Entries tagged with: Tokimonsta
by Andrew Sacher
Anderson .Paak & TOKiMONSTA
California R&B/soul singer Anderson .Paak (who's all over the new Dr. Dre album and who we profiled here) recently dropped two new songs. One is the '70s-soul/funk-inspired "Am I Wrong," a collaboration with Schoolboy Q, and the other is the danceable "Put It Down," his second collaboration with EDM producer TOKiMONSTA. Stream both below.
Anderson is also heading out on a tour with TOKiMONSTA later this month, and hitting NYC twice in December. They play Bowery Ballroom on 12/2 and Rough Trade on 12/3, both of which also have Two Fresh on the bill. Rough Trade is sold out, but tickets for Bowery are available.
All dates are listed below...
Tyler, the Creator is throwing his annual Camp Flog Gnaw festival at The Park @ LA Coliseum on November 14 this year. Despite saying over the summer that Odd Future wouldn't be performing as a group anymore, OFWGKTA is billed for this. The lineup also includes Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound (Daz Dillinger and Kurupt), A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown, Mac Miller, Atmosphere, YG, Trash Talk, Jhene Aiko, The Inernet, Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats, Flosstradamus, TOKiMONSTA and more. Tickets go on sale today (9/15) at noon PST.
Tickets to the BrooklynVegan/Collect Records CMJ showcase at Baby's All Right with Nothing, No Devotion, Wax Idols, Creepoid, and Foxes In Fiction go on sale today at noon.
Beatmaker TOKiMONSTA plays NYC on December 2 at Bowery Ballroom and December 3 at Rough Trade. Tickets go on sale at noon.
Tickets to the Bayonet/Couple Skate CMJ showcase at Baby's All Right with Frankie Cosmos, Laced, Mega Bog and Sheer Agony go on sale today at noon.
Former Misfit Michale Graves plays Blackthorn on October 24 with Darrow Chemical Company. Tickets are on sale now.
Dave & Phil Alvin play City Winery on October 20 with The Guilty Ones. Tickets are on sale now.
Montreal's Half Moon Run have a new album on the way and will play Rough Trade on November 16. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones throw their annual Hometown Throwdown from December 26-28 at Boston's House of Blues. Night 1 has The Neighborhoods and Upper Crust, night 2 has The Real Kids and The Queers, and night 3 has The Outlets and Stranglehold. Tickets go on sale Saturday (9/12) at 10 AM.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
by Andrew Sacher
It took him 16 years, but this past Friday Dr. Dre put out his third album, Compton, and it's way better than a Dr. Dre album in 2015 seemed like it would be. There's a lot of great stuff on there, and it's the type of album that demands (and deserves) repeated listens to soak it all in. As you might expect from a Dre album, it's got a bunch of his famous friends -- Kendrick Lamar is not surprisingly one of the biggest stars of this thing (maybe the biggest) and Snoop Dogg raps with a fire that's been missing from his recent funk and reggae excursions -- but also some newcomers. One of the more impressive new guests who's all over this album is Oxnard, California singer Anderson .Paak. He sings a lot of the hooks (and does the devastating "I can't breathe" part of "Deep Water"), including "Animals," Dre's first-ever collaboration with the equally-legendary producer DJ Premier. Premo spoke to Billboard about that song came to be:
When the whole Freddie Gray thing happened in Baltimore, Anderson called me and was like, "I'm real angry with what's going on with the police, and I just wrote a song to that other beat. I want to sent it to you and see what you think -- maybe we could leak it out, put it out in the streets and show that we're angry too."On that trip to Moscow, Premier and Anderson had also collaborated on the song "Til It's Done," which features Russian artist BMB Spacekid. Listen to that below.
When he sent it to me it was called "F.S.U." -- F--- Shit Up. In the hook he's saying, "Don't come around these parts, the whole world thinks we're animals/ The only way they want to turn the cameras on is when we're f---ing shit up." When he said that, I was like, "Yo that's dope." Anderson just happened to be going to a meeting with Dre -- he had already done a few songs with him, through their management. Anderson's from the West Coast as well.
When he told him he had a record with Premier that he did in Moscow, Dre said, "Let me hear it." Once he played it for him, [Dre] called right away and said, "Yo, I want to do this song for my soundtrack. I decided to do a soundtrack album last minute, and I want to put it out with the movie."
I said, "What do you want to do?" And he said, "I want to put a verse on it." Like, shit, Dre rapping on a verse? Hell yeah. The song was already done, and I explained how it came about with BMB Spacekid. He said, "I'll spit the verse and let you hear it and make sure you're cool with it, and if so let's add on to it. Come out to L.A. and we can add on a few more things to it."
...[Dre] showed me [Straight Outta Compton] in the studio, so I got to feel the whole energy of the movie. He had already said that the 1992 riots, with everything going on with the police after the Rodney King beating, was totally in that same vein as Anderson .Paak's lyrics. His verse is about the same thing: Why the f--- are they hassling me? They're harassing us and doing all this stuff, so it's still relevant to this day with how we're being treated.
He said, "All I'm going to do is change the title, from 'F.S.U.' to 'Animals,'" because that's what Anderson says in the hook.
Anderson is also one half of the Stones Throw-signed duo NxWorries with the producer Knxwledge. So far their only release is this year's "Suede" single, which you can also hear below. NxWorries are heading out on the road later this month to open the rescheduled Earl Sweatshirt tour, which also includes Remy Banks.
The tour hits NYC on August 22 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show are still available. All dates are listed below.
Earl's initial tour dates had Vince Staples opening, but he isn't on the rescheduled dates. He does, however, play a BrooklynVegan-presented NYC show tonight (8/10).
Anderson also has a handful of solo releases out (some under the name Breezy Lovejoy) and other notable collaborations, including TOKiMONSTA's 2014 single "Realla" and another Stones Throw artist, Jonwayne's song "Green Light" off this year's Jonwayne Is Retired EP. You can stream those, and his most recent solo single "Switch-Up," below.
Tickets for The Front Bottoms show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale at noon. Tickets for their Asbury Park show with How to Dress Well, Vic Mensa, Cults, Bleachers, Charli XCX and more go on sale today at 10 AM.
TOKiMONSTA is playing Baby's All Right on July 24. Tickets go on sale at 1 PM.
Northside Fest is here, and that includes the three big shows at 50 Kent. Tickets are still on sale for Neko Case w/ Rhye, Majical Cloudz, Best Coast + Built To Spill w/ Alvvays, Bully, and Run The Jewels w/ very special guests Sleigh Bells, Vince Staples.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Last year, Hundred Waters threw their first-ever FREE three-day FORM Festival in Arizona's experimental town Arcosanti, and this year they're doing it again from May 22-24. They've got a few of the same names, including How to Dress Well, Majical Cloudz, Julie Byrne and Kodak to Graph, as well as new faces such as The Antlers, Holly Herndon, Jacques Greene, Julianna Barwick, Mutual Benefit, Pharmakon, Mitski, Tokimonsta, Machinedrum and more. Here's what Hundred Waters say about the fest:
Festivals are usually fast paced and high stress for artists and attendees. We're lucky to spend a single day on site and even luckier to have a meaningful conversation with an artist we know or wish to know. With FORM, all of the artists and attendees stay on site together for the entire weekend. We eat together, dance together, share the whole experience together, and when it's time to part ways, we leave with a very distinct memory of a very distinct time and place. We let the place and the environment shape that experience. As visitors to this beautiful, highly intentional micro city of Arcosanti, our appreciation for every day things like infrastructure, sustenance and community are heightened without even realizing it. Every human interaction more meaningful. Every cup of coffee or tea more delicious with the underlying thought of what it took to get it into your hands. A more present state of consciousness. A place to cultivate ideas.This year will also have a Moog Sound Lab performance series, "where artists can experiment and explore analog sound-scaping, synthesis and effects on never before seen Moog prototype synths and archival equipment. This will be the first time that the Moog Sound Lab experience has ever traveled outside of the Moog Factory."
If you're interested in coming, we ask that you answer a few simple questions. The more creative your response, the better. After receiving your submissions, we'll send out invites. Capacity is made limited to ensure the space is treated with care. If invited, just arrive and share a little piece of yourself with us as we will with you. See you in the desert :)
Once again, it's totally free, you just have to RSVP to go. Full lineup and a new mini-documentary video about last year's festival, below.
Hundred Waters are also hopping aboard a train with Skrillex, Diplo and friends for this year's Full Flex Express tour.
Speaking of The Antlers, they're releasing a live album, The Antlers in London, on June 15 via Transgressive. You can check out the tracklist and a video from that show, below...
PC Music's Hannah Diamond
Gorilla vs Bear posted their lists of their favorite albums (35) and songs (100) of 2014. Though the albums list does have some of the stuff you always see (like The War On Drugs), it's mostly got a lot of unique choices like Recycle Culture, Korallreven, Yumi Zouma, Beverly, Panda Bear's EP and more, and the #1 is pretty unique too. FKA twigs doesn't crack the albums list but she's on the tracks list twice, along with tracks by Tinashe, iLoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Grouper, a Recyle Culture remix of Taylor Swift, and plenty of PC Music representation.
Check out his full lists below...
TOKiMONSTA is playing Le Poisson Rouge on October 4 with Made In Heights. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Slavve are playing a free show at Rough Trade on August 2.
Soupcans, Pampers, Ultrathin and Chat Logs are playing Death by Audio on August 2. $8 at the door.
Amanda X, Two Inch Astronaut, Wing Dam and Cousin Brian are playing Death by Audio on August 8. $8 at the door.
Boytoy, Painted Zeroes, The Howl and Honduras are playing Death by Audio on August 9. $7 at the door.
Sleepies, Kal Marks, Left & Right and Washer are playing Death by Audio on August 13. $8 at the door.
Lodro, Waltz and Electroputas are playing Death by Audio on August 14. $8 at the door.
Sean Nicholas Savage is playing Death by Audio on August 15 with Nicholas Nicholas, Jerry Paper and CE Schneider Tropical the day before his free Central Park Summerstage show with Blood Orange. DbA show is $8 at the door.
Pharmakon, Una Bestia Incontrolable and Survival are playing Death by Audio on August 29. $10 at the door.
Dry The River and Nathaniel Rateliff are playing Bowery Ballroom on November 7. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general onsale Friday (7/25) at noon.
Comedian Brooks Wheelan got the ax from SNL and scheduled a show at Union Hall which is now sold out. However, tickets for a second one are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Upstate, NY has a new music festival debuting this year, the inaugural Hudson Project which goes down from July 11-13 at Winston Farm in Saugerties, NY with four stages set against the Catskill Mountains. The initial lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, Moby (DJ), Atmosphere, Flying Lotus, Bonobo (live), Holy Ghost, Twin Shadow, Cults, AraabMuzik, Gold Panda, Flatbush Zombies, !!!, Isaiah Rashad, Yacht, Jon Hopkins, Kelela, Majical Cloudz, SZA, The Range and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/4) at 11 AM.
In addition to the music, there will be "an art village showcasing interactive art exhibitions, regional arts and crafts and a selection of Hudson Valley-area gourmet food, wine, craft beer and specialty cocktail options will also offer local selections."
Full initial lineup below...
Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.
The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.
Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.
Full lineups for both weekends below...
TOKiMONSTA at SS Coachella in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
LA dance producer TOKiMONSTA (aka Jennifer Lee) just played a show with RL Grime and Salva in Utah during the ongoing Sundance Film Festival and she's now about to continue on tour which brings to NYC twice in the upcoming weeks. First, she'll open for Gramatik at Best Buy Theater this Saturday (1/25), which Gibbz is also on. Tickets for that show are still available.
Then, she'll play a TBA Brooklyn warehouse on 2/14 with EDM big shot Skrillex and Lunice (aka one half of TNGHT). After returning home, she'll support the west coast leg of Chromeo's tour around Coachella. All upcoming dates are listed below...
Kraftwerk @ MoMA, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
As mentioned, Moogest 2014 happens April 23 - 27 in Ashville, NC. The festival has just announced its initial line-up which includes: Kraftwerk 3D (playing three concerts), Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Laurie Anderson, Dan Deacon, Darkstar, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Adult, Le1f, Shigeto, Wolf Eyes, Les Sins (Chaz Bundick of Toro y Moi), and more. The full list of initial artists is below, with more than 70 more to be announced. There are showcases being put on by the likes of DFA, Fool's Gold, Ghostly Intl, Warp and more.
Laurie Anderson and Giorgio Moroder are also part of Moogfest's previously announced daytime talks and seminars program, that also includes such artists as film composer Cliff Martinez (Drive), Emerson Lake & Palmer keyboardist Keith Emerson, Claire Evans from YACHT, and synthesizer innovators like Roger Linn and Tom Oberheim.
Tickets are on sale now. 2014 Moogfest initial performer list and poster below...
TOKiMONSTA at SS Coachella 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
THUMP is VICE's new electronic site and they're celebrating the launch of Up Next, "the destination for what's next in dance music," with a free show in NYC on Hudson River Park's Pier 84 on June 20. (That's the old River Rocks spot.) The show is being headlined by Zedd, but it'd be worth stopping by for the openers, Duke Dumont and TOKiMONSTA. The show also will have "interactive fireworks inspired by the artists' music" and a custom LED structure for the artists to perform in. Plus, there's an open bar (so the show is 21+).
Duke Dumont just had his big single, "Need U (100%)" remixed by porn star Jessie Andrews (who doubles as DJ). Check out that remix (via Noisey) below...
by Andrew Sacher
We were just talking about Montreal's Mutek Festival, which goes down this year from May 29 to June 2. Since we last spoke, we saw that Mutek added more artists to this year's lineup, including 1024 Architecture, Lee Gamble, TOKiMONSTA, De Juepuchas, and Bugge Wessel & Henrick Schwarz, in addition to a number of local Canadian acts, all of which are listed below. Tickets for the festival are still available. Check out the day-by-day schedule HERE.
One of the artists coming over to North America for Mutek is Berlin's Emika, who will stop in NYC before that festival for a show on May 24 at Littlefield. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The Littlefield show doubles as a release show for her new album, Dva, which comes out in the US on June 10 via Ninja Tune. The video for album's single, "Searching," which sounds a bit like if Jessie Ware was more into witch house, is below. Also below is her cover of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game," which appears on the album and makes her the zillionth person to cover that song. That's the album art above.
All Emika dates are listed, along with that video and stream, and the Mutek lineup additions, below...
by Andrew Sacher
TOKiMONSTA on SS Coachella 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
TOKiMONSTA began picking up more speed as an artist on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label, and she's now signed with big-time EDM label Ultra (Deadmau5, Kaskade, Bloody Beetroots), who will release her new album, Half Shadows, on April 2. From the sound of the album's two singles, "Go With It" (featuring MNDR) and "The Force" (featuring Kool Keith), she's not changing her sound to fit in with her labelmates (luckily). Instead, she shows us what the LA beat scene sounds like mixed with dream pop on the MNDR collab, and on the one with Kool Keith, she creates an updated vision of the futurism that Keith was doing with Dan the Automator in his Dr. Octagon days. You can stream both songs below.
TOKiMONSTA is playing a few live dates too, including a record release show for Half Shadows with "very special guests" in NYC on April 9 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale today (3/21) at noon. All dates are listed below.
TOKiMONSTA also just offered a remix of Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" off his new album, The 20/20 Experience, which is out now. This remix follows the one Four Tet did earlier this month, though unlike Four Tet's, TOKiMONSTA's was not officially approved by JT's label. You can stream both of those remixes below.
Justin also recently released the video for "Mirrors," which you can watch below too. And in more related news, The Hollywood Reporter reports that he confirmed that a sequel to The 20/20 Experience (the "second half" of the album) is on its way. His tour with Jay-Z hits NYC on July 19 and 20 at Yankee Stadium and tickets for both nights are still available.
All TOKiMONSTA tour dates are listed, along with all streams and videos, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Hot Chip / Grimes / people dancing
Before the new year, we posted pictures of day 1 of the second of two S.S. Coachella cruises (this being the one that set sail from Jamaica). Now here's a set of pics of day 2 which includes Grimes, Hot Chip, and Bang & Olufsen which was a "secret" performance by Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip and touring member Rob Smoughton (aka Grovesnor) who played at the ship's small bar at 2:30 AM.
The second day also featured Jarvis Cocker (of Pulp, who played the first day) who gave a surprise presentation of his lyircs book, Mother, Brother, Lover, plus Tokimonsta and more. Check out more shots from day 2 of the cruise below.
Merchandise at Mousetrap in Chicago, April 2012 (more by Jimmy Farabi)
You may have noticed the announcements of CMJ artists trickling out as of late (like Sub Pop's lineup), but now comes the official word from the fest on another batch of bands. Highilights include AraabMUZIK, UK acts Savages and Everything Eveything, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Cities Aviv, Ken Mode (playing with Pig Destroyer), Daughn Gibson (playing with Pissed Jeans), Local H, Slug Guts, Dune Rats, Royal Canoe, and Sleepies among many many others. A full listing of the second round of CMJ artists is below.
One of said surprises is Merchandise, who plays NYC tonight at WIERD (9/12). The show is first of THREE NYC dates for the band, who will also play 538 Johnson tomorrow (9/13) before hitting Saint Vitus on Friday (9/14, tickets).
A list of the second round of CMJ artists is below, along with updated Merchandise dates and a recent video.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Hundred Waters - "Thistle" (TOKiMONSTA Remix) (MP3)
After recently finishing up the Full Flex Express Tour with Skrillex, Diplo, Grimes, and others, art pop group Hundred Waters announced that they signed to Skrillex's label, OWSLA, and that their first release for the label will be the Thistle EP (due out 8/21). The EP features remixes of the track "Thistle" from their excellent self titled debut LP by Araabmuzik, Star Slinger, TOKiMONSTA, Lockah, Different Sleep, and Troublemaker. Our first taste of that EP comes today (via P4K) with a remix of the track by TOKiMONSTA (who was also on the Full Flex Express Tour). It's a great listen and hearing how natural Hundred Waters sounds with screwed vocals and heavy beats makes it a little less wtf that they signed to Skrillex's label. You can download the remix above and check out a trailer for the EP below. If you haven't heard their LP yet, you can stream it in full below.
Since we last spoke, Moon Diagrams (aka Deerhunter drummer Moses Archuleta) was added to that Bowery Ballroom show too. Moon Diagrams will also be supporting a number of dates on Ariel Pink's upcoming tour, but not the NYC show at Webster Hall (9/14) with Bodyguard and TEEN (tickets).
A list of all Moon Diagrams dates and the Hundred Waters stream and video are below.
Concert cruises are all the rage lately, and this is in fact real.
Indio, CA music festival Coachella continues for two weekends in April, 2013. But just because they've decided to keep the fest in Indio, doesn't mean they can't take it on a couple of cruises as well. As seen in the picture above, S.S. Coachella will set set sail off of the Bahamas from December 16-19 and off of Jamaica from December 19-23. The lineup (thus far at least) includes Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, James Murphy (DJ set), Grimes, Cloud Nothings, Killer Mike, El-P, Sleigh Bells, Father John Misty, and more.
Holy Ship sails in January too.
DOWNLOAD: Jodeci - "Freek'N You" (TOKiMONSTA Remix) (MP3)
LA beatmaker TOKiMONSTA (aka Jennifer Lee) will be heading out on the Full Flex Express Tour of Canada with Grimes, Skrillex, Diplo, and others this July, but before that, she'll stop by NYC for a show at Glasslands on June 30 with Eclectic Method. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
TOKiMONSTA recently gave her remix treatment to Jodeci's 1995 R&B hit, "Freek'N You." Grab an MP3 of that above, or stream it below along with the video for the original and a list of all upcoming dates.
Diplo released the "Express Yourself" 7" this month, the single for that track from his EP of the same name. You've already seen the video for that song, which features bounce artist Nicky Da B, and below we're offering a stream of the single's b-side, "Move Around" (featuring Elephant Man and GTA). That's the cover art for the 7" above. Pick up a copy on green vinyl.
Diplo, Grimes, Skrillex (one of the greatest guitarists of all time), Tokimonsta, Pretty Lights, and others are set to head out on the Full Flex Express Tour, a tour of Canada on a train modeled after The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and The Band's 1970 Festival Express tour.
Although the Full Flex Express tour doesn't come to the US, Diplo, Skrillex, and Pretty Lights will all be in NYC later this summer for Electric Zoo, which returns to Randall's Island from August 31-September 1. Tickets are on sale now. The full lineup is listed below. Skrillex will also be in the NYC area for Bamboozle this weekend.
Speaking of electronic dance festivals in New York, the Electric Daisy Carnival will occur at MetLife Stadium this weekend from May 18-20. The lineup includes MSTRKRFT, Richie Hawtin, Fatboy Slim, Bassnectar, and others. Tickets are available. Full lineup below.
In more related news, the touring Identity Festival, whose lineup was a bit better last year but certainly bigger this year since it sold out in less than 24 hours, returns to NY on July 28 at Jones Beach. Artists playing include Datsik, Eric Prydz, Nero, and more. Full lineup below.
Festival lineups and stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
Skream & Benga
Dubstep originator Skream recently talked to UK mag the Quietus:
Quietus: A lot of people would say with the Skrillex stuff, that it's damaging to dubstep, it's perverting the sound.Skream is a little more lenient with the Skrillex type stuff than James Blake who called it a "direct misrepresentation of the sound" and Rusko, who said, "brostep is sort of my fault but now I've started to hate it." Rusko told SPIN that his new album, due out in January, is "completely a reaction to the masculine, dance-floor orientated, distorted mess that is the current state of dubstep." Skream's collaborator Benga is also working on a new album that is "different to what's going on at the minute," but like Skream, he says, "I'm not bothered. I'm happy that a lot of people like the music." Skream does admit that the dubstep going on at the moment is a "fad" though, and wants to make sure that when it "dies out, he's still standing."
Skream: But what are we gonna do, form a united front against Skrillex? Honestly, it's pathetic, I think, it's ridiculous. Either listen to it or don't listen to it. There's still nights playing the stuff those people want to hear. It's just bitchiness, it really is. You haven't got to like his music, you don't particularly have to like him, but there's no reason you can't like what he's done - he's smashed it. He's up for five Grammys. He must be doing something right, you know what I mean?
I think it hurts a lot of people over here because it's a UK sound, but it's been someone with influences outside the original sound that has made it a lot bigger. The bad side of that is that a lot of people will just say 'dubstep equals Skrillex'.
But in all honesty it genuinely doesn't bother me. I like the music he makes. People will fucking burn me for saying that [laughs]. There'll be effigies out in the fucking street! It just is what it is man, you've just got to keep yourself moving. The fact that dubstep, the word - you know I hate saying the word, I love what it is but I just hear it so much now. But even though it's so big now, that means that everybody else is earning a bit more money. Even if you're playing the deepest deepest sound, you're still earning that little bit more money because you're playing dubstep. Whether you want to admit it or not, you are.
Skream probably still will be standing, but until that fad dies out he'll be embracing it in NYC on February 4 at Terminal 5 when he and Benga open for Skrillex, along with Koan Sound and FlyLo associate Tokimonsta . Tickets will probably sell right out Thursday (12/22) at noon. They're on AmEx presale now.
(Speaking of Tokimonsta, she recently remixed Eight and a Half, the new project of Broken Social Scene's Justin Peroff and members of The Stills who play two NYC shows in February - both on sale this week.)
If the Terminal 5 show is exactly the kind of electronic show you don't want to be at (I wouldn't blame you), Tycho, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Beacon play the same day (2/4) at MHOW and tickets just went on sale.
Skrillex, who is also one of the many electro artists playing a cruise ship in January, also plays Roseland Ballroom on 2/3 (one day before Terminal 5) with Zane Lowe and Spank Rock who also recently toured with Ke$ha, Spank Rock has also opened for Bjork, and who toured with Big Freedia and friends this year too. From Iceland to Bushwick to mainstream pop to brostep, everyone loves Spank Rock. UPDATE: Skrillex plays Webster Hall while he's here too.
And speaking of James Blake, his new video for his cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You" which stars Rebecca Hall is below.
Also best of luck to James Blake collaborator Bon Iver who is going up against Skrillex for "Best New Artist" in the Grammys (you know, because Bon Iver was a new artist this year), not that Justin Vernon will care if he loses anyway (as he shouldn't).
James Blake video and a ton of Rusko tour dates (including New Year's Eve in Chicago), below...
by Andrew Sacher
Eight and a Half
With Broken Social Scene now on hiatus, drummer Justin Peroff has formed the new project Eight and a Half. Justin is handling beats while Liam O'Neil and Dave Hamelin of fellow recently disbanded Arts & Crafts group The Stills are on keyboards and guitars/vocals, respectively. But the new group is nothing like the anthemic alt-rock of The Stills, and Justin's busy drumming in BSS has been replaced by minimal beatwork. They're instead opting for a dreamy downtempo feel, which you can hear on the single, "Scissors." The track is available for download above along with remixes by Small Black and TOKiMONSTA. The video and streams of the original and its remixes are below. The track will appear on Eight and a Half's self titled debut LP, which comes out on
February 7 April 12th via Arts & Crafts. The album art and tracklist is below.
Eight and a Half are scheduled to play two Arts & Crafts showcases with labelmates Zeus and The Darcys. The showcases happen in NYC on February 23 at Mercury Lounge and February 24 at Glasslands. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now and tickets for the Mercury show go on sale Friday (12/23) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (12/21) at noon. Zeus and The Darcys also play an A&C showcase in Boston on 2/22 but Eight and a Half are not on that bill.
All dates, streams, video, album art and tracklist below...
DOWNLOAD: TOKiMONSTA - "Cheese Smoothie" (MP3)
Flying Lotus associate TOKiMONSTA, who was in NYC last month for Electric Zoo, will return for a show on October 15 at Tammany Hall, before heading overseas to Japan and Europe for a run of dates in late October and November. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. You can download an MP3 of "Cheese Smoothie" above.
All dates below...