Entries tagged with: Grouper
by Andrew Sacher
Grouper's Liz Harris also has a band called Helen with Eternal Tapestry's Jed Bideman, and Scott Simmons. They're releasing their debut album, The Original Faces, on September 4 via Kranky, and first single "Motorcycle" is out now. It's more in the dream pop/shoegaze realm than Grouper's own material, as you can hear for yourself below.
The album also features "Felt This Way" and "Dying All the Time" from their 2013 single. Live videos of those, and the album tracklist, also below...
photo: Michael Gira in Chicago last month (more by James Richards IV)
The upcoming Big Ears Festival happening March 27-29 in Knoxville, TN, has been expanded once again. Like in past years, the festival will include a film portion, and a selection of that has been curated by filmmaker/musician Jim Jarmusch and Michael Gira, whose respective bands SQURL and Swans were already on the lineup. Like they just did In NYC, Jarmusch's band SQURL will perform scores to Man Ray's silent films. Here's more:
SQÜRL, film director Jim Jarmusch's band with drummer Carter Logan, will perform music that they wrote for several silent films from the 1930s by the legendary surrealist Man Ray. This project was premiered in late February in New York as part of WNYC's Silent Films, Live Scores program. SQÜRL, joined by lute virtuoso Jozef Van Wissem, also performed the score for Jarmusch's most recent film, Only Lovers Left Alive.There will be a Bill Morrison retrospective too, during which jazz guitarist Bill Frisell's quartet performing Frisell's live score to Morrison's The Great Flood (like he did at MoMA last year).
The occult electronic duo Demdike Stare will perform their re-scoring of 1922 silent Swedish/Danish documentary / horror classic, HÄXAN, Witchcraft Through the Ages. Technically filmed as a documentary about how superstition and the misunderstanding of disease and mental illness could lead to witch hunts, its dramatized sequences push it into the realm of horror films. It was originally banned in the United States.
Rounding out the Big Ears film programs for 2015, indie director Jim Jarmusch and Swans founder and leader Michael Gira have collaborated with the Criterion Film Collection in curating a program of select films, which will be screened on Sunday at Regal Entertainment Group's downtown Riviera Cineplex. Jarmusch's program is "Three in Black and White," an international triptych featuring Satayajit Ray's The Music Room, Aki Kaurismäki's La Vie de Bohéme, and Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg. Gira has selected a single film: the cult classic Eraserhead, David Lynch's groundbreaking feature film debut.
These additions join Swans, tUnE-yArDs, Silver Apples, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Ben Frost and more. Festival passes are still available.
Updated lineup below...
The lineup has been expanded for the 2015 Big Ears Festival, happening March 27-29 in Knoxville, TN. New additions include psych pioneers Silver Apples, former Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton (performing HIVE), Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman, folk singer Ryley Walker, guitar wiz William Tyler, modern classical collective Bing & Ruth, electronic/ambient musician Loscil, cabaret singer Little Annie, and Chinese composer Wu Man.
They join previously announced artists such as Laurie Anderson, tUnE-yArDs, Swans, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Sam Amidon, Max Richter, Ben Frost and more. Tickets are still available.
Updated lineup below...
The Mexican Summer label is curating a cultural festival New Myths (not to be confused with the Brooklyn band of that name), which will happen March 13 - 15 in Marfa, Texas. There will be art, film and of course music, featuring artists on Mexican Summer and their electronic label, Software, as well as some acts they just like. The lineup includes Iceage, Grouper, Tamaryn, Steve Gunn, Weyes Blood, GABI, Thug Entrancer, Co La, Bitchin' Bajas, Suicideyear and more. There will also be a "recording residency" with Dev Hynes and Connan Mockasin, and musician Jefre Cantu-Ledesma will be presenting a "sound bath."
The Friday (3/13) and Sunday (3/15) events are free and a pass to all Saturday (3/14) events is $15, but you can buy a "New Myths" package for $40 that includes a Saturday ticket, an exclusive Dev Hynes / Connan Mockasin split 12", a tote bag and a journal. Note this is the weekend before SXSW's music portion starts, so for those heading that way you could make a week of it. Marfa, and its storied lights, has its own mystical appeal.
There's more, and the full line-up of events is listed below.
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
We love year-end lists -- reading them, making them, arguing about them. BrooklynVegan editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis have once again figured out their favorite albums of the year which you can check out, with commentary, below. Someday we may be able to come to an agreement on an official BV year-end list, but as you'll see there's not a lot of commonality between their two lists. (Specifically, there is zero commonality.) Which is ok! Diff'rent Strokes to rule the world. This year, they've also added their Top 20 favorite songs as well.
Find out what made their lists, below...
The Knife @ Terminal 5 4/30/2014
BrooklynVegan photographer Amanda Hatfield shoots a ton of shows for BV every year, and 2014 was no different. Now that it's coming to a close, she's put together her 15 favorite photos she took this year. That's one above, and you can check out the rest below. Also below is a list of her 15 favorite albums, and she's got an ongoing playlist with her favorite songs of the year on Rdio. Check it out.
Photo: Grouper @ the Guggenheim in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Tiny Mix Tapes posted their Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2014, and as TMT lists usually are, it's a pretty eccentric one with a lot of stuff that wasn't making everyone's list this year. Sure you've got Grouper, Andy Stott, Sun Kil Moon, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Arca, Pharmakon, Perfume Genius, Ariel Pink, Swans and FKA twigs, but you've also got Ninos Du Brasil, Gem Jones, James Ferraro, Call Super, C L E A N E R S, Kevin Drumm & Jason Lescalleet and more.
Read their entertaining intro and commentary on the albums here, and browse their full list below...
First tracks, then honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork has put out their Top 50 Albums of 2014. There's nothing entirely out of left field, but there's definitely some surprises here. Taylor Swift, whose album was not reviewed at all (I guess it was a pretty obscure one), comes in at #31 with her album, 1989. Sun Kil Moon, which was the only 2014 album in their Top 10 Albums of the Decade So Far this past August (and seemed like a sure bet for #1) dropped down to #7 and was beaten out by his enemies The War on Drugs. TWOD actually came in at #3 themselves, and the two ahead of them are two you may not have seen coming.
We already knew that Pallbearer, the only Best New Music metal album of 2014, was an honorable mention, which unsurprisingly left zero metal albums on this list. No other BNM album got snubbed (save for a Hyperdub compilation and the Beyonce album, but that was probably because it was technically a 2013 release), and there's not really any glaring omissions in terms of what Pitchfork appeared to champion this year.
See the list for yourself below...
Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.
Check out the full list below...
by Andrew Sacher
Foxing at Webster Studio in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The totally stacked Modern Baseball / Knuckle Puck / Foxing / Crying / Somos tour lands in NYC for its first of two shows tonight (12/12). Tonight's show is at Gramercy Theater and then they play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday (12/15). You can still get tickets to Monday's show but tonight is sold out. Updated dates are listed below.
If you haven't seen Foxing live, they're the kind of band you really have to see for yourself to get the full experience. But to at least get an idea of what to expect, you can check out the band's new live video for "Rory" that they filmed at The Fest this year. Watch it below.
Four Foxing members also gave us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. One of the lists includes Cymbals Eat Guitars who also included Foxing on their own list and also play NYC tonight. Check those out lists and the Fest video below...
intro by Bill Pearis
Grooms @ Death by Audio's final show (more by PSquared)
Grooms' last live show, the final night of Death by Audio, was a little hard to get into. Their next NYC show should not prove as difficult. They're playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday (12/12) with The Teen Age, Glazzies and headliners Celestial Shore. That's a free show where you can maybe get some holiday shopping done (or a round of mini-golf) and you can RSVP to get on the skip-the-line list.
Grooms' next show after this weekend is opening for A Place to Bury Strangers (who also played DbA's final night) at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 17 (tickets).That serves as a record release show for both APTBS' Transfixiation, and Grooms' Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair which are both out that day. (You can hear "Doctor M" below.) Look for a tour after that, details are still TBA at the moment.
Main man Travis Johnson took time out from practicing for tomorrow's show to give us his Top 10 LPs of 2014, plus a few runners-up, with a little commentary for each. You can read that below...
PC Music's Hannah Diamond
Gorilla vs Bear posted their lists of their favorite albums (35) and songs (100) of 2014. Though the albums list does have some of the stuff you always see (like The War On Drugs), it's mostly got a lot of unique choices like Recycle Culture, Korallreven, Yumi Zouma, Beverly, Panda Bear's EP and more, and the #1 is pretty unique too. FKA twigs doesn't crack the albums list but she's on the tracks list twice, along with tracks by Tinashe, iLoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Grouper, a Recyle Culture remix of Taylor Swift, and plenty of PC Music representation.
Check out his full lists below...
The FADER always has some year-end coverage, but for the past 15 years they didn't publish a ranked year-end list. This year however, they ranked their 116 favorite songs of 2014 (find out why) and it's a diverse list that manages to sing the praises of iLoveMakonnen, Tinashe, Alex G, Florida Georgia Line, Enrique Iglesias, Bleachers, Ricky Eat Acid, YG, Toni Braxton & Babyface, Nothing, Grimes, Parquet Courts, Run the Jewels and Grouper all in the same damn list.
Read more about each choice here and check out the full list below...
by Andrew Sacher
The best-of 2014 albums lists continue with FACT, who always put out an interesting list and this year is no exception. You've got a few of the year-end list regulars like FKA twigs, Angel Olsen, Ariel Pink, Grouper, YG, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib and Shabazz Palaces, but also a handful of obscurer rap, electronic and experimental choices. FACT's list is always a good one to find something you missed during the year that you end up falling in love with, so check it out. Also, it's the first list we've seen where Sun Kil Moon beats The War On Drugs! (who actually aren't on here at all).
NYC goth duo Tempers previously released a few promising singles on Pendu Sound, and they recently teamed up with photographer Bela Borsodi to make an appropriately dark video for one of those songs, "Hell Hotline." Check out the video below, and if you haven't gotten it already, you can download the track for free below too.
Tempers have also given us a list of their top ten albums of 2014, which you can also check out below...
UK music site Drowned in Sound is kinda the British equivalent of Pitchfork, albeit with a very strong community aspect to it. They just published their 50 Favourite Albums of 2014 list and while it contains many of the LPs we've been seeing on a lot of these lists, it's a distinctly not-American point of view. Well, at least their #1. Check out the whole list below...
by Andrew Sacher
Into It. Over It. at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Mimi Hong)
Evan Weiss is just about everywhere in the emo world right now, whether it's in Into It. Over It., Their/They're/There (with Mike Kinsella), Pet Symmetry, Stay Ahead of the Weather, or any other active band we may be forgetting, or producing records for The Jazz June and You Blew It!, or running his record label. He bridges the gap between old school and new school as far as his tourmates go, and sometimes you'll find him somewhere totally un-emo like Lollapalooza.
One of his most beloved bands though, is one who only put out one full length and two EPs in the early-mid 2000s before breaking up, The Progress. Their sole LP, 2006's Merit, was keeping the indie rock-oriented mathy style of '90s emo alive way before it was trendy to do that. It's one of the true gems to have come out during emo's (for lack of better words) "hair metal phase." And now it looks like The Progress may be reuniting.
In November, Absolute Punk pointed to to a tweet from Evan that reads "oh yeah, that thing i confirmed is a show. for a band that hasn't played a show in 7 years" and hashtagged "US Camera." That was pretty convincing on its own, but now Evan has posted a show announcement confirming a show for December 30 at Boot & Saddle in Philly with the caption "take the hint" and a show flyer that looks suspiciously similar to the Merit artwork. Hint taken. The only technically announced bands for that bill are Sleep In and Dryjacket. Tickets are on sale now. If it is in fact a Progress show, let's hope it's not the only one!
Meanwhile, Evan has given us a list of his favorite LPs and EPs of 2014. It's a cool, diverse list ranging from ambient pop to powerviolence, and you can check it out for yourself below.
Into It. Over It. also has an upcoming solo tour with Kevin Devine and Laura Stevenson (doesn't hit NYC), and he recently put out the video for "Spinning Thread" (dir. Max Moore) from last year's Intersections LP. Watch that, with his year-end list, some Progress song streams and the Philly show flyer, below...
NPR have posted their Top 50 Albums of 2014, and like it usually is, it's one of the more diverse year-end lists we've seen so far. There's a lot of the indie that shows up on many of these lists (The War On Drugs, St. Vincent, Spoon, Perfume Genius, Angel Olsen, etc), the hip hop (Run the Jewels, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, YG, Isaiah Rashad, etc), the big-name pop (Taylor Swift, Mary J. Blige, Miranda Lambert), the metal (Pallbearer) and plenty of others, as well as classical, jazz, world music, a Latin funk band with an album's worth of Black Sabbath covers, and still more.
Check out their full list in alphabetical order below...
Gazelle Twin's 'Unflesh'
Now that it's December, Best of Lists Season is in full swing. If you're already tired of seeing ones that have The War on Drugs at the top (or near it), you can always rely on UK website The Quietus to offer up something different. They just published their "Albums Of The Year 2014" and topping it is electronic artist Gazelle Twin's second album, Unflesh. Say The Quietus:
On Unflesh, Gazelle Twin - aka Elizabeth Bernholz - doesn't see dualism as an academic exercise or a philosophical plaything. Instead, it's born of bloody experience as she claws and digs her way to its gory, physical core. Puberty, anxiety, miscarriage, illness and euthanasia are all present, and Bernholz's treatment of them ranges from a shuddering disgust to vengeful catharsis to something approaching tender acceptance.The Quietus' list is not without names familiar to readers of our site -- Swans, Scott Walker & Sunn O))), FKA twigs, Aphex Twin, Future Islands -- but it definitely does not follow the beaten path.
Check out The Quietus' full "Albums Of The Year 2014" (and stream a few songs from their #1) below...
Big Ears Festival will return to various Knoxville, TN venues in 2015 from March 27-29, and the initial lineup was just announced. Kronos Quartet will be the artists in residence for the weekend and perform at several concerts. Others performing include Laurie Anderson, tUnE-yArDs, Swans, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Sam Amidon, Max Richter, Ben Frost, Bryce Dessner, Bill Frisell, Jamie xx, Clark, Demdike Stare, SQURL, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Nosaj Thing, Steve Gunn, Nels Cline, Amen Dunes, Jozef Van Wissem, Holly Herndon, Terry Riley & Ryan Riley, Harold Budd & Keith Lowe, The Bad Plus, Rhiannon Giddens, Tanya Tagaq and Hildur Guonadottir. Stay tuned for more lineup additions.
The shows will take place at the Tennessee and Bijou Theatres, the intimate Square Room, the Knoxville Museum of Art and more. Weekend passes go on sale Friday (11/14) at noon EST. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Knoxville music and arts education programs Joy of Music School and Community School of the Arts.
Angels & Devils artwork
UK producer The Bug has been talking about his guest-filled LP Angels & Devils for over two years now, and it looks like it's finally ready to come out this month (8/26) via Ninja Tune. Four of the album's tracks, the ones featuring Grouper (Liz Harris), Death Grips, Gonjasufi and Manga, can be streamed below. The LP also features guitar from Godflesh/Jesu's Justin Broadrick, vocals from Inga Copeland, and other collaborations including Israel's Miss Red who was here with him in March (a trip that included SXSW). Full tracklist below as well.
This fall, The Bug will be going on a North American tour, playing collaborative sets with LP contributor Manga. That tour kicks off in NYC on October 8 at Output for a show with The Bug's Ninja Tune labelmate Actress. That's a great double bill of leftfield dance music. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with those song streams and tracklist, below...
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...