Music // Saturday, March 01, 2014
We have shown you the work of South Korean artist Lee Jin Ju on the site in the past, and the artist has contributed album cover art for Pains of Being Pure at Heart's new LP, "Days of Abandon." (due April 22, 2014). The American band picked the painting "The Material of Mind," to be the cover, and now that Pains has released a single, lets listen in...
Music // Wednesday, February 26, 2014
We have shown you the posters, we have introduced (or re-introduced) you to the artists and photographers behind the scenes, but today we want to show you some of the music we have been listening to in the office as we put the March 2014 issue together. From Jefferson Airplane to Sly and the Family Stone, Hendrix to Mayall, Quicksilver Messenger Service to Janis Joplin, it was a fun few months of getting back into a great era of experimentation, music, art, and culture.
Music // Thursday, February 13, 2014
Rakim is a legend, no need to argue or debate that issue. This wonderful video, "Words by Rakim," is not only insightful into the world of an accomplished hip-hop artist, but an artistic approach to the medium of documentary shorts. Matt Bieler, great job.
Music // Thursday, February 13, 2014
Today we’re enjoying French musician Gesaffelstein’s Pursuit music video. Gesaffelstein has worked alongside, Tiga, Miss Kittin, Lana Del Rey, Daft Punk, and produced two tracks on Yeezus. No amateur to the music scene, Gesaffelstein’s Pursuit video is a great sample of an audible world and visual world coming together.
Music // Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Michel Gondry is a bit of an imaginative wizard when it comes to art directed music videos, pretty much putting together some of the most famous music videos of the last two decades (White Stripes, Radiohead, Foo Fighters' "Everlong", Bjork, etc). He has made feature films like "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Science of Sleep" that follow on this DIY, handmade visual effect style, and his new music video for Metronomy's "Love Letters" fits the bill, albeit with a little more set painting...
Music // Friday, February 07, 2014
St. Vincent is a very likeable musician whose real name is Annie Clark and has been making good tunes over the past 8 years or so. Her newest LP, a self-titled release, will be out on February 25 in the US via Loma Vista, and Chino Moya directed the video for the first single, "Digital Witness." It sort of goes on Brave New World vibe, or as the press release states, St. Vincent commands "a surreal and futuristic world in which action is synchronized, replicated and repeated."
Music // Monday, January 27, 2014
For Glasser's 2013 album "Interiors," the artist enlisted New York-based visual artist Jonathan Turner to design the album artwork and direct the music videos. A chrome, silver-like essence flows through both videos and is the most striking visual element of the album artwork. Fluidity is another major theme...
Music // Saturday, January 25, 2014
MF Doom is all over the creative map at the moment, and not all of it has to do with music. First, he designed his own signature pair of Clarks Originals Wallabees. Then, he released his own custom rings designed by Han Cholo for Nature Sounds. And, after he had ESPO direct the music video for the JJ Doom track, "Bookhead," it looks like ESPO contributed some graphics to a limited edition Bookhead EP picture disc. We want everything we just mentioned...
Music // Wednesday, January 22, 2014
"When the music in me slows down, I pick up a pen and draw. When the ink begins to flow less easily, I trade the pen for an instrument and resume where I left off with a renewed sense of purpose. It’s a symbiotic relationship between art and music. I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to tap into it and spend my days creating."
Music // Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Damon Albarn, lead singer of Blur, Gorillaz, and a few other projects of note, is set to release his own first solo album, Everyday Robots, on April 29, 2014, and is kicking off the release with a video for the title track. The video is directed by artist and designer Aitor Throup and "uses CGI software and actual cranial scans to create a unique digital portrait of Damon." Go watch...