Entries tagged with: El Guincho
The goal of the Everything is New project is to empower the children of Light of Love Children's Home, many of whom have been rescued from bonded labour, child prostitution, homelessness and abject poverty. The project creates the opportunity for the children to 'star' in the cultural forms they themselves consider most meaningful - popular music and cinema.The Everything is New project has resulted in two albums, both of which are out January 20: Sun Choir, which was composed and recorded by Scottish art-pop band Marram with the kids of Southeast India's Light of Love Children's Home and features guest appearances from Jarvis Cocker, Owen Pallett, Irvine Welsh and more; and BOATS where artists such as Four Tet, Rustie, Dan Deacon, YACHT, Bear in Heaven, Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Max Tundra, Gang Gang Dance and more took samples of the children and built songs around them.
Proceeds from the project go to the charity Scottish Love in Action which feeds, clothes, houses, educates and provides medical care for over 500 children through the Light of Love Home and School. You can stream Rustie, YACHT, Jarvis Cocker and Four Tet's tracks below.
There's also a 70-minute feature film that's included with physical copies of the Sun Choir album. You can watch a short and a not so short making of videos below...
El Guincho / Empress Of
Empress Of released a pair of hot remixes today by the likes of El Guincho (who has been quiet the last couple years) and Pional. Both are pretty chilled out, especially El Guincho's which sounds like walking through a big house that has a radio in every room, each one playing something different. Listen to both below.
Empress Of also has a pair of shows coming up including the previously mentioned gig with Twin Sister at Silent Barn on Saturday (5/11) and one with Doldrums at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (5/8). Tickets for the Merc show are still available.
All tour dates are listed, along with those remixes, below.
photos by Erez Avissar
El Guincho completed his run of four NYC dates (10/1) with a show at Cameo Gallery before scooting to the West to get ready to bless them in a smiliar way. Though he had some hefty competition on Thursday (9/30) in Williamsburg, (Belle & Sebastian at the Waterfront, Best Coast at MHOW, Buzzoven at Public Assembly), El Guincho played his third show in as many days to a packed crowd at Zebulon. More pictures from the party are below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Sonny & the Sunsets - Lovin' on an Older Gal (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Kelley Stoltz - I Don't Get That (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Film School - Heart Full of Pentagons (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Home Video - Smoke (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Winter Gloves - Plastic Slides (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: El Guincho - "Bombay" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: El Guincho - FM Tan Sexy (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Casiokids - Finn Bikkjen! (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Foals - Spanish Sahara (Deadboy Remix) (MP3)
Didn't the weeks leading up to CMJ used to be a little calmer? I feel like we're just going to be pile-driving into that week (Oct 19 -21) with show after worthwhile show. This week / weekend too. Even with Matador 21 and Pop Montreal siphoning lots of big names, this is one of the more more exciting weekends for shows in a long while. For me at least.
Let's start this week with a contest. As previously mentioned, BV/TWII faves Casiokids play Sunday (10/3) night at Glasslands and we've got a pair of tickets to the show plus a copy of the band's CD, Topp stemning på lokal bar, for one lucky person. To enter, just send an email to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject line "Casiokids" and we'll pick a winner at random. Please note that Glasslands is a 21+ venue.
If you've never seen these Norwegians before, they're a lot of fun and Glasslands should be conducive to their low tech brand of dancepop. Also on the bill: Brahms, Bikini and VonChina. All Casiokids dates below.
What else? San Francisco's Film School are in town, playing Glasslands on Thursday (9/30) and Mercury Lounge on Friday (10/1). Both shows are with like-minded New Yorkers The Depreciation Guild with whom they're going on tour. Film School have been doing the dark shoegazy thing since the start of the '00s, back when that sound was fairly unfashionable. But these days the '90s are hot so it's good timing that Film School have released maybe their best album yet, Fission.
I found 2007's Hideout to be murky and meandering, but the band seem really focused this time out. There are still the moody basslines and effects-heavy guitars, but the songs great this time out, and the production feels modern and bright. Some rays of light are peeking through their normally cloudy sound -- hell, their new single is called "Sunny Day." (You can watch the video below.) That song features lead vocals from bassist Lorelei Plotczyk, whose frequent presence behind the mic is one of the reasons Fission works so much better than Hideout. You can download "Heart Full of Pentagons" at the top of this post.
The Glasslands show also has Brooklyn duo Home Video who have been kicking around for half a decade or so and are set to release their second album, The Automatic Process, on November. Download first single "The Smoke" at the top of this post. I don't think I've seen them play live since they opened for Fujiya & Miyagi at Mercury Lounge back in 2006 but I remember thinking they were pretty good. And the new album sounds alright after a couple listens -- synthpop that seems equally inspired by Vince Clark and Thom Yorke.
While we're in San Francisco, a reminder that Sonny and the Sunsets and Kelley Stoltz will be here this weekend: Mercury Lounge on Thursday(9/30) and Union Hall on Friday (10/1). Both shows are early ones, especially the Merc show which starts at 7PM. If you like '60s inspired pop at it's finest, do yourself a favor and go see this great double bill.
Stoltz is a charismatic performer, prone to anecdotes, occasional props and obscure impressions. Do pick up is terrific new album, To Dreamers, when it comes out in two weeks. And I'm really looking forward to seeing Sonny and the Sunsets (of which Stoltz is a member) for the first time. Their new album is great. Check out tracks from both of them at the top of this post.
Sub Pop just released a short film on the making of Stoltz new record, To Dreamers, made by the Yours Truly folks, which shows off his literal DIY approach to analog recording. It's funny and charming, just like Stoltz. Watch it further down this very post.
If you're not going to Pop Montreal this weekend, you can get a taste of Canada here in New York as Born Ruffians and Winter Gloves are here playing the Knitting Factory on Friday (10/1) and Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (10/2). Born Ruffians are a fine band but have been covered many times here and have been through town many times before. So I'm gonna focus on their touring mates Winter Gloves. The Montrealers schedule and cancel NYC gigs with frequency so now's your chance to see them.
I caught them at M for Montreal in 2008 and they were one of the highlights of that weekend, kind of a slinkier, funkier Tokyo Police Club. Their new album All Red is a lot of fun and they are definitely worth seeing. (They're quite popular in MTL.) Download "Plastic Slides" from the new album at the top of this post.
The show I'm most excited about this weekend is Foals who play Bowery Ballroom on Friday (10/1) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (10/2). Both shows are sold out unfortunately, but tickets being released day-of-show isn't an uncommon occurrence.
Foals' new album, Total Life Forever, is one of my contenders for Album of the Year which is not something I was really expecting before I heard it. Where their first album, Antidotes, was all mathy angularity, Total Life Forever has...um... soul? There's also a Big '80s Trevor Horn vibe going on -- the drums on single "Miami" seem to be lifted from Yes' 90125 LP. (Or maybe The Power Station.) It's funky and genuinely danceable, with a lot of heart. Foals used to be easy to like hard to love. Not so hard this time out.
Foals have always been good live, full of nervous energy -- they're the only band I've ever seen puke onstage -- and can't wait to see them with such stronger material. I can't wait for Saturday.
If you're going to the Bowery show on Friday, definitely get there in time to see openers Esben & the Witch who just signed to Matador and are a bit like Zola Jesus but more interesting to watch live. Their guitarist has the most pedals I've ever seen not counting The Edge. They were pretty good at Glasslands last week.
And finally, El Guincho returns to NYC this week for a string of shows that began last night at Mercury Lounge. He plays Santos tonight (9/29), a free show at Zebulon on Thursday (9/30) and a late night show at Cameo on Friday (10/1). When I saw him play two years ago at Mercury Lounge opening for Cut Copy it was just Pablo Díaz-Reixa and his sampler, but this time El Guincho is a trio which should make things a lot more interesting and fun.
El Guincho's new album, Pop Negro, eschews the dreamlike haze of his debut (which was a real precursor to the chillwave invasion) for more straight up dance pop that is definitely not low-fi. In his own words:
It's a pop album sung in Spanish. Tracks are based on big syncopated beats, loud kick drums, snares and claps on a very wide stereo image full of different synthesizer timbres, subdivided hi-hats, funk bass, line recorded guitars and multi tracked backing vocals. Production is based on hi-fi aesthetics from the golden era of recordings...the main sentiment is a sort of nostalgic love for the music that I heard on FM radio as a kid/teenager, that "promise" that music gives you, not eternal/eternity because pop music is not supposed to be like that, but that thing you feel when you're on a car with your friends or family and you listen to a certain hit and it makes you think you want to be inside of that. I wanted to write something based on that. Not plain hits, but a whole album that makes you feel that thing, arrangements that can take your mind that state if you know what I mean.You can download two tracks off Pop Negro at the top of this post.
That's gonna do it for this week. A few daily picks not covered above follow:
Best Coast swing through town again, playing Bowery Ballroom tonight (and MHoW tomorrow). Summer may be over, but Bethany's songs of love and weed still sound good.
If you didn't get enough '90s nostalgia last week with Pavement, former indie rock power couple Juliana Hatfield & Evan Dando (they did date, right?)perform together as Jullianna & Evan. Julianna has intimated she might retire from live shows in the near future, this seems like a good way to see her one last time. They play Thursday too. Both shows are sold out, natch.
THURSDAY, September 30
The forecast is calling for "rain from Tropical Rainstorm" which might put a damper on the night's biggest show, Belle & Sebastian, who play the Williamsburg Waterfront with fellow Glaswegians Teenage Fanclub. A light sprinkle would be fine...B&S' music has always been sort of rainy day music anyway. If you ponyed up the dough for a ticket, do get there early for Teenage Fanclub who were phenomenal at Bowery Ballroom last night. Big hooks, bigger harmonies, positive vibes. Video of them playing Jimmy Fallon is at the bottom of this post.
FRIDAY, October 1
Pennsylvania dream pop band SOARS play Glasslands. Haven't seen them live, but if you're a fan of Slowdive or bands that sound kind of like that, you might want to check them out.
SATURDAY, October 2
Union Hall has a totally weird lineup tonight. Headlining is synthpop act Neighbors, with Year of the Tiger (kind of a more tuneful, less abrasive Sleigh Bells). So far so normal. But opening is Sky Ferreira, who has appeared in Uffie videos and is, if her Myspace is any indication, being bred as a Pop Star. Expect lots of old guys in suits at the show, at least till she finishes her set.
OK that's really it for this week. Tour dates, videos and flyers are below...
El Guincho @ Mercury Lounge - September 28, 2010 (pic by Jared Levy)
Peering up from a table full of electronic gadgetry, Pablo Díaz-Reixa, the Spanish musician behind the recording alias El Guincho, asked, "Do you like my music?" This still being the beginning of the show, the ambivalent crowd responded with scattered applause, lightly affirming the lead man. "I like my music," he jokingly responded. In retrospect, this stood as a defining moment for the night. Díaz-Reixa, joined by a similarly bearded guitarist and bassist, jettisoned the slow-moving, mid tempo songs off his new album, Pop Negro, for frantic, loop-driven jams off of his masterpiece, Alegranza. While Pop Negro often clarifies the loose, repetitive nature of Alegranza, the latter moves bodies far more effortlessly than the former. However, each showcases Díaz-Reixa's talent for channeling a distinctly Spanish sound into exotic yet familiar dance music. It is this unique talent that drew a near capacity crowd to the Mercury Lounge on Tuesday night.El Guincho continues his 4-NYC-show run tonight (9/29) at Santos Party House. Video of someone (Kiku) dancing on stage at last night's show, below...
El Guincho's set began with Pop Negro's most catchy tunes, "Bombay" and "FM Tan Sexy," a song that evokes "hearing a top single on the radio." Díaz-Reixa, manning a drum pad, keyboard, and sampler, appeared quite busy controlling the flow and tempo of the show. The other members contributed with excellent harmonies and balanced the otherwise heavily electronic sounds with live instrumentation. "Palmitos Park" and "Buenos matrimonios ahí afuera," both off of Alegranza, came toward the end of the set and exemplified the groups' cohesion. And, as the crowd finally matched the frenzied state of the music, El Guincho's energy amplified to levels uncontainable within the confines of the Mercury Lounge. Those closest to the stage, danced, jumped, and moshed to the last song "Antillas" like it was the last song they would ever hear.
So, now do you believe that we like your music, Pablo?
DOWNLOAD: El Guincho - "Bombay" (MP3)
Wednesday night at Santos (9/29) El Guincho will appear as part of "NYC tropical dance party" Que Bajo?! with Uproot Andy & Geko Jones. Thursday (9/30) will see El Guincho descend upon Zebulon while Friday (10/1) will bring the Spanish artist to Cameo Gallery with Ablehearts (tickets).
Left coasters need not be jealous of NYC's "quatro Guincho", as he'll shoot straight to the westside to do a three night stand in LA next week (10/6 at La Cita, 10/7 at Standard, and 10/8 at Spaceland) before capping it all off at the Elbo Room in San Francisco on 10/9.
Besides his freshly released LP Pop Negro via Younk Turks/XL, El Guincho also has a MOVIE on the way entitled Bombay, which is the same name as the first track on the new album which the film is accompaniment to. Download that track above, and dig on the very NSFW trailer for the film, as well as all tour dates below...
El Guincho at WFMU
El Guincho will release his new LP Pop Negro to the world on September 14th via Young Turks. Download two of the nine tracks on the album above, and check out a "video" featuring one of those tracks, "FM Tan Sexy", below.
Two weeks after Pop Negro hits store shelves, look for Pablo Diaz-Reixa to play Mercury Lounge (9/28), his only US tour date announced at the moment. Tickets go on sale at noon today (8/27).
El Guincho's last U.S. shows were in July, and one of those was at a space much larger and brighter than Mercury Lounge...
"El Guincho, aka Pablo Díaz-Reixa, caused quite a stir among the Pitchfork set a couple years back with his sophomore album Alegranza, an aptly titled mish-mash of upbeat samples and hypnotic rhythms, part hyper one-man band, part calypso revival. The Canary Islands-born, Barcelona-based musician just released an EP entitled Piratas de Sudamérica, and has another full-length album slated to drop in the fall. And his fans were clearly ready.All dates and that video is below...
Unfortunately, the great outdoors [at Central Park Summerstage on July 7th] was probably not the best venue for him, as the complexity of his music's different layers and harmonies got a bit lost in the large space, but that didn't keep him from jamming out. He was dwarfed by the massive screen behind him, rocking short shorts and a white polo shirt that was soon completely soaked with sweat. El Guincho was thrilled to be there and stopped at one point to explain his enthusiasm: "Sorry, it's been a long time since we've played together!" in reference to the two bearded redheads playing guitar and bass with him." [MTV Iggy]
El Guincho @ LPR in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
"Is it possible to feel sad listening to El Guincho? On a cold winter day in Seattle, when Pablo Diaz-Reixa (a.k.a. El Guincho) brought his Tropicalia-inspired rhythms to the KEXP studios, I felt like I was standing next to him on a warm beach in his native Canary Islands.That session's from 2008, when El Guincho brought his poppy-collage LP Alegranza! stateside. He'll be back for shows this summer, including a gig at (Le) Poisson Rouge (a venue he played in December '08) on Wednesday, July 7th. Tickets are on sale.
Accompanied only by percussionist Aleix Clavera, El Guincho re-created live the sounds of the album and its amalgamation of cultures: a swirling mix of Afrobeat, dub, Calypso, American rock, Latin pop and many others. If the tribal rhythms don't get you dancing, the hypnotic chanting certainly will. Fans of Animal Collective will recognize a similar reverb-laden experimentalism, and like its American counterpart, El Guincho benefits from just the right amount of complexity. Beneath the ethereal harmonies and airy washes of sound lies a certain tension, as the music seems both reassuringly familiar and totally alien." [NPR]
All tour dates and a video of El Guincho playing in the "rainforest" (or the rainforest display at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County) are below...
Central Park Summerstage (more by Chris La Putt)
The schedule for the 2010 SummerStage series, which has music not just at Central Park, is out, and there are some great looking shows to highlight.
At Central Park, the first "rock" show happens on Saturday, June 5th with Living Colour, Ebony Bones!, Pillow Theory and CX KiDTRONiK. Baaba Maal, who just played Irving Plaza, will be at Central Park too on Monday, June 14th The Tinariwen show on Saturday, June 26th also features Syrian beat & mikeman Omar Souleyman. Gil Scott-Heron plays Central Park in June and Marcus Garvey Park in August.
There's also El Guincho, Bostich and Fussible and others in Central Park on July 7th. Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff plays Central Park on Sunday, July 11th. Raphael Saadiq performs there Saturday, July 17 at 3pm. The Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba/Fool's Gold show on Sunday, July 25th will also feature "West African electronica" band Burkina Electric.
On Wednesday, July 21st, there'll be a Comedy Central's The Daily Show and Friends Central Park gig hosted by Lewis Black with John Oliver, Rob Riggle, Wyatt Cenac, Adam Lowitt and Rory Albanese.
There's also music from St. Vincent, Tune-Yards and Basia Bulat on August 1st at Central Park. The xx play with Jack Penate and Chairlift there on August 8th. At the same spot, Public Enemy play an August 15th day show to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Fear of A Black Planet, and the Specials play on August 22nd with Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears and $mall ¢hange.
There's lots of great jazz too: McCoy Tyner plays with Ravi Coltrane, Esperanza Spalding and Francisco Mela as part of the CareFusion Jazz Festival on June 23rd. He also plays in the Charlie Parker Jazz Fest, which comes at the end of the summer with an incredible lineup. McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Scott, Jason Moran and the Bandwagon and Revive da Live play during the day at Marcus Garvey on Saturday, August 28th. Then the next day, James Moody, Catherine Russell, Vijay Iyer and The JD Allen Trio play at Tompkins Square Park.
The park benefit shows include John Butler Trio and State Radio on June 15th (tickets on sale), The Flaming Lips on July 26th, The Black Keys with the Morning Benders on July 27th and 28th, Hot Chip/Hercules & Love Affair/Holy Ghost on August 4th, Govt' Mule on August 11th (tickets), and one of the four Pavement shows September 21-24. Plus there's a "songbook of Simon & Garfunkel" benefit on June 8th.
Not all "Summerstage" shows are in Central Park anymore which drives home the point even further that the name of the venue in Central Park is actually "Rumsey Playfield" which hosts non-"Summerstage" shows too. Those so far include Coheed/Torche, CAKE, Ween, and Broken Social Scene.
The full Summerstage free show schedule is below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
DOWNLOAD: Joe Crepusculo - Gabriela (El Guincho Remix) (MP3)
"I used music a lot of young people wouldn't think was cool," explained El Guincho, whose moniker comes from an endangered Canary Islands bird. "My little cousins asked, `Why are you sampling all these old guys?'" Yet "Alegranza!"'s brilliant hodgepodge sounds decisively contemporary, falling somewhere between the refracted psychedelic sounds of Animal Collective, the hip-hop assemblage of the late genius J. Dilla, the 1960s acid-damaged tropicalia band Os Mutantes and the crackling African percussion ensemble Congotronics. [NY Times]Lemonade and El Guincho ended their short tour at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC last night (Dec 2, 2008). Kyle was impressed by opener Lemonade and mentioned looking forward to seeing them again when they open for Friendly Fires at The Annex on Tuesday December 9th. You can also catch them at Zebulon in Brooklyn on Friday December 5th.
El Guincho went on late. The advertised Tuesday night set time was 11 PM, but he didn't start until 12:20 and kept going until 1:30 AM. Not surprisingly, a bunch of people left before he finished - I think because they were tired. Other than that, people were dancing, there was a guest drummer, there were some covers, and at least one new song in salsa style.
More pictures below...
photos by Faith-Ann Young
Lemonade went on after 8:00 PM at Knitting Factory on Saturday, October 25th. It was the third of three BrooklynVegan shows that week. It was the final of five days of CMJ. They were the 20th of 21 bands that day. Needless to say, I was in no shape to enjoy music, but their set captivated me in a "I can't look away" kind of way. It's all a blur, but I know I loved it. Luckily, they, having recently moved from California, live in Brooklyn now. And they have two more upcoming NYC shows. The first, as previously noted, is the final date on their tour with El Guincho. That hits Le Poisson Rouge on December 2nd. The second is three days later at Zebulon in Brooklyn. El Guincho is also deejaying Le Poisson Rouge on November 29th (Prefuse 73 is too). More pictures and tour dates below...
"Lemonade marries big beats with heavy psychedelic noises, while touching on elements of North African rai, dub, breakbeat, and samba and much more in their self-titled debut. The SF based trio (soon to be NYC trio) is comprised of childhood friends Callan Clendenin (vocals), Alex Pasternak (percussion) and Ben Steidel (bass)-did not have grand expectations for the project outside of exploring their shared vision of a place that they have never been: a fantasy landscape that is at once gritty and pristine, tropical and foreboding. Their trippy, pulsing self-titled debut is out now, Oct 21st, on True Panther records and its already received favorable mentions from RCRD LBL, Pitchfork Media, XLR8R, SF Weekly, Uncut, among many others. Hot on the heels of this much anticipated release, Lemonade is announcing the REMIXTAPE album this November as companion to their debut. The REMIXTAPE features contributions from Delorean, Lazer Sword, Ghosts On Tape, C.L.A.W.S, among others." [PR]Lemonade are playing the BrooklynVegan party at Knitting Factory on Saturday October 25th, 2008. They go on at 8pm in the Tap Bar. All Ages. FREE.
@ Knitting Factory, FREE, October 25thThere will also be bands playing in the Old Office (Knitting Factory's 3rd stage from noon-9pm as well). PLUS, it's not our party, but there is also a free day show in the tap bar that runs at the same time too (and anyone can also go to).
12:45 The Carps
1:30 Little Boots
2:15 Shout Out Out Out
3:00 Marnie Stern
4:00 Made Out of Babies
5:00 Rival Schools
Tap Bar <------------ announcing for the first time
6:30 The Mae Shi
8:45 Pattern is Movement
Lemonade are also playing Zebulon on Friday, Pianos later on Saturday (the True Panther CMJ showcase), AND going on tour with El Guincho in November and December. Assuming EG doesn't cancel, that means they Lemonade play (le) poisson rouge in NYC on December 2nd. All dates below....
King Khan @ South Street Seaport - June 27, 2008 (more by Jason Bergman)
All of El Guincho's upcoming North American tour dates are cancelled. That includes the Pitchfork Fest and the free show he was playing with Atlas Sound at South Street Seaport on July 25th. They don't have a replacement at the Seaport yet, but they did just add the following to the free summer seaport schedule:
July 18 -- Nouvellas, and The Lost CrusadersTODAY AT THE SEAPORT: Telepathe, Abe Vigoda, and No Age. 6pm. FREE as always. Stream Abe Vigoda's new album at AOL.
August 1 -- The Rub
August 8 -- Cass McCombs with Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
DOWNLOAD: El Guincho - Costa Paraiso (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Atlas Sound - Quarantined (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Atlas Sound - I'll Be Your Mirror (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Atlas Sound - Headphones (Bjork) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: El Guincho - Cover Me (Bjork) (MP3)
Atlas Sound @ Primavera Sound, Barcelona - May 31, 2008
One of the many exciting free shows coming up at the South Street Seaport this summer is the pairing of El Guincho and Bradford Cox's Atlas Sound, but that's not the only show the two diverse artists are playing together. In fact, they both just played the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona this past weekend. They'll meet again at the Pitchfork Festival in July. Then from Pitchfork they make their way to NYC together.
Kate Pedatella sent in the pics from Primavera in this post. A couple more, and all tour dates, below.....
The initial 2008 lineup of free summer concerts at South Street Seaport in NYC has been announced. It includes King Khan and the Shrines who just signed to VICE and who may also be playing McCarren Pool with Deerhunter who are playing somewhere this week with Atlas Sound who are also playing the Seaport......
photo of Bell by Alix Winsby
Bell (aka Olga Bell) is a musician from NYC. That might be how you know her, and/or maybe you downloaded that Radiohead cover she did, or maybe you saw her open for Au Revoir Simone, and/or maybe you read about her on Stereogum the other day. If you haven't heard Bell yet, go check out the songs streaming on her MySpace. If you're like me, Bjork will immediately come to mind. That's why I think Stereogum made a good choice when choosing Bell to cover "It's Oh So Quiet" for their ridiculously awesome-looking new "Post" tribute album called "Enjoyed"
(though I haven't heard it yet).....
TracklistNuts... PLUS, the whole album will be a free download starting March 31st (like the REM & Radiohead ones before it). March 31st is also the day that Klaus Kinski and I are throwing our next edition of Rock 'n' ROFL at Pianos which, coincidentally, also happens to include Bell (aka BELL IS PLAYING ROCK N ROFL).
1. Liars - "Army Of Me"
2. Dirty Projectors - "Hyperballad"
3. High Places - "Modern Things"
4. Bell - "It's Oh So Quiet"
5. Pattern Is Movement - "Enjoy"
6. Evangelicals - "You've Been Flirting Again"
7. Xiu Xiu - "Isobel"
8. Final Fantasy & Ed Droste (Grizzly Bear) - "Possibly Maybe"
9. White Hinterland - "I Miss You"
10. El Guincho - "Cover Me"
11. Atlas Sound - "Headphones"
Takka Takka are playing the show too. It's not the first time they've shared a bill with Bell either, and that's NOT a coincidence. Bell contributed to the new Takka Takka album which is being finished as we speak - an album that takes Takka Takka in a completely new direction with a new sound and a significantly different lineup than who was in the band when their last release came out.
So, it's looking something like this....
BrooklynVegan & Klaus Kinski presentalso: $3.00 Svedka lemon drops all night AND a 2nd hour of free Newcastle (time TBD) (that's 2 hours of open bar). All that for just $10. Tickets are on sale.
The unofficial & unauthorized "Enjoyed" release party
(aka Rock 'n' ROFL II)
@ Pianos in NYC
on March 31, 2008
7-8 pm: DJ David Bruno AND all the free Newcastle you can drink
Related story: I put together a whole bunch of shows during CMJ. One was on Saturday October 20th at Pianos, during the day, upstairs & downstairs. The Maccabees were the last band to play downstairs. Doveman, Erik Friedlander and Craig Wedren were playing upstairs at the same time. Jefferson, who was there in a semi-official capacity to take pictures, wanted to shoot the Maccabees, but ended up missing them because of the upstairs lineup.
By the time he came back down, the Maccabees were already long gone and the next, unrelated show had started. He really didn't know the difference and started taking pictures of (who he thought was) the Maccabees. Eventually he figured it out and realized he'd just discovered Bell.
When Jefferson and I finally reunited, I think I said something like (now on like no sleep and 4 days into CMJ), "Where the hell have you been? Did you even see the Maccabees? We have to go see Santogold. Let's get out of here." He said something like, "Dude...chill. I was shooting this girl Bell. She was great." I think then by the next day I totally forgot about it, and it wasn't until I recently showed him the already-booked March 31st lineup that he pointed out that he had some never-before-seen Bell pictures (aka the ones you see in this post.....below) (the end)....
Adele this week @ Joe's Pub (more by Bao)
Columbia Records will give hot British newcomer Adele's debut set "19" a summer Stateside release, through a joint venture struck with XL Recordings.el Guincho this week @ Mercury Lounge (more by Eduardo)
British critics and record buyers adore Adele in equal amounts, and she can count producer-of-the-moment Mark Ronson among her fans and collaborators. [Billboard]
I'm not fond of the term 'DiS fave', as it implies a consensus view among our writers that just doesn't exist, but if I was, I'd use it to describe el Guincho, whose debut album will be made widely available in the UK through XL/Young Turks in time for the start of summer.
The well decent label are currently in the process of clearing the samples that colour Alegranza, but Pablo Diaz-Reixa, the man behind the album, says that "hopefully the record will be out at the end of May or something. It's a summer record so summer release!"
Could it make any more sense? Aside from that, el Guincho will be in London and Dublin for a series of live shows next week. I may be at all of them.
24 London Durrr
26 Dublin Antics
27 London Moshi Moshi night
El Guincho before his Gorilla vs. Booze set, SXSW (GVB)
El Guincho played what I think was his first-ever NYC show last night at Mercury Lounge (March 17). He wasn't originally on the sold-out bill that included Cut Copy as the headliner, and for that reason I think his early set was less crowded than it would have been had tickets been available at the door.
With full command, el Guincho plays a perfectly mixed together set of (I like this description...) "Spanish chanting, thudding tribal rhythms, ghostly harmonies, and the bits and pieces of a thousand as-yet-unwritten pop songs". At first it just seems like someone on stage hitting play on pre-recorded music, and I wanted to hold that against him, but I couldn't. The quality of the tracks, the order he plays them in, and the non-trivial addition of his own voice and drumming definitely help create a unique, live, and very danceable, situation. This review from a SXSW show is good...
The highlight of the evening was Barcelona, Spain's El Guincho which was one dude with a Roland sampler he'd play with his left hand and a drumstick in his right hand playing percussion. "Give me more bass!" He'd command the soundman, "No more bass! I want to feel it! No! No! Mooooore Bass!" That fucker had it right. Once he got the sound he wanted, the thump of the floor tom would simply drive the audience nuts. The percussion was a fast bouncy beat far removed from the more familiar club beats of Fuck Buttons. These were poppy happy "get your ass up and dance" beats. In short, he was a one person Carnival except we weren't parading down a street but hopping up and down in a club. Yes, even I, the non-dancer, found myself bouncing up and down! That is quite an accomplishment.Check him out tonight at Union Pool for free if you can.
el Guincho @ Red Eyed Fly, SXSW 2008 (Chester Soria)
I knew El Guincho would be at SXSW, but I forgot to look for him while I was there, and unfortunately I never ended up one of the many places he played. Luckily though, the 'Best New Music' recipient is playing two NYC shows while he's visiting our country from Barcelona.... and those are tonight and tomorrow...
Mar 17 - Mercury Lounge w/ Cut Copy, Holy Ghost (DFA), The Fashion (sold out crazy lineup - TONIGHT)All dates below...
Mar 18 - Other Music Party at Union Pool - FREE SHOW!! Brooklyn, New York w/ Other Music DJs (9 pm doors)