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We already posted Tony Visconti, Iggy Pop, Florence + the Machine, The Mountain Goats, Questlove and Cyndi Lauper's tributes to the late, great David Bowie, and other artists have written tributes as well. Paul McCartney (pictured with Bowie above) writes:
Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning. David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together. His music played a very strong part in British musical history and I'm proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world.
"I send my deepest sympathies to his family and will always remember the great laughs we had through the years. His star will shine in the sky forever.
The Rolling Stones posted tweets reading: "The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie. As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original." Mick Jagger added, "David was always an inspiration to me and a true original. He was wonderfully shameless in his work. We had so many good times together. He was my friend, I will never forget him," and posted the above pic.
Brian May of Queen wrote:
I woke up late, after a long night, to shocking news. David Bowie gone.Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, who were clearly heavily influenced by Bowie, talked to BBC 6Music:
I don't know if I can react immediately.
He was a fearsome talent, and the loss to Music and Culture from his passing is inestimable.
In and out of our lives, always challenging and innovative, and ... shocking.
But this news is hard to take in.
I had no idea he was close to death. Would like to have said something ...
Very sad. Sincere condolences to his family.
But what a life.
All hail, David Bowie, Star Man, Hero. RIP
He was like an umbrella for people who felt a bit different. Bowie was like a like a lighthouse that guided those people and made them feel it was alright to be different, to try things out and dye your hair and wear strange clothes. I think people feel it very personally because he was very important in how people grew up.
I do think it's quite amazing that he put this record out and managed to keep it secret that he was ill. People should watch that 'Blackstar' video and listen to that song. It's like he's saying goodbye to everybody, he's controlling it.
We can all talk about David Bowie. I think the best thing to do on this day would be to listen to him, and to watch films of him and just see what a fantastic artist he was and how many different guises he had, and the incredible amount of work that he did.
Obviously it's a sad day that he's died, but the fact that he managed to stay in control of that image and make another artistic statement when he was obviously ill and knew that he was dying, I think that's incredible and it makes me feel quite happy that he stayed creative right to the end of his life. I think that can only be inspirational."
Brian Eno (pictured with Bowie above) said in a statement via BBC:
David's death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now.
We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of Pete and Dud. Over the last few years - with him living in New York and me in London - our connection was by email. We signed off with invented names: some of his were mr showbiz, milton keynes, rhoda borrocks and the duke of ear.
About a year ago we started talking about Outside - the last album we worked on together. We both liked that album a lot and felt that it had fallen through the cracks. We talked about revisiting it, taking it somewhere new. I was looking forward to that.
I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, brian. they will never rot'. And it was signed 'Dawn'.
I realise now he was saying goodbye.
Gerard Casale of Devo (pictured with Bowie at NYC's Max's Kansas City, from a 1970s issue of Rock Scene Magazine, above) wrote: "David Bowie was one of the greatest artists of all time. I feel privileged that I ever got to know him. He gave Devo his blessing. He remained true to his art until the end like I wanted so badly for us to do."
Nile Rodgers, who produced Bowie's hit 1983 album Let's Dance, paid tribute in The Guardian:
One day David said: "Nile, this is what I want my album to sound like," and he showed me a picture of Little Richard in a red suit getting into a red Cadillac convertible. How do you translate that?! But in actual fact I knew exactly what he meant, and that was the point I realised that David Bowie was the Picasso of rock'n'roll. He got uncomfortable with me calling him that but I did it anyway. Because I realised he saw the world in an abstract way, as well as in the way we all see it. And what that picture meant was not that he wanted a retro record, or something based on Little Richard's music, but that he wanted something that would always look modern. He showed me the future and the past and it was evergreen. The highly designed Cadillac and the red monochromatic suit - that picture was taken in the 1960s but it would still look modern to someone in the year 3000!Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, writing for The Talkhouse, said:
When I went to see the David Bowie retrospective traveling the globe, which was then in Chicago, I discovered that he wanted to be a writer when he was a young, with no desire to be a performer. It made sense to me that he would approach performing and his persona from a conceptual practice, understanding the idea of projection, the back 'n' forth unspoken dialogue between performer and audience. There is no one who did it better than Bowie, breaking thru the glass ceiling of gender roles and expectations for what is sexy and charismatic as a rock 'n' roll icon, post John Wayne, bringing the idea of the "dandy" of eighteenth century France into contemporary life, bringing a focus on this new male identity set adrift with no apparent purpose since the demise of the silent cowboy type (who's going to protect and take care of us womenfolk?), except free to be whatever he could imagine he could be, and taking us, his audience, along with him. The world has lost its most glittery son but the music and the imprint of Bowie on the world is forever.Sonic Youth also posted a video of them performing with Bowie (below)
J Mascis wrote: "I'll miss David Bowie so much. He was the only 60's rocker who seemed to know and care what was going on out of his generation, and made younger bands feel understood and relevant." He posted it along with a stream of Dinosaur Jr's cover of Bowie's "Quicksand," which you can hear below.
Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin said, "Bowie was an innovator, a unique artist with a vision that changed the face of popular music. He is greatly missed."
The Who tweeted, "Rest in peace @DavidBowieReal 1947-2016. With love, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey."
Peter Gabriel writes:
I was shocked to learn of David Bowie's death this morning. He meant so much to me and to so many.Bernard Sumner of New Order writes: "Very shocked and saddened to watch the news this morning and hear about the death of David Bowie. I always looked up at him and thought yeah - he's the real deal, indisputably good, a figurehead for a whole host of musicians I'm sure. We've lost someone unique who can't be replaced."
He was a one-off, a brilliant outlier, always exploring, challenging and inspiring anyone who wanted to push the boundaries of music, art, fashion and society.
There are so few artists who can touch a generation as he did, we will miss him badly.
Long Live Lazarus.
Soft Cell's Marc Almond says, "It's not often I truly cry at the loss of an artist but I'm devastated. He meant so much. Goodbye David Bowie and our youth. We loved you. X"
Brian Wilson says, "I was shocked to hear today about David Bowie and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I was honored when David recorded "God Only Knows" - he was a great artist and will be missed.
- Love & Mercy, Brian"
Gary Numan tweeted, "A True Legend. David Bowie. RIP"
Yoko Ono posted the above photo and this message:
John and David respected each other. They were well matched in intellect and talent. As John and I had very few friends we felt David was as close as family.Sean adds, "Absolutely devastating news. I feel so lucky to have considered you a friend. R.I.P. Thank you for everything."
After John died, David was always there for Sean and me. When Sean was at boarding school in Switzerland, David would pick him up and take him on trips to museums and let Sean hang out at his recording studio in Geneva.
For Sean this is losing another father figure. It will be hard for him, I know. But we have some sweet memories which will stay with us forever.
Rough Trade shops have announced that they're donating all January profits from Bowie recordings to cancer research.
Lou Reed is unfortunately not around to tell us what he thinks today, but we're sure he's greeting the "master" in the sky.
Also head HERE to read tributes by Arcade Fire, Deerhunter, Debbie Harry, Madonna, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo and more.
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by Bill Pearis
Actor John Malkovich is putting out an album titled Like a Puppet Show which is a collaboration with commercial director/photographer Sandro, and producer/composer Eric Alexandrakis. On it, Malkovich recites Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" over ambient music by Alexandrakis. (Sandro took the LP's highly stylized photos.) Alexandrakis then gave the tracks out to a variety of artists to "mix," including Yoko Ono & Sean Lennon, OMD, Efterklang, The Dandy Warhols, Blondie's Chris Stein, The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan and more. Sounds...interesting? Full tracklist and a stream of "Cryolife 7:14 AM," which was mixed by Yoko & Sean, below.
The album is being released on vinyl only for Record Store Day Black Friday.
by Bill Pearis
photo: The Moonlandingz @ Berlin earlier this month (more by PSquared)
As mentioned The Moonlandingz (aka Lias & Saul of Fat White Family + Eccentronic Research Council) are putting out an expanded U.S. edition of their debut EP this week (10/30), featuring a de-mix of "Sweet Saturn Mine" and some new instrumentals that weren't on the original UK release. ERC's Adrian Flanagan told us a little about the EP's creation and MO:
The EP is made up of full on sexy, adult, pop magic, interspersed with spooky instrumental music that gives a nod and a sneaky french kiss to artists such as John Carpenter, Joe Meek and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, whilst simultaneously mocking the paracetamol fueled, faux psychedelic halfwit bands that permeate and clog up the venues of the world. We are inviting them to lay their heads in the road, whilst we grudgingly spread our matter on their girlfriends' faces. Put the record on and you'll find danger and a good ride on every side.You can pre-order The Moonlandingz EP via Chimera or iTunes. Two of the tracks exclusive to the US release -- song "Psych Ersatz" and instrumental "Blow Football with J Carpenter" -- make their premiere in this post and you can stream them (and watch videos for both versions of "Sweet Saturn Mine") below.
The Moonlandingz made their North American live debut earlier in October when they played a terrific show at East Village club Berlin. They were over recording their debut album at co-producer Sean Lennon's upstate NY studio. Flanagan shared a little bit about the recording process with us:
We've got 17 tracks recorded, enough for an album and maybe a follow up EP. So far, it's sounding incredible, there's a lot of different genres on there: deranged glam rock songs about self discovery in foreign countries, east European electronic rockabilly about the fuckers who run our country in the UK, truck driving songs about prostitute killers, there's a track called "The Rabies are Back" that sounds a bit like vintage Devo, there's sensual ballads about strangling your lover, a track about indie rock stars acting like pricks called "Drop It Fauntleroy (The Ballad of A.Turner)" and this massive heavy psychedelic Bollywood type track. Yeah it's gonna knock some socks off, might have a few guests on it too, just got to mix it all first before we plan a release date. I'm guessing late summer for the album, maybe a single in the interim.Well that album sounds like something to look forward to. Before that, Fat White Family will release their second album in January.
Working with Sean was great, he really put the hours in and has contributed to a lot of the tracks on the record, playing musical saw, glass harps, Victorian funfair organs, banjo's, sitars and lapsteel guitar, he's practically a member of the group. Musically, he's on the same wave length as us and he's a funny fucker, he spent the early hours of one morning, post recording, reciting the lyrics to the Osmonds track "Crazy Horses" to us, he could not believe that such mind blowing lyrics existed in popular music, have you read them though? Utter POPPYCOCK!!!!
Streams and videos below...
Fat White Family's new album is titled Songs For Our Mothers and will be out January 22 via Without Consent / Fat Possum. The LP, the UK band's second, was co-produced by the band and Liam Trashmouth and recorded in the UK and upstate NY. (One song, "Satisfied," was produced by Sean Lennon.) Say the band:
While our first LP might be considered an assault, a spasmodic outpouring of disdain generated by the utter tedium of life when it is found unlivable, Songs For Our Mothers is an invitation. It is an invitation, sent by misery, to dance to the beat of human hatred. In it we ask that you take us gently by the hand as we lead you on a journey, a journey that leads us from the blinding white heat of a midday Mediterranean shore, to the embattled boudoir of Ike and Tina Turner, from the clotted grey droll of Dr Harold Shipman's waiting room, to the final hours of the Third Reich in the Berlin bunker.We'll also get an album from FWF side project The Moonlandingz at some point next year. Meanwhile, you can check out Songs For Our Mothers' tracklist, as well as a list of upcoming European tour dates, below.
It is as much a catalogue of our obsessions as it is a sensual odyssey; sex, drugs, politics, death, the Northern Irish A-lister Sam Neil, it's all here, all that's left to do now is breath it in.
photos by P Squared
Yoko Ono w/ Yo La Tengo, Thurston Moore & more @ Modern Sky Fest 10/4/2015
This was the second annual New York edition of the Modern Sky festival: a matter-of-fact event, essentially a promotional venture to bring Chinese youth culture to American audiences -- although there weren't very many non-Chinese speakers in attendance, and some of these bands aren't exactly young. (There will be a similar concert in Seattle on Sunday, with the same Chinese bands and some different American ones.) Both New Pants and Miserable Faith -- Beijing bands with roots in punk and metal that later moved on to synth-pop and reggae -- have been around since the late 1990s.Yoko Ono headlined the second-annual NYC edition of the Modern Sky Festival on Sunday (10/4) in Central Park, and her Plastic Ono Band featured a few heavy hitters: Yo La Tengo, Thurston Moore, Ornette Coleman's son, Denardo, on drums, plus tabla player Nitin Mitta, cellist Kris Hoffman, Julianna Barwick on backing vocals, keyboardist Jared Samuel, and Yoko's son, Sean Lennon (who played with The Moonlandingz on Saturday and Cibo Matto on Thursday). Pictures from her set are in this post.
English-speaking and Chinese bands alternated through the afternoon and evening. Saturday's lineup also included Lower, the young Danish postpunk group; Mark Sultan, the scrappy, surfy one-man band from Montreal; the current, one-original-member incarnation of the English postpunk band Gang of Four; and Yoko Ono, with an all-star version of the conceptual group she calls Plastic Ono Band. Most of the performances felt a bit utilitarian, a bit trade show. Different kinds of people were there for different reasons. The day couldn't conjure a shared mind-set. - [NY Times]
As the Times article quoted above mentioned, Modern Sky serves mainly to showcase Chinese bands to North America, this year including New Pants, Hedgehog, Song Dongye, and Miserable Faith; but Western acts included Gang of Four (that only features Andy Gill from the original lineup), Danish band Lower, and King Khan cohort Mark Sultan (aka BBQ). We unfortunately missed their sets. Did you go to Modern Sky? More pics from Yoko Ono & the Plastic Ono Band, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Nico Muhly / Philip Glass / Tanya Tagaq @ National Sawdust 10/1/2015
Years in the planning, new not-for-profit, artist-led venue National Sawdust finally opened its doors on Thursday night with two disparate "discover the space" inaugural shows. A former actual Williamsburg sawdust factory, the space has been radically tranformed into a very unique space. The entrance and bar occupy a narrow, but tall space with shiny black walls jutting at odd angles. When the door to the main space opened, it revealed a chamber hall, all white with geometric pattern on the walls which can be used as a movie screen (or to project names of the performers). It looks kind of like the Death Star.
It's also smaller than I was expecting. (Official capacity is less than 200.) There's no stage and it feels a bit like a recording studio (which it will double as). The early show, featuring Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, Chis Thile, Nels Cline, Canadian inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, NS artist in residence Glen Kotchke, and NS curator Jeffrey Zeigler, was seated. But the late show -- Cibo Matto (with Nels Cline and Sean Lennon), a collaboration between steel drum composer Andy Akiho, Zeigler, and poet Roger Bonair-Agard, and a DJ set from James Muphy -- was standing room only and felt more like a DIY show where bands play on the floor. (Albeit a DIY show where people were dressed to the nines and tickets were $100.) There's a balcony across the back of the chamber hall as well. Sound was great and both the Roger Bonair-Agard and Cibo Matto sets were really fun.
A show like that, for me, is where this space's potential really becomes evident. You get intimacy as well as acoustics. While watching Roger Bonair-Agard my mind immediately went to Kate Tempest and thinking how incredible it would be to see her at National Sawdust. Something like Majical Cloudz, who play the venue on October 21 (tickets only $15 for that one), should be interesting too. Most of the programming is of the BAM/Ecstatic Music Festival variety, definitely something Williamsburg hasn't had too much of before. It will be interesting to see how programming goes forward -- but if there's a performer you like playing here, it will mostly likely be a unique experience.
Tonight at National Sawdust, Tanya Tagaq will perform her score to silent documentary Nanook of the North at 8 PM (tickets), and then at 10 PM pianist and keyboardist Leo Genovese will present Legal Aliens, "a new set of compositions for a large ensemble comprised of musicians from around the world" (tickets).
Other shows of note: Matmos, John Zorn, Roomful of Teeth, and more on Saturday (10/3) as part of the Terry Riley festival (tickets); Pitchfork/Blackened Music's Tinnitus Music Series with Sunn O)))'s Stephen O'Malley, Glenn Branca Ensemble guitarist Reg Bloor and Psalm Zero's Andrew Hock on October 25 (tickets); and Real Estate's Martin Courtney on November 20 (tickets).
More pictures from National Sawdust's opening night, below...
The Moonlandingz -- aka Lias and Saul of Fat White Family powered by the scuzzy ports and dirty diodes of Eccentronic Research Council -- are currently recording their debut album in NY with producer Sean Lennon. While here they're gonna play a show on Saturday (10/3) at Berlin (Jesse Malin's new East Village club that's downstairs from 2A). Ostensibly an invite-only show, there will be a very limited amount of tickets will be available at the door, which opens at 8 PM, and the show's at 9:30 sharp. No opener but Sean Lennon is DJing. Flyer for the show and the video for Moonlandingz' single "Sweet Saturn Mine" is below.
photos by Greg Cristman
The GOASTT @ Brooklyn Bowl 7/15/2015
Sean Lennon's band The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger have been added to Dinosaur Jr. and Primus' co-headlining tour, and their first date with that will be Thursday (7/23) in Philadelphia. Those three bands will hit NYC's JBL Live at Pier 97 on July 30. As mentioned, you can get $25 discounted tickets for that show.
If you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets on our Facebook page. All dates are listed below.
The GOASTT limbered up for their tour with a show last week at Brooklyn Bowl (7/15) and pictures from their set, as well as ones of openers Workman Song for the Highway, are in this post. More below...
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Invisible Familiars (aka NYC singer-songwriter Jared Samuel) will release his debut album, Disturbing Wildlife, next week (1/27) via Other Music. Having worked with Martha Wainwright, Cibo Matto and Sean Lennon, Samuel's own music is an appealing hodgepodge of styles that is at once quirky, folky, poppy and danceable. (A little like Beck? Perhaps.) The LP features appearances by Cibo Matto, Nels Cline, drummer Ryan Sawyer, and Stuart Bogie from Antibalas, just to mention a few. You can listen to the whole album right now -- we're premiering a stream of the album below.
The live band version of Invisible Familiars wrap up their January residency at Bed-Stuy's Bar Lunatico on Friday (1/23). They've got a couple more NYC shows lined up as well, including an official record release party on January 30 at Baby's All Right . That show is with Adam Schatz & Thomas White's Option Copter that features Cibo Matto, Steve Marion of Delicate Steve, Sean Lennon, and "many more!" Tickets are on sale. Invisible Familiars also play The Living Room on February 5 with Jolie Holland (tickets).
Flyer for the record release show and album stream below...
photos by Greg Cristman
tUnE-yArDs / Cibo Matto with Sean Lennon
Last week, tUnE-yArDs kicked off a tour with Cibo Matto that began in NYC with a four-night run at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Beep!. That run wrapped up last night (12/7), and this Wednesday they'll continue (without Beep!) on the West Coast. We caught Saturday's show (12/6) which was also Cibo Matto member Yuka Honda's birthday. In celebration of that, main tUnE-yArDs member Merril Garbus and Cibo Matto's pal Sean Lennon came out during their set to bring a cake and sing happy birthday. Merrill left after that, but Sean stuck around and joined Cibo Matto on guitar.
More pictures of the show, with TY's setlist and a video of the birthday cake, below...
Quintron in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Avant rocker Quintron's Spellcaster II: Death In Space, intended as the followup to 1996's The Amazing Spellcaster, is out now on Pizza Burglar Records. You've already heard the rockin' single "Do The Raid" and now you can also stream the dronier "Death In Space" below.
As discussed, Quintron and his wife/collaborator Miss Pussycat are on tour now, hitting NYC this weekend at Baby's All Right on Saturday (11/29). Since we last spoke, openers for that show have been revealed including the TVTOR-related Ice Balloons and Moondudes. Tickets for Baby's are still available.
Quintron has also has his Weather Warlock show happening. Friday (11/28) afternoon at Secret Project Robot at 3 PM. For this show, Weather Warlock -- his "heavy drone band which uses sun, wind, rain and temperature to control a monster analog synth designed by Quintronics" -- will have an all-star cast including guitarist Nels Cline, drummer Sean Lennon, drummer Steve Shelley, baritone saxist Paula Henderson, and alto saxist Luke Stewart. Updated dates and a video of Weather Warlock at Gonerfest, below.
Meanwhile, Nels Cline has other upcoming shows including one in NYC TONIGHT (11/25) at SubCulture. Tonight's show is with avant-jazz guitarist Julian Nage, who Nels released the collaborative album Room with this week. Tickets for tonight's show are on sale. Stream a couple of Nels and Julian's collaborations below.
Nels also plays Trans-Pecos on December 18 with his Ring Nebula Project. Also on that bill is Ava Mendoza's Unnatural Ways, Cactus Truck and Cloud Becomes Your Hand. Tickets for that one are available. After that, Nels and Julian Nage head out on a proper tour together. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Steve Shelley drums on the new Sun Kil Moon single "The Possum" which will be released December 1 via Caldo Verde and can be streamed below. Steve was also on SKM's 2014 album Benji. He'll also soon be back on the road backing his former Sonic Youth bandmate Thurston Moore on his tour that hits NYC on December 11 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall (free with RSVP).
All dates and streams for Quintron and Nels Cline, and the Sun Kil Moon stream, below...
GOASTT at Hammerstein in June (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Sean Lennon's band The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (or The GOASTT) put out their newest album, Midnight Sun, earlier this year and have now made a video for one of its tracks, "Too Deep," which was filmed right here in NYC. The song recalls the more psychedelic moments of Sean's father's band, but hey if Tame Impala can do it, why can't an actual Lennon? The video premieres in this post and can be watched below.
GOASTT are currently on a tour with Beck (which just hit NYC). They'll play NYC again (without Beck) during this year's Summerscreen series in McCarren Park. They play on July 30 along with a screening of Heathers. That show is free. All dates are listed below.
We're also giving away a signed vinyl copy of Midnight Sun. Details on how to enter to win that, with the list of dates and new video, below...
GOASTT at the Seaport in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sean Lennon's band The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger will be heading out on the road with another relative of rock royalty, Syd Arthur, the psychedelic UK quartet whose violinist is Kate Bush's nephew. That tour brings the two bands to NYC for a show on June 5 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale today (3/7) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Syd Arthur will also be in the US much sooner to play SXSW in Austin next week. You can check out their full SXSW schedule below. They also have a new album, Sound Mirror, coming out on May 20 via Harvest. This week, they put out the video for its first single, "Garden of Time," which you can watch, along with the LP artwork, below.
Baio at LPR in 2013 (more by Jonathan Bernstein)
Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio, who is a solo artist as just Baio, has been on a short DJ tour this month which wraps up this weekend. All remaining dates are listed below, including the NYC show happening on Saturday (2/8) at Cameo with Headband & Hooligan and Griffin Camper. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Cameo is also where Cut Copy's Ben Browning DJs tonight (2/7) with Joel Ford (tickets), and where Teengirl Fantasy, L-Vis 1990, Lafawndah, Brother Bruno (ft. live vox by Aggressiva) and Aurora Halal will be on Sunday (2/9) (tickets).
In honor of his tour, Baio made a new mix which features some unreleased material. That can be streamed below. He also just remixed "Holding on for Life" off the new Broken Bells (James Mercer and Danger Mouse) album, After the Disco. That can be streamed below as well.
We just caught Broken Bells at Baby's All Right (pics), which they played before appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman for Beatles Week, in honor of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming go the US. They covered "And I Love Her," and you can watch the video of that below.
Last night (2/6), Letterman had The Flaming Lips and Sean Lennon, who covered "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," and the video of that can be watched below as well. Flaming Lips also just played the Amnesty concert and singer Wayne Coyne is about to kick off his solo tour of record stores with NYC in-stores at Other Music on Saturday (2/8) at 11 Am and Rough Trade at 4 PM the same day.
For more Beatles celebration, read our interview with Julian Lennon.
All Baio dates and streams, Broken Bells and Flaming Lips videos, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Yoko Ono w/ Earl Slick @ Bowery Ballroom - 9/15/2013
There were a few moments Sunday night at the Bowery Ballroom that the seven-piece wailing pastiche-funk 2013 incarnation of the Plastic Ono Band threatened to overpower Yoko Ono. But not many. Whenever the double guitars and twin keyboards and programmed and live drums and throbbing upper-register bass-lines and trumpet seemed about ready to swallow the center, suddenly, there was Yoko. Ululating, shrieking, honking, squeaking, whoaing, yelping, laughing, sloganeering, singing, and cutting through it all.We've already posted one set of pitcures from Yoko Ono and the current incarnation of The Plastic Ono Band's show at Bowery Ballroom this past Sunday (9/15). But with a legend like Ono, one is never enough so here's a second set of shots. The Plastic Ono Band included her son Sean, as well as Cibo Matto's Yuka Honda, and the set featured an appearance by onetime Bowie guitarist Earl Slick.
Marking the release of the new guest-studded Take Me To The Land of Hell, Ono -- playing her only show of 2013 -- was at once both commanding and sweet, beautifully cosmic and unflinchingly void-staring. During her hour-long (and thankfully not guest-studded) set, she lobbed far-out hippie love-bombs one tune ("It's just money! You don't have to work anymore!") and unfurled harrowing half-monologues the next. "You stoned me, you burned me, you drowned me," she sang on "Rising," her voice making its tender limitations known. And when she wasn't vocalizing, speaking, giggling, or dancing slyly, there was a tiny bit of time leftover to note that, in fact, there was an 80-year old woman up on stage doing all of it. - [SPIN]
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Yoko Ono @ Bowery Ballroom - 9/15/13
Other highlights of Ono's controlled chaos were performances of "Higa Noboru" and "Waiting for the D Train," the latter coming off as an exhibition in musical prowess. The Plastic Ono Band plowed through the surf-straddling single, with Wilco's Nels Cline and Sean Lennon trading off on solo shreds while Yoko wailed herself into oblivion. Her striking rendition of "Higa Noboru" -- accompanied only by Lennon and the careful plodding of a solemn piano -- served as a lesson in vulnerability, a scene so intense that fixating on Ono awash in light became a crucial need as she ruminated in a steady stream of English and Japanese.Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band (which at the moment includes Cibo Matto's Yuka Honda, mi-gu's Yuko Araki, and Invisible Familiars' Jared Samuel) played their only US show of 2013 at NYC rock club Bowery Ballroom last night (9/15) in support of the band's new album, Take Me to the Land of Hell, which comes out this week. Pictures from the show are in this post.
After an hour-long set, Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band were joined by Earl Slick for the encore, who Lennon introduced as an old friend. "I first met this amazing guitar player when I was five!" he said before noting that Slick had joined he and Ono for the concert that paid tribute to Double Fantasy, the final release from his parents. Slick, Cline and Lennon did justice by the the effusive licks of "Don't Worry, Kyoko (Mummy's Only Looking for Her Hand in the Snow)," which were helmed by John Lennon and Eric Clapton back when the song was recorded in 1969 for Ono's Fly. [Rolling Stone]
Check out more, along with a video and the setlist, below...
Yoko Ono is releasing a new Plastic Ono Band album this year, the first one since 2009's Between My Head and the Sky. It's called Take Me to the Land of Hell, and was produced by Yoko herself, along with Sean Lennon and CIbo Matto's Yuka Honda. Sean and Yuka will be releasing it via their Chimera Music label on September 17. It also includes some interesting guests, like tUnE-yArDs, Questlove, Nels Cline, Cibo Matto, Cornelius and Andrew Wyatt (of Miike Snow), and will feature remixes by Mike D & Ad Rock and Cornelius. Get a taste of the new album with the song "Moonbeams," which you can stream below.
Yoko, who turned 80 this year, doesn't appear to have a tour scheduled at the moment, but she does have a show here in NYC two days before the album's release at Bowery Ballroom (9/15). Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (7/31) at noon, with a a general on-sale starting Friday (8/2) at noon.
Song stream below...
photos by P Squared Photography
"At Glasslands watching my bros King Khan and BBQ enter the wormhole of love"
- Sean Ono Lennon
King Khan @ Glasslands
The King Khan & BBQ Show brought their tour with Bloodshot Bill through NYC last week for shows at Santos Party House (4/11) and Glasslands (4/13). We caught the Glasslands show, which was sold out, and like he's done before, Bloodshot Bill joined King Khan on stage at the show. Were you there? Sean Ono Lennon was (as you can see above). If you were, what did you think?
More pictures from that show below...
Lee Ranaldo on stage w/ Dinosaur Jr. in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
The Lee Ranaldo Band, which features Lee along with his Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley, Alan Licht, and Tim Luntzel, are about to head to Spain and Portgual for a short tour this month, and upon returning to NYC they'll play a hometown show at Union Pool on April 28. Admission for that show is $12 at the door and openers TBA. They've got some other dates coming up this year too, all of which are listed below.
Meanwhile, Lee and Steve's past Sonic Youth cohort Thurston Moore is on tour with his band, Chelsea Light Moving, and that tour hits NYC TONIGHT (4/5) at Bowery Ballroom with Prana-Bindu and Marco Fusinato. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
Thurston also contributed to Joyful Noise's new "Cause & Effect" series, which pairs an influential solo musician with an artist they've influenced on a split 7" single. Thurston's 7" has a track by Talk Normal on the b-side. The series also includes Dinosaur Jr/Sebadoh's Lou Barlow paired with Dumb Numbers and The Jesus Lizard's David Yow paired with Child Bite. You can stream the Thurston Moore/Talk Normal 7" at Pitchfork and listen to the other two below.
Thurston Moore and ex-wife/Sonic Youth bandmate Kim Gordon (separately) are also set to play the Yoko Ono-curated Meltdown Festival in London which goes down from June 14-23 at the Southbank Centre. Other artists performing include Yoko Ono herself with the Plastic Ono Band, Patti Smith, Iggy and the Stooges, Siouxsie Sioux (her first show in five years), Reggie Watts, Deerhoof, Savages, Marianne Faithfull, Immortal Technique, Ryuichi Sakamoto with Alva Noto, Sean Lennon with Cibo Matto, Boy George and more TBA. More info at the festival's website.
Meanwhile, you can catch Kim Gordon in NYC at the recently expanded "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets," which takes place during the Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on May 1. Kim will be joined by Andrew Bird, Robert Glasper, Questlove, Andrew WK, James Chance, Julia Holter, Thundercat, and many more. Tickets for that show are still available.
All Lee Ranaldo dates are listed, along with the Joyful Noise 7" streams, below...
Then there's Mystical Weapons, an improv duo that came about after Sean Lennon became friendly with Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, and Cibo Matto's Yuka Honda suggested the two try playing together. The resulting album is a really cool, eclectic, loosely powerful collection of experiments with some basic structure.You can stream Mystical Weapons' debut album over at the CBC (which is out 1/15) and you can watch a video of them performing "Colony Collapse Disorder" below.
"All the music is improvised, which is one of the guidelines," Lennon explains. "Then there would be verbal guidelines, which were sometimes based around instrumentation or a key signature or a concept or mood."
"A song like 'Dirty Neon' was as simple as saying, 'All right Greg, you play piano this time and I'll play drums,'" Lennon continues. "And then 'Mechanical Mammoth' was all about playing the ARP 2600 on an atonal setting so the intervals on the keys weren't 12-tone but kinda random. Some songs were about just using the kalimba and the last song, 'Consortium Musicum,' was about playing toys live. I'm really proud of that one because it's very atmospheric, even though it's just us sitting cross-legged, playing toys." - [CBC]
Or you could go see them play live Saturday night (1/12) at Big Sky Works in Williamsburg. They've stopped selling advance online tickets, but you can buy them at the door. $15, 9 PM.
Flyer for the show and video are below...
Our thoughts go out to the victims and families of today's school shooting in Connecticut.
Sleigh Bells @ Pitchfork 2012 (more by Chase Turner)
The Men @ Pitchfork 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
TPOBPAH @ Bowery Ballromm, 9/19/2011 (more by Diana Wong)
today in NYC
* Jan Bell @ Barbes
* Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's
* Trevor Dunn Solo @ The Stone
* The Kickdrums @ Knitting Factory
* The Rascals @ The Capitol Theatre
* Little Boots, Doorly @ Webster Hall
* Bassam Saba's Al-Madar @ Joe's Pub
* The Vacant Lots, Heaven @ Glasslands
* Paul Banks of Interpol @ Webster Hall
* Monster Magnet @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Star Killer, Panzie*, Ssik @ Mercury Lounge
* Nada Surf, Eternal Summers @ Bowery Ballroom
* White Laces, Honeydrum, Vows @ Cameo Gallery
* John Roderick, Jonathan Coulton @ City Winery
* Antibalas, Red Baraat @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
* Bobby Keys & The Suffering Bastards @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Naam, Tournament, Dead Stars, Blackout @ The Ancheron
* Sleigh Bells, Grizzly Bear, The Antlers, Cults @ Terminal 5
* Janeane Garofalo, Judah Friedlander @ Eastville Comedy Club
* Pete Seeger, Jackson Browne, Harry Belafonte @ Beacon Theatre
* Hilly Eye, Trophy Wife, Flown, Thurn & Taxis @ Death By Audio
* The Men, Widowspeak, Lust for Youth, Sacred Bones DJ set @ Saint Vitus
* The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Heaven's Gate @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
* ZZZ's, Romans, These People, Robbers, Paula Carino, Erica Smith @ Pianos
* Andrew Cedermark, Heaven's Gate, Secret Mountains, Gem Trails @ Union Pool
* Free Time, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Journalism, Water Child, Spires @ Muchmores
* Gigamesh, Chrome Sparks (DJ Set), Lou Teti, Computer Magic (DJ set) @ Glasslands
* Tom Blacklung and the Smokestacks, Dull Edges, Zula, The Flag, Dead Night @ Cake Shop
* Dethklok, All That Remains, Machinedrum, The Black Dahlia Murder @ The Roseland Ballroom
* Chat Logs, Fuckton, Guerilla Toss, The Dreebs, Quiet Hooves, Blanche Blanche Blanche, Bubbly Mommy Gun, Cloud Becomes Your Hand @ Shea Stadium
* Unstoppable Death Machines, Japanther, Guardian Alien, Lionheart, Gold Tooth, Role Model, ZZZ's, @ Paper Box
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DIIV made their network television debut last night on The Late Show with David Letterman where they performed "Doused" which you can watch below.
Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Staples are making a follow-up to 2010's Grammy-winning collaboration, You Are Not Alone. They were on The Colbert Report last night, joined by Sean Lennon and the Harlem Gospel Choir and performed the John Lennon // Yoko Ono tune "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)." Watch that below.
Burial is following his incredible Kindred EP, which was released earlier this year, with a new single, "Truant" b/w "Rough Sleeper" on Monday (12/17) via Hyperdub. You can now stream both of those tracks below.
Today is John Lennon's birthday, and so Yoko Ono is giving Lady Gaga an award, in Iceland. John would've been 72. Check out a gallery of the former Beatle's drawings (like the one above) over at the Huffington Post. Yahoo Canada takes a look at some of his letters.
Speaking of Lennons, Martha Wainwright's new album Come Home to Mama, which is also streaming at NPR, was recorded "mostly at" Sean Lennon's home studio in New York City. We're giving away tickets to see Martha at Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday (10/11) via our Facebook.
We are also giving away tickets to The Walkmen's 10/18 show at Terminal 5 with Dum Dum Girls; and Doveman: The Burgundy Stain Sessions featuring Owen Pallett, Dawn Landes, and Steve Salett at Le Poisson Rouge on 10/12.
Speaking of Doveman shows and Wainwrights, help support marriage equality later this month at the Beacon.
In other milestones, Rage Against the Machine's self-titled debut turns 20 this year. To commemorate, the band are reissuing it as a box set, with "never-before seen early concert footage and full 2010 Finsbury Park Victory Concert along with remastered debut album, original demos and treasure trove of videos and music." Yours for only $136.
Likewise, Rancid are celebrating their 20th anniversary by releasing their entire discography as a huge box of 7"s. Pre-orders began today.
To quote Merge Records, "You're Living All Over Me by Dinosaur Jr., the groundbreaking album from the masters of alt-guitar rock, turns 25 this fall. To celebrate, Merge Records is releasing Chocomel Daze, a rare live show (featuring the classic, original line-up of J, Lou, and Murph) recorded in 1987 at Dorrnroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands. Limited edition on 150-gram vinyl for the first time, this release follows their recent I Bet on Sky." Listen to one of the tracks at the bottom of this post.
Mark Eitzel is going on tour later this year.
Bummer All Tomorrow's Parties news: ATP Japan has gone from postponed to canceled.
AND more stuff below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger
South Street Seaport kicked off their season of free River to River shows on Friday night (6/26) with a headlining set by Sean Lennon's band The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger.Blood Orange aka Dev Hynes of Lightspeed Champion opened the show. Pictures from the show are in this post.
The next Seaport show was Sunday afternoon when My Teenage Stride played a set at the Fulton Market as part of the Sound Bites Sunday series of shows that continues on July 3rd with The Hairs. The next free Friday show is this Friday, July 1st with Lower Dens and Dirty Beaches. The full list of Seaport shows (not counting the Beekman Beer Garden ones), and more pictures and videos from Friday, below...
by Rachel Kowal
Rufus Wainwright & Doveman @ LPR (photo by Nicole Gitau)
After missing the last two Burgundy Stain Sessions, I was glad to be back for the fifth installment of Doveman's salon-style shows at Le Poisson Rouge. Between the rotating cast of musicians and the experimental, anything-goes attitude, you never quite know what you'll get over the course of the evening.
Though multiple artists are on the bill, the layout is rather unconventional. Instead of a series of individual performances, all of the artists collaborate and contribute to one long set. It's not seamless, but that's kind of the point. "My goal is for things to be kind of gloriously sloppy here," the host, Thomas Bartlett admitted at one point.
Bartlett (aka Doveman), kicked off the evening with a soft, melodic song on the piano, but it wasn't long before he was joined by a trumpeter and clarinetist who deftly made their way through the crowd and onto the stage, playing all the way. After a few Doveman songs, The GOASTT, aka Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl (of Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger) jumped up from their perch on the side of the stage. Easily one of my favorite parts of the evening, the GOASTT portion ranged widely in emotion and style. One minute it was French spoken word (Lennon) peppered with onomatopoeia interjections (Muhl) and the next featured smooth accordion-rich melodies.
After a few more from Doveman, there was a one-song interlude to "give the band a break" and Barlett welcomed his friend Nathan to the stage to deliver his wildly entertaining "lesbian separatist murder ballad" about the Manson family. Though it sounds odd, it's really the frenetic pacing that keeps things interesting and keep me returning month after month.
As promised, Rufus Wainwright joined in after the break, to wild applause from the audience. Fresh from their Kate McGarrigle tribute at Town Hall, Bartlett and Wainwright (McGarrigle's son) played a few touching covers in addition to one from Wainwright's own discography, "April Fools."
At some point, Muhl and Lennon returned for the grand finale, which, after much buildup and back story turned out to be a cover of "Across the Universe" (with Lennon on backing vox). Apparently, it was the first time Wainwright and Lennon played the song since their collaboration nearly a decade ago for the post-9/11 peace show organized by Yoko Ono. Of course after the Beatles cover, which sent chills down my spine, the encore (the Neil Young cover song "Only Love Can Break Your Heart") was just icing on the cake.
I can only wonder what next month's show will bring.
No guests have been announced, but tickets are on sale for the June 24th show at LPR. Doveman also plays a free show in Prospect Park with Junip and the Books five days earlier. Rufus has some stuff coming up too.
Rufus Wainwright @ Prospect Park (more by David Andrako)
Despite the addition of Rufus Wainwright to the bill, and stellar past shows, tickets are amazingly still on sale for Doveman's show at LPR tonight (5/26). The Goastt, aka Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl, were recently added to the show too. There's always surprise guests (like Justin Bond) and an all-star backing band too.
Rufus was also just added to another show too, one that also still has tickets on sale, and one that now boasts an extremely impressive lineup of gay icons. Rufus Wainwright, Justin Bond AND Liza Minelli (!) were all added as special guests to the Sandra Bernhard show happening June 8 at Town Hall. The date will be the world premiere of Sandra's new show "I LOVE BEING ME, DON'T YOU?" The poster confirming this info is below.
Speaking of Rufus (and Justin) at Town Hall, he and Martha just played the venue two nights in a row in honor of their mother with Justin Bond, Norah Jones, Antony Hegarty, Emmylou Harris, Teddy Thompson, Jimmy Fallon, and others. Rolling Stone was there the first night:
Although the three-hour concert was billed as "A Celebration of Kate McGarrigle," the prevailing mood was naturally somber. McGarrigle wrote and sang heartrendingly personal songs throughout most of her life; hearing them now that she's gone was emotional, to say the least. Performers and audience members alike could be seen tearing up during highlights like "I Eat Dinner (When The Hunger's Gone)" (a sweet duet between Harris and Thompson), "Go Leave" (a deeply felt rendition by Hegarty), "(Talk to Me Of) Mendocino" (sung by both Wainwright siblings with Jones), "Tell My Sister" (a wonderfully torchy performance by Martha Wainwright) and most of all "Proserpina" - the last song Kate McGarrigle wrote before her death, a sad, lovely, honest tune that brought nearly everyone back on stage to close the night's first set.Rufus has his own show coming up, a free one where he'll be performing excerpts of his opera, in NYC in June. All tour dates below...