Entries tagged with: Scott Walker
by Andrew Sacher
Long-running NYC experimental band Zs debuted their newest lineup in 2012, which is founder Sam Hillmer with Patrick Higgins and Liturgy drummer Greg Fox, and now they're set to release the first album with that lineup, Xe, on January 27 via Northern Spy. It's Zs' first non-remix or live full length since 2010's New Slaves. They recorded it live with producer Henry Hirsch (Madonna, Mick Jagger, etc), and Tauba Auerbach handled the album's artwork and sculptures. The first single, "Corps," is out now and it's a 12-minute bouncy avant-garde jam that you can check out below. Album artwork and tracklist also below.
Zs have some shows coming up in January just ahead of the release, including an album release party in their hometown on January 21 at Le Poisson Rouge with Mick Barr, Michael Beharie, Bryan Kasenic and Phil Tortoroli. TIckets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Sam, Greg and Patrick also gave us their year-end lists for 2014. While the latter two stuck to their favorite albums, Sam gave us his list of the 10 Most Anonymous Comments on Brooklyn Vegan in 2014. You can find out what ended up on those lists, with the song stream and album tracklist/artwork, below...
Photo: Grouper @ the Guggenheim in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Tiny Mix Tapes posted their Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2014, and as TMT lists usually are, it's a pretty eccentric one with a lot of stuff that wasn't making everyone's list this year. Sure you've got Grouper, Andy Stott, Sun Kil Moon, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Arca, Pharmakon, Perfume Genius, Ariel Pink, Swans and FKA twigs, but you've also got Ninos Du Brasil, Gem Jones, James Ferraro, Call Super, C L E A N E R S, Kevin Drumm & Jason Lescalleet and more.
Read their entertaining intro and commentary on the albums here, and browse their full list below...
Sleaford Mods at their US debut (more by PSquared)
The Guardian has been sloooowwwlllyyyy revealing their Top 40 Albums of 2014, having rolled out the top 10 one by one over the past 10 days. If you've been following along, you probably already guessed their #1 by now, but if not you can browse their full list of 40 below. It's got a lot of this year's list regulars, and like many of the British publications have, it gives some major love to Sleaford Mods (maybe you caught their US debut in NYC?). Also The War On Drugs shuts out Sun Kil Moon once again (they're not #1 but close). Sorry Koz.
Check out the full list below...
We're just over a month away from 2015 and those UK year-end lists keep pouring in. Now British music mag Uncut has posted their 75 Best Albums of 2014. Looks like their winner is becoming a popular choice for #1, and the rest of their top 10 is split between real-deal veterans (Leonard Cohen [falling just a tad from his 2012 #1 spot], Robert Plant) and rising newcomers (FKA twigs). Elsewhere the list has a lot of the indie-related albums that keep popping up, a good deal of folk/country, more veteran appearances, and a certain opinionated UK duo who have appeared on every UK list we've seen so far and make their US debut this week.
Check out the full list below...
We just posted Q Magazine's Best of 2014 albums list and now here's the same from sister publication MOJO. Not only do they share a publisher, but also more than half of same albums appear on both lists. The War on Drugs was #2 here, making war for Beck's Morning Phase in the top spot. Check out the whole list below.
While MOJO is seen as a safe haven for "heritage" acts, there are some records in their Top 10 that don't prominently feature acoustic guitars: coming in at #3 is Sleaford Mods' Divide and Exit. You can catch the Mods' North American live debut this Saturday (11/29) at The Wick with The Gotobeds, The Rogers Sisters and "very special guests" who will be announced closer to the show. Tickets are still available.
MOJO's full Top 50 LPs of 2014 list 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.
Majical Cloudz at Pitchfork Festival 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
The full lineup for Hudson, NY's two-day Basilica Sound Scape (9/12-13) has now been announced. Joining the lineup of Swans, Deafheaven, White Lung, Julia Holter, Tim Hecker and more will be Majical Cloudz, Eleanor Friedberger, British folk veteran Michael Chapman, Torn Hawk, Lower Dens' Jana Hunter, Gang Gang Dance's Brian Degraw, Gold Dime with Andrya Ambro (Talk Normal) and more. Full lineup and more details, via Pitchfork who were involved in organizing the fest, below.
Additionally, the Scott Walker / Sunn O))) album that comes out ten days after Basilica will be played in full every hour from 2-9 PM on Saturday at Future Past Studio, which is located near Basilica.
For Majical Cloudz, this festival happens right before their tour with Lorde hits NYC for three dates.
Tickets for the festival are still available. More details below...
We've got a little more info on the forthcoming Scott Walker / Sunn O))) collaborative album. It's called Soused and will be out September 22 in UK/Europe and the next day (9/23) in North America. The album's five songs with be released on CD and across three-sides of a double vinyl set. Tracklist:
A1 BrandoThe album was recorded earlier this year and produced by Walker and Peter Walsh.
B1 Herod 2014
Well this should be interesting. 4AD just tweeted a link to scott-o.com which, at this point, just has the above image on it. The Quietus has confirmed that it is in fact a collaborative album from Scott Walker and drone metallers Sunn O))). No other details other than the record will be out later this year. Stay tuned.
by Doug Moore
Oneirogen at Saint Vitus, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
We've mentioned the Chaos Bodies series before -- it's a series at Todd P's new venue Trans Pecos that spotlight "Out-goth, post-industrial, & post-metal" curated by Charlie Looker (Extra Life) and Andrew Hock (Castevet), both of the newish industrial metal band Psalm Zero, who have an excellent album coming out in March.
The first edition of Chaos Bodies, which featured the great avant-metal troupe Kayo Dot, happened earlier this month. The second edition happens at Trans Pecos on February 28 -- this time around, it'll spotlight one-man doom/drone noisemaker Oneirogen. Black metal-ish prog heavies Epistasis (who share several members with Couch Slut) and New Firmament (an ambient project featuring Nick Podgurski of Feast of the Epiphany/Extra Life) will provide backup. Tickets are $9 at the door.
In related news, Andrew Hock and Josh Strawn (Vaura, Psalm Zero)'s artist-specific Material Source DJ night continues this Friday (1/31) at Sage, this time with Hock playing material from Scott Walker's catalog.
Stream some Oneirogen and Epistasis music below...
photo by Chris La Putt
Nicole Atkins @ MOSCOT, 11/21/2013
Singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins has some stuff going on in the NYC-area (as usual) before the year ends, including the 30th annual tree-lighting at the South Street Seaport on November 29, which Ronnie Spector and Darlene Love sang at in past years. (You may remember that unfortunately it couldn't happen last year.) Joining Nicole will be '60s pop singer Lesley Gore ("It's My Party"), comedian Dave Heenan, Swingadelic and more. 6 PM start and totally free. That's the flyer above.
Nicole, who just played MOSCOT's store on the Lower East Side last week (that's a picture from it above), has a few other upcoming events, including a Last Waltz tribute at The Capitol Theatre on Wednesday (11/27) with Nels Cline, Cass McCombs and more (tickets) and a Scott Walker tribute at Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday (12/1) with Adam Green, Satomi Matsuzaki of Deerhoof, Ex Cops, and more (tickets). She also plays her own show in NJ in December (tix).
Nicole also plays Rhett Miller's Holiday Extraganza: An Evening of Comedy and Music at City Winery (12/16) with Jim Turner (tix).
Flyer for the Seaport show and a stream of Nicole Atkins singing "Blue Christmas," below...
by Bill Pearis
more sax: Sondre in the studio (via)
Sondre Lerche, who splits his time between Norway and Brooklyn these days, is busy working on his eighth record. Says the man:
It'll take some time, but I've been sporadically hard at work with a new album that I'm recording all over the place in collaboration with a bunch of talented friends and strangers. Here's a picture from a session at Skogen Studio i Bergen, where producer Matias Tellez (of Young Dreams fame) and I are discussing how we feel about the flowery shirt he's wearing. Other than that we pretty much finished three songs, that are now mix-ready so we're up and running and I've got loads more to record. Kjetil Møster (with saxophone) and Kim Åge Furuhaug contributed pure gold to a song called Logging Off that really took me by surprise. Something new is brewing. Picture by Birgit Sol for this month's Aftenposten K magazine, where there's a long article on Skogen and the other studios at Bergen Kjøtt.Meanwhile, Sondre is on an upcoming Scott Walker tribute album, Songs From Montague Terrace, contributing a cover of b-side "The Plague." You can stream it below. The record also features contributions from Dax Riggs, Nightlands, Coves, Bright Light Bright Light, Eugene McGuinness and more. It was supposed to be out September 16 but has been pushed back. Stay tuned.
In other news, Sondre has a couple upcoming North American dates, including one in NYC during CMJ. He'll play Bowery Ballroom on October 15 as part of the Talkhouse showcase (over the summer Sondre reviewed Julia Holter for The Talkhouse) that also features TEEN, Wet, and Saint Rich. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon and the general on-sale starts Friday (10/4) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Fujiya & Miyagi @ Lincoln Hall in Chicago, 1/25/2012 (more by Chase Turner)
Fujiya & Miyagi were in North America a couple times this year, most recently over the summer, playing Glasslands here in NYC and a few festivals around the country. While the band didn't have a new record out this year, front man David Best stayed busy with side project Omega Male who Kraftwerkian synths showed that his Krautrock love isn't limited to Neu! and Can. You can stream the Omega Male album below, there are some really good tracks on it.
Best was kind enough to send us a list of his favorite albums of 2012 and, speaking for myself, there's more than a few on here I am completely unfamiliar with, which I'll have to add to my listening queue. He also lists a few comilations and reissues as well. Check out his list below, along with the Omega Male stream.
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.
Bear in Heaven @ MHOW, May 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Bear in Heaven are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (12/5) and tickets are still available for that show. One dollar from each ticket sold is going towards Hurricane Sandy relief, and 10% of the bar at the band's afterparty at Public Assembly will go to relief as well.
Meanwhile, frontman Jon Philpot was kind enough to send us his Top 10 LPs of 2012 which includes some of his Brooklyn neighbors (Grizzly Bear, Yeasayer) and a few other familiar names to these lists this year (Frank Ocean, Scott Walker) but his number one is new compilation of Italian '70s progressive/spacerock artist Sensations' Fix titled Music Is Painting in the Air. There's some pretty cool synth work on it that you could see being an influence on Bear in Heaven. You can stream the entire Sensations' Fix (all 30 tracks) LP below and check out Philpot's list in full.
Ceremony at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Andy Nelson of Ceremony / Paint it Black took time out from his string of dates with Titus Andronicus (which included Webster Hall this past weekend) to fork over his favorite records of 2012. Andy actually gave us two lists -- favorite LPs and EPs/singles. They include Frank Ocean, Merchandise, Savages, Julia Holter and... well see for yourself. His lists are below.
Jack White @ Radio City Music Hall, 9/30/2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
In addition to the Fleetwood Mac cover story (and Rumours cover CD that comes with it), the new issue of MOJO is the 2012 Year-End wrap-up with the best albums list which is topped by Jack White's Blunderbuss. Their list is definitely different than most, but also in line with the mag that puts the Beatles on the cover at least once a year. You can check out MOJO's Top 20 below.
As you may know, famed (and reclusive) musician Scott Walker has a new album, Bish Bosh, coming out next month on 4AD. A preview of the record was offered up last month and now the first full track has been released in the form of the music video for "Epizootics!" The strange, beautifully shot clip was directed by Olivier Groulx who has helmed videos by Human Highway and Cold Specks (who play Mercury Lounge tonight). You can watch the video below.
The song features an unusual instrument, the tubax, which is "'a combination of a tuba and a saxophone,' explains Scott in a press release, 'and there's only two in the country. It's a monster thing, you actually have to sit on the floor, it's enormous. But it means you can get below the bass, very very deep.'" You can read more about the making of Bish Bosch here.
The artwork for the album (which is at the top of this post) was done by painter Ben Farquharson who made numerous paintings of the letters comprising the album title and the song titles. Fifty pieces of these letters will randomly be distributed to those that who pre-order the album from 4AD.
Music video is below.
We were excited to fhear that Scott Walker is releasing a new album called "Bish Bosch" this December. More info and a video trailer below...
As with every Will Oldham release, I will be scurrying down to my local music store tomorrow morning to pick up his latest Bonnie Prince Billy album, Beware (and finally replace the annoying promo CD sent my way last month).
I plan to pick up the Nick Lowe greatest hits 2-CD release, Quiet Please: The New Best of Nick Lowe as well as Willie Nelson's Naked Willie tomorrow.
From what has already been sent my way, I can also recommend An Horse's Rearrange Beds, Black Joe Lewis's Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!, Sara Lov's Seasoned Eyes Were Beaming, White Lies' How to Lose My Life, and Wavves' Wavvves.
What new releases can you recommend? Have I left anything off the list?
Brighton, England's Bat For Lashes is set to release her highly-anticipated sophomore album, Two Suns, on April 6th, 2009. Two Suns is the follow-up to Natasha Khan's critically-acclaimed debut, Fur and Gold...The whole North American tour hasn't been announced yet, but tickets go on Am Ex presale today at noon for an April 30th show at Bowery Ballroom, and for one May 2nd at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets on regular sale Friday. May 1st is in Philly (tickets currently on sale). All dates below...
...Co-produced by Natasha and Dave Kosten, with whom she worked on Fur and Gold, Two Suns further enhances this idea of dualities in its music, mixing autoharps with intense electronics, complex drum rhythms with lush keyboards and strings. The album features guest turns from the legendary Scott Walker (on album closer "The Big Sleep"), Brooklyn psychrockers Yeasayer, and her own band The Blue Dreams (who toured with her this summer) on several tracks, but Khan herself worked the majority of the musical magic, playing pianos, synths, guitar, bass, drums, beat programming and more. And then, of course, there's Natasha's illuminating voice as the core of every song, sounding bolder, fuller and more impressive than ever before.
by Black Bubblegum
Opeth have announced details for their upcoming LP, "Watershed", to be released June 3rd via Roadrunner, the first since the departure of long-time guitarist Peter Lindgren and ensuing replacement by Fredrik Åkesson of Arch Enemy. In interviews, Mikael Akerfeldt has stated that "Watershed" is highly influenced by Scott Walker's latest album "The Drift", which he called "quite extreme & frightening". More details at Blabbermouth. Tracklist below.
Opeth is scheduled to hit the road in April on the "Progressive Nation Tour" supporting Dream Theater along with 3 & Between the Buried And Me. They play two shows at NYC's Terminal 5 in May. No tickets yet. All dates below....