Jakub Alexander curates the music selections here at the blog. He also runs his Moodgadet record label out of Brooklyn, NY and does A&R for Ghostly International Records.
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ISO50 presents a Moodgadget Showcase including an upcoming event and a FREE compilation to download. The event is taking place at The Glasslands on August 30th, i’ll be djing along side Alex Koplin(who has offered his services by creating the flyer and collabing with me on the shirt/cover art) inbetween these blooming talented acts, timeslots(people love knowing the slots) below.
free shirt giveaway at the door - limited shirt, only 100 pressed
The night of we are giving away an EXCLUSIVE Under The Mountain tee(limited to 100, probably 20x of each size) these are only for the Brooklyn show, no repressings, free at the door while supplies last, so probably come early. Sizes S-XL available.
I haven’t listened to Sigur Ros in ages yet I definitely credit their earlier work as some of the most beautiful live band shows i’ve ever seen. As for any info on INNI, we have none besides just signing up for their newsletter and watching this video below.
The haziness that this Dirty Beaches song puts me in is just unbelievable, the man has honed in on the perfect balance of song writing and lo-fi decay.
When Deadbeat is spot on his textured dub sound its some of my favorite listening music. Grabbing songs here and there from his discography can make one of the most enjoyable audio sessions for someone that is new to experimental music.
Outputmessage has become catchier and catchier, originally just making beautiful avant synth pieces but now its straight forward soft club material.
We should be excited for the new Air France album but its a bit too much for me at the 2:00 minute mark when the American Idol child star vocals comes in, I was just totally enjoying myself then made an awful face when it came in, i’m sorry but I like Air France too much to not say anything.
If you haven’t heard yet (I heard via Rough Trades twitter) that the warehouse of PIAS UK distribution(music distributor to over 150 indie labels) burnt down during the London riots, the only info I have found is the statement below, I hope all the indie music lovers out there can chip in and help out during this huge loss.
“I have no doubt that if you’re here you’ll have heard the news that the PIAS distribution centre in Enfield has been burnt down during the London riots. What you may not be aware of is that the warehouse contained the physical stock for most of Britain’s Indie records labels. The subsequent loss of income and cash flow problems that this act of mindless vandalism will bring about may well be enough to push many of the smaller operators out of business.
Our aim is to try and rally the music industry, both on the artist and the audience sides, and see if we can raise some money to see those affected through the tough times ahead.
This is just a holding page at the moment but more details will be posted here as and when we have them. In the meantime, if you would like to get involved or contribute in any way please drop us an email to: email@example.com” – PIAS benefit
This distributor was home to many labels listed below
Full Time Hobby
Secretly Canadian / Jagjaguwar / Dead Oceans
Touch And Go
(and many many more)
Four Tet shares a new song which will be coming out on this Fabriclive mix, I think long time fans will be really happy with this one, sounds like something off Rounds.
Neon Indian hits us with another single from his upcoming album and gives it away for free, head here and type in DT7UUE to redeem. Now this song puts the album in contention for one of the top 10 electronic albums of 2011.
One of the main reasons I kept checking out more experimental electronic music was because of an old Solvent song, I feel like I always owe him because he made the journey a lot more enjoyable, here’s a new one on his own label Suction which has been revived.
I walked into a vintage shop in Williamsburg last month to look at these hand made pedals/synths and I shazamed (Shazam app on the iPhone) this song, it was nice revival of what was going on in the more interesting end of downtempo.
Modular is a great label but also an excellent source for mixes sometimes, this morning they shared 0neohtrix Point Never’s
sporadic yet highly enjoyable mix that made kick myself for not listening to Nobukazu Takemura anymore.
1. Jean-Philippe Goude – Sicilienne
2. Kraftwerk – The Telephone Call
3. Big L – All Black
4. Limpe Fuchs – Wir Tanzen
5. John Abercrombie – Timeless
6. Nobukazu Takemura – Icefall
7. Eduard Artemiev – Hope
8. araabMUZIK – Lost in a Maze *edit
The Ghostly Store just released an exclusive interview and series of prints from Andy Gilmore, below is the beginning of the interview and here’s a link to check out the rest of the designs.
GI: Tell us about your first memory.
AG: Drawing is at the center of a lot of my childhood memories, the most profound of which is watching my father draw. I remember being astonished in watching his lines take form into realistic depictions of horses
GI: So you were into skateboarding, how did that affect you?
AG: Yes, I starting skateboarding in 1987 or so, in the era of H-street. Skateboarding has introduced me to a lot of great and talented people that have guided me on my personal and professional path.
In 2002, an old friend from skateboarding offered me a job resizing print ads for C1rca footwear and Forum snowboards in Southern California. Fourstar was the beginning of working with the computer for me and I will always be indebted to the wildly talented creative staff that I learned so much from.
GI: How do you feel about music, in regards to your artistic life?
AG: Music is at the center of my artistic life. As a musician I have always been fascinated by the harmony and the physics of sound in a sense defining music as waveforms, waveforms whose properties and proportions define our scales, from which we write our melodies, in which we weave our emotions and memories into songs.
In addition to music as an experience I have been very interested in the theories, methods and language of music ”serialism, minimalism, spectralism, indeterminacy, improvisation, tonality/atonality, silence/noise, raga and rhythm these have always informed the language that I applied to design and ultimately shaped my work.
I’ve been trying to watch more music videos lately, its actually a good exercise to help with my attention span for more popular vocal music. These 4 video have definitely caught my ear, I might do this more often if you guys like it.