For the Bibio fans that have been listening since the beginning I think you’ll find this new album more enjoyable than Ambivalence Avenue, I definitely do. I’m more of a Hand Cranked and Fi fan myself, Bibio fills in spots that BoC isn’t offering lo-fi wise and also the lead off single for this release was a real curve ball, just sit with Saint Christopher 2 times thru.
New Washed Out is coming out on Sub Pop, some of you maybe asking yourself if he’s making his own melodies this time and I truly think he’s writing all of this, its a comforting beautiful result, summer jams!
The second issue of Eureka — a new science supplement to The Times — is out and it’s looking like a design classic in the making. Matt Curtis (art direction), Matt Swift (information graphics), and David Loewe (design) comprise the design team for the new publication. Going to have to track down a copy for myself.
For my first post I wanted to share these striking retro-future-ish memorial sculptures shot by Jan Kempenaers in the former Yugoslavia region. Very reminiscent of the Expo ’67 stuff.
These structures were commissioned by former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito in the 1960s and 70s to commemorate sites where WWII battles took place (like Tjentište, Kozara and Kadinjača), or where concentration camps stood (like Jasenovac and Niš). They were designed by different sculptors (Dušan Džamonja, Vojin Bakić, Miodrag Živković, Jordan and Iskra Grabul, to name a few) and architects (Bogdan Bogdanović, Gradimir Medaković…), conveying powerful visual impact to show the confidence and strength of the Socialist Republic.
As many times as I’ve listened to Tame Impala’s Innerspeaker and thought how perfectly the cover suited the music, for some reason it never occurred to me to fin out who designed it. Luckily today I stumbled across the answer. Leif Podhajsky, the artist behind the Tame Impala packaging, is a Melbourne based artist and creative director. Really beautiful, psychedelic stuff in there. Loving how he blurs the lines between the found art and the post work, all very fluid. I believe he also works with And Melbourne who have some equally stellar work in their portfolio.
Chad Valley makes me feel like “hey, I listen to pop music and its good pop music too”, can I say a hint of male Sade? I guess he has another EP coming out on Cascine this summer, i’ll post more when I hear it.
Any of you remember Midwest Product? well one of guys from that does Ben Benjamin now, the album is a very focused instrumental LP with an emphasis on looped melody and jumps out of the breakdowns, I found Finding the Perfect egg as a favorite.
Star Slinger reworked my favorite How To Dress Well track, gorgeous.
Dare I say i’m liking the new Implodes LP over the Grouper LPs? I don’t know but i’m definitely listening to Black Earth on repeat sometimes.
Designed by John Maniscalco Architecture and resting on the hillside of San Francisco’s Cole Valley, this residence is a revitalization of a 1930’s home into a more relaxing, modern masterpiece. It sits at the end of a cul-de-sac where the first thing you see while approaching is an exceptional use of planked wood siding and black steel.
XLR8R posted a free mix by Shigeto today, its a great mix of loose beat material and plenty of organic textures, tracklist below. For the EU ISO50 readers, we finally have tour dates from someone who I treat as family on this blog coming to visit you, definitely worth seeing, we also attached a glimpse of him playing live(18 mins of it).
01 A Setting Sun “33 (JDSY Remix)” (Moodgadget)
02 Deru “Between You and Me” (Hymen)
03 Shigeto and Devonwho “Cirlces” (All City)
04 Simple “Barely Together”
05 Zack Christ “Fox Prawn” (Tall Prawn)
06 Mount Kimbie “Would Know” (Hotflush)
07 Pajaro Sunrise “Old Goodbyes (Charles Trees Remix)” (Lovemonk)
08 Shlohmo “Forgot Where I Was” (Friends of Friends)
09 Burial “Broken Home” (Hyperdub)
10 King Midas Sound “Lost (Flying Lotus Remix)” (Hyperdub)
11 Devonwho “Holup (Hi Res’ Refix)” (Klipmode)
12 Take “Neon Beams (Dibiase Remix)” (Alpha Pup)
13 Dabrye “With a Professional” (Ghostly International)
14 3LLL “Melt”
15 Shigeto “Children at Midnight (Saturn Never Sleeps Remix)”
04.29 San Francisco, CA @ GAFFTA (XLR8R EVENT)
05.14 New Orleans, LA @ THE ALLWAYS LOUNGE
05.24 Paris, FR @ LA MACHINE DU MOULIN ROUGE
05.26 Den Haag, NL @ POP CENTRUM
05.28 Ausburg, DE @ GLITCH HAPPENS
06.01 Belfort, FR @ POUDRIERE
06.02 Nijmegen, NL @ ODDSTREAM FESTIVAL
06.03 Brussels, BE @ LE MIRANO CONTINENTAL
06.05 Miltown Malbay, IE @ COLDPRO FESTIVAL
06.06 Berlin, DE @ MONARCH
06.07 Chemnitz, DE @ BETA BAR
06.09 Neuchatel, CH @ CASE A CHOCS
06.10 Trinitaires, FR @ TRINITAIRES
06.11 Bologna, IT @ NODE
06.16 Budapest, HU @ A38
06.17 Bucharest, RO @ CLUB BERLIN
06.18 Wien, AT @ LOUD MINORITY
Black Design Associates have whipped up a pretty interesting iPhone / Leica i9 fusion camera concept. The device would cost around $1000 and shoot 12.1 megapixel images. It’s a long shot that anything like this will ever be produced but here’s hoping it sees the light of day.