Victor Moscoso: Psychedelic Drawings, 1967-1982

I plan to see this exhibition in New York City soon :)

Victor Moscoso
Psychedelic Drawings, 1967-1982

Curated by Norman Hathaway & Dan Nadel

March 6 – April 25, 2015

Moscoso

Andrew Edlin Gallery is excited to announce a retrospective of drawings by Victor Moscoso, one of the pre-eminent graphic artists of the 20th century, and widely renowned for his 1960s psychedelic posters and comics. The gallery will publish a 96-page catalog to go with the exhibition. Read the rest of the press release here.

 

 

Psychedelic Soul

When I think of the sub-genre Psychedelic Soul my thoughts turn to The Temptations and Norman Whitfield. The Temptations went through a four-year interval of psychedelia starting in 1968 with “Cloud Nine.  They were influenced by the phenomenal success of Sly and the Family Stone‘s “Dance To The Music“.

Psychedelic soul, sometimes known as “black rock” was a blend of psychedelic rock and soul music in the late 1960s, which paved the way for the mainstream emergence of funk music a few years later.[24]

I loved that period of music. “Ball of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today)” is my favorite psychedelic soul classic. I especially like this Ultra Mix.

Cloud Nine – The Temptations (February 17, 1969)

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Psychedelic Shack – The Temptations (March 6, 1970)

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Dub Side of the Mule

I am itching to see Gov’t. Mule live in concert again. I’ve seen the band five times during the decade from 2005 – 2015. This jam band has so much kick. They have never disappointed me with their versatility and showmanship.

I waded in the deepest when Gov’t. Mule released their studio recording, Mighty High almost 7.5 years ago on October 16, 2007. Of all the Gov’t. Mule recordings that I own, Mighty High is my personal favorite, I am renewed when I revisit it. Gov’t. Mule gave Dub a newfound purpose and meaning.

Mighty High was a direct outgrowth of the seeds germinated by Gov’t. Mule and friends the year before in NYC. In honor of that pivotal concert, Dub Side of the Mule will be released on April 7th via Evil Teen Records. 

Recorded during Mule’s fabled New Year Eve 2006 performance at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, the show features three-plus hours of Mule standards and covers, including a 1-hour reggae/R&B set featuring Toots Hibbert, the legendary founder of Toots & The Maytals. This set includes many of Toots’ revered songs including: “Pressure Drop,” “54-46 Was My Number,” “Reggae Got Soul,” and a rendition of his version of the Radiohead song, “Let Down.” The album also includes special appearances by Gregg Allman & Friends and John Popper (from Blues Traveler).

All 34 tracks have been remixed and mastered. The album will be available in three formats: standard edition CD (1 CD of the entire set with Toots, plus two additional Mule-only reggae songs), standard edition vinyl (two 180-gram vinyl’s of the Toots set, plus two additional Mule-only reggae songs & a download code for the digital files), and a deluxe edition (3 CDs of the entire 3-hour performance, plus a DVD of only the entire reggae set with Toots Hibbert.

Check out this video clip from that blissful evening.

Chrissie Hynde Memoir

 

Chrissie Hynde will release a memoir later this year, Billboard reports. The book doesn’t yet have a title, but will focus on her childhood, the 1970s punk scene and her time with The Pretenders. It’ll be out September 8 through Penguin Random House. The publisher describes the book as “incredibly frank.” Now there’s a surprise ;)

Hynde will write about her childhood in Akron, Ohio, offer a “strikingly intimate portrayal” of the punk rock scene of the 1970s and a “bittersweet” look back at the Pretenders, who had such hits as “Brass in Pocket” and “Talk of the Town,” but lost two original band members to drug-related deaths. Hynde, 63, (Hey we’re the same age, cool!) said in a statement issued through her publisher that she hoped her book would make people dance, have fun, possibly cry and maybe reach for a guitar.

Leadbelly at 125 Tribute

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will top a star-studded lineup for “Lead Belly at 125: A Tribute to an American Songster” on April 25 at the Kennedy Center.

Lead Belly is one of the mainstays of American folk music. A master storyteller through song, he (Huddie William Ledbetter) blended the sound of traditional folk with blues, work songs, and spirituals to create a body of music that ranks with the catalogues of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, America’s other folk music stalwarts.

Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert

Hopefully you saw the 2015 Grammy Awards because Annie Lennox had the best performance of the evening. She collaborated with Hozier on the medley, “Take Me To Church/I Put A Spell On You”. She rocked the house.

For New York City area viewers, Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert, featuring Great American Songbook classics from her Grammy-nominated album Nostalgia, will air on Channel THIRTEEN’s Great Performances on April 3, at 10 p.m. on PBS. Check the PBS listings in your area for when else this show will be aired.

Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert, the singer’s unique interpretations bring a new intimacy to these timeless classics. On the 60-minute concert, taped in January Lennox will do songs from her Nostalgia album like “Summertime,” “Strange Fruit,” “I Cover the Waterfront” and “God Bless the Child.”

Björk’s Immersive Audio Experience

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Björk stimulates my music technologist sensibilities with her innovative design complemented by intriguing uses of technology and sound.

I don’t know exactly who the MoMA audience is, to be honest, but I’ve been having an imaginary audience, which is sort of the average person who doesn’t listen to music that much. She goes on a weekend trip with her family to MoMA and discovers sound a little bit, and she thinks, Oh, I actually love this. Sound waves going through my body: It feels nice! I’m going to listen to some more music. – Björk, from a recent interview with Rob Runner of Fast Company Magazine 

The Björk MoMA Retrospective was architected by chief curator Klaus Biesenbach.

One particular technology immersion, among many in the exhibition is the centerpiece, “Songlines,” fascinates me greatly. It is a 40 minute sensory audio journey through Björk’s music and psyche. Visitors wear headphones (see more below about the specifics) connected to Bluetooth beacons, which find them through the space, cuing the proper songs and visuals. The technology was adapted by Volkswagen, a sponsor of the show, from a hands-free program it made to soundtrack driving.

Headphone audio pioneer Dysonics today announced that its Bluetooth-enabled motion sensor, RondoMotion, will be used for the immersive audio section of the Björk exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), March 8, 2015 – June 7, 2015.

RondoMotion is the world’s first wireless motion sensor for headphones. Björk is a retrospective that draws from more than 20 years of the artist’s daring and creative career, offering an experience of music in many layers, with instruments, a theatrical presentation, an immersive sound experience, a focused audio guide, and related visualizations.

RondoMotion attaches easily to any over-the-ear headphones, immersing listeners in a reactive, dynamic audio environment. Björk attendees will wear Bowers & Wilkins headphones equipped with a RondoMotion sensor, and will enter a 360 degree motion-tracked audio environment that syncs with striking visual elements as they move throughout the exhibit’s “Songlines” section.

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“Accurately tracking listener head movement with RondoMotion allowed our team to create a new level of immersion and engagement for listeners experiencing the Björk ‘Songlines’ psychoacoustic augmented audio installation at MoMA,” said Björk “Songlines” project collaborator Andrew Melchior.

 

Björk/MoMA

Björk’s MoMA Exhibition

Courtesy of New Museum, New York/Benoit Pailley

Björk’s exhibition at MoMA in New York City opens to the public this weekend on Sunday March 8th. My interest in music technology is peaking about how this exhibit has been curated and constructed. I will be writing a separate blog post about Björk’s projects from a technology design perspective later today.

Suffice it to say we are eager to attend this multimedia retrospective in the near future. My understanding is that only 100 people can attend at a scheduled interval. Which I am fine with as I dislike crowded MoMA Exhibitions.

I have included the teaser video of “Black Lake” from Vulnicura for your viewing and listening benefit.

Björk’s Black Lake Trailer – MoMAvideos

“Black Lake” is a new sound and video installation commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art on the occasion of the exhibition Björk (March 8–June 7, 2015; Member Previews, March 4–7). The song “Black Lake” appears on Björk’s new album “Vulnicura” (2015).

“Black Lake” is described by Rolling Stone as an “immersive 10-minute music and film experience” It is a collaboration between director Thomas Huang, who worked with the artist on her video for Mutual Core and 3D design company Autodesk.

Big Star – Nothing Can Hurt Me

What I love about my music hobby is that there are always new music documentaries to savor.

The cult classic band, Big Star has a documentary film, Nothing Can Hurt Me that I can’t wait to get my hands on to see.

“A fine documentary on the classic-rock era’s greatest cult band.”- Will Hermes, Rolling Stone

– See more at: http://www.magpictures.com/bigstar/#sthash.SiKKLDOm.dpuf