Entries tagged with: Julia Holter
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...
photo: Julia Holter at Rough Trade in October (more by PSquared)
Julia Holter recently had to postpone her Paris show due to recent tragedies, but she's promising to reschedule it soon. Meanwhile, she has more international dates coming up, and she's set to play North American shows again in 2016.
The tour brings her back to NYC on February 23 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (11/18) at noon.
Her great new album Have You In My Wilderness (which made Rough Trade's year-end list) is out now via Domino. She just put out a video for "Silhouette" from the album (by Rick Bahto). Watch that, with her list of tour dates, 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, words by Andrew Sacher
Julia Holter was in NYC over the weekend when her tour hit Rough Trade for a sold-out show on Saturday (10/24). It was in support of her excellent new album Have You In My Wilderness, which she played most of, plus a few off Loud City Song and an updated arrangement of the older "Marienbad" which fit right in with the new stuff. For this show, she was joined by violist/singer Dina Maccabee, drummer Corey Fogel, bassist Devin Hoff (who also plays with Xiu Xiu and Nels Cline) and for a few songs saxophonist Danny Meyer who Julia said was a special guest for just that show. They sounded great, and had no trouble nailing all the different sides of Julia's sound. Devin held down the jazz influences while Dina handled the classical side, and with Julia being her highly unique self, it all came together not sounding quite like anyone else.
For music that could rightly be considered very highbrow, Julia was just about as unpretentious as possible in between songs. She was cracking jokes and in a lighthearted spirit the whole night, whether it was about forgetting the chords to a song or telling us about a recent eye-rolling interview where the interviewer asked if she whistles while she's alone ("Yeah like I'm just soo whimsical. Do you think he'd ask a man that? 'Hey do you whistle while you're alone... dude?'"). Between the humor and the great songs, she definitely had the crowd in the palm of her hand the whole night.
The show was opened by Motion Graphics, aka the new project of Joe Williams who you may remember as White Williams. More pictures (including one of Julia's setlist) below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Tonje Thilisen
Since Julia Holter's 2011 breakthrough Tragedy, all of her albums have been a sonic shift from the last, and her upcoming Have You In My Wilderness might be her best yet. It's her biggest sounding album to date and Julia's voice is pushed more to the forefront than ever, but the songs are no less intimate and eccentric than her previous material. Most songs have gorgeous string arrangements and there seems to be a bit of a '60s baroque pop influence this time around, whether it's the keyboards in lead singles "Feel You" and "Sea Calls Me Home" or the upbeat, whimsical "Everytime Boots." The jazz influences she brought in on Loud City Song aren't gone either, as she especially proves on the swirling penultimate track "Vasquez." It's a very diverse record, and you can now hear the whole thing below, via NPR.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Julia Holter at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Julia Holter is releasing her new album Have You In My Wilderness on September 25 via Domino, and today she released its second single, "Sea Calls Me Home." Like lead single "Feel You," this new one is some of her biggest-sounding stuff yet but without losing the intimacy that made her earlier work so great. Check it out below.
Julia also announced a tour, which includes a West Coast run with Beirut, an East Coast one-off in NYC, and then she's off to Europe, Japan and Australia.
The NYC show happens October 24 at Rough Trade. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/28) at noon.
ALl dates are listed, with the new song, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Laurel Halo at 285 Kent in 2014 (more by Landon Speers)
Laurel Halo is an artist of many styles. My favorite thing she's done is still the experimental pop of 2012's Quarantine, but she's explored a lot of different ground both before and after. Her most recent release saw her teaming up with past collaborator Julia Holter (who also works with many styles and has an album coming) and others for a two-song EP as Terepa, which Nicolas Jaar released on his Other People label earlier this summer. This one has Laurel and Julia working with Kouhei Matsunaga, Rashad Becker, Charlotte Collin, Lucrecia Dalt and Gregóire Simon, and coming out with 35 minutes of droning ambience. Listen below. Laurel is also set to release a double EP on Honest Jon's this September, but most details for that are still TBA.
Laurel has some shows coming up over the next few months, including one in NYC on September 26 at Trans-Pecos. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
That show is right after she plays Seattle's Decibel Festival. All dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
The very prolific Julia Holter had been releasing an album a year since 2011's breakthrough Tragedy (and even more before that too), so it was a surprise when we didn't get a new one from her last year. But now she's finally ready to follow 2013's Loud City Song with a new album on September 25 via Domino. It's called Have You in My Wilderness and first single "Feel You" has some of her most belting vocal delivery yet. The bigger sound isn't as the expense of her arty tendencies and expertly layered sounds though. Hear it for yourself by watching the video below.
List of tour dates (all in Europe) and album tracklist, also below...
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...