Entries tagged with: Four Tet
DOWNLOAD: Jon Hopkins - Insides (Rival Consoles RMX) (MP3)
Singer-songwriter King Creosote and producer/Eno collaborator Jon Hopkins, now labelmates with Real Estate, Ducktails & Alex Bleeker, teamed up to record the album Diamond Mine which dropped in the USA via Domino Records on May 24. They go on a short North American tour in July in support of the album. That tour hits Mercury Lounge on July 14 (tickets go on sale Friday at noon) and The Rock Shop on July 17 (tickets on sale now). All dates are listed below.
King Creosote visited the US for the first time in March. As Bill wrote at the time:
"Scottish indie folk royalty Kenny Anderson, aka King Creosote. Anderson (whose brother Gordon was a founding member of The Beta Band and now fronts The Aliens) has been cranking out album after album of melancholic, wry songwriting since the late '90s. (Seriously, check out his discography.) Many of these have been self-released, but he's had records on Warner Brothers and Domino too."Domino released his album Thrawn around that time.
Jon Hopkins also recently recorded a new track for a Japan benefit compilation, and is giving away the remix of his song "Insides" that you can download above. He returns to New York (Troy, NY) in September to perform at EMPAC with Four Tet.
King Creosote and Jon Hopkins made a video for the track "Bubble" off the new album. Check it out along with a 'making of' video and all tour dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Matthewdavid - "Noche Y Dia / San Raphael" (MP3)
"#AlphaPupNYC was magic last night! @daddykev, @GASLAMPKILLER, #matthewdavid and @muxmool KILLED it." - @JessicaKizer
Matthewdavid playing in LA (Silent Stutter)
Matthewdavid is sharing his bass-heavy beats with NYC quite a few times this week. In addition to playing Knitting Factory this past Saturday (5/28) with The Gaslamp Killer, and the previously announced 285 Kent show this coming Saturday (6/4) with Sun Araw (who is now up at Mutek), he plays a late party at Cameo Gallery tonight (6/2) with Howse. The Brooklyn event at Cameo is being billed as a "rare live audio-visual performance" and four other DJs are also on the bill.
By 6/9 Matthewdavid will be back on his coast because he's appearing at Amoeba in LA, but it won't be long before he returns to NYC again to play a Saturday 'Warm Up' event at MoMA's PS1 on 7/9 with Four Tet. Four Tet plays Camp Bisco one day earlier. Full 'Warm Up' schedule, and more details still TBA.
Tour dates and tonight's flyer below...
"Seeing Sun Araw live feels as much like a dream as reality, and high energy never came easy. It felt a bit like drowning in codeine syrup, you struggle at first, and then eventually realize it feels better to be in the syrup than out of it.LA's Sun Araw (aka Cameron Stallone) will kick of a FULL BAND tour of the East Coast on June 2nd at the Mutek Festival in Montreal, followed by a string of dates, a few in the NYC-area included. On June 3rd Stallone will DJ Coco66. The occasion is the NYC debut of Sun Araw's own LA-based party WHERES YR CHILD - "A dub/italo/dance party rooted in the traditions of cosmic LA." Sex Worker/Psychic Reality, and Todd Pendu are all also on that bill and tickets are on sale. The following day (6/4), the Sun Araw Band will play live for the first time in NYC (Sun Araw has only played solo in the past), in Brooklyn at 285 Kent with M Geddes Gengras, Matthewdavid, and D'Eon. Then after a quick trip down to Baltimore to play Ottobar, Hoboken club Maxwell's will host the band on 6/7 with M. Geddes Gengras and Deep Magic (tickets). All dates are listed below.
Cameron really pulls out the tropical nature of SoCal in his music, and almost gives you the impression of sleepwalking through a luau. This is especially strange because he originally hails from Austin, TX, which is anything but tropical.
His music feels a bit like you're searching for some sort of hidden revelation amongst some ancient ruins on a desert island, among many other conjurations your mind will develop while being sunk into the vibes." [Sub-Radar]
Sun Araw will be previewing material from a forthcoming LP entitled Ancient Romans, and the band currently has multiple releases up for sale at their webstore, including a pair of recent cassette releases Sadistic Candle and Hold The Phone. For those of you who are curious as to what Hold The Phone is like, here's a preview.
HOLD THE PHONE is mustard and ketchup on a deviled egg.Are we clear? If not, head to their store and stream samples from the cassettes and other releases.
HOLD THE PHONE is your dad whistling at a 16-year-old girl.
HOLD THE PHONE is yin all dressed up in yang clothes.
HOLD THE PHONE is Woodstock yelling at Snoopy.
HOLD THE PHONE is Cameron Stallones and Barret Avner.
HOLD THE PHONE is two boys talkin'.
Matthewdavid, who will play the 6/4 285 Kent show, is also on board to support Gaslamp Killer at Knitting Factory on 5/28 (tickets). Matthewdavid recently released a collaborative cassette with Sun Araw, which is now sold out. They also played a show together at the Smell in LA last night (5/5). LA Record helped promote it by having the two artists compile a mixtape of YouTube videos.
Annual electro festival Mutek goes down in Montreal this year from June 1-5, and features multiple notables like Amon Tobin, Four Tet, ARP, Sun Araw and dozens of others. Tickets are currently on sale. The lineup is below. We haven't been since 2009 and miss it.
And you can prepare for the fun TONIGHT (5/6) in NYC! Public Assembly will host "The Bunker: Mutek BK Preview" with performances from Akufen, Stephen Beaupre, Vincent Lemieux, Kangding Ray, Safety Scissors, and Sutekh in two rooms starting at 10PM. Tickets are still available.
Dates, the Mutek 2011 lineup and more, below...
DOWNLOAD: Pantha Du Prince - "A Nomad's Retreat" The Slight Below Remix (MP3)
Pantha Du Prince released a new album on Tuesday via Rough Trade. "XI versions of Black Noise is comprised of re-workings of tracks originally on Pantha Du Prince's album Black Noise by friends and contemporaries including amongst others Animal Collective, Moritz Von Oswald, Four Tet, Efdemin and North American pioneer Hieroglyphic Being. Pantha Du Prince also does his own new version of "Lay In A Shimmer"." Check out the fifth track on the LP, The Slight Below remix of "A Nomad's Retreat" above. The full tracklist is below.
Pantha Du Prince is now on a North American tour that concludes in NYC at Good Units at Hudson Hotel on April 22nd. it's a FIXED event, and Pantha is playing "live", as are The Sight Below (who remixed the above track). JDH and Dave P will DJ. Advanced tickets are on sale. All Pantha tour dates are listed below.
Four Tet will appear at Gowanus Grove at the end of May, and at EMPAC Studio 1 in Troy, NY with Jon Hopkins on September 15th.
It used to be where Issue Project Room was located. They moved and the outdoor Gowanus Canal space opened as the Yard, which then changed to BKLYN Yard. Always a mystery as to whether the outdoor venue will return each year, last summer it was shut down just as it was getting started. You might remember when all events were cancelled in June which was followed by the weekly daytime dance party 'Sunday Best' un-cancelling but becoming alcohol-free, and then cancelling again (and moving to Brooklyn Fireproof).
WELL, they haven't given up! Sunday Best, put on by the people behind Mister Saturday Night, have changed their party name to Mister Sunday and will return to the space this summer, though the location is now known as Gowanus Grove (identity crisis!). They write:
We've been keeping this one under our hats for a while, but the time has come to spill the beans. In just over a month, on Memorial Day Weekend, we're introducing Mister Sunday, the outdoor, Sunday afternoon spinoff of Mister Saturday Night. Clever name, we know.Stay tuned for whether there will be non-Mister Sunday events held there. Mister Sunday flyer and current lineup below...
If you ever came to Sunday Best at BKLYN Yard, you'll know the place: it's the same canal-side, tree-spotted plot of land at 400 Carroll Street between Bond and Nevins in Brooklyn, now rechristened Gowanus Grove.
If you never made it down, let us count the ways you're going to love it. First, kids and dogs - you can bring them. We love them, and we don't get to see enough of them on Saturday nights. Second, superb food - we're teaming up with Brooklyn Flea to install a small but ace team of food vendors. Right now, we've confirmed Mile End, who will be serving a bunch of stuff you can't get at the storefront in Boerum Hill, and we're soon to confirm at least one more. Third, our friends from Botanica, the best little bar in the five boroughs, are taking care of the booze.
And last, but certainly not least, is the music. The Mister Saturday Night residents, Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin, the gents that pull the strings to bring it all together, will be playing records each and every Sunday through the summer on the big, blue soundsystem. There'll be guests alongside them occasionally as well. Moodymann, Todd Terje, Horse Meat Disco, Optimo and Space Dimension Controller will all take their turns, and on opening day, Four Tet will drop by.
And that's all there is to say about that. We'll see you outside.
by Andrew Sacher
"It's a well-worn SXSW cliche for journos to talk of British bands being "out of place" at Austin - as if they expect all UK acts to turn up suppin' rough Bourbon and unveil their new bluegrass direction for y'all.London based singer/songwriter Jamie Woon (who just played a number of shows at SXSW) is releasing his debut full length Mirrorwriting on April 11 via Candent Songs/Polydor. We first got a dose of Jamie's R&B based vocals on his 2007 EP Wayfaring Stranger. He's spent the last three years honing his sound while taking advice from and sharing production duties with dubstep mastermind Burial who Woon first teamed up with when Burial remixed "Wayfaring Stranger" from the 2007 EP.
Yet Jamie Woon does seem an odd fit in more ways than one. His slightly awkward stage presence doesn't quite sit with his calling to croon directly to the three girls who've forced their way to the front row to dance. And his clean-cut image rests uneasily with the fact he's got a pen sticking out of his pocket (sorry to start laying down the law on this, but I'm not having my pop stars adorned with biros).
Woon has taken his vocal stylings from Stevie Wonder and comes equipped with the precision-drilled, soul-funk backing band to match this - the vague traces of dubstep and electronica that glide over his records are almost undetectable here, save for the odd swipe of Woon's fingers across some tiny FX boxes." [Guardian]
Jamie Woon has scheduled a UK tour in May and June, but before he leaves North America, he'll play three more dates here including March 22 at Glasslands with FaltyDL, Mux Mool, & Magic Mountain (Tickets) and March 24 at Le Poisson Rouge with Mount Kimbie, Com Truise, and Muramic (Tickets).
Jamie Woon is not the only person Burial has been collaborating with recently. He is also preparing a 12" single with Thom Yorke and Four Tet. The single, featuring the tracks "Ego" and "MIrror" is set to be released on Four Tet's label, Text. Both tracks debuted March 15 on the London radio station Rinse FM. Radio rips of the tracks can be streamed below.
All dates, videos, and Mirrorwriting tracklisting below...
As previously mentioned, Battles have been in the studio working on their follow-up to 2007's Mirrored. The new album, titled Gloss Drop, is set to be released June 7 on Warp and features an array of guests including Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead, Gary Numan, Yamantaka Eye of Boredoms, and Matias Aguayo. Perhaps they'll help fill the void caused by the departure of guitarist/vocalist Tyondai Braxton. You can preorder the album here. Battles have also announced an international tour in support of the album including April 27 at Le Poisson Rouge. All dates are listed below.
Battles are also co-curating, with Caribou and Les Savy Fav, ATP Nightmare Before Christmas which is happening in the UK this December. Tickets go on sale 3/3 at 5 PM. In other Caribou related news, he is planning a split vinyl with Four Tet. Listen to each artist's contribution below.
Helmet, the band previous home to Battles drummer John Stanier, also plays this month as part of the Metalliance Tour with Saint Vitus, Crowbar, Red Fang, Howl, The Atlas Moth, and Kylesa. That hits Irving Plaza on March 25th.
All Battles dates, tracklisting, and MP3 streams below...
Beach House @ Prospect Park (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kevin Drew's Favorite Albums of 2010 (via)
The National, High Violet (4AD)Beach House also made Pitchfork's Top 10.
Here We Go Magic, Pigeons (SECRETLY CANADIAN)
Beach House, Teen Dream (SUB POP)
Big Boi, Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (PURPLE RIBBON/DEF JAM)
Owen Pallett, Heartland (DOMINO)
Brian McBride, The Effective Disconnect (KRANKY)
Bishop Morocco, Bishop Morocco (HAND DRAWN DRACULA)
Four Tet, There Is Love in You (DOMINO)
Matthew Dear, Black City (GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL)
Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth for Christ Choir, Like a Ship… (Without a Sail) [reissue] (LIGHT IN THE ATTIC)
Kevin Drew's band Broken Social Scene is touring soon and playing Terminal 5. Big Boi has a show coming up at Terminal 5 too. Beach House have two shows coming up at Webster Hall as part of a short tour, and they played Conan last night (12/20). Video below...
Lindstrøm kicked off a 3-date U.S. visit last night, 11/12, at Mezzanine in San Francisco. The second date happens at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC tonight (11/13) - doors are at 11pm, after the James Chance show. The third is Sunday, 11/14, at the Empty Bottle in Chicago. That's a lot of flying for the Norweigian DJ and producer.
Lindstrøm is here in support of recent release: Lindstrøm & Christabelle's Real Life Is No Cool. You might know the track "Lovesick" from a Cadillac commercial which you can watch, along with a stream of the Four Tet remix of the same track, below...
SoSB @ MHOW - CMJ 2009 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
The CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival "has announced its first round of performing artists." The full list, BrooklynVegan showcase semi-included, and more is below.
One of those performing artists is School of Seven Bells who headline the Windish showcase at Santos Party House on Saturday, October 23rd. Tickets are on sale for that (or you can try to get in with your CMJ badge). SoSB played MHOW during CMJ last year.
Meanwhile School of Seven Bells will kick off a tour with Active Child at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg on September 9th. $5.00 tickets are still on sale.
All SoSB dates, the CMJ artist list, Bad Books info and more, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Pantha du Prince - Welt Am Draht (Animal Collective Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pantha du Prince - "Stick To My Side" (feat. Panda Bear) (Four Tet remix) (MP3)
Pantha du Prince...
German electronic music maven Pantha du Prince (Hendrick Weber) will be playing his first US shows in three years starting tonight, June 15th, in Washington DC. He visits NYC for a live set at Santos Party House on Thursday, June 17th. Also at that will be Fixed residents JDH and Dave P and Swedish duo Dada Life. Tickets are still on sale.
Pantha's third album and his first on Rough Trade, Black Noise, came out earlier this year. Weber is clearly a well-connected guy - the record features a guest vocal spot by Panda Bear and a bass-guest turn by Tyler Pope of LCD Soundsystem/!!!/Out Hud. The AC crew even remixed one of the album tracks. That's posted above, along with a Four Tet remix of the Noah Lennox song. The album is still streaming at the label's site.
Pantha du Prince's three June US shows will be followed up by a full stateside tour in the fall. In the meantime, Pantha du Prince crisscrosses Europe this summer. The video for "Stick to My Side" (again, that's the Panda Bear one), all tour dates, and the upcoming schedule for Fixed are all below...
DOWNLOAD: Four Tet - Angel Echoes (Caribou Remix) (MP3)
Four Tet will be releasing a new 12" single for his song "Angel Echoes" to feature a pair of remixes. One is the above track cut up by Caribou (who will be playing Governors Island with Phantogram on July 16th), and the other side is a remix by Londoner Jon Hopkins. It's out July 19th in the UK and Europe, and August 3rd in North America, and the cover is above.
Kieran Hebden will be taking Four Tet on the road this summer to Europe, and in October to North America. He headlines Webster Hall on Friday, October 22nd. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
All dates are below...
Four Tet aka Kieran Hebdan will be headed to North America this February in support of his fifth record, There Is Love in You, which comes out January 26th on Domino.
In the meantime Kieran has some dates lined up in Europe including a December 11th DJ gig (the last night of a residency) at Plastic People in London. Those in attendance will get an exclusive mix CD that won't ever be available anywhere else (except ripped on to the Internet probably).
The lead single, "Love Cry," which comes out as a 12" on December 8th (b-side "Our Bells"), is posted (in a video) with album art, tracklist and all dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Anti-Pop Consortium - Fluorescent Black 5 Minute Megamix (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Anti-Pop Consortium - Born Electric (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Anti-Pop Consortium - Volcano (Four Tet Remix) (MP3)
Anti-Pop Consortium @ Terminal 5 in 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
State: You split up for a full five years before the reformation in 2007. What's changed about APC since 2002?After their reformation last year, Anti-Pop Consortium has been hard at work crafting the follow-up to 2002's Arrhythmia (which came out on the recently-in-the-news Warp label). The new record, Fluorescent Black, is set to come out October 6th on Big Dada (home of Mercury Prize winner Speech Debelle). You can listen to a mega-mix of tracks from the album and song "Born Electric," as well as the Four Tet remix of the album's first single, "Volcano", above.
APC's Beans: We get along now famously. The time spent apart has allowed us to grow individually and bring our experiences to the table artistically to become stronger as a unit. The timing couldn't be more perfect. There are few groups now in hip-hop. As such, we're back to take our place again.
Past that, the group tours the US and Europe through the fall. All dates and the new album art are below...
Boss Hog @ Maxwell's (more by Tim Griffin)
Friday will feature a first New York show in a long time by The Jesus Lizard and newly announced, ATP favourites Iron and Wine. They will join the Don't Look Back shows also taking place on Friday: The Feelies performing Crazy Rhythms, New York's finest Suicide performing their first LP, Dirty Three performing Ocean Songs and The Drones performing Wait Long By The River... The evening will be rounded off with the Comedy Stage hosted and curated by the one and only David Cross.This is great. Full (current) lineup (in list format), and more info, below...
Saturday is curated by ATP and is headlined by Animal Collective and an exclusive performance by Panda Bear. Other confirmed acts include the newly announced Boss Hog, Deerhunter and Bridezilla, plus the previously announced Melvins, Black Dice, Dead Meadow, Autolux, EL-P, Akron Family, Antipop Consortium, Atlas Sound and the hotly tipped Sleepy Sun.
Sunday is curated by the outlandish Flaming Lips. Every act that plays will perform an exclusive special show, bespoke for this event. First up are the Boredoms who will continue their BOREDRUM [BOADRUM?] series, performing with 9 drummers on stage. No Age will perform a whole LP by Husker Du including special guest vocalist [um... Bob Mould?]. Deerhoof will perform with special visuals by Martha Colburn. Caribou will perform as Caribou Vibration Ensemble, with a 4 piece horn section, 4 drummers and a choir and guests that include Kieran Hebden (Four Tet/Fridge/Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid), Koushik (Stones Throw Records), John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac), Kathryn Bint (One Little Plane), Ahmed Gallab (Sinkane) and more. Finally Stardeath and White Dwarfs also join the line-up, with lots more to be announced!
Francis & the Lights @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more by Natasha Ryan)
Hopefully you had fun getting down on Friday. I am in a weird rut and did not go out! A lot of things I am really excited about are happening tonight/Saturday (4/11), but I won't be here. Have a good dance for me and let me know what I missed in the comments. Here's what's going on Saturday night along with some events happening next week:
by Andrew Frisicano
Four Tet (aka electronic musician Kieran Hebden) has announced six dates in US and Canada, including a NYC performance (UPDATE: DJ SET) at The American Museum of Natural History's monthly One Step Beyond party on Friday March 13 (tix here). The gig, with Jon Hopkins and Mapei, is the first time Hebden will play a NYC "Four Tet" set (UPDATE: DJ SET) since canceling his June 2008 Studio B show.
Opening for Four Tet at the AMNH (and two other shows) will be Domino signee Jon Hopkins, a British "composer, pianist and self-taught studio wizard," who is releasing his third record, Insides, on May 5 - free single "Wire" is up at Domino Records. Hopkins also plays Pianos on 3/14.
You may know Four Tet's Madvillainy remixes - released by Stones Throw and as part of the Domino released Four Tet Remixes 2xCD - well, Hebden and other remixers should have new source material soon, as Lex Records reports that it will release (MF) DOOM's new CD, Born Like This, on March 24, 2009. We reported last Fall that DOOM might be preparing his MM..FOOD follow-up for an unexpected release. The new disc is currently available for pre-order, and tracks "That's That" and "Ballskin" are now streaming on DOOM's Myspace.
All tour dates, "Rhinestone Cowboy" Four Tet remix video, and Born Like This track list below...
Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid
Reid and Hebden have made several albums together by now, including the excellent Tongues in 2007. Those sea legs seem to have a mighty short half-life, though: Reid's creative phrasing and pulse games are, as always, a fascinating contrast to the rigid rhythmic grids typical of Four Tet constructions, but on NYC [their album releaesd November 3rd by Domino] the pair doesn't seem to find a happy middle ground anywhere. With Reid on tap, ready to dive in headfirst with limbs flailing and very few responsibilities, you almost have to wonder whether Hebden just found himself in over his head; the album may have been considerably more focused if Hebden had sampled Reid's performances and woven them in as loops. But that would defeat the whole point of the project, now wouldn't it? [Popmatters]Kieran and Steve play (le) poisson rouge in NYC tonight/Friday December 12th. Later that night is a Glitch Mob party at the same venue. All Kieran dates below...
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Fake Blood is not Soulwax
I took two nights off after my early start Wednesday night, leaving me eager to hit the B Saturday night for a party that featured a nice mix of deejays that were both familiar and new (to me). I arrived in time to catch the tail end of Van Scott's set which featured a dancey Lykke Li remix, a super-voded mix of Little Boots' "Meddle" (which I later found out was by Treasure Fingers), and lots of other recent tracks.
Franki Chan followed with an excellent mix of some tracks I didn't recognize along with some new favorites including Whomadewho's "TV Friend" (one of the remixes that just came out at the end of last month) and a lovely hybrid version of the Soulwax remix of the Chemical Brothers' "Hey Boy, Hey Girl" that featured the original "super star deejays" vocal sample instead of "2manydj's" but as far as I could tell, retained all the instrumental parts from the Soulwax remix.
Princess Superstar took the evening in a highly dancey meets retro direction, dropping some current stuff mixed with some updated, oldie but goodie classic 90's tracks. Her set segued into Larry Tee's with the pair performing a live version of their hit "Licky" that's had dancefloors freaking out since last winter. Larry's set had everyone getting down and remembering what an innovator the pioneer of electroclash was and continues to be.
The night ended with a bang that unfortunately, hardly anyone was left to see: Nadastrom absolutely killed it. I'm not sure what specifically was great about their set ...it might have been the song selection, excellent mixing, just the right amount of wobbly bass...but one of the most satisfying elements of their set was the enthusiasm the pair maintained as the not too big to begin with, Studio B crowd dwindled down to a few handfuls of people:
This weekly post was really just meant to be an (arguably) interesting news roundup of where (mostly BV-covered) music and musicians are showing up besides in our stereos/computers/headphones/players/etc. Like all news, it might be positive, negative or neither depending on your point of view. Whether or not an artist is "selling out" by licensing their song to a particular product advertisement and/or TV show is always going to be a valid issue/argument/debate, but I removed "It's Not Selling Out Anymore" from the post title because, lighthearted or not, I think it was making this post into something it's not. Most importantly, I didn't want the title to be misconstrued as an official BrooklynVegan position on anything. There will always be (arguably) cringe-worthy examples of licensing (see Of Montreal + Outback Steakhouse) and licensing-related broken (fan's) hearts (see The Moldy Peaches + Atlantis resorts), but a lot of licensing news (as you can see below), is (arguably) pretty neutral. Are there any Modest Mouse fans offended that a Modest Mouse song appears in a snowboarding video game? I doubt it. Does it bother anyone that Stars of the Lid gave a song to the Environmental Defense Fund? Probably only people that are anti-polar bear... That's all I wanted to say.... I won't write intros to these posts after this week (please try to keep the conspiracy theories to a minimum!), so without further ado... it's "This Week in Music Licensing"...
by Ryan Barkan
Battles @ Irving Plaza (more by Bao Nguyen)
42 Below likes to do things because they can, like make Vodka and wear white suits. The New Zealand spirit maker just launched a campaign and website around the brand's mantra, "Because We Can" - living by your own rules and following your dreams. Pretty deep. The web-based campaign consists of five short films and a user-generated video contest.
Each of the five short films have a few things in common - men in all white suits, left-of-center creative, art installations, cool music, and no relation whatsoever to Vodka. Carpet Cupcake uses Battles' 2007 jam "Atlas". Two different Boards Of Canada songs are used in Beach Dolls and Car Wrap. Domino artist Four Tet provides the sonic background to Mountain Rainbow, a spot where the white suit men create a huge arch of colored plastic chairs on top of a snowy mountain. South African electronic artist Felix Laband is used in Crate UFO.
Do you have a "because I can attitude"? Do you also like to make your own videos? Do you want to win some money for doing those things ($4200)? If so, you can head to the campaign's website to find out more about the contest.
Other Notable Licensing News:
Tokyo Police Club think it is "really cool and really awesome" that they made a cameo on Sunday night's (11/16) episode of Desperate Housewives. They entered a "battle of the bands" contest, performed "In A Cave", and had two of their song titles ("Shoulders And Arms" and "Cut Cut Paste") featured on the club walls as faux band posters. Even more, two band members have lines in the dialogue. Stereogum has the video. In semi-related news, TPC's Graham Wright just released a solo EP online as a free and/or pay download.
On the tube, Gossip Girl featured three tracks from the new Kings Of Leon album, Only By The Night; One Tree Hill for the second week in a row used a song by Margot & the Nuclear So-So's and also had a song by Earlimart; 90210 went with Kanye West, and Stereolab; CSI Miami used both Jenny Lewis and Bloc Party; NUMB3RS had Cold War Kids; Privileged used CSS; Grey's Anatomy had The Coral Sea. All this week Letterman is featuring cover bands.
Nissan'snew Canadian commercial "Morning Light" goes singer-songwriter with Alexi Murdoch's "Breathe". Nice song but I think they could have found a similar style track with a better lyrical match. Watch the video here.
Toshiba's UK agency breaks the broadcast mold a bit with a commercial featuring Matrix-esque cinematography while using the Crystal Castles song "Air War". Watch the video below.
Stars Of The Lid hit NYC's (le) Poisson Rouge on Friday 11/21; I wonder if they will play the serenely spatial "A Meaningful Moment Through A Meaningless Process", a song used by the Environmental Defense Fund to help fight global warming. The web commercial was released at the end of August. The powerful Polar Bear spot can be seen below.
What do 2008 Mercury Prize winning band Elbow and Electronic Arts have to do with each other? Elbow's song "Grounds For Divorce" is the soundtrack to the commercial announcing EA's new first person shooter, Left 4 Dead; the game hits shelves this upcoming week. Video is below.
Ubisoft Montreal just released Shaun White Snowboarding in North America. The game's soundtrack is a good mix of classic (Bob Dylan, Heart, Blue Öyster Cult, Living Colour, Run DMC, Harry Nilsson) and modern (Modest Mouse, MGMT, The Ting Tings, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) bands. Check out the full soundtrack at Wikipedia. Bob Dylan plays NYC this Friday night (11/21).
Interesting downloadable content (DLC) was made available this week via Xbox Live and Playstation Network for both Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Band 2: GH got both a Jimi Hendrix and Smashing Pumpkins three song pack and RB2 fans can now play the entire Foo Fighters album The Colour and the Shape.
DOWNLOAD: Hope Sandoval - Wild Roses (MP3)
1- THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS - Asleep from day"Air France's first ever album features symbolic tracks already used on board the aircraft, plus three exclusive pieces composed especially for the occasion (Hope Sandoval, Telepopmusik and The Shoes featuring Kelly De Martino). For this next musical step, it was logical that the compilation take its name from the on board Air France music channel itself - 'In The Air'."
2- ALPHA - Elvis
3- *NOUVELLE VAGUE - Confusion
4- FINK - Trouble's what you are in
5- *HOPE SANDOVAL - Wild Roses
6- TUNNG - Bullets
7- TWO FOR THE ROAD - Road Trip
8- APPARAT - Hailin' from the edge
9- *TELEPOPMUSIK - Ghost Girl
10- FOUR TET - Everything is alright
11- *THE SHOES feat. KELLY DE MARTINO - 7 am
12- JOSÉ GONZALEZ - Down the line
13- KELLY DE MARTINO - Long, long, long
14- BOARDS OF CANADA - Dayvan Cowboy
15- ASWEFALL - Between the miles
Six of the songs are streaming at MySpace including all three news ones. Most importantly...NEW HOPE SANDOVAL (also available for download above)
Hope is also supposedly (hopefully) going to appear on the new Massive Attack album ("The Weather Underground") coming out some time in 2009.
In related news, Mazzy Star keyboardist Suki Ewers is still making music and playing shows.
Check out the classic Jesus & Mary Chain video for "Sometimes Always" (starring Hope) below...
The next free Ben Neil-curated free show at the World Financial Center Winter Garden happens Tuesday (July 22, 2008). On the bill this time: Kieran Hebdan (Four Tet) and Steve Reid. "Hebden and Reid create an abstract sound that incorporates elements of hip-hop, electronica, jazz, and folk music with live drumming & percussion."
But that's not the only chance to see Kieran perform this week (see flyer above if you didn't already) (RSVP email). All Kieran dates below...
The Field cancelled a bunch of shows in April, but this time it's Four Tet....
We regret to inform you that Four Tet has dropped off the bill for Friday's Show.Four Tet forgot to mention that they already do have another NYC show scheduled (sort of).
THE FIELD, THE YOUNG KNIVES, AND THE GLIMMERS WILL PERFORM AS PLANNED.
A message from their management:
"We are truely sorry to have to cancel this show, unfortunately a family emergency came up and we had to make a decision based on what felt right. This show was incredibly important to us and we apologise for any disappointment this last minute cancellation may have caused -sometimes our personal lives have to come first i guess! We'll be rescheduling another date in New York as soon as possible and thank you for your understanding."
Refunds available via Ticketweb. For those who purchased tickets at Other Music or Sound Fix please follow up directly with club for your refund.
The Young Knives are also playing a few other NYC shows.
Spank Rock also cancelled his (their) last (two) show (shows) at Studio B.
Yes just cancelled a whole tour.
"BEN NEILL is a composer, performer, and inventor of the mutantrumpet, a hybrid electro-acoustic instrument. Through his use of interactive computer technologies, Neill creates a unique musical and visual experience, melding the worlds of electronic music, jazz, pop culture and visual media." [Ben Neil]
"Ben is the curator of the River to River Festival at World Financial Center this summer. This series of 5 free concerts focuses on leading artists in the field of electronic music, including Ulrich Schnauss, Fennesz/Sakamoto, FourTet and Steve Reid, Nicolas Collins, Dorit Chrysler, Kode 9, Dubwar and Johann Johannsson. See full schedule here" [Ben Neil]
Info on a show Ben is playing himself, as well as a Kieren Hebden (FourTet) and Steve Reid video, below....
DOWNLOAD: Familjen - Hög luft (The Field rmx) (MP3)
How far is Saratoga Springs because that's where the Field is playing Friday night before heading west to play Coachella and a few other West Coast shows. Too far probably (plus it's at a college), but that's okay because The Field will be back soon enough - June 6th at Studio B to be exact, with Four Tet and tickets are on sale. The Field will also be in Montreal in early May to play the electronic festival Mutek... with a live band.
UPDATE: West Coast tour dates cancelled
All dates below....