TECH, MUSIC, FILMS, RIDES, SPORTS, DESIGN, ART
In 2012, R&B crooned underwater, metal went not-metal, and hip-hop fell into a K-hole, and these were just a few of the ways to make a big bang this year. Here’s SPIN’s favorite 50 albums — from the biggest-selling pop sensation (and pizza ad) of the year to anonymous Afro-psych from the wintry expanses of rural Sweden; from ground-breaking hip-hop IMAX cinema to garage-punk gnashing still being recorded by Steve Albini. Most critics’ taste levels ain’t at our waist level. Ain’t nobody fucking with our clique.
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This new collection of never-before-released Jimi Hendrix tracks is not like one of those bogus Beatles “forgotten tapes” records. The 12 included songs are legit studio recordings of Hendrix playing with musicians outside the Jimi Hendrix Experience in ’68 & ’69. Guys like Buddy Miles & Billy Cox, with whom he’d later record theBand Of Gypsies album. It’s the real deal.
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A pictogram conveys its meaning through its pictorial resemblance to a physical object. Designer/illustrator Viktor Hertz has applied this technique to some classic rock artists, like the Stones, Springsteen, Bowie, and The Beatles, creating a thought-provoking poster series.