Entries tagged with: Owen Pallett
by Bill Pearis
Ultimate Painting / OBN IIIs @ Pop Montreal 9/16/2015
The 2015 edition of Pop Montreal began on Wednesday (9/16) with shows happening at most, if not all, of the Quebec City's venues. A bit like SXSW in form, Pop is one of the friendlier festivals you can go to and, while offering acts from around the world, Montreal (and Canada) is still the focus. You also get a real sense of "scene" here: bands all seem to know each other, go to each other's shows, and are generally supportive of each other (at least that's the vibe I get). Win Butler of Arcade Fire was hanging out at last night's kickoff cocktail party and BBQ at Pop's HQ (which was free and open to anyone) and seemingly the only people gawking were out-of-towners like me. Arcade Fire's tour documentary The Reflektor Tapes premieres at Pop Montreal tonight (9/17).
With five days of shows ahead of me, I eased into Day 1. First act to play, which was during the cocktail party, was Montreal's Foxtrott who makes quirky, danceable pop and was previewing songs from her debut album for One Little Indian, out November 6. (She's played M for Montreal and CMJ before.) Using a french horn for bass parts and clattering percussion, it was a fitting start to the fest. You can check out the video for her single "Driven," below.
After dinner at Foodlab, which is atop the Le SAT art/performance space, I headed up to Le Sala Rossa and Casa de Popolo, two clubs owned by the same folks that are on opposite sides of Saint-Laurent. At Sala, I caught Ultimate Painting who sounded great but whose short set focused more on their debut than the just-out Green Lanes. (They play NYC on Friday.) After that I stuck around to catch Toronto band Weaves who are fronted by the charismatic belter Jasmyn Burke. Their sound is kind of all over the place, but they were fun.
Across the street at Casa, I caught Montreal's Girl Arm who make skronky/angular noise somewhat reminiscent of Jawbox or Shudder to Think. Not bad. Stream their 2014 EP below. Then it was Austin's awesome OBN IIIs, who had played NYC the night before, and whose new album Worth a Lot of Money revels in Thin Lizzy-style big riffs. Main man Orville Bateman Neeley III plays guitar in the band these days, and I do miss when he was a pure frontman, jumping into the crowd and messing with people, but damn if they didn't sound great. I then went around the corner to the famed Fairmont Bagels for a late-night snack and called it a night.
In addition to all the music, Pop Montreal has symposiums, more movies, and even a pop-up restaurant where Owen Pallet will be cooking on Friday. Stay tuned for more coverage of Pop Montreal, and a few more of my fuzzy iphone pics are below.
photo: Majical Cloudz @ 50 Kent during Northside 2015 (more by PSquared)
Majical Cloudz return with their second album, titled Are You Alone?, on October 16 via Matador. Devon Welsh and producer Matthew Otto wrote most of it while on tour and the album features guest appearances from Owen Pallett and Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner. You can stream the LP's first single, "Silver Car Crash," below.
You may remember that Majical Cloudz were somewhat unlikely openers for part of Lorde's 2014 tour and that experience was captured by filmmaker Neil Corcoran in the documentary short A Lot of Humans which features an original soundtrack by the band. You can watch that below.
Raleigh, NC's annual Hopscotch Music Festival returns this year from September 10-12, and today the lineup was announced. It includes Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Godflesh, X, TV on the Radio, Deerhunter, Battles, Roky Erickson, Old Man Gloom, Le1f, Eyehategod, Pusha T, Dwight Yoakam, Owen Pallett, Chelsea Wolfe, Sannhet, Mitski, Nots, Tombs, Jessica Pratt, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Sheer Mag, Cakes Da Killa, Jeny Hval, Prurient, and many more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Owen Pallett really kicked butt tonight" - Josh Brechner
"Owen Pallett was something magical tonight." - Matt Marin
"Thanks Brooklyn for the sold-out show tonight. Thanks also for giving me a million dollar hangover for only $50, cool discount!" - Owen Pallett
Violin-bearing art pop great Owen Pallett brought his current tour in continued support of last year's In Conflict to NYC last night (1/29) for a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Opening was ambient pop musician Foxes In Fiction, who was joined by Owen on stage.
More pictures from the show below...
by Andrew Sacher
Ricky Eat Acid (photo by Landon Speers)
Ricky Eat Acid, the electronic project of Sam Ray (also of Teen Suicide and Julia Brown), signed to Canvasback imprint Canvasclub for the release of his new single "Context," due out next week (1/20). While some of Ricky's earlier material felt like a collage of ideas, "Context" sounds bigger and significantly more fully formed. Check it out below.
A few days after the new single comes out, Ricky Eat Acid will play a NYC show at Palisades (1/23) with his Orchid Tapes pal Foxes In Fiction, as well as Ryan DeRobertis (aka Saint Pepsi) and Fissures. Tickets are on sale now.
That's one of three upcoming shows this month for Foxes In Fiction, the other two of which are opening slots on Owen Pallett's tour, including his NYC show happening January 29 at MHOW. Tickets for that one are still available.
All Foxes In Fiction dates are listed, with one of his recent songs and the new Ricky Eat Acid single, below...
The Knife @ Terminal 5 4/30/2014
BrooklynVegan photographer Amanda Hatfield shoots a ton of shows for BV every year, and 2014 was no different. Now that it's coming to a close, she's put together her 15 favorite photos she took this year. That's one above, and you can check out the rest below. Also below is a list of her 15 favorite albums, and she's got an ongoing playlist with her favorite songs of the year on Rdio. Check it out.
First tracks, then honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork has put out their Top 50 Albums of 2014. There's nothing entirely out of left field, but there's definitely some surprises here. Taylor Swift, whose album was not reviewed at all (I guess it was a pretty obscure one), comes in at #31 with her album, 1989. Sun Kil Moon, which was the only 2014 album in their Top 10 Albums of the Decade So Far this past August (and seemed like a sure bet for #1) dropped down to #7 and was beaten out by his enemies The War on Drugs. TWOD actually came in at #3 themselves, and the two ahead of them are two you may not have seen coming.
We already knew that Pallbearer, the only Best New Music metal album of 2014, was an honorable mention, which unsurprisingly left zero metal albums on this list. No other BNM album got snubbed (save for a Hyperdub compilation and the Beyonce album, but that was probably because it was technically a 2013 release), and there's not really any glaring omissions in terms of what Pitchfork appeared to champion this year.
See the list for yourself below...
by Bill Pearis
photo: ASDIG @ Baby's All Right in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
A Sunny Day In Glasgow returned this year with Sea When Absent, arguably their most ambitious record to date, and perhaps their most acclaimed too. The band have just released a remix of album cut "In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry In The Tradition Of Passing)" remixed by their pals Fang Island. He pulls the rhythm section to the fore here, burning off some of the original's haze in the process. (Not that there was anything wrong with that haze!) Stream it below.
As mentioned, Fang Island's Jason Bartell will be touring with ASDIG around the holidays. It turns out this will be in the form of a new duo called Wins which also features Cassandra Jenkins (of Eleanor Friedberger's band). You can stream a song from Wins below. ASDIG and Wins play NYC on December 27 at Rough Trade with Ava Luna on the bill as well. Tickets are still available and if you'd like to go for free, we're also giving away a pair. List of all dates and contest details below.
And finally, A Sunny Day in Glasgow have also given us their Top 10 LPs of 2014 which includes a few familiar faces but some left-field picks as well. Check out their list below...
Caribou's most recent album, Our Love, has gotten much acclaim this year, showing up on a number of publications' Best of 2014 lists. If you're wondering what Caribou main man Dan Snaith's favorite albums and songs of the year are, you're in luck -- he was nice enough to give us his lists for both. The same artist tops both his LP and tracks list and you can find out who that is below.
As mentioned, Caribou's latest release is Carl Craig's "c2's Set U Free RMX" of "Your Love Will Set You Free" which is out now digitally and will be out on 12" vinyl soon. Caribou will be touring the West Coast in February.
Remix stream and Caribou's Top 10 LPs and tracks of 2014, below...
Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.
Check out the full list below...
Sleaford Mods at their US debut (more by PSquared)
The Guardian has been sloooowwwlllyyyy revealing their Top 40 Albums of 2014, having rolled out the top 10 one by one over the past 10 days. If you've been following along, you probably already guessed their #1 by now, but if not you can browse their full list of 40 below. It's got a lot of this year's list regulars, and like many of the British publications have, it gives some major love to Sleaford Mods (maybe you caught their US debut in NYC?). Also The War On Drugs shuts out Sun Kil Moon once again (they're not #1 but close). Sorry Koz.
Check out the full list below...
UK music site Drowned in Sound is kinda the British equivalent of Pitchfork, albeit with a very strong community aspect to it. They just published their 50 Favourite Albums of 2014 list and while it contains many of the LPs we've been seeing on a lot of these lists, it's a distinctly not-American point of view. Well, at least their #1. Check out the whole list 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...
Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As they usually are, Rough Trade Shops are one of the first this year to post their favorite albums of 2014 list. It's 100 albums long and mostly filled with the bigger indie and indie-related releases of the year, but there's a few surprises in there too. Mark Kozelek will not be happy to see that The War On Drugs placed #2, 8 higher than the Sun Kil Moon record. Mark should be proud that he made the list not once, but TWICE though. His Christmas album landed at #84. Run the Jewels, who are not on it all, have started a "Suck My Dick Rough Trade" chant. Check out their full list below and see more on each album here.
Owen Pallett at Fuji Rocks 2014 (more by Erina Uemura)
Chamber pop musician and violin wizard Owen Pallett released the great In Conflict earlier this year and he's now back with the video for its title track which was directed by Jason Last and premiered over at Nowness. Check it out below.
Owen also announced a new round of tour dates along with the release of the video, including a NYC show happening January 29 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. TIckets for that show go on sale Friday (11/7) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (11/5) at noon. All dates are listed below.
I was challenged by a friend to say something about the recent allegations against Jian Ghomeshi.The rest of his open letter can be read, with the list of dates and new video, below...
Jian is my friend. I have appeared twice on Q. But there is no grey area here. Three women have been beaten by Jian Ghomeshi.
I have sat with Jian over drinks and discussed our respective anxiety disorders. We have been photographed hugging on camera.
Just ten days ago, I helped him find musicians for his father's funeral. Three women have said that Jian beat them without their consent.
Canadian folk singer Jennifer Castle released Pink City, the followup to her 2011 debut Castlemusic, this week (9/2) via No Quarter Records. You can stream it in full at CBC and listen to one track below. It's got string arrangements by Owen Pallett, and fans of late '60s/early '70s folk should take note.
Jennifer kicks off a tour this week which includes a few shows with M. Ward, and then hits NYC without him on September 11 at Mercury Lounge with The Sharp Things and Meredith Meyer (of Young Unknowns) and September 12 at Cameo with Noble Hunter. Tickets for the Merc and Cameo shows are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with that song stream, below...
Swans @ Lincoln Hall (more by Brigid Gallagher)
From the Very Interesting Press Release Department:
Le Guess Who? Festival (The Netherlands) is extremely proud to announce two special projects for 2014: a 3-day program curated by Swans/Michael Gira, and the world premiere of 24-Hour Dronefest. Le Guess Who? 2014 takes place November 20-23 in Utrecht, NL. Previously announced acts include Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Selda feat. Boom Pam, St. Vincent and Einstürzende Neubauten.24 non stop hours of drone. We can't wait!!
Michael Gira, the main force behind the mighty Swans, will curate a three-day program for the project Mouth To Mouth. This is the second installment of Mouth To Mouth, and the first spanning multiple days and venues. The curated line-up includes Swans, legendary UK post-punk band Wire, New York psychedelic/electronic pioneers Silver Apples, Dominick Fernow's Prurient, Carla Bozulich (Evangelista), Xiu Xiu, Baby Dee, Jenny Hval and noise tyrant Ben Frost.
The Mouth To Mouth-project will also feature a special performance of the London based post-punk group Savages, together with Japanese avant-rock band Bo Ningen, entitled 'Words To The Blind'. Inspired by the surrealist, early DADA concept of simultaneous poetry, the group experiments with improvisation and noise. Le Guess Who? will be the first time this performance of all new material will be seen and heard outside of London.
This year, Le Guess Who? will host the world premiere of 24-Hour Drone Fest, initiated together with New York's Basilica Hudson. Beginning at midnight on Saturday, November 22, this project will cover the entire spectrum of drone during 24 non-stop hours of live performances and installations. First acts confirmed for this project are avant-gardistic producer/composer William Basinski (amongst others known for his four-part The Disintegration Loops), guitarist/producer/composer Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O)))), Tim Hecker, London-based duo Raime, and Steve Hauschildt (formerly of Emeralds). More acts for 24-Hour Dronefest will be added soon.
As the release says, the 24 hours of drone thing is a collaboration with New York's own Basilica Hudson where Swans and Tim Hecker are also playing as part of Basilica SoundScape in September. As previously mentioned, that NY fest will also play the Scott Walker / Sunn O))) album that comes out ten days later, every hour from 2-9 PM on Saturday of the fest at Future Past Studio, which is located near Basilica.
Catch Bo Ningen back in the USA when they tour with Kasabian this fall.
The Europe festival won't be the first time Bo Ningen and Savages have collaborated.
Unlike Savages, Swans appear on the recently released "Best Albums of the Decade So Far" list from Pitchfork.
The full line-up for Mouth To Mouth, curated by Swans/Michael Gira, is listed with more Netherlands fest info below.
photos by Erina Uemura
Flaming Lips / Outcast / Arcade Fire @ Fuji Rocks 2014
The transition from indie darlings to stadium-rockers is rarely a painless one, although a decade on from the release of its debut album "Funeral," Arcade Fire proved that it has at least navigated that path better than most. The band's performance was mature and assured, although lacking the latent spark of aggression that had originally marked it as such an exciting prospect. Occasionally there was a flicker of the Win Butler and co. of old, such as the wonderfully anarchic and incongruous modular synth solo during "Reflektor." The group's renditions of "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" and "No Cars Go" were also particularly spirited, even if the latter's lyrics are perhaps a little bit too timely: "We know a place where no planes go."The Fuji Rock Festival has been happening has been happening the last weekend of July since 1997. Originally held at the Base of Japan's most famous mountain, since 2000 Fuji Rocks has happened at Naeba Ski Resort and the 2014 was last weekend (July 25 - 27), featuring Arcade Fire, Outkast, The Flaming Lips, Saint Vincent, Franz Ferdinand, White Lung, Slowdive, SBTRKT, Disclosure, The Waterboys, Yoko Ono and lots more over its three days. Pictures from all three days are in this post.
Conversely, it's hard to imagine The Flaming Lips ever changing their style for anyone. Wayne Coyne, as ever, looked delightfully shambolic, outfitted in a combination of tinfoil and an "Attack on Titan" cosplay bodysuit that he'd no doubt copped from Don Quijote the night before. Naturally, he was flanked by giant dancing mushrooms. The group wasted no time, jumping almost straight into fan favorite "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1″ while unleashing a shower of confetti, setting the tone for a relatively short but saccharine sweet love-in. - [Japan Times]
Outkast, Lorde, Temples are among the Fugi Rocks performers who are in Chicago's Grant Park this weekend for Lollapalooza. Lot more pictures from the 2014 Fuji Rocks Festival below...
The short list for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's annual award for a great album, has been announced. It includes Arcade Fire, Drake, Mac DeMarco, Chromeo, Owen Pallett, Tim Hecker, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Timber Timbre, Tanya Tagaq, Shad, Jessy Lanza and Basia Bulat.
The winner will be announced at a gala on September 22. Who do you think it will be? Who should win? Last year it was Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Full list below...
As mentioned, Avi Buffalo are back after a four-year absence and will release their new album, At Best Cuckold, via Sub Pop on September 9. If you haven't checked out lead track "So What" you can stream it below. Right around the album's release, Avi Buffalo will be opening for Owen Pallett for a run of West Coast shows. Right after that, they'll head to NYC to play a record release show at Rough Trade on September 20. That's a free Saturday matinee (1:30 PM), no wristband or album purchase required.
No other East Coast shows have been announced yet, but right after the NYC show Avi Buffalo cross the Atlantic for some European dates. All dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Also omg i forgot how much i love owen pallett fans. everyone here is lonely and/or gay. i am with my people" - @misandrist
Owen Pallett @ Bowery Ballroom 5/14/2014
Owen Pallett's tour with Doldrums hit NYC this week for two shows. Following Tuesday's at Glasslands (5/13), the played Bowery Ballroom last night (5/14). The Academy Award nominee played good portion of his new album, In Conflict, as well as selections from Heartland, and a few songs from his Final Fantasy days as well (the latter were mostly midset when he did a few solo songs). For his second encore he gave the crowd a couple covers: Tori Amos' "Pretty Good Year" (he reviewed her new album for The Talkhouse), and Joanna Newsom's "Peach Plum Pear." Pictures, setlist and video of "Peach Plum Pear" from Bowery Ballroom are in this post.
As mentioned, Airick Woodhead augmented the live line-up of Doldrums for this tour with his brother Daniel and Maddie Wilde of Moon King and were a solid start to the evening. You can catch Doldrums and Moon King -- on the same bill together for the first time ever -- at Baby's All Right on June 5. Tickets are on sale now.
Pics from Doldrums' Bowery set, plus more of Owen Pallett, below...
This month will see the follow up to Owen Pallett's Heartland, the 2010 release that saw the artist formerly known as Final Fantasy forming a gorgeous and curiously unnerving collection of songs pairing lush orchestration against lyrical themes of mental isolation and self-doubt. For In Conflict (Domino/Secret City), Pallett's compositions are no less complex but now find the experimental composer giving focus to the benefit of dissonance and the abrasion of sound. For a songwriter whose music and exploration with sound already has the proclivity for expansion in the auditory space, Pallett is at his absolute best within those deliberately muted and subdued moments just before the eruption. Brooklyn Vegan reached out to Pallett to discuss the new record, his recent pop music commentaries, and his thoughts on music criticism in 2014. Owen Pallett is touring with Doldrums this month, two NYC shows included.
My first question just concerns your relationship with music and where you were when music first found you, Owen. When was that moment for you when you knew that creating music was something you absolutely had to do?
Owen: There's kind of two answers to that. My entire life, it's been me realizing over and over again that I'm much more comfortable working with musical material than I am with verbal information. [Laughs] I just feel much more at home in dealing with sound than with text or with speech, but I certainly from age three or whatever, I was jamming Bach and Pachelbel and in an obsessive way. But the sort of second moment was the real moment when there was the transition from being a music appreciator into being a professional musician, and that happened much later when I was twenty-four, I guess. That's when I was working for a radio program, and I had been offered these tours that I didn't want to do because I was committed to my job working for the radio, and I didn't want to take these tours, but they effectively, when they heard about it, told me to go do it. They were thinking with more clarity than I was about what was best for me, but also it was kind of a vote of confidence in what I was doing having my boss say, "No, take the time off work. You should really go do this tour."
Owen Pallett's new album, In Conflict, will be out in May but you can hear a couple tracks -- both of which feature Brian Eno -- now. "The Riverbed" comes via a music video that stars Pallett's uncle, Jim, as a man out on a date in L.A. Look for Owen, briefly, as "Jerk #4." The NY Times also just premiered a lyric video for "On a Path" and both of those are watchable below.
Meanwhile, Pallett will be in Los Angeles this weekend for Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony where his and Will Butler's score for Spike Jonze's Her is up for an Oscar. Best of luck, guys. The Oscars air at 7 PM EST on ABC.
Arcade Fire violinist Sarah Neufeld (also of Bell Orchestre and The Luyas) just released a three-song EP, Black Ground, which doubles as bonus material for her 2013 LP, Hero Brother. The whole EP was co-produced by Nils Frahm and features arrangements from Owen Pallett on "Breathing Black Ground (Orchestral Version)." You can stream it in full below.
As mentioned, Sarah has a few solo shows coming up, including one in NYC this Friday (2/14) at The Kitchen. At Friday's show, she'll be joined by saxophonist Colin Stetson. Tickets are still available. Updated dates are listed below.
Colin Stetson next plays NYC without Sarah as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival on 3/22 at Merkin Concert Hall (tickets). In more related news, Owen Pallett's tour with Doldrums hits NYC this May, and Arcade Fire's tour hits NYC in August for three Barclays Center shows.
Meanwhile, speaking of Nils Frahm, his previously announced tour hits NYC on March 26 at Glasslands, and since we last spoke, he added a late show happening the same night. Both shows are with Douglas Dare, and you can get tickets to both. Updated dates are listed below.
Stream Sarah's new EP, with all lists of tour dates, below...
As Owen Pallett said would happen, details on his new album were revealed today. The LP is titled In Conflict and will be out May 13. That's the cover art above. Brian Eno contributes guitar and synth, and it also features The Czech FILMharmonic Orchestra. You can learn a little more about the album via a preview video, which is watchable below.
Owen's spring tour brings him to NYC for two shows: Glasslands on May 13 and Bowery Ballroom on May 14. Tickets for Glasslands are on sale now and tickets for Bowery Ballroom are currently on AmEx presale with the general on-sale starting Friday (2/7) at noon.
In Conflict trailer below...