January 30th, 2012
PIANA is an album of instrumental, solo piano pieces written by Gregory Rogove and performed by John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood). It also includes a DVD of musical and visual reinterpretations, or “remixes,” of the piano pieces. Please see below for a list of contributing artists.
PIANA TRACK LIST
PIANA REMIX MUSIC BY
Billy Martin (Medeski Martin & Wood)
PIANA REMIX ART BY
Vanessa da Silva (design)
Steve and George Gorrow (video)
Juan España (photographs)
Adam Tullie (drawing)
Lauren Dukoff (photograph)
Fabrizio Moretti (the Strokes) (sculpture)
Hisham Akira Bharoocha (collage)
Ana Kras (video)
Diana García (video)
April 15th, 2011
An evocative portrait of youthful possibility, The Family Jams follows Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom and Vetiver as they tour the USA in 2004 playing their unique music for a newly growing audience.
The film is an intimate portrait of life on the road for these young musicians early in their careers, playing tiny, obscure clubs and art galleries, but on the verge of larger success before their small, intimate vans are replaced by large, impersonal tour busses.
Also featuring appearances and performances by Antony and the Johnsons, Espers, Meg Baird, The Pleased and Linda Perhacs.
Review: Wall Street Journal
The film’s scrapbook style fits with the performances and with the anecdotal episodes in between—as when the notoriously hirsute Mr. Banhart recounts being mistaken for Jesus during an overnight stay in a Brooklyn jail. Time makes Mr. Barker’s modest film a more valuable pop-culture artifact than he might have imagined, but its charms guarantee enjoyable viewing even if these folks had vanished into obscurity. -Dollar, Steve, “Awakened Identities” The Wall Street Journal, April 7, 2011.
January 4th, 2011
The New York Times reports that the artist Doug Aitken, assigned the task of putting together the annual fundraising dinner for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, staged a big event that featured lit-up pipes, “sonic tables”, gospel singers, cattle auctioneers, and a joint performance by Beck, Devendra Banhart, and tropicalia originator Caetano Veloso. In the New York Times video below, you can watch what happens when those three big dogs share a stage. The clip shows Beck and Banhart helping each other on their own songs, then joining forces to back Veloso.
December 27th, 2010
With 2010 nearly gone and the likes of Taylor Swift, Kanye West and Katy Perry reaping accolades from a successful year, MTV.com looked ahead to some of the new or little-known artists who could make an impact next year.
Included on the list is Warpaint — the LA-based female quartet whose full-length debut “The Fool,” released in October, followed up the acclaimed 2009 EP “Exquisite Corpse”