As for music that I listen to with Jemma, it's all pop radio music that we sing to in the car. It is so funny hearing her sing Lady Gaga. In general, I like music that feels warm so once I find something I like, I just listen to it a lot.
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8. DAVID J. WEISSBERG has been designing, art directing and illustrating for the better part of long time. Often referred to as ‘the man behind the scenes’, happy clients include The Standard Hotel, Just One Eye, Nike, Adidas, Jane Mayle, Eames, Silas (& Maria) UK, Dr Romanelli, 2K, Shepard Fairey, as well as publications like Diner Journal, Anthem, Z!nc, Sleazenation and XLR8R (where he was both the Creative Director as well as the Arts, Style and Culture editor). He currently lives in Echo Park, Los Angeles with his fiance Kristen Elspeth, ornery dachshund Ira and and absurd collection of coffee mugs.
I met David and Kristen a few years ago at a friend's wedding. We were reunited recently at the Outside the Lines book launch at MOCA this past September. (Here we are on slide 18 with Silvio Porretta) The book is awesome for anyone of any age who appreciates any kind of art.
images courtesy of David J. Weissberg
top: David amongst his designs; top middle: "the shop" for The Standard, artwork for album covers "Ready. Set. Go!" Vol I and II; middle bottom: logo design for Anaïse, "there's a party in my head (and no one else is invited)" illustration for Outside the Lines book, design for Just One Eye; above: gif for Just One Eye x The MOCA
TOPS - Tender Opposites
Jane Penny and Co hit that sweet spot for me from the unremembered 80s called C86; wherein a just born indie and twee were swaddled in a cardigan and left on the porch for the world to collectively go 'sigh'.
The lo fi red headed stepchild of Morrissey, Badly Drawn Boy and Billy Bragg. At 19 you're allowed to wallow in angst but mein gott how does someone so young sing words so sad?
I know it's no longer fashionable to like these guys (they had a 5 minute window of insider electronic snob cache earlier this year), but I love how they managed to effortlessly decant the last 15 years of mercurial UK dance genres into an instant classic (at least in this house anyway).
Nightflight to Mali, with layovers in Peshawar and JouJouka. What caught my ear when I first heard them was 'Hey, wait, what Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan album is THIS?!? And why isn't it in my collection?!?!' Boasting a dozen plus members plus a rotating caste of at least a dozen more (with TV On The Radio recently dropping by their tent), you'll often catch me dancing around to this as much any techno.
These guys hit me this year like a slow moving semi of dread. I'm picky about my psych and my personal Space Rock Hall of Fame only allows for a new inductee once like every 5 years. They're sharing a spot alongside my other drawn faced drug idols, Jason Pierce (Spacemen 3/Spiritualized), Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream), Roger Waters (circa Ummagumma), uh Eric (uh, Killing Zoe). The black sheep to Tame Impala's summertime psychedelia. (also new inductees mind you)
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9. JON PRUETT is an editor/writer/curator/father/husband based out of San Francisco. He’s been working in an editorial capacity at iTunes and Rhapsody since 1999 where he also led pioneering efforts in the world of cat gifs. He currently has the title “International Curator” and works for Music Unlimited.
Over the past twenty years, I've been consistently asking Jon what he's listening to at the moment, and always liked what I've heard. He also includes the record I completely spaced out putting on my favorites: Kurt Vile. Last but certainly not least, this is a list I'll certainly be playing on heavy rotation.