Entries tagged with: Metronomy
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
We love year-end lists -- reading them, making them, arguing about them. BrooklynVegan editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis have once again figured out their favorite albums of the year which you can check out, with commentary, below. Someday we may be able to come to an agreement on an official BV year-end list, but as you'll see there's not a lot of commonality between their two lists. (Specifically, there is zero commonality.) Which is ok! Diff'rent Strokes to rule the world. This year, they've also added their Top 20 favorite songs as well.
Find out what made their lists, below...
Ultimate Painting @ CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ultimate Painting, aka Jack Cooper from Mazes and James Haore from Veronica Falls, released their appealing debut album this year via Trouble in Mind and were last in the U.S. during CMJ. The band will be back in North America this spring to play SXSW and will be touring around it. They'll be opening for Twerps on a few shows, including both NYC ones: March 13 at Rough Trade and March 14 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (12/12) at noon with an AmEx presale begining Wednesday (12/10) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Jack and James gave us Top 10 lists for 2014 and both said they listened to more songs than albums, at least of new stuff. So we get Top 10 Songs, plus a little commentary/context about their lists. Check those out, along with a stream of Ultimate Painting's album, below...
Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As they usually are, Rough Trade Shops are one of the first this year to post their favorite albums of 2014 list. It's 100 albums long and mostly filled with the bigger indie and indie-related releases of the year, but there's a few surprises in there too. Mark Kozelek will not be happy to see that The War On Drugs placed #2, 8 higher than the Sun Kil Moon record. Mark should be proud that he made the list not once, but TWICE though. His Christmas album landed at #84. Run the Jewels, who are not on it all, have started a "Suck My Dick Rough Trade" chant. Check out their full list below and see more on each album here.
As mentioned, Metronomy are touring this fall with NYC shows happening at Irving Plaza on September 18 and Warsaw on September 19. You can get tickets to both shows via the BrooklynVegan presale that begins today (6/25) at 10 AM. Password: CALLMEBV. If you miss the presale, tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (6/27) at 10 AM.
We posted the remix of Metronomy's "Resevoir" already, but you can hear the original via the Daniel Brereton-directed animated video below...
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
Metronomy recently released "Resevoir" as the new single from their fourth album, Love Letters. The original is a very understated bit of synthpop, but they've also handed it over Jacques Lu Cont (aka Stuart Price of Les Rhythms Digitales/Zoot Woman as well as Madonna's Confessions on a Dance Floor) who turns it into a driving dancefloor banger. (It's very Zoot Woman.) Stream that below.
The band have hit NYC twice already this year and will be back for another go-round this fall. While there hasn't been a full tour announcement, Metronomy will be playing Irving Plaza on September 18 and Warsaw on September 19. Tickets to both NYC shows go on sale Friday (6/27) at 10 AM but your first chance to get them will be with a BrooklynVegan presale on Wednesday (6/25) at 10 AM. Check back Wednesday morning for the password.
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
UPDATE: Full Metronomy tour announced. All dates are listed, along with the "Resevoir" remix, below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
Record Store Day 2014 is Saturday (4/19) and there are upwards of 800 RSD exclusive titles released worldwide this year. Which is clearly too many. But if you're reading this now you're probably at least thinking of going out and joining the throngs of music fans, record collectors, and eBay types trying to get all the stuff on their list. Or maybe you're going out to check out some in-store performances, or just hoping to have a couple free beers.
We've already written about a whole lot things being released this year. But we've got more. BV editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis each picked 11 RSD exclusives they think are worth the dough. (Ten just wasn't enough.) What titles are you looking for this year?
Their respective lists, along with some streams, below...
England's Glastonbury Festival is pretty much the forefather to all crazy worldwide "20,000 people standing in a field" festivals we have today. The 2014 edition goes down June 27 - 29 in Pilton, UK and the lineup was just announced. It includes Arcade Fire, Jack White, Dolly Parton (!), Elbow, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Massive Attack, Pixies, M.I.A., Dexys Midnight Runners, Kasabian, Lily Allen and loads more. The festival's already sold-out. A few more acts -- including one more headliner -- is still to be announced but lineup as it stands is below...
Metronomy @ MHOW back in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Metronomy's North American tour starts next month and in addition to their May 14 Webster Hall show, they've just added a second NYC show happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg the next day (5/15). (Metronomy played a BV-presented show at MHOW back in February.) Tickets for MHOW go on sale Friday (4/4) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (4/2) at noon. Tickets to Webster Hall are still available as well.
Both those NYC shows -- and the band's other East Coast appearances -- are with Austalia's Cloud Control. Updated dates are listed below.
Metronomy's new album, Love Letters, is out now and you can watch them play three songs from it -- the LP's title track, "Reservoir" and "The Upsetter" -- via a "Live Deezer Session" below...
by Bill Pearis
Metronomy just shared the video for "Love Letters," the title track to their new album. It was directed by Michel Gondry, one of the masters of the form, and it's the first he's done in three years. Shot in one take with a set designed for in-camera effects (shades of "Lucas with the Lid Off"), "Love Letters" is simple but still very Gondryan. You can watch it below.
As mentioned, Metronomy will be on tour in North America this spring, including NYC at Webster Hall on May 15. Tickets for all dates on the "Love Letter to America Tour" -- including Webster Hall -- are available on fan presale here starting today (2/11) at noon EST. (You do need to register.) Tickets for that show go on sale to the general public Friday (2/14) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (2/12) at noon.
If you have a question for Metronomy, frontman Joe Mount will be participating in a Google Hangout hosted by British comedian Adam Buxton on Wednesday (2/12) at noon EST via the band's YouTube page. "Love Letters" video below...
Metronomy @ MHOW 2/6/2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Metronomy were just in the US last week, playing a sold-out, BV-presented show at Music Hall of Williamsburg where they played almost all of their new album, Love Letters (out 3/11). After visiting NYC, they jetted off to Seattle for a live performance on KEXP where they played four new songs and you can stream that here.
The band, with their new outfits and stage show, will be back in late spring for The Love Letter to America Tour that hits NYC on May 14 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/14) with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (2/12). All dates are listed below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Metronomy @ MHOW 2/5/2014
Metronomy's Joseph Mount comes off as very much the genial "Carry On" English archetype. "I stepped in one of your famous New York ice traps," commenting on the city's current extremely slushy condition last night (2/5) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. "It was great for me... apart for the ice." The band are in NYC doing press for their new album, Love Letters (out next month), and worked in a show while here -- presented by BrooklynVegan -- which gave us a taste of the record, their new live line-up and stage show.
About that last part, gone are their signature glowing chest lights and in is a white dress code -- the men wearing wine-colored jackets -- and Davros-ian podiums for keyboardist Oscar Cash and new live addition Michael Lovett (of NZCA Lines and whose brother Gabriel Stebbing used to be in Metronomy). That makes for a blank canvas for simple but effective color projections. I miss the stick-it-and-click-it lights, but the new setup was pretty cool.
Metronomy bravely opened the show with three new songs -- the baroque "Monstrous," the vaguely psych "Month of Sundays" and the Bowie-esque current single "Love Letters." Given that almost no one's heard the album yet, I was surprised by this and that they played the entire new album save for opening cut "The Upsetter." This is not a bad thing, but the closest Love Letters comes to a banger is instrumental "Boy Racers" though it has more in common with Hot Butter's "Popcorn" than "The Bay" or "Radio Ladio" (both of which they played).
The new album's more pastoral bent is still decidely Metronomy-esque, though, and has a bunch of really great songs, including slow jam "I'm Aquarius" and what is maybe the record's best song, the ballad-ish "The Most Immaculate Haircut," which Mount dedicated to "anyone who's paid more than $30 for a haircut," adding, "My mum cuts mine."
The new stuff was counterbalanced with almost all the songs you'd want off The English Rivera and Nights out, including "The Look," "Heartbreaker," "Everything Goes My Way," and "She Wants." ("A Thing For Me" was the only glaring ommission, but they played for 90 minutes). Much credit, as always, to their killer rhythm section of drummer Anna Prior and bassist Gbenga Adelekan who really power Mount's quirky visions.
Opening last night was The Range, aka Providence knob-twiddler James Hinton whose 2013 album Nonfiction has gotten many accolades. Alone onstage with a table full of gear, his set sounded great even if there wasn't much to watch. You can catch him this Saturday (2/8) at Baby's All Right (tickets) and in May with CHVRCHES.
Metronomy's setlist and more pics from the MHOW show below...
One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.
Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.
by Bill Pearis
We're about six weeks out from Metronomy's fourth album, Love Letters, which hits the public on March 11 via Elektra/Because. You may remember that the new album was made at London's famed Toe Rag Studios on analogue tape with little or no help from computers/sequencers. You really get a sense for what this could mean for the new album with its title track, which Metronomy just posted for streaming. Driven by a pounding piano line, it's more like something The Kinks would've done in 1971 or perhaps Bowie or ELO. You can stream it -- and watch the video for "I'm Aquarius" -- below.
Metronomy will be in NYC early next month for the BrooklynVegan presented show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 5, their only current North American date. That show is sold out but we're giving a pair away. Details below.
Metronomy's new album, Love Letters, which will be out in March via Because/Elektra and if you haven't heard first single "I'm an Aquarius" yet you can stream it below. Before the album's release, the band will be coming to North America for press and will be playing NYC while here and BrooklynVegan is very happy to be presenting the show. That show happens at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 5. Tickets go on sale Friday (12/13) at 10 AM with an AmEx presale Wednesday (12/11) at 10 AM. It's their only announced North American show at the moment.
Single stream below...
by Bill Pearis
Metronomy's Joe Mount and Anna Prior recording new album (photo by Tim Eve)
Metronomy have announced details of their fourth album, Love Letters, which will be out in March via Because/Elektra. The album, the follow-up to 2011's The English Riviera, was recorded on analogue tape at London's Toe Rag Studios with main man Joseph Mount producing as usual. The first taste of the record -- the slow-burning "I'm Aquarius" -- is streamable in this post.
You can check out the album art, track list and single stream below...
Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bon Iver recorded an iTunes session at East West studios which is available exclusively from iTunes starting today. It includes six tracks off 2011's great Bon Iver, Bon Iver and a cover of Bjork's "Who Is It?," which the band has played live many times. You can stream the session's opening track, "Beth/Rest" below.
As mentioned, Bon Iver is touring internationally throughout the summer and fall and will come to NYC on September 19 and 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Both of those shows are now sold out. All Bon Iver dates, including a recently announced European leg, are listed below.
Speaking of Bjork, she's teaming up with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create interactive educational programs for middle school-aged students based on her Biophilia app. Speaking about the program, Bjork said:
"It's not a bookish thing. You cannot learn to make music from a book." "I love books; they're like the best ever," she added. "There are things you can only learn from books, but it's also important to introduce the physical aspects. So for me, it was very important to make, somehow, music education that was physical." (via NY Daily News)Both Bon Iver and Bjork are set to play Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway this summer (Aug 7-11) with The Stone Roses, Refused, The Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould (performing Copper Blue), Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, John Maus, Purity Ring, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, Screaming Females, St. Vincent, and more. Full list below.
Way Out West (Aug 9-11) in Gothenberg, Sweden features many of the same bands as Oya like Bon Iver, Refused, Afghan Whigs, St. Vincent, Purity Ring, John Maus, and Bob Mould in addition to Blur, Wilco, I Break Horses, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Mark Lanegan Band, Adolescents, Swans, and more. Check out the spotify playlist. The full lineup is listed below.
As mentioned, the reunited Mazzy Star is set to play both of those European festivals. Full lineups and the Bon Iver dates and song, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Fred Falke's been an active producer in the French house scene since the '90s, but he released his first full solo LP, Part IV, last year. The album contains some of the singles Falke has been dropping throughout his career in addition to newer ones. Tracks like "Aurora," "Look Into Your Eyes," and "Back To Stay" focus on Falke's ability to chop up vocals, whereas cuts like "Chicago" and "Wait For Love" see the use of Daft Punk-y funk basslines, and the crunchy synths of "Electricity" dive into borderline Justice territory. Check out the video for "Aurora", a full stream of "Wait For Love" long with snippets of the entire album, below.
Video, stream, show flier, remixes and more below...
by Andrew Sacher
Ben Browning, who joined Cut Copy as their bassist before the release of 2011's excellent Zonoscope LP, had been working on his material prior to that album, and released it in the form of the Lover Motion EP on Cut Copy's Cutters label last week (3/19). The EP was produced by Architecture in Helsinki members Gus Franklin and Haima Marriott and features keyboard programming from Cut Copy frontman Dan Whitford. The single, "I Can't Say," doesn't sound very different from the material on Zonoscope and is by far the biggest pop moment on the EP. Of the remaining four tracks, two are instrumental, and the other two are on a slightly calmer side of pop. You can stream the entire EP and the "I Can't Stay" single which includes remixes by Knightlife and Juan Maclean below. The video for "I Can't Stay" is also below.
Ben will be making his way over to the US for the Sweetlife Food & Music Festival in Columbia, MD (4/28) with The Shins, Explosions in the Sky, Twin Shadow, Zola Jesus, and others this April. The day before that festival, he'll play a Brooklyn show at Glasslands on April 27. Tickets for that show are on sale now. There's also an LA date with Metronomy (who will be in LA on tour with Coldplay).
All dates, video and streams below....
by Bill Pearis
If you'd like tickets for free, we're giving away a pair to Thursday's show. Contest details, with all Metronomy tour dates, plus videos from all five singles from The English Riviera , below.
by Bill Pearis
Metronomy have sold out their March 30 show at Irving Plaza and have added a second show at the venue the night before (3/29) with Friends opening for both shows. Tickets for the new show go on sale tomorrow (2/29) at 10am. The band's headline tour wraps up with a performance at Coachella, and immediately after they are going to open West Coast dates of Coldplay's North American tour. Say hi to Apple!
Meanwhile, Metronomy's The English Riviera - The Unreleased Remixes comes out next week on iTunes and there are some really great versions on there, like Clock Opera's radical reworking of "The Bay" which basically turns it into a new song. (Clock Opera play the BV-presented show at Santos on 3/12 with Django Django and Charli XCX, btw.) You can stream that remix and Two Inch Punch's "Shook Shook Refix" of "The Look" at the bottom of this post, which is also where all Metronomy tour dates can be found.
by Andrew Sacher
Toronto art popper Sandro Perri spent the first half of the last decade recording under the moniker Polmo Polpo and the second half under his own name. He's also been a member/collaborator of Great Lake Swimmers (who recently announced an album and tour), Detective Kalita, Barzin, Dot Wiggin, Glissandro 70, Double Suicide, and Continuous Dick. He's been getting increased attention lately after the release of his 2011 LP, Impossible Spaces, which ended up on Pitchfork's top 50 albums of the year. The album brings together sunny art pop, folk, and touches of world music. You can stream the entire thing below.
Sandro Perri has a few shows coming up including the MusicNOW Festival in Cincinnati (3/29) and a NYC show happening two days later at Mercury Lounge on March 31 with Bhi Bhiman before he hooks up with Metronomy for a few dates on their upcoming tour. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show go on sale Friday (2/17) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (2/15) at noon.
He's not currently listed on Metronomy's NYC show which happens on March 30 at Irving Plaza (Friends are though) but it looks like he'll open Metronomy's Chicago show which currently lists a "guest" but it falls right in between Perri opening their Toronto show and their Minneapolis show. Tickets for the Irving Plaza show are still on sale.
All dates and album stream below...
by Bill Pearis
Metronomy is no stranger to remixes. Until The English Riveria blew up, Jospeph Mount was more known as a remixer (Goldfrapp, Lykke Li,Charlotte Gainsbourg). But lately it's been Metronomy who's getting remixed. The English Riviera singles "The Look," "The Bay" and "Everything Goes My Way" all came in a handful of versions, reworked by the likes of Fred Falke, The 2 Bears, Eron Alkan, and Psychemagik. But the band comissioned many more -- including ones for album tracks -- that haven't seen the light of day. They will, though, when Metronomy releases The English Riviera Unreleased Remixes on March 3.
We've got the premiere of the compilations' lead track, a cover (not actually a remix) of "Corrine" by Benoit & Sergio that you can stream below. Some of the other folks messing with Metronmy cuts include Mario Basanov, Ewan Pearson, Clock Opera, Two Inch Punch and more.
The 13-track album is digital-only but will be out in time for Metronomy's upcoming North American tour which stops at Irving Plaza on March 30. Metronomy's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg during CMJ last year was my favorite live performance of 2011, so if you haven't seen them yet you should absolutely correct this as soon as possible. Friends open the Irving Plaza show and three other shows on the tour.
All Metronomy tour dates are below, along with stream of the Benoit & Sergio cover of "Corrine," and cover art for The English Riviera Unreleased Remixes...
Radiohead @ Roseland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Coachella which is taking place over the course of two weekends this year (April 13-15 and 20-22) revealed their 2012 lineup. Last week, Azealia Banks was the first artist confirmed, and earlier today they confirmed The Weeknd (maybe he found a band?), and before that, Jimmy Cliff, Breakbot, and Housse De Racket. The reunited Pulp then announced itself. The full lineup also includes headliners The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, not to mention, as predicted, the reunited At the Drive In and the reunited Mazzy Star (!), and Madness and Refused (!) and Jeff Mangum and many, many more that you can see below...
I hate writing year-end lists, as might be obvious to many long-time BrooklynVegan readers. That said, I also like them. They help organize things, which is related to my problem though. I'm too unorganized and hectic to ever get around to making one! But this year a few of us (BrooklynVegan contributors) got together and decided to come up with a collective list of albums that we loved that we think most represented 2011 in BrooklynVegan land. Our indie rock-centric list purposely does not include metal (that's HERE) or hip hop (we should make a separate list). With that in mind, our top 26 albums of 2011, in alphabetical order, are listed (with some commentary and a list of honorable mentions too) below...
UK music magazine Uncut weighs on this year's best albums. Like Rough Trade, they give Josh T Pearson serious placement. They put Tinariwen, who appeared on The Colbert Report last night (!) with Tunde and Kyp from TV on the Radio, at #18. Check out their whole list and video from Colbert, below...