designhitz

I  enjoy the aesthetics of album art graphics design . I received an email today from designhitz.com.  I was very impressed with their design portfolio. They have a strong chart of accounts that includes, Universal Music, Sun Records and Alligator Records.

Mark Slawinski evidences sharp use of color, offsetting geometrics with compelling images as he portrays various musicians/genres.  Browse his art and see if there is an album design there for your next recording.

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The Lumineers Second Album – Cleopatra

I applaud The Lumineers for taking their time to produce their second album, Cleopatra. 

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I absolutely love their debut album, The Lumineers. I reach for it often and it never fails to enchant me.

I am eager to own and play Cleopatra when it drops on April 8th. Until that time I’ll have to satisfy my curiosity with the teaser track, “Ophelia” 😉

Jethro Tull Benefit – 45 Years Ago Today!

My favorite album by Jethro Tull was released on this day 45 years ago (US Version). 

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Jethro Tull – Benefit – April 20, 1970

Ian Anderson (Vocals, Guitar, Flute, Keyboards)

Glenn Cornick (Bass, Organ)

Clive Bunker (Drums)

Martin Barre (Guitar)

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Additional Personnel:

David Palmer (Orchestral Arrangements)

John Evan (Piano, Organ)

Robin Black – Engineer

Terry Ellis – Cover Design, Executive Producer

Ruan O’Lochlainn – Cover Design, Photography

Buy This Fracking Album

My friend, Jason Samel of Movement Music Records asked if I would help him promote this important cause, Anti-Fracking. Thus my purpose for today’s blog post.

I have worked with Jason Samel in the past. He’s a caring, concerned guy. I supported with him and others the cause, Occupy This Album in 2102.  Happy to help out again.

This cause is environmental with major ramifications (as if Occupy and separation of the classes wasn’t…).

Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside. There are more than 500,000 active natural gas wells in the US. http://www.dangersoffracking.com

You can pledge your support as I plan to do on the Buy This Fracking Album Pledge Music page.

I urge all my music blog readers to search the music of your heart and see if you can help this worthy cause!

There are a lot of artivists on this recording. I like the quote from Ms. Bonnie Raitt:

“As a founding member of Musicians United for Safe Energy, I feel that one of the most critical environmental issues of our time is banning fracking everywhere because it destroys our water, our communities and our planet.”

Honor The Treaties With The Doors on Vinyl

My commitment to vinyl and Record Store Day is changing. I am more interested in high-resolution audio than I am the warm sound of vinyl.

Granted I still have an allegiance to vinyl, most notably 12″ album art, liner notes etc.

I did not take part as I have in past years by getting up early and finding a record store where I could purchase Record Store Day collectibles.

However there was one RSD vinyl EP that I clamored for and that was The Doors, Ghost Song/Drums.

When I saw that The Doors.com Store was selling this collectible direct to the public I ordered a copy. I like that the proceeds from the sale of this recording go to Honor The Treaties.

Indigenous communities are fighting their most important battles in recent history—battles to protect the integrity of their land and water and traditions. The treaties are at the heart of these battles. Article VI, Clause 2 of the US Constitution, also known as the Supremacy Clause, lists these treaties as the “supreme law of the land.”

Side A Features “Ghost Song” by The Doors from American Prayer. Side B Features “Drums” by Peter LaFarge.

The record’s cover art was done by Shepard Fairey, the graphic designer behind the famous Barack Obama “Hope” and Andre the Giant “Obey” images. The “Ghost Song” cover is based on images by prize-winning National Geographic photojournalist Aaron Huey.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/shepard-fairey-doors-and-interpol-collaborations-20141201#ixzz3KmBGtMI1
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Bob Dylan’s The Basement Tapes Complete and Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes

Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings has released Bob Dylan’s The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 on November 4. Compiled from meticulously restored original tapes – many found only recently – this historic six-disc set is the definitive chronicle of the artist’s legendary 1967 recording sessions with members of his touring ensemble who would later achieve their own fame as The Band.

Read more: http://www.bobdylan.com/us#ixzz3IcchcKqF

Bob Dylan’s Secret Masterpiece is the cover story of the latest edition of Rolling Stone Magazine. I just downloaded the digital magazine edition onto my Apple iPad Air.

Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes

The other Bob Dylan approved Basement Tape project which has my interest is Lost on the River: The New Basement TapesThe recording becomes available tomorrow, November 10th.

Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes is a music event 47 years in the making. It’s an historic album project from five of music’s finest artists — Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) — in unique collaboration with a 26-year-old Bob Dylan. Produced by project creator T Bone Burnett, the album was recorded in March, 2014 at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, where the artists and Burnett convened for two weeks to write and create music for a treasure trove of long-lost lyrics handwritten by Bob Dylan in 1967 during the period that generated the recording of the legendary Basement Tapes. The collective completed and recorded dozens of songs, the first 20 of which appear on this deluxe edition.

Look for this profound Dylan music collaborative on your favorite television talk show this week.

Ultimate Music Guide – Elvis Costello

I have acquired a decent collection of Uncut Magazine‘s Ultimate Music Guides. Uncut Magazine has published 23 special issues to date, I have six of their special issues (25%).

Uncut Magazine publishes a strong specialty publication because they offer an in-depth review of every album in the artist’s discography. Each album review provides TrackMarks in an insert which delineates track sequence, 1-5 star ratings, label, production information, personnel, chart position etc. It is in the lower corner of a typical two page album spread.

They also take the painstaking effort to publish live album, compilation, UK singles and rarities information. As an avid music collector I learn much more about the artist’s recorded output via the music guides. It is helpful when I want to listen to the artist’s catalogue on Spotify or my collection. I have many more facts and details to enhance the deeper interest my music historian self demands.

The latest Elvis Costello Ultimate Music Guide is informative and assuring. Elvis Costello(EC) is the #2 music artist in my collection after Santana (I own every commercial recording in the Santana catalogue…). I own 24 of EC’s recordings. I stopped purchasing his music in 2004 (Il Signo). I want to resume my EC collection beginning with The River In Paradise with Allen Toussaint right up to today (primarily the last five commercial albums). I can’t put my finger why I “cut-out” on EC’s music 10 years back. I may have reached maximum exposure but I have no real “root-cause” for why that sentiment built up inside me about his songs and acerbic wit.

The EC Ultimate Users Guide helps to rekindle my interest in his musical creativity and prolific songwriting.

I best get busy savoring the pages of this guide and pulling out all those CDs to play in the Honda ;). I’ll be writing more about Elvis Costello’s past 10 years in later music posts. Once I’ve listened intently first of course.

Before I forget to ask, What is Your Favorite Elvis Costello song? Mine is “All This Useless Beauty”.

Feel free to leave a comment about what your favorite Elvis Costello recording is below.

The Pink Floyd Album For The 21st Century

I can always count on Uncut Magazine to deliver the definitive progressive rock cover story. Yesterday, Pink Floyd announced to the world that they will be releasing their 15th studio recording, The Endless River, on November 10th, 2014.

Uncut Magazine followed suit today by making available the digital magazine edition of the November 2014 issue for my iPad. I’m Lovin It!

Bob Seger – Ride Out, October 14, 2014

The inimitable Bob Seger is readying his first new studio album in eight years, Ride Out. The album is scheduled to drop on October 14, 2014.

The first song to première from Ride Out is “Detroit Made”. Bob Seger released a cover of John Hiatt‘s “Detroit Made”, which served as the opening song on his Spring 2013 tour to radio stations, specifically timed to last weekend’s Woodward Dream Cruise, an annual car event held in the Detroit suburbs.