Entries tagged with: Grouper
Pitchfork just posted their Honorable Mention Albums of 2013, which they say is "not #51 through #70 in our albums poll, but rather, records we thought were exceptional this year and deserved to be highlighted regardless of where they wound up." It includes a number of albums that did get Best New Music throughout the year (like the Burial EP that got a 9.0 last week), a certain inescapable young New Zealand pop star (who just announced two Roseland Ballroom shows), some metal representation, a couple indie legends, and the raw noise punk demo of Perfect Pussy, who also made Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks.
Check out the full list in alphabetical order below...
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?
Check out the full top 100 below...
Stars of the Lid in NYC in 2008 (more by Chris Owyoung)
Veteran ambient duo Stars of the Lid haven't played the US in five years, but that will change this fall. First, they'll take part in Kranky's 20th Anniversary shows, which go down in various Chicago venues from December 12 - 15. Other artists playing include Grouper (who has a new "pop" band), Tim Hecker, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Benoit Pioulard, Lichens, Implodes, and more. Full lineups and ticket info below.
After the Chicago show, Stars of the Lid will head to NYC to play Church of St. Paul the Apostle on December 17 (405 W 59th St). At that show and the Chicago one, Stars of the Lid will be accompanied by the 10-piece Wordless Music Orchestra. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.
Earlier this year, Kranky reissued Stars of the Lid's 1996 album, The Ballasted Orchestra. Stream that album via Spotify, along with the Kranky Anniversary lineups, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Jessica Pratt at Maxwell's - 5/17/13 (via @cbruno1983)
Loner folk devotee Jessica Pratt just wrapped up a tour supporting Father John Misty, which hit the NYC-area this past Friday (5/17) for a show at Maxwell's, where FJM played solo acoustic, unlike his theatrical performance at The Great GoogaMooga the next day. Jessica played backed by a keyboardist and sounded delicate and wonderful as ever. Check out a video from her set below.
As mentioned, Jessica is about to do a few dates with Grouper, including one in NYC on June 2 at Le Poisson Rouge with Raajmahal and a DJ set from onetime Cocteau Twins bassist (and current Bella Union label head) Simon Raymonde. Tickets for that show are still available. Jessica has since added her own NYC show happening a day earlier (6/1) at Union Pool with Gambles (aka ex-Levy member Matthew Siskin) and Zachary Cale. Tickets for the Union Pool show are on sale now. Show flyer below.
And as discussed, Jessica will return to Le Poisson Rouge on July 12 to open for Julia Holter, which is one of a few shows the two musicians are playing together that month. Tickets for that show are still available
After she wraps up her run with Julia Holter, Jessica will do some West Coast dates with White Fence. Updated dates are listed, along with the Maxwell's video and Union Pool show flyer, below...
One of the most eclectic lineups in the US, Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, will be back for 2013 on September 5 -7. Pulling from all genres, this year's line-up includes names like Big Boi (who plays NYC tonight), Spiritualized, Sleep, Wolf Eyes (who have a new video), The Breeders (performing Last Splash), John Cale, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Gorguts, Inter Arma (who play NYC on Saturday), Double Negative (who played NYC this past weekend), Swearin' (them too), Pissed Jeans, Dan Friel, Waxahatchee and many many others. Three-day wristbands are on sale now with individual day tickets going on sale in June. Full lineup is below.
by Andrew Sacher
Julia Holter at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Julia Holter has a few live dates coming up this spring and summer, including previously discussed NYC dates on April 25 at BAM for day 1 of the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival with The Roots, Parquet Courts, Solange, David Longstreth, TV on the Radio, Phosphorescent and others (4/25 tix and 3-day festival passes); and May 1 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple for the Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets as part of the Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency with Andrew Bird, Questlove, Kim Gordon, James Chance, Thundercat, Andrew WK, and many others (sold out).
Julia has since added another NYC date which happens on July 12 at Le Poisson Rouge before she plays Pitchfork Music Festival. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All of her dates are listed, along with a stream of the 15-minute opening track from the digital re-release of her 2010 album, Celebration, below.
Jessica Pratt - 'Jessica Pratt'
Support at the LPR show comes from Jessica Pratt, who, like Julia Holter, owes much to the loner folk of cult legends like Linda Perhacs. But while Julia brings in Laurie Anderson-esque art pop sensibilities and some modern home recording techniques, Jessica Pratt, more similarly to Angel Olsen, is interested in actually sounding like she recorded in the early '70s. Her 2012 self titled record is a raw, bare-bones release (much like Olsen's Half Way Home from that same year), and a really gorgeous listen for anyone seeking Linda Perhacs, Sibylle Baier, or Vashti Bunyan's influence in modern music. Stream the track "Night Faces" below, and if you like what you hear, there's also a Spotify widget of the full album embedded.
Jessica Pratt has also been added as an opener to Father John Misty's tour with Adam Green & Binki Shapiro, including the NYC-area show on May 17 at Maxwell's (sold out). And after that run, she'll play another show at Le Poisson Rouge on June 2 as a support act for the previously discussed Grouper show at that venue. Raajmahal is on that bill too and tickets are still available. That show happens after both Grouper and Jessica Pratt play Chaos in Tejas.
All Julia Holter and Jessica Pratt dates are listed, along with song streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Grouper - 'The Man Who Died in His Boat'
Back in February, Grouper, aka ambient/psych folk musician Liz Harris, returned with The Man Who Died in His Boat, an album of unreleased music from 2008. Though the material is "old," these aren't throwaway b-sides or anything, it really plays like a cohesive album. You can stream the track "Vital" from that album below and listen to the whole thing on Spotify. It was released simultaneously with a reissue of 2008's Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill.
Grouper has a few shows coming up this year, including a NYC show on June 2 at Le Poisson Rouge, where she'll be playing in the round. Tickets for that show go on LPR member pre-sale today (3/12) at 10 AM and general on-sale begins Wednesday (3/13) at 11 AM. All known dates are listed below.
In related news, The Bug (aka King Midas Sound member Kevin Maritn) has been talking for some time about recording a collaboration with Grouper, though music from those sessions has still yet to surface. The Bug is in Austin for SXSW this week, but after that, he'll also come to NYC for a show at Le Poisson Rouge on March 23. That show will feature Daddy Freddy and Miss Red, two singers working with The Bug on his same album/7" collection as Grouper whose collaborations actually have come out. You can stream "Can't Take This No More" with Daddy Freddy and "Goodbye" with Miss Red below. Tickets for The Bug's LPR show are on sale now.
All dates for Grouper and The Bug are listed, along with all song streams, below...
Left for Dead at A389 in Baltimore, Jan 2013
Chaos In Tejas have announced the latest batch of bands for the Austin, Texas festival set for late May/early June. New additions include announced reunions for Left for Dead and the Rats (pre Dead Moon/Pierced Arrows), with other appearances including Mobb Deep will perform all of their classic The Infamous LP, No Statik, Parquet Courts, Pharmakon, Pinkish Black, Grouper, Lust For Youth, Waxahatchee, Benediction, Jessica Pratt, True Widow, Vassafor, Violent End, Speedwolf, Waxahatchee, Who Killed Spikey Jacket?, Replica, Lotus Fucker, Cold World, Jessica Pratt, Joyce Manor, Marshstepper and much more. Head below for the current Chaos in Tejas lineup. Tickets are on sale.
Full lineup and a multi-camera video from their Baltimore reunion at A389 is below.
BEAUTIFUL NOISE is an in-depth exploration of a music movement in the late 20th century, a fascinating period when some innovative musicians mixed guitar noise into conventional pop song structures while maintaining a philosophy of letting the music speak for itself.Legendary shoegaze/dream pop bands My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, and The Jesus and Mary Chain are subject of new documentary, Beautiful Noise, who have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money for the film to be distributed in film festivals and released on DVD/Blu-Ray (via Pitchfork). In addition to those three bands, the film will feature interviews with/appearances by members of other shoegaze pioneers like Ride, Slowdive, Lush, Curve, Swervedriver, Medicine, Pale Saints, and more, plus appearances by Wayne Coyne, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, and Robert Smith, and performance videos (and some interviews) with current bands like Sigur Ros, M83, A Place to Bury Strangers, Grouper, Serena Maneesh, and others. The Kickstarter campaign has reached just over $17,000 of its $75,000 goal as of this post, and is open until December 15. More info and rewards details at the documentary's Kickstarter project page.
Although many of the people interviewed are notoriously press shy they have opened up about their music and experiences from over 20 years ago; how they defied the rules and became sonic innovators that have inspired so many.
Currently the documentary is in the final stages for worldwide release, and we need your help to raise the $75,000 to pay for limited run licensing and finishing costs to distribute in Film Festivals and on DVD/Blu-Ray.
This documentary will finally be released only if the fans of this music believe in this project and contribute.
This comes shortly after the news that My Bloody Valentine plans to release an album by the end of the year.
Campaign video below...
DOWNLOAD: Grouper - "Demona" (Dead Moon cover) (MP3)
Earlier this year, The Bug (aka Kevin Martin of King Midas Sound) announced that he'd be starting a new label and sub-genre called Acid Ragga, which will be an imprint of Ninja Tune. The first release for the label is a single called "Can't Take This No More" which features vocals from Daddy Freddy b/w "Rise Up" featuring vocals from Hype Williams' Inga Copeland. You can stream a clip of "Can't Take This No More" below.
When I contacted Evy Jane, Jeremiah, the dude from the group, had seen me live about five years ago in Canada and he said it had been a totally formative experience. And the girl from the group, Evelyn, was massively into grime and ragga. It's just weird, man, weird synchronicity, and I can't even pretend to understand it, but it's great. Extending the past, and just building for the future.Evy Jane were supposed to play Glasslands tonight (5/29) but unfortunately had to cancel their appearance. Instead, tonight the Brooklyn venue will host No Glow, Night Shining, Gracie, and Beca. Tickets for that show are available.
In The Bug's FACT interview, he also spoke about working with Grouper (Liz Harris) for his new album, Angels & Devils, which will also feature guest appearances from Death Grips, Gonjasufi, JK Flesh (Godflesh/Jesu), The Spaceape, and Flowdan + Warrior Queen. On working with Grouper, The Bug said, "When I contacted Grouper, I was stunned that she'd even heard of me, and doubly stunned when she told me she'd been playing her mum 'Skeng' about two weeks before."
The album will be one of the many projects Liz has been involved in this year, including the excellent collaborative album with Tiny Vipers as Mirrorring, Foreign Body, the score for The Perception of Moving Targets, which screened at this year's Sundance FIlm Festival, the two-track but almost hour and a half long CD-R, Violent Replacement, and a recorded cover of Dead Moon's "Demona," which you can download above or stream below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Julianna Barwick @ the Guggenheim
Julianna Barwick and Grouper performed at the Guggenheim Museum on Friday (4/13), as part of the three-part live music series, Divine Ricochet, "that accompanies John Chamberlain: Choices, on view through May 13 at the museum." Here are some pictures from the show.
Upcoming performances in the series include Cold Cave and Zola Jesus. To quote the museum:
The series title is borrowed from a 1991 work by the late American sculptor. A lover of music, Chamberlain pushed boundaries as he explored abstraction, rhythm, harmony, and dissonance, providing a vibrant context for contemporary musical experiments in the museum's rotunda. Like Chamberlain's work, the music of Grouper, Julianna Barwick, Cold Cave, and Zola Jesus exemplify the intense push and pull between power and delicacy, structure and abstraction.Friday's show was laid back, to say the least. To quote Amanda, "Liz Harris aka Grouper came onstage, knelt down in front of her tape deck and assortment of knobs and started fiddling with them. Everyone in the crowd had already sat down on the floor and was watching in reverence" as she made some "interesting/eerie/unearthly sounds. She would switch tapes, scribble things in a notebook, and barely acknowledged the audience." Julianna Barwick, who played first "barely acknowledged the crowd either but sounded magical in there."
Overall the combination of the musical acts, location and John Chamberlain retrospective made for a special event. Check out more pictures, below...
Zola Jesus @ SXSW 2012 (photo by manotaur)
Cold Cave have confirmed that previously mentioned Guggenheim show, and Zola Jesus, Grouper and Julianna Barwick are playing the museum in April and May too. Details below...
Explosions In The Sky at Wellmont Theater (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
NYU students get a treat this Valentine's Day, a show from Explosions In The Sky! The Texas post-rock quartet will join Grouper and Ducky for a Feb 14th NYU-students-only show (though it's "2 tickets per NYU ID"). The show will be seated on a first come, first serve basis and is a benefit for the Burton CHILL Foundation. Full details, including ticket information, below.
So far Liz Harris (Grouper) has a European tour mapped out for March, but no additional US dates to speak of. Full tour schedule is below.
Grouper at Terminal 5 in 2009 (more by Natasha Ryan)
Mini festival Neon Marshmallow is making its way to NYC, after two successful outings in Chicago. The festival will call Public Assembly home over three days (10/14 - 10/16), featuring live performances, DJ sets, and visuals from many artists who embrace experimentalism. Among the bands performing at the fest are names like Tim Hecker, Rhys Chatham (who celebrates 40 years of The Kitchen in September), Grouper, Phill Niblock, and many others that range in genre from Alan Licht to The Men (who are currently touring and will play Saint Vitus on 9/17) to Xeno & Oaklander to La Big Vic. The festival is currently selling weekend passes, though no word on individual days or who will perform on each day. Full lineup is below.
In other news, Grouper, who recently played LPR and Glasslands, has a new digital 7" available. Stream the title track from Grouper's latest Water People 7" below alongside the full Neon Marshmallow lineup.
Guided By Voices @ Sasquatch 2011 (more by Josh Darr)
today in NYC
* Northside Festival
* Blue Note Jazz Fest
* Los Crema Paraiso @ Barbes
* William Parker @ The Stone
* Chaka Khan @ BB King's
* Joseph Arthur @ The Living Room
* Omar Zubair, Unicornicopia @ Ars Nova
* Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra @ Barbes
* The Autumn Defense @ The Living Room
* La Excelencia @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Noah and the Whale, Bahamas @ Irving Plaza
* James McMurtry, Jonny Burke @ The Bell House
* Nate Wooley, MIVOS Quartet @ Issue Project Room
* Zounds, Neon Bitches, Zero Content @ ABC No Rio
* Cory Chisel, Julia Haltigan, Dawn Landes @ City Winery
* Yeasayer, Smith Westerns, Hush Hush @ Terminal 5
* Jeremy Messersmith, Keegan DeWitt @ Mercury Lounge
* Grouplove, Walk the Moon (Northside) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Sun Airway, Hank & Cupcakes, Jared Logan @ City Winery
* Heylady, Jones Street Station, Kuf Knotz @ The Rock Shop
* Bear Hands, Gordon Voidwell, Monogold @ Bowery Ballroom
* Bardo Pond, White Out, Metal Mountains @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Knife City, B4kn, Danimal Cannon (Northside) @ Shea Stadium
* Your Youth, Gross Relations, The Hairs, Beat Radio @ The Gutter
* The Miracles Club (DJ set), Konnichiwa (Northside) @ 70 N 6th Street
* Snakes Say Hisss, Tony Castles, Weekends, Regal Degal @ Death By Audio
* Uzimon, Cock Lorge, Shayna Ferm, Stuckey and Murray @ Mercury Lounge
* The Suzan, Gunfight!, EMEFE, Little Victory (Crest Fest) @ Crest Hardware
* The Strange Boys, White Fence, Easter Vomit (Northside) @ Knitting Factory
* Eleanor Friedberger, Ida, Rebecca Gates, Spectre Folk (Northside) @ Europa
* Alela Diane, The Parson Red Heads, Dry the River (Northside) @ Knitting Factory
* Thee Oh Sees, Yellow Dogs, Emil & Friends, special guest @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Guided By Voices, Wavves, Surfer Blood, The Babies (Northside) @ McCarren Park
* Diehard, Mussels, Marie Stella, Beat Radio, I'm Turning Into (Northside) @ Matchless
* Eight Bit Tiger, Computer Magic, A Lull, Slowdance, Phaseone (Northside) @ Coco 66
* Woven Bones, Fergus & Geronimo, Colleen Green, Xray Eyeballs @ Union Pool
* Arches, Holiday Shores, Beige, Secret Mountains, Celestial Shore @ The Woods
* Mainland, Slowdance, Luke Rathborne, Grand Rapids, Radical Dads @ Spike Hill
* Beau Jennings, Gabriel Miller-Phillips, Lacrymosa, Bel Air @ Pete's Candy Store
* Gato Loco, Yula Beeri and The Extended Family, New Beard, The Bandana Splits @ Littlefield
* Glenn Kotche, Buke and Gass, Reggie Watts @ NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
* Shapes, The Brooklyn What, Gunfight!, The Viennagram, Highway Gimps (Northside) @ Trash Bar
* Loud Objects, Casper Electronics, Recyclism, Thu Tran, Nonhorse, Ranjit Bhatnagar @ Silent Barn
* Ghe20 Gothik, Teengirl Fantasy, Blondes, Gatekeeper, Physical Therapy (Northside) @ 285 Kent Ave
* Twin Sister, Allo Darlin', Ava Luna, Gabriel and the Hounds (Northside) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Light Asylum, The Babies, Innergaze, Janka Nabay, ARP, Endless Boogie (Northside) @ Public Assembly
* Roadside Graves, The Loom, Heidi Spencer and The Rare Birds, Jeremy Benson, Melaena Cadiz @ Pianos
* Jesse Boykins III, Joshua Bennet, Joe Kenneth, MeLo-X, Theo Martins, Mara Hruby, Rinaldy Alvarez @ 92YTribeca
* Zuzuka Poderosa, Sean Bones, WATERS, Neighbors, Young Adults, Wojcik, Nora & Russ (DJ) (Northside) @ Cameo Gallery
* The Nico Blues, The Senors of Marseille, Little Wolf, Hooray For Goodbye, Small Mountain Path (Northside) @ Red Star Bar
* The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt!, Javelin, Delicate Steve, Bright Moments, Harry Belafonte Live at Carnegie Hall (Northside) @ Glasslands
* The Suzan, Emily Wells, Phoebe Jean & The Air Force, Bermuda Bonnie, Designer Imposter, Clinical Trials, noon:30, Outlaw City (Northside) @ Bruar Falls
* Girl Talk, Pretty Lights, Empire Of The Sun, Big Boi, Neon Indian, People Under The Stairs, Mac Miller, Das Racist, Passion Pit (DJ Set), Miami Horror, Outasight, Reptar (Governors Ball) @ Governors Island
Today is Day Three of the Northside Festival.
It's also Williamsburg Walks today.
Today is also Crest Fest which is unaffiliated with Northside.
Today is the Brooklyn Cyclones opening day too.
Pop-up Pianos begin today.
The Clearwater Festival is this weekend.
Sunday is the Bang on a Can Marathon.
Sunday is Punk Island.
Grouper made a video for "I Saw A Ray." Check it out below.
Grouper's website is very minimal, though it does say:
UPCOMING RELEASESApril is also when Grouper is visiting NY for with Chicago's Zelienople. Over the course of three days they will play a free show at Bard College, an April 16th show at Glasslands, and an April 17th show at Le Poisson Rouge. All dates are listed below...
A I A, TWO PART VINYL, SELF RELEASE, APRIL 2011. CONSISTS OF:
-DREAM LOSS, FULL LENGTH 12", GR-006A.
-ALIEN OBSERVER, FULL LENGTH 12", GR-006B.
REPRESS OF INCA ORE/GROUPER SPLIT, Later 2011.
ROY MONTGOMERY/GROUPER SPLIT ON CD, Extra Track from Roy Montgomery called Pressed Bloom, self-release, December 2010.
DRAGGING A DEAD DEER UP A HILL, 3rd press, self-release, 2010; black vinyl/black art.
HOLD/SICK 7", for Australian tour, on Room40
DIVIDE - book of drawings with dvd of videos, released by Root Strata.
by Andrew Frisicano
Grouper @ Terminal 5 in May 2009 (more by Natasha Ryan)
So we managed to sneak into Grouper's rare Brooklyn gig on Friday night and still aren't sure what we witnessed over the course of her main 60-minute set. (She also presented a new tape collage piece.) To be honest, the entire thing looked/sounded incredibly creepy, as if one of The Shining's redrum-happy twins suddenly learned how to sculpt dronescapes and acoustic something-or-others from an ancient keyboard and several effects pedals. It didn't help that the room was humid as hell--literally--with Issue Project Room's single, solitary fan getting switched off in the middle of the first 'song' because it was interfering with Liz Harris' signal. [self-titled]Grouper's Friday, June 4th show at Issue Project Room was one of the events that opened the venue's Darmstadt series, which pairs new and old boundary-crossing music and art over the month of June.
Coming up, Matt Mottel (Issue's artist-in-residence) brings his jazz duo Talibam! to the venue for a free performance on Wednesday, June 9th. On Friday, June 11th, composer and tape artist William Basinski presents his piece "Vivian and Ondine" at a free show at 110 Livingston (Issue's new being-remodeled space).
Man Forever (Kid Millions from Oneida's new composition for multiple rock drummers) performs with composer/musicians Elliott Sharp, Zeena Parkins, Frank Vigroux and Hélène Breschand on June 25th. Tickets are on sale. Man Forever have a new record almost out, and the project will be touring this summer.
The self-titled debut - two monolithic, hypnotic improvisations for arrays of carefully tuned drums- is due out [June 22nd] in an edition of 300 LPs featuring hand-pulled screens on recycled record jackets from Jagjaguwar vinyl imprint St. Ives. The touring quintet of Kid Millions, YEAH YEAH YEAHS drummer Brian Chase, Oneida cohort and KNYFE HYTS drummer Shahin Motia, drummer Allison Busch of AWESOME COLOR, and SIGHTINGS bassist Richard Hoffman, will be augmented by local percussionists in each city.(Oneida has a new record, Absolute II , due too.)
Man Forever plays tonight (June 8th) at the Tank with Dump (James McNew of Yo La Tengo), M&M and the New York debut of the Sloppy Heads (who have a new Kid Milions-produced 7", First Gasp, which you can download here as a ZIP). That show has tickets on sale.
Man Forever also headline a Monster Island show on Friday, June 11th.
Separate from Darmstadt is the venue's ISSUE Project Room's Sunday Concerts in the Courtyard series that'll be bringing a Sunday, June 27th lineup of Omar Souleyman (who plays Central Park the day before with Tinariwen) and CSC Funk Band (featured here) to the Old American Can Factory courtyard. Tickets are on sale. The other shows in that series are posted below.
On top of all that, Issue will be participating in the two-venue, 65th-birthday celebration for improv legend Anthony Braxton (father of Tyondai from Battles) happening on June 18 and 19th. It's at (Le) Poisson Rouge on the 18th and Issue on the 19th. Details, tickets links and video are below.
The full Issue/Darmstadt schedule, video from Zs' Gulf Coast benefit show at Shea Stadium on June 2nd, and more are posted below...
He actually published this list in August, but in case you missed it...
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Ryan Muir
Steve Albini in Shellac
"We're taking a bath, but I don't care," Barry Hogan told [Sasha Frere-Jones]. We were standing in the makeshift production office for the All Tomorrow's Parties festival, at Kutsher's, a resort in the Catskills."My name is Sufjan Stevens and I am going to play all of my Seven Swans album. That should be a good early afternoon hangover sort of thing"
Kutsher's, where Muhammad Ali trained and a thousand schticks were born, was once the jewel of the Borscht Belt. The main venue at Kutsher's, the Stardust Ballroom, has a capacity of 2,800. But Hogan seemed largely unbothered that only 1,800 tickets to ATP had sold. It is 2009, after all.
Considering the bad coffee situation and the fun that I had the day before, Sufjan was spot on. Clad in tie-dye that the band had purchased at the general store at Kutsher's, the five piece were delicate, light and lilting. Sufjan's bright banjo strums and songs, like the sunny "Sister", resonated so well in the Stardust Ballroom. The Seven Swans album was an excellent choice for a wake-up set on the second day of the three day upstate NY festival (Saturday, September 12, 2009).
After Sufjan, I wandered over to catch a crew of young Aussies named Bridezilla. Though their name is a touch offputting, guitarist/vocalist Holiday Sidewinder has a sexy and breathy coo that recalled PJ Harvey and their her cocktail-dress-ed crew were a surprise and a delight.
Grouper were next, and as a fan of 2008's Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill, I was eager to check out Liz Harris's ambient soundscapes. Playing to a projection of an ocean at night, the stage show wasn't much visually but the tides of noise was otherworldly.
Conversely, Black Dice in the same room was a psychedelic mindfuck. Blasts of tribal noise beats nodded heads and shook them in equal measure.
As a fan of Bradford Cox, it was great to see him pull a doubleheader on Saturday, beginning with Atlas Sound. Rolling solo with guitar, harmonica, and some backing tracks, Cox was engaging both in song and with between song banter. I would regrettably end up missing Deerhunter's set a few hours later. Drowned in Sound was there though:
Bradford Cox is a picture of serenity as he swaps his shirt for a more tasteful number and leads Deerhunter into their Saturday night set. He announces that this will be their last performance for some time, causing the band to roll out the hits in quick-fast fashion. They gallop through 'Cryptograms' and 'Nothing Ever Happened', the positively herculean double guitar sound feeling unstoppable and a sense of jubilation ricocheting between the walls as people succumb to these great big shining pop songs. The closing 'Calvary Scars' is a slab of beautiful kraut-pop, with Lockett Pundt's metallic Tim Gane-esque strum leading the way, face-painted kids jerking their bodies back and forth, and Cox looking genuinely sad that this will be the last time these songs will be wrung from his fingers and throat for a while.Anti-Pop Consortium was my next venture, the first time I had ever seen the crew though I was a long time fan. On the Stardust Ballroom system, APC's distorted and creative beats sounded amazing but save for Beans energetic movement, I was less than impressed with their live show. Live hip hop is hard to pull off, and those who try should heed the great Rakim who said "to me MC means move the crowd". If you want to give them a chance, they're at Santos Party House on September 29th.
Sleepy Sun were line checking when I got back to the second stage, with vocalist Rachael Williams checking her levels in the monitor
"Check. Check. I. Hi. Me. You. All of you. Us. Getting nervous."
If they had nerves, the band channeled them into positive energy. Sleepy Sun's influences fit right in with their hometown, San Francisco, as the band dabble in a psychedelic California sound with some krautrock-y elements. I was most struck by their fantastic drummer Brian Tice as well as vocalist Williams, who ripped out a solo that had the crowd shouting and applauding. Wayne Coyne watched the band from stage left, clearly impressed.
After an elongated line check, El-P came on and with a four-piece band (Chin Chin) and hypeman (Mighty Quinn) to the sound of "Tasmanian Space Coaster". I have a soft spot for El-Producto's Blade Runner beats and post-apocalyptic rhyme styles, and it was great to see a Hip Hop artist who actually puts an emphasis on his live show. As a matter of fact, El-P put a little too much of himself out there, almost falling off the stage after pogo-ing around during "Smithereens". Careful dude... we need a follow-up to I'll Sleep When You're Dead.
I hadn't seen Akron/Family since the then more acoustic-centric band played Tonic many years ago (with Hamid Drake?) and it was refreshing to see their energy were still in place. Against a backdrop of a tie-dyed American flag, the band played a rousing and ripping set. It's good to see that the loss of Ryan Vanderhoof to a Buddhist center hasn't slowed them a bit.
Autolux had the discordant riffs, feedback squalls, and a 90s alt punk sound to hit all of the right influences (Joy Division, Sonic Youth, etc), but unfortunately didn't really distinguish themselves from their influences. Autolux isn't offensive by any means, just not compelling or distinctive, and I find it a touch disappointing that guitarist Greg Edwards was a member of Failure (a band that I dug).
Dead Meadow and their fuzzy freakout psych blues were riffing on Stage Two towards the end of the Autolux set, but by half way in, the crowd had diminished considerably due to Shallac on the main. For shame, as the trio played a ripping set!
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Hopewell - "Stranger" (MP3)
If you haven't noticed, ATP NY is a little more than a week away, and though there will be a ton of one-off appearances at the festival, one could ATTEMPT to see all of the bands in their NYC appearances. I prefer to kill all of it in one fell swoop, and that's why the ATP set times are below. For those that prefer the former, this post is also for you, as we rounded up some of the NYC shows that surround this mammoth festival.
One show we haven't mentioned thus far is Hopewell, who in addition to their support slot for Dead Meadow on 9/9 on a Rocks Off Cruise, will also play an "ATP warm-up show" at The Cameo Art Gallery show on 9/10 with a full choir (!) and projections. To be more specific, they will actually be performing the Desperation Suite set that they put together for ATP NY.
Want to go to Dead Meadow/Hopewell on the boat? I have TWO PAIRS of tickets to give away. More details on how to enter at the bottom of this post.
The Drones are scheduled to play all of their LP Wait Long By The River at ATP, and will also play The Bell House on 9/9. Tickets are still available. Bridezilla will support The Drones at The Bell House and are also playing The Annex on 9/10.
Check out the ATP NY Set Times below....
All Tomorrow's Parties (ATP) is happy to announce its return to Kutsher's Country Club in Monticello, New York for the 2nd annual ATP New York festival. The event will be held Sept 11-13, 2009. Last year's festival, co-curated by My Bloody Valentine, was a critical and cultural success with rave reviews from media and fans. This year's Fest will be co-curated by The Flaming Lips.ATP has announced the final lineup additions to this year's festival. That includes the comedians who will be joining David Cross on Friday night, and official confirmation that it will in fact be Bob Mould who will be playing Husker Du songs (a whole LP to be exact) with No Age (who also just announced some NYC shows). Every act who plays Sunday will be playing some kind of special set...
Recently added were Crystal Castles, Super Furry Animals, Boris performing Feedbacker, Low Lows and "Oneida presents the Ocropolis" - where Oneida will transport the impetus, spirit and community of their multidisciplinary studio/performance space, The Ocropolis, to ATP for a full day of improvisation, collaboration, and recording, combined with the astounding Mighty Robot Visuals light crew. Other announced acts include Boredoms continuing their BOADRUM series, performing with 9 drummers on stage. Deerhoof will perform with special visuals by Martha Colburn. Caribou will perform as Caribou Vibration Ensemble, with a 4 piece horn section, 4 drummers and a choir and guests that include Kieran Hebden (Four Tet/Fridge/Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid), Koushik (Stones Throw Records), John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac), Kathryn Bint (One Little Plane), Ahmed Gallab (Sinkane), Marshall Allen (Sun Ra Arkestra) and more.Other brand new additions to Sunday are Menomena, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Birds Of Avalon, and Hopewell.
Circulatory System, was added in the last announcement, and have since revealed an entire tour. Dead Meadow play ATP on Saturday and will perform on a boat in NYC that same week. The Feelies have a Brooklyn show scheduled. Super Furry Animals play NYC and NJ in addition to ATP. The list of related shows goes on...
Unfortunately missing from the ATP NY schedule is Nick Cave - not that he was ever supposed to be there, but in addition to being very involved with ATP in general, he was recently confirmed to be only a short car ride away just one day after the festival ends. Full 2009 lineup below...
Doveman @ LPR in June (more by Fresh Bread)
Miller Theatre joins forces with the Wordless Music series to present a week of specially curated concerts highlighting the best of each organization's aesthetic and mission. For five nights, indie-rock and electronic-music performers share the stage with artists from the classical- and new-music world, for a week of unorthodox and unconventional musical meetings.Of those five nights, four lineups at Columbia University's Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at 116th Street) have been confirmed. Those will take place as follows...
Wednesday, September 9, 2009Ticket information HERE.
The 802 Tour:
Nico Muhly + Sam Amidon + Doveman
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Do Make Say Think
Charles Spearin's "The Happiness Project"
Friday, September 11, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Dan Bejar (Destroyer)
Those concerts are an addition to Wordless's upcoming schedule, which currently includes the Alarm Will Sound show tonight (July 22nd) at LPR, the Liquid Liquid & Rhys Chatham "200 Electric Guitars" performance on August 8th at Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, and the Warp20 NYC series in early September.
The original "802 Tour" (the Doveman date above) took place in 2008. No word on whether they are actually going on tour again, or if this is just a one-off date with the same name.
Do Make Say Think and The Happiness Project also have a bunch of other tour dates scheduled, including two other NYC shows. Grouper is also playing ATP NY. Destroyer is going on a very short tour at the end of July that brings Dan Bejar to Bowery Ballroom on the 30th. All dates and a video from Doveman's June 18th show at LPR, below...
by Black Bubblegum
Om live at ATP 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)
It's been over a year, but they haven't been forgotten. Om, who will declare that God Is Good on Sept 8th, have announced a string of US tour dates including TWO in NYC... Europa on Oct 11th and Bowery on Oct 13th. Tickets for Europa are on sale. Bowery details are still TBA.
Om is bringing some pretty strong support with them as well, all of which were recently featured on Al Cisneros's compilation for Arthur Magazine, Transmissions from Sinai (available here). Look for Lichens on all dates, with Grouper on a pair of dates and Six Organs of Admittance (Ben Chasny) bringing up the rear of the tour which includes both NYC dates.
Although Grouper is NOT scheduled to play at any of the Om dates in NYC, look for Liz Harris at ATP NY on Sept 11th, as well as on few US dates in September. Om played ATP NY in 2008.
Meanwhile, Ben Chasny's previous collaborators, Sunburned Hand Of The Man, have scheduled a show with Oneida (who are also playing ATP NY in 2009) at Broadway backyard, one of a four tour dates scheduled for the pair.
All tour dates below...
Sufjan Stevens w/ Clogs @ BAM in February (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
We are extremely excited to announce the addition of Sufjan Stevens to the ATP-curated Saturday lineup. Stevens, who will be releasing Run Rabbit Run (a re-arrangement of his 2001 album Enjoy Your Rabbit) in October, has not played a US show in over two years, and this is sure to be a special performance. [ATP NY]Sufjan is one of the most recent additions to ATP NY, running September 11th-13th in Monticello, NY. It'll be his first show in a while, though over the past year Sufjan has made appearances joining St. Vincent at BAM, The Welcome Wagon at St. Paul's Lutheran and the Clogs with My Brightest Diamond (which you can see above) again at BAM .
Sufjan will be joined on the Saturday bill by new additions Shellac, Circulatory System and Grouper (who we previously announced).
Other Sunday additions are Super Furry Animals (who are also playing Maxwell's and Highline Ballroom), Boris, Low Lows and Oneida, the latter of which will perform a special set, described below...
"Oneida presents the Ocropolis" - where Oneida will transport the impetus, spirit and community of their multidisciplinary studio/performance space, The Ocropolis, to ATP for a full day of improvisation, collaboration, and recording, combined with the astounding Mighty Robot Visuals light crew.Limited tickets for the fest are still on sale. Ongoing coverage of ATP NY and related NYC-area shows HERE. Full lineup so far below...