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Daily Rotation: Gordon Voidwell

26 Feb

 

Courtesy of the Cantora Records website:

“William Gordon Johnson (1983 – ), well known by his pen name Gordon Voidwell, is a Bronx-born singer, songwriter, musician and fashion writer. He is noted for his mixtape Voided Checks (2009), which has been called “electro-fantastic…hip-hop-esque [and] yacht-rockin.”

Voidwell’s keen wit, incisive satire and undeniable danceability has earned him praise from critics and peers alike. A friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty, Gordon is extensively grooved to, fucked to and listened to on the train.

Inspired by Talking Heads, The Rah Band and Marz, Voidwell’s new single Ivy League Circus teems with recession-era energy for those who are bullish on beats and bearish on modesty.

He is NOT from Brooklyn.”

In case, we were hopeful, I suppose.

 

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Design Line: Honeysuckle Pink

26 Feb

I’ve always believed in the power of pink. Now, of course there’s some unflattering connotations (Pepto, carnations-instead-of-roses, girlhood frills), but there’s something infinitely charming about this classically pretty color, Honeysuckle. It calls to mind French boudoirs, lipstick stains, and Audrey Hepburn’s dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

In the spirit of spring revival, I’ve compiled a list of home decor and accessories as an homage to this year’s Color of the Year. With pinks, a pop is best, balanced with neutrality. Combinations tried and true: Pink with Gray, Brown, Taupe, Black.

From Top left:

1. Grand Taxonomy of Rap Names Poster, $25, available at Brooklyn Flea or popchartlab.com, 2. Hoodies by Brooklynski, $60, brooklynski.com, 3. Powder Room Shower Curtain, $55, Izolashower.com, 4. Furoshiki Shiki Business Card Holder, $17, Droog, 5. Jaipur Hand-Blocked Quilt + Shams, $119, West Elm, 6. “Edition” Wall Art, $99, CB2.com, 7. Watermelon Knife, $25, MoMA Store, 8. Tube Top Lamp, $110, Room and Board, 9. One Color Subway Map, $110, Future Perfect, 10. Praxis Desk Accessories, $25 and up, MoMa Store, 11. Drinks stay cool, So do you: Neoprane Bottle Case, $12.25, MUJI USA, 12. Music Balloon, $45, Design Within Reach, 13. Kontextur Blossom Shower Curtain, $195, Design Public, 14. Empire State Building Stamp, $6, MUJI USA, 15. Ekko Cascade Mobile (Copper), $337, Design Within Reach

 

Brooklyn Bodega #1: Little Dragon Performance Review

29 Mar

Hi Bright Liners,

I’ve started writing articles for Brooklyn Bodega, a website devoted to exploring Hiphop, art, culture, politics, as well as curating the annual Brooklyn Hiphop Festival. There’s so many forces in the conversation.  I’d like to bring to the table the  influences different genres of indie music have on Hiphop, interviews with artists and thinkers and creators who can incite dialog and shifts in the status quo.

Whew. For now, here’s a start. Little Dragon performed at The Music Hall of Williamsburg and Mercury Lounge last week, and I wrote a performance review for Brooklyn Bodega:

http://www.brooklynbodega.com/2010/03/29/little-dragon-nyc/

And check out Little Dragon’s video for “Swimming” off their new album Machine Dreams. Yukimi Nagano’s father, Yusuke Nagano created the vid!

photo courtesy of Matthew Drazin, http://www.shotsofrock.com

Daily Rotation(s): Toro y Moi

11 Mar

Not quite done with the lo-fi Daily Rotations for today’s installment. It’s this here warm spell in NYC. It’s a love jones I won’t name yet.

It’s Toro y Moi.

Musician Chaz Bundick’s project, by way of South Carolina-

Toro y Moi’s chill wave grooves are all about atmosphere, good times, kickin’ it, Spring Awakening, and shedding layers for smoother skin.

He’ll grace the Brooklyn Bowl stage with New Zealand psychedelic indie rockers The Ruby Suns on March 26th, 2010. Tickets are $5! Pretty voices, cheap tickets.

The video for “Blessa”:

and the boys playing with rockets in the video for “Talamak”:

Brooklyn Freestyle Sessions @ Rose Live Music

3 Mar

Mobius Collective, every Thursday at Rose Live Music in Williamsburg, BK

Mobius Collective celebrates their 3rd anniversary at Rose Live Music this Thursday.

Saxophonist/director Troy Simms, along with staple cipher Omar Little (trumpet), Borahm Lee (keys), and David Bailis (guitar), the Collective features guest DJ’s and musicians each session. Last week amidst the snow storm, the house was packed full of folks ready to go on a trip. Guest DJ–brilliant selector–Deejay Obah–filled in the blanks between sets, seamlessly taking us from a recording of Fela’s “Yellow Fever” into the band’s supersonic rendition of it. Keyboardist Borahm Lee brings it full force, slapping at his keyboard, mapping out intricate solos,  infusing the tune with an echo here, a reverb there–he’s a vision to witness in action. Jazz to warm you up in the beginning, dub to settle the whiskey in your bones (it’s cold outside, y’all), flowing into Afrobeat and Hiphop to get the people dancing.

There’s something to the venue too. The abuela wallpaper and jazz club stage has an old-timers vibe, a subtly complementary addition to the listening experience.

Mobius Collective, courtesy of the band's Myspace

Note about their name, “Mobius Collective,” it’s a reference to the Mobius Strip, a one-sided, single edged surface that has no beginning or end. This metaphor comes alive during their performance–the musicians contribute to the soundscape by carefully listening, evoking the continuity between them, between the genres they journey across in a few hours’ time.

Check it @ Rose Live Music, every Thursday!

What: 3rd Anniversary Party of Mobius Collective’s “Brooklyn Freestyle Sessions

Where: Rose Live Music, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on 345 Grand St. @ Marcy

When: 10 PM to 3AM

Throwback–Raya Uhuru

23 Feb

Dress line I started back before the recessionista days:


Energy 2 Burn: Hip Hop, Weekend Edition

28 Jan

Alexis Mabille Spring 2010 Couture. Metaphor for Saturday Night.

A note from the party: (they’re pretty giddy, no?)

“Two vinyl-addicted dj’s are going to bring a bunch of true skool hip hop party records and breaks circa “88-’92 to Trophy bar and play them..and YOU are gonna come out and dance, sing along, “Jump Around” “Pass the Mic” move “Back and Forth”..you get the Pic!!”

Details:

Trophy Bar, 351 Broadway (btwn Keap & Rodney), Saturday January 30, 2010

11 PM to 4 AM