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

Theme Week - Top Album Covers
Hey, folks! If you haven’t noticed, we’re pretty big fans of music over at Soundboard. We’ve all spent a nice chunk of time on Tumblr (years and years now…), and, naturally we also enjoy art, not to mention the fact that Viu is an actual artist. There’s a lovely intersection where both of these things meet: album art! We’re here to celebrate our favorite album art of all time for the next week. While we promise not to overuse the word “aesthetic,” we’ll be showcasing the stuff that we appreciate. Enjoy!
Love,

The Soundboard Panel
(Artwork as always done by our lovely Thursday panelist and resident artist, Viu!)

Theme Week - Top Album Covers

Hey, folks! If you haven’t noticed, we’re pretty big fans of music over at Soundboard. We’ve all spent a nice chunk of time on Tumblr (years and years now…), and, naturally we also enjoy art, not to mention the fact that Viu is an actual artist. There’s a lovely intersection where both of these things meet: album art! We’re here to celebrate our favorite album art of all time for the next week. While we promise not to overuse the word “aesthetic,” we’ll be showcasing the stuff that we appreciate. Enjoy!

Love,

The Soundboard Panel

(Artwork as always done by our lovely Thursday panelist and resident artist, Viu!)

(Source: soundboard)

Duke Dumont - I Got You feat. Jax Jones

While the rest of the Soundboard team has been adventuring and having small scale meet-ups with one another (that were probably less seemingly catastrophic and cringey than #DashCon), I’ve been holding it down here in a dark room in Georgia by myself listening to BBC Radio 1 on TuneIn, which, I might add, is just as good as actually visiting London. Though that’s not the first time I’ve heard this song (I have Tumblr to thank for that, so… you know, thanks), it is where I’ve heard it many times more. From what I can tell, it’s not a popular track here in the States, but is getting lots of airplay in the land of SuperWhoLock.

So you know, give Duke Dumont some love, America! You can follow him on Twitter or see some concert pics or hear some track snippets on Instagram.

Max

Milky Chance - Stolen Dance

I’ve been away from Germany for about two weeks now and it’s a little strange frankly.  I’m on the last stop of my trip which is London and in just a handful of days, I’ll be heading home.  I’m not gonna lie to you: I do miss Germany a bit.

Milky Chance was one of the artists that my housemate in Kassel told me about.  He also gave me a full list of German artists to listen to.  I figured that this would be a good chance to share it with all of you.

The song itself is mellow and calming.  There’s a quiet electronic backing to the song itself and Clemens Rehbein’s voice accompanies it quite well.

Milky Chance is actually a duo of Rehbein and Philipp Dausch, a DJ.  They are from Kassel (YAY!) and have been around since 2012.  The album Sadnecessary came out in 2013.

Hope you all have a great Saturday!

-Sherwin

LP - Into the Wild

After being on the music scene for ten years, releasing two commercially unsuccessful independent albums, co-writing/being featured in tracks with artists like Rihanna, Christina Aguilera and Madonna and then releasing an EP in 2012, Laura Pergolizzi (LP) finally released a full length album this past June called Forever For Now and I have to say it has completely captured my attention. The most obvious thing to mention is her incredible voice that sets her apart from any artist I’ve heard in the last decade. Not only can she sing but she can also break into an operatic wail as featured in the title track, “Forever For Now" (it’s also the one that starts off like an audition for the soundtrack to Kill Bill Vol. 3). From start to finish, ukelele to drum beat, the songs crafted by LP and enhanced by Rob Cavallo’s artistic direction have been providing me continuous enjoyment. 

While “Night Like This" was the first song that made me fall in love, "Into The Wild" has quickly become my favorite track. Not only does it have the perfect amount of whistling but it truly captures a sense of freedom that comes from a longing to escape. Whether you’re jumping into the wild, the city, or a new stage of your life, this song perfectly captures that rush you feel as you take the jump when there’s nothing left to hold you back.

-Zach