Entries tagged with: Primal Scream
by Bill Pearis
Primal Scream have released the first single from their forthcoming album Chaosmosis. "Where the Light Gets In" is a duet with Sky Ferreira and is as close to pure synthpop (a la Giorgio Moroder) as they've ever done. Watch the video, below.
That is not the only guest appearance, either -- Haim and Cat's Eyes' Rachel Zeffira are also on the LP. Chaosmosis is out March 18 via First International/Ignition.
photo: Primal Scream @ Warsaw, May 2015 (more by Greg Cristman)
Primal Scream have announced they'll release a new album, Chaosmosis, on March 18 via the band's own First International label (via Ignition Records). It will be their 11th studio album and follows 2013's More Light. Check out album art and tracklist below.
Meanwhile, Primal Scream just reissued their classic 1991 album Screamadelica on vinyl with a new remaster by My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Sheilds (who has been a semi-permanent member of Primal Scream since the early '00s) and the band. Then in March there will be a super deluxe 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition box set with the remastered vinyl, plus four CDs (the LP, the remixes, a live in '92 show, and the Dixie Narco EP) plus a DVD documentary on the making of the album. Check out the packaging and tracklist for that below.
The band, who were in North America earlier this year, will also be touring the UK in spring 2016. Those dates are listed below.
photos by Greg Cristman
Primal Scream @ Warsaw 5/21/2015
Primal Scream wrapped up their North American tour with three shows in the NYC-area. Their second of two NYC shows happened Thursday night (5/21) at Brooklyn's Warsaw with an identical setlist to the previous night's Irving Plaza show. This was a stripped-down 'Scream, with core members Bobby Gillespie, guitarist Andrew Innes, keyboardist Martin Duffy, plus drummer Darrin Mooney (who's been with them since the late '90s), and bassist Simone Marie Butler who replaced Mani a few years ago. No backup singers, no fancy projections, just a set loaded (pun intended) with favorites. Pictures from that show are in this post.
Like Irving Plaza the night before, Nicole Atkins opened the show. Primal Scream's tour wrapped up Friday (5/22) at Stone Pony is Asbury Park, NJ.
More pictures from Warsaw, and setlists, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Primal Scream @ Irving Plaza 5/20/2015
Scottish indie stalwarts Primal Scream played their first of two NYC shows last night, hitting Irving Plaza with Nicole Atkins. Their setlists have been pretty standard on this tour (which included Levitation fest), hitting big singles like "Loaded," "Movin' on Up," "Swastika Eyes" and "Rocks." They opened things with an updated version of "2013" which is from their last album, More Light. Pictures (including ones of Atkins' set) and setlist are in this post.
The 'Scream and Atkins do it again tonight (5/21), this time at Greenpoint's Warsaw. Tickets are still available.
More pictures below...
Let's try this again, shall we? Primal Scream were supposed to have toured around an appearance at the 2014 Austin Psych Fest, including Irving Plaza and Warsaw in NYC, which ended up not happening. They're scheduled to play Austin Psych Fest (now re-dubbed Levitation) in May, and have announced a North American tour to go along with it, including the two same NYC venues they were to have played last year: May 20 at Irving Plaza and May 21 at Warsaw. Tickets to Warsaw go on Noisey presale Wednesday (1/28) at 10 AM (password: NOISEY2015) and general on-sale at noon on Friday (1/30), and tickets to Irving Plaza go on sale sale Friday (1/30) at 10 AM with a Noisey presale and also LiveNation/Music Geeks presales beginning Wednesday at 10 AM (password: MUSICGEEKS). All dates are listed below.
Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
The annual Austin Psych Fest, which they've renamed "Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation" (more on that below), happens this year from May 8-10 at the Carson Creek Ranch. The initial lineup was just revealed and it's looking pretty crazy. There's The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Jesus and Mary Chain (performing Psychocandy), Spiritualized, Primal Scream, The Black Angels, Thee Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, Melody's Echo Chamber, Lightning Bolt, The Sword, Earth, A Place to Bury Strangers, Fuzz, The Soft Moon, Metz, White Fence, Fat White Family, Nothing and still plenty more. Weekend passes are on sale now and check out the full initial lineup below.
As for the name change of the fest to Levitation:
Over the years, countless other "psych fest" events have popped up around the globe - music communities all over the world are gathering together and celebrating music and art together. This is an amazing thing and we are proud to be a part of it.The APF folks have been doing a sister festival in France called "Levitation" since 2013.
In 2015 we are redefining what we're doing with a renewed focus on the music we love, and to mark that change the festival is taking on a new name: LEVITATION. The title comes from one of our favorite tracks from Austin legends The 13th Floor Elevators, who have provided us with endless inspiration. Their music and message transcended genre - they were true innovators.
Lineup, poster and announcement video for Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation, below...
photo via Oasis' Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs
Robert "Throb" Young, who was a member of Primal Scream from their early days in the '80s through 2006, has passed away. He was 49. The Guardian reports, that he "was found dead at his flat at 3.30pm on Tuesday 9 September. His death is not being treated as suspicious." The article also mentions Primal Scream members Bobby Gillespie and Andrew Innes issued a statement:
We have lost our comrade and brother Robert Young. A beautiful and deeply soulful man. He was an irreplaceable talent, much admired amongst his peers, In the words of Johnny Marr "Throb with a gold top Les Paul - unbeatable"'Rest in peace, Robert. You'll be missed.
He was a true rock and roller. He walked the walk. He had "Heart & Soul" tattooed on his arm and i¹m sure on his heart too. He once said to me "when we go onstage it's a war between us and the audience." He never let go of that attitude.
Our love and thoughts are with his sons Brandon and Miles and their mother Jane, his wife Rachel, and his immediate family.
Watch a live video of Primal Scream from 2000, below...
by Bill Pearis
UK psych-soul trio Little Barrie return with new album Shadow in May 27. Like 2012's King of the Waves, the album was co-produced by Edwyn Collins and you can stream the first single, "Sworn In," over at EW. If you dig Primal Scream (with whom frontman Barrie Cadogan is a touring member) it's worth checking out.
Before the album's release, Little Barrie will be over for a short U.S. tour that includes two stops in NYC: May 2 at Knitting Factory and May 8 at Santos Party House. Tickets to both NYC shows are on sale now.
All dates are listed below....
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Austin Psych Fest returns for its 6th year from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch, and since we last spoke, the festival's lineup has been expanded to now include The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Panda Bear, The War On Drugs, Graveyard, Mikal Cronin, Bombino, Peaking Lights, Pink Mountaintops, The Fresh and Onlys, Sleepy Sun, The Octopus Project, Bardo Pond, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Morgan Delt, Cosmonauts, Pure X, Guardian Alien, Mark McGuire, Greg Ashley and more.
They join previously announced bands like Loop, Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Liars and more. Unfortunately, Primal Scream, who had to cancel their US tour, are no longer playing. APF Tickets are still available.
The fest has also announced that there will be kickoff parties the Thursday (2/1) before at Mohawk and Red 7 with sets from The Warlocks, Night Beats, Indian Jewelry, Elephant Stone, Golden Animals, Holy Wave and more TBA.
Updated lineup and flyer below...
Primal Scream were to have been here over in May for a short tour surrounding Austin Psych Fest, including two NYC shows. While there's been no official announcements and APF still has them listed playing, it looks like most if not all the other North American dates have been canceled, including both NYC shows (5/11 Warsaw, 5/12 Irving Plaza), Philadelphia, Boston, DC and Toronto. Bummer.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Primal Scream are one of the many bands announced for the 2014 Austin Psych Fest which happens May 2 - 4. While we haven't heard if there's a full tour surrounding that appearance, the 'Scream have scheduled some East Coast shows, including two in NYC: Warsaw on May 11 and Irving Plaza on May 12. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale December 17 at 10 AM, with a Music Geeks presale for the Irving Plaza show beginning Thursday (12/12) at 10 AM (password is "musicgeeks"). All known North American tour dates are listed in this post.
Primal Scream released their 10th album, More Light, back in May which was produced by David Holmes and features guest appearances by Kevin Shields, Robert Plant, onetime Pop Group frontman Mark Stewart, and more. It's probably their best album since 2000's XTRMNTR and, if you haven't heard it yet, you can stream it via Rdio. The band just released a video for new single "Goodbye Johnny" and you can watch that along with a couple other videos below.
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
The 6th annual Austin Psych Fest happens from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch (where it took place last year), and this year's lineup includes Primal Scream, Loop, The Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Temples, Avey Tare's Slasher Flick, Liars, Mono, Destruction Unit, Oneohtrix Point Never, Moon Duo, TOY, Earthless, Shannon and the Clams, La Femme, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Quilt, Gap Dream, Circuit Des Yeux, and more. Tickets (including a camping pass option) are on sale now.
Let's hope that means a Loop (who just played ATP End of an Era) and Primal Scream will have other North American shows while here. French band La Femme mentioned they'd be doing a two-month North American tour in 2014 and this is the first actual date we've seen.
Full Austin Psych Fest 2014 lineup below...
Nick Cave @ SXSW 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
One of the Grand Dammes of the music festival world Glastonbury 2013 will happen June 28 - 30 in the UK town of the same name. (They skipped last year.) Announced acts include The Rolling Stones, Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, Primal Scream, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Vampire Weekend, Elvis Costello, Kenny Rogers (!), Portishead, Foals, Tame Impala, Alt-J, Billy Bragg, PiL, Smashing Pumpkins, Chic, Cat Power, The Horrors, Rodriguez, Palma Violets, Savages, Crystal Castles and a whole lot more.
No word on tickets yet. You can check out the full line-up on the flyer below.
As mentioned, Primal Scream will release their 10th album, More Light, on May 21. That's the cover art above that seems to find frontman Bobby Gilespie in a sonic flower groove. After giving us "2013" earlier this year, the Scream have now unleashed the LP's second single, "It's Alright, It's OK." Acoustic guitar, dominant, Stonesy piano line, gospel singers: we are in "Movin' on Up" territory here and you can stream it below.
by Andrew Sacher
Primal Scream at MHOW in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Indie/alternative vets Primal Scream have finally announced plans to follow up 2008's Beautiful Future, with a new album, More Light, due out May 6 via the band's new First International label in the UK (no US release announced yet).
The album announcement came along with a video for its first single, "2013," which features guitar from My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields who has toured with the 'Scream before and whose own band made a major comeback this year (via Pitchfork). It's a pretty great dose of neo-psychedelia and space rock that shows the legendary band ceasing to age.
The song will be made available to download on February 25. Watch the video below...
photos by Tim Griffin
"Never one to play by the rules, the Scream eschewed a greatest hits set and instead focused on the latter half of their career. Just over a third of the 16-song set was devoted to tracks off of their last two records, Riot City Blues and Beautiful Future. Group think/conventional wisdom is that these two records don't hold up very well next to the band's Vanishing Point / XTRMNTR / Evil Heat heyday, but "Country Girl" and "Jail Bird" sounded right at home next to older staples like "Kill All Hippies" and "Miss Lucifer."" [DCist, review of Friday's DC show]Primal Scream played their final show on their US tour last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg (3/29). One night earlier they were at Webster Hall. Kuroma opened both shows. More pictures and the setlist from the Brooklyn show below...
Primal Scream @ The Metro in Chicago - March 22, 2009 (theres no way home)
"Steven Van Zandt plays many roles: Guitarist in the E Street Band. Tough-talking club owner Silvio Dante in "The Sopranos." Host of syndicated radio show "Little Steven's Underground Garage."Primal Scream play their 2nd of two NYC shows tonight (3/29). Last night was at Webster Hall (how was that show?). Tonight is at Music Hall of Williamsburg and it is not sold out.
But early on Friday, March 20, in the Austin Convention Center, he assumed the role of music industry elder statesman and philosopher during the South By Southwest Music and Media Conference.
Van Zandt spoke and answered audience questions in a convention center conference room....
... When a booking agent informed Van Zandt that the British band Primal Scream was not physically capable of doing a 20-show tour he hoped to organize, he did not hide his disgust.
"C'mon. (The E Street Band) does 20 shows a month. You want to be a drug addict? Go be a drug addict. Don't waste my time."
On March 22nd, right after they left Austin, Primal Scream played The Metro in Chicago. The setlist from that show is below...
by Bill Pearis
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Micachu @ Cake Shop (more by Tim Griffin)
Welcome to the SXSW Hangover edition of This Week in Indie. Those who went to Austin might not want to go see live music, but for everyone else it's a boon. Most of these bands have been covered before so I'm just going to go night-by-night of the shows I'd recommend...
Primal Scream make it really hard to figure out where they are playing. Since my last posting, there are now at least four more confirmed US dates - 2 at SXSW, one in Washington DC, and March 29th at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The new Brooklyn show happens one day after their show at Webster Hall in Manhattan. Tickets are still on sale for Webster Hall, and they go on sale Friday for the Brooklyn show (with the Am Ex presale starting Wednesday at noon)). All North American dates are with Kuroma...
Hank Sullivant, lead and founding member of Kuroma may also be known to some as the founding bass player of Athens, GA band The Whigs and for being a former touring member of MGMT. When asked about the inspiration behind the song "In New York, Everything Is Tropical," Sullivant had this to share, "It came to me in a dream. In my dream I was parasailing and the boat below me was blasting a No Doubt song... but it wasn't an actual No Doubt song, it was this song. I woke up and immediately transcribed the whole thing." The pop sensibilities of this track made it a fitting subject for Rich Travali (Pharrell, Jay-Z, Nas) to put his mixing touch on. Kuroma's overall sound brings together a perfect mix of guitar-driven garage rock and psychedelic pop.Kuroma also plays Mercury Lounge with Starfucker on April 21st, and Union Hall the next day. All tour dates below...
Brian Jonestown Massacre @ Terminal 5 (more by Lori Baily)
Led by enigmatic provocateur and sonic visionary Anton Newcomb, the Brian Jonestown Massacre are a controversial, independent and musically brilliant outfit who have attracted a legion of fans through their wildly futuristic psychedelic rock.As previously mentioned, Primal Scream will be visiting the US in March. That means shows in NYC, Philly, Toronto, Austin, and California (tickets). The West Coast dates are March 16th (LA) and March 17th (San Francisco), and both include The Brian Jonetown Massacre playing as opener. The opener for the March 28th Webster Hall show hasn't been announced, but I doubt it will also be Brian Jonestown. Instead, Anton Newcombe and gang will headline their own, even bigger show at Terminal 5 on April 1st. It's the same NYC venue they played over the summer. Since then they also played ATP NY and a smaller show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Tickets for the new show go on sale Friday. All dates for both bands below...
To coincide with the release of their 13th and latest album, My Bloody Underground, cult favourites The Brian Jonestown Massacre embarked on an August 2008 Australian tour. Highlighting this tour, is a LIMITED edition live CD from the 30th August show at The Hi-Fi in Melbourne, Australia. [The Hi-Fi Live]
"...Europe's finest musical 3-piece, Peter Bjorn and John, release their new album Living Thing on Almost Gold Recordings/StarTime International on March 31st 2009. Produced by the band and Lars Mårtén, who also had the control of the mixing dials, the album was recorded in 2008 in Stockholm, New York City and Los Angeles with an unprecedented level of input from the band and reflects the musical tastes, influences and personality of each individual member more than any previous PB+J album. The first taster "Lay It Down" sets the stage for an album full of perfectly crafted gems, all of which carry the distinctive sound that has come to define the trio. From the moment the album opens with the minimalist groove of "The Feeling" to the childlike hook of "Nothing to Worry About," PB+J have created a thoughtful, finely tuned follow-up to Writer's Block that combines the unique strengths and talents of each musician to ultimately find the band at their most adventurous and cohesive.Primal Scream will play Webster Hall in NYC on March 28th, and since that show was announced, it has come out that Primal Scream will also appear at SXSW in Austin a few days earlier. Also appearing at SXSW this year: Peter Bjorn and John, and it can't be long before they also announce a NYC show.
In addition to recording Living Thing last year, PB+J released a low-key and mostly instrumental album Seaside Rock and lead singer Peter Morén released his solo album The Last Tycoon. Björn Yttling was also quite busy producing other artists, including Lykke Li, Sahara Hotnights, The Feeling and Primal Scream.
I posted that new Peter Bjorn and John track, and its accompanying funny video, last month. That "Shut the Fuck Up" song is actually called ""Lay it Down" and will be track #8 on the album (thx japple26). The MP3 Kanye West posted on January 6th is also on the new album. Kanye modestly wrote:
WORLD PREMIERE ... THEY SENT THE SONG TO ME FIRST! PETER BJORN & JOHN... SHIT IS DOPE!! DRUMS ARE CRAZY AND I LIKE THE KIDS ON THE HOOK. THERE NEW ALBUM IS CALLED "LIVING THING" ..... WITH ALL THAT SAID I DON'T KNOW THE NAME OF THE SONG... LOL!!!... I'M GONNA ASSUME IT'S CALLED, "NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT""NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT" is the name of track four. Full tracklist, and all tour dates, below...
Lots of tickets also went on sale yesterday.
"A HALF-EMPTY venue and a middle-aged audience appeared to suggest that Primal Scream were not as relevant as they'd like to think they are.Primal Scream released their ninth studio album, Beautiful Future, on July 21, 2008. It was produced by "Björn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John) and Paul Epworth (who has produced Bloc Party)." The album features special guest appearances from Lovefoxxx (CSS), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Lykke Li (also a friend of Bjorn), Victoria Bergsman (The Concretes, "Young Folks"), Maria Andersson (Sahara Hotnights), Linda Thompson, and many others.
Opening the night with the dirge, electro distortion of Kill All Hippies, the band rapidly ploughed through the hits. The set-list featured songs from throughout their vast back catalogue, including Jailbird, Swastika Eyes, Rocks and a smattering of material from recent album Beautiful Future.
Frontman Bobby Gillespie looked as youthful as ever, but didn't really have any real conviction despite his attempts to come over all rock and roll by turning his back on the audience for one track.
Musically, the Scream sounded tight as a band with new member Barrie Cadogan standing out on lead guitar and gelling well with ex-Stone Roses bassist Mani." [a November 25th UK review]