Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Listen to Dr. Dog's New Album Be The Void

Apparently, Conan O'Brien and his team really like Dr. Dog. Team Coco is offering a first listen of Dr. Dog's new album, Be The Void, on their website. The album's due out next Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

News Bits

Some cool music news to share:

-- Neil Young releasing new material with Crazy Horse Via Rolling Stone

--Chemical Brothers bring their dance/freakshow to the silver screen Via Guardian UK

--Radiohead releases new songs from their DVD, King of Limbs: Live From The Basement Via Dead Air Space

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fleet Foxes on ACL

I tried recording this the other night but somehow ended up with Head and the Heart's session instead. The Fleet Foxes/Joanna Newsom recording is available to stream until February 19.

I'll be routing this to the flat screen with some "sound enhancements". But you can watch it right here if you so wish:

Watch Fleet Foxes / Joanna Newsom on PBS. See more from Austin City Limits.

New M. Ward!

This is exciting news for your Tuesday: M. Ward will release his sixth solo album, Wasteland Companion, on April 10 via Merge Records. Better yet, he'll be venturing out of the California hills to tour the Northeast this spring, hitting Higher Ground in Burlington, Vt., on May 6. He'll also make stops in New Haven, Boston and NYC in addition to playing "the" Royal Albert Hall on March 25 and Coachella on April 13 and April 20.

Can't wait to hear some new tracks. Based on the diddy playing on his website, it should be vintage M. Ward at its best.

More on the album (via Merge Records):

The album, consisting of 12 stunning tracks, was made with 18 musicians and recorded in eight different studios in Portland, Omaha, New York City, Los Angeles, Austin and Bristol (UK). Ward’s honey-soaked vocals, deft finger-picking, innate sense of melody and beguiling lyrics have already cemented his reputation as one of America’s true musical treasures and A Wasteland Companion features some of the finest songwriting and most striking delivery of his career. With each and every recording Ward finds new ways to make the colors of his songwriting palate sparkle and his dexterous skills as producer, arranger, guitarist and singer seem to burst into even brighter bloom on each release.

A Wasteland Companion features the talents of M Ward (piano, guitars, voice, production), Mike Coykendall (percussion, bass), Giant Sand’s Howe Gelb (piano), John Parish (percussion, marimba), Bright Eyes’ Mike Mogis (organ), Susan Sanchez (vocals), She & Him’s Zooey Deschanel (vocals), Jordan Hudson (percussion), Adam Selzer (bass), Nathan “JR” Andersen (piano), Scott McPherson (percussion), Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley (percussion), Dr Dog’s Tobey Leaman (bass), Devotchka’s Tom Hagerman (strings), Oakely Hall’s Rachel Cox (vocals), Amanda Lawrence (violin), John Graboff (pedal steel) and Tyler Tornfelt (bass). The recording utilized eight engineers, including Tom Schick (Rufus Wainwright) and John Parish (PJ Harvey).

Saturday, January 21, 2012


A quick Jimi Hendrix sketch using the Wacom digital drawing pen.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Fleet Foxes Play Austin City LImits Sat. 1/21

Seattle's bearded bohemian brothers Fleet Foxes will play the best show on television, Austin City Limits, tomorrow night. They'll play tunes off their newest album, Helplessness Blues, and share the segment with Joanna Newsom. A good way to spend a snowy Saturday night in Upstate New York if you ask me.

Here's a behind the scenes look at the filming:

Watch Behind the Scenes: Fleet Foxes on PBS. See more from Austin City Limits.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

In The Dust

Some warped-out awesomeness from the illustrators at the UK-based ilovedust design studio for the 2012 X-Games. At first glance I thought for sure it was another fav, Adam Haynes. But further research (and I had to dig) proved that theory wrong. Here's the animation spot that's been running on ESPN.

Monday, January 9, 2012

I noticed this digital illustration being used by ESPN. I'm still honing my skills, but getting better. I'll add some more soon.

- J

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A little homemade poster I designed and framed for a relative this Christmas. (Spelled Moffitt wrong, but who's gonna notice.)