Music // Thursday, May 22, 2014
July 2013 cover artist and our good friend Skinner did the artwork for the new Mastodon album, 'One More Round the Sun,' which will be released on June 24th, 2014. We're excited to premier this video, of Skinner and Brann Dailor of Mastodon discussing the concept and vision behind the artwork and the end result: Skinner's amazing cover and huge pullout with 3 more panels telling the universal story of life and death. Watch it after the jump!
Music // Thursday, May 15, 2014
In episode five of the Sanuk's #Space2Play web series, photojournalist Steve Sherman connects with Sanük musician and guitar shredding guru, Lukas Nelson. The son of music legend Willie Nelson, Lukas is a rare talent himself. With a connection to his father’s past and blending it rock music’s present sound, Lukas has created a truly unique act. It only takes a minute of listening to him to realize the musical talents are rooted deep within the Nelson family.
Music // Tuesday, May 13, 2014
In conjunction with Mark Ryden's "The Gay Nineties West" at the Kohn Gallery in LA, the June 2014 cover artist enlisted Tyler the Creator, Weird Al, Katy Perry, Nick Cave, Kirk Hammett, Mark Mothersbaugh and more to record original covers of the song "Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)." Listen to some of them after the jump!
Music // Friday, May 09, 2014
Street Musician's Day (Gatvės Muzikos Diena) is an annual music event which was initiated by Lithuanian musician and actor Andrius Mamontovas. Anyone, who plays any instrument, no matter whether one can play several chords or are professional musicians, may become a participant of the festival. To show that anyone can play any instrument and anyone is welcome no matter how good...
Music // Wednesday, May 07, 2014
We saw this amazing video for Flying Lotus' track "Phantasm" from the album "Until the Quiet Comes," and was just reminded about how incredible it was when we saw it reposted on ItsNiceThat. Director Markus Hofko filmed this surreal adventure over two days on Desert Rd, on the North Island of New Zealand. He notes about the production: "2 characters and me behind the camera was all there was. Nice and simple. And complicated." Enjoy.
Music // Monday, May 05, 2014
A few weeks ago, we found an album cover for a Prefuse 73 record that blew our minds, but we couldn't find who the artist was. We just found out that Australian artist Dan McPharlin, who has an eye and hand for some incredible science fiction and surreal landscape works, is the man behind many great album covers.
Music // Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Dub-electro trio Major Lazer (Diplo, Walshy Fire, and Jillionaire) along with Pharrell dropped their single "Aerosol Can" earlier this year. For the video, long-time Mad Decent creative contributor Kyle DePinna directs an animated timelapse of none other than Mike Giant as he writes out the lyrics on white walls in marker. Interesting.
Music // Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Leif Podhajsky has been one of our favorite art directors and artists for music album covers in recent years, having worked with Foals, Lykke Li, Tame Impala, Grimes, Mount Kimble, and Youth Lagoon amongst others. Leif does the new wave psychedelia very well, combining photography and collage in a way that seems both futuristic and vintage. Leif just did the packaging and cover design for Kelis' new LP, "Food," and the accompanying singles.
Music // Friday, April 11, 2014
Album artwork has given pop-culture some of it's most iconic imagery that has been appropriated and manipulated by artists again and again. Artist Harvezt has taken a new approach to album art inspired artworks by creating the the opposite perspective. Harvezt's series titled The Dark Side of the Covers reverses the iconic scenes so that they are visualized from behind.