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by Bill Pearis

Aziz and date hanging at Baby's All Right in Master of None
Master of None

Aziz Ansari's new Netflix series, Master of None, debuted on Friday and if you were like me you powered through the whole thing over the course of a couple days. It's very funny, sweet, often insightful and I recommend it wholeheartedly. Music plays a big part in the show -- the third episode centers around a secret Father John Misty show at Baby's All Right and the main love interest is a music publicist -- which also becomes apparent through its very well done music supervision. Where the current trend for shows is to feature mostly new artists, Master of None is not shy about reaching back, aiming for on-point, often surprising choices throughout.

The music supervision (done by Zach Cowie with lots of input by Ansari) caught my attention almost from the start, when the opening credits to the first episode featured Jacques Dutronc's "Il est cinq heures, Paris s'éveille" -- one of a few '60s French pop songs used in the show (Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin's "Je Taime [Moi Non Plus]" and Claudine Longet's "I Think It's Going to Rain Today" are both used to great effect in later episodes). The second episode, "Parents," probably the best of Season 1, opens with Pete Rock & CL Smooth's "They Reminisce Over You" and closes with "Son of My Father" by '70s UK glitter band Chicory Tip, both of which are pretty perfect. There are lots of musical moments like that in the series, that also makes room for Brian Eno, Arthur Russell, Sparks, William Onyeabor, Aphex Twin, The Durutti Column, cool soundtrack scores, new and classic hip hop, etc etc.

Ansari and Cowie also talked about their music choices with Pitchfork, and they've also put together a Spotify playlist which has pretty much every song used on Master of None's first season and you can stream that below.

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<p>Ambient/new age legend <a href=Laraaji has been doing a few reissue campaigns this year. Over the summer, he put out All In One Peace on Leaving Records, which collected select works from 1978 to 1983. Just two weeks ago, he reissued Ambient 3: Day of Radiance, his only album to be produced by Brian Eno, whose connection to Laraaji surely helped put Laraaji on the map:

If the album had been released without the word ambient prefixing its title and minus the sleeve credit "Produced by Brian Eno", Ambient 3 - Day of Radiance would probably now be thought of as a New Age curio and rarity, to be filed beside albums by, say, Steven Halpern. Instead, it came between 1980's Ambient 2 (Harold Budd and Brian Eno's The Plateaux of Mirror) and 1982's Ambient 3 (Eno's On Land). The first of the series was Eno's Ambient 1 - Music for Airports, released in 1978. Ambient it was then for Laraaji.

Day of Radiance was the only Eno-related album made by Laraaji. He has gone on to make around 29 more. Most are self-released and around a quarter are collaborations. He is still active and might not have been so prolific without the Eno connection. In the interview, he offers a simple "Yes" in response to the comment "Eno really helped put you on the map." Eno may have been claiming or labelling ambient as a genre, but after he moved on, Laraaji continued his pursuit of a music that was as beautiful, celestial or ethereal as possible.

The above quote is from an interesting piece at The Arts Desk on the new reissue. Head here to read more. You can pick up the Day of Radiance reissue here.

Laraaji plays NYC TONIGHT (11/4) at Trans-Pecos for a show presented by the Human Pitch label that's billed as Ambient 1. Human Pitch head Landon Speers' project Headaches (whose new album comes out this week) is on the bill, as are two newer ambient artists, Foxes In Fiction and James Place. Advance sales have ended, but tickets will be available at the door. Set times (including an afterparty with DJs) below. His only other dates we're aware of are in Maine next week.

Laraaji continues to make new music too. One of his recent releases was his 2011 collaboration with Blues Control for RVNG Intl's consistently intriguing FRKWYS series. Stream that and Days of Radiance below...

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James Chance and The Contortions

How did you get involved with the Trans Pecos series?

[James Chance]: This Japanese friend of mine who was working on some gigs in Japan introduced him to me. I did a thing in June in the galleries in Chelsea, in one of those art supermarkets. They built this maze, and I played in the maze. I do this solo act where I use prerecorded mixes without the saxes and vocals, and I play over it. I throw in other obscure soul and funk records. I had this record of just Tito Puente doing percussion, and I played sax over it and walked through the maze. There were all these people in white outfits, they looked like fugitives from Devo but Devo wore yellow. So I did a similar thing at Trans Pecos. I couldn't believe how far out it was. Forty bucks in a cab! I thought I was in the wrong place because there was no sign, but then I saw people coming out and they said, "Yeah this is the place." Apparently there are a lot of young kids living out there. Eventually they're going to be in the ocean or Nassau County. [Noisey]

Ridgewood, Queens venue Trans-Pecos hosted a series of afternoon shows every Sunday in September, which wrapped up yesterday (9/27) with no wave legend Arto Lindsay headlining, and support from Zs, Migo Hatori + Mayo Yamaguchi, and DJ Tygapaw. We caught the previous weekend's show, which had a different no wave legend, James Chance and his band The Contortions. Opening that show was Ex Models, Dreamcrusher and DJ Dutch E Germ. Pictures and a video are in this post.

In related news, Brian Eno, who compiled the seminal 1978 album No New York that James Chance and Arto Lindsay's music was both featured on, delivered this year's John Peel Lecture over the weekend. It's an annual lecture that "invites a notable figure from the music industry to shape a debate and create insight around music and music-related media." The BBC have a stream of the hour-long lecture up at their website, and the description reads:

This year's John Peel Lecture will examine the ecology of culture. Brian Eno will seek to demonstrate how the whole complex of individuals and institutions engaged in culture - artists, broadcasters, gallerists, promoters, DJs, managers, lawyers, fans - are symbiotically connected parts of a single huge organism which we call Culture. He will outline some of his thinking on this very unpredictable ecology and explore the interconnective relationships between the elements and components that combine to create our culture, and show how cultural processes confer essential and important benefits on society.
You can listen to the intro of the lecture, below.

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by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis


Record Store Day 2015 is this Saturday (4/18) and there's an almost overwhelming amount of special/exclusive product being released for it. Does the world need a vinyl pressing of The Pizza Underground demos? Should you buy the RSD repress of Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run when original copies of the album can be found in most used record stores for $10? Probably not, but there are some things of actual interest coming out for RSD15, according to BV editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis who have put together a list of 15 recommended releases. You can browse that list below. What are you hoping to score tomorrow?

If you're heading out in NYC on Saturday, check out our NYC RSD guide to in-store performances, special events (and free beer). Our RSD picks in alphabetical order, with some song streams, below...

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intro by Bill Pearis

Klaus Johann Grobe

Swiss duo Klauss Johann Grobe released their second album, Im Sinne de Zeit near the start of the year via Trouble in Mind and I'm pretty sure there's only been a handful of days since that I haven't listened to it. With only organ, bass and drums (and vocals in Swiss-German), they merge krautrock drive and tropicalia's spirit into one of 2014's grooviest albums. You can stream the whole thing via Spotify, and check out a video, below.

The band, which includes a third member on bass live, just wrapped up a European tour opening for Temples and spent most of the rest of 2014 playing festivals and touring the album. Hopefully, they'll head to North America in 2015, we shall see. KJG have given us their Top 10 LPs of the year, telling us, "These couple of records helped us make all the touring a bit more comfortable in 2014." You can check out their list with commentary, below.


Brooklyn's TEEN, who released their second album this year, included KJG's Im Sinne der Zeit on their Best LPs of 2014 list, after being wowed by them at the Netherlands' Valkhof Festival this summer. You can check out their whole list of the year's favorites below. TEEN spent most of their 2014 on tour, had all their gear stolen (and launched a successful PledgeMusic campaign to help them keep touring), and are currently on break, though you may have seen singer Teeny Lieberson at this year's Brooklyn Rock Lottery.

Both TEEN and Klaus Johann Grobe's lists for Best LPs of 2014, plus song streams, below...

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First tracks, then honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork has put out their Top 50 Albums of 2014. There's nothing entirely out of left field, but there's definitely some surprises here. Taylor Swift, whose album was not reviewed at all (I guess it was a pretty obscure one), comes in at #31 with her album, 1989. Sun Kil Moon, which was the only 2014 album in their Top 10 Albums of the Decade So Far this past August (and seemed like a sure bet for #1) dropped down to #7 and was beaten out by his enemies The War on Drugs. TWOD actually came in at #3 themselves, and the two ahead of them are two you may not have seen coming.

We already knew that Pallbearer, the only Best New Music metal album of 2014, was an honorable mention, which unsurprisingly left zero metal albums on this list. No other BNM album got snubbed (save for a Hyperdub compilation and the Beyonce album, but that was probably because it was technically a 2013 release), and there's not really any glaring omissions in terms of what Pitchfork appeared to champion this year.

See the list for yourself below...

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Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.

Check out the full list below...

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by Andrew Sacher


Electronic wizard Clark followed last year's Feast / Beast with an excellent self-titled record earlier this year on Warp. Not long ago he put out the video for the sprawling IDM of single "Winter Linn" (dir. Christopher Hewitt) and more recently he released a 34-minute Brian Eno mix featuring material from the four '90s albums Eno recently reissued on All Saints Records. Check out the video and the Eno mix below.

Clark also has plans to tour with another knob-turning master, Nosaj Thing, in 2015 surrounding both artists' sets at Big Ears Festival. All dates for that tour have not been announced yet, but a few have popped up including NYC on April 4 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (12/12) with an AmEx presale starting at noon today (12/10).

UPDATE: The full tour is now announced and a new video for "Beacon" from Clark's LP (drawn and animated by Matti Gajek) is out now too. Watch that, with the list of dates, below...

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by Bill Pearis


Brian Eno & Karl Hyde just released their terrific collaborative album, Someday World, a couple weeks ago and if you haven't heard it yet, you should, and you can stream a couple tracks from it below. And before we've digested that album, the pair have already announced a second album, High Life, which will be out via Warp on July 1. More details from the horses' mouths:

"When SOMEDAY WORLD was finished I felt like we were still on a roll and I wasn't ready to stop working and get into 'promotional mode' for that record. So I suggested we immediately start on another album, a different one, where we extended some of the ideas we'd started, and attempted some of the ideas we hadn't."
- Brian Eno

"I wanted to work with a stripped down set of equipment... For this album I was very keen for Brian to live process my guitar playing so that we would be effecting one another's performance, bouncing off each other, inspiring new combinations of polyrhythms."
- Karl Hyde
They talk a lot more about the album and how this one was made, and you can read their full liner notes below. Where Someday World was very much a "pop" album, High Life takes inspiration from repetitive minimalism composers, as well as afropop and funk. You can stream "DBF" from High Life, and check out the tracklist, below.

In other news, Eno • Hyde recently played BBC 2 show Later With Jools Holland, doing "Daddy's Car" with a full band and you can watch that below. And they also released an interactive (and very trippy) IOS app for Someday World that's a free download. You can watch a video demo of that below as well.

Streams, videos, and full Eno • Hyde liner notes for High Life, below...

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by Bill Pearis


Brian Eno & Karl Hyde's collaborative album, Someday World, is out May 9 and the pair have now shared two tracks from it. "Daddy's Car" features Karl on lead vocals and "The Satellites" is more of an Eno showcase. Both are upbeat pop and pretty good -- "Daddy's Car," with its two-drummer attack, especially -- and it's always a treat to have Eno singing. If you pre-order the album you get an instant download of both songs.

Stream them below...

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Owen Pallett's new album, In Conflict, will be out in May but you can hear a couple tracks -- both of which feature Brian Eno -- now. "The Riverbed" comes via a music video that stars Pallett's uncle, Jim, as a man out on a date in L.A. Look for Owen, briefly, as "Jerk #4." The NY Times also just premiered a lyric video for "On a Path" and both of those are watchable below.

Meanwhile, Pallett will be in Los Angeles this weekend for Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony where his and Will Butler's score for Spike Jonze's Her is up for an Oscar. Best of luck, guys. The Oscars air at 7 PM EST on ABC.

And if you want to see Pallett live, his May tour with Doldrums starts in NYC with two shows. Tickets to Glasslands (5/13) and Bowery Ballroom (5/14) are still available.

Videos below...

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A lot of the nicer cities I know are cities built on hills, and the cities are beautiful because the buildings have a challenge to adapt to. They have to mould themselves around the geology that they've formed upon. And that always makes for very interesting buildings, because they can't just be blocks, they have to somehow morph around the environment. A lot of the constructions on the album were deliberately irregular and awkward.

I had a big collection of 'beginnings' sitting around waiting for something to galvanise them into life, to make them more than just 'experiments'. That something turned out to be Karl Hyde.

-Brian Eno

Brian Eno and Underworld's Karl Hyde will release their collaborative album, Someday World, via Warp on May 6. Both Eno and Hyde sing on the record, and the two even did the album art together. No music has been released yet, but you can check that out artwork and tracklist below.

Eno, busy creative guy that he is, also features on new albums from Damon Albarn and Owen Pallett.

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As Owen Pallett said would happen, details on his new album were revealed today. The LP is titled In Conflict and will be out May 13. That's the cover art above. Brian Eno contributes guitar and synth, and it also features The Czech FILMharmonic Orchestra. You can learn a little more about the album via a preview video, which is watchable below.

Owen's spring tour brings him to NYC for two shows: Glasslands on May 13 and Bowery Ballroom on May 14. Tickets for Glasslands are on sale now and tickets for Bowery Ballroom are currently on AmEx presale with the general on-sale starting Friday (2/7) at noon.

In Conflict trailer below...

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Damon Albarn

Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn has been talking about releasing a solo album for a while now, and it's finally officially been announced. Damon posted to his Facebook page...

Damon's new and first solo studio album titled Everyday Robots is out 28th April. It's his most soul-searching and autobiographical yet, explores nature versus technology and features guests Brian Eno and Natasha Khan (Bat For Lashes), and is produced by XL's Richard Russell.
The video for the title track will be released today so stay tuned for that. (UPDATE: Watch it HERE.) That's the album artwork above and you can check out the tracklist below.

Damon will be in NYC this June to play Governors Ball.

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Lee "Scratch" Perry @ LPR during RBMA 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Lee Scratch Perry

Remember when the Red Bull Music Academy "took over" New York City for most of May 2013, bringing in such luminaries as Brian Eno, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Giorgio Moroder, Kim Gordon, James Murphy, and many more to play and talk about music? You can relive that month -- or get a taste of what you missed -- in a new documentary, What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music:

What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music explores the challenges that a life in music can bring. Shot with hand-held cameras in a cinema verité style at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York by award-winning director Ralf Schmerberg, the film seeks to go beyond music, and ask questions about life itself.
The film will screen in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Detroit on February 17 and then be released on the internet for free on February 18. Trailer for the documentary is below.

Additionally, there is a coffee table book too titled For the Record: Conversations with People Who Have Shaped the Way We Listen to Music which pairs artists with journalists and music industry types and lets the discourse flow. Nile Rodgers, Sly & Robbie, Erykah Badu, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Modeselektor and more are featured and all the pairings are listed, along with the book art, below.

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still from 'Reflektor 9/9/9'
Arcade Fire

Yesterday, we posted that Arcade Fire would be premiering a new single on September 9 at 9 PM from their upcoming album (due out 10/29 via Merge). The band have just updated their website with another cryptic video titled "Reflektor 9/9/9." Watch it below.

In related news, you may remember that back in 2010 Peter Gabriel released a covers album, Scratch My Back, which featured him covering tracks by Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Lou Reed, David Byrne, Paul Simon, and more. He's now set to release its sequel, And I'll Scratch Yours, where those artists return the favor by covering Peter Gabriel songs. The album will be out on September 23 via Real World. Check out the tracklist below.

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Brian Eno @ Cooper Union, 5/6/2013
Brian Eno

The irony of seeing Brian Eno's An Illustrated Talk during the Red Bull Music Academy: his microphone didn't work properly. Can you imagine being the tech guy for this event and experiencing horrific sound feedback from the sound amplification device for one of the most innovative producers in music history?

"Feel free to experiment with the sound," Eno told the packed crowd at Cooper's Union in NYC.

The term "Renaissance Man" would be a cliche to describe the entity which is Eno, whose career spans from playing with the perennial band Roxy Music to creating visual ambient art. For an artist who has proclaimed to the press that he never talks about his past work, it was a treat to hear Eno....talk about his past work. Especially in the heart of NYC, being that Eno states one of his most fruitful artistic period was between 1978 and 1984, when he lived and worked in the Big Apple. ("I happened to be in New York during one of the most exciting months of the decade in terms of music.") - [The Huffington Post]

In addition to his self-generative art installation 77 Million Paintings, as part of the Red Bull Music Academy, Brian Eno gave "An Illustrated Talk" on Monday (5/6) at Cooper Union. Pictures from that are in this post.

He also sat down for a Q&A session as well, where he talked about 77 Million Paintings, "sympathetic and parasympathetic music," and a lot more. He's one of the smartest, most fascinating people in the world and any chance to hear him talk should not be passed up. Luckily RBMA filmed the whole thing and the entire 90 minute conversation can be viewed (or listened to) on Vimeo.

More "Illustrated Talk" pics below...

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Andy Stott/Lee "Scratch" Perry
Andy StottLee Scratch Perry

As mentioned, tickets went on sale today for the previously announced Red Bull Music Academy events, which take over NYC from April 28 to May 31. And now that those are on sale, the rest of the lineup has been announced. In addition to the newly-added Flying Lotus show at Terminal 5, the Red Bull Music Academy events now also include...

A Bunker party with Andy Stott, Atom TM, Objekt, Octo Octa, Kloke, Smax, Bryan Kasenic, and Mike Servito at Public Assembly on May 4; Blondes, Mike Simonetti, Rudi Zygadlo, Astroboyz, CABAAL, Ale Hop, Yodashe, Harald Bjork, Alitrec, Mungo Park, Seretan, and Ada Kaleh at Cameo on May 6; and Le1f, Laurel Halo, Venus-X, and a secret guest at Glasslands on May 7.

Still more: Metro Area, Gerd Janson, and Bok Bok b2b L-Vis 1990 at 88 Palace on May 10; 'Drum Majors' with Mannie Fresh, Boi-1da, Young Chop, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Bangaldesh, DJ Mustard, and Drumma Boy at Knitting Factory on May 22; Afrika Bambaataa, Egyptian Lover, DJ Magic Mike, DJ Assault, DJ Funk, Scottie B, DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn, Big Freedia, Salva, Drop the Lime, and Branko & Krampfhaft at Santos on May 23; as well as Skream, Mala, and Plasitician & Hatcha on May 24 at Can Factory (232 3rd St in Brooklyn).

And even more: Oneohtrix Point Never, BIll Kouligas, Evian Christ, Kid Simpl, and ANNALOVE at Saint Vitus on May 26; Benji B, FaltyDL, Dorian Concept, Orquesta, and Somepoe at Sullivan Room on May 27; Pantha Du Prince & the Bell Laboratory with Louis Baker and Anya Kuts at West Park Church on May 28; a killer night of dub with legends Lee Perry & Adrian Sherwood, The Congos vs Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, and the Raw Power Band, Peaking Lights In A Dub Style vs Future Times, and DJ Slow at Le Poisson Rouge on May 30.

Tickets for all events are on sale now.

These join the previously announced shows, talks, and other events with James Murphy, Brian Eno, Giorgio Moroder, Tony Visconti, Nile Rodgers, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Four Tet, A-Trak, Just Blaze, and more. Flyer with the updated, show-by-show lineup is below...

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James Murphy on SS Coachella 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
James Murphy

LCD Soundsystem/DFA Records man James Murphy is suing Tim Goldsworthy, who he formed DFA with in 2001, but who moved out of New York to the UK three years ago...

In a lawsuit, DFA accuses Goldsworthy of failing to perform services he was paid for, owing outstanding loans, improperly using the company credit card and making unauthorized withdrawals from its bank accounts.

The lawsuit, filed Friday in Manhattan Civil Supreme Court, says that "attempts to amicably resolve this matter were rebuffed" by Goldsworthy. It also accuses the producer of "breach of contract" and "unjust enrichment."

Goldsworthy owes a total of $93,899, according to DFA. The label, which has a studio in Greenwich Village and boasts such acts as Holy Ghost!, also seeks punitive damages and legal fees. [DNA Info]

In related news, tickets for James Murphy's DFA Records 12th anniversary party with DJ sets from him, The Rapture, YACHT, Black DIce, Juan Maclean, and so many more, are on sale now. The event is one of many upcoming Red Bull Music Academy events happening in NYC. Other RBMA events are on sale too, including Brian Eno's "illustrated talk", Four Tet at Webster Hall, A-Trak, Just Blaze, and others at Roseland, Giorgio Moroder, and many more.

James Blake

As mentioned, James Blake will release his sophomore full length album, Overgrown, on April 8 via Atlas/Republic, and he's just revealed the artwork (above) and the tracklist (below). Most interestingly, the tracklist reveals that there is a song called "Digital Lion," which will feature contributions from Brian Eno, and a song called "Take a Fall For Me," which will feature rapping from the RZA. In the words of Katy Perry, take that, Bon Iver.

James will also be going on a tour in support of the album, which comes to NYC on May 9 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are still available. He recently expanded the tour to include more international shows. Check out an updated list of dates and the video for Overgrown single, "Retrograde," below.

Meanwhile, Brian Eno has an upcoming event in NYC too, as part of Red Bull Music Academy. He'll be presenting the NYC premiere of his audio-visual installation, 77 Million Paintings, in May, along with an "illustrate talk" at Cafe Rouge on May 6. Tickets to that, and all other RBMA shows, go on sale March 4 at 10 AM.

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The Red Bull Music Academy is coming to NYC from April 28 to May 31 which will include over 30 events ranging from live concerts and club nights to A/V installations, film screenings and public conversations with big names. Some of those names were recently announced. Details are not complete and tickets to all the shows below go on sale Monday, March 4 at 10 AM.

Perhaps most exciting of these events will be the NYC premiere of Brian Eno's audio-visual installation 77 Million Paintings which is generative software that creates morphing patterns and images. The installation, which be be at Cafe Rouge, will also features an "illustrated talk" on May 6.

James Murphy will head a nine-hour, multiroom show at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn on May 29 as part of DFA's 12th Anniversary celebration. The event will feature 15 live acts and DJs from throughout the label's history. Look for a short documentary, 12 Years of DFA: Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic, to premiere around the same time.

Also part of it will be Four Tet + friends at Webster Hall on May 8. Four Tet, who just released odds-n-sods album 0181 as a free download (stream it below) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his landmark 2003 album, Rounds, this year with a deluxe resissue due out on Domino in May.

Still more. RBMA will also host the first NYC edition of London party Culture Clash on May 9. The "unique celebration of sound system culture" will feature sets by Max Glazer, A-Trak, Nick Catchdubs, Young Guru, Just Blaze, and Que Bajo?!.

There's also "Drone Activity in Progress" which will happen at the Knockdown Center on May 2, featuring Stephen O'Malley of Sunn O))), Prurient, Alan Licht, and Body/Head (aka Kim Gordon and Bill Nace).

Other events including electronic music legend Giorgio Moroder in his first NYC DJ appearance; a talk with Bowie producers Tony Visconti and Nile Rodgers (maybe Eno will swing by?); Ryuichi Sakamoto and more to be announced. More info on RBMA is here.

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Lord Huron at Mercury Lounge in October (more by Dan Bracaglia)
Lord Huron

As the year comes to a close, we're wrapping up these year-end lists from artists and other people in the music world. Today we posted lists by BV radio host Nick Masi, Gardens & Villa, and Brooklyn Bowl talent buyer Adam Geringer-Dunn. Browse our "Best of 2012" tag for many more. Now here's one from Ben Schneider, frontman of LA folk rockers Lord Huron. The list includes a couple veteran folk singers, who most likely influenced Ben's own writing, two very different and very notable experimental music leaders, Lord Huron tourmates Night Moves, and a '70s Afghan pop star.

Check out the full list, and some tour dates, below...

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The incredibly influential Brian Eno released his new album, LUX, this week (11/13), and in honor of its release, Brian will present a webcasted audio/visual project this Saturday (11/17), which you can take part in.

XLR8R reports, "Eno's new LP was inspired by 'a play of light through the window in his studio,' so during the four 'live and in full' broadcasts, the producer and a team of fellow artists will curate and assemble a visual accompaniment live with photos of light submitted by the audience." If you're interested in contributing photos, you can submit your email or join the Facebook event.

The Lux - Day of Light will broadcast four times this Saturday. Schedule below...

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photos by Diana Wong

I love you but I've chosen Moog
Moog Factory
Childish Gambino

"he Moog company pioneered the commercial manufacture of modular voltage-controlled analog synthesizer systems. Company founder Dr. Robert Arthur Moog had begun manufacturing and selling vacuum-tube theremins in kit form while he was a student in the early 1950s and marketed his first transistorized theremin kits in 1961. Moog became interested in the design and construction of complex electronic music systems in the mid 1960s and the burgeoning interest in his designs enabled him to establish a small company (R. A. Moog Co., which became Moog Music and later, Moog Electronics) to manufacture and market the new devices." [Wikipedia]
Thank you Google for not only honoring the great Robert Moog today on what would have been his 78th birthday, but for reminding us that we have this unposted final set of pictures from last year's Moogfest in Asheville, North Carolina....

Moogfest capped off three days of fun on 10/30 with sets from M83, James Murphy & Pat Mahoney (Special Disco Version), Ford & Lopatin, Passion Pit, The Drums, Baths, Ghostland Observatory, and many more. If you missed it, we previously posted pictures from the first and second days featuring Tangerine Dream, TV On The Radio, Asutra, Chromeo, and others on the first day, and Suicide, Amon Tobin: Isam, Toro Y Moi, Crystal Castles, Cant, and others (but no YACHT who had to cancel) on the second.

More pictures from the final day of Moogest 2011 (which you can check out after you're done playing with the Moog on Google's homepage), below...

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DOWNLOAD: Phantom Family Halo - "White Hot Gun" (MP3)

photos by Adam Cantor

Sohrab Habibian & JG Thirlwell @ Joe's Pub
Brian Eno Tribute

The tribute to Brian Eno's Here Come the Warm Jets went down at Joe's Pub on January 8 to a sold out audience (that included Bradford Cox). As mentioned when we first posted about the show, contributing musicians included Travis Morrison (of The Dismemberment Plan), Sohrab Habibion (Obits), Jim Sclavunos (The Bad Seeds/Grinderman), Vernon Reid (Living Color), Paul Duncan (Warm Ghost), Dom Cipolla (Phantom Family Halo), and JG Thirlwell (aka Foetus). Pictures from the show, John Schaefer of WNYC included, are in this post. You can also look at the full setlist below.

Dom Cipolla's (who played the show) band Phantom Family Halo has a new album coming out, titled When I Fall Out, on February 14 via Knitting Factory Records. You can download the album track "White Hot Gun" above and stream it below. Phantom Family Halo have two upcoming NYC shows. One happens next week at Glasslands on January 16 with Our Mountain, Eraas, and Vensaire. Tickets are available. They also play Saint Vitus on February 11. Support TBA. Tickets are on sale.

More pics from the 'Here Come the Warm Jets' show, the setlist, and PFH song stream below...

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