Roosevelt reminds me of chillwave without the lo-fi ala Washed Out & Toro Y Moi, but it goes beyond song writing skills, he knows his production well, he’s the perfect hybrid of how survive and what to make post Neon Indian, did you catch all my name drops?
Mirror Kisses sticks to his guns, keeps perfecting the sound he loves, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Fujimoto Tetsuro fuses together that Sepalcure sound with that beauty of glitch done soo damn right, its funk its light its something refreshing.
Mark Fell’s new project for Editions Mego takes diva vocals into a future dark world being rained down on by icy thin harpoons from digital synths, has that Detroit flavor I love.
Mid May is the release of the new Small Black LP on Jagjaguwar, some might remember them as the backing band for Washed Out early on but we’ve always supported them and their music on ISO50, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
The end of Emeralds means plenty more music from each band member. Mark McGuire is back at prime form with this extend work of a track off the upcoming LP.
I can see Emma Louise working on a Tycho track, maybe its just the mood of the production that makes me think that.
The Purity Ring sound bubble keeps growing with followers and impersonators, I wonder what the rest of this record sounds like?
Been loving the collection of photos in Michael Light’s 100 Suns, showing the first few moments of nuclear bomb tests that took place in the 1950′s. If you haven’t seen this before, the science behind capturing these images is also a great read.
The Sheats Goldstein house might be the most frequently photographed piece of property in LA (if you haven’t seen it on innumerable blogs like Curbed, or from the video walk through Charles posted awhile ago, you probably remember it from The Big Lebowski)—so obviously, I jumped at the chance to take a tour of the iconic house with architect Duncan Nicholson, who has been restoring and adding to the property since the ’90s. And as much as I tried to restrain my trigger finger, I took a ridiculous amount of photos to add to the home’s documentation—apologies for the seemingly endless scroll above.
Obviously, it’s an amazing house—but I’m most interested in its evolution through the ages. James Goldstein purchased the house in 1972, and then re-hired John Lautner to improve upon the house (and undo some questionable renovations)—the torch was passed to Nicholson, who has been carrying on the work to date.
Duncan started working for Lautner in 1989, and one of his first projects at the firm was to collaborate with James Turrell on his ‘Skyspace’ for the property. The corresponding concrete decks and walkways he designed that connect the house to the Skyspace take you on a near surreal procession through the rain forest-like gardens on the property.
He was also the project architect on the living room installation and designed most of the furniture, some of which was of course immortalized on film when The Dude sat there drinking his laced White Russian.
The plans for the most ambitious phase of the project, including a guest house, tennis court, nightclub and terrace, were shelved for almost 10 years after Lautner passed in 1994. Work on the project resumed in 2003 and has been ongoing ever since. Currently under construction is the nightclub that lives beneath what is arguably the most stunning tennis court in existence. All components of the addition make use of poured-in-place concrete, staying true to Lautner’s original aesthetic, one that somehow manages to make concrete feel warm and organic.
One of the better ways to deal with the confusion of subgenres and scene explanation is video interviews from the rising artists, and Red Bull Music did just that. They’ve recently conquered Alt R&B, Post Dubstep, Cloud Rap, and “Beats“, I think they’re going to keep going, well at least I hope they do. I’m not sure what will be next, honestly its a good series to watch, especially if you’re young and old and make beats. It gives the new generation reason and explains to them some humble beginnings and patience.
Beacon reveals their honey soaked single “Bring You Back” from their upcoming LP The Ways We Separate. What distinguishes them from other R&B acts right now is rare uptempo pace that gives it a slight driving feel while keeping true heartfelt lyrics.
Autre Ne Veut has a more aggressive approach with plenty of classic sensual tricks from R&B fused in heavily with the Art of Noise feel people can’t seem to kick. What makes it sounds new is the spikes of instruments that squeal that reminisce of freak out jazz from the 80s mixing with some Peter Gabriel logic going for itself that I really adore.
Laurel Halo remixes John Cale, not going to try and describe this, all I know is that really liked it.
Throwing Snow always seems to have some great track suggestions on Soundcloud, he’s back at it by sharing this hypnotic cut from Anthony Naples.
Last week I was wandering around Barnes & Nobles and in the section where they put painters and other artists of the likes, there was a book called Desert Air by George Steinmetz. The book had somehow had lost it’s way home from the Photography section a few aisles down. Stuck between Monet and Ruscha, the book was like “YO TIM. I KNOW YOU LOVE DESERTS AND STUFF SO PICK ME UP.”
George Steinmetz captures very intimate photos of landscapes. Most of these from this set are from his Desert Air collection. He achieves this intimacy via paramotoring which is a giant fan backpack with a throttle attached to a parachute. He’s able to fly both very high and low at slow speeds. All I know is that when I come back from my walk across America, I’m purchasing a paramotor, taking lessons and going straight to the Mojave.
View more of Mr. Steinmetz’s stunning, non filtered landscape photography: GEORGE STEINMETZ