Entries tagged with: Penguin Prison
Australian synth pop band Van She came over to the US last year for their first tour here in a while, and they're now set to return for another one in September. The new tour hits NYC on September 28 at Le Poisson Rouge with Penguin Prison (live vocal DJ set) and French Horn Rebellion. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
In related news, Van She's Matt Van Schie has also been busy with his new project Du Tonc, who made their NYC debut in late June.
French Horn Rebellion have just announced a "Party Ensemble Residency" that will happen on four consecutive Fridays from April 19 - May 10 at Brooklyn Bowl and each one features a different set of collaborators. April 19 features '80s pop icon Jody Watley (who features on their "Cold Enough" single), plus Body Language DJ set and Ernesto of Penguin Prison; April 26 is billed as "Savoiring the Night" and if you note the spelling you might make guesses as to who the "special guests" might be; May 3 features a live set from Auto Body, plus help from Le Tigre's JD Samson (who guests on "Girls"), plus Ernesto again and a DJ set from Dirty Grand; and the final Friday (5/10) is with Nancy Whang (LCD/Juan Maclean), JPatt of the Knocks and Ernesto. All four shows feature FHR with their full band The Great Apes and tickets are on sale now. Flyer for the residency is below.
Two new remixes of "Girls" (feat. JD Samson and Fat Tony) were released today (by FM Attack and Rogue Vogue) were released today and you can stream them below, along with their recent Love is Dangerous EP and a few other FHR tracks. The band are also heading to SXSW and playing other shows after it, and all tour dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
CMJ just released the third round of artists playing this year's fest which happens in three weeks (October 16 - 20). Names include Dent May (who we already knew about) Penguin Prison, Toronto's Born Ruffians, Erika Spring, Berlin trio Fenster (who were here in March) Chad Valley, Rush Midnight and more. Full list is at the bottom of this post.
Also on the just-added list are Brooklyn's Savoir Adore who will release their new album, Our Nature, the week of CMJ (10/16 specifically). The band recorded it at the same upstate studio as their 2010 debut, In the Wooded Forest, and are self-releasing this one. If the last album was wide-screen pop, the band have gone CinemaScope with Our Nature. It's dancier, more anthemic and brimming with hooks and just plain bigger sounding. Last year's "Dreamers" single (which opens the new album) is a good indicator of what to expect, and you can watch the video for that below along with a stream of album track "Regalia."
Before CMJ, Savoir Adore will play Knitting Factory on October 9 for an Our Nature record release party with Ghost Beach and Royal Canoe. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Those three bands are touring together immediately after and judging by their schedule, their only open day to play CMJ will be 10/16.
The list of all Savoir Adore dates, the list of third round CMJ artists, that song stream and video are below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Black Keys / good question, Firefly Music Fest 7/22/2012
The Firefly Music Festival wrapped its successful first year on Sunday (7/22) with performances by The Black Keys, Flaming Lips, Girl Talk, The Head & the Heart, Fitz & the Tantrums, Bombay Bicycle Club and many more. As mentioned before, tickets on 3-day passes for the 2013 Firefly are now on presale.
After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.
Full FFF Fest lineup is below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Passion Pit / Kud Cudi at Governors Ball - 6/23/12
Governors Ball went down in Randall's Island over the weekend (6/23-6/24) with 26 bands across two stages and no overlapping sets. Day 1 was "headlined" by Passion Pit (though Kid Cudi played after them) and also included Chromeo, Major Lazer, Atmosphere, Santigold, Duck Sauce (Armand Van Helden and A-Trak), James Murphy & Pat Mahoney (Special Disco Version DJ set), and more. Probably the most anticipated set of the day was Passion Pit's, who were playing their first NYC area show in about a year and a half, and first since announcing their new album and releasing two singles from it (both of which they played). NY Times didn't seem to approve much of their set though, writing:
Saturday played out as a party punctuated by angst; there were many, many calls for putting hands in the air. Party and angst mix in Passion Pit, who work in two main modes: the shimmering anthem and the pulsating dance-pop song, both with more cryptic lyrics than might be expected. Passion Pit stacked the anthems at the beginning of the set-among them a new song, "Take a Walk," about an immigrant who finds himself financially ruined-before revving up the dance tunes. But the stage didn't add much beyond subwoofers to Passion Pit's songs; Michael Angelakos's vocals, mostly falsetto, needs studio help.They wrote similar criticism of Kid Cudi, mentioning that he also needs the safety net of the studio, but were very positive about Day 1's selection of dance music, including Special Disco Version, Duck Sauce, and Major Lazer. What did you think? Or did you just go on the (much better day) Sunday?
Pictures from Sunday are on the way. More from Saturday below...
Firefly Music Festival goes down in Dover, Delaware from July 20-22 (which is only about a three hour drive from NYC). The lineup includes Jack White, The Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, The Black Keys, Polica, Cults, Death Cab for Cutie, Ra Ra Riot, The Felice Brothers, Mariachi El Bronx, Silversun Pickups, Lupe Fiasco, The Head and the Heart, Heartless Bastards, The Killers, John Legend, Bassnectar, Girl Talk, and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now, and camping is available.
No schedule yet, but the full announced lineup is below...
photos by Joe McCabe
Miike Snow @ Terminal 5
Like the Shins are about to do, Bloc Party will do, Miike Snow, who played a small post-SXSW show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, just completed a three night run at Terminal 5. Tonight (4/27) they play Letterman. We have some pictures from the 2nd T5 show, which Penguin Prison opened. More, including a shot of their setlist, below...
As posted last night, Modest Mouse are playing Governors Ball on Randall's Island during the weekend of June 23-24 (same weekend as Orion), but they are just one of many artists that are now announced, and listed, along with more information, below...
Wise Blood on the Glasslands balcony (more by Ryan Muir)
Those wanting to catch both Picturepane and Wise Blood can do so for free on Saturday courtesy of Jelly & The Morgan. Those wanting to catch them both even sooner have a decision to make tonight (9/1). You can head to Cameo to catch Pictureplane along with Autre Ne Veut, or instead choose Glasslands where Wise Blood plays with Cities Aviv, and D'eon.
Regardless of which you choose, you can spend the later portion of your night at Glasslands with Chicago's Supreme Cuts who will be handling the "late night show" and promise they have some "very special things lined up". In honor of their visit to Brooklyn they made us an exclusive mixtape which you can listen to below (it's the "Trouble: Club Paradise Mix). While you're down there you'll also find a mix they did for Fader who wrote "Chicago newcomers Supreme Cuts call their sound Future RnB, a surprisingly apt title for their seamless mash of sultry vocals and gritty post-dub beats."
Wise Blood return to the NYC stage on October 20th at Le Poisson Rouge for a Windish CMJ showcase with Art vs. Science, Penguin Prison, Mr. Little Jeans, Chad Valley, Data Romance and Geographer. All tour dates and mixes below...
After an online leak that included false information about big headliners (like The Strokes, Odd Future, Fleet Foxes, Gayngs, Dan Deacon), and then a promised-but-never-happened announcement about something right after that, NYC show promoters Jelly have officially announced a series of shows at "RockBeach"...
TOPMAN and JELLY have announced their partnership to bring you 'ROCKBEACH'- a brand new festival concept taking place from July to September this summer in the Rockaways of Brooklyn. The series of six free weekend events will deliver the hottest acts and new talent from its brand new home and will also - for the first time ever - offer festival camping for the last three events in the series at the Floyd Bennett Field - the setting of New York's first ever airport.The July 9th date is the only one with a lineup, but there's also a less-specific flyer that has a big list of bands, and then there's a list of dates with no bands attached. All of that is below...
"After 5 years of Pool Parties in Williamsburg, we are very excited to be moving out to the Aviator Sports Complex near one of our favorite summer destinations, Fort Tilden Beach. We are looking forward to leaving Bedford Ave behind offering an ultimate weekend destination and adventure for all ages." - JELLY
The whole ROCKBEACH experience will deliver weekends of the coolest music and total fun to festival-goers with the likes of slip n slides, dodgeball, beach volleyball and most importantly - swimming pools filled with ice cold water and giant inflatables.
Entry to the festival is free - all festival-goers need to do is register online at WWW.ROCKBEACH.US In addition, there will be a ROCKBEACH festival shuttle bus with roundtrip rides costing $20 - but there are 100 lucky bus tickets up for grabs for each event which can be won by registering online at WWW.ROCKBEACH.US.
The first ROCKBEACH will take place on Saturday 9th July 2011 and will include performances from Penguin Prison, Wild Yaks, Janka Nabay and The Bubu Gang, and Monogold.
photos by Brian Reilly
DOWNLOAD: Junk Culture - Weird Teenage Vibes (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Junk Culture - Summer Friends (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Max Tundra - The Rockford Files theme song remixed (ZIPPED MP3)
Girl Talk @ Wellmont Theater
Girl Talk completed the first leg of his current tour at Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ Saturday night (2/5) (one night after Lauryn Hill played the same venue). Penguin Prison opened the show, like they did on previous dates. Pictures from that show are in this post.
Now on a slight break, Greg Gillis will launch the second leg of his tour at Terminal 5 in NYC on 2/24. The show is sold out.
Opening all Girl Talk dates from 2/24-3/25 are both Max Tundra and Girl Talk's Illegal Art label-mate Junk Culture, both of whom will first play their own smaller show at Glasslands in Brooklyn on 2/23 with Nite Club and George & Jonathan. Tickets are on sale. All tour dates are listed below.
Junk Culture released "Summer Friends" this week. The full 5-song tracklist is listed below. Download two of the tracks for free above now.
"Oxford Mississippi native Deepak Mantena of creative pop-project Junk Culture developed the sound for his newest release, Summer Friends, from a lifetime collection of sounds he'd captured on a handheld recorder. Drawing on inspiration he found in the vibrant harmonies, psychedelic noises and dance rhythms that saturated his environment, he created alluring melodies using guitar, keyboard, and percussion and topped them off with choruses of his own explosive vocals. Experimenting with recording and sampling the symphony of sounds from his everyday life left him filled with a sense of freedom and a revived faith in the process of making music; the warm euphoric tunes he emerged with reflect a compelling range of influences that include everything from west-coast style pop to hip-hop mash-ups and raw punk-informed electronic dance tunes." [PR]Max Tundra doesn't have a new release, but has been busy in the studio creating one. Meanwhile he is giving away a new track in the form of a Rockford Files theme song remix (grab that above). He has also recently released remixes for Marnie Stern, Abe Vigoda, Chilly Gonzales, Tune-Yards, Kele and others. Listen to those remixes below.
More pictures from the NJ Girl Talk show, all tour dates, and a pair of time lapse videos from the show in DC are also below...
today in NYC
* Bars Mitzvah @ Southpaw
* Ozomatli @ Irving Plaza
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Chuck D @ Apple Store SoHo
* Bad Reputation @ Barbes
* Colin Stetson @ The Stone
* Lotus, D.V.S* @ Mercury Lounge
* Charlie Hunter @ Rose Live Music
* Mia Zabelka @ Issue Project Room
* Alloy Orchestra @ World Financial Center
* Ryan Sawyer, Shahzad Ismaily @ The Stone
* Joseph Arthur, Greg Laswell @ City Winery
* Brooke Shields @ Feinstein's at Loews Regency
* Das Racist, Jasmine Solano @ Highline Ballroom
* Baptist Church, Sweet Tooth Nelson @ Zebulon
* Yellow Ostrich, Telenovelas, La Big Vic @ Pianos
* Donna The Buffalo, Roy Jay Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Best Coast, Wavves, No Joy @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Fergus & Geronimo, Easter Vomit, PC Worship @ Union Pool
* Occult Blood, Ivens, The Vomit Arsonist, Lussuria @ The Acheron
* Mussels, The Brooklyn What, Proud Humans, Steer @ The Rock Shop
* Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Deluka, Infernal Devices @ The Bell House
* The Knocks, Penguin Prison, Like Diamonds, Lightwaves @ Tammany Hall
* Michael Leonhart and the Avramina 7 @ David Rubenstein Atrium (free)
* Happy New Year, North Highlands, Eskalators, Sweet Bulbs @ Death By Audio
* White Ring, Blissed Out, Von Haze, Pictureplane DJ set @ Santos Party House
* Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Melted Toys, Wet Dream, Speculator @ Glasslands
* The Young Things, Workout, Luke Rathborne, Evan Watson & The Headless Horsemen @ Bowery Electric
* Weed Hounds, The Missionaries, I'm Turning Into, Lost Boy?, Harpoon Forever @ Silent Barn
* Seabrook Power Plant, Smother Party, STATS, Casperelectronic (Peter Edwards) @ Littlefield
The Radio Dept. @ Webster Hall is cancelled. How was last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg?
Yellow Ostrich kicks off their Pianos residency tonight.
A sort of NSFW new Grails video for "Daughters of Bilitis" is below..
Dan Deacon has been tapped by Francis Ford Coppola to score his next film, Twixt Now and Sunrise, due later this year. The gothic romance stars Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, Ben Chaplin & Elle Fanning. In addition to scoring the film, Mr. Coppola and Mr. Deacon are collaborating on a larger level, details of which will be announced soon.In not really related news, Dan's old touring partner Girl Talk was the topic of a much-talked-about article in the NY Times (again) this past Sunday. Girl Talk is on tour now. Max Tundra and Junk Culture are both opening the sold out Terminal 5 show. Penguin Prison opens the sold out Wellmont Theatre show.
The announcement comes on the cusp of Deacon's concert of new music for So Percussion on Jan. 20th at the Merkin Concert Hall in NYC and his first performance of new orchestral work Feb 3rd and 4th with the Kitchner-Waterloo Symphony in Kitchner, Ontario.
The new Francis Ford Coppola movie is a horror movie, as the video below points out...
It's a little bit later this year, but the third annual The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival will take place across two venues in Williamsburg on December 18th: Music Hall of Williamsburg and Public Assembly (if you didn't know, they are right next door to each other). The "fest" will feature acts from across the digital spectrum ("emerging and established bands, DJ's and producers from the Boroughs and beyond") including Sinden, Kid Sister, Javelin, Tittsworth, Class Actress, Brahms, Lemonade, and many others, with more to be announced.
Tickets are currently on "Super Limited Reduced Price Advance" sale.
Initial BEMF lineup and two videos from last year below...
by Bill Pearis
Last night was the Manchester band Delphic's first NYC show, riding in on a wave of UK hype and rescheduled tour dates. Hype didn't exactly translate to a packed house, but Delphic were impressive and confident live. The three main members are multi-taskers and when not playing guitar or bass or singing, they're tweaking filters and twiddling knobs that actually seem to be doing something. Delphic have also figured out a sound, anthemic and ethereal that soars atop skittery sequencers with big choruses and some serious dancefloor knowhow. New Order comparisons (the guitar and hi-hat heavy drumming more than anything else) are inevitable but they're probably closer in spirit to Friendly Fires.
They just need more good songs. Right now they've got three great ones -- "Doubt," "This Momentary" and "Counterpoint" -- but the rest of the set (and their album, Acolyte, out next week in America) feels like samey-sounding filler. But the highs were definitely highs. "Counterpoint," stretched out to over ten minutes with an extended techno-y middle section, is bliss.
Delphic play San Francisco tomorrow (6/16) tomorrow and L.A. on Friday (6/18) and then do the European festival circuit which is probably the best way to see these guys at this point.
This was my first time seeing Penguin Prison who've only played a handful of dates anyway. Chris Glover has been kicking around for a while, having put out some hip hop-ish singles on Interscope in the mid-'00s ago before getting chewed up and spit out by the system. As Penguin Prison, he's a lot more fun and clearly very talented. The dude knows his way around a hook, and he's got a set of pipes, somewhere between Justin Timberlake and Scritti Politti.
I dig the songs on his MySpace but live it didn't quite have the same oomph for me, though the crowd was pretty into it. The phrase in my head while watching Penguin Prison play was "80s Movie Montage Music." Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. No question Glover has the It Factor, something his entirely competent backing band needs a little more of. Fun, absolutely, but not more than that.
Video of Delphic performing "Doubt" on Jools Holland, below...
photos by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Holy Ghost! - Say My Name (MP3)
"Good luck trying to find a better live show than the one LCD Soundsytem just put on at Terminal 5." - Jon Cohen
Holy Ghost! played their 2nd live show as a full band last night at Terminal 5 in NYC (5/20) (they went on at 8:30). Their six song set included a guest appearance by Penguin Prison, "Say My Name" (download it above, get it on their new EP) and "Jam for Jerry". Their full setlist is below.
Holy Ghost's first-ever show was a private show Saturday night at Under 100. Their third is tonight (Friday, 5/21), again at Terminal 5, and again opening for LCD Soundsystem. In fact, they open every LCD show from now until June 9th, and for Hot Chip at Summerstage. All dates below.
LCD Soundsystem went on at 9:30 and played for two hours, long encore included. The encore included a cover of Empire State of Mind - that's when the balloons came down, which they tacked on to NY I Love You.
The bands seemed to be having some technical difficulties. James said it's nice to be able to sleep in his own bed before each of the four NYC shows they're doing at the venue through Sunday.
More pictures, a video, setlists and more dates below..
by Bill Pearis
Broken Social Scene @ SXSW (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Aquarian Weekly: Where does Broken Social Scene go from here? Are there any cinematic soundtracks on the horizon?This weekend boasts an insane amount of awesome shows: Broken Social Scene, Beach House, The Clean, Caribou, Local Natives, Jonsi... of course they're all sold out. So I'm gonna try and suggest things to do that the more lackadaisical music fan can still get into. It's broken up by day...
Brendan Canning: We've got a lot of cinematic music in the can. There's a few movies we're working on while we do a month of touring and festivals to promote the record. We're involved with Daydream Nation, It's Kind Of A Funny Story, and This Movie Is Broken, which mixes Broken Social Scene live concert footage with a plot line that's half fiction thrown in. Now's the time to work hard, stay on top of things, and know this is our moment.
LCD Soundsystem @ Studio B in 2007
tonight in NYC
* Mike Birbiglia @ Caroline's
* Questlove (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Caetano Veloso @ Terminal 5
* "The John Oates Party" @ Canal Room
* Janelle Monae @ Highline Ballroom
* David Garza, Cate Le Bon @ Union Hall
* Midlake, John Grant @ Bowery Ballroom
* Toshimaru Nakamura @ Issue Project Room
* Rocky Votolato, Brooke Waggoner @ City Winery
* LCD Soundsystem @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Zaza @ Webster Hall
* Fixed w/ SonicC, JDH & Dave P @ Santos Party House
* High Places, Soft Circle, Bow Ribbons @ Shea Stadium
* Electric Jellyfish, Mike Wexler, Up Died Sound @ Zebulon
* Florence and the Machine, Holy Hail @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Juiceboxxx, Shams, Bodega Girls, Light Asylum @ North 4th
* Radical Dads, Thunderfakers, Conversion Party @ Union Pool
* Serena Maneesh, The Depreciation Guild @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Weasel Walter, Toby Driver, Charlie Looker, 10 @ Silent Barn
* Mon Khmer, Your Nature, Kordan @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Tim Barry, Red Clay River, Jonny Corndawg @ Knitting Factory
* Morning Fuzz, Finding Fiction, Making Tents, Caves @ Glasslands
* The Bombettes, Deep Sleep, No Friends, Night Birds @ Bruar Falls
* Little Gold, We Are Country Mice, Backwords, Neon Gloworms @ Cake Shop
* Penguin Prison, Solid Gold, Das Racist, Bad Brilliance @ Mercury Lounge
* Libraries On Fire, Doug Gillard, Landlady, Big Troubles @ Death By Audio
* Nashville Pussy, Green Jelly & Psychostick on a Rocks Off Boat
Tonight Silent Barn hosts a few worthy out-there acts: Weasel Walter's Cellular Chaos, which at a gig earlier this year (on video below) featured Weasel on guitar, Talibam's Kevin Shea on drums and Ceci Moss on bass; Kayo Dot's Toby Driver and Mia Matsumiya as Tartar Lamb; Charlie Looker of Extra Life playing solo; and a band we know nothing about, 10, apparently on tour from S. Korea. - AF
As somewhat hidden in a Jonny Corndawg post which was a Delta Spirit and MG&V post, Tim Barry of Avail is headlining a show at Knitting Factory tonight.
Quasi performed for KEXP. Check out a video below...
"Chris Glover" (in quotes per his request) is mysterious. Seemingly out of nowhere, the guy is signed to Interscope Records. The only Internet proof of his existence before now is a guest spot on a Girl Talk album that came out last year. After discovering him via a record company related e-mail last week, I went to see him Tuesday night, March 15th, 2005, at Sin-e in NYC.
His live show was a lot rawer than the well produced (potential radio) tracks you can hear on his player. I have trouble believing his band members have known him very long. Perhaps they were hired by Interscope to record the album and play some shows. Feel free to comment if you know more about it.
He's full of wise cracks and strange stories that he tells in this comedic-white-rapper sort of under-his-breath way. The title of his forthcoming album, "Hell isn't even that Funny is his reaction to people saying "that's funny as hell." Hell's not funny he explained, though pointing out he doesn't believe in Heaven or Hell.
If you like his songs, you shouldn't be disappointed with the live show (which you have the chance to catch the next two Tuesday nights at Sin-E). His voice sounds so much like the songs, I wondered if he was lip syncing for a second. Overall enjoyable, but musically, no comparison to a band like Doves who I ran to catch right after seeing Chris.
Chris's debut CD, Hell Isn’t Even That Funny, comes out "late April/early May" on Interscope Records. In March (starting tomorrow), you can get some Glover love from iTunes:
March 15 - Discovery Download (iTunes) will give away downloads to “Stand On Your Seat” for free
March 22 - 4-song EP exclusively available on iTunes. The EP tracks include “Stand On Your Seat”, “Pinocchio”, “Tear Stains, and “Black Lodge” for only $1.98.
March 29 - "Stand On Your Seat" video will premiere on iTunes front page, Launch.com
New Yorkers can catch Chris every Tuesday @ 8pm this month at Sin-e. The dates left are March 15, March 22, and March 29.