Hear, hear.
It’s International Record Store Day, and we’ve been thinking a lot lately about how the things we see and hear, and the people we share it all with, profoundly shape our experience. We’re familiar with the pictorial record of the things that get our hearts pounding, the neighborhoods and buildings and people we fall in love with. But what of the everyday music, the ambient temporal and temporary audioscapes, the ephemeral pings and silences that punctuate every day? In celebration of the ineffable particulates that make up our love of place – the roots of our spots in Seattle, Portland, Palm Springs, New York and now LA, London and Panama – we’re tuning our antennae and putting our ear to the ground…
We enlisted the help of our friends Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck of Lucky Dragons to document the audible life of Downtown Los Angeles, and Aino Tytti to capture the uncageable energy of Shoreditch. Lucky Dragons create some of the most interesting sound experiences out there – engaging their physical surroundings, their audience and handmade electronic thingamajigs to create aural snapshots of time and place. Aino Tytti deconstructs and stitches back together the unique harmonies of the shared communal life of sidewalks and cities. In your hands, you hold the fruits of their labors. We also asked artists in every city where we hang our hat to create soundscapes that embody the spirit of each place (or a moment in the space-time continuum). You can read about these noise elves below.
So for now, take a listen. And then if you can, share what you hear when you walk out the door. Send us the early morning sounds of your walk to the train station or the bus stop, or your bike, or to the mailbox at the end of the driveway. Capture the high or the ebb tides of a city alive when you open your windows or walk down an out-of-way lane or stairway into the deep. Also, no one here will protest if you just send a 9 minute recording of your cat purring. We’ll put it all together at our little branch of the Sound Library and share alike.
Using the SoundCloud app on your phone, or any other app for that matter, record audio and then share it on any hashtag-friendly social platform using #acebroadcast and be sure to tag us as well: @acehotel​ on Twitter and Ace Hotel on Facebook. We’re listening, and it’s never too late to share. We’ll pick a few favorites and be in touch.
LUCKY DRAGONS : DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

Lucky Dragons is an ongoing collaboration between Los Angeles-based artists Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck. Active as a band since 2000, they are known for their participatory approach to making music, radically inclusive live shows, and playful, humanistic use of digital tools.
Fischbeck and Rara have presented collaborative work in a wide variety of contexts, including the Whitney Museum of American Art (as part of the 2008 Whitney Biennial), the Centre Georges Pompidou, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, London’s Institute for Contemporary Art, The Kitchen in New York, REDCAT and LACMA in Los Angeles, MOCA Los Angeles, the 54th Venice Biennale, and the Smithsonian’s Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, among others. The name “lucky dragons” is borrowed from a fishing vessel that was caught in the fallout from h-bomb tests in the mid-1950′s, an incident which sparked international outcry and gave birth to the worldwide anti-nuclear movement.
luckydragons.orgacehotel.com/losangeles
AINO TYTTI : SHOREDITCH

Drawing from a palette of processed field recordings, home made synthesizers and distant vocals, Aino Tytti creates shimmering, ethereal drones; fusing interlocking spirals of static and warm distortion into widescreen harmonic backdrops and intricately layered micro structures.
Abandoning conventional tuning scales, sounds are recorded and deconstructed to reveal hidden accents and textures. The results are then layered and expanded using uniquely defined harmonic ratios, realised through custom made synthesizers and digital processing. Part decaying and arresting, part hypnotic yet cerebral, influences from experimentalists such as Popul Vuh, Arvo Part and Throbbing Gristle are smeared alongside contemporary futurists such as Alva Noto and William Basinski.
ainotytti.comacehotel.com/london
FARMER DAVE : PALM SPRINGS

Farmer Dave Scher is an artist from Southern California whose work encompasses music, sound design, DJing and visual art. In addition to his involvement with Beachwood Sparks, All Night Radio and his self-titled work, Scher has worked as a producer and touring/session musician with Animal Collective, Elvis Costello, Interpol, Jenny Lewis, Johnathan Rice, Kurt Vile, Will Oldham, Vetiver and many others. 
A multi-instrumentalist, Scher is known for his textural steel guitar playing and creative use of waveform editing, deriving themes and inspiration from forms and patterns existing in Nature.  He has a particular love for the ocean and its creatures, and often emulates the sound and feel of the Sea with his music. In 2010, Scher launched his multipurpose sound design and composing enterprise Scher Sound, which offers a wide variety of audio-related creative services.
Scher is also the man behind Farmer Dave’s Hot Nuts, a habanero-roasted almond snack based on a family recipe. Mr. Scher lives and works in Venice, CA.
farmerdavescher.comacehotel.com/palmsprings
DIAMOND TERRIFIER : NOMAD DISTRICT, NYC

Diamond Terrifier is musician, DJ, artist, curator Sam Hillmer. Diamond Terrifier is Sam’s saxophone and electronics solo incarnation which sits at the intersection of ambient drone, world bass and sound system music, and the many great non-western saxophone traditions.
Sam Hillmer is the mind behind seminal Brooklyn noise band/chamber ensemble ZS, the You Are Here Festival (aka The Maze) which he conceives and produces with his visual art duo Trouble, and Representing NYC, the youth hip hop moniker that has released records for The Fly Girlz and Nine 11 Thesaurus on True Panther Sounds and The Social Registry respectively.
diamondterrifier.comacehotel.com/newyork
WORLD GANG : PDX + SEA


World Gang is a sound collaborative showcasing the work of Jeremiah Green and Darrin Wiener, two of the most enduring threads in the fabric of the Pacific Northwest’s music scene. Producer Darrin Wiener’s amalgam of synths and field recordings have shaped the sound of the Northwest’s IDM community since the turn of the century — the wizard behind the elegant curtains of Plastiq Phantom, DJs On Strike!, and the imputor? label, Wiener’s textural, humane approach to synthetic sounds has left an indelible stamp on the region’s overcast expanse. And the syncopated pulse of collaborator Jeremiah Green, best known as the unfaltering beat behind Modest Mouse, has been upsetting Cascadia’s rhythm for over 20 years. 
With an enviable résumé in film music, sound installation, and commercial work, World Gang has applied their nimble synthesis of organic sound and roiling electronics to a wide range of collaborative projects since 2006. 
music.world-gang.comacehotel.com/portlandacehotel.com/seattle
INGMAR HERRERA : PANAMA

Panamanian sound artist Ingmar Herrera presents an evocative street collage from busy avenues of Casco Viejo, near our latest portfolio project, American Trade Hotel.
acehotel.com/panama

Hear, hear.

It’s International Record Store Day, and we’ve been thinking a lot lately about how the things we see and hear, and the people we share it all with, profoundly shape our experience. We’re familiar with the pictorial record of the things that get our hearts pounding, the neighborhoods and buildings and people we fall in love with. But what of the everyday music, the ambient temporal and temporary audioscapes, the ephemeral pings and silences that punctuate every day? In celebration of the ineffable particulates that make up our love of place – the roots of our spots in Seattle, Portland, Palm Springs, New York and now LA, London and Panama – we’re tuning our antennae and putting our ear to the ground…

We enlisted the help of our friends Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck of Lucky Dragons to document the audible life of Downtown Los Angeles, and Aino Tytti to capture the uncageable energy of Shoreditch. Lucky Dragons create some of the most interesting sound experiences out there – engaging their physical surroundings, their audience and handmade electronic thingamajigs to create aural snapshots of time and place. Aino Tytti deconstructs and stitches back together the unique harmonies of the shared communal life of sidewalks and cities. In your hands, you hold the fruits of their labors. We also asked artists in every city where we hang our hat to create soundscapes that embody the spirit of each place (or a moment in the space-time continuum). You can read about these noise elves below.

So for now, take a listen. And then if you can, share what you hear when you walk out the door. Send us the early morning sounds of your walk to the train station or the bus stop, or your bike, or to the mailbox at the end of the driveway. Capture the high or the ebb tides of a city alive when you open your windows or walk down an out-of-way lane or stairway into the deep. Also, no one here will protest if you just send a 9 minute recording of your cat purring. We’ll put it all together at our little branch of the Sound Library and share alike.

Using the SoundCloud app on your phone, or any other app for that matter, record audio and then share it on any hashtag-friendly social platform using #acebroadcast and be sure to tag us as well: @acehotel on Twitter and Ace Hotel on Facebook. We’re listening, and it’s never too late to share. We’ll pick a few favorites and be in touch.


LUCKY DRAGONS : DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES


Lucky Dragons is an ongoing collaboration between Los Angeles-based artists Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck. Active as a band since 2000, they are known for their participatory approach to making music, radically inclusive live shows, and playful, humanistic use of digital tools.

Fischbeck and Rara have presented collaborative work in a wide variety of contexts, including the Whitney Museum of American Art (as part of the 2008 Whitney Biennial), the Centre Georges Pompidou, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, London’s Institute for Contemporary Art, The Kitchen in New York, REDCAT and LACMA in Los Angeles, MOCA Los Angeles, the 54th Venice Biennale, and the Smithsonian’s Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, among others. The name “lucky dragons” is borrowed from a fishing vessel that was caught in the fallout from h-bomb tests in the mid-1950′s, an incident which sparked international outcry and gave birth to the worldwide anti-nuclear movement.

luckydragons.org
acehotel.com/losangeles


AINO TYTTI : SHOREDITCH

Drawing from a palette of processed field recordings, home made synthesizers and distant vocals, Aino Tytti creates shimmering, ethereal drones; fusing interlocking spirals of static and warm distortion into widescreen harmonic backdrops and intricately layered micro structures.

Abandoning conventional tuning scales, sounds are recorded and deconstructed to reveal hidden accents and textures. The results are then layered and expanded using uniquely defined harmonic ratios, realised through custom made synthesizers and digital processing. Part decaying and arresting, part hypnotic yet cerebral, influences from experimentalists such as Popul Vuh, Arvo Part and Throbbing Gristle are smeared alongside contemporary futurists such as Alva Noto and William Basinski.

ainotytti.com
acehotel.com/london


FARMER DAVE : PALM SPRINGS

Farmer Dave Scher is an artist from Southern California whose work encompasses music, sound design, DJing and visual art. In addition to his involvement with Beachwood Sparks, All Night Radio and his self-titled work, Scher has worked as a producer and touring/session musician with Animal Collective, Elvis Costello, Interpol, Jenny Lewis, Johnathan Rice, Kurt Vile, Will Oldham, Vetiver and many others. 

A multi-instrumentalist, Scher is known for his textural steel guitar playing and creative use of waveform editing, deriving themes and inspiration from forms and patterns existing in Nature.  He has a particular love for the ocean and its creatures, and often emulates the sound and feel of the Sea with his music. In 2010, Scher launched his multipurpose sound design and composing enterprise Scher Sound, which offers a wide variety of audio-related creative services.

Scher is also the man behind Farmer Dave’s Hot Nuts, a habanero-roasted almond snack based on a family recipe. Mr. Scher lives and works in Venice, CA.

farmerdavescher.com
acehotel.com/palmsprings

DIAMOND TERRIFIER : NOMAD DISTRICT, NYC

Diamond Terrifier is musician, DJ, artist, curator Sam Hillmer. Diamond Terrifier is Sam’s saxophone and electronics solo incarnation which sits at the intersection of ambient drone, world bass and sound system music, and the many great non-western saxophone traditions.

Sam Hillmer is the mind behind seminal Brooklyn noise band/chamber ensemble ZS, the You Are Here Festival (aka The Maze) which he conceives and produces with his visual art duo Trouble, and Representing NYC, the youth hip hop moniker that has released records for The Fly Girlz and Nine 11 Thesaurus on True Panther Sounds and The Social Registry respectively.

diamondterrifier.com
acehotel.com/newyork

WORLD GANG : PDX + SEA

World Gang is a sound collaborative showcasing the work of Jeremiah Green and Darrin Wiener, two of the most enduring threads in the fabric of the Pacific Northwest’s music scene. Producer Darrin Wiener’s amalgam of synths and field recordings have shaped the sound of the Northwest’s IDM community since the turn of the century — the wizard behind the elegant curtains of Plastiq Phantom, DJs On Strike!, and the imputor? label, Wiener’s textural, humane approach to synthetic sounds has left an indelible stamp on the region’s overcast expanse. And the syncopated pulse of collaborator Jeremiah Green, best known as the unfaltering beat behind Modest Mouse, has been upsetting Cascadia’s rhythm for over 20 years. 

With an enviable résumé in film music, sound installation, and commercial work, World Gang has applied their nimble synthesis of organic sound and roiling electronics to a wide range of collaborative projects since 2006. 

music.world-gang.com
acehotel.com/portland
acehotel.com/seattle

INGMAR HERRERA : PANAMA

Panamanian sound artist Ingmar Herrera presents an evocative street collage from busy avenues of Casco Viejo, near our latest portfolio project, American Trade Hotel.

acehotel.com/panama


Portland, OR
Portland sonic institution Mississippi Records has just re-issued Harry Smith's seminal Anthology of American Folk Music in its complete, original 1952 form. Like everything Mississippi touches, this four-part set has all kinds of love poured into it. The series is dressed in sturdy cloth-bound gatefold sleeves and housed in a hand-crafted wooden box; an object of serious beauty.
To celebrate the reissue of this still under-sung masterpiece, the label’s dedicating tonight’s Music & Film Series at Hollywood Theatre to Smith’s work and legacy over the decades, with Michael Hurley, Marisa Anderson, Dragging An Ox Through Water, Jessika Kenney, Lori Goldston and Jolie Holland re-imagining a set of songs from the collection. 
For more information on tonight’s event, visit Hollywood Theatre’s website.

Portland, OR

Portland sonic institution Mississippi Records has just re-issued Harry Smith's seminal Anthology of American Folk Music in its complete, original 1952 form. Like everything Mississippi touches, this four-part set has all kinds of love poured into it. The series is dressed in sturdy cloth-bound gatefold sleeves and housed in a hand-crafted wooden box; an object of serious beauty.

To celebrate the reissue of this still under-sung masterpiece, the label’s dedicating tonight’s Music & Film Series at Hollywood Theatre to Smith’s work and legacy over the decades, with Michael Hurley, Marisa Anderson, Dragging An Ox Through Water, Jessika Kenney, Lori Goldston and Jolie Holland re-imagining a set of songs from the collection. 

For more information on tonight’s event, visit Hollywood Theatre’s website.


Downtown LA
Now playing at LA Chapter.

Downtown LA

Now playing at LA Chapter.


January 10, 1949
The vinyl record was born today. Pick out a good one and play it loud. 

January 10, 1949

The vinyl record was born today. 
Pick out a good one and play it loud. 


I’VE GOT A HOLE IN MY SOUL : BEYONDADOUBT
NICK WATERHOUSE & THE TURN-KEYS : SOME PLACE

Not sure how, but one day I came across this video & was in shock that there was an early 60’s RnB record that sounded like this that I had never heard! The baritone sax had me hooked. After that a hot-handed fever of needing a record I had never seen came over me, I was so confused when this search lead me to a SoundCloud (?!) page. Turned out that this was not a 60’s production but a modern record made by someone obsessed with the same lost sound that I am. I sent a message & he sent me the 45 & a musical friendship began.

At a concert Nick told the audience that I was the first person outside of SF to ever contact him about his music. That must seem so long ago to a man that is now internationally known as a revivalist and classic fashion icon with half a dozen releases under his belt.

Thursday we welcome the singer, songwriter and record producer Nick Waterhouse to Portland. Though it is rumored that Nick started out as a 45s DJ, he is better known as a guitarist and singer of a sound rooted in early 60’s rhythm & blues, jazz and soul. Thursday night he’ll be DJing his fabled 45rpm record collection that inspired his music career, at I’ve Got a Hole in My Soul with me at Holocene. ♥

This is the latest chapter in our new rare vinyl series with Beyondadoubt, a Portland-based producer, beatmaker, DJ and collector.


I’VE GOT A HOLE IN MY SOUL : BEYONDADOUBTRON BUFORD & URAL THOMAS : DEEP SOUL PT. I
About ten years ago, there was a very well put together woman selling a few 45s out of a plastic bag on street in Portland. She said they had been her father’s but that she had no turntable. She only wanted what seemed like a few bucks for the whole tattered bodega bag. In it I found some of Seattle’s holy grail, hard soul gems, namely, both Ron Buford on Camelot.
The singer on the stand-out track is Ural Thomas, who she said still lived in the neighborhood. Deep Soul Part 1 is still one of the greatest, high-energy tracks of the era, and to our amazement Ural Thomas is still performing it around PDX. This Saturday he’s headlining Downtown at Star Theater and the platters will be turned with the assistance of me, Danny Dodge (No Tomorrow Boys) and DJ HWY7. And I’ll be getting my record signed at long last.

This is the second chapter in our new rare vinyl series with Beyondadoubt, a Portland-based producer, beatmaker, DJ and collector.

I’VE GOT A HOLE IN MY SOUL : BEYONDADOUBT
RON BUFORD & URAL THOMAS : DEEP SOUL PT. I

About ten years ago, there was a very well put together woman selling a few 45s out of a plastic bag on street in Portland. She said they had been her father’s but that she had no turntable. She only wanted what seemed like a few bucks for the whole tattered bodega bag. In it I found some of Seattle’s holy grail, hard soul gems, namely, both Ron Buford on Camelot.

The singer on the stand-out track is Ural Thomas, who she said still lived in the neighborhood. Deep Soul Part 1 is still one of the greatest, high-energy tracks of the era, and to our amazement Ural Thomas is still performing it around PDX. This Saturday he’s headlining Downtown at Star Theater and the platters will be turned with the assistance of me, Danny Dodge (No Tomorrow Boys) and DJ HWY7. And I’ll be getting my record signed at long last.

This is the second chapter in our new rare vinyl series with Beyondadoubt, a Portland-based producer, beatmaker, DJ and collector.


RARE VINYL SERIES: ORIGAMI VINYL, DTLANeil Schield : The Jacks, Vacant World
About five years back I was trolling the internet for Japanese Rock and stumbled upon some outdated website documenting the lost sounds of Japanese Garage Rock from the 60’s. Many of the bands were influenced by the sounds of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys. The Jacks were Japan’s most interesting and creative answer to that sound. Their album “Vacant World” displayed the most awesome heavy fuzz sound that spun my head around. I’ve been rocking this album ever since. Sadly the thing is so rare, I haven’t been able to get my hands on a copy. You can get a fix of The Jacks here, and read more about their releases on Garage Hangover.
We’re featuring rare vinyl profiles by some of our favorite record labels and shops around the world. Keep an eye out for more.

RARE VINYL SERIES: ORIGAMI VINYL, DTLA
Neil Schield : The Jacks, Vacant World

About five years back I was trolling the internet for Japanese Rock and stumbled upon some outdated website documenting the lost sounds of Japanese Garage Rock from the 60’s. Many of the bands were influenced by the sounds of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys. The Jacks were Japan’s most interesting and creative answer to that sound. Their album “Vacant World” displayed the most awesome heavy fuzz sound that spun my head around. I’ve been rocking this album ever since. Sadly the thing is so rare, I haven’t been able to get my hands on a copy. You can get a fix of The Jacks here, and read more about their releases on Garage Hangover.

We’re featuring rare vinyl profiles by some of our favorite record labels and shops around the world. Keep an eye out for more.


I’VE GOT A HOLE IN MY SOUL : BEYONDADOUBT
BOBBY “BLUE” BLAND, RIP 23 JUNE 2013

Bobby Blue Bland was one of the great great great voices to come out of Memphis, Tennessee. My favorite quote from his interview with my friend Andria Lisle for Mojo Magazine: “The things I did have staying power. There’s a certain way you say ‘baby.’ You don’t just say it – you have to make somebody feel it.”

My first introduction to Bobby Blue Bland was a high priced LP on the wall of a Memphis record store where I worked for several years. At $100 it was far out of my price range. When I moved to Portland years ago and helped open a new record shop on Mississippi Street, I found a copy of the original 1961 album “Two Steps From The Blues” in the dollar bin. It has since remained one of my favorite long-players of all time — beautiful and haunting. Bobby goes from blues to soul to big band without ever losing genuineness.

Last night, hearing of his death, I lit a candle & listened in the dark. Tonight I would recommend you do the same.

Bobby Blue Bland

The first in our new rare vinyl feature with Beyondadoubt. Keep an eye out for new installations.


A lot of people think places like Detroit and Memphis are lost — that the radical openness and innocence and obsessiveness that flourished there can’t exist next to the internet, MP3s and — well, and crack. In 1960s Detroit, you could walk from the Brewster-Douglass Projects to Fortune and cut a record after school. Wendy Rene cruised in the door at Stax in 1964 and just sang a song that changed everything. In some ways, the internet and the digitization of music have allowed this same level access, but most of us will agree there’s some soul lost there… Why are real records important in this light? What likeness does holding a 45 bear to holding a real book? Why does it matter to touch and smell and hear something real?
Jack White is a crooner, a picker, an upholsterer, co-founder of Third Man Records and 2013’s Official Record Store Day Ambassador. In honor of the occasion, we’re hosting Third Man in Palm Springs at Ace Hotel & Swim Club during Desert Gold — they’re popping-up in the Clubhouse with the one and only currently functioning record shop in Palm Springs. It matters a lot to us. Third Man is really good at this shit. We can’t explain the ineffable importance of vinyl, of paper and ink, and of real people instead of Twitter handles. But come hang out with us today and we can just not explain it together. Bring your record bag.

A lot of people think places like Detroit and Memphis are lost — that the radical openness and innocence and obsessiveness that flourished there can’t exist next to the internet, MP3s and — well, and crack. In 1960s Detroit, you could walk from the Brewster-Douglass Projects to Fortune and cut a record after school. Wendy Rene cruised in the door at Stax in 1964 and just sang a song that changed everything. In some ways, the internet and the digitization of music have allowed this same level access, but most of us will agree there’s some soul lost there… Why are real records important in this light? What likeness does holding a 45 bear to holding a real book? Why does it matter to touch and smell and hear something real?

Jack White is a crooner, a picker, an upholsterer, co-founder of Third Man Records and 2013’s Official Record Store Day Ambassador. In honor of the occasion, we’re hosting Third Man in Palm Springs at Ace Hotel & Swim Club during Desert Gold — they’re popping-up in the Clubhouse with the one and only currently functioning record shop in Palm Springs. It matters a lot to us. Third Man is really good at this shit. We can’t explain the ineffable importance of vinyl, of paper and ink, and of real people instead of Twitter handles. But come hang out with us today and we can just not explain it together. Bring your record bag.


Read it and weep. Third Man Records hangs a shingle for their all-vinyl pop-up shop in the Cleaners at Ace Hotel & Swim Club — the only record store in Palm Springs for the time being — during our annual music and arts festival Desert Gold, deep in the desert during Coachella-time. Jack White, this year’s official ambassador of Record Store Day on 4/20, dude — hosts along with Ben Swank and other Third Man women and men. They’ll run a karaoke ring with NPR Music and other labels and groups in the Amigo Room, and pull all other manner of great feats of musical prowess off during the following couple of weeks. Stay tuned on our Desert Gold site, and bring your LP bag.


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