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The Progressive Corporation Annual Report 2013

Keith Pishnery, with Michelle Moehler and Nesnadny + Schwartz, designed the The Progressive Corporation Annual Report 2013. See More

Drawn

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The Progressive Corporation Annual Report 2013

Keith Pishnery, with Michelle Moehler and Nesnadny + Schwartz, designed the The Progressive Corporation Annual Report 2011. See More

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Like a Scientist designed the logo and packaging for Sonoma Wire Works' GuitarJack. Visit

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Like a Scientist curated and designed the Outer Spaces music project for Retronyms. Visit

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Like a Scientist worked with Scheme on the packaging and promotional materials for Sonoma Wire Works' RiffWorks software. Visit

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Like a Scientist designed the logo for SonomaKey, the online account service of Sonoma Wire Works. Visit

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Chicken, Waffles, and Robots – A Mix

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Decided to do a quick badly-mixed mix today. A bunch of stuff I’m really enjoying at the moment. Most of this music is from the first 3 or 4 months of 2011, including a couple yet-to-be-released tracks. Like I said above: it’s badly mixed, so don’t expect too much. Track list and download link below. More

Oh My, Them Downloads

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Trawling my Facebook feed today, I noticed that Doshy linked to a compilation he has a track on. When I got home, I downloaded Mad-Hop Vol. 1 and started listening to it…always pays to listen to a free compilation, of course. Holy shit, there is some ridiculous beats on this thing. Anyway, it reminded me I hadn’t posted anything in awhile and I thought I would look through my 2011 downloads and mixes folders to see what’s up. Check these gratis music releases….now! More

LAS, 2010 – MVP: Starkey

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When I was putting together my lists for the end of the year, I noticed one particular name that kept coming up again and again: Starkey. It led me to thinking about all of his output for 2010 and eventually the idea of a most valuable player in bass music formed. I can’t think of anyone more deserving. Read why. More

LAS, 2010 – The Best Downloads

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I grapple with the age of free downloadable music because I really do believe in the idea that artists should be paid for entertaining me. However, there is a certain logic to promotional giveaways. Many times when I download music like the stuff below, I end up supporting the artists or labels in different ways. Buying their latest single or EP on iTunes, getting the word out on Twitter, etc. Still, though, sometimes I worry that that this much free stuff out there devalues music in general, makes people expect for all music to be free. That entitled expectation leads to the road of piracy, “Why should I pay for it when I can keep my money and just get it here?” And to be honest, some of these compilations are better than commercially released ones, anyway. In that light, I feel like giving them their own post is appropriate. More

LAS, 2010 – The Best Mixes

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Mixes are the primary way I find new music these days. There is so much out there to be listened to, its wonderful to have great DJs out there distilling the best of it down to hour-long chunks. The 15 mixes here are the best ones I can remember from the hundreds that were put out this year. I definitely played some of these more than anything this year. However, as always, its a small selection and by no means the final word on mixes. More

LAS, 2010 – The Honorable Fifteen

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With the sheer amount of music that is released and consumed by voracious fans and writers like me, there’s no question that “best of” lists are a harsh and difficult distillation of the year’s output. The lists can never represent the totality of great music that was released. This goes especially for 2010, for this year was perhaps one of the best in recent memory for quality releases that broke preconceptions. The below list is my version of “honorable mentions,” those worthy releases that were a hair’s breadth from the “best of” lists and deserve consideration. More

LAS, 2010 – The Best Fifteen

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This year brought a musical ton of singles, albums, EPs, downloads, compilations, mixes, and new artists. In this spirit, I’ve chosen to make my year-end examination a multi-part extravaganza charmingly called LAS, 2010. Instead of saving the “best albums” list for the end, I’m kicking it off with that venerable music critic’s mainstay. This is my statement on the 15 best music releases this year, mostly albums, with an EP and a compilation thrown in for good measure. Without further ado: More

Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Roc-A-Fella)

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Big. Everything about My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is big. Big anticipation. Big artists. Big tracklist. While normal size, thirteen tracks, each one is filled with enough acts and movements to be mini-operas by themselves, all comprising a meta-opera that takes place inside Kanye West’s psyche. The shortest track on the album is one minute. However, it’s “All of the Lights (Interlude)” and it precedes the five minute “All of the Lights,” making that song really another six minute plus track here. The instrumental “interlude” is probably more rightly an “overture” to its namesake track, a bombastic, shiny marvel of chaos. Big opportunities for failure. Big sounds, big themes, big moments. Big visuals, not the least of which is the fantastic 34-minute film “Runaway.” And yes: big ego, that most-often-cited characteristic of Kanye West is in full effect here. However, it’s an extremely quirky and humbled ego. The grandiose persona is shown to be a mask for an artist struggling for acceptance in the public arena. More

King Cannibal – The Way of the Ninja (Ninja Tune)

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What’s a label to do after twenty years and countless releases? How do you appropriately represent the breadth of your coffers? Sure, the boxset. Sure, the greatest hits. Some fun promotions, some history. But how do you actually represent all the music you’ve released? For Ninja Tune, they passed this daunting task onto King Cannibal (formerly the artist known as ZILLA), a DJ and producer who is no stranger to editing together a huge amount of disparate sounds into that classic form of musical collection: the mega-mix. More

Slugabed/Ghost Mutt – Donky Stomp EP (Donky Pitch)

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I first came across Donky Pitch through the incredible Fulgeance podcast for Rhythm Incursions. Already being a Slugabed fan, I was happy to learn he’s involved with their label and club night. The Donky Stomp EP is one of their first releases and features a new track by Slugabed as well as two tracks by up-and-coming Ghost Mutt. More