Entries tagged with: Lilacs and Champagne
photos by Greg Cristman
Lilacs & Champagne @ Saint Vitus - 9/15/13
Portland psychedelic post-rock collective Grails are currently on the road with members Alex Hall and Emil Amos' other band Lilacs & Champagne and JR Robinson's Wrekmeister Harmonies, and they just brought that tour through NYC for a sold-out show at Saint Vitus on Sunday (9/15). They had some gear stolen a few nights earlier on the tour, which forced them to abbreviate their set, as they couldn't perform some of the songs they had planned. Pictures from the show (except Grails, because our photographer had to leave early) are in this post.
Lilacs & Champagne also play next month at Mexican Summer's two-day 5th anniversary celebration in Red Hook. More pics from Saint Vitus, plus videos of all three bands, below...
Spiritualized at Webster Hall last week (more by Greg Cristman)
Last week, we mentioned that Brooklyn label Mexican Summer would be throwing a fifth anniversary party in Red Hook (like Captured Tracks just did in Bushwick). It's since been announced that the festival will take place at Pioneer Works on October 11 and 12 and the lineup includes Ariel Pink (who just played Station to Station), the US debut of New Zealand's Connan Mockasin (who was supposed to play Station to Station, but dropped off), Spiritualized (who just played Webster Hall), Tamaryn, The Fresh & Onlys, No Joy, Quilt, Co La, Lilacs & Champagne, Happy Jawbone Family Band, Weyes Blood, Mike Wexler, Home Blitz, '80s-era cult psych-folk legend Bobb Trimble (who played NYC a couple times in the past year or so), '70s-era cult psych-folk legend Linda Perhacs (who makes her NYC debut at the show!), and Soldiers of Fortune (aka the "supergroup" of Papa Crazee, Mike Bones, Matt Sweeney, Barry London, Brad Truax, and Kid Millions, who will be doing a 2 hour jam sesh with special guests).
The fest also features an out-of-retirement performance by Lansing-Dreiden, the arty band led Jorge Elbrecht now of Violens. L-D only played a handful of shows in their original incarnation.
In addition to the festival, Mexican Summer is also celebrating their five-year anniversary with a new book. A press release states:
The five-year anniversary is commemorated by Mexican Summer: Five Years, a 250-page, 11x11" book limited to 1,000 copies. The book features unique and unseen art and ephemera, photos and written contributions from a host of Mexican Summer artists. Designed by longtime collaborator Dan Schechter, Mexican Summer: Five Years features an embossed cloth cover, screen-printed craft paper wrap, and three interior paper stocks.Full lineup below...
Accompanying the book is a 10" record of exclusive collaborations from Bay Of Pigs (Spiritualized, Soldiers of Fortune and Neil Hagerty), Jorge Elbrose (Jorge Elbrecht and Ariel Pink), Autre Ne Veut and Fennesz, Bobb Trimble and Quilt and The Lonely Sailor and Renée Mendoza Haran (members of Total Control, Lace Curtain and Ashrae Fax.) This music is exclusive to the book and will not be available digitally.
by Andrew Sacher
Grails at MusicFestNW 2011 (more by Autumn Andel)
Psychedelic post-rockers Grails are set to release their new album, Black Tar Prophecies Vol's 4, 5 & 6, on October 1 via Temporary Residence, and after already dropping one of its singles, "Self-Hypnosis," the band just let go of another one, "Invitation To Ruin." The new single stays true to the band's many flirtations with Eastern music, but unlike "Self-Hypnosis" and much of their other stuff, there's not much "rock" to be found here. It owes more to ambient soundscapes and eerie film scores, and can be streamed below.
Grails just kicked off their tour with related band Lilacs & Champagne (which includes Grails members Alex Hall and Emil Amos) and Wrekmeister Harmonies this week, and that tour comes to NYC this weekend for a show at Saint Vitus on Sunday (9/15). Tickets for Sunday's show are still available.
Updated tour dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
by Fred Pessaro
Om at the Met, July 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Al Cisneros of Om/Sleep/Shrinebuilder quietly released a pair of 7"s on his own Sinai imprint, but now is preparing to go wider with a new effort with Drag City. The solo venture features a pair of tracks on a 10", "Arc Procession"/"Jericho," and is very evocative of the material he has produced with Om, yet leaning heavier on the drone side. Stream the A-Side below alongside his entire solo discography.
In related news, Grails (which features Emil of Om) has also released a new track from their forthcoming Black Tar Prophecies 4,5,6 titled "Self-Hypnosis". Stream that below, and look for them on the road this fall.
Grails are readying Black Tar Prophecies Vol's 4, 5 & 6, due via Temporary Residence Limited on October 1. The release collects Black Tar IV, with their split with Pharoah Overlord (known as Black Tar V) and adds more tracks to the mix. Check out a typically amazing album trailer for the release below.
As mentioned, Grails are on tour with related band Lilacs & Champagne and Wrekmeister Harmonies this fall, hitting Saint Vitus on September 15 (tickets). Emil Amos plays a sold out show with Om this Friday (7/19) at Temple of Dendur.
by Andrew Sacher
Grails at MusicFestNW 2011 (more by Autumn Andel)
Psychedelic post-rock band Grails have been keeping pretty quiet lately, but they're finally ready to head out on the (silk) road again. The Portland band will be heading out with Grails members Alex Hall and Emil Amos' side project Lilacs & Champagne and JR Robinson's Wrekmeister Harmonies on a tour that comes to Brooklyn on September 15 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer, below.
For Lilacs & Champagne, the project that gives Alex and Emil a chance to take a break from all the raga rock and make something closer to trip hop, this will be their first tour ever. As mentioned, they released a new album, Danish & Blue, earlier this year, and have now just made a video for its track, "Sensations," which makes its premiere in this post. It's on the NSFW side and you can check it out below.
Grails also recently put out new material: the previously discussed fifth installment of their Black Tar Prophecies EPs, this one being a split with Pharaoh Overlord. The four songs that Grails contributed to the split are dark, atmospheric, and generally less heavy than some of their more recent stuff, like 2011's Deep Politics. You can stream the opening track, "Chariots," below, and the album is available for purchase at the Kemado webstore.
Meanwhile, earlier this month, Chicago's Wrekmeister Harmonies played a hometown show, and you can check out pictures on BV Chicago from that show. You can also check out a review of their new album on Invisible Oranges.
Video, song streams, tour schedule and flyer are below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Lilacs & Champagne, the hip-hop influenced project featuring members of Om/Grails/Holy Sons, have released another commercial for Danish & Blue, the band's new album due via Mexican Summer on April 23. The trippy, VHS-culled trailer (directed by Emil Amos) follows a prior trailer as well as a video for the single "Sour / Sweet," all available below.
Old school hip hop fans, don't be scared off by the band's pedigree; L&C can sit comfortably by some of the odder productions by MF Doom, Madlib and even early DJ Shadow and RJD2. Check out the single and trailers below.
Empress Of @ Glasslands, December 2012 (more by Robert Altman)
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You might want to stick around Pianos and catch theatrical Berlin singer Bonaparte who'll be performing with Corn Mo as well as his "divas."
Scottish indie rockers PAWS make their U.S. debut at Glasslands tonight and tickets are still available. You can also still enter to win a copy of their tour cassette (only 50 made). You can stream their debut album, Cokefloat!, below.
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Grails side project Lilacs & Champagne will return with their second album, Danish & Blue, in April. You can check out the video for first single, "Sweet/Sour," below.
New Zealand's The Phoenix Foundation will release their new album, Fandango, on May 14. You can watch the video to "The Captain" below.
R&B singer Jeremih teamed up with producer Shlohmo (who previously remixed Jeremih's "Fuck U All The Time") for their first official collaboration-- a new song written from scratch for Yours Truly's "Songs From Scratch" sessions. You can watch a video which splices interviews with the two artists and some clips of them in the studio below. The song, titled "Bo Peep," will be made available on March 19.
Art for the Lilacs & Champagne LP
It's nearly impossible to nail down a Grails release as far as influence is concerned; odd 70s soundtracks, prog, kraut-rock, post-rock, goth and dashes of metal all rear their head in every release in equal measure. Every song is a journey, a similar tactic employed on the new Lilacs & Champagne LP. The band, which features half of Grails including Emil Amos of Om/Holy Sons and Alex Hall, uses those influences as a jumping off point but explores psychedelia through the lens of hip hop, filtering the music as it might be envisioned by MF Doom, Madlib, J.Dilla, or The Alchemist.
In celebration of their debut release (out TODAY via Mexican Summer), Lilacs & Champagne have kindly shared a recent DJ set entitled Suicide Solution Vol.1 exclusively here. The record also features "Sensations", which also makes its debut here, as well as "Everywhere, Everyone" which is available in video form. Stream all songs/videos below.