Entries tagged with: jessica 6
Nomi (photo by Hadar Pitchon)
Jessica 6, the Brooklyn group led by Hercules and Love Affair collaborator Nomi Ruiz, haven't released an album since their 2011 debut See The Light, but earlier this year they did put out the guest-filled EP The Capricorn. Nomi also more recently teamed up with Greek producer MANSTA to record a cover of George Michael's "A Different Corner." You can stream that and some tracks off the EP below.
One of the guests on the EP is their past tourmate Eli Escobar, who also opens Jessica 6's upcoming NYC one-off at Gramercy Theatre on December 26. Making that show even better (and diverse), local rapper Cakes Da Killa opens too. Tickets are on sale.
In related news, Antony Hegarty (who sings on Jessica 6's debut album and has worked with Nomi several other times) has a new album coming out as ANOHNI, produced by Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke (he recently released the excellent lead single). Separate from that album, Antony guests on Hudson Mohawke's track "Indian Steps" which is on HudMo's Lantern LP. A video for that song came out this week, and can be watched below.
Nomi Ruiz, who was one of the vocalists on Hercules & Love Affair's 2008 breakthrough and is a current member of Jessica 6, is set to release her second solo album, Borough Gypsy, on May 14 as a free download via Clocktower Gallery's website.
You can get an early listen to the album at a listening party at Clocktower Gallery on April 23. While there you can also check out accompanying video portraits directed by Nomi, as well as diaries, sketchbooks, photo albums and songwriting journals. The event runs from 6 - 8 PM and is free, but RSVP is required.
Before that, Nomi will be one of the many DJs spinning vinyl at Turntable Lab's Record Store Day festivities on Saturday (4/20). Other DJs include FaltyDL, Justin Strauss, Midnight Magic and many more. Flyer for their event is below.
Nomi was among the performers and DJs at last night's tribute (4/17) to legendary NYC DJ Mark Kamins who died earlier this year. The party, which happened at Santos, featured an incredible roster of talent, from spinners like Jellybean Benitez, John Robie, and Justin Strauss, and live performances from Konk (their first show since 1986), Crystal Ark, and more. Did you go to Santos last night? How was it (and how late did it go)? A few Instagrams from Santos are below.
Nomi & Antony
Nomi and Antony are old friends, collaborators and both ex-contributors to Hercules & Love Affair. No surprise then to see and hear Antony in the new Jessica 6 (Nomi's current project) video for "Prisoner of Love". Check that out below.
Jessica 6 kick off a tour with like-minded disco fans Holy Ghost! at Bowery Ballroom on 10/29. That tour ends 11/26 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Check ticketmaster for tickets. All tour dates are also below...
Holy Ghost! at Terminal 5 in May (more by VIncent Cornelli)
Holy Ghost! are currently finishing up their run on the IDentity Festival tour which hit Jones Beach Theater on Sunday (8/21). They've also got an upcoming tour this fall with Jessica 6 and Eli Escobar. That tour kicks off on October 28 at Bowery Ballroom and continues throughout the US and Canada before returning to NYC on November 26 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (8/26) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/24) at noon.
Holy Ghost! also recently made a video for "Some Children" Ft. Michael McDonald. You can check out that video below.
Jessica 6 play their own NYC show before the tour kicks off on September 10 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are on sale now too.
All dates, and video below...
DOWNLOAD: Jessica 6 - Prisoner of Love (w/ Antony) (MP3)
Download "Prisoner of Love" from the forthcoming Jessica 6 album above (Antony and Nomi Ruiz together again). "See The Light" will be released by Peacefrog on 6/6.
Jessica 6, who oddly played an in-store in a Sephora earlier today (5/6), play Tammany Hall along with DJ JD Samson (Le Tigre) and Body Language tonight (as mentioned earlier in What's Going on Friday). Flyer and other dates below...
After an appearance at SXSW in Austin followed by the Ultra Music Festival in Miami (full lineup belolw), the Klaxons will play shows on their way to the sold-out Coachella Festival in California.
It looks like a full tour is still TBA, but (UPDATE: full tour now announced and) the dates will include a NYC show at Webster Hall on March 29th with Brooklyn's A Million Years (who also play Mercury Lounge on 2/11) and Brooklyn's Creep. Tickets for the Manhattan gig go on AMEX presale Wednesday at noon (2/2) and regular sale 48 hours later. All dates are listed below.
Creep is a duo comprised of Lauren Dillard and house DJ and producer Lauren Flax. Flax is also Fischerspooner's touring DJ. Creep recently dropped a video for "Days" directed by Fischerspooner Warren Fischer. The song features vocals from Romy Madley Croft of The xx. Check out that video below and look for Creep's debut LP later this year. Meanwhile they also have other collaborative singles planned with Reggaeton-R&B twins Nina Sky, Nomi Ruiz and Planning to Rock.
Speaking of Nomi Ruiz (who is best known for her role in Hercules & Love Affair), Nomi's current project Jessica 6 recently announced a March 1st Mercury Lounge show. That gig takes place not long after the band gets back from a European tour. All dates below.
Flax can also be found at One Step Beyond at The American Museum of Natural History this Friday (2/4), where she'll DJ alongside Scissor Sisters (who are also DJing) and Activaire. Tickets are still available. Scissor Sisters play live at Wellmont Theater on 2/18 (tickets available), a few days before they hit MSG at part of their tour with Lady Gaga.
Check out the video for Creep's "Days" (with Romy Madley Croft), and all tour dates, and the complete Ultra Music Festival lineup, below.
DOWNLOAD: MNDR - I Go Away (MP3)
MNDR @ Mercury Lounge (more by Erez Avissar)
MNDR plays a free show with Restless People at Brooklyn Bowl tonight (Tuesday, 2/9), and then again at the same venue with WAVVES exactly one week later (also free). Total that makes three upcoming NYC show for MNDR before she leaves on a tour with Yacht on February 28th. The third is a February 20th show with These Are Powers at a mysterious TBA location.
MNDR was supposed to also open for Ebony Bones at Southpaw on Saturday, 2/13, but she has been replaced on that bill by Jessica 6. The Brooklyn show is one of two upcoming NYC shows for Ebony Bones who also share a bill with Amanda Blank and Daniel Merriweather "at Hudson's new subterranean lounge, Good Units" (356 West 58th Street) on Wednesday, February 10th. This is another free show though RSVP is required.
All dates below...
photos by Paul Birman
"Thank you for the greatest show you've ever seen!" screamed electronica goddess Merrill Nisker, aka Peaches, before stepping off the stage Saturday night at Terminal 5. Never one for modesty, the 43-year-old former elementary school teacher known for her provocative performances, explicit lyrics, and all around bad-ass allure, put on a great show with Brooklyn's Jessica 6 and Philly's self-proclaimed "hottest-muthafucka-on-the-whole-damn-block" Amanda Blank. Backed by her Berlin-based band Sweet Machine, Peaches' set and double encore were a sexually-charged gender-bending spectacular that featured all of her classics. The crowd went wild for numbers like "Operate," "Boys Wanna Be Her," and, of course, feel-good, sing-along hit "Fuck the Pain Away." She also rocked an array of colorful costumes that would put Lady Gaga to shame, and for her final song, "Set it Off," she wore a revealing nude bodysuit and a ghetto fab chain. "New York is the most open-mided city," she teased, before encouraging the audience with a chant of "shirts come off, shirts, shirts come off!" Lo and behold, shirts came off." [Paper]It was a night of leggy ladies on stage at Terminal 5 in NYC on Saturday night (11/14). More pictures from the show below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Hercules & Love Affair @ MHOW in August (more by Sara Skolnick)
Hercules & Love Affair's Andy Butler was one of the many DJs at the Electric Zoo Festival that happened over Labor Day weekend. At the fest he was billed as himself, but on September 26th he'll be DJing as H&LA at MoMA MiXX, a new series of dance parties at the museum.
MoMA MiXX uniquely pairs together major artists with world-renowned musicians or DJs, with each featured performer spinning a set of music that night. The Agnes Gund Garden Lobby will be transformed into a dance floor, and MoMA's Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium will serve as a lounge area complete with bars. The money raised benefits the exhibition programming for The Museum of Modern Art and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center.Opening up the first night will be DJ sets by Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin (of the Mister Saturday Night series among other things). The paired artists are Mickalene Thomas and Derrick Adams. Tickets are on sale, though they're not cheap...
Tickets for each event are $75 per person (or $200 for the first three events), and include an open bar.The next two events in the series are planned for January and April 2010.
Also on the way, the museum is hosting Between Worlds, an evening-length "pop spectacle" performance by Fischerspooner on November 1st. Tickets TBA. (MoMA is also still running Looking at Music: Side 2, and will be showing a Spike Jonze retrospective with No Age in October.)
Hercules & Love Affair played two live shows in NYC in August. At them, they debuted their new current (but probably not permanent) lineup of Shaun Wright, Aerea Negrot, Kim Ann Foxman, Mark Pistel and Andy Butler.
In the past, Hercules & Love Affair's lineup prominently featured singer Nomi Ruiz. More recently, she's been playing with Jessica 6. They opened for CocoRosie's return-to-NYC show at the beginning of September. Coming up, they're opening for Japanese psych rock band Yura Yura Teikoku at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 18th. Then the next night (Sept. 19th), they play as part of the New Languages Festival, which runs for six nights (starting Thursday, Sept. 17th) on two weekends at McCarren Hall in Brooklyn (on 98 Bayard St, an address that might sound familiar). Tickets are available at the door only.
For Japan's Yura Yura Teikoku, the MHOW is one of three upcoming US dates they have scheduled. The other two are opening for Yo La Tengo on Tuesday (9/15) and Wednesday in Vermont and Boston. Their new album "Hollow Me", which includes their recent EP "Beautiful", is out September 14, 2009 on DFA's Death From Abroad label (which helps explain the Jessica 6 connection). Album tracklist and NYC show flyer below.
The whole lineup for the jazz-based New Languages Festival, which "attempts to provide a panoramic view of 21st century jazz in New York City," is pretty diverse and spectacular. It includes Akoya Afrobeat, which matches the sound of Fela Kuti almost note for note (and integrates some of his songs into their rep), drummer Mike Pride's From Bacteria to Boys combo (who recorded a live session for WFMU in April), a set led by noted improviser and avant-jazz composer Tim Berne, and an opening night performance by Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, whose debut, Infernal Machines, came out in May on New Amsterdam Records.
The full schedule of shows and all tour dates are below...
photos by Lori Baily
Lori stopped by the Berg Sans Nipple show at Le Poisson Rouge on Monday (5/11). She said,
Bird Show is Ben Vida, he lives in Brooklyn. The crowd was just showing up to LPR as he began his set. I would call his music warm ambient electronic. As BSN started the venue filled up more. Shane & Lori Sean Berg played a very focused set. No stage banter, they just got down to business. The crowd was really into BSN and called for an encore when their set was finished. [Nomi's band] Jessica 6 was a lot more conventional house music, I only stuck around for a few songs.More pictures below...