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Florist - Week 1

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Residency is a two-part journal entry brought to you by one of our favorite artists.

This week, Emily Sprague of the Brooklyn-based project Florist shows us her drawings.


I’ve been drawing and making visual art to distance myself from music in the wake of just finishing the new Florist record, which was the focus of my creative energy for over a year. So that’s where I am at right now—detoxing and gearing up for whatever comes next musically, creative-wise. It has to be a natural feeling progression for me or I actually can’t make anything that I feel good about. I draw a lot actually, because I feel like it makes me remember and get excited again about songwriting when I’m feeling bored, but I hardly ever show anyone my drawings or non-music related art projects. I’m trying to be more multi-faceted with my presence in the “scene,” as someone sharing their art, because at the end of the day I don’t really see myself as a songwriter or a musician, but as some kind of designer with the ultimate goal of evoking a specific feeling. Music is just one avenue for that—and I don’t want my identity to be limited in that way.

‘Sunbathing’

‘Raining on the Fruit 1 + 2′

‘Pear in the Ring’

'Blue Pool'

‘Blue Pool’


Check out another project Emily Sprague curated this past week, Calm Watermelon, here.

Monthly Mix

June 2015

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Tracklist:

[00:00] • Qrion – “Sink” (Hemsworth Fountain Version)
[01:54] • Recycle Culture – “Love Will Always Win”
[04:26] • Mr Twin Sister – “The Erotic Book”
[07:45] • Ricky Eat Acid – “Snowden Mcdonald’s”
[10:02] • Katie Dey – “Unkillable”
[11:15] • Elvis Depressedly – “New Heaven, New Earth”
[13:22] • Palmistry – “Memory Taffeta”
[16:35] • Rytmeklubben – “Girlfriend”
[20:05] • Strange Names – “I Can’t Control Myself” (Doss Remix)
[23:48] • Skylar Spence – “Can’t You See”

Illustration by Laurent Hrybyk

Artist Mix

Katie Dey

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Artist Mixes are an ongoing series of mixtapes curated by some of our favorite musicians.

This week, the Melbourne-based artist Katie Dey shares some old and new choice cuts.


Tracklist:

[00:00] • Whatever, Dad – “Spud”
[02:08] • Emperor X – “Fierce Resource Allocation”
[05:37] • Ringo Sheena – “ストイシズム”
[07:24] • Allison Crutchfield – “No One Talks”
[10:04] • Mitski – “Goodbye, My Danish Sweetheart”
[12:19] • Prefab Sprout – “Carnival 2000″
[15:38] • Porches. ft. Greta Kline – “Forgive”
[18:19] • Japanese Breakfast – “The Woman Who Loves You”
[20:40] • Radiator Hospital ft. 100% – “Now & Then”
[22:07] • Bulldog Eyes – “Shame”
[24:03] • Spencer Radcliffe – “In The Flesh”
[26:18] • Disasterpeace – “Home”
[27:54] • Emperor X – “Go-Captain and Pinlighter”
[31:39] • Squarepusher – “Iambic 9 Poetry”


Read our Reflection of Katie Dey’s debut album, asdfasdf, here.

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Fog Lake - Week 2

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Residency is a two-part journal entry brought to you by one of our favorite artists.

This week, the St. John’s, Newfoundland-based artist Fog Lake gives us a tour of Victoria Park, his new album’s namesake.


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Welcome to Victoria Park. My apartment is about a three-minute walk from this place. I have to say, the place is quite empty most of the time. I had been planning to call my new record Victoria Park ever since Virgo Indigo came out. The last two years of my life have been spent as its neighbor so I couldn’t think of a better way to represent the narrative of these last two years in a title.

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I like to come here late at night, usually when I can’t sleep, which is quite often. It’s probably not the safest spot to be at night, as the surrounding neighborhood isn’t particularly the most family friendly. But I find the place to be vacant most of the time and it can be quite meditative to walk around in.

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A lot of the shots for the “Andy” music video were shot here. I did the video entirely by myself. I like to test my “DIY limits” when it comes to making videos similar to how I make my music, which is completely by myself.

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A pretty wide view of the playground area. I had an old photograph much like this which was the cover for the album for a little while, back when it was 50% complete. I ended up replacing it for a picture I took in a museum on the west side of Newfoundland while I was in college. The museum was converted from an old school that was over 100 years old I believe. Inside there were these unsettling mannequins of students and teachers. It was really small, and the school was right next to a huge cliff. They had this wall of old photographs from many, many years ago. It was interesting to see these people eternalized in such a way. None of their names were written. The pictures all seemed so vague with little information about what was taking place. My friend pointed out the cover kinda resembles Exile on Main St. and he’s quite right about that.

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This is my buddy Nick Hopkins and a ballgame going on in the background. I find the baseball field is one of the few things Victoria Park gets used for still, which is rather unfortunate because I find it to be a beautiful spot. Apparently the city of St. John’s is trying to revamp the whole place this summer, so I’m interested in what they’re planning there. Nick has a project called The Glowing Goldstones which I’ve posted on my Facebook page a few times. I think our music compliments each other well. He told me that if you put your ear to the ground where we’re standing, you can hear water running underneath, as there was a waterfall that got covered up there years ago.

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On the outskirts of Victoria Park Nick also pointed out to me that there’s an old basement of a torn down house. A lot of people used to go there to get fucked up back in the day. It’s been covered up since then but I managed to get a glimpse of the inside thanks to my camera’s flash.

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This is Victoria Park at night. A place of quiet solitude, with the occasional homeless guy sleeping on a bench or something.


Read Fog Lake’s first entry here.

Conversations

Emily Yacina & Cross Record

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Emily Yacina and Emily Cross of Cross Record interview each other in anticipation of Living Spaces – Conifer, CO.


Emily Yacina: Do you have any weird recurring dreams?

Emily Cross: I’m not sure I would call them weird, but I do have a recurring dream. They’re slightly different every time, but all revolve around tornadoes or ominous storms. Most of the time I am driving, and slowly multiple tornadoes will form. I’m never sucked up into one… I’m always just trying to get away… and trying to find a safe place to hide. They are very high anxiety dreams. I wake up with my jaw clenched tight. I have had this kind of dream for as long as I can remember. My mom believes that in a past life I was killed by a tornado, and these dreams are sort of regressions.

Is there anything like that following you around?

EY: I’ve had dreams throughout my life where I connect with big animals. I’ve had one where I’m in the ocean and I can see a huge whale in the distance, and at first I’m really scared, but then it comes closer and it’s smiling at me. I’ve had similar ones where I’m in a field and I watch as a giant bear comes closer and I’m crying but when it gets to me it lets me pet it and we are bonded. I’ve had dreams like this with lions and bulls, too. Their size is always prevalent in the dream. I’m not sure what this could mean or if it means anything at all.

What music reminds you most of another time in your life?

EC: Wow, I love those dreams you have. I heard a woman talking on the radio who claimed to be some sort of animal communicator/medium. She said that we can all communicate with animals—any animal—if we relax, and calmly, telepathically talk to them. She told a story about communicating with a rattlesnake in her yard once. She was out with her dog and happened upon the snake. It was in striking ‘mode’ when she explained to it that she didn’t want to hurt it, and that it should just go away… and it did. It could have been a coincidence I guess. Anyway, I think a lot of people believe they can communicate with large animals and unfortunately many of them are actually killed by them. Have you seen the video of that man who is friends with lions? They run up and hug him and lick him all over. It’s really precious to watch.

Anyway, you asked about music that reminds me most of another time in my life.

I would have to say it’s a tie between Fleetwood Mac and Karla Bonoff. They both bring me back to my childhood. My parents played Fleetwood Mac a lot around the house on the weekends when we were all just hanging out. I can hear my mom singing “Home” by Karla doing stuff in the kitchen. I always loved hearing my mother sing.

Here’s a question for you: What aspect of your life do you wish could move slower, or take longer?

EY: I love that video of the man with the lions! I wonder how he developed such trust with them. Maybe he uses telepathy! Also, Fleetwood Mac definitely signifies another time in my life for me, too. My mom got me Rumors for Christmas when I was in 11th grade. Before then I never listened to them, but for that whole winter it was the only thing I played in the car. “Dreams” is still one of my favorite songs ever.

The times in my life where my friends are in the same place are the times I would like to move slower. I don’t realize it when it happens, because I’m having so much fun, but when one friend moves or goes away for whatever reason it shows how fleeting those moments when everyone is together can be.

How about you?

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EC: “DREAMS.” One of my all-time favorite songs as well. Whenever it comes on I can’t concentrate on anything else. I’m playing air drums, rolling my head around singing with my eyes closed.

There are certainly lots of moments I wish would move a little slower, but if I had to pick, I’d want playing music on stage with my husband Dan to slow down. He would laugh about that, because a lot of our songs are already pretty slow… but I sometimes wish I could sit and meditate in the seconds between verses of songs. I would like to evaluate how I’m feeling and how we are working together so fluidly. Do you ever wish you could slow down your time on stage to understand it better, or would that ruin some of the magic? It seems to fly by so quickly with the nerves and everything.

EY: There are probably so many feelings and a lot of magic packed into those moments. What a cool thought it is to break that time down to have a better understanding of what’s happening.

I actually just started playing shows again after a year and a half of not performing! Before, I used an acoustic guitar and would get really anxious because some of my songs are so simple, and it was obvious when they were so stripped down. I had a couple bad ones where I just felt so bare. But I’m playing again now with another guitarist and we both play electric with some added effects. It feels fuller and more like the recordings. The last show we had went so well, and I would love to be able to slow it down to analyze some of those magic moments.

Do you remember the first show you played? Where was it and how did it go?

EC: It is so funny to think about my first show. Well I guess I wouldn’t really call it a show…

I was playing in a clarinet trio—mostly improvised—during the breaks between bands. It was in Chicago at a place called Heaven Gallery. I really should not have been so nervous… Hardly anyone was watching or even listening. People were getting beers and going to the bathroom, and I was straight up about to puke my brains out. I actually had to stop playing and walk off. I was sweating and shaking and gagging.

My second show, which I suppose I would call my first ‘real’ show, was also in Chicago at a place called Cole’s. I was singing my own songs on stage in front of all of my friends. My friend Ben Babbitt was playing with me. I insisted on sitting kind of obscured from the audience… hiding. Several times I looked at Ben and mouthed, “I can’t do this.” I was incredibly nauseous and singing very very quietly. It’s a miracle I made it through. After the show, my friend Bob told me that my performance had made him cry. Ha! I think it was emotional for some people to watch me up there because I was obviously a wreck. I don’t know what exactly has made me fight through such intense stage fright, but here I am still performing. I’m curious about your first experience… was it as traumatic as mine?

Emily Cross via Brent Smith

Emily Cross via Brent Smith

EY: Woah! Both experiences sound so intense—it’s awesome that you were able to fight through them.

My first show was at a place called the Maggot House in Philadelphia, which is no longer around but is very dear to me. I played with my friend Abi Reimold, who introduced me to that community. I remember being really nervous and kind of looking to her as a leader. I was young, and I wasn’t confident yet with my songs but she liked them a lot which helped. We decided one of us would play guitar and sing their own song while the other person harmonized, and then we would switch. We played in the kitchen and started with one of her songs. I remember that people were talking loudly but as soon as we started singing everyone grew quiet. It felt so good to be heard and everyone was really supportive. Definitely a favorite memory of mine.

Would you rather live in a beach house or a cabin in the woods? Why?

EC: Eya, that’s an almost impossible question to answer. I’m calling you Eya now, by the way… for Emily-Yacina. E.Ya. Plus when you say it out loud it sounds like “ella”—the spanish word for “she” or “her” I think. Does anyone call you that? Mine would be Ecr, which doesn’t work.

I grew up very close to the ocean in southern Florida, so I’d say I feel more at ‘home’ on the beach. The woods, though, offer a different kind of serenity. What appeals to me about the beach is the smell, the sound, and the vastness of the ocean. The woods are a little more cozy, quiet, and creepy. If I absolutely HAD to choose one, I would probably go for a cabin in the woods. Depending on location, the woods provide a bit more shelter and privacy. There are generally more resources in the woods as well… more off-grid potential. Maybe the woods would be close to the beach so I could visit the ocean. Do you agree? Really, I’d be happy in either one!

EY: People at my school actually call me “Emya” for similar reasons! Yours could be “Emcro!”

I think I would choose the beach house. In the past, whenever I’ve traveled to the woods to camp or something, I would always look for a stream nearby or some kind of body of water. I love to swim! Swimming in the ocean is my favorite thing, but even just being close to it feels nice.


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Fog Lake - Week 1

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Residency is a two-part journal entry brought to you by one of our favorite artists.

This week, the St. John’s, Newfoundland-based artist Fog Lake gives us a tour of his apartment, where he recorded his new album Victoria Park.


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Here’s (pictured above) the first of the two rooms that my new album Victoria Park was recorded in. The piano I got as a Christmas present two years ago from my mother. It’s still at my house in Glovertown which is three hours away from where I live now (St. John’s) but whenever I go out there I try to do as many recordings as I can with it, before it goes out of tune again at least.

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This (pictured above) is the other room I recorded my new album in. A bedroom of bedroom pop. I’ve lived in this room for about two years now. There’s a lampshade on my head for good measure. There’s a scrumped up cartoon version of Hank Williams stuck to the wall. Friend of mine found it in a children’s book. It has a biography on the back of it, but unfortunately it doesn’t mention all the crazy shit he did. God bless that man.

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I only like to use colored light-bulbs. For this month I’ve been feeling the color red (pictured above). I usually switch back between blue and red. Green’s fun sometimes though. The classical guitar you can see on the bed was lent to me by a friend of mine who I’m producing a record for. I hope he doesn’t mind that I’m sleeping with his guitar.

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Lava lamps (pictured above) are also a necessity for me. I try to keep one on at all times while I fall asleep to the show Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction with Jonathan Frakes or Are You Afraid of the Dark. Both highly recommended. Next week I’ll give you a tour of the actual Victoria Park, which is five minutes away from my house.


Listen to “Renegade,” the lead-single from Fog Lake’s forthcoming album, Victoria Park, here.

Artist Mix

Noah

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Artist Mixes are an ongoing series of mixtapes curated by some of our favorite musicians.

This week, the Aichi, Japan-based artist Noah shares some of her favorite songs and found sounds.


Tracklist:

NASA – SLS Test Fire
Aftermidnight – “Near Alfred’s Tower”
Fredricson – “Seek”
johnny_ripper – “red wing”
Daisuke Tanabe – “Rest”
Lamb – “Trans Fatty Acid”
Free Babyronia – “Mandala of Cell”
Anne-James Chaton – “Évenément27″
johnny_ripper – “shtut (with ori)”
Nocow ft. Lapti – “No Vacancy”
Noah – “Flexion” (Vocals)
Fedaden – “Verdad Feat” (aus Remix)
GRANT – “Mad Diesel”
Balam Acab – “Just Stay”
Repeat Pattern – “Flip Book”
Otik – “Thugluv”
Esaoperations – “A Singing Comet”
Sebastian Vivian – Unknown Beat
Le Renard et l’Enfant (Luc Jacquet), 2007 – “Comptine patte á patte de Le renard et l’enfant”
Monte – “Second Stage, Remote Clairvoyant Continuum”
Noah – “L’Orage”
Begonia – Side A (Excerpt)
Cokiyu – “Drag the Beast” (Shigeto Remix)
Readymade FC – “Flexion” (Part 2)
Drew Gragg – “Can’t Forget”
Drew Gragg – “One In A Million” (Edit)
American Tale – “Somewhere Out There”
Emune – “Emulate”
Hetgeluidvanzeeland – “Zomerregen”
Abstraction – Sound Design – Record Fuzzies 7-12-14
Repeat Pattern – “Kira and Jen”
Ryo Murakami – “Contagion”
Minilogue – “Loud”
Herbert – “It’s Only A Reprise”
SELA. – “Sunset Pollution Sequence”
Noah – “Unspoken” (vocals)
Usher – “Climax” (Lindsay Lowend Remix)
VriesVeld – “VriesVeld Fieldrecording – Birds 2″
WONDER K . uniq – “VSE13″
The Sunken Hum Broadcast 279 – “Ferry to France – 6 October
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Vicki Powys – “Superb Lyrebird”
Fooste Revolving – “Urban Wolves Singing The Evening In, At Dublin Zoo. 25 Feb 2013″


Noah’s debut album, Sivutie, will be available on June 22nd via Flau Records.