Nightdrive at Basel + Fountain Art Fair Tickets!

Nightdrive is keeping busy this year with a bunch of neat events.  The streets are abuzz with production crews, street artists, art handlers, and artsy-type people from out of town.

The Fountain Art Exhibit is a four-day fair that resides in New York during Armory Week and Miami during Art Basel.  It will feature 22 projects and some interesting live acts including The Band in Heaven and No Age on Friday, and Ninjasonik, G. Love, and a Shepard Fairey DJ set on Saturday.  Our very own Laura of Miami will be hitting the decks on Saturday so we have for you some tickets for that night to give away.  All you have to do is answer this simple artsy question:

What Dadaist artist is the Fountain Art Fair name and logo referring to?

Send your answers to info@nightdriveproductions.com. First will receive two tickets to Saturday night’s show!

Posted by Patrick

Basel Anyone?

As all of us here at Nightdrive begin to gather music and prepare for our nightly (mis) adventures for the infamous Art Basel, I went and dug deep in the crates and found some tunes that I hold very dearly. Tunes that needed a stern revisit. So here is a quick peek into some tracks that will surely bless the dance floors this week. Enjoy!

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Kling Klang 1981
Düsseldorf, Germany

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Profile Records 1984
London, England

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Egyptian Empire Records 1984
Los Angeles, California
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Dirty Beaches

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Coolness. Beatnik vibe. 60′s cinema. These are things that come to mind when I hear Dirty Beaches. Alex Zhang Hungtai’s voice is reminiscent of singer Alan Vega of the band Suicide. Originally from Taiwan but has since moved around quite a bit all over Canada, finally settling in Vancouver. He’s had multiple releases, 4 EPs and handful of 7″s from various indie labels. His latest 7″ true blue is the most pop he’s ever been and to me it sounds like a step in the right direction. He was scheduled to perform at Grand Central a few weeks ago alongside Golden Triangle and headlining act Crocodiles but because of a sudden family emergency in the Crocodiles camp the entire US tour was cancelled. We hope to see him in the near future somewhere near South Florida. His full length LP is coming March 2011 through Zoo Music!

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Painted Palms

Here’s another psychedelic/chillwave/tropical revival project to sink your teeth into.  San Francisco’s Painted Palms released their free Canopy EP last month so hopefully there’s more to come in the near future. I definitely appreciate the diversity among the tracks and there’s only two songs that use ocean/seagull/nature sound effects… bonus!  Great White is a more punchy beat with breathy Neon Indian-sounding vocal compression.  All of Us is more of an upbeat clap-along with echoey overlapping vocals.  Both give us a taste of what Painted Palms is capable of.

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Hot Toddy

And so they say, “Half of the production behind Crazy P, Hot Toddy has steadily been building his rep as a solo Artist since his debut release all the way back in 1999. A not entirely misspent youth that involved his father’s folk/blues guitar playing and electronic keyboard, a 4 track home set up, the school music room’s drum machine, Nottingham Trent Uni’s mixing desk and Akai 1000 Sampler, an early viewing of Back to the Future, and Nottingham’s vibrant early house scene have made Toddy the man he is today”

Hot Toddy or Chris Todd just released a very soothing full length disco album by the name of “Late Night Boogie” on Om Records. You can be a good music consumer and snatch it from itunes.

Try before you buy:

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Click here to grab a Morgan Geist (Metro Area) remix of Hot Toddy

Palmbomen

Palmbomen: Palm tree in dutch. Also, a one man Drone Wave act from the Netherlands. “Amsterdam’s Kai Hugo makes tracks that reside somewhere between italo disco and 60’s pop. Hugo cuts a striking figure, performing surrounded by synthesizers and a lightshow, and his refracted vocals, desolated synths, and noises that sound straight out of the Amazon make for a danceable live act.”

Truth is I’ve got this guy on repeat on my ipod, car CD player, and in my head. His song “Moon Children” was recently released on Kitsune’s Maison 10 compilation although he’s signed to Non Records (home to Renkas, Bear, and Dallas).  I highly recommend you guys check this guy out…. SOOO GOOD!

For you:

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Grab Palmbomen’s Vice Mixtape here

Posted by: Laura Sutnick (L of M)

Happy Thanksgiving

^ SCRATCH N SNIFF ^

Happy thanksgiving friends! We just wanted to say thanks to all for visiting this blog, supporting all of our live shows, coming out to see our artists and DJs play, and appreciating the NIGHTDRIVE project in general.

Gracias:

Kashmere Stage Band – Thank You

Craig Peyton – Be Thankful for What you Got

Justin Vandervolgen – All of It. Now Please. Thanks

Lay Bac

Here comes another Disco Pop Chill Waver, except this guy’s got a tiny bit of Exotica/ Easy Listening in him as well.  Joseph Calamusa from Austin, TX sounds a bit like Washed Out meets Monster Rally. Word on the street is that he’s been through a few stage names (De Rol Le), but “Lay Bac” actually fits the bill very well. That’s probably the most appropriate position to be in when listening to Calamusa’s music. Best part is that most of his stuff is available for free.

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Grab his “Stay Out Tonight” EP here

Jaakko Eino Kalevi

The picture above reminds me of the bad guy in the possessed painting from Ghostbusters II, but there’s really nothing bad about Jaakko Kalevi. How the hell has this guy gone so unnoticed for so long? Everyone is making music nowadays and indie record labels are popping up all over the place, I understand it’s hard to keep up sometimes. Has anyone heard of Helmi Levyt out of Finland? Yes it’s a label and besides being home to JAAKKO EINO KALEVI, their catalog also houses KUKKA, MIKAEL H. & SOME SIBERIANS, and JOOSE KESKITALO.  Kalevi’s full length “Modern Life” came out a few months ago and I guess we can categorize it under disco pop (although he specifies “other” on his myspace). The best part is probably the album cover, at first I couldn’t tell if that was a chick or a dude which made it slightly more intriguing. As I downloaded “Modern Life” I felt like this was going to be either hit or miss. It’s a hit… all the way!

Here ya go:

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Strange Euro video:

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Apollo Sunshine Interviewed

I posted about these guys back in July after watching the movie “Whip it,” but was just now lucky enough to catch up with them for a Nightdrive style flash interview.  Apollo Sunshine is based out of Boston and is comprised of Sam, Jesse, Jeremy and a bunch of very unique instruments and sounds.  The interweb says they all came out of Berklee College of Music which would explain the quality of their compositions and production.  They kinda remind me of a modern Simon and Garfunkel although I haven’t decided who the third guy would be yet.  They seem to be very down-to-earth fellas based on the tone of their responses. See for yourself:

 

Apollo Sunshine says to Nightdrive:

ND: Apollo – son of Zeus or spaceship that landed humans on the moon?

AS: Son of Zeus.. We also have an all imrov. side project called Electric Zeus.   It’s very loud and obnoxious, but I find it therapeutic.

ND: Many people recognize you guys from the Whip It soundtrack, how did you go about getting your song placed in that movie?

AS: They just asked us to use it.. Drew Barrymore was quoted in the Boston globe… “It’s beautiful, Barrymore said of the Apollo song “Breeze”. “It ends the movie. It was just a perfect song. I fought to get it on the soundtrack.”

ND: What was your favorite scene in the film?

AS: Underwater scene.  I thought they should have used the song for that part.

ND: Describe the band’s dynamic? Which one of you writes most of the lyrics? The music?

AS: We all make our own contributions.  Lyrics usually come from Sam or Jesse.

ND: What other non-conventional instruments do you guys experiment with besides the little lap harp?

AS: It’s actually a pedal steel.  A bit different because it also has pedals and knee levers that bend the strings. Breeze uses an auto harp, and we’ve used tibetan bowls, drum machines,  theremin, vibes, optigan, mellotron and whole bunch of other things.  We like new sounds.

ND: I LOVE the Mickey Moonlight remix, great choice! Hypothetically speaking, who else would you like to remix your songs?

AS: Thanks! We like it too.  He liked the song, so it was no brainer.  We flirted with getting Deerhoof  and Ratatat to do one, but it never came to be.

Best,
Jeremy Black

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For MP3s click to see our last post on Apollo Sunshine. (It’s totally worth the extra click)

 

 

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