Entries tagged with: Pitchfork Festival
EMA at P4K Fest (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Darkstar played their first US show at Pitchfork Festival this past weekend. As mentioned, they'll be sticking around for a bit and will play in NYC tonight (7/18) at Le Poisson Rouge. Phaseone opens the show and tickets are still available. We're also giving away two tickets at our facebook.
TIme Out Chicago caught Darkstar's set at P4K:
On "Gold," the trio's cover of Human League, a distant house thump permeates, rolling alongside hi-hats and anchored by slow piano. This is the energy the crowd needs. People start wading in closer, whistling and fully embracing the music.Speaking of bands who played Pitchfork Festival with upcoming NYC shows, Gatekeeper play on Saturday (7/23) at 285 Kent as part of their tour with Pictureplane and Teengirl Fantasy. The NYC show was originally scheduled for Coco66 but has been moved to 285 Kent. Tickets are still available.
Clicks continue to buzz in rapid succession, and the distorted and crunchy synth found in so much of Hyperdub's output sits prominently in the mix. The lead singer looks like Brendan Fraser in Airheads, but this shouldn't make you take Darkstar any less seriously. Their February signing to Warp is big news for these Brits, a trio we'll hear more of in the future.
P4k2011's first sounds were very yin and yang. As Gatekeeper's light, blissful tunes fluttered over the trees, EMA (Erika M. Anderson) squinted into the hazy afternoon sun and began grinding out some dark, menacing music. [Chicago Sun Times]Check out pictures from Gatekeeper and EMA's sets at Pitchfork Fest HERE.
EMA has two shows on Wednesday (7/20). She'll play an early show at Mercury Lounge with Helado Negro (tickets) and a late show at Glasslands with Talk Normal and Abblehearts (tickets). All tour dates are listed below.
Alamaba rap duo G-Side also played Pitchfork and will play NYC on Saturday (7/23) at Tammany Hall.
Gang Gang Dance conclude their tour with a Rocks Off Concert Cruise Thursday (7/21). Nguzunguzu and Total Freedom aren't on the bill like they were for the much of the tour (Pitchfork after party included) but Nguzunguzu have their own shows this week. Here's some words about GGD's Pitchfork set:
A small man waving a stick of burning sage preceded Gang Gang Dance to the Green stage--a shaman of sorts, he stayed on stage for the entire hour, waving his sage stick or a towel and nodding along to the hyperbolic pastiche of dancehall, new age, tropicalia, electronica and Middle Eastern. It's world music gumbo, but highly danceable and about as "now" as you can get.Gang Gang Dance also DJ on Saturday, 7/23 at Warm Up at PS1 with Syd tha Kyd of Odd Future, who also played Pitchfork Fest.
Lead Lizzie Bougatsos jumped off the stage to greet fans while the band continued banging out its dizzy-making tribal beats. It wasn't long before Bougatos was crowd surfing as fans reverentially passed her around the human sea. "I think when you carried me I became Jesus Christ," she said, returning to the mic. "I'm showered in your love, I'm dripping it. Drippy drippy all the way down!...If you can't act crazy on stage, there's no reason to live." Gang Gang Dance's new album Eye Contact is one of my favorites of the year so far, and live it sounds very different--much less haunted and weird, but damn good all the same. [Riverfront Times]
WU LYUF didn't play the fest, though Pitchfork probably wish they did. They share a bill with DJ Dapwell of Das Racist, who did play Pitchfork, on Saturday (7/23) at Knitting Factory. WU LYF also play the night before (7/22) at Mercury Lounge. Bass Drum of Death are on both bills.
Pitchfork Fest day one pics are HERE. Pics from the following two days are coming soon.
EMA dates and a video of Zola Jesus & EMA doing an unrehearsed cover of 'Crimson & Clover' at a pre-Pitchfork Fest show in Madison, Wisconsin, below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Bob Pollard of Guided By Voices
The 2011 Pitchfork Festival continues through Sunday at Union Park in Chicago. Some of it is streaming online. A set of pictures from Friday continues below...
After an opening set by Asobi Seksu, The Radio Dept played their second NYC show in two days at South Street Seaport last night (7/15). Their next show is this weekend at the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago, though their set is not one you can watch online.
More pictures from the Seaport below...
The 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival begins today (7/15) in Chicago. A live stream of many of the sets can be watched below...
It's easy to compare the southern rap duo G-Side to Outkast, as they point out in the track "Inner Circle". The track, off the album The One...Cohesive which dropped earlier this year, opens with the line "So now the critics be comparing us to Outkast, it's funny cause they treat us like some outcasts". But unlike the revered ATLiens, this duo, comprised of ST 2 Lettaz and Yung Clova, are based slightly west in Alabama, and have been much more prolific lately. The One was not the only one....in 2011. G-Side are releasing their fifth LP Island on November 11 and they've got a new video for "How Far" (feat. Victoria Tate) which you can watch below.
They've also got a few upcoming shows scheduled including Pitchfork Fest and July 23 at Tammany Hall in NYC (hopefully the LES venue can handle another hip hop show).
All tour dates and videos below...
Odd Future at Highline Ballroom (more by Brook Bobbins)
Notorious Chicago music journalist Jim DeRogatis writes...
When some 20,000 concertgoers arrive at Union Park on July 16 in the middle of this summer's Pitchfork Music Festival, they'll be greeted by members of several Chicago groups dedicated to raising awareness about domestic violence, sexual assault, and violence against gays, protesting that day's booking of controversial rappers Odd FutureTickets for the 2011 Pitchfork Festival are still available. The full Pitchfork lineup and schedule and the Between Friends PSA below...
This blog [at WBEZ] first asked the question "Pitchfork & Odd Future: Endorsing rape or showcasing art?" in a post on May 2nd that featured extensive comments from festival and Web site honchos Ryan Schreiber and Chris Kaskie, who defended the booking. The interview generated considerable comment here and elsewhere, from people disgusted by the hateful lyrics from the much-buzzed underground rappers dedicated to shock and outrage, as well as from their fans and boosters.
However, Pitchfork rejected a request by Rape Victims Advocates for space inside the fest to present their views, saying that all of the booths for non-profit organizations already had been assigned. And this blog still is waiting for comments from the most notable female performers sharing the weekend's bill with Odd Future: Merrill Garbus of tune-yArDs, Neko Case, and electronica musician Ema.
Yesterday, Between Friends, a nonprofit agency with a 25-year history "dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and building a community free of abuse" announced that it will be taking to the West Side streets around Union Park, handing out 5,000 cardboard fans "with a powerful message about violence against women and resources listed on them" resulting in "a sea of fans cooling down concertgoers while hopefully getting them discussing the issue and knowing where to turn for help."
The group, which presents educational programs at schools and community centers, frequently makes use of music to illustrate the plague of violence against women--witness its video below juxtaposing Rihanna and Odd Future hero and progenitor Eminem--and some of its leaders regularly attend the Pitchfork Festival, which usually takes pains to be the most socially conscious and community-oriented of Chicago's big musical celebrations. Pitchfork booking Odd Future is not unlike Whole Foods deciding to sell fried Twinkies, factory-bred chicken, and tuna with 10 times the mercury content.
"It's contrary to what they stand for," said Between Friends Programs Director Yesenia Maldonado. "We do respect the fact that they have the right to have the music that they feel people are interested in at their fest. But we'd like to make sure that they have the resources available while they're there. This is a huge venue and we really want for people who haven't heard these shocking lyrics--maybe they're coming for another band and this is the first time they'll be hearing [Odd Future]--we want to make sure that we let them know that this is something that we're taking notice of, and we really want to get the other view out there as much as possible."" -[Jim DeRogatis]
Animal Collective @ Coachella 2011 (more by David Andrako)
They might not make the most sense playing right before a headlining set by Arcade Fire, and after Mumford & Sons, on the main stage of Coachella (like they did on Saturday), but a headlining show at Prospect Park's Banshell is perfect for Animal Collective who will return to the large outdoor Brooklyn venue on July 12th. Tickets for the Celebrate Brooklyn benefit go on AmEx presale Wednesdy at noon, and then on general sale Friday.
The band played two sold out nights at the same venue in 2009. The new Brooklyn show is three days before Animal Collective play the Pitchfork Festival which recently updated its lineup. Check that out below...
Guided by Voices @ Irving Plaza, New Year's Eve (more by Chris Gersbeck)
"As previously announced, the 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival will be taking place on Friday, July 15th through Sunday, July 17th at Chicago's Union Park! Tickets went on sale on March 4th, and, as predicted, three-day passes sold out in a record time of 24 hours! That said, eager prospective festival goers should fear not, as single-day passes are still available for the totally reasonable price of $45.Guided by Voices are also playing the sold out Sasquatch Fest. Full Pitchfork lineup by day below...
And now, without further ado, the newest additions to the 2011 Pitchfork Festival lineup! Friday will see the addition of Guided By Voices and Neko Case; Saturday's lineup will feature No Age, Gang Gang Dance, G-Side, and Chrissy Murderbot; Sunday's stellar lineup now includes The Fresh & Onlys, Radio Dept., HEALTH, Shabazz Palaces, Baths, How To Dress Well, Kurt Vile, and Twin Sister. Stay tuned for more bands still to be announced in the coming weeks!"
"the 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival will be taking place on Friday, July 15th through Sunday, July 17th! Tickets will officially be on sale today at 12 PM CST, with single-day tickets for $45 and three-day passes for $110! If last year was any indicator, three-day passes will sell out in under a week (last year they sold out in FIVE DAYS!), so be sure to get your tickets ASAP!"The full lineup so far is below...
photos by dailybeatz, words by Andrew Frisicano
Hopefully all goes well with the HARD NYC show at Governors Island's South Island Field this Saturday (7/24). The show, which still has tickets on sale, will be happening despite the cancellation of its sister HARD LA show. The disappointing HARD LA cancellation came right after the disappointing lukewarm critical reaction to Maya (though Metacritic rates it as 69/100, so not so bad overall actually).
A full list of who's at HARD NYC, with set times, and more pictures and some palpably sweaty videos of Sleigh Bells at the Pitchfork Festival (on the stage and in the crowd) are below...
photos by alBerto Trevino
DOWNLOAD: Neon Indian - Psychic Chasms" (Apache Beat Remix) (MP3)
Wall Street Journal: How are you adjusting to the move from Austin to New York?Neon Indian's pre-Helsinki tour includes that free, current-hometown show at Governors Island on August 14th, and that Converse-presented "Gone to Governors" show now has openers, and they are Nite Jewel, Prefuse 73, and Dom.
Alan Palomo: New York has a really funny way of lighting a fire under your a** and keeping you in that state of mind where you have to be creative just to even survive. Whereas I feel like Texas, as much as I love it, it's so laid back it inspires a breed of meandering.
WSJ: Are you feeling pressure to keep up the momentum?
Alan Palomo: As soon as we're off tour in late October, I'm going to start writing the new Neon Indian record. And I'm already halfway done with the VEGA record. I figure for the Neon Indian record, I need to get out of New York, given that I have so many friends there. I need to throw myself into that state of mind that helped spawn the first one, which is to isolate myself in some city that I don't know much about. The fantasy is Helsinki.
And this past weekend, while Dom was playing the Siren Festival (Apache Beat too) (they did the remix you can download for free above), Alan was busy in Chicago hanging out and then playing the 2010 Pitchfork Festival (Neon Indian's set was on Sunday). Some more pictures from his Pitchfork set, and all NI dates, below...
photos by Kate Gardiner
Major Lazer @ Pitchfork Fest Sunday
"The tempo picked up again with Major Lazer at 6:15 p.m., and--hallelujah!--it stayed at a pretty high level through the end of Pitchfork 2010...The 2010 Pitchfork Festival has come to an end, and if you've been following along, you saw pictures from Day 1 & 2, pictures of LCD Soundsystem, and more pictures from Day 1 & 2. Now a set of pictures from the third and final day, with a bunch of setlists from all three days (including Pavement's), below...
...Though Young is missing from the [Pavement] reunion, Stephen Malkmus and his bandmates were musically concise, tight, and focused, and they delivered many of their best songs--"Range Life," "Frontwards," "Greenlander," and "Unfair" among them--in versions that were every bit as strong as they were back in the day, and better in some cases than that last stage of the group. Since the music always seemed timeless, there was less of a taint of nostalgia here then with, say, the Pixies reunion, though to be sure, the motivations probably were very much the same, and mostly colored green... [Jim DeRegatis]
Panda Bear @ Pitchfork Fest Saturday evening (Suckafreemike)
"Dear panda bear: you're playing a music festival, not an art installation." - Etan
"The only explanation for Panda Bear's set at the Pitchfork Music Festival is that it's a practical joke on people who are not on drugs." - lifeinzembla
"Panda Bear was nice but wayyyy too low key for a festival crowd" - Carleton Atwater
"hey i'm watching online and panda bear sounds amazing!!" - Nicole H
"Bet this new Panda Bear stuff sounds great on headphones but it's not really festival music" - Joe Colly
"Panda Bear mixing footage on the screen of a little girl jumping up and down and a Great White Shark eating a cow...weird" - Anthony Adamowicz
"Really Panda Bear?!! No "Comfy in Nautica" or "Bros??" Lame." - Michael Roche
"Panda Bear just put 20000 people to sleep at @pitchfork2010. No joke." - angelabosworth
"Panda Bear killed it. set was almost exclusively new stuff. pushing the art to the next level." - Luke Tipton
Panda Bear @ Pitchfork Fest Saturday evening (iissaaacc)
More pictures from the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival, below...
James Murphy @ Sasquatch (May 30, 2010)
James Murphy @ Pitchfork (July 17, 2010)
"Day Two of Pitchfork Music Festival far surpassed my expectations and far surpassed Day One.LCD Soundsystem made everyone else look bad this summer. It all started with their live return at Music Hall of Williamsburg in April, continued through the Sasquatch Festival at the end of May, and most recently happened last night at Pitchfork in Chicago.
Firstly, James Murphy is a rock god. LCD Soundsystem was phenomenal tonight and all my objective journalistic ethics have been shed and all I can do is gush. Taking the stage at 8:30, LCD brought the energy and never let it down, even on tamer songs like "Someone Great" the entirety of Union Park was rapt. Murphy has such a keen knack for dynamics and showmanship, regardless of a concert-goers knowledge of LCD, his concert was a non-stop dance fest. Honestly, this was one of the best live performances I've attended." [Chicago Now]
But that's it for now. They have less than 10 shows currently scheduled between now and Austin City Limits in October, and all of those shows are mixed between Asia, Australia and Europe. All dates and more pictures from Pitchfork AND Sasquatch (I never got a chance to post them before), below...
photos by Kate Gardiner
"And Yawnfork continues." - Jim DeRogatis
Robyn dominated Friday @ the Pitchfork Festival
"Who knew the best performer of the day would be a blonde bombshell spinning Euro-disco? Robyn -- another Swede and a former child star who's fought hard to regain her own artistic control -- came out throwing punches in the air when she wasn't doing that elbows-high, shoulder-leaning dance all '80s female singers used to do. Fiesty, sexy, spunky, Robyn opened with the virtues of being a "Fembot," assured us that love hurts "With Every Heartbeat" and sang flawlessly through new single "Dancing on My Own" in front of a band dressed in all white, twiddling knobs and pounding synth-pad drums. The latter really exploded at the end of "Cobrastyle," with Robyn showing some kick-box dancing. Her Pink-ish pluck reached its zenith in "Don't F---ing Tell Me What to Do," during which she led some kind of aerobics class (sporting a totally Pat Benatar green beret, too). And she was the crowd favorite. Go figure." [Chicago Sun Times]Robyn is now on tour with Kelis (that tour includes three NYC shows).
This post comes five hours into Day Two of the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival (which is streaming online). Tonight's remaining acts are Wolf Parade, Panda Bear, and LCD Soundsystem. More pictures and a few videos from most of what came prior, below....
the vegan ice cream is ready to go @ Pitchfork 2010 (chicagosoydairy)
Sharon Van Etten will play the very first set at the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival at 3:30pm Chicago time today, Friday, July 16th. She also plays the first set that streams live via their webcast at the festival's website. Full streaming schedule below...
DOWNLOAD: Sharon Van Etten - Love More (MP3)
photo by Kristianna Smith
Sharon Van Etten will be putting out her second record, a seven-song collection called Epic, on October 5th through Ba Da Bing. The track above is the last song off that. If you've seen her live recently (like at the Chris Knox Benefit), you may have caught it. In April, the song was covered at the Music Now Fest in Cincinnati by Bon Iver and members of the National. Their version (captured quite blurily) is posted below, as is a stripped-down acoustic rendition by Sharon.
The new record was recorded at Philly's Miner Street Studios and features vocal assists by Meg Baird (Espers), Cat Martino and Jessica Larrabee (She Keeps Bees). A seven-inch is also due this summer on Polyvinyl.
Live, Sharon will be at Zebulon on July 7th to perform with a screening of The Builder. After that she has a pair of shows in Chicago including the Pitchfork Fest, and then a Saturday, August 7th show at Bushwick Starr with Mike Visser. She's also on the schedule for the Panda Bear- & Public Enemy-hosting Hopscotch Festival in North Carolina this September.
Tracklist for the new album, live videos and dates are below...
Modest Mouse @ Terminal 5 in March 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Modest Mouse will join Faith No More and Nas & Damian Marley (tickets) as one of the acts set to play at Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn this summer. Their Friday, July 23rd show will be ticketed/non-free (like the others mentioned). Tickets go on sale Friday at noon (which is when the just-added Faith no More show goes on sale too).
Modest Mouse's Brooklyn show is a week after they play the Pitchfork Festival which recently updated its lineup. New acts playing the Chicago fest include Big Boi, Major Lazer, Neon Indian, Beach House, Free Energy, Local Natives, Robyn & more. Check that out in full below. Single day tickets are still on sale.
UPDATE: Modest Mouse's Brooklyn show is one day after they play one in NJ.
Modest Mouse will be reissuing their third album, The Moon & Antarctica, on vinyl for its 10th anniversary, on Record Store Day - this Saturday, April 17th. "The album features restored original artwork and replicates the infinite lock groove found in the original vinyl pressings of 2000. The new vinyl reissue includes a download card for the album." All dates the the P4K Fest lineup, below...
Wolf Parade @ Terminal 5 in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
The Wolf Parade fansite reports that Wolf Parade will be touring the USA this July (which is supposed to be timed to coincide with a new album - see the comments). Dates include a NYC show back at Terminal 5 and the Pitchfork Festival (thx Hiro). All dates below...
The Pitchfork Music Festival celebrates its 5th anniversary this year at Union Park in Chicago. It runs from Friday July 16th - Sunday July 18th. Three-day passes are now sold out, but you can still get single-day passes on Ticketweb.
The Updated Lineup is below:
the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival will be held at Chicago's Union Park on July 16 - 18. We are pleased to announce the first batch of bands slated to perform, as well as proclaim that tickets are on sale today at 12 PM CST! This year's festival welcomes the highly anticipated return of legendary band Pavement as they make one of their first appearances since reuniting! Pavement will perform on Sunday night. Friday features indie-rock, chart-topping mainstays Modest Mouse, while Saturday and Sunday sees performances by LCD Soundsystem, Raekwon, Here We Go Magic, St. Vincent, Lightning Bolt, Cass McCombs and Sleigh Bells. Stay tuned, as more bands will be announced in the coming weeks.Meanwhile, Sleigh Bells will be keeping busy by touring with both Yeasayer and Major Lazer. Pavement's first North American reunion date so far is Coachella. The list of confirmed Pitchfork bands, by date, is below...
photos by Joseph Xu
Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.
More pictures from the 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival, below...
words by Andrew Frisicano, P4K photos by Joseph Xu
DOWNLOAD: Elvis Perkins in Dearland - Shampoo (MP3)
Elvis Perkins @ Clearwater Festival 6/21 (more by Chris La Putt)
Drift: You're playing Bonaroo this year, and you did last year. Do you enjoy playing festivals?If you caught Elvis at Bonnaroo, you may have noticed Justin Vernon of Bon Iver joining the band on stage for the last two songs of their set. Elvis Perkins in Dearland returned the favor by adding horns to Bon Iver's "For Emma" and their cover of Yo La Tengo's "I Feel Like Going Home." See the videos below.
Elvis Perkins: Yeah. The festival atmosphere and scene is good fun. Especially when people are all sort of holed up in one place, have pilgrimaged their way to a certain spot, like what you get at Bonaroo or Sasquatch, that you don't necessarily get at Lollapalooza. That behind-the-scenes thing is fun, and just taking part in something like a modern day religious-less pilgrimage, a Mecca of sorts, if good. It lets everyone know that they're alive. The playing of the sets themselves can sometimes be challenging, but once you get thrown to the fire, you get used to the temperature. And if you can accept that it's going to be somewhat chaotic and that it's not going to sound very good, at least to you, on stage, then it can definitely be an enjoyable moment. The last time I was at Bonaroo, I certainly wasn't in the best spirits, or in the best shape rest-wise or nutrient-wise, so it was a bit of a struggle for me against the heat and the dust. But this time I'm prepared, and I know what awaits. This time I'm going to take Bonaroo before it takes me.
Bonnaroo wasn't the only festival Perkins played this summer. We recently posted pics of him at Newport Folk Festival and at the Clearwater Festival. He'll also be at Seattle's Bumbershoot in September.
Perkins's winter '09 tour made two NYC stops - one at the Bell House and one in March at the Bowery Ballroom. At the latter, Perkins ended the night by leading the packed crowd through the soapy confines of the NYC subway system for an encore. Elvis Perkins in Dearland will return to that venue for a show on Friday, December 4th with Bowerbirds. Maybe this time they'll head over the Williamsburg Bridge. Which would leave them not far from their next show, December 5th at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for the NYC shows go on AmEx presale Wednesday, August 12th at noon; general sale starts Friday at noon.
Bowerbirds are not playing the Music Hall show - opener TBA on that one. Bowerbirds are currently still on tour with Megafaun who they played Bowery Ballroom with in July 2009 which was not that long before they played the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago (more pictures from that show below). In July 2008, Bowerbirds opened for Bon Iver at Bowery Ballroom (it was part of a larger tour).
Videos of the above-mentioned Bonnaroo collaborations, P4k pictures, and all tour dates are below...
FF photos by Joseph Xu
DOWNLOAD: Mountain Goats - Genesis 3:23 (new MP3)
Final Fantasy @ P4K
Final Fantasy played the Pitchfork Festival on July 18th, which is where the photos in this post are from (check out his Mayhem t-shirt). About a week later he played the Hillside Festival at Guelph Lake in Canada during a storm (probably not a good idea)...
A few songs into his bravura one-man baroque-pop set, the skies filled with thunder and lightning as rain began to drench Pallett, who continued shredding his bow fiercely across his violin.Video from that moment below.
As stagehands covered equipment with plastic, and organizers frantically tried to cut him off, Pallett kept playing the appropriately dramatic 'Lewis Takes His Shirt Off.' "One more minute," he yelled, as sheets of water hit him full force.
The stunned (and soaked) crowd broke into wild cheers as one minute turned into two and Pallett sped toward the song's big finish like a man possessed -- until the stage crew finally pulled the plug. Still, his heroics had already created Hillside's most memorable moment. [Spinner]
This November he (Owen Pallett) heads out on tour to open up for The Mountain Goats (John Darnielle), who will be playing as a full band (though there is a much shorter string of Darnielle solo dates too). The trip ends with a pair of NYC gigs on December 1st and 2nd, when they respectively visit Webster Hall and the Bell House. Tickets for Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today at noon; general sale starts Friday, August 7th at noon. Bell House tickets are on sale today at noon.
The occasion for this tour is a new record from The Mountain Goats, enigmatically titled The Life of the World to Come, which comes out October 6th on 4AD. All song titles on the new album are Bible verses. John says,
The album was recorded between April and June: first at Electrical Audio with Brandon Eggleston; then at Sonic Ranch with John Congleton; and finally at Baucom Road with Scott Solter. Scott also mixed the entire album at Baucom Road. The band is still Jon Wurster, Peter Hughes, and me; Owen Pallett did string arrangements & played on the Electrical session.One track "Genesis 3:23" is posted above. The verse in question there, "Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken," may aid in your listening. Album art & tracklist, with tour dates, the FF Hillside video, and FF@P4K pics, below...
I guess the obvious question is going to be: "John, have you had some sort of religious awakening?" and while I guess lots of people might want to be coy about answering that, that's never really been my style, so: no. It's not like that. It's not some heavy-narrative-distance deal either, though, and it's not a screed. It's twelve new songs: twelve hard lessons the Bible taught me, kind of. More than that I'd want to wait to say until some people have heard it, which won't be long.
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Joseph Xu
Pharoahe Monch @ the 2009 Pitchfork Fest
Though APW's addition of Jay-Z is rather notable (just a tad), it's the reunion of Organized Konfusion that sets the stage for a big hip hop weekend at APW. Organized Konfusion originally stepped away from the mic in 1997, flirting with a return as recently as 2004, but APW marks their first show back.
Since 1997, both Prince Po and Pharoahe Monch of Organized Konfusion have been busy as solo artists, with Monch recently logging time at the 2009 Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest (pics here) and Pitchfork Festival in Chicago. Pics from Pitchfork in this post, along with fellow hip hop luminary (who didn't send a decoy?) Doom. Chicagoist dug Monch, but Doom... not so much.
After that was Pharoahe Monch, who's hip hop set was everything Doom's Saturday set wasn't: intense, ferocious, and with a level of personality the masked wonder couldn't summon on Saturday. Drawing from the crowd, Monch gave props to those such as Rakim, Mos Def, and Michael Jackson. He was the act we knew least about going into the weekend and coming out he's left us only wanting to hear more.Speaking of Mos Def, the routing for The Ecstatic Tour is solidifying more and more. Details are below. Tickets are still available for his show at The Beach at Governor's Island on 9/12.
Mos Def's partner in the recently reunited Black Star, Talib Kweli, is making his way back to the stage with Reflection Eternal at BB Kings on August 28th, a little more than a month after Rock The Bells. Tickets are now on sale.
Styles P, who provided direct support for Pharoahe Monch at Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest, will headline the first night of the Rock The Block Fest at Southpaw (Aug 6, tix here), with Freeway taking over for the second (Aug 7, tix here). Tickets are also available bundled together (here).
DJ STV SLV (of The Hood Internet) recently remixed Pharoah Monch's "Mayor" with The Black Lips "The Drop I Hold". Hilarity ensues. Download that above. Black Lips' collaboration with GZA is is up there too.
The previously mentioned Ghostface, Redman/Method Man jumpoff at Nokia Theater on July 30th is sold out. We're still waiting for Diesel to announce who the special guests will be at the Roots Webster Hall show happening the same night. Speaking of the Roots, their Highline Ballroom residency has now been extended through November 24th. Tickets are on sale.
In other hip hop news, Q-Tip is paying tribute to Michael Jackson at Nokia Theatre, Jedi Mind Tricks and Brother Ali have announced tours, and The Cool Kids are playing SOB's less than a month after All Points West.
More Pitchfork pics, the Rock the Block flyer, and all Mos Def tour dates, below...