Vinyl porn. Without the PVC bodysuits.
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.
There’s even a stereo ‘stache:
Go peruse StereoStack.com »
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Beer+Vinyl: The Utica Club National Carbonation Beer Drinking Song 7″, 1968
Remix: Album Covers Recreated With DC Super Heroes
Video: Vanishing Point Is Abstract LP Cover Trip-Out
Arcade Fire: Sprawl II and Animated Suburbs Cover
R.I.V.: Rest In Vinyl, Press Your Ashes Into Vinyl Records
WTF: Album Tacos
Live: Rockin’ Home Furnishings from Bughouse
CamStache: The First Facial Recognition Follicle Combobulator
Album Tacos? I expected vinyl LPs warmed and folded like tacos. Maybe filled with shredded album covers. Something you might find at Vinyl Frontier. But instead, it’s the majestically taco-fied reinterpretations you see here.
Much like the contents of a Taco Bell taco, you shouldn’t think too hard about it.
See more at Album Tacos. (Thanks, Rich!)
Poster: Neko Case by Chuck Sperry/Firehouse (+bonus live MP3s)
Beer: First Look At Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot Ale. WTF FTW!
WTF: Pinup Robert Downey Jr
Arcade Fire: 8 Suburbs Covers and 4 Tracks
Art: Record Cover Mix & Match or “Sleeve-Sleeving”
Why is Arcade Fire releasing The Suburbs with eight not-so-different album covers? Pitchfork thinks it’s commentary on the suburbs themselves. I think it’s commentary + shrewd marketing towards music completionists like myself. Damnit.
Arcade Fire “The Suburbs”
Arcade Fire “Ready to Start”
Arcade Fire “Month of May”
Arcade Fire “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
UPDATE: Check out this Suburbs animation
Out August 3rd: pre-order The Suburbs »
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It’s like Sleevefacing, but different … Sleevescaping? Sleevemancing?
What happens beyond the borders of classic album cover sleeves? That was the challenge issued by B3TA, to which hundreds replied. Some are pretty damn clever. Check ‘em here.
The Pink Floyd Animals cover BoingBoing picked out is my fave. Ace Photoshopping.
Photoshop: Insert Tech Into Classic Album Covers
Photoshop: Nic Cage As Pee Wee, Lando, Everyone
Photoshop: Re-Tool The Microsoft Trainwreck Contest
Photoshop: Gizmodo’s Watchmen Contest
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.
“The Utica Club National Carbonation Beer Drinking Song”
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.
Vintage Billy Beer .. Unopened!
Found: Vintage Beer Cans In Wall of SF Apartment
Beer In A Can: Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat from 21st Amendment
Beer Can: Burgermeister Uncut Tin Sheet
On this day, May 19 of 1967, the Beatles had a promo listening party for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. So? So what better day to showcase a Pepper’s -related item. On June 1, the actual album’s anniversary? Shut it.
DK Presents … The Hip-Hop Sgt. Pepper’s
Music blogger and friend of the Umlaut, DK Presents … , crafted this incredible work of art a couple years back. It was featured in numerous music mags and blogs across the globe. But it deserves another round of attention.
Is that a mini Hennessey bottle? And is that real weed?
Find out. See the making of.
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Art: The Beatles “Ten Great Years” by Maxim Dalton