Entries tagged with: Laurel Halo
The 2016 edition of Moogfest will happen May 19 - 22 in Durham, North Carolina. This year's lineup includes Explosions in the Sky, Sunn O))), Gary Numan, Blood Orange, Julianna Barwick, The Orb, Holly Herndon, Daniel Lanois, Simian Mobile Disco, Ben Frost, Floating Points, Kode9, Hundred Waters, Empress Of, Mad Professor, Moses Sumney, Mac McCaughan, Lunice, Ryan Hemsworth, Tim Hecker, YACHT and more. Festival passes are on sale now.
Numan will be performing his first three albums (Replicas, The Pleasure Principle, and Telekon) over three nights at three different venues. Laurie Anderson will also perform her show "The Language of the Future" that weaves stories and songs, and will also appear at a Moogfest "in conversation" event. Reggie Watts (who is also appearing) announces the lineup in a video with one of his improvised loop pedal performances, which you can watch below. Or you can just check out a list of all announced performers below too.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Laurel Halo at 285 Kent in 2014 (more by Landon Speers)
Laurel Halo is an artist of many styles. My favorite thing she's done is still the experimental pop of 2012's Quarantine, but she's explored a lot of different ground both before and after. Her most recent release saw her teaming up with past collaborator Julia Holter (who also works with many styles and has an album coming) and others for a two-song EP as Terepa, which Nicolas Jaar released on his Other People label earlier this summer. This one has Laurel and Julia working with Kouhei Matsunaga, Rashad Becker, Charlotte Collin, Lucrecia Dalt and Gregóire Simon, and coming out with 35 minutes of droning ambience. Listen below. Laurel is also set to release a double EP on Honest Jon's this September, but most details for that are still TBA.
Laurel has some shows coming up over the next few months, including one in NYC on September 26 at Trans-Pecos. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
That show is right after she plays Seattle's Decibel Festival. All dates are listed below...
Michael Chapman - 'Fully Qualified Survivor' (1970) artwork)
Every artist has a piece of work that niggles them--something that they wish they could redo, given the chance. It's why Paul McCartney once reproduced Let It Be and why Kate Bush re-recorded Wuthering Heights for her best-of album. For the prolific Michael Chapman, that album is Window, the missing link in the series of Chapman's early albums being reissued by Light In The Attic Records. Window sits just after the previously released Fully Qualified Survivor and Rainmaker, right before Wrecked Again.The above quote about British folk veteran Michael Chapman is from Light in the Attic, the label that has reissued a handful of his albums, including the newest one, 1971's Window, which came out earlier this year. You can listen to a couple tracks of his from those reissues, below.
In 1970, signed to the hip Harvest label (home to Kevin Ayers and Syd Barrett, among others), Chapman was still an artist waiting for that first big success, perpetually skint and permanently touring to make ends meet. With that in mind, he aimed to make Window in as little time as possible because being in the studio meant not being on the road. Producer Gus Dudgeon-who'd been working with Elton John-had other ideas and booked Chapman and his band into one of the UK's most expensive studios, Trident.
The singer-songwriter and prodigious guitarist was in transition from his folkier origins to his heavier future and heading for a whole mess of trouble with the same year's Wrecked Again. Given the touring bust-ups and tortured recording sessions to come, Michael's wife Andru Chapman remembers the recording of Window was noted for a "lack of hiccups. No one threw their toys out of the pram, unlike Wrecked Again." Recorded with U.S. guitar player Phil Greenberg, violin player Johnny Van Derek, and pianist Alex Atterson, the album has a blend of electric and acoustic instruments, both traditional and experimental at once, synthetic sounds melding with finger-picked guitars.
The trouble came later. Immediately after recording finished, Michael took the band back out on the road with the understanding that as soon as he got back, he'd put the final acoustic guitar tracks down to replace what he's always said were only guide tracks. Unfortunately, Harvest's parent label decided the album was finished and pressed it up anyway. And Chapman, as a result, hates it. Indeed, 34 years later he even set out to right the wrong, re-recording parts of the LP and noting it was a strange experience listening to "dead people on the between-track studio chatter" (Dudgeon, engineer Robin Cable, and drummer Richie Dharma have all since passed).
Chapman was last in New York for Basilica Sound Scape 2014, and he'll return this year, this time playing NYC. It's his only currently-announced US date on a tour that's otherwise all in Europe, and happens October 9 at Rough Trade. The show is the tenth anniversary party for the Tompkins Square Label, another label that's known for reissues and has put out some of Chapman's stuff.
Also on the bill is Peter Walker, the '60s-era raga guitarist who we wrote about when he played Baby's last year, and a much newer musician who owes a lot to the era Peter and Michael got their start in (update: that newer musician will be announed soon). Tickets are on AmEx presale now, and the general on-sale starts Friday (5/29) at noon.
In related news, Tompkins Square put out Remembering Mountains: Unheard Songs by Karen Dalton this week. It features lyrics of un-recorded Karen Dalton songs (courtesy of Peter Walker) sung by other (mostly contemporary) artists including Sharon Van Etten, Marissa Nadler, Julia Holter, Laurel Halo, Diane Cluck, Josephine Foster, Tara Jane O'Neil, Lucinda Williams and more. Listen to an Rdio stream of the whole album below.
Laurel Halo at 285 Kent in January (more by Landon Speers)
The folks at The Kitchen have announced the latest in their Synth Nights series, which will be a performance by electronic artist Laurel Halo on September 9. According to the NY Times, she'll be presenting new works which, considering it's been a year since her second album, Chance of Rain, is exciting. Tickets for the one-off performance will be $15 and will go on sale August 26 at 2 PM.
Laurel, who was last here in March, contributes "Melt" and "Wow" to Hyperdub 10.3, one of four compilations being released to celebrate the label's 10th anniversary. It's out September 23.
She's also playing some European festivals in the coming weeks. All upcoming dates are listed, along with Hyperdub 10.3's tracklist, below.
Hospitality @ Austin's Red 7 last week (more by Tim Griffin)
Public Service Broadcasting @ BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Hospitality, Air Waves @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Having bettered their debut with their terrific second album, Trouble, Hospitality's tour circles round back to Brooklyn tonight.
Public Service Broadcasting @ Mercury Lounge
Last here for CMJ, these Brit AV geeks mix serious instrumental skill with perfectly synched samples and projections from old educational films. Also: corduroy.
Vivian Girls, Waxahatchee, Juan Wauters @ Death by Audio
It's the end of an era: Vivian Girls will go their separate musical ways after this weekend's two sold-out farewell shows. Tonight's is the location of some of their earliest shows, and is with Waxahatchee who coulda sold out DbA on their own.
Mike Doughty @ City Winery
This is one of Doughty's "Question Jar" shows where audience members can submit questions (guess where) that the former Soul Coughing singer then answers in betweens songs.
Surfer Blood, Fort Lean, wake up @ Glasslands
Florida poppy indie rockers play a sold-out show tonight with locals Fort Lean and wake up. It's their second of two Brooklyn shows.
Honduras, Dead Stars, Beiju, The Gradients @ Radio Bushwick
Honduras bring a lot of different influences to the table. A little garage, yes, but there's '80s/'90s British indie too. While it may not be anything you haven't exactly heard before, Honnduras write very hooky songs and, as importantly, the bring a real energy to the performance. Tonight's a release party for their new EP.
Porches, DRGN KING, Frankie Cosmos @ Baby's All Right
One of the many local dates for NYC "bummer pop" band Porches, and this one is double the fun because Frankie Cosmos (who plays in Porches' live band and is joined by Porches frontman Aaron Maine in her own live band) is on the bill too. Early show.
Caspian, Junius, A Storm of Light, Advaeta @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
It's a triple attack of epic tonight with the titanic post-rock of Caspian, the atmospheric/heavy Junius and metal bashers A Storm of Light (fronted by Neurosis' former visual artist Josh Graham). Brooklyn indie trio Advaeta don't exactly fit the theme of the bill, but they're worth catching as well.
Laurel Halo, M.E.S.H., Bill Kouligas, Physical Therapy @ Baby's All Right
On her albums, Laurel Halo nails a mix of forward-thinking IDM and left-field art pop. Her shows are known to combine the two or rely most heavily on one for the evening. Let's see what surprises she has in store for us tonight.
Mirah, Susie Ibarra @ Merkin Concert Hall (Ecstatic Music Festival)
The Ecstatic Music Festival continues tonight, bringing together alt-singer/songwriter Mirah with contemporary composer/percussionist Susie Ibarra.
There's also some other good local bands playing tonight, including Bluffing, Turnip King & more @ Silent Barn and Flagland, Lost Boy?, Washer & more @ Shea. Or you could catch Le1f and JD Samson DJing at Glasslands.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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Autre Ne Veut / Laurel Halo @ 285 Kent, 1/11/2014
The final four shows at much-loved Williamsburg DIY venue 285 Kent kicked off this past Saturday (1/11) with the most electronic-centric lineup, and while many are already mourning the loss of one of the most carefully-curated venues in recent years, the evening had an air of celebration, as it seemed like everyone who had ever played or experienced a show in that cavernous room had come to pay tribute.
Local producer and L.I.E.S.-affiliate Bookworms (real name Nik Dawson) kicked things off, as he unassumingly stood behind a folding table and coaxed stilted techno rhythms from a small selection of hardware as the crowd filled in. Alternating between pre-programmed beats on an MPC and triggering samples from the ubiquitous Roland SP-404 sampler, Dawson's set was the definition of quiet confidence, as he took long swigs of beer as Todd P bounced around the stage, fixing lights and putting final touches in place.
Setting up on the floor in front of the stage, Ital quickly boosted the energy in the room. Also utilizing an all hardware setup, Daniel Martin-McCormick mixed harsh, blunt drum sounds with warped soundscapes and muted bass lines but seemed to be struggling to control his machines. He attempted to restart his sequencer several times before admitting "this shit is breaking," though the crowd didn't seem to mind.
Next up was Autre Ne Veut, whose warped take on R&B was a bit of an outlier on this heavily rhythm-focused bill, but that didn't stop singer Arthur Ashin from going for broke. It certainly helped that his full backing band featured a veritable who's who of Brooklyn musicians, including members of Bear in Heaven, Zambri, and Noel Heroux from Hooray for Earth -- the latter of whom is proving to be one of the city's most resourceful and creative guitarists. Heroux carried much of the melodic weight of Ashin's dense songs, coaxing a plethora of warped riffs from his customized six string. The vocals were at times a bit ragged but the devotion Ashin demonstrated -- at one point climbing atop a stack of speakers and raising his arms to either side -- was indisputable.
The evening's secret guest, recent Warp-signee Patten (who had played 2 other NYC shows that week), quickly shifted the night's mood, melding futuristic, drum & bass-referencing tracks with heavily effected vocals and guitar that combined into dense polyrhythmic puzzles. His sync'ed visuals deepened the trance and thankfully, the following set from Laurel Halo's set didn't deviate too much from the hypnotic vibe Patten had created. Halo mostly stuck to dark techno workouts with slow builds, smartly opting to leave out her more ambient and vocal-centric songs.
I unfortunately missed most of closer Maxmillion Dunbar, but the night felt less like a departure and more like a rallying cry for the community. 285 Kent might be closing, but if the venue's storied three-year run has proven anything, it's that Brooklyn is still hungry for challenging, unique music and that fans will undoubtedly follow bookers Ric Leichtung and Todd P to a new home.
285 Kent's final countdown happens this weekend weekend with three nights/killer bills headlined by Dan Deacon (1/17), Wolf Eyes (1/18) and Fucked Up (1/19). Dan Deacon's is sold out, but tickets to the Wolf Eyes show are still available, and a few tickets for Fucked Up will be available at the door on Sunday night.
More pictures from Saturday night's show below...
As you may have heard, Brooklyn DIY venue 285 Kent is closing, but they're going out with a bang. It was just announced that Pitchfork, Ad Hoc, and Todd P will be presenting the venue's final shows which include Fucked Up, DIIV, White Lung, Laurel Halo, Autre Ne Veut, Dan Deacon and others, plus a number of special guests playing shows there this month. Tickets for all four of the incredibly stacked lineups are on sale now.
Full lineups for each show below...
by Andrew Sacher
I always look forward to FACT's year-end list, which you can count on to be chock full of (but not limited to) forward-thinking electronic music, pop, R&B and rap, and it's one of the lists where I'm usually guaranteed to find something new. They just put out their 50 Best Albums of 2013 list, and it has all of those things, from one of the biggest name pop stars of the year to some of the most obscure stuff. It's also got one of the least obvious #1s I've seen on lists this year.
Check out the whole thing below...
intro by Bill Pearis
After four years of teasing us with singles and EPs, UK trio Factory Floor finally released their self-titled debut album this year. Like their other work, it's rooted in Detroit techno and acid, but with a stark, post-punk outlook. The band just released "Turn it Up" as a 12" and you can stream Laurel Halo's remix from it below.
Factory Floor are in the US this week for a few shows, including two in Brooklyn at 285 Kent. Don't expect an exact representation of the album -- the band rip up their songs live, with live drums and electronics played on the fly. Friday (12/13) with Cities Aviv and Yvette is sold out, but you can still get tickets for Thursday (12/12) which is with Bookworms and DFA artist Peter Gordon. Flyer for Thursday's show below.
Meanwhile, FF members Nik Colk, Gabriel Gurnsey and Dominic Butler contributed Best of 2013 lists to us, which feature records, food, gear, pets and more. Read those, perhaps while listening to Laurel Halo's remix of "Turn it Up," below...
by Bill Pearis
#1 LP of 2013 according to 'The Quietus'
Online UK music mag The Quietus started five years ago and quickly became (I think) one of the best sources for music writing on the web, giving a home to many former NME, Select and Q writers who are still seeking new music but are not so interested in the flavor of the month. The Quietus are not staffed by contrarians, nor sheep. To wit: the site just published its Top 100 LPs list of 2013 and topping it is Glynnaestra, the third album from UK duo Grumbling Fur which came out via Thrill Jockey back in August. From The Quietus' write-up:
Grumbling Fur make me want to take drugs. And I don't mean drugs like a few puffs on a spliff before bedtime or on a lazy Saturday afternoon, or a cheeky dabble at a rave to keep the energy flowing - I mean proper, don't-eat-for-18-hours-beforehand, make-sure-you've-got-a-couple-of-good-people-around-you, psychically prepared voyaging, preferably on a warm and sunny but slightly overcast afternoon in a field somewhere in the West Country, or in a friend's house cluttered to the rafters with fascinating and peculiar objects.The Quietus' Top 10 also includes some records you might have heard (David Bowie, Nick Cave, Foals, Factory Floor) but probably some others you haven't. And if you haven't heard Glynnaestra (I hadn't) you can stream it in full below.
You can check out The Quietus' entire Best LPs of 2013 list in this post, and they also made a Spotify playlist to accompany it. Their list, along with the Grumbling Fur album stream, is below..
by Bill Pearis
DFA Records has had an eventful year, celebrating its 12th Anniversary with one of the biggest parties of the year. They'll close out 2014 with a much smaller NYC holiday party, happening this Saturday (12/7) at Glasslands featuring "Very Special Guest DJs." The party flyer says "loads of DJs (pretty much everyone, really)" which given their roster could be some cool people. Their holiday parties at Studio B were always fun. Tickets are on sale now.
In other DFA news, Factory Floor's upcoming tour will be in NYC next week for shows at 285 Kent on December 12 & 13. Tickets are still available for the 12/12 show though no openers have been announced yet. (12/13 is sold out.) As mentioned, the band are releasing "Turn it Up" as a new single next week (12/9), featuring remixes by Laurel Halo and Detroit techno legend (and surely a big influence on FF) Carl Craig. You can stream Carl Craig's remix, which chills out their frantic sound just a bit, below.
All Factory Floor tour dates are listed, along with the remix stream and DFA Holiday Party flyer, below...
DJ Rashad at Pitchfork Festival 2013 (more by Cory Dewald)
Hyperdub, the label run by Kode9 and responsible for signing Burial, is presenting a North American tour this September/October with Kode9, DJ Rashad, and Ikonika appearing on select dates. The NYC date happens with all three artists plus Brenmar and DJ Rashad collaborator DJ Spinn on October 3 at Output. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer below.
DJ Rashad, whose TEKLIFE Vol. 1: Welcome to the Chi was one of the better footwork releases of 2012, has signed to Hyperdub for his new album, Double Cup, which will be out on October 22. Watch the video for its single, "I Don't Give a Fuck," along with the album artwork and tracklist, below.
In related news, Laurel Halo just announced that her new album, Chance of Rain, will be out on the label on October 28. It's the followup to her 2012 debut LP, Quarantine, which also came out via Hyperdub. The album artwork (featuring an illustration her father did in the '70s) and tracklist are below.
All Hyperdub tour dates are listed, along with the DJ Rashad and Laurel Halo album info, below...
by Andrew Sacher
In June 2013, ISSUE Project Room and the Goethe-Institut New York present PAN_ACT, a multi-faceted series of performances, talks, and installations exploring parallel strategies in conceptual art, underground dance, and experimental music. Curated by ISSUE Project Room's Lawrence Kumpf and Berlin-based designer and founder of the PAN label Bill Kouligas, PAN_ACT presents a diverse array of artists working in Berlin, London, Boston, and New York, drawn largely from the PAN roster. Sixteen events span multiple venues including ISSUE Project Room and the Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building, as well as collaborative presentations with MoMA PS1, The Bunker, Mutual Dreaming, Make Music New York, NPR Music, and Non-Event (Boston).The PAN_ACT festival described above kicked off in NYC last Friday (6/14), and it's continuing through Saturday, June 29. It's already included a number of forward-thinking events throughout the week, and there's even more coming up, including...
Tonight (6/21) at Issue Project Room (22 Boerum Place in Brooklyn), LA experimentalist Joseph Hammer, Athens producer Jar Moff (who worked on RVNG's Harald Grosskopf - Re-Syntheist project), and German minimalist producer Thomas Brinkmann are teaming up to perform solo sets. Tickets are available.
Tonight (6/21) at K&K Super Buffet (341 St Nicholas Ave in Queens), The Bunker is throwing a late (11 PM - 6 AM) party with Downwards label head Regis, UK-based ambient artist Lee Gamble, art pop beatmaker Laurel Halo (live), veteran electronic musician Keith Fullerton Whitman (live), and PAN label head Bill Kouligas (live). Tickets for tonight's show are available. Flyer below.
Saturday (6/22) at Issue Project Room, Resident Advisor is presenting a show with IPR's 2013 artist-in-residence Ben Vida, London's Helm, and composer Jefre Cantu-Ledesma performing with collaborator/filmmaker Paul Clipson. Tickets for that one are on sale.
Saturday (6/22) at 285 Kent, Resident Advisor and NYC party Mutual Dreaming are teaming up for a late show (10 PM - 4 AM) with live sets by Detroit techno vet/Juan Atkins associate Terrence Dixon and abstract hip hop collaboration Sensational & Koyxen, plus DJ sets by Berlin's Call Super and DJ Richard. Tickets for that one are available. Show flyer below.
PAN_ACT also includes the first installment of this year's Warm Up at MoMA PS1, which happens on June 29 with Juan Atkins, Lee Gamble, Heatsick, Koyxen, and Bill Kouligas. Tickets for that one are still available.
More info at Issue Project Room's site. Full upcoming PAN_ACT schedule and flyers below...
by Andrew Sacher
Laurel Halo at Glasslands - 5/7/13 (via Impose)
Earlier this month (5/7), Brooklyn venue Glasslands hosted a great multi-genre bill as part of the Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency with sets from rappers Mykki Blanco and Le1f, arty electronic music from Laurel Halo, Crazy Bitch In A Cave, and Papercutz, and DJ sets from Venus X and Spank DJs. Did you go to that show? If so, how was it?
Red Bull Music Academy just posted a video of Mykki Blanco performing "Feeling Special" and Le1f performing "Wut" to their Youtube channel, and you can watch both videos below. You can also stream Venus X's set over at RBMA Radio.
"Feeling Special" appears on Mykki Blanco's new EP, Betty Rubble: The Initiation, which came out this week (5/21) via UNO. If you liked Mykki's debut mixtape, Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss, you'll likely be a fan of the new EP too. You can stream it in full at Pitchfork and listen to two of its tracks below.
Le1f also recently made a video for "Spa Day" off his Fly Zone mixtape. That video, and all other streams and videos below...
Andy Stott/Lee "Scratch" Perry
As mentioned, tickets went on sale today for the previously announced Red Bull Music Academy events, which take over NYC from April 28 to May 31. And now that those are on sale, the rest of the lineup has been announced. In addition to the newly-added Flying Lotus show at Terminal 5, the Red Bull Music Academy events now also include...
A Bunker party with Andy Stott, Atom TM, Objekt, Octo Octa, Kloke, Smax, Bryan Kasenic, and Mike Servito at Public Assembly on May 4; Blondes, Mike Simonetti, Rudi Zygadlo, Astroboyz, CABAAL, Ale Hop, Yodashe, Harald Bjork, Alitrec, Mungo Park, Seretan, and Ada Kaleh at Cameo on May 6; and Le1f, Laurel Halo, Venus-X, and a secret guest at Glasslands on May 7.
Still more: Metro Area, Gerd Janson, and Bok Bok b2b L-Vis 1990 at 88 Palace on May 10; 'Drum Majors' with Mannie Fresh, Boi-1da, Young Chop, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Bangaldesh, DJ Mustard, and Drumma Boy at Knitting Factory on May 22; Afrika Bambaataa, Egyptian Lover, DJ Magic Mike, DJ Assault, DJ Funk, Scottie B, DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn, Big Freedia, Salva, Drop the Lime, and Branko & Krampfhaft at Santos on May 23; as well as Skream, Mala, and Plasitician & Hatcha on May 24 at Can Factory (232 3rd St in Brooklyn).
And even more: Oneohtrix Point Never, BIll Kouligas, Evian Christ, Kid Simpl, and ANNALOVE at Saint Vitus on May 26; Benji B, FaltyDL, Dorian Concept, Orquesta, and Somepoe at Sullivan Room on May 27; Pantha Du Prince & the Bell Laboratory with Louis Baker and Anya Kuts at West Park Church on May 28; a killer night of dub with legends Lee Perry & Adrian Sherwood, The Congos vs Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, and the Raw Power Band, Peaking Lights In A Dub Style vs Future Times, and DJ Slow at Le Poisson Rouge on May 30.
Tickets for all events are on sale now.
These join the previously announced shows, talks, and other events with James Murphy, Brian Eno, Giorgio Moroder, Tony Visconti, Nile Rodgers, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Four Tet, A-Trak, Just Blaze, and more. Flyer with the updated, show-by-show lineup is below...
Wohl, Halo, & Holter @ Ecstatic Fest 2013 (more by David Andrako)
As mentioned, Laurel Halo and Julia Holter played the Ecstatic Music Festival over the weekend (2/23). The performance, a collaboration with Daniel Wohl's new-music ensemble Transit, featured new compostions from Halo and Holter. The show was broadcast by WQXR and that stream has just been put online. Listen below.
The Ecstatic Music Festival continues Wednesday night (2/27) with a collaborative performance from Arnold Dreyblatt and Megafaun. Tickets are still available.
photos by David Andrako, words by Andrew Sacher
Daniel Wohl, Laurel Halo, and Julia Holter
"So you were there in a car and the windshield shattered," are the first words you heard at Laurel Halo and Julia Holter's collaborative set with electroacoustic composer Daniel Wohl and his TRANSIT orchestra at the Merkin Concert Hall on Saturday night (2/23), as part of the ongoing indie-classical Ecstatic Music Festival. The line was quietly sung by Laurel, only to be sung by Julia the second time around, and finally for a third "verse," the two singers harmonized in unison, and their voices sound great together. The lyric was sung during a piece titled "Enter the Void," the first of three original pieces composed by Laurel, Julia, and Daniel played during the first set of Saturday's concert. The setup primarily featured Laurel and Daniel on electronics, as Daniel led his orchestra, and Laurel and Julia on vocals. All three musicians also had keyboards.
The pieces were heavy on vibes, never fully committing to drone, ambient IDM, modern classical or avant-garde, but pulling characteristics from all of those things to create drifting, floating atmospheres that were entirely their own. Vocally, the deliveries were bold and kind of the one thing that kept you grounded on earth. Both Julia and Laurel sang in similar styles to their respective 2012 albums, Ekstasis and Quarantine, restoring a sense of familiarity each time they chimed in over the electronics and orchestra swells' ability to emerge the listener into the unknown. One of the pieces was written on the setlist as "Corps Remix," and presumably has its roots in Laurel Halo's remix of Daniel Wohl's "323," from his Corps Exquis project (who Laurel once shared a bill with in Brooklyn).
After leaving the stage for a short intermission, the musicians returned for a second set, which featured three songs performed as one continuous piece. It began with Julia literally whispering spoken word into the mic and Laurel eventually joining her on contrasting parts. The whispering was followed by some sparse moments of singing into more depths of weirdness. But as a finale to the medley, they brought everything back home with a cover of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David-penned tune, Don't Make Me Over," ending with Julia and Laurel powerfully chanted in unison, "Accept me for who I am, accept me for the things that I do."
An archived recording of the show will eventually be available at WQXR. More pictures (including one of the setlist) below...
photos by David Andrako
Deerhoof @ Ecstatic Music Festival, 2/20/2013
The Ecstatic Music Festival, which has been happening at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center, continued last night (2/22) with one of the more anticipated of this year's season: Deerhoof with Chicago ensemble Dal Niente, including new work by Brazilian-born composer Marcos Balter. This was the first time in NYC for this pairing that made it's debut last summer as part of Chicago's Wordless Music series. You can check out more photos and the program from the concert below.
Next up at the Ecstatic Music Fest on Saturday (2/23): Laurel Halo, Julia Holter and Daniel Wohl combine forces with Wohl's TRANSIT ensemble, performing commissioned works as well as their previous works performed in new configurations. Tickets are still available.
Laurel Halo @ PS1, July 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Vektor at Saint Vitus, August 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
today in NYC
* Matuto @ Barbes
* Brazda @ Barbes
* Marc Cohn @ City Winery
* Bernie Worrell @ Maxwell's
* Federico Aubele @ Joe's Pub
* Mavis Staples @ The Allen Room
* Questlove (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Valentine's Day Improv @ The Stone
* Skimask, Bugs & Rats @ Death By Audio
* Janeane Garofalo @ Eastville Comedy Club
* Alabama Shakes @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Outasight, The Ready Set @ Gramercy Theatre
* Vektor, Behold...the Arctopus @ Saint Vitus Bar
* Junius, Family, Gates, InAeona @ Public Assembly
* The Echo Friendly, Amalie Bruun @ Mercury Lounge
* Dawn Landes, Benji Hughes @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Elysian Fields, Cassandra Jenkins @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Maccabees, Reputante, Gambles @ Bowery Ballroom
* Big Quiet, Corita, Paper Fleet, Invisible Days @ Cake Shop
* Toro y Moi, Wild Belle, Dog Bite @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Zula, Jane Eyre, Quiet Loudly, Slonk Donkerson @ Silent Barn
* Morus Alba, Cannonball Statman, Phoebe Blue @ Muchmore's
* The Soul Rebels, Karl Denson, American Royalty @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Josie Dear, Davie and The Chains, Drew Victor @ Pete's Candy Store
* Ice Cream, Siff-Rip-Us, Pajama People, Mechanical River @ Big Snow
* Teengirl Fantasy, Laurel Halo, Kelela, Fatherhood @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Infinity Shred, Big Ups, Flagland, Low Fat Getting High @ Shea Stadium
* Teen Commandments, Blue Jazz TV, XA, It Is Rain In My Face @ Pianos
* Splash, Sofa Club, Alice Cohen, Lingerie, Terekke (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
* Tonstartsbandht, 100 LBS., Hagfish and the Poet Lounge @ Bowery Electric
* Shadow Lover, Little Band of Sailors, Doom Trumpet @ Secret Project Robot
* Lemonade, ILLS, Empress Of, School of Seven Balls (DJ Set) @ Cameo Gallery
* Total Slacker, Hunters, X-Ray Eyeballs, Cassie Ramone, DJ Serpent (of DIIV) @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Unloveable: A Smiths & Morrissey Valentine's Day w/ Dave Hill and The Sons & Heirs @ The Bell House
Happy Valentine's Day! There are certainly no shortage of show options tonight, if that is you and your significant other's idea of a romantic evening. And if you don't have a sweetie, there's always the Morrissey/Smiths Valentine's Day party at The Bell House with host Dave Hill and very good tribute act The Sons & Heirs. You could meet somebody who really loves you!
If you'd rather stay home, maybe watch a movie. The Criterion Collection are streaming all their Hulu titles for free from now through Sunday. Titles include Grey Gardens, Quadrophenia, Au Hassard Balthazar, Rashamon, Eraserhead, Fanny & Alexander and many more.
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Justin Timberlake has released the video for his song "Suit & Tie" which co-stars Jay-Z. The clip was directed by David Fincher and the two previously worked together on The Social Network. Like Fincher's videos for Madonna and George Michael, "Suit & Tie" is all style and you can watch it below.
J. Cole finally revealed the first single off of his delayed sophomore album, Born Sinner. It's called "Power Trip" and features a hook from Miguel, who previously collaborated with the rapper on his 2010 single, "All I Want Is You.". Stream the new track below.
Ecstatic Music Festival 2012 (more by David Andrako)
As discussed, the indie/classical Ecstatic Music Festival is returning to the Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center this year and it begins Friday (1/25) with a show from My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The festival also includes shows with Clogs, Laurel Halo and Julia Holter, Deerhoof, Megafaun, and more. The full schedule is below and tickets for select shows are still available.
However, you've also got a chance to attend for free because we're giving away a pair of tickets to a show of your choice. Contest details and the Ecstatic Music Festival schedule, below...
Shapeshifting art pop producer/singer Laurel Halo has a few shows coming up this year including the previously discussed NYC date at the Merkin Concert Hall on February 23, where she'll be playing a collaborative set with fellow art pop mastermind Julia Holter and members of Daniel Wohl's TRANSIT collective as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival. Tickets for that show are still available.
Laurel Halo's other upcoming shows include a couple festival appearances, like Barcelona's Mutek [ES] in February and Katowice, Poland's OFF Festival in August with Deerhunter, Jens Lekman, METZ, Merchandise, and more TBA. And around the time of the Ecstatic Music Fest show, Laurel will play a more traditional show in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on Valentines Day (2/14) with fellow Brooklynites Teengirl Fantasy, TGF's collaborator Kelela, and Fatherhood. Tickets for the LPR show, which Bandshell is presenting, are on sale now.
Like her Hyperdub labelmate Burial, Laurel Halo capped off 2012 with a last-minute single, "Sunlight On The Faded." You can stream that single and check out a list of all upcoming dates below...
Pitchfork just posted their Honorable Mention Albums of 2012, which they consider "20 records didn't make [their] Top 50 but they're not necessarily just Nos. 51-70." There are some similarities to their Overlooked Records of 2012 list that they posted halfway through the year. It also includes Frankie Rose's Interstellar, which did actually get Best New Music upon its release, unlike the other albums here. And it's got Waxahatchee's American Weekend and Jeremih's Late Nights with Jeremih, neither of which were reviewed throughout the year. Though they did review Waxhatachee (Katie Crutchfield)'s sister Allison's band Swearin', who also makes this list, and who (along with Jeremih) made Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks list.
Full list below...
Moby at Moogfest 2011 (more by Diana Wong)
Moby was one of the commercially successful electronic musicians of yesteryear, but as popular taste shifted towards distorted synths and abrasive bass drops, Moby chose not to follow the pack. As a result, lately he's been fitting more in with the growing underground (as we heard on his downtempo 2011 LP, Destroyed.) and when we asked him for his top 10 albums of 2012, his choices reflect that. In addition to his Mute labelmates Cold Specks and Liars, Moby's list includes Hyperdub production wizards Burial and Laurel Halo, in addition to some synth driven indie pop like Grimes and iamamiwhoami.
Moby is also DJing a TBA Brooklyn warehouse location on New Year's Eve (Bedford L stop) with Lee Burridge, Kilo Watts, circus performances from The Gowanus Circus, and more acts TBA. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
More show info and Moby's top 10 list, below...
Julia Holter at Bowery Ballroom in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Ecstatic Music Festival is returning to the Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center in 2013 from January 25 to March 21, where it's happened in past years. Over the course of the approximately two month-long period, the festival will be presenting eleven shows, with multiple collaborations between artists that blur the lines between indie and modern classical. The collaborations include Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus; Sarah Kirkland Snider with vocalists DM Stith, Padma Newsome (of Clogs), and Shara Worden; DJ / rupture and Zs; Deerhoof with Dal Niente and Marcos Balter; Laurel Halo and Julia Holter with Daniel Wohl; Arnold Dreyblatt with Megafaun; Simone Dinnerstein with Tift Merritt; a Bang on a Can concert, and more.
Full schedule is below.
Obama hugs Bruce Springsteen (pre-election night)
A selection of tweets reacting to Obama's big win last night....
":)" - Grizzly Bear
"YES" - Amanda Palmer
"yeah!!!!" - Laurel Halo
"FUCK YES" - HEALTH
"fuck yeah." - Colin Meloy
"FUCK YEAH AMERICA!!! #OBAMA" - King Tuff