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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

45 minutes of unreleased Dev Hynes

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“I spent the last few months working on a film score, then I got fired. No hard feelings.”

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So Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes just posted pretty much an unreleased soundtrack that didn’t get used, now its a 45 minute collection of songs that range from the most delicate minimalism to piano pieces and some hints of New Age.

TYCHO SUMMER 2015 TOUR

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Just announced summer shows in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, United States and Canada! Yes, Mexico, I know its been a long time coming, finally our first headlining show in Mexico!

TYCHO SUMMER 2015 TOUR
MAY 21-25 | Bradley, CA | Lightning in a Bottle
MAY 27 | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Niceto Club
MAY 28 | Sao Paulo, Brazil | Beco 203 – São Paulo
MAY 30 | Santiago, Chile | Red Bull Music Academy – Centro Del Cerro
JUN 03 | Mexico City, Mexico | SALA
JUN 06-07 | Houston, TX | Free Press Summer Festival, Houston, Texas
JUN 09 | Tampa, FL | The RITZ Ybor
JUN 10 | Miami, FL | Grand Central
JUN 11 | Jacksonville, FL | Freebird Live
JUN 13 | Manchester, TN | Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
JUN 15 | Wilmington, NC | Ziggy’s By The Sea
JUN 16 | Norfolk, VA | The NorVA
JUN 17 | Richmond, VA | The National
JUN 18-21 | Dover, DE | Firefly Music Festival
JUN 19 | Baltimore, MD | Rams Head Live
JUL 08 | Ottawa, Canada | RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest
JUL 09 | Quebec City, Canada | Festival d’été de Québec
JUL 10 | Montreal, Canada | Parc Jean-Drapeau
JUL 11 | Toronto, Canada | Echo Beach
JUL 14 | Headingley, Canada | Adrenaline Adventures
JUL 15 | Saskatoon, Canada | Diefenbaker Park
JUL 17 | Calgary, Canada | Prairie Winds Park
JUL 19 | Pemberton, Canada | Pemberton Music Festival
JUL 24-25 | Tulsa, OK | Center of the Universe Festival
AUG 06-09 | Darrington, WA | Summer Meltdown Festival
AUG 14-16 | Somerset, WI | Summer Set Music & Camping Festival

Tickets and more info

New Ducktails Single, Album Announced

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One of my favorites is back, Ducktails who adds all the haziness in those Real Estate albums is back just in time for your lull summer moments.

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Headbanging In The Mirror” is taken from ‘St. Catherine‘ the new album by Matt Mondanile, AKA Ducktails – out July 24th 2015 on Domino.

St. Catherine tracklisting:
Side A
1. The Disney Afternoon
2. Headbanging In The Mirror
3. Into The Sky
4. Heaven’s Room
5. St. Catherine

Side B
6. The Laughing Woman
7. Surreal Exposure
8. Church
9. Medieval
10. Krumme Lanke
11. Reprise

Robert Beatty Interview + New TI Single

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With a 3rd single dropping from the new Tame Impala album, I had to reach out to the graphic designer behind the beautiful madness, so tap in and get inside Robert Beatty’s head the man behind the cover art for TI and many others.

Name: Robert Beatty
Current city: Lexington, Kentucky
Pets: Mr. Smith (toy poodle), Blue Velvet (chihuahua)
Studio setup: In home, basically in my kitchen

ISO50: Share a childhood memory that might relate to your design?
I drew constantly as a kid, but I was generally just very curious and wanted to find out how everything worked from the inside out, which is definitely the way I treat design and music. I remember discovering video feedback with the family camcorder when I was in maybe 4th grade or something. Circuit bending not long after that. I was always taking things apart and getting in trouble.

ISO50: If you couldn’t create music or design in your life, what would you be doing?
I can’t really imagine doing anything else and being happy. I did a few years of renovation/construction work in the past and enjoyed that quite a bit even though it’s exhausting. I definitely can’t see doing something that doesn’t involve making something in some way.

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ISO50: How did you doing Tame Impala album art come about? is this how most of your graphic work comes to you?
Kevin was familiar with my work and got in touch. Usually if I don’t know someone or have mutual friends people just reach out to me after seeing my work elsewhere, I’m pretty accessible.

ISO50: Tell us about Tame Impala album art and the influences?
Kevin’s ideas for the album artwork were all based on turbulent flow, the way liquid or air flows around objects. He sent over a bunch of images of diagrams that I took inspiration from. Everything was very open and they let me interpret things in my own way. It worked well with the kind of stuff I’ve been interested in doing lately. I’ve been trying to incorporate more op-art and moire techniques into the record covers, and this was the perfect opportunity.

ISO50: Can you list off a 4 song playlist of what you listen to while you do your graphic work?
I listen to music constantly while working and it is always all over the place, but here’s some stuff I’ve been playing a lot lately.

Nuno Cannavaro – Alsee
Brother Ah – Enthuiasm
Bo Anders Persson – Love Is Here To Stay
Dendo Marionette – Walts (For Lautréament)

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ISO50: Something your fans might not know about you?
I grew up on a cattle/tobacco farm. I also showed rabbits in the county fair as a kid.

ISO50: Do you collect anything?
My collection of art and design books is starting to get out of hand. I’m kind of a pack rat, so I have small collections of a lot of weird stuff- keys, prisms/interesting glass objects (which come in handy for shooting photographs and video through), objects with brick patterns, plants. Obviously I’ve got some records and tapes too.

ISO50: What is the first album cover that pops up in your head and why?
Pretty much anytime anyone asks me this question all I can think of Isadore Seltzer’s (of Pushpin Studios fame) cover to Bruce Haack’s “Electric Lucifer” LP. It’s got the perfect balance of 70’s illustration, geometry, crudeness, and precision that I love. Doesn’t hurt that it’s one of my favorite records too.

ISO50: What do you have lined up for the rest of the year?
I’ve been working for a while now on an art book of all new material that will be out later this year. I’m planning some new work for a few exhibitions that are in the works. On the music side of things I’ve got a few Three Legged Race EP’s I’m finishing up that will be out this year as well. I’m also starting a new tape label to put out some of my music and some music by my friends early this summer. I’m working on some new soundtracks for a few short videos by Takeshi Murata right now. Lots of record covers and posters too as always.

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Premiere: New Crazy P Single

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Walk Dance Talk Sing’ is one of the more deeper cuts on this classy disco effort from the UK trio Crazy P. The bassline makes it a builder compared some of the more soulful dancefloor tracks that imbodies this LP. The distant guitar work is what sold me, reminded me of an Erlend Oye project.

Walk Dance Talk Sing is out May 12th.

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