Man, I used to love flipping through my brother’s Beatles LPs and staring at the cover art. Glad Apple let them shine in their own commercial. Also, they’ve made an animated iBook of Yellow Submarine up for free download on iTunes.
I’ve got a major thang for vintage vinyl album covers. And could spend all day flipping through stacks at Amoeba for the design and over-the-top copy alone. There’s a new site/project that exploits one very specific vinyl fetish: the Stereo header. Whatever kind you’re into—Living, Dual Dynamic, Stereo-Spectrum, Sterophonic, Kaleidoscopic—Stereo Stack collects scans from old covers and stacks them for your ogling pleasure. You can even shuffle ‘em with a click.
Sarted by the owner of Seattle’s Jive Time Records and founder of album cover blog Project Thirty-Three, the site currently has dozens of different headers and a promise of more to come.
I’ve got your funeral party all planned out: Press your ashes into a vinyl LP, then have the listening party / wake at this funeral home where you can play miniature golf. Well, everyone but you. You’ll be there in spirit. And creepy vinyl.
Spinning In Your Grave
UK service And Vinyly will press your ashes into vinyl records. Seriously.
The Basic Package includes up to 30 discs with 12 minutes on each side of whatever audio you provide; a recording of your voice, your old band, or your favorite songs (they wash their hands of copyright violations).
Plus, you can have your ashes mixed in with acrylics for a cover portrait by James Hague. Extra charge for cemetery gatefold *rim shot*. Thank you, good night.
Ahh, beer jingles. Burned into my brain well before I was legal. Hamm’s From the land of sky-blue waters, Löwenbräu’s Here’s to good friends, and Miller’s If you’ve got the time, we’ve got the beer. Good stuff. But NY brewer Utica Club tried to take it further. From the jingle to the single. It was the 60s, man. Time to think far out.
After I heard this on the now defunct 365 Days Project I tracked down the original 7″ on eBay. Been holding onto it since 2003. Expect more randomness from the Ümlaut archives in 2010. (*cue sinister laughter)
Not sure who the seriously swingin’ copywriter is who wrote the back cover. But the songwriter is Sasha Burland, who wrote a Clio-winning Alka Seltzer spot jingle among other things.
Check out this series of album cover remixes by über-talented illustrator Cliff Chiang. The remixed liner notes / quotes that go alongside each are great, too. The last one he did was last summer. Hope there’ll be more. Love stuff like this.
Awesome video press release for the upcoming “feet-tall” Pixies box set Minotaur. Huge emphasis on the art behind the band with footage from longtime collaborators, album-cover artist Vaughan Oliver and photographer Simon Larbalestier.