Entries tagged with: Faith No More
Faith No More also have a more intimate tour including two sold-out Webster Hall shows in May, and Refused have one too including a Bowery Ballroom show and a Music Hall of Williamsburg show in June, both of which are also sold out.
Faith No More (photo by Dustin Rabin)
Refused recently announced a tour of intimate US venues, including two now-sold-out NYC shows in June with TBA openers. (West Coast gets White Lung.) Now they've announced another tour, which brings them to slightly larger venues, this time supporting the reunited Faith No More!
The Faith No More/Refused run hits NYC on August 5 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/10) at 11 AM. An artist presale for all dates starts Wednesday (4/8) at 10 AM local time, and the MSG show also has AmEx, MSGE, and Chase presales starting Thursday (4/9) at 11 AM.
All Faith No More/Refused dates are listed, with a stream of recent FNM single "Superhero" and a live video of Refused from 2012, below...
photo by Dustin Rabin
"Superhero" actually just started from the sound of the song, where it has these pounding drums and it has like this throbbing kind of pulse, and we just called it the "Superhero" song. Because, a lot of the ways we write we visualize things.Faith No More said they'd be following their 2014 single "Motherfucker" (first new song in 17 years) with another single "Superhero" as a 7" on March 17 and digitally on March 31. The song hit the web today via Marvel, who also did the above-quoted interview with bassist Bill Gould. Listen below.
Actually this is kind of interesting because we're probably a unique band in a way. While we write music we're talking about chord changes and different things like that. What we do is we describe scenes together, and we can visualize the scene and the music kind of comes. We kind of make movie scenes for movies that don't exist. "Superhero" was one of those where it was definitely a superhero comic, I mean that was just the vibe of the song, and when Mike came to me writing words about it, we were already calling it "Superhero." So it's kind of like in the DNA; it's a comic strip. [FNM's Bill Gould to Marvel]
Both "Superhero" and "Motherfucker" are set to be on their new album, Sol Invictus, due May 15 via Reclamation/Ipecac. It's their first album since 1997's Album of the Year. They've also got upcoming tour dates, including two sold-out NYC shows.
photo by Dustin Rabin
Last week, alt-metal freaks Faith No More were announced for Heavy Montreal, and now the band have revealed that they'll be going on a North American tour sooner than that. The tour hits NYC for shows at Webster Hall on May 13 & 14. Tickets for those shows (and the whole tour) go on sale on Friday (1/30) at 10 AM local time, and there's a fanclub presale starting Wednesday at 10 AM. A password for the presale will be required. More details at FNM's site. All dates are listed below.
Before they head out on tour, the band will release a new single, "Superhero," as a 7" on March 17 and digitally on March 31. This follows their 2014 single, "Motherfucker," their first new song in 17 years.
Revisit "Motherfucker" with the list of dates and "Superhero" artwork, below...
Faith No More @ Williamsburg Waterfront, 2010 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Hard rock fest 'Heavy Montreal' takes place again in Montreal from August 7 to 9, 2015. No lineup yet, but Faith No More were just confirmed as being one of the bands playing!
In November 2014, Faith No More released "Motherfucker", their first new song in 17 years. The band is currently working on a new album, due for April 2015. For their new tour, fans can expect an explosive show with a collection of their best hits and a selection of new songs. It's a long awaited come back that the band, formed in 1981, is about to make in North America and HEAVY MONTREAL is proud to be part of it.You can listen to 'Motherfucker' below...
photo by Dustin Rabin
As discussed, Faith No More are officially back and will release first new album since 1997 in 2015. That's being prefaced with the previously-mentioned "Motherfucker" single on Record Store Day Black Friday (11/28) which features that song as well as a JG Thirlwell remix of it on the flip. They've played the song live, but now Rolling Stone has a stream of the studio recording. Listen below.
"Motherfucker" gets a digital release on December 9. Most info is still TBA on the album, but it's set to come out via Reclamation Recordings/Ipecac Recordings.
by Ian Chainey
Faith No More recently hinted there was more on the way. Now, it's fact. After signing on for their first live date of 2015 at Australia's Soundwave Festival, the Mike Patton-led group announced there will be a new LP released next year, as well, reports Rolling Stone. The currently-title-less full-length, to be released on Reclamation Recordings, will be the band's first in nearly 18 years. And to give fans a taste of what's to come, the single "Motherfucker," which the band has played live, will hit shelves in a limited run for Record Store Day's Black Friday event (11/28). A digital version of the single will follow soon after than on December 9.
Along with the new tunes, the accompanying PR blast mentions worldwide tour dates to come. Well, you might as well start getting your kids ready for the possibility of that tour: Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star are putting out a Faith No More-themed collection of lullabies. The label have given other heavies the nighty-night treatment, including Slayer and Iron Maiden. The set will be out on September 16 through Roma Music Group. Alas, it doesn't include "Jizzlobber," but "Epic" is there, allowing you the opportunity to win Parent of the Year by flopping around like a fish out of water. Explaining that reference won't make you feel old at all.
Check out a lullabized version of "Falling to Pieces" below...
by Ian Chainey
Will there be more of Faith No More? According to a tweet from the band, maybe:
The Reunion Tour is over; in 2015 things are going to change.The Mike Patton-fronted rockers have played two shows this year, most notably at Black Sabbath's Hyde Park event back in July when they debuted two new songs, "Motherfucker" and "Leader of Men." You can watch video of both songs performed at Faith No More's other date in Gdynia, Poland below. The new stuff development was foreshadowed by this tweet on May 29:
-- Faith No More (@FaithNoMore) August 19, 2014
Hey! Stay tuned for more Tweets from Twats!!! The reunion thing was fun, but now it's time to get a little creative. pic.twitter.com/6RBFE7aHbd -- Faith No More (@FaithNoMore) May 30, 2014I hope you didn't scroll to that pic while in the bathroom. Anyway, until actual word comes down that there is album in the works, the Faith No More continues to add more fest engagements. The most recent has penciled in a date on their 2015 calendar for Australia's Soundwave Festival. The schedule haven't been nailed down (four days total -- Feb 22, 23, 28, and March 1. Four cities -- Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane), but as you can see in the flyer below, they're positioned as headliners atop a weird/interesting collection of artists including Mayhem, Godflesh, and Judas Priest (who are still set to tour the US soon), along with, uh, New Found Glory, Slash, and Papa Roach. Get your whiplash neck braces ready now, Australians.
In other Mike Patton news, Tomahawk have released a video for "South Paw" featuring sock puppets (*pours a bag of tube socks out for Sifl and Olly*). And Mr. Bungle's catalog will be getting repressed on vinyl next year. Of course, Patton's Mr. Bungle bandmate, Trey Spruance will be touring with his Secret Chief 3 in October, including two NYC shows: October 21 at La Poisson Rouge and October 22 at Saint Vitus.
The two new Faith no More songs, the Tomahawk video, and the Soundwave Festival poster appear below.
In honor of Shark Week on The Discovery Channel: metal album covers featuring sharks.We compiled the same list and added some more. There's two by M.O.D. (who are active lately) including the one above. Check out the rest below...
This does not include shark-featuring album covers in other genres, like Ride's "Vapour Trail" single, Gallows' In the Belly of a Shark EP, or Great White's discography (which, admittedly, has some spectacular (ly awful) shark-featuring covers). I feel like I'm missing an obvious one or three. If you know, care to share?
by Doug Moore
Okay, so Halloween was technically yesterday, but a lot of Halloween parties are happening this weekend, which means that there's still time to GET SPOOKY. And for all of your spooky-getting needs, we present Mutation.
Mutation is one of those supergroup side projects whose lineup sounds like the product of a boozy what-if conversation amongst three record store clerks with wildly different tastes. Though the project is helmed by Ginger Wildheart of The Wildhearts, it also features Merzbow, Shane Embury of Napalm Death, Mark E. Smith of The Fall, Chris Catalyst of Sisters of Mercy / Eureka Machines, Rich Jones of Amen, Jon Poole of Cardiacs, and various other guest contributors.
Mutation's roster is diverse enough that it'd be hard to use it to guess what the music actually sounds like, aside from "weird" and "noisy." In practice, the band is both of those things, but their delivery is considerably more cohesive than the scattershot lineup implies. Their songs are built on jagged grind-plus-noise-rock foundations; each tune adds several layers of Mr. Bungle-esque freewheeling electronic noodling and zany vox delivered by Wildheart, Smith, and various others. And, surprisingly, the songs actually hold together -- they're not exactly hook-driven pop tunes, but you stand a pretty good chance of remembering them when they wrap up.
Mutation's new album, Error 500, is out now, fittingly via Mike Patton's Ipecac label. Check out two streaming songs an a clip of Smith's guest vocal tracking below.
Tomahawk at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Glen Brown)
Eclectic supercrew Tomahawk, featuring Mike Patton, Duane Denison, Trevor Dunn and John Stanier, are back in action. Though the quartet hasn't scheduled anything for the NYC area yet, it may be because they've been hard at work on Oddfellows, the band's new effort for Ipecac and first LP in more than five years. It's out January 29 and we've got the premiere of its title track.
A list of what tour dates there are -- and the song stream -- are below.
Cloud Nothings at Central Park last Saturday (more by Chris La Putt)
today in NYC
* DIIV @ The Hester
* Andy Statman @ Barbes
* Guards (DJ) @ Ace Hotel
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Charles Perry @ Joe's Pub
* The Spanish Donkey @ The Stone
* Stevie Nicks @ Mohegan Sun (CT)
* Erika Spring @ Ivana Helsinki
* Cloud Nothings, DIIV @ 285 Kent
* The English Beat @ The Bell House
* Dusted, Happy New Year @ Cake Shop
* Booga Sugar @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Loser's Lounge @ Midsummer Night Swing
* H2O, 7 Seconds, Tournament @ House of Vans
* Dan Deacon, John Maus, Roomrunner @ Pier 84
* Shemekia Copeland, NRBQ @ MetroTech Commons
* Young Empires, The Suzan, Humans @ Glasslands
* New York Philharmonic @ Cunningham Park in Queens
* Matt Darriau's Yo Lateef meets Nigun @ Barbes
* Filter, Fuel, Slunt, Static Summer @ Irving Plaza
* Start Making Sense (Talking Heads cover band) @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Steve Baczkowski, Bill Nace, Chris Corsano @ The Stone
* Chicha Libre, Karikatura, People's Champs @ SOB'S
* Spoek Mathambo, Pegasus Warning @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Nouvellas, Fletcher C. Johnson, The Waivers @ Union Pool
* George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ Rockefeller Park
* Paperhead, D. Watusi, Turnip King, Strip Mall @ Death By Audio
* Five O'Clock Heroes, Eytan & The Embassy, Basik @ Bowery Electric
* Hop Along, Norwegian Arms, Savages (NYC) @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* DJ Chuck Chillout, DJ Uncle Ralph, DJ Sucio Smash @ Public Assembly
* Grandfather, The Hobs, Chumps, Man Made Sun, Mandy Lee, Ashtree @ Pianos
* Steve Earle, Rachael Yamagata, The Wood Brothers, Allen Toussaint @ City Winery
* Neko Case, Charles Bradley, He's My Brother She's My Sister @ World Financial Center
* Gloria Gaynor, The Village People, The Trammps, Rose Royce @ Seaside Summer Concerts
* Vast Aire, OutofaWhole, Kenyattah Black, Kev Bars, Warlock Asylum @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Island Twins, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Pale Lights @ Shea Stadium
* Madam Robot and the Lust Brigade, Pants Velour, Your 33 Black Angels, The Sanctuaries @ The Paper Box
* Miho Hatori's New Optimism, Zs, Bachanalia, JG Thirlwell (DJ), Ann Liv Young @ Secret Project Robot
* The Bj Rubin Show, American Liberty League, Sexy Thoughts, Moppa Elliott's Tragedy and Statistics @ Zebulon
* Seth Faergolzia, Berth Control, Alyson Greenfield, You Scream I Scream, NYBD (New York Bike Dance) @ Knitting Factory
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A few weeks back, Chief Keef made his NYC debut at SOB's. While he was here, he made a video of his promo run through the city. Check it out below.
Mariachi El Bronx covered The Decemberists' "Los Angeles, I'm Yours" for AV Undercover. Watch the video of that below.
Check out a video below of Aziz Ansari, Reggie Watts, Nick Kroll, Jason Woliner, and more discussing LCD Soundsystem for LCD + THE HITS, the second in a four-part series surrounding LCD's new documentary, Shut Up and Play the Hits, which premiered in NYC this past Tuesday (7/10), and gets a national premiere on Wednesday, July 18.
In related news, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy was on 'Fallon' last night to talk about the documentary, jam with The Roots and more. Watch a video of that below.
Azealia Banks' Fantasea mixtape is out now. Download it for free at her twitter.
Faith No More covered Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Niggas in Paris" at a recent live show. A video of that is below.
tUnE-yArDs made a mix for okayafrica of primarily East African music which has influenced her own. You can stream it or download it for free below.
Faith No More @ Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Samantha Marble)
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
"We will not exist after tonight," said Faith No More frontman Mike Patton as he addressed The Hollywood Palladium during the band's final show in the United States.We bid you adeiu Faith No More, though if you don't exist, how will you play Santiago, Chile on December 5th (with Monotonix and Primus)?!
It's fitting that Patton prefaced "Helpless" with that statement, as it's one of Faith No More's most delicately dark numbers. "Helpless," from 1997's masterful Album of the Year, illuminated everything so timeless about Faith No More. Jon Hudson's pristine clean guitar gave way to an ominous undercurrent of keys from Roddy Bottum. Billy Gould's bass line crept in perfect tandem with Mike Bordin's slow backing beat, and Patton pulled the crowd deeper into Faith No More's maddening airtight aural embrace. His vocals reached heavenly heights before he ended the song with heart-wrenching screaming. It was a dangerous display of rock 'n' roll, and it was emblematic of the band's brilliance. -[Artistdirect]
Faith No More played a handful of reunion shows across the country over the past year, including a pair in NYC this past summer (night 1, night 2), and Coachella in the LA area. The band played what they're saying was their final two North American shows at the Palladium in LA last night (12/1), and the night before. Both setlists are below.
Both Sparks and ex-FNM guitarist Dean Menta joined FNM last night for their collaborative B-side "This Town Ain't Big Enough For the Both of Us" as part of the first of two encores. Video of that, as well as more video, and pictures from last night, with both setlists, below...
DOWNLOAD: Monotonix - "Give Me More" (MP3)
Montonix at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
At Fun Fun Fun Fest this year, there were very few bands that played the Yellow Stage that was tucked in the back of Waterloo Park. It was instead used for Anarchy Championship Wrestling, hot dog eating contests, jackass-like stunts and comedy. One of the few bands to play that stage? Monotonix, who actually fit right in (note that they played the main stage in the same park at the FFFFest-affiliated Mess With Texas fest during SXSW in 2009 - and they fit in there too).
Monotonix's sophmore LP, Not Yet, will be out January 25th, 2011 via Drag City - the first single "Give Me More" is available for download above. To support that effort, the nutty band will hit the road to tour first in December, and then again in the new year. Along the way they'll hit '285 Kent Ave' in Brooklyn with Pujol and Federation X on February 5th.
Even more exciting (for them at least) is that two of their upcoming shows are with Faith No More - one in LA and one in CHILE. Those two dates also happen to be Mike Patton and band's only scheduled reunion shows left. Their last shows were in Europe, Brooklyn and Philly in July. (UPDATE: Faith No More added a December 1st LA show too)
All dates and Fun Fun Fun Fest videos below.
photos by Samantha Marble
"Subway problems, sweltering temperatures and long queues were all overcome by the hardy bunch of FNM fans who attended the third and final date of Faith No More's three-date East Coast mini-tour last night. The "surprise song" did not appear but consensus seemed to be that Faith No More again delivered a stunning set with old favourites like Worm and The Crab Song getting rare airings." [Faith No More 2.0]Rahzel opened Friday's show at the Williamsburg Waterfront and returned for the 2nd Brooklyn show on Monday night, not as opener, but as special guest on two songs during headliner Faith No More's set (including on "We Care A Lot"). Rahzel also played during one of Faith No More's songs in Philly.
This time, with James Chance as the musical opener, Faith No More again played a 20-song, 2-encore set (that this time included The Real Thing and Ben and ended with Stripsearch, and didn't start with Reunited). The whole setlist, along with more pictures from Monday's show (including one that is kind of NSFW), below...
words and photos by Keith Marlowe
The crowd erupted in cheers, over a decade in the making, when Faith No More took the stage at the Williamsburg Waterfront last Friday. After reforming in Febuary of 2009, the band had played dozens of dates in the UK, but didn't play the US until April of this year, and that was just four shows in California. So this was the first time they had been anywhere near the East Coast since breaking up in 1998. It was fitting that their first song (as it has been on many tour dates) was "Reunited," by Peaches and Herb.
The band came out dressed in different colored pastel suits. The two founding members, drummer Mike Bordin and bass player Bill Gould, (who started the band in 1981) and keyboardist Roddy Bottum (who joined in 1982) were joined by Jon Hudson, the most recent addition (he joined in 1997 to help with songwriting on "Album of the Year".) Mike Patton was the last to appear, and he came out slowly, walking with a cane. I wondered if there were going to be any Willy Wonka type antics, but after singing with the cane for a couple songs, he tossed it to the side of the stage. I couldn't tell if he was really hurt, but he did seem to move less than when he played with other bands in the last couple of years.
Faith no More played a pretty even mix of the albums they made after Mike Patton joined in 1989. They started their original material with "From Out of Nowhere" which, fittingly, is the first song on "The Real Thing," the first album they made with Patton. From the beginning notes of "Nowhere" the crowd started singing along, and it kept up throughout the entire concert (minus Chariots of Fire.) It's been a long time since I heard that many people sing along with an entire show and it really added to the experience. What didn't add to the experience was the way the "beer-drinkers" were sectioned far off from the rest of the audience. It seemed there were many unnecessary barricades, and all the grass near the stage was sectioned off, removing the only comfortable option for anyone who wanted to sit and watch the show. And did there really need to be separate lines for beer tickets and beer?
Mike Patton instructed the crowd several times to turn around and check out the amazing view ("you fuckers live here") instead of looking at the band, but nobody was having any of it. The skyline isn't going anywhere (hopefully), but there's no telling if Faith No More will ever be back in NYC again. They kept everyone riveted through the set, which included covers "Easy" and "I Started a Joke." The first encore started with Vangelis, another live staple, and the second encore consisted of "We Care a Lot," the only song off their first two albums from the Chuck Mosely era.
Rahzel opened the show with his one man vocal act, performing original songs and covers such as Wu-Tang. The amount of bass he was able to produce was impressive, and his beats shook the speakers. . He somehow managed to do the verse and chorus of a song simultaneously. He spent a lot of time talking about hip-hop, the importance of women not getting impregnated by poor men, and why dudes should be sure to keep themselves wrapped. Some of the talking got old, but it was cute when he brought his youngest son up and told the crowd about him. His son alternated between looking like he was going to laugh and cry.
Neil Hamburger was next (and reportedly first), and he really seemed to quickly divide the crowd into people that thought his act was funny, and people that would have preferred silence until Faith No More came out. "What's the difference between Courtney Love and the American Flag? It's wrong to piss on the American Flag," gives a pretty accurate representation of his jokes. He's like a cross between a pop-culture Henny Youngman and John Waters. A big part of his bit seems to be chastising the hecklers that he knows he's going to get. A lot of his taunts at the audience were funnier than his jokes.
Faith No More went on to play Philly on Saturday and Williamsburg again on Monday (pics from that one HERE) and are now headed to Europe to play festival dates for the rest of July. They have no more "official" plans after this month.
We already posted this show's setlist. Pictures from it continue below...
Faith No More @ Williamsburg Waterfront - Friday, June 2nd (via my phone)
**Due to MTA construction there is no L Train service between 8 Ave, Manhattan and Myrtle-Wykcoff Aves, Brooklyn**That info via the MTA is important to note if you're heading to Williamsburg Waterfront tonight, July 5th, to see Faith No More, James Chance and comedian Neil Hamburger.
Here are 3 alternate options to get to the Williamsburg Waterfront from Manhattan:
-Take the 7 Train to 45th/Court House Square and then transfer to the G Train at 23 Street-Ely Avenue, then take the Brooklyn Bound G Train to Nassau Ave.
-Take the J, Z, or M Train to Marcy and there are shuttle busses to Bedford Ave, or it is a short walk to the venue
-Take the E Train to 23 Street-Ely Avenue and Transfer to the G Train to Nassau Ave
In Brooklyn take the M to Marcy Ave, or take the G train to Nassau Ave. There are also shuttle busses running along the L line beginning at Myrtle-Wycoff and ending at Lorimer St. From the Lorimer stop, walk west down Metropolitan to North 6th St. (under the BQE). Continue west to Kent Ave. and go two blocks north to North 8th St.
If you were at the same venue on Friday night, July 2nd, then you probably know that Faith No More played a 2-encore, 20-song set that ended with "We Care a Lot", included "Epic" but not "Falling to Pieces", "The Real Thing", "Zombie Eaters", "War Pigs" or "Edge of the World". It also included, like the rest of the tour, an opening cover of "Reunited", and unlike Coachella, their cover of "Easy".
One night later in Philly they switched things up a bit. Brooklyn got a Bee Gees cover on Friday. Philly, like Coachella, got the Jackson 5's "Ben". Both nights got Vangelis to kick off the encore, but Philly only got one encore (no "We Care a Lot" for them at all).
Not counting his little son that he brought up (aka embarrassed) on stage, Rahzel played completely solo during his opening set on Friday. Mike Patton didn't join him and he didn't later join Faith No More... like he did in Philly for "Chinese Arithmetic".
A full set of pictures from the Brooklyn show is coming soon. Meanwhile the Brooklyn and Philly setlists, and some videos, are below...
Funnyman Neil Hamburger, known for, among other things for his Poolside Chats, is opening all three Faith No More shows this weekend, including two at the Williamsburg Waterfront (known for, among other things being the new "Pool").
Each Brooklyn show also has a third opener. Rahzel opens Friday (I wonder if Mike Patton will perform with him) and James Chance opens Monday. According to Roddy Bottum, "Doors 530, James Chance maybe 6 or 630, Neil Hamburger at 7 or 730, FNM at 8. K?" An anonymous commenter wrote the same.
All Neil dates below...
Faith No More @ Coachella 2010 (more by Rachell Carr)
photos by Rachel Carr
"An aggregate 225,000 people bought tickets to see a [Coachella] roster headlined by Jay-Z, Muse and Gorillaz during the April 16-18 event at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio.The 2010 edition of Coachella actually began excactly one week ago today, and we already posted full picture sets from: DAY ONE, DAY TWO and DAY THREE. Now here is one last group that contains unposted outtakes from all three...
The previous attendance record was set in 2007, when the headliners included a reunited Rage Against the Machine. Final figures are still being tallied, but AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips said the gross will exceed $20 million.
Phillips said the future looked bleak for AEG Live's nascent All Points West festival, which took place in 2008 and 2009 across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J.
"We're probably going to kill it," said Phillips. "As beautiful as (the site) is, it's very hard to get New Yorkers to cross that river. All Points West is an experiment that just didn't work." [Reuters]
Faith No More @ Coachella 2010 (more by Rachel Carr)
Tickets are now on Fan Club Presale for the recently added Faith No More show at Williamsburg Waterfront (password = reunited). The reunited band played "Reunited" during their set at Coachella over the weekend.
Before Coachella, the band played three shows at The Warfield in San Francisco. Original member Chuck Mosley joined them at one of the shows. Video of that below...
photos by Rachel Carr, words by Daiana Feuer
"Wow. The Sahara is past capacity at Coachella for Die Antwoord. No midget. Waiting for the trainwreck but people dig it." - The Scenestar
"Seeing a shirtless Danny DeVito run across the stage while Faith No More played pretty much made my #coachella weekend." - stovn
Die Antwoord, Faith No More
Flopping phalluses are in this year according to Major Lazer and Die Antwoord. Each presented the intersection of beats, party-hyping, gross humor, and dancing in your underwear. Day 2 of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival had an overall far-out theme. Some with sexually explicit lunacy, others with psychedelic music. South Africa's Die Antwoord introduced zef-rap to the festival, South Africa's version of white trash hip hop-a bold, fearless expression of crazy stick a finger up your bum entertainment.
Before arriving at these culminating moments, the day progressed through a series of psychedelic and/or raunchy expressions. John Waters kicked things off with thoughts on crawling through pig poo, taking poppers, the pleasures of sploshing, and strange things he wants to do before he dies. Gossip's Beth Ditto hoped he was watching her blazing disco soul performance but was afraid to look backstage and see him smiling and waving at her. Gossip put on a set that inspired revelations on reality in the most self-empowering ways.
John Waters & Beth Ditto @ Coachella (this pics via Jermey Scott)
The day's best covers include Faith No More doing "Reunited" (they also covered Michael Jackson's "Ben"), Portugal, The Man's jamming Bowie's "Moonlight Daydream," and Girls' flawless "All I Have To Do Is Dream" by the Everly Brothers. The last was a most appropriate choice for the band with an Ariel Pink sensibility towards '50s ballads. MGMT brought the futuristic 1960s with songs from its new album. Many pointed out that the band didn't play "Kids", but that seems to miss the point that MGMT put on a pretty sophisticated, experimental live performance of the band's signature Indian headdress on Phil Spector Fraggle Rock sound.
The Raveonettes played as a duo and sans drum machine, adorably sharing a mic sometimes. The rest of the band remains trapped under lava in Iceland, figuratively speaking. Camera Obscura also shouted out bands stuck in the UK, dedicating "Let's Get Out Of This Country" to those who could not make it.
It seems almost every DJ this weekend has sampled Major Lazer's "Pon De Floor" except Flying Lotus, who took the stage all on his own (no Thom Yorke cameo included). After warming up the crowd with some first grade experimental hip hop, FlyLo brought out the big guns, sounds combined in layers and pitches that act like quaaludes on the light speed continuum. The Dirty Projectors girls evoked cool electronic birds and the Dezurik Sisters with their harmonizing powers. Beach House cooed the audience romantically as 50% of the band, Alex Scally, rubbed his slide up and down the frets.
Did that sound sexy? It's time to talk about sexy. The xx provided the mellow arousal Blonde Redhead and Portishead have given Coachella the last two years. People like The xx because they want sex that fits this soundtrack. They also want sex as excitingly goofy gross as Die Antwoord and to fall in love with a gal like Sia, all at the same time. Sia's beautiful voice closed the night in the Gobi tent, and though her accent rendered her side comments completely incomprehensible, everyone laughed and agreed with anything she said. On the other hand, as great and sexy as the Dead Weather sounded, I don't know if I want to bed someone who demands I treat her like my mother. Old Crow Medicine Show suggested letting a woman rule your mind leads to troubles during "Minglewood Blues." Instead, let her win your heart with country-fried dinner.
Faith No More's twelve-song set included a cameo by a semi-streaker who happened to be Coachella regular Danny Devito. You can see that happen in one of the videos below. Faith No More's whole setlist is down there too.
Porcupine Tree, Tokyo Police Club, Hot Chip, The Almighty Defenders, Les Claypool, Devo, and Muse were also on the bill Saturday. Our review, pictures and videos from Friday are HERE. Saturday continues below...
Faith No More @ the Warfield (Dina Marie)
"Faith No More really kicked ass tonite at their first hometown show in many years....Neil Hamburger killed as MC and the ladies (and gents!) of Trannyshack put on a bloody good show too!" [Dina Marie]Faith No More played their first U.S. reunion show last night (4/12). The show was also their first of three nights in a row at the Warfield Theatre in their hometown of San Francisco. A video, the poster and the setlist is below.
Mike Patton & band (that doesn't include Jim Martin) also revealed more shows, in part via a t-shirt at the show (pictured below). In addition to the previously announced (sold out) July 5th show at Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn, the band will play a show at the same venue three days earlier (Friday, July 2nd), and a show at The Mann Center in Philadelphia one day after that. Tickets for the new Brooklyn show go on sale Friday (4/16) at noon.
All together that makes seven upcoming U.S. dates - the three in SF, two in NYC, one in Philly and this weekend at Coachella. The t-shirt seems to imply there won't be any other dates in 2010. Maybe they'll do a bigger tour later in the year or in 2011? The "Second Coming" dates and other stuff below...