Entries tagged with: Vinyl Williams
The 2015 edition of Pop Montreal is coming up in less than a month (September 16 - 20) and festival organizers have recently made a few additions to the already robust lineup. Perhaps most interesting is that Pop's film fest will have the world premiere of director Kahlil Joseph' Arcade Fire documentary The Reflektor Tapes which promises:
The film recontextualizes the album experience, transporting the viewer into a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual landscape. It charts the band's creative journey as they lay foundations for the album in Jamaica, record in Montreal and play an impromptu gig at a Haitian hotel on the first night of Carnival, before bringing their breathtaking live show to packed arenas in Los Angeles and London. The Reflektor Tapes blends never-before-seen personal interviews and moments captured by the band to dazzling effect, and features 15 minutes of exclusive unseen footage, filmed only for cinema audiences.That is just ahead of the film's North American September 23 release date. It will be playing in NYC at Sunshine Cinema, BowTie Cinema Chelsea 9, East 86th St Cinema 4 in Manhattan and Williamsburg Cinema in Brooklyn. and tickets are on sale now for many of those screenings. You can watch the trailer for that below.
The full music lineup has been finalized and new additions include Seattle garage rock legends The Sonics, Doldrums, UK band All We Are, Prison Garde (the latest moniker of electronic musician Vaughn Robert Squire aka Sixtoo) and more. Other artists playing this year's Pop Montreal include Built to Spill, Giorgio Moroder, The Cribs, Mikal Cronin, Godflesh, Will Butler, Babes in Toyland, Thurston Moore, Stars of the Lid, Cannibal Ox, Besnard Lakes (performing as a 17-piece "orchestra"), Viet Cont, The Orb, and more.
There are also lots of panel discussions and lectures happening via the Pop Symposium, including one with Canadian songwriter Andy Kim (the man behind The Archies' "Sugar Sugar" and other bubblegum hits),
Festival passes and day passes are still available. Full Pop Montreal music and film lineups are listed below.
Treefort Music Fest returns to various downtown Boise, ID venues from March 25-29 this year, and the lineup includes TV on the Radio, Built to Spill, of Montreal, Joyce Manor, Viet Cong, Cymbals Eat Guitars, !!!, YACHT, Foxygen, Twerps, Matthew E. White, Omar Souleyman, Posse, Delicate Steve, Craft Spells, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Generationals and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
by Bill Pearis
Chas Bundick will release What For?, his new album as Toro Y Moi, on April 7 via Carpark. The record is a little more guitar-oriented than past Toro Y Moi records, as Bundick explains:
I've done electronic R&B and more traditional recorded type R&B stuff. I just wanted to see what else was out there. It's all coming from the same mindset and point of creativity. It's just me trying to take what I already have, and then taking it further.You can check out the very catchy first single "Empty Nesters" below.
Toro Y Moi will be touring this spring, with dates including his biggest NYC show yet: Terminal 5 on May 1 with opener Vinyl Williams. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/30) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (1/28) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Dub Thompson's debut album for Dead Oceans is out in early June and the band have just released a video for single "No Time." Directed by LA dreampop artist Vinyl Williams, the warped VHS is a good fit with the melted sonics of the song. Says Williams:
I created a narrative inspired by the wheel of fortune tarot card, using that as the twister dial which chooses the color that the inter-dimensional beings stretch towards. And instead of having a flat twister surface, I made the circles spheres instead, with little inhabited worlds inside of them that correspond to their tone. The narrative became heavily skewed through the process of degradation. This allowed for unexpected results, by removing my ego from the equation, and letting the imperfect technology compose for me.Check out the video below.
The band were in NYC not too long ago but if you missed them, or live somewhere besides the Five Borroughs, Dub Thompson will be spending the summer on an extensive tour of North America. Much of it is with recent "Best New Music" recipients Ought, including a show at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on July 11. Tickets for the Baby's show go on sale tonight (4/30) at 10 PM.
NYC can see Ought before that, though, as they're playing Saturday (5/3) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Pictureplane, LODRO, Truthers and Bodyparts (which is free), and then they'll play and Rough Trade NYC on June 20 (tickets on sale Friday [5/2] at noon]).
All Dub Thompson dates are listed, along with the "No Time" video, below...
photos by David Andrako, words by Andrew Sacher
Mount Kimbie released their sophomore LP, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, this week (stream it below), and they're supporting it on a tour with Holy Other, which they brought to NYC for a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom last night (5/30).
The show kicked off with a set from dreamy shoegazers Vinyl Williams, who also played Glasslands the night before. VInyl Williams are a full band live, and bigger sounding than I thought they'd be, but still with a few kinks to work out.
Up next was electronic producer Holy Other, whose debut LP, Held, and the preceding With U EP are two of the finest electronic releases of the past few years, but as I've said before, there's not really anything to his live show that you can't get from playing the records at home. That said, was it still a really nice precursor to Mount Kimbie's set hearing Holy Other's gorgeous beats through Bowery Ballroom's soundsystem with projection-screen visualizers behind him? Yup.
Finally, headliners Mount Kimbie took the stage, and if you were expecting them to be the same kind of "guy at his computer/mixing board" setup as Holy Other, you'd be far from right. In fact, at this point they're probably more of a live band than "knob turners," or at least in the way that their pal James Blake is. Now that Mount Kimbie are doing most of their own singing, they come off more as a bass-heavy pop duo than the beatmakers they once were known as. The two main members switch off between vocals, samplers, keyboards, guitars, bass, and are backed by a live drummer (who also sometimes plays bass). But if this sounds like Mount Kimbie have went all rockist on us, that's not the case either. The music is still every bit dance music, and from one look at the crowd you'd know it. Standouts included the big pop moments like "Blood and Form" and "Made to Stray," but probably the biggest highlight for me personally was the King of Limbs-style future-garage-as-live-band jam on "So Many Times, So Many Ways."
More pictures from the Bowery Ballroom show and the MK album stream below...
by Bill Pearis
LA dreampop artist Vinyl Williams released Leminscate last year, a lysergic journey down the astral plane that falls just slightly to the rock side of what Toro Y Moi is doing. If you haven't checked it out yet, the whole thing is streamable via Spotify. He also just released a cover of "Walking In Space" which showtune afficianados will know is from free love musical Hair. As his sound is already in that real, it's not too different from the original but Vinyl Williams definitely puts his on spin on it. We've got the premiere of that cover below.
As mentioned, Vinyl Williams will be heading out on tour with Mount Kimbie and Holy Other, which kicks off in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on May 30 (tickets). The day before (5/29), Vinyl Williams headlines Glasslands. Lushes and Images are also on the bill and tickets for that show are on sale now.
Vinyl Willimas has also created a special interactive tour flyer for his upcoming dates, that allow you to explore their itinerary via a Myst-style game. For those bad at Myst-style games, there's a video walkthrough, along with an old-fashioned list of dates, below.
Tamaryn is DJing at New York's Museum of Modern Art on Sunday evening (4/7) as part of a PopRally event called "Abstract Currents." Against projections of one-minute videos submitted by the public, Tamryn will provide a "hypnotic soundtrack to the collectively built abstract videoscape." It's in conjunction with MoMA's Abstraction, 1910-1925 and Abstract Generation: Now in Print exhibition and tickets are still available.
Later this month, Tamaryn will be in Texas' state capital for Austin Psych Fest (Apr. 26 - 28), which features a pretty amazing line-up that runs the gammut of "psychedelic," including Deerhunter, Spectrum, Black Mountain, OS Mutantes, The Moving Sidewalks, Clinic, Besnard Lakes, Elephant Stone, Roky Erickson, Sweden's GOAT and a bunch more. The fest just announced the day-by-day line-ups which are listed below.
UK duo Mount Kimbie have been discussing a sophomore album and recently revealed the first single, "Made To Stray" (if you were wondering who sang on that track, we now know it was the members themselves), and now the album is finally officially announced. It's called Cold Spring Fault Less Youth and will be out on May 28 via Warp. In addition to the Mount Kimbie guys bringing their own vocals into the mix, two songs also feature vocals from King Krule. That's the album art above, and the tracklist and a stream/free download widget of "Made To Stray" are below.
Tracklist and song stream below...
Sasquatch! 2012 (more by Chris Graham and Rae Graham)
Quincy, WA music festival Sasquatch! has announced that it will return for its 12th installment to The Gorge over Memorial Day Weekend (5/24 - 5/27) in 2013. A limited number of discounted four-day festival passes will go on sale Friday (11/23) at 9 AM PST at the Sasquatch! website. The lineup will be announced in February.
In other US festival news, as recently mentioned on BV Austin, Austin Psych Fest will go down in Carson Creek Ranch from April 26 to 28 with Deerhunter, The Black Angels, Boris, Spectrum, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Clinic, Warpaint, DIIV, and many more. More info HERE.
UMO at Glasslands in 2011 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Psych poppers Unknown Mortal Orchestra, who were just announced on the lineup of the Great GoogaMooga, have also announced a short tour to take place this June in between their appearances at Sasquatch and NXNE. The tour is being supported by Doldrums and Vinyl Williams. It hits NYC on June 7 at Mercury Lounge and June 8 at Glasslands. Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now and tickets for the Mercury Lounge show go on sale Friday (4/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/25) at noon. UMO will also play Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago this July.
Speaking of Doldrums (aka Alrick Woodhead), you can catch him in NYC even sooner when he and Blouse support Bear in Heaven on their upcoming tour which hits NYC on May 8 at Bowery Ballroom and May 9 at MHOW. Tickets for both of those shows are still available.
Check out UMO's relatively new video for "Nerve Damage" off their 2011 self titled debut and all dates below...