Entries tagged with: Purity Ring
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.
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.
Purity Ring at Pop Montreal 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Purity Ring's debut album Shrines has been a mainstay on Best of 2012 lists, from NME and SPIN to personal lists from Freelance Whales and Bowery Presents' Josh Moore. They also had some of the more visually-striking shows of the year and were the #5 Most Blogged About Artist of 2012 according to the Hype Machine, which we're continuing to fuel with this post. Purity Ring sold out the initial NYC date of their upcoming 2013 tour, so a second Webster Hall show was added (1/12, tickets still available). They've had a big year.
But what did Purity Ring like this year? Corin Roddick, one half of the Montreal duo, gave us his unranked list of favorite songs of 2012. Did "Call Me Maybe" make the cut? Check out his list below.
Grimes @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Josh Moore, talent buyer at Bowery Presents, is in charge of booking shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg, but you'll also find gigs he booked at places like Brooklyn Bowl, Webster Hall and Terminal 5. You can also blame him for both Jam Cruise and Holy Ship. Like his his associate Johnny Beach and ex-Bell House/Union Hall/Rock Shop booker Jack "Skippy" McFadden before him, Josh gave us a list of his favorite albums of 2012. Check it out, along with some related videos, below...
Freelance Whales @ Webster Hall, 11/7/2012 (more by Sarah Gainer)
Winsome indie outfit Freelance Whales released their latest album, Diluvia, back in October and were just on NPR's World Cafe for a chat about the album and live session as well. You can stream the whole thing over at NPR. The band are also have a few shows with Hundred Waters coming up including Maxwell's on January 15 (tix), Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 29 (tix). The band were kind enough to give us their Top 10 LPs of 2012, which includes some of their Brooklyn neighbors (Bear in Heaven, Here We Go Magic), their tour-mates Hundred Waters, and year-end list regulars Tame Impala, Purity Ring and Django Django. Check out their full list below.
"Here's a riddle: Grimes + LDR = the #1 and #2 most-blogged artists of 2012. Grimes LP on tons of year-end blogger lists. Why not LDR?" - Dev Sherlock
Hype Machine, which compiles data from countless music blogs, posted the Top 50 Most Blogged About Artists, complete with pretty pictures (like the one of the #1 artist above), and ways to listen to those artists. Head to their site for the full list, but you can check out the top 10 below...
by Andrew Sacher
FACT is still one of the best sources for cutting edge electronic music, and I always look forward to their top 50 albums of the year list, which they've just published for 2012. As usual, it doesn't only contain electronic albums.
This year's list has a good deal of indie rap (Haleek Maul, Schoolboy Q, Le1f, Main Attrakionz, Spaceghostpurrp) and it's the only non-metal list I've seen so far with Black Breath's Sentenced to Life (!). And of course, to compliment the dancefloor records, it's got its fair share of electronic-tinged indie pop, forward thinking R&B, and outsider experimental music.
Check out the full list below.
For those counting at home, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako and Fred Pessaro // BBG have all dropped of their favorite photos that they took in 2012, and now comes a set from another long-time contributor, Dominick Mastrangelo. We'll let him take it from here...
I'm pretty sure everybody who photographs for this site has a list of bands they want to shoot before they hang up their camera or move on to something other than music. I'm no different and 2012 was the year I was able to cross a handful of those bands off my list. All were personal favorites from before I ever picked up a camera; some I had seen a bunch, some I hadn't seen in years and some I had never seen. To have photographed The Afghan Whigs twice, Sigur Rós twice, as well as Wilco, the reunited Ben Folds Five and The Old 97's (a band I saw in countless sweaty venues in my thirteen years in North Texas) over the span of six months, well, I consider myself very fortunate.
Also, Canada was very good to me. I covered Osheaga in August then returned a month later to cover POP Montreal for the second time. The following morning I was on a train to Toronto to cover the Polaris Prize gala. Nearly half of the photos below were taken north of the border and only a desire to not turn this into an all-Canada post kept me from including more.
Of the twelve I've selected, the above shot of Jonsi, the lead-singer of Icelandic band Sigur Rós, taken in Philadelphia at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts is probably my favorite. It was the band's first show in four years, the first time I was getting to photograph one of their shows and my first time seeing them since the last North American show of their Takk tour in February of 2006.
More of my favorite shots from 2012 are below.
Blue Hawaii @ CMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Montreal resident Raphaelle Standell-Preston fronts both Braids and Blue Hawaii, but the bands are separate entities with their own musical personalities. Both groups like Mac Demarco, Burial, Majical Cloudz and Born Gold, though, which show up on each group's Top 10 of 2012 list which we have for you here in this post. Like the bands themselves, BRAIDS's list is a little more band-oriented and Blue Hawaii skews more electronic. (Guess which one has Grimes on it?) Both lists are below.
Look out for Blue Hawaii's sophomore album, Untogether (definitely one of my favorite 2013 LPs that I've managed to hear already - Bill), via Arbutus Records on January 22. Braids will have a new album next year too. Both were here for CMJ.
Braids and Blue Hawaii's respective 2012 Top 10 lists are below.
by Andrew Sacher
SPIN have revealed their list of the top 50 albums of 2012. It continues SPIN's trend of giving love to crossover punk and metal (which they've been pretty consistent with since naming Fucked Up's David Comes to Life their top album of 2011) with the inclusion of Baroness, Torche, Pallbearer, Cloud Nothings, and Japandroids, but rather surprisingly excludes the SPIN Essential'd Ceremony - Zoo and The Men - Open Your Heart, in favor of popular blowouts by Taylor Swift, fun., and Nicki Minaj. The list also shares its #1 and #2 with the two highest Pitchfork-rated albums of the year. And no Grimes.
The list begins with the Kanye-cribbed disclaimer, "Most critics' taste levels ain't at our waist level. Ain't nobody fucking with our clique." Check out SPIN's Top 50 LPs of 2012 list below.
Photographer Amanda Hatfield has taken a lot of pictures for BrooklynVegan in 2012, and though we realize the year isn't over yet, we asked her if she would list her favorite shots from the past year. This list may need to be updated in January, but meanwhile check out the rest of what she chose (with links to the full sets above each picture), below...
From December 6 through 9, Miami Beach, Florida, will host the 11th edition of Art Basel, the most prestigious art show in the Americas. More than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will take part, showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.In addition to the official events of Art Basel in Miami, there are loads of parties going on throughout the city, including a Kurt Cobain tribute at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts on December 6 that includes an appearance by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and a 15 minute live dance performance based on the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video. More info is here.
The exhibiting galleries are among the world's most respected art dealers, offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers. Special exhibition sections feature young galleries, performance art, public art projects and video art. The show will be a vital source for art lovers, allowing them to both discover new developments in contemporary art and experience rare museum-caliber artworks.
Other music artists playing shows during or around Art Basel include Chromatics, Prince Rama, Nicolas Jaar, Purity Ring, Twin Shadow, Brenmar, Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, Dan Deacon, Hundred Waters, ITAL and Jacuzzi Boys. Paper Mag has a pretty good guide to some of it.
If you're going to Miami, we'd like to point out that BrooklynVegan photographer Dana (distortion) Yavin will be showing more than 26 prints of her mostly-BrooklynVegan concert photography (including Morrissey, Iggy Pop, Pearl Jam, Fiona Apple, Snoop Dogg, Madonna and more) in two different galleries, LMNT and OVERTURE, from December 4 - 9. A flyer for the show below has more details.
Long-running UK music weekly NME has just published their Year-End issue and have named Tame Impala's Lonerism as album of the year, with Grimes, Frank Ocean, Crystal Castles and Alt-J rounding out the Top 5. Tame Impala offshoot Pond comes in at #7. Check out the entire Top 50 list below.
NME's Top 50 LPs of 2012 are listed below.
The Fly is the "UK's most popular new music magazine," but if you haven't heard of it, its because it's a free monthly that doesn't really get international distribution. You can however read it online. The mag just released it's year-end issue and topping their Best Albums of 2012 is Sharon Van Etten's Tramp (which was just released in a Deluxe edition, a fine Xmas gift don't you know). Sharon narrowly beat out Grimes, whose Visions came in at #2. The whole list, in ascending order, is below and you can read what The Fly said about each album here.
A list of the Fly's Top 50 Albums of 2012 is below.
Purity Ring at Pop Montreal 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Purirty Ring just released the video for new single "Loftcries" from the band's acclaimed debut album on 4AD. The surreal clip, directed by AG Rojas (Jack White's "Sixteen Saltines", Spiritualized's "Hey Jane"), offers up four vignettes where we follow folks dealing with some decidedly strange situations. You can watch it below.
Meanwhile, as their 1/11 show at Webster Hall is sold out, Purity Ring have added a second date at the venue the very next day (1/12) as part of their North American tour with Young Magic. Tickets go on sale Friday (11/16) at noon. Updated tour dates are listed below.
by Zach Pollack
DOWNLOAD: Purity Ring - "Belispeak II" feat. Danny Brown (MP3)
Purity Ring at POP Montreal 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Purity Ring are set to head out on a European tour in November, and they've already begun announcing North American dates to go down in early 2013, upon their return. Those dates include a NYC show which happens on January 11 at Webster Hall with Young Magic, whose frontman Isaac Emmanuel sings the guest vocals on "Grandloves" and did so live for the first time at Le Poisson Rouge in July. Tickets for the Webster Hall show go on sale today (10/10) at noon. All currently known dates are listed below.
UPDATE: The full tour was announced and Young Magic supports on every date. All dates are listed below.
In related news, yesterday (10/9) the duo warned via Twitter that they've "got treats." The single "treat" they've shared is a sequel to the song "Belispeak" from their debut LP, Shrines, featuring a little help from guest-spot-maniac Danny Brown. Corin Roddick has really ramped up the production on "Belispeak II," turning it into more of a club track than the already dancey original was. Instead of further warping Megan James' voice, Roddick targeted Danny Brown towards the end of his short verse, pitching up his rhythmic lines. Take a listen to "Belispeak II" at the bottom of this post or download it above.
Meanwhile, you'll have a bunch of chances to catch Young Magic in NYC even sooner during CMJ. He'll DJ the Force Field/Hipster Runoff party at Glasslands on October 18 along with DJ sets by Chrome Canyon, Teen Daze, and Mister Lies (free with RSVP). Later that night, he'll play live at Cameo for the Carpark/Paw Tracks showcase with Prince Rama, Dent May, Popstrangers, Dog Bite, Montag, and Adventure (tickets). And on October 19, he'll play the Deli showcase at Pianos with Hundred Waters, Mac DeMarco, Snowmine, Foxygen, Murals, The Luyas, Ava Luna, Port St. Willow and Poor Moon (tickets).
In other Danny Brown news, Noisey posted a video of him at the Gathering of the Juggalos. That video, the "Belispeak II" song stream, and lists of dates are below...
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...
"That's y!" says Snoop Dogg...
Did Snoop Dogg talk much politics at his Wellmont Theater show last week? That picture above, no not the cats, is his Tweeted list of reasons for voting for Obama, and for not voting Romney.
Kanye West has much less to say, for now. All his amazing tweets have been deleted except for one new one that says "BE BACK SOON". UPDATE: Now there are also three tweets about Steve Jobs.
Bummed to hear that Big Boi, who recently played Chicago's North Coast Music Fest, replaced Little Dragon with Kelly Rowland on the final version of the song he performed live with Little Dragon in Austin.
Creed frontman Scott Stapp says T.I. saved his life.
Missy Elliot may actually release an album this year.
YouTube is streaming Obama's bff (see above)Jay-Z's eighth Barclays Center show Saturday night.
Speaking of, Jay-Z is in a new marriage equality ad.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Grizzly Bear / Purity Ring
POP Montreal wrapped up on Sunday (9/23) and BV photographer Dominick Mastrangelo was there and captured shots of Grizzly Bear, Purity Ring, Woodpigeon (aka Mark Hamilton solo), Lucky Dragons, Brazilian Money, and "Where the River Got the Water Remix," a dance piece featuring dancer Hanako Hoshimi-Caines and singer/songwriter Katie Moore.
It was a hometown show for Montreal's Purity Ring, and doubled as the last date on their tour with Evian Christ and Headaches, which had hit NYC the two days prior (9/21 at Bowery Ballroom and 9/22 at MHOW).
photos by Debi Del Grande
Refused / Warpaint / Sleigh Bells, FYF Fest 9/1/2012
...Next came the great Warpaint / Hot Snakes / Chromatics dilemma of 2012. We love Hot Snakes, but with not-to-be missed hardcore Refused closing the evening, we needed something cerebral.The ninth annual FYF Fest happened in Los Angeles with an incredibly stacked line-up that included M83, Warpaint, The Vaselines, Sleigh Bells, Fucked Up, The Men, Redd Kross, Refused, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings and loads more. And that was just the first day. Pictures of those bands and more from Saturday (9/1) are below.
We picked Warpaint, and it made all the difference. The Angeleno quartet packed the main stage area to an earnestly mind-blowing set. No joke. Stella Mozgawa's metronomically perfect drumming is infused with the right amount of personality and swagger. To say nothing of the occasionally ethereal vocals and sonically interdimensional floating guitar licks. On top of the brain high, the all-lady act Warpaint drives a bit of a body-moving groove. If it weren't for the, er, gopher pockmarked ground, we might have just laid down and vibed out or whatever. Enough people did anyways... -[LA Weekly]
Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!
Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.
by Andrew Sacher
One of my two personal most-anticipated Warm Up at MoMA PS1 lineups goes down this Saturday (8/11) with sets from Photek, Evian Christ, Howse, Shlohmo, and Autre Ne Veut. Tickets for Saturday's show are still available. You can stream/download Shlohmo's FADER/MoMA PS1 mix for this week's installment below.
Meanwhile, Howse (aka Nathaniel Oak), who released the great footwork-meets-witch house ("footwitch"? or maybe housework...) Lay Hollow EP on Tri Angle earlier this year, will be arriving in NYC a bit earlier to play a late show at Cameo Gallery on Friday (8/10 with the always great Octo Octa and The Range. $5 tickets for that show will be available at the door. Howse also made hand painted, hand stamped CDRs which will be available at both of his NYC this shows this weekend, or if you contact him via email. You can stream the Howse track, "VBS," below.
Speaking of artists playing Warm Up this weekend, as hinted at and now confirmed, Evian Christ will in fact open both NYC shows on Purity Ring's upcoming tour. Those shows include 9/21 at Bowery Ballroom and 9/22 at MHOW. Both shows are now sold out. Headaches, who made his US live debut opening for Purity Ring at LPR last month, is also on both shows.
A list of all Howse dates, and all streams are below.
Purity Ring at LPR last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Purity Ring, who just played a sold out show in NYC on the date of their album's release (7/24), recently added a NYC date to their upcoming tour, which happens on September 21 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show went on sale last Friday and immediately sold out. They've since added a second NYC show which will take place one day later (9/22) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (7/21) at noon.
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Purity Ring at Le Poisson Rouge - 7/24/12
It was virtually pitch black at Le Poisson Rouge last night (7/24) as the bass swells to Purity Ring's "Cartographist" began reverberating throughout the venue and the band's two members, Corin Roddick (beats) and Megan James (vocals), walked out onto the in-the-round stage. The first sign of light came when Corin triggered the bulbs of his intricate set up which he syncs to the songs by tapping them with drum sticks, and eventually lights were shone through the giant mutant alien eggs (as opener Headaches so elegantly put it) that hung around the stage. When I first saw Purity Ring at CMJ 2011, the duo had only three available songs, but still filled the room with people anxious to discover their live show, and they left one of the biggest impressions of the day. Now, on the night of their debut album, Shrines', release, they packed the sold out LPR with eager fans no longer just coming to see what the hype is all about, but who already love the band. Massive applause was given before, after, and often during songs, heads were bopping along, and if you looked around you'd see most mouths singing every word.
Purity Ring's set consisted of every track on Shrines except the closing song, "Shuck," and they left the stage with no encore. For "Grandloves," the only real misstep on the album, Young Magic's Isaac Emmanuel came on stage to perform his guest vocals and though it's a weaker moment on the album, it was exciting to see Isaac come out and perform it with them (they said it was the first time they'd ever played it together live). Like at their earlier shows, but even more so now, Purity Ring avoid the question that much production based music is plagued with -- what's the difference between seeing them and just playing the album loudly at home? The band have created as compelling a visual experience as they have a musical one. In addition to the triggered lights mentioned earlier, Megan drifts across the stage as she sings, eschewing the traditional presence of a "pop singer," focusing more on mystique than crowd engagement.
As for Corin, when he's at his boards, he's doing much more than just hitting play. Not only does he get physically more into it than head nodding DJs, but he's mixing this stuff live, often changing up transitions from their recorded versions, and further manipulating Megan's voice or his own beats and synths. On "Ungirthed," Corin even threw in what you Skrillex fans call a "bass drop" (I would argue that it was far from the first time the bass dropped throughout the night, but let's save that conversation for another time).
Last night's LPR show was Purity Ring's last until they kick off a tour in late August which brings them back to NYC on September 21 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/27) at noon.
The show opened with the US live debut of Headaches. More pictures of both artists and Purity Ring's setlist are below...
Shabazz Palaces at Sasquatch Fest 2012 (more by Chris Graham)
today in NYC
* Kim Lake @ The Stone
* Jeanette Levitsky @ Barbes
* Milos Karadaglic @ Joe's Pub
* Callers, Snowmine @ Union Pool
* Carina Round @ Knitting Factory
* King Khan in Asbury Park
* Eye Ra Haze, Vext @ Saint Vitus
* Cambodian Space Project @ Barbes
* Dave Hill @ Book Coart
* comedy @ Symphony Space
* The Wallflowers @ Bowery Ballroom
* Phony PPL, Blackbear @ SOB's
* Matisyahu @ Barnes & Noble
* Henry Grimes, Geri Allen @ The Stone
* Comic Book Club Live @ Fontana's
* Aerosmith, Cheap Trick @ Izod Center
* Nude Beach @ The Grand Victory
* Snowden, Warm Ghost @ Mercury Lounge
* Luisa Maita @ City Winery backyard (free)
* Big Shots, Husky (Mexico) @ Cake Shop
* Purity Ring, Headaches @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Gaslight Anthem, Dave Hause @ Webster Hall
* The Allman Brothers Band, Santana @ Jones Beach
* Wilco, Lee Fields & The Expressions @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Measure, French Camp, Deb Oh & The Cavaliers @ Mercury Lounge
* Chase King, Young Rival, Plates of Cake, The Hairs @ Glasslands
* Shabazz Palaces, Thee Satisfaction, DJ Daniel Givens @ Fort Green Park
* Howlin Rain, Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Diamond Terrifier, ATM, Psychic Reality, Chuck Bettis, DJ Dutch E Germ @ Zebulon
* Strange Shapes, Breakfast In Fur, Lost Boy?, Leapling, Cindy Lou Gooden @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Paper Mice, Wavepool Abortion, Jonathan Pfeffer, Body Parts, Ghost Band @ Death By Audio
Wilco play Prospect Park for the second night in a row tonight, with Lee Renaldo opening. Pictures from last night's rainy, bacon-scented show are here. After the show tonight Wilco members can also be found at a "Secret Late Night Gig" (an Autumn Defense show at The McKittrick Hotel).
Purity Ring's show tonight at Le Poisson Rouge is sold-out but they just announced a Bowery Ballroom date in September.
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California punks Ceremony take on Violent Femmes' "Kiss Off" on AV Undercover which you can watch below.
Baroness, who play House of Vans on August 29, have a new video for "Take My Bones Away" which you can watch below.
Samothrace, who'll be in NYC in September, have a new song you can stream below.
You can also check out the "official director's cut" of OFF's video for "Borrow and Bomb" below too.