Entries tagged with: Tokimonsta
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...
DOWNLOAD: TOKiMONSTA: "Cheese Smoothie" (MP3)
Diplo @ Electric Zoo 2010 (more by Zach Dilgard)
today in NYC
* Assscat 3000 @ UCB
* Rockabilly Festival in Coney Island
* Justin Miller @ Thompson Hotel
* Electric Zoo @ Randall's Island
* Stephanie Wrembel @ Barbes
* Jason Lescalleet @ The Stone
* Space Beach @ The Manhattan Inn
* Manu Chao, La Ventura @ Terminal 5
* Christian Wolff, Keith Rowe @ The Stone
* Sleepies, Hedgehog, Trabajo @ Bruar Falls
* Weekend, Talk Normal, Fan-Tan @ Mercury Lounge
* Stanton Moore (featuring Will Bernard and Robert Walter) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Bandana Splits, Supercute! @ Maxwell's
* Mike Bones/Ryan Sawyer Duo, Quit Your Job, Daniel Carter/Pete Dragotta/Andres Marino Trio @ Cake Shop
* Mortician, Cerebral Hemorrhage, Undivided, Thorn Constellation, Carcinogen, Slaughter The Infidel, Uncreation @ Bowery Electric
* Freddie Stevenson, Tanner Walle, Anna Nelson, Jerome Bell, Mark Lesseraux, Jerome Jordan, Dan Lavoie, Annie Fitzgerald, Butchers Blind, Rice Cultivation Society @ Rockwood Music Hall
If you're going to Electric Zoo today, hurry and get there early for a set by LA's TOKiMONSTA. She goes on at 11am! Richie Hawtin plays 10 hours later. Diplo, for the second year in a row, plays today too. Set Times HERE.
Tomorrow is Fool's Gold Day Off.
Manu Chao plays his first of two shows at Terminal 5 tonight.
Phosphoresecent played a 'Tiny Desk Concert' for NPR. Check it out below...