Category Archives: Commend

Bundle Up – Winter Sale

Friends & Fiends.

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’s This 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.

RVNG Intl.

December 6, 2019

Melanie Velarde “Another Para” + Commend There

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:

Learn more here.

November 21, 2019

HERE004 – Lightbath + Emily A. Sprague – full/new

Now available in digital format

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.

Mastered by Andrew Osterhoudtfull/new was originally presented as a limited run of cassettes in hand-numbered cases as part of our Commend Here series, which captures the magical moments of select Commend events. It is now available in digital format for enjoyment in the ether. 

March 29, 2019

HERE004 – Lightbath + Emily A. Sprague – full/new

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 😉

February 26, 2019

Lena Willikens & Sarah Szczesny – Phantom Kino Ballett – September 19, 2018

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.

August 9, 2018

Labor Day Weekend – Help Houston – Supply Drive at Commend

This labor day weekend, RVNG/Commend is joining efforts to support Houston. We’ll be collecting goods (mini toiletries, dental hygiene essentials, first aid items, pads & tampons, diapers, socks & underwear) to send via the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association. We’ll also be donating 10% of the weekend’s sales at Commend to Harvey relief. Thank you to our friends Rachel Barnhart (Soap Library) and Lauren Willson (who will be donating 100% of proceeds from her Salve sales in-store) for activating this effort!

September 1, 2017