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2011 Year-End Respect For Album Cover Art: Digital Illustration, Drawing, Design

Our third-annual album cover art feature uses interviews with artists and musicians to highlight the philosophical, thematic, and conceptual significance of great album cover artwork. THE BREAKDOWN    12 Collage + 14 Digital Illustration, Drawing, Design + 19 Illustration, Painting, Drawing + 8 Black And White Photography + 22 Color Photography + 6 Deluxe Packaging...Read...
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Battles, Nisennenmondai Live Show Review

Keeping score of Battles’ musical configuration from album to album can be perplexing, but the effort is more than worth the confusion. They began as an instrumental band (EP C), to add vocals (Mirrored), then lose vocalist Tyondai Braxton. For their latest, Gloss Drop, they’ve featured a whole host of guest vocalists. As Battles is...Read...
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Deerhoof Announce U.S. Tour, Milk Man Reissue, New 7″

This is the longest Deerhoof-related news post in the history of humanity, maybe! But here goes… First, let’s get their new tour dates out of the way! DEERHOOF TOUR DATES sept 15 – San Francisco, CA – Atrium at SFMOMA (part of Adam Pendleton’s BAND) sept 20 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg...Read...
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SIFF 2011 : Pre-Pre-Preview

SIFF 2011 is upon us. The Northwest’s largest film festival and one of the biggest in the country continues its grand tradition of bringing a vast cornucopia of films to the Seattle area. This year the festival will feature 441 films from countries all across the globe, and will spread them over 25 days at...Read...
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Caroline – Verdugo Hills Album Review

Verdugo Hills is somewhat renowned for its high school — in which numerous Hollywood movies have been filmed — and a hospital revered for its ties to the community. Verdugo Hills is also the title of Caroline’s new album, a wonderfully understated electronic journey of lessons learnt in life and love, and wounds remedied by...Read...
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OriginalStyle at Hellion Gallery

Last year’s romp into Portland’s First Thursday Art Walk yielded only a couple notable things. The best of them all, though, was Tokyo’s OriginalStyle at Hellion Gallery. He documents his favorite skate spots around Tokyo, and overlays acrylic type on intricately-drawn backdrops, but in a way that doesn’t feel trite or forced. OriginalStyle isn’t incorporating...Read...
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Creepy Abandoned Themepark

There’s something inherently jarring about themeparks in the best of circumstances. They are carefully curated miniature worlds where the highest measure of success is to create something so artificial that at first glance it almost seems effortless. Themeparks become exponentially more unsettling– and more interesting– when the meticulous landscaping and false cheeriness is dropped and...Read...
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