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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

Instagram Photo Favorites: 19th Edition

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bradleycastaneda – I don’t cover many of the black & whites, they get too plain or overly influenced by capturing a photo that has been taken before. This feed has a great mix of mountain photos but the grit of the location shows, feels a bit more connected.

claireonline – You can almost hear the calmness in these photos.

diegovchavez – I’m careful about posting photos with too much HDR or sharpening turned up to the max, both can be controlled nicely in Camera+. I didn’t want to deny this upbeat feed because of my personal techniques, it was just too friendly once I started scrolling thru.

ISO50 on Instagram:
Scott Hansen – @iso50
Jakub Alexander – @heatheredpearls
Alex Cornell – @acornell
Beamer Wilkins – @beamercola
Jonathan Marsh – @B3PO

This Weeks ISO50 Show Listings: NY / LA / SF

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Here’s the list of shows in LA, SF and NYC this week of musicians we post on the blog starting on Thursday.

Tue. 7 / 10
NY: Purity Ring @ Prospect Park Bandshell (Celebrate Brooklyn)
LA: N / A
SF: N / A

Wed. 7 / 11
NY: Future Islands @ Death By Audio
LA: High Places @ The Echo
SF: N / A

Thu. 7 / 12
NY: DIIV @ 285 Kent Avenue
LA: Soft Metals (DJ Set) @ Belasco Theater
SF: NightLife Weekly @ California Academy of Sciences

Fri. 7 / 13
NY: Beacon @ Pianos
LA: oOoOO @ Central Social Aid & Pleasure Club
SF: Com Truise @ 1015 Folsom

Sat. 7 / 14
NY: Tycho, Onuinu @ Webster Hall
LA: NGUZUNGUZU @ Belasco Theater
SF: Tangerine Dream @ Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA

Sun. 7 / 15
NY: Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
LA: N / A
SF: N / A

Kolombo + Terje + Tame Impala + Ariel Pink

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I never went after the GusGus catalog, I liked what they did for Bjork – Hunter but that is my favorite Bjork song. I do like what Kolombo did for GusGus, mostly the chorus got a real good face lift.

If you want more Todd Terje just go in the search box over there to your right, I think i’ve posted over 10 tracks in the last year or so. I should just make a playlist of them all. The appeal is hard to put my finger on, its just what I like to hear, that spacey/psych disco guitar that sits in the back and a slow driving pace.

I want to like this Tame Impala song more, its just not clicking with me yet, I think I just need to listen to it 4 or 5 more times, what do you guys think?

Ariel Pink is really going for it, cleaned up completely, almost like there’s a joke behind it. The idea is there but the lyrics are making me wide eyed.

Catching Up On Captured Tracks

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After leaving Brooklyn I don’t have the luxury of having some of the best venues, small record shops, and record labels near to physically check out.

The new Craft Spells record made me put this post together, a lot of hype is around Wild Nothings and DIIV but this Craft Spells album is right up there, that jingly sound with some sorrow played behind the guitar makes it perfect for that moodiness you might want.

Enjoy these tracks above but head to the labels soundcloud and dig thru, plenty of sugary driving pop that should be blasted this summer.

Captured Tracks
Official Site / Soundcloud / Facebook


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I see some of you wanted to know a little more about Superstructure, he’s also Osborne( aka Soundmurderer, Starski&Clutch, TNT, and probably many others) and he probably doesn’t remember selling me my first Aphex Twin vinyl or that I think he’s an ACTUAL magician and a real honest hard worker, this song above is probably my favorite song he ever did and this video below gives you more of a personal contact with him.

I just took one of my socks off and threw it across my room in the middle of this new Loscil song, are you kidding me Scott Morgan! this is not from earth, you can’t just make music like THIS! its… its just too good, I can’t even relax, I sit still and grin and feel perfect.

If you want to hear “experimental” music and don’t want to be disappointed then just wait for more John Roberts, queue it up on Beatport or search for it weekly on Rdio because this guy has some special ideas that aren’t different to be different, its just simply well thought out.

Some of us can’t let go of the beauty of the late 80’s and I would never deny anyone the right because damn it that sound was the pinnacle, i’m glad Kranky helps these bands like Dreamscape find a home.


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Superstructure is probably the largest unsung hero for his musical talents, he’s done a completely midi version of Kid A by Radiohead which you won’t find anywhere but on cassette, he has stuck to his sound from the beginning and everything that pops up even like this snippet I always try to check out.

This is the Best Coast killer, prepare for Purity Ring to be bigger than ever imagined. The girl sings lyrics that give me goosebumps, young and old girls are not even ready for this sound, CocoRosie and Joanna Newsom fans will have a new girl to gush over and its definitely a true talent.

When I listen to this Toby Tobias track it has this dance end to it which made buy it because I wanted to play it out but also it creates this lil cutesy environment in my head that I imagine up, like some gummy animal world on a black backdrop, lots of fun things going on.

I’d be happy in a world where this Sportag remix was in the top 40s.

Matthew Dear: Her Fantasy Video

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I wouldn’t say bad dream or even trip would explain the visuals you’re about to see but more of a well orchestrated psychedelic outtake from the original 1950’s Johnny Quest cartoon coming to real life. The progress of Matthew Dear’s music this year are leaping over mountains on the creative realm, its doing to be hard to bring your A game now if you think a band can just go on stage and be unique and mysterious.