Entries tagged with: Flying Lotus
photo: Thundercat in Philly in 2014 (more by Ryan Muir)
Thundercat (aka Stephen Bruner) will follow 2013's Apocalypse with a new mini-album, The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam. Flying Lotus co-produced half of it and is releasing it on his Brainfeeder label this Monday (6/22). One of those tracks with FlyLo is the first single, the funky "Them Changes," which features jazz musician Kamasi Washington whose own new album Thundercat contributed to. The album also features contributions from Herbie Hancock and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. Artwork, tracklist, and a stream of the first single, below.
Thundercat has a few dates coming up as well, including Brooklyn's Afropunk Festival, which happens August 22-23 in Commodore Barry Park with Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Kelis, Danny Brown, Suicidal Tenencies, Kele, and more. Tickets are still available.
All of his dates are listed below...
Weird Al / Hot Chip / Flying Lotus / War on Drugs @ Governors Ball 6/7/2005
Weird Al came swinging right from the bell, brandishing his accordion and taking a polka tour through a number of recent top 40 hits. It was a good way to bait the crowd, likely expecting a set heavy on numbers from last year's smash, Mandatory Fun. The first of these was "Foil", set to the tune of Lorde's "Royals". Some of the props from its music video were wheeled out, plenty of aluminum foil included. The song's Illuminati-referencing second half may have been lost on a festival crowd, but that was quickly forgotten. Weird Al darted offstage as soon as the song finished, leaving the crowd hotly anticipating what Weird Al would bring next. The thing he brought was IT. And by "IT" I mean one of his most dearly loved classics, the Michael Jackson parody "Fat", complete with a fat suit that was a perfect replica of the one Weird Al sports in the song's music video. If festivalgoers were still warming up to the Weird Al festival phenomenon, they were fully in his hands by this point. Even the sound guy was singing along. - [Popmatters]Governors Ball finished up its 2015 festival on Sunday (6/7) with sets by The Black Keys, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Flying Lotus, A-Track, The War on Drugs, Sturgill Simpson and more. But the most talked-about set may have been Weird Al who tore through hits and costume changes at a frenzied pace. Pictures from his set and the rest of day 3 are in this post.
Jazz saxophonist/composer Kamasi Washington has been at it for over a decade -- early works include Young Jazz Giants, his quartet with Stephen Bruner aka Thundercat and others, who released a self-titled album in 2004 -- but he's been in the spotlight recently thanks to his contributions to Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly and his debut album as a bandleader, The Epic, which came out earlier this month on Flying Lotus' label Brainfeeder. (Thundercat appears on this too.) Pitchfork gave the album Best New Music and wrote:
It's something of a gobsmacking paradox to discover what a hip-hop-free zone The Epic is, and how enamored of jazz's past it turns out to be. This triple-album set is an extravagant love letter to (among other things): soul jazz, John Coltrane (various periods), and 1970s fusion leaders like Miles Davis and Weather Report. The Epic's Disc 1 opener, "Change of the Guard", might as well be titled "We Love All Kinds of 'Trane". Its ringing opening piano chords sound almost entirely lifted from the playbook of McCoy Tyner, the pianist in Coltrane's so-called "Classic Quartet." (That's the group responsible for A Love Supreme.) The opening theme in the saxes is something that could only have been written after "Impressions". And the harmonious writing for Washington's string section recalls posthumous Coltrane releases like Infinity--tracks from which featured orchestral overdubs supervised by Alice Coltrane (who is, as you may have read, Flying Lotus's aunt).He performed the album live at the Regent Theater in LA the day before it came out, and tonight (5/27) at 9 PM EST, NPR will broadcast it for all to hear. HIs band at that show included Thundercat once again, arranger Miguel Atwood-Ferguson leading the orchestra and choir, and many more (LA Times has a good review). His only two upcoming dates at the moment are in LA and DC, but let's hope he makes it to NYC soon too.
Stream a track from the album and browse his tour schedule below...
Seattle's 2015 Bumbershoot Festival will happen on Labor Day Weekend (September 5-7). This year's lineup includes Faith No More, The Weeknd, Brand New, Social Distortion, Flying Lotus, Babes in Toyland, The Melvins, Neko Case, Minus the Bear, Chance the Rapper, Atmosphere, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Mikal Cronin, and lots more. Festival passes and single-day tickets are on sale now.
Check out the full 2015 Bumbershoot lineup below...
LA producer Shlohmo is currently out on a headlining tour in support of his new album Dark Red. The album was a split release with the Matador Records-owned True Panther and Shlohmo's own label WEDIDIT. That tour, with WEDIDIT labelmates Purple and Nick Melons, hit Irving Plaza in NYC on Saturday (4/11). FACT was there and wrote, "Shlohmo and his live band hit the stage bringing a longing gothic romance punctuated by chunky rhythms and melancholy guitar, exhibiting the same energy we heard on his brand new album". We caught up with Shlohmo ahead of his Friday Chicago show, to discuss life on the road, running a label, hip hop, metal, Flying Lotus, future and past collaborations and more.
BV: Congrats on the release of the new album, how's the tour so far? Any stories?
Shlohmo: Oh man, a few things! The first show we did was at SXSW. We played two shows there, the first was at Fader Fort and then the second one-- we did a WEDIDIT showcase (our label). This blacked out girl just jumped up on stage and fell onto a stack of DI inputs. *laughs* Her hands just went only on the DI inputs and pushed them all over and I almost had to throw her off stage. but I composed myself and said "excuse me, can you please leave?" So that was like our second show. That almost got ruined by a drunk girl. Besides that, most of the shows have been pretty good. Nothing too crazy! We've had like three or four tour managers so far on this tour. That's probably the funniest part.
BV: Why so many?
Shlohmo: [laughs] problems, we'll just leave it at that.
BV: You started your label/collective WEDIDIT when you were still in high school, can you tell us a little about that?
Shlohmo: Basically it was me and group of friends. We went to high school together. LA is kind of funny, there's five to ten high schools from which everyone knows each other from. We had a group of friends from all these different schools and everyone we were friends with was kind of a creative person, making music, rapping, or making art. We would hang out and fucking make beats, freestyle. We were kind of the in-house production crew for all our older friends who rapped and stuff. At some point we were just kind of "fuck it, we gotta call the crew something" so it came about organically. It wasn't anything when we started it, we were like 17, and then I guess by the time we started college a bunch of us had started MySpaces (when the music MySpace thing was going). So it was just a big community of people sharing music and stuff. So around that point we started a website that was just a really bad blogspot that was just kind of our own stuff, promoting our own releases. It was a way for us to share with each other more so than other people while we were in colleges and different schools in the country.
The 2015 Glastonbury Festival, which sold out in 25 minutes back in October, has announced it's initial lineup. In addition to Lionel Richie, which they confirmed a while back, this year will feature Patti Smith, Kanye West, Florence and the Machine, Pharell Williams, Motorhead, Alabama Shakes, The Fall, Alt-J, Suede, Fat White Family, The Chemical Brothers, GOAT, Caribou, fka twigs, George Clinton, Father John Misty, Kate Tempest, Run the Jewels, Future Islands and more.
The annual UK festival takes place June 24-28 on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, England. All announced Glastonbury 2015 performers are listed below...
Governors Ball is approaching, and now the aftershows happening at various NYC venues have been announced. Tickets for all aftershows go on Citibank presale starting Wednesday (4/15) at noon, and tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/17). You can also enter to win tickets at doNYC.
This year's schedule includes shows from Little Dragon, Atmosphere, White Lung, Conor Oberst, Hot Chip (DJ), Flying Lotus (DJ), SBTRKT (DJ), and more. Full schedule below...
photo: Slayer at the Theater at MSG in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Bonnaroo 2015 is just a few months away (June 11-14), and the fest now revealed its late night sets.
The Friday night has a "special late night set" on the What Stage from Deadmau5, as well as late night sets from STS9, Flying Lotus, Earth Wind & Fire, Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood, Odesza and Run the Jewels.
Saturday night has Bassnectar, Flume, D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Slayer, Superjam! and Tycho.
Watch a video about the festival's Late Nights, below...
Lollapalooza returns to Chicago's Grant Park from July 31 - August 2, and this year's lineup includes Paul McCartney, Metallica, A$AP Rocky, TV on the Radio, The War on Drugs, Father John Misty, Brand New, Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, The Tallest Man on Earth, Death From Above 1979, Django Django and more. Tickets are on sale now, and single day passes go on sale at 10 AM CT.
Full lineup below...
Earlier this month, Kendrick Lamar took us by surprise when he revealed that his highly-anticipated followup to good kid, m.A.A.d city would be out in less than three weeks (3/23), but it turns out he's surprised us once again: It's out now!
The album's called To Pimp A Butterfly and it features contributions from George Clinton, Thundercat, Snoop Dogg, Ronald Isley, Bilal, James Fauntleroy, Rapsody and Anna Wise, with production from Flying Lotus, Pharrell Williams, Boi-1da and more. "Hood Politics" samples Sufjan Stevens' "All For Myself" and "How Much A Dollar Cost" appears to be sampling Radiohead's "Pyramid Song." That's the artwork above.
Download yours on iTunes, and stream it via Spotify below...
photo: fans at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It includes Billy Joel (!?!), Mumford and Sons, Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar, Florence + the Machine, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, My Morning Jacket, Bassnectar, Alabama Shakes, Childish Gambino, Flume, Slayer, Belle & Sebastian, Spoon, The War on Drugs, Ben Folds, Atmosphere, Atomic Bomb! (William Onyeabor tribute), Flying Lotus, Earth Wind & Fire, Caribou, SBTRKT, Run the Jewels, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Jamie xx, Against Me!, Rudimental, Mac DeMarco, Tears for Fears, Tycho, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Shabazz Palaces, Courtney Barnett, Woods, Iceage, Between the Buried & Me, Rustie, Strand of Oaks, Pallbearer, Dej Loaf, Hiss Golden Messenger, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and many more.
Tickets will be available Saturday (1/17) at noon on bonnaroo.com.
Full lineup below...
Yesterday was Coachella, and today another spring 2015 festival lineup is announced: Governors Ball. The fest takes place on NYC's Randall's Island from June 5-7 and includes Drake, Bjork, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, My Morning Jacket, Ratatat, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Weird Al Yankovic, The War on Drugs, Hot Chip, Death From Above 1979, SBTRKT, Conor Oberst, Flying Lotus, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Sharon Van Etten, DIIV, Rustie, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Florence + the Machine, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Chromeo, Flume, Sturgill Simpson, Kiesza, Strand of Oaks, Bishop Nehru, Kate Tempest and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
Coachella 2015 happens April 10-12 and April 17-19 this year in Indio, CA. The lineup was just announced and includes AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu (!), St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, Brand New, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Bad Religion, SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Father John Misty, The War on Drugs, Ryan Adams, Lykke Li, Caribou, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Swans, Todd Terje, Action Bronson, Sylvan Esso, Vic Mensa, Cloud Nothings, Ab-Soul, Run the Jewels, Toro y Moi, Parquet Courts, Antemasque, Perfume Genius, Jenny Lewis, Desaparecidos, Mac Demarco, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, OFF!, Touche Amore, Joyce Manor, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs, Angel Olsen, Philip Selway, Sloan and many more. Tickets will be sale soon.
Larger poster HERE. Full lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
Long-running NYC experimental band Zs debuted their newest lineup in 2012, which is founder Sam Hillmer with Patrick Higgins and Liturgy drummer Greg Fox, and now they're set to release the first album with that lineup, Xe, on January 27 via Northern Spy. It's Zs' first non-remix or live full length since 2010's New Slaves. They recorded it live with producer Henry Hirsch (Madonna, Mick Jagger, etc), and Tauba Auerbach handled the album's artwork and sculptures. The first single, "Corps," is out now and it's a 12-minute bouncy avant-garde jam that you can check out below. Album artwork and tracklist also below.
Zs have some shows coming up in January just ahead of the release, including an album release party in their hometown on January 21 at Le Poisson Rouge with Mick Barr, Michael Beharie, Bryan Kasenic and Phil Tortoroli. TIckets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Sam, Greg and Patrick also gave us their year-end lists for 2014. While the latter two stuck to their favorite albums, Sam gave us his list of the 10 Most Anonymous Comments on Brooklyn Vegan in 2014. You can find out what ended up on those lists, with the song stream and album tracklist/artwork, below...
First tracks, then honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork has put out their Top 50 Albums of 2014. There's nothing entirely out of left field, but there's definitely some surprises here. Taylor Swift, whose album was not reviewed at all (I guess it was a pretty obscure one), comes in at #31 with her album, 1989. Sun Kil Moon, which was the only 2014 album in their Top 10 Albums of the Decade So Far this past August (and seemed like a sure bet for #1) dropped down to #7 and was beaten out by his enemies The War on Drugs. TWOD actually came in at #3 themselves, and the two ahead of them are two you may not have seen coming.
We already knew that Pallbearer, the only Best New Music metal album of 2014, was an honorable mention, which unsurprisingly left zero metal albums on this list. No other BNM album got snubbed (save for a Hyperdub compilation and the Beyonce album, but that was probably because it was technically a 2013 release), and there's not really any glaring omissions in terms of what Pitchfork appeared to champion this year.
See the list for yourself below...
DJ Shadow at Irving Plaza in September (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
While his tour with Cut Chemist is over, legendary producer DJ Shadow remains busy. His new Liquid Amber imprint just put out Bleep Bloop's new EP 10 Watt Lazer, the label's first release from anyone other than its founder. Bleep Bloop works along the same hip-hop grounded blueprint as Shadow, but his tracks tend to gaze more into the future than the past for inspiration. Says Shadow himself:
This is the first Liquid Amber release by an artist other than myself, so it's an exciting and challenging phase of the process. I'm learning something new daily, and that's rewarding. With Aaron's music, it's not hard for me to be motivated to work on his behalf. He's one of the artists pushing boundaries, and that's a cause I'll always get behind.Check out the entire spacey Bleep Bloop EP below.
In other news, DJ Shadow is one of the artists featured on the limited edition 59-song re-release of the soundtrack to this year's Grand Theft Auto V. That features the game's original score -- by Tangerine Dream, Woody Jackson, The Alchemist + Oh No -- as mixed by DJ Shadow, as well cuts from the soundtrack featuring original music from Flying Lotus, A$AP Rocky, Tyler, The Creator, Twin Shadow, Wavves, Yeasayer, as well as classics from the various radio stations you can listen to in the game.
The soundtrack is out now in both three-disc CD and a massive six-LP vinyl sets in collaboration with Nas' Mass Appeal Records.
And lastly, DJ Shadow's "Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt," from his classic 1996 album Endtroducing, is featured in a new commercial for the new Chevy Malibu, with a pitchman's voiceover replacing the myth-making spoken word of the original track (sad?). Check out the commercial and Bleep Bloop's EP below...
Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.
Check out the full list below...
by Andrew Sacher
Foxing at Webster Studio in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The totally stacked Modern Baseball / Knuckle Puck / Foxing / Crying / Somos tour lands in NYC for its first of two shows tonight (12/12). Tonight's show is at Gramercy Theater and then they play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday (12/15). You can still get tickets to Monday's show but tonight is sold out. Updated dates are listed below.
If you haven't seen Foxing live, they're the kind of band you really have to see for yourself to get the full experience. But to at least get an idea of what to expect, you can check out the band's new live video for "Rory" that they filmed at The Fest this year. Watch it below.
Four Foxing members also gave us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. One of the lists includes Cymbals Eat Guitars who also included Foxing on their own list and also play NYC tonight. Check those out lists and the Fest video below...
intro by Bill Pearis
Grooms @ Death by Audio's final show (more by PSquared)
Grooms' last live show, the final night of Death by Audio, was a little hard to get into. Their next NYC show should not prove as difficult. They're playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday (12/12) with The Teen Age, Glazzies and headliners Celestial Shore. That's a free show where you can maybe get some holiday shopping done (or a round of mini-golf) and you can RSVP to get on the skip-the-line list.
Grooms' next show after this weekend is opening for A Place to Bury Strangers (who also played DbA's final night) at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 17 (tickets).That serves as a record release show for both APTBS' Transfixiation, and Grooms' Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair which are both out that day. (You can hear "Doctor M" below.) Look for a tour after that, details are still TBA at the moment.
Main man Travis Johnson took time out from practicing for tomorrow's show to give us his Top 10 LPs of 2014, plus a few runners-up, with a little commentary for each. You can read that below...
PC Music's Hannah Diamond
Gorilla vs Bear posted their lists of their favorite albums (35) and songs (100) of 2014. Though the albums list does have some of the stuff you always see (like The War On Drugs), it's mostly got a lot of unique choices like Recycle Culture, Korallreven, Yumi Zouma, Beverly, Panda Bear's EP and more, and the #1 is pretty unique too. FKA twigs doesn't crack the albums list but she's on the tracks list twice, along with tracks by Tinashe, iLoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Grouper, a Recyle Culture remix of Taylor Swift, and plenty of PC Music representation.
Check out his full lists below...
The FADER always has some year-end coverage, but for the past 15 years they didn't publish a ranked year-end list. This year however, they ranked their 116 favorite songs of 2014 (find out why) and it's a diverse list that manages to sing the praises of iLoveMakonnen, Tinashe, Alex G, Florida Georgia Line, Enrique Iglesias, Bleachers, Ricky Eat Acid, YG, Toni Braxton & Babyface, Nothing, Grimes, Parquet Courts, Run the Jewels and Grouper all in the same damn list.
Read more about each choice here and check out the full list below...
Sleaford Mods at their US debut (more by PSquared)
The Guardian has been sloooowwwlllyyyy revealing their Top 40 Albums of 2014, having rolled out the top 10 one by one over the past 10 days. If you've been following along, you probably already guessed their #1 by now, but if not you can browse their full list of 40 below. It's got a lot of this year's list regulars, and like many of the British publications have, it gives some major love to Sleaford Mods (maybe you caught their US debut in NYC?). Also The War On Drugs shuts out Sun Kil Moon once again (they're not #1 but close). Sorry Koz.
Check out the full list below...
Best of Lists Season continues, here with AV Club's favorite records of 2014. As it's a cumulative list with ballots from the site's music writers (most of whom are in their 30s), you get a pretty typical list but we'll leave the suspense of whether The War on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten or St. Vincent landed at #1 for you to check out below.
by Andrew Sacher
The Best Albums of 2014 lists keep coming, and now Rolling Stone's is out. It's hard to imagine anyone else picking the #1 and #2 they did, but that's Rolling Stone for you. It's also hard to imagine a list placing the new albums from Weezer and the Foo Fighters so high, but smacking buzz band Ought right in between them. And it seems random that YOB comes in at #50 when no other metal album makes the list, not even the critically acclaimed one by Pallbearer or any of the hugely acclaimed returns from veteran bands like At the Gates, Godflesh and Electric Wizard. Also, don't tell Jack White how much higher The Black Keys placed than him.
Check out their top 50 picks for yourself, below...
It's the last week of November and we've hit Best-of List Season. Especially in the UK where we've already seen album lists from Rough Trade, MOJO, Q, and Uncut. Now here's long-running UK weekly NME with their LPs and tracks of the year. Topping the lists are St. Vincent's self-titled album, and Future Islands' omnipresent "Seasons." (Sorry, The War on Drugs, you're slightly lower on the list here.) And just to remind you they are British music magazine, Kasabian figure into both lists. Check out NME's full Top 50 LPs/Tracks of 2014 lists below...