Entries tagged with: Zola Jesus
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.
by Fred Pessaro
Huerco S. practices minimal, lo-fi synth pop on the track "Prinzif" from his new effort Colonial Patterns, out September 24 via Mexican Summer's Sofware imprint. It's second track from the album to see the light of day and resembles early Washed Out. You can stream it and its predecessor "Quivira (Reprise)" below.
Huerco S is scheduled to play the final PS1 Warm-Up of the season this Saturday (9/7, tickets) and then will hit 285 Kent later that same night to team with Madteo, Matthewdavid, Anenon and A Pleasure. Tickets are still available.
Outside of those dates, look for Huerco S. to join names like Zola Jesus, The Orb, Nicolas Jaar and many esteemed others at the Decibel Festival in Seattle at the end of September. Huerco S. replaced The Haxan Cloak who cancelled, and is playing an XLR8R showcase with Evian Christ. Full lineup for that festival and that stream is below.
Zola Jesus watches a football game from stage at ACL 2012 (more by Glen Brown)
As discussed, Zola Jesus has some select dates in the near future, including Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral on September 14 with JG Thirwell (tickets). She's added a few dates since we last posted and those are listed below.
Meanwhile Nika Roza Danilova (Zola's real name) nerded out about her favorite films to Criterion. It's a great read.
Updated tour schedule and streams below...
When Zola Jesus performed at the Guggenheim last year, she worked with Foetus' J.G. Thirlwell on orchestral arrangements of her songs for a string quartet. Those have since been laid to tape for Versions, due out August 20 via Sacred Bones. Says ZJ's Nika Roza Danilova:
Versions is about the bone of the music; taking approximations from past records and turning them inside out. With all framework exposed, the songs are given a new medium in which to evolve and bloom into their own tiny worlds.That's the cover art above and you can stream "Avalanche (Slow)" from Versions below.
While a full tour hasn't been announced, Zola Jesus will be performing shows with Thirlwell this fall, including one at Brooklyn Heights' Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral on September 14 which is part of the Wordless Music series. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Zola and Thirlwell are performing in Chicago too.
You can catch Thirlwell tonight, spinning tunes between sets at the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
All Zola Jesus dates are listed below.
The Men at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by David Andrako)
We just told you about a bunch of Record Store Day releases that we're excited for, and here's one more that should be pretty great. Sacred Bones is releasing the third installment of their Todo Muere series, and this one features tracks from The Men, Moon Duo, a Psychic Ills remix of Follakzoid, Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch, Zola Jesus, The Holydrug Couple, Wymond Miles, and Case Studies. Check out the album art and stream The Men's contribution, "B Minor," a track from their New Moon sessions, below.
The Men are on tour now and will be back in NYC for a Northside Festival show on June 14 at Warsaw with the Greg Ginn/Ron Reyes incarnation of Black Flag, Ginn's other project Good For You, and Netherlands (sold out). They're also playing 4Knots Festival at the South Street Seaport on June 29, though that lineup has not been announced in full yet. Stay tuned.
Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch also have a NYC show coming up which happens at Mercury Lounge on May 7 with drone guitar great Noveller. Tickets for that show go on sale today (4/12) at noon. It's Jozef & Jim's only US date before heading overseas for Primavera Sound and other shows.
All Jozef Van Wissem and The Men dates are listed, along with The Men song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Zola Jesus in The Moog Sound Lab
The Moog Sound Lab is a video series where bands and artists are invited to perform in the Moog Music factory in Asheville, North Carolina. With an arsenal of Moog equipment at their disposal, the musicians offer radically new takes on their material.
The first in the 2013 series which has been premiering here at BrooklynVegan, was Toro y Moi, followed by Washed Out, and now here's Zola Jesus, who does a rendition of "In Your Nature," which initially appeared on her 2011 album, Conatus. The version played here is a pretty similar take to the album version, but it's especially fun to watch those polyrhythmic beats hammered away on three Voyager RMEs. Watch the video along with more details on her equipment and another picture from the session, below...
JANE PAIN: American label Sacred Bones is about to reissue Growing Seeds. How do you feel about the US? Why have you decided to write your songs in English and do you think it is significant at all? Are you looking forward to your upcoming American tour dates? What American bands/projects are you into right now?Swedish post-punk/darkwave crew Lust for Youth play their first of four US dates, and first of two NYC shows, at the WIERD party at Home Sweet Home tonight (12/12). $8 gets you in. The band will also swing through Saint Vitus on Friday (12/14) as part of a Hurricane Sandy benefit with The Men and Widowspeak (who also play Brooklyn Bowl). Tickets are still available).
HANNES NORRVIDE (of Lust for Youth): I'm excited to visit US, I've only been there when I was very young. I'v met some really sweet people that are from the states so I hope the rest of US is like them, I don't know.
Well, writing in english feels more safe than writing in my native language. And of course I've listened to a lot of music my whole life which most have been in english so it got kind of natural.
I got this 12″ by Hieroglyphic Being, I really liked that one, Gatekeeper.
After a show in Tempe with Pharmakon, Soren and Foreplay, the final Lust for Youth date in the US in 2012 will appropriately come at the Sacred Bones 5 Year anniversary party on 12/21/12. There the band will join Zola Jesus, Cult of Youth (who just played Union Pool), Psychic Ills (who play NYC on New Year's Eve) and many more as fire rains down upon the earth during the impending apocalypse (if you follow the Mayan calendar).
Head below for some streaming tracks from Lust For Youth, The Men, and a Sacred Bones 5th Anniversary mix, right beside the LFY tour schedule.
Zola Jesus at Austin City Limits, Oct 2012 (more by Glen Brown)
While metal fans/bands (not to mention others) are pouncing upon the Mayan prophecies regarding the end of the world, the tongue-in-cheek attitude isn't limited to the distortion pedal set. Sacred Bones Records will use the occaision to celebrate their five year anniversary, scheduling a show the Mojave desert. Specifically, it goes down at Pappy and Harriets Pioneertown Palace on December 21 with an impressive array from their current lineup: Zola Jesus, Cult of Youth, Lust For Youth, Psychic Ills, Wymond Miles, Pop 1280 and "special guests." Tickets are on sale now.
Congrats to Sacred Bones on their anniversary, maybe we'll see you on the other side... or maybe not.
Lou Reed at Tibet House benefit 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lou Reed will be on tour in Europe this month doing photo exhibits and book readings/signings, and upon returning to the US he'll play a NJ show at Englewood's Bergen Performing Arts Center on December 7. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Right after that show, he'll head to Miami for UR1 Festival, which goes down in Bayfront Park on December 8 and 9. In addition to Lou Reed, performers include Kanye West, Jane's Addiction, Dead Can Dance, Animal Collective, Peter Murphy, Flying Lotus, Slash, Zola Jesus, Wild Nothing, and many more listed below, plus more TBA. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
The UR1 Festival is timed to happen simultaneously with Art Basel, which happens from December 6 - 9 in Miami Beach with "more than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries."
A list of all Lou Reed dates and the UR1 Festival lineup below.
Florence / Dum Dum Girls / the scene, Osheaga Fest 8/03/2012
"I can't believe we walked the whole thing."
This was the opening of an e-mail Saturday morning from my friend, the Montreal based singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk. Day 1 of Montreal's Osheaga Music and Arts Festival (8/3) was in the books and instead of joining the crush of people all trying to get into the Metro, we opted to walk with a much smaller group of people from Parc Jean-Drapeau, the festival's home, over the closed-off Jacques Cartier Bridge back to the Mile End.
"You know," Leif's e-mail continued, "we could've all just waited for the subway, but then we might have been accused of being reasonable."
What came before the trek from the island to the mainland was a hot, dusty, sweaty blur of music and dancing and a sold-out crowd determined to pull every ounce of enjoyment from their day out.
The highlight for me on Day 1 was always going to be Sigur Ros, who I'd seen just a days before in Philadelphia. Sure, Justice may have been the official headliner on the day, but the Icelandic band, even restricted to their one-hour time slot, felt like the real headliner and reduced the electronic duo and their glorified DJ booth to the equivalent of an afterparty.
Earlier in the day, The Walkmen featured Skyler Skjelset of Fleet Foxes on bass and guitar and Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men packed the field at the Scene Verte stage on the other end of the park for their mid-day set.
The Dum Dum Girls set was delayed with sound issues and once they got going the tech guys spent most of their set running back and forth across the stage adjusting and fixing gear. It was the beginning of a trouble-filled weekend at the Scene des Arbres stage where delays were constant and, on Day 3, Zola Jesus' set was controversially cut short as thunderstorms rolled through. (Festival officials shut her set down just as the worst of the storm had passed.) She took to Facebook to voice her frustration (though what happened in Montreal was nothing compared to what went down at Lollapalooza in Chicago the same weekend).
Gary Clark, Jr. impressed over at the Scene Verte as his loud, fuzzy guitar riffs conjured dancing girls and good vibes.
Along with a beautiful set from Florence and the Machine and a raucous end-of-the-night set from Montreal's Les Breastfeeders, it was a great start to the festival.
Stay tuned for more on Day 2 and 3. More Osheaga Day 1 photos are below.
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
TVotR / Zola Jesus / the crowd, Catalpa Music Fest 7/28/2012
The inaugural Catalpa Festival got off to a soggy start on Saturday in Randalls Island Park, but the intermittent rain that turned the lawns in front of the stages into muddy bogs did little to dampen the enthusiasm of people who came out to see the Black Keys and TV on the Radio...The Catalpa Music Festival happened this weekend (July 28 - 29) on Randall's Island. Saturday's wet line-up included The Black Keys, TV on the Radio, Zola Jesus, Umphrey's McGee, Hercules & Love Affair and more. Did you go? How was it? Pictures from those bands and other Saturday performers are below.
...The rain started again as the Black Keys took the stage at about 9:30. Yet several thousand people pressed up, some of the men lifting women up on their shoulders, as Dan Auerbach, the band's guitarist and vocalist, launched into "Howlin' for You." A few songs later, Mr. Auerbach and his partner, the drummer Patrick Carney, had the crowd singing along and dancing in the rain as they did "Dead and Gone" and "Gold on the Ceiling," two hits from their most recent album El Camino [NY Times].
The inaugural Catalpa NYC Music Festival hits Randall's Island on July 28 and 29, with performances by The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, TV On The Radio, The Big Pink, A$AP Rocky, Matt and Kim, Zola Jesus and more. Tickets are still available and schedule and set times for both days are below.
In addition to the main stage bands, Catalpa features such added attractions as The High Times Magazine Reggae Stage, The Inflatable Church of Sham Marriages, a silent disco, food from some of New York City's "unique and top quality eateries" and more.
If you'd like to go for free, we are giving away a pair of weekend general admission passes to the fest. Details on how to enter are at the bottom of this post.
photos by Tim Griffin
El-P @ Mohawk - 6/23/2012
El-P is currently on tour with Killer Mike, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, and Despot supporting both El-P's new album, Cancer 4 Cure, and Killer Mike's (which El-P produced), R.A.P. Music. They're over in California right now, and while there, El-P stopped by Conan to perform with Zola Jesus last night (6/27). They played "Works Every Time" off El-P's new album. You can watch a video of that performance below.
As mentioned, the tour hits NYC on July 13 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter are below.
The tour hit Austin last week for a show at Mohawk on June 23. You can check out more pictures from that show below, along with the Conan video and contest details...
Bon Iver/The Walkmen, variations on a theme at Sasquatch - 5/27/12
Experiencing live music at The Gorge is a powerful and emotional experience. It may seem unlikely, however, that The Gorge has the power to break even the most emotionally strong person down to tears. When Bon Iver performed "Skinny Love" on Sunday night, tears were not a rare sight. In fact, they were pretty common. Sasquatch! fosters an environment that will change the way you listen to music. Your favorite songs will never sound the same. New songs will become life-changing memories. [Oregon Daily Emerald]And now the rest of our photos from Day Three (5/26) of the Sasquatch Music Festival in Gorge, Washington which happened Memorial Day Weekend. (First set of Sunday pics are here.) Check out photos of Bon Iver, The Walkmen, Zola Jesus, Little Dragon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Hospitality, and more below.
Zola Jesus at Guggenheim (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Just like Cold Cave (who are playing Northside), Zola Jesus is going from the Guggenheim back to something more conventional this summer. She and A$AP Rocky are the latest batch of artists added to the Catalpa Festival which is happening on Randall's Island on July 28th and 29th. Tickets are still available.
In other news, A$AP Rocky appeared on 106 and Park yesterday (5/22). Check out that appearance and the full festival lineup below.
We just posted about Austra who's coming back to North America (including 9/19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg) after a tour of Europe. She's also one of many artists playing the 2012 Osheaga Festival in Montreal which happens August 3 - 5. Tickets are still available for the three-day event.
In addition to Austra, Osheaga plays host to The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, Justice, Metric (who play Radio City Music Hall soon), Sigur Ros (who play Prospect Park and are streaming their new LP), Florence & The Machine (who plays Jones Beach this summer), The Weeknd, Passion Pit (who play Governor's Ball soon), The Jesus & Mary Chain, MGMT, Santigold (who just played Irving), Zola Jesus (who just played the Guggenheim) and many many more.
Full Osheaga lineup is below.