WEAR THE OWL

May 24th, 2011 , by


 

Since we released Canta Lechuza from Helado Negro last week, we've received questions from all over the world inquiring about the owl on the artwork. The owl. Elementary school teacher Clarisa Uton from Idaho wrote in, "Dear AK, Canta Lechuza is a lovely album, but why is Roberto [of Helado Negro] taking a bath with the owl? Is that what the kids are doing these days?" And Paul Frank, a tea-shop proprietor asked, "I'm curious about the owl. How could I not be? Clearly, it represents something important. A totem perhaps? But what does it mean? My wife thinks it's meaningless, but I feel it has some importance. Please settle this debate between my life partner and me."
 
We're afraid, Clarisa and Paul and world, that we cannot answer those questions or settle any debates. To do so would mean delving deep into the layered mind of Roberto Carlos Lange (aka Helado Negro), a feat we dare not attempt for fear of never returning. 
 
But what we can do is offer an opportunity to wear the owl. Longtime Roberto collaborator David Ellis has designed a gorgeous and minimalistic take on The Owl, which you can see in greater detail here. It's $14. It may not offer answers, but it will offer style and slight protection from the elements. These days, that's all one can expect from a t-shirt.
 
That is, unless you buy the shirt and the MP3 version of the album for $19. The t-shirt will arrive via mail, the MP3 via your email within 30 minutes of purchase. Both will enlighten, but we make no guarantees. Click here to give it a shot.

ROBERTO LANGE COLLABORATES WITH NENE HUMPHREY

May 18th, 2011 , by

On display this Saturday in Brooklyn is a collaborative video and live performance from artist Nene Humphrey. Roberto Lange, aka Helado Negro and Epstein, worked extensively with Nene on the music composition, partnering also with songwriter and performer Julie DeLano and cinematographer Christopher Keohane.
 
In what began as a meditation on the loss of her husband, Nene Humphrey layers sound, film and live performance in the piece she is calling Circling the Center. Images of electrical circuit boards, animated MRI's, braiding weaving patterns and a 19th century papier maiche brain model are layered with the sounds of rats serenading each other in a neuroscience lab, human breathing, a metronome and the chanted directions for crafting Victorian mourning braids, creating a film projected on a large scrim. Three women behind and in front of the scrim perform an original vocal dance piece at selected intervals.

The video performance is at 7pm, Saturday May 21st. More details are here.

NEW ALBUM FROM HELADO NEGRO OUT TODAY

May 10th, 2011 , by

Canta Lechuza, the second album from Helado Negro, is out today. It is a perfect album for spring; majestic but at the same time welcoming, the music bubbling forth like little green shoots out of black dirt. Canta Lechuza is pop music for sure, but this is Helado Negro, right? He'll never force his way in with over-you-head beats. His riffs are subtle and suave. A wink here, a wave there. You will be charmed as we have. The album is so good, we are listening to it right now as we pen the very news you read. 

If we can be so bold, we recommend you do the same and listen. It's been a while since you just relaxed and listened, isn't it? See below for a full, free stream, or click here.

And if you like what you hear, do buy it. It's $8 for the MP3, $10 for the CD and $15 for the LP. Click here to buy.

EVE SUSSMAN AND THE RUFUS CORPORATION IN LONDON

April 19th, 2011 , by

Helado Negro's Canta Lechuza features the amazing vision and photography of world renown filmmaker and photographer Eve Sussman. It is an honor to have her join the ranks of our talented pool of album artists. Eve's new collaborative group, the Rufus Corporation launched whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir this last weekend at the Haunch of Venison gallery in London. For those of you on that side of the pond the show runs until May 14th. More information here.

HELADO NEGRO ON RECORD AT UNION POOL [VIDEO]

April 19th, 2011 , by

William "Zoe" Fitzgerald of Flatblooded Productions created this lovely live video of Helado Negro in the band's new live configuration at Union Pool in Brooklyn. It is a fuzzy video, but we think you'll get the general idea.

Helado Negro have a couple tour dates coming up with saxagenius Montreal-based Colin Stetson and a record release show with our own Julianna Barwick. See here for more details.

Unrelated historical trivia: Liz Janes and temporal vessel of Future Rapper celebrated their east coast wedding reception at Union Pool. Now you know.

HELADO NEGRO ON BENEFIT COMP FOR JAPAN

April 5th, 2011 , by

Helado Negro's "Cabeza Bella" is the second track on Benefit for the Recovery of Japan, a mammoth but brilliantly curated compilation featuring the likes of Fennesz, Akron/Family, Tape, Prefuse 73, Tim Hecker, Sam Prekop, and band members from TV on the Radio, Deerhunter, and many, many others. The quality and breadth of the compilation's artists, and the efficiency record label Antopic demonstrated in putting this together is really something. The comp is a testament of the way people from across the globe can come together and help in time of need. All proceeds go to the Civic Force in Japan.

We highly recommend you purchasing the compilation here for $15.

HELADO NEGRO TOURING WEST COAST

March 24th, 2011 , by

In a couple months, we'll get to release Canta Lechuza from Helado Negro, aka Roberto Lange. It's good, good stuff. You can likely hear it as early as we have if you manage catch him on tour; an easy thing in the next couple of weeks if you reside on the west coast. Roberto's traveled all the way from Brooklyn to tourmates o'death to catch some early sun – and say hello. Details here.

ROBERTO LANGE AND DAVID ELLIS MAKE TRASH SING

March 17th, 2011 , by

Our ever prolific Roberto Lange (Epstein and Helado Negro) has produced another amazing kinetic sculpture with artist David Ellis. Enjoy!

FREE EP FROM HELADO NEGRO

October 19th, 2010 , by

Dear Friends. With all of last week's excitement we wanted to circle back and get in your ears the best way we know how – with music! And to that end we wanted to share with you Pasajero, Helado Negro's (a/k/a Roberto Carlos Lange) new EP, which is available for FREE download here! The album expands upon Helado Negro's musical palette and creates (in our opinion) a blissful affair of Latin textures coupled with Mr. Lange's patented delivery. We think it's pretty awesome and we hope you do too! In other news, Roberto will be performing a benefit show this Friday in support of Miami's Lotus House Women's Shelter. All proceeds will go directly to women and children in need so if you are hanging in southern Florida, swing by and show some love! Why? Because that's what it's all about.

ROBERTO LANGE MAKES TRASH (SCULPTURE)

July 13th, 2010 , by

Our own Roberto C. Lange (aka Helado Negro, aka Epstein) collaborated with installation artist David Ellis to create this sculpture.

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