Entries tagged with: Scott Walker
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....