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Just setting a festival in Barcelona means you don’t really have to try as hard. Who doesn’t feel like going to Spain for a festival overlooking the water? Bonnaroo is probably my favorite festival, and while Nashville is cool and the Farm is a special setting, it’s not exactly the allure of Tennessee that ha… More »

After spending the first half of June on the festival beat, I’ve been watching TV and movies at a pretty ferocious pace these last two weeks, because there’s been a lot of good stuff going on. A whole bunch of shows returned or premiered this month, and in between some surprisingly clever and entertaining summerMore »

Chances are you’ve read some TV writer or another analyzing just how different this time of year is than it used to be. April used to be when everything was winding down, and now you have heavy-hitters returning and newcomers popping up alongside each other, accompanied by previews for what’s yet to come in the… More »

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James Blake – “Not Long Now”

The first cut from James Blake’s upcoming Enough Thunder arrived today via a rip of BBC radio, and its a strange, somber track that glides on glitchy, twittering loops. It’s something of a cross between the more chopped up dub of Blake’s earliest stuff with the crystalline vocal work of his debut LP. More »

By: Corban Goble / September 14, 2011 - 10:09 am

James Blake Enough Thunder EP Details

Before he dropped his self-titled debut album earlier this year, James Blake first came to the indie world’s attention because of a trio of 2010 post-dubstep EPs, which covered a whole lot of aesthetic ground between them. (I have at least one friend who considers the three EPs to be, cumulatively, 2010’s best album.) Blake… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 31, 2011 - 2:49 pm

Bon Iver x James Blake – “Fall Creek Boys Choir”

Earlier this hour BBC Radio played a brand-new track from the angel-voiced auteur connection of James Blake and Bon Iver. Immediately afterward, Blake posted it on YouTube, and we’ve got it for you below. Amazingly, the song manages to split the difference between Bon Iver’s Bon Iver, Bon Iver and Blake’s self-titled debut album without… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 24, 2011 - 2:50 pm

Mercury Prize 2011 Nominees

This year’s shortlist for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Album of the Year was announced in London this morning. A group of industry experts will select the winner, who will be announced in a ceremony hosted by Jools Holland 9/6. Winner also gets £20k. (Last year’s winner was the xx.) Here are your nominees:… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 19, 2011 - 9:30 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

Watch James Blake Play Fallon

Last night James Blake made his American television debut with a performance of “The Wilhelm Scream” on Jimmy Fallon. Blake pulls a Pecknold when it’s time to shake Fallon’s hand. More »

By: brandon / July 15, 2011 - 1:22 pm

Optimus Alive! 2011 In Photos

Optimus Alive! went down in Passeio Marítimo de Alges in Portugal over the weekend. Headliners included Coldplay and Jane’s Addiction. The riverside fest had a nice mix of nostalgia (Stooges, Blondie) and fresh electronic sounds (James Blake, Duck Sauce) too, but while Primal Scream got to play Screamadelica front to back, the Pretty Reckless didn’t… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 11, 2011 - 1:52 pm

James Blake – “Order”/”Pan”

Listen to “Order” b/w “Pan” the forthcoming instrumental dub-stepped 12″ by the peoples’ favorite James Blake. Both are dark, slo-mo, and mysterious. “Pan”‘s vaguely industrial innards are enjoyable. More »

By: brandon / July 1, 2011 - 10:06 am

James Blake @ Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles 5/24/11

Before his show at Hollywood Forever last night, James Blake rolled around the Cemetery grounds while shadowed by photographer Graeme Flegenheimer. They spent some time near the tombstone of Johnny Ramone, a day after Joni Mitchell saw him do “A Case Of You” at the Troubadour, making for a fairly interesting inter-generational weekend in L.A. More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 25, 2011 - 3:10 pm

The 7 Best Videos Of The Week

This week we’ve got new clips from Depeche Mode, James Blake, Beyoncé, Calvin Harris, Princeton, and Alcoholic Faith Mission. The Depeche Mode clip is directed by Patrick Daughters. He’s one of my favorite directors, but it looks like he’s been focusing on commercials more and more. The Alcoholic Faith Mission video has been out for… More »

By: jessica / May 20, 2011 - 4:43 pm

James Blake – “Lindisfarne” Video

This uncomfortable video combines parts 1 & 2 of James Blake’s “Lindisfarne” suite to tell a story about friends making some sort of ritual or pact with each other. (Lindisfarne is a tiny English island with a population of under 200 residents.) Director Martin de Thurah also helmed Blake’s video for “The Limit To YourMore »

By: jessica / May 17, 2011 - 10:00 am

James Blake Debuts “Heartbreak” In D.C.

It’s a muffled recording, but a new song from post-dubstep poster boy James Blake got its premiere last night at Washington D.C.’s Rock and Roll Hotel. The song’s got Blake’s voice out front, singing sensitively at his keyboard with torch held high ala his Joni cover, and the crowd greeting its fragile sentiment with some… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 9, 2011 - 5:28 pm

SXSW Friday: Featuring James Blake, Odd Future, Esben & The Witch, Jamie Woon, Mount Kimbie

Click on for some thoughts and sights from a very busy Friday in Austin. Tonight’s the last night here, so if you need some guidance please refer to our list of must-see bands, or our favorite moments from Wednesday and Thursday. And if you’re looking for a way to close out your SXSW, come to… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 19, 2011 - 6:04 pm

32 Must See Bands @ SXSW 2011

Come March every year, the same questions are asked, retreaded thought pieces get pitched: What does it mean to have a music industry festival in the decrepit climate of 2011? Does anyone actually get discovered at SXSW? What’s the point of signing to a label? What happened to that taco truck on Red River near… More »

By: Stereogum / March 16, 2011 - 9:10 am

James Blake – “What Was It You Said About Luck”

James Blake’s “What Was It You Said About Luck,” the b-side to the forthcoming 12″ single-release of his self-titled debut LP’s “The Wilhelm Scream,” follows the formula of heatfelt and emotive piano confession adulterated and adorned by tricksy, late-breaking production. It’s out via Atlas in the UK and is due via Universal Republic here. For… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 7, 2011 - 10:58 am

James Blake – “Love What Happened Here”

Here’s a non-James Blake James Blake track that premiered on the Benji B show in the UK (via Abeano), focusing on all manner of keyboard sounds and rim clicks, choppily manipulated vocals and still plenty of space between it all. More of a production-number than the songwriter fare his debut pulled together, which makes it… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 17, 2011 - 3:46 pm

James Blake – “A Case Of You” (Joni Mitchell Cover)

Dubstep is having its closeup thanks to the name and face and LP titled James Blake. Genre genealogists are debating dubstep’s lineage and where this young man fits, while Blake is signing to Universal Republic in the States and slowly continues to clarify his intentions for the spacious, bent brand of beat pop he’s etched… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 10, 2011 - 12:30 pm

Stream James Blake’s LP, Read Its Tweets

James Blake’s debut self-titled LP comes out tomorrow, but you can stream it early at Dutch broadcaster VPRO’s website. While enjoying the new album you can click over to writer and Mr. Dream drummer Nick Sylvester’s Twitter (@rifftrafft), where he wrote a stream of Tweets as the James Blake album. Here’s a sampling:… More »

By: jessica / February 7, 2011 - 5:01 pm

James Blake – “The Wilhelm Scream” Video

James Blake performed “The Wilhelm Scream” for BBC Radio 1 a couple weeks back. This album/video version feels far more intimate, probably because the swell in the second half feels like you’ve got your hands cupped over your ears here, instead of the static-and-paranoia crunch of the BBC version. The video is just Blake moving… More »

By: jessica / February 1, 2011 - 11:31 am

Watch James Blake Live At The BBC

Dubstep’s journey from off-kilter production houses to the media-trend-piece radar is best captured by the name James Blake. Literally. Think back a few years to Burial’s willful obfuscation — oblique project moniker, zero press photos — and here’s dubstep’s poster child mk. 2011: not just a proper name but also a face, blurred at firstMore »

By: Amrit Singh / January 14, 2011 - 3:48 pm