Entries tagged with: John Grant
Like they usually do, The Guardian rolled out their 40 Best Albums of 2015 list over a two-week period, and the whole thing is now here. The top 10 has nine US/UK list regulars and last year's Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers (who seem to be more loved in the UK). This year's Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine also just makes the list, coming in at #40. There's veteran representation from New Order, Dr. Dre, Janet Jackson, Iron Maiden, and Sparks if you count FFS. And there's interesting outliers like Fantasma, the South African band featuring the Sub Pop-signed Spoek Mathambo.
Stream that one and check out the full Top 40 below...
The new issue of UK music mag Uncut is out now, and it includes their Top 75 Albums of 2015 list. Like fellow UK mags MOJO and Q, they've got a lot of love for Julia Holter. They also have Sleaford Mods pretty high, lots of the 2015 year-end regulars in the top 10 (Kendrick, Sufjan, Father John Misty, Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett), and lots of older musicians throughout the list (Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Richard Thompson, Nick Cave, Killing Joke, PiL, Paul Weller, Robert Forster, etc). Check out the full list below.
Like their sister magazine Q, the folks at MOJO are fans of Julia Holter's Have You in My Wilderness, naming it 2015's Album of the Year. (It is a fine, fine choice.) For a magazine that usually has a Beatle on the cover twice a year, MOJO's albums list feels pretty contemporary, with Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Sleaford Mods, Sufjan Stevens and Bill Ryder-Jones all making the Top 10. Don't worry, there's room for Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Paul Weller, Boz Scaggs and and other classic artists on the list, too. Check out MOJO's whole Top 50 Albums of 2015 list, below...
British music mag Q just put out their latest issue which has Coldplay on the cover and also includes their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list (not including the new Coldplay album, which isn't out yet). It's got a lot of the bands that the UK press tends to favor more than the American press (Palma Violets, Wolf Alice, Years & Years, Slaves, Everything Everything), tons of the stuff we'll probably see on most lists (Tame Impala, Sufjan Stevens, Kendrick Lamar, Courtney Barnett), and a few surprises.
Check out the full list below...
It's that time of year again when folks start publishing their End of Year Best-Of lists. Almost always first out of the gates is UK-based Rough Trade Shops who dropped their 100 Best Albums of 2015 list today. Coming in at #1 was Bjork's devastatingly personal Vulnicura. And here's their Top 20:
1) Bjork - VulnicuraYou can check out Rough Trade Shops full Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below...
2) Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear
3) Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
4) Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People
5) Max Richter - From Sleep
6) Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool
7) Kamasi Washington - The Epic
8) Royal Headache - High
9) Romare - Projections
10) Jamie XX - In Colour
11) John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
12) Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
13) Tame Impala - Currents
14) Nadine Shah - Fast Food
15) Wand - Golem
16) Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
17) Django Django - Born Under Saturn
18) Tobias Jesso Jr - Goon
19) Georgia - S/T
20) Palma Violets - Danger in the Club
photos by P Squared
John Grant / Villagers @ Le Poisson Rouge 10/16/2015
John Grant: I really do feel like music is the only thing that I can do. You know, I don't cook. I sort of -- did you ever read The Tin Drum? It's a great story about this little boy who decides to stop growing because he doesn't want to be a part of this world. And I sort of feel like I did that as well. And so now that I'm, you know, 47, I'm sort of awake now and really sort of looking at the world and I'm trying to learn to do things. Which is a lot of fun. I roasted a chicken, for example, recently for the first time ever.John Grant wraps up his North American tour this week (Siouxsie and the Banshees' Budgie is on drums) with a few dates on the West Coast. (He plays LA tonight.) His East Coast dates, which were with Irish act Villagers, hit NYC during CMJ where he headlined Le Poisson Rouge. Pictures from that night are in this post.
Neko Case: It's wild when you realize your basic skills, isn't it?
JG: Well, that you have none, yeah. - [NPR]
In other news, John Grant recently talked to Neko Case for a special edition of NPR's All Songs Considered podcast. The 45-minute conversation, that features occasional prodding by NPR's Bob Boilen, is fun, funny and insightful to listen to, and you can do so while checking out more John Grant and Villagers pics from LPR and updated tour dates, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
John Grant @ Rough Trade / Miya Folick @ Living Room
John Grant, who lives in Iceland these days, is on a short U.S. tour current and is making time for a couple shows in NYC during CMJ. The first was Thursday afternoon (10/15) for record store Rough Trade's own CMJ day party. (The singer and the store are a mutual appreciation society; RT named Pale Green Ghosts the best album of 2013 and John played the NYC location's first week open.) This doubled as a record release show for Grant's terrific new album, Grey Tickles, Black Pressure and most of his short set stuck to songs from that. We did get the title tracks from both Pale Green Ghosts and Queen of Denmark, which closed his set. He was uber-charming as usual and if his drummer looks familiar, that's because it's Budgie from Siouxsie & the Banshees (he's plays on the new album, too). You can see John play a full set on Saturday (10/17) at Le Poisson Rouge with Villagers. Tickets are still available.
After that, our intrepid photographer went to the nearby Living Room to catch LA singer Miya Folick who is often described as folk-grunge, which is pretty accurate. She literally goes from a whisper to a scream. More pics from her set, and more of John Grant at Rough Trade, below...
by Bill Pearis
John Grant released his third solo album, Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, last week. Made with producer John Congleton, it continues in the electro-inflected sound, but still with that '70s glam vibe Grant does so well (not to mention his wry, telling lyrics and bravado vocals). It's another great album from Grant and you can stream it via Spotify, and check out the video for "Disappointing" (featuring Tracey Thorn), below.
As mentioned, John Grant is on tour with Villagers, including a CMJ show at Le Poisson Rouge on Saturday (10/17) and tickets are still available. Additionally, John Grant will play the Rough Trade Presents day show on Thursday (10/15) with Ezra Furman, Georgia, Shopping, and Hooton Tennis Club. That show is free and John's on at 5 PM.
All John Grant tour dates are listed below.
photo: Villagers at Union Pool in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Villagers, who were last on this side of the Atlantic around SXSW, have announced that they'll be joining John Grant on some of his North American tour dates this October, including the CMJ show he's playing at Le Poisson Rouge on 10/17 (tickets). All Villagers dates, including a West Coast run with Paul Weller, are listed below.
In Europe John Grant is signed to Bella Union who host the CMJ show happening two days earlier (10/15) at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are still available for that show which so far only features Mercury Rev (stay tuned for their updated lineup).
Meanwhile, Jonathan & Grasshopper from Mercury Rev are DJing this Thursday (8/20) at Backbar at The Bedford in Brooklyn. Maybe they'll preview some of their new album which is out on September 18, though you can also listen to two of the tracks streaming online now. In September you can catch Mercury Rev in Burlington, VT on September 10, Northampton, MA on 9/11 and then Hamden, CT's The Ballroom at The Outer Space on September 12 (tickets).
Around the CMJ show they'll also be playing shows in Cambridge, MA, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. All Mercury Rev dates, their DJ set flyer and Villagers/John Grant dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
John Grant has shared a new song off his forthcoming third solo album, Grey Tickles, Black Pressure. "Disappointing" is a love song where Grant finds that everything pales in comparison to his love. It's quite a litany of stuff and the song also features vocals from Everything but the Girl's Tracey Thorn. Stream it below.
by Bill Pearis
John Grant will release his third solo album, titled Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, on October 2 via Partisan/Bella Union. That's the cover art, above. The album was recorded in Dallas with producer John Congleton (St Vincent, Franz Ferdinand, Swans) and features guest appearances from Amanda Palmer, former Everything But the Girl vocalist Tracey Thorn, and onetime Siouxsie & the Banshees drummer, Budgie. As for the album title, "Grey Tickles" is a literal translation for the Iceland term for midlife crisis, and "Black Pressure" is the same for the Turkish "nightmare." Both of these come to play in a ghoulish, bloody trailer for the the new album which you can watch below.
Grant was just in the NYC area for shows with Pixies, but he'll be back in North America this fall for a tour, including a record release show at Le Poisson Rouge on October 17. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/26). All announced dates are listed below...
Pixies @ Beacon Theatre 5/26/2015
Taking full advantage of impassioned company and the savory acoustics of the space, Pixies played a comprehensive set of a vast scope of work, weaving in and out of timeless classics and lesser known B-sides and current releases. Not content to rest on their laurels, they leaned into new and unusual material with the giddiness of a high school band at their first talent show, then pivoted into oldie-goodies, turning spectator intrigue into frenzied sing-alongs. All of it was presented with the dramatic arc of a rock opera. "Wave of Mutilation" ascended deliberately and hovered, with Frank Black's voice crawling through Paz Lenchantin's deep, muddy basslines. Then seizing on the hypnotic mood, Pixies grabbed the crowd by the necktie with the raucous anthems "Break My Body" and "The Holiday Song." Lenchantin drove numbers like "Monkey Gone to Heaven" and "Velouria," spookily mimicking former bassist Kim Deal with her playing and support vocals, while David Lovering's flawless percussive churning intertwined with Joey Santiago's standout guitar fluency on heavyweights like "Debaser" and "Bone Machine." - [The House List]After playing the BrooklynVegan-presented show at Stone Pony Summer Stage on Saturday, alt-rock vets Pixies continued their four-show, NYC-area run with their first of two sold-out nights (5/26) at one of the cities' toniest spots, Beacon Theatre. Pictures from their set, as well as opener John Grant, are in this post.
photos by P Squared Photography
[TV on the Radio] came out just after 7 and did an approximately 1-hour set that, by necessity, left out a couple of my favorites but covered all the major bases. "Wolf Like Me" is still an amazing track as are "Young Liars," "Golden Age," "DLZ," and "Dancing Choose." Newer songs like "Happy Idiot" and "Could You" had some of the younger people around us jumping. Vocalist Tunde Adebimpe and guitarist Kyp Malone thanked The Pixies several times and made it a point to mention how wonderful it was for all of us to be in the same place together. That was kind of cool.Pixies and TV on the Radio's respective tours crossed paths over the weekend for a BrooklynVegan-presented show at Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park. Opening was Pixies tourmate John Grant. Pictures of all three sets, and Pixies and TVTOR's setlists, are in this post.
...I haven't really heard Indie Cindy, last year's return from the [Pixies'] 23-year recording hiatus. It was less than well-received (Pitchfork famously gave it a 1.0 out of 10.), and I may have fallen for the anti-hype a bit. The band interspersed tracks from that record -- "Magdalena 318," "Indie Cindy," "Bagboy," "Silver Snail," "Snakes" -- throughout the set, and they fit in pretty seamlessly. I remember liking "Bagboy" when it came out as a single, especially the Kim-like backing vocals.
Speaking of Kim: Yeah, I felt her absence (and the absence of "Gigantic" from the set). [Paz] Lenchantin did a great job throughout, though, on bass and backing vocals. She's a bit more animated than the rest of the band and has that bass player stalk / runway walk thing totally down. [CoolDad Music]
TVTOR already played two NYC shows on their tour, but Pixies and John Grant have three on their tour this week. Those happen tonight (5/26) and Wednesday (5/27) at Beacon Theater, and Thursday (5/28) at Kings Theatre. Wednesday is sold out, but tickets for the other two are still available.
More pictures and setlists below...
enter to win tickets to see Pixies & TV on the Radio in NJ, at the end of this post...
photo: Pixies in Northampton in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Memorial Day Weekend is this weekend and, as usual, there's no lack of things for music fans to do. Maybe you're taking the opportunity to get out of town and head to a festival. Metalheads surely know it's that time of year again for Maryland Deathfest (Neurosis, Napalm Death, Yob, Triptykon, Inter Arma, DRI, Mobb Deep, more). Those who want to dance could head to Detroit for Movement (Squarepusher, !!!, Disclosure DJ set, Method Man, Hudson Mohawke, Dog Blood, Danny Brown, DJ Snoop Dogg, more). Punks may want to hit Bled Fest (Modern Life Is War, Touche Amore, The Early November, Small Brown Bike, Pianos Become the Teeth, more) or Punk Rock Bowling (Refused, Rancid playing And Out Come the Wolves, Discharge, Sick Of It All, Murder City Devils, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Muffs, more). And indie rock fans can head to Boston Calling (Beck, Pixies, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, TV on the Radio, Sharon Van Etten, more).
A couple good New York options that are just a few hours away from NYC are electronic festival Mysteryland, which happens at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (where the original Woodstock took place) and has Diplo, Skream, Matthew Dear, Classixx, Dillon Francis, Empire of the Sun, Giraffage, iLoveMakonnen, Moon Boots and more; and there's the first free concerts of the summer at Montauk's The Surf Lodge. They have Mac DeMarco on Friday (5/22), Escort on Saturday (5/23), and Capital Cities on Sunday (5/24).
But if you'd rather stay in NYC for the weekend, there's plenty to do here as well. We've made a list of ten shows we think are worth seeing. Browse that list, along with a few honorable mentions at the end, below...
photo: Pixies in Northampton in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Pixies' May 27 show at Beacon Theatre sold out during the presale and they've now added a second Beacon show the day before (5/26). Tickets for that show will go on sale Friday (3/27) at noon, with a Pixies fanclub presale starting Tuesday (3/24) at 10 AM EDT, and MSGE Insider and Bowery presales beginning Thursday (3/26) at 10 AM.
Pixies other NYC-area shows on their tour with John Grant include the BrooklynVegan-presented show at Stone Pony on May 23 with TV on the Radio playing as well, and King's Theatre on May 28. Tickets for both those shows are still available.
Updated Pixies tour dates below...
There's also a Live Nation presale starting today at 10, and if you miss out on the presales, you can try again when the general on-sale starts Friday (3/6) at 10 AM.
Just yesterday we mentioned how TV on the Radio are touring this year but didn't have a NYC show scheduled. Well that changed quickly, as the band just revealed a show for May 20 at Kings Theatre with the wild Bo Ningen. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/6) at noon with AmEx and venue presales starting Thursday (3/5) at 10 AM.
TVOTR also have a couple shows with the Pixies and John Grant that are near NYC, including the BrooklynVegan-presented show on May 23 at Stone Pony Summerstage. Tickets for that show are now on Pixies presale. PASSWORD: SNAKES.
The BrooklynVegan presale starts Wednesday, and we'll post that password then.
Meanwhile, Kyp Malone's solo project Rain Machine plays NYC tonight (3/3) at Cameo with Lewis Lazar and The Hydras, Aerial East, and Kelsey Lu. Tickets are on sale.
Updated TVOTR dates are listed below...
photo: Pixies in Northampton in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Pixies were already billed for Boston Calling, Shaky Knees, and Amnesia Rockfest, and now they've announced a full North American tour surrounding those festivals. The tour includes NYC shows on May 27 at Beacon Theatre and May 28 at Kings Theatre (which re-opened earlier this month). Tickets for all dates go on sale Friday (2/27) and a fan presale begins Wednesday (2/25) at 9 AM EST. Password: "snakes."
UPDATE: John Grant is opening.
This tour will once again have Paz Lenchantin (The Entrance Band, A Perfect Circle, Zwan) on bass, and they're promising to debut some new material. All dates are listed below...
H&LA's Andy Butler with his latest creation (via Facebook)
Hercules & Love Affair released their new album, The Feast of the Broken Heart, back in May. Guests on this one include John Grant who provides vocals on two tracks, including single "I Try To Talk To You." You can check out that track via its video below and the whole album is streamable on Spotify.
Andy Butler and the gang will be taking the Hercules & Love Affair house party on the road later this year, including a show at NYC club Verboten on October 2. Tickets will be available soon via Ticketfly.
All dates are listed, along with the music video, below...
Haim / Brody Dalle / La Luz @ Sasquatch 6/1/2014
Everyone has their own opinions on what makes for a memorable day of Sasquatch. Some believe that it's a chance of a lifetime headliner. Others think that it's a day filled with warm temps and unceasing sunshine.Sasquatch 2014 came to a close on Sunday (6/1) with sets from Haim, Queens of the Stone Age, tUnE-yArDs, Rodriguez, Parquet Courts, Tycho, Kid Kudi, Elbow, John Grant, Waxahatchee, Brody Dalle, La Luz, Lucius, Bob Mould, Major Lazer, comedians like Hannibal Burress and Kate Berlant, and lots more. Pictures from Sasquatch day 3 are in this post.
But what really makes an unforgettable day at the Gorge's perennial Memorial Day festival is a day where no matter the time, there's always a mind-blowing performance to be found. The final day this year was one of those days.
Starting promptly at 1 p.m., the first few hours of the third day were stacked with some of the best female offerings that Sasquatch had provided yet. Seattle's fun loving punk rock outfit Tacocat jammed out to a jaunty set of tunes and kept the audience rapt with a combination of irreverent humor and a hurricane of bubbles that swirled in front of them. They were immediately followed on the Yeti stage by their Hardly Art label mates La Luz who kept it cool and breezy with an engaging display of their modern surf-rock sound.
The bevy of fantastic women performers continued with another epic one-two punch on the main stage starting with bona fide punk rock ass-kicker Brody Dalle. Tune-Yards kept things thumping shortly thereafter and got the crowd moving with her one of a kind, drum-driven world music inflected sound. Dozens of people burst into a legitimate full-tilt run down the gorge as she kicked into her song "Gangsta." - [The News Tribune]
photos by P Squared Photography
Elbow / John Grant @ Webster Hall, 5/16/2014
The band sounded solid without overwhelming the space, and Garvey's emotionally earnest vocals commanded our attention even when chatting between songs, usually with a very British "Cheers!" He reminded the crowd that the new album, The Take Off and Landing of Everything which is number six since 2001, was filled with new tunes written in our "fair city"of New York. Older songs such as "The Bones of You" and "Grounds for Divorce" from The Seldom Seen Kid (2008), along with "The Night Will Always Win" and "The Birds" from Build a Rocket Boys (2011), anchored the new ones nicely, for example "New York Morning" and "My Sad Captains." As I eagerly anticipated hearing my favorite Elbow song live, it turned out that was saved for the very end of the evening. With grand gestures to usher everyone in a sing along, fans were treated to a fitting finale for an amazing night which will never be replicated - [New Music Matters]With a new album, The Take Off and Landing of Everything, out now, veteran band and genuinely nice guys Elbow hit NYC (where much of the new album was written) on Friday (5/16) for a sold-out show at Webster Hall, part of the their current tour. Setlist -- which mixed new and old -- and pictures from their performance are in this post. Not on the setlist: the marriage proposal that happened in the front row right in the middle of the band doing "Mirrorball." Video of that song (and the proposal) below as well.
Looking for than a little like Elbow frontman Guy Garvey's brother, John Grant opened the evening, cherry picking some of his best songs -- including show-stoppers "Sigourney Weaver" and "GMF" -- for a short, six-song set with minimal backing. Not that he needs much. Pics and setlist from his set are in this post too.
England's Glastonbury Festival is pretty much the forefather to all crazy worldwide "20,000 people standing in a field" festivals we have today. The 2014 edition goes down June 27 - 29 in Pilton, UK and the lineup was just announced. It includes Arcade Fire, Jack White, Dolly Parton (!), Elbow, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Massive Attack, Pixies, M.I.A., Dexys Midnight Runners, Kasabian, Lily Allen and loads more. The festival's already sold-out. A few more acts -- including one more headliner -- is still to be announced but lineup as it stands is below...
As mentioned, UK band Elbow's new album, The Take Off and Landing of Everything, is out March 11. If you haven't already, you can check out a couple tracks from it below. The band have just announced they'll be touring North America in May, and they'll play NYC's Webster Hall on May 16. Tickets for Webster Hall go on sale Friday (2/14) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (2/12) at noon. Even better: all dates are with John Grant and listed below.
Meanwhile, in conjunction with the new album, Elbow are also getting their own limited edition beer. It's a pale ale, called Charge and is a "blend of three malts deliver a luscious biscuit malt flavour, whilst a nod to American steam beers, sees the beer fermented at a higher temperature than the norm to release a fruitier aroma and sweeter finish." The band say it will be available worldwide, so pester the bartender at whatever pub you watch Premier League games at 8 AM on a Saturday morning to get it.
All Elbow dates are listed, along with videos and tour flyer, below...
Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.
The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.
Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.
Full lineups for both weekends below...