The Ruby Suns, Painted Palms, Lucky Paul

The Satellite presents

The Ruby Suns

Painted Palms

Lucky Paul

Tue, February 12, 2013

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)

The Satellite

Los Angeles, CA

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

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The Ruby Suns
The Ruby Suns
Travel through the desert of pop long enough and, no matter the odds, eventually you'll find an oasis. And it just might be frozen.

When the Ruby Suns' main mover Ryan McPhun alighted in Oslo, Norway in the winter of 2010, he'd knew he'd found an artistic haven. Recently split from his long-term girlfriend and bandmate, on holiday from his adopted home of New Zealand, McPhun was ready for something new.

He'd always been a musical wayfarer, collecting sounds and styles from his travels around the globe, depositing influences and ephemera into three knockout Ruby Suns albums (2006's The Ruby Suns, 2008's Sea Lion and 2010's Fight Softly). In Scandinavia-amidst its icy architecture and sky-high fjords, not to mention the indomitable gloss-pop that's the region's leading export-he discovered the inspiration for the album you're now holding in your hands.

Christopher is an album about starting over, but not necessarily moving forward. It's a breakup album, but as one listen will tell you, not necessarily a sad one. It's McPhun's fourth record for Memphis Industries, third for Sub Pop and first mixed by an A-list engineer: Chris Coady of Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Gang Gang Dance and a zillion more. McPhun spent two weeks at Coady's studio in New York. Together they polished Christopher to an opalescent sheen, yielding the kind of expensive-sounding, future-leaning ear candy typically the providence of Top 40 radio.

McPhun makes his own brand of pop-accessible and unconventional, ethereal and concise, modern and timeless. In that regard, Christopher is miles beyond previous Ruby Suns records-a high-fi, meta-disco, headphonic roller-skating jam for lovers written and recorded over the course of several years, several world tours and several separate bands.
Painted Palms
Painted Palms
Canopy is the debut EP from duo Painted Palms. With its echoes of Brill Building pop, buoyant electronics, and encompassing textural experimentation, the EP exudes something ebullient as well as meditative. Canopy is a modern psych-pop collage with an affinity for fluidity and the exotic.

Cousins Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme are the creative force behind Painted Palms – a duo in the studio that expands to a five-piece band for live shows. The two grew up together on the same block in Lafayette, Louisiana. After Donohue moved to the Bay Area in California for school, they spent several years exchanging music they had made by themselves – hypnotic sound experiments and song fragments. However, it wasn't until they both returned home for the winter break in 2009, that they began playing music together. They tried to make a song together for the first time. Two days later, they had completed "Falling Asleep," the only track on Canopy that was made while they were in the same room.

Soon thereafter, Donohue returned to the Bay Area and Prudhomme remained in Louisiana to complete his college education. Even after making "Falling Asleep", they never legitimately considered pursuing a musical collaboration because of their distance—until the possibility of collaborating over the internet came up in a phone call weeks later.

After several months of exchanging tracks and building songs, Canopy was finished. Soon after, of Montreal's Kevin Barnes heard Canopy and invited Painted Palms to act as main support for of Montreal on their 26-date North American tour.

Each song on Canopy reflects the self-discovery that was a constant for both musicians during its making. They came to find that their lifelong relationship had produced within them a strikingly lucid, meaningful way in which to communicate in their newfound creative space. Then, they set out to make this visceral language an intrinsic quality of their music.

According to Donohue, "We placed full artistic and emotional trust in one another and discovered an intense bond that existed between the two of us-one that may have not existed otherwise. Pulling myself apart and focusing on personal honesty influenced a large part of the music, which was made in such a strange and amazing period of self-exploration for both of us. Destroying the contrived and constructed elements of my personality and thought processes-that's what Painted Palms is to me."

Painted Palms are ready to move forward while pushing boundaries of many sorts, both as individual musicians and as a collaborative pair. To quote Prudhomme, "We try to reveal the nature of ourselves with the music. That's a main objective. Each song is our way of confronting obstacles in our personalities or our friendship."
Lucky Paul
Lucky Paul
Lucky Paul is an improvising percussionist at heart. He has built himself a machine to do just that. His genre bending sets are spontaneously created from scratch, live looping household objects, percussion, the radio, synths, drum and vocal samples to create a unique and truly live experience every time he plays.

After living and studying traditional music in Brazil, India and Korea, New Zealand born, Lucky Paul moved to Berlin, where he busked on the street with homemade synths and looping pedals mounted on an ironing board. It was through this where he signed with Somethinksounds label, having released 2 EP's so far (Slow Ground, Elephant Island). He often gigged around town and eventually joined Feist's band after working extensively with Mocky and Chilly Gonzales.

He has just come off a year and a half long tour as Feist's drummer, where he spent hours on end in backstage dressing rooms to create the musical instrument of his dreams. It allows him to record, loop and edit sounds on the fly in a completely open and spontaneous approach.

Now based in LA, look out for this musical anomaly soon.
Venue Information:
The Satellite
1717 Silverlake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90027