Last winter, I was in Louisville with Josh Ritter, and a fellow named Joe Pug came out to the show, and took us all to Zanzabar after we loaded out of the venue. The place had a ton of pinball machines, and made for a perfect night in an unfamiliar city. Fast forward, and I’m excited about this poster I just finished up for Joe. When Joe first started writing songs, he was working as a carpenter in Chicago, so I took to illustrating what his workshop would’ve looked like during that time. His new album Windfall comes out next month, and he’s likely playing in a city near you.
FUTURALBUM is a collaborative album art design project created by Troy DeShano. Troy invited me to contribute re-imagined cover art for any album of my choosing, with simple but strict restraints for the design: Use only images from Flickr Internet Archive Book Images, and use Futura only for all type.
For my contribution, I decided to re-design Things We Lost in the Fire by Low. I’ve been seeing Low concerts for over a decade, and being one of their classic records, “Fire” was an obvious choice for me. Pulling inspiration from the opening song Sunflower, I also used a similar color palette that’s on the real cover of the album. My piece was posted today, see it here.
The next installment in my series of gig-posters is for my friends in La Dispute. In March & April, the band will be hosting a few select seated performances, where they will be playing alternative set-lists, with readings and Q&A sessions. Having visited the Detroit Masonic Temple last year, I jumped at the opportunity to do a poster in such a cool venue. I couldn’t resist using this old photo from a loge in the temple, combined with a bunch of masonic imagery and Vass‘s classic La Dispute flower logo. The prints will be a limited-edition, two-color screen-print on French Steel Gray paper. They’ll be first available at the show, and remaining copies the day after in my online store. [Click the image to enlarge]
I recently had the pleasure of working with Rocky Votolato on the packaging design for his new album Hospital Handshakes. After trying out a few concepts, we ultimately arrived on utilizing a series of photographs of the recording process, taken by Amber Zbitnoff. The album —which was produced by former Death Cab guitarist/producer Chris Walla and recorded at his Seattle studio —
“Evokes images of broken teeth and burned hands, suggesting the arduous career highway Votolato has traveled. Over poppy power chords and unflappable heartbeat drumming, Votolato aims for one gigantic singalong statement and, in the rushing chorus, nails it: I”m not so sure/What matters so much here/Will matter at all in the hereafter.” (Patrick Hosken, Stereogum)
One week from today, Into It. Over It. & Kevin Devine will embark on a co-headline tour, with special guest Laura Stevenson. Ev & Kev had me whip up some special merch just for this tour, including screen-printed tour posters, tour date t-shirts, and a matching hoodie just for IIOI. I printed the posters by hand, and even mixed in some glow-in-the-dark ink, so those animals will pop off your walls when the lights go out. See the full list of tour dates, here.