Entries tagged with: tUnE-yArDs
tUnE-yArDs at Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
The Tibet House Annual Benefit Concert will return for its 23rd year at Carnegie Hall on February 21. Like in past years, artistic director Philip Glass will perform and he's brought along a typically awesome and diverse lineup of Jim James (whose band My Morning Jacket just kicked off a 3-night run at the Capitol Theatre), tUnE-yArDs, Rahzel, Patti Smith with Jessie Smith, and more TBA. Tickets for the concert are on sale now via Carnegie Hall and special packages that include a dinner reception with the performers can be purchased via Tibet House US. Proceeds from ticket sales will support Tibet House US, the Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation, and the TIbet Community of New York & New Jersey.
Rahzel also took part in the 2012 Tibet House Benefit Concert. Check out pictures from that.
In related news, Patti Smith recently announced that she's working on a sequel to her memoir, Just Kids.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Roomful of Teeth - "Quizassa" (written by Merrill Garbus) (MP3)
Roomful of Teeth (photo by Nicholas Whitman)
Roomful of Teeth played an Ecstatic Summer show with Merrill Garbus (aka the brains behind tUnE-yArDs) to perform some compositions that Merrill had written for the group along with some tUnE-yArDs songs as well. Some of those compositions will appear on the new self-titled Roomful of Teeth album, which is due out October 30 via New Amsterdam Records. One of those songs, "Quizassa," can be downloaded above, and it's instantly noticeable that Merrill had something to do with it. The album also features songs composed by William Brittelle, Caleb Burnhans, Rinde Eckert, Judd Greenstein, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snider. The album tracklist and cover art are below.
Roomful of Teeth will also play a free show in NYC on Thursday (10/4) at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. The show starts at 10:30. They'll be performing material from their album and also the NY premieres of new works by Missy Mazzoli.
Album info is below.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned previously, tUnE-yArDs bassist Nate Brenner has a solo project coming out under the name Naytronix and the album will be out October 9 via Plug Research. We've got the premiere of the band's new video "Don't Walk Away" which you can watch below. With its horn-filled arrangement, it's a catchy little number. There's also a stream of it too, along with the Yalls remix of the track.
Naytronix have also just been tapped to open for Why? for part of their upcoming tour, though not at the NYC stop at Music Hall of Williamsburg in September. Hopefully Naytronix will schedule a show here soon. Meanwhile, you can check out all announced Naytronix dates listed below, along with the video and song streams.
photos by James Richards IV
Frank Ocean/Bloc Party at Lollapalooza - 8/4/12
Lollapalooza continued in Chicago's Grant Park yesterday (8/4) after beginning one day earlier (8/3). Day 2 gave us sets from Frank Ocean, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, tUnE-yArDs, The Tallest Man on Earth, Neon Indian, Chief Keef, Bear in Heaven, Washed Out, The Weeknd, and more. Unfortunately, during Neon Indian's set (which was cut short), the festival was shut down due to "dangerous weather," causing the tens of thousands of fans to flood the streets of Chicago in evacuation. But the fest reopened at 6 PM CST with an updated schedule. A number of performances were cancelled, including Alabama Shakes, B.O.B., Chairlift, and the Temper Trap, but others, like tUnE-yArDs, were rescheduled and took place at later times after the gates reopened.
Pics of day 1 are HERE. More pics of day 2 are below...
Cloud Nothings at Central Park last Saturday (more by Chris La Putt)
today in NYC
* DIIV @ The Hester
* Andy Statman @ Barbes
* Guards (DJ) @ Ace Hotel
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Charles Perry @ Joe's Pub
* The Spanish Donkey @ The Stone
* Stevie Nicks @ Mohegan Sun (CT)
* Erika Spring @ Ivana Helsinki
* Cloud Nothings, DIIV @ 285 Kent
* The English Beat @ The Bell House
* Dusted, Happy New Year @ Cake Shop
* Booga Sugar @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Loser's Lounge @ Midsummer Night Swing
* H2O, 7 Seconds, Tournament @ House of Vans
* Dan Deacon, John Maus, Roomrunner @ Pier 84
* Shemekia Copeland, NRBQ @ MetroTech Commons
* Young Empires, The Suzan, Humans @ Glasslands
* New York Philharmonic @ Cunningham Park in Queens
* Matt Darriau's Yo Lateef meets Nigun @ Barbes
* Filter, Fuel, Slunt, Static Summer @ Irving Plaza
* Start Making Sense (Talking Heads cover band) @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Steve Baczkowski, Bill Nace, Chris Corsano @ The Stone
* Chicha Libre, Karikatura, People's Champs @ SOB'S
* Spoek Mathambo, Pegasus Warning @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Nouvellas, Fletcher C. Johnson, The Waivers @ Union Pool
* George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ Rockefeller Park
* Paperhead, D. Watusi, Turnip King, Strip Mall @ Death By Audio
* Five O'Clock Heroes, Eytan & The Embassy, Basik @ Bowery Electric
* Hop Along, Norwegian Arms, Savages (NYC) @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* DJ Chuck Chillout, DJ Uncle Ralph, DJ Sucio Smash @ Public Assembly
* Grandfather, The Hobs, Chumps, Man Made Sun, Mandy Lee, Ashtree @ Pianos
* Steve Earle, Rachael Yamagata, The Wood Brothers, Allen Toussaint @ City Winery
* Neko Case, Charles Bradley, He's My Brother She's My Sister @ World Financial Center
* Gloria Gaynor, The Village People, The Trammps, Rose Royce @ Seaside Summer Concerts
* Vast Aire, OutofaWhole, Kenyattah Black, Kev Bars, Warlock Asylum @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Island Twins, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Pale Lights @ Shea Stadium
* Madam Robot and the Lust Brigade, Pants Velour, Your 33 Black Angels, The Sanctuaries @ The Paper Box
* Miho Hatori's New Optimism, Zs, Bachanalia, JG Thirlwell (DJ), Ann Liv Young @ Secret Project Robot
* The Bj Rubin Show, American Liberty League, Sexy Thoughts, Moppa Elliott's Tragedy and Statistics @ Zebulon
* Seth Faergolzia, Berth Control, Alyson Greenfield, You Scream I Scream, NYBD (New York Bike Dance) @ Knitting Factory
"To Kill a Mockingbird" screens in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
"Fantastic Mr. Fox" screens for free in Tompkins Square Park.
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A few weeks back, Chief Keef made his NYC debut at SOB's. While he was here, he made a video of his promo run through the city. Check it out below.
Mariachi El Bronx covered The Decemberists' "Los Angeles, I'm Yours" for AV Undercover. Watch the video of that below.
Check out a video below of Aziz Ansari, Reggie Watts, Nick Kroll, Jason Woliner, and more discussing LCD Soundsystem for LCD + THE HITS, the second in a four-part series surrounding LCD's new documentary, Shut Up and Play the Hits, which premiered in NYC this past Tuesday (7/10), and gets a national premiere on Wednesday, July 18.
In related news, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy was on 'Fallon' last night to talk about the documentary, jam with The Roots and more. Watch a video of that below.
Azealia Banks' Fantasea mixtape is out now. Download it for free at her twitter.
Faith No More covered Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Niggas in Paris" at a recent live show. A video of that is below.
tUnE-yArDs made a mix for okayafrica of primarily East African music which has influenced her own. You can stream it or download it for free below.
photos by Godlis
Merrill Garbus at World Financial Garden - 6/30/12
tUnE-yArDs mastermind Merrill Garbus teamed up with Roomful of Teeth, William Britelle and Judd Greenstein & The Yehudim on June 30 to kick off the indie/classical Ecstatic Summer concert series, which is part of the River to River festival and happens this summer at the World Financial Center. Merrill played both solo and with vocal group Roomful of Teeth, who also performed Merrill and William Britelle compositions at the show. Merrill's set included tUnE-yArDs songs including a new one called "Not Dead Yet." The Yehudim, who count Olga Bell as a member, opened the show (and that's why Olga couldn't be in Montauk with her new band Dirty Projectors that night. Olga has since played Music Hall and Prospect Park with the Projectors who she is now on tour with). Here are some pictures from the Ecstatic show.
The series of free shows continues this Saturday (7/14) with Oneohtrix Point Never, David Lang, and A Far Cry Orchestra. As mentioned, "The third show is on August 25 and will feature Brooklyn disco orchestra Escort collaborating with the equally large Darcy James Argue's Secret Society."
In other tUnE-yArDs news, bassist Nate Brenner also has a solo project called Naytronix, under which he will release his debut LP, Dirty Glow, on October 9 via Plug Research. That LP will be supported with a TBA fall tour, which includes MusicFestNW. The cover art, tracklist, and a video for the appropriately named track, "Robotic," are below, along with more pictures from the Ecstatic Summer show.
We try to keep tabs on various festivals around the world here on BrooklynVegan, many of which you'll eventually see pictures from. Today we focus on Belgium.
Pukkelpop goes down from August 16 - 18. That festival includes The Stone Roses, Bjork, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Refused, Wilco, The Hives, The Shins, The Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li, Hot Chip, Feist, Flying Lotus, tUnE-yArDs, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baroness, Ceremony, A-Trak, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and more. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Rock Werchter, which falls a bit more on the mainstream side, happens in Belgium even sooner, running from June 28 - July 1. That lineup includes The Cure, Jack White, X, Mastodon, Garbage, The xx, M83, Metric, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Perfume Genius, Bat For Lashes, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine, The Vaccines and more. Tickets for the festival are
on sale now sold out.
The full lineups for both Pukkelpop and Rock Wercher are listed below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
tUnE-yArDs at Terminal 5 - 6/1/12
Over a year after the release of her album w h o k i l l, tUnE-yArDs still seems to be going strong, playing her biggest paid show yet at Terminal 5 on Friday (6/1). Did you go? How was the show?
If your copy of w h o k i l l is played out, Merrill teamed with Questlove, Beninoise singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo, and Ghanaian-American rapper Akua Naru for a cover of Fela Kuti's "Lady" which is on the new (Red) Hot + Fela tribute and is streamable below. They played this at Terminal 5 immediately after tUnE-yArDs' ended and the T5 crowd stuck around to dance to it instead of shuffling off home.
The Terminal 5 show was with Micachu & the Shapes who play tonight (6/4) at Glasslands, and Delicate Steve who's new album was streaming via public listening ports at various Manhattan/Brooklyn locations over the weekend. More pictures of tUnE-yArDs, plus Micachu and Delicate Steve, are below.
Delicate Steve's second album, Positive Force, is out July 10 on Luaka Bop and you can download two tracks from the album at the top of this post. If you'd like to hear more, Delicate Steve has devised a sort of scavenger hunt, installing playbutton devices in ten locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, each containing one of Positive Force's tracks. The two-borrough musical installation is up now (5/31) through June 3. Locations of all ten tracks are below -- it's supposed to be a nice weekend, might be a fun thing to do. If you do decide to try and find them, bring your own headphones which you can plug into the playbutton devices.
In other news, Delicate Steve is currently on tour with tUnE-yArDs which hits Terminal 5 on Friday (6/1) with Micachu & the Shapes on the bill for that one as well. Once that tour wraps up, Steve will join Yeasayer on the road before doing his own headlining shows on the West Coast. All Delicate Steve tour dates are below.
DOWNLOAD: Micachu & the Shapes - OK (MP3)
Micachu and her buddy Kwes
Micachu & the Shapes will release their second album, Never, on July 24. The first track from the album has just been loosed to the internets -- the drony, mechanical "OK" which you can download above. Cover art and tracklist for the album is at the bottom of this post.
Micachu have also just announced a headlining show at Glasslands on Monday, June 4 with Zambri. Tickets for that show are on sale. Micachu will also play the PS1 Warm-Up on July 28 and tickets to that show go on sale June 18.
Michachu also released a new mixtape with pal Kwes and you can stream the entirety of Kwesachu Vol. 2 below, along with a list of all dates.
Jack White/The Roots
The one galvanizing main-stage performance at the Sasquatch festival this year was Jack White's weapons-grade electric guitar soloing on Saturday. Otherwise, it was by the book in the best possible sense. Thousands of people gathered peacefully and everything was on schedule.The Sasquatch Music Festival happened Memorial Day Weekend in Gorge, WA and Day 2 (Saturday, May 26) insanely packed with talent, featuring sets from Jack White, The Roots, tUnE-yArDs, Purity Ring and lots, lots more. It was so overstuffed, we're breaking Saturday's pictures into two parts. See more pics of Jack White and The Roots' Sasquatch set, plus other artists below, with more to come. Check out Day 1 photos HERE.
The festival, which ended Monday with a performance by Beck, featured dozens of live rock, rap, electronic music and comedy acts packing five stages for four days over the sunny Memorial Day weekend...
...Oakland's Tune-Yards mesmerized at the Bigfoot Stage Saturday. Leader Merrill Garbus faced the full yellow sun and belted out powerful melodies in her alto voice that seemed beamed in from African radio. She used looping pedals to blend the vocals with drums and modified ukulele, which she also played live. But her bassist and jazz horn players sent the music through the roof, chipping in on junkyard percussion -- dented pieces of metal hit with drum sticks. [Seattle Times]
tUnE-yArDs at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Indie/classical festival Ecstatic Music Festival has expanded and now includes a free summer concert series called Ecstatic Summer, which is part of the River to River Festival and will happen at the World Financial Center. The first show will is June 30 with Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), 8-piece vocal group Roomful of Teeth, composer William Britelle, and The Yehudim. Roomful of Teeth will be performing compositions by Merrill Garbus and William Britelle, and in addition Merrill will be playing some tUnE-yArDs material as well.
The second show is on July 14 with Oneohtrix Point Never (Daniel Lopatin), composer David Lang, and A Far Cry Orchestra. The show will include some re-arrangements of Oneohtrix Point Never material.
The third show is on August 25 and will feature Brooklyn disco orchestra Escort collaborating with the equally large Darcy James Argue's Secret Society. They'll play new work in addition to interpretations of each other's existing work.
Speaking of tUnE-yArDs, their tour comes to NYC next month for a previously mentioned show at Terminal 5 on June 1 with Micachu and the Shapes and Delicate Steve. Tickets are still available. The video for "My Country" is below...
photos by David Andrako
"Did y'all peep my Lil boob out with tha pastie today at coachella ?!? That was my Lil Kim moment !" - AZEALIA BANKS
hologram Biggie w/ Black Lips / Azealia Banks / ASAP Rocky @ Coachella Saturday
"For a certain breed of diehard Coachella fan, once is just not enough. And since 2012 is the first year that the epic desert music and arts festival is being mounted twice in Indio, California, it was inevitable that some of the most obsessed would find a way to attend both three-day weekends.Coachella concludes today, Sunday, 4/22, Earth Day 2012.
"The Monday after the first one, I was kind of licking my wounds and I said, 'Hey, let's go again! I'm down. I get paid on Friday. It can happen," 28-year-old Carlos Morales, from Fullerton, California, told Rolling Stone yesterday. "Radiohead was a big part of it. They were amazing, and I really wanted to see them again."
Tickets for a single Coachella weekend are hard enough to come by; in recent years, they've typically sold out within days of going on sale, which sparked the motivation for festival organizers Goldenvoice Productions to add an identical second weekend this year. About six percent of festivalgoers who bought tickets online directly from the promoter managed to pick up tickets for both weekends, said Coachella co-founder Paul Tollett. Resales are harder to measure, but last-minute impulse buyers for the second weekend were rewarded with some tickets being sold at below face value.
Alison Swing, 21, of Long Beach, bought her second set of tickets "from a friend of a friend of a friend" and got a $100 discount from the cover price, she said with a laugh. "It was nerve-wracking spending the money," Swing admitted, "but I wanted to go back so bad. I'll deal with it after." [Rolling Stone]
You saw the pictures from Friday, a video of the Black Keys performing with John Fogerty, video from a Friday night party that Thom Yorke DJ'd, and Radiohead's setlist from Saturday. Here are the pictures from Saturday, 4/21/2012, Record Store Day, the 2nd day of the 2nd weekend of Coachella 2012.
As you can see in the above picture, The Black Lips paid tribute (if you want to call it that) to hologram Tupac (who should be making another appearance with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg tonight) with their own hologram (actually a cut out) of Biggie Smalls. St. Vincent joined Andrew Bird on stage to help perform "Lusitania." Azealia Banks, in a different looking outfit than last week, apparently suffered a wardrobe malfunction. A$AP Rocky was joined by Master P, Romeo, No Limit and many other friends on stage in the Gobi tent, as he and Radiohead simultaneously closed out the night once again.
More pictures from all of Saturday, and a video from ASAP's guest-filled set, below...
Lollapalooza (more by Grant MacAllister)
Chicago Sun Times reports:
Lollapalooza has revealed its official 2012 list of performers -- a typically wide-ranging smorgasbord of genres and styles topped by nearly a dozen mainstage headliners: the Red Hot Chili Peppers, freshly reunited bands Black Sabbath and At the Drive-In, the Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, the Shins and Passion Pit, plus spotlighted electronic music including Swedish house titan Avicii, French dance duo Justice and DJ-producer Bassnectar.Check out the full list below...
The annual music festival is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 in Chicago's Grant Park.
Rumored lineups have circulated widely, as they usually do, and Lollapalooza itself stoked the speculation in recent weeks via a series of CTA and online advertisements that seemed to hint at who would be playing.
The ads featured lyrics from such acts as Sigur Ros, Santigold, Jack White, Kimbra, Twin Shadow, the Weeknd, Bloc Party and more -- all bands that wound up on the bill.
The Newport Festivals Foundation continues to celebrate the festival's historic past by featuring emerging young artists alongside some of folk music's most venerable names. This year's festival features: My Morning Jacket, Jackson Browne, Conor Oberst, Iron & Wine, Patty Griffin, Guthrie Family Reunion, Dawes, The Head & The Heart, Deer Tick, Punch Brothers, City & Colour, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Tallest Man on Earth, tUnE-yArDs, Tom Morello, Trampled by Turtles, Gary Clark, Jr., Alabama Shakes, Blind Pilot, Of Monsters and Men, original music from: Jay Farrar; Will Johnson; Anders Parker; & Yim Yames set to the lyrics of Woody Guthrie, Sharon Van Etten, First Aid Kit, Sara Watkins, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Brown Bird, Jonny Corndawg, Jonathan Wilson, Spirit Family Reunion, Deep Dark Woods, Carl Broemel, Ben Sollee, Robert Ellis, Frank Fairfield, The Apache Relay, Spider John Koerner & His Rag Tag Boys, Joel Rafael, Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons, Elizabeth Mitchell, honeyhoney, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, The Kossoy Sisters, The Berklee City Music Choir and very special guests to be announced.The 2012 Newport Folk Festival lineup has been announced.
video by Jessica Amaya
tUnE-yArDs at Allen Room earlier this month (more by Chris La Putt)
tUnE-yArDs will tour the US and Canada this summer, starting with her largest (not free) NYC show yet at Terminal 5 on June 1. Artist presale tickets are available now, and if you puchase them before Friday (2/24), you have the option to get a bundle with the new 'GANGSTA tee,' and 1$ will be donated to Action Against Hunger. Ticketmaster tickets for the NYC show are not on sale yet, but check back for updates.
tUnE-yArDs was just in NYC to play Allen Room and occupy Columbus Circle. A video from that is below.
"Superfly Presents and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The 11th annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 7 - 10 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2012 lineup will total over 125 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days.Tickets for the event will go on sale on this Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 12 noon EST exclusively at bonnaroo.com."Radiohead, Beach Boys, Phish, Little Dragon, SBTRKT, The Antlers, Bad Brains, Laura Marling, St. Vinent, Tune-Yards, Flying Lotus, and many more are playing Bonnaroo this year. Full list below...
photos by Chris La Putt
""Occupying the original occupier" tUnE-yArDs in Columbus Circle." - Bill Bragin
Merrill Garbus in Columbus Circle - 2/9/2012
As tUnE-YarDs' show at Lincoln Center's Allen Room, part of the American Songbook series (which Bill Callahan played one night earlier), was coming to an end last night, the tweets started pouring in: "@brooklynvegan tUnEyArDs will be playing Columbus Circle within the hour. Get there!", "@brooklynvegan can u spread word that Tuneyards doing free show out by Lincoln Center fountain", "@brooklynvegan tune yards are playing in Columbus circle NOT lincoln center fountain", and "@brooklynvegan She said it was NOT a show. A gathering." Whatever it was, it included video cameras, and you can see what it looked like along with pictures from the actual show and the setlist from the show, below...
"Following last year's 10th anniversary, which crushed previous attendance records and set a new mark for the speed with which tickets sold out, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2012 lineup which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 25-28 (Memorial Day Weekend) at The Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA."The Sasquatch! Music Festival takes place, as usual, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington over Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28). And this year's lineup is:
The Village Voice has changed in 39 years, but Pazz & Jop, their annual music critic survey still remains. Each year, just when you forgot that it was still possible to look at another "Best of the year" list, the Voice comes along and prints their Pazz & Jop issue and we get excited about albums that came out the previous year again, or we at least start debating them again. This year's big winners are tUnE-yArDs (best album, 12th best single) and Adele (best single, 8th best single, 6th best album). Look at it all at the Voice's site.
Our own list, if you missed it, is HERE.
today in NYC
* NY Guitar Fest
* Matuto @ Barbes
* Winter Jazzfest
* Evillive (metal shows)
* Marco Calliari @ Barbes
* The Victory Band @ Barbes
* Shelley Hirsch @ The Stone
* Horrors singer DJing Cameo
* Slick Rick, F. Stokes @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Many Mansions, Man Forever, No BS! Brass Band @ Zebulon
* Nellie McKay, Blame Sally, Julian Velard @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Heaven's Gate, Soft Spot, Crinkles, Bermuda Bonnie @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Vaz, GDFX, Predator Prey (Karp Documentary Screening Afterparty) @ Death By Audio
* Red Baraat, Jose Conde, Hazmat Modine, Las Rubias Del Norte, Jayme Stone (Omniphonic Festival) @ 92YTribeca
* A Pale Horse Named Death, Dropdown, Fear of None, Pool Of Thorns, Breakage Rising, Swon Rift @ Knitting Factory
* Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Jimmy Scott, Questlove, Bilal, Derrick Hodge, Gary Bartz (Indelible Festival) @ Highline Ballroom
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Sharon Van Etten played Fallon last night.
Tune-Yards played Kimmel last night. Video below.
I hate writing year-end lists, as might be obvious to many long-time BrooklynVegan readers. That said, I also like them. They help organize things, which is related to my problem though. I'm too unorganized and hectic to ever get around to making one! But this year a few of us (BrooklynVegan contributors) got together and decided to come up with a collective list of albums that we loved that we think most represented 2011 in BrooklynVegan land. Our indie rock-centric list purposely does not include metal (that's HERE) or hip hop (we should make a separate list). With that in mind, our top 26 albums of 2011, in alphabetical order, are listed (with some commentary and a list of honorable mentions too) below...
We already posted Pitchfork's and SPIN's, so... here's Rolling Stone's top 50 albums of 2011. It's got tons of big sellers and major label players taking high spots like Adele, Jay-Z and Kanye West, Paul Simon, and Lady Gaga, but then something unexpected like tUnE-yArDs places at #13. There are also some odd inclusions like Wavves' Life Sux EP and then some albums you could only find on a Rolling Stone list like SuperHeavy (the supergroup featuring Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Damian Marley, and others). They also give shots to Little Dragon, Josh T Pearson, Das Racist, Wild Flag, and many more. Check out the full list below...
Josh T Pearson @ BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Check out Rough Trade's list of the Top 100 Albums of 2011 (yay Josh T Pearson!), below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Spoon @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
Spoon had nothing to promote and no surplus of new songs to unveil. This was just an Austin band -- Austin's biggest indie band ever -- playing an Austin festival for their only major show of 2011 (at least so far). As a live unit, the four-piece that recorded Transmission (augmented here by an additional percussionist) is as precise as Spoon has ever been, cranking out savagely controlled, often slow-building versions of such songs as "Written in Reverse," "Delicate Places" and the instantaneously applauded "I Turn My Camera On." "We got horns!" frontman Britt Daniel proclaimed, bringing out a six-man section for "Cherry Bomb," "The Underdog" and "Jonathan Fisk." By the four-song encore, the crowd had both increased in enthusiasm and decreased in size -- no doubt some people had wandered to another stage to see the Damned, which Daniel himself had said he wished that he could do. [SPIN]Personally I started at the Damned (who were great) and finished Saturday with about 30 minutes of Spoon which felt like the perfect chill ending to a long first-two-days of the outdoor Austin fest (right after their set I went back to the hotel, skipped all afterparties and crashed for 12 hours straight which made Sunday great).
Our first set of pictures from Saturday, Damned included, are HERE. Our second set continues, more of Spoon included, below...