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Tess Roby x GvsB takeover: The Beacon

The Beacon exists in Lancashire, England, not far from where my father was born and where I spent summers as a child. I have been returning to it my whole life. The photograph above is featured on the gatefold of the LP. It’s me as a child, walking up to beacon, somehow so telling of the future. -- Tess Roby

audiobooks GOTHENBURG

premiere: audiobooks – gothenburg

We're psyched to debut this rather auspicious introduction from London duo audiobooks, aka visual artist/singer/model Evangeline Ling + producer/mixer David Wrench (Frank Ocean, Jamie xx, Goldfrapp, FKA Twigs, etc...

HAPPY AXE SEVEN SOUNDS

video premiere: Happy Axe – Seven Sounds

Canberra, Australia multi-instrumentalist Emma Kelly aka Happy Axe shares the stunning video for her beautiful new single "Seven Sounds", a song that Kelly says is about "joyfully carrying out the things that other people have told you aren’t possible...

BUZZY LEE NO HER

premiere: Buzzy Lee – No Her

We've been fans of Sasha Spielberg's music since the moment we heard that stunning Leonard Cohen cover by Just Friends, Spielberg's collaborative project with her longtime bff Nico Jaar...

ICE CREAM

video premiere: Ice Cream – MY MIND BUT ME

We were introduced to Toronto duo Amanda Crist + Carlyn Bezic aka Ice Cream by Meg Remy of U.S. Girls when she took over this very site recently -- Bezic and Crist play in Darlene Shrugg with Remy, and Crist's voice can be heard on U...

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GvsB Best Songs of 2018 Spotify Playlist

2018 has been such a bountiful year for incredible new music from favorites new and old that it's been almost impossible to keep up, but I'm doing my best...

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As the internet's collective attention span continues to dwindle away and the clickbait economy slowly ruins everything good, we made a conscious effort this year to spend more time listening to fewer things. Discovering new favorites will always remain a priority around here, but it felt good to devote more quality time to absorbing ambitious, flawed, elaborately nuanced and layered masterpieces like Dust, Quazarz, Party, and The OOZ. And the more immediate records that we fell in love with at first listen -- TOPS’ Sugar at the Gate, the super charismatic Carti mixtape, and Kelly Lee Owens’ enveloping debut full-length, to name a few -- felt more like all-time favorites with each spin. While anyone in our top 5 could have staked a legit Album of the Year claim depending on the day, we had to put the two EPs that announced the arrival of dance music's brightest new star in their rightful spot at the top of our list. Here are our favorite records of 2017:

GORILLA VS. BEAR’S ALBUMS OF 2017

Tess Roby x gorilla vs. bear takeover: photography

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I will leave you with some of my favourite photographs I’ve taken. I’m currently preparing for an upcoming solo exhibition, LIKE WATER, A WINDOW, in Toronto as part of Contact Photography Festival. Runs April 28 - June 17th, more info here! -- Tess Roby

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Tess Roby x gorilla vs. bear takeover: Martha & the Muffins

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Martha & The Muffins are a Toronto band who rose to fame in the 1980s, with their hit single ‘Echo Beach’. Their daughter went to the same elementary school as me, and our parents became friends through picking us up in the playground every day...

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Tess Roby x gorilla vs. bear takeover: N10.AS

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N10.AS (pronounced ‘antennas’) is Montreal’s online community radio station. I host a monthly programme on the station called ‘Distant Rhythms’ which explores a variety of music from around the world, with a focus on overlooked records from the 80s and 90s...

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Tess Roby x gorilla vs. bear takeover: songs that somehow change your life

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Everyone has these ones– songs that hold a very important memory, or carry you through an important time in your life. Here are some of mine. -- Tess Roby

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Tess Roby x gorilla vs. bear takeover: The Bottle Garden Studio

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Beacon was recorded and mixed at The Bottle Garden studio in Montreal during the winter of 2016. The Bottle Garden is a gem of a studio, a shrine to analogue tape and equipment hiding just below the noses of passersby on a busy street in the Mile End...

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Tess Roby x gorilla vs. bear takeover: catalyst

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In February 2017 we set out to California to film the video for Catalyst. We rented a car for two weeks, took a boat to Catalina island, drove deep into the desert. It was a magical experience, and I feel that this video is the first artistic vision I have ever seen realized. Here are some behind the scenes photographs, stills and memories from the amazing adventure that happened as we filmed this video. -- Tess Roby

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Tess Roby x gorilla vs. bear takeover: The Beacon

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The Beacon exists in Lancashire, England, not far from where my father was born and where I spent summers as a child. I have been returning to it my whole life. The photograph above is featured on the gatefold of the LP. It’s me as a child, walking up to beacon, somehow so telling of the future. -- Tess Roby

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