ISO50 Playlist 15 – Compiled By Heathered Pearls
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.
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
I came across these great photos from Québec-based recording facility Studio Frisson while gear-lusting tonight and was stricken by their quality. Most studios don’t do a very good job of tastefully photographing the facilities so it was refreshing to see these very well executed portraits of some of the most rare and prized recording equipment in the world. Some of the post on the photos is a little synthetic for my tastes, but still nice. Unfortunately the images are watermarked so you’ll have to imagine what they’d look like clean.
Speaking of watermarked photos, I’ve really been getting annoyed by the practice, particularly by good photographers. I get why they’re doing it, but honestly, is the damage it does to your image and composition worth whatever infringement someone could pull off using a 650px, 72dpi JPEG? Just asking for the sake of argument, I can certainly understand the motivation.
Anyways, you may not share my hopeless obsession with analog audio hardware, but you can’t deny the sexiness of these machines and their interfaces. I’ve always found equipment like this a good source of inspiration when designing realistic software interfaces.
Sorry, no mention of the photographer that I could find. If anyone knows please speak up!
A Danish company called Davone has released their second model of Ray speakers. They have a nice shape wrapped in walnut veneer that gives them a home alongside the Eames lounge chair. I’m all caught up in the beauty of these speakers but could only justify saving for these if the sound was exceptional. If you’ve had the pleasure of listening to audio from these speakers, please let us know in the comments.
The speakers use an 8″ woofer and a 1″ tweeter with a rated frequency response of 38Hz – 20kHz. The impedance is 8 Ohms, with 89dB/W/m sensitivity and a hefty price of $6,000—yeah, that’s $6,000 a pair. Extremely pricey isn’t it? Maybe some of you audio-savy folks can make sense of the specs to help justify the price tag.
Found via Grain Edit.
School Of Seven Bells – Half Asleep
Gang Gang Dance – Egowar
Mahogany – One Plus One Equals Three Or M
Empire Of The Sun – Walking On A Dream
The Whitest Boy Alive vs Mylo vs Cut Copy – Otto’s Golden Journey (Andy Webb’s Dreamy Blend)
Phoenix – 1901
Air France – No Excuses
College – The Energy Story
Christ. – Cordate
Flying Lotus – Auntie’s lock/Infinitum (featuring Laura Darlington)
Flying Lotus – Roberta Flack (Mike Slott’s Other Mix)
The Avalanches – Since I Left You (Cornelius Remix)
Super Furry Animals – Some Things Come from Nothing
Engineers – Let’s Just See
Sigur Rós – Gobbledigook
French Kicks – Abandon
Blind Man’s Colour – Brother Sport (Animal Collective Cover)
Beirut – The Concubine
The Kooks – Kids (MGMT Cover)
Benoit Pioulard – Ash in the Sky
Bibio – Bewley In Grey
Daedelus – Experience
Unless you’re an RSS subscriber (if you are, click here to view player), you’ve probably noticed the new audio player at the top of the page. I’ve been wanting to add a flash based player for a long time because while the small single track player we have been using (and will continue to use) for music posts is good, it’s not something you can just turn on and let it play while you work. This new player is based on the JW Player framework and supports XML playlists and all the good stuff. It was a total pain to develop though, the documentation was a little thin in the skinning department so it’s been a very protracted process to say the least. I ironed out the last kinks over the past week so here it is…finally: the ISO50 Playlist. We’ll be refreshing the playlist often, usually with 16 or so song mixes probably every couple weeks or so.
The initial mix I put in tonight is just a collection of some of my favorites from the blog over the past year or so, nothing too specific or themed. Every song in the player (now and in the future) will be songs that we’ve previously posted on, so if you’re looking for more information on the song or artist just type it in the search box below (also new…well the design at least) and the relevant post(s) should come up. This is definitely a beta so give me the heads up in the comments if you run into any issues with the player as only a few people have tested it so far. On a related note, I’ve added a “featured posts” column in the hopes that it will make older posts a little more discoverable. I’ll also be adding a “featured categories” section next week as well in which I’ll try to compile some nice groupings of related articles on various subjects. As the blog gets on in years and the posts pile up, most of these additions are aimed squarely at highlighting older content, music and otherwise.
All of these changes and additions may get you thinking about the redesign I had discussed a while back. I haven’t given up on that plan, but it’s definitely taken a back seat as the process of finishing up my next album has sort of consumed me. I decided to make some incremental upgrades (like those mentioned above) using the current theme and then treat the redesign as it’s own phase a little later. Still contemplating that light background…
At any rate, the Playlist is here and I hope you enjoy! As always, your feedback is greatly appreciated.