“I have spent so many years working in other mediums, film, theater, fiction, and working in the art world, that I wanted to return to my roots, where I feel most at home being creative. That’s music. Like a lot of people, I had a pretty wrecked childhood and the only thing that kept me sane was being a part of the insane punk rock community around me, and listening to and making music and I miss it more and more as I get older. The album is not me trying to recreate that atmosphere but a place to begin where I left off. Even if that just means having fun – like not being too precious, finding ways to be vulnerable, and embracing the collision of styles, all of which I hope you feel in this album. I like this moment in my life and feel like this album was a way to create a sort of sonic snapshot of what I’ve been thinking about and what’s important to me. And thinking of how fast it goes. Like in Cardiac Soundtrack – I wondered what it was that the great Joe Strummer might have been listening to when he had his heart attack. “U-Roy? The Jay Tees?” What will I go out listening to? And what music can I leave behind?
I wrote all the music and brought the song demos to the producer, Omer Leibovitz, and he assembled a group of killer Brooklyn musicians (himself included), to get the full band sound that I wanted. And then he brought along the excellent engineer at Studio G, Jeff Berner, and with Alan Douches mastering I felt I couldn’t be in better hands. The album artwork was done by one of my favorite illustrators, Roxanna Bikadorrof. I first discovered her artwork on the cover of my favorite Flannery O’Connor books and I actually cold-called her and coaxed her out of “applied art” retirement with punk rock.” – Aaron Louis“Turing Toy” embed:
Aaron Louis is currently the Director of Audio Visual at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), on the Board of Directors at 3-Legged Dog Media + Theater Group, on the advisory board of Ideas Beyond Borders, on the advisory board of This is 42, and a freelance Producer. Current Producer credits include the new documentary, ISLAM AND THE FUTURE OF TOLERANCE, featuring Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz. The full feature documentary is directed by Jay Shapiro, co-directed by Desh Amila, and Produced by Desh Amila, Suzi Jamil, and Aaron Louis. Past Producer credits include a co-production with BAM and WNYC for RadioLoveFest entitled ISLAMOPHOBIA: A CONVERSATION, a panel debate moderated by WNYC’s Brian Lehrer. Aaron was formerly the Producing Director at 3LD Art & Technology Center where credits include 3LD’s co-production with The Public Theater of THE HUMAN SCALE, written/performed by Pulitzer Prize-winning Lawrence Wright, directed by Oskar Eustis (2010 New Yorker Festival); MAKING UP THE TRUTH, written/performed by “This American Life” regular Jack Hitt; SPY GARBO, the Drama Desk-nominated off-Broadway production directed by Kevin Cunningham; and the off-Broadway run of Marielle Heller’s THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde and Rachel Eckerling, now a major motion picture. Other credits include 3LD’s video design and installation in The Modern Woman gallery at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and video design and installation for Lady Gaga at the New Museum. Aaron is also the author of a number of books including the 2003 novel, “Things That Hang From Trees” and the 2006 Aviles Street Productions screenplay adaptation. The film premiered in New Directors/New Films and SXSW and won “Best Film” at Corto Imola International Film Festival (Bologna, Italy) and “Best American Independent” in Troia International Film Festival. (Lisbon, Portugal) and was distributed by Radio London Films in 2007. Aaron began his career as a musician, and after several years as the principal singer/songwriter for the eleven-piece acoustic punk band, DANDELION WINE, he went on to release a solo album called IF SO on Tropia Records in 2000. Aaron was the in-house booking agent for four live music venues in central Florida: Up & Atom, Black-Eyed Susan, The Main Street Pier, and The Underground, producing over 1000 shows with regional and national bands. Aaron was also the owner of Galaxie 500, a live music venue and performance space in northern Florida. Aaron currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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