Entries tagged with: The Prodigy
by Bill Pearis
The Prodigy's new album, The Day Is My Enemy, which is their sixth LP to go to #1 in the UK charts, came out a couple weeks ago. The current single from the electronica vets is "Ibiza" which features Sleaford Mods. It sounds pretty much like you'd expect it to, with Jason Williamson angy spiel fitting in well with The Prodigy's metallic techno. The song is an attack on superstar DJ culture (and the Spanish resort town where EDM runs rampant). The Prodigy's Liam Howlett told FACT:
"It's an attack on these mindless fucking jokers that arrive in their Learjets, pull a USB stick out of their pockets, plug it in and wave their hands in the air to a pre-programmed mix," said Howlett. "I can't name names, but our lighting guy pulled out a CD, and said this is blah blah blah's set, and I'm like, 'What do you mean?' Turns out that our lighting guy plays it from the front of house while this DJ is onstage pretending to push buttons.The video for the song was just released and features Williamson and the band badgering a nebbish travel agent. You can watch it below.
"Maybe I'm an angry person, but I was infuriated by this laziness. What's all that shit about? You can't build a scene around that, it's never going to last or be credible."
"Ibiza" will also be released as a Record Store Day 7" in the UK. Sleaford Mods' new album is in the can, stay tuned for details on that.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, Soundwave photos by Caitlyn Ridenour
The Cure / Matt & Kim & a colorful fan
Like they did at ACL and Osheaga and Lollapalooza, The Cure co-headlined Voodoo Fest this year. To be more specific, they helped helped close out the final day of the 2013 New Orleans 'Experience' on Sunday night....
"Smith opened with the tight rockers "Shake Dog Shake" and "Fascination Street," and took the crowd through a winding tour of the band's catalog, playing breathless, ecstatic classics such as "Just Like Heaven," "Friday I'm In Love," "Lovesong" and "Pictures of You," as well as deeper cuts. Notably, he also delivered a red-letter day for the Cure-fan timeline: Sunday night, apparently, was the first time the band performed "Burn," popularized by the 1994 film (and icon of goth culture) "The Crow."" [NOLA.com]Matt & Kim, Dr. John, Bassnectar, Kid Rock and others also played on Sunday which was also the final day of 'Soundwave' this 2013 festival season. Compared to other festivals we went to this summer, Voodoo was definitely a bit light on the number of bands we're fans of, but it's still a great time.
Like SPIN and sometimes Pure Volume and sometimes Hype Machine, BrooklynVegan was responsible for two hours of entertainment a day inside the Toyota Soundwave tent at each festival it appeared. We did at Firefly, at Lollapalooza, at Outside Lands, at Bumbershoot, and finally at Voodoo Day 1, Voodoo Day 2 and Voodoo Day 3 where we closed out the BrooklynVegan portion with a special set by the Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra who also played 90 minutes earlier on the Carnival Stage. Rusty Lazer, instead of DJing with Big Freedia in Brooklyn, closed out SPIN's Soundwave portion with a multiple hour DJ set.
Pictures from the day are in this post and continue below....
The December issue of Q Magazine is an 'Artists Of The Century' special edition, covering all of the acts that the fine staff of the good ship Q feel are the most important of the century so far. As befitting a special edition of the UK best selling music monthly requires a special cover was commissioned world renowned photographer John Wright has spent over a year shooting 34 artists to fit on triple fold out cover.What do you get when you throw Pitchfork's favorite albums in a blender with NME's? Q's favorite albums of 2009 are (questionable & very UK-centric and) listed below..
The issue is packed to the gills with pieces written by Russell Brand on Noel Gallagher, Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis on Coldplay and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme on The Arctic Monkeys. In addition it also includes exclusive interviews and photos from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Dizzee Rascal, U2, Dave Grohl, Lily Allen, Rihanna, Sir Paul McCartney, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Brandon Flowers from The Killers, Elbow's Guy Garvey, Pink, Muse's Matt Bellamy, Murdoc from Gorillaz, The Kings Of Leon, Mark Ronson, Mika, Nick Cave, Robert Plant, Florence Welch, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol and Tom Chaplin of Keane.
Busy P @ the Studio @ Webster Hall - March 25, 2009
Earlier this week I got a double dose of Busy P, seeing him at the Bloc Party after-party at the Studio at Webster Hall on Wednesday, as well as at Roseland Ballroom on Thursday where he opened for the Prodigy. Despite there being some overlap (see partial setlists below), each night was very enjoyable. Wednesday night's had more of a crazy party vibe, while Thursday's seemed to be more planned out. At Roseland Busy P gradually won over the crowd, that seemed to be made up of a lot of die-hard Prodigy fans, by starting his set off with a lot of darker, creepy, and more minimal tracks before working into more mainstream electro. By the end of the set most of the crowd was into it and he drew in those who weren't, by playing the crowd pleaser "No Sleep Til Brooklyn". Everyone chanted along, the set ending with an enthusiastic crowd, eager to see the Prodigy...
photos by Zach Dilgard
"show sucked. loud noise & flashing lights describe what went down in a nutshell...high energy yes, good music...not so much." [Anonymous | March 27, 2009 10:01 AM]
"I thought the show was actually pretty good- very energetic, sounded great from my spot, and the crowd was the largest/most enthusiastic I'd seen at Roseland in a long time." [Anonymous | March 27, 2009 10:20 AM]
Those two mini-reviews refer to last night's Prodigy show at Roseland Ballroom in NYC (3/26). Ed Banger's Busy P opened with a DJ set. More pictures from the show below...
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Cut Copy @ Terminal 5 - March 21, 2009 (ChrisGoldNY)
This weekend saw the first wave of post-SXSW, pre-WMC deejays and bands come through New York. There were a lot of events lined up that I had seen coming for weeks, but one that somehow got by me until just a few days before, was Disco 3000 with Trus'me and Volcov at APT. Without enough time to sway my more "electro"-minded friends to change their plans, I hit APT solo Friday night and left without an ounce of regret. Upon arriving around 12:30 or so, the basement space was packed with people dancing. While there were some weird and inexplicable ebbs & flows in terms of dancefloor traffic, the music was on point the entire night. Trus'me and Volcov traded off deck duty every hour or so, easily meeting the expectations garnered from the flyer:
Expect to hear all corners of the record shop from the past, present and of course the future. Disco, afro, house, boogie, hip hop, techno, jazz, psyche, reggae, soul, brazilian, dub.Overall it was a great night that had me out dancing until 4, never even toying with the idea of leaving earlier. It also reminded me just how much I love disco, house, etc. After inadvertently laying those genres by the wayside of more electro-oriented sounds for too long, I have not been able to get enough of them since Friday.
Saturday night I ventured out again, to Terminal 5 to see Cut Copy. I managed to catch a bit of Knightlife's opening dj set which was very well-mixed and balanced, including tracks that were on the more melodic, French house side of things with a tasteful amount of more gritty/synthy electro thrown in.
Matt & Kim @ Terminal 5 - March 21, 2009 (meisemily)
Following Knightlife, Matt & Kim went on. I had seen them open for Professor Murder at Bowery a few years ago and really didn't like them. This time around, despite still not really being into their music, I found their set to be much more entertaining in terms of something to watch. The pair really didn't let the crowd that was standing idly for the first couple of songs get to them. If anything it made Matt & Kim try even harder to get everyone excited. It inevitably worked after a few more songs and some witty banter. By the end, the crowd was very into it. People were jumping and dancing along to the upbeat synth & drum combos, which ended with the previously indifferent crowd, now embracing and ushering Matt to the safety of the stage after his attempt to literally walk on top of them failed.
The tension built as the crew readied the stage for Cut Copy's set...unfortunately, so did the crowd. Just minutes prior to the beginning of the show I realized the floor was so packed I could not lift my arms and it began to dawn on me how hellish the next hour or so might possibly be.
For the most part, it was. Dancing had gone from being the fun, point of the evening, to a battle for personal space. Cut Copy were in top form, as they have been every time I've seen them prior, but the crowd made it difficult to enjoy their set.
In terms of what they played, it was mainly favorites from their albums In Ghost Colours and Bright Like Neon Love, plus the addition of the track "Sands of Time" (recorded at the same time as In Ghost Colours, but never making it onto the album) which sounded amazing live. Thankfully there were just enough brief moments where I found myself with sufficient space to get down and enjoy the music, making me able to walk away from the show feeling good about it (despite the hellish crowd).
Hopefully the positivity will continue into this week. By the looks of what's headed our way, I'm optimistic:
Laurie Anderson is playing Santos Party House in Manhattan tonight (3/26). The $75 benefit also has DJ Moby, and many more on the bill.
Speaking of Moby, he, Santigold, Roni Size, Late of the Pier, The Whip, Crystal Castles, Cut Copy, Hercules and Love Affair, Prodigy and many others in the dance community will be heading down to Miami this weekend for the Ultra Music Festival.
Many of the artists I just mentioned
sold their souls for are also involved in the TOPSHOP festivities happening in NYC next week.
One artist mentioned above, The Prodigy, play a NYC show at Roseland Ballroom tonight (3/26).
A video of Moby covering Radiohead's "Creep" below...,
DO NOT BRINGFaith No More's first confirmed 2009 appearance has been announced. As you can see above, they one of three headliners at this year's Download Festival in Donington Park ("where the three counties of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire meet. - The ley-lines of ROCK!!"). Take a look at that lineup... I guess the haters win round one on this reunion (thx Zach).
Offensive weapons or anything that may be considered offensive, even if you're planning to use it for camping ( it won't be allowed in )
This includes: ANY glass containers, Prams or pushchairs ( the festival site is not suitable for them or their occupants!) ANY pets, Laser pens ( they are dangerous and may result in eviction without refund )
Gas cylinders and petrol fuelled cookers will not be permitted in the main campsite. Anyone found in possession of a gas cylinder or petrol may be asked to leave.
The suggested cooking stoves allowed are any solid fuel type such as Disposable BBQ's, Hexi Stove with solid fuel block
Standard compact cameras will be permitted, though you will not be able to take in a professional camera e.g. One with interchangeable lenses.
P.S. "Faith No More's appearance at Download 2009 will be their ONLY UK date this year."
The Prodigy @ Big Day Out (Keith Photo by Paul Dugdale)
As Showtrotta previously pointed out, The Prodigy are back with a new album, Invaders Must Die - out March 3rd via Take Me To The Hospital/Cooking Vinyl (note that is a new release date). According to the band, "Liam Howlett, Keith Flint and Maxim are all featured on the album, which is the first time since the release of Fat Of The Land in 1997." And this note came yesterday:
We just finished touring australias big day out last night, its been the best tour we have ever done there, absolutely mad....the sydney show was biggest indoor venue we have ever played, 35000 people in there, I couldn't see the fuckin end, it was mega and hot! We also played palace in melbourne for 1800 it was 50 degrees in there, security were using fire hoses into the crowd.....so we want to thank all the ozzys (n kiwis) that supported us and made it a mega tour.....I managed to stay out the sun for 3 weeks mainly coz I was working on new tunes and a remix for a band, I was like a bat - only come out at night! Off to singapore now, should be interesting......liam hThere are North American shows coming too. Already officially announced, The Prodigy will be headlining the Ultra Music Festival on March 28th. Now comes word that the band will also be playing Roseland Ballroom in NYC two days earlier. $42.50 tickets for that show will go on sale Thursday at noon.
Other bands playing the Ultra Music Festival include Bloc Party, Moby, Cut Copy, Late of the Pier, Hercules and Love Affair, The Presets, Crystal Castles, Booka Shade, Pete Tong, Santogold, Roni Size, Richie Hawtin and Busy P. Full lineup at their site.
All known Prodigy dates below...
Last week was so packed with dance events that I managed to hit 3 dancefloors despite not being here Saturday or Sunday. Things started calmly Tuesday night, chatting about music (what else) while the Prodigy's fifth studio album Invaders Must Die (due out March 3rd on Take Me To The Hospital/Cooking Vinyl) played in the background. You can check out the video for the title track here. Believe it or not it's actually one of the calmer tracks on the album, which definitely hearkens back to the heavier sound the Prodigy pioneered, but in an updated way.
I would've stayed put and listened for hours, but instead scurried over to the Annex for Friendly Fires. I arrived in time to see Lemonade (who opened) for the first time. Initially their set didn't appeal to me as it reminded me of a more mellow, island-ey version of Professor Murder (who I like). I enjoyed a few of Lemonade's more upbeat songs and the band's enthusiasm as the performance went on, but overall their sound was a little more chill/laidback than I prefer.
Friendly Fires @ the Annex - December 9, 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
I was in a bit of a daze after that, partially due to how hot the super crowded Annex was becoming, plus a longer than normal wait in between bands due to sound problems. As I had hoped, Friendly Fires' instantly energetic performance brought me back to life and had me and everybody in the Annex going accordingly bananas. Lead vocalist Ed McFarlane sang away song after song from the band's excellent, self-titled debut album and still managed to inject some Jagger-ish moves into the performance despite the crowded set-up on the Annex's small stage. Ed's energy was matched by the rest of the band who enthusiastically drummed and strummed away, while added percussive elements really gave the whole show a rich and highly danceable sound. These guys are easily one of the most lively and fun bands I've seen in a while.
More on last week later, here are some options for tonight/Thursday (12/19)...