Krautrock blends with pop on "Rituals," the single from Death and Vanilla's upcoming self-titled album. The Swedish duo's video begins with a masquerade party, lulling one into a Eyes Wide Shut-type scenario of magick and mystery. As the track then progresses and speeds up, viewers...

If ever there was a gallery that were my soulmate -- or that I would want to be my soulmate, anyway -- it would be San Francisco's Gallery Hijinks. Their opening this Saturday, February 4th, features the works of New York artist Matthew Craven, who painstakingly inks and collages geometric black and white images onto aged paper. His source imagery reads vaguely familiar, perhaps reminiscent of old Roman or Greek ruins paired alongside patterns from the Peruvian Andes or West African baskets? It's anyone's guess after Craven's done synthesizing together historical and cultural elements from across the globe to create his own minimalistic mythologies. (8 IMAGES TOTAL)

 

Our third-annual album cover art feature uses interviews with artists and musicians to highlight the philosophical, thematic, and conceptual significance of great album cover artwork. THE BREAKDOWN    12 Collage + 14 Digital Illustration, Drawing, Design + 19 Illustration, Painting, Drawing + 8 Black And White Photography + 22 Color Photography + 6 Deluxe Packaging + 10 Fashion, Sculpture, Installation _____________________________    91 Album Covers For 2011 Best Of 2011 Album Cover Art

Adventure - Lesser Known
Using a purely spontaneous creative process that begins with nothing more than a general interest, Elena Johnston created an album cover for Adventure that musically and thematically captures the band's dynamic spirit.
QUOTES FROM: ELENA JOHNSTON, DESIGNER THEMES & CONCEPTS "I had been working with the idea of framing compelling found images with other found images to play with texture and spacial relations. I was also really into water imagery and space imagery at the time, so I played with how these two ideas visually and conceptually play with each other." THE EXTRAS "I hand-drew the typography, and it was eventually printed in glossy ink onto the matte finish of the image, so it stands out more." Record Label Carpark Records The Artists Design - Elena Johnston Booklet Design - Benny Boeldt Mediums & Materials Collage, Digital
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On Lo & Behold, Emil & Friends have assembled a pop album the way a mash-up DJ might piece together a mix. By incorporating a wide-reaching mélange of elements, the band has created a playful universe of sound where just about anything they can dream up goes.

 

See all Emil & Friends-related posts From track to track and within each track itself, the possibilities are... unpredictable. "Rain Check," with its groovy basslines and horns, could soundtrack a New York street party in the middle of a summer; "Mask Like Face" begins as a traditional indie pop track but explodes into digitized voice manipulations that cavort with strings and electronic blips. "C.U.P.I.D." rolls with modern hip-hop swagger yet bears proggy guitar breakdowns; "Flashback" starts off peacefully nostalgic but builds into a cheesy '80s guitar solo that disappears just as quickly as it appears. Listen to "Crystal Ball" - DOWNLOAD MP3

 

Atelier Ciseaux this is some kind of singing music. The kind you can never really sing. The one that can fascinate the waves. Ghosts, earthquakes, vinyls, screen-printed but always. A dvd-r and tapes....

To go along with Screaming Females' community-based concept, DoodleDrag is this DIY animated film for "Wild." Black-and-white drawings provide the backdrop as a kooky photography-based figure, reminiscent of Bert from Sesame Street joining faces with Homer Simpson, takes center stage. Artwork and animation by Tiffany Cheng...

Converge frontman Jacob Bannon --just-- released a series of limited edition prints in his shop. Among these is a piece of art he did for Trap Them's Seizures In Barren Praise album. xxx I've chosen my favorite color combination from five available silkscreen prints. These are a...

Los Angeles artist, Joseph Powers Bowman, submitted some pieces to us which are making me eyeballs tingle! Bowman crafts them slightly like one might create a tessellation, which contributes to their wildly disorienting qualities. All of these pieces below begin with simple freehand line drawings,...

This is an oldie but goodie from our back catalog. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THESE IMAGES IN PRINT. Collages are a dime a dozen these days, with both digital collages and paper collages being artforms with teeny tiny learning curves. It seems that almost anyone can create...

Unlike most of th stuff posted on this blog, this is an old thing. Joseph Cornell was of a rare breed of American surrealist artist who grew up during the Great Depression. Inspired by Max Ernst's amazing surrealist collage book, la Femme 100 tetes (100...