Archive for November, 2013

Sam’s Myth








Sam Smith is one of my favorite designers and an all around great guy. Living in Nashville he produces many posters for the independent theatre The Belcourt. I’m always impressed with Sam’s ability to use simple shapes and warm colors. His art is anachronistic, moving and always makes me take a second look. Check out more work on his website and don’t forget to take a look at the numerous covers and packages he has created for The Criterion Collection.

Post by Pope Saint Victor.

ISO50 Premiere: Nitemoves Themes

Posted by Jakub


I know some of you have been bugging me for this stream so i’m happy to be able to share the Nitemoves Themes LP on the blog. Rory is one my dearest friends and the talented man you see on stage with Tycho and Com Truise and the one that posts the great vintage motor posts here. I hope you enjoy and give feedback, i’m sure Rory will stop in here and answer any questions below in the comments.


Like a dusty memory whose vivid nostalgia renders you powerless to resist smiling, the newest full-length from Nitemoves, Themes has a certain power to flood your mind with imagery, but not without reminding you of your frame of reference in the now. Setting out to refine his sound following the release of his Moodgadget debut, Longlines, Rory O’Connor, who over the past few years has been touring the world as the drummer for both Com Truise and Tycho, has left us speechless over how far things have advanced. A colorful collage of live instrumentation, modern technology, and analog recording techniques, Themes holds the listener from start to finish.

Opening with the frenetic Polypel, the tone of Themes is established in subtle details that shimmer as the horizon comes into view. Not long into the second track, Veaquis, the listener is engulfed in warm synth-drenched nostalgia that washes over the ears, punctuated by live drums. Drawing on decades bygone, Themes continues to flutter like the reflection of light off water, giving in to raw emotion that plays out in syncopated drums, F1 screams and ambient swells, fading away to gently return the listener to their childhood bedroom with a music box at their feet.

Past Is Prologue 2XLP / Shirt Pre-Order

Posted by Jakub


Tycho’s Past is Prologue is now ready for pre-order, this release has never been available in this full of a format.



– All pre-orders include an instant download of the complete vinyl edition, which includes the tracks “Cascade” and “Phoenix,” previously unavailable on the original release.

– The vinyl edition is limited to 2,000 pressings only. It features a 4-panel, tip-on art jacket with a matte laminate finish and original inner art sleeves on standard 160 gram vinyl.

Also, we have released a limited 11 color gorgeous version of Past Is Prologue on a shirt*.

* Mock up below, not actual shirt.
** Ships on December 2nd.


Nikon DF




I’ve been intently watching the rumors trickle through up to today’s official release of the Nikon DF. The build-up lasted two weeks and included six overly dramatic, mostly annoying commercial shorts.

Like Fuji has been doing for the past few years with their X-series cameras, it seems Nikon wants in on the growing retro-inspired camera market. Nikon’s offering, however, comes across as a lot more serious than anything Fuji has released so far. The ‘Made in Japan’ camera uses the same full-frame 16.2 megapixel sensor and processing engine as their flagship D4 housed within a robust, dust and water resistant body. Interestingly, the camera omits any video capabilities and focuses on providing the dedicated photographer a dazzling array of mechanical dials. Just look at them – they’re beautiful!

Of course, this package doesn’t come cheap. Pricing is set at $2,746.96 for the body-only, and $2,996.95 with a special edition 50mm f/1.8 kit lens. You can expect this price to drop sometime after Christmas, but you have to wonder how willing people will be to buy the 16mp DF over the the fully-professional, 36mp Nikon D800e ($2,996.95 body only) or the now-oil-spot-free D610 ($1,996.95).

More images of the camera

(Edit: There is now a dedicated website for the camera:

Posted by Owen

VIDEO Premiere: Dukes Of Chutney

Posted by Jakub

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You may know part of Dukes Of Chutney if you’ve been on the ISO50 blog for a few years. Part of the duo is Tom Croose who has done mixes and playlists for us in the past. He is now releasing with long time surfing buddy Dustin Lynn on Tim Sweeney’s Beats In Space label.

We’re proud to be premiering a video for their Domino EP which the vinyl is ONLY $10(I ordered mine up last week) – order/support here.


New Son Lux: Lost it to Trying

Posted by Navis

Son Lux (aka: Ryan Lott) has just released his newest video for his upcoming album Laterns. I had the honor to work with Ryan to create new photos for this album (top photo of post with all the hands is an example. The rest are here).

The video and the three other images that are stills from the video were created by the dark minded mastermind Anthony Ciannamea.

Available for download on iTunes.