Entries tagged with: El-P
Today Pitchfork posted the first half (well, first 30 albums) of their Top 50 Albums of 2012 list. There are some surprises on it, like Peaking Lights and Sharon Van Etten, who seemed more likely to end up on their Honorable Mentions list due to their relatively lower scores and the fact that most of the albums on this list were awarded Best New Music throughout the year. Cat Power and Hot Chip also make it, both of whose new albums seemed to have received less love from Pitchfork than previous releases by those artists. A Rustie Essential Mix also makes the list even though his actual album which came out last year didn't make their 2011 list. And of course the expected ones end up there too like Purity Ring, Julia Holter, Schoolboy Q, Miguel, and more. The remaining 20 will be revealed tomorrow (Friday, 12/21).
Check out their 50-30 picks below...
by Bill Pearis
Pitchfork just posted their much anticipated list of the top 100 tracks of 2012. The #1 slot went to... Grimes! Whether you thought the whole of her album Visions was good or not, it was hard to deny the charms of "Oblivion." (Having that great video didn't hurt either.) Do you think it deserved to top the list? If not then what song should've?
You can check out P4K's entire hot 100 of 2012 below.
James has been doing the poster at the door each night, and doing great work (in fact, Sunday's poster may have been too good -- stolen within seconds of being taped up). But he outdid himself last night...On the fifth day of Hanukkah, while some of the biggest names in rock were playing abbreviated sets at Madison Square Garden, Yo La Tengo performed their entire Maxwell's set as a trio, which hasn't happened this week yet. The evening's special guests were El-P and comedian John Oliver. Night 5's mix was made by YLT drummer Georgia Hubley and proceeds went to the Brooklyn Recovery Fund.
...By now, the careful reader has surmised that the night began with a set by El-P, supported by Shannon Moore and backed by a three-piece band including James on bass. It looked to me like culture shock in the best sense-I'm not going to pretend I attend a lot of hip-hop shows, and clearly El-P is used to seeing a lot more hands in the air when said request is made. On the other hand, the singalong on "No Kings" went kinda swimmingly.
During this Sandy-related Hanukkah (by now, the careful reader knows last night's charity was the Brooklyn Recovery Fund), it was especially helpful to have John Oliver join us to provide some much-needed perspective. It's not damage from the storm that should be worrying us, it's America's declining empire and the digital record we're bequeathing to future generations. He suggested a few more looted treasures and a few less videos of being kicked in the family jewels. And maybe a new national anthem. - [YLT]
Three more nights of Yo La Tengo Hanukkah action left. Who is going to open tonight? UPDATE: It's Barbara Manning and Eugene Mirman, with the mix by Three-Lobed Recordings.
Night 5's setlist and mix CD cover art are below.
Once we decided to give all of this year's money to Sandy-related charities (last night's was Hoboken's volunteer first responders), it seemed especially appropriate to keep the opening acts close to home as well. With Real Estate, we managed to keep it close to everyone's home: formed in New Jersey, based in Brooklyn--the only thing missing was they don't seem quite so broken up about Dames closing their Hoboken location as we are. They played a beautiful set--had I been more on the ball I would have asked the name of that supercool long new song they did third.For the fourth night (12/12) of their Hanukkah Week shows at Maxwell's, Yo La Tengo got fellow New Jerseyans Real Estate (who just played a hardware store in Williamsburg) plus comedian Todd Barry to open for them. Also, keeping up with the extra percussion trend we've seen all week (see Fred Armisen and The Feelies), Kid Millions of Oneida sat in on second drumkit for the entire set. Todd Barry, who can keep a beat himself, played drums in an encore cover of Blue Öyster Cult's "Burnin' for You." Martin Courtney of Real Estate came onstage to to sing the night's final song, "Our Way to Fall." The entire Hanukkah Night 4 setlist is below.
When Alex Beeker sang his first lead vocal of the night on the second to last song of the set, he probably didn't realize the shock waves were going to still be reverberating a half hour later. But at least one person in the audience found it hilariously noteworthy: our next act of the evening, Todd Barry, who spent a minute or two questioning the set list. Just off the plane from Australia where he had performed at the Sydney Opera House, Todd announced his farewell appearance at Maxwell's, as henceforth he will be working exclusively at opera houses and palais. He will be missed. - [YLT]
Last night's mix CD was by Shintaro Sakamoto and proceeds from the show went to Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps. We've cleared the Hanukkah week hump -- any guesses on who will open for Yo La Tengo tonight (12/12)? UPDATE: It's El-P and John Oliver and YLT drummer Georgia Hubley made the mix CD.
Mix CD cover and Night 4 setlist below...
Craig Finn w/ The Hold Steady in NYC in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Listen to the references he makes in his lyrics or read an interview with him and you know that Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady) has a wide range of taste, and that isn't lost on his list of the top ten records of 2012, which bounces from underground rapper El-P to folk legend Bill Fay to non-stop rockers Japandroids. Of the list, Craig says, "A lot of my friends made really great records this year. To keep myself sane, I've created a list of my top ten records by people I don't know personally. Compiled quickly, probably with some ommisions." You can check the whole thing out below.
Craig will be taking part of the Soundtrack Series in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge this Friday (11/30) along with Cynthia Kaplan, Jenny Rubin, Daniel Ralston, Steve Zimmer, and host Dana Rossi. The event description reads, "Five artists-writers, comics, actors and musicians-tell the stories they forever connect with songs from their past. There's the song, the story behind the song, and the story inspired by the song. We're the third one." Craig will be doing his on "I Will Dare" by the Replacements. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Meanwhile watch Craig on the Chris Gethard show TONIGHT (11/28).
As mentioned, The Hold Steady will play Wellmont Theatre on New Year's Eve with Lucero. Since we last spoke, comedian Kurt Braunohler has been added to that bill as well. Tickets for the show are still available.
Craig Finn's top 10 albums of 2012 list is below...
Q Magazine put out their Top 50 albums of 2012 list, choosing to do so in no particular order this year, making it more a pile than a list. Check out Q's picks in alphabetical order below.
Earlier this week, we mentioned that legendary underground hip hop duo Cannibal Ox are back after a long period of silence and will play a Brooklyn show on December 9 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are still available.
Pigeons & Planes is now reporting that the duo are planning a follow-up to their lone studio album, 2001's The Cold Vein, for a 2013 release. It's not the first time the duo have announced the release of a second album, after having planned one in 2006, that allegedly included production from Pete Rock and RZA. El-P, who produced The Cold Vein said in a facebook post in 2011, "there wont ever be a can ox album produced by me again and thats a fact." Assuming this album actually comes out, here's to hoping El-P goes back on his word.
According to Can Ox member Vast Aire, "We never broke up, but the timing is now right for a new Cannibal Ox LP." He also tweeted that more shows, including some on the west coast, are being scheduled.
The video for "Painkillers" from The Cold Vein, below...
photos by Diana Wong
Primus / Moog Factory / people in hot dog costumes
Moogfest 2012 kicked off unofficially with Justice on Thursday (10/25), and then it officially began on Friday (10/26) with sets by El-P, Buke & Gase, Blondes, Explosions in the Sky, Primus, Miike Snow, Morton Subotnick and more. El-P played a studio session inside of The Moog Factory (where all Moog products are made), which we also took a tour of, and pictures of that are in this post. Those pictures include shots of the analog synth calibration office, the new white version of their Slim Phatty synthesizer, and their recent foray into guitar building.
One of the highlights of day 1 was synth veteran Morton Subotnick who played a set spanning the material he released from 1967's Silver Apples of the Moon, through 1978's A Sky of Cloudless Sulfur. Moogfest always makes a point to book a few forerunners of electronic music for their festival, which mostly features modern artists of the genre. And hearing these tunes, which were written decades ago, alongside much newer artists, it was easy to see how revolutionary Morton Subotnick was in his time.
Primus brought a set heavy with psychedelic visuals. Blondes, who always bring the dance party in NYC, did just as great of a job translating that same experience over in Asheville. And Explosions In The Sky's atmospheric set made for a great come-down later on in the show after a full day of dance parties and trekking through Asheville.
Coverage of the rest of the festival is coming soon and more pics from Moogfest day 1 are below.
El-P at Mohawk in Austin, June 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Well aren't we so special! El-P is currently touring Europe with Despot but so far only has two shows back in the US of A. In addition to the previously discussed appearance at MoogFest, look for El-P to set sail on a Rocks Off Concert Cruise on 10/19 as part of CMJ. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/21) at noon or you can try and get in with your CMJ badge if you're getting one of those.
So far no word on that new El-P video that was just shot/crowdsourced, but until then check out his "The Full Retard" video and all listed tour dates below.
El-P in Austin in June (more by Tim Griffin)
El-P, who put out the excellent Cancer 4 Cure album earlier this year is filming a new video for one of the tracks off that album, "Stay Down." The video will be produced by Pitchfork.tv and will be filmed this Friday (9/7) in NYC and El-P wants 50 fans in the area to be in it. He initially wanted all females, but has since changed his mind and will accept guys as well. If you want to be one of those 50 fans, email email@example.com.
El-P and Despot also recently teamed up to freestyle for an episode of Pitchfork.tv's "Selector." You can watch the video of that below.
In related news, in addition to El-P's own album this year, you may remember that he also produced Killer Mike's also excellent R.A.P. Music. Though as he admitted in a recent interview with Fuse, the collaboration almost didn't happen:
"We hooked up through a mutual friend at Adult Swim," El-P says of meeting Killer Mike. "I went down to Atlanta and we just hit it off. It was instantaneous. We were immediately friends, we were immediately having fun and we were immediately making what we thought was exciting music. And they stepped to me and said, 'Yo, do the whole record,' and I was like, 'No.'"Late last month, Killer Mike dropped a video for "Untitled" from that album, which you can watch below. He'll be back in NYC when his tour with GZA (performing Liquid Swords), Sweet Valley, and Bear Hands hits Irving Plaza on October 18 during CMJ.
"Over a period of a couple months they just wore me down. I couldn't front on it. I was trying to do my record so I was like, 'I can't put the time in,' but we just had so much fun. [I realized] we gotta do it."
Videos are below.
Moogfest 2011 (more by Diana Wong)
Moogfest, which is becoming one of the most intriguing US music festivals, is returning to Asheville, NC this year on October 26 and 27. Like in past years, the festival includes some legends like Thomas Dolby and GZA performing Liquid Swords (like he is in NYC and other cities), some of our favorite newcomers like Julia Holter, Trust, and Disclosure, electronic heavy hitters like Orbital, Four Tet, Squarepusher, Richie Hawtin, Mouse on Mars, and Prefuse 73 with Teebs, in addition to a diverse list of other artists like Killer Mike, El-P, The Magnetic Fields, Explosions in the Sky, Primus, Santigold, Divine Fits, Actress, Pantha Du Prince, Bear in Heaven, and more. Tickets for this year's fest go on sale Friday (8/10) at noon. The initial lineup is listed below.
Orbital, who released their new album, Wonky, this year, which featured a track with Zola Jesus, have a few other North American dates this year (still none in NYC though).
For Divine Fits, the new band featuring Britt Daniel (Spoon), Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs), and Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks), who recently made their live debut in Austin, Moogfest is one of the few shows they've got scheduled this year, including the Chicago show they played last night (8/5) and an upcoming NYC show.
Moogfest 2012 lineup is listed below.
Wilco at Prospect Park, 7/23/2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
today in NYC
Mike Pride @ Barbes
Big Terrific @ Cameo
Sarah Siskind @ Joe's Pub
Weimar New York @ Joe's Pub
Wilco, Cibo Matto @ Terminal 5
Melvin Gibbs @ Le Poisson Rouge
Water Scores: Part 2 @ The Stone
The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
The Alternate Routes @ Bryant Park
WIERD with Vaura @ Home Sweet Home
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly @ Jones Beach
Kind of Like Spitting, Dads @ Knitting Factory
Animal Kingdom, Royal Teeth @ Mercury Lounge
Martha Wainwright, Hannah Cohen @ City Winery
The Stationary Set, Modern Rivals @ Mercury Lounge
Wilder Maker, Wilsen, Margaret Glaspy @ Union Pool
Santana, Allman Brothers Band @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Bright Moments, Valley Lodge, Good Field @ Union Hall
Napoleon's, Hard Nips, Visuals @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
Freedy Johnston, Bryan Dunn, Mike Higbee @ The Rock Shop
Shark?, Darlings, Celestial Shore, RElyse @ 285 Kent Ave
Katie's Money, Twitchers, Ugly Purple Sweater @ Cake Shop
Summerscreen w/ Telepathe, Prince Rama, Vaz @ McCarren Park
The Echo-Friendly, Zulu Pearls, Such Hounds @ Bowery Electric
High Space, Will Bernard, Scott Metzger, Wolf @ Brooklyn Bowl
Woodsman, Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk, Ancient Ocean @ Zebulon
Technicolor Teeth, Acid Glasses, Golden Clouds @ Death By Audio
TED Talks w/ Jon Benjamin, Julie Klausner, and more @ Littlefield
Allen Stone, Elizabeth and The Catapult, Anthony Hall @ Bowery Ballroom
Deidre & The Dark, Fast Years, The Living Kills, Lorna Dune @ Glasslands
Alberich, Chaos Majik, Swollen Organs, Compactor, Theologian @ Saint Vitus
Water Scores: Part 1 Altered Spades: Fables of a Mutated Harlem @ The Stone
The Babies, Wild Yaks, Beach Day, Daytona, Total Slacker (DJ set) @ Public Assembly
Milk!, Megg Farrell's Whiskey Social, Chamber Band, Kendy Gable, Jack Wilson @ Pianos
Evans Blue, State Your Cause, Jolly, Ascending From Ashes, The Latanza Heist @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Open Mike Eagle, Mega Ran, Billy Woods, PremRock, Willie Green, Adam (Nasa), Brzowski, Mo Niklz @ Cameo Gallery
You can keep your free Williamsburg evening going by heading to 285 Kent to see Shark?, Darlings, Celestial Shore, and RElyse -- though anything you want to pay at the door will go to funding Showpaper.
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Happy Birthday to Thurston Moore who is 54 today. Watch him explain the "grunge pedal" on a classic 120 Minutes clip below.
King Dude's got a new 7", the first single from his forthcoming album Burning Daylight. You can stream it below.
Hot Chip, who just played two shows in NYC, released a video for "How You Do?" from their latest album In Our Heads which you can watch below.
Nardwuar latest interviewee is El-P and you can watch that below too.
Concert cruises are all the rage lately, and this is in fact real.
Indio, CA music festival Coachella continues for two weekends in April, 2013. But just because they've decided to keep the fest in Indio, doesn't mean they can't take it on a couple of cruises as well. As seen in the picture above, S.S. Coachella will set set sail off of the Bahamas from December 16-19 and off of Jamaica from December 19-23. The lineup (thus far at least) includes Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, James Murphy (DJ set), Grimes, Cloud Nothings, Killer Mike, El-P, Sleigh Bells, Father John Misty, and more.
Holy Ship sails in January too.
photos by Tim Griffin
El-P @ Mohawk - 6/23/2012
El-P is currently on tour with Killer Mike, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, and Despot supporting both El-P's new album, Cancer 4 Cure, and Killer Mike's (which El-P produced), R.A.P. Music. They're over in California right now, and while there, El-P stopped by Conan to perform with Zola Jesus last night (6/27). They played "Works Every Time" off El-P's new album. You can watch a video of that performance below.
As mentioned, the tour hits NYC on July 13 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter are below.
The tour hit Austin last week for a show at Mohawk on June 23. You can check out more pictures from that show below, along with the Conan video and contest details...
Ultramagnetic MCs at ATP NJ 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As mentioned in What's going on? last night, Prodigy's upcoming "Queens Day" show at Irving Plaza, which was supposed to happen next week (6/19) has been cancelled. Though he did play a private Rock the Bells kickoff show at Santos Party House last night (6/13) with (according to the flyer) Ghostface Killah, DMX, Jadakiss, and Hit Squad
Q-Tip's "Offline" party (a DJ gig), also scheduled at Irving Plaza, is still set to happen this Friday (6/15) at the Manhattan venue.
Ghostface Killah's other upcoming shows include the free Prospect Park show on 6/23, a Wu-Block party at Highline Ballroom (8/8) (tickets on sale 6/15), and Rock the Bells with Wu-Block. The Highline show is only with Ghostface and Sheek Louch, but for Rock the Bells, the whole crew will be there (Ghostface, Raekwon, Sheek Louch, Jadakiss, and Styles P).
Ghostface and Raekwon play a free show together, and much sooner, in Toronto as part of NXNE on Sunday (6/17). Action Bronson, who plays a free show in Red Hook Park (6/19), will be at the Toronto fest too. The entire music portion of NXNE kicked off yesterday (6/13) and runs through the weekend.
Killer Mike will be at NXNE too, and his tour with El-P, Despot, and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire kicks off on Tuesday (6/19) in Atlanta. It hits NYC on July 13 at Irving Plaza. Ticketsplayed SOB's with Spaceghostpurrp in celebration of Purrp's new album, Mysterious Phonk. Purrp's also got a couple Shortcuts parties under his belt. Speaking of, one of those (sans Purrp) goes down at Santos TONIGHT (6/14) with Fat Tony and Fat Trel (tickets).
While NXNE is going on in Toronto, Brooklyn will be getting its own multi-venue music festival with Northside Festival, which also happens this weekend.
As mentioned, Kool Keith plays a Northside show at Brooklyn Bowl TONIGHT (6/14) with Lushlife. Lushlife recently dropped a remix of "She's a Buddhist, I'm a Cubist" with Angel Deradoorian, Cities Aviv, G-Side, Big Baby Gandhi, Deniro Farrar, and KDz Kenny Dennis. You can stream that below Tickets are still available for the Brooklyn Bowl show and we're also giving away a pair. Contest details are below.
As usual, Questlove will DJ the Brooklyn venue after that show (tickets).
Kool Keith also plays as part of Ultramagnetic MCs at a Northside show at MHOW on Sunday (6/17) with Phony PPL. Tickets for that show are still available. Phony PPL also play SOB's on July 24 with Blackbear. Tickets for that show are on sale.
GZA & Grupo Fantasma @ Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
And speaking of hip hop Northside shows at MHOW, GZA (backed by Grupo Fantasmo like he was a Bonnaroo) plays two (early and late) shows at the venue TONIGHT (6/14). Both are sold out, but you can try and get in with your Northside badge.
Aside from Kid Sister at Sugarland on Saturday (6/16), not much more hip hop is happening at Northside, but there are other good hip hop shows tonight and this weekend.
Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def)
plays the previously discussed show at the Apollo Theater TONIGHT (6/14) as part of Blue Note Jazz Festival. Tickets for that show are still available FOR THE SHOW THAT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 28th.
Blue Note Jazz Fest also gives us a free Central Park Summerstage show on Sunday (6/17) with Groove Theory, Soulive, Riq and Rah with Strings (Black Thought + Rahzel), and DJ Questlove.
Hip hop producer RJD2 DJs a party for the ongoing 'One Step Beyond' series at the American Museum of Natural History on Friday (6/15) with Cosmo Baker, Import/Export, and visuals by Glowing Pictures with special guest Shantell Martin. Tickets for that are available.
You can also catch Tech N9ne and Machine Gun Kelly on the Hostile Takeover Tour which takes over the NYC area on Saturday (6/16) at Starland Ballroom in NJ (tickets) and Sunday (6/17) at HIghline Ballroom (tickets). Be careful during Machine Gun Kelly's set though; TMZ reports that he was just sued $15,000 for slicing open a bouncer's finger. Ouch.
Apple Stores are hosting hip hop in-stores all month.
In other hip hop news, you can stream Black Milk's Live at Third Man Records in its entirety and J-Dilla's posthumous Rebirth of Detroit in its entirety below, along with other song streams and contest details for tonight's Kool Keith show.
Vast Aire aka one half of NYC abstract hip hop duo Cannibal Ox, who are responsible for 2001's incredible El-P produced The Cold Vein, recently announced that he'll play a hometown show in NYC on July 12 at The Studio at Webster Hall with OutofaWhole and Kev Bars. Tickets for the show are on sale now. It's his only announced date at the moment but his facebook page makes it sound like more may be on the way.
Vast's most recent album was the OX 2010: A Street Odyssey LP, which came out last year, featuring contributions from Raekwon, Guilty Simpson, and more. Check out the video for "The Cannon of Samus" from that release below.
Speaking of El-P, he's been having an excellent year thanks to his production on Killer Mike's great new album, R.A.P. Music and his own also great Cancer 4 Cure LP. Unfortunately, he was forced to cancel some European festival appearances this week due to the unexpected passing of someone close to him, but as promised, the rest of his tour with Killer Mike, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, and Despot will proceed as planned. That tour includes the previously discussed NYC show on July 13 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available.
Vast Aire video below...
El-P at Santos (via kristinsayz)
Last night, before a tightly-packed Santos Party House in downtown Manhattan, El-P showcased his new work in its entirety, front to back...As hypothesized and then confirmed, El-P was joined by a cavalcade of guests during his Cancer 4 Cure release party at Santos on Monday night (5/21). Check out some videos of El-Producto from Santos that night below.
Opening with the rave-like "Request Denied" and blazing the stage with bangers "The Full Retard" and "Drones Over Bklyn," El-P worked the crowd into a frenzy with relative ease. He was joined by many guests including show opener/Def Jux refugee Despot and new best bud Killer Mike on "Tougher Colder Killer," Das Racist's Himanshu on "True Story," Nick Diamonds of Islands on "Stay Down," and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire on "Oh Hail No." The one bummer of the night was Danny Brown was apparently not able to make it out for his verse. However, Action Bronson did appear on stage at one point. He didn't get on the mic, but he did smoke two gigantic joints on the side of the stage which was a spectacle in and of itself. -[Death & Taxes]
Next up, a US tour for El-P, Killer Mike, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and Despot. Initially, no NYC date was scheduled for that tour, but they've since added one happening on July 13 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on presale Thursday (5/24) at 10AM and regular sale starts Friday (5/25) at 10 AM.
Meanwhile, you can catch Killer Mike again this Thursday (5/24) at Brooklyn Bowl.
Videos of El-P, his special guests, and a swaying Santos Party House, along with a list of all dates below...
As you can see above, El-P's special guests for his upcoming show at Santos on May 21 will include none other than Killer Mike! The Atlanta MC, who also plays a free show at Brooklyn Bowl with DIIV three days later, will join Jaime Meline for his Cancer for Cure release party along with Despot and more special guests. That makes Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire the only artist that isnt officially on the Santos show from the upcoming tour with El-P and Killer Mike. No word on if he'll show up as well, but considering his proximity... it's definitely possible. Tickets are still available. UPDATE: special guests confirmed:
In other El-P news, he recently released another new trailer Cancer for Cure. But no need to wait because you can also now stream the LP in full. El-P recently performed "Stay Down" with Nick Diamonds on David Letterman (on 5/15), check that out along with the trailer below.
Killer Mike just released his recently BNM'd LP in R.A.P. Music. Make sure and catch him on said tour with El-Producto -- a list of all dates is below. While you're down there, make sure and stream a new track from Killer Mike and watch him talk about weed with his mother. No shit.
"NEW YORK LOVES AND WILL NEVER FORGET MCA." - El-P
Madison Square Garden pays tribute to Adam (pic via)
Like Coldplay, BADBADNOTGOOD & Bomb The Music Industry!, and Thom Yorke, many, many artists and institutions have been paying tribute to Adam Yauch in their own way, More videos from last night below....
El-P (right) on stage with Company Flow at Coachella (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
El-P's Cancer for Cure is inching towards release (due on May 22nd via Fat Possum) and though the record leaked yesterday, the Brooklyn MC is trying not to sweat it. At least Jaime Meline has some good news to report today, in that he will hit the road for a string of dates this summer, preceeded by an NYC show at Santos on May 21st, his record release party. Tickets are on sale, and the show will also feature appearances from Despot and, I am guessing, a few surprise guests. The other dates are listed below.
In related news, El-P and Killer Mike have teamed up for R.A.P. Music due on May 15 via Williams Street Records (Adult Swim's label). El-P handles the prduction on the release, as well as makes an appearance on the ninth track "Butane (Champion's Anthem)". Check out one of those tracks, "Big Beast" featuring Bun B, Trouble & T.I. below.
In other news, the new single "Tougher Colder Killer" from Cancer 4 Cure has been released and features Killer Mike and Despot. Check that out below, alongside streaming audio of two other El-P tracks "The Full Retard" and "Drones over Brooklyn", and all tour dates.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
dolphin rider / Wild Flag / At the Drive-In
"Weekend one of Coachella 2012 not only confirmed rock fans' rabid appetite for live music but reminded the music industry that the past is a lot closer than it used to be. There were no rock acts from the 1960s or early '70s on the bill. The look back was dedicated to Coachella's continuing affection for reuniting British bands from the late '70s and early '80s--this year, it was Buzzcocks, James, Madness, Pulp and Squeeze. Other reuniting bands on the bill included American alt-rock bands Firehose, Mazzy Star and At the Drive-In; and Refused, a punk group from Sweden that hadn't been heard from since 1998. One could argue that the "appearance" by the late Shakur was an admission that to become a musical force again, West Coast rap needs a resurrection. Though the beats conceived and developed by Dr. Dre, Shakur, Snoop Dogg and others are now woven into rock and pop's vocabulary, rap had little presence at Coachella 2012, save for the ingenuity of the late Sunday-night oldies show.It's actually hard to believe that after all that went on over the weekend THE EXACT SAME COACHELLA IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN AGAIN. But back to last weekend for a second...
And if there was any doubt that electronic dance music is a dominating force, even if it's still underappreciated by the mainstream, Swedish House Mafia and Justice played the main stage. The big tent dedicated to dance music was rarely less than filled to a boisterous overflow." [Wall Street Journal]
You already saw pictures from Friday and Saturday, video of an idiot falling off a wooden structure, watched Frank Ocean's set, and Azealia Banks's. The Weeknd's too. You saw Refused's setlist and some videos. You already know what At The Drive-In played on Sunday, and streamed their set in full after you were done watching Real Estate's and M83's, not to mention parts of Bon Iver's and Andrew Bird's. You're already well aware that Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg and many special guests headlined on Sunday, and you even saw the pictures of them and watched the Tupac hologram video. Now here are the rest of the Sunday pictures, and they continue, below....
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire at Southpaw 2/9 (via)
Action Bronson at Southpaw 2/9 (via)
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and Action Bronson shared a bill at Southpaw last night (2/9) with support from Soul Kahn and Kyle Rapps, and included special guest Illustrate. They were joined on stage by El-P, Despot, and Kool AD & Heems of Das Racist, who are all featured on eXquire's "Huzzah" remix (where was Danny Brown?!). Action Bronson has a show tonight in Austin, where he will return in March for SXSW.
Last night's show was one of the last at Southpaw, which is closing this month. Their website lists shows happening through February 19, including M.A.K.U. Soundsystem and I Jah Bones TONIGHT (2/10). Tickets for tonight' show are available. There's also a huge show presented by iHeart Dilla taking place on February 15, billed as "One Song: A Forever Fresh Farewell to Southpaw," with Nitty Scott, Illustrate (who was a guest at last night's show), Warren Britt, Jesse Abraham, Top $ Raz, MC Eleven, Tanya Morgan, and many others. The flier for this show with all the performers listed is below.
words & photos by BBG
Hopefully, there weren't masses that headed to DUMBO on Saturday (10/15) expecting a few Mozz-a-repa stands, a sausage & pepper cart, and a dealer selling his collection of "tobacco" pipes while looking for the live music. The Creators Project had much more to offer. It celebrated the different facets of creativity within art, music, and theater while showcasing live music alongside interactive sculpture to create a wholly different "festival" environment.
The musical portion was limited to two live stages and a third "DJ" stage which also housed a few exhibits. One live stage was located under an archway beneath the Manhattan Bridge. The other was in the "Tobacco Warehouse", a brick structure that has also hosted the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. The shows were free, though you needed to RSVP (and even then you needed a confirmation that you were accepted).
I kicked off my afternoon at the Tobacco Warehouse stage with Teen Daze whose laptop knob-twiddling didn't make for much of a live event. After a few songs I moved on to my first band of the day, Brooklyn's Chairlift. Caroline Polachek is the clear focus of the band's sound, with her vocals pushed to the front and the electronic-pop complementing her lilting voice. Their sunny and simple compositions were sugar-y, well executed and a good way to ease into the day, but not particularly memorable. The next performance would bring about an abrupt change.
No one outcrazys John Maus. After the crew cleared the stage of seemingly every piece of gear, the very unassuming Maus came on to plug his Roland SP-404 sampler into the DI and his microphone into an echo pedal. With the hit of his sampler, Maus kicked off his set by bouncing left and right and jumping around. Veins bulged in his neck and face as he began to scream, sing, whimper and all but cry into his microphone during his vocal parts. Even if I had no interest in his recorded material (which I do, and tons of it), I would, as I'm sure any passerby would, still find the maniacal John Maus live (almost freak) show absolutely enthralling. Catch him again this week at 285 Kent.
After 3+ songs from Clams Casino on the laptop which was about as exciting as it sounds (dramatic key-stroke!), A$AP Rocky opened his set by explaining that people are saying he is the "biggest thing to hip hop since the Wu-Tang Clan". I'd like to meet these people. Regardless of how over/correctly hyped A$AP is, he and his crew (which included an appearance from Spaceghostpurrp) were particularly high energy - stage-diving, inciting mosh-pits, and hopping around on stage. The crowd didn't move with the same enthusiasm though. Despite calls for more participation, the crew didn't ignite similar energy in the crowd.
After a visit to see Four Tet (another knob-twiddling set), I cruised over to see Bradford Cox do a one-man Atlas Sound. I prefer Atlas Sound in full band mode to Bradford solo, but his set was fresh change to the mostly electronic vibe of the day. Cox's voice coupled with the Bridge backdrop and the Manhattan skyline was particularly impressive.
It had been around 14 years since I saw Company Flow on tour with Organized Konfusion, the former celebrating their seminal Funcrusher Plus and the latter promoting what may be their final effort, The Equinox. That summer in 1997, Co-Flow sounded so alien to everything else in the era; primitive, noisy beats made with crude synths and harsh scratches were complemented by abstract and double-time rhymes. Lead by a white redhead-ed MC (a rarity in the era), Company Flow was truly unique in their time.
Company Flow were massive to me in that certain, early-backpacker Rawkus era, the blast-off point for El-P's noisy and dystopian blueprint at Definitive Jux. So it pains me to say that the primitive Company Flow sound hasn't aged so well live; El-P still has a good stage presence as always, but unfortunately the rawness of the tracks just now come across as simplistic in comparison to his sleeker production. It was good to see the crew though, and with Pharoahe Monch in tow, much like that night in DC in 1997.
After Co-Flow, I caught a bit of Florence & The Machine before calling it an evening meaning I also missed the abbreviated Justice DJ set. Though cops shut down Jusice early and a vocal minority of DUMBO residents complained about the takeover of their neighborhood streets, the complaints were minor leagues compared to the impressive spectacle that descended on art galleries, parks, storefronts, and even an archway underneath the Manhattan Bridge.
We're splitting this into multiple parts, so stay tuned for the rest. Meanwhile, more pictures of everything I saw, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
STEREOGUM: What appealed to you about getting involved with All Tomorrow's Parties?Before Chuck D joined fest co-curators Portishead on stage during their Sunday I'll Be Your Mirror set in Asbury Park, Public Enemy played their own set, as did reunited hip hop group Company Flow (who will play again this month as part of the Creators Project). Ultramagnetic MCs played on Saturday, as did Swans.
GEOFF BARROW: I just like that, for the most part, you wouldn't want to be there if you aren't actually into the music. It's not like Coachella where there are loads of girls walking around in bikinis and stuff like that. It's basically people enjoying what is often some really indulgent music. For us, it's like a Charlie in the Chocolate Factory moment. You win the golden ticket and you get to see how the candy is made. You get to choose the bands that play with you, which is just ... amazing. It's like, wow, yes, please.
STEREOGUM: Who in particular are you most excited about seeing?
GEOFF BARROW: We've been really lucky over the years. We've done three of these ATP festivals and it's always such a good experience. I'm always, always, always very into watching Public Enemy. Also, Ultramagnetic MCs because they are just mental and so important to hip hop. I'll also be watching Swans ... with earplugs. I want to watch everything. I want to watch as much as I possibly can.
Jeff Mangum played his second of three Asbury Park sets on Sunday (10/2), though like his Friday show, we don't have pictures of his set (he doesn't like pictures). We do have pictures of a lot of other sets from Sunday though, and they continue, along with shots of the general Asbury Park scenery (the conclusion of our ATP NJ 2011 coverage), below...
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire
"Shortcuts" is a new party being thrown by Heems of Das Racist, Dean Bein of True Panther Sounds, and Despot at Santos Party House. The first edition goes down on September 8 with Spaceghostpurrp, ASAP Rocky, Das Racist (DJ), and Venus X & $hayne (Ghe20 G0th1k). Tickets are on sale now and the flier is below.
LA Weekly recently spoke to 19 year old Miami rapper/producer Spaceghostpurrp, who plays the Shortcuts party. He talked about how he's friends with Kreayshawn, Syd tha Kyd playing his song "Suck a Dick" at a show, and how people need to stop comparing him to Tyler, the Creator and Lil B (even though he fucks with the Based movement). You can listen to the track "Suck a Dick" below.
In related news, Mishka, the store/label who put out material by Das Racist, Stalley, and more recently Main Attrakionz, will release Brooklyn rapper Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire's debut album Lost In Translation on September 11 as a free download. The album will feature production by El-P (who also contributed production to the new Das Racist album), Necro, Esoteric, BoweryBeats, Constrobuz and Charli Brown Beatz. Check out Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire's excellent (and slightly NSFW) video for "Huzzah" with the full new album tracklist below.