Another year of our favorites in Top Album Cover Artwork, and once again, we interview musicians and artists on the often-underappreciated work that goes into creating a product that not only tickles your ears, but speaks to your eyes and hearts. Album artwork, though often only viewed on tiny screens...
FYF Fest 2015 can certainly thank its lucky stars that it fell on the weekend of August 22nd rather than the weekend prior, when the temperature in Los Angeles was near the sweltering 100s. Its highs in the mid-80s offered an enjoyable backdrop to all who attended the two-day festival...
Welcome to Remix City! A recurring, no-bullshit series of posts that will highlight remixes that are actually worth a damn (as we all know, there are plenty that truly aren't).
To kick it off are two from the almost infallible Battles, as a part of their upcoming Drop Gloss 12" series. These two tracks, remixed by Gui Boratto and The Field, are on opposite ends of the dance spectrum yet form a satisfying whole: one keeps your dance spirit jumping; the other drones you into blissful, breathy submission. And given enough time, both turn into the other, become either of the above.
(GUI BORATTO REMIX)
"SWEETIE & SHAG"
(THE FIELD REMIX)
And, of course, being the visually-minded minds that they are, Battles have been sure to include the Drop Gloss album art packaging as extension of their similarly-minded gushy, pile-centric existing branding.
This particular 12" drops February 7th in North America, and you can subscribe to the entire series at BLEEP.
A suite of amorphous blobs unify Battles' year of singles and full-length releases. Different in material and style yet similar in overall form, these sculptured mounds are colorful, strangely compelling, and without a doubt represent some of the most visually iconic album art off 2011.
This in-depth feature highlights how well-executed album artwork can go beyond genre lines to expand into territories of philosophical, thematic, and conceptual significance. Perhaps now more than ever, album cover artwork plays a vital role in music....
Keeping score of Battles' musical configuration from album to album can be perplexing, but the effort is more than worth the confusion. They began as an instrumental band (EP C), to add vocals (Mirrored), then lose vocalist Tyondai Braxton. For their latest, Gloss Drop, they've featured a whole host of...
Capitol Hill's modest little block party has now turned into a multi-stage, all-weekend extravaganza that draws in a wide selection of local and international acts. With all of these acts to potentially enjoy, who should you actually withstand the push and pull of the crowd to see? Let us tell...