No tweeting, no hipster hats, all laptops on mute, just shut the fuck up sometimes, no tweeting please thank you, no blogging, no negative blog viewing, don’t tell anyone anything about anything we are doing, no racking focus while music is being played or music is being made, total focus on this project in all studios, no acoustic guitars in the studio, no pictures.
Kanye graces the cover of the newest Complex mag and to go along with the feature they have an extended 40 image gallery documenting the recording of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, shot by Nabil Elderkin. Check it out here, along withe the full cover story here.
Chromeo recently hit up Justin Saunders from JJJJound and asked him to put together a JJJJound like image blog – titled CCCChroemeo – inspired by Chromeo’s album “Business Casual.” When I first checked this, I wasn’t sure if Chroemo was ripping on JJJJound, or if they actually teamed up… Stoked it was the latter, because this looks like a pretty fun project! (p.s. look out for the streaming music that you can’t turn off)
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony – Thuggish Ruggish Bone Sleater-Kinney – Dance Song 97 David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust Black Sabbath – Iron Man Hole – Malibu Neil Young – Rockin in the Free World Patty Smyth – Goodbye To You The Doors – Break on Through Eric Bourdon & the Animals – Goodtimes Ol Dirty Bastard – Brooklyn Zoo
Trevor Jackson, who we’ve posted on before, has a profile on the ongoing series with Vice and Intel called The Creators Project. The video gives you a look into Jackson’s life as a designer, musician, and label owner. It also covers Jackson’s recent switch from living in a house with thousands or records and other items, to putting it all in storage and basically living/working out of his laptop and few small pieces of hardware. Keep reading to check out the video and make sure to spend some time on The Creators Project site. With almost 50 profiles up already and even more to come, there some great content and endless inspiration to keep you day rolling.
Madlib covers this week’s LA Weekly, which goes along with a cover story/interview inside. This dude is one of my favorite producers hands down. If you are not in LA (which a lot of you probably aren’t) and can’t pick up a copy, you can read it HERE.
Click below to check out assorted Madlib related gems that I could find decent videos for on YouTube.
I don’t know much about John Mayer or his music, but I do know he’s got a pretty rad Tumblr page going, where he has been posting some of his own photos and videos. Out of the thing’s I do know, one of them is that he’s into photography and is actually a pretty decent photographer. Shooting with a Leica M9 and a Canon 5D the photos on the site give you a little glimpse into John Mayer’s life. What prompted this post though, was a “A Life in The Day” video he shot on his 5D. “A mostly first-person chronicle of the day’s events leading up to a performance in Wollongong, Australia”.
A Nice Set is a touring exhibition of DJ slipmats that were given to 33 artists to do their thing on. The show has been touring all over the world and is making a big stop in New York tonight (May 4th) at Reed Space. In addition to all the art, on of Defgrip’s favorite DJ’s Tyler Askew will be spinning at the party, so if you are in the city, you should definitely stop by and check it out!
Ride, Rise, Roar, is a David Byrne concert documentary I’ve been personally anticipating now for a while! Directed by Hillman Curtis and shot by Ben Wolf. They follow Byrne, Brian Eno, Dancers, and choreographers, as they document songs, live stage performances, behind the scenes rehearsals, and interviews, giving a glimpse of what its like to go on tour around the world, and the creative process that goes behind it! It will be premiering at this years SXSW film festival in Austin TX. check out the trailer here, I cant wait to see it!
Kids and mixtapes. How many times would you record your favorite songs off the radio on to tape. I definitely have stacks and stacks of tapes that are probably still at my parents house in a box somewhere…
After three amazing weeks in Brooklyn, I’m back in Vancouver with a million things to catch up on! The sun is shining and things are good on the west coast. Good music is always key for a productive work day, so if you are like me and need to get your ass in gear, check out some great tracks and mixes on Fully Fitted, a blog run by Alex XXXChange, Pase Rock and a handful of other great DJ’s!
Peter Schilling – Major Tom Poison – Ride The Wind Snapcase – Energy Dome Jimi Hendrix – Crosstown Traffic The Sounds – Reggie Chamillionaire – Ridin Dirty Billy Idol – Sweet Sixteen The Cure – End of the World (live) Young Buck Feat T.I., Ludacris – Stomp remix Motley Crue – Girls, Girls, Girls
A good friend of mine Corey Fuller has just released his new CD over at dragonseyerecordings entitled Seas Between. I have yet to actually listen to the whole album myself, but I can say that Corey’s work, whether in audio or video is always packing perfection to the smallest detail! check out dragonseyerecordings for more info!
Charlotte Gainsbourg has done a lot of notable things in the 25 years since she performed this controversial hit song with her dad; my most recent favorite being the song “Heaven Can Wait” with Beck, and its incredible video directed by Keith Schofield.
Click here for the Director’s Cut and an explanation which points out that the crazy and confusing images in this video are actually re-creations of found photos.