Entries tagged with: Valentin Stip
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...
Lindstrom will be releasing a 12" of remixes from his Six Cups of Rebel LP on June 25 with remixes from Oneohtrix Point Never (who plays Ecstatic Summer), Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, and Mark McGuire (of Emeralds). Have a listen to Oneohtrix Point Never's take on "Call Me Anytime" below.
Lindstrom is currently on a tour which brings him to NYC on Friday (5/25) for the previously discussed Webster Hall show with Simian Mobile Disco (tickets). That tour will also bring him to Detroit's Movement Electronic Music Festival this weekend where he'll play alongside Public Enemy, Actress, SBTRKT, Major Lazer, Gold Panda, Nina Kraviz, Matias Aguayo, FaltyDL, AraabMUZIK and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now. The full lineup is listed below.
Speaking of electronic music festivals, Mutek goes down in Montreal from May 30 - June 3. The Mutek lineup includes Kode9, Nicolas Jaar, Clark, Blondes, Apparat, Shlohmo, Shackleton, Stephen O'Malley & Tim Hecker, Biosphere & Lustmord, and more. The full lineup is listed below.
In related news, as mentioned, Apparat will come to NYC after Mutek for a show at Gramercy Theater on May 31. It's since been announced that Sleepyhead will open that show. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Contest details below, along with a list of all dates, song stream, and those festival lineups.
by Andrew Sacher
Nicolas Jaar walked on stage just minutes before midnight at the sold out Clown & Sunset showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (2/3) after opening sets by Pavla + Noura, Valentin Strip, and Acid Pauli. He stood surrounded by keyboards and straddling a vintage style microphone in front of a backdrop of slowly drifting images of nature and architecture. The set began with some heavily blurred vocals and swirling atmospheres, but much of what was to follow was pretty unexpected.
After pushing his mic to the side (which he did after about two songs), Nico hit his highest points when he dropped bass-heavy beats, all of which were met with huge applause from the crowd, but lost sight of what made his album, Space Is Only Noise, so appealing. Save for a few memorable piano hooks, the minimal textures and Nico's own distinct voice that set him apart from other dance musicians took a backseat for more straightforward beatwork. It wasn't until a bit more than halfway through the set, when he was joined on stage by collaborators Will Epstein and Dave Harrington, that the show became something entirely of its own. Epstein's meandering sax lines and Harrington's prog rock guitar turned the show into dancefloor-ready experimental rock, and their ability to do that is ultimately the most attractive thing about bringing Nicolas Jaar's music into a live setting. They ended their pre-encore set with the clear highlight of the night, "Space Is Only Noise If You Can See," which saw Nico grabbing a more modern mic with way less effects on it and discernibly delivering his stark baritone vocals.
The full band returned for an encore, bringing out guest vocalist Sasha Spielberg to sing lead on a track, which ended up being another highlight of the show, and Nico rounded things off with a few more dance tracks.
You can catch Nicolas Jaar, along with Will Epstein, Dave Harrington, and Sasha Spielberg at MoMA PS1 on Sunday (2/5), when he premieres a five-hour multidisciplinary piece as part of PS1's "Sunday Sessions". The event is free with admission to PS1.
He also recently dropped an unofficial video for "Materials," directed by Pondr, which you can watch below...
DOWNLOAD: Nicolas Jaar - "Keep Me There" (MP3)
"Nicolas Jaar was born the 10th of January 1990 in New York but spent most of his childhood in Santiago de chile. Haunted by Mulato Astatke and Erik Satie, he started making electronic music in 2004. At the age of 17, he made his debut on Wolf + Lamb records. Now 21 years old, Nico runs his own label clown & sunset and just released his debut album 'space is only noise" [nicolasaar.net]Pitchfork gave the album Best New Music. Download a track above. Clash says that, "Using a full band set up, Nicolas Jaar played a sold out show in London earlier this year. The results were breathtaking, sitting somewhere between free jazz, out there electronics and straight ahead techno." Nicolas plays again with a live band at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on May 27. It's their only US show at before heading out on a European tour that includes performances at Glastonbury, Melt, and Sonar Festival.
The LPR show is being opened by Valentin Stip, who just released an EP on Jaar's Clown & Sunset label. According to a facebook status on Nicolas' page, it's his last US show until the fall. Tickets are still on sale now.
Nicolas recently recorded a cover of Abdullah Ibrahim's "Ishmael" live at Maida Vale BBC Studios in London. Listen to that, with all dates below...