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The Progressive Corporation Annual Report 2013

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

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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

Recent Mixes Roundup

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It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but below are some of my favorite mixes from the past few months. More

Treme — Season 1 (Music from the HBO Original Series) (Geffen)

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Ever since HBO started producing original series, I’ve had a subscription. When a series like Six Feet Under or Carnivàle ends, I always think about giving it up and saving a little money. Unfortunately (or fortunately, perhaps) I usually give the new season’s offerings a try. Treme is the latest in a long line of stellar productions, possibly one of the best yet. A thoughtful and honest look at New Orleans post-Katrina, it shows a community attempting to rebuild and continue the traditions of its particular culture. Aside from the amazing stories of the characters and the dissection of perception versus reality in New Orleans, one of the elements that kept me coming back every week was the music. In a way, the show is about music, how it defines and reflects culture. From struggling musicians to established legends to parades and second lines, music is the glue that holds the wandering travails of these people together. More

Montgomery Clunk – Superbus (Error Broadcast)

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Coming off the recent Fly Russia compilation, Error Broadcast is continuing to promote forward looking beat experimentations from around the world. Their latest release comes from Bucharest, a six-track EP by Montgomery Clunk called Superbus. It’s a creeping, sly melding of hip-hop and electronics, conjuring a dirty but vibrant atmosphere. Montgomery Clunk’s work fits in nicely with the hazy work of artists like Shlohmo, Teebs, and Flying Lotus. More

Rekordah presents Astro:Dynamics (Astro:Dynamics)

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The evolution of instrumental beats has been an interesting one to watch. Obviously it began with classic hip-hop, especially when producers like Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Large Professor and others made their mark in the heyday of the 90s. Carefully crafted samples and invented drum programming made what were largely meant to be backing tracks into music that could be heard without vocals. Then came the rise of Mo’Wax and especially DJ Shadow, someone who looms large in the area of instrumental beats. Meanwhile, the style of music where this came from was changing itself, as hip-hop mutated into the fast-paced drums and and hyper synths that came to dominate the 2000s. While this was going on a new generation of instrumental producers sprang up all over the globe, in London, in Glasgow, in Russia, and in Los Angeles. The beats continue to shift and change, though, those video game synths of popular hip-hop have melded together with the drum experimentations of the new producers to forge new sounds unlike anything that came before. More