Interview: As Summer Comes To An End, Tanlines Won't Fade


Tanlines first popped up on our radar last year with a remix of Telepathe’s “Chrome’s On It”, and shortly thereafter became an actual, well, band. This strictly production based project from Professor Murder‘s Jesse Cohen and Brothers producer Eric Emm (also of Don Cab and Storm & Stress fame) shortly became a conceptual music duo. It was only natural that once you got these two in front of a computer together, some original dance-y prog pop tunes (with a touch of calypso) would emerge from the collabo.
In addition to the remixes, from the Tough Alliance to Au Revoir Simone, you can catch up with Tanlines original tracks in video form over at what they’ve called “the best record label ever”, YouTube. And if you love what they’ve been up to, be sure to check them out with our favorite LA noise rockers HEALTH at the Bowery tomorrow night. Tickets are $15 day of the show.
Jesse Cohen gave us some details on the upcoming EP on True Panther and his crash course in iMovie when we caught up with him earlier this week. Check out the rest of the interview, and some more YouTube goodness from the boys, after the jump…
So is the name Tanlines in reference to something specific?
If anything it’s a reference to the necessity of working indoors to create music on a computer. And actual tan lines, as in the color.

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LOCAL EVENTS: GREENPOINT COMMUNITY FOOD MEETING

My CSA just sent me this notice:

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Anyone in Greenpoint and Williamsburg who is interested in food justice, access, sustainability and security is invited! This first meeting will be a chance for people who are working on food issues in the neighborhood and those who would like to be more involved to meet, share experiences, and talk about how we can pool our resources and knowledge to build on the amazing food activism that is already taking place here and to talk about how we can connect with food activists in other Brooklyn neighborhoods.
DATE & TIME: Thursday, September 24th 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Lutheran Church of the Messiah 129 Russell Street (btw. Nassau and Driggs)
We are inviting anyone in Greenpoint and Williamsburg who is interested in food justice, access, sustainability and security to join us. This first meeting will be a chance for people who are working on food issues in the neighborhood and those who would like to be more involved to meet, share experiences, and talk about how we can pool our resources and knowledge to build on the amazing food activism that is already taking place here and to talk about how we can connect with food activists in other Brooklyn neighborhoods. This is an outcome of the Brooklyn food conference, which has been instrumental in getting these neighborhood meetings organized all over Brooklyn: “After an incredibly successful and exciting Brooklyn Food Conference we are morphing into a grassroots-based Brooklyn Food Coalition. So far 10 Brooklyn neighborhoods (and hopefully many more) are creating local, neighborhood-based groups that are choosing 1 or more projects to work on to improve the food situation in their communities. Each neighborhood will send 2 reps to a Council of Neighborhood Groups so we can share strategies, projects and campaigns across the Borough.” For more information, check out http://brooklynfoodconference.org/

Goodbye, Lorimer St. MTA Station Agent

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Guys. I entered my subway stop at Lorimer and Metropolitan today only to discover that our longtime guide, overseer, and friend, is gone. A victim of the draconian MTA cuts, our station agent is gone and he’s never coming back and nobody cares that he’s really, really, really gone!*
Friends, let us share in remembering the only man in this city who truly loved us, mr. lorimer street station agent. And for those who miss mr. graham street station agent, your thoughts, memories, and asinine insults are welcome in the comments too. I’ll start.
Friend, one time I remember you were standing there in that MTA jacket you loved so much, and you gave me a free bus pass because the subway was down. And with that pass, you practically walked me home and tucked me in to bed. I’ll miss that. Goodbye.
Related reading: John Borrero, 57, tells Kate Pickert of New York about life in one of the 164 booths the MTA may soon (ed: just did) eliminate.

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RIP Clove Cigarettes, You Won't Be Missed

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I’ve been a “social smoker” since the age of, hmmm, thirteen, and when I say smoker, I mean cigarettes. I’m not trying to say that one is cooler than the other, or rather cool at all, to be honest I can’t muscle the snarkiness right now. I can’t even begin to argue the health risk comparisons in the Clove vs. Cigs vs. Weed debate, because frankly, I don’t really care. But it looks like Cloves be gone for good, so let’s get on with stimulating the economy with taxable marijuana, and finally– please stop telling me I’m killing myself via my pack of P-Funks.
The folks over at Wunderkammer Magazine are hosting a week long symposium about the deportation of these sexy and habit-forming Indonesian little friends. Personally, I’m just happy that, as of tomorrow, there’s one less thing that smells like shit in NYC. Smoke shop owners, well, they have different opinions.

Kyp Malone's Rain Machine Record Release Party Tonight

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Earlier this month, Pitchfork blurbed about Brooklyn’s (can I say icons yet?) TV on the Radio taking a break, which of course made us a little weepy, but also pretty excited on the solo front. Guitarist/vocalist Kyp Malone kicks off his solo tour as Rain Machine tonight at the Bell House. The debut album will be released tomorrow on Anti Records. From what we’ve heard so far, we are LOVING it, as is everyone else who has ever heard of Malone.
Candles of Paradise and the lovely Sharon Van Etten open, so get there early. See what Sharon had to say about Kyp when we caught up with her in August. Doors at 7:30, Tickets $15
And, of course, we’d like to suggest that you greet Rain Machine with a sea of Paper Foldables

Greenpoint Open Studios This Weekend

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Earlier this summer, we all had a chance to enjoy Bushwick Open Studios— A time when people who looked like they definitely didn’t live in Bushwick walked around checking out the local galleries and studios, confusing the inhabitants of my Morgan L stop block. Although initially disorienting, BOS ’09 gave us the opportunity to enjoy refreshments in the apartments where Brooklyn art is born, while reminding us all that 3rd Ward isn’t the only art space in the East Williamsburg Industrial Park, like our homies over at Centotto on the first floor of 250 Moore St.
Well, now it’s Greenpoint’s turn! And after flipping through some of the websites from the contributing artists list, we’ve already got some favorites– Alysha Colangeli, Ghost of a Dream, Soo Lee, Hyla Skopitz, Dan Sabau, Christopher Saunders, and Maj Anja DeBear.
So take a walk around Greenpoint this weekend, and pay a visit to these peeps. Much like BOS, pamphlets will be handed out near the subway stations to let you know where you should be heading. More info here.

Mid Day Lullaby Hour with Glass Ghost

Since Friday’s video premiere of Glass Ghost‘s “Like A Diamond” over at The Music Slut, it has become the theme song to my uselessness this weekend. Now, press repeat and take a nap with us:

Mark your calendars and be sure to pick up the Glass Ghost debut LP, Idol Omen, from the good folks at Western Vinyl on October 27th. Sadly, there are no New York dates on their upcoming tour with White Rabbits, but you’re in luck dear readers– this Tuesday, Glass Ghost will be playing The Silent League CD Release Party at Union Pool. You want to go to there, I promise.