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Cyclopean – Cyclopean EP Album Review & Band Name Analysis

Cyclopean Cyclopean Mute Records / Spoon Records (2013) Named after an ancient construction style involving stacks of irregularly-shaped rocks, Cyclopean is an instrumental quartet comprised of Burnt Friedman, Jono Podmore, and two founding members of Can, Jaki Liebezeit and Irmin Schmidt. In line with their namesake, Cyclopean piece together disjointed building blocks to form sonic...Read...
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2011 Year-End Respect For Album Cover Art: Color Photography

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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90 Notable Album Covers From 2010 : Part II

If you are just joining us, START FROM THE BEGINNING. #72 All That Remains For We Are Many Prosthetic Records BUY / DOWNLOAD THIS ALBUM All That Remains vocalist, Philip Labonte, was the conceptual mastermind behind the album cover for For We Are Many. According to illustrator and designer Travis Smith, “He had a specific...Read...
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90 Notable Album Covers From 2010 : Part IV

If you are just joining us, START FROM THE BEGINNING. #36 Glasser Ring True Panther Sounds BUY / DOWNLOAD THIS ALBUM Glasser’s Ring is a mash-up of styles — a brilliant combination of the fragilities of new age with the boldness and power of the earth mother Gaea. Ring‘s album cover, which intrinsically seems to...Read...
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Junip – Fields Album Review

Two years ago, I took the train across the bay to Oakland to see José González perform the best acoustic set I’ve seen to date, while he was touring for In Our Nature. I didn’t know much about him really, except that his cover of The Knife’s “Heartbeats” was undeniably good, as was the rest...Read...
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SXSW 2010 Festival Review: dd/mm/yyyy, Liars, Duchess Says, Explode Into Colors, Flying Lotus

This SxSW, FIVE REDEFINE staff members were on hand, rendering it the biggest SxSW for REDEFINE yet. And because three of us definitely attended many a show together, my top five list definitely shares some commonalities with Tim Vordtriede’s. Nonetheless, different takes by different folks, so duplicates be damned, man.   5. Flying Lotus www.flying-lotus.com...Read...
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SXSW 2010 Festival Review: WhoMadeWho, The Black Angels, Liars, dd/mm/yyyy, Bear In Heaven

So, despite my whirlwind Americana tour of the Southwest (courtesy of the Cash Only: Diners, Dive Bars, and Yardsales Road Trip), I still managed to enjoy a healthy dose of sonic debauchery in Austin, Texas. Below are my TOP FIVER PICKS from this year’s SxSW Festivus Maximus!   5. The fold-out couch I drooled and...Read...
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