Entries tagged with: Devendra Banhart
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: The Almighty Defenders - Bow Down and Die (MP3)
It's supergroup day on BrooklynVegan. Some of it is catch up news. We have a new MP3 and tour dates from the new Black Keys-related Drummer band, and then there's the signing of Dum Dum Girls whose first live show over the weekend brought together member of four other bands. Jack White's new supergroup The Dead Weather is streaming their new album today, and we finally did a post on the Monsters of Folk album (Bright Eyes+My Morning Jacket+M Ward). Supergroups are not to be confused with side projects which were sort of a theme today too - first with Wolf Parade-related Handsome Furs, and then the Mazzy Star/My Bloody Valentine-related Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions (which I guess could be considered a supergroup too). Next up....
The Almighty Defenders (Black Lips + King Khan + BBQ)
The Almighty Defenders, a meeting of might between Atlanta garage goblins The Black Lips, Berlin-based soul punker King Khan, and Mr. BBQ himself, Mark Sultan. Conceived during the Lips' Berlin exile (after their VBS-documented ejection from India), the band's self-titled debut is a madcap, liquor-drenched revival, a blissfully fucked up realization of one of garage rock's most fitting collaborations. "Bow Down And Die," the "booming, chivalrous third song," is an off kilter, beer-swilling chant-along that borrows just as much from choral church music as it does from skuzzball rock n roll.You can check out that song above. The band's self-titled debut is set to come out September 22nd on Vice. Clips of the group live are below.
No tour dates for the Almighty Defenders yet, but The Black Lips will be at the July 26th Williamsburg Waterfront Pool Party, playing with Health, Grupo Fantasma and Trail of Dead. The Black Lips are actually one of the only artists to play a 'Pool Party' two years in a row. Ironically(?), when they played last year, it was on the same bill as King Khan. Maybe they'll bring him along again, or maybe they should just make an Almighty Defenders show which would be cool.
The Black Lips are also playing a few other festivals this summer, including Pitchfork Fest and Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party. The band was recently featured on the soundtrack of the Gael Garcia Bernal & Diego Luna film Rudo Y Cursi, which came out in May. That disc includes contributions by Devendra Banhart, Juana Molina (who's playing tonight, July 8th, in Central Park) and even Bernal himself. Album art and tracklist for that below.
Bernal is hardly the only actor getting into music these days. Dead Man's Bones, the combo of actors Zach Shields and Ryan Gosling, is set to release a self-titled album, produced by Tim Anderson of I'm A Robot, October 6th on Anti-. Silverlake Conservatory Children's Choir, who you can see below, also pitched in vocals. Two videos of the band are below.
You can catch a different kind of supergroup in NYC at the Bowery Ballroom on August 1st. Dangerous, an "All Metal Tribute To Michael Jackson," features members of Tragedy (the "Heavy Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees" who are playing the Beach at Governors Island this summer) and the 2 Skinnee Js. Tickets to that are on sale now.
And if that's not enough...
Members of Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age are working together on a new project...The as-yet-unnamed supergroup unites Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, and lead Foo Fighter (né Nirvana drummer) Dave Grohl. The trio are presently in Los Angeles, recording their debut album.[Guardian UK]John Paul Jones also recently worked with Sonic Youth.
Check out Almighty Defenders videos, album art and tracklist, with Rudo Y Cursi album info and Dead Man's Bones videos, below...
"STREET SCENE, one of the nation's longest running music festivals, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with two full days of music Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29. The Black Eyed Peas, M.I.A., Thievery Corporation, Modest Mouse, The Dead Weather and Cake are among the more than 35 acts that will bring the streets of downtown San Diego's East Village neighborhood alive with music and entertainment from 4:00 PM to midnight daily. The venue site will include Tailgate Park (adjacent to Petco Park) in the heart of East Village, incorporating 14th Street as the main thoroughfare and bordered by Imperial Avenue to J Street."2009 is the 25th anniversary of the festival which was launched in 1984. This year's festival also has WAVVES on the lineup, which means three shows total now scheduled for the band. Full lineup below...
by Andrew Frisicano
My Bloody Valentine @ Roseland in 2008 (more)
"We are very excited to confirm 7 more artists for the 2009 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival [April 17-19]. These include: The Chemical Brothers (DJ Set), Etienne De Crecy, The Orb, The Murder City Devils, Devendra Banhart, Busy P and Plump DJs."Besides that recent electro-heavy update, the Coachella line-up already includes reunited industrial band Throbbing Gristle, My Bloody Valentine, and many more (but not Amy Winehouse).
In addition to the Coachella date, Throbbing Gristle is playing a few more US shows, two NYC dates included: a sold-out April 16th show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, and an April 28th gig at the same venue. Tickets for the second are on sale today (3/16) at noon. The first show (possibly both) will be a two-set evening, with TG first playing a live soundtrack to the film "In The Shadow Of The Sun" followed by a "set of material from across Throbbing Gristle's history." Opening on April 28th are Alan Vega (Suicide) and Emeralds.
My Bloody Valentine have also announced a few dates around their appearance at Coachella, though nothing in NYC yet. All of those dates, and a Throbbing Gristle live video, below...
Currently in Europe, the California folk band known for beards and hanging out with Devendra Banhart is kicking off a North American tour in Philly on March 10th. They'll play the Sub Pop showcase at SXSW in Austin on March 19th (unlike the Thermals who will play the Kill Rock Stars showcase), and they'll keep going with only short breaks until they hit Pittsfield MA on May 17th. Tour partners include Sian Alice Group, Larkin Grimm, Richard Swift and Papercuts. They're playing with the latter on May 3rd at Bowery Ballroom (on sale Friday at noon), and on May 7th at the Bell House in Brooklyn (on sale soon).
The Papercuts track for download above is from their/his new album You Can Have What You Want, out April 14th on Gnomonsong. Gnomonsong is the record label formed by Devendra Banhart and Andy Cabic of Vetiver.
All dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Moon & Moon - Act II : Hands of a Man (MP3)
Back in 2006 it seemed that Devendra Banhart was involved in a new project called Moon and Moon. That is still true, but Devendra is not really the focus anymore - just one of the many guest participants...in a new rock opera...
Reflections of timeless struggle, self-fulfilling prophecy, and age-old triumph, with flashes of modern affectation. A fluid and evolving seven-act performance; an epic tale of angst, hunger, tragedy, failure, and ultimately, hope. The dramatic opening of this musical / avant-theatre piece begins with the young voice of our seven year old narrator. She describes in 2 short lines what we are about to witness: seven perspectives of one king's war with himself. Moon & Moon provides the framework of a journey through an eternal human battle, borrowing from religious heritage and a colorful quilt of belief that draws upon the root myth of our collective humanity. Our story re-creates an archetypal battle that is not only historical fiction, but our own contemporary fact which exemplifies our self-destructive nature. Through the journey of witnessing a different character's perspective in each act, our king comes to the realisation that he is not only the walls which he has built, but the walls that have been destroyed by his own hand and command.VII Acts of an Iron King was released by La Société Expéditionnaire on Nov. 11, 2008. Act II is available for download above. All seven acts are listed below. The full list of "players" is as follows:
Contributions by members of An Albatross, Lewis & Clarke, Barkus Born and Stephonik Youth with guest appearances by Devendra Banhart, Gibby Haynes, and Bat For Lashes.
Will Lemon, Steven Kurtz, Jay Hudak, Lou Rogai, Brother James Barbee, Ed Klinger, Louis Schwadron, Geoff Vick, Melanie Moser, Elizabeth Louise Tordis Gagnes, Paula Henderson, Eve Miller, Katie Porter, Matthew Boynton, Ivan Berko, Olivia Galarza, Stephonik Youth, Gibby Haynes, Devendra Banhart, Natasha Khan, Julian Rogai, Tom Asselin, Lauren Tralala, Zumi Rosow, Jane HirshipsThe record release party for this new album is happening today (Sunday, December 14, 2008) at Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn. I don't know too much about the show, who will be there, etc, but I think at least that Moon & Moon will be joined by Gibby Haynes (who also played a show at Warsaw on Friday). Wet Ropes and DJ Megan Awesome are also on the bill according to the venue. More pictures (and the act list) below...
LCD Soundsystem, RJD2, Devendra Banhart, Mum, The Decemberists, Neon Neon, Devlin & Darko, My Morning Jacket, VHS or Beta, Diplo, Gnarls Barkley, Tim & Eric, Black Moth Super Rainbow, and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings are among the artists contributing tracks to Causes 2, an album to benefit Darfur (out March 2009).
Causes 1 is out now and has tracks by Animal Collective, Bloc Party, Death Cab, Spoon, The Shins, Bright Eyes, Cornelius and many others.
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and the Decemberists are also among the artists who contributed to Dark Was the Night, a new comp to benefit the Red Hot Organization which will be released in February.
A video trailer for Causes 2, below...
"Natalie Portman is without a bushy beard this morning, because she has reportedly canceled her relationship with silent-movie actress Devendra Banhart. No, he's a musician, but his name was meant for a different era." [dlisted]Devendra has a new album out as "Megapuss". He and another man are naked on the cover.
Natalie Portman's Shaved Head's new video below....
Rough Trade Records is pleased to announce the forthcoming release from Little Joy. The band's self-titled debut will be released on November 4, 2008.
Little Joy is Binki Shapiro, Rodrigo Amarante and Fabrizio Moretti, three friends who dropped their routine at their respective hometowns to make a record in Los Angeles, California.
Through a chance encounter at a Portuguese festival in Lisbon, where both Amarante (Singer/Guitarist of Los Hermanos) and Moretti (drummer of The Strokes) had performed, the two chatted well through the night and into the morning by the side of the river, humoring the idea of working together on music that had no affiliation to their particular bands.
A year later, Amarante traveled to the United States to record with Devendra Banhart on his Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon album. On the off hours of an arduous recording process, Amarante would meet with Moretti to discuss anything but music.
Binki Shapiro, musician and native of Los Angeles, was introduced to the pair through mutual acquaintances and became a fast friend, encouraging the two to focus on the music they had spoken of long before. Through the process of late night "show-and-tell" the three developed and arranged songs Moretti had begun and soon after started writing original music for the group as a band.
A couple of months later they all moved into a house in Echo Park to demo songs and soon after, with the help of producer Noah Georgeson, who had recorded Banhart's album, they finished their self-titled debut, Little Joy, named after the cocktail lounge just down the street from their home.
Previous to the album's release the band will play select dates with Banhart's band Megapuss. A headlining tour is in the works for November and December. [PR]
One of those non-Megapuss, Little Joy headlining dates is at Mercury Lounge in NYC on November 13th. Tickets are on sale Wed at noon.
The Megapuss album, Surfing, "is being released by Vapor Records in physical formats October 7 and [was] digitally September 16." Listen to Megapuss at MySpace. Listen to Little Joy at MySpace. All known tour dates below...
Cut Chemist @ McCarren Pool (more by Zach Dilgard)
today in NYC & NJ
* FREE STUFF
* Bob Mould @ Maxwell's
* George Michael @ MSG
* Ambulance LTD @ Rehab
* Richard Lloyd @ Southpaw
* Music At The Brooklyn Bridge
* Anti-Pop Consortium @ a store
* Laurie Anderson @ Rose Theater
* Orphan and Krallice @ Union Pool
* Mark Knopfler & Jesca Hoop @ Summerstage
* Martha Wainwright & Justin Bond @ Highline Ballroom
* The Punch Brothers w/ Chris Thile @ Stuyvesant High School *
Justin Bond of Kiki & Herb is opening for Martha Wainwright tonight.
* The Punch Brothers show was moved inside due to the chance of rain.
Music helped George Michael's depression.
Loud music makes people drink more.
In case you missed it, the new Devendra Banhart video is below...
Adele & XL labelmates
* Portishead, online
* Ruff Club turns 2
* Devin the Dude & Prince Paul @ Studio B
* Antibalas at Southpaw
* Dr. John @ Blender Theater
* Tim Minchin @ New World Stages
* Ambulance LTD at Mercury Lounge
* Nada Surf and Superdrag at Terminal 5
* The Weakerthans & AA Bondy @ Music Hall
* Pissed Jeans & AIDS Wolf @ Knitting Factory
* Man Man & Yeasayer @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
* The Dirtbombs & Kelley Stoltz @ Bowery Ballroom
* Deerhunter & Atlas Sound together at a secret location
Black Lips announced a Maxwell's show.
Black Lips, hair, AND clothes are going on tour.
Prince is playing Coachella.
Natalie Portman is probably dating Devendra Banhart.
An awesome video of Moby AND MUSICSNOBBERY himself and friends covering Billy Idol last night at Maxwell's is below. What else?
First Andy Samberg & Joanna Newsom and now Natalie Portman & Devendra Banhart. Who's next? More pictures and stuff below......
Devendra Banhart met Vincent Gallo. I would like to see the pictures if there are any. Also,
Well, I (Devendra) have a band -- it's me and the drummer from Priestbird, Greg Rogove. What started off as a joke -- "Let's start a band and let's make up song titles" -- to our surprise and shock, we started writing songs, and we've written eight songs that I'm really really proud of and excited about. We're gonna record a real record, and we're called Megapuss. Also, I've always wanted to do something like a small traveling festival with, like, three known bands and some people that maybe haven't put out a record yet and also involve organizations like NARF ... I think that would be awesome.If Megapuss is a Devendra side-project I already knew about, I forgot - I can't keep track. More stuff in Devendra's Pop Candy "Top 100 Interview".
DOWNLOAD: Vetiver - Luna Sea (MP3)
random photo of Andy of Vetiver & Michael Lachowski of Pylon (VIA)
UPDATE: Minutes after I posted that Vetiver ARE opening for Morrissey, Vetiver sent out a second message. Now they are NOT opening for Morrissey....
Subject: ok...now this is just plainly ridiculousContinued below.....
ok, so....basically we just got a call a half hour ago to find out that we in fact ARE NOT now opening for Morrissey after all. as it turns out, friends of his, a NYC band called "Girlfriend In A Coma" are now opening up the shows, and
Morrissey has apparently apologized and told us that he is "very, very sorry",
that he likes Vetiver very much, but that "it just doesn't make sense".
you're telling me!
so anyway, no hard feelings, we're all actually very excited to head home and get some rest, and i'm sure all of this will be for the best.
tour w/ Morrissey? we Never Had No One Ever!
love to you all,
Devendra Banhart's idol - Caetano Veloso ("the 65-year-old Brazillian music dynamo famous for fusing together more traditional South American sounds with a newer Bossa Nova spin") is going on a tour of North America. Paste says, "Don't miss your chance to see this living legend."
A true heavyweight, Caetano Veloso is a pop musician/poet/filmmaker/political activist whose stature in the pantheon of international pop musicians is on a par with that of Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, and Lennon/McCartney. And even the most cursory listen to his recorded output over the last few decades proves that this is no exaggeration. [All Music]David Byrne called his 2006 album Cê "an immersion in the land of experimental indie rock". Tickets are on sale for two shows at Nokia Theatre in NYC. All tour dates below....
Devendra Banhart molesting Chan @ Coachella 2006 *
* photo by Jenny Applebaum
Cat Power added a bunch of tour dates including one where she'll be playing Madison Square Garden with Interpol and Liars! What a great triple bill...but Cat Power as an opener for Interpol at MSG? I don't know, but I'm a very cynical person. Could be good. Hopefully people will pay attention.
Chan (Cat)'s next record is going to be another covers one, which is a great thing if it's as amazing as the last one. Details on that, and all tour dates, below...
Devendra Banhart stole my basketball (CRED)
Devendra Banhart's new album Vasu Deva Kutumbam is out later this year - probably some time around September 1st because that's when he kicks of a 1.5 month North American tour in Vancouver. He hits the Grand Ballroom @ Manhattan Center in Manhattan, NYC on on September 27th. The venue holds about as many as Webster, and is connected to Hammerstein Ballroom, but isn't actually Hammerstein Ballroom - it's where Polyphonic Spree recently was. There may be general admission seating. Matteah Baim and Death's Groove are opening for him (at the NYC show at least), and $35 tickets are now on sale.
All tour dates, and the now infamous message he recently posted on his MySpace, below...
HAIRY FAIRIES (CRED / MORE)
MOON & MOON (not pictured above)
"Jay Hudak, bass player of seminal psych-grind masters AN ALBATROSS, and song-writer hero DEVENDRA BANHART, are involved and performing in a new project together called MOON & MOON!" [Solid PR]
Remember that show Devendra played at Trash back in January? Ends up that was Moon & Moon.
Moon & Moon are playing with Blue Cheer, Miguel Mendez and a lot of others at Knitting Factory on November 2nd.
DEVENDRA'S LATEST BLOG ENTRY
"i'm in the market for a bio-diesel jaguar" [Jane Magazine]
Wednesday September 14, CMJ 2005
After getting some much needed sleep and missing all KEXP events two days in a row, I went from a free afternoon show at Arlene's Grocery to dinner @ Atlas to Kaki King @ Joe's Pub to Devendra Banhart @ Bowery Ballroom to Make Believe @ 169 Bar...
TIM FITE @ ARLENE'S GROCERY
YOUTH GROUP @ ARLENE'S GROCERY
MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK @ ARLENE'S GROCERY
KAKI KING @ JOE'S PUB
COBRA SNAKE GRAFFITI - LOWER EAST SIDE
DEVENDRA BANHART @ BOWERY BALLROOM
ANDY VETIVER PLAYS W/ DEVENDRA BANHART
DAN BUNNYBRAINS ASKS THE CROWD TO GET LOUD
ANTONY LEAVES AFTER WATCHING DEVENDRA
MAKE BELIEVE @ 169 BAR
Then I lost my wallet.
BMJ - Soundcheck @ Tonic, NYC | pics
Devendra Banhart's Cripple Crow Out Today
Hold Steady, Tim Fite, John Vanderslice @ CMJ Day Stage vs. KEXP
Tim Fite Album Stream & NYC Show
Youth Group, Dirty on Purpose, More | During-CMJ in Brooklyn
Youth Group gets a 5.1
I like Motion City Soundtrack
BV interviews Dan Bunny of Bunnybrains
Stream Golden Apples of the Sun W/ Vetiver & Antony
Antony & Boy George Video | You are my Sister | M.I.A.
The soon-to-be-famous Cobra Snake
I know it sounds like a game of Dungeons & Dragons, but actually it's just the NY Times talking about our favorite music.
In Once Upon a Time, There Was This Really Loud Band, you'll find a review of Saturday's Pixies concert.
Freak Folk's Very Own Pied Piper is a story about Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, Animal Collective, and Adem.
I must admit that I never heard the term "freak folk" before, but I like it... and I don't like it. I like it because it seems like a great description for what has quickly become one of my favorite genres of music. I don't like it becuase it's just that type of negative stereotyping that causes these artists not to be taken seriously. I mean what's up with the grammys? (you're thinking, 'What's up with YOU? Screw the GRAMMYS.'). There are a total of four "folk" categories in the grammys, yet I don't see the names Newsom or Devendra anyhwere in the nominations.