Entries tagged with: Lawrence Arabia
by Bill Pearis
An opera-trained singer, New Zealander Andrew Keoghan sang in Puccini's 'Turandot' at age 21, spent four years as a jazz singer, took a songwriting sabbatical in the Caribbean before settling in Brooklyn and a more pop style. He released Arctic Tales Divide in 2011 (stream it via Spotify below) and is finishing up his new album, due out in 2016, which will be his first to get released in North America. The record features duets with Hollie Fullbrook (Tiny Ruins) and Chelsea Nikkel (Princess Chelsea), plus help from fellow Kiwis The Ruby Suns, Phoenix Foundation and Lawrence Arabia.
The first single is the spare, gorgeous "Stuck in Melodies" which is a duet with Clair Duncan from NZ band Dear Time's Waste. Building slowly, the song is a real showcase for Keoghan and Duncan's intertwining harmonies. It's lovely stuff and makes its premiere in this post. Listen below.
by Bill Pearis
New Zealand's Lawrence Arabia has been scooting around North America following his appearances at CMJ a few weeks ago and will be back in NYC on Friday (11/9) for a show at Pianos with Ludwig Persik, Mercies, Eureka Birds, and Former Belle. Advance tickets are available. He's got a couple more East Coast shows after that and will then head to the other side of the continent -- all tour dates are listed below.
If you haven't heard the charming baroque pop that is Lawrence's new album, The Sparrow, you can stream the whole thing below, as well as check out a video for his new single from the LP, "The Listening Times."
Die! Die! Die!
Like in past years, New Zealand is being represented at CMJ with a kickoff party at Le Poisson Rouge on October 16. The lineup includes Six60, Die! Die! Die!, Ghost Wave, Popstrangers, Lawrence Arabia and Tom Lark. That show is totally free to the public and will stream live at LPR's Concert Window beginning at 6 PM but you do need to RSVP (just email: Pamela@themusebox.net).
Noise punks Die! Die! Die!, who have recorded for a number of labels incuding Flying Nun, also play Death by Audio on October 17 with Roomrunner and a secret guest (not an official CMJ show). More CMJ shows for them will be announced soon. Their new album, Harmony, is due out November 9 via Golden Antenna. You can stream it in its entirety below.
Ghost Wave have a few other CMJ shows, including SESAC showcase at Cake Shop on October 17 with ZZZ's, Hussle Club, I.R.O.K., Punks on Mars, Pyschobuildings, Half Undressed, Communist Daughter, and Blessed Feathers (free); and the Flowerbooking showcase at Knitting Factory on October 19 with Unicorn Kid, Ki Theory, Devin, Talk Normal, and CIties Aviv.
In other New Zealand artists playing CMJ news, as mentioned, Gotye collaborator Kimbra plays Webster Hall on October 19 and 20 with The Stepkids. Both shows are sold out, some CMJ badges will be accepted on at the 10/19 show.
Former Mint Chick Kody Nielson's (whose brother Ruban fronts Unknown Mortal Orchestra) project, Opossom has a few CMJ shows scheduled too. He'll play the Team Cleremont showcase at Union Pool on October 17 with Twin Tigers, Fantasmas, Grape Soda, and Koko Beware; the Wild Honey Pie showcase at Matchless on October 18 with Body Language, Devin, Donora, Echo Friendly, and Night Panther; the Windish showcase at Pianos on October 18 with Flume, American Royalty, Labyrinth Ear, The Luyas, Ape School, Duologue, and Moon King; and the Bowery Presents day party at Pianos on October 20 with The Orwells, Foxygen, Born Ruffians, Little Green Cars, Ava Luna, J. Thoven, San Cisco, Sky Ferreira, Murals, Zulu Pearls, and Blessed Feathers.
After CMJ, Opossom will be sticking around for more shows in NYC including the previousyl discussed show at Pianos (10/24) with Big Scary and Time Travelers and another at Cameo Gallery (10/26). Tickets for the Piano show and the Cameo show are available.
Some song stream and a video are below.
Lawrence Arabia at CMJ 2012 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
today in NYC
* Nicki Minaj @ Roseland
* Aram Bajakian @ The Stone
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* David Ulmann Quintet @ Barbes
* Bob Schneider @ City Winery
* Young Man, XNY @ Mercury Lounge
* Bob Musso's Axiomatic @ The Stone
* Javier Dunn, Jeff Taylor @ Joe's Pub
* White Denim, Sleepies @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Gojira, Car Bomb @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Publicist, Free Blood, TV Baby @ Death By Audio
* Lawrence Arabia, Friend Roulette @ Mercury Lounge
* Sweet w/ Wyatt Cenac, Rudi Macaggi, Brent Sullivan @ Ella
* Beginnings w/ Nikki Glaser, James Adomian, Thu Tran @ UCB East
* Graph Rabbit, The Blake Roberts Band, Los Lobos Del Oeste @ Cameo
* Punks on Mars, Big Fur, Weird Rivers, Butter the Children @ Public Assembly
* Ashley Paul/Anthony Coleman, Artanker Convoy, Leila Adu @ Zebulon
* Den Svarata Fanan, Say At Last, Who Art Thou?, Hazel Rah @ Cake Shop
* Via Audio, The Daredevil Christopher Wright @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Cracker @ Jones Beach
* Pink Drink, The Canon Logic, Chamber Band, Kwame and the Uptown Shakedown @ Glasslands
* Marshall Crenshaw @ Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival @ City Winery
Tonight's edition of Sweet at Ella looks particularly, uh, sweet with Wyatt Cenac, Rudi Macaggi and more. It's also the biennial "Sweet Games" where, according to host Seth Herzog, "nonpros compete in comedic events & judged by a panel of celebrities. Always fun!"
Unless you're looking at this post from your phone, chances are you're not getting into tonight's Nicki Minaj make-up show at Roseland.
"Once In a Lullaby" screens for free in a Staten Island ballpark tonight.
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2 Chainz, who'll be at J&R on Thursday (8/16) signing copies of his new album, gets interviewed by Nardwuar and it's a good one. (Real Estate advice discussed.) Watch it below.
JEFF the Brotherhood talk with producer Dan Auerbach chat about the making of their new album, Hypnotic Nights, in a video you can watch below.
Screaming Females headline the opening of our photo show this Thursday night at 92YTribeca.
Band in Heaven made a video for their single "Summer Bummer" and you can watch that below.
Likewise, gothy UK band 2:54 made a video for "Sugar" and that's below as well.
And finally there's a Kendrick Lamar mini documentary you cat watch below too.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Lawrence Arabia - Traveling Shoes (MP3)
Lawrence Arabia at CMJ 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
New Zealand's Lawrence Arabia (aka former Brunette and Ruby Sun James Milne) will release his new album, The Sparrow, on July 24. It's the follow-up to 2009's Chant Darling and, like that album, The Sparrow is a string-laden set of charming baroque pop. You can download "Traveling Shoes" at the top of this post and there's live video of him performing the song below.
Lawrence Arabia will play Mercury Lounge on August 14 and tickets are on-sale. No other North American dates have been announced yet but seems like a lot of trouble to fly halfway around the world for just one show. A few Lawrence Arabia videos and The Sparrow's cover art and tracklist are below.
DOWNLOAD: Jens Lekman - "An Argument With Myself" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Geoffrey O'Connor - "Whatever Leads Me to You" (Lawrence Arabia Remix) (MP3)
Jens Lekman at Green Building in 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As mentioned, Jens Lekman is going on a North American tour with support from Geoffrey O'Connor. The tour previously included two Music Hall of Williamsburg shows (10/7 and 10/9). Both of those shows have sold out but Jens and Geoffrey will return to Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 10. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/9) at noon and are on artist presale now (password?) (THEGOLDENKEY).
Jens recently released the title track to his upcoming LP An Argument With Myself, which is due out September 20 via Secretly Canadian. You can download that track above.
"Whatever Leads Me to You," the single off Geoffrey O'Connor's upcoming album Vanity is Forever was remixed by Lawrence Arabia. We've got a premiere of the remix that you can download above, and grab the original HERE.
Updated dates below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Zowie @ LPR
"Lawrence Arabia opened with an easy confidence, nurtured by months on the road supporting Crowded House, despite not having played together for a couple of months. Apple Pie Bed was a hit.This is course was Tuesday night's New Zealand CMJ showcase at Le Poisson Rouge. More pictures from the show below...
Street Chant followed, and it's fair to say they were the darlings of the night. Scowling college radio DJs emerged with smiles after the fierce and flirty set by the trio, who entertained with between-song banter like "We're Street Chant from New Zealand and we're ready to get sexy", "This song's New Zealandish" and "We're the biggest rock band in New Zealand!"
Fresh from her first offshore gig at LA's Viper Lounge, Ruby Frost performed competently and though she was tagged as "a baby Florence and the Machine" the crowd rewarded her with polite applause.
Kids of 88 got the hard-to-impress CMJ crowd moving. And flirting. "Come back to my apartment!" someone in the crowd yelled. "That's a very good segue into the next song," said singer Sam McCarthy, as they launch into My House. Zowie impressed, and Electric Wire Hustle brought the bass." [New Zealand Herald]
by Bill Pearis
Kiwi popsmith Lawrence Arabia (real name James Milne) is back in NYC for CMJ (last here with Crowded House), playing a few shows -- the first of which is today's (10/19) early evening New Zealand showcase at Le Poisson Rouge. He's on at 6PM and the show is FREE but you do need to RSVP if you don't have a CMJ badge. (Free booze of some sort too, apparently.) The rest of the NZ line-up is Zowie (who is also playing the Fader Fort and Fat Baby on Friday), Kids of 88, Street Chant, Ruby Frost and Electric Wire Hustle.
Lawrence Arabia also plays Thursday, Oct. 21 at Bowery Electric (11PM) for the Bella Union/Yep Roc showcase with former Lucksmith Darren Hanlon, Savoir Adore, Jukebox the Ghost, Drink Up Buttercup, Alessi's Ark, and Heidi Spencer.
Lawrence Arabia's excellent second album, Chant Darling, was released early 2010 on the Bella Union label and ranges from gentle folk to ELO-style orch-pop. You can download two tracks from the album at the top of this post. It's really charming, tuneful stuff. In addition to his solo work, Milne has also spent time in the Brunettes, Ruby Suns and as a touring member of Okkerville River.
Some Lawrence Arabia music videos, the flyer and stuff, below...
photos by Kurt Christensen
"Let's get one thing straight: Crowded House isn't a one-hit wonder. Sure, the Australian band is known by '80s music fans for its 1987 hit "Don't Dream It's Over" (and maybe the subsequent "Something So Strong"), but songwriter Neil Finn has actually guided different incarnations of the band through six full-length albums and earned critical acclaim for his solo albums and side projects." [NPR]You saw the setlist and the video from Wednesday night's show at Bowery Ballroom where David Byrne joined Crowded House and family (Sharon Finn and Liam Finn are both on the tour with Neil). Now here are the pics, along with video from the band's appearance on Jimmy Fallon (they really made the most of their trip here that included three shows at Bowery, and includes one at Wellmont Theatre tonight), below....
photos by Andrew St Clair
Crowded House completed their three-night run at Bowery Ballroom in NYC last night (7/21). It was also at the third show that David Byrne came out for the encore to join the band on two Talking Heads covers. We actually have pictures from that show too, but the pictures in this post are from the 2nd night, July 20th. Stay tuned for the ones from night three.
If you missed the show, there's one more NYC-area chance when Crowded House plays Wellmont Theater in NJ on Friday.
More of the night two pictures, video of the David Byrne part from last night, and all three setlists (including which songs Neil Finn's wife Sharon son Liam played on), below...