Recommends: Leif Podhajsky 'Synesthesia', Galerie Hors-Champs, Paris

Recommends: Leif Podhajsky 'Synesthesia', Galerie Hors-Champs, Paris

London-based Australian artist and graphic designer Leif Podhajsky presents his first exhibition in France, 'Synesthesia', at the Galerie Hors-Champs in Paris. We first came across Leif's mesmerising graphic works some years ago and were struck by how well his style gelled with Tame Impala's entrancing psych, and hence he was enlisted to create the sleeves for both their first and second albums and accompanying singles. In both his commercial and personal work Leif creates a kind of magic eye mindscape that's imaginative and immersive, an infinite universe of symmetry and colour, and on a large scale it's a welcome trip.

If you're in the city of light over summer and feel like losing yourself in Leif's artistic abyss, 'Synesthesia' runs until September 21.

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July 29, 2014 at 4:08pm in recommends, Tame Impala


Recommends: Area 1983-1987

Recommends: Area 1983-1987

Following on from the decadent atmosphere cultivated towards the end of the 70s in New York City's disco scene, Area arrived and elevated the nightclub itself to the level of high art so far unimagined, an environment of artistic excess and boundless imagination where music took a back seat. Frequented by Warhol, McLaren, Haring, Basquiat and the like, with DJ Red Alert often in the booth, instead of focusing on moving bodies though Area sought to move minds in a conceptual, mental dance rather than a purely physical one. Each individual theme of the clubs existence completely recast the club spatially, visually, atmospherically and sartorially every six weeks, re-situating the space in another time and place for people to enjoy and create art, nurturing a dazzling scene in the process.

Two of the clubs founders, Eric Goode and Jennifer Goode, combine their memories here in this very hefty tome, talking us through the time with a wealth of solid archival visuals and a replica of the clubs very first invitation - folded and rolled into a tiny blue pill - embedded in the cover.

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July 23, 2014 at 12:18pm in recommends


Listen: Cut Copy - Believers

Listen: Cut Copy - Believers

Grammy-nominated Cut Copy have released the deluxe version of their latest album 'Free Your Mind' today, coinciding with a busy schedule of international summer festivals and tour dates.

This new version features five additional tracks: 'In These Arms of Love' and 'Like Any Other Day' (both previously only available as a US-only Record Store Day vinyl release), and three previously unheard songs - 'Believers', 'I Wish the Sun Would Grow Today' and 'Lights Shine On'. All the songs were recorded by the band in Australia and mixed by producer Dave Fridmann during the 'Free Your Mind' sessions, and is available for purchase at all digital retailers (get it from iTunes with one click of a button).


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July 22, 2014 at 5:47pm in news, Cut Copy


Modcast #189: Woman's Hour

This week marked the release of 'Conversations', the intimate debut album from graceful pop four-piece Woman's Hour. Named after their nation's beloved female-focussed news and culture show on BBC Radio 4, the Kendal accented group have covered a lot of ground with their glacial body blows and striking monochrome visuals. Keyboardist Josh Hunnisett puts together this playlist of artists that inform his swelling textures, as he discusses the band's family dynamic and powerful visual aesthetic.

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July 17, 2014 at 3:10pm in modcast


Movement Announce US Tour with Twin Shadow

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After winning over US fans during their select shows last month, Movement have made quick plans to return for a more extensive run in support of Twin Shadow's synth-pop. Catch this epic double bill in a city near you this September/October.

MOVEMENT US TOUR DATES (W/ TWIN SHADOW)

Wed Sept 17 || Pearl Street Nightclub || Northampton, MA
Thurs Sept 18 || Paradise || Boston, MA
Sat Sept 20 || Phoenix Concert Theater || Toronto, ON
Sun Sept 21 || Magic Stick || Detroit, MI
Tues Sept 23 || Metro || Chicago, IL
Wed Sept 24 || First Avenue || Minneapolis, MN
Fri Sept 26 || Waiting Room || Omaha, NE
Sat Sept 27 || Bluebird Theater || Denver, CO
Tues Sept 30 || Doug Fir Lounge || Portland, OR
Fri Oct 3 || Regency Ballroom || San Francisco, CA
Sat Oct 4 || The Cellar Door || Visalia, CA
Tues Oct 7 || SoHo Music Club || Santa Barbara, CA
Wed Oct 8 || Fonda Theater || Los Angeles, CA
Thurs Oct 9 || Belly Up Tavern || Solana Beach, CA
Fri Oct 10 || The Glass House || Pomona, CA
Tues Oct 14 || The Crescent Ballroom || Phoenix, AZ
Wed Oct 15 || Tricky Falls || El Paso, TX
Thurs Oct 16 || The Mohawk || Austin, TX
Fri Oct 17 || Republic New Orleans || New Orleans, LA
Sat Oct 18 || Bottletree || Birmingham, AL
Sun Oct 19 || Terminal West || Atlanta, GA
Tues Oct 21 || High Dive || Gainesville, FL
Wed Oct 22 || The Social || Orlando, FL
Sat Oct 25 || Black Cat || Washington, DC
Sun Oct 26 || Union Transfer || Philadelphia, PA
Tues Oct 28 || Terminal 5 || New York, NY

*live shot courtesy of Jeff Allen

July 17, 2014 at 2:30pm in news, Movement


Recommends: Tape Crackers

London director Rollo Jackson is amassing an impressive catalogue of music videos and documentaries, of which 'Tape Crackers' represents a singular, obsessive highlight. Focusing on the memories, music and Moschino of one particularly avid junglist Mike Finch, Jackson spends some solid time at home with this rabid raver and his massive collection of tapes from the rave era, as he talks us through the minutiae of the movement. Presented in a humbly no frills, straight to camera fashion, Finch's zeal for the sound draws you in and takes you back, and even if you never wore the ecstasy patterned jeans or collected the double cassette packs you'll likely feel a little nostalgia pang. Worth seeking out, it's a wicked time.

July 15, 2014 at 1:57pm in recommends


Listen: The Presets - No Fun (RUFUS Remix)

Rising Australian dance faves RÜFÜS have the first crack at remixing The Presets' techno decadence 'No Fun'. Taking the intensity a few notches down, the group recreate a profound club moment with beautiful colour washes.

The 'No Fun' remix package drops 1 August (AUS) / 4 August (UK) / 5 August (US) and will also feature reinterpretations from Australian house star Lancelot, Montreal Mau5trap signing Eekkoo, Belfast techno maestro Phil Kieran and new UK outfit Wax Wings.

July 14, 2014 at 2:16pm in news, The Presets


Listen: Bag Raiders - Savannah (Roland Tings Remix)

Bag Raiders' 'Nairobi / Savannah' EP is out now worldwide. Featuring the first new music from the duo in 3 years, the club-minded EP circles back to those dynamic dancefloor tracks that first put them on the map.

They've shared this raw energy with two remix producers - Zombie Disco Squad and Roland Tings - who dismantle the existing stems and really make it their own. You can grab a free download of Melbourne lab rat Roland Tings' deep sea 'Savannah' descent via XLR8R.

With love pouring in from Spin, Mixmag, Dancing Astronaut, Do Androids Dance, Less Than 3, and many more fine folk, and a forthcoming release on the horizon, 2014 is shaping up to be a good year for Bag Raiders. Stay tuned for more new music from the duo soon.

Get the Nairobi / Savannah EP here.

July 11, 2014 at 2:30pm in news


Listen: Cut Copy - Lights Shine On

Cut Copy took some time out from their Summer of Festivals today to premiere a brand new track 'Lights Shine On' via Stereogum. Conceived and recorded during the 'Free Your Mind' sessions, it brings a heady anthemic throb to the giddy balearics of the record.

It's taken from the forthcoming Deluxe Edition of 'Free Your Mind', which features five new tracks (three previously unreleased) and is out digitally on July 18 (Aus) / 21 (UK) / 22 (US). You can preorder it now.

Right after its release, the band embark on wave 2 of their Summer of Festivals including dates at Pukkelpop, Rock en Seine and a host of US shows. Full details at cutcopy.com

July 11, 2014 at 10:02am in news, Cut Copy



Modcast #188: Beni

Roaming party animal Beni celebrates the release of his new 'Protect / Can't Hide' EP in Australia tomorrow (14 July in the Uk), packaging some of his best work to date with versatile remixes from Prince Club, Indian Summer and wordlife. Losing sleep in anticipation, he's cooked up this playlist of club heaters, touching on the menacing 'Can't Hide' and 'Protect's 90s vocal house. Feel the energy and read on as we get to know this magnetic character.


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July 10, 2014 at 11:58am in modcast, Beni


Watch: Behind The Scenes of The Presets 'No Fun' Cube

Look behind the development and inspiration of The Presets and Googeplay's inventive 'No Fun' Cube.

If you're yet to play with it, the Cube displays six full-length music videos across the hexahedron surfaces, each with individual narratives, allowing you to twist, turn and manipulate your own unique audiovisual interpretation of 'No Fun' in real time. The video was directed by Barnaby Roper (Banks, David Bowie, Kanye West) and can be viewed here.

'No Fun' is now available on iTunes worldwide.

July 9, 2014 at 2:32pm in news, The Presets


 

Events

01.08.14 - Lollapalooza

Chicago, IL, USA

01.08.14 - Osheaga

Montreal, QC, Canada

02.08.14 - Lollapalooza

Chicago, IL, USA

05.08.14 - Red Rocks

Denver, Colorado

06.08.14 - Beni

Beach Road, Bondi, Australia

06.08.14 - Cut Copy

Belly Up Aspen, Aspen, CO

08.08.14 - Cut Copy

Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV, USA

09.08.14 - Outside Lands Festival

San Francisco, CA, USA

09.08.14 - Beni

Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, Australia

10.08.14 - Outside Lands Festival

San Francisco, CA, USA

14.08.14 - Pukkelpop Festival

Hasselt, Belgium

16.08.14 - Sonorama Festival

Burgos, Spain

22.08.14 - Paredes de Coura Festival

Porto, Portugal

24.08.14 - Rock En Seine

Paris, France

27.08.14 - Cut Copy

Magnolia, Milan, Italy

28.08.14 - Cut Copy

Zurich Open Air, Opfikon, Switzerland

10.09.14 - Cut Copy

The Wall, Taipei, Taiwan

13.09.14 - Cut Copy

Samsung Hall, Manila, Philippines

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