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... 

"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."

You Wish You Read André Karpov's Book As A Kid

Juxtapoz // Saturday, October 19, 2013
André Karpov, with his swoony voice and epic shoulders, seems as though he stepped out of an Americana doc highlighting the brave broad range of the Mendocino coast children. The story begins: In the Pacific Northwest where the land meets the water, lived a cynical gull and an amiable otter.

Joram Roukes "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" @ B15 Gallery, Copenhagen

Juxtapoz // Friday, September 20, 2013
Yes, this is a Smashing Pumpkins reference. Joram Roukes, featured earlier this year in our print edition, will open a new show, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, at B15 Gallery in Copenhagen on September 27, 2013. As the gallery notes, Joram has "orchestrated the works with respect for the bands original idea, which has been to instill fans with both sadness and hope."

Watch: Mark Mothersbaugh has a Wild Imagination and Good Advice

Music // Wednesday, September 18, 2013
We are big fans of the mind of Mark Mothersbaugh. From Rugrats to Life Aquatic, and aside from co-founding Devo, the man has composed an absolutely insane amount of music for tv shows and movies and along the way created all kinds of art. In this video for an event at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club, Mothersbaugh talks about his 3am work habits, gives some sagely advice on technology and art, and rocks out with the weirdest presets on an organ. A nice little watch for sure.

Juxtapoz Presents: Skinner @ Outside Lands, 2013

Juxtapoz // Monday, August 19, 2013
We have shown you a bunch of footage from our time and curation at the 2013 Outside Lands Music & Art Festival held in San Francisco in early August, but today we have a more things to showcase. One, contributing photographer Chloe Rice took a bunch of beautiful photos of the various sights, styles, and artists working at the festival with the Juxtapoz team. And second, Skinner provides us a guideline of how to attend a music festival. A speech for all festivals.... 

Nic Wallenberg's Human Speaker

Juxtapoz // Monday, July 08, 2013
The Human Speaker collar is able to turn one's mouth into a speaker. It bypasses the vocal chords and transmits vibrations directly into the upper throat so wearers can play music by only moving their lips and mouth. Since the collar can only produce up to two music notes, the collar's compositions can become more complex the more people using it come together. Watch a video after the jump...

Music Video: Cass McCombs "Morning Star" directed by Patrick O'Dell

Music // Monday, July 01, 2013
Throw some skate on it. We love a good Cass McCombs tune, and we love a good assemblage of skate footage put together by Patrick O'Dell any day of the week. And so here we are, on a Monday, and we are getting both together in one music video for McCombs' newest track, "Morning Star," which will be featured on his upcoming LP. Let us enjoy now... 

Music Video: JJ DOOM “Bookhead” directed by Steve “ESPO” Powers

Music // Thursday, June 20, 2013
Two of our favorite things, all in one visual. Steve "ESPO" Powers directing MF DOOM's new project, JJ DOOM. The 2x Juxtapoz cover artist teamed up with the now London-residing DOOM and his newest collaboration with Jneiro Jarel to give a video of the track "Bookhead." The video depicts our Saturday nights: corner liquor store, then reading a bit of Chaucer at the local library. Listening to DOOM. They read our mind... 

MOCAtv's First "The Art of Punk" Episode Focuses on Black Flag

Music // Friday, June 14, 2013
In this excellent debut episode of their "The Art of Punk" series, MOCAtv dissects the art of the legendary Black Flag, from their iconic four bars symbols, to their coveted and now collectable gig flyers, singles, and band t-shirts. The distinctive Indian ink drawn image and text featured on most of these was all by none other than Raymon Pettibon. We've been on a art in music kick lately due to our special Beastie Boys issue and this is a wonderful video on the group's commitment to art, featuring interviews with Raymond Pettibon as well as Flea, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Henry Rollins.