— LUSHLIFE.

Late last year, I released a 10+ minute, 4-movement rap epic about the strange Toynbee Tile meta-art conspiracy. The sweeping Toynbee Suite piece features contributions from RJD2, Nightlands, Yikes the Zero, and a full chamber group, while a beautiful making-of documentary was also filmed by the talented team at Shaking Through. Now, an interview about the whole affair airs this week via nationally-syndicated NPR program, Studio 360.

Listen to the Toynbee Suite interview on Studio 360 here.

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Sometimes a tweet strikes a chord. In this case, I asked for some ’60s psych superlatives, and the dude, Botany came back with a flurry of replies that represent his personal favorites. Committed here for posterity are Botany’s Top Ten Psych Records of the 1960s.

10. Begin – The Millenium
09. Just Another Diamond Day – Vashti Bunyan (1970)
08. Surrealistic Pillow - Jefferson Airplane
07. Power Plant – The Golden Dawn
06. Silver Apples – Silver Apples
05. Tangerine Dream - Kaleidescope
04. Forever Changes – Love
03. The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter – The Incredible String Band
02. United States of America - United States of America
01. Suddenly One Summer – J.K. & Co.

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I’d like to see Rap Genius interpret Elizabeth Fraser’s lyrics, tho. Meliteae phoebus hyala phoebus hyala cloeyessa / Meliteae phoebus hyala phoebus hyala nossinussa.

Listen to Heaven or Las Vegas here.

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Marquee for the recent Ava Luna x Lushlife show at the Brooklyn Museum, which was posted up at the American Apparel on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. Shouts to Viva Radio for the look.

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Remix of ‘Teenage Dream’ from the 2011 Lushlife mixtape, No More Golden Days. Instead of a Katy Perry flip, the new instrumental uses individual notes meticulously sampled from a vintage autoharp. Still singing the true notes on the chorus, too.

Stream and download here.

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