The fifth installment of Commend See maps the movements of terrestrial and celestial bodies by means of musical evolution. Birth, planets and cosmic timing underscore Natal Uranus, il corpo sotto la sabbia / Birthdays, a collaborative offering and unfolding fable from Sea Urchin and Aki Goto’s Shirotento Orchestra.
Watch the video for an eleven plus minute “single edit” of “Natal Uranus, il corpo sotto la sabbia” directed by Michael A. Flanagan below:
Arriving four years from its prior leap year inception Natal Uranus, il corpo sotto la sabbia / Birthdays will be presented in limited physical and infinite digital versions on Saturday, February 29th (Leap Day). Learn more here.
We’ve donated over $3,500 in funds to more than 10 different charities in 2019 alone thanks to each and every one of you – your purchases of a RVNG LP or CD directly helps an organization of our artists’ choosing through the Come! Mend! initiative.
As a thank you for your support, we’ve compiled a digital compilation on Bandcamp for free / pay what you want, gathering singles from 2019 and a very special surprise bonus track.
The digital comp is included with purchase of these year-in-review bundles: our best selling LPs and CDs of 2019; Helado Negro’sThis Is How You Smile and Live at KCRW (with smiley bumper sticker – last ones left!); a grip of Freedom To Spend classics; and both brand new Commend There tapes at a friendly discount for easy stocking stuffers.
Explore the range of discounted items in our SALE collection here. We’ve added a few more titles and offering goods for as cheap as 50% off. The sale runs through December 18th and is exclusive to the RVNG store.
More thoughts on 2019 to come – for now, enjoy the dive into our year’s catalog.
Melanie Velarde’s debut album Parcel (her first collaboration with Commend and the fourth installment of our Commend See series) is available digitally for the first time since its initial cassette release in 2016.
Commend There is a new series collecting and presenting music materialized beyond Commend’s four-ish walls that still maintains a special connection to our space station.
If you aren’t familiar, Commend is RVNG’s storefront and community space located in the Lower East Side of NYC. Coming up on our five year anniversary, Commend has provided a space for people to congregate and connect through music, meetings, and so much more.
Melanie Velarde, keeper of temporaryarchives and faithful stenographer of the world’s mysterious blur, returns with Bez, her latest reminiscence of sound and the inaugural installment of Commend There.
Enjoy the video for “Another Para,” Bez’s first offering, directed by Melanie, below:
full/new is an expression of mutual planetary motion. Drawing a school of listeners to the floor of Commend’s relatively small interior on a late July Sunday afternoon in 2018, Emily A. Sprague and Lightbath (aka Bryan Noll) provided an hour of aqueous reflections that whispered with the trees outside on Forsyth street and tempered the activity of the surrounding island.
Visit commendnyc.com and grab a copy of HERE004, while supplies last 😉
Phantom Kino Ballett is an audiovisual drama created by Amsterdam-Cologne-based collaborators Lena Willikens and Sarah Szczesny. An assemblage of performance, installation, soundtrack and video, the work gathers and distributes sonic, optical, and experiential references widely and to delirious effect.
For Commend See, the Ballett’s tactility and collectability are expanded. An artist edition of 15 vinyl pieces and 300 cassettes capture two alternate takes of its soundtrack, with paper materials commemorating its character. The cassette edition includes a 40-minute addendum called “Passage Transkript,” a soundscape created by Willikens & Szczesny inspired by their time in Kyoto, Japan in the fall of 2017. Purchase at the shop.
All proceeds from this release will be donated to agisra e.V., a non-profit organization advocating on behalf of migrant women and against sexual and racist violence. agisra is based in Cologne, Germany, and was chosen by Lena and Sarah.
sharing a piece of the newest Commend See exchange ~ Melanie Velarde, Cerberus spirit of the temporal, fashions ten anthropological sensory excursions as Parcel, the aural component to Christin Ripley’s metaphysical marble dye practice.
stream the title track below and join us for an in-person / personal exchange on December 15 at Commend. Melanie will perform live amongst new prints and projections from Christin.
we’ll have copies of the cassette and LP editions of Parcel on hand, too.