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New Radiohead – Lotus Flower

Got a call earlier from my friend Ian and guess what he was playing in the background? New Radiohead! Completely caught me by surprise. Thank you Jakub for posting the music on ISO50. I’ve been in a design slump lately and this is definitely going to get the creative juices flooding my brain. The video featured above for ‘Lotus Flower’ is one of the singles for the new album The King of Limbs. I didn’t know what to think of it the fist 10 seconds but after watching it all of the way through I couldn’t get enough of it. Thom Yorke you can dance like a maniac all day! We will be posting a review of the new album within the next few days so pay a visit.

In the meanwhile, get over there and buy the new album The King of Limbs.

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MmmHmm…Zodiac Shit

Here are dope videos of ‘MmmHmm’ and  ‘Zodiac Shit’ by Flying Lotus. I’ll be listening to the Cosmogramma album for the remainder of my Sunday night/Monday morning all night homework session.

Here’s a little bonus video for you from the Pattern + Grid World EP:

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Crystal Castles + Robert Smith

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Amazing remix and such a rad video of Crystal Castles’ “Not in Love” featuring Robert Smith of The Cure. I love the analog feel. It looks as if they distorted VHS footage to create the music video.

Via Pitchfork.

 

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The Wilhelm Scream

I’ve overlooked James Blank for almost a year now but when I saw Jakub’s post last night on ISO50 there was no ignoring this time. I immediately got his self entitled album after watching his powerful live performance of ‘The Wilhelm Scream’ on BBC. Wow…Such a hauntingly beautiful performance. Listening to the track on it’s own I would never expect such an otherworldly experience as this. The entire album was the exact inspiration I needed last night for designing. ‘The Wilhelm Scream’ is definitely my favorite track but ‘Limit to Your Love’ is also amazing.

Via ISO50.

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The New Humans ➡ Avalanche

If you haven’t already heard, it’s time you found out about The New Humans’ debut ‘Avalanche’ EP. As the band’s designer for a year and photographer for over two, it’s been amazing to watch The New Humans grow into the colossal force they are today. On Saturday, August 21st, The New Humans and I will release ‘Avalanche’ at the Townhouse to the masses.

Rough art concepts for the ‘Avalanche’ EP began early this year. The entire identity of the EP was designed around a stunning photo from The Herbert Collection which I’d stumbled upon in Sac State’s library. I turned the first few pages of the beautifully aged book, saw the image, and immediately could feel and hear TNHZ‘s ‘Avalanche’ pulsing through the paper. After several meetings with the band, we all agreed the image would make the perfect centerpiece to build upon.

I created a wordmark for The New Humans using the realist and modern typeface Univers. I felt it expressed the personality of the band, especially when the right colors were applied. The artwork creates nostalgia and hints at old science fiction book covers and movie posters from the late 60s and early 70s – both major inspirations for me. An accent magenta color was added to show the new and contemporary feel of the band in contrast of the retro imagery. With the artwork established, I was able to apply it to a flyer and poster design. The front and back of the flyer is shown in the last image above.

-Raoul Oretga

As a musician, you are always searching for imagery that accurately represents your music. It’s a very hard and scary process. With our band exploring many sonic textures on this album, we were daunted by the task of capturing all the musical elements visually while still maintaing a sleek and simple design. Luckily, we’ve got Mr. Ortega on our side.

Before we began designing the artwork, Raoul and I outlined two general concepts for the EP – we wanted to use a found image, and with said image, create a visual entity. We talked about artists like Stanley Donwood (radiohead) & Scott Hansen (tycho) who we admired for constructing a brand of sorts with every album they design — a visual stamp made on the music which inevitably becomes infused into the music itself. Think Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” or Radiohead’s “Ok Computer”.

When Raoul first sent me the image from The Herbert Collection, I was floored. It was the first and only image he ever showed the band, and right away we knew it was the one. As Raoul mentioned, the artwork evolved rather quickly after that. The text was added, tweaked, and finalized in a matter of days. The interior jacket sleeve was designed using type as texture, and the jewel case inlay is a glitzy remix of the nostalgic cover. With these elements added, we feel like we were very successful in creating an accurate visual representation of the album.

To further our pursuit in creating an entity around the album, promotional posters and flyers were made using the album’s general design scheme. We also redesigned our websites in accordance to the colors and images of the album. Needless to say, we feel we’re well on our way to imprinting ‘Avalanche’ in the minds of the masses.

– Cole Cuchna

The ‘Avalanche’ EP Release Party is this Saturday August 21st at Townhouse in Sacramento. The night will kick off at 9 pm and you will finally be able to get your hands on a CD.

For more information, go to The New Humans ‘Avalanche’ EP Release Party event page.

Check them out on their website, myspace, and facebook.

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Sister Crayon ➡ (In) Reverse

Local Sacramento band Sister Crayon’s official music video for (In) Reverse really blew me away. I’ve know that they are talented and have so much potential but I had know idea how fast they are rising to the top. The song is taken from the album “Bellow” coming in June 2010 on Manimal Vinyl Records. Be prepared to see and hear a ton more of them in the near future.

The video was directed by New York photographer/director Robert Ascroft and was produced by Jill Roy at 3Star Productions in January 2010. Song co-produced and engineered by Scott McChane. Make-Up by Maria G. Jones & Celeste Linares.

Check them out on Myspace.

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TNHZ ➡ SAC STATE

The New Humans will be performing live at Sac State Wednesday February 3rd at noon in the University Union Redroom. Their concert will include new songs from there upcoming Avalanche EP. The event is absolutely free so there is no excuse not to see one of Sacramento’s best bands. Not to promote playing hooky but even if you have class you can be a few minutes late and check out TNHZ.

For more info check out sacstateunique.com

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