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Background Noise, Episode 69: Lunar New Year by Matt Valerio

THE BACKGROUND NOISE PODCAST SERIES FOCUSES ON THE MUSIC THAT ARTISTS LISTEN TO WHEN THEY WORK, WHAT MUSIC INSPIRES THEM, OR JUST MUSIC THEY LIKE. THIS WEEK, IN EPISODE 69, THE FOCUS IS ON ARTIST LUNAR NEW YEAR.

THE BACKGROUND NOISE PODCAST SERIES FOCUSES ON THE MUSIC THAT ARTISTS LISTEN TO WHEN THEY WORK, WHAT MUSIC INSPIRES THEM, OR JUST MUSIC THEY LIKE. THIS WEEK, IN EPISODE 69, THE FOCUS IS ON ARTIST LUNAR NEW YEAR.

Lunar New Year (sometimes referred to as simply LNY) is an Ecuadorian-born street artist/muralist currently based out of New Jersey.

His works often depict the lesser-seen people in certain cultures or locales, bringing attention to those who wouldn't normally have their faces front and center.

He says this about his chosen alias:

"LNY is a label that I found for myself that later gained meaning and is still gaining meaning and changing. After adopting the letters as a moniker I found out that the acronym stands for "Lunar New Year" and when I Googled it, i saw all these pictures of celebration and teens having a great time in Asia - so now I have adopted this moniker because of that experience but also because of the of the Lunar New Year being this metaphor for an alternative; be it the lunar calendar or a different way of counting time or experiencing life and viewing the world."

Music is very important to him. Case in point, he not only included an hour's worth of music hand-picked for this series, but he also included a BONUS MIX that is near and dear to his heart. You'll find that further down below.

What was your first concert?
Manu Chao at Central Park Summerstage

Last concert/show?
The Freq Show at Seed in Newark

First album you bought?
more like first song I illegally downloaded: Thom Yorke and Bjork, "I've Seen it All"

Last album you bought?
Las Cafeteras - It's Time

Was there one record that made a significant impression on you?
"What if someone is watching their T.V." by Screaming Females because it showed me that independence, hard work and community support is all the success you need.  

Who is your musical hero?
Cafe Tacuba, hands down.

How important is music to your creative process?
It carries me, inspires me and keeps me sharp - I play music pretty much 24 hours a day which so it's like the blood flow of my creativity.

 

Cruzada Mix
It's Movement Time - Las Cafeteras
Alright - Kendrick Lamar
Latinoamérica - Calle 13
Lenape Lane - Ratking
Bikini Weather / Corazon en Afrika - Princess Nokia
Mi Bandera - Whitest Taíno Alive
How We Chill - Mello Mel
Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar) Flying Lotus
Sycamore Tree - Kali Uchis
Half of it  - Kap G featuring Devour
AyAyAy - Snow Tha Product
Working Like A Mexican Feat Chingo Bling -  Kap-G
Whip It (Remix) Feat. Migos  Rich The Kid -  ILoveMakonnen
Teach Me (feat. Kiesza) - Joey Bada$$
Rose Mountain - Screaming Females
Jardinera - Rita Indiana & Los Misterios
Birthday Song - Kali_Uchis
Mexico Momma Came From Mexico - Kap G
Olita del Altamar - Cafe Tacuba
Ahora Nosotros Mixtape - Chancha Via Circuito

Check out LNY's mix below, download it directly here, or subscribe to the Background Noise podcast on iTunes. Be sure to like Background Noise on Facebook for updates on future episodes. You can browse ALL the Background Noise episodes here.  Check out LNY's website here.

LNY's BONUS MIX:

INTENDED TO BE LISTENED TO IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING
BACKGROUND NOISE, EPISODE 69

Background Noise, Episode 7: OverUnder by Matt Bomarr

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My new "Background Noise" podcast series focuses on the music that artists listen to when they work, what music inspires them, or just music they like. This week, in Episode 7 the focus is on Reno, Nevada-based artist OverUnder .

Another artist I saw a lot of when I first moved to New York. Enough so, that I thought he lived in the city. Not until recently did I find out that he's located in Nevada. 

OverUnder's work initially caught my eye due to his simple tags throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan featuring an almost manta ray-esque design that was often accompanied by a random phrase (the latter being something that had, around the same time, drawn me to the artist Jim Joe). Sayings like "the best things in life are feed", "follow the gutter to the pot of Krylon", etc. These pieces would appear in doorways, on empty walls, and frequently on USPS mailing labels slapped up throughout the city, and would often only really make sense to OverUnder himself. 

After seeing these around for a bit, I started noticing more of his work in different mediums. More complex pieces of art, sometimes painted, sometimes wheatpasted. Always very colorful and eye catching. One of these first pieces I noticed was an impressive collaboration with his friend ND'A, which appeared on the side of an abandoned shipping container at 4th and Bowery in Manhattan.

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OverUnder seems to love to travel. Whether he's building an living in a cabin in Brooklyn, biking across Europe while creating work for an exhibition at the final destination, or his most recent travels to Mexico City, it seems like he's always on the move. Oh, and he works with youth arts programs as well. What's not to like about this guy? I've never met him in person, but I already know that he's a great guy with a big heart. He's got great taste in music as well, which you can hear in his contribution to the Background Noise series below. 

 

What was your first concert?

Jefferson Starship at the Fillmore in SF. I was 9, my brother 7 and My parents couldn't get a babysitter so they brought us along and we got so contact high. 


Last concert/show?

2Chainz.  Worst show. Could have scalped the tickets for $300/each but my niece demanded we go. And Jefferson Starship even chiefed harder than 2Chainz and crew.

 

First tape/cd or LP?

Elton John "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" on tape.


Last album you bought?

Rodriguez "Cold Fact" on vinyl as a gift from my girl. Last album I downloaded was Danny Brown "Old".


Was there any one album that made a significant impression on you?

Minor Threat "Complete Discography" 

You can check out more of OverUnder's work over at his website, or follow him on Instagram

Stream his episode below, subscribe on iTunes, or listen on Mixcloud