The new Com Truise EP “Wave 1” is out today, stream it above.
Wave 1 is the first new transmission the world has received from producer Seth Haley since his gloriously futuristic debut album Galactic Melt. That album cataloged the genesis and evolution of Haley’s alter ego Com Truise — the world’s first synthetic/robotic astronaut, as Haley described him — and this EP continues the character’s journey into the outer reaches of the musical multiverse. In the process, it also builds on Haley’s signature production style, one that’s rooted in classic sci-fi sounds and analogue textures but nevertheless manages to sound utterly contemporary.
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02.18 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
02.19 Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
02.20 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
02.21 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
02.22 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
02.24 Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
02.25 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
02.26 Portland, OR @ Rotture
02.27 San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
02.28 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
03.01 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
03.02 Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
03.04 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
03.05 Austin, TX @ Red 7
03.06 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
03.07 New Orleans, LA @ Hi Ho Lounge
03.08 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
03.09 Nashville, TN @ Exit In
03.10 Asheville, NC @ The Mill Room
03.12 Washington, DC @ DC9
03.13 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
03.14 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
03.15 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
04.24 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
05.17 Lisboa, PT @ Musicbox
05.20 Hasselt, BE @ MOD
05.23 Rome, IT @ Spring Attitude Festival
05.24 Milan, IT @ Tunnel Club
05.27 Leipzig, DE @ Täubchenthal
05.28 Berlin, DE @ Flux Bau
05.29 Dortmund, DE @ Way Back When Festival
05.31 London, UK @ Shapes Warehouse
Jaakko Eino Kalevi: Finland has their own Destroyer/John Maus hybrid and he’s amazing.
Lee Bannon: Ninja Tunes just keeps stacking up and reviving good drum n bass.
Indian Wells: Flying under the radar in the beat world clutter.
Disclosure: I wouldn’t usually post this video but the color treatment and the vintage knick knacks make it.
I’m following up last weeks post with one more series that I really like. In the late 60’s and early 70’s sci-fi author James Blish got commissioned to write a series of books that contained short story adaptations of the TV show. He started on volume one and made it all the way to twelve before he passed away, his run with writing this series was eight years long. Each book had a volume number and contained around ten short stories. Over the course of these twelve books there were many different artists that worked on the cover illustrations but the text treatments for the most part remained the same. How can you not love those big volume numbers on the cover, so good. I posted a few of my favorites from the series above but I encourage everyone to seek out the other covers and post personal favorites in the comments below.
My favorite would have to be volume six. This volume along with numbers four and eight (also favorites) were illustrated by Lou Feck. One reason I love Lou Feck is that his work is very easily recognizable when you are flipping rapidly through the paper back bins at your local used book store, high contrast and very dramatic. I am planning on doing a whole post dedicated to Lou, he is one of my favorite sci-fi cover illustrators and there are many other great ones outside of his work on this Star Trek series.
Number five was done by Mitchell Hooks, and I have to admit I didn’t know much about him before this post. When I went searching for more sci-fi work of his I really couldn’t find anything that came close to this one in terms of subject matter and style. A lot of his work seemed to be for mystery/thriller books and also some magazine cover work. Although much of his other work doesn’t quite fall under the sci-fi category I felt this image fits in well here so I included it. I hope you guys are enjoying this series.
A quick thanks to @jakekouba on instagram for tagging a few of these Star Trek covers a week or so back. Keep the #sundayscifi tags coming!
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Oh man soo many mixes and tracks went up today, my favorite though is this one from Majical Cloudz called Love Soul. Enjoy your night.
UPDATE: The Majical Cloudz track is up
We finally get a peak in on the AIRA series from Roland. This less than 5 minute video from NAMM 2014 shows all these beautiful new toys (TR-8, VT-3, TB-3, System-1) playing well together. One thing I wish for 2014 is no more beat repeat or scatter or whatever you want to call it, i’m done hearing from laptop performers.
Daniel Avery is touching on some Gui Boratto & Superpitcher levels, in 2004 this would have sold 10k vinyl easily.
The hypnotic manner of where this Marcellis song goes, made me obsess over it right away. I might never spin a set without it.
Some sort of juked out motown from Traxman, its like what Bullion might have ended up doing if he just kept it simple and sample based.
I think I heard this song in a Falty DL set, maybe Shazam lied to me and its not right but once I looked up the result I found this Doc Daneeka cut. Might edit it down and cut out the vocal break, its not my thing personally.
Here’s a nice change of pace for this blog… wildlife photography! These are not your run of the mill animal mug shots. These, in my opinion, are quite special as photographer Nick Brandt is able to connect with his animal subjects on a level I’ve never quite seen before in wildlife photography. I have a hard enough time getting small dogs to love me so I couldn’t imagine being that intimate with a lion. Nick uses a Pentax 6×7 medium format camera and, if I were to guess, uses a 300-400 mm lens for some of his images. In 6×7 format, that’s roughly the equivalent of 150-200mm. Check out his book On This Earth, A Shadow Falls in person. Then you’ll get a sense of the true quality put into the images. He’s able to achieve a depth of field that I can’t quite figure out on few of the pictures. Maybe he utilizes the old vaseline on a lens method?
Hopefully these images will make those who are locked down in winter-freeze mode feel a little warmer. Spring is right around the corner folks.
Check out Mr. Brandt’s work on his website: http://www.nickbrandt.com
This week’s post starts with one of my personal favorite covers–Childhood’s End, which is also a great read. It’s pretty short and I think its up there with Arthur C Clarke’s best. On the back book cover I learned that Ballantine Books did a whole series of similarly illustrated covers–all just as beautiful. I love how the same illustration style and structure is maintained over the entire series of covers while each book is given its own dominant color. When I sat down to look into the series’ artist, everything unfortunately end in “artist unknown” or “uncredited cover art.” There is some speculation that the artist of the Earthlight cover may be Dean Ellis, but it’s not enough to tie him to any of them for sure. While I debated not posting this series after I found no conclusive artist, I decided they’re too good not to post. I am hoping a solid artist credit surfaces so that I can come back here to post an update. If anyone comes across anything, be sure to post in the comments below.
I’m happy to see the #sundayscifi tag on instagram is starting to get some posts. I will be pulling some ideas for future editions on there (in fact there is one I already know for sure I will be posting). As always, feel free to share your own favorite sci fi artist suggestions or thoughts on the post in the blog comments.
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