Pasty studio tans and questionable t-shirts no more: the cover boys of the new issue of Future Music are none other than Chromeo. Grab it from your newsstand of choice and peep this accompanying in-studio vid. Synths! Leather hats!
Check this behind-the-scenes vid of The Suzan being shot for BlackBook’s “The New Regime” issue, out now (they’re picked as “The New Riot Grrrls,” in case you were wondering, alongside all manner of upstart actors, artists, designers, etc).
Chromeo kick off the Euro leg of their “Business Casual” tour tonight in Dublin with Midnight Juggernauts, check all the dates here. You can also peep some behind the scenes stills from their upcoming video for “Hot Mess,” like the one above. Law and order!
Last week I did a workshop in New York for the Make Something!! School in association with Nike. They’ve been getting people like Todd James, Carri Munden from Cassette Playa, Todd Selby and more to come in and work with teenagers from the City. They’re all preparing a big blowout ceremony that will be taking place next weekend at the World Basketball Festival. In my case, I was asked to help the kids come up with a 1 minute musical performance.
Gearwire interviewed Vega guitarist Ronald Gierhart about all things shredding at Pitchfork Festival (where he was performing as part of Neon Indian, a little band you may have heard of). They also chatted with Jason Faries about drums, and you can watch that clip after the jump. Music! Check for new Vega tunes on Fool’s Gold very soon. Read More
Chromeo have a new album just around the corner, and having witnessed the brick-by-brick assembly of that beast, I can’t wait for the world to hear it. Dave always sings me his songs before he records them. Somewhere on one of my old MiniDV tapes I have footage of him doing “Momma’s Boy” on the air-Wurli and air-bells when it was just in his head… I need to dig that up. But I digress. They recorded the new album at a studio just a few blocks from my apartment, so I’d go visit them every evening and was the go-to “how does this sound?” guy. I even tracked their vocals on one of the songs. But truthfully, the way they work is extremely self-contained. If they do reach out to someone on the outside, it’ll be some random saxophonist, which has happened a few times already.
Now it’s all done, and it is my pleasure to present to you: “Don’t Turn The Lights On”. Buy it on iTunes! (That’s the US link but it’s also out in the UK.)
For those of you who checked out Drake’s album you may have noticed I’m scratching on song #5, “Show Me A Good Time”. Here’s the story of how that came about.
You could think that there was some sort of Canadian connection, or even a Kanye connection for that matter. But there wasn’t. When So Far Gone came out last year and Drizzy’s buzz went through the roof of the stratosphere of the ceiling of the galaxy, I remember thinking “wow, this is interesting, this is the first time there’s a Canadian rapper that I know absolutely nothing about.” Canada, while being a huge country on the atlas, has a very small music biz. Having been active in it for over a decade, I can tell you that usually everyone knows everyone. But the truth is, I left Montreal 4 years ago and Drake is pretty young, so in my view he just came out of nowhere. Read More