First it was the Twin Peaks theme tune that Flying Lotus tackled (to coincide with the show’s return this week – mixed feelings abound)

Now, Queen?

Stephen Ellison looks to be turning back his attention to music once more after finishing his full-length film Kuso (which looks bizarre).

‘Night Grows Pale’ which samples a pitched-down Freddie Mercury from Queen’s ‘White Queen (As It Began)’ (from 1974’s Queen II) feels like a chopped track from 2012’s Until The Quiet Comes or 2008’s Los Angeles it has that immersive Fly Lo quality to it, bringing one of the greats into his vision.

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No surprise there then. Earlier this week, we concluded that Flying Lotus would probably not be releasing a new album in 2017 because of this feature film Kuso he’s been working on under the name Steve. but we’d probably get some new Fly Lo in the film.

Tim Heidecker, Hannibal Buress,David Firth, Iesha Coston, Zack Fox and George Clinton are among its cast and the original music is provided by Flying Lotus, Aphex Twin, Akira Yamaoka, Busdriver, Kamasai Washington, Miguel Atwood Ferguson, Thundercat, Niki Randa, Angel Deradoorian and more.

It’s set to debut at Sundance next week and looks fucking insane from the trailer. The plot is:

Broadcasting through a makeshift network of discarded televisions, Kuso is tangled up in the aftermath of Los Angeles’ worst quake nightmare. Travel between screens and between aftershocks into the twisted lives of the survived.

Posted on January 20th, 2017

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Update: It’s 2016, I found this post and enjoyed it. I’ve now added a Spotify playlist of all of the albums available.

Below is a list of my favourite records of the ten years between the turn of the millenium, the year 2000 and 2010. Ranking these albums was led by a) what the album means to me and b) how often I’d listen to it. Each and every one of these albums blew me away repeatedly at some time between the ages of 18 and 27. Each one has something special going for it, something magical that brings me back to it. For that I can only thank the creators of each.

Without further ado, here are my favourite 50 albums from the decade. And remember, you can’t be wrong if they are your favourites.

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Nialler9’s albums of the decade (2000-2010)

  1. The KnifeSilent Shout (2006)
  2. Joanna Newsom Ys  (2006)
  3. Broken Social SceneBroken Social Scene (2005)
  4. Queens of the Stone AgeSongs for the Deaf (2002)
  5. Arcade FireFuneral  (2005)
  6. J DillaDonuts  (2006)
  7. BattlesMirrored (2007)
  8. Animal Collective –  Feels  (2005)
  9. RadioheadKid A  (2001)
  10. Why? Alopecia (2008)
  11. GorillazDemon Days  (2005)
  12. The StrokesIs this it?  (2001)
  13. MIA/DiploPiracy Funds Terrorism / Arular    (2004/2005)
  14. Four TetRounds (2003)
  15. Cannibal OxCold Vein (2001)
  16. Death in VegasScorpio Rising  (2003)
  17. LCD SoundsystemSound of Silver (2007)
  18. Panda BearPerson Pitch  (2007)
  19. The StreetsOriginal Pirate Material  (2002)
  20. Aphex TwinDrukqs  (2001)
  21. PlaidDouble Figure (2001)
  22. Godspeed You! Black EmperorLevez vos Skinny Fists (2000)
  23. Saul WilliamsSaul Williams (2004)
  24. MadvillainMadvillainy  (2004)
  25. Buck 65Talkin’ Honky Blues  (2003)
  26. SquarepusherGo Plastic (2001)
  27. Sufjan StevensSeven Swans  (2004)
  28. The AvalanchesSince I Left You  (2000)
  29. Super Furry AnimalsRings Around the World  (2002)
  30. BeirutThe Flying Club Cup  (2007)
  31. DJ ShadowThe Private Press  (2002)
  32. Girl TalkNight Ripper  (2006)
  33. Broken Social SceneYou Forgot it in People (2003)
  34. Grizzly Bear  – Veckatimest (2009)
  35. Bon Iver For Emma Forever Ago  (2008)
  36. CamilleLe Fil  (2006)
  37. Animal CollectiveMerriweather Post-Pavilion  (2009)
  38. El-PI’ll Sleep When You’re Dead (2007)
  39. Bloc PartySilent Alarm (2005)
  40. OutkastStankonia (2000)
  41. DangerdoomThe Mouse and the Mask (2005)
  42. The Beta BandHot Shots II (2001)
  43. Max TundraMastered by Guy at the Exchange (2002)
  44. MogwaiMr Beast (2006)
  45. Primal Scream XTRMNTR  (2000)
  46. Wolf ParadeApologies to the Queen Mary (2005)
  47. Jamie LidellMultiply  (2005)
  48. Dangermouse The Grey Album (2004)
  49. Flying LotusLos Angeles  (2008)
  50. Shugo TokumaruL.S.T. (2006)

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For some reason, Rick Rubin has got together a whole load of artists for a compilation based on Star Wars’ sounds archive that is called Star Wars Headspace.

The musicians were given access to the Star Wars archive with the only stipulation was that they were not to sample any John Williams.

Flying Lotus, Baauer, Royksopp, A-Trak, Claude Von Stroke, Shlohmo and Rustie are among the artists who made tracks for the release, out next week.

Three of the tunes were debuted on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show yesterday.

Posted on February 9th, 2016

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Update: Due to unavoidable commitments in America, this has moved from Sunday 19th April to Wednesday 29th April. All tickets remain valid for the new date.

Choice Cuts are bringing Flying Lotus to Vicar Street next year for a full live band A/V show on April 19th.

Tickets €27.50 plus TM fee (€30.40) are on sale this Friday at 9am from Ticketmaster.

New album You’re Dead is one of his best – a psychedelic jazz electronic bumper release.

EU tour dates

12th April – Milan @ Fabrique, Italy
13th April – Zurich @ X-Tra, Switzerland
14th April – Paris @ Le Trianon, France
15th April – Brussels @ Cirque Royal, Belgium
16th April – Luxembourg @ Rockhal, Luxembourg
17th April – London @ Brixton Academy, UK
18th April – Manchester @ Albert Hall, UK
19th April – Dublin @ Vicar Street, Ireland

Posted on December 19th, 2014

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Artwork by Stephen Maurice Graham.


 

Best of 2014 : Albums | Songs | Readers Irish albums | Readers Irish songs | Remixes | Videos 


 

The pairing of music and visuals is something I’ve always enjoyed but the concept of a music video has obviously changed in the last ten years. There are of course, still concepts, themes, ideas, techniques and executions that lift a song into another realm but there’s also so much video content out there now, that there are plenty of live video and TV performances, vignettes, parodies, and short documentaries around music that did the same thing a music video is supposed to do: to put the artist in front of more people. Here are 20 of my favourite “music videos” of this year.

Hit page 3 for a Youtube playlist.


20. DJ Rashad – ‘She A Go’

Video by: Peter Greenless

The world sadly lost the Chicago footwork DJ Rashad this year to drugs. His music existed in a discombobulating place alongside his partner Spinn. This fan-video for ‘She A Go’ used stock video footage of office life to do the same thing constructing a hyper-real experience in the process.


19. Angel Olsen – ‘Hi-Five’

Video by: Zia Anger

The singer Angel Olsen returned with Burn Your Fire For No Witness, her second album, which had a throwback rock feel. Suitably, the video feels like its beamed from another time via its filmic cinematography and Olsen’s movements specifically are inspired by choreographed studio performances from female pop stars of old, of which the director said “were always so wild and psychedelic and humorous from afar. The more you watch them, the more wooden and awkward the performances become. There is a certain loneliness captured. The song ‘Hi-Five’ seems to contain the same sort of duality.”


18. Ibeyi – ‘River’

Video by: Ed Morris

The recent introduction of the Chromecast to the home entertainment system has meant more space and time for music videos on a larger screen. After seeing these girls perform at Other Voices last week, I watched this video again, noticing how the French-Cuban twins are held down by male hands under water, how they hold their breath for long periods of time, the dead-eyed stare and the on-time lip syncing at the centre of all of this deceptively simple concept.


17. Compassion Crew – ‘Masters Of The Gentlemanly Art’

Video by: Simon Landrein

Dance music can be a perfect vehicle for a wide-open music video narrative and Simon Landrein lets his animation and imagination run wild on a stylistic train journey full of suggestion to match the chugging rough house track from the Irish producer.


16. Clu – ‘Mirrors’

Video by: Kevin Freeney

The Dublin duo of Sean Cooley and Kevin A. Freeney, Clu, have always put their electronic music and visual work on a par and on ‘Mirrors’, they’ve nailed both. It’s a complementary collaboration that transcends a typical visual tacked on to music setup. The video directed by Freeney serves as a chassis for a potent mix of music (an amalgamation of bass / garage / post-dubstep) , visual (cinematic sumptuous imagery), interpretive dancing and colour that makes for an impressive display of art in total.


15. Katharine Phillippa – Live at TedX

Video by: TedXStormont

The Belfast-based musician performs two songs with the help of a loop station, a bow, a drum, a keyboard, a laptop and an author’s intensity that leaps through the screen.


14. John Grant – ‘Glacier’

Video by: Jubilee Starter

With the upcoming Marriage Referendum in May next year, single-sex marriage will go to a public vote. It’s an incremental attempt at recognising the rights of the people in this country and should pass because who are you or are I to say to someone – “no, you’re love is not the same as mine” or “no, your love is not valid” or “no, your love isn’t something to be celebrated or recognised.”

In that context, ‘Glacier’, a song from the gentle giant John Grant who has battled with his identity and control and who has been made to feel bad for who he is, eloquently addresses those struggling with their sexual identity – “This pain, it is a glacier moving through you, carving out deep valleys and creating spectacular landscapes,” goes the chorus.

The video serves as a brief history lesson of the journey for that recognition of gay rights over the years juxtaposing chronological footage of the American gay rights movement, newspaper headlines, and pop culture to leave you with a stirring narrative of the journey so far. Here you can donate to the Marriage Equality campaign for 2015.


13. Vic Mensa – ‘Down On My Luck’

Video by: Ben Dickinson at Ghost Robot.

There’s a wrong decision at every turn. This video shows the possibilities.


12. Ratking – ‘Canal’

Video by: Eric K

A video that simultaneously captures the grimey decay of New York City while making the trio look cool as fuck.


11. We Are Shining feat. Eliza Doolittle – ‘Killing’

Video by: unknown. Knife thrower: John Taylor. Dancer: Shannelle ‘Tali’ Fergus,

Can you watch this without losing your shit?


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Posted on December 17th, 2014

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Flying Lotus’ new album You’re Dead is out tomorrow and first impressions of it are a mixed bag of psych-jazz and his own inimitable brand of electronic compositions, the latter standing out the most, particularly on a single track like ‘Never Catch Me’, Disclaimer: needs more listens though. The new video by Hiro Mura, fitting for an album revolving around death, takes place at a funeral and features two brilliant young deceased kids dancing out the church on their way to the afterlife.

Tomorrow is The Day Of The Dead where Flying Lotus will live stream 24 hours of live album broadcasts featuring full-length “Psychadelic Death Trip” film by Xavier Magot while Boiler Room will broadcast it on a loop. Starts at 11pm tomorrow night.

 

Posted on October 2nd, 2014

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1. The 2 Bears – ‘Not This Time’

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With every release Joe Goddard shows he has the smarts but thus far, his project with Raf Rundell was either great or a bit cheesy as it hopped from genre to genre in search of something elusive. But the new single ‘Not This Time’, from the second album The Night Is Young, out October 13th is some considerable, repeatable pop smarts. The pair are also playing Playing Opium Rooms on Sunday November 1st.

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Posted on September 15th, 2014

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The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen live on 105.2FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site, as per below. The show starts six minutes in, right after the news in each hour.

For the first time, I had guests on the show last night. Clu joined by in hour two to talk about their upcoming Fringe show on Saturday night.

HOUR ONE

  1. The 2 Bears  – ‘Not This Time’
  2. Theophilus London –  ‘Tribe’ (feat. Jesse Boykins III)
  3. Flying Lotus  – ‘Never Catch Me’ (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
  4. SBTRKT  – ‘Higher’ (feat. Raury)
  5. Au Revoir Simone –  ‘Love You Don’t Know Me’ (I Am The Cosmos Remix)
  6. TV on the Radio –  ‘Happy Idiot’
  7. My Brightest Diamond  – ‘Lover Killer’
  8. Mansionair –  ‘Hold Me Down’
  9. Anna of the North – ‘Sway’
  10. letthemusicplay  – ‘Our Town’ (Joe Goddard Dub) [feat. Kate Tempest]
  11. Dimman –  ‘SIGMAL’
  12. Real Lies –  ‘North Circular’

HOUR TWO

  1. Clu  – ‘Zenith’
  2. *Interview with Clu* (Clu –  ‘Mirrors’  in background)
  3. Clu –  ‘Odds 4’
  4. Objekt –  ‘Ganzfeld’ (Clu’s new music pick)
  5. Weval –  ‘Detian’
  6. Les Sins –  ‘Bother’
  7. Aphex Twin –  ‘minipops 67’ [120.2][source field mix]
  8. QT  – ‘Hey QT’

Clu interview

Posted on September 12th, 2014

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Colm Moore took his camera down to Kilmainham where he caught pics of The Flaming Lips, Warpaint, Flying Lotus, ASIWYFA and more at Forbidden Fruit.

I didn’t make it in for all the weekend but I enjoyed the visual show from Flying Lotus but I came away thinking he really needs to step up his live set.

Posted on June 3rd, 2014

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Forbidden Fruit is upon us. As requested by some, here are my 10 tips for bands to see to get the most out of your weekend in Kilmainham. Plus, stage times and a Spotify playlist. Enjoy your weekend and check the gig guide for the weekend’s FF afterparty details.


Saturday

1. Flying Lotus 3D Show / Thundercat & Captain Murphy

The Undergrowth Stage: 9:15pm – 10:45pm / 7:45pm – 8:45pm
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Stephen Ellison’s music has always had a visual imaginistic quality to it. His jazz-inflected electronic beats conjure up shapes and forms on its own so for him to push it forward into an actual A/V show makes sense. Forbidden Fruit will be the Irish debut of the 3D Show, which is pretty well explained in the video below.

As for Captain Murphy, Flying Lotus’ alter-ego showed he can rap too, as heard on 2012 mixtape Duality, a cult-leader pitched-down collection of Quasimoto-style hip-hop. He’ll be joined on stage by his good friend Thundercat, presumably in his role as a bassist first and foremost rather than a singer or solo performer.


2. Lisa O’Neill

Original Stage, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
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One of the most original, idiosyncratic and Irish voices we have in music at the moment, it’s good to see O’Neill get such a prominent slot at an Irish festival. Her second album Same Cloth Or Not, was filled with the Cavan lady’s personality and her colloquial mannerisms. Her folk voice is scrappy yet lilting, tinny yet commanding; that’s to say it’s not for everyone. As a performer though, O’Neill is also commanding, and very funny; she knows how to spin a story or two.


3. Fuck Buttons

The Undergrowth Stage, 6:15pm – 7:15pm
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Brutal in its mechanism and industrial in its rhythms, Slow Focus, the third album from Bristol duo Andrew Hung and Benjamin Power was as uncompromising as the pair have got. Previous albums relied on an ambient strain of repetitive euphoria that saw that track ‘Olympians’, wisely enough, used in the opening ceremony of the London Olympics in 2012. In a live context, they combine all of that in a barrage of low and high frequencies that leaves you elated and bruised.


4. And So I Watch You From Afar

Original Stage, 6pm – 7pm
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Surely you’ve seen ASIWYFA live by now? They’ve been on constant tour since they began that it had to happen. So you’ll know you’ll be at this to witness a set from one of the best live bands in any country – the Belfast lads rip through the instrumental rock rulebook with a fervour that is only matched by their latest album’s sunny uplift – perfect for a festival so.


5. Girls Names

The Undergrowth Stage, 9.45pm – 10.45pm
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Also from Belfast, Girls Names’ took a step towards a bolder, more gratifying sound on their album The New Life last year eschewing the jangly surf-rock of previous releases for a more distinctive and thematically unified sonic palette of post-punk, kraut and new wave. It means the band’s live set is a head-nodding mood-piece of some of the most evocative guitar sounds drawn from the late ’70s/early ’80s period of rock music.


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Posted on May 28th, 2014

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Forbidden Fruit Festival is only a few weeks away when it takes over the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham on Saturday May 31st and Sunday June 1st.

The music lineup looks like this so far (comedy lineup), with a bit more to be announced:

Saturday:

The Flaming Lips, Bell X1, Flying Lotus 3D show, Fuck Buttons, Nils Frahm, The Young Knives, Vann Music.

Sunday

2ManyDJs, Warpaint, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Public Enemy, Little Dragon, Gold Panda, Klangkarussell (live), Brian Deady

Here’s a Spotify playlist of most of the acts playing for your preview listening and perusal.

Nialler9 x Forbidden Fruit Spotify Playlist

  1. Little Dragon – ‘Paris’
  2. Thundercat – ‘Oh Sheit It’s X’
  3. Public Enemy – ‘Public Enemy No. 1’
  4. Flying Lotus – ‘Stonecutters’
  5. Metronomy – ‘Love Letters’ (Soulwax remix)
  6. Dillon Francis feat. TEED – ‘Without You’
  7. Gold Panda – ‘We Work Nights’
  8. The Flaming Lips – ‘Free Radicals’
  9. Fuck Buttons – ‘Olympians’
  10. Klangkarussell – ‘Sonnentanz’
  11. Brian Deady – ‘Actually’
  12. Warpaint – ‘Keep It Healthy’
  13. Wild Beasts – ‘A Simple Beautiful Truth’
  14. Bell X1 – ‘I Will Follow You’
  15. Kid Karate – ‘This City’
  16. The Range – ‘Metal Swing’
  17. Vann Music – ‘Life In Real Time’
  18. Nils Frahm – ‘You’

Posted on May 12th, 2014

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Forbidden Fruit today announced their first lineup for the first day of the festival Saturday May 31st with more names announced for Sunday June 1st tomorrow.

Hitting The Royal Hospital grounds of Kilmainham this Saturday will be:

The Flaming Lips, Bell X1, Flying Lotus 3D show, Fuck Buttons, Nils Frahm, The Young Knives, Vann Music plus more to be announced later.

Ticket prices:

Early bird: 1 day €49.50 | 2 day €99.50
General: 1 day €59.50 | 2 day €110.00

Tickets plus fees available from Ticketmaster.

Posted on March 12th, 2014

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December was all about End of Year lists so there was still lots of music I didn’t feature on the site last month. Most of it, you’ll find below…

The 30 tracks:

  1. Tev’n  – ‘Callous Heart’
  2. Marika Hackman – ‘Cinnamon’
  3. Sunken  Foal – ‘As Hot As Fresh Milk’
  4. Chrystyne – ‘Time Is An Arrow’
  5. St. Vincent – ‘Birth In Reverse’
  6. Flying Lotus – ‘Flotus’
  7. Burial – ‘Come Down To Us’
  8. Grimes x Four Tet – ‘Human Once Again’
  9. Warpaint – ‘Biggy’
  10. Run the Jewels – ‘Pew Pew’ (feat. Q-Bert)
  11. We Cut Corners – ‘Every Thief’
  12. Major Grave – ‘Keep On’
  13. Con Vos – ‘Coast’
  14. Laura  Groves – ‘Waterfall’
  15. Gardens & Villas – ‘Bullet Train
  16. Clu – ‘Jade’
  17. French Horn Rebellion & Savoir Adore – ‘The Fire’
  18. Young Fathers – War’
  19. Njena Redd Foxx – ‘Needful Things’
  20. Py – ‘Swimming Slow’
  21. Lorde –  ‘Ribs’ (Ryan Hemsworth remix)
  22. No Monster Club – ‘Damn The Weather’
  23. Bondax – ‘Fires’ feat. Josh Record
  24. Burial – ‘Endorphin’ (Bodwan remix)
  25. Mmoths – ‘Untitled’
  26. Jape – ‘Ribbon Ribbon Ribbon’
  27. Niia – ‘Generation Blue’
  28. Graphics – ‘I Know You’re Ready’
  29. Rejjie Snow – ‘Nights Over Georgia’
  30. Disclosure – ‘January’ (Kayatranada remix)

Posted on January 3rd, 2014

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Flying Lotus hit some arbitrary milestone on Twitter so unleashed this mixtape of odds and ends which is pretty great for a rough draft, off-cuts collection of tunes. I’m currently working my way through the thing but loving the tracks with Shabazz Palaces, Baths, Niki Randa, Mapei (on a DJ Mehdi production) and one just called ‘Flotus’.

There’s also Thundercat playing bass over ‘Black Skinhead’ (not sure why), Captain Murphy track ‘Between Villains’ with DOOM’s Viktor Vaughn alterego. Lots of good stuff to delve into here and being Fly Lo, even his offcuts are more interesting than most musicians’ best work.

Download links: Mediafire | Sendspace.

Flying Lotus – ‘Ideas’ Ft. Mapei Co Produced by Dj Mehdi

Flying Lotus – ‘Flotus’

Tracklist:

About That Time
Adventure Sound – ft. The Underachievers
An Xbox Killed My Dog
Aqua Teen 24
Aqua teen inst 24
Between Villains
Chasing Apples
Colemans Groove . ft. Andreya Triana and Niki Randa
Coswerved draft
Flotus
Flying Lotus – DJ Mehdi – Mapei IDEAS 1 MIX
Hide me ft. Shabazz Palaces
Little Hours ft. Baths
Meadow Man2
Oatmeal Face
Osaka Trade
Puppet Talk
Stonecutters
Such a Square
The Diddler
TheKill ft. Niki Randa
Thundercat – Yeezus- Black Skinhead

Posted on December 12th, 2013

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