I have an enduring weakness for electronic music, but not the ridiculous bass-drop tripe from the likes of Skrillex and Bassnectar. I do like the kids who listen to it, because they are some friendly little drugged-up puppies, but the music exists primarily as an excuse to get high; it has little inherent value.
And then there’s Beacon, which is the Brooklyn-based duo of Thomas Mullarney III and Jacob Gossett. They find the common ground in a long list of genres — ambient, R&B, electronic dance music, confessional indie pop — to create a shimmering wall of sound that can be intoxicating. You don’t just listen to Beacon, you immerse yourself in Beacon.
Beacon is on tour with label-mates Shigeto and Heathered Pearls. They all make records for Ghostly International, a Michigan label with a house sound that basically isn’t a sound but more of an idea. Started in 1999 as a small record label, Ghostly International is now what owner Sam Valenti IV calls a “multi-platform cultural curator” dealing with visual arts, graphic design, fashion, technology and music publishing.
Ghostly International label manager Jeff Owens said that the tour “is for anyone interested in any of the acts and hopefully it converts new Ghostly followers .... The label has a communal feel to it. We’d like to think all the acts have a connection in some form or fashion.”
The Ghostly International Tour stops Sunday at Zanzabar, 2100 S. Preston St. Doors at 8 p.m., music at 9, tickets $8 advance, $10 at the door, available at the club or online at Zanzabarlouisville.com.
And now, the headlines ...
While I was weeding through some wire service stories, an entertainment headline caught my eye. I don’t think this was meant to be an editorial comment and didn’t read the story.
“Adam Levine is fashion’s next pop star.” Doesn’t that seem backward? Or clueless? Or mind-blowingly accurate? Still can’t decide.
The iTunes charts
Sad, as usual. Come on, people!
Top Songs — 1. “Roar,” Katy Perry; 2. “Berzerk,” Eminem; 3. “Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell),” Robin Thicke; 4. “Applause,” Lady Gaga; 5. “Wrecking Ball,” Miley Cyrus; 6. “Wake Me Up,” Avicii; 7. “Holy Grail (feat. Justin Timberlake),” Jay-Z; 8. “Royals,” Lorde; 9. “We Can’t Stop,” Miley Cyrus; 10. “Hold On, We’re Going Home (feat. Majid Jordan),” Drake.
Top Albums — 1. “Hail to the King,” Avenged Sevenfold; 2. “Stay Trippy,” Juicy J; 3. “Hall of Fame,” Big Sean; 4. “Crash My Party,” Luke Bryan; 5. “Paradise Valley,” John Mayer; 6. “Unorthodox Jukebox,” Bruno Mars; 7. “The 20/20 Experience,” Justin Timberlake; 8. “The Heist,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; 9. “Alabama & Friends,” Various Artists; 10. “Teen Beach Movie,” various.
Jeffrey Lee Puckett can be reached at (502) 582-4160, firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter, @JLeePuckett.