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." 

Music Video: Volcano Choir "Byegone" directed by Michinori Saigo

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 25, 2013
Volcano Choir is the "side" project of Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Wisconsin's Collections of Colonies of Bees. In 2009, they put out a stellar and understated album called Unmap that the office of Juxtapoz liked very much. And now that Vernon is a Grammy-award winner, he is back with the Choir and creating another great track, "Byegone," for the new album Reprave out September 3 on Jagjaguwar. The video was just released, featuring a tree, light sabers that blink, and a wonderfully serene experience directed by Michinori Saigo. 

Ari Marcopoulos for Jay Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail"

Music // Wednesday, July 03, 2013
We aren't even sure what a Magna Carta Holy Grail is supposed to be, but it sounds like its competing with whatever a Yeezus is. If you have a Samsung Galaxy, maybe you are preparing for your July 4, 12:01am listening session with Jay Z's new LP of both religious and democratic implication (and for the record, we got thrones, yeezuses, Magna Cartas, and Indiana Jones over the past 18 months from Jay and West), but for the rest of us, we have to wait for the 9th of July. In the meantime, we can verify that indeed, street, skate and fashion photpgrapher Ari Marcopoulos has shot some of the imagery for Jay's album. 
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