Entries tagged with: Jamie Woon
by Andrew Sacher
Jamie Woon had one of the early defining releases of the alt-R&B trend with 2011's Mirrorwriting, but as the genre began to really take off he basically disappeared. That finally changed last month when he put out his new album Making Time which proves he certainly isn't out of interesting ideas. If you haven't heard it yet, check out a Spotify stream of the whole thing below.
Now he's set to support that new album with a tour in 2016.
More dates are likely TBA, but he has UK shows announced for March and a NYC show happening February 5 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that one go on sale Friday (12/4) at noon.
UPDATE: Full tour announced (it's just three North American shows). All dates are listed, with the album stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Dan Wilton
Before this whole alt-R&B thing blew up on a massive level, one of the gems we got from the genre was Jamie Woon's 2011 album Mirrorwriting. He's finally ready to follow that with a new album, called Making Time, which comes out November 6 via PMR. Last month he debuted first single "Sharpness," which isn't too far removed from his last album (and it's got hints of likeminded artist James Blake), but now he released "Thunder" and "Message" which suggest this album might be stronger on the soul/funk vibes (in a Marvin Gaye/Stevie Wonder kind of way). Listen to "Thunder" at the 4:50 mark on Gilles Peterson's BBC Radio 1 show. Watch a session video for "Message" and stream "Sharpness" below.
The album features Robin Hannibal on "Sharpness," Willy Mason on "Celebration" and Royce Wood Junior on "Lament." Lexxx co-produced it. Album artwork, tracklist and tour dates (Europe only) are below too.
UPDATE: We found even MORE
As mentioned, Thursday (9/5) is Fashion's Night Out. Basically another excuse to throw a party (in the name of bringing money and attention to fashion), the evening has become music-oriented in the last few years with bands playing stores all over New York City. There's a lot of stuff going on, including the Azealia Banks / DJ Cosmo performance at M.A.C. Soho we already told you about; plus Icona Pop and Maria Minerva at Urban Outfitters; Matchbox Twenty (!?!) at Bloomingdales; Haim at Topshop; La Sera at Helmut Lang; We Were Promised Jetpacks at Rockefeller Center; and Cyndi Lauper at Manolo Blahnik, just to name a few.
Below is a list of all the shows we could find with basic details and links where applicable/helpful. All shows are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Many have free food and booze as well. For more into visit the Fashion's Night Out website. Let us know what we missed, in the comments.
by Andrew Sacher
Dubsteppy R&B singer Jamie Woon recently had to cancel a few dates on his European tour due to a ruptured achilles tendon. Fortunately, he appears to be doing well and will continue to tour over the next few months. Though the majority of his dates are overseas, he'll make his way over to North America for a few shows late this fall. Those dates include a show in LA and two NYC shows. He plays Glasslands on December 4 and Mercury Lounge on December 5. Tickets are on sale now for the Glasslands show (Mercury Lounge show TBA soon). All dates are listed below.
Jamie recently offered his spin on Lana Del Rey's "Video Games," with a remix that takes her song out of the parlor and onto the late-night dancefloor. His beats are pretty fitting to back a singer who grew up on hip hop. You can listen to the original HERE and stream Jamie's remix below.
All dates and song stream below...
photos by Timothy Griffin
Mount Kimbie on Barbarella Patio (BV/M4M Day Party Saturday)
As mentioned in a post about their collaborator James Blake, and again in a post about their opener Jamie Woon, Mount Kimbie play Le Poisson Rouge in NYC tonight (3/24) as part of a tour they've been on since SXSW where, among other shows, they played a set in the sun at the BrooklynVegan Day Party Saturday at Barbarella:
"After technical difficulties earlier in the week, London duo Mount Kimbie lucked out with the excellent sound system at Barbarella. Standing in the bar's back patio in front of the stage was like being hugged around the legs by an electric field of bass, while melodies and sound effects flitted at chest and head level.Mount Kimbie were introduced by the cast of Workaholics, and went on after Trail of Dead and !!! and before a day-closing set by Daedelus.
In the burning midday sunlight, some hipster moved a pleather couch to the ideal viewing spot, dead-center in front of Mount Kimbie. He had a great view, but the really important stuff came out of the speakers.
At root, the music was about R&B chord progressions. Four chords, with all kinds of implied melody. Over that foundation, Mount Kimbie created surround-sound cave-like atmosphere with digital samplers and keyboards. Echoes with vague sources, bird-like squeaks, metallic clanks. Everything overlayed and more layers kept piling on, with initial melodies later revealed to be harmonies to more important melodies. Inevitably, a rolling/clacking beat and major bass were introduced, and that's how you knew it was dubstep, the electronic music subgenre Mount Kimbie belongs to but is constantly escaping.
Unlike dance music that repeats with little variation, Kimbie played "songs" in the rockist sense, and used instrumentation from that world, as well.
"Before I Move Off" featured a live snare drum rim shot, miked and digitally looped. "Field" featured electric guitar played ragged and distorted, as a disarmingly effective segue between pulsing techno and a beat borrowed from southern American hip hop." [Seattle Times]
Tickets to the NYC show are still available. More pictures from our day party and all tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
"It's a well-worn SXSW cliche for journos to talk of British bands being "out of place" at Austin - as if they expect all UK acts to turn up suppin' rough Bourbon and unveil their new bluegrass direction for y'all.London based singer/songwriter Jamie Woon (who just played a number of shows at SXSW) is releasing his debut full length Mirrorwriting on April 11 via Candent Songs/Polydor. We first got a dose of Jamie's R&B based vocals on his 2007 EP Wayfaring Stranger. He's spent the last three years honing his sound while taking advice from and sharing production duties with dubstep mastermind Burial who Woon first teamed up with when Burial remixed "Wayfaring Stranger" from the 2007 EP.
Yet Jamie Woon does seem an odd fit in more ways than one. His slightly awkward stage presence doesn't quite sit with his calling to croon directly to the three girls who've forced their way to the front row to dance. And his clean-cut image rests uneasily with the fact he's got a pen sticking out of his pocket (sorry to start laying down the law on this, but I'm not having my pop stars adorned with biros).
Woon has taken his vocal stylings from Stevie Wonder and comes equipped with the precision-drilled, soul-funk backing band to match this - the vague traces of dubstep and electronica that glide over his records are almost undetectable here, save for the odd swipe of Woon's fingers across some tiny FX boxes." [Guardian]
Jamie Woon has scheduled a UK tour in May and June, but before he leaves North America, he'll play three more dates here including March 22 at Glasslands with FaltyDL, Mux Mool, & Magic Mountain (Tickets) and March 24 at Le Poisson Rouge with Mount Kimbie, Com Truise, and Muramic (Tickets).
Jamie Woon is not the only person Burial has been collaborating with recently. He is also preparing a 12" single with Thom Yorke and Four Tet. The single, featuring the tracks "Ego" and "MIrror" is set to be released on Four Tet's label, Text. Both tracks debuted March 15 on the London radio station Rinse FM. Radio rips of the tracks can be streamed below.
All dates, videos, and Mirrorwriting tracklisting below...
by Bill Pearis
The BBC recently published its Sound of 2011 list, its annual picks of artists they think will be hot next year. A few of these you might have read about already: The Vaccines (playing here in January), Anna Calvi (playing here in March), Australia's The Naked and the Famous (maybe you saw them at Brooklyn Bowl in November), Esben and the Witch (been here a couple times), and Warpaint (already kinda big over here). There's also dubstep wizkid James Blake, hotshot producers Nero and more.
The list was determined via "160 influential UK tastemakers," and the artists selected must not have had a UK top 20 single or album by 14 November 2010, and must not already be famous (aka contender for TV talent competition, etc). You can see the whole list at the bottom of this post and the top five from the initial list of 15 will be revealed first week of the new year. Last year's list was topped by Ellie Goulding and also included The Drums, Marina & the Diamonds and, uh, Owl City.
Another of the band on the Beeb's list is Yuck who have scheduled and then cancelled U.S. shows twice this year already, but are now really coming -- they pinkie swear -- for two shows next month: January 25 at Mercury Lounge (on-sale 12/17 at noon) and Jan. 26 at Glasslands (tickets are on sale). Immediately after their NYC shows, Yuck heads out for a North American tour with their Fat Possum labelmates Smith Westerns. Yuck's debut album, loaded with warm and fuzzy indie rock a la early Teenage Fanclub or Yo La Tengo, will be out February 15. You can check out "Rubber" from the album above (and watch its NSFW video further down), as well as previously-released, super-catchy "Georgia."
Also on the Sound of 2011 list and also here in January are Nashville-via-Ohio band Mona, who play The Rock Shop on January 12, Mercury Lounge on January 13 and Union Pool on January 15. The BBC describes thusly:
The myth of the last gang in town is an enduring one in rock music. A small town, some big ideas and four kids who've grown up and grown so close that they finish each others sentences. Mona are those tender souls, hoping to outgrow the story that's been written for them. Says frontman/guitarist Nick Brown of their debut single Trouble On The Way. Nick: "It's pretty self-explanatory - there's a sound on the horizon and the volume's gonna grow."You can check out a couple Mona videos below. The band have already played Later with Jules Holland, which seems to make them one of these American bands that England likes first. (Other examples: The Killers.) Apart from their three NYC shows next month, most of their 2011 plans seem to be focused in the UK.
The majority of this Nashville-based four-piece were raised in the church and learned their craft playing to the congregation: Nick and drummer Vince Gard as Pentecostalists and bass player Zach Lindsey in by Southern Baptist. Guitarist Jordan Young is the token heathen. For those within the faith, secular music was banned. Vince's mother would play him Creedence Clearwater Revival records and make him promise not to let on to his father - rock and roll as illicit, secret thrill.
Videos for Yuck and Mona, plus the entire BBC Sound of 2011, after the jump.