- Top 25 Album Covers Outside Lands 2012 Top 25 Album Covers Outside Lands 2012
- Tame Impala: Innerspeaker Tame Impala: Innerspeaker Drift forever with this surreal cover by Tame Impala.
- Two Gallants: Two Gallants Two Gallants: Two Gallants If you are going to have a self-titled album, put yourself into the cover. And a few headpieces, you are done.
- Beck!: Odelay Beck!: Odelay For years I thought that was a mop being thrown over a hurdle.
- The Walkmen: Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me is Gone The Walkmen: Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me is Gone 1920s delinquent underage hoodlums works for us.
- Yacht Yacht To be honest, we don't even know if this is an album cover or photo shoot, but those triangles are Photoshopped, which means they are naked, which we assume caused a rash because that high grass is known to make you itch.
- We have no idea what that says, but the Ryan McGinley album cover shot on the Icelandic band's 2008 LP captures the mood of the band probably better than the empty swimming pool they record in.
- Santogold: Santogold Santogold: Santogold When in doubt, vomit a little gold glitter.
- Michael Kiwanuka: Home Again Michael Kiwanuka: Home Again Vintage look, skateboard, good style, UK-based, if you don't know Michael Kiwanuka, we think he will be a stand-out this weekend.
- Metallica: ...And Justice For All Metallica: ...And Justice For All Too many options of 1980s awesomeness, but sorry Pushead, we have to go with the office's favorite album...
- Grandaddy: The Sophtware Slump Grandaddy: The Sophtware Slump The best album to ever respond to the initial dot.com boom from a Modesto band making a surprose reunion appearence at Outside Lands. One note of "Hewlett's Daughter" might make our Editor cry.
- Father John Misty: Fear Fun Father John Misty: Fear Fun This will suit the Golden Gate Park crowd just fine. . . and J Tilman used to be in Fleet Foxes
- Explosions In the Sky: The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place Explosions In the Sky: The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place It sure feels like it.
- Jack White/The White Stripes: Elephant Jack White/The White Stripes: Elephant Jack White is playing, not the White Stripes, but have you seen Jack's new album cover?
- Electric Guest: This Head I Hold Electric Guest: This Head I Hold We don't know much of this band minus this cover, and it may be our favorite find this week.
- The M Machine The M Machine Feels very Adult Swim...
- Big Boi/Outkast: Stankonia Big Boi/Outkast: Stankonia We don't need to explain why we went with this cover instead of a Big Boi solo...
- Brutal Truth: Sounds of the Animal Kingdom Brutal Truth: Sounds of the Animal Kingdom Editor's note: Brutal Truth is not playing, a band named Animal Kingdom is, but this is brilliant so we included it.
- Washed Out: Life of Leisure Washed Out: Life of Leisure Just a relaxing look into nude evening swimming...
- Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Everybody Knows This is Nowhere Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Everybody Knows This is Nowhere Neil Young, a lean, a tree, a dog.
- Zola Jesus: Stridulum EP Zola Jesus: Stridulum EP What happens when Santa Claus runs out of coal. You get this.
- Thee Oh Sees: Warm Slime Thee Oh Sees: Warm Slime SF's finest have so many good album covers, but we have a warm place in our heart for Warm Slime
- Portugal The Man: In the Mountain In the Cloud Portugal The Man: In the Mountain In the Cloud Again, so many good album covers to choose from, but we will go with some trippy geometric styles.
- Of Monsters and Men: Little Talks Single Of Monsters and Men: Little Talks Single Simple, great song, more to look out for with this Icelandic folk band.
- Dr Dog: Fate Dr Dog: Fate When something looks knitted onto a pillow but is actually an album cover, you get to #2.
- Stevie Wonder: Music of My Mind Stevie Wonder: Music of My Mind Shades, reflection, all in his head... Stevie closes the festival out, and gets the #1 nod.
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Top 25 Album Covers Outside Lands 2012Top List // Friday, 10 Aug 2012
As you may know by now, we are heading to SF's historic Golden Gate Park this weekend (August 10—12) as curators of all the artwork at the 2012 Outside Lands Music and Art Festival. Seeing that we work with a bunch of artists who make album cover artwork for some of the biggest bands in the world, we decided to celebrate Outside Lands by ranking our favorite album covers of those bands playing at this year's festival. That means Neil Young, Stevie Wonder, The Walkmen, Grandaddy... just go and see for yourself.
- top list
- stevie wonder
- dr dog
- of monsters and men
- portugal. the man
- thee oh sees
- zola jesus
- neil young
- washed out
- brutal truth
- big boi
- the m machine
- electric guest
- white stripes
- jack white
- explosions in the sky
- father john misty
- michael kiwanuka
- sigur ros
- the walkmen
- two gallants
- tame impala
- outside lands
- album cover