Hot on the heels of their Ill-Studio exposé, 12Mail gallery in Paris offers 'Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Forever' by London polymath Trevor Jackson. The former label head, DJ, producer, graphic designer and artist presents an abstract celebration of the vinyl record in the form of large scale reproductions of microscopic details of those holy grooves, which is showing now until May 16. Represented in completely unrecognisable but beautifully impressionist, monochromatic form are seminal records by The Beach Boys, Fingers Inc., Public Enemy and Jean Michael Jarre, amongst others.
To accompany the exhibition Jackson composed two tracks using samples of the records featured within that deftly compliments the dusty ambience of the work. A limited number of 12"s were produced and are out there now for those who are quick. Stay tuned for our own special projects with Trevor to emerge soon!
New on Erol Alkan's Phantasy Sound, which has so far brought us favourites like Connan Mockasin and Daniel Avery, as well as Erol's own magick, Ghost Culture's debut EP Mouth offers a deftly sparse, modern update of the classic sound of acid. Melodic, engaging and most importantly very body moving, Ghost Culture is no doubt one to watch. We look forward to hearing the likes of Mouth in a forest on an island with the moon just barely visible for the smoke machine on high this June.
This isn't the first time we've confessed our love for Hamilton, Ontario native Jessy Lanza. We've worked her sparkling debut Pull My Hair Back to the bone since it's release last year - the album being a compelling partnership of Jessy's subtle but seeping r'n'b hooks and the pitched down electronics of co-producer, Junior Boy and Roland Tings remixer Jeremy Greenspan.
The good tastes of Cut Copy have recruited her as main support for their current North American tour dates (posted below with our interview and playlist) which kicked off yesterday. We're imaging this cruisy mixtape is her pre-show warm up.
The latest release from Sydney's Movement is the slow-burning Like Lust, which recently picked up Pitchfork's Best New Track tag, reached the #1 spot on the Hype Machine, and has clocked up 200,000 Soundcloud plays in just over two weeks.
Norwegian Erlend Øye has been an idiosyncratic presence in our world for going on 20 years now. Skog, Kings of Convenience, The Whitest Boy Alive — all Øye projects, spanning folk through electronica, tinted blue and gold with his hopeful vocals, affecting without a hint of preciousness. His contribution to the DJ Kicks series was landmark, bringing indie rock kids to the dancefloor well before the dance punk explosion in New York City ensured every 20-something owned a neon visor.
As part of this year's international Record Store Day, Tame Impala will be releasing a 9-track live recording from a 2013 show in Chicago, simply titled Live Versions. The limited edition vinyl will be available on Record Store Day, Saturday April 19th, at participating record stores across the world.
A sneak peek at the EP, in the form of live favourite Be Above It, is available to stream here. Bask in the warm glow of a Tame Impala live show, and then on April 19th head down to your local record store and grab a copy of this extremely limited release.
Lotfy Nathan's study of the band of outsiders that take over the streets of Baltimore everyday on dirt bikes is a fascinating, visceral insight into a very particular rogue subculture made human by a particularly charming protagonist, Pug. Seen through Pug's eyes, and a camera riding down the main streets of Baltimore very much amongst the riders as they attempt to throw their bikes completely vertical (ie. "12 o'clock"). 12 O'Clock Boys pulls you in the midst of this barely legal brotherhood as Pug goes from a spectator to participant in this flamboyant street exhibition. Produced by the film company established by the dearly departed MCA, Oscilloscope Films.
Tame Impala's Kevin Parker drops a home recorded cover of Michael Jackson's ballad 'Stranger In Moscow' for the world wide web. Hear the dream weaver below while reading the interesting backstory of the song's mid-90s origins.
Modular and Carriageworks are joining forces to present 3 days of exclusive music performances, art, installations and contemporary ideas as part of VIVID 2014. Grounded in music and crossing art and design, Modulations looks at where these art forms intersect, overlap and influence each other.
Running from 6-8 June and featuring an exciting spectrum of internationally renowned and emerging artists, Modulations will be headlined by multi-award winning electronic pop legends Pet Shop Boys. Known for their collaborations across music, theatre, fashion and film, Pet Shop Boys are considered the most successful duo in UK music history. Their Modulations appearance, the only Australian performance of their 2013/14 Electric world tour, will be a rare opportunity to experience a truly spectacular multi-media concert, designed by acclaimed Creative Director Es Devlin, who has previously collaborated with Kanye West, Jay Z and Lady Gaga as well as designing the 2012 London Olympic Games Closing Ceremony. The Electric show incorporates film, lasers, breath-taking costumes and choreography - along with a catalogue of hits, and will be presented in an intimate and immersive environment, with an extremely limited capacity.
In addition to the Pet Shop Boys' exclusive performance, the program will also include Fred Deakin, formerly one half of UK electronic duo Lemon Jelly, whose work explores the realms of audiovisual remixing and interactive installations.
British pop art pillar Richard Hamilton made it one of his guiding principles to never sit still, a restless proponent of pop art whose oeuvre moved across painting, sculpture, collage, installation, design and photography, a selection of which is now on display in an extensive retrospective at the Tate Modern in London.
Whether it was recreations of a photograph of Mick Jagger, the work of Marcel Duchamp, the Guggenheim Museum, or his own paintings, the exhibition displays Hamilton as a deeply critical thinker with a fascinatingly transparent process, and one adept at translating his critiques into colourful, dazzling works of pop art.
Open until May 26.
Lucerna Music Bar, Prague, Czech Republic
Basen , Warsaw, Poland
Oakbank Racecourse , Oakbank, SA
Maitland Showground, Maitland, NSW
University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT
The Metro Theatre, Sydney, Australia
The Hi Fi, Melbourne, Australia
Prince of Wales Showground , Bendigo, VIC
Murray Sports Complex, Townsville, QLD
Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia
Capitol, Perth, Australia
Metro Theatre, Sydney, Australia
Rod Laver Arena , Melbourne, Australia
Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
170 Russell , Melbourne, Australia
Hay Park , Bunbury, WA