Friday, September 30, 2011

Video: Scott Campbell – "All That’s Gold Does Not Glitter"

Italian film maker Alessandro Zuek Simonetti presents ‘All That’s Gold Does Not Glitter’, a video on Brooklyn artist Scott Campbell.
“During the Karl Lagerfeld Pirelli calendar launch in Moscow, Renato Montagner, Creative Director of Pirelli P Zero, commissioned artist Scott Campbell to create two signature projects. To engrave a Pirelli tire and to design a special edition P Zero bike jacket by Dainese. In the summer of 2011, Campbell began working on these pieces in his Brooklyn studio in New York.”

All That's Gold Does Not Glitter from Alessandro Simonetti on Vimeo.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Listen: Ford & Lopatin – "Too Much Midi (Please Forgive Me)" (Alan Braxe Remixes)

Alan Braxe is back with another real treat, he has remixed Ford & Loptain‘s “Too Much Midi”And the idea was so nice he went and did it TWICE. Check out the two different flavors from the man below…

Ford & Lopatin -Too Much Midi (Please Forgive Me) (Alan Braxe Remix) by ALAN BRAXE

Ford & Lopatin -Too Much Midi (Please Forgive Me) (Alan Braxe Bonus Remix) by ALAN BRAXE

Listen: The Rapture – “How Deep Is Your Love" (A-Trak Remix)

DFA Records dropped a seven-minute remix of The Rapture's "How Deep Is Your Love?" from A-Trak. A-Trak shared the story of how the remix was somewhat of collaboration with the dearly departed DJ Mehdi. Here's what A-Trak had to say:

I did this remix over the summer, and when I was close to finishing it I played it to my friend, the irreplaceable DJ Mehdi. We often played each other our productions for feedback. As it turns out he and Riton were visiting New York so they stopped by my apartment. I was working on the main version of the remix, the vocal version. I knew I would make a few alternate edits during the mixdown. The funny thing was, Mehdi’s favorite part was the ending! He and Riton suggested that I have that part come in earlier. My reaction was: that would work well for the dub version. And sure enough, when I finished mixing it down I made a dub with their suggestion. When I sent it to Mehdi shortly after, he responded (as a joke) that I should call it “Dub For Mehdi”. He included it in his “Tunisian Summer” mix. And then, as we all know, the unimaginable happened and we lost our dear friend. The least I can do now is name the edit after him. This one’s for you, Memed."

The Rapture - How Deep Is Your Love (A-Trak Remix) by A-Trak

Video: Swoon and Olek for PBS

Swoon and Olek were recently interviewed by PBS for the video below. The footage Covers the most recent major projects from each artist and gets into their thought process and inspirations, good stuff from the ladies.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Video: Mark Jenkins - Beck’s Green Box Project

Washington DC-based artist Mark Jenkins is involved with the Beck’s Green Box Project, merging the worlds of art and technology in the streets. The ambitious project plans to include 1,000 projects by individuals over the next three years.  Using the Beck’s Key App  people can overlay their mobile devices over “green box” locations and see bizarro reality, 3D or animated representations of the artists’ work.

Mark Jenkins_IT from Beck's Green Box Project on Vimeo.

Video: Rendezvous - The Murf

Animator Scott Benson created this music video for UK band, Rendezvous and was essentially given free reign to do what he wanted. What they got was the story of the creation of the universe. Not an easy task. Benson has an interesting simplistic yet technically complex feel to his work and makes me reminisce about all the old Betty Boop cartoons that would bop around in beat w/ the music.

For an interesting read, check out the post-mortem Benson posted here.

The following is another Benson animation which is a part 8 of the Animation Tag Attack, a collaborative animation with multiple animators. Nice and trippy. To see the full animation, check it out here.

Listen: Feist - 'Metals' Full Album Stream

Your heard our early preview of “How Come You never Go There” back in August and now you can hear Feist’s first album in four years, Metals in its entirety below. Metals hits stores October 4th via Cherrytree/Interscope. Stream the 12-track effort using the widget below, submit your email address to obtain access to the online listening party. You’ll also receive a note written by the Canadian indie-rock songstress herself.

01. The Bad In Each Other
02. Graveyard
03. Caught A Long Wind
04. How Come You Never Go There
05. A Commotion
06. The Circle Married The Line
07. Bittersweet Melodies
08. Anti Pioneer
09. Undiscovered First
10. Cicadas And Gulls
11. Comfort Me
12. Get It Wrong, Get It Right
13. Pine Boon (iTunes Bonus)
14. Woe Be (iTunes Bonus)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Listen: The Asteroids Galaxy Tour - "Golden Age" (Justice Remix)

Justice are back in the spotlight  with their second studio album Audio, Video, Disco set for an October 25th release date, in the meantime they've  let loose a great remix of The Asteroids Galaxy Tour's "Golden Age" take a listen below…

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour - Golden Age (Justice Remix) by EdBanger

Video: Masters of the Universe?

There is trouble brewing in Eternia. Trouble over who is the real master of the universe,... the He-Man universe. Toy Masters is a documentary that covers the creation and history of the He-Man franchise (toys, cartoons, etc..) as well the ongoing battle over who actually created the brand.
I was a huge He-Man dork, had Castle Grayskull and watched the cartoon religiously. I never questioned the over the top homo-eroticism of it or Aryan uber human undertone (sporting the Nazi Grand Iron cross on his chestplate). I'm happy to see a documentary on the subject in which the participants seem happy to talk shit about each other. Check out a 7 minute preview below...

Art by Tim Doyle

Listen: The Weeknd Remix Florence and the Machine's "Shake It Out"

Zane Lowe premiered Canadian R&B act The Weeknd’s take on Florence + the Machine’s new single "Shake It Out." The remix will be released on iTunes along with the original and a remix by DJ Benny Benassi on October 2. The original version will also appear on Florence and the Machine's forthcoming full-length Ceremonials, which drops on October 31 via Island.  Cheers to Disco Naivete for the mp3.

Florence + The Machine — Shake It Out (The Weeknd Remix)

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New Hanksy on Lower East Side

Hanksy is back with an all-new wheat paste creation. It portrays a crazy Hanks just as he’s about to toss Wilson. The piece was discovered on the Mikco Building Material warehouse a few short blocks to the west at 12 Rivington, in the general area of where other of these Hanksy’s have been spotted in the past.
Original Banksy that served as inspiration

Monday, September 26, 2011

Listen: DJ Shadow - 'The Less you Know the Better' LP in Full

DJ Shadow is readying the release of his new album The Less You Know, The Better on October the 4th. If you are a fan chances are you already heard this when it leaked several weeks ago but just in case that's not your thing the fine folks at NPR delivered the LP in full for an early go so enjoy below... My personal favorite has been "Sad and Lonely."

Listen: DRC Music: 'Kinshasa One Two' Full Album

Youve heard our early preview of track Hallo” about a month ago, if you haven’t your missing out!  DRC Music is a music project that consists of Damon Albarn, Dan The Automator, Actress, T-E-E-D, Jneiro Jarel, Richard Russell, Marc Antoine, Alwest, Remi Kabaka,, Kwes and Rodaidh McDonald that will release Kinshasa One Two digitally on October 3rd and the CD/LP November 7th on Warp which will benefit Oxfam. Check out the full album stream below...

WTF: NY Mag’s ‘Basquiat in the Bodega

Here is a story I read on the weekend and opted not to post originally because I thought it was a joke but now I’ve seen it in several places so it’s time to stop the lunacy!  
New York Magazine did a piece titled “The Devil on the Door” - Could a painting on a dope dealer’s storefront be the last work of Jean-Michel Basquiat? The piece is available to read here in its entirety. So what’s the problem? The problem is that the painting is clearly a piece by artist Phil Frost! Troubling to see various art experts and historians discussing the in’s and out’s of this lost Basquiat, might be time to retire.  I don’t even know what to say other then wow you people are dinosaurs! But it gets even better… Kenny Scharf, a legendary graffiti artist had this to say “I wouldn’t say that it’s his greatest painting, but it’s not a bad one.”  Once again WOW, Kenny and Phil are part of the same art movement and are both well known not just in their world but the art world at large, these guys have even shown together before in the past, What a joke.

Video: tUnE-yArDs - "Gangsta"

Merrill Garbus and crew have a new video for their single “Gangsta” from w h o k i l l LP, enjoy below…

Listen: Friends - "My Boo" (Ghost Town DJs cover)

Perhaps inspired by Balam Acab's recent remix of the original track, the band Friends just released a ridiculously sexy cover of "My Boo" as a B-side to their "Im his girl" single. Listen to it below:

Listen: Games - "No Disguise"

Looks like Ford & Lopatin never actually ditched their previous monicker Games and the subtle difference in sound that came with it.  Below you can listen to their latest single entitled "No Disguise", a delightful1980s chop-fest of a track:

GAMES - No Disguise by Ford & Lopatin

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Video: Mr. Brainwash - A Day in the Life Documentary

Mr. Brainwash is the latest subject of Morgan Spurlock’s new Hulu documentary series "A Day in the Life". The short takes a peak into Thierry’s process following him as he hunts for items to incorporate into his work at flea markets, to visiting his workshops (he has three of them.)  There is some very amusing footage at home with his family(His sons pet bird is petty wild.)  Love or hate Brainwash the short documentary entertains.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Video: Björk - "Moon"

Björk just dropped the video for her single “Moon” from the forthcoming LP Biophilia. It was directed, produced and art directed by Björk, Inez and Vinoodh, m/m Paris and James Merry.

Video: Other Lives - "Tamer Animals"

Here is the new video for Other Lives’ “Tamer Animals,” off the Oklahoma band’s recently released album of the same name. If you aren’t familiar with the band they have a sound similar to that of The National, which for me is always a good thing. The video and sound is perfect for the rainy weekend ahead here in NYC.


I've always been a basketball freak and have been interested in all the wheelings and dealings behind the scenes of the NBA. In 2006, the Seattle Supersonics, a team rich in championship history from the 60's onward with a deep loyal fan base, got sold in a controversial move to Oklahoma City (thus becoming the the OKC Thunder). There was an uproar in Seattle and a conspiracy behind NBA commissioner David Stern and the leagues motives behind this. Filmmaker Jason Reid responded by making Sonicsgate: Requiem For A Team, a great documentary that examines history of the team and all the details regarding this debacle.

The film features a number of the SEA players, old and new, and has picked up a number of awards since its release in 2009. I saw this when it came out and really dug it and was happy to see the entire film available online. It's a long one but even if you don't give 2 shits about the NBA or sports, its a good watch.... everyone loves to root for the underdog. Check out the Sonicsgate site for more info and behind the scenes stuff.

Video: FLüD Presents - Beats Per Minute with AraabMUZIK

More AraabMUZIK action this time in the form of  FLüD’s “Beats Per Minute” series. Those not familiar with the series should get up to date as it showcases some of hip hop’s most influential producers highlighting their craft, while discussing changes in the game, crate diggin’, equipment and their advise to the new generation. In this episode AraabMUZIK talks about his foundation and beginnings learning the MPC and how it took years to perfect his craft. He also discusses upcoming projects with his Dipset crew and other artists including Slaughterhouse, 50 Cent, etc and how he’s considered performing artists more than just a studio producer, enjoy….

FLüD Presents: Beats Per Minute with Araab Muzik from FLuD Watches on Vimeo.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Video: El Mac – “Portrait of a Dying Cockroach”

Got a new video for you of artist El Mac doing his thing for the Public Provocations show at the Carhartt Gallery, enjoy…

Listen: Zola Jesus - Conatus LP in Full

Zola Jesus has just put up her new album Conatus its entirety  before its official release. Check it and get a track by track description by the woman herself below...



The oldest song on this record, I reworked an old demo from the Stridulum-era. It came together really easily. It feels like walking through a snowstorm, the wind getting in your eyes and you're trying to keep walking forward but you have this invisible force pushing you back. Like running in your sleep.


This song was written in less than 30 minutes, and is one of the last songs I wrote. It feels the most vivid to me, as if finally I was able to communicate this universe that is my prison.


Written after complete emotional exhaustion. The only thing keeping me together at this point was a terrible bliss I felt from being alone. It was a way of telling myself that no matter how frustrated I was, I had this perspective of happiness knowing that at least I was in my home, away from the rest of the world I would otherwise be forced to confront.


This was born on an impulse to create a song that could be expressive without using lyrics … to create a landscape with figures that are in the distance, out of focus … but they have arms long enough to reach out and grab you with their little fingers.


I'm always on the hunt to make a perfect pop song, which you can dance to but also feel visceral emotion. Lyrically it's about the anxiety we all feel but are too afraid to confront concerning end times, like a sharp pain in our stomach when we know we're doing something wrong but we do it anyway. And then in the end, the ice shelf comes in and tries to quiet us, but we break through … or do we?

In Your Nature

I thought of the chorus while doing my daily walk from my house to the drugstore, the only chore that brought me outside. Listening to a bunch of demos while walking, I realised no matter how hard I try to break my habits in what I do, or to grow beyond my capacity, there is always this unbreakable sense about my songwriting that I will never be able to shake. No matter what I do it is never what I want to do … "If it's in your nature, you'll never win."

Lick the Palm of the Burning Handshake

Initially this song was much thicker with a lot of synths and pads, but it evolved. I ended up stripping it down because I thought it would be interesting to take a song that was built on such a grandiose scale, where everything is pushed to 11, but to starve it of it's immediate power. It still sounds pretty huge but I think at least now it has the space to create its own environment rather than suffocate.


I still don't know what I'm saying in the chorus. I love this beat, though. I wanted to create an uptempo song that had a lot of movement. I never liked hi-hats until I made this beat.


One of the first songs I wrote for the record. In the beginning I was ready to go into the studio and make a giant upbeat pop record, but really quickly I realised that's not what was in me. The only thing coming out was this kind of raw introspection, something I had no control over, but it was apparent I needed to work through it. I let the album take its own shape based on this, not forcing myself to create something that I wasn't ready to make. Writing Skin was the beginning of this catharsis, of realising what I needed to do in order to liberate myself from myself.


A song, much in the vein of Skin, that is like throwing my arms up, surrendering myself to this passion, to this record, to the people that will hear it. In the end, I have no control over anything, I have nothing. All I have is the release it allows me, and the madness it gives me in return. "And I would be nothing without your fear, because I've got no war the day it grows thin, I've got no war the day you go away. It hurts to let you in." Pretty literal. I used both synth and pump organ in this song to make a hybrid of organic and synthetic texture … flirting with both the modern and ancient expression of trance.

Video: Mastodon - "Curl Of The Burl"

Mastodon's have been on a roll with the promotional material surrounding the release of their new LP The Hunter on September 27, Check the clip for "Curl of the Burl” it was directed by Robert Schober from a concept by Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor.

Video: Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire ft. El-P, Das Racist, Danny Brown & Despot – “The Last Huzzah”

A couple weeks back we brought you a cut from rising Brooklyn rapper Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire session with Das Racist, Danny Brown, Despot, and El-P for a remix of his track "Huzzah." Now, the song has an official video, and everyone makes an appearance, so check it in the player below…

Video: "Transforming Beauty"

In Collaboration with Artists David Ellis, Maya Hayuk, SASU and Yuri Shimojo, cosmetic company Sephora commissioned a time – lapse film entitled “Transforming Beauty,” for the grand opening of Sephora’s new shop front in Soho, NY.

The making of "Transforming Beauty,", a time-lapse film and lenticular

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Listen: Youth Lagoon - "Bobby"

This was one of those rare love-at-first-click moments.  I kept seeing Youth Lagoon's name all over the blogosphere but never got round to actually listening to Trevor Powers' one man electronic folk project.  I'm glad I finally made that step with "Bobby", a bonus track off the upcoming LP "The Year of Hibernation" (releasing on September 27th on Fat Possum records).  This is a very simple yet warm and beautiful song that strikes all the right chords.  Listen to it below or download 2 tracks off the new album for free from Youth Lagoon's website here:
Youth Lagoon: Bobby (Bonus Track) by La 3e heure!

Video: Mastodon "About The Hunter, Pt. 1"; Comments On Writing And Recording

Mastodon posted a new video series featuring vocalist/bassit Troy Sanders and drummer Brann Dailor discussing the writing and recording of the forthcoming LP "The Hunter." The album is scheduled for release on September 27, 2011 but you can stream it in full here.

Listen: Butterclock feat. oOoOO - "Hustling" (Rick Ross cover)

Berlin based vocalist Butterclock enlists the production skills of Tri Angle's oOoOO in order to cover Rick Ross' "Hustling" in à la jj.  Listen to the resulting haunted diva ghost-hop anthem below:
HUSTLING feat oOoOO by Butterclock

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Download: Domo Genesis – Under The Influence (Mixtape)

Domo Genesis of Odd Future has released his very highly anticipated project “Under The Influence”. It should be no surprise that it features a handful of the OF camp. Track-list & Download Link Below. Check It Out And Enjoy..


Video: Washed Out - "Amor Fati"

Yoonah Park directed the new video for Washed Out‘s “Amor Fati”, from the recently released LP Within and Without, Check it below…

Washed Out: Amor Fati from Yoonha Park on Vimeo.

Read: Chromatic: The Crossroads of Color and Music

At nearly 400 pages of full-color artwork and editorial, Chromatic: The Crossroads of Color and Music by Scott Morrow, is a dynamic print presentation of independent musicians and artists who are using or exploring color in unorthodox ways. It’s a highly saturated, prismatic presentation of some of today’s most adventurous underground artists, including Sonny Kay, Seripop, John Zorn, Daft Punk, Sigur Rós front-man Jónsi, Blue Man Group, The Zhou Brothers, Ratatat, Holy Fuck, Damon Locks of The Eternals, Rob Mazurek, NewVillager, and many others. Get yours while supplies last.

Listen: Mastodon's The Hunter In Full

I have had a couple people ask me about this so here it is, the entire new Mastodon album, The Hunter in one Youtube video, with a ton of visualizations to boot. Take a listen, have fun and then tell us what your favorite track off the album is.

The Hunter Tracklist:
01. Black Tongue
02. Curl Of The Burl
03. Blasteroid
04. Stargasm
05. Octopus Has No Friends
06. All The Heavy Lifting
07. The Hunter
08. Dry Bone Valley
09. Thickening
10. Creature Lives
11. Spectrelight
12. Bedazzled Fingernails
13. The Sparrow

Video: Vhils' Deconstruction

Lisbon-based street artist Vhils, completes his latest work on the streets of Venice, California. This particular piece was done in conjunction with the "European Bailout Show" at the Post No Bills showspace and located just on the side of the gallery."

Vhils - Deconstruction from Arrested Motion on Vimeo.

Video: FAME Festival ’11: Sam3

Sam3 took part in this year’s FAME Festival and the Spanish street artist tried something completely different in the streets of Grottaglie. The abstracted lines of spray paint assemble together like a puzzle when viewed from an upstairs bathroom window, where the sizable piece is realized in all it’s glory.

Read & Listen: "Space Cadet" graphic novel and OST by Kid Koala

Space Cadet, the debut graphic novel by renound Ninja Tune turntablist Kid Koala, as well as its original soundtrack (presumably to be played while reading) will be released this October.  The plot touches on a theme evident in a lot of Kid Koala's work: the relationship between technology and isolation.  The drawings are also characteristic of Kid Koala's previous album/music-video art while the music consists of his own piano playing combined with his instrument of choice, the turntable.  Check out a preview of both aspects of the project below or watch a video of the live setup (yes he's taking this on the road too):

Monday, September 19, 2011

Listen: Lost Daft Punk Track "Drive"

On Friday the internet blew up when the unheard Daft Punk track from 1994, "Drive", surfaced on the web. I’m a huge fan but opted to wait as I felt the preview would be doing the robotic duo and their fans an injustice, especially since we have all been waiting for this track for 17 years essentially, what was two more days to get a nice proper full version?  So here we are two days later and Soma Records, who are releasing the track in their 20th Anniversary Compilation, have let loose this 7 minute and 21 second version of the track. Hit play below …

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Listen: The Mast- "My All" (ODDLOGIC REMIX)

Brooklyn, NY’s Alex Gohorel, also known as ODDLOGIC dropped a fresh remix for NYC outfit The Mast. The original track appears on the bands recently released album Wild Poppies, Check out the stream below and then head over to ODDLOGIC”s soundcloud page for more of his tunes…

THE MAST- MY ALL (ODDLOGIC REMIX) [mastered] by oddlogic

Video: Sexy Fingers - NSFW

Sexy Fingers is an ad campaign created by French design agency Magic Garden. The purpose is to bring awareness to the benefits of regularly testing for AIDS and AIDS education. The video is awesome in ways I can't describe and also is accompanied by an interactive Sexy Fingers website which I think I have spent way too much time on.

It's a cartoon... but I wouldn't throw this on at the office (NSFW)