I love this line from David Morris’ review of Dylan Ettinger’s New Age Outlaws:
Like so much of the new psych, New Age Outlaws is less about imagining than about remembering what it was like to imagine.
It’s true; in the past year or so a lot of time has been spent on memory – personal, collective, societal, distorted, old, new, fabricated memories, displayed abstractly through hazily appropriated retro sound and visual art. The question still remains: will this peering backwards through a skewed looking glass create an unrecognizable future? Or will we just re-frame the past as our present until the difference, musically, between them has lost its meaning?
In Bb 2.0
A YouTube Music Collaboration
Using only user-submitted YouTube videos as “instruments,” Darren Solomon from Science For Girls has put together an interesting little “collaborative music and spoken word project.” Contributors submit videos featuring sound in the key of B flat (or spoken words), and then the videos can be played in any order, simultaneously, with YouTube’s volume controls on each video. It’s basically a YouTube mixing board, but it makes for a pretty cool ambient piece and it’s a totally unique experience per listen. Check it out here.
Solomon is also involved in a similar project with Northern State University in South Dakota called marker/music that’s definitely worth checking out as well.
Tyler The Creator
The new vibe for rising stars in America. Goblin is out in April on Odd Future.
• Tyler The Creator: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tyler-The-Creator/208977538477
• Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All: http://oddfuture.tumblr.com/
“Shadows on Behalf”
Stones Throw have signed The Stepkids. The group’s self-titled, reel-to-reel, futuristic electro-soul debut is due in the fall. It’s coming out on Stones Throw. Did I already mention that?
[Photo: Chad Anderson]
Mixed-Media Art Compilation
With print media on the decline, it’s always refreshing to actually hold new publications (that aren’t PEOPLE magazine). Columbus Ohio’s PRISM Index is an exuberant attempt to capture many facets of modern art in the form of a CD, DVD, and 80-page handmade book. This thing is pretty cool, featuring over 50 artists (some well known, others not) plodding through xeroxed pie recipes, “infomercial aesthetics,” and outsider watercolor art, among other things. Check out lots of content below. The visual art is by Luke Ramsey, Lisa Hanawalt, and Old Time Relijun’s Arrington de Dionyso, respectively.
According to the Index press release:
In an attempt to appease audiences’ wide tastes and hopefully expose them to new styles, artists, and ideas, the compilation features an eclectic mix of contributors and content. The main connection between these artists are their vehemently independent personalities and output, but with these seemingly disparate pieces PRISM index attempts to create a harmony with the art. Some of the highlights from the PRISM index #1 include: cult filmmaker Trent Harris on his friendship with seminal artist Bruce Connor, legendary underground filmmakers George and Mike Kuchar discussing UFO’s, illustrations from the recent “Ignatz Outstanding Comic” winner Lisa Hanawalt, inner turmoil and comedy of a troubled man through unsent suicide letters, vagabond lullabies, homosexuality’s connection with orange juice, an exotic zoology program, and a tale of gold diggers in shocking pink.