i'm 24, but my friends call me granny. i live in south florida in a one bedroom apartment that is 50% clothes and shoes, 50% art supplies. by day, i treat patients at a psychiatric clinic. by night, i make stuff. lots & lots of stuff.
A couple of weeks ago, I took my sister and her friend to Jingle Ball (which my crazy family immediately dubbed "Jingle Balls".
It was mostly for the kids, but I had fun testing out my new lens which I totally had to lie and smuggle through security. We were in a skybox nowhere near the stage, so I couldn't get a lot of great shots. I thought you might enjoy seeing them anyway :)
Selena Gomez (wow little girls are obsessed with her)
This was probably my favorite act! I loved "Marry Me." You must download it!
I'm pretty sure that's B.O.B.
Katy Perry. I thought she was really beautiful.
Adam Lambert. wow he's weird.
Enrique. and the lucky *@%!# he sang to all night.
Surprise.. Pitbull! My fave! He looked really short.
Album covers used to serve as the front lines for selling music.
Now, there is a cliche about album art no longer being important, what with the itunes, torrents, and so forth.
Consider this a tribute to not only great art work, but covers that truly express the music on the record.
I present to you a list of some of my favorite vinyl records in my collection, all of which feature cover art that poetically matches with the sounds within.
In no particular order...
Grandaddy- The Sophtware Slump
A simple premiss, photoshop some old keypad letters against an expansive natural landscape. The letters obscure the beauty of the picture, you kind of wish they weren’t there. It looks awkward. This is the feeling expressed throughout the entire record. Acoustic instruments are littered with casino sounding synths while Jason Lytle sings about longing for the simplicity and naturalness of home. The modern world makes him feel awkward.
My Bloody Valentine- Loveless
Over-exposed, effects laden wall of guitar...check. It may be overwhelming at first, but can be beautiful once you adjust.
Belle and Sebastian- If You’re Feeling Sinister
This picture does well to express the feeling one gets listening to this amazing record. It’s thoughtful without being detached from emotion. It’s literary. If J.D. Salinger made music, this is what it would sound like. This record happens to have the best bookends. It starts with “The Stars of Track and Field” and ends with “Judy and the Dream of Horses.” Both start with a lone acoustic guitar and end with full orchestration. Both manage to truthfully speak of the complexities of admiration.
Emperor X- Dirt Dealership
A 7’’ by the Jacksonville/ Gainesville/ New York (or where ever he now lives) based Chad Matheny is the ultimate example of do it yourself, gonzo music. Chad plays all of the instruments and sings on multiple layered tracks to produce a “i made this in my bedroom sound” that feels intimate and informal. Obviously, the vinyl had to pressed in a factory, but the album sleeve and cover art was individually made by hand. By using what appears to be sponge stamps, he made it so that every album cover was unique. The one I own is a different form of Pangea than the one you see.
Neutral Milk Hotel- In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
I lied before about the order, cause this is my favorite of the bunch. I had to include the insert with the cover. The art says it all, an album full of metaphorical images. I can’t do justice for this record. Just google it to find out how great it is.
----------------------------------------------------- Jon Waller writes for the very unpretentious music blog Jungle Rot and fronts the south florida band starmaker.
------------------------------------------------------ hi Jon,
Thank you so much for sharing these amazing album covers with us, and for tying together my two favorite things... art and music! :) love, Amy