NEWS

Engage. Change. Heal. Now.

rvng echoes the call to reverse the history of abuse, neglect, and oppression of black people in america. we recognize the complicity in silence and stand in solidarity with all black lives ~

we pledge our support to fellow agents of change against state sponsored violence. mass incarceration and the over criminalization of black people must end once and for all ~

financial contributions make an immediate impact, and we encourage you to research these and many other resources:

http://www.ally.wiki/

beyond personal contributions, rvng and commend have pledged $1000 today to national bail out + communities united for police reform ~

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

#blacklivesmatter

June 1, 2020

Greg Fox – Contact

out now ~ greg fox’s contact, a catharsis / collection of connections between human + percussive forms, prod. + mixed by randall dunn.

making / taking digital collisions + blue vinyl pre-orders today. the album features original artwork by emma kohlmann and design by will work for good.

learn more here.

May 29, 2020

Kate NV – Plans


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.” 


Learn more here.

May 26, 2020

Friends & Fiends w/ E Ruscha V

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.”‬

perfect for your midday daze / doze ~

May 5, 2020

Aki Tsuyuko’s Room In Commend ~ Out Now ~

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.

Learn more here.

April 17, 2020

Friends & Fiends w/ Anthony Moore

Tune out ~ Drop in. Our latest episode of Friends & Fiends w/ Anthony Moore is live in the archive.

ferrous oxide memories fe2O3 – ladbroke grove – gavin bryars – john tilbury – michael parsons – tape recorders – the great learning – hebrides – david larcher – exprmntl 5 Knokke-le-Zoute – salvatore sciarrino – raili viljakainen – uitti 2 bows – peter kowald and sainkho namchylak – monkey’s birthday – dervishes – turkey – saz – dertli divani – peter blegvad and the blue blues – bert jansch – sligo, ireland – yeats country – soundscapes – morning rain – early radio – india monsoon – kensington square – ny rvng frkwys – alexis – cologne -analogue electronics – circuit bending – the greyless woodpecker – those drones – the crazy elsa… (amoore arles 2020)

April 6, 2020

Greg Fox – Contact

An extension and evolution of Greg Fox’s rigorous, virtuosic sound-making practices, Contact, his first solo album since 2017’s The Gradual Progression, finds the multidisciplinary artist accessing ever more raw and ruminative states, processing the tumult of sentience into stick-hit-drum.

Today, Greg also launches a crowdfunding initiative to build a public-facing recording studio in his native state of New York. As Greg notes in his Kickstarter mission statement in light of the current global crisis, “I hope that if anything this campaign can be a source of encouragement to others. I believe in the future of music. I believe that we will find a way to get through this.” Complete info here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/studiote/help-launch-studio-te

Experience Michael A. Flanagan‘s visual expression of “From the Cessation of What” featuring artwork by Emma Kohlmann below:

Learn more here.

April 1, 2020