Entries tagged with: Kanye West
by Andrew Sacher
As always, NYC has a good amount of upcoming local hip hop shows and tours passing through. Here's a rundown of some of the cool stuff coming up...
NYC kush lover Smoke DZA has a hometown show happening January 25 at The Studio at Webster Hall with support from Manolo Rose, Tray Pizzy, JY, Dave East, Big Bz and Sha Hef. TIckets are on sale now. DZA's latest album was a collaboration with his group R.F.C. (Al-Doe, Bluntsmoker, NYMLo, and 183rd) called The Outsiders, which came out in late November. It features guests spots from A$AP Rocky, Cam'ron, Styles P, Chevy Woods, Dame Dash and Dom Kennedy, and production from Jahlil Beats, Ski Beatz, Lee Bannon and others. Stream it in full below.
The legendary Rakim squeezes in one more NYC show of 2014 before the year ends on December 27 at BB King's. It's a Christmas show presented by Funk Flex, and also featuring Special Ed, B Fats, Sponnie G and DJs Kool DJ Red Alert and DJ Chuck Chillout. Tickets are on sale now.
There's no lack of hip hop holiday celebrations in NYC between that Rakim show, the Run DMC Christmas show at Barclays Center on Friday (12/19) (tickets), the Le1f Kwanzaa show at SOB's on 12/28 (tickets), the Mykki Blanco show at Baby's All Right on New Year's Eve (tickets), and A$AP Ferg's opening set at the Skrillex/Diplo show at MSG on New Year's Eve (tickets).
Theophilus London recently released the new album, Vibes, which was executive produced by Kanye West, and also featured vocals from 'Ye, Blood Orange, Soko and more. He's now announced a tour in support of it for 2015 which hits NYC on February 16 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (12/19). List of dates and a stream of the track with Blood Orange below.
Theophilus's NYC show is with trippy R&B singer Doja Cat and Atlanta rapper Father, who just performed on stage with Tyler, the Creator, whose tour hits NJ on 12/20 at Starland Ballroom (tickets) and NYC on 12/21 at Terminal 5 (sold out).
Iggy Azalea, who was playing SOB's only two years ago and will soon likely be dominating the Grammys (for better or for worse), is making the step up to Barclays Center (5/7) on her next tour. That tour is with Nick Jonas, who appears to being trying to reinvent himself as an R&B singer, and Tinashe, who's a much more promising R&B singer and played her own NYC show at Highline Ballroom earlier this week. (Anyone catch that?) Tickets for the Barclays Center show go on sale at 9 AM on Friday (12/19). All dates are listed below.
Chicago rapper Lil Durk recently dropped the single "B.O.N." (streaming below), and has plans to tour in 2015 including a NYC show on February 24 at Gramercy Theatre with Villain$ and The Rapper: H. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
YG's tour with Nipsey Hussle was supposed to hit Best Buy Theater in November, but it was rescheduled for January 9. Tickets are still available, and any purchased for the November show will be honored.
To digress from live shows for a second, December is once again a time for last-minute hip hop releases. In addition to the looong-awaited D'Angelo album, Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint and J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive, there's the new Kevin Gates mixtape, Luca Brasi 2, the sequel to his excellent 2013 mixtape, The Luca Brasi Story. Like that mixtape (and Stranger than Fiction and By Any Means, which have come out since), it's got Kevin seamlessly moving back and forth between melodic singing and aggressive rap. Kevin's prolific output can be a little intimidating to approach, but some of his best songs so far -- "Perfect Imperfection" and "Sit Down" are two early standouts -- are on here. Download the tape for free at DatPiff and stream it below.
The lists of Theophilus and Iggy/Tinashe dates, and the Theophilus/Blood Orange, Lil Durk and Smoke DZA song streams, also below...
This year, the 2015 Grammy nominations are being revealed gradually on CBS This Morning. A few categories have already been announced, with a lot more on the way, and we'll have to wait for tonight's A Very Grammy Christmas special to find out the Album of the Year nominees. Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Beck, Black Keys, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Beyonce (now the most Grammy-nominated woman), Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Drake, Eminem, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Basement Jaxx, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon, Royksopp & Robyn, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon, Motorhead, Alt-J, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sam Smith, Haim, Sia, Coldplay, Robert Glasper, Sharon Jones, Jhene Aiko, Tom Petty, U2 and more have already been announced. Stay tuned for more announcements and check out the list so far, below.
UPDATE: Full list of nominations (
except Album of the Year) now up at GRAMMY.com. Several of the categories are also listed below.
UPDATE 2: Album of the Year nominees announced. See below.
The awards ceremony happens February 8, 2015.
Bruce at Hersheypark Stadium in May (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Yesterday's A-Trak show isn't the only NYC show happening in honor of World Aids Day. Tonight (12/1) there will be a show in Times Square with three of the four members of U2, minus Bono due to his recent injuries. In his place, Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay's Chris Martin will be fronting the band. Also performing their own sets are Kanye West and Carrie Underwood. Bono's organization (RED) is presenting the show.
It takes place at Duffy Square (on Broadway between 46th and 47th) at 7:30, and if you can't make it (or just don't want to deal with Times Square crowds), you can also stream it live HERE.
In related news, this Friday (12/5) PBS will air a Bruce Springsteen tribute at 9 PM EST which features footage of Neil Young, Elton John, Jim James, Mumford & Sons, Mavis Staples, Patti Smith, Alabama Shakes and others covering The Boss at the 2013 MusiCares Person of the year benefit. There also may or may not be a Bruce biopic on the way starring Brad Pitt.
And in more related news, there's a new fan-made video of footage from Kanye's Yeezus tour (made by John Colandra) which you can watch below...
Made In America 2014 Philly (via Stephanie Pratt)
It would have been ironic if Kings of Leon didn't get to headline Made in America fest in Philly over Labor Day weekend. They cancelled a bunch of dates leading up the fest due to injury, but promised to be better in time for the Philadelphia show. Luckily (for Kings of Leon fans), they did get to play, despite the fest almost pulling an Electric Zoo and shutting down due to rain on Sunday.
Made in America kicked everyone out around 6:30pm on Sunday, but were letting everyone back in an hour later. Spoon, Girl Talk, Pharrell, Gareth Emory, Tiesto, and Kings of Leon all still got to play, though with slightly different set times than originally planned.
Did you go to Made In America Philly (or LA) this year? How was it?
Watch a video of Kanye's full set from the first day of the festival, below...
What's those sneakers, Margiela? Yes they are, and they're also pony hair. Maison Martin Margiela, the designer Kanye West loves to namedrop, designed him a sneaker for his Yeezus tour and now you can own a pair too. If you're into like, wearing things made of pony hair, that is. It's available at Tres Bien and it's only $975 which is a steal especially when you consider the dust bag is included.
Maybe don't let Kanye near that pony North West asked for for Christmas this year. Oh, and no word on whether Kanye's puppy skin gloves will get a public release too.
Kanye made two of the top 10 albums of the decade so far, says Pitchfork.
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can check out the full list below...
It's not just you: Over the last five years, there's been a seismic shift in the way we engage with music. We tweet, tumbl, stream, and share our favorite songs; we scour dead links and navigate obtrusive pop-ups for the newest mixtapes; we watch our music videos on Youtube and Vevo. We watched the explosion of EDM, the birth of drill, the rise and fall of chillwave. We debated how to pronounce FKA twigs, whether the album was dead, and where Bobby Shmurda's hat went. We met Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Grimes, Jessie Ware, Disclosure, Miguel, and Charli XCX. We saw LCD Soundsystem break up, Neutral Milk Hotel reunite, and My Bloody Valentine release a new album--a shooting star if there ever was one. [Pitchfork]By the end of this year it will be halfway through the current decade, and to mark that, Pitchfork is posting lists of the best tracks, albums, and videos of the decade so far, this week. Today, they put out their list of the top 200 tracks. Like most of Pitchfork's 'top tracks' lists, it ranges from big names to underdogs in indie, electronic, hip hop and more, plus a few huge radio-pop songs sprinkled in. Can you guess what made #1?
Check out the full list HERE and browse the top 20, below...
Ranger Dave / Phosphorescent & Mikal Cronin at Soundwave / Arctic Monkeys
There was a mellow beginning and a repeatedly "Bloody" end to the first day of the lucky seventh edition of Outside Lands, the festival so beloved by San Francisco's Golden Gate Park that organizers Another Planet have a contract to host it there until at least 2021. Don't worry, though, it wasn't real blood -- just an attempt by Kanye West to extract some from the crowd by playing his current favorite song by himself over and over.Day one of Outside Lands in San Francisco kicked off a loaded weekend of music in Golden Gate Park. Friday featured sets from Kanye West (who played 'Blood On the Leaves' three times), Arctic Monkeys, Disclosure, Tegan and Sara, Holy Ghost!, Run the Jewels, Phosphorescent, Mikal Cronin and plenty more. Like Kim Kardashian, BV was on hand, and we've got day one pics in this post, artists that joined us in the Toyota Soundwave tent included.
...8:49 PM: Yeezus is in control now, and he stops the song "Power" dead in its tracks. "I like that song and all," he notes, taking off his couture face mask, "but I want to play a little of the last song now." He instructs the crowd to make "circles" so people can mosh when the beat to "Blood On The Leaves" drops. "This ain't no radio shit," he says. "This ain't no concierge, maitre d' music, trying to sound as smooth as possible." [Billboard]
UPDATE: Day 2 pics HERE. Day 3 coming soon. More of day 1 below...
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
Kanye at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As discussed, Jay Z's Budweiser Made In America Festival happens simultaneously in Philly and LA on August 30 and 31. Since we last spoke, Kanye West, who is already playing day 1 of the Philly portion, was added to day 2 of the LA portion. Iggy Azalea was also added to LA day 1.
Previously announced names for LA include Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Weezer and more. Philly's portion includes The National, Spoon, Grimes, Danny Brown and more. Single day passes for both festivals go on sale Friday (7/18) at 10 AM local time, with a Budweiser presale starting Thursday (7/17) at 10 AM. 2-day passes (same link) are still available.
Updated lineups below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Outkast @ Firefly Fest 2014
We went to the music festival that happened in Delaware over the weekend, and not surprisingly, Outkast was one of the headliners. Pictures from their set are in this post.
Yesterday, Las Vegas music festival Life is Beautiful announced their October 2014 lineup, and not surprisingly, Outkast are one of the headliners.
Check out the full Las Vegas lineup along with more details pictures from Firefly Fest, below...
Dave Chappelle & Kanye last night (via Def Jam Twitter)
Dave Chappelle is in the midst of his 10-night run at Radio City. Some, like Wednesday's (6/18), Thursday's (6/19) and last night's (6/20), were billed as just Dave, while others, like this Tuesday (6/24) through Thursday (6/26) are to feature musical guests including The Roots, Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu and more. However, last night a surprise musical guest did come out: Kanye West (who Chappelle has told stories about before). You can watch videos of Kanye coming out last night for "New Slaves," "Jesus Walks" and "Gold Digger," via Consequence of Sound, below.
The run continues through Friday, June 27. Most shows are sold out but you can still get tickets to a few of them.
As previously mentioned, Jay Z is throwing his Budweiser Made In America Festival in Philly and LA this year, simultaneously on August 30-31. The lineup for Philly has just been announced and includes Kanye West and Kings of Leon as headliners, plus The National, Pharrell, J. Cole, Girl Talk, Spoon, Chromeo, Grimes, De La Soul, Baauer, Danny Brown, YG, Holy Ghost and more. Full lineup below.
UPDATE: The LA lineup was also announced and it includes headliners Imagine Dragons and John Mayer plus Kendrick Lamar, Weezer, Metric, Chance the Rapper, Cypress Hill, Schoolboy Q, YG, Dr. Dog, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock, SZA and more. Full lineup below.
2-day passes for both fests are on sale now.
by Andrew Sacher
Evian Christ at Pitchfork Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Dark UK producer/Yeezus contributor Evian Christ has played North America more than once, but he's now announced what's being billed as his first proper tour here. It kicks off in late May and continues through June, including NXNE and a NYC show on his run with Dutch E Germ (who's also sort of a Yeezus contributor) happening on June 25 at Output. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but should be soon via Ticketfly. All dates are listed below.
Evian recently said he'll be continuing his Kanye West collabs and contributing to Ye's next album as well. Meanwhile, he released his own EP, Waterfall, this past March via Tri Angle, and it's not too dissimilar from the beats on Yeezus. Stream two of its tracks, with the list of dates, below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
David Lynch @ BAM 4/29/2014
I love smoke. I love fire. I love metal. I love glass. I love plaster. I love bricks. And I love nature going to work on those things. In the old days, in the 1800s, they started building the most beautiful factories that were like cathedrals. I've visited many of these factories and photographed them. For me, it's like walking into a dream - a dream of textures, shapes and mood.... The factories, more often than not, today are very boring. - David Lynch @ BAM [via Rolling Stone]It probably goes without saying that David Lynch is a fascinating guy. Having made some of the weirdest, most indelible cinematic images of the last 40 years, the director (and musician/cartoonist/meditation enthusiast) is a true iconoclast. Last night (4/29) at BAM was a rare opportunity to hear him speak in public, where he was in conversation with New York Public Library's Paul Holdengräber.
The freewheeling gabfest touched on NYC (he's overcoming a fear of the subway that dates back to the '50s), his love of cardboard, diners and other subjects. He also talked quite a bit about music, sharing his love of Jimi Hendrix, and Kanye West's "Blood on the Leaves" ("so minimal, so powerful but at the same time so beautiful"). He also gave a shout out to composer and frequent collaborator Angelo Badalamenti who was in the audience.
For more on Lynch's appearance at BAM last night, Rolling Stone has a full report. More pictures from David Lynch @ BAM below..
Protests are underway after Bishop Ford students found out on Monday that the 50+ year old Catholic high school on 19th Street in Windsor Terrace was being shut down due to low enrollment and no money. If you'd like to help try and save it, there's a petition.
You may have never heard of Bishop Ford but you may have heard about their breakdancing teacher and might recognize the school via its iconic radio tower south of Park Slope near GreenWood Cemetery and the Prospect Expressway. You might also recognize some of its interior via vidoes by R.E.M. (directed by Michael Moore), Drake (directed by Kanye West), and Mike WiLL (starring Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J). Watch the (not-very-Catholic) videos filmed at Bishop Ford, below...
Outside Lands Festival returns to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park from August 8 - 10. This year's lineup was just announced and includes Kanye West, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Arctic Monkeys, Death Cab for Cutie, Disclosure, The Flaming Lips, Spoon, Haim, Lykke Li, and more.
Tickets go on sale Thursday (4/10) at 10 AM PDT. Full lineup below...
French artist David Redon has taken on a new project, "Ads Libitum," where he takes vintage American ads and posters, but applies themes of modern pop culture (mostly music), as Animal New York points out. The project included takes on Kanye West (above), Nirvana, Outkast, Daft Punk, Drake, Beyonce, Jay Z, Breaking Bad, The Beach Boys and more.
This comes not longer after we saw rappers painted as royalty portraits.
Check out all of them here and more below...
Actress recently released his newest album, Ghettoville, which seemed like it would be his last, but whether or not it is, he's still playing shows. The UK producer will return to NYC to hit Cameo Gallery on April 11. There's good local support on that bill too, including Dutch E Germ, who makes his "live debut" at this show (he's played other shows though), and Software-signed producer Huerco S. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All Actress dates are listed below.
Dutch E Germ, aka ex-Gang Gang Dance member Timothy Dewit, recently released his IN.RAK.DUST EP, which you can stream below. You can also stream his earlier single, "HBA War," which you may recognize as the song Kanye sampled on "New Slaves."
Kanye West at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
You may remember that neither Kanye West nor Bonnaroo or its 2008 festival goers were too happy about the way his set went over that year, but as you saw in yesterday's Bonnaroo 2014 lineup announcement, Yeezy's back again this year. Rick Farman, co-founder of Superfly, Bonnaroo's promoter, spoke to JamBands.com about having him back:
"First and foremost, we think Kanye is one of the most prolific and groundbreaking artists of this generation," Farman admits. "He's hugely influential. His albums are as great and as acclaimed as they get. He's also a great live performer. He takes a lot of chances and he's adventurous with the live space. All those things are what Bonnaroo performers are about. That's why we booked him [in 2008].Let's hope it goes over better this time.
His return to Bonnaroo will offer a chance for redemption.
"Everyone has moved on--it's in the past," he continues. "We're happy he wants to come back to Bonnaroo and is embracing this. It's a great opportunity for everyone to look forward, and we think it's a great opportunity for the Bonnaroo community to show what it's made of. It goes back to what Bonnaroo stands for: It's about having good time, radiating positivity and that whole message. We couldn't be more excited about what we think has the potential to be another historic Bonnaroo moment."
Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Katherine Hansen)
As mentioned, Bonnaroo 2014 happens June 12 - 15 in Manchester, TN. The fest has already been dropping hints as to who's going to play this year (Kanye and Elton John seem likely as headliners) but will finally spill the beans tonight via a web show called "Blam!" which airs at 9 PM EST on Bonnaroo.com (or an Xbox app). (Maybe you watched last year's with Weird Al Yankovich and Portugal the Man.) This year's announcement special is hosted by SNL's Taran Killam and Broad City's Hannibal Buress, with a "superjam" between The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds.
There's also a pre-Blam! web event from 7 - 9 PM EST featuring live cover song performances from Tenacious D, Kings Of Leon, Phish, My Morning Jacket, and others.
Or you can just check back here: we'll have the full Bonnaroo 2014 line-up in this post once its announced.
UPDATE (9 PM): Lineup now being announced and includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Mastodon, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Meshuggah, Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Broken Bells, James Blake, Lionel Ritchie, Jack White, Deafheaven, Janelle Monae, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Phosphorescent, Cloud Nothings, Danny Brown, Cut Copy, Typhoon, Sam Smith, Pusha T, Warpaint, Those Darlins, Cass McCombs, Lauryn Hill, Chromeo, Dr. Dog, The Bouncing Souls, Classixx, First Aid Kit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Chance the Rapper, Ice Cube, Caveman, Washed Out, Real Estate, Rudimental, Ty Segall, Polica, A$AP Ferg, Little Dragon, Omar Souleyman, Lucero, Goat, Okkervil River, Jonathan Wilson, Wiz Khalifa, The Avett Brothers and MANY more.
Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/22) at noon.
Full lineup (spoiler: no Outkast) below...
by Bill Pearis
The Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics poll was published this week, surveying a whole mess of music writers and tallying up the vote. As with anything where it's a collective list, the winners won't be surprising to anyone who's perused 2013 Best Of lists. Kanye West, Vampire Weekend and Daft Punk top the LPs list; Daft Punk, Haim and Kanye have the top three singles. The late deadline for voting did, however, allow for the inclusion of Beyoncé's self-titled LP, which came in at #4.
You can check out the Top 20 LPs and Tracks in this post and peruse the whole lists at the Village Voice. You can also check out individual ballots and read essays on Kanye, Miley, R Kelly, the emo revival, and others, not to mention loads of pithy blurbs and pie charts.
Pazz & Jop Top 20 LP & Singles lists below..
by Andrew Sacher
Kanye West at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Kanye West, whose Yeezus LP made a ton of best of 2013 lists (including my own), recently wrapped up his Yeezus tour which saw him putting on some pretty epic shows all over North America, including four in NYC. He's now expanded that tour into 2014, and though it doesn't bring him back to NYC, it does hit the nearby area quite a few times, including Prudential Center on February 15 in Newark, Mohegan Sun Arena on February 21 in Connecticut, an Atlantic City show on February 22 at Boardwalk Hall, and February 23 at Nassau Coliseum.
Tickets for the Mohegan Sun, Atlantic City, and Nassau Coliseum shows go on sale Friday (1/10) at 10 AM. The Mohegan Sun show has an AmEx presale and a VIP package pesale starting Wednesday (1/8) at 10 AM and a Ticketmaster presale starting Thursday (1/9) at 10 AM, and the Atlantic City show has a VIP package presale starting Wednesday (1/8) at 10 AM and a Ticketmaster presale starting Thursday (1/9) at 10 AM. No on-sale for the Prudential Center show yet, but it should appear soon at the same link as the other three.
Updated dates (including PA and Albany) are listed, along with the "Bound 2" video, below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
We've done some year-end lists in the past at BrooklynVegan, though you might notice that we're not the most consistent with them. This is for a few reasons, one being that with the varying tastes of our current group of contributors, we could never in a million years agree on a top 10, let alone an Album of the Year. So in an attempt to get around that obstacle, this year two BV writers, Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher, have made individual lists of the albums they loved most which we think each represent different parts of 2013 here at BrooklynVegan. They both made top 20s (and only had two albums in common), with commentary on the top 10, and you can check out both lists below...
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...