Entries tagged with: Holly Herndon
It's that time of year again when folks start publishing their End of Year Best-Of lists. Almost always first out of the gates is UK-based Rough Trade Shops who dropped their 100 Best Albums of 2015 list today. Coming in at #1 was Bjork's devastatingly personal Vulnicura. And here's their Top 20:
1) Bjork - VulnicuraYou can check out Rough Trade Shops full Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below...
2) Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear
3) Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
4) Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People
5) Max Richter - From Sleep
6) Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool
7) Kamasi Washington - The Epic
8) Royal Headache - High
9) Romare - Projections
10) Jamie XX - In Colour
11) John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
12) Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
13) Tame Impala - Currents
14) Nadine Shah - Fast Food
15) Wand - Golem
16) Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
17) Django Django - Born Under Saturn
18) Tobias Jesso Jr - Goon
19) Georgia - S/T
20) Palma Violets - Danger in the Club
"Tutti Fruiti" single art on the drawing board
New Order will release "Tutti Fruiti" (featuring La Roux's Elly Jackson) as the official second single from their new album, Music Complete which will come with a handful of remixes, including one by Hot Chip who make the song a little more bleepy/bloopy. You can stream it below.
Hot Chip's "Tutti Fruiti" remix is also one of the first contributions to a new site, New Order's Singularity, which will feature artists talking about the band's wide-reaching influence. Alexis Taylor writes:
Whether it is walking the streets late at night with 'Thieves Likes Us' as my soundtrack, or having the pleasure of remixing their new single with Hot Chip, New Order will always be a huge part of my life. They are true pioneers who manage to strike a great balance between emotional sincerity on record and good natured, irreverent charm in person.The site, which just launched, also features a New Order playlist from The Cure's Robert Smith, and testimonials from Factory Floor (New Order drummer Stephen Morris produced an early FF single) and Algiers.
Still no word on a North American tour, but New Order will play Houston, TX's Day for Night Festival which happens December 19 & 20 and also features Kendrick Lamar, Janaelle Monae, the Philip Glass Ensemble, Dillon Francis, Death Grips, Nicolas Jaar, Psychic TV, Cocorosie, Elephant, Holly Herndon, U.S. Girls, Prince Rama and more. Festival passes are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
Related: Hot Chip just released a studio version of their cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark."
Gary, Indiana footwork artist Jlin released her debut album, Dark Energy, earlier this year on Planet Mu, and it's been getting received pretty well. One of the album's singles is a collaboration with the great Holly Herndon called "Expand," which you can listen below.
Jlin will be in NYC this weekend for this week's Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (8/8). Also on the bill is Mortiz von Oswald, Atom ™, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ), Dorian Concept and Rabit. Tickets are still available.
by Andrew Sacher
Holly Herndon released her new album, Platform, last month via 4AD, her first for the label. (It's also co-released by her former label RVNG Intl). It's an excellent album that's heavy on the heady electronics, but is closer to art pop than dance music and it's very good at combining accessible sounds with out-there ones. Today she put out a video for its track "Morning Sun" (directed by John Merizalde and Mat Dryhurst), which you can watch below.
Holly also expanded her tour to include several more dates from this month through August. The NYC show happens this Thursday (6/4) at The Wick with GABI and Barn Owl's Evan Caminiti. That show's presented by Pitchfork and Blackened Music's 'Tinnitus' series. Tickets are still available.
Updated dates are listed, with the new video, below...
Tickets for all four Mac DeMarco shows at Bowery Ballroom, Webster Hall, MHOW, and Warsaw go on sale today at noon.
Killers frontman Brandon Flowers is playing Terminal 5 on August 4. Tickets go on sale today at noon.
Until the Ribbon Breaks is playing Mercury Lounge on June 10. Tickets go on sale today at noon.
Tuxedo, aka Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One, play Le Poisson Rouge on July 20. Tickets go on sale at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Last year, Hundred Waters threw their first-ever FREE three-day FORM Festival in Arizona's experimental town Arcosanti, and this year they're doing it again from May 22-24. They've got a few of the same names, including How to Dress Well, Majical Cloudz, Julie Byrne and Kodak to Graph, as well as new faces such as The Antlers, Holly Herndon, Jacques Greene, Julianna Barwick, Mutual Benefit, Pharmakon, Mitski, Tokimonsta, Machinedrum and more. Here's what Hundred Waters say about the fest:
Festivals are usually fast paced and high stress for artists and attendees. We're lucky to spend a single day on site and even luckier to have a meaningful conversation with an artist we know or wish to know. With FORM, all of the artists and attendees stay on site together for the entire weekend. We eat together, dance together, share the whole experience together, and when it's time to part ways, we leave with a very distinct memory of a very distinct time and place. We let the place and the environment shape that experience. As visitors to this beautiful, highly intentional micro city of Arcosanti, our appreciation for every day things like infrastructure, sustenance and community are heightened without even realizing it. Every human interaction more meaningful. Every cup of coffee or tea more delicious with the underlying thought of what it took to get it into your hands. A more present state of consciousness. A place to cultivate ideas.This year will also have a Moog Sound Lab performance series, "where artists can experiment and explore analog sound-scaping, synthesis and effects on never before seen Moog prototype synths and archival equipment. This will be the first time that the Moog Sound Lab experience has ever traveled outside of the Moog Factory."
If you're interested in coming, we ask that you answer a few simple questions. The more creative your response, the better. After receiving your submissions, we'll send out invites. Capacity is made limited to ensure the space is treated with care. If invited, just arrive and share a little piece of yourself with us as we will with you. See you in the desert :)
Once again, it's totally free, you just have to RSVP to go. Full lineup and a new mini-documentary video about last year's festival, below.
Hundred Waters are also hopping aboard a train with Skrillex, Diplo and friends for this year's Full Flex Express tour.
Speaking of The Antlers, they're releasing a live album, The Antlers in London, on June 15 via Transgressive. You can check out the tracklist and a video from that show, below...
Experimental electronic musician Holly Herndon has announced that she's signed to 4AD for the followup to 2012's Movement (released on RVNG Intl), making her labelmates with Grimes, The National, Deerhunter and more. The new album's called Platform, and will be available via both 4AD and RVNG on May 19. You can check out the video for new single "Interference" (dir. Metahaven) below. It also features previous singles "Chorus" and "Home," and the videos for those are below as well.
Holly also announced a tour which hits NYC on June 4 at The Wick for Pitchfork and Blackened Music's ongoing 'Tinnitus' series. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/13) at 10 AM. The next 'Tinnitus' show happens this month with Untold and Egyptrixx.
All dates are listed, with the videos and album tracklist, 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...
Slingshot Festival is returning to Athens, GA from March 26-28, and this year's lineup includes a DJ set from LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, Jamie xx, Nosaj Thing, Clark, Saint Pepsi, Reptar, Holly Herndon, Glenn Kotche, Prince Rama, Omar Souleyman, Juana Molina, Awesome Tapes From Africa, a DJ set from Washed Out, and more TBA.
There will also be a comedy night headlined by Kurt Braunohler, as well as a Japan Nite with Peelander-Z, TsuShiMaMire, QUORIUM, the fin., BO-PEEP and Zarigani$. Tickets go on sale today (1/22) at 9 AM EST.
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...
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...
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.
Celebrating their 15th anniversaries in style, Montréal's high profile digital arts festival Elektra, and electronic music and digital creativity institution MUTEK, have joined forces, synchronized their dates and created one powerhouse combined event this year. To accommodate their ambitious plans, this two-festival-in-one affair, christened EM15, has extended itself by a day to make room for its shared agenda. Now starting on Tuesday May 27, programming runs six days until Sunday June 1, and will feature more than 100 Canadian and international artists, and several new venues.The multi-venue Montreal festival EM15 revealed its full lineup which includes Nicolas Jaar (with some his friends like Will Epstein and Sasha Spielberg), Donato Dozzy, Ricardo Villalobos, Lee Bannon, Voices from the Lake, Archie Pelago, Heatsick, Richie Hawtin, Ben Frost, Holly Herndon, Egyptrixx, Jonas Reinhardt, Oneohtrix Point Never, Tim Hecker and more. Tickets, including festival passes and individual show tickets, are on sale now.
Full day-by-day lineup below...
Holly Herndon at MoMA PS1 in 2012 (more by Robert Altman)
As discussed, St. Vincent is going on a tour which begins in NYC at Terminal 5 next week (2/26), and the openers for the tour have finally been announced. Experimental soundscaper Holly Herndon opens the first five nights of the tour, and then atmospheric guitarist Noveller takes over for the rest of the dates. The NYC show is sold out, but if you have already tickets, it's worth getting there on time for Holly's set. Watch the video for her recent single "Chorus" below.
St. Vincent's self-titled album comes out the day before the tour starts (2/25), but you can stream it now. If you're in NYC, you can also catch her doing a signing at Rough Trade (2/24) the Monday before the tour starts.
She'll also be at SXSW, where she'll play the NPR showcase with Perfect Pussy, Damon Albarn and Kelis.
All dates are listed, along with the Holly Herndon video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
As usual, newish Williamsburg dance club Output has a ton of great upcoming shows, including James Murphy, Rustie, Zomby, SBTRKT (DJ set), the just-mentioned Duke Dumont show, and a number of Bunker parties. A bunch of other good shows were recently announced too, including...
German producer DJ Koze, who released Amygdala, an excellent guest-filled album with Caribou, Apparat, Matthew Dear, Milosh (of Rhye) and more, this year, will play an "extended set" at Blkmarket's daytime/night time party at Output on August 10. That party also includes sets from John Roberts (live), Carsten Jost, Taimur & Fahad, and Ostrich. Tickets for that one are on sale now. You can stream Amygdala in its entirety below.
Resident Advisor is throwing a party at the venue, that will sprall across the main room and the Panther Room, on August 3, which includes sets from Robert Hood as Floorplan, Shifted, Holly Herndon, MGUN, Marcellus Pittman, Joey Anderson, and more TBA. Tickets for that party are on sale now. Flyer below.
And lastly (for now), one of those Bunker parties we were talking about above is an especially notable one happening on August 2 with Demdike Stare headlining. The rest of the lineup includes Atom™ and The Bunker's Derek Plaslaiko. Tickets for that party are available on Resident Advisor and Ticketfly. Flyer below.
All flyers and some song streams below...
Holly Herndon at MoMA PS1 in 2012 (more by Robert Altman)
On November 4, Le Poisson Rouge is teaming up with Wordless Music to present a pretty cool bill that should appeal to fans of indie/classical crossover. The show will be headlined by vocal octet Roomful of Teeth (who have worked with tUnE-yArDs), who will be performing the world premiere of Caroline Shaw's "Partita," in addition to works by Caleb Burhans, Brad Wells, and William Brittelle. Opening the show will be experimental musician Holly Herndon, whose newest album, Movement, was released last year via RNG Intl. Tickets for the LPR show are on sale now.
Holly is also taking part in Ecstatic Summer 2013, which happens at Brookfield Place Plaza on Saturday (6/29) and Sunday (6/30) as part of the River to River Festival. There will be premiere compositions from Holly, Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Reggie Pace (Bon Iver), Dave Douglas, Susie Ibarra, Seth Olinsky (Akron/Family), People Get Ready, and Son Lux. The pieces will be performed by members of The National, yMusic, Plastic Ono Band, and more. Like all RIver to River events, this one is free and open to the public. 5 PM start. Check out the full list of compositions being premiered, below.
In related news, Wordless Music is also presenting the previously discussed Oneohtrix Point Never show happening in NYC on September 17 at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Cathedral (113 Remsen St). OPN is releasing his new album, R Plus Seven, on September 30 via Warp, and he recently revealed an excerpt of a new song, "Still Life." You can listen to that 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.
photos by PSquared Photography
Atoms for Peace @ Le Poisson Rouge, 3/14/2013
"It's something we've talked about doing for ages, and we finally got our shit together," explains Yorke. "We've basically just cut everything up into its constituent parts. We'll try to re-cut the tunes live, mixing in loads of other bits and pieces and collaging stuff together.Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich debuted their new Atoms for Peace "singing DJ" configuration at Le Poisson Rouge last night (3/15), celebrating the release of new album Amok. Following sets from Arca and Holly Herndon, Atoms for Peace went on around 1AM and did 12 songs from the new Amok and Thom Yorke's Eraser with those "bonkers" projections. Once their official set ended, the night turned into a dance party with Yorke and Godrich spinning tunes like De La Soul's "A Rollerskating Jam Named 'Saturdays.'" Not bad for a school night.
At the same time as manning the machinery, Yorke will be adding his own live vocals and guitar to the mix. "I sing - but I felt kind of weird about that to begin with, because it's quite this weird mixture," he says. "It's like fucking karaoke or something! But it's not, because it's all this other stuff as well, and I have my own machines, like a drum machine and a vocal looper. It's interesting - singing, trying to remember words and programming a drum machine at the same exact time. It's kind of tricky."
The performance will also feature dynamic visuals designed by Dutch artist Tarik Barri. "That's fucking bonkers," says Yorke. "It's not like anything else." - [Rolling Stone]
More pics from Le Poisson Rouge, plus Atoms for Peace's setlist, are below.
Pitchfork just posted their Honorable Mention Albums of 2012, which they consider "20 records didn't make [their] Top 50 but they're not necessarily just Nos. 51-70." There are some similarities to their Overlooked Records of 2012 list that they posted halfway through the year. It also includes Frankie Rose's Interstellar, which did actually get Best New Music upon its release, unlike the other albums here. And it's got Waxahatchee's American Weekend and Jeremih's Late Nights with Jeremih, neither of which were reviewed throughout the year. Though they did review Waxhatachee (Katie Crutchfield)'s sister Allison's band Swearin', who also makes this list, and who (along with Jeremih) made Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks list.
Full list below...
photos by Robert Altman
Experimentalist Holly Herndon played a Pitchfork co-presented Sandy benefit at MoMA PS1 in the VW Dome on Sunday (12/2) with DJ sets by Ducktails and Oneohtrix Point Never. Pictures from that show are in this post.
More pics below.
Ducktails at Glasslands in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
As mentioned, Pitchfork is co-presenting a Hurricane Sandy relief benefit this Sunday (12/2) at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City with Holly Herndon (live), Ducktails (DJ), and Oneohtrix Point Never (DJ). Tickets for the show are still available and all proceeds go to benefit hurricane relief.
Ducktails (the project of Real Estate's Matt Mondanile) will release their new album, The Flower Lane, on January 29 via Domino and they'll be playing a record release show for it in NYC on January 23 at Le Poisson Rouge with a number of special guests, including Jessa Farkas (Future Shuttle), Cults singer Madeline Follin, Joel Ford, and Matt's Real Estate bandmate Martin Courtney. Tickets for that show are on sale now. You can stream the title track from the new album below.
Like they did during CMJ, Pitchfork and MoMA PS1 are teaming up to present a show together at the Long Island City venue on December 2. This one's a Hurricane Sandy Relief benefit and it features a live set by Holly Herndon (who also plays Brooklyn tonight with Maxmillion Dunbar and Blondes) and DJ sets by Oneohtrix Point Never (who we just mentioned DJs with Autre Ne Veut and Mykki Blanco in Brooklyn soon) and Ducktails. The show goes down at MoMA PS1's VM Dome and runs from 4 - 7 PM. Tickets are on sale now and all proceeds go to benefit hurricane relief.
Show flyer below...
by Andrew Sacher
Maxmillion Dunbar (aka Andrew Field-Pickering, aka 1/2 of Beautiful Swimmers and head of the Future Times label) will release his new album, House of Woo, on February 19 via RVNG Intl. The lead single to that album, "Woo," is a psychedelic dance track with sparkling synths and a deep, headknocking beat that feels like it repeats endlessly and is only disappointing when you realize it doesn't. You can stream that track and check out the album's tracklist below. That's the cover art above.
As mentioned, Maxmillion Dunbar will play a NYC show TONIGHT (11/16) at 285 Kent with his RNVG labelmates Holly Herndon (whose new album, Movement, is out now and can be streamed below and purchased here) and Blondes. Admission is $10 and doors are at midnight. Show flyer below.
Recent RVNG signee Holly Herndon will release her new album, Movement, on the label this Tuesday (11/13). You can stream the track, "Fade," from that album below and listen to the entire thing over at NPR. She'll be playing a record release for the album in Brooklyn on November 16 at 285 Kent with labelmate Blondes and Maxmillion Dunbar. Admission for the show is $10 at the door and it's a late show with doors opening at midnight. The show flyer is below.
Meanwhile, Blondes will DJ in Brooklyn TONIGHT (11/8) at Glasslands along with Lemonade (also DJing) and more TBA for the B A N A N A S 1 year anniversary party. The show is free with RSVP. Doors are at 11:45 PM.
Meanwhile, Rush Midnight has other upcoming shows including another in NYC this Friday (11/9) at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A list of all Rush Midnight dates and the Holly Herndon track stream and album info are below.