Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Album Art: Life in Digital Tinyland

May 4, 2009

It’s 1975 and my thirteen year old peer group has just had an earth-shattering realization. After staring at the elaborately illustrated cover of Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy for most of an afternoon, pondering the question: could Elton John be gay? (news flash!) we decided en masse: of course he was! He was gay WITH Bernie Taupin! Obviously he couldn’t simply be gay on his own, and we felt very sophisticated for figuring all of this out just from studying the artwork. Worshiping the record jacket was a crucial part of the experience of listening to LPs. Album covers and liner note designs contained rich fields of information to be harvested, inviting listeners to spend hours happily searching the images to decode their meaning. Today, the visualization of music has dwindled to the size of a tiny icon in the era of the downloadable MP3. As the artwork’s dimensions shrank, becoming more like a postage stamp than a poster, its role and importance faded. Let’s face it: does anyone download songs today because they fall in love with the 240-square pixel cover on a computer screen? Very doubtful.



Living in a Box

March 10, 2009

To accompany the reading of the last two posts…. Shout out to Fred for suggesting this (and dancing along?)

Where the Streets Have No____(Insert Pun Here)

March 4, 2009

U2 Way

Mayor Bloomberg must be really bored these days. This morning, the Mayor renamed a section of West 53rd Street “U2 Way,” resulting in a photo opportunity featuring each member of the band holding street signs. It is truly curious how someone is always coming up with new ways to keep U2 relevant.