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The Album Art of Leif Podhajský
In Leif Podhajský’s studio (an old converted stable in Shoreditch, East London) there is a shelf filled with albums that he’s designed; their colorful spines lined up one after the other. Designed by mixing digital images with painted textures and...
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Berlin Lofts
The German capital counts its nightlife among the best in the world, not just because of the sheer volume of clubs, but due to the wide variety and quality of music and "only in Berlin" attitude. The recently launched Berlin Lofts outpost of private...
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ListenUp: Record Store Day
The Replacements: All Shook Down Forming in the final year of the '70s in Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Replacements ushered in the '80s with their critically-acclaimed (if commercially unsuccessful) American indie rock sound. In 1990, a year before...
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City Guides Spotlight: Nashville
Sponsored content: Dubbed "the Silicon Valley of the music industry" by The Atlantic, Tennessee's capital is where artists from Elvis Presley to the Kings of Leon—and even Bob Dylan—have recorded albums. The residents of Nashville made music history...
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Ghostly + RPMFG Record Tote
Co-founded by Matthew Dear and Sam Valenti in 1999 as a boutique record label, Ghostly International has since become a leading figure and voice in the industry for experimental, "genre-less" music and even art, clothing and product design. While...
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Secret 7"
Opening in London tonight, 11 April, Secret 7" is a charity art project which sees hundreds of artists—including the likes of Ai Weiwei and Gilbert & George—exhibit one-off, specially designed 7" record sleeves that will be sold to raise money for...
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Interview: Jeremy Burke
Sponsored content: In a high performance world, Braun creates innovative designs built to last seven years. For the Built to Perform series Braun profiles 15 innovative guys in an intimate look at their life passions and the unique objects of design...
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Interview: Black Moth Super Rainbow
Using analog equipment and outdated electronics for a more "real" sound, Black Moth Super Rainbow is one of the more captivating experimental electronic bands we've become familiar with in recent years. With nearly a decade of albums under their...
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L'Hydroptère.ch
by Meehna Goldsmith The brainchild of French yachtsman Alain Thébault, L'Hydroptère is the fastest sailboat on the planet, breaking world sailing records in 2009 for its ability to reach 50.17 knots over one nautical mile a well as 50.17...
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The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl
Seizing on the vinyl record as emblematic of music's evolution in the 20th century, the forthcoming exhibition "The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl" at the Nasher Museum of Art explores the relationship of sound, artistry and vinyl through the...
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Papercuts: You Can Have What You Want
The third album for Papercuts, You Can Have What You Want, highlights a strongly maturing Jason Robert Quever, who's still a nostalgic songwriter but is bringing a new level of mastery to his trademark sound in good form. Looking back to the first...
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Audiowood Turntables
These custom turntables are the handiwork of Oakland, California-based woodworker Joe Scilley who previously was an interior renovator in the San Francisco Bay Area but has now turned his skills to audiocraft. On 14 March 2009, Scilley will debut...
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Two New Andy Warhol Books: The Record Covers and Warhol Live
Much is written of the late Andy Warhol. Too much, you might argue. And while the newest pair of titles cover some of the same well-trodden ground, they limit their focus to one specific aspect of the eclectic artist's career. "Warhol Live...
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Melvins 4xLP Exclusive Giveaway
The Melvins have been around forever. I mean, Kurt Cobain tried out to be their bassist and supposedly got so nervous he forgot all the songs. Heavily influenced (no pun intended) by Black Flag and Black Sabbath, the Melvins’ experimentally...
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Dense Records
One of the best record stores I've visited in recent times is the centrally located music store, Dense, in Berlin. Their selection is impeccable, their staff friendly and they know their music. I've visited my share of music stores around...
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The Journal of Popular Noise
In the age of digital everything, we're all a little nostalgic for something tangible to hold and experience here in "first life." Recognizing this, The Journal of Popular Noise is a new limited-edition publication "inspired by...
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Sibylle Baier: Colour Green
Sometimes it takes 35 years and a few detours to finally get to where you were going. Recorded in 1970, the songs that make up Colour Green, Sibylle Baier’s intimate underground folk album, have been released for the first time on the Orange...
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Gonzales: Solo Piano
Minimal, sparse, and beautiful, Solo Piano is unlike anything else I’m listening to right now. Canadian-born musician, producer, and rapper Gonzales has worked with everyone from Jane Birkin, to Daft Punk, to ex-label mate Peaches...
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Jazzanova: The Remixes 2002-2005
Following the stunning "Remixes 1997-2000," the eclectic album of originals "In Between," "In Between Remixed" and the dancefloor approved dj mix "Mixing," the Berlin-based six-member collective Jazzanova presents...
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Boards of Canada : Campfire Headphase
Not new but worthy of mention here, the latest Boards Of Canada album "Campfire Headphase," released last month on Warp records is to me the music my dreams are made of. The new arrival of guitar (however warbled) to the BOC sound just...
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Review: Madonna's Confessions=***1/2
One of this season’s most highly anticipated albums finally made its way across my desk –- and it hasn’t stopped playing since I got it. Madonna has outdone herself once again. On Confessions on a Dance Floor, the Queen Chameleon...
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Rogue Wave
Rogue Wave's second album, Descended Like Vultures, makes the complex indie stylings of their 2004 debut, Out of the Shadow, seem almost pared-down; here they flesh their sound out with full, almost romantic arrangements. Guitars alternately swell...
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Wolf Parade
Wolf Parade is the latest Montreal export worth more than a listen. Their first full-length album, Apologies to the Queen Mary, is a driving mix of indie backbeats with psychedelic, artsy, and electronic influences. Like the oft-compared Arcade Fire...
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CocoRosie: Noah's Ark
Sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady, known as CocoRosie, came on the scene with the 2004 release of La Maison de Mon Reve, an eclectic mix of pared-down beats and vocals that spawned multiple comparisons of the duo to chanteuses of yesteryear on psychedelics...
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