Grab your pillow or sofa cushion and head down to the beaches of Santa Monica next weekend, for Tonalism 2008. Hosted by the famous dublab crew, the event has historically combined lush, ambient music with visuals designed to relax party-goers and draw their attention to the experiment for extended periods of time. Which basically means that people lie around listening to music, watching compelling visuals, and drinking the complementary hot tea the crew serves up. Read more »
Album release parties don't make for the most compelling news, but if anyone's an exception to the rule, it's Daedelus. With his Love To Make Music To's release date just around the corner, the monome-loving musical innovator is planning a bash in his hometown Los Angeles this weekend.
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They may have spent the majority of this spring on the road, including a stint in Europe where two bandmembers contracted the mumps, but Yoni Wolf and the boys in WHY? are still not ready to head home. The band will continue making the rounds this fall, with shows across the U.S. and Canada where they'll play material off their most recent release, Alopecia, and share the stage with Tussle, Mount Eerie, and Tobacco of Black Moth Super Rainbow.
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The Sub Pop crew have been planning their 20th anniversary bash for some time now, and if a recent posting on the label's website is any indication, the two-day extravaganza is shaping up to be a hell of a lot more than just music.
Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, the good people running things in Seattle have agreed to let the label fly a gigantic Sub Pop flag on top of the famed Space Needle, which is almost as exciting as the rest of the festivities combined.
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Nike shoe company and VP records have teamed up to promote Asafa Powell: Train for Speed. The 35-minute interval running workout is available via iTunes and features a voiceover by Jamaican sprinter Powell (pictured above, far right), plus an exclusive new Mavado tune, “On The Go (Faster Than Bullet).” The mix also features music by Wayne Marshall, Tami Chin, Barrington Levy, Sean Paul, and Sister Nancy. Read more »
Social justice movements in the United States (and many elsewhere) have long depended on the power of image. From the early, bold labor union logos to the powerfully violent photographs of Charles Moore to the awe-inducing uniforms of the Black Panther Party, image and art have played powerful roles in raising consciousness about injustice. Read more »
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