September 7 Reviews / Favorite cover art of 2006...

No real big name reviews this week, but still some good stuff to check out. Next week is the insane release date, where something like 15-20 bigger name releases come out. I'll try to review some of them.

In the meantime, what is some of your favorite cover art that has come out this year? I know I don't allow links within the threads (mainly for spam reasons), but URLs are easy to copy and paste.

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Bubbachups
Those Miwon and Uusitalo albums look stunning indeed!

I also like the Cat Power cover art though. Not in this picture of course, but I have that record on vinyl and it looks really cool. It's made from reflective material which not only makes the pink color a lot nicer but it also makes you able to see yourself on the cover. That's why the album is called "The Greatest", to see yourself and be called the greatest. So it might not be a beautiful photograph or a nice painting but I do think that the idea behind it is cool and has been very well implemented.

And I also like the North Sea & Rameses III cover art:
http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000FS9OPE.01._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V62961251_.jpg

mikejones
BEST COVER ART OF THE YEAR:

-helios: eingya & goldmund: corduroy road
http://www.typerecords.com/upload/helios_size_0.jpg
http://www.typerecords.com/upload/goldmund_web_promo_size_0.jpg

-miwon: pale glitter
http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000BDH5PY.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg

-moha: raus aus stavanger
http://www.sound-control.org/catalog/images/Artikel/192340.GIF

-uusitalo: tulenkantaja
http://neonmusic.pararadio.hu/nuke/catalog/images/uusitalo.jpg

-anathallo: floating world
http://www.anathallo.com/store/floating_front_big.jpg

-golden bear: s/t
http://www.goldenbeartheband.com/gbcover.jpg

-belong: october language
http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000CQO0X0.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg

-boy omega: the black tango
http://www.rubenjonasschnell.com/wp-content/boyomega.JPG

-ester drang: rocinate
http://www.esterdrang.com/images/rocinate.jpg

-junior boys: so this is goodbye

-keith fullerton whitman: lisbon ep
http://www.brainwashed.com/common/images/covers/krank092.jpg

-king biscuit time: black gold
http://www.music-dash.co.uk/siteimages/covers/kingblack.jpg

-lupe fiasco: food & liquor
http://www.nopattern.com/work/lu01.jpg

WORST OF THE YEAR:
HANDS DOWN cat power's the greatest!
http://www.goner-records.com/cart/images/catpowergreatest.jpg

Moka
I have to add my recommendation to this album too, it's been supposedly carefully constructed since 1998 and there's only 300 copies for now. You can sample all the album in here:

http://www.redfavorite.com/mp3.htm

Moka
Got a new favorite cover:

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/3078/1824/400/00-cover%20art.2.jpg

red favorite - s/t

Moka
Yes, to be honest my tv broke and I haven't watched tv since March so all of the videos I see come from youtube or friends recommendations.

The Mobius Band is very entertaining, the visuals are good kept me looking the whole video.

Michael
I agree, videos have never really done anything for me, unless it is of a live performance

almostcool
To be honest, I don't watch too many music videos, Moka. I see random ones here and there on YouTube, but don't really seek them out.

That said, both of those videos you linked were great. I'm partial to the Vitalic one because I have two dogs myself and I was thinking about doing a video with them at some point.

There's also a very nice video for The Mobius Band - "The Loving Sounds Of Static"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR_J3JQb00Q

Moka
K, this is out of context in this article but I'm curious about your favorite videos this year.

I can't remember much now but the art attack meanderings on boy from school by Hot Chip tickles me:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=MtxAou8c28k

And poney pt. 1 by Vitalic is the coolest one I've seen this year (I think it came out this year):

http://youtube.com/watch?v=NUuUgxYdfNw

kid_A
1.talkdemonic - beat romantic

2.tortoise - a lazarus taxon

3.bonnie prince billy - the letting go

Jon
I actually bought the Fue Therese album because I liked the cover so much...but I would have gotten it anyway I'm sure.

Samuel
Nothing immediately springs to mind from this year, but seeing the cover of the new Dwayne Sodahberk makes me want to buy it for cover alone - full of mysterious underwater beauty!

And the Friedrich painting on the Islands record makes a great cover.

Moka
I forgot about this ones, I don't have them but a friend crazy about doom and drone borrowed them to me and I was impressed by the cover art and the overall artwork:

Sunn o)) - La Mort Noir Dans Esch
Sun o))/earth - angel coma
(it's a gif, both covers are there)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v690/unanything/sunno-lamortnoirangelcoma.gif

needlenose
Speaking of Hala Strana, Steven R. Smith's solo project under his own name had a pretty sweet cover but I think it's from last year. Black on black Ad Rheinhart-type design to match the gorgeous desolate music... http://www.catsupplate.com/catalog/722_crownofmarches.htm
Supposedly, there's a new limited SRS vinyl coming out on Important. Can't wait.

Moka
No warbling problems on my copy. I entered the softabuse myspace and it sounds just like mine. You made me curious about how it would sound warbled, though.

Bubbachups
First of all, that Hala Strana track sounds amazing! I only have their "Fielding" album which is astonishing, I now realize I might have to expand my Hala Strana collection.

Second, I seem to have forgotten a couple of albums with great cover art, especially the first one is, well, at least very strange....

peeesseye - commuting between the surface & the underworld
http://www.evolvingear.com/images/peeesseye_index_cover.jpg

good stuff house - s/t
http://tomentosarecords.com/goodhouse.jpg

peter wright - desolation beauty violence
http://tomentosarecords.com/ikwright.jpg

weis
ooh yeah, that Hala Strana lathe cut is mighty fine indeed. BTW does your copy sound warbley? Mine's nothing like the digital version of the song on the Soft Abuse myspace page. I hear that's common with lathe cuts. I still like it as a warbled version

Moka
By some reason the folk kids have the covers I like the most every year, here's mine:

The tiny - starring someone like you
http://www.thetiny.net/content/releases/pict/starring.jpg

Hala Strana - white sleep
http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/3078/1824/400/cover%20art.jpg

Ray off - ghost wolf of thunder mountain
http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/3078/1824/320/ghostA2.jpg

James Blackshaw - sunshrine
http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/3078/1824/400/sunshrine.jpg

Pumajaw - becoming pumajaw
http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/3078/1824/1600/pumajaw.jpg

:: k
I do agree with 'helios'. +type certainly has a gifted hand with print & packaging.

Michael
Comets on Fire and Six Organs of Admittance

http://www.dragcity.com/catalog/records/dc312.html

http://www.cometsonfire.com/

andreas
http://www.cubicmusic.com/japanese/release/cm15.html

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/B000G8O2AK/

Michael
I like Helios' "Eingya" cover

http://boringmachines.blogspot.com/2006/07/type-records.html

Fred
You can also check this song from Malajube.

http://www.malajube.com/mp3/malajube_montreal-40.mp3

Fred
Malajube "Trompe-L'oeil". The whole package is really cool.

http://www.malajube.com/images/pochettes/malajube_DTC023.jpg

Bubbachups
Wow, that Benoit Pioulard cover art looks amazing!

I was going to say Crippled Rosebud Binding but Neil beat me to it. I also like "Cavehill Hunters Attrition" from Valley Of Ashes.
https://www.freakemporium.com/images/fe_19943.jpg

"Conference of the Birds" by Om has a nice cover as well.
http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000EQ5QI6.01._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V57015745_.jpg


And of course the MV+EE picture disc released on Qbico.
http://www.qbicorecords.com/image_testata/q40.jpg

Kristian
I'm too lazy to dig up a link, but the cover of Calexico's Garden Ruin is really lovely.

Neil
http://rateyourmusic.com/album_images/536705.jpg [Heather leigh - "Pot Baby"]

http://fr.rateyourmusic.com/album_images/s624887.jpg [Bossk - ".1"]

http://fr.rateyourmusic.com/album_images/s514145.jpg [Jesu - "Silver"]

http://fr.rateyourmusic.com/album_images/s577852.jpg [Mouthus/Double Leopards/Sunroof! - "Crippled Rosebud Binding"]

http://fr.rateyourmusic.com/album_images/s545683.jpg [Noxagt - "Noxagt"]

yes, yes, ya'll
2 lil' pictures:

http://www.marriagerecs.com/images/bitches.jpg

http://asaurus.org/records/store/asa054.jpg

lincoln
loving the new early day miners cover:

http://www.secretlycanadian.com/press/earlydayminers/SC135cover.jpg

lars
The Drift Yellow Swans 12" with gold leaf pasted on is pretty insane http://www.rootstrata.com/catalogue.html
as is the silkscreened cd sleeves of Brothers of The Occult Sisterhood's Goodbye album... http://digitalisindustries.com/digi023.html

almostcool
I haven't been really blown away by anything this year, although I would have to say that the self-titled Phonophani has very cool artwork, as well as the Tortoise boxset ("A Lazarus Taxon").

Probably my favorite cover art of the year so far goes to the forthcoming Benoit Pioulard album ("Precis") on Kranky, though. It's really lovely.
http://www.brainwashed.com/common/images/covers/krank098.jpg