Entries tagged with: Pulp
by Bill Pearis
Richard Hawley released his eighth album, Hollow Meadows, today (9/11) via Parlophone in the UK. It's his first album in three years (2012's Standing at Sky's Edge was his last) and he's not messing with his sound one bit here: a little Duane Eddy twang, some '50s glamour and "King of the Road" shabby chic, and a dab of Brylcreem. As always, at the center is Hawley's warm, smoky voice. It's good to hear it again. Pure class. You can stream the album via Rdio and watch the video for "Heart Of Oak" below.
Guests on the LP include his old Sheffield friend and Pulp bandmate Jarvis Cocker who plays Rheem Kee bass on "Nothing Like A Friend'" and Slow Club's Rebecca Taylor.
As mentioned, PULP: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets is being released on Wednesday (11/19) in theaters and then on iTunes/VOD on Friday (11/19). But you can watch it for free online for the next 24 hours, courtesy Pitchfork. It's a great film, and recommended even if you are not the biggest Pulp fan. Productivity be damned, stream it below...
The terrific documentary PULP: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets is being released on Wednesday, November 19, playing at 35 cities including NYC at IFC Center. There are two IFC screenings, 11/19 and 11/20 both at 10 PM. Tickets are on sale, but if you'd like to go for free we're giving away a pair of tickets plus a movie poster just like the one above. Details below.
You can also watch the film via iTunes, VOD & digital beginning Friday, November 21. A full list of screening dates and locations, plus contest details and the film's trailer, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Arcade Fire / Dan Deacon / The Unicorns @ Barclays Center 8/22/2014
Arcade Fire kicked off their three-night stand at Brooklyn's sprawling Barclays Center last night (8/22). As mentioned, after the bobblehead version of the band appeared on a second platform to mime New York Dolls' "Personality Crisis," Arcade Fire brought out David Johansen in Buster Poindexter mode to perform his 1987 hit "Hot Hot Hot," complete with a conga line of more bobbleheads and carnival-goers that all ended up on the stage and stayed up there for the equally joyous "Here Comes the Night Time." The band's two-hour set hit on all four albums and in addition to "Hot Hot Hot" they worked in a bit of LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends" with "Keep the Car Running." Pictures, video and setlist are in this post.
Dan Deacon kept the crowd entertained and engaged during his opening set, including one of his signature dance circle / danceoffs. The Unicorns, who reunited to open this tour, started off the evening by playing almost the entirety of 2003's Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?, which was just reissued. After the show, Win Butler invited everyone to stick around Barclays for a post-show dance party DJ'd by Pulp's Steve Mackey.
Arcade Fire, Dan Deacon and The Unicorns do it again at Barclays Center tonight (8/23) and on Sunday (8/24) NYC rock legends Television are added to the bill as well. Tickets to both are still available. More pics from Night 1, including people in costume, are below...
Graham Johnson belting it at Pulp karaoke (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Pulp karaoke contest recently went down in NYC as the afterparty for the Rooftop FIlms screening of director Florian Habicht's Pulp documentary, PULP: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets. Habicht and Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker judged, and as you may know, 9-year old Graham Johnson took home the crown for his performance of "This Is Hardcore" (which some say is perhaps not the most appropriate song for a 9-year old, but there was plenty of cheering too). Habicht's now posted a video of Graham's performance, including his and Jarvis' post-song interview of the kid, which you can watch below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Bill Pearis
"That was one of the most incredible things I've ever witnessed." Jarvis Cocker had just seen a nine-year-old boy named Graham belt out Pulp's "This is Hardcore." (Feel free to peruse the lyrics if unfamiliar.) "It was a little disturbing... but I will not forget that, ever." Nobody who saw it will. The kid won.
Cocker and Pulp documentary director Florian Habicht were judges in a Pulp karaoke competition that also featured a girl who came out dressed as an old lady for "Help the Aged," only to then perform a striptease; and audience favorite Chance who had clearly studied Cocker's stage moves for his very enthusiastic rendition of "Babies" where he recovered fully from falling off the stage. Jarvis seemed amused and bemused by the whole thing, noting that "I can truly say that was a unique experience."
This was the afterparty for last night's Rooftop Films screening (8/7) of Habicht's terrific documentary, PULP: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets in Sunset Park's Industry City that also featured a Q&A with Cocker and Habicht. Filmed around Pulp's 2012 show in their hometown of Sheffield, the last date on their reformation tour, the documentary spends as much time with fans and local residents as it does the band, painting a vivid portrait of the city that shaped the band. It is not a film charting Pulp's beginnings through their breakup in 2002. "That's what YouTube and Wikipedia is for," said Habicht. It's a sweet, charming movie that you don't have to have even heard "Common People" to enjoy.
If you missed the Rooftop Films screening (and the Lincoln Center "Sound & Vision" series screening), the Pulp documentary will be released by Oscilloscope in theaters and VOD in November, with a home video release not too long after. Screening dates and more pictures from the screening, Q&A and afterparty as well as Graham's audition video, below...
by Bill Pearis
see Jarvis fix a flat...like common people
If you're a Pulp fan you probably already know that you've got two upcoming chances in NYC to see Florian Habicht's excellent and very entertaining documentary PULP: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets. It's screening August 6 at Lincoln Center with a Habicht post-show Q&A as part of the venue's Sound + Vision fest (tickets); and then Rooftop Films on August 7 (Industry City in Sunset Park location) with a post-screening Q&A with Jarvis Cocker and Habicht (tickets). If you'd like to go to the Rooftop Films screening/Q&A for free we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details on that are below.
The Rooftop Films screening just got a little more interesting. Before the screening, the good folks at Mondo NYC will be DJing, and immediately after the Q&A there will be a Pulp karaoke contest judged by Jarvis and Habicht. To enter, you need to Tweet to @RooftopFilms saying which Pulp song you'd like to do with the hashtag #singforjarvis, and plead your case. Song selections and more details here but they do suggest maybe you might want to pick a song besides "Common People." Too band "Bad Cover Version" isn't an option -- too meta?
Trailer for the film and the "Bad Cover Version" video below...
by Bill Pearis
Lincoln Center's Sound + Vision film series is back for its second year, happening July 31 - August 6. The weeklong series kicks off on July 31 with a screening of shoegaze documentary Beautiful Noise that was funded by a Kickstarter campaign (trailer below). The series ends on August 6 with a screening of Pulp: a Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets. That screening features a Q&A with director Florian Habicht and a live performance by Dragons of Zynth. In between, there's a screening of Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense on 8/1 with a Q&A with David Byrne ;, as well as documentaries on Rodrigo y Gabriela, Brasslands, Japanese didgeridoo player GOMA (shot in 3-D), and more. Tickets for Sound + Vision go on sale Thursday (7/10) and the full schedule is below with more info about the films here.
The night after the Pulp documentary screens at Lincoln Center, it will be shown as part of Rooftop Films at Industry City in Sunset Park (8/7). Habicht will be there for a pre-screening Q&A as will Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker which is probably worth the price of admission on its own. Tickets are on sale now.
Conceived by Cocker and directed by Habicht, Pulp: a Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets chronicles the iconic Britpop band's "final" hometown show at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena in December 2012. (They played the Coachella cruise after.) It's as much about Sheffield as it is Pulp, interviewing fans and locals on the leadup to the concert. You don't have to be familiar with Pulp's music to enjoy this one, but it certainly helps like in scenes where a group of septuagenarians sing Pulp's 1997 single "Help the Aged." It's a terrifically entertaining film and its trailer is below.
by Bill Pearis
PULP: A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets / The Trip to Italy
Rooftop Films is back with another summer-full of movies and live music under the stars. While the schedule hasn't been posted yet, the slate of films has. This year's line-up includes the genuinely terrific documentary PULP: A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets which we hear won't be out till 2015 in the US; The Trip to Italy which features more of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon eating, arguing and impersonating Michael Caine; The Skeleton Twins, the new film starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader that's a drama not a comedy; Lukas Moodysson's acclaimed '80s-set girl/punk comedy We Are the Best! (which also screens at BAM); Sundance Fest hit Appropriate Behavior; dramedy; The One I Love which stars Mad Men's Elizabeth Moss; coming-of-age comedy Ping Pong Summer, and more. Full line-up below.
The 2014 season kicks off on May 16 at Industry City in Sunset Park with a short film program, and the following night (5/17) at Industry City it's a sneak preview of Gillian Robespierre's comedy Obvious Child which stars Jenny Slate and Gabby Hoffman. Ticket info -- and the live music portion of those events -- will be announced soon but you can watch the trailer for Obvious Child, and check out the 2014 Rooftop Films line-up, below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Jarvis Cocker & Steve Mackey's "Desperate Sound System" / Jungle
The music portion of SXSW officially kicked off yesterday (3/12) and while there weren't as many events going on as there will be tonight through Saturday, there was still plenty to see. BV photographer Amanda Hatfield ran around and caught Pulp's Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey doing their "Desperate Sound System" DJ night at Hype Hotel, plus The Colourist who went on before them.
Then she headed to Central Presbyterian Church for the Bella Union showcase (where Jarvis and Steve also headed, but as audience members) and caught ex-Low Anthem member Jocie Adams' indie folk band Arc Iris and piano singer/songwriter Agnes Obel. After that, a few blocks away at Latitude 30 it was the enigmatic UK funk band Jungle, who are now in Austin after having played two NYC shows last week. The band, a five-piece live, are still choosing to remain on the mysterious side (despite revealing seven members in a recent promo pic), singing behind large pop filters that seem more like they're intended to block their [white] faces than block noise....
But at a Tuesday afternoon show at Spotify House, on an outdoor stage, Jungle didn't hide that they are about as Afro-British as the Average White Band was. In a truly post-racial world, perhaps their previous offerings would just be a random artifice. But in a truly post-racial world, naming a band Jungle and putting black faces on the packaging wouldn't leave such a queasy aftertaste. [NY Times]Amanda wrapped up her night at Buffalo Billiards for Avi Buffalo. Pictures of them, and all other bands mentioned, are in this post. They continue below...
UK music weekly NME has just published its end-of-year issue, with their Top 50 LPs and Tracks of 2013. As for the albums list, we'll let you read on to find out what their #1 pick is, but it might just be the one NME called "absolutely and unarguably the most incredible album of [said band's] career" and "the greatest record of the last decade." It's not Palma Violets, who were last year's Track of the Year, as their debut LP came in at #32 on the list.
As for tracks, their single of the year is a pretty obvious (certainly ubiquitous) choice. Check out the full lists of NME's Top 50 LPs and Tracks below...
by Bill Pearis
Things are going great for Morrissey whose new book is selling like crazy. The new Issue of NME, as you can see from its cover above, features "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time." The UK music weekly picked these for the Top 10:
1. The Smiths - The Queen Is DeadJust keep in mind these are mostly British people making this list. Outkast's Stankonia is #500 if you were wondering, and the Top 50 are listed in this post. If you're wondering how NME came up with this list, here's what they said:
2. The Beatles - Revolver
3. David Bowie - Hunky Dory
4. The Strokes - Is This It
5. The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground
6. Pulp - Different Class
7. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
8. Pixies - Doolittle
9. The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album)
10. Oasis - Definitely Maybe
It means emailing a vast array of alumni from across the NME generations, from the sixties swingers through the hip young gunslingers of the 70s right up to today's troupe of rock'n'roll toreadors, and begging/bullying them to submit lists of their favourite fifty albums of all time. Some joined in, others were too busy/famous now, but we managed to gather together around 80 voters to submit lists, at which point the serious number-crunching began.One of those 80 was '90s-era NME editor Johnny "Cigarettes" Sharp, who talked to The Quietus about how he came up with his ballot (and these kind of lists in general):
I and the rest of the NME alumni were simply told to vote for our 'favourite' albums - Ideally a top 50 but really anything we could rustle up by the following Monday.The mag does have a sense of humor about all this. The bottom right corner of the cover has a picture of Morrissey saying "...until the next 500." NME is publishing the whole list -- in not annoying slideshow format -- throughout the day and you can click through 500 - 401, and 400 - 301 right now. Their top 50 are listed below....
And herein lies a flaw inherent in all such lists: The results are bound to be slanted towards the choices of the voters who they happen still to have contact details for, which will inevitably be the more recent contributors (Still, having first written for them over 20 years ago, they didn't do too badly tracking me down).
Inevitably, with the whole thing being a bit last-minute and no-budget, the votes were also those of individuals who could be arsed to sweat over a difficult task in their free time for no financial reward. Welcome to 21st century publishing.
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
Ex Cops DJing at Other Music, RSD 2012 (more)
We're about a week out from Record Store Day 2013. When it began in 2008, RSD was a celebration of brick-and-mortar stores in the face of digital downloads, offering up exclusive releases to get people out to stores. It's blown up considerably since then, with hundreds of RSD-only releases. (Many of which fall into the hands of folks who turn it around on Ebay that same day, but what can you do?) While it is a mob scene these days, there is no doubt it helps what record stores there are left -- though not enough, as Record Store Day will be the last day for Williamsburg's Sound Fix. Participating stores around the country are listed here.
There are always some pretty cool exclusives too, items that may have never seen the light of day without RSD. With that in mind we've gone through the list of North American RSD exclusives to highlight a few things to keep an eye out. This isn't comprehensive, just stuff we wanna get. What records are you trying to get this year?
photos by Greg Cristman, reviews by Nathan Stout
James Murphy, El-P, Jarvis Cocker
The second of two S.S. Coachella cruises set sail off the coast of Jamaica last week (12/19) and returned on Sunday (12/23). (The first set sail from the Bahamas on 12/16.)
Day 1, pictured in this post, was headlined by reunited britpop greats Pulp and also included sets by The Rapture, Cloud Nothings, James Murphy (DJ), El-P, Simian Mobile Disco, and others. We didn't catch Grimes on day 1 but pictures of her set at day 2 are on the way. Killer Mike also played day 1 but unfortunately we missed him. The venues on the cruise were all pretty intimate, which was especially great for Pulp fans who got to see them in a 1,400 capacity theater with great lighting. The other venues had darker lighting but the sound and intimacy made up for any other shortcomings.
Before S.S. Coachella, Pulp played a hometown show in Sheffield where they gave their fans Christmas cards which sent them to this link, which was activated with a download to a new song on Christmas Eve at midnight, according to Pulp fansite Bar Italia. The song was actually a re-recording of an old Pulp demo, "After You," and it was done with fellow S.S. Coachella sailor James Murphy.
Writer Nathan Stout was aboard the cruise as well and he told us a bit about Pulp's set:
A neon sign reading 'PULP' in huge letters swings back and forth on stage as Jarvis Cocker rips off another piece of clothing. He shakes his hips then falls on his back, puts his forearm on his brow, squirms, and thrusts the air...all to the pleasure of hundreds of screaming fans. It is the first night of the S.S. Coachella. We are front and center, proudly wearing our neon hats. Only a few feet separate us from Jarvis and Pulp. We are drunk (but not belligerent or reckless) and living in the moment; every ridiculous moment. We dance. We yell. We exchange glances of excitement and approval. Welcome to music fan heaven. Welcome aboard the S.S. Coachella!He also wrote about the ship itself...
The Celebrity Silhouette is largest and newest of the Celebrity Cruise Lines' fleet. The vessel weighs a whopping 122,400 tons and holds 2886 people. It was obviously built with luxury in mind. There are two large swimming pools on the top deck, four hot tubs, a lawn made of real grass, chairs, hammocks, basketball courts, a theater, restaurants, clubs, food everywhere, drinks everywhere, and as many servants as cruise patrons. Aboard this ship we lived like rock stars for four glorious days.You can stream the Pulp song and check out more pics from day 1 of S.S. Coachella below...
photos by Ryan Muir
Photographer Ryan Muir is the latest of our uber-talented contributors to drop off his favorite photos that he took in 2012, leaving us with shots of Guns n Roses, The Hives, Purity Ring and much more.
His set of favorite contributions joins fellow photographers Caroline Harrison, Dominick Mastrangelo, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako, Jessica Amaya, Fred Pessaro // BBG, and Chris La Putt.
Check out the rest of Ryan's favorite pictures below.
Concert cruises are all the rage lately, and this is in fact real.
Indio, CA music festival Coachella continues for two weekends in April, 2013. But just because they've decided to keep the fest in Indio, doesn't mean they can't take it on a couple of cruises as well. As seen in the picture above, S.S. Coachella will set set sail off of the Bahamas from December 16-19 and off of Jamaica from December 19-23. The lineup (thus far at least) includes Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, James Murphy (DJ set), Grimes, Cloud Nothings, Killer Mike, El-P, Sleigh Bells, Father John Misty, and more.
Holy Ship sails in January too.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
M83 / The Black Keys / Refused
"Coachella's new dueling weekends have unwittingly started a bitter turf war between those at the festival now and those who plan to come next week.After sets by Jimmy Cliff, Madness, Kendrick Lamar, Jimmy Cliff, Arctic Monkeys, EMA, Ximena Sarinana, Gary Clark Jr, Death Grips, and many more, night fell and the massive crowds at Coachella's first of two Fridays were treated to sets by Pulp (setlist & video HERE), Mazzy Star (more on their set in a second), Refused (more on their set HERE), The Black Keys (setlist below), M83, Amon Tobin (more about him HERE), and others (that we didn't get pictures of).
In years past, if you were the socially adept, party-minded type, you could pretty much bank on the fact that all the cool kids in your social satellite system would be somewhere on the Empire Polo Field, in line for Spicy Pie pizza, or wearing next-to-nothing at the Ace pool party.
This year, however, a text bearing the age-old Coachella rallying cry, "Dude! VIP lounge, now. Shots!" has a 50% chance of being met with the reply, "Dude. I'm coming next weekend. Too bad for you cuz it's so cold there right now."" [LA Times]
Our first set of Coachella Friday pics is HERE. The rest, along with the Black Keys setlist, below...
Jarvis Cocker @ Coachella 2012 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
After playing Wednesday and Thursday in NYC at Radio City Music Hall, Pulp brought the show (minus eight songs) to Coachella on Friday night. The pictures are HERE. Watch the full hour+ desert festival set, and check out the setlist, below...
photos by Ryan Muir
Jarvis Cocker & adoring fans @ Radio City Music Hall - 4/11/12
Well, that was excellent... Jarvis Cocker wiggled and pranced around the room in his natty suit, geek glasses and Cuban-heel boots, a brazen showgirl in the body of a pervy librarian. Who else besides Jarvis would get cheers from a New York audience by announcing it was the anniversary of The Great Gatsby's publication in 1925? And who else would recite lines from the book while throwing Snickers and Milky Way bars into the crowd? "There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired," Jarvis said, quoting from Gatsby as a preface to "Something Changed," one of Pulp's big love ballads. "And if you are one of the pursued or the pursuing, this one's for you."We >previously posted the setlist from the second of two nights, and now here are the pictures from Pulp's show last night at Radio City Music Hall (4/12) (though unfortunately none of opener Jeffrey Lewis) (venue rules).
But everybody in a Pulp song is always pursued and pursuing, which is why their songs hold up so smashingly. They barely ever played the U.S. in their heyday, and Jarvis' superb solo shows haven't featured any Pulp material since the band split in the early 2000s. So ever since the band reunited the vintage "Common People"-era lineup, American fans have been waiting for this moment. -[Rolling Stone]
Jarvis scales Radio City Music Hall - 4/11/12 (photo by eversincedapper)
Pulp played their second of two shows at Radio City Music Hall last night (4/11), and though the setlists were pretty similar with the same amount of songs, they mixed it up a bit. This time "Misshapes" was played at the end of the encore instead of at the beginning of the show, "Bad Cover Version" was played in the encore instead of "Live Bed Show", and they played "Monday Morning" instead of "Party Hard." Check out the first night's setlist and pictures HERE. Check out the second night's setlist (UPDATE: Pictures HERE), below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
SHOW OF THE UNIVERSE!!!!!!! - Anonymous
Jarvis Cocker @ Radio City Music Hall - 4/10/2012
"Jarvis is a bit older now, but he still has it. He's an extraordinary performer, in part because he's such a specific character, and he's so fully comfortable in his skin. I think the very best rock stars are the people who impose their quirks on to the role rather than conform to the expectations of the job. He created his own archetype, but he belongs in a pantheon of the great oddball rock gods alongside Michael Stipe, David Byrne, Elvis Costello, Stephen Malkmus, Black Francis and James Murphy. Watching him in action is inspiring - his sort of confidence seems somehow attainable, whereas more traditional rock, pop and rap stars make it seem impossible and superhuman. Even in his biggest anthems - "Mis-Shapes" and "Common People," both of which presage the sentiment of the Occupy movement by nearly two decades - Cocker is at a human scale even as the music soars. Extremely lanky, yeah, but human scale." [Fluxblog]You already saw the setlist from last night's Pulp show which was the first of two shows at the fancy NYC venue for the reunited Britpop greats who also hit Fallon while in town and who continue on to play Coachella this weekend. Here are the pictures, opener Chromatics (who played Le Bain one night earlier) included. More below...
photos by Benjamin Lozovsky / BFAnyc.com
"Last night's CHROMATICS show at LE BAIN was earth shattering. Thanks to JOHNNY JEWEL for KILL FOR LOVE, my song of 2012." - Justine D
Chromatics debuted songs from their "Best New Music" endorsed album Kill for Love last night at club Le Bain in the Standard Hotel. With wraparound Manhattan views, it was a pretty spectacular setting. No less breathtaking, in its own way, is Radio City Music Hall where tonight (4/10) Chromatics will open for Pulp. (Probably to an indifferent, half empty hall. Here's your chance to sneak up close, Chromatics fans.)
Despite what Jimmy Fallon said last night on his TV show, tickets are still available for tonight's show. (Good ones, too, if you're willing to pony up the dough.) Tomorrow's Pulp show is sold-out, with Jeffrey Lewis opening. Click through for more pictures from last night's Chromatics show, plus video as well...
Pulp on Fallon
Jarvis is keeping busy. One day after he finished a run of shows at the Whitney Museum, and one day before two shows at Radio City, Pulp appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (last night, 4/9/2012). They performed one song on air, and one off. Watch both below...
photo via jennileetweets
"...In the latest iteration of "Who's Zoo?," performed on [Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday] at the Whitney Museum of American Art, with professionals alongside nondancers, the biggest improvement is live music: Relaxed Muscle, a two-member band featuring Jarvis Cocker (of Pulp) and Jason Buckle, perform four of the show's six songs.That's a snippet of the NY Times review of Michael Clark's "Who's Zoo?".
With the addition of live music and a cult-of-personality approach -- not only by the spectacularly louche Mr. Cocker, but also by Mr. Clark, who has given himself more cameos this time around -- "Who's Zoo?" is less of a dance than it ever was. Mr. Clark transforms it into a musical experience with movement...." [NY Times]
Now Jarvis just has one day before Pulp headlines Radio City Music Hall for two nights in a row, with two different openers. As mentioned, Chromatics open Tuesday's show while Jeffrey Lewis & the Junkyard opens Wednesday.
MEANWHILE, it looks like Chromatics play a semi-private, it's-going-to-be-really-hard-to-get in show at The Standard's Le Bain tonight (4/9) while some band called "The Junkyard" plays Cake Shop (with Dolfish and SLFM).