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Monday, April 27, 2015

This Guy Wears a Black Flag My War T-Shirt Every Day

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 10:19 AM

  • Yuichiro Tamaki (@mywar_yuichiro on Instagram)
Yuichiro Tamaki, of Tokyo, has worn a Black Flag My War shirt, jacket, or sweatshirt every day for the last four months. The 30-year-old artist graduated from Tokyo Design Academy, and currently operates an Instagram account with the simple description, "Wear the “MY WAR” shirt everyday."

It would appear that the Black Flag devotee has access to a screen printer, because he has more custom My War T-shirts, long sleeves, sweatshirts, and jackets than Greg Ginn does lawsuits. And based on his hashtags of #challenge and #conceptual art, we're guessing part of the experiment is to see how long Tamaki can stand to wear the same design every day. At least he doesn't have to wear the What the ... album design though, right?

Tamaki seems to prove that with enough creativity, you can drastically vary your style even if you have to wear the same design everyday. So with that idea in mind, let's check out some of Tamaki's best looks over the past four months.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Selling the Drama: Wanna Buy a Font From Deafheaven?

Posted By on Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 10:34 AM

In what would seem to be a wholly unprecedented move, San Francisco’s own black metal deconstructionists Deafheaven are now selling the font used for their much-lauded 2013 release Sunbather. The “SUNBATHER" typeface, designed by Nick Steinhardt for the band, is available via Deafheaven vocalist George Clarke’s All Black Recording Company label for $30.

For those familiar with the cover, the typeface itself is the art, suggesting through absences what the music itself will imply. On that topic, the website expounds further:
"Sunbather" is a stenciled flare-serif display face inspired by bright light and dissipating legibility. Referencing similar historical type experiments by Jan Tschicold, it questions the mind to connect what the eyes cannot see when the thinnest strokes of a didone font evaporate. The results were then finely tapered and sharpened to create a stern and angular mood when set in text or large words. 

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Why Is San Francisco on the Cover of the New Boards of Canada Album?

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Doesn't that skyline look familiar?
  • Doesn't that skyline look familiar?

Sorry, but we found the scavenger hunt/nerd labyrinth/Fibonacci sequence or whatever it was that would reveal news about the much-anticipated new Boards of Canada album too tedious to follow. Details of the Scottish electronic duo's first record in eight years arrived online today in a much less arduous format: the press release. Tomorrow's Harvest will arrive June 11 via Warp, and is now available for preorder.

One little Boards of Canada mystery did strike our curiosity, however, and it has to do with the cover of Tomorrow's Harvest, which you can see above. Peer closely at the city skyline. Does it look familiar? If you've ever looked at San Francisco from Treasure Island (or a boat on the Bay), it ought to. Update, 3 p.m.: A keen reader in the comments points out that this is actually the view of S.F. from the former Alameda Naval Air Station. See photos below for comparison.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

MC Pooh and Friends -- 5 Terrible CD Covers (Slightly NSFW)

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 9:00 AM


In case you haven't heard, the CD is on the express train to the technological graveyard. We were rooting around in SF Weekly's huge stack of CDs, and we found this gem, by a certain Doctor Sparkles, and it got us thinking -- we've all seen the lists of awful record covers, but perhaps CDs deserve their own list. What better epitaph for the dying format?

Without further delay, here are some of the worst we could find. Next time, we'll advise the artist to vomit onto a piece of paper and sell that instead. Goodbye, CD, and good riddance!


Sum 41 -- All the Good Shit (2008)

What do Sum 41 and the Space Shuttle have in common? They're both at the end of their usable lifespan. Ha!

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Friday, November 19, 2010

In Which We Judge 5 Upcoming Albums Solely On Their Covers

Posted By on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 12:50 PM


With such a fast-moving tool as the Internet, the modern musicphile now has access to way more music than they have time to listen to. And if this tells us anything, then out of all the post-apocalyptic future films, Minority Report probably got it down the best. So here's a way to keep up with the hyperspeedy listening habits of information-age music junkies: review albums before they're even released, based on the cover art. We give it a shot with new records from Kanye West, Iron and Wine, Akron/Family, and others after the jump.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasies: Raunchy Album Covers That Didn't Make It

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 9:29 AM

(Complete scene here.)

All-around entertainer Kanye West announced the other day that his forthcoming album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, would come bundled with five different album covers. The only one we've seen so far is a painting by New York-based art-weirdo George Condo that depicts a naked, armless "phoenix" astride a disturbingly crude intimation of West:

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Pinkerton To Play Weezer's 'Blue Album' (Yes, You Read That Right)

Posted By on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 1:36 PM


In a feat of meta-reference almost as mind-blowing as that statue in Golden Gate Park with Don Quixote and Sancho Panza kneeling before a huge bust of Cervantes, a band called Pinkerton -- comprising members of local groups The Trophy Fire, The Matches, and Judgement Day -- will be playing the entirety of Weezer's self-titled 1994 debut this Friday at the Bottom of the Hill. That beloved debut, of course, was nicknamed "the blue album" even before it became necessary to distinguish it from Weezer's self-titled 2001 album (green) and Weezer's self-titled 2008 album (lamentable).

Below, singer Ben Flanagan weighs in on the show's raison d'être, muses on the relevance of the entire-album cover show, and is extremely diplomatic about what Weezer have been up to lately.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Death To Same-Looking Album Cover Art

Posted By on Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Faded colors. Simple compositions. Sans-serif fonts. No, we're not spec'ing out the latest American Apparel ad. We're voicing dissatisfaction with the same-fest that is the 2010 cover art aesthetic. It arguably sprouted last summer with chillwave, when the laid-back visuals seemed to echo the vibes of the music. Now the style is seeping out of hipster microgenres and into the pop music world at large. See?


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