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Devonte Hynes aka Dev aka Test Icicles aka Lightspeed Champion aka Blood Orange
If you are in the giving spirit this holiday season, indie musician Dev Hynes (who records as Test Icicles, Lightspeed Champion and Blood Orange) could sure use your help. He lost everything in an apartment fire, including old hard drives, tons of music he’s written and recorded and even his poor dog perished in the fire. So tragic and sad. I’ve lived through an apartment fire (luckily my ‘stuff’ was ok, though the same cannot be said about the building I’d lived in) and I can truly say it was one of the worst days of my life. Massive hugs for a speedy recovery to Dev Hynes on this horrible tragedy that he’s going through.
So here’s where you can help – they’ve set up a GoFundYourself account to help Dev Hynes pick up the pieces. The link is here, and awesomely, they’ve raised over $15,000 US within the first 24 hours. Obviously rebuilding your life from scratch is quite expensive, so please give a thought to Dev this season and give what you can, no matter how small.
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Kele of Bloc Party
Bloc Party is set to take a hiatus after their touring commitments in the summer of 2013 are complete. But before they do that, they will release the “Nextwave Sessions” EP on August 12, 2013.
The EP will feature:
‘Children Of The Future’
Let’s hope their hiatus doesn’t last too long!
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In a statement on Tame Impala’s Facebook page, they announced that keyboardist and bassist Nick Allbrook has left the band. Nick is also the lead singer of Pond, but there is no comment on whether he has left Tame Impala to focus on Pond full time or not. Allbrook will be replaced by Cam Avery. Good luck to Nick, who I’ve seen as both a member of Pond and Tame Impala many times.
Photos by G. Art by Richard Butler.
noisymouth by Richard Butler
New York! Make sure you head over to Freight + Volume to check out a new collection of paintings entitled “ahatfulofrain” by Richard Butler. Yes, the same Richard Butler of the band Psychedelic Furs! Being a fan of his music and his paintings, it’s so exciting to see a new body of his works on canvas because it shows off a completely different side of the artist and you will see just how prolific he is.
Richard Butler – ahatfulofrain
His paintings, all inspired by his daughter, have a quality of mystery and darkness to each work and like I did at his last exhibit, I stood in front of each painting and imagined a back story as to what went down before the moment was captured. My imaginary stories differed, but recurring theme stood out and that is, the person in these paintings have been through some crazy stuff!
Richard Butler – hatfulofrain
Create your own backstories at this really cool exhibit, which is on display though May 25, 2013.
I spoke with Richard Butler at the opening night reception and as always, he was a very nice guy. His art really moves me and I was able to express that to him as well as asking him if all of these works were created since “hypochondriacatthegrammercyparkhotel” which exhibited in 2011. He told me yes, that all of these paintings (and some more that are not on display in the exhibit) have been created in the last 2 years! So impressive. Even more impressive was that I asked him if he paints on the road. Psychedelic Furs have been playing a lot of shows in the last few years and he told me that it’s too difficult to bring the supplies on the road and create the art. Obviously, his time management skills are impeccable and I have even more respect for him than I already did. Thanks again Richard. I love your art (both music and paintings) so much! It was really great to talk with you.
Richard Butler and Geoffrey Dicker. Photo by Richard’s friend.
“ahatfulofrain” by Richard Butler is on display at Freight + Volume (located at 530 West 24th Street) in Manhattan through May 25, 2013. Don’t miss it!
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School of Seven Bells (Benjamin Curtis on the left)
Alejandra Deheza from School of Seven Bells recently announced that her band mate Benjamin Curtis is suffering from lymphoma. The good news is that since it was detected early, his condition is treatable. The bad news is that since the healthcare system in the USA is so backwards, medical bills can be financially crippling. Benjamin Curtis has launched Support Benjamin Curtis Dot Com (Link will open in a new window) so if you are fan of his or just want to donate money to a good cause, you can help donate to his medical fund. Every little bit helps! Please spread the word! We wish Benjamin a very speedy recovery!