Entries tagged with: Micachu
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Micachu & the Shapes @ LPR 9/12/2015
London's Micachu & the Shapes began their short North American tour over the weekend with a few NYC shows, playing a surprise Fashion Week afterparty at Elvis Guesthouse on Thursday (9/10), and then shows at Alphaville in Friday (9/11) and Le Poisson Rouge on Saturday (9/12). Their new album, Good Sad Happy Bad, which came out on Friday, was born out of loose rehearsal jams and, to be honest, that's kind of what it still sounded like at the Alphaville show. It could've been my unfamiliarity with the record or the live sound, but the set -- almost entirely new material -- was sludgy and loose. We've got pictures from the next night at Le Poisson Rouge, where Micachu played with Blues Control, in this post. Anyone go to the LPR show?
If you haven't checked out Good Sad Happy Bad, you can stream it via Rdio, below. Micachu & the Shapes play Pop Montreal this week and will be back in North America for more shows in November. Dates are listed, along with more pics from LPR, below...
still from Empress Of's "Standard" video
Empress Of's very good debut album, Me, is out today (9/11) and if you haven't checked it out yet, it's streamable below. She's also just released an arty new video for single "Standard" which was directed by Zaiba Jabbar and Empress Of's Lorely Rodriguez and also features pro bodybuilder Rob Reinaldo. It puts a new perspective on the song, perhaps literally. Watch below.
Lorely has a couple Empress Of events today to celebrate the release of Me. There's a listening party at Other Music tonight at 6:30 PM where they'll "serve up pizza and drinks and play the album in full." Also the first 20 people who buy the record get a free ticket to her show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday (9/13). You can also still buy tickets for that show.
Then tonight, Empress Of will host a NY Fashion Week afterparty at Elvis Guesthouse with her DJing along with Dev Hynes, Imogene, Molly Hawkins and "more friends." It starts at 10 PM and there's an open bar from 10-11 PM. It's free. (Micachu, who plays Alphaville tonight and LPR Saturday, played a Fashion Week thing at Elvis last night.)
MoMA PS1's "Sunday Sessions" are wrapping up for the season, and will finish with a show by Micachu on May 3 titled "Local Holiday, Local Sun, Locals, Local Rain, Local Number, Local Drink, Local Customs." It's a one-off show featuring new material and projections from her sketchbook (like the one seen above). Tickets are on sale. Micachu's most recent work was her eerie score to 2014's terrific sci-fi film Under the Skin.
This week's "Sunday Sessions" (4/12) features Delia Gonzalez performing her new work In Remembrance which consists of four ballet films set to a live piano score. (The CD/DVD and LP/DVD releases of In Remembrance will come out via DFA on April 28, stream a track below.) Gonzalez will be accompanied by Alice Cohen, Bryce Hackford, Adrian Knight, and David Lackner. The afternoon also features a live ambient set with visuals by musicians, designers, and videographers Georgia, a live hardware techno set by Malory, and a DJ set with visuals from Heathered Pearls. Tickets are on sale.
by Bill Pearis
I finally watched Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin last night. It stars Scarlett Johansson as an alien who spends her time picking up men in Scotland, bringing them back to her place and... well, you should just watch it. You can stream it for free on Amazon if you have Amazon Prime.
Based on Michel Faber's novel of the same name, the film directed and co-written by Jonathan Glazer who made Birth and Sexy Beast, not to mention the videos for Radiohead's "Karma Police" and UNKLE's "Rabbit in the Headlights", among others. Species this is not, owing more to '70s experimentalists and, as you might expect from his CV, Glazer has delivered a gorgeously-shot film that is also thought provoking and unsettling. ScarJo even does a credible London accent. I already want to see it again.
After hearing my movie-minded friends rave about it all year, I finally pulled the trigger after it showed up in a few of the band/artist Top 10s we've been running. Here's what Protomartyr, said:
a visually stunning film with a really great soundtrack that defies easy explanation. Actually the real 'best' thing we saw all year. Sure, it didn't have people getting repeatedly kicked in the face or RZA trying on a Jamaican accent sporadically, but not everything can be 'Brick Mansions'.The minimal, eerie score, which appeared on Travis from Grooms' end of year list, was done by Mica Levi (aka Micachu). It definitely enhances the off-kilter vibe of the film, and you can stream it via Rdio below.
Check it out if you haven't already, and check out nine more recommended movies from streaming sites, courtesy of Sub Pop-signed musician Daughn Gibson, below...
Animal Collective at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Animal Collective were scheduled to bring their tour with Micachu & the Shapes to Williamsburg Park tonight (10/5), but have cancelled. The band writes...
Hey everyone,Damn. Feel better Dave!
We really wish we didn?t have to be writing this right now, but after taking Dave to the doctor this morning it turns out that he has laryngitis and unfortunately we are unable to play the show tonight. We are already in the middle of trying to reschedule NY dates in the next couple of months to make up for this cancellation.
Due to circumstances beyond both our and the promoter's control, we are unable to honor the tickets for tonight's show. Fans that have tickets will be able to get full refunds at the place of purchase, and we will let everyone know as soon as we have new dates scheduled. Again, our sincere apologies to fans anticipating this show. We are always psyched to play NYC and will make it up to you.
Micachu & The Shapes were supposed to open, but you can still catch them Monday at LPR. Micachu also DJs at Cameo tonight.
Animal Collective did play Fallon last night though. You can watch below...
It seemed inevitable that Adele would be tapped to do a Bond theme and here we are with Skyfall. The movie actually looks like it might be good! As for the theme song, Adele and cowriter/producer Paul Epworth are channeling classic John Barry-era Bond and will be drawing comparisons to Shirley Bassey. A lyric video of the song is at the bottom of this post. (you can also buy it on iTunes)
Speaking of buying on iTunes, that's one place you can get the new album by Flying Lotus who just announced a CMJ show which happens about a week after all his other NYC appearances including this weekend's record fair.
Still time to get a ticket to our free-with-free-ticket AC Newman show happening Monday in Brooklyn. Meanwhile you can stream the new album in its entirety below.
The Punch Brothers are on tour and have plenty of upcoming shows, like Gramercy Theater on 10/5, and Bowery Ballroom on New Year's Eve, and The Paramount Theater in Long Island on October 7, which we're giving away tickets to on Facebook (you can also buy some).
Speaking of the Punch Brothers, as mentioned, primary Brother Chris Thile is one of this year's MacArthur Fellows. Which means he gets lots of money. Congrats also to winner Claire Chase of the International Contemporary Ensemble (aka ICE)., Maybe you caught her recently at the new Original Music Workshop venue, or during the 2010 Bang on a Can Marathon, or at one of the many other times she has performed in and around Brooklyn where she lives.
The big Animal Collective show at Williamsburg Park is this Friday. Tickets are still available. If you go, make sure and get there early for Micachu & the Shapes, or just go see Micachu headline LPR on Monday with recently added opener Mykki Blanco. Win tickets at the BV Facebook.
Micachu also DJs a Brooklyn Bass-presented After Hours party at Cameo Gallery (10/5) after the Williamsburg Park show with DJ Rezzie, No GLow, Evan MIchael, Judge Wise, and T'Angelo. It starts at midnight and admission is $8 at the door or $5 with RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sondre Lerche, who recently played Austin, is on tour and plays the Wolf's Den @ Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT on Friday (10/5).
Kraftwerk, Rush and Public Enemy might be in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.
Finally an answer to Rolling Stone's "Women Who Rock!" issue: Seattle's The Stranger presents, "Men Who Rock!," complete with sexy pinup photos. Hot! What, no Lars Finberg?
PD spotted what is estimated to be 7-10 Million Dollars worth of pot growing on a Chicagoland farm with "plants as big as trees."
The first "official" photos of the reunited cast of Arrested Development have surfaced. The improbably fourth season of the show will "air" (stream) on Netflix in 2013. Meanwhile, New York Magazine has details on how you can win a walk-on.
by Bill Pearis
Micachu & the Shapes at Terminal 5 in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Micachu & the Shapes' second studio album, Never, was released this week, loaded with tight angled rhythms, calamatous percussion and highly effected vocals. Devo and The Residents seem to be big influences this time out and the record also features an appearance by Wesley of Let's Wrestle on the song "Nothing." The band made a video for every song on the album and you can watch them all below -- they're definitely of a piece. You can also stream the album via Spotify.
Micachu, who opened for tUnE-yArDs last month and played a headlining set at Glasslands, will be back in North America in September to open for Animal Collective on their tour which hits NYC October 5 at Williamsburg Park. Tickets to that show are still available. After that, Micachu & the Shapes will play a headlining show October 8 at Le Poisson Rouge. No support has been announced yet but tickets are on sale now.
Micachu & the Shapes were supposed to DJ Warm Up at MoMA PS1 this Saturday (7/28), but they've since dropped off and have been replaced by Sinkane. The rest of the lineup includes Slava, MJ Cole, DJ Spoko, and Van Rivers. Tickets for Warm Up are on sale now.
A list of all Micachu & the Shapes dates and those videos below...
photos by Lionel D. Bergeron
Bear Hands @ Rockefeller Center - 9/10/2010
"As an additional bonus to all of his amazing and supportive fans, Jamie is offering everybody who has pre-ordered a ticket to any show on his fall world wide tour a special collection of remixes done by friends like Tiga, Micachu and Tuneyards, as well as from band mates Guillermo Brown and Andre Vida. This deal applies to all standard headlining shows September 6-November 20. Local promoters will provide all purchasers with a download link on the day of concert, and all hard ticket purchasers will receive a link from the box office on the show day by presenting their ticket. "All Jamie Lidell tour dates are below.
Savoir Adore, Brahms (who have some CMJ shows comin up), and Bear Hands played sets outdoors at Rockefeller Center as part of Fashion's Night Out last week. Lionel missed Savoir Adore, but shot the other two bands. Those pictures and all dates continue below...
before Courtney Love arrived @ Best Buy last night (mybodystory)
Courtney Love @ Best Buy last night (mybodystory)
tonight in NYC
* Asa Ransom @ The Cameo
* Cruel Black Dove @ Fontana's
* Jenny Scheinman @ Barbes
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Devotchka @ Bowery Electric
* Hanson @ Gramercy Theatre (again!)
* Gogol Bordello @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Gipsy Kings @ Radio City Music Hall
* Jamie Lidell, Twin Shadow @ Bowery Ballroom
* Hole, Little Fish, The Love Loves @ Terminal 5
* Goes Cube, Pistola, Toys in Trouble @ The Bell House
* Hellyeah, Black Water Rising @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Think About Life, Light Pollution (late) @ Mercury Lounge
* Class Actress, MNDR, Keepaway @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Pink Noise, The Art of Shooting, Bronze, Casey Quilty @ Pianos
* Mike Bones, Mark Trecka & Beth Remis, Elephant Micah @ Union Pool
* Tiberius, Monuments, Multitudes, Birthing Of Millions @ Cake Shop
* Franklin Bruno, Jay Sherman-Godfrey, Pete Galub & The Annuals @ Union Hall
* Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Magical Beautiful (early) @ Mercury Lounge
* Zach Hill, Anamanaguchi, Soft Circle, Unstoppable Death Machines @ Death By Audio
Seventh Void, a band featuring 50% of Type O Negative, cancelled their opening slot at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight in light of Pete Steele's recent passing (Black Water Rising took their place). Seventh Void's debut album was recently released by Big Vin Records aka Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul's record label. Vinnie's brother Dimebag Darrell was murdered on stage right in front of him while they were performing with their post-Pantera band Damageplan in December of 2004. After that Vinnie went on to join "supergroup" Hellyeah (the headliner at Music Hall tonight). Big Vin Records hasn't actually released much. One of their only other CDs is the self-titled Rebel Meets Rebel which is three members of Pantera (Vin and Dimebag included) backing David Allan Coe. Coe plays Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 11th (with Jonny Corndawg opening).
Writer and musician Franklin Bruno appears at Union Hall tonight with his band The Human Hearts ("me + Matt, w/ Pete, above, sitting in for a couple"). "Above" refers to openers Jay Sherman-Godfrey and Pete Galub. "We have new songs, which, by my lights, bite Big Flame, ABC, Code Blue's 'Whisper Touch,' and The Clean. At least one song by a bald post-punk will be covered."
Hole kicked off their trip to NYC with an in-store at Best Buy last night. Tonight is the first of two shows at Terminal 5.
Devotchka and Gogol Bordello each have last minute shows in NYC tonight and then a free afterparty at Brooklyn Bowl (which is where Gogol is playing)
Tonight's MNDR show at the Studio isn't listed in the tour dates we posted yesterday which included last night's benefit at the Bell House and the VV Brown show tomorrow at Bowery Ballroom.
Micachu & the Shapes performed at Bruar Falls' one-year anniversary party Saturday night (while the Morning Benders were playing at MHOW). Punkcast video from their performance below...
by Bill Pearis
Holiday Shores @ Pianos in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
For a while it didn't look like Saturday's (4/24) Bruar Falls First Anniversary show was going to be much of a party. The 1990s are stuck in the UK thanks to that pesky volcano, and German Measles canceled due to a death in the family.
To say they've recovered is a bit of an understatement. Check out the new line-up: Holiday Shores, Micachu & the Shapes, Beach Fossils, plus house band Moonmen on the Moon, Man. There's also DJs Peggy Wang (of Pains at Being Pure at Heart) and Shirley Braha (of NY Noise), plus balloons and a 1AM open bar. It should be mentioned that the show is FREE.
Holiday Shores will be running over to Bruar following their opening set at the Morning Benders show Brooklyn Vegan is presenting at Music Hall of Williamsburg (we added them a while ago, but didn't rush to announce it because the show was already sold out), that now also includes our Montreal friends The Luyas (who we added yesterday!). Meanwhile Micachu have been stuck in the U.S. also thanks to the volcano, and have been playing around NYC to keep themselves busy. Maybe you saw them last night at Mercury Lounge. And Beach Fossils are one of the areas best new bands, and put on a fun live show -- they were great last Friday at Bruar Falls, even with a substitute drummer.
Bruar Falls has become one of my favorite places to see a show (living two blocks from it doesn't hurt) and there's always a nice community vibe there. It's been a great addition to the Williamsburg music scene. Between the bands, the free booze, the balloons and the very affordable entrance fee, this should be a hot ticket even on a very busy Saturday night. You might want to get there early.
Speaking of Saturday, The Music Hall Show on Saturday with Morning Benders, Holiday Shores and The Luyas is sold out, but if you really want to go we're giving away a pair of tickets. Just send an email to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with "Morning Benders" as the subject. We'll pick a winner at random and be in touch with the lucky person tomorrow.
In other news, the 1990s show at The Bell House that was supposed to be tonight has been rescheduled for next Friday, April 30 (the whole show, not just the 1990s). Crystal Stilts, The Oranges Band (who just opened for the Hold Steady at Music Hall) and The Forgery Series (featuring Sohrab of Obits) will open. No word on whether the 1990s will play a makeup date for Bruar as well, but we'll keep you informed.
Check out a Holiday Shores video below...
"Micachu and the Shapes (and Olly) have been stuck in LA due to volcanobiotch. So we had some drinks and a brownie waffle." - Max Goldblatt
Micachu @ LPR in March (more)
Micachu & The Shapes were supposed to play the Ether Festival in London on Wednesday (4/21), but instead they'll take The Mary Onettes' spot at Mercury Lounge in NYC for a show the same day (TOMORROW). The Mary Onettes are stuck in Europe. Micachu is stuck here in the United States. Mon Khmer remains on the bill.
Stay tuned for more show details.
"Different styles jutted up against each other constantly; distorted electronica met straight-up skiffle, grime beats propelled pop melodies. This diverse sound was also recorded in a determinedly homespun fashion; guitar lines were played out on Levi's homemade six-string instrument known as "the Chu", while each song was filled with found samples, from the sound of smashing glass to the infamous vacuum cleaner whose wheezing was sampled for the track Turn Me Well (said vacuum cleaner also occasionally made its way into the band's live set)." [Guardian]Micachu & the Shapes replace The Strange Boys (who opened at Radio City) as first of third opener on the Spoon/Deerhunter tour in Chicago tonight (4/1). On Tuesday (3/30), the talented UK trio led by Mica Levi made a pit stop in NYC. They played a packed early show at West Village club Le Poisson Rouge to a crowd that was full of British accents. NYC's Tanlines opened (though I missed them). Flying Lotus played a sold out show at the same venue later that night (which I was tempted to stay for, but I headed to the Lucero show in Williamsburg instead) (there was probably time to do all three actually).
Though the hour long show was never boring, due in small part to Micachu's occasional witty banter (and her own heavy accent), there were multiple moments in the hour long show that really had the crowd roaring and dancing, like during "Golden Phone" and the explosive "Wrong". Instruments ranged from laptop to wine bottles. There was one encore and at least twelve songs played. The written setlist, more pictures from the show and some videos below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Micachu & The Shapes - Lips (MP3)
Micachu & The Shapes @ Pop Montreal 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
In addition to being at SXSW and MtyMx, Tanlines is playing a release party for its Settings EP (out March 9th on True Panther Sounds) on March 5th at Monster Island Basement. Also on the bill are Lemonade, Janka Nabay and Blondes. (It's not just a release party for Tanlines, you can get entry and 3 new 12"s from Tanlines, Lemonade and Janka Nabay for $25.)
Raisa Khan of Micachu & The Shapes sat in on keys and vocals with her friends UK band Laurel Collective at Hindenburg Mile High Club in London on Saturday, February 6th. The show was part of the band's monthly residency at the spot. Laurel Collective's debut album (actually a mini-album), Feel Good Hits Of A Nuclear Winter, came out in 2008 on Domino. Their more recent material (including a free cover of Micachu's "Golden Phone") is available online. They live up to the collective part of their name with a youthful group feel similar to Los Campesinos or Nana Grizol. Laurel Collective will be at SXSW this year for shows throughout the festival. Videos of their show with Raisa, tour dates and more are below...
photos by Ryan Muir
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.
"Opening band Micachu and the Shapes, on legendary UK label Rough Trade, warmed the crowd up with their experimental indie pop tunes and jolly demeanour. Grinning and thanking the audience, baby-faced 22-year-old frontwoman Mica Levi -- who used to DJ and MC throughout London's garage scene -- showed us what all the hype surrounding her Matthew Herbert-produced album is about." [Spinner]Micachu & the Shapes shared a BrooklynVegan-presented bill at Pop Montreal this year. More pictures from Micachue's set, below...
Animal Collective @ ATP NY (more by Ryan Muir)
So how the hell did Merriweather Post Pavilion-- an album closer in spirit to the sub-aquatic psychedelia of 2005's Feels and Panda Bear's 2007 solo Person Pitch than its predecessor-- wind up in the Billboard Top 20 and outsell both the Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand's most recent albums in North America? That mystery is ultimately the most wonderful thing about the album. Unlike so many indie-rock crossover artists before them, Animal Collective did not breach the mainstream by cleaning up their act, or adopting classic-rock conventions, or scoring a strategic soundtrack or iPod-commercial placement. And, above all, they did little to formalize their defining mercurial quality. [Pitchfork]Pitchfork posted their Top 50 Albums of 2009.
Animal Collective is DJing the Museum of Natural History in January.
No Age @ ATP NY in September (more by Ryan Muir)
tonight in NYC
* Lenny Kravitz @ Irving Plaza
* Uninhabitable Mansions @ Cake Shop
* Nick Lowe, Bill Kirchen @ City Winery
* Erin McKeown, Jill Souble @ Union Hall
* Boy Crisis, Das Racist, Paenus @ Pianos
* The Dodos, The Ruby Suns @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Raveonettes, The Black Angels @ Webster Hall
* No Age, Woods, Silk Flowers @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Titus Andronicus, The So So Glos, Eula @ Maxwell's
* So Percussion: Imaginary City @ BAM Harvey Theater
* Regina Spektor, Jupiter One @ Radio City Music Hall
* Trampled By Turtles, Jennifer O'Connor @ 92YTribeca
* A Rose Parade, I.U.D., Here We Go Magic @ Union Pool
* Georgiana Starlington, Boysen Girls, more @ Don Pedro
* Daniel Johnston, The Capitol Years, Hymns @ Highline Ballroom
* Sea Wolf, Port O'Brien, Sara Lov, Sarah Jaffe @ Mercury Lounge
* Built to Spill, Disco Doom, Violent Soho @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Tayisha Busay, DJ Melissa from Telepathe, Bad Brilliance @ Glasslands
* Real Estate, Big Troubles, Honeydos, Oneohtrix Point Never @ Monster Island Basement
Here We Go Magic got kind of big in the last year, so that's kind of cool that they're playing a low key show at Union Pool tonight with A Rose Parade. A Rose Parade is a collaboration between Gerard Smith of TV on the Radio and Shannon Funchess of Chk Chk Chk.
Daniel Johnston tours behind his new record with a show tonight at Highline Ballroom. The Capitol Years and Hymns open.
Uninhabitable Mansions, which has members of Au Revoir Simone, CYHSY!, and ex-Dirty on Purpose, play Cake Shop tonight (and a CMJ show next week).
Real Estate, full-length on the way, kick off their tour at Monster Island Basement with Big Troubles, Honeydos and Oneohtrix Point Never.
Sea Wolf (aka L.A.'s Alex Brown Church) plays Mercury Lounge tonight and Union Hall Friday, both with Sara Lov and Port O'Brien.
Port O'Brien is playing a free in-store at Sound Fix tomorrow (10/15) at Sound Fix Records.
Speaking of SNL, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers were scheduled to play a show at Wellmont Theatre but they canceled.
Nick Lowe and Bill Kirchen play City Winery.
Titus Andronicus and The So So Glos are on tour - the first show of that was at Monster Island in early September. Tonight they play Maxwell's tomorrow and tomorrow the tour wraps at the new Knitting Factory. Titus will then join Fucked Up and guests at that band's Nov. 5th event.
Peasant and others are playing a "Jingle Punks" party tonight. Flyer below..
So Percussion's BAM Next Wave show Imaginary City begins tonight, and play through Saturday, at BAM's Harvey Theater.
The BrooklynVegan CMJ show at Music Hall of Williamsburg is less than a week away.
Then three night after the Music Hall show is the BBG/Relapse official.
Japandroids, who have a long list of CMJ and non-CMJ shows coming up, played "Heart Sweats" and "The Boys Are Leaving Town" on Pitchfork's A>D>D, posted below.
A video of Micachu & The Shapes from their October 2nd show at Littlefield is posted below.
DOWNLOAD: Âme - Setsa (MP3)
A cold has prevented me from hitting many a dancefloor so far this week. As I mentioned at the end of part 1 of the Week In Dance, Micachu & The Shapes play the second New York show on their tour, at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (10/2). Check out a video of Tim Exile (who played Santos Thursday night) remixing Micachu & The Shapes, live, below and don't forget that following the Micachu show Martyn, Kotchy, Starkey, DJ Sharmaji, and Samiyam will also be at Le Poisson Rouge (11pm, now changed to 21+).
DOWNLOAD: Dada Life - Giant August Mix 2009 (MP3)
Pilooski @ Brooklyn Bowl - Sept. 26, 2009
Last week was great music-wise! On the less dancey side of things, Gonzales showcased his great talent behind the piano, not to mention a hilarious sense of humor at Joe's Pub friday night. Early Saturday night Phoenix rocked Central Park to perfection, followed by a late night dj set from Pilooski at Brooklyn Bowl, completing the weekend's trifecta of musical talents from Paris.
Pilooski's set lived up to the two I witnessed previously. Starting at 1:15, and deejaying nearly 2 hours, Pilooski treated the modest sized but seriously moving crowd to a great variety of highly danceable tunes. From some of his own expert edits ("Crawfish" by Elvis, "Beggin' " by Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, etc.), to disco, to even some harder sounding electro, Pilooski yet again, showed New York how a wonderfully diverse dj set could still be extremely cohesive and get everyone dancing. Yes, he's already been here three times this year, but I can't wait until Pilooski is back again. In the meantime, here's what's going on this week, starting with Thursday (10/1):
DOWNLOAD: The xx - Basic Space (Micachu Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Speech Debelle - Better Days (Revox) ft. Micachu and Wiley (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Micachu & The Shapes - Lips (MP3)
Micachu & The Shapes @ Siren Fest 09 (more by Chris La Putt)
Icelandic singer Bjork chats with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen about some of her favorite artists and spins an eclectic mix of music. Hear selections from Syrian musician Omar Souleyman, the post punk duo Eyeless in Gaza, fellow Icelandic singer Olof Arnalds, The Pokrovsky Ensemble and the wildly eccentric, London-based rock group Micachu and the Shapes.The Micachu song Bjork picked for that session was "Golden Phone," the video for which is posted below.
[NPR, June 2009]
Now, Micachu & The Shapes are back in North America for a set of dates including two NYC shows coming up very soon. At the first gig on Friday, October 2nd, they'll be playing at Brooklyn's Littlefield with Julianna Barwick and Mon Khmer. Tickets are on sale.
The second gig, an October 3rd Wordless Music show at (Le) Poisson Rouge, will feature ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble) who will be "performing string quartets written by Micachu (aka Mica Levi) and Jefferson Friedman. Tickets are on sale.
ACME plays another show the next week at Galapagos Art Space where they tackle the music of John Cage, Andrew Hamilton, Frederic Rzewski and Louis Andriessen. Tickets are on sale..
Before Micachu & The Shapes get to NY, they stop in Montreal where they will play a Pop Montreal showcase co-presented by BrooklynVegan (me/us). Also on that October 1st bill is Clues and Slim Twig. Check out the poster below.
All Micachu & The Shapes tour dates are below, with their "Golden Phone" video, a "special acoustic session in front of Tempelhof Airport in Berlin in August 2009" and a clip of Jefferson Friedman's "String Quartet No. 3," which ACME will be playing on the 3rd. Check them out...
Les Savy Fav @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple in March (more by Natasha Ryan)
For some, 9/9/09, is a special date because it is the last time we will see single-digit repeating numbers in a date until January 1, 2101. According to Livescience.com, 9/9/09 is significant to numerologists because the number 9 is, to coin a term, "yingyangy." In other words, it istonight in NYC
associated with noble qualities such as forgiveness, compassion and success and ignoble qualities such as arrogance and self-righteousness. Some are excited about 09/09/09 because Tim Burton's movie "9" (which reportedly has nine heroes) opens today.
But if you are a die hard Beatles fan, none of the aforementioned reasons for being jazzed about 9/9/09 (or, if you prefer, 09/09/09 or September 9, 2009 or 9/9/9) is more significant and exciting than the fact that 09/09/09 marks the day that the entire digitally remastered Beatles catalog is being released by Apple, and that "The Beatles: Rock Band" video game is being launched. [AC]
* Jay-Z @ Gramercy Theatre
* Golem, Killsonic @ Zebulon
* Skeletons Big Band @ Roulette
* Bill Frisell Trio @ City Winery
* Skits 'n Tits @ Bowery Poetry Club
* Marmoset, The March Fourth @ Cake Shop
* Boredoms: Boadrum 9, Lichens @ Terminal 5
* Dead Meadow, Hopewell @ Rocks Off Boat Cruise
* The Drones, Zaza, Bridezilla @ The Bell House
* Air Waves, Trashed on Fiction @ Columbus Park
* Sondre Lerche, JBM @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* N.E.R.D., Asher Roth @ Beach at Governors Island
* Jason Anderson, Tim Garrrigan @ Pete's Candy Store
* Death Vessel, Outernational, Cinema, Cinema @ Maxwell's
* Princeton, Phil and the Osophers, Ice Palace @ Union Hall
* Les Savy Fav, Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Tim Easton, AA Bondy, Willy Mason, Dave Godowsky @ Mercury Lounge
* Lecherous Nocturne, Gigan, Wetnurse, Mutant Supremacy @ Union Pool
* Boat Party w/ Gildas + Masaya, Cobra Krames, more @ Half Moon Cruise
* Motorhead, Reverend Horton Heat, Nashville Pussy @ Roseland Ballroom
* Elevated (film) w/ music by David Lang & CONTACT Contemporary Music @ MoMA
* Wordless Music w/ 802 Tour, Nico Muhly, Sam Amidon, Doveman @ Miller Theatre
* Database, Pfunkt, French Horn Rebellion, Kap10Kurt, Savoir Adore @ Santos Party House
* Circulatory System, Nesey Gallons, Pipes You See, Pipes You Don't @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
There's a slew of ATP NY warm-up shows tonight. Circulatory System play (Le) Poisson Rouge with band member Nesey Gallons and Pipes You See, Pipes You Don't opening. Boredoms perform Boadrum 9 with Lichens at Terminal 5. Hopewell play a Rocks Off Boat Cruise with Dead Meadow. The Drones perform at the Bell House with Zaza and Bridezilla.
Marmoset are in town for two nights - tonight they play the Cake Shop with The March Fourth.
Jay-Z is at Gramercy Theatre, a much smaller venue than the show he's playing on 9/11.
N.E.R.D. and Asher Roth play Beach at Governors Island.
Tonight is Round 2 for Sondre Lerche and JBM - this time across the river in Brooklyn at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Wordless Music at Miller Theatre kicks off with 802 Tour featuring Nico Muhly, Sam Amidon and Doveman.
Princeton celebrate the release of their new CD with Phil and the Osophers and Ice Palace at Union Hall
Alabamian A.A. Bondy joins Tim Easton, Willy Mason and Dave Godowsky for a show at Mercury Lounge.
Hannibal Buress recently landed a slot as a writer on SNL. Tonight the comedian opens for Les Savy Fav at the new Knitting Factory Brooklyn's first concert.
Air Waves and Trashed on Fiction play a free outdoor show at Brooklyn's Columbus Park (in front of Brooklyn Borough Hall) before a screening of The Fifth Element. Bands at 5:30. Film at 7:30.
Skits 'n Tits is a monthly burlesque/music variety show at Bowery Poetry Club...
A dizzying array of subversive comics, video shorts, skits, burlesque, and live music conceived by the twisted comedic minds of Jessica Delifino, Diane O'Debra, and Steph Sabelli. This month's very special HOWL Festival Edition will feature comedy from Heather Fink and Jenny Rubin, alongside stunning burlesque from The Chi-Ciones, Suspicious Package, Lil Miss Lixx and Akynos! Hilarious New Sketches and raunchy little songs from Diane O'Debra, Jessica Delfino, and Steph Sabelli. PBR will sponsor drink specials and sweet raffle prizes. You don't wanna miss this amazing all night showcase showdown, from 10pm til you fall off your chair. Live electro-rock music from guest band Hank and Cupcakes as they kickoff the dance party @ midnite! Hosted by Uncle Shappy.There's a Rocks Off Boat Party tonight with Gildas + Masaya, Cobra Krames, Robot Blair and David Bruno aboard the Half Moon which is not the boat Dead Meadow will be on. The flyer is below.
The video for Micachu & The Shapes' "Turn Me Well" is posted below.
Passion Pit gets interviewed below.
DOWNLOAD: Speech Debelle - Better Days (Revox) ft. Micachu and Wiley (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pete Lawrie - Black & Blue (featuring Speech Debelle) (MP3)
"Speech Debelle won this year's Barclays Mercury music prize last night, making her the first woman in seven years to scoop the coveted industry award.I just got excited when I found out Speech Debelle won this year's Mercury Prize. I wasn't necessarily rooting for her before.... Truth is I barely heard of her before, but after recently learning she was coming to NYC for CMJ this year, I started listening to the album over Labor Day Weekend, and I've been loving it.
The Park Lane Grovesnor hotel, in central London, erupted into cheers as the 26-year old rapper from south London rose to accept the prize for her debut album Speech Therapy.
Speech Debelle, real name Corynne Elliot, appeared overwhelmed by the occasion and looked close to tears as she accepted the prize, despite displaying a cocksure attitude in the run-up to the event telling interviewers she fully expected to win.
"It means a lot to me because it's an award judges give solely on the strength of the album," she said.
"Before they said my name I had a moment of doubt, I thought 'what if I don't win? What about all the people who supported me?' and then they announced my name and I didn't have time to react, I was being mobbed." [Guardian]
Speech Debelle told her producer Wayne "Lotek Hifi" Bennett to make her sound like a "hip-hop Tracy Chapman". For better and worse he succeeded. The 26-year-old south Londoner's debut Speech Therapy is a rap album rooted in the genre's respectable, conscious traditions - the lineage typified in the 1990s by A Tribe Called Quest, Mos Def, Common and Arrested Development.Debelle beat Florence & The Machine, Kasabian, Bat for Lashes, Glasvegas, Friendly Fires, The Horors, and others for this year's Mercury prize.
'Speech Therapy' (the album) was released here on August 18th by Big Dada and features a guest appearance by Micachu (bonus). A version of that song ("Better Days") is available for download above along with a song by Pete Lawrie that Debelle guests on. The video for "Better Days"), and some UK tour dates are below...
DOWNLOAD: The xx - Basic Space (Micachu Remix) (MP3)
The xx @ South Street Seaport on 8/14 (more by Chris La Putt)
"The XX played 972 shows in NYC this weekend but the one we saw at Mercury Lounge after they played [Mark] Ronson's Authentic Shit on [East Village Radio] was mangled by bad sound until Ronson himself handed singer/guitarist Romy Croft a new guitar and the band played one more song. Their mics worked the whole time though, along with the drum machine for the most part, so aside from some light picking, not much was missed. In fact, their eerie spareness was enhanced, and for the first time in recent memory, the people in the back stopped talking to hear what was going on." [FADER]After their epic run of NYC dates, culminating in their South Street Seaport gig on August 14th (which ones did you see?), the xx are planning another round of NYC appearances. The band opens for Friendly Fires (again) at their sort-of-previously-announced December 5th show at Webster Hall (and at other shows on that Friendly Fires tour). Tickets for the NYC Show are on AmEx presale now, general sale on Friday, August 21st at noon.
The xx also have their own headlining gig at the Mercury Lounge on November 12th. Same deal with tickets for that.
Friendly Fires and The xx played Music Hall of Williamsburg (where the girl danced) one night after Friendly Fires played Le Poisson Rouge with The Phenomenal Handclap Band (who play PS1 this Saturday, 8/22). Micachu, who remixed the xx song available for download above under the name M.A.T.H.E.S., was scheduled to play Le Poisson Rouge on October 3rd, but that has been canceled.
All FF & xx tour dates are below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Thee Oh Sees
"Largely unfamiliar with the bands on the roster, my husband and I went to Coney Island on Saturday to see Built to Spill headlining on the main stage of the annual Siren Music Festival. Normally, I love free shows. I like the freedom to walk away from a disappointing or uninteresting performance-as we did from Monotonix-without feeling guilty. And ticketless shows tend to draw all types, which appeals to the voyeur in me. Neither of us had been to Coney Island before, so it was mildly amusing to see the confluence of century old kitsch and aggressive marketing tactics by softdrink companies. (We tried a sample of something called Vio, "the world's first vibrancy drink," and it tasted vaguely like flourescent lighting and perfume.)I think she means All Points West, which is actually just one of four shows that Trail of Dead has coming up in NYC.
Anticipating the rush toward the stage as Built to Spill began, we found a decent spot where we'd be able to hear the band, if not see their faces. It was as close as we could get without my cheeks grazing across sweaty pectorals while trying to squeeze through. This is the point at any show when the fan in me starts to grin and breathe faster, to feel like I'd rather be right here than anywhere else in the world. To our horror, not only were the people around us talking so loud that we could barely hear the music, they weren't even facing the stage. The crowd was mingling as though at a singles mixer, drink in hand, shouting over the din, completely oblivious to the band on stage.
Now, while I've been known to complain about NYC hipsters at opportune times (like when I'm on the downtown L train), I generally think people are too hard on them. They're pretty benign as far as contrived fashion/music subcultures go. But when they prevent me from hearing and seeing a live performance by one of my favorite bands, simply because they can't stop yakking and flirting for a single minute, I feel, well, displeased.
Next show is hopefully Trail of Dead at All Points East. I'm bringing pepper-spray and my slapping hand." [Home on the Fringe]
DOWNLOAD: Anni Rossi - Ecology (MP3)
Tiny Mix Tapes: Any favorite experience [at SXSW], your own sets or someone else's?Anni Rossi plays a one-off show tonight (6/23) on the main stage at Pianos weekly Cross-Pollination series. Joining Rossi will be Pearl & the Beards and Ezra Furman & the Harpoons (who have a residency at the venue). Tickets for tonight are on sale.
Anni Rossi: Well, there's an artist whose out on Rough Trade right now called Micachu and the Shapes. Her and I played this show together, which was pretty notable for my set too; it was on this patio at this placed called Ms. B's. Her and I played back to back one day, and her live show is awesome. We actually played with her in New York, too.
TMT: How have your influences changed or matured, specifically in classical, on strings...?
AR: Um, well, I've always loved pop music more than classical music, from when I was little. But I think that's natural. I mean, that transitional point when I really started writing music and transitioning out of classical music was when I was playing chamber music, like quartet music. I really liked Bartók and more contemporary composers. Then I discovered Laurie Anderson and Meredith Monk -- that was maybe like 5 years ago. My musical taste now has really ranged from somebody like Modest Mouse -- I really like their recordings -- and, like, Black Sabbath I've been really into lately. I generally go through phases where I'll listen to one thing over and over.
The show comes in midst of Rossi's tour with Camera Obscura. As part of that, both acts will play Webster Hall on Wednesday, June 24th. Tickets are still on sale. In March, Anni opened for Camera Obscura at the much smaller Mercury Lounge.
Anni Rossi's second LP, Rockwell, came out in March on 4AD. In April she played "West Coast" off that record live at Permanent Records in Brooklyn. The video, with all tour dates, below...
The Village Voice is excited to announce the addition of A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS, THEE OH SEES, TINY MASTERS OF TODAY, JUSTINE D. and DeadHeat DJs to the line-up for the 9th Annual Village Voice SIREN MUSIC FESTIVAL™ at Coney Island on Saturday, July 18, 2009 from 12:00 noon - 9:00 p.m.Tickets for the after party are now on AmEx pre-sale, and go on regular sale Friday. The festival itself is free. You just take the train to Coney Island and follow the crowd.
These artists join scheduled performers BUILT TO SPILL, SPANK ROCK, THE RAVEONETTES, FRIGHTENED RABBIT, GRAND DUCHY, MONOTONIX, FUTURE OF THE LEFT, JAPANDROIDS, MICACHU & THE SHAPES and BEAR HANDS at the free, all day, all ages music festival on two outdoor stages in historic Coney Island.
The 2nd Annual Official SIREN AFTER PARTY returns to Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, July 18 at 9:00pm. FRANCIS AND THE LIGHTS and GORDON VOIDWELL are scheduled to perform with more to be announced.
Thee Oh Sees are also playing the Woodsist Fest on July 4th.
APTBS play Santos Party House with the Secret Machines this Friday night (6/19).