It’s good to be a ghost. Well, at least one sonic spook in particular. Nick Millhiser, best known as one half of the synth-pop duo Holy Ghost!, is in the enviable position of having purchased a three-story building on Manhattan Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for the tidy sum of $2.6 million smackers. Apparently his sister, fashion stylist to the stars Lilli Millhiser, went in with him on the edifice, which currently hosts a bodega on its first floor and two units above. It’s definitely the polar opposite of the over-the-top home purchases made by EDMers Zedd, Avicii, Calvin Harris and Borgore.
Have Holy Ghost!’s two albums on DFA earned enough to finance such a purchase, or has Millhiser been out robbing banks in between gigs? Will that bodega become a music studio? Or maybe a headquarters for Ms. Millhiser’s fashion activities? Or will it simply remain as is, and have one of the hippest landlords on the block? Time will undoubtedly answer at least most of these questions. And hey — since the family who previously owned the building was there since the ’80s, they undoubtedly made a hefty profit on the sale. In the end let’s hope they’ll “pay it forward,” and put some of that money into starting up a new record label or something.
Holy Ghost! may be as well known as recording artists as they are for their remixing chops, but as their new album, Work For Hire, reminds us, the remix gifts of Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel are not to be taken lightly. Over the last several years, the Brooklyn-based duo has breathed a whole new life into tracks by a broad range of artists (MGMT, José Gonzáles, Katy Perry, Hanni El Khatib, etc.) and Work For Hire brings together the best of those remixes, in chronological order, offering an impressive view of the Holy Ghost! aesthetic’s evolution.
But in support of that self-released album, Holy Ghost! has been busy on a tour that also exposes another of their gifts. Millhiser and Frankel have been hitting venue after venue with vinyl-only DJ sets that emphasize the pair’s old-school spinning skills in a whole new context. And now they’ve added a fresh batch of dates to that tour, taking them everywhere from Chicago to San Diego to strut their stuff in vinyl-exclusive sets. So whether you’re a fan of Holy Ghost! the DJs, the remixers, or the recording artists, you’ve got something to look forward to.
New Tour Dates (ALL-VINYL DJ SETS)
7/5/15 Chicago, Il @ Smart Bar
7/8/15 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
7/9/15 Albuquerque, NM @ Brass Monkey
7/11/15 San Diego, CA @ Silo at Makers Quarter
7/17/15 Scranton, PA @ Camp Bisco