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hey kids! get ready for the long-awaited release of golden bear‘s new album ‘alive’, which comes out this month. this little lady had the honor of putting together the album artwork for it (based on some photos they shot in zilker park). it was an inspiring process working with lead singer chris gregory to push the possibilities of the design – eschewing the standard photo treatment for something more graphic and iconic. i also want to mention that the album was produced by the mastermind danny reisch, who has worked with the likes of shearwater, white denim and the black and white years.
you can check out a review and a video of the band here. if you’re in the austin area, come by club deville on october 29th for the official cd release party. see you there, lovers!
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.
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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!
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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
i hung out with the gentlemen of leatherbag just about a week before sxsw in an east austin studio where they were recording their upcoming album ‘yellow television’. we took some photos in the surrounding neighborhood, which never fails to provide an array of interesting backdrops! here are two of the photos from that session:
leatherbag had a great showcase during sxsw (which lead singer randy told me about, i didn’t actually have a wristband!) and has been featured in quite a few ‘bands to tune into’ lists. stay tuned for more photos from inside the studio along with the album artwork that i’m putting together. think: blue note. in the meantime, be sure to check out their awesome sound, described by some as ‘new sincerity’ right here! till next time, lovers.
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Tagged austin, band, band photos, leatherbag, Music, new sincerity, photography, randy reynolds, texas
for those of you looking to get a double dose of dark alt country and psychedelic rock and roll in one night, come out to mohawk on october 15. two of my favourite local bands are each releasing their new albums. it’s going to be good times, people, i wouldn’t steer you wrong.
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Tagged activities, alt country, austin, band, band flyers, band posters, chase maclaskey, chase maclasky, chase mcclaskey, concert, danny malone, entertainment, frank smith, gig, gigposter, graphic design, mohawk, nightlife, october 2010, poster, psych rock, psychedelic, rock, show, smoke and feathers, texas, venue
in case you can’t tell, that’s a crane game filled with pabst blue ribbon beer. someone please make one of these happen in real life – that would be the jam! come check out my friends in isle of white who open for kinch at emo’s. good times!
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Tagged austin, band, crane game, cute, emo's, fulton read, funny, game, gigposter, gigposters, graphic design, indie, isle of white, kinch, live music, pabst blue ribbon, party, pbr, pop, red river district, rock, venue