Last week, the music world and the world at large lost a great man in Charlie Cooper, known to many as one half of the Chicago/New Orleans duo Telefon Tel Aviv. Charlie left us on the eve of his group’s masterpiece Immolate Yourself ; iTunes has a special section featuring Telefon’s collected works for you to enjoy and share with others.
Two years ago, Ghostly also lost one of our main inspirations and heroes, David ‘Disco D’ Shayman, who produced songs for Santogold, 50 Cent, Trick Daddy, and many more new and upcoming musicians. For fans and friends of Disco D, you can keep up with news and updates on this Facebook page.
Information on donations and memorials in Charlie’s honor is forthcoming. The Ann Arbor teen center Neutral Zone accepts donations on Dave’s behalf to benefit their electronic music programs.
Yes, we agree that Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday invented in order to make single people suffer and promote consumption blah blah blah. This is why we’ve partnered with the Wordless Music Series for An Evening of Sensual Machine Music at NYC’s (Le) Poisson Rouge, an event that conveniently bucks anti-V-Day sentiment through the power of undeniably gorgeous/interesting music. On the eve of February 14th, check out live sets from Ghostly’s The Sight Below and Lusine, reverb-y guitar girl Grouper, and pianist Michael Brofman playing pieces by Erik “furniture music” Satie. Dinner will also be served. Tickets are available now. Fancy food, nice people, booze, various strains of sophisticated, electronic-minded ambient music – this is how Ghostly does romance.
Ghostly Swim, last year’s beloved collaboration between the Cartoon Network’s [Adult Swim] and Ghostly International, is back. The compilation is now available on iTunes as a high-quality download, and, on February 3rd, The Ghostly Store will stock an extremely limited run of Ghostly Swim CDs. (They’re free with purchases of $20 or more.) The 20-track comp features label mainstays like Matthew Dear, Michna, and School of Seven Bells alongside kindred spirits like Milosh, FLYamSAM, and Mux Mool. And the new version of Ghostly Swim includes a bonus track: Solvent ’s banging cover of Madonna’s “Hung Up.” It’s an ideal accompaniment to, say, pissing in your pants over Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law.
In honor of Ghostly’s upcoming 10-year anniversary, label founder/snazzy dresser Sam Valenti IV (aka SV4) curated a set of essential precursors to the Ghostly aesthetic and Michna whipped them into a 60-minute mix. The resulting Seeing Colors: Ghostly Influences was posted by Self-Titled magazine, and is available for stream and download at their website. Orbital? Check. Sascha Funke? Check. Giorgio Moroder? Check. The Smiths’ “Stop Me if You Think that You’ve Heard This One Before?” Damn straight.
Speaking of new tracks, the Simko-composed soundtrack to the upcoming particle-physics documentary The Atom Smashers will be released on Ghostly International in the coming months, and the Brussels-based Meakusma label will soon be releasing ruts, an audio/visual DVD compilation featuring a new Simko track with stunning visual accompaniment by Simko-collaborator Jeffrey Weeter.
This February, Kate is heading to Buenos Aires – she’ll be playing gigs around South America and working on a new album.
On Tuesday, January 6th, Radiohead main man Thom Yorke posted his favorite tracks of the week, which included The Sight Below’s “At First Touch.” (Read the full post here.) The second-to-most-recent list included three (!) tracks from Dabrye: “Air,” “Encoded Flow” (both from Two/Three), and his remix of King Midas Sound’s “One Ting.” Thanks Thom! Kinda goes without saying, but we like your music too.
Resident Advisor is tipping its hat to Spectral Sound’s 50th release and its strong run in 2008 – the label made it into RA’s Top 20 Labels of the Year list – with an exclusive giveaway contest. RA and Spectral are giving away the first 50 vinyl releases in the Spectral catalog to one lucky winner. It’s a much-coveted prize, and the corresponding trivia question is a toughy: What band’s vinyl-sleeve design inspired the original Spectral stock jackets? (The contest is open to RA members only – register here.)
Ghostly International’s dancefloor-oriented counterpart label Spectral Sound has been boggling minds and moving bodies for over eight years. Now, the mega-retrospective compilation Spectral Sound, Vol. 2 celebrates Spectral’s catalog of groundbreaking house and techno with standout tracks from each of the label’s first 50 releases. The compilation is sequenced chronologically, opening with Spectral’s first release – the razor-edged banger “Irreparably Dented” by a then-unknown DJ/producer named Matthew Dear – and progressing through James T. Cotton’s acid-house experimentation, Osborne’s smooth retro-disco, and Kate Simko’s elegant minimalism.
Our one piece of advice for 2009: listen to Deastro. Late last year, we released Keepers, an effervescent pop opus from a young, one-guy show from Detroit named Randolph Chabot who works under the moniker Deastro. The record was received with quietly passionate raves: Keepers grabbed a few key spots on critics’ year-end lists, and Deastro was just named Real Detroit Weekly’s Artist of the Year. On his upcoming album Moondagger (dropping this Spring), Chabot sends his anthems soaring with the help of a full band; the first single, “Parallelogram,” is available now. (You can become a fan of Deastro on Facebook, too.)