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Zounds at Punk Island 2011 (more by Sarah Coulter)
ABC No Rio's HC/Punk Collective has brought back the 2012 edition of Punk Island, a day-long punk festival happening on Governors Island on June 24th (three days after Make Music New York this year). As always, Punk Island is entirely free but they rely on donations and volunteers to make it happen. Make your contribution to the cause (the fest costs $15k to produce) by buying merch or contributing via WePay.
Initial Punk Island lineup, including the reunited crust band Thulsa Doom who recently got back together to open for Crass at Santos, is below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by BBG
Lauryn / Erykah
Last year Rock the Bells, the touring hip-hop bonanza, picked up on the voguish festival concept in which an artist performs an old record from beginning to end. It went well, and this year's edition bought in twice as hard. On Saturday on Governors Island, amid other, more ordinary sets, 11 albums were performed in their entirety.Rock The Bells 2011 took Governors Island by storm on 9/3, and according to reports, ran smoothly and generally on time. There was a barrage of classic LPs (Nas's Illmatic, Mobb Deep's The Infamous, Lauryn Hill's Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu's Baduizm, Black Moon's Enta Da Stage, GZA's Liquid Swords, Cypress Hill's Black Sunday, and others), and performances from some of independent hip hop's great up-and-comers. Though it was clearly elders day, younger crews like Slaughterhouse, Big K.R.I.T., Fashawn, Blu & Exile, Freddie Gibbs, Roc Marciano and others also had the ability to shine on the Paid Dues stage (DOOM, an elder statesman via his days in KMD, was scheduled to play the Paid Dues stage but cancelled his appearance).
What a gorging! What an obligation! It seemed to weigh on the crowd. It meant that listeners weren't in the here and now, where they might be fratty or selfish or mean spirited. They were deep in the been and gone. They weren't just listening to hits, or to sustained works of art, but to their own pasts. The exercise cooled them out. Saturday's audience was truly racially mixed, with a heavy representation of the 30-to-45 age bracket, grown-up New Yorkers at their casual and courteous best. Many of them high, but still. -[New York Times]
In true hip hop fashion, guests abounded. Nas capped the day off with a performance of Illmatic, and he didn't hide the men/women behind the curtain of his first LP; MC Serch, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Large Professor (of Main Source), Akinyele, Fatal, AZ and many others who either blessed the LP or were instrumental in his come-up all made appearances (yes, they performed the Main Source classic "Live at the BBQ" featuring Nas's first recorded appearance). Pras of The Fugees joined Lauryn Hill for "Ready of Not", Big Noyd joined Mobb Deep for "Give Up the Goods (Just Step)" and other tracks, and Black Moon brought a full band.
More pictures from the whole day, below...
What was supposed to happen on Governors Island during Hurricane Irene will now happen on Randall's Island on September 16th, 17th and 18th. Aside from post-jam band Dispatch and the dude the festival is named after, the exact lineups are still TBA, but tickets are on sale, and...
Single day and 3-day GA tickets and VIP Packages to Dave Matthews Band Caravan at Governors Island will be valid for the corresponding dates at Randall's Island, e.g. Friday tickets will be valid on Friday, Saturday tickets will be valid on Saturday and Sunday tickets will be valid on Sunday. Three-day General Admission tickets will be valid for all three rescheduled dates. Tickets previously used for entry at Governors Island on August 26 will be valid for the new respective Randall's Island dates. Those wishing to exchange their tickets for other days must submit their requests by email prior to Noon ET on September 14, 2011. (email@example.com for tickets purchased through DMBCaravan.com and firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets purchased through the Warehouse fan association). Full and partial ticket value refunds are available for those that cannot attend some or all of the festival. Ticketholders may obtain full details on all the above options at http://www.dmbcaravan.com/exchange.Gogol Bordello, The Roots, Josh Ritter and The Head and The Heart were among those who didn't get to play the Governors Island fest.
Lauryn Hill reacts to reviews from her Saturday appearance
at Rock The Bells in Mountain View (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Any music event that pins its hopes on Lauryn Hill -- one of the most maddeningly disappointing performers of recent years -- is fighting an uphill battle right from the very start.I'm guessing he didn't like Lauryn Hill. Judge for yourself when she headlines the upcoming Rock The Bells date in NYC this weekend (9/3). The shows goes down on Governors Island (may the weather gods be nicer to hip hop than they were to Dave Matthews) Tickets are still available and set times have been announced, though NOTE:
Fortunately, the 2011 Rock the Bells festival tour, which stopped Saturday (8/27) at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, has so many other things going for it -- so many, in fact, that it's a shame to have to even bring up the headliner. But organizers made their bed, by picking Ms. Hill for the prime time slot, and now they have to sleep in it.
What's ironic, however, is that this was arguably the best performance locals have seen from Hill in many a moon. And it still sent thousands scurrying for the exits, with some complaining loudly about the 36-year-old soul singer's poor outing, midway through the set.
That's how low Hill has set the bar -- basically at ground level -- and anything greater than a complete train wreck will clear it. That fans weren't demanding refunds, like they had when Hill performed a 2007 show at Oakland's Paramount Theatre, can be seen as a kind of victory for this troubled performer.
Still, it was disappointing, especially for those die-hard fans hoping against all reason that Hill can someday return to the heights she reached in the '90s. And it was the only disappointment during an otherwise splendid day of hip-hop, which ran some 12 hours.
"DOOM will no longer perform on the remaining scheduled festival dates. He extends his apologizes to fans for not being able to make the US shows but looks forward to performing on Rock The Bells soon."Curren$y also had to cancel the 8/27 show in California due to a broken ankle sustained at the 8/20 California date.
In related news, Erykah Badu (who is on board for Rock The Bells) will be in NYC early to spin at Le Poisson Rouge on September 1st with Adrian Younge. The event is FREE with RSVP (send to email@example.com..Please include date of show in subject line). The event is one of two FREE Wax Poetics/Skullcandy events at the venue, with the second taking place on 9/29 with DJ Premier and Kendra Morris. RSVP with the same email to that show as well.
Check out some videos/interviews from California below...
"If the DMB concert in cancelled on Sunday, the hordes of dmbag fans roaming aimlessly thru NYC will be more dangerous than #irene" - DBTH
written for the screen by David Matthews
"Ticket holders for Saturday and Sunday are invited to attend the Friday, August 26th event at Governors Island. The Governor of New York has issued a state emergency, therefore the DMB Caravan events on Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th have been postponed. We will announce the new Caravan Governors Island dates as soon as they have been confirmed. We will continue to post updates to the Caravan website as they are confirmed."There is of course temptation to be snarky here, but I do feel bad for all involved.
Rakim @ Rock the Bells 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Pentagram @ Power of the Riff in LA (photos by Adam Murray)
today in NYC
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* Dayna Kurtz @ Barbes
* Emily Wells @ Ace Hotel
* Chicago @ Beacon Theatre
* Susana Baca @ City Winery
* IDENTITY Fest @ Jones Beach
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* Talib Kweli (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Dom, Sheen Bros & DJs @ Public Assembly
* Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Leisure, Emil & Friends, Slam Donahue @ Littlefield
* Rakim, EPMD, Funkmaster Flex @ Central Park Summerstage
* Quitzow, Alexander Trust, WKC, Shock Diamond @ Bruar Falls
* Canadian Rifle, Shaved Christ, Foreigh Objects @ The Acheron
* Stephane Wrembel Presents The Django Experiment @ Barbes
* Iceage, Crazy Spirit, Raspberry Bulbs, Perdition @ Secret Project Robot
* Pretty Good Friends w/ Eugene Mirman, David Cross, AD Miles @ the Bell House
* Pentagram, JEFF The Brotherhood, Valient Thorr, ELKS @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Paul Metzger, Neg-Fi, Eleven Twenty-Nine (Silent Barn Benefit) @ Zebulon
* Doldrums, Zorch, Many Mansions, Say No! to Architecture @ Death By Audio
* People's Champs, Nate Hancock & The Declaration, Mariami, Lyonnais @ Mercury Lounge
* Pizza Hi-Five, Archagathus, Violent Gorge, Powercup, Misanthropic Noise @ Acheron
* Christopher Willits, Jozef Van Wissem, Noveller, Loren Dent, Alexander Turnquist @ Littlefield
The IDENTITY Festival comes to Jones Beach today. It looks like this:
KASKADE 10:00 PM / DISCO BISCUITS 8:10 PM / AVICII 6:25 PM / CHUCKIE 5:10 PM / BOOKA SHADE 3:55 PM / MODESELEKTOR 2:40 PM / JESSIE AND THE TOY BOYS 2:05 PM / DATA ROMANCE 1:00 PMFlyer below.
/ ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK x DIM MAK STAGE /
DJ SHADOW 10:15 PM / STEVE AOKI 8:15 PM / NERO 6:50 PM / STEVE LAWLER 5:40 PM / THE CRYSTAL METHOD 4:40 PM / HOLY GHOST! 3:40 PM / HERCULES AND LOVE AFFAIR 2:40 PM / LE CASTLE VANIA 1:40 PM
DOM, who recently played Pier 54,
play Rockaway Beach today plays Public Assembly today instead of Rockaway Beach due to rain..
Today at Pier 54 is the Blues BBQ with:
7:30 BoneramaRakim headlines Central Park Summerstage today.
6:15 Shakura S'Aida
5:00 Walter Trout
3:45 Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley
2:30 Marquise Knox
photos by Chris La Putt
Governors Ball concluded big on Saturday (6/18) with sets by Outkast's Big Boi, Empire of the Sun, Girl Talk, and Pretty Lights. Pictures from earlier in the day are HERE and HERE. The final set of pictures continues below...
photos by Chris La Putt
After sets by Outasight, Reptar, Passion Pit (DJ set), and Das Racist (pictures HERE), came sets by Mac Miller, Miami Horror, People Under the Stairs, and Neon Indian on Saturday (6/18). Our second set of pictures from the Governors Ball on Governors Island continues below...
photos by Chris La Putt
After waiting on very long ferry lines on Saturday (6/18), Governors Ball attendees were welcomed to Governors Island where the beginning of the day included sets by Outasight, Reptar, Passion Pit (DJ set), and Das Racist. The first of our three sets of pics from the whole day continues below...
Punk Island returns to Governors Island on June 19 as part of the annual city-wide Make Music New York fest (which actually occurs two days later). The main stage will be headlined by UK anarcho-punk pioneers Zounds. The festival is FREE and also features performances by A.P.P.L.E., Stza Crack (of Leftover Crack/Choking Victim/Star Fucking Hipsters) who is playing a solo set, White Collar Crime (reunion show, after 8 year hiatus), and tons more over multiple stages from 11AM to 5PM. The full lineup is below.
Zounds, who are led by Steve Lake (only remaining original member), got their start touring with fellow UK anarcho-punks Crass and releasing an EP on their label, Crass Records. Zounds followed that EP with a full length and 3 singles on Rough Trade before breaking up in 1982. The band's entire history since 1982 is unclear, but you can watch videos of a 1996 performance below, and they reportedly reformed in 2001, though these June performances are also being billed as the band's first-ever US shows. Before Punk Island, Zounds will play a NYC show at ABC No Rio on June 18 with Neon Bitches (feat. Brian of Dropdead) and Zero Content, both of whom also play Punk Island.
Zounds, whose current lineup is pictured above, are set to release The Redemption of Zounds, their first album of new material since reforming. Their 1981 Rough Trade album was titled The Curse of Zounds (also pictured above). According to Steve Lake, "It is as bewildering, absurd, tragic and joyful as it ever was." The album comes out on July 12 via Overground/Plastic Head. Tracklist and album art are below. Check them out along with the full Punk Island lineup, the flyer and some videos, below...
The schedule has been revealed for the Governor's Ball Music Festival taking place at Governor's Island on June 18. The festival has artists performing on two stages (Big Apple Stage and Gotham Stage), but with no overlapping sets. The two stages means no long changeovers either though. You can run and back and forth and catch all of everyone. Das Racist have been added since the initial lineup announcement, though they go on pretty early. Tickets are still available. Check out the schedule, and a video interview with Girl Talk, below.
photos by Tim Griffin
Prefuse 73 @ Austin Psych Fest
Bassnectar will lead the charge on "Bass Island" at South Island Field on Governors Island on August 13th. The show will be Bassnectar's only stop in NYC for the remainder of 2011 and is "part one in a spellbinding trilogy of music, art, and culture" that aims to "create a unique world to explore, beyond the realms of a normal concert experience". Word.
The full lineup of artists confirmed for the island celebration include Lupe Fiasco, Z-Trip, Prefuse 73, Virtual Boy, Dave Nada and Joro Boro, with possibly more TBA. Tickets go on general sale at noon today (5/20). Poster below.
Bassnectar's other upcoming dates include Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, Dave Matthews Band Caravan in Atlantic City, Camp Bisco, Osheaga, AND Hangout Fest in Alabama tonight (5/20). The full list is below.
Prefuse 73 released The Only She Chapters via Warp on April 24th. The album features appearances from Shara Worden, Zola Jesus, and the late Trish Keenan. The record dropped within days of Prefuse 73's appearance at Austin Psych Fest last month, and belated pictures from that show adorn this post. More of them, with all Bassnectar dates, below.
Governors Island 2010 (more by Matthew Eisman)
Sadly, 2010 was the first and last year for "Gone to Governors,'" the series of 10 free summer shows that went down last year on The Beach at Governors Island. Water Taxi Beach will still operate the beach though, and their might be some ticketed shows on the beach, but that is not even definite at the moment.
Governors Island concert promoters Highline Ballroom and Bowery Presents are however still busy putting on much larger events on other parts of the island, like the Dave Matthews Band Caravan and the Governors Ball.
And, as you know, the 'Pool Parties' are also not returning to Williamsburg Waterfront this year, though there will be a handful of free events at the outdoor Brookln space. Whether Pool Party promoter Jelly has anything else up their sleeve remains to be seen.
Like Chicago and Atlantic City, NYC & Washington will get iterations of the traveling festival with the extremely scary name (and headliner)...
"Dave Matthews Band Caravan" will come to New York City's Governors Island on August 26, 27 and 28 and The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA on September 2, 3 and 4. The events will feature a diverse lineup of musical talent performing on multiple stages during the day and a full set by headliners Dave Matthews Band each night. See below for ticket information.At least the Flaming Lips, who play the NJ version of the fest, aren't on that lineup, because that gives hope that they'll announce their own real NYC show. "An online presale for the Governors Island event for members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association will begin on Monday, April 25, at 10:00 AM ET at http://www.warehouse.davematthewsband.com/."
In addition to Dave Matthews Band, the lineup for the Governors Island event will include Dispatch, The Roots, Gogol Bordello, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, The Head and the Heart, Vieux Farka Touré, David Wax Museum and many more to be announced soon...."
This is the second big Governors Island Fest to be announced this year. The other is the dance-oriented Governors Ball (Punk Island also returns this year).
More DMBC info below...
"Founders Entertainment are proud to present the inaugural Governors Ball Music Festival (www.govball.com), a one day event to be held June 18 on New York City's Governors Island. Girl Talk, Pretty Lights, and Empire of the Sun are joined by Big Boi (of Outkast), Neon Indian, People Under The Stars, Mac Miller, Miami Horror, Passion Pit (DJ Set), Reptar, Outasight and other artists to be announced over the coming weeks. Closing out the festival will be Pretty Lights, whose rising popularity will be complimented by his brand new state of the art production.Early Bird Tickets go on sale Thurs. Feb. 24th at 10 AM EST. They start at $75 each and go up in price as the date gets closer or if you want VIP options.
The Governors Ball promises to be a massive mid-summer dance party of epic proportions. Performances will take place on two stages without overlapping sets, and feature stunning views. The artists appearing at the inaugural Governors Ball are diverse in scope and sound, spanning indie rock, dance, electronica, and hip hop, but the common theme and guiding force behind the festival is music that gets people of all walks of life moving, dancing and having a good time." - PR
The closest thing we've seen to this on Governors Island is HARD Fest that took place with M.I.A. in July. This lineup, with more than one artist on the bill who can headline multiple nights at Terminal 5, is bigger though.
The Walkmen on Governors Island in August (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
"We took two trips to Lisbon over the course of writing this record... None of us had ever been there, and we were really blown away by the place. The topography and architecture are stunningly handsome. Even when we were there for the rainy season - it literally never stopped raining - it was a trip that outshone a lot of others. We've never had much luck at all in Europe, and the Portuguese were surprisingly accommodating. I think those two trips really helped keep us motivated while making this record. We named the record Lisbon as sort of a 'thank you' and a small tribute." -[The Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser to NPR]The Walkmen, currently on a tour of the west coast, will return to the town that inspired the album on November 14th. That's exactly two months after the album's U.S. release date. "Lisbon" is out Tuesday, September 14th, in various packages that include 7" vinyl, 12: vinyl, CD, tees, and everything in between. It's also currently streaming at NPR.
The last NYC show took place on Governors Island in August. The next will happen at Terminal 5 on December 2nd. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday (9/15), and then regular sale at noon two days later.
All Walkmen tour dates and a bunch of Big Ass Lens videos from Governors Island show, below...
photos by Erez Avissar
Noah: "I was living in Brooklyn, right on the edge of Brooklyn Heights, right near Red Hook over there. I was walking to work actually and walking towards the subway and I didn't know anything about it. The first plane had crashed when I was walking and everybody was walking the other way from the subway towards somewhere else. It just felt weird and smelled weird and I guess a women saw me going towards the subway stop and she was like, 'The subway isn't running right now.' And and I was like "What happened?" She just pointed up in the sky and I could just see a really big pillar of smoke and you could see the building on fire."With the NYC skyline aglow from the Sept 11th memorial, Panda Bear headlined the Beach stage at the serene Governor's Island with his AnCo cohort Avey Tare on the one's and two's, and opening sets from Teengirl Fantasy and Portugal's Gala Drop.
...The 100-layer-electro-pastoral-pop burrito thing [aka Panda' Bear's sound] has its charms: His new "Tomboy" shows up early, a few angry-sounding power chords giving it form and drive; his songs are better the more they sound like temper tantrums, particularly "Song for Ariel," wherein he bellows "I want what I want what I want what I want what I want" until you're ready to give it him already.The easiest thing to stare at Saturday night was the visuals on the screen, which when not covered by the smoke from the smoke machines, made for excellent eye candy though I couldn't help but look towards the skyline at times as well. The full Panda setlist, courtesy of NYC Taper who taped the show, is below. Teengirl's setlist is down there too along with a 20 minute Big Ass Lens video that you need to check out.
It all just starts to blur together garishly after a half-hour or so, though there's rarely not a sweet, simple tune buried under there, and he's much better at keeping it at least faintly audible: Even at his worst it only sounds like, say, two Passion Pit songs and a Bruce Hornsby song playing on top of each other. And his voice, as always, will rescue both him and you, huge and brassy, traces of both Thom Yorke and Rufus Wainwright, selling his more grandiose drama and doing major damage the softer and sweeter and simpler his backdrop gets: "Ponytail," the slight, painfully delicate closer to his rapturously praised Person Pitch, is the exception that makes the rule bearable. As for the rest, just do what you do when you're drunk: Find something in the room and stare at it until the room stops spinning. -[Village Voice]
The Panda Bear show was one of two Noah Lennox played over the weekend. He played Baltimore the next day (9/12). Panda Bear will also appear at Moogfest on October 20th, and that's it for now. Hopefully he'll spend that time working on Tomboy, which currently has no official release date (new single out in October).
More pictures, video, and setlists from the 9/11 show are below....
the view from the Panda Bear concert - 9/11/2010
Great show. Emotional night. More later. (anyone write down the setlist?)
And now comes, "You Can Count On Me", the second in the series of 7" singles from Panda Bear previewing his forthcoming album Tomboy, the much-anticipated follow-up to Person Pitch.The news of Panda Bear's new single (that's the cover art above) coincides with a week's worth of live shows kicking off Saturday, 9/4, at FYF Fest in LA. Though originally they were saying Tomboy would be out in September and then October, there doesn't seem to be an actual release date scheduled at the moment. Just the single for now. .
A gentle duet between Panda Bear and himself, "You Can Count On Me" glimmers with third world melodic overtones, an ethereal uplifting number that is over before you become too familiar. "Alsatian Darn" on the other hand is a much different creature...a slightly foreboding track with an off-beat melancholy chord progression that occasionally lets the light break through with a jaunty two-step, if ever so briefly.
A limited edition of "You Can Count On Me" will be available in stores beginning October 19th. Only 500 copies are available for pre-order from the Domino Mart.
Not counting Moogfest on 10/20, Panda Bear's last tour date is 9/12 in Baltimore which is one day after the 9/11 show at Governors Island in NYC. And since we last spoke, there have been a lot of updates related to that NYC show. Not only will there be opening sets by Teengirl Fantasy and Gala Drop, Panda's Animal Collective bandmate Avey Tare will be DJing between sets. Tickets are still on sale, AND we have a pair you can win. Details at the end of this post.
And speaking of 9/11 NYC shows by Domino-signed bands that I have a pair of tickets to giveaway for, Dirty Projectors and Owen Pallett play Terminal 5 on that Saturday. Details on winning those tickets (you can buy those too) below.
Dirty Projectors will release Bitte Orca Expanded Edition on September 28th via Domino...
This limited edition Bitte Orca expanded 2xCD set comes with premium packaging and a second disc that features never before released tunes from a very special and intimate live acoustic performance at New York's Other Music record store, rare vinyl only b-sides and a stunning cover of Bob Dylan's "As I Went Out One Morning". This is the definitive version of Bitte Orca.Full tracklist with updated DP dates below.
Bitte Orca Expanded Edition will be released on CD and digitally. Pre-order Bitte Orca Expanded Edition.
Can't wait for 9/11? Teengirl Fantasy play a NYC show at Coco66 SATURDAY NIGHT (9/4) with Detroit In Effect:
CLUB DONUTS with resident DJ Pickpocket (Kat Matutina) and resident video/visual artist AC (Alison Childs) will be throwing their 2nd party in New York this summer.All Teengirl Fantasy dates below.
DANCE PARTY WITH LIVE BANDS, DJS & FREE DONUTS ALL NIGHT ! ! !
Witness the first ever live New York performance of DETROIT IN EFFECT!!! With several releases on CLONE, after more than a decade, witness D.I.E. in full effect! Pure Detroit electro tracks in the tradition of Juan Atkins Model 500 project and AUX88 and the likes. Detroit in Effect pure Detroit Electro Techno that bring back the funk in techno and electro!
Get on the Detroit Party Train with these heavy bassed Cybotron inspired electro tracks!
TEENGIRL FANTASY make dream music. With a beat. They play a crazy, fun live show. Experience it for yourself!
Gala Drop are coming all the way from Panda Bear's current home, Lisbon, to open the Governors Island show though they will play at least one other show while they're here, and that takes September 10th in Chinatown at a No Ordinary Monkey party.
All dates and stuff below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Raekwon shows potential groupies his current relationship status
What kind of oldies concert draws a huge audience in its 20s? Rock the Bells, the daylong hip-hop festival that came to Governors Island on Saturday. This year's Rock the Bells borrowed an idea from the indie-rock festival All Tomorrow's Parties, booking groups to perform watershed albums in their entirety.A second set from the NYC edition of Rock The Bells (first is HERE), continue below...
Two headliners, Snoop Dogg and Wu-Tang Clan, largely complied with the assignment. Snoop Dogg brought along most of the guests from his 1993 album, "Doggystyle," made back when he was Snoop Doggy Dogg. The others - A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-One, Rakim and Slick Rick - went "veering off," as Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest put it, to play additional hits (which no one minded) or to plug more recent projects.
And then there was the wild card: Lauryn Hill, the singer and rapper formerly of the Fugees, appearing half an hour late. She hasn't released a studio album since "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" in 1998, and she has recorded and toured only sporadically since then while raising five children. "I miss you," she told the crowd repeatedly. Partway through the set she pulled guests out of the V.I.P. section and onstage: Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, John Legend. They missed her too.
-[New York Times]
photos by Eric Townsend, words by BBG
"Can't NOBODY FUCK WITH A TRIBE CALLED QUEST LIVE! ROCK THE BELLS NYC WAS MAGIC!" -Carringtonworld
"#np tribe called quest-steve biko(stir it up)....what yall know about #RocktheBells 2010 live from nyc huh? -"NotoriousDIZZ"
"Some of my rap top 10 will be live on stage: slick rick, lauryn hill, wu tang, rakim, krs one, tribe called quest. nYc represent, represent" -LeRoyLive
A Tribe Called Quest on Governors Island Saturday
Linden boulevard represent, representBoth A Tribe Called Quest, Rakim, and the songs "Steve Biko" AND "Eric B Is President" were showcased at Saturday's Rock The Bells event at Randall's Island as the crews showcased their classic LPs Midnight Marauders and Paid In Full respectively. The two Hip Hop legends were part of a much larger whopper of a show that also showcased Wu-Tang Clan's Enter The 36 Chambers, Snopp Dogg's Doggy Style, Slick Rick's The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, KRS-One performing Criminal-Minded, as well as performances from Lauryn Hill, Jedi Mind Tricks, Brother Ali, Wiz Khalifa, and many many others. On the paparazzi tip, celebs were out in full force to check out the show as well as Jay-Z, Chris Rock, John Legend (who performs at Bowery Ballroom tonight), newlywed couple Alicia Keys/Swizz Beatz, Mary J Blige, and many many others were all spotted at the shindig (some snaps are below).
Tribe called quest represent, represent
When the mic is in my hand, I'm never hesitant
My favourite jam back in the day was "Eric B. is President"
-[A Tribe Called Quest - "Steve Biko (Stir It Up)"]
More pictures (and video) from the show are HERE and below (, and one more set still on the way)...
photos by Chris La Putt
Prefuse 73 @ Governors Island
Saturday night's "Gone to Governors" show included sets by Neon Indian & Miniature Tigers, Dom, Nite Jewel, and Prefuse 73 who probably would have been the headliner if the order of the lineup was based on seniority. Instead Prefuse played fourth, before the much buzzed headliner Neon Indian who will also be Scott Herren's tour-mate across North America in the fall.
Prefuse's live Governors Island hip hop-infused set included electronics, vocals, live drumming and coordinated, sometimes-pornographic visuals. The sound was booming and they sounded great in the outdoor setting. If you didn't feel like dancing, you could always just watch the screen, or walk around staring at the water and skyline with bugged out zombie eyes as many in attendance were.
Prefuse 73 will play a DJ set at Studio Square in Long Island City on Saturday, August 21st, as part of an oil spill benefit. There doesn't seem to be too many details about the event listed anywhere, but Myspace says 9:00-11:30.
All dates and more pictures from Governors below...
photos by David Andrako
Eli Paperboy Reed on Governors Island
"Well, from what Alastair, Ken and Christopher say, it looks as if music fans (and maybe bicyclists) have been the luckiest Governors Island visitors so far, both for the quality and sheer number of events.That quote is from a series of stories the NY Times is doing on Governors Island.
The permit process must be deterring amateur concert promoters -- thank goodness -- and yes, as a tourist attraction, a pop concert feels like a more festive destination than a theater marathon. (The party can start on the boat.) Pop concerts are also used to building their own infrastructures, and audiences are prepared for outdoor, standing-room shows. And of course, unlike the situation for the visual arts or dance, there is immediate big money to be made from concert tickets for Grizzly Bear or 50 Cent. Corporate sponsors have been paying to produce many of the better events.
Summer in New York City is a riotously competitive time for outdoor concerts -- Summerstage, Celebrate Brooklyn, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, P.S. 1, Jelly NYC and other series are all presenting first-rate shows, many of them free and more convenient at exit time -- but Governors Island has held its own this year." [NY TIMES]
The pictures in this post are a second set from Sunday night's Converse-sponsored free show (the first set is HERE). Sunday's show was also the last (for now) oo the "Gone to Governors" series (there are more pay shows coming up though). It's been a fun summer of ferry rides and scenic views on "The Beach".
The pictures continue below...
photos by Tracy Allison
"Dr Dog put on an incredible (free!) 2-hr non-stop kickass show in the rain on Governors Island. Beautiful! There was a hilarious intro song!" - hedgemaze
"Dr Dog @ Governors Island ruled and was free, the way i wish all shows could be." - Nick Harvey
Dr. Dog. Eli 'Paperboy" Reed & Chief made up the lineup of the semi-rainy free Converse Gone to Governors show at Governors Island Sunday night (8/15) (one night after Neon Indian headlined the same space). A set of pictures from the show, continues below...
photos by Chris La Putt
"This time it is so sexy to be living in America, Dom. Governors Island greater than Coney Island forsuresure." - Blanca Méndez
"Bad news, this is our last show ever", Dom told the Governors Island crowd on Saturday night (8/15). He was lying of course. Most obviously because the band will be leaving on a tour with Ratatat in September. That's the same tour that comes to Terminal 5 for two nights (October 8th and 9th). Dom is opening at least the first one. Tickets are still on sale for both.
Dom's other funny show moments included a "triple awesome" moment (three things were "awesome" in a row), his shoutouts to many sponsors including Converse (who were affiliated with the event) and Mountain Dew (who weren't, but maybe Dom had a reason to be thanking them too?), and his pausing to check "the little list of songs they had there" (or something like that) (aka the setlist).
The music was entertaining too. Dom doesn't have the best live reputation. The young band was pushed into the spotlight early and has been heavily scrutinized as they figure things out in front of large audiences, but most seemed to agree that they loved them Saturday night (their best songs are especially undeniable, as is the frontman's charisma). More pictures from the show (which Neon Indian headlined), below...