Entries tagged with: Gang of Four
photo: Modern Sky 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Last year, China's Modern Sky Festival held its first-ever US edition in NYC's Central Park. This year, they're returning to Central Park on October 4, and also doing one in Seattle on October 11 at Mural Ampitheatre.
The initial lineups for both NYC and Seattle include Gang of Four. NYC also features Mark Sultan, Lower and more; and Seattle also features Black Lips, Ariel Pink, Mirel Wager and more.
Speaking of festivals in Central Park, Pearl Jam, Beyonce and Coldplay were just announced for Global Citizen Festival.
Initial lineups for the NYC & Seattle Modern Sky fests, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Bush Tetras @ LPR 5/1/2015
NYC post punks Bush Tetras celebrated their 35th anniversary on Friday (5/1) at Le Poisson Rouge. No longer spring chickens, but the band proved they've still got it. Pat Place remains an awe-inspiring guitarist who blasts shards of electric slide guitar, and their rhythm section remains lithe and funky. As for the promised special guests, Gang of Four drummer Hugo Burnham only came out to introduce the band, and Don Fleming (of BALL and other things) joined the band for one song. Lead singer Cynthia Sley's son joined in at the end of the set to add his own dissonance and wall of noise to their cover of John Lennon's "Cold Turkey." Pictures from the show, including one of the setlist and ones of opening act Karyn Kuhl Band, are in this post and continue below...
NYC band and UK press darlings Public Access TV have singed with Terrible Records, the label co-run by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear. Their first release for the label will be the Public Access EP, out later this spring. You can stream the catchy janglepop that is "Metropolis" from the EP below.
The band are currently on tour with Gang of Four and will detour in Austin this week for SXSW where they'll play a handful of shows including the free BrooklynVegan day party at Red 7 on Saturday (3/21) with Mew, Frank Turner, The Pop Group, Iceage, and more. RSVP is open if you're going to be in Austin. They'll then rejoin Go4 on the West Coast for a few more shows. All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
NYC post-punk legends Bush Tetras will celebrate their 35th anniversary this year with a hometown show on May 1 at Le Poisson Rouge. The band's lineup for the show is Pat Place, Cynthia Sley, Dee Pop, Julia Murphy, and they're presenting it in memory of original bassist Laura Kennedy, who passed away in 2011.
Opening is Karyn Kuhl, singer of '80s band Gut Bank and '90s band Sexpod, and she'll be joined by original Gang of Four drummer Hugo Burnham and Don Fleming of various bands including Gumball, Dim Stars (with Richard Hell and half of Sonic Youth), Half Japanese and more. Tickets for the show are on sale now.
Watch a video of Bush Tetras from 1980, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Gang of Four @ Irving Plaza, 3/7/2015
Though guitarist Andy Gill is the only remaining original member Gang of Four, he and the new lineup of the band played Irving Plaza on Saturday (3/7) in support of their just-released What Happens Next. The album features loads of guest vocalists (The Kills' Alison Mosshart, The Big Pink's Robbie Furze among them) but there were no special guests at this show, just new frontman John "Gaoler" Sterry having the impossible task of replacing microwave-bashing mouthpiece Jon King. No appliances were harmed at Irving but they played a hit-heavy set, including "Anthrax," "Damaged Goods" (both of which were also names of cocktails at Irving), "At Home He's a Tourist" and "I Found That Essence Rare." Setlist and pictures are in this post.
If you missed it, Andy Gill (whose taut, signature guitar style is still being aped all over the world) weighed in on controversial band names -- specifically, Viet Cong -- for us over the weekend. Huge Andy Gill fan St. Vincent also recently interviewed him for The Talkhouse. Listen below.
Openers at Irving were Public Access TV. More pictures below...
above is a screenshot of a 1/15 tweet by band Viet Cong
One of 2015's fastest rising indie bands, Viet Cong, has been the subject of many articles lately, not because of their music, but because of their controversial name. Though maybe not immediately obvious to most young Americans, "Viet Cong" is a loaded term. Sang Nguyen at Impose wrote:
This history of violence is what I am reminded of every time I see Viet Cong's band name pop up on my news feed, in the music media, and on festival line-ups. Comprised of two ex-members of the band Women (also a pretty contentious name considering none of the members were actually women), Viet Cong have released records on labels like Jagjaguwar, Mexican Summer, and Flemish Eye, while garnering critical acclaim from Stereogum, NPR and even Impose. Pitchfork, who in recent months have done a thorough job calling attention to instances of misogyny, racism, and cultural appropriation in popular music, gave the band's recent album "Best New Music" status and have them booked at both SXSW and their annual summer festival. [Impose]The controversy has been known to the Canadian band for as long as they've been putting themselves out there. They've talked about it in interviews. Comments show up in forums and on social media, even by the band themselves (see above), but it all just really bubbled to the surface last week when Oberlin College cancelled a show. A statement from the college reads:
I am writing to officially announce the cancellation of the Viet Cong show at Oberlin College's Dionysus Discotheque (commonly known as The 'Sco) meant to take place on Saturday March 14th, 2015. This statement aims to express the reasoning behind such a move. As the person behind booking this band, I would first and foremost like to apologize on both my and my booking organization's behalf for inviting a band with a name that deeply offends and hurts Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American communities, both in Oberlin and beyond. I acknowledge the problematic nature of a band naming themselves "Viet Cong" and extend my apology to anyone hurt or made uncomfortable by the name and its connotations.You can read the rest of that HERE.
Viet Cong is of course not the first band whose name has caused this kind of reaction. There are many examples including Joy Division (named after Nazi concentration camp brothels described in the novel House of Dolls) and New Order (perceived Nazi connotations). A more recent example is Muslims who changed their name to The Soft Pack. Another band who can definitely relate is Gang of Four, who also happen to be an active band right now too. In fact, the current lineup is on tour now and they play Irving Plaza in NYC TONIGHT (Saturday, 3/7 --- tickets still available).
We caught up with Gang of Four original and current member Andy Gill and asked him what he thought about the Viet Cong situation. Here's what he told us:
ANDY GILL of GANG OF FOUR to BROOKLYNVEGAN:Catch Gang of Four on tour and at SXSW where Viet Cong is also playing before their own upcoming tour.
it's a little ridiculous to ban bands for their name. We can all think of dozens of bands with really quite offensive names and as soon as you get into being the guardian of public morality, taking it upon yourself to decide whats ok and what is not, you are acting in an illiberal, undemocratic and anti-progressive way. People should be treated as grown ups, capable of making their own decisions . We should not be deciding for people what we think they are capable of understanding or not. Artists; film-makers, writers, musicians need to be un-censored so they can make their point, political or otherwise. - Andy
Man, Burger Records is really feeling the Angus Soundtrack '90s kids lately. First they signed The Muffs and now they've booked Weezer for their fourth Burgerama festival happening March 28-29 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. And that's not their only kinda-crazy booking this year. They've also got Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, the current version of Gang of Four, and of course plenty of awesome more expected names like Ty Segall, Black Lips, J Mascis, Ariel Pink, Roky Erickson, King Khan & BBQ Show, FIDLAR, White Fence, together PANGEA, The Queers, The Coathangers, Shannon and the Clams, JEFF the Brotherhood, La Luz, Girl Band and still plenty more as you can see in the full lineup below. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM PST on Friday (12/12).
The Cribs at MHOW in 2012 (more by Guy Eppel)
A ton of artists were already announced for SXSW 2015 (March 17-22), and now the second artist announcement has come with several more including Twin Shadow, The Cribs, Swervedriver, Gang of Four, KEN mode, Weyes Blood, Wild Throne, Elvis Depressedly, SURVIVE, Juan Wauters, San Fermin, Lydia Ainsworth, The Blind Shake, Ex-Cult, Ikonika, King Tuff, Pujol, The Velvet Teen, The Zombies, Zookeeper, Yumi Zouma and tons more.
Full round 2 list below...
by Bill Pearis
the current Gang of Four
Last time UK post punk band Gang of Four, came through NYC (2011, when they released the not-bad-at-all new album, Content), they were back down to just singer Jon King and guitarist Andy Gill from the original lineup (which had reformed in 2004 for some great shows) -- the only two who played on every Go4 album over the years. Shortly after that 2011 tour, King left as well with Gill soldiering on with new vocalist John "Gaoler" Sterry. Gang of One? Gill and the new lineup will release What Happens Next on February 24. It features a variety of guests, including German celebrity Herbert Grönemeyer, The Big Pink's Robbie Furze, Japanese guitarist Hotei and Kills/Dead Weather singer Alison Mossheart who sings on first single "Broken Talk" which you can stream below.
That lineup will be touring in 2015, including a NYC show happening at Irving Plaza on March 7. Tickets are currently on Music Geeks (password: MUSIC GEEKS) presale today at 10 AM. Regular on-sale begins Friday (11/14) at 10 AM.
All announced dates, plus new song stream, video of the new lineup playing in 2013 and a couple clips of the original lineup back in the day (including the classic microwave-destroying "He'd Send In The Army," below...
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.