I'm off pause following a week long trip to the Outer Banks. Internet connectivity was sluggish at best so I wasn't really able to make updates or post reviews, unfortunately. I'll be trying to play catch up this week as a result.
R.I.P. Arturo Vega — As I'm a graphic designer by trade, the passing of the man behind one of the most significant band logos for one of the most significant bands qualifies to me as a huge loss.
The Guardian put together a really good tribute to Vega along which includes somewhat of an op-ed regarding musical iconography.
And, while we're on the topic of art and rock n' roll, I happened upon this little gem via Sound Opinions: A small documentary about the Black Flag bars logo and one of my favorite artists of all time, Raymond Pettibon.
Singles while I was out:
Califone: "Stitches" (courtesy of Dead Oceans)
No Age: "C'mon Stimmung" (courtesy of Sub Pop)
Locrian: "Two Moons" (via Invisible Oranges)
In tribute to the late Jason Molina (Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co.), I received word of an online compilation called "Songs: Molina:" A Benefit Compilation for Jason Molina's Survivors. As the title states, all proceeds of the compilation will go to Molina's survivors.
More info can be found at the project's Facebook page.
I took part in the 19th edition of No Ripcord's No RipCast. Daft Punk's Random Access Memories was discussed, along with revisited albums from the 90s and selections for the Listening Post portion of the show.
My selection for the Listening Post was "Gnomi" by Master Musicians of Bukkake.
And then I waxed fanboy over Faith No More's Angel Dust.
You can find the podcast at No Ripcord, or subscribe to it through iTunes.
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