Gang Gang Dance: Eye Contact
John Maus: We Must Become The Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Julia Holter: Tragedy
Prurient: Bermuda Drain
Water Borders: Harbored Mantras
James Pants: James Pants
The Weeknd: House of Balloons
Nguzunguzu: The Perfect Lullaby
Silk Flowers: Ltd. Form
Belong: Common Era
Shabazz Palaces: Black Up
King Midas Sound: Without You
Tropic of Cancer: The End of All Things
SLEEP ? OVER: Forever
Austra: Feel it Break
Peaking Lights: 936
Clams Casino: Instrumentals
Frank Ocean: Nostalgia, Ultra.
Araabmuzik: Electronic Dream
Chelsea Wolfe: ??????????
U.S. Girls: U.S. Girls on Kraak
Leyland Kirby: Eager to Tear Apart the Stars
Death in Vegas: Trans-Love Energies
James Blake: James Blake
Soft Metals: Soft Metals
Demdike Stare: Triptych
Kindest Lines: Covered in Dust
Oneohtrix Point Never: Replica
Steve Hauschildt: Tragedy & Geometry
Grouper: A I A : Alien Observer / A I A : Dream Loss
Nicolas Jaar: Space Is Only Noise
Tim Hecker: Ravedeath, 1972
Maria Minerva: Cabaret Cixous
Bvdub: Tribes at the Temple of Silence
Kate Bush: 50 Words for Snow
Tearist: Living: 2009-Present
ASAP Rocky: LiveLoveA$AP
Zola Jesus: Conatus
Rustie: Glass Swords
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Off the top of my head (and according to the charts from my several last.fm accounts), here are 25 songs I’ve had on repeat sometime in 2011. Also, judging from our previous experience, having a post with a bunch of mp3s is good for driving traffic!
Gang Gang Dance – Glass Jar
Litanic Mask – Virgin Spring
U.S. Girls – The Island Song
Pictureplane – Real Is a Feeling
Prurient – A Meal Can Be Made
Araabmuzik – Streetz Tonight
Water Borders – Waldenpond.com
LA Vampires Goes Ital – Streetwise
Maria Minerva – Ruff Trade
Telepathe – Destroyer
Grimes – Vanessa
Chelsea Wolfe – Mer
Stoned Boys – Dangerous Skies
Dylan Ettinger – Lion of Judah
Win Win feat. Lizzi Bougatsos – ReleaseRPM
Ford & Lopatin + Shannon Funchess – Snakes
Future Islands – Before the Bridge
UNISON – Brothers and Sisters
Radiohead – Lotus Flower (Jacques Greene remix)
CREEP feat. Nina Sky – You (Planningtorock remix)
SLEEP ? OVER – Romantic Streams (NGUZUNGUZU remix)
Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands – Seen Me Blue
Burial Hex feat. Zola Jesus – The Far (Horrid Red Radio remix)
Mirror Mirror with Stuart Argabright – Nau Sau Ser Bil Uma Rah Rab
If I had a chance to put up a festival, it would probably look something like Utrecht’s Le Guess Who?. Usually, seeing a festival means running from show to show and getting lost between a couple of huge (outdoor) stages. Here, you get to enjoy the artist’s performance in some really cool indoor venues. Add a kickass line-up, a beautiful small town and a great atmosphere and you get a charming festival definitely worth visiting.
Fool’s Gold were the first band I saw on the festival and they made for a nice warm-up for the rest of the night. First of all, I couldn’t help but notice that half of the band look like they work in a kebab joint. The rest of them, naturally, just look like hipsters. Also, one dude reminded me of Jim Walsh. Anyway! Enough about what they look like. They sounded great, but I couldn’t shake the image of them playing a summer festival against the backdrop of a calm sunset. Hope to see that image come to life.
The artist I was looking forward to the most that day was Zola Jesus. And they sure didn’t disappoint. Far from it, actually. The band put on an excellent and energetic show, and Nika Roza Danilova is a natural born performer, lying curled up on the stage in one moment, and throwing herself into the audience in the next. My friend thought she must be at least 2 meters / 6 feet tall. Imagine her surprise.
Saw a bit of Suuns who weren’t bad at all. But we were too worried about stocking up on drinks and finding the venue where Zomby was about to play. Unfortunately. Maybe we should have just stayed and watched Suuns. I haven’t read anything about Zomby’s live performances, just his recent funny Twitter tirade on dj-ing. Well, he was obviously joking, as all that he seemed to do was occasionally press a button on his laptop. I’m sure he had a great time though, drinking champagne and smoking with some friends on stage. The complacent expression on the V for Vendetta mask he wore made him look like he was making fun of the audience. Sweet. That show just made us want to go home so unfortunately I missed Om Unit who was on afterwards.
We ran into Zola Jesus outside the venue and made her sign our copies of Stridulum II. She seemed really confused, like we were the first people ever to ask something like that. Were we?
We started the festival day early with some 3VOOR12 Sessions that started around noon. First up were Zola Jesus! Very few people showed up, which to us seemed even better – it was practically a private show. Had a short chat with her afterwards, it should be up on the blog sometime soon. Next up was My Brightest Diamond, who sounded really good. I don’t get the outfits though. My friends kept chanting that song about being privileged for the rest of the day, making up lyrics as though the word ‘privilege’ was in every line. We later listened to it only to find that ‘privilege’ is mentioned exactly twice, in the opening lines. Also caught a bit of some indie schmindie band I’d never heard of before. Anyway, it was great chilling out at Tivoli. We then considered seeing Marissa Nadler, but I guess my brain was kinda melted or something because I just couldn’t remember if I was familiar with her music or confusing her with someone else. I thought it was the latter so we missed the show. Last.fm now tells me I have listened to more than one of her records. Damn. I shouldn’t listen to that much music. But alright, we needed a break from the shows anyway.
After crashing a Sunday mass at the local church and walking up and down the beautiful main street of Utrecht for hours, we decided to go check out Akron/Family. First they tried to teach the audience some spiritual dance, then they started jumping around and finally, whipped out some goddamn decorative plants. Fucking hippies. The crowd seemed to be really enjoying it. But I just wanted to get out of RASA (the venue is really nice though).
I’ve already complained about the overlap of Gary War and John Maus shows with Gang Gang Dance. But as much as I would have loved to see them all, I knew it wasn’t really going to be a tough choice. I saw Gang Gang Dance a few times already but *spoiler alert* Eye Contact is my album-of-the-year so I really needed to see them ASAP. Plus, I knew that seeing them is never a bad choice. Oh. Shit. Gang Gang. They might be the best band in the world right now. Alright, maybe I’m exaggerating. Definitely one of the best. We went completely wild by the end of the set and ‘Mindkilla’. Also, I’m pretty sure that Lizzi laughed at us at some point. Not smiled, laughed. As in ‘look at those idiots’. It made me feel complete.
Panda Bear – who had the honor of being the closing act, also had the misfortune of playing after GGD. He was awesome, but it’s not like any show could stand a chance after the pure madness that is Gang Gang Dance. The new live setup featuring Peter “Sonic Boom” Kember definitely sounds better than what I saw last year at Primavera Sound. (Unrelated – that dude looks like a murderer.) That was the last show of the festival, after which we moved on to party at Kafé België with a certain Zola Jesus band member and some other people. What a night that was!
We had a great time in Utrecht. And I’m not just saying that. Our lives changed for the better. Hope to be there next year as well!
Zola Jesus photo courtesy of Lenka Slaninková, the rest of the photos are stolen from Le Guess Who? official site. One of the photographers said I could use them!
Next week I’m off to visit a friend in The Netherlands and le guess what – there’s a really nice festival going on at the time! Le Guess Who? takes place in Utrecht from November 24 to 27, with the performances spread over eight different indoor venues throughout the city. Lineup includes Gang Gang Dance, Zola Jesus, John Maus, Panda Bear, Low, Bill Callahan, Gary War, Shabazz Palaces, Zomby, EMA, Com Truise, Puro Instinct, Roll the Dice, Babe Rainbow, Anika and many others. Unfortunately, I can only attend the last two days, but that still leaves me with plenty of good shows to see. I’m just hoping for some magical turn of events that would cause a change in timetable and enable me to see both Gang Gang Dance and John Maus, who are scheduled to play at the same time. Here’s a little warm-up playlist! (And here’s another one.)
Zola Jesus – Vessel
Gang Gang Dance – MindKilla
Panda Bear – Alsatian Darn
John Maus – Head for the Country
Gary War – Highspeed Drift
Anika – Yang Yang
Zomby – Natalia’s Song
Babe Rainbow – Set Loose
Com Truise – Cathode Girls
Shabazz Palaces – Swerve… The reeping of all that is worthwhile
Le Guess Who? official site.
King Midas Sound‘s forthcoming full-length Without You is made up of reinterpretations of the songs from their fine 2009 Hyperdub debut Waiting for You. Without You is due out November 2nd; it includes reworks by the likes of Flying Lotus, Nite Jewel, Hype Williams and others. Japanese artist Yukutake Kato Shimpei made a rad video for the Gang Gang Dance version of ‘Earth a Kill Ya’. [via]
Listen to an exclusive bonus track from the Japanese edition of Gang Gang Dance‘s phenomenal new record Eye Contact, one of our favorite albums of the year so far. The song ‘Bond’ was also included in the band’s recent 4AD Session. Eye Contact is out now on 4AD, buy it here.
Gang Gang Dot Com.
01. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Menopause Man; 02. Tune-Yards – You Yes You; 03. Blonde Redhead – Getting There; 04. Gang Gang Dance – Slime City (Heaven); 05. The Big Pink – With You
4AD announced a limited Record Store Day 12″ EP Fragments From Work in Progress. The EP features exclusive session tracks and demos by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Blonde Redhead, Gang Gang Dance, The Big Pink and Tune-Yards. Not bad at all. It will be “exclusively available on April 17 2010 through all participating shops on Record Store Day”. Won’t be available digitally and there are no preview streams or anything so I guess we’re just gonna have to wait for the Record Store Day.
On the other side of the spectrum (and the ocean), dubstep has seen a real boom. Now, whether there really is a “dubstep revival” going on or is it just that the American media are finally catching up is up for debate, but one thing’s certain – this was a good year for dubstep. Besides the superb 5 Years of Hyperdub compilation featuring some of the scene’s most promising artists such as Darkstar, King Midas Sound, Joker, Zomby, Martyn and others, we also had the EPs from newcomers Mount Kimbie and Joy Orbison on heavy rotation.
MP3: Make You Mine
Joy Orbison: Hyph Mngo [Hot Flush] / BRKLN CLLN [Doldrums]
MP3: Hyph Mngo
The Bitters: Wooden Glove EP [Captured Tracks]
MP3: Warrior + Caves
Glasser: Apply EP [True Panther Sounds]
Woods: Sunlit/The Dark 7″ [Captured Tracks]
MP3: The Dark
Ratatat: Mirando (Single) [XL Recordings]
MP3: Mirando (Animal Collective remix)
Pantha du Prince: Behind the Stars 12″ [DIAL]
MP3: Behind the Stars
Gang Gang Dance: First Communion (Single) [Warp]
MP3: First Communion (TV on the Radio mix)
Xiu Xiu/Parenthetical Girls: Split 7″ [Upset the Rhythm]
MP3: Handsome Devil (The Smiths cover)
Deerhunter: Rainwater Cassette Exchange EP [Kranky/4AD]
MP3: Disappearing Ink + Famous Last Words
Bookworms: African Rhythms (Single) [Solos Records]
MP3: African Rhythms
Chew Lips: Solo EP [Kitsuné]
HEALTH: Die Slow 7″ [Lovepump United]
MP3: Die Slow
When I decided to go to this festival I had no idea that ‘pukkel’ meant ‘pimple, spot’. Yep, the place was full of teenagers, young teenagers. The ones that make you feel old even if you’re only twenty-something. But heh, we got over that by the time the first show began.
The program would start rather early every day, at 11 am. The first band we saw were The Invisible, who were pretty good. We skipped Vetiver to go for breakfast, next up were The Juan MacLean.
They began with saying that it is early and that they had probably never played a show that early and stuff like that. The lady just passed by the microphone saying ‘Good morning’ minding her own business. All in all, things didn’t look very promising. But when they started playing… Oh. My. God. They were f***ing great! The Juan MacLean weren’t exactly one of the bands I was looking forward to the most, but that ended up being one of the best shows I’ve seen at the festival. Hell, maybe even one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. The band that made me dance like crazy at 1 pm, after just having had my morning coffee –> AWESOME.
After the lunch break I had to choose between Bon Iver and The Big Pink. I don’t know if The Big Pink were any good, but seeing Bon Iver was definitely a bad choice. I thought of For Emma, Forever Ago as an intimate record, best to listen to at home, alone, on a rainy day. Or something like that. However, most definitely not the sort of thing you’d want to sing out loud along with a couple of thousand people. Yep, the dude kept asking the audience to sing along with him. And they did, at least the part of them that didn’t feel confused. For me it just felt completely out of place. The atmosphere ended up being strange and Mr. Vernon was generally quite irritating. The only big disappointment of the festival. Also, I had no idea that he was that popular – the place was packed even though it was early afternoon.
Dizzee Rascal opened his set by stating that ‘It’s Dizzee Rascal, it’s Dizzee Rascal’. That went on for a couple of minutes. The next few songs weren’t very interesting either so we left. Lots of people came to Pukkelpop that day just to see Wilco, one of the very few bands who got to play for more than an hour. And I managed to miss them. Win!
Grizzly Bear were pretty good. The new songs sound less boring live. Of course, for me the best moment of the show was when Victoria Legrand from Beach House popped out to sing Two Weeks with them. They seem to bring surprise guests to every show, it’s starting to gett out of hand. Also, Ed has a really big nose. At one moment, the dude turned his back to the audience and I could still see it!
I wanted to see Booka Shade but it was too crowded so we only stayed for one or two songs. Also, all the teenagers on the festival seemed to be at that show. But like REALLY young ones. I think I witnessed some first kisses and first cigarettes. Sweet. On our way back we caught a bit of Beirut. Nice amusement park music. Ha-ha.
And then… The moment we’ve been waiting for all day. My. Bloody. Valentine. Do I need to say that they were the best? And certainly the loudest – their morning rehearsal was the only one we could hear all the way from the back of the camp. The staff was pretty aggressive, they kept insisting that we all take the ear plugs. All in all, it was just wonderful. And those 10 minutes of pure noise… Ah! Loved it.
We started our second day at the festival a bit later than the first one, seeing
Snow Patrol Future of the Left in the early afternoon. They were great. And funny – a rare phenomenon in the indie world. ‘Thanks. We’re Snow Patrol.’ Bill Callahan was great, too. He mostly played songs from the last two records, closing the set with the good old Cold Blooded Old Times. Lovely. The Jesus Lizard were okay, not all that great as I’ve read they’d be. Then came Patrick Wolf. Oh my. What a guy. He came out with long blond hair, wearing some tight golden clothes. There were people holding ‘Marry me, Patrick’ banners in the audience. The show itself was very good and definitely an interesting visual experience as well. Haha. Health were as great as I’ve expected them to be. The new songs work pretty well live.
And then… The moment I’ve been waiting for for the last few months: Fever Ray. The only source of light on stage was from old lamps, everything looked dark and mysterious. Band members wore some strange outfits and Karin came out wearing that shaman costume thingy. She later took it off, but you could still hardly see her. It was an amazing show and definitely the most interesting one, different from everything else we’ve seen. It was more of an experience than just a concert. Karin = GOD.
A funny thing happened when the next act on that stage, dEUS, had Karin join them on Slow. It was totally bizarre seeing her on a fully lit stage, still wearing the long black dress with her face painted white with a black triangle across it, singing with a couple of regularly dressed guys. It looked like a photo montage on that big screen. I don’t think she’ll ever join them on stage again.
Before stopping by to see that strange dEUS + Karin moment, we saw the Crystal Antlers. I heard that their live shows were awesome. I don’t think I’d go as far as to call it awesome, but it was pretty good. We ended the night by seeing Kraftwerk. That was cool, especially those old school animations on the screens, hah.
Telepathe played at noon. I was really interested in seeing them, as I’ve heard they suck live. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case. They did start off a bit clumsily at first and, true, it did seem like they could play those synths a bit more instead of just playing the pre-recorded parts, but what do I know – they sounded really good altogether. They played one new song and as for the old ones, Trilogy was really awesome live. I tried to get to talk to them after the show, in short:
‘Do you have a couple of minutes for an interview?’
‘Do you have a backstage pass?’ –> Interview: FAIL.
Okay, it wasn’t exactly like that, this is just for the drama. I still like them and all.
Micachu & The Shapes were cute. Micachu had her first attempt of asking audience to participate in the show and, fortunately, it failed. She said she wouldn’t try and do that again. Good, they should learn not to do that while they’re still young.
Some genius put the Deerhunter and Gang Gang Dance shows at the same time. The Deerhunter show was on 5 minutes earlier than the GGD one, so I decided to start with them. Another genius, one of the terribly irritating announcers, threw water balloons into the crowd. One of them got thrown back on stage so Bradford Cox opened the show with thanking the audience for making his guitar wet. A couple of songs in, a bra flew in at Bradford and he got it on with a little help of some guy from the stage crew. A nice show, also – unexpectedly fun. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay till the end ’cause I had to see a bit of Gang Gang Dance as well. They were pretty cool, ending their set with some awesome techno jam. At one point, a guy with a flag made out of black trash bag came out. He also joined them on stage at the Primavera festival earlier this year. I asked GGD’s Lizzi Bougatsos what’s the thing with him, she said: ‘He’s our spiritual advisor: Babylove. We call him Baby. He’s part of our band.’ Well, alright then.
We caught a bit of the Rolo Tomassi show. The singer can really scream, too bad all I could hear her saying was ‘quack quaaaack’. Another tough choice was between Dinosaur Jr. and Fennesz. So the best thing to do was to go out for a drink and see neither of them. (I’m not an idiot. I saw them a few times already…) We did catch a part of Fennesz’ show on our way back. It was really nice, although for me it’s not the sort of thing to see at the festival. I don’t know. There were no more moments I’ve been waiting for for I don’t know how long and next up were some things I wasn’t too eager to see so we just walked around checking out a bit of everything.
The Whitest Boy Alive seemed really nice. Too bad I don’t dig them that much. I also went to check out the Peaches show, only to hear some sort of punk version of Set it off. Right. The Bug wasn’t very interesting, as weren’t the Klaxons. Little Boots‘ show seemed really fun, though. I had never listened to her, but it was interesting to finally see someone not having to beg the audience to sing with them, she had complete control over the audience – they just did everything she had told them to do. Neat.
Ellen Allien made a great party. I felt really bad for not being able to dance, as I was dead tired. Tortoise played an excellent show. But I knew they’d be good. The last thing we saw was Moderat. I haven’t listened to that record of theirs yet, but I’ll have to as the show was awesome. A really nice way to close the festival. Well, at least for us. Some of the headliners were still on, Arctic Monkeys I believe. I could have swore I heard them singing opera while going back to the camp. What a shift in style.
I’m beyond satisfied with what I’ve seen. The festival had some expected and some unexpected highlights. All in all, there was a lot of really good shows. I forgot to mention – the sound throughout the entire festival was really great. As in, it made even the worst bands sound okay. Whoa.