Monstercat royalty Puppet has finally released his much-anticipated Fear Is Fleeting EP and has enlisted some fairly big names in the EDM community. The six-track EP features close friends Pierce Fulton, Foria, Murtagh, Aaron Richards and labelmate Richard Caddock to give the collection an extra boost.
Fear Is Fleeting kicks off with the atmospheric and drone-sounding “Listen To The Storm” and glides smoothly into the upbeat “To Be Alive”, featuring Aaron Richards. Puppet, with the help of Foria, keep the euphoric atmosphere going with “I’m Here” and then slows it down with Pierce Fulton for the romance-inducing “Just You”. The Chicago-native stands alone with “Play Pretend”, a track with a heavy Daft Punk influence, which may be due to his introduction to dance music via the French-duo. The EP finishes big with the Murtagh and Richard Caddock assisted “Killing Giants”, a track with heavy bass and dub sounds and intense vocals.
Overall, Fear Is Fleeting is an EP which is cohesive in its atmospheric sound and immerses the listener in an other-worldly universe. Pop in your headphones and get lost for a while.
Puppet will be performing live in New York on December 12th and in Los Angeles on December 14th, as well as Sunburn Festival in India at the end of December. For more information, please head to Puppet’s official website.
Boston indie label Run For Cover Records is taking over Webster Hall for its inaugural festival, and they’re bringing some of their favorite bands with them. The line-up includes British rockers Basement, dream pop group Turnover and lo-fi band Elvis Depressedly. Tickets here
Q-Tip, Jarobi and frequent collaborators Busta Rhymes and Consequence continued to celebrate the album with a conversation at Webster Hall on Friday (11/18) (the same night Swet Shop Boys played the venue’s Studio room in the basement). Rap Radar founder Elliott Wilson was there to talk with the group (though Tribe producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad was not). Pictures of the event are in the gallery above.
The next day, the section of Linden Boulevard at 192nd St — which already had a Tribe mural painted — was officially renamed “Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor Way” after the late Tribe Called Quest member (who was fortunately able to contribute to most of the new album before his passing). Watch a video of the naming, posted by District 27 New York City Council member I. Daneek Miller, below.
The Swet Shop Boys, the rap duo of Himanshu Suri (Heems) and Rizwan Ahmed (Riz MC) and producer Redinho, sold out two back to back nights in NYC — one at Rough Trade and the second at the Studio at Webster Hall. Heems and Riz met when Riz visited with the former Das Racist member and conduct some research for his starring role in HBO’s The Night of (co-star John Turturro attended the Webster Hall show). Their collaboration led to one EP in 2014 and it took them just five days this year to record their proper full length album Cashmere, which saw release last month on the Customs label. As The Atlanticwrote about the album, “There’s an underlying urgency behind all the jokes, a sense that the stakes are higher than they’ve ever been, but while the satire is grounded in the political moment, Swet Shop Boys also sound like they’re having fun.” With both the Brexit vote and the Trump’s election, SSB’s urgency needs to be heard. A stream of their full album is below and photos from their Studio at Webster Hall show are above.
Humeysha, a mellow psychedelic band fused with South Asian influences opened for the Swet Shop Boys (The Kominas were the openers at Rough Trade) but we missed their set as we were upstairs for the CRWN Conversation with A Tribe Called Quest. Here are a few photos from their Mercury Lounge performance in July instead and a stream of their debut as well.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2016 AT 1:15 P.M. BY LINDSEY RHOADES
As the songwriting heart of Brooklyn indie pop band Frankie Cosmos, Greta Kline cobbles rallying cries from the awkward detritus of bad thoughts and painfully sincere observations, a potent tactic that’s made her wispy voice one of the loudest among her fellow earnest Brooklynites. On Sunday, she made that point clear at her band’s biggest show yet — a homecoming gig at Webster Hall, the final date of a three-week tour.
Her once tenderly strummed, introspective anthems arrived with an almost furious momentum, having evolved into nimble, rousing rockers suited to the full-fledged band Frankie Cosmos have become since Kline’s earliest solo releases on Bandcamp. The near sold-out crowd hung on every word, Kline’s wiry frame and short-shaved hair managing to convey both the fearlessness and the vulnerability that have been hallmarks of her work.
Kline, 22, has a fanbase mostly composed of her peers, and everyone at the show was still reeling from the election results earlier in the week. Having grown up in New York, Kline has a wide network of friends and family (her parents, actors Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates, looked on from the VIP balcony) that she said gives her both comfort and bit of anxiety whenever she plays in the city. She thanked anyone she could think of between songs, as if accepting an Academy Award, sounding like she might be paranoid she’d leave someone out.
It was not where she expected to be when she started recording as a teenager in her bedroom. “I wasn’t really planning on being a musician,” she tells the Voice. “It was just something I was doing as a hobby.” She saw herself playing solo at tiny DIY spaces, like Shea Stadium and the now-defunct Death by Audio, but quickly conquered those modest spaces by insinuating herself into the scene.
Kline’s admiration for her cohort crops up in her tendency to name-drop; on “Embody,” from Frankie Cosmos’s cheekily named sophomore LP Next Thing, she references Jonah Furman from Krill, Emily Sprague of Florist, and Gabby Smith of Eskimeaux (who once played synths in Frankie Cosmos), ending with a frenzied, hopeful prophecy: “We’ll embody all the grace and lightness.”
Kline, Sprague, Furman, and Smith are both creating and responding to a scene that values their optimism and directness. Simple melodies once considered too twee for the mainstream now land solidly, and Kline and her friends have learned to twist seemingly obvious or overly sentimental nuggets into compositions that use space and dissonance for heavier impact. Kline’s salient observations, tempered with a cautious optimism but devoid of sloganeering, is the closest thing to a brand that Frankie Cosmos has, flash-minted in the scant years between the release of their 2014 debut album Zentropy and Next Thing, which came out in April.
Kline’s homage doesn’t stop with the shout-outs. At the merch table Sunday, she offered a tour-only covers cassette, with songs by her boyfriend Aaron Maine (of Porches), Krill, Baby Mollusk, Rivergazer, and more. “Whenever I get really excited about a song I just want to play it, and it always affects my writing for a while, having figured out the chord progression or whatever,” Kline says. “I hope that everyone who sees the tracklist goes and checks out the originals; I wanted to tell people about these bands.” It’s not available for download, though — the cassette format was deployed to make the release feel like a special, secret artifact, passed between friends.
Her songs, so often devoted to musing on friendship and youth, can sound deceptively starry-eyed, but close listens to her carefully considered lyrics reveal discontent. Her self-deprecating streak runs deep, but there’s a confidence to her vision that sustains her work. “I recently realized, like in the last few days, that confidence almost goes hand in hand with having no self-esteem at all,” Kline jokes. “I can do whatever I want [because] nothing matters, and in a way that’s where the confidence comes from.”
Despite having toured the better part of this year, Frankie Cosmos have half of their next album arranged already, because Kline is constantly writing. “I’m really young and my ideas are changing all the time. I want to document the way that I’ve written about the same things over the last few years and how it’s changed for me,” she says. Her rawness, and resulting openness, have been the driving factors in those changes — the ones that ultimately brought her success. “I’m really guided by interacting with people,” she says. “I feel so new to the world.”
By Sarah Kaufman (Patch Staff) – November 7, 2016 4:26 pm ET
EAST VILLAGE, NY — Webster Hall has a packed line-up to get us through the November blues with all kinds of break-out indie, rap, and DIY songwriters, record producers, instrumentalists, and musicians. Here are a few you shouldn’t miss:
Russ, or Russ Vitale, is a hip hop record producer and recording artist with over 40 million listens on his Soundcloud page. He was born in New Jersey and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where he formed a rap group called DIEMON collective. He signed with Columbia Records in 2016 where he released the hit single “What They Want.”
SoMo, or Joseph Anthony Somers-Morales, is a Texas-born singer and songwriter who got his start covering Drake and Chris Brown songs on YouTube. His self-titled album SoMo was released on April 8, 2014. His R&B crooner hit, “Ride,” has more than 40 million views on YouTube.
Only 90s kids will get this Webster Hall party with live music from The Bayside Tigers and DJ Suga Ray. There will be glow sticks, makeup, games, props, and flashback tunes. This happens every Friday in the Marlin Room.
Wet Leather is a five-man indie pop band who went to Wesleyan together and formed in 2013. They are based in Brooklyn and each have a creative day job like cartooning for the New Yorker or bartending, according to this cute feature of them in Method Magazine. They play wistful, optimistic bangers with vocals reminiscent of a happier Hot Chip.
Obliques is a duo of two men, Zach Van Hoozer and Ben Flesch, who met each other by chance at a New York and a Berlin bar. According to Stereogum, the pair plays music only between the hours of 2 AM and 6 AM. Their single, “Cut Me Loose (Ill Feeling)” has the feel of Elvis Costello with a little less retro punk.
You’ve probably seen the break-out video for “T5,” the Swet Shop Boys’ latest single addressing racism and social injustice. Riz MC and Heems, the rappers that make up the duo, are Pakistani and Indian-American, respectively.
Though separated by religion, nationality and the Atlantic Ocean, the two find common ground in hip-hop and engage head-on with a post-9/11 world that’s fraught with government surveillance, Islamophobia, xenophobia, police violence and racism. Swet Shop Boys’ album, Cashmere, ispolitical and poignant at times, but it’s never heavy-handed, thanks to a healthy dose of humor and the Desi-inflected sonic palette of the album’s sole producer, Redinho.
Jaar is a Chilean-American composer and recording artist in New York City who got his start in the club world for dance EPs he released from 2008 to 2011. He performed a 5-hour improvisational concert at PS1 in 2012 and performs in the band, Darkside.
When I spoke to Tricky a few hours before his show last Friday, he explained how people had mentioned to him that when he’s on stage there is a tension and a vibe that would be welcome in larger doses in his live appearances. Tension and vibe are key ingredients of the recordings by the man from the Bristol neighborhood of Knowle West and he decided to first make a record that didn’t rely on a guest chanteuse but gave him a chance to build up his material that he could perform without one. That’s not to say that Skilled Mechanics Featuring DJ Milo & Luke Harris, released earlier this year, doesn’t have any guests. It does. In fact, one of its strongest tracks – Beijing to Berlin – features Ivy who hails from the former city. Oh Land, the Brooklyn based Danish singer/songwriter/producer who has worked with Tricky a handful of times this decade, also returns to excellent effect on Skilled Mechanics’ opening track I’m Not Going. The idea to hit the road without a guest vocalist, however, had taken root and Tricky took the stage on Friday as a trio accompanied by guitarist/singer Paul Noels andhttps://vimeo.com/189989967 drummer/singer Luke Harris.
Tricky is living in Berlin these days after living in London, Paris, L.A., and New York which he called home around the Pre-Millennium Tension days. He said that after a few years he generally stops noticing the scenery and that’s his cue to roll on. Skilled Mechanics was sculpted by he and Harris in his Berlin apartment. The interview’s most memorable moments occurred when he revealed things about his childhood including the basis for the autobiographical song Boy that is something of a masterpiece. The show at Webster Hall was part of his first American tour in six years following some previous delays due to visa problems.