art // drake ghosts by anthony hawley

my friend/amazing artist anthony hawley has been making some awesome daily drawings inspired by drake's recent hotline bling video.

anthony on this inspiration: "it’s a really catchy song; like i’ve listened to it dozens of times, but it’s such a weird and bizarre music video. think about what the video would look like without the turrell-inspired spaces. it would essentially consist of a good-looking drake sitting on steps, posing, and dancing around by himself; good-looking women posing on stairs and moving in slow motion; then drake and one of his female dancers joining forces to do some synchronized moves together. the turrell-inspired spaces are beautiful, a little ufo-like and provide an amazing glow of color, but at the same time there’s really no reason whatsoever that the turrell spaces are there. half the video looks like an itunes add circa 2004 and half of it creates this sense of space that’s reminiscent of the original tron or star wars. i keep thinking that those slow motion pan-outs by the camera are going to expose drake as a tiny player in a giant video game or that the millennium falcon is going to appear, caught in the death star’s tractor beam, and plow down drake. by far, the most interesting parts are drake’s hand motions and movements. they’re glorious! in all my drawings drake has six fingers on each hand.
i liked the idea of doing a series of small drawings where drake and turrell kind of haunt each other and meld. the drawings use an existing set of imagery from other small drawings of mine and expand on it. the little ghostesses seemed to fit the zeitgeist of the music video. i mean why wouldn’t you make drawings of drake and turrell turning into ghosts?
i’ve always been a bit obsessive with my listening. like i just get obsessed with a sound, a mood, or a theme in a certain song or album and i can’t stop listening to whatever it is. and there’s not really a logic—it ranges from oneohitrix point never to mozart string quintets to demi lovato. i don’t necessarily love demi lovato or anything about her, but last friday i think i listened to “cool for the summer” all day non-stop without any breaks or anything in-between. i think that i’ve been like this since i started listening to pop music when i was six or seven, sitting by the stereo recording different top 20 hits with cassettes at the end of each year. sometimes it’s not even an artist i love; it’s just a sound, a synthesizer, or an explosive moment, you know? then this all feeds into my daily practice and art.
there’s a link between the obsessive listening and the daily practice that i’m just now becoming aware of—the doing something over and over to get to a feeling or idea without thinking too hard about it."

check out his drawings and purchase them here on his site!

listen // disco pineapple // mixtape volume 5

* the fifth disco pineapple mix is finally here! it's a little delayed -- palo and i initially set out to do these playlists monthly but both us have been super busy lately (with all good things + i'll chat more on being busy later); last month, palo launched her own brand, sunad, which is an amazing made-in-spain women's shirt collection! i was traveling in asia for my job + just moved to greenpoint, brooklyn. like i said, all good things. while i miss palo a whole damn lot, working on these playlists is a really nice way for us to keep in touch every month and honor our mutual love for all things strange, tropical and upbeat. stay tuned for a small talk with palo on her new venture soon and in the meantime check out sunad here.*

music video // living for the city // stevie wonder

i've been researching the best new york songs for my next event, coming up on oct. 21 (stay tuned for info). every single aspect of orchestrating these things is so damn fun, especially researching the tunes. and since i love stevie more than anything, this is my current jam as i head out for a work trip to shanghai and seoul tonight. i love how the cars overlap in the beginning and that collaged sheet music, obsessed. be back later!

cultureisland event recap // supreme sound // playlist

a few weeks ago some folks hung out at von bar to take in some motown tunes and drink some yummy drinks to support bandseed. alix h. luntz + i pulled together a video collage that was projected on the wall (stay tuned for that) and dj von trap (michelle von mandel) did the motown tunes, see playlist below. thanks to all who came out + stay tuned for the next event!

listen // disco pineapple // mixtape volume 1

my best pal palo canut and i have been collecting random images of pineapples under the moniker disco pineapple for a few years now. our visual interests + music tastes have always been on the same wavelength; we're two gals who find weird images of pineapples extremely exciting. back when palo lived in nyc, we aspired to take dj lessons together. while that never happened, we're now collaborating on a monthly playlist that will be published here, the second thursday of every month. palo is currently based in madrid + is starting her own clothing line, sunad.