Entries tagged with: Sepalcure
photos by Jonathan Bernstein
Beacon at Mercury Lounge - 5/4/13
Brooklyn electronic pop duo Beacon released their new album, The Ways We Separate, last week (4/30) and celebrated it with a release show on Saturday (5/4) at Mercury Lounge, a one-off before their mini spring tour, which begins later this month. Support at the show came from Braille (aka Praveen Sharma aka 1/2 of Sepalcure) and Montreal's Solar Year. Pictures from the show are in this post.
Solar Year next plays NYC as an opener for the previously discussed Actress show at Cameo on June 6. That show is also with Gobby, who you can see sooner opening for Majical Cloudz at Glasslands (5/21) (tickets) and at UNO's free Red Bull Music Academy showcase on May 28 at Le Baron. Tickets for the Actress, Solar Year, Gobby show at Cameo are still available.
More pictures from Mercury Lounge, a stream of "Drive" from Beacon's new LP, and a list of all remaining dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Sepalcure (aka Machinedrum and Braille) released their impressive self titled debut LP back in 2011 and they're set to follow it with a new EP, Make You, on April 15 via Hotflush. From the sounds of the EP sampler, which you can listen to below, Make You does a pretty good job of picking up where the ambient textures and garage rhythms of the full length left off. In addition to the EP sampler, you can also listen to a full stream of the EP's title track below.
Sepalcure will be celebrating the new EP with a release party in Brooklyn at Output on April 25. The show is being opened by Jimmy Edgar, who collaborates with Machinedrum in JETS. Maybe we'll get some JETS material at the show too? Tickets for that show are on sale now. Show flyer below.
Streams and show flyer below...
Frightened Rabbit @ T5, Nov. 2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
SXSW has just announced another round of bands for the 2013 edition of the annual music festival that will happen March 12 - 17. This brings the total current number of acts to around 1300. Someome of the highlights include Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, UK motorik post-punks TOY, Finnish instrumentalists K-X-P, Toronto's Moon King, UK indie rockers Splashh (not Brooklyn Splash with one "h") and loads more. Head to BV Austin for the whole Round 3 list.
Sepalcure at LPR - 12/30/12 (via Heathered Pearls)
Sepalcure (aka Machinedrum and Braille) just played a NYC show at Le Poisson Rouge (pictured above) right before 2012 wrapped up (12/30) after their tour with Shlohmo came to a close. Machinedrum stuck around for one more NYC show last week before heading over to Europe, but Braille is still around and will play a NYC show this Friday (1/11) at Cameo with Archie Pelago, Contakt, Nooka Jones, and Enoe. Admission for that show is $8 at the door or $5 with RSVP.
The show is a release party for Cambio, the compilation album by Percussion Lab which features songs by Sepalcure, Braille, Machinedrum, Shigeto, Daedelus (who's touring soon), Mux Mool, and more. You can stream that compilation in its entirety, along with a few other Braille tracks, below.
Sepalcure (aka Machinedrum and Braille) and Shlohmo are going on a three-date audio/visual tour this December. That tour unfortunately doesn't come to NYC, but Sepalcure have tacked on a NYC show happening right afterwards on December 30 at Le Poisson Rouge. Machinedrum of Sepalcure will open the show, along with Brooklyn Bass DJs. Tickets for the show are on sale now.
Meanwhile, you can catch both Shlohmo and Braille of Sepalcure in NYC at Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival this weekend. Braille plays Cameo Gallery tonight (11/9) at 1 AM (so technically Saturday) and Shlohmo plays Public Assembly on Saturday (11/10) at 1 AM (so technically Sunday). Festival passes are still available.
As mentioned on BV Chicago, Machinedrum recently teamed up with Jimmy Edgar to release a self titled EP under the moniker, Jets. Machinedrum also recently dropped a new song called "Diablo." You can listen to that and some cuts from the Jets EP, along with a list of all Sepalcure dates, below.
Tortoise at ATP NY 2010 more by BBG)
Chicago label Thrill Jockey Records, who focus most heavily on experimental music and indie rock, will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in NYC on September 15 at Webster Hall with a stacked lineup of Tortoise, Future Islands, Matmos, Liturgy, and D. Charles Speer & the Helix. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (7/19) at noon.
Meanwhile, Liturgy will play NYC even sooner with an also very solid, but very different lineup of Sepalcure, Machinedrum, White Ring, and MikeQ on Saturday (7/21) at 171 Lombardy in Brooklyn. Tickets for that show are on sale now. As discussed, Liturgy also plays the Basilica Music Festival in Hudson, NY (Aug 11-12) with Mick Barr, Gang Gang Dance, Prince Rama, and more.
Lists of all Tortoise, Future Islands, Liturgy, and Machinedrum dates, and videos from all the bands are below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Le1f - Dark York (ZIP)
Vancouver's Blood Diamonds (aka Michael Diamond aka Mike Tucker), who we profiled when he came to NYC for a Glasslands show in August of last year, will return to the Brooklyn venue almost exactly a year later for a show on August 3. The show is with NYC rapper Le1f. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Blood Diamonds has since signed to 4AD, who will release his Phone Sex 12" on July 24. You can stream the title track from that maxi single, which features Grimes, below. It differs from his earlier tropi-pop singles and is dominated heavily by Grimes' vocals, but it's a great listen and the new 12" is one to look forward to.
Le1f (aka Khalif Diouf), who is also on the Glasslands show, released the Dark York mixtape earlier this year on Das Racist's Greedhead label. Le1f identifies on facebook as "GAYNGSTA RAP" and was featured in a recent Pitchfork article, "We Invented Swag: NYC's Queer Rap," so Le1f is definitely joining the increasing number of openly gay rappers, but as he points out in the Pitchfork article, he doesn't want to "make gay NYC rap 'a thing.'" He continued saying, "The whole 'room for one' mentality is homophobic... if the world is ready for a gay rapper, then they're ready for multiple gay rappers. If we were straight, no one would be comparing us."
Le1f's Dark York mixtape features a number of solid producers, namely Nguzunguzu (whose new Warm Pulse EP is out this week) and Morri$, and also includes a handful of tracks that Le1f produced himself. Thanks to those producers, the mixtape is mostly made up of dark, murky beats and Le1f sounds like the Danny Brown from hell with a far more subdued delivery than Danny's rambunctious shout, but one that's equally swagged out. You can download the entire EP for free above or stream it below.
Le1f will also play Warm Up at MoMA PS1 this summer on July 21 with Matthew Dear (DJ), Sepalcure MikeQ (who plays a RINSED party tonight (7/6) at the loft at 70 North 6th St. [above Public Assembly]), and JDH & Dave P. Tickets for that show are available.
Warm Up begins this weekend (7/7) with sets from Todd Terry, Light Asylum, Nguzunguzu, Trust, and Arca ft. HBA (tickets). Ahead of this week's show, Arca made a FADER/MoMA PS1 mix which you can stream below.
Song streams are below.
Sepalcure (aka Machinedrum and Braille) will be going on a short North American tour this summer which brings them to NYC for three shows in July. The first is the duo's previously discussed appearance at Warm Up on July 21 at MoMA PS1 with Matthew Dear (DJ), Le1f, MikeQ, JDH & Dave P, and Miguel. Then they'll play a Brooklyn show that same night (7/21) at 285 Kent and Deep Space on July 23.
Sepalcure followed their great self-titled LP with a new EP this past April, called Eternally Yrs. In addition to "Eternally Yrs," which appeared on their LP, and remixes of two other LP tracks, the EP also included a new track, "Don't Cry," which you can stream below, along with a list of all dates.
Matthew Dear at Moogfest 2011 (more by Diana Wong)
Earlier this year we mentioned that Matthew Dear had released the Headcage EP and would follow that with a full length called Beams. Matthew just revealed more details on that full length, including the release date (August 28 via Ghostly), cover art and tracklist, which are both below. In addition to including the track, "Headcage," Beams will also feature "Her Fantasy," which is being released as a single on June 5 and can be streamed below.
Matthew Dear is part of the just announced Warm Up 2012 lineup, which goes down at MoMA PS1 this summer. Matthew DJs on July 21, along with sets by Sepalcure, Le1f, MikeQ, JDH & Dave P, and a performance by Miguel. He's also got a headlining show at Webster Hall on November 17 coming up. Tickets for that show are still available.
Updated dates listed below, along with the cover art, tracklist, and song stream...
Warm Up 2011 at MoMA PS1 (more by Erez Avissar)
The Warm Up summer concert series is returning to MoMA PS1 this summer for another run of dance parties from forward thinking electronic musicians every Saturday from July 7 through September 8 in PS1's outdoor courtyard. For the first time, advance tickets for Warm Up will be available this year. They go on sale June 18.
The 2012 schedule includes Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace (DJ), Jamie xx, Danny Brown, Just Blaze, Maria Minerva, Shlohmo, Evian Christ, Howse, Nguzunguzu, Baio, Holy Other, Rustie, Matthew Dear (DJ), Lemonade, Slava, TRUST, Light Asylum, Sepalcure, Floating Points, Jacques Greene and many more.
More info and the full schedule below...
Julia Holter @ Le Poisson Rouge in March (more by by Amanda Hatfield)
Unsound Festival New York, the Poland-based series of avant-leaning, ambient and experimental music, kicks off five nights in NYC with two events tonight (4/18): instrumental Warsaw band Baaba scores animations at BAM, while Julia Holter, Julia Kent and Jenny Hval playing a sold-out show at Issue Project Room.
Check out the festival's full schedule, which includes several free shows such as LXMP and Peaking Lights at Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium on Thursday 19th (both have amazing songs on the comp below). Issue Project Room hosts free day sets Saturday and Sunday (though only tickets for Saturday appear to still be available).
If somebody said "an ambient musician" was playing live in town this evening, I wouldn't exactly rush out, you know? I'd rather stay home and read a book. [laughs]Lustmord collaborates with ambient musician Biosphere at an Upper West Side church on Saturday.
[he then goes on to describe how seeing Kraftwerk live changed his mind]
I hadn't seen them live for a long time, and they played in LA--four middle aged guys on laptops, how boring is that? But, fucking hell, it was one of the best gigs I've ever seen. That's when I really thought, yeah, you can stand there with your laptop and do your thing as long as you got the fucking sound.
Inner Tube were set to play Le Poisson Rouge on Friday, but have been replaced by Mark McGuire (solo). And:
a visual program has been added to Bass Mutations on April 21, showing the ways in which visual artists have helped shape the way we imagine bass music. Curated by "Big Up Magazine" Editor-In-Chief Katya Guseva in collaboration with Dave Q from Dub War NYC, it will take place in a movie theatre adjacent to the dancefloor at the venue for the night, IndieScreen. Live audio from Bass Mutations performers such as 2562, Teeth, Sepalcure, Distal, Throwing Snow and Nguzunguzu will provide the soundtrack.Stream an excellent playlist of Unsound artists below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Willis Earl Beal @ Mercury Lounge
Willis Earl Beal is on a tour which brought him to NYC for a Glasslands show on 3/29 with Zulu Winter and a Mercury Lounge show on 4/1 with She Keeps Bees and Fenster (who play again at Knitting Factory on 4/4). Pictures from the Mercury Lounge show are in this post. More below.
That tour was supposed to include an opening slot at SBTRKT's Webster Hall show tonight (4/3) (which is sold out, Sepalcure is still opening, and will be streaming online) but Willis has cancelled tonight's show due to illness. The official statement reads, "Unfortunately Willis is sick and his doctor has ordered him not to perform tonight. The rest of the tour dates are on as planned." Bummer.
UPDATE: DJ Jim E Stack, who played with SBTRKT last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg, will open for SBTRKT in Beal's place tonight.
The rest of that tour includes dates with WU LYF that brings both bands to NYC on MHOW on 4/26 and Bowery Ballroom on 4/27. Willis will also be back in NYC for the Questlove-curated Shuffle Culture Fest at BAM which goes down on April 19 and 20.
Willis also just made a video for "Montony" off his debut LP, Acousmatic Sorcery, which is out now on Hot Charity. That video, updated dates, and more pics from the 4/1 show at Mercury Lounge, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Julia Holter at LPR last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Julia Holter, who has been making a ton of buzz lately with her excellent new album, Ekstasis, and her NYC live debut, which you can now watch in full at NPR, will be playing the first day of the fest on Wednesday, April 18 at Issue Project Room with Julia Kent and Jenny Hval.
On Thursday, April 19, psych/dub duo Peaking Lights and LXMP will play a free show at David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center at 7:30 PM. That show will be followed by live sets by Actress, Next Life, and Hype Williams at Le Poisson Rouge at 11 PM.
Friday's (April 20) shows include Sun Araw, pole, and Inner Tube at Le Poisson Rouge at 6 PM and live sets by Laurel Halo, Ital, Demdike Stare, Hieroglyphic Being, Zemi17 and Monolake at Warsaw at 10 PM.
On Saturday, April 21, Biosphere and Lustmord's special TRINITY piece will be performed at West Park Presbyterian Church at 7 PM with an opening set by Jacaszek. After that show, at a venue TBA we'll get Sepalcure (live A/V set), Nguzunguzu (DJ), 2562 (DJ), Teeth (live), Throwing Snow (DJ), DaveQ (DJ), and Distal (DJ).
The festival wraps up on Sunday, April 22 with mostly Unsound LABS, including a talk with Biosphere & Lustmord on 'TRINITY' at the Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building at 4 PM. Glasslands will then hosting the Unsound Festival closing party at 9 PM with live sets by Napszyklat and Maria Minerva (who will be making her US debut) and DJ sets by Sun Araw vs Heat Wave and Eltron John.
Ticket info for all of the paid shows is available.
Full schedule including Unsound LABS below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Maria Minerva - "Gloria" (MP3)
Last month, we announced that the Unsound Festival is returning to NYC on April 18 - 22 across various venues including BAMcinématek, The Bunker, Lincoln Center, ISSUE Project Room and Le Poisson Rouge. We also since mentioned the related Kickstarter campaign for UNSOUND LABS.
Now, a lot of really exciting additions have been made to the lineup, including Julia Holter (who makes her NYC debut at LPR on 3/6), Maria Minerva, Peaking Lights, Sepalcure, Nguzunguzu (who recently announced a tour), Laurel Halo, 2562, Inner Tube (aka Mark McGuire of Emeralds and Spencer Clark), and many more. The full current lineup is listed below. More details coming soon.
One of the most interesting additions to this year's Unsound lineup is Estonia's Maria Minerva (aka Maria Juur), who will be making her NYC/US debut at the festival. According to her facebook, she'll be "doing two things at the festival, more info soon." Maria first caught my attention with her first official LP, Cabaret Cixous, which dropped last year on Not Not Fun. The album showed a tasteful knack for ambient/experimental pop but left me admittedly feeling like she still had plenty of room left to grow. A few months later, she dropped the Sacred & Profane Love EP on NNF's sister label, 100% Silk, and it was exactly what Cabaret Cixous was yearning for. The most impressive moment on the EP (and her best song yet) is the track, "Gloria," which you can download above or stream below. Fans of Grimes, Julianna Barwick, or fellow Unsound performers Julia Holter and Laurel Halo, take note.
Lineup, song stream, and all Maria Minerva dates below...
SBTRKT in Sweden in 2011 (more)
As mentioned, SBTRKT added a DJ set with special guests happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 2 the day before their live set at Webster Hall (4/3). Sepalcure has since been added to both NYC shows. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (1/27) at noon. Tickets for the Webster Hall show are still available too.
It's since been announced that these shows are part of a larger North American tour from SBTRKT, running from SXSW to Coachella, and in addition to dates with Sepalcure, includes some with Machinedrum (who is 1/2 of Sepalcure and a favorite of SBTRKT's) and others with Willis Earl Beal who recently signed to XL imprint Hot Charity.
Speaking of Machinedrum, he released the SXLND EP last week via LuckyMe. Listen to it on Spotify.
All tour dates and flier below...
Daedelus at BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
LA DJ/producer Daedelus has a few upcoming shows scheduled, including one in NYC next week on January 15 at DROM with Braille. Tickets for this show are on sale now. The flier for the show, along with all Daedelus dates, are below.
Braille just played in NYC as one half of Sepalcure at their Cameo show on December 29. A video of them playing "Breezin" from that show is below.
All dates, video, and flier below...
FaltyDL at PS1 in July (more by Vincent Cornelli)
One day after Sepalcure plays Cameo Gallery and a day before the venue hosts a Sub Swara New Year's Eve party (details HERE), FaltyDL will play Cameo Gallery on December 30 with Dave Q, Kuhn, Rimar, MAUI, and DJ Discophantom. If you buy advance tickets online for the Sepalcure show, you will receive half-priced tickets for the FaltyDL show (which doesn't appear to have a ticket link of its own).
FaltyDL released a ton of stuff this year, including a remix of Sepalcure's track "Love Pressure." Stream that remix below and check out a list of every release FaltyDL was a part of.
Ital, who recently played 285 Kent with Blondes, and who has a new LP coming out on Planet Mu in February, was added to the Sepalcure show, along with Heathered Pearls. And as mentioned, Machinedrum (who is one half of Sepalcure) also plays.
Song stream and FaltyDL's list below...
by Andrew Sacher
Producers Travis Stewart (aka Machine Drum, Syndrome, Neon Black, TStewart) and Praveen Sharma (aka Braille) record together under the name Sepalcure, and their self-titled debut LP, which came out on November 22 via Scuba's Hotflush label, is bound to leave a mark on the current dubstep scene.
The chainsaw bass drops used by many of the more successful DJs have become a similar dick-measuring contest to '80s hair metal guitar solos and falsetto shrieks, with Burial acting as the same type of catalyst for a new strain of the genre as Black Sabbath has been for sludge and doom. While Sepalcure does retain some of Burial's skewed vocal samples and swift beats, it's most memorable for its live instrumentation. The whole thing is scattered with the sort of disco piano lines that have resurfaced during '90s house and more recently on much of the DFA roster. They embrace the dub element of dubstep on "Yuh Nuh See," bring in an ounce of bass wobble on "Breezin," and while many of their peers are reaching to contemporary R&B for vocal samples, on "See Me Feel Me," Sepalcure take from The Who's track of the same name. You can stream the entire LP below and check out a video of album track "Pencil Pimp."
Sepalcure made their live audio/visual debut in NYC, where the duo is/was based, in November opening for Africa Hitech. Pitchfork mentions that Travis Stewart has since moved to Berlin, leaving the future of the duo uncertain, but at the very least, we'll be getting one more NYC show from these guys before the year ends with a live set at Cameo Gallery on December 29. Stewart's Machine Drum project (live) is also on the bill and more acts are TBA. A ticket link will be available soon. Sepalcure then heads to California for two shows.
All dates, video, and album stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
Africa Hitech, the moniker under which Mark Pritchard and Steve Spacek record together, released their debut full length 93 Million Miles this past May on Warp. Considering both members have been making forward-thinking electronic music since the '90s, it makes sense that when they come together, they're able to create a genuine formula of old school UK garage and dubstep. Unlike some of the other artists we've seen reach back to the genre's roots, like Mount Kimbie and Zomby, Africa Hitech's material on 93 Million Miles begs to be blasted at late-night parties and clubs, yet still without the superficial excess of guys like Skrillex and Bassnectar. Check out an album sampler and the video for "Out In The Streets" below, and pick up the album from the Warp webstore.
Africa Hitech just finished up a European tour and will play NYC on November 10 at Le Poisson Rouge with Sepalcure and Mux Mool, who plays with Pictureplane tonight (10/11) and also has CMJ shows coming up. Tickets for the LPR show are on sale now. More dates TBA.
Mark Pritchard is also one of the contributors to the Radiohead remix album, TKOL RMX 1234567, which you can stream HERE. The release party for the album is streaming NOW on Radiohead's website and Boiler Room's website. You can also stream Mark's take on "Bloom" below.
Video, streams, and all dates below...
19-year old Florida native Dominique Young Unique, now a double-BV-party veteran (she played CMJ and SXSW), will swing back up to NYC to play Mercury Lounge on May 4. Tickets for the electro-hip-hop show go on AmEx presale at noon (4/13), and on general sale on Friday. It's an early show that currently has no openers listed.
Machinedrum (aka Travis Stewart aka Sepalcure aka Neon Black aka Syndrone), Timonkey, Mike Slott, and Futexture all play a glitchy bass heavy show at the same venue the same night, and tickets for that are also going on sale at the same times.
Download the hot jungley mix Machinedrum recently made, above. Or put on your headphones and stream it below. You can read the setlist, and listen to other recent tracks by Machinedrum and Sepalcure down there, and watch live videos too. (Sepalcure played Public Assembly this past Friday, part of Unsound Festival's "Bass Mutations" night at Public Assembly with Kode9 and many more.)
Dominique recently released a mixtape too, called Glamorous Touch. Download it above, or stream it below, with all dates and her recent video for "War Talk" too...
Romy from The xx lends vocals to a Creep song.
A new Converse-produced 'short film' about Jamie can be watched below...