I printed a limited (and I mean limited) number of record sleeves for the Alpha Cop/Carton split recently released on Negative Fun Records. Only 10 of these were made, and they’re only available at Negative Fun’s webstore.
I’m super late on this one. I just started ANOTHER (different) new job as a marketing director for a real estate management company handling the marketing and designs for a self storage chain, in case anyone was wondering where I’ve been. ANYWAY on to my Hopscotch 2013 experience.
I started my Hopscotch weekend late Thursday night due to a work issue. I was super stressed, and really bummed that I missed some of the night’s earlier bands. As soon as The Rosebuds took the stage, and the bass from “No Ordinary Love” hit, I was relaxed and ready for #hopscotch13.
Friday was a blast from start to finish. I made a poster for the Three Lobed/WXDU day party at Kings, and spent most of the day going back and forth between there and the always fun Que Viva day party by Churchkey Records.
I managed to get away from Kings/Slim’s long enough to make it down to CAM Raleigh and check out Pontiak’s set. I’ve been a fan of the brothers for years, and have most of their records, but I’ve never made it to a show. I will never miss these guys now, when they’re in town.
From this point on I stopped taking picture, and just paid attention to the music. Good times were had.
I ended my #hopscotch13 experience with Sleep, but I would feel remised if I didn’t mention how amazing Lonnie Holly was. I was blown away.
Sleep ruled! When I was in the 9th grade I was introduced to Sleep by one of the coolest (to me at least) older kids in school. He gave me a copy of a copy of Sleep’s Holy Mountain. This tape was what made me realize that the world had music that didn’t come from MTV. Seeing Sleep play “Dragonaut” live brought me right back to the feeling I had the first time that I heard them when I was 14.
The Pet-Tich-Eye project is something I have been excited about since the second I first heard about it. I was literally the first person to donate to the Kickstarter campaign. So when project mastermind Ashlie White asked me if I would make a poster for the record release show, I jumped up and down in my living room from excitement. Remaining posters are available on the PTE Bandcamp page, along with some other cool stuff AND THE RECORD. In case you’re unfamiliar with the project, I have pasted Ashlie’s concept statement below the poster photo. I implore everyone to check this record out.
The goal of this project was to create something unlike any record previously released in the Triangle by introducing a creative dynamic in which the musicians had never worked together or, at least, never written music together. The musicians were given several months to create and demo a song. Each group was given one day in the studio to record the final version. The groups chose a photographer to document the studio experience, a visual artist to create album art for the song and a community organization to benefit from record sales.
One dollar from every sale is directly donated to one of the 10 community beneficiaries. “Sales” include vinyl packages, digital album downloads, digital single downloads, teeshirts, posters, stickers and any other item that might be sold in support of this project.
Pet-Tich-Eye is the nickname of a historical character from the Triangle area. We liked his name and thought it would be cool to name the project something that, when searched for on the internet, would only populate results related to our project and results about the history of our area. You can read about Pet-Tich-Eye in Durham: A Bull City Story by Jim Wise andDurham County: A History of Durham County, North Carolina by Jean Bradley Anderson.
Sustainable design: The release of this record is the hopeful beginning of a constant creative collaboration in the Triangle. This website will function as a destination for musicians to partner with community organizations to create and release original music in a way that benefits both the artists as well as the organizations. We encourage all the musicians in our community to pitch their ideas about collaborations for future releases.
The Bottom String is a great blog that focuses on all music happenings in North Carolina. They have put out an amazing compilation that features some of my favorites, and some new bands that I can’t wait to get into. Also, it’s free, so…
Friends & Poster Enthusiasts!
Sorry for the lack of an update. I’ve recently started a new day job, an it is wearing me out. I’m not bitching though. I do enjoy it. I’m working at an offset/flexo printing facility as a rewind operator. One of these guys.
The company prints labels and stickers that come out on a giant roll. Basically my job is to make as many small rolls from the big one that I can, then ship ‘em out. They were really behind before I started, and now fairly caught up. I’ll be back weekly starting now.
ON TO THE POSTERS (and there are a lot)
Gross Ghost/Spider Bags East Coast Tour 2013
I’m so glad I had the chance to make these. Spider Bags are probably my favorite band, but when you have Kitchen Island Show Prints playing bass, there’s not a lot of need for posters. Lucky for me, both bands wanted a poster to take on the road, so jumped at the chance. Look out for Gross Ghost’s new record coming soon on Odessa Records.
Marc Maron LIVE in Raleigh January 2013
This was not only the first poster I have ever made for comic, but it was also the first time I have ever been to a proper comedy club. I’ve seen stand-up performed at rock clubs, and giant venues, but never an actual comedy club. Miranda and I had an amazing time. If you’re not listening to Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast, I highly recommend you stop whatever you’re doing now, and subscribe. Weekly funny for free.
Mandolin Orange Fall Tour 2012
Mandolin Orange are always a pleasure to work with. Their music inspires me every time I listen to it. These gems were printed on a very pale blue stock that pictures just don’t do justice. These are available exclusively at www.mandolinorange.com.
Whatever Brains/Super Vacations/Invisible Hand Live at Slim’s December 2012
This show was incredible. Whatever Brains were amazing, as expected, but I have really started to develop an obsession with The Invisible Hand since seeing them. SO MUCH FUN! Really looking forward to seeing them at Phuzz Phest next month.
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Hey Poster Lovers,
I can’t write a blog right today. I’m too busy trying to find the pieces of my mind after last night’s Swans show. Two and a half hours of bliss. FYI, Michael Gira took one of these for his personal collection…Pretty cool.