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♫ Giving Madlib’s Beat Konducta Around The World a listen

I’ve been using the music app ex.fm quite a bit to find new music. At some point I’ll have to do a post about the entire experience, but for now […]

Test Driving The Streets – Cyberspace & Reds (Mixtape)

Loving The Streets – Cyberspace & Reds (Mixtape). Here’s a couple tracks that I’ve been listening to consistently. The Streets—breakbat barz (scru fizzer) The Streets—cinema barz (feat jammer)

Stuff that I liked in 2010 (the Music Edition–Top Albums)

This year I thought I change up my reviews a bit. In the past I’ve diagramed the top ten in terms of release dates and the type of music it […]

Billy Joel On Howard Stern

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 I’ve never been a huge fan of musician’s interviews back in the day when it was forced. For […]

Streaming Music to my iPhone

To be honest I thought hyping the Beatles landing on iTunes was not really a big deal—though it looks like the sales would suggest otherwise. In the iTunes top twenty […]

Watching Under Great White Northern Lights

I didn’t even like the White Stripes that much yet I watched their film Under Great White Northern Lights three times. It is quite telling that a band can present […]

Extending Massive Attack

I’m not one to buy “extended” or “deluxe” albums that often. Typically the only additional stuff are videos that I can find online or pdfs that I would never bother […]

L Train Brooklyn Bound Violin

I don’t take the subway that often. I try to walk most of the time from location A to B in NYC for any number of reasons. There’s tons to […]

Hype Machine and Usable Exhaust

Around this time of year Hype Machine (a music blog aggregator) really starts to shine as a go to site for listening to “best of” type of music for the […]

Design Notes Top Ten Albums of 2009

I’ve decided for the third year in a row to visualize my top albums of the year. Last year it was my top 15, and the previous year my top […]

24hr music app for the iPhone

My favourite iPhone apps are always the ones that make me reconsider something that I used to take for granted on screen or allows a shift in perception. The 24 […]

Link Drop (8·28·09)

This week’s collection of stuff that I’ve found interesting via Link Drop contains a lot of new themes. There’s stuff about smell, flowers and even Whole Foods. Apple makes it’s […]

Double issue of Link Drop (8·14·09) & (8·21·09)

This week’s version of Link Drop was a week late and while I hate excuses there’s a pretty good one. Last weekend I was redesigning the format of Link Drop […]

Click and Save Exploration

As far as music aggregators go, Hypemachine does a great job of letting people explore and save music from other blogs out there. I’m emphasizing the word explore because I […]

My Slightly Updated Albums of 2009

Last night I was going through some of my blog posts from the past couple months when I came across something from May titled Help– My Top Five Albums of […]

Link Drop (5·29·09)

I’m not entirely sure why but I’m pretty happy how this week turned out for Link Drop. Lots of Design process, typography, NYC, social and business stuff. Art doesn’t usually […]

Link Drop (5·22·09)

Summer is just about here. It’s getting nice n’hot, the humidity is about to get a lot worse and there’s a long weekend coming up asap. Things are good in […]

Help– My Top Five Albums of 2009 are Way Too Mellow

I’m a bit concerned at this point in the year with music. Below are my top five albums so far. They’re all decent but they are all extremely mellow. Have […]

Link Drop (4·24·09)

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Notes from Justin Ouellette of Muxtape Talk

Below are my incomplete notes that I found myself typing away on my iPhone last night as I listened to Justin Ouellette of Muxtape talk at the Apple SoHo store […]

Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 30th (January 2009)

TEXT-POCALYPSE NOW? Good article, really interesting image via txt… CELL PHONE CAMERAS FOREVER Amazing image of the night, very telling HOW TO BEHAVE I really like these diagrams and colour […]

Data live on the muzak map

I’m happy to mention that the Doves finally have a new track or as I put it out there on twitter, it’s about frig’n time. But that’s not why I […]

Mildly Amusing Placement of FU and U2 Posters

Am I the only one that finds the placement of the above U2 poster with an upcoming movie kind of funny but not in a haha kind of way? More […]

Songs that influenced the musician poster series

I’ve been walking by the above Grammy poster for a week or two every morning as I take my weim Madison for a stroll. The poster is simple enough, type […]

Top 15 Albums of 2008 from Michael Surtees Visualized

Just like last year, I’ve thought it would be interesting for me to plot out my top albums for the year. I changed the data axis of the 2 x […]

More Music and Typography Stuff

This post is a combination follow up from a post last week titled Vice Versa Type – screen fonts on paper and non type on screens and my last post […]

Blip Festival 2008, December 4—7, 2008: Brooklyn

Blip Festival 2008: The Promo from Richard Alexander Caraballo on Vimeo. View Larger Map Having no experience w/ music aside from enjoying it casually, and a fan of bitmap typefaces, […]

Solving the default profile picture problem

Hype Machine (probably the best source for listening to muzak on the web) has been really smart in how it has encouraged users to update their profile pic. How? By […]

When internet radio just won’t do

I’m a bit slow this morning on design notes so I’ll take the easy way out and pass on some music notes via the blog exquisite function with their pretty […]

Music, Illustration and France

A couple days ago I was passed on an email from the musician Orouni mentioning his album Jump Out The Window. The music is pretty good but what I found […]

Remember those Girl Talk mp3’s from a couple months ago? Here’s the diagram to the music

Remember a while ago when the latest Girl Talk music files were floating around? Now that you’ve probably stopped listen to it there’s a diagram from Wired Magazine that illustrates […]

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