The Commons

Posted by Jon

I typically start my designs in black & white, but eventually I reach a point where I feel like the work is missing something, and at this time I begin to incorporate some color. That’s why I’m impressed by design that succeeds in B&W, and Craig & Karl’s work for The Commons is some of my favorite yet. The fact that it is successful across an entire system is even better. Check out more pictures here.

Craig & Karl via Allan Peters

H. Williams+Beacon+S. Circles+Aeroplane

Posted by Jakub

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Hype Williams is pure, its as simple as that. He makes music that most wouldn’t argue and start naming off artists he’s trying to be like, he doesn’t care what we think about it i’m sure, I feel like thats the best head space to be in right now for creating music.

Beacon is a Brooklyn duo that are heavily obsessed over visuals/videos and live performance, when I heard this song Rapture all I thought about was Underworld meets U2 Zooropa, 2 things I haven’t thought about in years.

I need a cut like this from Aeroplane, I thought they were going a little softy/pop on us, not too wild about the string choice but everything else is cosmic and has that drive to it.

When I read the description “…synth bounce anthems” as something that Sweden’s Sand Circles sound like I had to check it out.

Benoit Sergio+Keep Shelly+S Door+W Fence

Posted by Jakub

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Before I talk about the music, this image above made me laugh pretty hard, anyone know who made it?

Benoit & Sergio are writing the best summer jams from their DFA single Boy Trouble to this washy epic club monster, every time i’ve played its made the crowd happier than anything else.

I’ve been a sucker for everything Keep Shelley In Athens since I shared their first track on ISO50, I don’t know what it is but i’m soo hooked to it all and I don’t know anything about them and I like that, I just picture a faceless brunette girl and a guy from Greece working on music by a beach view window, sorry to share fake rumors.

Teeel shared this song with me by Stellar Door, another amazing FREE EP from a new artist, download it and support.

After all this electronic loveliness above enjoy this short psychedelic lo-fi song from White Fence, i’m off to fight this New York City heat.


Posted by Jon

One of these days I’d like to visit Sweden, and when I do I’m staying at the Treehotel.

Captured here by Mauro Puccini, the hotel has six rooms accessible through wooden ladders and ropes, and each features a unique name like the Blue Cone, UFO, Bird’s Nest, and their most famous room, the Mirrorcube.

Check out more beautiful images of the hotel here. Also see previous post on Linda Aldredge’s home for more treehouse goodness.

JamesPants+Y. Montana+Fourcolor+B. Iver

Posted by Jakub

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Again and again Stones Throw artists are pushing themselves into genres unrelated to their last release and doing it from unique angles, really amazed by this new James Pants, its like Tom Vek singing over….I got nothing, pretty damn one of a kind.

Young Montana? has soo much going in this song, I would love it way more if it didn’t stutter it up all the time, other than that i’m in love with the change at the 4 minute mark.

I swear I think Christopher Willits is in Fourcolor or maybe Taylor Deupree loves signing cut up guitar samples music mostly, not complaining at all I could listen to this song repeat for hours.

Dear Bon Iver, you sir are a great songwriter but you need to throw away that T-Pain iPhone app. Love, your fan Jakub.

Tycho Live At Springfest Austria

Posted by Scott

I’m headed to Graz, Austria where I’ll be playing a Tycho laptop set at Springfestival and doing an ISO50 talk at the related Springsessions conference. The talk is on Saturday, June 4th from 15:00 – 16:00 at Kunsthaus Graz and the Tycho set is early the next morning, Sunday, June 5th from 03:15 – 04:30 at P.P.C. All the details are at the Springfestival site.

Sorry for the late notice, but I wanted to be absolutely sure I was going to make it out there. The Tycho album is now in the very last stages of mixing/mastering so I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to make the trip and the album delivery deadline. To make it all work I decided to hack together a portable computer setup from my main tower PC so I could finish up some remaining songs before I return when the mastering will begin. After some light dremel work I had all the components fitting inside a small aluminum case I found laying around (pictured below, the PSU is separate. And yeah, I’m planning on spending a fair amount of time at airport security). You might ask why I don’t just port the project over to a laptop; the reason is that the projects are simply too large to run my current notebook (early Macbook Pro Unibody). In order to run the big projects (96+ tracks with 250+ VST instances) I had to add three SSD drives in a RAID 0 (in other words, three fast storage devices chained together to act as one very fast storage device) configuration to my existing Intel i7 rig.

I had already been bringing my tower to Count’s (aka Mikael Eldridge, the engineer who I’m working together with to mix the album) studio to mix. We decided to mix several of the songs directly from Reaper as opposed to porting them to Pro Tools like usual so I had to bring my machine in. This already had me thinking about slimming down the rig to make it more portable. It’s really been a freeing experience being able to move around with my main computer; I’m so used to bouncing down projects, flattening layers, and generally compromising things to get them small enough to run on my Macbook Pro when I travel so the idea of having all the power of my studio computer with me anywhere is pretty exciting.

Of course, this is just a temporary stop-gap measure to get through a scheduling conflict. I think the next step is to get a powerhouse laptop machine with Lightpeak/Thunderbolt so I can get a PCI SSD RAID setup or some storage device with equivalent bandwidth. I was thinking about the Dell Precision (I’m PC only when it comes music and design, although I have several Macs and love them, just not for creating on) or some “gaming” laptop. It really doesn’t need to be that small, just more portable than a tower as I wouldn’t be moving it that often. Any suggestions? My wish list would be Intel i7 or better, 16GB ram, and at least 250GB of SSD storage with a bandwidth of 500MB/s up/down. Probably a tall order, but I’m hoping something on that level will be available soon.

Hope to see some of you in Graz.


Flowing Lake Residence

Something about this home brings up a random memory that I can’t define. Growing up I was never around homes like this, but the surrounding woods look all too familiar. If I was to pick my favorite part about this house I would have to say it would be the use of the dark vertical siding for its color palette. The palette is a well-thought natural reflection of the surrounding trees.

Located in Snohomish, Washington
Architect: David Vandervort Architects

Via Wanken / Contemporist

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