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As a part of MoMA PS1’s ongoing Sunday Sessions, New Amsterdam Presented Sound / Source, an all day sound event on October 19.
The thing about sound is that one’s reaction must be immediate, something based in the moment – it is different than visual art – it’s specific. With visual art, one has time to consider, ponder and explore. Sound is a great constraint, you must judge over and over, in the moment, reconsidering and recounting as the work continues. Visual art presents everything there is to see to a varying degree, and a solid judgment is available quickly. Sound unfolds and concludes at exact points. Furthermore, it’s exclusive, particularly in regard to live music. This is what one was met with at the Sunday Sessions at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City.
With a mix of live works and installations, the sound pieces were spread through the entire museum, including the elevators (with long-form work by Lucky Dragons). The beauty (or curse) of sound installations is that the viewer has no control over the work. With visual art, the viewer can simply look away and ignore it. Sound? The artist controls everything – the viewer can’t change the volume of the performance, the instruments used, the pace, the visuals associated with it. But the constraints can be exciting and thought provoking. Olga Bell showed her skills with Alvin Lucier’s innovative and classic, I am sitting in a room (1969). Canadian pianist Vicky Chow performed Tristan Perich’s Surface Image, a sensory experience that involved her impressive piano skills and extensive commitment to rhythm, even when the forty speaker system was at its most complex (the 1-bit electronics were unexpectedly, but gorgeously, complicated).
On the rooftop terrace, Daniel Wohl with Olga Bell and Caroline Shaw incorporated a hypnotic video by Lily Morris and Lily Fang. Beyond this, there was the debut of a live vocal arrangement performed by members of Roomful of Teeth. Nate Boyce and Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never collaborated on an installation in MoMA PS1′s basement Boiler Room. This is all interspersed among the actual museum exhibits, making for a lively and unexpected Sunday afternoon at MoMA PS1. Sound / Source is organized by Jocelyn Miller, Curatorial Assistant / Editorial Manager, MoMA PS1, Michael Hammond, Label Manager, New Amsterdam Records and Daniel Wohl, Composer.
On Monday October 13, Chanel hosted an exclusive dinner in celebration of N°5 The Film titled “The One That I Want,” written and directed by Baz Luhrmann which also starred Gisele Bündchen in New York.
Guests viewed The Film while enjoying food such as caviar, lamb, and petit fours and afterwards they were treated to a performance by Lo Fang which included his own cover of the song “You’re The One That I Want” from The Film. The Film follows a woman who is independent and makes her own decisions but at the same time is struggling to find space for everything such as family, love, and herself. What is unique about this Film is that there was no dialogue within the film but rather it was accompanied by Lo Fang’s cover of “You’re The One That I Want” which did more than wonders for delivering the message of The Film. The Film celebrated of Chanel’s most famous fragrance, N°5, which was the fragrance of choice for women who wanted to break free from reality and their personal desires.
On October 15, Quvenzhané Wallis, star of the upcoming film “Annie,” partnered with Banfield Pet Hospital to host a book reading at the Children’s Museum in Manhattan. Quvenzhané, partnered with an adorable four-legged co-star Sandy as well as Dr. Ari Zabell, read aloud Banfield’s first ever children’s book, “My Very, Very, Very Busy Day.” This book is meant to inspire kids to take care of their pets as well as teaching them what it means to be a responsible and caring pet owner. Having read the book in front of an intimate audience, Quvenzhané then autographed the books and handed them out for everyone to keep.
On October 7, ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) kicked off its sixth annual “ASCAP Presents… Women Behind the Music” series in both New York and Los Angeles.
This event honored and recognized women who are absolutely outstanding within the music community. The New York honorees ranged from Grammy nominated singer and songwriter Jazmine Sullivan, celebrity deejay JaKissa “DJ Kiss” Taylor-Semple, and Vice Presient of Promotions at RCA, Sam Selolwane. The Los Angeles nominees also included singer and songwriter K. Michelle, Billboard’s Senior Editor, Gail Mitchell, and Motown Record’s Vice President of Creative Relations, Myisha Brooks. The audience at both events were treated with a Q&A with the honorees and in New York the attendees wnjoyed a live performance by Sullivan, who sang “Forever” and “Stupid Girls.”
Both events were presented by MYX Fusions Moscato.
With a super soaker and rock launcher ready to go, Duckwrth and The Kickdrums are taking aim at the injustice in our world and its portrayal. Alex Fitts aka The Kickdrums produces a modern Western beat for the California artist to speak his peace on the status quo. You can check out their pre-approved propaganda trailer for the track as well, below.
The Duckwrth x Kickdrums NOWHERE EP will be released 10/27 and you can catch them in Brooklyn at Glasslands Gallery with ForteBowie, Miloh Smith, and APSPDR+ doing a DJ set.
Bryan Hahn wishes he still knew where his super soaker is. He’s on Twitter (@notupstate).
Got the ‘net going up, on a Tuesday
iLOVEMAKONNEN‘s rise to fame wasn’t quite overnight, but if “I Don’t Sell Molly No More” and “Tuesday”–not to mention his feature verse on “Look At Wrist”–are any indication of his hit-making ability, OVO/Warner Bros. will be very happy with the investment they made in the Atlanta upstart when they signed him to Drake‘s imprint just over a month ago. That being said, Makonnen and Drizzy bring the Atlanta native’s breakout song to life in the new video for “Tuesday”, which will appropriately be released tomorrow. For now, enjoy the trailer, here.
This. is. the remix
Dej Loaf is one of Hip-Hop’s hottest femcees rappers, and to add to her exponentially growing buzz, she’s released the official remix to her viral single, “Try Me,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign–one of the single’s earliest supporters–and Remy Ma, who Dej considers to be one of the illest doing it. You can listen to the remix below, and get ready for Dej’s new mixtape, Sell Sole, which hits tomorrow. Oh, by the way, “Try Me,” isn’t her only banger. “Bird Call” was released today, and it’s certainly worth the listen.
LA raptresses PTAF derops single from their 3 The Hard Way album
After finding success with their hit song, “Boss Ass Bitch,” Los Angeles-based female Hip-Hop trio, P.T.A.F. (Pretty Taking All Fades), is back again. Rejuvenated and with more music to show the world that they are not just a Vine and YouTube sensation, P.T.A.F. has been steady at work recording new material. By following up their success with a fresh new single called, “Hol Up,” P.T.A.F. looks to solidify their place amongst the fast rising stars of the West-Coast and other female emcees that have paved the way for their movement and widespread acceptance. One such female rapper is Nicki Minaj who jumped on the remix of “Boss Ass Bitch” trying her hand at flowing over the boom-bap heavy beat, reminiscent of Hip-Hop’s early days. Although the girls are proud of their success with Nicki Minaj, they are not yet content despite generating over 20 million views with their song “Boss Ass Bitch.” Having released “Hol Up, “You Playin”, “Boss Ass Bitch” and “Fly Shit Only” the girls are in a groove with respect to writing and recording new material for their EP 3 The Hard Way, which is set to release October 27th, 2014.
Blake Griffin ain’t nothing to f*** with
Don’t take his kindness, marketable personality and attitude, and his willingness to crack jokes for weakness. Blake Griffin doesn’t take kindly to being unnecessarily fouled any more than the next man. So when the Utah Jazz’s Trevor Booker decided to try to semi-flagrantly foul Blake Griffin to stop him from throwing down one of his absurdly theatrical dunks, Blake was not happy, and it’s by pure luck the referees were able to get in between Griffin and Booker and stop what could’ve been a pretty bad fight. Watch clip above, and remember, we’re 8 days from the 2014-2015 season. God bless.
Directed by: @RobMacFilm
When I grow up, I want my spirit animals to be like Earthgang (that’s one word, by the way). The Atlanta duo of Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot is just the right balance of lyricism and the regular stuff we’re all made up and live through. In their newest video off of their last album, Shallow Graves For Toys, features them tripping in the dessert and stimulates the sensations as if you were tripping on their music. The title of the track comes from the horns on the beat, which can be seen as West End/Campbellton Rd areas of the S.W.A.T.S. (South West Atlanta, Too Strong). As for the rhymes, you’ll be enlightened on a lot of life’s secrets from girls in the studio to third eye classification.
And if you’re lucky enough, you can catch them on tour with Ab-Soul:
10/20 Santa Cruz, CA | Catalyst
10/21 Santa Ana, CA | Observatory
10/22 San Francisco, CA | Regency
10/23 Las Vegas, NV | Hard Rock Live
10/24 Ventura, CA | Ventura Theater
10/25 Tucson, AZ | Rialto Theatre
10/26 San Diego, CA |Somas
10/28 Los Angeles, CA | Fonda
10/29 Scottsdale, AZ | Venue of Scottsdale
11/4 Houston, TX | Warehouse Live
11/5 New Orleans, LA | HOB
11/6 Dallas, TX | Southside Music Hall
11/7 San Antonio, TX | The White Rabbit
11/8 Austin, TX | Scoot Inn
11/10 El Paso, TX | Tricky Falls
11/11 Albuquerque, NM | Sunshine Theater
Bryan Hahn thinks they ingeniously actually only filmed like 30 seconds and it stretched out into this psychedelic trip. He’s on Twitter (@notupstate).
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