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"Paul Simon, Lee Scratch Perry and Jimmy Cliff play blinding sets at Glastonbury Saga stage. All over 70 Tony Benn oldest at 95 !" - James Osborn
"Best thing musically I saw at Glastonbury was probably SBTRKT on the Friday night ...quality stuff." - Joshua Saunders
Glastonbury 2011 (via Glastonbury.fm)
Glastonbury Festival took place in Worthy Farm in Pilton, England this past weekend. Tons of artists from all different backgrounds played the festival. The festival featured guest appearances, secret sets, and other interesting occurrences. Here are a few of the highlights.
Headliner Beyonce played a hits-heavy set with some pretty interesting cover song choices (King of Leon's "Sex on Fire," Etta James' "At Last"). But more even more interestingly, Tricky joined her on stage for a pretty inexplicable guest appearance on "Baby Boy." The trip-hop pioneer took a mic and uttered some sparse vocals as Beyonce and her backup singers belted the song. Video of the performance is below.
Speaking of things related to Massive Attack and Glastonbury, UK DJ Nick Warren, who would regularly DJ for Massive Attack in the '90s, said "My Highlight of Glastonbury Festival was James Blake live." James's set included the track "CMYK" off the 2010 EP of the same name in addition to tracks off his 2011 self-titled album. Some might say James's set was even explosive:
James Blake at Glastonbury
Festival attendees who were not part of the 75,000 watching Beyonce may have ended up at The Streets' set which took place at the same time. The show was apparently one of the Mike Skinner's last, who recently announced a breakup. Unfortunately, The Streets recently cancelled a trip NYC, but maybe they'll reschedule before saying their final goodbye. Video of The Streets' Glastonbury performance below.
This year's secret shows included UK Glastonbury vets Pulp and Radiohead.
It was Pulp's fourth Glastonbury appearance but their first for nine years and as they came on stage, frontman Jarvis Cocker told the crowd: 'We couldn't think of anything to get you so we brought the sunshine.'Video and setlist of Pulp's performance (which Kate Moss did not witness) below.
After their set, which included some of their biggest hits including Disco 2000 and Common People, he added: 'Thanks Glastonbury, obviously it's been a very important place for us. When we played in '95 things took off for us and we went in a strange orbit around the earth, and now we're back home in one piece.' [Daily Mail]
Radiohead brought Portishead drummer Clive Deamer as a guest to play with Philip Selway. Their setlist was almost entirely made up of The King of Limbs and In Rainbows tracks, and recent non-album material, except for Amnesiac's "I Might Be Wrong." They also surprised fans of their earlier work by playing "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" as an encore. Video of "The Daily Mail" and "Bloom" and setlist below.
Cee Lo, unlike at Coachella, showed up on time for his set, which included a mix of his own material and Gnarls Barkley stuff. He also covered Black Sabbath twice. Big Boi got lost in London, but also ended up showing on time for his set. Like Cee Lo, he still embraces past projects and included a good amount of Outkast material. Big Boi-collaborator Janelle Monae played the festival too. Video of her performance of "Tightrope" below. Catch her and Cee Lo (but not Big Boi) for free at Afro-Punk in August.
Battles brought Matias Aguayo on stage to sing "Ice Cream," the song he recorded lead vocals for on their recently released Gloss Drop. Video below.
British folk/jazz legends Pentangle, who reunited in 2008 but have not been very busy since then, played the festival. Their lineup includes Bert Jansch who is currently a Drag City-recording artist and released The Black Swan on the label in 2006, over 30 years after Pentangle originally broke up. Lauren Laverne of BBC 6 interviewed the band. They talked about the resurgence of folk music and how Bert is a fan of Fleet Foxes (who also played Glastonbury). Video of the interview below.
SBTRKT at Glastonbury 2011 via facebook
SBTRKT, who visits NYC for the first time in July, played a live set (pictured above). His Young Turks labelmate Jamie xx (of The xx) played a set too. Jamie's "Far Nearer" single is on sale now. Pressings are limited. Check out a soundcloud stream of the track below.
Another UK post-dubstepper Jamie Woon played the festival. 3AM writes, "During my bum breaks, I caught Jamie Woon's set and it was fantastic. I've heard a lot about this chap, but haven't listened to his stuff before. Sitting in the middle of a field with a pounding head and cider was the perfect way to be introduced to Jamie's chilled but strong, powerful tunes."
Speaking of dubstep crossover, UK singer Katy B brought her dubstep-leaning pop to Glastonbury as well. She plays a private show in NYC tonight (6/27). It will be her first.
Little Dragon wowed the crowd, according to VH1 anyway:
For the UK at least, this performance of their new song "Ritual Union" is a real coming-out party for the band, who absolutely deserve to be heard on a much wider scale. It's really difficult to make smooth music work in the middle of the day at a big outdoor festival, but Little Dragon pulls it off in style.Video of that and their whole setlist is below.
UK anti-folkie Emmy the Great covered The Pixies' classic "Where Is My Mind" with help from Tim Wheeler of the punky brit-poppers Ash. Full setlist below.
On a more negative note,
A senior member of David Cameron's Tory constituency has been found dead in a portable toilet at the Glastonbury festival.---
Christopher Shale, the chairman of West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, suffered a heart attack, sources believe.
His body was found in a portable toilet in the backstage area, where many celebrities and performers stay.
A story in the Mail on Sunday contained leaked sections of a strategy document Shale had drafted for David Cameron, in which he said the party can be perceived as "crass" and "always on the take".
Avon and Somerset police confirmed that the body of a man in his mid-50s had been found in the backstage area. A woman was seen being comforted by officers.
His body was found at 8.45am. An area between the Pyramid stage and the Other stage has been cordoned off. [Guardian]
Videos, soundcloud streams, setlists, and other stuff below...
JEFF the Brotherhood @ DBA in 2011 (more by Leia Jospe)
Archers of Loaf @ Troubadour in LA (more by Andrew Youssef)
today in NYC
* NYC pride
* SSION @ Drom
* Undead Jazz Fest
* Blue Note Jazz Fest
* Matt Bauder @ Barbes
* John Zorn @ The Stone
* Golem @ Cameo Gallery
* Life in a Blender @ Barbes
* A Night in Treme @ Jazz Standard
* Indian, Bloodiest, Hallux @ Union Pool
* Mos Def @ Fort Greene Festival
* John Legend, Sade @ Prudential Center
* The Sounds of Taraab @ Barbes
* EMEFE, Chris Jackson @ Ars Nova
* The Americans UK, Asiko @ Zebulon
* The Sights, Des Roar @ Mercury Lounge
* John Moran & Saori @ Issue Project Room
* The CCB Reggae All-Stars @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Von Haze, Pumps, Columboid @ Saint Vitus
* Samiyam, Shlohmo, Shigeto @ Knitting Factory
* Fitz & The Tantrums DJ set @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Coathangers, Teen Witch, The NEC @ Cake Shop
* Jacques Renault, DJ SPUN, Greg Cuoco @ Cameo
* Janka Nabay @ Open Road Rooftop (Rooftop Films)
* The Elected, Tristen, Mike Bloom @ Knitting Factory
* Fucked Up, JEFF The Brotherhood, Iceage @ 285 Kent Ave
* Spectrum, Smith Westerns, Chairlift @ House of Vans
* Amanda Lepore & many special guests @ Highline Ballroom
* White Denim, Mazes, Widowspeak @ Bowery Ballroom
* Aaron Zimmer, The Last Royals, Apollo Run @ Bowery Electric
* K Holes, Call of the Wild, Heavenly Blows, Jailbait @ Union Pool
* Borgore, SKisM, Proper Villains, Snake Child @ Best Buy Theater
* Archers of Loaf, Mr. Dream, Sanaton @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Guardian Alien, TMEye, Zulus, Berstein Eilbacher Gartner @ Bruar Falls
* The Body, Assembly of Light Women's Choir, Work/Death @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Algernon Cadwallader, Snowing, 1994!, The Greek Favourites @ The Acheron
* Hanni El Khatib, Bass Drum of Death, Heavenly Blows, Web Dating @ Glasslands
* The Heavy, The London Souls, Superhuman Happiness @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Lee Fields & The Expressions, Fitz & The Tantrums, Andreya Triana, Rich Medina @ Central Park Summerstage
* New Zion Trio, Anthony Coleman Trio, Darius Jones Trio, Sylvie Courvoisier & Mark Feldman, Jeff Lederer's Sunwatcher (Undead Jazzfest) @ Littlefield
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Jesse Malin and Juliana Hatfield @ City Winery has been rescheduled for August 26.
This weekend is Wilco's Solid Sound Fest in MA.
DOWNLOAD: Little Dragon - "Nightlight (Unknown Mortal Orchestra Remix) (MP3)
I couldn't be happier to announce that BrooklynVegan will bring you Little Dragon at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday, August 16th! The one-off Brooklyn show will be in celebration of the band's amazing new album Ritual Union which now has a release date of July 26th. It's being released via Peacefrog/EMI. That's the cover art above.
Tickets for the Brooklyn show will go on presale at noon today (6/24) (the link will be live at that time). The password is ritualunionbk. If the fact that last time Little Dragon were here they sold out 3 shows of the same size is not proof enough that you should act quick, the first 100 ticket buyers will also get a prize to be picked up at the show. If you miss the presale, general sale begins at the same ticket link Wednesday at noon.
Get a taste of the new album now by listening to the first single "Nightlight" below. The Unknown Motal Orchestra remix of the same track can be downloaded above, and you can buy the song on iTunes. All tour dates (not many of them), also below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
DOWNLOAD: Little Dragon - "Nightlight (Unknown Mortal Orchestra Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Unknown Mortal Orchestra - "How Can U Luv Me" (MP3)
UMO @ Glasslands
Unknown Mortal Orchestra headlined Glasslands on 6/4. Headless Horseman, Balkans, and Fort Lean rounded out the rest of the bill. Despite some gear issues, UMO played an hour long set that concluded with "How Can U Luv Me" to a relatively full crowd. UMO is currrently prepping to release their self-titled debut on Fat Possum on 6/21. Stream three songs at the label site and download one above along with a remix the band did for Little Dragon.
The Glasslands show was one of two NYC dates for UMO, who played Webster Hall with their tour-mates Portugal The Man the night before. They'll return both venues in September while on tour with Toro Y Moi who headlines Webster Hall on 9/14. Ava Luna is also on the bill and tickets are still available. One day later, 9/15, UMO return to Glasslands for another headlining show. Tickets are on sale for that too.
UMO also has a bunch of dates scheduled with Yuck.. All dates and more pictures from Glasslands below...
DOWNLOAD: SBTRKT - "Wildfire" (Feat. Little Dragon) (MP3)
Little Dragon at MHOW in January (more by Brook Bobbins)
If you won't be able to make it out to Philly this Saturday (6/4) for The Roots Picnic, you're in luck because starting at 1PM a live webcast from the main stage will be streaming on Okayplayer (the website owned by The Roots) and XPN. The webcast will be hosted by Warren and XPN DJ Mike Vasilikos. Philly's DJ Afrodjiak will chat with artists throughout the day. Performances to be webcast include Little Dragon, The Dismemberment Plan, Ariel Pink, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Esperanza Spalding with The Roots, Wiz Khalifa, and Nas with The Roots. You can also catch videos of the performances at XPN and Philadelphia Music Magazine after the event.
Ariel Pink played Irving last night (6/2) and also plays a not-secret-anymore show at Santos tonight (6/3). Get tickets for the show now from Other Music.
The Roots Picnic is only one of a bunch of festival appearances Little Dragon will be making this summer (and fall). The band also plays Outside Lands, MusicfestNW, Moogfest, and a few others overseas. Their upcoming album Ritual Union now has a release date of July 12 via Peacefrog Records. Check out the track "Nightlight" and the artwork and tracklist below. Little Dragon also recently contributed to the song "Wildfire" off the UK producer SBTRKT's upcoming self-titled debut. Download the collaboration above.
All dates and Ritual Union stuff below...
Suicide at ATP 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
The initial lineup is out for this year's Moogfest, which is taking place in Asheville, NC on October 28-30. This year's lineup has some pretty impresive names including three pioneers of electronic music; Tangerine Dream, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Suicide, who are performing their highly influential 1977 self titled debut album in its entirety. The Flaming Lips, Crystal Castles, Little Dragon, Passion Pit, Toro y Moi, Chromeo, Austra, M83, Tim Hecker, and many others on there too. Tickets go on sale Saturday (6/4) at noon. Check out the full initial lineup and a video below.
Here is the initial lineup for Willamette Week's MusicfestNW, scheduled for Sept. 7-11, 2011 in Portland, Oregon, and it's pretty great. The multi-venue fest includes big outdoor performances by Band of Horses (Sunday, Sept. 11), Explosions in the Sky (Saturday, Sept. 10), and Iron & Wine (Friday, Sept. 9), in addition to shows with everyone from Archers of Loaf to Big Freedia to Butthole Surfers to Neurosis. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3rd. Check out the full list below...
The Outside Lands Festival, which runs from 8/12 - 8/14 in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, released their 2011 lineup in April (and now it's May, so consider this a catch up post). Tickets are on sale.
This year's fest will appearances from The Shins, Muse, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, Phish (two sets), !!!, Erykah Badu, Big Audio Dynamite (who played Coachella and are also playing Lollapalooza), Girl Talk and many more. The full lineup is below.
today in NYC
* Nymph @ The Stone
* Juan Maclean @ Kush
* Bushwalla @ The Rock Shop
* Brother, The Dig @ Maxwell's
* Furthur @ Radio City Music Hall
* Diehard @ Goodbye Blue Monday
* Bill Carney's Jug Addicts @ Barbes
* Depressed Buttons @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The O'Farrill Brothers Band @ Barbes
* Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
* The Drums, Big Troubles @ Tribeca Grand
* Big Daddy Kane, Brand Nubian @ Southpaw
* Danielson, Out Fighting @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Thin Lizzy, Bear Hands @ Best Buy Theater
* White Out with Thurston Moore @ The Stone
* J Mascis, Kurt Vile @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Bajzel, Desert Stars, The Plushies @ The Gutter
* The Wood Brothers, Carsie Blanton @ City Winery
* Luff, Street Chant, Pint Shot Riot @ The Rock Shop
* Life in a Blender, The Debutante Hour @ Joe's Pub
* Joy By Proxy, Gabriel Miller-Phillips, SRI @ Zebulon
* Violent Bullshit, Open Ocean, Bubbles @ Union Pool
* Tog, Religious To Damn, Happy New Year @ Cake Shop
* Pterodactyl, PC Worship, Man Forever @ Death By Audio
* Capsule, Divorce Money, Close-Mouthed @ The Acheron
* The Wellington Papers, Spirit Animal @ Mercury Lounge
* Enid Ellen, Nathan Carrera, Nicholas Gorham @ Joe's Pub
* Les Chauds Lapins, Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra @ 92YTribeca
* Jacuzzi Boys, Web Dating, Outer Minds, Sleepies @ Bruar Falls
* Little Daggers, Wild Yaks, Steel Phantoms, Open Ocean @ Coco 66
* Light Asylum, Banjo Or Freakout, Shams, Ego Puppets @ Glasslands
* Ghost Ghost, Wojcik, Steel Phantoms, Hooray For Goodbye @ Pianos
* Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Those Darlins @ Bowery Ballroom
* Gatekeeper, StreetWalker, Innergaze (Pendu Disco) @ Secret Project Robot
* The So So Glos, Darlings, Snakes Say Hisss, Sundelles, Teen Witch @ 285 Kent Ave
* Mos Def, Ruby Dee, Gary Bartz @ Highline Ballroom
* Queens Of The Stone Age (playing "Queens Of The Stone Age" in its entirety) @ Terminal 5
* Original Innocence (a rock opera conceived by Dave Nuss and Eric Sanders) @ Issue Project Room
* If By Yes w/ Petra Haden, Yuka Honda, Shimmy & Yuko of Cornelius, Nels Cline, more, Summer Fiction @ Mercury Lounge
* Helmet, Saint Vitus, Crowbar, Kylesa, Red Fang, Howl, The Atlas Moth (The Metalliance Tour) @ Irving Plaza
* C. Spencer Yeh, Aaron Moore, Ignaz Schick, Goblin War, Barry Weisblat, Marcia Bassett, Bob Bellerue @ Silent Barn
* Ben Rubin, Scott Metzger, Josh Dion, Jonah Smith, Caleb Hawley, Wes Hutchinson, Will Knox, Ross Andrews Project, Adam Tressler @ Rockwood Music Hall
Both Helmet and QOTSA are performing classic albums in full tonight in NYC.
Little Dragon recently paid a visit to PS22 in Staten Island. Video below...
Full press release below...
photos by Brook Bobbins
Miami New Times: The third Little Dragon album is half-done, right? How far along is the writing and recording?Ritual Union won't be here in April and May but Little Dragon will be back in NYC tonight (1/24) to play their 3rd sold out show in a row. The guitarless band played Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (1/20) and Bowery Ballroom on Friday (1/21) after an appearance on East Village Radio.
Yukimi Nagano: All the songs are there. It's just waiting to be mastered. We want release it this spring and we can't wait! It will be called Ritual Union.
In the past, you've said, "We're a strictly no-guitar band." Does that mean Little Dragon is totally anti-guitar?
Yukimi Nagano: None of us plays guitar very well, so that's one reason. I guess we just feel like there are so many guitar bands out there. And we haven't felt inspired to have any guitars on any songs. The third album has no guitars. One day after a lot practice, maybe we'll make some kind of a guitar jam. Who knows? We try to stay open-minded!
Theophilus London joined the Swedes for both shows and will join them for the third time tonight. He also
promises a "big headline" date to be announced "soon" is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 14th (tickets will be on sale soon). Theophilus will release a new EP, Lovers Holiday, on February 8th.
Brook Bobbins followed Little Dragon from Bowery soundcheck to East Village Radio and back to Bowery. His pictures of the whole day and some videos are below...
Little Dragon's previously mentioned NYC shows at Bowery Ballroom (1/21) and Music Hall of Williamsburg (1/20) have almost sold out, so they added a third at Bowery Ballroom (1/24). Tickets for the new one will go on sale soon. All three shows are being opened by Theophilus London.
Little Dragon's new album, Ritual Union, will see the light of day in April or May. Their last album, Machine Dreams, was released all the way back in 2009, but they have a new video for a song from that album. The song is "My Step", and you can watch the video, with all tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Little Dragon @ Le Poisson Rouge in 2009 (more by Matthew Taplinger)
Little Dragon announced an early 2011 US tour promoting the release of their upcoming third full length album. The tour makes two stops in New York at Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 20 and Bowery Ballroom on January 21. Tickets are on sale. No openers mentioned yet.
Little Dragon are currently on an international tour (Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand) supporting the Gorillaz, whose most recent album Plastic Beach features Little Dragon on two tracks; "Empire Ants" and "To Binge." LD vocalist Yukimi Nagano also performs both songs live with the band (you may have seen her do it at MSG or on Letterman).
Speaking of Gorillaz, Damon Albarn has announced not only an upcoming Gorillaz album, but two other albums as well. According to an interview with Stuff, Albarn has plans for a second album by The Good, The Bad, & The Queen, and for an album by a new band he's a part of. The new band features Tony Allen (also of The Good, The Bad, & The Queen), Flea, and some of Albarn's "favourite African musicians will be involved also."
Stuff also asked Albarn if Blur, who released a DVD documentary this year, have any plans for a world tour or new album. Albarn responded, "There won't be another world tour for me - for anything - for five to six years; it would seem unlikely. I have a young daughter and it's just not feasible, it's too long away from home. This has been great, but it's too much after a while and so, no, there won't be any tours for me for a while, I should think."
Albarn has also been recording a new Gorillaz album on tour with his iPad. He told NME "I've made it on an iPad - I hope I'll be making the first record on an iPad," he said. "I fell in love with my iPad as soon as I got it, so I've made a completely different kind of record." Albarn wants to release the album "before Christmas."
Gorillaz recorded a new single "Doncamatic" with British R&B singer Daley which will be officially released on November 22 in three formats. The CD version also includes a Joker remix of the song, the iTunes EP adds the third track "Album Mix Tape," and the 7 inch single is "Doncamatic" with the Paul Harris remix of "Empire Ants" on side B. All three formats are currently available for pre-order. There's also a video for the song. You can watch it below.
Little Dragon also recently collaborated with Dave Sitek on one of the tracks off this year's Maximum Balloon release. Sitek more recently remixed the track "Be Africa" by France's Bibi Tanga . It has nothing to do with anything really, but it's being offered as a free download, so grab that mp3 above.
The Gorillaz video and all tour dates below...
photos by Bao Nguyen
"If anyone tells you the Gorillaz show at MSG on Friday was anything less than incredible, they're lying to you. Some bands you wish to see in their earlier stages, but now is the time to see Gorillaz. They have never been better, and there's no guarantee they can top this. This is their prime time, and the brilliance of their collaborative musical geniuses was amplified in concert. Not only did we see Damon Albarn in flesh - a personal idol - but he was accompanied by the incredible artists that were featured on Plastic Beach: Mos Def, Lou Reed, Bobby Womack, De La Soul, Little Dragon, members of The Clash, etc. Co-creator of Gorillaz, visual man Jamie Hewlett also peeped out from backstage to say hello - to whom Damon planted a big ol' kiss. The entire show was almost too epic to be true... You know when all your favorite superheroes get together and form a league? That is what this was. And this 'league' leader, frontman Damon Albarn, was clearly having the time of his life. He was constantly dancing, jumping around, running around the stage, hugging people - never keeping still unless he was playing the piano. Reminded us of his good old Blur days, sigh. They played almost all of their latest album and included old time favorites like "Clint Eastwood" and "Feel Good Inc."" [morningafterpills]After launching their tour in Boston, Gorillaz and N.E.R.D. played the giant NYC room that is Madison Square Garden on Friday night (10/8). As the quote above points out, there were many special guests in the house, some of whom are on the whole tour and some who just stopped by for the New York show (like Jay-Z though he was just there to watch).
More pictures, some videos and the full show setlist, below...
N.E.R.D. in Times Square (photo by Matt Kole)
Gorillaz play Boston on Wednesday (10/6) to kick off of the US leg of the Escape to Plastic Beach World Tour, hitting MSG two days later. Tickets are still available. The live band, led by Damon Albarn, will also be joined by a killer lineup up special guests including De La Soul, Little Dragon, Bobby Womack, as well as Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of The Clash. AND, to quote the legendary Onyx, "buh-buh-buh-wait-gets worse!", as N.E.R.D. will join Gorillaz as opener on all dates.
Opening with "Hot N Fun" and ending with "Lap Dance", N*E*R*D* played a three-song pop-up "show" on 9/23 in Times Square as part of a Honda promotion. A pic from that appearance is above and video from that show (as well as all tour dates) are below.
photos by Rachel Carr, words by Daiana Feuer
The third and final round of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival was funky, and not just because the port-a-potties reeked. Keeping a loose theme every day (see Friday & Saturday), Sunday focused on relentless rhythm and groovy basslines. The absolute golden moment belonged to Yo La Tengo's blistering final song. Rhythm that revels in repetition + guitar that tries to destroy itself = wee mind blown. Sometimes the moodiest things are the most uplifting.
Thom Yorke brought his dancing shoes, his favorite Flea, and Nigel Godrich. His band Atoms For Peace played almost every song off The Eraser, many of which featured strong world rhythm sections. When Yorke didn't have a guitar in hand, he danced, whirled, and punched the air like he was rehearsing a scene from Fame. We wanted a high kick, but it didn't arrive. King Khan & The Shrines, on the other hand, featured legs flying all over the place, DJ Lance Rock and Yo Gabba Gabba characters, burning money, as well as a visit from the police-who crept on stage to snap pictures. Probably the first time Khan runs into cops and doesn't leave wearing cuffs. Sunny Day Real Estate had the audience offering bids to buy property, and Phoenix had people choking on dinner as they tried to dance and eat at the same time.
King Khan Gabba Gabba
Not every Julian Casablancas song captivated, but his band delightfully binged on rhythms. Each musician had a personal backbeat player supporting each fill. The drummer plus his sidekick especially sounded great. Matt & Kim's ebullient smiles inspired chaos in the audience, as usual. Mayer Hawthorne and the County revived Motown soulful brassiness and covered Biz Markie's "Just a Friend." The Big Pink played some new songs from next year's album, reaching out for Depeche Mode with a drummer in a pink bathing suit. Electro sweet popper Little Boots forgot her pants as well, wearing a sparkly shirt and knickers, and played with the lasers on stage. Charlotte Gainsbourg inaugurated her "first tour, first everything" with a feminine "Candy-O" sensibility, sometimes in French. Florence & the Machine rounds out the great lady performances of the day, and brought on Nathan Willett of Cold War Kids.
All clad in white, France's DJ ego-powers Club 75 demonstrated the ability to cooperate together with just a few elbows thrown. Cassius, Justice, Busy P, and DJ Mehdi still use CD's (so old school), and took turns passing on the headphones between them and finishing each other's remix sentences, trading places at each station. Backstage security bobbed along while staying tough. When it was their turn, Rusko turned the Sahara tent into a mechazoid robot battle and Orbital live-produced virtual reality anthems for Satan wearing Matrix miner lights around their heads. Infected Mushroom instructed on the benefits of "Becoming Insane" flanked by two mushrooms with red eyes.
The Middle East should not be confused with The Soft Pack, formerly The Muslims. The former may be from Australia but it sounds like a back porch band from Woodstock, and the latter offers a "Parasite" infestation that's as pure as sunshine and a neat drum set up that packs a giant tom punch. What appears as regular rock on headphones reveals its brilliance when experienced live. One of the strangest live moments of the festival belongs to Sly Stone, who played four hours late and on the wrong stage. He bitched, he slurred, he cursed, lay down, walked off, stopped songs and good grief, made a total mess of himself. But that's rock and roll.
Sly Stone made history look unable to get past its youthful drug phase, but Jonsi, Pavement, and Spoon come from a music scene that did a little bit less cocaine. Jonsi repped the awesomeness of Sigur Rós and great hats. Steve Patterson of White Rabbits joined Britt Daniels and the rest of Spoon to add percussion on "I Turn My Camera On". Spoon's tour-mate Bradford Cox (who played earlier in the day in Deerhunter) also joined Spoon on stage, like he did on their recent Kimmel appearance. Pavement ran through the hits during one of their first U.S. shows since reuniting. "That's the 90's in a nutshell," said Stephen Malkmus after the angsty "Unfair"...
"...Pavement, the iconic slacker band of the '90s, who took the main stage against what turned out to be one of the fest's chief attractions, the finally wildly popular French dance-rock band Phoenix, who wowed possibly the biggest crowd of the entire fest ... while Pavement played to a field half-full of true believers rather than the massive throngs many expected, and thought the band deserved.Virtual Snoop Dogg introduced the Gorillaz set, but Blur's Damon Albarn appeared in the flesh, with a few special guests including Paul Simonon, Mick Jones, De La Soul-who kicked their own old school jams earlier in the day-and Little Dragon's Yukimi. One unique rhythm transcended the next, showing the mutability of hip hop and dance music. And then that was it, suddenly. The festival ended and tens of thousands of people started wondering where they left their car keys...
No matter, though. Pavement still delivered a set that vindicated the group of prior crimes -- namely a Coachella performance near the end of their career so notoriously bad, many in attendance point to it as the moment the band decided to break up.
This night, however, they were tight, they were loud, and they sounded large on that vast field -- an odd statement, given the fact that in their heyday they were far more known for being introspectively small rather than arena-ready..." [The OC Register]
Radiohead Peppers For Peace
Daiana's Weekend Top 10:
1. Yo La Tengo's last song
2. Little Dragon's Yukimi
3. Gossip leading a revolution
4. Thom Yorke dancing to African rhythms
5. PiL giving a history lesson
6. Sly Stone wigging out
7. Bouncing penises + fat people in undies (Die Antwoord + Major Lazer)
8. Devo putting on the hats that ushered in modern pop culture for "Whip It"
9. John Waters corrupting many young minds
10. The Gorrilaz lyric: "Super fast jellyfish going super fast. You can't even see him but you wanna eat him."
Owen Pallett, Local Natives, Miike Snow, and Yann Tiersen also played the fest Sunday. Gary Numan was among those who couldn't. Reviews & pictures from Day One, HERE and Day Two, HERE. Setlists (Thom Yorke and Pavement), pictures, and videos from Day Three, below...
photos by Rachel Carr, words by Daiana Feuer
Jay-Z, Beyonce & Johnny Rotten
This year, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival reveals that tattoos are more ubiquitous among social scenes than ever before. A walking museum of quotes and legendary faces from Jesus to Michael Jackson decorates the backs, shoulders, calves and fingers of people fashionably reliving their favorite historical decades at this heat-stroke inducing music marathon.
I thought Wale didn't show up, but later found out that he showed up late. Baroness demonstrated the art of rocking out at least three to five times before each song reached a satisfied climax. Metal can be a real turn on, especially surrounded by sweaty good-looking people. Deer Tick performed an R+B version of "Ashamed" followed by John McCauley caressing his nipples. LA band Iglu and Hartly had enthusiasm, but is this Mickey Avalon without the drugs and prostitutes? Which leaves what? Sleigh Bells began with a booty melting bass line palpable from the VIP section across the field, soon overtaken by hipster hop metal pop for people that like beaches and children. The Avett Brothers made an exciting second Coachella appearance on the Outdoor Stage. Two years ago, the band played Sunday gospel time, all manners and simplicity, but the Bros returned with a full band, and a few thousand people singing every word, stomping to the banjo, and hugging during the sweet parts. The banjo will take over America. Just wait. Country music is infiltrating avant-garde and above ground indie worlds alike.
Standing midway between the big stages, just a few feet from yet another girl with the words "Have u seen my friend Molly?" scrawled on her back, the Avett Brothers' heart-wrenching "January Wedding" got a reggaeton remix from Calle 13 booming on the Main Stage. This Puerto Rican dancefloor marvel used a tea kettle for a mic effect, and taught the audience to say "No me jodas las pelotas" against negativity ("Don't fuck my balls"). Speaking of balls, Yeasayer's crowd went absolutely nuts screaming, but the guys barely seemed aware, transported as they were to some space station cloud. The harmonies rocked like angelic aliens-but, smile, guys. Hockey demonstrated a genuine interest in moving indie rock standards forward, especially attracting the PG-13 festival contingency. M. ward raspy singing "Roll Over Beethoven" during She & Him's set delivered tingly shivers, but Zooey Deschanel's approach to "I Put A Spell On You" did not crumble souls. Her jazzy voice and bouncy energy otherwise made for a good time that elicited repetitive shouts of "I Love You!" from the first row.
Music should be at least marginally weird or infinitely classic, but Tom Morello's band, Street Sweeper Social Club, brings nothing new to either category and so seems a waste of great musicians. Get weird or the future will never arrive. That being said, the musicians Coachella digs up from history often present the most exciting moments. Rock steady ska pioneers The Specials sent a crispy, warm message to Rudy that every witness appreciated immensely, but it was outrageous that barely any photographers showed up for Gil Scott-Heron's smooth, soulful set [editor's note: ours did!]. The man is partly responsible for getting Martin Luther King, Jr. a holiday, godfathered hip hop, and that doesn't merit attention? A large crowd attended his every word, but the photos won't show it. Later on, James Murphy screamed Gil Scott-Heron's name during "Losing My Edge" as if it were the name of God. Glad he gets it. LCD Soundsystem's first single in 2002, "Losing My Edge" is a historical document worth preserving for the ages, an essence that speaks to what Coachella seems bent on capturing and rewriting every year. Echo & The Bunnymen rode the high-hat zealously-as many have copied since-giving chapped lips sugar kisses. Public Image, Ltd., could not take Jay-Z's audience away from him nor unglue Fever Ray fans from Karin Dreijer Andersson's encompassing fog spell, but I'll be damned if PiL wasn't the best show all day. John Lydon's hair stood on edge and he rolled his rrrr's heroically. His gang of old men put the good junk in post-punk.
As this first 12 hour music summary comes to a close, a few acts remain worth giving a hoot about. Grizzly Bear's hypnotic power hardly needs mentioning and Vampire Weekend knows you love "Horchata." New cool La Roux magnetizes with a disco flavor that Anita Ward might approve. As hoped, Little Dragon's gentle fire breathing soul pop fronted by Yukimi's sexy voice and adorable stage presence comes in as Friday's second favorite. The music's weird enough, bent on discovering surprises. One-woman band Imogen Heap, as well, is the queen of surprises. She moves around her instruments, looping this and dubbing that as if casually mixing a magic potion or prepping a sandwich. Jay-Z's "On To The Next One" is an appropriate theme song for the attention span needed to get your money's worth at Coachella. And then Beyonce came out. We all bowed down before her short shorts.
Them Crooked Vultures, Passion Pit, Dillinger Escape Plan, Yo Gabba Gabba, and The Whitest Boy Alive also played sets on Friday. The Cribs were among those who could not. Coachella continues for a second day today/Saturday (Record Store Day). More pictures and videos and stuff from the first day, below...
photos by Gabi Porter
On February 17, 2010, British singer VV Brown made her [Manhattan] live debut at the Hiro Ballroom. Her music can definitely be described as the answer to the mathematical equation: Amy Winehouse + Duffy / Estelle. For those who have no idea what I am talking about, her music has that throwback to the 60s girl groups sound, mixed with a little rock and reggae. Her debut album, Travelling Like The Light, was released in 2009 on the Universal label to much success overseas, but as usual, the United States is a little bit late to the game. In the new decade, the label is giving her a big push (by way of song product placement in shows such as Desperate Housewives and CSI: New York) and it seems their efforts are paying off in a big way. She's pretty, she's talented and she knows how to charm a crowd. [according2g]VV Brown played NYC shows on February 15th and 17th, at Brooklyn Bowl and Hiro Ballroom, respectively.
Before the NY dates, VV played some gigs on the West Coast. Both picture sets below are from her LA shows: the first pics were taken at Spaceland on January 29th, and the second are from the next night at Bardot.
VV Brown has more North American tour dates scattered through February, March and April - some of which are with Swedish electo band Little Dragon. They'll both be at Music Hall of Williamsburg for a show on Thursday, March 25th. Tickets are still on sale.
Little Dragon, who are on tour in the US this March and April, also play March 27th at Mercury Lounge. Tickets TBA. Little Dragon appear on two songs on the forthcoming Gorillaz album, Plastic Beach, out March 9th on Parlophone/Virgin. Both will be at Coachella this April. More info on that new record is here.
All dates and more pictures are below...
words by BBG, photos by Meghan McInnis
Spoon you rock rocked Mercury Lounge tonite and I thank you for it - [noise64]If you got in line early yesterday afternoon (as early as 1PM from some reports), or were one of the lucky few to get advanced tickets, then you were able to catch Spoon at Mercury Lounge last night (1/21) with Mahogany. The show was one of a few the band has played in the past week leading up to release of their new album Transference (stream it), including El Cid in LA, The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (video below), and many others, continuing at Waterloo Records in Austin,TX at 4PM on Monday, 1/25/10.
Spoon is scheduled to play one slightly less intimate show in NYC at Radio City Music Hall with Deerhunter ON 3/26 (tix), but Spoon frontman Britt Daniel will do double time this weekend by playing Sound Fix on Saturday (1/23) during day before hitting MHOW later that night with a star-studded lineup. That show, featuring appearances from Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), St. Vincent, Zach Galifianakis, Janeeane Garofalo, Wyatt Senac, John Shade, host Bobby Tisdale (just added) and others as part of a benefit for Haiti. Tickets go on sale at noon for $35, and $40 at the door (if there are any left). 100% of the proceeds to go to Haiti.
Spoon is also on board to play Coachella along with Pavement, Faith No More, Jay-Z and a host of others.
More pics from Mercury Lounge, the setlist, and video from their appearance on The Tonight Show are all below....
Wow...Public Image Ltd, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Grace Jones, Fever Ray, Devo, Hot Chip, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, Mew, Camera Obscura, Gil Scott-Heron, The xx, John Waters, Dillinger Escape Plan, Deer Tick, Gary Numan... Full Coachella 2010 lineup below....
Little Dragon is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 25th. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).
The Morning Benders are playing Mercury Lounge on April 22nd. Tickets are on sale.
Shearwater are playing Bowery Ballroom on March 27th. Tickets are on AmEx presale (@ noon)
Tickets are on AmEx presale (@ noon) for the Kaki King shows at Bowery Ballroom & Music Hall of Williamsburg.
The Hot Rats play Bowery Ballroom on Thursday
Greg Dulli's Top Ten of 2009: (via)
1. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
2. Little Dragon - Machine Dreams
3. Tinariwen - Imidiwan: Companions
4. Wussy - Wussy
5. Various Artists - Gilles Peterson Presents Havana Cultura
6. Bat For Lashes - Two Suns
7. Handsome Furs - Face Control
8. The Aliens - Luna
9. Dam-Funk - Toeachizown
10. Kid Cudi - Man On the Moon: The End of Day
photos by Matthew Taplinger
Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.
A set of pictures from a Little Dragon show at Le Poisson Rouge are continued below...
Crystal Fighters looking sexy in the woods
Crystal Fighters - 2009 NYC Tour DatesThe Kitsune-signed, London-Based (but from Spain) electronica band Crystal Fighters (not to be confused with Crystal Castles, Stilts, Antlers, or Skulls) are kicking of a three night run of shows in NYC tonight (11/19). NYC dates above. Videos, flyers and all tour dates below....
Thursday Nov 19 @ Santos Party House
Friday Nov 20 @ Glasslands w/ Tanlines & Lemonade
Saturday Nov 21 @ Le Poisson Rouge w/ Little Dragon & Body Language
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
"Central Park SummerStage is a tradition in New York, one in which music lovers flock to in order to catch a free show from an array of artists. This past weekend Q-Tip took to the stage, after performances by openers Benji B, Little Dragon and Max and D.A. of pop band Chester French and rocked the park at the Giant Step sponsored event.Saturday's show in Central Park happened at the same time as the Siren Festival in Coney Island. More pictures and a bunch of videos from it, below...
The 'Renaissance Man' ran through his set with the energy and exuberance he's known for but it was his impromptu dance partner who stole the show.
While fans surely won't forget the SummerStage performances of Tribe classics, including 'Bonita Applebum,' 'Award Tour' and 'Sucka N---a,' it was Diddy's participation on Tip's solo hit 'Vivrant Thing' that made the crowd go wild. Sean "Diddy" Combs took it back to the '90s with the Puff Daddy two-step/shuffle as he danced alongside Tip. Anything and everything can happen in New York!" [The Boombox]