This summer saw the emergence of a new live set from Groove Armada and fans were not disappointed.
“Traditionally we always re-write material for the big stages, but with the Black Light stuff, because it’s quite a bandy record, we ended up more or less playing the tunes as they are on the CD. By doing that, we were just missing a real trick in terms of our experience of these big gigs. We thought we should just revisit them and create some moments.”
Despite a busy summer tour schedule, Andy and Tom got their crew together at Andy’s home in France and in the course three days, with basically no sleep, completely stripped apart the live set and put it all back together again. “The basis of it all is that we’ve re-approached the songs. You’re obviously going to know the tunes, but all the structures are totally different and there are just these huge moments in the songs.”
All the hard work and dedication proved to be worthwhile as the new set saw Groove Armada become the most Tweeted band at last week’s Glastonbury festival, an experience which, according to Cato, justified their decision to make the changes. “Everything feels like it’s the best it’s ever been,” he says.
Limited print fashion / art magazine, Visionaire Magazine is coming out with Issue 58 titled “Spirit”. The issue features a dedication to recently passed fashion designer Alexander Mcqueen and features artist Nick Knight, Steven Klein, Lady Gaga, and more.
Published only three times a year in a very limited run, Visionaire features a different format and theme with each issue. They’ve released magazines in box sets, circular containers, and more.
From Director Jony Lyle, a new documentary To Have and To Hold delves into the world of vinyl records as a musical and cultural phenomenon. The beautifully presented ‘musicmentory’ contains interviews with people who’ve collected over 2 million pieces of it and includes a host of vinyl aficionados such as Chuck D, Questlove, Bobbito Garcia, DJ Amir, Andre Torres from Wax Poetics magazine and more. Also stories of people who run labels that will always sell it, people who record it, do cover art for it, and people who make it art. Scheduled for a 2010 release it’s a must see for all selectas.
Thanks to all the folks that made it out to our WMC 2010 event. The Om Miami 2010 photos are in. Check out great crowd shots, along with candid shots of Peter Kruder, DJ hell, Aeroplane, Wagon Cooking, Mark Farina, Crazy P, Andy Cato of Groove Armada, Classixx, Fred Everything, Greenskeepers, Gina Turner, The Whooligan, and more. It was a night to remember. Relive the night in the photos section. Click Here To View All Photos
In this month’s visual stimulation, we are more than happy to feature world renowned artist, Dalek. He personally sent us these pieces to be featured in this month’s installment of Visual Stimulation.
James Marshall, aka Dalek, is one of the most celebrated artist today. As the son of a military family, Dalek lived all around the world including a brief stint in Japan. He turned to skateboarding, graffiti, and punk music for inclusion. While attending the art institute in Chicago, Dalek created a character that would soon become his first signature piece. Dalek’s “Space Monkey” was seen everywhere.
From 2001 to 2002, Dalek served as assistant to the influential Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. The six-month assistantship proved to be a major turning point in Dalek’s career: “I didn’t have a real set direction for how I wanted to paint. I had seen a show of [Murakami’s] that August at the Boston Museum, and when I saw those painting close up, I realized that was the end product I wanted to see my ideas come out in. I realized I needed that sort of apprenticeship.”
In 2007, Dalek produced a show and the world saw a drastic departure from the “Space Monkey” character. Gone was the iconic character he had been known for, and new was the grand hand painted pieces featuring an abundance of color and shapes. The concept behind the new series was the meditation of the push and pull of life forces.
Visit Dalekart.com for more information on James Marshall, aka Dalek.
Just when you thought 808s and Heartbreaks was a thing of the past, Kanye drops this new video for Coldest Winter. Some of the imagery reminds me of the Legend of Sleep Hollow with a Never Ending Story or Lord of the Rings twist. The directors use of motion combined with minimalism is beautiful, this is a much watch.
Photographer Ryan McGinley in the photo world. His works have been featured in the New York Times, V Magazine, The Advocate, SF Guardian and more. He was the man behind the lens in Levis’s ‘Go Forth’ campaign last year. The denim giant recently re-enlisted McGinley to produce their new campaign for hip retailer Opening Ceremony. Even though Levis’s campaign is for the new spring line, Ginley chose the autumn season as the back drop. The end result is a visually stunning campaign. I can’t wait for fall!
A short documentary about a new vinyl pressing plant in Cleveland Ohio, called “Gotta Groove Records”. They specialize in 7" and 12" Vinyl creation/manufacturing using PVC molding. Check them out here:
Spike Jonze makes his return to the advertising world with the Absolut Vodka funded short film entitled “I’m Here”. The trailer made it’s world premiere at Sundance this past week. The trailer promises that it is a “robot love story”. The full film will debut later this year.