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ZACKEY FORCE FUNK - "Gunman No Come (Bomarr Remix)" by Matt Valerio

Just released this remix for the talented ZACKEY FORCE FUNK today. Check it out below and pick up his new EP "Chrome Steel Tiger" right here

Background Noise, Episode 83: Darcy Yates 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 83, the focus is on darcy yates

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 83, the focus is on darcy yates

Bio:
Colorful swirls and bold imagery balances the still images of Darcy’s imagination. Her artwork embraces color and shape through vintage photography and playful characters. Darcy grew up in Los Angeles in the middle of the LA national forest. She finds herself growing with the bustling streets of her derelict town. Photographs are a dominate feature in most of her artwork because she love the raw emotion it conveys.  Darcy’s work is gritty, colorful and embodies the essence of soul and imagination. Her favorite tool is The Spirograph because of childish innocence it suggests. Her use of different media balances the stories that coincide with each piece. Her infatuation with unconventional interaction is explored through every piece she creates. 

What was your first concert?
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons when they had their reunion tour! 

Last concert/show?
Kimbra at Space Jam in Silverlake 

First album you bought?
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was the first CD I ever bought on my own. It was right when CD’s became the new thing, I honestly hated them when they first came out. I grew up on my families record player and cassette tapes,  CD’s were super strange to me. When i saved enough money to purchase this “new” technology I decided to pick my favorite Beatles album. Sgt. Peppers still holds a special place in my heart. 

Last album you bought?
“Jesus Use Me” by Dorris and Sammy Ogg from my local thrift shop. The image on the album cover was way too special not to pass up. I actually used it as my main image for my show “ Day Destroy’s the Night”. Oh man, the music is horrible and the album is awful. The meaning, very questionable. But the name and face of the album is pure gold. I tried to listen to the entire album but just couldn’t. If there was a music burning pile this one would defiantly be the first to burn. Music can be inspirational and meaningful even if its horrible. 

Was there one record that made a significant impression on you?
I grew up constantly listening to music/musicals and many albums have changed my outlook on life… But the one that truly molded me was “The White Album” from The Beatles. I use to listen to this two part record over and over again because it made me feel alive. I have never felt so inspired and scared listening to these songs. I still can’t listen to Revolution no. 9 without tearing up ( it still scares the shit out of me!) Fear is a beautiful emotion that truly effects the way I create. This record gave me these emotions to explore my visions as an artist. Its an epic record that is the sound track to my life. 

Who is your musical hero?
This is way too hard to pick. So many amazing musicians,  this like having a mother pick their favorite child!  So… I’ll pick Janis Joplin… She opened so many door for musicians and will always be the soul/blues/ gospel queen.  She is  the voice to my screaming soul. 

How important is music to your creative process?
Before I start a piece I always think “ How do I feel, whats my mood, whats wrong, whats right? ”.  Music deeply inspires me and through my mood I pick songs that reflect my current state, it keeps me centered throughout my entire process and inspires most of my pieces. 

The Crystal Ship- The Doors
The Long and Winding Road- The Beatles
Chelsea Hotel No. 1 -Leonard Cohen
Without You-ODESZA  
Bungalow Bill- The Beatles White Album
CMYK -James Blake
Don’t Fear the Reaper- Blue Oyster Cult
Revolution No. 9 - The Beatles
Honey moon- Lana Del Rey
Summertime -Janis Joplin
Norwegian Wood - The Beatles
Brother Can You Spare A Dime- Spanky & Our gang
Plain Gold Ring (Live at Sing Sing Studios)- Kimbra
Mirror Maru- Cashmere Cat
She's Leaving Home-The Beatles

Check out Darcy'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 Darcy's website for more of her work.

Background Noise, Episode 82: Bleep 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 82, THE FOCUS IS ON BLEEP

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 82, THE FOCUS IS ON BLEEP

Bleep loves both food and pop culture. He loves them so much that they get absorbed right into his art. Literally. Not only has he painted sidewalks with mustard, but he's led some pretty interesting experiments in the shelf-life of McDonald's burgers. Recently, he even had a show at Stone Malone Gallery in Los Angeles, fittingly titled "Eat."

Whether he's drawing demented Mickey Mouse figures , interpreting album covers from the Doors, or just drawing the wickedly imaginative images his brain 'splodes onto the canvas, he's always putting his own signature style forward. 

What was your first concert?
Imma say local bands cuz the major label acts were too embarrassing to name.

Last concert/show?
Squarepusher at the Regent Theatre

First album you bought?
Usher "My Way" the single with 3 different versions on it

Last album you bought?
No idea

Was there one record that made a significant impression on you?
Squarepusher's Ultravisitor completely destroyed the way in which i thought about orchestrated sound, it will probably be the greatest musical moment of my life.

Who is your musical hero?
Les Claypool

How important is music to your creative process?
Being a classically trained musician, I would say music is all encompassing. I hate to parrot great quotes by people I cant remember but "music is how you decorate time, art is how you decorate space."

Check out Bleep'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 Bleep's Instagram here.

Video: Pictureplane Releases "Technomancer" Video by Matt Valerio

I remember back in the early 00s, when a young man named Pictureplane was an active contributor on the old Anticon and Restiform Bodies message boards. Constantly hustling, promoting his art and music to anyone who will listen. More and more over the years, his name would come up. He'd open for us on tour, let us crash at his old warehouse (he used to live at the awesome DIY spot Rhinoceropolis in Denver....which every band and their mom has most likely played and/or crashed at). He's since become a great friend and tourmate to HEALTH, and recently came full circle and has finally released his own LP via Anticon this past Friday. 

Go ahead and pick it up here.

Background Noise, Episode 79: Matt Geer 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 79, THE FOCUS IS ON ARTIST MATT GEER

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 79, THE FOCUS IS ON ARTIST MATT GEER

BIO:
Matt Geer has been a Chicago artist for over a decade. A self described “artopuss” with tentacles coiling many different styles,utilizing different mediums.

His work is often broken up into separate series of work, allowing himself to explore each obsession to its end.

Current series of his work are ink n brush,fine line works with a liner brush to produce series like his NECROCOLOR and MEN HAVE NEEDS. neo-minimal portraits such as in the series "PRESSURIZED'' and “PREDATORY,” the found object works of the "NEVER LOST” series, and neo-expressionistic works of his recent series “CRIMESPREE,”as well as side works in any medium imaginable.

He also writes short fiction and beat poetry, and makes clothes under the label BLACK SQUARE.

Coming a long way since his early days in a high school tagging crew, his passion for art has only intensified.

Man of melancholy and sadness, his work reflects the pain society causes, and his personal love of all things dark.

Matt Geer is a modern beatnik, living a minimal life in utter poverty that only seems to fuel his creative drive.

Thank you, your chum the friendly ghost, Matt Geer.

First album you bought?
First album I bought, I think it was Ice Cube - “AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted.” Gangster rap was the most rebellious music I was exposed to in grade school, plus, I had no white friends, so we listened to a lot of rap and house.

Last album you bought?
Last album I bought was Savages out of England. Think Wire mixed with Siouxsie & the Banshees.

First concert?
Hmmm, first concert..Circle Jerks at the Vic Theater when I was 13. A fat skinhead punched me in the stomach, I remember it well.

Last concert?
Last concert I went to was at the Uptown Pub in Westmont to see my friend Robot Hilarious. He does like punk, folk rap...better then it sounds.

Was there one album that made a significant impression on you?
The album that had the biggest impact on me...the Cure - Disintegration. Got me though the worst time in my life.

Who is your musical hero?
My musical hero is, and will always be Lux Interior of the Cramps...he taught me in my youth that I was okay being me, loving horror flix, high heels and sexy tight clothes and pussy was okay.

How important is music to your creative process?
Music is very important to my creative process, and like my work, my taste in music varies from each end of the spectrum. I even like dub step.

1. Savages - No Face
2. The Birthday Party - King Ink
3. The Cramps - Dopefiend Boogie
4. Ministry - Primental
5. Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats - I’ll Cut You Down
6. Bauhaus - Stigmata Martyr
7. Claw Toe - The Drugs Song
8. Geto Boys - Mind of a Lunatic
9. Nitzer Ebb - Shame
10. Big Black - Crack

Check out Matt'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 Matt Geer's website here.

Background Noise, Episode 75: Adam Wallacavage 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 75, THE FOCUS IS ON ARTIST ADAM WALLACAVAGE

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 75, THE FOCUS IS ON ARTIST ADAM WALLACAVAGE

Adam Wallacavage's South Philly residence is most people's dream home. Outfitted with the kitschiest of the kitschy, he's surrounded himself with exactly what he likes, things that stimulate and inspire him. It's here in this home that he started creating his now well-known chandeliers, which range from various octopi to dragons and snakes. Hand-sculpting them with epoxy clay, he then paints them and covers them with resin to presents a glass or ceramic look.

They're all both terrifying and beautiful, frequently snagged up by art and kitsch collectors alike for a slightly hefty price. Adam is a photographer as well (he's has shot in the past for magazines like Thrasher). The playlist he put together for this series features a great mix of modern skate garage/trash (Thee Oh Sees, King Khan, Cramps) and some classic goth-y tracks (Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy, Tones on Tail). I love it.


First album you bought?
DEVO: Are We Not Men

Last album you bought?
Thee Oh Sees: Drop

First concert?
It was in 1985 at the Atlantic City Elks Club for The Electric Love Muffin, Die Kruzen and Articles of Faith opening for The Faction but The Faction didn't show up.

Last concert?
Electric Wizard at Union Transfer in Philly.

Was there one album that made a significant impression on you?
It was a tape my friend made me with Bauhaus on one side and Siouxsie and the Banshees on the other. I listened to it constantly when I was 14 or 15. It totally influenced a lot in my life.  

Who is your musical hero?
Lux Interior

How important is music to your creative process?
I got my whole house/studio hooked up with SONOS speaker system and it's pretty much on all day and night. My studio is in my house and sometimes I won't leave at all during the day so I tend to go to a lot of shows whenever I can at night to be somewhat social. Philly is a great city to see music. There's a ton of venues and great bands come through here. I try to stay current so that there's more shows I want to see and with the online streaming, it's so easy to find new music without leaving the house but I make up for getting free music online by buying lots of records at the shows.

Watch Adam give a tour of his fascinating house above, and see a great article about his home here.


DEVO - Gut Feeling
Crocodiles - All my Hate and Hexes Are For You
Monster Magnet - All Friends and Kingdom Come
Slowdive - When the Sun Hits
Dead Skeletons - When the Sun Comes Up For the Last Time
Kate Bush - Moving
Roxy Music - In Every Dreamhome A Heartache
Blonde Redhead - Spring and By Summer Fall
Siouxsie and the Banshees - The Rapture
Sisters Of Mercy - Marian
Tones on Tail - Rain
Bauhaus - Exquisite Corpse
The Dark Horses - Radio
The Asteroid #4 - Windmills of the Autumn Sky
Thee Oh Sees - Corprophagist (A Bath Perhaps)
The Altered Hours - Sweet Jelly Roll
Queens of the Stone Age - Hanging Tree
The Gun Club - Breaking Hands
The Cramps - Voodoo Idol
King Khan and the BBQ Show - I wanna Be a Girl
Creepoid - Yellow Wallpaper
The Tough Shits - Try Not to Laugh
Melody's Echo Chamber - I Follow You
Pearls Before Swine - Surrealist Waltz


Check out Adam'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 Adam's website here.

Background Noise, Episode 68: General Howe by Matt Valerio

I stumbled on artist General Howe strictly via the internet. I'm not sure if it was via Tumblr or Instagram, but I was initially drawn to his animated Disasters of War GIFs. The GIFs depicted war cartoons, mainly of the GI Joe variety, either looped at significant moments in order to relay a message, or digitally altered to tell a different story. (You can see a whole bunch of these amazing pieces of digital work here).

When I first reached out to him to do an episode for this series, I hardly knew much about him aside from these particular works. It wasn't until I did a bit more research that I stumbled on just how much General Howe really does. Turns out, it doesn't exist solely on digital servers and personal computers....he's done a whole slew of installations on the street. Whether it's wheat pastes, or little plastic army men set up in the streets of Brooklyn, he's on a mission to remind people about the casualties of war and the fact that there are still wars going on in this beautiful world of ours.

I decided to dig a little deeper and find out what makes the General tick:

Where are you from, originally?
I grew up in Northern Virginia. A place called Reston.

I'm primarily familiar with your GIF work. How much do you find you manipulate the GIFs? Or are you finding quick snippets from cartoons that have significance, and highlighting them? I guess I'm curious more about that process. Maybe you even draw them completely from scratch! Would love to know more.
The Gifs are mostly borrowed from GI Joe and Rambo cartoons from the 1980's. Some of them are untouched and I just find the perfect moments to loop. Others like the 9/11 specific gifs involve lots of manipulation and collaging of imagery. I'll draw in blood and guts, change colors, or eliminated parts of a figure or background to simplify and make the message more clear. Reacting to the imagery is the root of the process. I'm also reacting to war, history, culture, current events, my own condition. The recent short film I made (Hector Delgado Has PTSD) took the gifs a step further.  I took whole scenes of animation and dialogue and re-edited them to tell a story of war. This process could definitely be pushed further. (Check out Hector Delgado Has PTSD below):

I've read a bit about your Battle of Brooklyn project. Is that still ongoing, or have you wrapped that up?
The Battle of Brooklyn work went on from 2007-2011 and then I left New York for three years. It was primarily a site specific street art project so it made no sense for me to continue it elsewhere. If I hadn't left New York I may not have gotten into all the gif work which has been really exciting. Now that I'm back I'm deciding if i want to continue the B.O.B. or close that chapter. New York has a way of making those decisions for you. To be determined is my official answer.

What other type of work do you do? I'm fascinated now that I've learned that you do so much more than the GIF art.
Man I do almost everything. I studied painting in art school so everything I do is approached as a painter. I just returned from three years of isolation in Wisconsin. I did tons of drawing and big sloppy painting. I also learned how to do the gifs while there. The last two presidential elections i've merged the candidates with the batman mythology. Thats been realized through silk screen, street art, a fake news blog, zine, stickers... In the four years of working on the B.O.B. i did installations, silk screen, lino cut's, some clay pieces, mixed media and a mural.

What's next for you project-wise?
This is the big question for myself right now. I have a 3-d printing idea that I really want to execute. Glitch paintings. The animated Disasters of War still has a lot of potential. Keep learning and pushing new technology. While in Wisco I made big strides in my process and understanding of painting, I don't want to lose that. Hopefully I'll find a way to get a space and keep that going. I might have a show next year and that might force a particular direction to be focused on. I'm definitely at a cross roads right now.

First album you bought?
First album(s) I bought were NIrvana- In Utero and Snoop Dogg - Doggystyle. On cassette! The comic in the Doggystyle album was so clever.

What was the last album you bought?
S.S. Brooklyn by Loyd H. Miller. It's a sing-a-long album for my 2 year old son. It's good, one song has a reference to the Battle of Brooklyn.

First concert?
First concert was Red Hot Chilli Peppers show and Foo Fighters opened for them. My friend had an extra ticket and invited me, I owe him big time for that.

Last concert?
I had a student who played in a school-of-rock kind of band covering classic rock songs. Some of his performances were the last shows I saw.

Was there one album that made a significant impression on you?
Maybe the Nirvana Albums. I used listened to them all the time as a kid. The Unplugged album. As an adult I can never get enough Wu-Tang.

Who is your musical hero?
My friend Pam Reyes is a young artist and musician pursuing a music career. I'm humbled to know and follower her on the journey. She's my musical hero.

How important is music to your creative process?
When I need to grind out a long laborious physical piece I'll have music playing. Shuffling music is perfect for me, the constant contrast of genre's keeps me from getting to comfortable or complacent. For a recent short film I made, I researched and listened to music that was used to torture inmates at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib prisons. A list of some of those songs is what I chose to present for this Background Noise episode.

The Torture Playlist

1. Eminem - The Real Slim Shady
2. Dope - Take Your Best Shot
3. Bee Gees - Stayin Alive
4. Meow Mix Theme
5. Marilyn Manson - The Beautiful People
6. Queen - We Are The Champions
7. Metallica - Enter Sandman
8. AC/DC - Hell’s Bells
8. Barney - I Love You
9. Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA
10. Sesame Street Theme Song

Check out General Howe'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 General Howe's website here.

PASSAGE Releases New Digital EP "Wreck Center" by Matt Valerio

Brand new PASSAGE digital EP, recently released on the impressive Illuminated Paths label. This 4-song EP acts as a precursor to PASSAGE's upcoming "Worked On" release, which will be released on floppy disk and feature a bonus rare live CD-R.

"Wreck Center" features remixes by Skyrider, Power Pill Fist and Cloudsound. Have a listen below, where you can also buy it for only TWO DOLLARS.

SOVIET Returns With First New Album In 11 Years + Bomarr Remix by Matt Valerio

SOVIET's first new album in 11 years came out this week. The album is called Ghosts, and it's a fantastic return. 10 tracks of catchy-as-all-hell synthy goodness. Being a HUGE fan of SOVIET's 2001 album We Are Eyes, We Are Builders, I was absolutely flattered when he asked me to do a remix for one of the tracks from the new record. My remix debuted today and you can stream it above.

To purchase the new record, and receive a FREE album of all the remixes, head over here. And while you're at it, check out this great appearance on KXLU from the other night.

Background Noise, Episode 58: Killer Acid 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 58, THE FOCUS IS ON KILLER ACID

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 58, THE FOCUS IS ON KILLER ACID

Rob Corradetti (the man behind Killer Acid) has built up quite a body of work over the years. He's amassed an impressive musical discography, featuring work with many different bands... Mixel Pixel, Snack Machine, Eastern Stars, Fab Fur, Pink Void.....it goes on and on. And it's through music that I first met him, so it was only fitting that he participate in this Background Noise project.

I first encountered Rob when I shared an apartment in Oakland with Mixel Pixel's then-label head Aaron McEvoy of Mental Monkey Records. It was through Aaron that my old band, Restiform Bodies, started doing shows with Mixel Pixel, which later led to Rob not only drawing the absolutely insane artwork for our TV Loves You Back LP for Anticon, but also the corresponding (and 5 years late) TV Loves You Back Remixes artwork.

Over the years though, Rob has become a hot commodity when it comes to designing album covers, t-shirts, posters, what-have-you. His trippy, colorful creations (which are very fitting with the Killer Acid name),  have led to him designing tour posters for Wiz Khalifa, a t-shirt for Macaulay Culkin's Pizza Underground band, and album artwork for Mac Demarco, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, Black Lips and MANY others. Oh, and he even designed a Camel cigarette pack years back that was sold in stores for a limited time.  Nothing is off limits. Go see for yourself over at his website.

What was your first concert?
Lollapalooza 1994 was the first one I can really remember - with P Funk, Beastie Boys, The Breeders, L7, etc.

Last concert/show?
It was GayC /DC with Mac Sabbath

First album, tape or cd you bought?
Tape was George Michael, and after my nuts dropped I got Jane's Addiction on CD

Last album you bought?
Karen Dalton

Was there any album that made a significant impression on you?
The Chocolate Watchband was a High School favorite - and also Beck, One Foot in the Grave

Who is your musical hero?
Jimi Hendrix

How important do you think music is to your creative process?
It's pretty important. I prefer to listen to instrumental, mostly zoned out stuff when I'm drawing (the basis for this mix). I also like psych rock, and weird hazy rock.

Check out Rob'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.

1. Ananda Shankar - Romantic Rhino
2. Nguashi N’Timbo - Shauri Yako
3. Los Indios Tabajaras - Adios, Mariquita Linda
4. Lloyd Charmers / The Hippy Boys - Psychedelic Reggae
5. The Tornados - Earthy
6. The Noblemen - Dragon Walk
7. Jan Davis - Watusi Zombie
8. Link Wray - I’m Branded
9. The Chocolate Watch Band - Expo 2000
10. Sinoia Caves - Naro Way
11. Strawberry Alarm Clock - Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow
12. Thee Oh Sees - If I Stay Too Long
13. Happy Birthday - Subliminal Message
14. Glass Candy - Rolling Down The Hills (Spring Demo)