Entries tagged with: Godspeed You! Black Emperor
It's that time of year again when folks start publishing their End of Year Best-Of lists. Almost always first out of the gates is UK-based Rough Trade Shops who dropped their 100 Best Albums of 2015 list today. Coming in at #1 was Bjork's devastatingly personal Vulnicura. And here's their Top 20:
1) Bjork - VulnicuraYou can check out Rough Trade Shops full Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below...
2) Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear
3) Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
4) Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People
5) Max Richter - From Sleep
6) Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool
7) Kamasi Washington - The Epic
8) Royal Headache - High
9) Romare - Projections
10) Jamie XX - In Colour
11) John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
12) Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
13) Tame Impala - Currents
14) Nadine Shah - Fast Food
15) Wand - Golem
16) Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
17) Django Django - Born Under Saturn
18) Tobias Jesso Jr - Goon
19) Georgia - S/T
20) Palma Violets - Danger in the Club
photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr
Kurt Vile / Thom Yorke / FJM / Health @ Pitchfork Paris 2015
Loosening his man-bun before losing himself to dance as he and producer and collaborator Nigel Godrich step out on stage before huge screens rushing through hypnotic visuals for 'The Clock', Yorke kicks off a flawlessly tight and mesmeric set - leaning heavily on Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, but adding a twitchier and more introverted mechanical menace to tracks from The Eraser and AMOK.Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2015 happened over Halloween Weekend (Oct 29-31) at the French capital's enormous Grande Halle de la Villette. Performers included Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, Kurt Vile, Run the Jewels, Father John Misty, Beach House, Deerhunter, Battles, HEALTH, Ariel Pink, Destroyer, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and more. Pictures from the weekend continue below...
As he jerks across the stage and howls into the vast Parisian venue, we realise that this is the most immersed and involved Yorke has been in a performance in quite some years. The intimate sounds of his solo work truly translate live, inspiring sheer hero worship throughout Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2015. This shall be a talking point for years to come. - [Gigwise]
photos by P Squared, words by Andrew Sacher
Godspeed You! Black Emperor are currently in the midst of a three-night run in NYC on their current tour. They hit Terminal 5 on Tuesday (9/29) and last night (9/30) they played the most intimate of the three, Music Hall of Williamsburg. Despite being on hiatus for most of the 2000s, Godspeed have been back for five years now and they have two full lengths that are on par with most of their initial material, so it doesn't feel at all like you're seeing a reunited band. Besides, their set was actually heavier on newer stuff. They played all of this year's Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress and they've been debuting a new song on this tour too.
It's kind of a cliche to say, but this show was a trip. It started with a lengthy drone that could cause the crowd for a less talented band to start talking or run to the bar or the bathroom, but for Godspeed everyone in the packed room stood quietly still. The band slowly built that drone up more and more, and eventually led into the first familiar moment of the evening, "Gathering Storm" off Lift Yr. Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven. Because they have no lyrics to focus on and are too slow-building to dance to, there's probably a point in the show where your thoughts are scattered and you forget where you are for a minute, and that's exactly the moment where Godspeed go into a chord change or a dynamic shift that completely overwhelms you (that happened to me at least). Bands like this are usually described as "cerebral" (or sometimes, "pretentious"), but Godspeed are the rare band in this style who elicit a truly visceral reaction in people, and last night's show did just that. You could tell from the way people cheered, or the looks on their faces if you looked around, how hard this band was hitting them. It was a really, really great show.
The run wraps up at Warsaw tonight (10/1) with Downtown Boys opening (sold out). MHOW was opened with a solo set by Samara Lubelski, who has played in a number of projects including Thurston Moore's band Chelsea Light Moving. Most of her set was with an effected electric guitar and her hushed, breathy vocals, and she ended with an instrumental violin piece.
More pictures from MHOW and Godspeed's setlist below...
photo: Godspeed at Hopscotch last week (more by Kenneth Bachor)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor's ongoing tour already includes NYC shows on 9/29 at Terminal 5 with Amen Dunes (tickets) and 10/1 at Warsaw, which Downtown Boys were recently added to (sold out), and now it includes a third and even smaller show here. The band will hit Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 30. No opener announced yet. Tickets for MHOW go on sale Wednesday (9/16) at noon.
The band hits Austin tonight (9/14). Updated dates are listed below...
photos by Kenneth Bachor
Mac McCaughan / Jenny Hval / Battles / Ought @ Hopcotch Fest 9/10/2015
The music spilled into the streets of downtown Raleigh Friday evening along with thousands of visitors from all over the country ready to dance, eat, and spend money at the Hopscotch Music Festival.The three-day 2015 edition of Hopscotch Festival kicked off Thursday (9/10) in downtown Raleigh, NC. The outdoor City Plaza stage hosted Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Ought, after which the action moved to a variety of nearby venues, clubs and bars for such acts as Battles, Jenny Hval, Mac McCaughan, Dorthia Cottrell, Bully and more.
"So far so good. It's a great turnout," said organizer Travis Janovich.
It has become one of the biggest weekends of the year for the Busy Bee Cafe. Owners threw a day party to get people in their doors even earlier.
"It is a huge boom to our business for sure. We buy a ton of extra beer. We bring in a ton of extra staff and a lot of extra food," said co-owner Chris Powers.
More than 20,000 people are expected in downtown over the course of the weekend. Restaurants and bars plan to be packed through Sunday.
"It's an all-hands-on-deck type of situation," said Powers. - [WTVD]
Hopscotch wraps up tonight (9/12) with sets from Dwight Yoakum, punk legends X, plus Owen Pallet, Godflesh, and more. We'll have more from the rest of the fest soon, and more pictures from Hopscotch Day 1 below...
As previously discussed, Godspeed You! Black Emperor are touring this year, including a NYC show at Terminal 5. If you want to see them somewhere a little more up close and personal, you're in luck, because the band added another NYC show for October 1 at Warsaw. Tickets for that one go on sale Friday (8/21) at noon.
Since we last spoke, Amen Dunes were added to the Terminal 5 (9/29) show, which is still on sale. No opener announced for Warsaw yet. Updated dates are listed below...
photo: Godspeed in Austin in 2012 (more)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor recently announced a tour, and they've now tacked on another date onto that. It happens September 8 at Basilica Hudson, which is a few days before the Basilica Soundscape venue takes over that venue. Opening the GY!BE show is Xylouris White. Tickets are on sale now.
Godspeed's tour hits NYC on 9/29 at Terminal 5 with a TBA opener. Tickets are still available. Xylouris White, aka George Xylouris and Dirty Three drummer Jim White, also play a NYC show before the Hudson show on 9/3 at Union Pool (tickets).
All dates are listed below...
photo: Godspeed in Austin in 2012 (more)
Post-rock giants Godspeed You! Black Emperor have been on a creative hot streak since reuniting, most recently putting out this year's very good Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress. The band now announced a North American tour in support of it, which kicks off in DC, hits Hopscotch Festival, and ends in NYC.
The NYC show happens at the big Terminal 5 on September 29. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/10) at noon.
All dates are listed, with a stream of an excerpt from the new album, below...
photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr
Mogwai @ Roundhouse, London 6/25/15
Last night, Mogwai played the Roundhouse for the second time in as many nights so we could celebrate their 20th year with them.Scottish post-rock giants Mogwai are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, and part of that celebration includes the band curating a series of ATP shows at London's Roundhouse. The first two were headlined by Mogwai themselves last week, and we've got pictures of night 2 (6/25). That one had Forest Swords and Sacred Paws on the bill too, but we missed the openers unfortunately. Remaining shows include Godspeed You! Black Emperor on Tuesday (6/30) and The Jesus and Mary Chain performing Psychocandy on July 5.
Mogwai live is a genuinely physical experience. They're one of those bands that, on seeing them live, you'll never listen to the records in the same way ever again. A career-spanning, 90 minute set followed the band's quiet/loud/quiet/loud/LOUD song structure giving the entire experience the same ebb and flow of one of their career-defining songs. Calm moments in 'Stanley Kubrick' and 'I Know You Are But What Am I?' are played against full-out assaults of 'Batcat', 'Christmas Steps' and 20 minute encore closer 'My Father My King'. [The 405]
Also in celebration of the anniversary, they're releasing the career-spanning compilation, Central Belters. The band writes:
Today, we announce the release of Central Belters, a set of career highlights and rarities, available to buy in a limited edition 3xCD or 6xLP box set via Rock Action Records from 9 October. Tracks on the collection span our 20 year career taking in highlights from our debut long-player Mogwai Young Team (1997) all the way through to last year's Rave Tapes.You can check out the tracklist, the new video for "Helicon 1" (via Noisey), and more pictures from the London show, below...
Raleigh, NC's annual Hopscotch Music Festival returns this year from September 10-12, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Godflesh, X, TV on the Radio, Deerhunter, Battles, Roky Erickson, Old Man Gloom, Le1f, Eyehategod, Pusha T, Dwight Yoakam, Owen Pallett, Chelsea Wolfe, Sannhet, Mitski, Nots, Tombs, Jessica Pratt, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Sheer Mag, Cakes Da Killa, Jeny Hval, Prurient, and many more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
by Bill Pearis
Thee Oh Sees are one of many cool artists participating on a new compilation titled 50 Bands And A Cat For Indiana Equality which stands against the recent anti-gay legislation in the state. The comp features 51 tracks by the likes of Deerhoof, Thurston Moore Band, David Yow, Protomartyr and lots more...plus Lil BUB (that would be the "and a Cat" part). You can stream Oh Sees' contribution, "The Ceiling," that is one of their prettier songs, below. The comp is a $25 download and you can choose any of the tracks to be made into a lathe-cut flexi 7". All proceeds go to Freedom Indiana, the ACLU of Indiana, and Indy Pride. All participating bands are listed below and more info is here.
Meanwhile, as Stereogum points out, Thee Oh Sees have shared another song from their forthcoming Mutilator Defeated at Last which is out via Castle Face on May 18. "Withered Hand" is as wild a rager as we've heard from John Dwyer lately, amped and adrenalized. You can stream it below. Thee Oh Sees are now sporting a two-drummer lineup and will be in Texas next month for Austin's Levitation Fest and are also on the lineup of LA's Berserktown II in August.
Dwyer has a new Damaged Bug album on the way too, titled Cold Hot Plumbs, that is out June 9, also on Castle Face. Here he favors synths and while it's poppy, this ain't Visage or Depeche Mode. (Not that there's anything wrong with those bands.) Check out two songs, below.
by Andrew Sacher
NYC psych rockers White Hills released their newest album, Walks for Motorists, this week on Thrill Jockey, and they've now got a video for the song "No Will" premiering in this post. The video was directed by the band's own Ego Sensation, and the song is filled with all the '70s-style riffage we've come to expect from White Hills. Check it out below.
White Hills played a hometown show with Nude Beach last week, and they're now touring Europe. THat includes a run with Mudhoney around Primavera Sound, and the Iceland date has White Hills, Mudhoney and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. All dates are listed below.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor's fifth album and followup to their 2012 comeback album, Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress, will be out next week on Constellation, but the band is now streaming it in full ahead of its release. Listen, via The Guardian, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Canadian post-rock giants Godspeed You! Black Emperor came back in a huge way with 2012's Allejuah! Don't Bend! Ascend!, which was their first record since 2002 and easily ranked amongst their best work. So it's pretty exciting that they're keeping this reunion going and aren't making us wait another ten years for its followup. Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress, their sixth album, will be out March 31 via Constellation (pre-order) and an 8-minute clip of opening track "Peasantry or 'Light! Inside of Light!'" is out now. So far this thing sounds like a trip through early prog and Middle Eastern-tinged psych rock, and it's keeping us pretty excited for where they'll go next.
Listen, and check out the LP tracklist and the band's tour dates (none in North America) below...
Though its festivals in the UK and the US are no longer, ATP Iceland is still going and returns in 2015 from July 2 - 4 at Ásbrú in Keflavík. Headlining the festival is Iggy Pop who, according to the festival, will be playing his first solo shows (as opposed to Iggy & the Stooges) in a decade. Drive Like Jehu (who are playing Coachella), Belle and Sebastian (ditto), and Godspeed You! Black Emperor are the other main headliners, and the rest of the lineup includes Run The Jewels, Mudhoney, Deafheaven, Iceage, Loop and more. Weekend tickets for ATP Iceland are on sale and check out the whole initial lineup, listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can check out the full list below...
by Andrew Sacher
Amen Dunes at Glasslands in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn psychedelic band Amen Dunes have announced they'll follow 2011's Through Donkey Jaw LP (and 2013's Spoiler which collected unreleased material from 2009-2011) with a new album, Love, on May 13 via Sacred Bones. The new album was recorded in Montreal with Dave Bryant and Efrim Menuck of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and various members of that band play on several songs on the record. Sax great Colin Stetson is on it too, and Iceage frontman Elias Bender-Ronnenfelt sings on two tracks. It's a bigger, cleaner sounding record than Through Donkey Jaw, and while still definitely psychedelic, actual hooks have replaced TDJ's shield of distortion/reverb. You can stream two of its tracks, along with the tracklist and somewhat NSFW cover art, below.
Amen Dunes also have many international tour dates coming up, including three scheduled NYC appearances at the moment. The first is when his tour supporting Mac DeMarco hits Webster Hall (4/9) for a sold out show there, and the next is as part of Rough Trade NYC's Record Store Day (4/19) extravaganza with Fear of Men, Nothing, Palehound and more. That one is free.
The following month, Amen Dunes will headline a record release show in Brooklyn just after the album's release on May 15 at Baby's All Right with support from London experimentalist Helm and Hubble (aka Ben Greenberg of The Men and other bands). Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of Iceage and Ben Greenberg, Ben's new band Uniform (with Michael from Drunkdriver, Believer/Law, etc) open for Iceage on their upcoming tour which hits NYC on 5/24 at Glasslands (tix) and 5/25 at Home Sweet Home.
All Amen Dunes dates are listed, with the streams, artwork and tracklist, below...
One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.
Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.
by Andrew Sacher
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra (who go by other similar names and feature members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor) put off their amazingly-titled seventh album, Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything, last week (1/20) via Constellation Records. Despite the Godspeed relation, post-rock is only a minor element here, and vocals take a forefront, but it's still epic, gripping music. Stream two of its tracks below.
Thee Silver Mt. Zion also have an extensive international tour lined up, which brings them to NYC for three shows. First, they'll play Bowery Ballroom on April 7 and then they the hit the smaller Union Pool for two nights (4/8 & 4/9). Tickets for Bowery Ballroom go on sale Friday (1/31) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/29) at noon, and tickets for night 1 and night 2 of Union Pool go on sale Friday at noon too (no presale though).
All dates are listed, along with the streams, below...
by Doug Moore
Nine Inch Nails at Barclays Center - 10/14/13 (via Peg Samuel)
Last night (10/14)'s Nine Inch Nails/Godspeed You! Black Emperor show was the first time I've ever been to the Barclays Center. For a show-goer who's mostly used to bars and shitty clubs, walking into the Center is a bizarre experience. The combination of its size, its quasi-organic design, and its many flashing lights & screens make you feel like you're boarding a spaceship. Fitting, I suppose, for the lineup in question.
As weird as the Barclays Center itself is, seeing Godspeed You! Black Emperor there was even weirder. It's not always immediately apparent from listening to their music, but GY!BE are a deeply political band whose main sources of inspiration are social injustices and the eventual collapse of industrialized civilization. (You may remember their harsh response to winning a Polaris Prize a few weeks back.) Watching any band play a huge arena is surreal, but watching these guys bang out their epic jams in one, despite their loud antagonism towards the establishment, was even odder.
Barclays was still about half empty when GY!BE played, which wasn't really their fault -- the venue publicized an 8pm start time for the show, but had the band begin their set at 7:30. Dick move, especially given how great they sounded. GY!BE always sound big, but in the giant reverb echo chamber that is the Barclays interior, they were truly massive.
NIN's set had no such timing miscues. In fact, aside from a few tiny live sound glitches, it really had no miscues whatsoever. Trent Reznor and the backup musicians he recruits have always leaned towards the slick and polished side of things, but seeing them crank through a full two-hour set in full arena rock mode, complete with an extensive light show, virtually without stopping was quite the big-money spectacle. The set leaned fairly heavily towards NIN's new effort Hesitation Marks, but Reznor threw enough golden-era material (including epic set- and encore-ending renditions of "Head Like a Hole" and "Hurt") to please the mostly late-20s/early-30s crowd.
Reznor's only talking break to speak of came during the encore, when he took a moment to express his gratitude (and disbelief) that his project has continued to do so well for so long. The point was well-taken. Most people never fill a single arena; Reznor's been doing so on and off for 20 years. Talk about living the dream.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor won the 2013 Polaris Prize for their album Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! last night (9/23). And while they weren't there to accept the award (Ian Ilavsky of their label Constellation Records accepted it and said they'd be donating the $30,000 to benefit music education in Quebec prisons), they've now issued a statement on the win. Read it below...
The gala for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's annual award for a great album, took place tonight and the winner is post-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor for their comeback album, Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!. Godspeed were up against Metric, METZ, Purity Ring, Colin Stetson, Tegan & Sara, and more.
Ian Ilavsky of their label Constellation Records, who accepted the prize, said the band will use their $30,000 prize to benefit music education in Quebec prisons.
Stream their award winning album below...
Metric @ Radio City Music Hall 2012 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
The 2013 winner of Canada's Polaris Music Prize will be named tonight (9/23) at a gala ceremony in Toronto that will include live performances from Metric, METZ, Purity Ring, Colin Stetson, A Tribe Called Red, Whitehorse, Zaki Ibrahim, and Young Galaxy. (The other nominees, Godspeed and Tegan & Sara, won't be playing.) Weren't invited? You can stream the whole thing live. The pre-show begins at 7 PM with the ceremony starting at 8 PM Eastern. One neat thing about the stream, the embedded player in this post allows you to toggle between the actual gala and backstage where you can "interact with performers, past nominees, presenters, and Polaris jury members" via Facebook and Twitter.
You can also check out mini-documentaries on eight of this year's nominees, along with the live stream, below.
The short list for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's annual award for a great album, has been announced. It includes Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Metric, METZ, Purity Ring, Colin Stetson, Tegan & Sara, and more. The winner will be announced at a gala in Toronto on September 23. Who do you think it will be? Check out the full short list below.
Explosions in the Sky have released an album trailer for the soundtrack to Prince Avalanche, viewable below. The ideal for scoring the David Gordon Green film (Pinapple Express, Undertow, George Washington) starring Paul Rudd & Emile Hirsch came from a night watching a little pigskin:
While watching the Super Bowl together, EITS drummer Chris Hrasky casually suggested that Green use the scorched landscape of Bastrop State Park in Bastrop, TX as the backdrop for a film. Green took the suggestion and ran with it, remaking the Icelandic indie comedy Either Way into an understated dramatic comedy starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. In keeping with the low-key, under-the-Hollywood-radar nature of the film, Green tapped Explosions In The Sky and David Wingo to score the film. In the spirit of the filmmaking process, the soundtrack to Prince Avalanche is a casual affair, an earnest collaboration amongst friends recorded entirely in the living rooms of its composersCheck out that video below, order your copy at the TRL presale (80 left as of this writing!).
EITS have a few dates lined up before their tour with Nine Inch Nails and Godspeed You Black Emperor. While those dates don't hit NYC, they'll play Syracuse's Wescott Theater on August 6 (tickets on sale 6/26), and Toad's Place in New Haven, CT on August 8 (ticket info TBA). All dates are listed below.