Entries tagged with: Edan
by Bill Pearis
Existing for a barely five years, UK psych band Loop were one of the most perfectly-named bands ever. Rarely bothering with verse-chorus-verse song structure, the South London group took a riff and added layer upon layer till it had its own gravitational field. They were heavy, man, and got heavier as they went along. The band made three album and two of them (1987's Heaven's End and 1990's A Guilded Eternity) are genuine cult classics. All three of their albums (including 1988's Fade Out) were reissued in 2009 and can be streamed on Spotify.
The band called it quits in 1991 but the A Guilded Eternity line-up has reformed to play AND curate the second half of this year's All Tomorrow's Parties End of an Era which happens from November 29 - December 1 in Camber Sands, UK. The rest of their line-up includes postpunk legends The Pop Group and 23 Skidoo, plus Fennesz, Dirty Beaches, Eaux, Hookworms (who we recently profiled), The KVB, Thought Forms, a DJ set from Edan and more TBA. Earlybird tickets are on sale now.
No word on other Loop shows, specifically, but frontman Robert Hampson writes that they band will be performing "a number of shows from late 2013 to mid 2014 at various venues across the world." Let's hope that includes North America. Surely Austin Psych Fest would be interested?
The weekend before (November 22 - 24) is End of an Era Pt. 1 which is being curated by Barcelona's Primavera Sound. It features Television (minus Richard Lloyd) performing Marquee Moon in its entirety, plus Dinosaur Jr, Les Savy Fav, Chelsea Light Moving, Mum, Dinos Chapman, Oneohtrix Point Never, Wolf Eyes, Il Sogno Del Marinaio (featuring Mike Watt), Yuck offshoot Hebronix, Forest Swords, BEAK>, The Haxan Cloak, Demdike Stare, Eraas and more TBA. Earlybird tickets are on sale now to this as well.
As for the "End of an Era" part, these will be ATP's final "holiday camp" festivals, though they plan to continue putting on events. Flyers for both APT End of an Era weekends are below, along with Loop song streams, are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Cali rapper Blu was supposed to release NoYork! through Warner back in 2011 but he was dropped from the label and "unofficial" releases began circling the web instead. Now he's finally set to give the album a proper birth on March 26 of this year. NoYork! is helmed by an all-star cast of producers -- Flying Lotus, Madlib, Daedelus, Samiyam, Exile, Knxwledge, Shafiq Husayn, and Dibia$e -- and features a ton of great guest spots as well -- Edan, U-God (Wu-Tang), Pac Div, J*Davey, Tiron & Ayomari, and more. You can pre-order the album at Nature Sounds (which comes with an immediate free download) and stream some of its tracks below.
Blu and Madlib also teamed up with MED for another collaborative release, The Burgundy EP, which came out today (2/19) and can be purchased at the Stones Throw Webstore. Each track is produced by Madlib, except "This Is Your Life," which was done by Madlib collaborator Georgia Anne Muldrow. You can stream the opening track "Burgundy Whip" below.
Blu will also be going on a short tour this April with Tiron & Ayomari (who appear on NoYork!), as Potholes In My Blog reports. The tour kicks off in NYC on April 10 at Public Assembly. No advance tickets for this show yet, but you can check ticketweb for updates.
A list of all dates and those song streams below
Edan at ATP NYC 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Bandshell has been presenting some pretty solid shows at Le Poisson Rouge, like the upcoming Teengirl Fantasy/Laurel Halo one and the Juan Maclean one. Now they've announced another one with an all around killer lineup which happens on March 28 at the Manhattan venue with sets from apocalyptic psych freaks Prince Rama, abstract rap great Edan; and DJ sets by Gang Gang Dance member Brian DeGraw and Black Dice member Eric Copeland. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The video for Prince Rama's recent single "So Destroyed" and a stream of Edan's 2005 album, Beauty and the Beat, below...
Phillip Glass & Frank Ocean
The first ATP NY festival within New York City limits, also known as "I'll Be Your Mirror USA", kicked off Friday night (9/21) at Pier 36 in Manhattan. The opening night featured a typically eclectic mix of acts: comedians Kurt Braunholer, Hannibal Buress and Janeane Garofalo, and musicians Lightning Bolt, Edan the DJ (filling in for Lee Ranaldo And Leah Singer, who canceled for "unresolvable technical issues"), Philip Glass and Tyondai Braxton (they played together), and Frank Ocean. Glass (piano) and Braxton (guitar, then synth) kept their set on the short side, performing Glass's "Étude No. 1" followed by No. 2 and No. 10 (which elicited cheers from the audience when announced). Quite a few people no doubt came just for the Glass performance, perhaps as a companion to his Einstein on the Beach opera currently running at BAM, but those same people seemed open to the following set by Frank Ocean (who had plenty of his own devotees in the house). Ocean, backed by a rich-sounding four-piece, played his way through a mostly Channel Orange set, with some Nostalgia/ultra songs thrown in and new opening track "Summer Remains." His songs, crisp on record, lend themselves to a live-band staging and the musicians dug into the grooves adding some supremely funky moments to the already hooky tracks. You can see his full setlist below.
The organizers did their best to give Pier 36, an expo space on the East River, a cozy feel for the festival. The two-stage set up features one platform outside, facing away from the FDR highway and surrounded by food trucks and porta potties. Inside, the massive hall was outfitted with a layer of carpet and couches and chairs along the walls for those needing a rest (this weekend's schedule runs 12 hours each day). Along the water, the Queen of Hearts (with a movie screen on board) was docked next to another outdoor area out back. Movies run all day, and there are beanbags in there, but you might want to stay away if you get seasick easily.
One girl we talked to in the crowd was in town from the UK and bought tickets just to see Frank Ocean for the first time. But she got there in time to see Lightning Bolt who, like the rest of the music before Frank on the bill, she ended up despising. Kudos to ATP for even getting her in front of a noise rock band though.
ATP day two, which fest co-curator Greg Dulli's band the Afghan Whigs is co-headlining along with The Roots, is already underway. Check out the slightly-outdated schedule HERE, and a picture of the current schedule (which you can print) below. Schedules are also available at the door, AS ARE TICKETS.
More pictures from day one, and Frank's full setlist, below...
The first-ever ATP NY happened back in 2008, but up in the Catskills. That lasted three glorious years before moving to Asbury Park last year. Asbury Park was also great, but wasn't in the cards for 2012 so ATP moved the festival to NYC where it happens THIS WEEKEND at Pier 36 (you can see the location in the map above). Today's schedule looks like this:
Friday 21st SeptemberPoor Kurt B. And hopefully that 30 minute break between Glass and Ocean is enough time for the awkward changeover to happen. I mean, I love Frank and Philip, but I'm afraid that A LOT of Frank fans will be showing up just for his set, and many of them will have very little interest in the rest of the lineup, especially music you need to be very quiet during. Check out the full, three-day SCHEDULE. Get your TICKETS (THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR).
Festival opens - 6.00pm
Lightning Bolt - 8.30pm-9.00pm
Lee Ranaldo And Leah SingerEdan The Dee Jay - 9.15pm-10.15pm
Philip Glass And Tyondai Braxton - 10.45pm-11.15pm
Frank Ocean - 11.45pm-1.00am
Kurt Braunholer - 7.05pm-7.25pm
Hannibal Buress - 7.30pm-7.55pm
Janeane Garofalo - 8.00pm-8.30pm
Films On Queen Of Hearts:
Koyaanisqatsi - 8.00pm
Quadrophenia - 10.00pm (featuring the brand new surround mix made by the Who)
+ Edan The Dee Jay
UPDATE: Lee Ranaldo has been replaced by Edan (a DJ who is also DJing later in the film room). We also recently found out Chavez was replaced by JEFF the Brotherhood on Saturday.
Listen to some music below...
Widowspeak @ Death By Audio - March 24, 2012
Brooklyn DIY venue Death By Audio is celebrating five years, and Saturday night's special bill included Eternal Summers, Bleeding Rainbow, Shark?, and a headlining set by Widowspeak (who just played one of our parties in Austin). Pictures from the whole night, and video of three of the bands, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
For those who experienced and loved ATP America's festivals in Monticello, NY, it may have been difficult to imagine how a change of location, from upstate New York to the New Jersey shore, could possibly improve and enhance the unique and uncanny event that it was known to be. Well, it has.---
Friday afternoon the fans, followers and leaders of All Tomorrow's Parties arrived in Asbury Park, NY, a town that only five or so years ago was known for its high crime rate and abandoned boardwalk. It's likely that this decadence, however, is precisely what draws the festival and its goers to a new spot on the map, a mere hour south of New York City. Although the rain dampened the ground here at Asbury Park, it did not extinguish the ATP fire that was sparked on stage by Chavez, Reggie Watts with his knee-slapping musical spoofs (ironically fit for a music festival), event regulars Shellac, Hannibal Buress and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, The Album Leaf and the absorbing Jeff Mangum (of Neutral Milk Hotel). -[Dossier]
Here is a full set of pictures I'll Be Your Mirror Friday. They continue below...
Edan @ ATP NY 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Today we can confirm that the fantastic Edan will join the Friday line-up of I'll Be Your Mirror USA, bringing one of his renowned DJ sets to the Berkeley Hotel.Set times below...
We can also confirm the film schedule as presented by the Criterion Collection - which includes appearances from Robert Downey Sr presenting Putney Swope and Stan Warnow presenting Deconstructing Dad about his father Raymond Scott as part of the Lapham's Quarterly Literature Stage. Click here to check out the full film schedule.
Today we have also updated our Accommodation list - new accommodation options are being added all the time, but everything on the page now has been checked in the last 24 hours and has availability.
We will be emailing all ticketholders in the next few days with a full letter giving information on check-in and other important details - keep an eye on your inbox for that (we will post it here too.)
Check-in where you will exchange your festival tickets for wristbands will take place in the Berkeley Hotel from 12 noon each day. Note if you have a Jeff Mangum Weekend Pass, when you check-in we will be giving each of you a physical ticket detailing your seat for the performance you are attending - this is to avoid people queuing throughout the day (which would cause a hazard and make you miss everything else going on!).
And finally here are the Stage Times for the event. Note that Thought Forms now perform on Sunday instead of Saturday...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Blu - "Amnesia" (MP3)
Jazzy West Coast rapper Blu plays Public Assembly on September 23 with Ari Why & The Invisible College and Voli. Blu released the Amnesia EP earlier this year, which included the track of the same name. You can download that track above and watch the video below. He is set to release his major label debut LP, NoYork! at some point this year, though no official date has been set yet. The album features production by frequent collaborator Exile, Flying Lotus, Samiyam, Madlib, and Daedelus and guest vocals by J*Davey, Edan, and others. Blu & Exile also play Rock the Bells in NYC this weekend with Fashawn.
Sean Price will also play the Brooklyn venue on September 30 with Natural Elements, Maffew Ragazino, Rasheed Chappell, Johnny 3 Rounds, Stark the Dutch, Zeps, and Ugly Brains. The flier for this show is below. Sean Price will also be at Rock the Bells this weekend as part of the supergroup Random Axe with Black Milk and Guilty Simpson.
Video and show flier below...
EDAN LIKE MUSIC.The above is an abridged version of the Humble Magnificent's bio, and you can catch Edan when he plays Southpaw on May 25th with Paten Locke, Willie Evans Jr, and Fresh Daily. Tickets for the Brooklyn are on sale. The Southpaw appearance is his fourth NYC show in the past year, as he recently appeared with Beans/Anika at Santos, at Knitting Factory (with surprise guest Mr. Lif), and on the tables at Brooklyn Bowl. Edan recently finished up a European tour with Paten Locke.
EDAN BORN IN LATE SEVENTIES.
EDAN HAVE LOVING PARENTS WHO SUPPORT HIM & RAISE HIM GOOD. NO SMOKING. NO FIGHTING. JUNK FOOD SOMETIMES.
EDAN HEAR BEATLE MUSIC & DOO-WOP ROCKING ROBIN.
EDAN PLAY PIANO.
PIANO TEACHER SAYS EDAN NOT GOOD AT PIANO.
EDAN SAY FUCK YOU SHUTUP.
EDAN HEAR ROCK AND ROLL JIMI HENDRIX.
EDAN LIKE IN HENDRIX JIMMY PAGE JOHN BONHAM.
EDAN PLAY GUITAR AND LIKE IN N.W.A. BAD WORDS.
EDAN LIKE IN RAPP EMCEES RHYME-IT.
EDAN PLAY IN BASS JAZZ.
EDAN MAKING BEATS FOUR TRACK.
EDAN MAKING RHYME-IT.
EDAN DO IT HIMSELF.
In other hip hop news, that Mobb Deep show at Best Buy Theater is coming up even sooner.
Anika's new and self-titled LP skirts the lines between funk, no-wave, goth, dub, and a mish-mosh of many other genres with Nico-style vocals in front. It's odd, but very compelling, and her accompaniment is nothing short of on point which is to be expected when Beak> (Geoff Barrow of Porsishead, Billy Fuller and Matt Williams) is your backing band. Barrow also produced the record which you can listen to in its entirely below. Watch a video of her Yoko-Ono cover "Yang Yang" down there too. Pick up a copy of the record at her label Stones Throw.
Though Anika has no North American live tour dates scheduled, she will be on hand to DJ a ton of events in the next couple weeks - once in LA and six times in NYC. Three of those NY appearances are free: 2/10 she'll be at Gallery Bar with Blu Jemz, 2/12 at Trophy Bar & 2/14 at The Commodore. The remaining three NY DJ appearances are at Mercury Lounge on 2/9 spinning between sets at the Cubic Zirconia show (tickets), Glasslands on 2/11 where she'll spin in between sets by Javelin, High Life, & Monster Rally (tickets), and finally Santos Pary House on 2/16 as part of the previously discussed Beans show which now also includes Edan(!) with Paten Locke & Bluebird (tickets).
Anika will be performing live sometime later in the U.S. - maybe at the Portishead-curated I'll Be Your Mirror in NJ (maybe sooner), and definitely at the Portishead-curated I'll Be Your Mirror in London. I'll Be Your Mirror USA single day tickets are still on sale.
All upcoming dates, that video, and the album stream, below...
"Edan and Paten Locke last night at The Knitting Factory... the illest rap show I've seen in years..." -junksciencerap
"Edan at knitting factory, so dope." -moesuli
"I felt weird wearing a Mr. Lif shirt when Mr. Lif came on stage. I left as soon as the encore ended. I didn't wanna be #thatguy. #nogroupie" -greenspam
" In his finale set, Edan did it accapella, spitting a, what seemed like, infinite rhyming masterpiece without missing a beat or taking a breath. He brings a level of intellectualism to his lyricism and it shows with his fan base, many of who remained after the show ended in small clusters to discuss the performance." [DD172]Mr. Lif also made an unannounced appearance at Tuesday's Edan show (8/24) at Knitting Factory which doubled as a screening for Edan's film, 'Echo Party'.
And another Edan Brooklyn show has been announced. This time he'll appear as part of a "Bowling for Beats" event at Brooklyn Bowl on 9/26 which will be co-headlined by Pete Rock and Prince Paul, with other sets from J-Zone, and J57 (Brown Bag All-Stars), and Psycho Les (of the Beatnuts). Tickets should be on sale soon.
And while we're "Bowling for Beats", why not get "Lyrics To Go", as DJ Evil Dee, Mr. Walt, the X Factor Boogie Blind, and New Beatminerz will spin at a Labor Day party at Brooklyn Bowl on September 5. Tickets are on sale.
Questlove will spin at Brooklyn Bowl every Thursday in September. On 8/31, he and his crew The Roots will be the focus of a listening party for their upcoming LP Wake Up! with John Legend. The event is free, but the upcoming Roots/John Legend live show at Terminal 5 on 9/23 is NOT. Tickets are on sale Monday (8/30) at noon.
Video of Edan at Knitting Factory is below...
Edan at ATP NY 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)
The last time I was able to catch the Humble Magnificent live and in the flesh was almost two years ago, at the first showing of ATP New York. Now Edan will bless NYC with a show at Knitting Factory on August 24th with Paten Locke. Tickets are on sale. The show will include a screening of Edan's Echo Party, the accompanying video to his 2009 mixtape of the same name:
[Video director Tom] Fitzgerald, a film archivist from Los Angeles, is best known for his work directing videos for Cut Chemist. His trademark style is in evidence here as he splices footage from diverse sources to create a synchronised and expressive accompaniment to Edan's record.
Dig on a clip from that, as well as some live videos, below.
photos by Zach Dilgard, words by Black Bubblegum
British experimentalist Alexander Tucker kicked off ATP day two (9/20) with looping pedals and acoustic instruments (cello, guitar). A very interesting artist to start my day with and worth further investigation.
Growing and their effects-laden noise drones sounded great on stage two, though sometimes I find it hard to watch a knob-twiddling live show.
Probably my biggest surprise of the day was The Drones who were urgent, angular, and punky. I was familiar with some of their work through a certain Vegan pal of mine. I will be familiar with more and won't miss them next time they make it to NYC (Philly, Richmond & DC have the chance over the next three days).
by Black Bubblegum
Mr Lif returns! The now former Def Jux representative has inked a NYC show in his calendar, Nov 4th at the Knitting Factory, with P.Casso & the A-OK Collective plus Breezy Brewin' (of indie hip hop heroes The Juggaknots). Tickets are on sale.
Mr Lif dropped Mo Mega on Def Jux in 2006, but 2009 will see the release of his new record I Heard It Today on his OWN label Bloodbot Tactical Enterprises. Due on Inauguration Day (January 20th), Lif will drop "1-2 songs every three weeks until Election Day" and one song following the election with his "post-electoral thoughts". All the songs will be collected and released with bonus unreleased material as I Heard It Today. J-Zone, Edan, and Illmind have all contributed production to I Heard It Today (you'll only be able to catch Edan perform this weekend at ATP with special guest Dagha).
Mr Lif has been commenting on the news via a series of free tracks he calls "Presidential Reports" (first two available for download above). Lif is also videoblogging on his "I Heard It Today News Network".
The Knitting Factory show will be hosted by John Robinson and WKCR's own DJ Sucio Smash, who can be found every friday from 1-5AM on 89.9 (aka 89 Tek 9) hosting Squeeze Radio (podcast here) with Timm See, spinning the latest in indie hip hop. The 1-5AM friday shift has long been a revered place on WKCR, most notably held by the now legendary The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show in the mid-nineties. Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito's show, which was named by the Source Magazine (before that whole Benzino nonsense) as "the best hip hop show of all time", also centered around indie hip hop and featured freestyles by then up and coming artists like Biggie Smalls (before he changed his name to The Notorious B.I.G.), Big L, Cam'ron & Ma$e (then known as Killa Cam & Murda Mase), Wu-Tang Clan, and sooooo many more. Stretch has posted some of those legendary freestyles for download over at his blog.
The Black August Hip Hop Project benefit show that was supposed to happen at Nokia Theatre in NYC tonight (Aug 31, 2008) was moved to BB King's. EPMD, Bilal, DJ Marley Marl, Smif N Wessun, Shadia Mansour, Immortal Technique, Das EFX, Joell Ortiz, Blitz the Ambassador, DJ Scratch, DJ Evil Dee, and DJ Op are also on the ever-changing bill. Tickets are still on sale.
Smif N Wessun also have a very special NYC show coming up in September.