Entries tagged with: Tyondai Braxton
by Bill Pearis
Tyondai Braxton's new album, HIVE1, is out next week via Nonesuch. The record was born from his high-concept 2013 Guggenheim installation, HIVE, and plays like the soundtrack to a single-take shot through a wormhole, where form meets the very abstract. You can stream HIVE1 in full via NPR.
Braxton will again be doing HIVE live performances soon, which involve himself and four other musicians playing in linked pods:
The piece was created as a live multimedia work that was part architectural installation and part ensemble performance with five musicians sitting cross-legged atop their own space-age oval pods. Designed by Danish architect Uffe Surland Van Tams, each pod was programmed to complete the sonic mood of the piece with ever-changing LED light emitting through its perforated wooden walls.You can check out video from the Guggenheim performances below. Braxton will perform HIVE at Montreal's Mutek Festival at the end of May, and then he will then bring it back to NYC for three nights at The Kitchen from June 4-6. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.
Tyondai's onetime bandmates, Battles, have some upcoming live dates too.
photo: Michael Gira in Chicago last month (more by James Richards IV)
The upcoming Big Ears Festival happening March 27-29 in Knoxville, TN, has been expanded once again. Like in past years, the festival will include a film portion, and a selection of that has been curated by filmmaker/musician Jim Jarmusch and Michael Gira, whose respective bands SQURL and Swans were already on the lineup. Like they just did In NYC, Jarmusch's band SQURL will perform scores to Man Ray's silent films. Here's more:
SQÜRL, film director Jim Jarmusch's band with drummer Carter Logan, will perform music that they wrote for several silent films from the 1930s by the legendary surrealist Man Ray. This project was premiered in late February in New York as part of WNYC's Silent Films, Live Scores program. SQÜRL, joined by lute virtuoso Jozef Van Wissem, also performed the score for Jarmusch's most recent film, Only Lovers Left Alive.There will be a Bill Morrison retrospective too, during which jazz guitarist Bill Frisell's quartet performing Frisell's live score to Morrison's The Great Flood (like he did at MoMA last year).
The occult electronic duo Demdike Stare will perform their re-scoring of 1922 silent Swedish/Danish documentary / horror classic, HÄXAN, Witchcraft Through the Ages. Technically filmed as a documentary about how superstition and the misunderstanding of disease and mental illness could lead to witch hunts, its dramatized sequences push it into the realm of horror films. It was originally banned in the United States.
Rounding out the Big Ears film programs for 2015, indie director Jim Jarmusch and Swans founder and leader Michael Gira have collaborated with the Criterion Film Collection in curating a program of select films, which will be screened on Sunday at Regal Entertainment Group's downtown Riviera Cineplex. Jarmusch's program is "Three in Black and White," an international triptych featuring Satayajit Ray's The Music Room, Aki Kaurismäki's La Vie de Bohéme, and Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg. Gira has selected a single film: the cult classic Eraserhead, David Lynch's groundbreaking feature film debut.
These additions join Swans, tUnE-yArDs, Silver Apples, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Ben Frost and more. Festival passes are still available.
Updated lineup below...
The lineup has been expanded for the 2015 Big Ears Festival, happening March 27-29 in Knoxville, TN. New additions include psych pioneers Silver Apples, former Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton (performing HIVE), Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman, folk singer Ryley Walker, guitar wiz William Tyler, modern classical collective Bing & Ruth, electronic/ambient musician Loscil, cabaret singer Little Annie, and Chinese composer Wu Man.
They join previously announced artists such as Laurie Anderson, tUnE-yArDs, Swans, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Sam Amidon, Max Richter, Ben Frost and more. Tickets are still available.
Updated lineup below...
Zs @ Le Poisson Rouge, 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Landlady @ Rough Trade, 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Sufjan Stevens' 'Round-Up' w/ Yarn/Wire @ BAM
While Sufjan will release his first studio album since 2010 this March, ahead of that he's premiering a new piece called Round-Up at BAM which continues tonight and runs through Sunday (1/25). Sufjan will be on electronics and new-music ensemble Yarn/Wire is on piano and percussion.
Zs, Mick Barr, Michael Beharie, Bryan Kasenic @ Le Poisson Rouge
Next week, NYC experimental band Zs will put out their first album as their current lineup of founder Sam Hillmer with Patrick Higgins and Liturgy drummer Greg Fox. Tonight the trio celebrate with a release show.
Ben Vida, Tyondai Braxton, Amirtha Kidambi @ The Kitchen
Composer Ben Vida premieres his new audio/visual piece Slipping Control (ver. 3) at The Kitchen tonight, part of the venue's Synth Nights series. He'll be on electronics and vocals, and joining him is former Battles member and past collaborator Tyondai Braxton and Amirtha Kidambi on backing vocals.
Brandon Seabrook, Nick Millevoi, Cyrus Pireh, David Scanlon @ Trans-Pecos
Those who like the avant-garde and the heavy (and aren't seeing Mick Barr's set at LPR tonight) will want to head to Trans-Pecos where guitar wiz Brandon Seabrook is playing, along with Many Arms' Nick Millevoi (trio with Brandon Lopez and Ches Smith), Duluth guitarist Cyrus Pireh, and Pet Bottle Ningen's Dave Scanlon & Dave Miller with collaborator Chuck Bettis. This show was originally set to happen at Trans-Pecos but is now happening two blocks away.
Savages, Johnny Hostile @ Mercury Lounge
We're now halfway through Savages' nine-show NYC residency, and they seem to be getting comfortable with the new material they're playing at these shows. We're still hoping they'll add "She Will" and "Flying to Berlin" to some of these shows' sets. Sold out, but check Savages twitter -- they have been releasing a few tickets at the door to most of the shows so far.
Darlings, Scully, Pill, Future Punx (DJ Set) @ Baby's All Right
Tonight's the record release party for Darlings' new album Feel Better. It's more of their brand of bratty guitar pop that always sounds good (no matter what is the style at the time). Good openers, too.
Haunting Renditions Live w/ Eliot Glazer, Har Mar Superstar @ Littlefield
Classically trained vocalist-turned-comedian Eliot Glazer (brother of Broad City's Ilana Glazer) takes some of pop music's most infamous songs and turns them into highbrow, sweeping ballads. A live version of his web series, tonight things get a little funky with Har Mar Superstar.
Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, King Cyst, Adam Friedland @ Living Room
Real Estate bassist Alex Bleeker lets his freak flag fly with his solo band, veering even more into Greatful Dead territory. Tonight's show at the new Williamsburg location of The Living Room is also with Underwater Peoples labelmates King Cyst and comedian Adam Friedland.
Landlady, Heaven For Real, Leapling @ Union Pool
Indefatigable musician Adam Schatz is in like 20 bands, but Landlady is his baby, a mix of jazzy know-how and hang-loose indie rock. Their latest album, Upright Behavior, came on on the fine Hometapes label. Tonight's show is with Halifax, NS' Heaven for Real and Brooklyn act Leapling.
Hey Rosetta! @ Rockwood Music Hall
Newfoundland orch-pop outfit Hey Rosetta! are known for their spirited, string-laden live shows. The band's new album, Second Sight, is out next week.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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photo: Psalm Zero at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
NYC experimental musician Charlie Looker (currently of Psalm Zero, formerly of Extra Life, Zs and others) is curating and performing at The Stone from January 13 to 18. As you'd probably expect, he's got a lot of cool collaborators lined up. The full schedule is below, but here's a few highlights:
The 10 PM show on 1/13 has Charlie playing with bassist Tim Dahl (Child Abuse, etc) and drummer Weasel Walter (Behold... The Arctopus, etc), who are also both joining Lydia Lunch at her Retrovirus show three days earlier. For that show they're promising "mangled non-songs drawing from no-wave, free jazz, and war metal, with this highly accomplished/demented rhythm section."
On 1/14, Charlie's playing with guitar great Mary Halvorson (who's also a Weasel Walter collaborator and recently opened for King Buzzo) at both the 8 PM and 10 PM shows, but the late show is especially exciting, bringing Krallice guitarist Mick Barr and former Battles guitarist/vocalist Tyondai Braxton into the fold.
On 1/15, Charlie plays the 8 PM show solo, and then brings his Psalm Zero bandmate Andrew Hock with him for the late show, as well as Jamie Saft (organ, electronics) and Merzbow/Venetian Snares collaborator Balazs Pandi (percussion).
On 1/16, the 10 PM show will have Charlie's Northern Spy-signed band Seaven Teares joined by two exciting guest vocalists, Caleb Burhans of Alarm Will Sound and Zohra Atash of Azar Swan.
On 1/17, Charlie and Andrew Hock are playing solo sets at the 8 PM show, and then joining forces for an acoustic Psalm Zero set at the 10 PM show. New songs are promised, and $15 gets you into both shows for that night.
Finally, the last night (1/18) the 8 PM show features an ensemble that includes Andrew Hock and many others, playing a brand new 45-minute long composition that Charlie wrote. Then the 10 PM show will have one of Charlie's other bands, Period, joined by legendary saxist Tim Berne, who's been active since the '70s and a collaborator of Nels Cline and many others.
Full schedule for Charlie Looker's residency and more info below...
Philip Glass at Prospect Park in July (more by Adela Loconte)
Following David Byrne's big Philippines benefit at Terminal 5 in November to help those affected by Typhoon Yolanda, another more intimate, but equally cool benefit is happening in NYC on December 19 at Le Poisson Rouge. This one's got modern composer Philip Glass joined by an impressive indie lineup of Tyondai Braxton (ex-Battles) with past collaborator Ben Vida, plus Prefuse 73, Satomi Matsuzaki (of Deerhoof), Dan Friel (Parts & Labor), DJ Jon Santos, and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
In related news, the music of Tyondai Braxton, Aphex Twin, and Edgard Varèse will soundtrack an upcoming dance performance by Alarm Will Sound and Dance Heginbotham at The Met on February 20.
photos by David Andrako
Last night's installment (3/14) of the 2013 Ecstatic Music Festival was the the Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert which saw the Bang on a Can All-Stars performing world premieres of new commissions by Anna Clyne, Dan Deacon, Tyondai Braxton, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Paula Matthusen, and Fay Kueen Wang's Weltinseln.
Dan Deacon's piece made use of his flashing iPhone/Android app, which was certainly a first at The Kaufman Center's Merkin Concert Hall. Deacon and Braxton were on hand for show and were interviewed by WNYC's John Schaefer for the station's New Sounds Live.
The fest rolls on this weekend on Saturday (3/16), composer Imani Uzuri joins Numinous ensemble founder Joseph C. Phillips, Jr. Tickets to that show are still available. More pics from last night's Ecstatic Music Fest performance are below.
Extra Life at Webster Hall in 2010 (more by Sarahana)
Experimental Brooklyn trio Extra Life have decided to call it quits after four years of releasing music. They last released Dream Seeds in 2012, their first (and only) record for Northern Spy. But before the band is gone for good, they'll be playing a farewell show in Brooklyn on Sautrday (1/19) at 285 Kent with Tyondai Braxton & Ben Vida, Oneirogen, Sam Mickens, and a DJ set by NMCM (Krallice). For the show, Extra Life will "be joined onstage by former Extra Life members for a few classic EL songs which [they] haven't played in years." Admission is $12 at the door.
Extra Life have also written a farewell letter, and in it they promise new projects from all three members. Nick Podgurski is working with his band Feast of the Epiphany and they just released a 7" this week which you can stream below. Caley Monahon-Ward is working with his band We Can't Enjoy Ourselves who released the album, Make A Mess of Sacred Ground, in December, which you can stream below. They also have a few upcoming NYC shows on February 8 at Knitting Factory with Holopaw and Love As Laughter (tickets), and Union Hall on March 13 with The Better Letters and The Eggs (tickets). And finally, Charlie Looker is working with his band Seaven Teares, who will release their debut album, Power Ballads, on March 19 via Northern Spy. You can stream a track from that album, "Meet Me," below.
Those song streams and Extra Life's full farewell letter below...
Tyondai Braxton at ATP NYC 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Ex-Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton will present his new multimedia project, HIVE, in NYC at the Guggenheim Museum on March 21 as part of the museum's Works & Process series. The project is being co-presented by Wordless Music and will feature musicians Ben Vida, Yuri Yamashita, Jared Soldiviero, and John Ostrowski, and architect/carpenter Uffe Surland Van Tams. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer below.
Tyondai has other upcoming appearances and events in NYC including premiering his new work, Trems, which is being performed by Bang On A Can at Merkin Concert Hall on March 14 for an event that also features music by Dan Deacon, Anna Clyne, Paula Matthusen, Johann Johannsson, and Fay Kueen Wang.
Tyondai and Ben Vida (who also performs at the HIVE show) are teaming up as a duo to perform as an opening act at Extra Life's last show ever which happens on January 19 at 285 Kent with Sam Mickens (who plays Mercury Lounge with Callers tonight [1/7]), Oneirogen, and a DJ set by NMCM (Krallice). Admission is $12 at the door. You can read Extra Life's goodbye message at their website.
All dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Dan Friel - Total Folklore
Dan Friel of the now-defunct Parts & Labor has been continuing to play a ton of solo shows in NYC since that band's demise and, after recently signing with Thrill Jockey (which he released the Valedictorian/Exoskeleton EP on in 2012), he announced that he'll release his first full length for the label, Total Folklore, on February 19. So far, Dan has let loose two tracks from the album, "Ulysses" (short edit) and "Valedictorian," and if you're a fan of buzzsaw distorted synths, you should check these out. You can download them both above or stream them and check out the full tracklist below. That's the album's awesome cover art (designed by Maya Hayuk) above.
Dan will celebrate the album with a release show the day it comes out (2/19) at Knitting Factory with a solid lineup of likeminded experimental musicians Guardian Alien, Yvette, and DJ set from ex-Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's Dan's only announced date at the moment.
Streams and tracklist below...
Phillip Glass & Frank Ocean
The first ATP NY festival within New York City limits, also known as "I'll Be Your Mirror USA", kicked off Friday night (9/21) at Pier 36 in Manhattan. The opening night featured a typically eclectic mix of acts: comedians Kurt Braunholer, Hannibal Buress and Janeane Garofalo, and musicians Lightning Bolt, Edan the DJ (filling in for Lee Ranaldo And Leah Singer, who canceled for "unresolvable technical issues"), Philip Glass and Tyondai Braxton (they played together), and Frank Ocean. Glass (piano) and Braxton (guitar, then synth) kept their set on the short side, performing Glass's "Étude No. 1" followed by No. 2 and No. 10 (which elicited cheers from the audience when announced). Quite a few people no doubt came just for the Glass performance, perhaps as a companion to his Einstein on the Beach opera currently running at BAM, but those same people seemed open to the following set by Frank Ocean (who had plenty of his own devotees in the house). Ocean, backed by a rich-sounding four-piece, played his way through a mostly Channel Orange set, with some Nostalgia/ultra songs thrown in and new opening track "Summer Remains." His songs, crisp on record, lend themselves to a live-band staging and the musicians dug into the grooves adding some supremely funky moments to the already hooky tracks. You can see his full setlist below.
The organizers did their best to give Pier 36, an expo space on the East River, a cozy feel for the festival. The two-stage set up features one platform outside, facing away from the FDR highway and surrounded by food trucks and porta potties. Inside, the massive hall was outfitted with a layer of carpet and couches and chairs along the walls for those needing a rest (this weekend's schedule runs 12 hours each day). Along the water, the Queen of Hearts (with a movie screen on board) was docked next to another outdoor area out back. Movies run all day, and there are beanbags in there, but you might want to stay away if you get seasick easily.
One girl we talked to in the crowd was in town from the UK and bought tickets just to see Frank Ocean for the first time. But she got there in time to see Lightning Bolt who, like the rest of the music before Frank on the bill, she ended up despising. Kudos to ATP for even getting her in front of a noise rock band though.
ATP day two, which fest co-curator Greg Dulli's band the Afghan Whigs is co-headlining along with The Roots, is already underway. Check out the slightly-outdated schedule HERE, and a picture of the current schedule (which you can print) below. Schedules are also available at the door, AS ARE TICKETS.
More pictures from day one, and Frank's full setlist, below...
The first-ever ATP NY happened back in 2008, but up in the Catskills. That lasted three glorious years before moving to Asbury Park last year. Asbury Park was also great, but wasn't in the cards for 2012 so ATP moved the festival to NYC where it happens THIS WEEKEND at Pier 36 (you can see the location in the map above). Today's schedule looks like this:
Friday 21st SeptemberPoor Kurt B. And hopefully that 30 minute break between Glass and Ocean is enough time for the awkward changeover to happen. I mean, I love Frank and Philip, but I'm afraid that A LOT of Frank fans will be showing up just for his set, and many of them will have very little interest in the rest of the lineup, especially music you need to be very quiet during. Check out the full, three-day SCHEDULE. Get your TICKETS (THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR).
Festival opens - 6.00pm
Lightning Bolt - 8.30pm-9.00pm
Lee Ranaldo And Leah SingerEdan The Dee Jay - 9.15pm-10.15pm
Philip Glass And Tyondai Braxton - 10.45pm-11.15pm
Frank Ocean - 11.45pm-1.00am
Kurt Braunholer - 7.05pm-7.25pm
Hannibal Buress - 7.30pm-7.55pm
Janeane Garofalo - 8.00pm-8.30pm
Films On Queen Of Hearts:
Koyaanisqatsi - 8.00pm
Quadrophenia - 10.00pm (featuring the brand new surround mix made by the Who)
+ Edan The Dee Jay
UPDATE: Lee Ranaldo has been replaced by Edan (a DJ who is also DJing later in the film room). We also recently found out Chavez was replaced by JEFF the Brotherhood on Saturday.
Listen to some music below...
The Greg Dulli-curated ATP NY is this weekend (9/21 - 9/23) and organizers just released the schedule which you can check out below. Music (and comedy on Friday) happens on two stages with films, talks and bingo taking place on the Queen of Hearts boat which is docked just nearby. If you're wondering, Frank Ocean is at 11:45 PM on Friday. Also, Chavez dropped and and have been replaced by JEFF the Brotherhood (Sat. 9/22 7 PM).
ATP Concerts today announce the relocation of this September's New Jersey based I'll Be Your Mirror festival event to Pier 36 in Manhattan, New York.Whether this is related to ATP filing for liquidation or not is not 100% clear (but who really cares). Updated ATP NYC lineup below...
Pier 36 was the intended home for I'll Be Your Mirror beginning in 2013 - but due to unavoidable logistical concerns (along with a lack of available fan accommodations in Asbury Park), ATP has decided to move there for this year's event.
New additions to the festival today include: Philip Glass & Tyondai Braxton, Janeane Garofalo, Lightning Bolt, Lee Ranaldo, Chavez, Kurt Braunohler, Afterhours, Joseph Arthur, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Album Leaf, The Psychic Paramount, Braids, Tall Firs, Blanck Mass, Endless Boogie, Demdike Stare and DJ Jonathan Toubin with more to be added to all three days - see below for more info on the new additions...
Some artists who are unable to play the new location - the following statement comes from Louis CK's management:
"Louis CK who was originally scheduled for the Asbury Park event will not be performing at ATP in Manhattan due to scheduling conflicts. Check louisck.com for info about his tour schedule."
Sharon Van Etten, Reigning Sound and Factory Floor will also not be available to perform. All other previously announced artists will perform as originally scheduled.
"We hope that the new venue will make for an incredible event and open up many other accommodation options to fans who were unable to find rooms in Asbury Park," comments ATP's Barry Hogan. "We sincerely apologise to those inconvenienced by the move and hope that any problems caused may be minimised by the relatively small distance between the two locations. Anyone who is unable to attend due to the move or due to the cancellation of Louis CK can claim a full refund by contacting their ticket agent between now and July 31st."
Pier 36 is a new indoor venue sitting on the edge of the East River between the Manhattan & Williamsburg Bridges - it's outside area boasts glorious views of Brooklyn and the Statue of Liberty.
The Saturday night of this year's festival will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs (who have reunited after a 13 year hiatus) and curated by their frontman Greg Dulli, with ATP curating the Friday and Sunday nights.
Tickets are on sale now via ATPfestival.com priced at $199 for the Weekend, with Day Passes also newly available priced at $60 for Friday & $75 for Saturday/Sunday.
Full information on the additions to all three days of the line-up...
Friday will feature both music and comedy - we can now announce a musical headliner for Friday, as esteemed composer PHILIP GLASS teams up with TYONDAI BRAXTON (former Battles frontman) for a completely unprecedented live collaboration. Other stellar additions to the day's musical line-up are LIGHTNING BOLT - one of the world's most unmissable live acts, and LEE RANALDO of Sonic Youth. Joining the Friday on the Comedy stage is none other than standup/actress JANEANE GAROFALO, newcomer KURT BRAUNOHLER, with more to be confirmed. Friday tickets cost $60.
Saturday, headlined by THE AFGHAN WHIGS and featuring a stellar list of artists chosen by the Whigs' frontman Greg Dulli, has three new artists. First up are alternative rock band CHAVEZ, who returned to the live arena in the last few years to much acclaim, and they're joined by Italy's AFTERHOURS (past collaborators with Greg Dulli) and Ohio based singer/songwriter JOSEPH ARTHUR. They join the previously announced Saturday line-up of The Afghan Whigs, The Roots, José González, Mark Lanegan Band, Dirty Three, The Antlers, The Dirtbombs, Scrawl, Emeralds, Vetiver, Charles Bradley And The Extraordinaires and DJ Questlove with more to be confirmed. Tickets for this day cost $75.
Sunday will be headlined by one of the incomparable live shows from legendary Canadian post-rock pioneers GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR. Also newly confirmed are Canada's fantastic BRAIDS, Britain's DEMDIKE STARE and BLANCK MASS (feat Benjamin Power of F**k Buttons), intense New York post-rock from THE PSYCHIC PARAMOUNT, a return ATP performance from THE ALBUM LEAF, cult rock quartet ENDLESS BOOGIE, alt folk duo TALL FIRS, and DJ JONATHAN TOUBIN. They join the previously announced Sunday line-up of The Make-Up, Hot Snakes, The Magic Band, Autolux, Thee Oh Sees, I Break Horses and Quintron And Miss Pussycat (moving to this day from Saturday) with more to be confirmed. Sunday tickets cost $75.
As well as the live music line-up and comedy on the Friday, our friends at The Criterion Collection will return to run the Cinema across the weekend. All three days feature DJs and other activities to be confirmed in the months ahead. Each day runs from noon-midnight.
Ok, I'll admit it. The first time I heard about BAM's Crossing the Ferry series, I quickly concocted an idyllic scenario that may or may not have involved sipping white wine on the deck of a boat lit with twinkling Christmas tree lights with Sufjan or an unidentified Dessner brother at my side. (Really, could someone get on the whole ferry show idea, please? Something other than the booze cruise?) Luckily, I had a few days for the disappointment to wear off.
Curated by the Bryce and Aaron Dessner of The National, The Crossing the Ferry series is a three-night, multi-room spectacle of music and film. Many of the likely suspects are there (My Brightest Diamond and Beirut Saturday, Sharon Van Etten on Thursday). But there are also a few wild cards.
Due to an early start time, I missed the first few sets, but arrived on Friday in time to catch a few in rapid succession, starting with the indie-soul outfit Ava Luna, who had a much more raucous, percussion-heavy sound than I remember. Back downstairs in the gorgeous Howard Gilman Opera House, I caught an intense performative DJ set by composer Tyondai Braxton (formerly of Battles) who sat atop a crazy metal table, surrounded by a complex web of blinking lights, laptops, and samplers.
The back and forth nature of the event created a festival-like atmosphere. Following Braxton's set, I headed back to the BAM Cafe to check out another artist I had never seen - Sinkane, whose spacey sound effects seemed a good match for the room's clean, futuristic design. Though the cafe space itself was visually appealing, the acoustics were lacking, so I soon set up camp in the Opera House where impeccable sound and gorgeous lighting provided the perfect accompaniment for The Antlers' brooding, atmospheric sound. With the exception of a song or two (including one that was brand new), The Antlers focused on the material from last year's Burst Apart.
With the upstairs cafe running some 20 minutes behind, I regretfully decided to skip Buke & Gass to ensure a prime seat for St. Vincent. While The Antler's multi-layered, methodical sound encouraged me to sink calmly into my plush red seat, I quickly perked up from the first notes of St. Vincent's set. Clad in rock star black, her hair loose and wild, Annie Clark is a force behind the guitar and a charmer at the mic.
Backed by a talented three-piece band, Clark covered a wide array of songs, from a handful of older favorites ("Actor Out of Work" and "Marrow") to a number from last year's excellent Strange Mercy and a cover by The Pop Group ("She Is Beyond Good and Evil"). During "Krocodil," an aggressive new song (that was released as an exclusive 7" for Record Store Day), Clark catapulted off stage and forcefully made her way through the crowd, stepping onto chairs and reaching out to hit people as she made her way. (There's video below.) After fearlessly crowd surfing in the orchestra pit, she managed to end up back in stage at precisely the last moment of the song, and darted off, only to return for a brief encore ("Your Lips are Red").
Pictures and video from night 1 are here. Night 3 is on the way. Pictures from all the night 2 bands are below, along with video of St. Vincent performing "Krokodil."
Remember that Dessner brother-curated festival, "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," which is happening at BAM from May 3-5? And remember how when we posted the National-curated ATP lineup we suggested (for obvious reasons) that it might hint at the BAM lineup? Well, the lineup is out now, and there are definitely some similarities to that, and also not surprisingly, to the ongoing Ecstatic Music Festival which is great at highlighting the growing mix between indie rock and indie classical that the Dessners are huge fans of and participants in.
The three day Brooklyn Academy of Music festival includes The Antlers, My Brightest Diamond (w/ yMusic), Sharon Van Etten, and Buke and Gase who are all playing ATP, in addition to The Walkmen, St. VIncent, Beirut, Atlas Sound, Tyondai Braxton (formerly of Battles), Oneohtrix Point Never, Caveman, Sinkane, Twin Shadow, Jherek Bischoff, Pat Mahoney and Nancy Whang (DFA DJ set), Ava Luna, and others which are all listed below. As mentioned, the fest also includes the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the NOW Ensemble.
3-Day Festival Passes go on sale Monday (3/5) to friends of BAM and Tuesday (3/6) to the general public. More details and schedule at the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry website.
Full lineup below...
Philip Glass at Bang on a Can in June (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson are headlining the NYC Film-Makers Co-op Benefit at Santos Party House on November 16. Other artists performing include David Barton's band Liquid Blonde, Little Annie, Transgendered Jesus, the Love Butchers, and possibly more to be announced. Tickets for the show are on sale now.
Meanwhile, the New York Philharmonic and Philip Glass Ensemble are performing Glass's music for the 1982 film Koyaanisqatsi: A Life Out Of Balance TONIGHT (11/2) and Thursday (11/3) at Avery Fisher Hall. This will mark the first time that the New York Philharmonic have ever performed Philip Glass's music. Tickets for both shows are still available but are almost sold out so act quickly. A trailer video is below.
In other news, Beck (who recently worked with Stephen Malkmus and Thurston Moore) is working on a Philip Glass tribute remix album with producerHector Castillo. The album will feature contributions from Beck, Bjork, Lou Reed, Memory Tapes, Tyondai Braxton (ex-Battles), Amon Tobin, Roger Waters, Cornelius, and potentially more to be announced. No release date has been announced yet.
Speaking of Lou Reed, you can still stream the album he made with Metallica, "Lulu", over at loureedmetallica.com (if you dare!).
NY Philharmonic video below...
As previously mentioned, Battles have been in the studio working on their follow-up to 2007's Mirrored. The new album, titled Gloss Drop, is set to be released June 7 on Warp and features an array of guests including Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead, Gary Numan, Yamantaka Eye of Boredoms, and Matias Aguayo. Perhaps they'll help fill the void caused by the departure of guitarist/vocalist Tyondai Braxton. You can preorder the album here. Battles have also announced an international tour in support of the album including April 27 at Le Poisson Rouge. All dates are listed below.
Battles are also co-curating, with Caribou and Les Savy Fav, ATP Nightmare Before Christmas which is happening in the UK this December. Tickets go on sale 3/3 at 5 PM. In other Caribou related news, he is planning a split vinyl with Four Tet. Listen to each artist's contribution below.
Helmet, the band previous home to Battles drummer John Stanier, also plays this month as part of the Metalliance Tour with Saint Vitus, Crowbar, Red Fang, Howl, The Atlas Moth, and Kylesa. That hits Irving Plaza on March 25th.
All Battles dates, tracklisting, and MP3 streams below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Rhys Chatham @ Lincoln Center 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Rhys Chatham, of last year's Crimson Grail 200 guitar spectacle and downtown avant-guitar fame, will be performing two nights at the Kitchen (where in 1971 he was the first music director) this weekend (October 15 and October 16). Joining Rhys (who'll play trumpet and guitar) will be drummer Kevin Shea and bassist David Sims, as well as media artist Angie Eng. Tickets are on sale.
Another downtown luminary, Glenn Branca, will be premiering a new work, Symphony No. 15 - also titled "Running Through The World Like An Open Razor" (Music for Strange Orchestra - at (Le) Poisson Rouge on November 20th and 21st. Tickets are on sale.
And an up-and-comer in the same guitarist-composer tradition: Tyondai Braxton, formerly of Battles, will join the Wordless Music Orchstra in 2011 to play "new works for orchestra and electronics from Braxton's recent Warp Records solo debut Central Market and music by John Adams, Louis Andriessen, and Caleb Burhans." The their three-show tour stops at NYC's Alice Tully Hall on March 7th. Tickets on sale TBA. Speaking of which, there's plenty of great Wordless Music/Lincoln Center shows coming up (some free too).
All Tyondai and Wordless Orchestra dates are below...
Jonsi @ Terminal 5 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Along with that Godspeed You! Black Emperor announcement, two Wordless Music Series-presented shows included, came this:
"Look for a full 2010-11 Wordless Music season announcement in the coming days, including world and U.S. premieres of new music for orchestra by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, Jónsi and Kjartan of Sigur Rós with Alex Somers of Riceboy Sleeps, Kronos Quartet, The Hilliard Ensemble, Latvian National Choir, Tyondai Braxton, the Wordless Music Orchestra, Joshua Rifkin, Deerhoof, and the U.S. debut of the Carl Craig/Moritz von Oswald/Francesco Tristano Schlimé Trio, as well as collaborations with Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Library of Congress, Walker Arts Center, and Emerson College for concerts in New York City, Washington D.C., Boston, and Minneapolis."Stay tuned for more details. Meanwhile, tickets are on sale for both NYC Godspeed shows.
We previously speculated that Battles canceled their October 26th show at LPR to finish work on their new album. It turns out, they are still finishing the album, but without member Tyondai Braxton, who has left the band to work on his own music. As Pitchfork points out, Battles will now "be a very different band" since he "was the closest thing the egalitarian unit had to a frontman." The October show in London has also been canceled.
The full note from their label Warp on the news is below...
by Andrew Frisicano
St. Vincent @ Pitchfork Fest in Chicago (more by Kate Gardiner)
David Byrne and Annie Clark are collaborating on music for a future Housing Works benefit. There's no date set for that, but Asphalt Orchestra will be debuting a version of one of the songs they've been working on...
A few months ago we had [Here Lies Love arranger] Tony Finno arrange the horns, and we performed one of the songs -- tentatively titled "Who" -- at the end of Annie's show at the Rose Room at Lincoln Center. Now, having been approached by the Bang On a Can spinoff Asphalt Orchestra, with the help of [Asphalt saxist/producer] Ken Thomson we've adapted another song called either "Two Ships" or "The Movie" for their group. This will be an instrumental version and we'll do a vocal version later. [David Byrne]Asphalt will perform that song on Wednesday, August 4th, at the first of five free shows the avant-marching band is doing around the Lincoln Center as part of LC's Out of Doors Festival. Locations and times for the band are below.
In addition to that piece, they'll be debuting a commission by Yoko Ono; other songs in the group's repertoire include commissions by Tyondai Braxton of Battles and Stew & Heid Rodewald of Passing Strange and BAM Next Wave 2010. The 12-piece will release a seven-track CD of its material on August 3rd through Canatloupe Music. That includes a blisteringly dissonant song by Swedish metal band Meshuggah and an intricately-arranged version of Bjork's "Hyper-Ballad." There are a few more typical "ra-ra" maching band songs on the album too (Zappa in particular is already quite melodic and pompy), but the band focuses on getting unusual sounds out of the limited instrumentation. Live, they move in unique coordinated patterns, so the experience is individualized to the space and where you stand.
As an aside, this Saturday at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival is going to be particularly amazing, with the "Detroit Breakdown" lineup of Mitch Ryder, ? and the Mysterians, The Gories, Death and more.
St. Vincent has her own free show this weekend, at the Central Park SummerStage Sunday (8/1) afternoon, with openers Tune-Yards and Basia Bulat.
A video of Asphalt Orchestra doing that Meshuggah song on WNYC, and their schedule, plus a video of Annie doing a nylon-string version of "Actor Out of Work," are below...
photos by David Andrako
We arrived at about 9PM as Björk was hanging out behind the turntables gearing up to begin her set. The venue "Above The Auto Parts Store" was indescribably hot, but regardless fans packed in to get a glimpse of the one and only Björk. I was prepared to be at the venue for the long haul thinking Björk would be last, but she thankfully was second up on deck. DJ selections included a lot of obscure Asian and Middle Eastern house music, most notably including a cover of 2 Unlimited's "No Limit," along with Major Lazer/Crooker's "Jump Up!" [Tastes Like Caramel]Bjork, Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors, Battles' Tyondai Braxton, and writers Alex Ross and Brandon Stosuy DJed at Above the Auto Parts Store on Sunday (5/2) at a benefit for Partners In Health, a health care nonprofit that works in Haiti. They called it "The Rites of Spring". Alex Ross posted his playlist, which paired The Ex, Justin Bieber, Stravinsky and more. That and more pictures from the event are posted below...
Bjork & Dirty Projectors @ Housing Works (more by Chris La Putt)
As you can see on the flyer below, cavernous Bushwick DIY spot Above the Auto Parts Store will be the site of a benefit for Haiti with an eclectic lineup of DJs on May 2nd. Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth, Battles' Tyondai Braxton, and music writers Alex Ross and Brandon Stosuy will be joined by...Bjork behind the turntables and iPods for "Rites of Spring." Ross predicts "some combination of Thai soul, death metal, Justin Bieber, and, of course, nude Stravinsky." Brandon, who writes for Stereogum, has the genesis of the event, which involves Bjork/Dirty Projectors show at Housing Works last May, laid out at that site: "Tickets go on sale this Tuesday (4/13) at 5PM at Record Grouch/Old Made Vintage, 441 Metropolitan Avenue (@ Meeker) in Brooklyn. Their hours are 1PM-7PM daily. (There will be no online tickets. Paper tickets only.)"
Speaking of Bjork...
Ólöf Arnalds [who also played that Housing Works benefit with Bjork and Dirty Projectors] was recently featured in NPR's All Things Considered last week. Host Jonathan Richman chatted to the singer songwriter about her new album, and played a snippet of a new song called "Surrender", that features Björk.The NPR show is here. A streaming clip of the song is below with the benefit flyer...
Olöf recently finished mixing her second album, Innundir Skinni, at Sundlaugin Studios with Kjartan Sveinsson producing once again. Innundir skinni features more elaborate arrangements and instrumentation than Við og við, with vocals sung both in English and Icelandic. Innundir skinni is set for worldwide release this spring. [Iceland Music]
Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Lollapalooza 2009 (more by Paul Birman)
tonight in NYC
* Jeremy Warmsley @ Pianos
* U2, Muse @ Giants Stadium
* Pronto, Brian Bonz @ Union Hall
* Ryan Adams at Morrison Hotel Gallery
* Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Radio City Music Hall
* Snow Patrol, Plain White T's @ Beacon Theatre
* Starfucker, Deelay Ceelay @ Santos Party House
* Pink Noise, Bonnie Baxter, Fan Tan @ Zebulon
* Moby, Kelli Scarr @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Screaming Females, The Measure, Mattress @ Maxwell's
* Tony Conrad & Branden W. Joseph @ Issue Project Room
* Hedgehog, QSBS, Pink Reason & Matt Horseshit @ Silent Barn
* Extra Golden, Antimagic, Grandchildren @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* An Evening with the Minus 5, Baseball Project, Steven Wynn IV @ Bowery Ballroom
* National Parks party w/ Alison Krauss, Counting Crows & more @ Central Park East Meadow
* Ravens and Chimes, Your Nature, Pow Wow & Jump Into The Gospel @ Southpaw
* Spectacle with Elvis Costello & guests Ray Lamontagne, Lyle Lovett, John Prine @ Apollo Theatre
* Shooting Spires, Legs, Champagne Sequins, Broccoli Destroyer, Graffiti Monsters, Lord Easy @ DBA
* All That Remains, Lacuna Coil, Maylene & The Sons of Disaster, From Sword to Sunrise @ Irving Plaza
Happy 60th birthday Bruce Springsteen.
Lebowski Fest is underway. Flyer below...
The lineup for the free party/show tonight in Central Park to celebrate Ken Burns' National Parks documentary includes Alison Krauss, Counting Crows, Carole King, Eric Benet, Gavin DeGraw, Jose Feliciano, Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, and Augustana.
Kendrick Strauch of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs covered an entire YYYs album and is giving it away for free.
U2's 360 tour stops at Giants Stadium tonight and tomorrow. Muse opens. If you thought your ticket was expensive, look at the cost per person U2 is spending to put the tour on.
Pronto (which features Mikael Jorgensen of Wilco) plays Union Hall with Brian Bonz.
Phoenix play the Apple Store tomorrow.
Bowery Ballroom hosts 'An Evening with the Minus 5, Baseball Project and Steven Wynn IV'. Shuffling those roles will be Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck, Steve Wynn and Linda Pitmon.
Elvis Costello performs and tapes his 'Spectacle' TV show with guests Ray Lamontagne, Lyle Lovett and John Prine at Apollo Theatre.
Moby plays at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Kelli Scarr (of Moonraker). On Monday he was at Irving.
Starfucker (soon to be "formerly known as Starfucker") play Santos Party House with Deelay Ceelay.
Issue Project Room hosts Tony Conrad & Branden W. Joseph (wuthor of Beyond the Dream Syndicate: Tony Conrad and the Arts after Cage) in a reading and discussion followed by a performance by Tony Conrad....
Tyondai Braxton talks about Central Market in a video below...
Times New Viking's new video for "No Time, No Hope" below...