Entries tagged with: Emmy the Great
It's been a little while since hearing from UK singer-songwriter Emmy the Great. She spent some time traveling around the world and has now signed with Bella Union who will release her new EP, simply titled S. Says Emmy:
My previous recordings were a reflection of my internal world, but this is a record of me trying to engage with the outside. Over the course of travelling and touring for the last two years I inhabited many cities and landscapes. While I wrote this EP and the album that will follow, everything changed. As I wrote the songs I began to reflect more and more the world that I saw around me, incredibly bright, technologically breathtaking. I am curious about being a person in this world, and I tried to write that into the music.The lead track on the new EP is "Swimming Pool" which features vocals from Tom Fleming of Wild Beasts. It's a little different than you may remember Emmy sounding, and you can stream and watch the video for that below.
In other news, Emmy has reviewed Iggy Azalea's Reclassified for The Talkhouse.
My relationship with Iggy Azalea begins on a freeway in 2013. Driving myself to a show in a car that has been known to smoke from the engine if put in reverse. Terrified of the consequences of a crash (car disintegrates, head falls off, etc.), I obey the law of not touching my phone while driving, and end up listening to a playlist of her music on loop for two hours.Read the whole thing at The Talkhouse. "Swimming Pool" video and track stream below...
During this period, I get to know Iggy's legend, best heard in the lyrics of the song "Work," pretty well. Every time "Work" comes around, dancefloor synths pulsing sadly as she speaks her opening lines -- "Walk a mile in these Loubotins/They don't wear these shoes where I'm from" -- I imagine the video with Iggy walking down a dusty red dirt road, alone. After a while, the first minor chord in that opening sequence is enough to make me feel teary. She did it ALL ALONE, I think, FOR A DREAM.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Grace Banks - "I Think I Caught A Glimpse Of God" (MP3)
London folk singer and Emmy the Great tourmate Grace Banks, who was in NYC for shows at The National Underground and Shrine Harlem back in June, will return for two shows here on September 25 at Pianos and September 26 at The Sidewalk Cafe. All of her upcoming dates are listed below.
Grace released the Prologue EP about a year ago and is planning to release a new one soon. She just put out one of those new songs called "I Think I Caught A Glimpse Of God" which recalls the airiness of Song to a Seagull-era Joni Mitchell and is haunted by a bare bones recording and the empty space backing Grace and her guitar. You can download that song above, or stream it below along with five other newer tracks.
A list of all dates and streams are below.
DOWNLOAD: Emmy the Great - "God of Loneliness" (Dems Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Emmy the Great - "Paper Forest" (Dan le Sac Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Emmy the Great - "Exit Night" (Banjo or Freakout Remix) (MP3)
Emmy the Great at BV-CMJ 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
On May 7, Emmy the Great released a new single for the track "God of Loneliness," which was originally written for her 2011 Virtue LP but did not appear on the album and was since reworked. The single came out on Close Harbour in the UK and is backed by a cover of Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You." You can stream "God of Loneliness" below and also check out videos of performances of both songs at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall from this past March. She nails Hope Sandoval's breathy vocals in "Fade Into You" pretty well. (Hope Sandoval herself performed "Fade Into You" recently at 6 California shows).
In addition to the single, Emmy is planning to release an accompanying short film and remixes of "God of Loneliness" and a few Virtue cuts by Dan Le Sac, Dems, Banjo or Freakout, and CSS. There's also a series comic strips for "God of Loneliness" created by Paul Shinn, which feature the remixers as characters. Check out the strips with Banjo or Freakout and Dan Le Sac below. You can download the Banjo or Freakout, Dan Le Sac, and Dems remixes above, or stream those below.
"God of Loneliness" is available as an iTunes download but the Mazzy Star cover isn't included. The single will be included with the deluxe edition of Virtue, which is due out in the US on May 22. The deluxe edition also includes bonus tracks from the Virtue sessions, "Paper Forest (Birds)" and "Emily."
All videos, comic strips, and streams are below...
Josh T Pearson @ BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Check out Rough Trade's list of the Top 100 Albums of 2011 (yay Josh T Pearson!), below...
words by Andrew Sacher, photos by Chris La Putt
Emmy the Great @ Public Assembly
Emmy the Great played an excellent set at the Friday BV day party (10/21) at Public Assembly as a two-piece (Emma-Lee Moss and Euan Hinshelwood). They opened their set, one of just three at CMJ, with the lighthearted in title but not in subject manner "Dinosaur Sex," the first track off the recently released Virtue. From there, they continued to play a number of great cuts off both full lengths. Emma put her guitar down for the last song of the set, taking solely to the mic, and about halfway through the song she ventured off stage until she was encircled by the entire crowd in the middle of Public Assembly's back room. After the show Emmy recorded some songs for us outside on the sidewalk - hopefully we'll get those videos posted soon. Meanwhile more pictures from the show, below.
Another standout track from the show was "Paper Forest (In The Afterglow of Rapture)," which she recently made a video for. The video was directed by Lucy Needs, who has also directed videos for Slow Club. You can watch that video below.
Emmy the Great is also making an album with Tim Wheeler of Ash. The album is titled This is Christmas and will be released on November 21 via Infectious Music. The album features drums by Matt Tong of Bloc Party, string arrangements by Ilan Eskeri, and guitar contributions from Emmy the Great's Euan Hinshelwood. According to Emmy's site, the album features nine self-penned songs and a Phil Sepctor cover. You can download the first track, "Christmas Day (I Wish I Was Surfing)," for free at Emmy and Tim's facebook page. The album's artwork is below.
More pictures from Emmy's set at the BV day party, video, and album artwork below...
AM @ Summerstage over the summer (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
today in NYC
* Odd Future @ Terminal 5
* Zola Jesus, Xanopticon @ LPR
* BOBBY, Emmy the Great @ Fat Baby
* Arctic Monkeys, Smith Westerns @ MHOW
* Ted Leo, Yellow Ostrich @ Brooklyn Bowl
* We Were Promised Jetpacks, Forest Fire (Fatcat showcase) @ Mercury Lounge
* A Place to Bury Strangers, Gauntlet Hair, Parts & Labor, Exitmusic, etc @ Union Pool
* Twin Shadow, Main Attrakionz, Bleached, Caveman, Inc, Pujol, Fidlar @ Santos Party House
BOBBY plays just two CMJ shows while they're here. Tonight at Fat Baby, and tomorrow during the day at Knitting Factory.
Emmy the Great plays with BOBBY tonight. You can also catch her at our Friday day party.
STAGE 1 (front room)Stay tuned for the missing set times and full lineup, but you can see most of the bands on the flyer above! Also stay tuned for the linuep of our Saturday party happening in the same venue at the same times.
12:00 Races (new Frenchkiss signing)
12:45 Bleached (ex Mika Miko)
02:15 Young Magic
03:15 A Place To Bury Strangers
04:15 Chelsea Wolfe
05:00 J Mascis (solo)
STAGE 2 (back room)
12:30 Cold Specks (1st-ever US show)
01:15 Lord Huron
02:00 Emmy the Great
02:45 Silver Swans
03:30 Xeno & Oaklander
05:15 Gauntlet Hair
In addition to free music, here are some more reason to stop by Friday. We will have FREE SNACKS courtesy of popchips and Raw Revolution and FREE DRINKS courtesy of Sailor Jerry and our official CMJ wine partner HobNob Wines. Check out HobNob's Facebook page for free music downloads and go to Sailor Jerry's website to read more about all of their CMJ events.
We'll also have FREE BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 25 people in the door (not many of these exist - we sold them for charity at CMJ last year).
As mentioned in our Thursday Day Party announcement, we've also partnered with Spotify who are offering 48 hour free Premium trials (playlist for this party coming soon) and Sony Bloggie (stay tuned for our post-CMJ video series) for all BV CMJ/not-CMJ events including this one.
Thanks to Zach Jaeger (Tonally Dude) for the flyer you see above.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Emmy the Great visited the US for a couple of shows earlier this month. Her band wasn't able to make it over for the shows but Emmy enlisted the help of Brooklyn band SpaceCamp to back her. After touching down in the US she played a show in Philly on August 17 and then came to NYC's Studio at Webster Hall the next night (8/18). She played a set mainly of material off her recently released LP Virtue, saving time for a few older cuts as well. She ended the show by bringing out Devonte Hynes (aka Blood Orange) to join her for a cover of Weezer's "Island in the Sun."
Joywave opened the NYC show. More pictures and a video are below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Limiñanas - Down Underground (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Gytters - Divebombers (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Wrong Words - Summer's Gone (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Figurines "New Colors" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The War On Drugs - "Baby Missiles" (MP3)
Band of the week is most certainly The Limiñanas (mainly because they haven't played here before) who are from France and play Death By Audio tonight (8/17) and Cake Shop tomorrow (8/18). I'll quote myself (from my Favorite Francophone Albums of 2011 list) again:
Evoking swinging Parisian scene of the mid-'60s (Gainsbourg, Dutronc, Ye-Ye, et al), The Limiñanas dance their way through 12 hits of groovy garage: fuzz leads, killer basslines, combo organ, smoky vocals. Perfect for your next Love-In.The band, signed to great Chicago label Trouble in Mind, are normally a trio but are joining forces on this trip with fellow Frenchies Gaz Gaz (who also play their own set) to make a seven-piece motorik garage superpower. Friends who saw them in Chicago last week were knocked out. (There's video from that show at the bottom of this post.) I implore you to make it out to one of these shows.
Both shows have their benefits. The Death by Audio also has The Gytters, a newish group fronted by Scott Rosenthal who plays keyboards in Class Actress and has spent time as one of The Beets ever-rotating list of drummers (he also produced their records). The duo make a slightly twangy brand of indie -- check out "Divebombers" at the top of this post. I was impressed when I saw them at Bruar Falls a few weeks ago. Also on the bill are great locals Diehard who are putting the finishing touches on their debut album.
The Cake Shop show on Thursday, meanwhile, features yet another Trouble in Mind band, San Francisco's The Wrong Words, who have more of a crunchy, late-'70s powerpop vibe to them. (And maybe just a little Thin Lizzy in there too.) Their self-titled debut is a boppin' good time -- you can download a track from it at the top of this post. If you can't make this one, The Wrong Words also play Bruar Fall on Saturday (8/20). Locals The Judy Blooms open the show.
The Wave Pictures
The Wave Pictures are visiting from the UK, their first time here since playing Sunday night of the 2010 Northside Festival. Dates have changed a bit since wefirst announced them. The band are now playing three shows in NYC: tonight (8/17) at Mercury Lounge, tomorrow (8/18) at Public Assembly and then next Thursday (8/25) at The Rock Shop. We at BrooklynVegan are big Wave Pictures fans, which I think most people who see them become. Here's what I wrote when they played our Pre-SXSW show in 2010:
Next up were the Wave Pictures who I'm pretty sure charmed everyone in the room. Singer David Tattersal, in addition to being a hell of a songwriter and pretty fierce guitarist, is a very funny guy. His between-song stories were just as entertaining and the music. At one point he accidentally unplugged his guitar mid-solo, but he hilariously covered the gaff made for one of the more memorable moments of the evening.The band have a new album out, Beer in the Breakers, and is another fine example of Tattersal's tongue-twisting prose and snaky solos. But I still don't think any record has quite captured the experience of seeing them live. So I do hope you do so. You won't be sorry.
Emmy the Great
Speaking of artists that pretty much the entire BV staff loves, Emmy the Great is also here, playing the Studio @ Webster Hall on Thursday (8/18). She's an extremely charming songwriter and performer (and person in general) who can find humor in even the bleakest of situations without cheapening the emotions. Case in point her new album Virtue which deals with some major heartbreak. (She can also be just straight-up funny too.) And like The Wave Pictures, she's much better experienced in person than on record (though the new record is quite good).
I'm not sure if she's here solo or with her band or maybe just collaborator Euan Hinshelwood who has accompanied her before. He's got his own band, Younghusband, whose new single on Too Pure is teriffic (and nothing like Emmy's music).
Now we move to Denmark. Figurines were supposed to be here in June but the dates got pushed back to this week. They play tonight (8/17) at Knitting Factory and then an early show tomorrow (8/18) at Mercury Lounge.
The band's fourth album, which came out in Denmark last year, just got a belated but welcome American release. For those who found 2007's The Deer Wore Blue a bit wilfully obscure, the new self-titled album marks a return to the hook-filled indie rock of their 2005's Skeleton. You can download "New Colors" at the top of this post.
I haven't seen Figurines play since CMJ 2006 when they opened for Girl Talk. I thought they were fantastic then, I mix of various '90s influences (Built to Spill, The 3D's, Unrest) but processed through that eccentric Denmark filter than makes everything just a little off kilter. The one thing I really remember about that show was how tight they were. Figurines can really play.
The New Lines
And finally I'd like to highlight a local band I like a lot, The New Lines who play this Thursday (8/18) at Bar4 in Park Slope. Steeped in late '60s/early '70s baroque psychedelia and soundtrack music, it's all groovy rhythms and basslines, icy harmonies, analogue keyboards and vibrato. The band just released a split 7" with Still Corners which is a perfect match. You can download a couple songs for free via a Bandcamp widget at the bottom of this post.
I just love this kind of stuff -- I made a whole mix of it last week over at Sound Bites -- and The New Lines do it very, very well. No idea what they're like live, but I'm looking forward to finding out.
This is a really good week for music. Do go see some. In addition to the above highlights, there are even more shows I recommend which are listed below on a day-by-day basis.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17
While I'm seeing The Limiñanas, I think the rest of the BV staff will be going to Chelsea Wolfe, Cult of Youth, and Planning For Burial at St. Vitus Bar. I am the black sheep.
Emmy the Great at BV CMJ in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Emmy the Great, who played a single US show in May, is returning to the US for a couple more dates before playing a full tour in the UK. The US dates are August 17 at Trocadero Balcony in Philadelphia and August 18 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.
All tour dates below...
"Paul Simon, Lee Scratch Perry and Jimmy Cliff play blinding sets at Glastonbury Saga stage. All over 70 Tony Benn oldest at 95 !" - James Osborn
"Best thing musically I saw at Glastonbury was probably SBTRKT on the Friday night ...quality stuff." - Joshua Saunders
Glastonbury 2011 (via Glastonbury.fm)
Glastonbury Festival took place in Worthy Farm in Pilton, England this past weekend. Tons of artists from all different backgrounds played the festival. The festival featured guest appearances, secret sets, and other interesting occurrences. Here are a few of the highlights.
Headliner Beyonce played a hits-heavy set with some pretty interesting cover song choices (King of Leon's "Sex on Fire," Etta James' "At Last"). But more even more interestingly, Tricky joined her on stage for a pretty inexplicable guest appearance on "Baby Boy." The trip-hop pioneer took a mic and uttered some sparse vocals as Beyonce and her backup singers belted the song. Video of the performance is below.
Speaking of things related to Massive Attack and Glastonbury, UK DJ Nick Warren, who would regularly DJ for Massive Attack in the '90s, said "My Highlight of Glastonbury Festival was James Blake live." James's set included the track "CMYK" off the 2010 EP of the same name in addition to tracks off his 2011 self-titled album. Some might say James's set was even explosive:
James Blake at Glastonbury
Festival attendees who were not part of the 75,000 watching Beyonce may have ended up at The Streets' set which took place at the same time. The show was apparently one of the Mike Skinner's last, who recently announced a breakup. Unfortunately, The Streets recently cancelled a trip NYC, but maybe they'll reschedule before saying their final goodbye. Video of The Streets' Glastonbury performance below.
This year's secret shows included UK Glastonbury vets Pulp and Radiohead.
It was Pulp's fourth Glastonbury appearance but their first for nine years and as they came on stage, frontman Jarvis Cocker told the crowd: 'We couldn't think of anything to get you so we brought the sunshine.'Video and setlist of Pulp's performance (which Kate Moss did not witness) below.
After their set, which included some of their biggest hits including Disco 2000 and Common People, he added: 'Thanks Glastonbury, obviously it's been a very important place for us. When we played in '95 things took off for us and we went in a strange orbit around the earth, and now we're back home in one piece.' [Daily Mail]
Radiohead brought Portishead drummer Clive Deamer as a guest to play with Philip Selway. Their setlist was almost entirely made up of The King of Limbs and In Rainbows tracks, and recent non-album material, except for Amnesiac's "I Might Be Wrong." They also surprised fans of their earlier work by playing "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" as an encore. Video of "The Daily Mail" and "Bloom" and setlist below.
Cee Lo, unlike at Coachella, showed up on time for his set, which included a mix of his own material and Gnarls Barkley stuff. He also covered Black Sabbath twice. Big Boi got lost in London, but also ended up showing on time for his set. Like Cee Lo, he still embraces past projects and included a good amount of Outkast material. Big Boi-collaborator Janelle Monae played the festival too. Video of her performance of "Tightrope" below. Catch her and Cee Lo (but not Big Boi) for free at Afro-Punk in August.
Battles brought Matias Aguayo on stage to sing "Ice Cream," the song he recorded lead vocals for on their recently released Gloss Drop. Video below.
British folk/jazz legends Pentangle, who reunited in 2008 but have not been very busy since then, played the festival. Their lineup includes Bert Jansch who is currently a Drag City-recording artist and released The Black Swan on the label in 2006, over 30 years after Pentangle originally broke up. Lauren Laverne of BBC 6 interviewed the band. They talked about the resurgence of folk music and how Bert is a fan of Fleet Foxes (who also played Glastonbury). Video of the interview below.
SBTRKT at Glastonbury 2011 via facebook
SBTRKT, who visits NYC for the first time in July, played a live set (pictured above). His Young Turks labelmate Jamie xx (of The xx) played a set too. Jamie's "Far Nearer" single is on sale now. Pressings are limited. Check out a soundcloud stream of the track below.
Another UK post-dubstepper Jamie Woon played the festival. 3AM writes, "During my bum breaks, I caught Jamie Woon's set and it was fantastic. I've heard a lot about this chap, but haven't listened to his stuff before. Sitting in the middle of a field with a pounding head and cider was the perfect way to be introduced to Jamie's chilled but strong, powerful tunes."
Speaking of dubstep crossover, UK singer Katy B brought her dubstep-leaning pop to Glastonbury as well. She plays a private show in NYC tonight (6/27). It will be her first.
Little Dragon wowed the crowd, according to VH1 anyway:
For the UK at least, this performance of their new song "Ritual Union" is a real coming-out party for the band, who absolutely deserve to be heard on a much wider scale. It's really difficult to make smooth music work in the middle of the day at a big outdoor festival, but Little Dragon pulls it off in style.Video of that and their whole setlist is below.
UK anti-folkie Emmy the Great covered The Pixies' classic "Where Is My Mind" with help from Tim Wheeler of the punky brit-poppers Ash. Full setlist below.
On a more negative note,
A senior member of David Cameron's Tory constituency has been found dead in a portable toilet at the Glastonbury festival.---
Christopher Shale, the chairman of West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, suffered a heart attack, sources believe.
His body was found in a portable toilet in the backstage area, where many celebrities and performers stay.
A story in the Mail on Sunday contained leaked sections of a strategy document Shale had drafted for David Cameron, in which he said the party can be perceived as "crass" and "always on the take".
Avon and Somerset police confirmed that the body of a man in his mid-50s had been found in the backstage area. A woman was seen being comforted by officers.
His body was found at 8.45am. An area between the Pyramid stage and the Other stage has been cordoned off. [Guardian]
Videos, soundcloud streams, setlists, and other stuff below...
One couple flew up from Florida just to see Emmy the Great perform a sole U.S. show at Pianos on May 4th. That same couple requested Emmy play "Two Steps Forward," but Emmy didn't get to it on stage, so she played it out front on Ludlow Street after the show. Watch from two angles, in the videos below...
As posted in "What's Going on Wednesday?," Emmy the Great is playing Pianos in NYC TONIGHT (5/4). It's a rare, one-off appearance for the British folkie who has a new album coming out in the UK in June called "Virtue".
Emmy goes on before Anni Rossi who goes on before Ghostwise who go on before The Naked and the Famous who are opening for Foals and Freelance Whales at Terminal 5 tonight.
Maybe you remember Emmy from her opening set at the BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase at MHOW in 2008.
alan turing shows off his jeff lewis band cd (big bozo)
[In the UK, Jeffrey Lewis] will sell out venues that hold up to 800 fans. Back in America, though, a headlining slot at Bowery Ballroom is the highest-profile gig he'll play behind his new Rough Trade album 'Em Are I, and even that seems a bit excessive to him. "If we were hitting, like, 150 or 200 people everywhere around the States, that would be totally fine," he says. "Once it starts getting above, like, 400, it just takes it into a different context." [Village Voice]That Jeffrey Lewis Bowery Ballroom show happened on Wednesday, May 20th. It was the CD release show for his latest record, 'Em Are I, out now on Rough Trade. Were you there?
Jeffrey's previous record, 2007's 12 Crass Songs, was exactly that - an LP of Crass covers. About.com asked him about that...
Lots of aging punks got mad at the Dirty Projectors with their Black Flag album [Rise Above]. Did you find similar resentment?From Lewis' popularity overseas, it's not suprising that the songwriter calls the UK's Rough Trade Records home. After his current tour of the Northeast, which includes some dates with Au Revoir Simone, Lewis will meet with the Brits in Art Brut to perform as the "special guest" on the last night of that band's 5-day Mercury Lounge run (no We Are Scientists this time around).
"Mine was a very different record to the Dirty Projectors'. Black Flag songs are not so big on the content removed from the context, so putting them into this modern, art-rock, hipster context takes away whatever it is that makes those songs meaningful. With the Crass stuff, it wasn't a case of obscuring the message, but focusing it, by giving their lyrics a straight-forward presentation. In that way, it was like the opposite to the Dirty Projectors' project, so there was total irony in the fact that those records came out around the same time, and were always compared to each other. I do get some flack from the most devoted of Crass fans, but Crass themselves were really nice about it. I was talking to Dave [Longstreth] of the Dirty Projectors and he was saying that they just never heard any word from Black Flag at all. They tried getting in contact and met with no response. So it was pretty cool that Crass were so welcoming and supportive of me."
Lewis recently said goodbye to his NY Times Measure for Measure blog with a final post. Coming up, look for the singer to update his 2008 Daytrotter session with a visit to the Rock Island studio in June.
Video from Lewis's May 20th Bowery show, and one of Jeff playing with Emmy the Great, plus all tour dates, below...
tonight in NYC
* Busta Rhymes & Kid Cudi @ BB King's
* Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Santos Party House
* Jenny Scheinman Trio (w/ Nels Cline @ Blue Note)
* Genghis Tron, Tombs, Wetnurse, Black Anvil @ Public Assembly
* Maria Taylor, The Whispertown 2000, Hawk and Dove @ The Bell House
* Beep Beep, The Show is the Rainbow & Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Cake Shop
* Comet Gain, Crystal Stilts, Cold Cave @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Crippled Black Phoenix (mem of Mogwai), Ascent of Everest @ Mercury Lounge
* Kyp Malone, Flowers of Flesh & Blood, Pure Horsehair @ Glasslands
Yeah Yeah Yeahs played SNL last night.
Neko Case is here tomorrow.
Black Dice played Market Hotel last night. Video below...
Emmy the Great's video for "Easter Parade" below...
DOWNLOAD: Brighton Port Authority - Seattle (w/ Emmy the Great) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Brighton Port Authority - Toe Jam (w/ David Byrne) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Brighton Port Authority - He's Frank (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Brighton Port Authority - Should I Stay or Should I Blow (MP3)
The Brighton Port Authority (Fatboy Slim)'s album "I Think We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat" won't be released until February, except on Amazon.com where you can get it now. Guest contributors to the album include Iggy Pop, Jack Penate, Dizzee Rascal, Emmy the Great, Jamie T, Martha Wainwright, and David Byrne. David's song (the one with the racy video) is "Toe Jam". That's also the song they're giving away the parts for if you want to make your own remix (though the contest part of it is over).
Emmy the Great recently visited America for NYC's CMJ Music Marathon. "America" is the topic in The BPA's 2nd single "Seattle" that she sings on. Grab the MP3 above. Watch the video for that, and the one David & Dizzee sing in, below...
words by Black Bubblegum, show photos by Faith-Ann Young
Rival Schools closed down the main stage at the Brooklyn Vegan Day Party on Oct 25th, and if you stayed with us, and weren't feeling rather grim, chances are you were down in the Old Office enjoying (hopefully), the late addition to our party, Lightspeed Champion tear through a set that included two new songs and a bunch of covers by bands like Nirvana, Heart, and Pixies. Dev kept it light and fun, sometimes included members of the audience, and tried his best to hold it together after a late start due to the band/drummer (Jackson!) not bringing their own cymbals. Friend and partner in crime Emmy The Great (who also played the Brooklyn Vegan showcase at Music Hall Of Williamsburg earlier in the week) joined in on the festivities.
To make this post slightly more timely, the picture up there on the top is Lightspeed on Halloween (yesterday). Pictures from last week's show, below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Thanks all for a great night. I'm really sorry if anyone was disappointed at all, especially in the "singing DJ" Jens Lekman. I do admit that during Jens' set I thought, "why won't he sing more!?", but then that was neutralized by watching the entire Music Hall room, still full at 12:30am, dancing to his fairly well-mixed picks that included Mariah Carey's "Fantasy". Jens opened by singing a song, DJ'd and danced around, and then made up for the lack of singing by closing with a few of his hits (that he sang). All in all I loved it considering he was just one of the seven, very diverse bands on the bill... and it was Jens!
Thanks, for Emmy the Great, to everyone who showed up early to see her. She played a great set, with full band, to a decent-sized crowd for the beginning of a 6 hour show at 7pm. Happy hour was in effect (sorry if anybody was told otherwise by some security who didn't realize it due to the strange CMJ schedule). CMJ was already off to a good start. Emmy has six more NYC shows while she's here from the UK.
The Sammies came up next and they were the most WTF choice on the bill (at least that's what I gathered from the look people gave me whenever I brought them up). I wish they were playing more than one show while they were here, but they literally drove up from North Carolina to Brooklyn yesterday and were driving right back this morning. To quote Bill (who hasn't listened to their new album) (like I have many times), "they were fun and unpretentious and offered a constant stream of photo-ops".
More pictures below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Sammies - Sleep in My Clothes (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ponytail - Celebrate the Body Electric (It Came From An Angel) (MP3)
Even if you don't have a badge, CMJ (Oct 21-25 in NYC) can be overwhelming... especially these days with the proliferation of day parties, unofficial showcases and afterparties. Running around like a crazy person trying to catch everyone you want to see can be fun, but sometimes it's not such a bad idea just to pick one place and stay there. With that in mind, I've picked one day party and one evening showcase for each of the five days, as well as late night parties where applicable. The guide to Tuesday (10/21) is below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Late of the Pier - The Bears Are Coming (Emperor Machine Rmx) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Eugene Francis Jnr & the Juniors - Beginners (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fanfarlo - You Are One of the Few Outsiders Who Understand Us (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Faunts - Intantly Loved (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Faunts - Memories of Places We've Never Been (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Faunts - M4 (Pt. I) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Kirsten Ketsjer - The Brigde (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Kirsten Ketsjer - Ernie and the Sand (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Kirsten Ketsjer - Foot and Foot (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Novillero - A Little Tradition (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Radio Luxembourg - Scooter (MP3)
someone enjoying live music (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Visa issues have kept a few foreign bands out of CMJ this year (Florence & the Machine and Neon Neon among them) but there are still quite a few who are crossing the border to play this week. Here are ten that I'm not only looking forward to but, except for one maybe two, felt were not getting the attention they should...
Tuesday, October 21, 2008. Doors at 6 PM. Show at 7 PM, (18+)BrooklynVegan is finally (well, it's been a while) doing a show in Brooklyn. After a successful try at throwing an official CMJ showcase last year at Bowery Ballroom, I'll be doing it again this year, but this time at Bowery's sister venue Music Hall of Williamsburg. I couldn't be more excited about the lineup. $15 tickets go on sale Tuesday at noon. A limited number of CMJ badgeholders will also be admitted to this show on a first come, first served basis.
* Emmy the Great
* The Sammies
* Secret Guest
* Passion Pit
* singing DJ Jens Lekman
and a special late-night (midnight) set by:
* The Phenomenal Handclap Band
The Sammies are a North Carolina band whose new album Sandwich became a slight obsession recently. I'm glad I didn't judge the book by its cover and that they said yes to coming up and playing the show.
More about the artists on this bill as the show gets closer. In the meantime, check out the video Joly took at the recent Phenomenal Handclap Band show at Tribeca Grand, below...
Laura Marling & Noah & The Whale @ SXSW 2008 (more)
...Just after Charlie [Fink] moved to London - when he changed the name of his group from Johnny Hatracket to Noah and the Whale - we went to see Emmy the Great play with Diane Cluck, Emmy announcing that Johnny Flynn was leaving her band and that she was looking for a new multi-instrumentalist. Soon after Charlie joined her band; soon after that Emmy left, to be replaced by the then relatively unknown Laura Marling, with whom Charlie had just toured with. He went on to produce her EP, My Manic and I, and then her full-length record, Alas I Cannot Swim. [Drowned in Sound]I'm confused. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Tuesday at noon. Laura Marling is on this year's Mercury Prize shortlist. All other known tour dates below...
More catching up.... That early-afternoon show back on March 15th had the perfect back-to-back UK indie lineup....
March 15, 2008As pointed out in the Lightspeed Champion (Dev) interview, Emmy the Great contributed to Lightspeed's album, so it was cool to see her sing with him live. PLUS, it was a total surprise to see NYC's own Jackson Pollis walk up with Dev and then play drums on a couple of songs with them too (video and more pics below).
12:00: Emmy The Great
12:50: Noah And The Whale w/ Laura Marling
1:40: Laura Marling w/ members of Noah and the Whale
2:20: Lightspeed Champion w/ Emmy the Great (and Jackson)
Lightspeed Champion returns to North America in June to play some shows. First there are two with Adam Green (who Laura Marling played with this past Saturday night), and then there's a tour with Flowers Forever - the Team Love-signed side project of Derek from Tilly & The Wall. Tickets are still on sale for a June 7th show at Bowery Ballroom, and for a show at Maxwell's two days before that (both of those shows are with Flowers Forever). All dates, the SXSW video and more pics, below.....
So many pictures, so little time. Here are some Laura Marling photos I took in Texas on March 15th at the 'Press Here SXSW Garden Party' that she played with Lightspeed Champion, Emmy the Great and Noah and the Whale. Laura sang backup for Noah and the Whale and then she played her own set with members of Noah and the Whale playing instruments for her. She was pretty good (which is about all I can remember about the show at this point) (and that she was wearing a Spice Girls t-shirt).
If you're going to Town Hall tonight (May 10) to see Tim Fite and Adam Green, you might as well get there early and check out Laura. It's her only currently-scheduled U.S. show (she's from the UK). More tour dates and pictures below.....