'Cupid' (from Dev's Tumblr)
Dev Hynes' stellar year (including releasing Blood Orange's acclaimed new album, Cupid Deluxe) apparently got struck a sad blow -- according to tweets on his official Twitter account, his apartment burned down last night. This morning he wrote:
Last night, the unthinkable happened. My entire apt burnt down while I was out. I've lost everything I own, including scores, hard drives, clothes, sentimental items. Everything from my life is gone. My dog died in the fire. I will love you forever Cupid. I miss you. I still don't own a phone. So email me if you need to get in touch. I might need some time. Thanks.Dev, very sad about your dog, but glad you're okay.
UPDATE: The mother of Samantha Urbani (who is Dev's girlfriend and sings on the album) set up a GoFundMe page if you'd like to help out Dev.
Meanwhile, Blood Orange will tour in 2014, including NYC at February 6 at Webster Hall which is sold out.
Happier days w/ Solange & Dev: Bowery Ballroom. 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
One of the more obvious Reese's Cup pop moments of the last year or so was Solange's "Losing You," a song co-written and produced by Blood Orange's Dev Hynes. Dev did the same for her mini-LP True, played in her band on her tours and seemed to be having a great time doing so. But the issue of credit began seeping in earlier this year. As detailed in a recent Fader feature on Hynes, Solange had been upset at being refered to merely as "vocal muse" in many reviews; Dev maintains that "Losing You" was written before they started working together. From the Fader article:
At a show in a Chinatown boutique in September, an overpacked crowd turns up to see a rare Blood Orange performance with a full band. Hynes, in a long coat and leather kufi, takes off his jacket to perform "Bad Girls," one of the songs he wrote that Solange re-recorded for True. Then, before launching into "Everything Is Embarrassing," Hynes gives a brief monologue, oddly compelled to footnote a song he created: "I've got a lot of shots ready to be fired, and I guess this is the shot. This is a song I wrote for another singer. She said a couple weeks ago that she doesn't like when I say I wrote it--this happens a lot to me, but I'm not an arrogant guy. That said, I've written some songs for people and they haven't given me due credit and it pisses me off."More shots were fired yesterday via Twitter from both parties, and while both Solange and Dev's tweets have since been deleted, Stereogum has the transcripts, in paragraph form. Via Dev:
If you wanna take shots at me text me call me talk to me in person but don't ever drop a subliminal, talk behind my back, or send a flunky. I'm doing myself. Ain't nothing to do with anyone else, I'm about myself, like any self respecting human should be. We live & die alone. I have beef with no one. I won't even mention your name ever again. Any of you. I've said my bit. I've reached out. I've praised you. But now it's done. It's over. We're done. Bye.Dev's didn't mention anyone by name, but Solange @'d him with these:
When you do tumblr post, speak about things in interviews, tweet, issues then belong to the public. I have been minding my biz. I have only ever praised you and spoken about you positively, even when our perspectives were totally different. I still support your artistry & am extremely happy for your success. I just wished you were honest about the making of my album. That's all I'm going to say on this. You know more than anyone niggas love drama. Also u know very well I have reached out. Bless. Ps: Your phone been going straight to VM for long time.Let's hope they can work things out (maybe not on social media) because they do make good music together.
In very related news, Dev shared thoughts yesterday via Twitter on Jay-Z's partnership with Barney's. These tweets are still up, here in strung-together form:
The biggest 'Fuck You' in history could have been Jay-Z saying NO to Barneys. I'm a big fan [of Jay], of course, who isn't? But just looking at it from the perspective of someone that has had racial abuse in my life. It's cool that all proceeds are going to charity, that's great! But now Barneys, an already rich company that could be charitable anyway... get a cosign and an easy route to redeeming their name. None of the parties involved need more money. They NEED less.Dev's very good second album, Cupid Deluxe, is out now.