Entries tagged with: Shabazz Palaces
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Body Count / Bad Brains / hula hoopers
After weeks of will-he-or-won't-he speculation, enigmatic R&B recluse D'Angelo made good on his promise to headline the 2014 Afropunk festival in Brooklyn on Sunday night. But not without keeping people guessing until the moment he stepped on stage.The free 2014 Afropunk Festival went down over the weekend in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on Saturday (8/23) and Sunday (8/24). The festival included a large variety of music from D'Angelo to Body Count to Fishbone to Shabazz Palaces to Sharon Jones to King Britt to Trash Talk and still plenty more. There was also a set from Bad Brains (sans HR), and as we spectulated, Cro-Mags singer John Joseph joined them (Cro-Mags played their own set as well), as did Living Colour's Corey Glover, rapper Murs (who's in White Mandingos with Darryl of Bad Brains), and Jesse Royal. Plus, mayor Bill de Blasio's metal-loving daughter Chiara introduced the Bad Brains' set (Bill was there too). Cold Specks was supposed to play too but unfortunately couldn't make it due to visa issues. Hopefully things will turn out better for her fall tour.
It was announced with much fanfare in June that he would headline the two-day music event devoted to black rock, punk, soul, art and skate culture, but in the weeks leading up to the event - which draws thousands each year - D'Angelo's name had disappeared from promotional material. Instead, the audience was promised only a "special guest" headliner. Until he appeared on stage an hour late, backed by members of the Roots, there were concerns in the crowd that D'Angelo would not show at all.
...Sunday's songs were mostly unfamiliar to the crowd who, if they came expecting hits, may have been disappointed. Even the covers he performed were relative deep cuts: one highlight was his take on Sly and the Family Stone's 1973 Thankful n' Thoughtful, in which D'Angelo played a funky clavinet over Roots bassist Mark Kelley's deep-in-the-pocket thump.
"Sunday morning, I forgot my prayer/ I should have been happy, to still be there," Sly sang then, lyrics all the more poignant coming from a man prone to silence and sabbaticals. The crowd was thankful to have him, too. [The Guardian]
More pictures and videos from Afropunk (though unfortunately we weren't able to get pics of D'Angelo or Bad Brains' guests) below...
Bad Brains at DeLuna Fest 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As discussed, the free 2014 AfroPunk Festival is going down in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park from August 23-24 with D'Angelo, Body Count, Trash Talk, Shabazz Palaces, Fishbone, and more. Since we last spoke, more artists have been added to the lineup including Bad Brains (with special guest handling vocal duties), Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Cro-Mags, King Britt, The Bots, a tribute to DJ Rashad (featuring Teklife's DJ Deeon, RP Boo, J-Cush, The Era dancers and more guests) and more. Like we said, it's free, but if you'd like to skip the line you can buy tickets.
We're not sure yet who will be singing with Bad Brains (though it's not HR), but maybe with Cro-Mags on the lineup John Joseph will sing like he's done before. Both Bad Brains and Cro-Mags play the festival's punk stage, which is curated by Sacha Jenkins, who's in The White Mandingos with Darryl of Bad Brains and Murs. Other punk bands on the bill include Trash Talk, Body Count, and Fishbone.
Updated lineup below...
Pabst Blue Ribbon, or PBR if you prefer, is throwing their first-ever music festival this year in various Portland, OR venues from September 26-28. The fest, dubbed Project Pabst, will feature Modest Mouse, Tears for Fears, Guided by Voices, Rocket from the Crypt, Violent Femmes, Constantines, GZA (performing Liquid Swords), High on Fire, Red Fang, Shabazz Palaces, Phosphorescent, Menomena, The Thermals, Speedy Ortiz and more, Tickets, including single-day passes, weekend passes, and individual show tickets, are on sale now. More info at the fest's site.
Full lineup below...
Avant-rap group Shabazz Palaces are set to release their anticipated sophomore album, Lese Majesty, next week (7/29) via Sub Pop, but they've made the whole thing available to stream a week early. Head over to NPR to listen in full.
In related news, Shabazz Palaces member Ishmael Butler (aka Butterfly)'s former Digable Planets bandmate Doodlebug is putting out an album with his group, Cee Knowledge and the Cosmic Funk Orchestra, which will be his first full length with live instrumentation since Digable Planets. The album's called To Life, Love & Loot and comes out on August 12. Watch the video for its single "Bandits," below...
D'Angelo at Brooklyn Bowl in 2013 (more by PSquared)
We already know Shabazz Palaces and clipping. would be playing Brooklyn's free AfroPunk Festival in Commodore Barry Park (8/23-24) and now many more artists have been announced. D'Angelo, Lianne La Havas, Body Count, Trash Talk, Meshell Ndegeocello, SZA, The Internet, Fishbone, Valerie June, Cold Specks, Cakes Da Killa, Gordon Voidwell, DJ Sliink, MikeQ, UNiiQU3, THEESatisfaction (DJ) and more are scheduled to play. Full lineup is listed below.
Like we said, the festival is totally FREE but if you don't want to wait on line, you can purchase tickets for fast pass admission.
Shabazz Palaces in Williamsburg Park in 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Avant-rap group Shabazz Palaces are releasing their much-anticipated sophomore album, Lese Majesty, on July 29 via Sub Pop, and they've just released another track from it, "#CAKE." It comes with a visualizer which you can watch/listen to below.
Shabazz have also announced dates including some with fellow Sub Pop rap group clipping.. Both Shabazz Palaces and clipping. will be in NYC for the free AfroPunk Festival in Commodore Barry Park, which goes down from August 23-24 (they play day 1). The rest of the lineup hasn't been announced yet, but if you want to skip the line you can buy fast pass admission.
All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Chimurenga Renaissance is the project of Tendai ("Baba") Maraire of avant-rap group Shabazz Palaces and Hussein Kalonji, who put out their debut album, riZe vadZimu riZe, earlier this year on Seattle's Brick Lane label. The album features Baba's fellow Shabazz member Palaceer Lazaro (aka Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler), frequent Shabazz collaborators THEESatisfaction, M1 of Dead Prez and more. It definitely sounds like something out of Shabazz Palaces' out-there world of rap, and should appeal to fans of that group, THEESatisfaction, etc. Here's an excerpt from Pitchfork's review:
The album filters traditional Zimbabwean music through Maraire's contemporary hip-hop lens in a way that should feel accessible to anyone with an interest in experimental-leaning rap. Maraire approaches rapping more directly than Lazaro, layering his verses bluntly on top of the psychedelic sprawl of his instrumentation rather than weaving himself through it. He's also more explicitly political, handling talking points in a way that feels reminiscent of Digable Planets' first two albums, but with a somberness that places him more in line with someone like Talib Kweli. Maraire speaks to Zimbabwe's history ("chimurenga" translates to "struggle"), but this is classic message rap that spans regionality--music that shuns crooked cops, fancy sneakers, Mercedes Benzes, Islamophobia, fake romances, corporate sponsorships, the media, the system.You can listen to the whole album on RDIO and stream two tracks below.
Chimurenga Renaissance don't have a tour scheduled at the moment, but they will be in NYC this weekend for a one-off at Union Pool on Saturday (6/7) with Smoota. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Show flyer below.
Song streams below...
by Andrew Sacher
Hearing the upcoming Shabazz Palaces album, Lese Majesty, in the Pacific Science Center's Laser Dome over the weekend, we concluded upon first listen that it is the future of hiphop. There was no need for drugs, or even the dazzling light show, since the music's fathoms-deep dubscapes and strategically predatory beats equaled the angular and smoky psychedelic visuals--each track already dazzled by a universe of deep-space stars, clouds of galactic gases, and the bright trails of wandering balls of ice. [The Stranger]Avant-rappers Shabazz Palaces (the current project of Digable Planets member Butterfly) are releasing their sophomore album, Lese Majesty, on July 29 via Sub Pop. They recently premiered it in a laser dome in Seattle (which the above review is from), and they've now revealed more details including the artwork (above), tracklist (below), and its first single "They Come In Gold" which is sounding like it's living up to the bar set by their excellent debut LP, Black Up.
Listen to the new song, with the tracklist, below...
Femi Kuti in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
New Year's Eve is just around the corner. We've already mentioned a few options of ways to celebrate in NYC, and here's a few more. Fela Kuti will be celebrated at Knitting Factory (12/31) with The Fela! Band and Rich Medina. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A similar celebration goes down at SOB's, where Fela-inspired afrobeat band Antibalas will be ringing in the new year. They're doing one show on 12/30 and then THREE shows on New Year's Eve (8 PM, 10 PM, 12:30 AM). Tickets for all four are on sale now.
UPDATE: Shabazz Palaces is cancelled.
As usual, you've got jam/electronic options like Phish at MSG (tix), Infected Mushroom at Best Buy Theater (tix), Big Gigantic at Roseland (tix), Disco Biscuits at the Theater at MSG (tix), Deadmau5 at Nassau Coliseum (tix), and Gov't Mule at Beacon Theatre (tix).
For a DIY New Year's Eve, head to David Blaine's The Steakhouse (1131 Myrtle Ave, Apt. 303) for Elvis Depressedly, Spook Houses, Crying, Morrison Brook, and Alex G.
If you're not in NYC, catch Screaming Females and Swearin' in Philly, Baauer in Philly, Danny Brown and Flatbush Zombies in San Francisco, Melvins and Mudhoney in San Francisco, The Breeders in Austin, Death in Chicago, Washed Out in Atlanta, or Run the Jewels in Raleigh.
DIIV @ Osheaga 2013 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
As you may know, record store/cafe/venue Rough Trade NYC is set to open November 25 in Williamsburg. The venue part is 21+ and will be a mix of free and ticketed, evening and daytime. The initial schedule of ticketed, evening shows has just been released and looks like this:
12/2 - Jagwar Ma ($15)Tickets to all these Rough Trade NYC shows go on sale Friday (11/8) at noon.
12/3 - We Are Scientists ($17)
12/4 - Ida Maria ($10)
12/7 - DIIV, Black Marble, Butter the Children ($15)
12/11 - Langhorne Slim ($10)
12/14 - JD Samson & MEN ($15)
12/31 - Shabazz Palaces ($25)
02/07 - Lanterns on the Lake ($10)
02/22 - Courtney Barnett ($10)
02/26 - In the Valley Below ($10)
03/03 - Arthur Beatrice ($12)
No announced shows for Rough Trade's opening week -- Thanksgiving Week, usually around the same time they publish their Albums of the Year list. Maybe they'll pull some big guns for that week? We shall see.
UPDATE: Charles Bradley and Phosphorescent are among the acts performing at Rough Trade NYC's first week. Updated concert schedule is below...
During the week of August 17-25, MoCADA and Soul of Brooklyn will be presenting Soul of Brooklyn Week 2013, celebrating "African Diasporan arts and culture while promoting partnerships between local arts organizations and black businesses in Brooklyn."
One of the big highlights of the week is the free kickoff concert on August 17 at Cuyler Gore Park (Greene Ave and Fulton St) with avant-hip hop crew Shabazz Palaces and their collaborators/Sub Pop labelmates THEESatisfaction. That show runs from 2-7 PM, and again, it's totally free.
THEESatisfaction will also host the "Black Weirdo" party at Littlefield on August 23, which features music from OC Note, Mursi Layne, and Chocolate Chuck. Tickets for that party are on sale now.
And to wrap up the week, on August 25, Soul of Brooklyn is teaming up with Afro-Punk (whose Afro-Punk Festival concludes that same day) for a block party by Commodore Barry Park at Flushing Ave and Navy St. That runs from 1-8 PM with DJ sets from Rich Medina, Prince Paul, CX KIDTRONIK, and Mursi Layne.
Full schedule below...
While Sub Pop officially began in 1986, their offices opened in 1988 which they're using as an excuse to celebrate royally:
Sub Pop Records is visibly full of itself in sharing the initial lineup for our 25th anniversary celebration, the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee, to be held July 13th in Seattle, Washington. The event will feature music and comedy performances from artists from the label's roster and beyond, both past and present.And pat their own back they will, the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee snagging appearances from Mudhoney (who play NYC soon), Greg Dulli, J Mascis, Father John Misty (him too), Shabazz Palaces with THEESatisfaction (ditto), Pissed Jeans (and them), The Baptist Generals (yep), Shearwater, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth (feat. Tad Doyle) and Endino's Earthworm (with Jack Endino). The show is FREE and open to the public (all ages), and scheduled to go down on July 13 at Airport Way in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood. Additional bands (like maybe The Postal Service???) and events will be announced.
If you're going, a suggested $5 donation at collection stations at the Jubilee will get you a limited-edition tote bag, set to benefit "local charities like 90.3FM KEXP, Northwest Harvest and the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation."
Sub Pop are also celebrating 25 years by releasing Sub Pop 1000 for Record Store Day 2013. Inspired by the label's landmark 1986 compilation Sub Pop 100, it features contributions by Peaking Lights, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Starred and more, all exclusive to this compilation. It's on silver vinyl with an 11"x11" booklet and a MP3 download coupon. Limited to 5,000 copies worldwide.
Speaking of Baptist Generals, in addition to their shows with Mountain Goats, they're playing a headlining show at Mercury Lounge on June 6. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (4/10) at noon with the regular on-sale happening on Friday at noon.
Tracklist for Sup Pop 1000, plus details of the Silver Jubilee event, are below.
Shabazz Palaces @ Williamsburg Park, Aug. 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Seattle hip hop crew Shabazz Palaces and their Sub Pop labelmates THEEsatisfaction are going on tour together this spring which includes a stop in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on April 26. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today (2/13) at noon with the regular on-sale happening Friday (2/15) at noon.
All upcoming Shabazz Palaces / THEEsatisfaction tour dates are listed below.
photos by David Andrako
My Morning Jacket at Williamsburg Park - 8/19/12
Psychedelic roots rockers My Morning Jacket and psychedelic rap crew Shabazz Palaces teamed up for a show at Williamsburg Park last night (8/19) as part of a tour that MMJ is on. Their set included material from most of their studio albums and for their encore, Jim James did a solo acoustic performance of "I Will Be There When You Die," and the band were joined by Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna) for a cover of George Harrison's "Isn't It A Pity." The encore also included a cover of Prince's "I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man."
More pictures of both bands and the setlist and videos from My Morning Jacket's set are below.
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings at Williamsburg Park - 8/18/12 (via Naja Rosa Koppel)
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and their Daptone labelmates Antibalas shared a bill for a free show at Williamsburg Park last night (8/18). Antibalas were celebrating their new self-titled album, which came out earlier this month via Daptone. They were followed by a great set by Sharon Jones and her band that left people wanting more, and included a cover of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," like Sharon's sets have in the past. A video of them playing "Longer and Stronger" at last night's show is below.
This summer's Williamsburg Park shows continue TONIGHT (8/19) with another great double bill of My Morning Jacket and Shabazz Palaces. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. MMJ will return to the NYC area for three shows at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre in December.
My Morning Jacket at MSG in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
My Morning Jacket recently made a video for "Outta My System" off 2011's Circuital which stars Zach Galifianakis and features some weird adult swim-on-acid animation. You can watch that below.
As mentioned, MMJ are currently on a tour which brings them to NYC on August 19 at Williamsburg Park for a show with Shabazz Palaces. Tickets for that show are still available. You can help curate the setlist for that show and others on their tour.
We also just mentioned when revealing the Capitol Theatre initial schedule that MMJ will do a three-night run at the Port Chester, NY venue from December 27-29. Tickets for all three of those shows will be "on sale soon."
A list of all dates and the "Outta My System" video are below.
Field Report at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Tonight (7/17) is the first show for new Brooklyn venue Williamsburg Park featuring Counting Crows, We Are Augustines, Field Report, and Kasey Anderson & the Honkies. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. Maybe this isn't the most exciting start for the venue, but there are a lot of cool shows coming up, including Refused with Off! on Wednesday (7/18), a big outdoor edition of Eugene Mirman's "Pretty Good Friends" with "special guests" and OK GO on Thursday (7/19), Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Antibalas on August 18 (FREE), Bob Mould playing Sugar's first two albums on September 7 (FREE), David Byrne & St. Vincent on September 29, Animal Collective on October 5 and more. All upcoming Williamsburg Park shows are listed below.
If you're a fan of Field Report (aka former Justin Vernon cohort Chris Porterfield) but would like to see him in a more intimate setting, he's also playing an early show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (7/21). Tickets are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter are below.
Shabazz Palaces at Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris Graham)
Avant-rap group Shabazz Palaces have a few upcoming dates this summer including the previously discussed NYC show at Williamsburg Park on August 19 supporting My Morning Jacket (tickets). They'll play their own NYC show before that though, with a free show on July 24 at Fort Greene Park with labelmates THEESatisfaction, with whom they often collaborate, and DJ Daniel Givens.
A list of all dates and some videos below...
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah/Feist
Before the release of their 2011 album, "Hysterical," Clap Your Hands Say Yeah had been inactive for three years, but they were as lively as ever on Monday afternoon. Blowing through tracks from all three of their albums, Alec Ounsworth and company charged through a set full of guitar-based indie rock that catered heavily towards their fans. But judging by the crowd's response, even those who were unfamiliar with the band were enticed. After playing Sasquatch! 2006 on a much smaller stage, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's triumphant set had the crowd, well, clapping their hands and saying "yeah!"Gorge, WA festival Sasquatch wrapped up on May 27 with sets from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Feist, Beck, Spiritualized, SBTRKT, Shabazz Palaces, Ted Leo, Cass McCombs, Damien Jurado, Cloud Cult and more.
Mogwai (who have upcoming shows with Balam Acab) were supposed to play that day but they cancelled last minute and were replaced by Deer Tick who came on to play a set of covers.
The 2012 edition of Calgary, Alberta festival Sled Island is set to take place from June 20-23 at venues throughout the city. This year includes over 200 bands performing at 30 venues plus a large comedy schedule, film screenings, and art shows.
Sled Island 2012 will once again use outdoor venue Olympic Plaza as its main stage, featuring performances by Feist, The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Dudes, Shabazz Palaces, Parlovr, and others.
Acts including Russian Circles, Hot Snakes, The Antlers, Boris, Thurston Moore, Willis Earl Beal, Trust, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Terry Malts, Neil Hamburger, How To Dress Well, The Evaporators (aka Nardwuar's band), DJ Jonathan Toubin, Hannibal Buress, Andrew W.K., Tim Heidecker, Archers of Loaf, and many more will be performing at various bars and venues. Check out the full lineup at the bottom of this post.
Full lineup and 2012 festival trailer below...
Pretty Good Friends @ Williamsburg Waterfront 2011 (more by David Andrako)
New Brooklyn outdoor venue Williamsburg Park (located at 50 Kent), which formally announced itself along with news that Refused were playing there, and then today announced a My Morning Jacket show, also have three other shows on the schedule, and they are all listed below...
My Morning Jacket at MSG (more by Chris La Putt)
My Morning Jacket are hitting the road for a set of North American dates, with a rotating cast of characters providing support at each date including Band of Horses, Trombone Shorty, Trampled by Turtles, and Shabazz Palaces (who recently played two NYC shows and The Mohawk). Most of those dates will also see the band giving back to a local charity, including the August 19th show at Williamsburg Park with Shabazz Palaces. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday (5/4) (and will be available at a few places if they don't sell right out).
Williamsburg Park is the new venue replacing Williamsburg Waterfront.
Band of Horses opened for My Morning Jacket last year at MSG. If you were there, or even if you weren't, you might remember Ben Bridwell of BoH played live with MMJ on track "Wonderful (The Way I Feel)" . Well, they recorded that performance and are giving the song away as a free MP3 for a limited time at the My Morning Jacket Facebook page.
All dates are listed below...
photos by Julie Schabel
The free construction and dub production of Shabazz Palace's music might make them seem like a headphones-only proposition. Not remotely so. The duo didn't give themselves much space to move--Maraire stood behind a pair of congas and at one point played a large thumb piano, as Lazaro switched between mike-stand effects box, waist-high laptop, and a couple other machines...That review, and the pictures in this post. come from Shabazz Palaces' headlining appearance at SOBs on April 13th (did you get in with your SOB's pass?), where the crew teamed up with Lavish and Malitia Malimob one day before Shabazz Palaces played a sold out Brooklyn Bowl to complete their two night run in the city.
But the group had a nice little repertoire of choreographed moves (the best one was a high-five-on-the-backhand-side), and generated a lot of compressed energy, something the room returned in kind. The space filled up fast--zero to sixty in the 45 minutes between my 10:15 arrival and the headliners going on...
The show finished with "Recollections of the Wraith," whose chorus goes, "Clear some space out so we can space out," and by that point it was hard to move around at all--which, of course, isn't the same as the music being hard to move to. That was no issue at all. -[Capital NY]
Make sure to head out for Record Store Day on 4/21 to pick up your copy of the new Shabazz Palaces Live at KEXP 12". Culled from a live session on KEXP (no doy), the limited-to-2000 release comes on purple vinyl.
More pictures from SOB's are below.
Stalley @ SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
For the month of April, NYC venue SOBs will be presenting 'I Love SOBs Music Fest.' A $100 badge will grant you access to every single show the venue puts on during April. The flier for the fest is below.
The shows include Obie Trice and friends on 4/3, Stalley and friends on 4/4 (also Stalley's album release party), Schoolboy Q on 4/11, Shabazz Palaces on 4/13, Casey Veggies on 4/25, and more. Individual tickets for all of these shows are on sale too.
Meanwhile, for Shabazz Palaces, the SOBs show (4/13) is one of two NYC shows on their upcoming tour which hits Brooklyn Bowl the next day (4/14). Tickets for the Brooklyn Bowl show are still available.
Stalley, like MANY rappers this year, was just down at SXSW where he played with Rick Ross at Fader Fort and was on the huge Warner Sound bill with T.I., Curren$y, B.o.B., and many others.
'I Love SOBs Music Fest' flier below...