Monday, 30 March 2009

The Bloody Beetroots vs Steve Aoki, Morphing,Shinichi Maruyama,Aritz Aizpurua, Giovanni Bucci,Kasms,The Boat That Rocked ,Visual Complexity,April Tips

Smashing !!!

Watch | The Bloody Beetroots feat. Steve Aoki - Warp

Stills from the morphing video exploration

Watch | Morphing series compilation

Shinichi Maruyama’s work is subconsciously influenced by a Japanese sense of beauty. This sense of beauty can be found in the concept of “wabi-sabi,” referring to the beauty of imperfection and understated elegance. Additionally, this beauty is also expressed in “ma,” the use of negative space, found in the art of calligraphy as well as in the design a of a traditional rock garden.

As a young student, Maruyama often wrote Chinese characters in sumi ink. He loved the nervous, precarious feeling of sitting before an empty white page, the moment just before his brush touched the paper. He was always excited to see the unique result of each new brushing. Remembering those childhood moments, of ink, water and empty page, he fashioned a large “brush” and bucket of ink. He gets the same feeling, a precarious, nervous excitement, standing before the empty studio space. Each stroke is unique, ephemeral. He can never copy or recreate them. He says, “I know something fantastic is happening, a decisive moment, but I can't fully understand the event until I look at these. Ny Arts Mag

A short and entertaining animated film entitled “Zapping.” Art direction by Aritz Aizpurua.

Watch | Zapping

The 2009 Showreel has been produced in London by Giovanni Bucci (Motion Designer, Director) and Marco Morano (Sound Designer). The Showreel video content is made of a selection of projects done by freelance Giovanni Bucci over the last few years. The audio track is a blended/synthesis of flavours from the latest productions of Marco Morano, which include dirty electro, over compressed grooves, classical atmospheres and re-built sound effects. After experimenting and researching how audio can influence and inspire video and viceversa, they have worked out a personal formula. Instead of working audio and video separately, as it is common practice in the media industry, every draft of the video editing was followed by an audio adjustment in a way that both authors could get influenced by the work of the other, until they felt that an harmonious final edit was achieved.

Watch | Giovanni Bucci Reel

Kasms is Rory Attwell of Test Icicles and RAT:ATT:AGG's new deal, and features Gemma Fleet from London grunge lot Wolfie, Scott R. Walker from Aum Sahib and Rachel Mary Callaghan (the one that looks like Jaime Winstone). They've had two singles to date, 'Taxidermy' and 'Bone You'. Oh, and some gigs ended with Callaghan "assaulting photographers and members of the audience" - but since the whole Crystal Castles thing reading that about an indie band is about as exciting as listening to idiots in the London Lite blub on about Jade Goody.

Their debut album Spayed will be released on Trouble Records - once home to, you guessed it, Crystal Castles - on May 11. It'll be preceded by a single, 'Male Bonding', on May 4, and a handful of live dates. They follow the sleeve. Fact

Watch | KASMS - Bone You

"The Boat That Rocked" is an ensemble comedy in which the romance takes place between the young people of the '60s and pop music. It's about a band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that, incomprehensibly, preferred jazz. The Count, a big, brash, American god of the airwaves; Quentin, the boss of Radio Rock -- a pirate radio station in the middle of the North Sea that's populated by an eclectic crew of rock and roll DJs; Gavin, the greatest DJ in Britain who has just returned from his drug tour of America to reclaim his rightful position; Dave, an ironic, intelligent and cruelly funny co-broadcaster; and a fearsome British government official out for blood against the drug takers and lawbreakers of a once-great nation. Imdb

Watch | The Boat That Rocked

Monitoring and Visualizing

Which artists are a "one-hit wonder" and which artists have a constant fan-community? Are Radiohead supporters more receptive to different music trends than hip-hop artist Nelly's fans? Where do certain music genres cumulate and where is a recently launched album heard first?
In order to answer these and other questions, Christopher Adjei and Nils Holland-Cunz have observed and analyzed the growing music social network service over a period of four months. The results from their observations were presented in a set of striking visualizations made in Processing, and divided in four parts: Comparing fan-groups, Fluctuation of fans, Album-Release, and Cumulation of genres.

The first image shows the fluctuation of fans of Icelandic singer Bjork, while the second represents the cumulation of the "Metal" genre across Europe. Visual Complexity

April Tips

Bimhuis Amsterdam
04 April
Pan Sonic + Oval

STRP Eindhoven
04 April
Aphex Twin + Tim Hecker

STEIM@40! Amsterdam presents: 2 weeks with Jon Rose

Tuesday April 7, Part 1
Jon Rose / Kato Hideki
Alfredo Genovesi / Michael Vatcher / One Man Nation

Tuesday April 14, Part 2
Jon Rose / Richard Barrett / Cor Fuhler
Barry Threw

For the last 35 years Australian violin extraordinaire Jon Rose has challenged and confronted our conditioned notion of what music should be. He has been an absolute soldier in the improvisational music scene, traveling, playing and recording with artists from around the world. He has also been a strong advocate of technology and its use for creative projects, inventing and performing with many unique instruments. His involvement with STEIM goes back 20 years and he returns to STEIM next week to work with our technical staff for two of his projects and to play two exciting concerts.

Concert one will be on April 7th, with Jon playing a duo with bassist Kato Hideki who is one of the founding members of legendary Japanese noise band Ground Zero. An ad hoc local trio of Alfredo Genovesi, Michael Vatcher and One Man Nation will open the night.

Concert two will be on April 14th, this time Jon will perform in a very special trio with composer/musician Richard Barrett and musician Cor Fuhler. San Francisco based computer artist Barry Threw will demonstrate the very impressive K-Bow violin sensor bow by Keith McMillen Instruments.

Patronaat Haarlem
05 April
Venetian Snares

Melkweg Amsterdam
09 April
Jóhann Jóhannsson

Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam
16 - 25 April

The genres in which the festival traditionally specializes, fantasy, horror and science-fiction, lost their strict definitions a long time ago. More and more it's the margins of the film industry, where creators allow themselves larger amounts of artistic freedom, that the festival picks its selections from. Films that don't try to cater to a specific target audience by colouring neatly within the lines of 'their genre', but present themselves to the viewer on their own terms. Films that have one question to their viewers in common: 'Just imagine that...' And then they go on to tell their own story their own way, regardless of the genre or mixture of genres.

Paradiso Amsterdam
29 April
Yeah Yeah Yeahs , Tiga , Fake Blood

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Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Linn Olofsdotter,Pillow Fight Day,vellum, PJ Harvey John Parish,Society6,Faces in Places,Sigur Ros, Punches, Hauschka, SunshineCleaning,Freaky Robots

Linn Olofsdotter, from Sweden, has explored many mediums before solidifying her career in the illustration field. After getting her education in both advertising and graphic design in Europe and the US, she moved to Brazil to start up a motion graphics studio along with her husband and creative partner. More recently Linn worked as a senior art director at a Boston advertising agency.

During the beginning of her career she used her skills as an illustrator to help brand TV networks such as Fine Living, MTV and Anime Network amongst others. Nowadays Linn works independently creating artwork for a number of clients in the Fashion, Advertising and Editorial fields such as Oilily, La Perla and Bon Magazine.

International Pillow Fight Day , On Saturday April 4th 2009, there will be massive pillow fights in cities around the world! Use this site to locate the nearest one. If you would like to learn how to organize a pillow fight, read the howto guide. Contact us to add your event!

Watch | NYC Pillow Fight 2008

The Master List - Cities Having Pillow Fights on April 4 2009 (local time)

Amsterdam | Ann Arbor | Atlanta | Belgrade | Boston | Boulder, CO | Budapest | Brazil (all cities) | Calgary | Cape Town | Caracas | Cardiff, UK | Chicago | Cologne | Denver | Detroit | Gothenburg | Györ, Hu | Houston | Kuala Lumpur | Indianapolis | Lisbon | London | Los Angeles | Miami | Miyazaki City, Jp | Montpellier, Fr | Montréal | Moscow | New York City | Northampton, UK | Padova, It | Paris | Parma, It | Philadelphia | Portland | Quebec City | Quito | Richmond, VA | São Paulo | Seattle | St. Louis | Stockholm | Sydney | Terni, It | Valencia, Ve | Vancouver | Vienna | Warsaw | Washington, DC |

vellum | d / sk 2009
slices of a virtual sculpture, dimension 100 x 125 x 80 meters
video artist, sound design: robert seidel
comission: art center nabi, seoul

In a time of complete virtualisation of knowledge, science and monetary flows the virtual sculpture “vellum” transfers the memory of one specific urban rhythm to another locality. The multiple LED screens of the COMO at SKT Tower (Seoul, South Korea) provide several thinly sliced views into this gigantic translucent formation, revealing time and space within the otherwise invisible as well as impossible structure.

The perceived interpenetration of skeletal architecture and unrolled landscapes reveal textures of the man-made restructuring of nature. Their different granular perspectives create a fibrous volume of possibilities fusing past, present and future. In their flatness the visible sculptural slices are reminiscent to our accelerated life, shifting into technology and transcending the physical body. The perceived transformation is based on the sculpture wandering through the building seen from a fixed point of view. In vellum motion is form and form is motion...

Watch | vellum slices of a virtual sculpture |

Official Video for PJ Harvey and John Parish's new single, "Black Hearted Love". The first single from A Woman a Man Walked . A film By The Chapman Brothers.

Watch | PJ Harvey & John Parish - Black Hearted Love

Society6 stands for a world where art is inclusive and diversity of expression is celebrated. Where individual artists have the proper societal support, freedom, confidence, and resources to realize their full creative potential.

Create works that reflect the human conditions of our society. In spite of the significant contributions that artists make to the vitality of our communities, there hasn’t been an adequate support structure in place to empower artists to realize their best work, on their own terms – until now. Society6 is a platform for emerging and established artists from every creative discipline to showcase their talent as it unfolds. An online community where no one who is doing good work remains undiscovered and without opportunities – anywhere in the world. Society6 pushes the physical boundaries of creativity inviting everyone who is inspired by the artistic process, as much as the end-result, to contribute to the cultural commentary. Society6 is the nexus of original artistic works created and curated by the artists and supporters themselves – providing direct access to quality people, art and events that you want to know about.

Faces in Places A photographic collection of faces found in everyday places.

If you've taken or found an appropriate photo, please add it to the Faces in Places Flickr group

A trip across Paris in a van. Lost drumsticks. A cafe you'd never expect to visit before the age of 60. An hour of waiting, and then, voilà--a few notes on the harmonium, a grand piano, a heavenly voice. Sigur Ros on a Take Away Show.

Watch | Sigur Ros on a Take Away Show

Interesting slow motion punches that captures the full impact of a punch blow in slow motion goodness on different kinds of faces. The song in the background is ‘Sweaty (Shazam Remix)’ by Muscles.

Watch | Slow Motion Punches to The Face

film by Jeff Desom
music by Hauschka
Song issued from the album "Ferndorf" released by FatCat Records

Watch | Hauschka - Morgenrot

Rose Lorkowski (Amy Adams) finds herself a single mother attempting to support her son Oscar (Jason Spevack) and her unreliable sister Norah (Emily Blunt) while working a mundane job as a maid. Once the head cheerleader in school with plenty of prospects, Rose now has little to show for her years, and while she still sees the former lead football player (Steve Zahn), it is little more than a despondent affair. When Oscar is expelled from public school, Rose takes a job as a bio-hazard crime-scene cleaner to help pay for a private education, and brings Norah on to help in her steadily growing business. As the sisters work to clean up the messes left behind by the chaotic lives of others, they must learn to reconcile their own differences and overcome a troubled past if they hope to prosper in their newfound venture. The Massie Twins

Watch | Sunshine Cleaning

New episode of Freaky Robots

Watch | Freaky Robots 6

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Monday, 23 March 2009

Steven Wilson,Grizzly Bear,Cinematic Orchestra ,Dead Leaf Echo,Blamma Blamma,Guillermo Scott herren,Tim Exile,LANDy,The Ropes

Re:::posting without Let's Dance what blogger deleted

The full version video for Steven Wilson's debut album "Insurgentes". Shot on location in England and Denmark and featuring Steven. Directed by Lasse Hoile.

Watch | Steven Wilson - Harmony Korine

News of Grizzly Bear's forthcoming long player 'Veckatimest' has been causing waves across the Internet since it was announced a few weeks back... and with good reason.

The New York four piece hit an unbelievable clarity of sound and vision with the new material: Vocals (a duty shared by all band members) are sharper and more complex, arrangements are tighter, production is more venturous and lyrics more affecting.

It's released in May, but the great news is that there's a free MP3 of new track Cheerleader.

Mp3 | Grizzly Bear - Cheerleader

A couple fulfil their dream of retiring to the remote hills of the countryside, albeit fleetingly and with tragic motivation.

Low budget and shot in a day and a half, but was a great opportunity to try and squish a film into a promo sized gap.

Filmed in Shap, Cumbria.

Watch | Cinematic Orchestra - To Build A Home

Dead Leaf Echo has now teamed up with John Fryer of 4AD fame (NIN, Depeche Mode, Cocteau Twins,) to mix their latest evocative release, "Truth". In "Truth", DLE reaches new heights, exploring greater depths with 6 songs of pure devotion. Limited Edition copies will be available at the CD Release Party at the Cake Shop in NYC on April 4th. This new collection of songs follows only months after their last record "Pale Fire", with the epic title track mixed by Ulrich Schnauss, with whom they have an upcoming show on Tuesday, March 24th at Santos Party House.

Mp3 | Dead Leaf Echo - Act of Truth
Watch | Dead Leaf Echo - Tears

Directed by Christopher Hewitt the promo for Collide Sparks is a some what alternative look at the resulting force of heightened collisions, plus it was a great excuse to fling a few taxidermy foxes around the studio.

Watch | Blamma! Blamma! - Collide Sparks

Guillermo Scott herren is one of the most prolific producers on the planet... we even have two forthcoming albums on Warp: a Prefuse banger and a new project called Diamond Watch Wrists, alongside killer drummer Zach Hill.

For the forthcoming Prefuse LP, Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian, G.S.H. chose the intensive route of recording to analog Ampex tape over digital recording, giving the album the sound of a lost tape of exploratory studio musicians past, but still with that classic P73 bump we know and love.

Mp3 | Prefuse 73 - Preparations Kids Choir (album version)
Mp3 | Diamond Watch Wrists - Onward Push Me Out

Most significant international events don't have a pre-warning but this one did, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to mash it up live with my live remix/mashup/improv machine which I made. It's all improvised using the BBC world service live web stream. Unfortunately the web stream flaked out at the beginning of his speech so I had to start part way in.

Watch | Tim Exile mashup Obama's inauguration speech

We’ve long become accustomed to laughing at “actors who sing” — from Kevin Bacon to Scarlett Johansson, they’ve made it easy for us. Still, there is hope for the modern renaissance man: stars like Zooey Deschanel have proven that sometimes the music transcends the persona.

Enter Adam Goldberg’s new project, LANDy. The actor/filmmaker (you may remember him from 2 Days in Paris and more notably, Dazed and Confused) worked with Earlimart’s Aaron Espinoza as producer on his first musical venture, and the result is a melodic, piano-centric indie pop pairing. The first track from the forthcoming album Eros and Omissions (out April 21) is a dark little number that builds from simple basic sounds to an orchestral swirl. The rest of the album features contributions by Espinoza, the ubiquitous Steven Drodz, and members of Black Pine, all indicators that Goldberg is taking his musical turn quite seriously — and perhaps so should we.Tripwire

Mp3 | LANDy - BFF

Social Experiment #5 : A courage metaphor. The Ropes - "Kitty Get Down" Video by Andi Krop

We have received a lot of emails asking if we could clarify the message of this song. We usually feel lyrics should speak for themselves and can mean different things to different people, but we will make an exception here.

In short:
No. Kitty is not a song about a real cat.

"Kitty" is a metaphor for anyone who has ever been scared or intimidated by the world.
After realizing that everyone else is also hiding and climbing their own metaphorical trees, Kitty finds the strength to get down and face fears. This is the only choice because if Kitty doesn't make the change, no one else will. If you are like Kitty, maybe it's time to get down.

Watch | The Ropes - Kitty Get Down

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Friday, 20 March 2009

mY Indie Soul # 28 , Lee Rosevere Peres Interview

We are very happy and pleased to receive our first guest in 2009 , A interview and mY Indie Soul with Lee Rosevere.

I've came acquaintance with the beautiful drones of Lee i think last year with the release of " Light Years " on the Net label Text Tube.

Is still today one my favorite drone releases , Deathless is smashing , gives you the idea of time travel , like ur floating inside a bubble that is driven by a minimal and repetitive impulse .

Im always curiose to know more about musicians/artists and their worlds , what's their motivations and favorite records , so with the help of Miguel Peres , Audiopleasures first collaborator with invited Lee to spend a few hours answering Miguel Peres questions and making is Indie Soul.

Lee’s music is usually pretty weird. A lot of his work is based in sample-based and avant-garde experiments. He’s also composed instrumental themes for websites and radio programs, and had music featured in podcasts and short films.

He works professionally in radio, and has won a New York Award in sound design. Lee has released a series of Creative Commons albums (free downloads) on his own label Happy Puppy Records, and contributed tracks to Comfort Stand, WM Recordings and Oddio Overplay.

1. Where do you get the inspiration, where do you search new sounds for your music?

I’m usually inspired to create as a means of distraction. I find that the world in general today is becoming more and more crazy and hard to live with, so getting lost in a musical idea or project helps keep my mind busy and off the negative side of humanity.
I look for sounds everywhere. Almost no sound is off limits, especially when it can be electronically manipulated (as I work) to turn it into something unrecognizable from it’s original source.
Similar to John Cage’s philosophy that anything can be music, I like to use sound in a musical context. Tones and notes can be derived from traditional non-musical instruments and it creates endless possibilities.

2. You have written several albums for free download. How was the whole process and why the decision to release them freely?

I’ve been recording music for about 20 years now, always done as a form of entertainment for myself. After a while, I realized that it was beginning to pile on my shelf, and it would be shame if no-one else heard it except me. It was never important for me to make money at music, that’s not why I do it, but I also knew that I would never sell any music because nobody knew who I was or what I did. So the obvious solution was to make it available to anyone who wanted to hear it, which I’ve done for the last 3 years.

3. How do you define yourself?

Well, I suppose generous, imaginative and a bit weird.

4. Have you ever consider explore other art forms beside music?
Seriously considering, no. I enjoy painting, but I don’t have the materials or the finances to explore that (it’s more expensive than music is) and I’m not very good with a camera but at least digital photography allows all sorts of experimentation without costs like film processing (which wouldn’t be worth it).

5. How are you dealing with all of this fame, working in so many projects?

I don’t believe that fame and I have anything in common. I work on lots of projects because I have a scattered attention, but I also work quickly whenever I get really involved in something. I try to finish everything I start, unless I lose inspiration and then it probably wouldn’t have turned out good anyway.

6. What are your future projects?

None at the moment – I usually just go day to day and do things as I think of them.

7. What your principal influences are, so much at musical like cultural level?

I really respect innovators and original thinkers in music as well as everyday life. I also respect people who try to make the world a better place in whatever way they can. People like Walt Disney, and Frank Capra are two, but sadly I don’t think we’ll see anyone else like them again.
There is so much despair in every day life, people need a message that makes them feel good and happy. If I’m depressed, the last thing I want is to see and hear something that just reminds me how rotten, sick and corrupted the world is. I already know that – I’d rather be shown how good humans can be to each other. People are influenced by what they see, negative and positive.

8. Each track of your album gives an idea for a movie. In which short-films do you participated?

Thanks! I like to mix manipulated music as well as sound effects, which is probably what gives it that feel.
The short films I’ve been involved in were not with my direct participation; they were produced by people I’ve never met who liked something in my music and wanted to use part of it. One was a comedy short and the other was a documentary on a glass-blower.

9. Which part of Lee Rosevere’s soul is in his music?

All of it, I guess. I think that a persons’ soul is evident in everything they do, consciously or not.

10. Which is your foresight for the development of Ambient / Electronic / Experimental music worldwide?

I think it’s developed lot already – since computer software has become more available and cheaper, there’s been a whole new generation of “laptop composers” who re-define the genre into their own style which is great, but whenever something becomes more available, it has the danger of over-saturating itself and becoming pointless.
I don’t really listen to a lot of what other ambient/electronic artists are doing, except the masters that invented the genre like Cage, Reich, Eno, Riley, etc. I also listen to more conventional music, which isn’t very evident in my own music

Lee Rosevere
mY Indie Soul # 28
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1. Joe Jackson - No Pasaran

Being a Joe fan for a long time, I've loved his classical works as much as his pop music, mostly because I discovered all of his catalog at a time where I didn't have any pre-conceived notions about what he *should* be doing.

2. Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Starbird

This was one of the first instances of weird time-signatures I heard when I was 5 years old and I thought the record was skipping. When I realized it was supposed to be like that, it blew me away that music could sound like that, and then tried to play like it.

3. Brian Eno & Harold Budd - Late October

Not only is Brian Eno a wonderful musician, his ideas about culture are smart and insightful. This gorgeous pairing of Brian with minimalist Harold Budd is beyond description, but it's no surprise that it spawned its own genre of music.

4. Bruce Haack - OK Robot

Canadian Bruce Haack was a childrens entertainer foremost (even appearing on Mr. Rogers Neighbourhood), but also an inventor of his own musical instruments and recording techniques. Unfortunately, he never really caught on and died in the 80s, bitter and broke without the respect he deserved.

5. Michael Snow - Forces Of Change (excerpt)

Another Canadian, Michael Snow has been playing jazz since the 40s. But he's also infamous for his avant-garde films, sculptures and paintings, and never doing any of it conventionally. Music that challenges any form of conventionality has always been a real interest of mine.

6. FM - Sofa Back Rush

was a big influence and love of mine when I was growing up, but so was FM, a band that were good friends with the guys in Rush and just as talented. FM were a premiere prog-rock band in the late 70s, but went for a more commercial sound in the 80s. Also plagued constantly by record company troubles, their catalog is sadly out of print, but the band are working on getting it out again.

7. David Bowie - Art Decade

It's no mistake that my favorite Bowie album is Low, produced by Brian Eno. This was my first introduction to the Eno sound.

8. Steve Reich - Music For 18 Musicians (excerpt)

I really got into making more serious music when I first heard Steve Reich. The rhythms in his music are so complex and are easily dismissed as boring or simple. Plus, his phase experiments were also very influential on me.

9. Charles Ives - The Unanswered Question

I'm still learning about Ives, but I find his music fascinating and the rules he constantly breaks, while inventing new ones. Some of the most interesting classical music ever made.

10. John Cage - Williams Mix

Any one that can make a career like Cage has my respect and constant curiosity for sheer originality and audacity. I always enjoy his art, even if I don't understand it. But I did learn that not only can you use radios, bricks and cartridges to make serious music, but it's fun too.

11. Frank Zappa - The Black Page

The musicians that played Zappa's music were awesome, in ever sense of the word. Writing music that treats the traditional rock band lineup the same as a classical orchestra without the pomposity that usually goes with that, "The Black Page" is just one of the many examples of how you can write pretty, but complicated compositions.

12. Pat Metheny - Tell Her You Saw Me

I've known of Metheny's music for years, but only now am I sitting down and really immersing myself in his catalog. There's so much to listen to; a truly gifted guitarist and songwriter with a talent for melodies that send shivers down my spine. I first loved this song when I heard it with vocals on his album with Anna Marie-Jopek, but hearing the original orchestrated version is another revelation.

13. Aaron Copland - Story Of Grovers

Corner Copland is one of the most American sounding composers (in a good way) - and this composition from Our Town, evokes such feelings of melancholy and sadness, but is heart-breakingly beautiful at the same time. ***

Lee Rosevere Last Fm
Happy Puppy Records
Light Years - Tube 112

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Wednesday, 18 March 2009

laura sina,Yeah Yeah Yeahs,World Minimal Music Festival,Motel Mozaique ,Interesting Sounds,Bpitch Control, Battant, Shitkatapult,

about the photographer

laura sina, shit, almost 26. born and raised on the big island of hawaii, currently residing in northern oregon. prefers bare feet, still plays with dolls, can't cook worth crap & likes to photograph inanimate objects with gusto. yes, i said gusto.
she also loves you very much.

Official video for new YYY single "Zero" off their album 2009 It's Blitz!

Watch | Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero

From 1 to 5 April 2009, the theme of the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ in Amsterdam will be Minimal Music from the sixties. Besides performances of works by well-known composers of the genre, such as Steve Reich and Philip Glass, there will be an investigation into the origins of Minimal Music and its musical similarities to and influence on today’s music.

An important place in the festival is given to the Ugandan Buganda Music Ensemble. This group will be a guest for a whole week, and they will be building some original akadindas (giant xylophones for four players), giving workshops and performing traditional music. Akadinda music, with its repetitive and interwoven patterns, shows clear similarities to the work of Minimal Music composers.

When: Thursday April 9 till Sunday April 12 2009. Thursday and Sunday consist of free program, tickets can/have to be sold for Friday and Saturday

Where: Various music, theatre and art venues in the city centre of Rotterdam, near the Central Train Station; Rotterdamse Schouwburg, WATT, Lantaren/Venster, CBK, Rotown, NAi and TENT. All venues can be reached within a couple of minutes by foot. By the way: Rotterdam has it's own airport! Otherwise Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam) is just 45 minutes away by train

What: Music, Art & Performance. Plus guided tours through Rotterdam (free) and a sleeping project (sleeping in art or on special locations in Rotterdam for which a special sleeping ticket is required)

Friday Röyksopp, Fever Ray (ft. Karin Dreijer Andersson of The Knife), The Whitest Boy Alive, ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Mujava, Noa Babayof, Handsome Furs, Grampall Jookabox, The New Wine, The Invisible, Johann Johannsson
Saturday A Camp (ft. Nina Persson of The Cardigans), Loney Dear, 2manydjs, A Certain Ratio, Mocky, BLK JKS, Nina Kinert, Riton, A-Trak, Health, Madensuyu, Tiny Masters of Today >>> Many artists will follow on both days!!

The Smile off Your Face – Ontroerend Goed, Uw Koninkrijk Kome – Dries Verhoeven, Mieke Maaike's Obscene Kapsalon - Villanella & het Geluidshuis, Hard Boiled - Abattoir Ferme

Schil, Ilse van der Laan, Hidde van Schie

Motel Mozaique 2009

Back in 2007 I floated the idea of Interesting Sounds, people kindly expressed interest, but I never got round to doing anything about it. Then at the end of last year the good people of the Arnolfini in Bristol said they'd like to do an Interesting thing, and we realised that it would be a good place to do Interesting Sounds. So that's what we're going to do.

THE BASIC POINT is for people to show and talk about Interesting Sound-producing things they've made. Not just to perform with their 'thing' but to talk about what they've made, why they did it, what's interesting about it. It could be acoustic, electronic, anything. The principles of Interesting will apply - short talks, no frills, lots of clapping. As we're keeping people to 10 minutes then we're not going to insist on live demos (that will involve too much setting/tuning up). You can demo your thing live if you like, but you'll only get 10 minutes or so on stage and not much more for setting up, so if you want to make a video or audio or whatever that'll be great. Does that make sense?

More info interestingsounds (at) russelldavies (dot) com


Berlin's own Bpitch is celebrating 10 years , their tour will make a stop in Holland , Effenaar , Eindhoven 30.05.2009 showcasing Ellen Allien , Sascha Funke , Thomas Muller live and Visuals by Pfadfinderei.

Parisian Label Kill the Dj has released the new Battant album , " No Head "
Video for the track Radio rod is also now available

Watch | Battant - Radio rod

Kill the Dj are offering a free Chloé dj mix , get it Here

Shitkatapult are also on the celebrating mode , 100 strikes and are giving away a fresh CLP mix , you can get it here.

Strike 100 is a phenomenal record , very electronic/ambient with loads of unreleased tracks from their crew and friends , my favorite track from the released was very unexpected , a beautiful Indie/Shoegase collaboration between Julia Hummer’s and Pluramon " If Time was on my Side ".

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