Bopping awkwardly at my desk… all day long.

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Oh yes, I am hooked on you Lord Huron.

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"Get Loose" w/ Butchers of Sky Valley - Wednesday Release Show!

Butchers of Sky Valley, an Indie Rock/Blues duo from New York, is identified by sexy, raw guitars and brooding, crooner vocals.  Bridging a classic rock sound with a cutting edge appeal, their songs could be compared to the likes of The Black Keys, ZZ Top and Queens of the Stone Age.  

 

Their new single “Get Loose” b/w “It’s Not The Pale Moon That Excites Me” is a prelude to their forthcoming album anticipated to release in early 2013.  The single is currently out digitally (on Itunes, Amazon, Spotify and Google Play) while the physical 7” vinyl (w/download card) will release on November 13, 2012 via Heeled & Heavy Records.    

 

Butchers of Sky Valley will be previewing the album in its entirety at their Single Release party this week, November 14th at Fig. 19 where the 7” vinyl will be available (in addition to the stores listed below).  Check out the Facebook invite for more details.


The 7” vinyl is available in the following stores across Manhattan and Brooklyn:

 

Manhattan

Academy Records                    415 E 12th St             New York, NY 10009

Rebel Rebel                            319 Bleeker St             New York, NY 10014

Village Music World                197 Bleeker St             New York, NY 10012

Generation Records                 210 Thompson St        New York, NY 10012

Tropicalia in Furs                     304 East 5th St           New York, NY 10003

 

Brooklyn

Academy Records Annex        96 N 6th St                  Brooklyn, NY  11211

Heaven Street                       184 Noll St                    Brooklyn, NY  11206


Interview: Choir Of Young Believers

      

By: Matthew Vega

Wristbands littering the streets? Check. Lines in front of bars you normally wouldn’t go to? Yup. Free booze and superstar DJ sets? Double check. Well, it can only mean one thing here in NY- CMJ was upon us. If you were in New York this past week, chances are you caught a glimpse of, or had tickets to, a CMJ related event. This year brought a plethora of up and coming talent to New York City, all hoping to catch the attention of fans and record labels alike.

One standout show in particular was a personal favorite, Copenhagen nativesChoir Of Young Believers (Ghostly International.) Their last LP, Rhine Gold, was an exquisite work- a combination of visceral lyrics, cinematic soundscapes, and orchestrated indie rock (check out the Spotify stream at the bottom.) After a week of shows in New York, I was able to check in with lead singer/guitarist Jannis Makrigiannis and bassist Jakub Millung at Spike Hill in Williamsburg.

You’ve toured all over the world and you’re originally from Copenhagen. After touring the US, do you find there is a distinguishable difference between the audiences that come to your shows overseas vs. here in the US?

Actually yes, you know I think one of the main things is that overseas the crowds are a bit more stiff, a bit more self-concious. Everyone sort of stands around, arms crossed, but here you find that audiences get into the music more, let themselves go. You can see visually that they’re having a good time. We definitely enjoy the audiences here for that reason.

As soon as you listen to the first track on your latest LP, Rhine Gold, you’re brought somewhere exotic and cinematic. Has traveling to so many countries affected some of the production choices you have made?

Jannis as a songwriter has so many influences and instead of like trying to like go in one direction in order to try please (anyone) or keep some kind of  focus….it’s just a question of like gathering all the stuff you love. Maybe sometimes we’d whatever, listen to some middle eastern music, and you might hear that. The other important thing to say is that we worked with two different production teams from the first album to the second album, and actually they both played quite a part in the creation of that sound. Once we started working with Aske from Oh No Ono and Nis from Thulebasen on Rhine Gold, we would listen to older stuff, 70s vibey stuff like Fleetwood Mac and 10cc. They sort of threw themselves into it, and I think they have a lot of marks on the sound.

      

Jannis, is songwriting something that comes easy and often for you, or do you need to take yourself to a place mentally in order for the juices to flow?

Songwriting used to come easy to me, until about half a year ago. I’m having a writers block at the moment, so maybe I should…and I’m getting kind of nervous about it…I should go somewhere. I mean I feel very inspired but nothing is coming. I hope it comes again soon!

Do you find that you’re able to write while on the road?

We played one new song today that wich we haven’t recorded and that song is one that we’ve been working on for a very long time. We’ve been working on it while on tour in the the way that weve been practicing it at soundchecks and trying it out and changing things. So I don’t write on tour, but I arrange and kind of work on songs that I’ve written at home. While you’re on tour you want to change the set every night and want something new to happen every night.

What’s next, anything in the pipeline?

We want to go home and record I think- we want to record an EP soon-ish when we’re off tour. So probably around November/December.

Album stream below

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The Mixdown: Daphni - Jiaolong

By: Matthew Vega

Dan Snaith refuses to settle for just one: one name, one sound, or one standard. For years, the soft-spoken Canadian has been anything but standard. Trekking around the globe, he grandstands as his various aliases that consist of Caribou, Daphni, and the now defunct Manitoba. If you haven’t heard of him by now, just look at the exhaustive lists of 2010’s top albums, and find that Swim appeared on a solid 9 of them. Or you might have caught the Caribou Vibration Ensemble opening for none other than Radiohead this past spring. It’s also very possible that Snaith’s recent Spin Magazine interview was feed-fed to you, where he concisely explains his disdain for the “EDM barfsplosion” currently saturating pop music. One thing is certain, if you haven’t crossed paths with this artisan purveyor of synth, it’s high time you get familiar.

On October 16th 2012, Snaith intends to release Jiaolong (Merge) under his Daphni moniker, an immersive tour de force of surprising, evolving, and occasionally timeless dance tracks, procured from his desire to push the limits of what the genre can be. Jiaolong ends up as  a serious depart from the “rituals and cliches” in pop music. In a recent interview Snaith said:

The whole point of this music is for it to sound like something unexpected and genuinely live and improvised is happening, so when I was DJing it in a club, people would get that feeling that like: ‘What on earth is going to happen next? We don’t know where this music’s going!

That is precisely the kind of mandate for quality that Snaith’s listeners have come to expect, and for good reason. Snaith is no stranger to the dance floor. As early as 2003, he frequented London record shops and was spending time with Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys in Canada, (whom he credits an introduction to Detroit techno,) making music under Manitoba. These are undoubtedly some influences that shaped Snaith’s DJ selections and production technique, earning him top spots on the indie charts and in DJ booths alike.

From this time he’s churned out remixes for Hot Chip, Carl Craig, Sinkane, and Art Department, all receiving the Daphni treatment, not to mention a fantastically curated Swim remix album. These pieces have assisted in securing Snaith as a force to be reckoned with when it comes to all things BPM.

One would assume touring with one of the worlds most recognized bands, Radiohead, has left little time for any superficial side projects such as Daphni, and Snaith has admitted that some of these tracks are, in fact, years old. Most would shy from revealing comments such as the former, however Jiaolong has a worldly, timeless feel throughout, and dates cease to be relevant. Not since Swim has there been a electronic release so full of surprises, so organic in selection, and so meticulously crafted together, that it borders on mechanical. You’re immediately beguiled to keep listening.

The first single, Ye Ye, released in March of 2011 on Text Records, is a pumping, breathy track, sprinkled with a “yeah, yeah” house vocal hit and schizophrenic shakes. This was and was the first release by Daphni through Four Tet’s label. Upon first listen, you’d immediately understand that this is Caribou after hours, and not by chance; Snaith has been hard at work making sure there is a balance of power in all the audible emotion.

An always-humble Snaith explained in a recent interview that these tracks were “created quickly”, dismissing any sort of complex explanation. Quick in this case was not of detriment, and his mastery and control of all things audible becomes immediately apparent when listening to Jiaolong as soon as the first afro-beat sample is looped on Cos-Ber-Zam - Ne Noya. The intelligent house found here is an AMG engine: hand crafted and fine tuned to its greatest potential. 

The lines between Caribou and Daphni at times fade throughout, and comparisons become audible on “Jiao,” a jagged, Mediterranean tinged parade, injected with a smattering of hi-hats and a strong unwavering melody that melts into a percussive rhythmic groove. However, if it’s 1am “club bangers” and “a drop” you’re looking for, you will be disappointed with Jiaolong. This is a record that simmers on the dance floor until it’s a nice golden brown, with flare-ups every so often that remind you where Snaith comes from, and where he wants to go. He thrives at creating tension on stand out tracks like “Light” and “Ahora,” with the latter instantly capturing you with its melodic, reverb laden flute melody. As complex as Jiaolong may seem, it is also very simple and accessible- a valiant, fruitful, and satisfying attempt to bring diversity to the increasingly stagnant state of EDM and club.

Check out the video for “Ye Ye” below by Jane Eastlight

 

DON’T MISS THIS MULTIMEDIA DANCE EVENT FRIDAY AND SATURDAY IN GREENPOINT — We will be there!
virtuosicdance:

VDP and The People Movers are producing an evening of dance; “All The Pretty Stings” September 14th and 15th in Williamsburg. Shows starts at 8:00pm at the Triskelion Arts Center, 118 North 11th st, between Wythe and Barry. 

DON’T MISS THIS MULTIMEDIA DANCE EVENT FRIDAY AND SATURDAY IN GREENPOINT — We will be there!

virtuosicdance:

VDP and The People Movers are producing an evening of dance; “All The Pretty Stings” September 14th and 15th in Williamsburg. Shows starts at 8:00pm at the Triskelion Arts Center, 118 North 11th st, between Wythe and Barry. 

Lollipops by Carl Kleiner

hannahteak:

I love this new work by Carl Kleiner: Lollipops 
Says the artist: ‘Im a collector of different materials, and I have a lot of samples arranged in my studio window. I re-arrange them every now and then. It is like my japanese garden.
One hot summer day I built a composition looking like an ice cream that I felt Ettore Sottsass would have liked, and I felt very inspired and made this series.’
Represented by Mini Title
Love this.  Reminds me of my mom’s line drawings as a kid.

Love this.  Reminds me of my mom’s line drawings as a kid.

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Work for a visionary company embedded in a creative field, yet dedicated to technological excellence. This highly reputed, and funded, Start-up is seeking a highly skilled developer that is no stranger to building robust scalable back-end systems with collaborative teams.

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Job Openings NYC

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For more information on the jobs below, email talent@bklynhaus.com with your interest, your resume and links to your work.

1. Planning Director/ 5-7 yrs exp.

For an award-winning mid-size shop | New York, NY

Lead the integrated planning team at an award-winning mid-size shop. This opportunity is perfect for stellar planners who are traditionally trained, yet extremely digitally fluent; perfect for a creatively motivated individual who looks to initiate movements, not just campaigns.

2. UX/ interaction designer/ 5-7 yrs exp.

For a leader in health and wellness | New York, NY

A unique client-side product team in the health and wellness industry is seeking creative innovators who excel at shaping mobile and web interactions for premium user experiences.

3. Associate Creative director/ 5-7 yrs exp.

For an agency pioneer for digital luxury brands | New York, NY

Within an open minded collective, you’ll be responsible for leading and inspiring the creative team in crafting innovative ideas, impeccable design solutions and cultivate close client relationships. Nimble, dedicated, with a great sense of humor and kind of a geek? This job’s for you.

4. Product Manager

For a company named one of the “20 Innovative Start-ups of 2011” | New York, NY

Are you a product geek/ fashion lover? Don’t miss out on the chance to define the vision and strategy for this forward thinking tech-focused start-up. Self-starters, goal oriented and tech savvy individuals will thrive in this hands-on and collaborative environment.

5. Developer

For a company named one of the “20 Innovative Start-ups of 2011” | New York, NY

Work for a visionary company embedded in a creative field, yet dedicated to technological excellence. This highly reputed, and funded, Start-up is seeking a highly skilled developer that is no stranger to building robust scalable back-end systems with collaborative teams.

6. Senior Digital Producer/ 5+ yrs exp.

For a luxury brand, client side | New York, NY

Calling all mobile and digital aficionados - these guys want you. You’ll be spearheading creative and multi-channel new media and social media initiatives for a portfolio of leading brands and products within the Digital Innovation group at a client-side luxury brand.

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