Archive for July, 2011

Date: July 20th, 2011
Cate: graphic design, new releases

Record #2

This guy arrived from Melbourne today, the new 10″ by Bart & Friends. This time Bart’s been helped out by Mark and Louis from The Lucksmiths and Scott Stevens of Summer Cats, amongst others. It should be out on Lost & Lonesome around this time! I designed this, as well as the cd version which features a slightly different sleeve and stock.

Date: July 20th, 2011
Cate: graphic design

Anagram*

Like last year, Wallpaper magazine have invited their readers to design custom covers for the August ‘homemade’ issue. With the flash app here, you can use a few simple tools to customize the front and back cover of one copy, which is then printed and sent to you. Submissions are closed now, and I had originally considered making a proper submission, but opted instead to upload this rather simplistic however succinct comment to their gallery, which is still open. I don’t think it would have been approved by the staff had they seen the front and back together! Click to view fullscale.

Date: July 12th, 2011
Cate: new releases

Grass Widow | Milo Minute 7″

The first new release from Grass Widow since last year’s fantastic Past Time LP on KRS. The new single is out on their own label HLR, and they’re planning more. One the b-side are two covers, most notably “Time Keeps Time”, one of my favourite Neo Boys numbers. Grass Widow have long confessed their influence on the group and their cover is very faithful. Get it here.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Date: July 12th, 2011
Cate: new releases

Bleached | Carter 7″

This is feels like the single of the year to my dodgy short-term memory. Bleached are the two Clavin sisters from Mika Miko and they’ve already put out on excellent 7″ on Ooga Booga. “Think of You” and “You Take Time” however are the best punk songs this summer will see, and it’s available on vinyl at Art Fag from the 19th of July. It’s a classic double sider that will be sure to give you the same rush of blood as that first Brilliant Colors 7″.

Date: July 12th, 2011
Cate: graphic design, rediscovered

SIDE17 | podcast and London dj set

Recently there have been plenty of mentions of Creation Records, what with the new Upside Down documentary and all. And Saturday 23rd July will see the return to stage of Creation recording artists The Jasmine Minks, originally from Aberdeen. Jim Shepherd has released the odd ep since the demise of the group, but this is the first time in very long time the original line-up will be playing together, so I guess we can expect all the hits.

The gig will be at the Borderline in London, and I’m pleased to say that RECORD TURNOVER will do a guest dj set before the bands. There are two support acts, the first on stage at 8pm, so if you turn up at 7pm you will hear some of the tracks in the podcast below as well as some that are not included. The picture used is of a test pressing of the second Jasmine Minks single, found on JC Brouchard’s blog.

Facebook event and ticket info here.

Date: July 12th, 2011
Cate: graphic design, new releases

The Wildebeests | Gnuggets

If you’re in the habit of checking out new releases on London garage label Dirty Water, you couldn’t have missed this extravagant singles compilation set by The Wildebeests from November last year. The Wildebeests is a trio with members from The Thanes, The Kaisers and The Milkshakes and were set to play the Big Stramash weekender next week. Sadly the festival, which had a reformed The Poets on the bill (finally with a reissue on Grapefruit), has had to be postponed, but I will still go to Edinburgh to check out The Higher State on the 29th.

The artwork is of course a spoof of the first Nuggets double-LP compilation on Elektra, subtitled “Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era”. Gnuggets becomes the latest in a long line of Wildebeests puns on ‘gnu’ (which is another name for the same animal), and includes great originals such as “One+One” and “1996” but also covers like “She Lives In a Time of Her Own” (13th Floor Elevators), “You Lie” (Missing Links) and “I’m Rowed Out” (The Eyes). The illustration style isn’t exactly my cup of tea, but you have to admire the lengths they’ve gone to achieve right level of detail. Sleeve picture from Mik Baro, where you’ll find more artwork images.