Entries tagged with: Sasha Frere-Jones
Sasha Frere-Jones, the longtime pop music critic for The New Yorker, has left the magazine to join Genius, a website mounting an ambitious expansion after starting as a forum for annotated rap lyrics online.Look for Sasha walking down Bedford on his way to work. Genius's offices are located inside the 184 Kent condo building in Williamsburg (between N. 3rd & N 4th). In 2013, Business Insider said it was one of the coolest places to work in NY (a lot has happened since 2013 though).
Mr. Frere-Jones will be an executive editor at Genius, two of its founders, Ilan Zechory and Tom Lehman, said in an interview, with a focus on annotations of music lyrics. He will start this week.
Genius, which was originally called Rap Genius before changing its name last summer, has received $55 million of venture capital funding and broadened its mission beyond music to include restaurant menus and Shakespeare, among other texts.
Mr. Frere-Jones, 47, said that he chose to leave The New Yorker after 11 years for a variety of reasons. He originally became a critic, he said, because he was frustrated that so many of those who wrote about music were ignorant of its nuances. Genius's tool addresses that, he said, but unlike crowd-sourced information on Twitter or Facebook, which is rapidly superseded, Genius's snippets remain easily visible forever.
"And I'll be honest," he said. "I don't want to stay up until 4 a.m. any more at shows, and you can annotate lyrics during the day." [NY Times]
A new literary series called "Unbound" will bring "today's most renowned authors to Brooklyn for the exclusive national launch of their latest works" to BAM from September 21 - November 4. It consists of four events:
September 21: Daniel Kehlmann with Zadie SmithThe Lena Dunham event is already sold out but tickets to the Herbie Hancock and John Cleese events are on sale now for Friends of BAM, and will go on sale September 15 to the general public. Both have ticket options that include a copy of their new books. The Daniel Kellman event, which happens at Brooklyn Borough Hall Courtroom, is free.
October 21: Lena Dunham with Zadie Smith
October 29: Herbie Hancock with Sasha Frere-Jones
November 4: John Cleese with John Hodgman
John Cleese's new memoir is titled So, Anyway; Herbie Hancock's is titled Possibilities.
As mentioned, Joy Division/New Order bassist Peter Hook is giving his book, Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division, a North American release on January 29 and is promoting it with a book launch in NYC at DUMBO art space/bookstore Powerhouse Arena on January 28, where he'll be in conversation with PItchfork's Brandon Stosuy.
Peter has since added another book talk in NYC happening on January 29 at Strand Books, where he'll be in conversation with New Yorker music critic Sasha Frere-Jones. To attend you either have to purchase a copy of the book from Strand or buy a $10 gift card. The event runs from 7-8 PM.
Tonight (1/9) at The Strand, Ben Gibbard joins author Ron Currie, Jr. for an "evening of conversation and music."
Video of Peter Hook performing with Joy Division back in the day is below...
Below you'll find a preview of this year's New Yorker Festival schedule. Tickets will go on sale at 12 noon E.T. on Friday, September 9th.
PiL @ Coachella 2010 (more by Rachel Carr)
tonight in NYC
* UI & Dan Friel @ the Bell House
* Local H, Kinch @ Gramercy Theater
* Public Image Ltd @ Terminal 5
* Neil Halstead, J. Wise @ Union Hall
* Pearl Jam & Band of Horses @ Prudential Center
* Stone Temple Pilots @ Gramercy Theater
* Phantogram, Light Pollution @ Maxwell's
* Bees Are Flowers, Woom, Boveda @ Cake Shop
* Janelle Monáe, DJ Moni @ Highline Ballroom
* Mumford & Sons, The Middle East @ Webster Hall
* Brahms, Bell, Aislyn, Passion Pit (DJ) @ Pianos
* CAVES, Polite Sleeper, Nerd Parade @ Death By Audio
* Madden, Fostercare, DJ Harrison, Robin @ Glasslands
* Radical Sons, Byrds of Paradise, Pregnant @ Union Pool
* Recoil (Alan Wilder of Depeche Mode)@ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Keepaway, DOM, The Tony Castles, Rewards @ Mercury Lounge
* This Frontier Needs Heroes, Kath Bloom, Marcellus Hall @ Bruar Falls
* A-Trak, DJ Enuff, DJ Clark Kent, Lord Finesse, Boogie Blind, Sean C & LV, Henley Reid @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Sex Slaves, Eve To Adam, Black Water Rising, Hellbent Hooker, Honor Among Thieves @ Santos Party House
"Bees are Flowers" are really These Are Powers tonight at Cake Shop.
"Bassist Sasha Frere-Jones and drummer Clem Waldmann began playing together in 1990. Wilbo Wright joined in 1993 and Ui began recording. Ui's songs draw on rock, funk, dub and electronic music. The band's early releases incorporated instruments less common to pop - banjos, tubas and kettle drums - but the band soon stopped using any instrument that couldn't fit into a cab. In addition to one of the earliest known single-artist remix albums ("Unlike," 1995), the band has released four studio albums, including "Answers" and the nineties classic, "Lifelike." Ui has collaborated with Stereolab, Techno Animal, Microstoria and Luke Vibert. In early 2010, Dan Friel began playing electronics and baritone guitar with the band." Yes, The New Yorker's Sasha Frere-Jones is playing a show at the Bell House tonight. Parts & Labor member Dan Friel is both in the band and opening with one of his solo sets. It's Ui's first official show in 10 years, and a warm up for the slot they landed on the lineup of the Primavera Festival at the end of this month in Barcelona.
The new video for Keepaway's "I Think About You All The Time" is posted below. They play an EP release show tonight with DOM, The Tony Castles and Rewards at Mercury Lounge.
PiL's recent DC show is streaming on NPR. John Lydon is on East Village Radio at 10am. Pil play Terminal 5 tonight, and then the smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday.
DJ Roc Raida's birthday is being celebrated at Brooklyn Bowl tonight.
Tickets for 2009 New Yorker Festival events go on sale at noon. That includes the Dirty Projectors, House of Ladosha, Jubilee, and Liturgy show happening at the Bell House on Friday, October 16th. You can browse the full schedule at their site, and I've listed a few more select choices below...
Neko Case @ the 2009 Newport Folk Festival (more by Jim Brueckner)
"During the weekend of October 16th through October 18th, The New Yorker will present its tenth annual Festival, a three-day series of events that brings together some of the world's most talented and distinguished people in the fields of literature, art, film, music, humor, business, food, politics, design, and science....This is a full three months before Bon Iver's other upcoming NYC show. More New Yorker announcements soon. "Tickets will go on sale on Friday, September 18th, at 12 noon, and may be purchased at newyorker.com/festival"
...Pop-music offerings will include interviews with and performances by Neko Case, Bon Iver, Steve Earle, and Loudon Wainwright III; a pub-rock reunion with Ian Hunter, of Mott the Hoople, and Graham Parker, of Graham Parker and the Rumour; and a panel discussion about the music industry with Jace Clayton, Josh Deutsch, Melvin Gibbs, Danny Goldberg, and Livia Tortella. In addition, a special Brooklyn Playlist concert at Brooklyn's Bell House, curated by Sasha Frere-Jones and Kelefa Sanneh, will feature Dirty Projectors, House of Ladosha, Jubilee, and Liturgy."
Enrique Cardenas: Is the legend of the guitar god dead? Are there any young guitarists that will make an impact in 2009?
Sasha Frere-Jones: The last three "guitar heroes" I saw were women: Marnie Stern, Kaki King, and Marissa Paternoster of the the Screaming Females. And the only old-fashioned guitar solos coming to mind are on Chris Brown and Braid Paisley albums.
Heartonastick: Paternoster's hard to see, impossible to take your eyes off.
Screaming Females are on tour with Throwing Muses. They play Music Hall of Williamsburg together tonight (3/12).
Lissy Trullie is everywhere lately. One of those places is opening for The Soundtrack of our Lives at Bowery Ballroom tonight (3/12) (not sold out).
Grizzly Bear's new album will be released by Warp Records in May. There's no title or tracklist or much else known about it yet, but Nico Muhly did some arrangements for the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and a string quartet, all of whom are credited as contributors on the new record.
Nico Muhly also did arrangements for the Grizzly Bear / Brooklyn Philharmonic show coming up at BAM on February 28th. Tickets for that are sold out, BUT tickets go on sale Monday for a Valentine's day show at Galapagos in DUMBO. "The New Yorker will debut a new series of cabaret-style evenings, The New Yorker Speakeasy. Conversations and cocktails... no password required." The February 14th edition will be hosted by The New Yorker's fiction editor Deborah Treisman and feature performances/conversations by Gabriel Byrne, Jeffrey Eugenides, Victor Rasuk, Karen Russell, Grizzly Bear, "and more". Expect maybe four songs from the band after an introduction by New Yorker music critic Sasha Frere-Jones.
The last Grizzly Bear-related show in NYC was the Department of Eagles one at Bowery Ballroom.
Final Fantasy also plays the show at BAM, and has two other shows coming up at The Kitchen.
Grizzly Bear and lots of others appear on the new 4AD charity comp "Dark Was the Night.
Grizzly Bear performed their new song "Two Weeks" on Letterman over the summer. It will probably appear on the new album. Watch & listen below...
today in NYC & NJ
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB Theatre
* The Musical Box @ Nokia Theater
* The Bad Plus @ Village Vanguard
* Vivian Girls & Screaming Females @ Court Tavern in NJ
* Uninhabitable Mansions, Joe & the Flying Spoons, Purse Snatchers @ Cake Shop
Sound Fix is also hosting a mixtape exchange.
Bon Jovi is playing a benefit @ Town Hall to help Hillary Clinton get out of debt (not today).
Some people in the comments seem to think My Morning Jacket is like Bon Jovi.
Robert Christgau's writing can now be found on Barnes & Noble's website.
Sasha Frere-Jones gives Chris Dane Owens video of the year.
Heartonastick went to see Letters to Cleo at Bowery Ballroom.
Rainbow Room to close restaurant, citing economy.
Fire in Thailand Nightclub Kills at Least 59.
Jett Travolta, RIP
Skeletons played Death By Audio on January 2nd. Video from the show below...
Girl Talk @ All Points West (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
"Several decades ago, Gillis might have been playing at clubs like Danceteria or the World, where the d.j. booth was not necessarily visible from the dance floor and the space had no obvious front or back. The music floated above and around the dancers, who were both witnesses and performers. But, as dance clubs have dwindled in number, acts like Girl Talk are generally playing rock clubs that have traditional stages, and this demands some kind of visual. Gillis is happy to comply, and his open-ended act and communal free-for-all certainly constitutes a live performance. It is ironic, then, that Gillis is so hands on in executing his mixes. If there was ever somebody who could simply hit "Play" and bounce around, it is Gillis. With some version of the Girl Talk mashup coming from the speakers and Gillis jumping out of his pants, most concertgoers would feel as though they had got what they paid for. There is no longer any way of telling whether or not the Wizard is behind the curtain. Does it matter?" [SFJ - The New Yorker] (thx rajohn)Watch Girl Talk mix live at one of many upcoming shows.
Chromeo crowd @ Bowery Ballroom, January 2008 (more by Bao)
"When Chromeo played, their crowd drank house vodka and Budweiser. Didn't tip. Some of them did what I'll call the slide-backs. They put a dollar down on the bar, wait until you turn your back, then palm their buck and walk away. Classy. When your night starts out with "What's your cheapest drink?" that's also not good."
I felt like my line of questioning was making things worse, so I asked who was most likely to tip.
"Hard rockers, the bourbon drinkers. Priestess and Bogmen fans are in a league of their own. The Priestess crowd are here to see the show, not to hook up. They go hard on bourbon and Irish whiskey, usually Jameson, Jack, and Maker's Mark with beer. I won't get stiffed and will often get two dollars a drink.
[Sasha Frere Jones / New Yorker]
Being as I am in the Arcade Fire, I prickle a little bit at your statement that “[i]f there is a trace of soul, blues, reggae, or funk in Arcade Fire, it must be philosophical; it certainly isn’t audible.” In a somewhat … I dunno, is it childish to respond to critics this way? Anyway. I’ve attached an MP3 with parts of our songs that I think steal quite blatantly from black people’s music from all over the globe. [Will Butler]Be Online Basketball.
Ani Difranco, RZA & Steve Albini @ 2005 New Yorker Festival (CRED)
The eighth annual New Yorker Festival happens in NYC from October 5-7, 2007. Though not completely announced yet, this year's lineup will include all of those you see in the title, and more....
Time Out New York got together an independent group of panelists to rate New York's art, book, dance, film, food, music, and theater critics. The panel was independent to avoid any conflicts of interest that would arise from the fact that Time Out itself employs its own critics. Panelists included Fluxlblog's Matthew Perpetua, Luna's Dean Wareham, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (all of them?). Music critics were judged on knowledge, style, taste, accessibility, and influence and then ranked based on the average. MSN's Robert Christgau came in #5. Sasha Frere-Jones took the title.
Not surprisingly, the critics who write for The New York Times were nearly universally deemed to be the most influential in their various fields, though some scored low in taste and knowledge. Also unsurprisingly: TONY held its own quite well in eight genres of criticism, against critics from various NYC publications.The whole thing is here.
"...The Yeah Yeah Yeahs played their first show in 2000, opening for the White Stripes at the Mercury Lounge. The following year, they recorded a five-song EP, which they released themselves. It quickly became popular, and was re-released by the respected indie label Touch & Go...." [The rest at the New Yorker]
Laura Modern Age pointed to this article in Guardian Unlimited that asks if anyone understands what the hell music bloggers and Pitchfork are talking about. Laura believes the answer is "no," and even accuses these hard-to-understand writers of "having the unfortunate disposition of being an asshole."
Thank You Village Voice | Best of NYC 2005
Best Blog for Knowing What Scenester Concerts to Avoid Every Night - BROOKLYN VEGAN
The accolade sounds meaner than it should, but I do blame BROOKLYN VEGAN for filling every good-to-great show with camera-phone looky-loos and people taller and typically more attractive than me and my rock-crit buds. Thanks, Vegan—I can't see the stage, and your dude just spilled his mascara on my shirt. -Nick Sylvester
and congrats to SFJ...
Best Blog by a Writer From 'The New Yorker' - SASHAFREREJONES.COM
It's fun enough to flip through The New Yorker on the train, reading about Diplo and Paul Wall while everyone around you assumes you're soldiering through the latest on Iraq and Edmund Wilson. At SASHAFREREJONES.COM, the magazine's top-notch pop critic spews the uncut version of his signature blend: Imagine a really smart, really excited kid pulling off an impersonation of an august American Studies professor. -Mikael Wood
Read the whole Best of NYC 2005
01: Bad Brains - Pay to Cum
02: Kano - Reload It
03: Lady Sovereign - 9 to 5
04: Keren Ann - Right Now and Right Here
Sasha discusses Diplo & DJ Marlboro
Sasha discusses Grime (Kano & Lady Sovereign)
Pitchfork, Insound, Critics, CYHSY & Sasha Frere-Jones
Keren Ann @ Joe's Pub | Nolita Record Release | Pics
Lady Sovereign @ Knitting Factory, NYC | Reviews
"A week or so before the Detroit rock duo the White Stripes released their much-awaited recent CD, a few fans in Memphis, Tenn., began streaming the entire album over the Internet. A leak like that would usually draw a menacing letter from somebody's lawyer, but when V2 Records heard about it, the New York label's on-line marketing guy sent the perpetrators a friendly e-mail asking them to hold off for another week."
"And Pitchfork, at least, is cultishly influential. A recent rave on the site put Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's self-titled debut in the No. 1 sales spot of online retailer Insound. The retrofied New York band--think David Byrne fronting the Shins--released the album itself and has yet to tour extensively. Matt Wishnow, president of Insound, says his site has sold more than 1,000 copies of the disc, which makes it "one of the fastest-selling records in the history of Insound."