Entries tagged with: Dirty Projectors
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Deradoorian - High Road (MP3)
Dirty Projectors @ MHOW (more by Ryan Muir)
Between their set at Coachella and schedule of summer festivals (plus a September show at Terminal 5), the members of Dirty Projectors have found some time for solo shows around NYC.
Frontman Dave Longstreth DJs at Above the Auto Part Store's Haiti benefit on May 2nd along with Bjork, Battles' Tyondai Braxton and others. Todd P reminds us that "tix @ RECORD GROUCH RECORDS / OLD MADE VINTAGE | 1pm-7pm daily | 441 METROPOLITAN AVE @ MEEKER, BKLYN, NY | 908.246.1512"
Singer/multi-instrumentalist Angel Deradoorian joins Roadside Graves, Mon Khmer and a solo Andrew W.K. for a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society benefit at Santos Party House on Monday, May 3rd. Tickets are on sale. Her solo shows (not counting karaoke) have been semi-rare since the release of her solo EP, The Mind Raft.
Bass player Nat Baldwin has a show (solo bass with voice usually, or with a band) in Connecticut on April 20th, then a short tour planned for May 18th-22nd. That ends with a performance at Issue Project Room on May 22nd with peace, loving and banjoist Woody Sullender. Tickets are on sale. His third and most recent LP, Most Valuable Player, came out in 2008.
Nat Baldwin tour dates and videos are below...
photos by Rachel Carr, words by Daiana Feuer
"Wow. The Sahara is past capacity at Coachella for Die Antwoord. No midget. Waiting for the trainwreck but people dig it." - The Scenestar
"Seeing a shirtless Danny DeVito run across the stage while Faith No More played pretty much made my #coachella weekend." - stovn
Die Antwoord, Faith No More
Flopping phalluses are in this year according to Major Lazer and Die Antwoord. Each presented the intersection of beats, party-hyping, gross humor, and dancing in your underwear. Day 2 of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival had an overall far-out theme. Some with sexually explicit lunacy, others with psychedelic music. South Africa's Die Antwoord introduced zef-rap to the festival, South Africa's version of white trash hip hop-a bold, fearless expression of crazy stick a finger up your bum entertainment.
Before arriving at these culminating moments, the day progressed through a series of psychedelic and/or raunchy expressions. John Waters kicked things off with thoughts on crawling through pig poo, taking poppers, the pleasures of sploshing, and strange things he wants to do before he dies. Gossip's Beth Ditto hoped he was watching her blazing disco soul performance but was afraid to look backstage and see him smiling and waving at her. Gossip put on a set that inspired revelations on reality in the most self-empowering ways.
John Waters & Beth Ditto @ Coachella (this pics via Jermey Scott)
The day's best covers include Faith No More doing "Reunited" (they also covered Michael Jackson's "Ben"), Portugal, The Man's jamming Bowie's "Moonlight Daydream," and Girls' flawless "All I Have To Do Is Dream" by the Everly Brothers. The last was a most appropriate choice for the band with an Ariel Pink sensibility towards '50s ballads. MGMT brought the futuristic 1960s with songs from its new album. Many pointed out that the band didn't play "Kids", but that seems to miss the point that MGMT put on a pretty sophisticated, experimental live performance of the band's signature Indian headdress on Phil Spector Fraggle Rock sound.
The Raveonettes played as a duo and sans drum machine, adorably sharing a mic sometimes. The rest of the band remains trapped under lava in Iceland, figuratively speaking. Camera Obscura also shouted out bands stuck in the UK, dedicating "Let's Get Out Of This Country" to those who could not make it.
It seems almost every DJ this weekend has sampled Major Lazer's "Pon De Floor" except Flying Lotus, who took the stage all on his own (no Thom Yorke cameo included). After warming up the crowd with some first grade experimental hip hop, FlyLo brought out the big guns, sounds combined in layers and pitches that act like quaaludes on the light speed continuum. The Dirty Projectors girls evoked cool electronic birds and the Dezurik Sisters with their harmonizing powers. Beach House cooed the audience romantically as 50% of the band, Alex Scally, rubbed his slide up and down the frets.
Did that sound sexy? It's time to talk about sexy. The xx provided the mellow arousal Blonde Redhead and Portishead have given Coachella the last two years. People like The xx because they want sex that fits this soundtrack. They also want sex as excitingly goofy gross as Die Antwoord and to fall in love with a gal like Sia, all at the same time. Sia's beautiful voice closed the night in the Gobi tent, and though her accent rendered her side comments completely incomprehensible, everyone laughed and agreed with anything she said. On the other hand, as great and sexy as the Dead Weather sounded, I don't know if I want to bed someone who demands I treat her like my mother. Old Crow Medicine Show suggested letting a woman rule your mind leads to troubles during "Minglewood Blues." Instead, let her win your heart with country-fried dinner.
Faith No More's twelve-song set included a cameo by a semi-streaker who happened to be Coachella regular Danny Devito. You can see that happen in one of the videos below. Faith No More's whole setlist is down there too.
Porcupine Tree, Tokyo Police Club, Hot Chip, The Almighty Defenders, Les Claypool, Devo, and Muse were also on the bill Saturday. Our review, pictures and videos from Friday are HERE. Saturday continues below...
Liars @ Bowery Ballroom the other day (more by Erez Avissar)
tonight in NYC
* Fol Chen @ Sound Fix
* The Morning After Girls @ Living Room
* John Wesley Harding house show in Staten Island
* Ludicra, Krallice, Castavet, Atakke @ Europa
* Liars, Fol Chen @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Sam Mickens' Ecstatic Showband & Revue @ Union Pool
* John Wesley Harding & the English Uk @ Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ
* Lazarus, Unbunny, Tiger Saw, The Wailing Wall @ Death By Audio
* Oneida, Trans Am, Nice Nice, Jonas Reinhardt @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* The Music of Louis Andriessen w/ ACME and Eric Huebner @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Eternal Summers, Beachniks, Honey Dos, Maine Coons, Mashmallows @ Coco 66
* Polite Sleeper, Uninhabitable Mansions, The Charming Youngsters, North Highlands @ Glasslands
* Truman Peyote, Weekends, Birthdays, Total Slacker, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Cop Magnet @ Surreal Estate
More on some of these shows in This Week in Indie.
John Wesley Harding plays two shows today.
by Andrew Frisicano
Dirty Projectors @ MHOW (more by Ryan Muir)
Dirty Projectors seems to be doing the festival circuit this summer, with shows at Coachella (this weekend), Sasquach, Glastonbury, Roskilde (in Denmark), UK's Latitude, and Lollapalooza in August. They'll also be playing a NYC show at Terminal 5 on September 11th. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
Much sooner, Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth will be DJing a Haiti benefit at Above the Auto Part Store on May 2nd along with Bjork and others. Tickets go on sale Tuesday at 5pm, in-person only at Record Grouch/Old Made Vintage (441 Metropolitan Ave).
The band played a show at an old movie theater in Cape Cod on April 9th, where they debuted a new song, according to YouTube called "Scrappy Nephew," and dug into some old ones, like The Glad Fact's "Ground Underfoot." Videos of those and all tour dates are below...
Bjork & Dirty Projectors @ Housing Works (more by Chris La Putt)
As you can see on the flyer below, cavernous Bushwick DIY spot Above the Auto Parts Store will be the site of a benefit for Haiti with an eclectic lineup of DJs on May 2nd. Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth, Battles' Tyondai Braxton, and music writers Alex Ross and Brandon Stosuy will be joined by...Bjork behind the turntables and iPods for "Rites of Spring." Ross predicts "some combination of Thai soul, death metal, Justin Bieber, and, of course, nude Stravinsky." Brandon, who writes for Stereogum, has the genesis of the event, which involves Bjork/Dirty Projectors show at Housing Works last May, laid out at that site: "Tickets go on sale this Tuesday (4/13) at 5PM at Record Grouch/Old Made Vintage, 441 Metropolitan Avenue (@ Meeker) in Brooklyn. Their hours are 1PM-7PM daily. (There will be no online tickets. Paper tickets only.)"
Speaking of Bjork...
Ólöf Arnalds [who also played that Housing Works benefit with Bjork and Dirty Projectors] was recently featured in NPR's All Things Considered last week. Host Jonathan Richman chatted to the singer songwriter about her new album, and played a snippet of a new song called "Surrender", that features Björk.The NPR show is here. A streaming clip of the song is below with the benefit flyer...
Olöf recently finished mixing her second album, Innundir Skinni, at Sundlaugin Studios with Kjartan Sveinsson producing once again. Innundir skinni features more elaborate arrangements and instrumentation than Við og við, with vocals sung both in English and Icelandic. Innundir skinni is set for worldwide release this spring. [Iceland Music]
"The 2010 Lollapalooza line-up is official: Soundgarden, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, and Phoenix will headline, joined by Social Distortion, MGMT, Jimmy Cliff, Hot Chip, and The Black Keys. With 130 bands on this year's bill, its sure to be a weekend long feast for the ears.After extremely accurate early leaks and then much teasing, Lollapalooza oficially announces this year's lineup. Check it out below...
It's a monumental year for Lollapalooza, filled with homecomings, reunions, and first-times. Soundgarden, 1992 and 1996 Lollapalooza alumni, return to the Lollapalooza stage for their first performance since 1997. Green Day will rock Grant Park sixteen years after their first Lollapalooza appearance. While Lady Gaga will headline the festival only three short years after playing the BMI stage at Lollapalooza 2007.
Arcade Fire returns to Grant Park, having played the reincarnated Lollapalooza in 2005. This is the first Lollapalooza for The Strokes - and also their first show in four years. And making their Lollapalooza debut: Phoenix." - Lollapalooza
by Andrew Frisicano
Dirty Projectors at Allen Room on Feb 19th...(via)
Dirty Projectors' 2005 album, "The Getty Address," is far more a contemporary chamber opera than indie-rock. It uses woodwinds, brass, strings and orchestral percussion; its music has dissonances and complexities galore, and only fitfully settles into a steady beat. Lincoln Center's American Songbook series is a natural place for it, and on Friday night at the Allen Room, Dirty Projectors performed "The Getty Address," backed by the chamber ensemble Alarm Will Sound. It was arranged for the concert by Matt Marks and conducted by Alan Pierson.Dirty Projectors played The Getty Address in full on Friday, February 19th, joined by new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound. For the encore, the band returned to play drummerless Bitte Orca tracks "Temecula Sunrise," "Cannibal Resource," "Two Doves" and "No Intention." The show took place at Lincoln Center's Allen Room, one night after Nellie McKay played there. Dirty Projectors do it again on February 27th in L.A.
It was probably the most abstruse offering to date in the series. Just five years after its release "The Getty Address" sounds like both a precursor and a tangent to the rock Dirty Projectors went on to make. It delved into compositional obsessions that would later be channeled into barely less complex songs. [NY Times]
Between those shows, Alarm Will Sound plays at (Le) Poisson Rouge on Tuesday, February 23rd to showcase the music of the group's own Caleb Burhans. Tickets are on sale. Caleb also performs at a late show at the venue with his layered, lush guitar/violin duo itsnotyouitsme. Avant-electronica act Son Lux opens - tickets to that are on sale. The show is a CD release party for itsnotyouitsme's new album, fallen moments, out now on New Amsterdam Records. AWS's A/Rhythmia came out last year on Nonesuch.
Dave Longstreth and three other composers will be on hand to introduce their work when it's premiered on Wednesday, February 24th at Merkin Hall by Bang on a Can All-Stars (it'll be the world premiere of Longstreth compositions "Instructional Video," "Matt Damon" and "Breakfast at J&M"). Tickets are still on sale.
As Dave Longstreth and Dirty Projectors get more involved with the classical world, they're also getting more intertwined with mainstream pop. Solange Knowles, who performed with Of Montreal (again) in January, covered the DP's popiest tune, "Stillness Is the Move," in 2009. The singer joined the band for a performance of the song and a cover of Groove Theory's "Tell Me" at a Fashion Week party held at Ace Hotel on Feb. 13th. Videos of that set are below...
We'll get a more complete press release in the morning (and confirm what is listed below is 100% correct), but in the meantime below is a picture of the 2010 Sasquatch poster (that someone Tweeted) and the lineup as read by Bradford Cox at tonight's Atlas Sound show in Seattle (and being listed all over the Internet)....
Back in 2005, an earlier iteration of the Dirty Projectors released their concept album The Getty Address, which Pitchfork's Jason Crock called "a modern opera about post-9/11 America, the destruction of our natural wilderness, the confrontation between Hernan Cortes and the Aztecs in the early 16th century, and a protagonist named after Don Henley." An ambitious album, to say the least.The NYC show is already sold out, though tickets are still available for the one in LA. I can only imagine how much preperation needed to go into all of this (and for only two shows), so it's not a surprise that the Dirty Projectors will not be one of the artists playing the Tibet House Benefit show this year.
Dirty Pro frontman Dave Longstreth has come a long way since that album, but he hasn't forgotten it. And at two forthcoming shows in New York and Los Angeles, the band will play the album in full, with the 15-piece ensemble Alarm Will Sound and conductor Alan Pierson helping out. They'll also play songs from last year's Bitte Orca at both shows.
The New York show will go down February 19 at Lincoln Center, as part of the American Songbook concert series. The L.A. show is scheduled for February 27 at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the band will co-headline with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. During the first half, the Philharmonic will play orchestral pieces that Longstreth picked out. The band will take over and play the album during the second half. [Pitchfork]
Dirty Projectors' last NYC shows took place at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom. David Byrne showed up at one of them. David Byrne more recently showed up at St Vincent's show just this past Friday night at The Allen Room which is the same location and part of the same 'American Songbook' series that the Dirty Projectors are playing on February 19th. All dates and two Getty Address videos below..
photos by Bao Nguyen
It's been almost a year since the Dirty Projectors announced that upright bassist Nat Baldwin would be rejoining the band. Since then Nat has become more of a household indie name than he was when his third solo album was released. "Most Valuable Player", released on April 29th of 2008, was produced by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor and features contributions by Taylor and the Dirty Projector's Dave Longstreth. It was also around that time that Nat recorded a Daytrotter session which you can still download now.
Most recently, Nat contributed to Vampire Weekend's new album, Contra. He also opened the show they played at Bowery Ballroom on the night they found out that album hit #1. The pictures in this post are from that show. Tonight (1/23), you can catch Nat playing solo again at Sycamore in Brooklyn. More Bowery pics and a video below...
The Big Ears Festival, happening March 26-28 in Knoxville, TN, recently expanded its lineup to include the National, Dirty Projectors, Bang On A Can All-Stars, Iva Bittova, Ben Frost, Tim Hecker, Tracy Silverman, and Buke & Gass. Those are in addition to the previously announced acts of Vampire Weekend, the Calder Quartet, 802 Tour (Nico Muhly/Doveman/Sam Amidon with Nadia Sirota), Joanna Newsom, St. Vincent, Andrew WK, The Ex, Gang Gang Dance, Clogs, The xx, Javelin, DJ/rupture (solo), DJ/rupture and Andy Moor, My Brightest Diamond, Gyan Riley and jj.
Big Ears is being co-curated by Bryce Dessner of the National, who's also bringing some great acts to his hometown of Cincinnati for MusicNOW Festival. For that, the city's Memorial Hall will host three shows: Joanna Newsom on March 30th, St. Vincent and yMusic on 31st, and Justin Vernon April 1st. Annie Clark a.k.a. St. Vincent has been commissioned to write a piece for the fest that yMusic will perform. More guests TBA. Tickets and three-night passes are on sale.
Wow...Public Image Ltd, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Grace Jones, Fever Ray, Devo, Hot Chip, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, Mew, Camera Obscura, Gil Scott-Heron, The xx, John Waters, Dillinger Escape Plan, Deer Tick, Gary Numan... Full Coachella 2010 lineup below....
According to an email I got, "dirty projectors had to cancel this year despite appearing in the tibet house member newsletter". It makes sense since their show with an orchestra in LA is only one day later. That said, Iggy Pop is the latest confirmed Tibet House benefit show performer. He joins the previously announced list of performers that includes Gogol Bordello, Regina Spektor, Philip Glass, Baaba Maal, Patti Smith & Pierce Turner. Tickets for the February Carnegie Hall show are still on sale.
You can also catch Iggy at ATP this September.
Dirty Projectors released a digital 7" of unreleased Bitte Orca session outtakes today (1/11) through Domino. The two tracks on it (previously available only on the UK-only "Temecula Sunrise" EP), "Ascending Melody" and b-side "Emblem of the World," are available as free downloads through the band's website and via the widget embedded below.
Their only currently announced NYC show is February 19th at Lincoln Center's Allen Room (as part of the American Songbook series). They're supposed to also do a short set at this year's Tibet House US benefit (at Carnegie Hall on Friday, February 26th), but they still don't appear on the lineup which now includes Gogol Bordello, Regina Spektor, and "Additional artists to be announced" in addition to Philip Glass, Baaba Maal, Patti Smith & Pierce Turner. Tickets are still on sale.
The free songs, a note from the band, and tour dates for their upcoming New Zealand/Australia tour in early March are below...
Glenn Kotche's Top 10 albums of 2009 (via)
1. Califone - All My Friends Are Funeral Singers
2. Jim O'Rourke - The Visitor
3. Alex Cline - Continuation
4. John Luther Adams - The Place We Began
5. Tortoise - Beacons of Ancestorship
6. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
7. Frank Rosaly - Milkwork
8. Nels Cline - Coward
9. Bobb Bruno - Dreamt On EP
10. Chris Corsano - Another Dull Dawn
Animal Collective @ ATP NY (more by Ryan Muir)
So how the hell did Merriweather Post Pavilion-- an album closer in spirit to the sub-aquatic psychedelia of 2005's Feels and Panda Bear's 2007 solo Person Pitch than its predecessor-- wind up in the Billboard Top 20 and outsell both the Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand's most recent albums in North America? That mystery is ultimately the most wonderful thing about the album. Unlike so many indie-rock crossover artists before them, Animal Collective did not breach the mainstream by cleaning up their act, or adopting classic-rock conventions, or scoring a strategic soundtrack or iPod-commercial placement. And, above all, they did little to formalize their defining mercurial quality. [Pitchfork]Pitchfork posted their Top 50 Albums of 2009.
Animal Collective is DJing the Museum of Natural History in January.
DOWNLOAD: Big Boi f. Gucci Mane, "Shine Blockas" (MP3)
In theory, she was an artist you want to root for-- all these ideas about art and celebrity and a flair for the dramatic. But the first few singles made the Lady Gaga project feel so presumptuous, her artsy entitlement overwhelming her songs' occasional strengths. "Bad Romance" was the moment where the music didn't just live up to the (self-inflated) hype, but surpassed it. The track is epic in construction-- by the time she gets to the bridge, more than three minutes in, the realization that there are hooks yet to come is thrilling. It helps that RedOne's production matches the songwriting's torrential drama; the churning, earth-shifting low-frequency synths are a programmatic reflection of the singer's unsteady, perhaps unwise, infatuation. But it's Gaga's performance, the wholly unapologetic fools-rush-in carnal energy, that commitment to emotional bravery in a context of increasingly twee chart pop, that makes "Bad Romance" feel so necessary. --David Drake [39. Lady Gaga "Bad Romance"]Pitchfork posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2009. Lady Gaga took two spots.
Neon Indian is also on there twice, which is the the same amount of times they're playing Mercury Lounge (Tuesday and Wednesday night).
The video for the 21st best song, below...
Tibet House US will hold its 20th Annual Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on Friday, February 26th. Philip Glass, the concert's Artistic Director, once again brings together an original line-up of contemporary artists including Patti Smith, Jesse Smith, Michael Campbell, Baaba Maal and Pierce Turner with more performers being confirmed soon.As previously posted, Dirty Projectors are also playing this.
Carnegie Hall is located at 881 Seventh Avenue (at 57th Street). Concert tickets are $35 to $85 and can be purchased by calling Carnegie Charge at 212.247.7800 or in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street and Seventh Avenue). Tickets go on sale December 24th.
photos by Ryan Muir
As those keeping count already know, Dirty Projectors played four NYC shows in November with Tune-Yards. Two were at Bowery Ballroom. Two were at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The final one featured two very special guests, one of which was The Roots, who, members of the Dirty Projectors then played with again on Fallon the night before Thanksgiving.
And it ends up that will be only one of two extra special shows the Brooklyn band plays in NYC that month. The other, though it will only be a short set, will happen exactly a week later...
Tibet House US will hold its 20th Annual Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on Friday, February 26th. Philip Glass, the concert's Artistic Director, has once again brought together an amazing, original line-up of contemporary artists.They haven't actually announced any of the lineup yet (besides Philip Glass), but Dirty Projectors are playing it. Vampire Weekend participated in the 2009 show.
For the past twenty years at Carnegie Hall, the annual concert has assembled some of the biggest names in music and offers audiences a mix of unprecedented musical collaborations and solo offerings. And 2010 will be no exception!
Concert tickets are $35 to $85 and can be purchased by calling Carnegie Charge at 212.247.7800 or in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street and Seventh Avenue).
All dates and more pictures below...
Trend You Wish Would Go Away
- 90s revivalism (No Age, Japandroids, Cymbals Eat Guitars)
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- Animal Collective acolytes (Blind Man's Colour, Our Brother the Native, USF)
- Balearic (jj, John Talabot, Windsurf/Hatchback)
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"omfg!!!!! watching tune-yards on stage now. this is some of the GREATEST ish I've seen in a minute!!!!" - Questlove
tUnE-YaRdS blew away Questlove (and everyone) while he was waiting to join the Dirty Projectors on stage on 11/22. A set of pictures from her opening set at that Bowery Ballroom show are in this post.
Her next show is her only scheduled one that I know about, and it takes place in NYC on December 23rd at The Stone. She goes on at 10pm after an 8pm set by her sister Ruth Garbus ("Formerly of the group Feathers, and currently of Happy Birthday, Ruth Garbus has been spending most of her time making songs in Vermont. She comes south to share her lilting and penetrating music for voice and electric guitar.")
The Bowery show with The Roots was the last show of a tour for tUnE-YaRdS and Dirty Projectors. It was also the fourth of four NYC shows in a row. Two were at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and the first was also at Bowery Ballroom. More pictures from the last, below...
The December issue of Q Magazine is an 'Artists Of The Century' special edition, covering all of the acts that the fine staff of the good ship Q feel are the most important of the century so far. As befitting a special edition of the UK best selling music monthly requires a special cover was commissioned world renowned photographer John Wright has spent over a year shooting 34 artists to fit on triple fold out cover.What do you get when you throw Pitchfork's favorite albums in a blender with NME's? Q's favorite albums of 2009 are (questionable & very UK-centric and) listed below..
The issue is packed to the gills with pieces written by Russell Brand on Noel Gallagher, Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis on Coldplay and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme on The Arctic Monkeys. In addition it also includes exclusive interviews and photos from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Dizzee Rascal, U2, Dave Grohl, Lily Allen, Rihanna, Sir Paul McCartney, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Brandon Flowers from The Killers, Elbow's Guy Garvey, Pink, Muse's Matt Bellamy, Murdoc from Gorillaz, The Kings Of Leon, Mark Ronson, Mika, Nick Cave, Robert Plant, Florence Welch, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol and Tom Chaplin of Keane.
Dirty Projectors & Roots @ Bowery Ballroom (more)
The collaboration continues. It all started when the Dirty Projectors appeared on Fallon and impressed the Roots who then showed up to play some songs with the band at Bowery Ballroom last week. Now, Amber and Haley (no Angel) from the Dirty Projectors helped the Roots (who were on a float with Fallon in the Thanksgiving Day Parade today) fill out the backing band for Mos Def (his song) and Talib Kweli on Fallon last night (11/25). Video below...
Dirty Projectors completed their tour and four-night NYC run in style on Sunday (11/22). The evening started with a beautiful set of music by Julianna Barwick who was followed by the mind-blowing Tune-Yards. It's been said before, I'll say it again. Merrill Garbus is an extremely talented girl and the crowd went nuts for her as she looped and strummed and drummed and sang. Backed by a bassist, her performance was even more special because her parents were in the crowd. She mentioned them a few times and even thanked them at the end for having her.
I'd been hearing rumors about special guests possibly joining the Dirty Projectors at some point this week, but nothing happened at the first three shows (1 at Bowery and 2 at Music Hall of Williamsburg). Then Sunday the rumors started getting louder, especially the one about The Roots showing up.
The Roots and Dirty Projectors first met when DP were the musical guests at Fallon. Questlove was in love. Some thought that DP were going to join the Roots at a show in Brooklyn a few days after that TV appearance, but it never happened. It did this time though. Three members of the Roots, Questlove included, joined the band on stage for two songs ("Stillness" and "No Intention" I think?). The show was already great before that, but everyone went so wild and was dancing like crazy when the Roots came out. The energy in the room was off the charts, and stayed in the air even after the guests left the stage. The band was supercharged too as they finished their pre-encore set in one of the strongest ways I've ever seen them play.
During the short encore break another microphone was brought to the stage. At that point I knew there was no question that David Byrne would be joining Dirty Projectors once again (it previously happened at least two times - at the Dark Was the Night charity concert and then again at Bonnaroo). Sure enough, Mr. Byrne helped them end the two song encore with a slightly-unrehearsed version of Knotty Pine (the song he and the band wrote together for the Dark Was the Night album).
Amazing night. More pictures of the headliner and guests and the setlist below..
photos by Ryan Muir
Dirty Projectors and tUnE-YaRdS played their second NYC show in a row together last night (11/19). It was at Music Hall of Williamsburg unlike the night before which was at Bowery Ballroom. They play the same two venues in reverse order on Saturday and Sunday with tonight (Friday, 11/20) being a night off.... except for tUnE-YaRdS who actually is playing a free show at Permanent Records at 7pm.
I'm not sure when, but some time in the recent past tUnE-YaRdS also recorded a "Dublab Session" at The Echo Park Time Travel Mart in Los Angeles. The videos of it just popped in my inbox today, and they're pretty cool, and you can check them out below with more pictures from her opening set at Music Hall on Thursday night...