Keep your eyes peeled (as they say) for the Vampyre video coming soon.
Archive for October, 2013
You know em when you see em, and though I can’t think of single other example at this moment, I know they’re out there (HELLO COMMENTS SECTION!): television appearances that herald an artist’s arrival, and that capture an unforgettable moment in time. It’s a special thing to be there when it happens, or around the corner at a bar:
or try this version:
Ahead of tomorrow’s Mercury Prize awards (get those bets in now!) Savages share their Slaughterhouse Five inspired video for ‘Marshal Dear’, taken from their debut album Silence Yourself (Matador Store, iTunes).
Inspired by a scene in Kurt Vonnegut’s classic novel about a disillusioned American soldier recounting his experiences of the Second World War and his adventures in time travel, guitarist Gemma Thompson scripted a rough version of the storyboard based upon one scene in particular with the intent on finding a young animator who had worked on animating by hand. After two months of watching portfolio reels, she eventually found the work of Gergely Wootsch, a London animation director just graduated from the RCA.
The scene from the novel occurs whilst main protagonist Billy believes he has become ‘‘unstuck in time.’‘ He turns on the TV and focuses on a scene in a movie about bombers in the Second World War. The aircraft take-off backwards from an airfield, flying backwards over cities in flame. The exploded bombs and shrapnel begin to piece themselves together and rise back into the bellies of the aircraft and the bullets are sucked out of the bodies of the fallen men. The bombs are eventually brought back to the factory in which they were constructed, dismantled and the elements placed back into the earth.
Speaking of the video, Gemma says “This scene would replay in my head and I could imagine it as an animation of lines flowing into each other, much like early hand-drawn animation created to accentuate a musical score. I also thought it was beautiful how Billy tries to right the process of destruction and how this echoed the true story of the character in the song Marshal Dear – Field Marshal Rommel’s attempted assassination of Hitler to end the Second World War which resulted in him being forced to take his own life to spare those of his family. We worked on bringing the character of the factory worker into the fore so that the animation now focused on the role of the woman working in the factory and the bomb itself as she realises her hand in the destruction.”
Designed and animated by Gergely Wootsch – www.gergely-wootsch.com
Additional animation – Rosanna Wan
Produced by Beakus – www.beakus.com
2nd Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik, Iceland
5th Concorde 2, Brighton, UK
6th The Forum, London, UK
7th Trinity, Bristol, UK
9th Ritz, Manchester, UK
10th Classic Grand, Glasgow, UK
11th Vox, Leeds, UK
16th Crossing Border, den Haag, The Netherlands
17th Crossing Border, Antwerp, Belgium
18th Doornroosje, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
20th Gebaude 9, Cologne, Germany
21st Zoom, Frankfurt, Germany
22nd Kesselhaus, Berlin, Germany
23rd Gruenspan, Hamburg, Germany
25th Strom, Munich, Germany
26th Flex, Vienna, Austria
28th Les Docks, Lausanne, Switzerland
29th Mexefest, Lisbon, Portugal
Wednesday October 30th.
As you’ve probably read elsewhere, Lou Reed passed away earlier today. It’s almost impossible to quantify the impact Lou’s music and lyrics have made on this-thing-we’re-involved-in ; arguably, he did more to help shape the sensibilities of this label’s roster (and many others’ of course) than any other single figure. Minds blown (repeatedly), lives changed, etc., imagining music (or New York City) without Lou Reed is something we never wanted to contemplate. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, collaborators and everyone else listening to his records this afternoon.
Whilst in London last week, Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington headed to BBC’s renowned Maida Vale studies for a Radio 1 session that spawned the above video for ‘Freak, Go Home’ from their debut LP ‘Psychic‘. The full session will live online here for a week via BBC’s iPlayer service.
Playing at Pitchfork Paris festival next weekend (alongside Majical Cloudz, Savages, Yo La Tengo, Iceage and possibly some bands not signed to the label), their recently announced North American tour starts in January :
1/14/2014 - Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
1/15/2014 - Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
1/16/2014 - Detroit, MI – The Magic Stick
1/17/2014 - Chicago, IL – Metro
1/18/2014 - Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
1/21/2014 - Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
1/22/2014 - Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
1/23/2014 - Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
1/24/2014 - San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore Auditorium
1/25/2014 - Los Angeles, CA – Music Box (Henry Fonda)
1/26/2014 - Santa Ana, CA – Observatory
1/28/2014 - Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
1/30/2014 - Dallas, TX – Club Dada
1/31/2014 - Austin, TX – Emo’s
2/1/2014 - Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
2/2/2014 - New Orleans, LA – House of Blues – New Orleans
2/3/2014 - Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
2/5/2014 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
2/6/2014 - Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
2/7/2014 - Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
2/8/2014 - New York, NY – Terminal 5
(photo by @skoolgirlband)
As observant followers of Lee Ranaldo’s Instagram* know, Lee and The Dust have been making their way across America’s Heartland, one venue at a time. (And, on one particularly notable day, two Waffle Houses at a time.) Tomorrow, the guys return to New York to play with Kurt Vile & The Violators at Terminal 5, and tonight you can listen in to The Space Parlour on St. Louis’s KDHX to hear a live session they recorded during their STL stop. Please do tune to 88.1FM tonight at 7:00PM CDT, or, if you aren’t living in St. Louis currently, feel free to listen online at KDHX.org.
Don’t forget, Lee Ranaldo Wants To Teach You Guitar.
The new Lee Ranaldo And The Dust album is out now in all the popular formats of our time.
Finally, tons of upcoming tour dates:
Fri Oct 25 – Brooklyn, NY – T5 (with Kurt Vile & The Violators)
Thu Nov 7 – Muziekgebouw Frits Philips, Eindhoven*
Fri Nov 8 – Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam.*
Sat Nov 9 – Desingel, Antwerp.*
(*- Lee performing his piece, “How Deep Are Rivers” with Bang On A Can All Stars)
Sun Nov 10 – NL Groningen – Vera
Mon Nov 11 – DE Hamburg – Kampnagel
Wed Nov 13 – DE Cologne – Gebaude 9
Thu Nov 14 – FR Metz – acoustic show at le musée de la cour d’or
Fri Nov 15 – FR Metz – Caveau Des Trinitaires – Musique Volante Festival
Sat Nov 16 – ESP Barcelona – Barts, PrimaveraSound Touring Party
Sun Nov 17 – CH Lausanne – Le Romandie
Mon Nov 18 – FR Feyzin – Epicerie Moderne
Wed Nov 20 – FR Villeneuve D’Asq – Festival Tour de Chauffe at le Ferme D’en Haut
Thu Nov 21 – UK London – The Garage
Fri Nov 22 – UK Camber Sands – ATP Festival
Sat Nov 23 – FR Paris – Boulogne Billancourt BB Mix Festival
Mon Nov 25 – FR Poitiers – Confort Moderne
Tue Nov 26 – FR Tours – Temps Machine
Wed Nov 27 – FR Bordeaux – Rock School Barbey, PrimaveraSound Touring Party
Thu Nov 28 – ESP Bilbao – Kafe Antzokia, PrimaveraSound Touring Party
Fri Nov 29 – ESP Valencia – Wah Wah, PrimaveraSound Touring Party
Sat Nov 30 – ESP Madrid – La Riveria, PrimaveraSound Touring Party
Fri Dec 06 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Sat Dec 07 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
Sun Dec 08 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
Tue Dec 10 – San Jose, CA – The Blank Club
Wed Dec 11 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
Fri Dec 13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Sat Dec 14 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah
Wed Jan 8 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
Fri Jan 10 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Sat Jan 11 – Brooklyn NY – The Bell House
*And/or Steve Shelley’s.
(Attempting to avoiding mention of the “H” word…) Esben and the Witch play a one-off show at London’s Barfly on October 31st, for the crazily cheap price of £1.25 (booking fee for a free ticket) to guarantee entry for the night, available here.
Having just finished their co-headline tour with Thought Forms and Teeth Of the Sea, recent reviews of their live shows include The Quietus calling the band “a visceral and thrilling presence on stage“, so make the most of this chance for the chance of some new material from the Brighton trio.
As previously touted in this space, on November 19, we’re releasing a new, 7-song 12″ EP from Kurt Vile, ‘It’s A Big World Out There (And I Am Scared)’ (preorder here) ; all 7 tracks will comprise the bonus disc on the 2XCD, ‘Wakin On A Pretty Daze: Deluxe Daze (Post Haze)’, also in stores November 19 (preorder here). Here’s an MP3 from from the new EP, “Feel My Pain”
“Feel My Pain” – MP3
Kurt writes :
This track was recorded during the first cluster of sessions at Dreamland Studios, May 2012.
(same sessions that conjured up most of album opener “wakin on a pretty day” I should add!)
“Feel My Pain” is a particularly meticulous guitar composition that i remember playing over and over back when writing it and then even more so when i had finished it, sort-of possessed.
We added a lot to this later only to strip it back again favoring the raw to the chamber-pop this go ’round. Spectral arrangement and a mellow-ominous delivery (if such a thing is possible)…
engineered by John Agnello
mixed by Rob Laakso
produced by KV & RL
(photo by Shawn Brackbill)
Kurt Vile & The Violators are at New York’s Terminal Five this Friday night, October 25, with support from Lee Ranaldo & The Dust and Beach Fossils. Beach Fossils open the rest of the tour – dates after the jump ; we’ll have 100 copies of the ‘It’s A Big World Out There’ 12″ EP on translucent red vinyl at the Terminal 5 show and another 100 on red at the Union Transfer show (Philadelphia) Saturday night.
It’s getting cooler and darker here so I pulled out the unglazed tagine and improvised a highly unauthentic (i.e., non-Mediterranean) tagine of chicken with habaneros, cayenne peppers and olives.
I gently warmed a quarter-cup of olive oil in the tagine over a flame tamer on medium heat. Sauteed two cloves of minced garlic, one minced orange habanero and one minced medium-hot long Indian green chile until garlic changed color.
Added a mixture of 1 tsp each ground cumin, black pepper, sweet paprika, and 1/2 tsp each ground Ceylonese cinnamon and Indian medium-hot dried red chiles, and sauteed briefly.
Then added a couple tablespoons tomato paste and sauteed for a bit.
Added 3/4 cup hot water and 1/2 tsp salt, brought to a boil, added 3 chicken thighs and a big long green cayenne pepper, quartered the long way. Brought to a boil again, then covered simmered for one hour, turning chicken halfway, adding olives about 10 minutes before the end.
Removed thighs and crisped them in 450-degree oven. Meanwhile removed olives and peppers from sauce, boiled it down in a saucepan, degreased. Returned everything to tagine for another 10-minute simmer, followed by 5 minutes sitting off heat, covered.
Garnished with fresh flat parsley (more of a critical ingredient to this preparation than you might think).
I’d say it was a pretty unqualified success – I wish I’d had better olives and only added them at the end. And I think pimentón de la vera would have added a nice smokiness in place of, or in addition to, the sweet paprika. The interesting part is that the final result was not that spicy, even though that habanero packs a punch (and was supplemented by the other chiles) – the essential sour fruitiness of the habanero was there, but much of the sharp capsicum impact had dissipated somehow. Next time I’ll use more.
Final point – it is remarkable how the unglazed tagine adds a flavor of its own. Of course this is the whole point of unglazed tagines – the seasoning – but I wonder whether sometimes I want the slow-cooking properties of earthenware without that particular flavor (which I can’t quite pinpoint – some combination of the clay and all the dishes that have cooked in it previously). An excuse to buy a glazed tagine.