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Ladies & Gentlemen is/was/is an all-encompassing arts magazine. It started as a physical release in 2001, accompanied with 12" record and screenprinted covers. It's been 4 years since it was last published, but don't let that stop you... buy one now!
The good folks from the Listen Recovery Crew put up a fantastic collection of Indian LP cover art last week, and since the url contains “part-1″ it leads me to believe they’re just getting started. There are some serious gems in there so be sure to check out their whole archive, then throw some B.R. Chopra movies on your Netflix queue and call it a day.
One of the most anticipated records of 2010, Flying Lotus‘ 3rd full length Cosmogramma, will be released to the world on May 3rd. However, as a special treat for everyone on this, the 20th of April, ol’ FlyLo is doing a live radio broadcast over at Dublab. He’ll be showcasing a few chosen tracks from the upcoming record, and bringing a handful of his Brainfeeder pals (The Gaslamp Killer, Ras G, Daedelus, etc) along with him. Sounds like a party, right? EDIT: Well, get on it, since that shit is starting NOW (2pm CST).
Just as an additional FYI, FlyLo & Dublab suggest you “enjoy the broadcast in a way fitting for the occasion.”
Listen, chat and connect to the video stream at flying-lotus.com/radio, and check after the jump for bonus exclusive pre-order art from FlyLo himself.
You might have recently seen his insanely awesome animated GIF work via his collaboration with Matthew Cooper on I Am Not An Artist, but Johnny Kelly also has some amazing other work of his own you should check out. I was particularly humbled by his “Procrastination” piece. Please procrastinate for another 5 minutes with me…
Earlier this week, the always enjoyable blog on data visualization Information Is Beautiful posted an interesting infographic on musician earnings via current popular distribution channels. Designer and Author David McCandless took on the question “How much money do musicians really get paid in this new digital marketplace?” He combined data culled from a previous post on the subject at The Cynical Musician, combined it with some of his own research and then illustrated the amount of sales/streams needed to reach the US monthly minimum wage benchmark ($1,160) via each channel.
There are a few issues I have off the bat with the graphic. First off, calling it “Selling Out” is only going to raise the ire of everyone involved (artist and label alike), and seems to imply musicians by trade should not make money off their music. Additionally, for smaller, more independent labels, bands often make more than .09 off of downloads from iTunes. There are still some 50/50 rev splits in the music world, which after the iTunes cut, can bring a band up to .39 per song sold.
McCandless does give us a few disclaimers. First, that the figures do not include publishing royalties that are paid to composers of songs, and second, that researching the data is very difficult since “Industry figures are hard to get hold of. Some are even secret.” There is already some reasonable discussion regarding the accuracy of the data in the comments on the original post as well as some constructive conversation over at Mashable (if you have time to read between the rants). Additionally, you could be the first ever commenter on Lagmag, and start your own conversation about it below!
But overall, as a general snapshot of the current digital marketplace, its an interesting graphic. Plus it looks, uh… beautiful, and we love that kind of thing here at Ladies & Gentlemen.
Those of you with Lagmag Issue #2 in your grubby paws are already familiar with the amazing Marian Bantjes. The designer/illustrator/typographer has long been a favorite of ours, and contributed a piece called “How Are You” to the aforementioned issue.
She has been busy (as in, 15 months busy) conceiving, writing, designing and illustrating a book, titled “I Wonder.” Last week, she announced a presale and posted a sneak preview for the world to see. The hardcover book, roughly 6″ by 9″, is printed in 5 colors (CMYK + gold). The cover itself is gold and silver foil on satin cloth, and the pages have gilded edges. It will be released to the world in September 2010.
Should you need more of a reason to jump on this, the presale price is nearly 50% off. You can see a few more preview images after the jump, or, see them all over at Marian’s site.
Last month, British duo Autechre released their 10th album, Oversteps on longtime home Warp records. Longtime visual collaborator(s) The Designers Republic was once again tapped for the artwork. After the unfortunate news of the Republic having closed its doors as a “studio” in 2009, it’s fantastic to see founder Ian Anderson again throwing out compelling work.
Rachal Duggan is a funny lady. The 23-year-old, Chicago-based illustrator creates a cast of characters as diverse as her influences, but each and every one share a similar air of eccentricity. That isn’t to call Rachal eccentric, she isn’t. She is an artist with a talent for taking the everyday oddities of life, and infusing them into her portraits. Her style, which mixes clean composition with complex texture and pattern, is surreal and occasionally grotesque–but its also really fun.
I’m going to kick this off with a wholly generic and uninspired question, but I’m genuinely curious about what got you into illustration?
Well, I have always drawn but I had no idea where I was going with it. Then, when I was a junior in college, I realized I should try to get better at something I already enjoyed instead of worrying about finding something new. It sounds so simple now, but it was quite the epiphany for me at the time.
If you aren’t familiar with Mike Davis at this point, chances are you’re not paying attention. As part of Minneapolis’ Burlesque crew, he has been pumping out amazing work for the better part of a decade. His work brings to mind the 1960s-1970s output of heavy hitters like Milton Glaser, Herb Lubalin & Alfredo Rostgaar, 1980s pop-culture ephemera, and maybe a little graffiti culture for good measure. But its the way he combines those influences with his own illustration style, centered around clean and simple lines, bold colors and an ever-present sense of levity, that keeps his shit fresh.
Just about two years ago, Mike started the So Much Pileup blog to post some design artifacts and inspirations. One of our favorite regular features is the “Philately Friday” series, where he posts a collections of postage stamps from around the world. We asked Mike to put together a “greatest hits” of the series, and talk to us about his affection for the philatelic arts.
I’ve been a fan of Zach Johnsen since I first laid eyes on the pieces in his “Acid in the Ice Cream” solo show at Backspace gallery in Portland. I was never able to secure an original from the show, but 3 of the prints have found their way into my collection.
This morning I awoke to an email that Zach is selling prints of his similarly awesome “Dancing Nuns” series. Edition of 30. Don’t sleep folks, go get ‘em.