Entries tagged with: High Priest
by Bill Pearis
Lest you think all Interpol's Paul Banks does all day is sit around listening to Joy Division, Scott Walker and The Chameleons while wearing fine suits, he does have other interests. Man is a hip hop fan too, apparently, and has made a mixt tape you can stream or download featuring "some of my friends, including Talib Kweli, El-P Mike G, and Hprizm/High Priest." No he doesn't rap, but his voice can be heard (the "demo excerpts") amongst the beats and movie samples.
The mix is called "Everybody On My Dick Like They Supposed To" and that's the cover art above and you can stream it below....
Anti-Pop Consortium photos by Melissa Neira
His set at Cameo Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Friday came at least partially from jazz. Not standards and bebop, but jazz of the past 30 years, let's say, involving solid-bodied guitars. He played a Fender Telecaster, whose bright tone never caught on much with jazz musicians. It was an instrumental music in which the shape and placing of a single sustained note was a matter of importance, and solos broke out, but not at the usual moments. (There aren't many usual moments in his music.) Only at one point, in "Once," did he seem to want to suggest earlier history: an Elvin Jones midtempo drum groove came through like a watermark. [NY Times]Jazz musician Rafiq Bhatia, who played Cameo earlier this month, has two releases coming out this year, first the Strata EP on September 25, and then his debut full length, Yes It Will, on October 23. The Strata EP features a cover of Flying Lotus' "Pickled!," which you can stream, along with another EP track, "Sunshower," below. Rafiq will celebrate his EP with a BrooklynVegan-presented release party at Pianos on September 25, which doubles as the first night in his residency at the LES venue, which continues on October 2 and October 9. The release show is with Anti-Pop Consortium (instrumental), whose member High Priest is featured on Rafiq's upcoming EP, and Alexander Overington. Tickets for all three nights in the residency are on sale now. The flier is below.
Rafiq has also been added as an opener to The Bad Plus' Music Hall of Williamsburg show (9/26), which happens one day after the release party at Pianos. No opener has been announced for the Bad Plus' show at Mercury Lounge on 9/25. Tickets for both Bad Plus shows are still available.
Rafiq also plays the Aquarium Drunkard CMJ showcase with Foxygen, The Orwells, Dent May, Tashaki Miyaki, and Murals at Mercury Lounge on October 16. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/21) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/19) at noon.
Speaking of Anti-Pop Consortium (who no longer count Beans as a member), they have a brand new short clip which you can watch below. They also played the New Museum back in July. A belated set of pictures from that show is below.
In related news, APC member High Priest recently released a new album called Cit of On under the moniker HPRIZM via Svakt. You can stream some excerpts from that release below.
All streams, a list of dates, video, residency flier, and pics are below.
Henrik Olesen's "The Body is a Machine" from 2010
Opening at the New Museum in July 2012, "Ghosts in the Machine" surveys the constantly shifting relationship between humans, machines, and art. Occupying the Museum's three main galleries, the exhibition examines artists' embrace of and fascination with technology, as well as their prescient awareness of the ways in which technology can transform subjective experiences.The "Ghosts in The Machine" exhibit opens today (7/18) at the New Museum and lasts through the end of September. To help commemorate the opening, the Museum has scheduled a pair of events to coincide with its centralized theme, the first of which is a discussion between artist Otto Piene and curator Massimiliano Gioni tonight (7/18).
International in scope, the exhibition spans more than fifty years and incorporates works by contemporary artists. The works assembled trace the complex historical passage from the mechanical to the optical to the virtual, looking at the ways in which humans have projected anthropomorphic behaviors onto machines that have become progressively more human. In place of a traditional, chronological approach, "Ghosts in the Machine" is conceived as an encyclopedic cabinet of wonders: bringing together an array of artworks and non-art objects to create an unsystematic archive of man's attempt to reconcile the organic and the mechanical.
The installation at the New Museum will include artists, writers, and visionaries whose works have explored the fears and aspirations generated by the technology of their time. [New Museum]
The second and final event will feature a performance from eclectic alternative hip hop crew Anti-Pop Consortium. Look for the Beans-less crew (he's no longer listed as a member on their Facebook fan page) to take to the New Museum on July 27th, tickets are on sale.
Before that, High Priest of Antipop will perform at the New Museum's Block Party which happens Saturday (7/21) in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Also performing are Chris Giarmo/Boys Don't Fight, Yvonne Meier and Sxip Shirey. The block party goes from noon - 5PM and all attendees get free admission to the New Museum that evening.
Details on some of the participating artists and events scheduled for the exhibit are below.
photos by Leia Jospe
It's been 10 years since they originally formed to "disturb the equilibrium" of hip-hop, and five years since they broke up, citing creative differences after releasing the 2002 album Arrhythmia. But the four members of experimental hip-hop group Anti-Pop Consortium (Earl Blaize, M. Sayyid, Beans, High Priest) have reunited with plans to make a new record. [Pitchfork]Tickets are on sale for two shows at Knitting Factory in NYC. All dates below...