Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Chicago Independent

A T-shirt design I did a while back for Chicago Independent Distributions Pitchfork tent. Just found the shirt in my drawer and decided to post a pic of it.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Eat Skull

Some twisted visions via Portland's own Dan Sloan.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Some New Flyers

Got some flyers done for a few upcoming shows in the city. First up, is a 3-day mini fest at Rueben's Palace. Been doing alot of poster design work for friends and their bands in addition to my own bands' art. It works out well cause I get my work out, help friends out, and get to do art for bands I love!

Case in point is Heavy Times, fronted by my good bud, Bo Hansen. He's been at it for awhile as a solo project and recently joined up with Matt on guitar and Kyle (from Cacaw) on drums. Saw them as a fully formed band a couple weeks ago at Ottoman Empire, and they left me deaf for two days. Needless to say, they brought it. They have a new LP, "Dead", on the way via Rotted Tooth in the coming months. More on that as it comes, for now, check out their myspace page for some new jams. The flyer is inspired by some new Heavy Times song titles and lyrics. They're opening up for Olympia, WA bad-asses Broken Water at the Mopery on March 31st.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Dirty Beaches

Through a hybridizing of Link Wray guitar wail, motorcycle gang ruggedness, Elvis cool, and 1950's asian film music, arises Alex Zhang Hungtai, aka, Dirty Beaches.

Dirty Beaches is a musical oddity, not easily described to your run-of-the-mill music listeners. At once mellow and unnerving. The name Dirty Beaches is itself a kind of paradox that melds the austere beauty of tropical locales with that harsh pang of reality one finds when a vacation paradise turns out to be just another urban garbage dump. The music sends you back to a deteriorating 1950's coastal town in Japan where people spend their nights drinking away their pain to slow-swooning & menacing jazz, and where motorcycle gangs beat around town looking for dope and pussy.

I've been fortunate enough to hang with Alex, the man behind the music, twice now as he's come through Chicago on tour. He seems to emit a vibe of coolness usually reserved for "The Wild One"-era Brando
. His travels have brought him around the world and currently situated him in Montreal. His blog further compliments the aesthetic style of this contemporary amalgamation of lo-fi minimal rockabilly.

In short, you must check this stuff out!