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 😉
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!
while we realize there are so many causes to consider right now, we hope our Kickstarter initiative inspires your support. we’ve gradually evolved Commend to accommodate our community, now we quicken the pace. the structural improvements we seek to fund found a better ground to connect w/ you, and w/o you we are lost. we look forward to sharing more about co-mend commend in this virtual space, and seeing you in our real space soon.
donate / pick a reward: smarturl.it/Co-Mend
Saturday 11.12 at 172 Forsyth St in NYC – anna homler in conversation with matt and in performance as breadwoman with jorge martin at Commend. visuals by victoria keddie.
come and chew music with us, 5-7p, free entry + tea