Ace Hotel announced today, October 11, 2011 a collaboration with their favorite independent radio station KEXP and Toyota Free Yr Radio for their second year of live radio broadcasts from Ace Hotel New York during CMJ, October 19-21, 2011. This partnership came about based on a common passion for independent radio and media, and celebrates the roots of independent music in Seattle (where both Ace and KEXP were founded) with innovative, inspired music and an art show with one of the stalwarts of Seattle’s DIY aesthetic, the trailblazing poster artist Art Chantry. The exhibit, Thanks for the Memories, is an archival show of Chantry’s iconic Seattle rock posters in the gallery space at Ace New York.
The listening public and music devotees from all five boroughs are invited to enjoy three full days and nights of live programming in the lobby at Ace New York. Some of the best acts in independent music join the line-up this year including Zola Jesus, Widowspeak, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Givers, Dum Dum Girls, The Lonely Forest, EMA and We Are Augustines. Artists play live sets for broadcast daily from 10:30 to 5pm, and indie label DJs will provide the dance fuel to keep your party fires burning from 6pm till the wee hours.
Art Chantry’s seminal rock poster art and “roughed up” approach to design presaged the next wave of great rock poster artists like Frank Kozik, Jermaine Rogers and Todd Slater and influenced a generation of graphic designers of all kinds. The posters and album covers he created for bands like Nirvana, Hole, the Cramps, Harvey Danger and Mono Men are as vivid a diary of an era as the music.
Chantry’s work has been displayed at the Seattle Art Museum, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Museum of Modern Art, The Smithsonian and The Louvre. His show at Ace will be held in the gallery space off the lobby. Additionally, a screenprint poster Art created exclusively for this exhibition will be printed in limited edition at Seattle’s specialty print shop DL Screenprinting and made available only at Ace Hotel New York.
Seattle is where non-conformist music and independent radio took hold, and that spirit has never been more relevant than it is today. The ashen skies, reams of flyer molting from telephone poles and transcendent coffee are indelibly engraved in the narrative tableau of the formative years of DIY culture. Ace is keeping the noise alive with KEXP.
All sets will be broadcast live over the airwaves in Seattle and everywhere else online and via podcast. Keep an eye out at blog.acehotel.com, kexp.org and freeyrradio.com for real time posts, photos, videos and interviews.
WEDNESDAY: Zola Jesus, We Are Augustines, Portugal the Man, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
THURSDAY: Widowspeak, Givers, Dum Dum Girls, The Lonely Forest
FRIDAY: WATERS, EMA, Caveman, Atlas Sound
Please keep in mind, capacity is limited for folks who aren’t staying at Ace during the broadcasts.
Seattle bassed KEXP is one of the most influential listener-supported music radio stations in the country. More than 180,000 listeners from around the world tune in to the station each week at KEXP 90.3 FM Seattle and KEXP.org, and it produces 500 in-studio performances each year. DJ John Richards is the host of KEXP’s renowned Morning Show, and he and his partner Amy also curate lobby playlists for Ace New York and Palm Springs. They both love music as much as life itself, which they love a whole heck of a lot.
Toyota Free Yr Radio began as a means of supportting independent radio. Since the program’s inception, Free Yr Radio has brought together scores of independent stations including KEXP, The Current, WTUL and WLUW with some of the country’s top artists including Yeasayer, Calexico, Jamie Lidell and Sonic Youth, at music festivals across the country to build support for independent radio. This year Free Yr Radio celebrates its fifth anniversary and has visited Lollapalooza in Chicago, Outside Lands in San Francisco and Bumbershoot in Seattle. Following CMJ in New York, Free Yr Radio will make the final stop on the 2011 tour at the Voodoo Experience in New Orleans.