Our apologies for the short notice: This afternoon, School of Seven Bells will be performing a live acoustic set on National Public Radio’s World Cafe program with host David Dye. The set airs from 2pm-4pm EST on WXPN in Philadelphia. Non-Philadelphians can stream it live from XPN’s website or find your local NPR affiliate here. Later today, the entire program, including School of Seven Bells’ entire set and interview, will be available on NPR’s website. If you think Alpinisms’ songs sound good with all of the studio bells and whistles, wait till you hear them all intimate ‘n stripped down – it’s pretty breathtaking.
Detroit is the Midwest metropolis closest to our heart, the city where it all began, the cradle of Ghostly civilization. (Well, Ann Arbor really, but you get the idea.) Next month, from May 23rd-25th, the jewel of Michigan is hosting the annual Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF), and we’re showing our hometown pride by sending Audion, Lusine, The Sight Below, Seth Troxler, Kate Simko, and Ryan Elliott to shake things down at Movement 2009. Check out DEMF’s full lineup and get tickets here.
And by sheer coincidence (ahem), we’re throwing installment three of our 10th-anniversary spectacular in Detroit on Saturday, May 23rd, featuring live performances from Deastro, Michna with Raw Paw, Telefon Tel Aviv, and Tycho with DJ sets from Mike Servito and Tour Detroit. RSVP at the show’s Facebook event, and pick up advance tickets at The Ghostly Store.
In honor of our ongoing 10-year anniversary celebration, we’ve discounted select releases from our back catalogue over at The Ghostly Store.
First up is 2002’s Disco Nouveau comp, a compendium of the “robot disco” sound (see: Giorgio Moroder), as pumped through the ears of 14 electronic-music luminaries including Daniel Wang, Adult., Solvent, and Susumu Yokota. For a limited time, you can download Disco Nouveau for only $4.99 at The Ghostly Store. Not bad.
The Ghostly Store just acquired a few new items, including some extremely limited-edition tee-shirts that look good while you’re riding your bike, eating al fresco, planting saplings, or whatever it is you like to do in the springtime.
Ryan Stephens (aka Electric Seaweed) designed a suite of three tee-shirts for Ghostly—irreverent, double-take-inducing images (a shark with braces, for instance) printed on soft, heathered shirts.
We’ve also got a scant handful of 10-year anniversary tees left in stock. The shirts feature a (literally) shocking image designed by Andy Gilmore printed on black vintage-style American Apparel tees, and were previously available only at our West Coast 10th anniversary parties.
We’ll be celebrating all year, but these shirts will be gone forever in no time, so get’em while you can. (And, hey, you can follow us on Twitter to get a 10% discount.)
Denmark’s Choir of Young Believers came to us as in a dream: floating in through the window on wings of reverb, draped in pale robes, whispering sweet nothings that sent shivers down our spines. Led by singer/mastermind Jannis Makrigiannis, the Choir play vast orchestral pop laced with classically epic melodies.
Choir of Young Believers’ debut full-length This Is for the White In Your Eyes will be out soon, but in the meantime, their first single, “Action/Reaction,” drops May 26th.
Yes, you read the headline correctly. To thank you for 10 years of supporting Ghostly International’s artists, we’ve discounted every single full-length we’ve ever released at ye olde iTunes. Everything from Dabrye’s One/Three to the recent acclaimed debuts of School of Seven Bells and Deastro—all are on sale for a limited time.
So, please, download any Ghostly album you wish for $7.99 [double albums just $11.99] in full iTunes Plus glory.
This sale will self-destruct on May 1st, so tell your friends. Or better yet, just buy them a record and act like you’re some kind of hero.
137 Films’ science documentary The Atom Smashers follows a group of Fermilab particle physicists in their tumultuous search for the Higgs Boson particle, otherwise referred to as the “God Particle” and “The Holy Grail of Physics.” In creating Music from the Atom Smashers, Kate Simko drew upon her background as a classically trained pianist and composer while harnessing the power of her own sparse, floor-filling techno productions. And while Kate’s soundtrack blends seamlessly with the film, amplifying the drama and adding wonder to the moments of discovery, the score also operates as a top-shelf SMM album, hovering serenely between stately minimalism, richly textured ambient tones, and sly, melodic techno.
“The Count,” an absurdly funky track off Osborne’s new Hovercrafting EP, takes its name from Todd Osborn’s favorite character on the Detroit-area American Bandstand homage The New Dance Show. The video for “The Count” is composed entirely of clips from The New Dance Show’s early-’80s heyday, and it’s full of classic ‘80s outfits and dance moves and sequins on everything and you just gotta see it.
After Alpinisms hit store shelves back in October of ‘08, School of Seven Bells hit the road, and have more or less stayed there since, honing their guitar/dual vocalists/pre-recorded beats format into a particularly engrossing live show. The Bells’ endless tour is continuing into the foreseeable future, including a stint with witchy woman Bat for Lashes, a headlining tour in Australia, and a plum slot at the UK’s All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in May. Check the dates here.
Today marks the release of Osborne’s Hovercrafting EP, a four-song followup to the Detroit producer’s critically beloved full-length Osborne. The EP’s centerpiece is an extended mix of “Wait a Minute” (previously a standout from the Ghostly Swim compilation), an irresistible swirl of Rhodes and talkbox that’s certainly among Osborne’s best tracks. A remix from Arto Mwambe and brand-new bangers “Fire” and “The Count” round out the EP. It’s yet another eclectic ode to the joys of house music from Todd “hovercraft builder” Osborn.
Also, Osborne’s new podcast, called MUMMENSCHANZ, is up on GhostlyCast. Have a listen here. (Open in iTunes)