Entries tagged with: St Vincent
The St. Vincent Signature Ernie Ball Music Man Guitar in "Vincent Blue"
St. Vincent, who was just hanging with Taylor Swift and Beck, has designed a guitar for Ernie Ball and its nearly as angular as her music:
I'm extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to design a guitar this personal with this company, this family, in whom I believe so completely. The entirety of my experience as a guitarist is invested in this instrument. I sought to create a tool that would help and inspire those who share my priorities in a guitar, namely that it be comfortable and lightweight and that it exhibit clean lines, all without sacrificing tone flexibility. It is with pride that I present the St. Vincent Signature Ernie Ball Music Man Guitar.Annie Clark designed it with help from Ernie Ball engineers, who offer up some spec details for the axe:
Crafted in Ernie Ball Music Man's San Luis Obispo, California factory, the St. Vincent signature is available in black or custom Vincent Blue, a color hand-mixed by Annie. Featuring an African mahogany body, Ernie Ball Music Man tremolo, gunstock oil and hand-rubbed rosewood neck and fingerboard, St. Vincent inlays, Schaller locking tuners, 5-way pick up selector with custom configuration and 3-mini humbuckers, the guitar also comes complete with Ernie Ball Regular Slinky guitar strings.St. Vincent Signature Ernie Ball Music Man Guitar comes in Black or "Vincent Blue" and will be available in early 2016. It'll run you $1,899 and pre-orders are being taken.
If you've followed along with Taylor Swift's current tour at all, you probably know she's bringing out surprise guests at every tour stop. It's a pretty diverse list, but last night (8/25) in LA she made her first dip into "indie" by bringing out St. Vincent and Beck. They played Beck's "Dreams" from his upcoming still-untitled album, which you might end up calling "some indie record that's much cooler than hers." Video below.
Will Taylor continue to go deeper into indie? If so, indie musician Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear will probably not be her next collaboration. Following uproar against his recent tweets about Tay, he deleted his Twitter.
photos by Wilson Lee
Speedy Ortiz in the Toyota Tent @ Outside Lands
"In order to maximize your enjoyment," spoke a computerized voice at the start of St. Vincent's set, "please refrain from digitally capturing your experience": A fitting introduction for a musician whose increasingly mechanized sounds explore what it means to be human. As proven by her Friday afternoon performance, Annie Clark isn't just an exemplary singer-songwriter and exceptionally inventive guitarist, she's also a striking performance artist who revels in chilly artifice in order to examine the uncomfortable heat of 21st century reality.St. Vincent was a major highlight of Outside Lands day one, the day that also featured two sets each by both Natalie Prass and Speedy Ortiz. We caught Natalie and Speedy in the Toyota Tent, a stage we co-presented with Stereogum and SPIN. Natalie Prass started the day playing her soulful tunes to a crowd that drew in passberbys in from the churro stands and beer gardens in the distance. She told a story about getting stung by a scorpion in a tent on a camping trip once and so tents now freak her out. Speedy Ortiz ran through their songs with lead singer Sadie on acoustic guitar for the first time in years.
Her makeup both exacting and blurred, her black outfit covered in peek-a-boo holes, Clark resembled Prince looking like Catwoman -- and like Prince, she's confrontationally sexy with a purpose. [Rolling Stone]
Pictures from their sets and more continue below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
St. Vincent / Nelly Furtado, tUnE-yArDs, Dev Hynes / finale
In "Contemporary Color," a copresentation of Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Mr. Byrne has organized collaborations among 10 elite color guard teams and recording artists, including St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado and Devonté Hynes. Between acts, the showcase, performed on Saturday at Barclays Center, included video clips making it clear that for many students, color guard is a way to find like-minded souls in what can be the most harrowing of American experiences: high school.After two shows last week in Toronto, David Byrne brought his music-meets-color-guard "Contemporary Color" extravaganza to Barclays Center on Saturday (6/27) and Sunday (6/28), pairing performers such as St. Vincent, How to Dress Well, Dev Hynes, Ad Rock & Money Mark, tUnE-yArDs, Nelly Furtado and Zola Jesus (performing songs written just for this production) with high school color guard teams. Pictures from Saturday's performance, plus video of St. Vincent and David Byrne's performances from Sunday, continue below...
The idea to pair color guard with live music is an intriguing one, but the results don't entirely click. One exception was the pairing of Somerville High School in New Jersey with Money Mark and Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys whose music, not unlike that of a marching band, grew in power. But too much of the music was on the slow side, suffocating the routines and making it apparent that the earnestness of the performers clashed with the musicians who had difficulty shedding their personas. They may have been in bands in high school, but it didn't feel as if they had ever been band geeks. - [NY Times]
The Chemical Brothers' new album, Born In The Echoes, is out July 17 and the duo have just shared "Under Neon Lights," their collaboration with St. Vincent. You can stream it below.
In other news, Ed Simons has announced that he won't be touring with The Chemical Brothers on upcoming dates (including NYC's Electric Zoo in September), leaving other Brother Tom Rowlands to handle the music, with longtime visual director Adam Smith standing in Ed's spot working projections/lights. Tour dates are listed below.
photos by P Squared Photography
Florence and the Machine were the first act to put on a show worthy of a headliner. Drenched in warm golden light, Florence hopped around on one leg as she led the crowd in sing-alongs of hits such as What the Water Gave Me and Shake It Out. Her performance felt quite reserved compared to that of St Vincent, who brought out a pink Aztex-style pyramid and two backing dancers in chrome jumpsuits before putting on the performance of the day. Tracks like Marrow felt hugely aided by her band's saturated, chunky and almost shoddy-sounding synths, while St Vincent danced in sync with her troupe, who tottered around like Daryl Hannah's dying replicant in Blade Runner. The crowd were addressed as "citizens of New York city" and she stopped proceedings for a Thomas Pynchon-esque short story about an imagined storm in New York in which you grab an Arthur Russell record and Susan Sontag's diaries and hide out in a cupboard. [The Guardian]Annual NYC music festival Governors Ball went down this past weekend on Randall's Island. Day 1, Friday (6/5), had Drake's hits-filled set, Ezra Koenig's guest appearance during Chromeo's set, an unfortunate Rae Sremmurd injury, St. Vincent, The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, Florence + the Machine, Ratatat, Death From Above 1979, Odesza, Rudimental and more.
Lá-Bas is something of an indie supergroup, comprised of Nathan Larson (Shudder To ThInk, Swiz), Angelica Allen (My Midnight Heart), and Jordan Kern, and their self-titled debut album features contributions from Jon Natchez (Beirut, Camera Obscura, The War on Drugs), Daniel Mintseris (St. Vincent, David Byrne), Brian Kantor (Nina Persson band, Yellowbirds), Bengt Lagerberg (The Cardigans), Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats), Grant Zubritsky (MS MR, Nina Persson band), and Kevin March (Guided By Voices, Shudder To Think). The album comes out next week (5/12) via Nathan Larson's label Modern Imperial, and it can now be streamed in full below (via SPIN).
Their album release party, which will be their first-ever live performance, happens May 12 at Baby's All Right, with a DJ set by Midnight Magic. Tickets are on sale now.
Show flyer, with the album stream, below...
Ad Rock, Money Mark & Somerville High School Color Guard
David Byrne's high-concept Contemporary Colors shows, which pair pop musicians with high school marching band color guard troupes, are coming up, happening June 22 & 23 in Toronto (tickets) and June 27 & 28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (tickets).
More details have been announced since we posted, including the composer and team pairings which are as follows:
David Byrne and Les EclipsesFor a better idea of what to expect, you can check out a couple Contemporary Colors videos below. The first, directed by Bill and Turner Ross and edited by Steven Lippman, follows Ad Rock and Money Mark to Somerville High School in NJ for their first meeting. It makes its premiere in this post. The other is more of an overview of the event and a look at what color guard is, featuring Byrne and some of the students. Watch those below.
Nelly Furtado and Ventures
How To Dress Well and Mechanicsburg High School
Devonté Hynes and Black Watch
Kelis and Brigadiers
Lucius and Shenendehowa High School
Money Mark + Ad-Rock and Somerville High School
Nico Muhly + Ira Glass and Alter Ego
St. Vincent and Field of View
tUnE-yArDs and Emanon
photos by Samantha Saturday
Drake / St. Vincent / Jenny Lewis
Remember punk? The supposed sound of youth and clarity? I don't know about that. Every kind of music has the age it is and the age it wants to be. At Coachella, electronic dance music wants to be young, electro-soul wants to be late-20s and early 30s, and punk, regardless of the age of the people playing it, wants to be middle-aged or older, with mixed feelings. It's the sound of probity, disappointment, disapproval.Coachella 2015 day 3 had the most amount of punk bands of the three days, a genre that was surprisingly well-represented this year, despite the bands' much smaller crowds compared to the increased interest in EDM acts. Day 3 had Brand New, Conor Oberst's recently-reformed Desaparecidos, OFF!, Touche Amore and Joyce Manor, as well as somewhat-related bands like Conor's old Saddle Creek pal Jenny Lewis and Brand New/Desaparecidos' sideshow mate Built to Spill. According to Ian Cohen at Pitchfork, those punk bands "tore through tight and triumphant sets--the difference between bands that had to win over kids instead of critics over the years instead of vice versa was abundantly clear."
The visual clichés of Coachella are sunglasses and dyed blond hair and gym-rats with neon tank tops. The punk shows I've seen so far -- there are a few of them here and there, with small crowds, like secret meetings -- are where the sundresses and tank tops are not. The obstructing monolith disappears; suddenly a different festival reveals itself. Whatever the music might give you, the sight is a relieving contrast. [NY Times]
It was also the day that Drake headlined (and, uh, made out with Madonna on stage), Florence + the Machine played (and sadly, Florence broke her foot after her set), and we got sets from Ryan Adams, St. Vincent, Jamie xx, Mac DeMarco, Panda Bear, Charles Bradley, Philip Selway, Angel Olsen, John Talabot, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs and more.
Wire, whose new album you can stream, will be bringing their DRILL Festival to Chicago from June 11-13. (Seattle had DRILL in 2013.) Highlights include the band collaborating with St. Vincent for an extended performance of their song "Drill," as well as working with jazz musicians Ken Vandermark and Nate Wooley on a new version of their classic "Map Ref. 41°N 93°W" and the fest ends with an "all-star" performance of their debut album's title track by the pinkflag guitar orchestra. There will also be performances by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Disappears, White Lung and more. Tickets are on sale now, and full daily lineups are listed below.
photo: My Morning Jacket @ CBGB Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The 2015 edition of WXPN's yearly XPoNential Music Festival happens July 24 - 26 at the Susquehanna Bank Center and Wiggins Park in Camden, N.J. They've just announced that My Morning Jacket and St. Vincent will headline the 7/25 show at Susquehanna and that tickets go on sale Friday (3/20) at 1 PM with a WXPN presale starting Wednesday (3/18) at 10 AM and Live Nation presales happening Thursday (3/19) at 10 AM.
Full lineup will be announced and three-day passes will go on sale for the 2015 XPoNential Festival on March 31.
by Bill Pearis
Johnny Marr has covered Depeche Mode's 1993 single "I Feel You" to be released as 7" for Record Store Day 2015 with a live cover of The Smiths' "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want". It's a pretty straightforward cover ("I Feel You" was during DM's flirtation with guitar) and you can stream it below.
As for the rest of #RSD15's releases, they're announcing the full list of product later today (3/10) at an invite-only press conference at Brooklyn's Rough Trade that features panelists St. Vincent, Kate Pierson of B-52's, comedian Todd Barry and onetime Clash manager Kozmo Vinyl. Stay tuned.
photos by Chris La Putt
Gang of Four @ Irving Plaza, 3/7/2015
Though guitarist Andy Gill is the only remaining original member Gang of Four, he and the new lineup of the band played Irving Plaza on Saturday (3/7) in support of their just-released What Happens Next. The album features loads of guest vocalists (The Kills' Alison Mosshart, The Big Pink's Robbie Furze among them) but there were no special guests at this show, just new frontman John "Gaoler" Sterry having the impossible task of replacing microwave-bashing mouthpiece Jon King. No appliances were harmed at Irving but they played a hit-heavy set, including "Anthrax," "Damaged Goods" (both of which were also names of cocktails at Irving), "At Home He's a Tourist" and "I Found That Essence Rare." Setlist and pictures are in this post.
If you missed it, Andy Gill (whose taut, signature guitar style is still being aped all over the world) weighed in on controversial band names -- specifically, Viet Cong -- for us over the weekend. Huge Andy Gill fan St. Vincent also recently interviewed him for The Talkhouse. Listen below.
Openers at Irving were Public Access TV. More pictures below...
Idk who st Vincent is— KATY PERRY HAIR NEWS (@Holyiiswhoiis) February 8, 2015
St. Vincent won "Best Alternative Music Album" at the Grammys tonight (before the telecast)! Past winners of that award include U2, REM, Tom Waits, Beck, Nirvana, Radiohead, Beastie Boys, Coldplay, The White Stripes, The Black Keys, Bon Iver, Gotye, and Vampire Weekend. This year she beat Alt-J, Cage The Elephant, Jack White and Arcade Fire who have lost in this category three times (but have won in other categories).
Beck, no longer "alternative", won "Best Rock Album", but lost "Best Rock Song" to Paramore (who also beat Jack White). Jack White however did win "Best Rock Performance", beating Ryan Adams, The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, and... Beck.
UPDATE: Beck also won Album of the Year!
Sasquatch! Music Festival will return to Quincy, WA on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25, at The Gorge. This year's lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, Spoon, James Blake, Hot Chip, SBTRKT, Schoolboy Q, The New Pornographers, The War On Drugs, Little Dragon, Father John Misty, Run The Jewels, Jenny Lewis, Real Estate, Future Islands, Ab-Soul, Sharon Van Etten, Action Bronson, Perfume Genius, Rustie, Courtney Barnett, Strand of Oaks, Merchandise, Ex Hex, and more.
Tickets go on sale at 10 AM PST on Saturday (2/7). Full lineup below...
With the most recent run of David Byrne's Here Lies Love now in the past, David Byrne has just announced his next high-concept project which is on an even bigger scale. It's called Contemporary Color which happens at Barclays Center on June 27 & 28. A co-production with BAM (part of their 2015 Winter/Spring Season), it's a mix of live music and color guard (the synchronized flags will be familiar to anyone who's watched a high school or college marching band). The live music portion feature performances from Byrne, Nelly Furtado, How to Dress Well, Devonté Hynes, Kelis, Nico Muhly + Ira Glass, St. Vincent, and tUnE-yArDs, plus 10 color guard teams from the US and Canada.
Tickets are on artist presale now (password: DBCOLOR). Tickets are also on sale today (1/21) for Friends of BAM, with an AmEx presale starting Friday (1/23) at 10 AM. Tickets go on sale to the general public January 28 at 10 AM.
Here are more details from Byrne:
Some years ago, a Colorguard team wanted to use some music I'd written (from a theater piece I did with Robert Wilson, called The Forest) for one of their routines. I said, "Fine, no charge... you are a high school team after all." But I asked that they send me documentation out of curiosity and for my archives. I eventually got a DVD of the whole World Championship competition. I watched, and was amazed and delighted to find myself in a new world that I didn't know existed.You can watch a video trailer about Contemporary Color below and learn more at its website. The extravaganza will make its world premiere the week before (June 22 & 23) at Toronto's Luminato Festival.
What I was viewing is more properly referred to in that world as winterguard--as it takes place in the winter and spring--after fall football season, when the colorguard teams are more closely associated with drum lines and marching bands. Off season they do their own thing--still employing flags, rifles and sabers--but their routines are less about formation than about themes, emotion, concepts and visual spectacle. Over recent decades, the teams have evolved into something strange and wonderful; they've created a vibrant, innovative and original vernacular artform that is wildly popular across the whole North American continent, but is all but unknown in many of the big urban centers--like New York, where I live. Contemporary Color aims to remedy that situation.
I was stunned at what I was seeing, and being a musician I naturally wondered to myself, "What if these performances had live music? Really great live music! Wouldn't that be amazing? And wouldn't that lift it to another level?" (Besides being fun for the musicians too!). The competitions these teams engage in already fill arenas with their fans and supporters, so I thought to myself, "Let's take it from there!"
photo: Jenny Hval at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Norwegian art pop musician Jenny Hval had somewhat of a breakthrough with 2013's Innocence Is Kinky, and that continued with last year's well received collaboration with Susanna, Meshes of Voice. Now she's announced that she's signed to Sacred Bones, making her labelmates with fellow Swans openers Pharmakon and Marissa Nadler. She plans to put out her next LP in the coming months.
As previously mentioned, Jenny will be heading out on a tour with Perfume Genius which hits NYC on March 19 at Stage 48 (tickets). Before that, she's also got dates with St. Vincent (who released a new song today), none in NYC though.
All dates are listed, with the "Innocence is Kinky" video, below...
photo: St. Vincent in Chicago in 2014 (more by Brigid Gallagher)
St. Vincent will release a deluxe edition of her 2014 self-titled album on February 9, which will feature four unreleased songs and the Darkside remix of "Digital Witness." She just premiered one of those new ones, "Bad Believer," over at The Guardian. Listen below.
St. Vincent next plays NYC at Governors Ball.
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"
photo: Pixies in Northampton in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The spring edition of the biannual music festival Boston Calling happens this year from May 22-24. They've once again put together a great lineup (curated by The National's Aaron Dessner, produced by Crash Line Productions), this time including Beck, Pixies, My Morning Jacket, Tenacious D, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, TV on the Radio, Jason Isbell, Gerard Way, Run the Jewels, Sharon Van Etten, Krill and more. Early bird tickets go on sale at noon today (1/14), using the password "BOSTON."
Once again there will be no overlapping sets. Full lineup and announcement video below...
Yesterday was Coachella, and today another spring 2015 festival lineup is announced: Governors Ball. The fest takes place on NYC's Randall's Island from June 5-7 and includes Drake, Bjork, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, My Morning Jacket, Ratatat, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Weird Al Yankovic, The War on Drugs, Hot Chip, Death From Above 1979, SBTRKT, Conor Oberst, Flying Lotus, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Sharon Van Etten, DIIV, Rustie, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Florence + the Machine, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Chromeo, Flume, Sturgill Simpson, Kiesza, Strand of Oaks, Bishop Nehru, Kate Tempest and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
Coachella 2015 happens April 10-12 and April 17-19 this year in Indio, CA. The lineup was just announced and includes AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu (!), St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, Brand New, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Bad Religion, SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Father John Misty, The War on Drugs, Ryan Adams, Lykke Li, Caribou, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Swans, Todd Terje, Action Bronson, Sylvan Esso, Vic Mensa, Cloud Nothings, Ab-Soul, Run the Jewels, Toro y Moi, Parquet Courts, Antemasque, Perfume Genius, Jenny Lewis, Desaparecidos, Mac Demarco, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, OFF!, Touche Amore, Joyce Manor, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs, Angel Olsen, Philip Selway, Sloan and many more. Tickets will be sale soon.
Larger poster HERE. Full lineup below...
intro by Bill Pearis
Klaus Johann Grobe
Swiss duo Klauss Johann Grobe released their second album, Im Sinne de Zeit near the start of the year via Trouble in Mind and I'm pretty sure there's only been a handful of days since that I haven't listened to it. With only organ, bass and drums (and vocals in Swiss-German), they merge krautrock drive and tropicalia's spirit into one of 2014's grooviest albums. You can stream the whole thing via Spotify, and check out a video, below.
The band, which includes a third member on bass live, just wrapped up a European tour opening for Temples and spent most of the rest of 2014 playing festivals and touring the album. Hopefully, they'll head to North America in 2015, we shall see. KJG have given us their Top 10 LPs of the year, telling us, "These couple of records helped us make all the touring a bit more comfortable in 2014." You can check out their list with commentary, below.
Brooklyn's TEEN, who released their second album this year, included KJG's Im Sinne der Zeit on their Best LPs of 2014 list, after being wowed by them at the Netherlands' Valkhof Festival this summer. You can check out their whole list of the year's favorites below. TEEN spent most of their 2014 on tour, had all their gear stolen (and launched a successful PledgeMusic campaign to help them keep touring), and are currently on break, though you may have seen singer Teeny Lieberson at this year's Brooklyn Rock Lottery.
Both TEEN and Klaus Johann Grobe's lists for Best LPs of 2014, plus song streams, below...
Grunge-folk singer Torres wrapped up a short tour with Strand of Oaks earlier this month that hit NYC on 12/4 at Bowery Ballroom. Anyone catch that? That's a picture of her and Strand of Oaks hanging out the NYC show, above. Her next NYC show is a free one, happening January 30 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Mainland and Ancient Ocean (aka John Bohannon, who's in Torres' live band). That's her only announced date at the moment.
She also posted a list of her favorite albums of 2014, which (like Strand of Oaks' list) includes her friend/collaborator Sharon Van Etten. (While we're talking about collaborators, both Sharon Van Etten and Strand of Oaks also happen to be J Mascis collaborators.)
Find out who else made her list, and watch a video of Torres & SVE's 2014 single "New Skin," below...
Die Antwoord @ Riviera Theatre 6/3/14
James Richards IV shot a lot of shows for this BrooklynVegan year, mostly in Chicago, and now that the year's almost over, he's picked out 14 of his favorite shots of 2014 that he himself took. That's one above, and you can check out the rest below...