Category Archives: COMMENDS

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

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Bobbing Beams of Light

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The three albums that Bobby Brown shared between 1972 and 1982 are known quantities inside and out of private press collector circles. In part because the albums (particularly his first, The Enlightening Beam of Axonda) are not extraordinarily uncommon, in part because the music each contains covers an emotional and spiritual terrain that is quite simply alien or otherworldly.

RVNG is ecstatic to share a new communication from Bobby with The Enlightening Beam of Bobby Brown. Available in limited edition cassette and art book, the Beam features a recording of Bobby and RVNG’s Matt Werth’s exchange at last year’s multi-dimensional residency in Berkeley, California, The Possible, along with original compositions from Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Austin Cesear performed and recorded on that same day.

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Bobby will perform in NYC for the first time ever tonight — Tuesday, October 6 — at Commend (172 Forsyth). Entry and green tea are free.

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October 6, 2015