A self-titled EP from Cross My Heart Hope To Die is out today on Alpha Pup Records. I've been grooving on these tracks for a few weeks now, and the moody, cinematic, urban vibe grows on me more each time I listen.
The music project is also an interactive art collective, which has been putting up sonic street installations over the past year or so in various cities around the world. Below, "Wildside," from the four-song EP (Amazon, iTunes).
Unsuspecting pedestrians around the world have been enjoying and participating in this project - sometimes without even knowing it. Inconspicuous art installations and street music boxes have been hidden in such cities as Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo, Rome, Belfast, Prague, and Vienna. CMHHTD wants to manipulate the way people find music; to bring back the thrill of discovery.
Boing Boing pal Sean Bonner is part of the collective, which also includes producers DJ Muggs (founding member of Cypress Hill and producer of Ice Cube’s “Check Yo Self” and House of Pain’s “Jump Around”) and Andrew Kline (founding member and main songwriter of the Los Angeles based hardcore band, Strife).
Ethereal songstress Brevi "elevates the tracks with sexy and hauntingly beautiful vocals." She has previously appeared on tracks from 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa, Xzibit, Raekwon from the Wu Tang Clan, and more.
Here's a Pitchfork review.
And a groovy footnote: their music is released under a CC license.
Information is Beautiful has updated their comparison of artist payments on streaming services, estimating that 2.4 million plays on YouTube will net a whopping $1,472 for an unsigned artist. That’s $0.0006 per play!
As part of the Nicer Tuesdays series, Designer Weirdcore treats viewers to a rare historical overview of his concert visuals for Aphex Twin.
Design firm Dorothy created an alphabet made up entirely of letters from classic rock band logos. I did OK on this one, but the alternative rock one kicked my butt:
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