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The premises of non-profit label New Amsterdam were very badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
You can help them get back on their feet here.
It occurs to me that it has been a while since I made fun of their album covers.
This is precisely why I like to read the instructions.
ECM’s x-ray glasses proved to be a surprisingly successful brand extension.
Do you have any other bright ideas?
They could barely contain their excitement.
You’re sure this isn’t an advert for tampons? I bought my poodles and rollerskates.
She wasn’t letting him book the holiday next year.
Does my bum look orange in this?
The lasers were a nice touch, but there was no denying the soup was overseasoned.
It was probably time to admit the photocopier was ruined.
Let’s stare at him until he goes away.
Alright. That’s it. Now I’m going to donate so they can pump the sewage out of their office.
Benjamin Ealovega is one of the most prolific photographers specialising in classical music today. You’ve almost certainly seen his work before – it seems like he has taken the cover photos for several high-profile new releases every month. He recently took some great new promotional photos for one of my clients. I could have just said “Thank you, Ben, for taking such nice pictures of my artists” but oh, no, that would have been too easy.
Besides, he’ll appreciate it more if I make the effort to identify examples of his work and then add inappropriate captions to them. Right?
He knows what he did.
Well, my wallet is gone, but at least I found my pants.
Don’t look now, but there’s a man with a camera behind that tree.
Honestly, officer, I had no idea that room was behind there.
SAY MY NAME
What shall we sing after we rob the casino?
And as they began the long walk back to civilisation, she started to wish there really was a machine gun in her violin case.
And it’s called a violin, you say?
No, really, take your time. I’ll wait here.
Oh yes she did.
Oh no he didn’t.
Don’t push me. I’m close to the edge.
And you’re absolutely sure this won’t look like a mugshot?
You should really choose a safe word. You might need it.
So that wasn’t why you bought me to this remote and secluded location? Well. This is awkward.
I wrote a guest post for Will Robin’s excellent blog on the Rite of Spring. The idea of the blog is for scholars, composers, performers and choreographers to share their experiences of the Rite of Spring. I did think about sharing the story of how the Rite of Spring played a central role in my teenage years, and became the soundtrack to the period in which I decided to pursue a career in music*. But then Will pointed out that I could just make fun of album covers like I always do, so I did that instead.
You can check it out here.
* Not unusual, apparently.
I have real work to do, and instead of doing it, I’ve spent half an hour singing the coat song from Joseph and typing things like “The Ochre Violin” into iTunes.
Nobody seems to have used yellow. Deutsche Grammophon, I’m looking at you…
A shortage of decent artist photos is not an excuse for your album cover to suck.
EDIT: In the interests of clarity, I selected the examples below on the basis that I believe them to not suck.
I’ve been doing some work on label branding this week, looking for simple ideas to communicate a strong identity, and it got me thinking about ECM.
If you’re at all familiar with their album art, then you’ll always know when you’re holding an ECM record.
They exude quality, serenity and integrity, and yet somehow they all manage to look a bit like this:
It got me thinking: what if ECM’s A&R strategy had been a little more mainstream? (more…)
I’m not going to apologise for it, but I will warn you that this post contains some unusually lurid language, paired with both religious imagery and Harmonia Mundi albums, so if you hold either of those things to be particularly sacred, you might want to give this one a miss. You’ve been warned.
Have you ever noticed how all the people in oil paintings look like assholes?
I really don’t see why you’re being so uptight about this. Your mother has needs too.
I’ve admired the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment‘s publicity materials since I was a student. Early music has known its share of ill-considered outfits and dated hairdos, but the OAE always looks fun and classy. I wanted to know how they do it, so I cornered Will Norris, the orchestra’s communications director, and asked him. Then I stole a bunch of pictures off their blog, because that’s what you really want to look at. Enjoy.