Sci-Fi Surreal Album Covers by Dan McPharlin

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.

A Shrine to Minimal Vintage Album Cover Design

Design // Monday, April 28, 2014
Jive Time Records, a Seattle-based store specializing in used vinyl has put together a little blog where they have been collecting minimal vintage album cover design, or to be more specific, a "shrine to circles and dots, squares and rectangles, and triangles, and the designers that make these simple shapes come to life on vintage album covers."

Leif Podhajsky for Kelis' "Food" LP + Singles

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.

SHEPARD FAIREY "50 Shades of Black" @ Subliminal Projects, LA

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 01, 2014
We are just getting your calendars prepped for your mid-April exhibition schedule, and Shepard Fairey's "50 Shades of Black" should be checked out. The show is Shepard's third installment of his album cover series, and the 50 Shades of Black show is back on Fairey’s home turf of Los Angeles and the opening night event will include a performance by legendary DJ Z-Trip, who created the soundtrack to Fairey’s Sound & Vision show at Stolenspace in London.

Lee Jin Ju for the Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Music // Saturday, March 01, 2014
We have shown you the work of South Korean artist Lee Jin Ju on the site in the past, and the artist has contributed album cover art for Pains of Being Pure at Heart's new LP, "Days of Abandon." (due April 22, 2014). The American band picked the painting "The Material of Mind," to be the cover, and now that Pains has released a single, lets listen in... 

Glasser's "Interiors" x Jonathan Turner

Music // Monday, January 27, 2014
For Glasser's 2013 album "Interiors," the artist enlisted New York-based visual artist Jonathan Turner to design the album artwork and direct the music videos. A chrome, silver-like essence flows through both videos and is the most striking visual element of the album artwork. Fluidity is another major theme...

Arcade Fire's "Reflektor": The Story Behind the Album Cover

Music // Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Over the past two months or so, Arcade Fire's return has been one of the highlights of the fall music release schedule. For us, we have always been huge Arcade Fire fans not just because of the music but because of the care and attention they put into their album art design and entire look for a tour and stage production. Whether having Spike Jonze direct a short in conjunction with The Suburbs LP,  or their new media experiments on their website, the Montreal-band pays close attention to art in relation to their music. Their newest LP, Reflektor, takes this care to a new level... 

Peter Saville to Re-image Kanye West

Music // Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Before everyone gets all in a huffy about Kanye West and the fact that they think he is an egotistical megalomaniac, we are going to just agree to disagree with you and enjoy the fact that Mr. West has, over the course of his career, collaborated and been art directed by people like Murakami, Kaws, Morning Breath, George Condo, and now, it appears he will be working with legendary graphic artist, Peter Saville.

Vintage Polish album covers

Juxtapoz // Monday, August 26, 2013
A few years back, the outstanding site 50 Watts had a collection of vintage Polish album cover designs, collected from the archives of a state owned Polish record label, "Muza" (Muse). This collection spans from the 1950s to the 1970s, and features a various array of abstract and psychedelic styles of the era. 

Celebrating Psychedelic and Pop Art in Album Covers

Music // Friday, August 16, 2013
This morning we take a look at some of our favorite covers from "Groove Is In the Art," an archive celebrating "an era when psychadelic graphics and pop art met the mainstream on instrumental and classical album covers in an explosion of line art and color." 
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