Entries tagged with: James Blake
Lou Reed at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
When we first announced this year's Tibet House US benefit, which is happening on February 13 at Carnegie Hall, it was surprising that a Philip Glass-curated event in NYC with Laurie Anderson wouldn't also include Lou Reed. Well, as it turns out, Lou Reed will in fact be performing at the event. As mentioned, the lineup also includes "Newcomer of the Year" James Blake, Dechen Shak-Dagsay, Rahzel, and still more to be announced. Tickets are still available.
The Vaccines @ Escape to NY 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Speaking of even more bands that NME loves, The Vaccines, who are twitter friends with Howler, and part of the recently announced Coachella lineup, just announced a NYC show happening two days after their second Coachella set on April 23 at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale. All dates are listed below.
In related news, The Vaccines were recently up against Anna Calvi, Magnetic Man, Selah Sue, and James Blake in the "Newcomer of the Year" category at the third annual "Festival Awards Europe" which took place in the Netherlands on 1/11/12. This is who won at that:
And the winners are:All Vaccines tour dates are listed below...
Best Major European Festival - Sziget Festival (Hungary)
Best Medium-Sized European Festival - Off Festival (Poland)
Best Small European Festival - Haldern Pop (Germany)
Best New European Festival - Extrema Outdoor (Belgium)
Best Indoor Festival - I Love Techno (Belgium)
Best European Festival Line-Up - Rock Werchter (Belgium)
YOUROPE Green 'N' Clean Festival Of The Year - Melt! (Germany)
Artist's Favourite European Festival - Southside / Hurricane (Germany)
Best Newcomer association with Eurosonic Noorderslag - James Blake
Best Headliner - Coldplay
Festival Anthem of the Year - Coldplay 'Viva La Vida'
Virtual Festivals Europe presents Promoter Of The Year - FKP Scorpio (Germany)
YOUROPE Lifetime Achievement Award - Michael Eavis, Glastonbury (UK)
by Andrew Sacher
James Blake at MHOW in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The 22nd Annual Benefit Concert for Tibet House US is taking place this year at Carnegie Hall on February 13. Philip Glass, who is the artistic director for the Tibet House benefits, will perform alongside an as-usual incredible lineup which includes James Blake, Dechen Shak-Dagsay, Laurie Anderson, Rahzel, and more to be announced. Tickets are on sale now via Carnegie Hall and special packages that include a fundraising reception following the performance will be available soon via Tibet House US. More details below.
Philip Glass also has tons of upcoming events in celebration of his 75th birthday.
James Blake, who put out one of our favorite albums of 2011 capped the year off with the three-track Love What Happened Here EP. The title track recalls the material of James' 2010 EPs but throws splashes of funk and R&B with grabbing vocal samples and synthetic horn flourishes. The next track, "At Birth," is a more ambient affair which also brings to mind parts of his earlier work, but the final track, "Curbside," builds off instrumental boom bap and if not for the trademark vocal samples it would sound almost nothing like any of his other material. Buy the EP at eMusic and stream all three of its tracks below.
Details on the Tibet House US show and streams below...
I hate writing year-end lists, as might be obvious to many long-time BrooklynVegan readers. That said, I also like them. They help organize things, which is related to my problem though. I'm too unorganized and hectic to ever get around to making one! But this year a few of us (BrooklynVegan contributors) got together and decided to come up with a collective list of albums that we loved that we think most represented 2011 in BrooklynVegan land. Our indie rock-centric list purposely does not include metal (that's HERE) or hip hop (we should make a separate list). With that in mind, our top 26 albums of 2011, in alphabetical order, are listed (with some commentary and a list of honorable mentions too) below...
by Andrew Sacher
Skream & Benga
Dubstep originator Skream recently talked to UK mag the Quietus:
Quietus: A lot of people would say with the Skrillex stuff, that it's damaging to dubstep, it's perverting the sound.Skream is a little more lenient with the Skrillex type stuff than James Blake who called it a "direct misrepresentation of the sound" and Rusko, who said, "brostep is sort of my fault but now I've started to hate it." Rusko told SPIN that his new album, due out in January, is "completely a reaction to the masculine, dance-floor orientated, distorted mess that is the current state of dubstep." Skream's collaborator Benga is also working on a new album that is "different to what's going on at the minute," but like Skream, he says, "I'm not bothered. I'm happy that a lot of people like the music." Skream does admit that the dubstep going on at the moment is a "fad" though, and wants to make sure that when it "dies out, he's still standing."
Skream: But what are we gonna do, form a united front against Skrillex? Honestly, it's pathetic, I think, it's ridiculous. Either listen to it or don't listen to it. There's still nights playing the stuff those people want to hear. It's just bitchiness, it really is. You haven't got to like his music, you don't particularly have to like him, but there's no reason you can't like what he's done - he's smashed it. He's up for five Grammys. He must be doing something right, you know what I mean?
I think it hurts a lot of people over here because it's a UK sound, but it's been someone with influences outside the original sound that has made it a lot bigger. The bad side of that is that a lot of people will just say 'dubstep equals Skrillex'.
But in all honesty it genuinely doesn't bother me. I like the music he makes. People will fucking burn me for saying that [laughs]. There'll be effigies out in the fucking street! It just is what it is man, you've just got to keep yourself moving. The fact that dubstep, the word - you know I hate saying the word, I love what it is but I just hear it so much now. But even though it's so big now, that means that everybody else is earning a bit more money. Even if you're playing the deepest deepest sound, you're still earning that little bit more money because you're playing dubstep. Whether you want to admit it or not, you are.
Skream probably still will be standing, but until that fad dies out he'll be embracing it in NYC on February 4 at Terminal 5 when he and Benga open for Skrillex, along with Koan Sound and FlyLo associate Tokimonsta . Tickets will probably sell right out Thursday (12/22) at noon. They're on AmEx presale now.
(Speaking of Tokimonsta, she recently remixed Eight and a Half, the new project of Broken Social Scene's Justin Peroff and members of The Stills who play two NYC shows in February - both on sale this week.)
If the Terminal 5 show is exactly the kind of electronic show you don't want to be at (I wouldn't blame you), Tycho, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Beacon play the same day (2/4) at MHOW and tickets just went on sale.
Skrillex, who is also one of the many electro artists playing a cruise ship in January, also plays Roseland Ballroom on 2/3 (one day before Terminal 5) with Zane Lowe and Spank Rock who also recently toured with Ke$ha, Spank Rock has also opened for Bjork, and who toured with Big Freedia and friends this year too. From Iceland to Bushwick to mainstream pop to brostep, everyone loves Spank Rock. UPDATE: Skrillex plays Webster Hall while he's here too.
And speaking of James Blake, his new video for his cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You" which stars Rebecca Hall is below.
Also best of luck to James Blake collaborator Bon Iver who is going up against Skrillex for "Best New Artist" in the Grammys (you know, because Bon Iver was a new artist this year), not that Justin Vernon will care if he loses anyway (as he shouldn't).
James Blake video and a ton of Rusko tour dates (including New Year's Eve in Chicago), below...
The New Yorker's Alex Ross asked Bjork what her favorite albums are. Her choices include Nico's 1970 album "Desertshore", Aphex Twin's 2005 album "Drukqs", Kate Bush's 1982 album "The Dreaming", and James Blake's 2011 album "James Blake". On her own website, Bjork also says she's been listening to Beyonce (and James Blake) lately. Bjork saw James Blake live, at least once, at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn.
We're still waiting for Bjork to announce those US Biophilia shows. Meanwhile Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra can be heard at the Bell House in Brooklyn tonight (11/16). "The Travis Sullivan Quartet will be kicking the evening off with a short set of Sullivan originals, followed by an evening of Sullivan arrangements with the 12 piece band!"
Speaking of Kate Bush, she has a new album out in less than a week that is streaming online now.
photos by Amanda Hatfield words by Andrew Sacher
James Blake and Austra are both currently on their own tours, which after hitting separate Manhattan venues on Wednesday (10/5), crossed paths at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (10/6).
Austra started things off around 9 PM with the brooding slow-builder "Darken Her Horse." Unlike the sunlit Pier 54 that Austra played this summer, the dark tightly packed Music Hall of Williamsburg housed their gothy electropop perfectly. Katie Stelmanis took to the center of the stage dressed in white, while her backup vocalists were each in black, and as always, the three singers took charge of the show with their operatic voices and ghostly dances. After easing into their set with the most atmospheric song of the night, they picked things up with the disco-bass of "Young and Gay" and had turned the MHOW crowd into a full blown dance party a couple songs later with "Lose It." Yet no matter how enthusiastic the crowd got, the band's diabolic demeanor never faltered. The mood switched briefly from disco to tribal with the extended drum intro of "The Choke," but turned full on zombie prom during the aptly named "Beat and the Pulse."
After about a half hour break, James Blake walked out by himself to his keyboard setup on the stage at Music Hall of Williamsburg. He went directly into "Enough Thunder" off the EP of the same name which comes out this Tuesday (10/11) and is currently streaming at ABEANO. After repeatedly selling out larger venues, it was great to see James back at MHOW, where he made his US debut only seven months earlier. After the first song, he was joined by his band to continue the set. When James softly began the a cappella intro of "I Never Learnt To Share," the crowd's approval was so loud that you could hear the venue's PA shouting their cheers back at them as James looped his vocal harmonies. The song got even more intense when strobes kicked in over the instrumental break led by James' sharpest keyboard riff on the album. Despite James' ability to cause such overwhelming applause from the audience, he was still able to keep the entire room silent during the commanding "Lindisfarne."
A huge highlight of the set came when the band went into their live rendition of "CMYK." The drummer triggered the "look I found her red coat" vocal samples on his pad and James handled the pitch-shifted falsettos with his own mic. While most of the material on the LP moves bodies with its cavernous bass drops, the upbeat rhythms of "CMYK" are a refreshing (but not out of place) change in mood. During the song's ending passage, the guitarist took over the vocal samples, and as the song would normally end, the band came back in hard as the drummer pounded away a clave beat with live snare. James and his band followed the song with their brilliant take on Feist's "Limit To Your Love." They carried this one out too with an extended ambient dub jam at the end.
After a few more songs, including another new one and standout single "The Wilhem Scream," James and his band left the stage. Minutes later, James returned by himself for an encore and said, "I'm gonna end this the way I started. Not with the same song, but you know." Like he did at his first MHOW show, he played his solo piano rendition of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You," took a bow and left the stage. It's too bad Austra didn't have time to do their Joni Mitchell cover too.
More pictures, videos, and setlists from the show below...
As many are posting, James Blake told Liz Pelly at the Boston Phoenix that:
"I think the dubstep that has come over to the US, and certain producers-- who I can't even be bothered naming-- have definitely hit upon a sort of frat-boy market where there's this macho-ism being reflected in the sounds and the way the music makes you feel. And to me, that is a million miles away from where dubstep started. It's a million miles away from the ethos of it. It's been influenced so much by electro and rave, into who can make the dirtiest, filthiest bass sound, almost like a pissing competition, and that's not really necessary. And I just think that largely that is not going to appeal to women. I find that whole side of things to be pretty frustrating, because that is a direct misrepresentation of the sound as far as I'm concerned."As many would agree, that means you Skrillex (who lots of people hate and who collaborates with KORN who... have a new DUBSTEP ALBUM COMING OUT and who are playing Radiohead's favorite venue Roseland soon too) (And though he's Canadian, James might also be referring to Datsik who also collaborated with Korn and who plays Webster Hall tonight).
Speaking of James Blake, who recently played ACL, didn't win the Mercury Prize, collaborated with Bon Iver, and will be back in NYC soon, I saw him play in a church (the perfect setting for him) at the Way Out West Festival in Sweden back in August with Low (perfect for them too). I posted one picture the next day, and a few more to Facebook, but never the whole set, so here they are. They continue with all dates below...
photos by Tim Griffin
James Blake / Kanye West
"Light sprinkles ushered in the first day of the tenth annual Austin City Limits Music (ACL) Festival, but it was a welcome reprieve from the humid heat that has been plaguing the area and the state. Music and festival fans came in droves to see their favorite ACL artists, and rumors swirled throughout the day as to who the main headliner of the evening, Kanye West, would share the stage with..." [Pegasus News]Kanye, who was playing opposite Coldplay on Friday night, didn't share the stage with anyone except his dancers. Those who have seen or read about any of Kanye's recent shows know what his set at ACL looked like, complete with multiple acts, ballerinas and big backdrops.
Austin City Limits continues today, Saturday (9/17). You can stream it online. More pictures from Friday below...
The bookies were right. Guardian posted the following this morning:
The favourite for tonight's Mercury prize among bookmakers remains PJ Harvey, with Ladbrokes and Paddy Power offering odds of 5/4, William Hill 6/5 and Bet 365 an impressive 9/5 that the Dorset-born singer will take home the award for her album Let England Shake. According to the bookies, Harvey's main competition comes from self-titled albums by Anna Calvi and James Blake, with some shops also backing Adele's 21.Congrats to PJ Harvey. Maybe next time James.
Ladbrokes gives Calvi, Adele and Blake 4/1, 5/1 and 7/1 odds, respectively; William Hill offers 7/1, 6/1 and 5/1; and Paddy Power puts them at 6/1, 6/1 and 13/2. Although a couple of outfits are giving similar odds to Metronomy's The English Riviera, others have relegated them to the second tier of nominees, which includes Ghostpoet, King Creosote and Katy B.
When James Blake posted his collaboration with Bon Iver, "Fall Creek Boys Choir" to his YouTube page, we mentioned that he also noted, "Enough Thunder - Oct 2011." It's since been revealed that Enough Thunder an EP set to be released on October 10 via Atlas (that's the artwork above). The EP will include "Fall Creek Boys Choir," James' cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You", and four currently untitled original tracks. The cover is a picture taken during James's performance at Glastonbury this year.
James is set to kick off a North American tour in September that includes an October 5 Webster Hall show with Chairlift and an October 6 Music Hall of Williamsburg show with Austra. Both NYC shows are sold out.
Chairlift also play their own show at Mercury Lounge on October 24 after the James Blake tour. TIckets for that show go on sale Thursday (9/1) at noon.
Chairlift dates and streams of "Fall Creek Boys Choir" and "A Case of You" below...
by Andrew Sacher
After tons of speculation on what the James Blake & Bon Iver - "Fall Creek Boys Choir" would be, it aired on Zane Lowe's show (with host Huw Stevens sitting in) on BBC Radio 1 a few minutes ago, and we now know that the collaboration is a single song with the name "Fall Creek Boys Choir" (which we also know is a name Justin Vernon has used in the past). The collaboration features Justin on vocals and James on beats. Zane writes on his blog:
Hi, it's Huw in for Zane. Tonight's Hottest is from James Blake and Bon Iver. After a chance meeting at South by South West, the massive new music festival in Austin, Texas back in March, this collaboration came about after a mutual respect of each others music was displayed. Both incredibly special musicians, this track is as atmospheris, as low key and as stunning as you'd imagine from Blake, here on production duties, and Justin Vernon who sings on this song.According to James Blake's YouTube account, the song will be available on iTunes on Monday, August 29. The same post also says "Enough Thunder - Oct 2011." "Enough Thunder" is a new song that James has been playing live. Watch a live video of that and listen to "Fall Creek Boys Choir" below...
If you're wondering what James Blake meant when he tweeted "24th August 2011 - James Blake & Bon Iver "Fall Creek Boys Choir,"" it looks like we'll find out now. He just took to twitter again, saying, "James Blake & Bon Iver "Fall Creek Boys Choir" tonight BBC Radio 1. 7:30pm (ish)." If he means UK time (which he does), that's in less than 20 minutes (2:30pm EST). Listen HERE.
UPDATE: "Fall Creek Boys Choir" is the name of a song. They played it. Listen to it HERE.
Meanwhile also check out a new Bon Iver-approved unofficial video for "Holocene" to accompany the recently released official video, below...
written with assistance from Andrew Sacher
UPDATE: "Falls Creek Boys Choir" is a song. Listen HERE.
The Fall Creek Boys Choir, according to a MySpace page created in 2007, are "An amateur singing group from Fall Creek, WI that gets together twice a month and rehearses, drinks 7up and Cranberry juice mixers, and sometimes records at the Cricket Gym," Its members are "Jeff Carter, Bonnie Bennett, Tom Olson, Rich Valvey, Pam Triton, Cal 'Jacket' Teely, Jennifer Teely, Sam Teely, Ashley Gunderson, Pat Robbins, Ashley Pessup, Matt Forser, Cole Perry." We don't recognize any of those names, but you can head below to hear some pretty beautiful harmonies that they created and posted to myspace.com/fallcreekboyschoir (last login October 21, 2008).
The choir once had a proper website. It's gone now, but the URL is still listed on MySpace. It's aprilbase.com ("Justin's website" according to DeYarmond Edison's breakup message). It's obviously not a coincidence that April Base also happens to be the name of Justin Vernon's recording studio in the same small Wisconsin town that the Boys Choir is from. An ApriBase MySpace with the URL Myspace.com/jdvernon (last login October 21, 2008) only further ties it all together (Fall Creek Boys Choir in jdvernon's top friends included). Myspace.com/aprilbase in turn takes you to a page belonging to "Vern" (and it's where we got the above picture).
Back to the Fall Creek songs for a second... We're not totally sure who the voices (or voice) in the mix are, but listening to those harmonies definitely makes us feel like we're listening to harmonies from any of the Bon Iver albums. Let us know what you think.
Update: One of the tracks, "New York (ball point)," contains the same vocal lines used in "Cool Knowledge" from Justin's Volcano Choir project. Remember that nobody had also logged into the myspace containing these four songs since 2008.
We do know that Justin likes to revisit his older work, considering the acoustic guitar intro to his recent single "Holocene" almost mirrors that of "Hazleton" recorded earlier under his own name, pre-Bon Iver.
Last but not least (and really what got us started on all of this)... Earlier today, James Blake tweeted "24th August 2011 - James Blake & Bon Iver "Fall Creek Boys Choir."" Is James Blake joining the Fall Creek Boys Choir? Did Justin get the old gang back together for a collaboration with Mr. Blake? Is Justin just reusing an old name, sort of like he did with April Base? It's a mystery for now, though we were able to get confirmation that the date in the tweet does not refer to a live show.
August 24, 2011 is in a week so it won't be long until we hear whatever it is these two great minds have up their sleeves. Fall Creek Boys Choir songs below...
James Blake last night in a church @ Way Out West, Gothenburg, Sweden
Tickets for the Feist show at BAM go on sale Monday.
Austra at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Austra, who just finished up a tour with Cold Cave at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (8/6), will return to the venue as part of a just-announced headlining US/Canada tour this fall. All new dates are listed below.
That tour includes October 5 at Bowery Ballroom with Light Asylum. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/12) at noon with an AmEx pre-sale starting Wednesday (8/10) at noon.
And while Austra headline Bowery Ballroom, James Blake will be not too far away headlining his own show at Webster Hall as part of his upcoming tour (tickets). The next night (10/6) both Austra and James will team up to play a Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg together! Tickets are not on sale yet, but check ticketmaster for updates. James will be the headliner of the show at Music Hall (where he played his first US show in March).
The US run also includes Austra's appearance at Moogfest and Fun Fun Fun Fest. Grimes open most of the other US dates. The Canadian shows, and a few US shows are with Austra's backup singers' other band Tasseomancy. Young Galaxy are also on a few of these dates.
The North American dates come after Austra tours Europe at the end of this month through September. That tour includes a date opening for Arcade Fire in Amsterdam a few days after both bands play Popaganda Festival in Sweden (the country James Blake plays in as part of Way Out West this Thursday night).
All tour dates below...
The shortlist has been revealed for the 2011 Mercury Prize. The list includes some major albums like James Blake's incredibly striking self titled debut, PJ Harvey's massive comeback Let England Shake, and Adele's 21, in addition to some other interesting choices like Anna Calvi's self titled debut and King Creosote & Jon Hopkins collaborative album Diamond Mine.
Katy B, who paid a brief visit to the US in June, is also nominated.
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins were just in NYC for two shows, including Thursday (7/14) at Mercury Lounge and Sunday (7/17) at The Rock Shop. The shows were part of a short tour which ends this week. They also play some shows together in August and September.
It's also interesting to note the absence of Radiohead on this list. The King of Limbs is the first of the band's album not to be nominated since Amnesiac's nomination in 2001 (though they've never actually won).
Check out the full list below...
Hospitality @ Pianos in Feb (more by Jessica Amaya)
today in NYC
* Senna (movie) @ KF
* It Is It @ Pianos
* Effi Briest @ Zebulon
* Jen Chapin @ Barbes
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* Rhys Tivey @ The Stone
* Ben Senterfit @ The Stone
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* Hospitality @ South Street Seaport
* Pink Martini @ Central Park Summerstage
* Elliot & The Ghost, The Actuals @ Mercury Lounge
* Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Taking Back Sunday, Thursday @ Best Buy Theater
* Jon Hopkins, King Creosote, Phone Home @ The Rock Shop
* Grandfather, Grass Is Green, Ovlov @ Bruar Falls (free)
* Stephane Wrembel Presents The Django Experiment @ Barbes
* The Manhattans, Rhythm Revue with Felix Hernandez @ Crotona Park
* Xray Eyeballs, Frankie Rose, Woven Bones @ Beekman Beer Garden
* Insanity, Mutant Supremacy, Betrayall, Sacrificial Blood @ Acheron
* Jimmy Gnecco, Lukas Rossi, School Of Rock Waldwick @ Studio @ Webster Hall
* The Rochambros, The Rotaries, Two States, Robin Hood, Burning Buildings @ Silent Barn
* Monument, Weak Teeth, Best Practices, Tit Patrol, Don't Give A Fuck, Living Room @ Party Xpo
* Lord Finesse, Boogie Blind, Jasmine Solano, King Ryuku Sound, Stellas & Dutches, K-Prince, Deadly Dragon Sound System @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Freddie Stevenson, Alastair Ottesen, Rebecca Jordan, Marlo Marron, Orly, John Foti, Saskia Lane, Deidre Rodman, Guilford County Kings, Kay Story, Eric McGrath @ Rockwood Music Hall
We're presenting a free 'Senna' Screening at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn today. Doors at 4pm. Movie at 5pm. First come, first served. Free poster to the first 50 people. Free VitaCoco to all. Brazilian themed drink special too. Check out our Facebook invite. Win early entry by helping us spread the word on Facebook and Twitter.
Haven't had enough South Street Seaport yet this weekend? Head over there for a free set by Hospitality at 3pm and then stick around for the free show at Beekman Beer Garden.
James Blake, who played the Pitchfork Festival Friday, played "The Wilhelm Scream" on Fallon on Thursday (7/14). Questlove seems to be suggesting that James will appear on the next Roots album. Watch the video below.
photos by Bao Nguyen
"One of the sickest shows I have ever been too,
James Blake blew the roof that bitch." - Lily Nunez
"My teeth are vibrating. At James Blake in Webster Hall" - Brennan Moore
"Seeing James Blake at Webster hall.
This is what soul and bass should sound like" - Static TV
James Blake played to a sold out crowd at Webster Hall last night (7/13). His set included all of the James Blake standouts as usual, but also some interesting additions. He played a live version of "CMYK" which he only recently began doing (video below). He ended his set with a cover of Digital Mystikz' "Anti-War Dub" and then returned for an encore to play "The Wilhelm Scream" and a new track, "Tell Me, Are You With Me" (video below).
More pictures, videos, and the setlist from the Webster Hall below...
"Paul Simon, Lee Scratch Perry and Jimmy Cliff play blinding sets at Glastonbury Saga stage. All over 70 Tony Benn oldest at 95 !" - James Osborn
"Best thing musically I saw at Glastonbury was probably SBTRKT on the Friday night ...quality stuff." - Joshua Saunders
Glastonbury 2011 (via Glastonbury.fm)
Glastonbury Festival took place in Worthy Farm in Pilton, England this past weekend. Tons of artists from all different backgrounds played the festival. The festival featured guest appearances, secret sets, and other interesting occurrences. Here are a few of the highlights.
Headliner Beyonce played a hits-heavy set with some pretty interesting cover song choices (King of Leon's "Sex on Fire," Etta James' "At Last"). But more even more interestingly, Tricky joined her on stage for a pretty inexplicable guest appearance on "Baby Boy." The trip-hop pioneer took a mic and uttered some sparse vocals as Beyonce and her backup singers belted the song. Video of the performance is below.
Speaking of things related to Massive Attack and Glastonbury, UK DJ Nick Warren, who would regularly DJ for Massive Attack in the '90s, said "My Highlight of Glastonbury Festival was James Blake live." James's set included the track "CMYK" off the 2010 EP of the same name in addition to tracks off his 2011 self-titled album. Some might say James's set was even explosive:
James Blake at Glastonbury
Festival attendees who were not part of the 75,000 watching Beyonce may have ended up at The Streets' set which took place at the same time. The show was apparently one of the Mike Skinner's last, who recently announced a breakup. Unfortunately, The Streets recently cancelled a trip NYC, but maybe they'll reschedule before saying their final goodbye. Video of The Streets' Glastonbury performance below.
This year's secret shows included UK Glastonbury vets Pulp and Radiohead.
It was Pulp's fourth Glastonbury appearance but their first for nine years and as they came on stage, frontman Jarvis Cocker told the crowd: 'We couldn't think of anything to get you so we brought the sunshine.'Video and setlist of Pulp's performance (which Kate Moss did not witness) below.
After their set, which included some of their biggest hits including Disco 2000 and Common People, he added: 'Thanks Glastonbury, obviously it's been a very important place for us. When we played in '95 things took off for us and we went in a strange orbit around the earth, and now we're back home in one piece.' [Daily Mail]
Radiohead brought Portishead drummer Clive Deamer as a guest to play with Philip Selway. Their setlist was almost entirely made up of The King of Limbs and In Rainbows tracks, and recent non-album material, except for Amnesiac's "I Might Be Wrong." They also surprised fans of their earlier work by playing "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" as an encore. Video of "The Daily Mail" and "Bloom" and setlist below.
Cee Lo, unlike at Coachella, showed up on time for his set, which included a mix of his own material and Gnarls Barkley stuff. He also covered Black Sabbath twice. Big Boi got lost in London, but also ended up showing on time for his set. Like Cee Lo, he still embraces past projects and included a good amount of Outkast material. Big Boi-collaborator Janelle Monae played the festival too. Video of her performance of "Tightrope" below. Catch her and Cee Lo (but not Big Boi) for free at Afro-Punk in August.
Battles brought Matias Aguayo on stage to sing "Ice Cream," the song he recorded lead vocals for on their recently released Gloss Drop. Video below.
British folk/jazz legends Pentangle, who reunited in 2008 but have not been very busy since then, played the festival. Their lineup includes Bert Jansch who is currently a Drag City-recording artist and released The Black Swan on the label in 2006, over 30 years after Pentangle originally broke up. Lauren Laverne of BBC 6 interviewed the band. They talked about the resurgence of folk music and how Bert is a fan of Fleet Foxes (who also played Glastonbury). Video of the interview below.
SBTRKT at Glastonbury 2011 via facebook
SBTRKT, who visits NYC for the first time in July, played a live set (pictured above). His Young Turks labelmate Jamie xx (of The xx) played a set too. Jamie's "Far Nearer" single is on sale now. Pressings are limited. Check out a soundcloud stream of the track below.
Another UK post-dubstepper Jamie Woon played the festival. 3AM writes, "During my bum breaks, I caught Jamie Woon's set and it was fantastic. I've heard a lot about this chap, but haven't listened to his stuff before. Sitting in the middle of a field with a pounding head and cider was the perfect way to be introduced to Jamie's chilled but strong, powerful tunes."
Speaking of dubstep crossover, UK singer Katy B brought her dubstep-leaning pop to Glastonbury as well. She plays a private show in NYC tonight (6/27). It will be her first.
Little Dragon wowed the crowd, according to VH1 anyway:
For the UK at least, this performance of their new song "Ritual Union" is a real coming-out party for the band, who absolutely deserve to be heard on a much wider scale. It's really difficult to make smooth music work in the middle of the day at a big outdoor festival, but Little Dragon pulls it off in style.Video of that and their whole setlist is below.
UK anti-folkie Emmy the Great covered The Pixies' classic "Where Is My Mind" with help from Tim Wheeler of the punky brit-poppers Ash. Full setlist below.
On a more negative note,
A senior member of David Cameron's Tory constituency has been found dead in a portable toilet at the Glastonbury festival.---
Christopher Shale, the chairman of West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, suffered a heart attack, sources believe.
His body was found in a portable toilet in the backstage area, where many celebrities and performers stay.
A story in the Mail on Sunday contained leaked sections of a strategy document Shale had drafted for David Cameron, in which he said the party can be perceived as "crass" and "always on the take".
Avon and Somerset police confirmed that the body of a man in his mid-50s had been found in the backstage area. A woman was seen being comforted by officers.
His body was found at 8.45am. An area between the Pyramid stage and the Other stage has been cordoned off. [Guardian]
Videos, soundcloud streams, setlists, and other stuff below...
Tickets are on still sale for other Williamsburg Waterfront shows too, like Sonic Youth and Death Cab.
Panda Bear tickets also go on sale at noon.
Tickets are still on sale for An Evening With Youssou N'Dour at Terminal 5 on June 24th.
James at LPR earlier this month (more by David Andrako)
James Blake heads out on a tour this summer which includes the previously announced Webster Hall show on July 13. The tour is almost entirely overseas, save for the NYC show and Pitchfork Fest, but James has added a leg of American dates in the fall, including Austin City Limits and October 5th back at Webster Hall. Tickets for all dates are on presale now. Look for general sale tickets to appear soon.
Check out the recently-released video for "Lindisfarne" and more dates below...
The 10th Anniversary ACL Festival line-up is on the books. Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Nas & Damian "Jr Gong" Marley and Cee Lo top the bill of the over 130 bands. Bright Eyes, Social Distortion, Empire of the Sun, Santigold, Pretty Lights, TV On The Radio, Skrillex, Big Boi and Randy Newman are also on tap to rock September 16-18.3-Day passes are sold out. 1-Day passes go on sale at 10am. Full lineup below...
photos by David Andrako
James Black @ LPR
James Blake has the element of surprise working for him. The 22-year-old Londoner first became known last year as a producer of dubstep, the British club-music micro-genre marked by throbbing, reverberating bass.James Blake and Active Child toured from DC to Philly to NYC where they played sold out shows at both Bowery Ballroom and Le Poisson Rouge. The latter took place late last night - James went on at 1am, and the pictures in this post are from that show. They continue below...
But that was "a long time ago," Blake said on Monday night during his first Philadelphia performance, at a sold-out First Unitarian Church, where the show was moved to from Johnny Brenda's to accommodate demand. "Well, not that long. But you know how the Internet is."
Yes, we do. The Internet is a place where an evolving artist can grow up, and be scrutinized, in public long before putting out a full-length album. And when he does put out an eponymous full-length - as Blake did, in January - he can generate even more buzz by displaying talents more multifarious than those that dweeby, techno, knob-twiddlers are expected to possess....
...in an hour-long set, Blake demonstrated that his audience-relating skills have improved considerably since he performed in March at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. And the depressive tendencies in Blake's highly emotive music were balanced by the lush textures that cushion his languorous tunes, as well as the promise of a bright future that clearly lies ahead. [Philadelphia Enquirer]
In case you're wondering who will be playing the opening set at the sold out James Blake shows happening tonight/Wednesday at Bowery Ballroom (afterparty at Tammany Hall) and tomorrow/Thursday at Le Poison Rouge, it's Active Child who also opened DC and Philly, and who will continue on to Toronto, Chicago and Minneapolis. All dates and a recently "See Thru Eyes" live acoustic session video, below...