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 all only wish for such luck. Her site has many other great works to look through.

Wax Poetics #25

Just a heads up. The latest issue of Wax Poetics features a few great photographers mainly involved in hip-hop culture. George Dubose, David Corio, Ernie Paniccioli, Joe Conzo, Jamel Shabazz, Janette Beckman, my favorite Brian Cross (B+) and a few others. Also, a nice article on Miles.

I’ll be posting more soon, I guess.

Stones Throw Records – B-Ball Zombie War

I have mentioned that I love Stones Throw, right? This is a video for Stones Throw’s B-Ball Zombie War. Appearantly it was released yesterday and I was completely oblivious. I guess I’m headed to the music store…
Anyway, this was animated by James Reitano. He’s done some great videos for Stones Throw and other artists. Check out his website.

!!! – Myth Takes

This is the cover and gatefold of dance-punk band !!!’s Myth Takes, done by an artist named Kevin Hooyman. The artwork is half the reason I bought this album, besides !!! being awesome. Check out Hooyman’s website. It confuses me and I love it.

Kevin Hooyman

!!! (Chk Chk Chk)

Talib Kweli – Eardrum

This album caught me by surprise. Talib’s last few albums didn’t do much for me. So I came at this album expecting more of the same. Train of Thought gets a high spot in my mind. Forunately, Kweli came with something interesting. An important part of a hip-hop album is having good production, and he doesn’t slip in this aspect. Madlib, Will.I.Am, Kanye, Just Blaze, Pete Rock, etc. It’s a good album and is in some ways a nice continuation of what he did with Madlib on Liberation. I like it more than Finding Forever, if that means anything.

As for the cover, the photo was taken by Nabil, represented by Blur Photo. He also photographed Common for Finding Forever. His portfolio has a nice collection of music artists. Worth flipping through.

Talib Kweli

Devendra Banhart – Cripple Crow

A quick post. This cover belongs to Devendra Banhart’s Cripple Crow. The Sgt. Pepper’s-esque set-up displays Banhart’s circle of collaborators and friends. I don’t know a lot about “freak-folk”, but I see Joanna Newsom in the picture, one of the other movement leaders.

The original photograph (above) is by Alissa Anderson. I haven’t found much information on her, but she has some nice work on her website.

Devendra Banhart’s Site
Alissa Anderson’s Site

My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade

I am not a fan of My Chemical Romance at all. But for some reason my cousin has a copy of their last album, The Black Parade. While I was with him, I just happened to have my copy of Process Recess with me. I tried to explain the relation between the two, but I’m not sure if he understood my art-student-nerd excitement. The package illustrations were done by James Jean, an illustrator who’s name pops up whenever you ask a crowd of young illustration students who their favorite illustrator is.

James Jean just recently had Process Recess 2 released by AdHouse Books (Richmond!). After annoying the comic shop owner for a week, I finally got a copy. At 15.5″x11″, it’s a beautiful book to look at. Full color images grace every page, along with his process work on the back of each piece. A few pages even fold out to be even larger. It seems more like a portfolio he would send to clients than a book. The best part? It’s $30. That’s crazy, really. It’s also completely worth it. People may over-hype Jean’s work, but when he’s releasing things like this it’s hard not to. Look down to see a picture of the book.

James Jean’s Site
AdHouse Books
My Chemical Romance