Monthly Archives: October 2019

Michele Mercure – “Antarctica”

South African visual artist and filmmaker Sean Metelerkamp, best known for his videos for Death Grips and Die Antwoord, contributes a hazy, technicolor complement to Michele Mercure’s brief yet anthemic ambient song, “Antarctica”, released in November 2018 as part of her archival compilation, Beside Herself.

Michele will be performing select shows overseas this November. Learn more here.

October 31, 2019

Ka Baird – Respires


Respires, the second solo album by Ka Baird, blurs the line between word and action, definition and possibility. Spirited yet restrained, bearing its wildly thrummed heart strings and inner calm alike, Respires ventures toward the unknown, charting the shifting ground of experimental music and the rewards born of risk.

Learn more here.

October 25, 2019

Jennifer Vanilla – “Erase The Time”

In anticipation of this week’s release of J.E.N.N.I.F.E.R., Jennifer Vanilla shares the video for her second single “Erase The Time.”

Propelled along by an acid-tinged synth, “Erase The Time” speaks specifically to the malleability of existence on the dance floor. Conceived in collaboration with director Lisa Bass, the video (sourced in part by hacked surveillance footage from Brian Abelson) makes use of Times Square as a site of inevitable public record.

In addition to the two original tracks, the J.E.N.N.I.F.E.R. EP features a remix of “Erase The Time” by fellow local scene stalwart AceMo. The EP will be available in digital and televisual formats October 18, 2019 on Tim Sweeney’s Beats In Space label.  Learn more here.

October 15, 2019

Ka Baird – Respires – Release Show

Known for her raw, ecstatic, and boundary pushing live solo performances, Ka Baird debuts her new album Respires in this special one-off performance. Presented across the 40-channel 3D audio system at Future Space, the audience will be fully surrounded by her intricate and visceral compositions.

In collaboration with Dave & Gabe, custom multi-channel effects have been created enabling her to process and control her voice live through the sound system. Learn more here.

October 10, 2019

Helado Negro and the Smile Band – Live at KCRW

Helado Negro and his faithful music-making companions recreate the sounds of This Is How You Smile for Live at KCRW, a live recording – and limited edition vinyl release – of the ensemble’s inspired performance on Jason Bentley’s Morning Becomes Eclectic radio show.

To coincide with the occasion, Helado Negro shares a new video for “Seen My Aura” from This Is How You Smile. Watch the video, a near perfect manifestation of the song’s lyrics directed by Jason Evans, below:

Helado Negro and the Smile Band’s Live At KCRW will be available in a limited vinyl edition from Helado Negro on a spree of upcoming US and international tour dates and from RVNG Intl. on November 15, 2019.  Learn more here.

October 8, 2019

Ka Baird – Fall Tour

Ahead of Respires’ release, Ka Baird travels across Europe for a month starting next week, returning home to Brooklyn for a special 40-channel presentation of the album at Future Space on Thursday, November 7.

In the meantime, watch a video for “Spiritus Operis” directed by Camilla Padgitt-Coles below:

Ka Baird’s Respires will be released October 25, 2019 on vinyl and digital formats. Learn more here.

October 2, 2019

RIYL-ty Bytes: Dylan Moon

Each month, we invite an artist from the cast of characters that color the RVNG, Beats In Space, and Freedom To Spend universe to compile 15 – 20 tracks that are resonating with them.

From Dylan Moon, to you ~

As Damon Krukowski points out, one of Spotify’s many shortcomings is the lack of context—comprehensive metadata—present in its catalog and discovery models. Hopefully, this playlist and these notes are a way of personally contextualizing some songs. The songs, mostly guitar music, influenced my Album / are influencing me. Another thread here is singular, intricate harmony in the field of ‘pop’ music.


Small Talk – The music of Scritti Politti is so intensely polished, concentrated and catchy that it’s almost sinister (especially when considering Green Gartside’s punk past). The synth lines dip in n out like dolphins :’o

Go West (Girly Sound Version) – Liz Phair’s songs can be deceptively simple sounding—there’s a very weird chord in here!

My Friend – Emily Yacina’s songs have such a special dreaminess about them…sparse chord voicings and tonal ambiguity

Film’s Camera – Matt Werth showed me Lilys. There are all these layers of superimposed harmony… staggering.

That’s Pretty Clean Instrumental – There’s something *magical* about the patter of analog drum machine recorded to worn out tape.

Near – (Sandy) Alex G blasts apart the crystalized pop structures to find an amorphous constellation of tones.

It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – I don’t know that much about The Dead catalog, but this Bob Dylan cover is an old favorite. The structure of “Song For Jerry” was inspired by Dylan’s use of the lyrical refrain.


RIYL-ty Bytes is updated by a different artist each month. If you like something, save it to your library.

October 1, 2019