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…

The Church – “Man Woman Life Death Infinity”

A new album from the Church. These guys have been making music for a long time – this is album, what, 25 or something? You’d think they’d have lost it long ago. Lost the drive, the inspiration, the spark.  But what do we have? Man Woman Life Death Infinity: to my ears, one of the…

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…

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…

Mercator Projection, aka The Church (almost) – “Space Bootleg”

Like a transmission from deep space, the slow-build intro to a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Careful With That Axe, Eugene” emerges like a slowly expanding super nova. Then everything bursts into stars and we’re off on a glorious space rock odyssey. It’s the first track on Space Bootleg, a new all-too-under-the-radar live release by the…

Sunday Brunch: June 17, 2012

We’re gettin’ a little arty and a little freaky at brunch today.  Did someone spike the cappuccino? iamamiwhoiam– “Play” (from Kin, 2012) (Why does she strike me as Kate Bush’s evil, half-insane sister? Check out her other videos on youtube and you’ll see what I mean.) Can – “Millionenspiel” (from The Lost Tapes, 2012) (tracks…