By the year 2000, all of the early 90’s shoegaze bands had either broken up (Chapterhouse, My Bloody Valentine, Ride) or either changed their sound altogether (Slowdive/Mojave 3, Catherine Wheel). While not purely a shoegazing act, Cheshire, England’s Doves brought a sense of beauty and ethereality to their music, similar to that of their shoegazing influences, with careful use of echo and reverb. The opening track from their debut album, Lost Souls, as Doves (previously they had played under the electronic moniker Sub Sub), Firesuite, displays all of their strengths. While a band like the Verve would take you on 9 minute space rock odysseys a la She’s a Superstar, Doves were capable of keeping it under the 5 minute due to a strong rhythm section. I am perplexed that there is not a YouTube live version of this track!
These incredible N+M (Naturwissenschaft und Medizin) covers are from ekusupo on Flickr. They were apparently designed by Erwin Poell but I couldn’t find any more information on him to post along with the images. At any rate, this is some classic design done to perfection. Ekusupo says of them on the Flickr page:
"I share these as one of the best examples of graphic design as a methodic communications system I am aware of. Engaging and varied, as singles or as a set work tremendously well. The inside of the magazine may be considered disappointing if you want more of the same as the cover – but actually is delightful simple. The cover does its job really well selling the contents while the contents is true unto itself."
Indeed, this set is an amazing triumph of design for many reasons. You may recognize the name and some of the images from the Graphis Diagrams book.
I grabbed some copies of this magazine because someone was going to throw them away. I’ve had them for awhile now and i thought i could share a few. I really love the red dot one, the dot just shows up randomly thru the magazine on black and white photographs. When i look at these older magazines i always wondered where they got all their typography, did these designers meet up and share? was there a mail-in ordering company for different types? hopefully i’m not treating the 1960’s-70’s like the stone age or anything to anyone but i always wondered about the process of graphic design was during that time to put out a well layed out higher end magazine.
The video for this song i’ve always loved especially the opening shot, also it reminds of something maybe The Kids In The Hall would’ve made if they had to do something cute. This cover photography reminds me alil bit of an older Yo La Tengo cover, its not the cover for the single but hey it’s all about eye candy sometimes especially on the holiday break.
Kind of similar sounding to the Skalpel song posted a couple weeks ago, Triosk and Jan Jelinek come together for a wonderful collab. I love this song for its tempo, the expanding and contracting feeling, and how the ending leaves you. It might sound repetitive but if you listen closely on how each part comes in and out and how the parts start appearing even louder thru the song as it climbs towards the end, it adds soo much to listeners experience. I couldn’t even imagine it live, it gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.
This 2001 remix of Bomb The Bass & Lali Puna’s Clear Cut comes from the oft overlooked German IDM genius Uwe Zahn, better known as Arovane. If you haven’t heard of him, get Atol Scrap and enjoy the some of the finest electronic this side of the millennium.
The album covers pictured above have absolutely nothing to do with the song other than the fact that they are Lali Puna albums and since I probably won’t ever post any Lali Puna music here I figured this was my only shot at getting these nice designs up.
You see this typeface a lot in the concert poster world but it was also very popular with mid-century designers as illustrated by this Blue Note cover from the Vanguard Archive. Bonus: Name the modern day variants. Comment on this post