Entries tagged with: Zola Jesus
Meow The Jewels, Run The Jewels' remixed version of RTJ2 "using nothing but cat sounds for music," is out now. (It started as a joke on Kickstarter.) Head HERE to download it for free and pre-order the physical version. All proceeds will be donated to charities that help victims of police brutality.
It includes remixes by Zola Jesus, Just Blaze, Dan the Automator, The Alchemist, Blood Diamonds, Prince Paul, 3D of Massive Attack and more, plus contributions from Snoop Dogg, Lil Bub and more. Tracklist below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
St. Vincent / Nelly Furtado, tUnE-yArDs, Dev Hynes / finale
In "Contemporary Color," a copresentation of Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Mr. Byrne has organized collaborations among 10 elite color guard teams and recording artists, including St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado and Devonté Hynes. Between acts, the showcase, performed on Saturday at Barclays Center, included video clips making it clear that for many students, color guard is a way to find like-minded souls in what can be the most harrowing of American experiences: high school.After two shows last week in Toronto, David Byrne brought his music-meets-color-guard "Contemporary Color" extravaganza to Barclays Center on Saturday (6/27) and Sunday (6/28), pairing performers such as St. Vincent, How to Dress Well, Dev Hynes, Ad Rock & Money Mark, tUnE-yArDs, Nelly Furtado and Zola Jesus (performing songs written just for this production) with high school color guard teams. Pictures from Saturday's performance, plus video of St. Vincent and David Byrne's performances from Sunday, continue below...
The idea to pair color guard with live music is an intriguing one, but the results don't entirely click. One exception was the pairing of Somerville High School in New Jersey with Money Mark and Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys whose music, not unlike that of a marching band, grew in power. But too much of the music was on the slow side, suffocating the routines and making it apparent that the earnestness of the performers clashed with the musicians who had difficulty shedding their personas. They may have been in bands in high school, but it didn't feel as if they had ever been band geeks. - [NY Times]
Morrissey / Modest Mouse / Run the Jewels / crowd
Back in 2012, the seemingly random location of Dover, Delaware got the new Firefly Music Festival, and it was instantly a success. This past weekend it wrapped up its fourth year, and this thing is more massive than ever. I mean for one, they got Paul McCartney to headline the Friday night (more on that here), and there may not be a bigger deal of a headliner on the planet than him. But Paul wasn't even the half of it. The grounds are huge, and they were packed all three days. To get an idea of the size, it sometimes took about 10-15 minutes to get from the Firefly Stage to the Lawn Stage -- the two that always seemed to have the biggest acts. Unfortunately this also meant it was often impossible to see a full set, the worst case for me being Morrissey straight into Modest Mouse straight into Paul on Friday. It meant I missed when Morrissey played "Meat Is Murder" with his graphic on-screen projections, and apparently sent a portion of the crowd away in disgust.
I'm not sure how many other people who missed that happen were bummed out though, because realistically, Morrissey isn't a main draw at a festival like this. The biggest and most hyped crowds I saw were for the EDM acts like White Panda and Zedd, or the current wave of festival-ready bands like Bastille and Walk the Moon. Those bands have this vaguely-alternative pop rock sound that's danceable, easy to digest, and full of a lot of whoa-ohs. It's pretty easy to see why that sort of thing does well on a major festival, but it's not too surprising that their fans don't want to hear angry songs about the meat industry.
Even if Morrissey didn't get the fists pumping though, he sounded great. When he and the band played "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before," his voice sounded as rich as it does on Strangeways, Here We Come. And his stage presence isn't wild or anything, but he still managed to seem larger than life. Whether he was playing recent tunes like "World Peace Is None of Your Business" or classics like "Suedehead," his live show lived up to the expectations I had for someone as legendary as Moz.
Throughout the weekend, there were a few other artists avoiding the festival-pop trends too. Earlier on Friday on the same stage that Moz and Macca would play was Manchester Orchestra. I haven't loved a full album of theirs since the singer/songwriter-y indie rock of 2006's I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child, but in the time since then they've basically transformed into a grunge band and they really pull it off live. In my opinion, the only thing holding back a song like "Top Notch" off last year's Cope is the production, but in a raw live setting those Headbanger's Ball-worthy jams live up to their full potential. And when M.O. do whip out the older ones like "I Can Barely Breathe" and "Where Have You Been?," they sound tighter than ever.
Modest Mouse were fantastic as always too. The only real conflict of the weekend for me was that they were up against Run the Jewels, but having seen RTJ five days earlier, I opted for the Mouse. We got a good amount of their new album, and they worked in old favorites towards the end, giving us a stretch of "Dramamine," "Doin' the Cockroach," "Float On," and "Dark Center of the Universe" all in a row.
Saturday the highlights were fewer for me, the biggest being Zola Jesus' set. She played at The Forest Stage, which is this cool small stage that's a little out of the way in comparison to the others. It gets its name as it's surrounded by a thick wooded area, which also makes it a nice way to escape the sun. Zola played to less than 100 people (the masses were gathered at the main stage for Matt & Kim), but she and her band brought a much welcome darkness to this festival. It was appropriate to have her on the shady stage. Her band (three men in all black clothing) were all business as Zola belted her powerhouse vocals, lurched around the stage, and at one point came up to the crowd and walked along the barrier. She left the stage abruptly after closing song "Vessel," and had the small but loving crowd yelling for an encore (no such luck).
Sunday had the hardest-rocking afternoon band I saw since Manchester Orchestra, Benjamin Booker. I didn't fully realize from his self-titled 2014 debut how rocking he is, or how he could be opening for Social Distortion and playing the punk/metal stage at Fun Fun Fun Fest later this year. But after seeing him live, I get it. He might smile and laugh a lot on stage, but when he and his band locked in for a feedback-y jam and then Benjamin ripped a string-bending solo, they were no joke.
The only artist I was excited to see that ended up being a disappointment was Snoop Dogg. Even though the guy's got countless songs dating back over 20 years, he spent the majority of his set essentially doing karaoke to other people's songs. Sure, it was fun when he got the huge crowd singing "I Love Rock and Roll" and "Jump Around," but it could've been anyone up there doing it. And a lot of the Snoop songs we did get were cut short. Things should go over better when he plays Doggystyle in full at Riot Fest.
Right after his set, I ended my weekend at The Killers. You might argue they're no better than the Bastille/Walk the Moon-type stuff I was talking about earlier, and sure they have some cheese in their sound. What bothers me about those bands though isn't their poppiness, it's that they all sound so anonymous. But "Mr. Brightside," "Somebody Told Me," "Smile Like You Mean It" and later hits like "When You Were Young" and "Human" are all bangers, and hearing all those songs at Firefly was a blast. Even their more recent, less banging songs pretty much sound like mid-'80s Bruce Springsteen, which was a refreshing change from the interchangeable festival-pop bands.
The Killers also did the Firefly crowd a favor by covering two songs by Kings of Leon, whose Saturday night set was cancelled due to lightning. And any classic rock fans hanging around were treated to a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising," which they pulled off surprisingly well. These guys are total rock stars and they clearly know it, but at least they do what they do really well. (Unlike Foster the People who I saw a day earlier with an open mind but just kept thinking ...what are they even doing?)
More Firefly pictures (including some from Thursday night, which I didn't attend) below. Paul McCartney wasn't allowing photos but we did get pics of him in Philly on Sunday.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Zola Jesus @ Warsaw - 6/14/15
After the Run the Jewels show at 50 Kent on Sunday, we headed to Warsaw to wrap up the 2015 Northside Festival with Zola Jesus. (Blanck Mass and Container played too, but we had missed them by then.) Pictures of her set continue below...
photo by Alex de Mora
Fuck Buttons member Benjamin John Power, aka Blanck Mass, is releasing his noisy/electronic new album, Dumb Flesh, next week (5/12) via Sacred Bones. Head below to stream it in full ahead of its release.
Blanck Mass also has tour dates coming up, including two Brooklyn shows during the Northside Festival. The first is a headlining midnight show at Saint Vitus on Saturday, June 13 (tickets), and then he opens the Zola Jesus show happening Sunday, June 14 at Warsaw. Another noisy electronic musician, Container, plays first. Tickets are still available.
All Blanck Mass dates are listed, with the new album stream, below...
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...