Entries tagged with: Saint Etienne
by Bill Pearis
I've been reading a lot of music books of late, spurred on by travel, TV shows being on hiatus and my realization that there were some cool new books out. It kicked off with Morrissey's Autobiography and has kept going (with much better books, to be honest). So it seemed like a good opportunity to round up some of the year's more notable releases, including books about Everything But the Girl, Johnny Cash, 4AD Records, The KLF, and one that attempts to take in the entirety of the modern pop era. Check out the list below...
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.
Q Magazine put out their Top 50 albums of 2012 list, choosing to do so in no particular order this year, making it more a pile than a list. Check out Q's picks in alphabetical order below.
by Bill Pearis
El Perro Del Mar's new album Pale Fire is out next week (11/13) via The Control Group. Once again working with Studio's Rasmus Hägg, Sarah Assbring moves even further away from her folky beginning into full on dancepop, albiet still with sad, doe-eyed halo around it. Terrific first single "Walk on By" borders on Sade territory and the whole record is a pretty great listen. You can stream the whole thing ahead of its release below via The Hype Machine. Also below is the "Walk on By" video plus a couple remixes of the song, one by Saint Etienne and another by W. Pontonen that takes it into Portishead-land.
No specific North American tour dates yet for El Perro Del Mar but word is Winter 2013 she'll be making a visit. Until then, streams and video are below .
photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis
Saint Etienne @ Webster Hall, 10/26/2012
Long-running London pop trio Saint Etienne played Webster Hall on Friday (10/26), their first NYC show in nearly seven years. With Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs on platforms manning synthesizers, it was up to singer Sarah Cracknell, looking like a million bucks in a sequined gown, to provide the charm. Onetime Dolly Mixture frontwoman Debsey Wykes on backing vocals, and retro projections added too. As a longtime fan who rates their new album, Words & Music, as the best record of the year so far, this was a fun show though Saint Etienne have never been the most exciting live group (except when they toured with a full band for 1998's Good Humor), their great, highly danceable songs carry most of the weight.
My only complaint about the show was it was not loud enough. The volume was downright polite and took a while for people to get in the dancing mood. It wasn't really until the last third of the show, when "Like a Motorway"'s synth bass rolled in, that people got there groove on but from there out, and by the time of the first encore of the Eurodisco-y "He's on the Phone," Webster Hall was bouncing. And it was not an oldies crowd either, who seemed as into new cuts like "Popular" and "I've Got Your Music" as their classic cuts like "Sylvie," "Nothing Can Stop Us," their cover of Neil Young's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" not to mention a few deep cuts too, like Foxbase Alpha's "Spring" and In Good Humor's "Lose That Girl" which opened the show.
If you're going to see Saint Etienne on one of their remaining North American dates (listed below), they're selling an exclusive tour CD of Words & Music that comes with a full album's worth of outtakes that is worth picking up. Only 2700 were made.
More pictures of Saint Etienne's Webster Hall set (plus openers The Golden Filter) are below, along with the setlist.
by Bill Pearis
Saint Etienne's Words and Music is my current contender for Favorite Album of 2012, a joyous, danceable love letter to pop music that is easily the band's best outing since 1997's In Good Humor. The record is out now in the U.S. and if you haven't experienced its many charms yet, the whole thing is streaming on Spotify.
While all dates haven't been announced yet, Saint Etienne will cross the Atlantic for a nine-city North American tour in October -- their first since 2006 -- including a stop in NYC at Webster Hall on October 26. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale Wednesday, September 5 at noon with regular on-sale happening Friday (9/7) at noon.
Videos for singles "Tonight" and "I've Got Your Music," along with a list of all known tour dates are below...
Bootsy Collins at B.B. King's NYC June 2011 (more by Dana [Distortion] Yavin)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Daniel Higgs @ Zebulon
* Tony Scherr @ Living Room
* Strawberry Fields @ BB King's
* Spike Lee @ Apple Store SoHo
* Kennedy, Tmmrw @ Cameo Gallery
* Bootsy Collins, SOS Band @ Wingate Field
* Hot Tub with Kurt Braunohler @ Littlefield
* New York Philharmonic Concerts @ Central Park
* Twin Lords, Bible Thumper, Brickeater @ Lit Lounge
* Ben Seretan, Sewing Machines @ The Manhattan Inn
* Tough/Luck, Christine Hoberg, Lost Gloves @ Cake Shop
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* MC Chris, Powerglove, Richie Branson @ Knitting Factory
* Moon Hooch, North Highlands, Dan Piccoli Trio @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Young The Giant, The Apache Relay, St. Lucia @ Central Park Summerstage
* Derrick and the Black Sea, Riverwild, The Dead Roses, Cosmonaut @ Glasslands
* The Bowery Riots, Linfinity, The Highway, Year of The Tiger @ Mercury Lounge
* Reign of Zaius, So Is The Tongue, Sleeping In Gethsemane, Weird Teeth @ Saint Vitus
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Daily Show writer Kevin Bleyer is discussing his new book, Me the People, with The Daily Show's John Oliver at Strand Books today.
Spike Lee will be at the newly-reopened Apple Store in Soho at 7PM discussing his new film Red Hook Summer for which you can watch the trailer below.
Saint Etienne just released the second video from their album Words and Music. The clip for "I've Got Your Music" was made from video submitted by fans (a few of them you might recognize) showing off their favorite album. Watch it below.
Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bon Iver recorded an iTunes session at East West studios which is available exclusively from iTunes starting today. It includes six tracks off 2011's great Bon Iver, Bon Iver and a cover of Bjork's "Who Is It?," which the band has played live many times. You can stream the session's opening track, "Beth/Rest" below.
As mentioned, Bon Iver is touring internationally throughout the summer and fall and will come to NYC on September 19 and 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Both of those shows are now sold out. All Bon Iver dates, including a recently announced European leg, are listed below.
Speaking of Bjork, she's teaming up with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create interactive educational programs for middle school-aged students based on her Biophilia app. Speaking about the program, Bjork said:
"It's not a bookish thing. You cannot learn to make music from a book." "I love books; they're like the best ever," she added. "There are things you can only learn from books, but it's also important to introduce the physical aspects. So for me, it was very important to make, somehow, music education that was physical." (via NY Daily News)Both Bon Iver and Bjork are set to play Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway this summer (Aug 7-11) with The Stone Roses, Refused, The Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould (performing Copper Blue), Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, John Maus, Purity Ring, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, Screaming Females, St. Vincent, and more. Full list below.
Way Out West (Aug 9-11) in Gothenberg, Sweden features many of the same bands as Oya like Bon Iver, Refused, Afghan Whigs, St. Vincent, Purity Ring, John Maus, and Bob Mould in addition to Blur, Wilco, I Break Horses, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Mark Lanegan Band, Adolescents, Swans, and more. Check out the spotify playlist. The full lineup is listed below.
As mentioned, the reunited Mazzy Star is set to play both of those European festivals. Full lineups and the Bon Iver dates and song, below...
By Bill Pearis
Blur are not the only Britpoppers with a new album in the works. Saint Etienne will release their eighth studio album, Words & Music, on May 21 in the UK. (They're still working out US distribution.) It's the trio's first since 2005's Tales from Turnpike House. In addition to production work by longtime SE cohort Ian Catt, the album features collaborations with hitmakers Richard X (Kelis, Rachel Stevens, Annie) and Xenomania's Tim Powell and Nick Coler (Sugababes, Girls Aloud). What to expect, besides regal, expertly crafted dance music? Saint Etienne sent out this statement:
DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC?You can watch the video to the first single, "Tonight," which was directed by Paul Kelly who made that Lawrence documentary. There were rumors that Saint Etienne might play this year's NYC Popfest (May 17 - 20), but as they're touring Europe in May I guess that's not going to happen. They last played New York in 2006.
Do you remember that special alchemy that transforms even the most mundane of experiences - walking home with the headphones on at night, sitting in a bedroom with your friends in the day, getting ready to go out on the weekend - into a lingering moment of seamless enchantment, one that resonates for the rest of your life?
Our new album, Words and Music by Saint Etienne, is about that.
About how music affects your life.
How it defines the way you see the world as a child.
How it can get you through bad times in unexpected ways.
How songs you've known all your life can suddenly develop a new attachment and hurt every time you hear them.
More than how it affects and reflects your life though, the album is about believing in music, living your life by its rules.
The new album will be available in CD, double-CD and vinyl box set versions. You can check out the cover art for Words & Music which at first looks like just a city map, but is filled with famous music streets and locales. And in addition to the "Tonight" video, you can also watch some other classic Saint Etienne clips as well.