As a designer, interesting and exciting album covers are an important part of the music experience for me. Here’s some great cds that go hard using only black and white.
Tokyo Police Club–Smith EP
The Shins–Port of Morrow
July 12, 2012 • 4:56 pm 0
July 2, 2012 • 9:44 pm 0
My verdict is in. Moonrise Kingdom has stolen my heart. This is one of the best and most original movies of 2012. (Of course, I’m still looking forward to Shut Up and Play the Hits, The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Hobbit, The Bourne Legacy, Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Looper, Argo, Flight, Skyfall, Hyde Park on Hudson, Les Miserables and The Great Gatsby –just to name a few!–). From cinematography, color, dialogue, screenplay, costume, set design, graphic design and music; Moonrise excels. EVERYTHING is manicured and oozes the definitive vision of Wes Anderson. I rank this movie along with my favorite Anderson films (The Life Aquatic and The Royal Tenenbaums).
Seeing Moonrise twice, gave me the ability to fully appreciate all of the dense detail in the movie that I did not see in my first viewing. You could live in Anderson’s movies. He crafts worlds full of an imaginative real life. Places that glorify everyday objects, colors, people and environments. He bends and weaves his stories through these elements with the end result being a truly real and fantastic experience for his audience.
On the music front, Anderson is a trendsetter. He has the ability to choose the perfect song for the perfect moment in all of his films. The soundtrack to the film is full of fully formed retro classics, children’s songs and an original score by Alexandre Desplat. My favorite musical moments in Moonrise: Sam and Suzy dancing on the beach to Françoise Hardy’s Le Temps de l’Amour, Sam rowing his canoe to Hank William’s Kaw-Liga and the beautifully riveting songs by Choir of Downside School. View the album art/tracklist below:
01 Leonard Bernstein & the New York Philharmonic – “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34: Themes A-F”
02 Peter Jarvis and His Drum Corps – “Camp Ivanhoe Cadence Medley”
03 English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten – “‘Playful Pizzicato’ from Simple Symphony, Op. 4″
04 Hank Williams – “Kaw-Liga”
05 Trevor Anthony, Owen Brannigan, David Pinto, Darian Angadi, Stephen Alexander, Caroline Clack, Marie-Therese Pinto, Eileen O’Donovan, Chorus of Animals, English Opera Group Orchestra, Merlin Channon, Norman Del Mar – “Noye’s Fludde, Op. 59: ‘Noye, Noye, Take Thou Thy Company’”
06 Alexandre Desplat – “The Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe, Part 1: A Veiled Mist”
07 Alexandre Desplat – “The Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe, Part 2: Smoke/Fire”
08 Alexandre Desplat – “The Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe, Part 3: The Salt Air”
09 Choir of Downside School, Purley, Emanuel School Wandsworth, Boys’ Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten – “A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 2: ‘On the Ground, Sleep Sound’”
10 Hank Williams – “Long Gone Lonesome Blues”
11 Leonard Bernstein & the New York Philharmonic – “Le Carnaval des Animaux: ‘Volière’”
12 Françoise Hardy – “Le Temps de l’Amour”
13 Alexandra Rubner, Christopher Manien – “An die Musik”
14 Hank Williams – “Ramblin’ Man”
15 Choir of Downside School, Purley, Viola Tunnard, Benjamin Britten – “Songs From Friday Afternoons, Op. 7: ‘Old Abram Brown’”
16 Alexandre Desplat – “The Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe Parts 4-6: Thunder, Lightning, and Rain”
17 David Pinto, Darian Angadi, Stephen Alexander, Owen Brannigan, Sheila Rex, Caroline Clack, Marie-Therese Pinto, Eileen O’Donovan, Patricia Garrod, Margaret Hawes, Kathleen Petch, Gillian Saunders, Trevor Anthony, Chorus of Animals, English Opera Group Orchestra, Merlin Channon, Norman Del Mar – “Noye’s Fludde, Op. 59: ‘The Spacious Firmament on High’”
18 Trevor Anthony, Chorus of Animals, Sheila Rex, David Pinto, Darian Angadi, Stephen Alexander, English Opera Group Orchestra, Merlin Channon, Norman Del Mar – “Noye’s Fludde, Op. 59: ‘Noye, Take Thy Wife Anone’”
19 Leonard Bernstein & The New York Philharmonic – “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34 Fugue: Allegro Motto”
20 Choir of Downside School, Purley, Viola Tunnard, Benjamin Britten – “Songs From Friday Afternoons, Op. 7: ‘Cuckoo!’”
21 Alexandre Desplat – “The Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe, Part 7: After The Storm”
Pitchfork posted a really interesting interview with Anderson and music adviser Randall Poster last week. Read the full interview after the jump.
June 12, 2012 • 6:37 pm 0
I came across Midnight Marauder’s tumblr this afternoon and was blown away by his comprehensive collection of self initiated and ongoing movie-centered design including posters and DVD covers. I love his restrained use of typography and imagery. He really captures the essence of each movie with each design. Being a serious movie and design connoisseur myself, I can’t help but drool over a few of these. He covers retro classics (Blade Runner, Alien, Taxi Driver, Apocalypse Now) as well as new and upcoming flicks (The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus, Drive). Below are some of my favorites. View more after the jump and a slew more over on his site.
September 26, 2011 • 9:41 pm 0
April 3, 2011 • 12:01 am 0
They came. They rocked. They conquered. LCD killed it tonight with a 4 hour, 5 set marathon show featuring 29 songs. Some special guests (including Arcade Fire, Reggie Watts, choir ensembles, plus size women, and Shit Robot) dropped by to help Murphy and crew rise to the occasion. We are very sad to see this group go and so thankful we were able to see them live a few times before the end. These songs, as well as the spirit of LCD Soundsystem will live on in the hearts of fans everywhere, forever. We put together a setlist (below) from the show for you to enjoy. Adios.
March 16, 2011 • 11:01 pm 0
Dan and I are up in St. Louis this week for the 2011 Southern Graphics Conference. This is the largest gathering of printmakers in the country. We are looking to learn some new techniques, meet some fellow printmakers, and show some work. Above is our amazing St. Louis printmaking custom t-shirt along with the bag we received at check in. I’m showing a print over at Tom Huck’s studio, Evil Prints, with the Dirty Printmakers of America. We’re stoked and ready for all the action to start up tomorrow.
March 7, 2011 • 8:01 pm 1
It’s official. We’ve invaded the print medium. Pick up your very own surfwaco limited edition postcard from local culture hot spots including Common Grounds and the Croft Art Gallery. Scan the QR on the back with your smart phone and feel like a tech guru. I will be distributing them up in Austin this week during SXSW interactive. Dan and I will take the rest up to St. Louis for SGC.
March 6, 2011 • 8:10 am 0
I was browsing through Grain Edit this week and stumbled upon the work of Dan Mountford, a student out of Brighton University (UK). The work comes from a series of his entitled The World Inside of Us. More images can seen after the jump. [Via Grainedit] ‘Dan describes this series as “a visual journey through our minds by calm and tidy means which the reality of everyday life does not show.” He explores the use of double exposure in his photographs, successfully isolating parts of an image in camera with no help from our friend Photoshop.’ I thought this work was very strong and visually compelling. I love his use of positive/negative space as well as his integration of pattern and schematic symbols. They tie in nicely with the photography and legitimize the works as design. I can’t help but bring up the work of Scott Hansen and Mark Weaver when I see these. Mountford’s works are very inspiring. They make me want to create a design-focused series of works; something I have wanted to do for a long time.
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