New Work: Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett

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Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett are two of my favorite musicians, so I was extremely grateful that they asked me to design two posters for their recent Sea Lice tour. Both posters are two color screen prints on Cougar Natural. The Saint Paul poster is sold out but I have a very limited number of the San Diego poster for sale on Etsy. Check out their album “Lotta Sea Lice”, it’s one of my favorites of the year.

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Best of 2017

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Here’s my favorite albums of the year. Listen along on Spotify

Honorable Mention:
Teen Daze, Themes for a New Earth
Phoebe Bridgers, Stranger in the Alps
Tall Friend, Safely Nobody’s
Sufjan Stevens (3), Planetarium / The Greatest Gift / Tonya Harding
Mansions, Deserter
Happyness, Write In
Wun Two, Seasons
SZA, Crtl
Fazerdaze, Morningside
Yumi Zouma, Willowbank
Grandaddy, Last Place
Moses Sumney, Aromanticism
Juana Molina, Halo

Top 40 of 2017

40. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Vietnam War (Original Score)
39. Tiny Deaths, Elegies
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Best of 2015

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Another year has come and gone which means it’s time again for my annual music list. These are the albums I enjoyed most in 2015.

Check out the Spotify playlist here.

Honorable Mention:
Holy Drug Couple – Moonlust
Knxwledge – Hud Dreems
Romare – Projections
Howling – Sacred Ground
Viet Cong – S/T
Bad Bad Hats – Psychic Reader
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
Mikal Cronin – III
Pomegranates – Healing Power
Hamilton Leithauser & Paul Maroon – I Could Have Sworn
Yppah – Tiny Pause
Helios – Yume

Top 40 2015

40. Hayden – Hey Love
39. Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon
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New Work: Destroyer

I was fortunate enough to work with Destroyer on a gig poster for their show at The Fine Line in support of the excellent new album, “Poison Season”. Prints, including a few signed by Mr. Dan Bejar himself, are available in my etsy shop. 18 x 24, three color screen print on heavyweight blue/gray stock.

Interview: Manual Dexterity

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Recently, Adam from Manual Dexterity contacted me about sharing some of the stories behind some of my gig poster designs. I gave some insight behind the design of 5 posters: Junip, Jeremy Messersmith, Nada Surf, The Walkmen, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. If you’ve ever wondered about the ideas or process behind these designs, read on. Also, make sure to check out the entire issue – there’s tons of great content about indie bands, artists and labels. Big thanks to Adam for the interview!

New Work: Sea Wolf

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I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Sea Wolf on a second gig poster for their May 30th show at The Cedar in Minneapolis. It’s always fun to work with Alex and Tim and the Cedar. Here’s hoping the come play Minneapolis again very soon. The print is a 4 color screen print (yellow, light gray, medium gray, & brown) on 100#C French Construction Blacktop. Prints are available at the paypal link above or at my etsy shop.

Design Bureau Magazine

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I was one of five featured designers in this month’s issue of Design Bureau Magazine on the topic of album packaging design. The question: “In the age of the iPod, is there still money to be made in album art?” My answer is as follows:

“You might expect to be paid little or nothing, especially if it is for an indie band, but these projects present opportunities. Maybe it will be great for your portfolio. Maybe you can use this project in self-promotion efforts to get more and better work in the industry. Maybe it will get you more technical experience. Maybe you’ll get some recognition, either by winning an award or being featured on a design blog. All of these things need to be considered against the monetary compensation.”

There was more that wasn’t published, so I’ve included the “unofficial” version after the jump. Special thanks to Design Bureau and Lauren Smith for including me in this interview.

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