Deep in production on a new album but took a break to do this little one-off track for the Ninjawerks compilation. Hope you enjoy :)
Heard C. Duncan for the first time while in Australia last week. Vocal treatments don’t get much better than this.
Fascinating BBC doc on history of recorded music featuring a whole lot of EMS synths including the Synthi 100 “Delaware” modular system (pictured below). Fun Fact: Years ago I had the opportunity to buy a Synthi 100 system in beautiful condition for a very reasonable price. For reasons I can’t explain now, I passed on it. Honestly, it would have been a nightmare to maintain and very impractical, but look at that thing. I still regret the decision every time I see a picture of a 100. These days my synth acquisition pace has slowed quite a bit, mostly just holding out for a Memorymoog LAMM and a Prophet 5, then I’ll be done.
Treasure Island Music Festival is this weekend in SF and we have a couple things to announce. First off, Tycho will be playing at 7PM on Saturday. There will also be an ISO50 / Tycho booth with prints, clothing, and music where we’ll be doing a meetup before and after the show. Scott, Jakub, Alex, and Jonathan will be at the booth from 4-5PM on Saturday and then after the Tycho set the whole band will be hanging out over there as well so drop by and say hello. Hope to see you out there!
ISO50 Playlist 15 – Compiled By Heathered Pearls
ISO50’s Playlist 15 doesn’t waste any time. It drops you into this summer’s psychedelic rock hit from Tame Impala and weaves in and out from lush UK gems from Clark and Holy Other to exclusives like Toro Y Moi’s Lollapolooza live performance. Some new faces pop up in this one, Tropical dream pop trio Diana and DIIV’s youthful anthem will have you digging for vinyl while new versions of LCD Soundsystem and Clams Casino pop in to remind how good this year has been to us.
Tame Impala – Apocalypse Dreams
Onuinu – Happy Home
Bear In Heaven – Kiss Me Crazy (Beacon Remix)
My Morning Jacket – Outta My System (Washed Out remix)
Diana – Born Again
Trust – Sulk
DIIV – How Long Have You Known
Toro Y Moi – Rose Quartz (Live from Lollapalooza 2012)
Matthew Dear – Earthforms
Grizzly Bear – Sleeping Ute
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Heart In Your Heartbreak
Thieves Like Us – Maria Marie
Wild Nothing – Paradise
Black Marble – A Great Design
Clams Casino – Leaf [A$AP Rocky ft. Main Attrakionz]
Holy Other – Love Some1
Windsor – I Am Fascinated
Purity Ring – Fineshrine
Shigeto – Lineage (Sun Glitters Remix)
Clark – Tooth Moves
Osborne – 5th Stage
Move D – Le Fou (Eddie C’s Space Sagittarius Re-Work)
Gold Panda – Financial District
The Revenge – The Seed
LCD Soundsystem – Your Love Away from Me (Dave Wrangler Re-edit)
The Field – Over The Ice
Mungolian Jetset presents Jaga Jazzist vs. Knights Of Jumungus – Toccata
Bepu N’Gali – I Travel to You (Todd Terje Remix)
Crazy P – Heartbreaker
18 Carat Affair – Fashion
Past playlists are available in the Playlist Archive
So I’m on the road for the first leg of the US Tycho tour and it’s been pretty intense; haven’t had a chance to post here in a while. Jakub is along tour managing and things have been going well. We’ve seen a lot of really beautiful landscapes along the way; so far we’ve driven from Chicago, up through Toronto and Montreal, and all the way from Buffalo down to Orlando where I’m currently holed up in a Travelodge taking a much needed night off from playing. We play Orlando tomorrow night, then on to Tampa and Miami, and then back north for a string of dates ending in Brooklyn. Beacon is along doing support, definitely check them out, really beautiful stuff.
I can’t explain what a moving experience it has been to get out and meet so many people and share the work with them. I spent the last year locked in my basement working on the album so it’s been really refreshing to be out here performing it for people. I want to sincerely thank all of you who made it out so far and to all of you who have supported this project in other ways; it means the world to me and I feel fortunate every day to be able to work as an artist.
I’ve been dreaming of having a proper visuals rig for a while now — we had been renting equipment — but this time out we finally have our own setup consisting of a 5K Lumen Christie LX45 projector, and Da-Lite Fast-Fold 16:9 screen, and a brand new custom rigging system (pictured below). It’s a great feeling to know that wherever we play, the show will be consistently presented. Thanks to everyone who helped out in Montreal getting this thing built, and to Darren from Home Depot in Watertown, NY for helping build the mounting plate.
Speaking of visuals, I’ve been getting a lot of work done on the new stuff. I’ve been working with Charles Bergquist on a new visuals set and things have been going great. Charles has been shooting beautiful HD footage and I have been arranging / effecting it using VDMX. It’s still a work in progress but we have been showing some previews here and there during the live show. I’m hoping to get that all wrapped up during our post Europe tour break.
As for upcoming stuff, we have a lot planned for the year: Europe, a full US tour, along with some festivals and no less than seven SXSW showcases. Hope to see you out there!