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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?".
Neneh Cherry has been remixed by the cream of the crop over her lengthy career, with the likes of Massive Attack, Kevin Saunderson, Masters At Work, Lindstrom & Prins Thomas, Air and Fourtet all jumping at the opportunity to reinterpret her wonder. Falcon & Fabian had a secret weapon on their chill 90s breakbeat take on 'Buddy X' - a rare verse from none other than Biggie Smalls in one of his earliest features. Way to trump the rest. Hoping Neneh and her band RocketNumberNine play 'Buddy X' amongst the classics at FOR Festival, as the sun sets over the Croatian island of Hvar.
Vampire Weekend's bass-wielding Chris Baio has a musical double life, making melancholic dance music under the moniker Baio. His 2013 EP, Mira, leads with the title track - a 6 minute house jammer that is sonically continents away from his work in his Grammy Award-winning band.
Baio will be opening for our dudes Movement at their FOR warm-up show at the Ace Hotel in London on June 16th, and he'll also be joining Movement, and many others including Neneh Cherry, Kelela, Mark Ronson, and Klaxons at FOR Festival this June 19th-22nd. Tickets and more info here.
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