Entries tagged with: Warp Records

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Mark Bell

Sad news: Warp Records confirmed today that Mark Bell, one half of pioneering UK electronic act LFO, died last week due to complications after an operation. In addition to his work in LFO (not the American LFO who did "Summer Girls"), Bell collaborated frequently with Bjork, producing her 1997 album Homogenic, her most recent Biophilia, and others.

LFO's 1991 debut, Frequencies, was a landmark record in dance music and Warp Records, and their theme song "LFO" was the label's fifth release ever and first Top 20 hit. Mark, we lost you too soon. Rest in peace.

Stream Frequencies, plus a few other Bell-related streams, below...

Continue reading "Mark Bell of LFO, RIP"

By Ian Chainey

Aphex Twin's Richard D. James
Aphex Twin

Much like the Merge label, Warp Records is ringing in its 25th anniversary this year. The lauded electronic label will celebrate with the Warp25 on September 14, 19, and 20 at Krakow, Poland for three special engagements.

The first (9/14) will be Squarepusher assembled chamber arrangements featuring Sinfonietta Cracovia that will interpret the works of Squarepusher and modern classical composers Messiaen, Xenakis, and Ligeti. The second (9/19) showcases the London Sinfonietta reworking Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada compositions, along with John Cage and Steven Reich.

The finale (9/20) is the  the Warp25 blowout, sporting a bill of Autechre, Battles, Bibio, Darkstar, Hudson Mohawke, LFO (the first one), Patten, Plaid DJs, and Rustie. This will be Battles first live show in nearly three years, debuting brand new material and will be their only show of 2014. Autechre (the duo of Rob Brown and Sean Booth) will likewise be playing their first live show in nearly three years, debuting lots of new material, and it's their only gig this year.

Tickets for all three Warp25 events are on sale now (the ticket site's in Polish, be warned). There's also an official Warp25 Spotify Playlist and you can check out the full lineups below. See you in Poland!

The one name on Warp's roster that pretty much everyone would like to hear from again is Aphex Twin. While we wait for him to release something new (it could happen, just ask Kevin Shields), one of the lost treasures from his discography, the Caustic Window LP, is finally seeing a release thanks to a music forum, Kickstarter, and 4,116 contributors.

Caustic Window, one of Richard D. James's many recording aliases, cut a few EPs in the early '90s for Rephlex that were later collected on Compilation. According to Mike Paradinas -- the guy behind µ-Ziq and operator of Planet Mu records -- there were plans for a full Caustic Window album:

In the interview, Mike described the tracks in detail, and went on to explain that only 4 people at the time were known to have a vinyl test pressing of the album - Richard James, Chris Jeffs (aka Cylob), Grant Wilson-Claridge (co-founder of Rephlex Records) and Mike himself. Each person was sworn to never make copies of the music, and for 20 years, not a single track had ever been commercially released (with the exception of two tracks that appeared on compilations).
Then, out of nowhere, the record hit the Discogs marketplace. The We Are the Music Makers forum rounded up resources, got in touch with Rephlex for digital distribution rights, set up a Kickstarter, and $67,424 later there's new/old, old/new Richard D. James music out in the world. And the effort to make it available was worth it. Caustic Window, streaming below from a YouTube upload, falls in the middle of early Analogue Bubblebath installments and Hangable Auto Bulb. Of course, in typical James fashion, there's plenty that has little precedence at all. The physical copy is currently listed on eBay, with the winning bid split between James and a charity.

The full Warp25 lineup along with the Caustic Window stream appears below....

Continue reading "Battles & Autechre debuting new material at Warp25; Aphex Twin-related Caustic Window LP gets official release (stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

Jeremiah Jae

Following a few releases on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label, Chicago rapper Jeremiah Jae signed to Warp Records for the Bad Jokes mixtape, and now he's set to release another mixtape via Warp, Good Times. So far, Jeremiah's shared two singles from the mixtape, "Survival" and the just-released "Mountain Rise," both of which revel in the kind of jazz rap that shows Jeremiah isn't straying too far from his Brainfeeder roots. You can listen to both below.

Jeremih also has a European tour coming up, but first he'll play NYC Wednesday (4/2) at The Studio at Webster Hall with Lord Raja and Peabody, and a hometown show in Chicago a few days later (4/8). Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the song streams, below...

Continue reading "Jeremiah Jae releasing a new mixtape on Warp, touring (dates and two track streams)"

by Andrew Sacher

Patten

UK IDM producer Patten recently signed to Warp, who put out his EOLIAN INSTATE EP back in November, and are planning to release his next full length album, ESTOILE NAIANT, on February 24. For the album, Patten worked on visual collaborations with director Jane Eastlight, and one of the results of that is the video for the atmospheric downtempo first single, "Drift," which can be watched, along with the album's tracklist, below.

Patten has a few dates coming up, including two in NYC this week. First he plays Output's Panther Room TONIGHT (1/9) for the venue's weekly INPUT party. Tonight's show is billed as a "DJ/re-edit" set and also includes Software-signed minimalist Huerco S. and UNO-signed Mykki Blanco collaborator Gobby. Tickets for tonight's show are available here and here.

After that, Patten will make the North American debut of his A/V show at Joe's Pub on Saturday (1/11). The show is part of the APAP conference and also includes Red Baraat and Metal Tongues. Tickets are on sale now.

All dates are listed, along with the video and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Patten releasing an LP on Warp, playing shows, including two in NYC this week (dates & video)"

by Andrew Sacher

Oneohtrix Point Never in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
OPN
Julianna Barwick at the Guggenheim in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Julianna Barwick

Brooklyn ambient artist Oneohtrix Point Never (aka Daniel Lopatin) has been making some of the most well-regarded music of that kind for a few years now, and he's now inked a deal with influential electronic label Warp Records. OPN will release his first album for the label, R Plus Seven, on September 30. No music has been revealed from the album yet, but you can check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Oneohtrix Point Never will be playing some shows around the time of the new album's release, including one in his hometown on September 17 at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Cathedral (113 Remsen St).

That show is with another Brooklyn ambient musician, Julianna Barwick, who creates her soundscapes primarily with her voice, versus OPN's synthesizer work.

UPDATE: WE're being told that Julianna may not be playing the 9/17 show afterall, though you can definitely find her in NYC at Judson Memorial Church on August 20.

She's also got a new album, Nepenthe, due out on August 20 via Dead Oceans. The album was recorded in Iceland with Alex Somers (aka one half of the duo Riceboy Sleeps with Jonsi from Sigur Ros, who OPN just toured with). So far she's revealed two multi-layered singles from the album, "Forever" and "One Half." You can check out both of those below.

All dates are listed, along with all song streams and album info, below...

Continue reading "Oneohtrix Point Never signs to Warp, releasing new LP, playing shows; Julianna Barwick also has a new LP"

Mount Kimbie

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.

The duo's previously announced tour with Holy Other hits NYC on May 30 at Bowery Ballroom with Vinyl Williams. Tickets for that show are still available.

Tracklist and song stream below...

Continue reading "Mount Kimbie announce new album (download the single)"

by Andrew Sacher

Rustie

Scottish producer Rustie released his great debut LP, Glass Swords, last year via Warp. Rustie, like Warp labelmate Hudson Mohawke, is making some of the dancier music of the UK bass scene with tracks like "Hover Traps" that pull equally from dubstep and '90s dance music. Stream some tracks from the album, and Rustie's most recent output, an Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1, below.

Rustie has a few North American dates this month including a Shortcuts party at Santos Party House on May 15 (tomorrow) with SpaceGhostPurrp, Mess Kid and Kilo Kish. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. The flier for this show is below.

Speaking of Shortcuts parties, as mentioned, El-P is playing one to celebrate his album at Santos on 5/21 with Despot and many special guests. Tickets are still available.

All Rusie dates, streams, and flier below...

Continue reading "Rustie on Warp, playing Santos & other May dates"

by Andrew Sacher

Clark

UK producer/musician Chris Clark aka Clark released his new album, Iradelphic, last month via Warp. The album features the immediate standout track, "Secret," which owes a bit of its immediacy to featured vocalist Martina Topley-Bird, who has also contributed her vocals to Tricky, Massive Attack, and others. But the album benefits from its instrumental work as well. The three part trek, "The Pining," is a great piece which combines beats and live guitar (played by Clark) in a manner that brings to mind Rounds-era Four Tet.

The album includes other tracks that interwork live instrumentation and electronics, and in between those it works in jazz-piano interludes ("Black Stone"), ambient passages ("Broken Kite Footage"), and another track with Martina Topley-Bird ("Open"). You can stream the tracks, "Secret," "The Pining pt2," and "Com Touch," below.

Clark has a North American mini tour planned for next month which includes shows in Montreal (Mutek), LA, Chicago, and NYC. The NYC show is a live set happening on June 10 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are on sale now.

All dates and streams below...

Continue reading "check out Warp artist Clark, playing shows in June (dates)"

My Best Fiend

Brooklyn's My Best Fiend are set to release their debut LP, In Ghostlike Fading, next week (2/21) via Warp, though you can buy it now on iTunes.

They last played when they opened for The Hundred in the Hands at Glasslands late last month (1/27). How was that show? CMJ said their set was "one of the most impressive performances" of the night.

They've got another NYC show coming up at Le Poisson Rouge on March 1 with TEEN and No Ordinary Monkeys (DJ). Tickets for that show are on sale now. More detais to be announced soon, including SXSW.

My Best Fiend's new album features guest vocals from Shannon Funchess of Light Asylum, who just announced an album, tour, and LPR show too.

And speaking of Warp, Squarepusher plays Webster Hall on March 15th, BrooklynVegan is proud to present the NYC debut of Kwes at Glasslands on March 10th, and !!! have a bunch of dates coming up including an April run with Shabazz Palaces. That tour doesn't hit NYC, though the two artists play Philly together right after Shabazz Palaces plays two NYC shows.

All !!! tour dates and a stream of My Best Fiend's "Cracking Eggs" below...

Continue reading "My Best Fiend schedules dates; !!! touring w/ Shabazz Palaces"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: My Best Fiend - "Higher Palms" (MP3)

My Best Fiend
My Best Fiend

Brooklyn band My Best Fiend recently signed to Warp Records, who will release their debut LP, In Ghostlike Fading, on February 21 in North America and a day earlier elsewhere. There's a sort of catchy, soaring psych rock to the new single, "Cracking Eggs," which features the guest vocals of Shannon Funchess of Light Asylum, and ends in a shattering refrain. Stream that and the bluesy album opener, "Higher Palms," below, the latter of which you can also grab an MP3 of above. The album's artwork and tracklist is below too. You can pre-order it now at Bleep.

My Best Fiend have two hometown shows coming up this month including one TONIGHT (1/11) with Porcelain Raft at Cameo Gallery (they play "after Porcelain Raft and before Crinkles") and another at Glasslands on January 27 opening for fellow Brooklynites/Warp labelmates The Hundred in the Hands. Bikini is also on the bill and so is a DJ set by Bear in Heaven. Tickets for the show are on sale now.

Speaking of Bear in Heaven, they'll kick off a tour this spring in honor of their upcoming LP, I Love You, It's Cool. That tour includes NYC shows on May 8 at Bowery Ballroom and May 9 at MHOW. Tickets for both shows are still available.

All dates, streams, album art and tracklist below...

Continue reading "My Best Fiend releasing LP on Warp (MP3), playing w/ Porcelain Raft tonight & w/ Hundred in the Hands later (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Africa Hitech

Africa Hitech, the moniker under which Mark Pritchard and Steve Spacek record together, released their debut full length 93 Million Miles this past May on Warp. Considering both members have been making forward-thinking electronic music since the '90s, it makes sense that when they come together, they're able to create a genuine formula of old school UK garage and dubstep. Unlike some of the other artists we've seen reach back to the genre's roots, like Mount Kimbie and Zomby, Africa Hitech's material on 93 Million Miles begs to be blasted at late-night parties and clubs, yet still without the superficial excess of guys like Skrillex and Bassnectar. Check out an album sampler and the video for "Out In The Streets" below, and pick up the album from the Warp webstore.

Africa Hitech just finished up a European tour and will play NYC on November 10 at Le Poisson Rouge with Sepalcure and Mux Mool, who plays with Pictureplane tonight (10/11) and also has CMJ shows coming up. Tickets for the LPR show are on sale now. More dates TBA.

Mark Pritchard is also one of the contributors to the Radiohead remix album, TKOL RMX 1234567, which you can stream HERE. The release party for the album is streaming NOW on Radiohead's website and Boiler Room's website. You can also stream Mark's take on "Bloom" below.

Video, streams, and all dates below...

Continue reading "Africa Hitech = Mark Pritchard + Steve Spacek, album out on Warp, NYC show announced"

Plaid

UK electronic duo Plaid are going on a North American tour in November. In the duo's 20 year career (making them 2 years younger than their label Warp), they have collaborated with Bjork and have done remixes for her, Goldfrapp, Unkle, Portishead and many others (many of which appeared on 2003's Parts in the Post). The tour hits NYC on November 11 at Le Poisson Rouge. No info on tickets yet but check LPR's site for updates.

Plaid are releasing the LP Scintilli this year, or so they claim. We're not sure when it will come out but you can guess and email your release date prediction to chime@plaid.co.uk. The three closest guesses win a download code for the video game Chime Super Deluxe (which Plaid wrote the track "Tender Hooks" for) and a Plaid t-shirt. They've been saying this album would be out for years, literally.

Check out a video of Plaid talking about the video game, and some other songs and all tour dates below...

Continue reading "Plaid are finally releasing 'Scintilli', going on tour (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Darkstar

UK Dubsteppy synth-pop trio Darkstar (no relation to Grateful Dead cover band Dark Star Orchestra) will be at quite a few festivals this summer. Most of them are in Europe but the band will head over to America in July to play their first ever US show at the Pitchfork Festival. While they're here, Darkstar will stick around to play a NYC show at Le Poisson Rouge on July 18. Tickets are on sale. They were originally scheduled to play the same venue back in March before hitting SXSW but unfortunately never made it over to North America for the shows.

The group released their debut LP North back in October via Hyperdub. As pointed out by FACT, Hyperdub founder Kode9 tweeted, "I would just like to send my love and gratitude to Darkstar and wish them the best possible future on Warp Records," in February. Details on the signing are sparse but it was confirmed.

All tour dates, a video for "Gold" off North, and some recent live videos, below...

Continue reading "Darkstar playing NYC after Pitchfork -- dates, live video, Warp"

Seefeel

"Seefeel and Warp are extremely saddened to announce the cancellation of Seefeel's US tour. Bureaucratic hoop-jumping beyond the band's control is unfortunately to blame, and the fans will have to suffer for it. Again, we're so very sorry to disappoint you all with this news and hopefully fans can bear with the band a while longer before the US tour (which they very much want to happen) can occur without any snags."
Seefeel, who were about to play their first-ever US shows, unfortunately had to cancel their tour which was about to hit NYC on June 29 at Brooklyn Bowl and June 30 at Le Poisson Rouge. Refunds are available at point of purchase.

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: The Hundred in the Hands - Dressed in Dresden (MP3)

The Hundred in the Hands (photo by Timothy Saccenti)
The Hundred in the Hands

The Hundred in the Hands released their self-titled debut album this week on the Warp label and the band play a record release party for it Friday (9/24) at Coco 66 with Blood Orange (aka Dev "Lightspeed" Hynes) opening and Blondes on the turntables. The band will then head out on the road with Australians The Temper Trap. All tour dates are at the bottom of this post, but they include gigs at both Terminal 5 and Wellmont Theater.

The album is a slinky mix of post-punk influenced dance pop, recommended if you like Phantogram or Friendly Fires. (Or to go back a couple decades, New Order or Curve.) No repeats from their This Desert EP from earlier this year, though it does contain last year's "Dressed in Dresden" single, which you can download at the top of this post. As to those influences, members Jason Friedman and Eleanore Everdell have offered up a mixtape on their Soundcloud page that goes a ways to putting their album into context:

Some of the mixtape songs are subliminal references and some are things we just always love while others still are things maybe people have said they've heard in what we do. Mostly our influences tend to be hidden and they're not references at the time or are things that we were listening to a lot and maybe they're in the blood and found their way into the DNA of the songs. Here are also those tracks we love and really did dig into trying and understand and dissect. But, we don't have a formula or a plan, no "Smiths + Surf =...". So, it gets a little stupid then when we're asked our influences and we end up rattling off a long list not all of which appears in the surface of our music. Still, we know what we like.
Both "sides" of the mix are streamable at the bottom of this post. As is the video for The Hundred in The Hands' "Pigeons" which if you haven't seen is pretty freaky/great. Tour dates are below too...

Continue reading "new Hundred in the Hands LP out now on Warp, mixtape streaming, NYC show Friday before Temper Trap tour (dates)"

DOWNLOAD: Flying Lotus - 3 non-album tracks (ZIP)

Cosmogramma

Flying Lotus (DJ & laptop whiz Steven Ellison) will be at LPR on Tuesday, March 30th for a show with kode9 presented by Wordless Music. Tickets are on sale.

That's part of a larger string of dates (including Coachella in April) that lead up to his new album, Cosmogramma, which comes out May 4th on Warp.

The spirit of his famed aunt, Alice Coltrane permeates the record, notably in the powerful collaborations with relative Ravi Coltrane, bass virtuoso Thundercat and the brilliant harp prodigy, Rebekah Raff.

Certainly these are further reaches into a musical space that Flying Lotus had hitherto been exploring, however other collaborators such as Erykah Badu and Outkast string arranger Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and guest vocalists Thom Yorke and a returning Laura Darlington (featured on Los Angeles' epic closing track 'Inifinitum') help deliver Cosmogramma to dizzying new heights. [Warp]

The label has put up three recent non-album tracks from Flying Lotus, which you can grab above.

He'll also be at SXSW for the Warp showcase Wednesday, March 17th at the Phoenix with labelmates Hudson Mohawke, Born Ruffians, Nice Nice, Pivot and Eskmo. Nice Nice (Portland's Jason Buehler and Mark Shiraz) are getting their record Extra Wow released by the label on April 6th. The trippy video for their song "Everything Falling Apart" and tour dates are below.

All tour dates, streaming tracks from the file above and the new album, and artwork and tracklist are below..

Continue reading "Flying Lotus - new record & tour dates - Coachella, LPR w/ Kode9, the Warp showcase @ SXSW w/ Nice Nice & more"

LPR review by Showtrotta

Jamie Lidell @ Warp's 20th Anniversary @ Le Poisson Rouge - September 5, 2009
DANCE

Following a great first day at Electric Zoo, I somehow found the energy to head to Le Poisson Rouge to see Jamie Lidell who was performing in one of the many celebrations for Warp's 20th Anniversary (9/5). While Jamie was alone, without any of his bandmates that typically make up the live Jamie Lidell experience, simply armed with a couple of laptops, a mixing board, and some other items indiscernible from the crowd's side of his table of gear...he put on an excellent show. While the set was stripped down, without all the bells and whistles that come with a live band, the solo set-up allowed Jamie's talent, both musically and as a true entertainer and showman shine through.

He opened with the track "What Is It This Time?" off of Multiply before turning to the table of gear which he was behind for much of the set. While I'm not sure if he was playing specific older tracks with which I am not familiar, or if much of it was improvised/experimental, Jamie poured over the equipment, beatboxing, recording and looping vocal snippets, only to sing over and loop them again, tweaking nearly every sound that emerged from behind that table. While more abstract, experimental pieces can sometimes be a bit too out there for a listener of an artist's more everyday fare, the intensity and passion with which Jamie performed, combined with everything sounding amazing, made the show engaging regardless. He sang a few more songs including "When I Come Back Around" and "Music Will Not Last" the latter of which he dedicated to Warp, which he spoke of fondly multiple times during his set. The set finished with a slowed down, much more electronic-oriented version of "Another Day", the perfect ending to a show that combined elements of Jamie Lidell's style both past and present.

Battles, Chk Chk Chk, Flying Lotus and Pivot played the Warp20 show that took place one night earlier at Terminal 5.

Gozales

Jamie Lidell is from England and resides in Berlin, but this month he might be staying in NYC because there are now two more chances to catch him here before September is over.

We've long followed the collaboration between Jamie and his Canadian friends Feist and Gonzales (and Mocky), but we don't hear much about Gonzales here in the U.S.A. That should change soon. On September 22nd, Arts & Crafts is re-releasing Gonzales's Solo Piano album "as a special deluxe edition- It comes complete with a DVD bonus disc, featuring the documentary 'From Major To Minor' as well as various other entertaining visual complements." One day later, Gonzales kicks off a four day North American tour in LA. From there he goes to NYC for TWO September 25th shows (early and late) at Joe's Pub. Jamie Lidell will be at both of them, and tickets are on sale.

Gonzales may be best known as the producer of Feist's Let It Die and The Reminder. Feist is known lately for playing 'special guest', and her last such appearance just took place at a NYC show on September 10th. So who knows, maybe she'll be there too - the Joe's listing does read that Gonzales will be "Accompanied for each show by unexpected (or expected) guests from the gang".

In related news, Gonzales recently launched a sitcom, filmed in Paris, "Superproducer", and entered the Guinness Book of World Records for longest solo performance - over 27 hours (in June). A picture of him with his award and all dates below...

Continue reading "Gonzales re-releasing Solo Piano, touring, playing Joe's Pub (twice) w/ Jamie Lidell who played Warp20 (review)"

photos by Ryan Muir

!!!/Battles
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Battles

"Though the undercards threw devastating curveballs -- Pivot's set was punchy yet serene, Flying Lotus's DJ set spanned everything from his earlier EPs to wobbling, quaking dubstep 12"s -- it was the evening's headliners that offered the most surprises. !!! sounded loose and fluid in their only New York date of 2009; "Must Be the Moon," normally an insistent, beeping rave-up, became looser and more open, with looser, longer guitar leads; "Heart of Hearts," normally clenched around tense guitar and synth riffs, was practically liquid, echoing and ringing instead. Indeed, when the band previewed a new track, "Treat Me Right," they sounded (however remotely) like the Band, with old organ whirs girding the rhythm section's grooves. !!! is a band that's built its name on its rhythmic force, but even in this smoother, more limber style, the band sounded right at home. Frontman Nic Offer got to strut his stuff, and the band's rhythm section, which included two drummers and an additional percussionist, got to embellish their songs with more cymbal color.

But changes aside, !!! was also thoroughly upstaged by Battles, the night's headlining act. Playing their only North American show of the year, the American foursome treated the event like a special occasion." [PAPER]

Battles also played new songs...
"Among the new works played were tracks called "Sweetie and Shag" (a vocal and bass-heavy track), "SDICT" (which starts as a sparse set of back-and-forths between Braxton, Williams and Konopka and eventually comes to a crescendo when Stanier's drums kick in) and "Sanford and Son" (which features Williams playing a loop in the middle of the song that sounds like what would happen if an accordion and a harmonica had a child -- this was by far the best-received moment of the evening). Though it initially sounded out of place, the band played around it, letting the music evolve into something entirely different by the end." [MTV]
The Friday night gig at Terminal 5 was the first of three Warp20 shows that happened over the weekend. The final one took place Saturday night with Jamie Lidell at Le Poisson Rouge. Pictures of Pivot HERE. The rest from Terminal 5, below...

Continue reading "Battles, !!! & Flying Lotus celebrated Warp's 20th Anniversary @ Terminal 5 in NYC - pics "

photos by Ryan Muir

Pivot

Pivot was the first of four acts to play Warp Records' 20th Anniversary party at Terminal 5 in NYC on Friday night (9/4), but as previously mentioned, that wasn't their only show in town while visiting us from Australia. You can catch them one more time tonight (Tuesday, September 8th) at Mercury Lounge with Hex Message and Vacations (ex. Chin Up Chin Up). More pictures from their st of Terminal 5, and a video, below...

Continue reading "Pivot played Terminal 5 (pics), playing in NYC again (tonight)"

Tyondai Braxton

"The prospect of an established rock musician venturing into classical territory will probably always raise eyebrows, and rightly so. It takes a major leap of faith to view Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio or Billy Joel's Fantasies & Delusions as anything other than a misguided stab at legitimacy.

Fortunately, Central Market, a new album of compositions by Tyondai Braxton--best known for his work with the innovative instrumental-rock quartet Battles, which plays this week as part of Warp20, an anniversary celebration for its esteemed label--falls on the extreme opposite end of the spectrum. No puffed-up vanity project, this set of lush, highly kinetic pieces, performed with the Wordless Music Orchestra, ranks among the year's most forward-thinking releases. And despite its grand scope, sci-fi-esque weirdness, cryptic titles and dearth of lyrics, the album is surprisingly accessible. For fans of Battles, this brand of listener-friendly experimentation shouldn't come as a shock: Despite its considerable oddness, the band's last effort, 2007's Mirrored, stunned the indie-rock set with its furiously funky rhythms and crystalline melodies." [Time Out]

Central Market is out on September 15th via Warp Records. Battles plays with !!!, Flying Lotus and Pivot tonight (9/4) at Terminal 5. Set times below.

And the Warp Records festival continues on Saturday with two shows. First is the free show at the World Financial Center that Flying Lotus was supposed to play before he was switched to the Terminal 5 show. The new lineup will "include sets from electronic masters Jimmy Edgar, Hudson Mohawke and Clark, as well as Warp DJs." The party continues Saturday night at Le Poisson Rouge with a show by Jamie Lidell, The Hundred in the Hands and Born Ruffians. Maybe because of the late set time, last minute notice, and holiday weekend, but tickets are still on sale.

Continue reading "It's Warp20 weekend (World Financial Center show included) ++ Tyondai Braxton releasing Central Market"

Jamie Lidell @ Highline Ballroom - October 2008 (more by Chris La Putt)
Jamie Lidell

Warp20, the 20th anniversary concert series for the estimable UK label, has added a closing party at Le Poisson Rouge to its NYC schedule of events that run from September 3rd to 6th. The new September 5th show, which takes place after the previously-announced WFC Winter Garden gig, will feature sets from Jamie Lidell , The Hundred in the Hands and Born Ruffians. Doors are at 11pm. Tickets are on sale now. Just to be clear:

Sept 4 show @ Terminal 5
Sept 5 show @ World Financial Center
Sept 5 late show @ Le Poisson Rouge
We have a pair of tickets, which are still on sale, to giveaway to the Terminal 5 show with Battles, !!!, Prefuse 73 Flying Lotus and Pivot (who are visiting us from Australia for the first time). Details are below.

More Pivot dates, and a few video clips from the anniversary event Warp held earlier this year in Paris (with Aphex Twin and Hecker) are HERE and below along with a video preview of the label's commemorative box set, which comes out September 25th...

Continue reading "Warp20 adds Jamie Lidell show (tix), win a pair to Battles !!!"

WARP

After many months of planning, Wordless Music is deliriously proud to announce details of Warp20 NYC, the second and only U.S. installment in a series of worldwide events taking place this year in Paris, Tokyo, London, and Sheffield.

Warp20 NYC will be a four-day celebration of the music, films, and 20th anniversary of the the peerless UK label Warp Records, without which there would surely have never been a Wordless Music series.

On September 3-6, in venues across New York City, Warp artists Battles, Flying Lotus, Chris Clark, !!!, Prefuse 73, Pivot, and Hudson Mohawke will headline shows in two different venues, while The New Museum offers free and continuous screenings of full-length features, documentaries, music videos, and shorts from several dozen directors hailing from around the globe.

Chk Chk ChkThe fest so far includes a September 4th show at Terminal 5 with Battles, !!!, Prefuse 73 and Pivot. Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon. General sale starts Friday, July 24th at noon.

The other confirmed fest show will be a free concert at the World Financial Center Winter Garden with Flying Lotus, Chris Clark and Hudson Mohawke on September 5th.

The "kick off" for Warp20 NYC (two months before the fest...) will be tonight's (7/22) Alarm Will Sound show at (Le) Poisson Rouge. The program for the night commemorates the five-year anniversary of the group's 2005 album Acoustica with chamber orchestra arrangements of music by Aphex Twin, Autechre, Mochipet, John Dowland, and The Beatles. Nic Offer from the band !!! will DJ the late show. Tickets for both the late and early shows are still on sale.

Also starting tonight (7/22), and also celebrating 20 years of a record label's existence: XX Merge (the Merge Records party in North Carolina).

In addition to the above-mentioned acts, Warp is also home to Grizzly Bear, who will be playing a free Pool Party show on August 30th.

The full program for tonight's LPR show, with more info on Warp20 NYC, below...

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