Entries tagged with: Tony Visconti
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Last week, David Bowie released the really great title track off his upcoming album '★' (pronounced "Blackstar") and now a new feature on Rolling Stone reveals more details on the album. LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, who remixed a song off his last album, plays percussion on two tracks on this one. He was going to be one of the producers at first too, but it never came to be:
LCD Soundsystem founder James Murphy plays percussion on two tracks, though his role on the album was originally going to be much more significant. "At one point we were talking about three producers for the album: David, James and myself," says Visconti. "[Murphy] was there for a brief time, but he had his own projects to go off to." Adds Guiliana, "His role was never really defined. He brought in some synths and some percussion and had a ton of ideas."Longtime Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti also reveals that Kendrick Lamar was an influence on the record. He said, "We were listening to a lot of Kendrick Lamar. We wound up with nothing like that, but we loved the fact Kendrick was so open-minded and he didn't do a straight-up hip-hop record. He threw everything on there, and that's exactly what we wanted to do. The goal, in many, many ways, was to avoid rock & roll."
The article also reveals that he recorded the album with saxophonist Donny McCaslin's jazz quartet (featuring bassist Tim Lefebvre, drummer Mark Guiliana, and keyboardist Jason Lindner). Bowie went to see play a club in the West Village in 2014, and later that year they played with him on his single "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)." Jazz guitarist Ben Monder plays on a song too (album closer "I Can't Give Everything Away").
This album is sounding pretty exciting. Read more here and check out the '★' video below...
Larkin Grimm & Tony Visconti @ Knitting Factory, 2010 (more by Lori Baily)
Vinyl sales have been on the uprise for a while now, and 2014 was the biggest year for wax in nearly two decades. In the UK, new vinyl sales broke the one million mark, thanks in no small part to the new Pink Floyd album and David Bowie best-of. Reports Billboard:
The milestone was achieved at the weekend with the year-end figure expected to rise to around 1.2 million unit sales -- a level of vinyl consumption not seen since 1996, when 1.1 million LPs were purchased and Fugees' The Score was the year's best-selling vinyl album. Last year, 780,674 vinyl albums were sold in the U.K. with Arctic Monkeys' AM the biggest-selling vinyl release.Speaking of Bowie, frequent collaborator Tony Visconti, who also had a lot do with many of the songs that appear on Nothing Has Changed, is playing NYC at City Winery on January 3. The event is called "The TV Show" and features a host of special guests, including Suzanne Vega, Richard Barone (The Bongos) Kiah Victoria, Larkin Grimm (who we've seen him playing with before) and more to be announced. Tickets are on sale.
AM is also this year's best-selling vinyl album, followed by Jack White's Lazaretto, although the current incumbent of the No. 1 spot on the weekly Official Vinyl Chart is David Bowie with his new best of collection, fittingly titled Nothing Has Changed. It replaces last week's No. 1, Pink Floyd's The Endless River, which sold over 6,000 vinyl copies in its first week of release -- the highest of any LP since 1997 and therefore the fastest-selling vinyl album this century.
Kristeen Young at BAM, 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Kristeen Young is best-known as being Morrissey's tour opener for the last few years, including the upcoming one that will bring them to Brooklyn's Barclays Center on June 21 with Cliff Richard (still tickets available). Around the time of the start of the tour - specifically May 4 -- Young will release her new album, The Knife Shift, which was produced by Tony Visconti and features appearances from Morrissey guitarist Boz Boorer and Dave Grohl. No music has been released from the album yet.
Leading up to the LP release and Morrissey tour, Kristeen Young will do a residency at Bowery Electric the last four Wednesdays in April (9, 16, 23, 30). No word on advance tickets yet, but you can check the venue's Ticketweb page. Flyer for the residency below...
Os Mutantes in Austin in May (more by Tim Griffin)
Brazilian psychedelic legends Os Mutantes are gearing up for another North American tour this year, and while all of the dates haven't been announced yet, a few have popped up, including a NYC show happening on November 8 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/30).
That show, and others on the tour, is being opened by fellow South American band Capsula (of Buenos Aires), who have toured with Os Mutantes before. Capsula's new album, Solar Secrets, comes out today (8/27) via Krian Music Group. The record's got hints of Sonic Youth's more melodic moments, and it was produced by longtime Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti. You can stream the record in full (via PopMatters), along with the list of tour dates, below.
Andy Stott/Lee "Scratch" Perry
As mentioned, tickets went on sale today for the previously announced Red Bull Music Academy events, which take over NYC from April 28 to May 31. And now that those are on sale, the rest of the lineup has been announced. In addition to the newly-added Flying Lotus show at Terminal 5, the Red Bull Music Academy events now also include...
A Bunker party with Andy Stott, Atom TM, Objekt, Octo Octa, Kloke, Smax, Bryan Kasenic, and Mike Servito at Public Assembly on May 4; Blondes, Mike Simonetti, Rudi Zygadlo, Astroboyz, CABAAL, Ale Hop, Yodashe, Harald Bjork, Alitrec, Mungo Park, Seretan, and Ada Kaleh at Cameo on May 6; and Le1f, Laurel Halo, Venus-X, and a secret guest at Glasslands on May 7.
Still more: Metro Area, Gerd Janson, and Bok Bok b2b L-Vis 1990 at 88 Palace on May 10; 'Drum Majors' with Mannie Fresh, Boi-1da, Young Chop, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Bangaldesh, DJ Mustard, and Drumma Boy at Knitting Factory on May 22; Afrika Bambaataa, Egyptian Lover, DJ Magic Mike, DJ Assault, DJ Funk, Scottie B, DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn, Big Freedia, Salva, Drop the Lime, and Branko & Krampfhaft at Santos on May 23; as well as Skream, Mala, and Plasitician & Hatcha on May 24 at Can Factory (232 3rd St in Brooklyn).
And even more: Oneohtrix Point Never, BIll Kouligas, Evian Christ, Kid Simpl, and ANNALOVE at Saint Vitus on May 26; Benji B, FaltyDL, Dorian Concept, Orquesta, and Somepoe at Sullivan Room on May 27; Pantha Du Prince & the Bell Laboratory with Louis Baker and Anya Kuts at West Park Church on May 28; a killer night of dub with legends Lee Perry & Adrian Sherwood, The Congos vs Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, and the Raw Power Band, Peaking Lights In A Dub Style vs Future Times, and DJ Slow at Le Poisson Rouge on May 30.
Tickets for all events are on sale now.
These join the previously announced shows, talks, and other events with James Murphy, Brian Eno, Giorgio Moroder, Tony Visconti, Nile Rodgers, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Four Tet, A-Trak, Just Blaze, and more. Flyer with the updated, show-by-show lineup is below...
James Murphy on SS Coachella 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
LCD Soundsystem/DFA Records man James Murphy is suing Tim Goldsworthy, who he formed DFA with in 2001, but who moved out of New York to the UK three years ago...
In a lawsuit, DFA accuses Goldsworthy of failing to perform services he was paid for, owing outstanding loans, improperly using the company credit card and making unauthorized withdrawals from its bank accounts.In related news, tickets for James Murphy's DFA Records 12th anniversary party with DJ sets from him, The Rapture, YACHT, Black DIce, Juan Maclean, and so many more, are on sale now. The event is one of many upcoming Red Bull Music Academy events happening in NYC. Other RBMA events are on sale too, including Brian Eno's "illustrated talk", Four Tet at Webster Hall, A-Trak, Just Blaze, and others at Roseland, Giorgio Moroder, and many more.
The lawsuit, filed Friday in Manhattan Civil Supreme Court, says that "attempts to amicably resolve this matter were rebuffed" by Goldsworthy. It also accuses the producer of "breach of contract" and "unjust enrichment."
Goldsworthy owes a total of $93,899, according to DFA. The label, which has a studio in Greenwich Village and boasts such acts as Holy Ghost!, also seeks punitive damages and legal fees. [DNA Info]
The Red Bull Music Academy is coming to NYC from April 28 to May 31 which will include over 30 events ranging from live concerts and club nights to A/V installations, film screenings and public conversations with big names. Some of those names were recently announced. Details are not complete and tickets to all the shows below go on sale Monday, March 4 at 10 AM.
Perhaps most exciting of these events will be the NYC premiere of Brian Eno's audio-visual installation 77 Million Paintings which is generative software that creates morphing patterns and images. The installation, which be be at Cafe Rouge, will also features an "illustrated talk" on May 6.
James Murphy will head a nine-hour, multiroom show at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn on May 29 as part of DFA's 12th Anniversary celebration. The event will feature 15 live acts and DJs from throughout the label's history. Look for a short documentary, 12 Years of DFA: Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic, to premiere around the same time.
Also part of it will be Four Tet + friends at Webster Hall on May 8. Four Tet, who just released odds-n-sods album 0181 as a free download (stream it below) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his landmark 2003 album, Rounds, this year with a deluxe resissue due out on Domino in May.
Still more. RBMA will also host the first NYC edition of London party Culture Clash on May 9. The "unique celebration of sound system culture" will feature sets by Max Glazer, A-Trak, Nick Catchdubs, Young Guru, Just Blaze, and Que Bajo?!.
There's also "Drone Activity in Progress" which will happen at the Knockdown Center on May 2, featuring Stephen O'Malley of Sunn O))), Prurient, Alan Licht, and Body/Head (aka Kim Gordon and Bill Nace).
Other events including electronic music legend Giorgio Moroder in his first NYC DJ appearance; a talk with Bowie producers Tony Visconti and Nile Rodgers (maybe Eno will swing by?); Ryuichi Sakamoto and more to be announced. More info on RBMA is here.
Last week, David Bowie's longtime collaborator/producer Tony Visconti said Bowie is "fairly adamant he's never gonna perform live again." However in Visconti's new interview with Rolling Stone, things look slightly more positive:
The big question: Do you think Bowie will tour?Here's to hoping he feels like it!
He says that he will only play if he feels like it, but no tour. Like, if [he] wanted to do the odd show in New York or, I don't know, London, he would if he felt like it. And he made that very clear to the label that he wasn't going to tour or do any kind of ridiculously long album promotion. It was his idea to just drop it at midnight on his birthday and just let things avalanche.
Do you really think it's possible he'd do just one show?
It's possible, if he feels like it. I don't know. I spoke to him two days ago and he said, "I'm really adamant I'm not gonna do a tour." And he said, "If I might, I might do one show." But who knows when.
Bowie's first album in ten years, The Next Day, comes out this March. If you're wondering (we were), Rolling Stone is saying that really is the album cover. The video for the single, "Where Are We Now?," is below.
"He's fairly adamant he's never gonna perform live again... One of the guys would say, 'Boy, how are we gonna do all this live?' and David said, 'We're not'. He made a point of saying that all the time." - Tony Visconti [via NME]While we haven't heard any announcements one way or the other about the possibility of a tour surrounding David Bowie's new album, The Next Day, longtime collaborator / producer Tony Visconti (who worked on the new album) told NME he doesn't think it'll happen, at least not for this album.
I've been listening to this on headphones walking through the streets of New York for the past two years, and I have not tired of a single song. I think the material on this album is extremely strong and beautiful, and if people are looking for classic Bowie they'll find it on this album, if they're looking for innovative Bowie, new directions, they're going to find that on this album too.Look for David Bowie's The Next Day on March 12.
"Where Are We Now?" video, and an even newer spoof of it, below...
To quote the Houston Press:
Late Monday just before midnight, the music world and social media stood agog as David Bowie's official website teased a new album, set for a March release, entitled The Next Day, produced by Tony Visconti.Head to David's website for the goods. What a great way to start 2013!
Fuckin' Tony Visconti. Just check out his discography why don't ya? Just half of Bowie's catalog and T. Rex. NBD.
Funny enough, this all occurred on his birthday. Mr. Bowie turns 66 today, January 8.
It even came with a freaky new video for a song called "Where Are We Now?" directed by Tony Oursler with Bowie standing in an art studio while two puppets sang.
Check out Bowie's new press shot and the new album's tracklisting below...
A couple B-52's related items for your late Friday. First, Fred Schneider will be helping former Bongo Richard Barone celebrate the 25th anniversary of his 1987 solo debut Cool Blue Halo tonight (5/4) at City Winery. Tickets are still available and other guests include Tony Visconti and Garth Hudson.
Secondly, in addition to the amphitheater shows they're doing with Squeeze and other previously mentioned gigs, The B-52's 35th Anniversary Tour will make a stop in NYC at Irving Plaza on August 9. All tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
photos by Lori Baily, words by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Alejandro Escovedo - Silver Cloud (MP3)
Alejandro Escovedo & Tony Visconti @ Bowery Electric
At the Wednesday night (7/21) Bowery Electric show, the guests were appropriate considering the venue: the East Village bar attracted a host of neighborhood regulars - some better prepared than others (crib sheets littered the stage). The on-stage friends included Ivan Julian (of Richard Hell & the Voidoids), Garland Jeffreys, "Handsome" Dick Manitoba, Bowery Electric owner Jesse Malin, Amy Cook, Kristeen Young, Tony Visconti (who also turned up at Alejandro's City Winery shows), James Mastro, Nicholas Tremulis and Fiona McBain. Alejandro Escovedo's new record, Street Songs of Love, stood up through the diverse interpretations: from Kristeen Young's octave-jumping belting to Ivan Julian's snarling drawl. Though the show's tightest moment caught Alejandro locked in with his band, the Sensitive Boys, like on the show-opening "Always A Friend," from his previous album, Real Animal. For the encore, a swamped stage worked through the Rolling Stones' "Beast of Burden" and Mott the Hopple's "All the Young Dudes."
After the set, the band and friends hung around upstairs to catch themselves on Letterman. Our photographer Lori Baily hung around too, and her pictures from the entire show are below.
Two nights later (7/23), Alejandro invited a different guest up on stage for his show at New Jersey's Stone Pony. Bruce Springsteen joined for their Street Songs duet ("Faith"), an Alejandro song covered by the Boss in the past ("Always A Friend") and (like at Bowery Electric) "Beast of Burden."
Check out "Silver Cloud" from the new album, posted above. Videos from NJ & Letterman, and more pictures from NYC, below...
Alejandro Escovedo just played two nights at City Winery with Bobby Bare Jr. opening. Special guests on the first night (6/29) included Mott the Hoople's Ian Hunter, who joined Alejandro for a verse-trading encore of Mott's "I Wish I Was Your Mother." The second night (6/30) Alejandro's producer Tony Visconti sat in with the band for songs that included a cover of the Bowie-penned Mott the Hoople song "All the Young Dudes." Singer Tift Merritt was there too; videos of those songs are below.
Grab "Silver Cloud," the hard-rocking second track from his new record, Street Songs of Love, posted above. More pictures and videos are below...
photos by Lori Baily
Martin Bisi @ Knitting Factory
Martin Bisi played the first half-hour of his set as a suite, segueing from one part to another by frantically laying down one searing loop of guitar feedback on top of another. This time Bisi's band had lead guitar, bass, drums and a caped crusader wailing frantically on what sounded like a little Casio running through a million noisy effects, sharing the stage with a woman whose graceful miming quickly became the show's focal point. In a strange twist of fate, Bisi, like Visconti, is best known for producing great albums for famous bands (Sonic Youth, Herbie Hancock, the Dresden Dolls, ad infinitum), but ultimately it's his songwriting which is his strongest suit. This evening's numbers had a distinctly early 80s, East Village feel, sort of Nick Cave as covered by Blue Oyster Cult, ornate and haunting but also with a sense of humor that ran from cynicism to unaffected amusement. About halfway into his suite he ran through the mythology-based Sirens of the Apocalypse (title track of his excellent 2008 album), barrelling through the lyrics without a pause to take a breath. A more recent track, Drink Your Wine came off with an irresistible sarcasm, a word of warning to a lightweight; a dedication to his daughter, far from being mawkish, was a dark garage rocker evocative of the Libertines but tighter. They finally closed their set with a big riff-rock anthem that threatened to burst into flame after it had finally gone out, but it didn't. The audience wanted more but didn't get it. [Lucid Culture]That review comes from the December 27th show at Knitting Factory where Martin shared the bill with Larkin Grimm who had Tony Visconti on bass. Extra Life and HUMANWINE also played the show
Larkin and Martin again share a bill this Sunday (1/24) at Mercury Lounge. Susu and Snowbaby are both also on the bill. Brian Viglione of the Dresden Dolls will be playing drums for Martin at the show. Bob D'Amico plays drums for Martin on one of the two free tracks above. More pictures from Knitting Factory below...
photos by Lori Baily
backstage shenanigans at the Bell House
On Thursday [June 11th] I saw Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 - R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, Bill Rieflin and Scott McCaughey - at the Bell House in Brooklyn. Ken Stringfellow of the Posies opened in a solo capacity; he was preceded by Takka Takka.Robyn Hitchcock opened for the Decemberists at Radio City a day before that. Two days after the Bell House show, he performed at this year's Bonnaroo...
Despite owning at least eight of his albums, and enjoying them always, I'm not the world's biggest Robyn Hitchcock expert. But I was surrounded by people who were, and they rated it one of his better shows... [Tony Fletcher]
"This is the first festival I've really been to since seeing Jimi Hendrix at the Isle of Wright in 1970," [Hitchcock] tells Spinner. With his typical self-deprecating sense of humor -- we think that's what it is, anyway -- he recalls that after the massive Isle of Wright festival, as a performer he "decided to take a different tact and wherever there were going to be lots of people I'd be naught," says Hitchcock. "And, 40 years later, I'm beginning to reconsider my game. Should I do more public appearances where there are people? A lot of my colleagues in show business have answered with a vigorous nod -- 'Yes, Robin, play in front of an audience.'"That trend continues. His next show is at Glastonbury later this month. His next scheduled stateside gig will be at the Austin City Limits Festival in October. More Bell House pictures below...
So Robin Hitchcock and the Venus 3 did indeed take the stage, to massive applause and in front of thousands...