Oct 01, 2010

On the Record - New-ish Music to Check Out, October 2010

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A fall friendly collection of five albums, totally worth your time.


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Hey Rosetta - Into Your Lungs (Sonic Records)

Canadians have been hip to this album since 2008, but its just been released in the U.S.

Track: New Goodbye  

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Sep 16, 2010

How To: Turn a Vintage Radio into a Portable iPod Speaker

Turn a 1950s wireless into a portable ipod speakerAh, the twenty-first century, and its provision to take weeks of music with you stored on a single device. Yet, in order to play these lovely contraptions for an audience, you music employ a speaker system, which are often shiny black plastic and simple won't do for a vintage-inspired decor.

So, what's a antique or retro enthusiast to do? Why, build a custom iPod speaker system within a vintage radio housing, of course.

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Aug 25, 2010

How To: DIY a Lego DJ Booth

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Who DOESN'T need a bed of interlocking plastic bricks in which to rest their turntables?

This build from German site Spy Style features a plywood box attached to the wall, covered with Legos, with flush-mounted Technics 1200s and inside. It uses around 1,400 new bricks in fun cool colors on the outside.created at: 08/25/2010

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Aug 25, 2010

The Top 50 Music Videos of the 1990s

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The 1980s may have brought us MTV as the definitive place to display promotional videos from record companies, but we hold the 1990s as the peak of the artform - the clever storylines and memorable visuals often stick in our minds much better than a song's lyrics or album title, and evoke that last moment before the complete takeover of Clear Channel and the YouTube era, where you could actually discover something new by staying up late and watching Alternative Nation, or the Buzz Bin. (sometimes...)

The Pitchfork Staff have assembled their favorite fifty from the decade, and it's a pretty fine list. There are the quintessential entries from directors who've gone on to create major motion pictures - Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, Mark Romanek, F. Gary Gray - and those from music video mainstains like Chris Cunningham, Adam Bernstein, and Hype Williams. Plus, a healthy dose of electronic and dance artists that never quite hit heavy rotation in the states.

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Aug 24, 2010

F**k You by Cee Lo - Amazing Typeography, Catchy Melodies, Understandable Sentiment

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I may be a little behind on discovering this new video by Cee Lo, the vocal half of Gnarls Barkley and former Goodie Mob member. "F**k you," the first video from his new solo album "The Lady Killer" is a is pure eye and ear candy. It features only the lyrics of the song, ever so slightly animated against brilliant colors. Stereogum says: "It’s a sunshining piano soul kiss-off just a shade off from Cee-Lo’s Danger Mouse jaunts, and sees him playing a character that is most definitely not based on his life: can’t afford his lady Ferraris, comparing his replacement to an Xbox while he’s just an Atari." 

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Aug 09, 2010

IKEA Hack: Beautiful Spherical, Wooden Wireless Speakers

Upon completing this project, Charles couldn't sleep...and for good reason. Birch salad bowls from IKEA house hacked wireless speakers to create amazing modern and moveable music blasters for outdoors or in.

"On Friday I had the idea. I was thinking about the christmas in July party and how it was such a pain to not only wire up the lights but also the speakers.  So, I went about searching for wireless speakers and I found these ones made by Rocketfish.  Suddenly the idea hit me.  I can’t remember where I first saw it, perhaps the MAKE blog, but on the internet I came across an image of this speaker sphere.  Somebody had taken two red salad bowls and installed numerous speakers around it.  I always thought it was a great idea for a party.  I decided it was time for me to do something similar."  

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Jul 30, 2010

From Conception to Collection: The Process of Making Screenprinted Posters

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The screenprinted gig poster medium is still a viable and valuable scene, with designers and print shops all over the world creating original, catchy, and unique one-off posters for music shows and festivals.

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Kansas City-based printers Vahalla Studios teamed up with Micah Smith of My Associate Cornelius to create this cool two-color poster for a free Hot Chip show in NYC, sponsored by MySpace. They made this cool video of the process, from designing in Illustrator to printing to - and passing them out at the show for free.

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Jul 14, 2010

New Animated, Handpainted Music Video by the Avett Brothers

created at: 07/14/2010NPR Music is featuring this exclusive premiere of the "Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise" by the Avett Brothers. The visuals are sparse animated paintings by Jason Ryan Mitchum that detail the rise and fall of a single landscape's urban development.

" 'Head Full Of Doubt/Road Full Of Promise' was written about the temporary nature of our buildings and our mentality,' says Scott Avett.  'Accepting the temporary state we may be in.  (Artist) Jason (Ryan Mitchum) with his landscape paintings, and some that I'd seen that he'd animated, dealt with the temporary nature of the world around us.'

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"Rather than make a bunch of different

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Jul 08, 2010

Music Philosophy: Giving Song Lyrics a Graphic Punch

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UK-based designer and illustrator Mico Toledo loves music. And UK-based designer and illustrator loves typography as well, and he's fused his two passions together in his latest venture, Music Philosophy.

As he states, Mico had "nothing better to do," and he began to put some of his favorite and most inspiring song lyrics under the typographic spotlight, and see if a simple, well-constructed phrase can serve on its own as a piece of great graphic design.

As it turns out, it totally can. Mico's constructions are a brilliant smash of visual poetry, which end up, as Mico has dubbed them, working as philosophy, indeed.

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Jun 22, 2010

How To: Play the Vuvuzela

For the last two weeks, the vuvuzela has been all over the news, social networks, and blogosphere. And if they're not already available at your local discount store, they're gonna be. Soon. Guaranteed.

And you're either gonna be that guy with the vuvuzela, or the friend of that guy. Either way, you might as well learn how to actually play it properly.  

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Jun 04, 2010

How To: Popsicle Stick Guitar

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The popsicle stick is a craft supply staple - it's often one of the first media into which children break out after they've mastered crayons and construction paper, and it's certainly many a ManMakers first introduction to working with wood.

Finished guitar

One of the popsicle stick's great achievements is its infinite flexibility, which has never been demonstrated more greatly than in this guitar, the body, neck, and headstock of which is made completely from 2000 regular ole' popsicle sticks.


Busupholstery says, "I decided it was time for someone to build a guitar completely from popsicle sticks........Ordered 4,000 on ebay and used about

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May 24, 2010

On the Record: Free Album Download - Get Em Mamis "TerAwesome"

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If you like hip hop, even the tiniest bit, you like the Get Em Mamis. Those of us outside Baltimore that have heard the female duo Roxzi and Symphony probably did so via two singles included in Season 4 and 5 of The Wire. In the fall of 2009, the group released their lastest mixtape, TerAwesome, for free.

Baltimore hip hop goes is self-described by its creation of rhythms that are hard to dance to, and TerAwesome proves the rule - wild shuffles and stutters, slinky and busy percussion and honeycomb synth lines provide the bed for some of the most innovated lyrical flows in years.

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May 12, 2010

Rain Drum: An Umbrella that Creates Instant Drum Beats in Use

Ladies and gentlemen - presenting the only umbrella you'll ever want to use again.


"Rain Drum" by South Korean designer Dong Min Park, is a personal rain cover that contains five waxed surfaced, each of which are tuned to the frequency of a piece of a trap drumkit - kick, snare, hi-hat, tom, and crash. And since Mother Nature is always random, you'll be treated to a fresh beat each time you keep yourself dry.

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May 11, 2010

On the Record: New Music from the New Pornographers and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are Still Great

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Last Tuesday brought us "Together," the fifth album by Canadian powerpop supergroup, The New Pornographers, and I scooted out to the record store to grab my copy just before the hail and freezing rain hit over the weekend.

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After listen four: it's good. Really good. Besides a few more noticeable R&B references (the just-behind-the-beat pizzacato strings that open the album on "Moves," for example) it doesn't really push into any new territory. And its doubtful that any fans will really care. The formula is great - super catchy, soaring melodies mixed with the odd dissonant chord or change, and arrangements that provide both ear candy and

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Apr 08, 2010

8-Bit Pink Floyd: "The Dark Side of the Moon" in Chiptune

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"Have you ever wondered what Dark Side of the Moon would sound like if Pink Floyd had written it for [Nintendo] instead of for a rock band?" Of course you haven't, but Brad Smith did.

So, he created "Moon8," which is the entire album sequenced, arranged, and then played on the original Nintendo Entertainment System.  I've never been much into Dark Side of the Moon, and don't know much about chiptune music, but I've got heaps of respect for this one.

But props aside, I have no idea what I'm talking about, so I'll leave the proper critique to G4's Rick Damigella. "Not only does MOON8 sound good, it transcends sounding like music done for a video game. Sure, the tones are undeniably old-school NES, but nothing has been done to tweak the music to sound like it actually came from a game. This is a chiptunes recreation in its purest sense...

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Feb 22, 2010

Code Organ Turns Websites into Sweet, Sweet Music

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Ever wondered what your website SOUNDS like?

CodeOrgan analyzes the content of a website, and then uses a complex algorithm to select synth lead, chord, and drum loops to match.

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Jan 29, 2010

How To: Room Divider Made from Recycled LPs


Vinyl LPs - records, albums, 12"s, whatever you want to call them - maintain a cult-like following, even in 2010. Audiophiles love to collect and actually play them, hipsters like to pretend they own them, hip-hop producers are still sampling them, and all kinds of artists are paying homage to the analog days of yesteryear.

Me? I like to listen to the good ones, and make stuff from the rest. And luckily, so do Anne and Todd. They made this DIY room divider out of used LPs, which sets two spaces apart while still allowing one to see through, maintaining the airiness the room already has.

They don't provide an exact how-to at Apartment

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