Entries tagged with: Nicolas Jaar
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Kendrick Lamar / Flying Lotus / HEALTH / U.S. Girls
To the great relief of ticket holders, festival organizers, music bloggers and the hip-hop gods themselves, Kendrick lived up to the hype. Giving the rapper a giant stage with perfect weather in a city that loves him might have been equivalent to tossing a nice, fat softball to a man holding a flat-bottom shovel, but he still gets credit for knocking it out of the park.After a successful day 1, Houston's inaugural Day For Night Festival wrapped up on Sunday, December 20. The second and final day had sets from Kendrick Lamar, Holly Herndon, HEALTH, Death Grips, Dan Deacon, Flying Lotus, Nicolas Jaar, U.S. Girls, and more. Pictures continue below...
Introduced by a tight vamp from his four-piece band and a massive screen that read "Never trust a n*gga with cornrows," the braided-up Lamar took the stage with a graceful humility, smiling gently and waving to the sea of people before him. His flow was up to speed beginning with his very first song, the jazzy "For Free?" and a lot of people in the crowd were nailing every word, too. This was it. This was the weekend's headlining act. Fans were going nuts for stuff like "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe," which featured a maniacal guitar solo in the middle, and "Swimming Pools (Drank)," another one from his breakout album, good kid m.A.A.d city. [Houston Press]
Pitchfork have published their 100 Best Tracks of 2015 list. The criteria was "any track that was released in 2015 or had its greatest impact in the U.S. during this year was eligible," which allows for stuff like 2014 releases from Fetty Wap and D'Angelo to count. Including guest appearances, Kendrick Lamar shows up four times, two of which are in the top five. Drake, Grimes, Jamie xx and Future all show up three times each. It includes a few singles off 2016 albums, like David Bowie's "Blackstar," ANOHNI's "4 Degrees" and Savages' "The Answer," one-off collaborations like WOKE (aka Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Shabazz Palaces), last-minute 2015 releases like Jeremih's "Oui," and surprise comeback singles like Missy Elliott's "WTF (Where They From)." If you were wondering, Adele's "Hello" is here (ranked very high), and yes, so is Justin Bieber. There's also some representation from less commercial stuff like the hardcore band G.L.O.S.S..
Check out the whole list below...
Austin's Levitation Festival already announced a few of its 2016 performers, including Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, plus Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Sleep, Lee Scratch Perry, Ty Segall, Black Mountain, and Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats. The full lineup has new been revealed and also includes Caribou, Slowdive, Super Furry Animals, Boris, Dungen, The Black Angels, Sunn O))), Royal Trux, Oneohtrix Point Never, Shabazz Palaces, Lee Ranaldo, Ultimate Painting, Nicolas Jaar and more.
Levitation happens April 29 - May 1 at Carson Creek Ranch in Austin. Weekend passes are on sale and full lineup is listed below.
photo: Teenage Jesus & the Jerks at MHOW in 2009 (more by Lori Bally)
It begins on December 8 with recent Other People signee Okokon, ambient great William Basinski, and a live improv set from Bladerunner and no waver Arto Lindsay. Not to be confused with John Zorn's band of the same name, Bladerunner is a five-piece band including Nicolas Jaar, his Darkside bandmate Dave Harrington, live Darkside member Will Epstein, Tlacael Esparza (ARMS/Friend Roulette) and Samer Ghadry. Tickets are on sale.
Then on December 9 it's a Nicolas Jaar DJ set in the basement (100 cap, tickets only available at doors), followed by influential hip hop DJ Afrika Bambaataa spinning a vinyl-only DJ set on December 10 with Against All Logic (DJ), Solpara (live), DJ Slugo (DJ), and Valentin Stip (DJ). Tickets are on sale.
Lastly, legendary no wave band Teenage Jesus & the Jerks will reunite once again to close the residency on December 11. Singer Lydia Lunch plays shows a good amount, but Teenage Jesus haven't played since their 2009 reunion (which had Thurston Moore on bass). That show is with A Pleasure (live) and Hollow Earth b2b Ancient Astronaut. No word on what the band's lineup will be for this yet. Tickets are on sale now. Other People reissued a live TJ&TJ LP earlier this year.
Listen to some of the artists below...
The Big Ears Festival will return in 2016 from March 31 to April 2 to various venues in downtown Knoxville, TN. The lineup includes Bryce Dessner, Philip Glass, The Gloaming, Yo La Tengo, Andy Stott, Wolf Eyes, Marc Ribot, Andrew Bird, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Lambchop, Shabazz Palaces, Bombino, Molly Nilsson, Laurie Anderson, Sunn O))), Angel Olsen, Faust, Kamasi Washington, Circuit des Yeux, Ikue Mori and many more.
Tickets go on sale on Friday (10/23) at noon EST. Check out the full lineup below...
"Tutti Fruiti" single art on the drawing board
New Order will release "Tutti Fruiti" (featuring La Roux's Elly Jackson) as the official second single from their new album, Music Complete which will come with a handful of remixes, including one by Hot Chip who make the song a little more bleepy/bloopy. You can stream it below.
Hot Chip's "Tutti Fruiti" remix is also one of the first contributions to a new site, New Order's Singularity, which will feature artists talking about the band's wide-reaching influence. Alexis Taylor writes:
Whether it is walking the streets late at night with 'Thieves Likes Us' as my soundtrack, or having the pleasure of remixing their new single with Hot Chip, New Order will always be a huge part of my life. They are true pioneers who manage to strike a great balance between emotional sincerity on record and good natured, irreverent charm in person.The site, which just launched, also features a New Order playlist from The Cure's Robert Smith, and testimonials from Factory Floor (New Order drummer Stephen Morris produced an early FF single) and Algiers.
Still no word on a North American tour, but New Order will play Houston, TX's Day for Night Festival which happens December 19 & 20 and also features Kendrick Lamar, Janaelle Monae, the Philip Glass Ensemble, Dillon Francis, Death Grips, Nicolas Jaar, Psychic TV, Cocorosie, Elephant, Holly Herndon, U.S. Girls, Prince Rama and more. Festival passes are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
Related: Hot Chip just released a studio version of their cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark."
Ghostface Killah and DOOM have released a new DOOMSTARKS song, "Lively Hood," as part of the Adult Swim Singles Club. You can stream or download it below. The song will also be released as a 7" single via DOOM's Gasdrawls and Metalface/Nature Sounds.
Ghostface and DOOM claim they will released the much-delayed/anticipated DOOMSTARKS album this year. They will perform together at the III Points Festival in Miami (October 9-11) though it will be Ghostface in person while DOOM is coming from "the other side of time" and will be "transported Star Trek-style directly onto the III Points Festival stage." What exactly that means, we shall see.
The III Points Festival also features performances by Nicolas Jaar, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, The Field, King Krule, Warpaint, Toro Y Moi, AlunaGeorge, Empress Of and lots more. Full lineup is listed below.
Via press release...
FYF Fest's 12th year kicks off this Saturday at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena & Exposition Park. Kanye West will now headline Saturday night's Main Stage. Frank Ocean has decided on his own terms to cancel his appearance.Tickets are still available, and this lineup tweak may have upped their demand just a bit. Check out the full schedule.
With a lineup that already includes Morrissey, D'Angelo and the Vanguard, FKA Twigs, Chet Faker, Flume, Belle & Sebastian and more, FYF Fest is excited to have Kanye West play this weekend in his newly adopted home of Los Angeles.
Retrovirus, no wave legend Lydia Lunch's project with Weasel Walter (Flying Luttenbachers, Behold... The Arctopus), Bob Bert (Sonic Youth) and Tim Dahl (Child Abuse), have some shows coming up this month and next. They play LA this weekend, two New Zealand shows in August, and NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on August 23. Tickets for LPR are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
In related news, Nicolas Jaar will release a collection from Lydia Lunch's former band Teenage Jesus and the Jerks on his Other People label. It's called Live 1977-1979, and includes recordings from NYC's Max's Kansas City and CBGB and Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern. That follows Other People reissuing Lydia's Conspiracy of Women earlier this year.
Lydia isn't the only legendary no wave musician playing LPR in August. Three days later, Ikue Mori will be there playing a collaborative set with guitar great Marc Ribot. They'll be opening for Earth, for whom it's the first of two NYC stops on their tour. Tickets for that show are still available, and we're also giving away a pair on Facebook.
Ikue also plays Roulette on Saturday (8/1), and has a bunch of upcoming appearances at The Stone. She plays there August 10 with Bruce Ackley, Mike Lockwood and Jen Baker, and twice in September during vocal quartet Mycale's residency. That includes 9/17 with Mycale and 9/20 with Sylvie Courvoisier and Jim Black.
She then plays Jon Rose's October residency on 10/11 with Rose and John Medeski. After that, she plays 8 PM and 10 PM sets on November 18 during Zeena Parkins' residency. The early set is Ikue and Zeena, and the late set has that duo joined by Erik Friedlander and Cyro Baptista. Other artists playing Zeena's residency include Nate Wooley, White Out, Nels Cline, Okkyung Lee, and more. Full schedule here.
Lastly (for now), Ikue plays the 12/18 date of Chuck Bettis' residency with Bettis and Sylvie Courvoisier. We mentioned earlier today that Chuck's residency also includes Mick Barr, who has his own residency at the venue in August. That one includes an 8/19 show with Retrovirus member Tim Dahl.
Watch a live Retrovirus video, with their list of tour dates, below...
LA's annual FYF Fest returns August 22 & 23, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Morrissey, The Jesus & Mary Chain, D'Angelo, Frank Ocean, Bloc Party, Run the Jewels, Deerhunter, Belle & Sebastian, Spiritualized, Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Joyce Manor, Title Fight, METZ, Cold Cave, Melody's Echo Chamber, Battles, Neon Indian, Alvvays, La Femme, Mikal Cronin, Hop Along and more.
Tickets go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon PDT. Full lineup below...
photos by P Squared Photography
"Darkside, final show, at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. One of the best shows I've seen in a long while." - Alex Schaaf
Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington's collaborative Darkside project has come to an end ("for now"), but before the break they played their "last show" at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Friday (9/12) with their pal Valentin Stip opening. For a band who's headlined Terminal 5, the Masonic Temple was a more intimate location for them (and sold out), and a nice space for their sound. Plus, lots and lots of smoke.
More pictures and a couple videos from the show, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can check out the full list below...
Darkside in Chicago in January (more by Brigid Gallagher)
Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington have announced that their collaborative project Darkside will be coming to an end ("for now") this year. Their "last show" will take place in their hometown of NYC on September 12 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, a smaller space than their last show here at Terminal 5. The show will be opened by Valentin Stip who's signed to Nico Jaar's label. Tickets are on sale now. Their only other US date is FYF Fest. They've also got some international dates which are listed below.
The band have also released two songs recorded while they made their LP, Psychic, which didn't make the cut. Stream those (one appropriately called "Gone Too Soon"), with the list of dates, below...
You may have heard by now that Scout LaRue Willis (daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore) has been protesting against Instagram's nudity policy by walking (and buying flowers) around NYC topless and tweeting pictures of herself doing so with the #FreeTheNipple hashtag. Via NY Daily News:
"Legal in NYC but not on Instagram," Willis tweeted about her snaps. She captioned another: "What @Instagram won't let you see #FreeTheNipple""This is about helping women feel empowered to make personal choices about their bodies not dictated by what society says is decent," she says.
Her protest came after the social media platform removed one of her photos for violating its Community Guidelines.
The photo that got deleted was one of a sweatshirt that depicted two topless women, nipples clearly visible.
"My comfort with my body should not be dictated by how others perceive me," Willis tweeted. "However, I don't wish to force this view on anyone. If you don't like what you see, simply unfollow me."
You may remember that in addition to having famous parents, Scout is also a frequent Nicolas Jaar/Darkside collaborator. Nico's pal Valentin Stip, who put out his debut LP, Sigh, on Jaar's Other People label earier this year, will next play NYC on June 21 at Cameo with Justin Miller and Evan Michael. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Bruce and Demi's other daughter Tallulah (who some also call rebellious for her tattoo of a dog's head) is also involved in music. You may recall she teamed up with Odd Future's Tyler the Creator and Syd tha Kyd for Tyler's "Tamale" and is/was dating Lucas of Odd Future.
Syd tha Kyd also recently scheduled a NYC show happening June 6 at Baby's All RIght with White Sea, Morgan Kibby's (of M83) band who just played Sasquatch. Tickets for the Baby's show are on sale now.
Stream some Valentin Stip, Syd tha Kyd and White Sea below...
Celebrating their 15th anniversaries in style, Montréal's high profile digital arts festival Elektra, and electronic music and digital creativity institution MUTEK, have joined forces, synchronized their dates and created one powerhouse combined event this year. To accommodate their ambitious plans, this two-festival-in-one affair, christened EM15, has extended itself by a day to make room for its shared agenda. Now starting on Tuesday May 27, programming runs six days until Sunday June 1, and will feature more than 100 Canadian and international artists, and several new venues.The multi-venue Montreal festival EM15 revealed its full lineup which includes Nicolas Jaar (with some his friends like Will Epstein and Sasha Spielberg), Donato Dozzy, Ricardo Villalobos, Lee Bannon, Voices from the Lake, Archie Pelago, Heatsick, Richie Hawtin, Ben Frost, Holly Herndon, Egyptrixx, Jonas Reinhardt, Oneohtrix Point Never, Tim Hecker and more. Tickets, including festival passes and individual show tickets, are on sale now.
Full day-by-day lineup below...
Valentin Stip, who you may have caught opening for Nicolas Jaar in the past, is now releasing his debut album, Sigh, via Jaar's Other People label (also home to High Water and Vtgnike), and it's streaming in full at the Other People site.
Valentin Stip has a few release parties for Sigh coming up, including one in France and another here in NYC at Output on February 28 with Ben Klock and Francis Harris. Tickets for that show are available here and here. UPDATE: He has a few other dates too, all of which are listed below.
Show flyer, along with a recent mix Valentin Stip made, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Russian producer Vtgnike has signed to Nicolas Jaar's new-ish Other People label (also home to Valentin Stip, whose debut LP Sigh is streaming), and he'll release his newest album, Dubna, on April 2 via his new label home. The album's new single, "Hi Fashion," blends atmospheric bass with shuffling rhythms into a chilled out mix that sounds right at home on Other People. That song makes its premiere in this post, and you can stream it below. That's the album artwork above, and the tracklist is below as well.
In related news, Nicolas Jaar brings his Darkside tour to Terminal 5 this week (2/8). After the Darkside tour, member Dave Harrington plays a solo show at Silent Barn on February 20 with Arms (solo), Abandoned Lighthouse and La Guadalupe.
DOWNLOAD: High Water - Someday (MP3)
Will Epstein aka High Water (not to be confused with High Water or High Water)
Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington's prog/dance duo Darkside's previously discussed tour will hit Terminal 5 for a huge sold out show this Saturday (2/8), and since we last spoke, we noticed that High Water is opening all remaining dates on the tour, including T5.
In case you needed to be confused today, the openers on the tour are NOT Bay Area indie rockers High Water, who we recently wrote about. The openers are also NOT the York, PA hardcore band High Water, which Terminal 5's website links to as the opener.
The opener, in fact, is a third artist named High Water, the project of multi-instrumentalist Will Epstein. Will has collaborated with Nicolas Jaar on multiple songs, like when he contributed saxophone to "And I Say," and has performed live with him like at his 2012 MHOW show. This past October, High Water released his debut EP, The Beautiful Moon, on Jaar's Other People label. You can download "Someday" from that EP above or stream it below. Regarding how he came up with the name, Will told Cool Hunting:
Names are a tricky beast. There wasn't that much thinking. It actually came about in a conversation with a friend of mine; she actually said it first a few months before and it stuck with me. "High water" has a lot of connotations, of both water being a life-giving force but also a high water being very much a thing of our time, that kind of impending doom. It can embrace you in a warm way as well.Well, maybe there should have been a bit more thinking, or at least Googling!
In related news, after the Darkside tour, member Dave Harrington plays a solo show at Silent Barn on February 20 with Arms (solo), Abandoned Lighthouse and La Guadalupe.
Updated Darkside/High Water dates are listed, along with song streams, below...
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.
Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington's Darkside project have a tour coming up that includes a huge Terminal 5 show coming up, but they'll be doing something way more intimate at Glasslands on FRIDAY (11/22) with Justin Miller. Tickets are on sale NOW.
This is one of two surprises Darkside gave us this week, because last night (11/20) Nico DJed a surprise gig at Cameo that was announced about an hour before 11 PM doors.
Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington's prog/dance duo Darkside just released their new album, Psychic, and have now announced they'll be supporting it with a tour. The tour culminates in NYC with what will be by far their largest show here yet, Terminal 5 on February 8 (their last was at Music Hall of Williamsburg). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/18) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/16) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with streams of two tracks from the LP, below...
DOWNLOAD: Darkside LP clip (ZIP)
As discussed, Darkside, the prog/dance duo of Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington, finished recording their debut LP and gave a listening party for the whole thing in NYC last week (8/20). Yesterday (8/25), they made 11 minutes of the new album available to hear on other-people.net, which posts new music every Sunday. You can listen to the clip of the record here or download it for free above. Starting next week, downloads will only be available to members.
Darkside, the prog/dance duo of Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington, released an EP back in 2011 and made their live debut soon after. Now they've just announced on Facebook that they finished recording their first full length record, and in even more exciting news, if you're in NYC, you can hear it tonight (8/20)! They'll be playing the test pressing at 99 Attorney St. at 7:30 PM. FIrst come, first served.
As you may know, earlier this summer, they remixed Daft Punk's Random Access Memories in its entirety under the name Daftside. You can stream that below...
Anthrax at Wellmont Theater in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
today in NYC
* Asssscat 3000 @ UCB
* Jamie Saft @ The Stone
* Furthur @ Capitol Theatre
* Kingston Yard @ The Stone
* Junior Brown, Sturgill Simpson @ City Winery
* Dead Milkmen, The Brooklyn What @ Bowery Ballroom
* Gracie & Rachel, Money and King, Luray @ Cameo Gallery
* Anthrax, Exodus, Municipal Waste, Holy Grail @ Irving Plaza
* Brother Reverend, Reputante, Divining, No Kill @ Glasslands
* Raven, A Sound of Thunder, Holy Grail, Brohammer @ Saint Vitus
* Big Neck Police, Bluffing, The Gradients, Large Lady @ Silent Barn
* Colleen Green, Habibi, Pop Zeus, Juniper Rising @ Death By Audio
* The Nowadays, Tommy Kodak & The Loaders, Viking @ Cake Shop
* Hannibal Buress, Neal Brennan, Todd Barry, Calez @ Knitting Factory
* Dusty Brown, Life In A Blender, Sarah Donner @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Sadat X, Grand Puba (of Brand Nubian), ArtiFacts, DITC Crew @ S.O.B.'s
* Aspects of War, Bad Noids, Violent Reaction, Slugz, Anasazi @ Saint Vitus
* Vulture Shit, Clean Girls, Old Monk, Low Fat Getting High @ Bowery Electric
* Drowners, Summer People, The Can't Tells, Rewards @ Brooklyn Bowl (DJ)
* O'Death, Big Wilson River, Nude Dudes, Thomas Wesley Stern @ Mexicali Live
* The BlkHands, Skyzoo, Skyway, Ragnarok, Doc Casion @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Crazy Spirit, Green Beret, Hound of Hate, Extoplasm, Altered Boys, Nomad @ 285 Kent
* After The Burials, Within The Ruins, The Contortionist, Glass Cloud, City in The Sea @ Santos Party House
* En Nihil, The [law-rah] Collective, Iron Forest, A Murder of Angels, Kama Rupa, Lussuria, Jane Vixen (DJ), Theologian Prime (DJ) @ Public Assembly
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Hope everyone had a great Record Store Day yesterday. As always, many of the previously unreleased tracks that came out yesterday have wound up on the internet. Check out streams of MGMT's new single, "Alien Days," Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' Push the Sky Away b-side, "Animal X," Chelsea Wolfe's "Fight Like Gods" from her split with King Dude, Nicolas Jaar's remix of Grizzly Bear's "Sleeping Ute," and the video for Garbage and Screaming Females' Patti Smith cover below.
As mentioned, Pharrell was promising something "extra special" for his House of Vans show on Friday (4/19), and though Daft Punk didn't show up, he did play his new collaborative single with the duo, "Get Lucky." Three times. Check out a video of that below (via CoS).
From December 6 through 9, Miami Beach, Florida, will host the 11th edition of Art Basel, the most prestigious art show in the Americas. More than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will take part, showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.In addition to the official events of Art Basel in Miami, there are loads of parties going on throughout the city, including a Kurt Cobain tribute at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts on December 6 that includes an appearance by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and a 15 minute live dance performance based on the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video. More info is here.
The exhibiting galleries are among the world's most respected art dealers, offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers. Special exhibition sections feature young galleries, performance art, public art projects and video art. The show will be a vital source for art lovers, allowing them to both discover new developments in contemporary art and experience rare museum-caliber artworks.
Other music artists playing shows during or around Art Basel include Chromatics, Prince Rama, Nicolas Jaar, Purity Ring, Twin Shadow, Brenmar, Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, Dan Deacon, Hundred Waters, ITAL and Jacuzzi Boys. Paper Mag has a pretty good guide to some of it.
If you're going to Miami, we'd like to point out that BrooklynVegan photographer Dana (distortion) Yavin will be showing more than 26 prints of her mostly-BrooklynVegan concert photography (including Morrissey, Iggy Pop, Pearl Jam, Fiona Apple, Snoop Dogg, Madonna and more) in two different galleries, LMNT and OVERTURE, from December 4 - 9. A flyer for the show below has more details.