Entries tagged with: MEN (Le Tigre)
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Cansei de Ser Sexy @ Webster Hall
CSS played a headlining show at Webster Hall on 10/22, joined by their tourmates MEN, and EMA (who played other shows while she was here), and Mykki Blanco. The tour concludes with a trio of dates in Texas this week (which means don't expect to see JD Samson in the crowd at Death By Audio tonight). Pictures from the CMJ show at Webster are in this post, and they continue below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
JD Samson @ Brooklyn Museum
The first part of this post's headline is the title of a SPIN article. Here's a snippet:
"Musicians are particularly vulnerable to anti-gay sentiment because, says Ejeris Dixon of the New York City Anti-Violence Project, they "become representations of their communities. When people are attacking public figures, it's a way of sending a broader message of homophobia, transphobia, racism, and all these forms of discrimination that can be a way of really fostering a homophobic and transphobic culture. They're attractive as targets as a message to our community."The second part of this post's headline refers to a related article on Huffington Post written by JD Samson who says, among other things:
As a result, bashing is not uncommon in the non-mainstream music world (we'll call it "indie" here, with the knowledge that Merritt, who has released records on the Warner Bros.-affiliated Nonesuch, wouldn't approve of such a tag). This sphere has more out figures than virtually any other major art form, except possibly theater: [Stephin] Merritt, Beth Ditto, Antony Hegarty, Mark Eitzel, Tegan & Sara, Bloc Party's Kele Okereke, Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste, Le Tigre's JD Samson, Sigur Ros' Jonsi Birgisson, Wild Flag's Carrie Brownstein, Patrick Wolf, Ani DiFranco, Owen Pallett, the Hidden Cameras' Joel Gibb, and Bob Mould (who is comfortable enough to detail his 45th birthday present to himself -- a male escort -- in his recently published memoir See a Little Light)."
"This summer I tried to rent an apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The process sent me into an emotional crisis and awakened me into a whole new realization of our economy, the music industry at large and, more specifically, what it means to be a queer artist in 2011.Last but not least, this post also contains a set of unpublished MEN pictures from that Brooklyn Museum show. That's the JD Samson band MEN, not to be confused with The Men. The pictures continue below...
I spent days trolling around Williamsburg, looking at shitty apartments with cockroaches lining the doorways, fighting neighbors, rats in the ceiling, bedbugs infesting the linoleum floors, fifth-floor walk-ups and cat-pee-soaked carpets. The rent was exorbitant, availability was scarce, and I was turned down by two different landlords for being "freelance." To be honest, I don't blame them. Not only am I freelance, but I'm lesbian freelance. Double whammy. What was the reason they turned me down? Because it was easier to rent to a rich, trust-fund, straight-guy banker who wants to live in the coolest borough in the world? Because when he met me he saw a tattooed gender outlaw who makes "queer electronic punk music" and isn't sure when the next check is going to come in? Yeah, I don't blame him. He doesn't give a shit about how kids email me all the time thanking me for keeping them from committing suicide. It's not part of his capitalist business practice. "
EMA at Mercury Lounge last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
EMA just made a ton of noise on her tour that ended last week in Canada after NYC shows at Mercury and Glasslands. After a short break, she'll head back on the road for an international tour in September and October. Those new dates include opening slots on the recently announced Wild Beasts tour and the CSS tour with MEN. She'll open the CSS/MEN NYC date on October 22 at Webster Hall. Tickets are still on sale. (Note: that now means three bands on the bill with three letter all-caps names).
All dates and some videos below...
DOWNLOAD: CSS - "Hits Me Like A Rock" (feat. Bobby Gillespie) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: CSS - "Hits Me Like A Rock" (Dillon Francis Remix) (MP3)
photos by Andrew St. Clair
CSS @ Bowery Ballroom
The last time we mentioned CSS, they had no North American dates announced. Since then, they've added a string of North American dates with fellow party starters MEN in October, including October 22 at Webster Hall. Tickets ($20 advanced) go on sale Friday (7/8) at noon. All dates are listed below.
CSS have a new single, "Hits Me Like A Rock," off their upcoming album La Liberacion. The track features Bobby Gillespie (of Primal Scream). Grab the MP3 and a Dillon Francis remix of the same track above.
All tour dates, and a yet another set of pictures from their Bowery Ballroom show in May with Sleigh Bells and Princeton, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
MEN @ a museum
"The pop trio MEN, fronted by the former Le Tigre member JD Samson, made a triumphant return home recently with a performance at the Williamsburg Hall of Music. In cheekily full frontal fashion, they opened their set wearing a bright pink, three-helmet contraption that connected the trio with rods into a triangle formation. When not attached at the head with her bandmates, Samson leaped around the stage, enthusiastically leading the frenzied audience through song after song of electronic, danceable fun, and interlacing the carefree tracks with messages of radical politics and feminism." [NY Times]That NY Times blurb refers to the April Brooklyn show. On Friday, May 13th, MEN got a bit more dressed up (as you can see above) for their headlining gig at the fancier Brooklyn Museum where they played a free-with-museum-admission show along with Savoir Adore. More pictures from that function, below...
Brooklyn Museum in bloom (more by Chris La Putt)
Moby will be the focus of an event tonight (5/12) at the Brooklyn Museum. the electronic musician will be interviewed and will discuss Destroyed, his new LP and photography book of the same name. The event will feature a live interview with John Schaefer of WNYC's Soundcheck and New Sounds, in addition to a performance of Destroyed material, "currently the only scheduled performance in the US". In addition, Moby will screen some self-directed/produced videos from his Be The One EP. Tickets are still available and are $10, or $6 for members and cultural colleagues. In addition, you can purchase a ticket with signed copies of both his book and CD before it comes out (on Monday, 5/16). Check out a new video for Moby's "The Day" on youtube.
The Moby event takes place the day before the FREE MEN/Savoir Adore show at Brooklyn Museum which is part of the Audiophile series that Theophilus London plays on 6/10, and which MNDR played last time. The show is also one of a few upcoming Savoir Adore dates that Bill also talked about in This Week In Indie.
In other Brooklyn Museum show news, Blitz The Ambassador will bless the venue on Saturday June 4th at 5PM as part of the next Target First Saturday (the museum's monthly free Saturday night event). June 4th's theme is Afro-Latin Roots, and Ghanian artist Blitz will be performing a hip-hop set with The Embassy Ensemble. Also on the agenda is a DJ set by the incomparable DJ Spinna (8-10pm) and a set from Cuban musician Juan-Carlos Formell (9pm). The event is free, though "some Target First Saturday programs have limited space available and are ticketed on a first-come, first-served basis."
Blitz is also playing the Lincoln Center Out Of Doors festival on Aug 7th at Damrosch Park Bandshell with Spoek Mathambo and Iyadede. Blitz The Amabassador played SOB's last week in celebration of his new LP Native Sun, out now.
A video stream of Blitz The Ambassador's Native Sun LP in full and a recent Moby vid with Heather Graham is below.
DOWNLOAD: New Villager - "Lighthouse" (Punches Remix) (MP3)
MNDR at Terminal 5 (more by Brook Bobbins)
The L Magazine kicks off a three-date monthly series called Audiophile at Brooklyn Museum on Friday (4/15). The inaugural date will feature appearancess by MNDR and New Villager at the museum starting at 7PM, with a round of free "cocktails compliments of Brooklyn Republic Vodka" until 8PM. The show is FREE with admission to the museum.
Brooklyn's own Punches recently dressed up the New Villager track "Lighthouse" for a remix which premieres in this post. Download it above. Stream it below. The New Villager LP, due via IAMSOUND, drops on 8/16. Check out the remix, as well as the original video for "Lighthouse" and a recent video for Theophilus London's "Why Even Try", below.
DOWNLOAD: Making Friendz - Situation (MP3)
Making Friendz aka Tami Hart
MEN (featuring JD Samson of Le Tigre) started a tour at Bowery Ballroom back in March. That tour ends tonight, April 7th, at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn with opening sets by Australia's Romy and No Bra (who literally wears no bra, or shirt even). Tickets are still available for tonight's show and I have a pair you can win. Details below.
MEN bassist Tami Hart is otherwise known as Making Friendz, who used to be signed to Kathleen Hanna's Mr. Lady Records, and is now signed to Brooklyn's Last Bummer Records who are releasing her next album, Social Life, on 6/21. The first track from that high energy "sweet, sweaty mixture of lo-fi punk and glossy pop, R&B and disco" is called "Situation" (hopefully not a reference to Jersey Shore). You might remember dancing to the song at one of Tami's live shows, or heard the demo on MySpace, but now the album-ready, studio-recorded and mastered version is finished, and it makes its first appearance in this post. Download it above. Stream it below.
Some videos and the contest details below too...
DOWNLOAD: MEN - "Off Our Backs" Lemonade Remix (MP3)
Talk About Body art
Men will welcome their debut LP Talk About Body on Feb 1st of the new year, via Iamsound, following it up with seven weeks of touring:
We tried to take all of your suggestions, and play in your hometowns, backyards, favorite clubs, and gay alleys.Those seven weeks will split time amongst the EU and US, with NYC getting a pair of shows: March 9th at Bowery Ballroom (tickets) and April 7th at Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets). Both shows go on sale at noon on on Friday, 12/10 (via the links provided).
If we aren't gonna make it to you this time, please please please take a winter road trip with your best friend, brother, sister, lover, mother, professor, or all by yourself. because we want to see YOU!!!! and we want to gather up all your amazing energy. build a huge strong tower with it, climb it, and then tear it down and dance on it.
Men recently dropped their single for "Off Our Backs" (from Talk About Body) on 12" and digital download. Check out the video for it below. The EP/12" also features the Lemonade remix of the track which you can download above and stream below. Men also have a few other songs streaming at their blog.
In related news, JD Samson of MEN's old bandmate in Le Tigre, Kathleen Hanna, is keeping busy as well. She recently DJ'd at a Raincoats show that took place at MoMA and will be the subject of a documentary and a corresponding and sold-out tribute show on 12/11. In addition, Hannah will appear at Joe's Pub on Dec 15th as part of "Our Hit Parade: Special Decade Edition - The Top 10 Songs of the 90's!". She'll join Ad-rock of the Beastie Boys, Judy Gold, Alan Cumming, and others to perform the songs "as comically literal skits". Tickets are on sale.
And actually, Hanna didn't just DJ at MoMA that night with the Raincoats, she also joined them on stage for a Slits cover. Video of that, and video of her speaking this past October at Bruar Falls (courtesy of Punk Cast), is below.
MEN song stream, video, and all tour dates are below too...
Sia just peed all over our van. We are on herbal x. And we bought a whistle -jd samson
I just saw the Marie Claire with CHRISTINA AGUILERA on the cover and I realized we are waaaay overdue for an update. Yes, the rumors are true...Le Tigre wrote and produced a couple of songs with Christina! Not wanting to break the spell of this magic opportunity as we wait in suspense to hear if our tracks make it on the album, we've been quiet on the topic. But now that the buzz is getting crazy I just can't contain myself. Needless to say, for a feminist band obsessed with pop music, it was pretty much a dream come true.[Johanna Fateman of Le Tigre]This is the second "working with Christina Aguilera" news we've posted this week. The first was Sia, who also happens to be JD Samson of Le Tigre's girlfriend.
"Le Tigre" might be actively working with Christina Aguilera, but they still don't have any shows coming up. MEN, a project headed by Le Tigre's JD Samson, does. That group, which used to pair JD and Joanna, now has a "core group" of "Hirsute members Michael O'Neill (Princess, Ladybug Transistor) and Ginger Brooks Takahashi (LTTR, The Ballet) with Johanna and artist Emily Roysdon contributing as writers, consultants, and producers."
MEN play a party called "That's My Jam" at the Bell House on February 20th, with MKNG FRNDZ, DJ Kingdom and DJ Tikka Masala (no advance tickets). They're also playing a March 10th show at Mercury Lounge with Light Asylum. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, February 3rd (today) at noon.
All dates and the full post about their work with Christina Aguilera are below...
photos by Eric Townsend
"Beth Ditto started singing from somewhere in the ether, and when she finally set foot on stage, the crowd went berserk...but quickly reigned themselves in so as not to miss a single second of Bethtastic vocal goodness. The band's universally loved frontwoman sported a new shorter 'do in Kool-Aid red or Sunkist orange (depending on the lighting), She wore form-fitting black, knee-length dress covered in silvery glitter sparkles that shimmered as she shimmied around the stage to the beat, giving the impression that Beth Ditto is not the centre of the universe, but the universe itself...and we mere mortals are all just playing at her game." [I Was at the Show]Apache Beat and MEN (JD Samson of Le Tigre) opened the show. More pictures and a video below...
NYC's very own critically-acclaimed lyricist Jean Grae will perform at NYC's New Museum on Friday, May 1st along with "the soul-inspired hip-hop of Derrin Maxwell and the gritty, heavily-fried underground funk of 3beanstew." Tickets are on sale.
That show is part of the museum's Get Weird series. A week later (Friday, May 8th), Get Weird hosts the Younger Lovers (featuring Brontez Purnell of Gravy Train!!!!) and Gamma Rays. Tickets are on sale.
During the No Fun Fest, taking place May 15th-17th at the MHoW, the New Museum will partners with Rhizome and the No Fun to present "No Fun 2009: Infinite Sound and Image" on Saturday, May 16th. The live-music and silent film screening includes Jim O'Rouke (a man with many credits including Sonic Youth and producing Wilco), Robert Beatty (of Hair Police and Three Legged Race), Sarah Lipstate (of Noveller), and C. Spencer Yeh (of Burning Star Core). Noveller and C. Spencer Yeh both also make separate NFF appearances. Tickets for the New Musem show are on sale. Full program details are below.
The museum combines its Get Weird music series and its Younger Than Jesus exhibit (artists less than 33 yrs old) and gets a show with BARR/Brendan Fowler and MEN on Friday, June 12th. Tickets are on sale for that too.
All details, with more upcoming New Museum music events (including Nick Hallett performing Meredith Monk, Karlheinz Stockhausen and others) below...
DOWNLOAD: No Kids - For Halloween (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Clipd Beaks - Melter (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Parts & Labor - Fractured Skies (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Grand Ole Party - Look Out Young Son (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Mae Shi - Run To Your Grave (MP3)
THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2008, FREE (flyer by Ryan Muir)
Emo's AnnexFREE. FREE DRINKS. NO RSVP NECESSARY. OFFICIAL SHOWCASE IS THE NIGHT BEFORE. OTHER DAY PARTY IS THE DAY BEFORE. MAP HERE. C U IN AUSTIN.
Holy Fuck 5:20
MEN (Le Tigre) 4:00
Lykke Li 3:30
MEN (Le Tigre) 3:00
No Kids 1:45
Peter Moren 1:00
Dawn Landes 12:15
The Ting Tings 11:30
Fleet Foxes 5:30
Clipd Beaks 4:45
Genghis Tron 4:00
Parts & Labor 3:15
Team Robespierre 2:30
comedy by Eugene Mirman 2:15
Grand Ole Party 1:30
The Muggabears 12:45
The Mae Shi 12:00
Mp3's above. Videos below...
JD Samson and Johanna Fateman, of Le Tigre, have joined forces for their new project MEN. Continuing their reputation as electronic provocateurs that never sacrifice the intelligence or the fun, the duo will take over dance floors coast to coast.....Along with their genre-defying dj sets, MEN are also working on some new tracks to release this year.Men are playing with Hey Willpower at Union Pool in Brooklyn tonight (March 6, 2008). More tour dates including SXSW and an appearance at the BrooklynVegan day party at Emo's Annex on March 13th during SXSW, below.....
JD from Le Tigre & Junior Senior @ SXSW 2007 (CRED)
Almost two years after they finished mixing their sophomore album in Los Angeles, Denmark's delectable superpop duo Junior Senior are finally giving the record a stateside release. Ryko will release 'Hey Hey My My Yo Yo' -- the follow up to 'D-D-Don't Don't Stop the Beat' -- on August 14. [Spinner]Tickets are on sale for an August 13th show at Highline Ballroom in NYC (which by the way is where Peaches is playing tonight - June 20th - WITH JD & Johanna from Le Tigre's other project MEN). All tour dates below...