Posts Tagged record sleeve

Date: December 28th, 2013
Cate: graphic design, new releases

SIDE63 | 2013:20


Today I was going to celebrate my birthday, cause it’s the 28th and I’m turning 28 on Monday. But since my friends seem to be either sick or away I spent the time making a new podcast instead. If you’ve checked out the spotify playlist I posted yesterday you’ve only heard some of the records I mentioned in my Top 15 lists. Here are 20 more tracks, that you can’t find on spotify, most of them released during the second half of the year. As I was pondering what the best record cover of the year has been, looking through some lists of mostly mediocre choices, I concluded that there haven’t really been many iconic record covers this year, Kanye West and Bowie getting bonus points for trying though. This Energy Gown 45 I have used above, is probably my favourite though, especially since it’s not plastered all over the web, and I couldn’t even find a high-res file.


Tandyn Almer – I Get High
The Young Sinclairs – Mona Lisa
Energy Gown – Diamond Bun
Mozes and the Firstborn – Peter Jr.
The Fighting League – Bad Surprises
The Squids – Drag
Drags – Sense
Thee Goochi Boiz – Something’s Missing
Geese – Love In All the Wrong Places
Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel – I Heard Her Call My Name
The Tone – Don’t Wanna Go
Slushy – Sunny Pair
Las Rosas – Black Cherry
Neo Boys – WWII
Habibi – Far From Right
Mane – Bloodstone
Gestapo Khazi – CA
Endless Bummer – Such a Drag
Adam Widener – Fake Flowers Never Die
Beach Party – Can’t Surf

Date: December 25th, 2013
Cate: graphic design, new releases

Sapphire Mansions | Over America 12″


If this had been three years ago my favourite album of the year would have been Dream Boys’s self-titled debut. But today I’d rather recommend Sapphire Mansions if you’re into dream-pop. Since Golden Triangle broke up and touring with Zarjaz, Jay Hough has been honing his own songwriting and finding his voice with Matt, Josh and Serge (Beachniks/German Measles) as Sappire Mansions. You may remember me writing about their first tape Whispered In Sparks from 2012, and with their new mini-album Over America they’ve delivered on all the points in which they were lacking. Still lo-fi, but lovingly recorded at Marlborough Farms, these songs breathe the same confidence and flair as Felt circa Splendour of Fear. The vocals actually contain so much melody on tracks like “Too Shiny” they could have been mixed right to the front. All six songs earn the width of their grooves on this 12″, “This Swirling Image” alone has enough hooks and ingredients to fill a whole EP. The cover looks great, and Hough was nice enough to credit me on the insert (next to my friends Gary Olson and Emily Curtin) for design input, although I’ve not actually submitted any work. Here’s what my cover concept looked like. The record is out on Hough’s own label It’s Raining Records, and you can stream or pick one up here. The tape or cd version comes with two unique bonus tracks.


Date: February 18th, 2013
Cate: graphic design

Babian LP design


At the end of last year Swedish garage group Babian’s third LP was released, on Heptown Records. I designed the cover, which is set in Precious Serif and Sans, and it kind makes me think of a late 60s psych-folk band. You can hear the whole record Spotify, but you should probably know the lyrics are in Swedish.

Date: January 5th, 2013
Cate: graphic design, new releases

Marco Papiro


This is the cover of the new split 7″ on Great Pop Supplement featuring a rare Spacemen 3 outtake coupled with a new Sun Araw cut. It was designed by by Marco Papiro, and I’m also a fan of this.

Date: December 5th, 2012
Cate: graphic design, new releases
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Vacations | Purple Slumber 7″

Vacations is the solo project of Fungi Girls member Jacob Bruce. Here’s C.M. Ruiz’ art for his upcoming single release. Vactions have two songs on soundcloud, and I really hope “Clouded Night” will be on the b-side of the single. It’s simply better than anything Fungi Girls recorded, and one of the best songs I’ve heard this year.

Date: November 20th, 2012
Cate: graphic design, new releases
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The Candy Strypers 7″ design

These just turned up from Mike at Manic Pop Records, it is the debut ep by British one-man-band The Candy Strypers, and I designed it. It’s set in Runge’s Fracmetrica Black and has the same text on the front and back as you can see. The only directive I got was something “red and white”, so obviously this was plenty of fun to design. You can check out two whole albums’ worth of songs on their soundcloud.

Date: April 2nd, 2012
Cate: graphic design, rediscovered
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B-Lovers | Ok…Go! 7″

Thanks to the St. Louis Punk Archive I’ve finally been able to piece together the story of the B-Lovers, whose lone single has always been somewhat a mystery to me. I knew that Nick Rudd (who has also played with Ric Menck and Paul Chastain of Velvet Crush) had been in the band, and I’d heard the brilliant a-side “Inside Out” (thanks goes to Did Not Chart). But now I’ve finally got the two b-sides and scans of the rather well-designed sleeve and insert (by one Berni Proeschl).

The story goes that B-Lovers is actually the same band as Turning Curious, and they changed their name after this 1982 single. Turning Curious released a mini-LP in 1986 produced by Mitch Easter, Soul Light Season. You’ll find a few tracks from this on youtube, my favourite is “Talk About Gods”. After playing with The Big Maybe, Nick Rudd had several solo outings on Chastain’s label Parasol. Here is the second b-side of the B-Lovers 7″ on Sabine Records.

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Date: March 18th, 2012
Cate: graphic design, new releases

Kiwi Fugue

We just went to see Tauba Auerbach’s exhibition of Folds at Malmö Art Gallery, but what isn’t reflected by the show so much is Auerbach’s fascination with typography. Apparently she’s made made many works in guache, working with letters in big geometric grotesks. I came upon this facet of her work looking at the catalogue, which is set in Radim Peško ultra-elegant Fugue font (picture I). But also appearing on the cover and in the book is Auerbach’s own font, called Kiwi on the colophon. I haven’t found any information about it online, but it’s also used on the artist’s website (not as selectable text however) as you can see in the screen cap above (picture II).

My favourite works in the Malmö show were the acrylic and glass on wood Shatter VII and VIII. In retrospect I’ve found that this is the same series that have been used on Glasser’s releases on True Panther Sounds. I’ve never listened to Glasser, but these are now among my favourite album covers of the last three years. Here’s the Ring LP.

And there’s an interesting video of the making of the Apply 12″, which you’ll have to see to understand how the packaging functions. If you have 10 minutes to spare you should watch her enchanting collaboration with Cameron Mesirow (Glasser), called Auerglass. Auerbach has also made album art for labels like Mexican Summer and Sacred Bones.

Date: February 18th, 2012
Cate: graphic design

Cherry Area

Here’s a mix sleeve I made for a friend, inspired by the Smithsonian catalogue Design In Germany Today (1961), which you can find in its entirety on Internet Archive. It’s set in my favourite, Akzidenz Grotesk, and the real trick was feeding two sheets of paper into the printer at once, so I wouldn’t get toner all over the printer’s interior. The type wasn’t meant to end up like that, but the recycled paper proved a bit too heavy for the setting I used – but it ended up all the better for it. This went to New Zealand yesterday!

Date: November 29th, 2011
Cate: graphic design, rediscovered

Felt singles

While we’re working on getting Paul Kelly’s film Lawrence of Belgravia screened in Malmö, here’s an imaginary record sleeve for you. If we do have a srceening I would like this set to be played before and after the film. Despite the effort made with Stains On a Decade, a comprehensive Felt singles collection has yet to be released. Knowing how displeased Lawrence is with some of the recordings, it will probably never happen (he left a track off The Strange Idols Pattern… in the otherwise  faithful Cherry Red reissue series for crissake!)

The design inspired by innovative cover of the original Creation LP Bubblegum Perfume. Innovative, since the back only said “check spine for tracklisting” in enormous type and, of course, the tracklisting was printed on the LP spine. I like the idea of thinking of these songs as one long segment of music rather than individual songs, which is reflected in the design of the gatefold inside (below). All of the 34 songs could technically fit on two discs, which incidentally divide the songs into Cherry Red and Creation releases. The back cover would just be green, naturally.

Another reason I had for creating these is that I recently managed to track down mp3s of the last few songs that I was missing. Many of them have not been reissued yet, like the b-side to “Index” e.g. (I do however see the pointlessness of doing that since they’re basically the same song).