Entries tagged with: Oren Ambarchi
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
Yo La Tengo, who recently celebrated their 30th anniversary, will release a new album, Stuff Like That There, on August 28 via Matador. Reuniting with former member Dave Schramm on electric guitar, the Hoboken legends are also revisiting the Fakebook concept, mixing covers (Hank Williams, The Cure, Lovin' Spoonful, Antietam), redoing a few of their own songs, and recording a couple new ones as well. You can stream a couple songs from the LP below.
The band, who recently played a Cake Shop anniversary show as Condo Fucks, will be on tour this fall, most of it in an acoustic setup, with Ira on acoustic guitar, Schramm on electric, Georgia up-front on a small kit, and James on upright bass. They've just added a NYC date to the acoustic tour, happening October 10 at Kings Theatre with special guest Nick Lowe. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/19) at 10 AM but you can get them early via the BrooklynVegan presale which begins Thursday (6/18) at 10 AM. Check back Thursday morning for the password.
Before that Yo La Tengo, along with Taylor Ho Bynum, Daniel Carter, Susie Ibarra and Tony Maimone, will be performing as The Little Black Egg Big Band at Red Hook's Pioneer Works on June 28. Oren Ambarchi will open the Pioneer Works show. Tickets are on sale, and here's a little more info:
Named for Georgia Hubley's rarely performed solo guitar project Little Black Egg, the expanded Little Black Egg Big Band features Hubley and her Yo La Tengo compatriots Ira Kaplan and James McNew, joined by bassist Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu), an array of jazz mainstays including Susie Ibarra, Daniel Carter, Taylor Ho Bynum, and more TBA.All tour dates are listed, along with new album art/tracklist and song streams, below...
In addition to Austin Psych Fest's Levitation Festival in Austin, they're doing another US fest: Levitation Chicago, which happens this weekend (3/13-14) with The Pop Group, Destruction Unit, Viet Cong, Swervedriver, Atlas Sound and more.
Ahead of this weekend's festival, psych rock producer Al Lover made another of his mixtapes for the fest. It includes songs by all the artists on the lineup, as well as his redux of Lumerians' "Hook For An Eye," exclusive to this mix. The mix premieres in this post and can be streamed below.
There are also Levitation festivals in France and Vancouver, the latter of which just announced its lineup. APF is also putting on two SXSW shows with help from Sailor Jerry. Lineups and more info for those, below.
Gazelle Twin's 'Unflesh'
Now that it's December, Best of Lists Season is in full swing. If you're already tired of seeing ones that have The War on Drugs at the top (or near it), you can always rely on UK website The Quietus to offer up something different. They just published their "Albums Of The Year 2014" and topping it is electronic artist Gazelle Twin's second album, Unflesh. Say The Quietus:
On Unflesh, Gazelle Twin - aka Elizabeth Bernholz - doesn't see dualism as an academic exercise or a philosophical plaything. Instead, it's born of bloody experience as she claws and digs her way to its gory, physical core. Puberty, anxiety, miscarriage, illness and euthanasia are all present, and Bernholz's treatment of them ranges from a shuddering disgust to vengeful catharsis to something approaching tender acceptance.The Quietus' list is not without names familiar to readers of our site -- Swans, Scott Walker & Sunn O))), FKA twigs, Aphex Twin, Future Islands -- but it definitely does not follow the beaten path.
Check out The Quietus' full "Albums Of The Year 2014" (and stream a few songs from their #1) below...
By Ian Chainey
Earth at Inferno Festival, 2012 (more by BBG)
Earth maestro Dylan Carlson's solo alias DRCARLSONALBION is now streaming a slice from the original soundtrack for the movie Gold. The opening movement shimmers like heat lines on the Western horizon, presenting his marvelous guitar tone without any other instrumentation. The OST is set to receive a digital, CD, and LP release on June 17. (Preoder.)
The soundtrack kicks-off a stacked summer for Carlson. Along with Wonders From The House of Albion -- his long-awaited Kickstarted solo album -- scheduled for 2014 release, the droner will be touring with Earth throughout Asia, Australia, and Europe, leading up to a promised Earth full-length in the near future.
Speaking of live guitar wrangling, frequent Earth artist/collaborator Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O))), Khanate, Burning Witch) has been playing shows with his Nazoranai three-piece that counts similar six-string stimulators Keiji Haino and Oren Ambarchi. The touring triumvirate checked in at The Knitting Factory last night after the show was moved from The Wick. We missed it but caught their Tuesday show at Empty Bottle in Chicago.
O' Malley and Ambarchi are still in NYC and appearing at Tectonics Festival, held at Issue Project Room on Friday, May 23. $20 at the door gets you in to see the two interpret Alvin Lucier's Criss Cross and an Eyvind Kane commissioned piece where they'll be joined by Hildur Guðnadóttir. Other dates are listed below.
Oren Ambarchi in Nazoranai in Chicago, 5/20 (more by Joshua Ford)
Ambarchi also has a new release coming soon. On May 27, the Australian improviser will issue a joint effort with Richard Pinhas from the cult-adored French prog beast Heldon. Titled Tikkun, the album will come out via Cuneiform Records. (Preorder.) The currently available excerpt "Washington, D.C. - T4V1" jams psych and a motorik pulse in a paint-shaker. For fans of the fried-by-acid, it sounds like a trip.
All of the tour dates, along with streams from Gold, Tikkun, and more, appear below.
The Polish-based experimental/electronic Unsound Festival took 2013 off in NYC (it did happen in other countries though), but it will return for another installment this year from April 2 - 6 at various venues, including Cameo Gallery, Issue Project Room, BAMcinematek, The Wick, Lincoln Center, and others. Artists playing include Demdike Stare, Huerco S, DeepChord, Inga Copeland, Ital & Halal, Ben Vida, Vladislav Delay and others.
Ticket info TBA, but you can check out the full schedule below...
Low at The Concert Hall in 2013 (more by PSquared)
As discussed, the Big Ears Festival is returning to various Knoxville, TN venues from March 28-30, and since we last spoke, more artists were added. The lineup now includes Low, Kim Gordon's Body/Head, Earth, Lonnie Holley, Buke and Gase, Hailu Mergia and Low Mentality, Davd Greenberger and Prime Lens, Jenny Hval, Keiji Haino, Stephen O'Malley & Orech Ambarchi (duo), and Stephen O'Malley solo. The new additions join previously announced artists like Steve Reich, Johnny Greenwood, John Cale, Television, Julia Holter, Oneohtrix Point Never, and others.
Tickets are still available. Updated lineup below...
by Andrew Frisicano
The Issue Project Room's space at 22 Boerum Place, located inside an 87-year-old former Elks Club headquarters, is one of the cooler venues in the city. The intimate room, originally designed for chamber music, is especially ideal for the sort of heady soundscapes and textural improvised music often booked there.
Issue continues to celebrate its tenth birthday with a two-month-long series of worthwhile shows that runs through October 26. Catch composer/accordionist/electronic-music-pioneer Pauline Oliveros presenting large-ensemble piece Primordial Lift tonight (9/14). Coming up, acts include guitarist Elliott Sharp (Sept 26), multi-instrumentalist Oren Ambarchi (Oct 3), avant-garde saxist Ken Vandermark and trumpeter Nate Wooley (Oct 4), and Harry Pussy cofounder/out-there acoustic guitarist Bill Orcutt (Oct 5, hear a track from his forthcoming record below).
Plus: Amen Dunes teams with Tom Thayer on October 18, then the next night (10/19) it's William Basinski, and the night after that (10/20) has No-Neck Blues Band, plus Loren Connors & Tom Carter. And lots more. Full fest schedule is in this post.
Tickets for the whole series are available through the venue.
Recently Marc Ribot and saxophonist Matana Roberts performed at Issue, improvising together for the night's encore. Watch that below, too.
The full schedule is listed, along with those videos, below...
UPDATE: It's actually a two-month festival running from August 31 to October 26.
The lineup also includes a slew of great experimental artists like psych folk legend Bobb Trimble, ambient music veteran William Basinski, Kurt Vile collaborator Steve Gunn, Jason Lescalleet & Graham Lambkin, Amen Dunes & Tom Thayer, Lee Noble, Matana Roberts, Marc Ribot, Jen Rosenblit & C. Spencer Yeh, Elliot Sharp, and many more.
Advance tickets are currently on sale for Issue Members. Full initial lineup and trailer video below...
Omar Souleyman at Central Park in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Syrian pop musician Omar Souleyman has been gaining recognition here in America thanks to some compilations/live albums on Sublime Frequencies, the live shows he's been doing here over the last few years, and his association with Bjork. Now he's set to release his first official studio album, Wenu Wenu, on October 22 via Domino affiliate Ribbon Music. The record is being produced entirely by electronic mastermind Four Tet, who is openly a fan. Check out a song from the album in a recent Four Tet mix (around the 1:57:00 mark), the album trailer, and tracklist, below.
Omar Souleyman also has a number of upcoming dates, including a few US shows in August surrounding his appearance at LA's FYF Fest. One of those shows happens in NYC on August 31 at Issue Project Room for the venue's 10th Anniversary party which includes many other great experimental artists. Tickets for that are currently on sale to Issue Members.
All dates are listed, along with the video, stream, and album tracklist, below...
Built to Spill at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
The Hopscotch festival in Raleigh, North Carolina will celebrate its third year from Sept. 6-8, 2012 in downtown Raleigh, with 175 bands in 15 venues. The initial lineup, released today, runs the gamut from traditional indie favorites to punk to noise music to hip hop to noisy black metal and all stops in between, featuring performances from Built to Spill, sunn 0))), The Roots, The Jesus & Mary Chain (who played SXSW), Liars (who have a show coming up at Webster Hall), Baroness, Deerhoof, Death Grips (who play NYC soon and have new material on the way), Danny Brown (who was at Coachella and plays Prospect Park soon), Pallbearer (who play an exclusive East Coast Show soon), Screaming Females (who recently played NYC and are on tour now), Thee Oh Sees, The Spits (who just played NYC twice), Tenement, The Mountain Goats (two sets, one of which will be an all metal-covers set!) and so many more.
(and now we know the Jesus & Mary Chain are coming back soon)
Tickets are on sale. The full lineup and flyer (update: and a few more announced J&MC dates) are below...
Oren Ambarchi is a composer and multi-instrumentalist with longstanding interests in transcending conventional instrumental approaches. His work focuses mainly on the exploration of the guitar, ...[and he] has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists such as Fennesz, Otomo Yoshihide, Pimmon, Keiji Haino, John Zorn, Rizili, Voice Crack, Jim O'Rourke, Keith Rowe, Phill Niblock, Dave Grohl, Gunter Muller, Evan Parker, z'ev, Toshimaru Nakamura, Peter Rehberg, Merzbow and many more. Since 2004 Ambarchi has worked with American avant metal outfit Sunn 0))) contributing to many of their releases and side-projects including their Black One album from 2005 and the recent Monoliths & Dimensions release.Oren Ambarchi will play two NYC shows, his only two US shows for that matter, as part of a short string of dates (that does include some shows in Canada).
The first NYC show will be a solo show for Ambarchi on December 2nd at Le Poisson Rouge with Northampton Wools (aka Thurston Moore & Bill Nace) and Carlos Giffoni. Tickets are on sale. The second will feature the only US collaboration between Ambarchi, Keith Rowe, and Crys Cole at Littlefield. Loren Connors will support on the 12/4 performance, and tickets are on sale.
Northampton Wools also play the Rock Shop this Friday (11/12).
All Oren Ambarchi tour dates, and some video, is below.