Pellinore – Memento Mori/Hell Mouth

Author: Colin | Published: 29/9/10

Beautiful cover for scary noise music.

Seen on Akuma No Uta

See also:
Aethenor – Faking Gold & Murder
Naked City – Grand Guignol
Naked City – Remastered

Frank Baugh

Author: Colin | Published: 27/9/10
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Lovely to behold. Apparently silk-screened, only 150 copies, all sold out.

Listen at Boomkat
Seen on OMG

Richard Skelton – Landings

Author: Colin | Published: 25/9/10
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Richard Skelton - Landings

Richard Skelton - Landings

Richard Skelton - Landings

Richard Skelton - Landings

Richard Skelton - Landings

Richard Skelton - Landings

Richard Skelton - Landings

Richard Skelton - Landings

Richard Skelton - Landings

Richard Skelton - Landings

Artist Richard Skelton
Title Landings
Label Sustain-Release Private Press
Year 2010
Design Richard Skelton
Music Distillation of place
Desktop Download image
Notes The book and accompanying CD collect texts written, and music recorded, by Skelton in response to the landscape of the West Pennine Moors in Lancashire. His work – in music, design and text – is a perfectly judged mixture of the heartfelt and a highly developed aesthetic.

Purchase from the Sustain Release website

Thanks to Amy for her help.

See also:

A Broken Consort – Box of Birch (Private Press)
A Broken Consort – Box of Birch (Tompkins Square)

Vaughan Oliver speaking at Rough Trade East

Author: Colin | Published: 24/9/10
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Image by ComputerArts

Just a heads up that the fabled designer is talking at the Rough Trade shop off Brick Lane next Tuesday, 28th September. You’ll need to pick up a free wristband before from the shop to gain admittance.

Rough Trade in conjunction with Central Saint Martins present an intimate screening with Vaughan Oliver. Starting at 6pm & followed by Violens live on-stage at 7pm.

Vaughan Oliver: Death To Music Packaging
Vaughan Oliver deals in graphic design and visceral pleasures. Legendary in both music and design communities, Oliver’s name is synonymous with the independent record label 4AD. Invited ~ by founder Ivo Watts-Russell ~ to join the label before anyone else, his innovative, impassioned, and intoxicating work for The Breeders / Cocteau Twins / Dead Can Dance / Lush / Pixies / Red House Painters / This Mortal Coil / TV On The Radio / Scott Walker has shaped the visual identity of the label and its artists forever.

Full details on the Rough Trade website

Fania Records by Colectivo Futuro

Author: Colin | Published: 23/9/10
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Sincere thanks to Colectivo Futuro for contributing a collection of rather fine Latin cover designs to Hard Format.

Check the gallery now!

Pop music as branding?

Author: Colin | Published: 21/9/10
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I’d be interested to hear what you think about this:

Indeed, pop seems to do intuitively what brand managers work for years to learn. It creates vivid images, it distils profound ideas into single hits of feeling, it projects larger-than-life symbols and icons on to the screen of reality. The 4AD label, which turned 30 in August, remains the most successful example of branding I’ve ever seen. Though Steve Jobs may be a genius, even he would have struggled to shift Ultra Vivid Scene albums – but each Vaughan Oliver 4AD design worked to create a sense of shared purpose and trust that gave sometimes under-par records an aura of importance.

Pop music as branding? Shh … (The Guardian)

Interestingly, discussion about this at my workplace has seen participants (including myself!) sharply divided and in some cases tempers flaring. Personally, I find the retro-fitting of marketing concepts onto music distasteful and I don’t agree with the idea that this is appropriate in any wholesale way. Oh, and comparing Vaughan Oliver with Steve Jobs misses the point that Jobs is clearly involved at every step of the development process, not just the marketing – though it would be great to hear/see a group produced by Vaughan… Anyway, I’d be interested in what you think of the whole article.

PS Maybe we should be reading: Pop Brands: Branding, Popular Music, and Young People (Mediated Youth) by Nicholas Carah

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