As an annual celebration of the best in record cover art, the Best Art Vinyl award has featured some of the biggest names working in the visual arts today. Alongside established artistic heavyweights, the lists of nominees and winners since the inception of the award in 2005 has also proudly championed designers who are only just embarking on their visual career. As a double 2012 nominee for his stunning work on Holograms self-titled LP and Wild Nothing’s ‘Nocturne’, designer Ryan McCardle deservedly takes his place amongst the likes of previous nominees Damien Hirst, Peter Blake and Anton Corbijn as one of the most exciting new voices in record sleeve design today.
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It’s December and therefore here comes the Fuzzbook Top 25 Releases of 2012. Whether it is an album, an EP or a single it doesn’t matter, if it is good enough it’s here. So if you like your music fuzzy and your album of the year lists with difficult to read banners, this is the one for you.
Click on the banners below to be magically transported by computer to a stream of the album you have chosen. Enjoy.
— Chuck Klosterman, Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story.
This. Is. So. Good.
Definitely want an A-frame cabin-bedroom at some point.
Today Beach Fossils announced their highly anticipated Clash the Truth, due out 2.19.2013 on Captured Tracks. I’m working on the packaging right now with some swell beings (Dustin Payseur and Mike Sniper). Perfect|Midnight|World has a few words about the release, while you listen to the new single “Careless.”
I’m going to temporarily interrupt the list making for a new track that could very well be on an album of the year contender for 2013 - “Careless” by Beach Fossils, from their upcoming album, “Clash the Truth”. I’ve long been an admirer of the Beach Fossil sound, and one of their side projects places quite high on my favorite songs and albums of the year, so it was inevitable that I’d find myself bobbing my head to the shimmering dream pop sounds of “Careless”. Highly recommended for fans of DIIV, Wild Nothing, and Real Estate.
Rachael Perisho late night bathroom recording of “Crying Time” (Buck Owens cover).
Just discovered this excellent breakdown of the limited edition coloured vinyl version of Wild Nothing’s Nocturne done by Ghost Vespers. Check the photos above and read more below:
Wasn’t expecting this to come in until next week based on my prior experience with the Captured Tracks store (both DIIV & Heavenly Beat LP’s came a week after release date). Needless to say, this was quite the surprise to find in my mail box!
It comes (similar to the DIIV limited release) in a wrap around silkscreened cover that was lovingly handled by the talented folks at Hammer Press, located in Kansas City, Missouri. (If you use Instagram they have photos of the process in their feed, very interesting. Check them out at username @Hammerpress). The paper is heavy, high quality stock but is not numbered. Design is by Ryan Timothy McCardle
The LP is housed in a single sleeve package that features a rectangular die-cut that takes up a majority of the front cover, leaving room to display 1 of 3 double sided inserts. This provides the listener to choose from up to six different covers. The inserts are numbered in the upper right and each contains song lyrics in order of the tracklisting.
Also included is a large newsprint poster with an illustration of the lunar cycles for the entire year, complete with months and days of the week.