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


Recommends: Odd Waves

Recommends: Odd Waves

Here's a nice limited edition conceived by Sydney-based graphic designer Steele Bonus. 'Odd Waves' is a new 32-page risograph printed book, documenting an international movement of New Wave outsiders circa 1979-1985.

Through fuzzy photographic portraits lifted from obscure record covers that were only admired in tiny editions, a loose narrative is told, contrasting pop wannabes and art school punks. The corresponding mix CD is total madness too - Eastern European disco, narcotic Neue Deutsche Welle and naive DIY.

Only 300 copies exist and are available at Colette.

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June 10, 2014 at 11:24am in recommends


Recommends: Connan Mockasin - Forever Dolphin Love (Erol Alkan's Extended Rework)

FOR Festival is now only 10 days away and we're sitting here restless, anticipating the moonlight magic that Erol Alkan will drop alongside DARKSIDE, Haim, Erlend Øye, Kelela, Psychemagik and more. The London based DJ has a heady history DJing bugged out sets, promoting his infamous club night Trash and running Phantasy Sound, the label that has fostered the careers of Daniel Avery, Chilly Gonzales and kiwi oddball Connan Mockasin. Here we reflect on one of Erol's finest recordings - an epic beauty that reworks Connan's bliss to go on and on and on and on and on. For more eternal moments, buy a ticket to paradise here.

June 4, 2014 at 3:21pm in recommends


Recommends: Jodorowsky's Dune

Possibly the greatest movie never made? In the mid-70s, Chilean-French filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, the limitless imagination behind cult acid flicks El Topo and The Holy Mountain, dared to bring Frank Herbert's sci-fi epic Dune to life. He set out to recruit his fantasy lineup, including genius French illustrator Moebius and Alien designer H.R. Grigor, cast members Orson Welles, Salvador Dali, Mick Jagger and Amanda Lear, and animated prog giants Pink Floyd and Magma. Racking up millions of dollars in pre-production costs with a script that would result in a 10-hour film, the rug was pulled before a single shot commenced. A lapsed licensed then enabled David Lynch's grotesque vision of the novel. This fascinating walk through the doomed project's process will leave you sleepless wondering "what if?".

June 3, 2014 at 12:33pm 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

10.09.14 - Cut Copy

The Wall, Taipei, Taiwan

13.09.14 - Cut Copy

Samsung Hall, Manila, Philippines

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