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GHOSTLY DISCOVERY: DELICIOUS, NUTRITIOUS

July 30, 2009

GHOSTLY DISCOVERY: DELICIOUS, NUTRITIOUS

Since Ghostly Discovery dropped last week, our little app has done rather well for itself. Discovery’s been hovering around iTunes Top Free Music Apps [opens in iTunes] all week, and folks have said some pretty nice things:

“Discovery represents a unique departure from the ‘if you like this, you’ll like this’ approach to streaming music…” – Coolhunting.com

“Ghostly Discovery: There are two reasons to download this app, both pretty convincing. First is the music selection, drawing from the Ghostly label’s eclectic stable of artists (if you like them, you’ll have heard the name). Broadly, though, it’s a cool take on music recommendation, which takes into account parameter like how ‘organic’ or ‘digital’ music is, or what color ‘mood’ you’re in (don’t worry, there’s a guide). Actually, there are three reasons: It’s freeee.” – Gizmodo

“This thing is smoking hot, packed with new music and beautifully designed.” – Lostateminor.com

But you don’t have to take their proverbial word for it. Learn more about Ghostly Discovery, and download it for free, here.

AUDION'S 'IT'S FULL OF BLINDING LIGHT' EP IS HERE

July 28, 2009

AUDION

The It’s Full of Blinding Light EP begins with the title track, a playground game of kick-the-can gone horribly wrong. The beat—a polyrhythmic mishmash of clicks, clacks, and distant children’s voices—moves at a clip until a fleet of synthesizers swoop in, bombarding the track with wave after wave of brain-draining electronic noise. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, though, and by the time the track reaches its conclusion, “It’s Full of Blinding Light” shines like a New York City sunrise. “On My Way to the Center” closes things out in menacing style, honing its beef-slap kickdrum into a deadly weapon as the walls close in. Even though the vocal sample keeps repeating “on my way to the center,” Audion’s clearly got his sights set on the outer limits.

Download the It’s Full of Blinding Light 12-inch at The Ghostly Store and get a free download of the release.

FIVE QUESTIONS: SETH TROXLER

July 27, 2009

FIVE QUESTIONS: SETH TROXLER

Seth Troxler is a nutbar, but we love him anyway. Seth’s got a new single (“Hurt,” a collabo with Matthew Dear – buy it at The Ghostly Store) out on Spectral now, and a new EP, Panic, Stop. Repeat!, waiting not-so-quietly in the wings. When we sent him our usual Five Questions, Mr. Troxler requested (well, commanded) that we let him ask himself his own questions, and that we print his responses as-is. The results, such as they are, are reprinted below.

1. Why should people listen to anything you have to say?

i think people should peep the ideas i be hollering at the moment because some of my idea sparkles have relevance in the idea of becoming the everyman.

2. What?s the idea behind “Hurt”?

well when dearie and i hooked up (that’s matt in friend speak), we were like yo lets talk about wild adventures, at the time i was dealing with an open wound of the heart. so i wanted to unleash these bonds of love, in a vision made with sound. the picture was huey lewis standing in the rain like john cusack. This is for you… HURT YA.

3. What song will play in your head when you die?

I would really love to hear ‘last dance’ by gas. the white light, words i cant understand, and tears. my final thought of the human experience.

4. What project are you working on at this exact moment?

just finished a new remix for fever ray which will be on turbo, and i’m also refining my pimp hand. that is, referring to the hand that guides my love life.

5. How about a piece of advice for the younger generation?

so i guess since i’m in the younger generation i’m speaking directly to my peers. and friend, if i could give you a small piece of advice it would be stay true to G.O.D., and follow your dreams….

xx
seth

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS HEADLINE TOUR, RE-RELEASE ALPINISMS ON VAGRANT

July 23, 2009

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS HEADLINE TOUR, RE-RELEASE ALPINISMS ON VAGRANT

It’s been a slow build for the three good-lookers in School of Seven Bells, who released their full-length debut Alpinisms way back in October of ‘08 and have hit tour after tour (with Fujiya & Miyagi, Bat for Lashes, and M83, to name a few) in the months since. Now, the Brooklyn shoegazers are taking to the next level—quite literally—with their very first headlining tour, and shiny new re-release of Alpinisms on the extremely reputable Vagrant Records.

After the summer festival season winds down, School of Seven Bells will spend the fall touring the US. Peruse the dates here. (They’ll also be hitting the Austin City Limits festival in October.) Alpinisms was re-released on Vagrant Records on July 14th.

INTRODUCING: GHOSTLY DISCOVERY

July 22, 2009

Ghostly Discovery, our foray into the world of iPhone apps, is here.

Set the MOOD wheel to a color that best reflects your state of mind. Set the DIGITAL / ORGANIC and FASTER / SLOWER sliders to suit your taste. Discovery then builds a playlist of music from Ghostly International and Spectral Sounds’ catalogues—a playlist that matches exactly how you’re feeling, right now.

Once you’re listening, you can buy songs from the iTunes store and download them directly to your device, and create a Favorites playlist that allows you to listen online and share with your friends.

Ghostly Discovery is now available for free at the app store. Download Discovery now.

SETH TROXLER'S NEWEST, 'HURT'

July 21, 2009

SETH TROXLER

Incorrigible self-mythologizer Seth Troxler keeps his image and his music consistent, mixing sexpot rhythms, technological mastery, and batshit irreverence with a wink and a smirk.

Hurt,” Troxler’s collaboration with Matthew Dear (from Troxler’s upcoming Panic, Stop. Repeat! 12”), brings out the best in both its eccentric producers. Troxler rubs bone-dry drum machines against his and Dear’s wispy, pitch-shifted murmurings of “hurt ya” (as well as something about “Huey Lewis in the rain”), a giant tribal drum, and a moment of sparse, jazzy keys. When Troxler and Dear put their heads together, the result is dance music distilled to its humid essence.

Download Troxler’s ‘Hurt’ from The Ghostly Store.

FIVE QUESTIONS: JOSHUA EUSTIS (TELEFON TEL AVIV)

July 17, 2009

FIVE QUESTIONS: JOSHUA EUSTIS (TELEFON TEL AVIV)

As Telefon Tel Aviv , Joshua Eustis and his partner, the late Charlie Cooper, have made some of our all-time favorite music, from the glitchy perfection of Telefon’s Farenheit Fair Enough up through this year’s shoegazey, new-wavey Immolate Yourself. Josh did a fine job of tearing it up at our Detroit 10-year party last May, and he’s currently in the process of making us a podcast for next month. We asked Mr. Eustis Five Questions, and here’s what he said…

1. Why should people listen to your music?

Yikes. Maybe they shouldn’t. Well, at least I’m honest.

2. What’s your “turning-point” record?

Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich

3. What song should play every time you enter a room?

Actually, I wish there was a Tanpura drone playing around me all the time.

4. Tell us about the project you’re working on at this exact moment.

To use a term loosely, I’m producing the second long player by a group from Brooklyn called The Depreciation Guild, working with Aleks and the Drummer, and writing bad songs in my downtime…

5. How about a piece of sage advice for the younger generation?

When rolling a mage PvP and a rogue saps you, wait until stun dissipates (he can’t kill you quickly enough), then frost nova, blink, spam AB+AB+AB+Barrage rotation, substituting barrage for missiles if missile barrage procs; epic win.

GHOSTLY PRESENTS: CHOIR OF YOUNG BELIEVERS

July 14, 2009

Today marks the release of “Next Summer,” the second single from Danish orchestral-pop collective Choir of Young Believers.

Download the single at The Ghostly Store.

In James P. Morse’s video profile of the band, Choir leader Jannis Noya Makrigiannis and his cellist companion Ceciele Trier take their first trip to New York City. The pair seem in their own world—even in the thick of NYC’s melting pot—as they wander serenely through the city and play an intimate evening gig. The clip is soundtracked by “Wintertime Love,” a particularly time-stopping track from Choir of Young Believers’ upcoming full-length, This Is for the White in Your Eyes.

FIVE QUESTIONS: RYAN ELLIOTT

July 10, 2009

FIVE QUESTIONS: RYAN ELLIOTT

Ryan Elliott is still one of our favorites—a killer DJ, an outstanding producer, and a heckuva guy. His new podcast—culled from his smokin’ set at this year’s DEMF—may be one of his best, and we’ve got it for download right here. We sat down with Ryan recently and asked him five particularly probing questions. The Five Questions feature lives on…

1. Why should people listen to your music?

Who says they should?

2. What’s your “turning-point” record?

Wolfgang Voigt’s Studio 1 Series

3. What song should play every time you enter a room?

Can – “Moonshake”

4. Tell us about the project that you’re working on at this exact moment.

Finalizing our next Spectral Compilation and working on a remix for Leftroom Recordings.

5. How about a piece of sage advice for the younger generation?

You’re only as good (or as bad) as last weekend.

MICHNA'S 'EGGSTRA' EP IS PROTEIN-RICH, BADASS

July 7, 2009

MICHNA

Michna chases the gleaming instrumental hip-hop of Magic Monday with the Eggstra EP: two new originals and three remixes-worth of world-spanning swagger. New tracks “The Dust Off” and “The Joy of Your Dome” expand upon Magic Monday’s finer points, while remixes from Eliot Lipp, Osborne, and Star Eyes & Mayster turn Michna’s arrangements inside-out. “Eggstra” though it may be, Adrian Michna’s new EP is on par with his finest work, keeping the magic going seven days a week.

Download the Eggstra EP from The Ghostly Store.

FIVE QUESTIONS: MATTHEW DEAR

July 3, 2009

FIVE QUESTIONS: MATTHEW DEAR

We’re starting a new feature over here at the Ghostly news feed: Five Questions. Every once in a while, we’ll be cornering one of our favorite artists (Ghostly-affiliated or otherwise) and asking them five particularly probing queries. As a little champagne-on-the-ship’s-prow, we’re kicking things off with Matthew Dear, aka Audion, aka Jabberjaw.

Dear’s currently on tour under his Audion guise, playing a new live audio/visual set called Hecatomb. He’s been slowly releasing new material, too, a single or two at a time—including the forthcoming It’s Full of Blinding Light EP—and should have a remix for Juan Maclean in the hopper very soon. Now, without further ado, Five Questions with Matthew Dear.

1. Why should people listen to your music?

Because I listen to theirs.

2. What’s your “turning-point” record?

My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless.

3. What song should play every time you enter a room?

Hurricane by Bob Dylan

4. Tell us about the project that you’re working on at this exact moment.

I’m touring as Audion Live with a special visual show. It’s called Hecatomb.

5. How about a piece of sage advice for the younger generation?

You can do everything as many times as you like.

THE GHOSTLY STORE: BERLIN

July 2, 2009

THE GHOSTLY STORE: BERLIN

As you can imagine, summer is a pretty big deal in usually-frigid Berlin. In honor of our favorite German metropolis, we stuffed a special area in front of the venerable Rotation Records with exclusive goodies from The Ghostly Store tee-shirts, toys, vinyl, trinkets, baubles—and set it up all nice-like for your shopping convenience.

So if you find yourself out in that neck of the planet, we recommend you check out our first pop-up store, The Ghostly Store: Berlin. Click here for info and updates.