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Deleteyourself vs. Canon 5D MKII

Posted by Scott

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So I stumbled onto the deleteyourself blog the other day (same guy who runs Photololz) and in turn found his Flickr. There were some nice shots up there but what really struck me in particular was the vivid clarity and tone of the photos. So I took a look at the EXIF data and sure enough, they were all shot with a Canon 5D MKII. As you may well know, I have been trying to decide whether to stick with Nikon for my next camera or make the leap to Canon. I think that decision is becoming much clearer now; after seeing what Tim Navis did with the EOS 30D and now this, Canon is way out in front for me. Of course, he’s also using the $1500 Canon EF 16-35mm, but I suppose a camera like the 5D deserves only the best. At any rate, these shots drive home how good the 5D is at transforming otherwise mundane scenes into exquisitely detailed compositions of incredible depth and tonal range.

On a side note, that second pic looks like it was taken right around the same place I took this one, flying into Phuket Airport. I effected the hell out of mine, so it’s hard to compare the two, but I assure you that even in it’s raw form, mine was never anywhere near this detailed and dynamic. I’m not sure how much post processing he is doing with these, I’d love to know how much Photoshop had to do with the end results. Whatever the case may be, Photoshop can’t just synthesize out of thin air the kind of clarity and depth found in these shots; I would bet there’s just some simple color balancing going on. I’m also really liking the vignetting in a lot of these, can anyone out there with a similar rig testify as to whether that is a natural artifact of that particular lens or something he did in post?

Grizzly Bear+Bola+Tyler+Panda Bear

Posted by Jakub

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A new Grizzly Bear track was leaked this week for their upcoming LP that is dropping in May, its no Deep Sea Diver or On a Neck, On a Spit but what is.

Bola – Glink could be one of the most impressive builds into pure enjoyment of IDM that hasn’t been used in a film, at 2:53 I dare anyone try to write anything higher quality sounding.

Grabbed this Tom Tyler track from a Idjut Boys mix that i’ll be posting more from, sounds to me like if Beck was commissioned to work on a track with Air in 2001-2002.

What is there not to say about Panda Bear’s Person Pitch LP? the style of song writing on this record couldn’t be more interesting to me. I still don’t get how he got to this sound, seems like experimenting with effect pedals we’re a big part of the creation.

Grizzly Bear – Cheerleader

Bola – Glink

Tom Tyler – Daylight Robbed Her

Panda Bear – I’m Not

Inspiration Resource: Grain Edit

Posted by Scott

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Michelle McCormick recently posted Dave Cuzner’s Grain Edit on her Inspiration Resource blog. If you’ve been to Grain Edit before, you’ll know what a great collection of classic design artifacts Dave has. Above are just a few small glimpses into that collection. Dave is a vintage bookseller out of Oakland, CA who I first met at an ADAC event in Sacramento. He had a booth there and I was pretty blown away by the books he brought out. I later met him again here in San Francisco where he showed me part of an amazing Czech stamp collection which he is working on. All very inspirational stuff indeed! Link

Benoit Pioulard Tours

Posted by Jakub

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I’d like to suggest more shows and tours to check out via the blog since most of you are probably too busy to check the local venues weekly. Scott and I have been posting about Benoit probably more than any other musician on here. Below are dates for his first official tour w/ Windy & Carl besides a handful of shows in the past few years. I’ll try and get some words from him about the shows and his setup soon.

Apr 23 2009 8:00P WhipperSnapper Gallery
Toronto, Ontario

Apr 24 2009 8:00P The Shop
Ithaca, New York

Apr 25 2009 8:00P Lunt Basement
Haverford, Pennsylvania

Apr 26 2009 9:00P Sundazed
New Haven, Connecticut

Apr 27 2009 8:00P Oxfam Cafe, Tufts Univ.
Medford, Massachusetts

Apr 28 2009 7:00P Le Poisson Rouge
New York, New York

Apr 30 2009 8:00P TBA
Richmond, Virginia

May 1 2009 9:00P Bebe Theater
Asheville, North Carolina

May 2 2009 8:00P 529
Atlanta, Georgia

May 3 2009 8:00P Bullhorn
Lexington, Kentucky

Benoît Pioulard – Ash In The Sky

Neve Sidecar

Posted by Scott

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In the world of audio engineering, the name Neve has become almost mythical. Rupert Neve was responsible for a very popular EQ and preamp circuit design that helped produce many a hit record over the years. I personally love the Neve sound and record everything through a set of four Neve clones. While clones are great and can approach the sound of the original, they’re still not truly a Neve. So to see an actual Neve Sidecar show up on Ebay was a surprise. Just seeing pictures of these is pretty intense, I can’t imagine what it would be like to actually use one. To me, the color and design inspire a sort of reverence, kind of like the Futura of the sound engineering world; classic, refined, and functional. At any rate, a $40k mixer is just a dream…but what a nice looking dream.

Whitest Boy Alive+Mux Mool+CVJ+Doom

Posted by Jakub

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Our favorite Scandinavian pop star Erlend Oye is back with his band The Whitest Boy Alive, by the sound of it after skipping thru some of the songs on the LP I feel like we got a intimate recording of the band in the studio, each instrument is upfront in big bold letters. I’m really loving the key work on the whole LP, gonna take a walk and check out the whole thing now.

Mux Mool’s new EP dropped today exclusively on iTunes, you may know him from the Ghostly Swim compilation or the intro song for the engadget podcast called gdgt run by Peter Rojas and Ryan Block. The synth bass in this song is as warm as butter and the melody sounds like its straight from a soundtrack for an ending of a 80′s tropical action film, too good to miss.

Digged up an old Casino Versus Japan 10″ that was released on Wobblyhead years back, made me really miss Erik’s work. If your reading this Erik email me i’ll put out your album! damn you’re good at melody my friend.

MF Doom hrrrmm I mean Doom just never fails me, the instrumental here just guns down any imitators, the intro horns remind me of a fuzzy memory of watching an A-Team & Airwolf marathon on the USA Network in 1989.

The Whitest Boy Alive – 1517

Mux Mool – Teal Trim

Casino Versus Japan – Via Rouge

MF Doom – Kon Queso