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New Fleet Foxes & Antlers Albums Streaming on NPR

The Antlers
Fleet Foxes

Head on over to NPR to listen to Fleet Foxes’ “Helplessness Blues” due out May 3rd and The Antlers’ “Burst Apart” due out May 10th. After a few listens, I think both albums have endearing charm and depth.  Cover art is below. Listen and tell us what you think in the comments.

Fleet Foxes “Helplessness Blues” May 3rd

Helplessness Blues - Fleet Foxes

The Antlers “Burst Apart” May 10th

Burst Apart - The Antlers

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Latent Image #2 – Rengim Mutevellioglu

Rengim Mutevellioglu is a photographer living in Paris who was born in Russia in 1991. 1991. Today I learned people born in the nineties are now Grown Up people who are Making Things.

Edit: I had to add this image which I found on his BOOOOOOOM page.

rengim mutevellioglu

rengim mutevellioglu

rengim mutevellioglu

rengim mutevellioglu

rengim mutevellioglu

rengim mutevellioglu

rengim mutevellioglu

Visit his personal website to view more images.

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Royal Robertson: “Prophet,” Artist, Visionary

Royal Robertson

Stopped by the Royal Robertson exhibition at the Webb Gallery in Waxahachie. Very interesting work. Robertson saw himself as a prophet and continually made drawings and paintings centering on visions of the future and the apocalypse among other themes. The Webb Gallery has a nice synopsis of the artist:

“Royal Robertson
b. October 21,1936 d.July 5,1997
We met Royal back in 1990 when some friends took us to meet him in Baldwin, Lousisiana. We immediately took to him and visited him many times up until his death. There will never be anyone like Royal. He was so passionate and caring, even with his day to day struggles of obvious paranoid schizophrenia. Royal had this wonderful poetic way of communicating in the past present & future all at once funneled through his thick Creole dialect. Royal claimed his first vision was at the age of 14, where God appeared to him in a spaceship. This and other space subjects are always found in Royal’s work, along with his interest in comics, science fiction magazines, the bible, and his ongoing struggle with his love for women. Artist-Prophet Royal Robertson had much to share and through his art gave a view into his soul, something people rarely share with the outside.”

Sufjan Stevens’ most recent album, “Age of Adz”, was inspired by Royal and his work. The album departs from his earlier writing style, but holds true to the epic nature of his sound. Definitively one for the electronically inclined ear.

According to the Webb Gallery, Sufjan is teaming up with a film maker and friend to create a documentary about Royal and three other similar underground artists. The documentary is called MAKE. Sufjan is contributing to the film score.

UPDATE: Watch the Make trailer here

Some examples of Robertson’s work can be seen below. More are after the jump.

Royal 2

Royal 3

Royal 4

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Mogi Grumbles gives Tron an upgrade

Mogi Grumbles is offering a fantastic re-score of the original Tron soundtrack. The CD is pay what you you wish and is available for download here. You can also stream the entire CD below. Go grab a slice of retro history.

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Warehouse printmaking – In progress #1

We had a great cutting session last Thursday at the warehouse. Our playlist filled the empty space nicely. I started a new block and Dan finished one he was working on. Below are our blocks. I will continue working on mine and Dan will start a new project. We hope to get back out there for another session soon. We’ll post our progress on the blocks afterwards.

Warehouse printmaking in progress #1

Warehouse printmaking

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Latent Image #1 – Noah Kalina

Welcome to Latent Image, Surfwaco’s first weekly feature. Every Monday we’ll focus on the work of a different photographer, living or dead.  The term latent image describes the invisible image produced on film after it is exposed to light and before it is developed. So it doesn’t apply at all to modern digital photography but it sounds cool and I thought if I named the series I’d have a better chance of remembering to post every week. Here goes!

Our first artist is Noah Kalina, a Brooklyn-based photographer with a knack for capturing moments. This series is called “Scenes.” Each photograph seems to tell a part of a story and just how the circumstances described within each frame came to be is left entirely to your imagination.

noah kalina scenes

noah kalina scenes

noah kalina scenes

View the full set here.

Filed under: Latent Image, Photography

Warehouse printmaking

Empty warehouse
We’re hitting the empty warehouse next door for some woodcut magic. This month and possibly next, we will be working on a couple of new prints in the empty space. We’ve made a special night/atmosphere/dark nostalgia/soundscapes playlist that we will be listening to (loudly) during the project. The playlist features our catalogues of Burial, Tim Hecker, Forest Swords and some songs from Radiohead, Vector Lovers, and How to Dress Well. After each session, we will post our progress.

***Update: See our progress from our first woodcutting session here.

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Surfwaco Playlist 3

Surfwaco Playlist 3 Burial NYC Ego Mirror Stolen Dog Street Halo Thom Yorke Four Tet

Burial came out of the woodwork last month with five brand new tracks: “Ego” and “Mirror” are from his collaborative 12″ with Thom Yorke and Four Tet. “Street Halo,” “Stolen Dog,” and “NYC” were released a couple weeks later on his own label. Stream all five below.

1 [0:00] NYC
2 [7:32] Mirror
3 [13:30] Stolen Dog
4 [19:38] Ego
5 [26:14] Street Halo

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Listen to Panda Bear’s “Tomboy” in its entirety

Tomboy
We’ve been waiting a long time for this one. Panda Bear is streaming his new album “Tomboy” (remixed and re-worked from earlier releases) it its entirety on NPR. Don’t wait too long, these streams expire eventually. What, with all the “kind of” releases recently, I was starting to get a little hasty. I’m so happy to hear the final versions of these tracks. Noah is an outstanding musician, I’ll give him that, but man, what a tease. “Tomboy” drops April 12th. Go buy it. It will be the best decision you’ll make this year besides buying Radiohead’s  The King of Limbs.

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LCD Soundsystem’s final show setlist

They came. They rocked. They conquered. LCD killed it tonight with a 4 hour, 5 set marathon show featuring 29 songs. Some special guests (including Arcade Fire, Reggie Watts, choir ensembles, plus size women, and Shit Robot) dropped by to help Murphy and crew rise to the occasion.  We are very sad to see this group go and so thankful we were able to see them live a few times before the end. These songs, as well as the spirit of LCD Soundsystem will live on in the hearts of fans everywhere, forever. We put together a  setlist (below) from the show for you to enjoy. Adios.

LCD Soundsystem's final show setlist

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