SBTRKT - New Dorp, New York (feat. Ezra Koenig)

A dream collaboration of mine happened today. Granted, I wasn’t aware it was a dream collaboration until I heard that it had happened. Regardless, I’m incredibly excited as SBTRKT announced his sophomore album, Wonder Where We Land, and dropped the first single. “New Dorp, New York” is both slick and funky, and it features Ezra Koenig, who is quickly becoming the cultural zeitgeist, singing “Gargoyles gargling oil” in a deadpan manner. What’s not to love?

-Andrew

Top Album Covers Week

Pixies - Surfer Rosa*
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
The Beatles - Revolver
Jeff Wayne - War of the Worlds
Nirvana - In Utero
Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
Slipknot - Iowa

*Surfer Rosa was the first non-pop album I was given, around the time I started my first band. Pixies blew my mind in terms of my threshold of unconventional music. I never forgot the perfect boobs on the front.

Rosie

Top Album Covers Week

Hey, chill cats. It’s Soundboard’s favorite late-nite BJ** is here with his Top Album Covers. Hang in tight, this one’s gonna be good. Or at least not-terrible.

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Top Album Covers Week

My choices of album covers really do vary a bit.  I enjoy animals as people (weird), really minimalistic covers, and paradoxically, really busy covers with lots happening.  One of the major reasons that I still buy CDs is due to the album art because sometimes, that’s just as important as the music itself.

Scenic Route to Alaska - All These Years

Tycho - Awake

Stars - Set Yourself on Fire

Boy and Bear - Harlequin Dream

Miracle Fortress - Five Roses

Justice - Cross

Explosions in the Sky - The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place 

Pawa Up First - Missing Time

Alle Farben - Synesthesia

Goldmund - Famous Places

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

-Sherwin

Top Album Covers Week

When The Mamas and the Papas had their debut album, they had to cover up the toilet in their album cover because it was deemed indecent. Then Andy Warhol pushed the boundaries with an album cover that had a banana sticker that could be peeled off to reveal a pink banana. While that was seen as extremely provocative at the time, our sense of shock value has certainly diminished. Album covers still get censored (such as the pixelation of Kanye being straddled by a phoenix) but there are still plenty of people trying to see how far they can push the boundaries. While I love albums with backstories, I wanted my top albums to be about the aesthetics. Album art is such a special part of seeing a bands sound rather than just hearing it. The Magritte-esque Mars Volta album, the Soviet propaganda styling of The Space Project, the plein air watercolors of Poolside or the digital feel of the Discover LP all seem to lend themselves to exactly what you’re about to hear. These covers stand alone as art but are even better when combined with the sound of a band you love.

-Zach

Top Album Covers Week

I’m just like the little kid I drew for this week’s artwork, I love music and album covers. Especially punk album covers, flyers or gig posters… (In fact, I dedicated part of a year at uni to make a little book about DIY art in the punk scene)

Here are my favorites, not all punk related but there’s quite a few ones:

Bad Brains — Bad Brains

(Cover design by Dave Ratcage and picture by Laura Levine)

Minor Threat — Out of Step

(Cover designed by Cynthia Connolly, one of her first works when she was 19)

Pink Floyd — Wish You Were Here

(Cover designed by Hipgnosis)

Judas Priest — Screaming for Vengance 

(Cover designed by John Berg and illustrated by Doug Johnson)

Man or Astroman? — Destroy All Astromen 

(Artwork by Art Chantry)

Social Distortion — Mommy’s Little Monster 

(Cover designed by Art Morales)

Hot Water Music — A Flight and a Crash 

(Cover designed by Scott Sinclair)

Discharge — Never Again 

(Photo cover by John Heartfield named ”Peace and Fascism”)

Buzzcocks — A different kind of tension 

(Cover designed by Malcolm Garrett)

Dead Kennedys — Plastic Surgery Disasters 

(Cover designed by Winston Smith and picture “Hands” by Michael Wells)

- Viu

(Source: soundboard)

Top Album Covers Week

What’s in an album cover? A musical compilation by any other visual representation would sound as sweet, right? WRONG. Okay, sorry, maybe not, but you have to admit there’s something special about an album with killer cover art. Every song is rooted in each color, every image or picture, and at their apex they combine in the most perfect way. Here are my faves!

Psychic Chasms - Neon Indian

LP - Discovery

Idle Labor - Craft Spells

Oohs & Aahs - Say Hi to Your Mom

Bitter Rivals - Sleigh Bells

Fear Fun - Father John Misty

New Amerykah, Part Two (Return of the Ankh) - Erykah Badu

Shrines - Purity Ring

Paracosm - Washed Out

Sun Giant - Fleet Foxes

-Callie

Top Album Covers Week

Picking my favorite album covers was a tough task. While I was doing it, I realized that just about all of mine were from recent releases, which makes sense given what I usually listen to and post about. While it was difficult to narrow down, I’m pretty happy with my list.

Deafheaven – Sunbather

Ital – Hive Mind

Chromatics – Kill For Love

Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety

How To Dress Well – Total Loss

Japandroids – Celebration Rock

American Football – American Football

Kanye West – 808s & Heartbreak

Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels

Toro Y Moi – Underneath the Pine

-Andrew