Entries tagged with: Headaches
Laraaji has been doing a few reissue campaigns this year. Over the summer, he put out All In One Peace on Leaving Records, which collected select works from 1978 to 1983. Just two weeks ago, he reissued Ambient 3: Day of Radiance, his only album to be produced by Brian Eno, whose connection to Laraaji surely helped put Laraaji on the map:
If the album had been released without the word ambient prefixing its title and minus the sleeve credit "Produced by Brian Eno", Ambient 3 - Day of Radiance would probably now be thought of as a New Age curio and rarity, to be filed beside albums by, say, Steven Halpern. Instead, it came between 1980's Ambient 2 (Harold Budd and Brian Eno's The Plateaux of Mirror) and 1982's Ambient 3 (Eno's On Land). The first of the series was Eno's Ambient 1 - Music for Airports, released in 1978. Ambient it was then for Laraaji.The above quote is from an interesting piece at The Arts Desk on the new reissue. Head here to read more. You can pick up the Day of Radiance reissue here.
Day of Radiance was the only Eno-related album made by Laraaji. He has gone on to make around 29 more. Most are self-released and around a quarter are collaborations. He is still active and might not have been so prolific without the Eno connection. In the interview, he offers a simple "Yes" in response to the comment "Eno really helped put you on the map." Eno may have been claiming or labelling ambient as a genre, but after he moved on, Laraaji continued his pursuit of a music that was as beautiful, celestial or ethereal as possible.
Laraaji plays NYC TONIGHT (11/4) at Trans-Pecos for a show presented by the Human Pitch label that's billed as Ambient 1. Human Pitch head Landon Speers' project Headaches (whose new album comes out this week) is on the bill, as are two newer ambient artists, Foxes In Fiction and James Place. Advance sales have ended, but tickets will be available at the door. Set times (including an afterparty with DJs) below. His only other dates we're aware of are in Maine next week.
Laraaji continues to make new music too. One of his recent releases was his 2011 collaboration with Blues Control for RVNG Intl's consistently intriguing FRKWYS series. Stream that and Days of Radiance below...
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart @ Rough Trade NYC
No disrespect to the TPOBPAH line-up that made the band's first two albums, but the all new version of band Kip Berman has put together -- including Drew Citron of Beverly, Jen Goma of ASDIG, and Dream Diary's Jacob Danish Sloan -- are seriously talented. And the Pains were never this much fun before. New record's really good, too.
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, La Femme, Midnight Masses @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band, Trail of Dead are touring their classic 2002 album Source Codes and Tags. If you're going tonight, get there in time to see French band La Femme (a weird double bill, admittedly).
Walter Martin (of The Walkmen), Wesley Stace, Sam Lipyste @ Housing Works
Of the many Walkmen offshoots following the band's hiatus, Walter Martin is the only member currently making a children's album. He'll talk about it -- and play some songs -- at this event titled "Rock and Roll: An Infantile Business" that also features Wesley Stace and author Sam Lipsyte
Jamie xx, John Talabot @ Verboten
In the midst of The xx's ongoing residency at Park Avenue Armory, producer Jamie xx takes a break tonight for a show at Williamsburg's newly-opened dance club Verboten. Joining him is Barcelona's John Talabot, making for a very solid double bill.
Whores, Fight Amp, No Way, Creepoid @ Saint Vitus
This is a pretty diversely stacked bill with heavy noise rockers Whores, sludge metalliers Fight Amp, slowcore devotees Creepoid, and more.
Psalm Zero, Pyrrhon, Stern, Penchant @ Trans Pecos
Psalm Zero (featuring members of Castevet, Extra Life, etc) makes a killer blend of experimental metal and industrial, and tonight they'll be joined by technical death metallers Pyrrhon (whose Doug Moore is a BV contributor), making for a very solid double bill.
Choke Up, Lee Corey Oswald, Wicca Phase, The Laurels @ Suburbia
Portland, OR's Lee Corey Oswald make kind of folky punk but aren't exactly "folk punk." Tonight they bring their tour with the relatively likeminded Choke Up to Brooklyn DIY spot Suburbia.
Outer Space, Radio People, Antenes @ Baby's All Right
When John Elliott isn't playing in Emeralds, he's making equally weird music with his Outer Space project, and you can catch him performing said weird music at Baby's All Right tonight.
San Fermin, Ensemble LPR @ BRIC House
San Fermin is led by Ellis Ludwig-Leone (who's worked with Nico Muhly on arrangements for Sufjan, The National and others), and he's currently joined by Allen Tate and Rae Cassidy on lead vocals at live shows to create layered chamber pop that should appeal to fans of the work he and Muhly have done for those other artists.
Tigerdare, Free Time, Icewater, Chase King @ Shea Stadium
Tigerdare celebrates the release of their new EP, Wires Over, Wires In, tonight with some quality openers: Aussie expats Free Time and Icewater (who are also Eleanor Friedberger's backing band).
SETH, Rioux, Spirit Guide, Headaches, Kashaka @ Silent Barn
SETH is the collaborative project between UNO associates James K and Gobby, who make some pretty interesting stuff together. Tonight they'll headline this 'Connect' party which, among others, features 'Connect' regular Rioux, whose psychedelic dance music is a welcome regular in NYC clubs lately.
Justin Vivian Bond @ Joe's Pub
A regular in NYC's drag scene for years, and once a member of the duo Kiki and Herb (with Kenny Mellman, who is now in The Julie Ruin), Justin Vivian Bond kicks off his new show, The Drift, at Joe's Pub tonight. The show "creates a new, free associative, collage of spoken word and song inspired by the story of Karen Stone, a retired actress who drifts from one space to another -either in her mind, in couture or in bed." He does it again tomorrow, and on 4/10 & 4/11.
Lindsay Lowend, Shift K3y, Cameron Kush @ Slake
Tonight's late show at Slake (10 PM) will be a dancey one with Lindsay Lowend (who's part of Lollapalooza's newly-announced lineup), UK producer Shift K3Y, and more.
DJ Sticky Dojah, STRNGRS, Hunters & Runners, Owel, Tomboy, Agita
A few local-ish bands on this bill, including NJ's Owel who mix pretty, slightly technical emo with atmospheric alt-rock.
Lady Gaga @ Roseland Ballroom
The long-lived NYC venue Roseland Ballroom will be closing its doors in early April, but before then it will go out with seven Lady Gaga shows, this being the first.
The xx @ Park Avenue Armory
The xx continue their run of 25 shows at the Park Avenue Armory which run through March 29. Each show is extremely intimate (holds 40 people) and very sold out.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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by Andrew Sacher
One of my two personal most-anticipated Warm Up at MoMA PS1 lineups goes down this Saturday (8/11) with sets from Photek, Evian Christ, Howse, Shlohmo, and Autre Ne Veut. Tickets for Saturday's show are still available. You can stream/download Shlohmo's FADER/MoMA PS1 mix for this week's installment below.
Meanwhile, Howse (aka Nathaniel Oak), who released the great footwork-meets-witch house ("footwitch"? or maybe housework...) Lay Hollow EP on Tri Angle earlier this year, will be arriving in NYC a bit earlier to play a late show at Cameo Gallery on Friday (8/10 with the always great Octo Octa and The Range. $5 tickets for that show will be available at the door. Howse also made hand painted, hand stamped CDRs which will be available at both of his NYC this shows this weekend, or if you contact him via email. You can stream the Howse track, "VBS," below.
Speaking of artists playing Warm Up this weekend, as hinted at and now confirmed, Evian Christ will in fact open both NYC shows on Purity Ring's upcoming tour. Those shows include 9/21 at Bowery Ballroom and 9/22 at MHOW. Both shows are now sold out. Headaches, who made his US live debut opening for Purity Ring at LPR last month, is also on both shows.
A list of all Howse dates, and all streams are below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Purity Ring at Le Poisson Rouge - 7/24/12
It was virtually pitch black at Le Poisson Rouge last night (7/24) as the bass swells to Purity Ring's "Cartographist" began reverberating throughout the venue and the band's two members, Corin Roddick (beats) and Megan James (vocals), walked out onto the in-the-round stage. The first sign of light came when Corin triggered the bulbs of his intricate set up which he syncs to the songs by tapping them with drum sticks, and eventually lights were shone through the giant mutant alien eggs (as opener Headaches so elegantly put it) that hung around the stage. When I first saw Purity Ring at CMJ 2011, the duo had only three available songs, but still filled the room with people anxious to discover their live show, and they left one of the biggest impressions of the day. Now, on the night of their debut album, Shrines', release, they packed the sold out LPR with eager fans no longer just coming to see what the hype is all about, but who already love the band. Massive applause was given before, after, and often during songs, heads were bopping along, and if you looked around you'd see most mouths singing every word.
Purity Ring's set consisted of every track on Shrines except the closing song, "Shuck," and they left the stage with no encore. For "Grandloves," the only real misstep on the album, Young Magic's Isaac Emmanuel came on stage to perform his guest vocals and though it's a weaker moment on the album, it was exciting to see Isaac come out and perform it with them (they said it was the first time they'd ever played it together live). Like at their earlier shows, but even more so now, Purity Ring avoid the question that much production based music is plagued with -- what's the difference between seeing them and just playing the album loudly at home? The band have created as compelling a visual experience as they have a musical one. In addition to the triggered lights mentioned earlier, Megan drifts across the stage as she sings, eschewing the traditional presence of a "pop singer," focusing more on mystique than crowd engagement.
As for Corin, when he's at his boards, he's doing much more than just hitting play. Not only does he get physically more into it than head nodding DJs, but he's mixing this stuff live, often changing up transitions from their recorded versions, and further manipulating Megan's voice or his own beats and synths. On "Ungirthed," Corin even threw in what you Skrillex fans call a "bass drop" (I would argue that it was far from the first time the bass dropped throughout the night, but let's save that conversation for another time).
Last night's LPR show was Purity Ring's last until they kick off a tour in late August which brings them back to NYC on September 21 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/27) at noon.
The show opened with the US live debut of Headaches. More pictures of both artists and Purity Ring's setlist are below...
DOWNLOAD: Evian Christ - "FYTS" (MP3)
Purity Ring at Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
As mentioned, Purity Ring, whose great debut album, Shrines is out today (7/24) (did you stream it?) will play a sold out NYC show in support of it TONIGHT (7/24) at Le Poisson Rouge with Headaches. If you weren't able to get tickets, the first 20 people who buy Shrines at Other Music will get a free ticket to the show (though it may already be too late).
Now that they're certain they've moved enough tickets for tonight's NYC show, they've added a much needed NYC date to their North American tour which kicks off in late August. That new date happens on September 21 at Bowery Ballroom. No opener for that show has been announced yet but Evian Christ, who will be in NYC for Warm Up at MoMA PS1 (8/11) next month is opening every other date on the tour (along with Headaches), so hopefully he'll be added. Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show go on sale Friday (7/27) at noon. Updated Purity Ring dates are listed below.
Speaking of Evian Christ, he recently released a free track called "FYTS," which you can download above or stream below.
The 2012 edition of MusicFestNW takes place in September 5 - 9 at 18 venues in Portland, OR and will feature performances from over 150 bands, including Passion Pit, Hot Snakes, Girl Talk, Danny Brown, Beirut Silversun Pickups, Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh, many more.
In addition to those previously announced artists, MFNW has just added The Hives, Flying Lotus, Wild Nothing, DIIV, Quasi, Moon Duo, My Goodness, DZ Deathrays, and Strand Of Oaks to the already impressive line-up. Wristbands, available various levels and packages, and tickets to individual shows are on sale now. Check out the complete MFNW lineup below.