Sunday, April 19, 2009

Glasvegas Interview

I know, I know, you are sick of Glasvegas posts. But I like this interview, so here it is.

Stone Roses 20th Anniversary Debut Album

Truly, I have never felt older than right now. This week marks the 2oth anniversary of the release of one of the greatest debut albums of all time, The Stone Roses. As I have discussed the Roses in a previous post, I will not go into too much detail except to say - get their debut if you do not already own it. It is the greatest pop album ever made, and that includes the Beatles. It is the template for Britpop. Still sounds amazing today, thanks to John Leckie's timeless production. So here's to one of the most beloved bands of all time, The Stone Roses. I wish Ian and John would mend their rifts and reunite, if only for purely selfish reasons.

Watch the video, as it's funny to see them so young and wearing goofy 80's clothes. Sounds great though, as always.

Top Ten Suede Songs

This is extremely difficult to narrow a list of my ten favorite Suede songs. My first count was 26 songs - it was incredibly hard to cut it to ten, but that's what makes this a tough task. Inevitably, total classics must be left off. So I've decided that my criteria is based on the songs that mean the most to me. OK, so here is my Top Ten Suede Songs, with youtube links where possible. Enjoy.

1.My Dark Star (Sci-Fi Lullabies)
2.The Next Life (Suede)
3.The Chemistry Between Us (Coming Up)
4.Pantomime Horse (Suede)
5.Trash (Coming Up)
6.Be My God (Single)
7.The Drowners (Suede)
8.Stay Together (Single)
9.The Asphalt World (Dog Man Star)
10.We Are The Pigs (Dog Man Star)

This was so hard because the first three Suede albums - Suede, Dog Man Star, Coming Up - are all five star albums, chock full of perfect epics. Truly one of the most underrated bands ever, a future blogpost will discuss them further, but for now enjoy these.

2009 Ivy Leaves Released

The 2009 edition of the Ivy Leaves Art & Literature Journal has officially been released. Ivy Leaves is a showcase for Anderson University students to have their work published. I was the art director on this project, and it was a massive undertaking. Buy your copy here and support a good cause.

Minneapolis' Wink Design Is Great

Minneapolis' Wink Design is not stop awesome. From their site:

Founded by Richard Boynton and Scott Thares in January of 2000, Wink is a multi-disciplinary design firm that aspires to not only impact commerce, but culture. To date, the Minneapolis-based firm has done work for clients such as Target, Macy's (formerly Marshall Field's), Nike, American Eagle Outfitters, Turner Classic Movies, Toys "R" Us, Chronicle Books, The Limited, Daub & Bauble and The New York Times. Their work has received recognition from publications such as Communication Arts, Print, Graphis, ID, HOW, Step Inside Design, the AIGA, New York Art Directors Club, and The Type Directors Club, among various others.

Evolution of MGM Lion

This is the evolution of the MGM lion. Interesting.

M/A/S/H Design Is Fun

The good people over at M/A/S/H Design produce some of the most clever, clean, beautiful work I've seen in a while. From the site:

Mash was founded in 2002 Adelaide, Australia by Dom Roberts & James Brown. This seems a lifetime ago now, and since 2002 Mash has done some growing up, working in many facets of branding, design, visual identity, web design, photography, art direction and copywriting.

Mash also thrives on collaborating with like-minded creative individuals and bodies to construct, present and represent all that is visual. Mash has developed a circle of photographers, copy writers, illustrators and stylists, which means Mash can develop specific
teams to handle a variety of projects.

Alice Chocolate: So Beautiful I Can't Imagine How It Tastes

This is so lovely, it's beyond words. Wow. Check their site out too.

Lovely Package Is Almost As Good As The Dieline

Lovely Package is a new (at least to me) packaging site similiar to The Dieline. The best thing about Lovely Package is, where possible, they include what typeface(s) were used in the package - which saves me the time of taking them into photoshop, trimming the image to just typography, and then uploading that at what the font. So awesome. Check it out.

Say Hello To Wello

Wanted to throw some traffic in the direction of Wellington Payne's superb work. The sky is the limit for this brilliant designer. Nice blog too, so check them both out. Great work.

Vintage Packaging Rocks

Vintage packaging totally rocks. Anytime you can pull off the retro-package, you win.

That is all.

Music Video of the Week: Bat For Lashes

It's been awhile since I have had an official music video of the week. This clip is by Bat For Lashes, who I'm currently digging right now. The song is "What's A Girl To Do" and is cool, but the video is integral. If you have the time, I really like this video too - check it out.

David Lynch Directed Moby Video Is Cool

This is the new video for Moby's "Shot In The Back Of The Head" by David Lynch, one of my favorite directors. Taken from the forthcoming album 'Wait For Me'. To download 'Shot In The Back Of The Head' free go to: