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Autechre 'L-event' EP Stream Hack Website Warp

Autechre, L-event track list:

1. “tac Lacora”
2. “M39 Diffain”
3. “Osla for n”
4. “newbound”

via SPIN Autechre’s Beat-Brutalizing ‘L-event’ EP Stream Will Warp Your Website

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REAL history, REAL shenanigans… via  Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society [LASTGASP-2012]

1AM SF, Superfresh Design, and McCaig-Welles present:

GRAPHIC ATTACK!  A group show of graffiti and design featuring some of the heavyweights in the scene.

Official synopsis by 1:AM:

GRAPHIC ATTACK! co-curated by Andrea von Bujdoss and Melissa McCaig Welles

1:AM gallery is pleased to announce “Graphic Attack!”, an explosive group exhibition co-curated by Melissa McCaig Welles, and Andrea von Bujdoss, highlighting an exciting clash of techniques and styles by 15 of the most prolific experts in urban art and graphic design.  The collective display of works by these graffiti artists and graphic designers promise to be a fierce outbreak of complex imagery infused by intense and innovative personal artistic styles.

This exhibition of works will include mixed media works including prints, paintings, drawings, sculpture and installation.  Works will be of various price points, making the art accessible to both serious collectors and fans.

The line-up includes: CernYMI, Ces, Cope2, Cycle, Doze Green, Greg Haberny, Hydro74, KEO TC5, Mare139, Morning Breath, Pure TFP, Queen Andrea, Shepard Fairey, Siloette, Trustocorp, Wane

via Hydro74

Aisha of Sanguine Soul (Saturday Nights on the infamous 87.9 Pirate Cat Radio), hosts the talented speak and vision of Baraka Noel aka Mumbles in support of his underground emcee and poet tour, Sky is Falling SFestival, presented with his fam, We Are the UnReal.

The tour has been going strong since 4/8/2010, ending 4/14/2010, and aims to give voice and vibe to the nascent call of community building, with emcees, poets, artists, and creative progressives as its foundation.

Baraka:

I juxtaposed Blackalicious’ Sky is Falling not only cause it shares a moniker with the festival, but because the spirit, voices, and creation story behind the fest stands in solidarity with those that survive and push to rebuild/recreate. Word, actualizing your heart’s passion into your daily grind, likens with the power of natural phenomena—it just needs incubation/collaboration/movement to be unleashed! Thus, inspiration for Sky is Falling SFestival loins from the souls’ thunder, quakes, from creation, collisions, and into what every local emcee needs to progress—community building.

Samuel Sax “Carlight”:

Dusty Rose “Mary Mean” @ Berkeley Slam:

I had the chance to go to the opening event, not knowing it was the opening of the festival, mainly to meet and chat with multimedia educator, arts documentarian, Slam coach, and champion haiku poet, Tazuo Yamaguchi, who performed backed by… a blues band!  Talk about juxtopoz.  But it worked beautifully considering Tazuo is one big soulful dude, especially with the vibe of the audience and the layout of the Blue Macaw venue (RIP 12 Galaxies).  Live painting, live music, live spit, it was just … live.

The Sky is Falling tour continues:

Apr 12 2010, 7:00P – brainWASH REMIXed (7th St/Folsom, San Francisco, CA)
Apr 13 2010, 8:00P – VIRACOCHA (21st St/Valencia St, San Francisco, CA)
Apr 14 2010, 9:00P – Stolen Time @ Heist Gallery (Geary/Leavenworth, San Francisco, CA)

Viracocha:

It should be said that Viracocha is a new and promising boutique concept in the Mission, and from what I’m seeing, a must check.  So fitting on Valencia St., the collective-run Viracocha acts as a much needed multi-use space, purporting “a new kind of commerce.”

During the day, everything in the store is for sale: furniture, art,clothing, table settings, glassware, rugs, lamps, typewriters, new & used books, vintage magazines, records, umbrellas, assorted rarities & collectibles… everything! And at night… it transforms into a community space for literary, theatrical, and musical events.

Our goal is to create a place where art, of all mediums, can find advocacy; where contributors & patrons can gather, where creators & admirers (Buyers) can break that “Fourth Wall”, and begin to see each other as an evolving symbiotic relationship.

As a collective group of local artists & performers, our intention is to cultivate & spread the creative spirit that runs through the heart of our city and shapes the very way we interact with each other.

By focusing mainly on Vintage & Antique products, in fun, creative, and interactive ways, we hope to offer new perspective on Reused & Redesigned materials.

Gallery: Heist

Gallery Heist, run by Jillianne and Aoi (of S-I-R), is an upstart/startup gallery positioned right on the edge of Tendernob, on Geary/Leavenworth.  It’s opening show ‘Now or Never’ featured some of the street art world’s most notable names, including Mike Giant, Sylvia Ji, Adam Caldwell, David Young V, and C3, making for a respectable debut.

Gallery Heist Inaugural Catalogue

With a modern, young, dreamer vibe, Heist also departs from the traditional model of pure art space by placing installations culled from an international network as the venue for community events like film showings and open mics, encouraging the emergence of poets, designers, and creatives from the local Tenderloin and greater San Francisco areas, and building community and reputation as a destination for creative inspiration.

Heist opened up their Mic series with We Are the UnReal, so it’s fitting that the group returns for the closing of their tour.

Heist by Mike Giant, 2009


(l-r) The Horse, The Mouse, the Auteur

For the record, I think that the highly ambitious and anticipated (but criminally stifled) Dangermouse x Sparklehorse x David Lynch project, “Dark Night of the Soul,” was one of the most surprising and impressive works of the year (as in, I heard it at the turn of 2010, and was utterly blown away at Danger Mouse’s ever-growing range of production work).  IMHO.  Occasionally I will subdue my boombap, zoomclap, thumpthump prevalence and dig back into rock roots, and this murder mystery is in true form, especially with the host of conspirators.


Except, I didn’t know until today that David Lynch put together a whole 100-page BOOK to accompany the work as a visual narrative.   Not needing to remind you of David Lynch’s keen and visceral visual art and film work – provided with the music, this book of photographs would have been quite an awesome piece of storytelling, as the music was indeed dark, haunting, (though not subtle creepy like old Massive Attack / Portishead or aggro like something from COP Intl) and at times raw & primal.  That minor chord, metal rock n roll energy fused with clean analog production and excellent songwriting and soulful rendition results in a lot of musical layers, something that pays homage to what you’d expect from this set of artists.  (Thank you Iggy Pop you Son of Hades…)

The unfortunate thing is that EMI blocked all legal release of the music, choosing only to stream it via NPR.  Not sure why, though many speculate it had to do with the latent statement of claim by EMI to this (very edgy and clever) Sparklehorse work (he had been signed to Astralwerks), presumably done AFTER he had been dropped by the label.  Thus, the Lynch-produced book included not the true LP, but a blank CD-R, for “whatever purposes the listener may desire”… [ahem] highly suggestive, and rightly so, I think.

Which is probably why you might be interested in this link to the said blocked album…in case you have a blank CD-R, for whatever purpose that may be.  Of course, leaks are always subject to quality concerns, which is why you have this clever fellow figuring out how to extract the songs from the raw NPR stream.

Tracklist

“Revenge,” feat. Flaming Lips / 4:54
“Just War,” feat. Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals / 3:44
“Jaykub,” feat. Jason Lytle / 3:53
“Little Girl,” feat. the Strokes’ Julian Casablancas / 4:33
“Angel’s Harp,” feat. Frank Black / 2:56
“Pain,” feat. Iggy Pop / 2:52
“Stars Eyes (I Can’t Catch It),” feat. David Lynch / 3:11
“Everytime I’m With You,” feat. Jason Lytle / 3:12
“Insane Lullaby,” feat. the Shins’ James Mercer / 3:10
“Daddy’s Gone,” feat. Nina Persson and Mark Linkous / 3:08
The Man Who Played God,” feat. Suzanne Vega / 3:10
“Grim Augury,” feat. Vic Chestnut / 2:32
“Dark Night of the Soul,” feat. David Lynch / 4:39

Still.  A new visual work by David Lynch is never a thing to ignore, so Lynch, Horse, and Mouse presented a gallery show at Art Basel 2009, showcasing 50 original photographs alongside the music.   A really clean presentation if you check it out.

Overall, an interesting story around this project, now that I look into it (I hardly ever do, when I dig through the p2p’s).  [*It’s funny how much you take for granted when your entire music experience is: 1) devoid of legal/illegal moral qualms/barriers.  2) devoid of any contextual media, ie. a straight up FTP style search, return, and transfers window]

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Clickityclick

Stream the album here.

DL a leaked album here.

DL raw files off NPR here. (sneaky) (update: these are 128kbps files! = womp)  (hit me in comments for 192)

View the Art Basel Gallery exhibition here. (no head on shots of the work though; for that you’ll have to dig for the book)

Another good backstory article here, with comments on the ironic positive business that the Blank CD-R may actually generate, in terms of reverse psychology theories, as well as back info from others.