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.
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.
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.
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.
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.