Entries tagged with: Neko Case
It's been a transitional year for A.V. Club. The print version of The Onion ceased publication, and much of AVC's senior staff jumped ship for Pitchfork's new film site, The Dissolve. And then they got a redesign which is still a little kink-y. But they're still one of the best all-around arts and entertainment sites as far as I'm concerned. Like just about everyone else, they dropped their Best Albums of Year list this week. Due to a few ties, A.V. Club ended up with a 23 album list, topped by Kanye West's Yeezus, which has been hovering around the Top 5s on many lists this list season. Haim's Days are Gone is at #2 and you can check out the whole list below...
Vampire Weekend @ Roseland in April (more by Robert Altman)
The Monday after Thanksgiving Weekend is looking to be Official Year-End List Day, as we've already got SPIN, and Paste, (plus ones from UK mags Q and Mojo) and now here's the one from elder rock statesman Rolling Stone, who have Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City in the top spot, with Kanye West's Yeezus at #2. RS' Top 10 also makes room for John Fogerty, Paul McCartney, Lorde and more. Haim are at #31 for those keeping score. You can check out their entire Top 50 LPs of 2013 list (which includes a couple EPs) below...
Phosphorescent at Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
by Andrew Sacher
It's the first work week of December and the year-end music lists for 2013 keep piling in. We just saw album lists from Q and Mojo, and now we get a list from a US publication, SPIN. There's not too many surprises on this one. Like last year, it shares its #1 with the highest Pitchfork-rated album of the year, and in general it features many of the albums we expect to see on these kinds of lists, including a lot of the year's big-name comebacks like My Bloody Valentine, Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Queens of The Stone Age, Boards of Canada and Nine Inch Nails, plus big breakouts like Haim and Disclosure. There are a few interesting omissions though, like Savages.
Check out their full list below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Deafheaven at 285 Kent in July (more by Lukas Hodge)
The discerning folks over at Amazon have announced their picks for the best albums, songs and artists of 2013, and Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City and Chvrches' The Bones of What You Believe filled out the top three spots on their best albums list.
A bit more of a surprise was Deafheaven coming in sixteenth overall with Sunbather and landing "Best Hard Rock & Metal" honors in both the artist and album category--Russian Circles won "Best Hard Rock & Metal" song with "1776", stealing the trifecta that was just within Deafheaven's grasp. Sixteenth-best album of the year and best hard rock and metal album of the year on a huge site like Amazon is pretty high profile for Deafheaven, the San Francisco post-black metal band that still road warriors-up for shows at small clubs. But they've been on the big stage before--to be specific, for Apple's keynote announcement for the iPhone 5c, when the cover of Sunbather graced one of the five iPhones on the projection screen behind the presenter.
Check out the top 20 best albums according to Amazon below, compare that to more old school and indie retailer Rough Trade's list, and head over to Amazon to see what else they thought was a cut above...
Neko Case at Radio City in September (more by Chris La Putt)
Neko Case has a very good new album, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, out this year, and has been supporting it on a tour that hit NYC at Radio City in September. She plays DC tonight (10/31), but she'll do some Halloween celebrating even sooner than that when she airs a Tiny Desk Concert live on NPR at 2 PM EST (aka in a few minutes from this post). The show description reads:
It's Halloween! Watch a live Tiny Desk Concert featuring Neko Case and Kelly Hogan, as well as Eric Bachmann of Crooked Fingers and Archers of Loaf. Case is keeping her outfit under wraps for now, but promises a reveal worthy of the occasion.Head to NPR to watch.
Updated tour dates are listed below...
photos by David Andrako
Mirman & Neko Case / dancing Ira Glass / Michael Ian Black
The 6th annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival just wrapped up last night (9/29), bringing four nights of laughter -- from both big names and rising talent -- to The Bell House and Union Hall. Here's picture highlights from the first two days (September 26 & 27), including: The Urbane Comedy Hour (9/26) which featured a string quartet and dancing (NPR's Ira Glass included), along with comedians Jim Gaffigan, Wyatt Cenac and Mike Birbiglia; the always popular Star Talk Live! (9/27) with astrophysicist Neal deGrasse Tyson, Eugene Mirman, Stephen Gorevan, W. Kamau Bell and Jason Sudekis; and Invite Them Up (9/27) which featured Todd Barry, Michael Ian Black, Kurt Braunohler, Neko Case (fresh off her big Radio City show) and more.
More pics below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Neko Case / AC Newman
Neko Case returned this year with her very good, long-titled new album, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, and she's been supporting it on a tour that she brought to NYC's historic Radio City Music Hall last night (9/26). Her 22-song set included most of the new album, and a bunch of others from throughout her career too. Opening the night was her New Pornographers bandmate AC Newman, who joined her on the final song of her encore, "Ragtime." Pictures of both artists are in this post.
More of those, along with Neko's setlist, below...
AC Newman @ The Rock Shop, 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As you may know, Neko Case has an impending new album (out 9/3 but streamable now) and tour this fall. For her shows in Philadelphia and Radio City here in NYC, she's enlisted her New Pornographers bandmate AC Newman to open. Maybe they'll do a couple NP songs? Tickets to the 9/26 Radio City show are still available, as are tickets to the 9/25 show at Philly's Electric Factory.
Also, as mentioned, Case is playing a free NYC show at Skylight West on Wednesday (9/4) but the RSVP is now closed.
Neko Case's new album The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You will be out on September 3 via ANTI- (but you can stream it now), and the day after that she'll be celebrating with a free Pandora/T-Mobile-presented show in NYC at Skylight West (9/4) (500 W 36 St). Doors for the show are at 7 PM, and the music goes from 8-10. RSVP is open now.
Updated dates are listed, along with a song stream from her new LP, below...
Drumgasm, the percussive alternative supergroup of Janet Weiss (Sleater Kinney, Wild Flag, Quasi), Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden), and Zach Hill (Death Grips, Hella), are streaming their self titled album at SPIN.
Texas garage punks Bad Sports (members of OBN IIIs) are streaming their new album, Bras, at SPIN.
How many Neko Case bandmembers can you squeeze into a dressing room?
We've already posted a bunch of videos this week like The Weeknd's Portishead-nicking new song, Earl Sweatshirt, Titus Andronicus covering "Glory Days", David Bowie, and more. But unfortunately we don't get to all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catch-up. Check out videos from FIDLAR (featuring more of Nick Offerman than you may be ready for), Johnny Marr, Braids, CocoRosie, Coliseum, Mikal Cronin, The Flaming Lips, Neko Case, one of Vampire Weekend giving advice to teenage girls, and more, below.
Neko Case at Lowdown Hudson Blues Fest 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
As mentioned, Neko Case is releasing a new album this year, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You. She's since announced that that album will be out on September 3 via ANTI- and features contributions from M. Ward, Kelly Hogan, members of Mudhoney, New Pornographers, My Morning Jacket, Calexico, and more. She's also shared the tracklist, which features a cover of Nico's "Afraid" in addition to 11 original songs. Neko also just revealed one of the songs that features M. Ward, "Man," which you can stream below.
She's also expanded her tour in support of the album, and it now includes a NYC show which happens on September 26 at Radio City Music Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/14) at noon with AmEx/Local presales starting Wednesady (6/12) at 2 PM.
Updated dates are listed, along with the new song stream and tracklist, below...
Neko Case at Lowdown Hudson Blues Fest 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Last night (or technically this morning) around midnight, Neko Case tweeted, "HEY, LOOK!!! IT'S FINALLY DONE!!" with a link to a video which appears to be the trailer for her new album. It features about a minute and a half of new music and then reveals the album title, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, followed by the Anti- logo. No release date has been set yet.
Watch the video, and check out Neko's upcoming list of dates (none in NYC) below...
Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.
Initial lineup below...
Portland singer-songwriter Laura Veirs is set to release her ninth album, Warp and Weft, on August 20 via her own Raven Marching Band label. The record features guest appearances from Jim James, k.d. lang, Neko Case, Brian Blade and members of old pals The Decemberists and more. You can stream the first released track from it, "Sun Song," over at NPR.
Not too long after the album's release, Laura will head out on tour, including a stop in NYC at Mercury Lounge on September 19. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (5/31) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.
We haven't had a new Camera Obscura record since 2009's My Maudlin Career but that drought will end soon. The Glaswegians will release Desire Lines on June 4 via 4AD. The record was mostly made in Portland, OR last year with producer Tucker Martine (R.E.M., Spoon, My Morning Jacket). Says singer Tracyanne Campbell:
Of all our records this was pretty much the most challenging to write, partly because of the situation we found ourselves in with having to take such a long and uncertain amount of time out, but also because it would be record number five and we were getting harder and harder to please. Working in the US with southern gentleman Tucker Martine was a positive experience. He brought a certain calmness to recording that wasn't there before. We were also delighted to have Neko Case and Jim James sing on the record too. What a treat.Camera Obscura will be previewing some of Desire Lines' tracks at SXSW this year and, as mentioned, the band will stop in NYC on the way back for a show at Le Poisson Rouge on March 19 (sold out). The band will then be back this summer for the already-announced tour with She & Him that will hit our area for a show at Central Park Summerstage on July 6 and tickets to that are still available.
All 2013 Camera Obscura tour dates are below...
We already told you that the 2013 edition of Wilco's Solid Sound Music & Arts Festival will go down June 21 - 23 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. The line-up has now been revealed and includes sets from Yo La Tengo, Os Mutantes, Low, The Dream Syndicate, Reggie Watts, onetime Miracle Legion frontman Mark Mulcahy, Neko Case and more. And Wilco, of course. "Early Worm" tickets are sold out but you can still get "Early Bird" and regular three-day passes here.
Full line-up for 2013 Solid Sound fest is below...
Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...
Check out pictures from the show they just played in Chicago with Lower Dens.
And speaking of Brooklyn, get ready for Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas.
The Compact Disc turns 30 years old today. The first CD pressed in America was Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA (though Billy Joe's 52nd Street came out in Japan before that). What was the first CD you bought?
Speaking of Bruce Springsteen, Kenny's Castaways, where he used to play is hosting their final show tonight.
Producer and TV On the Radio member Dave Sitek has launched Federal Prism, "a new record label where Sitek will personally record, mix, produce, and release a series of limited edition 12-inch vinyl picture discs with a uniquely curator-driven perspective. The vinyl will be limited to 500 numbered copies each with a jacket personally hand silkscreened by Sitek."
Federal Prism's first release is "Destroyer" by Telepathe. "The b-side of the vinyl will feature a remix by Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor with Alessandro Cortini and Atticus Ross. Sitek adds, "I told Trent I was starting my own label and would love to have him remix something on the first release. I sent him the session and before he actually said 'YES', he sent back this mighty dark space that he, Alessandro and Atticus had built for me! I was shocked and am certain I will have to keep ripping them off for years!"" It's on sale now.
Speaking of Trent Reznor, he says his his band How To Destroy Angels, have "formally partnered with Columbia Records for our next series of releases. The first of these will be available in November and it's called An Omen EP."
Scary: Ryan Adams revealed via Twitter: "Recording a track with my new pal @deadmau5 today. Sounds like BladeRunner starring Don Henley."
More scary: As if it wasn't bad enough that Bruno Mars has been announced as the host of the 10/20 episode of SNL, they're letting him be the musical performer for that episode too!
But here's some good news: Now That's What I Call Music 83 will reportedly be the last in the series.
more stuff below...
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
Speaking of the new venue, Lady Gaga's MSG (2/22) & Barclays Center (3/6) shows sold out today, so she added one more at each venue. The new dates are 2/23 @ MSG and 3/7 @ Barclays. Both go on sale Friday, October 5th at 10am.
Other NYC shows that went on sale today include JEFF the Brotherhood, Field Report, Diamond Rings, Anais Mitchell, Kelly Hogan, Callers and Petty Fest.
And regarding that Staten Island politician talking shit about her, Lady Gaga thanked him.
As mentioned, Soundgarden is releasing a new album, their first in 15 years, on 11/13. Now you can hear the first song which is streaming at the bottom of this post.
In other bands who were good in the '90s Barclays Center news and, Smashing Pumpkins warmed up for their arena tour with an intimate, two-and-a-half-hour show at Stubb's in Austin last night. The tour hits the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Halloween.
Apple knows its maps app sucks.
Trevor Dunn, who is currently on tour as a member of Melvins Lite, took to his tour diary to comment on Green Day frontman BIlie Joe Armstrong's recent freakout: "That guy's main problem is that he doesn't realize that he is Justin Bieber."
Do you love the blown-out, pixelated artork on MIA albums? You may want to buy here coffee table book then.
On a somewhat similar publishing tip, Diplo "and photographer Shane McCauley are launching the zine series Blow Your Head. Each volume will explore a different country and musical genre.
Tour diaries are hot these days. (Have you read ours with Kelly Pratt whose touring with David Byrne and St. Vincent)? Diamond Rings and Stars writing about their adventures on the road for The Huffington Post. Those adventures included a show at Webster Hall this week.
Winter is coming for everyone, it seems. Neko Case tweeted today: "Dude. I'm just gonna admit to being balls-deep in Game of Thrones on CD."
While on the subject of rock star confessions, a recent quote from Pete Townshend: "What I remember of the size of Mick Jagger's penis - I remember it as being huge and extremely tasty."
If you need more, maybe you'd like to read some Phil Collins erotic fan fiction?
Speaking of St. Vincent, today is Annie Clark's 30th birthday. Happy Birthday, Annie! We always liked this picture of her, by Chris La Putt, from her days as a member of the Polyphonic Spree:
It's also Les Claypool of Primus' birthday, who turn 49. Catch Primus on tour this fall.
Not that surprising, but awesome -Austin just became the first Texas city to endorse marriage equality.
Austin music venue Scoot Inn, a popular place to be during SXSW, has a new owner.
Kreayshawn's new album flopped.
Mumford & Sons' new album probably won't.
more stuff below...
DOWNLOAD: AC Newman - I'm Not Talking (MP3)
As mentioned before, AC Newman will release his third solo album, Shut Down the Streets, on October 9 via Matador Records. That is the cover art to the album above. You can also download the album's lush opening track, "I'm Not Talking," at the top of this post, or stream it below, and you might recognize the backing vocalist as Carl's New Pornographers' cohort Neko Case.
Stream is below.
photos by Chris La Putt
Neko Case / Charles Bradley, World Financial Center 7/12/2012
Yesterday (7/12) was the second day of the Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival at World Financial Center Plaza. Thursday's show was diverse, featuring Canadian treasure Neko Case, badass showman Charles Bradley and the tap dancing cabaret roots sounds of He's My Brother She's My Sister.
More pictures from the show are in this post. and pictures from Day 1 of the fest are here. And while he didn't review this show for us, Dave "Shirtless" Hill was there and, by the looks of his instragrams, he owned this one too:
More pictures and Neko Case and Charles Bradley tour dates below...
WHEN: Wednesday, July 11 and Thursday, July 12, 2012More details in our original post on the "fest".
TIME: 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. EST
WHERE: World Financial Center Plaza
220 Vesey Street (West Street and North End Avenue)
COST: FREE - No tickets or reservations required
PRESENTER: Brookfield Office Properties