The Church’s “The Blurred Crusade” Cover Art

One of the most striking album covers of the early 80s is for The Blurred Crusade by the Church. The record, named after a line in the song “You Took”, was the band’s second full-length and was a collection of jangly, poetic, and powerful guitar-based rock. The music featured more varied textures than many of…

Heavy Balloons and Len Zefflin: Led Zeppelin’s Name

Does it matter what a band calls itself? If the dice roll right and the stars align (and the music’s strong enough to have an impact) a cleverly chosen name can transcend its literal meaning and become more than the sum of its parts. Take for example, the name Led Zeppelin. It’s become such a…

Stephen Stills and The Giraffe of Unrequited Love

It’s not just any giraffe. It’s a giraffe with a purpose. It’s the giraffe of unrequited love. When Stephen Stills’ first solo album was released in 1970, buyers may have looked at the enigmatic stuffed giraffe on the cover and thought “How cute” or figured Stills was trying to be funny. Very few at the…

“From Vienna With Jazz!” by Friedrich Gulda

There’s a lot of seriousness in the art of jazz record covers.  Some beautiful works, no doubt, but when weighed against rock or pop, I’d venture to say there aren’t as many humorous and funny album covers. That’s why, while leafing through a book collection of the best jazz record covers of the last 40…

The Moon Hangs in Black: A Halloween Selection

A new compilation/mix up at Mixcloud in honor of Halloween. A little horror, a little humor. Tracklist: 1. Sanctum Sanctorum (The Damned) 2. (Ballad of) The Hip Death Goddess (Ultimate Spinach) 3. Boris the Spider (The Who) 4. Not to Touch the Earth (The Doors) 5. Brimstone in a Barren Land (Danielle Dax) 6. Outside…