Entries tagged with: Helm
by Andrew Sacher
FACT published their 50 Best Albums of 2015 list and as always, it's one of the more unique lists of the year. It's loaded with high-quality electronic music, rap, R&B, indie, pop, and more, and you're almost guaranteed to find something on it you haven't heard of. It ranges from the Simon Cowell-assembled girl group Fifth Harmony to the underground New York rapper Junglepussy, and includes plenty of the in-between. Kendrick Lamar and Grimes are here, but they come in at the mere #3 and #5, respectively. Their #1 is a very unexpected pick, but a great album nonetheless (and one that does deserve some more love).
"Excuse the positivity, but was something in the water this year? 2015 felt like the best year for albums in a while," their intro begins. Read what else FACT have to say here and check out the whole list below...
If you're sick of seeing the same names atop every publication's year-end list, you can always count on The Quietus to deliver something almost completely different. While their Top 100 Albums of 2015 does contain Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens, Julia Holter, Kurt Vile and a few other popular choices, none of them cracked The Quietus' top 20. What is their #1? Experimental footwork producer Jlin's Dark Energy which came out in March via Planet Mu. At #2 it's Polish drone/folk artist Stara Rzeka's Zamknęły się oczy ziemi. There are a few others in the Top 10 you may have heard -- Oneohtrix Point Never's Garden Of Delete, Holly Herndon's Platform, East India Youth's Culture of Volume, Matana Roberts' Coin Coin Chapter 3, and New Order's Music Complete.
Whether you see this as made by a bunch of contrarians or forward-thinkers, chances are there's something here you may not have heard but might really like. The Quietus' page includes bandcamp or soundcloud links where available, and you can browse through their entire Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below
by Bill Pearis
Royal Trux (photo by Nine Gouveia)
The Berserktown II festival is happening August 14-16 in Los Angeles and they have expanded their lineup quite a bit since we last posted, with some potentially exciting additions. First and foremost is duo Royal Trux, with Neil Michael Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema performing under the RT name for the first time in 15 years. Herrema will also play with her current concern, Black Bananas and Hagerty is part of Dan'l Boone who are also playing the fest.
Also on board for Berserktown II are another Royal: Australia's awesome Royal Headache who haven't been to the US in three years (and haven't really played a whole lot since then anywhere). Other notable Berserktown II additions include Fucked Up, Destruction Unit, Power Trip, Sheer Mag, The Ukiah Drag, Lust for Youth, Helm, Puce Mary, Vexx, Wax Idols, and The Mob (who visited from the UK earlier this year). Those join previously announced artists Dead Moon, Total Control, Thee Oh Sees, White Lung, Screaming Females, Priests and more.
Tickets and festival passes are on sale now. Full daily lineups are listed, along with Berserktown II poster, below.
In related news, Neil Michael Hagerty will play Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on May 28 with fellow noisemakers PC Worship and long-running CT-based band Sore Eros. Tickets are on sale.
Iceage in Portland in 2013 (more by Autumn Andel)
Iceage's new punk blues move Plowing Into the Field of Love came out this week via Matador, and they'll begin their North American tour in support of it this Friday (10/10) in Philly. They've since expanded that tour, and in addition to the Bowery Ballroom show on Sunday (10/12) with Helm, Blues Control and Shells (buy tickets or win some), they'll play a smaller show here on Monday (10/13) at the Acheron with noise duo Uniform (ex-The Men, Drunkdriver) and Cheena. Tickets for the Acheron show are on sale now too.
Updated dates are listed, with a full LP stream, below...
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:
FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.
You can still get FFF passes here.
Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
Iceage in Portland in 2013 (more by Autumn Andel)
Denmark's Iceage already have two albums of dark punk/post-punk out, and it now seems they're pulling a The Men by abandoning those dark punk roots for something closer to country punk on their new single "The Lord's Favorite." The song's video (dir. Cali DeWitt) just came out and can be watched below. No exact details on a third album yet but they're working on one.
The band also announced a North American tour with London experimentalist Helm, who toured the US not long ago with Iceage's Copenhagen pals Damien Dubrovnik (mem Lust for Youth). That tour culminates in their appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest and hits NYC on October 12 at Bowery Ballroom, the same venue they played in 2013 with White Lung and Parquet Courts. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon via Ticketmaster.
All dates are listed, with the new video, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Lust For Youth (photo by Rasmus Jensen
Lately it's been feeling like every new restaurant in NYC is Nordic-inspired (thanks, Noma), and, pretty soon, another Scandinavian invasion this way comes--loads of releases and performances from Danish bands are scheduled for the next two months.
We've mentioned that Posh Isolation's Lust for Youth and Damien Dubrovnik are playing the Posh Isolation fest in LA next weekend (May 16-17), and now both bands have streamed new songs from forthcoming albums. The deluxe version of Lust for Youth's International LP, out on 6/10 via Sacred Bones, is going to be accompanied by an International Remixes EP, featuring remixes of songs off of International by Sean Ragon (Cult of Youth), Silent Servant, Helm, and more. The Silent Servant remix of the title-track--a gorgeous synth number that builds from minimalist beginnings into heady dance bliss--is streaming below, along with another previously released song off of International.
Damien Dubrovnik, meanwhile, sits at the other end of the electronics spectrum, blasting out an intoxicating PE-style performance on "Penis Corset" off of a forthcoming 7", Patterns of Penetration, which is out on 5/26 via ALTER. For those trying to keep it straight, Lust for Youth is primarily the vehicle of Hannes Norrvide, though he later added Malthe Fischer and (live) Loke Rahbek (also of the now-defunct Var) to the lineup, while Damien Dubrovnik is Rahbek's project with fellow Posh Isolation label boss Christian Stadsgaard.
Lust for Youth will be playing a few US dates in between gigs in Europe, including two shows in Brooklyn--the Sacred Bones/AdHoc Northside show on June 14 at Baby's All Right with Container, Pharmakon, Uniform, and Croatian Amor, and a free 7 PM in-store on June 16 at Rough Trade. Tickets for Baby's are on sale now, no wristband or RSVP needed for the Rough Trade show. All of their dates are listed below.
A bit about that Baby's lineup: Container delivers some pretty wild techno (and recently released a new album), Pharmakon's noisy reputation proceeds her, and Uniform is a side project of members of Believer/Law and The Men. Croatian Amor is another of Loke Rahbek's projects--to add to the dizzying list--and traffics in something akin to ambient electronics. Listen to streams of all, with lists of tour dates for all, below.
Iceage in Portland, 2013 (more by Autumn Andel)
As discussed, Uniform will be opening for Iceage, another member of the Danish invasion, when they play Glasslands on May 24. (To bring things full circle, Iceage's Elias Bender-Rønnenfelt contributed guitars to the LFY track "Epoetin Alfa" below) Tickets for that show are still available. Iceage also play Home Sweet Home with NYC punks Anasazi on May 25 in a special Sunday installation of the weekly Nothing Changes party. And, for good measure, we should mention that Danish punks Lower, who are also playing the Posh Isolation LA fest, bring their tour to Nothing Changes the following Wednesday, May 28 (two days before they play Acheron).
All Lust for Youth dates are listed, with the many streams, below...
We recently mentioned that the Hopscotch Music Festival will return to various downtown Raleigh, NC venues from September 4-6, and now the initial lineup has been announced. It's looking pretty great as usual with Spoon, Mastodon, St. Vincent, Sun Kil Moon, Death, High On Fire, Jamie xx, Thurston Moore, Phosphorescent (solo), White Lung, How to Dress Well, The Haxan Cloak, Power Trip, Mutual Benefit, Deniro Farrar, Diarrhea Planet, Nik Turner's Hawkwind, SubRosa, KEN mode, Yvette, Potty Mouth, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Ryley Walker, Eagulls, Krill, Axxa/Abraxas and many more. 3-day wristbands are on sale now and single day wristbands go on sale in June. There will also be individual tickets on sale soon for the shows happening at City Plaza.
Full initial lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
Amen Dunes at Glasslands in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn psychedelic band Amen Dunes have announced they'll follow 2011's Through Donkey Jaw LP (and 2013's Spoiler which collected unreleased material from 2009-2011) with a new album, Love, on May 13 via Sacred Bones. The new album was recorded in Montreal with Dave Bryant and Efrim Menuck of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and various members of that band play on several songs on the record. Sax great Colin Stetson is on it too, and Iceage frontman Elias Bender-Ronnenfelt sings on two tracks. It's a bigger, cleaner sounding record than Through Donkey Jaw, and while still definitely psychedelic, actual hooks have replaced TDJ's shield of distortion/reverb. You can stream two of its tracks, along with the tracklist and somewhat NSFW cover art, below.
Amen Dunes also have many international tour dates coming up, including three scheduled NYC appearances at the moment. The first is when his tour supporting Mac DeMarco hits Webster Hall (4/9) for a sold out show there, and the next is as part of Rough Trade NYC's Record Store Day (4/19) extravaganza with Fear of Men, Nothing, Palehound and more. That one is free.
The following month, Amen Dunes will headline a record release show in Brooklyn just after the album's release on May 15 at Baby's All Right with support from London experimentalist Helm and Hubble (aka Ben Greenberg of The Men and other bands). Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of Iceage and Ben Greenberg, Ben's new band Uniform (with Michael from Drunkdriver, Believer/Law, etc) open for Iceage on their upcoming tour which hits NYC on 5/24 at Glasslands (tix) and 5/25 at Home Sweet Home.
All Amen Dunes dates are listed, with the streams, artwork and tracklist, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Lower at Chaos in Tejas 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
NYC's Cult of Youth just shared a stage with Skinny Puppy at Webster Hall for someone's idea of a happy Valentine's Day, but if you were preoccupied with a more traditional celebration, the band will be playing the previously mentioned Nothing Changes party this Wednesday (2/19) with Damien Dubrovnik and Helm. As usual, things will get started late (midnight-ish) at Home Sweet Home.
Damien Dubrovnik is a project from Loke Rahbek and Christian Stadsgaard, the duo behind the Copenhagen label Posh Isolation. Posh Isolation is putting on a two day fest out in Los Angeles called "13 Torches For A Burn" on May 16 & 17 at The Church on York that, in addition to label staples like Lust for Youth and Sexdrome and alums Iceage, will feature performances by acts that make it stateside less frequently (if ever), including Puce Mary and Age Coin. The show is being billed as Sexdrome's last-ever show, so get it while it's hot if you live in LA. Danish punks Lower will be there too, and tickets for both days and two-day passes are on sale now.
Virile Games, who is playing Nothing Changes on 2/26 with Withdrawal Method, just put out an EP titled Wounded Laurel (a reissue of an earlier double cassette) on Hospital Productions. A month and change later, Virile Games will team up with local black metal-tinged punk favs Raspberry Bulbs, Anxiety Hammer and DJ Anthony Pappalardo for a show at Baby's All Right on 3/29. Tickets for that show are on sale.
"13 Torches For A Burn" poster and lineup below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Pharmakon @ RBMA, May 2013 (more by PSquared Photography)
As discussed, noisy/experimental/industrial tour-de-force Theologian will be performing at the Nothing Changes party tonight (2/12) along with Nick Klein, who traffics in noise-laced experimental electro. The show at Home Sweet Home, as always, and starts at midnight.
The upcoming Nothing Changes schedule is rolling out, with forthcoming performances from upcoming tourmates Damien Dubrovnik and Helm (2/19), as well as Virile Games (2/26), who just released an EP, Wounded Laurel (a reissue of an earlier 2xcs), on Hospital Productions. You can see the Nothing Changes schedule through most of March below.
As mentioned, Dubrovnik and Helm are playing Baby's All Right on 2/18 with New York noise-maker Pharmakon. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving a pair away. Details below. For our readers in Austin, we're also giving away tickets to the Dubrovnik/Helm date on 2/17 there.
Nothing Changes schedule, Pharmakon dates, and giveaway details below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Pharmakon at Drone Activity in Progress, May 2013 (more by PSquared)
NYC's noise beast Pharmakon just played a hometown show at Trans Pecos on Wednesday (1/29) (how was it?), and now she's got more dates coming up too. If you haven't been able to catch her obliterating a showspace recently (or just need to see her again), you'll have at least two more chances to see her in her hometown in the upcoming months.
She'll be adding support to a few dates on the previously mentioned and long-postponed Godflesh tour, including the NYC show happening at Irving Plaza on 4/10, which will also feature a performance by Cut Hands. Tickets for that show are still available, as are tix for the next two nights in Philly and Boston.
Much sooner than the Godflesh tour, you can catch Pharmakon at Baby's All Right on February 18 with Helm, Damien Dubrovnik (the risqué synth/power electronics project featuring Loke Rahbek of Var, Sexdrome and Lust for Youth), and Three Legged Race. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Pharmakon's forged an alliance with the Posh Isolation world, it seems, and will be touring Japan with Var, Lust for Youth and Croatian Amor. Those will be cool shows--Japanese readers, get on it.
All dates are listed, along with a song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
In June 2013, ISSUE Project Room and the Goethe-Institut New York present PAN_ACT, a multi-faceted series of performances, talks, and installations exploring parallel strategies in conceptual art, underground dance, and experimental music. Curated by ISSUE Project Room's Lawrence Kumpf and Berlin-based designer and founder of the PAN label Bill Kouligas, PAN_ACT presents a diverse array of artists working in Berlin, London, Boston, and New York, drawn largely from the PAN roster. Sixteen events span multiple venues including ISSUE Project Room and the Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building, as well as collaborative presentations with MoMA PS1, The Bunker, Mutual Dreaming, Make Music New York, NPR Music, and Non-Event (Boston).The PAN_ACT festival described above kicked off in NYC last Friday (6/14), and it's continuing through Saturday, June 29. It's already included a number of forward-thinking events throughout the week, and there's even more coming up, including...
Tonight (6/21) at Issue Project Room (22 Boerum Place in Brooklyn), LA experimentalist Joseph Hammer, Athens producer Jar Moff (who worked on RVNG's Harald Grosskopf - Re-Syntheist project), and German minimalist producer Thomas Brinkmann are teaming up to perform solo sets. Tickets are available.
Tonight (6/21) at K&K Super Buffet (341 St Nicholas Ave in Queens), The Bunker is throwing a late (11 PM - 6 AM) party with Downwards label head Regis, UK-based ambient artist Lee Gamble, art pop beatmaker Laurel Halo (live), veteran electronic musician Keith Fullerton Whitman (live), and PAN label head Bill Kouligas (live). Tickets for tonight's show are available. Flyer below.
Saturday (6/22) at Issue Project Room, Resident Advisor is presenting a show with IPR's 2013 artist-in-residence Ben Vida, London's Helm, and composer Jefre Cantu-Ledesma performing with collaborator/filmmaker Paul Clipson. Tickets for that one are on sale.
Saturday (6/22) at 285 Kent, Resident Advisor and NYC party Mutual Dreaming are teaming up for a late show (10 PM - 4 AM) with live sets by Detroit techno vet/Juan Atkins associate Terrence Dixon and abstract hip hop collaboration Sensational & Koyxen, plus DJ sets by Berlin's Call Super and DJ Richard. Tickets for that one are available. Show flyer below.
PAN_ACT also includes the first installment of this year's Warm Up at MoMA PS1, which happens on June 29 with Juan Atkins, Lee Gamble, Heatsick, Koyxen, and Bill Kouligas. Tickets for that one are still available.
More info at Issue Project Room's site. Full upcoming PAN_ACT schedule and flyers below...
by Andrew Sacher
FACT is still one of the best sources for cutting edge electronic music, and I always look forward to their top 50 albums of the year list, which they've just published for 2012. As usual, it doesn't only contain electronic albums.
This year's list has a good deal of indie rap (Haleek Maul, Schoolboy Q, Le1f, Main Attrakionz, Spaceghostpurrp) and it's the only non-metal list I've seen so far with Black Breath's Sentenced to Life (!). And of course, to compliment the dancefloor records, it's got its fair share of electronic-tinged indie pop, forward thinking R&B, and outsider experimental music.
Check out the full list below.