Entries tagged with: Grace Jones
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Grace Jones / Cake Da Killa @ Afropunk Fest 8/21/2015
At the end of the first night of this year's Afropunk Festival, on Saturday, she was wearing very little: an under-bust corset, sheer tights and white body paint in stripes and patterns. Which is to say that she was topless, though by that point she'd been through a succession of wraps, gowns, science-fiction headdresses and a skull mask. She sat down on a stage riser, removed one of her high heels and pretended to throw it at the audience, but held on. "That was childish," she admitted, and cackled.Afropunk Fest happened over the weekend at Brooklyn's Commodore Berry Park and drew an estimated 30,000 people each day. Friday night (8/21) was the annual Fancy Dress Ball featuring sets from the flamboyant (and barely clothed) Grace Jones, as well as Cakes Da Killa who wasn't too far behind Ms. Jones in the theatricality department. Pictures from the evening are in this post.
Then she picked up a hula hoop, stepped into it, and put it to use. For all of her final song, "Slave to the Rhythm," she kept the hoop going: through its symphonic swells and its negative spaces, through her deep, severe long-tones and incidental muttering, through introductions of band members and a reference to her forthcoming autobiography. - [NY Times]
You can catch Cakes Da Killa at NJ's Stone Pony on September 4 with Big Eyes and headliner Against Me!, which is a BrooklynVegan-presented Red Bull Sound Select show. Like most RBSS shows, it's $3 with RSVP or $10 without. Even if you RSVP, entry is on a first come, first served basis. So make sure you get there early.
More pics of Cakes, Grace and the rest of the Afropunk Fancy Dress Ball, below...
The lineup for Brooklyn's 2015 Afropunk Festival was already pretty great, and now it got even better. Death Grips, Gary Clark Jr., Kelela, Jessie Boykins III, SZA, Candiria and more were added to the festival, which already included Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Kelis, Danny Brown, Suicidal Tendencies, Kele, Thundercat and more.
This year also marks the first Afropunk Fancy Dress Ball, hosted by Grace Jones, Cakes Da Killa and MikeQ, proceeds from which will go toward the Afropunk Global Initiative. The party goes down August 21 at Commodore Barry Park, just ahead of the festival, which happens August 22-23 in the same park. Tickets for the ball are on sale now, and festival passes are still available.
Afropunk also continues to branch out. They did an Afropunk Paris festival this past May, and will do so again in June 2016, and they're also putting on the inaugural Afropunk Atlanta on October 3 & 4 in the city's Central Park. The lineup for that includes D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Flying Lotus, Santigold, Death Grips, Tyler the Creator, Public Enemy and more. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (7/8).
Speaking of Death Grips, they play NYC twice this week (supposedly, at least).
Full Afropunk Atlanta lineup and updated Brooklyn lineup, below...
The annual Afropunk Festival returns to NYC in 2015 from August 22-23 in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park. The lineup includes Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Kelis, Danny Brown, Suicidal Tendencies, Kele, Thundercat, Cakes Da Killa, Goldlink, Raury, Petite Noir, Curtis Harding, Kaytranada and more. Full lineup below. The fest is also throwing the first annual Afropunk Fancy Dress Ball the day before the fest (8/21) in Commodore Barry Park to raise funds for their Afropunk Global Initiative. Grace Jones, Cakes Da Killa and MikeQ with Special Guest will perform at that.
The fest used to be free, but this year you have to buy a ticket to get in. And they're also introducing a more affordable earned ticket program, which "will work closely with partners to provide low barrier volunteer activities and projects for youth to complete in exchange for a ticket to the festival. The volunteer program will create awareness for organizations in need, provide access to an engaged pool of valuable resources and help deliver a sustainable impact to communities. Sample projects include landscaping (beautification, painting), packing supplies (meal prep, serving) and advocacy via social promotion." Tickets go on sale Wednesday (6/3).
UPDATE: As a commenter points out, you can get tickets on presale now using the password = 2015.
There's also a TBA Afropunk Fest in Atlanta's Central Park happening this year on October 3 and 4.
Full Afropunk Brooklyn lineup below...
Cymbals Eat Guitars at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by PSquared)
Cymbals Eat Guitars put out their great third record, LOSE, earlier this year, which is starting to land on year-end lists like Jeff Rosenstock's. The band also gave us their own list of their favorite albums of 2014, which includes Foxing (who joined them on their tour with Brand New), Joyce Manor (who also toured with Brand New this year), Alex G (who's opening CEG's upcoming tour), Beyonce's late 2013 release and more. Check out their whole list, with commentary, below.
That Cymbals Eat Guitars/Alex G tour begins next week, coming to NYC on December 12 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated dates are listed below.
CEG have also reissued their 2009 debut, Why There Are Mountains, which was initially self-released, on their current home of Barsuk Records. You can pick that up on vinyl here for the holiday sale price of $12.80, and they'll also have copies on their December tour.
CEG's year-end list and list of dates below...
Tricky keep on ticky....
"Calling it Adrian Thaws is saying you don't really know me," says Tricky, explaining the title of his 11th album. "So many times people have tried to put a finger on me and every album I go to a different place."Listen to the track with Francesca Belmonte, titled "Nicotine Love", below. Adrian Thaws will be out 9/8/2014 via Tricky's own label False Idols. That's the cover art above. The full tracklist is below.
It's typical of one of music's most unpredictable characters that the first album to bear his birth name is one of his least introspective. Adrian Thaws is a vivid, attention-grabbing set of songs which roam from hip hop to house, jazz to blues, rock to reggae. It was recorded in Tricky's home studio in London, where he's living again after almost two decades in New York, Los Angeles and Paris, and features an international crew of collaborators: Francesca Belmonte, Nneka, Mykki Blanco, Bella Gotti, Tirzah, Blue Daisy and Oh Land. It's designed to be played loud.
"I suppose this is my club/hip hop album," he says. "I've only heard my music a few times in a club but I grew up in clubs from when I was 14: blues parties, hip hop clubs, a few raves. I'm not known for doing club music but this album has some club tracks on it - well, what I would consider club music."
(btw, Tricky collaborator Oh Land plays Knitting Factory in NYC tonight - 7/7)
Meanwhile, Tricky's old friends Massive Attack are keeping busy with a handful of shows scheduled this year, including the Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco in October, and two other California shows and one in Mexico during that same trip. They co-headline London's OnBlackheath festival in September, and they just announced Grace Jones will be joining them at that one! They just played Glastonbury and you can check out their setlist from that, along with their North American dates, the new Tricky track and more, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Grace Jones @ Roseland Ballroom - Oct 27, 2012
Grace Jones, who was last played NYC at Hammerstein Ballroom in 2009, headlined a pre-Halloween/Hurricane show back in NYC at the similar Roseland Ballroom on 10/27. Presented by Red Bull Academy, the show was conceptualized by "British Couturier" Philip Treacy, and 64 year old Grace wore costumes by designers Issey Miyake, Jean Paul Gaultier and Alexander McQueen, as she played a mix of classics and covers.
Jones stayed in a black corset with thong, fishnets and heels the entire evening and spent the night accenting this with her various changes offstage, though she never made clear which designer she was wearing (most of the hats probably were Treacy, and one or two of the more unusual pieces probably Gaultier). Her fans dressed up, too: Holding the concert on the Saturday before Halloween only sealed the deal as the room looked like it was packed with extras from Party Monster and Paris Is Burning.Full setlist and more pictures from part of the show, below...
Fronting a six-piece band and two backup singers, Jones took the stage in near darkness and opened with "Nightclubbing." The woman is in phenomenal shape and appears downright ageless. As she stood on a riser above the stage in an outfit that lit up, her sultry take on the David Bowie/Iggy Pop song set the mood for the evening as she sang, "Oh, isn't it wild?" [Hollywood Reporter]
As you can see above, Emceez Ansari is really good at photoshopping Aziz Ansari's face into album covers.
Speaking of funny, get the new Tig Notaro from Louis CK.
Film School Rejects is reporting that Woody Allen has cast Louis CK and Andrew Dice Clay in a new movie (must. see.).
As you may have noticed via an ad on this site, Django Django are running a sale for their new Mercury Prize-nominated album via iTunes. We recently caught them live at Knitting Factory, Bowery Ballroom, and in Chicago too.
Purity Ring at Le Poisson Rouge (more by Amanda Hatfield)
"Red Bull Music Academy" is presenting four upcoming shows in NYC:
1 - BRAINFEEDER SESSION NYC at Villain (October 10)
2 - SBTKRT LIVE at Terminal 5 (October 11)
3 - FOUR TET B2B JAMIE xx at Autumn Bowl (October 26)
4 - GRACE JONES at Roseland (October 27)
Kilo Kish, who has some CMJ shows coming up too, opens the SBTRKT show.
We're also giving away tickets to see tomorrow's Perfume Genius show at Le Poisson Rouge and Calexico and The Dodos at Webster Hall on 10/13 on our Facebook. (Perfume Genius meanwhile plays Music Hall tonight).
Speaking of, PETA released a new Pokemon game.
AND, more stuff below...
Grace Jones at Hammerstein, 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Conceived by U.K. couture superstar Philip Treacy - [the concert] will be a spectacular union of fashion and rock. Miss Jones will wear costumes by designers Issey Miyake, Jean Paul Gaultier and Alexander McQueen while performing the classic songs that have made her an international icon.Renowned clotheshorse, occasional actress and disco diva Grace Jones will play a rare show at Roseland on October 27, her only current tour date. Tickets go on presale with a password of "JOSHWOOD" on Monday, September 10 at 10AM, with regular sale hitting the next day (9/11) at noon.
Video of Jones, who turned 64 this year, performing her classic "Slave to the Rhythm" at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert in London this summer is below.
Promoter Paul Tollett of the Los Angeles-based Goldenvoice company said no single or three-day passes will be available at the box office for the festival running Friday through Sunday at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.With the set list came the addition of Interscope-signed South African rap group Die Antwoord, who play the fest on Saturday night (as Boing Boing said they probably would when they announced the signing).
In addition, no three-day passes will be pro-rated for people only attending the Saturday or Sunday mix of indie rock, hip-hop and other genres of popular music.
Camping passes were already sold out.
The city of Indio issued a permit for Goldenvoice to admit up to 85,000 people a day for the festival, but Tollett said he's cutting off attendance at 75,000 people a day.
For reunited bands Pavement, Public Image Limited, the Specials (on Kimmel tonight) and Faith No More, the fest will be among the first of their US shows, though all have California dates before Coachella. They're all also scheduled to play NYC (with dates that range from next week to September).
Grace Jones was part of the original Coachella lineup announcement, but has since dropped off. Set times posted below...
Wow...Public Image Ltd, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Grace Jones, Fever Ray, Devo, Hot Chip, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, Mew, Camera Obscura, Gil Scott-Heron, The xx, John Waters, Dillinger Escape Plan, Deer Tick, Gary Numan... Full Coachella 2010 lineup below....
photos by Tim Griffin
Tim was only at Thursday's show for three songs which is how long she wore the first of many costumes she changed into that night. Here are those pics...
"I do not understand how anyone not named Grace Jones was ever allowed to think of themselves as "fierce." - Sasha Frere-Jones
I skipped Jarvis and the Diesel thing (Kanye West played one song with Clipse) last night (7/30) in favor of checking out Grace Jones at Hammerstein Ballroom (there was time to go to Webster Hall after Hammerstein actually, but I wasn't in the mood).
Possibly more than the music, video, lights and special effects, a Grace Jones show is about her outfits. The whole thing ran about 90 minutes, and she changed at least 10 times (I lost count). While she changes, she talks to the crowd from a mic back stage (except for before the encore when the change break was also the encore break). Each outfit was over the top and caused the mostly-gay-men crowd to cheer loudly. Each outfit ranged in the degree to which they revealed the 61 year old diva's in-shape body.
She had one especially memorable all-red, dress-like outfit that came out far on both sides of her - making her into a big circle, and making her somewhat immobile (like the kid in Christmas Story) during the song she had it on for. She sang most of that song facing the front in all her red glory. At the end of it she started spinning which revealed that, though the front was a giant explosion of red, her back (head to toe) was basically naked save for the g-string/strap that was holding the whole thing on. I wasn't super close to the stage, so I may be describing it slightly wrong.
For "Hurricane", the title track of her new album, she whipped out this giant cape and sang towards a fan so the cape could blow in the wind (no, the cape wasn't the only thing she had on) (see above). There's a good video of it, below...
Of Montreal & Janelle Monae @ MHOW (more by Tim Griffin)
Of Montreal just had an exciting weekend. Jon Brion (who they have collaborated with) opened for them at the Fox Theatre in Oakland on Friday (7/24). Then they (and Dengue Fever) opened for Grace Jones at Hollywood Bowl on Sunday (7/26)...
"Kevin Barnes, the Georges Bataille-reading, polyamorous frontman, turned in a focused performance with an occasional feisty edge. Though the Athens, Ga., band is a keen, aesthetic fit with Jones, its circus-like hysterics and verbose lyrics didn't seem to capture the audience, who seemed mostly unfamiliar with the band and impatient for the main act." [LA Times]Janelle Monae joined Of Montreal on stage during their Hollywood Bowl set for "For Our Elegant Caste" and the Bowie cover "Moonage Daydream". Janelle did the same when she opened for the band at all three of their Brooklyn shows in April (all three were at Music Hall of Williamsburg).
Of Montreal's next NYC show is about to be announced, and that will take place on September 18th at Terminal 5. Tickets will cost $25 in advance ($30 day of show).
Janelle Monae's next NYC show is with Erykah Badu on Governors Island.
Of Montreal's new video for "Mingusings", some videos from Hollywood Bowl, and all tour dates below...
photos by Zach Dilgard
"Late of the Pier played a 20 minute shmeh set and crystal castles had no sound. crookers were better than usual and orbitol were awesome. grace jones is fucking mad and fucked up the schedule. Fever Ray is a shamanic wonder." [The Naked Smiles Club]Grace Jones has shows coming up in both NYC and LA. The 2009 Sonar Festival took place June 18-20 in Barcelona. More pictures from that weekend in Spain, below...
Grace Jones @ Manchester Apollo, 24 Jan 2009 (backtopix01)
"[My 2008 album] Hurricane was an accident. Blame it on Ivor Guest. I'd decided never to do an album again. Record companies today don't allow artistic freedom, and I just couldn't be bothered anymore. But when Ivor brought me the music to 'Devil In My Life', from there we had a creative chemistry and the music just flowed. We followed where my voice was taking the music and where the music was taking my voice. We didn't work to some industry formula of what the Grace Jones sound is. It doesn't matter that it's taken twenty years because me and the music are always in the same place. It doesn't sound like the past or the future. It sounds like now, whenever now is. I don't count. Quality surpasses quantity at any time." - Grace JonesFirst Kylie Minogue, then Pet Shop Boys, and now Grace Jones has announced a show at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom. The July 30th gig is one of just of two appearances the multi-talented artist will be making in the United States. The other is July 26th at Hollywood Bowl with Of Montreal and Dengue Fever. Tickets for the NYC show are currently on "Live Nation presale" (password?) and go on general sale on Friday at 10am. Tickets for the LA show are on sale now. All dates below...
Art passed yesterday, after a courageous fight with cancer. Known to everyone with clout in the nightclub industry, Art was a familiar face for a few decades. He owned and operated some of the best clubs in history. The World, Hurrah, The Continental, and The Jefferson provided thousands of extraordinary nights for thousands of hipsters long before the word was unfortunately popularized.Everybody loved and respected him, even those who were over him. Even years after he had operated anything he could still get Calvin or Ian or Grace on the phone. Grace Jones recently paid a visit to him as he lay dying in his Chelsea Hotel apartment. He told me of hanging with Ian Schrager and David Bowie, who he called the White Knight. He never ceased to amaze me with stories of life in the fastest lane. It wasn't the drugs or the booze that killed the beast, it was, as Carl Denham once said, beauty that killed him. He was trapped by the drug called clubs, its kaleidoscope-like enchantment, its vision and pitfalls, and by his camera and his art. Arthur ignored the pitfalls, as he only saw the possibilities. [Steve Lewis]