Entries tagged with: Main Attrakionz
by Andrew Sacher
FACT is still one of the best sources for cutting edge electronic music, and I always look forward to their top 50 albums of the year list, which they've just published for 2012. As usual, it doesn't only contain electronic albums.
This year's list has a good deal of indie rap (Haleek Maul, Schoolboy Q, Le1f, Main Attrakionz, Spaceghostpurrp) and it's the only non-metal list I've seen so far with Black Breath's Sentenced to Life (!). And of course, to compliment the dancefloor records, it's got its fair share of electronic-tinged indie pop, forward thinking R&B, and outsider experimental music.
Check out the full list below.
by Andrew Sacher
Main Attrakionz at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Earlier this month, we mentioned that iPhone/Android app Mobli was throwing a CMJ party with Heems, Sasha Go Hard, Kitty Pryde, Weekend Money, SAFE, The Underachievers, and Party Supplies. That party was supposed to happen today at Delinquency but that venue has since been shut down so the whole lineup (minus The Underachievers and Party Supplies) is merging with the Young One Records showcase, which happens tonight (10/17) at 285 Kent. That showcase, in addition to including the names mentioned above, will have Main Attrakionz, Kool AD, Deniro Farrar, Supreme Cuts, Cities Aviv, Bryant Dope, Ryan Hemsworth, and CBG. SAFE and Ryan Hemsworth are DJing between sets, the rest of the acts are playing live. The show flier and set times are below.
That 285 Kent show is a pretty stacked bill for hip hop, and if you're into stacked hip hop shows like that one, you'll also probably want to check out the Mass Appeal party at Gramercy on Friday (10/19) with Asher Roth, Prodigy (of Mobb Deep), The Alchemist, Large Professor, Mr. Muthafuckin' exquire, Roc Marciano, Boldy James, Ninja Sonik, Bodega Bamz, Alexander Spit, Angel Haze and Timeless Youth. That one's free with RSVP to RSVP@massappeal.com but entry is based on capacity. The flier for this show is below.
As mentioned, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire also plays SOB's on Thursday (10/18) and an MTV Studio at Webster Hall the same day. That studio show is with Big K.R.I.T. and LE1F, and when we first mentioned it, a "special guest" was billed who has since been revealed as Killer Mike. Tickets for that one are still available.
That MTV show is an early show (5:30 doors) and after that there's a late show with Chuck Inglish (of The Cool Kids), Ninjasonik, ASAP TyY, Blvckalfred, Vault Boys, MopTop, Chase N Cashe, GDP, Vyle, and Curtains. Tickets for that one are still available.
Cities Aviv, in addition to the Young One show, has other CMJ shows, including the Flowerbooking CMJ showcase at Knitting Factory on Friday (10/19) with Unicorn Kid, Ki:Theory, Devin, Ghost Wave, and Talk Normal (tickets) and the Bond Music Group/PopGun show at Cameo Gallery on Friday (10/19) (late show) with Steven A. Clark, Lushlife, Dark Sister, and Pegasus Warning (tickets).
He also plays the free BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly on Saturday (10/20) with The Orwells, Eternal Summers, and the rest of the lineup coming soon!
While we're talking about good hip hop shows during CMJ, don't forget the Converse Rubber Tracks/Fool's Gold 5th anniversary show at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg on Saturday (10/20) with Ghostface Killah, A-Trak, Flosstradamus, Donnis, Nick Catchdubs, World's Fair, Troy Ave, and special guests. That one's totally free, first come, first served.
Showcase flier and set times for the Young One/Mobli show are below.
The full list of artists confirmed for the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon so far is below...
UPDATE: Okkervil River added!
DOWNLOAD: Fat Tony - Wife Plot (MP3)
pictured: Diamond Rugs, Action Bronson & eXquire
As you know, BrooklynVegan is taking over ALL THREE STAGES at connecting Austin venues Hotel Vegas & Volstead for FOUR DAYS STRAIGHT this week, and it's all 100% FREE (no RSVP or badges either). There's a big outdoor stage, and smaller stages inside Hotel Vegas & Volstead. Collectively we're calling the four day long party "Hotel Vegan" (located at 1500 E. 6th St, Austin, TX).
Stage 1 (Hotel Vegas Outside)For the 2nd year in a row, we've partnered up with our friends at Partisan Records and KF Records, and now the new Young One Records, to bring you a free Saturday blowout on three stages. This year we have an amazing lineup of 22 artists that includes a full stage of nothing but hip hop too.
12:00 Field Report
12:45 Ivan & Alyosha
1:30 Father John Misty (J Tilman, ex-Fleet Foxes)
2:15 J. Roddy Walston
4:00 Heartless Bastards
5:00 Diamond Rugs (John McCauley of Deer Tick w/ members of Los Lobos, Black Lips & more)
6:00 Okkervil River (Just added!)
Stage 2 (Hotel Vegas Inside) (hip hop stage)
12:15 - Lushlife
01:00 - Main Attrakionz
01:45 - Cadence Weapon
02:30 - Rittz
03:15 - Fat Tony
04:00 - Spaceghostpurrp
04:45 - Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire
05:30 - Action Bronson
Stage 3 (Volstead)
12:00 - Patrolled By Radar
1:00 - Emily Wells
2:00 - Phantom Family Halo
2:45 - Lumerians
3:30 - Hundred Visions
4:15 - Pond (mem. of Tame Impala)
5:00 - GUARDS
In addition to the completely FREE lineup of great music, we will also have complimentary drinks courtesy of HobNob Wines, our official wine partner and The Original Moonshine, our official spirit partner. We will also have FREE VEGAN TREATS courtesy of NadaMoo! and FREE Honest Tea. Arlo's great Vegan Food truck, located right next door, will be at all four days of Hotel Vegan selling food.
And we'll have some awesome giveaways from Partisan and KF Records, as well as cassette compilations from Young One Records (Including the above track "Wife Plot" by Fat Tony).
Listen to a playlist of artists playing this party on Spotify.
Special thanks to all of our partners and sponsors for making this party possible - including Vox, Blackstar and Korg, our official backline partners, as well as ASCAP, HobNob Wines, The Original Moonshine, NadaMoo!, Honest Tea, Partisan Records, KF Records & Young One Records!
photos by Julie Schabel, words by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Main Attrakionz - "Focalin" (MP3)
Main Attrakionz @ Glasslands
Main Attrakionz's short run of dates leading up to 35 Denton and SXSW (where they'll play a BrooklynVegan day party) stopped in NYC this week for two shows, starting with a Sunday night show at Glasslands with BBU, Big Baby Gandhi, and Beans. Pictures from that one are in this post. One night later they played The Studio at Webster Hall with a completely different set of openers, Children of the Night, Maffew Ragazino, and Erick ARC Elliot. How was that?
The Brooklyn show was also the mixtape release part for Chicago's BBU, who released the Bell Hooks mixtape last month. It features contributions from Das Racist, The Hood Internet, Tony Baines, Montana Macks, and others. As noted on BV Chicago, the mixtape features the track, "Kurt De La Rocha," which pays tribute to Kurt Cobain and RATM's Zack de la Rocha. You can grab a free download of the entire thing at the Mishka bandcamp
Main Attrakionz also dropped a new track last month called "Focalin." Download that above or stream it below, along with updated dates and more pictures from Glasslands...
Big Freedia at Brooklyn Bowl (more by Erik Erikson)
Austin, Texas fest Chaos in Tejas (5/31-6/3) have announced another round of bands including Absu, Big Freedia (who recently played Brooklyn Bowl), Ceremony (who recently played LPR), the Creamers, Dangerous Boys Club, GG King, Kindest Lines, King Dude, Main Attrakionz, Pop. 1280, Shoppers, Teenage Cool Kids, Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments (reunion), and Thousand Foot Whale Claw. Multi-day passes are on sale now and single-day passes are on the way, and the schedule (which is updated as more bands sign on) is now available.
Speaking of Ceremony and Austin, Ceremony are one of many bands playing our SXSW day show at Scoot Inn in Austin even sooner.
Current lineup of Chaos in Tejas and some videos below too...
photos by Nathanel Turner
Danny Brown @ Echoplex
Danny Brown walked on stage [...] rocking a leather jacket and combat boots, as if ready for war. He'd come to town to please his fans who hadn't caught him at the Roxy last fall, and likely left with many new ones. Kicking off the set with "Radio Song," Brown emoted cool confidence. One thing I immediately noticed was how much his distinct, nasally cadence manages to stand out over the beat. During "Lie4," you could hear every one of his lyrics clearly, something practically unheard of for a hip-hop concert, which often drown the vocals in bass. The crowd showed appreciation by yelling back the chorus: "Got that income tax swag."[LA Weekly]Danny Brown, Main Attrakionz, Kid Sister, and Party Supplies played a Check Yo Ponytail show at Echoplex in LA this past Tuesday (1/24). ScHoolboy Q was at the show and joined Danny Brown on stage for "Blunt After Blunt." A video of that performance, along with a video collage and more pictures from the show below.
ScHoolboy Q JUST (minutes before I typed this) released a new video for "Nightmare On Figg St." off his great new mixtape Habits & Condtractions. Watch that video below (and one we previously posted HERE).
More pics and videos below...
DOWNLOAD: Main Attrakionz - 'Tag Champz' Mix (MP3)
Main Attrakionz at BV-CMJ 2011 (more by Bryan Bruchman)
"Best duo ever" Main Attrakionz are the most recent addition to our Green Room Sessions, the video series we recorded during this past CMJ. Main Attrakionz played our Thursday Day Party at Knitting Factory and stopped by our Public Assembly party later on that week for a beat-less version of "Church" and a short interview, both of which you can watch below.
Main Attrakionz have a few upcoming shows including two in NYC happening on March 4 at Glasslands and March 5 at The Studio at Webster Hall with special guests.. A full tour has not been announced yet but more dates will most likely be revealed soon. Tickets for the Glasslands show and the Studio show are on sale now.
They also play a Check Yo Ponytail show next week in LA at Echoplex (1/24) with Danny Brown, Party Supplies, Thee Mike B, and a special guest. In honor of the show, Main Attrakionz have made a mix called Tag Champz, which includes cuts by Main Attrakionz members Squadda B and MondreM.A.N., in addition to others by Slick Rick (who plays LPR TONIGHT (1/21)), Three 6 Mafia, Wu-Tang Clan, 2Pac, and others. Stream that mix below (where you'll also find the tracklist) and download it above.
In related news, Main Attrakionz member Squadda B released a new mixtape on Christmas, titled Back $ellin Crack, which you can stream and purchase at bandcamp. It features Danny Brown, Main Attrakionz member MondreM.A.N., and others. The mixtape came out the same day as Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire's mixtape which also features a guest spot from Danny Brown. The artwork is below.
Videos, artwork, and currently known dates below...
To quote Pitchfork: "The Weeknd's follow-up to House of Balloons and Thursday is here. Grab the nine-track Echoes of Silence-- featuring a cover of Michael Jackson's "Dirty Diana" and production from Clams Casino-- for free over on the-weeknd.com or here,"
House of Balloons, the first mixtape, was #1 on a list of albums that Heems from Das Racist submitted to Pitchfork. Check out Heems' full list of 'Top Albums of 2011' below...
photos by Bryan Bruchman
Yellow Ostrich @ Knitting Factory
As far as BrooklynVegan shows were concerned, we started out this year's CMJ in a lowkey manner with a free Thursday day show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. We Were Promised Jetpacks, announced that same day, headlined the show that began with a set by Yellow Ostrich at 12:30pm.
Though they didn't play acoustic like they did the night before at the FatCat CMJ showcase at Mercury Lounge, WWPJ mixed it up by performing as a three-piece since one of their members wasn't in town yet. Expect a four-piece at Webster Hall and other dates of their tour. Austin's Hundred Visions played their 2pm set despite their 15 passenger van being stolen from its parking spot in Williamsburg the night before. Luckily most of their gear was not in it at the time.
The whole day looked like this:
12:30 Yellow Ostrich (Barsuk)Those in attendance also enjoyed free beverages courtesy of HobNob Wine and PBR, and free snacks courtesy of popchips and Raw Revolution.
1:15 Still Corners (Sub Pop)
2:00 Hundred Visions (unsigned)
2:45 Forest Fire (FatCat)
3:15 BOBBY (Partisan)
4:00 Main Attrakionz (Mishka)
5:00 We Were Promised Jetpacks (FatCat)
Thanks everyone who stopped by. Here are some pictures. More below...
Nothing like waiting for the last minute! Please join us for a somewhat low key affair this Thursday (10/20) afternoon at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn for an all ages, FREE, afternoon show featuring:
12:30 Yellow Ostrich (Barsuk)That's six free bands (and we might add one more). No RSVP required. Just show up.
1:15 Still Corners (Sub Pop)
2:00 Hundred Visions (unsigned)
2:45 Forest Fire (FatCat)
3:15 BOBBY (Partisan)
4:00 Main Attrakionz (Mishka)
UPDATE: The Phantom Family Halo has sadly cancelled due to a family emergency. Yellow Ostrich has stepped in to take their place though!
Prefer beer? We'll also have free PBR while supplies last.
Get there early because first 25 people in the door will also receive a rare BrooklynVegan t-shirt! (not many of these exist - we sold them for charity at CMJ last year).
We're getting a little techie this year too and have partnered with Spotify (our official official digital music service partner) and Sony Bloggie (our official video partner) for all BV CMJ events including the two TBA ones happening at Public Assembly on Friday & Saturday. Stay tuned for a BV video series coming after CMJ with highlights, interviews and special performances from the week (all filmed on a Bloggie). Listen to a playlist that contains four of of the six artists playing this show on Spotify now (Phantom Family Halo's recently-released four-song EP they did with Bonnie 'Prince' Billy included). .Stay tuned for more Spotify playlists throughout the week too.
Thanks also to Knitting Factory Records & Partisan Records for helping make this happen, and thanks to Zach Jaeger (Tonally Dude) for the flyer you see above. See you Thursday! Meanwhile check out Still Corners' video for "Wish" below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Grimes - "Oblivion" (MP3)
In addition to our free, all-ages BrooklynVegan day party on Thursday (10/20) at Knitting Factory, Main Attrakionz have a bunch of other CMJ shows coming up. Those include the previously discussed Life or Death showcase at Cake Shop on Thursday night (10/20), the free Converse True Til Def show at Santos on Saturday (10/22), and the Noisey CMJ showcase at Santos on Wednesday (10/19) with Twin Shadow. They're also DJing the Pitchfork Altered Zones New Museum party that Atlas Sound was just added to.
The duo will also play a free Gorilla vs Bear/Yours Truly party at Shea Stadium on Thursday (10/20) with Grimes, King Krule, Dent May, Gauntlet Hair, The Bins, Bleached, and Sharon Van Etten (DJ set). They'll play Fader Fort at 443 w 18th St in Manhattan on Friday (10/21) with ASAP Rocky with Clams Casino, Light Asylum, King Krule, Grimes, Metronomy, and others. RSVP for Fader Fort is now closed. You can also catch Main Attrakionz at the free Dovecoat Records party at Glasslands on Saturday (10/22) with Wise Blood, Supreme Cuts, Evan Voytas, and others.
Main Attrakionz have a new video for "3000," which appeared on These New Puritans' 'Hidden' Remix EP which also featured TNPS remixes by SBTRKT, Salem, and Ghost Hunter. You can watch that video below.
Speaking of Grimes (aka Claire Boucher), who also plays Fader Fort and the Altered Zones show at New Museum on Saturday (10/22) (which isn't officially part of CMJ), she's got a new album, Visions, coming out on January 31 via Arbutus Records. The album features guest work from Doldrums and Majical Clouds. You can grab the album's weirdo-pop lead track, "Oblivion," at the top of this post, and check out the album art and tracklist below. After CMJ, she's got some dates with Austra.
All dates, video, album art and tracklist below...
Twin Shadow at Webster Hall (more by Vincent Cornelli)
We spoke too soon regarding where Twin Shadow would be next. Now that they've played Webster Hall, it was announced that they'll be around NYC for CMJ too, for at least one show, possibly two or more.
Twin Shadow will headline a Noisey CMJ showcase on 10/19 at Santos Party House, alongside appearances from hip hop group Main Attrakionz (who also play the same venue with Youth of Today), Bleached, Caveman, Inc, Pujol, and Fidlar. The show is FREE with RSVP. More details on the show in the flyer below.
Stay tuned for more CMJ & Twin Shadow annoumcements.
Youth of Today at Chaos in Tejas (more by BBG)
After many years away from the road, Youth of Today will return to play a free CMJ show at Santos Party House in NYC on Saturday, 10/22. This is the same show that Trash Talk & Kylesa are playing, not to mention AraabMUZIK, Action Bronson, Mr. Motherfuckin eXquire, Main Attrakionz and many others for what will be an eclectic mix of stoner, hardcore, and hip hop. Converse's "True Til Def" will be hosted by the venue's own Andrew WK and is open to the 21+ public, but RSVP is required. Full lineup and flyer for the show is below.
Trash Talk also plays at least two other CMJ shows.
Converse lineup and flyers below...
Archy Marshall, who previously operated under the Zoo Kid moniker, now records as King Krule. He'll release a self titled EP under the name on November 8 via True Panther. That's the album art above. You can check out the EP's last track, "The Noose of Jah City," along with the tracklist below.
King Krule has a few international dates coming up including some CMJ shows, which will also act as his US debut. He's scheduled to play the True Panther showcase at Glasslands on October 19 with Tanlines, Trash Talk, Lemonade, Teengirl Fantasy, and Little Red. He'll also play a Fader Fort CMJ Party on October 21 and a secret True Panther warehouse party on October 22. Stay tuned for more details on those.
Trash Talk also have other CMJ shows including a late one at Cake Shop on Thursday, October 20:
LIFE or DEATH PR CMJ SHOWCASELife or Death PR also rep Odd Future and GZA, so that 3am special guest should be interesting. Trash talk ALSO play Santos on Saturday, October 22 with Kylesa and others (details TBA soon).
THE CAKE SHOP
Doors at 7PM - 4AM., $12.00
FREE BEER FROM LONG TRAIL. DASSS WASSUP
DJ sets from NNA TAPES & Todd Pendu / ElectricLady
9PM Chelsea Wolfe
10PM Psychic Ills
11:15PM Chrome Sparks
12AM Wise Blood
1AM Main Attrakionz
2 AM Trash Talk
3 AM SPECIAL GUESTS
Trash Talk have a new video for "Burn Alive" off their upcoming Awake EP, which comes out next week (10/11) via True Panther. Check out that video and one for the EP's title track below.
All dates, videos, song stream, and other stuff below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Main Attrakionz - Take 1 Feat ASAP Rocky (Prod by Clams Casino (MP3)
Lo-fi rappers Main Attrakionz (aka Squadda B and Mondre) dropped a new album 808s & Dark Grapes II last week (8/16) for free on their bandcamp. It's a pretty tight collection of hazy blown out beats and laid back flow. Check out the Clams Casino-produced "Take 1" featuring ASAP Rocky, which you can grab above. Tee album art, tracklist, and a video for "Perfect Skies" are below.
Main Attrakionz will make their NYC debut on Friday (8/26) at the New Museum. Tickets are on sale now and are $2 less for New Museum members. The show will also include the premiere of a new video work by AHYVE, who is on the Main Attrakionz LP, and a DJ set by Walkmaster Flex. Ethan Swan interviewed the duo for the New Museum blog. Here's what the guys had to say about coming to New York:
What are your feelings about playing in New York for the first time?Main Attrakionz will also DJ the official New Museum aferparty at Santos Party House at 10 PM with Salem (DJ) and Ghe20 Goth1k. Tickets are on sale now.
S: Excited man, definitely a blessing.
You've collaborated with and/or shouted out some New York artists in the past, is there anyone you're looking forward to meeting in person at the show? Do you have a wish list of New Yorkers you'd like to show up?
S: No I didn't have no wish list. There's a lot of artists I do want to meet from New York, though.
M: Diddy should bring some Ciroc.
S: I do wanna meet Diddy.
M: And tell Dame Dash to stop in.
S: For sure Dame Dash! Styles P.
M: Mazaradi Fox. The whole 5 Boroughs, man.
S: Man I fuck with NY, all 5 boroughs.
M: I wanna see who got the lo-fi lab out there, recording out the closet.
Video, album art and tracklist below...