this friday, bandcamp will again waive their site fees. we pledge to redistribute our label’s income portion of all sales towards individual black artists living in nyc, working with black community leaders to identify and reach those individuals ~
change can happen hand in hand, and the responsibility of white-owned businesses to step the eff up remains a priority ~
we will continue this work by converting commend to a 501(c) non-profit by 2021 and supporting our network to nyc’s black artist community in the meantime. please be in touch if you feel compelled
Today Kate NV shares “Plans”, the third offering from her forthcoming album Room for the Moon. The video, directed by Kate and Pavel Kling, is best described as a hallucinatory news report.
In Kate’s own words: “The song is about how everything constantly collapses and changes, that nothing is really clear and that it is impossible to plan everything or anything.” Written before the present world crisis, the song’s surreal dissociation as presented through Kate’s pop proficiency is prescient of this moment if not peculiar: “Who would tell us what it was like before it turned to this. Who would outline the plans.”
for this month’s episode of friends & fiends on NTS, e ruscha v supplied us w/ a mix “made with the intention of personal or communal lucid dreaming. play just before the extended intersection of wake and sleep.”
Aki Tsuyuko’s Room In Commend is an invitation to wander.
Recorded in June 2019, this solo performance by Japanese composer Aki Tsuyuko marks the fifth entry in Commend’s HERE series, a catalog of live performances shared with care from our small space to far beyond Forsyth St.
Aki Tsuyuko treats chords like imaginary companions and scales like maps through winding, wooded paths. Stroll through the countryside of childhood in “Village”; hop over a city park’s puddles with “Moriji”; and lay on a bed of infinite moss with “Solitary Tiger.”
Tsuyuko’s keys emanate vibrant, green reveries and provide a comforting sonic spell for lonely moments and drab mornings.
On Room for the Moon, Kate NV follows the muse of music from one chamber of illusion to the next, harmonizing lunar lullabies with a starry compositional choreography. Conjured from unlived memories of 70s and 80s Russian and Japanese pop music and film, Room for the Moon is a 20th century fairy tale suspended in time like a moon torn from a paper sky.
Josey In Space, the second installment in Beats In Space‘s mix series, is out May 15 in LP, CD, and digital formats.
Drawing from a kaleidoscope of deeply felt and understood sounds, Josey’s twenty-track mix maps her personal history onto a collective trajectory in dance music. The 12” lifts four essential tracks from the story for DJ-ready use: brand new works from Fotomachine and Shy One, and stone cold classics from Access 58 and Rogue Unit.
Listen to Fotomachine’s “BBoy,” and learn more about Josey In Space,here.