Thursday, 31 March 2011
Last week by pure luck while i was going to visit a Art Gallery i bumped into the paintings of Gijs Van Lith (Eindhoven, 1984) solo in the Bart Gallery in Amsterdam.
Just by passing the window i felt immediately drown to the paintings for their sheer size, their simple abstract complexity and almost glitchy presence, its like your looking at a wonderful experimental record visually made of intense drones, noisy feedbacks and abstract but perfect sound waves. simply remarkable !
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
"The husband-wife team of Jeremy and Claire Weiss met in Dirty Jerz, where Claire swears she “did not” stalk him at a local skate shop. The two traveled north to attend the New England School of Photography, and they’ve been photographing as a duo ever since. Now in LA, they have a well-documented son, Eli, who has his own blog, just like his parents. Clients include: Converse, Nokia, EA Sports, XBox, Rockstar Games, Adidas, Smirnoff, Citibank, DirecTV, MySpace Music, Atlantic, Capitol, L’Uomo Vogue, Another Magazine, Antenna, Nylon, V MAN, Elle, Rolling Stone and Spin."
"'Flare' might be the debut album under his own name, but it is far from Erik K Skodvin’s first musical endeavour. As a member of Deaf Center (along with Otto Totland) he built up a swift following of fans devoted to his precise attention to detail and knack for creating the most unassumingly beautiful tracks of gloomy soundscapes. This clearly wasn’t enough though, as Skodvin dragged his sound into darker pastures, tying to it the Svarte Greiner moniker and allowing his collection of haunted sounds to cough, splutter and groan mercilessly. 'Flare' marks a new beginning for Skodvin, and the electronic processes that have come to define his sound are now all but gone. Untreated acoustic sounds and the blankly terrifying sounds of bare rooms form the backbone of this new approach, and while 'Flare' still bears all the fingerprints of Skodvin’s patented technique, it also sounds fresh and different. At times, as the album slowly reveals itself, one could be forgiven for thinking they had discovered a chewed up cassette of Finnish forest folk- dark and grainy but also live, as if a dark ritual had been captured somewhere remote in the morning fog. Through his selection of instruments, which includes piano, guitar, violin and occasionally voice, Skodvin runs through the recordings with a ghost-like touch. There is the sense that these vignettes already existed, Skodvin merely dusted them off and lit the blue touchpaper"
Listen | Erik K Skodvin - Flare
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
This Studio — Electro
Mark Boyce — Soul
Duane King — New–wave
"EDIT Limited edition screen–printed A1 posters. Each designer was asked to represent a musical genre using one element and one typeface (stating the genre)."
Another NME video exclusive ... This time are Audiopleasures texans noise makers favorites Ringo Deathstarr new video footage from NSFW and its sexy & fun, can't wait for them to be back in Europe !!!!
Watch | Ringo Deathstarr - Two Girls
Monday, 28 March 2011
"It was expected that arbouse Recordings label, party over ten years the discovery through the world of music news, come to look to Erik Satie this precursor. As such, Cyril Caucat (label founder) approached Ornella Volta Chair of Archives Erik Satie (Paris). Since 2000 took place between Paris and Rodez an exchange of letters that eventually leads to disc as a tribute to composer. 'Les nouveaux jeunes' from all corners of the world (Chicago, New York Stockholm Berlin, London, Paris ...) will be heard through their music of Erik Satie news .. . Without forget the other side of modernity: its humor seriously. It was actually 'Esoterik' provided that 'Satierik'. Just to play with Satie recordings arbutus appealed to Illegal, a organization dark and full of mockery in the words of a journalist.
"Erik Satie et les nouveaux jeunes" is a disc-shaped tribute to composer Erik Satie (formerly pressure "les nouveaux jeunes" is Erik Satie used for these contemporaries such as Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc (school's of six). A number of international musicians today were asked to rework directory Satie, propose designs or re-interpretations." Arbouse Recordings
CD1 : Library Tapes – Kyle Hawkins – Minotaur shock – Max Richter – Chessie – Danny Norbury – Julia Kent – ww.lowman – Akamatsu- Part Timer – Rachel Grimes – That Summer – Monokle – Sylvain Chauveau – Fred Longberg-Holm – Steve Peters
CD2 : Rafael Anton Irisarri & Goldmund – Pan American – Moinho – Hauschka – 0 – Beatrice Martini & Robert Lippok – Peter Broderick – Rachel Grimes – The Boats – Astrïd – Eluvium – Dustin O'Halloran – Nils Frahm – Mr Potier – Steve Roden – Inlandsis
Viral Radio 4 Year Anniversary with Ben Frost and Tim Hecker at Bimhuis
"Viral Radio is delighted to present Ben Frost and Tim Hecker at the Bimhuis on 1 May. More information on this event will be announced soon. This event is part of the Viral Radio 4 year anniversary, that will take place at OT301 (19 March), Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ (1 April), Muziekgebouw Eindhoven 2 April) and Bimhuis (1 May)."
"The music of Ben Frost is about contrast; influenced as much by Classical Minimalism as by Punk Rock and Metal, Frost's throbbing guitar-based textures emerge from nothing and slowly coalesce into huge, forbidding forms that often eschew conventional structures in favor of the inevitable unfoldings of vast mechanical systems."
“…The emotional power of Frost's music comes precisely from the stark contrast between extremely basic musical material and the deadly virtual instruments he invents to perform it… This is Arvo Pärt as arranged by Trent Reznor” – Wire Magazine, 2007"
Listen | Ben Frost - Theory of Machines
Listen | Kangding Ray - Pruitt Igoe [ Ben Frost Remix ]
Listen | Ben Frost Live from The Ancienne Belgique, Bruxelles Belgium 08.11.2009
"Tim Hecker is a Canadian-based musician and sound artist, born in Vancouver. Since 1996, he has produced a range of audio works for Kranky, Alien8, Mille Plateaux, Room40, Force Inc, Staalplaat, and Fat Cat. His works have been described as "structured ambient", "tectonic color plates" and "cathedral electronic music". More to the point, he has focused on exploring the intersection of noise, dissonance and melody, fostering an approach to songcraft which is both physical and emotive. The New York Times has described his work as "foreboding, abstract pieces in which static and sub-bass rumbles open up around slow moving notes and chords, like fissures in the earth waiting to swallow them whole". His Harmony in Ultraviolet received critical acclaim, including being recognized by Pitchfork as a top recording of 2006. Radio Amor was also recognized as a key recording of 2003 by Wire magazine. His work has also included commissions for contemporary dance, sound-art installations, minimal techo works under the name 'Jetone', as well as various writings. Tim has presented his work in a live setting around the world, including performances at Sonar (Barcelona), Mutek (Montreal), Primavera Sound (Barcelona), Victoriaville (Quebec), Vancouver New Music Festival (Vancouver), and Transmediale (Berlin). He currently resides in Montreal."
Listen | Tim Hecker - Hatred of Music I
Listen | Tim Hecker - Radio Spiricom
Listen | Tim Hecker - Apondalifa
Friday, 25 March 2011
"JR, a semi-anonymous French street artist, uses his camera to show the world its true face, by pasting photos of the human face across massive canvases. At TED2011, he makes his audacious TED Prize wish: to use art to turn the world inside out. Learn more about his work and learn how you can join in at Inside out Project "
"Benefit for the Recovery in Japan is a compilation album dedicated to the victims and survivors, their families, and the aid workers courageously struggling to deal with the aftermath of the earthquake, resulting tsunami, and nuclear emergency that occurred on March 11th, 2011 in Japan. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this compilation will go directly towards the recovery and relief effort. The album features the contributions of sixty-four artists from around the world and clocks in at nearly five hours of music.
As the crisis continues to unfold and the full scope of the disaster becomes even more apparent, our sisters and brothers in Japan face many challenges: both the immediate needs—provisions for food, water, shelter, and healthcare—as well as the long term recovery and rebuilding efforts in the impacted communities. The ripple effects of the earthquake and resulting tsunami will be felt for years to come. Benefit for the Recovery in Japan was created with the goal of providing immediate and tangible aid in the relief, recovery, and rebuilding that will take place over the coming days, months, and years.
The people of Japan need your help now, and your purchase of this music is one way to connect with and provide assistance to the people in Japan working to recover from this disaster. 100% of the proceeds from your purchase of this release will go to the Japanese emergency response organization Civic Force—thereby helping support real work happening on the ground by Japanese-based relief workers.
Benefit for the Recovery in Japan is curated by Antiopic's David Daniell and James Elliott, with invaluable assistance from Regina Greene (Front Porch Productions), Greg Davis, and Bettina Richards (Thrill Jockey). Greg Davis mastered the compilation and Sadek Bazaraa designed the cover art. This release is made possible by the generosity of Thrill Jockey and all of the artists involved."
Get it HERE
1. Fennesz: "Fearless"
2. Helado Negro: "Cabeza Bella"
3. Stephan Mathieu: "(Excerpt from) The Floating World"
4. School of Seven Bells: "Midnight Sun"
5. Lawrence English: "Hotaru"
6. Noveller: "Darkheart"
7. Zeena Parkins: "The Letter"
8. Tom Carter (of Charalambides): "Mended"
9. Akron/Family: "Deep Kazoo"
10. The Ex: "Cold Weather Is Back"
11. Shinji Masuko (of Boredoms/DMBQ): "Botsuon"
12. Oneohtrix Point Never: "The Inside World"
13. Tokimonsta: "Sound Caves"
14. Joshua Abrams: "Jackdaws"
15. Keith Fullerton Whitman: "Anzac #3"
16. Ben Frost: "Snæugla"
17. David Daniell: "Shiho-hiru-tama"
18. Grouper: "Cassiopeia"
19. Tape: "Mirrors"
20. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma: "Moon in a Dewdrop"
21. D. Charles Speer: "Steel Infant"
22. Evan Caminiti (of Barn Owl): "Blue Veil"
23. Blackshaw, Wood, Wood & Tomlinson (James Blackshaw & Hush Arbors): "Are You Alright? (Chump Change)"
24. Nat Baldwin (of Dirty Projectors): "In the Hollows"
25. Chris Forsyth & Shawn Edward Hansen: "Dirty Pool Blues"
26. Zelienople: "Stone Faced About It"
27. Elm (Jon Porras of Barn Owl): "Diamond Dust"
28. Lobisomem: "Kusha"
29. Stabbing Eastwood (Tunde Adebimpe & Ryan Sawyer): "Thundersnow Mountain"
30. Alan Licht & Greg Malcolm: "Natasha Utting Reporting"
31. Scott Tuma: "To: Hasty"
32. Rhys Chatham: "Prayer for the People of Fukushima"
33. Prefuse 73: "The Only Climactic Dissonant Hums"
34. Growing: "Untitled"
35. James Plotkin (of Khanate): "Broken '96"
36. Totem Test: "Pulse Prayer for Japan"
37. Marcus Schmickler (of Pluramon): "2.71828 Up"
38. Tim Hecker: "Hatred of Music (Double Gate Mix)"
39. Sylvain Chauveau: "Colours in Darkness"
40. Bear In Heaven: "The Days We Have"
41. Spires That In The Sunset Rise with Michael Zerang: "Collision Theory"
42. C. Spencer Yeh: "Solo Violin March 13th 2011"
43. Lau Nau: "Oi Kuolema"
44. Oren Ambarchi: "Merely A Portmanteau"
45. Warm Ghost: "Uncut Diamond (Dripping Pollen Mix)"
46. Bradley & Geofrey (Atlas Sound + White Rainbow): "Mr. Stephen's Private Service"
47. Peter's House Music: "Half Step"
48. Leb Laze: "Da Plane Da Plane"
49. Matthewdavid: "Stop Laughing / Be Honest"
50. Sam Prekop: "Lakes River"
51. Simon Scott: "Of You (Before 2082)"
52. Tetuzi Akiyama/Jon Mueller/Jim Schoenecker: "Untitled"
53. Shelley Burgon: "Let It Be New"
54. Giant Sand: "Recovery Mission"
55. William Tyler: "Tears and Saints"
56. Mountains: "Still Life"
57. Ben Vida: "Quadsweep +2 (snkglazz iii)"
58. Maria Chavez: "Natural Disaster #2_2011"
59. Cleared: "Nova"
60. Neptune: "FIG IV"
61. Water Fai: "Tokitomori"
62. Parts & Labor: "Dokonimonai"
63. Jackie-O Motherfucker: "Blood of Life"
64. Greg Davis: "Sho Sai Myo Kichijo Dharani"
Monday, 21 March 2011
"Girls, Boys, Rock 'n' Roll, Sex, Guns, Leather, Summer, Humidity, Suburbia."
I found out about Eddie O’Keefe short "The Ghosts" on the same day i discovered the awesome Elmhurst/Chicago band The Orweels, Eddie's younger brother Matt O'Keefe is on the band ... very talented, young and creative family.
I saw the trailer and ever since i've been dying to watch the full version and i can tell you that i've enjoyed it immensely and even felt nostalgic and wanted to be a ghost, it gives the sensation of almost a dreamlike dark world where the spirits run free and tragedy in waiting at the front door singing a sweet old lullaby, with Ghosts you can't help remembering Marlon Brando's "The Wild One".
Go watch it you gonna lovit fo shu !!!!
Watch | The Ghosts
Sunday, 20 March 2011
Brooklyn's Garagers Crystal Stilts return with a new album, "In Love with Oblivion" is the follow up from the 2008 critically acclaimed debut "Alight Of Night", the new LP is out on April 12th via Slumberland.
"In Love with Oblivion" is most definitely a Lo-Fi 60th garage psychedelic influenced album and not at all a dream pop album as people been tagging it around.
Watch | Crystal Stilts - Through The Floor
"The idea behind this shortflick was to give the viewer some surreal insight into the mind of professional downhill sk8ter Erik Lundberg. He starts his day by waking up in Encinitas California. After a nutritious breakfast he begins a journey on his bike in search of a sick hill where he can be free and lose himself by sk8ting it before the sun sets. While biking to this hill he daydreams about the time he lost his balance at 70mph from a crack in the road in Brazil, along with losing the final race to Mischo Erban in the US Nationals."
Watch | Lundberg Loses It
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Another garage/fuzz pearl !!!!! Shapes Have Fangs much anticipated debut album is a direct entry on my top 5 2011 albums, "Dinner In The Dark" is probably one of the best garage revival i've listened in quite a while, from the first dirty grooves its a superb trip full of psychedelic rhythms and trashy riffs bringing us all the way back to the Sonics. Priceless and a must have !!!!
Listen | Shapes Have Fangs - Cry Baby
Watch | Shapes Have Fangs - The Desert
Watch | Shapes Have Fangs - Rattle And Confuse Me
Best Indie movie Ever !!!! cast, scrip, photographie, soundtrack ... all freaking amazing.
"Sundance festival favourite - Six New Yorkers juggle love, friendship, and the keenly challenging specter of adulthood. Sam Wexler is a struggling writer who's having a particularly bad day. When a young boy gets separated from his family on the subway, Sam makes the questionable decision to bring the child back to his apartment and thus begins a rewarding, yet complicated, friendship. Sam's life revolves around his friends-Annie, whose self-image keeps her from commitment; Charlie and Mary Catherine, a couple whose possible move to Los Angeles tests their relationship; and Mississippi, a cabaret singer who catches Sam's eye."
Watch | Happy Thank You More Please
Monday, 14 March 2011
The wonderful Canadian born and New York based cellist Julia Kent as released a new album, Green and Grey is a stunning piece of looped cello, field recordings, and electronics
Green and Grey is the follow up from the wonderful solo debut "Delay". Delay was about traveling and the hours Julia spend in between airports, Green and Grey expresses the link between the natural world and the human-created world.
One of my favorite albums of 2011 and Higly Recomended to all fans of Modern Classical and layered Cello.
Listen | Julia Kent – Green and Grey
"I was born 1981 in Vänersborg in Sweden and I grew up in Trollhättan. I moved away from home at 16. After that I spent most of my time in London, and at the moment I live between London and Paris. And i go back to Sweden as often as i can. I think I work best when I keep moving around."
"I wanted to start sooner but my parents thought I would break the camera so I had to wait until they decided I was old enough and bought one for me. So I started on my 10th birthday, in my home, taking pictures of the cake and my feet and my best friend sitting on the toilet. Pretty much the same thing I do now " Lina Scheynius
Excellent short animation produced by the Danish based school "The Animation Workshop"
"Biôrn, an old Viking, is determined to reach Valhalla, the warrior's afterlife full of excessive drinking and debauchery. To gain entry he has to die honorably in battle, but he discovers that the right death isn't so easy."
Watch | The Saga Of Biorn
Sunday, 13 March 2011
Fantastic ep from Illinois Heavy Ghost, "Ten Thousand Years" as quite a lot of influences that goes from heavy Shoegaze to lo-fi electronics and psychedelic percussions, awesome combination if you ask me.
Watch | Heavy Ghost - Ten Thousand Years
"I've been drawing for as long as I can remember. I grew up in a very artistic and creative family, and credit them with my decision to pursue art as a career. When I was in college getting my BFA in illustration I was trained in photo-realism; however, after noticing that everyone's work looked very similar I decided to veer off and find a style of my own. Growing up skateboarding, I was always influenced by "low-brow" and "street" artists who really inspired me to do something different." Graham Franciose