Before Spiritualized came on, I wound up meeting a Swedish woman who seemed very drunk, and very excited to see Spiritualized. She explained they'd been one of her favorites since she saw them at a festival -- she didn't know who they were back then, but her friends persuaded her with the promise that “there would be cute boys crying there.” She considered last night her first time seeing Spiritualized, since she really only watched the cute boys cry last time. Anyway, the whole time this conversation was occurring there was this eerie, ambient sound playing from the stage. “You love music, you must understand sound, right?” she asked me. “Uh, sure, I guess?” I replied. And then she told me that somebody like Jason Pierce understands enough about noise and sound to know that this particular sort of queasy high-pitched sound would repel people who weren't fans from walking over to Spiritualized. “Ugh, let's get away from that sound” instead of “Hey, they sound cool, we should check them out.” It does kind of seem like something Spaceman would do.
Spiritualized were good as always, too. They're one of my favorite bands, but they're just not a good fit for a festival setting. It's the one set at Primavera so far where I heard only British accents and no Spanish.
Tom’s on his way to NYC’s Pop Conference — here’s his event, a panel about mixtapes, which he knows a little bit about — so I’m filling in today on the video beat. Even if he was around, he’s still probably overstimulated from that dizzying best K-Pop videos list he put together yesterday. Anyway, let’… More »
The protagonist of the video for “Hey Jane,” Spiritualized’s sweepingly stunning new single, is a transwoman who attempts to raise kids while turning tricks, stripping, and — in one unforgettable long tracking shot — getting into an absolutely brutal fight. There’s probably a term paper to be written about the video’s treatment of race, class,… More »
Earlier today, Spiritualized stopped by the BBC Radio Station 6Music to do a live-in-studio performance. In the process, they debuted a warm, elegiac new song called “Little Girl.” After the great “Hey Jane,” it’s the first thing we’ve heard from the forthcoming album Sweet Heart Sweet Light. Watch them playing it below. More »
This has been a pretty great morning for long, sprawling, multi-part songs! First, there was the excellent 13-minute version of the Gorillaz/James Murphy/Andre 3000 track “DoYaThing.” Now, there’s this.
British space-rock greats Spiritualized, a band incapable of releasing a less-than-great album, will return in a few months with a new LP called Sweet Heart Sweet Light. The band spent two years recording the album in three different cities, and frontman J. Spaceman spent another year mixing it at home.
In a statement,… More »
Last month Death Cab For Cutie returned to the spotlight with “You Are A Tourist,” the great first single and video from their forthcoming Codes And Keys. A sunny addition to our spring playlist, it recalls brighter moments of mid-period Cure when it’s not channeling “Float On.” That’s fitting given how Ben Gibbard’s got five… More »
This past weekend was the Matt Groening-curated ATP, which went down in Butlins, Minehead, UK. Iggy Pop and Toumani Diabate were the highlights of the first night (along with ATP staples Built To Spill, Broadcast, Liars, and Shonen Knife). Day 2 featured performances from the xx and Boredoms (both bands would place twice, the latter… More »
You know who’s doing great these days? David Letterman’s music talent booker. For those too groggy to stay up (ahem), J. Pierce brought the white-on-white and background singers and beautiful cacophony featured at recent live shows to CBS late night. As usual, waiting for the post-performance Letterman interaction is half the fun. This time: Letterma… More »
Fresh off their excellently over-the-top Pitchfork Fest set, Spiritualized’s Jake Chapman-directed video for “You Lie You Cheat” is a tad more kinetic than the “Soul On Fire” clip that found a silver-clad J. Pierce rolling on the icy/dusty ground and prostrate in a hospital bed. Actually, even if all this video’s shaky P.O.V. shots give… More »
By Amrit Singh & Brandon Stosuy
Aaaaand we’re back. Quite a weekend in Chicago, and this is the post to put a Fork in our coverage of this year’s party in Union Park. For day last, the threat of storms were nonexistent, but after that sun set, and the weekend drew to a… More »
Alan Vega and Martin Rev, aka dark lo-fi electro-duo Suicide, were amazing in their heyday, especially when you consider they formed in 1971, pre-dating and influencing a shit-load of post-punk, noise, no wave, synth-pop, and industrial acts that followed. (If you don’t have their self-titled 1977 or 1980 albums, pick them up or, for now,… More »
Spiritualized had sound problems at Coachella, but everything (including the visuals) are crystalline in the video for the lovely return-to-form track “Soul On Fire.” The downcast, orchestral clip stars J. Pierce in silver, rolling around on the icy and dusty ground and prostrate on a hospital bed, reminding us there’s a hurricane inside his vei… More »
By Amrit Singh & Brandon Stosuy
When we arrived Sunday we didn’t have to wait in line or battle our way through the parking lots. Not because we’re some important VIP’s — there just wasn’t anyone there. The crowd picked up a bit throughout the day, and was more than respectable for the… More »
Happiness is a guy pogoing down the street in white formalwear. With legs where the pogo stick should be. Will and Alison took some chances with the smoothed and yes happy new record, and it hasn’t been to everyone’s liking after what they’d come to expect of the black cherry girl, but we’ve found Seventh… More »
J Spaceman Pierce’s lazer guided melodies are pretty Flaming Lips-y on “Soul On Fire,” a new tune from Spiritualized’s forthcoming Songs In A&E, the first album since 2003’s Amazing Grace. (“Soul On Fire” also keeps making us think of Sebadoh’s “Soul And Fire,” for what it’s worth.) The track premiered yesterday on BBC 1’s Zane… More »