Entries tagged with: Justice
The big festival season may be coming to a close now that Labor Day is behind us and it doesn't really feel like summer anymore, but of course that doesn't mean there aren't any to still look forward to (though many are in warmer places than here in the Northeast).
One festival that will take an airplane ticket and a passport to get to from the US, but has a lineup that might make it worth it, is the Berlin Festival in -- you guessed it -- Berlin. It goes down this weekend from September 6-7 and includes Blur, Bjork, Pet Shop Boys, My Bloody Valentine, Klaxons, Savages, Justice (DJ), John Talabot (live), and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now. Full schedule here.
In October, Austin gets the previously discussed Austin City Limits Festival for two weekends (10/4-6 & 10/11-13) with Depeche Mode, The Cure, Atoms for Peace, Phoenix, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, The National, passion Pit, Queens of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Franz Ferdinand and more. Weekend passes for weekend 2 and VIP options for both weekends are still available. Check out the schedule here. If you'll be in Austin for the festival, don't forget to catch some of the official late shows too.
Later on in the year, Austin gets the previously discussed Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov. 8-10) which includes Descendents, Quicksand, Television, Deerhunter, MGMT, M.I.A., Snoop Dogg, Cut Copy, The Walkmen, Kurt Vile, Body Count, Cloud Nothings, Title FIght, White Lung and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full lineup.
Around that same time, New Orleans hosts the previously mentioned Voodoo Experience festival (11/1-3) with Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, The Gaslight Anthem, Desaparecidos, Cults, Rudimental and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full schedule.
Though it's not quite a "festival," NYC will be bombarded by a whole slew of bands this fall when a big portion of the music industry heads our way for the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon, which runs from October 15-19. Confirmed artists include The Dismemberment Plan, Pelican, Jacco Gardner, Good Riddance, Godflesh, Eagulls, Courtney Barnett, The Long Winters, Savages, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Eleanor Friedberger, Kevin Drew, Obits, Fuck Buttons, Quadron, Speedy Ortiz, Lawrence Rothman and more. Badges are on sale now.
Right before CMJ, NYC will be getting the 2013 CBGB Music & Film Festival which goes from October 9 to 13 across various venues and includes Andy Shernoff, Arto Lindsay, Bass Drum of Death, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Ginger Baker, Hanni El Khatib, Meat Puppets, Obits, The Spits, Tommy Ramone, and more. Badges are still available.
And right as CMJ is ending in NYC, San Francisco will be getting its two-day Treasure Island Music Festival (10/19-20). That festival includes Atoms for Peace, Beck, Animal Collective, James Blake, Japandroids, Disclosure, Tricky, Little Dragon, and more. Tickets are still available. Check out the full schedule.
French label Ed Banger was founded in 2003 by Pedro Winter, onetime Daft Punk manager and who records music as Busy P. It's home to Justice, Sebastian, Cassius, Uffie, Mr Oizo, Breakbot and more. Ed Banger is celebrating 10 in existence this year with a globe-hopping tour featuring a headlining DJ set by Justice, a live performance from Breakbot, and Busy P himself presenting an "Ed Banger Megamix." The LA date just happened last week and the NYC date happens at Hammerstein Ballroom on November 2 with additional "special guests." Tickets are on sale now.
All 10th Anniversary tour dates are listed, along with a few Ed Banger-related videos and streams, below.
photos by Diana Wong
Moogfest 2012 is now underway in Asheville, North Carolina. The two day, multi-venue fest will feature sets by Killer Mike, Primus, Explosions in the Sky, Thomas Dolby, Death Grips, Four Tet, Orbital, Disclosure, and many more. Check out the full schedule.
Last night (10/25), Justice, who are on a tour that also hit Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC, helped kick things off (unofficially) with a big show at the U.S. Cellular Center. Distal opened, and we have pictures. More below...
"Witnessed dude fall from 3 stories into crowd @ #justice show. Anybody on the ground hurt? #hammerstein #NYC" - Mark Bellncula
Justice @ Hammerstein Ballroom - 10/21/12 (via Nick Wenck)
Justice brought their tour to NYC for a show at Hammerstein Ballroom last night (10/21) with Chromeo (DJ), one of several big shows happening in NYC the night after CMJ's conclusion. An anonymous source tells us that right before the encore, the members of Justice pointed towards the upper left balcony and a young fan, who "looked like he was tweaking out on something and seemed to think they were pointing directly," thrusted himself towards the stage so hard that he fell over the balcony, and after holding on for a few seconds he fell to the ground. Says the source, "The crazy thing is he immediately jumped up, threw his hat on and bolted from the venue. According to the venue staff and EMTs no one was severely hurt, but one person of the three who he landed on went to the hospital complaining of back pain."
Whoa. The show went on after that and video from it (balcony fall not included) is below.
Florence / Dum Dum Girls / the scene, Osheaga Fest 8/03/2012
"I can't believe we walked the whole thing."
This was the opening of an e-mail Saturday morning from my friend, the Montreal based singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk. Day 1 of Montreal's Osheaga Music and Arts Festival (8/3) was in the books and instead of joining the crush of people all trying to get into the Metro, we opted to walk with a much smaller group of people from Parc Jean-Drapeau, the festival's home, over the closed-off Jacques Cartier Bridge back to the Mile End.
"You know," Leif's e-mail continued, "we could've all just waited for the subway, but then we might have been accused of being reasonable."
What came before the trek from the island to the mainland was a hot, dusty, sweaty blur of music and dancing and a sold-out crowd determined to pull every ounce of enjoyment from their day out.
The highlight for me on Day 1 was always going to be Sigur Ros, who I'd seen just a days before in Philadelphia. Sure, Justice may have been the official headliner on the day, but the Icelandic band, even restricted to their one-hour time slot, felt like the real headliner and reduced the electronic duo and their glorified DJ booth to the equivalent of an afterparty.
Earlier in the day, The Walkmen featured Skyler Skjelset of Fleet Foxes on bass and guitar and Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men packed the field at the Scene Verte stage on the other end of the park for their mid-day set.
The Dum Dum Girls set was delayed with sound issues and once they got going the tech guys spent most of their set running back and forth across the stage adjusting and fixing gear. It was the beginning of a trouble-filled weekend at the Scene des Arbres stage where delays were constant and, on Day 3, Zola Jesus' set was controversially cut short as thunderstorms rolled through. (Festival officials shut her set down just as the worst of the storm had passed.) She took to Facebook to voice her frustration (though what happened in Montreal was nothing compared to what went down at Lollapalooza in Chicago the same weekend).
Gary Clark, Jr. impressed over at the Scene Verte as his loud, fuzzy guitar riffs conjured dancing girls and good vibes.
Along with a beautiful set from Florence and the Machine and a raucous end-of-the-night set from Montreal's Les Breastfeeders, it was a great start to the festival.
Stay tuned for more on Day 2 and 3. More Osheaga Day 1 photos are below.
photos by James Richards IV
At the Drive-In/Sigur Ros at Lollapalooza - 8/5/12
Jack White was one of the headliners on Saturday., We weren't able to get pictures this time (see Firefly instead), but you can check out his Lolla setlist HERE and pictures and video of a surprise in-store that took place at Chicago's Reckless Records earlier in the day HERE. Other bands on Sunday included the reunited At the Drive-In, Sigur Ros, The Walkmen, Justice, Polica, Toro y Moi, The Gaslight Anthem (setlist and a video of their entire set HERE) and many more.
by Tim Griffin
The Cure & fans @ day 1 @ Rock Werchter - 6/28/2012
Flanders is a Festival! That was a new phrase to me prior to last week, and I've learned a lot since then underscoring the truth of it. For the uninitiated - Flanders (which includes Antwerp, Ghent, Brussels and Leuven) is rife with more than 280 music festivals per year. Belgium's Rock Werchter is one of the biggest, with three stages spanning four full days of music. It's been around and growing since 1974, and as it has grown, its line-up has grown with it -- this year's included The Cure, Garbage, Justice, Skrillex, Amon Tobin, and more, and that was just on day one.
I ventured to Belgium to cover Rock Werchter this year, and though exhaustion slightly delayed this report you're reading now, it was a great time, visits to Leuven and Brussels included (beautiful places to hang your hat for a visit). More pictures from the first day of the music festival along with some general shots from around Belgium, and video & the setlist from The Cure's set, below...
The 14th annual Voodoo Music & Arts Experience happens from October 26 - 28 at City Park in New Orleans. Among the 70+ acts at this year's fest are Jack White, Green Day, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Skrillex, Justice, Silversun Pickups, Thomas Dolby, Die Antwoord, The Dirty Dozen Brass, and Bootsy Collins. Tickets are on sale with a variety of options as is the usual with festivals these days.
Full Voodoo Experience line-up is below.
Justice at Coachella (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Justice released their New Lands EP today via iTunes, featuring five different versions of the track including the original, a live version and remixes from Falcon, A-Trak and Sebastian. More Justice news: the French duo will hit NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on October 21st. Tickets go on AMEX presale on Wednesday (6/27) at noon and regular sale on Friday (6/29).
So far Justice, who played two shows at Terminal 5 back in March, only have a handful of North American dates announced including Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Osheaga, and Holy Ship. A listing of all known tour dates and a stream of some of the New Lands tracks are below.
We try to keep tabs on various festivals around the world here on BrooklynVegan, many of which you'll eventually see pictures from. Today we focus on Belgium.
Pukkelpop goes down from August 16 - 18. That festival includes The Stone Roses, Bjork, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Refused, Wilco, The Hives, The Shins, The Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li, Hot Chip, Feist, Flying Lotus, tUnE-yArDs, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baroness, Ceremony, A-Trak, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and more. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Rock Werchter, which falls a bit more on the mainstream side, happens in Belgium even sooner, running from June 28 - July 1. That lineup includes The Cure, Jack White, X, Mastodon, Garbage, The xx, M83, Metric, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Perfume Genius, Bat For Lashes, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine, The Vaccines and more. Tickets for the festival are
on sale now sold out.
The full lineups for both Pukkelpop and Rock Wercher are listed below.
Though there may be another release of tickets, the 2nd annual electronic music cruise Holy Ship!! sold out before any acts were announced. Or to be more specific:
Everyone who purchased a pre-book for HOLY SHIP!! will receive a token May 22 with a booking time to reserve a cabin. Only one pre-book is valid per cabin. Cabins can be booked by token holders anytime after the token goes live up until June 20. Token holders who do not book by June 20 are no longer guaranteed a cabin. If any cabins remain after this initial booking period, those who are on the wait list will be contacted.If the rest of the cabins aren't taken by those on the waiting list, then they'll be released to the general public.
Here's who ticket holders will get to see at the event taking place Friday, January 4 through Monday, January 7, 2013. Complete lineup listed below...
We just posted about Austra who's coming back to North America (including 9/19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg) after a tour of Europe. She's also one of many artists playing the 2012 Osheaga Festival in Montreal which happens August 3 - 5. Tickets are still available for the three-day event.
In addition to Austra, Osheaga plays host to The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, Justice, Metric (who play Radio City Music Hall soon), Sigur Ros (who play Prospect Park and are streaming their new LP), Florence & The Machine (who plays Jones Beach this summer), The Weeknd, Passion Pit (who play Governor's Ball soon), The Jesus & Mary Chain, MGMT, Santigold (who just played Irving), Zola Jesus (who just played the Guggenheim) and many many more.
Full Osheaga lineup is below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
dolphin rider / Wild Flag / At the Drive-In
"Weekend one of Coachella 2012 not only confirmed rock fans' rabid appetite for live music but reminded the music industry that the past is a lot closer than it used to be. There were no rock acts from the 1960s or early '70s on the bill. The look back was dedicated to Coachella's continuing affection for reuniting British bands from the late '70s and early '80s--this year, it was Buzzcocks, James, Madness, Pulp and Squeeze. Other reuniting bands on the bill included American alt-rock bands Firehose, Mazzy Star and At the Drive-In; and Refused, a punk group from Sweden that hadn't been heard from since 1998. One could argue that the "appearance" by the late Shakur was an admission that to become a musical force again, West Coast rap needs a resurrection. Though the beats conceived and developed by Dr. Dre, Shakur, Snoop Dogg and others are now woven into rock and pop's vocabulary, rap had little presence at Coachella 2012, save for the ingenuity of the late Sunday-night oldies show.It's actually hard to believe that after all that went on over the weekend THE EXACT SAME COACHELLA IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN AGAIN. But back to last weekend for a second...
And if there was any doubt that electronic dance music is a dominating force, even if it's still underappreciated by the mainstream, Swedish House Mafia and Justice played the main stage. The big tent dedicated to dance music was rarely less than filled to a boisterous overflow." [Wall Street Journal]
You already saw pictures from Friday and Saturday, video of an idiot falling off a wooden structure, watched Frank Ocean's set, and Azealia Banks's. The Weeknd's too. You saw Refused's setlist and some videos. You already know what At The Drive-In played on Sunday, and streamed their set in full after you were done watching Real Estate's and M83's, not to mention parts of Bon Iver's and Andrew Bird's. You're already well aware that Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg and many special guests headlined on Sunday, and you even saw the pictures of them and watched the Tupac hologram video. Now here are the rest of the Sunday pictures, and they continue, below....
"Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Presents and Starr Hill presents, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, are proud to announce the lineup for the fifth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. The world's only gourmet music festival will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 10 - 12, 2012. Tickets will go on sale Thursday April 19 at 12 noon PDT via www.sfoutsidelands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department."Pretty massive lineup for the San Francisco festival this year. Check it out below....
Lollapalooza (more by Grant MacAllister)
Chicago Sun Times reports:
Lollapalooza has revealed its official 2012 list of performers -- a typically wide-ranging smorgasbord of genres and styles topped by nearly a dozen mainstage headliners: the Red Hot Chili Peppers, freshly reunited bands Black Sabbath and At the Drive-In, the Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, the Shins and Passion Pit, plus spotlighted electronic music including Swedish house titan Avicii, French dance duo Justice and DJ-producer Bassnectar.Check out the full list below...
The annual music festival is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 in Chicago's Grant Park.
Rumored lineups have circulated widely, as they usually do, and Lollapalooza itself stoked the speculation in recent weeks via a series of CTA and online advertisements that seemed to hint at who would be playing.
The ads featured lyrics from such acts as Sigur Ros, Santigold, Jack White, Kimbra, Twin Shadow, the Weeknd, Bloc Party and more -- all bands that wound up on the bill.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Interview Magazine: What's your favorite thing about New York?Did you have a good time in their company on Friday and Saturday? Here are some pictures from the first of two shows Justice played in NYC this past week, opening set by their manager/DJ Busy P included. More below....
GASPARD AUGÉ of Justice: It's funny because the paradox is that New York is one of the most European cities in the US, but it's a distorted, gigantic melted version of Europe. It's not human sized like European cities.
Interview Magazine: What do you mean by "human sized"?
GASPARD AUGÉ of Justice: Human scaled. It's over the top and this is what we love about it.
Interview Magazine: Where do you like to go when you're in New York?
GASPARD AUGÉ of Justice: Katz's Deli. Lit lounge. We never have much time to explore, so we only go to the same places over and over.
Interview Magazine: What can fans anticipate at your Terminal 5 shows tonight and tomorrow?
GASPARD AUGÉ of Justice: To spend a good time in our company, hopefully.
Poland's Open'er Festival (July 4-7, 2012) has announced their initial lineup which is Bjork, Justice, and The xx. Not too shabby. Tickets are on sale, and the rest of the lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.
Radiohead @ Roseland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Coachella which is taking place over the course of two weekends this year (April 13-15 and 20-22) revealed their 2012 lineup. Last week, Azealia Banks was the first artist confirmed, and earlier today they confirmed The Weeknd (maybe he found a band?), and before that, Jimmy Cliff, Breakbot, and Housse De Racket. The reunited Pulp then announced itself. The full lineup also includes headliners The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, not to mention, as predicted, the reunited At the Drive In and the reunited Mazzy Star (!), and Madness and Refused (!) and Jeff Mangum and many, many more that you can see below...
Justice DJing at The Creator's Project (more by Bryan Derballa)
French electronic duo Justice have teased with recent DJ appearances, but haven't scheduled any proper live dates for some time. That all changes with today's announcement of a world tour with ten select North American dates, including TWO in NYC at Terminal 5 on 3/16 and 3/17. Tickets for the NYC shows are $40 and go on sale Friday. All dates, kicking off on New Year's Eve in Australia, are listed below.
The announcement comes with a contest:
In conjunction with the tour announcement Justice are hosting a contest inviting fans to post video cover versions of songs from the new album on their official Google+ page anytime between now and December 10th. Entrants will be eligible to win a trip to Sydney, Australia to see the first show of the Justice world tour, January 1st, 2012.All tour dates, the contest video and other videos below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, Justice shots by Bryan Derballa
As we were saying, the Creators Project takeover of DUMBO went down this past weekend. Here is a second set of pictures from Saturday, now with Justice, Florence & the Machine, and more. They continue below...
Info on the latest additions below...
Dum Dum Girls @ Bowery in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Times New Viking @ Scion Garage Fest 2010 (more by Taylor Keahy)
today in NYC
* Cole Escola @ Joe's Pub
* Neil Rolnick @ The Stone
* Fang Island @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Les Chauds Lapins @ Barbes
* Widowspeak @ Rooftop Films
* Bettye LaVette @ Cafe Carlyle
* Teddy Thompson @ City Winery
* Jonathan Toubin @ Home Sweet Home
* Zemog El Gallo Bueno @ Barbes
* Peaches (MC/DJ set) @ Webster Hall
* DOOM, Drop Dead, Teargas @ Europa
* Diane Cluck, Grey Gersten @ Sycamore
* Matana Roberts, Ryan Sawyer @ Zebulon
* Shark?, Sleepies, Girlfriends @ Silent Barn
* Favourite Sons, My Best Fiend @ Union Pool
* Gary Lucas & Gods and Monsters @ Joe's Pub
* Nicolas Jaar, Valentin Stip @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Sexy Neighbors, Baby Erection, Beach Arabs @ Party Xpo
* Punches, Party Supplies, Ducky, Dirty Fences @ Cake Shop
* Talibam!, Chat Logs, Snake Dudes, Many Mansions @ Coco 66
* Alexander Berne & 'The Abandoned Orchestra' @ The Stone
* Teardrops, Peach Kelli Pop, Teen Witch, Pamela @ Bruar Falls
* The Modern Weepers, Neckbeard Telecaster @ Mercury Lounge
* Cloud Cult, The Wilderness of Manitoba @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Donkeys, Snowmine, This Frontier Needs Heroes @ The Rock Shop
* Times New Viking, The Babies, Phantom Family Halo @ Knitting Factory
* Pterodactyl, Screens, Keepaway, Zulus, Crime Novels @ Death By Audio
* The Pioneers of Seduction, Cinema Cinema, You Bred Raptors @ Don Pedro
* Sophistafunk, Rozatones, Bushranger, James Maddock @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Greatest Hits, Friends, Featureless Ghost, C Powers @ Brooklyn Fire Proof East
* Electrifying (An Electrifying 14 Piece Tribute to Michael Jackson) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Biters, Bad Luck Charms, Booze, Dirty Shames, Suitcase @ Bowery Electric
* Dum Dum Girls, Crocodiles, Woven Bones, Colleen Green (Acoustic Show) @ Glasslands
* Junk Science, Scott Thorough, Cavalier, Cool Calm Pete (DJ set), Gene Stovall @ Mercury Lounge
* Dustin Wong, Quilt, (From) The Sky, Kyle Bobby Dunn, Invisible Circle @ Monster Island Basement
* The Yes Way, Taurus, Shake The Baron, Submarine Bells, The Young Things, Pillow Theory (Deli Fest) @ Spike Hill
* Jackson Browne, Ani DiFranco, Crosby & Nash, Dr. John, Steve Earle, Bruce Hornsby, Jorma Kaukonen, Steve Kimock, Buffy Sainte-Marie (Wavy Gravy's 75th Birthday) @ Beacon Theatre
Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
Dylan Fest (night 2 of 2) tonight at Bowery features Norah Jones, Adam Green, Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis of SNL, Jesse Malin, Nikolai Fraiture (of the Strokes), Binki Shapiro (of Little Joy), Tad Kubler (of the Hold Steady), Evan Dando, Reeve and Zane Carney, Danny Clinch, Adam Schlesinger and Jody Porter (of Fountains of Wayne), Sammy James, Jr. (of Mooney Suzuki), Ben Trokan (of Robbers on High Street), Steve Schiltz (of Longwave & Hurricane Bells), Antony Ellis (of Five O'Clock Heroes), Luke Rathborne, Jack Dischel (of Only Son), Josh Lattanzi (of The Lemonheads & The Candles) (Dylan Fest 2011) @ Bowery Ballroom
Crosby & Nash have been added to the Wavy Gravy's 75th Birthday show at Beacon Theatre tonight.
We're giving away tickets to see Cloud Cult tonight on Facebook.
Justice released a new video for "Civilization" today. The song comes from a new record they'll be releasing later this year. Watch it below...
photos by Rachel Carr, words by Daiana Feuer
The third and final round of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival was funky, and not just because the port-a-potties reeked. Keeping a loose theme every day (see Friday & Saturday), Sunday focused on relentless rhythm and groovy basslines. The absolute golden moment belonged to Yo La Tengo's blistering final song. Rhythm that revels in repetition + guitar that tries to destroy itself = wee mind blown. Sometimes the moodiest things are the most uplifting.
Thom Yorke brought his dancing shoes, his favorite Flea, and Nigel Godrich. His band Atoms For Peace played almost every song off The Eraser, many of which featured strong world rhythm sections. When Yorke didn't have a guitar in hand, he danced, whirled, and punched the air like he was rehearsing a scene from Fame. We wanted a high kick, but it didn't arrive. King Khan & The Shrines, on the other hand, featured legs flying all over the place, DJ Lance Rock and Yo Gabba Gabba characters, burning money, as well as a visit from the police-who crept on stage to snap pictures. Probably the first time Khan runs into cops and doesn't leave wearing cuffs. Sunny Day Real Estate had the audience offering bids to buy property, and Phoenix had people choking on dinner as they tried to dance and eat at the same time.
King Khan Gabba Gabba
Not every Julian Casablancas song captivated, but his band delightfully binged on rhythms. Each musician had a personal backbeat player supporting each fill. The drummer plus his sidekick especially sounded great. Matt & Kim's ebullient smiles inspired chaos in the audience, as usual. Mayer Hawthorne and the County revived Motown soulful brassiness and covered Biz Markie's "Just a Friend." The Big Pink played some new songs from next year's album, reaching out for Depeche Mode with a drummer in a pink bathing suit. Electro sweet popper Little Boots forgot her pants as well, wearing a sparkly shirt and knickers, and played with the lasers on stage. Charlotte Gainsbourg inaugurated her "first tour, first everything" with a feminine "Candy-O" sensibility, sometimes in French. Florence & the Machine rounds out the great lady performances of the day, and brought on Nathan Willett of Cold War Kids.
All clad in white, France's DJ ego-powers Club 75 demonstrated the ability to cooperate together with just a few elbows thrown. Cassius, Justice, Busy P, and DJ Mehdi still use CD's (so old school), and took turns passing on the headphones between them and finishing each other's remix sentences, trading places at each station. Backstage security bobbed along while staying tough. When it was their turn, Rusko turned the Sahara tent into a mechazoid robot battle and Orbital live-produced virtual reality anthems for Satan wearing Matrix miner lights around their heads. Infected Mushroom instructed on the benefits of "Becoming Insane" flanked by two mushrooms with red eyes.
The Middle East should not be confused with The Soft Pack, formerly The Muslims. The former may be from Australia but it sounds like a back porch band from Woodstock, and the latter offers a "Parasite" infestation that's as pure as sunshine and a neat drum set up that packs a giant tom punch. What appears as regular rock on headphones reveals its brilliance when experienced live. One of the strangest live moments of the festival belongs to Sly Stone, who played four hours late and on the wrong stage. He bitched, he slurred, he cursed, lay down, walked off, stopped songs and good grief, made a total mess of himself. But that's rock and roll.
Sly Stone made history look unable to get past its youthful drug phase, but Jonsi, Pavement, and Spoon come from a music scene that did a little bit less cocaine. Jonsi repped the awesomeness of Sigur Rós and great hats. Steve Patterson of White Rabbits joined Britt Daniels and the rest of Spoon to add percussion on "I Turn My Camera On". Spoon's tour-mate Bradford Cox (who played earlier in the day in Deerhunter) also joined Spoon on stage, like he did on their recent Kimmel appearance. Pavement ran through the hits during one of their first U.S. shows since reuniting. "That's the 90's in a nutshell," said Stephen Malkmus after the angsty "Unfair"...
"...Pavement, the iconic slacker band of the '90s, who took the main stage against what turned out to be one of the fest's chief attractions, the finally wildly popular French dance-rock band Phoenix, who wowed possibly the biggest crowd of the entire fest ... while Pavement played to a field half-full of true believers rather than the massive throngs many expected, and thought the band deserved.Virtual Snoop Dogg introduced the Gorillaz set, but Blur's Damon Albarn appeared in the flesh, with a few special guests including Paul Simonon, Mick Jones, De La Soul-who kicked their own old school jams earlier in the day-and Little Dragon's Yukimi. One unique rhythm transcended the next, showing the mutability of hip hop and dance music. And then that was it, suddenly. The festival ended and tens of thousands of people started wondering where they left their car keys...
No matter, though. Pavement still delivered a set that vindicated the group of prior crimes -- namely a Coachella performance near the end of their career so notoriously bad, many in attendance point to it as the moment the band decided to break up.
This night, however, they were tight, they were loud, and they sounded large on that vast field -- an odd statement, given the fact that in their heyday they were far more known for being introspectively small rather than arena-ready..." [The OC Register]
Radiohead Peppers For Peace
Daiana's Weekend Top 10:
1. Yo La Tengo's last song
2. Little Dragon's Yukimi
3. Gossip leading a revolution
4. Thom Yorke dancing to African rhythms
5. PiL giving a history lesson
6. Sly Stone wigging out
7. Bouncing penises + fat people in undies (Die Antwoord + Major Lazer)
8. Devo putting on the hats that ushered in modern pop culture for "Whip It"
9. John Waters corrupting many young minds
10. The Gorrilaz lyric: "Super fast jellyfish going super fast. You can't even see him but you wanna eat him."
Owen Pallett, Local Natives, Miike Snow, and Yann Tiersen also played the fest Sunday. Gary Numan was among those who couldn't. Reviews & pictures from Day One, HERE and Day Two, HERE. Setlists (Thom Yorke and Pavement), pictures, and videos from Day Three, below...
Justice @ SXSW 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Speaking of SOB's, Lord Finesse is celebrating a birthday there with "The Legendary Rakim" on February 18th. Tickets are on sale.
Tanya Morgan (a hip hop group that has nobody named Tanya in it) plays SOB's on February 22nd. Tickets are on sale.
Roxy Cottontail hosts a Dim Mak-presented show at Santos on February 11th "featuring Ninjasonik, Japanther, Fashen, Team Facelift, The Auctioneers, Jonny Famous, Gina Turner & (Not So) Secret European Guests". Dim Mak band The Willowz play Pianos (with Delta Spirit) the same night, but they are from California. Tickets are on sale. Oh, also I think the guest is a DJ or DJs...
Ed Banger will follow the Terminal 5 show with an afterparty at Webster Hall ("GIRLS&BOYS w/ED BANGER RECORDS AFTER PARTY , SEBASTIAN, SO-ME & More!"). Tickets are on sale. Flyer and new FAKE Justice track below...
Are you allowed to throw yourself a seventh birthday party? If so, shouldn't your biggest act at least play "live" instead of "DJ"? Not that there's a difference really - well unless you actually would prefer to hear them mix other people's songs in addition to their own... for $41+service charges. Tickets are on sale. Flyer and more info below...