spradosphere is proud to present its first ever guest curator.
Regina Rossi | is no stranger to spradosphere.com; she’s been an instrumental proponent in getting this site off the ground, so it seems only fitting that she be the one to carve the way for the upcoming series of guest MixTapes. Her dedication to the Scene, to Music, to Style is active, voracious and methodical. However, to truly describe her might best be left to hear for yourself, since, in her own words, “Beyond Dark Space is personal”.
BEYOND DARK SPACE covers a landscape that spans a unique auditorial palate as insatiable as it is final. Dark | Electric | Loud | Synthetic | Zoned | Beat | Sexy | Severe.
M83′s much freaked out about DOUBLE LP Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is scheduled to explode Oct, 18th. ”INTRO” (featuring Nika Roza Danilova /or/ ZOLA JESUS), the opening track, started making the rounds today before it quickly disappeared….
…here it is.
”It’s mainly about dreams, how every one is different, how you dream differently when you’re a kid, a teenager, or an adult. I’m really proud of it. If you’re doing a very long album, all the songs need to be different and I think I’ve done that with this one.”
|1.||“Intro (ft. Zola Jesus)”|
|4.||“Where the Boats Go”|
|7.||“Train to Pluton”|
|9.||“This Bright Flash”|
|10.||“When Will You Come Home?”|
|11.||“Soon, My Friend”|
|12.||“My Tears Are Becoming a Sea”|
|15.||“Another Wave From You”|
|17.||“Year One, One UFO”|
|20.||“Echoes of Mine”|
|21.||“Klaus I Love You”|
Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming will be M83′s 6th Studio Album.
Ford & Lopatin used to be called Games when they released their EP That We Can Play last year. Not sure why they changed their name to their actual names but….
This track surfaced today from their upcoming album Channel Pressure which drops June 7th.
Their sound: sick ass 80s movie music or as P4k aptly branded “laser tag music”.
also, Prefuse 73 mixed the album.
upcoming Euro tour dates:
04-07 Bristol, England – Arnolfini (DJ Set)
04-08 Den Bosch, Netherlands – FAQ Festival (DJ Set)
04-09 London, England – QEH Foyer
04-10 Glasgow, Scotland – Subclub (DJ Set)
04-11 Brussels, Belgium – AB (DJ Set)
04-12 Dublin, Ireland – Button Factory (DJ Set)
04-14 Athens, GA – Bios (DJ Set)
04-15 Paris, France – Point Ephemere (DJ Set)
04-17 Bucharest, Romania – Museum of Contemporary Art (DJ Set)
05-28 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound Festival
It’s Love Day…
…and to make sure you get some, LIVING DAYS is going to take care of you. They’re about to lip smack a new single across your face with a FREE DOWNLOAD called “Take Good Care of My Love”. And you lucky birds get to hear it first on spradosphere.com…lucky lucky birds. This new track will be released on Part Two of their first full length (2part) album Make Out Room - (Part One was released a couple months ago and Part Two will be released very very soon). To get a taste of Part One and my recent write up of their face melting amazing sound, for the love of God, GO HERE.
Trust me – Living Days are about to explode.
Give it a go go go and take good care of their love.
Also, keep an eye out for my shots of Living Days’ show @ The Gutter last friday. Easily one of the best live performances I’ve seen in NYC. Ever.
Just a taste. Not only does Stephonik Youth know how to find her light, but she will seduce you with a presence that will blind your senses.
Living Days was recently brought to my attention over the weekend by a trusted audiophile friend that saw their Knitting Factory show – It was that typical situation where you go to a concert and everyone gets rocked out by the unknown opening act. Either way, I was instantly hooked, so after a little digging, there wasn’t much information to be found about them except that they’re from Brooklyn; include former members of Matisyahu, CocoRosie, Lee Scratch Perry and AQUI (aka. studio musicians?); and the lead singer’s name is Stephonik Youth. Also, they live together in a church (ummm, where? I wanna live in a church!) with a glitter covered cat named Bolshevik (hipsters), and some confusing business about them taking care of each other and wanting you to do the same for the ones you love while at the same time the group loves terrorists (my eyes just glazed over).
Anyway – ABOUT THE MUSIC – if you put Robert Smith, Rick Ocasek and Annie Lennox in a cauldron – You’d get something like Stephonik Youth -which is a wonderful thing. Living Days’ new wave sound just works. Glimmering synths, rich bottom heavy bass grooves, flat smacking drum beats, dark chords and…that Voice. My only sliver of caution for Youth is that she, at times, seems to tread a fine line between honest vocal exploration and glimpses of characterization, which, if not kept in check, can come across as phony – at which point, all will fall apart. Otherwise, she sits in a sweet pocket that is unique enough to carry the band forward.
Their EP, Make Out Room, Part 1, was released last October and I’m looking forward to more.
2010 is getting jealous of our torrid love affair with the 80s
The EPs are flowing this year, this time from Games with That We Can Play.
P4k nailed it as “Laser Tag Music”
must see 80s awesome video for “Strawberry Skies”
Made in 2009.
01. Burn (The Cure)
02. Build Voice (Dan Deacon)
03. Dream Baby (Roy Orbison)
04. Pirate’s Gospel (Alela Diane)
05. Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine, Pt. 1 (James Brown)
06. Genesis (Justice)
07. The Only Time (Nine Inch Nails)
08. Ragged Wood (Fleet Foxes)
09. New York Groove (Hello)
10. North American Scum (LCD Soundsystem)
11. Lies (The Black Keys)
12. Sympathy For The Devil (The Rolling Stones)
in alphabetical order
Sufjan Stevens, love him or hate him, has a gift. He has a self indulgent gift. He has a masterful understanding of composition and orchestration, he’s a workaholic perfectionist, he doesn’t apologize, he doesn’t make excuses and he’s not afraid to be talented. More importantly, He takes the responsibility of being an artist very seriously and makes bold risky choices. I wholeheartedly admire and respect him for that.
The Age of ADZ is the result of searching and redefining, it’s delicate, pushy, electric, syncopated, chaotic, and complex – all crafting a very sophisticated articulation of ideas into his redefinition of not only himself but what a song is, should be, could be, must be. Sufjan is original and we need this desperately now more than ever.
The surprise sneak attack album of the year. No one saw this band from West Palm Beach, FL coming when it hit them. It’s Indie surf rock and cinematic. The amount of frenetic thrash splashing reverb used in “Swim” alone is enough to drown you.
Ariel Pink is a twerked out lo-fi freak folk funky muthrfukcr. Just out there. I featured him a few months back before seeing him live and solidifying my complete awe for whatever he is. His appearance is a cross between Buster Poindexter and Richard Simmons but his live sound is just as tight as the album and blows away most of this year as one of the best shows/albums out. A must see if you get the chance.
Apparently, this is an EP, so I shouldn’t include it on my list, However, it’s an EP with 8 songs and 8 song EPs aren’t really EPs, Are they?
Despite the fact that Rolling Stone magazine named Twin Shadow the band of the week back in October, he* still is outstanding and was one of the easiest choices for this list. Produced by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear, Twin Shadow’s Forget is pure dark 80s new-wave honey.
*Twin Shadow is George Lewis Jr. of the Dominican Republic, he was raised in Florida before moving to Brooklyn.
synthy, shoegazy, swirly, glimmery…haunty
A highly addictive breakup and move-on album that involves a load of dirt to rub on the wounds. With a voice that evokes Captain Beefheart drinking rubbing alcohol, it’s place on this list cannot be denied.
This album was also featured a while back. Mines is packed with tiny mind explosions.
two words – Google Rap. Das Racist raps like a smart phone maps.
Never has an album made me more angry than The Suburbs which is a testament to why it’s on this list. Many of you know how I feel about this recording but for those of you who don’t – Rant…Simply, Whoever* mastered The Suburbs should be fired & publicly humiliated….yes yes yes, I know Markus Dravs has established himself as a great producer, but he royally fucked this album. He or whoever snook into the control booth when no one was looking cranked every level (high, mid & low) up to eleven and essentially flattened the entire album into and unlistenable pancake. Hearing the noise of this god awful mess is akin to driving nine inch icicle nails through the core of your inner ear. I hope I live long enough to hear the 20 year anniversary remaster. By the way, If directors like Ridley Scott are compelled to come out with director’s cuts of their movies to combat poor studio decisions then why can’t bands do the same. I wonder if AF even knows how terrible it sounds with its complete lack of dynamic range. And critics who justify it’s shortcomings as “sonically emulating its subject” must be getting paid under the table to publicly stroke Merges rooster for free tickets to the next show while simultaneously bolstering click traffic for their online fanzine.
However! it easily makes this list… god I love this album despite all of the above. I just wish I could listen to it on my cheap ear bud headphones. It’s just a shame cause it could be so much better.
*UPDATE: the culprit is George Marino and apparently I’m on to something because he was just nominated for a grammy award for his mastering of the album.