oh snap! austin chronicle’s music staff just released their top ten albums lists – i’ve had the pleasure of designing cover art for some of the killer albums on this list:
Suzanna Choffel’s ‘Steady Eye Shaky Bow’
Golden Bear’s ‘Alive’
Leatherbag’s ‘Yellow Television’
thanks so much for letting me be a part of your projects! ♥
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Tagged album artwork, alive, Austin Bands, austin chronicle, austin graphic designer, Best of 2011, chase maclaskey, golden bear, graphic design, leatherbag, Music Critic, Music Review, press, promo, review, Steady Eye Shaky Bow, Suzanna Choffel, yellow television
take a moment to get out of your chair and dance to this cover of iggy and the stooge’s ‘search and destroy’ by peaches. sometimes i’m not sure which version i like better.
here are some photos of myself and one of my best friends, brian hubbard, getting down on the dancefloor at barbarella here in austin.
me on the barbarella dance floor!
also! i got word today that my 5×7 painting that was a part of arthouse’s annual traveling fundraiser sold! it was a painted replica of this leatherbag poster i created last year. i’ll post photos once i get a chance!
well…not really, actually. like most days around my office, it’s a hurricane of projects, papers, stickie notes, 5 hour energy shots and itunes. unfortunately for me today, my cat steven had other plans with his attempts to thwart any work getting done. maybe i’ll head to mohawk for a cocktail reprieve right now during their beach party happy hour. are cats on leashes allowed into mohawk? their slogan is ‘all are welcome’.
gotta knock out as much work as i can this week as i’ll be heading to west texas on thursday for two important reasons: to assist my parents as they construct a massive ice sculpture for the us military in el paso (check out their work here) and to collect some photographs and artifacts to include in the promotional photo book i’m putting together for the upcoming film ‘transpecos’. so stay tuned for that!
in other news, for those of you on twitter, i’m a newbie – follow me and help show me the ropes @ChaseMaclaskey! Have a great weekend y’all!
if ever there were an album of the last decade to hole up in a cabin in the woods and create art to, grizzly bear’s latest release veckatimest would be it. i love everything about it: from the soaring melodies set to instrumentation that some have called baroque pop to the album’s packaging (with artwork by william j. o’brien) and the subsequent music videos in support of it.
of all of the tracks on the album, my favourite is a piece entitled ‘ready, able’. a little bonus to the track is the music video which is fantastically unnerving. and for me, the best artwork is a little bit unnerving. created by the incredible artist and animator allison schulnik, the music video is a mind meld of strange, sad characters that are constantly in a gorgeous state of flux. as a special coincidence, it turns out she’s apparently friends with another artist i posted about a year ago, eric yahnker. anyway, you really need to watch and listen to it for yourself below:
‘long hair hobo #2’ oil on canvas. 2008. by allison schulnik.
‘untitled’ by william j. o’brien.
Posted in Art, love, Music
Tagged allison schulnik, band, baroque pop, eric yahnker, grizzly bear, inspirational, inspire, music video, william j. o'brien
hello sweet darlings, it has been a while – my apologies! i have just relocated my daily creative routine to a new studio space which, after a little funky decoration, has proven to be a total ‘inspiration den’! here’s a photo of me on the floor of the studio just before laying out the my big new black shag rug.
may rolls on with lots of projects in the cannon: keep your eyes out for a new logo design for fabulous local downtown salon and spa joie de vie, album artwork for several amazing austin bands, beer labels for a darling new texas microbrewery and more! in the meantime, here are some new goodies to check out:
you must check out los angeles-based ‘glam-country noir’ band blue blood. blue blood performs the kind of ominous americana that leads you down an an old dirt road with it’s seductively lethal lyrics then abandons you in the middle of the night, leaving you wanting more. stay tuned for a new logo/tshirt design from them. in the meantime, here’s a video for the band:
for those of you who love bass in your face, you’ll be happy to hear about the newest nightclub to hit the streets of austin, Kingdom. it’s an intimate club housed within an old studebaker showroom – completely renovated with a rippled ceiling and minimalist architectural touches. every element within the space was carefully planned to enhance your experience: state of the art lighting systems, recycled and environmentally friendly structures that help to shape the sound, and the best damn sound system you’ll ever hear. kingdom’s soft opening is this wednesday, may 18. you can find it on 5th street between congress and brazos in the alley of the frost bank building. kingdom looks forward to bringing the hottest dj talent from all of the world to you.
up next is a poster for the lovely and talented theGlitoris who was featured in the may monthly installment of cousin claudia at elysium. if you didn’t make it to the party, you can catch theGlitoris every tuesday at tuezgayz dance party at barbarella. trust me, it’s so much fun!
Posted in Art, graphic design, Life, merch, Music, nightlife
Tagged austin, band, blue blood, chase maclaskey, club, cousin claudia party, dj, djs, downtown, electronic, kingdom bar, logo, los angeles, nightclib, nightlife, party, sound system, texas, theglitoris, venue, warehouse district
a dream came true this past sxsw when i was asked by local production company the electric company to design a poster for snoop dogg. and then there was the kanye west poster. swoon! if you are interested in obtaining one, send me an email, a short run of screenprints are in the works. wink.
the poster below is for a pink floyd tribute show at seaholm power plant here in austin, also put on by the electric company. you can get early bird tickets to the show here. just below that is a promo poster for local dj corsage and her radio program trust the wizard. be sure to check her out on tuesday nights at kpwr.
a great band i took photos of recently, leatherbag, is putting together a show to benefit the recording studio who helped them put together their latest album. hot tracks recording studio is a one man operation run by Matt Smith in a small and awesome east side studio. Just recently, the landlord lost a battle between the city of Austin over the property and the whole section of artist studios, recording spaces and the like will be torn down to put up another :sigh: block of generic condos for some out of town schmucks looking to ‘get a taste of weird austin’. ironic isn’t it?
so come out to the show, if you’re able, and help support one of the many small operations that help keep the spirit of austin alive. all proceeds from the door will go to help hot tracks nail down a new location.
Posted in Art, comedy, graphic design, Music, nightlife
Tagged alt radio production, austin, chase maclaskey, chicken ranch records, chris crofton comedian, dj corsage, electric company presents, gigposters, graphic design, hot tracks recording studio, kanye west poster, pink floyd tribute austin, seaholm power plant, snoop dogg poster, sxsw 2011, trust the wizard, which one's pink