Matthew Dear is re-assuming his Audion guise and debuting a boatload of new material at next month’s Winter Music Conference in Miami. Spectral’s best – and their best buds – are out to support him. Should be fun. Here’s the info:
Spectral Sound & SAFE present:
“The Return of Losing It”
feat. AUDION (Live, WMC Exclusive), Kate Simko (Live), Seth Troxler, Lee Curtiss, Clark Warner, and Konrad Black
Date: Friday, March 27th (11pm-5am)
Venue: Grass (28 NE 40th Street, Design District, Miami, FL)
Tickets: $15 advance
In the months since we released Michna’s full-length debut Magic Monday, our boy’s been busy, DJing around NYC as Egg Foo Young, cooking up a storm, and assembling the four-piece band that would become the ultimate Michna live-show experience: Raw Paw. In Raw Paw, Michna works the turntables and laptop electronics (and blows a mean trombone) alongside friends on drums, bass, and trumpet. The quartet distends Magic Monday’s neck-deep beats into multi-instrumental jams – supplemented by eye-popping live video manipulation – that take the music’s energy to new heights of style and body-moving substance. Michna and the ‘Paw are kicking off their tour this Thursday, and playing many, many more shows in the coming months. Have a look at Michna’s itinerary here.
Today marks the release of the second single from School of Seven Bells’ Alpinisms, “Iamundernodisguise.” An electronic calypso marked by ping-ponging percussion and one of the Deheza sisters’ slinkier melodies, “Iamundernodisguise” teases out School of Seven Bells’ sinister side within the parameters of a darkly catchy pop song. Repetition is the key here, as the Dehezas sing breathy, cryptic promises (“I am neither walker nor sleeper / I am neither sister, brother, son, nor daughter”) over and over as the beat goes on. The limited 7” vinyl + digital download is available now at The Ghostly Store, as are pre-orders for the extremely limited 180-gram vinyl release of Alpinisms. Get’em while they’re scalding.
“The first thing that popped into our heads was the word ‘lush’,” says director Toby Halbrooks of brainstorming for the video for School of Seven Bells’ “Half Asleep.” Halbrooks’ video for “Half Asleep” (from the trio’s full-length debut, Alpinisms, now available on 180-gram vinyl) strikes an appropriately somnambulant tone, switching back and forth between shots of twin vocalists Alejandra and Claudia Deheza – occasionally causing the viewer to question whether they are, in fact, the same person – as the sisters take a rain-flecked car ride through their native New York. Staring out the window, the Dehezas are obscured by purple lens flares and orange chrysanthymum blooms, shaken by jittery camera tricks, and visited by translucent green ghosts. No conflict, no resolution – just a moment of strange beauty hanging in suspended animation.
Big ol’ weekend for Ghostly/Spectral artists out and about:
02.07 Matthew Dear w/ Derek Plaslaiko @ Rebel
(New York City, NY)
02.07 Ryan Elliott @ Winter Blast (Detroit, MI)
02.07 Deastro @ Lager House (Detroit, MI)
02.07 School of Seven Bells @ Terrace F. Club (Princeton, NJ)
02.08 School of Seven Bells @ Underground Cafe (Pittsburgh, PA)
It also bears mentioning that tix for our upcoming Valentine’s Day concert with Lusine, The Sight Below, and Grouper are still on sale, as are tix for our San Francisco 10-Year Anniversary spectacular. Buy’em.
After shattering domes with his remix for the Hyerdub label last year, Dabrye’s still coming correct, dropping another remix featuring MF Doom on limited Japanese 7”. Dabrye also makes a guest appearance on this month’s new PPP (formerly Platinum Pied Pipers) album featuring Two/Three collaborator Waajeed. Fingers crossed for more from the mysterious man – we’ll keep you posted.