Entries tagged with: Factory Floor
Beck / Sun Kil Moon / disgruntled Death Grips fan
The 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival began on Friday afternoon (7/18) in Chicago's Union Park with a variety of acts packed into the compressed schedule. Friday headliner Beck was led up to by sets from Giorgio Moroder, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Sun Kil Moon, Sharon Van Etten, Factory Floor, and others...
LA via Florida experimentalists Hundred Waters kicked off the festival with a 3:30PM set on the Red stage. The quartet's delicate arrangements translated surprisingly well to the festival setting -- standout tunes "Cavity," "Out Alee," and "Down From the Rafters" were awarded additional layers of gauze-y production and live percussion. The crowd grew steadily throughout their set, and were extremely attentive on quiet numbers like the a cappella The Moon Rang Like a Bell opener "Show Me Love." -ZP
Post industrialists Factory Floor performed on the Blue stage and effectively disrupted everyone's nap in the shade with their looped heart-thumping beats and nightmarish soundscapes. The band's show was as much an experimental art performance as it was a musical one, combining everything from arpeggiated synths to random strikes on a wooden block. In addition, the band's singer created some brooding soundscapes by clanging what looked like a drum stick against her guitar's strings, occasionally making a few heavily processed vocals in a nearby mic. Overall the band performed a challenging set that rewarded anyone tough enough to stay for the whole thing. If Swans and Kraftwerk had a baby it would most likely sound like Factory Floor. -MM
Neneh Cherry's appearance at Pitchfork Fest was only her second-ever in North America despite a twenty-some-odd year career. Frequent collaborators RocketNumberNine backed the singer, and the trio delivered a fun performance. Blank Project cuts "Spit Three Times" and "Everything" saw Cherry's energy at its highest point, while Ben and Tom Page churned out their great industrial clamor. And yes, she finished her set with the classic "Buffalo Stance." -ZP
British musician and producer Bobby Krlic, otherwise known as atmospheric drone artist The Haxan Cloak, brought a live drummer to add intensity to his dark afternoon set. Familiar songs from his 2013 record Excavation morphed into grooves that were nearly danceable. (If you're wondering why this is so surprising, listen to his dropless song, "The Drop.") While fans enjoyed the tension and release of the forty-five minute set, one couldn't help but imagine it might be more appropriately suited for a small, dark room, rather than a bright, mid-afternoon festival stage. -AG
Sharon Van Etten
As I continue to see Sharon Van Etten live, her performances only get better and better. This time around, she was joined by new-ish live members Brad Cook (Megafaun) on bass and Darren Jessee (Ben Folds Five) on drums, in addition to usual suspects Doug Keith and Heather Woods Broderick. Sharon and her four-piece band were heavy on this year's great Are We There, but older tunes like "Save Yourself," "Don't Do It," and "Serpents" were also played. SVE provided a welcome, laid-back, early evening set, and it served as a great precursor for Sun Kil Moon. -ZP
Legendary Italian producer and composer Giorgio Moroder closed off the Red stage last night with an eclectic and seamless DJ set that drew from his long list of hit collaborations. Morodor, now 74, no doubt looked a little out of place on stage alongside the psychedelic visuals, perplexing some of the younger fest goers, but he was as lively as DJs a quarter his age, enthusiastically pointing his fingers in time with the mix, and starting a few waves and clap-alongs with the crowd, appearing to have as good of a time as his audience. The mix, a career retrospective of sorts, followed a chronological timeline, playing his disco hits including Donna Summers' "I Feel Love" (which Beck later covered in his set on the Green stage), before transitioning to the '80s anthem "Take My Breath Away" which was accompanied by visual snippets from Top Gun, featuring the
vampire ageless Tom Cruise. Not content with just playing old hits, Morodor also threw in some of his more recent work into the mix, including last year's collaboration with Daft Punk, as well as his excellent new track "Giorgio's Theme". For a guy in his 70s, Moroder showed he still has the chops to get crowds moving, cueing enough buildups and drops to satisfy any Monster guzzling EDM fan in attendance. -MM
Alt-rock legend Beck played a career-spanning set with heavy emphasis on his most recent records. He didn't shy away from the hits, pleasing both longtime fans and casual listeners. Opening with the classic Odelay cut "Devil's Haircut", Beck and his band were possibly the tightest act of the entire day. Particularly exciting was his tribute to fellow performer Giorgio Morodor, a cover of Donna Summer's Morodor-produced hit, "I Feel Love." Beck kept the crowd excited for his entire ninety-minute headlining set with a palpable energy during "Loser" and a particularly rousing rendition of "Where It's At." Peep his full setlist below. -AG
Pitchfork Festival continues today (7/19) with sets from Neutral Milk Hotel, St. Vincent, Danny Brown, tUnE-yArDs, Cloud Nothings and more. If you're not there, you can stream it online.
by Bill Pearis
Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess released a 7" for Record Store Day 2014 via O Genesis, the label he runs with Nik from Factory Floor. The A-side is "Oh Men," a collaboration with Lambchop's Kurt Wagner who worked on Burgess' 2012 LP, Oh No I Love You. The B-side is a cover of Arthur Russell's great "I Couldn't Say it to Your Face." The later features saxophone from Love of Life Orchestra's Peter Gordon, who played on many of Russell's records and in his live band. He tells The Quietus how it came to be:
The cover is originally by Arthur Russell and is a song of his I was doing on my last solo tour. We loved performing it but it was always on my mind to record it. By a series of various alignments of New York minimal disco planets I found myself working with someone who worked closely with Arthur, a composer/arranger/genius called Peter Gordon, who also happened to be the head honcho of Love Of Life Orchestra. Peter had worked on much, if not most, of Russell's recorded material and was the key member of his live set up too. I wasn't sure if it was the dumbest thing imaginable to ask him to work with me on a cover of a song that he played on so long ago. Peter said it took him 35 years to get that song out of his head, now it's back again... He wasn't sure if it was the dumbest thing imaginable, too, so we recorded 'I Couldn't Say It To Your Face'.Where the original version of "I Couldn't Say it to Your Face" is sad and beautiful, Burgess puts just a little sunshine into his cover, and a bit of a beat. We've got the premiere of its video, directed by Factory Floor visualist Dan Tombs, in this post.
You may remember that Gordon opened for Factory Floor at 285 Kent back in December and DFA released a Love of Life Orchestra compilation back in 2010.
Watch the video below...
by Bill Pearis
The new single from Liars' excellent album Mess is "Pro Anti Anti" which, in the opening seconds, sounds like it's going to be some '90s house jam until the distorted synths come crashing through the wall like Kool-Aid Man. One of the remixes for the song is by Manchester's Factory Floor (who were just in NYC) who pull the stems apart and rebuild the song in their own acid image. Stream it (via The Quietus) below.
Liars are at Austin Psych Fest this weekend and then will be in NYC for two shows: Le Poisson Rouge on May 8 and The Wick on May 9. Lower Dens' Jana Hunter opens and tickets to both LPR and The Wick are still available.
More shows have been added to Liars' tour schedule and all dates are listed, along with the remix and original version of "Pro Anti Anti, below...
by Bill Pearis
Factory Floor are releasing "How You Say," originally on last year's terrific debut LP, as a single via two EPs this month. The first of those is out this week (4/15) and features a host of remixes by Invisible Conga People, Daniel Avery and Gunnar Haslam. This is the first we've heard from Invisible Conga People since their 12" on DFA back in 2011. Their remix makes its premiere in this post. Stream it, and check out the original's new video, below.
Meanwhile, Factory Floor just played Coachella yesterday (4/13) afternoon and will do so again this Sunday (4/20). Those appearances are part of the band's first North American tour, and that hits NYC on April 23 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are still available. That show and the DC show are with Protect-U, who tour with Peaking Lights after.
One more thing, Factory Floor also recorded a KEXP session while in Seattle and you can stream that here. Updated tour dates, plus the remix premiere, are below...
Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago's Union Park from July 18-20 and the lineup was just announced. It includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, Beck, Slowdive (their first reunion show in the US so far), Giorgio Morder, Sun Kil Moon, Factory Floor, Death Grips, the Haxan Cloak, Sharon Van Etten, tUnE-yArDs, The Julie Ruin, Grimes, Wild Beasts, DIIV, Ka, Circulatory System, Pusha T, The Range, Mas Ysa and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
In related news, Pitchfork is teaming up with ATP and Primavera Sound for London's Jabberwocky Festival which includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Electric Wizard, Deafheaven, Kode9, Earth, Pissed Jeans, Connan Mockasin, The Ex, Speedy Ortiz, Iceage, Vatican Shadow, Joanna Gruesome, Metz, Jesu, Chelsea Wolfe, Hookworms and more.
Initial day-by-day Pitchfork Fest lineup below...
UK techno/acid/postpunk trio Factory Floor, who played NYC back in December, have scheduled their first-ever North American tour around appearances at Coachella and Moogfest. Those include a NYC date on April 23 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (2/12) at noon with the general on-sale beginning Friday (2/14).
All dates are listed, along with a couple song streams, below...
One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.
Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2014 - April 11-13, April 18-20
Read the full lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
We've done some year-end lists in the past at BrooklynVegan, though you might notice that we're not the most consistent with them. This is for a few reasons, one being that with the varying tastes of our current group of contributors, we could never in a million years agree on a top 10, let alone an Album of the Year. So in an attempt to get around that obstacle, this year two BV writers, Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher, have made individual lists of the albums they loved most which we think each represent different parts of 2013 here at BrooklynVegan. They both made top 20s (and only had two albums in common), with commentary on the top 10, and you can check out both lists below...
people outside Other Music on Record Store Day 2013 (more by PSquared)
Other Music, the NYC record store (15 E 4th St) and record label (home to Nude Beach, Mutual Benefit, and others), has published its top 30 albums of 2013 list. The multi-genre list has a lot of cool, generally smaller releases in the electronic, hip hop, garage rock, folk, jazz, and other genres, steering clear of the big names that end up on a lot of these lists.
Check out the whole list in alphabetical order below, and read commentary on each one, plus take a look at Other Music's favorite reissues here.
Factory Floor @ 285 Kent
UK trio Factory Floor finally returned to this side of the pond for their first US shows as a full band since 2011, and undoubtedly proved why people have been clamoring about their live sets. NYC got two shows at 285 Kent on Thursday (12/12) with Peter Gordon and Bookworms (pictures from that show in this post) and Friday (12/13) with Cities Aviv and Yvette, which I attended.
Though I unfortunately missed the opening set by rapper Cities Aviv, local duo Yvette was just getting started as I walked into an already packed (and quite warm) 285 Kent. While their Godmode-released album Process has been slowly racking up acclaim, last night's set proved Yvette's live impact is gaining in thrust and power, especially in the large concrete-fueled acoustics of such a venue. Noah Kardos-Fein made impressive use of his deep pedalboard, layering multi-hued shards of angular guitar scree atop drummer Dale Eisenger's relentless pummeling. I saw the band a few weeks back at their album release show at Death By Audio, and last night's performance was a big step up in intensity and made for a perfect warm-up.
Playing as a three-piece -- live drums supplemented by guitar and two tables of electronics -- Factory Floor wasted no time locking into a groove that was as precise and powerful as it was entrancing. Their self-titled record certainly has its fair share of taut, krautrock-inspired tracks, but live the band kicked it up a few notches, utilizing both effected live vocals and processed vocal samples and blasts of white noise over driving arpeggiations that brought an unmatched energy to the proceedings. Especially impressive was drummer Gabe Gurnsey, whose metronomic playing was literally jaw-dropping (and whose drumset included a DFA-approved cowbell).
Unlike the Thursday show, which went off mostly without a hitch, as Friday's set continued, it became clear that the sound onstage was not conducive to such rhythmic intensity, as Gurnsey cut a few songs short and glared at the sound-guy before the band left the stage early and did not return. Still, it was an impressive performance from a band that clearly knows exactly what they want to do and how to execute it.
More pics from Thursday's Factory Floor show -- including openers Peter Gordon and Bookworms -- are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?
Check out the full top 100 below...
intro by Bill Pearis
After four years of teasing us with singles and EPs, UK trio Factory Floor finally released their self-titled debut album this year. Like their other work, it's rooted in Detroit techno and acid, but with a stark, post-punk outlook. The band just released "Turn it Up" as a 12" and you can stream Laurel Halo's remix from it below.
Factory Floor are in the US this week for a few shows, including two in Brooklyn at 285 Kent. Don't expect an exact representation of the album -- the band rip up their songs live, with live drums and electronics played on the fly. Friday (12/13) with Cities Aviv and Yvette is sold out, but you can still get tickets for Thursday (12/12) which is with Bookworms and DFA artist Peter Gordon. Flyer for Thursday's show below.
Meanwhile, FF members Nik Colk, Gabriel Gurnsey and Dominic Butler contributed Best of 2013 lists to us, which feature records, food, gear, pets and more. Read those, perhaps while listening to Laurel Halo's remix of "Turn it Up," below...
Austin's Feathers have had a busy year. They released their debut album, If All Here Now, have toured the country (they played NYC in May) and opened for Depeche Mode during SXSW. 2014 looks to be exciting for them as well, with a new EP, Only One, and a trip across the Atlantic next month where they'll be opening up for Depeche Mode again, this time on a few European dates. On their way there, they'll stop in NYC for a warm-up show, playing Mercury Lounge on January 7. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
This tour will mark a new line-up for the band, with Christine Aprile (ex-Sleep Over, Silent Diane), Su Swann (Hussle Club), Jon Minor and Destiny Montague (Midnight Masses, Carl Sagan). All tour dates are listed below.
Feathers frontperson Anastasia Dimou was nice enough to give us her Top 10 Records of 2013, including commentary on some of them. Her list doesn't stray to far from the style of music she makes, which means if you like Feathers, you may want to check some of these out. Read her list below....
UK music weekly NME has just published its end-of-year issue, with their Top 50 LPs and Tracks of 2013. As for the albums list, we'll let you read on to find out what their #1 pick is, but it might just be the one NME called "absolutely and unarguably the most incredible album of [said band's] career" and "the greatest record of the last decade." It's not Palma Violets, who were last year's Track of the Year, as their debut LP came in at #32 on the list.
As for tracks, their single of the year is a pretty obvious (certainly ubiquitous) choice. Check out the full lists of NME's Top 50 LPs and Tracks below...
by Bill Pearis
#1 LP of 2013 according to 'The Quietus'
Online UK music mag The Quietus started five years ago and quickly became (I think) one of the best sources for music writing on the web, giving a home to many former NME, Select and Q writers who are still seeking new music but are not so interested in the flavor of the month. The Quietus are not staffed by contrarians, nor sheep. To wit: the site just published its Top 100 LPs list of 2013 and topping it is Glynnaestra, the third album from UK duo Grumbling Fur which came out via Thrill Jockey back in August. From The Quietus' write-up:
Grumbling Fur make me want to take drugs. And I don't mean drugs like a few puffs on a spliff before bedtime or on a lazy Saturday afternoon, or a cheeky dabble at a rave to keep the energy flowing - I mean proper, don't-eat-for-18-hours-beforehand, make-sure-you've-got-a-couple-of-good-people-around-you, psychically prepared voyaging, preferably on a warm and sunny but slightly overcast afternoon in a field somewhere in the West Country, or in a friend's house cluttered to the rafters with fascinating and peculiar objects.The Quietus' Top 10 also includes some records you might have heard (David Bowie, Nick Cave, Foals, Factory Floor) but probably some others you haven't. And if you haven't heard Glynnaestra (I hadn't) you can stream it in full below.
You can check out The Quietus' entire Best LPs of 2013 list in this post, and they also made a Spotify playlist to accompany it. Their list, along with the Grumbling Fur album stream, is below..
by Bill Pearis
DFA Records has had an eventful year, celebrating its 12th Anniversary with one of the biggest parties of the year. They'll close out 2014 with a much smaller NYC holiday party, happening this Saturday (12/7) at Glasslands featuring "Very Special Guest DJs." The party flyer says "loads of DJs (pretty much everyone, really)" which given their roster could be some cool people. Their holiday parties at Studio B were always fun. Tickets are on sale now.
In other DFA news, Factory Floor's upcoming tour will be in NYC next week for shows at 285 Kent on December 12 & 13. Tickets are still available for the 12/12 show though no openers have been announced yet. (12/13 is sold out.) As mentioned, the band are releasing "Turn it Up" as a new single next week (12/9), featuring remixes by Laurel Halo and Detroit techno legend (and surely a big influence on FF) Carl Craig. You can stream Carl Craig's remix, which chills out their frantic sound just a bit, below.
All Factory Floor tour dates are listed, along with the remix stream and DFA Holiday Party flyer, below...
Arctic Monkeys @ ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Kind of like MOJO's laddish slightly younger brother who went to college during '90s Britpop, UK monthly Q Magazine has time for new music but still pays attention to older artists as well. Their new issue -- with Robbie Williams on the cover -- doles out its Top 50 Albums of the Year (and other 2013 Q Awards). Topping the list is Arctic Monkeys' fifth album, AM.
The entire Q Mag Top 50 LP list below...
by Bill Pearis
Bill Calahan's album Dream River has topped MOJO magazine's Best Albums of 2013 list which is in the new year-end issue. Seems about right for a magazine that had both Paul McCartney on the cover of one issue this year and The Beatles on another (also the Stones, Dylan, Pink Floyd, Johnny Marr). Their #2 was a bit of a surprise, at least to me. The Arcade Fire's Reflektor only came in at #18 but they can just be happy with being the issue's cover stars. Check out that cover -- and the entire Top 50 list - below...
by Bill Pearis
Factory Floor will be here in a couple weeks, and their show at 285 Kent on December 13 with Yvette and Cities Aviv is has just a few tickets left. Fear not, the UK electronic trio have just added another show at 285 Kent happening the day before (12/12). No openers have been listed yet, but tickets are on sale now. All upcoming Factory Floor tour dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Factory Floor have just released a video for "Turn it Up," one of the more easily accessible songs on their terrific debut album. The video, like the record, is pretty squelchy, with a lot old school, VHS-style feedback loop effects. You can check that our below.
by Bill Pearis
London electronic trio Factory Floor released their debut album on DFA earlier this year (one of Rough Trade's favorites). Minimal and rather relentless, its krauty, claustrophobic take on dance music is a masterwork of mood. You can stream the whole thing below.
While a one-man version of the band was over in May for the DFA 10th Anniversary extravaganza, Factory Floor will be playing their first proper, full-band North American shows next month, playing NYC at 285 Kent on December 13. Brooklyn art rockers Yvette are on the bill too with more TBA. Tickets go on sale Friday (11/22) at 10 AM.
The band will play Philadelphia the next night (12/14) at Voyeur for a Making Time party (it's a $2 show!). Those are the only two shows for now, but the band hopes to return in early 2014 for a more proper attack on the continent. Flyer and album stream below.
Yvette, who open the 285 Kent show, also just made a video for "Radiation," the single off their new LP Process, which is out now on God Mode Records. Check it out below. You can also catch Yvette in Brooklyn a few days earlier at Shea Stadium (12/6) with California X, Perfect Pussy, Blessed State, and Flagland. Tickets for that show are still available.
Video, stream and show flyer below..
Outside the soon-to-open Rough Trade NYC (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
Well it's that time of year again where everybody and their grandma start making Best of the Year lists. Almost always first out of the gate is Rough Trade Shops and their entire Top 101 list just went up. Here's the Top 20:
1. John Grant - Pale Green GhostsYou can check out the whole list below and read about each one on their site.
2. Savages - Silence Yourself
3. Matthew E White - Big Inner
4. Dan Avery - Drone Logic
5. Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin
6. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
7. Valerie June - Pushin' Against A Stone
8. Moderat - 2
9. Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
10. Jessica Pratt - Jessica Pratt
11. Jagwar Ma - Howlin
12. Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In
13. My Bloody Valentine - MBV
14. Connan Mockasin - Caramel
15. Factory Floor - S/T
16. Charles Bradley - Victim of Love
17. London Grammar - If You Want
18. Queens of the Stone Age - Like Clockwork
19. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
20. Mazzy Star - Seasons of Your Day
You can see their #1 -- John Grant -- at the new Rough Trade NYC on December 2 which is free with purchase of Pale Green Ghosts (which comes with an exclusive RT bonus disc). Grant also plays Music Hall of Williamsburg the day before (12/2) which is a "stripped-down acoustic show" and tickets are still available.
Rough Trade NYC is set to open its doors next Monday (11/25) and its first shows will be that day with Sky Ferreira (7 PM, free with purchase of b-sides CD) and Charles Bradley (8:30 PM, FREE). Other opening week performances include Matthew E. White (11/27, FREE), Marissa Nadler and Phosphorescent (both 11/30 and FREE).
A couple new Rough Trade shows were announced today: Au Revoir Simone, who just played a Kidrockers show over the weekend and will be touring with Broken Bells next year, will play a free show on December 17. That's after their free Brooklyn Night Bazaar show on December 7.
Anthemic Scottish rockers Glasvegas will play there on February 20 and they've also got a show at Mercury Lounge the day before (2/19). Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday at noon, with an AmEx presale for the Merc show on Wednesday (11/20) at noon.
Rough Trade's 101 Albums of 2013 list below...
by Bill Pearis
Montreal's Young Galaxy have released a new single off their third album, Ultramarine. "Privileged Poor" comes out next week (11/5) and the 12" and digital comes with remixes by Factory Floor, TOY and Dan Lissvik (who produced their album). There's also a video for the song, featuring three septuagenarian former superheroes that's pretty entertaining. The remixes and video are all streamable in this post..
Next week also finds Young Galaxy in NYC as part of their tour, hitting NYC at Knitting Factory on November 6 with electronic pop musician Mister Lies and Brothertiger. Tickets for that show are still available.
Tour dates are listed, along with video and remix streams, below...
John Dwyer (of Thee Oh Sees) is streaming the reissue of the debut LP by his old band, Coachwhips, which came out in 2002 and was called Hands On The Controls. You can listen to that HERE. Thee Oh Sees are on tour this year and will be in NYC this October.
After teasing us with a series of 12" singles -- like this year's driving "Fall Back" -- UK electronic trio Factory Floor have finally announced details of their debut LP. The self-titled record will be out September 10 on DFA. You can check out the cover art and the tracklist below.
The band -- well, one of them -- were in NYC for DFA's 12th Anniversary Party at Grand Army Plaza (part of the Red Bull Music Academy) last month and while they have no North American dates at this time, they will be hitting the European festival circuit. So look for them in a sweaty disco tent over there this summer. Dates are listed below.