Category Archives: COMMENDS

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

RAMZi – For Haku – COMMEND See

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RAMZi’s world exists just outside the corner of your eye. It is a land of look behind; possible to reach, impossible to return. Phoebe Guillemot is the guardian of this world. The fearless, intuitive heroine whose arsenal of melted rhythms and mutant song lines exude from her armour.

Guillemot’s past releases mapped this world, RAMZi guiding the endlessly interpretable landscape with her warped, dubbed-out tribal dance music. The effect was ecstatic, combative, and tactical. For Haku, the next installment in the ongoing RAMZi adventure game, delves more into the mythology surrounding this mossy culture.

Step through her world’s portal with “OO” below:

For Haku is the first entry in the Commend See series, released in conjunction with Strange Fires, an installation by artist Jessica Hans. An artist edition of six unique LPs will be available at the opening, alongside a cassette edition of For Haku also available online to those that can’t attend. Strange Fires opens at Commend on April 21 and is on view through May 12, 2016.

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April 19, 2016

SIDES004: Shea Bermingham

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A blend of recent favorites, recorded live and loose on a warm evening drinking grapefruit w/ mint and seltzer. Aside from some jungle and hip-hop passages, this is mostly a light meditative mood mix with a jazzy twist running throughout.

Shea is a selector, listener and label laborer based between NYC and the South Pacific.

Stay shining ☀

March 25, 2016

SIDES003: Josiah Wolfson

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For the third edition of SIDES, we asked Josiah Wolfson, an NYC based musician who performs under his own name as well as under the moniker x or size.

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Josiah, who helps curate the record and book selection at Commend, devised his mix using only the resources of the $3 dollar record bins found at the store, recycling and restoring the monetarily marginal or partially damaged ranks for a deeply personal mix.

Created January / February 2016 on 1 turntable, Tascam 4track tape recorder, and mpc1000.

Tracklist:

Bobby Womack “Woman’s gotta Have it” goes to the movies with van McCoy and his “Magnificent Movie Machine” (JW edit)
Chamber Brothers “I Wish it Would Rain” featuring a lecture by Bobby Brown at Commend on the limits of science and the ghost of Edith Piaf
Barnes & Barnes – “Unfinished Business”
Don Ray “Standing in the Rain” – – 2016 blizzard mix
Arthur Brown “Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me” – – infinite appraisal mix
Martin Denny (bits and pieces)
Smokey Robinson “Holly” meets Pantha Du Prince “Sach Mal Baum” downtown
Space – “Carry on, Turn Me On” convex bass edit
David Van Tieghem “the Women” / Georgia Kelly – Sea Peace collage / David Van Tieghem “Two Worlds”
Osibisa “Hamattan” deep below Sea Level “54” x Rundgren x Jimmy Horne x Taisha Thomas x Arthur Crume and the Soul Stirrers
Up Front “Infatuation” grooving on (and off) the Beach (Boys) “Here Comes the Night”
Parliament “Night of the Thumposaurus People”

March 4, 2016

Introducing The COMMEND Mix Series

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introducing a new mix series from our Commend home. Sides will explore the collections of our favorite heads from the Commend space and beyond.

first up is John Also Bennett (JAB), a NYC-based synthesist and sound designer, member of the band Forma, and one half of Seabat. he also works behind the scenes for RVNG Intl. and Commend. peer into this sonic psyche below:

January 5, 2016