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Bad news, good news time for fans of UK quintet Breton. The band, whose new album is out in February, were supposed to play Montreal and NYC next week (Glasslands on 12/13). Unfortunately due to Visa Issues the band are going to have to postpone their trip. It's a bummer, as Breton's new album, War Stories, is a considerable step-up from their first LP. The band are coming back for SXSW in March so hopefully they'll make a pitstop in NYC on their way to or from.

On the plus side, Breton had made an exclusive mix for BrooklynVegan for their trip next week. While the shows aren't happening, you can listen to the mix -- featuring  Mount Kimbie, Nicolas Jaar, No Regular Play, Samiyam, Beacon, and more -- below.

Continue reading "Breton postpone North American dates, but share new mix"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Mount Kimbie at MHOW - 10/8/13
Mount Kimbie

UK electronic duo Mount Kimbie brought their tour with Jonwayne and D33J to NYC earlier this week for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (10/8), their second headlining NYC show this year. Though they may not be as popular as their fellow UK pop-leaning electronic musicians James Blake or Disclosure, they share their knack for having a more interesting live show than your typical knob twiddlers, and their MHOW show was no exception. Pictures from the night are in this post.

More below...

Continue reading "Mount Kimbie, Jonwayne & D33J @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (pics)"

by Andrew Sacher

Mount Kimbie at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by David Andrako)
Mount Kimbie

UK garage duo Mount Kimbie, who transitioned from layered post-dubstep to club-friendly art pop on their new Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, have been doing some touring for that album this year, which already included a bumpin' NYC show back in May. Now they've just announced a whole slew of new North American dates to go down this fall which bring them back to NYC for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 8. No openers have been announced yet. Tickets for the MHOW show go on sale Friday (7/12) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/10) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with the video for "Made To Stray," below...

Continue reading "Mount Kimbie announce fall North American tour (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Airhead on stage w/ James Blake at T5 in May (more by Jono Bernstein)
Airhead

It's been a pretty exciting time for UK garage-inspired electronic music lately. Young duo Disclosure just put out their incredible debut album today (6/4) (and will play NYC soon), and that comes a week after the lower-key but still excellent sophomore album from Mount Kimbie (who just played NYC). Mount Kimbie's friend/collaborator James Blake also put out his sophomore album earlier this year, and now the guitarist in James' live band, better known as Airhead (who has also remixed Mount Kimbie), is set to release his debut album, For Years.

For Years comes out next week (6/11) via R&S (the same label that put out those early James Blake EPs), and like many other artists on the label, it's an album better suited for headphones than dancefloors. The beats are excellent, the melodies are gorgeous, and though there are times on the album where you can tell this is a guy who's been working with James Blake for a couple of years, for the most part he's got his own approach. The album can be streamed in full at NPR and a couple of its tracks can also be streamed below.

Airhead doesn't have any of his own North American dates scheduled at the moment, but you'll be able to see him again as James Blake's guitarist on James' North American fall tour, which hits NYC on November 6 and 7 at Terminal 5. Tickets for both NYC shows are still available. James also just uploaded a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix he made back in 2011 to the 1-800-Dinosaur soundcloud page. You can listen to that mix below.

Continue reading "listen to Airhead's debut album, 'For Years' (plus a James Blake BBC mix from 2011)"

photos by David Andrako, words by Andrew Sacher

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Mount Kimbie and friends at Bowery Ballroom

Holy Other
Mount Kimbie and friends at Bowery Ballroom

Mount Kimbie released their sophomore LP, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, this week (stream it below), and they're supporting it on a tour with Holy Other, which they brought to NYC for a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom last night (5/30).

The show kicked off with a set from dreamy shoegazers Vinyl Williams, who also played Glasslands the night before. VInyl Williams are a full band live, and bigger sounding than I thought they'd be, but still with a few kinks to work out.

Up next was electronic producer Holy Other, whose debut LP, Held, and the preceding With U EP are two of the finest electronic releases of the past few years, but as I've said before, there's not really anything to his live show that you can't get from playing the records at home. That said, was it still a really nice precursor to Mount Kimbie's set hearing Holy Other's gorgeous beats through Bowery Ballroom's soundsystem with projection-screen visualizers behind him? Yup.

Finally, headliners Mount Kimbie took the stage, and if you were expecting them to be the same kind of "guy at his computer/mixing board" setup as Holy Other, you'd be far from right. In fact, at this point they're probably more of a live band than "knob turners," or at least in the way that their pal James Blake is. Now that Mount Kimbie are doing most of their own singing, they come off more as a bass-heavy pop duo than the beatmakers they once were known as. The two main members switch off between vocals, samplers, keyboards, guitars, bass, and are backed by a live drummer (who also sometimes plays bass). But if this sounds like Mount Kimbie have went all rockist on us, that's not the case either. The music is still every bit dance music, and from one look at the crowd you'd know it. Standouts included the big pop moments like "Blood and Form" and "Made to Stray," but probably the biggest highlight for me personally was the King of Limbs-style future-garage-as-live-band jam on "So Many Times, So Many Ways."

More pictures from the Bowery Ballroom show and the MK album stream below...

Continue reading "Mount Kimbie turnt up Bowery Ballroom w/ Holy Other (pics)"

by Bill Pearis

Vinyl Williams

LA dreampop artist Vinyl Williams released Leminscate last year, a lysergic journey down the astral plane that falls just slightly to the rock side of what Toro Y Moi is doing. If you haven't checked it out yet, the whole thing is streamable via Spotify. He also just released a cover of "Walking In Space" which showtune afficianados will know is from free love musical Hair. As his sound is already in that real, it's not too different from the original but Vinyl Williams definitely puts his on spin on it. We've got the premiere of that cover below.

As mentioned, Vinyl Williams will be heading out on tour with Mount Kimbie and Holy Other, which kicks off in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on May 30 (tickets). The day before (5/29), Vinyl Williams headlines Glasslands. Lushes and Images are also on the bill and tickets for that show are on sale now.

Vinyl Willimas has also created a special interactive tour flyer for his upcoming dates, that allow you to explore their itinerary via a Myst-style game. For those bad at Myst-style games, there's a video walkthrough, along with an old-fashioned list of dates, below.

Continue reading "Vinyl Williams covered a song from 'Hair,' headlining Glasslands before tour w/ Mount Kimbie (dates, stream)"

Julia Holter @ Bowery Ballroom, 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Sparks @ Coachella 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
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Disappears @ Chicago's Lincoln Hall, April 2012 (more by Zach Pollack)
Disappears

today in NYC
* Repo Man @ Videology
* Regional De NY @ Barbes
* Karina Colis Trio @ Barbes
* Paul Williams @ Cafe Carlyle
* Maceo Parker @ Blue Note
* Sparks @ Highline Ballroom
* Slavic Soul Party @ Joe's Pub
* Quadron @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Furthur @ The Capitol Theatre
* John Grant @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Biz Markie (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* LadyHawke (DJ), Alex English @ WIP
* Turquoise Jeep, Kosha Dillz @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Steve Coleman and Five Elements @ The Stone
* Frank LoCrasto, Lapland, El Sportivo @ Littlefield
* North America, Bird Call, IJI, Daytona @ Big Snow
* Pre War, Plates of Cake, Dead Stars @ Union Pool
* Little Sur, Steady Sun, The Wives @ Shea Stadium
* Team Spirirt, Cool Serbia, Lurve @ 59 Canal Street
* Twin Tigers, Honduras, The Teen Age @ Glasslands
* Soda Shop, Make Good, The Dirty Hate @ Cake Shop
* Kaki King (solo set and with full band) @ Mercury Lounge
* OOFJ, Silent Drape Runners, Maya Vik @ Public Assembly
* Sepalcure, Jimmy Edgar, Dave Q, Nooka Jones @ Output
* Disappears, Man Forever, Violent Bullshit @ Knitting Factory
* Just Surrender, Man On Earth, Bryan Keith @ Bowery Electric
* Lovely Little Girls, Child Abuse, Cellular Chaos @ Death By Audio
* Death Threat, Incendiary, Go Deep, Old Wounds @ The Acheron
* A Is For Atom, Fancy Trash, Clara Kennedy @ Pete's Candy Store
* Ice Choir, Eraas, Heavenly Beat, Tempers, Horoscope @ 285 Kent
* Matt Pryor (of The Get Up Kids), James Dewees, Joe Michelini @ Maxwell's
* Papertwin, Camp Ground, Kodacrome, Kiss Slash, Crooked Smile @ Cameo Gallery
* Dough Rollers, Diamond Doves, Dirty Fences, The Love Ways, No Shields @ Pianos
* Secret Cove, Thick As Thieves, Isaac & Michael, Don't Upset The Bear @ Paper Box
* Babe The Blue Ox, Ida, VPN, Morning Glories, M Shanghai String Band @ The Bell House
* Crossing Brooklyn Ferry w/ The Roots, Parquet Courts, Champagne Jerry, Clare & The Reasons, Higgins Waterproof, Black Magic Band, Julia Holter, Olga Bell, Sarah Neufeld, This Is The Kit, Timo Andres @ BAM

Loads of great show options tonight. The second year of Crossing Brooklyn Ferry begins tonight at BAM, with The Roots, Julia Holter, Parquet Courts, Olga Bell and more. Tickets are still available.

There's also Chicago's motorik punks Disappears whose new line-up (Steve Shelley's not drumming anymore) makes its NYC debut tonight at Knitting Factory. You can stream their new KONE EP below. Violent Bullshit and Kid Millions' Man Forever project open, making for a great line-up. Tickets are still available.

Legendary avant pop duo Sparks, who just played Coachella, bring their "Two Hands One Mouth" tour to NYC tonight for a sold-out show at Highline Ballroom.

There's also: John Grant, Kaki King, Sepalcure/Jimmy Edgar, Turquoise Jeep and songwriting legend Paul Williams.

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Mount Kimbie made a video for their excellent single, "Made To Stray," which will appear on their new album, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth. Check it out below. Their tour with Holy Other hits NYC in May.

Another UK electronic duo, Disclosure, also have a new video. Theirs is for the song "You & Me," which appears on their upcoming debut album, Settle. Disclosure also just announced a big Central Park Summerstage show with TNGHT. Check out the new video below.

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by Andrew Sacher

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As mentioned, Mount Kimbie are releasing their new album, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, on May 28 via Warp. You've already heard the great first single, "Made To Stray," and they've now let loose another track, "Blood and Form." Even more so than "Made To Stray," this one sees the band experimenting with lead/live vocals and it works out really well. Stream it below.

Mount Kimbie's tour with Holy Other hits NYC on May 30 at Bowery Ballroom with Vinyl Williams (tickets).

Meanwhile, Mount Kimbie's pal James Blake, whose tour brings him to NYC for two live dates and a DJ set with FaltyDL in May, released his new album, Overgrown today (4/9). Stream the whole thing below via a Spotify widget, unless you've already downloaded it illegally which James wouldn't seem to mind.

Continue reading "Mount Kimbie released a new song; James Blake's album is out now (listen to both)"

Mount Kimbie

UK duo Mount Kimbie have been discussing a sophomore album and recently revealed the first single, "Made To Stray" (if you were wondering who sang on that track, we now know it was the members themselves), and now the album is finally officially announced. It's called Cold Spring Fault Less Youth and will be out on May 28 via Warp. In addition to the Mount Kimbie guys bringing their own vocals into the mix, two songs also feature vocals from King Krule. That's the album art above, and the tracklist and a stream/free download widget of "Made To Stray" are below.

The duo's previously announced tour with Holy Other hits NYC on May 30 at Bowery Ballroom with Vinyl Williams. Tickets for that show are still available.

Tracklist and song stream below...

Continue reading "Mount Kimbie announce new album (download the single)"

Veronica Falls @ MHOW, Feb 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Veronica Falls

Today is the Day @ Saint Vitus (more by Caroline Harrison for IO)
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today in NYC
* Simja @ Barbes
* Many Arms @ The Stone
* Danny Tengalia @ Pacha
* Don McLean @ B.B. King's
* People's Champs @ Barbes
* Celestial Shore @ The Stone
* Justin Vivian Bond @ Joe's Pub
* Oh Land @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Alpine, MO, White Prism @ Glasslands
* Kavinsky, Alex English @ Webster Hall
* Sweet Cyanide, Jak @ The Knitting Factory
* Cardboard, The Top, Free Time @ Big Snow
* What Model Citizens, Your Youth @ XPO 929
* The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
* Justin Vandervolgen, Sophie @ Cameo Gallery
* Stars, Milo Greene @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Todd Barry, Jay Oakerson, Paul Virzi @ The Stand
* Primes, Daddy Don't, Sirens @ Brooklyn Fireproof East
* Javelin, Hard Nips, Chances With Wolves @ Glasslands
* Art Decade, Rain Machine, Kelli Rudick @ Cameo Gallery
* Literature, Ski Lodge, The Hairs, Teen Age @ Muchmore's
Sam Lipsyte, Mike Doughty, Dave Hill @ Le Poisson Rouge
Jon Langford & Skull Orchard, Chris Mills @ The Bell House
* Weep, Siff-Rip-Us, Friendly Knowledge (DJ Set) @ Littlefield
* Lichens, Loud Objects, Rites Wild, Doron Sadja @ Silent Barn
* ALGO-RITHM, HOLOSOUND, Cry Baby, Das Moth @ Le Bain
* The Tossers, The Lost Brothers, Continental @ Mercury Lounge
* Napoleon, Haybaby, Hippy, Shark Muffin, Lunchbox @ Matchless
* Future Shuttle, Highllife, LF Wind, Blondes (DJ Set) @ Union Pool
* Sons Of Jove, I Am The Third, Thank You Scientist @ Bowery Electric
* Hector's Pets, Pop Zeus, A Rex & J Rex, Las Rosas @ Death By Audio
* The Veda Rays, Spires, The Pinkies, Rob Karpay @ The Grand Victory
* Todd Snider, Chuck Mead, Elizabeth Cook, Kevin Gordon @ Irving Plaza
* Silent Drape Runners, Pajama People, Phantom Power @ Ran Tea House
Today is the Day, Black Tusk, Ken Mode, Fight Amp @ Studio atWebster Hall
* Darlings, Permanent Collection, Field Mouse, Honey Drum @ Shea Stadium
* Crazy Pills, Bridges and Powerlines, Kit Operations, Jon Mizrachi @ Cake Shop
* Lee and The Mumbles, Bill Bartholomew, The Pushovers @ Pete's Candy Store
* Veronica Falls, Cold Showers, Juan Wauters (of The Beets) @ Bowery Ballroom
* Small Black, Heavenly Beat, Imperial Topaz, Beach Fossils (DJ Sets) @ 285 Kent
* Palenke Soultribe, Kadavar, Grandfather, Little Children, Heyerdahl, Anni @ Pianos
* XNY, Bella's Bartok, The Mayor of Bad News, Chamber Band, Joshua and the Giant @ Spike Hill
* Soulive, Robert Randolph & Lee Fields, The Expressions Horns, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds @ Brooklyn Bowl

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UK band Cheatahs were supposed to open for Veronica Falls tonight at Bowery Ballroom but are no longer on the bill, unfortunately. They'll be here next month though, with Wavves and FIDLAR. You can stream a new Cheatahs track below.

Remember we said Ben UFO was revealing something from Mount Kimbie's new album on his radio show last night? Well he ended up premiering the track "Made to Stray," a bass-y cut with some UK style art pop vocals coming towards the end. Check it out below.

Smith Westerns will release their third album, Soft Will, on June 11 via Mom & Pop. Stream the first released track from it, "Varsity," below.

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London's Mount Kimbie will be in Austin next week for SXSW, playing the Ray Ban / Boiler Room Warehouse on Saturday, March 16 with Chief Keef & GBE Squad, Mount Kimbie, Death Grips, Lunice, and Baauer b2b RL Grime, as well as Shlohmo, Skream, and "very special guests." For those not in attendance but will be near a computer, the show will stream on line at Boiler Room's website. And if you are going to be in Austin, you can RSVP here.

Meanwhile, Mount Kimbie have been hard at work on the follow-up to 2010's Crooks & Lovers which they say is "nearly there." Hopefully status will have changed to "out now" by the time of the electronic duo's full North American tour with Holy Other, that kicks off here in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on May 30. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/8) at noon. All tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Mount Kimbie working on LP #2, playing SXSW, and touring with Holy Other (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

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Squarepusher

Back in May, drill & bass master Squarepusher announced a North American tour which included a TBA NYC show set to happen on October 30. Well it turns out the NYC show will actually be on November 1 and it happens at Terminal 5 with a great list of openers; Bonobo (DJ), Holy Fuck, and Mount Kimbie. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/29) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (6/27) at noon. All Squarepusher dates are listed below.

Squarepusher released his new album, Ufabulum, in May and it's a pretty solid one. It opens with "4001," which is just about the only song that sounds like classic Squarepusher, and is then followed by, "Unreal Square," which brings in a bit of brostep bass wobble. The rest of the album sees Squarepusher diving into nutty jazz fusion and unstoppable breakbeats. You can stream three of its tracks below.

Speaking of Mount Kimbie, they've signed to Warp, the label which Squarepusher also calls home, and currently at work on their second album which will be released on the label. The Terminal 5 show appears to be their only announced North American date at the moment.

Holy Fuck and Bonobo will be in NY even sooner for Camp Bisco, which goes down from July 12-14 at Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, NY. They'll be joining a lineup which includes Tycho, Simian Mobile Disco, Skrillex, Amon Tobin ISAM, Big Boi, Crystal Castles, Yacht, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Shigeto, FaltyDL, Thundercat, and more. Tickets for the festival are still available. The full lineup is listed below.

In related news, You can also catch Holy Fuck frontman Brian Borcherdt in NYC right after Bisco with his new project, Dusted, who play Glasslands on July 15. Tickets for that show are still available.

A list of all dates and song streams below...

Continue reading "Squarepusher adds T5 date to tour (dates); Mount Kimbie signed to Warp; Bonobo and Holy Fuck playing Camp Bisco"

photos by Amanda Hatfield and Timothy Griffin

Adventure (by Tim)
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Braids (by Tim)
Braids

Braids and Adventure are on tour with Toro y Moi now. The three bands play sold out shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (4/10) and Monday (4/11).

As discussed and/or pictured HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE, we threw a free, three stage party with M For Montreal at Swan Dive and Barbarella in Austin on Saturday, March 19, 2011.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by, to all the bands who played and to Ramesh for DJing. Sorry to Bass Drum of Death for not getting to play due to some confusion. Thanks to the cast of Workaholics for stopping by and for doing some hosting (catch their show on Comedy Central now!). Thanks also to Izzoz, Sensible Portions, Honest Tea, VegAustin, Raw Revolution, NadaMoo, Firefly Vodka, Line 6, Korg, Vox, Blackstar, Nudie Jeans, and ASCAP. Thanks to everyone else that helped and to anyone I forgot.

A whole bunch more pictures from the whole day are below...

Continue reading "BV/M For Montreal Austin Day Party in pics (Braids, Adventure, Owen Pallett, Little Scream & many more)"

photos by Timothy Griffin

Mount Kimbie on Barbarella Patio (BV/M4M Day Party Saturday)
Mount Kimbie

As mentioned in a post about their collaborator James Blake, and again in a post about their opener Jamie Woon, Mount Kimbie play Le Poisson Rouge in NYC tonight (3/24) as part of a tour they've been on since SXSW where, among other shows, they played a set in the sun at the BrooklynVegan Day Party Saturday at Barbarella:

"After technical difficulties earlier in the week, London duo Mount Kimbie lucked out with the excellent sound system at Barbarella. Standing in the bar's back patio in front of the stage was like being hugged around the legs by an electric field of bass, while melodies and sound effects flitted at chest and head level.

In the burning midday sunlight, some hipster moved a pleather couch to the ideal viewing spot, dead-center in front of Mount Kimbie. He had a great view, but the really important stuff came out of the speakers.

At root, the music was about R&B chord progressions. Four chords, with all kinds of implied melody. Over that foundation, Mount Kimbie created surround-sound cave-like atmosphere with digital samplers and keyboards. Echoes with vague sources, bird-like squeaks, metallic clanks. Everything overlayed and more layers kept piling on, with initial melodies later revealed to be harmonies to more important melodies. Inevitably, a rolling/clacking beat and major bass were introduced, and that's how you knew it was dubstep, the electronic music subgenre Mount Kimbie belongs to but is constantly escaping.

Unlike dance music that repeats with little variation, Kimbie played "songs" in the rockist sense, and used instrumentation from that world, as well.

"Before I Move Off" featured a live snare drum rim shot, miked and digitally looped. "Field" featured electric guitar played ragged and distorted, as a disarmingly effective segue between pulsing techno and a beat borrowed from southern American hip hop." [Seattle Times]

Mount Kimbie were introduced by the cast of Workaholics, and went on after Trail of Dead and !!! and before a day-closing set by Daedelus.

Tickets to the NYC show are still available. More pictures from our day party and all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Mount Kimbie are on tour (NYC tonight), played SXSW (pics)"

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If you've been following along, you know that this is finally the NINTH and FINAL BrooklynVegan SXSW 2011 show announcement! This one happens on Saturday, March 19th in Austin, at both Swan Dive and Barbarella (they connect). It runs from noon-6pm and is 100% free. We are doing it with our friends from M For Montreal and it looks like this:

STAGE 1 (SWAN DIVE)
12:00 PM New Moods
01:00 PM Oh Land
2:00 PM Austra
3:00 PM Little Scream
4:00 PM Owen Pallett
5:00 PM Braids

STAGE 2 (Barbarella main stage)
12:00 PM Baths
1:00 PM Misteur Valaire
2:00 PM !!!
3:00 PM Trail of Dead
4:00 PM Mount Kimbie
5:00 PM Daedelus
HOSTED BY: the cast of Workaholics
DJs: Ramesh (of Voxtrot) & 70's Bush

STAGE 3 (Barbarella small stage)
12:00 PM Bass Drum of Death
12:45 PM Adventure
1:30 PM Versus
2:30 PM Malajube
3:15 PM Suuns
4:00 PM Weekend
5:00 PM PS I Love You
I'm ready to fall over.

And this party will also have:

AND THANKS TO:Stay tuned to @bvSXSW on Twitter for SXSW news and announcements all week long, and because it's where we'll be giving away a Blackstar HT-5 Amp.

To celebrate the BrooklynVegan + M for Montreal party, Nudie Jeans is also giving away 5 pairs of jeans (one pair for each day leading up to the party). For your chance to win, friend Nudie Jeans on facebook and send an email titled BROOKLYN VEGAN to nudie@wantagencyinc.com. For those at the party, we'll also be raffling off more Nudie Jeans you can win while you're there.

We're also happy to announce that, for the second year in a row, we'll be partnering with our friends at VegAustin to host a vegan bake sale for charity at the party. All proceeds will be donated to Compassion Over Killing.

Check out the flyer and stuff below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan & M For Montreal Free Saturday Austin Day Party lineup (3 stages @ Barbarella & Swan Dive)"

by Andrew Sacher

James Blake

London dubstep producer James Blake is a classically trained pianist who studied popular music at Goldsmiths University in London. He began his music career under the moniker Harmonimix, creating remixes of pop songs. The first and only release under the Harmonimix moniker was a single in January 2010 with a remix of Destiny's Child's "Bills Bills Bills" b/w a remix of Lil Wayne's "A Millie." He spent the rest of 2010 gaining attention with the release of three EPs under his own name, and performing as the third member of Mount Kimbie's live show, which cemented him as a strong force in the dubstep scene.

His self titled debut full length drops February 7 on ATLAS/A&M in the UK. A US release date has not been announced yet, but Blake just signed to American major label Universal Republic (UPDATE: Universal will release the album digitally on February 8). The album blends the dubstep elements he experimented with on his EPs with a range of indie rock and R&B influences, and also for the first time features James Blake on lead vocals. He often includes manipulated vocal samples, but only samples of his own voice. James Blake falls somewhere between a more minimalist version of Burial fronted by the vocal layerings of Bon Iver's "Woods," while not failing to showcase his talent as a pianist. And arguably as interesting as what you hear on this album, is what you don't hear. The album's sparse passages with little to no sound leave you listening as intently as the hypnotic vocal loops.

In addition to ten original songs, James Blake also includes a cover of Feist's "Limit To Your Love." Listen to that below. A music video was also recently released for the album's second track, "The Wilhelm Scream." You can watch that video below too. He recently performed a live session for BBC Radio (after placing second in BBC's Sound of 2011) and videos of three songs are available. Below is the video for "Wilhelm Scream." On BBC's site two other videos are available; "Lindisfarne" and his Feist cover.

Blake has been confirmed for this year's SXSW lineup, currently his only confirmed US appearance, but there are plenty of upcoming chances for those in the UK to catch him - both live and as a DJ. Mount Kimbie however is playing Le Poisson Rouge on March 24th (though I assume without James?).

We'll obviously let you know if any more US JB dates are announced. Meanwhile, all currently announced dates, videos, the album's tracklist and more stuff below...

Continue reading "James Blake"

interview by Billy Jones

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Memory Tapes

"For a guy who's never been on tour before, Dayve Hawk's Memory Tapes does a much better job than many bands well-versed in live performance. It's probably because his music is just so good he'd have to work hard to make it sound bad, and with the addition of live drumming and guitar, it sounded totally fantastic. It took me a while to warm up to Seek Magic, but live his work is clarified, catchy, and precise, more immediate than on the album. Vocals and instruments rose above sound effects. Indeed, a Memory Tapes record is for spaced-out, sunny afternoons; a Memory Tapes show is a place to let go and dance. We always need more of those. Thanks for giving us another one, Dayve." [Tiny Mix Tapes]
Memory Tapes brings his live show to Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night. As mentioned more than a few times, the show is the BrooklynVegan Northside showcase which will also feature performances by Twin Sister, Dom and Zaza. Tickets are still on sale or you can try and use your Northside badge to get in.

Billy Jones, who recently talked to Dave Sitek on the phone and Dom via Gchat, caught up with Dayve Hawk via email. Their conversation can be read below....

Continue reading "an interview w/ Memory Tapes (who plays MHOW Saturday) "