MOMENTS | Mash-up: Frank Ocean Covers Aaliyah’s Cover of Isley Brothers’ “At Your Best (You Are Love)”

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Frank Ocean commemorated what would have been Aaliyah’s 36th birthday by sharing his haunting interpretation of The Isley Brothers’ 1976 single “At Your Best (You Are Love),” a song famously covered by Aaliyah in 1994. Referred to on Ocean’s Tumblr as “You Are Luhh,” the cover features Ocean’s soulful falsetto and some light instrumentation. His pure, wordless falsetto creates an intimate and stripped down rendition that is very reminiscent of Aaliyah’s version of the song (which was also sampled on Drake’s Thank Me Later track “Unforgettable”)—a cover of a cover.

MOMENTS | Throwback: #FBF BANKS Covered Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody?”

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It’s #FBF, and because today would been Aaliyah’s 36th birthday, we’re revisiting one of our favorite covers—BANKS’ magnificent interpretation of Aaliyah’s 1998 “Are You That Somebody” for BBC Live Lounge. Aaliyah’s hit song was once referred to as “Timbaland’s greatest gift to the world,” and 13 years after her death, the legendary singer’s vocal influence is still heard in the works of artists who blend the RB, bedroom-pop, and indie-pop genres. 

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Illustrator Christoph Neimann’s Mixed Visual Mediums

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You’ve probably seen legendary artist, illustrator and author Christoph Niemann’s work on the covers of The New Yorker, Newsweek andthe New York Times Magazine. Every Sunday, the visual storyteller sets aside to time to play with different visual mediums, which he shares on his Instagram. Examples of his work include combining his illustrations with everyday objects and photographs to create optical illusions. Of course, you can also peruse a more extensive collection of Neiman’s work on his Tumblr

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Jon Hopkins x Late Night Tales Mix Series, Covers Yeasayer’s “I Remember”


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Electronic musician and producer Jon Hopkins is the latest contributor in the Late Night Tales mix series. Late Night Tales combines exclusive covers with spoken word narration, creating “music and stories worth staying up for”. Hopkins covered Yeasayer’s “I Remember” in his sampler and collaborated with poet Rick Holland for the spoken word track.

MOMENTS | Mash-up: WeevMee Transforms Your Instagram Feed Into Abstract Art


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Design agency HUSH developed Weevmee, an app that takes your Instagram photos and weaves them into a one-of-a-kind piece of abstract collage art. Different variables, like the number of photos a user has and the number of likes a photo has, change the look and complexity and density of the image. The app’s software takes your 2014 Insta-photos and crops them into threads before using an algorithm that randomly weaves it all together. 
HUSH created this app to let users create something that “feels artistic enough to grab our attention, but contains enough clarity that it feels uncannily familiar.” It’s your year’s worth of memories transformed into a single, personalized image. The developers plan to expand the software that will allow users to create their image with criteria like geolocation tags or custom start/end timestamps.

January 13, 2015 by Robert Cordero

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Childish Gambino’s Synth-Pop-Funk Song “Sober” Gets A Surreal Experimental Music Video


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Actor, writer, comedian, rapper, singer, and producer Childish Gambino (Danny Glover) released a music video for “Sober,” the synth-pop-funk track from his recent Kauai EP. The video has a very David Lynch early ‘90s kind of vibe and takes place in an eerily lit late night food joint, where a strung-out looking Glover attempts to use goofy dance moves, failed magic tricks, and excessive staring to hit on a woman waiting for her take-out.

January 12, 2015 by Robert Cordero

MOMENTS | Rehash: #FBF David Bowie x Marianne Faithfull Cover Sonny Cher’s “I Got You Babe”


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Yesterday was visionary musician and master of transformation David Bowie’s 68th birthday! We celebrated by revisiting some of his best performances, like when Bowie and Marianne Faithfull performed a fantastically strange cover of Sonny Cher’s “I Got You Babe” at London’s Marquee Club in 1973. Marianne Faithfull dressed as a glammed up nun, and the occasion also marked Bowie’s last performance as Ziggy Stardust.

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Artist Lala Abaddon’s Hand Woven Digital Prints 


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New York-based artist Lala Abaddon creates her pieces by slicing up digital prints and hand-weaving the pieces together in a way that looks, from a distance, as if they had been digitally manipulated. Her work explores her interest in the process of deconstruction and reconstruction, taking images from her archive and weaving them together with something new. The woven aspect of her work also adds another texture to the flat photo prints. Adabbon’s upcoming solo show at Castor Gallery in NYC will take place in March 2015.

January 08, 2015 by Robert Cordero

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Panda Bear Launches New Interactive Website With New Original Score x New Visuals


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Panda Bear (Animal Collective’s Noah Benjamin Lennox) launched a new interactive and very psychedelic website for his upcoming album, Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper. The interactive site features new music from Lennox and his co-producer Sonic Boom, as well as some new visuals from Danny Perez—who directed the teaser videos for the album—and graphics by Marco Papiro, Patakk, and Hugo Oliveira. 

MOMENTS | Mash-up: “Pixel”, A Dance Performance Incorporating Interactive Digital Projections


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Pixel” is a digital-era dance piece created by French choreographer Mourad Merzouki and digital designers Adrien Mondot and Claire Bardainne, known collectively as Adrien M / Claire B. The piece was also done in collaboration with hip-hop choreographer Cie Kafig. The hour-long piece is “a work on illusion combining energy and poetry, fiction and technical achievement, hip hop and circus.” The dance performance at Maison des Arts de Créteil France on November 15th and is currently on tour.