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FIVE QUESTIONS: DEASTRO

August 31, 2009

FIVE QUESTIONS: DEASTRO

As has so often been said, Randolph Chabot—aka the young Detroit producer/bandleader/frontman known as Deastro—is a big, energetic ball of positivity. Deastro’s full-length debut, Moondagger, is currently making the rounds as Randy and Co. tour the US, the UK, and the rest of the galaxy (?!); a new single, the psychedelic anthem (but aren’t they all?) ‘Tone Adventure #3,’ is on its way as well. As you’ll see from his answers to our Five Questions, Randy’s got an omnivorous musical appetite and a romantic worldview. More below…

1. Why should people listen to your music?

You should listen to my music because I like people.

2. What’s the one record you can’t live without?

Hans Otte, Aquarian Music.

3. What song should play every time you enter a room?

‘To Hell with the Devil’ by Stryper.

4. What project are you working on at this exact moment?

I am working on a noise collaboration at this moment—it doesn’t have a name yet, I have thought about calling it Christian Strength, but we will see.

5. How about a piece of sage advice for the younger generation?

Fall in love.

[RECAP] CHICAGO 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY

August 27, 2009

[RECAP] CHICAGO 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY

Last Friday, a sizeable crowd of Chicagoans packed it into the Empty Bottle for the Windy City edition of our ongoing 10-year anniversary party. As you can see from the particularly intense picture above of Solvent above, the evening’s artists—including Solvent, Tycho, Dark Party, Kill Memory Crash, and DJ Mike Servito—ripped it up properly. [Chicagoist had some very nice things to say.] Pics from the show are up here, and fan videos are available here.

And while we’re on the subject, our Seattle 10-year party is coming up next month, on Thursday, September 24th. The show neatly coincides the always-great Decibel festival. Coincidence? Never. [RSVP at our Facebook event page.]

[DESIGN] FIVE QUESTIONS: COMMONWEALTH

August 24, 2009

[DESIGN] FIVE QUESTIONS: COMMONWEALTH

Ghostly friends David Boira and Zoe Boira Coombes, co-founders of the multidisciplinary design studio Commonwealth, produce fine art, architecture, and homewares that combine advanced programming and a human touch. David and Zoe imbue every design with a degree of sensuality, ornament, and voluptuousness of form—just look at their Lard Series and Fleshless Flooring, two creations that deftly straddle the line between the organic and the digital. We asked these birds of a feather to answer our Five Questions, and here’s what they had to say…

What sets your work apart from the rest of the pack?

D: It has to be our obsession with what you might call the “tactility of topological sensuality,” which, for better or worse, doesn’t quite fit in with the expected norm.
Z: We really try to make very personal, very fleshy matter come out of our studio. I’m not sure if the work would look the way it does if we weren’t so in love…

What design object can’t you live without?

D: My Radius Scuba toothbrush. It’s oversized and it makes the user look like he’s practicing how to give a proper blow job, but it also gives me a perfect tooth polish and cleanup all in one. Please, don’t watch me while I’m working it, thank you!
Z: Hmm… The best design object must be our 11-cup, stainless-steel Cuisinart. We’ve become really hippy with our food. We use the Cuisinart to make our own hemp (aka marijuana) milk in the morning.

What song should play every time you enter a room?

D: Jan Hammer’s Miami Vice theme song . To be surrounded by the visuals wouldn’t hurt either. I am serious about this. Seriously.
Z: David is so ‘80s… It is true though, that Miami Vice is kind of like a fantasy life we can imagine living. I think my ideal soundtrack would be more from the 2006 movie of Miami Vice—like the song ‘One of These Mornings’ by Moby and Patti Labelle, which would make me feel like David was driving me to Havana at 300mph in a stolen boat. Awesome.

What are you working on at this exact moment?

D: A discreetly perforated outdoor marble table and lamp set.
Z: Ditto. We work together.

How about a piece of sage advice for the younger generation?

D: Get a real job! Avoid jumping the gun too fast because it hurts.

DESIGN: YURI SUZUKI'S SOUND OBSESSIONS

August 19, 2009

DESIGN: YURI SUZUKI

Japanese designer Yuri Suzuki approaches his craft with a unique set of tools. A Royal College of Art Masters graduate and former Berlin DJ, Yuri is interested in the physicality of music, and much of his experimental design plays with the ubiquitous concept of digital media. His first solo exhibition, The Physical Value of Sound, featured products like an oddball turntable with five tone arms [shown above] and a train-style record player that snakes along broken-record tracks, emitting random bits of music along the way. Yuri says these objects are meant to warn people of the dangers of collecting music through “virtual” formats such as MP3s.

We’re loving Yuri’s playfully kinetic work, with its emphasis on analog media. Be sure to check out these videos of Yuri’s designs in action, and don’t miss this clip of The Animatic, a Rube Goldberg-esque mechanical sculpture set to the Silicon Teens’ cover of Chuck Berry’s classic “Memphis Tennessee.”

CHOIR OF YOUNG BELIEVERS PRESENT: 'THIS IS FOR THE WHITE IN YOUR EYES'

August 18, 2009

Even though This Is for the White in Your Eyes, the full-length debut by Danish collective Choir of Young Believers, is teeming with instruments—voices, pianos, synthesizers, banjos, an orchestra’s ransom in strings and French horns—it’s not the arrangements that dominate so much as the images they conjure. Snow-flecked mountaintops, deserted city streets, ghost-filled churches, a final kiss between estranged lovers—this is the emotional terrain trod by Jannis Noya Makrigiannis and his Choir of Young Believers. This Is for the White in Your Eyes is an album of orchestral indie-pop, but its artistic scope extends beyond melody and harmony: Choir of Young Believers paint cinematic tableaux, with Jannis cast as the silvery-voiced narrator.

Peep another video introduction to Choir of Young Believers above, and buy This Is for the White in Your Eyes at The Ghostly Store.

FIVE QUESTIONS: JEREMY GREENSPAN (JUNIOR BOYS)

August 17, 2009

FIVE QUESTIONS: JEREMY GREENSPAN (JUNIOR BOYS)

Jeremy Greenspan (right, with partner Matthew Didemus) and his Toronto-based Junior Boys are one of the finest working electro-pop duos today, due in large part to Greenspan’s deft touch with a synth, hyper-focused songwriting, and bedroom-y vocals. He’s also been a good friend of Ghostly’s for a long time now—check his remix of Mobius Band ’s “The Loving Sounds of Static” on our Idol Tryouts Two compilation. Having just released Begone Dull Care, Junior Boys’ tightest (and possibly best) album to date, Jeremy sat down with us to answer Five Questions…

1. Why should people listen to your music?

We are very discreet, but we will haunt your dreams.

2. What record, by what artist, is your “turning-point” album?

Hmm. Metamatic by John Foxx maybe, or maybe 2112 by Rush.

3. What song should play every time you enter a room?

The Benny Hill theme song.

4. What project are you working on at this exact moment?

We’re on tour in Europe RIGHT NOW. Also, we’re working on a few remixes.

5. How about a piece of sage advice for the younger generation?

Wu-Tang is here forever, mutherfuckas.

GHOSTLY 10: CHICAGO

August 20, 2009

GHOSTLY 10: CHICAGO

It’s been the summer of 10-year anniversary love over here—since last fall, we’ve thrown something like seven parties in locations that span the globe, including Brooklyn, Barcelona, San Francisco, Los Angeles, to name a few.

Last month, we had Audion, Kate Simko, and Lusine in Berlin; and next week, on Friday, August 21st, we’re sending Kill Memory Crash, Solvent, Tycho, and more to Chicago (the “Berlin of the Midwest”? Sure.) for another 10-year anniversary party to remember. Details are in the gorgeous, ISO50-designed flyer above, and tickets and further info is below…

GHOSTLY 10: CHICAGO

Friday, August 21st (9pm, 21+)
The Empty Bottle
$15 advance / $20 door

featuring:
Kill Memory Crash
Solvent
Tycho
Dark Party
+ DJ set by Mike Servito

[tickets + more info]

AUDION'S 'STOPLIGHT' SINGLE IS HERE

August 11, 2009

AUDION

‘Stoplight’ is the fourth installment in Audion ’s tantalizingly slow showcase of new tracks. And new it is—Audion has never been as spry as he is on “Stoplight,” which skips along like an adding machine in heat. Amid all the clicks and clatter, a bulbous bass melody lends a touch of funk, and Matthew Dear’s wild-eyed vocal sample sends tendrils of delay dancing into the night air. By the end, the hypnotic keyboards have faded, the beat sputters to a halt, and the listener is left in a spotty-eyed daze.

Download ‘Stoplight’ from The Ghostly Store, and check out AUDION.ME for Audion news, tourdates, and media.

FIVE QUESTIONS: ALAN ABRAHAMS (BODYCODE)

August 10, 2009

FIVE QUESTIONS: ALAN ABRAHAMS (BODYCODE)

Immune, Alan Abrahams’ second full-length as Bodycode, is a concise, house-based dance record with tons of head and heart. An old-fashioned artiste of real substance, Abrahams is a pretty interesting guy: he grew up in South Africa and lived in London, Lisbon, and Berlin; he records as both Bodycode and Portable ; and he founded the Sud Electronic label. Having just ripped it up at our Spectral Open Air party in Berlin this weekend, the enigmatic Abrahams sat down to answer our Five Questions…

1. Why should people listen to your music?

I devote a majority of my life to composing music, as I feel that it has an underlying quality of sincerity and honesty.

2. What would you consider your own “turning-point” record?

There have been a few turning point records—I’m just taking different detours, as it were.
If I’m allowed to name a few I’d say “Albatros” on my Portable album Powers of Ten, “Release” on my Portable release for Perlon Knowone Can Take Away, and “What Did You Say” on my Immune album as Bodycode.

3. What song should play every time you enter a room?

Glen Gould’s Goldberg Variations

4. What project are you working on at this exact moment?

Just completed a remix for DOP on french label Eklo, a new track for an upcoming Spectral release, and a new 12” as Portable for Perlon.

5. How about a piece of sage advice for the younger generation?

I generally try and steer clear of advice-giving, but if needed I would only say that always find your own personality in your productions, try and get to the core of what you are trying to express, what you are feeling and you can never lose, keep on trying, it has to succeed sometime.

CHOIR OF YOUNG BELIEVERS' 'THIS IS FOR THE WHITE IN YOUR EYES' STREAMING AT NPR.ORG

August 7, 2009

CHOIR OF YOUNG BELIEVERS

Choir of Young Believers’ masterpiece of dark, orchestral pop, This Is for the White in Your Eyes, will be hitting the streets on Tuesday, August 18th. In the meantime, you can hear the debut full-length by the Danish collective over at NPR.org, where the Exclusive First Listen site is streaming White in your Eyes in its entirety, for free. The record will be up until its release on the 18th, so get your free kicks in now.

Listen to Choir of Young Believers’ This Is for the White in Your Eyes at NPR.org.

MAKE YOUR SUNDAY A SPECTRAL SUNDAY

August 4, 2009

MAKE YOUR SUNDAY A SPECTRAL SUNDAY

This Sunday, August 9th. Berlin, Germany. A gorgeous afternoon and an open-air venue. A lineup of Spectral Sound’s finest (and friends). It actually doesn’t get any better than that. The info’s above in the flyer, and below. See you Sunday.

Spectral Sunday
Sunday, August 9th (10am-10pm)
Club Rechenzentrum / Funkpark Berlin
Nalepastr. 10 – 16
12459 Berlin

featuring:
Matthew Dear
Bodycode (live)
Matt John
Ryan Elliott
Dyed Soundorom

FIVE QUESTIONS: MIKE CINA

August 3, 2009

FIVE QUESTIONS: MIKE CINA

Mike Cina is a creative Renaissance man. The prolific artist and font guru heads up one of the world’s leading design firms (YouWorkForThem), creates some of Ghostly’s most sublime album covers, and makes one hell of a mix—download Mike’s contribution to our monthly GhostlyCast here. On the eve of his first solo show, Ways of Seeing, at First Amendment Arts in Minneapolis, Mr. Cina took a breather to answer our Five Questions…

[NEW – WIN A PRINT: Ask Mike another question in the comments section. The best entry wins a signed original print from the man himself, as well as an answer.
Questions must be posted before Thursday, August 6th, at 12am EST.]

What sets your work apart from the rest of the pack?

I don’t run with the pack.

What piece of art/design gets your motor running?

Anything by Mark Rothko, Sister Corita, or Emil Ruder.

What song should play every time you enter a room?

I had one picked out like ten years ago and have forgot it. Roy Ayers’ ‘Everybody Loves the Sunshine’ would work for me.

What are you working on at this exact moment?

These questions! Besides that: tons of e-mail, YWFT promo, organizing our typeface assets, a lot of fonts in progress, two larger paintings, a CD cover for Groove magazine, a custom font for Victoria’s Secret, stock sets for YWFT. Mainly just random things that need to happen around the YWFT office.

How about a piece of sage advice for the younger generation?

Search for what is good and true. The world we live in is run around lies and based on egos and greed. The sooner you realize that, the better you are. Search for a deeper meaning in life outside yourself and discover what gifts God has given you. Anything in life that is worth having is not on the surface level—you have to look/work for it.