Preview: Michael Miller "West Coast Hip-Hop: A History in Pictures" @ FIFTY24SF Gallery, SF

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 27, 2012
Michael Miller, the famed music photographer who captured iconic photos of Eazy-E, Tupac, Snoop Dogg, NWA, and some of the most iconic Stussy advertising campaigns of the late 1980s and '90s, will be exhibiting West Coast Hip-Hop: A History in Pictures at FIFTY24SF Gallery in San Francisco this weekend, April 27—28. The show coincides with Miller signing copies of his new book, West Coast Hip-Hop: A History in Pictures at the gallery on Saturday, April 28.

Pantone Swatches Make Classic Album Covers by David Marsh

Music // Friday, April 27, 2012
David Marsh must like a good Pantone swatch, because in order to digitally recreate classic albums with Pantone swatches, he had to use over 1,369 solid color swatches for each reference to the Smiths, or Nirvana, or Roxy Music, or Pink Floyd. Marsh created a nice series of album covers that puts him in the Venn Diagram space where the two circles intersect between graphic design nerd and Matt Pinfield.

Last Days of 1984 "River's Edge" Music Video directed by Sophie Gateau

Music // Thursday, April 26, 2012
Sophie Gateau just directed this new music video for Last Days and their track, "River's Edge," which features two young men as they get turned into streamers. And various other visual effects are applied, by which you will say, "This is quite lovely." And then they dance with their keyboard x drum machines.

Simian Mobile Disco "Cerulean" Music Video

Music // Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Directed and animated by Jack Featherstone and Will Samuel of London's ISO studio, this abstract animation follows the journey of the little white dot that could as it ventures through a two-dimensional computer universe. The incredibly cool and inventive little video is set to Simian Mobile Disco's single "Cerulean," from their forthcoming album "Unpatterns."

Anton Corbijn: "R.E.M. Seen between 1990-2010" @ Albertinum, Dresden

Music // Wednesday, April 25, 2012
One of the great chroniclers of contemporary music, Dutch-born photographer and film director Anton Corbijn has been responsible for making iconic images and videos for bands such as Joy Division, U2, Nirvana, and REM. The latter is the subject of Corbijn's latest photo exhibition, R.E.M. Seen Between 1990-2010, now showing at the Albertinum Museum in Dresden, Germany. 

The Art of Mickey Avalon

Music // Tuesday, April 24, 2012
There's a few trends that keep on keepin' on, but the one that continues to defy any foreseeable prediction is that of: white rappers. Chalk it up to Mickey Avalon for glamorizing the latter. He's cleverly marred what's kitschy and indecent in life mixed in among smooth hooks and memorable rhythms. From a guy that signs his name with hearts.

The Horrors "Changing The Rain" Video by Peter Fowler

Music // Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Prepare for some pure psychedelic pop with British band The Horrors and their animated video single, "Changing The Rain." This totally trippy kaleidoscopic animation was directed by Pete Fowler, best known for his hallucinatory motifs and merry band of monstrous creatures.

Mike Diamond on Transmission LA @ MOCA

Juxtapoz // Saturday, April 21, 2012
The legendary Beastie Boy, Mike Diamond, curator of the new MOCA exhibition, Transmission LA, gave the good people of the Avant/Garde Diaries a tour of the mega installation that features Tom Sachs, Peter Coffin, Jim Drain & Ara Peterson, Ben Jones, Mike Mills, Sage Vaughn, and others. The 17-day festival opened yesterday at the MOCA Geffen Contemporary in Downtown Los Angeles.

Review: A Rolling Stone @ Porter/Contemporary Gallery, NYC

Juxtapoz // Saturday, April 21, 2012
A Rolling Stone is now on view at New York City's Porter Contemporary, a group exhibition celebrating "50 years of the Rolling Stones, while also seeking inspiration from the proverb A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss. Afterall, as the proverb suggests, those who keep moving are never lacking fresh ideas or creativity.

The Shins: “The Rifle’s Spiral” Music Video by Jamie Caliri

Music // Thursday, April 19, 2012
What a good time for music videos. The real kind, not the Vh-1 kind. Former Juxtapoz featured artist Jamie Caliri is at the helm of the Edward Gorey/Hugo-esque music video for The Shins "The Rifle's Spiral," and we have been getting emails all morning about it. Well, here it is.

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