Entries tagged with: Philip Glass
by Sachyn Mital
Patti Smith / The Flaming Lips w/ Julianna Barwick / the whole gang (Miley too)
The 25th Annual Tibet House Benefit took place at Carnegie Hall on March 5th near the beginning of the Year of the Wood Sheep Tibetan New Year celebration. Artistic Director and Composer Philip Glass invited friends like rocker Patti Smith and avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson, who both performed for the benefit before, as well as newer talents like indie producer Dev Hynes and alt-country star Sturgill Simpson. The contingent of Tibetan musicians included the monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery and Tenzin Choegyal, who invited Anderson back out to help with "Heart Sutra." Rock icon Debbie Harry performed three songs including "Heart of Glass" which received large applause. The Flaming Lips with help from Julianna Barwick performed two covers, the The Beatles "She's Leaving Home" (they covered the entirety of Sgt Pepper's on record), followed by David Bowie's "Warszawa". It was a real treat for the band to perform it alongside Glass (who covered it on 1993's Low Symphony) and Wayne Coyne voiced his love for Glass before the song.
The evening concluded with Smith sharing "Birthday Poem" in advance of the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday later this year. She was then joined by her daughter Jesse Paris Smith and Her Band for "Gandhi" before the grand finale. All the artists, including Coyne's heady fwend Miley Cyrus, took the stage for "People have the Power" - with Smith asking the audience to rise and leading the way. Smith ended the night sharing a bow with Anderson, Harry and her daughter.
More pictures from the night and the full setlist, below...
Contemporary composer great Philip Glass has a memoir on the horizon. Words Without Music traces his formative years as an artist, from growing up in post-World War 2 Baltimore to finding mentors while living in '70s NYC, as well as stories behind such seminal works as Einstein on the Beach and Satyagraha. The book is due out April 6.
To celebrate the release of the autobiography, Glass will discuss the book with NPR's Kurt Andersen as part of BAM's "Unbound" literary series (which featured several other greats last year). The talk takes place April 20 at Howard Gilman Opera House. Tickets are currently on sale for BAM members and go on sale to the general public March 4.
photo: Buster Poindexter @ Don Hill's (more by Tracy Ketcher)
The lineup for this year's Tibet House US benefit concert keeps getting bigger. Happening March 5th at Carnegie Hall, the NYC show now also includes Blondie's Debbie Harry. She joins the previously announced lineup of Patti Smith and Her Band with Jesse Smith, The Flaming Lips, Laurie Anderson, Sturgill Simpson, Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal, Ashley Macisaac, and the night's artistic director Philip Glass. Tickets are still available, and we're giving away a pair.
"Chairs for the evening are Chuck Close, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Arden Wohl and Uma Thurman. Proceeds support the work of the Tibet House US, a non-profit educational institution and cultural embassy founded at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to ensure the survival of the unique Tibetan civilization."
It will be Debbie's only performance before she plays a sold out 10-show run at NYC's Café Carlyle (March 24-April 4).
Meanwhile, fellow CBGB legend and singer of the NY Dolls David Johansen will be taking on his Buster Poindexter persona for his own two week residency at Café Carlyle which begins tonight (February 10-21). Tickets for most nights are available at Ticketweb.
There was the all-star turnout, for starters: Morrissey, Johnny Depp, Tim Robbins, Thurston Moore, Susanna Hoffs, Rosanna Arquette, Rodney Bingenheimer, Diplo, Jimmy Iovine, and gusting through the Roxy's back entrance (nearly knocking us over) to join Iovine just before showtime, Pharrell and his entourage.LA Record has a review and pictures from one of the Ace Hotel shows. Video of her covering "Smells Like Teen Spirit" at one of them, below...
The Roxy's VIP section has seen its share of celebrities, of course, but this bizarre mixed bag was hard to miss. Even Patti herself took notice, dedicating one of her first numbers to The Moz and later speaking of Iovine's influence and production on her acclaimed album Easter, a moment which led into a highlight of the evening, a bewitching rendition of "Because the Night."
photo: Patti Smith in Austin in 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
The 25th annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert was announced last month, and the lineup's now been expanded. Patti Smith and Sturgill SImpson join a cast that already includes The Flaming Lips, Laurie Anderson, artistic director Philip Glass, Tenzin Choegyal, and Ashley MacIsaac. The concert takes place March 5 at Carnegie Hall. Ashley MacIsaac. Chuck Close, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Uma Thurman and Arden Wohl are Honorary Chairpersons for the evening.
Tickets are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win, below.
Patti's only other upcoming dates are overseas. All of her dates, and an updated list of Sturgill's, below...
photo: Flaming Lips at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James RIchards IV)
The annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert is now in its 25th year, and happens at its usual location of Carnegie Hall on March 5. Artistic director Philip Glass is once again curating the lineup, which includes The Flaming Lips, Laurie Anderson, Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal, Canadian roots musician Ashley MacIsaac, and more TBA.
Tickets are on sale now, and all proceeds support the Tibet House US. You can also purchase the special gala package (starting at $500) which includes admission to the concert and a dinner reception with the performers.
Chuck Close, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Uma Thurman and Arden Wohl will be the Honorary Chairpersons for the night.
photos by Greg Cristman
There were no speeches, or stagy hugs, or arms lifted in reconciliation. Not even a handshake. Still, on Tuesday night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, two pioneers of Minimalism, the composers Philip Glass and Steve Reich, both 77, put aside a personal and professional feud that lasted more than 40 years and, for the first time since the early '70s, performed together as they had in their early days so often and so momentously."Nonesuch Records at BAM," the 50th anniversary celebration of the label, began last night (9/9) with two events, one being the highly-anticipated collaboration from contemporary composer greats Philip Glass and Steve Reich, their first in four decades. As the above review points out, they were joined by Nico Muhly, Timo Andres and David Cossin, and the performance lived up to its expectations. Pictures and a video in this post.
...The audience that packed the house on Tuesday applauded and cheered with delight when Mr. Glass and Mr. Reich walked onstage to play "Four Organs," scored for four digital keyboards and maracas. The other players were two composer-pianists of the new generation, Nico Muhly and Timo Andres, and the percussionist David Cossin from the Glass Ensemble.
...The ensemble then played Parts 1 and 2 of Mr. Glass's "Music in 12 Parts," completed in 1974, a sort of how-to catalog of Minimalist techniques turned into a haunting, audacious piece. Best of all was the "Funeral of Amenhotep III" from Mr. Glass's 1983 opera "Akhnaten," performed by nine players, including two percussionists, music that in its obsessive figurations seems at once terrifying and exuberant. [NY Times]
Reich and Glass do it two more times, first tonight (9/10) and again on Thursday (9/11). They're in the Howard Gilman Opera House, while jazz composer Brad Mehldau (the other show last night) wraps up his two-night run in the Harvey Theater tonight. Tonight Brad will be joined by Chris Thile of Nickel Creek/Punch Brothers.
More pictures, and that video, below...
Dean Wareham @ Maxwell's, 2011 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
While we already knew that "Nonesuch Records at BAM" and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus / Bryce Dessner collaboration (though details on that one were TBA) were going to be part of the 2014 Next Wave Festival, the full line-up of programming has just been announced. BAM Next Wave runs from September 9 through December 20, featuring 30 theater, music, dance, and film productions. 2014 Next Wave Festival subscriptions and single tickets to BAM Fisher presentations go on sale June 23 to the general public (June 16 to friends of BAM). Single tickets for all other Next Wave engagements go on sale Aug 18 (Aug 11 for Friends of BAM).
That doesn't count the 13 Nonesuch Records 50th anniversary concerts which include shows featuring Philip Glass / Steve Reich; Devendra Banhart, Stephin Merritt, and Iron and Wine; Youssou N'Dour; Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, and more. Tickets to the Nonesuch shows are on sale now.
Among the non-Nonesuch music events, the highlight is probably Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films which happens at Howard Gilman Opera House on November 6 - 8. Presented by The Andy Warhol Museum (which turns 20 this year) and Dean Wareham, the events comprise 15 never-before-seen films captured by Andy Warhol between 1963 and 1968 on his original 16mm Bolex camera, scored (and performed live) by Bradford Cox, Eleanor Friedberger, Martin Rev, Tom Verlaine and Wareham.
In addition to his three nights with Steve Reich, Philip Glass will also be performing The Complete Piano Etudes at two concerts at Howard Gilman Opera House on Dec 5 & 6.
There's also the world premiere of Black Mountain Songs featuring music by Bryce Dessner, Tim Hecker, John King, Nico Muhly, Richard Reed Parry, Caroline Shaw, and Aleksandra Vrebalov as performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. That happens Nov 20 - 22 at BAM Harvey Theatre. You may have gone to a preview of that earlier this month.
Part of the music-theatre program is the US premiere of Shakespeare's Sonnets, "a contemporary take on 25 specially chosen sonnets from Shakespeare's cannon" with a score by Rufus Wainwright and direction by Robert Wilson. Performances happen October 7 - 11 at Howard Gilman Opera House, and Wilson and Wainright will discuss the project on October 8 at BAM Fisher (Hillman Studio).
There is, of course, lots more. A brief rundown of all BAM Next Wave Festival 2014 programming is below...
Contemporary composers Steve Reich and Philip Glass have announced that they'll perform together for the first time in over 30 years, as the kickoff event for "Nonesuch Records at BAM", the label's 50th anniversary going down this September.
"Nonesuch Records at BAM" also includes an event with Devendra Banhart, Stephin Merritt (who's involved in another BAM event happening sooner), and Iron & Wine; one with Natalie Merchant and Sam Amidon; another with Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet; two nights of Robert Plant and more. Full schedule below.
The Steve Reich/Philip Glass event is also part of the 2014 Next Wave Festival. Still not many details on that, but we do know Bryce Dessner and Brooklyn Youth Chorus are performing. Members can get tickets to Next Wave starting June 16, and the general public starting June 23.
Full "Nonesuch Records at BAM" schedule below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Iggy Pop with New Order // Sufjan Stevens with The National
The 24th Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert took place at Carnegie Hall last night (3/11) with Patti Smith, New Order, Iggy Pop, The National, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Randolph, Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, and many more.
As always, the night featured many collaborations--Iggy Pop with New Order, Sufjan Stevens with The National, Nico Muhly with Philip Glass, and so on. Headliner Patti Smith also paid tribute to the late Lou Reed by covering Transformer's "Perfect Day." Video footage of Iggy Pop and New Order playing Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart," "Transmission," and NO's own "Californian Grass" are in this post. UPDATE: Footage of The National and Sufjan Stevens performing "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks," "This Is the Last Time," and "I Need My Girl" can also be found below.
More pictures, those videos, and the full Tibet House US 24th Annual Benefit setlist lie after the jump...
Iggy Pop at SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
The annual Tibet House Benefit Concert is returning for its 24th year on March 11 at Carnegie Hall. As usual, artistic director Philip Glass is performing and has a typically amazing lineup of Bryce Dessner (of The National), Nico Muhly, Iggy Pop, New Order, Patti Smith (who also played last year), Techung and Joe Walsh. Tickets are on sale now and proceeds will benefit the Tibet House US.
photos by Adam Nelson | WORKHOUSE
The late Lou Reed was honored with a last-minute memorial in Harlem at the legendary Apollo Theatre last night (12/17), which was organized by his wife Laurie Anderson. The memorial saw some of Lou's notable friends/collaborators singing the songs of the Velvet Underground and his solo career plus reading or performing tributes to him, including Patti Smith and her bandmate Lenny Kaye, Antony Hegarty, Debbie Harry (of Blondie), Paul Simon, John Zorn, Philip Glass, former VU bandmate Moe Tucker, and others. An excerpt from the NY Times review of the show reads:
Ms. Anderson said that Mr. Reed wrote songs in single bursts. "He would wake up in the middle of the night and just write the song down and it was complete," she said. "He never changed a word. He thought, 'First thought, best thought.' "That review also points out that Laurie Anderson said Lou's last words were "Take me out into the light!"
Mr. Simon sang the Velvets' "Pale Blue Eyes," marveling at its beauty and admitting there were lines he never understood. Emily Haines, from the Canadian band Metric, sang "All Tomorrow's Parties," and Jenni Muldaur sang the pensive "Jesus." Deborah Harry rocked through "White Light/White Heat."
Ms. Smith chose "Perfect Day" for what she called "Lou's most poignant lyric": "You made me forget myself/I thought I was someone else, someone good." The a cappella doo-wop group the Persuasions reworked Mr. Reed's "Turning Time Around." Antony Hegarty, who appeared in the stage production of Mr. Reed's album "Berlin," performed a slow, poignant, tremulous "Candy Says." Julian Schnabel, who filmed "Berlin," calmly recited the patricidal, carnage-filled "Rock Minuet."
The saxophonist John Zorn represented Mr. Reed's improvisational side with a squealing, scurrying, exultantly perpetual-motion yawp of a solo. And Philip Glass, on piano, accompanied a recitation of the Kaddish prayer.
Pictures of the memorial are in this post. They continue below...
Philip Glass at Prospect Park in July (more by Adela Loconte)
Following David Byrne's big Philippines benefit at Terminal 5 in November to help those affected by Typhoon Yolanda, another more intimate, but equally cool benefit is happening in NYC on December 19 at Le Poisson Rouge. This one's got modern composer Philip Glass joined by an impressive indie lineup of Tyondai Braxton (ex-Battles) with past collaborator Ben Vida, plus Prefuse 73, Satomi Matsuzaki (of Deerhoof), Dan Friel (Parts & Labor), DJ Jon Santos, and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
In related news, the music of Tyondai Braxton, Aphex Twin, and Edgard Varèse will soundtrack an upcoming dance performance by Alarm Will Sound and Dance Heginbotham at The Met on February 20.
Little Dragon at Treasure Island 2013 (more by Autumn Andel)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Hausu, Shadow Walker, X-Ray Eyeballs, Lost Animal, Future Punx @ 285 Kent Avenue
Portland post-punks Hausu headline this night of generally angular sounds. Get there early for openers Future Punx's '80s-loving skronky new wave.
FIDLAR, The Orwells, Shocked Minds @ Bowery Ballroom
You normally don't associate Bowery Ballroom with wild nights, but the beer-n-bong fueled antics of both FIDLAR and The Orwells should rile the crowd up pretty good. Sold out, dawg.
Guerilla Toss, Blanche Blanche Blanche, The Dreebs, Designer @ Death By Audio
New England noise descends on DBA tonight with two bands from MA (Guerilla Toss, Designer) and one originally from VT (Blanche Blanche Blanche). The Dreebs fill the requisite locals spot.
Color Film, Crush Distance, Heavenly Beat @ Glasslands
'80s-leaning Color Film (the new project of Daryl Palumbo of Long Island post-hardcore band Glassjaw) celebrate the release of their new EP with this show. If you dig the liquid bass sounds and impassioned vocals of Japan and The Associates, you may want to check them out.
Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom
Mind you, if you really like '80s sounds and impassioned vocals, why not go for the real bombastic deal with Simple Minds.
I Am The Avalanche, Sainthood Reps, I Hate Our Freedom, Sad and French @ Knitting Factory
And if you like Long Island post-hardcore bands not playing '80s-style new wave, this is a pretty solid post-hardcore/punk show with Long Island new(ish)comers Sainthood Reps opening for fellow, longer-running LI band I Am the Avalanche.
Little Dragon, SZA @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Swedish synth pop band Little Dragon always bring danceable tunes and a highly entertaining show, and forward-thinking R&B singer SZA (signed to TDE) is worth catching too. Sold out.
Boys Noize, Pllo @ Output
Boys Noize gets associated with the EDM scene these days, but this week he does two nights at the intimate (for his standards) Williamsburg dance club Output.
Frightened Rabbit, Augustines @ Webster Hall
The album that many say Frightened Rabbit will never top is five years behind us, but they've still got a supportive fan base (as two nights at Webster Hall, one of which is sold out, might imply) and this year's Pedestrian Verse is still pretty good.
Terror, Counterparts, Power Trip, Code Orange Kids, Manipulate @ The Studio at Webster Hall
This bill brings together a few different types of hardcore bands. Most exciting to us are the crossover thrashers Power Trip and post-hardcore noisemakers Code Orange Kids.
Wesley Stace @ City Winery
John Wesley Harding is going by his real name, Wesley Stace, again, and tonight he returns to City Winery where he often does his Cabinet of Wonders variety show, but tonight's a regular gig.
Radiolab Live w/ On Filmore, Noveller, Ophira Eisenberg @ Beacon Theatre
Once again, WNYC/NPR show Radiolab has taken its show on the road, this time with an event they're calling "Apocalyptical." In addition to hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, they've brought along musicians Noveller and On Filmore, plus comedian Ophira Eisenberg for their patented blend of science, music and humor.
Philip Glass - "Songs of Milarepa" Premiere @ The Town Hall
Philip Glass' "Songs of Milarepa" is being premiered by a number of musicians in NYC tonight. More info here.
"IV-Aided Dreams" release party w/ Jorge Elbrecht @ Baby's All Right
Violens' Jorge Elbrecht will celebrate the release of his new collaborative single, "IV-Aided Dreams" (featuring Caroline Polachek) with a party at new Williamsburg spot Baby's All Right. The music video for that single will make its debut, Elbrecht will DJ and drink specials will be enjoyed by most.
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Pixies @ Wellmont Theatre in 2011 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Deerhunter @ MHOW, 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Pixies, Reignwolf @ Bowery Ballroom
Pixies might have lost Kim Deal as a member (they have Kim Shattuck of The Muffs in her place) and you might not be huge on their new EP, but this is still three of the four original members of one of the most classic indie rock bands of our time, playing relatively intimate venues. Tonight they're at Bowery Ballroom for their first of four NYC shows this week, two of which are at the same venue, and one of which is at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Pet Shop Boys @ Beacon Theater
Earlier this summer Pet Shop Boys released Electric which is their most spirited, melodic record in who knows how long. Tonight's the second of two sold-out shows at Beacon, a gorgeous setting for what will likely be a highly theatrical stage show. Jacques lu Cont, aka Stuart Price who produced Electric, opens the show. Sold out.
Hess Is More, Youthfaire, Listening Center @ Cameo Gallery
A mighty live force capable of DFA-style dancerock, Hess is More are always worth checking out live. This will be your second of three chances to do so this month as part of their September "Hessidency."
Fancytramp, Fielded, Flown @ Death By Audio
Fancytramp started as the solo project from Heavy Cream's Olivia Scibelli and has morphed into its own freestanding thing. Nashville Scene calls them "bubblegrunge."
Psychic Friend, Dynasty Handbag @ Glasslands
When not playing in Imperial Teen and Hey Willpower, Will Schwartz makes Todd Rundgren style piano pop as Psychic Friend. If you can't make tonight's show, Psychic Friend play Mercury Lounge on Sunday (9/22).
No Joy, Alex Calder @ Mercury Lounge
Montreal's No Joy made one of the best shoegazy records in some time with this year's Wait to Pleasure which deftly blends the heavy and the ethereal. They'll be back for Mexican Summer's fifth anniversary next month if you can't make it tonight.
Deerhunter, Mas Ysa @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Deerhunter, who followed up their prettiest album with one of their roughest this year, are coming to NYC for a three-night run, beginning tonight. The next two shows are at Webster Hall, but tonight they'll be in a room a quarter of the size, Music Hall of Williamsburg. Opening the show is Brooklyn indie pop project Mas Ysa.
Oneohtrix Point Never @ Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral
Ambient musician Oneohtrix Point Never is about to release a new album later this month, his first for Warp, but ahead of its release he'll be playing a hometown show tonight. It's in a cathedral, which should be a pretty nice environment for his sound.
Shining, Phuture Doom @ Saint Vitus Bar
Confusingly, both Norway and Sweden are home to metal bands called Shining. The Shining in question here are the Norwegian one; they call their music "Blackjazz", which in practice means taut, highly modernized rock/metal with a glossy production and a secret weapon in the form of a saxophone. They'll be sharing the stage with local metal/hardcore brutes Alekhine's Gun and reclusive Long Island prog-deathsters Cryptodira.
Philip Glass, Elliot Sharp, Optipus & E.S.P. TV, Jaded Lover, Liquid Blonde, Transgendered Jesus @ Santos Party House
Tonight is the 8th Annual Music & Film Benefit Concert for the Film-Makers Cooperative featuring a host of impressive talent.
DTCV, Butter The Children, Forts @ The Grand Victory
Jim Greer spent time in Guided by Voices and, for many years, was one of SPIN's best writers. His band DTCV (pronounced "detective") make post-VU indie rock. Here's also another chance to catchy shoegazy Brooklynites Butter the Children.
Jake Bugg, Honeyhoney @ Webster Hall
Still in his teens, Jake Bugg makes the kind of '60s influenced folky Britpop that MOJO editors go crazy for. Other folk too: this Webster Hall show is sold out.
Morricone Youth @ Havemeyer Park (Nitehawk Outdoors)
Tonight's the final edition of Nitehawk outdoors in Williamsburg's makeshift Havermeyer Park. They're showing Connery classic Goldfinger with a live performance by Morricone Youth who probably know their way around a Bond theme.
The Everymen, PEP, Unicycle Loves You, Sri @ Pianos
New Jersey rockers The Everymen don't get enough attention for their earnest, heartland-style music, exemplified on last year's New Jersey Hardcore. Check 'em out live tonight.
Valley Lodge @ The Rock Shop
You know Dave Hill as a comedian and shirtless concertgoer, but did you know he can also shred? Catch his seriously impressive guitar skills tonight with his band Valley Lodge.
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photos by Adela Loconte
Philip Glass Ensemble live scoring 'Dracula'
According to Celebrate Brooklyn!, "The last time [they] screened the 1931 Bela Lugosi classic, DRACULA with Philip Glass' equally classic original score performed live, thunder rolled, lightening streaked the sky, and torrents of rain worthy of Transylvania chased everyone out of the park half way through."
The weather was still a little misty but much nicer when Philip Glass and his ensemble returned to Prospect Park on Saturday (7/13) for one of this summer's free Celebrate Brooklyn! shows at the outdoor venue. Support at the show came from of Montreal collaborator Kishi Bashi, whose baroque-inspired pop was a good fit to open the evening. (You can catch Kishi Bashi again at Irving Plaza on 9/12.)
More pictures from Saturday's show below...
Sigur Ros at @ Celebrate Brooklyn! 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We've known about a few Celebrate Brooklyn! shows already (Belle & Sebastian / Yo La Tengo, The Roots with Jim James, Beck), but festival has announced their full 2013 schedule which includes Big Boi, Amadou & Miriam, Calexico, Mavis Staples, Cody Chesnutt, Os Mutantes, The Waterboys, Jamie Lidell / Dan Deacon, and They Might Be Giants... all of which are free. Celebrate Brooklyn! kicks off the season with a free show with Patty Griffin on June 5.
The full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule is below.
The Henry Miller Memorial Library has done concerts in Big Sur, CA for years, and they're now bringing the celebration over to NYC for Big Sur Brooklyn Bridge, a weeklong festival which goes down from May 12 - 19 in Williamsburg in multiple locations. The festival ends with a concert at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 19 with modern classical master Philip Glass and baroque pop legend Van Dyke Parks, plus special guests. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/26) at noon.
Other events throughout the festival include a pop-up book store at City Reliquary (right across from Knitting Factory on Metropolitan Ave); literary readings; more music like Jeffrey Lewis collaborator/Holy Modal Rounder Peter Stampfel at Spike Hill on May 15 (tickets); an evening of short film at Videology on May 17; and a UCB-presented comedy show at Knitting Factory on May 18 with Chris Gethard and others (tickets). Full schedule and more details below.
In related news, Van Dyke Parks just reissued his classic album, Song Cycle, and released a new "orchestral fantasy" album, Super Chief, on Record Store Day. He's also releasing a new album with re-imagined versions of old songs and covers, Songs Cycled, on May 6 via Bella Union. You can read Van's statement on the album at Bella Union's site. Stream his re-recording of "Hold Back Time" from his 1995 collaborative album with Brian Wilson, Orange Crate Art, below.
"Highlights of amazing @tibethouseus concert: Ira Glass dancing, Jim James singing, & Patti Smith & Phillip Glass performing a Ginsberg poem." - Ann Napolitano
Jim James and Ariel Pink (via Force Field)
The 23rd Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert went down at Carnegie Hall last night (2/21) with Jim James, Merrill Garbus (aka tUnE-yArDs), Ariel Pink, Patti Smith, Rahzel, Tenzin Choegyal, Jesse Smith, and artistic director Philip Glass, with backing from Scorchio Quartet, dancing from This American Life's Ira Glass, and an opening Monk chant.
As these shows usually go, the participating musicians all collaborated with each other on stage throughout the show. Some highlights include Ariel Pink being joined by Philip Glass at one point and then Merrill Garbus at another, Patti Smith reading Allen Ginsberg's "Wichita Vortex Sutra" as Philip Glass played backing piano, and the concert's final song, which saw everyone but Pink coming on stage for Patti Smith's "People Have the Power."
If you were there, did you see Uma Thurman in the audience? She was there with her father, Robert, a Buddhist writer who is President of TIbet House US, and who, along with Philip Glass, gave an introductory speech at the concert.
The full setlist and a couple shots of Jim James' set below...
tUnE-yArDs at Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
The Tibet House Annual Benefit Concert will return for its 23rd year at Carnegie Hall on February 21. Like in past years, artistic director Philip Glass will perform and he's brought along a typically awesome and diverse lineup of Jim James (whose band My Morning Jacket just kicked off a 3-night run at the Capitol Theatre), tUnE-yArDs, Rahzel, Patti Smith with Jessie Smith, and more TBA. Tickets for the concert are on sale now via Carnegie Hall and special packages that include a dinner reception with the performers can be purchased via Tibet House US. Proceeds from ticket sales will support Tibet House US, the Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation, and the TIbet Community of New York & New Jersey.
Rahzel also took part in the 2012 Tibet House Benefit Concert. Check out pictures from that.
In related news, Patti Smith recently announced that she's working on a sequel to her memoir, Just Kids.
by Bill Pearis
Pitchfork just posted their much anticipated list of the top 100 tracks of 2012. The #1 slot went to... Grimes! Whether you thought the whole of her album Visions was good or not, it was hard to deny the charms of "Oblivion." (Having that great video didn't hurt either.) Do you think it deserved to top the list? If not then what song should've?
You can check out P4K's entire hot 100 of 2012 below.
Koyaanisqatsi, also known as Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance, is a 1982 film directed by Godfrey Reggio with music composed by Philip Glass and cinematography by Ron Fricke.
The film consists primarily of slow motion and time-lapse footage of cities and many natural landscapes across the United States. The visual tone poem contains neither dialogue nor a vocalized narration: its tone is set by the juxtaposition of images and music. Reggio explains the lack of dialogue by stating "it's not for lack of love of the language that these films have no words. It's because, from my point of view, our language is in a state of vast humiliation. It no longer describes the world in which we live." In the Hopi language, the word Koyaanisqatsi means "unbalanced life". The film is the first in the Qatsi trilogy of films: it is followed by Powaqqatsi (1988) and Naqoyqatsi (2002). The trilogy depicts different aspects of the relationship between humans, nature, and technology. Koyaanisqatsi is the best known of the trilogy and is considered a cult film. However, because of copyright issues, the film was out of print for most of the 1990s. [Wikipedia]
UPDATE: video removed at copyright holder's request.
As you can see above, Emceez Ansari is really good at photoshopping Aziz Ansari's face into album covers.
Speaking of funny, get the new Tig Notaro from Louis CK.
Film School Rejects is reporting that Woody Allen has cast Louis CK and Andrew Dice Clay in a new movie (must. see.).
As you may have noticed via an ad on this site, Django Django are running a sale for their new Mercury Prize-nominated album via iTunes. We recently caught them live at Knitting Factory, Bowery Ballroom, and in Chicago too.
Purity Ring at Le Poisson Rouge (more by Amanda Hatfield)
"Red Bull Music Academy" is presenting four upcoming shows in NYC:
1 - BRAINFEEDER SESSION NYC at Villain (October 10)
2 - SBTKRT LIVE at Terminal 5 (October 11)
3 - FOUR TET B2B JAMIE xx at Autumn Bowl (October 26)
4 - GRACE JONES at Roseland (October 27)
Kilo Kish, who has some CMJ shows coming up too, opens the SBTRKT show.
We're also giving away tickets to see tomorrow's Perfume Genius show at Le Poisson Rouge and Calexico and The Dodos at Webster Hall on 10/13 on our Facebook. (Perfume Genius meanwhile plays Music Hall tonight).
Speaking of, PETA released a new Pokemon game.
AND, more stuff below...
Acclaimed music producer Hal Willner will be at The Stone in NYC tonight for two readings of Alan Ginsberg poetry. The 8 PM performance features musical accompaniment by the one and only Philip Glass (last seen opening for Frank Ocean at ATP NY). The 10 PM reading features accompaniment from pianist Geri Allen. Tickets are $20.
The program will also feature works by William S. Burroughs and Gregory Corso in addition to Ginsberg. Glass and Willner have done this before at The Stone, back in February 2011 when Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson curated the venue for that month.
You can also hear the music of Philip Glass in NYC at the Morgan Library & Museum on 10/21.
In October, The Stone is being curated by Timba Harris.
photos by Erik Erikson
The Make-Up / Godspeed at ATP NY, 9/23/2012
The festival's best music tried to knock you off your equilibrium. This happened most often on Sunday. The Psychic Paramount got levitating within a few minutes; Benjamin John Power, also known as the English one-man laptop-electronics project Blanck Mass, produced layers of drone, with twinkling rising tones inside of melodic cycles, at fantastic, physically massaging levels of volume; Thee Oh Sees, from San Francisco, played its revved, mutated, scurfed-out garage-rock, controlled and stretched at will by the singer, guitarist and bandleader John Dwyer, who has an intense relationship with his wide-range voice and his gear. (They're not getting rich, but a tighter rock band you will rarely see.) And Godspeed You! Black Emperor played its three-guitar, two-drummer, one-violin electric dirges for two hours -- repeating vamps, clobbering dynamics, in front of film loops of urban decay and antiwar demonstrations. It's powerful, until it's grandiose. - [NY Times]As promised here are more pictures from the third day (9/23 )of ATP NY, including shots of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, a reunited The Make-Up (their only NYC show), Hot Snakes and more. There is also a second set of pictures from Friday (9/21), including Frank Ocean and Philip Glass, below as well.
Phillip Glass & Frank Ocean
The first ATP NY festival within New York City limits, also known as "I'll Be Your Mirror USA", kicked off Friday night (9/21) at Pier 36 in Manhattan. The opening night featured a typically eclectic mix of acts: comedians Kurt Braunholer, Hannibal Buress and Janeane Garofalo, and musicians Lightning Bolt, Edan the DJ (filling in for Lee Ranaldo And Leah Singer, who canceled for "unresolvable technical issues"), Philip Glass and Tyondai Braxton (they played together), and Frank Ocean. Glass (piano) and Braxton (guitar, then synth) kept their set on the short side, performing Glass's "Étude No. 1" followed by No. 2 and No. 10 (which elicited cheers from the audience when announced). Quite a few people no doubt came just for the Glass performance, perhaps as a companion to his Einstein on the Beach opera currently running at BAM, but those same people seemed open to the following set by Frank Ocean (who had plenty of his own devotees in the house). Ocean, backed by a rich-sounding four-piece, played his way through a mostly Channel Orange set, with some Nostalgia/ultra songs thrown in and new opening track "Summer Remains." His songs, crisp on record, lend themselves to a live-band staging and the musicians dug into the grooves adding some supremely funky moments to the already hooky tracks. You can see his full setlist below.
The organizers did their best to give Pier 36, an expo space on the East River, a cozy feel for the festival. The two-stage set up features one platform outside, facing away from the FDR highway and surrounded by food trucks and porta potties. Inside, the massive hall was outfitted with a layer of carpet and couches and chairs along the walls for those needing a rest (this weekend's schedule runs 12 hours each day). Along the water, the Queen of Hearts (with a movie screen on board) was docked next to another outdoor area out back. Movies run all day, and there are beanbags in there, but you might want to stay away if you get seasick easily.
One girl we talked to in the crowd was in town from the UK and bought tickets just to see Frank Ocean for the first time. But she got there in time to see Lightning Bolt who, like the rest of the music before Frank on the bill, she ended up despising. Kudos to ATP for even getting her in front of a noise rock band though.
ATP day two, which fest co-curator Greg Dulli's band the Afghan Whigs is co-headlining along with The Roots, is already underway. Check out the slightly-outdated schedule HERE, and a picture of the current schedule (which you can print) below. Schedules are also available at the door, AS ARE TICKETS.
More pictures from day one, and Frank's full setlist, below...