CATEGORY: rock

Covercast #7: Kaidan

I posted this mix on my personal blog back in October for Halloween but never bothered to post it here. Well, now I am for those that missed it. I also put together one other mix featuring music pulled from…

Jihae – Succubus

DeviantART has a reputation of being a bottomless pit of amateur anime doodles and lazy photography. But really, there are a lot of great artists there (Jasinski, for example), though you may have to dig for them. One of those…

Iain Macarthur

The internet never fails at providing me with new illustrators’ portfolios to stare at enviously. One of those portfolios belongs to Iain Macarthur, a “fanatic of art since eight” based in Swindon, England. Honsetly, his list of influence reads like…

Top 10 Albums of ’09

Another year, another list. 2009 was strange for me in terms of music. While 2008 seemed to offer a long list of great albums, ’09 felt more subdued. Of course this could be the result of two key music stores…

Broadcast & The Focus Group – Investigate Witch Cults Of The Radio Age

UK-based psychedelic-pop band Broadcast have returned with a new (50 minute long) mini-album on Warp Records, in preparation for a full-length to be released sometime next year. The album is a collaboration with The Focus Group, aka Julian House, a…

Washington, D.C. Record Fair

Another D.C. Record Fair is being held on Sunday, October 4th at Comet Ping Pong on Connecticut Avenue. I’m excited about this because I had a lot of fun at the last fair. I also think it’s cool that they…

Eyedea & Abilities – By The Throat

I am not the big Rhymesayers Entertainment fan that I was in high school, but they still manage to grab my attention every now and then (Brother Ali!). Eyedea & Abilities is one RE duo that I never fully examined.…

Sleepy Ed – Summer Sounds Summer Love

Download: ♪ Sleepy Ed – Summer Sounds Summer Love Summer is over. Fortunately, it’s still warm enough outside (here, at least) to not really notice. My friend, Miami-based artist, designer and musician Sleepy Ed, has put together a mix of…

Mick Boogie / Peter Bjorn & John – "Stay This Way"

Mykola Dosenko, the artist behind the pixel-based videos for Kanye West’s “Robocop”, DJ Shadow’s “This Time”, and DJ I-dee’s “Swollen Dome” was asked by DJ Mick Boogie to put together a video for his new mixtape, Re-Living Thing. The free…

U2 – I’ll Go Crazy if I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight

David O’Reilly was asked to create the cover of U2’s single, I’ll Go Crazy if I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight, (with type by Jon Klassen) to complement their amazing video work that I mentioned previously. Apparently there is an alternative…

Rubik’s Cube Album Covers

Invader, the artist behind the tiled Space Invader-inspired street art (view the invasion here) put together some Rubik’s Cube recreations of popular album covers. The pieces, along with other works, are being shown in his solo show, Low Fidelity, at…

The Decemberists – The Hazards Of Love

I’m not that well-versed in The Decemberists’ music. But after illustrator Josh Cochran mentioned the artist behind their cover art on his Twitter, my interest was peaked. The Decemberists are a Portland, Oregon-based rock band led by Colin Meloy, known…

James Jean – Process Recess 3

James Jean, illustrator behind the packaging of My Chemical Romance’s Black Parade (mentioned previously), is releasing a new book in his Process Recess series sometime in September or October, according to Drawn. I’m a proud owner of both Process Recess…

Beck’s Music Inspired Art

It’s always interesting to see beverage companies using artistic and cultural endeavors to promote something as simple as a drink. Like Red Bull, for example, who runs the Red Bull Music Academy and sponsors gallery showings, concerts and stunt events.…

Farm Vegas – Heavy Skies

When I’m cutting a project’s completion dangerously close to deadline, my mind always thinks of my old professor at VCU, Robert Meganck. Meganck is known for pumping out at least two digital (and at times ‘traditional’) pieces a day, filled…

U2 – "I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight"

If you’re unable to view the video, click here. I’m not a big U2 fan, but I am a fan of David O’Reilly’s work. O’Reilly is an Irish-born, Berlin-based artist and animator known for his abstract, experimental short-films and videos.…

Michael Jackson – Dangerous

As most people in the world know by now, pop music lost another legend yesterday with the death of Michael Jackson. Like a lot of people my age, I have fond memories of his music from my childhood, from watching…

Various – SMACK! Sampler

It’s not often that I hold onto free sampler CD packaging, but this is different. Back in 2006 I picked this up at the local music store and immediately recognized the artist, Yuko Shimizu. She’s been one of my favorite…

The Cover Down Returns

Last year I set up a companion blog to The Cover Up called “The Cover Down”, meant to be a constant stream of good album covers. Eventually it got boring and I stopped updating it. A few days ago I…

Santana – Abraxas

It was difficult for me to pick what Mati Klarwein album cover to feature in this post. I chose Santana’s second album, Abraxas, because it seems to be the most recognizable. Ever since I bought this on vinyl, the cover…