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20 May 2011

Tame Impala Album Art

Tame Impala
Innerspeaker (2010)
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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)
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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 (2001)
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Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (2003)
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Before the Dawn Heals Us (2005)
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Digital Shades Vol. 1 (2007)
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Saturdays = Youth (2008)
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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)
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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

The King of Limbs (2011)
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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)
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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!