Entries tagged with: Tame Impala
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can check out the full list below...
Tame Impala at Big Day Out 2014 (more by Chris Graham)
Tame Impala, who recently placed very high on Pitchfork's list of the top 200 tracks of 2010-2014, have announced a short international tour to go down this November. The tour hits NYC at The Beacon Theatre on November 9. They'll be joined by New Jersey's Delicate Steve on all US dates. Tickets for the NYC show go on AmEx and Chase presale on Wednesday (8/20) at 11 AM and go on sale to the general public Friday (8/22) at noon.
All Tame Impala dates are listed below...
It's not just you: Over the last five years, there's been a seismic shift in the way we engage with music. We tweet, tumbl, stream, and share our favorite songs; we scour dead links and navigate obtrusive pop-ups for the newest mixtapes; we watch our music videos on Youtube and Vevo. We watched the explosion of EDM, the birth of drill, the rise and fall of chillwave. We debated how to pronounce FKA twigs, whether the album was dead, and where Bobby Shmurda's hat went. We met Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Grimes, Jessie Ware, Disclosure, Miguel, and Charli XCX. We saw LCD Soundsystem break up, Neutral Milk Hotel reunite, and My Bloody Valentine release a new album--a shooting star if there ever was one. [Pitchfork]By the end of this year it will be halfway through the current decade, and to mark that, Pitchfork is posting lists of the best tracks, albums, and videos of the decade so far, this week. Today, they put out their list of the top 200 tracks. Like most of Pitchfork's 'top tracks' lists, it ranges from big names to underdogs in indie, electronic, hip hop and more, plus a few huge radio-pop songs sprinkled in. Can you guess what made #1?
Check out the full list HERE and browse the top 20, below...
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
Flaming Lips in San Francisco in 2013 (more by Chris Tuite)
Big Beatles fans The Flaming Lips will be taking their love for that band even further when they release a full cover album of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, as The Future Heart points out. It follows the band's full-album covers of Pink Floyd, King Crimson, and The Stone Roses, and includes some big name guests including Miley Cyrus, MGMT, Tame Impala, Foxygen, Zorch and others. No release date, but stay tuned.
Meanwhile, Wayne Coyne of Steven Drozd of the Lips joined Miley at her Tulsa show this past week (like they did in LA last month) to perform "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Part 1)." You can watch a video of that below...
photos by Chris Graham
Arcade Fire / Hives / fans at Big Day Out, 1/19/2014
'Song 2' by Blur plays loudly over the P.A. right before Arcade Fire starts. Woo-hoo! Oh, how we laugh. Their twilight set is masterful. Ten musicians on stage throughout. A diverse range of material plucked from their four albums. Plenty of shiny stage props to look at. To me they've always felt like a band moments away from crashing and burning under the weight of their own pretension but their songs are just too damn good for it to matter. 'Reflektor', in particular, is a monster live: dramatic, immersive, surprising. They're afforded 90 minutes on stage and it's time well-spent, though newie 'We Exist' is pretty dreary. I get the sense that the players love the material as much as the crowd does - which might sound like a weird thing to say. But I find that most bands play to the audience, revelling in the mechanics of the performance itself, rather than playing for the fans and allowing some of that intangible 'magic' to rain down like so much glitter fired from cannons - [The Vine]While we're in the depths of winter in North America, its prime summer festival season in Australia. The Big Day Out is one of Australia's premier music fests, and occurs in five cities over two weeks, kicking off at Gold Coast's Metricon Stadium & Carrara Parklands on January 19, featuring Arcade Fire, Pearl Jam, Snoop Dogg, Deftones, The Hives, Mudhoney, Tame Impala and lots more. We've got a set of pictures from the Gold Coast show in this post.
photos by Chris Tuite
The psychedelic Tame Impala / Flaming Lips tour, which we also caught in NYC, got even wilder last night in San Francisco as the show at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium coincided with everyone's favorite day to play dress up.
Similarly, the co-headliners, with Austin's White Denim in town, played the two nights prior in LA, both equally interesting:
I really do love Halloween," said a blood-soaked Wayne Coyne from his space agey podium. It was a special show called the Halloween Blood Bath at The Greek Theatre featuring co-headliners the Flaming Lips and Tame Impala with the fine men of White Denim as openers. The audience was a mix of some heavily costumed groups and some who were just there for the music. Nevertheless, it was a celebration and it immediately felt like it from the start. Coyne took the stage wearing a tiny white dress holding a white plastic cloak over his head that almost made him look like a fetus that was about to burst. The rest of the band emerged donning creepy Michael Myers masks, then fake Miley Cyrus carried by a giant bear came out with a bucket of blood (real pig's blood was what they initially told us) and poured it all over him as thousands of confetti flew into the air, making a magnificently theatrical intro that was accompanied by some dark instrumental music. It was a spectacle and nothing less than what I expected from Flaming Lips who's always been famous for their extravagant live performances. Impressively, he did not leave the stage to change at all and performed throughout the night doused in fake blood. [Restless Cities]We've got pictures from the Halloween show, where like Arcade Fire did on the same night in LA, the Lips covered Devo. Full setlist and more pictures below...
photos by Dylan Johnson; words by Bill Pearis
Flaming Lips @ T5, 10/1/2013
The Flaming Lips have a new EP coming out, featuring six songs "inspired by" Ender's Game, the new big budget sci-fi film starring Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley that's based on the 1985 novel of the same name. The film is about a battle between and man and a race of mutant bugs, which is, as you know, already the subject of so many Flaming Lips songs. One of those, "Peace Sword," is actually in the film and is a pretty good Flaming Lips song. You can listen to five of the six tracks it below and head to NPR to hear the other one, "If They Move Shoot 'Em." The Ender's Game EP is out digitally next week (10/29) and will be available on CD and vinyl as a Record Store Day Black Friday release.
Earlier this month The Flaming Lips played two shows at Terminal 5 with likeminded Aussie tourmates Tame Impala as well as Sean Lennon's Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, and we've got a belated set of pictures from the 10/1 date in this post.
In other news, the Lips will be part of My Morning Jacket's previously discussed "One Big Holiday" festival at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera in Maya, Mexico from January 26-30, 2014. This four-night, all-inclusive "concert adventure" also features the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mariachi El Bronx and DJ sets from Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza. Ticket packages are on sale.
Check out more pics from T5, plus the EP streams, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Divine Fits / Tame Impala / Franz Ferdinand @ ACL Fest 10/6/2013
Going by evidence presented all weekend at ACL Fest, of all the bands of their generation, Franz Ferdinand might be the only ones with a sense of humor.The first weekend of the 2013 ACL Music Festival wrapped up on Sunday (10/6) with another big day of bands, including Phoenix, Atoms for Peace, The National, Tame Impala, Divine Fits, Franz Ferdinand, Toro Y Moi, Dawes, pop superstar Lionel Richie and lots more. Pictures from those bands and other Sunday performers are in this post.
You can see it in the deliberately cartoonish oversized guitar amps with huge dials, knobs, and red lights erected in front of their actual backline. You can hear it as they morph one of their songs into Donna Summer's "I Feel Love."
The Glaswegian New Wave revivalists prove a master class in taut, muscular rock & roll and how to engage and entertain even the largest audience. - [Austin Chronicle]
ACL will do it all again -- almost identically -- this coming weekend (October 11 - 13). Many of the bands will be sticking around Texas in between to play official ACL Late Night shows which happen not just in Austin, but Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio too.
Divine Fits will be in NYC this weekend for the CBGB Festival, playing the big free Times Square show on Saturday afternoon (10/12) with My Morning Jacket, Grizzly Bear and a DJ set from James Murphy.
by Wyatt Marshall
Andrew of Castevet at Lit Lounge, 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
Extreme sport junkie, Music Academy presenter, sponsor of cool Sound Select shows, magazine publisher and beverage maker Red Bull has put together a list of the 30 best guitarists under 30. In the two-part rundown, the list covers some territory, lumping Pallbearer's Brett Campbell, Liturgy's Hunter Hunt Hendrix, Mac Demarco, Danielle Haim, Ben Greenberg of The Men, Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females and Fun guitarist and Lena Dunham-dater Jack Antonoff onto the list. You can check out the whole list below.
Music of the heavier persuasion was decently represented, and Castevet's Andrew Hock made the cut. You can catch him in action with Castevet at an Invisible Oranges sponsored show on October 25 at Union Pool with Churchburn, Oneirogen and Vorde. Also on the list, as a pair, are Inter Arma riff monsters Trey Dalton and Steven Russell. Inter Arma will be back in NYC soon to play Saint Vitus on October 30 with Black Tusk, Descender and No Way.
Ty Segall, who also made the list, will be here next weekend (but on drums) with his band Fuzz, playing a sold out show at Mercury Lounge on 10/12 with CCR Headcleaner. (There is also a show with "Buzz" and "DDT Shampoo" at Death by Audio on 10/13).
You can catch The Men at MHOW in November.
Speedy Ortiz, among others, will be here for CMJ.
Who'd they leave off the list? Check out the full list of Red Bull's 30 under 30 below...
Tame Impala at Terminal 5 in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We know these kinds of listicles get published all the time, and that everyone will always find ways to argue them, but this one is kind of interesting. Rolling Stone published their '50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now' list, where they asked a panel of writers, industry figures, and artists, "who rules the road in 2013?" It's got much of the stuff you'd think Rolling Stone would have on this kind of list (like insisting The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are still better live than basically anyone else in 2013), but there's still some surprises, like the inclusion of Tame Impala amongst mainly rock/pop stars.
Check out the full list below...
The Flaming Lips at GoogaMooga 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Flaming Lips, who were last here for the Great GoogaMooga, are heading out for select US dates this summer including shows with Spirtualized, and after a brief stop in the EU for some festival appearances, they'll return to the East Coast for a string of dates with Tame Impala. The five dates will include a pair of NYC appearances at Terminal 5 on October 1 & 2. No word on when tickets go on sale but you can keep checking Ticketmaster.
UPDATE: Tickets go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (6/26) at noon with the general on-sale happening Friday (6/28) at noon.
All tour dates and some video of the band doing a cover of Bowie's "Heroes" is below.
photos by Wei Shi
Ghost BC / The Three O'Clock / Thee Oh Sees fans
After two weekends, Coachella 2013 officially came to a close this past Sunday (4/21) with sets from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Wu-Tang Clan, Grimes, Vampire Weekend, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jessie Ware, Tame Impala, and more. Pictures of those artists, and some of the comparatively smaller but not less exciting artists that we missed at Weekend 1, like Ghost B.C., The Three O'Clock, DIIV, and Thee Oh Sees, are in this post.
We didn't catch James Blake this time like we did the first time, but he brought out RZA (who was there with Wu-Tang Clan) to perform their song, "Take A Fall For Me," which appears on James' new album, Overgrown. You can watch a video of that below.
In case you haven't been keeping up with our coverage, pictures of Weekend 2 Day 1 are HERE and Weekend 2 Day 2 are HERE. For Weekend 1 pictures, check out day 1 (HERE and HERE), day 2 (HERE) and day 3 (HERE).
More pictures from Weekend 2 Day 3 and the James Blake video below...
The Field at Pitchfork Fest 2012 (more by Chase Turner)
The Field (aka Stockholm electronic musician Alex Willner) is set to come over to North America for Montreal's Mutek festival this year, which he plays on May 29. Then, he'll stop in NYC for a show the next day at Glasslands (5/30) before heading to Austin for Chaos in Tejas on June 2. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now. Those are his only North American dates that we're aware of at the moment, but he does also play the Yeah Yeah Yeahs-curated ATP in the UK on May 4.
The Field has been doing some interesting official remixes this year, including one of Tame Impala's "Mind Mischief," which is out now, and another less-expected one of At the Drive-In's "One Armed Scissor," which comes out on 12" vinyl on May 13 via Transgressive. You can stream both of those remixes below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Wu-Tang Clan / Father John Misty / Grimes / the crowd @ Coachella, 4/14/2013
As the wind whipped through the final day of Coachella's first weekend, it became clear to those at the front of the stage that the techs getting the stage set up for the Red Hot Chili Peppers' festival-closing headlining set had a choice: take down the video screens that clearly were a part of the Peppers' production, or leave them up, risking them blowing uncontrollably around the stage. So they chose the former, leaving behind grandiose production elements in favor of solid -- but not-quite-revelatory -- musicianship.The first weekend of Coachella wrapped up last night (4/14). with sets from The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dead Can Dance, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and Staten Island hiphop legends the Wu-Tang Clan who performed much of their classic 1993 album, Enter The 36 Chambers, as well as solo hits from the different members. Earlier Sunday also saw Grimes' energetic set, noisemakers JEFF the Brotherhood and Dinosaur Jr, the mellow gold of Kurt Vile, Australian psych purveyors Tame Impala, crowd-pleasers Vampire Weekend, Gaslight Anthem, and Father John Misty. Pictures of those acts' sets are in this post.
It's a sort of metaphor for this year's edition of the festival, which never quite hit the watercooler moment. On the final day of the first weekend (the lineup repeats next week), there were no superstar surprises, no Daft Punk appearance and, during the Chili Peppers' set, not even a new song: just a major band, playing through their major hits, for a major audience.
It's been the story of this Coachella from the start, when the two-weekend blowout nearly sold out before the lineup was even announced, but on the field it became immediately obvious: This festival, at least this year, no longer was about "music fans" but about "Coachella fans" -- that is to say, the tens of thousands of revelers who packed the field had no specific allegiance to a band, a genre or an affiliation. - [Hollywood Reporter]
Other acts that played Sunday: Cloud Nothings as a three-piece, Ghost BC (who played too early for our photographer to catch), Jessie Ware (who also made an appearance during Disclosure's set) and San Francisco psych-garage kings Thee Oh Sees, who we also missed but were joined on sleigh bells by fellow Bay Area resident Ty Segall.
Nick Cave @ SXSW 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
One of the Grand Dammes of the music festival world Glastonbury 2013 will happen June 28 - 30 in the UK town of the same name. (They skipped last year.) Announced acts include The Rolling Stones, Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, Primal Scream, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Vampire Weekend, Elvis Costello, Kenny Rogers (!), Portishead, Foals, Tame Impala, Alt-J, Billy Bragg, PiL, Smashing Pumpkins, Chic, Cat Power, The Horrors, Rodriguez, Palma Violets, Savages, Crystal Castles and a whole lot more.
No word on tickets yet. You can check out the full line-up on the flyer below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Tame Impala @ T5, 2/19/2013
Tame Impala hit NYC again last night (2/19), this time at at Terminal 5 last night with The Growl, the first of a string of US dates for the Aussie psychedelics. Though their current trek will conclude in March, look for the band to also head back to this side of the world for an appearance at Bonnaroo, Sasquatch and more as part of another North American campaign that will take them to Philadelphia by middle June. Is there another NYC date on the way? We'll keep you posted, but in the meantime check out a list of current dates below.
The band performed tracks from their latest effort Lonerism including "Mind Mischief", which recently received a video treatment. Head below for their full setlist as well as more pics from Terminal 5.
Tame Impala @ MHOW, Aug. 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Jonathan Richman, Feb. 2010 (more by Andrew Friscano)
today in NYC
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* BEASTMASTERS @ UCB East
* Alex Skolnick Trio @ The Stone
* Tegan & Sara @ Beacon Theater
* Oh Land @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Alec Spiegelman Quartert @ Barbes
* Jonathan Richman @ The Bell House
* Tame Impala, The Growl @ Terminal 5
* Gasoline Silver, Forts @ Cameo Gallery
* Melissa Ferrick, Will Dailey @ City Winery
* New Atlantic Youth, Bueno, Baked @ Big Snow
* Black Onassis, Junior Prom @ Mercury Lounge
* Gojira, Devin Townsend, Atlas Moth @ Irving Plaza
* Les Bicyclettes Blanche, Flesh @ The Grand Victory
* inc., Zomby, Kelela, Total Freedom @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Doubting Thomas, Cruise Control, Jet W. Lee @ Cake Shop
* The Mary Onettes (solo), Ski Lodge, Vox Pop @ Glasslands
* Various Cruelties, The Can't Tells, The Wives @ Webster Hall
* The Jukebox, Christian Finnegan, Lizz Winstead @ Union Hall
* Xenia Sky, Bethel Steele, Deering & Down @ The Living Room
* Jim James, Dean Wareham @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Baby Copperhead, Lullabies for Falling Empires @ Mercury Lounge
* Nico Vega, Eytan & The Embassy, Spirit Animal @ Santos Party House
* Jason Sanford (of Neptune), Patrick Higgins (of Zs) @ Public Assembly
* Hunters, Heliotropes, Sky Picnic, Justin Dean Thomas @ Bowery Electric
* Kenny Roby, Charlotte Cornfield, The Dream Show @ Pete's Candy Store
* Harry & the Potters, Uncle Mosterface, Call Me Ishmael @ Death By Audio
* Dan Friel, Yvette, Guardian Alien, Tyondai Braxton (DJ Set) @ The Knitting Factory
* Teletextile, Salt Cathedral, Baby Alpaca, Doris Cellar (of Freelance Whales) @ Pianos
* Fred Armisen, Michael Lerner (Telekinesis), Marnie SternHeather Lawless @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Moon w/ Janeane Garofalo, Christopher Agostino, Damien Lemon, Tammy Hart, Iron Curtain @ Union Pool
It's an exceptionally busy Tuesday for shows here in NYC. Go see some music!
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Tame Impala, who play tonight at Terminal 5, made an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, performing "Elephant." watch that below.
Sure the Unwound reissues are sexy and exciting, but Justin Trosper and Brandt Sandeno have another project up their sleeve as well. Enter Survival Knife, who will release a debut 7" via Sub Pop on March 5. Check out the b-side from that single, "Name That Tune," below.
Weird Al and Bonarroo phone bank (including Mike Birbiglia and Eugene Mirman...
With help from Eugene Mirman, Chris Gethard, Mike Birbiglia, Portugal. The Man and more, Weird Al just began announcing the 2013 Bonnaroo line-up on the Bonnaroo YouTube page which happens June 13 - 16 in Manchester, TN. Weird Al just announced Pretty Lights, Wilco, A$AP Rocky, and The xx, and over the next hour, more artists will be announced. We'll update this post as more announcements come.
Other artists playing include Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Jim James, Big K.R.I.T., Billy Idol, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Foals, Wild Nothing, Deap Vally, Killer Mike, Lord Huron, Divine Fits, Nas, Beach House, The Gaslight Anthem, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Baroness, The National, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost, Death Grips, R. Kelly, Alt-J, Purity Ring, Cat Power, Wu-Tang Clan, Bjork, Tame Impala, Animal Collective, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, Earl Sweatshirt, Four Tet, Father John Misty, Swans, A-Trak, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Cults, AraabMuzik, DIIV, Charli XCX, Matthew E. White, Frank Turner, JEFF the Brotherhood, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Calexico, Two Gallants, and more.
Tickets for the festival go on sale Saturday (2/23) at noon EST.
There's also now a video of Daniel Tosh announcing the initial lineup, which you can watch, along with the current list of announced names, below...
Says the PR
On the heels of a highly successful, critically acclaimed sold-out 2012 festival, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2013 lineup, which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 24-27 (Memorial Day Weekend) at TheWoot. 2013 Lineup below...
Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA.
Pond at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
The members of Tame Impala had a great 2012 with both their own album, and their side project, Pond, who released the album, Beard Wives Denim. Pond are set to follow that album with a new one, Hobo Rocket, this spring via Modular. Stream the mega-distorted first single, "Giant Tortoise," and check out its cover art below. You can also download the track in exchange for your email address at Pond's website.
still from "Mind Mischief"
Tame Impala have just released the video for "Mind Mischief," the third single from the band's lauded Lonerism. Set at a boarding school in the '60s, the video (directed by talented David Wilson) takes the song title to heart with a schoolboy's fantasy over his teacher, going impressively, psychedelically bonkers in the video's animated (and NSFW) second half. You can watch it below.
Tame Impala's upcoming tour hits NYC on February 17 for a sold-out show at Terminal 5.
Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...