Entries tagged with: Sia
by Bill Pearis
Netflix has just announced they'll be producing children's series Beat Bugs which will feature 50+ Beatles songs covered by contemporary artists. The show, created by Australian Josh Wakely, focuses on the backyard adventures of five cute insects. Each 11-minute episode will tie in with the Beatles song that's used in the episode. Artists doing covers include The Shins ("The Word"), Chris Cornell ("Drive My Car"), Regina Spektor ("And Your Bird Can Sing"), Of Monsters and Men ("Eleanor Rigby"), Sia ("Blackbird") and more. You can hear Eddie Vedder's straightforward take on "Magical Mystery Tour" in the show's teaser trailer, below.
This is not the first time The Beatles have been involved in a kids cartoon series -- they had their own crudely animated series at the height of '60s Beatlemania. Beat Bugs is set to premiere in August on Netflix.
photo: Sufjan Stevens in NJ in 2015 (more by PSquared)
The spring 2016 edition of Boston Calling happens May 27-29. For a small festival (with no overlapping sets), Boston Calling continues to bring in some pretty huge names, and this one's got Sia, Disclosure and Robyn headlining, plus Odesza, Sufjan Stevens, Haim, Miike Snow, Janelle Monae, Courtney Barnett, The Front Bottoms, Charles Bradley, Vince Staples, Battles, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Christine and the Queens, festival curator Aaron Dessner (of The National) playing a set with Lisa Hannigan, and more.
This time around they're also adding a small third stage with comedy "and other performances," which will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/15) at 10 AM.
Full lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Sia at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sia has begun announcing what will be her first shows in five years, including Coachella and Flow Festival, which will support her new album This Is Acting (due January 29 via RCA). The album includes the brand new single "Reaper," which she co-wrote and co-produced with Kanye West. It's a big pop stomper, with Sia bringing her voice to a trill in an almost Zola Jesus-like way. Listen below.
We already knew Guns N Roses (Axl and Slash included) and LCD Soundsystem would be reuniting for Coachella 2016, and now the full lineup is here. It also includes Sufjan Stevens, M83, The Last Shadow Puppets, Ice Cube, Disclosure, Underworld, A$AP Rocky, Courtney Barnett, Grimes, Run the Jewels, Lush, Deerhunter, The Damned, The Kills, Foals, The Front Bottoms, Savages, Joey Bada$$, HEALTH, Mavis Staples, Shamir, The Arcs, Vince Staples, Beach House, Rancid, Chris Stapleton, Ex Hex, Death Grips, Bat For Lashes, Kamasi Washington, Skepta, Deafheaven, Sheer Mag, Girlpool and many more.
It happens April 15-17 and April 22-24 in Indio, CA. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (1/6) at 11 AM PST.
Poster above, and larger version HERE. Full lineup below...
Synth legend Giorgio Moroder's new album, Déjà Vu, is out June 16 and features guest appearances by Britney Spears, Charli XCX, Kelis, Mikky Ekko, Sia, Kylie Minogue and others. You can get a taste of the whole thing via a five-minute "megamix" video featuring a couple of dancers. Watch below...
The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary was a spectacle, bringing together most of the show's famous cast, guest hosts, and favorite musical guests for a three-and-a-half hour extravaganza (with commercials, and not counting the extra hour of red carpet interviews that started an hour earlier on NBC). On the musical front, Kanye West got a lot of air time, performing "Jesus Walks" (while on his back), then getting up for "Only One" and new song "Wolves" (complete with ice-blue contact lenses) with Sia in a white wig, and Vic Mensa. Class skits were revisited, and Kanye was the target of some jokes in the new "Wayne's World" segment where "Kanye, Sit Down" came in at #5 on their Top 10 List.
Sia's wig would later appear on Zach Galifianakis when he introduced new Digital Short, "That's When You Break," that starred Andy Samberg and Adam Sandler (and clips of SNL actors cracking up ["breaking"] on camera). There was also Paul McCartney, who played Irving Plaza the night before, performing "I've Just Seen a Face" with Paul Simon and then "Maybe I'm Amazed." (He was very memorably, hilariously introduced by Keith Richards.) Later in the show Simon, introduced by Jack White, would come back out for "Still Crazy After All These Years" Related: Miley Cyrus covered Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" (with Fred Armisen on invaluable tambourine, and Paul McCartney's drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr. playing as part of her band too). Miley was introduced by Win Butler and frequent guest-host Candice Bergen.
Best buds Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon opened the show with a pretty impressive Beasties-style rap that chronicled the history of SNL. Later in the show Martin Short and Maya Rudolph (as Beyoncé) did a tribute to the many comedy musical sketches over the years many of whom made their return: Bill Murray's lounge singer (still great), Joe Piscopo as Frank Sinatra, Marty & Bobbi Culp (Will Ferrell & Ana Gasteyer), and The Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd was wearing his Crystal Skull vodka knit hat on the red carpet).
The SNL band got a big shout-out too, which saw the return of longtime guitarist G.E. Smith. Late bassist Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, who Smith played with on SNL and in Hall & Oates' band and died in 2010, was acknowledged in the "In Memoriam" segment that, hilariously, also included Jon Lovitz (who, not dead, was in the audience waving incredulously both times he was referred to as dead during the show). There was also a tribute to Tracy Morgan who is still recovering from a near-fatal car crash.
We got a lot of updates of classic sketches including the welcome return of "Celebrity Jeopardy," the maybe less welcome "The Californians" (with original cast member Laraine Newman, Taylor Swift> and a game Bradley Cooper who got to make out with Betty White), and Ackroyd did his famous "Bass-O-Matic" sketch again.
What else: Tina Fey and Amy Pohler did Weekend Update with Jane Curtain (and Edward Norton as Stefon and Melissa McCarthy as Chris Farley character Matt Foley); Jerry Seinfeld fielded questions from audience members Michael Douglas, John Goodman, James Franco, Larry David, Tim Meadows, Dakota Johnson and Sarah Palin; and Chris Rock paid tribute to Eddie Murphy who came out on the SNL stage for the first time in 30 years. That may have been one of the most awkward moments of the night. Everyone was hoping Eddie, who also talked to Al Roker on the red carpet in the pre-show, would perform, but that unfortunately didn't happen.
There was lots more: Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, a sports montage, a shorts montage.... You can watch the whole thing over at NBC.com. More pictures and clips of many of the highlights, below...
photo via Adidas
So far this year, Kanye West has released the Paul McCartney collaboration "Only One," the Macca/Rihanna collab, "FourFiveSeconds," and earlier today at the fashion show for his new Adidas shoe (part of the ongoing NY Fashion Week) he debuted another new song, "Wolves," featuring Sia, Vic Mensa and production by Cashmere Cat and Sinjin Hawke. It's said to be the first track on his upcoming album. Watch a video of the debut, below.
UPDATE: The full official video of the show is out now, and watchable below. "Wolves" starts at the 8:19 mark.
Kanye also appears on Big Sean"s new song, "All Your Fault," which a 30-second clip of was just released. Kanye produced it, along with Travi$ Scott (who recently expanded his tour with Young Thug). The song will appear on Big Sean's upcoming new album, Dark Sky Paradise, which is out on February 24 via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam. Kanye (and Drake) also appear on previous single "Blessings." Listen to that, and the "All Your Fault" clip, below.
The Village Voice's annual Pazz + Jop music critics poll is out. While the poll comes out a lot earlier than it used to when Robert Christgau helmed it, it's still late enough to give every album released in 2014 a chance. Hence, D'Angelo's Black Messiah -- which didn't make most other lists due to being released on December 15 -- claiming the top spot. Here's the Top 10 albums:
1 D'Angelo, Black MessiahOn the singles front, Future Island's ubiquitous "Seasons," which was a full 15 points ahead of its closest competition, took the top spot. Here's the Top 10, though note there's a two-way tie for 9th:
2 Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels 2
3 The War on Drugs, Lost in the Dream
4 St. Vincent, St. Vincent
5 FKA Twigs, Lp1
6 Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
7 Taylor Swift, 1989
8 Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire for No Witness
9 Spoon, They Want My Soul
10 Against Me!, Transgender Dysphoria Blues
1 Future Islands, "Seasons (Waiting on You)"Over 600 music writers' ballots were tabulated for the 2014 Pazz + Jop poll. You can peruse individual writers' ballots and read through their quippy comments. You can also click on an album or single and see who all voted for it. There are also a few think-pieces, including one on the importance of nostalgia, and "The Comfort of Being Sad."
2 FKA Twigs, "Two Weeks"
3 Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"
4 Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
5 Kendrick Lamar, "I"
6 ILoveMakonnen (ft. Drake), "Tuesday"
7 Sia, "Chandelier"
8 Charli XCX, "Boom Clap"
9 Beyoncé (ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie), "***Flawless"
9 DJ Snake (ft. Lil Jon), "Turn Down for What"
PC Music's Hannah Diamond
Gorilla vs Bear posted their lists of their favorite albums (35) and songs (100) of 2014. Though the albums list does have some of the stuff you always see (like The War On Drugs), it's mostly got a lot of unique choices like Recycle Culture, Korallreven, Yumi Zouma, Beverly, Panda Bear's EP and more, and the #1 is pretty unique too. FKA twigs doesn't crack the albums list but she's on the tracks list twice, along with tracks by Tinashe, iLoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Grouper, a Recyle Culture remix of Taylor Swift, and plenty of PC Music representation.
Check out his full lists below...
The FADER always has some year-end coverage, but for the past 15 years they didn't publish a ranked year-end list. This year however, they ranked their 116 favorite songs of 2014 (find out why) and it's a diverse list that manages to sing the praises of iLoveMakonnen, Tinashe, Alex G, Florida Georgia Line, Enrique Iglesias, Bleachers, Ricky Eat Acid, YG, Toni Braxton & Babyface, Nothing, Grimes, Parquet Courts, Run the Jewels and Grouper all in the same damn list.
Read more about each choice here and check out the full list below...
It's awards season and this morning the 2015 The Golden Globes nominations were released and there are a few familiar names in the two music categories:
Lana Del Rey: "Big Eyes" (Big Eyes)And Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, working again with David Fincher this time for Gone Girl, is among the nominees in the Best Original Score category:
John Legend, Common: "Glory" (Selma)
Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye: "Mercy Is" (Noah)
Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck: "Opportunity" (Annie)
Lorde: "Yellow Flicker Beat" (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1)
Alexandre Desplat: The Imitation GameAmong the non-music nominees, Iñárritu's Birdman led with seven nominations, and HBO's True Detective and FX's Fargo (both in the mini-series category) led in television with four and five nominations, respectively. The enigmatic Hollywood Foreign Press Association will hand out the Golden Globes to winners on January 11 at the televised ceremony hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
Jóhann Jóhannsson: The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross: Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez: Birdman
Hans Zimmer: Interstellar
Stream all five Golden Globe nominees for Best Original Song Motion Picture and check out the full list of 2015 nominations, below...
SPIN returned with their Top Albums of 2014 list today. It's got a lot of the indie albums that usually show up on these lists (Caribou, Future Islands, FKA twigs, Parquet Courts, Cloud Nothings, How to Dress Well, Swans, St. Vincent, Real Estate, etc), a handful of rap albums (YG, Young Thug, Shabazz Palaces, Run the Jewels, Schoolboy Q, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, etc), metal (Pallbearer), punk (Against Me!, Joyce Manor), mainstream pop (Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert), and a couple headscratchers (Betty Who at #11?). You-know-who scores the #1 slot once again here. Check it out for yourself below.
This year, the 2015 Grammy nominations are being revealed gradually on CBS This Morning. A few categories have already been announced, with a lot more on the way, and we'll have to wait for tonight's A Very Grammy Christmas special to find out the Album of the Year nominees. Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Beck, Black Keys, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Beyonce (now the most Grammy-nominated woman), Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Drake, Eminem, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Basement Jaxx, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon, Royksopp & Robyn, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon, Motorhead, Alt-J, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sam Smith, Haim, Sia, Coldplay, Robert Glasper, Sharon Jones, Jhene Aiko, Tom Petty, U2 and more have already been announced. Stay tuned for more announcements and check out the list so far, below.
UPDATE: Full list of nominations (
except Album of the Year) now up at GRAMMY.com. Several of the categories are also listed below.
UPDATE 2: Album of the Year nominees announced. See below.
The awards ceremony happens February 8, 2015.
The B-52's are still an active band, but now one of the founding members/vocalists Kate Pierson will also be taking the solo route for the first time. Her debut album, Guitars and Microphones, is due out February 17 via Lazy Meadow/Kobalt, and the Fred Armisen-starring video for "Mister Sister" is out now (dir. Monica Coleman). Sia executive produced the album and co-wrote some if too, and The Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi played it on as well.
All dates are listed, with the new Kate Pierson video and LP tracklist, below...
by Bill Pearis
After getting a nice profile boost on Daft Punk's smash 2013 album, electronic dance music pioneer Giorgio Moroder is fully back in action and will release a new album via Sony Music next year. The record is packed with guests, including Britney Spears, Sia, Charli XCX, Kylie Minogue, Mikky Ekko, Foxes, Matthew Koma, and more to be announced. Moroder says:
Dance music doesn't care where you live. It doesn't care who your friends are. It doesn't care how much money you make. It doesn't care if your 74 or if you are 24 because... 74 is the new 24!Strangely enough, "74 is the new 24" is also the title of the first single from the record, the video for which just premiered via The Creator's Project. Directed by Jai Lewis, it makes cool use of CGI rotoscope animation. As for the song itself, not unlike "Moroder's Theme" which was released as an Adult Swim single this summer, it is reminiscent of his Midnight Express soundtrack with a little Daft Punk disco thrown in as well.
Watch the video at The Creator's Project.
The new 'Annie' movie hits theater on 12/19 full of reimagined details including a puketastic version of Annie classic "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile" by Sia. It's one of three tracks Sia has on the soundtrack, which is out 11/17. Another is a still-unreleased collaboration with Beck called "Moonquake Lake".
"Moonquake Lake" was also the not-so-secret fake name of the movie they used on signs while filming last year at the Beacon Theater, in the East Village, in Little Italy, in Hell's Kitchen and probably other places.
The full movie soundtrack track listing is below...
by Andrew Sacher
If you've been on the internet at all today, you probably know that the event of the day is that Beyonce released a self-titled album with no singles and no announcements on iTunes around midnight. By now you've most likely already heard it or intentionally haven't listened to it, and I think as much as anyone else that we shouldn't review this thing immediately (and we can save it for our Best of 2014 lists, right?). That being said, it's also been fun to spend the day discussing the album, so let's discuss.
The album's only guest spots come from deservedly big names Jay Z ("Drunk in Love") Frank Ocean ("Superpower") and Drake ("Mine"), plus a moving feminist speech from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on "Flawless" (a reworking of "Bow Down"), and her daughter Blue Ivy on the album's final track, "Blue." There's also co-writing/production credits from Miguel, Caroline Polachek (of Chairlift), Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Sia, Drake producer Noah "40" Shebib and others. That cast isn't too surprising (except maybe Caroline Polachek), but it's a nice reminder if you needed it that certain big name artists are consistently working with the artists that complement them best, rather than just piling on other big name guests.
As I write this I'm on my fifth listen, and the album itself is sounding pretty impressive so far. Her last album, 4, was maybe the first Beyonce album to truly contain no filler, but even most of that album got overshadowed by standout singles like "Countdown" and "Love on Top." At the moment, it's not sounding like there's a track on Beyonce that could be a standout single, which is maybe why, like the similarly album-oriented Yeezus, they chose to release it without any preceding singles. (You also won't be able to purchase individual tracks on iTunes until December 20.) Like Yeezus, and The 20/20 Experience, Beyonce is instead a new album from a megastar that uses her status to unveil a full-length collection of forward-thinking music to the mainstream, the underground, and well, just about everybody. The future-R&B that guests Frank Ocean and Drake make on their own albums is the style most prevalent here, and mixing that with one of the most undeniably great voices in today's pop music makes Beyonce a hell of a listen.
You also may have heard that Beyonce is calling the album a "visual album," and it was released with 17 videos for the 14 tracks (a few bonus videos included). You can watch a playlist of 30-second clips of each video, along with the tracklist, below...
The xx @ Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
As you may be aware, Baz Lurhmann's glitzy, big-budget adaptatation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel, The Great Gatzby, is out May 10 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Toby Maguire, and Carey Mulligan. That same week will see the release of its soundtrack which was curated by Jay-Z and features Jack White, The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, Gotye, Lana Del Rey, Beyonce with Andre 3000, and Jay-Z himself.
It's also got a new track by The xx, titled "Together," which was specifically written for the film. You can stream it, and check out the soundtrack art, full tracklist and a trailer for the film, below....
Hot Chip at Prospect Park in 2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Astralwerks Records was founded in NYC in 1993 as a primarily electronic arm of Caronline Records. When they hit it big in the late '90s with Chemical Brothers, Air and Fatboy Slim band, Astralwerks became one of the biggest indie labels in the country. They've since been picked up by Universal Music Group and have expanded into other genres but they do maintain a focus on the electronic. To celebrate their 20th anniversary this year, Astralwerks will release a limited edition box set, Astralwerks: Music in 20/20, on Record Store Day (4/20). The compilation features previously unreleased or rare tracks from Hot Chip, Air, Diamond Rings, Kraftwerk, Kings of Convenience, Doves and others plus previously released tracks by The Chemical Brothers, The Beta Band, Fatboy Slim, Cassius, Basement Jaxx, Royksopp, a Four Tet remix of Sia and more. Check out the full tracklist and trailer video for the compilation below.
Hot Chip are on the festival circuit this spring/summer -- including Coachella, Primavera Sound, Osheaga, Lollapalooza, and others -- and as mentioned, they're stopping in NYC for a show at Roseland Ballroom on Tuesday (4/9) before Coachella. Tuesday's show is with The Crystal Ark (DJ set) and Tanlines. Tickets for that are still available. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, TONIGHT (4/8) at Le Poisson Rouge, Hot Chip side project The 2 Bears (aka Joe Goddard and Raf Rundell), who are also playing and touring around Coachella, play a a show with Ladies Night. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. All dates are listed below.
Tanlines, who open the Roseland show, are also playing Coachella and have other dates coming up including shows with Passion Pit and Vampire Weekend, but not Passion Pit's NJ show with Phoenix or Vampire Weekend's Roseland show.
All Tanlines, Hot Chip, and 2 Bears dates are listed, along with the Astralwerks album tracklist and trailer, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Oh Land / Sia
Sia played Webster Hall last night (7/26) with Oh Land and Ximena Sarinana. Sia played material mainly off of her last two albums, including Madonna's "Oh Father," and Ray Davies' "I Go to Sleep," both of which she has recorded covers of. She also revealed a new song titled "Hostage" and ended her encore with the 2004 single "Breathe Me."
All three of them play Webster again tonight (7/27). Tickets, like they were for last night, are sold out. The Sia/Oh Land tour continues through August 19th.
More pictures, videos and Sia's setlist from last night's Webster Hall show are below...
Oh Land at BV-SXSW Party in March (more by Tim Griffin)
Oh Land plays NYC for two nights this week as part of her tour with Sia. They play Webster Hall tonight (7/26) and tomorrow (7/27). Ximena Sarinana is on both NYC shows and a few other dates. Both shows are sold out.
Ximena, who is dating Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, is a Mexican singer/songwriter and actress. She toured as a vocalist with the Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group on their 2009 European tour and contributed vocals to many of his solo albums. Her self titled sophomore album comes out next week (8/2) on Warner Music. Check out the official lyric video for the single "Different" below. She also plays tonight (7/26) at Rockwood Music Hall with drummer Alex Wong.
If you weren't able to get tickets in time, you'll be happy to know that Oh Land added a smaller headlining show on September 26 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/29) at noon (AmEx presale Wednesday) for the NYC show.
All dates and a video below...
The Outside Lands Festival, which runs from 8/12 - 8/14 in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, released their 2011 lineup in April (and now it's May, so consider this a catch up post). Tickets are on sale.
This year's fest will appearances from The Shins, Muse, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, Phish (two sets), !!!, Erykah Badu, Big Audio Dynamite (who played Coachella and are also playing Lollapalooza), Girl Talk and many more. The full lineup is below.
Sia & friend
"The Voice" is about to sound even sweeter now that Reba McEntire, Monica and other music favorites are joining the NBC singing competition.Cee-Lo is already huge (no pun intended), and it looks like Christina Aguilera collaborator Sia is on her way towards major stardom as well.
In the coming weeks, coaches Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine will be teamed up with mentors from the music industry who have inspired them, according to the network.
McEntire will join Shelton, Monica will join Cee Lo Green, singer Sia will join Aguilera, and Maroon 5 music director Adam Blackstone will join Levine.
The quartet will serve as advisers to their colleagues as well as the talent, offering words of wisdom and helping to choose songs that best suit each singer's vocal style. -[CNN]
And in addition to Sia's upcoming spot on TV, she'll appear live across North America on tour in July and August with special guest Oh Land opening the shows. The tour includes two NYC nights at Webster Hall, July 26 & July 27. Tickets for the 7/26 show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday, and general sale at noon on Friday (5/6).
photos by Bao Nguyen
"Agh. Free Black Keys concert tonight at the Classic Car Club but lines were CRAZY!" - quiet soliloquy
"Fans have overwhelmingly expressed, in 354+ comments on The Black Keys Facebook page, that the band has "sold out" following an announcement that a new song, "Chop And Change", will be a part of the soundtrack for the third installment of extremely popular vampire movie franchise "Twilight".The Black Keys, who are opening or Pearl Jam at MSG this week (and playing a benefit at Housing Works that will also be a temporary Black Keys pop up shop), and whose sole SXSW show this year was a T-Mobile-sponsored Mog show, played a Microsoft/Verizon Kin show in NYC last night (5/15). The show took place at the Classic Car Club in Tribeca, just like the Passion Pit one did one night earlier. A free Kin Ting Tings show also happened last night at a different venue.
The Black Keys' have sold out? Yeah, sure. If anything, they've finally just sold in on their own terms.
In most cases, the term "sold out" would be fantastic news to artists in regards to shows, books, CDs, etc. It simply claims that the artist/event is doing so well that they have run out of space or items and that it is pretty much exclusive and rare - a privilege, really. It's heartbreaking to the people who did not get a chance to be a part of it, but it does hint at success, which can obviously be rendered in many different ways. For people who appreciate "underground" or lesser-known works or talents, however, "selling out" is the worst possible brand that you can get from a fan - it pretty much means that you are now not good enough to be appreciated anymore, and that you are now "mainstream" or "too trendy."" [The Black Keys Fan Lounge]
No more Kin shows in NYC, but Chicago has one by The Dead Weather coming up. The Dead Weather (who also opened a pop up shop in NYC when their last record came out), along with Metric (who play NYC tonight/Sunday), Muse (who are taking Metric on tour), Band of Horses (who also open for Pearl Jam at MSG this week), Vampire Weekend and others, also appear on the new Twilight soundtrack. The full tracklisting and more pictures from the Kin show below...
photos by Rachel Carr, words by Daiana Feuer
"Wow. The Sahara is past capacity at Coachella for Die Antwoord. No midget. Waiting for the trainwreck but people dig it." - The Scenestar
"Seeing a shirtless Danny DeVito run across the stage while Faith No More played pretty much made my #coachella weekend." - stovn
Die Antwoord, Faith No More
Flopping phalluses are in this year according to Major Lazer and Die Antwoord. Each presented the intersection of beats, party-hyping, gross humor, and dancing in your underwear. Day 2 of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival had an overall far-out theme. Some with sexually explicit lunacy, others with psychedelic music. South Africa's Die Antwoord introduced zef-rap to the festival, South Africa's version of white trash hip hop-a bold, fearless expression of crazy stick a finger up your bum entertainment.
Before arriving at these culminating moments, the day progressed through a series of psychedelic and/or raunchy expressions. John Waters kicked things off with thoughts on crawling through pig poo, taking poppers, the pleasures of sploshing, and strange things he wants to do before he dies. Gossip's Beth Ditto hoped he was watching her blazing disco soul performance but was afraid to look backstage and see him smiling and waving at her. Gossip put on a set that inspired revelations on reality in the most self-empowering ways.
John Waters & Beth Ditto @ Coachella (this pics via Jermey Scott)
The day's best covers include Faith No More doing "Reunited" (they also covered Michael Jackson's "Ben"), Portugal, The Man's jamming Bowie's "Moonlight Daydream," and Girls' flawless "All I Have To Do Is Dream" by the Everly Brothers. The last was a most appropriate choice for the band with an Ariel Pink sensibility towards '50s ballads. MGMT brought the futuristic 1960s with songs from its new album. Many pointed out that the band didn't play "Kids", but that seems to miss the point that MGMT put on a pretty sophisticated, experimental live performance of the band's signature Indian headdress on Phil Spector Fraggle Rock sound.
The Raveonettes played as a duo and sans drum machine, adorably sharing a mic sometimes. The rest of the band remains trapped under lava in Iceland, figuratively speaking. Camera Obscura also shouted out bands stuck in the UK, dedicating "Let's Get Out Of This Country" to those who could not make it.
It seems almost every DJ this weekend has sampled Major Lazer's "Pon De Floor" except Flying Lotus, who took the stage all on his own (no Thom Yorke cameo included). After warming up the crowd with some first grade experimental hip hop, FlyLo brought out the big guns, sounds combined in layers and pitches that act like quaaludes on the light speed continuum. The Dirty Projectors girls evoked cool electronic birds and the Dezurik Sisters with their harmonizing powers. Beach House cooed the audience romantically as 50% of the band, Alex Scally, rubbed his slide up and down the frets.
Did that sound sexy? It's time to talk about sexy. The xx provided the mellow arousal Blonde Redhead and Portishead have given Coachella the last two years. People like The xx because they want sex that fits this soundtrack. They also want sex as excitingly goofy gross as Die Antwoord and to fall in love with a gal like Sia, all at the same time. Sia's beautiful voice closed the night in the Gobi tent, and though her accent rendered her side comments completely incomprehensible, everyone laughed and agreed with anything she said. On the other hand, as great and sexy as the Dead Weather sounded, I don't know if I want to bed someone who demands I treat her like my mother. Old Crow Medicine Show suggested letting a woman rule your mind leads to troubles during "Minglewood Blues." Instead, let her win your heart with country-fried dinner.
Faith No More's twelve-song set included a cameo by a semi-streaker who happened to be Coachella regular Danny Devito. You can see that happen in one of the videos below. Faith No More's whole setlist is down there too.
Porcupine Tree, Tokyo Police Club, Hot Chip, The Almighty Defenders, Les Claypool, Devo, and Muse were also on the bill Saturday. Our review, pictures and videos from Friday are HERE. Saturday continues below...