Entries tagged with: Thundercat
by Andrew Marinaccio
Thundercat @ MHOW - 11/25/13 (via Austin Stillwell)
Stephen Bruner, more famously known by his superbassist alter-ego Thundercat (or as a onetime member of Suicidal Tendencies), keeps down to earth even when his music's whizzing past the stratosphere. Like his space-bound cohort Flying Lotus, Bruner's astral funk recalls the cosmic freedom of Sun Ra and the proggy busywork of any given tune from Sonic the Hedgehog, the latter's DNA equally ingrained in his music and lyrics. Bruner will be the first to admit as much. Walking on stage at Music Hall of Williamsburg Monday night (11/25) in a wide-brimmed suede hat, tasseled red scarf, and necklace adorned with three large discs emblazoned with the Thundercats cartoon logo, he looked like himself: nerdy hobbyist and spiritual guru. He proceeded to reveal both those sides of himself with unrelenting passion and fretwork.
From his airy rendition of George Duke's "For Love I Come" to the glitched-out funk shuffle of "Daylight," Bruner and his band (including drummer Ronald Bruner Jr., also a former Suicidal Tendencies member, who matched his brother's virtuosity at every turn) bounced between worlds and off his infinitely elastic basslines, morphing album cuts into mile-a-minute jams that changed before one could pin them as mere noodling. While "Heartbreaks + Setbacks" and the retro-futuristic cool of "Tron Song" erupted into soulful arpeggiated infernos, songs like "Evangelion" and FlyLo collaboration "DMT Song" kept the set cool and meditative. Amid all the burbling bass runs and freewheeling synthetic jazz, there were plenty of slower hooks for the audience to sing along with, proving Bruner has found plenty of fellow stargazers to groove with him through his solo career.
Even with the death of Austin Peralta marking Thundercat's latest work - Bruner made shout-outs to his departed bandmate and friend in the quieter spaces of his set - his music and presence remain committedly light-hearted and magnanimous. His spirit was undeniable on closer "Oh Shit It's X," the impossibly bass-laden disco blazer where Bruner, in his glowing falsetto, recounts the dance floor antics of a high clubber. Naturally, the crowd honored his request to sing the song's central realization: "Oh shit. I'm fucked up."
While Thundercat was in NYC he also recorded a WNYC Soundcheck Session. His tour wrapped up in DC the next day, but he's got a couple one-offs left before the year ends, which are listed, along with a stream of that session, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
YT//ST / Foxxtrott @ Arlene's Grocery 10/29/2013
The 2013 M for Montreal happens at various clubs across its namesake city from November 20 - 23. Like last year, in addition to it's industry conference/showcase side earlier in the week, the Friday and Saturday shows are part of M Fest which like a smaller scale CMJ or Pop Montreal with over 75 bands playing over those two days. This year's bands include Mac DeMarco, Born Ruffians, The Dears' Murray Lightburn, Thundercat, Thus:Owls, Laura Mvula, Young Galaxy, Pat Jordache, A Wilhelm Scream, Grand Analog, High Dials, Damien Robitaille, The Damn Truth, Kandle and more.
After partnering with the M folks at CMJ, SXSW and other festivals, BrooklynVegan will be co-presenting (with CMJ) our first show at the actual M for Montreal with We Are Wolves, Duchess Says (who've played M/BV shows at CMJ and SXSW) and Solids (who we've written about) at Cabaret Underworld on November 22. This will be the first time in ages that We Are Wolves and Duchess Says shared a bill together in Montreal. Tickets are on sale now, and the poster for that show is below.
You can check out the full M for Montreal line-up below and tickets for some of the other shows are on sale too. We'll be there the whole week so look for coverage then.
Some of the artists playing this year's fest were down for CMJ a couple weeks ago, playing the official M for Montreal showcase which happened at Arlene's Grocery on October 18. Our photographer was there for Yamantaka // Sonic Titan (who played our party earlier in the day), and A K U A, plus Kandle (who played last year's M) and Foxtrott (who we've written about), both of whom will play M for Montreal. Pictures from their sets are in this post. Later in the night there were sets from Pat Jordache and related soft rock project CAMP, and others.
Full list of M for Montreal 2013 peformers, the flyer for the BV presented show, and more pics from the M4M CMJ showcase, below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Thundercat - "Bowzer's Ballad" (MP3)
Thundercat at Brooklyn Masonic Temple in May (More by Greg Cristman)
Bass master Thundercat returned earlier this year with his new album, Apocalypse, and he's now followed that with a new song "Bowzer's Ballad." It's a tribute to Nintendo boss Hiroshi Yamauchi, who passed away last week (9/19), and it sounds like what you might expect a combination of Thundercat's signature nu-jazz and video game music to sound like. Download it above or stream it below.
Thundercat also just announced a fall tour which brings him to NYC on November 25 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/27) at noon. He'll be in NYC even sooner, however, to perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with The Roots tonight (9/26).
All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
Wavves at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Earlier today, we mentioned that a bunch of punkish bands were added to Jay Z's Made In America festival, which goes down at Philly's Benjamin Franklin Parkway (8/31-9/1) this weekend. Since posting, one more band that fits that description has been added: Wavves. They play the Liberty Stage at 2:30 PM on Sunday. Full schedule here and tickets here.
Meanwhile, Nathan Williams and Stephen Pope of Wavves were also revealed (in an interview with Rolling Stone) as two of the radio hosts on the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V game that Rockstar Games is putting out on September 17. You can watch the trailer for GTA5 that came out today that features a song by Chain Gang of 1974 (Remember them? They're still a band.) below.
The game also includes a station hosted by Flying Lotus which will play much of his own music, along with tracks from Tyler the Creator, Outkast, Aphex Twin, Machinedrum, DJ Rashad, Thundercat, Clams Casino, Dabrye, Kingdom and Shadow Child.
Other hosts include Pam Grier, Bootsy Collins, Kenny Loggins and dancing outlaw Jesco White (!). And additionally, the game's score is being done by Tangerine Dream, The Alchemist, Oh No, and Woody Jackson (Red Dead Redemption, LA Noire).
Updated Wavves dates are listed, along with a video, below...
Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt has been talking about his Doris album for a long time, and last month he finally announced it'd be out on August 20. Now, a few days ahead of that release, Odd Future have made it available to stream, via their tumblr. Head there to check it out.
Earl is also featured on the new Adult Swim Single Series track from Captain Murphy, aka the rap alter-ego of Flying Lotus. The song is called "Between Villains" and also features MF DOOM's alter-ego, Viktor Vaughn and frequent FlyLo collaborator Thundercat. Stream that track below too (via Pitchfork).
Earl will be in the NYC-area this October for Rock the Bells NJ. All tour dates are listed, along with that song stream and the Doris tracklist, below...
Danny Brown at Knitting Factory in March (more by Fred Pessaro)
Peter Murphy @ The Belmont in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Q-Tip @ Cielo
* Snakeoil @ The Stone
* Owen Cohen @ Pianos
* The Tony Show @ UCB East
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Sinkane (DJ) @ Union Pool
* John Hodgman @ Union Hall
* Ronnie Spector @ City Winery
* Danny Brown, Kitty @ Irving Plaza
* James Blake, FaltyDL @ Terminal 5
* The Veils, Lantern @ Bowery Ballroom
* L.A. Guns, Splinter @ Bowery Electric
* Rihanna, A$AP Rocky @ Barclays Center
* Jadakiss, AZ, Smif N Wessun @ Stage 48
* Lazurite, Picastro, Max Alper @ Big Snow
* Spin Doctors, James Maddock @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Brazos, Companion, Cat Martino @ Cameo Gallery
* Japanther, Tweens, Grand Rapids @ Shea Stadium
* Implodes, The Phantom Family Halo @ Death By Audio
* Arum Mae, The Binary Sea, Celine Du Terte @ Maxwell's
* Boris, Stephen Brodsky, Amen Dunes @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Peter Murphy plays Bauhaus, Ours, Loudboy @ Webster Hall
* Nat Osborne Band, Rocket and the Ghost @ Mercury Lounge
* The Nepotist, Katie Buchanan, Roofer's Union @ Cake Shop
* Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch, Noveller @ Mercury Lounge
* Tig Notaro, Kyle Dunnigan, David Huntsberger @ The Bell House
* Little Boots, Avan Lava, Feathers @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* "Beginnings" w/ Sam Seder, JJ Sedelmaier, Parquet Courts, Dan Friel @ UCB East
* Wakey! Wakey!, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Mia Dyson @ Rockwood Music Hall
* R.A. the The Rugged Man, Havoc (of Mobb Deep), Julian Rhine @ Highline Ballroom
* Belle Mare, Andy Schuman & Darkhorse, Idgy Dean, Precious Bones, Colleen Sturtevant @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Mykki Blanco, LE1F, Laurel Halo, Venus X, Spank DJs, The Peronists, Crazy Bitch In A Cave, papercutz @ Glasslands
Tonight at UCB East is a live taping of the "Beginnings" podcast where comedians and musicians talk about how they got their start. Appearing tonight are Sam Seder (Bob's Burgers), J.J. Sedelmaier (Beavis & Butthead) Parquet Courts and musical guest Dan Friel.
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Kirin J Callinan just released a video for his new track "Embracism," which leads you through his morning routine. You can watch the NSFW clip below.
Thundercat released another song from his upcoming LP, Apocalypse, called "Oh Sheit It's X," which was co-produced by Flying Lotus. FlyLo and Thundercat both just played Terminal 5 last night (5/6) and the night before that. Listen to the new song below.
photos by Greg Cristman
"A night of Round Robin improvs and Julia Holter just adjusted her sheet music??? #undeadjazz #redmusicacademy" - Bill Bragin
"James Chance. You too with the sheet music?" - Bill Bragin
Andrew Bird & Joe Lavano / Kim Gordon / Julia Holter & Thundercat
The Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency continued last night (5/1) with the sold-out Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets, which went down at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple. The night featured a ton of incredible performers, including (in order of appearance) Jameszoo, Questlove, Matana Roberts, Mary Halvorson, Thundercat, Julia Holter, Kim Gordon, Dosh, Roy Hargrove, James Chance, Kim Gordon, Andrew WK, Bernie Worrell, Glenn Gotche, Erik Friedlander, Vijay Iyer, Robert Glasper, DJ Spinna, Don Byron, Andrew Bird, and Joe Lovano. Pictures from that night are in this post.
Many of the performers have other upcoming Red Bull Music Academy events (or non-RBMA shows) in NYC too. Kim Gordon plays tonight (5/2) at Knockdown Center in Queens as one half of the duo Body/Head with Bill Nace. Other artists on the bill include Stephen O'Malley, Prurient, Vatican Shadow, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Noveller, Mick Barr, Pharmakon, Pete Swanson and many more. That show
appears sold out is back on sale.
The "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" also doubled as part of the Undead Music Festival, which includes another Andrew Bird and Martin Dosh show on Saturday (5/4) at Shapeshifter Lab, where he'll be playing as a duo with Martin Dosh. The rest of that bill includes Jeremy Ylvisaker and Todd Sickafoose. Tickets for that are still available.
More pictures from the "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" below...
Flying Lotus at SXSW 2013 (more by Kevin Figueroa)
The Red Bull Music Academy began their huge NYC residency (details HERE and HERE) last night (4/28) with a party by FIXED DJs and TURBOTAX DJs. It was the first of many events that happen in NYC through May 31.
Like last night, many of these shows are shows are sold out at this point, but there's still some great ones that you can grab tickets for. On May 2, the 'Drone Activity In Progress' show goes down at the Knockdown Center in Queens with sets from Stephen O'Malley, Body/Head (aka Kim Gordon and Bill Nace), Prurient, Vatican Shadow, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Noveller, Mick Barr, Pharmakon, Pete Swanson, and many others. Tickets for that one are still available.
Brian Eno is doing his '77 Million Paintings' piece at Cafe Rouge on May 4, and though the first four shows of the night are sold out, if you're willing to stay up late (or wake up early), you can still grab tickets to the 4 AM show.
Tickets are still available for The Bunker party at Public Assembly on May 4 with Andy Stott, Objekt, Octo Octa, and more.
Tickets are still available to see Blondes, Rudi Zygadlo, Mike Simonetii, and others at Cameo on May 7.
You can still get tickets to see the especially interesting lineup of Big Freedia, Drop the Lime, DJ Spinn & DJ Rashad, Salva, Afrika Baambata, Egyptian Lover, and more on May 23 at Santos Party House.
Another great one is Oneohtrix Point Never, Factory Floor, Evian Christ, Bill Kouligas, and others at Saint Vitus on May 26. Tickets for that one are still on sale.
There's also the 'Pass the Gates: NYC In Dub' show at Le Poisson Rouge on May 30 which sees dub/reggae legends teaming up with younger, modern groups. The lineup includes Lee "Scratch" Perry with Subtaomic Sound System vs Adrian Sherwood, The Congos vs Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras and the Raw Power Band, and Peaking Lights In A Dub Style vs Future Times (aka Maxmillion Dunbar and Protect-U). Tickets are on sale.
And of course, there's Flying Lotus, who brings his tour with Thundercat to Terminal 5 on May 5 and 6. Nigel Godrich's band Ultraista are on both dates. En2ak opens the first and DJ Rafik opens the second. Tickets for both nights are still on sale and we're also giving a pair to each night.
And as mentioned, Flying Lotus will be making his NYC debut under his Captain Murphy monker, during RBMA as well, at the sold-out Brainfeeder session at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (4/30) that also features a DJ set from Erykah Badu, plus performances from The Underachievers, Teebs, Azizi Gibson, and PBDY.
Details on how to enter to win FlyLo tickets are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Thundercat (aka bass freak Stephen Bruner) is set to release the followup to his 2011 debut, The Golden Age of Apocalypse, this year. The new album is called Apocalypse and it was executive produced by Brainfeeder label head/frequent Thundercat collaborator Flying Lotus. The album will be out via Brainfeeder on July 9. Check out the first single, "Heartbreaks + Setbacks," whose melody is seriously reminding me of "Yeah" by Usher, below.
As mentioned, Thundercat and Flying Lotus are also touring together this year, which will bring them to NYC for Red Bull Music Academy shows on May 5 and 6 at Terminal 5. Nigel Godrich's band, Ultraista, are also on both of those shows. Tickets for both are still available. While Thundercat is in NYC, he's also doing Red Bull Music Academy's Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets, which happens on May 1 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple with Andrew Bird, Questlove, James Chance, Julia Holter, Kim Gordon, Andrew WK, and many others (sold out).
All dates are listed, along with the song stream and Apocalypse tracklist, below...
The Red Bull Music Academy already announced a huge NYC residency which includes a number of great shows at multiple venues, and this thing just keeps getting bigger and better. RBMA has now announced some new shows and updates to previously-announced ones. For example, the "Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets" that's happening on May 1 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple has added Andrew Bird, Robert Glasper, Vijay Iyer and Roy Hargrove to the mix that already included Questlove, Andrew WK, James Chance, Julia Holter, Kim Gordon, Thundercat, and others. Tickets for that show are still available. The full lineup is below.
UK DFA-signed dance trio Factory Floor will be joining their labelmates at the massive 12 Years of DFA Records, which takes place at Brooklyn's dazzling Grand Prospect Hall on May 25 (tickets). They were also added as DJs to the recently discussed Evian Christ and Oneohtrix Point Never show happening at Saint Vitus on May 26 (tickets).
Rapper Mykki Blanco, who just headlined Bowery Ballroom, and who was recently announced for this weekend's (4/5-7) Blues for Smoke festival at the Whitney Museum with Le1f, has also been added to Le1f's RBMA show. That show happens on May 7 at Glasslands with Laurel Halo, Venus X, Spank DJs, and others (tickets).
And UK bass/house producer Mosca and Mathew Jonson have been added to the closing night party on May 31 at 74 Wythe Ave that also features L.I.E.S. feat. Legowelt, Beautiful Swimmers, Marcos Cabral, Willie Burns, Bookworms, Professor Genius, Jahiliyya Fields, Shawn O'Sullivan + Kerri Chandler, and Red Bull Music Academy Allstars. Tickets are still available.
Updated Red Bull Music Academy schedule HERE. The full list of lineup additions for the residency and the full lineup for the "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" show below...
Flying Lotus & Herbie Hancock
As mentioned, Flying Lotus is going on a tour this year which comes to NYC on May 5 at Terminal 5 for a show with Nigel Godrich's band, Ultraista, Thundercat (with live band), and En2ak. Tickets for that show are still available, but perhaps that won't be true for long because FlyLo has added another date happening at Terminal 5 on May 6. That one's also with Ultraista and Thundercat, and DJ Rafik opens. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/29) at noon.
Updated dates are listed, along with the new Captain Murphy video (aka FlyLo's rap alter ego) for "The Killing Joke," below...
"On May 1 the Brooklyn Masonic Temple will welcome a host of artists to participate in a unique evening of live improvisation. No Wave pioneer James Chance, Wilco's Glenn Kotche, ?uestlove of The Roots, Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist Joe Lovano, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth fame, and Parliament Funkadelic founding member Bernie Worrell are among the more than 20 artists slated to perform together on stage. The show is part of the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy festival that will touch down in New York from April 28 to May 31 with an unprecedented series of 37 concerts, club nights and special events in 34 venues around town."Tickets are still on sale. The just-announced list of performers and more information is below...
Flying Lotus at LPR in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Flying Lotus is playing a NYC show on May 5 at Terminal 5 with Thundercat, as part of the upcoming Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency. It's since been announced that the Terminal 5 show is part of a larger tour FlyLo and Thundercat will be on, and Nigel Godrich's Ultraista is on many of the dates, including the NYC show, as well. Tickets for the NYC show are still available.
The Red Bull Music Academy shows also include a previously mentioned Brainfeeder Session at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 30 which Erykah Badu is DJing (under the name DJ Low Down Loretta Brown). We're not totally sure who else is going to be there, but we wouldn't rule out Flying Lotus himself making an appearance. Tickets for that one are still available.
FlyLo will also be at SXSW for both Flying Lotus shows and Captain Murphy (his rap alter ago) shows. As mentioned earlier today, some of those Captain Murphy shows are collaborative sets with Earl Sweatshirt.
All Flying Lotus dates are listed, along with a live video, below...
Flying Lotus at Le Poisson Rouge in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, most of the shows in the upcoming Red Bull Music Academy NYC series went on sale today, but RBMA have just added another huge show to that list. Brainfeeder head Flying Lotus will be headlining Terminal 5 on May 5 with collaborator Thundercat (something those two have done before). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/8) at noon.
And because the Brainfeeder crew can't come to NYC for just one show, they're also doing a Red Bull Music Academy-presented Brainfeeder Session at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 30 with special guest DJ Low Down Loretta Brown (aka Erykah Badu). Knowing Brainfeeder, it wouldn't be surprising of other members of the crew show up to that too. Tickets for the MHOW show are on sale now.
In related news, FACT reports that Flying Lotus will be contributing to the new album by drum & bass legend Goldie, along with Burial and Photek.
In more Brainfeeder news, Lapalux, who has some impressive EPs out on the label, will release his debut full length, Nostalchic, on March 26. You can stream two tracks from that album, "Guuurl" and "Forlorn" (feat. Busdriver), below.
Those streams and a list of all Flying Lotus dates, including SXSW, below...
Terminal 5 photos by Sachyn Mital, Villain photos by Matt McGinley
Flying Lotus @ Terminal 5, 10/7/2012
Flying Lotus wrapped up his NYC takeover on Wednesday with the Brainfeeder showcase at Villain. That showcase was headlined by The Gaslamp Killer, who was supporting his new album, Breatkthrough, and it also featured Martyn, Dorian Concept, Jeremiah Jae, Taylor McFerrin, and The Underachievers. FlyLo didn't play a set but he was in attendance and you can see him on stage with Gaslamp Killer, along with other pictures from the showcase, below.
The NYC takeover also featured a "Meet the Musician" event at Apple Store SoHo, a Boiler Room set, an appearance at Warp's booth at the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair, and a sold out headlining show at Terminal 5 on 10/7 with members of his Brainfeeder crew in tow (including opener Thundercat). Pics from the T5 show are in this post as well.
Flying Lotus will return to NYC during CMJ for a one-off at Le Poisson Rouge on October 17 with Death Grips, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Buke & Gase. That show is RSVPed out and we're not sure if they're taking any badges, but the show isn't listed on the CMJ schedule, so no promises.
With SBTRKT's show last night and FlyLo's show from Sunday, there's been no shortage of great electronic shows at Terminal 5 lately. Plus, shows coming up there include Major Lazer, Pictureplane, and Brenmar on 10/27 and Squarepusher, Bonobo, Holy Fuck, and Mount Kimbie on 11/1. More pics from FlyLo's T5 show and the Brainfeeder showcase at Villain are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Flying Lotus at Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Flying Lotus is about to welcome his new album, Until the Quiet Comes next week (10/2) via Warp. As the album title implies, it's a "quieter" record than the maximalist Cosmogramma, but it's just as fleshed out and compelling. You can stream the album ahead of its release date at NPR. The video for "Putty Boy Strut" can be watched below.
As mentioned, FlyLo will be supporting the album with a tour that hits NYC on October 7 at Terminal 5 with Thundercat and other Brainfeeder artists. Tickets for that show are still available. That's the first date club date on his tour, but he's since revealed that the tour will kick off with a "take over" of LA and NYC surrounding that date.
In NYC, he'll appear at the Warp booth at the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair on October 6, where he'll be signing copies of his new album. That's free and the booth will be open from 11 AM to 6 PM. The day after the T5 show, he'll play a Red Bull Music Academy Takeover for Boiler Room NYC (10/8) with a great lineup of Questlove, Flatbush Zombies, Just Blaze, Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, and The Underachievers. That show is guest list only but you can watch it live at boilerroom.tv. On October 9 he'll partake in the "Meet the Musician" series at Apple Store SoHo where he'll give a talk and also perform. That show runs from 6-8 PM and is free but space is very limited.
Lastly, he'll do two events on October 10, including the East Village Radio Takeover, where Flying Lotus and Brainfeeder artists Gaslamp Killer, Martyn, Dorian Concept, Jeremiah Jae, Taylor McFerrin, and The Underachievers will take over two hours of air time on East Village Radio from 2-4 PM to preview their showcase which happens later that night at new Brooklyn venue Villain (50 North 3 St). That show is also presented by the Red Bull Music Academy and features the same lineup (UPDATE: FlyLo is not confirmed) as the radio takeover plus "very special guests." No ticket info for this show at the moment.
An updated list of Flying Lotus dates and the video for "Putty Boy Strut" are below.
Willis Earl Beal at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
The Weeksville Garden Party, a series of free shows in Weeksville Heritage Center which happen every Saturday in July, has been expanded. You already knew that Spoek Mathambo (who played LPR last night) will be playing the one this Saturday (7/14), and since we last spoke the lineup for that show has been expanded. It also includes FlyLo associate/bass wizard Thundercat and R&B singer Georga Anne Muldrow, whose new Madlib-produced LP is one of the best of its genre right now. Georgia Anne will be performing with special guest Dudley Perkins, who she recently toured with. Doors for Saturday's show are at 4 PM.
Then, on July 21, The Weeksville Heritage Center will be graced by Willis Earl Beal, who has yet to reschedule that free show with Bobby Womack but this one should tide us over until then. The show is also with Krystie Warren. No show has been announced as of this post for Saturday, July 28.
Speaking of that Bobby Womack show, if you missed it, just when it looked like things were getting better and Bobby was going to play a MHOW show on July 3, he ended up canceling that one too. Hopefully Bobby will get well soon and finally make his way back to NYC. Check out this recent interview he did with NPR where he spoke about what's been going on:
"Before me, there was a higher and stronger supreme being that put me in the position to have that talent," he adds. "I've seen [drugs] take away my friends, from Wilson Pickett to James Brown to Michael Jackson, and I can just go on naming. I say, if I'm still here, God must still have a purpose for me."The current Weeksville Garden Party schedule is below...
by Andrew Sacher
Back in May, drill & bass master Squarepusher announced a North American tour which included a TBA NYC show set to happen on October 30. Well it turns out the NYC show will actually be on November 1 and it happens at Terminal 5 with a great list of openers; Bonobo (DJ), Holy Fuck, and Mount Kimbie. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/29) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (6/27) at noon. All Squarepusher dates are listed below.
Squarepusher released his new album, Ufabulum, in May and it's a pretty solid one. It opens with "4001," which is just about the only song that sounds like classic Squarepusher, and is then followed by, "Unreal Square," which brings in a bit of brostep bass wobble. The rest of the album sees Squarepusher diving into nutty jazz fusion and unstoppable breakbeats. You can stream three of its tracks below.
Speaking of Mount Kimbie, they've signed to Warp, the label which Squarepusher also calls home, and currently at work on their second album which will be released on the label. The Terminal 5 show appears to be their only announced North American date at the moment.
Holy Fuck and Bonobo will be in NY even sooner for Camp Bisco, which goes down from July 12-14 at Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, NY. They'll be joining a lineup which includes Tycho, Simian Mobile Disco, Skrillex, Amon Tobin ISAM, Big Boi, Crystal Castles, Yacht, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Shigeto, FaltyDL, Thundercat, and more. Tickets for the festival are still available. The full lineup is listed below.
In related news, You can also catch Holy Fuck frontman Brian Borcherdt in NYC right after Bisco with his new project, Dusted, who play Glasslands on July 15. Tickets for that show are still available.
A list of all dates and song streams below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
dolphin rider / Wild Flag / At the Drive-In
"Weekend one of Coachella 2012 not only confirmed rock fans' rabid appetite for live music but reminded the music industry that the past is a lot closer than it used to be. There were no rock acts from the 1960s or early '70s on the bill. The look back was dedicated to Coachella's continuing affection for reuniting British bands from the late '70s and early '80s--this year, it was Buzzcocks, James, Madness, Pulp and Squeeze. Other reuniting bands on the bill included American alt-rock bands Firehose, Mazzy Star and At the Drive-In; and Refused, a punk group from Sweden that hadn't been heard from since 1998. One could argue that the "appearance" by the late Shakur was an admission that to become a musical force again, West Coast rap needs a resurrection. Though the beats conceived and developed by Dr. Dre, Shakur, Snoop Dogg and others are now woven into rock and pop's vocabulary, rap had little presence at Coachella 2012, save for the ingenuity of the late Sunday-night oldies show.It's actually hard to believe that after all that went on over the weekend THE EXACT SAME COACHELLA IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN AGAIN. But back to last weekend for a second...
And if there was any doubt that electronic dance music is a dominating force, even if it's still underappreciated by the mainstream, Swedish House Mafia and Justice played the main stage. The big tent dedicated to dance music was rarely less than filled to a boisterous overflow." [Wall Street Journal]
You already saw pictures from Friday and Saturday, video of an idiot falling off a wooden structure, watched Frank Ocean's set, and Azealia Banks's. The Weeknd's too. You saw Refused's setlist and some videos. You already know what At The Drive-In played on Sunday, and streamed their set in full after you were done watching Real Estate's and M83's, not to mention parts of Bon Iver's and Andrew Bird's. You're already well aware that Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg and many special guests headlined on Sunday, and you even saw the pictures of them and watched the Tupac hologram video. Now here are the rest of the Sunday pictures, and they continue, below....
DOWNLOAD: Thundercat - "Daylight" (MP3)
Flying Lotus collaborator/Suicidal Tendencies member (2002-present)/jazz bass wizard Thundercat (aka Stephen Bruner), who made his NYC debut at LPR in November, will be returning to NYC for a show happening on February 1 at S.O.B.'s with special guest Deathrow Tull. Tickets are on sale now. A flier for the show is below.
Thundercat's excellent debut LP, The Golden Age of Apocalypse, came out last year. You can buy it on eMusic and grab the track "Daylight" from the album above and stream it below. Pitchfork ranked the track "For Love (I Come Your Friend)" as the 100th best track of 2011.
All dates, flier and stream below...
"The Snow Ball Music Festival [in 2011] was chill, in more ways than one. Besides the expected below freezing temperatures Avon gets in early March, the atmosphere of the festival and attitude of the attendees were very relaxed. The tents were set up on snow instead of concrete, and so dancing the first night was no small fete as everyone was slipping on the ice. By the end of the weekend, any movement at all was unpleasant as people were standing in puddles of water, beer, and probably some bodily fluids or stuck to the ground in thick mud. The crowd left their clubbing attire at home and sported their neon ski coats instead as they drifted through the clouds of cigarette and marijuana smoke. Despite the cold weather and the impossible dance floor, most importantly, the music was good." [cause=time]The SnowBall Music Festival, for people not afraid to watch bands playing outside in freezing temperatures ("We recommend that you come prepared for snow and winter conditions. Temperatures are expected to be in the low 40° range during the day and in the teens at night. Please dress accordingly."), is returning to Vail Valley in Avon, CO from March 2 - 4, 2012. This year's lineup includes Big Boi, Big Freedia, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (who just announced a Bowery Ballroom show), Deer Tick, Gauntlet Hair, Major Lazer, TV on the Radio, Thundercat, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and others (listed below)
Current lineup below...
Radiohead @ Roseland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Coachella which is taking place over the course of two weekends this year (April 13-15 and 20-22) revealed their 2012 lineup. Last week, Azealia Banks was the first artist confirmed, and earlier today they confirmed The Weeknd (maybe he found a band?), and before that, Jimmy Cliff, Breakbot, and Housse De Racket. The reunited Pulp then announced itself. The full lineup also includes headliners The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, not to mention, as predicted, the reunited At the Drive In and the reunited Mazzy Star (!), and Madness and Refused (!) and Jeff Mangum and many, many more that you can see below...
by Andrew Sacher
Thundercat, who just released his awesome debut LP, The Golden Age of Apocalypse, on FlyLo's Brainfeeder label, will bring his jazz fusion bass and hip hop beats to NYC on November 8 at Le Poisson Rouge. No openers have been announced yet. Tickets are on sale now. No other dates have been announced yet.
Thundercat and FlyLo were recently interviewed by Pitchfork.tv for their Over/Under series. You can watch the video of that below.
In other Brainfeeder news, Matthewdavid will be in NYC this week for CMJ at the Panache showcase at Knitting Factory on Thursday (10/20) (it starts not long after we clear out from our day party). Tickets for the showcase are still available (or use your CMJ badge). That's his only CMJ show but he'll stick around the east coast and return to NYC to DJ at the DaM-FunK show at Highline Ballroom on October 25. Tickets for that show are still available. He also appears at Union Pool the day after that.
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Flying Lotus at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Brook Bobbins)
Flying Lotus, Gang Gang Dance, and Light Asylum are playing a free show at Le Poisson Rouge on September 8 presented by the NYU Program Board. Doors are at 6 PM for the all ages show but admission is open to NYU students only.
Speaking of Flying Lotus, he recently announced a multimedia project with Miwa Matreyek. The project, titled The Mapping of Countries Yet to Come, is set to premiere at Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock in LA in June, 2012. According to CFAER:
These multi-disciplinary Los Angeles artists will collaborate together for the first time this year to find inspiration and direct sampling of northeast Los Angeles' imagery and sounds to create The Mapping of Countries Yet to Come, a piece that celebrates the present communities surrounding Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock.You can help support the collaboration by donating to their kickstarter campaign. Any donations made before November 30 will be doubled by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
In other related news, Thundercat, who was on FlyLo's Cosmogramma LP and his Brainfeeder label, put out his album The Golden Age of Apocalypse this week via Brainfeeder. You can stream the entire thing below and purchase it here.
Light Asylum open for !!! one day after the LPR show at their 9/9 Bell House show. Computer Magic are on that bill too. Even sooner Light Asylum play a free show at Union Pool on Saturday (9/3). Light Asylum will also open for Austra at the 10/5 Bowery Ballroom show the day before Austra open for James Blake at the sold out MHOW show. Tickets for the Bell House show and the Bowery show are still on sale.
Updated dates and album stream below...