Entries tagged with: Royksopp
Hot Chip at Prospect Park in 2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Astralwerks Records was founded in NYC in 1993 as a primarily electronic arm of Caronline Records. When they hit it big in the late '90s with Chemical Brothers, Air and Fatboy Slim band, Astralwerks became one of the biggest indie labels in the country. They've since been picked up by Universal Music Group and have expanded into other genres but they do maintain a focus on the electronic. To celebrate their 20th anniversary this year, Astralwerks will release a limited edition box set, Astralwerks: Music in 20/20, on Record Store Day (4/20). The compilation features previously unreleased or rare tracks from Hot Chip, Air, Diamond Rings, Kraftwerk, Kings of Convenience, Doves and others plus previously released tracks by The Chemical Brothers, The Beta Band, Fatboy Slim, Cassius, Basement Jaxx, Royksopp, a Four Tet remix of Sia and more. Check out the full tracklist and trailer video for the compilation below.
Hot Chip are on the festival circuit this spring/summer -- including Coachella, Primavera Sound, Osheaga, Lollapalooza, and others -- and as mentioned, they're stopping in NYC for a show at Roseland Ballroom on Tuesday (4/9) before Coachella. Tuesday's show is with The Crystal Ark (DJ set) and Tanlines. Tickets for that are still available. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, TONIGHT (4/8) at Le Poisson Rouge, Hot Chip side project The 2 Bears (aka Joe Goddard and Raf Rundell), who are also playing and touring around Coachella, play a a show with Ladies Night. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. All dates are listed below.
Tanlines, who open the Roseland show, are also playing Coachella and have other dates coming up including shows with Passion Pit and Vampire Weekend, but not Passion Pit's NJ show with Phoenix or Vampire Weekend's Roseland show.
All Tanlines, Hot Chip, and 2 Bears dates are listed, along with the Astralwerks album tracklist and trailer, below...
Royksopp (more by Erez Avissar)
As previously discussed, Royksopp are back in North America in March, but since we last talked the Norwegian band has added more dates to their itinerary. We already knew they would hit Webster Hall on 3/21 (tickets), but now comes word that they've added a second NYC show happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 3/20. Tickets for the Brooklyn show go on AMEX presale Wednesday at noon. General sale begins at the same time on Friday, 1/16.
Royksopp released Senior in September of last year, and you can check out a video from that record, some song streams, and updated tour dates below...
DOWNLOAD: The Knife: "Seeds (Portable/Bodycode Remix)" (MP3)
Röyksopp @ Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Erez Avissar)
Norwegian "electro super duo" Röyksopp have announced some March 2011 shows including 2 in Canada and three on the east coast including March 21st at Webster Hall in NYC. Vocalist Anneli Drecker and guitarists Kato Adland and Ole Vegard Skauge will all be part of their touring band. "More dates to be announced." No tickets yet.
Their new album Senior, the followup to Junior, "is officially available online and in stores on November 23rd." Six of the songs from that album were intergrated into a short film called "Senior Living" which you can watch below.
Unline Senior, Junior was more of a guest-filled album. If you haven't heard it and don't remember, vocalists with familiar names like Robyn, Lykke Li, and Karin Dreijer Andersson can all be heard on the 2009 album.
And speaking of those ladies:
Karin Dreijer Andersson is also known as Fever Ray and one half The Knife who announced a new single today...
The Knife, in collaboration with Mt.Sims and Planningtorock are set to release 'Seeds', with remixes by Bodycode and Shinedoe, on 19th November (Beatport) / 6th December (full release).Download one of the remixes above. Listen to two of them, and watch the Knife's entire 2006 concert film Silent Shout: An Audio Visual Experience, courtesy of Pitchfork.TV (for one week only), below...
Taken from the album 'Tomorrow, In A Year', 'Seeds' is a delicate but driving techno pop track and features vocals by Swedish pop star Jonathan Johansson and Danish mezzo soprano Kristina Wahlin. Since the album's release earlier this year, 'Seeds' has already made waves in the dance world, and has become one of The Knife's top selling tracks on Beatport.
The remixers - Ghostly International's Berlin-dwelling South African deep house producer Bodycode, and the Dutch head of Intacto Records, Shinedoe - were selected by Olof Dreijer: "I just really like their music - a very nice mix of melodic and moving dance music. I've been spinning their music over the last few years and most often it brings a smile to people's faces and makes people dance a little more."
Bodycode has injected some Berlin deep-house warmth, stretching the track to 12 minutes, while Shinedoe has turned the original's sparse instrumentation into a layered, big-room tech-house track.
Animal Collective @ ATP NY (more by Ryan Muir)
So how the hell did Merriweather Post Pavilion-- an album closer in spirit to the sub-aquatic psychedelia of 2005's Feels and Panda Bear's 2007 solo Person Pitch than its predecessor-- wind up in the Billboard Top 20 and outsell both the Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand's most recent albums in North America? That mystery is ultimately the most wonderful thing about the album. Unlike so many indie-rock crossover artists before them, Animal Collective did not breach the mainstream by cleaning up their act, or adopting classic-rock conventions, or scoring a strategic soundtrack or iPod-commercial placement. And, above all, they did little to formalize their defining mercurial quality. [Pitchfork]Pitchfork posted their Top 50 Albums of 2009.
Animal Collective is DJing the Museum of Natural History in January.
Beast @ CMJ 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Lady Gaga was nominated five times. Considering her rocket to fame over the last year, many were expecting more for her. But at least the contests are going to be really interesting: Beyoncé, [Taylor] Swift and Lady Gaga are going head to head in three of the most important categories: album, record and song of the year. Will one of them sweep, or will the lady vote be split?Neko Case, Imogen Heap, Phoenix, Silversun Pickups, David Byrne, Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs are some of the other familiar names in the list of Grammy nominees this year. As Ben Sisario in the NY Times alludes, the nominations are a complete joke and predictable... but fun to look at anyway. Nobody expects Animal Collective to get picked, despite their soon-to-be status of being one of the highly rated artists of the year (and decade maybe).
One of the usual complaints about the Grammys is that it over-rewards older, established, familiar acts at the expense of newer, fresher ones. MGMT, the Brooklyn synth-rock duo, was nominated for best new artist, a big coup although not unexpected. But some of the shoulda-been names that have been circulated and Tweeted: Grizzly Bear, another acclaimed Brooklyn group; Regina Spektor, a young New York songwriter who started in the underground and has found some mainstream popularity; Diane Birch, a young soul-style singer, just the revivalist type the Grammys usually adore; and the Decemberists, an alt-folk-rock band from Portland, Ore., that released an ambitious concept album this year. [NY Times]
One surprise (for me anyway) came this year in the video category. Montreal's Beast were nominated for "Mr. Hurricane". That video with a list of some of the other nominees, below...
words & photos by Erez Avissar
LA's Nite Jewel was a three-piece, joined by a live bassist, which boosted their show tremendously. They played a pair of new tracks, but the highlights to me were the familiar moments: when Ramona Gonzalez asked the sound guy to turn up the bass, I should have known they were about to launch into their evocative noir-disco banger "What Did He Say". It left the crowd no choice but to move their feet and hips. Hearing that devastating bass line played with real fingers and strings brought serious force to the delivery, and I think that that track in particular deserves to go down as an Italo classic. They received lots of shout-outs and volume love from the crowd, and judging by the amount of people who asked me what they're called, successfully won over the house.
Röyksopp opened with a slow-burning builder before launching into a setlist which basically went: hits, worthy gems, hits. Their live vocalist, Anneli Drecker, played such a fitting substitute to Karin Dreijer Andersson that you had be looking pretty close to tell the difference on those songs - every inflection sounded uncanny. Her execution was absolutely flawless, and when they rolled out with the surprise of the night, a note-for-note cover of Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights," she put on a dead-on Kate croon.
Röyksopp stand behind their setup on an elevated riser in the back, occasionally popping out to strut, sing, or bang on something, but mainly leaving the focus on the prominent Drecker, with her many outfits, the light show, and mainly, you know, the music. Their 90-minute set left everyone in the house satisfied, and judging from their faces when the house lights went up, totally drained and disoriented from the experience. As good a sign of a great show as any.
Röyksopp and Nite Jewel played two nights in a row in NYC at Webster Hall (Monday 11/24 - Tuesday 11/25). The review and pictures in this post are from night one. The pictures are continued, with the setlist, below...
Fever Ray @ Sonar 2009 (more by Zach Dilgard)
tonight in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB Theatre
* Fever Ray @ Webster Hall
* Rev. Vince Anderson @ Union Pool
* Mono, Maserati @ Bowery Ballroom
* Wild Yaks, Mia Riddle, The Holy Experiment @ Zebulon
* Destroyer 666, Negative Plane, Open Grave, Agrath @ Europa
* Gemma Ray, Gregory & The Hawk, Sarah Elena Palmer @ Cake Shop
* Precious Metal w/ Death Mold, Unmen, Led to Grave, The Alienz @ Lit Lounge
* Telecult Powers, Syn Toffs, Dubknowdub, Adventure, Bassoo @ Death By Audio
* Great Lake Swimmers, Nina Nastasia, Sharon Van Etten @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Whiplash is at UCB Theatre tonight with host Leo Allen and Pete Holmes, Craig Baldo, Andrew Jeffrey Wright,
and (musical guest?) Langhorne Slim. Langhorne's new album "Be Set Free" is out Tuesday, and he also plays a free (with CD purchase) show at Cameo on Tuesday.
Great Lake Swimmers follow up their Bowery show last night with a gig at MHOW tonight. Nina Nastasia and Sharon Van Etten open.
Fever Ray (aka Karin Dreijer Andersson of The Knife) brings her stage show to Webster Hall tonight and tomorrow. She also sings on Royksopp's new song "This Must Be It" - the video for that track is below.
Mono and Maserati are on a four-week North American tour. They play Bowery Ballroom tonight and Bell House tomorrow.
Australian metal guys Destroyer 666 play their first NYC show in three years at Europa (originally Public Assembly) tonight, with Negative Plane, Open Grave and Agrath.
The ever-changing Arctic Monkeys played their new song "Cornerstone" on Craig Ferguson last week. Video is below....
The most recent album from Norwegian electronica duo Royksopp, Junior, came out earlier this year, and now the group is traveling to the US, possibly for the first time since 2005, for a short set of gigs. Two of those will happen at NYC's Webster Hall on November 23rd and 24th. Tickets for both shows are on AmEx presale now; general sale starts Friday, August 21st at noon.
According to Wikipedia, "Senior is a forthcoming album from Norwegian duo Röyksopp, set for release toward the end of 2009. The new album has been described as an introspective, withdrawn, atmospheric counterpart to energetic Junior." Junior features guest appearances by Karin of the Knife aka Fever Ray (who has two Webster Hall shows coming up too), Anneli Drecker, Lykke Li, and Robyn who sings on the song "The Girl and the Robot". A remix of that song is above. The video of it is below with all tour dates...
DOWNLOAD: Modeselektor - Resident Advisor mix (MP3)
Hopefully you've already got your dancin' shoes on - and no intention of taking them off. Saturday alone has a ton of danceable events going on, plus a there a few things happening after Saturday to ease you into next week....
Hopefully you made it dancing through to today and didn't let the cold stop you from getting down. Stay warm and keep moving - there are plenty of dance-worthy reasons to brave the cold this Saturday (1/17) and next week too...
"Leno has said he’s comfortable with his planned departure but, according to a report earlier this month in the Los Angeles Times, the comedian has grown reluctant to retire as host of the fabled, top-rated late-night program." [MSNBC]
Grizzly Bear is playing Conan on November 6th. Some related videos below.....