Tuesday, 29 September 2009

( ( ( ( ( ( DOM THOMAS EXHIBITION ) ) ) ) ) )

Original art works from the archive of Dom Thomas.

'Paraphernalia' - running for a month from 9th October 2009 at the Rough Trade East store in London.

* Launch party featuring live in-store DJ set @ 7pm, 9th October*

'Miscellaneous Mutant Mishaps' is released on 21st September 2009 on Brutal Music, on CD and Limited Edition vinyl.

Exclusive merchandise available on the night.

Having worked in the murky music and fashion industries for over 10 years as an art director, graphic designer and illustrator, Dominic Thomas can never be accused of being one-dimensional in his approach to design. From his seminal sleeve designs for 'Kings Of Convenience' to his subversive adverts for Adidas, his un-formulatic and spontanious ideas have resulted in a compelling, diverse portfolio.

'Paraphernalia' is an opportunity to view Dom Thomas' art works from the last few years, a myriad of ideas and processes in a wonderous, colourful presentation of his archive. Featuring his personal highlights including new and unseen works...

The driving force behind his work is to challenge, avoid being pigeon-holed or constrained to one medium. He seeks constant addition to his repertoire - dreaming of emulating the dynamic visuals of key movements from the past. There is always a thread throughout his work, experimenting with classic design elements and warping them into an idiosyncratic retro/future house-style. His most iconic works have materialised in the music industry, where he has produced sleeves designs for artists such as Badly Drawn Boy, Future Kings Of Spain and Cherrystones..

You will see his work from time to time, probably not relating the image in front of you with his other surreptitious designs.

As well as his continuing progression as a designer and music producer he finds time to run "Finders Keepers", a record label specializing in re-issuing world music with long time friend and associate Andy Votel. Together they design and package the sleeves lovingly, in the hope that these, as well as the music, will become artifacts in their own right.

This exhibition doubles up as a celebration of the launch of 'Miscellaneous Mutant Mishaps', Dom Thomas' first release on the embryonic 'Brutal Music' label. A breathtaking musical collage mutating his artwork aesthetic into an exotic, sonic soundscape. Blurring passages from protest fueled France with politically-sensitized Turkish psychedelic beats: schizo Spanish sci-fi soundtracks together with scorching Lollywood club bangers - all lovingly distilled with liquified dreams of proto-Hacienda anthems. A mysterious, beaten-up global jukebox taking you to the dancefloor and beyond...

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Counter Culture Playlist

24th September Hosted By Margot

Sparklehorse & Fennesz - Goodnight Sweetheat (In The Fishtank) In The Fishtank CD
Vladislav Delay - Mustelmia (Leaf) Tummaa CD
Tortoise - High Class Slim Came Floatin' In - Eye Remix (Thrill Jockey) High Class Slim Came Floatin' In / Gigantes Version 12"
OOIOO - Ulda (Thrill Jockey) Arminico Hewa CD
David Sylvian - The Rabbit Skinner (Samadhisound) Manafon CD
Tyondai Braxton - The Duck And The Butcher (Warp) Central Market CD
Zomby - Pumkinhead's Revenge (Ramp) One Foot Ahead of the Other CD
Health - Death + (City Slang) Get Color CD
Atlas Sound - Walkabout with Noah Lennox (4AD) Logos CD
Andrew Weatherall - Privately Electrified (Rotters Golf Club) A Pox On The Pioneers CD
Yacht - Psychic City (Voodoo City) (DFA) See Mystery Lights CD
Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Higher Than The Stars (Fortuna Pop) Higher Than The Stars EP CD
The Clean - Are You Really On Drugs (Morr Music) Mister Pop CD
Volcano Choir - Island, Is (Jagjaguar) Unmap CD
Omo - 2PM (Loaf) The White Album CD

Every Thursday 12-1 on Resonance 104.4

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

RECORD CLUB at the Legion this Wednesday 23rd September!

Rough Trade DJs are playing records for you at the Legion on Old St this Wednesday!
A night devoted to people who are passionate about music – namely record shops, record labels, magazines, websites and blogs. The people at the forefront of writing about, selling or giving away free (cheeky devils) music from the latest bands, DJs, artists and producers. Expect to hear some brand new sounds as well as the classic records that got them into music in the first place. And it is ....Free!

Thursday, 3 September 2009

japanese treats

a special wee package arrived from japan today.
hiding inside was Urichipangoon, a cross between Cornelius and the Animal Collective.
i like it a lot.