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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

Vintage NHL Media Guides

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Howard L Berger via Raeo

I still do my best to be a hockey fan these days but i’m kind of over it for the most part but I was an insane collector of NHL(mainly Vancouver Canucks and Pavel Bure) memorabilia when I was a little kid though. I saw these posted on facebook and I had to share since some of the layouts, pretty unbeatable compared to whats out there these days.

The Field+Active Child+Miracles Club+OPN

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The Field has been the contemporary godfather to all the short sample loop based acts that have popped up like dandelions on a grassy hill in recent years. His newest single has a softer touch unlike his club bangers from recent albums but I can’t imagine this album won’t have them, look forward to this one in October. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Pat Grossi is at it again with that untouchable sound he’s created for Active Child, I can’t see anyone else trying what he’s doing on stage. You try lugging around a harp and making R&B across America twice a year, no one has the balls, proper beauty Patrick!

Okay so i’m obsessed with The Miracles Club live because they have a dancer that looks like someone from a early 90s performance of Cirque du Soleil. The combination of sounds is very Detroit House to me but with this perfect twist of softness that comes from Europe, definitely for someone that appreciates what Carl Craig, Kevin Saunderson and Juan Atkins honestly enjoyed making back in the day.

Our first sneak peek of Oneohtrix Point Never upcoming album Replica, man how I love his choice sounds, I can never deny that this man has a great ear for grabbing out the gems from the 70s and 90s.

Peaking Lights+Walls+Thundercat+Acab

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Recently found Peaking Lights on last.fm and checked out their episode of Sound Builders, a pretty committed couple doing wonderful things, really inspiring, makes me want to buy a soldering iron too.

Kompakt has really done it with this Walls signing,i’m floored by the beauty of this track, steam filled with a dark drive.

I’m getting into this Thundercat record and its reminding me of what music I was in love with before I found Boards Of Canada, there was that PBS jazz, time to dig deeper for older records like this.

This Balam Acab record is all over the place in the UK I hear, its definitely a refreshing and unique fusion of genres. I find this Welcome track the most appealing because the vox is more on a operatic tip and the texture and warmth in the tone all mold perfectly when the kicks happen.

Tokyo Rising : A Documentary on 3/11

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A gorgeous informative short documentary about 3/11 in Japan debuted today via VBS.TV and Palladium Boots featuring Pharrell exploring the country and visiting artists and having them share their thoughts, feelings and creative work.

Tokyo faces a new reality after the tragedy of 3/11. While persistent challenges still lay ahead, the city’s creative class is hell-bent on making sure that their hometown thrives. Innovative and resilient, they are defining the future of Tokyo on their own terms. We put our boots on and went exploring.






Echo Circle Tee + Mix by Heathered Pearls

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Echo Circle shirt by Heathered Pearls


Hi guys, I didn’t want to spread all this info over time so I just made it one compact post for you. Today, we put a limited run(no repressings) of 40x Echo Circle shirts in the ISO50 shop designed by Heathered Pearls. They have a enzyme wash treatment that simulates 40 typical laundry cycles gives this shirt a unique super-soft feel. The print on it is a mini halftone effect, pretty detailed for shirt, pick one up at the ISO50 shop.

This marks the start of Scott and I selecting a few new designers to do a shirt for ISO50, hope you enjoy.

Heathered Pearls – Hints of Musk by ghostly

Above is a day time disco mix I did for Ghostly International, feel free to download it within the Soundcloud player, it starts off with a snippet of a rare Boards of Canada track.

Thanks as always for stopping by and reading and more importantly listening to the music from up and coming musicians here on ISO50.

Tracklist

Boards Of Canada – Ithcus Sound
Ikons – Honey (Coyote rmx)
Woolfy vs. Projections – Isabella
Tornado Wallace – Swimmin’
Worst Friends – Ski Hive
Clashing Egos – Aminjig Nebere (Joakim’s afrobot mix)
Motor City Drum Ensemble – Raw Cuts #6
Studio – Life’s A Beach (Todd Terje beach house mix)
Sourya – Anatomy Domine (Prince Language mix)
Blackjoy – Moustache (Prins Thomas diskomiks)
Tiger & Woods – Deflowered
Spoon – Don’t You Evah (Matthew Dear mix)
Seth Troxler – Aphrika
John Selway – Shake The Snow
18 Carat Affair – I Wanna Love You

FutureIsle.+SilkFlowers+Gookin+EliteGym.

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Future Islands musicianship surpasses soo many artists of his genre, his talent oozes out, sadly I haven’t seen him live but now its a priority.

Since the first time I heard D. Gookin I thought he was from another world but I had some much respect for this live show, its leaps beyond Dan Deacon or Tobacco when it comes to weird energy and psychedelics, I can’t wait to see how he does this as a one man show tomorrow night at The Glasslands.

Silk Flowers have to be born in the early 80s, there is no way you can discover this kind of music and make it and not have been bored in the early 90s. The clashing of EBM / Minimal Wave / …but this quirkiness that I can’t put my finger on makes this project pretty damn close to genius.

I grabbed Elite Gymnastics from Pitchfork(who have redesigned their site), to be honest I had the 3 other tracks picked out and this song seems to be an odd mixture of all the tracks above in a unexplainable way, does anyone else hear it? like it grabbed hints of things from the other songs, it could just be me.

Tycho Show at Echoplex: Ticket Winners

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The winners of a pair of tickets for the Tycho LA show at Echoplex Tuesday are:
mmh and Annie, congratulations!

There are still tickets available to the show and i’m happy to say they are sell very well, I wish I was going, below is ticket info for Portland and Seattle as well.

Upcoming Tycho Live Dates

08/30/11 – Los Angeles, CA – Tickets / Info
09/02/11 – Portland, OR – Tickets / Info
09/04/11 – Seattle, WA (Bumbershoot) – Tickets / Info