Spinning Wheel

Paul Octavious recalls listening to records with his grandpa. Hearing and seeing the vinyl play. He captures unique and beautiful moments surrounding a spindle.

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The Originator

We take for granted that almost all musical recordings are packaged with some sort of visual artwork. That wasn't always the case. Back in 1938, art director and designer Alex Steinweiss invented the album cover—much more attractive than the previous brown wrappers. In a Dwell interview, he said "Just plain design didn't mean a damn thing. You had to know the music." Steinweiss recently passed but his legacy lives on. via The New York Times

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Brooklyn Cons

While Converse Rubber Tracks is a marketing intiative, it is also a free, community-based recording studio where artists retain rights to their music. Sounds good! via Billboard.biz

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Portrait Mode

Artist Erika Simmons (iri5) rendered portraits of musicians with recycled cassette tapes for her "Ghost In The Machine" series. via L.A. Times

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Back in 2010, Royal Mail issued stamps celebrating iconic album covers. Ten made the cut, as seen on the souvenir cover sheet above. Norvic Philatelics breaks down the collection including special postmarks for the day of issue. via The Independent

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Respected sneaker modder Alex Nash transformed a pair of Air Force 1 kicks for the Inspired Ingenuity project by Havana Club. via Art & Sole

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Often times you encounter music visually at first. A seemingly simple photo by Jan T. Sott made me want to hear those pieces of transparent colored vinyl—the sublime and satisfying CMYK EP by James Blake. Nice!

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Help Japan

James White of Signalnoise made a poster—funding a donation to the Red Cross to help folks in Japan in the aftermath of the massive earthquake. You can help too, however you can.

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