Entries tagged with: Zola Jesus
by Andrew Sacher
Visual artist and designer Jenni Hensler, whose work has previously been showcased at the Guggenheim, MoMA and more, is working on a new piece exhibition which will include collaborations with a handful of great musicians. Zola Jesus, Chelsea Wolfe, Jonnine Standish (HTRK), Belong, Azar Swan, Drew McDowall of Coil and MayA are all set to feature in her new work, Persona Somnia, which Jenni is planning to debut this November at a TBA NYC location. To help get that started, Jenni launched an IndieGogo campaign, which you can donate to and receive various rewards including a music compilation from the show, leather pasties, a personal costume, and more. The campaign ends on May 10. More info here and a teaser video below.
Speaking of Chelsea Wolfe, today she released the full version of "Iron Moon" from her new album, Abyss, that we posted a clip of recently. As that clip hinted, it moves from dark, somber, folk-inspired passages to much heavier parts that near doom metal territory. Check it out below, via Rolling Stone. Chelsea also revealed the album's artwork (above) and tracklist (below). Abyss will be out August 7 via Sargent House.
Azar Swan plays NYC on June 19 at Palisades with Clay Rendering, Them Are Us Too and Pawns (tickets). She also just made a video for "Hush" off last year's And Blow Us A Kiss, which Jenni Hensler directed. Watch below.
The Native Sound split 7" series continues next week (4/14) with a split from Former Ghosts and Funeral Advantage (pre-order). Former Ghosts is Freddy Ruppert's project, and the songs on the split include frequent collaborators Zola Jesus and Xiu Xiu on "Past Selves" and Tearist's Yasmine Kittles on "Last Hour's Bow." Meanwhile, Funeral Advantage are a Massachusetts band who make reverby indie rock. A full stream of the split premieres below.
Zola Jesus' tour includes a Northside Festival show at Brooklyn's Warsaw on June 14 (tickets). Xiu Xiu played NYC earlier this month and has a split with Merzbow coming out on Record Store Day this weekend.
Stream the new split, with Funeral Advantage's tour schedule, below...
photo: Zola Jesus at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Zola Jesus has a few festival dates coming up this June, including Firefly Festival, NXNE, and since we last spoke she added a show during Brooklyn's Northside Festival. That happens June 14 at Warsaw. Tickets are on sale now.
All dates are listed below...
photo: Paul McCartney in Austin, 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
You may remember that when Firefly Music Fest announced its 2015 lineup, the first headliner was blurred out on the poster. Well, as rumored, it's Paul McCartney, the fest revealed today. Macca will join Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Run The Jewels, How To Dress Well, Snoop Dogg, Tycho, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Zola Jesus, Rustie, Le1f and many more at the fest which happens June 18-21 at the Woodlands in Dover, DE. Updated lineup below.
General admission passes to Firefly go on sale Monday (3/2) at noon, EST.
McCartney was just in NYC for a surprise Valentine's Day show and an appearance on the SNL 40th Anniversary special. He since spent some time skiing in Vermont, much to the delight of the J.J. Hapgood General Store & Eatery in Peru.
The 2015 edition of Toronto's NXNE Festival happens June 17 - 21 at venues all over the Ontario capital. The initial lineup has just been announced and includes Action Bronson, The New Pornographers, Angel Olsen, Zola Jesus, Om, Rae Sremmurd, Deafheaven, Best Coast, Blonde Redhead, Iceage, Real Estate, Lower Dens, A Place To Bury Strangers, Pentagram, White Lung and more. You can check out the full list of initial NXNE showcasing artists below...
Delaware's annual Firefly Music Festival comes back June 18-21 and the lineup's now been released. Kings of Leon, The Killers and
a TBA third act rumored to be Paul McCartney (update: it's Paul) sit atop the list, with Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Run The Jewels, How To Dress Well, Snoop Dogg, Tycho, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Zola Jesus, Rustie, Le1f and many more joining them on the list of performers. Pre-sale passes are sold out, but more general admission and VIP passes will be available soon at the festival's website.
Firefly is Morrissey's first US date since canceling his dates last summer, and no other US dates are announced yet.
Check out Firefly's full lineup below...
video by unARTig
Zola Jesus on a snowy Manhattan Ave (via Dima Drjuchin)
Zola Jesus kicked off her two-night stand at Saint Vitus on Sunday (pictures / setlist), and in order to finish it last night, she was one of very few to actually play NYC during the snow storm. And Zola Jesus took "playing NYC during the snow storm" to new levels when she took a trombone player and the crowd outside to perform "Nail" in the snow in front of the venue. Watch a video below.
As mentioned, Louis CK went ahead and canceled Tuesday's MSG show due to Winter Storm Juno which is just starting to hit NYC and may drop two feet of snow. Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared a State of Emergency starting at 11 PM tonight. (Subways and public transportation close at 11 PM tonight too!) Here are some other blizzard show updates. If you are out tonight, please be safe!
Tuesday's (1/27) Youth Code, Sannhet, and Statiqbloom show at Saint Vitus is currently still on.
Savages' show at Baby's All Right tonight has been postponed, and is now a late show on Thursday (1/29). All tickets honored, refunds available if you can't make the new date.
Tonight's Marilyn Manson show at Terminal 5 with Unlocking the Truth has been postponed till Thursday (1/29). All 1/26 tix honored. Refunds at point of purchase for those who can't make it. Their show on Tuesday (1/27) at The Paramount in Long Island has been postponed as well, details TBD.
Tonight's Steve Earle show at City Winery has been canceled.
The Nels Cline show tonight at Iridium has been postponed. New date still TBA.
Brooklyn Bowl is closed tonight (1/26) and Tuesday (1/27).
Littlefield is closed tonight, so no Night Train with Wyatt Cenac. Tonight's other show, with TinyRhino, has been moved to next Tuesday (2/3).
Reverend Vince and the Love Choir plays every Monday at Union Pool but tonight's is canceled. He'll be back next week.
Tonight's Year and Years show at Le Poisson Rouge (which was to be their US debut) has been canceled, as has LPR's early show ("Glass & Blood"). Refunds for Years and Years available at point of purchase.
Similarly, the other Years and Years show (Rough Trade on Tuesday, 1/27) has been postponed. Stay tuned for the rescheduled date.
In other LPR news, Tuesday's art gallery opening for Alexander Kaletsky's "Inspirations" has been rescheduled for Thursday. Same time
Mercury Lounge is closed tonight.
Joe's Pub is closed tonight.
Knitting Factory is closed tonight.
Shows at The Living Room tonight have been canceled.
Tonight's Sharkmuffin show at Grand Victory has been postponed.
Union Hall canceled The Mehran Show tonight.
More comedy cancellations: 9:30pm and 11pm shows at UCB Chelsea canceled; 9:30pm and 10:30pm UCB East shows canceled. Early shows still TBD.
The final night of Vomitface's Cake Shop residency tonight has been postponed till Monday, February 2.
The newly refurbished Kings Theatre was to have had a "preview" performance on Tuesday (1/27) with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and more but that has been canceled.
A-Trak was supposed to play Atlantic City tonight. Also cancelled.
All Broadway shows are canceled tonight.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Zola Jesus / Deradoorian @ Saint Vitus - 1/25/15
Zola Jesus is currently on tour in continued support of her big-sounding 2014 album Taiga (her first for Mute), and last night (1/25) she kicked off her sold-out two-night stand at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus. Last night's show was opened by Deradoorian, the project led by former Dirty Projectors member and current Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks member Angel Deradoorian, who's now playing as a duo with her sister Arlene on drums/backing vocals. They played a great set, with lots of cool harmonies and loops, and it was great to see the always-wild Zola Jesus back on a small stage after last fall's Webster Hall show. Pictures of both Zola and Deradoorian are in this post.
Zola Jesus' Vitus run wraps up tonight with noise duo UNIFORM (ex-Drunkdriver, The Men). Despite the weather, Vitus assures the show is STILL ON. UPDATE: But the set times are now 7 and 7:30. And again, it's sold out.
More pictures from last night (including one of Zola's setlist) below...
The Knife @ Terminal 5 4/30/2014
BrooklynVegan photographer Amanda Hatfield shoots a ton of shows for BV every year, and 2014 was no different. Now that it's coming to a close, she's put together her 15 favorite photos she took this year. That's one above, and you can check out the rest below. Also below is a list of her 15 favorite albums, and she's got an ongoing playlist with her favorite songs of the year on Rdio. Check it out.
As mentioned, sci-fi/horror master and composer John Carpenter will be releasing Lost Themes via Sacred Bones on February 3. (Pre-order.) There will be a deluxe edition of the record available too, with remixes by Zola Jesus & Dean Hurley, Blanck Mass, Bill Kouligas, Silent Servant, Ohgr (Skinny Puppy), and J.G Thirlwell. None of the remixes have been shared yet, but you can listen to "Vortex" from the album below.
In conjunction with this, BAM will be presenting a monthlong retrospective featuring all of the director's work titled "John Carpenter: Master of Fear" from February 5 - 22. The series kicks off on February 5 at the BAM Howard Gillman Opera House with a conversation between Carpenter and NPR's Brooke Gladstone. Tickets for that event are on sale now for BAM Cinema Club members, and go on sale to the general public on Thursday (12/18).
The film series includes Carpenter's best-known films (Halloween, The Thing, Escape from New York, Starman) as well as lesser-known gems like Assault on Precinct 13 and They Live. The retrospective also features "Carpenter Selects," a sidebar showcasing three films with exceptional scores that the director has cited as influences on his work: William Friedkin's Sorcerer, Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs, and sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet. Tickets for the screenings are on sale now for BAM Cinema Club members and will go on sale to the general public on Thursday. Full schedule of screenings, most of which are being shown in 35mm, below.
Zola Jesus at Webster Hall in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As discussed, Zola Jesus is touring in 2015 and hitting NYC on January 25 at Saint Vitus. Not surprisingly, that show sold out pretty quick (it's a small venue for her), but she's now added a second show happening January 26 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show go on sale at 3 PM today (12/3).
Updated dates are listed, with a video from her newest album, below...
Zola Jesus at Webster Hall in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Zola Jesus released her new album Taiga earlier this year and already went on one tour in support of it hitting NYC at Webster Hall and a small, free Urban Outfitters show afterwards. In early 2015, she'll head out on another tour in support of it which returns to NYC for another smaller one on January 25 at Saint Vitus, Brooklyn's black-walled venue where her dark pop will feel right at home. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Zola also just performed a stripped-down version of "Nail" from her new album for NME. Watch the video of that, with the list of all tour dates, below...
Killer Mike and El-P's new Run the Jewels album RTJ2 comes out next week (10/28) via Mass Appeal, but apparently it leaked ahead of time. El-P and Killer Mike found about it, but instead of being bad sports, they each tweeted links to a free download of the album themselves. You can grab it HERE.
The duo are also working with Zola Jesus, Just Blaze, Baauer, Portishead's Geoff Barrow, the Alchemist, Boots, Dan the Automator and more to make a cat-themed remix album called Meow the Jewels. If you're a cat, you can audition to be part of it.
Zola Jesus at Webster Hall last night (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Zola Jesus concluded the US leg of her tour at Webster Hall last night (10/19), and she's got another (much smaller) NYC show happening later this week. She'll perform live at 'Urban Outfitters Afterfest presents MAKING TIME' at Le Bain at The Standard on Friday (10/24). In addition to her set, DJ Dodger Stadium, Dave P and Sammy Slice will all DJ. The show goes from 10 PM to 4 AM and is free with RSVP.
That's the first of two shows that DJ Dodger Stadium (the duo of Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy) have in NYC this week. The other is the Windish CMJ showcase on Saturday (10/25) at Brooklyn Bwol with Blue Hawaii, Team Spirit, Adult Jazz, Aurora and Casual Sex. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Zola Jesus @ Webster Hall - 10/19/14
Zola Jesus wrapped up the US leg of her tour in support of her new album Taiga in NYC last night (10/19) at Webster Hall. Backed by a horn section, a light-up mountainous prop, a keyboardist and a powerhouse drummer, Zola played the new album in full and returned for an encore of two of her biggest older songs, "Vessel" and "Night." The old songs got the biggest cheers, but the new stuff sounded great and Zola was on fire performing them. She ran all over Webster's stage and broke out into berserk dance moves during the album's more frenzied parts (like the Yeezus-esque beats of "Hunger"), several hair whips included.
More pictures of the show, including shots of openers Lee Bannon and Martin Rev (of Suicide), and a couple videos, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Zola Jesus in NYC in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Zola Jesus made the move to bigger label Mute (from Sacred Bones) and is now a week away from releasing her first album for the label, Taiga, due October 7. After sharing "Dangerous Days" and "Go (Blank Sea)," she's now put the full thing out there ahead of its release, via the NY Times. Like the two singles hinted, this is Zola Jesus sounding a bit bigger than she has in the past, but not without the darkness she's always been known for and of course that distinct voice. Listen for yourself, here.
Full list of dates, with the video for "Dangerous Days" below...
by Andrew Sacher
Zola Jesus is less than a month away from releasing her anticipated new album, Taiga (due 10/7 via new label home Mute), and after releasing the single "Dangerous Days," she's now back with another cut from the LP, "Go (Blank Sea)." Like its predecessor, it sounds big enough for a stadium but without losing the eccentricities that makes it a Zola Jesus song. Check it out below, via The Fader.
Since we last spoke, openers have also been announced for most of her US tour stops, including the NYC show happening October 19 at Webster Hall. That one will be with Suicide's Martin Rev and Ninja Tune producer/Joey Bada$$ associate Lee Bannon. Tickets for that show are still available.
Updated dates (openers for other cities included) are listed, with the new song, below...
Zola Jesus recently announced that her new album Taiga would be out on October 7 via her new label home of Mute, and she's since scheduled a tour to go down after its release. That tour includes a short US run which culminates in NYC on October 19 at Webster Hall and then heads overseas for several European dates. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (7/18) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
In other news, Zola Jesus recently spoke to Vogue about how Bikini Kill helped shape her coming-of-age experience:
I played [my best friend] one of my favorite Bikini Kill songs called "Carnival." As I played it, she laughed awkwardly and became embarrassed and a little shocked. After that day, we never hung out again. All of my friends I had in sixth grade quickly dissipated. I found myself totally isolated and girl-bullied from the kids I used to think were my greatest allies. It was at that moment I felt different. Something about what I liked, or how I thought, was ostracizing me from that insular micro-community of friends I had known up until then.Zola Jesus also revealed the artwork (above) and tracklist (below) for her upcoming LP. List of tour dates, with the single from her new LP, also below...
I don't blame my old best friend for her reaction, or all the alienation that ensued. In fact, I am proud that it made me stronger. I found friends in Bikini Kill, Huggy Bear, Bratmobile, and Tracy + the Plastics. To this day, every time I hear "Carnival" by Bikini Kill, I think of the person it allowed me to become. Bikini Kill made me independent, strong-minded, and self-driven. They made me aware of a greater world outside of my tiny little town in rural Wisconsin. Most importantly, they made me want to create something that empowered girls as much as they empowered me.
by Andrew Sacher
Zola Jesus has announced that she'll release Taiga, the followup to 2011's Conatus, on October 7 via her new label Mute (she was previously on Sacred Bones). She just put out its first single "Dangerous Days," which like many of Zola's best songs ("Night," "Vessel") has the makings of a huge pop song worked into something darker and more subtle. Check it out, with the album trailer, below...
by Bill Pearis
Jim Jarmusch's new film, Only Lovers Left Alive, stars Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as two vampires whose relationship spans centuries. (Twilight or Vampire Academy, it ain't.) The film made its US debut at the 2013 New York Film Festival and will see actual release on April 11 in select cities. You can check out the trailer below.
The soundtrack to the film is unsurprisingly pretty interesting and is orchestrated by Jarmusch's frequent musical collaborator, Jozef van Wissem. It features collaborations with SQÜRL (Carter Logan, Jim Jarmusch, and Shane Stoneback), Zola Jesus, Lebanese singer/actress Yasmine Hamdan (who is in the film), and Cults singer Madeline Follin, the latter of whom provides vocals on a heavy, trippy cover of Wanda Jackson's classic "Funnel of Love." You can stream the whole soundtrack (via Dazed Digital) below.
Speaking of, Cults have a few dates lined up over the next few weeks, including NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 6. Shoe company Steve Madden is sponsoring and it's FREE but you do need to get your no-charge tickets through Ticketmaster and are available starting at noon today (2/14). No openers have been announced for the MHOW show, but most of the other dates are with their old tourmates Mood Rings. All Cults tour dates are listed below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
David Byrne / Jherek Bischoff / Zola Jesus @ St. Ann's Warehouse - 1/8/14
Jherek Bischoff began his guest-filled two-night stand at St. Ann's Warehouse last night (1/8), and if you weren't sure what to expect, it turned out to be a pretty extravagant affair. He was joined by a number of guest vocalists, including David Byrne, Sondre Lerche, Zola Jesus (aka Nika Danilova), Mirah, in addition to unannounced (but not unexpected) singers Zac Pennington (of Parenthetical Girls) and Sam Mickens. His band, among others, also included Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Jen Goma (of People Get Ready/A Sunny Day In Glasgow) and the Contemporaneous Ensemble, conducted by David Bloom.
The first set was songs off of Jherek's Composed album, and the second set was songs by the guest vocalists with arrangements by Jherek. One of Mirah's songs, "Gold Rush," was a new one, and one of Zola Jesus's, "Lawless," was new as well. For the encore, David Byrne came out to do Talking Heads' "And She Was," eventually joined by all the guests on stage together. Pictures of the show are in this post.
Jherek and co. do it again tonight (1/9), which is unfortunately sold out.
More pictures from night 1, along with the setlist, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
2013 has come and gone but we still have a couple year-end posts to go. Greg Cristman shot a whole lot for us last year -- everything from metal to synthpop and all points in between -- and he picked his 25 favorites from '13 which are in this post.
Jherek Bischoff (center) w/ Kornos Quartet in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Amanda Palmer/Parenthetical Girls collaborator Jherek Bischoff has announced a couple NYC shows for early 2014 with some pretty great guests. He'll be at St. Ann's Warehouse on January 8 and 9 with Contemporaneous Chamber Orchestra to perform his album Composed with David Byrne, Zola Jesus' Nika Danilova, Sondre Lerche, Deerhoof's Greg Saunier and Mirah Zeitlyn. Tickets are on sale to St. Ann's Warehouse members now, and general on-sale begins Tuesday (12/17).
Watch the video for Jherek's David Byrne collaboration from Composed, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Zola Jesus & JG Thirlwell @ Our Lady Of Lebanon Catherdral 9/14/2013
Just before the performance began, the whole church became so dark and soundless that for a couple of seconds when the petite Danilova first walked out, no one reacted at all, collectively afraid to break the sacred-seeming quiet. Almost immediately, she began singing "Avalanche" from her 2011 album Conatus. In a seafoam-green dress and with a metal cuff on her left bicep, she paced slowly along the "stage" area, which was the space just in front of where the choir would sing if this had been an actual service. She was backed by a string quartet; two musicians sat on either side of Thirlwell, who gazed attentively into a Macbook's glow, keeping time with one hand and assumedly using the other to trigger the percussive loops and minimal electronics that peppered the live soundscape. - [Fader]Zola Jesus brought her new orchestral Versions LP to life with help from Foetus maestro JG Thirlwell (who arranged the album) and a string quartet at Brooklyn's Our Lady Of Lebanon Catherdral on Saturday (9/14). Pictures from that show are in this post.