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Jakub Alexander curates the music selections here at the blog. He also runs his Moodgadet record label out of Brooklyn, NY and does A&R for Ghostly International Records. Links: Moodgadget Records Jakub's Tumblr

Stock sleeves & consistent design Part. I

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Kompakt Total covers
Rekids album covers
Since there are 1,000′s of 12″ electronic vinyl still coming out every week to record shops a lot of the labels have taken design more seriously to catch the record buyers attention by keeping a consistent layout and font for their stock sleeve jackets that hold the vinyl. I collect alot of these stock sleeves, i thought this would be a good way to post some vinyl versions of songs too and show you some of the record sleeves that don’t make to the people that only buy CDs and MP3′s. These first 2 are Kompakt’s TOTAL series and REKIDS regular stock jacket that usually changes up alot but they keep the same font and usually keep it centered.

UPDATE: One other thing is that a lot of vinyl doesn’t make it to CD unless the musician does an album with the same label and CD’s are pressed or if it gets licensed to a DJ mix CD or podcast.

DJ Koze – Zou Zou

Radio Slave – Screaming Hands (Cosmo Vitelli’s Radioaktivitat remix)

Deastro+Flying Lotus+Deerhunter+MGMT

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Deastro
These last couple of days i’ve been going to shows and heading to a few more this week. The one i’m most excited about is Deastro, he has great energy to his music but keeps it together without getting too noisy and replaces it with catchy looping of synths. I saw Flying Lotus and Daedelus Sunday at Le Poisson Rouge
in Manhattan where all these shows are going on, both of them are unreal live, they take their album songs and strip them down and make the songs really come alive on stage. Tonight is Deerhunter, haven’t heard much of this band to he honest even though they’re everywhere, i just liked that the lead singer listens to Markus Guentner so it should be good. The last track is a Kooks cover of the ever popular MGMT, i think this acoustic cover is almost competing to be better than the original.

Deastro – Michael, The Lone Archer of the North Shore

Flying Lotus – Auntie’s lock/Infinitum (featuring Laura Darlington)

Deerhunter – Hazel St.

MGMT – Kids (The Kooks cover)

Common Project Shoes

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Since Fall is right around the corner, i’ve kept my eye open for an all around shoe that will last me a long time and that i can wear with anything. My friend Ryan Elliott sold me on Common Project shoes, i’ve seen them before but didn’t know much about them. They have no branding and are all leather and a very simple design, i especially love the stamped faded gold serial number on each shoe. For now, they’re a little over my price range but i’ll start saving my pennies.

Sebastien Tellier

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Sébastien Tellier
You may know Tellier from the Lost In Translation soundtrack or his CD being the only album available to purchase at every American Apparel retailer which probably are the 2 best ways(soundtracks and lifestyle shops) to get a record heard these days. If you haven’t already take a moment and at least listen to La Ritournelle, the first half is early Coldplay-ish but the second half when he starts singing i think of it being one of the best licensable tracks out there if edited right to video.

Sébastien Tellier – La Ritournelle

Sébastien Tellier – Look