Archive for May, 2013

Fabian 16 Greatest Hits

Got in a copy of this record a few days ago and I really don’t know what the hell is going on with the cover. Look at his head! The illustration is by Dave McMackan
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I Hate Me, part 394,330

I had to run to A&P after work. It was about 9pm and usually they’ll close one of the entrances at night, but I’m never sure what time this happens since I don’t go there that often. Instead of using the out of the way door that’s always open I always try the regular door but like Charlie Brown and the football it winds up in failure. So I was heading towards the regular door and a woman got there ahead of me and it was locked and there never is a “Please use other door” sign posted. She was frustrated and as we were walking towards the other entrance,
Woman: Jesus, why is that door always closed?…and they never put a sign up either
My other complaint about the A&P is their slow automatic doors, I’ve walked into them many times and I thought this would be a good time to vent.
Me: yeah, that stinks…and they have slow doors too
[silence]
Me:…ya know…the doors…when they ARE unlocked…open VERY slowly…very easy to walk into…
[silence and glare]
Jesus, I hope this woman doesn’t think I’m trying to hit on her and very lamely I might add.
Me: uh…my wife and I were just talking about…..about how slow the doors were here…very slow.
[silence]
And we got into the store and I hoped (successfully) that I could get my stuff and not run into her again.

officer, those automatic doors are very slow

officer, those automatic doors are very slow

Sunday Music 5/26/13

Jack O’Fire-Meet Your Death
One of my favorite bands. Essentially a cover band led by Tim Kerr (Big Boys, Poison 13, Monkeywrench) but they made every song their own with a blown out blues/garage attack. This cover of the Blind Willie McTell song was originally on the Bring Me the Head of Jon Spencer single and later turned up on the Destruction of Squaresville cd (1994, Estrus) [to listen click on arrow below]

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Advertising Art: International 1962/63 part 3

And because no one asked for it, a third installment. This time out we have a lot of trademarks. POW! [click on image to enlarge]

Germany, Verlag Fischer, Wolf Zimmermann (artist)

Germany, Verlag Fischer, Wolf Zimmermann (artist)

UK, Eon Productions (Film production company, James Bond films), Michael Hincliffe (artist)

UK, Eon Productions (Film production company, James Bond films), Michael Hinchcliffe (artist)

Israel, Trade Union Congress, A. Kalderon (artist)

Israel, Trade Union Congress, A. Kalderon (artist)

Holland, De Koepel NV, Will van Sambeek (artist)

Holland, De Koepel NV, Will van Sambeek (artist)

USA, Otto Preminger-United Artists, Saul Bass & Associates (design), Art Goodman (artist)

USA, Otto Preminger-United Artists, Saul Bass & Associates (design), Art Goodman (artist)

UK, Peter Ray FSIA (artist)

UK, Peter Ray FSIA (artist)

Argentina, Agrotecnica Bahia, Eric Steinmuller (artist)

Argentina, Agrotecnica Bahia, Eric Steinmuller (artist)

Italy, Rumianco S.P.A., Gianni Venturino (artist)

Italy, Rumianco S.P.A., Gianni Venturino (artist)

USA, Birdhouse Nightclub-Chicago, Larry Klein & associates (artist)

USA, Birdhouse Nightclub-Chicago, Larry Klein & associates (artist)

USA, Hygrade food products, Thomas Laufer, (artist)

USA, Hygrade food products, Thomas Laufer, (artist)

Italy, La Caffettiera, Vittorio Antinori (artist)

Italy, La Caffettiera, Vittorio Antinori (artist)

UK, Barnard Drake & Partners, Kenneth Bromfield (artist)

UK, Barnard Drake & Partners, Kenneth Bromfield (artist)

UK, Peter Ray (artist)

UK, Peter Ray (artist)

Denmark, Dansk Lloyd Insurance, Toming (artist)

Denmark, Dansk Lloyd Insurance, Toming (artist)

USA, Lippincott & Margulies, Charles Goslin (artist)

USA, Lippincott & Margulies, Charles Goslin (artist)

Japan, Noda Soy Co. LTD, Tadashi Ohashi (artist)

Japan, Noda Soy Co. LTD, Tadashi Ohashi (artist)

UK, Japan Camera Industry Association, Ian Bradbery (design),James Mortimer (photographer)

UK, Japan Camera Industry Association, Ian Bradbery (design),James Mortimer (photographer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Music 5/19/13

White Fence-Fragility
This is the one of songs from the b-side of White Fence’s recent Pink Gorilla single. Drippy psych with a George Harrison guitar thing going on. the new White Fence album Cyclops Reap (Castle Face records) is also worth picking up [to listen, click on arrow below]

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Advertising Art: International 1962/63 part 2

More ads and stuff, [click on image to enlarge]

UK, Ind Coope, Brian Revon (artist)

UK, Ind Coope, Brian Revon (artist)

France,Revillon, Gruau (artist)

France,Revillon, Gruau (artist)

UK, Cyanamid of Great Britiain, Kenneth Martin/David Seaton (designers),Roger Wood (photographer)

UK, Cyanamid of Great Britiain, Kenneth Martin/David Seaton (designers),Roger Wood (photographer)

France, Au Printemps (magazine), Theo Stama (art director), Sabine Weiss (photographer)

France, Au Printemps (magazine), Theo Stama (art director), Sabine Weiss (photographer)

Holland, Pressura, Waldemar Post (artist)

Holland, Pressura, Waldemar Post (artist)

Italy, Istituto Nazionale, Sergio Ruffolo (artist)

Italy, Istituto Nazionale, Sergio Ruffolo (artist)

UK, Yardley & Company, David Cooper (art director), Leonard Fulford (photographer)

UK, Yardley & Company, David Cooper (art director), Leonard Fulford (photographer)

USA, Doggie Bag, Lawry's Foods, Saul Bass (art director), Art Goodman/Phyllis Tanner (artists)

USA, Doggie Bag, Lawry’s Foods, Saul Bass (art director), Art Goodman/Phyllis Tanner (artists)

USA, Doggie Bag, Lawry's Foods, Saul Bass (art director), Art Goodman/Phyllis Tanner (artists)

USA, Doggie Bag, Lawry’s Foods, Saul Bass (art director), Art Goodman/Phyllis Tanner (artists)

USA, House Of Today, Robert Pease (designer)

USA, House Of Today, Robert Pease (designer)

USA, Modern Forum/NBC News, Cal Freedman (art director)

USA, Modern Forum/NBC News, Cal Freedman (art director)

USA,Garbage Disposal, Waste King Corp.,Lois Jezek (artist)

USA,Garbage Disposal, Waste King Corp.,Lois Jezek (artist)

France, Association de L elegance Masculine Francaise, from the magazine No UN

France, Association de L elegance Masculine Francaise, from the magazine No UN

USA, Hunt Foods, Saul Bass (art director), Dave Nagata /Art Goodman (artists)

USA, Hunt Foods, Saul Bass (art director), Dave Nagata /Art Goodman (artists)

UK, The English Stage Company, Patrick Sullivan (artist)

UK, The English Stage Company, Patrick Sullivan (artist)

Czechoslovakia, Cesky Fond Vytvarnych Umeni, Jasa David (artist)

Czechoslovakia, Cesky Fond Vytvarnych Umeni, Jasa David (artist)

Brazil, Printers Union of S. Paulo, Fred  Jordan (artist, designer)

Brazil, Printers Union of S. Paulo, Fred Jordan (artist, designer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertising Art: International 1962/63 part 1

Here’s another bunch of advertising art, published by Longacre Press/Studio Books. I will try and include the country of origin, client, artist and art director. I’m a mutant for this stuff, hope you dig it. [click on image to enlarge]
These first four items: a price list, stationary, van sign and carrier bag are from two associated fishmongers. It’s from Britain and designed by Kinneir Design Associates
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UK, Pepsi Cola, David Judd (artist)

UK, Pepsi Cola, David Judd (artist)

UK, Guinness, Tom Eckersly (artist)

UK, Guinness, Tom Eckersly (artist)

UK, Times Publishing Co., Maurice Levell (art director), Abram Games (artist)

UK, Times Publishing Co., Maurice Levell (art director), Abram Games (artist)

Switzerland, Bic, Ruedi Kulling (artist)

Switzerland, Bic, Ruedi Kulling (artist)

UK, Hampstead Contemporary Poets, Peter Taylor (artist)

UK, Hampstead Contemporary Poets, Peter Taylor (artist)

UK, British Transport Commission, Christopher Hill (artist)

UK, British Transport Commission, Christopher Hill (artist)

UK, Young Commonwealth Artists Group, Barrie Bates (artist)

UK, Young Commonwealth Artists Group, Barrie Bates (artist)

UK, Nestle, Bob Gill (artist)

UK, Nestle, Bob Gill (artist)

USA, Otto Preminger, Saul Bass/Art Goodman (artists)

USA, Otto Preminger, Saul Bass/Art Goodman (artists)

Israel, Histadrout Workers Federation, Paul Kor (artist)

Israel, Histadrout Workers Federation, Paul Kor (artist)

UK, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Ken Garfield (artist)

UK, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Ken Garfield (artist)

UK, U.S.I.S Gallery, Bob Gill (artist)

UK, U.S.I.S Gallery, Bob Gill (artist)

 

I Hate Me, part 311,910

My wife had stopped into work while she was walking the dog and she wanted to get an iced tea at Starbucks. Starbucks doesn’t allow pets so it’s either I go and get her a drink or I watch the dog. Watching the dog consists of me holding the pup while helping customers, it’s not terrible but I’m pretty self conscious about it
Me-Hi, do you need help finding anything?
Customer-(looking at sad dog in my arms) …Kenny Chesney
Me-(noticing customer looking at large man with sad dog in his arms)…yeah…I’m watching my dog while..my wife…I don’t usually walk around the store with uh…dog..in..my……Kenny Chesney was it?
When Lucy does sad it takes on a Dickensian quality. So I chose to go to Starbucks and get Carrie her iced tea. I go to Starbucks a lot and every now and then, they will give me my coffee for free, like a bar buying back a drink for a good customer. It’s nice but I always feel a little weird and I tend to way overtip almost the amount of the coffee I’m getting for free. So I went in and ordered Carrie her iced tea and a tall red eye for myself (hot coffee with a shot of espresso). The guy repeated back my order and then only charged me for the iced tea. Great, thanks a lot. So I went down to the end of the counter to wait with everyone else for their orders. Eventually the iced tea shows up and I waited for the red eye, and waited. Nothing, now I not sure what my play is here. I haven’t yet received a coffee that I wasn’t charged for. It’s kind of like “If a tree falls in the woods and no one hears it, does it make a sound?” except substitute free coffee for fallen tree or a fallen tree made of coffee. Anyhow, I asked if there was a red eye for me in the line up of coffees not yet made, was told no. So I weighed the options of going back to the end of the line and re-ordering it or complaining about the lack of a free coffee. I ended up leaving with just Carrie’s iced tea, I didn’t really need that fifth cup of coffee.
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The Guess Who-Shakin’ All Over

There are thousands of really terrible band photos on albums but there’s not as many terrible band sketches on albums. This is one of the worst (BEST!) I’ve ever seen. This album came out on Springboard records. Who were a really terrible, bottom of the barrel reissue label. The Guess Who, were to the best of my knowledge five men. This sketch which adorns the back cover was done by Suzanne Kisslan and it looks like she thought the band consisted of four women and a coconut made up to look like a man’s head. Dan at work thought it looked like an old wizard and his wife with their three daughters. Anyway you look at it, it’s stunning

Four women and a coconut made up to look like a man's head or an old wizard and his wife with their three daughters

Four women and a coconut made up to look like a man’s head or an old wizard and his wife with their three daughters

Sunday Music 5/12/13

Kim Salmon and the guys from Mudhoney-You’re so bad
Kim Salmon plus Mudhoney minus Steve Turner…well, the description on Sub Pop’s site describes it better than I could “In 1995 during the grunge boom, when Steve Turner had a break from Mudhoney, Kim Salmon (The Scientists) was invited to join the band in Seattle. So Salmon accepted the invitation from his friends and flew from Australia to Seattle to check whether the experience was viable and worthy. After a while they amicably split, leaving behind this gem along the way, lost for the last 15 years and recently found.” This is from the seven song EP  UNTIL… and was released in 2012 on Bang! Records (Madrid) [click on arrow to listen]

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