Mission Workshop and FILTER Magazine went on tour with Tycho to capture the life of touring musicians. At first glance, it can seem wildly glamorous: Late nights, different cities, fans that adore you… but look a little deeper and you’ll see that the reality of life on the road is very much to the contrary. Though there are good times to be had, the majority of a touring musician’s life is spent in transition. Transition from city to city, venue to venue, and hotel to hotel. Mission Workshop documented a set of shows just prior to the 2014 Awake tour with Filter Magazine and created a photo collection called Lucid.
Xeno & Oaklander will be premiering new material from their upcoming full length, Par Avion (you may recall the single of the same name out at the tail end of 2013). The free performance (RSVP required) will be taking place at the United Nude store at 25 Bond St.
If there’s one thing that sets Matthew Dear apart as an electronic artist, it’s his gift for singing and songwriting—not the most common skill-set for someone who came up in Detroit’s techno scene. The source of this talent goes back even further than Detroit to Dear’s childhood home in Kingsville, Texas, where his father, also a professional musician, taught him to sing and play guitar. In this episode of ORIGINS, Dear heads to Kingsville for the first time in over a decade to revisit spots from his childhood and “pick some guitar” with his dad. “I wanna see some places I used to go,” he says. “What is nostalgia, what is real, what are my memories worth?”
Ghostly staffer and drip.fm co-founder Miguel Senquiz drops a set of late night / early morning cuts for smoky, sweaty dance floors.
Yesterday marked the release of another track from Tycho’s upcoming LP Awake, “Montana.” Tycho has also announced a lengthy North American tour with a few pitstops in Europe. A full listing of the dates can be found here.
Words by Sam Valenti IV
Photo by Will Calcutt
“They are split by electronics and such insane vocal harmonies. I’m telling you man, they are really amazing – even better live(!) and you can peep a few joints on their myspace.”
School of Seven Bells was introduced to us with this e-mail from a fellow artist. At that time, Benjamin Curtis and his bandmates, Alejandra and Claudia Dehaza, were already established musicians. The group was fun, silly but serious about their craft. Signing them was a no-brainer.
On their exceptional first outing as a band at CMJ, they scored the front page of The New York Times Arts section and the following year’s SxSW. I can remember the ferocity with which Benjamin played, the ends of his guitar strings straying into the air. “Dead soldiers,” I think he called them.
His sly smile and easy hint of a drawl sat atop an intensity I haven’t seen in a musician before. His guitar tone was loud and direct. He was one of the best pure producers and engineers.
Their first album, Alpinisms (produced at home on a laptop no less), was a huge deal for us and remains one of Ghostly’s most beloved releases. Benjamin wanted to push the band further for the next release. He wanted to write directly with no obfuscation of meaning. Benjamin was the kind of musician who pushed every performance and sweated every song. It was always on.
A few friends and I went to visit Benjamin last month in the hospital. I regret not visiting him more. What struck me was what had remained after all he had been through. The wide cheshire cat grin. The humor and hope. Only his thin arms and shorn hair gave away his struggling health.
Benjamin said he stayed busy working on music, but joked that he was otherwise so bored from sitting in bed that his taste was in jeopardy: Any movie, no matter how schlocky, appealed to him. He also laughed his big, pleasing laugh when we said he should have been at the fundraiser his management had planned for him a month before, as there were plenty of beautiful women there.
Benjamin died at 35, in advance of his best work. What we have to experience is his music, and for those lucky enough to have met him, the evidence of someone who cared deeply.
We pulled out all the stops for this year’s holiday collection. Our premium fleece is back and better than ever. We’ve launched our first coffee collaboration and have made a beautiful enamelware mug to go with it. Our seasonal scarves come in five different designs this year. We’ve just added six women’s tops for the Ghostly girls in your life. And on top of all that, we’ve added new additions to our usual fare of incredible designer goods to amaze.
Michna and label founder Sam Valenti IV last linked for 2009’s Seeing Colors, a mix of Ghostly influences for the label’s 10th anniversary. In advance of the label’s 15th year, the pair have mixed a house/techno survey recorded at the end of the summer 2013 on the heels of SV4’s MOMA PS1 set and as Michna was recording his new material. Prescriptive Haze offers a set of melancholy and hook-heavy floor cuts.
We’re pleased to announce our sixth-annual Blue Monday Sale in The Ghostly Store.
Take advantage of 15% off all goods, music, and clothing. There are no limits. You can use it more than once, and (by all means) share it with your friends.
This year we’ve extended the sale a full day, but don’t let that extended time lull you into waiting, we’ve lots of items that will sell out and won’t be restocked for the holiday.
Audion’s four-year silence came to an end this week with “Motormouth.” Opening with relentless rave-era repetition and an endlessly ascending bassline, “Motormouth” climbs to perilous heights while a manic Vocoder jabbers in your ear. It’s a little sinister, a little mad, and sounds like ten parties happening at once—it could only be Audion.