Vice’s Electric Independence visits the home studio of BB pals Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti, pioneering electronic music makers who have bled musical creativity since co-founding Throbbing Gristle more than 35 years ago.
Photo: Justine Ungaro. Curt Smith (of Tears for Fears) is playing is first solo residency in two years at the Whitefire Theater in Sherman Oaks, CA, beginning next Thursday. Vocalist on the original hit single Mad World — a song recently remixed here at BB as a backdrop to a collection of game deaths — Curt & co. liked our video so much they want more! This is where you step in: if you create a video, animation or slideshow that would look good behind a classic Tears for Fears track on which Curt sings lead (such as Everybody Wants To Rule The World and Pale Shelter), or a favorite such as Fake Plastic Trees, Drive or Yellow, it might get featured in one of the dates (April 14, 21 and 28; May 18 and 25; and June 1), as part of a set list centered around Curt’s own solo material. We’ll feature anything that’s selected and there will be FABULOUS PRIZES from the Boing Boing Dungeon of Stolen Review Loaners.
Fourteen years after his death, the FBI has released a set of heavily redacted documents on the murder of Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace, (1972-1997), the rapper known as “Notorious B.I.G.” The FBI closed the case in 2005 without determining who killed him. More at Time Magazine.
Here’s Cyril Diaz & His Orchestra playing Margarita Lecuona’s “Tabu,” circa 1958. This terrific track, along with three other Diaz tunes from the era, is included on the newly-issued Cyril Diaz & His Orchestra “Voodoo EP” vinyl from Sound Way. If you buy the 10″ vinyl for £7.99, you get the MP3s for free. Smart. From Soundway Records:
This four track EP, limited to 1500 copies, sees Soundway head to Trindad for 4 original 1950s instrumental calypso recordings from Cyril Diaz who became renowned for the “rich and smooth tone” of his tenor sax playing. On this EP Soundway presents four of his tracks including the traditional Cuban standard ‘Tabu’, the Haitian inspired ‘Voodoo’ and ‘Serenal’ with it’s alternate version ‘Chive Soup Merengie’ both derived from Trinidad’s Latin music tradition; parang.
You may know Peter Serafinowicz as an actor and funny dude. He is also a fine director, as this music video (in which he also stars) proves. The song is ‘Open Your Eyes’ by Alex Metric & Steve Angello, featuring Ian Brown, and will be released on iTunes on May 8th.
About the video, Ari says: “It was a 30 minute interview which we’ve cut into 9 minutes for your viewing pleasure. Murphy shares his thoughts on musical discovery, the future of taste, artistic value in the face of technology and what he did with our plot device, something.”
Judson “Tettix” Cowan describes Finest Designs, his new album of electronica, as a ‘throwback’ to his own earliest work. To those mostly familiar with game-influenced stuff like TKOEP and his fantastically savage remix of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, the surprise comes just a few seconds in, when Tettix’s trademark staccato percussion and bleepery is joined by new wavey vocals not heard since Conformatigmatic. “It’s a strong departure from my usual style,” Cowan said. “I felt like I owed to myself to explore singing on another album. It was easy to get complacent making video-gamey stuff, because it’s so easy to get attention on the internet with that sort of sound.”
Several months ago, I posted about Emeralds, the Cleveland-based drone/synth/guitar band whose recent album “Does It Look Like I’m Here” flips my analog switches like vintage Tangerine Dream, Neu!, and the Robert Fripp/Brian Eno collaborations. self-titled magazine has posted a recording of Emeralds’ phenomenal performance at last year’s Unsound Festival. Annoyingly, self-titled has turned off SoundCloud’s embedding feature, but you can listen and download the recording by following this link. Emeralds, Live @ Unsound 2010(via chris_carter_)