2011 Year-End Respect For Album Cover Art: Fashion, Sculpture & Installation

Our third-annual album cover art feature uses interviews with artists and musicians to highlight the philosophical, thematic, and conceptual significance of great album cover artwork. THE BREAKDOWN    12 Collage + 14 Digital Illustration, Drawing, Design + 19 Illustration, Painting, Drawing + 8 Black And White Photography + 22 Color Photography + 6 Deluxe Packaging + 10 Fashion, Sculpture, Installation _____________________________    91 Album Covers For 2011 Battles – Gloss Drop A suite of amorphous blobs unify Battles’ year of singles and full-length releases. Different in material and style yet similar in overall form, these sculptured mounds are colorful, strangely compelling, and without a doubt represent some of the most visually iconic album art off 2011. Ice Cream (Featuring Matias

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2011 Year-End Respect For Album Cover Art: Black & White Photography

Our third-annual album cover art feature uses interviews with artists and musicians to highlight the philosophical, thematic, and conceptual significance of great album cover artwork. THE BREAKDOWN    12 Collage + 14 Digital Illustration, Drawing, Design + 19 Illustration, Painting, Drawing + 8 Black And White Photography + 22 Color Photography + 6 Deluxe Packaging + 10 Fashion, Sculpture, Installation _____________________________    91 Album Covers For 2011 “Eery. Melancholic.” Dum Dum Girls – Only In Dreams Art director Jeff Kleinsmith and photographer Shawn Brackbill capture the shadowy residue of an out-of-body experience. Dum Dum Girls – Only in Dreams by subpop QUOTES FROM: JEFF KLEINSMITH, ART DIRECTOR THEMES & CONCEPTS “Dee Dee from the band… had a very specific idea

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2011 Year-End Respect For Album Cover Art: Digital Illustration, Drawing, Design

Our third-annual album cover art feature uses interviews with artists and musicians to highlight the philosophical, thematic, and conceptual significance of great album cover artwork. THE BREAKDOWN    12 Collage + 14 Digital Illustration, Drawing, Design + 19 Illustration, Painting, Drawing + 8 Black And White Photography + 22 Color Photography + 6 Deluxe Packaging + 10 Fashion, Sculpture, Installation _____________________________    91 Album Covers For 2011 Apteka – Gargoyle Days Despite never having met one another, Portland designer Dylan McConnell and Chicago’s Apteka have grown a well-fitting artistic relationship through the years. McConnell’s album cover for Gargoyle Days may be their most gripping collaboration yet. Gargoyle Days by APTEKA QUOTES FROM: DYLAN MCCONNELL, DESIGNER ADAM LUCAS, APTEKA’S GUITARIST AND

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2011 Year-End Respect For Album Cover Art: Collage

Our third-annual album cover art feature uses interviews with artists and musicians to highlight the philosophical, thematic, and conceptual significance of great album cover artwork. THE BREAKDOWN    12 Collage + 14 Digital Illustration, Drawing, Design + 19 Illustration, Painting, Drawing + 8 Black And White Photography + 22 Color Photography + 6 Deluxe Packaging + 10 Fashion, Sculpture, Installation _____________________________    91 Album Covers For 2011 Adventure – Lesser Known Using a purely spontaneous creative process that begins with nothing more than a general interest, Elena Johnston created an album cover for Adventure that musically and thematically captures the band’s dynamic spirit. QUOTES FROM: ELENA JOHNSTON, DESIGNER THEMES & CONCEPTS “I had been working with the idea of framing

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2011 Year-End Respect For Album Cover Art: Color Photography

Our third-annual album cover art feature uses interviews with artists and musicians to highlight the philosophical, thematic, and conceptual significance of great album cover artwork. THE BREAKDOWN    12 Collage + 14 Digital Illustration, Drawing, Design + 19 Illustration, Painting, Drawing + 8 Black And White Photography + 22 Color Photography + 6 Deluxe Packaging + 10 Fashion, Sculpture, Installation _____________________________    91 Album Covers For 2011 Acid House Kings – The Lack Long After Acid House Kings let fans pick the new single off “Music Sounds Better with You” by Acid House Kings Record Label Labrador Records   Active Child – You Are All I See Active Child – Playing House (Ft. How To Dress Well) by Vagrant Records

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2011 Year-End Respect For Album Cover Art: Deluxe Packaging

Our third-annual album cover art feature uses interviews with artists and musicians to highlight the philosophical, thematic, and conceptual significance of great album cover artwork. THE BREAKDOWN    12 Collage + 14 Digital Illustration, Drawing, Design + 19 Illustration, Painting, Drawing + 8 Black And White Photography + 22 Color Photography + 6 Deluxe Packaging + 10 Fashion, Sculpture, Installation _____________________________    91 Album Covers For 2011 The Alps – Easy Action The vinyl packaging for The Alps’ Easy Action transforms into a three-dimensional pyramid, courtesy of a design by Tauba Auerbach. The Alps – Easy Action (album preview) by experimedia Record Label Mexican Summer The Artists Design – Tauba Auerbach   RELATED ARTICLES: TAUBER AUERBACH ON GLASSER’S RING FOR

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