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Sepalcure+Terje+Evenings+Star Slinger

Posted by Jakub

Artwork by: Sougwen Chung


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“Play Pencil Pimp!!” is what I kept yelling at the recent Sepalcure show in NYC, today they got Pitchfork’s Best New Music on their debut Self Titled album, we’ve supported their sound from the beginning, I couldn’t be happier for them, you can buy their LP here. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Usually when you say Jose Gonzalez a girl in the room will scream and say “OMG I love him!” I do the same when someone says “its a Todd Terje edit of ______”. Blowing away the original is this edit, Todd you are a talent.

Always wanted to pick Evenings brains because I want to know if they were into IDM back in the day because they grab some great simple tricks from that genre that you don’t hear anywhere else.

Everyone needs a Star Slinger remix, he turns whatever you’ve done into a dancefloor bomb.

Tycho in Colorado This Weekend

Posted by Jakub


So we’re in Colorado doing a couple Tycho (w/ full band + visuals) dates with Emancipator. This is the first time Tycho has played Colorado so we’re really excited to bring the show out here. We’ll have some posters, the deluxe Dive vinyl, and CDs so come back to the merch booth and say hi if you make it out. Details follow:

Friday, Nov. 18th – Aggie Theater, Ft. Collins, CO – Tickets
Saturday, Nove. 19th – Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO – Tickets

See you there!

Photo from Music Hall of Williamsburg show by Every.Seven

Afghtiga Product Design Collection

Posted by Scott










So apparently there is this guy in Switzerland who either owns or has access to many of the most iconic product designs from the 60′s and 70′s. He also takes amazing pictures of them, and posts them in high resolution for us to enjoy / print. This man is a hero.

I always wonder though, would having these artifacts make me happy? Would being surrounded by the objects of my desire actually fulfill my need for order and beauty? Or would I obsess; constantly dusting and arranging them symmetrically on walnut desks made by George Nelson? Probably all of the above, but for now one can only dream.

Whenever I get to lusting over design like this I start thinking about the nature of appreciation. What abstract facet of the human condition allows us to seek and covet objects which may not necessarily provide any meaningful function or benefit our daily lives? I can’t tell you how many fellow designer’s homes I have visited to see various defunct or otherwise unused products neatly displayed on shelves, never again to serve their intended purpose. Why do we surround ourselves with these relics? Devices which through some perverse twist of fascination have been stripped of their intrinsic usefulness and rendered as some fetishized monument to our personal design sensibilities, gathering dust on a mantle.

That’s probably reading way to deep into things so I’m going to take the easy answer and say it’s simply the act of art appreciation. There is just something about the fact that these were originally designed as functional objects that throws a wrench into the whole concept of approaching them purely as works of art. At any rate, I want every single thing up there, in my house, now.

Design Icons by Afghtiga

Beacon + Tom Croose + Michna + Slow Magic

Posted by Jakub


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After mostly doing darker shows with Araabmuzik, Salem, OoOoo, etc. Beacon has released a melodic and passionate EP that translates into an amazing live set, i’ve caught their shows a handful of times this past week and its got hints of different style for everyone packed into one. They have a great sense of humor and their visuals unveil that at times, the rumbling dirty south low end makes it easy to loosen up, and both Jacob and Tom are really into performing so you feel like they’re there to entertain which is sometimes nice if done properly when were talking electronic music.

Our Tom Croose is back with an EP on the label that just put out the Caribou side project with all the edits. This tasteful upbeat cut isn’t all in your face and has that perfect tempo, also great for a night at home with a drink and vinyl. Pick up the 12″ here

So the Drive Soundtrack is all the rage, Michna went ahead and started us off with a more dancefloor early night edit of the College track, download it here for free

If you’re hungry for bliss then you’ll love Slow Magic, his name really delivers.

Doldrums + Shigeto + F&L + Le Revelateur

Posted by Jakub


Went hunting around Soundcloud this morning for some songs that i’ve been meaning to hear, first stop was this Portishead cover Doldrums that Alley from School Of Seven Bells shared, instantly feel in love with the drums, feels fresh to the ears, what a perfect re-interruption.

Shigeto has way with remixes, usually starts really broken up and separate feeling then makes everything work together until you have this elegantly orchestrated song swaying into of you.

Once again OPN’s Ford & Lopatin comes with soundscapes that take on these tones where you feel like you’re living in poorly kept VHS taped world and that always was my dream.

Le Révélateur: pssssssssh! you sir are genius. I mean come on, this level of hypnosis/ambience doesn’t get reached by many artist that try to make this, he’s unreal, and the visual live?! I can’t handle watching it, its too good, makes me too happy, I feel like i’m glowing.