Entries tagged with: Nicolas Jaar
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.
DOWNLOAD: Nicolas Jaar & Theatre Roosevelt - "The Ego" (MP3)
"Teddy's ghost wishes you a happy thanksgiving!"
In honor of Thanksgiving/Black Friday, Nicolas Jaar and "Theatre Roosevelt" (aka "Teddy's Ghost) have unleashed a free song onto the internet today (11/23) called "The Ego." You can download it above or stream it below.
photos by Oliver Correa & Amanda Rohowsky / HiFi Cartel
"Mykki Blanco freaking out the crowd at Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival. #fierceness #nobros" - Tavia Nyong'o
"#BEMF Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
exceeding expectations after 1 set" - Schuyler Van Horn
Nicolas Jaar / Gold Panda @ MHOW, 11/10/2012
The 2012 Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival went down this past weekend (11/9-10) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Glasslands, Cameo, Public Assembly, 285 Kent, and Brooklyn Bowl, with shows running until about 4 AM each night. A worthy alternative to people who don't like the excesses of major electronic festivals like Electric Zoo and Ultra Music Festival, BEMF has become one of the most forward thinking ones around. And this year may have been their best lineup yet with some great names in IDM, downtempo, post-dubstep, deep house, instrumental hip hop, and more like Nicolas Jaar, Gold Panda, Photek, Nguzunguzu, Kingdom, Mykki Blanco, Salva, Shlohmo, and many others.
N. 6th St. in Williamsburg was flooded with people, likely due to having Public Assembly right next to Music Hall of Williamsburg which is just down the street from Cameo, and the ticket pickup tent in the parking lot across the street. (Not that N6 isn't a madhouse anyway on the weekends.) But also very likely that on Saturday night it was due to one of the festival's most in-demand acts, Nicolas Jaar, whose set was pushed back from 1 AM to 2:30 AM after the last-minute addition of Dave P. Ashley from Et Musique Pour Tous wrote, "I've never seen Music Hall of Williamsburg as crowded as it was last night. For the first half hour of Nicolas Jaar's hour and a half long set, nobody could move, and dancing was an intimate experience to be shared with strangers." Hazel Sheffield call his set "precocious," writing:
He turned the chorus from Cat Power's 'Cherokee' - "Marry me, marry me to the sky," - into a slowburning, plaintive swirl of a lyric, then slipped the clanging chords from Dave McCallum's 'The Edge', best known as the opening sample on Dre's 'Next Episode', into an interlude, sending people wild for about two seconds, before they realised the joke was on them. Precocious, then. But completely absorbing.He also wrote that "not all of the acts at BEMF were so wilfully subversive," and that some of the DJs like Salva, who played Public Assembly on Saturday, kept things on the more in-your-face dancey side.
More pictures from the festival below.
BEMF 2010 (more by Chris Doss)
The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival is here tonight (11/9) and Saturday (11/10), and since our last update, the full schedule has been revealed. They're no longer using Villain as one of the venues, but will be using 285 Kent instead.
Tonight's updates include Omar S, Drop the Lime, Nick Catchdubs, Morri$, Deadboy, Jackmaster, and Matt Shadetek playing Public Assembly; and Nadastrom & Sabo, Uproot Andy & Geko, and DJ Blass playing 285 Kent (all ages). Those are in addition to the previously discussed sets by Gold Panda, Photek, and more at Music Hall of Williamsburg; Nguzunguzu, Kingdom, Fatima Al Qadiri, MikeQ, and more at Glasslands; and Braille, Brenmar, Mykki Blanco, Mess Kid, and more at Cameo.
Saturday's updates include Groundislava, Shlohmo, Salva, Lazy Brow, Jubilee, Wildlife!, Dre Skull, Dubbel Dutch, Fantasy Thrilla, and a special guest at Public Assembly; and Hussle Club and Body Language at Brooklyn Bowl. Those are in addition to the previously discussed sets by Nicolas Jaar, Lauren Flax, Nick Hook, and Heathered Pearls at Music Hall of Williamsburg; KI:Theory, FaltyDL, Benji B, and Pearson Sound at Cameo; and Baths, XXYYXX, Hiawatha, and Shadowbox at Glasslands.
Tickets for the festival are still available, including 2-day passes, 1-day passes for Friday (Saturday is sold out), and a special all ages ticket, which grants you access to tonight's 285 Kent stage (the rest of the venues are 21+).
Flyers with full lineups and set times are below...
FaltyDL - 'Hardcourage'
As mentioned, FaltyDL has been at work on his new album, Hardcourage, which features the single "Straight & Arrow." Details on the album have surfaced and we now know that it comes out on January 22 via Ninja Tune. That's the awesome cover art above [very Barney Bubbles - Bill] and the tracklist, including "She Sleeps," a collaboration with Friendly Fires' Ed Macfarlane, is below. The "Straight & Arrow" single comes out next week (11/13) via Ninja Tune and features remixes by Four Tet, Gold Panda, and MikeQ & Divoli S'vere. FaltyDL also just revealed the video for that track, which you can watch below.
As mentioned, FaltyDL will play Webster Hall on December 7 with Skream, but you can catch him in NYC sooner than that because he's been added to the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, which happens this Friday (11/9) and Saturday (11/10). FaltyDL plays Cameo Gallery on Saturday with Pearson Sound, Benji B, and Ki:Theory.
Since we last spoke, the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival has revealed more of its schedule (some of it is still TBA though). You already know that Music Hall of Williamsburg is hosting Gold Panda and Photek on Friday and Nicolas Jaar and Nick Hook on Saturday. In addition to Cameo's aforementioned Saturday lineup, on Friday they have Metro Area, Braille, Brenmar, Mykki Blanco, and Mess Kid. Glasslands has Kingdom, Nguzunguzu, Jam City, MikeQ, and Rizzla on Friday, and Baths, XXYYXX, Hiawatha, and ShadowBox on Saturday. Lineups are still TBA for Public Assembly, Brooklyn Bowl, and Villain. Tickets for the festival are still available.
FaltyDL video and album tracklist below.
DOWNLOAD: Photek - "Pyramid" (MP3)
Last week, we mentioned that Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival expanded their lineup. The full schedule still hasn't been revealed, but it's been announced that Music Hall of Williamsburg will host two great double bills as part of the festival. On November 9, it's Gold Panda and Photek, and on November 10, it's Nicolas Jaar (live) and Nick Hook of Cubic Zirconia. Admission to those shows is gained by purchasing a festival pass, which are on sale now. 1-Day passes for each day and 2-Day passes are available.
Photek, who celebrated the fifteenth anniversary of his influential debut, Modus Operandi, this year, is releasing his fifth full length (and first since 2007) this month. It's called Ku:Palm and comes out physically on October 23 and digitally on October 30 via his own Photek Productions label. You can download the album's lead single, "Pyramid," at the top of this post or stream it below.
As mentioned, the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival returns on November 9 and 10 to multiple Brooklyn venues, including Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bowl, Public Assembly, Glasslands, Cameo, and The Villain Loft. Since we last posted, the lineup has been expanded and now includes Shlohmo, Jam City, Nguzunguzu, Kingdom, Salva, Groundislava, Brenmar, Nadastrom, Omar S, Mike Q, and more, in addition to previously announced names like Nicholas Jaar, Gold Panda, Photek, and others. The updated lineup is below.
Tickets for Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival are on sale now.
BEMF 2010 (more by Chris Doss)
Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival is returning to Brooklyn for its fifth year on November 9 and 10 across multiple venues, including Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bowl, Public Assembly, Glasslands, Cameo, and The Villain Loft. The initial lineup already includes some pretty impressive names. So far, it's got Nicolas Jaar (live), Gold Panda (live), Photek (whose influential debut, Modus Operandi, has been celebrating its 15th birthday this year), Baths, Jackmaster, Onra, Nick Hook, and Hiawatha. Early bird tickets for the fest are on sale now.
The trailer video for BEMF 2012 and a radio rip of a recent Gold Panda single, "Trust," are below.
Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!
Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.
Cat Power's new album, Sun, is out in about a month (September 4 to be specific) and Chan has just revealed a second track off the album, "Cherokee," which you can stream below in its original form and remixed by Nicolas Jaar. You can download them as well via the same streaming widget.
New album means touring and while she hasn't announced a full tour yet, Cat Power will play Hammerstein Ballroom on October 23. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 10 at noon with a presale starting Wednesday (8/8) at noon. The only other U.S date as of now is Boston the following night (10/24).
UPDATE: The full tour has been announced. The list of all dates and the "Cherokee" streams are below.
Grimes / Godspeed You! Black Emperor
The 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival continued on Saturday (7/14), and like day 1, Chicago's Union Park was plagued by some rain, but everything moved along as planned and the weather cleared up by mid-afternoon. Day 2 began with sets by The Psychic Paramount and The Atlas Moth (both of who we unfortunately missed) and then continued with Cloud Nothings, Flying Lotus, Schoolboy Q, Chromatics, Hot Chip, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Grimes and much more.
If you weren't at the festival, did you stream it live?
More pics from day 2 are below (all by Fred Pessaro/BBG except Grimes by Chase Turner) and day 1 pics are HERE.
Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bon Iver recorded an iTunes session at East West studios which is available exclusively from iTunes starting today. It includes six tracks off 2011's great Bon Iver, Bon Iver and a cover of Bjork's "Who Is It?," which the band has played live many times. You can stream the session's opening track, "Beth/Rest" below.
As mentioned, Bon Iver is touring internationally throughout the summer and fall and will come to NYC on September 19 and 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Both of those shows are now sold out. All Bon Iver dates, including a recently announced European leg, are listed below.
Speaking of Bjork, she's teaming up with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create interactive educational programs for middle school-aged students based on her Biophilia app. Speaking about the program, Bjork said:
"It's not a bookish thing. You cannot learn to make music from a book." "I love books; they're like the best ever," she added. "There are things you can only learn from books, but it's also important to introduce the physical aspects. So for me, it was very important to make, somehow, music education that was physical." (via NY Daily News)Both Bon Iver and Bjork are set to play Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway this summer (Aug 7-11) with The Stone Roses, Refused, The Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould (performing Copper Blue), Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, John Maus, Purity Ring, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, Screaming Females, St. Vincent, and more. Full list below.
Way Out West (Aug 9-11) in Gothenberg, Sweden features many of the same bands as Oya like Bon Iver, Refused, Afghan Whigs, St. Vincent, Purity Ring, John Maus, and Bob Mould in addition to Blur, Wilco, I Break Horses, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Mark Lanegan Band, Adolescents, Swans, and more. Check out the spotify playlist. The full lineup is listed below.
As mentioned, the reunited Mazzy Star is set to play both of those European festivals. Full lineups and the Bon Iver dates and song, below...
Lindstrom will be releasing a 12" of remixes from his Six Cups of Rebel LP on June 25 with remixes from Oneohtrix Point Never (who plays Ecstatic Summer), Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, and Mark McGuire (of Emeralds). Have a listen to Oneohtrix Point Never's take on "Call Me Anytime" below.
Lindstrom is currently on a tour which brings him to NYC on Friday (5/25) for the previously discussed Webster Hall show with Simian Mobile Disco (tickets). That tour will also bring him to Detroit's Movement Electronic Music Festival this weekend where he'll play alongside Public Enemy, Actress, SBTRKT, Major Lazer, Gold Panda, Nina Kraviz, Matias Aguayo, FaltyDL, AraabMUZIK and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now. The full lineup is listed below.
Speaking of electronic music festivals, Mutek goes down in Montreal from May 30 - June 3. The Mutek lineup includes Kode9, Nicolas Jaar, Clark, Blondes, Apparat, Shlohmo, Shackleton, Stephen O'Malley & Tim Hecker, Biosphere & Lustmord, and more. The full lineup is listed below.
In related news, as mentioned, Apparat will come to NYC after Mutek for a show at Gramercy Theater on May 31. It's since been announced that Sleepyhead will open that show. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Contest details below, along with a list of all dates, song stream, and those festival lineups.
Apparat, who actually made a couple of appearances in Texas for SXSW, will return to North America with a full band for a strategic strike of shows on our shores in May. The five date North American trek will include stops at Sasquatch, in Chicago, at Lightning in a Bottle, at MUTEK, and in NYC at Gramercy Theater on May 31st. Tickets are currently on presale and go on regular sale at 10AM tomorrow (3/30).
Apparat will be joined by names like Jeff Mills, Shackelton, Blondes, Tim Hecker, Nicholas Jaar, at Mutek 2012, which runs from May 30 - June 3 in Montreal. More artists will be announced but tickets are on sale. Current lineup is below.
Apparat's new single "Candil De La Calle" has hit the racks, digital and otherwise. The single is packaged with a dub remix by Sascha, a remix by Fennesz (streamable below), and a "Black Water" reworking by Hamburg's DJ Koze. Check out video of "Candil De La Calle" from a recent MTV session alongside a full The Devil's Walk album stream (which dropped late last year) and all tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Nicolas Jaar walked on stage just minutes before midnight at the sold out Clown & Sunset showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (2/3) after opening sets by Pavla + Noura, Valentin Stip, and Acid Pauli. He stood surrounded by keyboards and straddling a vintage style microphone in front of a backdrop of slowly drifting images of nature and architecture. The set began with some heavily blurred vocals and swirling atmospheres, but much of what was to follow was pretty unexpected.
After pushing his mic to the side (which he did after about two songs), Nico hit his highest points when he dropped bass-heavy beats, all of which were met with huge applause from the crowd, but lost sight of what made his album, Space Is Only Noise, so appealing. Save for a few memorable piano hooks, the minimal textures and Nico's own distinct voice that set him apart from other dance musicians took a backseat for more straightforward beatwork. It wasn't until a bit more than halfway through the set, when he was joined on stage by collaborators Will Epstein and Dave Harrington, that the show became something entirely of its own. Epstein's meandering sax lines and Harrington's prog rock guitar turned the show into dancefloor-ready experimental rock, and their ability to do that is ultimately the most attractive thing about bringing Nicolas Jaar's music into a live setting. They ended their pre-encore set with the clear highlight of the night, "Space Is Only Noise If You Can See," which saw Nico grabbing a more modern mic with way less effects on it and discernibly delivering his stark baritone vocals.
The full band returned for an encore, bringing out guest vocalist Sasha Spielberg to sing lead on a track, which ended up being another highlight of the show, and Nico rounded things off with a few more dance tracks.
You can catch Nicolas Jaar, along with Will Epstein, Dave Harrington, and Sasha Spielberg at MoMA PS1 on Sunday (2/5), when he premieres a five-hour multidisciplinary piece as part of PS1's "Sunday Sessions". The event is free with admission to PS1.
He also recently dropped an unofficial video for "Materials," directed by Pondr, which you can watch below...
DOWNLOAD: Nicolas Jaar - "And I Say" (feat. Scout LaRue and Will Epstein) (MP3)
Nicolas Jaar is currently on tour in Europe, and will return home to NYC on February 3 to play a MHOW show, which is now sold out. Two days later, he'll play a Pitchfork-presented event called "From Scratch" at MoMA PS1 (2/5) in Long Island City. Pitchfork writes:
"From Scratch" will premiere a new five-hour, multidisciplinary performance from Jaar, with musical collaborators Will Epstein, Dave Harrington (Jaar's partner in Darkside), and Sasha Spielberg. It will include a movement piece by Lizzie Feidelson, and sound-derived video art from CSA's filmmaker-in-residence, Ryan Staake of Pomp & Clout.The event is free with admission to MoMA PS1, and it looks like this:
SUNDAY SESSIONSNico recently dropped the track, "And I Say," which features saxophone from Will Epstein (who performs at the MoMA event) and vocals from Scout LaRue, the daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis. Grab that above and stream it below.
Five-hour, continuous performance by
Nicolas Jarr and collaborators
Sunday, February 05, 2012
12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
1-6 PM Performance by Nicholas Jaar and collaborators
All Day M. Wells Outdoor Grilling Station
Updated dates are listed below too...