CATEGORY: rock

Gnarls Barkley – The Odd Couple

It’s been about a year since Cee-Lo and Dangermouse’s second album was released and I still hear it everywhere. Commercials, stores, etc. I haven’t had a chance to hear The Odd Couple but I did pick up their first, which…

Thrill Jockey – Record Store

This is a limited edition vinyl compilation of new and unreleased Thrill Jockey artists, released especially for Record Store Day. I managed to pick up a copy, mostly wanting it for the new Tortoise track from their upcoming album (!!!)…

Archer Prewitt – Wilderness

For a long time I’ve been listening to The Sea & Cake, along with digging through John McEntire’s other work and picking up Sam Prekop’s second solo album. But it took me a while to finally get into Prewitt’s music.…

Apollo Sunshine – Shall Noise Upon

I’m not very familiar with Apollo Sunshine, but after seeing the cover of their album, Shall Noise Upon, in artist Cody Hoyt’s portfolio I became interested. Apollo Sunshine is a band out of Boston, Massachusetts (explaining why MC/producer Edan is…

Reefer – Reefer

This is a great illustration by Kozyndan for Reefer, a collaboration between Alpha Pup artist Daddy Kev and The Unicorns member Nicholas Thorburn. After becoming close friends, the two isolated themselves in Maui, Hawaii and conceived this mini-album. The music…

The Beatles – Abbey Road

Caught this weird time-lapse video on Boing Boing of tourists mimicking the cover of The Beatles’ album Abbey Road. Designed by Kosh, shot by Iain Macmillan in the 60’s, after being given only 10 minutes to shoot the image, which…

Her Space Holiday – Xoxo, Panda & The New Kid Revival

This artwork caught my eye in the shop a few weeks ago. I lost track of Mush Records releases for a while which is why I missed this. Thankfully, it peaked my interest in the label again. Xoxo, Panda &…

Deerhoof – Offend Maggie

This Deerhoof album slipped completely under my radar, not realizing it was released until late December. Maybe I hadn’t been checking Pitchfork enough or something, but I was surprised that I actually really enjoyed the album. I’m somewhat over noise-rock…

McBess

I don’t think McBess has done any album covers yet, but a lot of musical themes pop up in his work and he’s a musician himself. Real name Matthieu Bessudo, he is a French illustrator based in London. He’s also…

Under The Influence: Beastie Boys Tribute

I’m a little late with this (show ends on the 29th) but Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles is currently displaying work inspired by The Beastie Boys. I recognize a few of the artists, like Jim Mahfood, Andrew Hem, Mear One,…

Obligatory Top 10 Albums of ’08

Every music blog has a end-of-the-year top 10 something. 2008 was a good year for music, I think. This list is a sample of all the great things released in ’08. There may be a slight advantage to music released…

Wolf Parade – At Mount Zoomer

Everyone’s favorite source for independent music culture, Pitchforkmedia.com, posted an article highlighting the “20 Worst Album Covers of 2008”, a few that I actually thought were pretty good. That includes Santogold’s self-titled album and Death Cab for Cutie’s Narrow Stairs.…

The Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion

Awesome. Animal Collective

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…

Wolftron – Flesh & Fears

I know nothing about this band. I randomly saw the cover on a Last.FM ad banner. I immedietly recognized the artwork. I’m 99% sure it was done by Andy Kehoe, an artist who’s work I’ve really been enjoying lately. His…

The Jealous Girlfriends – Self Titled

I picked this album up for free at the record store. I haven’t listened to it yet but I’ve enjoyed looking at it, at least. The artwork’s by Jen Storey at The Young People’s Foundation. The tight type works pretty…

Los Campesinos! – Hold On Now, Youngster…

I’ve been neglecting this blog. I doubt many people read it so no loss, I guess. Anyway, yesterday was Record Store Day. 20% off everything. So I bought a few things and got tons of free stuff. One of the…

The Sea & Cake – Everybody

The Sea and Cake – Crossing Line I love The Sea & Cake. They’re one of those bands that I could listen to on shuffle & repeat for days. And if I ever become part of a band, I want…

Deerhoof – Milk Man

Deerhoof is crazy. The cover of their album Milk Man is also crazy. It all fits. It was drawn by Ken Kagami, a Japanese artist known for his happy and/or disturbing images. Pitchforkmedia reports that on December 4th, Gallery Sora…

Keane – Under The Iron Sea

I don’t listen to Keane, but this album cover always caught my eye on the racks. The artwork was done by Finnish/English illustrator and printmaker Sanna Annukka. This was actually her very first commission, according to her biography. We can…