Entries tagged with: Laurel Halo
Carlos Giffoni, who in addition to running No Fun, records edgy electronic music under his own name, is planning his next release, the "Evidence" 12" for a February 14 release on Ford & Lopatin's Mexican Summer imprint, Software. The 12" includes the 8-minute "Evidence" on the A-side (stream below) which features contributions from Laurel Halo, and "Desire in the Summer" on the B-side. That's the 12"'s cover art above. You can pre-order it at the Mexican Summer webstore.
Carlos has two upcoming local shows in NYC, including one TONIGHT (1/31) at Glasslands, where he'll be opening for Software labelmate Megafortress, and another on Thursday (2/2) at The Stone, as part of Dominick Fernow's curation at the venue.
Speaking of Laurel Halo, she's got an upcoming project under the moniker King Felix, which is also the name of her 2010 EP. The new release is called Spring, and its due out March 19 on Liberation Technologies, a new sub-label from Mute Records. FACT reports that:
A&Red by Patrick O'Neill (former Honest Jon's / Doldrums), Liberation Technologies plans to "extend [Mute's] freedom and vision ... Within this remit the label will work with highly distinctive and pioneering electronic musicians, some established, some new. Citing reference from Mute's original and continuing statement of intent, the label exists to give space to and encourage artists to experiment and challenge themselves, anonymously if they choose".All dates and stream below...
AraabMuzik at Moogfest in October (more by Diana Wong)
When Altered Zones announced last month that they would no longer be operating, editors Ric Leichtung and Emilie Friedlander also announced a new project, AdHoc.fm, which will be "a 100% independent, daily music and visual culture publication" and is "coming in 2012."
Ad Hoc are throwing a New Year's Eve party at 285 Kent (12/31) with sets by AraabMuzik, Balam Acab, Light Asylum, Laurel Halo, Run DMT, a special guest, and Weird Magic DJs. Tickets for the show are on sale now. More details and dates are below.
Laurel Halo will also be DJing in NYC on New Year's Eve at Zebulon with DJ Hiro Kone and a band TBA. They'll be spinning "Italo Disco, House, Soul, Techno, Postpunk; whatever makes you move."
Another similar electronic-filled NYE option is the Nosaj Thing show at Glasslands (12/31). When we first discussed the show, no openers had been announced yet. We now know that the bill also includes El Topo (aka Dave Harrington of Nicolas Jaar's Darkside project), Archie Pelago, and DJIlirjana (Pop Manifesto/Typical Girls). Tickets are still available.
Speaking of AraabMuzik, he released the deluxe edition to his album Electronic Dream last week. The album features six new tracks, including the Deadmau5-sampling "I Remember," which you can stream below. We recently spoke to Gang Gang Dance engineer Sean Maffucci who is in New Moods, and he said "I don't think I've heard a record like this before. It seems to break every production rule and yet sounds so sweet and pleasing to the ears."
That stream, NYE show details and more AraabMuzik dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Laurel Halo at PS1 in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn electronic duo Blondes will release their self-titled debut full length on February 7 via RVNG Intl. The album's got eight original tracks and a second disc with remixes of every track by Laurel Halo, Teengirl Fantasy, Andy Stott and others. They've got a video for album track "Wine," which, like their 2010 EP Touched, is what it would probably have sounded like if Manuel Gottsching made house music. You can watch that video below, along with the Teengirl Fantasy remix of the same song. The artwork and tracklist are below too.
Blondes have an NYC show coming up on December 16 at 285 Kent Ave with Ital, Dariius, Laurel Halo (DJ), and Vibes Management DJs. More info on this show below.
Laurel Halo, whose Hour Logic EP is ending up on a few year end lists, also plays a headlining show a few days earlier at Glasslands on December 13 with Forma, Corps Exquis, and Lorna Dune. Tickets for that show are available. If you still haven't heard Hour Logic, it was an unexpected turn towards ambient IDM which hardly ever reveals the vocals that dominated her synthy dream pop EP, King Felix. Fortunately, she's great at both sounds. Hour Logic is streaming in full below.
Teengirl Fantasy also DJs at a True Panther party TONIGHT (12/9) at Cameo with DJ sets by Lemonade, Tanlines, Van Rivers (of Glasser who also have a 285 Kent show on 12/17), and Cool Places Soundsystem, who also DJs the King Krule show at Glasslands (1/13). The flier for the True Panther show is below.
Speaking of Ital, whose real name is Daniel Martin-McCormick and who was a member of 2000s Dischord band Black Eyes, then went on to form Mi Ami with Black Eyes bandmate Jacob Long, and also records music under the moniker Sex Worker, he's teaming up with electronic label Planet Mu (who just put out the new Keep Shelly in Athens EP) for his next release, Hive Mind, which is due out on February 13. You can stream and pre-order the entire thing at Planet Mu's website.
All dates, video, song streams, and other stuff below...
If you've noticed that The Stone has been putting on some pretty great shows this month like Laurel Halo and Metalux, among others, that's because August 2011 is being curated by noise master Carlos Giffoni (of No Fun Fest) and Pi Recordings founder Seth Rosner. (not that any month at the Stone is ever bad.)
Other artists playing throughout the month include White Out with Ikue Mori, Noveller, Oneohtrix Point Never, C. Spencer Yeh and Meg Clixby, Fieldwork, Sickness, Driphouse, Nautical Almanac, and others. Check The Stone's Calender for full show lineups throughout the month.
Some Forma song streams below...
SBTRKT wearing an AraabMUZIK shirt at PS1 in July (more by Vincent Cornelli)
After an awesome PS1 set, a live collab with Drake in Toronto, and playing Camp Bisco and Glasslands, UK dubstep producer SBTRKT will return to North America for a live headlining tour in October and November. As we learned from SBTRKT's last visit to North America (and confirmed in a new press release), live sets mean him and Sampha, who sings on the album. The tour stops in NYC twice. First on October 31 at Bowery Ballroom and then hits Brooklyn the next night, November 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. AraabMUZIK, who SBTRKT is a fan of (check out the picture above), opens a few dates on the tour including the Halloween Bowery Ballroom date. No opener has been announced for the MHOW show. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, August 12 at noon. All dates are listed below.
AraabMUZIK will also be in NYC THIS Friday (8/5) at Santos Party House for a S!CK Party with White RIng Laurel Halo (who plays The Stone tonight 8/4), Blissed Out, and others. Tickets are on sale now. Check out a flier for this show below. AraabMUZIK dropped his first official full length Electronic Dream this past June. You can purchase that on iTunes.
All dates, flier and a tour video below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Crazy sweaty super awesome weekend with the most amazing girlfriend @tamaraaaah!! @lunice and @ganggangdance absolutely killed PS1!" - Teddy Kerk
"Miracles club at PS1. This is really dope." - Pictureplane
"Lunice destroying PS1 right now" - Alex Kim
"SYD OFWGKTA is not dj-ing at PS1 today. Still a great day so please come out. LUNICE will be nuts + Gang Gang Dance sound system!" - Kris Chen
"GANG GANG DANCE KILLING WITH A MOONBAHTON SET @ PS1" - khaled elsayed
"Gang Gang Dance" @ PS1
Warm Up continued at PS1 on Saturday (7/23) with the stacked lineup of Gang Gang Dance (DJ), Lunice, The Miracles Club, and Laurel Halo. Unfortunately, OFWGKTA's Syd tha Kyd never made it out, though she was originally scheduled.
Gang Gang Dance will play NYC again this Saturday (7/30) at South Street Seaport for the free all ages Mad Decent Block Party.
The Miracles Club also have upcoming shows in NYC this week. On Thursday (7/28) they play Glasslands with Vockah Redu (who plays Warm Up this coming Saturday), and on Friday (7/29) they play a FIXED party at Public Assembly with Midnight Magic.
More pictures from 7/23 Warm Up below...
As if it wasn't warm enough, the lineup of today's OUTDOOR PS1 Warm Up party is:
Gang Gang Dance (DJ set) / 4AD / New York, NYWarm Up runs from 2 PM to 9 PM at PS1 in Long Island City. Admission is $15 and includes access to all exhibitions in addition to the dance party
Lunice / Lucky Me / Montreal, Canada
Syd tha Kyd / OFWGKTA / Los Angeles, CA
Miracles Club / Ecstacy Records / Portland, OR
Laurel Halo / Hippos in Tanks / New York, NY
How was Lunice at Bowery Hotel last night. he played with Pictureplane and Teengirl Fantasy who both DJ'd. They both play live at 285 Kent tonight where the DIY venue will [hopefully] be sporting 64000 btu-worth of new air conditioners.
UPDATE: Todd P says he isn't guaranteeing the A/C will work in time for tonight's show, or that even once installed it will work as planned. Hope for the best, but be prepared to sweat!
More details on the nighttime Brooklyn show below...
DOWNLOAD: How To Dress Well - "Ready for the World" (XXXY Re-Edit) (MP3)
by Andrew Sacher
Since adopting the moniker XXXY in 2009, UK producer Rupert Taylor has dropped quite a few singles on various labels. Earlier this year, he put out a 10" single for "You Always Start It" b/w "Ordinary Things" on the Ten Thousand Yen label. 350 copies were pressed and are now all sold out but you can stream the tracks on his bandcamp and below.
XXXY is back with his second single of the year, "You Gotta Do You" b/w "Open Your Eyes," which he released today (7/8) on Orca Recordings. On the new tracks XXXY goes for a slightly wonkier, bass-heavy sound, as opposed to his more chilled out offerings from earlier this year. Listen to soundcloud streams of the tracks below and pick up the 12" at Boomkat.
In addition to his singles, he's also done remixes for notable artists including Radiohead and How To Dress Well.
StompMag: The first track of yours I heard was a remix of Videotapes by Radiohead. Are you a big fan?Grab the How To Dress Well remix above and check out the Radiohead remix (titled "Straight to Video") below.
XXXY: Yeah, I'm a really big Radiohead fan. I haven't had the chance to get to the new album as much as I'd like to but I love everything they've done and I've been to see them a bunch of times. The remix of Videotapes just kind of came into my head and it was around the right tempo for me to work with. Normally when I'm doing remixes people approach me with an idea and if it's something I want to do and if I like the music, I'll do it. With the remix of Ready For The World, Tri Angle approached me and asked would I like to do something for How To Dress Well. And I said "definitely" because I love the album. And I think it turned out pretty good.
StompMag: Do you listen to a lot of music from the Tri Angle label?
XXXY: Yeah, I really like the stuff they're putting out. I really like OOoOO and How To Dress Well- they've got a lot of strange interesting sounds coming out. It's something different and really high quality.
XXXY has some upcoming international dates in late July and early August. Those dates include two US shows which both take place late this month in NYC. He headlines Tammany Hall on July 29 with Laurel Halo, Shlomo, Braille, and Contakt. Tickets are on sale now. The next day (7/30) he plays PS1's 'Warm Up' with Tri Angle's Holy Other and Das Racist (DJ).
All tour dates, a video for the 2010 single "Rain", streams and stuff below...
DOWNLOAD: Miracles Club - "Light of Love" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Miracles Club - "Light of Love" (Cut Copy Re-Vision) (MP3)
"We're not going to lie. When XLR8R first caught wind of The Miracles Club, we had our doubts. Granted, we were already fans of Honey Owens and her droney, experimental work as Valet and as a member of Nudge--we even made her the subject of an episode of XLR8R TV a couple years ago. But Honey Owens... doing house music? In Portland? And claiming classic Chicago sounds as an influence? No offense to our pals in the Pacific Northwest, but the City of Roses isn't exactly known for its love of DJ culture. Vintage stores, organic eats, and DIY noisemaking? Yes. Thumping, club-friendly beats? Not so much. So imagine our surprise when the outfit's debut EP, Light of Love, came out last year and was actually... good." [xl8r8r]Portland's The Miracles Club released an EP of remixes of their track "Light of Love" on Cut Copy's Cutters Records back in May. Cut Copy contributed their own remix of the track to the EP. Listen to that and the original track above to compare.
Miracles Club have a number of Northside Festival shows coming up this weekend. They play the Let's Play House Northside showcase tonight (6/17) at Cameo with Blondes, Jacques Renault and others. They also DJ at 70 N 6th Street on June 18 with Konnichiwa and open for YACHT and Midnight Magic at the DFA Northside showcase on Sunday (6/19). Tickets are still on sale for the latter.
If you miss Laurel Halo at 285 Kent tonight, you can also catch her at the Newtown Radio 1 Year Anniversary BBQ at Shea Stadium on Sunday, June 19 with Autre Ne Veut, Forma and others.
Miracles Club EP album art a flier for tonight's show below...
by Andrew Sacher
Atlas Sound at SXSW (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Atlas Sound played St. Cecilia's Church last night (6/16) with support from Lichens and White Rainbow. If half hour drone sets are your thing, you may enjoy catching Lichens again at Zebulon on June 22 with Soft Circle and Urxed. And if you're into similar sounds, but with more hip hop beats, White Rainbow plays again tonight (6/17) at the Impose Magazine & Weird Magic show at 285 Kent Ave. The bill also includes Laurel Halo, La Big Vic, Co La (who aren't playing Death By Audio), and others. There will also be DJ sets by Brian DeGraw (Gang Gang Dance), DJ Azizaman, and Weird Magic DJs.
Atlas Sound, which was Bradford Cox with mic, guitar and effect pedals, played a great set last night with a ton of new songs (Bradford said he didn't really remember how to play most of his old ones). A full review and pics of this show coming soon.
Updated Deerhunter dates below...
by Bill Pearis
It's year three of the Northside Festival, which for one weekend a year makes Williamsburg's music scene just a little crazier than it already is. This first night (tonight) is maybe the strongest overall, in that there are a lot of great showcases set up where -- if you don't have a badge -- you can stay put and get a quality night of music. Or if you do have a badge ($70 bucks, a good deal if you plan on going all four nights) -- some tough decisions. These are my personal picks, and not a comprehensive guide. Clearly lots more is going on (and even more shows that aren't part of Northside).
NYC Popfest has put together a really good show at Bruar Falls tonight featuring Eternal Summers, Reading Rainbow, The Secret History and Seapony. I highly recommend all four bands, but do consider going early (8:30) for Seapony who are here from Seattle and should appeal to those who covet 7"s from Sarah and Creation Records. MP3s from Seapony and Eternal Summers are at the top of this post.
Over at Union Pool, Tiger Mountain booking (aka Skippy who books the Rock Shop) has a quality line-up of locals for ya. If you're looking for a great way to kick off your night, go here at 7:30 for Hospitality who make winsome but not unmuscular pop. Highly recommended. Later on in the evening is '90s indie rock loving Radical Dads whose great debut, Mega Rama, was released this week. (But not on vinyl...boo!). Pursesnatchers (Doug from Dirty on Purpose's band) finishes the night. Also playing: Lady Lamb the Beekeeper and Indian Rebound.
Meanwhile at Public Assembly the good folks of No Fun Productions, The Bunker and Wierd Records, have an evening of minimal synth, coldwave, industial and other dark arts planned. Performers include noise and sound artists Rene Hell and Carlos Giffoni; the ethereal, danceable sounds of Laurel Halo; synthpop traditionalists Xeno & Oaklander who make their music with seriously old-school sequencers and keyboards (patch bays are involved); and New Orleans' Kindest Lineswho make pop music that should appeal to fans of early New Order (and, yes, The Cure). There's also a host of acclaimed DJs spinning in-between sets.
Primo Chicago garage label HozAc Records is hosting the debauchery at Shea Stadium tonight, with Xray Eyeballs (who also play the Kanine show Friday at Knitting Factory), the K-Holes, Making Friendz and My Teenage Stride in there as well to pop things up a bit.
Again, just my picks. Do go see some music tonight!
crowd @ Warm Up 2010 (more by Zach Dilgard)
The full schedule for MoMa's 20l1 'Warm Up' season at PS1 has since been announced. The dance parties happen at the Long Island City location every Saturday from July 2 through September 3 from 2 PM to 9 PM. Admission is $15 and includes access to all exhibitions and 'Warm Up.' Check out the full lineup below.
Other days feature Delicate Steve, Odd Future DJ Syd tha Kyd, Black Dice, Juan Maclean, Blood Orange, Solange, Grimes, Tanlines, Sun Araw and many other DJs, producers and and bands. Das Racist, Simian Mobile Disco, Ford & Lopatin, Gang Gang Dance and a few other groups are performing DJ sets.
More info and the full schedule below...
photos by Erez Avissar
""IF YOU'RE FROM NEW YORK, you'll know this one." As the image of an eye patch-sporting Kurt Russell flashed across twin screens behind the stage at West Village destination Le Poisson Rouge, the speaker struck up a portentous synth line and the audience burst into nostalgic applause; ...the tense theme from 1981 cult actioner Escape from New York is one of his own compositions. Alan Howarth... is something of an icon to fans of electronic movie sound tracks and effects: His résumé is peppered with Hollywood titles from Poltergeist to Raiders of the Lost Ark, John Carpenter projects like Escape and Halloween featuring prominently among them.Synthesizer music pioneers Alan Howarth and Harald Grosskopf shared a bill with Emeralds as part of the Unsound Festival at Le Poisson Rouge on Friday night (4/8). And it was old meets new, as Grosskopf was joined by A.R.P, Blondes, Laurel Halo, Pink Skull and James Ferraro. Howarth and Emeralds also played together. Jade Boyd provided the visuals.
"Most of this music's just been sitting around for thirty years," Howarth admitted cheerfully, reveling in the attention it was now receiving and clearly overjoyed to find himself out of the studio and in front of some appreciative listeners. Harald Grosskopf, drummer for 1970s German space-rockers Ash Ra Tempel and author of 1979's Synthesist album (described by the organizers as "the nexus of Krautrock, Kosmische, and New Age"--and who am I to argue?), was in similarly high sprits. Taking the stage after Howarth, he got rather more of a workout, bobbing and weaving behind his stand-up kit while adopting a range of orgasmic/tortured facial expressions. "This screen is to monitor my blood pressure," he quipped, pointing to one of several nearby laptops. "It's nothing to do with the music."
After an hour or so of meandering but effortlessly enjoyable stuff, Grosskopf and friends made way for Emeralds, a young trio from Cleveland whose synth-heavy instrumental jams owe much to their senior colleagues' pioneering work..." -[Artforum]
The theme continued the next night as well as many of the same performers, Harald Grosskopf included, played and/or DJ'd at a secret party in Brooklyn. Erez was at both events, and his pictures from them continue, with some videos, below...
Real Estate on a boat cruise (more by Marielle Solan)
WBAR is welcoming its 18th WBAR-B-Q at Barnard College on April 15th, 2011. The FREE, all-ages show will feature free food/drink/music at the Daina Event Oval at Barnard College (117th & Broadway) with performances from Real Estate, Blondes, Arp, Big Troubles, Grooms, Beige, Julianna Barwick, and others.
The show is also one of a few scheduled for Real Estate, who will also play Culture shock the next day, and a show on May 20 at The Bell House with Julian Lynch, Big Troubles and Family Portrait (tickets) and May 21 at Maxwell's with the same lineup (tickets). They also have a few more shows scheduled since we last spoke. All dates, more WBAR-B-Q details and the flyer is below...
tonight in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
* It Is It comedy @ Pianos
* Arboretum, Pontiak, Coconuts @ Santos Party House
* Melissa Auf der Maur @ Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Laurel Halo, Corbu, Weed, The Young Friends @ The Cameo
* Netherfriends, Swingset Committee, Huntronik @ Cake Shop
* Mike Bones, Hex Message, Brother, Bubbles @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Clan of The Cave Bear, Vaz, Animal, Holy Sheet, Megachurch @ Shea Stadium
* Teeth Mountain,Larkin Grimm,Prince Rama,Erin Regan,Martin Lawrence @Silent Barn
* Love As Laughter, Neverever, DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin, Sea Lions @ Bruar Falls
If you missed Laurel Halo at Glasslands earlier this month, or over the weekend at the Eye & Ear Festival, catch her tonight at the Cameo with The Young Friends who you may have missed over the weekend at PopFest..
At Housing Works tonight: "Melissa Auf der Maur [ex-Hole] hosts a multi-media presentation of her new project, including a film screening, Q&A, comic reading, and live music," from her OOOM (Out Of Our Minds) project. A video is below.
"It Is It", the weekly free 8pm comedy show at Pianos, will have "Matt McCarthy, Hannibal Buress, Paul Mecurio, RG Daniels, Jane Borden and more" tonight.
Whiplash, the weekly late-night comedy show at UCB Theatre, will have Leo Allen, "Kumail Nanjiani, Kamau Bell, & more" tonight.
Speaking of Kumail, he was part of a Lost tribute show at UCB on Saturday night.
Speaking of Lost, the final episode was aired at The Bell House last night along with a performance by Lost episode tribute band Previously on Lost. A video about them is below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Hounds of Hate
Todd Pendu's "Tuesday Night Disco" brings a noteworthy lineup to Glasslands tonight (5/4). The headliner, Hounds of Hate, uses synths and samples to make goth-inspired dance music and are here all the way from the UK. If you miss it though, don't worry they'll be around for a little while. Wednesday night they play Coco 66 with Dead Stars, The Hidden Ratio and New Yoga (an NYC band who are also on the Glasslands show and on tour with Hounds).
After that, Hounds of Hate play house parties the next two nights (Thursday, 5/6 & Friday, 5/7 - details below), which is a notable jump from their other shows this weekend - opening for Caribou and Toro y Moi at their sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom shows. They then tour around the East Coast and Canada through May. Hear their cover of Snoop Dogg's "Sensual Seduction" and more below.
Laurel Halo, also on the bill at Glasslands tonight, plays dark, intricately arranged electronic pop. Her King Felix EP is free online. Get it while you can. If you miss her tonight, she plays NY Eye & Ear Fest's second day (also a Pendu production) on May 23rd at Knitting Factory.
A flyer, videos and all tour dates are below...