Entries tagged with: Geoff Barrow

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Killer Mike and El-P's new Run the Jewels album RTJ2 comes out next week (10/28) via Mass Appeal, but apparently it leaked ahead of time. El-P and Killer Mike found about it, but instead of being bad sports, they each tweeted links to a free download of the album themselves. You can grab it HERE.

The duo are also working with Zola Jesus, Just Blaze, Baauer, Portishead's Geoff Barrow, the Alchemist, Boots, Dan the Automator and more to make a cat-themed remix album called Meow the Jewels. If you're a cat, you can audition to be part of it.

The Weeknd at Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Weeknd

Canadian R&B singer The Weeknd, whose tour includes two Radio City shows in October (tickets), just released the second single from his upcoming LP, Kiss Land. It's an almost-8 minute track titled "Belong To The World" that prominently samples Portishead's "Machine Gun," which he apparently did without permission.

Shortly after the song hit the internet, Pitchfork reports that Portishead's Geoff Barrow took to twitter, saying:

I think it's a load of bollox. When someone asks to sample you and you refuse they should have the respect as a fellow artist to not use it. We usually give sample clearance to tunes we like. its got fuk all to do with money! As most of them are hiphop artist that are skint.
Eventually Geoff ended by saying, "Feels like I'm being used to promote the track now... I'll shut up now." You can watch the video for "Belong To The World" below.

In sort of related news, 90s UK trip hop act Morcheeba (no offense Portishead!) have announced a new album, which like Tricky's latest (which features a member of the Antlers), features some special guests: Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, James Petralli of White Denim, Rizzle Kicks, Ana Tijoux and Nature Boy (not to be confused with Natureboy). Head Up High, their eighth studio album, is due for release on October 14. Morcheeba hop the pond for a couple of California shows in September and then tour Europe later in the fall.

Tricky will also tour behind his new album this fall.

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BEAK> just played NYC last night and here is some related news involving Berlin artist Anika who has a new EP out in April. Signed to Geoff Barrow's Ivada record label (and Stone's Throw in America), Anika's 2010 debut was produced by Barrow and featured BEAK> as her backing band, 2/3rds of whom were also in her touring unit.

The Anika EP features leftovers and remixes from her debut, including her great cover of Chromatics' "In the City" that had been streaming on Stones Thow's SoundCloud page for a while (and played live while here in 2011) and you can listen to that below. The EP also features covers of The Kinks' "I Go to Sleep" which was on the album), The Crystals' "He Hit Me (And it Felt Like a Kiss)," and Shocking Blue's "Love Buzz," plus dub versions of previous singles "Yang Yang" and "No One's There" by Bristol producer Ratman.

Anika's most recent attempt at a North American show (NYC in December 2012) was felled by "visa issues" so let's hope she's able to make it over soon. "In the City" stream below...

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by Bill Pearis


While we haven't heard from Portishead since 2011's "Chase the Tear" single, Geoff Barrow has been staying busy. His postpunk/Krautrock trio BEAK> just released their second album, LP >>, on the Invada label that he runs. The album was recorded live to tape with few overdubs and would make great party music for your next bombed-out Berlin warehouse soirée. You can stream the whole thing at the bottom of this post, along with a video for album track "Spinning Top."

While they have no U.S. tour plans at the moment (the band say early 2013), BEAK> are about to embark on a European jaunt and are releasing a special version of their new album to commemorate it. It comes in a fabric box with a bonus CD featuring ten tracks from the same sessions as the album. It's mostly available at the band's merch table but Invada has a limited amount for sale through their website. You can stream one of the bonus disc's "0898" (the UK's version of "1-900" telephone exchange, which were primarily used for sex lines) at the bottom of this post.

Meanwhile, Barrow also released an album with Ben Salisbury under the name DROKK which is made up entirely of minimal synthesizer instrumentals. It was conceived as a soundtrack to a nonexistent post-apocalyptic sci-fi film inspired by the 2000AD comics (Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper). If you like John Carpenter soundtracks, this is right up your alley.

A list of all BEAK> European tour dates, videos and streams below...

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by BBG


Anika's new and self-titled LP skirts the lines between funk, no-wave, goth, dub, and a mish-mosh of many other genres with Nico-style vocals in front. It's odd, but very compelling, and her accompaniment is nothing short of on point which is to be expected when Beak> (Geoff Barrow of Porsishead, Billy Fuller and Matt Williams) is your backing band. Barrow also produced the record which you can listen to in its entirely below. Watch a video of her Yoko-Ono cover "Yang Yang" down there too. Pick up a copy of the record at her label Stones Throw.

Though Anika has no North American live tour dates scheduled, she will be on hand to DJ a ton of events in the next couple weeks - once in LA and six times in NYC. Three of those NY appearances are free: 2/10 she'll be at Gallery Bar with Blu Jemz, 2/12 at Trophy Bar & 2/14 at The Commodore. The remaining three NY DJ appearances are at Mercury Lounge on 2/9 spinning between sets at the Cubic Zirconia show (tickets), Glasslands on 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 which now also includes Edan(!) with Paten Locke & Bluebird (tickets).

Anika will be performing live sometime later in the U.S. - maybe at the Portishead-curated I'll Be Your Mirror in NJ (maybe sooner), and definitely at the Portishead-curated I'll Be Your Mirror in London. I'll Be Your Mirror USA single day tickets are still on sale.

All upcoming dates, that video, and the album stream, below...

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According to a December 23rd tweet by Portishead's Geoff Barrow, Portishead are "doing some split headline shows with arcade fire next year , I'm really looking forward to it..proper band!!" That won't be the promised U.S. Portishead tour though as Geoff later explained "What i mean is that We will be playing with AF at some point next year it's not a tour though!! Sorry." and "The shows with AF are festivals in Europe or I think they are? Hope that helps!" Oh well, I think (stay tuned for the rest of the American dates when they are announced though).

As reported by Pitchfork, "there's going to be more [Jeff Mangum] shows scheduled in the future." Stay tuned for that too.

MEANWHILE, we know that Jeff and Portishead are both playing "I'll Be Your Mirror" in Asbury Park this fall. Tickets go on sale Friday 9am EST at SeeTickets and on Ticketmaster.

Geoff Barrow

Geoff Barrow posted the following messages to Twitter (via)...

There will be NO iTunes only There will be NO press launch There will be NO asian version There will be NO radio friendly

There will be NO press/blogger gig There will be NO acoustic session There will be NO meet and greet There will be NO edited version

There will be NO £25 unit cost There will be NO streetteam There will be NO myspace There will be NO celeb producer There will be NO twitter

There will be NO additional content There will be NO corporate partners There will be NO fashion lines There will be NO tabloid pictures

There will be NO free downloads There will be NO bonus tracks There will be NO remixes There will be NO hidden footage

Just music and us.

PREVIOUSLY: Portishead curating new ATP in London, promising US tour!

Bowery photos by Chris Gersbeck, ATP photos by Samantha Marble & Abbey Braden

BEAK> at Bowery Ballroom

Certainly the band with the most curiosity aimed its way is Beak>, the new project from Portishead multi-knobbist Geoff Barrow. These question marks were quickly straightened out into exclamation points as the trio dropped future-minor-classic after future-minor-classic. Despite their musical chairs -- with Barrow switching spots with mates Matt Williams (of Team Brick) and Billy Fuller (of Fuzz Against Junk) -- their sound was remarkably together for a band formed around a set of songs written and recorded within a self-imposed allotment of twelve days.

Any fan of the tightly-bolted Kraut of Fujiya & Miyagi, or the crusty textural embellishments of Broadcast, or the steady-handed groove-keeping of, say, Hallogallo 2010 (who would play later on the same stage) would instantly warm up to the hard-stamped rhythms, spectral vocals, thick melodic slabs, feral oscillations and (big bonus!) disarming humor of Beak>. -[Boston Globe review of BEAK> at ATP]

Beak> made a rare appearance on our shores this week in the form of four select dates.The third one was last night at the Independent in San Francisco. The next one is September 10th at the Troubadour in LA. The second one was at ATP (described above), and the first one was at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (9/3) with an assist from People Of The North (members of Oneida). The NYC show wasn't sold out, but to quote Chris, "both bands were pretty amazing."

Beak>'s Bowery show was one night before Mudhoney (who played Friday at Kutshers) played Bowery Ballroom with Pissed Jeans and White Hills (who would play ATP the next day). A post about the NYC Mudhoney/Pissed Jeans/White Hills show is on the way.

More pictures from both east coast BEAK> shows, below...

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