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Mr Twin Sister has released a beautiful new self-titled album out on iTunes today, three years in the making. It’s cause for some celebration.

I’ve had these photos from our ‘All Around And Away We Go’ video shoot on the back burner for some time and figured today was as good a day as any to share. Some are from my iPhone, others (the cool ones) are taken by Seamus McGuire.

For weeks, back in the fall of 2010, we’d plan to shoot in a college studio we had rented out a night or two before the band was scheduled to embark on a cross-country tour. It had large, open walls which is what was needed to project the video in front of which Andrea would be dancing. When we arrived at the school (around 10pm, we had to wait for it to be clear), cameras, lighting equipment, smoke machines, costumes and props in hand, we discovered we’d been locked out with no one to let us in. 

With little to no options left, we packed up and all drove two hours out to eastern Long Island to a house the band had been using to practice, which, as it were, had little to no furniture and wide, open walls. Over the next 7-8 hours, me, our DP Ian Perlman, the band and of course Andrea & her sister Melissa busted our asses (with pizza and beer to help) and made the shoot work. By allowing ourselves to discover the possibilities in what was just previously a completely hopeless situation, we wound up with footage we never would have captured in a small, confined studio space in mid-town Manhattan. And it was fun! Sometimes, the universe just works. Or creativity adapts to the universe. Who knows?

As for the animation, that happened at Gabe’s house during the weeks prior, with Andrea painstaking drawing the bodies of ‘dancing men’ and Gabe lining them up for us to shoot frame by frame. What a nightmare. But worth every bit of sweat when we see those little guys do-si-do across the screen.

Huge congrats to Mr Twin Sister on the new release (like all great albums, it ripens the more you listen). Go purchase it now!!!

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Populous - Fall (feat. Cuushe)

Hot. Hot. Hot. *meewow

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premiere: Mystery Pills - Age of Isolation

Makes sense that Rapid City, South Dakota’s Raj Dawson writes songs that sound like this one about isolationism. Not that I have any idea what it’s like to live in a town so far away ‘from the rest of us’, but I imagine that its something like this.

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PET - Fire Triangle

Previously: “Bench Connection

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LOUDS - Ways

Got this end of summer letter from a fellow Philadelphian:

hi mark,

one time my brother charlie and i sailed to an uninhabited island off the coast of maine with some friends. that island is called louds island and it sits in the penobscot bay. we sailed there in tiny dinghy’s outfitted with tiny sails on a pretty regular basis, but on this day a storm rolled in. we had to get before the thunder and lightning started rattling our masts. we rigged up and started racing back. being novice sailers and little kids we got ahead of ourselves and flipped our two vessels.

we spent hours floating in the bay, amidst pouring rain and a violent summer storm. our ships were capsized and filled with water. we had no chance of righting them. we had to wait for help. we had to wait for someone to come by. eventually they did and towed us back to the harbor. we survived and now make dance music in philadelphia. we’d love for you to check it out our first single “ways”. i hope you liked our story. 

sincerely,
petie
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outoftownfilms:

Hey Philly friends. We just wanted to let you know about the house show we’ll be hosting in October. The lovely SoKo will be playing a special performance in our living where several of our sessions have been filmed. We would love to have you come hang out so please do. Find all the details over at the Facebook event page. 

Imma have to try and get to this… 

outoftownfilms:

Hey Philly friends. We just wanted to let you know about the house show we’ll be hosting in October. The lovely SoKo will be playing a special performance in our living where several of our sessions have been filmed. We would love to have you come hang out so please do. Find all the details over at the Facebook event page

Imma have to try and get to this… 

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Anonymous said: Thoughts on pitchfork review?

foxesinfiction:

It really hurt to read if I can be totally honest. it came at the end of what was the worst date on our tour where some of the craziest things happened; finding out a family member had been in a head-on car collision, someone in our van having a mental breakdown, the show in Austin getting cancelled due to weather, Owen Pallett’s drummer throwing out his back and having to sit the show out. Some of these things are far worse than others and I feel like a piece of shit for talking about in the same breath as music criticism but reading it after all those things came up yesterday made it feel a lot more devastating that it should have.

I don’t know, I am fairly unguarded with a lot of things like this and it really bummed me out to see him talk about something I put my whole self into for three years in such a disparaging way that invoked things like disparate levels of class, especially when my friends like Owen and the Orchid Tapes families are negatively implicated in a lot of what’s said there.

Ultimately I will try and pay it no mind, because I don’t expect a straight-white-dude critic at Pitchfork who is, above all else, notorious for being a mean-spirited writer to understand what I’m trying to do with my music, especially when I know so many other people do. I will try and turn it into an exercise of considering, but ultimately emotionally distancing myself from the effects of both criticism and praise alike. I feel like it is an all-or-nothing game with this sort of thing, and I think as both a label-operator and as someone who makes music, this is important.

I’m starting to think that Orchid Tapes / Foxes in Fiction isn’t something that I should continue trying to fit into an arena like Pitchfork. We’ve been having a lot of conversations on this tour about music writing and about what is considered objectively good in the minds of writers at places like Pitchfork, and I’m starting to see how that criteria sometimes disfavors people who are outsiders, or queers, or women or who are mentally ill; things we have tried to be inclusive about with Orchid Tapes forever. We’ve done so well because of smaller press and our amazing supporters, and I feel like maybe I tried to take too many steps forward with Ontario Gothic because I believe in it so much and am so in love with all my friend’s work on it. I’ve been thinking about this sort of stuff and how it implicates our release for a while, and I think it may be the time to do some thinking / decision-making and take a step back for the sake of maintaining what is important about the label.

The review opens with “At no point during Ontario Gothic does it sound like an album that would be subject to outside expectations, let alone hype.” and closes with “That speaks to the appeal of Orchid Tapes in the first place, a collective that stands to snag the interest of anyone invested in the concepts of “punk”, “indie”, “scene”, and “DIY””. Both of these statements miss the aim and intention of Foxes in Fiction & Orchid Tapes so grandly that the rest of the review kind of loses power on me. I’m not making or releasing music with the label I founded to satisfy expectations or play into ideas of hype, I am doing it for people who are mentally ill, who are queer, who are who are young and living in an awful small town and need a connection with music, for disenfranchised and marginalized people who have been in similar situations to me where music was able to help me though it and ultimately inspire me to start something like Foxes in Fiction or Orchid Tapes. If one person at an institution-as-website doesn’t get that, that’s fine.

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Lydia Ainsworth - Hologram

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Allegories - Funny Way of Loving You

Another mystery release floating it’s gorgeous refrain out thru the cosmos.

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Fickle Friends - For You

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blankonblank:

21-year old Michael Jackson and 13-year old Janet Jackson in our latest episode: 

Michael Jackson on Godliness

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premiere: Jacksie - Lock of Love

From the ashes of Slowdance comes a new post-x BK project with a bit of dark energy that will pulse through your veins. 

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smithsonianfolkways:

Celebrate Papua New Guinea’s Independence Day by listening to the 2006 Smithsonian Folkways Anthology, “Bosavi: Rainforest Music from Papua New Guinea.” Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally and environmentally diverse places on the planet. There are 838 languages spoken there, and it houses 5% of the world’s biodiversity even though it has 1% of earth’s land. The interconnectedness of people with their environment has been popularized recently by American scientist, Jared Diamond. According to ethnographer Stephen Feld, many hear the Bosavi language spoken by local residents and birds alike. What do you hear the birds say in this soundscape? 
http://ow.ly/ByRil 

smithsonianfolkways:

Celebrate Papua New Guinea’s Independence Day by listening to the 2006 Smithsonian Folkways Anthology, “Bosavi: Rainforest Music from Papua New Guinea.” Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally and environmentally diverse places on the planet. There are 838 languages spoken there, and it houses 5% of the world’s biodiversity even though it has 1% of earth’s land. The interconnectedness of people with their environment has been popularized recently by American scientist, Jared Diamond. According to ethnographer Stephen Feld, many hear the Bosavi language spoken by local residents and birds alike. What do you hear the birds say in this soundscape? 

http://ow.ly/ByRil 

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Looks like U2 have been giving away their songs for a while… 

buzz:


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Looks like U2 have been giving away their songs for a while… 

buzz:

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Alphabets Heaven & Deft - Pride & Joy

(Source: vimeo.com)

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