Entries tagged with: Julia Holter
Michael Chapman - 'Fully Qualified Survivor' (1970) artwork)
Every artist has a piece of work that niggles them--something that they wish they could redo, given the chance. It's why Paul McCartney once reproduced Let It Be and why Kate Bush re-recorded Wuthering Heights for her best-of album. For the prolific Michael Chapman, that album is Window, the missing link in the series of Chapman's early albums being reissued by Light In The Attic Records. Window sits just after the previously released Fully Qualified Survivor and Rainmaker, right before Wrecked Again.The above quote about British folk veteran Michael Chapman is from Light in the Attic, the label that has reissued a handful of his albums, including the newest one, 1971's Window, which came out earlier this year. You can listen to a couple tracks of his from those reissues, below.
In 1970, signed to the hip Harvest label (home to Kevin Ayers and Syd Barrett, among others), Chapman was still an artist waiting for that first big success, perpetually skint and permanently touring to make ends meet. With that in mind, he aimed to make Window in as little time as possible because being in the studio meant not being on the road. Producer Gus Dudgeon-who'd been working with Elton John-had other ideas and booked Chapman and his band into one of the UK's most expensive studios, Trident.
The singer-songwriter and prodigious guitarist was in transition from his folkier origins to his heavier future and heading for a whole mess of trouble with the same year's Wrecked Again. Given the touring bust-ups and tortured recording sessions to come, Michael's wife Andru Chapman remembers the recording of Window was noted for a "lack of hiccups. No one threw their toys out of the pram, unlike Wrecked Again." Recorded with U.S. guitar player Phil Greenberg, violin player Johnny Van Derek, and pianist Alex Atterson, the album has a blend of electric and acoustic instruments, both traditional and experimental at once, synthetic sounds melding with finger-picked guitars.
The trouble came later. Immediately after recording finished, Michael took the band back out on the road with the understanding that as soon as he got back, he'd put the final acoustic guitar tracks down to replace what he's always said were only guide tracks. Unfortunately, Harvest's parent label decided the album was finished and pressed it up anyway. And Chapman, as a result, hates it. Indeed, 34 years later he even set out to right the wrong, re-recording parts of the LP and noting it was a strange experience listening to "dead people on the between-track studio chatter" (Dudgeon, engineer Robin Cable, and drummer Richie Dharma have all since passed).
Chapman was last in New York for Basilica Sound Scape 2014, and he'll return this year, this time playing NYC. It's his only currently-announced US date on a tour that's otherwise all in Europe, and happens October 9 at Rough Trade. The show is the tenth anniversary party for the Tompkins Square Label, another label that's known for reissues and has put out some of Chapman's stuff.
Also on the bill is Peter Walker, the '60s-era raga guitarist who we wrote about when he played Baby's last year, and a much newer musician who owes a lot to the era Peter and Michael got their start in (update: that newer musician will be announed soon). Tickets are on AmEx presale now, and the general on-sale starts Friday (5/29) at noon.
In related news, Tompkins Square put out Remembering Mountains: Unheard Songs by Karen Dalton this week. It features lyrics of un-recorded Karen Dalton songs (courtesy of Peter Walker) sung by other (mostly contemporary) artists including Sharon Van Etten, Marissa Nadler, Julia Holter, Laurel Halo, Diane Cluck, Josephine Foster, Tara Jane O'Neil, Lucinda Williams and more. Listen to an Rdio stream of the whole album below.
by Bill Pearis
Matt Mondanile will release his new album as Ducktails, titled St. Catherine, on July 24 via Domino. (Preorders are available.) He made the album primarily in Los Angeles (where he lives now) and it features appearances by James Ferraro and Julia Holter. The first track to be released is the hazy, soft-rock sounding "Headbanging In The Mirror." With its references to office life and living in New Jersey, this could have fit on Fountains of Wayne's first album. Stream it below.
Ducktails will be touring in late summer, including a NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on August 7. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/6) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.
photos by David Andrako
[Julia] Holter and the quartet also performed Alex Temple's song cycle "Behind the Wallpaper," which, Ms. Temple has said, includes Ms. Holter's music among its inspirations. The lyrics of the brief songs in "Behind the Wallpaper" sketch surreal transformations and spooky situations: a character who has been swallowing seawater and live fish, another wandering a house where the walls keep shifting. The songs were atmospheric with ambiguous tonality, drawing chuckles along with hushed curiosity. They quivered, hovered, paused and slipped in and out of ghostly waltzes before the last one, "Spires," resolved into the sweet major chords of an old movie score's happy ending, followed by the sound of rising waves -- a flood, perhaps, drowning all the strangeness. [NY Times]The 2015 Ecstatic Music Festival, which brings classical and pop/indie music together, continued on February 25 at NYC's Merkin Concert Hall with Julia Holter and Chicago string quartet The Spektral Quartet. The night began with Spektral on their own, including a piece inspired by Mos Def and re-arranging James Blake's "I Never Learnt To Share." Then they backed Julia Holter for her songs "Memory Drew Her Portrait" and "Marienbad," before performing Alex Temple's "Behind the Wallpaper" with her, which is detailed in the review quoted above.
You can listen to an archive of the whole show at WQXR. Listen to Spektral's James Blake re-arrangement and Julia Holter's "Marienbad" from the show, with more pictures, below...
photo: Julia Holter at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
NYC's annual Ecstatic Music Festival returns to the Merkin Concert Hall this year with various shows happening from February through April, following the two free concerts at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place in January. As always, it includes collaborations between indie and classical artists, and this year's lineup features Julia Holter, Xiu Xiu, Kaki King, John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Helado Negro, Emily Wells, Bang on a Can All-Stars (premiering works by Glenn Kotche, Jace Clayton and Ben Frost), and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup and schedule below...
The 2014 Basilica Sound Scape festival is this weekend (September 12 & 13) in Hudson, NY with performances from Swans, Deafheaven, White Lung, Majical Cloudz, Julia Holter and more. Eleanor Friedberger was supposed to have played but has since dropped off. Two-day passes and tickets to Saturday (9/13) with Swans, Deafheaven and more are sold out but you can still get tickets to Friday (9/12) with Julia Holter, Tim Hecker, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) and more. The daily lineups and performances schedules are listed below.
If you'd like to go to both nights for free, we're giving away a pair of two-day passes. Details on that below.
You can also see White Lung in NYC for $3 this Friday (9/12) at MIDNIGHT (so really 9/13) when they play the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Palisades (906 Broadway) with Power Trip and Sick Feeling. RSVP HERE for $3 admission at the door (it's $10 if you don't).
Majical Cloudz at Pitchfork Festival 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
The full lineup for Hudson, NY's two-day Basilica Sound Scape (9/12-13) has now been announced. Joining the lineup of Swans, Deafheaven, White Lung, Julia Holter, Tim Hecker and more will be Majical Cloudz, Eleanor Friedberger, British folk veteran Michael Chapman, Torn Hawk, Lower Dens' Jana Hunter, Gang Gang Dance's Brian Degraw, Gold Dime with Andrya Ambro (Talk Normal) and more. Full lineup and more details, via Pitchfork who were involved in organizing the fest, below.
Additionally, the Scott Walker / Sunn O))) album that comes out ten days after Basilica will be played in full every hour from 2-9 PM on Saturday at Future Past Studio, which is located near Basilica.
For Majical Cloudz, this festival happens right before their tour with Lorde hits NYC for three dates.
Tickets for the festival are still available. More details below...
Swans at Bowery Ballroom earlier this week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
For the third year in a row, Basilica Hudson's Creative Directors Melissa Auf Der Maur and Tony Stone are working in collaboration with Pitchfork Senior Editor/Director of Events Brandon Stosuy and Brian De Ran of Gleam House and Leg Up Management to program BasilicaSoundScape, a carefully curated two-day program featuring a wide range of music, visual art, and literature that aims for specific connections and overlaps instead of "festival"-style overload.Hudson, NY two-day festival Basilica Sound Scape will return this year on September 12 & 13. The initial lineup was just announced and it's already shaping up to be a great one with Swans, Deafheaven, Tim Hecker, Julia Holter and NYC's Balinese gamelan ensemble Gamelan Dharma Swara. Early bird 2-day passes are on sale now for $50 through June 15. After that, $35 single day passes go on sale and weekend passes are upped to $60. Stay tuned for the rest of the lineup.
A few videos and the flyer below...
Homeboy Sandman isn't the only Stones Throw artist with shows coming up soon. Stones Throw label founder Peanut Butter Wolf has announced a DJ gig at Glasslands in Brooklyn on June 5. Advanced tickets for the 10pm-doors, 21+ event are on sale.
That's currently the only upcoming event we know about for PBW, but Stones Throw artist Dam-Funk has a bunch of upcoming shows including a DJ opening for Animal Collective's Panda Bear at Warsaw in Brooklyn on 5/18 (a sold out Red Bull Music Academy event and part of Panda Bear's recently announced tour). Meanwhile you can catch LA's "Ambassador of Boogie Funk" live and as a DJ in California including on May 8 with his labelmates Myron & E who have a lot of upcoming shows too. All dates are listed, along with Julia Holter's new remix of Stones Throw artist Boardwalk and more, below...
by Bill Pearis
Priceonomics Hipster/Bro Music Index:
If you've wondered what are the most hipster bands of today, well stop. The folks at Priceonomics figured it out, kinda, and it turns out The Field, Julia Holter, Iceage, These New Puritans top the list of "Most Hipster" bands. What exactly does that mean and how did they determine this? By comparing Pitchfork scores to the number of shares those reviews got on Facebook. The highest scores with the least shares being given the "most hipster" tag.
On the other end, records that got high P4K scores but lots of FB shares -- The National, Boards of Canada, Justin Timberlake, The Range -- were not hipster and topped their "Beer Me Bro" Music Index.
Kind of an interesting method, but the "most hipster" list also includes the very popular Disclosure and the very very very popular Drake. Maybe people just don't share Pitchfork reviews on bands they figure their friends already know? Maybe they should add a sales variable. Anyway, it's kind of interesting (and entertaining) and you can read more about it and peruse the full lists of Hipster and Bro bands over at Priceonomics.
Jonny Greenwood w/ Radiohead @ Prudential Center 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Knoxville, TN's Big Ears Festival goes down March 28 - 30, mixing modern composers and adventurous rock acts. The fest has expanded its programming since we last posted. Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, already slated to perform Steve Reich's "Electric Counterpoint" on March 30, will now also play the day before (3/29), performing selections from his scores to There Will Be Blood, The Master, and Norwegian Wood, accompanied by Wordless Music Orchestra.
So Percussion will perform all three days of the festival: collaborating with Buke & Gase and Wilco's Glenn Kotche on 3/28; performing Steve Reich's "Drumming" with guests on 3/29; and on 3/30 will perform Bryce Dessner's "Music for Wood and Strings" with Dessner as part.
The other new addition is pianist/composer Rachel Grimes who will perform with her ensemble on 3/30. These are in addition to previously announced acts John Cale, Body/Head, Television, Colin Stetson, Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, Dean Wareham, Low, Oneohtrix Point Never, Julia Holter, not to mention composer Steve Reich who is "Artist-in-Residence" for the fest, and many more. Single day tickets to Big Ears go on sale Friday (2/7) at noon EST and the daily line-ups have been released and are listed below.
One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.
Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.
Low at The Concert Hall in 2013 (more by PSquared)
As discussed, the Big Ears Festival is returning to various Knoxville, TN venues from March 28-30, and since we last spoke, more artists were added. The lineup now includes Low, Kim Gordon's Body/Head, Earth, Lonnie Holley, Buke and Gase, Hailu Mergia and Low Mentality, Davd Greenberger and Prime Lens, Jenny Hval, Keiji Haino, Stephen O'Malley & Orech Ambarchi (duo), and Stephen O'Malley solo. The new additions join previously announced artists like Steve Reich, Johnny Greenwood, John Cale, Television, Julia Holter, Oneohtrix Point Never, and others.
Tickets are still available. Updated lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
Psychedelic folk legend Linda Perhacs is finally set to release her looooong-awaited sophomore album, The Soul of All Natural Things, which follows 1970's lauded Parallelograms. We've already heard one of its songs, "Freely," and Linda has now released another cut from the LP, "River Of God." It's been mentioned that the much more contemporary songwriting great Julia Holter contributes to this album, and
while we're not positive that's her harmonizing with Linda on "RIver Of God," it sure sounds like her (update: it's Julia). The song's as forward-thinking in 2014 as Julia Holter's own material, yet the spirit that made Parallelograms so classic is there too. Their voices also blend together brilliantly, and if you're a fan of either artist's previous work, you should check this out.
You can stream it, along with "Freely" and the list of Linda's just-announced tour dates (none in NYC), below. The Soul of All Natural Things comes out on March 4 via Sufjan's Asthmatic Kitty label and it can be pre-ordered now.
British newspaper The Guardian just finished publishing its Best Albums of 2013 list, after having rolled it out over the past couple weeks. It's got a lot of the albums most likely to show up on British lists, like These New Puritans, John Grant, Hookworms, and Arctic Monkeys, but its #1 is more in common with the US publications. Find out what it is, along with their other 39 picks, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork is back with its much-anticipated Top 50 Albums of 2013 list. The list has many of the albums you'd expect to see on Pitchfork's list, though there's still some surprises. If you thought M.I.A got snubbed, you'll be happy to see her here, and if you thought James Blake deserved the Best New Music he didn't get, you'll be happy to see how high he ranks. The biggest surprise to me is that Majical Cloudz makes the top 10, and for those keeping score, Yeezus is NOT #1. Can you guess what is?
Head here to see individual writers' lists, and head below to see Pitchfork's full Top 50 Albums of 2013 list...
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?
Check out the full top 100 below...
Big Ears Festival, a three-day event that joins modern classical music and adventurous rock acts in venues around Knoxville, TN, will host its first festival since 2010 on March 28-30. Composer Steve Reich acts as the artist-in-resident, with Ensemble Signal, Jonny Greenwood and So Percussion performing his music. Also on the lineup are John Cale, Television, Nazoranai (Keiji Haino, Stephen O'Malley, and Oren Ambarchi) and Marc Ribot (playing solo as well as with Ceramic Dog and Los Cubanos Postizos), Laraaji, Tim Hecker, Julia Holter, Oneohtrix Point Never, Colin Stetson, Vatican Shadow, Nils Frahm, Mark McGuire, Bill Orcutt, Dean & Britta, Glenn Kotche, Susanna, Dawn of Midi and Son Lux.
Passes for the fest go on sale Friday, December 6 at noon and are $150.
The festival's return is a good thing as its future was in question after a three year hiatus (its organizers stay busy running Bonnaroo). Big Ears 2010 was a huge undertaking--and from a listeners stand-point, a hugely successful one--with a lineup that featured the National, Dirty Projectors, Vampire Weekend, the Calder Quartet, Joanna Newsom, St. Vincent, Andrew WK, The Ex, Gang Gang Dance, Clogs, the xx, Ben Frost and Tim Hecker and artist-in-residence Terry Riley. You can see BrooklynVegan's coverage of that fest here.
photos by PSquared Photography, words by Andrew Sacher
Linda Perhacs @ Mexican Summer 5
One of my personal favorite rediscovered gems from the late '60s/early '70s psych-folk era is Linda Perhacs' Paralellograms, an album quite literally ahead of its time that mixed the contemporary folk sounds of that era with eerie layers of dissonance that didn't become commonplace in folk music until decades later. Linda's been slowly gaining recognition and reigniting her career in recent times, having just made her NY debut at the Mexican Summer 5th Anniversary that took place in October. I unfortunately missed that show, but BV's Bill Pearis was there and said she had probably the biggest crowd of the day, seemed taken aback by all the love from the audience, and sounded great. Durga McBroom, who has also done backup for Pink Floyd, sang with her at the show, and some of Linda's well-known fans like Devendra Banhart (pictured below) were in the audience. Pictures and videos of her set from that show are in this post.
Now, after talking about it for some time, Linda has finally announced that she'll release The Soul of All Natural Things, the loooong-awaited followup to Parallelograms, on March 4, roughly 44 years after its predecessor initially came out. The album is coming out via Sufjan Stevens' Asthmatic Kitty label, and as discussed, features contributions from Nite Jewel and Julia Holter. The new album's first single is "Freely," a song that picks up right where Parallelograms left off and still sounds entirely of the moment considering artists like Marissa Nadler, Jessica Pratt, Mariee Sioux and others are keeping this sound alive. Her voice is still in fine form too.
Watch the video for the new song, along with the album's tracklist and more pics/videos from Mexican Summer 5, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Mexican Summer fifth anniversary lineup was just announced, and it's a pretty exciting lineup for more reasons than one. One of those reasons is that it's the first-ever NY show for psych-folk legend Linda Perhacs. Along with other likeminded late '60s/early '70s artists like Vashti Bunyan, Mark Fry, Sibylle Baier, Gary Higgins and more, Linda Perhacs was mostly unknown in her time but achieved the recognition she deserved over the years and is now a cult hero. She's made fans out of Devendra Banhart, Julia Holter, Nite Jewel (the latter two of which have since collaborated with her) and many others, who have helped bring her music into the public consciousness.
Linda's sole album, 1970's Parallelograms, wonderfully captures the experimental, psychedelic sounds of its era, and is also entirely ahead of its time. There's hints of more popular contemporaries like Joni Mitchell or the folkier side of Jefferson Airplane on much of the album, but certain parts, like the swirling layered vocals of the title track and its break into avant-garde dissonance, didn't widely enter the music world's vocabulary until years later. The record touches on classic blues, tribal percussion, spacey psychedelia, and a recording quality that's been in style since the lo-fi breakout of the '90s. it's very much a classic, and if you aren't already familiar, you can stream the entire album below.
Linda has been talking for a while about releasing a followup to that album, titled The Soul of All Natural Things. Not many details on that have been revealed, but from the looks of her website, it sounds like Julia Holter and Nite Jewel are contributing to that album. Check out a video of the Linda Perhacs Ensemble (Holter and Nite Jewel included) performing the new album's title track in 2011, below.
Linda's performance at the Mexican Summer festival happens on its second day (October 12) along with sets from Spiritualized, No Joy, Connan Mockaskin (US debut), Lansing-Dreiden, Quilt, Soldiers of Fortune, and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now. Her only other date at the moment is in San Francisco on 9/26.
Julia Holter brings her tour to NYC soon too.
LP stream and live video below...
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
ARS: Catherine O'Hara, Griffin Dunne & Terri Garr (photo via @anniehartforsure)
In the course of doing what we do here at BV, we've already posted a bunch of videos this week like Arcade Fire, Deerhunter, Glasser, Kanye West, Sarah Neufeld, Goldfrapp, Mates of State, Lou Doillon, and more. But unfortunately we don't get to all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catch-up. Check out Au Revoir Simone remaking an '80s Scorsese classic, plus videos from Franz Ferdinand, Wavves, Father John Misty, Waxahatchee, Julia Holter, Eagulls, and one of Disappears covering U2, below.
You may remember that onetime Cryptacize singer Nedelle Torrisi recorded a single and played a couple shows last year under the name Paradise. Reverting back to her own name, both sides of that single have now appeared on her new, self-titled album which was released last week (9/3). The LP was produced by Haunted Graffiti's Kenny Gilmore and features contributions from Nite Jewel, Dev "Blood Orange" Hynes, and Julia Holter. That's the cover art above and you can stream the whole thing below.
And just to connect dots a little further, Nite Jewel -- who not only played on Torrisi's new album but has collaborated with Holter too -- just released a new song, "Stay a Little Longer," and you can watch the video for that, along with the list of all Nedelle's tour dates, below.
Julia Holter at Pitchfork Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Julia Holter was just in NYC previewing songs from her new album, Loud City Songs, ahead of her appearance at Pitchfork Festival. Following that album's release, Julia will be doing more North American shows, including a return to NYC on September 24 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Nedelle Torrisi. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/2) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with videos of two songs from the new album, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Swans / Solange / fans
Soft spoken indie rockers Belle and Sebastian were a reprieve of sorts to festival goers who had spent the day seeing abrasive rock bands and the eardrum-shattering Swans set earlier in the afternoon (I forgot to bring earplugs...). A slight drizzle started around the band's fourth or fifth song but did not cut the show short like yesterday. Frontman Stuart Murdoch charmed audience members with his kind words, stating Chicago is much more relaxing than New York. Murdoch also engaged with audience members, inviting fans on stage, and even letting one fan draw on his face with mascara. Despite performing in a large festival setting during the headlining slot, the band managed to play one of the most intimate shows of the day. [BV Chicago]Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 continued on Saturday (7/20) with its second of three days. Day two featured a good deal of bands on the heavy/intense side including Swans, Savages, Metz, Pissed Jeans, and White Lung; some indie legends like Belle & Sebastian, Low, and The Breeders; and some representation from the electronic/R&B world too, including Solange, Rustie, Andy Stott, and Ryan Hemsworth. Of course there were even more artists rounding out the lineup, and pictures from the second day are in this post. Even more are on BV Chicago.
"2nd amazing time I had playing at Le Poisson Rouge, and listening to Jessica Pratt's stunningly beautiful set. Thanks NY" - Julia Holter
Julia Holter at LPR - 7/12/13 (photo by Mike Katzif)
Julia Holter brought her tour with Jessica Pratt to NYC this past Friday (7/12) for a show at Le Poisson Rouge (her second show at that venue), which she used to preview some of the material from her upcoming album, Loud City Songs (due out 8/20 via Domino). She's already released studio versions of two of the album's tracks, "In The Green Wild" and "World", and you can check out live videos of Julia performing the former at her LPR show, along with a previously unreleased new song, "Horns Surrounding Me."
by Andrew Sacher
Julia Holter at POP Montreal 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As discussed, art pop musician Julia Holter is releasing a new album, Loud City Song, on August 20 via Domino. The first track she revealed from that album, "World," was a haunting, bare, almost-ambient song, and now the album's second single, "In The Green Wild," is a drastic left turn. Julia's experimented with combining indie and classical before, but the arrangements here feel more baroque-inspired than ever, and it's one of her most upfront, multi-layered, and clear songs yet. Check out the video for the new track below.