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Top 5 Overlooked Albums of 2013: #1

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One of my first vinyl purchases of 2013 really held up, Umberto has this way with that horror soundtrack sound that doesn’t veer off into its normal vintage pigeon hole. There’s beautiful synth work all the way to the last song, my personal favorite has to be track 2 “Initial Revelation”.

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Recap of all top 5 overlooked albums of 2013:

#5 Miles – Faint Hearted

#4 Lawrence – Films & Windows

#3 Soviet Soviet – Fate

#2 Huerco S. – Colonial Patterns

#1 Umberto – Confrontations

Sunday Sci-Fi Vol. 1

Ducking into used bookstores over weekends and after work, I have become a bit of a sci-fi paperback junky. I love the feeling of rummaging through stacks of forgotten paperbacks and discovering that hidden gem of a cover. There is just something about the idea of the future as illustrated by artists of the past that I find fascinating. If you do enough digging you can come away with some great covers for under a few bucks. Recently I began scanning and cataloguing my finds and this has led me to the idea for a new blog series I will be posting here on Sundays. Every week my post will be inspired by one of the covers I own or a new find. Some of these may be well known while others more obscure. I look at this as a way to learn about and resurrect some of the great cover illustrators and designers of the sci-fi genre. If you have suggestions or your own favorites, leave a comment or contribute to the collection of covers with a nice straight on shot of your find and tag it #Sundayscifi on Instagram. I started the tag off with a few of my own images but I would love everyone to include their finds.

To start the post off, I am featuring one of the better known artists of the sci-fi genre. Most know John Berkey for his illustrations for Star Wars, but he holds a massive catalogue of varying types of work. Beginning in the 1960s, he was commissioned by NASA to further their space program as part of their efforts to travel beyond the Earth’s atmosphere and ultimately to the moon. No matter the type of work, I consistently love his use of color. My personal favorite thing about his work are his spaceships. The details of his images draw you in and you can get lost looking at every tiny detail he includes.

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Moog Drum Machine Prototype

Posted by Scott

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Great shots of this beautiful 1970 Moog prototype. I love the pragmatic minimalism of these early designs. I think Moog Music are doing some great things right now — particularyly with the new Sub 37 Tribute — good to see them shifting their design more back in this direction.

Bob Moog built this drum machine machine for TV Theme / Jingle composer Eric Siday. Moog’s Analog Drum Machine consisted of prototype modules for drum and percussion synthesis.

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Tycho Montana + New Album Pre-Sale

Posted by Scott

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I’m very pleased to announce that a new Tycho single was released today. It’s been a long time coming, can’t wait to share the rest of the record. You can also pre-order the new album at the shop starting today.

We’ve announced a bunch of tour dates over the coming months:

MAR 19 Santa Cruz, CA
MAR 20 San Francisco, CA
MAR 26 London, United Kingdom
MAR 27 Paris, France
MAR 28 Zurich, Switzerland
MAR 29 Milan, Italy
MAR 30 Berlin, Germany
APR 04 Denver, CO
APR 05 Fort Collins, CO
APR 07 Omaha, NE
APR 08 Minneapolis, MN
APR 09 Milwaukee, WI
APR 10 Chicago, IL
APR 11 Pontiac, MI
APR 12 Toronto, Canada
APR 14 Montreal, Canada
APR 15 South Burlington, VT
APR 17 Cambridge, MA
APR 18 New York, NY
APR 19 Philadelphia, PA
APR 20 Washington, DC
APR 22 Charlottesville, VA
APR 23 Carrboro, NC
APR 24 Charlotte, NC
APR 25 Orlando, FL
APR 27 Kingston, GA
APR 28 New Orleans, LA
APR 29 Houston, TX
MAY 01 Austin, TX
MAY 05 Albuquerque, NM
MAY 06 Tucson, AZ
MAY 08 Los Angeles, CA
MAY 10 Sacramento, CA

See you this spring!