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    CWTCH is a Hackney-based party collective that I’m co-founder of, along with DJs Ian Yeti (Ten Thousand Yen) and Wriggly Scott (Another Music / NTS). With just a few weeks of summer left, we decided to pay homage to our favourite patches of green with ‘PARK LIFE’, a mixtape of skits, vinyl rarities, and newer beats. Expect to hear Cal Tjader, Caetano Veloso, Karriem Riggins, Tall Black Guy, Figen Han, Paul White, Midnight Star, and even Toto (yes, Toto). Full tracklist is up on soundcloud - bump it loud!

    Out now on Greco-Roman, a stripped-down dance collaboration between Mica Levi (of Micachu and the Shapes) and newcomer Tirzah. 

    'Wonderland' is a short documentary that looks at the creative struggle, from filmmakers Hunter Richards (London) and Terry Rament. A great resource if you find yourself juggling projects that make you happy and projects that pay the bills. 

    (via booooooom)

    Heartbreaking new video from CocoRosie. ‘Child Bride’, directed by Emma Freeman

    I don’t listen to much ‘guitar-based’ music these days, but Phèdre are so delightfully strange that I can’t help but gravitate towards them. Warning: the above video is NSFW - unless you work somewhere that’s cool with shamanic rituals involving boobs and bugs. 

    Phèdre’s second full length ‘The Golden Age’ comes out on October 1. And if you’re so inclined, check out the controlled chaos (guitars and all) of their ongoing project, ‘ETERNA’.

    New exhibition of photographs by Blondie’s Chris Stein

    image"Blackie and Anthony" (Chris Stein / Morrison Hotel Gallery)

    “Hell in the City of Angels: Chris Stein” opens August 10 at the Morrison Hotel Gallery. 

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    After four days of talks, performances, curated tours, cocktails, coffees, and many, many conversations, I said goodbye to the spring edition of The Other Art Fair. The fair returns in October and will take place at the Old Truman Brewery. 

    For more (grainy/shitty) pictures from the fair, head to the discoballbreaker facebook page

    The Other Art Fair

    The Other Art Fair, London’s leading artist-led fair, opens this evening and continues until Sunday April 28. This edition of the fair gives people the chance to buy directly from 100 artists (chosen by a team of art insiders), and also features a busy performance program, food stalls, and educational activities for the kids.   

    I’m really excited to be working with the fair on their editorial and social media content, and will be there every day, most probably drinking numerous coffees while following people around with a notebook. Come and say hello!

    The Other Art Fair opens to invited guests tonight, and continues until April 28. 
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    The Knife have collaborated with filmmaker Marit Östberg on a short film called The Interview (Östberg previously directed the video for ‘Full of Fire’). The film attempts to “explain their intentions and thought processes behind the new album Shaking The Habitual”

    Eddie Hooper - Tomorrow's Sun

    Spring may have finally hit London. Even the Shouty Old Man who lives on our street is smiling. 

    Interview > Florence To

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    When I began my visual work, I remember constantly trying to defy gravity”. 

    What makes for a good party? It would seem that the tried and tested formula (at least here in East London) is made up of nerdy trainspotters and camera-friendly scenesters, converted churches (or shoe stores, or pool halls), and skinny men (because unfortunately, it’s still mostly men) playing music very loudly. While they all make for fun evenings, these days I’m gravitating towards the nights that push the party formula, whether it’s with curated film screenings, or soul food

    One woman who is becoming a valuable component in the evolving art form of the party is Scottish artist Florence To.

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    figen han - pisi pisi

    Celebrating Easter with Figen Han, infamous ’70s icon and star of Turkish 'seks filmleri' (sex films).

    Download: Figen Han - Pisi Pisi

    Interview > Jonny Briggs

    imageAt Art13 a few weeks ago, as I made my way through the orange-scented main hall (courtesy of a Roelof Louw installation), and poked around various projects and performances, and one faux-artist squat from LazaridesI came across the work of Jonny Briggs at FaMa Gallery

    Jonny Briggs is a young British artist who won the 2011 New Sensations Prize from The Saatchi Gallery for work that is deeply personal, and occasionally uncomfortable. 

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    Heading to the Jazz Cafe in Camden tonight for an evening of Arab hip hop. The Narcicyst and Omar Offendum will be performing alongside Wriggly Scott and a few others. And it’s all for a great cause!

    Limited tickets are available here.

    "Whateverest" - the short documentary by Kristoffer Borgli that was cut down to create the music video for Todd Terje’s ‘Inspector Norse’ - is as funny and touching and wonderful as I hoped it would be. The documentary follows Marius Solem Johansen aka Inspector Norse - failed musician, sweater model, youtube dance god and kitchen sink drug chemist.

    Be my friend Marius! 

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