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Johnson & Jonson – Self-Titled

Three Blu-related posts in a row? Oops. This should be the last one. Blu’s collaboration with producer Mainframe finally got released this year, under the name Johnson & Jonson. It lived up to my expectations and it’s one of my…

Blu & Exile @ Red Bull Music Academy

I have been neglecting this blog. Well, I’m deciding to shift focus. So instead of waiting until I come across an album cover that I like, I’m going to expand my scope and include general art and music news/updates. I’ll…

C.R.A.C. – The Piece Talks

More from Mike Orduña, who I posted about before for his work on Blu & Exile’s Below the Heavens. This time it’s Blu and Ta’Raach’s (C.R.A.C.) album The Piece Talks. The illustration above comes from the back of the album.…

Aesop Rock – Bazooka Tooth

I was once very much a fan of Aesop Rock. Not so much nowadays, but I still think he’s cool. Bazooka Tooth was a decent album, not quite as special to me as Labor Days but still good. The cover…

Daedelus – Love to Make Music To

Haven’t been posting for a few weeks, probably because I was busy moving and haven’t had the chance to pick up music lately. I’ll try to post more often soon. Anyway, this is a great new album by one of…

ArtDontSleep – From L.A. With Love

From L.A. With Love is a collection of tracks by various artists out of LA (Nobody, Daedelus, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Flying Lotus, Madlib, Gaslamp Killer) put together by Andrew Lojero, aka ArtDontSleep. The music is amazing, but he also took…

One Self – Children Of Possibility

Something just didn’t sit right with me and this album. I’m not sure why. Maybe it was because it was so different from DJ Vadim’s USSR: The Art of Listening, an album I was obsessed with back in high school.…

Georgia Anne Muldrow – Worth Nothings

This is the inside of Georgia Anne Muldrow’s first EP on Stones Throw. Surprisingly, I enjoyed this more than her LP, Olesi: Fragments of an Eart, although both albums are top notch. I’m pretty sure I read that the album…

Flying Lotus – Reset

I may have posted about this before. But I think I was focusing on his website and not the album. Either way, the cover is amazing and I’m really excited about his Warp LP coming out in June, Los Angeles.…

Take – The Dirty Decibels of Thomas Two Thousand

Something about California… Take is another producer out of LA, part of the Dublab crew. On his MySpace he describes his sound as “Brian Eno meets J Dilla”. His latest EP, The Dirty Decibels Of Thomas Two Thousand features a…

Nobody – Western Water Music Vol. II

This album is DJ Nobody’s sequal to 2003’s Western Water Music Vol. 1, featuring some nice psychedelic beats accompanied by vocalist Niki Randa. The cover was designed by Ashkahn. It seems he’s done a lot of work for Ubiquity Records,…

The Gaslamp Killer – I Spit on Your Grave

It’s obvious who designed this. The Gaslamp Killer released a new mix on street-art icon Shepard Fairey’s Obey imprint in the form of a box set. What I’m more interested in is the photo that the portrait is derived from,…

Eric Lau – New Territories

Great album with a great packaging. The spacey/retro style fits well with Eric Lau’s music. The design was done by Ashkahn aka Don’t Stop Studios. Photography by Adrian Wood. Don’t Stop StudiosAdrian WoodEric Lau

Andrew Hill – Judgement! / Atmosphere – Overcast!

Atmosphere with a touch of Reid Miles. He was the man… I’ve already talked about him, though.

Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III

The cover for Lil Wayne’s new album. Is it bad that I actually like it? Update: The design is by the legendary (?) Pen & Pixel studio. Commenter Henry Lancaster linked me to a nice retrospective of their work which…

Ghostly Swim

I love free things. I also love Adult Swim’s taste in music. Their new compilation comes from Ghostly International, home of one of my favorites, Dabrye, as well as Tycho (aka designer ISO50). Unexpectedly, Flyamsam (Flying Lotus & SamiYam) is…

The Roots – Rising Down

This is the recently released cover for the new Roots album coming in April. It’s an interesting choice. The Nah Right post got an explanation from ?uestlove. “This drawing is entitled NEGRO RULE. and it pretty much sums up the…

MF Doom – Mm..Food

I’m surprised I haven’t made a post about MF Doom’s last solo album. The artwork was done by Jason Jagel, an artist in California who’s done a few album covers. According to a message from Jeff Jank (the designer) Jagel…

Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Pt. 1

I didn’t realize how soon this album was being released until today. Madlib, Georgia Anne Muldrow, 9th Wonder and Dilla are on production. How can Erykah go wrong? What I really wanted to post about was the music video for…

Dabrye – Two/Three

This artwork comes from Dabrye’s electronic hip-hop album Two/Three, done by the New York-based street artist WK Interact. He is well-known for the expressive use of motion in his work, often splattered across walls on the streets. I think the…