A quick update following the passing of Dash Snow, the Manhattan-based artist who died last week at the age of 27: NYC's Deitch Projects Gallery has kicked off a memorial retrospective of Snow's works, which will also feature yet-to-be-seen photos and video of the young artist. The gallery's facade has been painted over with fire-extinguisher foam bearing Snow's graf tag, SACER, and the tribute runs until August 15. Read more »
Remember when we checked in with Portland musician/wine deliverer/man-about-town White Rainbow last year? Well, the artist known as Adam Forkner (he's also an occasional member of Valet and Rob Walmart) is set to release a follow up to Prism of Eternal Now, entitled New Clouds, another album of freakish, fuzzy psychedelics. The record arrives October 19 via Kranky, and we have to say, we're pretty stoked. The tracklist is below.
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Today, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart announced plans for releasing a new EP, Higher Than the Stars, and a single for the track "Come Saturday," both to appear on Slumberland Records (whom we feature in August's upcoming Labels We Love issue). "Falling Over," a centerpiece of the band's new EP and unstoppable live show, is a "brooding synth-led tune that recalls New Optimist touchstones like Orange Juice and Aztec Camera," says a press release for the recording. Read more »
It’s been more than three years since we last heard from Vitalic—at least in terms of releasing full-lengths. And now, with "Your Disco Song" to tease us, he's been announced that Flashmob will arrive in stores (via PIAS/Different) on September 24. Check the tracklist below.
01. See the Sea (Red)
02. Poison Lips
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Building on their organization's constantly evolving tastes, NYC's Central Park SummerStage will play host to a performance by Boys Noize , Drop the Lime , and Canyons early next month. It's a bit of a switch for the 23-year-old festival, whose other upcoming guests include the likes of Bettye Lavette, Budos Band, M. Read more »
One of Detroit's finest MCs, Guilty Simpson, has teamed up once again with Madlib for a full-length on Stones Throw under the OJ Simpson moniker. With Simpson's gruff baritone flowing over Madlib's dark and chunky carnival beats on "Coroner's Music," the album's title track and first single promises some real hip-hop, echoing J Dilla's productions with shades of DJ Premier coming through. Read more »
You already know that Why?'s new album Eskimo Snow, due for release in September. Hell, you better have already downloaded "The Blackest Purse," too. But did you know that the Oakland threesome is tuning up for a U.S. tour as well? Check the dates below.
09/24 Cincinnati, OH Northside Tavern *
09/26 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge / Wordless Music Series +
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After what feels like a decade, Gonzales' acclaimed Solo Piano is finally getting a North American release via Toronto indie Arts & Crafts, after sitting in Euro-distro purgatory since 2004. Solo Piano: The Deluxe Edition includes Gonzales' titular instrumental piano album as well as a bonus DVD, which features the From Major to Minor, a documentary about the singer/songwriter/rapper/producer/bon vivant, and other special extras. Read more »
Today, musical juggernaut Ghostly International released a unique application for the iPhone and iPod Touch called Ghostly Discovery . The application works as a sort of mood-reading jukebox containing Ghostly's and Spectral Sound's vast catalogs, allowing users to construct parameters for what they want to listen to based on their emotional state, desired tempo, and digital/organic preference. Read more »
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