Entries tagged with: Tame Impala
Happy December! SPIN are celebrating the first day of the last month of the year by putting out their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list. It's a diverse list, with the top 10 ranging from DIY-indie (Alex G) to mainstream country (Kacey Musgraves) to leftfield major label rap (Vince Staples and Kendrick Lamar). The list also has metal from Deafheaven and Krallice, electronic from RP Boo, Rabit, Oneohtrix Point Never and SOPHIE, R&B veteran Janet Jackson, and plenty more. Check out the whole thing below.
They also put out their 101 Best Songs of 2015 list, which is topped by Justin Bieber.
The new issue of UK music mag Uncut is out now, and it includes their Top 75 Albums of 2015 list. Like fellow UK mags MOJO and Q, they've got a lot of love for Julia Holter. They also have Sleaford Mods pretty high, lots of the 2015 year-end regulars in the top 10 (Kendrick, Sufjan, Father John Misty, Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett), and lots of older musicians throughout the list (Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Richard Thompson, Nick Cave, Killing Joke, PiL, Paul Weller, Robert Forster, etc). Check out the full list below.
Like their sister magazine Q, the folks at MOJO are fans of Julia Holter's Have You in My Wilderness, naming it 2015's Album of the Year. (It is a fine, fine choice.) For a magazine that usually has a Beatle on the cover twice a year, MOJO's albums list feels pretty contemporary, with Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Sleaford Mods, Sufjan Stevens and Bill Ryder-Jones all making the Top 10. Don't worry, there's room for Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Paul Weller, Boz Scaggs and and other classic artists on the list, too. Check out MOJO's whole Top 50 Albums of 2015 list, below...
British music mag Q just put out their latest issue which has Coldplay on the cover and also includes their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list (not including the new Coldplay album, which isn't out yet). It's got a lot of the bands that the UK press tends to favor more than the American press (Palma Violets, Wolf Alice, Years & Years, Slaves, Everything Everything), tons of the stuff we'll probably see on most lists (Tame Impala, Sufjan Stevens, Kendrick Lamar, Courtney Barnett), and a few surprises.
Check out the full list below...
The Firefly Music Festival will return in 2016 from June 16-19. This year's lineup includes Mumford & Sons, Kings of Leon, Florence & the Machine, Deadmau5, Disclosure, blink-182, Death Cab for Cutie, Tame Impala, M83, A$AP Rocky, Ludacris, Earth Wind & Fire, Fetty Wap, Flogging Molly, Vince Staples, AlunaGeorge, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Guster, Chairlift, Quilt, Laura Stevenson and more.
Tickets go on sale Friday (11/20) at 11 AM. Full lineup below...
We're happy to announce that BrooklynVegan is part of Spotify's "In Residence" series where we'll not only curate a monthly playlist, but premium users can hear us talk about it too. Head to Spotify HERE now and click "follow" to make sure you never miss an episode.
For our first show, BV editors Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Dave sat down to talk about some of our favorite music of 2015 so far, and other digressions. We taped the show in late July, so keep that in mind if any of it sounds slightly dated. (A segment where Bill bets Dave a million dollars that Lush will never ever reform was cut.)
Anyone can listen, though you will need to be a Spotify Premium subscriber to hear our lovely speaking voices.
Other Spotify In Residence shows/hosts include former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, dance act Jungle, and UK grime artist Big Narstie.
Stay tuned for a brand new BrooklynVegan episode in December. Meanwhile, listen to November's...
It's that time of year again when folks start publishing their End of Year Best-Of lists. Almost always first out of the gates is UK-based Rough Trade Shops who dropped their 100 Best Albums of 2015 list today. Coming in at #1 was Bjork's devastatingly personal Vulnicura. And here's their Top 20:
1) Bjork - VulnicuraYou can check out Rough Trade Shops full Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below...
2) Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear
3) Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
4) Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People
5) Max Richter - From Sleep
6) Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool
7) Kamasi Washington - The Epic
8) Royal Headache - High
9) Romare - Projections
10) Jamie XX - In Colour
11) John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
12) Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
13) Tame Impala - Currents
14) Nadine Shah - Fast Food
15) Wand - Golem
16) Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
17) Django Django - Born Under Saturn
18) Tobias Jesso Jr - Goon
19) Georgia - S/T
20) Palma Violets - Danger in the Club
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Tame Impala @ Terminal 5, 10/7/2015
After turning Radio City Music Hall dayglo on Tuesday (10/6), Tame Impala headed to their second NYC show of the week, this time at Terminal 5. With them came that dazzling light show, opener LA Priest (aka onetime Late of Pier singer Sam Dust), and the exact same setlist as Radio City Music Hall. Anybody go to both shows? Pics from the whole T5 show are in this post. Up next for the ever-rising Australians: heading back to Austin for the second weekend of the 2015 ACL Fest.
Also on Wednesday, Tame Impala stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to play current Currents single "The Less I Know The Better" and you can watch video of that, and check out more T5 pics, below.
Tame Impala, who played Austin City Limits on Friday, headlined a sold out show at Radio City Music Hall in NYC last night (10/6). With a giant backdrop of psychedelic visuals and lights and fog to match, the giant-sounding band had no problem filling the giant room with a crowd-pleasing multi-sensory experience. Check out the setlist below.
Meanwhile, hopefully some bad royalty lawsuit news didn't sour the major milestone for the band. The BBC reports today:
A court in New York has dismissed claims Tame Impala are owed over $450,000 (£295,000) in royalty payments.More at the BBC.
The lawsuit had been filed by the rights management organisation BMG.
It claimed Steve Pavlovic, the founder of Modular Recordings, had withheld royalty payments from the Australian band.
But the case has now been dismissed, with Mr Pavlovic being cleared...
...The system of paying royalties is "complicated. It's so complicated," according to the band frontman Kevin Parker.
Meanwhile, the band is probably (hopefully) making a ton of money thanks to their hit new album Currents, undoubtedly one of the best of the year. Riding high off this success, the band also had no problem selling out the very big Terminal 5 which they play tonight. What's next for the Australian band? Arenas? Barclays? MSG?
Like last night, Tame Impala's NYC show competition (but not actually competition) tonight includes the Kurt Vile / Waxhatchee tour which takes over Webster Hall for the 2nd sold out night in a row. A big night for classic rock-tinged indie rock in NYC, tonight is also the first of two War on Drugs shows. It takes place at the relatively intimate Music Hall of Williamsburg, and should warm the band up nicely for their own Radio City show which happens Thursday (who's going to Radio City twice this week?).
Ex-Late of the Pier member Sam Dust aka LA Priest opened the Tame Impala show with his minimal set up. Like at Baby's, "Dust was solo onstage, using some sort of homemade-looking drum machine / sampler / sequencer for most of his backing, with occasional use of guitar and a keyboard." He also sings, and said he was having a lot of fun opening for Tame Impala on a giant stage in a giant, fancy room to the few (relatively speaking) who decided to sit down early. He opens for Tame Impala again tonight.
Check out Tame Impala pictures from ACL HERE, and the Radio City setlist with some pics & video below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Run the Jewels/Tame Impala/Disclosure @ ACL Fest 10/2/2015
They came onstage blaring Queen's "We Are the Champions" -- and then threw all irony out the window, by actually proving it. Run The Jewels are untouchable.The first weekend of the 2015 Austin City Limits Festival kicked off Friday (10/2) with sets from Tame Impala, Run the Jewels, Disclosure, Foo Fighters, Billy Idol, Gary Clark Jr., Brand New, Albert Hammond Jr, Leon Bridges and more. Lots more pictures from Day 1 are below.
Is there anyone in hip-hop with a live show this good? Actually, how about anyone in any genre? The manic energy, the must-bounce-to-it beats, the laser sharp wordplay and social commentary. Killer Mike and El-P in a class of their own.
They started with their killer track, "Run the Jewels," and the crowd lost its mind. Thousands of hands moved to the beat and the MCs went to work. - [Austin 360]
Day 2 of ACL features sets from Drake, Father John Misty, A$AP Rocky, TV on the Radio, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, San Fermin and more. You can stream ACL live (via Red Bull TV) below.
by Bill Pearis
LA Priest @ Baby's All Right 9/30/2015 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
LA Priest, aka onetime Late of the Pier frontman Sam Dust, played his first NYC show on Wednesday night (9/30), part of his North American tour. Dressed in white satin pajamas, Dust was solo onstage, using some sort of homemade-looking drum machine / sampler / sequencer for most of his backing, with occasional use of guitar and a keyboard. It was pretty effective, despite Dust saying his voice was shot and he couldn't hit all the falsettos (but he mostly did), and the crowd was definitely into it. He sampled the audience, actually, for the last number which got warped into the beat which he let play while he jumped off stage and danced with fans. A short but fun set.
It will be curious to see how this act translates to somewhere bigger, like when he opens for Tame Impala in Philadelphia and NYC next week. There are still a few tickets for the 10/6 Radio City Music Hall show, but Terminal 5 (10/7) is sold out.
Check out a few LA Priest music videos below.
photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr
Laura Marling w/ Marika Hackman / War on Drugs / Ex Hex / Sleaford Mods / Hinds
The 2015 End of the Road Festival happened September 4 - 6 at Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire, England. The lush, pastoral setting -- it is apparently not uncommon to see a peacock wandering around -- makes for a unique setting, and this year's lineup included The War on Drugs, Laura Marling, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Torres, Ex Hex, Django Django, Natalie Prass, METZ, Saint Etienne, Sleaford Mods, Mac DeMarco, HInds and many more.
Taking advantage of the surroundings was The Piano Stage, somewhat hidden within the woods, which recreated a Victorian-era sitting room with a piano at its center. Artists like Kevin Morby, and East India Youth played unannounced sets, usually only to a handful of people. Rising UK singer-songwriter Marika Hackman played the stage and was joined by Laura Marling for an impromptu cover of Foo Fighters' "Tired of You."
More photos from the 2015 End of the Road Festival below...
by Bill Pearis
photo: Tame Impala @ Governors Ball 2015 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Tame Impala's eight-minute "Let it Happen" was the first track to be released from their new album, Currents, and five months later it still sounds pretty fresh. The band have also just released a video for the song, directed by David Wlson (who made Arcade Fire's "We Exist" video). With the song cut down to a spare four minutes (though there's a visual reference to the song's original running time), the video stars Michael Instone as a man who really looks like he really needs a vacation, though that's probably not why he's at the airport here. It leads to a long, strange trip. Watch it below.
The 2015 Outside Lands festival is now underway in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. If you're there, make sure to come say hi to us in the Toyota Tent. If you're not, you might be interested to know you can livestream performances on three separate channels starting at 3:30pm PT (6:30pm EST) each day (Aug 7-9) at sfoutsidelands.com/.
The actual fest schedule is HERE, and the streaming schedule is below...
photos by James Richards IV
Metallica / Brand New / Tame Impala / Mick Jenkins
The only thing missing from Tame Impala's trippy light and video presentation is the cover of darkness. Somehow, this band's time-bending, shape-shifting music makes more sense at night, rather than under the blazing early evening Sun. But these Australians are tough as nails when it comes to weathering heat and sunshine -- they play their entire set without sunglasses. Though Kevin Parker is a master guitarist, his music is well beyond what most new millennial rock bands are offering. He turns his rock songs into what could be epic club tracks. "Let it Happen" manages to be both cerebral and danceable at once. Parker's deeper exploration of keyboards and club music has broadened his musical scope, so that Tame Impala now moves fluidly among what were once deemed distinct categories: progressive rock, soul, psychedelia, electronic dance music. He's just as liable to conjure the majesty of King Crimson as he is the post-house flourishes of Kaskade. - [Chicago Tribune]Day two of Lollapalooza 2015 featured sets from Metallica, Sam Smith, Tame Impala, Brand New, Django Django, Tyler the Creator, The Tallest Man on Earth, Death from Above 1979 and lots more. A little trouble too: The Tribune reports that there were at least five arrests reported, most of them drug related. Texas rapper Travi$ Scott was charged with disorderly conduct for inviting the crowd to jump the security barricades to get closer to the stage.
Sunday (8/2) is the final day of Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park, featuring Florence + the Machine, TV on the Radio, FKA Twigs, A$AP Rocky, Bully and more. Albert Hammond Jr, who also plays today, will be be interviewed in the Toyota Tent by BrooklynVegan Lolla correspondent Billy Jones. And if you can't be there, Lollapalooza is streaming live starting at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern) and you can watch below.
Photos from day 1 of Lollapalooza are HERE and more from day 2 are below...
photo: Tame Impala @ Levitation Austin 2015 (more by PSquared)
Tame Impala, whose new album Currents is out this Friday (7/17), are playing NYC's Radio City Music Hall on October 6. It's one of a few dates they're playing between weekends of the 2015 ACL Fest in Austin. You can still tickets for that, but if you'd like to see them in more of a rock club setting, they've just added a show happening at Terminal 5 the next night (10/7). Tickets for the T5 show go on sale Friday at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/15) at noon.
Updated dates are listed below...
Tame Impala's third album, Currents, will be out this Friday (7/17). If you're sick of just listening to "Cause I'm a Man" and "Let It Happen" on repeat, the whole thing (which just got Best New Music at Pitchfork) is now streaming via NPR. Listen below.
photo: Tame Impala at Governors Ball 2015 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Hot off their Governors Ball set, shaggy heads Tame Impala have expanded their tour in support of their highly anticipated third studio album, Currents, (due 7/17 via Interscope). In between weekends at Austin's ACL Fest, they'll jet to NYC to headline Radio City Music Hall October 6. Tickets for that big show go on sale Wednesday (6/26) at 10 AM with AmEx, Chase and MSGE presales starting Wednesday (6/24) at 10 AM.
Tame Impala have also added dates in San Diego and Philadelphia. Updated dates are listed, along with streams of the first three singles off Currents, below...
Weird Al / Hot Chip / Flying Lotus / War on Drugs @ Governors Ball 6/7/2005
Weird Al came swinging right from the bell, brandishing his accordion and taking a polka tour through a number of recent top 40 hits. It was a good way to bait the crowd, likely expecting a set heavy on numbers from last year's smash, Mandatory Fun. The first of these was "Foil", set to the tune of Lorde's "Royals". Some of the props from its music video were wheeled out, plenty of aluminum foil included. The song's Illuminati-referencing second half may have been lost on a festival crowd, but that was quickly forgotten. Weird Al darted offstage as soon as the song finished, leaving the crowd hotly anticipating what Weird Al would bring next. The thing he brought was IT. And by "IT" I mean one of his most dearly loved classics, the Michael Jackson parody "Fat", complete with a fat suit that was a perfect replica of the one Weird Al sports in the song's music video. If festivalgoers were still warming up to the Weird Al festival phenomenon, they were fully in his hands by this point. Even the sound guy was singing along. - [Popmatters]Governors Ball finished up its 2015 festival on Sunday (6/7) with sets by The Black Keys, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Flying Lotus, A-Track, The War on Drugs, Sturgill Simpson and more. But the most talked-about set may have been Weird Al who tore through hits and costume changes at a frenzied pace. Pictures from his set and the rest of day 3 are in this post.
Puppet Tame Impala / Feltworth watching the video...
This new video has, however, raised the ire of actual puppet band Feltworth who have just issued a video response which you can watch below. Feltworth, after years toiling in the kids band circuit, are currently finishing up recording their "serious rock" debut album. You can stream one of their songs, and watch more of their adventures in the music industry, below.
photos by Debi Del Grande
Future Islands / Run the Jewels / Tame Impala / Courtney Barnett / Kendrick Lamar
Backed by a four-piece band, [Kendrick Lamar] bent the crowd to his will with roaring energy. He roamed the stage and made sure no side was ever too far away from him -- early on, he pit the right and left against each other in a cheer war, a tactic ensuring they'd be engaged for the evening.Sasquatch 2015 wrapped up on Memorial Day (5/25) with performances by Kendrick Lamar, Run the Jewels, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Courtney Barnett, Natalie Prass & Ryan Adams, and more. Pictures from those performances and more are in this post.
Lamar's confidence seems beyond question -- this is the MC who dropped the "Control" verse, after all -- yet he didn't spend much time on the songs of this year's triumphant "To Pimp a Butterfly." An ferocious, intricate work, it pushed the MC to new heights -- or rather, old ones, the vintage achievements of jazz and soul. Their sounds permeate the album, illuminating the through-line of black American music in the way Gang Starr, A Tribe Called Quest, Common and other hip-hop innovators have before. Perhaps "King Kunta" and its fellows are too complicated to bring to life just yet: either way, when Lamar left the stage after 80 minutes, the audience wanted more. - [The Oregonian]
photos by PSquared; words by Bill Pearis
Tame Impala / Metz / Spiritualized / White Fence @ Levitation Fest 5/8/2015
When it rains it pours. Last year, Austin Psych Fest was a duststorm. This year (renamed Levitation), literal dark clouds hung over, threatening thunderstorms all three days even though it only ended up raining on Friday (5/8), and before bands started playing. But it was enough to turn Carson Creek Ranch into a mudpit on that first day. Add lack of lighting on much of the grounds and it was slow and treacherous moving around between Levitation's three stages. People were a little cranky, a little dirty, but good vibes were mostly maintained thanks in no small part to the great lineup of bands.
Among Friday night's highlights were Tame Impala, Spiritualized and DIIV on the main stage; METZ, The Sword and Lightning Bolt in the Levitation Tent (which was covered but still muddy); and The Soft Moon, White Fence and Holy Wave on the Elevation Stage which had been moved up the hill from it's usual creekside location because of the weather. (The move was disappointing to some, as usually they project trippy visuals on the trees across the water, but they still positioned the stage near foliage to use as a screen.)
The night before, Levitation had kickoff parties at Austin venues Mohawk (Ariel Pink, Octopus Project, and more) and Red 7 with Brian Jonestown Massacre members Joel Gion and Matt Hollywood, plus sets from Brooklyn's Christines, Sweden's Les Big Byrd, Austin's Golden Dawn Arkestra and more.
Pics from the 13th Floor Elevators' Sunday night set are HERE. Stay tuned for pics from the rest of the fest, but a few instagrams from Red 7's kickoff party and more from Levitation Fest Day 1 pics, below...
photo: ACL 2014 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
The Austin City Limits festival returns to Zilker Park from October 2-4 and October 9-11, and though the lineup wasn't supposed to be announced until this Tuesday, Austin 360 points out that the festival's website leaked it early. The posting was quickly taken down, but not before 365 Things Austin could screenshot it. It was accurate and the ACL 2015 includes Foo Fighters, Drake, The Strokes, The Weeknd, Disclosure, Deadmau5, Bassnectar, Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men, Tame Impala, Sturgill Simpson, The Decemberists, Brand New, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Billy Idol, Chance the Rapper, Father John Misty, Brandon Flowers, Run the Jewels, Sylvan Esso, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Florence + the Machine, Modest Mouse and more.
Check out the full lineup below. Tickets go on sale Tuesday (5/5) at 10 AM CDT.
by Bill Pearis
Tame Impala have shared a third song from their forthcoming third album Currents. "Disciples" clocks in at less than two minutes and is a very catchy little pop song. From the sound of the songs released so far, Currents (which still doesn't have a release date) is shaping up to be a good one. Stream "Disciples," along with the two other released songs from it, below.
Tame Impala revealed details of their new album, which is titled Currents and will be out later this year via their new home, Interscope. That's the cover art above. You may have already heard krauty single "Let it Happen," and they've now shared "Cause I'm a Man" which is more of a slow jam, in their own pyschedelic way, of course. Listen below.