Right on the heels of the controversial album cover for their new album Hurley, Weezer is following it with something that is even more bizarre. The cover for their forthcoming b-sides and rarities album Death to False Metal has a strange title and equally strange cover art.
The cover does not include the band’s logo or any reference to their name. The artwork is a painting of people working on an idyllic farm. I’m not even going to bother researching what this is all about.
Death to False Metal and a deluxe edition of Weezer’s Pinkerton album are both scheduled to be released on November 2, 2010.
Here is a nice product demo from an artist called Lazerbeak. His solo debut album was released this week and the video shows the features of packaging for the CD and DVD combo.
I wish that record labels would create more videos like this one. Believe it or not, many people like to see the entire package before they purchase an item. The album is also available as a digital download from iTunes and Amazon.com.
Being a person who is more interested in music than stand-up comedy, the first time that I heard the late Greg Giraldo was on the spoken word track from the 2004 album Lazyboy TV by Lazyboy (right). Underwear Goes Inside the Pants was getting a lot drive time airplay and everyone I knew was asking, “Who is that guy?”
Sadly, Giraldo passed away today after being hospitalized for an overdose of prescription drugs. He was admitted to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey after a friend found him collapsed in his New Jersey hotel room. He was 44 years old.
It had been at least a couple of years since I had listened to Underwear Goes Inside the Pants and I found the commentary about illegal and prescription drugs it contains to be very ironic. You can listen to the song by watching the music video below.
Today, country singer Keith Urban posted two versons of the cover for his forthcoming album Get Closer on his Facebook page and asked fans to choose the one that will be used.
One version features Urban sitting alone on the floor of a bedroom with a guitar behind him. The other shows him being enbraced by a woman. Which one do you prefer? Click on an image to go to Facebook and vote.
The cover for Rihanna’s forthcoming album Loud was revealed by numerous online sources today. The album is scheduled to be released on November 16, 2010.
Rihanna’s best features has to be her gorgeous eyes. However, her eyes are closed in the photograph for this album cover. This is yet another album cover that doesn’t do this artist justice. Many music blogs are writing that the cover is “red hot” and raving about the unusually “loud”colors. I won’t go down that road.
Rihanna is a beautiful woman. There is no reason why every one of her album covers should not be a work of art. This is simply another disappointment.
Below are six album covers that were preselected from among this week’s new music releases. They were chosen based on Amazon.com sales rank and for their noteworthy album cover designs. Please vote for the album cover that you believe is the best of the bunch.
According to our AlbumArtExchange Blog poll, the best album cover for the week of September 21, 2010 is Hands All Over by Maroon 5. The cover won with 36% of the vote. Pattern & Grid World by Flying Lotus was second with 29% and Confessions by Liza Minnelli was a distant third with 14%.
The cover photograph is credited to Rosie Hardy. Hardy is a 20-year-old U.K. photographer whose work was discovered by Maroon 5′s management on Flickr. There is an interesting interview with Hardy on the band’s Facebook page.
A lot of interesting album covers have been released over the past two weeks. Unfortunately, the latest batch of covers isn’t quite as good. I will be posting the September 28 poll later this evening. Hopefully, there will be one or two worth voting for this time.