Entries tagged with: Karen O
TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek has reactivated his Maximum Balloon solo project for a second album due out at some point on his Federal Prism label. (Maximum Balloon's debut came out in 2010.) No details beyond that it's "upcoming," but Sitek has shared a song from it, the dreamy, laid-back "Let it Grow" which features his TVOTR bandmate Tunde Adebimpe and Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O on vocals. You can stream it below...
Montreal duo The Muscadettes are currently holed up working on their debut album but while we wait for news on that, they've offered up holiday treat in the form of new song, "Christmas Kitty." With a twangy, B-52's lead, its a bouncy little stocking stuffer that makes its premiere in this post. You can stream it below.
The Muscadettes, who were last in NYC for CMJ, have also been making a list and checking it twice, in this case their Top 10 LPs of 2014 which they've shared with us as well. You can check that out below too.
Earlier this week we started to hear rumblings of a super secret, giant Vice party taking place Friday night (tonight, 12/5) somewhere in Brooklyn. Many big names were rumored to be playing. Like the event they just threw in Toronto, it would be to celebrate the now-mega-company's 20 years of existence. Then last night Nick Zinner tweeted the above "Vice Confidential" memo which has the Yeah Yeahs guitarist playing as part of a house band which will be fronted by Karen O and a ton of other exciting guests, if it all comes true. Pussy Riot is even on there, as are a bunch of Vice Records artists, as you can see above.
The show is invite only, but apparently they'll at least be filming it all (for the benefit of those not in attendance, and for those who make it in but partake a bit too much in the open bar), and they gave away a few tickets.
It goes without saying that the timing of this, though surely coincidental, is just a bit unfortunate for everyone since the last time we used "Brooklyn", "Vice" and "party" in the same sentence, was to discuss the final night of Death By Audio less than two weeks ago (Glasslands closes on New Year's Eve).
For what it's worth, I don't think there's any crossover between the Vice lineup and who played the final month at DbA, though Hisham Bharoocha used to be in Lightning Bolt who played DbA's final night.
So, who's on the list?
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Karen O @ LPR - 9/12/14
Karen O wrapped up the 4-night NYC run of her series of intimate shows in support of her debut solo album Crush Songs at Le Poisson Rouge on Friday (9/12), which followed three shows at McKittrick Hotel's Manderley Bar (one of which Ezra Koenig joined her at). Like at the other three, Karen's backing band included Moses Sumney (who also opened the show) and Holly Miranda, and her Yeah Yeah Yeahs bandmate Nick Zinner joined her for a few songs. This time, the third YYY, Brian Chase, joined as well and Jason Grisell joined her for "Duet," their collaboration from Karen's "psycho-opera" Stop the Virgens. She played her LPR show in the round, and though she maybe didn't move around as much as we'd have liked for the setting, she was mesmerizing as always.
Karen's intimate shows continue in LA, starting this Wednesday (9/17). Pictures from night 1 HERE. More pictures and the setlist from LPR below...
Karen O w/ Ezra Koenig @ McKittrick Hotel (via Siyu Zheng)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O kicked off her run of intimate shows (four in NYC included) this past Tuesday (9/9) at McKittrick Hotel's Manderley Bar (pics) (home of Sleep No More), and the following night's (9/10) show saw her joined by three other 2000s NYC indie greats. One was her own YYYs bandmate Nick Zinner (again), who joined for a few songs, who joined for a few songs including "Day By Go" which also included Julian Gross of Liars (who is also her designer) on tambourine. Then, during the encore, Vampire Weekend singer Ezra Koenig joined for their Her collaboration, "The Moon Song." Last night (9/11), Daniel Kessler of Interpol was in the audience, as he just tweeted from Interpol's official account.
UPDATE: This post initially said that Julian Casablancas joined Karen, but despite reports elsewhere to the contrary, Karen O's publicist tells us that it was Julian Gross of Liars and not Julian Casablancas, who joined on tambourine that night (and the following night).
Karen's run of shows wraps up tonight (9/12) at Le Poisson Rouge, which like the previous three, is sold out. Will any guests join her at this one too? After the NYC run ends, Karen continues with three nights at LA's Hollywood Forever Cemetery, two London shows and a Berlin show.
Julian Casablancas also has a new album coming out with his band The Voidz, along with a tour that Shabazz Palaces are opening. Ezra appears on the new SBTRKT album which two new songs came out from this week.
photos by P Squared Photography
Karen O is celebrating the release of her great new (but not actually new) solo record Crush Songs with a series of intimate shows that began last night at Sleep No More venue McKittrick Hotel's Manderly Bar (the venue that previously housed Twilo and Sound Factory). She returns to that venue for the next two nights before playing a single show at Le Poisson Rouge and then heading to LA to play some more. Pictures from the first night, including one of the setlist, are in this post.
The small room was filled with smoke when people entered the partially seated gig around 11pm. Karen was accompanied by an all star band comprising of LA's Moses Sumney (who also performed his own song) and NYC's Holly Miranda. Her Yeah Yeah Yeahs bandmate Nick Zinner played on a few of the songs too. Russel Simins (of Blues Explosion), who drummed for Karen and Nick at MoMA, was there on the side playing tambourine for a song. The lo-fi Crush songs sounded great filled out with the additional instruments.
Everyone got a poster as they left. You can see that poster and the setlist among the rest of the pictures, along with a stream of the whole new album, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O already shared "Rapt" off her upcoming debut solo album, Crush Songs (due next week via Julian Casablancas' label), and now she's unveiled another one, "Day Go By." Like its predecessor, it's rawly-recorded bedroom folk that is a step away from the bigger sounds of recent YYYs albums (the album was also recorded about seven years ago). Listen (via Urban Outfitters) below.
Karen's upcoming shows include four intimate gigs in her hometown of NYC during release week, which are all sold out.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O is releasing her first solo album, Crush Songs, on September 9 via Julian Casablancas' Cult Records, and she's now announced some intimate shows to celebrate it. She'll begin with a three-night run at NYC's McKittrick Hotel (Sept. 9-11) at the Manderley Bar and a fourth NYC show on 9/12 at Le Poisson Rouge. That's followed by a three-night run in LA, a two-night run in London, and a Berlin show. Tickets for all dates go on sale via Karen's website on Friday (8/15). The US shows go on sale at noon PST/3 PM EDT. All dates are listed below.
Before the tour, Sofar Sounds will host advance listening parties for Crush Songs in 21 cities on August 27, including NYC. "The events will take place at secret locations in homes and apartments where hosts will play the deluxe edition of Crush Songs--featuring O's own words and artwork--for private audiences in each city." Head HERE for a chance to attend. Full list of cities below.
by Andrew Sacher
Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O recently announced that she'd release her first solo album, Crush Songs, on September 9 via Julian Casablancas' Cult Records, and she's now given us the first taste of the record. "Rapt" is under two minutes of bedroom singer/songwriter stuff with no more than her roughly recorded voice and a few guitar chords. Watch the video, directed by her husband Barney Clay with production by her Stop the Virgens collaborator KK Barrett, below.
Karen O at Walter Martin's Joe's Pub show in May (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Besides being the powerhouse singer for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Karen O has been a force in many other ways, composing soundtracks, contributing individual solo songs to others, and badass collaborations to others. Not to mention she's made an opera, launched a side project, and can call both Santigold and Swans collaborators. The list goes on. But one thing she's never done is put out a solo record which will change this year.
Karen's first solo LP is called Crush Songs and will be out on September 9 via Julian Casablancas' Cult Records. Karen says, "When I was 27 I crushed a lot." (She's 35 now.) "I wasn't sure I'd ever fall in love again." (She did.) "These songs were written and recorded in private around this time. They are the soundtrack to what was an ever continuing love crusade. I hope they keep you company on yours."
No music from Crush Songs yet, but you can check the album artwork below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Walter & Karen O / Hamilton Leithauser with the chorus @ Joe's Pub 5/16/2014
NPR: So is this just something to entertain parents, or is this - which by the way, I should say is a worthy endeavor in and of itself - or is this intended to start a conversation about music between kids and their parents, adult listeners?With the Walkmen on "extreme hiatus," keyboardist/bassist and father of two Walter Martin released the family-friendly solo album, We're All Young Together earlier this month. The first proper show around that happened on Friday (5/16) at Joe's Pub. For the all-ages event, Walter had a full band -- including The Walkmen's Matt Barrick, Kat Edmonson and members of French Kicks -- and some very special guests. Walter's cousin and Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser sang as part of the chorus, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O and Nick Zinner who also played on the album, joined him too.
WALTER MARTIN: Well, I think of stuff that will appeal to kids will hopefully be - I like the beat, maybe. But looking back on what I've made, I think it's sort of saying to parents, like, this parenting stuff is really hard and kind of insane. But take a step back as often as you can to remember how fun and hilarious the whole experience can be. - [NPR]
Walter also played Littlefield on Sunday (5/18) which was slightly less star-studded BUT had free ice cream -- which most kids would probably say was a better deal. Their parents...hard to say. More pictures from Joe's Pub, and an instagram from Littlefield, below...
Video of that Brooklyn indie musical Oscar moment below...
Karen O at Firefly Fest 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As mentioned, Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O was nominated for an Oscar for "Moon Song," the song she co-wrote with Spike Jonze for his film Her, which Arcade Fire's Will Butler and Owen Pallett scored (they're nominated too). It's since been announced that Karen will also perform "Moon Song" at the awards ceremony. U2 and Pharrell will perform too. The ceremony, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, airs on Sunday, March 2 at 7 PM on ABC.
In related news, Karen just released another version of "Moon Song" which features a duet with Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig. You can stream that, along with the original version, below...
The Walkmen at T5 in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
As discussed, The Walkmen are going on an "extreme hiatus" but the members are keeping busy with solo material. Peter Matthew Bauer already mentioned that he'd release a solo LP, Liberation!, at some point this year, and though we're still awaiting more details on that, he did recently announce a couple solo shows, including one happening in NYC on March 6 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. His other upcoming show is in Philly, and all dates are listed below.
Another Walkman, Walter Martin, just announced that his solo album, We're All Young together, comes out on May 13 via Family Jukebox. The record has some pretty impressive guests, including his Walkmen bandmates Hamilton Leithauser and Matt Barrick, The National frontman Matt Berninger, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah frontman Alec Ounsworth, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs members Nick Zinner and Karen O, the latter of which sings a duet with Walter on the record's new single, "Sing to Me."
You can stream that single, along with an illustration of the song's lyrics by Marcellus Hall, and the list of Peter Bauer dates, below...
Tonight during the Grammys, Sonos will debut a new TV commercial that contains a very special soundtrack. The wireless speaker company got Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs back together with her friend Sam Spiegel, and his production duo N.A.S.A, to collaborate (once again) on a cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff". Not the first time Karen and a collaborator took on a classic song. That full song, and the commercial a short clip of it appears in, both make their world premiere in this post.
Listen to the song:
Watch the commercial below:
The 2014 Academy Awards nominations were announced this morning, with American Hustle and Gravity leading the way with 10 each. On the musical tip, The Arcade Fire's Will Butler and Owen Pallett were nominated for the score to Spike Jonze's Her, and Karen O got nominated for "Moon Song" from Her which she co-wrote with Jonze. Also: Pharrell Williams got a nomination for "Happy" from Despicable Me 2 as did U2's "Ordinary Love" from Mandella: Long Walk to Freedom (which won the Golden Globe on Sunday).
One movie that might seem missing from the Best Original Song category is the Coen Brothers Inside Llewyn Davis but almost all the songs from the film were traditional folk, which is why its novelty song "Hey Mr. Kennedy" got a Golden Globe nomination. The Oscars will be given out Sunday, March 2. Full list of 2014 Oscar Nominations and a stream of Karen O's "Moon Song" below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Tom Petty, Jim James, CHVRCHES, Kendrick Lamar @ Firefly 2013
"I really just play off the crowd. I've good chemistry with my DJ, and there's little things that we do where he knows what song to go to, how much energy to swindle into the next song," Kendrick Lamar explained. "I really just feed off the crowd and what side is rocking the most."People got down to Kendrick Lamar (who just announced a big Brooklyn show), Tom Petty, MGMT, CHVRCHES, Heliotropes, Alabama Shakes and more on Saturday aka Day 2 of Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware. We were upset to miss Azealia Banks but trust her outfit was as funky as it was at Governors Ball (it was). We also missed Japandroids' early set. Pictures of what we did see on Saturday are in this post.
The MC had Firefly bouncing to cuts from his major-label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city, including "Backseat Freestyle," "Money Trees" and "Poetic Justice."
Lamar went back to 2011's Section.80 for "A.D.H.D." and threw in his guest verses on A$AP Rocky's wildly popular "F---in' Problems" and Young Jeezy's "R.I.P. (Remix)."
"Since the sun is out, I wanna take y'all back to California," he said, presenting his L.A. "Recipe" of "women, weed and weather."
"I go in with a set mind, but sometimes it doesn't go as planned," he told us after the show. "It might get a little too crazy, and I might switch it up -- just to keep it that roller coaster ride. Rather than everybody just moshpitting every song, then they'd be tired out toward the end."
Lamar got the crowd riled up, encouraging them before "m.A.A.d City," "I don't care that it's hot ... when this beat drops, I wanna see you do whatever you have to do to get down." [MTV]
Like on Day 1 (and Day 3), BrooklynVegan was representing for two hours on the Soundwave stage with our hosts Billy Jones and Dave Hill. Heliotropes, after playing an earlier set on Red Bull's campground stage, came and played an acoustic set for us where we had just talked to CHVURCHES. Jim James was supposed to stop by and talk to us but his golf cart driver took him to the wrong tent and then it was too late because he had a 3pm set to play on the main stage which, though heartbroken, we did still rush to see.
Check out more pictures from the full day and Tom Petty's setlist below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
YYYs @ GoogaMooga 2013
We've already posted photos from the first two bands (The Darkness and The Flaming Lips) to play the Great GoogaMooga kickoff concert on Friday (5/17). Here are a set from headliners Yeah Yeah Yeahs who were the only band to actually get to play after sunset. A few shots of Chairlift, who played two different DJ sets that day and who will perform in the same location of the park this summer, are also in this post.
Did you go on Friday? How was your GoogaMooga experience?
Right after playing GoogaMooga, YYYs hopped down to Gulf Shores, Alabama to play the 2013 Hangout Fest on Sunday (5/19).
"About halfway through the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Hangout Music Festival set, frontwoman Karen O took a moment to make a special announcement before playing the band's 2004 breakout single "Maps." "This is dedicated to Stevie Wonder," she called out to the thousands of fans who showed up to catch the Yeah's set. The iconic R&B star was slated to follow the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on the Hangout Stage as the weekend's headliner." [MTV]---
Despite not having the most successful event either this year (rain) or last year (lines), a Channel 12 report claims GoogaMooga will be back in 2014. Meanwhile, BV Chicago reports that GoogaMooga might be coming to Chicago in August.
More Yeah Yeah Yeahs photos are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Swans at MHOW in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Swans, who had an extensive career throughout most of the '80s and '90s, reformed in 2010 for a new album, My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope to the Sky, and tour. As discussed, they'll follow that album with The Seer on August 28 via Michael Gira's Young God Records. The Seer is a massive double album which treks through the noisy, beautiful, scary, uplifting, and it's one of the band's best albums to date. Guest musicians include former Swans member Jarboe, Bruce Lamont, Ben Frost, members of Akron/Family, members of Low, and Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) who handles most of the lead vocals on "Song for the Warrior." You can now stream the album a week ahead of its release date at NPR.
As discussed, Swans will be supporting the album with a tour which hits NYC on October 10 at Bowery Ballroom with A Hawk and a Hacksaw. Tickets for that show are still available. An updated list of all Swans dates is below.
In related news, Karen O is one of the artists contributing to the soundtrack for Tim Burton's upcoming Frankenweenie film, along with Passion Pit, Robert Smith, Winona Ryder, Grace Potter with The Flaming Lips, and more. You can stream Karen O's contribution, "Strange Love," over at Pitchfork.
All Swans dates are listed below.
photos by Bao Nguyen
Karen & Santi
Santigold, who is releasing her new album, Master of My Make-Believe, this spring on Downtown/Atlantic, performed material from it at her two sold out MHOW shows which happened last night (1/17) and Monday night (1/16). In a couple of days she leaves on tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
At last night's show, Karen O joined her on stage to perform the track "Go," which Karen guests on. It hasn't been confirmed that this song will definitely appear on the new album, but we do know that Karen's Yeah Yeah Yeahs bandmate Nick Zinner will be on it. Dave Sitek (of TV on the Radio) is on the album too and was also spotted at last night's MHOW show. Other people, like Q-Tip, were at the show too. NY Times commented on the extravagancies of her show, saying:
Everywhere she went during her performance at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, there they were: a pair of limber, stoical dancers, faces impassive behind sunglasses but with every other body part in constant and impeccable motion. At one point they wore tuxedo dresses; at another, Victorian tops with sharp shoulders paired with ruffled shorts that fluttered beautifully when they shimmied.But also spoke of an inconsistency in the performance:
Her stage show [...] has been inconsistent in the past. On Monday she was more robust if slightly absent compared with her colleagues: the magnificent dancers, worthy of their own hourlong performance, and her band, outfitted in shimmering tops and matching white headpieces. Often the songs took flight not through Santigold's voice or stage presence, but through what was unfolding around her.More pictures from the 1/17 show and some videos of new material from the 1/16 show are below.
The new album also features contributions from Switch (of Major Lazer), Greg Kurstin, and Buraka Som Sistema. She just released the video for the album's single, "Big Mouth," which was produced by Switch and Buraka Som Sistema. You can watch that below and grab the track for free at Santigold's website in exchange for your email address.
More pics, including some of opener Spank Rock, and videos below...
Phantogram WITH guitar @ "Rocked" (more by Chris La Putt)
Two stories, both related to the launch of Rocked: An Exclusive Photography Exhibition by Mick Rock... First, Karen O told US Magazine at that party that she "recently wed longtime love Barnaby Clay"...
"I'm a married woman!" the rocker (real name: Karen Lee Orzolek) told Us at Wednesday's launch bash for Rocked: An Exclusive Photography Exhibition by Mick Rock at the W Hotel Downtown in NYC.In more horrible news, Phantogram, who played the party (where all of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were in attendance), were robbed. Yesterday the band wrote on Facebook: "Some scum bag stole Josh's guitars last night. If anyone has any information, please contact us. Love, phantogram." Bummer. Keep an eye out!
The "Maps" singer, 33, sweetly thanked Clay in the program notes for Stop the Virgens, a rock opera she co-created that was performed earlier this fall at St. Ann's Warehouse in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Clay directed his future wife in the 2009 video for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs single "Zero."
photos by Chris La Putt
Phantogram / Yeah Yeah Yeahs
It was ugly and rainy outside, but that didn't stop the pretty people from heading to the W NY Downtown hotel last night (12/8) to attend a party in honor of the Mick Rock picture exhibition that will be up at the hotel between now and 12/28. Mick Rock was of course in attendance, and there was a "Symmetry Live Performance" (the name of the hotel's performance series) by Phantogram (live) and Mark Ronson (DJ). DJ Cash also provided some tunes while we were there.
We left before Mark Ronson took over, but you can see more pictures of Phantogram (who played a bunch of songs from their new album), their setlist, Mick Rock, members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Zuccotti Park (it's right there), and more, below...
"Karen O's "Stop the Virgens" psycho opera blew my mind last night!Seriously the best piece of musical art that I've seen in ages.I LOVED it!" - Santigold
Karen O & friends @ St. Ann's (photo by joshmorrissey)
"The costume, hair and makeup tell the story just as much as the music and choreography do," Karen O explained days before tonight's opening of her much-anticipated psycho-opera, "Stop the Virgens." "The symbolic evolution of what happens to the characters is witnessed through their physical transformations."Karen O's Stop the Virgens debuted on Wednesday night at St. Ann's Warehouse and continues tonight until October 22. Tickets are still available. Trailer below.
To help bring her vision to life, Karen enlisted what she calls her "glam squad": the costume designer Christiane Hultquist (a k a Christian Joy) and the makeup artist Mike Potter. "Mike is a phenomenon. I envy his impeccable taste as a lover of beauty off the beaten path," Karen said. "Christiane is an artist before a designer. She's a visionary, and her costumes look amazing onstage." The trio's longstanding relationship -- they've spent more than a decade taking creative risks together, onstage and off -- is rooted in tacit understanding and concrete trust. "The way I work with Christiane and Mike is to mostly let them do what they want. It works best that way." -[New York Times]
Saturday's performance is also part of The Creators Project, which will also feature performances from Justice, Florence & The Machine, Company Flow, the newly-signed A$AP Rocky with Clams Casino, Four Tet, and many many others in addition to art installations at multiple locations in DUMBO. Unfortunately, the RSVP is closed and some people have been getting emails that dis-invite them.... oof.
If you do have a ticket or plan on sneaking in, check out the set times and more event details and event videos, below...
The Creators Project will return to New York from October 15 - October 16 by transforming the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn into a colossal two-day arts and technology festival.Except for Karen O at St Ann's, it's all free with RSVP.
After spending the year traveling the world, VICE and Intel's The Creators Project lands back in New York with a marquee lineup of live performances and original Studio works by groundbreaking artists, musicians, designers and filmmakers.
This year's festival will take to the streets of DUMBO, Brooklyn, erecting 30-foot sculptures, showcasing works from over thirty leading international artists, and featuring dozens of live music performances. The event will also include the world premiere of Karen O's psycho-opera, Stop The Virgens, along with film screenings and panels.
Original artworks include Life on Mars Revisited, an immersive short film of David Bowie's classic space-rock anthem from legendary music photographer Mick Rock and filmmaker Barney Clay; 'A Physical Manifestation of Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space,' a cathedral-like physical manifestation of the song created by Spiritualized's J. Spaceman and acclaimed film director Jonathan Glazer; and Origin, a striking thirty by thirty foot audiovisual installation by UVA and composer Scanner, which will be the largest responsive work ever created by the UK based artists.
The festival runs:
Lineup, venue list, etc, below...
As you know, Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs has an opera coming to St. Ann's Warehouse in DUMBO. Kicking off in conjunction with VICE's "Creator's Project" (more details TBA), the show will actually run on eight nights from October 12-22...
An assault on the tragic joys of youth, fever dreams drenched in visual seduction, a cathartic spell spun through a cycle of nine songs.Tickets for those shows and the rest of St. Ann's 2011-2012 season including another run of Daniel Kitson shows, and The Tiger Lillies (starring Justin Bond), are on sale now!
Featuring Money Mark, Jack Lawrence, Patrick Keeler, Brian Chase, Nick Zinner, Jason Grisell, Gillian Rivers, Yuiko Kamakari, Justin Kantor and Lili Taylor