This week I’m happy announce a little partnership with my friends over at Ghostly records to give away a free MP3 by five of their different artists as well as five amazing wallpapers by the ultra-talented Michael Cina. There’s even an iPad wallpaper version to get you prepared for the release of the iPad on Saturday.
Michael has been working with Ghostly for a little while, creating all kinds of beautiful artwork ranging from simple, minimal graphics to full on Pollock-esque paintings. The first wallpaper this week is for the band Daso+Pawas, a duo comprised of Daso Franke and Pawas Gupta who “combine their cool melodics and understated rhythmic sensibilities into a very original and appealing formula.”
Download the wallpapers and the MP3 and check in tomorrow for another awesome pairing.
Oh man, how I love me some Broken Social Scene! You may have already heard their new song World Sick but now they’ve released two more tracks from their upcoming album Forgiveness Rock Record. The first new one is called Forced To Love and is an upbeat number that’s definitely in the vein of older BSS songs. It’s catchy as all hell and I can imagine kids dancing in the crowd when they play this live. All To All on the other hand is a bit more electronic like the older stuff and features who I think is Emily Haines, though I’m not 100% sure. Any ideas?
Overall these are amazing sounding and I can’t wait for this album to drop on May 4th. I feel like this is going to be one of those albums that define the summer of 2010.
A couple months back Pogo, master of splicing old movies into new musical pieces, released Skynet Symphonic, his tribute to the movie Terminator 2. This is his first non-children’s movie I believe and one of his best, in my opinion. I’m still absolutely impressed that he can create songs from nothing but sounds from these films but the editing involved in these videos as well must be quite a process.
If you’ve never seen any of Pogo’s other videos you may have been living under a rock, and you should probably click here to see the rest of his work. Be sure to start with Alice.
About 10 years ago or so I remember hanging out at a Border’s, listening to random music on those headphones they had and stumbling across a reord called The Langley Schools Music Project. It was a collection of kids from 1966-67 who were singing pop songs by David Bowie, The Beach Boys and other popular artists like them. It’s a brilliant record because it’s so amazing how different a song can sound when it’s sung by children.
This video above reminds me of that. The group is called the PS22 Chorus and they’re singing Lisztomania by Phoenix. Watching this totally gives me chills, it just sounds so beautiful. I also love that these kids are so into the song, they’re all just rocking out to it. These kids are the real life Glee.
I haven’t shared any of my personal work in a while so I thought I’d show you this album art I created about a month ago. It was for a band called In Silent Movies, a little band from Ohio that wrote me out of the blue and asked if I’d be interested in creating artwork for their album. I took a listen to their MySpace page, liked what I heard, and decided to take on the project.
They liked the style I already had and let me go in any direction I wanted. Listening to their songs there was definitely a nautical feeling to it that I wanted to play up. Overall I went with some older images of captains and boat crashes and women falling off of cliffs. Just looking at the tracklist you can see that I was playing with certain ideas, so you get a good sense of what you’re getting into musically.
I also tried to tie things together with color, so you have this big splashes of red that catch your eye on each image. For the title I just wrote out the name and surprisingly it turned out pretty well. Funny enough I cropped out the guys face before I knew the name of the album, which is They Had Faces Then. It was a happy accident that was clearly meant to be.