Video from our show with A$AP Rocky at the Corona Theatre, in Montreal on January 29, 2012. Vid features the harlem hero killing the sold out show with 'Wassup', 'Demons', 'Purple Swag', 'Bass.'
Shout to Handlebar for the insane footage and editing.
Current darling of blogs and bootie-shakers alike, Azaelia Banks is on a one way ticket to the top right now. We caught up with her after she wowed the crowd with rapid fire raps at our Pop Montreal 2011 show. Away from the stage it's clear that beneath her exuberant persona lies a remarkably humble and self-effacing character for someone so talented.
DELOREAN – http://myspace.com/delorean
LEMONADE – http://myspace.com/bananasandecstasy
SMALL BLACK – http://myspace.com/smallblacksounds
CLASS ACTRESS – http://myspace.com/elizabethharper
+ DJ Sets from Seb Diamond + Guests
Friday, November 19
Le Belmont, 4483 St. Laurent, Montreal, QC
Taking cues from Spain’s native Balearic beat, Madchester house, techno, R&B and indie rock, Delorean carves out a sunny sweet spot between the stage and the dance floor.
Delorean formed in 2000, in the Basque coastal town of Zarautz, as the outlet for a group of teenagers wrapped up in their local punk scene. Eventually, though, bassist/singer Ekhi Lopetegi, drummer Igor Escudeo, keyboardistUnai Lazcano, and guitarist Guillermo Astrain began exploring their mutual interest in electronic music. After moving to Barcelona in 2007, they focused on computer-based writing and production, and started their own eclectic club night, Desperrame, as an antidote to the relative darkness of the techno scene. Like-minded clubgoers expanded Delorean’s rich palette of influences, and their remixes for bands like the XX, Cold Cave, Franz Ferdinand, Lemonade, El Guincho, and Glasser provided the band with playgrounds for digital experimentation to hone their own sound. Last year’s lauded Ayrton Senna EP took them further away from their rock influences and toward the euphoric club-inspired sound that feels like their destiny all along.
Only two weeks into their existence, San Francisco-based psych-electronic trio Lemonade coalesced remarkably fast and performed their first show in 2005. The group- comprised of childhood friends Callan Clendenin (vocals), Alex Pasternak (percussion) and Ben Steidel on bass-did not have grand expectations for the project outside of exploring their shared vision of a place that they have never been: a fantasy landscape that is at once gritty and pristine, tropical and foreboding.
Inspired initially by their interest in drone music, dancehall, and Pasternak’s training in Arab and Latin music, they allowed spontaneity, improvisation and intuition to be their fulcrum, allowing them to experience the energy ofmusic-making without having to adapt to the expectations of a rock band. They have since incorporated influences from the spectrum of electronic music, taking cues from the burgeoning UK grime and dubstep scenes, as well as acid house, minimal techno, and the early ‘ardkore anthems of Suburban Bass and XL Recordings. While rooted in DIY/hardcore pathos, Lemonade has come to embrace elements of rave culture historically unpopular in the punk community.
Formed at the tail-end of 2008 as a bedroom recording project, Small Black first made waves with their eponymous debut EP. Recorded in the attic of singer Josh Kolenik's uncle's remote Long Island beach-house/surfboard workshop, it served as an ideal introduction to the group with its pulsing patchwork synths and addictive, stay-gold hooks that seemed to unfurl themselves gradually over repeated listens. Slightly more immediate and polished than its predecessor, Small Black's new album New Chain remains a continuation of this contrasting ethos – a delirious smudging of the lines between melancholy and nostalgia, tension and celebration, unabashed pop music and experimentation.
Class Actress is: Guilty Pleasure. NSA dance music. Casual Encounters. Stalker Pop. «Depeche Mode meets early Madonna and Five Star as played on KTU Radio in the leather backseat of a cab». Class Actress is not: Acting Class.
MOOG AUDIO 3828 Saint-Laurent 514.284.7434
ATOM HEART 364-B Sherbrooke E 514.843.8484
OFF THE HOOK 1021a Sainte-Catherine O 514.499.1021
CHEAP THRILLS 2044 Metcalfe 514.844.8988
KAPOK 1069 Laurier O 514.507.0769
Tuesday, November 16 at 8:30pm
Le Belmont - 4483 St. Laurent
ALOE BLACC (Stones Throw Records)
LIVE with his FULL BAND as part of the 'I NEED A DOLLAR' Tour.
Effusion A Capella
+ Dance Party after the show w/ DJs
Cheap Thrills (2044 Metcalfe)
Off The Hook (1021-A St. Catherine W.)
Atom Heart (364-B Sherbrooke E.)
Phonopolis (5403-A Parc)
Moog Audio (3828 St. Laurent)
A first-generation American offspring of Panamanian parents, Aloe Blacc is an Orange County, CA native with international flair, having made fans all over the globe. The press has certainly taken notice with everyone from People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The Fader, The Guardian, Complex and Okayplayer – to name just a hand-full – weighing in with positive things to say.
The names Gil Scott-Heron, Gnarls Barkley, Andy Bey, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers and Curtis Mayfield have all been bandied about as comparisons, but who Aloe is is a true modern original, telling today’s stories with an eye toward positive social change.
Good Things marks a musical maturation for Aloe, as well as an emphasis of the political over the personal, akin to the Marvin Gaye classic What’s Going On. On Good Things, Aloe reports on our current condition – from joblessness, homelessness to the general lack of compassion. Things lighten up on the airy “You Make Me Smile” and “Miss Fortune” but the overall tone of the album is one of underlying tension, most artfully and musically portrayed on the lead single, “I Need a Dollar,” which is the theme of HBO's new hit series "How to Make it in America."
“The best thing about How To Make It In America is the terrific song in the opening credits (Aloe Blacc ‘I Need A Dollar’). It has the sort of itchy desperation that should have driven the whole show.”
“’How to Make It in America,’ step one: Get a fantastic theme song from Aloe Blacc. It sounded like the type of thing you might discover deep in someone’s collection of old soul records on vinyl - maybe an obscure Bill Withers B-side we weren’t familiar with?”
- ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
“The wonderful, low-key OC soulster Aloe Blacc, a Stones Throw mainstay who has just found a new audience thanks to HBO’s How to Make it in America. Watch as he starts off all Motown and halfway through veers towards Curtis Mayfield territory, always respectful of the black pop roots but never stifled by them”
- LA WEEKLY
“Treads the line between the raw contemporary beats of Gnarls Barkley and the original soul boy grit of vocalist Andy Bey. Emotive class.”
- DJ MAGAZINE
“The breakout star of HBO’s “How to Make It in America” is likely to be Aloe Blacc. The younger rapper-singer-songwriter is responsible for the criminally infectious “I Need a Dollar,” which is gonna propel Blacc to a Talib Kweli/Mos Def level”
- HIT FIX
L.A. based virtuoso DJ and producer Exile will be performing a very special live MPC set in Montreal on Friday, October 1st at Blizzarts in support of his latest release AM/FM – a collection of original material directly inspired by his hometown's radio airwaves.
Exile’s early exposure to hip hop grew into the desire to create the music he loved himself. At the age of 18, Exile met up with rapper, Aloe Blacc, 16 years old at the time. With a one-button sampler and a four-track they formed Emanon and started making their own albums. Exile, then met 19 year old rapper Blu and together started work on his solo effort Dirty Science, featuring Slum Village, MED and Ghostface Killa. Together they also made the critically acclaimed classic, Blu and Exile -Below The Heavens. After producing tracks for artists such as Mobb Deep, Jurassic 5, Akon and Snoop Dogg; he continues to excel in the art of creating music with his first instrumental album entitled Radio. Radio immediately made an impact, and now we bring you AM/FM.
AM/FM is a collection of reworked/remixed/new compositions and interpretations of Radio tracks. AM/FM features, Alchemist, Evidence, Aloe Blacc, Shafiq Husayn, Samiyam, Blu, DJ Day, Fashawn, Free The Robots, Clutchy Hopkins, Muhsinah, Take, and many more. 21 amazing Exile tracks, that feature friends and inspirational peers which Exile himself has compiled. If you liked Radio, AM/FM will definitely take you through another musical journey
Exile (Live) w/ Rilly Guilty
FRIDAY OCTOBER 1ST
Blizzarts - 3956 St. Laurent