Entries tagged with: Late of the Pier
by Bill Pearis
Some of you may remember mid-'00s UK band Late of the Pier who were lumped in with the "nu-rave" genre that included Klaxons and New Young Pony Club. Their sole album, 2008's Fantasy Black Channel, is one of the weirder records of that era, mixing post punk guitars, synth pop, g-funk, glam histrionics, and prog, often within the same song. The band broke up in 2010 but singer Sam Dust now makes music under the name LA Priest. His debut, Inji, was just released via Domino and while Dust is still an odd bird, LP Priest is more focused, sonically, sticking mainly with melted funk slow jams. You can stream the whole record, and check out videos for its two catchiest/danciest tracks ("Oino" and "Learning to Love") below.
photos by Zach Dilgard
"Late of the Pier played a 20 minute shmeh set and crystal castles had no sound. crookers were better than usual and orbitol were awesome. grace jones is fucking mad and fucked up the schedule. Fever Ray is a shamanic wonder." [The Naked Smiles Club]Grace Jones has shows coming up in both NYC and LA. The 2009 Sonar Festival took place June 18-20 in Barcelona. More pictures from that weekend in Spain, below...
photos by Darren Kim
It's impossible to see everything at Coachella. Here's more of what one photographer saw (on Sunday, April 19, 2009)...
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The Presets @ Webster Hall - Apr 3, 2009
I had known for a while that I was going to be out of town last weekend, but decided to stick around an extra day (Friday) just to see the Whip and Late of the Pier at Studio B. After witnessing both bands get people moving at Bowery last Wednesday I was really looking forward to seeing the crowd's reaction at the more dance-friendly Studio B on Friday.
I made it over to the B in time to catch the Whip's entire set. The sparsely filled dancefloor became more concentrated with people (though full would be an overstatement) once the Whip took the stage. The band opened with "Muzzle #1" (full setlist below) and the crowd didn't really react much. There were a few people nodding their heads, vaguely moving, and so began the Whip's fight to get the crowd going.
photos by Leia Jospe
Late of the Pier
"U.K. scenesters Late of the Pier returned to New York after their buzzed-about shows during CMJ. Truth be told, they had flown under my radar because on record, they sound way too programmed and over-produced. More of the same, 80s retread. After seeing them live, and the great deal of live instruments and keyboards they incorporate into their show, they really impressed me. Again, you really can't judge a band until you see them live." [Music Snobbery]The Late of the Pier / The Whip tour hit Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday night (4/1). Leia love it, and Showtrotta says more about it HERE. Tonight (4/3) is round two at Studio B in Brooklyn. More Manhattan pics below...
by Bill Pearis
Thee Oh Sees
The post-SXSW music flood has yet to show relief and this week might actually be more jam-packed with goodness than last. Where to start?
Kings of San Francisco's fertile garage rock scene, Thee Oh Sees are back in town for two shows this weekend in what I'd have to call unlikely venues for the band. Thee Oh Sees are not exactly fond of playing on stages, as I've only ever seen them set up on the floor, so I'm not sure how they're going to handle it at The Bell House (4/4) and Mercury Lounge (4/5). Regardless, if they're anywhere near as good as they were at the Todd P/Woodsist party during SXSW it'll be a great time. John Dwyer is an intense frontman, flinging his guitars around and likes to get very intimate with his microphone for maximum in-the-red levels. Speaking of, In the Red is releasing Thee Oh Sees' great new album, Help, and while it's not in shops yet, it should be available at the merch table this weekend. Go see them.
Michigan's Tyvek are playing three shows this week, starting tonight (3/31) at Cake Shop. There is certainly no shortage of this kind of low fidelity, high attitude punk being made right now, but these guys do it better than most I think. The band, who keep changing the spelling of their name (Their Myspace currently has it as "Tyvjk"), are due to drop their debut full-length on Siltbreeze any minute now, so maybe they'll will be selling it at these gigs.
Tonight's show at Cake Shop is for the venue's "World's Birthday Party" parties held on the last day of each month. Tonight is curated by Peggy of Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Chuk Reutter of Gold Dust who will be playing their last-ever show tonight. Also on the bill: San Francisco's gothy New Thrill Parade (they sound more than a little like The Birthday Party), and two ca-USE co-MOTION offshoots (Extreme Violence and The German Measles). If your birthday is in March, it's free entry plus two drink ticket and a "gift" and cake. All others pay $7. Tomorrow (4/1) Tyvek play Death by Audio with local folkies Woods (whose new album, Songs of Shame is pretty darn good) and then on Thursday (4/2) opening for Asobi Seksu at Bowery Ballroom.
Also on that Asobi Seksu bill are San Diego scuzz-rockers Crocodiles who put out a JAMC-loving single "Neon Jesus" last year and will release their debut album on April 28th via Fat Possum. Two songs from that album (as well as "Neon Jesus") are available over at RCRD LBL and show they also seem to like Spacemen 3 a lot too. I missed them at SXSW so I can't say whether they're good as a live band or not (editor's note: I liked what little I saw of them), but I'm guessing it's gonna be two guys, a drum machine and a truckload of feedback and reverb (editor's note: YES!). Which is okay by me. In addition to the BB show, Crocodiles also play Pianos on Saturday night (4/4) with the aforementioned New Thrill Parade and L.A.'s pummeling duo Tweak Bird (who BB most recently caught at SXSW).
A few more shows to mention (and all tour dates below):
Santigold show @ Irving Plaza (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
"Santigold will take her endless dance party across the US one more time this spring before heading back into the studio to record the follow up to her smash self-titled debut. Santigold will be performing with a full band and dancers for the first time in North America to bring her genre-blending sound to life. Virgin Records artist Trouble Andrew, who can be heard on the Santigold track "I'm A Lady," along with Downtown Records' singer/mc Amanda Blank will be the openers." [PR]As already mentioned, the NYC show will take place at Terminal 5 on June 9th. Tickets are now on sale.
Not part of the tour is Santigold's upcoming appearance at the new Topshop store opening in SoHo. According to NY Mag, Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga will also be there on April 1st, the day before the store on Broadway and Broome officially opens. And there will be deejays...
"It's always nice to have tunes while you're shopping your latest look. It's even nicer when they're played by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, Justine D, The Whip and other surprise acts. With DJs on hand throughout the opening week, tapping your toe is inevitable. Make sure you check out the instore schedule to see who is spinning the decks daily." [TOPSHOP]One of the surprise acts is Kim of Matt & Kim who's spinning on Sunday, April 5th.
UPDATE: Here's the whole DJ (I think just DJ) schedule:
"Fashionable UK clothing stores Topshop and Topman are opening their first American outpost here in New York City, on Thursday, April 2, and EVR is the first to announce the lineup at their grand opening event. EVR's own Andrew Andrew and Cassie and Harley will be there along with The Rapture, Kid Sister, Misshapes, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and many more. Located at the corner of Broadway and Broome Street, Topshop and Topman are a celebration of downtown fashion, music, and culture, and East Village Radio is proud to be their radio partner."The Whip will be in town as part of their tour with Late of the Pier (who are also on the DJ bill as you can now see above). All Santigold tour dates below...
today in NYC
* Tom Jones @ Terminal 5
* Mystery Jets & The Dig @ Bowery Ballroom
* Winter Gloves, Josh Reichmann & Slim Twig @ Pianos
* A Fat Tuesday party with The Sugartone Brass Band at the Bell House
New Yorker Films, RIP
"The Academy Awards were taking place on Hollywood Boulevard on Sunday night, but the real action was on Seventh Avenue in Park Slope. That's where Jim Moore, part of the team behind the Oscar-winning documentary, "Man on Wire," watched the Big Show from Los Angeles."
23 New York Teenagers You Ought To Know About (maybe).
"Alice Tully Hall, closed for nearly two years, opened its grand, airy and people-friendly new lobby to the public and presented a large roster of fine musicians, ranging from living masters to eager students, who played a program aptly titled "First Look.""
New Orleans Ready for Final Mardi Gras Fling
"Listening to music with degrading sexual lyrics could prompt teenagers to start having sex at an earlier age, a US study suggests."
Torche is touring in April.
If and when Faith No More reunites, it better not just be for Europe.
Radiohead let one of their songs be used by Shelter, a for homeless and housing charity.
Late of the Pier are returning in March and April. Check out their video for "Heartbeat" below...
Late of the Pier @ MHOW in Brooklyn - CMJ 2008 (more by Leia Jospe)
Like Ladyhawke, Late of the Pier are visiting our country in March to play shows at SXSW in Austin, and at Studio B and Bowery Ballroom in NYC . $10 tickets are on sale now for the April 3rd show at Studio B, and $15 tickets go on sale at noon for the April 1st one at Bowery Ballroom. Both NYC shows (and maybe most of the tour) is with the Whip who LOTP also played with last time they were here. In between Bowery and Studio B, LOTP play an April 2nd show at Yale.
Late of the Pier's debut album Black Fantasy Channel was released in the US on January 13th with two US-only bonus tracks.
Unlike Ladyhawke, Late of the Pier made it here in 2008, and they are playing way more than just a few shows while they're in North America in March (and April). That includes the Winter Music Conference in Miami and Coachella in California. All dates below...
Headliners Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure are among the 130-plus acts set for the tenth COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL (APRIL 17, 18 AND 19) at the beautiful Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, the same grounds where the COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL debuted in 1999. Other artists confirmed for America's most critically acclaimed music festival include Morrissey, Amy Winehouse, Franz Ferdinand, My Bloody Valentine, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Thievery Corporation, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (the complete line-up is listed below).Tickets for COACHELLA go on sale Friday, January 30 at 9:00 AM (PT) at all Ticketmaster locations.
This marks the first ever U.S. festival appearance for McCartney who is currently supporting his latest release ELECTRIC ARGUMENTS.
"I have heard that Coachella is one of the greatest festivals in the world. I'm really excited to get out there and rock!" McCartney says.
Throbbing Gristle and the rest of the full (real) line-up (as of 1/30) is below:
Vinyl reissues of Dead Can Dance'sSpleen and Ideal, the Jam's All Mod Cons, the Lemonheads' It's a Shame About Ray are tempting, as are three M83 vinyl reissues: Before the Dawn Heals Us, Digital Shades, Vol. 1, and Saturdays=Youth
Next week's release week is huge (new albums by Antony and the Johnsons, Animal Collective, A.C. Newman, and that's just the artists beginning with "A"), so I am saving the bulk of the month's music budget for the January 20th releases.
What new releases can you recommend? Have I left anything off the list?
Coachella 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
"It is the start of a new year and that means we're slouching towards Southern California's biggest music festivals, starting with Coachella in the middle of April. And the internet is simply ablaze with line-up rumors. But this year, much like last, crazed fans have taken things a step further on the festival's message board, going as far as to contact bands directly for confirmation.Speaking of the Airborne Toxic Event, they sold out their Bowery Ballroom show and added another one on March 8th (three days earlier). They also just so happen to be the band playing David Letterman tonight (1/12).
At the forefront of this year's rumor mill are scores of potential summer blockbuster acts, including Animal Collective, Basement Jaxx, the Black Keys, Blur, Britney Spears, Four Tet, Glasvegas, José González, Keane, Morrissey, N.A.S.A, Neil Young, Outkast, the Pretenders, the Prodigy, the Replacements, the Smiths, the Thermals and the White Stripes. And among the purportedly confirmed artists, who have been reached through Myspace or other means, are some pretty sizable LA locals like No Age, Peanut Butter Wolf, the Airborne Toxic Event and Flying Lotus." [LAIST]
Fleet Foxes are another one of those listed as confirmed. They're also confirmed to play SNL next week.
Also confirmed are Los Campesinos! who are playing a show at Sound Fix Records this week.
All confirmed and rumored Coachella artists (according to LAist) below...
Midnight Juggernauts' Top 10 albums of 2008
1. Gang Gang Dance, Saint Dymphna (The Social Registry)I like their list a lot. It's via Filter.
2. Sebastian Tellier, Sexuality (Record Makers)
3. Deerhunter, Microcastle/Weird Era Cont. (Kranky)
4. Squarepusher, Just a Souvenir (Warp)
5. Lindstrom, Where You Go I Go Too (Smalltown Supersound)
6. Portishead, Third (Mercury)
7. The Do, A Mouthful (Wagram)
8. Metronomy, Nights Out (Because)
9. Late of the Pier, Black Fantasy Channel (EMI)
10. School of Seven Bells, Alpinisms (Full Time Hobby)
Sebastien Tellier plays Le Poisson Rouge in NYC TONIGHT, Thursday December 11th. School of Seven Bells are at Mercury Lounge on Monday.
Check out the video for "On My Shoulders" by The Do below...
Late of the Pier (by Leia Jospe)
Soulwax (by Gabi Porter)
Aside from catching a lot of great new acts during this year's CMJ, the highlight for me had to be Insiders at the Fillmore last Friday (10/24).
Insiders was a "micro-festival" put together by Pete Tong and Live Nation whose goal was:
...to highlight and celebrate a cross pollination of genres, all somewhat considered left-of-center but each possessing the potential to gain mass appeal in the mainstream arena - Insiders is destined to provide a jam packed, quality festivalé of fun and music, redefining the future of electronic musicWhile I'm not sure if attaching a $55 price tag (though I felt it was easily worth that) to an eight act, one evening, bill was the ideal way of gaining "mass appeal in the mainstream arena", Insiders did provide a lot of fun for everyone present that evening, laying the ground work, and highlighting the future of electronic music. In a time when deejay sets are frequently delivered from behind laptops (which can still be art depending on who's doing it), Insiders brought many electro acts who do more than that to the forefront. Yes, the evening did have its share of deejays. Rob Da Bank, Luciano, James Lavalle, and Pete Tong all managed to get the crowd adequately moving during the time allotted, but anyone there will tell you the true excitement and electricity of the evening came when the live bands joined with electronics during the Whip, Late of the Pier, and Soulwax's performances.
Late of the Pier played their first-ever U.S. show at Music Hall of Williamsburg Wednesday night (10/22). Their debut, Fantasy Black Channel, is kind of brilliantly bonkers -- part Queen's Flash Gordon soundtrack, part Gary Numan, g-funk, metal, Roxy Music, etc etc... I wasn't sure how this very young band were going to pull it off live. Lined up at the front of the stage to one side, with the drummer right up front too, they played the whole thing live -- all the kooky style and tempo changes -- like it was second nature. Young as they are (and they are young), Late of the Pier have serious chops, but they also know how to pose, and can pull off wearing sparkly gold tanktops and red velour. Highlights were "Bathroom Gurgle" with it's wild falsetto breakdown and confounding showstopper "The Bears are Coming."
Friday night they played another NYC show at Irving Plaza, part of Pete Tong's Outsiders showcase. More pictures from Wednesday below...
by Bill Pearis
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someone enjoying live music (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Visa issues have kept a few foreign bands out of CMJ this year (Florence & the Machine and Neon Neon among them) but there are still quite a few who are crossing the border to play this week. Here are ten that I'm not only looking forward to but, except for one maybe two, felt were not getting the attention they should...
"I still can't believe this is $55." [madmang]
"New York, NY- The economy may have fallen on hard times, but that is no reason any New Yorker should have to miss the premiere of Pete Tong's "Insiders Music Series" on October 24th at The Fillmore New York At Irving Plaza which has become one of the most anticipated events of CMJ week. To prevent this impending crisis we are introducing the "Hipster Bailout" plan. Beginning today a limited number of tickets will be made available for $30.00 while supplies last. Once exhausted, a second limited allotment of tickets will be made available for $40.00 with all tickets returning to normal pricing once these allotments are fulfilled or the day prior to the event, whichever comes first.Tickets are at Ticketmaster.
I also have a pair of tickets to giveaway for this show. To win them, email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: LOTP). Include your first and last name, A winner will be picked at random and contacted.
Late of the Pier and the Whip are also playing a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Irving Plaza set times, including for the just-added movie screening (with trailer), below...
Fabrizio's band Little Joy have a show coming up at Mercury Lounge and now Nikolai's band Nickel Eye have a NYC show (showS actually) coming up too. The Nickel Eyes show is part of CMJ on October 22nd at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn and also has As Tall As Lions, Ki:Theory, The Whip, AND Late of the Pier on the bill. $15 tickets are on sale (at noon) and $15 is much cheaper than $55 which is how much Late of the Pier's other CMJ show costs.
Nickel Eye are also playing Pianos on October 24th (also during CMJ).
Late of the Pier
On October 24th during New York City's CMJ Music Festival, UK DJ extraordinaire, forward thinker and BBC's very own Pete Tong will be teaming up with Live Nation and launching the premier of a new music platform; the Insiders Music Series. "INSIDERS brings together an exciting combination of the hottest electronic artists and dj's for one extended night in the legendary Irving Plaza venue. A cutting edge 'micro' festival in the city." Explains Tong who aims to showcase some of the worlds biggest and burgeoning electronic acts from all over the world, all under one roof and for one night only this October at New York's historical Irving Plaza.The complete bill (happening at the historical magnificent wonderful legendary Irving Plaza I mean Fillmore): Soulwax + 2ManyDJs, Pete Tong, James Lavelle, Luciano, Rob da Bank, The Whip, and Late of the Pier...
"Boasting a back catalogue of songs that swing from glitchy electronica to 60s pastiche via comedy game-show music, Late of the Pier's set isn't exactly conducive to a calm atmosphere. And it's one of the best festival sets we've seen for a long while, in terms of enthusiasm from the fans and the sheer inventiveness of tracks like Bathroom Gurgle and Heartbeat. So much so we don't even care that we now have 17 pints of lager absorbed in our T-shirt." [Guardian]Tickets for the Irving Plaza show are now on sale. Unfortunately it is the same night as Roisin Murphy's U.S. debut.