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Mikal Cronin's new "Peace of Mind" clip takes place in a depressing parallel universe in which Mary Timony doesn't make records but instead cleans hotel rooms at a Howard Johnson in Oregon. Brooklyn-based filmmaker and writer Lara Gallagher directs. There are only a few dates left on Mikal Cronin's tour, but fans in L.A., Chicago, and New York should head to Pitchfork to see the remaining dates. 

Mikal Cronin's latest full-length, MCII, is out now from Merge. The full credits for the video are on YouTube.

We got our first taste of Superchunk's upcoming I Hate Music LP back in May, in the form of a teaser trailer with a few new music snippets and footage of frontman Mac McCaughan spray paint stenciling the album's lettering. The announcement also detailed a deluxe version of the album on colored vinyl with a bonus 7" of two non-album tracks and your very own diecut I Hate Music stencil, which you can check out in the GIF below. Oh, and when you make homemade Superchunk shirts with the stencil, please let it dry before stuffing it back in the sleeve. 

I Hate Music is out August 20 from Merge. Head to Pitchfork to see the band's full tour dates.




Cassette 3

When Stones Throw issued Jonwayne's Cassette, Jeff Jank's design, which borrowed elements from Marlboro's logo, landed the label a cease and desist from Philip Morris, which the label published. To appease the lawyers, and probably earn another cease and desist, the label let volume one go out of print, and issued Cassette 2, complete with Coca-Cola influenced artwork. The third and final installment in Jonwayne's Cassette trilogy also borrows imagery from another mega corporation, this time recreating the original iPod.

Read our interview with Jeff Jank, and pick up Cassette 3 from Stones Throw.


To mark the vinyl release of their new "Ain't That The Way" / "Chained to Love" double-A-side single, Divine Fits have commissioned Jay Shaw from Kingdom of Nonsense to design a new poster for each track, and art director Michael Carney to design a pair of T-shirts.

In June the band unexpectedly released the single on iTunes, and played the new tracks during a medley performance on Conan that same night. Along with the new posters, shirts, and vinyl, the band also has two neo-benshi inspired lyric videos

The limited posters are available for preorder from Divine Fits' online store, and the 12" single is out this week on Merge

Rather than starting with a blank page to create their "combo" show posters, the designers at Quinta Feira begin with something resembling a form letter. The bottom right corner of each poster has a standard three blank lines to handwrite the artists appearing and the date of the show, with the address of the venue and sometimes promoters printed below. Using that framework, the designers opt for bold colors like neon greens and blues, and simple line drawings with details that suggest watercolor.

The Japan Philharmonic's music is therapeutic. To drive that point home, they've adopted a new pharmaceutical branding to distribute promotional mini-SD cards containing playable digital files of their recordings. The branding, designed by I/S BBDO Tokyo, has the punny title of "Japan Pill-Harmonic" and prescribes specific recordings for ailments from trouble sleeping to tasks like making a decision.

Check out a trailer for the Pill-Harmonic below, featuring some musical pharmacists performing in lab coats. 

If you find yourself at the Independent Label Market in London tomorrow morning, you might want to make XL Recordings's stall your first stop. This week the label screen printed 50 copies each of some of its bigger releases for sale at tomorrow's event, including new LPs from Vampire Weekend and Atoms for Peace. In addition to the LPs, they'll also have a CD of King Krule's brand new "Easy Easy" single, and a 7" from The xx.

Here's the list of special editions:

Atoms For Peace - Amok LP
Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City LP
Sigur Rós - Kveikur LP
The xx - Together 7"
King Krule - Easy Easy CD Single

Check out a GIF of all the covers:

While the Red Bull Music Academy has just wrapped up its month-long string of shows in New York, its publication of record, The Daily Note, is finishing its season strong with a feature decoding a whopping 22 iconic music logos—most, if not all, originating in NYC. The list leans heavy into hip hop, with stories behind the the Run DMC double bars logo, Wu Tang's bat wings, and the gold brick of relative newcomers Fool's Gold. The feature also reopens the debate about who sketched the original DFA lightning bolt, which James Murphy claims as his.

Read the full list over at the Red Bull Music Academy. Or screen their DFA documentary.

The negative space in Anna Peaker's record covers, tape packages, and posters has a more active role than expected. For her Hookworms single cover for "Too Pure" (top of the post), the isolation of each image makes the collection of objects look more like a series of important symbols instead of a narrative image. Her Risograph posters show a similar restraint, while incorporating elements of collage.

Anna Peaker lives in Leeds. Keep track of her work on Tumblr.