January 24th, 2009 , by John Beeler
Lest you think our artists live a rockstar lifestyle consisting of rockstaring and drinking Red Bull all day, you should know that Rafter not only runs his own studio and commercial scoring company, he also is a stay-at-home-dad. Very non-rockstar-ish. That is why it is a rare and special occasion when circumstances permit him and his band to tour, especially since Rafter always shows up with one of the best performances in the biz. But the stars have aligned in the right positions in their sky, the magnetic fields have correctly polarized, and Rafter will be setting forth on a Most Excellent Adventure from his home in San Diego all the way to Brooklyn, with stops on the way that include Phoenix, Austin, Denver, Salem, and Seattle. Seriously guys: Rafter’s show will have you rebooting your booty to keep up. Go. And don’t stop until he does. Dates are here.
PS. Enjoy improvisation? Next month, our token jazz band (as required by the Federal Jazz Requirement Statute of 1983, and by our own good taste) also embarks on a tour far from home to Brooklyn, the Midwest, and Beyond. More later, but for now…details here.
December 9th, 2008 , by John Beeler
December 1st, 2008 , by John Beeler
Back in August, we announced Volume 2 of the Rafter video contest, with promises of cash prizes to those who could create the best music videos to songs from Rafter’s new EP, Sweaty Magic . Employing a diverse range of judges, we have chosen winners. And if we could appear at their house with a supersize check, we would. Instead, we will just email them.
Those winners include Dax Norman, whose striking animation came in squarely at first place. You can watch his video just above the text or by clicking here. Second place goes to this very well-populated video by Ryan, although (it’s a shame we just see the audition and never see the actual video!). You can watch his video by clicking on more, or here. Finally, third place falls to mws888, whose wonderful stop-animation is both literal and mesmerizing. That video is here, or you can view it by clicking more.
second place by rynostevie
third place by mws888
November 12th, 2008 , by John Beeler
Rafter’s Sweaty Magic EP has been piquing a lot of ears lately (read about it here).
Now you can involve your visual sense as well. Rafter is embarking on something of a super-concentrated-ultimate-tour. He’ll be passing through Miami (*), Orlando, Tallahassee (*), Atlanta (*), Durham (*), Greensboro (*), and topping off in NYC. And if you can’t get enough Rafter with one performance, he’ll also be deejaying in cities (which we conveniently denoted above with a star). See exact venues here.
Don’t live in those cities? Win $1000 instead by submitting a video to our YouTube contest. Details here. Hurray! Time is running out!
October 14th, 2008 , by John Beeler
A couple of weeks ago, we released Sweaty Magic, an EP from Rafter that has kept us shaking our boots and booties since we first heard it. Now, we know EPs get a bad rap sometimes. But trust us, this gem is worth it.
Or don’t trust us. Trust other people. Pitchfork reviewed it yesterday: "Songs ooze with sleazy sensuality . . . its clattering beats and madcap synths ride a propulsive rhythm that fulfills his goal of shameless danceability."
Paul Zimmerman over at First Coast News writes that "Sweaty Magic is short and sweet and a fantastic sweat inducing dance beast from the electro netherworld." The fact that this is a "mere" EP getting you down? Cokemachineglow would beg to differ: "This may find itself more often reached for than anything so self-consciously legitimate as a ‘real’ album."
October 1st, 2008 , by John Beeler
Not so long ago, Rafter and his girlfriend Lizeth Santos embarked on an experiment wherein they created an art project a day. Lucky for us, this resulted in a plethora of interesting songs and photographs for our Sidebar (which shall return!).
Those are gone now, but luckily Rafter and Lizeth have transformed them from the chrysalis of that original experiment into a myriad of new expressions. One is Rafter’s sweet and perfect Sweaty Magic EP, and another is Lizeth Santos’ upcoming art show at Pehrspace in Los Angeles.
Pehrspace will be exhibiting Lizeth’s work from October 11th to November 5th. The opening on October 11th, from 9pm to 12pm, will feature a performance by Rafter at 10pm and is free. Click here to go Pehrspace’s website, or here to visit Lizeth’s website.
(Bonus: I Heart Lung performs at Pehrspace just a couple days after on Monday night!)
September 22nd, 2008 , by John Beeler
The premiere of season two of Yo Gabba Gabba starts today on NickJr, wherein we learn Grobby’s age, that Preston is a great dancer, birthdays are special days, how to decorate a special cake, and even beat a birthday beat! Who knows what future episodes will reveal?!
And if you watch carefully over the next season, you may even hear a familiar voice that is "growing" in popularity! This amazing show comes highly recommended by several Asthmatic Kitty kids. Watch it! Click here for NickJr’s schedule.
August 28th, 2008 , by John Beeler
Photo by Lizeth Santos Rafter’s new EP, which is sweaty, magical, and ergo very appropriately titled Sweaty Magic, is available for order right now. It’s the perfect booty-shaking disc for college students returning to dorm halls, or 75 year old veteran dancers wanting to shake up the weekly shuffleboard-a-thon. You can read more about it […]Read the Rest...
June 12th, 2008 , by John Beeler
Rafter eats healthy, dances regularly, and has been known to rescue a wayward animal or two. In other words, he is a super hero with a penchant for groovy dancing. Hollywood producers took notice and have asked him to provide some party music for the second episode of Adrian Grenier’s (of HBO’s Entourage fame) Alter Eco show. This episode will premiere TONIGHT! (then likely rerun,) on Planet Green. The episode features seminal graphic artist and designer Shepard Fairey. Their website has a channel tracker so people can find it in their area.
June 2nd, 2008 , by John Beeler
If you’re at all a visitor to our fine webhome, you know that for a while Rafter was posting weekly mp3s. Well-received all, but it occurred to Rafter that the best of them made a fine booty moving mix. Rafter trenched up in his studio, took these self-made tracks and added that special, loving spin to each song that only Rafter can.
The result is the Sweaty Magic EP, a perfectly designed set of seven songs with the sole intent of expanding the borders of the dance floor further and further out. We’ve had the luxury to listen to the EP, and the result was exactly as promised: sweaty, and magical. These little musical gems will arrive just as the summer winds up, on September 9, just before you wipe that brow for the last time.