Entries tagged with: Florence And The Machine
Florence & The Machine @ Bowery Ballroom in October (more by Paul Birman)
Florence and The Machine's debut album "Lungs" (Universal Island) finally claimed the No. 1 spot it was denied in an opening five-week run at No. 2 last summer, as the new U.K. sales charts were announced.The UK band visited NYC last October around CMJ for a FADER party, a show at Bowery Ballroom and a short acoustic set at Soho House.
"Lungs" spent its first five weeks on the U.K. chart at No. 2 last July and August, denied top spot by "The Essential Michael Jackson" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment). It finally reaches the summit in its 28th chart week last night (Jan. 17), as total U.K. sales rise to 611,000, according to the Official Charts Company. [Billboard UK, Jan 18, 2010]
They're currently on tour in Australia, then they go to Japan and Europe. With a Coachella performance on April 18th, the band does a short North American run leading up to that. The tour includes a show at NYC's Terminal 5 on Friday, April 9th. NYC's Holy Hail open. Tickets, as previously noted, are on AmEx presale now. General sale starts Friday, January 29th at noon.
They return to the UK in May. All tour dates and videos of the band are below...
Wow...Public Image Ltd, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Grace Jones, Fever Ray, Devo, Hot Chip, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, Mew, Camera Obscura, Gil Scott-Heron, The xx, John Waters, Dillinger Escape Plan, Deer Tick, Gary Numan... Full Coachella 2010 lineup below....
David Byrne w/ Dirty Projectors @ Bowery Ballroom
I have, after many years, finished the Here Lies Love CD project - at least this iteration of it. It will come out [February 23rd] on Nonesuch. It's a collaboration with Fatboy Slim, an upbeat series of songs sung each one by a different singer. The songs are about Imelda Marcos and Estrella Cumpas, the woman who raised her. The package includes 2 CDs (22 songs), a DVD with videos of 6 of those songs, and a 100-page book that explains it all. Singers include Florence Welch (of Florence + The Machine), Sia, Santigold, Nellie McKay, Sharon Jones, St. Vincent, Róisín Murphy and many more (even me on 1 and 1/2)... I am pretty excited about this, but who knows, it might just make people crazy.What should David Bryne's new name be? The full tracklist for the new record, which also features vocal turns by Steve Earle and Allison Moorer (who both just played NYC on Friday), Cyndi Lauper, Tori Amos and Martha Wainwright, is below.
We'll see. There will be more concrete news, with links and music, in early January.
In the meantime, I have decided to rebrand myself, inspired by Philip Morris changing their name to Altria, Blackwater to Xe, and the train I'm riding on right now that calls itself Acela - none of which mean anything, but they are cleverly evocative. When I decide on the magic word, you'll be the first to know.
Here Lies Love premiered in March 2006 Australia, and Byrne brought the song cycle to Carnegie Hall as part of the venue's Perspectives Series in February 2007. As a stage show, the songs fit into a four act narrative, laid out in detail on Byrne's website. Those at either performance got a first look at the then-in-progress work...
Here Lies Love takes the form of a series of fairly traditional pop songs (verse-chorus-verse) played in a variety of styles (disco, rock, funk, latin, ballad) by Byrne and a small group of colleagues. Augmenting the core of guitar, bass and drums, is a percussionist and a keyboard player. The vocals are shared by Dana Diaz-Tutaan (Imelda), Ganda Suthivarakom (Estrella), and Byrne, who represents the 'voice' of other key players in Imelda's life. The stage itself is unadorned, although behind the band a small screen plays news clips and home movies of Imelda's life.David Byrne will appear at a free, unticketed (first come, first served) event at the Bell House on Monday, January 11th. He presents "a short video/audio lecture called 'Creation in Reverse,' speaking to the ways that venue and context shape artistic creation, followed by a Q&A."
As already mentioned, the songs themselves are simple pop tunes, leaning heavily on the disco and dance genres, and could fit neatly onto any number of Byrne's solo albums. They are tuneful enough, and skillfully played, but I wonder about the connection of the music to Imelda's life. Would it have been possible to blend some traditional Filipino sounds and flavours into the music of Here Lies Love (although, admittedly, Imelda was a fan of Western dance music)? [Tidy Boy]
More Here Lies Love info and a video on the performance are below...
Lightspeed Champion @ MHOW in July (more by Bao Nguyen)
Lightspeed Champion's second LP, Life Is Sweet! Nice to Meet You, is coming out in the US on February 16th (Feb. 1 for UK) on Domino Records. Behind the controls for the album is producer Ben Allen, whose past work includes Gnarls Barkley and his label-mates Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion.
Before the record is out, you can catch Dev Hynes & band at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on Thursday, January 21st. Tickets for the show are on sale now.
He put out a video for the album's first single "Marlene," which will be released on a 10" paired with covers of Serge Gainsbourg's "69 Année Érotique (feat. Valentine Fillol-Cordier)" and '50s singing trio the Fleetwoods' "(He's) The Great Imposter." The video and single info are below.
Despite having recorded Life Is Sweet! in early 2009, Hynes has a had a busy year, both home recording (which he's been sharing online) and performing unique shows, like covering Cat Stevens's soundtrack to Harold & Maude live with the film.
A full detailing of what he's been up to (including working with Solange Knowles (who isn't?), Basement Jaxx and Van Dyke Parks), the new video and new album info are below...
Trend You Wish Would Go Away
- 90s revivalism (No Age, Japandroids, Cymbals Eat Guitars)
- Afropop indie (Dirty Projectors, Fool's Gold, Abe Vigoda)
- Animal Collective acolytes (Blind Man's Colour, Our Brother the Native, USF)
- Balearic (jj, John Talabot, Windsurf/Hatchback)
- Chillwave/glo-fi (Washed Out, Neon Indian, Nite Jewel)
- Dubstep and its offshoots (wonky, funky, bassline)
- Post-Lily Allen UK pop (La Roux, Little Boots, Florence and the Machine)
- Prim, buttoned-up indie (Grizzly Bear, Andrew Bird, St. Vincent)
- Shitgaze/lo-fi aesthetics (Times New Viking, Wavves, Vivian Girls)
The December issue of Q Magazine is an 'Artists Of The Century' special edition, covering all of the acts that the fine staff of the good ship Q feel are the most important of the century so far. As befitting a special edition of the UK best selling music monthly requires a special cover was commissioned world renowned photographer John Wright has spent over a year shooting 34 artists to fit on triple fold out cover.What do you get when you throw Pitchfork's favorite albums in a blender with NME's? Q's favorite albums of 2009 are (questionable & very UK-centric and) listed below..
The issue is packed to the gills with pieces written by Russell Brand on Noel Gallagher, Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis on Coldplay and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme on The Arctic Monkeys. In addition it also includes exclusive interviews and photos from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Dizzee Rascal, U2, Dave Grohl, Lily Allen, Rihanna, Sir Paul McCartney, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Brandon Flowers from The Killers, Elbow's Guy Garvey, Pink, Muse's Matt Bellamy, Murdoc from Gorillaz, The Kings Of Leon, Mark Ronson, Mika, Nick Cave, Robert Plant, Florence Welch, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol and Tom Chaplin of Keane.
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Florence & the Machine headlined Bowery Ballroom last night (10/27). One night earlier Florence played a stripped down, acoustic, 30 minute set as part of a private show at Soho House in Manhattan. Kyle was there and took some pictures....
photos by Paul Birman
Holly Miranda & Matthew Caws / Florence & the Machine
"Dressed in flowing white, Florence spilled to the stage with her black-clad band, The Machine. Opening with "Two Lungs," Welch exploded into to chorus. She didn't need all of the considerable orchestra, including the harp, to vibrate the floor of a completely packed Bowery Ballroom. With the Island Records crew stuffed into the balcony, Welch flitted around the stage, pushing her elbows back and popping her chest out like some mechanical and delicate bird. She repeatedly pointed at us, directly, to emphasize elements of her story, only to cover a smile with her hand. She is emphatic and wilting, if these two things are possible at once." [32Ft/Second]Florence & the Machine headlined Bowery Ballroom and appeared on Letterman last night (10/27). Video from the latter below. It was all part of a short trip for the band who also played the Fader party at Ace Hotel on Saturday and a private show at Soho House on Monday.
Opening the show, coming off a couple of more public CMJ appearances and a recent XL Records signing announcement, was Holly Miranda who was backed by none other than Nada Surf. Nada Surf plays
an acoustic show at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (10/28).
More pictures, including a show of Florcence's setlist, and the above-mentioned video, below...
Holly Miranda in a car w/ AA Bondy
At Le Poisson Rouge on Friday evening, Holly Miranda played with a guitarist, Tim Mislock, though she'd do just as well alone. She's got a furious voice that she largely keeps in check, on her dry, spooky, inward-turned rock songs. After a small Internet firestorm early this year, she's signed with XL Records, though she's no more polished for it. During this show, her fangs were intact.Holly Miranda's only other CMJ show was the BrooklynVegan day party on Thursday at Pianos. Her next NYC show is tonight (10/27) at Bowery Ballroom, and speaking of her playing with a fuller band, she'll be backed at the show by Nada Surf. She goes on at 9, before show headliner Florence and the Machine. It is sold out.
At other recent shows, Ms. Miranda has played with a fuller band (say, a violinist, a bass player and a drummer). That configuration gave her even more punch. Here, joined only by Mr. Mislock, it wasn't quite enough of a boost, though at the end of the set, when Mr. Mislock put down his guitar and fell into a lovely vocal harmony with Ms. Miranda, they seemed like a strong team. [NY Times]
A video of Holly performing recently in Brussels below...
Eyehategod on a boat Saturday night (more by Chloe Rice)
tonight in NYC
* Aziz Ansari @ Whiplash
* La Roux, Body Language @ Highline Ballroom
* Precious Metal w/ Empyreon, Gwynbleidd, Hung @ Lit Lounge
* Dum Dum Girls, Reading Rainbow, Girls At Dawn @ Bruar Falls
* Railcars, Surf City, Heavy Winged, Antn Hrkwk @ Market Hotel
* Har Mar Superstar, Bang Bang Eche @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Far, Last Days Of Empire, The Campbell Apartment @ Mercury Lounge
* Eyehategod, Unearthly Trance, Tombs, Howl, Strong Intention @ Europa
* Vic Chesnutt Band, Clare & the Reasons, Liz Durrett @ Bowery Ballroom
* Parts and Labor, Surfer Blood, Small Black, The Sundelles @ Death By Audio
Surfer Blood was all over CMJ but if you missed them, they play tonight with Parts and Labor, Small Black and The Sundelles at Death By Audio. Small Black also had a lot of CMJ buzz and were chosen by Pitchfork to play the Saturday night show at Market Hlte.
Har Mar Superstar's Dark Touches is out now - he plays two nights in NYC starting with a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Bang Bang Eche. Tomorrow is the much smaller Mercury Lounge.
Vic Chesnutt has an all-star band on tour with him that includes Guy Picciotto of Fugazi and members of Thee Silver Mt. Zion/Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Witchies. They play tonight at Bowery Ballroom and tomorrow at MHOW with Clare And The Reasons and Liz Durrett opening.
Far plays tonight (this time without Thursday) at Mercury Lounge with Last Days Of Empire and The Campbell Apartment. Last night it was at Bowery Ballroom.
Eyehategod go from a boat to Europa for a show with Unearthly Trance, Tombs, Howl and Strong Intention.
The Yankees made it to the World Series, which starts Wednesday, last night.
Florence and the Machine, who played a set at a Fader party at the Ace Hotel on Saturday, play some kind of private show at Soho House tonight. They're at Bowery tomorrow.
Vivian Girls were in Puerto Rico during CMJ. A video of them playing acoustic on the island last Saturday is below. As for NYC, they play on Halloween at 171 Lombardy, sing backup for Fucked Up on Nov. 5, and perform with Grass Widow at Market Hotel on Nov. 6th.
DOWNLOAD: The xx - Basic Space (Micachu Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Florence and the Machine - You've Got the Love (The xx Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: School of Seven Bells - Iamundernodisguse (Alt Mix) (MP3)
The xx @ South Street Seaport in August (more by Chris La Putt)
UK's the xx will have already played a large amount of shows in New York City by the end of 2009, and there are more to announce. The xx have augmented their CMJ schedule with a performance at the Apple store in Soho on Thursday, October 22nd. Before that, they play at Mercury Lounge on Oct. 21st with Javelin and Lia Ices (tickets and CMJ badges at the door). Then the xx play an Oct. 23rd show with School of Seven Bells and First Aid Kit. That gig was supposed to be at Webster Hall, but it has now been moved to Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are still on sale.
School of Seven Bells has a deluxe release of 2008's Alpinisms that's coming out digitally on October 13th. The first song on that, an alternate version of "Iamundernodisguise," is posted above.
The xx's November 11th show at Bowery Ballroom also changed venues - it was originally scheduled for at Mercury Lounge. It's now sold out. Finally, they play December 5th at Webster Hall with Friendly Fires. To recap:
The xx back in NYCMore TBA? I think so.
Oct 21 @ Mercury Lounge New York (CMJ)
Oct 22 @ iTunes Instore (Apple Store, SoHo)
Oct 23 @ MHOW w/ School of Seven Bells (CMJ)
Nov 11 @ Bowery Ballroom
Dec 05 @ Webster Hall New York w/ Friendly Fires
Speaking of the Apple Soho store, Phoenix was just there last week (9/24) and Ladyhawke played the store the week before that (9/15). That same day (September 15th), Sonic Youth was to release an iTunes-only four-song EP of their June performance at the store. The record never came out, and seems to be delayed for an unknown period of time. Sonic Youth play NYC's Terminal 5 on November 21st with Cold Cave and Dinosaur Jr. It's sold out, but the Feelies show happening the same night at Maxwell's isn't yet.
The xx recently remixed Florence and the Machine's "You've Got the Love." That is posted above. Florence will come from the UK to play an October 27th show at the Bowery Ballroom. It's sold out, but I wouldn't be surprised if they add another show too.
The xx's debut self-titled record comes out October 6th on Young Turks/XL Recordings. All tour dates for the xx (and Florence) and videos for the xx's two singles are posted below...
Tickets are on sale for the Julian Plenti show at the Guggenheim.
Tickets are on sale for the Har Mar Superstar shows at Mercury Lounge and Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Athlete is playing Bowery Ballroom on November 3rd. Tickets are on sale.
Florence & The Machine are playing Bowery Ballroom on October 27th. Tickets are on sale.
Three Pavement shows are on sale and/or sold out.
Do Make Say Think, Art Brut, Girls, and Land of Talk tickets went on sale today.
Wolfmother, The Cult & Type O Negative tickets are on sale.
New Yorker Festival tickets went on sale at noon.
Breakfast at Sulimays reviews DJ Tiesto (featuring Tegan & Choir) and Volcano Choir (Bon Iver) in the video below...
Mercury Prize 2009 shortlist
Florence and the Machine - LungsThe prize, which is voted on by UK critics and members of the music industry, comes with a £20,000 award. To be eligible an album must have been released between July 2008 and July 2009 by an act from the UK or Ireland. The winner will be announced on September 8th.
Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
Bat for Lashes - Two Suns
La Roux - La Roux
Glasvegas - Glasvegas
Speech Debelle - Speech Therapy
Friendly Fires - Friendly Fires
The Horrors - Primary Colours
Lisa Hannigan - Sea Sew
The Invisible - The Invisible
Led Bib - Sensible Shoes
Sweet Billy Pilgrim - Twice Born Men