Entries tagged with: James Blake
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 ($5) are still available.
In related news, James Blake just released a video for his track "Voyeur" from new album Overgrown (out 4/9). The clip, directed by animators Tobias Revell and Ferry Gouw, gets deep into the groove. Really deep. You can watch it below.
As mentioned, James Blake is playing Terminal 5 on May 9 and while there are still tickets available for that show, it's selling well enough that they've added another T5 show two days before on May 7 with FaltyDL opening. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (3/15) at noon. Updated dates are below.
Natureboy @ Union Pool, 9/22/2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
today in NYC
Mike Daisey @ Joe's Pub
Soulive @ Brooklyn Bowl
Zach Pruitt @ The Stone
Travis Reuter @ The Stone
Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
Ben Holmes Quartet @ Barbes
The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
The Whigs, Bad Girlfriend @ Mercury Lounge
We Are The Woods, Tom Shaner @ Mercury Lounge
Tristan Prettyman, Anya Marina @ Bowery Ballroom
Greys, Shahman, Fake Surfers, LAW$UITS @ Death By Audio
Natureboy, Magmana, Daltonians, Abandoned Lighthouse @ Cameo Gallery
Breastfist, Taurus, Nate Wood, Alan Hampton, Jeremy Current @ Pianos
Jo Kroger, Lindsay Dragon, Dollshot, Maya Caballero @ Pete's Candy Store
Dropkick Murphys, The Mahones, BarRoom Heroes, Bryan McPherson @ Terminal 5
Adrian Younge's Venice Dawn, William Hart, Taylor McFerrin, DJ Spinna, Pharoahe Monch @ Le Poisson Rouge
So...not a lot of shows. It's because everyone's in or heading to Austin for SXSW. Including most of BrooklynVegan. Follow our exploits via @BVSXSW on Twitter. If you're in Austin, come say hi at one of our many parties (most of which are free).
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Big K.R.I.T. prominently samples James Blake's "The Wilhelm Scream" on his new single, "R.E.M.," which you can watch the video for below.
Earl Sweatshirt is working on his new album, Doris, and as mentioned, he'd be revealing the video for its second single, "Whoa," this week. That video features Tyler, the Creator and it's out now and you can watch it below. Catch Earl at SXSW in Austin playing collaborative sets with Captain Murphy (aka Flying Lotus) like he just did in LA.
We're about a month away from James Blake's new album, Overgrown, and we just got a new taste from the record to tide us over till we get to hear the whole thing. BBC Radio 1 DJ Benji B just premiered the dub version of "Voyeur," and you can stream a radio rip (via Gorilla Vs. Bear) below.
UPDATE: Another Overgrown track has just surfaced. You can listen to "Digital Lion" below too.
As mentioned, James Blake will release his sophomore full length album, Overgrown, on April 8 via Atlas/Republic, and he's just revealed the artwork (above) and the tracklist (below). Most interestingly, the tracklist reveals that there is a song called "Digital Lion," which will feature contributions from Brian Eno, and a song called "Take a Fall For Me," which will feature rapping from the RZA. In the words of Katy Perry, take that, Bon Iver.
James will also be going on a tour in support of the album, which comes to NYC on May 9 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are still available. He recently expanded the tour to include more international shows. Check out an updated list of dates and the video for Overgrown single, "Retrograde," below.
Meanwhile, Brian Eno has an upcoming event in NYC too, as part of Red Bull Music Academy. He'll be presenting the NYC premiere of his audio-visual installation, 77 Million Paintings, in May, along with an "illustrate talk" at Cafe Rouge on May 6. Tickets to that, and all other RBMA shows, go on sale March 4 at 10 AM.
Yob at The Bell House in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Jeff Garlin @ Caroline's
* David Broza @ City Winery
* Yob, Hull, Bezoar @ Saint Vitus
* Ben Howard, Will Mason @ Terminal 5
* Wyatt Cenac, Seth Herzog @ Littlefield
* Frank London's Shekhina Big Band @ The Stone
* Bleeding Rainbow, Daytona, Gracie @ Cake Shop
* Matmos, Horse Lords, Vorhees @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Geri X, Portmanteaux, Oh Halo, Condola Rashad @ Pianos
* Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Bird Names, Images @ Big Snow
* Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains @ Videology
* Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Margaret Glaspy, Julian Lage, John Putnam @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Grant's Tomb, Glowing Skull Ring, Small Craft Warning @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Chat Logs, Cellular Chaos, Feast of the Epiphany @ The Bowery Electric
* Octo Octa, Leverage Models, Test House, Certain Creatures @ Glasslands
* Brothers NYC, Daddy Long Legs, The Dead Exs, The National Reserve @ Mercury Lounge
* Hannibal Buress, Taylor Ketchum, Kate Hendrick, Michael Che, Mike Denny @ Matchless
After Justin Timberlake performed at the Grammys last night (with Jay-Z, who also joined him last week in New Orleans and again last night at Justin's post-Grammys Palladium show), he revealed another track off of his upcoming The 20/20 Experience, the 8-minute "Mirrors." You can listen to that song below. The album drops on March 19 via RCA, and as you may have seen on commercials during the Grammys, Target is selling a pre-order of the album with two bonus tracks.
Following his big Grammys win for Rap Album of the Year, Drake (who won for 2011's Take Care) revealed that Take Care's follow up will be called Nothing Was the Same, and is due out this year. He also just made a video for his new Kendrick Lamar-inspired single, "Started From the Bottom," which you can watch below.
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Pope Benedict XVI has announced his resignation as pope, the first pope to step down in six centuries. We don't really have an opinion of that news here at BrooklynVegan, BUT we couldn't resist the chance to acknowledge that BrooklynVegan photographer Chris La Putt took this picture:
by Andrew Sacher
James Blake at MHOW in 2012 (more by PSquared Photography
James Blake just premiered his new single, "Retrograde," the first single off his just-announced album, Overgrown (due out 4/8 via Republic), on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show. It's a bit more overtly R&B than the material on his debut, but we're loving it just the same. The single will be out commercially on Monday (2/11).
Stream it The stream has been deleted but the track's video is now below...
James Blake at MHOW in 2012 (more by PSquared Photography
The news has been floating around that James Blake has a new album on the way, and he's finally announced that it's called Overgrown and will be out on April 8 via Republic. Zane Low will be premiering its first single, "Retrograde," on his BBC Radio 1 show today (2/7) at 7:30 PM GMT (that's 2:30 PM EST), so stay tuned for that.
UPDATE: Listen to a radio rip of "Retrograde" HERE.
James Blake at MHOW in 2012 (more by PSquared Photography)
James Blake was just confirmed on the Coachella 2013 lineup and it turns out that the festival is part of the UK singer/producer's spring North American tour. That tour comes to NYC for James' largest show here yet on March 9 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/1) at noon.
Hopefully this tour is a sign that James' new album will be out soon. A video of him playing two new songs live and a list of all North American dates below...
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...
photos by PSquared Photography; words by Andrew Sacher
James Blake at MHOW - 12/11/12
"Now might be a good time to tell you that the album's nearly done, the new one. This is the first time we've played any of it to anybody in America," said [James] Blake, who admitted to being nervous. He needn't have been. The new tracks - which Blake says haven't been officially named yet, but were listed on the setlist as "We Are Going Down T'Pub", "Our Love Comes Back", "Every Day I Ran", and "Overgrown" - were stunning, continuing the trend of increasing Blake's vocal focus and even hinting at traces of R&B. The mix of fresh tunes and favorites was a brilliant balance. If set-closer "The Wilhelm Scream" had been the last song of the night, it would have been an impeccable show.James Blake, who had one of, if not the most stunning debut full length of 2011, came to NYC last night (12/11) for his first of two sold out shows here to make the stateside live debut of the material he's working on for that album's followup. As quoted in the above review, his set included six new songs. He also played the new material at a recent UK show, and a video of two of those songs from that show is below (no videos from the NYC show at the moment though). Last night's show was at Music Hall of Williamsburg and pictures are in this post.
[During the encore], Blake played new song "Retrograde", an absolutely massive tune that seemed to bring together everything he had played up to that point. It was the type of song that, when you hear it for the first time, puts a huge smile on your face, knowing you're going to get to hear it with fresh ears someday down the road. If this is the type of stuff on Blake's new album, he'll run 2013. [Consequence of Sound]
James and FaltyDL, who also opened last night, will do it again tonight (12/12) at Bowery Ballroom, and tonight's show is also sold out.
More pics and the setlist from Tuesday's show and that video are below...
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