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ISO50 Presents: Gardens & Villa Stream

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Scott and I have been huge fans of Gardens & Villa since we heard them at a bar in Denver, CO during a Tycho tour so we’re happy be able to share their new album with you in full on ISO50. There’s always a place for a new act that will grow to the size of a band like Grizzly Bear and I think Gardens & Villa could be that band. I remember running across the Sasquatch Festival with some urgency a few years back and stopped in my tracks hearing “Star Fire Power” being played live, it felt like they should have been on the main stage with Bon Iver and Beck.

On a similar sound tip i’d say they sound like Small Black and the meat and potatoes of Youth Lagoon, maybe a sort of city born cousin of Midlake. Dunes has a drive to it but not for pop radio or just indie, they’re some sort of heartthrob that sits in between that is honest to themselves.

Dunes is out now on Secretly Canadian

SUPPORT VINYL / CD

Photo credit: Neil Favila

Photo credit: Neil Favila

Playlist 16

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ISO50 Playlist 16 – Compiled By Heathered Pearls & Tycho
Track Listing
Bibio – A Tout a l’heure
Bonobo – Cirrus
Machinedrum – Whatnot
Atoms for Peace – Default
Sepalcure – He Said No
XXYYXX – Alexis
Airbird & Napolian – In The Zone
Toro Y Moi – Say That (DaM-FunK Re-Freak)
Dauwd – Ikopol
Lord RAJA – Panthera Bengal
Chrome Sparks – Marijuana
Ulrich Schnauss – I Take Comfort in Your Ignorance (Tycho Remix)
Yuna – Lullabies (Jim-E Stack Remix)
Maribou State – Scarlett Groove (Feat. Saint Saviour)
Clarian & Guy Gerber – Claire
Nosaj Thing – Eclipse/Blue feat. Kazu Makino (Blonde Redhead)
Beacon – Bring You Back
White Denim – Street Joy
Youth Lagoon – Mute
Frank Wiedemann & Ry Cuming – Howling
Smashing Pumpkins – Cupid De Locke
Avey Tare – Bobby’s Loop
Meanderthals – Collective Fetish
Superstructure – Escape
Levek – Girl In The Fog
John Talabot & Pional – Braves
Grizzly Bear – gun-shy (Lindstrøm Remix)
Poolside – Next To You
Hot Chip – How Do You Do? (Todd Terje Remix)
Lindstrøm & Todd Terje – Lanzarote
Lescop – La Foret (Joakim’s Balenciaga Remix)
Black Sabbath – Planet Caravan [DJ Steef Edit]
Ptaki – Krystyna
Todd Terje – Snooze 4 Love (Version)
Darkstar – Timeaway
Knxwledge. – wishuwerehere.
Throwing Snow – Aspera
Andy Stott – Numb
The Holydrug Couple – Out of sight

Past playlists are available in the Playlist Archive

GoldPanda+Lindstrom+FoxBenoit+Deadbeat

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Gold Panda surprises us with a brand new EP full of classic melodies and hopefully a glimpse of an LP.

Lindstrom reworks Brooklyn’s Grizzly Bear, full of daytime synth-funk.

Benoît Pioulard and Foxes In Fiction collab on 7 inch, prepping a big year for both of these dreamgazers.

I’ve been on a Boiler Room kick for a few months now, this Deadbeat one is more my speed. Any favorites by you guys?

ISO50 Playlist 15

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ISO50 Playlist 15 – Compiled By Heathered Pearls

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ISO50′s Playlist 15 doesn’t waste any time. It drops you into this summer’s psychedelic rock hit from Tame Impala and weaves in and out from lush UK gems from Clark and Holy Other to exclusives like Toro Y Moi’s Lollapolooza live performance. Some new faces pop up in this one, Tropical dream pop trio Diana and DIIV’s youthful anthem will have you digging for vinyl while new versions of LCD Soundsystem and Clams Casino pop in to remind how good this year has been to us.

Track Listing
Tame Impala – Apocalypse Dreams
Onuinu – Happy Home
Bear In Heaven – Kiss Me Crazy (Beacon Remix)
My Morning Jacket – Outta My System (Washed Out remix)
Diana – Born Again
Trust – Sulk
DIIV – How Long Have You Known
Toro Y Moi – Rose Quartz (Live from Lollapalooza 2012)
Matthew Dear – Earthforms
Grizzly Bear – Sleeping Ute
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Heart In Your Heartbreak
Thieves Like Us – Maria Marie
Wild Nothing – Paradise
Black Marble – A Great Design
Clams Casino – Leaf [A$AP Rocky ft. Main Attrakionz]
Holy Other – Love Some1
Windsor – I Am Fascinated
Purity Ring – Fineshrine
Shigeto – Lineage (Sun Glitters Remix)
Clark – Tooth Moves
Osborne – 5th Stage
Move D – Le Fou (Eddie C’s Space Sagittarius Re-Work)
Gold Panda – Financial District
The Revenge – The Seed
LCD Soundsystem – Your Love Away from Me (Dave Wrangler Re-edit)
The Field – Over The Ice
Mungolian Jetset presents Jaga Jazzist vs. Knights Of Jumungus – Toccata
Bepu N’Gali – I Travel to You (Todd Terje Remix)
Crazy P – Heartbreaker
18 Carat Affair – Fashion

Past playlists are available in the Playlist Archive

Cole Rise Interview / Playlist

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Name: Cole Rise.
Current City: San Francisco, CA
Website: coleri.se
Instagram: @colerise
Pets: A piano named Eleanor. I feed her and she makes music.
Dream vehicle: Piper Super Cub with Tundra tires (it’s a bush plane)

ISO50: Tell me about your first memory?

Cole: The first thing I remember is an insect in my bed. Maybe it was a millipede? It’s not like the house was gross or anything… we were in a wooded area so i think it was just lost. We moved out of that house when i turned 2, so I must have been about one and half years old, as crazy early as that sounds. I remember waking up and being rather startled by it, but not having the words to express it. I wasn’t the most verbose one and a half year old. I probably just stared, wide-eyed. I vaguely remember mom coming in a few minutes later, but by then it had crawled out of sight. I hope it found it’s way.

ISO50: I see that you’re a pilot, do you ever let go of the wheel and get a photo off like some of the instagram car drivers I see sometimes on the road?

Cole: Oh sure… but within reason. It’s not as dangerous as you might think. When you’re learning to fly, they teach you to scan your horizon every few minutes, so you’re always aware of where you are, who and what’s around, and what’s ahead. Plus most planes have auto-pilot, which is basically 3-dimensional cruise control. With little air traffic, it’s reasonably safe to snap a photo or two. On the other hand, I recently tried it while hang gliding and almost dropped the phone from 800 feet. I’d say that was more dangerous.

ISO50: Can you list off a 4 song playlist of what you listen to while you’re tinkering with a photo?

Cole: In no particular order, i give you…

“Aegina Airlines” by The Dead Texan
“Indian Summer” by Jónsi & Alex
“Don’t Worry” by Zoe Keating
“Foreground” by Grizzly Bear (Note: this song works in all regions of a photo.)

Tycho, of course, goes without saying.

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ISO50: If there could be a new filter added on instagram describe it the best you can:

Cole: If you combine Inkwell (the current b&w filter) with say, the soft tones of Sierra, it produces some lovely results. I think there may be something to that.

ISO50: Do you find there being pressure of getting a certain kind of shot to post on instagram? Do you ever hesitate to post?

Cole: Sure i’d say there’s an incentive to keep it interesting and meaningful, so you tend to become more selective with what you post. I definitely feel some pressure to keep traveling, to keep it consistent with the landscapes that i usually post. Twist my arm. As for hesitation, once in a while i’ll think twice about posting some the crazy experimental stuff. I have fun trying to push the medium in new & weird ways, and then sharing the process so everyone take part and push it further. Take for instance, shooting through a sweater stretched over the lens. Sometimes you have to look at the photo, turn your head to one side and ask yourself “… really?” So, you share what works, and you bury the rest. Like an iceberg, most people only see the little bit that’s above water.

ISO50: I’m moving to SF next week, can you list your favorite bar, venue, restaurant, and a place to relax at?

Cole: On a Thursday night when it’s not too crowded, grab a couple of friends for drinks in an old pirate ship themed bar called Smuggler’s Cove in Hayes Valley. There’s even a flaming skull drink! Nuff said. Then, when you’re good and toasty, mozy on down the block to Absinthe for one of the best burgers in the city. While you’re there, have them bring over the St. George absinthe, the only variety any sane person should bother to try. You’ll be feeling pretty good at this point, and maybe a bit full, but i promise you won’t care. When it’s time, sign your check and stroll a few blocks further to the more relaxed appeal of Hotel Biron, for a glass of wine you’ll in the short term love & then soon regret as you wait for your Uber cab before crawling into bed.

ISO50: What do you think about the popular page on instagram? What would you change about it to make it something you’d visit more frequent?

Cole: It’s very honest and very human. Algorithmically, it’s doing some really smart things to bring you photos that are getting a lot of attention. Attention, however doesn’t guarantee that every photo will be amazing, so that’s where i think the honesty comes in. Right now, the popular page is a perfect snapshot of what’s on people’s minds at a given point in time. It’s Freud meets Ansel Adams, with some teenage angst and a few cute puppies thrown in. I love it for what it is, but as with anything, it’ll evolve. Down the line I would love to see it become more curated, or influenced by more tastemakers on Instagram. Imagine giving more weight to a photo if it’s liked by other influential users who have had a few of their own photos featured on the popular page. An “artists supporting upcoming artists” metric.

ISO50: If you weren’t working on photography or being a pilot what would you be doing for a living?

Cole: Well, I have a web company called Particle that pays the bills, but that aside, i’d probably sell tripods or hang gliders online and travel. Build a water well for a community that needs it. Maybe grow some rice.

ISO50: What are your feelings on Facebook buying Instagram? Any updates that what would make you sad to see added?

Cole: I think from the beginning it was obvious that the app was going to be huge. Even before they launched, the hundred or so beta testers were using the app all day everyday. It was exactly what was missing, and i’m damn thrilled to see it make its mark in history. Their team and inner culture is incredible, so i have faith in the people and the smarts they bring behind scenes. I can’t really imagine them adding a feature that wasn’t great or without the user in mind. I’m actually looking forward to the much needed updates to Facebook that Instagram will bring.

Instagram Favorites Musician Edition

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@edroste ( Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear )


@comtruise ( Com Truise )


@teendaze ( Teen Daze )

Instagram has sort of become a way of life on tour, almost anything beautiful or funny we see outside the tour van we yell out “take the shot!”. Since i’ve jumped on Instagram i’ve looked for musicians that post on there since soo many get to travel, here’s just a few that I follow that I post about that make it in our ISO50 playlists.

@peakinglights ( Peaking Lights )
@mattmondanile ( Real Estate / Ducktails )
@benjamincurtis ( School Of Seven Bells / Secret Machines )
@dam_funk ( DaM FunK )
@nosajthing (Nosaj Thing)
@muxmool ( Mux Mool )
@sunglitters ( Sun Glitters )
@geejairmo ( Prefuse 73 )
@starslingeruk ( Star Slinger )
@poolside ( Poolside )
@foxesinfiction ( Foxes In Fiction )
@bisradio ( Tim Sweeney of DFA )
@willits ( Christopher Willits )
@ryanpitchfork ( Ryan @ Pitchfork )
@laurenflax ( Creep )
@__shigeto ( Shigeto )
@studioirisarri ( Rafael Anton Irisarri / The Sight Below )
@j_gossett ( 1/2 of Beacon )
@tm_iii ( 1/2 of Beacon )

@iso50 ( Tycho )
@nitemoves ( Rory O’Connor – Tycho’s Drummer / Com Truise )
@zryder ( Zac Brown – Tycho’s Bassist / Dusty Brown )
@heathered_pearls ( Jakub )

Monogold + FIF + Women + Catwalk

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Monogold’s album is a soft spoken mixture of whats in the main vein of quality indie rock in Brooklyn hasn’t that been taken over by lo-fi. It has its psychedelic touch, that vocal delivery of ARMS, Grizzly Bear and Arcade Fire, and mingles with the handful bands that embraced the Animal Collective sound, I don’t usually have a bunch indie rock on here but I feel very comfortable sharing this song with you.

Toronto’s Foxes In Fiction is becoming my gateway drug to give away to people that don’t know much about whats going in music these days. Its friendly, poppy, and hooky but with thought out texture that I can respect which makes it easy to suggest or recommend to young and old listeners. Download this song off his Alberto EP on his site for FREE.

I’m always waiting for Women to come to Brooklyn, I want to hear an old song called Lawncare live but i’ve been trying to find my favorite on their new LP Public Strain, i’ve been leaning towards this song because of the guitars.

The Captured Tracks people can do no wrong, you follow up The Soft Moon with Minks then a slew of amazing 7 inch singles?! half way thru this song I feel like summer is almost here.

Would love to give photo credit, anyone have any ideas?

ISO50 Playlist 7

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ISO50 Playlist #7 is now available for your listening pleasure. This time around Aarnio (Jakub’s alter-ego) does the honors and it’s a little out of hand.

So sit back and enjoy… And if you like what you hear, let us know in the comments.

ISO50 Playlist 7 – Compiled By Aarnio

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Track Listing:
Black To Comm – Trapez
Paul White – Highlife
Beach House – Norway
Juana Molina – Un Dia
Lone – Karen Loves Kate
Pogo – Alice
Grizzly Bear – Cheerleader (Neon Indian ‘Studio 6669′ Remix)
Little Dragon – Feather
Beach Fossils – Daydream
Caribou – Schedules and Fares
The Mercury Program – Stand & Sing
Arovane – Seaside
Boards Of Canada – Kaini Industries (Bibio cover)
Kurt Vile – My Best Friends (Don’t Even Pass This)
Cocteau Twins – Lorelei
Peter Broderick & Machinefabriek – Homecoming
A Setting Sun – Raspberry
Brock Van Wey/BVDUB – Lest You Forget
High Wolf – Don’t Fuck With The Tropics
Lusine – Cirrus
Studio – Radio Edit