Arcade Fire's "Reflektor": The Story Behind the Album Cover

Music // Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Over the past two months or so, Arcade Fire's return has been one of the highlights of the fall music release schedule. For us, we have always been huge Arcade Fire fans not just because of the music but because of the care and attention they put into their album art design and entire look for a tour and stage production. Whether having Spike Jonze direct a short in conjunction with The Suburbs LP,  or their new media experiments on their website, the Montreal-band pays close attention to art in relation to their music. Their newest LP, Reflektor, takes this care to a new level... 

Music Video: Portugal. The Man "Modern Jesus" (Mike D Remix)

Music // Sunday, November 03, 2013
We have worked with both Portugal. The Man and Mike D's Beastie Boys in the past (the latter an entire issue earlier this year), and we loved that both Mike and the Portugal guys teamed up for a remix of their "Modern Jesus" track. And, we just saw, there is a music video... enjoy some Sunday tunes... 

Silverlake Conservatory of Music Benefit featuring Neil Young and Red Hot Chili Peppers

Music // Friday, November 01, 2013
This past Wednesday, Juxtapoz attended a special benefit and auction hosted by Flea and Anthony Kiedis, all to benefit the Los Angeles area Silverlake Conservatory of Music. Past Juxtapoz featured artists Thomas Campbell, Retna, Shepard Fairey, Gus Van Sant, Ed Ruscha, and many more were in attendance, with art up for auction to support the school as well. To make it even better, Neil Young and the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed. All and all... a good cause and good night. Here are some of the shots...

Lou Reed, RIP

Music // Monday, October 28, 2013
Sadly, we feel like a major chapter in the world of art and music passed away yesterday with the death of legendary musician and member of Andy Warhol's inner circle, Lou Reed. Fronting the influential Velvet Underground (house band of Warhol's Factory) as well as a successful solo career, Reed was an icon of NYC, and of rock culture at large. 

"What The Future Sounded Like"

Music // Wednesday, October 23, 2013
A brilliant use of 30 minutes of your day would be to watch this documentary on electronic music, "What the Future Sounded Like," a great find from our friends over at TWBE. "Post-war Britain rebuilt itself on a wave of scientific and industrial breakthroughs that culminated in the cultural revolution of the 1960’s. In this atmosphere was born the Electronic Music Studios (EMS), a radical group of avant-garde electronic musicians who utilized technology and experimentation to compose a futuristic electronic sound-scape for the New Britain."

Music Video: Atoms for Peace "Before Your Very Eyes"

Music // Friday, October 18, 2013
Following a performance at the Hollywood Bowl and prior to one at Treasure Island Music Festival here in San Francisco, Thom Yorke's Atoms For Peace released a new video for the opening track of their album Amok, "Before Your Very Eyes." Watch Yorke crumble in a flowing stop motion river of, well, you sort of have to watch it for yourself...

John Lennon, "Oh! Yoko!" animated by Keiichi Tanaami

Music // Thursday, October 17, 2013
We were recently reminded (thanks TWBE) of this fantastic 1973 animation Keiichi Tanaami did for John Lennon's Oh! Yoko! and felt obliged to brighten your morning with it! Tanaami has been on the site a few time as of late, he is one of the great Japanese pop and psychedelic artists of the postwar era!

Music Video: The Shining Twins "PSYCHO"

Music // Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Created by Amber B Dianda the official music video for "Psycho" by The Shining Twins features fantastic hand-sewn puppets of Alex Weiss and Marisa Kreiss perform their hit song on stage, while a few friends crash the party.

"Gunwolf," A Manga Comic Book with a Soundtrack

Music // Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Get ready for thirty-six pages and 16-tracks of explosive radness as you follow Gunwolf, Hirohito Co.'s number one corporate enforcer who has a penchant for synth-rock, a reputation for mayhem, and the skill to carry it out. Gunwolf: Get Ready to Get Killed [Fax Manga #1] is the first of a series of comic books from Nick Ebeling and A.P. Menzies of Dirt Bike Press and illustration by Akiko Stehrenberger.

Trailer: Chris Cunningham for Warpaint "Love Is to Die" Documentary

Music // Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Chris Cunningham is a visionary music video director, creating visuals that can potentially outlive the music its made for (although the music of Aphex Twin and others is quite good and longlasting in the mind). Warpaint is a band of 4 women from Los Angeles that make melodic art rock music. Cunningham followed Warpaint for two years and the result is Love Is To Die, a documentary of sorts that we have a teaser for today... 

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