Entries tagged with: Savages
photos by Gretchen Robinette; words by Nick Masi
Savages @ Baby's All Right 1/19/2015
Savages' second week of their nine-show, three-venue NYC residency happened last night (1/19), like the previous Monday, at Baby's All Right. This was the first of their residency shows that didn't open with "Something New" or something else new. Here, they ripped right into "City's Full" from Silence Yourself and that set the tone for the night. It was heavier, faster-paced and it seems like they are beginning to hit their stride. The set was also broken up a lot more and didn't have as many new songs played in a row. Which is good.
A few songs in, singer Jehnny Beth hopped in the crowd, told them to move up, and was generally more talkative than last week. She also joked around, said she is working on song introductions, after her intro for now a mid-set "Something New" fell flat: "We needed to change locations. We were tired of London. We needed something new, this song is called something new...I'm working on song introductions and that one obviously won't be used again." They stuck with the same closing: "Fuckers" and "Husbands." The band were definitely more comfortable after a week of shows. By Week 3 they will be a well oiled machine...they aren't that far off, as is.
Savages' fifth residency show happens on Wednesday (1/21) at Mercury Lounge and is sold out. Pics from Savages first Baby's show are here, and pics from Saturday's Saint Vitus show are here. More pics and their setlist from the 1/19 Baby's show, below...
photos by Greg Cristman, words by Bill Pearis
Savages @ Saint Vitus 1/17/2015
UK band Savages wrapped up the first week of their nine-show NYC residency on Saturday (1/17) with their first of three shows at Saint Vitus. They're over testing out new material for their second album and their Vitus set was pretty similar to their Baby's All Right show last Monday (1/12), swapping out "Shut Up" for a different Silence Yourself cut ("City's Full") and playing a couple different new songs as well. Unlike the vivid, fog-filled light show at Baby's, Savages played mostly in the dark at Vitus. Also, about 20 tickets were released for the show when doors opened, so it might be worth following Savages' Twitter for similar opportunities. Setlist and pictures from Saint Vitus are in this post.
Opening for Savages at Vitus was singer Johnny Hostile, who runs the Pop Noire label with Savages singer Jehnny Beth. Pics from his set are below. John + Jehn also make music together and played Baby's All Right last night (1/18) as part of the DFA Winter Workout. Anybody go to that?
Tonight (1/19), Savages return to Baby's All Right for their second of three shows there. No Bra, who has played with Savages in NYC before, will open -- imagine The Fall and LCD Soundsystem condensed into one (topless) German singer -- that's a pretty accurate description of what she does. If you're going to this sold-out show, her set is worth showing up early for.
More pics and Savages setlist, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Savages @ Baby's All Right 1/12/2014
"We're not quite finished writing our new album," admitted Savages singer Jehnny Beth. "So we thought we'd come here and try some things. We'll work it out together." Such is the premise for Savages' nine-show NYC residency, which began last night (1/12) at Baby's All Right. Appropriately, the first words sung by Jehnny Beth were a repeated mantra of "I need something new," as the rest of the band slowly built up the kind of dark atmospherics Savages are known for. We got five new songs right out of the gate, none of which strayed too far from the post-punk sounds of their debut. "No" was the best of the bunch, offering the biggest and most memorable hooks (an area, I'd argue, that is Savages' one weak link).
Despite what Jehnny Beth said to us, the new material seemed fully formed -- only on "Adore" (which she dedicated to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy in Paris) did she pull out a lyric notebook to crib from. The band were tight as usual, and I'd really missed watching powerhouse rhythm section (bassist Ayse Hassan and drummer Fay Milton) lay down the groove. (I hadn't seen them since Bowery in March 2013.) At this point we got a couple songs from Silence Yourself before a couple more new ones -- "This Is What You Get" was the other clear winner of the night -- before wrapping things up with the big bang of "Husbands" and "Fuckers."
It was boiling in Baby's -- my coat was off the second song and my sweater not long after -- and the fog machine was thick. "There goes the drummer," Jehnny joked after one blast obscured the kit completely. It was good to see them again (when the smoke cleared), and it will be interesting to see how these shows vary from venue to venue as we go along. They play Wednesday (1/14) at Mercury Lounge and then Saturday (1/17) at Saint Vitus, both of which are sold out (as is the entire residency). If you're going to one (or more of these), they're selling a cool limited-edition poster, designed by Matthew Vidalis, for the series at the merch booth. Look out for that.
Opening the night was Swans' guitarist Norman Westberg who performed a solo set. I missed that but pictures of his set, along with more from Savages and their setlist, are below...
by Bill Pearis
John + Jehn
NYC will be invaded by Savages starting next week, sticking around for three weeks and nine shows total at venues Baby's All Right, Mercury Lounge and Saint Vitus. Those are all sold out, but singer Jehnny Beth and frequent collaborator (and Pop Noire label co-runner) Johnny Hostile will be performing as John + Jehn, doing a live electronic set at Baby's All Right on January 18. For a taste of what to expect, check out live video of John + Jehn performing "Pricks" in Brussels, below.
That's part of a show being billed as the "DFA Winter Workout" that also features a modular synth set by Gavin Russom, plus DJ sets from Nancy Whang, Juan Maclean, Sinkane, Holy Ghost!, Museum of Love, and Kris DFA. Tickets are on sale now. And if that sounds like a lot of party for a Sunday, MLK Day is the next day (1/19) and some of you may have the day off.
Flyer for the DFA Winter Workout and the John + Jehn live video, below...
Savages @ Webster Hall, July 2013 (more by Tracy Alison)
Savages announced three small shows in NYC in January at Mercury Lounge, Saint Vitus and Baby's All Right. Those sold out and they added another show at each venue. Those are now sold out too, and Savages have just added another round of shows at at venue, bringing the total number of NYC shows to nine. The new dates are Baby's All Right on January 26, Mercury Lounge on January 28 and Saint Vitus on January 31. Tickets to the new Baby's, Saint Vitus and Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday (12/12) at 10 AM. There is a Savages presale starting Wednesday (12/12) morning at 10 AM and you can subscribe to their mailing list to get the password.
To recap: Savages are playing three consecutive Mondays at Baby's All Right, three consecutive Wednesdays at Mercury Lounge and three consecutive Saturdays at Saint Vitus. All dates are listed below...
Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As they usually are, Rough Trade Shops are one of the first this year to post their favorite albums of 2014 list. It's 100 albums long and mostly filled with the bigger indie and indie-related releases of the year, but there's a few surprises in there too. Mark Kozelek will not be happy to see that The War On Drugs placed #2, 8 higher than the Sun Kil Moon record. Mark should be proud that he made the list not once, but TWICE though. His Christmas album landed at #84. Run the Jewels, who are not on it all, have started a "Suck My Dick Rough Trade" chant. Check out their full list below and see more on each album here.
Savages in Chicago in 2013 (more by Jeff Ryan)
As discussed, Savages are coming to NYC in January for intimate shows at Baby's All Right (1/12), Mercury Lounge (1/14) and Saint Vitus (1/17). Those shows went on sale today and sold out almost immediately. The band has now added additional shows at all three venues: 1/19 at Baby's All Right, 1/21 at Mercury Lounge and 1/24 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for the newly-added shows at Baby's, Merc and Vitus go on sale at noon today (11/14).
Updated dates are listed below...
Savages & Bo Ningen (photo by by Simona Mizzoni)
As discussed, Savages and Bo Ningen are releasing a collaborative album, Words For The Blind, next week (11/17) via Stolen Recordings / Pop Noire Records. The album is one 37+ minute song which can now be streamed in full below (via Dazed).
Savages (a band who's headlined Terminal 5) have also announced intimate NYC shows for early 2015 including January 12 at Baby's All Right, January 14 at Mercury Lounge (a venue they played in 2012), and January 17 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for Baby's and Vitus and tickets for Merc go on sale Friday (11/14) at 10 AM.
Savages/Bo Ningen LP stream below...
Savages at Berlin Festival 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bo Ningen and Savages have collaborated multiple times before, and they'll now be releasing a collaborative album, Words For The Blind, which is one 37-minute song, on November 17 via Stolen Recordings / Pop Noire Records. Here's what Gemma Thompson of Savages says about it:
Zurich in 1916 and Hugo Ball is instrumental in creating the Cabaret Voltaire - a club which will become central to the performances of the Dada movement, during which the artists would experiment with forms of sound poetry and simultaneous poetry. A movement created through the horror of World War One, it attempts to understand how society has reached such an illogical decision. Through simultaneous poetry begins the attempt to delve into chaos and maelstrom, to find the voice of the individual struggling to be heard.Watch two trailers for the album below...
London in 2012 and Savages are recording the debut album 'Silence Yourself', in a secluded studio in the North West of the city. In the middle of an intense three weeks, we set out one evening to see the band Bo Ningen play at Cafe Oto. A few days later producer Johnny Hostile begins to muse over the possibility of two bands playing in the same space at the same time. Concurrently I am reading about the performances at the Cabaret Voltaire. We decide to approach Bo Ningen with the idea of collaborating on a 'Sonic Simultaneous Poem'.
As the idea begins to take shape in early 2013, we prepare for both bands to rehearse together in a studio with a loose composition based around five chapters. As the musicians of both bands consider how to apply themselves with their instruments to each chapter - revolving, colliding and intertwining with words sang in Japanese, French and English by Taigen and Jehn - we also envisage the physical space in which to perform.
We imagine a stage in a large u-shape to contain as much of the audience as possible in the centre. The two drummers next to each other at the 'bottom' of the u, then leading around symmetrically (facing each other): guitarists, bassists and singers at the tips of the u-shape. Bo Ningen have a guitar extra, so we hang one from the ceiling to hit as you would a gong. Eventually we fix a date and a space for what we believe is a one-off performance that we name WORDS TO THE BLIND.
Swans @ Lincoln Hall (more by Brigid Gallagher)
From the Very Interesting Press Release Department:
Le Guess Who? Festival (The Netherlands) is extremely proud to announce two special projects for 2014: a 3-day program curated by Swans/Michael Gira, and the world premiere of 24-Hour Dronefest. Le Guess Who? 2014 takes place November 20-23 in Utrecht, NL. Previously announced acts include Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Selda feat. Boom Pam, St. Vincent and Einstürzende Neubauten.24 non stop hours of drone. We can't wait!!
Michael Gira, the main force behind the mighty Swans, will curate a three-day program for the project Mouth To Mouth. This is the second installment of Mouth To Mouth, and the first spanning multiple days and venues. The curated line-up includes Swans, legendary UK post-punk band Wire, New York psychedelic/electronic pioneers Silver Apples, Dominick Fernow's Prurient, Carla Bozulich (Evangelista), Xiu Xiu, Baby Dee, Jenny Hval and noise tyrant Ben Frost.
The Mouth To Mouth-project will also feature a special performance of the London based post-punk group Savages, together with Japanese avant-rock band Bo Ningen, entitled 'Words To The Blind'. Inspired by the surrealist, early DADA concept of simultaneous poetry, the group experiments with improvisation and noise. Le Guess Who? will be the first time this performance of all new material will be seen and heard outside of London.
This year, Le Guess Who? will host the world premiere of 24-Hour Drone Fest, initiated together with New York's Basilica Hudson. Beginning at midnight on Saturday, November 22, this project will cover the entire spectrum of drone during 24 non-stop hours of live performances and installations. First acts confirmed for this project are avant-gardistic producer/composer William Basinski (amongst others known for his four-part The Disintegration Loops), guitarist/producer/composer Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O)))), Tim Hecker, London-based duo Raime, and Steve Hauschildt (formerly of Emeralds). More acts for 24-Hour Dronefest will be added soon.
As the release says, the 24 hours of drone thing is a collaboration with New York's own Basilica Hudson where Swans and Tim Hecker are also playing as part of Basilica SoundScape in September. As previously mentioned, that NY fest will also play the Scott Walker / Sunn O))) album that comes out ten days later, every hour from 2-9 PM on Saturday of the fest at Future Past Studio, which is located near Basilica.
Catch Bo Ningen back in the USA when they tour with Kasabian this fall.
The Europe festival won't be the first time Bo Ningen and Savages have collaborated.
Unlike Savages, Swans appear on the recently released "Best Albums of the Decade So Far" list from Pitchfork.
The full line-up for Mouth To Mouth, curated by Swans/Michael Gira, is listed with more Netherlands fest info below.
Savages at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
British post-punks Savages just put out another video from their Silence Yourself album, this time for "Strife." The video was inspired by the beach murder scene in Albert Camus' The Stranger, and directed by Antoine Carlier, who is a co-founder of Pop Noire with Savages' Jehnny Beth.
Watch the new video below...
by Bill Pearis
The Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics poll was published this week, surveying a whole mess of music writers and tallying up the vote. As with anything where it's a collective list, the winners won't be surprising to anyone who's perused 2013 Best Of lists. Kanye West, Vampire Weekend and Daft Punk top the LPs list; Daft Punk, Haim and Kanye have the top three singles. The late deadline for voting did, however, allow for the inclusion of Beyoncé's self-titled LP, which came in at #4.
You can check out the Top 20 LPs and Tracks in this post and peruse the whole lists at the Village Voice. You can also check out individual ballots and read essays on Kanye, Miley, R Kelly, the emo revival, and others, not to mention loads of pithy blurbs and pie charts.
Pazz & Jop Top 20 LP & Singles lists below..
British newspaper The Guardian just finished publishing its Best Albums of 2013 list, after having rolled it out over the past couple weeks. It's got a lot of the albums most likely to show up on British lists, like These New Puritans, John Grant, Hookworms, and Arctic Monkeys, but its #1 is more in common with the US publications. Find out what it is, along with their other 39 picks, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork is back with its much-anticipated Top 50 Albums of 2013 list. The list has many of the albums you'd expect to see on Pitchfork's list, though there's still some surprises. If you thought M.I.A got snubbed, you'll be happy to see her here, and if you thought James Blake deserved the Best New Music he didn't get, you'll be happy to see how high he ranks. The biggest surprise to me is that Majical Cloudz makes the top 10, and for those keeping score, Yeezus is NOT #1. Can you guess what is?
Head here to see individual writers' lists, and head below to see Pitchfork's full Top 50 Albums of 2013 list...
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?
Check out the full top 100 below...
Queens of the Stone Age at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Queens of the Stone Age made a solid comeback this year with ...Like Clockwork, an album which has ended up on many year-end lists, including NME, Rolling Stone, Paste, SPIN, Q, Mojo, Amazon and Rough Trade. We asked them to send a list of their favorite albums of the year. They're a big band, and their list mostly includes other big bands (and big solo artists), but it's also got a certain Jack White-approved compilation, and two relatively smaller artists, Earthless and Kurt Vile, so kudos to those guys for being QOTSA-approved. You can check out the full list below.
QOTSA's best of 2013 list below...
It's been a transitional year for A.V. Club. The print version of The Onion ceased publication, and much of AVC's senior staff jumped ship for Pitchfork's new film site, The Dissolve. And then they got a redesign which is still a little kink-y. But they're still one of the best all-around arts and entertainment sites as far as I'm concerned. Like just about everyone else, they dropped their Best Albums of Year list this week. Due to a few ties, A.V. Club ended up with a 23 album list, topped by Kanye West's Yeezus, which has been hovering around the Top 5s on many lists this list season. Haim's Days are Gone is at #2 and you can check out the whole list 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
#1 LP of 2013 according to 'The Quietus'
Online UK music mag The Quietus started five years ago and quickly became (I think) one of the best sources for music writing on the web, giving a home to many former NME, Select and Q writers who are still seeking new music but are not so interested in the flavor of the month. The Quietus are not staffed by contrarians, nor sheep. To wit: the site just published its Top 100 LPs list of 2013 and topping it is Glynnaestra, the third album from UK duo Grumbling Fur which came out via Thrill Jockey back in August. From The Quietus' write-up:
Grumbling Fur make me want to take drugs. And I don't mean drugs like a few puffs on a spliff before bedtime or on a lazy Saturday afternoon, or a cheeky dabble at a rave to keep the energy flowing - I mean proper, don't-eat-for-18-hours-beforehand, make-sure-you've-got-a-couple-of-good-people-around-you, psychically prepared voyaging, preferably on a warm and sunny but slightly overcast afternoon in a field somewhere in the West Country, or in a friend's house cluttered to the rafters with fascinating and peculiar objects.The Quietus' Top 10 also includes some records you might have heard (David Bowie, Nick Cave, Foals, Factory Floor) but probably some others you haven't. And if you haven't heard Glynnaestra (I hadn't) you can stream it in full below.
You can check out The Quietus' entire Best LPs of 2013 list in this post, and they also made a Spotify playlist to accompany it. Their list, along with the Grumbling Fur album stream, is below..
Vampire Weekend @ Roseland in April (more by Robert Altman)
The Monday after Thanksgiving Weekend is looking to be Official Year-End List Day, as we've already got SPIN, and Paste, (plus ones from UK mags Q and Mojo) and now here's the one from elder rock statesman Rolling Stone, who have Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City in the top spot, with Kanye West's Yeezus at #2. RS' Top 10 also makes room for John Fogerty, Paul McCartney, Lorde and more. Haim are at #31 for those keeping score. You can check out their entire Top 50 LPs of 2013 list (which includes a couple EPs) below...
Phosphorescent at Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Outside the soon-to-open Rough Trade NYC (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
Well it's that time of year again where everybody and their grandma start making Best of the Year lists. Almost always first out of the gate is Rough Trade Shops and their entire Top 101 list just went up. Here's the Top 20:
1. John Grant - Pale Green GhostsYou can check out the whole list below and read about each one on their site.
2. Savages - Silence Yourself
3. Matthew E White - Big Inner
4. Dan Avery - Drone Logic
5. Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin
6. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
7. Valerie June - Pushin' Against A Stone
8. Moderat - 2
9. Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
10. Jessica Pratt - Jessica Pratt
11. Jagwar Ma - Howlin
12. Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In
13. My Bloody Valentine - MBV
14. Connan Mockasin - Caramel
15. Factory Floor - S/T
16. Charles Bradley - Victim of Love
17. London Grammar - If You Want
18. Queens of the Stone Age - Like Clockwork
19. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
20. Mazzy Star - Seasons of Your Day
You can see their #1 -- John Grant -- at the new Rough Trade NYC on December 2 which is free with purchase of Pale Green Ghosts (which comes with an exclusive RT bonus disc). Grant also plays Music Hall of Williamsburg the day before (12/2) which is a "stripped-down acoustic show" and tickets are still available.
Rough Trade NYC is set to open its doors next Monday (11/25) and its first shows will be that day with Sky Ferreira (7 PM, free with purchase of b-sides CD) and Charles Bradley (8:30 PM, FREE). Other opening week performances include Matthew E. White (11/27, FREE), Marissa Nadler and Phosphorescent (both 11/30 and FREE).
A couple new Rough Trade shows were announced today: Au Revoir Simone, who just played a Kidrockers show over the weekend and will be touring with Broken Bells next year, will play a free show on December 17. That's after their free Brooklyn Night Bazaar show on December 7.
Anthemic Scottish rockers Glasvegas will play there on February 20 and they've also got a show at Mercury Lounge the day before (2/19). Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday at noon, with an AmEx presale for the Merc show on Wednesday (11/20) at noon.
Rough Trade's 101 Albums of 2013 list below...
photos by Wei Shi
Savages @ Terminal 5, 10/16/2013
Now, I get that writers--especially those who caught Savages' 2012 sets--could be a little bit blasé about double dipping for this year's coverage. But isn't that sort of crazy? Doesn't it stand to reason that a band is going to be much more accomplished after a solid two years of touring than they were in their first nervous NYC moments? This is compounded because we are still talking about a very young band, just starting their career. Their debut record, Silence Yourself, came out this May! They are the same age as any number of young bands we're treating as more exciting new commodities this week, but they are untold magnitudes better as performers. I enjoyed Joanna Gruesome quite a bit Tuesday night, but there's no comparison as to who is the more powerful live act right now. It's different universes! It's possible when listening to Savages' songs on record, or especially reading their myriad online manifestoes, to write them off as actually tame or pretentious post-punk acolytes. As Siouxsie without the novelty, to be basic. Live though? Holy fuck.2012 CMJ "winners" Savages came back for a victory lap at this year's fest, moving to Terminal 5 on October 16. Pictures from their set (we missed opener Duke Garwood) are in this post.
No duh they "won" CMJ last year, if we're being honest they won this one too. They might be "winning" rock music. Period. - [The L Magazine]
The band are back in Europe for a tour that just started and they'll head to Australia and NZ in the new year. Those dates are listed, along with more pics from T5, below...
Savages at ACL 2013 Weekend 1 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
At last year's CMJ, Savages won everyone over with their intense live show, and this time around they're back, but not as some buzz band. The British post-punks play one of CMJ's largest shows, headlining Terminal 5 on Wednesday (10/16) with Duke Garwood (known for collaborations with Mark Lanegan, who coincidentally plays NYC tonight). Tickets for the show are still available, some CMJ badges will be accepted at the door, and we're also giving away a pair of tickets.
Contest details, along with the updated list of dates and a video, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Vampire Weekend / Arctic Monkeys / Depeche Mode @ ACL Fest 10/4/2013
Austin's 2013 ACL Festival kicked off the first of its two consecutive weekends on Friday (10/4) with bands across eight different stages at Zilker Park, including Depeche Mode, Queens of the Stone Age (who taped an episode the ACL TV show the night before), Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Jimmy Eat World, Pinback, Savages, hometown heroes Black Angels and more. Pictures from those bands -- and more -- are in this post.
Another set of Depeche Mode pics from ACL Friday are up at BV Austin. Stay tuned for more ACL coverage. More day 1 pics below...