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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.


Esperanza Spalding’s Ponta de Areia

15 Feb

Bright new path forward for Best New Artist winner Ezperanza Spalding! Hexes on all the hormonally surplussed tweens hacking into her account to avenge the loser, J. Bieber.  This lady’s here to S-T-A-Y…

new horizons for miss spalding

Ponta de Areia, from the eponymous album, Ezperanza:

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”:

Daily Rotation(s): Neon Indian + Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor

11 Mar

Alan Palomo of Neon Indian just released “Sleep Paralysist”…The track, co-produced with Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor, echoes the outerworldly video game tunes on his debut record Psychic Chasms.

“Sleep Paralysist”, by Neon Indian

Daily Rotation(s): "Tightrope" Janelle Monae featuring Big Boi

11 Mar

Robo-R&B art-roc-songstress Janelle Monae, all pompadour and soul, belts this shiny, self-assured ditty with poise ‘n attitude. Big Boi’s smooth foray against the funky bass line compliments the pure abandon that Ms. Monae delivers perfectly.

Daily Rotation: Yukino Kano renders Debussy

19 Jan

23 year old Japanese pianist, Yukino Kano, plays Claude Debussy’s Reflets dans l’eau (Reflections in the Water) with grace and masterful touch. Each tremble across the length of the piano evokes ripples and currents, and she is a wonder to hear and watch.

Daily Rotation: Pistolera's "Policia"

7 Jan

Pistolera’s accordion-driven cumbias reside on the border ‘tween Brooklyn & Mexico.  Here’s their video for “Policia” from their record En Este Camino:

Check them out at the 92Y Tribeca, this Friday, 1.8.10 @ 8 PM. San Francisco agency Trouble Worldwide & NYC world label Barbès have brought together a motley of bands that crisscross borders, sounds, and sensibilities!

For the band’s website:

Daily Rotation: Michael Jackson's This Is It

28 Dec

Here’s the official video, directed by Spike Lee. Much of it’s shot in Gary, Indiana, MJ’s hometown:

Daily Rotation: Grizzly Bear's "Ready, Able" & "Two Weeks"

22 Dec

As we reflect on the dopest records of 2009, I have to show my love for Grizzly Bear’s third studio length album Veckatimest.

“Ready, Able,” features the Brooklyn Youth Chorus! Here’s the stop motion wonder video for “Ready, Able”:

And the explosive video for ‘Two Weeks”:

Some lovin’ words from the HOVA himself, Jay-Z:

“The thing I want to say to everyone — I hope this happens because it will push rap, it will push hip-hop to go even further — what the indie-rock movement is doing right now is very inspiring. It felt like us in the beginning. These concerts, they’re not on the radio, no one hears about them, and there’s 12,000 people in attendance. And the music that they’re making and the connection they’re making to people is really inspiring. So, I hope that they have a run where they push hip-hop back a little bit, so it will force hip-hop to fight to make better music, because it can happen, because that’s what rap did to rock.”

Daily Rotation: "Paranoid" by Kanye West

22 Dec

I admit it, albeit w/ clenched teeth.

I love Rihanna.

I love Kanye.

Here’s a throwback to the Spring. Snow was fun, for a minute, but moving lots of lots of crap through a snowbank…

not so much.