This week’s Sights & Sounds wallpaper is for Wilco’s album Summerteeth and was created by Eric Ellis. Summerteeth came out in the spring of 1999 and marked the beginning of what I think most people would classify as the Wilco sound. There was a lot going on during the recording of this album as well, like Tweedy’s drug addiction and the recording of Mermaid Avenue with Billy Bragg. But I think it’s possible that the struggles that were going on personally with the band is what gives it it’s sound. This was an album that I had heard years later, but there are so many great tracks on this album, my favorites being How To Fight Loneliness, When You Wake Up Feeling Old and In A Future Age. Of course, there are the mellow tracks that get me feeling deep and sentimental.
As for the wallpaper Eric did an amazing job summing up the relaxing feeling of summertime. He’s also created not one but four different iPhone versions of the wallpaper, selecting certain pieces of the illustration to highlight. Be sure to check them all out. Here’s what he had to say about his wallpaper:
To I have to be honest and say that I have never actually listened to Wilco, and specifically not this album Summerteeth, of which my drawing was supposed to represent.
It’s not that I have purposefully avoided their music, in fact based on what people tell me, I think I’d enjoy it. It’s just one of those things that I haven’t gotten around to yet, like backpacking through Europe or having a dog. But life is long, and I’m in no hurry.
My drawing is about me really, and the various things I do. If this drawing were a book, it would be autobiographical. But I think it relates to the Wilco album in that all of things I am doing in my drawing, I could be doing while listening to Summerteeth too. I suppose I could have listened to the album on repeat, trying to sort out a concept or derive some meaning from a lyric but I thought I would try something a little less obvious.
It’s still kinda sorta’ Wednesday so it’s still wallpaper time! This week’s Sight & Sound is for the Wilco album Being There and was done by our amazing curator, Joe Van Wetering. I’ve been a fan of Joe’s work for what feels like a long time now. He’s got such a great, colorful style and makes work that always feels fun and vibrant. For Being There he took inspiration from the title itself. In his own words:
I did Being There for my wallpaper. I hadn’t listened to the album before this but I had seen the Peter Sellers movie in which the album gets its name. Luckily it was on Netflix Instant so I got to go back and re-watch it. If you haven’t seen it before you should probably check it out.
I was a bit lost on what I wanted to do exactly so I started with some shots from the movie and just kept adding on top of it. This ended up a bit crazier than some of my other work but I still enjoy the end product and hope you do too!
Check back next Wedensday for the next wallpaper, Wilco’s Summerteeth.
Here it is folks, the reincarnation of the Desktop Wallpaper Project, a new project I’m calling Sights & Sounds. Our first musical artist is Wilco and we’ll be releasing a wallpaper for each album every week and then move onto the next artist. I’ll be throwing random wallpapers in between each series to mix it up a bit, so no worries.
Our first album is A.M. and was interpreted by Adam Hanson. A.M. came out in March of 1995 and overall is considered to be not so great of an album. It had a lot of the alt-country sound that Uncle Tupelo had but it overall it didn’t really hit the nail on the head. That said I think Adam did an amazing job of creating a wallpaper based on the ideas of the album. Here’s how he did it:
My wallpaper based on Wilco’s ‘A.M.’ record is a pretty straight forward interpretation of the song “Passenger Side”. It’s definitely my favorite song on the album and I kept listening to it over and over for this project. To me the song, much like most of the album, is about a relationship on the rocks and that feeling of uneasiness when realizing it’s not going to work out. I wanted to capture the moment of “well it couldn’t get any worse than this so I might as well smoke”, which is pretty much the subject matter for the rest of the album. The album is full of twang and a pretty heavy country influence so I wanted the imagery to have a bit of a light-hearted take on the situation.
I tend to mostly work in the realm of screen printing so my brain is pretty much wired to use a really restricted number of colors when I design. This wallpaper was no different. I love using color overlays to create extra colors and am a sucker for halftones.
Check back next Wedensday for the next wallpaper, Wilco’s Being There.
Continuing the Desktop Wallpaper Project and spinning things back to its Radiohead Countdown Wallpaper roots we wanted to present a new wallpaper project to tie music and visual art together: Sights & Sounds. The idea is to get creative folks involved in work inspired by popular music artists. Each series will feature a guest artist who will curate the series, selecting visual artists who are up for the challenge of making a new wallpaper. They will be assigned with a past LP or EP within the music artist’s catalogue that expresses and expands upon their original message. We’ll start with the first album in the musicians catalog and work our way through week by week. Once we finish we move onto another musical artist, into infinity.
Tomorrow we’ll debut the first series which will center around the band Wilco. I’ve been a big fan of theirs for years now, so this was a no brainer. I decided to ask my friend Joe Van Wetering if he’d want the very exclusive role of curator for this first series and he gladly said yes. Who did he get to participate? Well, that’s a part of the mystery of these, you’re not gonna’ know until we release them. The first one drops tomorrow, some time in the morning, California time.
There are some seriously rad wallpapers coming your way… so are you excited now?