Entries tagged with: The Field
Wild Beasts, whose fourth album, Present Tense, came out back in February, have released two new songs which are available to download now. One is "Soft Future," the band's first-ever instrumental, and the second is "Blood Knowledge." Both tracks were specially written to accompany a online interactive GIF novel from Parisian illustrator Mattis Dovier:
Back in September, Wild Beasts got together with Mattis and set out to create something unique for The Jameson Works which responded to the simple brief of 'Storytelling'. The result is a sequence of GIF animations which visualise the stories of two unreleased Wild Beasts tracks, 'Soft Future' and 'Blood Knowledge'. The GIF-Novel tells two alternate stories, the story of a human experiencing a robot's world for Soft Future, and a robot exploring a human's world for Blood Knowledge.You can check out that here and you can stream both new songs below.
In other news, Wild Beasts just released a special digital edition of Present Tense which contains a CD's worth of remixes from the likes of The Field, Juan Atkins, Factory Floor, SOHN and Foals' take on "Palace" which you can stream below as well.
by Bill Pearis
For the tour, the swedish group have released a remix EP featuring tracks from this year's shoegazy, danceable Chiaroscuro as messed with by The Field, former Stereolab technician Tim Gane, Tom Furse from The Horrors and others. You can stream the whole thing below.
The initial Pitchfork Festival lineup was announced last month, and now many new artists have been added, including St. Vincent, Danny Brown, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Real Estate, Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt, Cloud Nothings, Hudson Mohawke, Deafheaven, Perfect Pussy, Dum Dum Girls, Jon Hopkins, Majical Cloudz, Mutual Benefit, Speedy Ortiz, Kelela, the Field, SZA, DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn, Hundred Waters, FKA Twigs, Isaiah Rashad, Empress Of and Twin Peaks.
They join previously announced artists Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, Sun Kil Moon, Slowdive, Grimes, Giorgio Moroder and more. Tickets are still available.
Updated day-by-day lineup below...
by Bill Pearis
Priceonomics Hipster/Bro Music Index:
If you've wondered what are the most hipster bands of today, well stop. The folks at Priceonomics figured it out, kinda, and it turns out The Field, Julia Holter, Iceage, These New Puritans top the list of "Most Hipster" bands. What exactly does that mean and how did they determine this? By comparing Pitchfork scores to the number of shares those reviews got on Facebook. The highest scores with the least shares being given the "most hipster" tag.
On the other end, records that got high P4K scores but lots of FB shares -- The National, Boards of Canada, Justin Timberlake, The Range -- were not hipster and topped their "Beer Me Bro" Music Index.
Kind of an interesting method, but the "most hipster" list also includes the very popular Disclosure and the very very very popular Drake. Maybe people just don't share Pitchfork reviews on bands they figure their friends already know? Maybe they should add a sales variable. Anyway, it's kind of interesting (and entertaining) and you can read more about it and peruse the full lists of Hipster and Bro bands over at Priceonomics.
The Field (aka Swedish electronic musician Axel Willner) is set to return with his fourth album, Cupid's Head, on October 1 via Kompakt. Fans may notice that Willner is mixing things up on the cover art (above), going for black instead of the pale yellow of the first three albums. Musically, we're still deep in the loops but this may be his most accessible LP yet. You can stream Cupid's Head's title track below.
Willner has a few dates lined up, including a NYC record release show at 285 Kent on October 3. No word on tickets just yet. That's the same date as Dent May / Dead Gaze at 285 Kent, so this is likely be a late show. All dates are listed, along with the track stream, below.
UPDATE: It is indeed a late show and is a full live band. Tickets are on sale now.
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...
by Andrew Sacher
Grizzly Bear at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Grizzly Bear are still producing singles off of 2012's great Shields, and they've just made a video for "gun-shy," which was directed by Kris Moyes. Like their video for "Two Weeks," it shows their love of trippy, creepy body manipulation, but instead of warping their faces, this time they're picking their bodies apart with medical tools. Sick. Watch it go down below.
Like Deerhunter and TV on the Radio are doing in May, Grizzly Bear and Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who also like creepy imagery) are each curating and headlining ATPs in the UK. YYYs do it on May 4 and Grizzly Bear on May 5, less than a week before the TVOTR one. YYYs' lineup so far includes The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Black Lips, Anika, The Field, Dirty Beaches, King Khan and the Shrines, and Mick Harvey; and Grizzly Bear's includes Van Dyke Parks, the Walkmen, Tortoise, Real Estate, I Break Horses, and Cass McCombs. Tickets go on sale Thursday (1/31) at 9 AM.
Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!
Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.
Vampire Weekend/Ty Segall/Araabmuzik crowd - Pitchfork Fest 2012
Thank god for the Chicago Transit Authority. Several "cooling stations" (city buses) that provided respite from the onslaught of heat and humidity at the third day of Pitchfork 2012 in Chicago's Union Park (7/15), a weather pattern which replaced the previous days' periodic downpours. The heat, combined with squirt guns & bikini tops, helped create the perfect setting for performances from the sunny tennis-sweater rock of Vampire Weekend and dream pop of the oh-so-aptly named Beach House.
Random thoughts on the day: Personal highlights for me included a stretch of bands that were unfortunately all clustered across the three stages in the afternoon: Milk Music, Iceage, The Men, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees and Chavez. From catching moments of Kendrick Lamar on the Blue Stage, it was proven to me that he's an excellent live performer, a sentiment clearly echoed by Lady Gaga (who looked on during his set). Onohtrix Point Never's material is compelling, but doesnt fit well on an outdoor festival stage. And it's confirmed, this reviewer still detests Vampire Weekend.
Vampire Weekend uber-fans
Pictures from the third and final day of Pitchfork 2012 are below, including pictures of all bands mentioned above, as well as King Krule, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Araabmuzik, and The Field. If you didnt make it to Chicago, maybe you streamed it? If you haven't been keeping up with our coverage, make sure to check out pictures from day one (one set HERE, another HERE) and day two (HERE and HERE) along with video from the festival to complete your desktop Pitchfork Festival experience. Hopefully from an ice cold room.
Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bon Iver recorded an iTunes session at East West studios which is available exclusively from iTunes starting today. It includes six tracks off 2011's great Bon Iver, Bon Iver and a cover of Bjork's "Who Is It?," which the band has played live many times. You can stream the session's opening track, "Beth/Rest" below.
As mentioned, Bon Iver is touring internationally throughout the summer and fall and will come to NYC on September 19 and 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Both of those shows are now sold out. All Bon Iver dates, including a recently announced European leg, are listed below.
Speaking of Bjork, she's teaming up with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create interactive educational programs for middle school-aged students based on her Biophilia app. Speaking about the program, Bjork said:
"It's not a bookish thing. You cannot learn to make music from a book." "I love books; they're like the best ever," she added. "There are things you can only learn from books, but it's also important to introduce the physical aspects. So for me, it was very important to make, somehow, music education that was physical." (via NY Daily News)Both Bon Iver and Bjork are set to play Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway this summer (Aug 7-11) with The Stone Roses, Refused, The Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould (performing Copper Blue), Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, John Maus, Purity Ring, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, Screaming Females, St. Vincent, and more. Full list below.
Way Out West (Aug 9-11) in Gothenberg, Sweden features many of the same bands as Oya like Bon Iver, Refused, Afghan Whigs, St. Vincent, Purity Ring, John Maus, and Bob Mould in addition to Blur, Wilco, I Break Horses, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Mark Lanegan Band, Adolescents, Swans, and more. Check out the spotify playlist. The full lineup is listed below.
As mentioned, the reunited Mazzy Star is set to play both of those European festivals. Full lineups and the Bon Iver dates and song, below...
FYF Fest. September 1st and 2nd, 2012WOW.
At the LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets are $77 and go on sale Friday June 22nd.
American Nightmare has two shows coming up at Webster Hall.
Full FYF lineup, in alphabetical order, below...
John Stanier w/ Battles at Treasure Island Music Fest 2011 (more by Autumn Andel)
First it was Dirty Projectors, then The Rapture and Prefuse 73, and on March 16, the 2012 One Step Beyond series at American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center will continue with DJ sets by John Stanier/Battles and Black Moth Super Rainbow. Tickets are on sale now.
Speaking of Battles, they'll release a remix album of every track off 2011's Gloss Drop called Dross Glop on April 17 via Warp. The album features remixes by Shabazz Palaces, The Field, Kode9, The Alchemist, Pat Mahoney and Denis McNany, Hudson Mohawke, and more. Listen to remixes by Kode9, Shabazz Palaces, The Field, and Gui Boratto below along with the tracklist.
The press release say:
The 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago's Union Park Friday, July 13 - Sunday, July 15! Seven years in, this independently run three-day event has consistently proven to be one of the most welcoming, comfortable, reasonably priced and rewarding weekends of music around.The full Chicago festival lineup so far, including Willis Earl Beal who we recently hosted in the same city (where Willis happens to also live), is listed below...
A tremendously focused and thoughtfully curated event, the Pitchfork Music Festival has historically introduced emerging bands while also honoring a great number of already beloved and internationally renowned acts. This year continues with that high standard and welcomes Vampire Weekend, Feist, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hot Chip, AraabMUZIK, A$AP Rocky, The Field, Liturgy, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Cloud Nothings, Tim Hecker, and Willis Earl Beal! But this is only the beginning! There are more than 30 acts to still be announced.
Additionally, we are excited to announce that the Pitchfork Music Festival will not be raising ticket prices in 2012! Our goal has always been to create an affordable atmosphere with music at its focus, and do so in a way that is sustainable and exciting. So why raise ticket prices if you don't need to, right? Tickets for the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival go on sale Friday, March 9 at 12 PM CST, with single-day tickets for $45 and a limited number of three-day passes for $110! Based on years past, three-day passes will sell out very quickly. Tickets will be available on the festival website.
In addition to its musical offerings, the Pitchfork Music Festival also features a wide array of other activities for its 50,000 attendees of all ages from 45 states and 26 countries to easily enjoy. With 50 individual vendors, as well as specialty fairs, the fest not only supports local businesses and economy, but also promotes the Chicago arts community as a whole.
photos by Erez Avissar
The Field welcomed Looping State of Mind, his new LP, on October 10 and has been touring in support. Before he hit Moogfest this past weekend, Axel Willner and co played a show at Le Poisson Rouge on 10/25 as part of the string of North American dates that continue on the left coast tonight (in LA at Los Globos). Pictures from the NYC show are in this post. More of them, along with all tour dates (including the Battles-curated day of ATP's The Nightmare Before Christmas), below...
photos by Diana Wong
Tangerine Dream & fan
The annual music festival Moogfest took place this Halloween weekend down in Asheville, North Carolina. Countless bands we know and love played over the course of its three days including The Antlers, Atlas Sound, Austra, Anika, The Field, AraabMuzik, Flying Lotus, Chromeo, TV on the Radio, Moby, Matthew Dear, Tangerine Dream, and many more. And that was just Friday. Friday pictures are in this post.
As NPR points out:
"Tangerine Dream has wore many hats during a prolific 35-year career: Krautrock, New Age, film scores and pioneering synth music, to start. The group has consistently worked at a steady clip, generating 116 (!) live and studio albums in spite of its many personnel changes. Edgar Froese, the creative force behind Tangerine Dream, is the only remaining original member."Tangerine Dream played a two hour set at the fest. You can listen to the whole thing at NPR who have streaming sets from Austra, Atlas Sound, Tim Hecker, The Field, CANT and others too. The rest of our pictures from the first of three days, below...
The Creators Project will return to New York from October 15 - October 16 by transforming the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn into a colossal two-day arts and technology festival.Except for Karen O at St Ann's, it's all free with RSVP.
After spending the year traveling the world, VICE and Intel's The Creators Project lands back in New York with a marquee lineup of live performances and original Studio works by groundbreaking artists, musicians, designers and filmmakers.
This year's festival will take to the streets of DUMBO, Brooklyn, erecting 30-foot sculptures, showcasing works from over thirty leading international artists, and featuring dozens of live music performances. The event will also include the world premiere of Karen O's psycho-opera, Stop The Virgens, along with film screenings and panels.
Original artworks include Life on Mars Revisited, an immersive short film of David Bowie's classic space-rock anthem from legendary music photographer Mick Rock and filmmaker Barney Clay; 'A Physical Manifestation of Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space,' a cathedral-like physical manifestation of the song created by Spiritualized's J. Spaceman and acclaimed film director Jonathan Glazer; and Origin, a striking thirty by thirty foot audiovisual installation by UVA and composer Scanner, which will be the largest responsive work ever created by the UK based artists.
The festival runs:
Lineup, venue list, etc, below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: The Field - "Then It's White" (MP3)
Stockholm techno producer The Field (aka Alex Willner) will release his third full length album, Looping State of Mind on October 10 via Kompakt. As the name implys, the songs on the album build upon layers of rhythmic loops and with no song under seven minutes, those loops are able lock you in to the state of mind that The Field is describing. You can download one of the album's slower cuts, "Then It's White," above.
The Field will tour North America in support of the album this fall. That tour hasn't been announced in full yet, but we know that it includes a NYC show on October 25 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for the show are on sale now. The Field is also playing ATP Nightmare Before Christmas in the UK. He plays as part of the 12/10 lineup, which was curated by Battles, whose drummer he collaborated with on his 2009 LP Yesterday and Today.
All dates, album art, and tracklist below...
DOWNLOAD: Miracle Fortress - Raw Spectacle (Pantha du Prince Remix) (MP3)
Junior Boys art for It's All True
"The striking image included with this announcement is a detail of the [new Junior Boys] album's cover, a deceptively abstract image taken by [Junior Boy] Jeremy Greenspan's sister of the UK Pavilion in Shanghai, China. Greenspan made an extended visit to Shanghai to write and begin recording It's All True. Traces of the influence of the trip can not only be seen but heard in tracks like the album opener "Itchy Fingers" whose exotic middle eight features local musicians Greenspan recorded during his sojourn. With much of the album composed and conceived, Greenspan returned to his native Hamilton, Ontario and was joined by [Junior Boy] Matthew Didemus to record in earnest at the band's recently constructed studio where Greenspan had recently mixed and recorded a few tracks on Caribou's most recent album, Swim." - Domino RecordsJunior Boys will hit the road in June with Graham Van Pelt's Miracle Fortress, tagging NYC at Webster Hall on June 14th along the way. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale at noon on 5/4, and regular sale on Friday. All tour dates are listed below.
June 14th is also the date, It's All True, Junior Boy's new LP for Domino is released. The album's first single, "Banana Ripple," will be out in 12" format even sooner, on May 31st with a remix by The Field on the b-side. Listen to "Banana Ripple", all nine minutes of it, streaming below. Domino is giving away another song in trade for an email.
Miracle Fortress also have a new LP called Was I the Wave? which is out May 17th on Secret City Records. Download the Pantha Du Prince remix of "Raw Spectacle" off that album, above. Listen to the unremixed version alongside the cover art and full tracklisting below.
DOWNLOAD: Maserati - "Pyramid Of The Moon" (MP3 EDIT)
Shrinebuilder and Maserati have very little in common, musically speaking. One relies on bluesy/sludgy riffage and post-metal roar, while the other is more concerned with muscling you out on the dancefloor. Yet both have absolutely incendiary live shows and now, both have killer songs called "Pyramid Of The Moon".
I've been a long-time fan of Maserati's spacey kraut-rock dancefloor-FONK and I'm excited for new material which will come soon in the form of a limited-edition 12" for "Pyramid Of The Moon". The song, and alternate version of the title track from the band's forthcoming album (!) Pyramid of The Sun, is available in edited form, for the first time, above, and will appear in all its extended nine-plus-minute glory along with a remix by The Field on the 12". Preorder it.
The new LP will include some of the final recordings of Jerry Fuchs, whose untimely passing left the band and the Brooklyn music community shaken. The LP, mixed with Justin Van Der Volgen (!!!, Out Hud, TBD) and Temporary Residence Limited founder Jeremy deVine (Sonna), includes collaborations with Steve Moore (Zombi) and will hit store shelves on 11/9. Make sure and check that out, it definitely cooks.
And speaking of !!!, openers have been announced for their upcoming 2-night run at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Fol Chen and Midnight Magic open the 11/6 show. Onra and Pattern is Movement play support on 11/7. Tickets (including the 2-day pass) are still on sale.
"As with most of the Field's music, Yesterday and Today works better through headphones than in the club. You'd get too many people transfixed, just staring out into the middle distance. But that's what makes it such a powerful experience to listen to on your own. So cue up "Sequenced": let its static alternation and its basic bass and hi-hat drift through you and out across an icy landscape. It's the pulse of 2009. " [PopMatters]Hopefully you had a good time getting down Friday night. Get ready to do some more dancing tonight (Saturday, 6/19) and read on for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Fatboy Slim at Terminal 5 next Wednesday:
DOWNLOAD: The Juan Maclean - One Day (James Curd remix) (MP3)
The Juan Maclean @ Santos Party House (more by Faith-Ann Young)
The previously NYC-less Juan MacLean/The Field tour has added a NYC date. That show will be Saturday, June 20th at Webster Hall. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday, April 22nd at noon. General sale starts Friday, April 24th at noon.
The Juan MacLean just played a CD release show for their new record, The Future Will Come, (out now on DFA) at (Le) Poisson Rouge on April 17th. Before the show Juan told Impose, "Our friend Justine books the place, so we just kind of follow where she goes. I think people out of town find this hard to believe, there really aren't any good clubs here....especially not for DJing."
A remix of "One Day," off that record, is posted (again) above. There's a video for the song too. All updated Juan MacLean/Field tour dates below...
DOWNLOAD: The Juan Maclean - One Day (James Curd remix) (MP3)
Favorite concert: Most memorable concert ever attended was Nu Shooz in the parking lot of Beaverton Mall, Ore. in 1980-something. Billy Bragg at Big Day Out last year was moving. The favorite show I ever played was at Coachella with LCD Soundsystem -- the second time.The Juan MacLean is celebrating the release of his new album The Future Will Come, out April 14th on DFA, with a live (full band) performance at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (4/17). Advanced tickets available here.
Music: Thee Oh Sees from San Francisco. I listen to "Heaven" or "Las Vegas" by the Cocteau Twins and Arthur Russell's "World of Echo" every time I go running, but mostly because they're what's on my iPod Shuffle and I haven't been bothered to change it.
[Nancy Whang of the Juan Maclean talked to the NY Times]
Throbbing Gristle, who played Brooklyn Masonic Temple last night, is playing earlier tonight at the same venue. Tickets to both TG and JM would cost you a combined $52, OR you can pay $35 (before fees) for the combo by going HERE and entering the code GENESIS.
I really like the new Juan MacLean track "One Day" (video below and download the James Curd remix at the top of this post), and most of his past shows I've been to, so I'm hoping his show at Bowery Ballroom in October (which I found disappointing) was a fluke. The excellent Holy Ghost will be deejaying the LPR show, as well as Matt Cash, plus a live performance by Black Meteoric Star.
Juan begins a European tour just days after this show, followed by a US tour with the Field starting mid-May. The Field's new album, Yesterday & Today, is due out May 19 on Anti- Records. All dates, the new video and Juan MacLean cover art, below..
DOWNLOAD: Drop the Lime - I Love NY (MP3)
The Field @ Studio B, Brooklyn, NY - 6/6/08 (J Russell)
Hopefully your week in dance is off to a good start. I haven't gone to a thing since M83 on Tuesday, but tonight (Saturday, June 7th) that is definitely changing. There are two great options you should not miss out on:
The Field cancelled a bunch of shows in April, but this time it's Four Tet....
We regret to inform you that Four Tet has dropped off the bill for Friday's Show.Four Tet forgot to mention that they already do have another NYC show scheduled (sort of).
THE FIELD, THE YOUNG KNIVES, AND THE GLIMMERS WILL PERFORM AS PLANNED.
A message from their management:
"We are truely sorry to have to cancel this show, unfortunately a family emergency came up and we had to make a decision based on what felt right. This show was incredibly important to us and we apologise for any disappointment this last minute cancellation may have caused -sometimes our personal lives have to come first i guess! We'll be rescheduling another date in New York as soon as possible and thank you for your understanding."
Refunds available via Ticketweb. For those who purchased tickets at Other Music or Sound Fix please follow up directly with club for your refund.
The Young Knives are also playing a few other NYC shows.
Spank Rock also cancelled his (their) last (two) show (shows) at Studio B.
Yes just cancelled a whole tour.
DOWNLOAD: Familjen - Hög luft (The Field rmx) (MP3)
How far is Saratoga Springs because that's where the Field is playing Friday night before heading west to play Coachella and a few other West Coast shows. Too far probably (plus it's at a college), but that's okay because The Field will be back soon enough - June 6th at Studio B to be exact, with Four Tet and tickets are on sale. The Field will also be in Montreal in early May to play the electronic festival Mutek... with a live band.
UPDATE: West Coast tour dates cancelled
All dates below....