Chalk up one more point for the Berlin, Germany Team. Alle Farben is our next heavy hitting DJ/Producer straight from our favorite deep house district. Yes, it’s Monday, and you might be thinking it’s too early for a deep house set. We can assure you, it isn’t. It’s never too early or too late, and if you are searching for a creative boost, press play or download the set below for free. I pride myself on only posting the best of these mixes and this one takes it’s place near the top. Tasteful, melodic, soft, deep, and energetic, but never hurried. Alle mixes on purpose because it’s exactly the right moment to do so. Underneath his own label, Alle will be constantly a part of our Soundcloud stream for years to come. Without further delay, we present to you Alle Farbe, 37 Luminous Green.
In a relatively short period of time man’s desires to create and consume have changed the landscape of the world. From up above, this change is even more apparent. Powerplants, farms, stadiums, landfills, and swimming pools are common, identifiable sights from satellite images taken 300 – 600 miles above earth.
Jenny Odell has taken these common sights from Google Maps satellite images, clipped them out and arranged them in a way to draw attention to the things we create. Her series Satellite Collections showcases things that are common in all cultures across the world. From this satellite vantage that most likely none of us will ever see with our own eyes, these common items begin to represent humanity as a whole to the outside universe.
Every Outdoor Basketball Court in Manhattan
206 Circular Farms
1,378 Grain Silos, Water Towers, and Other Cylindrical-Industrial Buildings
144 Empty Parking Lots
295 Roadside Signs
195 Yachts, Barges, Cargo Lines, Tankers and Other Ships
125 Swimming Pools
10 Waterslide Configurations
I feel like I’ve just watched a series of short films when I look through Evan’s work. The cinematic quality of his photography reminds me of some of my favorite independent or foreign films because of the types of moods he sets. The photos are simple, yet moving, and yes the subjects are beautiful, but it doesn’t feel overly glamorous or forced and instead the moments seem authentic and natural. Evan’s photos make us want to road trip, to play dress-up, to fall in love, to be young. We feel fortunate to be able to feature Evan’s work today, and hope you spend the time to look at more of his work here.
Image courtesy of news.sos48.com
When we saw that Citizens! were playing at The Media Club here in Vancouver, we jumped at the opportunity to snag an interview with them. With a capacity of only 150, the venue is as intimate as it gets (unless you’re literally moving the show into your garage). At the Media Club, sold out shows are a sweat fest and the perfect way in which to experience a show in its true and honest form – up close and personal.
Within a year of forming, Citizens’ were signed to Kitsuné (home to Whitest Boy Alive, Cut Copy, Yelle, the list goes on) and their debut album, “Here We Are” (May 2012) was produced by Franz Ferdinand’s head man, Alex Kapranos – impressive feats for such a fresh young band. Even without knowing much about their sound, it’s clear they have something to share.
They’re boisterous, care-free and highly interactive on stage. The audience instantly feels at ease as they play in a very care-free ‘we-dont-give-a-fuck-if-we-haven’t-slept-in-a-week’ kind of way. This band seems to have a clear idea of who they are and where they’d like to go and it’s all been set into motion before they even seem to know what’s hit them.
We caught up with them right after their show in Vancouver, and despite a very aggressive touring schedule, it’s clear they’re still buzzing and ready for more. They were more than happy to chat wit hus and excited to share a glimpse into how it is it all began, the whirlwind of this past year and what’s in the store for the band in the future. Check out an excerpt from the interview below…
WT: You’re on the last leg of your very first N. American tour, you’ve just done 5 shows in a row with only a couple nights off and 9 shows in a row before that – How are you guys feeling? Have you had a chance to let it all sink in?
C: I mean…no, not really. It has all been kinda quick – touring America is really tough and a lot of bands break up. It’s like going back to square one and it’s long drives. But we’ve gotten to the end of it now and we couldn’t imagine being less busy. Because it’s been such a quick process, we really don’t know any other way. We don’t wanna go home. We had a break over Christmas and we weren’t doing anything band related for nearly a month and it was just too long. We were all so eager to get back at it.
WT: How does touring in North America compare to touring in Europe or the UK?
C: There are more people at a lot of the gigs than in London – it’s a lot nicer, you have a lot of bigger cities in North America. In the Europe, apart from certain countries where we’re popular, we’re still kind of a ‘big city’ band. If you go to smaller city, people don’t really know about us so there might not be many people at the show. And in the US you have tons of communities with alternative music scenes whereas in the UK you have London and I think we’re still caught in the 90′s when it comes to pop music.
WT: Do you have one single highlight from the tour?
C: Sold out show at The Echo in Los Angeles, hands down.
C: We started sending demos around and Gildas (Gildas Loaec, creator of Kitsuné) was just really into it straight away. We met a bunch of producers and Alex (Kapranos) was the one that had the most enthusiasm. And to be honest, most people you meet in music are really depressing and cynical. Labels, producers and all these people and they just tell you, ‘The industry’s fucked but if you do this, this, this and this then you might be able to make it work.’ And then sometimes you meet people that just have a real love for it and Gildas is just one of those people and we’ve got a really powerful relationship with him.
It was weird…I think maybe because we kind of had a different approach to it – we just wrote a bunch of songs and recorded them at home and we weren’t playing gigs or anything. It was just that we had a vision of what we wanted the band to be about. And then we thought, we’ve got all of these demos and now what are we going to do with them? So we started sending them to as many people as we could, asking them to hand them out and that’s how it ended it up in Alex’s hands and that’s how Kitsuné heard it and immediately they wanted to put the demo of ‘Let’s Go All The Way’ on one of their compilations. And we’d never even played a gig. We didn’t even have a band name! I think it’s Kitsuné 10 or 11, and the first song on it is ‘Let’s Go All The Way (Demo Version)’ and where the band name should be it’s just blank.
WT: Where did the name Citizens! come from?
C: Do you know the band, Art Brut? Well he’s just a really cool and interesting guy and we were talking to him one night and he was like ‘I think citizens would be the best ever band name,’ and he’s obsessed with comic books and he said he’d seen this picture of a character reading a newspaper in some comic that said ‘citizens’’ – I thought it was a bit of a shit name when he suggested it but then it was like a visual thing as well and well, it just worked.
WT: In your documentary, The Nature of Pop, you say that you say that people take pop less seriously than other genres of music – do you still think that’s true?
C: Ya, I think bands do. It was definitely a thing at the time when we started that people kind of frowned upon it a little bit – but I think it has changed a lot in the last few years, people are a lot more open to it and the definition of pop music has changed – it’s more respected. Essentially, we were thinking back to the likes of David Bowie.
WT: Is it that you don’t think that people take you seriously?
C: Not that they don’t take you seriously but they don’t think it’s cool. People just want to be cool.
WT: You guys have a couple really popular remixes done by Gigamesh and Goldroom (also signed by Kitsuné), do you guys have a personal relationship with them and what are your thoughts on the whole remixing thing?
C: I only know Gigamesh through Gmail chat – he’s always on! I think it’s really interesting take on the song. It’s really nice, it’s a compliment. I’m a DJ as well, so I’m really into it.
WT: What’s something people don’t know about Citizens!?
C: Well we’re actually kind of working on some stuff with a DJ at the moment who I’ve liked for years so I’m really excited – Lindstrom. You know him? It’s still early days but it’s really nice when people you like want to work with you.
WT: Is there one venue or place in the world where you dream of playing someday?
C: Ya actually…we really love playing in France. The South of France has some incredible venues in small towns that are really well funded and they bring in some amazing talent. Especially this one place in Toulouse, Le Bikini. There’s a pool and the venue manager does a cheese and wine tasting before you go on stage.
WT: Ok last question before you hit the road – Is there one place, assuming I’d never heard your album, that you would want me to hear it for the very first time?
C: I think driving…in the summer. I can picture you right now- you’re driving along the coast..scenic route..alone…blaring it and singing…I’ve never tried it, but I’d also like to listen to it blaring while driving around Berlin at night.
Words & Interview: Nissa Rhodes and Michelle Sundvick
Photos: Nissa Rhodes
The West is dead!
You may loose a sweetheart,
But you won’t forget her.
-Charles M. Russell
Our friends at Aloha Sunday in San Diego, turned us on to this daring duo of clothing designers, known in the apparel world as The West Is Dead. Will Cheng and Kaelen McCrane’s story begins in Northern Montana and has since then moved them to LA where they hand stitch every seam and make everything in their line right here in America. Their line breathes the history of the West and of the people who came before us; the Blackfeet Indians and the Montana ranchers and settlers (people the likes of Charlie Russell whose letter to a friend is the inspiration for the name of the brand). I refer to Will and Kaelen as daring designers because of their story, and the chance they took together coming south from Montana, spending all of their money and investing all of their time on their first line of clothing and then displaying it in an authentic way, staying true to the story of the west in every way they could.
The clothing is stunning. From the hand-stitched durable salvaged denim, to the chambray cotton chino, every material is used purposefully, and every detail adds a point of difference to the item. The women’s line is classic, feminine, and tasteful carrying everything from 100% custom California knit pocket tees, to left hand twill chinos.
My sister Nissa and I both come from Whitefish, Montana, a small town an hour west of Browning, which is where The West Is Dead established their first partnership with Chief Earl Old Person, the Chief of the Blackfeet Indian Nation and past president of the Intertribal Buffalo Council (ITBC), a cooperative of 57 American Indian nations and over 15,000 head of buffalo. Endorsed by the Wildlife Conservation Society, the ITBC is a non-profit organization established in 1990 to coordinate and assist American Indian tribes returning the buffalo to their native lands. We have spent time in Browning and have seen what the first nations people struggle with on a daily basis. They have been pushed from their land into reservations, and their lifeline which was and is the buffalo was taken from them. The fact that The West Is Dead supports the Indians reuniting with the buffalo is a cause we will support until the end of our days.
We are honored to feature TWID today on Witness This and hope that you take the time to watch their videos, and take a look at their look book. Please visit them online or pay them a visit in various stores across LA and San Diego. You can be sure that you will be purchasing American made products that are durable, hand-made, that will last a lifetime, and support a just cause that pays tribute to the proudest people/cultures of this nation.
(Image courtesy of www.electric-banana.co.uk)
We briefly mentioned Local Natives early back in 2011 when they were just entering the limelight and the boys have had a massive couple of years since then. A last minute decision to catch the show last night at the famed Commodore Ballroom, I checked out their tour schedule online and saw a list of ‘sold out’ shows up and down the coast. I hopped on my bike and nabbed one of the forty tickets released at the door. Three hours later, I walked out totally speechless, buzzing and sweaty.
You know you’re at a good show when you’re about to pee in your pants and you don’t want to go to the bathroom nor could care less about the the coat-check line you’ll be standing in afterwards. Playing for over an hour an half, they began with tracks from their new album Hummingbird, an album dubbed as having a slightly ‘darker’ sound, they effectively mixed in crowd favorites from their 2010 album, “Gorilla Manor” lending to a beautifully sculpted journey through all ranges of their sound. The tracks I had previously associated with more subdued settings were transformed into head boppin’, foot bangin’ epic sing-alongs. Music truly intended to be experienced live.
The band’s dynamic and energy transcends to the audience – their show is tight, concise and perfectly executed. A slow build, by the end they had us jumping up and down and shaking our fists in the air. What has been described as ‘psych folk’, their sound is a blend of well balanced three-part harmonies, massive guitar riffs and melodic, perfectly calculated reverberations. Even after an epic finish to a third encore the crowd wasn’t able to let them go. Chanting their name, nearly seven long minutes later we were rewarded with yet another mind boggling fourth and final finish. Expectations completely surpassed, I fell in love with favorite tracks yet again and many others for the very first time.
Their success is well deserved and they’ve set the bar high for the show to beat thus far in 2013. If you haven’t done so, check out their new album and catch them live as soon as possible.