Entries tagged with: Jamie Lidell
Shearwater @ Sasquatch 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
today in NYC
* Kraut @ Cake Shop
* Mr. Gnome @ Union Pool
* Bitch @ Knitting Factory
* Norah Jones @ The Theater @ MSG
* Miike Snow, Delorean @ Webster Hall
* Nada Surf @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Beaches, Flight, Total Slacker @ Death By Audio
* Love is All, Crystal Stilts, Beachniks @ Maxwell's
* Lymbyc System, Slow Six, Glass Ghost @ Glasslands
* Hawk and Dove, Pearl & The Beard @ The Bell House
* Basia Bulat, Sam Izdat @ Mercury Lounge (Early Show)
* Little Dragon, VV Brown @ Mercury Lounge (Late Show)
* Shearwater, Wye Oak, Hospital Ships @ Bowery Ballroom
* Mike Doughty & Christina Courtin @ (le) Poisson Rouge
* The Grates, Savoir Adore, Dappled Cities @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Extra Life, Zs, Skeletons, Nine 11 Thesaurus @ Silent Barn
* The Pack A.D., Cherie Lily, Zuzuka Ponderosa @ Santos Party House
* Erykah Badu, Spank Rock, MNDR, The Tony Castles @ Good Units
* Keren Ann, Joseph Arthur, Chris Garnaeu, Elysian Fields, Dayna Kurtz (Haiti benefit) @ City Winery
Tonight's Grant Hart / The Octagon show has been postponed to May 28th.
Though they still haven't made an official announcement, Nebula's break up is further confirmed by the cancellation of tonight's show at Pianos. Quest For Fire and Dangeroo won't be there either.
Delorean played two shows last night. First Music Hall of Williamsburg and then Coco66. Tonight they do it at Webster Hall (with Miike Snow).
Pere Ubu is at LPR Sunday.
A whole bunch of tickets recently went on sale.
Jamie Lidell's new video for "The Ring" below...
Jamie Lidell still has tickets on sale for his April 27th show at Bowery Ballroom, but he's added another show in NYC for June 10th at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for the new one go on sale Friday, March 19th at noon.
Jamie Lidell's new record, Compass, out May 18th on Warp, features contributions from Beck, Feist, Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor and others. Jamie discusses the album in video of the recording and collaborative process below...
Jamie Lidell @ Highline Ballroom in 2008 (more by Chris La Putt)
Jamie Lidell's fourth full-length album, Compass, will be released on May 17th 2010 (May 18th in the US).Jamie Lidell's limited current schedule (NYC, LA, Europe) includes a Bowery Ballroom show on Tuesday, April 27th. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, March 2nd at noon.
The album was recorded in Los Angeles, New York and Canada, and it includes collaborations with Beck, Feist, Gonzales, Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear and Pat Sansone of Wilco.
Sessions began at Beck's Hudson Studios in Los Angeles, where he gathered Jamie together with Wilco, Leslie Feist and veteran drummer James Gadson (who's played with Bill Withers, Quincy Jones among many others) for Beck's Record Club project (where a group of musicians cover an album in a day). Inspired by the chemistry of those jams, they shifted to the legendary Ocean Way Studios. There, they were joined by producer/keyboardist Brian Lebarton, singer Nikka Costa, and Justin Stanley. All would have an important impact on the album. Pat Sansone from Wilco and Chilly Gonzales (who's played on both Multiply and Jim) were present as "musical meta-spirits", recording their parts remotely and delivering them via the internet. As Jamie says of this formidable line-up of brilliant collaborators - "You don't fuck with them"
Back in New York he began to make sense of this "great big mess on the hard drive". Then it was up to Feist's ranch the Niagara Escarpment, Canada with Chris Taylor, member of Grizzly Bear. [Warp]
The new record's title track, an acoustic-guitar led sonic odyssey, is streaming, along with album art, tracklist and all tour dates, below...
Wilco, Feist, Beck, etc - photos by Autumn De Wilde
Wilco will play a run of 16 concerts in Eastern U.S. cities beginning in Miami, FL on March 22 and culminating in Pittsburgh, PA on April 11. The concerts are presented as "An Evening with Wilco" and will feature extended, varied sets exploring material from each of the accomplished Chicago sextet's seven studio albums. The tour includes concerts in Clearwater, Savannah, Atlanta, Durham, Richmond, Bethesda, Montclair, Providence, Boston, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and features Wilco's first concert appearances in the cities of Scranton, PA, Concord, NH and Hartford, CT. Ticket presales for these new dates are set for Wednesday, January 6 at 10 am EST via the band's official website, Wilcoworld.net.The new set of dates are in addition to many more than 16 that were already announced, and they include two nights in a row (April 2-3) at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. $38.00 tickets for those shows go on general sale Friday, January 8th at 12PM via tickets.com.
All dates, and some videos that Beck posted (as part of his ongoing "Record Club") of Wilco covering Skip Spence songs with Jamie Lidell, Jeff Tweedy's son, Feist and friends, below...
by Andrew Frisicano (who went to this show after Yo La Tengo @ Roseland)
Thanks to all who supported me and @Andrewwk in the immortal piano showdown last night...We're all winners! -chillygonzales
Gonzales's midnight set at Joe's Pub on Friday (9/25), the second of two that night, was packed. Before the show, the small club had a line that stretched down the block, which meant most of the floor space between the limited seating was filled with people either sitting or standing. Gonzales (pianist, Feist producer, and world record holder for longest solo-artist performance) started out with a solo "piano talk" set of equal parts jokes and songs. He read a fictional, satirical preview for his own show, explained the difference between major and minor chords (the former inspire false optimism and pacify the working class) and played some of his "hits" (his word) like "Slow Down" and "Take Me to Broadway."
Throughout, Gonzales sported a pair of white cotton gloves (kind of like Mickey Mouse) that were relayed from an overhead camera onto a screen. As billed, Jamie Lidell came out to sing, though he did just one song, "What Is It This Time?" Then it was time for the piano battle arranged and judged by Akira the Don, some kind of rapper/British personality. Andrew W.K. went first (he won a coin toss) and the pair exchanged lengthy improvisations that fluttered from Romantic ballads to stride piano licks to light rock covers. Andrew W.K. nearly lifted the piano off the group, Gonzales played with a blindfold over his eyes. Both responded quite well to the musical barbs of the other. Ultimately, Gonzales was declared the winner (though the crowd seemed to suggest otherwise). Videos of Jamie Lidell's song and the piano battle are posted below.
More pictures and videos are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Hello! I hope you're well. I recently released an album called 55 CADILLAC. The Guardian asked me to write about it here. They requested I explain why I made the album and why it contains only improvised piano pieces. That's somewhat of a tall order for me at the moment (I just had a gag order put on me - really!), but I will do my best to type some words and hope they cover some of the desired bases.Andrew W.K. will be one of the unexpected guests at Gonzales' show at Joe's Pub tonight (9/25). Gonzales plays two sets, but the piano battle with Andrew W.K. will be at the midnight show only. Jamie Lidell will be there as well.
Why and how I made this album is somewhat difficult for me to write about. Allow me to state the following: Over the past 10 years, I've had personal and professional issues with several people involved in my career, and due to formal agreements, I'm partially forbidden from going into detail regarding certain aspects of my recent work and, as a result, the making of the 55 CADILLAC album.
Here's what I am able to say: At the end of 2004, an old friend of mind got in some business trouble and basically decided to take it out on me. To cut a long story short, this person is someone I worked very closely with and had a formal and family business relationship with. Due to various complaints this person had with me, they were able to turn my life and career upside down. I wasn't allowed to use my own name within certain areas of the US entertainment industry and we were in a debate about who owned the rights to my image, and who should get credit for "inventing" it. This made my life complicated and intense for a few years, but I kept working and doing whatever I could to keep moving forward.
By 2008, and after a lot of negotiating, my new business team and I had come to an agreement with my opponent, and I was finally in the clear. That's how this new 55 CADILLAC album became possible - we based the new record label in the UK, so there were no issues within the US. However, as of last week, we've been partially pulled back into the thick of it and I'm getting hourly updates from my lawyer as I type this. I really don't know how to feel about it ñ it's beyond frustrating - it almost feels like a hallucination. It inspires so much rage inside me that my mind has to seek other outlets for that energy and I start to feel dizzy and see stars. Fortunately, I don't have to deal with anyone directly. Thank goodness my lawyers do all the real work.
Anyway, I wanted this new 55 CADILLAC album to sound like freedom. The sound of a piano being played by a free man - nothing more, nothing less. This was the first chance in almost 10 years where I was allowed to simply play and record an instrument - no songwriters, no lyrics to learn, no overdubs, no slow fixes, no remixes, no video shoots or interview practice ñ just the sound of someone sitting in room playing piano for the sake of it. No one telling me what to play, or how to play it. And no masterplans, high-concept visions, worldwide goals with roll-out schedules. No style consultants or acting coaches. No more meetings with sponsors or computerized yelling. No more threats.
Just a huge black piano. And a huge black car.
Andrew W.K. goes on tour with the Calder Quartet starting September 29th - they play Joe's Pub together on October 2nd.
After that, Calder Quartet plays music of Janácek and Fred Frith with Iva Bittová at (Le) Poisson Rouge on November 17th. Tickets are on sale.
Andrew W.K. is playing with Fucked Up in Brooklyn on November 5th.
See Gonzales challenging Andrew W.K. to a piano battle in the video below...
LPR review by Showtrotta
Jamie Lidell @ Warp's 20th Anniversary @ Le Poisson Rouge - September 5, 2009
Following a great first day at Electric Zoo, I somehow found the energy to head to Le Poisson Rouge to see Jamie Lidell who was performing in one of the many celebrations for Warp's 20th Anniversary (9/5). While Jamie was alone, without any of his bandmates that typically make up the live Jamie Lidell experience, simply armed with a couple of laptops, a mixing board, and some other items indiscernible from the crowd's side of his table of gear...he put on an excellent show. While the set was stripped down, without all the bells and whistles that come with a live band, the solo set-up allowed Jamie's talent, both musically and as a true entertainer and showman shine through.
He opened with the track "What Is It This Time?" off of Multiply before turning to the table of gear which he was behind for much of the set. While I'm not sure if he was playing specific older tracks with which I am not familiar, or if much of it was improvised/experimental, Jamie poured over the equipment, beatboxing, recording and looping vocal snippets, only to sing over and loop them again, tweaking nearly every sound that emerged from behind that table. While more abstract, experimental pieces can sometimes be a bit too out there for a listener of an artist's more everyday fare, the intensity and passion with which Jamie performed, combined with everything sounding amazing, made the show engaging regardless. He sang a few more songs including "When I Come Back Around" and "Music Will Not Last" the latter of which he dedicated to Warp, which he spoke of fondly multiple times during his set. The set finished with a slowed down, much more electronic-oriented version of "Another Day", the perfect ending to a show that combined elements of Jamie Lidell's style both past and present.
Battles, Chk Chk Chk, Flying Lotus and Pivot played the Warp20 show that took place one night earlier at Terminal 5.
Jamie Lidell is from England and resides in Berlin, but this month he might be staying in NYC because there are now two more chances to catch him here before September is over.
We've long followed the collaboration between Jamie and his Canadian friends Feist and Gonzales (and Mocky), but we don't hear much about Gonzales here in the U.S.A. That should change soon. On September 22nd, Arts & Crafts is re-releasing Gonzales's Solo Piano album "as a special deluxe edition- It comes complete with a DVD bonus disc, featuring the documentary 'From Major To Minor' as well as various other entertaining visual complements." One day later, Gonzales kicks off a four day North American tour in LA. From there he goes to NYC for TWO September 25th shows (early and late) at Joe's Pub. Jamie Lidell will be at both of them, and tickets are on sale.
Gonzales may be best known as the producer of Feist's Let It Die and The Reminder. Feist is known lately for playing 'special guest', and her last such appearance just took place at a NYC show on September 10th. So who knows, maybe she'll be there too - the Joe's listing does read that Gonzales will be "Accompanied for each show by unexpected (or expected) guests from the gang".
In related news, Gonzales recently launched a sitcom, filmed in Paris, "Superproducer", and entered the Guinness Book of World Records for longest solo performance - over 27 hours (in June). A picture of him with his award and all dates below...
Warm Up @ PS1 on July 4th - the last one is today (more by Zach Dilgard)
tonight in NYC
* Warp20 Films @ New Museum
* Rockabilly Fest @ Coney Island
* Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio @ Jazz Standard
* Warm Up w/ Rong Music & Glenn Branca @ PS1
* Benjy Ferree, The Black Hollies @ Mercury Lounge
* Talib Kweli & DJ Premier, Jimi James, more @ Sputnik
* Pit Er Pat, Javelins, Crazy Dreams Band @ The Bell House
* Chairlift, Here We Go Magic, John Maus @ Bowery Ballroom
* Wild Yaks, The Fakers, Justice of the Unicorn @ Bruar Falls
* Phosphorescent, Tune Yards, Mike Bones @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Tribute to Rashied Ali w/ Collective Language, more @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Warp20 w/ Jimmy Edgar, Hudson Mohawke, Clark, more DJs @ WFC Winter Garden
* Cinema Red & Blue, Ladybug Transistor, German Measles @ Cake Shop
* A Tribute to Connie Converse w/ Gina Leishman, Marissa Nadler, Scott Matthew, more @ Joe's Pub
* These Are Powers, Grooms, Ecstatic Sunshine, Smith Westerns @ Under the Tracks
* Kevin Seconds, Jack Terricloth & Sandra Malak Bridge & Tunnel, Gimme Drugs, Calderon @ Maxwell's
* Electric Zoo w/ Armin van Buuren, deadmau5, Tiga, Busy P, Steve Aoki, The Whip, and many, many more @ Randall's Island
* Warp20 closing party w/ Jamie Lidell, Born Ruffians, Hundred In The Hands, more @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Dances With White Girls, Team Facelift, Them Jeans, Lauren Flax, Phenomenal Handclap Band (DJ) @ Santos Party House
* Block Party w/ Golden Triangle, K-Holes, Knyfe Hyts 81, Cult of Youth, Georgiana Starlington, more @ Monster Island
Today is the final PS1 Warm Up of the summer. Music comes from Rong Music, Glenn Branca and more.
If you're looking for something less upbeat, the tribute to Connie Converse looks like it may be an amazing show at Joe's Pub tonight. David Garland of WNYC is involved, and Marrisa Nadler & Scott Matthew both have amazing voices.
Warp20 brings Jimmy Edgar, Hudson Mohawke, Clark and special guest DJs to WFC Winter Garden for a free show. Then later there's the Warp20 closing party at (Le) Poisson Rouge with Jamie Lidell, Born Ruffians, Hundred in the Hands and more. Jamie Lidell's video for "Multiply" below...
Electric Zoo is happening on Randall's Island today (with Armin van Buuren, deadmau5, Tiga, Busy P, Steve Aoki, The Whip, others) and tomorrow (Special Disco Version, Andy Butler, more).
The Benjy Ferree/Black Hollies tour comes to Mercury Lounge.
Monster Island hosts a free block party/show with a massive lineup that includes Golden Triangle, K-Holes, Knyfe Hyts 81, Cult of Youth, Georgiana Starlington, and Le Rug with Fiasco.
Jelly NYC is throwing a party Under The Tracks with music from These Are Powers, Grooms, Ecstatic Sunshine, The Smith Westerns and Knight School.
Kevin Seconds (of 7 Seconds) wraps up his tour with a show at Maxwell's. Jack Terricloth and Sandra Malak from World Inferno Friendship Society, Bridge & Tunnel, Gimme Drugs and Calderon are also on the bill. A video of Kevin performing "Boy Leader", below...
The Coney Island Rockabilly Fest runs through Monday.
Cinema Red and Blue (a Comet Gain side project), Ladybug Transistor and German Measles (who all share a member) are playing Cake Shop with opener Jacques Detergent.
Blues Control's video for "Rest on Water" is posted below.
"The prospect of an established rock musician venturing into classical territory will probably always raise eyebrows, and rightly so. It takes a major leap of faith to view Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio or Billy Joel's Fantasies & Delusions as anything other than a misguided stab at legitimacy.Central Market is out on September 15th via Warp Records. Battles plays with !!!, Flying Lotus and Pivot tonight (9/4) at Terminal 5. Set times below.
Fortunately, Central Market, a new album of compositions by Tyondai Braxton--best known for his work with the innovative instrumental-rock quartet Battles, which plays this week as part of Warp20, an anniversary celebration for its esteemed label--falls on the extreme opposite end of the spectrum. No puffed-up vanity project, this set of lush, highly kinetic pieces, performed with the Wordless Music Orchestra, ranks among the year's most forward-thinking releases. And despite its grand scope, sci-fi-esque weirdness, cryptic titles and dearth of lyrics, the album is surprisingly accessible. For fans of Battles, this brand of listener-friendly experimentation shouldn't come as a shock: Despite its considerable oddness, the band's last effort, 2007's Mirrored, stunned the indie-rock set with its furiously funky rhythms and crystalline melodies." [Time Out]
And the Warp Records festival continues on Saturday with two shows. First is the free show at the World Financial Center that Flying Lotus was supposed to play before he was switched to the Terminal 5 show. The new lineup will "include sets from electronic masters Jimmy Edgar, Hudson Mohawke and Clark, as well as Warp DJs." The party continues Saturday night at Le Poisson Rouge with a show by Jamie Lidell, The Hundred in the Hands and Born Ruffians. Maybe because of the late set time, last minute notice, and holiday weekend, but tickets are still on sale.
Simian Mobile Disco @ the Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Bao Nguyen)
"Simian Mobile Disco has been tearing up the dance floor ever since they released their critically-acclaimed, debut record, Attack Decay Sustain Release. Hailed as "the saviours of dance music" (FADER) the duo returns to America this fall to play select shows across the country, continuing to invigorate audiences with new music from their soon to be released sophomore LP, Temporary Pleasure out on Wichita on September 15th.You can download the Beth Ditto track in the post with the Pool Party pictures.
Temporary Pleasure is a spellbinding mix of high octane beats and melodies, capped off by incredible vocal performances from the likes of The Gossip's Beth Ditto, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, Super Furry Animals' Gruff Rhys, Yeasayer's Chris Keating, Jamie Lidell and more.
In addition to being sold via all digital service providers, a special deluxe package of Temporary Pleasure will be available at American Apparel retail locations only. This package includes an exclusive t-shirt designed by acclaimed British artist Kate Moross along with the bonus tracks, "Belvedere" and "Flea In Your Ear" (Flange Bliss Mix)." [PR]
Speaking of the Pool Party, Simian Mobile Disco DJ'd that show at the Williamsburg Waterfront on August 9th. Their fall tour will have them playing live. Those dates include an October 30th show at Webster Hall (one day before Halloween which is when the Junior Boys play The Bell House).
All SMD dates are with JDH & Dave P. All dates below...
Jamie Lidell @ Highline Ballroom - October 2008 (more by Chris La Putt)
Warp20, the 20th anniversary concert series for the estimable UK label, has added a closing party at Le Poisson Rouge to its NYC schedule of events that run from September 3rd to 6th. The new September 5th show, which takes place after the previously-announced WFC Winter Garden gig, will feature sets from Jamie Lidell , The Hundred in the Hands and Born Ruffians. Doors are at 11pm. Tickets are on sale now. Just to be clear:
Sept 4 show @ Terminal 5We have a pair of tickets, which are still on sale, to giveaway to the Terminal 5 show with Battles, !!!,
Sept 5 show @ World Financial Center
Sept 5 late show @ Le Poisson Rouge
More Pivot dates, and a few video clips from the anniversary event Warp held earlier this year in Paris (with Aphex Twin and Hecker) are HERE and below along with a video preview of the label's commemorative box set, which comes out September 25th...
Photos by Chris La Putt
Q: Do you write your songs on a piano?Jamie Lidell returned to NYC and played his first of two shows last night (no TV this time). It was at Highline Ballroom. Tonight (10/15) is at Music Hall of Williamsburg - still not sold out. More pictures from last night and the setlist below...
A: No, I write it all with my voice ...
Q: With no accompaniment from anything else? You just make up melody lines?
A: Yeah. I sing the bass, then sing it all.
Q: So the demo versions of your songs are basically a cappellas?
A: Essentially, yeah.
Q: Are they worth listening to, or are they just sketches?
A: Well, this album ... I was using a voice recorder, singing into the phone.
Q: Singing into it like a psychiatrist takes notes?
A: Yeah, exactly. "Note to self, this could be a worthy song."
[The Seattle Timess vs Jamie Lidell]
Jamie Lidell @ ACL 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
today in NYC
* Van She Tech @ Santos
* Ra Ra Riot @ Sound Fix
* Atmosphere @ Irving Plaza
* Fucked Up & guests @ Rogan Store
* Jamie Lidell, World Provider @ Highline Ballroom
* Yelle, Funeral Party, Kap10Kurt @ Webster Hall
* TV on the Radio, The Dirtbombs @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
* Dillinger Four, The Measure, The Ergs @ Danbro Brewery Warehouse
* Wovenhand, Silver Summit, Beat Circus @ Knitting Factory
* Debbie's Hairy, Black Gold & DJ Sammy Jo @ Mercury Lounge
* The Undisputed Heavyweights's last show ever w/, Wakey! Wakey! & friends
* Salt & Samovar, Leah Siegel, Swati @ Fontana's (Heeb mag Obama Fundraiser)
Earth cancelled their Union Pool show tonight. Municipal Waste cancelled their Danbro Studio show tonight. Charlatans UK cancelled their Bowery Ballroom show tonight. Bumblebeez and Ladyhawke cancelled their show at Santos tonight.
Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music is on tour. Video from his show last night at Blender Theatre below...
DOWNLOAD: Starkey - Seclusiasis Radio on SubFM - October 6, 2008 (divshare MP3)
Santos Party House (cred)
With all that was happening Thursday and Friday night I don't have to imagine how tired you are, but the beat goes on. Rest up during the day on Saturday and prepare to dance pretty much non-stop Saturday night into next weekend.
As I mentioned in my last post, the Prime Time crew (Eamon Harkin and James F!@.$%^ Friedman) are back at Love with guest Alexander Robotnick doing a special dj set/live show. As a pioneer of Italo disco who also has affinities for electro-house, -techno, and -disco, as well as acid & progressive house, and new-wave, his set is sure to be nothing short of interesting. You can download some of Alex's mixes that touch on many of these styles here. Also be sure to check out Eamon Harkin's recent releases on Wurst Edits - John Boy and (my favorite) Innit. You can stream the tracks on his myspace page...and Turntable Lab will hopefully be restocking the 12" soon.
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Jamie Lidell was one of many artists who Kyle caught at Austin City Limits this past weekend. Others we've posted so far are: Jenny Lewis, Gnarls Barkley, CSS, The Mars Volta, Hot Chip, David Byrne, and N.E.R.D..
Jamie is back in NYC in October. More pictures from ACL below...
Sebastien Tellier @ Hiro Ballroom - July 30, 2008 (CRED)
Sebastien's set at Hiro really showed how (all hype aside) truly talented he is. His songs are really finely crafted, electronic, pop songs that should be grouped somewhere closer to artists like Air rather than some of the fly by night electro nobody's going to remember in a few years time. The setlist from Wednesday is below. There's a full review of the show over at my blog.
Thursday night (July 31), Institubers Jean Nipon and Bobmo had everyone losing it at Santos along with the French label's only US artist, Curses! Jean Nipon opened the night with a mix that was a bit of everything - kind of like his Freedom Fries mix, but way more banging. Curses followed up with a great set, showcasing his signature, heavily UK-influenced sound and flawless live vocals. Afterward France took over with Bobmo deejaying into the wee hours with the great, 90's, housey sound that artists like he and Surkin are excellently reinventing and bringing back. Overall it was a really fun night of good, super danceable tunes. This was my second time at Santos - still loving the soundsystem and the fact that people shamelessly get down.
Jamie Lidell @ Summerstage - August 3, 2008 (Lucas Blue)
I rounded out the crazy week by hanging out at Summerstage on Sunday. The weather was great and it was a nice, mellow way to spend the day (despite not being into that much of the music). Jose James is a good jazz vocalist, but not my cup of tea. Little Jackie managed to fuse pop with a throwback soul sound pretty successfully. By far the largest turnout at Summerstage was for Janelle Monae. The instruments were very loud and it was hard to hear her at times, but what I did hear of her was not that impressive. It made me realize how much I can't wait to see Sharon Jones (who is playing Summerstage in a couple of weeks, on August 17th). I did like Janelle's energy though - she was dancing around like a maniac despite the park being quite hot under the blazing sun, and I liked her nods to Fritz Lang's Metropolis (which is also the title of her suite, check her myspace for an explanation). Gilles Peterson played some upbeat, soulful, dancey jams that had everyone moving, but he wasn't mixing them together! Hopefully that won't be the case at Cielo on Thursday (more on that later)....
Jamie Lidell, Soulwax and more below....
photos by Zach Dilgard
Why did the free Jamie Lidell show at Summerstage have to be the same day (aka Sunday aka today aka August 3rd) as the African Festival in Prospect Park, Deerhunter and friends at McCarren Pool AND Rock the Bells at Jones Beach? Oh well. At least Jamie will be back in October to play both Highlne Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. Last time he was here he played two nights at Bowery Ballroom. All future dates, and more pictures from Jamie's Saturday (August 2, 2008) show at Lollapalooza, below...
Jamie Lidell @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC - June 9, 2008 (more by Jason Bergman)
Those familiar with his earlier material may struggle to see how a leap into music so radio-friendly that Elton John is apparently a fan could possibly be described as an experimental move. The fact that Lidell stayed at Warp despite major-label courtship may avert some of the sell-out charges. Nonetheless, there seems little doubt that Jim will be a highly divisive record, repelling at least some old fans with as much force as it will attract new ones. If Jim is not a hit, Lidell risks losing his experimental fanbase without having a attracted a new one to replace it. Indeed, the knives are already out in some quarters: the new record has already been compared to Jamiroquai - and that is not intended as a compliment. [Guardian]Jamie Lidell played his second of two NYC shows at Bowery Ballroom on Monday. Tuesday night he appeared on American TV....
photos by Jason Bergman
Jamie Lidell's new album is called Jim, which makes introductions more than somewhat confusing. "It's actually quite rare that people call me Jim," he says with a vigorous handshake. In his other hand is a pink cowboy hat. "Jimmy and Jimbo crop up. My sister calls me Jam and so does my mum. It pays to have a lot of names. I haven't changed my name completely like Dylan. But maybe I should for the next record." [The Independent]Jam played his first of two shows at Bowery Ballroom last night. The second one is tonight (June 9, 2008). If you miss them both, there's always Summerstage. More pictures and tour dates below....
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The Field @ Studio B, Brooklyn, NY - 6/6/08 (J Russell)
Hopefully your week in dance is off to a good start. I haven't gone to a thing since M83 on Tuesday, but tonight (Saturday, June 7th) that is definitely changing. There are two great options you should not miss out on:
Jamie LidellJamie Lidell, Ecstatic Sunshine, Kid Sister, Yael Naim, and Afrika Bambaataa are just a few of the artists playing mostly-free shows at Central Park Summerstage this summer (in addition to what we already talked about).
Hosted by Gilles Peterson
Sunday, August 03, 2008
From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Central Park SummerStage
Jamie Lidell is JIM....
Lollapalooza 2008 headliners confirmed
Lollapalooza's Austin, Texas-based promoters C3 Presents are not scheduled to make their official announcement of the acts performing at this year's weekend-long music festival in Grant Park until Monday, but the Sun-Times has confirmed through industry sources all of the major artists.
Art-rock giants Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails, the reunited Rage Against the Machine, Jack White's side project the Raconteurs and hometown heroes Wilco and Kanye West will headline the main stages on Aug. 1-3.
The Raconteurs, Wilco and West will each be making their second appearance at the reinvented destination festival. Other repeaters among the more than 100 acts on this year's bill are Gnarls Barkley, the Black Keys, Broken Social Scene, G. Love & Special Sauce, Blues Traveler and Mates of State.
Quite a few of the other acts -- including many of the most promising -- have earlier performed at Chicago's two independently produced music festivals, Pitchfork and Intonation. These include Bloc Party, Cat Power, Stephen Malkmus, Girl Talk, Kid Sister, Office, the Cool Kids, Battles, the Go! Team, Jamie Lidell and Grizzly Bear.
Video, tracklist, release date, and tour dates below....