Entries tagged with: Oneohtrix Point Never
by Andrew Sacher
FACT published their 50 Best Albums of 2015 list and as always, it's one of the more unique lists of the year. It's loaded with high-quality electronic music, rap, R&B, indie, pop, and more, and you're almost guaranteed to find something on it you haven't heard of. It ranges from the Simon Cowell-assembled girl group Fifth Harmony to the underground New York rapper Junglepussy, and includes plenty of the in-between. Kendrick Lamar and Grimes are here, but they come in at the mere #3 and #5, respectively. Their #1 is a very unexpected pick, but a great album nonetheless (and one that does deserve some more love).
"Excuse the positivity, but was something in the water this year? 2015 felt like the best year for albums in a while," their intro begins. Read what else FACT have to say here and check out the whole list below...
TIny Mix Tapes posted their Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2015 list today. Like last year, it's certainly a good list for anyone who's tired of seeing the same artists on every list (though it does have Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens, Future, Bjork, Drake, Joanna Newsom, Carly Rae Jepsen, Grimes and other popular picks). It's the first list I've seen with the Liturgy album, and certainly the only one that has James Ferraro in the top 3. It's also one of just a few with avant-jazz great Matana Roberts and one of few with Grouper's band Helen. It also has Sicko Mobb, who just hours ago put out a new song with Jeremih.
There's a lot of interesting stuff on the list. Read their commentary and intro here and check out the top 50 below...
You saw their songs and their honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2015 list is here. Like with the song list, "records released this year and records that made their greatest impact in 2015 were eligible," which allows for things like D'Angelo's late 2014 release.
As usual, you can't just guess what the list is going to be by looking at what got Best New Music this year. Some of those albums became honorable mentions, and some were left off the year-end lists entirely (like Baroness, Nao, and Aphex Twin). The scores don't necessarily dictate it either. Deafheaven was one of a few albums to get a 9.0 or higher, but it dropped to #26 while the others all cracked the top 10. And then there's Carly Rae Jepsen, whose hype Pitchfork seemed to react against by giving her a less-than positive review, but they ended up throwing her on their year-end list just like everybody else. What should surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can read their commentary here and check out the full list below...
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...
Like last year, The FADER have listed their favorite tracks of the year. They picked 107, "because 100 just wasn't enough." It's got two Drake songs in the top 10, and a Skepta song cracks it too (grime in general is pretty well-represented). A certain former bubblegum pop singer who's becoming a popular choice for #1 is #1 here too. Mixed into the mostly rap/R&B/electronic pop list is Adele, some country representation from Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves, lo-fi DIY from Sheer Mag and Girlpool, and a few other outliers. Check out the whole list, and a Spotify playlist of it, 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.
The 2016 edition of Moogfest will happen May 19 - 22 in Durham, North Carolina. This year's lineup includes Explosions in the Sky, Sunn O))), Gary Numan, Blood Orange, Julianna Barwick, The Orb, Holly Herndon, Daniel Lanois, Simian Mobile Disco, Ben Frost, Floating Points, Kode9, Hundred Waters, Empress Of, Mad Professor, Moses Sumney, Mac McCaughan, Lunice, Ryan Hemsworth, Tim Hecker, YACHT and more. Festival passes are on sale now.
Numan will be performing his first three albums (Replicas, The Pleasure Principle, and Telekon) over three nights at three different venues. Laurie Anderson will also perform her show "The Language of the Future" that weaves stories and songs, and will also appear at a Moogfest "in conversation" event. Reggie Watts (who is also appearing) announces the lineup in a video with one of his improvised loop pedal performances, which you can watch below. Or you can just check out a list of all announced performers below too.
If you're sick of seeing the same names atop every publication's year-end list, you can always count on The Quietus to deliver something almost completely different. While their Top 100 Albums of 2015 does contain Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens, Julia Holter, Kurt Vile and a few other popular choices, none of them cracked The Quietus' top 20. What is their #1? Experimental footwork producer Jlin's Dark Energy which came out in March via Planet Mu. At #2 it's Polish drone/folk artist Stara Rzeka's Zamknęły się oczy ziemi. There are a few others in the Top 10 you may have heard -- Oneohtrix Point Never's Garden Of Delete, Holly Herndon's Platform, East India Youth's Culture of Volume, Matana Roberts' Coin Coin Chapter 3, and New Order's Music Complete.
Whether you see this as made by a bunch of contrarians or forward-thinkers, chances are there's something here you may not have heard but might really like. The Quietus' page includes bandcamp or soundcloud links where available, and you can browse through their entire Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below
Cindy Lee - 'Act of Tenderness'
Gorilla vs Bear has published his Top 50 Albums of 2015 list, writing, "We feel pretty confident proclaiming 2015 the best year for new music this decade, and we'd even go so far as to say it's been arguably our favorite year in the history of this site." The list includes Panda Bear, Jamie xx, Grimes, Vince Staples, Leon Bridges, both Beach House albums (Thank Your Lucky Stars is ranked higher), U.S. Girls, Sufjan Stevens, Julia Holter, Young Thug, Toro y Moi, Empress Of, Joanna Newsom, Knxwledge, Molly Nilsson and more. Check out the whole thing below.
The list also includes Cindy Lee, the project that was formed by ex-Women guitarist/singer Patrick Flegel when two of his other bandmates (including his brother Matt) formed Viet Cong. He released the Malenkost tape and the Act of Tenderness album this year, both of which made GvsB's list (#32 and #5, respectively). You can download both for free at Cindy Lee's geocities website. Stream the latter below.
Happy December! SPIN are celebrating the first day of the last month of the year by putting out their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list. It's a diverse list, with the top 10 ranging from DIY-indie (Alex G) to mainstream country (Kacey Musgraves) to leftfield major label rap (Vince Staples and Kendrick Lamar). The list also has metal from Deafheaven and Krallice, electronic from RP Boo, Rabit, Oneohtrix Point Never and SOPHIE, R&B veteran Janet Jackson, and plenty more. Check out the whole thing below.
They also put out their 101 Best Songs of 2015 list, which is topped by Justin Bieber.
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Inez & Vinoodh
At the beginning of the year, Antony Hegarty announced she'd be releasing an album as ANOHNI called HOPELESSNESS with production from Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke. Now a song from that is finally out. It's called "4 DEGREES" and it's pretty much as insane/awesome as you'd hope an Antony/OPN/HudMo collab would be. Listen below.
The album will be out in the spring, and the trio will be playing shows in support of it too. So far only European festival dates are announced, but more shows are TBA.
OPN at Villain - 11/20/15 (photo via @bendorenfeld)
In summer 2014, Daniel Lopatin found himself unexpectedly living the rock and roll lifestyle by proxy on a tour opening for Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden.Oneohtrix Point Never celebrated Garden of Delete at Williamsburg club Villain this past Friday (11/20), and he's since added more dates to his schedule. It includes another NYC show, this time at the larger Warsaw on March 17. Tickets for that show are on sale.
Far from being the hedonistic experience you might expect, Lopatin would wake at 5:30am every morning for soundcheck at whatever identical amphitheatre he arrived at that day, and spend much of the rest of his time on tour staring out the window looking at "repetitive, brutal and ubiquitous" landscapes. As a self-enforced rule, Lopatin would only listen to hard rock stations Lithium and Ozzy's Boneyard in the car to embrace a specific mindset that seems the antithesis of the strange and striking electronic music he's made his name with over the past 10 years.
Watching Lopatin perform his new album Garden Of Delete live in London recently, it became clear how much of this experience has seeped into his Oneohtrix Point Never persona. Not only is he accompanied by longtime visual collaborator Nate Boyce on guitar, he's framed by two vertical screens that look like smaller versions of those you'd see at corporate arena venues - albeit hacked by an alien intelligence to display a combination of otherworldly CGI images and subliminal messages. [FACT]
All dates are listed, with a stream of the album's latest single "Ezra," below...
Oneohtrix Point Never (aka Daniel Lopatin) is following 2013's R Plus Seven with Garden of Delete on November 13 via Warp. So far he's released the single "I Bite Through It" and a series of teaser videos with clips of the album, all of which you can check out below.
OPN is also going on a tour with a new live lineup that has Nate Boyce on guitar, and that includes a show in Brooklyn on November 20 at Villain. It's part of Pitchfork/Blackened Music's 'Tinnitus' series, and tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
New thriller Partisan opens this Friday (10/2) and staring Vincent Cassel and Jeremy Chabriel and an unusual father and son:
Raised to become an assassin, a boy begins to question the ways of the cult-like commune he was born into in this Sundance award-winning thriller. On the edge of a crumbling city, 11-year-old Alexander lives in a sequestered commune, alongside other children, their mothers, and charismatic leader Gregori (Vincent Cassel, BLACK SWAN). Gregori teaches the children how to raise livestock, grow vegetables, work as a community, and how to kill. Threatened by Alexander's increasing unwillingness to fall in line, Gregori's behavior turns erratic and with the two set dangerously at odds, the residents fear a violent resolution is at hand.The film's score is by Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never) and it also features music by some cool folks working under pseudonymns. "The Hardest Thing To Do" by Tony Primo and Nixxie is actually Metronomy's Joseph Mount and Robyn. A couple other similar songs were created around the release of the film (though not actually used in it), including "Friday Night" by Spanna N The Werx (actually Jarvis Cocker and Jason Buckle of All Seeing I) and "I Eat It At Home," credited to Albert Mondo is actually Sebastien Tellier. You can watch karaoke-style videos for all three of those tracks below.
Partisan opens in NYC on Friday at Village East Cinema and we're giving away two pairs of tickets to see it at the screening of your choice. Enter to win below.
In related news, Oneohtrix Point Never's new album Garden of Delete is out November 13 via Warp. Check out single "I Bite Through It" below. OPN will be playing a release show at Brooklyn's Villain on November 20, presented as part of Pitchfork's Tinnitus series.
Antony has a new album on the way, and posted on Facebook yesterday that it's currently being mixed. We already knew Hudson Mohawke was co-producing, and it's since been reavealed that Oneohtrix Point Never is too. The record will be released under the name ANOHNI and is titled HOPELESSNESS. "It's an electronic record with some sharp teeth," says Antony.
In other news, last week Antony released a single with Yoko Ono in honor of her 82nd birthday. They've worked together before. The Antony single features a duet of Ono's "I Love You Earth," which was originally on Yoko's 1985 album, Starpeace. The flipside has Antony doing a solo version of Ono's "I'm Going Away Smiling." It's out as a 10" single and digitally an all proceeds go to the Rainforest Alliance. Stream it below.
That is one of two collaborative 10" singles Yoko released last week, the other being with John Zorn and proceeds benefitting The Stone.
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...
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
photos by Greg Cristman
NiN / Soundgarden @ Jones Beach
Four years removed from re-uniting after a lengthy hiatus, the virtuosic quartet [Soundgarden] - minus Matt Cameron due to prior Pearl Jam commitments - took a workmanlike approach towards a tailor-made fan-pleasing set. Chris Cornell lorded over the proceedings with his brown curly mop over his eyes and his incomparable howl not having lost anything to the years as he either stood dutifully with his guitar or worked the stage with a mic stand raised over his head...Kings of 1994, Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden's joint tour hit the NYC area over the weekend, playing Jones Beach on Friday (8/1) with Oneohtrix Point Never, and PNC Bank Arts Center with Dillinger Escape Plan. Pictures and setlists from Jones Beach are in this post.
...the uninitiated may not have been aware that the night's show marked nearly a year to the day of Nine Inch Nails' triumphant Lollapalooza return wherein they debuted the latest iteration of their audio/visual live majesty. Clad in a cut off shirt and a kilt, Trent Reznor strode out with the stadium lights shining directly on him and his other three hired guns for new single "Copy of A." As the it built towards a mid-song climax, the lights cut out dramatically, revealing a hint of the revolving stage pieces yet to be employed. - [REVOLT]
Oneohtrix Point Never's new logo
Death Grips had to drop off the Nine Inch Nails / Soundgarden tour because they broke up (read what Trent Reznor had to say). But fear not NIN/SG fans, Trent and co. have put together a new group of openers and it's pretty amazing. The first leg of the tour will be opened by electronics wiz Oneohtrix Point Never, the second leg by mathcore bashers The Dillinger Escape Plan, and the third leg by goth rockers Cold Cave.
The run with OPN hits the NYC-area on July 30 at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ and August 1 at Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY. The run with DEP hits the NYC-area on August 2 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. The Cold Cave shows are all West Coast and Southwest. Tickets for the NYC-area shows are still available.
All dates are listed, with the tour flyer, below. Above is OPN's new logo which may remind you of another band's logo.
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...
Oneohtrix Point Never recently announced some shows, and there's been a few updates to his live schedule since we last spoke. The tour was expanded to include more North American dates, and the NYC show happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg was moved from May 16 to May 24. It was also announced that experimental electronic vets Matmos and former Gang Gang Dance member Dutch E Germ will open the show. Tickets are still available, and all tickets purchased for 5/16 will be honored. Updated dates are listed below.
OPN is also releasing the Commissions I 12" for Record Store Day (April 19). The 12" features three pieces "developed form [his] commissions for artwork, performance and film." You can stream one of those, "Music for Steamed Rocks," with the tracklist and more info, below.
OPN in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Electronics wizard Oneohtrix Point Never has a few shows coming up this year, including some festival appearances like Austin Psych Fest. Not long after APF, he'll return to Brooklyn and play a hometown show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May
16 24. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/5) at noon.
UPDATE: The show was moved from May 16 to May 24, and Matmos and Dutch E Germ are opening.
It seems possible that more shows will be added, but all currently announced dates are listed below...
NXNE returns to various Toronto venues from June 13-22, and since we last spoke the lineup has expanded. It now includes Spoon, Sleigh Bells, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, A$AP Ferg, Metz, Ryan Hemsworth, Swans, Goat, Oneohtrix Point Never, Fuck Buttons, Low, Tim Hecker, Eagulls, Glasser, Kelela, Ratking, Perfect Pussy, Small Black, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, Swearin', Dan Croll, DJ Jonathan Toubin, Astro, Juan Wauters, Mutual Benefit, Guerilla Toss, Calvin Love, Alvvays, Hunters, Saint Rich and more Those join previously announcd artists like St. Vincent, Speedy Ortiz, Danny Brown, Courtney Barnett, Mac DeMarco and more. Badges and wristbands are still on sale.
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Austin Psych Fest returns for its 6th year from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch, and since we last spoke, the festival's lineup has been expanded to now include The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Panda Bear, The War On Drugs, Graveyard, Mikal Cronin, Bombino, Peaking Lights, Pink Mountaintops, The Fresh and Onlys, Sleepy Sun, The Octopus Project, Bardo Pond, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Morgan Delt, Cosmonauts, Pure X, Guardian Alien, Mark McGuire, Greg Ashley and more.
They join previously announced bands like Loop, Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Liars and more. Unfortunately, Primal Scream, who had to cancel their US tour, are no longer playing. APF Tickets are still available.
The fest has also announced that there will be kickoff parties the Thursday (2/1) before at Mohawk and Red 7 with sets from The Warlocks, Night Beats, Indian Jewelry, Elephant Stone, Golden Animals, Holy Wave and more TBA.
Updated lineup and flyer below...
Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.
The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.
Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.
Full lineups for both weekends below...