All posts by Jakub Alexander

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

New Contributor: Cole Rise

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We have a fine list of contributors on the ISO50 Blog that is quickly growing so that our readers can keep enjoying the latest in Design, Music, Photography and anything else we find inspiring or attractive to the eye. So i’m always happy to announce a new member to our team, please welcome Cole Rise. He is no stranger to the ISO50 readers i’m sure from his otherworldly photos to his knowledge process and the tech world. If you have any questions/suggestions/internet high fives please don’t hesitate to comment below.

Cole Rise Interview

Cole Rise photo feature by Scott Hansen

Instagram – @colerise
Twitter – @colerise

PVT + Chromatics + Talabot + Shakir

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Up there with Battles I loved seeing PVT build a very complex song in a live setting, its technical but human and after hearing clips from this new LP its even more human.

Chromatics using something that sounds like a 8 bit version of the Airwolf theme song, which might be one of the most adored sounds from my childhood.

Bullion has been coming up with magic, probably the most prolific artist that came from the beat scene and moved onto something bigger and better, soo impressed, Talabot should be soo thankful for this one.

When I started DJing in 1997 I was obsessed with fast deep detroit techno, I wanted every tribal hypnotic record at the time, this Skudge remix is a perfect example of all my old records, i’m sure it might be hard to understand by some especially out of context or ever experiencing a good old Detroit rave but I think it has a lot of appeal to everyone.

Toro Y Moi+Kyson+Session Victim+Apparat

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More and more pieces of the new Toro Y Moi album are surfacing, I love his new album cover, it gets better and better the longer I look at the detail. As for the music i’m just content with what kind of fusion of genres Chaz is overlapping, this album couldn’t come any sooner.

Indian Wells reworks Kyson for his upcoming EP Blackstone. Sounds like early Baths material playing in the rain.

When I hear beautiful songs like this one by Session Victim, I can’t imagine session musicians actually being there anymore, I just always think musicians are sampling to make this sound and that is probably the saddest thought i’ve had about music in a while.

New experimental Apparat, the song really opens up at the end, wind tunnels and quartz covered waterfalls.

B&S+Prefuse 73+DreamAffair+MemoryTapes

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Benoit & Sergio make some of my favorite singles to play out, they have a special way of going about a build to a song, its not smoke and mirrors, its not a formula, it just feels less fabricated and more necessary than most dance song builds, the whole song is a groove, no gimmicks.

Prefuse 73 and Teebs team up as Sons of the Morning, sounds very much like early Prefuse, thank god!

The sex appeal / heartbreak is harder to grasp more than ever for any Cold Wave musician in the US and it has almost become too available so its even more difficult for a new act like Dream Affair to get the recognition they deserve. An amazing effort though, I hope to see them live and feel the authenticity because thats the best way to survive in this genre.

Memory Tapes could have made 3 songs from this 8+ minute jam, just the keys in the intro could be a AM Gold classic then there’s a mellowed Weird Tapes sounding portion that flutters around in and out. Then some sort of Dan Deacon epic mountain climbing guitar attack making this song just the most dynamic thing i’ve heard in years but I don’t know if it translate as the best decision making.

ISO50 Pop Up Shop: San Francisco Tonight

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Today, we will have the ISO50 pop shop open for ONE DAY ONLY at the official Nightlife pre-Treasure Island party at the California Academy of Sciences. We will have a merch booth with all new and classic posters and shirts available and Scott will be there to sign and hang out.

NightLife takes place Thursday nights (6-10pm) at the California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco
More information here.


Also, there will be a special live performance by Shigeto and a DJ set by me Jakub aka Heathered Pearls. Hope to see you at 6pm, ticket info here.


David Byrne’s Office

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I enjoy seeing peoples work spaces/offices/etc., I personally haven’t ever had the luxury of putting together a space of my own in the way I want, hoping 2013 will be the year though. Gil Inouoe recently got to photograph David Byrne’s office which I find to be perfect for the size, whats key for you to have in your work space?

via colt+rane

Schnauss + Yuna + Aeroplane + Canyons

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A new Ulrich Schnauss popped up today, great contrasts weaving in and out of each other. Feels like classic Ulrich with Bola additions. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Yuna and Kimbra both have amazing voices, probably almost equal to Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano, I barely ever post songs like this but hey if there has to be pop music this stuff should be the stuff that is for everyone.

Canyons give the epic ELephant single a super size and name it perfectly: “Canyons Wooly Mammoth remix”