Entries tagged with: The Crystal Ark
Hercules & Love Affair (aka Andy Butler) is getting in the Halloween spirit in a big way, headlining an All Hallows Eve party this Saturday (10/26) at Gramercy Theatre. Their onetime DFA labelmates The Crystal Ark are also on the bill, along with an army of DJs. The party promises to "transform Gramercy Theatre into a garden of Extra-sensory audiovisual terror and earthly delights. All Hallows Festival will feature multiple floors, spectral light-shows, a theater of the damned, fully stocked bars, a 3 AM costume contest and mystical haunted environments." Tickets are on sale now and more details are on the flyer below.
We haven't gotten a new H&LA album since 2011's Blue Songs. While there's no word on its follow-up, Butler has remixed "New York, New York" by no wave obscurity DeeKay Jones and you can stream that in this post, along with a mix H&LA made in September.
Flyer and song streams below...
Hot Chip at Prospect Park in 2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Astralwerks Records was founded in NYC in 1993 as a primarily electronic arm of Caronline Records. When they hit it big in the late '90s with Chemical Brothers, Air and Fatboy Slim band, Astralwerks became one of the biggest indie labels in the country. They've since been picked up by Universal Music Group and have expanded into other genres but they do maintain a focus on the electronic. To celebrate their 20th anniversary this year, Astralwerks will release a limited edition box set, Astralwerks: Music in 20/20, on Record Store Day (4/20). The compilation features previously unreleased or rare tracks from Hot Chip, Air, Diamond Rings, Kraftwerk, Kings of Convenience, Doves and others plus previously released tracks by The Chemical Brothers, The Beta Band, Fatboy Slim, Cassius, Basement Jaxx, Royksopp, a Four Tet remix of Sia and more. Check out the full tracklist and trailer video for the compilation below.
Hot Chip are on the festival circuit this spring/summer -- including Coachella, Primavera Sound, Osheaga, Lollapalooza, and others -- and as mentioned, they're stopping in NYC for a show at Roseland Ballroom on Tuesday (4/9) before Coachella. Tuesday's show is with The Crystal Ark (DJ set) and Tanlines. Tickets for that are still available. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, TONIGHT (4/8) at Le Poisson Rouge, Hot Chip side project The 2 Bears (aka Joe Goddard and Raf Rundell), who are also playing and touring around Coachella, play a a show with Ladies Night. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. All dates are listed below.
Tanlines, who open the Roseland show, are also playing Coachella and have other dates coming up including shows with Passion Pit and Vampire Weekend, but not Passion Pit's NJ show with Phoenix or Vampire Weekend's Roseland show.
All Tanlines, Hot Chip, and 2 Bears dates are listed, along with the Astralwerks album tracklist and trailer, below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
this is where the DFA anniversary is happening
NYCers might be familiar with the infamous commercials for the spectacular Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn, with the proprieters finishing off the commercial by yelling "WE MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE" at the top of their lungs. I've always thought that the venue -- which is truly fantastic in the textbook definition of the word -- might make an interesting space for a musical event. It has before, including being the home of the world-music oriented Golden Fest.
Apparently I was not alone. We've mentioned it, but never fully given it the attention it deserves. As part of the massive Red Bull Music Academy takeover of NYC next month, DFA Records will make their dreams come true by hosting their 12th anniversary of party at the dazzling space on May 25, featuring a veritable army of the DFA crew including DJs and live sets from James Murphy, The Rapture, Black Dice (live set), Juan Maclean, Pat Mahoney, The Crystal Ark (live set), YACHT (live set), Sh*t Robot (live set), Planningtorock (live set), Prinzhorn Dance School (live set, their US debut), Still Going, Nancy Whang, Tim Sweeney, Larry Gus, Dan Bodan and Marcus Marr. There are bound to be some surprises in store as well and seems likely to be a very memorable night.
Tickets are still available, but reportedly "dangerously close to selling out."
DFA-related videos and those classic Grand Prospect Hall commercials are below.
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today in NYC
* Diamond Terrifier @ Zebulon
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Ray LaMontagne @ The Capitol Theatre
* Macklemore & Ryan Lewis @ Irving Plaza
* Aerosmith, Cheap Trick @ Madison Square Garden
* Metz, Yvette, Bennio Qwerty @ Knitting Factory
* Ash, We Are Scientists, Reputante @ Bowery Ballroom
* Jeremy Carlstedt and Tim Motzer Duo @ The Stone
* Robert Randolph & The Family Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Lucy Wainwright Roche, Lindsay Fuller @ Joe's Pub
* Of Monsters and Men, Soley, Elle King @ Terminal 5
* Pre War, The New Colossus, Little Gold @ Cake Shop
* Love as Laughter, Heaven, Our Mountain, Katy Steele @ Pianos
* Teletextile, Monica Lionheart, My Midnight Heart @ Union Pool
* Future Islands, Talk Normal, Dopy Body @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Sunglasses, Brothertiger, Genghis Hans, Alex Burkat DJ set @ Glasslands
* The Dreebs, Tonstartssbandht, Heaven's Gate, Doron Sadja @ Death By Audio
* BAM!, Easy Tells, Daniella Cotton, Vanity Belles, Christina LaRocca @ Mercury Lounge
* Joey Badass with Pro Era, Mr. Phantastik, King Mez, Mr. Ivory Snow Hot @ S.O.B.'s
* Curren$y, Trademark Da Skydiver, Young Roddy, Smoke DZA, OCD: Moosh & Twist @ Highland Ballroom
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Sweden's The Mary Onettes will release their new single "Evil Coast" next week on Labrador records and you can stream it now below. Look for their new album, Hit the Waves, in March.
As you may remember (or maybe went to), The Crystal Ark threw a release party at Le Poisson Rouge last week for the video of their single "We Came To." That sci-fi themed clip, pretty trippy, is now online and you can watch it below.
The Crystal Ark at Music Hall of Williamsburg in May (via Veronica Ibarra)
The Crystal Ark began as the solo project of DFA producer/musician/synthesizer builder Gavin Russom, who also has records out under the name Black Meteoric Star, collaborations with Delia Gonzalez, and has been a touring member of LCD Soundsystem. Gavin recruited vocalist Viva Ruiz to contribute to the project and the Crystal Ark has since become a full band. They released their percussive, disco-oriented self titled debut album this week (10/30) via DFA. You can stream five of the album's eight tracks below, and if you like what you hear, you can pick the album at the DFA webstore. The album's cover art and tracklist are below too.
The Crystal Ark will celebrate their new album with an record release party in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on November 14. The show also doubles as a premiere party for the video for their single, "We Came To." No openers have been announced of this post. Tickets for the show are on sale now.
Song streams, cover art and tracklist below.
Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5 in Feb 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Sleigh Bells and The Kills will separately headline two Converse City Carnage concerts/skateboard events happening at Hudson River Park. The Sleigh Bells show happens Saturday July 21 and is with Jel and Mr. Dream; The Kills show happens August 18 and is with Black Bananas and Viva Viva.
Both shows are free but you do need physical tickets which can be ordered via Ticketmaster on June 22 starting at noon. You can also pick up tickets at Converse's Soho and Garden State Plaza retail locations.
Both shows are part of two-day events. The skateboarding part will take place on Fridays (July 20, August 17) and features Converse Skateboarding Ambassadors Kenny Anderson, Nick Trapasso, along with the entire Converse Skateboarding team. You can read more about it here. Leading up to City Carnage, Hudson River Park's Pier 62 Skate Park will get a facelift courtesy the sneaker folks.
The City Carnage show is part of Sleigh Bells expanded summer tour and all current dates -- some of which are opening for Refused -- are listed below.
In related news, The Kills are featured on a new Fleetwood Mac tribute album titled Just Tell Me That You Want Me. The Kills tackle karaoke favorite "Dreams" and elsewhere on the compilation you can hear Mac songs covered by Lee Ranaldo & J Mascis, Antony, New Pornographers (streaming below), Washed Out, Matt Sweeny & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Best Coast, Lykke Li, Craig Wedren & St. Vincent, Tame Impala, MGMT and more. The album's out August 14 -- tracklisting and bad cover art is below.
Real Estate on a boat cruise (more by Marielle Solan)
WBAR is welcoming its 18th WBAR-B-Q at Barnard College on April 15th, 2011. The FREE, all-ages show will feature free food/drink/music at the Daina Event Oval at Barnard College (117th & Broadway) with performances from Real Estate, Blondes, Arp, Big Troubles, Grooms, Beige, Julianna Barwick, and others.
The show is also one of a few scheduled for Real Estate, who will also play Culture shock the next day, and a show on May 20 at The Bell House with Julian Lynch, Big Troubles and Family Portrait (tickets) and May 21 at Maxwell's with the same lineup (tickets). They also have a few more shows scheduled since we last spoke. All dates, more WBAR-B-Q details and the flyer is below...