Posts Tagged ‘Love Like Deloreans’

Sightings: Derek Muro, “Magic Hour Rundown”

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Magic Hour Rundown is a new cassette release by Brooklyn-based composer and producer Derek Muro, out late last month on Sine Wave Records. Muro is a co-founder and member of the bands Love Like Deloreans and Mighty Five. The entirety of Magic Hour Rundown plays almost like a contemporary tripped-out version of the soundtrack to an 80’s teen classic. At times, Muro’s voice sounds like a ghostly, reverb-heavy version of Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr in “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” which you might remember from The Breakfast Club.

The cassette moves gracefully between minimalist electronica, hazy noise, and pop songs that aren’t too far removed from the sounds that all the cool kids are calling “chillwave” today — particularly in the middle selection of Magic Hour Rundown‘s Side A, where the tape’s sounds are at their most accessible. Side A is broken into two more pop-oriented tracks that are held together by a quietly blissed-out and pulsating bridge.

On the first of these tracks, Muro’s vocals and synth lines sound most in line with the John Hughes decade. His voice is begging you to pay attention, but the only words you can really discern are “quarry” and “junkyard.” The second of these tracks is more straightforward; it hooks you in with a repetitive riff and upbeat rhythm that stay with the entire song, behind occasional electronic flourishes. Side A ends appropriately with one such flourish, seting the stage well for Side B’s more experimental sound.

As a whole Magic Hour Rundown might be best fit for soundtracking your own late-night walks or subway rides. Just remember to bring your Walkman.

Derek Muro, “Magic Hour Rundown (Side A)” (Magic Hour Rundown, Sine Wave Records)

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Magic Hour Rundown is available now from Sine Wave Records

NY Eye & Ear III, Told from Start to Finish in 43 Tweets

Monday, May 24th, 2010

@MaxBurke just hacked the VR twitter! Greetings from the NY Eye and Ear Fest. View from the record fair/ chill zone.
3:55 PM May 22nd via OpenBeak

Sightings: Return of the Eye & Ear

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Todd Pendu’s massive gathering of underground musicians and artists, the NY Eye & Ear Fest, is preparing for its third installment at the newly christened Knitting Factory space in Williamsburg. Last year’s Eye and Ear Fest was held in July, and before that in December. Perhaps seeing a hole in the city’s calendar due to the dispiriting departure of the No Fun Fest, the event is set for May 22 and 23 and promises over 12 hours of music each day. But that’s only part of the attraction, which also includes a massive record fair with vendors and labels (including VR favorites like Abandon Ship and ESP Disk) selling the usual tapes and LPs alongside art prints, comics, zines and more.

It’s no small feat to keep the public’s interest over three consecutive large-scale events, although this particular festival’s audience tends to be less fickle and hype-oriented than your average Brooklyn indie rock enthusiast. Those with the stamina will be rewarded by what amounts to a nearly comprehensive overview of the current New York underground, including headlining performances from mainstays like Blank Dogs and Xeno & Oaklander along with a slew of up-and-coming acts like Effing and Hunters. One of NY Eye & Ear Fest’s greatest attractions is the sheer diversity of acts on display. No matter your taste for the subterreanean, they’ve got you covered, from dark disco – à la Pendu’s weekly dance parties at Glasslands – to sloppy, snotty rock and everything in-between.

The official NY Eye & Ear Fest site has done a lot of the heavy lifting in terms of getting you acquainted with all the music on display, offering sound samples of every group and a mixtape for each day of the fest for your perusal. Visitation Rites will be on site for the entirety of the event and will have extensive coverage in the days following. This will be the premiere underground music event of the season in New York. Don’t miss it for the world.

NY Eye & Ear Fest takes place May 22 and 23 at the Knitting Factory, Brooklyn. Tickets are on-sale now for $17/day or $30/weekend pass (less than $1.00 a band!) For further information on Todd Pendu and background on the festival please see the interview VR head honcho Emilie Friedlander conducted with Todd Pendu for Arthur Magazine last year.

Visitation Rites and Coco66 Present: Silver Apples + Burning Star Core + Love Like Deloreans on May 16th in Greenpoint

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

After months of meticulous astrological analysis and deep-space observation, our in-house Kaleidoscope experts have asked me to issue a public warning to all those residing in the greater New York area, Northern New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Due to a fortuitous shift in planetary alignment, we have every reason to believe that a vintage aerocar embossed with the words “Silver Apples” — and housing one of the world’s first musico-astro-pilots — will be performing an impromptu crash landing on the roof of Coco66 in Greenpoint on Sunday, May 16. To ensure that the craft arrives safely at its destination — and does not accidentally fall straight into the nearby Newtown Creek — we have asked some of our generation’s finest cosmonauts — Burning Star Core and Love Like Deloreans — to convene beforehand and project some inviting improvisatory soundwaves into the stratosphere. DJs Frank (Keepaway) and Bryce (Behavior, 45sON33) will be injecting some slow and screwy dynamism in the gaps, and Wierd Records‘ very own DJ Frankie Teardrop will be hosting his Exotic Birds party in the front room. If you have never witnessed a New York City rooftop landing before, please be sure to dress appropriately. Full details on the poster below.*

VR Vimeo: “Ollie Mess” (Love Like Deloreans), by Video-Artist-In-Residence Samantha Cornwell

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Ollie Mess— Love Like Deloreans from Samantha Cornwell on Vimeo.

In October 2009, Visitation Rites kicked off a virtual music video residency with Los Angeles video artist Samantha Cornwell. Our concept: Samantha pours through dozens of MP3 submissions from bands all over this wide, wide land, selects a few that tickle her imagination, and responds with a video representing her subjective experience of the sound. This video for Brooklyn’s Love Like Deloreans, a Kosmiche-inspired synthesizer trio who I swear lifted Union Pool half an inch off the ground last time I saw them play live, is the second installment of the project, which debuted with this video for “Demonzblood” by The Lame Drivers.

In the words of the video artist herself:

Arthur Radio: The Retro-Future Episode, with Visitation Rites and Chocolate Bobka

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

tlautopiaPostcard for Walt Disney’s Tomorrowland Autopia, 1955

Trekking in the January sleet into the far corners of darkest Bushwick has its rewards. Last Sunday, McGregor from Chocolate Bobka and I had the pleasure of doing an hour-long guest spot on Arthur Magazine‘s new weekly emission on Brooklyn’s Newtown Radio, broadcast out of a unexpectedly cozy enclave on the fourth floor of an unmarked industrial warehouse. The subject du jour was Retro-Futuristic Utopias, so I arrived at the studio expecting to pull together a spiel on Walt Disney’s Tomorrowland Autopia, the Ecological Art movement of the late 1960s, and Douglas Trumble’s 1971 science-fiction classic Silent Running. Instead, we ended up spinning some warped 21st century psychedelia, eating cookies courtesy Arthur Radio co-host Harry Painter’s grandma, and dancing like the slow section of a slow school.

Love Like Deloreans, Love Like Deloreans, Friendly Ghost, 2009

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

3498240974_8a727df272[1]In 1968, Walter Carlos (a.k.a. Wendy Carlos) and Benjamin Folkman turned John Sebastian Bach into a 15-minute pop deity by transposing a handful of his “greatest hits” to an early Modular Moog synthesizer, tediously recreating every lurch of the old divine sewing machine on a custom-built 8-track. Switched On Bach earned the old bewigged master three Grammy Awards, seventeen weeks on the Billboard Top 40, and the post-humous satisfaction of being the first classical composer to go platinum. To Carlos and Folkman’s great pride, it carved out a space for the synthesizer in the West’s pop musical imaginary, eliciting orders for Moog organs everywhere from cushy American recording studios to the Zodiak Free Arts Lab in West Germany, where synth-based krautrock acts Tangerine Dream and Cluster got together for their first group improvisations. Who cares if it needed to be paired with something as tried and true as the Brandenburg concerto for people to listen up? For a hot moment — just as every new technology has its “hot moment” — the pulsating, electronic revelation of the analogue synth was the sound of the future.