Saturday, August 21, 2010

"The Record: Contemporary Art & Vinyl" @ the Nasher Museum, Durham, NC

Over the past few years, Treehouse's Piotr Orlov has been assisting long-time friend and collaborator, curator Trevor Schoonmaker, on a museum show about vinyl records. Not the typical "album sleeve art" exhibition, but, in Trevor's words, a show about how "artists use the vinyl record as metaphor, archive, artifact, icon, portrait, or transcendent medium."

The result is The Record: Contemporary Art & Vinyl, featuring the work of artists such Christian Marcalay, Malick Sidibe, Carrie Mae Weems, Jasper Johns, Robin Rhode, Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, Mingering Mike and numerous others, and which opens to the general public at Duke University's Nasher Museum in Durham, North Carolina on September 2nd.

In addition to contributing a central essay to and helping edit the catalog, Orlov will be DJ'ing the museum's special opening night party on Wednesday, August 25th. Orlov's tag-team DJ partner for the evening will be another FOT (Friend of Treehouse), Dave Tompkins, who also contributed an essay to The Record's catalog.

Dave recently published a book entitled How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder From World War II to Hip-Hop - The Machine Speaks, which has been garnering fantastic reviews and is a staple on the Treehouse book-shelf. He's also spent the summer making rather insane mixes, like this one, Spine Blowing Decisions Vol. 26, co-piloted by Chairman Mao (check the player/download in top left corner).

Anyway, if you are in-around Durham-Chapel Hill, evening of Wed. 25th, holler at Treehouse, and we'll get you in.

UPDATE: Some photos from the opening night of "The Record: Contemporary Art & Vinyl" at the Nasher.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Superstar DJ Record Fair @ The Flea

The third annual Superstar DJ Record Fair is coming to the Brooklyn Flea, Sunday, Sept. 19, to the vault at Skylight One Hanson. So if you want to unload some old 12"s, LPs, 45s, or even CDs, we still have room for more vendors.

We'll have 30-40 vendors this year, including faves from past years like Other Music employees, Halcyon, DFA Records, and all sorts of DJs parting with their bloated collections. And we're bringing back the Buy that Record game, where vendors DJ for 20 minutes, with every song they play for sale on the spot. Fun.

Wanna sell? Just drop the Flea a line for more details.

Photo courtesy Kate Glicksberg/Interstatial.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Andy Votel: Biker Mix B-Side

Andy Votel's Biker Mix B Side by TimeOutNewYork

A great, short and sweet mix that Treehouse 015 guest Andy Votel made for Time Out New York on the occasion of his long mid-August weekend in the Big Apple. Climb Up + Get Down.

Treehouse 015—Andy Votel + Mahssa

The 15th Treehouse is this Saturday, Aug. 14, at Littlefield, and we think it will be quite fun. We hope you will be there to drink and make merry with us.

We chose Kate's photo of the legendary Greenpoint record trove The Thing for this Treehouse because our special guests are crate-diggers extraordinaire. (That's also why Wax Poetics magazine is onboard as a Treehouse partner this month.) Expect rarities, heavy grooves, and musical map-crossing, all with an eye toward the dancefloor.

Andy Votel runs Finders Keepers and B-Music, two labels that relentlessly unearth vinyl castoffs and bring them the public recognition they deserve. Folk Is A Four Letter Word, Well Hung, Music to Make Girls Cry, the list goes on and on. Trainspotters take note. Here's a cool mix of his.

Mahssa curated the heralded Pomegranates compilation of '60s and '70s Persian pop music (on Votel's B-Music label), and we can't wait to hear what she pulls out of her crate on Saturday. Here's a Mahssa mix.

FYI Andy and Mahssa are in town for these cool film and DJ performances this week that are part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's "Film Comment" series. Check it out.

It's $5 this month, but free if you RSVP.

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Sat. Aug. 14, 11pm
Special Guests Andy Votel + Mahssa
Residents Raspberry Jones + Treeboy
Littlefield, 622 Degraw St. (btw. 3+4 Ave.)