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20 May 2011

Tame Impala Album Art

Tame Impala
Innerspeaker (2010)
900px x 900px / 576 KB

Tame Impala is a 4-piece Australian psychedelic rock band from Perth. I was introduced to them by a friend shortly after their first studio album, Innerspeaker, was released last year in May. You can see for yourself that the album art for Innerspeaker is a bit trippy, and it's definitely indicative of the musical stylings of the band. Not only do I enjoy the photoshop job of taking a slice out of this photograph and repeating it into the horizon, but I also really enjoy the photo in general!

Have you guys heard of Tame Impala? What do you think of Innerspeaker's cover?

18 May 2011

Ra Ra Riot Album Art

Ra Ra Riot
The Rhumb Line (2008)
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Ra Ra Riot
The Orchard (2010)
800px x 800px / 175 KB

Ra Ra Riot is an indie rock band from Syracuse, NY. I originally got into these guys after being introduced to Discovery this past fall season (a side project of Rostam Batmanglij, the keyboardist from Vampire Weekend, and Wes Miles, the vocalist from Ra Ra Rio), and I really enjoy their music (which is quite unlike Discovery).

I like the cover for Rhumb Line (as I've mentioned before, I'm a sucker for simplicity), but I'm not super thrilled about the use of the two rather similar shades of blue. Also, I'm not sure what the Venn diagram on the cover is supposed to mean. The yellow section makes me think of the Sun, and certainly contrasts the dark blue, so maybe these simply represent light and dark, or maybe Good and Evil? Either way, the sketch of the Earth (showing North and South America), is right in the middle, and is certainly the place where we all experience light and darkness, Good and Evil. Anyone else have any insight on Rhumb Line?

The cover for The Orchard is just a simple scene, but I also really enjoy that album art. The photograph is a lovely depiction of a peaceful middle America: a nice home with a lawn, a full and lush tree, and a pristine nighttime sky with a few wispy clouds. The abundance of light spilling from the house makes me feel like there is love in that home, and makes me feel like the band (or whoever picked the artwork, at least) appreciates the warmth of family and fellowship.

A long one today, eh! Anyways, what do you folks think about Ra Ra Riot?

15 May 2011

M83 Album Art

M83
M83 (2001)
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M83
Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (2003)
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M83
Before the Dawn Heals Us (2005)
600px x 600px / 57 KB

M83
Digital Shades Vol. 1 (2007)
600px x 600px / 43 KB

M83
Saturdays = Youth (2008)
1500px x 1500px / 425 KB

M83 is an electronic/dream pop act by French musician Anthony Gonzalez. Their overall sound is unique and often "dreamy" (dream pop) and they experiment with a lot of different sounds on their albums.

Of their album art, I like Dead Cities, Before the Dawn Heals Us, and Saturdays = Youth the most. Saturdays = Youth I feel really captures the vibe of the teenage years that the band used as the theme for the album.

Have you guys heard of M83? What do you think?

09 May 2011

The Lonely Island Album Art | Part 2

The Lonely Island
Turtleneck & Chain (2011)
1500px x 1500px / 449 KB

So when I originally came at you with The Lonely Island Part 1 back in December, I mentioned that these guys have a new album coming out in the spring. Well, this is it. Turtleneck & Chain is going to be released tomorrow, Tuesday 10 May, and I have a feeling it's going to do treat the members of this comedy troupe really well (since every track I've heard from it so far is pretty hilarious).

The album art cracks me up, and I can only wonder if these guys are going to succeed in bringing back this white pants, turtleneck, and chain look that is currently only "acceptable" in Miami (unless you're dressing like that as a joke, obviously haha).


Their latest single from the new album, "Jack Sparrow (feat. Michael Bolton)" debuted on the night of 7 May on Saturday Night Live, and I have to admit, Michael Bolton's performance on the track (and in the video!) is electrifying.

Have you guys listened to The Lonely Island before or seen these guys on TV or in film (Hot Rod)? What do you guys think of their music?

07 May 2011

Radiohead Album Art | Part 2

Radiohead
The King of Limbs (2011)
1653px x 1477px / 4.85 MB

Radiohead
Supercollider / The Butcher Single (2011)
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Radiohead was one of the first few groups I made a post for here on the blog. Part 1 contains all of their studio albums up through In Rainbows, but they've released a new album (and single) since then!

The King of Limbs was released on 18 February 2011 and since then this album has really grown on me. The reviews are somewhat mixed because I don't think this album is what anybody expected after In Rainbows. Supercollider / The Butcher is a single that came out on 16 April 2011 (Record Store Day!) and contains 2 tracks: "Supercollider", a song that debuted on tour in 2008, and "The Butcher", a song that was left off of The King of Limbs.

I really enjoy the artwork for The King of Limbs and I think it absolutely fits the album -- haunting, ethereal. I appreciate Supercollider / The Butcher's artwork as well, but I'm a sucker for simplicity. So, what do you guys think of these latest efforts from Radiohead?

06 May 2011

Fleet Foxes Album Art

Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes (2008)
900px x 900px / 250 KB

Fleet Foxes
Helplessness Blues (2011)
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First of all, I'd like to say I apologize for going AWOL for a while! Some big changes over the past few months have prevented me from dedicating time to this project, but now I'm happy to say that I'm back to so-called "blogosphere" and I look forward to reading your comments and visiting your blogs!

Fleet Foxes are a Seattle-based indie folk band. According to the Wikipedia, "the quintet describes its music as 'baroque harmonic pop jams'", which is really a quite accurate description of their sound.  They've received a lot of praise and critical acclaim, and it's all VERY well-deserved in my opinion. Fleet Foxes are one of my favourite bands these days, mainly because I appreciate their beautiful melodies, complex harmonies, and resonant lyrics.

They just released their second album, Helplessness Blues, on 3 May, and after a few listens I can definitely say I enjoy it as much as their self-titled debut (which is hard to top!). Check them out!

07 February 2011

Wiz Khalifa Album Art

Wiz Khalifa
Show and Prove (2006)
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Wiz Khalifa
Deal or No Deal (2009)
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Wiz Khalifa is an American rapper based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Recently he has gained a lot of international attention and radio air time, but he really has some bumpin' tracks.

He has a new album coming out in 2011 called Rolling Papers, as well as his other 2 studio albums show above: 2006's Show and Prove and 2009's Deal or No Deal. I may do a Part 2 update at some point with some of his mixtapes, which are awesome, but for now, I'll just upload his studio albums.

This certainly seems like typical rap / hip hop album art, doesn't it? Let me know what you guys think, and again, thanks for all of the support over the past few months!

04 February 2011

150 Followers!

Wow! My blog hit this mark between my last post and now and I cannot believe it! This site has grown faster than I could ever have imagined.



Thank you so much for your contributions to the discussions and for your support throughout these past couple of months! Reading your guys comments really is entertaining sometimes hahah.

02 February 2011

Muse Album Art

Muse
Showbiz (1999)
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Muse
Origin of Symmetry (2001)
953px x 953px / 116 KB

Muse
Hullabaloo Soundtrack (2002)
945px x 945px / 71 KB

Muse
Absolution (2003)
1429px x 1416px / 523 KB

Muse
Black Holes & Revelations (2006)
1500px x 1349px / 446 KB

Muse
HAARP (2008)
800px x 793px / 63 KB

Muse
The Resistance (2009)
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Muse is an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. These guys absolutely rock, and they actually remind me a lot of Queen. I don't need to say much about a group that's as popular as Muse (plus, you're all on the internet already; you can open up a new tab in your browser and hop over to the Wikipedia or the band's official website to gather some quick info). The album art above includes the band's 5  studio albums plus their 2002 compilation album Hullabaloo Soundtrack and their 2008 live album HAARP.

I've always liked the album art for their studio albums. Specifically, I think the shadows on Absolution are awesome and the cover for The Resistance has some very cool colored hexagons that remind me of a carbon nanotube. Have you guys listened to Muse? What do you think of their album art?

30 January 2011

Iron & Wine Album Art

Iron & Wine
The Creek Drank the Cradle (2002)
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Iron & Wine
Our Endless Numbered Days (2004)
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Iron & Wine
The Shepherd's Dog (2007)
900px x 900px / 993 KB

Iron & Wine
Around the Well (2009)
900px x 900px / 983 KB

Iron & Wine
Kiss Each Other Clean (2011)
1600px x 1600px / 1.04 MB

Iron & Wine is the stage and recording name of American singer-songwriter Samuel Beam. If you like folk music, you absolutely need to check out these albums (start at the beginning of his catalog if you're looking for strictly folk with acoustic instruments). Included above are his four studio albums and one compilation album (Around The Well). His soothing voice and lush melodies will calm you as you are whisked away to simpler times...

I certainly enjoy his album art. The burlap texture and the simplicity of the debut, The Creek Drank the Cradle, is pleasant and reminiscent of times past, just like the music on the album. I really like the color palettes and textures used in the artwork for Our Endless Numbered Days and The Shepherd's Dog. Kiss Each Other Clean is a total departure from the previous album art, but in a lot of ways the album is as well. From the burning barn to the peacocks to the well-dressed bearded man standing in the water, I really enjoy it all, and that cover definitely takes me back to when I was a kid playing with scratch art (you remember those black sheets where you chiseled away to reveal hidden colors beneath?).

What do you guys think of Iron & Wine? Comment below! It's always nice to hear from all of you :]

26 January 2011

The Beatles Album Art | Part 2

The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
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The Beatles
Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
1510px x 1480px / 0.99 MB

The Beatles
The Beatles (aka the White Album) (1968)
840px x 840px / 37 KB

The Beatles
Yellow Submarine (1969)
800px x 725px / 431 KB

The Beatles
Abbey Road (1969)
1635px x 1485px / 617 KB

The Beatles
Let It Be (1970)
1510px x 1480px / 348 KB

The Beatles
Past Masters Volume One (1988)
600px x 598px / 63 KB

The Beatles
Past Masters Volume Two (1988)
500px x 500px / 33 KB

Coming at you today is Part 2 of The Beatles album art. There were a lot of good responses on the Part 1 post, so keep 'em coming! What do you guys think of this batch of albums? Personally, it doesn't get better than the iconic Abbey Road cover, which music fans everywhere should know and recognize.

24 January 2011

The Beatles Album Art | Part 1

The Beatles
Please Please Me (1963)
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The Beatles
With The Beatles (1963)
800px x 725px / 176 KB

The Beatles
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
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The Beatles
Beatles for Sale (1964)
800px x 725px / 396 KB

The Beatles
Help! (1965)
721px x 721px / 56 KB

The Beatles
Rubber Soul (1965)
800px x 725px / 473 KB

The Beatles
Revolver (1966)
3136px x 3168px / 3.32 MB

The Beatles. Icons. Legendary. They may be the most popular musical group to ever exist. They made a lot of albums (with a lot of amazing songs) and between international releases, EPs, live albums, compilations, and remasters, their discography can be very confusing.

From the WIKIPEDIA:
In 1987, EMI and Apple Corps released all of the Beatles' studio albums on CD. With this release, the band's catalogue was standardized throughout the world, establishing a canon composed of the twelve original studio albums as issued in the United Kingdom, as well as the US album version of Magical Mystery Tour (1967), which had been released as a shorter double EP in the UK. All the remaining Beatles' material from the singles and EPs which had not been issued on the original studio albums was gathered on the two-volume compilation Past Masters (1988). On 9 September 2009, the Beatles' entire back catalogue was reissued following an extensive digital remastering process that lasted four years.

So, I've decided to break up The Beatles' official catalogue into at least two parts. Part 1 consists of Please Please Me (1963) through Revolver (1966). Part 2 will consist of the rest of their studio albums (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) through Let It Be (1970)) as well as Magical Mystery Tour (1967) and Past Masters (1988). I may return to The Beatles later with some additional posts that will include live albums and compilation albums, but it will definitely take some time to find all of that album art.

So what do you guys think of The Beatles? I've been meaning to do this update since before I even started this blog, especially since The Beatles catalogue was released for sale on Apple's iTunes in November 2010 and caused a pretty big stir in the news, and I'm very happy that my blog has grown enough that I'm comfortable making this post now! What do you think about their album art up through 1966?

19 January 2011

Justin Timberlake Album Art

Justin Timberlake
Justified (2002)
600px x 600px / 46 KB

Justin Timberlake
FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006)
900px x 900px / 415 KB

Justin Timberlake
Essential Mixes (2010)
1429px x 1414px / 249 KB

Coming at you today is some album art from pop sensation and actor Justin Timberlake. He has only released 2 studio albums, Justified and FutureSex/LoveSounds, and 1 compilation album, Essential Mixes, but he has collaborated with many artists to create a lot of "hot tracks".

His album art is pretty straightforward. My favorite is probably FutureSex/LoveSounds, simply because I think it would be pretty sweet to smash a disco ball in such a manner. Anyways, what do you guys think of JT and his sweet jams?

13 January 2011

M.I.A. Album Art

M.I.A.
Arular (2005)
600px x 599px / 265 KB

M.I.A.
Kala (2007)
953px x 953px / 328 KB

M.I.A.
MAYA (2010)
640px x 640px / 101 KB

M.I.A. (Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam) is a British singer-songwriter, rapper and record producer whose eclectic compositions combine elements of hip hop, electronica, dance, avante-garde, alternative and world music. She uses some very interesting sounds and samples in her music, and I really appreciate her albums.

Her song "Steppin Up" on MAYA always makes me chuckle a bit -- the power tool samples make this song reminiscent of some sort of Tim Allen (Home Improvement) level drug binge hahah. As far as the album art goes, it's all certainly very busy and colorful, isn't it? I feel like these garish covers are definitely appropriate for the music, and they're fun to look at, as well.

This is a short post today, so I'll let you guys do the talking. What do you think of M.I.A. or her album art?

12 January 2011

John Mayer Album Art | Part 2

John Mayer
Any Given Thursday (2003)
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John Mayer
As/Is (2004)
300px x 294px / 23 KB

John Mayer
As/Is Volume One (2003)
149px x 150px / 8 KB

John Mayer
As/Is Volume Two (2004)
350px x 350px / 19 KB

John Mayer
As/Is Volume Three (2004)
350px x 350px / 25 KB

John Mayer
As/Is Volume Four (2004)
300px x 300px / 15 KB

John Mayer
As/Is Volume Five (2004)
256px x 256px / 22 KB

John Mayer Trio
Try! (2005)
900px x 882px / 71 KB

John Mayer
Where the Light Is: Live in Los Angeles (2008)
600px x 600px / 220 KB

Today we have Part 2 of John Mayer's album art, which includes all of Mayer's live albums (including one, Try!, released as the "John Mayer Trio"). There is one album here, As/Is, which needs some explanation...

From the Wikipedia: "As/Is is a live album by John Mayer, released October 19 2004, available for download from iTunes and also available as a double-CD release. The albums were released from live concert performances across the United States from the tour following the release of Mayer's second album, Heavier Things. The recordings include five albums-worth of material as sold on iTunes. As of July 2009, the four concert-specific albums were still available on iTunes in the United States, though Volume One is no longer available; Each album has its own artwork. A two-disc compilation [whose album art appears first in the list above] was released physically and digitally which features the "best" of the iTunes series."

So, basically, the first As/Is image above is the cover of the 2-CD compilation album, then the rest of the As/Is images are the covers of each of the live volumes released on iTunes. All of the bunny-themed As/Is covers were designed by the artist Kozyndan.

What do you guys think of John Mayer Part 2? By the way, (once again) if you ever have a higher-res or better-looking version of any of the album art files that I post here, please let me know and I'll figure out a way that you can send them to me! Some of these images are pretty low-res and I would love to replace them with something better if it's out there.