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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.




 

 

 

In the early '80s, the South Bronx DJ Afrika Bambaataa created "Planet Rock" for Soul Sonic Force, a staple track for breakdancers everywhere and a foundation for all hip-hop thereafter. Bambaataa was a seasoned sound system DJ, community activist, and founder of the Universal Zulu Nation. While he's known for harnessing the rhythmic power of electronic beats and drum machines, his record crates were deeper than the Kraftwerk he referenced on those early electro funk jams. Now, we have a chance to dig those crates, too, which are by any measure American cultural artifacts.

This month and until August 10, Johan Kugelberg and Gavin Brown's Enterprise are hosting an open archiving project in which the public gets to visit and hear gems from this important collection before it moves to Cornell University's Hip Hop Collection in the fall. In 2012 Afrika Bambaataa was appointed visiting scholar at Cornell, home to the largest collection on hip hop culture in the world. During the day at the gallery, archivisits will be sorting, organizing, and spinning selections from the hundreds of crates for the public. Visiting DJs will be announced via Facebook and mailing list. Visit Gavin Brown online for more info.

Kantor Records, a German record label, couldn't get music supervisors to pay attention to its music. They quickly realized the problem might lie in the format they were sending. The label replaced the thousands of ignored promo CDs with a package they called "The Office Turntable," which included a bright orange vinyl LP and a special QR code that lets the user hear the music directly from a smartphone. While the device is meant as a foot in the door for the label, the QR codes offered some positive analytics: 71% of the turntables Kantor sent out were activated. 

Photo by: Kai Schaefer | Revox B790 / Kraftwerk / Autobahn, 2011

A classic vinyl record spinning on a handsome vintage turntable conjures all kinds of memories—often of the first time we heard the music itself. German photographer Kai Schäfer plays with these memories and associations in his "World Records" series. He began shooting Led Zeppelin IV a few years back, and has since shot more than a hundred records (from London Calling to Harvest) on more than 25 different vintage turntables (Dual, Braun, B&O).

Wired reports that Schäfer uses a Hasselblad camera with a Phase One digital back and a special flash, then makes enormous prints that can be six feet wide. His rules for the records? First or second pressings from the artist's native country shot on a turntable that would have been similar to one available at the time of the record's release. He often rents the vinyl or turntables for audiophiles in Düsseldorf, but has popped for collectables, such as a $650 copy of Elvis's "Mystery Train" single on Sun.

The Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles will be exhibiting a selection of the "World Records" prints from June 8 to July 13.

 

The Jónófón gramophone is a new project from Icelandic designer Jón Helgi Hólmgeirsson that recreates the phonograph, an early means of playing recorded music at home. For Hólmgeirsson, the design isn't just about the quality of the final product. He wanted to ship the Jónófón in a flat-pack, so the user learns about how the player actually works as they assemble it themselves. Therefore, he's made his gramophone out of paper. Hear what the Jónófón sounds like in the video below. [via TFIB]