2017: Seventeen of the Best Album Covers

Some really nice graphic design in album art this year.  Striking or subtle, it was all there. These are 17 or so of the best. Not sure if I was just attracted to them, but covers with circles in the design seemed to predominate… [click image to enlarge] — Feist: Pleasure There’s probably a good…

Four Reissues You Need to Hear!

Well, okay, you don’t really need to hear them. Don’t you hate those kinds of click bait headlines? That kind’s not as bad as something like “The Ten Best Reissues of 2017 – I Couldn’t Believe #3!” That type of click bait headline makes me want to stop reading whatever it is I’m reading, unsubscribe…

10 (Or So) New Sounds for Summer

A cornucopia, a bounty, a plethora, a gallimaufry of new music from the last few months I’ve been listening to, destined to soundtrack summer. ————————- Fazerdaze: Morningside I stumbled on this one a few months ago while watching a Courtneys video on Youtube (who are responsible for another great 2017 album). Amelia Murray is Fazerdaze…

Lonnie Liston Smith and his Cosmically Echoing Hats

As I write this (though I confess that I’m typing it a couple of days later), I’m sitting at a quiet café patio table in the shade by myself, sipping on an iced coffee. It’s a warm, late spring, blue sky kinda day and I was planning on listening to Lonnie Liston Smith’s 1973 album…

Rush’s Deep Cut “Red Lenses”

Rush’s 1984 track “Red Lenses” is a textbook example of a “deep cut”: a track not well known and generally overlooked when an album first came out. Often deep cuts get their moment much later, when everyone’s tired of the hits and explores a little farther. Well, that’s not exactly the case with “Red Lenses,”…

2016: Sixteen of the Best Album Covers

From the surreal to the humorous, album cover art in 2016 was full of designs which told a story. Below are sixteen of the most evocative (in no specific order). [Click image to enlarge] Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions: Until the Hunter I like the way this image is sort of a “world within…