New and Notable: Boys Don’t Cry

Remember the band Boys Don’t Cry? Don’t be embarrassed if you don’t. They had a hit song called I Wanna Be A Cowboy way back in 1985. That achievement earned them a place on almost every “one hit wonder” list compiled since. The song was very quirky and the group has had the misfortune of being confused with the song Boys Don’t Cry by The Cure. I remember the album cover was somewhat controversial because it showed a woman’s nipple.

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Well, Boys Don’t Cry are determined to break new ground and become the first one hit wonder band to have a second hit after almost 25 years off the charts. Their new single is called Don’t Call Me A Country Singer and it isn’t half bad. It is being sold on iTunes and Amazon.com and a video has received a few thousand views on YouTube. It obviously isn’t a high-budget production. However, it is somewhat nostalgic and interesting to see a group make a try for a comeback after nearly a quarter of a century.

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Free song download from Pet Shop Boys

I just purchased the two new Pet Shop Boys EPs and the single for Did You See Me Coming? All three were just released in the U.K. today.


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I have also discovered that Pet Shop Boys are offering a free download of a remix of Up and Down on their website: 



“Up and Down” is a brand new song that features on the single bundles for “Did You See Me Coming”. You can download an exclusive Tom Stephan remix of the track, for FREE, by filling in your details.


I’m somewhat confused because Up and Down was not included with the three items that I bought on iTunes.


Click the image below to get the free download:



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New and Notable: Passion Pit

Passion Pit is an electronic/dance band from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Their first album Manners has just been released and the first single is called The Reeling. If you like traditional electronic synth bands like New Order, you’ll like Passion Pit. I have not yet download Manners, but I’ve listened to the tracks and they are all very good. *The Reeling* is definitely my favorite. The video has been on YouTube for about a month.


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Pop Quiz


guitarshop.jpgFor the past hour, I’ve been clicking though the gallery looking for albums to include in my next installment of [Variations on a Theme](http://www.albumartexchange.us/variations-on-a-theme/). What is quite obvious when going through all of these album covers is that there are three objects that appear more frequently on album covers than anything else. 


So, let’s have a little quiz to see if my readers can name those objects. I will even start out by naming the first and most obvious object.


#1 A guitar


Now, it is your turn to name the next two objects. Don’t hurt your head thinking about it. Just let the image flutter into your mind.


Leave your guess as a comment to this entry. Good luck!



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New and Notable: Grizzly Bear

The third full-length album by Brooklyn indie rock band Grizzly Bear has been released. The album is called Veckatimest and it is creating quite a buzz online. The video for Two Weeks landed on YouTube a few days ago. Like many current music videos, it uses some very creative special effects.

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Visual illusion album covers

I have wanted to write about the cover of Animal Collective’s 2009 album Merriweather Post Pavilion since I first saw it back in February. It is an amazing work of art and science.


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The image was created by Akiyoshi Kitaoka, a professor at the Department of Psychology of Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. Kitaoka is known for his visual illusions, the most notable of which is his Rotating Snakes. Note that the image below is not an animated GIF. The motion that you see is strictly an illusion.



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There are many of these kinds of fascinating visual illusions on Kitaoka’s website: http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/~akitaoka/index-e.html. The site also includes detailed explanations of how the illusions work and how they were created.



The layout and design of the Merriweather Post Pavilion album was dome by Rob Carmichael of SEEN design. Carmichael also designed Animal Collective’s Strawberry Jam album cover.



The only album covers that I know of that are even similar to Merriweather Post Pavilion are two covers created for Soulwax by designer Trevor Jackson



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Of course, there have been covers that used designs by M.C. Esher and similar optical illusions. I am reluctant to put those covers in the same category. If you know of any album covers that use visual illusions similar to Kitaoka’s, please leave a comment.



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New and Notable: Butterfly Boucher

I just did an article about Butterfly Boucher‘s new single Gun For A Tongue last week and was very happy to see that her new album just became available on Tuesday. I haven’t yet listened to all the tracks on Scary Fragile. However, it appears to be a solid album and it is getting great reviews on iTunes. There appears to be two versions of the cover for this album. I think the one with the blue eyeshadow and lipstick misses the mark when it comes to representing this artist. However, it is the official release cover.


According to the Wikipedia article on Scary Fragile, this album was stalled in one of those contract disputes between the artist and the record label. Boucher released tracks from the album on her MySpace page for several months.


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Now for something hilarious. Butterfly Boucher has posted a video for a karaoke contest on YouTube. Check it out. She’s very funny.





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Brooke Hogan cover sparks hateful response

Transphobia refers to discrimination against transsexuality and transsexual or transgender people, based on the expression of their internal gender identity. Whether intentional or not, transphobia can have severe consequences for the object of the negative attitude. Many transpeople also experience homophobia from people who incorrectly associate the medically recognized condition of gender identity disorder with homosexuality.


Regardless of what people believe about transexuality, most of us know that it is wrong to use hateful and disparaging language when referring to another human being. Unfortunately, it has become very common to see women who are perceived to be somewhat masculine, athletic, or of larger than average stature to be called “tranny” — even though they are not transgender.


Pop singer/reality TV personality Brooke Hogan has been subjected to this kind of name calling for quite a long time. Hogan is the daughter of professional wrestler Hunk Hogan. One of the things she inherited from her famous father is an athletic physique. She is also undeniably beautiful.



velvetpaintingawards.jpgThis week, the cover for Hogan’s new album The Redemption was released. The cover features artwork depicting Hogan as a scantily clad angel. I suppose the response by various entertainment blogs should have been expected.



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This public display of pure organic fuckery does not belong on the cover of an album. It belongs on the hood of a Trans-Am owned by a tranny chaser. This is every kind of WRONG.


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Brooke Hogan’s new album cover


Here’s the cover for Brooke Hogan’s new album Redemption, and good news, everybody, trannies do go to Heaven. Except it appears excessive tanning is a prerequisite.


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Gallery of the Absurd


Is all of this really necessary? Brooke Hogan is not one of my favorite artists — not even close. To be honest, the album cover art isn’t the best I’ve ever seen. But, it doesn’t look like some amateur drew it with crayons either.


How is calling Brooke Hogan “tranny” any different from calling a man (gay or straight) “faggot”? It is something that just shouldn’t be done. The sad thing is that many of the bloggers who smear Brooke Hogan and others with the word “tranny” are gay!


Anyway, I don’t want to come off as being too preachy on this subject. I just think that blogs can do better than stoop to using hate speech in their articles. As editor in chief of AlbumArtExchange blog, I promise my readers that they won’t read that kind of language here. Humor doesn’t have to be hateful.



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Transformers sequel album cover

I found a fairly decent version of the cover for the new Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen movie on a fan site called TFormers.com. The art wasn’t quite square (around 750 pixels at 96 dpi) with a fair amount of JPEG compression. I rescaled it to 600 x 600 and uploaded it to the gallery. It isn’t quite the “hi-res” cover an AlbumArtExchange user would be thrilled about. But, it will do until someone uploads a better version.


The soundtrack features tracks by Linkin Park, Green Day, The Fray, The All-American Rejects, Nickelback, and others.


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Revenge of the Fallen: The Album Cover Art Unveiled – Hi-Res!


By bwbm on Wednesday, May 27, 2009


We have the cover art to the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: The Album to show you today. The cover art is the same shot that we received last night, and the entire left side lists the artists that will be featured on the CD.


Continue reading…



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New and Notable: Better Than Ezra

A new album by Louisiana alternative rock band Better Than Ezra was released two weeks ago. It has taken me a few days to get around to listening to it and I was definitely missing something. Every track on the album is good. I think the stand out is Just One Day. The first video from the album is Absolutely Still. Like many current videos, it uses creative animation. It obviously carries the “paper empire” theme.

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