During a recent stay at Ace Hotel New York, Alexis recorded a beautiful lo-fi pop track titled Melting Ace Crackle. Take a listen (MP3), or download a high-quality version (AIFF) of his song. The recording features keyboards and loops of “crackle” that serve as the backdrop to Alexis’ contemplative lyrics:
I was trying to say
What I could never say
When I was melting away
As you played
People make such joyous music
People’s voices are so full of peeling laughter
Alexis Taylor is a British musician. He is the lead vocalist and keyboardist/guitarist of the band Hot Chip and a solo artist in his own right. His new solo album Piano and the remix project Listen With(out) Piano will be released on Pre-Echo in September at the NY Art Book Fair.
This September, Ace AIR is curated by Printed Matter. Founded in 1976, Printed Matter is the world’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination, understanding and appreciation of artists’ books. Located at 195 Tenth Avenue, Printed Matter maintains an expansive inventory of over 37,877 titles from more than 27,080 artists, and produces both the New York Art Book Fair and LA Art Book Fair.
Ace Hotel | September 22, 2023
Launched last year, FUNCTION is a Toronto-based platform for everything Ballroom: culture, stories, events and education. Recently, they brought Ballroom royalty through our doors for our collaborative “Class of ’23” sessions, an ongoing series centering sexual health, community and movement. We gathered monthly to talk about history, sex ed and the courageous creative expression of voguing, as led by four of Ballroom's most influential figures. Tears, cheers, breakthrough moments on the floor — the effects of FUNCTION remind us how alive and how staggeringly inextricable sweetness and pain can feel. Here, FUNCTION lays down five pillars of Ballroom.
Ace Hotel | September 19, 2023
Imagine you’re seated at a kitchen table. Around it, an amalgam of the wisest leaders in food, spanning both time and place — Africa, New Orleans, Rome, beyond — are gathered. It’s here they’ve come to share wisdom, family recipes and sage advice; insight as to they got started; where they find joy; the one recipe they’d share if they had to pick; and how to cook like Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor, whose kitchen ran exclusively on the vibrations of intuition. Chef and writer Klancy Miller generously offers readers a place at that proverbial table in her latest book, “For The Culture: Phenomenal Black Women and Femmes in Food: Interviews, Inspiration, and Recipes.”
Ace Hotel | August 28, 2023
Michael is the head honcho at Efficient Space, the Melbourne-based record label responsible for outfitting Ace Sydney with a treasure trove of a vinyl library and for archiving and re-releasing obscure, ahead-of-its-time Australian music. At Efficient Space, the mission isn’t burn fast but bright, but rather driven by the careful, occasionally tedious and always time-consuming work of preservation. “Most of the projects we’re uncovering maybe wouldn't happen if we didn’t instigate it, and that’s the motivation,” Michael says.