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We recently dusted off our stencils, and designed a new take on the Princess of POP. forYoungModerns is proud to present our first installment of the FYM ICON design series: Madonna.
So which Era of Madonna do you prefer? For us, it’s a tie between 80’s you can be my lucky star Madonna, and the dirty, somethings coming over me mid-90’s Madonna.
06.01.11- forYoungModerns celebrates our One Year Anniversary!
Three hundred and sixty-five days ago FYM Creator/Art Director Jesse Thomas Codling launched forYoungModerns.com an Art, Music, Culture, stream of consciousness.
FYM was designed as a creative platform for J Thomas, and his friends (predominately) the Los Angeles (extremely talented) writer William K. Sellers, and longtime brother/San Francisco publicist Nick Codling to showcase the things WE dig.
So what does it take to run a successful Lifestyle Website? Things like- talent, passion, friends, an eye for what’s good, and most importantly an understanding wife (literally Emily is waiting for me to finish this story so we can go out to dinner).
We hope you have enjoyed our first year of existence. FYM would like to thank all of our contributors/supporters, Boston Beer Guide: Jeff Brew Daddy Preussner, Seattle Fashion Correspondent Edwin Ross III, Emily Codling, Tom & Judy Codling, Brian Fernandes, Melissa G, Johhnie C, Bambi S, Dillon Rego, OurCityLights.org and everyone that has supported forYoungModerns.
(Left to Right: Publicist Nick Codling, Art Director J Thomas Codling, Senior LA Writer Will Sellers)
FYM: As long as THEY LIVE! So shall WE!
CAMPAIGN OF THE WEEK: Seattle Alternative Hip Hop Powerhouse- THEORETICS just launched a clever bid for funding their next music video. The group has set up an online platform to raise money towards creating the long-awaited visualization of their jam Jekyll and Hyde- Listen Below:
Jekyll and Hyde is a full band funky, rapid-fire, duel emcee sonic assault- a crowd favorite live due to the dramatic physicality and verse swapping personalities of rappers Mark Hoy (Jekyll) and Chimaroke Abuachi (Hyde). Watch the well edited video below for details on this project from the band themselves.
As the guys so eloquently put above, they need to raise a minimum of $5,000 in the next 30 days to make this dream a reality. Are you a THEORETICS super fan… there are various perks offered depending on the price benchmark you donate: free music, invites to the premiere party, personal thank you messages, music lessons, guest spots on your music projects, producing credits and even a free performance. Earlier this year FYM came to know how truly amazing this crew is after watching the THEORETICS open for multi-platinum Canadian rapper k-OS at The Crocodile in Seattle. We urge you to go HERE and support the funding of a refreshingly intelligent positive force in the Seattle music scene. They Live. Cheers, FYM.
Today, forYoungModerns is introducing a new feature to our site: Spotify Playlists customized by us for your listening pleasure — free of charge!
HOW IT WORKS:
At the beginning of every month, we’re going to create a playlist (Called ‘Heavy Rotation’) of our top ten songs that we were really into the previous month and compile them in a playlist on Spotify. We’ll give you the tracklisting of the playlist here on the site, put in our two cents on each song, and then we’ll link you directly to the playlist on Spotify so you can listen to the whole thing at your leisure.
Occasionally we’ll create other kinds of playlists on Spotify throughout the month usually based on a certain theme or artist. Obviously, you need to have a Spotify account to partake, which is FREE and attainable by clicking right HERE.
forYoungModerns: HEAVY ROTATION
-click on the image above to access the FYM playlist The inaugural playlist is simply a collection of songs that we were into in the month of August 2011. Some of these weren’t necessarily released in August but for whatever reason really racked up some plays on our iTunes and Spotify accounts during the past month.
Active Child - You Are All I See
Bleached - Think of You
These four Los Angeles-based rockers grew out of long-broken up punks Mika Miko. Singer Jennifer Clavin sings this love song with the sincerity (and perfectly raspy voice) of a young woman professing her love to someone at the end of a rager of a party in the early hours of the morning.
Eleanor Friedberger - Owl’s Head Park
HERE). “Owl’s Head Park” is possibly the best song on the album with its mysterious aura and wonderful Brooklyn-centric lyrical imagery.
Karen Elson - Crying, Waiting, Hoping
La Sera - Watch Me Jumpstart
Speaking of tribute albums, Guided By Voices got a rather good one recently, as well. La Sera, A.K.A. Katy Goodman of Vivian Girls, adds to her excellent 2011 (great new La Sera and Vivian Girls albums and live shows) by contributing the best cover on this compilation. Her take on “Watch Me Jumpstart” turns the original lo-fi growler into the music of he heavens, complete with Goodman’s angelic vocals and some church organ to match.
Man Man - Oh, La Brea
Man Man released the decent Life Fantastic earlier this year but its closing track, “Oh, La Brea”, took a little extra time to reveal itself as one of the best written songs of 2011. Perhaps the late bloomer quality of the song is partly thanks to the complex multi-sectional structure of the song: it goes from freaky cabaret theatre piece to hushed folk to quirky potential film score of some unknown indie dramedy. It feels like three songs in one and it will appropriately demand three consecutive plays the first time you hear it.
Pictureplane - Trancegender (feat. Zola Jesus)
Zola Jesus’ Nika Rosa Danilova is quickly becoming a guest appearance MVP due to her recent collaborations with Pictureplane, M83, and her participation in this past weekend’s Serge Gainsbourg Tribute Concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles (with Mike Patton, Victoria Legrand, Ed Droste, and others). Picturepane’s Travis Egedy utilazed Danilova’s voice perfectly as a sort of disco diva over a trance pop whirl of synthesizers. The result is one of the better potential singles of 2011.
St. Vincent - Surgeon
Now bracing big time magazine covers like Spin, St. Vincent/Annie Clark seems absolutely ready to explode in popularity. “Surgeon” is just the song to help that cause. It’s ridiculously catchy with a riptide of a chorus and some fancy guitar work that already warrants a ridiculous amount of repeat listens.
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Senator
Pavement reunion behind him, Mr. Malkmus keeps marching right along with yet another strong album, this one produced by sudden superproducer Beck. “Senator” is classic explosively quirky Malkmus songwriting no matter what the senator wants.
Tom Waits - Bad As Me
This week Seattle’s tremendous dark-horse garage pop trio -Dude York, released a new EP entitled Satanic Vs. (Album Cover Pictured Below)
Satanic Vs. -is a clever title, and could be taken multiple ways. One could read it as saying Dude York Satanic Verses (like in a song), or as a conceptual showdown (versus people) between dark forces and human beings -as each song title represents a different persons name, Track: 1. david 2. isabel 3. bryan 4. kerry.
Regardless, from start to finish Dude York’s new 4-song EP is a thrilling ride full of catchy raw energy and intense passion. It’s the type of music that makes your legs shake uncontrollably -leaving one feeling like they could take on the world, or paint a thousand pictures. It’s truly inspiring stuff -and features well crafted production.
Satanic Vs. By Dude York is: fast, dark, honest, absurd, barely stays on the rails, hooky and hip garage (or basement) -rock n’ roll. Lead singer & guitarist Peter Richards (pictured above) is tuned into his creative spirit, seemingly unafraid to push past fear and other philosophical artistic boundaries bred in life -this ultimately produces another incredible release, from a band we can’t wait to hear more from.
(Click the photo above to expand for greater detail) Catch Dude York live September 22nd, 2011 at The Rendezvous in Seattle. For more info about the band visit their Facebook page HERE. Cheers, FYM.
A man of many talents (social media guru, musician, producer, recording engineer) -James Whetzel, blew our minds yesterday (elevating our afternoon plane of consciousness) performing live in support of the PARK(ing) Day festivities held at SAM (Seattle Art Museum).
Whetzel’s sonic journey is unlike anything we’ve ever heard in the Northwest -merging thought provoking world textures with contemporary digital club mix bliss. As you will find out in the video below, Whetzel is indeed a classically trained player -that can seriously shred on the sarod (a 25-stringed lute-like instrument from India).
James Whetzel often produces his sound under the music moniker ‘Das Dhoom’ (Dhoom means a bass hit on a South Asian drum. Das means ten in Hindi/Urdu and the in German). James is an impressive craftsman -check out the track below, Voyage of the Seven Dragons of Dhoom, his music sparks our imagination with cinematic visuals of exotic landscapes (we’re talking major motion picture soundtrack material).
Appreciation and praise goes out to Seattle Art Museum and James for participating in PARK(ing) Day -an international event whose premise invites citizens everywhere to transform metered parking spots into temporary parks. Yesterday, SAM cleared out a section of space normally devoted to parking vehicles (setting up a row of green carpeted games and design activities) inviting patrons to take a break from the city life hustle in order to create art! Thanks to both for such a refreshingly wonderful afternoon! Cheers, FYM.
The 80’s English snythpop icons ERASURE are back in 2011 with a new album (Tomorrow’s World) and a full-scale 27 date North American Tour. A week from today, 10.06.11 -Will be your last chance in 2011 to catch Andy Bell & Vince Clark in the States, as they close out their summer tour at The Moore Theatre in Seattle Washington, USA.
Singles like Always, Chains of Love, A Little Respect and continued chart-topping success in the UK during the 90’s -have aided in ERASURE selling over 25 million records to date.
Above, When I Start To (Break It All Down) the first single off their new record -exhibits just how solid of a vocal showman Andy Bell still is. FYM continues to maintain a nostalgic listening love affair with ERASURE -their spirited 80’s anthems still shimmer with contemporary bliss. It’s progressive easy listening kinetic pop music, and we can’t wait to see them at the historic Moore Theatre next Thursday in Seattle USA.
Electropop British counterpart -Frankmusik will be opening the night (he also produced ERASURE’s latest release Tomorrow’s World). It should be an incredible night of over the top dancefloor friendly sonic vigor assuredly impossible to miss. Buy tickets HERE. Cheers, FYM.
This week FYM is proud to present a crisp new video playlist for the month of October over at the forYoungModerns Channel featured on Cull.TV. Click the image above to check out our Top 20 music videos handpicked for your late night Autumn escapades. We’ve even decided to pepper-in a few of our favorite campy TV commercials and classic movie trailers to give our channel a more authentic viewing sensation. Below we spotlight just a taste of what to expect from our October forYoungModerns Video Playlist: It’s the spirit of indie-pop San Francisco (our sister city) with an early in their career showstopper by Girls Lust for Life.
ABOUT THE PLAYLIST: As a part of the original MTV generation -our hearts remain in the 1980’s with visuals from: Lita Ford, Erasure and Kate Bush. We’ve also dedicated a large portion of our video mix to the latest contemporary wonders -our favorite sonic mainstays on HEAVY ROTATION at FYM HQ with jams from: The Late Great Fitzcarraldos, SBTRKT, Girls and Lana Del Rey. And of course we had to included a few music videos for sheer spectacle like: Frankie Smith (Double Dutch Bus), Mayer Hawthorne (A Long Time) and the PS22 Chorus (performing an incredible cover of Under the Milky Way -by The Church).
The FYM Channel on Cull.TV, gives you all the music we are into: new, old, and just amazing in the form of video playlists (fully equipped with classic commercial interruptions). Click HERE to party! Think 120 minutes for the late-twenties too hip to be square generation. It’s not for everyone, it’s music forYoungModerns. Cheers, FYM
The Lower Queen Anne/Uptown neighborhood in Seattle, WA didn’t have a great year -losing a book store, record shop, video rental spot, and movie theater. Queen Anne residents were forced to leave the cozy confides of the best neighborhood in the city (sorry cap hill) to find any sort of engaging evening entertainment.
But SIFF has come to our rescue! Uptown Theater, located on Queen Anne Avenue, will be reopening under the new ownership of the Seattle International Film Festival (www.siff.net), promising us many evenings filled with amazing local, national, and international independent films.
Be sure to catch the FYM Seattle crew at opening weekend (in conjunction with Seattle City Arts Fest) singing along to Prince’s Purple Rain on Friday, October 21st (show starts at 9:30). Can’t get down with the man in velvet? Then check out the other two opening weekend sing-along shows with Hedwig and the Angry Inch giving the inaugural performance on Thursday, and Grease finishing things up on Saturday. It will be a celebration -sure to have something to make anyone want to get up and exercise those vocal chords!
We look forward to seeing what else the new SIFF theater has to offer in the coming months. Thanks for bringing some much needed new life back to our Lower Queen Anne neighborhood!