Video – Braids : In Kind

Panoramic views of nature and Braids’ Raphaelle Standell-Preston. Directed by Angus Borsos.

Video – Cass McCombs : Morning Star

New Installation : Voice Tunnel NYC

Posted in New Art

Open to pedestrians for the first time, the Park Avenue Tunnel running from 33rd Street to 40th Street will be accessible to pedestrians from the 33rd Street entrance during Summer Streets between the hours of 7 am and 1 pm on August 3, 10 and 17.

An interactive light and sound installation by Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, “Voice Tunnel” will transform the 1,400 foot long Tunnel with 300 theatrical spotlights that produce glimmering arches of light along the tunnel’s walls and ceiling. Participants will be able to influence the intensity of each light by speaking into a special intercom at the tunnel’s center that records their voice and loops it. Louder speech increases the lights’ brightness proportionally, creating a Morse-like code of flashes throughout the tunnel. The individual voices can be heard as pedestrians walk through the tunnel, on 150 loudspeakers, one beside each light arch and synchronized with it.

At any given time, the tunnel is illuminated by the voices of the past 90 participants. As new participants speak into the intercom, older recordings get pushed away by one position down the array of light fixtures until they leave the tunnel, so that the content of the piece is constantly changing.

Missed Track – Empress Of : Champagne / Hat Trick

2 Tracks released this year that you might have missed.

7″ available here:

MP3 – Haim : The Wire

Cali sisters HAIM have yet another killer single – “The Wire” – which premiered today on Zane Lowe.  While patiently waiting for the full album to drop, you can read more about how the ladies got their start in the current issue of FADER

Interactive Video – Califone : Stitches

In a groundbreaking use of Tumblr, Califone, in conjunction with filmmaker Braden King and programmer Jeff Garneau, have debuted the new interactive video for their first single, “Stitches.” This ever-changing ‘music video’ creates itself on the fly using static imagery and animated GIFs drawn from a curated subset of blogs within the Tumblr ecosystem. No two passes of the video are ever the same. The piece treats the images on-the-fly to give it a unified aesthetic and allows for user interactivity: if a viewer mouses-over an image, it is pulled to the top “layer” of the image stream and its color returns. 

Click to Watch “Stitches” on Tumblr

MP3 – Pure Bathing Culture : Dream The Dare

Pure Bathing Culture‘s beautiful second track “Dream The Dare” from their forthcoming full-length Moon Tides, out on August 19 in the UK on Memphis Industries / August 20 in the US on Partisan Record.

MP3 – Kool Head : Leon

Hailing from Brooklanta, Kool Head is a band that makes Black Wave music. Black Wave music is a fresh mix of New Wave, Hip Hop and Funk layered on a fresh bed of soul. Think Cameo singing over the soundtrack to “Drive.”

New Track – Arctic Monkeys : 2013

Arctic Monkeys  released a new strutting little track called “2013” off their next studio album AM, which is officially out this September.  It might be called “2013”, but this lightweight psych romp is a total throwback, both musically and the ways in which it ruminates on technology like it was an intergalactic 1970.  There are references to flying cars and time machines,  a little shiny fruit(apple) on the back of a transmitter coming after you, which all  culminate at the 1:25 mark into a total  freak jam. 

MP3 – Au Palais : Thrones

Au Palais return with a new song Thrones, a wistful and arresting piece of pop architecture with deep alabaster vocals along its rigid edges and curves.With every shift, it’s both ethereal and expressive, carving out intricate arches, and further expanding the band’s intelligent noir pop.

Video – Disclosure : F For You

Disclosure’s new video for “F For You” is a change up from the narratives of their past clips, but is no less impressive as the Lawrence brothers star in it themselves, showing off their new live show and some wavy visuals to go along. Their debut album Settle #5 on the iTunes chart (#1 Dance) and was the #1 album in the UK in it’s first week.

Video : Foals : Bad Habit

Foals have released the Nabil Elderkin-directed video for their song “Bad Habit.”  The UK five-piece just wrapped a largely sold-out US headline tour that included stops at  Sasquatch, Governors Ball, Orion Festival and Bonnaroo. They’ll be back in the states in August for Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and more headline shows.

New Track – Volcano Choir : Byegone

Volcano Choir’s “Byegone” is an anthem that rises and churns like the sea – an exemplification of what’s possible at the intersection of plush, thoughtful instrumentation and a signature vocal performance. The sound of their collaboration is in lockstep – writing together in real time, providing each other feedback face-to-face, and occupying live stages in front of fans.

MGMT Are Back!

MGMT are back with their self-titled third studio album – MGMT  – set to be released on September 17.  The successor to 2008’s Oracular Spectacular and 2010’s CongratulationsMGMT finds Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser continuing to push themselves to expand the boundaries of modern pop music.  Returning to Tarbox Road Studios to work with longtime collaborator Dave Fridmann (Co-producer and mixer of Oracular Spectacular and Congratulations, The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala), Andrew and Ben experimented with various in-studio writing processes, allowing the music to tell them where it wanted to go. The result is a diverse and powerful collection of 10 songs (including a cover of “Introspection” by 1960’s psych band Faine Jade) that directly mirrors the duo’s encompassing surrealist view of the everyday.

Justin Vernon-Curated Label, Chigliak, Second Release

Ten years ago, a 22 year old songwriter entered a recording studio with producer Tucker Martine to make a record.

Poised with one of the greatest talents for carrying Appalachian music into new places, Sarah Siskind penned a record in which every moment, every stitch thread perfectly. Recorded to 2-inch analog tape, Covered is a masterful record, on which American music and guitar icon, and one of Sarah’s musical heroes, Bill Frisell plays a key role.

But amid plans for a national release, sinus illness struck and multiple surgeries followed, andCovered was instead released independently on a much smaller scale than originally planned. With little tour and press support, the album never earned its place in the hearts it could have…

A few years later, by chance, I came across a copy of Covered while digging into Frisell’s catalog, for I also have a deep admiration for the music icon and couldn’t get enough of his work. Looking back, I had no idea how much this album would shake me down; it quickly earned its place in my heart. I listened so much from then on that I wore out several copies, all the while pondering how such an amazing record could go largely unnoticed by the masses.

Four years passed, Sarah fully recovered from her sinus issues and set her sights high once again. She went on to record her much lauded boutique double EP Studio.Living Room and followed it with widely-acclaimed Say it Louder, which earned her 2009 Nashville Music Awards’ “Americana Album of the Year.” As she gained more and more attention, writing songs for Alison Krauss and the like, I listened along but still continued to wear out Covered, bewildered as to why it still wasn’t grabbing more people with its poise.

Finally, yet still overdue, we at Chigliak give you Covered, reissued and released for the first time on vinyl. Listen and let it shake you down.

Meet me in Times Square.

– Justin Vernon

Video – El Cantador : My Way

Official video from El Cantador f or the Stroksey- “My Way”, directed by Brad Rodgers. Stream the EP Translation Wave at Bandcamp here

Video – Please Please : Viva La Piano

Based in Mount Manganui, PleasePlease are New Zealand duo Ryan Mulligan and Antony Jeffaries. Their debut single, “Viva La Piano”, was written one afternoon at Ryan’s flat. The video, produced and directed by Tim Armstrong, was shot in Los Angeles and Auckland.

Album Stream – Estrangers : El Paradiso

ESTRANGERS make the kind of classic pop that hides in plain sight, the kind that lingers in the blown-out speakers of vintage thrift store amplifiers and makes you wonder why you stopped listening. Towering melodies, cavernous guitar reverb, lush analog synths and crashing bass & drums are bound together in their bright-eyed Rock and Roll stylings.

Stream Full Album Here.

MP3 – Kris Menace feat. Black Hills : Waiting for You (Oliver Remix)

Waiting For You’ the new single from Kris Menace is a collaboration with Black Hills, a young hotly tipped vocalist from Washington DC, taken from the stunning vocal album, ‘Features’.

The remix package for ’Waiting For You’ contains stellar mixes from OLIVER (Kitsuné, LA), ‘Fingerpaint’ (one half of Classixx, LA)’, Dosem (Soma), Volta Cab (Isaev) and Vincent Fries (Work It Baby).