Entries tagged with: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
by Andrew Frisicano
Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ APW on July 31st (more by Chris La Putt)
Add one to list of recent Beastie Boys tributes/cover songs/shout-outs. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who subbed for the Beasties' Saturday night (Aug 8th) headlining spot at Lollapalooza, paid tribute to the group with a riff from Beastie's "So What'cha Want" tacked at the end of "Phenomena." Check out the (poor quality) video below. From most of the reviews, it seems like the group successfully pulled off the unenviable task of filling in for the uniquely populist Beastie Boys (as Jay-Z did at All Points West).
9:15 p.m. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, 11th-hour replacements as headliners for the ailing Beastie Boys, deliver on the big stage. Singer Karen O makes a grand entrance in a head dress that makes her look like a large bird, and she dances with Kabuki-like grace. Once a frenetic dervish, the singer now balances more stylized movements with the unhinged galloping of old. In the same way, the band's music has matured and deepened. Besides rockers brimming with attitude, the trio also explores more fragile emotional and melodic terrain. The transformation is well-paced, the set balancing all facets of the band's personality in a confident, commanding performance, with Nick Zinner's guitar and keyboards as Karen O's reliable foil, at once melancholy and combustible. [Chicago Tribune]YYYs will be playing a set of North American dates in September. Included in those will be a Wednesday, September 23rd show at NYC's Radio City Music Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 14th at noon.
All tour dates with Lollapalooza videos below...
photos by Bao Nguyen
The nominees for this year's MTV Video Music Awards Breakthrough Video are Anjulie, Bat For Lashes ("Daniel"), Chairlift, Cold War Kids, Death Cab For Cutie, Gnarls Barkley, Major Lazer, Matt and Kim, Passion Pit, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Bat For Lashes, who is also up for this year's Mercury Prize, and who will be back in NYC on August 12th, has a new video for the song "Sleep Alone". Check it out, with more pictures of Passion Pit playing the Diesel Party at Webster Hall on 7/30, below...
"GET WELL MCA" (more by Tim Griffin)
hey all,Get well soon, and much love back at you too!
hope you are doing well.
so i'm about a week and a half out of surgery now and rapidly recovering from it. i haven't taken any of the pain meds, which supposedly speeds along the healing process, or should i say, taking them slows it down. anyway, i spent 1 night at the hospital after the surgery. the hospital was too crazy to get any rest so i headed home to relax, have home cooked food and hang out with the family.
i'm pretty well detoxed from the anesthesia that they pumped me up with to keep me under for all that time. that took several days to get out of my system. my neck and jaw are still pretty stiff from the surgery, but it gets better everyday. had the stitches out this past monday... so things are moving along.
but no sooner am i on the mend from this first torture than are they lining up the next one. the next line of treatment will be radiation. that involves blasting you with some kind of beam for a few minutes a day, 5 days a week, for about 7 weeks. that will start in a few weeks...
saw the jay-z cover of no sleep, and the coldplay one of fight for your right from APW on youtube. good shit. and i heard karen o a "get well MCA" armband, and that q-tip gave a shout out too..... very kind of them.
just wanted to thank them and everyone else who sent positive thoughts my way. i do think that all of the well wishes have contributed to the fact that my treatment and recovery are going well.
much love back at all of you!
Hello Everyone,The above-mentioned NYC reading & DJ sets are tonight (8/4) (not to be confused with the reading @ Union Hall) (or the Nick Cave one happening in September) .
Myself [Mia Clarke of the indefinitely-on-hiatus band Electrelane] and Sara Jaffe (formerly of Erase Errata) have co-edited a book called The Art of Touring. The book features artwork, photography and writing reflecting life on the road, plus a DVD of live footage. Contributors include Sonic Youth, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Devendra Banhart, Electrelane, the Ex, Le Tigre, Explosions in the Sky, Jem Cohen, Tara Jane ONeil and many more.
The book is published by the wonderful Portland-based imprint, Yeti.
We are going to have a couple of events to celebrate the release of the book. The first will be in NYC on August 4th 2009. We will have a reading at Bluestockings bookstore in Manhattan from 7pm, featuring Sara Jaffe, Jem Cohen, Sara Marcus, myself and others. Then, from 10pm-2am, I will be DJing as one half of DARK HABITS at Bruar Falls in Brooklyn.
Any NYC-based people, it would be lovely to see you there!
Then tomorrow (8/5) at Bruar Falls:
FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS reading series:Portland, Oregon's Fontanelle Gallery is hosting an exhibition of photos from the book, which opens August 6th. The gallery is also holding a special event on August 22nd with Sara Jaffe, Tara Jane Oneil, and Julianna Bright (The Golden Bears). More info on the exhibit and event below...
SARA JAFFE [ERASE ERRATA]
SUSAN HWANG [BUSHWICK BOOK CLUB]
AARON HARTMAN [OLD TIME RELIJUN]
SHARON VAN ETTEN 8PM
photos by Tim Griffin
For his opening song, Jay-Z paid respect by opening to the Beastie Boys's classic record, "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn."DAY ONE, DAY TWO, DAY THREE. More from day one below...
"Everybody just started going nuts as soon as they heard the guitars," recalls Lamont Caldwell, a touring saxophonist for Jay's live band. "He's like, 'If the audience was looking for the Beastie Boys, I'ma give them a little bit of the Beastie Boys.' That's completely selfless."...
"One thing about playing with Jay is that he knows how to put on a show," Caldwell said. "After being in the business for so long, he knows how to keep people entertained."
"It was announced during Vampire Weekend's rain-soaked but well-attended 6 p.m. set on the main "Blue Comet" stage that due to the weather, single-day Friday tickets would be accepted for festival entry on Saturday and Sunday. This elicited quite a few cheers, presumably from those who had not already purchased weekend tickets. While the early afternoon had been hot and sunny, allowing for clear views of nearby Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, the storm clouds rolled in rapidly just as Fleet Foxes took the stage at 3:30 p.m. The wind, rain and thunder actually worked as fitting accompaniments to the band's dramatic harmonies, a fact not lost on the Foxes themselves. "We kind of look like a guild of wizards here to deliver an ominous warning," said drummer J. Tillman, one of several bearded members of the band. ""I'm going to leave the stage on a horse." [Billboard]Before we head out to APW Day Two (schedule here), here are some pictures from Friday (7/31)....
APW mud by Chris La Putt
As the Yeah Yeah Yeahs tore into hits like "Zero" and "Runaway" at the All Points West Music and Arts Festival in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, Danielle Pukala, 24, from New York City and Kate Pluta, 24, from Boston, danced away happily in the mud.There's no way all the mud from Friday is going to disappear by Saturday. Plan accordingly! More APW-muddy pictures below...
"We're just having fun with it!," said Danielle.
And with the Yeah Yeah Yeah's high-energy performance, it was hard to keep still. The band ripped through songs from their latest album, "It's Blitz!" and well as older hits from their previous album "Show Your Bones."
And though it was only visible on the big-screen, lead singer Karen O wore an armband that read "Get well MCA," a tribute to Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who had to cancel All Points West when he announced that he was diagnosed with cancer. [NJ.com]
Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ APW - July 31, 2009 - about 8:15pm (by Sky Holden)
no more rain @ APW - July 31, 2009 - about 8:10pm (by Kunal Merchant )
Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ APW - July 31, 2009 - about 8pm (by Chinae Alexander)
no more rain @ APW - July 31, 2009 - about 8pm (by Chinae Alexander)
Jay-Z has replaced the Beastie Boys as the headliner of the first night of All Points West in Jersey City (the dates is Friday, July 31).
This show will mark the U.S. festival debut of Jay-Z, who last year performed at a variety of overseas festivals including the U.K.'s Glastonbury, Denmark's Roskilde Festival, Norway's Hove Festival and the O2 Wireless Festival in London. In a review of a recent show, the LOS ANGELES TIMES' Ann Powers said, "Jay-Z shows are fun because the rapper is so adept at spinning liquid gold; his mouth is one of the most nimble in the genre's history, and he uses it to present thoughts that are sharp, funny and resonant" (July 4, 2009).It's unfortunate that it went down like this, but I think this replacement more than fits the bill. Jay will go on after Yeah Yeah Yeahs who are the band that replaced the Beastie Boys at Lollapalooza. All Points West tickets are still on sale. Video from Jay-Z's infamous performance at Glastonbury in 2008, and the new APW poster (with full lineup), below...
Grammy winner Jay-Z joins Tool (Saturday) and Coldplay (Sunday) as headliners of the three-day, multi-stage music and arts festival.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Bonnaroo (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs will play a series of headlining shows around their July 31st appearance at All Points West. The band has second-to-top billing right under the Festival's Friday TBA headliner. That spot is still unfilled after the Beastie Boys were forced to cancel their APW appearance and all summer dates so MCA can undergo cancer treatment.
The new Yeah Yeah Yeahs shows, which include Clifton Park, NY (near Albany), Philadelphia and Toronto, can be added to the band's mostly-summer-festival schedule. The shows will be opened by Philly rapper and Spank Rock collaborator Amanda Blank, whose debut LP, I Love You, is due August 4th on Downtown Records. You can get a track off it at RCRD LBL.
Amanda Blank @ the 2009 Siren Festival (more by Tim Griffin)
YYYs have been releasing sections of Snakesweat, an art film directed by Barney Clay that was recorded during the It's Blitz sessions, as separate episodes. That's now streaming in full at Pitchfork ("one week only").
The tracklist, album art and video for It's Blitz' second single "Heads Will Roll" (out now as a digital remix EP through iTunes) with a live video of "Skeletons" and all tour dates, below...
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
The eighth annual Bonnaroo drew about 75,000 people to 700 acres of farmland here in Manchester, 60 miles from Nashville, for a lineup headlined by a jam band (the reunited Phish, playing three-hour shows on Friday and Sunday), rockers whose careers are measured in decades (Bruce Springsteen, Nine Inch Nails and David Byrne) and rappers who now qualify as old school (the Beastie Boys). [NY Times]Far from a complete representation of what went down in Tennessee from June 11-14, but nonetheless, one set of pictures from the fest (catching up this weekend), below...
Rodrigo y Gabriela - Bonnaroo 2009 main stage (91.3 The Summit)
Hot Hot Japan Hot Bonnaroo 2009 Highlights:Dave Hill got to see David Byrne (all dressed in white) too, and like he did at the Dark Was the Night concert, David Byrne also joined the Dirty Projectors on stage at Bonnaroo over the weekend... the stage Mr. Byrne curated that also included Katzenjammer who played Mercury Lounge in NYC last night (6/16).
+ My three favorite shows of the weekend: David Byrne, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Rodrigo y Gabriela.
+ I got to meet Raphael Saadiq, who signed my guidebook and kept a pleasant demeanor despite playing two shows on a hot Tennessee Saturday afternoon. If you don't know who he is, you should check him out. You'll like him. Promise.
+ Trent Reznor announced that their performance at Bonnaroo will be the last show they'll ever play in the United States. I missed most of the show but made it over there for that announcement and the following "The Hand That Feeds." I'll believe it when I see it.
+ I got to see David Byrne. This warrants two mentions. Yeah, that was the best show I've seen in a while.
NYC recently got to see David Byrne in white too, and NYC will next get to see Rodrigo y Gabriela at Terminal 5 on September 16th. That's the first of a string of just-announced, new U.S. dates which go along with the announcement of the duo's new album.
ATO Records is excited to announce that Rodrigo y Gabriela will release their new studio album, entitled 11:11, on Tuesday September 8th. 11:11 was recorded in Ixtapa, Mexico and produced by Rodrigo y Gabriela, with John Leckie co-producing two of the tracks. The album was mixed in Wales and London by Colin Richardson, best known for his work with Slipknot and Trivium.Rodrigo y Gabriela have never hidden their metal roots.
Comprising 11 new original compositions, 11:11 is the band's personal "Gracias" to 11 musicians, both past and present, who have inspired them along the way. Alex Skolnick of metal gods Testament guests on the album, as do widely respected acoustic veterans Strunz & Farah.
photos by Chris Graham
"Sasquatch was hot. H-O-T. Not Paris Hilton "hot," but temperature hot. For a mossed-over clutch of Northwesterners who have been shrouded under rain and clouds for the past eight months, the brutal sun at the Gorge this weekend was a shocking jolt into summer. Sure, it was generally nice to be out in the sun, but any shade cover at the 'Squatch was few and far between, and there was almost no chance of relief. A small row of spindly trees dotted the upper walkway, and overheated concertgoers crammed themselves underneath them. When the sun dipped behind a cloud during Animal Collective's generally unimpressive set, the crowd cheered louder than they had for any band. Clothing sweated clean through, energy was conserved, and water was at a premium. It was a weekend of dizzy sunburning and frizzled brain." [Portland Mercury]The 2009 Sasquatch Festival ran from May 23-25 (Memorial Day Weekend) in Gorge, Washington. More pictures from Day One, below...
Fleet Foxes @ Coachella 2009 (more by Darren Kim)
Fleet Foxes and Yeah Yeah Yeahs are both playing All Points West, so we shouldn't expect any more NYC dates from the two bands for a little while. They did both recently announce shows in other places though....
photos by Darren Kim
It's impossible to see everything at Coachella. Here's more of what one photographer saw (on Sunday, April 19, 2009)...
The Rosebuds @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Dese'Rae Stage)
tonight in NYC
* Questlove @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* The Rosebuds, Megafaun @ The Bell House
* Yann Tiersen, Asobi Seksu @ Irving Plaza
* Throbbing Gristle @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
* The Wooden Birds, Home Video @ Mercury Lounge
* Withered, Book of Black Earth, Hull, Hallux @ Union Pool
* Tune Yards, Sister Suvi, Ladyfingers, Afuche @ Bruar Falls
* The Walkmen, Beach House, Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Webster Hall
* German Measles, Air Waves, X-Ray Eyeballs, Animal @ Don Pedro's
* New York Howl, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Shalitas Pass Kontrol @ Southpaw
* Merce Cunningham event w/ Sonic Youth & John Paul Jones @ BAM
* Rhett Miller, Starling Crush, Aerial East @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Of Montreal, Janelle Monae, Fire Zuave @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Pink Reason, Electric Bunnies, Coconuts, Pop. 1280 @ Monster Island Basement
Wilco has announced tour dates.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs played Jimmy Fallon last night. Video below...
John Wesley Harding @ LPR (more by Tim Griffin)
tonight in NYC
* Telepathe @ The Annex
* Hawksley Workman @ Joe's Pub
* The Tallest Man On Earth, Red Cortez @ Bowery Ballroom
* Indigo Girls & Lucy Wainwright Roche @ Highline Ballroom
* Flight of the Conchords, Kristen Schaal @ Radio City Music Hall
* Nada Surf, Holly Miranda, Underground Railroad @ The Bell House
* Of Montreal, Janelle Monae, Inkwell @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* John W. Harding's Cabinet of Wonders, Eugene Mirman, Graham Parker @ LPR
* a Musical Tribute to Pablo Neruda w/ Clogs, Laurie Anderson @ World Financial Center
Neko Case is on Letterman tonight.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs are on Jimmy Fallon tonight. Last night they played Letterman. Video below...
The Wrens @ The Bell House on Friday (more by Tim Griffin)
tonight in NYC
* Wilco movie @ IFC
* Les Paul @ Iridium
* Au Revoir Simone @ Union Pool
* Anthony Jeselnick & other comedians @ Pianos
* Maria Taylor, Whispertown 2000 @ Maxwell's
* Landmine Marathon Villains & Wizardry @ Lit
* Neko Case, Crooked Fingers @ Nokia Theatre
* Jon Glaser, John Mullaney, Leo Allen & more @ UCB Theatre
* Live Fast Die, Nobunny, Rock & Roll Adventure Kids, The Jadewalkers @ Cake Shop
Jay Reatard is releasing Nobunny music.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs played Santos Party House last night. Videos from that show below.
photos by Natasha Ryan
Yeah Yeahs Yeahs scheduled a secret show on short notice on Easter (4/12). People didn't know about it. People weren't sure if they'd be able to get in. And people were out of town or with relatives that night. That's probably why the line wasn't too nuts. It didn't even get crowded until halfway through opener Freshkills' set. Yeah Yeah Yeahs went on at 11...
"The show was easier to get into than anyone thought. As I noted several times above, there were tickets at the door. Called the santos line that morning, not the prerecorded message, but the direct line and they confirmed it. I got there around 5:30 and waited in line in the cold. If I got there at 7:00, it would have been fine. It was pretty secret for a secret show." [Ashok]The 13-song setlist included "Zero" and "Maps" (the two songs they played on Saturday Night Live the night before), and "Human Fly" - a Cramps cover (probably in tribute to Lux Interior - RIP). Look for video of the show to surface later. Full setlist below.
Yeah Yeahs Yeahs' next proper show (that we know about) will happen at Coachella on April 19th (the Santos show was probably a warm-up for that). Before that, the band's media blitz continues will appearances on both The Late Show with David Letterman (April 14) and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (April 15). More pictures from Santos below...
tonight in NYC
* Busta Rhymes & Kid Cudi @ BB King's
* Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Santos Party House
* Jenny Scheinman Trio (w/ Nels Cline @ Blue Note)
* Genghis Tron, Tombs, Wetnurse, Black Anvil @ Public Assembly
* Maria Taylor, The Whispertown 2000, Hawk and Dove @ The Bell House
* Beep Beep, The Show is the Rainbow & Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Cake Shop
* Comet Gain, Crystal Stilts, Cold Cave @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Crippled Black Phoenix (mem of Mogwai), Ascent of Everest @ Mercury Lounge
* Kyp Malone, Flowers of Flesh & Blood, Pure Horsehair @ Glasslands
Yeah Yeah Yeahs played SNL last night.
Neko Case is here tomorrow.
Black Dice played Market Hotel last night. Video below...
Emmy the Great's video for "Easter Parade" below...
by Andrew Frisicano
In summer 2008, drummer Matt Schulz announced that he would be leaving Enon to pursue other interests. Afterwards he joined Holy Fuck as a touring member. Enon will tour for the remainder of 2008 and into 2009 with a replacement drummer before Schulz's replacement will be announced in early 2009. [Wikipedia]Enon currently has three scheduled dates. One is at the Bell House tonight, Thursday, April 9th, with These Are Powers and The Forms. Tickets for the show are on sale (or get them at the door). All dates below.
These Are Powers also played the Bell House on January 23rd - one of the band's many 2009 shows. Check out their new video for song "Blue Healer," below.
Enon's last record was 2007's Grass Geysers...Carbon Clouds, on Touch & Go. That label, recently downsized, is home to Slint and Dead Child - two bands that feature guitarist/multi-instrumentalist David Pajo, who announced in March on his Myspace that he "just started playing with the YEAH YEAH YEAHS and will be jamming with them on their their upcoming tour." He's currently tweeting about the band's London rehearsals. YYYs perform on SNL this Saturday (4/11).
Crystal Antlers' full-length Tentacles came out on Touch & Go on April 7th, and they just released a new video for their song "Andrew." Touch & Go writes, "The video was directed by Michael Reich of Videothing.com and will tie-in to a feature film that the band will be releasing later this year." Check it out below. Crystal Antlers is currently on tour, with its own pair of NYC dates coming up in May (one of which is at the Bell House).
Enon tour dates (with Bell House flyer) and These Are Powers and Crystal Antlers videos below...
This Saturday, April 11th, Yeah Yeah Yeahs will perform as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. Zac Efron hosts. This past Saturday's episode featured Paris's Phoenix. Videos from that show HERE.
In related news, "Zero," the first single off the band's new record It's Blitz, has so far been remixed by MSTRKFRFT, N.A.S.A., and Animal Collective (and probably others). If you haven't heard them already, the first two versions are streaming below. The third, Animal Collective's reworking, is out as the b-side of a limited-edition "Zero" 7" single - free when you buy/bought the album from Insound.
Check out the third installment of Yeah Yeah Yeahs' SNAKESWEAT art-video series (after catching up on the previous two), also below...
After being available for a couple of weeks digitally, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' third album, It's Blitz! arrives on CD tomorrow.
This week's short music release list can be mostly attributed to last week's Winter Music Conference, but there are some albums I can recommend, including Adam Franklin's (Swervedriver) Spent Bullets, Gomez's A New Tide, Great Lake Swimmers' Lost Channels, Leonard Cohen's Live In London (also available on DVD), Pansy Division's That's So Gay, Peter Bjorn and John: Living Thing, and Wolves in the Throne Room's Black Cascade.
Four Bob Dylan remasters hit store shelves tomorrow in advance of the April 28th release of his latest studio album, Together Through Life: The Basement Tapes , BBefore the Flood, New Morning, and Dylan & the Dead.
What new releases can you recommend? Have I left anything off the list?