Atmosphere with a touch of Reid Miles. He was the man… I’ve already talked about him, though.
Update: Walter Kolosky, writer of Power, Passion and Beauty, a book telling the story of The Mahavishnu Orchestra, stated that the reissue cover was cropped from an image on the inside of the fold-out LP cover.
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 included. I’m hoping that’s a sign of an album coming soon… But I thought they were on Plug Research?
ISO50 reported on this a few days ago. He isn’t yet sure who’s responsible for the cover, but I’d say they did a good job. According to a comment on ISO50’s blog, the font comes from Stefan Kjartansson at YouWorkForThem. Cool.
I saw this in CD in the record store last year and knew it was something good. Unfortunately I didn’t buy it. I was confused until recently, not knowing that the Stark Reality album “Now“, released on Stones Throw, was actually this album plus some unreleased tracks. Either way, it is an amazing psychedelic funk album and I love the artwork. It actually makes me think about the Medeski Martin & Wood album I wrote about a while ago. Sadly, I’m not sure who’s responsible for the cover.
Another thing I thought was cool, Monty Stark has a list of hip-hop tracks that have sampled his band on his webpage. If I wasn’t tired I’d pull my SP out and start playing…
Update: An anonymous commenter says that the illustration was done by Mel Dietmeier and designed by Jim Bourne. Mel was 18 at the time! There’s more about it on Monty Stark’s site.
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 albums was Arts & Crafts, Broken Social Scene label-mates Los Campesinos! new album “Hold On Now, Youngester…“.
It’s a rock album that reminds me a lot of BSS’s work. Giant walls of beautiful, exciting sounds. I could have purchased this on the merits of the album packaging alone, done by an artist named Sarah Duncan. Her website is filled with great things, including a viciously amazing flash animation on the splash page. Good times.
Also… a fun video.