The Hudson, this afternoon.

The Hudson, this afternoon.

Maybe the best show of the year: @zolajesus at Webster Hall.  (at Webster Hall)

Maybe the best show of the year: @zolajesus at Webster Hall. (at Webster Hall)

Union Avenue - it’s definitely fall now. (at Bushwick/Williamsburg)

Union Avenue - it’s definitely fall now. (at Bushwick/Williamsburg)

Warpaint live at Webster Hall At one point, Emily announced that this would be last last show in NYC for some time. It may look like they never stop touring, she said, but they would stop soon. Somehow, this kind of sentiment hung in the air on Tuesday night at Webster Hall: a long, successful run of live shows after the release of their second album Warpaint nears its end.

That does mean that Warpaint is tired of playing yet: it was an evening with many highlights, from the moment Theresa entered the stage with a dorky hat from the merch stand (what is she doing with that?), over the live rendition of CC, the only song that features Jenny on lead vocals (a birthday present for her husband Chris Cunningham), to Drive, currently my favorite Warpaint song (Emily never sings more beautiful than here). There was a Krimson/Burgundy double feature and and the obligatory, endless Elephant jam with at least four fake ends.

Warpaint invited again to an afterparty somewhere in the caverns of Webster Hall, but it was a school night and already past midnight, so we couldn’t go. I hope they can’t stay off the road for too long, but somehow I have the feeling this time the break between albums will not be shorter than the last time.

More Photos at glamglare.com

most enjoyable #Warpaint show, including CC, Drive and the longest Elephant jam ever (at Webster Hall)

most enjoyable #Warpaint show, including CC, Drive and the longest Elephant jam ever (at Webster Hall)

A little road trip to Southampton and Riverhead.  (at Jerry and The Mermaid)

A little road trip to Southampton and Riverhead. (at Jerry and The Mermaid)

Midtown, 6th Avenue. #nyc #Manhattan

Midtown, 6th Avenue. #nyc #Manhattan

New Album: Zola Jesus - Taiga

Zola Jesus is one of those artists you see in one moment doing weird, underground music, deeply rooted in the underground and in the next, she’s Depeche Mode’s label mate at Mute, fills venues like Webster Hall and is ready to conquer the billboard charts. Taiga is her fifth album, following two years after Conatus, which brought her on the map for a larger audience and it’ i safe to say, if you liked Conatus you will like her new release too.

The album starts with the title track, which acts like a trailer for the album: you get Zola’s vocals, frantic drums and classical-inspired dark synth layers. To be honest, I have been expecting something different after last year’s release of Versions: there, in recreating some of her songs in an acoustic setting, she showed some new level of restraint, which made me curious how this could translate into her usual electronic setting. But that is not what we get with Taiga: this is full force Zola Jesus. If anything, she moves in direction of her Stridulum era sound, with its heavy drums and dark theatrics – Laibach comes to mind not only once.

But, whatever. Nika Danilova is 25 years old and has plenty of time to explore new ways in future albums. For now, we have Taiga and I find it a very good album. Even Dangerous Days, the most conventional pop song on the record, has grown on me after listening a few times. And there are a good bunch of more exciting tracks on Taiga, like Hunger with its orchestral instrumentation driven by a mad beat. Other instant favorites are Lawless or the closer It’s Not Over, which starts slow but then evolves into a furious finale.

Overall Taiga feels fresher and more inspired than Conatus, which I found somewhat exhausting at times. Taiga on the other hand is like a jolt of energy, which makes me to go faster. Its sound is big and grand and for once, this is music I could imagine being performed by an entire orchestra.

Zola Jesus is currently on tour, including a stop at New York’s Webster Hall, where we will see her.

Dead Leaf Echo just released a new video for so.wrong.

Come Unwound

women-in-music:

The Bulls - ‘Come Unwound’

LA-based alt rock duo.

I don’t think the band name is a good idea, but I like the song.

September 30, 1980.
Happy 34th birthday Emily Camille Kokal!

Happy birthday, Emily!

Ominous skies over the World Trade Center. #nyc #wtc

Ominous skies over the World Trade Center. #nyc #wtc

This evening on Delancey Street #nyc #lowereastside

This evening on Delancey Street #nyc #lowereastside

@elkenyc whipped up this logo today.

@elkenyc whipped up this logo today.

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