Entries tagged with: James Franco
intro by Andrew Sacher
Speedy Ortiz had one of the finest indie rock albums of the year with Major Arcana which we're already seeing on some best of 2013 lists, and we asked them for a best of 2013 list of their own. The four members of the band, singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis, drummer Mike Falcone, bassist Darl Ferm, and guitarist Matt Robidoux, all agreed on a number one pick for the year (spoiler: it's not an album), and then the members listed individual picks, including some albums, a TV show appearance, a computer game, an art exhibit, a movie, a book, and more. Their full list, with commentary, is below.
Speedy Ortiz have a ton of tour dates coming up, including stops in NYC supporting The Breeders who will be playing Pod and Last Splash at Webster Hall on December 19 and 20. Tickets for those shows are still available, and we're also giving away a pair to each night. Speedy also open for Los Campesinos! at a couple shows including their NYC stop on 1/22 at Irving Plaza (tix).
All tour dates are listed, along with their new video for "No Below," and the year-end list, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Kanye @ MSG - 11/24/13 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Kanye West just wrapped the 4-night NYC runYeezus tour at MSG last night (11/24) with legendary rap group A Tribe Called Quest opening, and billing it as their "final" show. The run also included another show with Tribe last Wednesday (11/20) at Barclays Center and two with Kendrick Lamar -- 11/19 at Barclays and Saturday (11/23) at MSG.
It was Kanye's second live appearance(s) in NYC this year, after having headlined Governors Ball back in June. His GovBall set was an incredibly elaborate affair, with a massive light show and intense on-screen footage that was more about the overall audio/visual experience than it was "a concert." And last night's MSG show was a similar experience, but a totally different delivery. Instead of video clips, Kanye was backed by a giant 3-dimensional pyramid, a "sky" screen above it, and a silent group of "dancers" who looked more like a cult-ish or religious group than dancers. The setlist was super heavy on Yeezus early on, playing most of the older hits towards the end, but it was those dark, abrasive moments of the new album mixed with the ominous stage show that really made it an unforgettable experience. That, and of course, Kanye's nightly rant, which this time was about how "nobody says anything bad about Lenny Kravitz," how terrible the fashion industry is, and about not letting your ego get to your head too much.
During A Tribe Called Quest's set, like he did at Barclays Center, Busta Rhymes came out during "Scenario" which got him and Tribe a standing ovation. Busta and ATCQ's Q-Tip have a collaborative mixtape, The Abstract & The Dragon, coming out on December 12, and they just made a video for its single "Thank You," which features Kanye, in addition to Lil Wayne. A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast, and Tristan Wilds make cameos in the video, but aren't on the song. Check it out below.
And in more related news, James Franco and Seth Rogen decided to make their own version of Kanye's "Bound 2" video, which you can watch, along with a couple videos from MSG (including a "rant" video) and Kanye's setlist, below...
"New Cast Member or Arcade Fire?" / "live" from Club Salsatheque
As you may know, Montreal's Arcade Fire are in NYC this weekend and were just musical guests for the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, and they played the title track from the forthcoming Reflektor, as well as "Afterlife" from the album. They also appeared in game show parody, "New Castmember or Arcade Fire?," that also featured host Tina Fey.
After SNL, the 30-minute NBC Arcade Fire special was not a live event, as some had speculated/hoped, but a pre-taped concert from, what appeared to be mostly shot at Club Salsathèque in Montreal (where they played earlier this month) that featured cameos from Michael Cera, Bono, Zach Galifianakis, James Franco, Bill Hader and others. New songs included "Here Comes the Night Time", plus "We Exist" and "Normal People."
No video has surfaced yet but we'll add when it's up. UPDATE: The videos of both SNL appearances and the game show parody are up now, and can be watched below.
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Amanda Palmer at T5, NYE 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Music biz insider Bob Lefsetz reports today that Warner Brothers will fund all new albums on the label via Kickstarter:
Perennially third, the smallest of the three majors saw a need to shake it up, to move ahead of Sony and Universal in the game of music production. Lucian Grainge bought EMI, believing it was all about market share, economies of scale...but that's positively old school. Today you drill down into the niches, you solidify your relationship with your fan base, you grow from the bottom up, not the top down.The new deal, which includes fan-funded fave Amanda Palmer, ties in Facebook, Amazon Prime and Google.
Yes, Stephen Cooper has just thrown a curve ball so wide, Doug Morris won't even see it.
Believing it's about radio and retail, septuagenarian Morris is putting himself out to his own pasture. Didn't he get the memo? Newspapers are dying, young people ignore mainstream media, to try to close young people via old media is like insisting baby boomers give up their Lipitor. Raw stupidity. Then again, the music business was always about muscle.
But now it's about data.
Speaking of, Google Labs have just released the beta of Google Nose, with an Aromabase of over 15 million "scentibytes."
Boards of Canada
Scottish electronic shoegazers Boards of Canada are finally following up 2005's The Campfire Headphase with a new double album, Quetzalcoatl, reports FACT.
In similar news, legendary metal outfit ISIS have reformed, reports Nefarious Realm. The crew are launching a nationwide tour with Pelican, Converge and Cave In. In what is surely a new world record, they'll be playing all 26 dates on the same day (that would be today).
The White Stripes Mk2
On a related reformation note, Australian site Beat has this exclusive: Jack White is getting The White Stripes back together, though now with actress Tilda Swinton on drums. It may seem like an unexpected choice, but anyone whose seen her 1992 film, Orlando, knows that Swinton can play anything. The White Stripes new album, Evangelical Trout, is due later this year.
What else? A mere two weeks after SXSW 2013, popular Austin venue Mohawk announces, much like Emo's and Antones, it's moving from it's iconic Red River locale.
In in other sad news, nightlife socialite and white jeans wearer Andrew WK is giving up his signature activity. He tweeted earlier today, "As of today, I've officially decided to never party again."
But in happier partying news, Seth Rogen and James Franco are making a sequel to stone comedy Pineapple Express and you can watch the trailer below.
And finally, here's news we've all been waiting for. My Social List has the scoop that Daft Punk's return to the live stage will happen at Williamsburg DIY space 285 Kent on May 12. No, we don't know what time they're on.
Fiona Apple @ Winstar World Casino last night (via rideincircles)
The brouhaha surrounding Fiona Apple's drug arrest last week just keeps going. (They're calling it AppleGate!) Over the weekend, Apple talked about her jail experience, or something like that, in Houston. It involves two "lock boxes."
Then, Hudspeth County Sheriff's department spokesman Rusty Fleming offered an amazing rebuttal that included this bit:
Two weeks ago nobody in the country cared about what you had to say, -- now that you've been arrested it appears your entire career has been jump-started. Don't worry Sweetie, I won't bill you.Texas state law classifies hashish possession as a third-degree felony, so according to AlterNet, Fiona could be headed back to jail for up to ten years.
Meanwhile in Bushwick, Bill and Hillary Clinton were hanging out with indie musician Lia Ices, Joel Cohen, Gloria Steinem and other hip cats at Roberta's on Friday.
The great Amenra is preparing to launch Mass V, the band's new LP due via Neurot Recordings on November 26th. Check out the tracklisting, album art and a teaser video below.
Flying Lotus's new album 'Until The Quiet Comes' is streaming at NPR.
More stuff below...