You Can Be A Wesley (YCBW) is Saara Untracht-Oakner, Winston Macdonald, Nick Curran and Dylan Ramsey.
Formed in the basement of a Boston University dorm room, YCBW made their first recordings on a broken laptop with a free mixing program. After recording their first demo in early 2008 and touring throughout New England and the Northeast, YCBW gathered an immediate fan base.
In 2008 the band took a brief hiatus when Saara and Nick finished their last semester of college in Sydney, Australia and Winston embarked on an adventure through Ecuador. Upon their return, the band regrouped to record the LP “Heard Like Us,” which they released in late 2009.
YCBW recently recorded and released a 7” including the singles “Talking Science” and “Old In Florida.” They currently live in a big house together and are working on a full length due out in 2011.
They’re named Princeton- but after the Santa Monica street where they grew up, rather than the Ivy League college. They’re an established part of the Los Angeles music scene- profiled in LA Weekly and Spin, veterans of the DIY artspace subculture, but at the same time remain at a distance from the Smell and the post-modern noise bands that have come to define the venue and area on a national level.
From this backdrop of dichotomy comes Princeton’s new album – an effort by identical twin brothers Mattand Jesse Kivel (Kisses) from across the Atlantic- with Matt stationed in a draughty Victorian hovel in bleak London, midwinter, studying the writings and compositions of Steve Reich, Terry Riley and La Monte Young and Jesse at home in sun-baked Los Angeles listening to disco records.
The result marks new and expansive territory for the brothers as they indulge in the movement of precise, rhythm-based pop music (To The Alps) while remaining obsessed with the principles of classical minimalism.
Alexandra Gooch, a 19 year old illustrator from Moscow, is working on her own book “Design of Nature”. A beautiful collection of images, colorful details of exotic birds, to share the believe that nature is the greatest artist around. Looking forward to that! Satellitevoices did a small interview a few weeks back, more over there >
Walls Notebook is a notebook / sketchbook that features 80 pictures of “clean” NYC walls instead of blank pages. Write, draw, paste, or doodle on these inspirational backdrops. You’ll be one step closer to being the street artist you’ve always wanted to be … minus the jail time.
“My jewellery making is like materialpainting, I draw with stones and chains, combining materials and colours and assembling objects to a whole new creature.
This is a very sensual and personal way of expressing myself. My jewellery is a reflection of myself and an objective adherence of my ideas, thoughts and feelings into material, form and colour. Furthermore, my jewellery is about unconditional beauty and decorative equality. I use materials and collected objects which fascinate me.
With the silicone casting method I found a possibility to connect my collected things together in one single piece of jewellery. These things are beloved objects from my life: things from childhood, jewellery from my family, from different times, countries or finds. They all represent me, my entity, my interests, my social status, the diverse cultures which surround me and the modern time I and we are living in.
I like to create associations & stories in peoples mind. By the use of cast plastic, I unify all these objects in same colour, materiality and value. So afterwards everything is in harmony, has the same value and decorative equality and it doesn´t matter, if something was precious or non-precious before.”