A Shrine to Circles and Dots, Squares and Rectangles

Design // Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Today our continued obsession with typographic album covers has lead us to Project Thirty-Three, a collection and shrine to "circles and dots, squares and rectangles, and triangles, and the designers that make these shapes come to life on album covers." Maintained by Jive Time Records, a Seattle-based store specializing in used vinyl, the site also features other record related galleries that you can spend way too much time getting lost in...

Spoon Frontman Britt Daniel on a Career of Album Covers

Music // Monday, December 01, 2014
Austin, Texas-based Spoon has been riding high for almost two decades as one of the great American indie bands. With cult classic albums like Girls Can Tell, Kill The Moonlight, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, and the newly released 2014 LP They Want My Soul, Spoon has been both prolific and critically acclaimed. But one of their most underrated qualities has been their exceptional selection and curation of album artwork and covers, fostering the tradition of creating a visual landscape to surround the music produced in the studio.

The Art of Robert Beatty

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Robert Beatty is an artist and musician. He plays music through his band Hair Police, his solo project Three Legged Race and contributions to C. Spencer Yeh's Burning Star Core. He also has crafted an enormous amount of cover art for various acts including ONeohtrix Point NEver, Peaking Lights and Real Estate. His art is reminiscent of airbrushed 1970s rock albums but he has utilized computer-manipulated collage and hand-drawn art to bring a modern touch to the style...

Nigel Stanford Makes Sound Visible In Music Video

Music // Tuesday, November 18, 2014
New Zealand musician Nigel Stanford has come out with a music video for his newest song, Cymatics, the first single from his latest album, Solar Echoes. In this fun and fascinating video are a series of experiments that show the way sound waves affect different types of matter, like water, sand and gas.

Music Video: Panda Bear "Mr Noah"

Music // Friday, October 24, 2014
On January 12, 2015, one of our favorite musicians Panda Bear of Animal Collective will release Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper. In the meantime, Panda Bear has the "Mr Noah EP" and a video for the track directed by AB/CD/CD. And there is a chance you may get seasick.

Video Director Hiro Murai talks Craft

Music // Thursday, October 23, 2014
Hiro Murai is the director behind some of our favorite music videos of the last few years, including Earl Sweatshirt's "Chum," Frank Ocean's "Forrest Gump," St Vincent's "Cheerleader," amongst others. As part of the Pitchfork Director ID series, Hiro talks shop and craft about making videos in the YouTube era, as being influenced by Ron Mueck. 

Music Video: Flying Lotus "Never Catch Me" ft. Kendrick Lamar

Music // Friday, October 03, 2014
We have been anticipating Flying Lotus' new album, "You're Dead," all summer long, and the album is set to hit... er, shops(?) on October 6/7 via Warp Records. Hiro Mural just directed the video for the track "Never Catch Me" featuring a well-played vocal by Kendrick Lamar. Beautiful video, great track... can't wait to hear the whole thing. 

Pedro Bell "One Nation Under a Dude," Fall 1998

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Pedro Bell busted into public consciousness in 1973 as the artist who visualized the ass-shaking, mind-expanding sounds of George Clinton and P-Funk. A Chicago-bred skepticism mixed with psychedelic color, strong narrative and a pen and ink illustrative sense turned P-Funk album covers into an adventure for the mind. "I dropped P-Funk a hand-designed envelope duplicating a dollar bill with the address where the serial number is supposed to go," remembers Bell.

Music Video: Metronomy "Month of Sundays" dir by Callum Cooper

Music // Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Let's get Escher. Metronomy is a band that understands how to make a good music video, a memorable one, one with a little extra touch of artistic detail in every video. For their new single, Month of Sundays, the band had director Callum Cooper create a visual look. The director told Nowness, "When I heard the track, the stark harmonies brought to mind the Russian children’s choirs of the 1970s."

Music Video: The War on Drugs "Under The Pressure"

Music // Friday, August 22, 2014
One of the absolute best albums of the year in the rock category would be The War On Drugs' "Lost In the Dream." The opening track, "Under the Pressure," now has a music video directed by Houmam. If you like hazy, long road trips, perhaps accompanied by a few mushrooms, then you will enjoy this.
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