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Watch Battles’ Behind-The-Scenes Documentary The Art Of Repetition

Battles are putting out their new album, La Di Da Di, in a few months. They haven’t even shared a song yet, but they have just released a 20-minute documentary called The Art Of Repetition that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the process of creating the record. In partnership with Ableton, you can follow the… More »

By: James Rettig / July 22, 2015 - 10:39 am

Battles Announce New Album La Di Da Di

Battles announced today that they will release the follow-up to 2011’s Gloss Drop. La Di Da Di will come out in September on Battles’ mainstay label, Warp Records, and along with the announcement they’ve presented us with the cover art (pictured above) as well as the album’s tracklist. Battles will embark on a world tour… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 15, 2015 - 10:01 am

Hopscotch 2015 Lineup

Hopscotch Music Festival returns for its sixth year in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina this September. This morning the official lineup has been revealed, and since the festival always strives to book a diverse, locally-focused selection of artists, 40 percent of the bill comprises in-state musicians. Headliners for the weekend are Godspeed You! Black Emperor, TV… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 19, 2015 - 10:09 am

30 Essential Post-Rock Songs

Above all else, the Wikipedia entry on post-rock exemplifies how difficult it can be to pin down movements in music: Did the genre begin in the ’90s? The ’80s? The term was coined a little over 20 years ago, in 1994, by Simon Reynolds in the pages of Mojo. Perhaps, however, its vocabulary of texture… More »

By: Garrett Kamps / January 7, 2015 - 1:24 pm

Q&A: Former Battles Frontman Tyondai Braxton On His Upcoming Performance/Installation HIVE And A New Solo Album On The Horizon

NAME: Tyondai Braxton
Q&A: Former Battles frontman discusses HIVE — his upcoming performance/installation at the Guggenheim — and a new solo album on the horizon …

Most people know of Tyondai Braxton as one of the founding members of Battles, which was arguably one of the most influential bands to come out… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / March 20, 2013 - 12:40 pm

Battles Soundtrack Target Commercial

A long time ago, So You Think You Can Dance was a pretty cool show, and I used to watch it religiously. Back then, they had this one choreographer on the show named Wade Robson who created really weird routines set to really good music (here’s an example), and I always hoped Robson would draw… More »

By: Michael Nelson / January 21, 2013 - 3:18 pm

Stream Battles’ Dross Glop Remix Album

The three members of New York math-rockers Battles are men of taste, at least judging by the collection of peers they’ve enlisted to remix their songs. Lately, the band has been releasing a series of 12″ remix singles, and we’ve posted the contributions from the Field, Gui Boratto, Gang Gang Dance, Hudson Mohawke, and ShabazzMore »

By: Tom Breihan / April 10, 2012 - 1:42 pm

Hear Gang Gang Dance, Hudson Mohawke Remix Battles

Battles are currently in the midst of releasing a series of remix singles called Dross Glop, in which a pretty varied and well-curated set of artists (Shabazz Palaces, the Field) remix songs from the great New York math-rock trio’s 2011 album Gloss Drop. Soon, they’ll collect all those remixes onto an album. The fourth 12″… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 4, 2012 - 12:42 pm

Lakutis – “Pool Party” Video

The wiseass rapper and Das Racist associate Lakutis has a verse on the massive 20-minute posse cut “Hyberbolic Chamber Music,” in which he tries out willfully ridiculous smooth player-rap. Verse now has a video, with Lakutis making all sorts of goofy come-hither faces while relaxing on what looks like a Miami Vice set. Das Racist’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 15, 2012 - 1:55 pm

Does This Argentinian Mall Commercial Rip Off Battles?

I’m sure Cordoba’s Patio Olmos shopping gallery is a great place. But it seems like this TV commercial could’ve let us in on that without shamelessly biting Battles’ “Ice Cream” or using that creepy mother arm. Make your own call after watching it below. Thanks to Jeff for the tip. More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 9, 2012 - 3:58 pm

Shabazz Palaces Remix Battles

Battles are in the midst of releasing their Dross Glop 12″ series, which feature remixes of tracks from their 2011 album Gloss Drop. Dross Glop 1, out now, had remixes from the Field and Gui Boratto, and we’ve already posted those. On the next installment, great rap producer the Alchemist will take on “Futura,” dubste… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 9, 2012 - 11:13 am

The Field, Gui Boratto Remix Battles

Squelchy math-rock kings Battles have always had plenty of the European microhouse scene embedded in their DNA; “Atlas,” after all, was their take on Michael Mayer’s schaffel sound. The group is getting ready to launch a new series of 12″ singles called Dross Glop, which will collect remixes of tracks from their 2011 album GlossMore »

By: Tom Breihan / January 25, 2012 - 1:04 pm

Beavis & Butt-head Watch A Battles Video

A little while ago, we pointed out that the resurrected Beavis & Butt-head had twice taken time out of their busy schedules to crack inane witticisms about MGMT videos. And in another recent of the show, they’ve got a new target: Battles. Actually, “target” isn’t quite the right word. Battles’ “My Machines” video consists of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 6, 2011 - 2:57 pm

Battles, Nisennenmondai, Walls @ Mayan Theater, Los Angeles 10/17/11

Two echoplexes, samplers, keyboards, John Stanier’s ultral hi-hat, and an army of pedals cluttered the Mayan Theater stage for a predominantly vocal free night as Battles brought their complex time signatures to life in support of Gloss Drop. Nisennenmondai hailing from Japan impressed with their Sonic Youth like instrumental set, and the two man pairing… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / October 18, 2011 - 4:08 pm

ATP NJ 2011 Saturday: Portishead Pack Asbury Park Convention Hall

Jeff Mangum has justifiably been getting the lion’s share of the attention surrounding the I’ll Be Your Mirror festival; when a reclusive indie god comes out of hiding, it’s a big deal. But the weekend also marked a long-awaited return for the festival’s curators and headliners. Last night, Portishead stepped onstage in the Convention Hall… More »

By: Stereogum / October 2, 2011 - 2:17 pm

Battles Soundtrack FIFA Soccer 12 Commercial

The new commercial for the video game FIFA Soccer 12 perfectly chops up “Ice Cream,” the Matias Aguayo collab from Battles’ new album Gloss Drop, with footage of random people (including Steve Nash, Hope Solo, and Seth Meyers) playing the video game. It’s an extremely well-done commercial, even for those of us who don’t care… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 20, 2011 - 10:33 am

Battles – “My Machines” Video

Battles went and made a video for “My Machines,” the collab with electro-pop god Gary Numan that shows up on their Gloss Drop album. The clip, from the directing team DANIELS, tells the story about a guy falling slowly and dramatically down the up escalator at a mall, never able to get up or to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 7, 2011 - 9:44 am

Pitchfork Festival 2011: Friday Recap

The beautiful thing about a festival like Pitchfork is the genre-spanning curating: The principal principle is a commitment to independent-minded music, and from that viewpoint Pitchfork succeeds in booking the year’s best lineup for those whose RSS feeds are dominated by MP3 blogs and Google searches most frequently include the term “.rar”. The difficulty come… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 16, 2011 - 1:52 pm

Wireless Festival 2011 In Photos

A weird but interesting mix of performers at this year’s Wireless Festival in London’s Hyde Park: Battles, Bruno Mars, Yuck, Black Eyed Peas, Rocky Erickson, Tinie Tempah, Ke$ha, the Hives, Janelle Monae, Grace Jones, the Chemical Brothers, and the Horrors all performed, and those were just the bands that didn’t include any cast members of… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 4, 2011 - 2:18 pm

The Best Videos Of 2011 (So Far)

Today’s my last day at Stereogum, so instead of the best videos of this week, I’m posting the best videos of the year so far. They line up pretty closely with my favorite videos of the year, but hey, it’s my last day. I get to pick my favorites. I included videos from my two… More »

By: jessica / June 17, 2011 - 5:09 pm
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