Music // Friday, January 09, 2015
PJ Harvey has long been a bit of a chameleon in the music world. Her last album, Let England Shake, showed that not only could an artist hit an artistic peak 8 albums in, but also transform their sound and songwriting approach. It was one of our favorite albums of 2011. When news broke that Harvey was gonig to recording her next album live, in front of more or less a museum-going audience at the Somerset House in London from Janaury 16, 2015 on, we thought it was a genius statement about the time, energy and artistic craft that goes into making an album...
Vault // Monday, December 22, 2014
In our August cover story Madlib, "Egon" Alapatt, Freddie Gibbs, and Jason Jägel sit down to discuss sampling, being born into music, and the art of the Fringe.
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...
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.
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...
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 // 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.
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 // 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.
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.