New and Notable: Willie Nelson

A new cover of Coldplay’s The Scientist is getting quite a bit of publicity for Chipotle and their non-profit Chipotle Cultivate Foundation. The single is featured in a stop-motion animation video called Back to the Start that is intended to bring awareness to the issues of sustainable agriculture, family farming, culinary education, and innovation.

The cover art for the single is a still from the video, which features cute little pink pigs and other characters. If this seems like an unlikely project for Willie Nelson, you must watch the video to see how well it works.

Posted by: zeefritz

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Which album cover is the best for the week of August 30, 2011?

Below are six album covers that were preselected from 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 cover that you think is the best of the bunch. The winner will be announced next Tuesday.

Beirut – The Rip Tide
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  Girls, Guns and Glory – Sweet Nothings
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John Doe – Keeper

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  Kittie – I’ve Failed You
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Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV
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  Lenny Kravitz – Black and White America
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The Green Album Muppets compilation is the best album for the week of August 23, 2011

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According to our AlbumArtExchange Blog poll, the best album best album for the week of August 23, 2011 is Muppets: The Green Album. The compilation featuring various artists such as Weezer, OK Go, and My Morning Jacket performing songs made popular by the Muppets received 46% of the vote. I’m With You by Red Hot Chili Peppers was second with 31%. One Spark by Gabe Dixon was a distant third with 12%.

The album is currently ranked #1 in sales in the Children’s Music and #24 in Pop by Amazon.com. The album cover features “typographic portrait” of Kermit the Frog. This type of design using typography to create a face became a popular online trend a couple of years ago. As shown by the typographic portrait of Jimi Hendricks (right), the technique works well for portraits of musicians. It was only a matter of time until it was used for an album cover. Having it used for Kermit is a surprise.

The images that result from this technique have a 1960s psychedelic feel to them. However, it is certainly easier to create these images on a computer rather than doing them by hand the way that artists did during the psychedelic era.

I do not have a credit for the art director and graphic designer for this album cover. The album was released by Walt Disney Records, so that is understandable. Disney rarely credits individual graphic designers.

Posted by: zeefritz

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The poll featuring this week’s new music releases will be posted this evening. Come back and cast your vote for your favorite album cover.

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Déjà Vu: Paramore vs. No Doubt

This is a déjà vu moment that I had quite a few years ago and forgot about until I read that Greyson Chance was inspired by the cover of Paramore’s 2007 debut album Riot! for the design of the piano on his recent album cover. Of course, Paramore was probably inspired by the design of the 2001 No Doubt album Rock Steady.

No Doubt – Rock Steady (2001)

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Paramore – Riot! (2007)

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Editor’s Choice: August 29, 2011

Below are 10 noteworthy album covers that were posted to the AAX gallery last week. They were selected simply because I found them to be interesting or a valuable addition to the gallery.

I would like to give AAX user Da Guy a special thank you for the amazing number of high quality vintage restorations he added to the gallery last week. His work is always great, but he really outdid himself this time. 

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Album Cover Flashback: River of Dreams by Billy Joel

Released in 1993, River of Dreams is Billy Joel’s 12th studio album. The album reached #1 on the Billboard album chart and remained on top for three weeks. It was Joel’s last pop album and featured two Top 40 singles, the title track and All About Soul.

The title and cover art for the album were inspired by the title track, The River of Dreams. The song was nominated for a Grammy, but lost to I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston.

The cover was painted by Joel’s then-wife, supermodel Christie Brinkley. I recall that when the album was released the cover art was both ridiculed and praised. Most of the criticism stemmed from Brinkley’s naive painting skill. Almost two decades later, I like it much better than I did when I first saw it. However, the painting has a very fanciful look that does not connect with the serious tone of most of the music on the album.

Posted by: Gulickson

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Young Man with the Big Beat: The Complete ’56 Elvis Presley Masters unpackaging video

Here is video that demonstrates the unpackaging of Young Man with the Big Beat: The Complete ’56 Elvis Presley Masters, the forthcoming 55th anniversary Elvis box set from Sony Legacy. The 5-CD set is scheduled to be released on September 27, 2011. It is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

Posted by: zeefritz

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At the Movies: Our Idiot Brother

Our Idiot Brother, the comedy film starring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer, opened in theaters today. Directed by Jesse Peretz, the film centers on a naive stoner who ruins the lives of his three sisters.

The soundtrack album for the movie was released this week in both CD and digital formats. The album cover is a square version of the promotional poster, featuring a photograph of Rudd daydreaming in a field of flowers. The soundtrack includes tracks by various artists, including Eric D. Johnson, Willie Nelson, and Carole King. Yeah, that will be hip with the kids.

Posted by: zeefritz

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