Entries tagged with: James Blake
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
We've done some year-end lists in the past at BrooklynVegan, though you might notice that we're not the most consistent with them. This is for a few reasons, one being that with the varying tastes of our current group of contributors, we could never in a million years agree on a top 10, let alone an Album of the Year. So in an attempt to get around that obstacle, this year two BV writers, Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher, have made individual lists of the albums they loved most which we think each represent different parts of 2013 here at BrooklynVegan. They both made top 20s (and only had two albums in common), with commentary on the top 10, and you can check out both lists below...
British newspaper The Guardian just finished publishing its Best Albums of 2013 list, after having rolled it out over the past couple weeks. It's got a lot of the albums most likely to show up on British lists, like These New Puritans, John Grant, Hookworms, and Arctic Monkeys, but its #1 is more in common with the US publications. Find out what it is, along with their other 39 picks, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork is back with its much-anticipated Top 50 Albums of 2013 list. The list has many of the albums you'd expect to see on Pitchfork's list, though there's still some surprises. If you thought M.I.A got snubbed, you'll be happy to see her here, and if you thought James Blake deserved the Best New Music he didn't get, you'll be happy to see how high he ranks. The biggest surprise to me is that Majical Cloudz makes the top 10, and for those keeping score, Yeezus is NOT #1. Can you guess what is?
Head here to see individual writers' lists, and head below to see Pitchfork's full Top 50 Albums of 2013 list...
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?
Check out the full top 100 below...
Dan Deacon @ Horseshoe Tavern/NXNE Toronto 6/13/2013
Longtime BV photographer David Andrako shot quite a few shows for us this year and, while 2013 isn't over yet, he was nice enough to submit his 10 favorites...so far. We may have to update come January 1, but for now check out the rest of what he chose (with links to the full sets above each picture) -- plus his favorite songs of the year -- below...
NPR Music posted their 50 Favorite Albums of 2013, and as usual it included a lot of classical, jazz, world music, but also many of the indie/pop/rap/metal that shows up on these lists like Bill Callahan, Blood Orange, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven, Flaming Lips, Haim, James Blake, Kanye West, Laura Marling, Run the Jewels, Sky Ferreira, Waxahatchee and more. Their list is in alphabetical order, and you can browse the full thing below.
by Andrew Sacher
James Blake at Terminal 5 - 11/7/13 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
James Blake brought his current tour to NYC for two nights at Terminal 5 this week (11/6 & 11/7), his second two-night run at the venue this year. I hadn't seen James since catching him at MHOW in 2011, so I was a little nervous to see him in such a drastically bigger venue, but there actually turned out to be some plus sides. James has a much more elaborate light show now than he had in the early days and it worked really well on T5's stage. His sound was also as proportionately big here as it was at MHOW, which means it was huge, and still managed to shake the 3,000-capacity venue on the bass drops of "Limit To Your Love." Of course there were some down sides too, like that he had a lot more trouble keeping the crowd out of the pauses in his vocal loops, but you can't fault the guy for gaining more fans.
The set was about half songs from the new album, and the other half was the "big" songs from his debut, like "I Never Learnt to Share," "The Wilhelm Scream" and "Lindisfarne," plus tracks from various EPs, including "CMYK," "Klavierwerke," and his cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You." He's playing bigger rooms regularly now, and intentionally or not, much of the new album really caters to that. Futuristic bass-heavy jams like "Digital Lion" and "Voyeur" overtook the venue, as did "Retrograde," his most immediate pop song to date. Yet in their own ways, the intimate moments were just as captivating, and it's still impressive that the same guy who's reinvigorating dance music on one song, is winning over 3,000 people with a piano-led Joni Mitchell cover on the next.
Check out some videos from T5, and the setlist from DC (which was very similar, if not the same as NYC), below...
James Blake at Treasure Island 2013 (more by Autumn Andel)
James Blake recently resumed his North American tour, which began on the west coast in October, hitting Treasure Island and other places, but was postponed for five dates so James could perform at the Mercury Prize ceremony back in his homeland of the UK. In case you didn't hear, James' album Overgrown won the prize. That win has seen an increase in sales for Overgrown -- yesterday (11/4) FACT reported that his Amazon sales have gone up over 2500%. Check out a video of James being interviewed after his win, below.
The tour hit Philly last night (11/4), comes to Boston tonight (11/5), and then James will return to NYC for two nights at Terminal 5 on Wednesday (11/6) and Thursday (11/7). Tickets for both T5 shows are still available, and we're giving away a pair to each night. Updated dates are listed, along with contest details below.
Since we last spoke, LA producer Nosaj Thing was added to the tour, including both NYC shows. Nosaj Thing released his newest album, Home earlier this year, and like James Blake, he collaborated with Chance the Rapper.
Speaking of James Blake collaborating with rappers, after being rumored to appear on Drake's Nothing Was the Same (which he didn't), he recently offered a remix of "Come Thru" from that album. You can stream that, along with the list of tour dates, contest details, and a couple videos, below...
In an upset victory over oddsmakers favorites by Laura Mvula and Arctic Monkeys (and other nominees), James Blake's Overgrown has won the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize. Blake's debut LP was nominated in 2011 but lost to PJ Harvey's Let England Shake. Congratulations, James.
photos by Autumn Andel
Beck / James Blake / Japandroids
Being an "I told you so" person is never a good look, but seeing everyone freak the fuck out over the sisters Haim at Treasure Island was kind of like, "well, yeah." They excel as performers, and everything about the way Haim presents itself to the world is somehow both impeccably rehearsed and completely natural and off-the-cuff. It's a wonder that it took the three sisters until their mid-twenties, even, to shred together for an elated, packed festival crowd, screaming while San Francisco sparkled in the background. I saw them play maybe six or seven years ago, to a handful of people at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, and even then it was a no-brainer: Haim was a name we'd all be hearing. But don't necessarily expect Days Are Gone, their new successful new solo debut, to paint this whole picture; If anything the LP is just a roadmap for Haim's live show, which thrives on a shared musical chemistry that's better than anything that can be planned in advance. [SF Weekly]The 2013 Treasure Island Music Festival wrapped up on Sunday (10/20) after beginning a day earlier. Unlike day 1's mostly-electronic lineup, day 2 sold its turntables and bought guitars for sets from Beck, Sleigh Bells, Japandroids, Real Estate, Haim, Lord Huron, Palma Violets and more. Alright, James Blake and Animal Collective played too, but you get the picture. You can check out a set of pictures of day 2 in this post.
If you missed them, day 1 pics are here. More of day 2 below...
Chance the Rapper at Lollapalooza 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Upcoming Chicago rapper Chance the Rapper already toured as an opener for Mac Miller this year, and now he's announced a headlining tour in support of his buzzy mixtape, Acid Rap. The tour, dubbed Chance the Rapper's Social Experiment, is with fellow Chicagoan/footwork mastermind DJ Rashad and his collaborator DJ Spinn (this must mean Rashad is recovering from his recent car accident). The tour hits NYC on October 29 and 30 at SOB's. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (9/27) at 10 AM with an artist presale beginning Tuesday (7/24) at 1 PM. All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer, below.
Like, most worthwhile collaborations, the project grew out of a combination of mutual appreciation and random luck. "I met James Blake at SXSW this year before my tape even dropped," said Chance, taking a break during his current European tour with Macklemore. "He came to one of my shows and I freaked the fuck out. I'm a huge James Blake fan. I don't even know if he knew I was a fan."You can listen to the "Life Round Here" remix along with the list of tour dates and flyer, below...
After the meeting, the two kept in touch and started working together on a couple of tracks, including some original material. Apparently Chance recorded two versions of the "Life Round Here" remix and the second version will hopefully come out soon.
One of this year's nominees...
The 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Shortlist was just announced with the following 12 albums up for this year's prize:
Arctic Monkeys - AMDavid Bowie's very Bowie-esque The Next Day seems like the one to beat. Who do you think should win and what albums shoulda been on the list?
David Bowie - The Next Day
Disclosure - Settle
Foals - Holy Fire
Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg
James Blake - Overgrown
Jon Hopkins - Immunity
Laura Marling - Once I Was an Eagle
Laura Mvula - Sing to the Moon
Rudimental - Home
Savages - Silence Yourself
Villagers - Awayland
Jon Hopkins was in NYC a couple weeks ago; so was Laura Mvula who just played two shows last week in NYC; Laura Marling just played two nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg and plays tonight (9/11) at St. Ann's Church.; Arctic Monkeys play a sold-out Webster Hall on Monday (9/16); Savages will be in NYC during CMJ for a show at Terminal 5; and Rudimental play MHOW and Bowery Ballroom in November.
Last year's winner was Alt-J's An Awesome Wave. This year's winner will be announced on October 30 in London.
by Klaus Kinski
For those keeping score, your man Klaus has played drums in many many unpopular and unsignable bands since 1991. I've dragged my 1964 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl 4 piece kit (2nd rack tom not shown) with 1965 Gretsch snare (all of which were purchased in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts for $175) from one end of the earth (the Northeast) to the other (the Midwest mostly) hundreds of times. 'Tis a gorgeous kit, in phenomenal condition, and I have endured hundreds if not millions of compliments regarding it's eye-watering beauty. I am a man who appreciates a nice set of drums. And I'm a man who appreciates a man who appreciates a nice set of drums. Therefore, I am a man who appreciates this wonderful compilation video featuring the great David Letterman appreciating his various musical guest's gear, focusing primarily, but not exclusively, drums. The video, and a list of who is in it, including GBV, Feist, Beirut, James Blake, The Strokes, Mastodon, St. Vincent, and many many more, is below. Behold!
by Andrew Sacher
Airhead on stage w/ James Blake at T5 in May (more by Jono Bernstein)
It's been a pretty exciting time for UK garage-inspired electronic music lately. Young duo Disclosure just put out their incredible debut album today (6/4) (and will play NYC soon), and that comes a week after the lower-key but still excellent sophomore album from Mount Kimbie (who just played NYC). Mount Kimbie's friend/collaborator James Blake also put out his sophomore album earlier this year, and now the guitarist in James' live band, better known as Airhead (who has also remixed Mount Kimbie), is set to release his debut album, For Years.
For Years comes out next week (6/11) via R&S (the same label that put out those early James Blake EPs), and like many other artists on the label, it's an album better suited for headphones than dancefloors. The beats are excellent, the melodies are gorgeous, and though there are times on the album where you can tell this is a guy who's been working with James Blake for a couple of years, for the most part he's got his own approach. The album can be streamed in full at NPR and a couple of its tracks can also be streamed below.
Airhead doesn't have any of his own North American dates scheduled at the moment, but you'll be able to see him again as James Blake's guitarist on James' North American fall tour, which hits NYC on November 6 and 7 at Terminal 5. Tickets for both NYC shows are still available. James also just uploaded a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix he made back in 2011 to the 1-800-Dinosaur soundcloud page. You can listen to that mix below.
Treasure Island Music Festival is returning in 2013 to The San Francisco Bay on October 19-20. This year's lineup includes Thom Yorke's Atoms For Peace project, Beck, Animal Collective, James Blake, Japandroids, Disclosure, Tricky, Little Dragon, Sleigh Bells, Phantogram, Holy Ghost!, Real Estate, and more. Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday (5/31) at 10 AM PST.
Full lineup 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...
James Blake at Terminal 5 earlier this month (more by Jono Bernstein)
James Blake returned this year with his excellent new album, Overgrown, and has been touring in support of it. He recently wrapped up the North American portion of the tour which came to NYC for two Terminal 5 shows (and a DJ appearance) and he's now just announced another North American leg that will go down this fall and bring him back to Terminal 5 on November 6 and 7 for two more shows at the Manhattan venue. Tickets for those shows
are not on sale yet go on sale Friday, May 31 at noon.
All dates are listed, along with the video for "Retrograde," below...
photos by Jono Bernstein
James Blake @ T5, 5/8/2013
Last night's sold-out, all-ages show at Terminal 5 featured a musician who knows exactly what he's doing, but a crowd that didn't really know how to respond. The average music fan might only be familiar with Blake's self-titled debut record, and his most recent Overgrown. Both albums aren't necessarily what you'd put on at a dance party, but are rather made for those moments when you find yourself awake in the middle of the night, sitting on your couch, unable to sleep, staring at a lit candle or playing video games. - [Village Voice]After appearing on Letterman the night before, James Blake's tour with Falty DL hit Terminal 5 lat night (5/7), the first of two stops at the Westside venue for the pair. They'll hit T5 again on Thursday (5/ 9), While that show is sold-out, you can still get tickets to see both of them DJing at the Museum of Natural History on Friday (5/10).
More pictures from Terminal 5 are below.
James Blake on 'Letterman' - 5/6/13
James Blake is on a tour in support of his fantastic new album, Overgrown, which already hit Coachella, and landed him in NYC last night (5/6) for a performance on the Late Show with David Letterman. He performed the single from his new album, "Retrograde," and you can watch a video of that performance below.
The late night TV appearance was ahead of his two tour stops at Terminal 5 TONIGHT (5/7) and Thursday (5/9) with FaltyDL. Tickets for tonight's show are still available and we're also giving away a pair, but Thursday's show is sold out. James and FaltyDL also DJ the Museum of Natural History on Friday (5/10). Later this month, FaltyDL will take part in an event at NYC's Sullivan Room on May 27.
Updated dates are listed, along with the 'Letterman' video, below...
James Blake at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As mentioned, James Blake is currently on our side of the Atlantic for a North American tour which hits Terminal 5 for headlining shows on Tuesday (5/7) and Thursday (5/9), and a DJ set at the Museum of Natural History (5/10) afterwards. All three shows are with FaltyDL. The May 9 show is sold out but tickets for the May 7 show are still available and we're also giving away a pair to that one. Details on how to enter to win are below.
Those Terminal 5 shows happen right after Flying Lotus, Thundercat, and Ultraista play the same venue (5/5 & 5/6), and we're giving away tickets to those shows too. Today (5/3) is the last chance to enter for the FlyLo contest.
James Blake's excellent new album, Overgrown is out now, and he recently recorded a KCRW session for its single, "Retrograde, which came out earlier this week. You can watch that video, along with contest details and his updated tour schedule, below...
photos by Wei Shi
Ghost BC / The Three O'Clock / Thee Oh Sees fans
After two weekends, Coachella 2013 officially came to a close this past Sunday (4/21) with sets from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Wu-Tang Clan, Grimes, Vampire Weekend, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jessie Ware, Tame Impala, and more. Pictures of those artists, and some of the comparatively smaller but not less exciting artists that we missed at Weekend 1, like Ghost B.C., The Three O'Clock, DIIV, and Thee Oh Sees, are in this post.
We didn't catch James Blake this time like we did the first time, but he brought out RZA (who was there with Wu-Tang Clan) to perform their song, "Take A Fall For Me," which appears on James' new album, Overgrown. You can watch a video of that below.
In case you haven't been keeping up with our coverage, pictures of Weekend 2 Day 1 are HERE and Weekend 2 Day 2 are HERE. For Weekend 1 pictures, check out day 1 (HERE and HERE), day 2 (HERE) and day 3 (HERE).
More pictures from Weekend 2 Day 3 and the James Blake video below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Wu-Tang Clan / Father John Misty / Grimes / the crowd @ Coachella, 4/14/2013
As the wind whipped through the final day of Coachella's first weekend, it became clear to those at the front of the stage that the techs getting the stage set up for the Red Hot Chili Peppers' festival-closing headlining set had a choice: take down the video screens that clearly were a part of the Peppers' production, or leave them up, risking them blowing uncontrollably around the stage. So they chose the former, leaving behind grandiose production elements in favor of solid -- but not-quite-revelatory -- musicianship.The first weekend of Coachella wrapped up last night (4/14). with sets from The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dead Can Dance, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and Staten Island hiphop legends the Wu-Tang Clan who performed much of their classic 1993 album, Enter The 36 Chambers, as well as solo hits from the different members. Earlier Sunday also saw Grimes' energetic set, noisemakers JEFF the Brotherhood and Dinosaur Jr, the mellow gold of Kurt Vile, Australian psych purveyors Tame Impala, crowd-pleasers Vampire Weekend, Gaslight Anthem, and Father John Misty. Pictures of those acts' sets are in this post.
It's a sort of metaphor for this year's edition of the festival, which never quite hit the watercooler moment. On the final day of the first weekend (the lineup repeats next week), there were no superstar surprises, no Daft Punk appearance and, during the Chili Peppers' set, not even a new song: just a major band, playing through their major hits, for a major audience.
It's been the story of this Coachella from the start, when the two-weekend blowout nearly sold out before the lineup was even announced, but on the field it became immediately obvious: This festival, at least this year, no longer was about "music fans" but about "Coachella fans" -- that is to say, the tens of thousands of revelers who packed the field had no specific allegiance to a band, a genre or an affiliation. - [Hollywood Reporter]
Other acts that played Sunday: Cloud Nothings as a three-piece, Ghost BC (who played too early for our photographer to catch), Jessie Ware (who also made an appearance during Disclosure's set) and San Francisco psych-garage kings Thee Oh Sees, who we also missed but were joined on sleigh bells by fellow Bay Area resident Ty Segall.
Marnie Stern @ BVSXSW 2013 (more by Kevin Figeuroa)
Wavves @ Sub-t in Chicago, 4/1/2013 (more by Milos Markicevic)
today in NYC
* DJ Shadow @ Output
* Jon Madof @ The Stone
* Elliot Sharp @ Silent Barn
* Villagers @ Manhattan Inn
* CollegeHumor Live @ UCB
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* ABSU, Tombs @ Saint Vitus
* Kinski, Jowe Head @ Cake Shop
* B.B. King @ The Capitol Theatre
* Hot Club of Cowtown @ Joe's Pub
* Cloud Cult, JBM @ Bowery Ballroom
* Neptune, Ornament, Raft @ Union Pool
* Wavves, FIDLAR, Cheatahs @ Glasslands
* Banning Eye & Abdoulaye Diabate @ Barbes
* Alicia Keys, Miguel @ Madison Square Garden
* Sunbears!, Heavy Duty Super Ego @ Spike Hill
* Alejandro Zuleta Vallenato Collective @ Barbes
* Skaters, TV Baby, Reputante @ Mercury Lounge
* The Proclaimers (acoustic set) @ The Bell House
* Poolside (DJ Set), Hidden Cat, DJ Eko @ Glasslands
* Peelander Z, The Suzan, EULA, Zongo Junction @ Europa
* World Blanket, The Inner Banks, Wild Leaves @ Union Hall
* Hello Shark, Softspot, Advaeta, Matt Sullivan @ The Ho_se
* King Khan & BBQ Show, Bloodshot Bill @ Santos Party House
* Chloe Sunshine, Bird Courage, Helioscope, Keyke @ Paper Box
* Ian Henefield, John Brodeur, Corin Ashley @ Pete's Candy Store
* Marnie Stern, Talk Normal, Speedy Ortiz @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Diarrhea Planet, Wild Yaks, Slam Donahue, Flagland @ Shea Stadium
* Saigon Kick, Spider Rockets, Shinobi Ninja @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Vito & Druzzi (of The Rapture), Punches, Powerslug, Alex English @ WIP
* Delorean, Mas Ysa, Van Rivers, True Panther Sound System @ 285 Kent
* Houndmouth, Christopher Paul Stelling, Jon Lindsay @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Anonymous (And.On.I.Must), Diana Oh IS GOING ROUGE, muMs @ Littlefield
* Bad Credit No Credit, Not Blood Paint, Guardian Alien, Slander @ Bowery Electric
* Night Birds, Tenement, Marvin Berry and The New Sound, Dipers @ Grand Victory
* Pete Donnelly (of The Figgs), Freedy Johnston, Rebecca Pronsky @ The Rock Shop
* Modern Convenience, Neighbors, The Numerators, Juniper Rising @ Death By Audio
* Shawn O' Sullivan, Chase Smith, Chupacabras (DJ Set), Speculator (DJ Set) @ Cameo Gallery
* The Dough Rollers, Grand Rapids, Samuel Cooper, Stephen Weinheimer, Stilettos N Steel, Andrew Leahey and The Homestead @ Pianos
Man Forever dropped off tonight's Cake Shop bill because Kid Millions is drumming with Spiritualized on their tour around Coachella. But it's still a cool show, with former Swell Maps and general indie legend Jowe Head, and Seattle stalwarts Kinski.
Lot of great show options tonight. Go see some music!
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James Blake, who is at Coachella this weekend and soon in NYC, just released the video for his single "Overgrown," which was shot by big time director Nabil Elderkin (Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Bon Iver). Gorgeously shot, you can watch it below.
by Andrew Sacher
As mentioned, Mount Kimbie are releasing their new album, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, on May 28 via Warp. You've already heard the great first single, "Made To Stray," and they've now let loose another track, "Blood and Form." Even more so than "Made To Stray," this one sees the band experimenting with lead/live vocals and it works out really well. Stream it below.
Meanwhile, Mount Kimbie's pal James Blake, whose tour brings him to NYC for two live dates and a DJ set with FaltyDL in May, released his new album, Overgrown today (4/9). Stream the whole thing below via a Spotify widget, unless you've already downloaded it illegally which James wouldn't seem to mind.
NYC producer FaltyDL, whose new album Hardcourage came out back in January, is about to head out on tour with James Blake that includes that includes two shows at Terminal 5 on May 7 (tickets) and May 9 (sold-out).
After their two T5 shows, FaltyDL and James Blake will DJ the One Step Beyond party at NYC's American Museum of Natural History on May 10 with Obey City. The 21+ party starts and 9PM and tickets are still available.
After that, FaltyDL will participate in an event called "Deviation" which happens at NYC's Sullivan Room on May 27. Hosted by BBC Radio 1 DJ Benji B, the night also features a live set from Viennese synthmaster Dorian Concept, and DJ sets from Ireland's Orquesta, and Finland's Somepoe. It's part of the monthlong Red Bull Music Academy and tickets ($5) are still available.
In related news, James Blake just released a video for his track "Voyeur" from new album Overgrown (out 4/9). The clip, directed by animators Tobias Revell and Ferry Gouw, gets deep into the groove. Really deep. You can watch it below.