Entries tagged with: Goldfrapp
by Bill Pearis
photo via @Garyegg's instagram
It was about halfway through the third song of the night, "Drew," when the strings really came sweeping in, epic and autumnal and you could feel a wave of electricity sweep across the audience at Beacon Theatre last night (9/10). It was an honest-to-goodness hair-on-the-back-of-your-neck moment and what would be the first of many that night. Goldfrapp's gorgeous new album, Tales of Us, is drenched in the kind of strings that haven't been in fashion since John Barry stopped scoring James Bond films, and the 20-strong Wordless Orchestra brought it to dramatic life.
Of course the main star of the night (their only North American show this year) was Alison Goldfrapp, whose voice was in pristine form and whose blouse billowed in cinematic fashion. We got the Tales of Us played front-to-back (minus the LP's sold electronic cut, "Thea") followed by a short break and then a six-song encore older songs that fit the mood, augmented by a choir and the other half of Goldfrapp, Will Gregory. We got two Morricone-esque cuts from their 2000 debut, Felt Mountain ("Paper Bag" and "Lovley Head") and a showstopper rendition of "Caravan Girl" that earned a genuine standing ovation. Great night, maybe show of the year for me so far. As I left the theater couldn't help but wonder why Goldfrapp hasn't actually done a Bond theme? She'd knock it out of the park.
While in NYC Goldfrapp taped a performance for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon but it won't air until September 26. Goldfrapp setlist and a couple videos from Beacon Theatre, below.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Goldfrapp will release their sixth album, Tales from Us, next week (9/10). Drawing inspiration from Scott Walker, Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory eschew electro-glam in favor of autumnal, string-laden cinemascope that is only pop in the old school Bond Theme sense. It's a lovely album. You can listen to the whole thing now via Spotify.
To promote the album, Goldfrapp is working with filmmaker Lisa Gunning on a series of short films. They just released one of "Annabel," a song which is lyrically based on Kathleen Winter's 2010 novel of the same name about a hermaphroditic child who is raised as a boy in 1960s Canada. Says Alison:
It's very much about memory, identity and gender. I've always been fascinated by dual creatures, personas, people, personalities, and transformation. I think it's a theme that's pretty much always in fairy tales and horror, which I love. What struck me about Annabel is that the parents are in total denial of what their child is: this child has to choose in the end, and that's what society is making them do. Why can't you be both? I feel really strongly about that whole concept in so many things in life. All the characters in these songs are trying to figure out who they are, where they're going, and why they are who they are. - [Nowness]You can watch "Annabel" (via Nowness) in this post.
New York will get to hear Tales from Us live in all it's swoony glory on Tuesday (9/10) when Goldfrapp play Beacon Theatre, backed by the Wordless Music Orchestra. It's their only North American live show at the current time and tickets are still available.
Goldfrapp will release their sixth album, Tales from Us, on September 10. That's the cover art above. While the duo, fronted by Alison Goldfrapp, have become known for their electro-glam stompers, the first single from the new record is the delicate and cinematic "Drew." You can watch the beautifully shot (and somewhat NSFW) video for the song below.
Goldfrapp will play a NYC release show at Beacon Theatre on September 10 as part of the Wordless Music Series. It will be their only U.S. appearance this year and they'll play with the Wordless Music Orchestra. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/9) at 9 AM with an AmEx presale starting Thursday (8/8) at 9 AM.
Obama hugs Bruce Springsteen (pre-election night)
A selection of tweets reacting to Obama's big win last night....
":)" - Grizzly Bear
"YES" - Amanda Palmer
"yeah!!!!" - Laurel Halo
"FUCK YES" - HEALTH
"fuck yeah." - Colin Meloy
"FUCK YEAH AMERICA!!! #OBAMA" - King Tuff
The White Light Festival is an annual exploration of music's power to illuminate our interior lives. From the powerful opening chords of Beethoven's Missa solemnis to an exploration of light itself by Jennifer Tipton, to a meditation by Toni Morrison, Peter Sellars, and Rokia Traoré on the darkness of the soul that leads to the transcendence of love, the White Light Festival offers experiences of passionate beauty and occasions of profound insight into the many dimensions of our individual selves and the collective shared forces of the human condition. The Festival closes in a fitting fashion with the bonding power of spiritual ecstasy as Ensemble Sarband, joined by whirling dervishes from the Muslim Mevlevi tradition, draws startling connections between J.S. Bach's Passions and the Sufi mystics...Entering into its second year, the White Light Festival takes place from 10/20 - 11/19 care of Lincoln Center at ten venues around the city (including Lincoln Center). The events take place almost daily and feature everything from art installations to Toni Morrison to the London Symphony Orchestra to scores for silent film. Malian artist Bassekou Kouyate kicks off the festival on 10/20 at David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center with a FREE event.
The White Light Festival hopes to provide moments to pause and explore the spaciousness and breath within.
One of the events is a live score to Carl Theodor Dreyer's 1928 film The Passion of Joan of Arc, which will be given a live score by Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) at Alice Tully Hall in the Starr Theater on 10/29. Tickets are on sale.
Check out the fest's site for the full schedule.
Adrian Utley of Portishead, in NYC to play Hammerstein Ballroom, Fallon & ATP, stopped by Criterion this week to discuss some of his favorite films and ended up discussing Joan of Arc and the genesis of his film scoring project with Gregory. Video of that below....
And the nominees for "Album of the Year" are:
* The Suburbs by Arcade FireCrazy.
* Recovery by Eminem
* Need You Now by Lady Antebellum
* The Fame Monster by Lady Gaga
* Teenage Dream by Katy Perry
Also funny: Mumford & Sons are up for Best New Artist against Justin Bieber (and Drake, Florence & The Machine, and Esperanza Spalding)
Robyn is up for Best Dance Recording against Lady Gaga (and Goldfrapp, La Roux, and Rihanna).
Arcade Fire are also nominated for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals against Muse, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, and... Jeff Beck & Joss Stone.
The Black Keys also landed in the "Best Rock Instrumental Performance" along with... Dave Matthews.
The Black Keys and Mumford & Sons and Kings of Leon and Muse are also all in the "Best Rock Song" category.
"Best Alternative Album" category:
* The Suburbs by Arcade FireSo they give that to Arcade Fire, since Lady Gaga will probably get Album of the Year, or maybe Arcade Fire will just get screwed and they'll give it to someone on a major.
* Infinite Arms by Band Of Horses
* Brothers by The Black Keys
* Broken Bells by Broken Bells
* Contra by Vampire Weekend
Other names that got nominated: Cee-Lo, Janelle Monae, Big Boi, John Legend & The Roots, Jay-Z, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Flight of the Conchords, Devendra Banhart (for "Best Recording Package"), Oh No Ono (ditto), Anais Mitchell (ditto), Danger Mouse, Gorillaz, and Carol Burnett. Full list at the Grammys site.
photos by Chris La Putt
"And it worked. Over the last 10 years, Goldfrapp has built up quite a cult. The [DC show at 9:30 Club] was sold out and a few devout fans even showed up wearing blonde wigs. Over an hour and a half set Goldfrapp changed costumes--musical and otherwise--a few times, putting a digital spin on pretty much every genre that has ever aspired to fabulousness--including glam-rock, disco, and a few Bond-theme-worthy ballads. It was a familiar sound with a futuristic finish."Speaking of cults, Cults are on tour with Goldfrapp and they opened last night's show at Hammerstein Ballroom (6/23). More pictures, and the setlist, from the NYC show, below...
Approximately 18 months after [2008's Seventh Tree], Goldfrapp announced the forthcoming release of their new studio album, Head First, which is something of a return to the pop-influenced electronic sound of the group's third album [2005's Supernature]. The new disc is drenched in 1980s synths; something of an homage to that era. And yet, it works on a level above mere homage because its 38-minute running time does not allow for any of the tracks to either overwhelm or overindulge. The word snappy might not seem like a compliment, but it is. The new disc crackles with an energy that reminds listeners old enough to have lived through the 1980s to remember why they fell in love with music in the first place. [Groovevolt]The new record came out in March on Mute, and Goldfrapp will bring their live show stateside for just three shows this June. They play NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on Wednesday, June 23rd. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 9th at 10am.
Cover and tracklist for the new album, the video for its first single, "Rocket," and all tour dates are below...
DOWNLOAD: Valley Lodge - All of My Loving (MP3)
Dave Hill rockin' @ UCB (more by Tim Griffin)
Hi there,today in NYC
Just a quick reminder that my seriously good rock band Valley Lodge will be breaking out the hits at Bar 9 (807 9th Avenue between 53rd and 54th Streets in scenic Hell's Kitchen) at 8:30pm TONIGHT. The great Mad Larry (ex-Bogmen guys) will be rocking right after us. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see us play in a venue that serves nachos and other reasonably priced, cheese-themed snacks. It's wet outside, but the Valley Lodge rock will make you even wetter. Wait, that's gross. Sorry. Anyway, come tonight and we'll talk it out after the show. We will playing all the old hits plus some of the new hits from our forthcoming, obscure second album and also our current Japanese debut (currently available with exciting new artwork and some Japanese writing and stuff right here:
I'm not saying you should buy our Japanese album (though you are welcome to), but I would like to point out how we totally have a half-naked chick on the cover and there's nothing my parents can do about it.
* Valley Lodge @ Bar 9
* Murphys Law @ Santos
* McRad @ Knitting Factory
* Professor Pez @ Union Hall
* Busta Rhymes @ Knitting Factory
* Corey Dargel & NOW Ensemble @ LPR *
* Murs & Kidz in the Hall @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Essex Green & High Places @ The Bell House
* Apollo Sunshine & Previously on Lost @ Mercury Lounge
* "Tonight, October 29 at 9:30 PM (9:00 doors), Corey Dargel and the dynamic young chamber group, NOW Ensemble, will come together for a special New York record release event at Le Poisson Rouge. NOW Ensemble will join Corey to play special live arrangements of his album tracks, along with accordionist/vocalist Kamala Sankaram. NOW will also play a set of their own, with music by Patrick Burke, Mark Dancigers, and Judd Greenstein."
Halloween is coming.
Bob Dylan tickets on sale tomorrow.
A video of Goldfrapp performing "Clowns" on TV below...
photos by Zach Dilgard
Goldfrapp headlined a show at Radio City Music Hall in NYC last night.One anonymous commenter writes:
"Goldfrapp was at the top of her game. A&E, Caravan Girl, and Happiness were all played but Number One was not. Same damn clown pirate outfits from the last tour. Can't really judge her mood but she wasn't cursing at the sound guy like at the Beacon. The crowd was fine. Biggest annoyance of the night for me was that they started at 8:00 so I missed a couple of songs from Martha's set. She sounded wonderful. I'll definitely want to catch her at Spiegeltent next week." [Anonymous]Ends up that anonymous commenter was a little confused (see the comments). More pictures (Sept 12, 2008) below...
Goldfrapp @ Coachella 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Following a successful UK summer festival tour, Goldfrapp brings their live show back to North America with a tour kicking off September 12, 2008 at the venerable Radio City Music Hall in New York City.A presale begins Wednesday. Tour dates and tracklists below...
Goldfrapp will also release the "Caravan Girl" Digital EP on Mute July 22, 2008. The EP features the "Caravan Girl" album cut, a live choral version, a live acoustic version of "Monster Love" and an Animal Collective Remix of the song "Little Bird."
In addition, Goldfrapp will release an iTunes Originals Session on August 12, 2008. Recorded at NYC's Electric Lady Studios, the session includes newly recorded versions of longtime Goldfrapp favorites such as "Strict Machine," "Ooh La La," and "Paper Bag" and newly recorded versions of songs from "Seventh Tree" such as "Eat Yourself," Road To Somewhere" and "Little Bird." The session - which is available exclusively through iTunes - also includes selected album tracks from the full Goldfrapp catalog as well as commentary and anecdotes from the band.
Goldfrapp @ Coachella 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
* nothing @ Luna Lounge
* The Verve @ theater @ MSG
* 120 Days is Deejaying Europa
* Feist @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* South is playing Mercury Lounge
* Tribeca Film Festival day parties
* Santogold at the Virgin Megastore
* Crowded House is at Irving Plaza again
* Jaymay is opening for Goldfrapp @ Beacon Theater
* Gang Gang Dance & High Places are playing Southpaw
* Urge Overkill will be playing Bowery Ballroom soon
A Cocorosie show from Amsterdam will be webcast at 4:30pm.
Two video below. The first is a new song 120 Days played last night at Mercury Lounge with a member of Serena Maneesh. The second is the new Van She single.
by Klaus Kinski
DOWNLOAD: Sun City Girls - Mr. Lonely Viola (MP3)
Beginning in April, things are going to start getting extremely busy for the folks in Spiritualized. Songs in A&E, their first full length LP in 5 years, is set to to be released in Europe on May 26th (US date TBD). A single for the song "Soul on Fire" will also precede the album release by one week and will be available as a 7-inch and digital download. The album has a whopping 18 tracks and features a recurring track entitled "Harmony" which appears at 6 different points throughout the record. Full tracklist below.
J. Spaceman and Sun City Girls also did the soundtrack to the Harmony Korine film Mr. Lonely (trailer). What's with this recurring "harmony" motif Spaceman? Anyhow, the soundtrack will be available via Drag City on April 28th, and the movie....
In Paris, a young American who works as a Michael Jackson lookalike meets Marilyn Monroe, who invites him to her commune in Scotland, where she lives with Charlie Chaplin and her daughter, Shirley Temple.....will be showing May 5th at ICF Cener in NYC. More dates and cities are listed at the end of this post. Until then, preview a track from it above, and check out the tracklist (also) below.
We had our live Spiritualized appetites whetted late last year with a handful of intimate and beautiful Acoustic Mainlines shows. There will be three more Acoustic Mainlines gigs in the US in April, including a stop at Coachella on April 27 in the Mojave Tent. Then in July Spiritualized will embark on an Electric Mainlines Tour which will kick-off with an appearance at the Pitchfork Music Festival on July 20th. After Pitchfork they will continute their Electric Mainlines tour throughout the US until sometime in August when they'll head overseas for gigs in Japan and Europe. In September they'll be back in the states to wrap up the Electric Mainlines tour.
There is a Goldfrapp v Spiritualized remix included on the cd & digital release of the next Goldfrapp single, 'Happiness', released by Mute Records in April.Tour dates and everything else below....
No word on which day he will crash the party, but Prince will be added to the lineup for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which runs April 25-27 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, sources tell me.* No confirmation from the artist's websites, which seem to be down (or under construction) at the moment. But this certainly adds some meat to the the festival's slightly protein-starved roster.
Correction: Coachella co-producers AEG Live have responded to this post. Brandon K. Phillips, CEO of AEG Live, writes in an email: "Paul Tollett, the head of our Goldenvoice division and our partner in the festival, just called to tell me that the LA Times put on their blog that Prince was playing Coachella. This is absolutely not true... Regardless of what the Times was told, there is no commitment from Prince to play Coachella." Stay tuned.... this is the Purple One we're talking about, so anything could happen.
Goldfrapp and Aphex Twin were recently announced as additions to the lineup, as well as Serj Tankian, Redd Kross, Kate Nash and Adele. [LA Times]
I was wandering around LES, when I stumbled upon this guy was defacing the following movie posters. I went back to scene of the crime the next day. To find that another poster was put on top. It was just a promotion for the Black Lips / Quintron & Miss Pussycat at the Bowery Ballroom on March 10th. [all photos by URBANBLITZ] (via Gothamist)Other Music, Bowery Ballroom, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and all dates below...
We've loved Gui Boratto ever since we heard his sun-rising single "Beautiful Life", and he's turned the new Goldfrapp single into a seven minute dub, dance track with Alison’s vocals layered on top of it beautifully. There's a Hercules and Love Affair remix of the song too. You should be able to find it if you look around. "Seventh Tree" - Goldfrapp's fourth full-length album from which the single is taken, is out on Mute February 26th.
Hercules and Love Affair
Speaking of Hercules and Love Affair, the amazing club mix of their single ‘Blind’ featuring Antony has been going non-stop on our headphones. This is just a slow burner that you want to drop continuously through the night. As David Bruno also pointed out, you can listen to the song at DFA's MySpace. Then click here for another Hercules And Love Affair track - this one a free MP3 (although DFA will make you fill out some info to get it).
GOLDFRAPP @ CAPITALE
THE STROKES @ CAPITALE
Goldfrapp & The Strokes opened for Kanye West @ Capitale in NYC last night (Oct 17, 2006).
TEDDYBEARS' ALBUM COVER vs GOLDFRAPP IN CONCERT (more Goldfrapp)
Arjan, Gorilla vs. Bear, My Old Kentucky Blog, Pitchfork, The Modern Age, and others are all talking about Teddybears. They're not really stuffed animals or Phil Spector's first band, but I think they are the same Teddybears known previously as Teddybears STHLM.
TEDDYBEARS ALBUM PRESS RELEASE
"Stockholm-based collective Teddybears will release their U.S. debut, "Soft Machine", September 12th on Big Beat Recordings (Atlantic Records). The album, a mash up of styles touching on garage punk beats, Electro, Dancehall and Krautrock, features a diverse array of guest vocalists, including Iggy Pop, Neneh Cherry, Elephant Man, Annie, Ebbot Lundberg of Soundtrack of Our Lives and Mad Cobra."
TEDDYBEARS ARE IN NYC TODAY AND TOMORROW
Thu. Aug 3 @ Fat Baby ("DJ & Multimedia performance") w/ DJs Finger on the Pulse
Fri. Aug 4 @ The Annex w/ Pinker Tones & Frankpollis (Jackson's band!) (flyer)
GOLDFRAPP ARE IN NYC IN OCTOBER
Wed. Oct 18 @ Roseland Ballroom (tickets)
GOLDFRAPP REMIX ALBUM PRESS RELEASE
"Riding high on the success of their third album Supernature, red-hot U.K platinum act GOLDFRAPP – Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory – have a new offering for U.S. fans only with WE ARE GLITTER. Due out October 17, 2006 on Mute, We Are Glitter is a collection of the best remixes of tracks from Goldfrapp’s critically acclaimed Supernature. Adventurous and risk-taking, We Are Glitter celebrates and re-imagines Goldfrapp and Supernature with each track selected by the band."
"We are Glitter" track list below....
James Iha remixed Annie's 'Me Plus One'. It's part of a series of exclusive Annie remixes only found at iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, and eMusic. Download it at BigStereo. This is the same James Iha who remixed Stellastar.
BONUS: James Iha spotted at Vice's holiday party
BONUS: DFA's James Murphy is DJing Justine D & Dave P's party at Don Hill's Friday night (Dec 16)
BONUS: Check out Suckapants's pictures of DFA1979's recent gig at Club Exit. You'll find ANOTHER DFA1979 REMIX MP3 there by Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age who has a smaller ego than Productshop.
Last Monday night (December 5th, 2005), I checked out Goldfrapp at the Nokia Theatre in NYC. It was a fun show and their only U.S performance this time around. They'll be back for a proper tour when their album is released in March.
"Alison Goldfrapp, who leads Goldfrapp, makes it easy to mistake her for a lightweight electropop act. Goldfrapp's current album, 'Supernature' (Mute) - a hit in Europe, though not due for an American release until March - is full of synthesizer hooks and come-hither lyrics. At the Nokia Theater on Monday night, in Goldfrapp's only United States performance this year, disco lights flashed as Ms. Goldfrapp sang lines like 'I need la la la la la la/ I need ooh la la la la' or 'You're my No. 1/ I'm like a dog to get you.'" [The NY Times]
"...The band were accompanied on five songs in the set by a pair of dancers who performed choreographed moves in different fetish suits for each tune. (Wolf masks and bikinis for "Train," silver latex robot suits for "Slide In," disco-ball horse heads and tutus with horsey tails for "Ride A White Horse," etc.) It's a brilliantly designed spectacle for sure, but the songs are still the most impressive thing about the show.... [Fluxblog]
"....The fans on the floor were definitely in high spirits (either from the marijuana or four cups of Heineken) and the people at the front staked their claim way before 8PM. I read in Arjan's blog that he felt the fans weren't responding well to some of Goldfrapp's songs. I believe it was the opposite. Some people can disagree with this, but from where I was standing, Alison was definitely feeling the energy from the crowd...." [Digital Music World]