L;sten/Assembly New York Music Archive

Mar 29

Jossh da Costa / Musician (Regal Degal)

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1 Inner Space / TEENAGE FILMSTARS

2 Red Lightbulb / LERON CARSON

3 I know I’m yours / MOOSEHEART FAITH STELLAR GROOVE BAND

4 Moon / MICRODISNEY

5 Firebird / WHITE NOISE

6 I won’t hurt u / WEST COAST POP ART EXPERIMENTAL BAND

7 Space Energy Age / SENSATIONS’ FIX

8 Alien Girl / RICHARD BONE

9 From the Planet Moon / ZOOMERS

10 Aliens in our Midst / TWINKEYZ

11 I take it / SIMPLY SAUCER

12 Death is a Dream / MORNING DEW

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(1) How do you find the music you listen to? every morning, someone/something slips a salmon-colored index card under my door; on that card is the name of an artist or group. i am to listen to the music produced by this artist or group exclusively and extensively for no more, no less than 72 hrs. that’s how i learn, with a smile. (2) What is your favorite way to enjoy music (live, alone, in the car, bath, work, etc.) live alone in the bath (3) What do you find exciting about the new music you listen to? sometimes i hear new music and i feel like it instills a healthy sense of competition. when it comes down to new music that i really listen to, it’s usually something that involves a friend. that aspect of it usually makes the listening experience exciting in that i’m able to have insight into this person’s creative life, or rather that i’m able to have a grasp of the “real life”, personal side of a musical work. if it sucks, however, then it’s still exciting in that i’m nervous about how to turn a bad reception into constructive criticism, or be given the creative opportunity to drum up a well-articulated lie. or i could think of new music in terms of hot 97 style radio newness, in which case it’s really excited music, which is pretty infectious so i’d have to say it’s the music itself that’s exciting! (4) What is it about the songs you’ve been listening to for years that resonates with you? hard to specify but perhaps it’s the element of personality. my first real musical memories are of the beatles, whether it’s my association of “we can work it out” with images of the mall my mom used to take us to and the taste of strawberry quik, or looking at the back cover of abbey road and imagining my very alive dad’s non-existent headstone. those associations are still with me almost twenty years later and i think that’s a testament to how strong that music is, but i’d venture to say that it’s because their music is infused with such strong personalities — it’s very potent. same with that of franco falsini’s — there’s just no mistaking one of his tunes, so there’s also no forgetting one of them either, in a way. i suppose as a musician, it’s inspiring to hear that someone can express so much of themselves in such an abstract and sometimes compact medium and also manage to not let that get in the way of someone else’s enjoyment.

REGAL DEGAL

Feb 6

Melanie Bonajo, Artist / Captivated by concepts of the divine, Melanie Bonajo explores the spiritual emptiness of her generation, examines peoples’ shifting relationship with nature and tries to understand existential questions by looking at our domestic situation, idea’s around classification, concepts of home, gender and attitudes towards value. image

1 Memo / Janneke Raaphorst

2 The Beginning of Memory / Laurie Anderson

3 Execution / David Thomas Broughton

4 Moon / Deradoorian

5 A dozen winters of loneliness / Nature and Organisation

6 Riverside / Agnes Obel

7 Alien Observer / Grouper

8 Om Mani Peme Hung / Dead Skeletons

9 We Drift Like Worried Fire / Godspeed you! Black Emperor

10 Opium / Dead Can Dance

(1) How do you find the music you listen to? Chance, randomness, library and friends. Sometimes I go to playlists of countries in Africa or South-America and listen to their top 10 charts. (2) What is your favorite way to enjoy music (live, alone, in the car, bath, work, etc.)? Alone. I like to put one song on repeat for days, hour after hour. (3) What do you find exciting about the new music you listen to? It is like a chemical reaction. The music and me are synchronized. Like two living systems in exchange. It is like the core of the music piece gets stored in my DNA. Every song I like to listen to intensely becomes the soundtrack of a certain chapter of my life.

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melaniebonajo.com + zazazozo.com

Nov 21

Matt Williams, Art Director/Photographer (SHOWStudio)

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1 Sammie Feat. 2 Chainz / Gettin’ Em 

2 Kanye West Feat. R. Kelly and Teyana Taylor / To the World

SD / Heat Em Up

4 Juicy J Feat. Lil Wayne / Bands a Make Her Dance

5 2 Chainz Feat. Kanye West / Birthday Song

6 Ciara / Like a Surgeon

8 Travis Scott Feat. King Chip / Old English

9 Alicia Keys / Unthinkable (Physical Therapy Remix)

(1) How do you find the music you listen to? Mostly friend recommendations (2) What is your favorite way to enjoy music? I love listening to music loud while driving. (3) What do you find exciting about the new music you listen to? The feeling I get when I hear a song for the first time. (4) What is it about the songs you’ve been listening to for years that resonates with you? Music marks periods of my life. So when I hear a song again it takes me back. 

Oct 3

A. Halford (Designer, 69) 


1. Call Me (Dixon Edit)- Mark E

2. Island Time- Pharaohs

3. Give Me a Call- Suzanne Kraft

4. It’s So Different Here- Rachel Sweet

5. Dark World- Sven Libaeck

6. Stormy- Classics lV

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(1) How do you find the music you listen to? Enthusiasm (2) What is your favorite way to enjoy music? Surround Sound (3) What do you find exciting about the new music you listen to? It’s accessability (4) What is it about the songs you’ve been listening to for years that resonates with you? Music is my friend.

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SHOP 69 AT ASSEMBLY NEW YORK

Sep 12

Dani Griffiths (Designer, Clyde)


1 Brian Wilson / Til I Die

2 Sparks / Fletcher Honorama

3 Misc / Tighten My Belt

4 Mag & the Suspects / Erection

5 Gary Wilson / Gary’s in the Park

6 Seven Seals / Wash to Sea

7 Roxy Music / The Main Thing

8 Nohelani Cypriano / Lihue

9 Maria Minerva / Ruff Trade

10 French Painter Dead / The Danger Form

11 The Passions / I’m in Love with a German Film Star

12 The Field / From Here We Go Sublime 

13 The Flamingos / I Only Have Eyes For You


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1)How do you find the music you listen to? I listen to a lot of radio shows, go hunting, and have some great enthusiasts in my life who like to share. (2) What is your favorite way to enjoy music (live, alone, in the car, bath, work, etc.)? Driving in the Dynasty or the Riviera - as in, driving in cars that feel like a living room with four movie screens in it. (3) What do you find exciting about the new music you listen to? What’s exciting is that a lot of that new music is made by friends of mine, which can be both a blessing and a curse. (4) What is it about the songs you’ve been listening to for years that resonates with you? The old jams never fail to move me, both mentally and physically. Music is one of the best things about being alive.

SHOP CLYDE AT ASSEMBLY NEW YORK

Jul 17

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S JAM ; a sizzling playlist from us to you 


Eddie Hazel / California Dreamin’  

Alex Oriental Experience / and…

 Love / Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale    

Selda / Dam Üstüne Çul Serer    

Staff Carpenborg & The Electric Corona / Shummy Poor Clessford Idea In Tragedy Taprest Noodles 

Aguaturbia / Waterfall

Cecil Leuter / Pop Electronique No. 1

Cos / Mein Maschine  

Yamasuki / YamaYama     

10 Syd Barrett / If It’s In You  


We hope you’re having a healthy and happy summer! x Assembly New York

Jun 30

Tony Cederteg (Libraryman/ Our Legacy)


(1) How do you find the music you listen to? Mostly by searching for it in record stores and online, through friends, at clubs/bars and of course from my own references of previous listened-to-music that directs me to the new shit. (2) What is your favorite way to enjoy music (live, alone, in the car, bath, work, etc.)? Live- as loud and as violent as possible, in the metro on my way to work, at work, with friends, while fucking friends, at home working, when I dance, when I sleep, during dinner, while drinking and when playing it myself - i.e, all fucking hours awake. (3) What do you find exciting about the new music you listen to? How shit can develop still, even though it’s often a variant out of something that’s already been done before, or not, you know? The energy, new sounds & interpretations, new hatred and illusions. (4) What is it about the songs you’ve been listening to for years that resonates with you? It feels like you sometimes create the perfect playlist (in your head) from birth up to your burial at sea. When death hits your end and you have successfully enjoyed so many songs that you are completely fulfilled, still horny for new music - all because you didn’t know better, for good and for worse. It’s a vital and vivid part of your life even though you sometimes try to admit that it doesn’t hold that weight on you, duh! 

1.  Skitsystem - Svarta Tankar 

2. Dark Funeral - The Secrets of the Black Arts

3. Candlemass - Samaritan

4. The Shitlickers - Cracked Cop Skulls (Sprackta Snutskallar) 

5. Watain - Devil’s Blood 

6. Disfear - Religion

7. Entombed - Left Hand Path

8. Dissection - The Somberlain

9. Ghost - Genesis

10. Dismember - Dreaming in Red

Apr 27

sidian

Sidian, Ersatz & Vanes (Designers)


(1) How do you find the music you listen to? Usually we just share recommendations between each other, otherwise we rather enjoy going to concerts, and of course the internet has opened up endless listening possibilities, but actually too much choice isn’t always a good thing. (2) What is your favorite way to enjoy music (live, alone, in the car, bath, work, etc.)? Music is very dependent on context, so we wouldn’t necessarily say that there was a favourite way of ours to enjoy music. In some cases enjoyment isn’t always the desired effect either! Any particular moment of life probably has some sort of music that suits the situation. (3) What do you find exciting about the new music you listen to? We’re just excited to hear new new music at all. I don’t think it’s getting easier to create new sounding music, so whenever you do hear something original it can seem like quite an achievement. (4) What is it about the songs you’ve been listening to for years that resonates with you? The songs/tracks that have stayed with us over the years are those that have strong simple central ideas. However, sometimes it’s not so easy to say why exactly a piece of music will resonate with you. Music, however conceptual it’s origin, is often judged on it the visceral connection and feelings you have for it, and ultimately that’s why it is so important to us.

1. Steve Reich // Music for 18 Musicians

2. Kraftwerk // Trans Europe Express

3. Manuel Göttsching  // E2-E4

4. Schoenberg  // Piano Music

5. Replica // Oneohtrix Point Never

6. John Fahey // Summertime

7. Rhys Chatham // Guitar Trio

8. Can // Vitamin C 

9. Talking Heads// Born Under Punches 

SEE THE COLLECTION: SIDIAN, ERSATZ & VANES

Feb 13

Redia Soltis (Founder) Zero1 Magazine 


(1) How do you find the music you listen to? I have some great friends that are really into music and like to share. (2) What is your favorite way to enjoy music (live, alone, in the car, bath, work, etc.)? Alone. Loud. In bed. usually at night in the dark. (3) What do you find exciting about the new music you listen to? To be honest I am really  into stoner rock so the new music that I find is usually an old song that I haven’t heard before. When I stumble upon music that is new like Howlin Rain and Black Mountain which is influenced by the 60’s/70’s I get very excited and I listen to it over and over again. (4) What is it about the songs you’ve been listening to for years that resonates with you? Nostalgia. Music resonate usually with me due to connecting with lyrics in a song from my personal experiences. I think a good song is one that evokes emotion whether it’s dark or brings you joy. 

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1. Black Mountain // Heart of Snow

2. Howlin’ Rain // Calling Lightning with a Scythe 

3. Patsy Klein  // Walking After Midnight

4. Grinderman  // Electric Alice

5. Lumerians // Orgon Grinder

6. The Cramps // Let’s Get Fucked Up

7. Guns N’ Roses // Sweet Child O’ Mine

8. Jimi Hendrix // The Wind Cries Mary

9. Carpenters // Superstar (Sonic Youth cover) 

10. Endless Boogie // Bad River

11. Nightmare // Annihilation 

ASSEMBLY NEW YORK / ZERO1 MAGAZINE

Nov 14

Raquel Allegra (Designer) raquel

(1) How do you find the music you listen to?My friends and I share music constantly. I have them to thank for Peter Murphy and Gene Clark. They have me to thank for The Beatles and PJ Harvey. 

(2) What is your favorite way to enjoy music (live, alone, in the car, bath, work, etc.)? MUSIC: brought me to LA in the first place…  it inspires every new collection I design - in my studio, loud… Sunday mornings with coffee…spontaneous dance parties with my girlfriends…I LIVE for live shows and have seen most of my favorite bands and artists live… 

(3) What is it about the songs you’ve been listening to for years that resonates with you?  Discovering new music is like having a new lover… it consumes me… I’ll play my favorite new songs over and over until I’ve gotten my fix…

 As much as I love new music, there is a very special and permanent place in my deepest heart, in my CELLS for the soundtracks of my favorite childhood movies. You know that time when you are just falling in love for the first time and finding yourself, learning how to French kiss… these songs and ‘their’ movies hold such a place for me…

1. Thompson Twins  //  16 Candles // If You Were Here  

2. Peter Gabriel //  Say Thing // In Your Eyes

3. Beethoven  //  Immortal Beloved // Symphony No. 7 

4. Devotchka  // Little Miss Sunshine //  How It Ends

5. Debussy  // Frankie and Johnny //  Clair de Lune

6. Nick Drake //  The Royal Tenenbaums // Fly

7. Pink Floyd //  The Wall // Comfortably Numb

8. John Lennon //  Imagine // Imagine

9. Simple Minds //  The Breakfast Club // Don’t Forget About Me

10. The Psychedelic Furs //  Pretty In Pink // Pretty in Pink  

SEE THE COLLECTION: RAQUEL ALLEGRA

Sep 19

arielle

Arielle de Pinto (Jewelry Designer) 

(1) How do you find the music you listen to?Recommendations, being in the right place at the right time…I used to find music by downloading a bunch. When Napster was alive I was in high school and I was grounded all the time. It was such freedom; it completely opened my world and I was totally hungry for it. (2) What is your favorite way to enjoy music (live, alone, in the car, bath, work, etc.)? There are a ton of musicians I wouldn’t care about if I hadn’t seen them live or heard their music in a club. Gaga, for example, I’m really not into, but I saw her play unplugged once and I got it, but still wasn’t into it but then heard it in some gay club and it made sense. But then I can really get into something just by shitty mp3s that I downloaded 3 months ago. It’s headspace. Being in fresh environments helps, too. (3) What is it about the songs you’ve been listening to for years that resonates with you?  It’s just an energy. I come from a pretty unconventional means of experiencing music I think. My mom would get into a song a listen to it on repeat throughout the whole house for weeks. No exaggeration, there was no escape. I got exposed to lots, good and bad, from adult contemporary-esque rock from Canadian radio to old reggae and even really contemporary mom and dad kind of reggae, the beginnings of “world” music and just anything, there was little cohesion.  Keeps me open, I hope.

1. Hype Williams  //  Silkhhh

2. Sess 4-5  //  Safe Forever (9th Ward Street Remix) 

3. 5th Ward Weebie and Miss Tee  //  Lovin’ You

4. Keri Hilson  //  Beautiful Mistake (B. Ford Bounce Remix) 

5. Sissy Nobby  //  Staring At These Walls

6. 504 Boyz //  I Can Tell You Wanna Fuck

7. Sade  //  Turn My Back On You

8. Pastor Troy //  Pop That Pussy

9. Gang Gang Dance  //  Vacuum

10. Main Attraktionz  //  Swaggin Hard

11. Chalie Boy //  Deja Blue

12. Ballgreezy  //  Shone 

13. Turk  //  I Luv U 4 Dat


SEE THE COLLECTION: ARIELLE DE PINTO


Sep 13

vitale

Marianne Vitale (Artist)

(1) How do you find the music you listen to? I lift it from other sources - friends, radio programs, films, and now I’m finally learning how to use itunes. The idea of “if you like this, we recommend you try this…”… clever invention.  (2) What is your favorite way to enjoy music (live, alone, in the car, bath, work, etc.)? I turn to music when I’m stuck, mentally. I can’t really work along to music, or have my own ideas along with music. I listen when I need a surge of invigoration. Good musicians, singers give so much. It’s intimate, it’s everything, probably the highest form of human expression. (3) What do you find exciting about the new music you listen to? This list doesn’t include too much “new” music. New? I like Ratatat, but I only know the music because they are good friends, otherwise I wouldn’t know it, not from my cave. Their sound I can work along with at high volume. Their energy is steep, stimulating, no lyrics. Makes me head swim freely.(4) What is it about the songs you’ve been listening to for years that resonates with you? Music heals. It’s therapy. 

1. Harry Nilsson  //  One

2. Mahalia Jackson  //  In the Upper Room

3. Frank Zappa  //  Sofa No. 2

4. Canned Heat  //  Going Up the Country

5. Sparks  //  I Married Myself 

6. Skip Spence (Oar)  //  If I’m Good

7. The Roches  //  The Train

8. Freakwater  //  My Old Drunk Friend

9. The Edwin Hawkins Singers  //  Oh Happy Day

10. Ratatat  //  Loud Pipes 


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Sep 13

Haidee Findlay-Levin (Stylist) 

(1) How do you find the music you listen to? Mostly through research and friends. I have to put together several playlists each season for one of my clients; for their showroom in NY and Paris, for their men’s and women’s shows and for the videos that run on their website throughout the year. There is always a very specific inspiration that ties in with the collection; one season was rare 70’s disco, another was 60’s and 70’s road music with a bit of a North African flavor and so on. Sometimes its just a spirit, not an era, so its more Indie with newer bands that are really evocative and, of course, great to walk to. I work with a music advisor for all this; usually my friend Dave [he has his own label, Barge Records], who has very eclectic and great taste in music. (2) What is your favorite way to enjoy music (live, alone, in the car, bath, work, etc.)? I enjoy going to live gigs but it tends to be more sporadic than I would like. I prefer smaller gigs to music festivals. I am often traveling, so music is very important to me while I am flying, but it really makes me hyper-emotional. I need music when I am working from home, or on the computer. It makes the work more tolerable. On shoots it’s harder to control, as there are a lot of people with a variety of tastes, not always compatible with my own. I always associate certain songs or bands with a particular show I am preparing; inevitably we’re so busy that we tend to hear the same few things over and over again, particularly the proposed soundtrack. (3) What do you find exciting about the new music you listen to? I get really excited to hear some amazing new voice or some rare underground band. Personally, I can’t sing a single note, so a beautiful voice seems like such a rare and special gift. And if a good voice is combined with really good lyrics…I’m excited. That’s not to say I wont get excited about some new kind of noise, it can be instrumental and not vocal…it just can’t be techno or too electronic, that really drives me crazy. (4) What is it about the songs you’ve been listening to for years that resonates with you? I think they really evoke a specific time and place and for the most part they are pretty melancholic.Whether it’s Nico and the Velvet Underground, Patti Smith, New Order, Morrissey and The Smiths, Malcolm McLaren or Sonic Youth…its all pretty emotional and melancholic. It’s not all doom and gloom though.. I do like a happy playlist to dance to.

1. David Axelrod  //  Holy Thursday

2. Dag for Dag  //  I Am The Assassin

3. We All Together  //  It’s A Sin To Go Away

4. Mark Wirtz  //  Satan Took A Tram Ride

5. Minnie Riperton  //  Les Fleurs

6. Pendulum//  Broadcast

7. Stone //  L’Antiquitie

8. Anna Calvi  //  Blackout

9. David Axelrod  //  The Fly

10. Porcelain Raft  //  Found A Way


ASSEMBLY NEW YORK

Sep 12

Robert Geller, Designer. Robert Geller is a German-born American fashion designer. He graduated with a degree in fashion design at RISD in 2001 and moved to New York to join Marc Jacobs shortly after. There he met Alexandre Plokhov, a patternmaker, and partnered up with Alexandre to launch menswear brand Cloak. Cloak went on to win the Ecco Domani award in 2003 and the Vogue/CFDA Grant in 2004. Robert left Cloak after the Fall 2004 collection. Cloak finally closed down in Spring 2007. In 2006, Robert launched a women’s line called Harald. Initially meant to only be knitwear, the line exploded into a full fledge collection, helping launch Robert back into the fashion spotlight. The attention allowed him to secure financial backing for a menswear label under his own name. In Fall 2007 Robert Geller menswear debuted at New York Fashion Week. Robert received the GQ/CFDA Best New Menswear Designer Award in February, 2009. Geller has collaborated with Assembly New York before to launch a pop-up shop of his spring 2010 collection in a former key shop on the Lower East Side.

(1) How do you find the music you listen to? Surfing the net or friends suggestions. 

(2) What is your favorite way to enjoy music (live, alone, in the car, bath, work, etc.)? In the car, super loud.

(3) What do you find exciting about the new music you listen to? Getting to the point where you can sing along to your favorite parts. 

(4) What is it about the songs you’ve been listening to for years that resonates with you? The mood. If I listen to a song that I was in love with years ago, it completely brings back the mood of the time. 

1. The Kills  //  The Last Goodbye

2. The XX  //  Heart Skipped A Beat

3. Jose Gonzalez //  Heartbeats

4. The Cure  //  Lovesong

5. The Gossip //  Heavy Cross

6. David Bowie  //  This Is Not America

7. Natalie Merchant  //  King of May

8. Elton John //  Tiny Dancer

9. Sade  //  Smooth Operator

10. Natalie Merchant  //  Space Oddity

11. Die Toten Hosen  //  Alles aus Liebe

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Sep 8

Romain Brau, Designer. A graduate of the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Romain Brau founded the Belgian concept boutique RA in 2009 with fellow Royal Academy graduate Anna Kushnerova. Using the store as an exhibition space, Brau launched an eponymous label in January 2010. His clothing incorporates fur, headpieces, and mixed media to create fantastical and romantic folk-inspired pieces. 

(1) How do you find the music you listen to? Blogs, music magazines, research (because of interest.) (2) What is your favorite way to enjoy music (live, alone, in the car, bath, work, etc.)? With a glass of wine, a cigarette and my headphones on (3) What do you find exciting about the new music you listen to? The different sorts of energy they catalyze in me (4) What is it about the songs you’ve been listening to for years that resonates with you?  Depends. with some songs I feel I can relate to the music, with others to the lyrics, and then others move me because of the attached memories.

1. El Guincho  //  Bombay

2. Disclosure //  Carnival

3. Magician //  Mixtapes

4. Jamie Woon  //  Night Air

5. Aleesi Brothers //  Seabird

6. The Swiss //  Bubble Bath

7. Erik Satie  //  Gnossiennes

8. Tanita Tikaram //  Twist In My Sobriety

9. Fleetwood Mac  //  The Chain

10. The Gossip  //  Careless Whisper

11. Lio  //  Sage Comme Une Image


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