Entries tagged with: The Books
by Andrew Sacher
Nick Zammuto has been very busy as Zammuto since The Books went on hiatus, and now the other half of the band, Paul de Jong, is focusing on a solo career too. He released his first solo album IF in 2015 via Temporary Residence Ltd, and now his band of the same name is set to make its live debut. The band has Paul on cello, joined by Matthew Gold on drums, Kenta Nagai on guitar and Reinier van Houdt on keys.
They're playing two sets, 7 and 9:30 PM, on January 19 at Joe's Pub in NYC, and promising video clips "that seem to have been pulled out of one of the strangest of 10-gallon hats American media culture has yet produced." Paul says the opening act includes "yours truly, dancers, visual & performance artists." Tickets are on sale now.
If you haven't heard IF, it's pretty in line with The Books' classic material, with modern classical arrangements, glitch, and spoken word samples. You can watch videos for two of its tracks and stream the whole thing via Spotify, below...
Zammuto (the project of Nick Zammuto of the Books) is on tour now and just passed through NYC last night (9/27) to open for Gotye at Williamsburg Park, two days after Gotye's Radio City show. If you caught that show, how was it?
Zammuto is continuing to make his way around the country (he's in Boston with Lymbyc Systym tonight) and he'll return to NYC for a show in a much different environment to support Ultraista at Le Poisson Rouge (10/24). Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. If you haven't yet, you can stream Ultraista's self titled debut at NPR.
An updated list of Zammuto dates and the stream of his self titled LP are below.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Zammuto - "Too Late To Topologize" (MP3)
Nick Zammuto w/ Jason Treuting and John Schaefer (more by David Andrako)
Zammuto (aka Nick Zammuto of The Books), who recently played Estatic Music Fest, will release his self titled LP on April 3 via Temporary Residence. The new album is decidedly more pop than his work in The Books, but definitely maintains an experimental edge. Most of the vocals are heavily processed through vocoders and like much of the experimental pop coming out recently, the songs refuse to decide between organic and electronic sounds. The end result recalls the catchy frantic moments of Battles or a glitchier version of Four Tet's folktronica work. Grab album track "Too Late To Topologize" above or stream it below along with three other album tracks. Also below is the album artwork and tracklist. The album is available for preorder at the Temporary Residence webstore or as a home-screen-printed deluxe edition at the Zammuto webstore.
As mentioned, Zammuto (the band) will head out on tour after the album's release with labelmates Explosions in the Sky. His website also notes that they'll be adding a few headlining shows soon. Those haven't all been announced, but we do know that one of them is a Brooklyn show at Glasslands on April 30. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates and streams below...
photos by David Andrako
Zammuto @ Ecstatic Music Fest
Ecstatic Music Festival continues on, and welcomed a performance from Nick Zammuto (formerly of The Books) & Jason Treuting (So Percussion, Janus Trio) with appearances from janus, Eric Beach, Daisy Press & Grey McMurray at Merkin Concert Hall on 2/23 . A full set of pictures, and a video which gives a sense of what the performance was all about, are in this post.
All tour dates, pictures, and a brand new song off Zammuto's forthcoming self-titled album, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Books @ Prospect Park over the summer (more by Ryan Muir)
Nick Zammuto of NYC experimentalists The Books announced a new project on his blog back in June called Zammuto. The message on his blog read:
I'll be working on the new record throughout the summer (and for however long it takes), and whenever I have a 'working draft' of a new track, I'll post it for a couple days. These won't be 'finished' versions, when I have a solid albums worth I'll revisit all the tracks to pull album together as a whole. Hope you like it!So far, he's got three tracks under the Zammuto moniker on his soundcloud, and you can download them above and stream them below. He first revealed "Yay" simultaneously with the announcement of the project. That track is centered around a spastic cut-up vocal that literally sounds like a broken record. He's since followed it with "Groan Man, Don't Cry" and "Too Late To Topologize" which are both great cuts of robotic vocal manipulations and busy drumming.
None of those three tracks appear on the single for "Idiom Wind" which is coming out as a limited 7" in the UK right after Christmas. You can order that now - digital copies too, at Bandcamp.
Zammuto will make their live debut this February with a few dates that include a NYC show at 92YTribeca on February 4. His live band includes multi-instrumentalist Gene Back, who has toured with The Books, drummer/percussionist Sean Dixon and bassist Mike Zammuto. The show will begin with the screening of the film Achantè, which Nick scored, and their set will also include video projections like the Books' shows do. In addition to performing their own material, Zammuto will perform "classics from the Books and some never before performed tracks from the Books." Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.
Nick is also performing in NYC again on 2/23 as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival. The description of that show reads:
A New Sounds® Live Presentation Hosted by WNYC's John SchaeferYou can still get tickets for that show too.
Nick Zammuto of The Books and Jason Treuting of So Percussion break away from their bands for an evening of spelling bees, homemade videos and fantastically-textured music, joined by janus, guitarist Grey McMurray and vocalist Daisy Press.
All dates and the trailer for Achantè below...
photos by Ryan Muir
Jose G on stage w/ The Books
One of the best concerts of summer 2011 was probably the one by The Books in Prospect Park (maybe you saw Beirut that night instead). One of the highlights of that show was when Jose Gonzalez, whose band Junip opened, joined the headliners on stage to perform "Cello Song" which is a collaboration the two artists released as part of the "Dark Was the Night" compilation. I just realized we had these unposted pictures, so here they are...
Beirut, Sharon Van Etten, and Yellow Ostrich play a sold out (except to badges) Northside Festival show in McCarren Park tonight. The Books, Junip, and Doveman play a free show in Prospect Park. Both shows are rain or shine, though lightning could change that. Hopefully it doesn't rain too hard, or at all. 50% is still only 50%!
Best Coast and The Decemberists played Prospect Park in the rain earlier in the week, and that wasn't too bad.
The National show in Prospect Park (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We already knew that 'Celebrate Brooklyn' is hosting an impressive lineup of ticketed Prospect Park Bandshell shows this summer: The Decemberists, Animal Collective, Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver & Cut Copy. And we knew that the 33rd annual series of free shows would start with an Andrew Bird show on June 10th, and that BRIC is also hosting three free 'dance parties' in Brooklyn Bridge Park this summer too.
Now the entire 2011 lineup of "24 free performances, including 20 music concerts, two dance performances, two film screenings with live music, and a family concert" is here! You can check it all out (The Feelies, Real Estate, The Books, Junip, Doveman, Justin Townes Earle, Punch Brothers, Raekwon, Oumou Sangaré, Times New Viking, Ra Ra Riot, Delicate Steve, Buke & Gass and Hal Willner included), below...
'I'll Be Your Mirror USA' is not the only 'I'll Be Your Mirror' that Portishead is curating for ATP. As previously mentioned, the English band is also helping pick the bands for the event happening in London in July (tickets still on sale by the way).
So far we don't know any of the bands that will open for Portishead in NJ in October, but it would be crazy if they didn't have at least a few of the same bands on both. This is who they have on the UK one so far: PJ HARVEY (also playing Coachella), DOOM, COMPANY FLOW, THE BOOKS (played ATP NY 2010), FACTORY FLOOR, BEAK> (played ATP NY 2010), DD/MM/YYYY, GRINDERMAN, SWANS, BEACH HOUSE, LIARS, THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC, ANIKA, and S.C.U.M. The full UK lineup so far, is listed by day below...
today in NYC
* Mike Birbiglia @ UCB
* Bad Religion @ Irving Plaza
* Yuko Fujiyama @ The Stone
* Underworld @ Roseland Ballroom
* Nuclear Power Pants @ Silent Barn
* Japandroids, Oberhofer @ Maxwell's
* John Oates, Mutlu @ The Bell House
* Mt. Desolation, JBM @ Mercury Lounge
* Eugene Robinson, Man's Gin @ Union Pool
* The Moondoggies, Hollis Brown @ Mercury Lounge
* Matt & Kim, Donnis, The So So Glos @ Webster Hall
* Nat Baldwin, Buke & Gass, Delicate Steve @ Zebulon
* Oh No Oh My, The Suzan, Family Cactus @ The Rock Shop
* Karlsson & Winnberg (Miike Snow DJ set) @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Safari, Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang, Brian Ashby @ Pianos
* Zach Layton, Alex Waterman, Ryan Sawyer @ Issue Project Room
* Excepter, Messages, Up Died Sound, Blissed Out @ Shea Stadium
* Easter Vomit, Dirty Dishes, Total Slacker, Quilty @ Knitting Factory
* Liturgy, Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk, Lesbian, Light Hits @ Glasslands
* Sewn Leather, Narwhalz of Sound, The Babies, Yellow Fever @ Showpaper 42nd Street Gallery
* Our Hit Parade starring Bridget Everett, Kenny Mellman & Neal Medlyn @ Joe's Pub
* John Hodgman, Ira Glass, Dave Hill, Shaina Feinberg and Mary Feinberg, Jane Feltes, Eugene Mirman, Jessi Klein @ Dave Hill
* Nate Wooley, C. Spencer Yeh, Ryan Sawyer, Chicago Luzern Exchange, Mike Pride & Kirk Knuffke, Cloud Becomes Your Hand @ Death By Audio
The Excepter, Messages, Up Died Sound, Blissed Out show originally at Coco 66 has been moved to Shea Stadium. Also:
:: "The Excepter show on October 27th will be our last for some time.--
:: We are taking time off to deal with a private health issue. All door
:: and table proceeds from the show will go to offset medical costs.
:: Come to support! LIFE IS LONG / LOVE IS STRONG" - EXCEPTER
The Books have a new video for "I Didn't Know That". Check it out below...
words and pics by BBG, additional Sonic Youth pics by Samantha Marble
Unlike Friday (and Sunday), people weren't throwing devil horns on Saturday. With the Saturday lineup dominated by indie acts, including many longstanding ones (Sonic Youth, Tortoise, Dave Pajo/Papa M, Shellac, The Breeders, etc etc) there were less shirts that repped the heaviest of the heavy, like Dystopia, Grief and Electric Wizard, and more "vintage look" Judas Priest and Dio with bowl cuts, and 80's style librarian glasses. In other words, there was a definite crowd shift from day one to day two at the 2010 edition of ATP New York.
While cruising through the lobby on my way to my first performance, Text of Light with Lee Renaldo, I paused to catch Helen Money (on tour with Shellac) at the "Lobby Stage". The 10+ minutes of Text of Light was a bust - squalls of guitar feedback with wailing sax made for a fascinating few minutes, but grew tiresome quickly. Helen Money's looped cello was already gone by the time I had returned from the second stage, but I wish I hadn't left. Later on I would catch Frankie Don at the lobby stage, who played hits of the 70s and 80s with Casio presets while the drunk, acid-drenched, and generally out-there spazzed on the dance floor. It was my own personal Tim & Eric Awesome Show episode.
Fuck Buttons were the first band I caught on the main stage, and the tribal drumming, rumbling saw wave bass tones, and pulsing electronic soundtrack were well-represented in the Stardust Room. The band's live show stuck to their recent recorded output and was quite the contrast with my next conquest, the out-there chamber-folk of Fursaxa on stage two, complete with cello and harp. I preferred the former.
After a bit of Tortoise's jazzy math post-rock rhythms, I scooted down to Sleepy Sun (playing Knitting Factory Monday night) on the second stage; the Cali psych-rock band impressed me so much in the exact same room last year. Their set was not as impressive this time around, but more so than The Breeders who played the larger stage later that night and were a touch messy/off-key as they stammered through hits like "Divine Hammer".
On the other hand, Shellac (who also played in 2009) and Papa M killed it though in much different ways. Shellac's treble-y stomping punk rock was a triumph, and their Kutsher's set ("We are Shellac, and we only play ATP shows") included recent faves like "The End of Radio" and "Steady As She Goes". The band nixed their now famous Q&A session during their show due to their shortened set time, so their usual dry-sarcastic humor didn't play out as much this go around. Hopefully they have no curfew Tuesday at the Bell House. Papa M delivered ambient-y guitarscapes on the second stage, impressing immensely.
If you live in NYC, you've probably had your share of live Sonic Youth experiences. I've seen them at least six times. But whether it was the atmosphere, perfectly balanced soundsystem, or the band having a particularly ripping night, SY delivered probably my favorite Saturday set, focusing primarily on earlier material (Daydream Nation was a focal point it seemed). The sound in the Stardust Room was (still) flawless, and they closed out the night with a bang (set list below).
I also saw bits of Avi Buffalo, The Books and Hallogallo on Saturday. I completely missed BEAK> (stay tuned for our coverage from their Bowery Ballroom show though), Sian Alice Group, and Apse (catch them Monday and Wednesday night in NYC). I also missed Explosions in the Sky, but Sam caught them (her pics coming soon).
Read about Friday HERE. Sunday coverage is coming. Saturday (with more pics also coming later), continues below...
DOWNLOAD: The Books - A Cold Freezin' Night (MP3)
Your next chance to see The Books is this weekend at Kutscher's, and as previously mentioned, the experimental music duo are going out on tour with The Black Heart Procession, but The Black Heart's NYC show is not part of those dates. Instead and as announced back in July, The Books will headline their own NYC show at Carnegie Hall on November 13th and tickets are on sale now.
updated tour dates below...
The Black Heart Procession share a moment....
The Black Heart Procession has been cranking out gothy folk-rock for more than a decade now, and will release their new mini-LP Blood Bunny / Black Rabbit on 10/12 via TRL. Featuring three new BHP tracks, the release spans 40 minutes and features a remix from Eluvium and a collabo with the legendary Lee "Scratch" Perry. Preorder the mini LP, and dig on the first track "Blank Page" available above. The band will tour off of Blood Bunny / Black Rabbit as well, playing LPR on 9/28 before embarking on a tour with The Books. Tickets are on sale for the NYC show. All BHP dates are below, and non-BHP Books dates which include Carnegie Hall, are HERE.
In related news, both members of BHP served time in Three Mile Pilot, and the band has returned from hiatus to release a new LP for TRL. The Inevitable Past Is The Future Forgotten features "What's In The Air" is the first Three Mile Pilot album in 13 years...
Formed in the early '90s, the group released a debut album to a fair amount of acclaim, followed by Chief Assassin To The Sinister, an album that garnered the attention of Geffen Records, with whom they signed for all of one album. After enduring the major label wringer, the group released Another Desert, their most emotionally resonant and commercially successful record to date. Shortly after, bassist Zach Smith formed Pinback with Rob Crow, and singer-guitarist Pall Jenkins began a new project with Three Mile Pilot keyboardist Tobias Nathaniel. Both projects were meant to coexist with 3MP, however, both Pinback and The Black Heart Procession became unexpectedly popular.Look for the new Three Mile Pilot via TRL on September 28, 2010.
Speaking of Lee "Scratch" Perry (who just played Highline Ballroom), BHP isn't the only band that the dub legend has collaborated with as of late. The mad professor has also lent his evil talents to a forthcoming recording with Major Lazer (aka Diplo and Switch) (!) more details are forthcoming.
Full BHP dates and a ton of video from a recent show is below...
Kurt Vile at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more by Lori Baily)
It's almost final and official, ATP New York is ruling. The best Hudson Valley festival to ever be held in a 1960s time capsule has announced the "final additions" including two comedians chosen by Syd Butler of Les Savy Fav (more to come... that's all "so far"), as well as a few new and interesting additions to the Jim Jarmusch curated date. Behold:
DOWNLOAD: The Books - A Cold Freezin' Night (MP3)
In addition to ATY NY, The Books will be playing a show at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall on Saturday, November 13th. Tickets go on sale Monday, August 30th at 8am. The show is part of the Signatures series, which also includes Cyro Baptista's Vira Loucos on October 13th, pianist Brad Mehldau on January 26th, and Ensemble ACJW on March 31st, all at Zankel Hall. The series package is on sale now.
The group just released, The Way Out, their first album in five years, on Temporary Residence Limited. The song "A Cold Freezin' Night" from that is posted above, with a collage-video for the song below. The duo have tour dates across North America scheduled through the fall.
Those and the video are below...
tonight in NYC
* Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival
* Nominon, Evoken @ Bowery Electric
* Tony Malaby's Novela @ The Stone
* Lady Gaga @ Madison Square Garden
* Katzenjammer, Um @ Mercury Lounge
* Prince Rama, La Big Vic @ Glasslands
* She & Him, Eugene Mirman @ Terminal 5
* B-52s, Supercluster @ Highline Ballroom
* Beirut, Woom @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Nels Cline Singers @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Cary Brothers, Greg Laswell, Harper Blynn @ Maxwell's
* The Felix Hernandez Rhythm Review @ Soundview Park
Liturgy, Child Abuse, White Suns, The Dreebs @ Death By Audio
* Milkfat, HolidayHoliday, Fredericks Brown, The London Souls @ The Cameo
* Ed Kowalczyk (of Live) @ the 2nd Annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival
Now that tonight's B-52's show is sold out and about to be over, maybe they'll announce who the special guest is for the August 19th show in Coney Island.
Liturgy is NOT playing Death By Audio tonight. Greg is sick and they had to cancel.
She & Him play Termoinal 5 tonight. Maybe you caught them on the 4th of July on Governors Island.
New Books video for "A Cold Freezin' Night", below...
"amanda palmer getting filmed in a bathtub for the "No Surprises" radiohead ukulele video" below...
by Andrew Frisicano
"I sort of decided that I wanted to do something that I hadn't done before, or at least not since I was a teenager," said [Eluvium/Matthew Cooper]. "I wanted to work more in the pop space and to use lyrics as an instrument."The new record from Portlander Matthew Cooper aka Eluvium, Similes, out now on Temporary Residence (the same label The Books signed to for their new LP, The Way Out, due in July). Eluvium is going on tour for the month of May, and about half of those shows will be with another dreamy, textured solo band, Brooklyn's Julianna Barwick. They play (Le) Poisson Rouge on Wednesday, May 19th. Tickets are on sale.
Cooper went back to work, scrapping the album he'd been working on and creating a new set of songs, this time with words...Cooper has been calling Similes a pop record since he finished it. His label people tell him not to, that this is misleading, that in the market pop means something entirely different than these ethereal songs. But Cooper remains stubbornly attached to the label. "Oddly, I kind of feel that I have yet to make a record that isn't a pop record," he said. "I listen to what I've been doing with ambient and noise and drone and textural stuff and relative to what I was usually influenced by, like Stockhausen or Steve Reich or John Cage, it just seems so much more pop. There are chord changes and melody. It's really not that far from the concept of pop music."
Julianna recently signed to Asthmatic Kitty. Her debut on that label will be out in 2011. She's expected to release another record too, a collaborative album put together with previous tourmates Roberto Lange (Epstein and Helado Negro) and Jonathan Dueck. Her debut, Sanguine, getting a vinyl re-release on M'Lady's in June. And the song above is from her recent Florine EP.
Videos of Elivium songs from the new record and all tour dates are below...
DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - Beautiful Girls (Sean Kingston Cover) (MP3)
Murphy's Law @ Culture Shock '09 (Serenaz)
The lineup is out for Culture Shock 2010, which will take place April 16th and 17th at SUNY Purchase. Headliners for this year's fest are pop-punk band Bayside (avoid the "Beautiful Girls" cover on their MySpace) (and check out another version above) and indie-pop collective Los Campesinos (who'll play Irving Plaza April 22nd) Friday night, and rapper Jay Electronica and The Books on Saturday. The rest of the bill is a varied mix that includes Surfer Blood, Black Milk, Maps & Atlases, L Mag Band You Need To Hear Ava Luna, Maluca, Das Racist, The So So Glos and Turbo Fruits. The annual event isn't technically open to non-students. The full lineup is below.
The bands were announced earlier this month via film at an event at the school. That video, the lineup and more are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
this post concludes our Big Ears 2010 Festival coverage. links to the first two posts are also below...
"When people ask what my favorite place to play is, I tell them about this place. It's like playing inside an Easter egg," quipped My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden, gazing at the deep-sea blue dome overhead at Knoxville's Tennessee Theater. The psychedelic cavern, a mish-mash of decorative styles and colors, served as the home to the Big Ears festival's largest shows, and its final act on Sunday night, with headliner the National.
The National's presence was felt long before they took the stage - in the hand of guitarist Bryce Dessner, who co-curated the fest, in the National members' supporting gigs, playing behind Doveman, Clogs and others, and in the abundance of friends and fellow Brooklyn-ites in the Big Ears lineup. Of course, those are all connected. One look at the stage during the first song of the National's encore - "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks" off their forthcoming High Violet - revealed a selection of Big Ears' top acts - Nico Muhly, St. Vincent, Shara Worden and sometimes-National members Padma Newsome and Thomas Bartlett (Sufjan came out for a song, but not during the encore), all of whom performed earlier in the weekend on their own. (Read here about days one and two)
Attendees also had the chance to opt for music outside of that circle. At Big Ears Annex, Tim Hecker and Ben Frost collaborated for a set of fragile, icy noise (they both played on their own earlier too - Hecker opened for Bang on a Can All-Stars' performance of Music For Aiports and the Books at the TN Theater). Trio Konk Pack took the same stage later for improvised noises, pops and whirs - like the soundtrack to an invisible film. The night before, one could choose between Liturgy and Gang Gang Dance - two bands at the top of their respective genres - while Terry Riley's In C filled the Tennessee Theater to its elliptical rafters.
Around the corner from the Annex at the Pilot Light, KnoEars, an unaffiliated, somewhat anti-Big Ears DIY Fest, hosted an all-day lineup that included homemade noise, Replacements-style punk and more emanating into Sunday's rainy street.
Terry Riley, selected to be this year's resident guide, performed four times over the three days - all in different settings. Other repeat acts like Thomas Bartlett (Doveman), who played with Sam Amidon, the fest's first act (interviewed here), and The National, its last, were frequent Knoxville fixtures for the three-day fest, running to their own gigs or enjoying others'.
"Mr. Riley also enjoyed a fair number of other people's shows, especially the art-song band Clogs. ("They were the hit for me," he said, beaming over breakfast on Monday morning. "Great performers, great writing. I'm going to buy their CD when I get home.")" [NY Times]Doveman and Nico Muhly both played earlier Sunday in a set that included material from their recent Peter Pears project, the Footloose soundtrack, and their 802 tour partner Sam Amidon (who had to catch a flight to Germany). That show's headliner, St. Vincent, provided a counterpoint to their pianos with a set of songs steeped in squealing noise and leveling distortion.
More pictures and videos from the fest are below...
Boris @ ATP NY 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
There aren't many music news items that get me excited as ATP lineup additions. This one is no different. Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, Torotoise, Bardo Pond, Beak> featuring Geoff Barrow of Portishead, Sleepy Sun, Avi Buffalo, Sunn O)) & Boris performing material from their collaborative album Altar, Dungen, and White Hills have all been added to the already-stellar bill of the 2010 festival at Kutsher's Country Club in Monticello, NY (Sept 3-5). All confirmed artists and more details below...
All Tomorrow's Parties will return to Kutsher's Country Club, Monticello for the third ATP New York festival over Labor Day weekend, running from Friday 3rd September - Sunday 5th September. We are very excited to announce that legendary film-maker Jim Jarmusch, well known for his fantastic collaborations and documentaries with musicians will be the guest curator on Sunday 5th.Jim as curator is not completely surprising since he took part in the 2009 fest as well. Bigger posters, more info on the 2010 fest, and the updated lineup is below!...
Bob Mould two nights ago @ Joe's Pub (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Last night (4/9), while some were enjoying (or not enjoying) a Passover Seder, others caught Bob Mould at his second of two shows at Joe's Pub. Anonymous wrote,
Unfortunately it was not an ideal venue tonight.We have a review and pictures from the first night, HERE. Tonight (4/10), Bob switches it up a little and plays DJ (and maybe performs live?) at Highline Ballroom for his popular gay dance night Blowoff. (Tickets are on sale.)
It could have been, but the atmosphere just wasn't the way most BM solo shows usually are.
Still not bad, and the audience was with him, but people were eating dinner....that's an ideal venue for Bob Mould?? I don't think so.
Paper Magazine held their "Beautiful People Party" at Hiro Ballroom last night. Past musical guests at the annual get together have included Antony and Joanna Newsom (whose music is now featured in a bra commercial). This year it was Paper cover-girl Katy Perry who was already in town playing multiple nights at Irving Plaza and humping bananas.
Speaking of humping bananas, Chris Cornell played two shows at Webster Hall this week. In the YouTube video below you can see that he.... shaved his guitar player's head on stage while they were playing at one of them.
Also featured in Paper's new "Beautiful People" issue is comedian Aziz Ansari who co-stars with Amy Poehler in the TV show Parks and Recreation which premiered last night. Did you catch it? What did you think?
New Ditmas Park/Flatbush venue Sycamore hosted its third-ever live show last night. Check out the schedule for what they have coming up.
The Books paid a somewhat rare visit to NYC. The band, noted one showgoer, "debuted some sweet new tunes." Those'd be from the group's forthcoming record, which, according to the Columbia Spectator, is due next year. The Spectator also noted the lack of promotion for the show - which according to the Books' Twitter sold out less than a day before it happened. One student, on the minimal on-campus promotion, said, "I had no way of knowing they were playing at Columbia...I found out about the concert on a random music blog that I was casually browsing -- I don't even remember which site it was."
As NYC's summer concert lineup comes together, two shows were added to calendar yesterday - Casiokids at South Street Seaport and Shilpa Ray at Castle Clinton (as part of a Sly Stone tribute concert). Shilpa played Death by Audio last night. Look for more summer-show announcements today (in addition to Simian Mobile Disco at the Williamsburg Waterfront).
UK band Pet Shop Boys almost became Rescue Shelter Boys.
What did you do last night?
by Andrew Frisicano
The Books (photo by Nino P.)
The band has been extremely quiet of late, with one high note being its Dark was the Night appearance, covering Nick Drake's "Cello Song " with Jose Gonzalez. As of now, The Books will not be appearing at the live version of Dark was the Night taking place at Radio City Music Hall.
The Books played the 2007 Bang on a Can Festival - the series' first 24+ hour event. The line-up of this year's marathon (May 31, 2009 at the World Financial Center) is still unannounced, but Bang on a Can does have several other fully scheduled events coming up, including a Bang on a Can All-Stars performance of works by David Longstreth, Lee Ranaldo, and others.
All tour dates and a video from the The Books' 2007 DVD Playall, below...
DOWNLOAD: David Byrne & Dirty Projectors - Knotty Pine (MP3)
This is exciting. Not only will the much-talked-about new National-curated Red Hot compilation Dark Was The Night be released by 4AD in one month (February 17th to be exact), they've now officially handed out the first MP3 which happens to be one of the tracks I was most looking forward to - the collaboration between David Byrne and Dirty Projectors. It's called "Knotty Pine". Download it above. More:
[The album is] comprised of 31 exclusive tracks and it will be available as a double cd/triple vinyl/download and will benefit the Red Hot Organization - an international charity dedicated to raising money and awareness for HIV and AIDS through popular culture. They are the people responsible for albums including No Alternative, Red Hot and Blue and many more, and this is their 20th year, and this is the 20th release!Other aritsts on the comp include Jose Gonzalez, The Books, Feist, Ben Gibbard, Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, The National, Nico Muhly, Yeasayer, My Brightest Diamond, Kronos Quartet, Antony, The Decemberists, Iron and Wine, Feist, Sufjan Stevens, Spoon, Arcade Fire, Beirut, My Morning Jacket, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio, Castanets, Buck 65, The New Pornographers, Yo La Tengo, Stuart Murdoch, Riceboy Sleeps (aka Jón "Jónsi" Birgisson of Sigur ros and Parachutes' Alex Somers), Andrw Bird, Cat Power, Gillian Welch, Blonde Redhead, Devastations, and Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew.
Beginning on January 15th, 4AD will begin a track-by-track premiere of the Dark Was the Night compilation. From January 15 through February 1, each track, in order will be streamed for one day only at http://www.myspace.com/DarkWasTheNight as well as on the bands MySpace page.
David Byrne also recently collaborated with Dizzee Rascal and The Brighton Port Authority on a new track which you can download HERE. Ben Gibbard sings with Feist on the Red Hot comp. Other recent "collaborations" for him include getting engaged to She & Him's Zooey Deschanel. Nico Muhly did the arrangements for the song The National play on this new album. The album also includes a Grizzly Bear song, and a "Grizzly Bear + Feist" track. Nico Muhly also did the arrangements for the live show Grizzly Bear will soon play with an orchestra at Brooklyn Philharmonic.
The full Dark was the Night tracklist is below...
"What a fitting day to announce the complete list of artists involved with our upcoming album DARK WAS THE NIGHT - the February 17th 4AD release that will benefit the Red Hot Organization. It's World AIDS Day, and in honor of that, we bring you the exciting news."More info on the previously mentioned comp below...