Entries tagged with: The Bug
by Andrew Sacher
The best-of 2014 albums lists continue with FACT, who always put out an interesting list and this year is no exception. You've got a few of the year-end list regulars like FKA twigs, Angel Olsen, Ariel Pink, Grouper, YG, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib and Shabazz Palaces, but also a handful of obscurer rap, electronic and experimental choices. FACT's list is always a good one to find something you missed during the year that you end up falling in love with, so check it out. Also, it's the first list we've seen where Sun Kil Moon beats The War On Drugs! (who actually aren't on here at all).
UK music site Drowned in Sound is kinda the British equivalent of Pitchfork, albeit with a very strong community aspect to it. They just published their 50 Favourite Albums of 2014 list and while it contains many of the LPs we've been seeing on a lot of these lists, it's a distinctly not-American point of view. Well, at least their #1. Check out the whole list below...
Gazelle Twin's 'Unflesh'
Now that it's December, Best of Lists Season is in full swing. If you're already tired of seeing ones that have The War on Drugs at the top (or near it), you can always rely on UK website The Quietus to offer up something different. They just published their "Albums Of The Year 2014" and topping it is electronic artist Gazelle Twin's second album, Unflesh. Say The Quietus:
On Unflesh, Gazelle Twin - aka Elizabeth Bernholz - doesn't see dualism as an academic exercise or a philosophical plaything. Instead, it's born of bloody experience as she claws and digs her way to its gory, physical core. Puberty, anxiety, miscarriage, illness and euthanasia are all present, and Bernholz's treatment of them ranges from a shuddering disgust to vengeful catharsis to something approaching tender acceptance.The Quietus' list is not without names familiar to readers of our site -- Swans, Scott Walker & Sunn O))), FKA twigs, Aphex Twin, Future Islands -- but it definitely does not follow the beaten path.
Check out The Quietus' full "Albums Of The Year 2014" (and stream a few songs from their #1) below...
We just posted Q Magazine's Best of 2014 albums list and now here's the same from sister publication MOJO. Not only do they share a publisher, but also more than half of same albums appear on both lists. The War on Drugs was #2 here, making war for Beck's Morning Phase in the top spot. Check out the whole list below.
While MOJO is seen as a safe haven for "heritage" acts, there are some records in their Top 10 that don't prominently feature acoustic guitars: coming in at #3 is Sleaford Mods' Divide and Exit. You can catch the Mods' North American live debut this Saturday (11/29) at The Wick with The Gotobeds, The Rogers Sisters and "very special guests" who will be announced closer to the show. Tickets are still available.
MOJO's full Top 50 LPs of 2014 list below...
Rough Trade were the first out of the gate with year-end lists but now long-running UK monthly music mag Q has just published their end-of-the-year issue (with cover star Ed Sheeran) which includes their Top 50 LPs of 2014. The War on Drugs' Lost in the Dream comes in at #1. Have you made your list yet? Check out the rest of Q's favorite albums of 2014 below...
Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As they usually are, Rough Trade Shops are one of the first this year to post their favorite albums of 2014 list. It's 100 albums long and mostly filled with the bigger indie and indie-related releases of the year, but there's a few surprises in there too. Mark Kozelek will not be happy to see that The War On Drugs placed #2, 8 higher than the Sun Kil Moon record. Mark should be proud that he made the list not once, but TWICE though. His Christmas album landed at #84. Run the Jewels, who are not on it all, have started a "Suck My Dick Rough Trade" chant. Check out their full list below and see more on each album here.
Angels & Devils artwork
UK producer The Bug has been talking about his guest-filled LP Angels & Devils for over two years now, and it looks like it's finally ready to come out this month (8/26) via Ninja Tune. Four of the album's tracks, the ones featuring Grouper (Liz Harris), Death Grips, Gonjasufi and Manga, can be streamed below. The LP also features guitar from Godflesh/Jesu's Justin Broadrick, vocals from Inga Copeland, and other collaborations including Israel's Miss Red who was here with him in March (a trip that included SXSW). Full tracklist below as well.
This fall, The Bug will be going on a North American tour, playing collaborative sets with LP contributor Manga. That tour kicks off in NYC on October 8 at Output for a show with The Bug's Ninja Tune labelmate Actress. That's a great double bill of leftfield dance music. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with those song streams and tracklist, below...
As mentioned, Moogfest is taking 2013 off and will return in Spring 2014 in Asheville, NC. There will be, however, another festival in Asheville filling its old fall time period this year: Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit which will happen from October 25 - 27. (It's also run by AC Entertainment who were, until recently, the producers of Moogfest.) The initial inaugural line-up has just been announced and it's pretty impressive: Nine Inch Nails AND How to destroy angels_, the newly-reformed Neutral Milk Hotel (their first show back, and an evening that includes opening sets from Daniel Johnston and Half Japanese), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Animal Collective, Disclosure, Bosnian Rainbows, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Gary Numan, Chromatics, Rustie, Jessie Ware, Zola Jesus & JG Thirlwell, Tricky, Jacques Greene, and The Bug.
Weekend passes to the fest go on sale Thursday, May 2 at noon EDT. Flyer below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Dave & Andrew Sacher
Zebra Katz & Njena Reddd Foxxx / XXYYXX / The Underachievers
When we weren't throwing free day parties and bridge shows at SXSW last week, we were busy throwing nighttime official showcases. On Saturday (3/16), our metal blog Invisible Oranges put on a showcase at North Door and on Friday, we put on a showcase on Maggie Mae's rooftop which was mainly hip hop and electronic with 3421, Mykki Blanco, Man Without Country, Giraffage, The Underachievers, Pictureplane, Brooke Candy, Zebra Katz, and XXYYXX. With so much rock in our day parties, we wanted to mix it up at night and had a ton of fun doing it. Bonus points for the view from venue down onto the 6th Street mayhem,.
3421, who since played NYC shows at Merc and Knit, came all the way from Israel to kick off the Friday night show with a set of their live dubstep. They were the perfect beginning for the crowd who immediately started to fill the 400-capacity room/roof as soon as doors opened, though 3421 work latenight too. That's when we saw them in Tel Aviv over the summer as part of the Jerusalem Music Conference. That time they were the last act of the night and got the drunk crowd moving with help from bombastic MC Miss Red. Miss Red was originally supposed to play with 3421 at SXSW too, but instead she watched this show from the audience (#majorbummer), With her at the show was The Bug who she was playing SXSW with instead (you can catch Miss Red & The Bug in NYC this weekend).
3421 were followed by NYC rapper Mykki Blanco, who was in his usual abrasive mode on stage, which we and the crowd were loving. Then things cooled down a bit for a shoegazey set by Wales' Man Without Country and the chill electronica of Giraffage. (He really caught our ear when he remixed Alice Deejay's "Better Off Alone." Is it cool to like that song in 2013? I hope so.)
Then for the next five acts, the show was on a total high. NYC rap duo The Underachievers were totally on point and started really getting the dancing going, including a bunch of their friends on stage and Pictureplane, who was up next. Like Mykki Blanco, we've seen him at shows and parties in NYC for a while now, and it was great to see him bring his always-fun set to Austin too. He stuck around for more of the show too, and also loved Brooke Candy and Zebra Katz as much as we did. Brooke's outfit was tamer than in her video (she did have a see-through top though), but she paid more attention to her rapper side than her stripper side at the show (not a bad thing). The crowd went completely nuts for her. Frank says:
The Tumblr princess-turned-stripper-turned-rapper turned heads at the Brooklyn Vegan showcase, clad in a white fishnet top and latex peplum skirt. The Los Angeles-based rapper played a short but high-energy set, swinging her crazy long braids (and huge boobs) all over the stage. After going viral via World Star Hiphop and the internet in general, Candy has released video after video for her aggressive, sex-heavy tracks. Joined by best friend and DJ, Jesse St. John, Brooke's crowd of homo-cyber-hipster kids screamed along to every word. Hits "Das Me," "I Wanna Fuck Right Now," and "Everybody Does" dominated her 20-minute set, as she twerked in her platforms, fueling the fire that is her online presence with more and more YouTube-worthy content.Zebra Katz and flexible collaborator Njena Reddd Foxxx played hit "Ima Read". Silly? Maybe a bit, but like the rest of their set, a total hit live.
The show wrapped up with XXYYXX and for such a young producer (he's 17!), he really knows how to get the party started. The stage filled with people a few songs into his set and everyone was just dancing and going nuts until the club pulled the plug at 2am. Frank says:
Seventeen-year-old XXYYXX headlined the Brooklyn Vegan showcase on the Maggie Mae's rooftop. Despite only recently beginning to tour, the producer was relaxed, barefoot, and very much in his element while onstage playing a combination of his signature chill-out-and-vibe beats, and more hyped up hip-hop remixes including TLC's "No Scrubs" and Waka Flocka's "Fuck This Industry." Following suit with the mellow vibe of the Orlando based producer's music, the security eased up and allowed any crowd member who was feeling it to hop onstage.The whole show was a blast and we hope everyone who came had as much as we did.
Check out some songs played at the show in our Best of SXSW Spotify playlist. More pictures from the party below...
by Andrew Sacher
Grouper - 'The Man Who Died in His Boat'
Back in February, Grouper, aka ambient/psych folk musician Liz Harris, returned with The Man Who Died in His Boat, an album of unreleased music from 2008. Though the material is "old," these aren't throwaway b-sides or anything, it really plays like a cohesive album. You can stream the track "Vital" from that album below and listen to the whole thing on Spotify. It was released simultaneously with a reissue of 2008's Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill.
Grouper has a few shows coming up this year, including a NYC show on June 2 at Le Poisson Rouge, where she'll be playing in the round. Tickets for that show go on LPR member pre-sale today (3/12) at 10 AM and general on-sale begins Wednesday (3/13) at 11 AM. All known dates are listed below.
In related news, The Bug (aka King Midas Sound member Kevin Maritn) has been talking for some time about recording a collaboration with Grouper, though music from those sessions has still yet to surface. The Bug is in Austin for SXSW this week, but after that, he'll also come to NYC for a show at Le Poisson Rouge on March 23. That show will feature Daddy Freddy and Miss Red, two singers working with The Bug on his same album/7" collection as Grouper whose collaborations actually have come out. You can stream "Can't Take This No More" with Daddy Freddy and "Goodbye" with Miss Red below. Tickets for The Bug's LPR show are on sale now.
All dates for Grouper and The Bug are listed, along with all song streams, below...
Massive Attack at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
Trip hop pioneers Massive Attack have assembled a BBC 6 Mix, where they compiled music that influenced their 1991 debut album, Blue Lines, like Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, Gang of Four, Isaac Hayes and more alongside some of their new favorite artists like Burial, Flying Lotus, The Bug vs The Rootsman, Kanye West & Booka Shade, and more (via Daily Swarm). You can download or stream the mix and check out the tracklist below.
DOWNLOAD: Grouper - "Demona" (Dead Moon cover) (MP3)
Earlier this year, The Bug (aka Kevin Martin of King Midas Sound) announced that he'd be starting a new label and sub-genre called Acid Ragga, which will be an imprint of Ninja Tune. The first release for the label is a single called "Can't Take This No More" which features vocals from Daddy Freddy b/w "Rise Up" featuring vocals from Hype Williams' Inga Copeland. You can stream a clip of "Can't Take This No More" below.
When I contacted Evy Jane, Jeremiah, the dude from the group, had seen me live about five years ago in Canada and he said it had been a totally formative experience. And the girl from the group, Evelyn, was massively into grime and ragga. It's just weird, man, weird synchronicity, and I can't even pretend to understand it, but it's great. Extending the past, and just building for the future.Evy Jane were supposed to play Glasslands tonight (5/29) but unfortunately had to cancel their appearance. Instead, tonight the Brooklyn venue will host No Glow, Night Shining, Gracie, and Beca. Tickets for that show are available.
In The Bug's FACT interview, he also spoke about working with Grouper (Liz Harris) for his new album, Angels & Devils, which will also feature guest appearances from Death Grips, Gonjasufi, JK Flesh (Godflesh/Jesu), The Spaceape, and Flowdan + Warrior Queen. On working with Grouper, The Bug said, "When I contacted Grouper, I was stunned that she'd even heard of me, and doubly stunned when she told me she'd been playing her mum 'Skeng' about two weeks before."
The album will be one of the many projects Liz has been involved in this year, including the excellent collaborative album with Tiny Vipers as Mirrorring, Foreign Body, the score for The Perception of Moving Targets, which screened at this year's Sundance FIlm Festival, the two-track but almost hour and a half long CD-R, Violent Replacement, and a recorded cover of Dead Moon's "Demona," which you can download above or stream below.
DOWNLOAD: Spiral Stairs - Maltese Terrier (MP3)
Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannberg of Preston School of Industry and Pavement (who are reuniting) is set to release his first album as Spiral Stairs on October 20th. That record, The Real Feel, will be released by Matador in the US and Domino in the UK. The first MP3, "Maltese Terrier" (or "Maltese T" as its listed below in the tracklist), is posted above. There'll also be a single for the song "Stolen Pills," out a week before on October 12th.
The whole album is produced by Jon Auer (of the Posies and Big Star, the latter of which has a show in NYC on Nov. 18th) and guests include Preston School of Industry/Posies guys Matt Harris and Darius Minwall and BSS' Kevin Drew (though he's not listed as a contributor below).
Spiral Stairs will be playing shows in the coming months. Currently, there's the Treasure Island Festival in San Francisco on October 18th, and a handful of West Coast shows around that, where they'll be opening for Bob Mould (who hits NYC in early October with Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson opening). No NYC date yet.
Album art and credits for the new disc, and all tour dates are below...
Headliners Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure are among the 130-plus acts set for the tenth COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL (APRIL 17, 18 AND 19) at the beautiful Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, the same grounds where the COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL debuted in 1999. Other artists confirmed for America's most critically acclaimed music festival include Morrissey, Amy Winehouse, Franz Ferdinand, My Bloody Valentine, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Thievery Corporation, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (the complete line-up is listed below).Tickets for COACHELLA go on sale Friday, January 30 at 9:00 AM (PT) at all Ticketmaster locations.
This marks the first ever U.S. festival appearance for McCartney who is currently supporting his latest release ELECTRIC ARGUMENTS.
"I have heard that Coachella is one of the greatest festivals in the world. I'm really excited to get out there and rock!" McCartney says.
Throbbing Gristle and the rest of the full (real) line-up (as of 1/30) is below:
Coachella 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
"It is the start of a new year and that means we're slouching towards Southern California's biggest music festivals, starting with Coachella in the middle of April. And the internet is simply ablaze with line-up rumors. But this year, much like last, crazed fans have taken things a step further on the festival's message board, going as far as to contact bands directly for confirmation.Speaking of the Airborne Toxic Event, they sold out their Bowery Ballroom show and added another one on March 8th (three days earlier). They also just so happen to be the band playing David Letterman tonight (1/12).
At the forefront of this year's rumor mill are scores of potential summer blockbuster acts, including Animal Collective, Basement Jaxx, the Black Keys, Blur, Britney Spears, Four Tet, Glasvegas, José González, Keane, Morrissey, N.A.S.A, Neil Young, Outkast, the Pretenders, the Prodigy, the Replacements, the Smiths, the Thermals and the White Stripes. And among the purportedly confirmed artists, who have been reached through Myspace or other means, are some pretty sizable LA locals like No Age, Peanut Butter Wolf, the Airborne Toxic Event and Flying Lotus." [LAIST]
Fleet Foxes are another one of those listed as confirmed. They're also confirmed to play SNL next week.
Also confirmed are Los Campesinos! who are playing a show at Sound Fix Records this week.
All confirmed and rumored Coachella artists (according to LAist) below...
DOWNLOAD: Steinski - The Payoff Mix (MP3)
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DOWNLOAD: Steinski - Lesson Three (History of Hip Hop) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bon Iver - Skinny Love (MP3)
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DOWNLOAD: Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal (Dj Doc Rok Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal (MP3)
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Plush's Fed & The Dodos' Visiter
It's the time of year when people start talking which album was the best this year. That usually means I start cramming and trying to figure out what I still haven't heard and look forward to what others have to say to make my selection process slightly easier. Part of what I'm saying is, I'm not ready to answer that yet. According to the aggregated critics at MetaCritic, this is what was best this year...
1 London Zoo by The BugDoes when an album actually came out matter?. Bon Iver's album actually came out in 2007, but was reissued in 2008. Shugo's album came out in 2007 in Japan. Plush's album actually came out in 2002 in Japan (I still haven't heard it). Robyn's album came out in Sweden in 2005. Steinski came out in 2008, but as the title suggests, is actually a compilation of tracks that were released between 1983-2006.
2 Fed by Plush
3 For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver
4 Dear Science, by TV On The Radio
5 Exit by Shugo Tokumaru
6 Fleet Foxes by Fleet Foxes
7 Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
8 Robyn by Robyn
9 Hercules And Love Affair by Hercules And Love Affair
10 What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006 Retrospective by Steinski
Also put out albums this year: Sigur Ros, Jamie Lidell, Laura Marling, Lykke Li, Marnie Stern, Jenny Lewis, She & Him, Conor Oberst, My Morning Jacket, MGMT, The Black Keys, Calexico, Crystal Stilts, Crystal Castles, Crystal Antlers, Grails, Al Green, Anathallo, Flight of the Conchords, Frightened Rabbit, Wolf Parade, Vampire Weekend, Vivian Girls, The Walkmen, Santogold, Parts & Labor, Cut Copy, Hot Chip, David Byrne, Death Cab For Cutie, Beck, Beach House, Elbow, REM, M83, NIN, No Age, Of Montreal, Destroyer, Department of Eagles, Deerhoof, Deerhunter, The Dears, and Deer Tick (though Deer tick was out in 2007 and reissued in 2008) (and I guess Radiohead is qualified too) (and Metallica, AC/DC and Guns N' Roses) (and JACK JOHNSON) (and a million others).
Who else? What are your favorites this year? Who will Pitchfork pick as #1?
The Bug is going on tour with Nine Inch Nails. Those dates are below...
Kevin Martin is a London-based musician, record producer, and journalist. He has been active for over a decade, in the genres of dub, jazzcore, industrial hip-hop, and dubstep. His main projects include God, Techno Animal, Ice, Curse of the Golden Vampire, The Bug, and Pressure. He has collaborated with such figures as John Zorn, Justin Broadrick, Experimental Audio Research, El-P, Blixa Bargeld, Alec Empire, Dälek, Vast Aire, Anti-Pop Consortium, DJ Vadim, Cutty Ranks, Flow Dan, Mark Stewart and Keith Levene. [Wikipedia]The Bug's album London Zoo was released on August 12, 2008 and is currently ranking #3 on Metacritic's list of best albums of 2008. The Bug will be joined by Warrior Queen tonight (10/3) at Sub Swara at Love in NYC. All dates and some videos below...