Entries tagged with: Gang of Four
Massive Attack at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
Trip hop pioneers Massive Attack have assembled a BBC 6 Mix, where they compiled music that influenced their 1991 debut album, Blue Lines, like Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, Gang of Four, Isaac Hayes and more alongside some of their new favorite artists like Burial, Flying Lotus, The Bug vs The Rootsman, Kanye West & Booka Shade, and more (via Daily Swarm). You can download or stream the mix and check out the tracklist below.
photos by Chris La Putt
"Mixing classic hits in amongst the new material, every song was a dance party and lead singer Joe King's stage presence is insane! He dances around like a mad man and then settles into a random spot on the stage where he'll sing for a few moments before moving on to the next location. Andy Gill played some guitar solos with the trademark Gang of Four feedback and though it was only 18 degrees outside, the inside of Webster Hall was scorching! During the song "He'd Send In The Army," Joe King smashed a microwave with an axe! It was pretty intense. After each song, King thanked the crowd in Spanish, saying "Gracias." Gracias backatcha for rocking Gang of Four!" [According to G]Gang of Four (now with two original members) are on tour and played both Webster Hall and Letterman on Tuesday night. Pictures and the setlist from the NYC show and a (crappy) video (I'll update later if a better one gets posted) from the TV show, below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Gross Relations - You Don't Know Me (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Anika - Yang Yang (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Anika - Terry (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: ARMS - Floaters (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Martial Canterel - You Today (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Martial Canterel - Retrospective (Zip)
DOWNLOAD: The Vacant Lots - Confusion (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Don Giovanni Sampler (Zip)
In addition to being Black History Month, National Bird Feeding Month and National Sweet Potato Month, February also seems to consistently have a lot of band residencies. You may already be aware of ones by ARMS (who I'll get to shortly) and Yellow Ostrich, but I'd also like to point out that up-and-coming Brooklyn indie rock band Gross Relations starts a three-week Tuesday residency tonight (2/8) at Bruar Falls.
Gross Relations have been going less than a year, but seem to have a clear idea with what they want to sound like. Like Mr. Dream and Diehard, the band shares a love of '90s indie rock. With the prominent keyboard lead lines (or maybe it's heavily-treated guitar?) on both sides of their "Fuzzy Timelines" 7", it's pretty easy to make comparisons to The Rentals, but the band they really remind me of is Chicago's late, great Number One Cup.
Either way, it's a good thing. Gross Relations write some majorly catchy songs. You can download the b-side to their single at the top of this post. Tonight's residency also features The Toothaches (whose debut album is a free download), Gone Bad, and NT.
ARMS @ Glasslands in December (more by Andrew St. Clair)
I mentioned ARMS briefly above who are on Week Two (2/9) of their February Wednesdays residency at Pianos. Todd Goldstein and the rest of the band are finishing up work on their debut album (Kids Aflame was more of a Todd solo thing) with Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells). So expect a lot of new songs, I'd imagine. Todd says of the record, "It's a vast, hi-fi album. We're doing everything we can to take full advantage of the studio... the songs are very poppy and a little weird, there are lots of beautiful/scary textures, copious-but-thoughtful use of reverb... sequenced into a song-cycle, a sort of sci-fi breakup album." ARMS are hoping to have it out by the summer.
This week's residency is especially strong I think. It includes the lovely Hospitality, who finally seem to be getting down to business, having wrapped up their long-gestating debut album (also with Stoneback) which could be out as early as the spring. Let's hope! Singer Amber Papini promises a couple new songs at the show.
Also playing: Radical Dads, whose new single is a free for you (with email address) via the increasingly popular Download Widget (found below). And Translations (who share a member with ARMS) open who I am super psyched to finally be seeing live after months of digging their debut 7".
Show's eight bucks, will be a good one.
Also Wednesday is the record release party for Martial Canterel's You Today which came out today on Wierd Records. The show is part of Wierd's weekly Wednesday night party at Home Sweet Home. The flyer says performance at midnight, but I've never seen a band go on there before 1AM.
Martial Canterel is the non de synth of Sean McBride who is also one half of Xeno & Oaklander. McBride is kind of a luddite, making his records entirely on vintage equipment that was probably cutting-edge technology in 1980. Obviously it sounds very retro, but McBride's way of doing things also gives it a sound -- and authenticity -- you can't quite replicate on a laptop. Check out the title track at the top of this post. And if you dig that, also up there is a free downloadable Martial Canterel retrospective, including some rare songs.
In town this weekend is Anika whose debut album was a late-breaking entry into my Favorite Albums of 2011. Recorded in 12 days, live with no overdubs, it sounds like the missing link between The Slits and Lilliput. Portishead's Geoff Barrow -- his other band BEAK> is the backing band here -- gets the claustrophobic vibe just right. A lot of people have tried and failed to recreate that Martin Hannett Sound... Barrow nails it. And the material -- a mix of girl group covers and politically-charged originals -- suits Anika's Nico-esque delivery perfectly.
You can download two tracks from the album at the top of this post. "Yang Yang" is a Yoko Ono cover, and "Terry" was originally recorded by Twinkle, who is probably best-known for having made the original version of "Golden Lights" that was later covered by The Smiths. (Many Smiths fans' least favorite track, but not mine. That would be "Never Had No One Ever.") The album sort of snuck out at the end of 2011, so catch up now. So good.
Don't get too excited though, Anika is just over for some DJ gigs -- I'm hearing we'll get her performing in May (and probably later at ATP) -- but I'd recommend checking one of them out nonetheless. Especially as three of them are free: on Thursday (2/10) she'll be at Gallery Bar with Blu Jemz, then Saturday (2/12) at Trophy Bar and a Valentine's Day set (2/14) at The Commodore. The remaining three NY DJ appearances are atMercury Lounge tomorrow night (2/9) spinning between sets at the Cubic Zirconia show (tickets), and Glasslands on Friday (2/11) where she'll spin in between sets by Javelin, High Life, & Monster Rally (tickets), and finally Santos Pary House on 2/16 as part of the previously discussed Beans show with Edan, Paten Locke & Bluebird (tickets).
That Javelin show on Friday night should be fun, as Anika's tastes will nicely contrast/compliment the sounds of Javelin (always one of the better live bands saddled with the "chillwave" tag), Highlife and Monster Rally.
That's the big stuff this week. Some more picks, day-by-day, are below.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Gang of Four at Webster Hall, though really it's more like Gang of Two as it's just Jon King and Andy Gill from the original line-up these days. Their new album, Content, isn't bad. But most people will go to hear "To Hell With Poverty," "At Home He's a Tourist," and other classics. And while Hugo and Dave will be missed, Andy Gill is still amazing to watch spit out those riffs, and Jon King remains possessed on stage -- especially when he's beating the shit out of a microwave on "He'd Send in the Army."
DOWNLOAD: Gang of Four - Never Pay for the Farm (MP3)
Gang of Four 2010
UK Post-punk greats Gang of Four reunited in 2004. All four original members, Jon King, Andy Gill, Dave Allen and Hugo Burnham, played some shows and reissued some stuff, and then started to leak news about an album of new material. Then suddenly in 2008, Dave and Hugo quit the reformed band, but Jon and Andy continued on, replacing them with new guys. Those new guys are bassist Thomas McNeice (ex-El Presidente) and drummer Mark Heaney. You can see them in the picture above.
And now, the new version of Gang of Four have a new LP, Content, due on Janurary 25th via Yep Roc. Written by Jon King and Andy Gill, and recorded and produced by Gill, the record is Gang of Four's first in 16 years. Grab "Never Pay for the Farm" from that album above.
Not long after the LP is released, Gang of Four will return to North America and play some shows in support. So far only a few dates have popped up, but it looks like a full tour will be announced. In the meantime we know they will play Webster Hall in NYC on February 8th, 2011. Tickets go on AMEX presale on Wed 11/10, and general sale on Friday 11/12 at noon.
All known dates and some videos below...
THE JESUS LIZARD REFORM,
ANNOUNCE APPEARANCE AT ATP: THE FANS STRIKE BACK FESTIVAL, MAY 2009!!
All Tomorrow's Parties are extremely excited to announce that THE JESUS LIZARD have reformed and will perform at the Fans Strike Back festival in 2009.This is the same UK festival/weekend that Sleep are reforming to play. This is not to be confused with ATP NY which also just announced bands for 2009 (when I got this news I did get confused for a second and thought JESUS LIZARD??!, but then realized they meant for the UK) (we can still hope) (they are playing Chicago in November....ATP NY is in September...).
In what has to rank as one of the most unlikely developments in rock, the awe-inspiring primal force of the Jesus Lizard will return, briefly, in 2009. The original lineup of David Yow, Duane Denison, David Wm. Sims and Mac McNeilly will reform for a very limited series of live dates in 2009, starting with the All Tomorrow's Parties event dubbed The Fans Strike Back in Minehead, UK on May 9 and 10 and ending with a final appearance in Chicago in late November. These shows will be the Jesus Lizard's first since disbanding in 1999 and the first in twelve years to feature the original storied quartet. As anyone who has experienced the Jesus Lizard live can attest, they are one of the most intense and visceral musical assemblies to ever stalk a stage. This fleeting reunion offers an incredible opportunity to either be blown away all over again or to immerse yourself in the sweaty power and driving mayhem for the very first time.
In celebration of this event, Touch and Go Records will reissue four full-length releases from the Jesus Lizard in May 2009. Remastered recordings of Head, Goat, Liar, and Down will be available on both LP and CD, all with expanded packaging and liner notes. Bob Weston is heading up the remastering process with Steve Albini, the original session engineer, sitting in.
Jesus Lizard are playing "ATP UK Weekend 1". "ATP UK Weekend 2" is the one the Breeders are curating, and that's the one Shellac and Gang of Four (maybe not the original lineup?) were just added to. More UK ATP details below...
photos by Chris Graham
The Mars Volta played right before Flaming Lips on the mainstage on the third of three days of the Sasquatch Music Festival in Gorge, Washington this past weekend (May 26, 2008). More pictures, a video interview conducted backstage by an ex-member of Gang of Four, and tour dates below....
Allen (l) and Burnham (r) in happier times (pic: Jamie Francis)
I was liking the reunited Gang Of Four, and they have/had a new album coming out. Oh well. In Dave Allen's own words....
Recently the band has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity, initially due to emergence of new post-punk influenced bands such as The Rapture, Liars and Radio 4 and then the rise of Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party, which led to the renewed patronage of the NME. The original Burnham/Allen/Gill/King lineup reformed in November 2004. In October 2005, Gang of Four released a new LP featuring new recordings of songs from the albums Entertainment!, Solid Gold and Songs of the Free entitled Return the Gift, along with an album's worth of remixes. [Wikipedia]Did you know that Dave Allen, the bass player of Gang of Four, writes a music blog? A good one too - one that not only provides regular updates and thoughts on topics like Radiohead, but one that also keeps people up to date with the latest Gang of Four happenings. That's how the world now knows that Gang of Four is busy recording some new songs, and that's where I got the two early demos linked on top of this post.
Bloc Party have a new EP out this week. The contents? Five versions of the song "Flux" - the same song you heard in the video that stars the Kaiju Big Battel characters. Stream the whole EP at AOL. Read more about it below.....
"Are the post-punk godfathers trying to cover up their participation in this great '80s movie's shitty soundtrack??? Do any of YOU have this tune???" [Stereogum]
DOWNLOAD: Desire by Gang of Four (MP3)
RIP Pat Morita
Matt Tong: Well, most of the people I spoken to brought up this Gang of Four thing. I think people have read that into our work.
Kele Okereke: It's frustrating that people attribute something to certain songs and that's not what they're about at all. It's a common misconception that "Helicopter" is about President Bush. It's kinda patronizing.
Kele Okereke: I don't know. I saw !!! recently at a live show in London. They make real dance music. They make real house records. Not just songs that you can dance to. It's a different energy. I don't know really.
* Read the whole interview at Pitchfork
* Pitchfork gives Silent Alarm Remixed an 8.0
* Order Silent Alarm remixed at Insound
* Stream the new Gang of Four remake
* Download a new Bloc Party song
* Tickets are on sale for !!!'s CMJ show at SOB's
* !!! shares members with Out Hud
* See Out Hud at Motherfucker in NYC Sunday night
* Bloc Party played Motherfucker too
* Gang of Four played Tribeca Grand
* FAQ #4562: "stream" = listen over the internet
** thank you Mike Neuman
Gang of Four aficionado Mike Neuman pointed me to the band's MySpace page where you can listen to three tracks off the reissue of Return the Gift (or is it called Whitey's Gift?) that comes out on Sept. 20th. They're new versions of old songs.
Listen to Gang of Four perform live for KEXP.
Listen to Sleater Kinney perform live for KEXP.
Listen to the Raveonettes perform live for KEXP.
Listen to Thievery Corporation perform live for KEXP.
Listen to M.I.A. perform live for KEXP.
Listen to M.I.A. perform live on Morning Becomes Eclectic
Keren Ann will peform on Morning Becomes Eclectic on June 15th.
I didn't go to any of the BTS shows, but did make it to the GOF one @ Tribeca Grand last night (two thumbs up). Here's what they're saying...
Built to Spill
"Now, there's inebriated, there's drunk, there's wasted, and then there was this girl - hovering in that "How is it possible that she's still standing upright?" zone."
- Tale of Two Cities
"They just don't make them like built to spill anymore. so good at irving last night."
- Catherine's Pita
"Last night stood out instantly when the band came out five strong - two extra guitarists instead of just one, the first time I'd seen that."
- One Louder
Gang of Four
"Together they walloped the crowd with their bass-thumping sound. Even the pink-haired mohawked guy upfront was dancing all over."
- Waved Rumor
"An incredible show. I mean really, really fantastic. I've seen some pretty great shows recently, but this one was enjoyable straight through."
"They were great!"
- Central Village
Melody Nelson presents ATOMIQUE @ Lit in NYC every Wednesday tonight. Gang of Four play their third of three NYC shows tonight at Irving Plaza. ATOMIQUE is hosting the after-party with a a special DJ set by Gang of Four guitarist/vocalist Andy Gill (2nd picture down, guy on the left). It's also a listening party for the new Oasis album. Andy Gill was added last minute, so don't get scared if you don't see him on the flyer.
Gang of Four add midnight Tribeca Grand show
Gang of Four Interview | On Bloc Party, Futureheads, etc...
Gang of Four reissue Entertainment
The Rolling Stones played Outside in NYC
Sondre Lerche playing FREE show
"Due to Popular demand, and two back to back sold out shows in NYC, the Gang of Four announce an exclusive late night performance at the Tribeca Grand on Tuesday May 17 after midnight. A very limited amount of tickets will be available for purchase."
Rolling Stone interviews Gang of Four...
What do you think of new bands, like the Futureheads and Bloc Party, and their connection to your sound?
I think "respect." If writers want to say these bands are good -- and they're great -- but they're borrowing from Gang of Four, I mean, that's cool. I suppose I'm a little pissed that some of these bands are just borrowing freely from us. It's a difficult equation for me: Do I come down on any one band's side? Because there's tons of them! I think our integrity, our credibility, has remained intact. And if that's attached to these new bands, that's fine.
I think the live Gang of Four is the big differentiator, and, of course, the lyrics. There's nothing remotely close to us when it comes to being socially, politically and lyrically aggressive pains in the ass. Jon King was so amazing at writing those lyrics that hit the nail on the head every time about your everyday life, and I'm not hearing that in any of these new bands.
My name is Mike Neuman, and I am your guest-blogger for today. I am neither vegan, nor am I from Brooklyn, so I hope you'll accept me.
So today is Friday the 13th, and I have taken it upon myself to plan your entire day for you! You can thank me later. First thing's first. Pre-order Gang of Four's classic debut album, "Entertainment!" .It first came out in 1979/1980, depending on what country you live in. It was re-released in 1995 and quickly went out of print again. Now it's back again, this time with bonus live tracks. I can say without hesitation that this is one of the best albums of all time. Don't believe me? Pitchfork gave it a 9.5. Also check out Rolling Stone's original review of the album, way back in 1980. They are playing Irving Plaza on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Tickets are sold out, but if you hit Craigslist hard enough, you can probably score a pair.
OK, so got the CD pre-ordered and some sketchy dude is selling you Gang of Four tickets? Great, let's move along.
In honor of Friday the 13th, Bowery Tattoo will be giving tattooing people for only THIRTEEN DOLLARS! The catch? The only thing they will tattoo on you is the number "13". That's right, tomorrow after 1 PM, you can go into Bowery Tattoo and get a nice "13" tattooed on you for only 13 bucks! Mom will love it!
So in case getting meaningless numbers tattooed onto your body for life doesn't do it for you, you're in luck! The 8th Annual New York City Tattoo Convention is at Roseland all weekend long. Tickets are kind of pricey. $18 for the day, or $50 for all 3 days. But seriously, if you want to get tattooed, you can usually get great work from great artists from all over the world for much cheaper then you normally could.
Speaking of Roseland, apparently Weezer played there last night. I wasn't there, and you weren't either. The Green Album, Maladroit, and now Make Believe. Sorry Rivers, but three strikes and you're out. "But Mike" you ask, "now who is going to quench my thirst for power-pop?" Well I'm glad you asked, because the excellent Hello Nurse, a local indie rock/power-pop 4-piece, are playing tonight at Crash Mansion. There is no cover before 11, and there is an open bar from 9 to 10. It's 21+.
Hello Nurse MP3's (SAVE EM, DON'T STREAM EM)
(editor's note: The GoStation, Morning Theft, the Murdochs, and "Coke Dick" (The Madison Strays) are also playing Crash Mansion tonight. go!)