Entries tagged with: Hot Chip
by Bill Pearis
Museum of Love
As mentioned, New Build (Al & Felix from Hot Chip's other band) are playing NYC in December -- 12/3 at Mercury Lounge and 12/4 at Rough Trade -- and tickets are still available. As it turns out, those are the first two dates of a short North American tour and all dates are below. The band's second album, Pour it On, is out this week and you can stream it in full, below.
Joining them on tour will be Museum of Love, the new band from LCD Soundsystem drummer Pat Mahoney (and old DFA cohort Dennis McNany). They're on the Mercury Lounge show but not the Rough Trade one, apparently. MoL have only played one proper NYC show -- DFA's "Summer Soiree" at The Wick -- but the live incarnation, which is a full band, seemed to have it together. I thought they were really good. If you haven't checked out the Museum of Love album yet, you can stream it via Rdio.
This could be an interesting tour, as both Al and Pat were in LCD's live incarnation (and Pat played drums for Hot Chip on at least one tour). Maybe there will be some cross-pollination at shows? We shall see.
Tour flyer, all dates and album streams below...
by Bill Pearis
The 2 Bears, which is Hot Chip's Joe Goddard and mate Raf Rundell, released their second album, The Night Is Young, earlier this year and it's more of their fun, '90s-style Eurodance (with some dancehall as well), pure party music. There's nothing quite as awesome as "Bear Hug" this time, but it's still worth giving a spin -- you can check out videos for singles "Not This Time" and "Money Man," plus snippets of the rest of the album, below.
Joe and Raf will be going on a DJ tour later this month, starting with a NYC date at Verboten on November 19. Curses and Pixelife will be on the decks as well and tickets are on sale now.
West Coast dates of the tour also feature a Hot Chip DJ set as well. Speaking of Hot Chip, Al and Felix will be in NYC with their other band, New Build, in December.
All 2 Bears DJ dates, plus videos and streams, below...
New Build, which features Al and Felix from Hot Chip, will release their second album, Pour it On, next week (11/11) via Sunday Best. It's a little proggier (and less whimsical) than their other group, but no less beat-oriented. You can stream a couple tracks and check out the video for "The Sunlight" below.
While no North American tour has been announced, New Build will be in NYC next month for a couple shows: Mercury Lounge on December 3 and Rough Trade on December 4. Tickets for both shows go on sale Wednesday (11/5) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with streams and video, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Blood Brothers / Pharaoh Sanders / pandas
The Modern Sky Festival has existed for seven years in China and it began its first-ever US edition yesterday (10/4) in NYC at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield. Day 1 included the William Onyeabor tribute Atomic Bomb! which had a very impressive lineup of hip hop vets Dead Prez, free jazz pioneer Pharoah Sanders, Peaking Lights, Sinkane, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, South African group The Mahotella Queens, Beastie Boys collaborator Money Mark and more (rollerskaters included). Considering Modern Sky began as a Chinese festival, a couple of the openers were Chinese acts -- Deserts Zhang Xuan and Rebuilding the Rights of Statues -- and they were followed by art rockers Liars, and reunited post-hardcore band The Blood Brothers.
The Blood Brothers played an 11-song set that was packed with fan favorites from throughout their career including "Fucking's Greatest Hits," "Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck," "Set Fire To The Face On Fire" and more (full setlist below). Their reunion has been very well-received so far and yesterday's show was no exception. They do it again in NYC at the BrooklynVegan-presented show at Warsaw with Violent Bullshit tonight (10/5).
The William Onyeabor tribute was the final of four days of the Luaka Bop 25th anniversary and also the fourth appearance Peaking Lights made in NYC this past week, including opening for Real Estate at Terminal 5 on Thursday (10/2) and playing Other Music and Baby's All Right on Friday (10/3).
Modern Sky's second and final day is underway as we speak and has upcoming sets from Cat Power, Stars, The Both (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo) and more. More pictures from day 1 below...
Money Mark, Sinkane, more at Atomic Bomb! rehearsal (more by Rebecca Greenfield)
Yesterday we mentioned David Byrne's Luaka Bop label is celebrating 25 years with a few NYC events this October, and that one of those was the previously-announced Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor performance happening at Central Park's Modern Sky Fest (10/4-5) (which also includes Blood Brothers, Liars, Cat Power and more). Now the lineup for this edition of Atomic Bomb! has been announced and it includes hip hop vets Dead Prez, free jazz pioneer Pharoah Sanders, psych duo Peaking Lights (who also remixed Onyeabor), British soul/funk singer Jamie Lidell, DFA-signed Yeasayer/of Montreal collaborator Sinkane, Hot Chip singer Alexis Taylor, South African group The Mahotella Queens, Beastie Boys collaborator Money Mark, and "a FANTASTIC group of horn players and Nigerian percussionists" with still more TBA. Tickets, including single day passes and 2-day passes, are still available.
Stream their remix of William Onyeabor below...
Hot Chip at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
We've already heard Sufjan Stevens' contribution to Red Hot's upcoming Arthur Russell tribute LP (due 10/21 via Yep Rec), and now Hot Chip have shared their cover of "Go Bang," via Pitchfork. Check it out below...
More details have finally been announced for the Arthur Russell tribute album thatt he Red Hot organization is putting out. The album's being released on YepRoc on October 21, and is now titled Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell (it was initially announced that it'd be called This Is How We Walk on the Moon). The acts involved -- Hot Chip, Robyn, Blood Orange, Jose Gonzalez, Sufjan Stevens, VEGA INTL (aka Neon Indian's Alan Palomo) and many more -- are as diverse as Russell's work, which included heartbreaking acoustic/cello ballads and ahead-of-it's-time dance music.
The compilation is the latest in the benefit album series for Red Hot, which has been raising AIDS and HIV awareness for nearly 25 years, and has put out Dark Was the Night, Red Hot + Rio and many others.
Full tracklist, plus a behind-the-scenes video with Hot Chip (who cover "Go Bang" by Russell's group Dinosaur L) and a YouTube mix of classic Russell tracks, below...
Alexis Taylor w/ Hot Chip at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Hot Chip singer Alexis Taylor released his new solo album, Await Barbarians, last week (6/17), and he's coming to North America soon to support it. He was supposed to play Joe's Pub on July 14, but that show was cancelled and he's playing Rough Trade NYC the same day (7/14) instead. Also on the bill is The Yum Dee Days, who just opened for Ought at the same venue. Tickets for the Rough Trade show go on sale Wednesday (6/25) at noon. If you bought a ticket for Joe's Pub you can get a refund, they won't be honored at the Rough Trade show.
Hot Chip also have DJ dates coming up around that time, including one on July 10 at Verboten. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated dates are listed below...
Alexis Taylor @ Manhattan Inn earlier in May (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
Alexis Taylor's new solo album, Await Barbarians, is out in a couple weeks (June 17) on Domino and he's got a new video for mellow single "Without a Crutch" which you can watch, along with the previously released "Elvis Has Left the Building," below.
You may have seen Alexis perform those and about half a dozen other new tracks when he played a very intimate solo show at Manhattan Inn earlier this month, right after the William Onyeabor tributes at BAM, where he was backed by Jonny Lam and current Hot Chip (and New Young Pony Club) drummer Sarah Jones. It was a nice set that also included a cover of Smokey Robinson's "Tracks of My Tears" plus Hot Chip songs "Look at Where We Are" and "Made in the Dark." If you missed that, Alexis will be back in NYC to play a solo show at Joe's Pub on July 14. Tickets are on sale now.
That seems to be the only North American date for Alexis currently. He will, however, be doing some DJ gigs over here around the same time, including one in NYC at Williamsburg club Verboten on July 10 with additional sets by Klangkarrussell, Headband + Hooligan, and Alex English. As to which members of the band will be doing the DJing, that's unclear but tickets are on sale now. Taylor will also DJ San Francisco's Mezzanine on July 11 with the Juan Maclean and Sleazemore.
And while we're on the subject, The 2 Bears, which is HC's Joe Goddard and mate Raf Rundell, will release their second album The Night Is Young in September. The first single, "Angel (Touch Me)," is out now and you can stream it below. You can also watch the Dan Henshaw-directed video which pays humourous homage to Wim Wenders' Wings Of Desire.
All Alexis Taylor tour dates, plus videos and streams, below....
Alexis Taylor has always had a quiet, reflective side. There's usually at least one ballad-y song on every Hot Chip record ("Look After Me" on The Warning is especially beautiful) but he'll be stretching his contemplative wings on his new solo album, Await Barbarians, which is out June 17 via Domino. Apart from strings, Alexis played everything on the album. Get an early taste via the lyric video for "Elvis Has Left the Building" which you can watch below.
As mentioned, Alexis Taylor is part of the "Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor" tributes that are happening at two performances at BAM on Friday and Saturday (5/2 & 5/3, tickets) and will also happen in San Francisco and Los Angeles next week. While in NYC, Taylor will squeeze in a solo performance at Manhattan Inn on Sunday (5/4). He'll have some "friends" playing with him and the afternoon performance (4 PM doors, 4:30 show) is free and open to the public.
All Alexis Taylor tour dates are listed, along with the lyric video, Await Barbarians cover art and tracklist, below...
One of last year's coolest reissues was Who Is William Onyeabor? which collected many of the cult Nigerian funk singer and synthesizer pioneer William Onyeabor's best tracks. For more on who he is, this past week a new Onyeabor documentary, titled Fantastic Man, premiered online, featuring interviews with Damon Albarn, Dan Snaith of Caribou, the Human League's, Martyn Ware (The Human League), Femi Kuti and many more. It's well worth watching and you can do so in this post.
There is also a remix album, titled What?, that was commissioned by Moog and will be released on Record Store Day (April 19) featuring reworkings by Hot Chip, The Vaccines, Justin Strauss & Bryan Mette, Joakim ft. Akwetey (Dragons of Zynth), JD Twitch (Optimo), Daphni, Javelin, David Terranova, Policy and Scientist.
And last but not least there will be a series of tribute concerts happening in cities around the world this spring, including two in NYC on May 2 & 3. Details have not been announced yet, so stay tuned.
You can listen to Who is William Onyeabor? via Rdio, and watch the Fantastic Man documentary below...
Quicksand @ Webster Hall recently (more by Rebecca Reed)
We get a lot of great free shows here in NYC (like The Walkmen and Solange as part of Northside this weekend) but we have to admit this week of free all-ages shows Converse has lined up at San Francisco club Slim's later this month is pretty crazy (though they may be pretty hard to get into). We'd happily spend the whole week there if we could. The line-ups are:
Converse Represent series in San FranciscoThe only way to go is to fill out the entry form before June 18 and "winning ticket holders will be notified via email soon after with instructions on how and when to retrieve their tickets." All events, "which lead up to the grand opening of the Converse San Francisco retail store on June 28", will take place at Slim's in San Francisco.
Jun 23 - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, DIIV, Metz, Tamaryn, The She's
JUN 24 -Deltron 3030, Juicy J, Blackalicious, Angel Haze, Special Guest
JUN 25 - Hot Chip, Tycho, Blackbird Blackbird, Social Studies
JUN 26 - Quicksand, Mastodon, High On Fire, Saviours, Hot Lunch
JUN 27 - Suicidal Tendencies, Rocket From The Crypt, Ceremony, Special Guests
Just yesterday, Hot Chip surprised us with a terrific new single, "Dark & Stormy." Now comes word that Joe Goddard will release a new solo EP, Taking Over, later this year on DFA/Greco-Roman. You can check out the video to its lead track, "She Burns," featuring vocals by Mara Carlyle. She's in the video too, playing a corpse who may or may not still be cognizant. (Or maybe even alive.) It's a little mellower than his 2012 single "Gabriel," but still full of cool little musical touches. Watch it below.
Hot Chip at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Hot Chip are releasing a new single this year on July 22 via Domino. The single contains the previously unreleased track "Dark & Stormy" and a new version of In Our Heads standout, "Look At Where We Are." It will be out digitally and on 12" vinyl. In the words of Hot Chip, the new version of "Look At Where We Are" features "Tori and Reiko Kudo from the legendary Japanese folk-psych collective Maher Shalal Hash Baz who have revocalled the track in their native tongue."
Listen to the new song, "Dark & Stormy," below...
Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival kicked off yesterday (5/22) and it's currently streaming at the festival's YouTube channel. As of this post (around 4:20 EST on 5/23), Dinosaur Jr. are currently on and will be followed by The Postal Service, Grizzly Bear, Phoenix, and Animal Collective. Other bands streaming this weekend include The Jesus & Mary Chain, James Blake, Swans, Dead Can Dance, Wu-Tang Clan, Hot Chip, and more.
Head to Youtube for the stream/full schedule, or watch the stream embedded below...
photos by Wei Shi
New Order / The xx / Danny Brown
Weekend 2 of Coachella 2013 continued on Saturday (4/20), and this time around we caught sets by New Order, The xx, Hot Chip, Danny Brown (who debuted a new Rustie-produced track, "Dope Song," during his set which you can watch a video of below), Action Bronson, Trash Talk, Janelle Monae and more. Pictures of Weekend 2 Day 2 are in this post.
More Coachella Weekend 2 Day 2 pictures and the Danny Brown video below...
photos by Lina Shteyn
The 2 Bears @ LPR
The day before Hot Chip's show at Roseland Ballroom, singer Joe Goddard and cohort Raf Rundell brought their 2 Bears party machine DJ set to Le Poisson Rouge (4/8). Opening were another DJ duo, Ladies Night (aka Liv Spencer of Still Going / House of House, and Geoff Renaud). Did you go? If so how was it?
By the way, how was Hot Chip last night?
The 2 Bears will be at Coachella this weekend, playing Saturday afternoon (4/13) right after BBC DJ Zane Lowe's set on the Yuma Stage. Ladies Night will be there too, spinning tunes before Jamie xx on Sunday afternoon (4/14, Yuma Stage). That's according to the just-announced, conflict-filled set times. Same goes for the second Coachella weekend as well. Hot Chip are playing too, of course (Saturday evening, Coachella Stage).
More pics from LPR are below.
Hot Chip at Prospect Park in 2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Astralwerks Records was founded in NYC in 1993 as a primarily electronic arm of Caronline Records. When they hit it big in the late '90s with Chemical Brothers, Air and Fatboy Slim band, Astralwerks became one of the biggest indie labels in the country. They've since been picked up by Universal Music Group and have expanded into other genres but they do maintain a focus on the electronic. To celebrate their 20th anniversary this year, Astralwerks will release a limited edition box set, Astralwerks: Music in 20/20, on Record Store Day (4/20). The compilation features previously unreleased or rare tracks from Hot Chip, Air, Diamond Rings, Kraftwerk, Kings of Convenience, Doves and others plus previously released tracks by The Chemical Brothers, The Beta Band, Fatboy Slim, Cassius, Basement Jaxx, Royksopp, a Four Tet remix of Sia and more. Check out the full tracklist and trailer video for the compilation below.
Hot Chip are on the festival circuit this spring/summer -- including Coachella, Primavera Sound, Osheaga, Lollapalooza, and others -- and as mentioned, they're stopping in NYC for a show at Roseland Ballroom on Tuesday (4/9) before Coachella. Tuesday's show is with The Crystal Ark (DJ set) and Tanlines. Tickets for that are still available. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, TONIGHT (4/8) at Le Poisson Rouge, Hot Chip side project The 2 Bears (aka Joe Goddard and Raf Rundell), who are also playing and touring around Coachella, play a a show with Ladies Night. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. All dates are listed below.
Tanlines, who open the Roseland show, are also playing Coachella and have other dates coming up including shows with Passion Pit and Vampire Weekend, but not Passion Pit's NJ show with Phoenix or Vampire Weekend's Roseland show.
All Tanlines, Hot Chip, and 2 Bears dates are listed, along with the Astralwerks album tracklist and trailer, below...
Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
After it was already confirmed that Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, The Postal Service, The National, The Killers, and Mumford and Sons were playing Lollapalooza 2013, a pretty promising leak came which appeared to potentially reveal the rest of the lineup, and it turns out that leak was real.
In addition to the previously mentioned artists, Lollapalooza will include Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, The Cure, New Order, Baroness, Beach House, Cat Power, Death Grips, Jessie Ware, Father John Misty, DIIV, Wavves, Alt-J, Hot Chip, Disclosure, Baauer, Palma Violets, Angel Haze, Band of Horses, Crystal Castles and many others.
Lollapalooza goes down in Chicago from August 2 - 4 in Grant Park. Single day passes go on sale Wednesday (4/3) at 10 AM.
Full day-by-day lineup below...
Osheaga Festival is returning to Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau from August 2-4. This year's lineup includes The Cure, Mumford and Sons, Phoenix, New Order, Vampire Weekend, Kendrick Lamar, Hot Chip, Alt-J, Beach House, Explosions in the Sky, Big Boi, Baauer, Father John Misty, Disclosure, Frightened Rabbit, Angel Haze, Jessie Ware, DIIV, Guards, and many more.
3-Day passes go on sale Friday (3/15) at noon. There are still over 20 artists TBA, but you can browse the complete initial lineup below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Gramme - Too High (MP3)
UK group Gramme dropped their debut EP, Pre-Release, in 1999 on Trevor Jackson's Output label. The band's dubby, fuzzed-out, bass-heavy punk-funk sound was entirely out-of-step with what was going on at the time, but interest in the EP rekindled when the music zeitgeist caught up to the band around 2003. The EP's standout cut, "Like U," became ubiquitious in clubs and was championed by the likes of James Murphy and Hot Chip. (You can stream it below.) Then the band all but disappeared.
Word of new Gramme material began circulating in 2011 and the band quietly put out a coulple 12"s last year. Now, 14 years later since Pre-Release (whoa), Gramme have finally returned with Fascination, their first-ever long-player which is out now on Tummy Touch. While some of their rough edges have been cleaned up, vocals are less shouty, and they are working in more of early-'80s mode. The rhythm section that made "Like You" are still a force. You can download "Too High" above and watch its video and stream the entire album below.
German electronic artist Justus Köhncke (of "Timecode" fame) has known Hot Chip since almost their inception, having been drafted to remix their 2005 breakthrough "Over and Over" and has toured with them in Europe. It was during thier joint treks that Köhncke Hot Chip singer Alexis Taylor started doing "sing-jay" gigs together. Out of that came an official pairing, Fainting by Numbers, and their debut single will be out on Moshi Moshi on April 15. The double a-side features a cover of John Lennon's "Watching the Wheels" and an original, "A Stone in the Ground," on the other. The latter which is country-ish in a Kraftwerk/Eno kind of way is streamable below.
Meanwhile, Hot Chip will be in NYC on April 9 for a show at Roseland Ballroom with Tanlines and Crystal Ark and tickets are still available.
Tickets to The Who and Elvis Costello benefit concert at Madison Square Garden go on presale (password: THEWHO) today at 10 AM.
The Killers have rescheduled their canceled MSG show from December which will now happen May 14 and tickets are back on sale. Additionally, the band will play Barclays Center on May 18 and tickets to that show go on sale today at 10 AM.
The B-52s are playing Capitol Theatre on June 6. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Marina & the Diamonds play Rumsey Playfield in Central Park on May 29. Tickets go on sale at noon today
Tickets to the just-added 11th Allman Brothers Band show at Beacon Theatre go on sale todayt 9 AM.
Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...