Sunday Morning Links - 6/19/16

Greetings again. Made it to the third week of the Sunday Links. It's a slightly shorter batch this week, but lots of good stuff to gather.

 NBA Finals Game Five Box Score from @boscoreart

NBA Finals Game Five Box Score from @boscoreart

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  • New Christo Alert! - Amazing new project from the artist, Christo, where two piers and a small island in Italy are connected with floating cubes and covered with vivid orange fabric, allowing viewers to walk on water.

  • How half New York's Paper Waste Gets Turned Into Pizza Boxes - Cool article from the Wall Street Journal about a recycling plant and paper mill on Staten Island that processes half of the city's paper waste. It's great to see how quickly your waste can be turned around into a functional product. Hoping we see a lot more articles like this in the future.

  • TED Ideas: India+Internet=?? - An exploration on what will happen when the 1 billion people of India gain full access to the internet in the coming years. Written by my friend, Kate Torgovnick May, the article looks at the amazing ways that the country is applying progressive thought to connectivity from education to mental health. Really interesting, especially considering the massive scale.

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  • Becoming Wise w/ Krita Tippett - Krista Tippett is the host of On Being, a podcast that explores spirituality from a modern perspective. It's easily one of my favorites. Krista has a stupifyingly high amount of empathy and understanding; it pours out of her no matter who she's interviewing, and it creates compelling stories about how to live properly in our society. Becoming Wise is a short podcast series accompanying her new book by the same name. Each 10-12 minute segment highlights a brilliant thought from one of her interviewees on living with wisdom.  A great short podcast to augment your regular schedule.

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  • The NBA Finals - I think we've all become accustomed to how supernatural LeBron James is at playing basketball. Going against one of the best teams in history, LeBron is playing basketball at a level I can't remember seeing from a talent, determination, and creativity perspective. Game 7 is tonight, and you best be wtaching it. While you're at it, go ahead and consume every bit of media and content aorund it you can. It's sport at its highest level, and we need to appreciate watching a performance this good for what it's worth.

Stuff

  • Air Jordan XXX "Cosmos" - I love sneakers, and I love outer space. These most recent Jordan's combine two of my favorite things and are straight fire.

Sunday Morning Links - 6/12/16

Good morning! Here are some links that made my week, hope you enjoy.

 Debut of the Phillies "swirling-p" uniforms in the 1970's

Debut of the Phillies "swirling-p" uniforms in the 1970's

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  • National Geographic Food Waste Cover Story - This article was on the cover of National Geographic a few months ago. It details the massive scale of food waste in the world, mostly for silly reasons like cosmetics. This issue is becoming really important to me, and I think it should be something pretty easy to solve with some concerted effort and attention. Solving this problem will have two major benefits of feeding the underserved and reducing excess greenhouse gas. Definitely a good read and a cause worth working on for the benefit of the planet.
  • The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman - Don Norman is one of the foremost thinkers in user-centered design, and I was fortunate enough to have him as a professor at Northwestern. This book is the gospel in understanding how people think in relation to designed products and experiences. It examines how we fault ourselves for poorly-designed objects, how designers and engineers need to think first about the needs of users/ how they might make errors, and mapping the intended function of a product to the interpretation of people. 

I haven't read this book since I was assigned it ten years ago in college, and just started re-reading it. I have forgotten so much of the content even though I work in the field every day. This is an insightful book that will help you consider how the work you do can be better for the people you serve, no matter what your profession is.

  • The Squid 3 - My friend Earl is an awesome comic book author and artist. He just released the third issue of his independently published series The Squid. It's a futuristic tale of a part man-part squid battling organized crime and mega-corporate powers. The artwork is really intricate and the story is funny while being action-packed. Follow the link and pick up a copy (grab issues 1 and 2 while you're there.)

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  • Charles Bradley - Changes - This album is soooo good. Charles has an incredible voice, and this album feels wonderful even when he's singing about heartbreak. It has the characteristic Daptone soul sound you can hear on Sharon Jones or Budos Band records, and it musically pulls samples from other songs like a hip-hop record. Going to be on repeat all summer.
  • Real Lies - Real Life - Speaking of a record being on repeat, a song from this album popped up on my Spotify Discover playlist in March and I played the album almost everyday since. This British band captures the late-80's sound of Depeche Mode, New Order, and The Pet Shop Boys, then combine it with a house and ragga club sound. It's wonderfully emotional, and I can't believe I haven't heard anyone else talking about it. Please listen and support this band, you'll be hearing big things from them in the future.

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  • Evan Puschak TEDx talk on The Rise of the Video Essay - Evan is one of my good friends from my Summer Camp days, and one of the most engaging and funny people I've met. As The Nerdwriter on Youtube, he makes awesome video essays that dive into art, media, and cultural topics with honest curiosity and a truly open-mind. He just gave a TED talk about the power of the video essay and how it came to its current state. A really enjoyable video about defining your own thoughts and beliefs through careful examination. Definitely give it a watch and subscribe to the Nerdwriter channel to get new essays every Wednesday.
  • Rapping Deconstructed by Vox - A cool video explaining the progression of rhyme schemes in hip hop and how complex the best rappers can make them. Shoutout to MF Doom, Operation: Doomsday is one of my favorite albums ever. This video shows that hip-hop can be much deeper and artfully-constructed than it seems to the inexperienced.

Stuff

  • Adam Banks Mighty Ducks Jersey - It's difficult to explain how big The Mighty Ducks movie was to kids of my generation. The only logical explanation is that it was so big, Disney bought an actual pro hockey team, named them The Mighty Ducks, and while it seemed slightly childish, people actually accepted it and bought lots of teal and purple gear with a duckbill-shaped goalie mask on it. In the movie Adam Banks was the alpha and key player that the crucial final game hinges on. His fictional jersey from the movie is up for auction, and I really wish I had couple extra grand lying around because it's an amazing sports-entertainment crossover art piece.
  • The Aeropress - This might be my favorite product that I own. I make coffee just for myself every morning, and this is by far the best single-cup maker available. Not only does it brew wonderful coffee, but IT CLEANS ITSELF!!! I hated using a French Press because it's a burden to clean (note: most people in New York don't have garbage disposals, so dumping coffee grinds down the sink is very bad.) The Aeropress solves this by using the rubber wiper to both maintain pressure as coffee is being pressed and to wipe the chamber clean at the same damn time. Get one and enjoy the easiest, tastiest coffee you can make at home. 

Sunday Morning Links - 6/5/16

Good morning. I wanted to share a bunch of links, stories, videos, etc. that I've really enjoyed over the last week or so. They cover a wide range of my interests and will hopefully bring something new and interesting into your world. Enjoy.

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  • Lucky Peach Vertical Farming Article - A really cool look at indoor mass farming operations and how they might be the solution to food shortages around the world. There is the potential to lessen the damage to the environment from large-scale farming from fertilizer runoff and nutrient depletion in the soil. I really enjoy progressive ideas on how to provide quality food for the world's population and this is worth pursuing.
  • Moonwalking With Einstein - Just finished this book about the World Memory Championship circuit and how memory is more a trained skill than a natural trait. It was a fairly quick read that is pretty fun while also providing insights on memory techniques and background on how the brain forms memories. I've thought I had a poor memory, and now seeing that it's more a creative function than a physical trait, I'm working on building mine to serve me better everyday.
  • Bill Simmons' on Kevin Durant - Bill is my favorite voice in sports media. He has an incredibly deep understanding of the history and inner workings of sports (especially basketball). He just launched an awesome new website called The Ringer, and this is the first column he's written in over a year. It explores the difficult decision Kevin Durant faces in his upcoming free agency and what it means for his legacy and future in the NBA.

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  • School of Life: Wu Wei - In really love these videos from the secular emotional intelligence organization The School of Life. This video focuses on Wu Wei, the Eastern concept of doing by non-doing. All of their videos are incredibly insightful and probably my favorite thing to relax and watch after a day at work.
  • David Lynch on Meditation and Creativity - Has me thinking about trying Transcendental Meditation (via Swiss Miss)
  • Cam'ron interviewed by Whookid - Not everything is serious here. Cam is one of my favorite rappers and this interview gets deep into his history and how he ended up working with Kanye, Jay-Z, and Juelz. Really funny and a good peek behind the curtain of how things go down.
  • Emergency Awesome Game of Thrones Recaps - I'm big into GoT (only the TV show, never read the books) and this guy's explanations are really helpful in seeing how each episode connects and what might be coming in the future. He's incredibly enthusiastic and breaks down big concepts in an understandable way. Also check out Ask the Maester on The Ringer.

Stuff

  • Phillies 1976 Stovepipe Throwback Hats - The Phils turned back the clock to 1976 Friday night against the Brewers and wore these awesome Stovepipe hats that players wore during the '76 season. They're called stovepipes because of their tall round shape compared to a normal baseball cap,
  • Ebbets Field Flannels Ballpark Sweatshirts - You'll see here that I'm into fashion, athletic uniform design, and how the two intertwine. Ebbets Field Flannels makes the best historic reproductions of old baseball jerseys and hats. They've been expanding their offerings in more everyday styles, and these old ballpark sweatshirts are awesome. I like the Shibe Park one for obvious reasons, but they're all great.
  • Box Score Art NBA Finals Breakdowns 

 

I run a project called Box Score Art that uses the raw stats from sports to create abstract art. For each game of the NBA finals I'm making an image based on the score differential minute-by-minute. It's a cool look at the flow of the game, and it really shows how easily the Warriors can blow a game open in a short stretch. I'm working on a lot of cool ideas for this project, so sign up for the newsletter the website, and follow @BoxScoreArt on twitter to catch the next breakdowns.


I hope you enjoy these links. Have a great week, and keep your eyes peeled for more.

Three Very Awesome Mixes

This week I was fortunate to have three really amazing DJ mixes come through my Soundcloud stream. I listen to a good amount of mixes, and it takes something special to stand out from the crowd. Each of these in their own way highlighted an aspect of DJ'ing I really admire. I had to pass them along to anyone with ears and emotions. Take a listen and let me know what you think.


Nicky Siano Live @ The Gallery, 1976

Posted by Wax Poetics, the wonderful music history magazine, this mix is one of the only recordings I've ever heard of Disco in its original element. Nicky Siano was one of the first major Disco DJ's in New York and an incredibly important figure in the creation of dance music. The Gallery was Nicky's club, and one of the most important places for the development of Disco when it was an underground scene in Greenwich VIllage. This mix fortuitously came through my Soundcloud stream just as I was reading the Disco chapter of Last Night A DJ Saved My Life, one of the only thorough histories of DJ'ing.

Rarely do I feel like a mix is an artifact, but this is a real rarity because there are so few recordings from that era of DJ'ing, and it shows how early Disco was focused on love and musicality. It doesn't sound like the campy stuff you know as Disco from Bar Mitzvahs and Weddings; it's groovy, deep, and intimate. It's so cool to get a glimpse of a scene as it was coalescing into what we know it as now. This is a must-listen in my mind just for the sake of history, but it's also one of the originators of the craft showing how it was done in the glory days. Shame it's only a half-hour long.


Dimitri From Paris Live from XOYO

From Disco to Disco-House. Dimitri From Paris was one of the first DJ's I discovered as a teenager getting into dance music, and I'm impressed by how good he has been for so long. You can really feel the soul he puts into every track or mix he makes. This mix for Rinse FM is a jamming hour Disco House (my favorite varietal). The whole mix is uplifting and funky, but the closing three tracks are what make this mix special. He goes from a remix of Love Never Felt So Good, the recent posthumous MJ track that sounds like a classic, into a house version Prince's Controversy (which I'm pretty sure is the Late Nite Tuff Guy Muscle Mix), and closes it out with a track that samples Donna Summer's (If It) Hurt's Just a Little in a very similar way to Cassius' 1999. Dimitri's mix starts about an hour in.


Cosmo Baker Live of WKDU - All 45's mix

The third mix is by one of my all-time favorite DJ's, Cosmo Baker. This is an all 45 mix that goes all over the place. Usually 45 mixes are just old obscure tracks, but Cosmo combines vintage records with recent remixes and small pressings. This mix had me dancing at my desk and looking crazy to the rest of my office. You can really tell how skilled and creative Cosmo is here; his mixing is on point and there were plenty of moments that had my mouth agape. This mix has so many awesome samples as well. Pretty much the heart and soul of Dj'ing right here.

Give these mixes a spin whenever you get a chance, they really made my week. While you're at it, make sure to follow all these people so you don't miss a minute of their funkiness.

Mixes to Catch Up On

Soundcloud is probably my favorite source for discovering new music. As an avid consumer of recorded DJ mixes, I really love how it has become a hub for DJ's all over the world. They can use it to post new tracks, studio-recorded mixtapes, or live sets from shows, and this wealth of music has become indispensable in my daily work life. There really isn't a downside to having tons of free streamable mixes from the best DJ's in the world, but unfortunately there are only so many hours a day to stream it all.

To not miss or forget about mixes I'm excited to hear but don't have the time, I created a playlist to stockpile them until I can get to them. MIXES TO CATCH UP ON is an ever evolving collection of these mixes. Some are great, some are less than expected, but until I can get to them, here they will sit, and I hope I lead others to some cool music that I have dug.

Do you have any favorite DJ's or producers on Soundcloud? I would love to know so I can keep building the list.

8-Bit Sol Lewitt

This story begins with the purchase of a television. After going nearly five years without owning a TV and consuming all media through a computer screen, Miss Pop and I realized we had no way to watch the ball drop at our New Year's Party and that a TV of sufficient size for our tiny apartment would not be that expensive. We bought a 32" Samsung on sale at Best Buy and set it up with a Chromecast to stream the internet. We still did not get cable, but a reclined viewing position and an iPad functioning as remote control and cable box together has made the process of discovering engaging videos really enjoyable.

The most important addition to my media-consuming life is being able to watch YouTube on something other than a computer screen. It is no surprise that there is endless content on YouTube, but watching it on a TV changed my perspective on how to best utilize it. I felt like I had a portal into studying any topic I was evenly mildly interested. Wanting to absorb as much as I could about art, I actually typed in "Art Documentary" into the search box and found way more videos I could ever reasonably watch. I found videos on specific artists, entire museum collections, and full-length documentaries about various movements. Remembering that you can build playlists in YouTube, I set about collecting any video that peaked my interest. You can find them all here on the Art Tube

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Feeling proud of my discovery, I pulled up one of Miss Pop and my favorite artists, Sol Lewitt, who we learned about when his Wall Drawings were installed at Dia:Beacon last year. What I immediately loved about his work was his process. I really appreciated how he made art into a communal practice, where the piece is made by the contribution of many people, and his nearly-instructional titles sound like jokes. Simply from viewing his work, I feel I have learned more about how to make art than probably any other artist. As a result of his popularity and shared nature of his work, a lot of the videos on YouTube showed the installation of his work, which include many artists helping to recreate his vision.

Particularly, I was most impressed with seeing his scribble drawings being made.  These drawings are recreated using 6 gradations of scribble density that the artists continually manipulate until seamless transitions between black and white are produced.

I have been working with transitions and imperceptible changes in color that create a larger effect with repetition, and the scribble drawings really struck a chord with me. Since Sol's work is accessible by anybody, I desired to create a scribble-style piece myself that would allow for randomness within a specific structure; however, my problem was that I use vector graphics and don't scribble on walls. 

I remembered the grid function in Adobe Illustrator—it's default is 1/8" subdivisions with 1" major gridlines— and realized that by coloring individual grid boxes, I could control the density with a reasonable amount of randomness just like the scribble drawings.  Within any 1x8 row or column I randomly drew 0-8 pixels depending on where I wished to direct the flow of color. I can't say it was a purely random selection, but I did my best to distribute pixels so they weren't too bunched up or repetitive. Even the artists making Sol Lewitt's scribbles adjust as they see fit to make a cohesive piece.

 Illustrator Grid with columns of 0, 1, 2, and 3 pixel densities

Illustrator Grid with columns of 0, 1, 2, and 3 pixel densities

Using this method, I made five different sections in the piece, later learning that I could even make densities of 1/2 and 1/4 using more than one column. I initially dubbed it "8-Bit Sol Lewitt" because of it's pixelated style and I liked that it rhymed, later realizing that it is legitimately an 8-bit piece. Each grouping has 8 pieces of information that are turned on or off, just as an 8-bit processor works in an old computer. It seems cool to take an organic scribble and translate that to how a computer might interpret Sol's instructions.

 8-Bit Sol Lewitt

8-Bit Sol Lewitt

It was a very fun challenge to take one of my hero's works and try to recreate it an a manner I am capable of. Doing this not only helped me realize how powerful Lewitt's work is, but also how refined each individual scribble drawing is. It takes a talented vision and many repetitions in practice to understand how something will turn out when made via instructions. These first attempts are not nearly as complex and engaging as Sol's. I know it would take a lot of time to reach a master level, but I am thankful for gaining a deeper understanding into the process of constructing and executing a work of art.

Wayne White: Beauty Is Embarrassing

Watching this documentary on New Year's Day was an inspiring way to kick off 2015. I'm so impressed by Wayne's energy and lack o fear in making art. It seems like a wonderful way to go through life, and definitely something I aspire to.

Check this out when you need of a little humor, wonder, and inspiration.

My New Year's Resolutions: Good, Bad, and Terrible

I get frustrated hearing people make the same New Year's resolutions year after year. It seems as if people have a general desire to improve, but don't put enough thought as to how that will be actualized. This frustration has led me to try on different approaches of making New Year's resolutions to better understand why people make them and what actually can make a difference in a my life.

My first reaction was to make no New Year's resolution, just avoid it altogether and not get swept up in this silly practice. I used my birthday as my point of reference in my progress almost out of protest. But that didn't lead to any change and made me seem like a static being. I next tried working with a general theme for the year. Two years ago it  was "Enough," understanding that there can be too much of anything, good or bad, and also to be content with what I have. Last year was "Best Year Ever," reminding me to enjoy every moment as much as possible and push myself to places I haven't before.

Having a theme was great, and it helped focus my general outlook on life, but I found that over the year, the more specific goals were slipping through the cracks. So for 2015, I'm changing up my resolution style again and making a whole lot of them. I'm resolving in almost any way I can, knowing that even partial completion in any of these goals will be good for me. I've even included the typical ones, easing up my opposition to a practice I disliked simply because I wanted to understand it better. This list will serve as a reference of possible improvements and provide inspiration throughout the year. Happy New Year.

2015 Resolutions

  1. Fuck Facebook. Not really, just spend less time on it.
  2. Meditate Daily
  3. Get Organized
  4. Collect thoughts for purposeful use
  5. Better to-do list management/ consolidation
  6. Remove ill-will in my feelings towards others
  7. Eliminate excess material goods
  8. Save more money
  9. Make more art
  10. Be less critical of myself
  11. Be less critical of other people
  12. Ask more engaging questions in conversation
  13. Admit my large dreams
  14. Develop overarching themes for creativity and message communication
  15. Continue to develop clothing/ fashion ideas
  16. Batch activities for efficiency
  17. Make home more comfortable and clean
  18. Work Out
  19. Help Simcha expand her business
  20. More frequent communication with friends
  21. Read every book possible
  22. Take notes of said books to make them useful later on
  23. Make internet time purposeful
  24. Continue to develop culinary skill/ knowledge
  25. Talk to my parents more
  26. Become more valuable at work
  27. Reevaluate concept of progress/ success
  28. Gratitude
  29. Fake it 'til you make it
  30. Ask, "Why am I reading/ doing this?"
  31. Remove money from motivational forces
  32. Change the way I worry about things, understand what is useful worry and what is not
  33. Travel whenever I can or however I can afford
  34. Look at phone less often and with proper posture
  35. Think long term
  36. Think of the next step from what I'm currently working on
  37. Don't hate anything just because I don't understand what it is or who made it
  38. Be actively happy
  39. Consider subscribing to the Times
  40. File useful things for later
  41. Write Thank You notes
  42. Consider weird/ crazy alternatives
  43. Admit and enjoy my creature comforts
  44. Surprise people
  45. Articulate why I like what I like
  46. Wake up early
  47. Read about what I love
  48. Study the people and things that impress and amaze me
  49. Be able to sit with unrest and uneasiness
  50. Take something away from unpleasant tasks
  51. Be constructive
  52. Take breaks
  53. Stop to take care of nagging issues
  54. Always be a work in progress

Instagram Action

I really love Instagram, probably too much; however, there are so many awesome sources of inspiration, I felt it necessary to highlight some of my recent favorite posts and all-time favorite feeds. 

@guggenheim: This 3-foot diameter medallion designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is inlaid in the floor just as you enter the Guggenheim Museum. It is a gorgeous piece of deco design. I love the radiating parallel lines and power of the graphic. It is one of the many details that makes visiting a museum such a special experience. The ZERO exhibit on display now was very inspiring. Follow the Guggenheim for images and videos of the display, upcoming exhibits, and highlights or artists in their collection.

@codytextiles: Melissa Cody is a Navajo textile weaver combining traditional and contemporary images. I love this picture not only for the actual graphic design, color choice, and pattern, but also how it shows her process and a peek behind the scenes. It is exciting to see these pop up in my feed and I can't wait to save up enough money to buy one of her weavings.

@tmagazine: The New York Times' T Magazine is an awesome style and design publication. Their instagram feed is a consistent source of interesting art and photography. This sculpture from Art Basel by Alois Kronschlaeger drove directly into my soul. The color and geometry of the sculpture is so engaging, This is an awesome source for discovering great new work.

@steveespopowers: Steve Powers is easily one of my favorite artists. He utilizes traditional sign painting techniques in both large mural format and small scale works. He has developed a concise combination of image and graphic text to communicate ideas on commerce, work, love, and community. This picture highlights his aesthetic perfectly. These are well made images that make me take a step back and think about my motivations and priorities.

His Icy Signs project and actual sign painting business reinvigorates neighborhoods by delivering uplifting messages directly sourced from people living in said community. He is a constant source of inspiration and "Damn, I wish I could do that." output.

@nikesportswear: I am a sneaker fiend. To me they are a product that perfectly combines style, performance, design, and engineering. The Kobe 9 is my recent favorite. They push beyond most other sneakers in use of materials (flyknit woven fabric and engineered mesh), design (the narrow high-top specifically designed for Kobe's achilles injury), and style. This new KRM EXT version of the high top is super-luxe stunner.

 @austinkleon: Austin Kleon is the author of two of the most important books I read this year: Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work!. His advice has helped me harness my creative energy, and his blog/instagram provide consistent inspiration. I really enjoyed this Newspaper Blackout poem he posted recently.

All these feeds are worth a follow and provide a lot of great ideas. Give them a follow and some likes, and don't forget to follow me @rossandgary.

November Music Roundup

This is the stuff I've been getting into and getting down to in the recent months. My listening is split between Spotify and new mixtapes on Soundcloud at work and vinyl and some Spotify at home.  Here's what's been really grooving in each medium.

Check out what interests you, and let me know what you like, don't like, and what else what you've been listening to lately.


Cobbled together over the last few months, this playlist has my favorites from recently released records and thematically appropriate tracks from the last few years. It's good for hanging around the house and bundling up against the cold. I've been listening to a lot of downtempo house, beat-based music with saxophones, and video game-sounding stuff. 

Flying Lotus - You're Dead

This is probably my favorite album of the last few months. It's a space-jazz freakout from a contemporary beat producer centered around the theme of Death. Wonderfully surprising, energizing, and introspective. Kendrick kills it on Never Catch Me (on the Autumn 2014 playlist with good reason). Lots of fun samples too, look for little snippets of Another One Bites the Dust thrown in playfully.

Torn Hawk

Very cool producer who makes beats from 80's and 90's VHS soundtracks. These have a nostalgic feeling while seeming futuristic. Check out Let's Cry and Do Pushups At The Same Time. It has all the dreaminess and danger of the Drive soundtrack with a more lo-fi vibe. 

Foxygen - ...and Star Power

On repeat constantly at home. I'm no expert in rock music, especially anything made recently, but this record is engaging and catchy while still being challenging and deep. These dudes just have a magical sound. This is a double album that does not have any soft spots. 


Soundcloud

DJ Ayres - Perfect Lover Mix

I have an incredibly soft spot for Freestyle. It's so wonderfully over the top and dramatic while still being funky and fun. Every beat is from an 808 or some contemporary drum machine and the synths are infectious. This mix has just about all the major hits mixed exquisitely. Put it on and jam for an hour at work.

 

DJ Sabo - Robot Heart Live @ Burning Man

This mix is a good blend of deep house, moombahton, and balearic vibes from a veteran of the scene. It gets intense t times, but it is a very great set. It was recorded live at Burning Man, so you can imagine the vibe this was played in.

Dream Chimney - Cosmix 5: Beach Buds/ Cosmix 6: The Final Chapter

I don't know exactly who or what Dream Chimney is, but they're one of my recent finds on Soundcloud. The Cosmix series brings awesome spacey, psychedelic beats together in a longform story. Definitely good for either relaxing at home or getting deep into something at work. Episodes 5 and 6 are particularly amazing, but go back and listen to the whole thing, and check out everything on the Dream Chimney feed.

 Funk Flex on Juan Epstein

Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds do a podcast called Juan Epstein where they talk to important figures in hip hop and get the stories behind their work and how they got into the game. This live episode features Funkmaster Flex and helps drive home what a major figure this guy is in New York radio, clubs, and hip hop history. His stories are crazy and he's literally seen everything from the beginning in the Bronx CHeck this out then catch up on all the or Juan Ep's.


Vinyl

David Bowie - Aladdin Sane

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Miss Pop and I went to see the David Bowie Is... film showcasing the recent exhibit by the same name at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and while the actual film was not that spectacular, it did rekindle my love for him. Getting to see the actual artifacts from his videos and performances as well as the process sketches and storyboards he made to envision them helped me understand how a creative genius works.  Since then, we've been listening to a ton of Bowie, and this record has been on repeat. 

 

Change the Beat: The Celluloid Records Story 

This was a French record label formed right in the moment when post-punk, disco, and hip hop all were really different expressions of the same energy, This compilation has great drum-machine based jams and very fun but odd no-wave tracks. Very cool way to catch up on a different view of the time period. I have to find the digital download code and share it one of these days. I picked this up in Asheville, NC during Moogfest this year after geeking out on synths and drum machines for a week.

 

Steely Dan - Aja

Doesn't need much explanation. Just an awesome album. Note the "2-" mark on the cover. I picked this up at the Archive of Contemporary Music semi-annual record sale on White Street in Tribeca, and that is how the records are marked. You'll see that a lot of my records are form there (3 of 4 in the post come from there). It's a great, under-the-radar record fair, and there should be one coming up in early December.

 

Art of Noise - Into Battle With the Art of Noise

The Art of Noise were early electronic pop experimenters who produced a lot of stuff that has crept into the cultural lexicon without being overtly famous. This album has both Moments in Love and Beat Box, which have been sampled extensively and remain super fresh every time you hear them.


Hello World.

Welcome to the rossandgary.com blog. I have been plotting and scheming a return to the internet for a little, and I will continue to develop this space in the coming weeks. Stay tuned, but in the meanwhile, enjoy one of the earliest fade pieces I made almost a year ago.