I went to see My Bloody Valentine at Roseland Ballroom tonight. I wish I brought my camera to record video of it because first of all the light show and visuals were perfect for the music, so intense that the girl in front of me fainted and my friend Praveen helped carry her outside to get fresh air. I can probably use all the normal describing words for shoegaze like swirling, dreamy, lush, etc to explain the sound when you closed your eyes, it was all there but you can’t understand how loud it was, its really unexplainable, i could sit in front of any speaker you give me and it wouldn’t even get close to the levels and range. I kept running outside to see if my ears or eyes were bleeding. Other than that it was a beautiful show, now all we need is for Slowdive to get back together.
I’ve become a Burial nut over the past year or so, i just had to share this radio clip of this unreleased ambient remix he did, maybe it’ll be on the next K7 DJ Kicks series since Burial is doing it. Either way i hope it comes out soon, i’m really loving it. Also, another favorite Telefon Tel Aviv reveal a new single from their upcoming LP, the free download is on XLR8R, enjoy.
As for newer songs, here are a few that I’ve been listening to over and over. The TV on the Radio obviously is blowing up everywhere, I’m sure they’ll be on the cover of Rolling Stone next month and blog wise I always see this Passion Pit track up, its super short and catchy, I can’t place the girl vocal sample in there, it sounds like its from a Disney movie. As for the Sally Shapiro track, the original is a favorite of mine it’s remixed by DFA’s The Juan MacLean who has an album coming out this year. Last but not least a brand new Jimmy Edgar single called Nothing Is Better that you can download for free.
TV On The Radio – Halfway Home
Passion Pit – Sleepyhead
Sally Shapiro – I Know You’re My Love (Juan MacLean Remix)
This week iTunes is featuring 2 great records, one from Michna who is currently based in Brooklyn NY, Adrian Michna (aka DJ Egg Foo Young) has become a staple in the NYC club scene, known for his chameleon like abilities. Outside of the club, he has been able to pursue a few hobbies such as building furniture, bicycles, photography, skeeball, and gloss lustre collages. While working on his solo album, he also found time to remix the mysterious Jandek (the only artist ever to do so) and produce on Brazilian group Bonde Do Role’s debut LP for Domino/Mad Decent.
Milosh just released a follow up LP last week, its getting alot of love everywhere, its a great step forward from his previous work, the production has added tons of depth and his voice just works so well with everything he does.
When i DJ out this Michna track i usually play this My Morning Jacket song after, it reminds me of Radiohead or Midlake i think its the rim hits and the way the song swells and fills up then releases.
As for this Marumari track, i wanna share more old melodic IDM that has a lot of crossover potential, IDM can be such a focused genre of music that takes forward thinking steps on composition, i just don’t want it to ever die off and Marumari was a classic example of of focus track, the song revolves around a repetitive hook that keeps morphing and all this detail gets unveiled thru out the song.
I have been meaning to do more posts with good examples of contemporary poster art and after seeing Well Medicated’s 50 Amazing Gig Posters Sure To Inspire article I thought now would be a great time to start. Concert posters were always my biggest inspiration for getting into art and design. I like to think of my work as sort of straddling the disciplines of pure graphic design and the more illustrative styles featured in the Well Medicated post so I’m always excited to see new work from these types of artists. It always amazes me how they do so much with so little and how they stay true to the classic modernist typographic ideals. It’s very rarely that we as designers get to be truly idealistic with our design so it’s a breath of fresh air to see work like this, unmolested by the hands of middle-men and marketing departments.
On a side note, seeing a large collection of stylistically similar prints like this always reminds me of the rather strange disconnect I’ve noticed between the world of gig poster artists and graphic designers. A good example would be FlatStock at SXSW; that whole scene always seemed to me to be quite insularly while a lot of the design festivals I end up presenting at seem to fall short in their representation of the poster art world. Perhaps I’m missing something, but you’d think there would be more overlap between the two worlds given how much the output has in common.
Since there are 1,000’s of 12″ electronic vinyl still coming out every week to record shops a lot of the labels have taken design more seriously to catch the record buyers attention by keeping a consistent layout and font for their stock sleeve jackets that hold the vinyl. I collect alot of these stock sleeves, i thought this would be a good way to post some vinyl versions of songs too and show you some of the record sleeves that don’t make to the people that only buy CDs and MP3’s. These first 2 are Kompakt’s TOTAL series and REKIDS regular stock jacket that usually changes up alot but they keep the same font and usually keep it centered.
UPDATE: One other thing is that a lot of vinyl doesn’t make it to CD unless the musician does an album with the same label and CD’s are pressed or if it gets licensed to a DJ mix CD or podcast.
DJ Koze – Zou Zou
Radio Slave – Screaming Hands (Cosmo Vitelli’s Radioaktivitat remix)