Recommends: Club Mod & Sharooz

Club Mod is an independent label centred on the instinctual energy of the dancefloor, releasing singles and EPs by a network of geographically scattered, spiritually linked kinfolk for those who like to move their body - and is relaunched today with details of new releases forthcoming from Sharooz and Baio and a bold new aesthetic courtesy of renowned designer Trevor Jackson.

Club Mod is developed by a trans-continental team to bring some of the most resonant sounds of house, techno and disco from clubs all over the map into the one entranced tribe. With due respect to the formative days in New York, Chicago and Detroit, reinterpreted through London, Paris and Berlin, and from our own roots in Australia, Club Mod amplifies those getting busy with the sound of tomorrow.

Preorder Sharooz on digital and Baio on both vinyl and digital.

July 31, 2014 at 7:14pm in recommends


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


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


Recommends: Fast Forward

Recommends: Fast Forward

It's difficult to recall the time when accessing music wasn't so easy. From November 1980-October 1982, Melbourne radio presenters Bruce Milne and Andrew Maine and graphic designer Michael Trudgeon published 'Fast Forward', an innovation on the fanzine format created to spread sounds and ideas among music communities. Housed in a screen printed softcase, the bi-monthly package contained a cassette tape of post-punk related interviews and music, with a corresponding fold out magazine.

Online archive Spill Label has lovingly scanned and ripped the 13 issue's contents, preserving an incredible point of access and reference to the era's local and overseas underground culture. The cassettes offer the only documents of Rowland S Howard's 'Shivers', performed by The Young Charlatans, and Pel Mel's demo of 'No Word From China', alongside interviews with The Fall, Pere Ubu, The Cramps, The Cure and Kraftwerk, arguably all at their prime and most eager to discuss their work, often accompanied by rare live recordings.

Admire excerpts of the astonishingly progressive design below.

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July 8, 2014 at 4:59pm in recommends


Recommends: High Maintenance

13 episodes in, High Maintenance delivers a subtly comedic web series that explores the habits and habitats of a cross section of New York who share the same weed dealer (played by co-creator Ben Sinclair, also the star of Cut Copy's latest video Meet Me In The House Of Love). Our nameless protagonist cycles the neighbourhood sedating his stressed out clientele who are struggling to deal with subletting nightmares, unsustainable diets, intolerable bosses and terminal cancer, forming well-written and relatable character portraits. Dial a pizza and press play.

July 1, 2014 at 3:41pm in recommends


Recommends: Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton

LA's Stones Throw Records has always been a beacon of infallible excellence, with an enviable roster curated by founder and chief Peanut Butter Wolf, enviable artistic direction by the brilliant, elusive Jeff Jank, and a enigmatic MVP in the shape of Madlib the bad kid. It's a label that has not only endured but constantly evolved and surprised with their eclectic, endlessly creative output from a fertile, colourful family of musical misfits, fearlessly led by the Papa Wolf.

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton is a documentary film that slips behind the curtain and recounts the history of the label as told by the often seen but rarely heard Wolf, his artists and their various admirers. It's a fascinating story full of revealing anecdotes, highlighting the label's two distinct phases pre and post-Dilla and exposing Wolf as an incredibly articulate, determined visionary behind a legendary label that's 18 years young with no signs of slowing. File under inspirational viewing.

June 24, 2014 at 6:57am in recommends


Recommends: PC Music

Recommends: PC Music

Over the last year or so PC Music has emerged as the most exciting new label/collective around. Spiritually similar, and certainly associated with rising London producer Sophie, the PC Music crew are creating some of the most avant garde and divisive dance music in recent memory.

Light on information, the label's website pairs stunning art direction with ultra saccharine yet sublimely understated tracks. The sound could be seen as UK Bass inverted: a bright and sugary slap to the face of that sound's morose beige-ness.

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June 17, 2014 at 2:15pm in recommends


Recommends: Temples - Shelter Song

Temples' cool take on psych-pop, glam and folk-rock will be in full bloom at Hvar. This tune really kick started their career, prompting Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher to claim them as the best new band in Britain. It's bound to turn FOR Festival into liquid, becoming one with the Adriatic Sea.

June 16, 2014 at 6:43pm in recommends


Recommends: Mark Ronson's Vinyl Collection

Super producer Mark Ronson brings his supreme cuts to FOR Festival next week. In this video he shares some of his DJ philosophies along with memories of getting Prince up off his set, playing with Q-Tip and the music that inspired the initial sessions with Amy Winehouse. With a collection this massive, who knows what records he'll pack for his Croatian sojourn.

June 11, 2014 at 3:38pm in recommends


 

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

04.09.14 - Movement

Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, Australia

04.09.14 - Movement

Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, Australia

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